HGTV: Welcome To The Obsession

HGTV: Welcome To The Obsession

You mean you aren't actually an interior designer?
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Yeah, yeah, yeah; I get it. Home and Garden TV, better known as HGTV, is a popular channel among older-aged generations. I got hooked on it years ago and I'll never stop loving it. I mean, who doesn't love watching happy couples get their dream homes? Isn't that what we all want? We watch, we love, and we wish more than anything that we could have our homes transformed by such iconic people. What isn't there to love about them? From "Fixer-Upper" to "House Hunters" to design challenges, this channel can certainly be for anyone and everyone. To outline my borderline obsession, and yours also (because, let's face it, you're obsessed too), here is a list of HGTV-like things that you're sure to relate to.


1. Chip and Joanna Gaines

Need I say more? They are TV's dream couple. They make houses beautiful. They are overall adorable.


2. Please don't ask me which twin is more attractive

Oh, my. Drew and Jonathan Scott. Commonly known as the Property Brothers. They're adorable and they make such a great team.


3. How in the heck do these young couples have such a large budget?

24-year-old recently married couples with a budget of $900,000? That's definitely a train I want to hop on!


4. Another episode of "House Hunters"?

Whenever one of the popular shows isn't on, there's always "House Hunters". It's a show we all love to hate, but at the same time we wish we could pick between three great houses and end up happy.


5. But really, is "Love It or List It" scripted?

Don't get me wrong, this is a great show. Either way, the couples are moving into an amazing house or their current house is being made amazing. It can't just be me that thinks the show is scripted in some way...

*Research shows that it is not, in fact, scripted. However, my suspicions are still present.

Overall, the Home and Garden Television Network is an amazing channel. It used to be overlooked by the younger generations, but I feel like it's now making a serious comeback. Maybe someday our dreams will come true and we will get the house of our imaginations.

But until then, keep hoping, and keep watching HGTV.

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Live Music Is Better Than Pre-Recorded Music

Have you ever been in an arena with 15,000 people singing along to your favorite songs? It gives me goosebumps every time.
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As an avid concert goer myself, sometimes going to two or more per month, I fully believe that hearing music live is way better than listening to it on Spotify.

First off, if you’re going to hear it live, you’re more than likely going with a friend. What’s better than being at the barricade singing along to your favorite songs? Nothing! Being with my best friends at a concert for an artist we all love dearly has grown to be one of my happy places.

Second, you get to hear things live that you’ll never get to hear with a pre-recorded track. Something that’s pre-recorded is the same thing over and over again, you can never change it, but with live music, it’s different every time. Some bands that I’ve seen throw in extra guitar solos or drum solos and even climb into the audience to let fans sing into their microphones, which is something you don’t get to hear on pre-recorded tracks.

There is no autotune at a concert, and if the artist is really good, they sound just like they do on the pre-recorded track. All Time Low is a great example of this - and if you haven’t seen them live, I highly recommend that you do! They are one of my favorite bands and they put on an amazing show whether it’s your first one or your one hundredth.

Acoustic songs and hearing the crowd sing the song right back is something that will always give me chills, especially big arena shows with more than 15,000 people in attendance. Nothing warms my heart more than knowing that thousands of people are there together for one night to do one thing - sing their hearts out to their favorite artists.

Getting the chance to possibly meet the artist is another added benefit of live music that I like to throw in. If you don’t have meet and greet, most artists will usually meet fans in the back by the busses! It’s one of the most exciting things about the after-concert, hoping they’ll come out and say hello.

I could go on forever about why live music is better than pre-recorded, but if I had to pick a reason over everything, I would say the memories of live music.

Sure, I can capture them on my phone and re-watch them later, but nothing beats being there with your friends and listening to all your favorite songs unfold in front of you. Nothing beats screaming the lyrics and forgetting about everything stressful in your life for awhile.

My next concert is not until June and I’m not quite sure what I’m going to do until then. Attending concerts is one of my favorite past times, and this year, my friends and I will be traveling to see quite a few shows, which I can’t wait for.

Next time you attend a live show, think of all of these things discussed in this article and ask yourself which you prefer: live music or pre-recorded?

Cover Image Credit: Megan Courtney

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11 Of The Best 'Powerpuff Girls' Quotes

Sugar, spice, and everything nice
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Growing up, the Powerpuff Girls was one of my favorite television shows. I spent a lot of time with my sister and cousin, watching and re-watching episodes, and running around pretending to be the amazing super-heroines we looked up to. When I watch the show again at age 20, I realize how funny, clever, and insightful some of the lines are. If you grew up watching the Powerpuff girls and you need a laugh, these 11 quotes are sure to remind you of the three wonderful girls who save the day, as well as their friends (and enemies)!

1. Bubbles: "There's nothing wrong with talking to yourself."

2. Blossom: "I'm not boring! I'm a... a fiery redhead! And who made Bubbles the cute one? I'm cute! Look at this bow!"


3. Mojo Jojo: "Annoying little girl, you must wait your turn, in which I am first and you are second, which, in essence, makes you last, since 1 is before 2."


4. Bubbles: "Goodness gracious! Sir, you are being slowly digested. We need to get you to a hospital."

5. Buttercup: "It takes a lot more than a couple of cheap shots to make us cry."

6. Princess: "QUIET. Now listen. It doesn't matter that you've got your little gadgets, or that you're the ultimate evil. All that matters is that I destroy the Powerpuff Girls, which I will because I have the most powerful power in the whole wide world. COLD HARD CASH."

7. Talking Dog: "Well, I may be able to talk, but I sure as heck can't drive!"

8. Bubbles: "What are you doing in our closet, Mr. Mayor?"

Mayor: "You mean...we're not in my house?"

Buttercup: "Sorry, Mayor."

Mayor: "Well that explains all the cool furniture!"


9. HIM: "You see, the thing about gift giving is it's the thought that counts. And obviously, thinking isn't your strong point."


10. Brick: "If you're gonna do graffiti, at least spell the words right! Sheesh! Talk about dum-BUH."


11. Professor Utonium: "Hey, where's Bubbles?"

Buttercup: "She's probably upstairs combing her hair so she'll be the 'prettiest girl at the party'!"

Bubbles (upstairs, combing her hair): "I'm gonna be the prettiest girl at the party!"

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