The 7 Best Shows to Binge Watch This Summer

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Let’s talk about binge watching. It can be done at the pool, on the couch, while running on a treadmill, or while eating popcorn in bed at home. Here are (in my biased opinion) the best TV shows to binge watch this summer.

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  1. Master Chef/Master Chef Junior – Delicious food, competition, and Gordon Ramsay? Count us in. If you want a little more drama in your day I’d stick to the original Master Chef. On the other hand, MC Junior brings the adorable backstories and kids who have loads of ambition, drive and perseverance.
  2. The Blacklist – I always need a good crime drama in my life. Since I’ve watched basically every episode of SVU and Criminal Minds, I moved on to the delightful acting chops of James Spader. This show is good, really good and is chock full of action, romance and mystery.
  3. Psych – This is a throwback, but if you’re a fan like me, you know that Psych the Movie is coming out this Christmas! I’ve never seen a show that fits so many cultural references, comedic jokes and wit into one episode.
  4. American Ninja Warrior – Who doesn’t want to be inspired by amazingly fit, good looking people? You get caught up in the competition, hoping for them to just complete the next obstacle.
  5. Riverdale – I must warn you, this show is heavier than the others on the list. With so much drama, mystery and teenage sexual tension it’s like Gossip Girl set in a small rural town. This show will satisfy your high school drama needs. Plus the cast are all friends in real life and it’s really cute.
  6. The OA – This Netflix original is confusing and weird, but so addicting. We couldn’t stop watching the first season and are pumped for the second season release. This show contains a good dose of reality packed into a supernatural drama.
  7. The Office – This is never a bad choice. Ever. Michael, Dwight and Jim can always make your life a little more funny. Enjoy this half hour show in increments or all at once.

 

Thanks to my roommate and brother for helping me with this list. Let me know what you’re watching this summer in the comments below!

xx,

Rebecca

INSPIRE: This is Why I’m Single

Welcome to the first installment of the INSPIRE series. This ‘list-icle’ is a piece about being single written by the fabulous Kayla. Enjoy and share!

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I’m sassy, sweet, and most definitely single. In a world of random hookups, relationships, multiple marriages, and overall jumping from partner to partner I remain a constant independent being. Now, I have nothing against the dating world and those who inhabit it (people should live their lives the way they want), but sometimes I’m not the most eager to become a part of it. I won’t completely shut it out, but I won’t pursue it either.

My single-ness is often the center of many, many jokes (made by myself of course). If you can’t laugh at yourself, no one else will. Anyway, there was a point where after any weird joke or silly pun I would laugh and tell my friends “This is why I’m single.” It often made the joke funnier. I said that phrase so many times I was told I should just write a book titled This is Why I’m Single. But before I contact any publishers, this super sassy blog post will have to do!

So, here are the top reasons why I’m single:

1.) I’m different: I’ve noticed that teenage girls and young women my age stress themselves out about finding a partner. I’m not going to lie to you, I stress out about it too. But sometimes girls allow that stress to take control and they try to find instant gratification from guys. Searching for attention often leads to attention from the wrong people, which leads to a kind of pain no one should go through. To save myself from such horrors, I’ve decided to avoid that gratification.

2.) My time is precious: The only games I play are board games. I’m a full-time student, athlete, and sorority woman with a busy schedule and active social life. That means I don’t like to waste my time. If I feel like someone’s intentions are not pure I’m not afraid to say bye. Treat me like a joke and I’ll drop you like it’s funny.

3.) I got it from my mama: The first, most important boss lady in my life is most certainly my mother. She raised me to be independent, intelligent, and strong. She also raised me to live life my way and never let a man tell you what to do. My parents’ marriage is strong because they treat each other like equals and show each other love and respect. I expect nothing less once I enter in an adult relationship.

4.) Everything happens for a reason: “Happy is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill the promises he made to her” (Luke 1:45) I am a big believer in that everything happens for a reason. I have complete trust in God’s plan for me, and right now His plan is for me to be single. I know that when the time is right a nice Godly man will come into my life and the story will write itself. If it takes a few tries before I find said Godly man, I have faith that it will work out in the end. But for now, I’m okay with waiting.

So, there you have it, folks, my reasoning for being single. I praise those who have a healthy dating life and I praise those who choose to be single. This post isn’t meant to insult or give instruction on how to handle your personal life, it’s meant to give perspective on my personal thoughts. Maybe you’ll agree with me, maybe you won’t. That’s okay. But maybe, regardless of your beliefs, you’ll see this as inspiration for a lovely life. Because living the life you want to live is the most important part of living.

xoxo,

Kayla

Kayla Schimmer is young college woman who likes her coffee to reflect her personality: sweet, a little bitter, and fully caffeinated. Some of her hobbies include blogging, bowling, and binge-watching Netflix. You can check out her blog (Sassy, Sweet & Single) at sassysweetsingle.wordpress.com. She can also be found on Twitter @realschimshady_ and Instagram @kaylamsch and wouldn’t mind some new followers. She’s a people person! 

 

Finals Guide: 25 Tips to Get Your Through the Week

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It’s that time again. The most dreaded week of any semester, a week sent to test student’s willpower, focus, determination and ability to survive on coffee. I asked my sorority sisters, friends and classmates for their studying tips and was overwhelmed with the response. Here is the compilation of the 25 best – somewhat – sarcastic tips for studying during this difficult week.

  1. Flash Cards. Make them and carry them around like precious gold. These babies will always work.
  2. Don’t binge watch Netflix… a.k.a. 13 reasons why You shouldn’t study.
  3. Study somewhere different. Switch up your study routine and go to a new environment. A change of scenery will help you focus.
  4. Sit up straight. Don’t study on your couch – you’ll fall asleep.
  5. Reward Yourself. Did you read a sentence? Eat a Skittle.
  6. Sleep. It’s better to get a couple hours of sleep than to study until your eyes glaze over.
  7. Memory games. If you’re trying to memorize those random facts about something that you’ll never need – make up a song/rap/poem or try ‘chunking’. It’ll make studying more tolerable.
  8. Don’t participate in Wine Wednesday. You’re welcome.
  9. Take a break. Hit up your closest pizza joint. It’s okay to let your brain relax for 30 minutes.
  10. Plan out your study times. Mark them down in your planner, phone or on your hand. As Nike says, just do it.
  11. Caffeine. This life staple will always rev up that old mind engine. Just don’t overdo it.
  12. Extra credit. One of my friends suggested crying in front of your professor. It’s been tried and approved.
  13. Take a Bath – it’s relaxing and also allows one to drown in one’s sorrows. But seriously, this is a great tip.
  14. Yoga. Speaking of relaxing, try a downward dog pose. It’s good for your brain.
  15. Watch a cat video. Just one…
  16. Music. Need some motivation? Put in those headphones and jam out. See my study playlist here.
  17. Take a short nap. A fifteen minute snooze fest is shown to increase brain function. Bonus points if you fall asleep on top of your books.
  18. Find a study buddy. Bounce questions off each other.
  19. Or lock yourself away in the library. To each their own.
  20. Stay off social media. It’s a dark hole of procrastination. Your ex’s best friend’s sister’s Facebook page will still be there later.
  21. Don’t go to work. Have a part time job or internship? Take off and bury your head in books.
  22. Ask for notes. Did you miss a day? A week? A month? Ask a classmate for the notes you missed.
  23. Interrogate the professor. Want to know how many questions are on the test? They usually answer.
  24. Figure out the lowest grade you can get on the final without failing the class.
  25. Or you can just do nothing. C’s get degrees.

So, there you go – 25 tried and true tips to get you through the week. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this list! Be brave my friends.

 

Study Hard,

Rebecca

The 3 Types of Spring Breakers

Warning: As always, satire has been utilized in the writing of this post.

beach-1839742_960_720Whether your Spring Break already happened, or you’re anxiously waiting for Friday to roll around, Spring Break always comes at the perfect time. Let’s see which kind of Spring Breaker you are…

The Gone Wild Version of Jersey Shore – Well. You know who you are. These are the students that spend more money on alcohol than lodging, food and transportation combined. They tape 40 oz. bottles to their hands, take jello shots off random strangers stomachs, and get new tattoos of Lucy the Mermaid. Gym, Tan and Alcohol is all they live for. Also, they don’t remember most of the week.

The Future Stay at Home Parent – Whether you are just really broke or need a restful week, these are the students that just want to go home. They live in pajamas 24/7, eat all the cheese puffs and binge watch Netflix like there’s no tomorrow.

The Dedicated Driver –  Oh, this person is a hero. Whether by choice or default, they make sure no one gets any crazy ideas about jumping off a hotel balcony to try and land in the pool 20 stories below. They guide, drive and hold the bag for when their overly drunk friends decide it’s time to get sick. Yay.

Which one are you? Do you fit into multiple categories? Let me know if the comments below.

All y’all have a safe Spring Break now you hear?

 

 

The 3 Types of Women on Valentine’s Day

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Warning: Some satire may have been used in the writing of this article.

Oh, Valentine’s Day. The day of hearts, candy and melodramatic movies. The day that flower shops are raided, restaurants are filled and chocolate is eaten in astounding amounts.

There are 3 types of women when it comes to this special holiday. You might fit into one, two or have dabbled in all three.

   1. The Romantic Who Really Loves Teddy Bears

Everyone knows this woman. She absolutely LOVES Valentine’s Day. She’s the one in your friend group who always says she “love’s love”. If she has a date, she wants everything to be big, fluffy and perfect. She might even fill her man’s car with chocolate and balloons because she saw it on Jimmy Fallon.

If you’re dating this woman, beware. Plan everything. She expects a perfect day filled with romance, grand gestures and a good amount of candy. Fly her to Italy. Then she’ll be happy.

2. The One Who Wishes Dementors Were Real

She hates Valentine’s Day. Hates it with a sincere passion. She believes Valentine’s Day is the root of all evil. She doesn’t hate love, she just hates the romance, the hearts, the candy and the glorification of a holiday that shouldn’t exist. Her only wish is for the Dementors from Harry Potter to come and take away all the people who love this wretched holiday. This is the woman who will have an anti-Valentine’s party and only serve vegetables.

3. The Netflixer Who Just Doesn’t Care

This is the woman who doesn’t even realize it’s Valentine’s Day. She’s too engrossed in Scandal, The Office or Gilmore Girls to care about what day it is. You could say she’s super chill. She doesn’t love the day and doesn’t hate the day. She just really doesn’t care.  Instead of having to get dressed for dinner, she’d rather lay on the couch, snuggle and catch up on the latest season of her favorite show. She’s the woman who goes to CVS the next day and buys 50% off Valentine’s candy.

Have a wonderful (or terrible) Valentine’s Day!

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