20 Best Summertime Instagram Captions

20 Best Summertime Instagram Captions

Summer is the best time to build up your feed!

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Taking the perfect picture is the easy part, but the difficulty comes in when you have to think of a witty but cute summertime Instagram caption for that perfect pose and beautiful backdrop! That's when I come in, with a couple of simple but sweet Insta-worthy captions. Enjoy!

1. "Summer time fine? More like Fourth of July Fly" *Insert sassy, summery emojis*

I used this self-made up quote for my Fourth of July post and I couldn't help but feel so sassy and confident while posting it. *Flips hair and blows a kiss.*

2. "Summer is my season/thing/love"

You only get the opportunity to use this quote one season a year! Make sure to use it to your advantage and show off your passion for the best season of all.

3. "Independence day slay" *insert polished pink nails emoji*"

Perfect for The Fourth of July!

4. "Sunshine and slaying" *Insert sunshine emoji*

Perfect for that beautiful photo with the sun peaking in from the back, whether it be rising or setting.

5. "I thought that I was dreaming when you said you love me"

This Frank Ocean quote is perfect for when you're in a lovey dovey mood. Summer love maybe??

6. "The tanline's may fade, but the memories never will..."

This quote is the perfect one to end your summer, and I can't lie, I totally used it last August.

7. "Don't take it personal, baby"

This SZA quote is perfect for that super cute selfie that gives you an ultra confidence boost.

8. "All that's good comes in waves (I bide my time by the ocean)"

Let "Another Day In Paradise" by Quinn XCII be the start of the soundtrack of your summer. This song will literally make you feel like you're on an island, or at the very least, digging your toes in the sand of the local beach.

9. "You really know how to make me cry when you give me them ocean eyes" *Insert ocean wave emoji*

Billie Eilish's song, 'Ocean Eyes' is a Summertime must. It's so beautiful, and the absolute perfect background music to any beach video or the perfect Instagram lyric caption to any cute and beachy Summer Instagram post.

10. "I've never fell in love, I save those feelings for you."

It's as though Khalid made these lyrics perfectly for you and your significant other!

11. "Not your beach."

Sassy, salty, and summery. If you're in an especially sassy mood, feel free to throw a "I'm not your.." to the beginning of this Insta-worthy caption.

12. "You bring me down to Earth"

SZA lyrics never fail Instagrammers!!! In my opinion, I think that this lyric is pretty beautiful for a selfie, or especially for an adorable relationship post.

13. "Good vibes happen on the ocean tides"

It's so true! Being in the ocean is so peaceful, relaxing, and gives me such warm, Summery feelings. I'm obsessed!

14. "Sweet and salty"

No, we're not talking about a snack, we're talking about your favorite beachy gal. Sweet and kind hearted, but her hair is probably full of sand and seashells.

15. "Boo'd Up"

Simple, but cute. Ella Mai would approve of this simple Instagram caption for you and BAE.

16. "In my life, I love you more."

Not that it's strictly Summery, but this Beatles quote is so cute, sweet, and affectionate.

17. "Don't just look, sea."

There's a difference between just looking, and actually seeing. This quote emphasizes that, and gives off a summery vibe by substituting "sea" for "see."

18. "Sun-kissed." *Insert kissy lips emoji*

Sweet, but simple and pretty!

19. "Real-life Mermaid"

I've used this one, as well. I took the cutest Boomerang of myself basically recreating that GIF of Ariel on a rock in the sea under the moonlight, and I simply couldn't waste the opportunity to compare myself to the likeness of a Disney Princess.

20. "Seas the day"

Funny enough, I can totally picture this quote on a Victoria's Secret PINK tank top.

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Here's Why You Shouldn't Donate to The Salvation Army This Holiday Season (Or Ever)

No, I’m not a grinch or a scrooge. I’m just a member of the LGBT+ community that is tired of seeing my community suffer at the hands of organizations that are supposed to help us.
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The holiday season is upon us, bringing mall Santas, twinkling lights, and the well-known bell ringers with their red buckets stationed outside busy department stores. The Salvation Army is a mainstay in the memories of our childhood holidays. I remember a number of years where my parents would give each of my sisters and I a handful of change to put in the shiny red bucket as we walked into Wal-Mart to shop for our family Christmas dinner. On the surface, the Salvation Army is an organization with good intentions of helping the less fortunate, especially during the holiday season. However, a quick Google search exposes the organization’s discriminatory practices.

The Salvation Army is a Protestant Christian denomination and an international charitable organization. Their mission statement, as stated on their website, reads: “The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.”

Despite their insistence of nondiscriminatory practices, however, there have been several instances of discrimination, specifically against members of the LGBT+ community. In July 2017, a Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center in Brooklyn, New York, was found by the New York City Commission on Human Rights (NYCCHR) to be discriminating. Three other centers in New York City were also cited as being discriminatory. Violations within the four centers included refusing to accept transgender people as patients or tenants, assigning trans people rooms based on their sex assigned at birth instead of their lived gender identity, unwarranted physical examinations to determine if trans people are on hormone therapy or have had surgery, and segregating transgender patients into separate rooms. The NYCCHR had been tipped off about the mistreatment, and testers from the commission went to the cited centers and found clear evidence of the mistreatment. One of the clinics told the testers outright, “No, we don’t [accept transgender patients].” Another clinic’s representative said, “People with moving male parts would be housed with men.”

This isn’t the first time the Salvation Army has discriminated specifically against transgender people. In 2014, a transgender woman from Paris, Texas fled her home due to death threats she received related to her gender identity. The police told her, “Being the way you are, you should expect that.” She went to Dallas and found emergency shelter at the Carr P. Collins Social Service Center, run by the Salvation Army. The emergency shelter allowed her to stay for 30 days. Towards the end of her 30-day stay, she began looking for other long-term shelter options. One option many of the other women staying in the shelter had recently entered was a two-year housing program also run by the Salvation Army. When the woman interviewed for the program, she was told she was disqualified for the program because she had not had gender reassignment surgery. The counselor for the program later claimed there was a waiting list, but it came out that two women who arrived at the emergency shelter after the transgender woman had already entered the program. The transgender woman filed a complaint with Dallas’s Fair Housing Office, which protects against discrimination on the basis of gender identity. She was able to find other housing through the Shared Housing Project, a project that aims to find transgender people with housing who are willing to support those without.

The Salvation Army’s Christian affiliation drives the organization’s statements and beliefs. The church has a page on its website dedicated to its decided stance on the LGBT+ community that seems to paint a nice picture. Their actions, however, tell a different story. There have been several accounts reporting the Salvation Army’s refusal of service to LGBT+ people unless they renounce their sexuality, end same-sex relationships, or, in some cases, attend services “open to all who confess Christ as Savior and who accept and abide by The Salvation Army’s doctrine and discipline.” The church claims it holds a “positive view of human sexuality,” but then clarifies that “sexual intimacy is understood as a gift of God to be enjoyed within the context of heterosexual marriage.” This belief extends to their staff, asking LGBT+ employees to renounce their beliefs and essentially their identity in order to align with the organization. The Salvation Army believes that “The theological belief regarding sexuality is that God has ordained marriage to be between one man and one woman and sexual activity is restricted to one’s spouse. Non-married individuals would therefore be celibate in the expression of their sexuality.” Essentially, gay people can’t get married. Unmarried people can’t have sex. Therefore, gay people are forbidden from being intimate with one another. This is unfair to ask of any employee, especially considering that one’s relationship status does not interfere with how well anyone can do their job.

If you are still looking to donate to a non-homophobic and transphobic organization this holiday season, here are some great pro-LGBT+ organizations with outreach similar to that of the Salvation Army:

  • Doctors Without Borders: medical and emergency relief
  • Habitat for Humanity: homelessness and housing
  • Local homeless shelters: search the National Coalition for the Homeless’ website for shelters near you!
  • Local food bank: find your local food bank through Feeding America here.
  • The Trevor Project: a leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBT+ young people ages 13-24.
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Dear Elf On The Shelf, I Hate You. Love, Me

Love them or hate them, Elf on a Shelf is here to stay.

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Every year it's the same thing. Families stuff themselves on Thanksgiving and then the next day brings, no not sales, but…The Elf on a Shelf. I spent about seven blissful years not having to worry about the little red visitor (no, not THAT visitor) who invaded my home every Christmas season. But, once I remarried and had 2 additional sons, my sister in law just had to introduce them to that Elf. He (or she if you have daughters) watches your kids during the day and then returns to the North Pole every night to tattle, I mean, tell Santa how the kids are behaving. Of course, the elves need assistance getting around, so now, every night until Christmas Eve, my husband and I (and many other parents) are forced to move these little creatures around the house to make our children behave.

I cannot tell you how many times I have forgotten to move the elves (yes, we have been blessed with more than one. It seems my boys each want their own private surveillance). I would wearily climb all the way up to my bedroom and settle down as if for a long winter's nap, and it would hit me. It was back downstairs for me. Now it is after midnight and I am pacing around my house trying to find a new and innovative way to hide these little buggers. There are so many places that an elf can hide where it cannot be touched (did I forget to mention that touching them means certain death and some pissed off children?). But, nothing gets the adrenaline pumping in the morning than to realize that you have forgotten to move them, and your kids are stirring in their beds.

It reminds something one of my friends said, "I can't believe anybody would celebrate a holiday where a jolly prowler breaks into your house and leaves gifts." Ah, Squidward, if you think that's bad, try three tiny stalkers invading your home for a few weeks.

And just the other day, one of my sons made the most interesting observation: "Mommy, I saw a tag on the elf. How come he's a toy?" Now the real fun begins.

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