The Best Summer Songs of the 21st Century

Have you ever noticed how a song can bring back all kinds of memories? It might remind you of your first school dance or maybe a fun vacation you took with friends.

There is no way to count how many awesome songs are released every year. However, there are always a few great songs that come along that can embody a season. For me, 2010 was definitely the year of “Stereo Love,” while last year was more of a “Hey Soul Sister” year. Surprisingly enough, both of these songs made their big debuts during the summertime.

This got me thinking: what have been the biggest summer songs of this century? Whether by the pool, on a road trip, or at the gym, this definitively summer playlist will help you bring back and make plenty of new memories.

2000: “Say My Name.” Destiny’s Child

2001: “Get the Party Started.” Pink.

2002: “Hot in Herre.” Nelly.

2003: “Crazy in Love.” Beyonce, featuring Jay-Z. Read the rest of this entry »

Why Aren’t Students Allowed to Wear Sunscreen at School?

Most people think that school is a place where children should be kept safe. However, as Jesse Michener, a mom of three children who attend Tacoma Public Schools in Washington, recently found out, this is not always the case.

Last week, Michener’s daughters Violet and Zoe spent the day outside for a field day. However, after five-hours outside in the sun without any sunscreen the girls were very sunburned.

“Two of my three children experienced significant sunburns,” Michener wrote on her blog. “Like, hurts-to-look-at burns.”

Michener is upset not only because her children got sunburned, but because the school district has a policy that does not allow teachers to apply sunscreen to the students unless the students have a doctor’s note. In that case, the teachers still cannot help students apply sunscreen; they must do it themselves. Read the rest of this entry »

5 Fun Summer Date Ideas

Summer time is a great time to fall in love. Or at least to have a fun summer fling. But, let’s be honest, following the same dating pattern year round can get kind of boring. Who really wants to meet up for dinner, go see a movie, and then call it a night every season of the year? Not this girl, that’s for sure. So here are some fun, summery date ideas that you can try out this season to keep your love life from getting stale.

1. Show off your inner American Idol. Karaoke bars are a lot of fun, especially if you actually get up and perform. However, even if you don’t perform, this is a fun date because you can judge others on their abilities. Grab your date and some extra bravery and head on out to a local karaoke groove session.

2. Go for a picnic in the park.
Pack your own lunches and find a shady spot under a tree in your favorite park. Take along your favorite childhood board game and show your date how awesome you are at Monopoly or Chutes and Ladders. Read the rest of this entry »

5 Fun Summer Activities That Won’t Break the Bank

It’s summer time! This is my favorite time of the year because…drum roll please… there aren’t any classes! That’s right; school is out and you have three glorious months to do whatever you please. Isn’t it fantastic?

It’s absolutely wonderful until about three weeks into it, when you’ve slept in late every morning, lounged around in your pajamas all day, and caught up on all of your favorite television shows. Then, summer time can become a little boring.

Luckily, we’ve come up with a list of fun things you can do this summer to keep yourself entertained without breaking the bank. Here’s our list of the top five summer activities to make your summer as much fun as it possibly can be.

1. Start a book club with your friends. There are other books out there besides just textbooks.

Why it’s fun: You get to pick a few fun books to read with your friends, instead of slaving over a textbook and comparing notes over those readings. You’ll get to see your friends on a weekly basis and have something more interesting to talk about than which Kardashian sister has the best clothes.

How to keep it budget-friendly: Borrow books from your local library. You can also check out garage sales and second-hand book stores, which often sell books for as low as $0.50. Read the rest of this entry »

5 Ways to Save on Your Summer Road Trip

The stress of finals has probably made you want to pull out your hair, but now that’s all over and you’re ready to unwind. If a road trip is on your mind, you’re likely looking for ways to cut costs for the trip.

Road trips are an awesome way to avoid pricey airfare. Read these tips on how to save even more money on your getaway.

Take the most fuel efficient car: Spend a week tracking gas mileage to see who truly has the best car to take on a trip. Then, make sure the car is up-to-date on its oil change. You may think that taking an SUV will make for a comfortable ride, but with gas prices often nearing $5 a gallon, you could be saving tons of cash by taking a smaller vehicle.

Plan to stay with relatives along the way: Staying with aunts and uncles makes for a good (and free) bed and breakfast. Call your family members and ask them if it would be OK for you and your buds to spend the night. Get a free, home-cooked dinner and make it a small family reunion. Read the rest of this entry »

The Best Summer Apps for Students

It’s officially summer break! School is out and you officially do not have to do anything academic for three fantastic months! Yay! However, if you do not use your brain over the summer, you are most likely going to suffer from summer brain drain. So, how can you use it and not lose it this summer while still having fun? You could read some books or do the New York Times crossword, or you could check out these fun iPhone apps.

Big Bad Sudoku Book Do you love playing sudoku? Personally, I can’t get enough of it. This app has many different puzzles and different levels, challenging you up to the expert level. The Big Bad Sudoku Book also has decorative backgrounds and fun visuals, which make it much more fun to look at than a black-and-white newspaper sudoku.

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How to Make Your Long-Distance Relationship Survive the Summer

Spending all summer away from your college boyfriend or girlfriend? Whether it be studying abroad or going home to family, you may have doubts about whether or not your relationship can last those agonizing three months. Though challenging, if you can stick it out through the summer, your trust in each other will grow exponentially.

If you want to make it work, read these tips on how stay close, even if your miles away:

Skype: It’s free to set up, and all you need is an Internet connection and a web cam. Talking on the phone isn’t enough. Face-to-face interaction through Skype will give you a closeness you can’t get with texts and emails.

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6 Ways to Have Cheap Summer Fun

Is summer sucking the cash right out of your checking account? It’s easy to spend money we don’t have during the summer. Having all that free time from school makes it hard to just sit at home and do nothing. Plus, you want to spend money on the fun things you wanted to do but couldn’t due to your busy semester.

Not to fear. You can have your cake and eat it too with this list. Below are six money-saving ways to have the same amount of fun with less cash.

The movies: Go to a second-run theater. Ticket prices are less than half of new-release ones, and they provide the same experience. Eat dinner before, so you can skip the refreshments.

The pool: Forget those overly-priced water parks. You’ll be standing in line forever to ride your favorite slide, anyways. Make nice with the neighbors that have a swimming pool and go for a dip for free.

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Fun Summer Jobs for Students

A job is one of those love/hate things about summer break. You love it because it puts some extra spending money in your pocket, but you are supposed to hate it – on principle if nothing else – because it takes away from your time to be lazy and do whatever you want. However, you could actually find a fun summer job. Then maybe the love/hate relationship could become a love/tolerate or even a love/like one. That doesn’t sound too shabby to me!dog walker

If you already have a summer job and absolutely hate it, or if you haven’t found one yet, here are some nice alternatives to normal summer jobs.

1. Forget babysitting. Be a house-sitter or pet-sitter. Many families take their annual vacation during summer break. As a result, they are left in a bind: Who will take care of Fido and water the plants? Well, that could be you. The difficulty of the job depends on the house or the pet, but the good news is that even if it is ridiculously hard, you only have to do it for a few weeks, at most. The good news is that most people are willing to pay quite a nice rate for this service because you are taking care of things that are very important to them. Read the rest of this entry »

Outdoor Summer School with the Adirondack Woodsmen’s School

When I think of summer school, thoughts of algebra, grammar, and chemistry spring to the front of my mind. I would never think of learning traditional lumberjack skills, such as carving a canoe, throwing an ax, or building a fire without using matches or a lighter. But if I went to Paul Smith’s College in the Adirondack Mountains, these skills are exactly what I would be learning this summer.hiking

Paul Smith’s College is a small private college in New York. The school is one of the very few schools in the U.S. that offers degree programs in Forestry Surveying, Fish & Wildlife Recreation, and Arboriculture.

This summer, the school began to offer a new long course called the Adirondack Woodsmen’s School. Two-dozen students signed up for the program and spent two weeks of their summer sleeping under the stars and living their own adventures, lumberjack style.

“They’re a very anachronistic group,” said Brett McLeod, an assistant professor at Paul Smith’s who now directs the summer program. “They should have been born in the 1800s. They really like working with, and learning with, their hands.” Read the rest of this entry »


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