Why Black Friday Isn't All That Bad

Why Black Friday Isn't All That Bad

A way to bond with your family...

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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33 Basic Summer Bucket List Ideas For College Girls That Don't SUCK

27. Stay up all night and watch the sun come up

The weather is finally getting warmer and summer is just two short months away.

The other day I got my first whiff of food being cooked on the way home and it made me think of all the stuff I want to do this summer and what I want to accomplish in the upcoming months. It also made me think about how I make the same promises to myself every year and don't accomplish half of the things I want. So, this year, I decided to make a summer bucket list. I've heard of people doing this and I always thought it was kind of stupid, but I figure writing it down would motivate me more than just thinking, "That would be a nice thing to do."

So here are some things on my summer bucket list and hopefully they inspire you to go out and have the best summer of your life.

1. Find and do a summer exercise challenge

2. Go on a road trip

3. Visit a water park

4. Make fresh-squeezed lemonade

5. Have a water fight

6. Attend at least one outdoor concert

7. Research and apply to internships

8. Start journaling

9. Sign up for a class

10. Spend an afternoon on a boat

11. Read a new book every month of the summer

12. Eat fried dough

13. Attend a fair

14. Spend the day at a beach

15. Roast a marshmallow and make s’mores

16. Host an awesome summer party

17. Go to a drive-in movie

18. Cook something you never cooked before

19. Have an epic movie marathon with friends

20. Go river tubing

21. Reconnect with friends you haven’t seen in a while

22. Eat lunch on a dock

23. Order a new flavor of ice cream

24. Go bowling

25. Take pictures in a photo booth

26. Go shopping on a boardwalk

27. Stay up all night and watch the sun come up

28. Eat pizza by a pool

29. Do a Pinterest craft

30. Ride a four wheeler

31. Big an epic blanket fort

32. Go to an aquarium

33. Lay in the back of a pickup truck

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45 #Goals For The End-All Be-All College Kid's Summer Bucket List

Running out of ideas of things to do this summer? No, you're not!

It's finally summertime, or as I'd like to call it, the best time of the year! But every summer I notice that there are tons of things I could be doing than just sitting around doing a whole lot of nothing. Do you run out of ideas of things to do during your summer breaks? Well if so, here are 45 activity ideas that will make your summer adventurous and memorable!

1. Have some nice days to relax on the beach.

I mean... this a summer must, right?

2. Relax by the pool.

3. Take some summer classes.

It never hurts to get some college credits on your time off.

4. Finish a TV series on Netflix.

... or multiple.

5. Take a trip to the aquarium or zoo.

6. Go on a froyo or ice cream date.

7. Go indoor/outdoor skydiving.

It seems like skydiving places are popping up everywhere, nowadays.

8. Visit some museums.

9. Go see a new movie that's being released.

10. Take a road trip with your besties.

Road trips are the best for friendship bonding!

11. Go to your favorite restaurant, but try something NEW!

12. Make a summer Spotify playlist.

Come on now... what is summer without the tunes to go with it?

13. Have a cookout or party with your friends.

14. Take your dog for a walk or to a dog park.

Pets are your friends, too.

15. Go parasailing or tubing.

16. Attend a local sports game.

17. Have mini photo shoots (of people or nature).

This one is for all my photoholics out there.

18. Go on a hike.

19. Get a part-time (or full-time) job.

It's nice to actually have money to do this stuff.

20. Go on a shopping spree.

21. Try out some new recipes.

22. Go to a local fair/festival.

24. Go strawberry picking.

25. Go to an amusement or water park.

26. Donate old clothes.

27. Paint a picture.

28. Go on a boat ride.

29. Catch up on some sleep.

30. If you have a record player, go shopping for used vinyl records.

31. Visit a friend who doesn't live close to you.

They will definitely appreciate having visitors.

32. Redo your bedroom.

33. Have a spa day.

Massages? Mani/Pedis? Doesn't matter, get your relaxation on!

34. Help with chores around the house.

Your parents should appreciate this one, and it's a good way for you to get yourself on their good side.

35. Get tan.

36. Have some lazy days to do nothing.

37. Go fishing.

38. Try out a local coffee shop.

You'll notice that these little local coffee shops literally have the best coffee ever.

39. Go to summer concerts.

40. Go to a drive-in movie.

41. Watch a sunrise/sunset.

42. Help out your community and do some volunteer work.

43. Be a tourist for a day in your own hometown.

It's a lot more interesting to be home when you take in what the tourists do.

44. If you have a Polaroid camera, take lots of pictures.

45. Make a summer scrapbook documenting your unforgettable summer.

It'll definitely be one to remember!

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