Top 10 Summer Date Ideas

Top 10 Summer Date Ideas

Turn the heat of the summer onto the heat of a relationship
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Summer is finally here. That means no more homework, and therefore, more time to spend with those you love! Gone are the days of dates being limited to just a movie theater by the frigid winter air, and here are sunny days with endless possibilities! Here are the top 10 date ideas for summer that utilize creativity, fun, and excitement to surely make you swoon.

10. Yard/Estate Sale

Now I know what you must be thinking, I watch "too much" HGTV/DIY projects, and have seen "too many" episodes of "Flee Market Flip" (and you're probably right), but with the sunny weather, what better way to spend the day than finding hidden treasures? Sorting through someone else's things may seem strange at first, but you'll soon come to realize these items may stir up great conversation and stories, as well as allow you two the chance to forge inside jokes of all you see! Bonus points if you take items you find and work together to build something you will use everyday, because a little paint and mess can make some really great memories.

9. Go to an Amusement Park

There are fewer moments that are more fun and carefree than those of our childhood. Release all tension and awkwardness by spending the day at an amusement park, reliving your childhood memories. The lines for rides provide great opportunities to talk and get to know one another, the often shown fireworks at the end provide an element of romance, and bumper cars and competitive games provide opportunities for healthy competition and flirting! End the night with some ice cream with two spoons, or a funnel cake to bond the child and adult inside.

8. Go to a Drive-In Movie

Take the classic movie date outside! Whether it's an older movie, like when Christopher and Lorelai in Gilmore Girls saw Roman Holiday at a drive-in, or a newer movie, you can't go wrong. Pack some snacks, bug spray, and a blanket, and cozy up to the radio station. If it was good enough for Danny and Sandy, it's good enough for us all!

7. Visit a Food Festival

The way to the heart is through the stomach, so a wide selection of delicious food and desserts are always a win. Most cities have food festivals nearby during the summer, and with the inexpensive and delicious choices, there's bound to be something for both of you to enjoy.

6. Go to a Baseball Game

Ah, the classic American pastime. There are fewer things more exciting than a good old baseball game. With all of the cheering and camaraderie, even non-sports fans will have a blast. Whether the team wins or loses, a couple of beers, hot dogs, frozen lemonades, and joined singing of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" will make the evening a hit.

5. Attend a Wine Tasting

Crisp summer wine tastings happen on many rooftop bars throughout the United States, and many of them are reasonably priced. With wine, snacks, beautiful views and weather, and great conversation, what more could you want out of a date?

4. Go to the Zoo

Despite the smell, the zoo is a great place for a summer date! You have opportunities to learn about the other's favorite and least favorite animals, as well as other topics during the walk around! The sun is out and so are the animals, so now is the time to enjoy it with someone you care about more than any other!

3. Pack a Picnic

At a restaurant, while romantic, you are limited by the noises around you, the selection of food, the prices, the rush, etc. So why not take the best parts of dinner dates (the food, the conversation, the intimacy, the wine, etc.) and pack a picnic to share. Bring a bluetooth speaker to play some music, and enjoy the time together; just the two of you. Bonus points if you cook the meal yourself!

2. Attend a Summer Concert

During the summer, many fabulous local artists have free or low price tickets to concerts. Get there early, spread out your blanket to sit on or find good seats, and enjoy the summer breeze and sounds. You can even dance with each other if you're comfortable enough (and that's really cute if you do).

1. Go to a Water Park or Make Your Own

Summer is almost synonymous with pools and water fun! Whether it is spending time on water slides, or throwing water balloons at each other/using squirt guns, taking the heat from the chemistry between you guys, as well as the sun, off with a little water and a lot of fun is just what every great summer date could use!



Ultimately, you can't go wrong with a little thought and a lot of heart with summer dates. Spice things up and turn up the heat, and I promise, you're bound to have a whole lot of fun.

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To The Boy Who Will Love Me Next

If you can't understand these few things, leave before things get too involved
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To the boy that will love me next, I need you to know and understand things about me and my past. The things I have been though not only have shaped the person I’ve become, but also sometimes controls my life. In the past I’ve been used, abused, and taken for granted, and I want something real this time. The guys before you were just boys; they didn’t know how to treat me until it was too late. They didn’t understand how to love me, until I broke my own heart. Before you truly decide to love me I want you to understand these things.

When I tell you something, please listen.

I’m my own person, I want to be loved a certain way. If I ask you to come over and watch movies with me please do it, if I ask for you to leave me alone for a few hours because it’s a girl’s night please do it. I don’t just say things to hear my own voice, I say things to you because it’s important to my life and the way I want to be loved. I’m not a needy person when it comes to being loved and cared for, but I do ask for you to do the small things that I am say.

Forgive my past.

My past is not a pretty brick road, it is a highway that has a bunch of potholes and cracks in it. I have a lot of baggage, and most of it you won’t understand. But don’t let my past decided whether you want to love me or not. My past has helped form who I am today, but it does not define who I am. My past experiences might try and make an appearance every once in a while, but I will not go back to that person I once was, I will not return to all that hurt I once went though. When I say those things, I’m telling the complete and honest truth. I relive my past every day, somethings haunt me and somethings are good reminds. But for you to love me, I need you to accept my past, present and future.

I’m just another bro to the other guys.

I have always hung out with boys, I don’t fit in with the girl groups. I have 10 close girlfriends, but the majority of my friends are guy, but don’t let this scare you. If I wanted to be with one of my guy friends I would already be with him, and if you haven’t noticed I don’t want them because I’m with you. I will not lose my friendships with all my guy friends to be able to stay with you. I will not cut off ties because you don’t like my guy friends. I have lost too many buddies because of my ex-boyfriends and I promised myself I wouldn’t do that again. If you don’t like how many guy friends I have you can leave now. Don’t bother trying to date me if you can accept the fact I’m just another bro.

I might be a badass, but I actually have a big heart.

To a lot of people I come off to be a very crazy and wild girl. I will agree I can be crazy and wild, but I’m more than that. I’m independent, caring, responsible, understanding, forgiving, and so such more type of woman. Many people think that I’m a badass because I don’t take any negatively from anyone. Just like we learned when we were younger, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.” Most people can’t do that in today’s world, so I stick up for myself and my friends. I don’t care what anyone thinks about me, or their option on how I live my life. The only thing I care about is being able to make myself happy. Even though I’m an independent woman, understand that I do have a big heart. Honesty when I truly care for someone I will do just about anything they ask, but don’t take advantage of this. Once you take advantage of this part of me, all respect will be lost for you.

I’m hard to love.

Sometimes I want to be cuddle and get attention, and sometimes I don’t want you to talk to me for a couple hours. Sometimes I want you to take me out for a nice meal, but sometimes I want a home cooked meal. Every day is different for me, sometimes I change my mind every hour. My mood swings are terrible on certain days, and on those days you should probably just ignore me. I’m not easy to love, so you’ll either be willing to find a way to love me, or you’ll walk out like so many others have.

I’m scared.

I’m scared to love someone again. I’ve been hurt, heartbroken, and beat to the ground in my past relationships. I want to believe you are different, I want to hope things will truly work out, but every relationship has always ended up the same way. I’m scared to trust someone, put my whole heart into them, just to be left and heartbroken again. I sick and tired of putting my whole body and soul into someone for them to just leave when it is convenient for them. If you want to love me, understand it won’t be easy for me to love you back.

When “I’m done.”

When I say “I’m done” I honestly don’t mean that I’m done. When I say that it means I need and want you to fight for me, show me why you want to be with me. I need you to prove that I’m worth it and there’s no one else but me. If I was truly done, I would just walk away, and not come back. So if I ever tell you, “I’m done,” tell me all the reasons why I’m truly not done.

For the boy who will love me next, the work is cut out for you, you just have to be willing to do it. I’m not like other girls, I am my own person, and I will need to be treated as such. For the boy that will love me next, don’t bother with me unless you really want to be with me. I don’t have time to waste on you if you aren’t going to try and make something out of us. To the boy who will love me next, the last thing I would like to say is good luck, I have faith in you.

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Severus Snape Is The Worst, And Here's Why

Albus Severus, sweetie, I'm so sorry...

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I grew up being absolutely obsessed with the Harry Potter franchise. I read the books for the first time in second and third grade, then again in middle school, and for the third time in my last year of high school. Recently, I had a somewhat heated argument with a fellow fan of the books about Severus Snape. As I've reread the Harry Potter books, I've noticed that, although J.K. Rowling tried to give him a redemption arc, he only got worse because of it. Here's why I still think Severus Snape is the absolute worst.

His love for Lily Potter was actually really creepy. When I was younger and reading the books, I always found the fact that he held fast in his love for Lily to be very endearing, even noble. However, rereading it after going through a couple of relationships myself, I've come to realize that the way he pined over her was super creepy. It was understandable during his time at Hogwarts; he was bullied, and she was the only one who "understood" him. However, she showed zero interest, and if that didn't clue him into realizing that he should back off, her involvement with James Potter should have. She was married. He was pining after a married, happy woman. If he truly loved her, he would have realized how happy she was and backed off. Instead, he took it out on her orphan son and wallowed in bitterness and self-pity, which is creepy and extremely uncool. When a girl is kind to a boy during high school (or in this case, wizard school), it's not an open invitation for him to pine for her for the literal rest of his life and romanticizes the absolute @#$% out of her. It's just her being a decent person. Move on, Severus.

He verbally abused teenagers. One of the most shocking examples of this is in The Prisoner of Azkaban when Snape literally told Neville Longbottom that he would kill his beloved toad, Trevor if he got his Shrinking Potion wrong, and then punished him when he managed to make the potion correctly. Furthermore, poor Neville's boggart was literally Snape. The amount of emotional torture Neville must have been enduring from Snape to create this type of debilitating fear must have been almost unbearable, and even if Snape was simply trying to be a "tough" professor, there is no excuse for creating an atmosphere of hostility and fear like he did in his potions class for vulnerable students like Neville. In addition, he ruthlessly tormented Harry (the last living piece of Lily Potter, his supposed "true love," btw), and made fun of Hermione Granger's appearance. Sure, he might have had a terrible life. However, it's simply a mark of poor character to take it out on others, especially when the people you take it out on are your vulnerable students who have no power to stand up to you. Grow up.

He willingly joined a terrorist group and helped them perform genocide and reign over the wizarding world with terror tactics for a couple of decades. No explanation needed as to why this is terrible.

Despite the constant romanticization of his character, I will always see the core of Severus Snape, and that core is a bitter, slimy, genocidal, manipulative trash being. J.K. Rowling's attempt to redeem him only threw obsessive and controlling traits into the mix. Snape is the absolute worst, and romanticizing him only removes criticism of an insane man who just so happened to be capable of love (just like the vast majority of the rest of us). Thank you, next.

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