Springing back into Drinking Season

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As we all know with the weather getting nicer the beer just gets colder. Although we are getting older, we aren’t dead and day drinking is a sport. I know for me day drinking is my biggest enemy and my hardest marathon. There are a couple rules I have come to live by whether it is St.Patricks Day or that first spring concert these are my go to tips.

 

For Carbohydrates Sake

 

Eat the carbs. As much as you work hard all week to eat healthy and keep your bikini bod in tact try your best to eat some carbs before a long day of binge drinking. If I have something coming up and I am still trying to keep my diet going a burrito bowl or avocado toast are my go to’s.

 

Stay Hydrated

 

It is the one thing that is closest to your mom telling you, you need to put on a coat. It is so cliché and annoying but really, drink water. The day of your binge drinking or the night before try to at least down a liter of water and while you are drinking during the day have one of your friends remind you to drink water in between every few drinks and I promise it’ll make all the difference in the world.

 

Heel, No

 

The best decision I’ve made since I turned 21 was on day drinking festivities d o n o t w e a r h e e l s. If it is a family event like a birthday party, by all means wear your cutest new wedges from Nordstrom but otherwise if you are really day drinking how are you supposed to play dizzy bat with those things on? There could be lots of spillage coming your way and the last thing you need is to be worried about tripping on your own feet.

 

 

Save Yourself

 

The next day is what we are all fearing in circumstances such as these. In times, I have thanked myself the most is when I decided to prepare. Get yourself some good food for the next day, have the Aleve and Gatorade ready next to your bed just to prepare your body for the next day. **Life Hack- Coconut water will take away a hangover within 45 minutes I HIGHLY recommend.

 

The Essentials

 

Lastly, remember to have fun and to make memories. Remember your phone charger, cameras and tough cases so you are prepared. Since there will be so much drinking going on, add your friends on friends on your Iphone (if you have one) just in case someone gets lost. A safe pouch for your ID and Credit Cards is also a spill proof idea that you wont regret.

 

The most important thing is to have fun and be safe! Happy Spring Everyone

A Girl walks into a bar ..

 

In your 20’s you are supposed to simmer down after you’ve had a solid four years maybe even five of binge drinking and now that you’ve moved home you should go to the “adult” bars. Well, where I am from there is a mixture of adult bars and “younger” bars all around the same areas. I personally think that the stigma of what you are supposed to do after college has changed, considering we are all supposed to have five years of experience when we have been in school for four, so most of us have the glorified assistant positions and need more alcohol than we ever did as college students because we are now dealing with Godzilla, the boss. Phew! But it’s the truth, I think the bar scene is more difficult to decipher when the right time to slow down is as it’s ever been. Everything is fine in proportion in my opinion and everyone needs a night on the town even when you’re 40 but it all depends on the person. It’s completely normal to get real job money and want to go blow it on Vegas bombs with your friends, in moderation. As I am getting older I am realizing that more than likely you aren’t going there to meet a guy or a girl you are probably going with your friends to a bar to just get a different vibe and change of scenery than each other houses for once, (even though we save money that way). Or maybe even a night on the town with your girl or guy friends that make it seem like something different to do, I am guilty of these FYI. Then there are the group of people who want to try all the swanky and cool bars in their towns, which ok awesome but not so cool when a drink is $20 bucks and as we’ve stated are still probably living pay check to pay check. One time a couple friends and I tried the cool bar downtown which is in the same area as the “younger” bars, surprise surprise. Anyways we get there and the music is awesome but to be quite honest it was jammed packed with people in their 20’s wearing too much cologne and buying drinks they couldn’t afford. We finally make our way towards the back table in the corner and two of us got our overly priced drinks on the way in and it took our two other friends 20 minutes to get just one. The drinks were good, but it’s hard to mess up a vodka tonic. We sat there for awhile and realized it was just us talking we weren’t really reaching out to anyone else who was around us. By the end of the night we ended up at the bar with tons of tv’s and half the price, dancing the night away. There are bars that I think start becoming off limits as we get older because our end goal isn’t to get blacked out because we truly can’t handle those anymore unless someone is bringing an IV to my house in the morning alongside of chocolate chip pancakes. I think as long as you are in good company it truly doesn’t matter where you go, and if people want to judge you let them because at the end of the day alcohol doesn’t discriminate. But with the stresses of getting older with new jobs, new friends and new lives its perfectly normal to still go out. When things start becoming blacking out at the end of the weekend every weekend and feel a lot like college game days round 2, then maybe start asking yourself the questions of what am I doing. Until then, do as your grandparents have told you and live while you’re young all in good moderation and with good company.

Making your house a home, the beauty is in the attempt

As we get older and move out of our college dorms and into new apartments or homes making it a place of sanctuary and comfort can be difficult when mom isn’t there to make you a home cooked meal anymore. The biggest transition I’ve learned is learning that no one is going to do those dishes for you, no one is going to fix that toilet or no one is going to pay your bills, but you. It has taken lots of getting used to as a twenty something woman living on her own. I think the first place to start is decorating your house in the cheapest, chicest, and homey way possible.

I first and foremost put pictures in my house, it made me feel as though even though everyone is no longer here I have a part of them with me. I invested in a Fuji Film Polaroid in the past six months and it has truly made a life change. I now can have all those pictures on my fridge and it only takes a few seconds for them to develop. Another thing I have done to help my home is decorate it, how I want. Every year I use the same type of themes for the seasons but I make a vow to myself that I will keep enough money in my bank account to get a few new items each season to spice things up and keep them updated. Sometimes there are times where I have to get rid of a few things because they are out of style but the things that bring tradition around I always keep because it helps me feel at home. Another thing that has helped me is cooking as much as I can in my house. Cooking is something that makes you feel confident and excited for the end result the more you do it because the first few burnt chickens can make you lose hope. But don’t give up, there is so much fun you can have in the kitchen this is also where all your own traditions can begin. I try to incorporate some of the things that I grew up with in my schedule just to give me that feeling of home again. On Saturdays my mom used to always play Shania Twain and old country while she made breakfast so I try to do that a couple times a month and dance around the kitchen simply because I can.

The last things I find probably the most helpful is have people over and hosting parties. Show off the home that you have made for yourself and be proud of what you are doing whether it’s a shack on the side of the road or an awesome apartment in a downtown district, be proud of where you are making a name for yourself. We are all in the same boat and are just at the beginning of whom we are going to be so let your friends join in the madness with you! Themed parties are a great way to have that excuse, or maybe just a Saturday night. Between your new jobs and new lives everybody needs an excuse for a glass of wine. When throwing get togethers the thing to steer away from is the massive parties we used to have in college with random people, try to keep your parties to a minimum amount of people who you know will respect your belongings and your home. But make your themes as easy and affordable as possible so everyone can join in! I offer to throw birthdays and get togethers when no one else wants to because as long as you organize the cleanup before it gets out of hand then its not so bad! The best way to avoid it getting out of hand is by placing one trash can in its normal spot, another one by the gathering area where everyone drinks and plays games and one by the door, trust me its worth the twenty dollars! Growing up my group of friends always had a couple homes that we were always welcome to whatever the occasion and they became second homes to us, I absolutely loved that feeling and that’s what I want people to feel in my house, home. These are your homes and your lives make it as awesome as you want and as close to home as you can!

Friendships – Forever or Nah

Friendships – Forever or Nah

As college is fading into the distant and we are getting older the first question is who will stay in touch? Who will be there when I decide to get married and have children? I personally think this is the stickiest of situations there are. Friends, I feel like are more important than relationships, friendships make you who you are for better or for worse and when the break ups happen they are beyond difficult. Friendships truly depend on where you are in your life and if that person can go through all the struggles with you and try to make you a better person and will love you through it all. The one thing I have stuck by is that I don’t think people change I think they only become more of whom they really are. With the confusion from everything else around us as it is the last thing we need is our friends taking part in it too. From my own personal experiences I have lost a lot of friends throughout the first few years of being in my 20s, not all of them I necessarily wanted but I found out wasn’t healthy to begin with. If you look at your friendship and you were to stop texting them for a week maybe even a month and received nothing, maybe your friendship isn’t mutual and no one deserves to be in a one way friendship or relationship. These are the people we are going to grow old with and know about all your dirty hook ups and stupid mistakes so we have to choose these people wisely.

The scariest thing I think we have to start looking for is do our friends match our values? This is something that all our parents have been annoyingly telling us since we were 7, “Birds of a feather flock together”. The problem with this is, our parents were right. Your friends shouldn’t agree with you on everything if anything they should call you out on your mistakes but help you fix them. If the decisions your friends are making are ones that truly bother you and you’ve expressed your emotions about it and nothing changes is the arguing and difference in thought really worth the friendship? And maybe it is, but I know these are things my friends and me have truly discussed. Above all I think if the friendships are ones we need to let go of the best way to handle the situation is with grace, wish those people the best and move on. Let them be the ones ranting on social media about what a scathing bitch you are because in the end I promise that’s there forever and one day they will have a 20 something year old who they had wished they could tell them they handled the situation differently.