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Alternative Ways To Celebrate The Holidays

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BookRenter Blogger Biography Cameron Tranchemontagne

The holidays in the fall and winter are my favorite holidays. As I thought about why that is, I realized that gift-giving is low on the list of things I love about the holidays. I think the number one thing that makes Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa so special is the emotion. Maybe it’s the years of Christmas advertisements burned into my mind, but there’s something in the air that just seems to make everything more joyful.

My family celebrates Christmas. We get our Christmas tree a day or two after Thanksgiving, decorate it together as a family, buy gifts for each other, go to my Aunt’s annual Christmas Eve party, and then open presents Christmas morning and eat a hearty breakfast of bacon, sausage, eggs, hash-browns, and toast. This year we decided a change was needed. Instead of our traditional Christmas activities, we decided to scrap the gift-giving, forgo the Christmas tree, and forget the feasts.

These are some unconventional ideas for alternative ways to celebrate the holidays:

1. Family Outing

My family and I went on a vacation. Going on a trip with loved ones is a great way to get closer as you share new and exciting experiences together and create memories to last for years to come. I know I cannot wait to be lounging on the beach in the Virgin Islands with my family, soaking up the sun and fishing by day and having dinner by night.

Family on vacation at the beach

Photo © Birds Paradise Travel

2. More Than A Gift

My friend’s family has a pretty interesting tradition as well. They also celebrate Christmas, so they buy a tree, invite lots of people over for a pot-luck dinner, and they give each other gifts. However, these gifts are deeply personal and often take more effort than just going to a store and buying something. Some gift examples include a photo album consisting of pictures of the giver and receiver over the years, or a song written and recorded by the giver, or a playlist of songs that the giver knows the receiver loves. All these gifts are different but have one thing in common: they transcend consumerism and touch people on a deeper level.

Looking At Photo Album Christmas Gift

Photo © She Knows

3. Pay It Forward

Another idea for an alternative holiday is to “pay it forward” by giving the gift of a charitable donation in the name of the person you would normally just go buy the newest gadget for. Think of the good you’ll be doing if, instead of buying your 70 year old grandmother a smartphone that she will never completely understand, donate the money to Alzheimer’s research. Instead of buying dad a new tie, you could buy a months’ worth of dinner for a family less fortunate. If you are having difficulty coming up with a charity, the local food pantries always need help this time of year. I’m sure they would be more than happy to have volunteers.

Pay It Forward Holiday Donation Giving Back

Photo © Marion Online

Whatever holiday you celebrate, remember the true meaning is about celebrating with family, friends, and even the community. It’s about giving back and doing something special. If you could celebrate the holidays differently, what would you do?

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Staying In Touch For The Holidays

Filed under: College Life, Fun Ideas, Seasonal Celebrations, Social Life/Relationships - Angelina
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Bailey Buckingham BookRenter Blogger Biography

If you’re like me, and most college students, you can’t afford to fly everywhere to see the people you love during the holidays. The holidays are a time to share love with the people in your life that you care about, and sometimes if you’re not able to be with them, you have to be creative on how you show them you love them! Here are a few very simple ways that I have shown love and stayed in touch with family and friends during the holiday season, and you can too!

1. Christmas Cards

Websites like Vista Print, Shutterfly, etc. are cheap and allow you to design your own card. Or, just make your own! Sending cards are a fun, easy, and quick way to say hello to friends and family. My last Christmas card had a picture of me and three of my pets. On the back, I gave a brief description of how I was doing in school and how my pets were doing. This makes the people you send the card to, feel updated and loved by you!

DIY Holiday Christmas Cards

Photo © Guru Koala

2. Skype

Skype is one of the best ways to keep in touch with anyone, anywhere. I love it because it feels like you’re sitting across from the person you are talking to. A few years ago, I was cooking my first Thanksgiving dinner and my dad walked me through the whole thing on Skype! It made us both feel lucky to have that kind of technology. It felt like we were cooking together. Video chatting is one of the best things to do if you’re distant from your friends and family.

Skype Video Chat

Photo © Skype

3. Surprise Gifts

This one may require you to save a few bucks, but it’s totally worth it for the people you love. Last year, we said we wouldn’t exchange gifts, but I sent my dad and step mom flowers and Christmas cupcakes that were delivered to the house. They felt so much love from the gesture, even though I was miles away. If you can’t afford much, then get creative! Send them a framed picture that you love of the two of you, write them a song, or whatever you’re talented at – use it as a surprise gift that will surely brighten their day!

Christmas Cookies

Photo © goodtaste

Distance is hard all the time, but it is especially hard during the holidays. Tackle the sadness of distance and be proactive by showing the people you love how much they mean to you, no matter how far away they are!

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Fall Into Fall Trends

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Darlene Megino Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

The fall season has officially arrived! This year’s fall fashion trends are probably styles you’ve already had sitting in your closet or drawers. Try out these looks for the best style this fall season!

1. Plaid Fad

Plaid Fad Fall Fashion

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The plaid fad started in the summer, but it’s shifted its way into fall trends. This classic style has been around for quite some time but has recently made it’s comeback to the fashion world. You can style the signature plaid shirt in multiple ways – dress it up with a cute skirt and some accessories, or dress it down and keep it tied around you waist for that classic 90’s look. However you wear it, plaid is the hottest fashion style!

2. Dark Lips

Dark Lips Fall Fashion Style

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If you’re on a budget and can’t afford to change up your wardrobe, adding a quick touch of dark lips can do just the trick! Dark lips are the current trend in the beauty world. You can do dark purple lips or dark red lips. Make sure to use a lip liner to prevent your lipstick from feathering out.

3. Robe Coats

Fall Fashion Robe Coat Style

Photo © Her Beauty

I know what you’re thinking, who would style a coat after a robe? But, robe coats are the perfect addition to any outfit this fall season. Whether it be a casual, business, or formal outfit, the robe coat is the way to go! It’s also really comfortable.

What are you wearing this fall? Tell us in the comments below!

 

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Chic & Cheap Room Decor

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Darlene Megino Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Just moved into a new dorm, room, or apartment? Decorating your room can sometimes break your wallet, but it doesn’t have to! If you want to decorate on a budget, then these easy chic and cheap room décor pieces are for you!

1. Wall Art

You can definitely show your personality and creativity through wall art. By using items you find at home and re-decorating them, you can create new pieces of art to display on your wall. One idea is to take a shopping bag from your favorite store and frame it. It will highlight your fashionable personality and will spruce up your drab walls! See some tutorials:

2. Floral Mirror

You can easily add a touch of elegance to your mirror by adding some flowers. You can use any sized mirror for this do-it-yourself project. All you need is a mirror (any size/shape), fake flowers from any crafts store, and a glue gun. Take the flowers off of the stems and remove the piece that holds it together. Next, lay out the flowers on the perimeter of the mirror to ensure you like the design. Once you have finalized your floral placement, begin gluing down the flowers. Allow the glue to cool and set for about an hour prior to hanging up the mirror. You can use the same concept to create floral corkboards and white boards as well!

DIY Floral Mirror Dorm Decoration

Photo ©She Knows

3. Stacked Mason Jars

Mason jars are a pretty inexpensive, yet stylish way to organize your desk area. To create this, all you need is 5 mason jars, a hot glue gun, and some items to fill the jars with. First, put the base together by hot gluing the sides of the jars together. Then glue the top two together. Afterwards, glue the top two onto the base. Finally, fill it with some colorful markers, paper holders, and pens to add a pop of color! Now your desk will be looking organized and chic!

Mason Jar Desk Decor

Photo © It’s Overflowing

These are just a few ideas to get your dorm, apartment, or room looking stylish without breaking the bank. Have you created your own decor? If so, what? Leave us a comment below!

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5 Cures For Summer Boredom

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Just because it’s summer, that doesn’t mean we all always have plans. Sometimes work can consume our lives, or we don’t always have enough money, or we may even just prefer to have a lazy day and have a day or two without any plans. Even still, seize the rest of this summer to be productive, learn something new, or even just have a little bit of fun. Don’t be boring – try something different!

1. Go To The Park

Remember when going to the park and playing on the playground was the highlight of your day? Reign in some of that childhood nostalgia and bring a book, a journal, or even just your iPhone stocked with new music. Pick a comfy bench and zone out. Parks are also great places for people-watching and scenery gazing, so it doesn’t hurt to have a camera handy either!

Outdoor Park

Photo © leisure special

2. Go For A Drive / Walk

Grab your car keys or the dog and head over to a place you’ve been curious about exploring. It’s always been my way of really seeing my neighborhood, and who knows, you might discover a new hangout.

Going for a drive

Photo © inspiredleap

3. Be A Mentor

Take any free time you might have and devote it to helping a youth in need. Programs like Big Brothers, Big Sisters are a great way to get involved to help give someone guidance or to just have some fun.

Mentoring

Photo © high school mediator

4. Hone Your Craft

If you have yet to find your dream job, devote some time each day to try something that will enhance what you studied, or are currently studying, in college. If you’re a photography or art major, make a blog critiquing pieces. If you majored in advertising, pick out ads or campaigns that caught your eye. The point is to show potential employers or passersby that you know your stuff. You never know where it will lead to!

photography camera

Photo © cherry bam

5. DIY Crafts

Investing a few dollars at your local craft store for some projects can lead to big improvements in your living area – or create something for a friend or family member. If you’re looking for ideas, try this masking tape art, or this decorative canvas art.

canvas art

Photo © cherry bam

If all else fails, you can always pick up a book that’s been on your list for a while, check out a movie at the theater downtown, or go sit by the lake with a magazine and work on your tan!

There is never a shortage of things to do – you just have to get creative!

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