Four Things To Do This Weekend That Don’t Involve A Hangover

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Don’t you want to wake up feeling refreshed? Wouldn’t you rather have the whole day ahead of you instead of sleeping the day away? Us too! Don’t get us wrong we love a good party! But we’ve also realized there are plenty of other fun and productive things to do on the weekends that leave you feeling good about yourself too.

  1. Dinner & Drinks
    Instead of going out and waking up feeling like you might have been run over, grab a few drinks and dinner with your friends. Dinner allows you to talk and truly be with the people you care about. Oh and PUT YOUR PHONE DOWN. Most of the time when we’re out at a bar we can barely hear each other speak. So we like to switch it up with dinner and drinks every now and then. And when we say drinks we usually mean wine, but we’ll leave that decision up to you. All in all, you’re eating as you drink so you’re less likely to be throwing em back like there’s no tomorrow. Don’t worry you’ll still feel a buzz but in the morning you’ll be ready to roll.
  2. Try a new work out
    Working out may be the latest trend, and we’re all about it. There are tons of eye catching or should we say breath taking (literally) new work out classes to take advantage of. Orangetheory Fitness and Pure Barre are two we have had personal experiences with. Orange Theory offers high intensity classes that strive to get your heart rate up. You wear a heart rate monitor and have a trainer for each class who guides the work out and you are e-mailed you’re results after class. Pure Barre is geared toward the ladies. If you want to relax and tone at the same time this is for you. We recommend you wear comfy clothes and socks that can grip the floor (they sell them at the store and they are adorable). This is all about using a ballet bar as well as learning how to use your muscles. It’s all about being one with your mind and body. Bringing a friend along can be a great bonding experience plus it’s great motivation to work out when you have set plans.
  1. Coffee Date
    We LOVE coffee. Grabbing coffee with friends has always been a great time for us. Throughout college “dunkin runs” were a big deal. However now that we’re home and shall we say sophisticated? ….we’re into exploring. Explore your town for that cute and unique, local coffee shop to make “your spot”. Now that fall and winter are here, a coffee date can be a cozy and casual afternoon. If you’re a Long Island local there’s no question you’ve heard of Witches Brew. This dim-lit hot spot is covered with Christmas lights and funky décor. There is usually a line around the corner but if you time it right their frozen hot chocolate is a MUST.
  2. Kick back and Relax
    Set the mood. Light a candle…. or five and throw your favorite movie on. This is perfect for Sunday when you want to wind down and mentally prepare yourself for the coming week. We know how stressful and crazy life can be, but we also know how important it is for your mind and soul to relax. So in the words of Dina Manzo “Namaste Bitches”.
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10 Things You Shouldn’t Freak Out About Before Graduating

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Graduation is creeping up on you, and we know how you feel. Here’s a list of 10 things that are probably causing your panic attack right now, but just take a deep breath, keep calm, and read on.

1. Not Having a Job

We totally get it. Everyone in your family is super eager to ask questions about your post-grad plans to find out what you’re going to do with the rest of your life. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a solid answer to give them? Sure, but realistically, this is not the case for many graduating college seniors. Just because you don’t have an offer set in stone for your dream job the day after graduation, this doesn’t mean it will never happen for you. Be patient but diligent in sending out those cover letters and resumes! Eventually, something will pop-up and the burden will be lifted!

2. Moving Back Home With Your Parents

We know it’s not ideal to go from having your best friends to your parents as roommates, but just stay focused on the bigger picture. Set yourself a goal of the date when you want to be moved out on your own, and make sure you’re working towards reaching that!

If you’re sick of hearing your parents say, “Where are you going? With who? Text me when you get there,” then it might be a sign that it’s time to leave the nest. Living with overbearing parents can be torture, but just remember that it is only temporary!

3. Finding Your Life Partner

Remember when there was a time where young people would actually go on dates to see if they were a good match? We don’t either. But, we’re determined to bring it back. Twenties should be all about of chivalry and romance, and more importantly, going out on actual dates to see who you work well with. You don’t need to find your significant other right away; you have years to let things fall into place, so don’t force it!

4. Paying Back Student Loans

While this can be a major source of stress for many, you can ease your worries by getting a job outside of your field simply to pay the bills in the meantime. The best part is, most schools have a 6 month buffer period where you can find a job and not have to pay back those catastrophic loans right away.

5. Leaving Your College Friends Behind

Being with the same group of people 24/7 for months can definitely create a strong bond between friends. When it comes time to part ways, it’s important to make a pact that you’ll all agree to stick too. It’s no different than a long distance relationship. Promise to visit one another every other month, send each other care packages, plan mini vacation weekends—whatever it takes!

6. Realizing That You Will Eventually Have a 9 to 5 Job

Try going to bed at a reasonable hour, and you might actually find that waking up before noon is not as bad as you thought. We’ve been there; we know that asking us to be at work at 9am is pretty much the same thing as telling us to run a mile before the sun rises. Create a routine for yourself and soon you will get the hang of things!

7. Seeing All Your Facebook Friends Getting Engaged/Popping Out Kids

This pretty much goes hand-in-hand with not worrying about meeting your other half. If you find yourself sobbing with your face in a pint of Ben & Jerry’s, remind yourself that there’s nothing to envy about having kids and no money to support them. Chances are you’ve have a quarter life crisis already about feeling unaccomplished for your age, but we promise that these milestones at age twenty are usually not glamorous in the long run. Just remember, the unfollow button is there for a reason.

8. Not Being Able to Drink Every Night

Kegstand! Kegstand! I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but believe it or not, it’s time to be a grown up. No more beer bongs or shot gunning in the backyard of some dirtbag frat house. Your days of making excuses for drinking every night are over. We both know there was never a such thing as Margarita Mondays, Tequila Tuesdays, Whiskey Wednesdays, etc. Don’t start hyperventilating just yet; there are benefits to experiencing life without your beer googles on! Allow yourself to do fun (sober) things during the week, like trying out that restaurant that recently opened in town, or catching up with your best friend from high school over some fro-yo.

9. Not Binge Eating at 3am

We’ll be the first to admit that there’s nothing better than taquitos and bagel bites after getting home from a night out, but that comes with some consequences. You will most likely feel like garbage the morning after scarfing down a feast of fried stuff. If you try eating healthy and unprocessed foods, you could see a major change in your mood and feel cleansed. Bonus: eating right is also great for your skin and can help give you that glowing complexion.

10. Not Having All the Answers Right Now

It’s fine to not have everything figured out right now. It’s fine that you don’t have a detailed plan of the next 5 years of your life. It’s fine that the road ahead is unclear. Our advice to you: work hard, learn to roll with the punches, and most importantly, just enjoy living out your twenties!