Holidays

Holiday Gift Ideas

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The holiday season is upon us and if you’re anything like me, you probably haven’t finished (or even started) your holiday shopping yet. It can be extremely difficult and stressful to think of good gift ideas, so here are a few ideas to help you if you’re stuck!

  1. Cookie Baskets

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 If you have someone on your list that you just can’t figure out what to get or if you’re low on cash, this is something that will please just about anyone. Bake a batch of homemade cookies and put them in a festive basket, box, or bag. You can make whatever kind of cookies you want, so think about what you think they’ll like best and go for it!

  1. Restaurant Gift Cards

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 Pick up a gift card from your sibling’s/friend’s/family member’s favorite restaurant. Sometimes practical is best and getting someone a gift card to a restaurant you know they love and go to a lot guarantees they’ll get good use out of your gift!

  1. Movie Night Kit

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 For this one, you’ll need a DVD (any movie you know they don’t own, but would probably enjoy will work), the receiver’s favorite movie theater candy, popcorn (you can just throw in some packages of un-popped microwave popcorn), and a basket, gift box, or gift bag. Just put it all together and give the gift of a great stay-in movie night!

  1. Travel Essentials Basket

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 Have someone on your list that loves to travel or has a long plane ride coming up? Pick up a neck pillow, some cozy socks, some of their favorite snacks, some hand sanitizer, a package of gum, and anything else that you think will make for an optimal travel experience. Toss it all in a gift basket and you’re good to go!

How to De-stress Around the Holidays

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Its that time of year when your stress can reach an all time high. On top of studying for
final exams, the holidays are just around the corner. So here are some tips for how you
can reduce your stress around this demanding time of year.

1. Plan ahead
When it comes to your finals, plan out a schedule for what subjects you will study and
when this will happen to give yourself time without rushing and stressing out.
For the holidays, plan out what gifts you are going to buy for each person and write
down which stores sell the item so you are not running around last minute.

2. Make it enjoyable
While you study, play some non-distracting music to lighten to mood.
When you go shopping for holiday gifts, take a friend with you and make it a fun day or
if you go by yourself- buy yourself something to reward yourself.

3. Give yourself breaks
Don’t study for so many hours straight to the point where your brain is overworked give
yourself a small break and try to regain focus on your task.
Preparing for the holidays takes a lot of time, so take break to let yourself regain
energy.

Best Places to Celebrate New Years Eve

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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:

Concerts

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.

Parties

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.

 

Alabaster

I’m reading Managerial Accounting

 

Sources:

http://www.globalgrasshopper.com/travel/travel-ideas/top-10-places-to-party-on-new-years-eve/

http://twincities.metromix.com/music/standard_photo_gallery/americas-coolest-new-years/2944607/photo/2944613

http://newyearsevecentral.com/

Best Places to Go Sledding

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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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I’m reading Macroeconomics

Sources:

http://www.gwigo.com/maps/juleswhite/best-places-to-go-sledding-in-nashville-tn.html

http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/top-lists/best-places-to-go-sledding-in-philadelphia/

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/top-lists/best-places-to-go-sledding-in-nyc-new-jersey-connecticut/

http://tobogganhills.com/?query=USA&zoom=4

Last Minute Holiday Gifts from Skinit.com

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Are you behind on your holiday shopping list? Still shopping for your college kids? Or are you looking for the perfect gag gift for your buddy? I think I can point you in the right direction. Skinit.com offers “skins” for phones, laptops, iPods, iPads, and the like. “Skins” are protective covers that will help keep your electronics safe, and display virtually anything that you want. They are guaranteed not to interfere with product functionality, they leave behind no mess, and they are specifically designed for each product.

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. Skinit.com provides a cheap way to find a great gift for your friend or loved one. Check out the endless possibilities at Skinit.com, and you’ll see why they have become such a popular gift for people of all ages. Skinit has something for everybody.