8 Winter Activities I Look Forward To Coming Home To

8 Winter Activities I Look Forward To Coming Home To

Finals are over, now it's time to celebrate (the season).

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Coming home (even though it's only a solid 20 minutes) to Fishers gives me absolute joy. Most of my excitement stems from the fact that I can finally relax and enjoy the holiday season. My family has many Christmas traditions that we love to do together. Some of them have lasted since before I can remember, others are relatively new.

1. Yuletide

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The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's annual Yuletide event is something that my family goes to every year downtown at the circle. It is a huge show full of singing, dancing, and holiday music. I can't imagine a holiday season passing without attending this special event. The dancing Santas (pictured) are my favorite. They are all tap dancers.

2. Baking Cookies/Treats

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With my mom being an excellent baker, you can always expect our house to be full of sugar and flour. My mom, sister, and I love to bake cookies. It is a tradition that we have always done together, and I look forward to the holiday cookies that I usually have only once a year.

3. Carmel Christmas Market

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Referred to as the "Christmas Christkindlmarkt", Carmel has a small area with German foods, hot chocolate, various vendors, and an ice-skating rink. A relatively new tradition in our family, I can't wait to walk around and hopefully get to ice skate this year (the line is always so long!).

4. Christmas Shopping

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I love going out with my mom to shop for the holidays. There is no better feeling than giving, and the best part of the holidays is that everyone is in the "giving" mood.

5. Holiday Feasts

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I love when the family comes to our house for a home cooked meal made by my mom. She always decorates and makes sure that the tables are decorated according to the season. I aspire to do the same when I have my own home.

6. Christmas Lights

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Sometimes you just need to get in the car and search for Christmas lights. I love driving through the Reynold's lights every year in Fishers.

7. White Elephant/Games

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The Saran Ball Game is a tradition my family started a couple years ago. I laugh so hard watching others do this game, and I truly think it is so fun (and it can be done cheap!). Each family member gets a certain number of seconds to unwrap the ball as fast as they can. The closer to the center, the better the prizes get.

Not only do I love this game, but also White Elephant. Some families call it different names but bringing a present anonymously and getting to "steal" presents makes it loads of fun!

8. Christmas Movies

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My sister and I always settle for a night in with our pajamas and fireplace on. We'll watch several Christmas movies like "Eloise" and "Elf". It is something I look forward to, every year.

What traditions does your family do each year?

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23 Names Moms Of Millennials Have, And What Kind Of Mom They Probably Are

Behind every millennial is a mom with one of these common names.
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It's always interesting to learn the first names of my friends' mothers.

Most of the time, their name fits them perfectly. Behind every millennial is a mom with one of these common names.

1. Karen

Karen is smart, reliable and a friend to everyone she meets. She loves to go above and beyond. If you have a question, you call Karen, and she always has the answer.

2. Barbara, AKA Barb

Barb can get a little sassy, especially if she's had a few glasses of wine. Barb loves to laugh and have a good time. Beware: she might steal your clothes from your closet.

3. Jennifer


Jennifer is the hot mom who doesn't look a day over 30. She was popular in high school, and she's still popular now. She's not a regular mom: she's a cool mom.

4. Pam

Pam has the best chocolate chip cookie recipe in town. She loves going to bake sales and antique stores, and she gives great hugs. Pam makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside. There's not a mean bone in her body.

5. Michelle

Michelle is a born caregiver. She loves taking care of others and is especially great at being a mom. All the best moms are named Michelle.

6. Carla

Carla love boat rides and beer. She has at least one shirt with an American flag on it.

7. Lisa

Lisa is so responsible, it's scary. You know Lisa was put on this earth to mother everyone she meets, even complete strangers.

8. Nicole

Nicole is hip and trendy, especially if she goes by Nikki. Nicole thinks she's pretty cool, and even though they might not want to admit it, her kids think so too.

9. Brenda

Brenda has a great smile. She radiates happiness everywhere she goes. If Brenda was a color, she'd be yellow.

10. Tammy

Tammy is a teenager trapped in an adult body. She loves to be tan and spend time outdoors. Everyone knows Tammy has an alter ego when she drinks, and she's usually hilarious.

11. Kathy/Katherine

Kathy/Katherine is the laid-back mom who would secretly fight anyone that hurt their baby. Don't cross a Kathy/Katherine.

12. Nancy

Nancy sometimes loses her temper and then immediately second-guesses her parenting. It's probably because she's working too hard and not drinking enough wine. Give your mom a break.

13. Mary


Mary is an angel that fell to Earth. There's no way anyone could have beef with Mary. Give Mary a hug; she deserves it.

14. Janet

Janet's goofy, but she's really good at hiding it. Once she relaxes, though, Janet has the best laugh. She's also got a heart of gold.

15. Stacy

Stacy's that mom who will come to all of your baseball games twenty minutes early with a picnic basket full of sandwiches for the whole team. She loves wearing her hair in a ponytail and lives in her Mom Jeans.

16. Susan

Susan has a pretty severe resting bitch face, but don't let it fool you. She knows how to get down. Susan's purse is covered in buttons -- you know the kind: a headshot of a kid playing sports. She probably drives a minivan.

17. Amy/Aimee

Amy/Aimee never ages. She's fun to be around and has friends of all ages. Amy/Aimee works hard and is successful because of it. If anyone deserves happiness, it's Amy/Aimee.

18. Sherry

Sherry's great on the days you need a little pick-me-up. She might not be the best person to call in a crisis, but she sure knows how to make you smile.

19. Melissa

Melissa is beautiful. When you're with Melissa, it's easy to forget there's anyone else around. It must be hard having a mom who's hotter than you.

20. Stephanie

Stephanie is a pretty cool mom, especially on the weekends. She loves getting her hair done, her dog and drinking fruity frozen drinks with a little umbrella.

21. Cindy


Cindy's got an attitude. She might look sweet, but don't let her fool you. Don't bring your boyfriends or girlfriends to meet Cindy unless you're really serious about them, because she might scare them away.

22. Tiffany

No one knows how to break it down like Tiffany. She loves to dance. Wherever she goes, the party follows.

23. Carol

Carol is the strict mom who likes to give lectures at every opportunity. Don't be so hard on her though: she means well. Cut your mom some slack, kids.

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16 Ways To Save Money So Your Bank Account Can Bounce Back From The Holiday Shopping

Rake it up.

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Buying for mom, dad, siblings, and everyone in between can put a real damper on the bank account. If you are struggling with a low checking account then check out these ways to stack up on the savings so you can bounce back after all of the shopping you did for your loved ones (and yourself)!

1. Take your lunch to work.

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And don’t try to justify your need to leave the office with treating yourself to lunch.

2. Cancel/pause subscriptions.

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By logging onto your online account, place any subscriptions that you could do without for the month on pause and save yourself some money.

3. Shop at a cheaper grocery store.

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It’s a known fact that Target is a little costly compared to Fry’s, WinCo, and Walmart. While the shopping experience at Target is irreplaceable, the deals are seriously stacked at these stores.

4. Use coupons.

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The girl that you gave your email address to at the register was right. There’s some pretty good coupons, not only in there, but in downloadable apps and the newspaper.

5. Wait before you buy.

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Impulse buys are the ones we most regret. By waiting 30 days, you can see if the itch is gone and if not, then hey, treat yourself!

6. Clean up.

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You might be sitting on a pile of money right as we speak! Clothing stores and jewelry buyers are a great way to make some extra cash!

7. Focus on a budget.

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Sticking to a budget and tracking the different ways that you spend could be a great way to see where you could cut down.

8. Know when to buy generic items. 

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Sometimes, the store brans items are just as good as the one that has a famous commercial attached to it.

9. Bring reusable shopping bags to the store.

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Depending on where you shop/live, you may get asked to pay a small fee for shopping bags. Save these cents by bringing a reusable bag into the store!

10. Eat leftovers.

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Don’t let your waiter take your full plate of food away that could be tomorrow’s lunch!

11. Take care of your things.

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By making sure that your shoes, clothes, and other personal items are in good standing, you could save yourself the need to replace items such as these.

12. Consider your commute.

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Ensure that you are taking the best, most cost efficient route to work or school, so that gas isn’t eating at your check.

13. Take shorter showers.

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Not to mention, colder showers. Long, hot showers are the worst enemy of the water bill.

14. Know the difference between a need and a want.

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Don’t use a coupon just because you have one. This is the best way to guarantee that you’re going to spend money that you didn’t need to spend.

15. Compare prices.

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Who has cheaper milk? I don’t know, but that’s where I’m going to be doing the rest of my shopping.

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