Best Places to Celebrate New Years Eve

New Years Eve- the time when people party so hard, they wake up the next day and make drastic changes to their life to make up for the debauchery that occurred the night before. New Years Eve is the best time of the year to party, have fun, and celebrate the past years triumphs. People all over the world party hard on New Years Eve. From India to Brazil to Japan to Iceland, New Years parties will be in full swing, with cultural traditions being the only difference in the celebrations. For the first time in a few years, I have no New Years plans (I should really start using Facebook). I decided to research some fun things to do across the U.S. in search of plans for the ultimate New Years Eve. I’ve compiled a list containing concerts, parties and events. Check it out:


1. Dick Clark’s New Years Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest. This is based in New York City, but there is also an L.A.event under the same name with different performers. This concert began in 1972, and it’s been a huge event every year since. If you like pop music, this concert is where you want to be. It’s in New York during the biggest party of the year. Performers include Lady GaGa, Justin Bieber, Pitbull and Hot Chella Rae. The hosts for this event are Jenny McCarthy and Fergie. This will more than likely be the biggest event of New Years, based on the amount of people who travel to NYC every year.

2. Together As One, Orange County,CA. This is like the ultimate rave, including performers Duck Sauce, Diplo, Bloody Beetroots, Chromeo, and Felix the Housecat, among others. This event is sure to be packed with partiers who will be ready to bring in the New Year with a bang.

3. PHISH at  Madison Square Garden, NYC, NY. Attention all hippies: find your way to New York for this four-day PHISH concert, which will rock from December 28th through New Years Eve. It’s been sold out since shortly after tickets went on sale, so this is sure to be a BIG concert.

4. BASSNECTAR Nashville, TN. This show is set to be HUGE. If you like dubstep music, then this is the show for you. Be ready to make your ears bleed.


1. New York City– The dropping of the crystal ball in Old Times Square is a gigantic event every year. People from all over the East coast and beyond gather in New York City for this event, making it among the most popular New Years destinations. It’s a tradition that has been going strong since 1907. I can’t imagine what New Years Eve would’ve been like during prohibition. You can buy your all-access party passes here.

2. New Orleans– Bourbon Street is the place to be year-round, so you can imagine what it’s like during New Years Eve. INSANITY. Most people realistically just can’t handle Bourbon Street, let alone during the craziest time of the year. Watch the ball drop at Jackson Square, and partake in adult beverages in any of the twelve million bars along Bourbon Street. Check out what’s going on in New Orleans on NYE here.

3. Seattle– I’ve heard from many people that Seattle turns into a city-wide party on New Years Eve. The Space Needle is turned into one big fireworks show, and besides that, there are many, many things to do in Seattle during New Years Eve. Check out the 35+ bars around city centre if you get thirsty. This isn’t quite like the other places on the list, so I understand if you are skeptical about this one, but you have to trust me. Seattle ROCKS on New Years Eve.

4. Las Vegas– Vegas and New Years Eve go together like chicken and waffles. Imagine a place where the party never stops. Literally it never stops, as there are no “last calls” in Vegas. Most cities force bars to close anytime between 2 and 6am, but not in the city that never sleeps. Check out the strip during New Years Eve, and you may begin to understand why it’s called “sin city.” One extra bonus about Vegas around New Years time is that you can bet on any of your favorite football (BCS) bowl games. Check out other NYE Vegas events here.



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Best Places to Go Sledding

Sledding is one of those rare activities that is not only extremely fun, but free. It has given joy to kids and adults since the 1880’s, around the time the light bulb was invented. I remember my first experience going sledding as a kid, and it was at that point that I realized the best things in life truly are free. Sledding is a good workout, it’s extraordinarily fun, and when you find the right hill, it is tremendously exhilarating. Those of you who are like me and go sledding every year know a good spot to sled. Some of you know 2 or 3, but how many of you have actually taken a trip just for sledding? I’ve looked around at some places in the U.S. that people rank highly as local sledding destinations, and listed some of the better hills in America (according to locals). Check them out:

  • “Bridge Street Mega Hill” Located in Roanoke, Virginia, this hill is actually a street, but when the traffic is clear, and there is sufficient snow, it turns into a place where a few brave souls dare to sled down. 752-798 Bridge St. Southwest, Roanoke, VA 24015
  • Woodbury Ski Area – Located in Woodbury, Connecticut, Woodbury is known to be a great place for snow tubing. It’s many hills and trails will be sure to please skiers, snowboarders, tubers, and sledders alike. It’s also a hotspot for reggae and rock concerts.
  • Burholme Park – This Park is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is well-known to locals who have enjoyed its massive hills for years. Its only downfall is that it can get pretty crowded on a snowy day. 401 Cottman Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19111.
  • Capitol Hill – This is actually in Nashville, Tennessee. At the very top of “Capital Hill” there is a monster hill, which some locals believe to be the biggest hill in Nashville. Warning: This hill is pretty dangerous. 601 –699 U.S. 41, Nashville, TN 37219
  • Forest Park – Forest Park is located in St. Louis, Missouri. In Forest Park you will find Art Hill, which is a great place to go sledding because there are always fires to keep guests warm at the top of the hill (maintained by the park management), as well as snow bales to keep sledders in the designated areas. 35-57 Fine Arts Dr. St. Louis, MO 63110
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There are endless possibilities in finding the right skin, ranging from sports team’s designs to artsy designs to customizable designs, which allow you to add your favorite picture, shape, or text. Get your girlfriend a skin for her laptop with her favorite picture of you two together for some added “brownie points.” Get your buddy a skin for his iPhone with the most embarrassing picture possible for $19.99. provides a cheap way to find a great gift for your friend or loved one. Check out the endless possibilities at, and you’ll see why they have become such a popular gift for people of all ages. Skinit has something for everybody.

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July everyone!  I hope you guys are enjoying the long weekend, grilling out, popping off fireworks and buying new furniture (apparently that’s what people do or those “4th of July furniture warehouse liquidation” commercials wouldn’t keep coming back—that’s my theory anyway).

If you’re having people over for some grillin’ and chillin’, I’ve been using this steak rub recipe for two years and have yet to get tired of it.

Amazing Cajun Steak Rub Recipe

2 tbsp. of paprika

2 tsp. of salt

2 tsp. onion powder

2 tsp. garlic powder

2 tsp. cayenne pepper

1 ½ tsp. ground white pepper

1 ½ tsp. ground black pepper

1 tsp. dry thyme leaves

1 tsp. oregano leaves

Slather vegetable or olive oil over the steaks, sprinkle the rub liberally over the steak, and pat the rub into the steak.  Get the coals nice and hot then grill for about 9 minutes on either side for medium-rare steaks.  Add a minute for each additional level of ‘doneness’ you want.  Serve with a side of corn on the cob thrown in a packet of foil w/ butter and pepper and grill it right alongside the steak!  (the corn will take a little longer than the steak)

Check out The Best Fireworks Displays in the Country from

#1 Macy’s 4th of July  New York City, NY

#2 Pops Concert at the Esplanade”  Boston, MA

#3 Central PA 4th Fest  State College, PA

#4 Welcome America  Philadelphia, PA

#5 Independence Day Celebration  Washington, DC

#6 WaMu Family 4th Seattle, Washington

#7 Go 4th on the River  New Orleans, LA

#8  Fair St. Louis  St. Louis MO

#9  Lights on the Lake  Lake Tahoe NV

#10  Freedom Over Texas  Houston, TX

Thanks for reading!



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Important February Dates

The month of February is full of important dates! Mark your calendars!

Month of February- Black History Month

Feb 1- National Freedom Day
A day in celebration of the signing of the 13th Amendment of the Constitution by Abraham Lincoln.

Feb 2- Groundhog Day
An old folklore legend says that if the weather is cloudy and the groundhog leaves his burrow winter will end soon. If it is sunny and the groundhog sees his shadow and retreats back to his burrow, winter will continue for six more weeks.

Feb 7- Greet Your Neighbor Day
The name speaks for itself…

Feb 12- Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday
Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States. He was born on February 12 1809. He successfully led the Union through the American Civil War, ending slavery.

Feb 14- Valentines Day
Formally named “Saint Valenteine’s Day”. This is a day to celebrate love and affection between two people. Saint Valentine was a Christian martyr given a calendar date of celebration.

Feb 15- Susan B. Anthony Day
A day of celebration for the birth of Susan B. Anthony. She was an advocate of women’s suffrage. The date began celebration in 1920 after the 19th Amendment was passed giving women the right to vote. (Thanks girl! ;] )

Feb 20- Love Your Pet Day
As if you don’t already love your pet every day, there is a designated day! Cuddle your furry, feathered or bald pet friend! Celebrate your love for them!

Feb 22- George Washington’s Birthday
The first President of the United States. He was born on February 22, 1732. He was the leader of the United States in the Revolutionary War as the commander of the Continental Army. Props, George!

*President’s Day (3rd Monday in February)
Also known as George Washington’s birthday. The holiday was created in 1880. This was the first holiday created to honor an American citizen.

Happy February!

Kat VonD

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