Why Black Friday Isn't All That Bad

Why Black Friday Isn't All That Bad

A way to bond with your family...
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Every year we all hear Black Friday horror stories. People becoming sleep deprived monsters in order to get an unnecessary amount of 60 inch flat screen TVs. Many people disapprove some stores requiring their employees to work on Thanksgiving or "Pre-Black Friday." Following the Thanksgiving festivities in my family, I always find Black Friday to be a very festive and enjoyable outing. There is no better way to get into the festive Christmas spirit.

First of all, in my family you do not go shopping on Thanksgiving. That is spent indoors with family and usually includes everyone passing out in a food coma. When I was 13, I was finally allowed to go with my mom and my aunt shopping rather than being forced to stay at home and help my dad and uncle look after my two younger cousins. I consider this time spent shopping with my mom and my aunt as one of the most intense and enjoyable bonding experiences that we share.

First. we spend some down time on Thanksgiving rewatching the parade and going through all the catalogs in order to pick out which stores we want to go to. Most of these are kids' toy stores so my aunt can go ahead and get start to my cousins' extensive Christmas lists, whereas I am all about going to get new cozy *and cheap* sweaters for the coming winter season.

Then, my favorite part, strategizing. We all sit down and map out when and where we are going and at what exact time when need to get up in the morning so that we still have plenty of time for all of us to get our various forms of caffeine.

Then its times for the shopping! This is, obviously, my favorite part. Not only do I get to pick out a few things for myself, but I love buying my friends and family Christmas gifts and checking everything off my list is incredibly satisfying. I have never once encountered a crazy free-for-all that is depicted in the news articles many of us will no doubt see the next day. I do credit this to going shopping in a small town in North Carolina.

We then end the day by subtly sneaking everything we bought back into my aunt and uncle's house (whether it's to hide how much stuff we bought from my uncle and my dad or to hide it form the kids, I'm still not 100% sure).

I feel like going Black Friday shopping with my family is in a way being invited to the "grown-ups table". I finally can hang out with them as more of friends and realize how similar we all are. I don't think that I will ever stop enjoying waking up at 4 am with them!*

*Disclaimer: just on Black Friday and Christmas, every other day I need my sleep.

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52 Instagram Captions Perfect For Your Next Beach Vacation

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Summer is officially in full swing. We are all looking forward to the adventures that await us. A lot of us have been dreaming about the day when we finally get to kick our feet up and relax by the ocean. If you find yourself getting ready for a trip to the beach then read these quotes to help get your in the mood for your vacation. Whether you are looking for an Instagram caption or are just trying to settle a bad case of wanderlust, here are 52 quotes on summer:

1. "Hello summer."

2. "I'm happiest when I'm floating in the ocean."

3. "May you always have a shell in your pocket, and sand in your toes."

4. "Life is better with palm trees."

5. "Sandy toes. Sun-kissed nose."

6. "Balmy nights, pink sunsets, and salty air."

7. "Talk to the sand."

8. "Live in the sunshine. Swim in the sea. Drink the wild air." -Emerson

9. "Everyone should believe in something. I believe I should go to the beach."

10. "Spontaneity is the best kind of adventure."

11. "The ocean is calling and I must go."

12. "Here comes the sun."

13. "If it requires a bikini, my answer is yes."

14. "I'm just a beachy kinda girl."

15. "As free as the ocean..."

16. "As endless as the ocean, as timeless as the tides..."

17. "Life's a beach. Enjoy the waves."

18. "A pineapple a day keeps the worries away."

19. "Let the currents guide your heart."

20. "Happiness comes in waves."

21. "Let's go somewhere where the stars kiss the ocean."

22. "My favorite color is sunset."

23. "I lost my heart to the sea."

24. "Sun, sand, and surf."

25. "Salt in the air. Sand in my hair."

26. "Smell the sea, and feel the sky. Let your soul and spirit fly." -Van Morrison

27. "High tides and good vibes."

28. "Mermaid kisses and starfish wishes."

29. "Stop and smell the ocean."

30. "I'm happy anywhere I can see the ocean."

31. "Tropical state of mind."

32. "Forever chasing the sun."

33. "Girls just wanna have sun."

34. "Some of the best memories are made in flip flops." -Kellie Elmore

35. "Good times and tan lines."

36. "Palm trees, ocean breeze, salty air, sun-kissed hair, endless summer, take me there."

37. "The ocean is calling."

38. "Love you to the beach and back."

39. "Paradise found."

40. "Seas the day."

41. "Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air..." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

42. "Eat. Beach. Sleep. Repeat."

43. "I never met a sunset I didn't like."

44. "Beach daze always."

45. "Catch me by the sea."

46. "Only worry in the world is the tide gonna reach my chair." -Zac Brown Band

47. "Stay salty."

48. "Done adulating- let's be mermaids."

49. "Find me under the palm trees."

50. "Sea you soon."

51. "Hello sunshine."

52. "Don't mind me... I'm just chasing the sun."

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15 Chill Songs To Cure Your Back-To-School Anxiety

Soothing bops for your fifteenth trip to Walmart for school supplies.

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It's that time of year again. Not Christmas. Not your birthday. It's those dreaded back-to-school blues come to haunt your soul for another semester. Whether you're a high school student anxiously awaiting your turn to LEAVE, or a seasoned college scholar wondering why you paid so much money to just read books, it's a hectic time for all. But, have no fear, for I have curated the perfect playlist to soothe your qualms about beginning yet another new season of life.

1. "This Feeling" by Alabama Shakes

"See, I've been having me a real hard time
But it feels so nice to know I'm gonna be alright"

2. "Chapter" by On Planets, Luca Fogale

"And all the time I've spent
Waiting for a taste of something different
I only see what's missing here"

3. "Glass" (feat. Sam Abel & Ray Damron) by Pheeno

"conversing at the cauldrons

speaking softly and by often seeking

altitudes forgotten

in between

sudden dreams"

4. "Ultralife"-Abbey Road Piano Sessions by Oh Wonder

"I got so much soul inside my bones
Take a look at me now
I'm young, forever in the sun
Ever since you came, I'm living ultralife"


5. "Berlin" by RY X

"Bedroom floor
And silence in my blood
Sorry love I'm running home
I'm a child of sun and the stars I love"


6. "Somehow" by Tom Odell

"But when I see you smiling back at me

Somehow, somehow
I know exactly what you mean"

7. "VCR" by The xx

"Watch things on VCRs, with me and talk about big love
I think we're superstars, you say you think we are the best thing"

8. "Montezuma" by Fleet Foxes

"Oh how could I dream of such a selfless and true love
Could I wash my hands of
Just looking out for me"

(Pro tip: This one sounds GREAT on vinyl.)

9. "Blood Bank" by Bon Iver

"I'm in love with your honor
I'm in love with your cheeks"

10. "Sound & Color" by Alabama Shakes

"Sound and color with me for my mind
And it should show you where to go when I need to speak"

11. "River" by Leon Bridges

"Oh, I wanna come near and give ya
Every part of me
But there's blood on my hands
And my lips aren't clean


12. "Child's Play" (feat. Chance the Rapper) by SZA

"But memories keep coming back
All the nights that we used to laugh
Wanna know how I used to was, how I used to was"

13. "The Way I Am" by Ingrid Michaelson

"I'd buy you Rogaine
When you start losing all your hair
Sew on patches to all you tear"

14. "Home By Now" by Bombay Bicycle Club

"I'll remember long drives, sitting in the back
Looking out and endless snow"

15. "The Rain" by Oh Wonder

"Ever since the rain I've been living days too slow
Lie around and wait for a heart I used to know
They say that over time there'll be nothing left to lose
But I still can't find the light, I've given all my love to you"


16. "Hypnotized" by Astronomyy

"You taught me how to be
A better man, a better being
And I've been thinkin'
Even though I know that I don't deserve this
I know that I'm worth it, I want prove to you"



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