5 Kinds Of People In My Life That I Am Grateful For

5 Kinds Of People In My Life That I Am Grateful For

Christmas is just around the corner, make sure to include thanks on your shopping list.

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It's that time of year again! Time for lights, gifts, snow, holiday parties, but the most important of all: family. Through special times like these, there is nothing better than spending it with those you love. They are there every other day of the year, but during the holidays is when you truly get to enjoy their presence and give back to them for all that they have done for you. Sometimes giving a material present isn't possible, but just being there is more than enough.

1. My Mom and Dad

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You two are the best. Never in my life have I felt alone knowing that I have you two in my corner. It doesn't matter whether if we are 200 miles away or 2 feet away, I always know you are just a facetime call away. You guys are my loudest and most supportive fans. Thank you for always putting our family first, I love you guys.

2. My siblings

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The three of you never fail to make me laugh or put a smile on my face. I enjoy the all the calls for help with homework and to inform me of your day at school. I am always down for runs out to get ice cream and French fries. I might be a little bossy and overprotective, but it's because I love you.

3. My friends

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You know who you are. The time I spend with all of you is what I cherish most. From parties on Wednesday nights to staying in on Fridays to watch Netflix to night shifts at the hockey rink, all of these remind of the unwavering support and love you guys give me. No matter where or when I will always be there for you guys with open arms. I have no idea how you guys put up with me, but I'm thankful that you guys somehow find the strength to do it.

4. My roommates

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It's been a fun time. I know I am not a very social person and a very awkward person, but I thank you guys for being so nice to let me live with you guys. At times it may seem like I don't want to talk to you guys, but it's because I don't know what to say (I'm horrible at having conversations). Again, thank you for being so inviting and nice, I appreciate it more than you know.

5. Those people on the street that smile back

You know those people who smile at you for no reason and you just feel the need to smile back, that's who I am talking about. I may not know who they are but the fact that they just put a small amount of effort to smile and make someone's day makes them all the more important. I know when I am feeling sad, a smile from a nice person makes me feel like maybe the world isn't so bad.

So there is my letter of appreciation to the people who have a part in my life, whether I mentioned you or not, everyone deserves to know that there is someone out there that cares. Go out and tell your loved ones that you are grateful for all their love and support, that is the greatest gift you could give to them.

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12 Gifts To Give Your Girlfriend On Valentine's Day

All of these gift ideas will for sure win over your girlfriend's heart this year!
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To all the last-minute gift givers of Valentine's Day:

Don't panic. While I know how stressful it can be to get the perfect gift for your significant other, there are so many gift ideas that people always forget as an option. The best part about Valentine's day is not the gifts you get, but rather the romantic time you get to spend with your loved one. So don't worry about how expensive the gift is, just worry about how much thought you put into it. If you are still stuck on a gift to buy for your girlfriend, here are 12 ideas to get the ball rolling for you:

1. Chocolate



Chocolate is every woman's best friend. It also can be your wallet's best friend for this Valentine's Day season. A box of chocolate can warm your girlfriend's heart for a low price.

Buy a box on Amazon.


2. Flowers



Flowers. Another common, but romantic gift for your girlfriend. Get creative with it. Throw rose pedals all over the bed, or hand her a giant bouquet all at once. Either way I am sure she will love it.

Buy them on Amazon.


3. Giant Teddy Bear



This is a gift that I always found so adorable. While it can be obnoxious to purchase and carry around, the look on your girlfriend's face when she sees it will make it all worth it. She can cuddle the bear when you're not around. ;)

Buy one on Amazon.


4. Wine



Again, another luxury that is a woman's best friend. You cannot go wrong with buying your girlfriend a bottle, or bottles, of wine. The only question you have to ask yourself when buying it is, red or white?

Buy a set of glasses to match on Amazon.


5. A Couple's Massage

Um, hello. Who wouldn't love this gift? Not only is it a gift for her, but it is one for you as well. This gift can also be surprisingly cheap. Many places offer amazing deals during the Valentine's Day season!


6. Dinner

There is absolutely nothing wrong with just taking your girlfriend to a romantic dinner on Valentine's Day. Dinner can be expensive enough as it is, the important thing to remember is to make memories that will last a lifetime during the meal.


7. A Movie



Again, nothing wrong with just going to a movie for the night. Sometimes a movie can set the level of romance you need for Valentine's Day.

Buy an AMC gift card on Amazon.


8. A Necklace



I know what you're thinking, too expensive! Don't throw away the necklace idea just yet. There are so many stores that sell such elegant necklaces, and they are decently priced as well. Check out stores like Alex and Ani, or Pandora for great deals, or just order from Amazon!


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9. A Ring



While this gift may only apply to a select few, imagine how memorable this day would be for your girlfriend. Do not think it is too cliche to propose to your girlfriend on Valentine's Day. Who cares how many other people do it, think about the joy it will bring her.

Buy a diamond ring on Amazon.


10. Clothes



Plan and buy your girlfriend's outfit for the night! It saves her time figuring out what to wear, and you just bought her clothes that she will absolutely adore!

Buy a sweater she will love on Amazon.


11. A One Night Stay at a Hotel



I don't think I have to say anything about this gift. You all know how romantic this is.

Buy a Hotels.com gift card on Amazon.


12. Personalized Picture Frame



A gift that is beyond thoughtful. Taking all of your pictures of memories from before and putting them together for your girlfriend is a gift that will for sure have her in tears.

Buy one on Amazon.


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Holiday Block Leave For The Army Was Just Too Good To Be True

"When something looks too good to be true, it usually is." -Emmy Rossum

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Everyone enjoys the times where their soldier gets to come home. The multitude of dates, romantic gestures, and the simple fact that you get to spend time with your soldier feels like a dream.

You get to finally have your best friend back, and for about two weeks, you don't get that feeling of loneliness. I remember feeling extremely happy seeing my soldier smile and laugh with me over the silliest of things and thinking to myself that I missed moments like this. I also loved getting dolled up and going out to eat at some of our favorite places. Yet again, my heart and stomach were more than satisfied, I caught myself swooning about how the entirety of these events was dreamlike.

The first week flew by so fast. I blinked, and next thing you know he is packing up some of his things. I realized within the two-week time period I had already grown accustomed to him again. I had gotten overly attached, and I honestly did not know how to feel about it. I clearly did not want him to leave, but he had to. I felt myself growing irritated near the end of holiday block leave because I guess I felt there was nothing I could do to keep these insanely wonderful moments going. I knew that once he left it would be back to the routine of never-ending work and stress.

I was not ready for college to start back at this point. He wasn't ready to be brain fried from butt loads of work either, but my soldier has more determination than I sometimes. I am working on my determination and motivation, but I still will forever cry when stressed, or when I feel I have no control over a situation. I tried so hard to hold back the tears this time around, but it just couldn't be done. I did not breakdown I just shed a tear or two, so I can say I have improved.

It's just so hard.

I loved seeing him for those two weeks, but at the same time, it sucks because it's like we're being teased. We get to spend time with our military loved ones, but it's for such a short amount of time. Of course, we lived it to the fullest, but that doesn't make his leaving any easier.

Now, I'm just counting down the days until he gets another leave and I get to spend that time with him again.

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