When You Turn 21

When You Turn 21

It's not like the movies but still a good time.

You're finally 21! This birthday is even more special because you are finally considered an adult and can drink legally. The era of birthdays where you go to Chili's every year with your friends and back to your house to watch crappy movies is finally over. Since this birthday is huge, it must mean that your birthday is going to be just how it is in the movies.Well, maybe not like that but it will still be awesome.

1. Finally being able to order a drink.

Now you can finally order a drink. I was never able to pull off a fake ID before because I look so young. So finally the moment has come. Of course, they might stare at your ID for a very long time, but eventually they will finally take your order.

2. You'll expect a huge party, but in reality you're just going out to eat and ordering a drink.

In movies, everyone goes to a huge party with endless drinking and craziness. In reality, you go out to eat somewhere a little more exciting, such as Hibachi, and you get a couple drinks. The craziness that comes is when the workers sing happy birthday to you as they are banging the (instrument). Definitely not as crazy as everyone makes it seem but it is still is a good time.

3. When a lot of your friends are not 21 yet.

This is always hard because you want to party with everyone but you have to make sure that the people under 21 can too. It's important to try to make a plan where everyone is included. This could at least be during the dinner part where afterwards the people who are 21 and up can go to the bars all night.

4. When you can finally party with your friends who are older than you.

These are the friends who are excited that you can finally party with them. Now you can be included in a lot more things that you couldn't be included in before.

5. Finally hanging out somewhere besides Starbucks and parking lots.

Now you can finally hang out with your friends in a decent setting. The options are endless now. You are finally an adult so there are many places where you can hang out and have a good time.

6. Getting a cake congratulating you on turning 21.

This awesome cake was made by my sister. I still can't get over how awesome it is. This is supposed to be me as a result of partying with my friends at the bars. It is safe to say that this did not happen, thank god.

7. You're going to have to spend more money on drinks.

It's bad enough that you spend money on food but now you have to spend even more on drinks. Make sure that you have a job to back up all that spending.

8. Your friends will want you to drink everything in sight.

Your friends will want you to drink until you don't remember your name. Just make sure that you don't go overboard.

9. You're going to have to find a birthday outfit.

You have this vision that you will have the best outfit that everyone is going to look at in awe. In reality, you are trying to put together an outfit last minute and wear a lot of the clothes that you already have.

10. Enjoy your birthday because no matter what it is a good day!

When you turn 21, it might not be like the movies and what you always imagined it as. Just have a fun time with your friends and family and that is how you will have a great time on your birthday. Lower those expectations and just have an awesome time.

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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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Sweet Potatoes Are The Most Underrated Vegetable Of All Time

Everything you need to know about the pieces of edible gold we call "sweet potatoes" and why they will always perish over any plain old potato.


The potato. The heart of the American food industry. A versatile vegetable crop soaked in grease that brings us some of our favorite appetizers and sides. From french fries, to curly fries, to tater tots, to baked potatoes, to hash browns, this hallowed vegetable has become the Johnny Depp of the vegetable family. Now, we are all aware that the configurations of potatoes are limitless, but we commonly disregard the potato's delicious and neglected brother: the sweet potato. I, a credible food connoisseur and highly experienced eater, am here to tell you why you are missing out on a world of flavor if you choose to dismiss the beloved sweet potato and its many entities.

Let me first start this tirade by proving to you my credibility...I, too, once believed that regular french fries were better than sweet potato fries. I scoffed at the idea of choosing those ridiculous orange sticks over my tried-and-true plain boys. I could not be convinced that any sweetness should impede on my savory snacks.

These were dark times.

It was not until a mere month ago that my mind was changed forever.

It was a sunny (scary) Sunday morning, and my pounding head led me on a mission to indulge myself in the finest breakfast foods. I entered my favorite breakfast diner, Angelo's, and waited anxiously for my waiter to stroll over. She filled our water cups and asked if we wanted to start with any appetizers. Before my stingy self could even decline the offer, my best friend ordered a round of sweet potato fries for the table and the waiter scurried away. I stared blankly at her for a solid minute. I could not wrap my head around the concept of munching on sweet potato fries at 8 in the morning. She just stared back and said, "Trust me." Suddenly, a tray of blood orange sticks and a mysterious tan sauce appeared in front of my face. As much as I wanted to ponder the morality of this decision, the hunger began to take over, and I shoved one of the fries into my mouth.

In an instant, it was as if time and space had lost all meaning. When my teeth hit the fry, the perfectly crusted outer shell crunched softly making a sound much like your foot crushing a dried leaf. The now exposed inside of the fry was the perfect blend of mush and warmth that felt like your mouth was receiving a hug. The flavor...unbelievable. It didn't take me long to realize that this wasn't a fry — this was a culinary experience. This fry single-handedly blew the roof off of any predisposed ideas I had about American cuisine.

I am well aware that my fry experience cannot be simulated again by any average food-goer, but I challenge you, the reader of this article, to get out there and enjoy a sweet potato in any form. Stray from your basic fries or tater tots and dabble in a sweet treat which will undoubtedly bring you flavorful satisfaction.

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