#DTL -- Your New Favorite App

#DTL -- Your New Favorite App

Jump onto the bandwagon!
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A new app has been creating a lot of buzz among college students. The concept is simple, silly, and oddly appealing. Don't try and resist the movement: this app is the future of socializing.

It's called Down to Lunch.Down to Lunch is an app that sends your friends a notification when you are engaging in an activity and would like company. These activities include breakfast, lunch, dinner, studying, exercising, chilling, and many more!

You may be thinking, "Why wouldn't I just text my friends? Wouldn't that be easier?" I too had that thought, but within an hour, I transitioned from a skeptic to a devoted user of the Down to Lunch
app.

If you are a skeptic like I was, here are some reasons to give the app a chance!

1. It's so simple.

There isn't always time to plan ahead -- you don't know exactly where you will be and at what time. When you want company at a spontaneous time, use the app! Skip texting your friends individually to figure out who's free, and just invite everyone at once!

2. You don't have to send a group text.

Group texts and Facebook messages come in handy, but they annoy everyone and come with an unstated obligation to respond. With DTL, a simple, one-time notification is sent without a required response.

3. Your friends come to you.

Let's say you have already laid out your books and set up a nice study area for yourself, and you'd like company. DTL let's your friends know you're staying put. If they want to hang out, they come to you! How convenient is that?!

4. You don't have to put yourself out there.

Unlike other methods of invitation, this is far less personal. They don't know whom else you've invited, it's much more spontaneous, and as I mentioned before -- it doesn't require a response. DTL removes you from the risk of being turned down. This is the perfect opportunity for you to invite your crush to lunch without revealing your true intentions.

5. Your friends are getting it.

Let's be real: this is going to be big. If you are the only one without the app, all of your friends will be eating lunch without you. Soon you'll be phased out of the group! You don't have to think it's a good idea before you download it -- just do it so you won't miss lunch invitations!

I think I've made my point. Now download the app so I can invite you to lunch!


Cover Image Credit: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/down-to-lunch/id991526007?mt=8

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If Taylor Swift Songs Were Types Of Alcohol

Because what's better than a drink and some T-Swift?
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With Taylor Swift's quick return to the music scene... and in a big way, might I add, I decided to associate some of the best Taylor Swift songs with alcohol.

I mean, who wouldn't want to drink to Taylor Swift's catchy melodies and perfect choruses to get over an ex or tell someone exactly how you feel about them?

Taylor Swift has been around for a decade at this point, and let's face it, pretty much all of her songs could go along with at least one type of alcohol.

1. "Welcome To New York" - Moscow Mule

It only makes sense. Visit the Big Apple and you have to indulge in the state's signature cocktail. Moscow mules are a New York classic, and if it's your first night in the city and you haven't bought yourself one, are you even in New York?

2. "Blank Space" - Everclear

Think about it... A night of drinking Everclear will leave you with a giant blank space the next day. You might also look like Taylor did in the music video.

3. "Tim McGraw" - Beer

Tim McGraw is a throwback to Taylor's high school love. What better way to reminisce than with a couple friends and a keg of your favorite cheap beer?

4. "Style" - Cristal Champagne

What's more stylish than with a glass of the most expensive bubbly you can find? Just like Taylor Swift, Cristal will never go out of style.

5. "Shake It Off" - Martini

Get it? Cause you shake a martini? I might be the only one who thinks that's funny but you might end up dancing a little bit with a martini in hand when "Shake It Off" come on the radio.

6. "Red" - Merlot


Red has to go along with a red wine. What else could go along with yet *another* T-Swift breakup song?

7. "22" - Margaritas

Let's face it, when you're 22, you really only drink margaritas. They're fun- and all the hipsters are probably drinking them too.

8. "Teardrops On My Guitar" - Southern Comfort

When your heart is broken, who are you going to turn to besides the only alcohol that gives you comfort...Southern Comfort that is.

9. "I Knew You Were Trouble" - Fireball

I can't say I've ever met anyone who spent a night with Fireball and didn't regret it the next morning.

10. "Look What You Mad Me Do" - Tequila

T-Swift's latest single is an angry one. What better to make you angry than tequila? Taylor basically just called out everyone who had ever talked about her behind her back and she did it in true Taylor fashion-by writing a song. She was probably drunk on tequila when she wrote it too.

11. ...Ready For It? - Bottomless Mimosas

Because it's just that good.

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Board Games Are More Important Than You Think They Are

They've become a defining part of my family.

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Remember when you were a kid and you'd have a family game night? Or your friends would come over and you'd open the game cabinet and play at least three different games together?

Maybe it's just me, but those are some of my best memories from my childhood. My family loves games, board games, and electronic games.

Of course, as I got older, gaming consoles like PlayStation and Wii became more and more popular. That meant that the game cabinet was opened less and less, collecting dust.

Thankfully, I live in New Jersey near the shore and Hurricane Sandy left my family with no power for five days. Sure, it was scary not having power and walking around my neighborhood seeing fallen trees or roof shingles, but we were inland enough to not have had any flood water damage.

No power also meant no PlayStation or Wii games. The gaming cabinet was opened again, this time with vigor. Now, four years later, and I still think about sitting in the dark with a flashlight playing Scrabble with my family.

That was also the week I learned how to play Yahtzee and dominated my dad in every game. My sister constantly was looking for someone to play her to Battleship. We exhausted Rummikub.

The game was already a family favorite, and that's including extended family. Family barbeques had been ending with late night games of Rummikub for at least a year by the time Sandy hit.

We were ready to strategize and crunch numbers, but after day three, we never wanted to a number ever again.

This semester, there's been a surge of board game love again in my family. My sister bought Jenga, which we are currently trying to exhaust ourselves with. My favorite board game also had a comeback: Life.

I loved this game so much that I had the SpongeBob version as a kid. I would play it with my best friend, just the two of us, playing game after game of Bikini Bottom themed Life. Now, I have a car full of "kids" that I've started to make pets in my head. I can handle having five pretend dogs, but not five pretend kids.

I don't know what it is about board games, but my family has always had an affinity for them. We've gone through our cycles of playing video games and card games, but we always come back to the classics. Maybe it's more a defining part of my family than I originally thought.

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