Bio: Riley McDaniel is an aspiring writer with a love for children, writing, music, and movies. She has her BFA degree in Creative Writing for Entertainment from Full Sail University and hopes to use her work to instill a love of reading and writing in others. Though she has a passion for writing, her passion for chocolate is almost just as strong.
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Mother’s Day is tomorrow—have you gotten your mother anything yet?
No?! Well don’t worry. I’ve got a list of some great last minute gifts that will be sure to garner a smile from the woman who dealt with you for years.
1. For the mother who has everything
Is your mom the kind of woman who, when she needs or wants something, she just goes ahead and buys it herself? Have no fear! You can accomplish a great gift in two different ways:
1. Take your mom out for a day of lunch and shopping. Spend quality time together. She may have everything, but I guarantee all she really wants is more time with her beloved children. (You should probably try to do something like this anyway, just saying.)
2. Go the sentimental route. Find an old photograph of the two of you (or with your siblings if you’re not an only child) and get it framed or turned into a canvas.
2. For the mother who is always busy
Does your mom always have something going on every minute of every day? Is she an incredibly hard worker? Does she need a day off? Then give it to her! Get her a spa package, have a mani/pedi day, or give her a gift certificate to get her hair done. The woman needs to relax. Give her the gift of “me-time.”
3. For the tech savvy mom
Actually, this could go both ways: whether your mother is tech savvy or you know, not so much. (Like my mom. She’s constantly asking me how to work the remote. She can’t even find the mute button, bless her heart.) This gift idea is especially great if you live far away. Get your mom a computer or tablet and you’ll be able to Skype. Maybe then she’ll get off your back about how she never sees you anymore. Two birds with one stone, right?
4. For the mother who insists she wants nothing for Mother’s Day
Does your mom want nothing more than just to spend time with you on Mother’s Day? Well then give her that quality time, but perhaps you should do something more. Get your mom flowers or, better yet, spend a day working in her garden planting flowers. If you get her flowers, splurge for a nice vase as well! Or how about a nice necklace or bracelet? That’ll make up for all of the macaroni jewelry you made her over the years.
5. For the mother who is soon to be a grandma
Are you about to make your mother a grandma? If you haven’t told her you’re pregnant yet, buy her something that says, “#1 Grandma” or a baby onesie that says “Grandma Loves Me” and see how long it takes her to figure it out. If your mom is a grandma, get your kids in on the action of gift giving. Nothing is sweeter than a present with the handprints of her baby’s baby. This will be sure to bring a tear or two to your mother’s eye.
Note: Don’t let your mom know that you waited until the last minute to figure out a gift for her. Otherwise, you’ll probably hear about it for years.
The Harry Potter series has been around for almost two decades and it is still one of the most beloved series ever to be created.
For me, the books—and then the movies—were a huge part of my childhood. I grew up with Harry. His life was one I could venture into with a turn of a page, immersing myself into a whole other world that was not my own. When a new Harry Potter book came out, I couldn’t contain my excitement. I chose not to sleep until I finished the newest installment in the series. The books became a part of me; Harry’s story was my story. Well, minus the whole guy-with-no-nose trying to kill me thing.
Why do we still love Harry Potter after all this time? Let me count the ways.
- Love conquers all. Always.
2.No matter who you are, you can always relate to someone in the books.
Whether it be the weirdo, the outcast, the “chosen one,” the brain, the goon, or numerous others, there is always one character that everyone can relate to.
- The humor
Fred and George are pretty hilarious, but overall the humor is spot on every time. You can’t help but love it.
- That no matter how alone we feel or lost we are, there is always someplace we can turn to that makes us feel like we belong.
5. Because J.K. Rowling is a writing genius.
You can learn so much about life from her and her quotes made via Dumbledore and other important characters. I mean seriously, if I took every single inspirational quote from the books, I could wallpaper an entire house TWICE. Not to mention she has this ENTIRE world planned out in her head—Harry’s life is merely a blip in that world. She’s amazing. Plus, she has an awesome sense of humor.
- Despite the reality that Harry Potter is fiction, it still—even after rereading the books—is capable of bringing out deep emotions that we can’t hold back.
I think the HP books are the books that I have cried into the most, held to my chest and hugged the tightest, and made me feel butterflies just as strong as the characters were experiencing when love was abloom.
- Whether you’re seven or seventy, these books will never get old.
Have you ever heard of “bride brain?” It is much like “baby brain,” where a pregnant woman kind of loses all brain capability—memory is shot, can’t focus, mistakenly puts the dirty laundry in the fridge and the milk in the washer. Get the picture? Bride brain is the same—minus the baby in the belly.
Congratulations! You’ve graduated! You’ve survived grueling lectures, endless study sessions, and sleepless nights. Now that you have that crisp diploma in hand documenting all that you have accomplished, what do you do now?
I wish I could tell you. I’ve been wondering the same thing since I graduated in November. That’s right—almost a year ago.
Dear Abercrombie & Fitch,
You stink. Quite literally. Every time I walk by your doors, your odor overwhelms my senses and initiates a headache so terrible that it’s as if my skull will crack open.
If you have not seen The Fault in Our Stars, THEN WHAT THE HECK IS WRONG WITH YOU? Or better yet, why haven’t you read the book?
Oh. Wait. You probably don’t enjoy crying, because that is ALL YOU WILL DO.
“That’s the thing about pain. It demands to be felt.”
JOHN GREEN, WHYYYY?!
If what you look for in a good television show includes murder, incest, torture, and the like, then:
1. You shouldn’t advertise that those are your show standards. Keep that crap to yourself.
2. You’re obviously a nut job and should seek some help.
3. Game of Thrones will be your all-time favorite show.
Game of Thrones airs on HBO Sunday nights. If you’re like me and do not desire to pay for such television programming, you can wait until the seasons are released on Blu-Ray/DVD. Or you could pirate the show on the Internet like everyone else.
Summer is here! Can I get an AMEN?! Who else thought that winter would never end?
I love summer, I do. I love the nice weather, ICE CREAM, bike rides, swimming , and all the other great things that come with summer. But I despise constantly feeling sweaty, getting sunburnt once I step outside, and shaving. I HATE SHAVING.
Father’s Day is coming up quickly—June 15th—which means you should be on the hunt for a great gift for the awesome dad in your life.
I have always found it extremely difficult to find a sufficient gift for Father’s Day. The perfect gift has always seemed like the Holy Grail—an object that inevitably involves a perilous adventure. Okay, so I may be exaggerating a bit, but seriously, Father’s Day can be tough. Lucky for you, I’m here to help you on your quest for a phenomenal gift for the father figure in your life. You’re welcome.
With the summer season comes—well, sunburn, but that’s a pale kid problem—SUMMER MOVIES! There are so many movies coming out this summer I can hardly stand it! Sure, you should probably spend a lot of time outside in the gorgeous weather, but I’ll keep my fair skin safe by staying inside and watching a ton of movies. Or if you’re super lucky to have a drive-in theatre near you, go watch all the movies there. Here are a few movies you should keeping your eye out for: