Summer is Coming

Summer is just around the corner. We always have such high hopes for summer. We always think “This summer is going to be the best yet, I can feel it!” Then we end up spending the whole time on our couches binge watching Netflix. Trust me I have nothing against Netflix. I could binge watch it all day. And this is fine for rainy days or sick days, but on days when the sun is shining GET OUT OF YOUR HOUSE! Especially if you do not work.

It is always harder to do things when you have to work. Especially when you work a job with different hours every day. Then you have to coordinate with your friends to find a time where you can all hang out. But, when the stars align and everyone has an open spot in their schedule do not waste it by sitting on your butts! Here are some fun things to do in the Minneapolis area!

The Walker is awesome. It is a great place for modern art lovers and it is right next to the Sculpture Garden. You know, the famous Spoon Bridge and Cherry? You can find it at the Sculpture Garden. The Sculpture Garden is always free. Walk through their during the day and enjoy the art! The Walker is not always free, but fun fact, it is on Thursday’s after 5:00 pm thanks to Target!

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Another fun outdoor activity to do is to go to a Minnesota Twins game! Even if you do not like baseball, the architecture alone is worth the ticket price. Also, they have these awesome Blood Mary’s with cheeseburgers on top! You can get tickets for as cheap as $11.00.

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If art and sports do not tickle your fancy, try shopping around Uptown. You could always go to the Mall of America, but that is so over done. Shopping around Uptown gives you the chance to walk outside and visit some great stores. They have an American Apparel, H&M, Heartbreaker, Ragstock, MAC, Victorias Secret, and more!

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Buying for FANatics

Do you have someone in your life who is absolutely sports crazy? Like more than the average Joe. Like they go literally insane for their team. I have a wild fan in my life, and I am not talking personality wise (even though she is wild) I am talking about the Minnesota hockey team the WILD. She is probably their biggest fan. She never misses a game, she is a season ticket holder, and watching games with her can get dangerous if they are not doing well. But even if they are not doing well, she still sticks up for them and that is a true fan. I am not a sports fan. I will always watch games with her and sometimes I find them interesting, but I would never watch them on my own.

That being said, her birthday is coming up and my go to item for her is something Wild related. Trust me it does not get old. She would decorate her entire apartment in Wild paraphernalia if she could. But Wild gear can get expensive, really any sports gear can get expensive. I love her but I cannot afford $200.00 Zach Parise jersey. So here are some cheap Wild gifts that can easily be transferred over to any team.

Hockey games get cold with all that ice. You do not want to cover up in a jacket when you are sporting all your fan gear. So, for the fan in your life try making a tie blanket. Tie blankets are pretty cheap to make. The supplies run from $10.00 to $25.00 at any craft store like JoAnn Fabrics or Michaels. This one comes from Joann Fabrics for $10.49.

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You really only need one side to be themed so a plain color on the back will be even cheaper. Just cut into the sides of the fabric and tie them together. Easy! Check here for better instructions.

Wedding Season is Almost Here

Yes wedding season is upon us. People are getting engaged, and families are forming. But with wedding season comes another season, more interesting season (in my opinion.) Yes this time of year is for more than just “I do’s.” It is for Bachelorette parties.

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Bachelorette parties are a right of passage for every bride. It is a time where you can get together with your girls and have a night to remember (or not remember depending on the alcohol content). Obviously the ideal spot for bachelorette parties is Vegas. It has strippers, alcohol, and buffets, but not everyone can afford the ideal party spot, especially when there are wedding expenses coming out of your tushy!

Just because you cannot afford Vegas does not mean you cannot have a kickass bachelorette party on a budget!

First of all, it is a bachelorette party. It is your job to be loud and obnoxious and make sure everyone in the room knows why you are there. Come up with a group outfit, whether you make your own t-shirts or you all wear black make sure you look the part. Deck the bride out in white, and top her off with a vail! It is her day, all eyes should be on her.

What is a bachelorette party without a few naughty games? A fun way to celebrate would be to email the groom some questions and quiz the bride at her party. When she gets an answer wrong she has to drink, if she gets it right you have to drink. Make sure to throw some dirt ones in there like “Where is the craziest place you have ever had sex?” and “What is your favorite position?” It would not be a bachelorette party without making a few people blush.

For more exciting ideas look at Cosmopolitans article, 12 Kickass bachelorette Party Ideas and Games.

Mother’s Day is Around the Corner

This year Mother’s Day is May 10; It is coming up fast. If you love your mother, and you should, then you will want to get her something nice. After all, she did create you. Mother’s Day (and Father’s Day) is such a wonderful idea. Dedicating a day to celebrate mom for all she does for you. This got me thinking, who came up with Mother’s Day?

Many countries around the world celebrate mom, but the American version of Mother’s Day came around in 1908 from the mind of Anna Jarvis. It became an official holiday in 1914. Over 100 years of celebrating mom!

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Now that we know a little background for this special day, it is time to start thinking of ways to honor mom. You could always go with the traditional flowers, candy, and a card but that is boring. Even though mom would still appreciate it. If you are a kiddo, or you do not have a lot of money, you could always make something. My mom would always love when I made her something, whether it be a clay imprint of my hand or a picture frame. However, I am 22 and I do not think my mom wants a macaroni portrait from me.

When I was a teenager my mom and I would always buy flowers and garden all day on Mother’s Day. It is a nice gift and a nice way to spend time with your mom. If your mom does not have a green thumb you could always go for a really nice family portrait. I am not talking about going to Sears studio and having a teenager take your picture in front of a black back drop. I am talking about having a professional photographer come over to your house and take a nice professional shot of the family. After all, your mom is only a mom because of you. Why not capture a moment with the family forever? Bella Rose Photography offers a one hour on location photoshoot through LivingSocial. It only costs $143.00

 

It Is Almost Graduation Season

Whether you are finishing high school, college, or kindergarten graduation season is upon us. It is a very exciting, but also scary time. As a college student, the thought of graduating scares me to a quite almost literal death. Luckily, I have one more semester to wrap up before the time comes for me to walk across that stage, shake hands with the Chancellor, and receive my diploma. However, many of my friends are about to take that life-changing step. I wish them luck of course, but I am glad I am not there yet.

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If you are like me and have some almost grads in your life, you are probably wondering what to get them to celebrate this momentous occasion. Here a few things that new graduates will actually want.

First, college is expensive. Graduating college is expensive. Life is expensive. Many college grads may be leaving college but they are entering an almost scarier experience: debt. If you are a billionaire please pay off as many tuition costs as you can, but on the good chance you are not a billionaire get your grad a gift card. It may not seem that personal or creative but as I said life is expensive. Every penny counts right now. Getting a $25.00 gift card to Walmart may not seem like a big deal, but it can make life a little easier for your grad.

Another idea would be to get your grad some job interview clothes. A nice pair of pants and a shirt can get pretty freaking expensive! Help them out by getting them some clothes to actually land a job so they can start to pay off their massive amounts of debt. The first impression is almost more important than the interview. You want that first impression to count so you have to look good.

For more grade-A gift ideas check out this article.