An Open Letter To My Little

An Open Letter To My Little

Casual reminder that I appreciate you

Dear Little,

We met for the first time at 1851, ordered some delicious paninis, and talked. I had so much fun hanging out with you. I didn't have to work to keep the conversation going, because it didn't really ever stop. It was liked we had clicked instantly. I remember thinking as I walked to class that day, "I think I just met my little." I would say that was pretty premature of me, if I hadn't been right, but I was so right.

We've only known each other for about two months and already you've become one of my best friends and my soon-to-be-roommate. We've had movie nights, Netflix nights, gone to the fair, gone on crazy adventures, gotten lost together (my fault, I know), and recently gone apartment hunting. And I've loved every minute of it.

Thank you for putting up with me when I'm hyper (which is all the time). Thank you for listening to me rant about everything. Thank you for eating unhealthy with me and then going to spin with me the next day. And most importantly, thank you for waiting to watch the Stranger Things 2 finale with me. I know that wasn't easy.

I promise to always be the best big and friend I can be to you. I promise to always be there for you, whether you need me or not. I promise to always be a phone call away. I promise to love you, even when you can't decide where to eat.

Thanks for being the most amazing little a big could ask for!


Your Big

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Sorry Not Sorry, My Parents Paid For My Coachella Trip

No haters are going to bring me down.

This piece is intended to be a satire of an experience at Coachella.

With Coachella officially over, lives can go back to normal and we can all relive Beyonce’s performance online for years to come. Or, if you were like me and actually there, you can replay the experience in your mind for the rest of your life, holding dear to the memories of an epic weekend and a cultural experience like no other on the planet.

And I want to be clear about the Beyonce show: it really was that good.

But with any big event beloved by many, there will always be the haters on the other side. The #nochella’s, the haters of all things ‘Chella fashion. And let me just say this, the flower headbands aren’t cultural appropriation, they’re simply items of clothing used to express the stylistic tendency of a fashion-forward event.

Because yes, the music, and sure, the art, but so much of what Coachella is, really, is about the fashion and what you and your friends are wearing. It's supposed to be fun, not political! Anyway, back to the main point of this.

One of the biggest things people love to hate on about Coachella is the fact that many of the attendees have their tickets bought for them by their parents.

Sorry? It’s not my fault that my parents have enough money to buy their daughter and her friends the gift of going to one of the most amazing melting pots of all things weird and beautiful. It’s not my fault about your life, and it’s none of your business about mine.

All my life, I’ve dealt with people commenting on me, mostly liking, but there are always a few that seem upset about the way I live my life.

One time, I was riding my dolphin out in Turks and Cacaos, (“riding” is the act of holding onto their fin as they swim and you sort of glide next to them. It’s a beautiful, transformative experience between human and animal and I really think, when I looked in my dolphin’s eye, that we made a connection that will last forever) and someone I knew threw shade my way for getting to do it.

Don’t make me be the bad guy.

I felt shame for years after my 16th birthday, where my parents got me an Escalade. People at school made fun of me (especially after I drove into a ditch...oops!) and said I didn’t deserve the things I got in life.

I can think of a lot of people who probably don't deserve the things in life that they get, but you don't hear me hating on them (that's why we vote, people). Well, I’m sick of being made to feel guilty about the luxuries I’m given, because they’ve made me who I am, and I love me.

I’m a good person.

I’m not going to let the Coachella haters bring me down anymore. Did my parents buy my ticket and VIP housing? Yes. Am I sorry about that? Absolutely not.

Sorry, not sorry!

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5 Brands Of 'Healthy' Ice Cream That You Need To Try ASAP

More and more ice cream brands are releasing low-calorie, high protein options - are they worth it?

Summer is just around the corner, and what is more refreshing on a hot day than ice cream?


But we know that ice cream isn't the healthiest thing for us to snack on. A DQ blizzard can set you back anywhere from 350-1500 calories, and while Blizzards are absolutely worth the calories, eating them multiple times a week can impact your weight and health.

Lucky for us ice cream lovers, the past couple of years have seen amazing changes to ice cream. Many brands are working to release recipes that are low-calorie, low-sugar, and high-protein. In other words, you won't regret eating an entire pint once a week...or twice a week...or more...

Here are five "healthy" ice cream brands that I recommend for anyone looking to make their ice cream game strong! (Get it? Protein? Strength? Okay, good.)

1. Halo Top

If you haven't heard of Halo Top, you might be living under a rock. Ranging from 280 to 360 calories per pint, this ice cream is easy to love. Bonus: each pint is packed with 20 grams of protein. Post-workout snack? I think yes.

And, for my fellow dairy sensitive peeps: Halo Top makes dairy free and vegan varieties of their delicious flavors!

2. Arctic Zero

Arctic Zero's non-dairy desserts boost an impressive 150 to 300 calories per pint and 280 to 360 calories for their new light ice cream. While the texture of their non-dairy desserts is a little different than your typical ice cream, the flavors are awesome. The chunky pints are my favorite - I could probably eat a pint of Cherry Chocolate Pint every day and never get sick of it.

As for protein, Arctic Zero has about 18 grams per pint for their non-dairy flavors and 8 grams for their light ice creams.

3. Enlightened

Enlightened slays the flavor game! Marshmallow Peanut Butter, Movie Night, French Toast, Glazed freaking delicious. Flavors range from 60 to 100 calories per serving, or 240 to 400 calories per pint. Plus, each pint packs around 24 grams of protein. Great flavors and great macros = happy ice cream lovers.

4. Breyer's Delights

At 260 to 350 calories per pint and 20 grams of protein per pint, Breyer's Delights are a delicious and smart way to binge. I think the texture and taste of this brand is one of the best in this list, and the pints are a little cheaper than some of the other low-cal ice cream pints out there.

5. Ben & Jerry's Moo-Phoria

Who doesn't love B&J? Everyone's favorite brand recently came out with Moo-Phoria Light Ice Cream, 3 flavors ranging from 140 to 160 calories per serving, or 560 to 640 calories per pint, with around 12 grams of protein per pint. While this is significantly higher than the other brands on this list, it still beats the 800 to 1,000 calories found in the original recipes.

Plus, it's Ben & Jerry's. You just can't beat those chunks and swirls. The current Moo-Phoria flavors include caramel cookie fix, P.B. Dough, and Chocolate Milk & Cookies - hopefully soon we can enjoy a pint of Half Baked or Americone Dream for less calories soon!

Whether you're looking for a new post-workout snack or just want to enjoy a lighter version of your favorite treat hopefully this list will help you while shopping! Happy ice cream eating!

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