Pumpkin Spice Is Great, But Pumpkin Spice Lattes Are Overrated

PSL? Yes To The PS, But Hold The L

Fall is here and that means pumpkin spice. No latte here please.


It's that time of year again. The mornings become brisker, the sun peaks through the horizon a little later, and the smell of fall is in the air. You all know what that means… it's time for Starbucks to bring back their famous specialty drink, the Pumpkin Spice Latte, into your life. It's basically a seasonal celebrity. Every Starbucks lover has been counting down to this moment for months and now it's finally here.

Fall has become one of my absolute favorite seasons (besides summer, of course). Growing up in New England, I have always looked forward to the beautiful foliage every year with the gorgeous assortments of warm-colored leaves on the trees. My siblings and I would wake up early every Saturday for a morning full of soccer games followed by playing in the colorful leaves before raking them into a big pile and jumping in them. Spending time with family and enjoying each other's company has always been my favorite memory of fall. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays where I get to spend time with my grandparents, cousins, and aunts and uncles, and enjoy my grandmother's delicious home cooking.

This is a special time, especially now that I am in college because I don't get to see my family very often. Being able to spend time with them on this holiday is something that I look forward to every year, besides the delicious food (obviously).

If fall could be described by one scent/flavor, it would definitely be pumpkin spice. There's no question about it. Whether it's pumpkin spice-flavored coffee creamer, specialty coffee drinks, bakery goods, cereals, ice cream, candle scents, air fresheners, you name it. It's impossible to get away from it during the fall months. I have definitely become acquired to pumpkin spice over the years. I'm still not a big fan of pumpkin pie, but I enjoy most pumpkin spice-flavored things, except Pumpkin Spice Lattes.

I have never thought of fall in terms of a Starbucks drink. This has become the new craze over the last few years and quite frankly, I think it's overrated. Sure, I like Starbucks, but I don't think the PSL deserves all of the praise it gets. A few years ago, I wanted to see what all of the talk was about, so I ordered my first PLS. Come to find, I could barely take three sips. It didn't even taste like pumpkin to me because it probably didn't have any pumpkin in it. It was loaded with sugar and I couldn't drink any more of it without feeling sick.

Yes, I know that probably makes me an outcast, but fall is supposed to be about family, playing in the leaves, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Friday night football games under the lights, apple and pumpkin picking, and much more. People have become so obsessed with this drink and it's taking away from what pumpkin spice really is.

So to all of you PSL enthusiasts, it's time for a wake-up call. Try something that has real pumpkin in it and see if you can taste the difference. Trust me, it will be worth it.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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To The Best Friend Every Girl Should Be Blessed Enough To Have

You definitely deserve all the love.


I have not written this letter, but it has been on my list of "to write" for forever. She keeps asking when I will write one about her and every time I tell her, soon.

Well here it is. The truth on why it took so long? No words seem to do everything justice. No matter how I put them or how I want them to sound, the page always makes them look weird and they always sound lame.

But finally, here it is. Best friend, this one is for you.

First and foremost I will start with a holy cow. We have been best friends for only a short time because who knew your "in school friend" from all those math classes would actually turn into this? We put off hanging out outside of school for years, and finally, after suffering through all that algebra we decided enough was enough.

I wish we had sooner.

I wish I had gotten more time with you before we both moved away to college - but ill take whatever time I get with you because well… you're incredible.

Thank you.

Thank you for finally agreeing to hang out with me.

Thank you for listening to every rant ever - whether it was a paragraph long text, a 2 hour FaceTime call or an hour-long car ride.

Thank you for ordering planners with me and spending nights decorating them with me (we are such losers).

Thank you for letting me become a part of your family.

Thank you for going to Friendly's, IHOP and Target at the most ungodly hours.

Thank you for encouraging me in everything I do, and stopping me from making bad decisions.

Thank you for telling me the truth, despite if it hurt me or not, I know now you will never lie about your feelings towards someone (LOL).

Basically, thank you for everything you have done for me. You have made me a better person and you encourage me to be my best self every single day.

Moving on I want to make it clear how incredibly proud of you I am. I love getting texts from you about your love for your classes, and how you want to be president of this club and president of that. How you help out kids, and how you host events. I love hearing about your major and the classes you are so incredibly excited to take. Watching you be so passionate about what you are doing and becoming makes me want to feel the same way in everything I do.

I hope someday my kids are your students because, in your hands, I know they can change the world.

Last but not least, I love you. And you're stuck with me.


Your forever number one fan

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