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Depression: The Real Story

Depression is “intense sadness — including feeling helpless, hopeless, and worthless — lasts for many days to weeks and keeps you from living your life,” according to WebMD. It and other mental health problems are the leading causes for suicide in the United States. Depression isn’t something to be taken lightly and if not treated correctly can cause major damage.

Symptoms of Depression

Most people go through sad periods in their life, but according to the DSM-5, a manual doctors use to diagnose mental disorders, you have depression when you have five or more of these symptoms for at least 2 weeks (WebMD):

  • a depressed mood during most of the day, especially in the morning
  • feeling tired or having a lack of energy almost everyday
  • feeling worthless or guilty almost everyday
  • hard time focusing, remembering, or making decisions
  • can’t sleep or sleep too much
  • no interest in activities almost everyday or feel no pleasure from activities
  • often thinking about death (not just being afraid to die) or suicide
  • feeling slowed down or restless
  • losing or gaining weight

You may also:

  • Feel irritable and restless
  • Lose pleasure in life
  • Overeat or stop feeling hungry
  • Have aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that don’t go away or get better with treatment
  • Have sad, anxious, or “empty” feelings

Most people have these symptoms at some point in their life, but if these symptoms last for weeks then you should seek help.

Beating the Stigma

Most people think that people with depression are 1.) making it up to get attention 2.) don’t need drugs to make them feel better 3.) or are hypochondriacs and aren’t really sick. Despite all of these stigmas depression is a real thing and it is okay to ask for help! Some people with depression may not need medication to help with their symptoms others do and that is okay! We need to get rid of the idea that depression isn’t a real illness. If we can say that schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are real illnesses then depression is too.

Don’t Just Assume

Anyone can have depression. Not everyone presents depression the same way. Most of the time you don’t even know that someone has depression. They can seem like the happiest person, but when they are alone they are depressed and have to force themselves to go out. Never assume that someone you know doesn’t have depression, honestly never assume anything about a person’s mental health because you don’t know.

What Can You Do?

Simple be kind to everyone, you never know what they are dealing with. Let your friends and family know that you are there for them. Let them know that if they need anything that you will be there. Don’t patronize people, don’t make them feel like it is their fault or that it is all in their head. Listen! Sometimes people just need someone to talk to, so just listen. Don’t give them advice, they get that enough from doctors or psychologists. Most of the time they just want people to acknowledge that they are really sick and that their depression is real.

If you have depression or think you have depression, talk to someone. Reach out for help! There is no shame in asking for help! If you go to the doctor when you are physically sick, then why not go to the doctor when you have a mental illness? Depression is a real illness and should be treated as such! Too many people have taken their lives because they’ve felt that there is no hope or that they can’t get help. Our society has too long looked down and ostracized people who have depression. Now is the time to change that and it starts with YOU!

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What I Wish I Knew Before Giving Birth

Every birth and pregnancy is different, and every mom deals with it differently. My pregnancy was pretty easy and I am very thankful for that, but there are some things that I wish I had know before going to the hospital to be induced.

Induction Takes A While

When I set up my induction date with my doctor, I was aware that on the first day I would arrive at the hospital at 3:30 and start the induction with a catheter and then be given pitocin the next morning. What I wasn’t aware of was that even though I was given medicine that didn’t mean my son would arrive soon after that. I wasn’t aware that it would take more than 24 hours after the catheter for me to welcome my son.

So Many People

This is a big one for me. For all you expectant moms, after you give birth expect a non stop coming and going of people from your room. And I’m not talking about family, I’m talking about nurses and other hospital staff constantly coming in your room, needing signatures and giving pamphlet after pamphlet. The nurses I had were great, but after labor and giving birth you would think they would give you time to adjust and spend with your new child, but nope. By the time the lactation nurse came in my room after giving birth (sometime early afternoon) I was in tears because I was so overwhelmed. So just an FYI there will be tons of people coming and going from your room.

How Important Water Is

I was wanting to breastfeed, but was unable to because my son had a tongue tie that made it hurt way too much to breastfeed. So I had to go the formula route. There is NOTHING wrong with giving your baby formula, but the water you use to mix the formula is so important. You MUST boil the water because there are bacteria and other minerals in the water that babies can’t fight off or digest. I wasn’t sure whether you had to boil the water or if it was just a suggestion, so when I feed my son formula for the first time after the hospital I had just used tap water. This caused my son to throw up everywhere and made me feel horrible. So just know that you NEED to boil the water.

Epidurals

Again this was something set up before giving birth, but looking back I wish I had gone without the epidural. Sure it kept the pain away but by the time I was pushing it had worn off. I wanted so bad to be able to walk around and not be confined to the hospital bed. The doctor had informed me that I should start pushing when I felt pressure or the need to go to the bathroom, neither of which I felt. Since I didn’t feel that the doctor had to tell me when to start pushing. Whenever I have another child I won’t be getting an epidural.

As a woman and a mother I know how powerful and strong my body is. The fact that my body can help another human grow and then push that human out is AMAZING! Every birth story is different and unique. Don’t every let anyone talk down to you just because your birth was different than there’s. Don’t ever let anyone talk down to you because you are using formula. You are AMAZING and WONDERFUL no matter what anyone else thinks, because you gave birth to a tiny human.

I hope that these four things help all expectant mothers reading this. It’s not meant to scare you. I just want everyone to be as educated as possible. Have a great day!

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Summer Time Fun With The Kiddos

If you are anything like me, coming up with fun activities for you kids to do over the summer can be hard. Well I am here to help! Here is a list of summer activities you can do with your kids.

10 Fun Summer Activities

1. Go to a park

The park is always a good go to during the summer. Most parks have a playground area where your kids can run wild and use up all of their energy. Plus it can give you parents a chance to relax while your kids play.

2. Go to a fair

Fairs are just as good as parks, despite the slight cost of fairs. But they are great ways for kids to expel their energy and maybe even win some fun toys.

3. Play in the sprinklers

Especially on the really hot days, playing in water is a great way to cool down!

4. Do a scavenger hunt

Setting up a scavenger hunt might be hard work but it will payoff when you see the smiles on your kids’ faces when they figure out the clues and find the prize. It is a good way for kids to build their investigative skills.

5. Make a ball pit

What kid doesn’t love a ball pit? All you would need is an inflatable pool and plastic balls to fill it up and presto! you have a ball pit that your kids will love. This is a great way to entertain your kids during the summer.

6. Color

If it is too hot outside and you want to give your kids something to do coloring is always a good option. Give your kids some crayons or markers, a coloring book or blank paper, and watch their imaginations run wild. When I was a kid, I always used to color when I was at my grandparent’s house and it was always a lot of fun.

7. Play with sidewalk chalk

This is another good way for kids to use their imagination and be outside. Give them some chalk and send them outside to draw on the sidewalk or the driveway.

8. Play tag or hide ‘n seek

Playing tag or hide ‘n seek lets your kids run around like crazy and just act like the hooligans they are, but it gives them a chance to run around and play.

9. Go to a children’s museum

This is another activity that you will have to pay for, but it is worth it. Children’s museums are designed for children to run around and still learn about history or dinosaurs and so many other things. I mean who doesn’t want to mix fun with learning?

10. Make a blanket fort

This is especially good for rainy days. Take chairs or use any furniture to put blankets over and the fort is made. I know when I was a kid making forts with my brothers was one of my favorite things to do. It is so fun to pretend that you are a king/queen or prince/princess of your own castle. This allows your kids to use their imagination and gives them something to occupy their time.

So there you go! 10 Fun summer activities that you can do with your kids. Get your kids outside as much as possible and just have fun. I hope you all have a fantastic summer!

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Crocheting

Why I Do It

I taught myself how to crochet almost five years ago and honestly it is one of the best things I have done. I love to crochet (I also knit, but enjoy crocheting more). It is such a good way to spend my down time and plus I get something out of it. I have made a few blankets, hats, a bag and I just recently finished a shirt. It makes me feel important to be able to make something with my hands. I think that handmade items are treasures and it makes me sad that more people don’t do it. Although handmade items are on the rise again. I think that it brings people back to a simpler time when all clothes were handmade. I crochet because it calms me down and lets me focus on something other than the stresses of life. Having the ability to crochet is something I never want to give up. My mom has recently decided to start learning how to crochet and it makes me so happy to be able to share this with her! It gives us the opportunity to be closer and spend more time together, plus we get to make stuff!

How I Started

Originally I wanted to learn to knit, I had just started watching Doctor Who and really wanted to learn how to make the 4th Doctor’s scarf. Sol my parents bought me a little starter kit that came with needles, some yarn and a pattern. From there I took to Youtube to learn the basics. After about a year, I decided to try my hands at crocheting and took to it like bees to flowers. I loved it! I learned all I could and began to dream about making beautiful blankets and clothing items.

My Works So Far

I am a perfectionist at heart so I haven’t made a whole lot of items. I tend to start making something and then think that it doesn’t look right so i undo my work and start over. It is really frustrating because I don’t make as many items, but the finished product looks the way I want it to. The items I have completed are a couple hats, a few blankets, a bag and a shirt. I want to build up a good stock to try and sell them, but I’m not there yet. You can visit my Facebook page to get a quote or send me and email at smarks6@gmail.com to ask about prices! Here are some pictures of the items I have done so far:

 

I have been wanting to start my own side business selling my crochet work. If you are interested in buying any kind of crochet (or knit) work let me know! If you would like me to teach you or think that I should post video tutorials comment down below! I would love to be apart of spreading the joy of crocheting!

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Resolutions? More Like Goals!

New Year’s resolutions, everyone has heard of them and everyone has had them, but I hate the word resolution. It only ever makes me think of failure and giving up, because let’s be honest who really ever keeps their resolutions. So for 2018 don’t make resolutions, make goals. Goals doesn’t have the same negative connotation that resolution does. Let’s vow this year to have New Year’s Goals not New Year’s Resolutions because you should take even the smallest steps to set yourself up for success. So here are some of my 2018 GOALS!

1.) Blog More

As most of you know I recently started up my blog again and it is going a lot better than I thought it would. But I can do better. I can blog more. Blog like crazy, because I want this to be good. I want it to be what I do with my life. So one of my New Year’s Goals is to blog more, not necessarily everyday, but enough to keep up my traffic.

2.) Crochet/knit More

Crocheting and knitting has always been a hobby of mine and for 2018 I want to kick it up a notch. I want to be able to sell what I make. I have always wanted to be able to work from home and use what I’m good at to turn a profit. So for 2018 I want to do more of that. I want to improve my skills and crochet/knit more so I can sell my work.

3.) Laugh More

You may be looking at this and thinking that I must have had an awful 2017 to have laugh more as a goal. But 2017 was a pretty great year. What I mean by laugh more is to not take everything so seriously. I’ve always had that problem and it has caused problems in my relationship in the past. So for 2018 I want to laugh more and not take everything so seriously.

4.) Get Organized

I have tried in the past to have a journal or a planner but it never really seems to help. So for 2018 I want to start bullet journaling and try to get organized that way. Especially if I start blogging more and start selling needle work I am going to need organization.

5.) Start up a Youtube Channel

Another thing I have been wanting to do is Youtube. Youtube can be another great way to get money and again I love the idea of making money from home. So this year I want to start-up a Youtube channel and see where it goes.

I have plenty of other goals like spending more time focusing on my family instead of on my worries, but I think this list of five is a good place to start. I look forward to keeping you all up to date on my crazy normal everyday life in 2018! Happy New Year!

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Costa Rican Extravaganza

Costa Rican Extravaganza

On June 16th, 2013 I took the trip of a life time! It was one of the best trips I have gone on and I experienced so much. The trip was to the beautiful country of Costa Rica and was one of the best trips I had been on at that time of my life.

The trip occurred the summer between my junior and senior years of high school. I went with some students from my high school, specifically those in Spanish classes, and our Spanish teacher as well as a group of students from a Muncie high school and their Spanish teacher.

June 16th

We had to be at the airport around 4 am to get our luggage checked and we didn’t start boarding the plan until after 6 am. The first flight was from Indianapolis to Houston, Texas, which took two hours and we have a two and a half hour layover in Houston.  9:45 am (Central Time; 10:45 am Easter Standard Time) came around and were finally on our way to San Jose, Costa Rica. The flight there took three hours and we arrived in San Jose at 1:15 pm (Central Time; 3:15 pm Easter Standard Time).

view of Costa Rica from the plane

Flying on a plane isn’t bad, but it isn’t the greatest either. I am the type of person that can’t sleep in moving vehicles and that includes planes. Most people can fall asleep because of the motion of the vehicle, but I can’t and being up at 3 am was not fun. But I was so excited to go out of the country especially with friends. Honestly the scariest part of the whole process of getting to Costa Rica was going through customs when we landed in San Jose. I’m not sure why it was the scariest, but I was concerned that something would prevent me from going any further and continuing on the trip.

Finally in Costa Rica

But everything went smoothly and we all got through customs to meet our tour guide Victor. We then got on a bus to go to our hotel, El Gran Hotel de Costa Rica. On the bus ride to the hotel Victor shared with us a phrase that they use often in Costa Rica, the phrase was “Pura Vida,” which actually translates to “Pure Life,” but according to Victor Costar Ricans use it to say hello, goodbye, ask how you are doing, and to just get rid of your worries.

We finally got to the Hotel de Costa Rica around 3 pm and were given our room assignments. After we put our luggage into our rooms we went back to the lobby to get instructions from Victor. After getting the instructions we were allowed to go out in groups to explore San Jose. I walked around with a group from my high school that included Kelsi Maxwell and Abby Morgan, my two friends that I was rooming with. Our Spanish teacher, Señora Thompson, went with us as well. As we walked around we saw many Hispanic vendors selling different things on the side walks. I was so interesting to be immersed in the different culture and be surround by all the people.

June 17th

The next day we left the hotel at about 7:45 am to head to Arenal Region. On the way we stopped and visited INBio Parque to get a glimpse at all the different wildlife and plant life of Costa Rica. We saw so much at INBio Parque. We saw frogs, iguanas, tarantulas, sloths, turtles, and different plants and trees. I have always loved zoos and nature parks so walking around INBio Parque was one of my favorite parts of the trip.

Poás Volcano

After INBio Parque we went to visit Poás Volcano. When we went it was foggy around the volcano so I didn’t get very good pictures of the volcano but it was still a great experience.

 

Las Iguanas

After the park and the volcano we made one last stop at Las Iguanas which was a little town that was full of iguanas. They were all in the trees and it was really cool to see that they just live so closely to people and roads and stores. After all the stops we finally arrived at Hotel Vista Arenal.

Hotel Vista Arenal

It was an extremely nice hotel and the room we stayed in was pretty big and pretty close to a outdoor pool.

June 18th

The third day, June 18th, we went to visit La Fortuna waterfall. When we go there we had to hike down 550 steps to reach the waterfall. The trek down wasn’t too bad, but going back up those 550 steps was hell. The waterfall was beautiful though and we were able to swim a little ways down from the waterfall. It was a nice way to spend part of the afternoon.

La Fortuna waterfall

After the waterfall we went to Arenal Lake to go kayaking. This was the first time I had ever been kayaking and it was an experience. Kelsi and I did a two person kayak and it was difficult at first to get momentum and get into a rhythm of paddling but we got the hang of it and it was great. To this day I still love kayaking, but i prefer a single person kayak to a double kayak. In between the waterfall and the lake we stopped in La Fortuna, the town, and had lunch and walked around the town looking in the different shops and taking in the scenery. I noticed that no matter what town we went to or stopped at there were dogs every where.

Baldi Hot Springs

The last thing we did on the 18th was visit Baldi Hot Springs. The hot springs were great! they were very relaxing and beautiful. It was a great way to end the day especially after walking up and down all those steps at the waterfall. The hot springs had different areas that ranged in temperatures from 93 F to 152 F. Baldi Hot Springs also had a bar area that could be accessed from inside the hot springs as well as from the outside. There were some hot springs that had waterfalls within the springs that made the experience extra relaxing.

June 19th

The following day was chalk full of adventure. To start off the day some of us went on a little walk to a farm a little ways away from the hotel to milk cows. That was an awesome experience in and of itself because I had never milked a cow before. After the little walk and after breakfast we checked out of Hotel Vista Arenal and took a four hour bus ride up to Monte Verde. On the way to Monte Verde we took two small stops. The first stop was in a little town to use the bathroom and buy water or snacks and the second stop was at a school. We got to look around the school and in the classrooms as well as watch two girls and two boys dance some traditional Costa Rican dances while wearing traditional clothes.

Zip-Lining

After the school we continued on to Monte Verde and made another stop to go ZIP-LINING! Zip-lining was amazing! There were 6 zip-lines that increased in length and height in the rain forest. Going up to the last zip-line was an up hill walk that took a little while and it was wet and muddy and I ended up falling. After the last zip-line we had the option to do a Tarzan Swing which dropped you from 140 feet! I have always been a little afraid of heights and wasn’t sure if I wanted to do the Tarzan Swing but I did and it was awesome! After zip-lining we went into Monte Verde and walked around town and went into different shops. While we were there I saw a dog sitting on the seat of a motor bike. It was one of the most interesting things I have ever seen.

Children’s Eternal Rainforest

After the events of the day we finally got to the hotel. Hotel Villa Verde was a really cool hotel in the middle of a forest. Victor told us that the hotel occasionally has scorpions although it was getting better because of the pesticides that the hotel would spray. He told us that if anyone found a scorpion to catch it and bring it to him and he would give a $20 reward. Kelsi, Abby and I found the scorpion and we got the $20 which was super cool but scary at the same time.

June 20th

The next day, June 20th, we went on a trip to plant a tree which was really cool. We went to the Children’s Eternal Rainforest to plant the trees. We broke up into small groups of four and each group got to plant a tree. I was really great to be able to give back to nature in that way. After that we went back to Hotel Villa Verde and just got to hang out and relax. It was nice to be able to relax and not worry about having to be ready at a certain time to go somewhere.

June 21st

On the 21st we made the trip to Jacó. Before getting to Jacó we went on a riverboat tour called the Jungle Crocodile Safari. On the tour we got to watch one of the guides feed some crocodiles which was super scary. The hotel we stayed at in Jacó was within walking distance of a beach but we weren’t allowed to swim there because the currents were too strong. After arriving at the hotel around 1 pm kelsi, Abby and I walked on the beach for a little and then we went walking around Jacó with Señora Thompson, Mrs. Chruchill (the Spanish teacher from Muncie), Rachel, and Sean (two of Señora’s friends who were our chaperons). Walking around was a lot of fun and the shops were really cool.

June 22nd

On the 22nd we went to Manuel Antonio National Park and spent time swimming and walking a small trail at La Playa Blanca or the White Beach. Swimming was a cool experience because we got to swim in the Pacific Ocean and that was the first time I ever swam in an ocean! After swimming we walked around an open market where there were many different booths with people selling various items. I bought a dress that was made with the same colors of the Costa Rican flag. Then we went to each lunch at a restaurant called El Avión (The Airplane). It was a really cool restaurant. Our hotel room was awesome too. In the bathroom there was a jetted tub, but unfortunately it didn’t work. We also ended up finding a gecko in our hotel room which was super cute.

June 23rd-25th

The last couple of days went by pretty fast and we mainly just went back to San Jose to get ready to travel home. On the 23rd we stopped in Sarchi to look at the world’s largest ox cart which was awesome. Then we finished our trip back to San Jose. On the 24th we went white water rafting which was scary for me because I don’t like to go under water, but it was really fun. In the middle of rafting we took a break and had fresh pineapple which was delicious! After white water rafting our guide for rafting gave us all leaves that he had wrote on commemorating the rafting experience. We went to the airport on June 25th to make the trip back home.

My trip to Costa Rica was an amazing experience and I had a blast. There were many things that I wouldn’t have thought about doing had I not gone on the trip. It was a spectacular trip with great people and I am extremely grateful that I got to go.

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Time For a New You!

As New Year’s Day fast approaches you are probably trying to figure out how 2018 is going to be better than 2017. You might think about doing a New Year’s Resolution (or a few), but let’s be honest you will probably keep it up for a couple of days and then stop. Don’t worry about resolutions like losing weight, exercising, cutting out pop or cutting down on sugar. If doing any of those things won’t make you happy then don’t do them.

Make 2018 about you! Make 2018 about doing everything you want to do and everything you have always wanted to try. Make 2018 about taking risks and facing your fears! Make 2018 about changing up your style or doing something different with your hair. A new year doesn’t have to be dragged down by pointless resolutions that won’t last but a couple of days. If you tell yourself that the new year will be about me exploring who I am and what I want, then you won’t have to worry about keeping up a resolution everyday.

So since this is a fashion blog, I of course am going to talk about changing up your style for the new year. For me my style is geared towards comfort more than anything. I want to feel comfortable in my clothes, which means I wear A LOT of leggings. For 2018 I want to branch out of my comfort zone of leggings and sweatpants and try to include things like jeans, slacks, more skirts and dresses. I have dresses and love to wear them, but I never do because I tell

tried something new with my hair the summer of 2016

myself that there isn’t a reason to wear it. I mean the dresses I have I consider formal dresses and I never have a reason to wear them on an average day. But for this coming new year I want to mix things up a bit and wear a dress just because I want to and not worry about people wondering why in the world I would be wearing a dress, “umm because I want to duh!”

So in order to accomplish breaking out of my comfort zone I need to expand my wardrobe. It means that I need to go through my clothes and get rid of everything I know I won’t wear and everything that is either getting too small or too worn out. Before starting any kind of change in your life you first need to evaluate where you are and what you need to get rid of in order to make  the change happen. Sometimes that means getting rid of people too. Real change requires sacrifice and if you aren’t willing to make that sacrifice then the change won’t happen. So if I’m not willing to clean out my closet and add new clothes to my wardrobe then my style won’t ever change.

Senior year of high school and I still didn’t know what I was doing with my clothes *face palm*

My clothing style has changed so much already from when I was younger to now. I used to have horrendous style and was just awful at picking out clothes that were flattering on my body. I’ve definitely gotten better at picking out clothes that look good on my body and good together, I used to be awful at matching clothes, but what kid wasn’t.

But if fashion isn’t your thing then find something and do it, like I said make 2018 about you. We keep forgetting that personal mental health is so important and affects ever aspect of your life. So if you aren’t taking care of yourself it’s going to be hard to take care of other people. So take that trip you have always wanted, change your clothes or hair, get a tattoo, just do something that will make you happy for once. Stop worrying about making everyone else happy and take time

Towards the later end of my senior year and early in college I finally found my style

for yourself in 2018.

Be the you that you need to be! Make the best of 2018. Happy Holidays and Have a Happy New Year!

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Plus Size Clothing Stores

Shopping can be fun or it can be a nightmare. For me it all depends on the store. If a certain store doesn’t often carry what is considered “plus size” (usually size 16 and up) then I already know my shopping experience is going to be terrible. I am a size 16-18 and shopping can be one of the most aggravating things I have ever experienced. I mean how hard it is to make women’s sizes consistent for one and available for two. Each store has its own sizing system and not all stores carry the same sizes. It is sad to see that stores still falsely believe that the average American woman is a size 0. Now there is absolutely nothing wrong with you if you are in fact a size 0 I am just expressing my disapproval of how stores carry sizes. Over the last couple of years I have found stores that actually carry my size and even bigger sizes. Here are my top 5 BEST clothing stores to shop at.

1.) JC Penney

JC Penney has been my go to store to get my clothes at for probably the last 5 or 6 years. They tend to have bigger sizes as well as the small sizes and they are always offering their clothes on sale. JC Penney always has cute clothes and a good selection for both men and women. They have tons of different styles to pick from so that you can be comfortable in what you are wearing.

2.) Kohl’s

Kohl’s is another great store that I shop at that tends to have bigger sizes. Kohl’s isn’t as likely to have the bigger sizes in stock all the time, but the fact that they even sell sizes above 14 makes them a good store in my book. Kohl’s just like JC Penney runs sales all year-long so you can get good clothes at a good price.

3.) Maurice’s 

Maurice’s is a great store to get clothes at. They are one of the few stores I have found that have their own plus size section which is great! It is so encouraging to find a store you that you know will have your size. Maurice’s has a great selection of clothes that are super fun and cute.

4.) Dress Barn

Dress Barn is a fancier store but also offers plus sizes. Contrary to the name Dress Barn doesn’t just sell dresses, although that is the majority of their clothing items. The dresses range from summer dresses to super fancy dresses, so you’ll be able to find one that suites your style. They also sell sweaters, top, jeans, etc.

5.) Torrid

Torrid is the last store on this list, but it’s certainly not the least. Torrid is a great store because it caters specifically to plus size women, with their slogan of “Fashions for sizes 10 to 30.” I think it is great for a store to cater to plus size women because normal store it is so hard to find plus sizes. The only downside to Torrid is that it is a little pricey, but to get what you want in the size you want it’s worth it.

 

Well I hope you enjoy my top 5 best clothing stores to shop at!

 

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Tuesday Tips: Vacation Spots

Vacations can be hard to plan. Whether you are going by yourself, with your significant other, or with your family, getting all the details down and making sure everyone will be happy with where you go can be difficult. So here are some vacation spots that are great for either singles, couples, or families. Enjoy!

 

Singles

Honestly as a single person you can go on vacation absolutely anywhere you want and not have to worry about making sure someone else likes the place. But regardless here are a few vacation spots popular for singles.

1.) New York City

There is so much to do in New York City, from Broadway to the Statue of Liberty. As a single person going to New York is full of so many opportunities and chances for you to see all the sights you want to see. There is the National 9/11 Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Staten Island Ferry, Radio City Music Hall, Times Square and so much more to do for just about anyone.

2.) Disney World

Now Disney World isn’t just for singles, it can be great for couples and families too. The only reason I put in the singles category is because you could get a lot more done and seen going as a single person. As a single person going to Disney World means you can take your time and see everything instead of having to worry about what someone else wants to see. I mean who wouldn’t want to go to Disney World. You can meet princesses, eat in a castle and see all of your other favorite Disney characters.

 

Couples

3.) Las Vegas

Las Vegas is definitely not a place to bring your family. But going with your significant other can make a vacation to Las Vegas a trip to remember. Between casinos and The Strip, your vacation would be chock full of fun times. But there are other fun things to do in Vegas, like the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area or the Conservatory & Botanical Gardens at Bellagio for you couples who aren’t big on the night life.

4.) Sybaris

Sybaris is a pool suites company located in the Midwest. They are mini hotels for couples who want to spend a

Chalet Swimming Pool Suite

weekend away, but don’t really want to go out so much and sight see. There are seven different suites each with different amenities and different pool sizes. I will be showing pictures and giving descriptions based on the Sybaris in Indianapolis, Indiana. Their other locations are Northbrook, Illinois, Frankfort, Illinois, Downers Grove, Illinois and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. One of the suites is the Chalet Swimming Pool Suite. This suite comes with a private garage, a private 22″ swimming pool that is heated to 92 degrees, a tropical waterfall, misting steam room, bedroom loft with 10 foot water slide and a fireplace.  To learn more about the suites and locations go to the Sybaris website.

 

 

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5.) Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Gatlinburg is a great place to take your family on vacation. They have plenty of options for where to stay at. If you go to Gatlinburg you need to rent a cabin. The Cabins of the smoky Mountains are great cabins that have good amenities. They are just a short 5-10 minute drive to Gatlinburg and not that far from Pigeon Forge. There is so much to do in Gatlinburg like the Ripley’s Museum, the Ripley’s Aquarium, the aerial tramway and the Space Needle. In Pigeon Forge there is even more to do, like the Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Show, there are carnival rides and even helicopter rides. All in all Gatlinburg is a great place to take your family and you probably won’t get to all the attractions in one visit.

6.) Saint Louis, Missouri

Saint Louis is another great place that has a lot of attractions for a family. Attractions like the Arch, the Saint Louis Zoo, the City Museum and little shops and diners that just scream homey and simple. The City Museum is so interactive and a fun place for kids. It has four floors inside an even a place to climb and walk through outside. The museum has a three-story slide that you can climb to and slide back down to the first floor.

 

These are only a few options for vacation spots. The last thing I have to say is to make the most of your vacations, don’t let the little things ruin a great time to spend with people you love or with just yourself. Vacations are a time to unwind and relax and if you are worrying about everything then you are defeating the purpose of a vacation. If you are travelling for Christmas this year then be safe and enjoy your small vacation with your family this holiday season.

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My Favorite Youtube Channels

Youtube has come along way since it started back in 2005. People go to Youtube to watch funny videos, makeup tutorials, gamers and so much more. I think Youtube is a great way to spend your past time and relax. You can even make your own Youtube channel and monetize it like you would a blog. Here are some of my favorite Youtube channels that you should check out.

1.) Good Mythical Morning

screenshot from Sourest Food Challenge

Good Mythical Morning (GMM) stars best friends Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal as they try weird foods, play crazy games and just make my day a little better. I started watching GMM when my husband and I started dating and have loved it ever since. Rhett and Link make videos like Will Its where they take a well know food and replace one aspect of it with different foods. One of my favorite Will Its is Will It Candy? In this video Rhett and Link change one aspect of popular Halloween candy, increasing in weirdness. Another type of video they make is food challenges, like eating the hottest pepper. My favorite food challenge is The Sourest Food Challenge where they try to make a scale of the sourest foods. This video is my all time favorite GMM video because they try the Umeboshi plum and their reactions are HILARIOUS! If you are having a bad day and need a good laugh I would suggest The Sourest food Challenge video or just watch GMM it is a great channel made my great people.

2.) Alonzo Lerone

Alonzo Lerone has a great channel on Youtube where he reacts and reads failed tweets and Facebook posts. They have failed in that there are spelling and grammar mistakes. His catch phrase is “Get a Dictionary!” The tweets and posts he reacts to are so funny and his reactions are even funnier. Sometimes he will open mail sent in from his subscribers and some videos he has are about Gordan Ramsay responses on Twitter and Wendy’s roasts on Twitter. All in all Alonzo’s channel is an upbeat funny channel that makes me laugh every time I watch it.

3.) The React Channel

The React Channel is another on of my favorites. It is an FBE sub channel. They do react videos, like teens reacting to certain musicians/bands or movie trailers or even games. They even put up try not to laugh challenges and guess that song challenges. The guess that song challenge videos are one of my favorites because I like to test my music knowledge. The React Channel is a goo channel to watch if you want to see funny reactions or test your knowledge of music like I do. One of my favorite videos from the React Channel is Do College Kids Know 80s Music? This video is part of a Do they Know it playlist where the producers and staff at FBE and React test people’s knowledge of all kinds of music.

 

Youtube is a great website and is full of great channels! I love to wake up in the morning to see that new videos have been posted by may favorite channels. What are some of your favorite channels or videos on Youtube? Comment down below and please subscribe to get updates when my new posts go up!