5 New Albums Perfect for Summer

It’s finally summer 16′. Along with warmer weather, longer days, and summer getaways comes some great new music that is sure to pump up your summer. Trying to put together the ultimate summer playlist? Look no further. These 5 new albums are perfect for summer!

1. Skin by Flume

Electronic music producer and DJ, Flume, has been climbing upwards in the music world and his new album has really solidified his talent. Skin features an array of top musicians such as Tove Lo, Vince Staples, and Beck. Flume’s signature sound is woven together in this album along with pretty melodies and catchy beats which make it perfect for summer parties and get togethers.

5 New Albums Perfect for Summer

2. A Moon Shaped Pool by Radiohead

Perhaps more for those rainy summer days, Radiohead’s 9th studio album,  A Moon Shaped Pool stands out as an album that marks this summer. It’s melancholic sound is similar to the band’s other albums, but A Moon Shaped Pool presents itself with a unique and tasteful style.

5 New Albums Perfect for Summer

3. Ash & Ice by The Kills

You’ve probably heard ‘Doing it to Death’ a few times this year. Punk band The Kills released their new album Ash & Ice just in time for summer. It’s sound is reminiscent of 70’s punk with a modern twist and lead singer, Alison Mosshart’s voice really gives the album a prominent sound. The upbeat feel also is perfect for any summer road trip playlist.

5 New Albums Perfect for Summer

4. Day of the Dead byVarious Artists

Bummed out about missing the Grateful Dead’s final show last year in Chicago? Well, the new album Day of the Dead was just released and you’re in luck. The album featured 60 of the Grateful Dead’s hits covered by some great artists including Phosphorescent, Mumford & Sons, The National, and The War on Drugs. Road tripping to a music festival this summer? Pop this on the radio and everyone in the car will love you.

5 New Albums Perfect for Summer

5. Coloring Book by Chance the Rapper

Sunday candy? How about summer candy? Chance, you’ve done it again. Coloring Book is arguably Chance the Rapper’s best work so far and he’s really been making his way to the top. The album features a top notch list of feature artists including Future, Kanye West,Young Thug, and even Justin Bieber. Mix this album into a summer party playlist and everyone will be dancing.

5 New Albums Perfect for Summer

6 Bold Party Dress Trends

Fashion trends are constantly changing so keeping up with them is almost as difficult as trying to keep with the Kardashians! Here are six bold party dress trends that are set to dominate this summer’s fashion scene.

1. Metallics

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This year’s spring/summer catwalks by designers like Louis Vuitton were covered in space-age silver. The color can make any woman turn heads at any special occasion!

2. Trompe-l’oeil

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This new trend plays on the art form of tricking the eye into perceiving a painted detail as a three-dimensional object. This is a refreshing change to the typical party dress and will certainly speak to your inner artist.

3. Eighties Disco

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Hedi Slimane (THE party dress designer) put on a show for Saint Laurent complete with glitter and sequins from the 1980s. Time to tease your hair and throw on a dress with a thigh-skimming hemline!

4. Fishnets

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Fishnets were so in not too long ago and now you can keep wearing them! Revamp the look this summer with a castaway-chic net dress. Pair the look with a cute (and visible) bralet and underwear and some sandals on those warm summer nights.

5. Corsets

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Corsets are known to be uncomfortable and old fashioned, but as of recently they have been designed to be a lot more comfortable and can be very tasteful when worn right. A corset dress hugs your curves in all the right places and is sure to catch the attention of your summer fling!

6. Cut-Aways

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For those who dare, get those bronzed legs shaved because this year the thighs are out to play. The cut-away look can be really fierce, but be careful not to get a size to small or you may reveal more than you intended!

Enjoy being the topic of conversation at your summertime parties when you rock one of these bold party dress trends! Comment below with your favorite look!

4 Ways to Save Money During Summer

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As a current college student, I definitely know the struggle of not having a lot of money. It can be a sensitive subject for me, especially when I’m talking about it with my parents. During the summer, college students are expected to find and maintain a job to earn money but sometimes I think parents forget how hard it is to find a job. It’s not as easy as you think! You don’t always luck out and get the first job you apply for. Sometimes it will take time but until that job comes around. Here are some ways that I have managed to spend less and save money this summer.

1. Budget

I cannot stress enough how important budgeting can be. So much money can be wasted if you don’t look carefully in to how much you spend daily, weekly, or even monthly. Making some type of budget to stick with and checking it continuously can make the difference on having $20 leftover or having $200 leftover when the summer comes to an end.

2. Plan ahead

In the summer, it is so easy to swept up by random events that you want to go to like concerts or making a trip with friends somewhere. Just like budgeting, you need to plan wisely how to use your money especially if there ends up being surprised bills later on that you aren’t ready for like car problems or parking tickets. Having planned set aside money can take some stress off of spending money on bills later on knowing you had planned ahead accordingly.

3. Use Your Resources

It so easy (I’m definitely guilty of it) to spend money on things simple things like coffee or eating out for lunch when using the resources you have at home can a cheaper alternative. Making coffee at home or making dinner at home can cut out those extra expenditures that you think won’t hurt your bank account but added up monthly can leave a serious dent in your pocket.

4. Never Impulse Buy

So much money can easily disappear when you buy something spontaneously. Sure in the moment you might really like those cool pair of shoes are worth it but in the end you probably already have a pair just like it at home. Taking out the impulse purchases and cutting back can be life lessons in college that help us out in the long run.

Hopefully these tips can help you save money this summer. Comment below with more ways to save!

How to be a Healthy and Creative College Cook

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Most people think that if you wish to have a healthy diet, you must deal with being hungry; healthy food can’t possibly keep you full, can it? Faced with what appears to be an “either-or” choice, college students often choose to stick with what they are comfortable with: an unbalanced diet. It is hard for many people to realize that eating healthy does not mean cutting out all your favorite foods; it simply means getting creative. If you are cooking for yourself and struggling to buy the proper foods, these tips are for you.

College can becoming monotonous– the same schedule, day after day, and tests week after week. Creating healthy, delicious meals can help add some variety to your daily obligations. In order to create meals you enjoy, you must listen to your body: what upsets your stomach? What foods make you feel lethargic? Many people do not realize how much what they eat affects their mood; you will be surprised at how much better you feel if you listen to your body! It is helpful to keep a food log in order to keep track of what you eat and how you react to it. Through this process, I learned that I should avoid gluten and dairy. In fact, most of the population has a sensitivity to dairy; it is hard to digest and provides few health benefits.

You must stay focused at the supermarket: stay out of the isles that are too tempting. Start off in the produce section and pick out the vegetables you like the most. No one is forcing you to eat anything; pick only what you enjoy! I always buy spinach because it is delicious, healthy, and can be added to almost every meal. Next, pick out some fruits; they are the perfect snack and the perfect alternative to a high-calorie dessert.

Many college students fail to pick out the proper grains. Processed gluten ha2187748015_b23f5bd7ed_bs few health benefits and does not keep you full for long. Instead, look for foods with a low glycemic index; these grains keep you full for longer. This does not mean you have to compromise on taste– it is all about how you prepare your food. The better you are at cooking, the less you have to worry about finding that perfect balance between delicious and healthy. I usually buy rice products like basmati rice or rice noodles.

Next, pick your protein. It is important to be aware of what happens to your food before it reaches the grocery store; many animals are raised in horrible conditions and are not fed a natural diet. If this upsets you, I recommend becoming a vegetarian or pescatarian. Apart from the occasional chicken or turkey, I eat only fish. No matter your diet, it is important to eat protein. I recommend fish, beans, yogurt, and eggs; these foods keep you full for a long time.

Everyone loves snacks. Just because you want to eat healthy, doesn’t mean you have to cut out snacks. Moderation is key; only buy one of your favorite snacks. Give yourself some freedom– if you are too strict with yourself, you won’t succeed. Be smart about what snack you choose. I recommend dark chocolate, because it is both delicious and does not contain artificial ingredients. Avoid buying sugary drinks. Many people don’t realize how dangerous it is to buy soda; drinking your calories tricks you into thinking you are not being unhealthy. In addition, pick out a healthier snack– something you can eat a lot of without feeling too guilty or getting a stomach ache. I love rice crisps or Snapea crisps; they come in a lot of different flavors and are relatively light snacks. Don’t avoid the snacks that “sound healthy.” Just because something is healthy, doesn’t mean it’s gross!

Before you leave the store, make sure you have seasoning; something this simple can elevate your meals. I make sure to always have salt, pepper, and garlic. On top of those essentials, I also buy plenty of olive oil and teriyaki sauce. Olive oil is a healthy alternative to butter or canola oil; it is a monounsaturated fatty acid, not a saturated or trans fat. These little details are what make all the difference–always check the ingredients before you buy something!

Many people give up on a healthy diet because they think it requires too much effort or takes up too much time. Once you create a system, eating healthy is easy. After you have all your ingredients, check out before you get tempted to buy more than you have to! Now the challenge is to think about what your favorite meals are; there is always a way to create a healthy version of a meal. For example, if you like french fries, make your own– buy some potatoes, cut them into fries, cover them with olive oil and a little salt, and bake them! This is much healthier than the pre-made french fries you buy at McDonald’s.

Though eating healthy inevitably takes more time than buying pre-made food, it does not have to be complicated. When you have a break, start cooking. I recommend cooking big meals so that you will have leftovers. I sometimes cook a meal that lasts for two or three days, which allows me to eat quickly on the days when I am the most busy. The stigma 4920968077_8523c4b35a_qagainst leftovers is not true; they can be delicious! I have found that the most successful meals are stir-frys; simply choose a protein, a vegetable, and a grain. Add garlic and teriyaki sauce to the pan and you’re ready to go.

I believe that the main reason college students do not eat healthy is because they do not make their own food. Many college students don’t really know how to cook. People do not realize how easy and fun cooking can be. Not only does it allow you to see exactly what is going into your food, but it is also a great way to take a break from studying. When I feel overworked but know that I don’t have the time to take a real break, I choose to cook instead. While you are cooking, you have time to yourself; you can think through problems or you can turn off your racing mind and listen to music. Enjoy cooking healthy–your mind and your body will thank you!

Me Before You Movie Anticipation

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The time has finally come, the new movie Me Before You is about to come out on Friday, June 3rd. If you haven’t watched it yet, you can watch the Me Before You Trailer on YouTube. Watching the trailer, you hear Ed Sheerans Photograph start to play and I’m already sold. The obsession I have for this book/movie is unreal. If you have been living under a rock, I’ll break it down for you. To sum it up, the main character Louisa becomes a caregiver for a guy name Will who is paralyzed from the neck down and the movie is all about their relationship journey it takes them both on. It doesn’t hurt that also the main male lead Sam Claflin isn’t hard to look at either.

I stumbled upon this book last year sometime, strolling through Target. I fell in love with the author Jojo Moyes when I read another one of her books, The Last Letter from Your Lover. She captivated my romantic heart with a strong female lead searching for love. When I start to read any book, I cannot put it down until I finish it so I finished Me Before You in a matter of hours.

I hate to admit it but I am one of those people that actually tear up when reading a good book or I’m bawling my eyes out in theaters by myself. I can’t resist watching a movie or reading a book that captivate my emotions. So whether you read the book (which I highly suggest) or watch the movie, you can’t go wrong with either choice but make sure you get to experience Jojo Moyes amazing creation! This movie is perfect for a girl’s night out and a good cry and I am a total sucker for a total chick flick, tug at your heartstrings kind of movie.

Currently pre-ordering my tickets now. Make sure to get yours too! After you go see the movie or read the book, comment below with what you thought!

6 “Healthy” Foods to Avoid this Summer

Walking into a supermarket you’re met with a plethora of food options. Labels throw phrases like “no sugar added,” “low-fat,” and “all-natural” around, but how true are these claims? It’s easy to believe what you see in front of you rather than really research the foods you buy. They have to be true if they’re on the label, right? Wrong. Buying those items, on the surface, seems like a healthy alternative, but often times it isn’t. The following foods are commonly labeled as healthy foods, but in reality should be avoided.

1. Energy Bars

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Everyone’s guilty of it: you’re running late, no time to eat so you grab an energy bar on the way out thinking, “Well it’s better than buying a McDonald’s breakfast or not having breakfast at all!” Many energy bars today claim to be healthy and good for you, however that is not the case. Many times they have a nutritional profile like a candy bar’s, not like fit foods’. Some even have as much sugar as candy. However, not all bars are unhealthy. Check the ingredients list as well as the amount of sugar and calories a bar has to determine if it’s basically the same as eating candy for breakfast.

2. Dried Fruit

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Dried fruit, considering the fact that it’s fruit, seems like a guilty-free snack. Little do people know, however, companies add sugar to enhance the flavor and use sulfur dioxide to preserve freshness, making dried fruit more like little candies. When eating dried fruit you do get all the vitamins, minerals and fiber the fruit has to offer, but it is often easy to eat more than one serving at a time thanks to the added sugar. You’re better off sticking to actual fruit.

3. Wraps

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Wraps are the supposed healthier alternative to breads because they’re thinner but just because it’s thinner doesn’t necessarily mean it’s healthier. Most restaurants and delis package your sandwich fixings into a 12-inch wrap. That wrap can hold twice the amount of calories than a regular sandwich. More often than not, spinach, tomato and whole grain wraps contain additional coloring and flavoring. A healthier alternative to bread and wraps are lettuce wraps.

4. Skim Milk

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Most people think skim milk is better than whole milk because it doesn’t contain any fat. Although this is true, skim milk also eliminates essential vitamins. Skim milk is made with synthetic vitamins to attempt to replace the calcium and protein lost during processing. There is little benefit to buying fat-free dairy products.

5. Flavored Yogurt

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Flavored yogurt is another food that is supposedly healthy and also quick and easy. You know that the small cup isn’t very filling and you’ll be craving something with more substance only 10 minutes after eating, yet you still reach for it. Flavored yogurts are actually full of sugar, with most brands having about 15 grams of sugar per 6 ounce serving. Switching to plain Greek yogurt is a better option that will leave you more satisfied and full of protein for a full day.

I hope this lists helps you choose healthy foods, and not “healthy” foods during your next trip to the supermarket. What are some of your favorite healthy snacks? Share in the comments below!

Benefits of Buying Textbooks Online

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If you’re in college or just about to start college, you have buying textbooks to look forward to each semester. Almost all colleges run their own physical bookstore, but these physical bookstores are slowly becoming obsolete. You may have noticed a lot of them have become more of a spirit shop, selling apparel, food and electronics more prominently than textbooks. Some colleges have gone the route of moving to a virtual bookstore model, where an independent online retailer shuts down the physical space and moves textbook sales online. Thousands of college students price shop the university bookstore against independent online retailers like Knetbooks. Let’s dive into the benefits of buying textbooks online.

Price Compare

It’s easy enough to assume if you’re in college, saving money wherever you can is a top priority. Buying textbooks online gives you easy access to price compare the books you need across several online bookstores. At the physical store, you are limited to their pricing. If you’re not sure where to start, you can use price comparison websites that essentially do the work for you.

Save Time

You can shop online from the convenience of your college dorm, apartment or anywhere you have access to the internet and a device. You don’t have to catch an uber, ride your bike or walk to the physical bookstore to do your textbook shopping. When you buy your textbooks online, you also will also have them shipped to you. In the scenario that your book has to be ordered elsewhere or is out of stock, you won’t have to find your way back to the physical bookstore again.

More Options

Online bookstores are often able to offer more options for textbooks, such as used, digital and rental options. Your college bookstore may only be able to offer you the new version of the textbooks you need, which is the priciest option. With the ability to offer several textbook options, online bookstores can best match the individual student’s needs. For instance, if a student can’t hold the weight of physical textbooks due to back problems, they may opt for eTextbooks that are completely digital.

 Promotional Codes

Most of the time, promotional codes (coupons) for physical stores are few and far between. There are some physical stores that will honor online promotional codes, but it is not always guaranteed. Often times, physical bookstores are not the most up and coming and may be behind on these features. When you’re searching online for promotional codes, you can likely find them on the company’s social media platforms, marketing emails and on the website itself. Taking advantage of these discounts is just another way that buying textbooks online can save you a lot of money.

Customer Reviews

Not only can you leverage the company’s social media platforms to find promotional codes, you can also use social media to find real customer reviews at your fingertips. It’s easy and convenient if you are already on your device to do a quick search for the company’s reviews. There are hundreds of websites that collect customer reviews for online retailers. Reading customer’s feedback on their experience with a company is another form of comparison that can help you make the best decision for you. These reviews can also give you an idea about the company’s customer service standards by seeing if they are monitoring and responding to them.

Now that you have a better idea of the benefits of buying textbooks online, you can make the buying decision that works best for you. Some students prefer the physical bookstore on campus for reasons such as, needing an in-stock book immediately or the convenience of picking up other school supplies or spirit wear with their books.

5 Ways to Use Free Time in College

If you’re in college right now, you know that free time only comes around every so often. When you do find yourself with some free time, here are some useful ways you can spend it.

         1. Reorganize Your Notes/Notebooks

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Organizing your notes during your free time allows you to be more prepared for class and exams. During the semester, your notes can easily get disorganized due to a busy schedule. When you have free time, go through your notebook and organize your notes by chapters, titles and themes. This will help you find your notes when you need them and you can recall the information more quickly when it gets to the time when you go to class or take tests. You can use sticky notes to sort through your notes and more easily access your notes. Rearrange your notes in sections if your notes have been misplaced in the binders. When you are studying, use your notes as a guide to write more notes outside of class from the sections covered in class in the textbook and combine them with your notes from class. Also, highlight information covered in class or mark the sections as the professor discusses the information in class so that you don’t forget. Rewrite or type out your notes if your handwriting is messy. Annotate your books with notes in the margins in class and outside of class to write better research and perform better in class. These are helpful ways to do well in school.

2. Straighten/Organize Your Books

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By the middle of the semester, your room is probably cluttered with books and notes. Collect your books and reorganize them by subjects and research topics. When you have checked out books from the library for research papers and have numerous textbooks you need to strategize and find a way to reorganize your books. Stack them together based on subject topics and categories place them on your book shelf, in crates, under your lamp stand or under your desk. Try to keep your desk clean so that you can work without clutter distracting you from your studies.

3. Update Your Dorm Room Decorations

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When you need a break, take time and redecorate your room. You can add or replace pictures, posters, awards, door decorations, pillows, and other collegiate memorabilia. You can change out accessories to make your room have a completely different look. You can create new dorm room decorations if you want to make your room look creative and original. Adding different color contrasts can also make all the difference in creating or changing your room’s style.

4. Treat Yourself to the Salon

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When you need a break from class, take a trip to the salon and get your nails and hair done. You will relax and feel refreshed after getting your hair or nails done. If you have a busy schedule, spending time at the salon is a good way to relieve stress and help you feel your best. Guys, this is not limited to girls! You deserve some R & R at the salon as well. Girls appreciate a well-kept guy.

 5. Think of Party Themes

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Regardless of whether you are in a sorority, you can use your free time to think of party themes for your friends. Sororities typically host theme parties to make each event special by presenting different and exciting ideas. It doesn’t have to be a birthday, holiday or a particular season to host theme parties. Hosting parties can open up doors in your social life. It’s a great way to make new friends. People you invite to your party will likely put you down as an invite to their next get together! So give it a shot, throw an awesome themed party!

In college, free time is often rare. You should spend it however you like! Participating in productive activities can help you have peace of mind when you’re running around during the week. Hopefully you can use some of the above ideas to make the most of your free time this semester. Enjoy…

3 Affordable Christmas Crafts

During the holidays, making holiday crafts is a great way to relax and spend time with others. You can make Christmas crafts with items that are affordable, items that you may already have at home or are free. Here are three affordable options for Christmas Crafts.

1. Holiday Ornaments

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Creating your own holiday ornaments is a festive way to celebrate the holidays. You can use simple items to make the ornaments or create more intricate designs depending on how you plan to decorate your home or apartment.  You can use pom poms in a glass ball for a dazzling effect. You can use ribbons to decorate the glass ball ornaments, and you can also use embellishments that you have in your sewing kit to decorate your holiday ornaments. Also, you can decorate the glass ball ornaments with glitter, watercolor paintings, velvet, rhinestones, polka dots, and faux fur. Ornaments are a great addition to any present, especially if they are personalized.

2. Christmas Wreaths

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You can make Christmas wreaths using numerous creative and inexpensive ideas. You can make Christmas wreaths out of multicolored felt balls. You can also make wreaths out of faux fur or velvet and rhinestones. You can also use yarn to create an entire wreath and you can make a poinsettia wreath entirely out of multicolored paper. You can even make a wreath out of items from your backyard. You can use hot glue to adhere pine cones, acorns, and sticks together and then paint the wreath. Using ribbons, glitter, and yarn are other creative ways to decorate a wreath.

3. Holiday Cookies

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It’s a lot of fun to make creative holiday cookies. You can make iced sugar cookies, maple-walnut spice cookies, peppermint pinwheel cookies, toffee chocolate chip shortbread, rocky road brownies, chocolate peppermint patty cookies, and cranberry white chocolate cookies. Also, lemon bars, peppermint bon bon cookies, pumpkin cream sandwich are all other creative ideas for holiday baking.

Any of these three affordable Christmas crafts are great add-ons to any presents and show you spent time on the person. Merry Christmas!❄🎁

4 Tips for Thanksgiving Break Bliss

Thanksgiving Break can be a very blissful time for most college students. If you’re lucky, you can bring home all your laundry and have mom cook you real food. It’s the much-needed break you get right before the stress of final exams. Here are 4 tips for Thanksgiving Break bliss.

1. Take Naps

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Since it is getting close to finals, taking time in the afternoon to take a break and get a nap in will help you stay refreshed. Throughout the semester, you have worked hard studying, researching and/or writing. You should try to take a break for at least an hour or two a day from your schedule to rest for finals. It is best to begin studying some several weeks in advance for your finals. You need all of the sleep you can get to do your best after spending most of your time and energy on your studies for the last three to four months. Let’s be real, taking a nap never disappoints!

2. Watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade

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A great way to celebrate Thanksgiving before the meal is to watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade on tv. If you oversleep that morning, you can tape it and watch it later. If you wake up in time to watch it live,  watch it with family and friends. It’s interesting to see what new floats and entertainment that is used every year for the parade to celebrate Thanksgiving. It’s also a good way to forget about class for a while and embrace your inner child.

 3. Spend Time with Family

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If you are traveling home for the Thanksgiving Break, it’s great to spend time with your family since you have been away from home all semester. You can help out with the cooking, enjoy the fall weather, watch football or play games while catching up with everything going on in each other’s lives.

4. Decorate and Get Ready for Christmas

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Since Thanksgiving is followed up by Christmas, you can spend some time over Thanksgiving weekend picking out a Christmas tree. It can be a bonding experience with your immediate family to decorate the tree and your house together for the upcoming holiday. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can go shopping with your family on Black Friday early and get the best deals on Christmas, or just wait for Cyber Monday to avoid the crowds. 🙂

Taking time to spend time with your family and friends during the holiday is a great way to get a break from school before finals. We hope these tips help you have yourself a blissful Thanksgiving Break…

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