11 Things Every Barnes & Noble Lover Will Understand

11 Things Every Barnes & Noble Lover Will Understand

"Do we have to leave?"

Greetings fellow knowledge seekers. When people ask us what our dream home looks like, we begin to describe an open platform (preferably two stories), well-lit, with rows upon rows upon rows of literature, music, film, notebooks, puzzles and more! Throw in a Starbucks with a little lounge and we’ve got it made! Then we chuckle in realization that we have just described none other than the utopia of leisurely entertainment, Barnes & Noble. If not our dream home, this place is surely our second home. So, if I may, I’d like to throw a little appreciation their way. Here is what we all know and love about Barnes & Noble.

1. You have to set aside at least one to five hours for your trip to Barnes & Noble.

This is no in-and-out type of gig like one of those super markets. Thorough perusal and submersion into the deep and timeless realm of your imagination is not optional. Keep your impatient person at home, because you could literally spend an entire day here and not have a problem with it.

2. You have sat down in a quiet aisle or corner with captivating literature in tow at least once.

There’s really no fighting it; it just happens.

3. You purposefully avoid your favorite section because you know you cannot afford that much merchandise.

But then you say “screw it” because your paycheck came in today and you deserve this!

4. When you say, "I could live here," you are not tripping.

You have a game plan for when the apocalypse comes and you need food and shelter. Starbucks and Barnes & Noble. Boom. Set for life.

5. You already have shelves of books at home you haven't read, yet somehow you walk away with yet another one.

You are going to need a bigger bookshelf.

6. There's only one place to get a kick-butt calendar. The Barnes & Noble.

Two words. Cow Yoga. You know exactly what I’m talking about.

7. Receiving a Barnes & Noble gift card is equivalent to receiving a puppy or a Disney trip.

You are going to binge so hard.

8. When you want to feel nostalgic, the best place to visit is Barnes & Noble, Jr.

Your favorite classics are waiting there for you. Whether it be Eric Carle, Dr. Seuss, Mercer Mayer, Mem Fox, “Goodnight Moon”, “Babar”, “Corduroy” or anything in between, I promise you will find it and your childhood in the Jr. section.

9. For some reason, you always end up reading at least one children's book.

Most of the time, it’s out loud with whomever you are with. Laughter will ensue..or tears when you realize, as an adult, that the majority of characters in these books are seen as different and just looking to be loved.

10. The most painful torture is knowing you can never experience it all.

So many books, movies, music, games, activities, toys, etc., and so little time.

11. The perfect way to celebrate yet another successful trip to Barnes & Noble is to cap it off with your favorite Starbucks drink.

This is also the perfect time to open up your new book and start reading!

As you exit the store and into the cruel world once more, do not be saddened. Whether you have a Pop Vinyl Figure or the newest release from your favorite series in your cream and green bag, you are one step closer to making your personal library an exact replica of Barnes & Noble. And don’t forget, when the apocalypse comes, you won’t have to leave.

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When You Give A Girl A Dad

You give her everything

They say that any male can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad. That dads are just the people that created the child, so to speak, but rather, dads raise their children to be the best they can be. Further, when you give a little girl a dad, you give her much more than a father; you give her the world in one man.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a rock.

Life is tough, and life is constantly changing directions and route. In a world that's never not moving, a girl needs something stable. She needs something that won't let her be alone; someone that's going to be there when life is going great, and someone who is going to be there for her when life is everything but ideal. Dads don't give up on this daughters, they never will.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a role model.

If we never had someone to look up to, we would never have someone to strive to be. When you give a little girl someone to look up to, you give her someone to be. We copy their mannerisms, we copy their habits, and we copy their work ethic. Little girls need someone to show them the world, so that they can create their own.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her the first boy she will ever love.

And I'm not really sure someone will ever be better than him either. He's the first guy to take your heart, and every person you love after him is just a comparison to his endless, unmatchable love. He shows you your worth, and he shows you what your should be treated like: a princess.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her someone to make proud.

After every softball game, soccer tournament, cheerleading competition, etc., you can find every little girl looking up to their dads for their approval. Later in life, they look to their dad with their grades, internships, and little accomplishments. Dads are the reason we try so hard to be the best we can be. Dads raised us to be the very best at whatever we chose to do, and they were there to support you through everything. They are the hardest critics, but they are always your biggest fans.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a credit card.

It's completely true. Dads are the reason we have the things we have, thank the Lord. He's the best to shop with too, since he usually remains outside the store the entire time till he is summoned in to forge the bill. All seriousness, they always give their little girls more than they give themselves, and that's something we love so much about you.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a shoulder to cry on.

When you fell down and cut yourself, your mom looked at you and told you to suck it up. But your dad, on the other hand, got down on the ground with you, and he let you cry. Then later on, when you made a mistake, or broke up with a boy, or just got sad, he was there to dry your tears and tell you everything was going to be okay, especially when you thought the world was crashing down. He will always be there to tell you everything is going to be okay, even when they don't know if everything is going to be okay. That's his job.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a lifelong best friend.

My dad was my first best friend, and he will be my last. He's stood by me when times got tough, he carried me when I just couldn't do it anymore, and he yelled at me when I deserved it; but the one thing he has never done was give up on me. He will always be the first person I tell good news to, and the last person I ever want to disappoint. He's everything I could ever want in a best friend and more.

Dads are something out of a fairytale. They are your prince charming, your knight in shinny amour, and your fairy godfather. Dads are the reasons we are the people we are today; something that a million "thank you"' will never be enough for.

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15 Thing Only Early 2000's Kids Will Understand

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This is it early 2000's babies, a compilation finally made for you. This list is loaded with things that will make you swoon with nostalgia.

1. Not being accepted by the late 90's kids.


Contrary to what one may think, late 90's and early 00's kids had the same childhood, but whenever a 00's kid says they remember something on an "only 90's kids will understand" post they are ridiculed.

2. Fortune tellers.


Every day in elementary school you would whip one of these bad boys out of your desk, and proceed to tell all of your classmates what lifestyle they were going to live and who they were going to marry.



You could never read this book past 8 o'clock at night out of fear that your beloved pet rabbit would come after you.

4. Silly bands.


You vividly remember begging your parents to buy you $10 worth of cheap rubber bands that vaguely resembles the shape of an everyday object.

5. Parachutes.


The joy and excitement that washed over you whenever you saw the gym teacher pull out the huge rainbow parachute. The adrenaline that pumped through your veins whenever your gym teacher tells you the pull the chute under you and sit to make a huge "fort".

6. Putty Erasers


You always bought one whenever there was a school store.

7. iPod shuffle.


The smallest, least technological iPpd apple has made, made you the coolest kid at the bus stop.

8. "Education Connection"

You knew EVERY wood to the "Education Connection" commercials. Every. Single.Word.

9. " The Naked Brothers Band"


The "Naked Brothers Band" had a short run on Nickelodeon and wrote some absolute bangers including, "Crazy Car' and "I Don't Wanna Go To School"

10. Dance Dance Revolution


This one video game caused so many sibling, friend, and parent rivalries. This is also where you learned all of your super sick dance moves.

11. Tamagotchi


Going to school with fear of your Tamagotchi dying while you were away was your biggest worry.

12. Gym Scooters


You, or somebody you know most likely broke or jammed their finger on one of these bad boys, but it was worth it.

13. Scholastic book fairs


Begging your parents for money to buy a new book, and then actually spending it on pens, pencils, erasers, and posters.



Who knew that putting yogurt in a plastic tube made it taste so much better?

15. Slap Bracelets


Your school probably banned these for being "too dangerous".

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