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Must-See Movies of Summer 2013

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You may have noticed temperatures across the country are warming up! A great way to cool off, or just take a break from work or summer school, is to see one of this summer’s big movie hits:

1. The To Do List (7/26)

This romantic comedy stars Aubrey Plaza as recent high school graduate, Brandy Clark. When she starts to feel pressured to become more sexually experienced before going off to college, Brandy makes a list of things to accomplish before the summer is over.

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2. 2 Guns (8/2)

Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington get themselves into some trouble in this action comedy. They star as a DEA agent and an undercover Naval Intelligence Officer assigned to investigate each other only to find out they’ve been set up by the very people they’ve been stealing money from.

2 Guns Movie Poster Mark Wahlberg Denzel Washington

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3. Elysium (8/9)

Matt Damon and Jodie Foster are back in the movie business with this film set in the year 2154. The rich live on an expensive space-stay while the rest of the population lives on a desolate and poor Earth. Damon stars as the man given a mission that could bring equality to the two worlds.

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4. Planes (8/9)

Who doesn’t love an animated movie? The lovable Dane Cook is the voice of Dusty, a lowly crop-dusting plane dreaming of competing in a great race. There’s just one little problem: he’s afraid of heights. But, with Skipper, his mentor, and some new friends, Dusty finds out his dream of flying high may be possible after all.

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5. The Butler (8/16)

Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker) served eight presidents as the White House’s head butler from 1952 to 1986, so it’s fair to say he had a special front-row seat as history was made. The all-star cast includes Oprah, John Cusack, Lenny Kravitz, Robin Williams, and Mariah Carey.

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6. Jobs (8/16)

“Stay hungry, stay foolish.” In Jobs, Ashton Kutcher gets the privilege of playing the esteemed tech genius Steve Jobs. The movie follows him from the time he dropped out of college to his ascension to one of the most creative entrepreneurs ever.

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There are some great movies out this summer, so head on down to your local theater to escape the heat and indulge in a good movie and a bucket of popcorn. Just make sure you aren’t putting off any homework for summer classes!

What’s on your must-see movie list? Tell us in a comment below!

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Top 5 Summer Reads

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Inexplicably, reading during the summer break seems so much more appealing than reading while classes are in session. Perhaps it’s because it’s not forced homework upon us, or perhaps because it brings us back to our elementary school days when we had a summer reading list. Either way, reading is one of my favorite past times during the Summer and these are my favorite summer reads this year that you should check into:

1. Looking For Alaska by John Green

I read this book a few years back, but I keep coming back to it. It’s a sad book but a great read! It is a young adult fiction about a guy, Miles Halter, who goes to a boarding school where he meets Alaska and how she has a huge impact on his life. Miles is obsessed with the final words of famous people. His last saying was by Francois Rabelais, “I go to seek a great perhaps.” He seeks his own “great perhaps” while attending Culver Creek and meeting Alaska.

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2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

This book is written by the same author as my first recommendation. It seems to be very popular this year. It is narrated by Hazel, a 16 year old cancer patient, who attends a support group and meets and falls in love with 17 year old Augustus. It is also a sad book so prepare to shed a few tears, but it’s a definite must-read that will make you appreciate life more.

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3. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

Yet another very sad book, but the best books are those that bring out emotions in you! Anna helps her older sister, Kate, deal with leukemia through her countless surgeries, shots, and transfusions, but is it morally correct to do whatever it takes to save a child’s life, even if that means infringing upon the rights of another? There has been a movie made based on this book, but the ending is completely different in the book than the movie and as usual the book is much better than the movie version!

My Sister's Keeper Book Cover Jodi Picoult

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4. Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time by Keith Ferrazzi

This is sort of a self-help book on how to be successful and network. The secret to success is by reaching out to other people. It’s a perfect book for a college student because it is filled with helpful tips on how to reach your goals and keeping important relationships alive.

Never Eat Alone Book Cover Keith Ferrazzi

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5. My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands by Chelsea Handler

If you think Chelsea Handler is hilarious on her late-night show, you’ll love her books even more! This is one of my faves from her. It’s a book of stories about Chelsea’s one-night stands; it’s sharp, funny and light.

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What are your favorite books? Tell us below!

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College Campus Living Tips For The Summer

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Some college students go back home in the summer, but there are also those who live on campus year round. Whether it’s a personal choice or a necessity, living on campus in the summer can either be incredibly boring or incredibly fun. Here are some tips that will hopefully insure the latter!

1. Get A Job

There are many expenses you face living on campus such as rent, bills, groceries, gas for the car, and it’s also nice to have a little spending money. Oh yeah, and don’t forget about your next semester tuition bill. The best summer jobs are usually the ones outside, like being a camp counselor, landscaper, lifeguard, or (my own summer job) exterior painter. But whatever you decide to do make sure you enjoy doing it, there’s nothing worse than going to work at a job you hate.

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2. Get Off Campus Now and Then

Go to the beach! Go see a movie! Go hiking! Just don’t spend all your time on campus. It can get very boring, very quickly.

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3. Be Social

College towns in the summer are nothing short of a ghost town. Suddenly even your annoying neighbors can become valuable friends. Lonely and bored is no way to spend your summer. Whether you are grilling some burgers or watching the Stanley Cup Playoffs, good times are always better with good company.

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4. Find A Hobby

For example, I play guitar and sing and write music. This summer I’m hoping to expand on that by buying some of my own recording gear and making something of my hobby. Some people jog, some golf, and others read. There is no better time to read a good book than on a beautiful summer day.

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5. Be Spontaneous

Some of the best memories I have from college are because my friends and I randomly decided to do something ridiculous and fun. You don’t have to do something drastic like a last minute road trip, but you will laugh harder at memories you make on a random whim. If you are open to try new things, don’t worry about the consequences (unless legality is an issue), and stay positive. There is no limit to the fun you and your friends can have.

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Fashion Savvy Summer

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Want to upgrade your closet from drab to fab? Looking to have the latest summer fashion trends? Check out these awesome DIYs that will help you revamp your entire summer wardrobe!

1. Ombre Everything

Ombre  is a trending style that has mainly been seen in women’s hairstyles. The ombre trend refers to the fading gradient color from dark to light, or light to dark. Although it has been trending in the hair world, the ombre trend has recently been taking the fashion world by a storm! Ombre denim tops, shirts, and shorts have this summer’s hottest style. Check out Real Asian Beauty’s video below on how to do a DIY Denim Top! All you need is a bucket, bleach, gloves and water!

2. Tribal Print

Tribal print is definitely a hot summer trend, you can find on headbands or pants. There are many varieties of tribal print patterns. You can avoid spending tons of cash by creating your own tribal print patterns! All you need is some fabric paint, a paint brush, a permanent marker and you’re all set to make your own tribal print clothing and accessories. To learn how to make your own tribal print, check out ItsMyRayeRaye’s DIY tribal print tutorial below:

3. Crop Tops

Got an old pair of solid or patterned tights/leggings lying around? Instead of tossing them into the recycle bin, transform them into a crop top! Crop tops are perfect for the summer time! Pair them with high waisted shorts, a cute skirt, or wear it on top of your swimsuit. MsFabulousTeeks DIY tights to top video is a fashionista’s best friend. There’s no sewing involved for this DIY. The only materials you need for the DIY tights to top is a pair of scissors and a pair of tights/leggings:

There’s no need to break the bank for these trending summer styles. With a little creativity and some helpful DIY videos, you can totally recycle and reinvent your entire wardrobe every season! Share with us your creations!

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The Summer Benefits Of Fruit

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Eating some fresh and juicy fruit is a great way to cool off in the summer heat. Fruit is a natural and healthy way to take in daily nutrients to reduce the risk of illness. It is also low in fat and calories and a great way to get in shape this summer and do your body some good! Each fruit provides different nutrients to help nourish the body.

Here are some great fruits to have this summer to benefit from and enjoy:

1. Banana

Bananas contain 422 mg of potassium, which help with proper heart functions and help prevent muscle cramps and insomnia. Bananas also are very high in Vitamin A, which increases immunity, healthy skin, and bone growth. This can help prevent you from getting sick and help you fight this tough summer allergy season all while maintaining that warm healthy summer skin glow.

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2. Passionfruit

Passionfruit contains 3.78 mg of iron that helps with immunity and strength. Iron helps oxygenate our blood and also digest our food. Passionfruit is also high in Vitamin C, which is an antioxidant to help prevent cardiovascular disease and cancer. Vitamin C helps with healing and repairing body tissue. Passionfruit helps keep your body in good health while quickly repairing any scratches or scars from those pesky mosquitos!

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3. Kiwi

Kiwi has 12 mg of magnesium and is high in Vitamin K. Magnesium provides protein and energy while relaxing nerves. Vitamin K helps regulate your blood and burn fat. The kiwi is perfect if you are trying to lose some weight and also keep energized for active summer days.

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4. Avocado

Avocados contain 1.29 mg of zinc that can help with vision and increasing your metabolism. An avocado also contains a lot of Vitamin B3, which is important in converting food to energy and helping the digestive system function. This is also a great fruit to help lose weight for that new swim suit.

Avocado

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5. Strawberries

Strawberries have 23 mg of calcium and help regulate nutrients throughout your body while their high levels of folic acid helps with DNA structure and mental functioning. Eat this fruit for added brain power – especially for those college students who are taking summer classes!

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Sometimes it’s easy to forget that the main purpose of eating is to supply nutrients to the body. Treat your body to something delicious that is a healthier alternative than junk food.

What is your favorite fruit? Tell us in the comments below!

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