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5 Necessities You Didn’t Know You Needed To Pack For Your Beach Vacation

5 Necessities You Didn’t Know You Needed To Pack For Your Beach Vacation

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It's that beautiful time of year again when you're probably headed to the beach. Before you fully indulge in some sandy summer fun, there are a few things you probably didn't know you needed to pack in your suitcase. You know, those things you see all of the time and say, Hey, why didn't I think of that? Well, think no more. You probably want your beach fun to be as carefree and accommodating as possible, since warm sand doesn't hold all of the answers just a margarita, or two. Here are a few cool summer gadgets that could enhance your beach vacay this season. 1. A Wine Bag, So You Can Ros All Day Bella Vita Wine Bag, $74.95, Bella Vita It's 5 p.m. somewhere, right? Nothing beats having a cold glass of your favorite wine on the beach. The Bella Vita wine bags come in different colors,...
24 Instagram Captions For Your Summer Vacation Pictures That Are Set To Sizzle

24 Instagram Captions For Your Summer Vacation Pictures That Are Set To Sizzle

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Whereverthis summertakes you, whether it be on a beach or camping retreat, dont forget to document all of your incredible adventures. I can confirm that those of us who havent booked vacations just yetare living vicariously through those who are already chilling in the tropics. Wehave serious FOMO, but we know sometime throughout the summer months, it will be our turn to grace Instagram with our epic travels. Keep on sipping pia coladas in Hawaii, or ziplining through the forest, and when youre finished, be sure to share your amazing photos. Make your followers laugh with a pun or a clever quote about your adventures with these Instagram captions for your vacation. For Your Tropical Getaway 1. Unknown 2. Unknown 3. Unknown 4. Unknown 5. Unknown 6. Unknown For Your Camping Trip 7. Unknown ...
6 Outdoor Fitness Classes You Have To Try So You Can Make The Most Of This Summer

6 Outdoor Fitness Classes You Have To Try So You Can Make The Most Of This Summer

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There's nothing worse than a dreaded trudge through five inches of snow to make those #gains in the wintertime. I often find myself questioning whether dead-lifts are even worth it in the depths of December. Is worth it when it's that cold outside? So, when summer finally rolls around and blesses us with constant sunshine, it's pretty much necessary to take your workout to the outdoors to make the most of the gorgeous weather. And, yes, you can work on your bronze glow and your #BootyGains simultaneously. I know. It's truly an emotionalexperience. From outdoor dance parties, to downward dog, here are six outdoor fitness classes that serve upa killer workout with a side of much-needed vitamin D. 1.Yoga In The Park Tree pose is always way more enjoyable when I'm actuallysurrounded by tree...
11 Easy Home Remedies To Help Soothe Even Your Nastiest, Reddest Sunburn

11 Easy Home Remedies To Help Soothe Even Your Nastiest, Reddest Sunburn

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When I think back to summer vacations spent bythe pool, visiting the beach, and walking along the boardwalk, there's one specific detail that stands out as a constant. The epic sunburns I endured. Now listen, my mom made me apply and reapply sunscreen all day, day, from late May through early September to combat harmful rays, but inevitably, my fair skin was meant to burn, and I was meant to suffer. Sunburn doesn't just look serious, it feels serious and while symptoms like blistering, chills, headaches, and fevers definitely suck, the actual pain of the burn itself is the most straining. Fortunately, if you're fresh out of aloe at any point this summer, there are plenty of home remedies lying around in your pantry to ease the pain, stop the swelling, and make the healing process bearabl...
9 Things To Check Off Your Bucket List During Your Last Summer In College

9 Things To Check Off Your Bucket List During Your Last Summer In College

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In just one year from now, reality sinksin, and youll be off into the real world. With your diploma by your side, youll accomplish all the young adult things you said you would. Youll hopefully begin to pay off your student debt, land your dream job, and maybe even move into that cozy apartment in the city. As much as its bittersweet to say goodbye to your college years, the life of a graduate is full of adventure and endless opportunity. For now, though, youre still a student, and the adulting can wait just a little longer. Summer is the perfect time to embrace the spontaneity and fun, after all. Here are nine ways to take advantage of your last summer as a college student before you begin your final semesters. 1. Reminisce With Your Hometown Friends Skitterphoto/Pexels After high sch...
5 Ways To Have An Insta-Worthy Summer When You’re Broke

5 Ways To Have An Insta-Worthy Summer When You’re Broke

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As much fun as it is hitting up the bars throughoutthe summer, dropping cash on endless vodka sodas and Coronas can hurt like a total betch (in more ways than one). Between spending money on booze and embarking on fun weekend getaways with the crew, your bank account will be feeling the pain before you know it. If your future is looking broke AFthis summer, dont fret. You dont have to empty your wallet to have a ton of fun with your friends. Here are five ways to have a lit summer when youre broke, that will show everyone on Instagram youre having the freaking time of your life. 1. Soak up those beautiful rays in the yard with your girlfriends. Jovana Rikalo If you or one of your friends has a pool, or lives neara beach, even better. Of course, this scenario wont be prime for the Instag...
16 Easy (And Awesome) Fire Pits You Can Build For Your Yard This Summer

16 Easy (And Awesome) Fire Pits You Can Build For Your Yard This Summer

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I'd argue that few things are more perfect than spending an evening in your yard with friends, good food, and a fire pit to keep you cozy. Don't get me wrong, I love going to the beach, swimming in pools, and enjoying the sun, but there's something pretty magical about a roaring fire and s'mores. If your yard doesn't have a fire pit, though, don't give up on this dream! It's actually super easy to make your own, as evidenced by these easy, awesome builds. Check them out! 1. You really don't need any masonry skills to make these things. This guy had no experience. Reddit / mixingmortar 2. You can make it as simple as you'd like. Reddit / OriginalFrylock ...
11 Ways To Have A Summer Break, Even Though You Work A 9-To-5

11 Ways To Have A Summer Break, Even Though You Work A 9-To-5

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Schools out doesnt exactly have the same ring it did when you were a non-bill paying grade schooler. Working a 9-to-5 is also a far cry from the summer jobs in undergrad and even farther from the three-month hiatus from bells, teachers and homework in high school. Sigh. Were grown now, folks. Giphy But that doesnt mean you cant still have a super turned up summer. In fact, youve got something you didnt have during your school days: actual, factual money. Giphy OK, maybe student loans mean you dont have much more. But adulting has a fewperks so take advantage of them with these ideas for having a blast this summer. 1. Have the water fight of the ages. Giphy Call your friends over one sunny weekend this summer,fill up a few balloons, grab that Super Soaker and channel your inner 90s ...
11 Fun Summer Date Ideas For The Couple Who’s Broke

11 Fun Summer Date Ideas For The Couple Who’s Broke

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With summer just around the corner, most of us cant wait to soak up those beautiful rays of sunshine, dive into the deep blue, and plan weekend trips with bae and our girlfriends. Our wallets, though, arent entirely thrilled about the idea of dishing out cash to satisfy those glorious summer feels. When you and bae are simply broke AF, the struggle can be all too real. But, date night doesnt have to cost a fortune, and odds are, youll have a great time with your main squeeze no matter what youre doing. Embrace those summer vibes and let the sparks fly, without breaking the bank. Lydia Cazorla Here are 11 fun summer date ideas for every couple whos broke. 1. Plana backyard campfire and movie night. Brad and Jen Butcher Set up a picnic blanket or comfy outdoor chairs, and watchthe sun s...
12 Ways Dudes Can Look Hot While Staying Cool This Summer

12 Ways Dudes Can Look Hot While Staying Cool This Summer

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Crocs not included. View this image › Via us.asos.com Look, I know summer fashion for many dudes simply means swim trunks, tanks, and flippy floppies. But there are so many more summer options out there that will help you face the heat without sacrificing your style. Here are a few alternatives to think about when heading out into the summer sun. 1. Henleys instead of v-necks. jcpenney.com   Because deep v-necks are a no-no, and regular v-necks are kind of played out. Just undo that top button and play on player! 2. Cotton polos for more of a preppy look. View this image › uniqlo.com These can be dressed up or dressed down, and unlike their dry pique brothers, won’t over heat you when you’re out and about. 3. Short s...
Have You Ever Read A Guidebook To The Country You Live In?

Have You Ever Read A Guidebook To The Country You Live In?

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Emma Straub, author of New York Times best-seller The Vacationers, reminisces about taking a road trip at the dawn of the iPhone age. Manmade beach, miles from anywhere in western Nebraska. Emma Straub Lunch at Mom’s, Salina, Utah. Emma Straub   The summer between my first and second years of graduate school, my boyfriend and I bought a tent and two camping chairs and a case of bottled water and had a friend move in with our needy cats. After doing a test run of the tent in the living room, we loaded the car and drove west. It was 2007, the dawn of the iPhone age, and it was my job to juggle all the AAA maps and the new device on my lap, though it sort of didn’t matter, because we had no destination. Almost no destination — there was a...
Turn A Tree Stump Into A Makeshift Grill With These Easy Steps

Turn A Tree Stump Into A Makeshift Grill With These Easy Steps

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Camping trips are fun, but they also require a great deal of planning. You've got to remember the essentials like the tent and food, so it's understandable that less important things like the grill grate get left behind. If you don't have anything to cook on over the campfire, you may actually still be in luck if you have a saw. Not only does a Swedish Torch burn long and strong, it also provides the perfect cooking surface for a night in the wild. The best part? You can use the same stump for s'mores later on in the evening. Dinner by a fire topped off with dessert -- yes, please! Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/swedish-torch-cooking/
What Type Of Shark Are You?

What Type Of Shark Are You?

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In your world, every week is Shark Week. BF_STATIC.timequeue.push(function () { if (BF_STATIC.bf_test_mode) localStorage.setItem('posted_date', 1407521740); }); BF_STATIC.timequeue.push(function () { document.getElementById("update_posted_time_3411569").innerHTML = "posted on " + UI.dateFormat.get_formatted_date(1407521740); }); View this image › Thinkstock 1. Thinkstock ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ 2. Thinkstock Thinkstock ✓ Cheetah Thinkstock ✓ Cobra Thinkstock ✓ Rhino Thinkstock ✓ Elephant Thinkstock ✓ Lion Thinkstock ✓ Tiger 3. Thinkstock ✓ &#...
16 Beach Hacks That Will Save Your Summer

16 Beach Hacks That Will Save Your Summer

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Sun’s out, fun’s out! View this image › Flickr: slimjim / Via Creative Commons 1. Put your iPhone in a sandwich bag to protect it. The touchscreen will still work! instagram.com 2. Use a fitted sheet on the beach to keep sand out. View this image › Via reddit.com 3. Or purchase some towel anchors to make sure your towel doesn’t blow around. View this image › Via amazon.com 4. Invest in a waterproof blanket for lounging. View this image › Via bedbathandbeyond.com 5. Create your own beach towel purse. It’s perfect for transporting and use. diy-enthusiasts.com   6. Clean out a lotion bottle to use as a safe spot for your money, keys, etc.! instagram.com 7. Or you can put you...
23 Tips That’ll Help You And Your Home Transition From Summer To Fall

23 Tips That’ll Help You And Your Home Transition From Summer To Fall

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It seems like just yesterday that we were sitting in our cubicles daydreaming about all the fun adventures we had planned for the summer months ahead. With summer officially coming to a close, I'm left wondering where the time went. Fall will be here before we know it, and it's bringing with it a seemingly endless list of things that need to be done at home. As the temperatures begin to drop and the days grow shorter, it's important that we all tackle these chores as quickly as possible! googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('VN_PG_DCBP_ATF'); }); To help you get ready, here's the ultimate fall-prep list. 1. Drain your garden hoses and detach them from your outdoor water lines. iStock googletag.cmd.push(funct...
11 Fulfilling Opportunities for Recent Grads

11 Fulfilling Opportunities for Recent Grads

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Congratulations! You graduated. You must be terrified. The job market may be a little rocky, however, that doesn't mean you can't spend your time wisely. Instead of sitting around at home and sulking or panicking all summer, be productive and do something exciting. If your itinerary is flexible after graduation, take advantage of the opportunity to pack a few interesting and offbeat experiences before selling your soul to a 9-to-5 desk job. Who says you can't be productive in your gap year(s)? Some of these options may require a college degree, like teaching English, but most of these are opportunities anyone could pursue. They will broaden your horizons, teach you valuable skills and sometimes help pay off a little debt. Many will show you a part of the world you've never before, just fo...
16 Brilliant Summer Hair Hacks You Never Knew You Needed

16 Brilliant Summer Hair Hacks You Never Knew You Needed

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Humidity’s a bitch. 1. To cut down on horribly hot blow drying time, absorb extra moisture in your hair with paper towels. View this image › parlordiary.com This crazy simple trick will surprise you — squeezing paper towels along the length and at the root of your strands will draw out wetness. 2. Another way to avoid excessive drying time? Blowpro, a magical blow dry lotion that speeds up the process. View this image › shop.nordstrom.com It’s $21 at Nordstrom. 3. To combat frizz on a daily basis, try this coconut spray (a little goes a long way). View this image › indianbeautyspot.com Find out how to make it here. 4. And here’s a DIY yogurt and honey anti-frizz hair mask for more heavy duty protection. View this im...
22 Things All People Who Hate The Sun Know To Be True

22 Things All People Who Hate The Sun Know To Be True

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Do they make hazmat beachwear? 1. This is you anytime you are forced to go to the beach. View this image › i.imgur.com 2. You are the Queen O’ ‘Screen. View this image › Flickr: joeshlabotnik You’re always covered. 3. High SPFs get you REALLY excited. View this image › neutrogena.com Despite the fact that anything after SPF 30 pretty much does the same job. 4. In the summer, you’ve been known to walk around with a parasol. Or umbrella. You don’t care if it looks slightly crazy. View this image › i.imgur.com 5. You can be fairly dramatic when it comes to securing a spot somewhere in the shade. View this image › giphy.com 6. Any new way to get your SPF on intrigues you. Like a powder yo...
5 Ways You Can Be Completely Eco-Friendly At Music Festivals This Season

5 Ways You Can Be Completely Eco-Friendly At Music Festivals This Season

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I’ll never forget my favorite memory from my first music festival. My best friend and I were sitting in a giant field, listening to Ben Harper sing in the sunshine, surrounded by a couple thousand peaceful and happy people. She turned to me and said, Man, if hippies ruled the world. I knew exactly what she meant. If we could just craft a lifestyle where everyone got together over what we had in common rather than what separated us, the world would be a better place. As we drove out of the festival on the last day, I remember looking around at all the garbage left behind. The previously picturesque farm was littered with broken styrofoam coolers, abandoned tents and piles of garbage. If we were hippies, we would be doing a really bad job if giventhe chance to rule the world. Music fe...
Definitive Proof That Summer Is Curly Hair’s Worst Enemy

Definitive Proof That Summer Is Curly Hair’s Worst Enemy

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Summer must be stopped. 1. Forget all the lies mainstream media has been feeding you: Summertime and curly hair are mortal enemies. View this image › s3-ec.buzzfed.com 2. In the winter, life with curly hair is good because you know exactly what to expect. Forecast? Cold with zero humidity – pretty much always. View this image › i-hate-all-people-in-the-world.tumblr.com 3. In the summer? Your life becomes a never-ending gauntlet of survival. writinginredlipstick.com nbcmiami.com   4. You tell people you’re wearing your hair natural this summer – taking a break from the flat iron and mixing it up. View this image › theglossdotcom.tumblr.com 5. Sure, as if you have a choice. Summer owns you n...
Camp Inc.: Summer Camp for the Next Mark Zuckerberg

Camp Inc.: Summer Camp for the Next Mark Zuckerberg

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Camp Inc. will focus on teaching entrepreneurship while also infusing elements of traditional sleepaway programs and Jewish values. Campers are intended to step away with an understanding of how to launch a start-up.Image: Potter/Getty ImagesVal Weisler didn't want to wait to graduate to do what she loves, so one Friday afternoon about a year ago the high school sophomore started a company. She made a website after googling instructions on how to build one, put together a Facebook page, and launched The Validation Project, a community and resource for teens. The 16-year-old New York native is passionate about what she does and doesn't mind spending her free time working with professionals much older than she is instead of hanging out with friends. This summer though, Weisler will be immers...
The 22 Best Things About Living In New York City During The Summer

The 22 Best Things About Living In New York City During The Summer

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The Mister Softee jingle is your best dream and worst nightmare. 1. Hearing the Mister Softee jingle brings you both pain and joy. instagram.com 2. A crowded beach is priceless since there is ZERO driving involved. View this image › Jonathan Percy / Flickr: chartno3 / Creative Commons 3. No matter how sketchy the person is, buying an Italian ice is always worth it. instagram.com 4. You might live in a concrete jungle, but nature does exist here. View this image › Travis Grathwell / Flickr: sivart13 / Creative Commons 5. Sitting outside for hours at restaurants because bottomless mimosas are a gift from heaven. View this image › Adelie Freyja Annabel / Flickr: kindofindie / Creative Commons 6. Walking through the open fire hydrant ...
If You Don’t Think Of Luxury When You Think Of Truck Beds, You Haven’t Seen These

If You Don’t Think Of Luxury When You Think Of Truck Beds, You Haven’t Seen These

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I'll be the first to admit that the thought of sleeping in a pickup truck sounds anything but luxurious. In fact, it sounds seriously uncomfortable. Because I don't have an outdoorsy bone in my body, I'm over here like, "Why should I sleep in a truck when hotels are things that exist?" Sure, the linens are questionable at best and continental breakfasts are usually a little weird, but dealing with those sounds better to me than roughing it. I'd probably be someone who goes "glamping" if I ever gave any form of camping a second thought.That being said, one Oregon-based carpenter by the name of Jeremy has broadened my horizons. He's the mastermind behind Tuffli Built, and if you happen to be on the say-no-to-camping team along with me, you...
7 Tips for Your Summertime Job Search

7 Tips for Your Summertime Job Search

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Summer may be the perfect time to sit back in a beach chair and relax, but it is also the one of the best times to find a job or internship. However, going through the interview process in the summer can be even more challenging than it is at other points of the year for a number of reasons. Fortunately, hiring managers have some useful advice that just might get you hired. 1. Don't Schedule a Friday Interview Oftentimes when people interview during the summertime, they forget that most weekends are filled with travel, activities and general work tasks. I always recommend that people schedule interviews Monday through Thursday so they don't get caught with a last-minute scheduling conflict. — Ryan O'Connell, vice president at Influence and Co 2. Look Beyond the Summer Don't limit yourself
Make Your Summer Seriously Awesome With These 20 Backyard Upgrades

Make Your Summer Seriously Awesome With These 20 Backyard Upgrades

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It's a scientific fact that no one wants to have the crappy backyard when summer rolls around. Trust me. It's true. Even if you're not big on entertaining, throwing a backyard barbecue is never a bad time, and there's nothing quite like plopping down with a good book in your outdoor oasis after a long day at work. That being said, complete overhauls a la HGTV are usually too expensive and too time consuming for most people to bother with. If you have a little wiggle room for some simple backyard upgrades, however, here's a bit of inspiration to get you started! 1. Add some flare to your patio with latex paint. A Beautiful Mess 2. Put your flowers on display...
15 Ingenious Hacks That’ll Make Your Favorite Summer Activity So Much Better

15 Ingenious Hacks That’ll Make Your Favorite Summer Activity So Much Better

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Grilling is the best thing about summer. Don't let haters tell you otherwise. One, it revolves around food. Two, it revolves around food. Need I say more? But the fact of the matter is that I'm no Bobby Flay, and I screw up burgers more often than I make patties that are worthy of Food Network admiration.If you're a regular human being like me and you can't get a handle on Flay's wizardry, these tips and tricks will at least help you make something edible without setting your whole body on fire. 1. Grill citrus fruits for a few minutes to up the favor factor. They're great for squeezing over the fish that you definitely didn't mess up and get stuck to the grill! Flickr / Alan Sh...
20 Reasons Working Retail In The Summer Is The Worst

20 Reasons Working Retail In The Summer Is The Worst

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This is going to be the best summer ever! Except it won’t be, because you’ll be indoors all day. 1. Summer nights are great…for staying at your store folding clothing. instagram.com You get to do a perfect fold, while everyone else is at a bar. 2. It’s 85 degrees out and a perfect summer day — time to hit the beach!! Except for you. instagram.com You get to stay inside and help other people pick out their beach clothing! 3. Every time it’s a federal holiday, most of your friends go away while you get to deal with crazy sales. instagram.com They’ll come back “refreshed” and you’ll still be under the pile of clothing from the Fourth of July sale. 4. Your 20% discount is useless because why would you buy su...
21 Tasty Snacks You Need To Make For Your Summer Road Trip

21 Tasty Snacks You Need To Make For Your Summer Road Trip

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Summer is the time for road trips. Rolled down windows, scenic views (or endless miles of highway), and the company of your friends or family is only improved by the snacks you bring along. And when you’ve been driving for hours on end, sometimes great nosh is the only way to keep morale high. Here’s a list of recipes to bring all road trip snackage to another level. There’s a balance of sweet and salty and healthy and not-so-healthy, so make a variety of snacks and pack your bag for the best-fed road trip in history. 1. Salt and Vinegar Chickpeas Skip the salt and vinegar potato chips from the gas station and make these. They have all the flavor of your favorite chips but have 15 grams of protein in each cup, so they’ll keep youfull till that lunch stop. And if...
Every Betch’s End of Summer Bucket List

Every Betch’s End of Summer Bucket List

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I honestly tried really hard to think of more ideas that didn't involve being blackout outside, yet I didn't want to do too much work because, vacation. And let's be honest, those are the two best parts of summer anyway. - Day drink in as many places as possible. OK so you’ve covered the beach, a boat, and your backyard, but now it’s time to really branch out your day-drinking locations. How many parks have you been wasted in? Can you up that number? Any outdoor location can become a watering hole if you believe. - Go to a baseball game. Not to actually watch the game, duh, everyone knows betches are too ADD for that. But again, day drinking, and people watching. Seriously, the prime place to people watch (and subsequently talk shit about said people) is...
The 6 Best Places Across Canada To Sit And Sip With A View

The 6 Best Places Across Canada To Sit And Sip With A View

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Civic Holiday is the best bit of summer, amiright? You have your sticky-weather wardrobe down, so your look is peak. And there is still a long stretch of summer like, at least 30 solid days of possibility, of potential hookups, of time with bae, of hours with fresh Tinder bait ahead. Long story short: It’s time to up your drink game. Here’s how to crush it, from west to east. 1. Vancouver Mountains, harbor, city and beach: Canada's jewel on the Pacific offers the best nature has to offer. And day or night, there is no need to throw shade on the Van City patio scene. You'll want to be where the action is at in Gastown: for people-watching, for mountain vistas, for sea breezes, for the European city square. Two great bets here are Chill Winston and The Flying Pig (there ar...
21 DIY Patio Projects That Will Make Your Backyard That Much Cooler

21 DIY Patio Projects That Will Make Your Backyard That Much Cooler

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googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('VN_PG_DTBT_ATF'); }); Updating your backyard space doesn't need to require spending a lot of time or money. Why spend a small fortune on manufactured furniture or accessories when you can make your own and have fun doing it?!With summer slowly coming to a close, don't forget you've still got time to enjoy the outdoors in the early fall. In other words, there's plenty of time to spruce up your backyard patios! Here are 21 DIY patio upgrades and essentials that are sure to put a little perk in your summer step. 1. This bright bar can bring a pop of color to your backyard festivities. Better Homes And Gardens googletag.cmd.push(function() { g...
If You’ve Been Doing This One Thing With Your BBQ, You’re In Serious Danger

If You’ve Been Doing This One Thing With Your BBQ, You’re In Serious Danger

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It’s BBQ seasonandthere’s something you need to know about throwing stuff on the grill wrapped in aluminum foil. It’s common to use foil to keep grills clean when roasting BBQ favorites like baked potatoes, fish, chicken or, well, just about anything. Unfortunately, this timesaver is linked to bone disease, osteoporosis, kidney failure and Alzheimer’s. No thanks. When you grill food in foil, some of the aluminum can get on the food. Apparently, 40mg a day of aluminum is safe, but when you use foil on a grill, the food could contain up to 400mg. Not good. One too many BBQs this summer could cause some serious damage to your health. Some foods cooked in aluminum absorb more of the metal than others. Recently,researchers found that acidic foods, like meats prepared wi...
So What Kind Of Summer Did You Actually Have This Year?

So What Kind Of Summer Did You Actually Have This Year?

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It’s time to review your summer checklist. BF_STATIC.timequeue.push(function () { if (BF_STATIC.bf_test_mode) localStorage.setItem('posted_date', 1409152447); }); BF_STATIC.timequeue.push(function () { document.getElementById("update_posted_time_3429210").innerHTML = "posted on " + UI.dateFormat.get_formatted_date(1409152447); }); View this image › Via y0u-are-just-a-memory.tumblr.com ✓ Go to the beach? ✓ Build a sandcastle? ✓ Go swimming in a pool? ✓ Go swimming in a lake? ✓ Go swimming in the ocean? ✓ Go on a boat? ✓ Attend an outdoor party? ✓ Go to a concert? ✓ Lay outside? ✓ Get a sunburn? ✓ Wash a car outside? ɱ...
17 Splendid Places For Outdoor Swimming In London

17 Splendid Places For Outdoor Swimming In London

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Splish splash. View this image › Flickr: victoriapeckham / Via Creative Commons 1. Tooting Bec Lido, SW16. instagram.com The largest fresh water open air swimming pool in England. Find out more here. 2. Kenwood Ladies’ Pond, NW5. instagram.com Leafy and lovely (although a touch chilly), the Ladies’ Pond is the loveliest way to spend a hot day. Its’ only open to women and girl swimmers though - men can visit the two other ponds on the Heath. Find out more here. 3. Hampstead Mixed Pond, NW5. instagram.com Time to go for a splash. If you’re bring children, remember that swimmers must be eight or over. Find out more here. 4. Brockwell Lido, SE24. instagram.com Set in an Art Deco, Grade II listed building, this lido also has a ...
21 Things Only People From The Midwest Understand About Summer

21 Things Only People From The Midwest Understand About Summer

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Murdering fireflies to make face paint. 1. Murdering fireflies to make face paint. View this image › Flickr: qmnonic / Via Creative Commons Fireflies or lightning bugs are THE summer bug. They light up the night sky with their glow and probably lit up your face and arms after you squeezed their juice out of them. It’s OK, we all did it. 2. Spending hours outside with streams of water. View this image › Flickr: thelotuscarroll / Via Creative Commons Yard sprinklers are MAGICAL. Honestly the most fun you could ever have in an afternoon. And you still remember how the grass stuck to your skin. ~ Memories ~ 3. Hoping to god you don’t hit a rock. View this image › Evan McCombs The only thing better than sprinklers is a SLIP N’ SLID...
30 Super Fun Products You Definitely Need This Summer

30 Super Fun Products You Definitely Need This Summer

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Do you like fun? Then this stuff is for you. Water Accessories: 1. Giant Donut Pool Float, $35 YUM I WANT TO EAT A DONUT AND FLOAT IN YOU. View this image › thirddrawerdown.com 2. SoFloat Cloud Nine Pillow, $149.99 So relax. Much nice. View this image › sofloat.com 3. Barbecue Dining Boat, $50,000 Oh, to be rich. View this image › hammacher.com 4. Giant Hillside Water Slide, $599.95 It’s like a designer Slip ‘n Slide! View this image › saferwholesale.com 5. Joust Pool Game, $30 Boompowpowpow! View this image › urbanoutfitters.com Outdoor Games: 6. Instant Badminton Court, $99.95 All the funs. All the time. View this image › hammacher.com 7. Backyard Zipline Kit, $199.95 Weeeee here I come...
15 Action Items for Your Summer Bucket List

15 Action Items for Your Summer Bucket List

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Image: Flickr, Peretz PartenskyYou skied, you ate more meat than you thought was humanly possible and your mom is still mad at you for wearing that hideous sweater to Thanksgiving at your aunt's. That was winter. This is summer. If you can escape mom's wrath, there are a few rugged activities you should get to this summer. If jetpacks in Hawaii or hand-fishing in Oklahoma intrigue you, check out those and other intrepid items on our summer bucket list. Just remember to apologize to mom before you go canyoneering in Utah. 1. Strap on a water jetpack in Hawaii A water jetpack in Lake Tahoe, Calif.Image: micadewIn the past, hydraulic jetpacks were for characters like James Bond and Iron Man, not you on summer vacation. Today, that’s changed. Next time you’re in Hawaii, rent a jetpack for t
18 Things Only People Who Hate Camping Understand

18 Things Only People Who Hate Camping Understand

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The only tent I’ll be pitching is in my pants, thank you very much. 1. For starters, camping is NOT a vacation. instagram.com An all-inclusive resort with tropical drinks is a vacation. Camping is just practice for the zombie apocalypse. 2. Being in the middle of nowhere is not your idea of a good time. instagram.com Want to escape reality for a few days? That’s what Netflix is for. 3. Someone always wants to set up camp as far away as humanly possible, much to your chagrin. View this image › Via cheezburger.com “I know, let’s drive six hours, walk another two, then set up camp!” —An idiot who likes to camp 4. Tents are dumb and take forever to put up. View this image › Via imgur.com 5. It’s dirty b...
5 Beauty Buys That Will Make Your Summer Sweat Look Like A Healthy Glow

5 Beauty Buys That Will Make Your Summer Sweat Look Like A Healthy Glow

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Summer is almost here which, for most of us, signals the beginning of three months of drinking (er,dining?) al fresco, beach days, sweaty subway rides and melting makeup. As a product junkie, avid traveler and workout fanatic, I’ve tested hundreds of productsin sweaty spin classes, humid climates andgeneral on-the-go lifestyle for staying power and ease of use. Through all this, I’ve landed on a list of essentials that even a makeup minimalist can get behind: 1. Cushion Foundation Cushion foundations offer the ultimate portability and natural finish. They typically come with a sponge applicator and have a built-in mirror, making taxi touchups easy (and spill-proof). TheL’Oreal True Match Cushion Foundationis my favorite of the cushion formulas. Even though this foundatio...
17 Signs It’s The Start Of British Summertime

17 Signs It’s The Start Of British Summertime

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We’ve felt the first sprinkle of the suns rays and we immediately celebrated. You can keep your year round sunshine, L.A. — we don’t need it. 1. The ice cream vans start playing their joyous tunes. Video available at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=98LoiMZ59Jw. youtube.com …Making it the most exciting lunch break ever! OH MY GOSH MAXIBONS! 2. Parks and streets are suddenly full of men who think it’s OK to take their tops off… View this image › Fox / Via giphy.com …aaaand there goes my lunch. 3. Parks and beaches are suddenly fit to burst. View this image › Flickr: arripay / Creative Commons All these apartment dwellers need somewhere to go… 4. Every day you hear about a new festival you HAVE to go to. ...
11 Essential Grilling Tips From Iron Chef’s Michael Symon

11 Essential Grilling Tips From Iron Chef’s Michael Symon

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Image: Flickr, Andrew CzapChef Michael Symon is serious about meat. The award-winning Food Network chef shares perfectly cooked burgers, steaks and barbecue with the masses at his four restaurants in Cleveland and Detroit: Lola, Lolita, B Spot and Roast. But it's his own backyard where he serves the juiciest slabs of meat, including his personal summer favorite: grilled Old Bay chicken thighs. Mashable caught up with Symon to talk grills, barbecue sauce and his all-time favorite burger toppings. Here's what we learned: Image: Flickr, Christopher Craig1. Know the difference between barbecuing and grilling. As Symon put it: "Barbecuing is technically low and slow, and grilling is high and quick." When grilling, he recommends starting the meat on a very high heat to give it that "wonderfu...
Your Backyard Is Not Complete Without These Amazing Products.

Your Backyard Is Not Complete Without These Amazing Products.

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Kids still bugging you to take them somewhere fun this summer? Lucky for you, the perfect vacation spot can be conveniently located right in your backyard! Who needs Disneyworld when you can project your favorite movie on a Mickey Mouse-inspired screen after a long day full of bumper-floaties, bouncy Twister, and refreshing beverages. Take a look at all the goodies you can grab to turn your home into the happiest place on earth. 1. Keep your drinks fresh in this floating cooler. 2. And keep them handy in this floating cup-holder. 3. Relax with with a floatie that fits all your friends. 4. Break out a game of poker in the pool with ...
22 Books You Need To Read This Summer

22 Books You Need To Read This Summer

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Because you’ll need to find some way to occupy your time on the beach. Also check out the must-have queer summer reads! View this image › 1. The Lover by Marguerite Duras View this image › trashcomplex.wordpress.com At just a little over 100 pages, The Lover is a quick read that’s perfect to bring to the beach or poolside. It tells the true story of Duras and her teenage years as a French girl in Vietnam, where she met and proceeded to have a tumultuous affair with an older and wealthy Chinese man. The prose is spare yet haunting, and you won’t be able to put it down. 2. The Stench of Honolulu by Jack Handey View this image › Via newsmanone.wordpress.com This book, from the same Jack Handey of Saturday Night Live’s ̶...

8 Ways To Still Have Fun This Summer Despite Having To Work

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Summer is officially here but let’s face it,we’re all adults now. Life’s obligations and responsibilities don’t just disappear because it’s late June and the temperature is hovering around 90 degrees. In other words, life goes on. Despite having to maintain your performance at work, spend most of your time behind your desk all summer long and stare at random Instagram photos of your frenemies finding time to lounge around on beaches all day, there are still plenty of ways to ensure that you too are having fun this summer. I mean, where’s the enjoyment in watching everyone else bask in the sun as you sip your third coffee of the day in pure misery? Oh, and it’s only 2pm. As kids in school, we took the 3 months off for granted. As adults, when it&rs...