Is it really fall if you don't watch the leaves change or drink something with pumpkin spice in it? You've likely heard something similar to this around various holidays. But, have you actually planned to do any fall activities yet?
In this blog post, I will give you a few ideas on some stereotypical fall activities you can do this weekend. I'll also try to give you a price range as well (from free, to $, to $$$), so you will be able to get a feel for the activities you can currently afford to do! Keep reading for more:
1. GO ON A HIKE | $
2. DO SOME BAKING | $
3. BINGE WATCH CREEPY THINGS ON NETFLIX | FREE
4. VISIT A CORN MAZE | $$
5. GO PUMPKIN PICKING | $$
A lot of people suggest apple picking for this time of year, but I've heard that apples are generally very wormy and kind of gross when they are picked from the farm. WHO WOULD HAVE GUESSED?
If you don't want to put in a ton of work for apples you don't want to clean, find a pumpkin patch and let everyone pick out a pumpkin. You can have a family pumpkin carving contest, or you can use the guts for some of that baking we were talking about earlier!
6. GO ON A HAYRIDE | $$
7. GO TO A HAUNTED THEME PARK OR HOUSE | $$$
8. BUILD A BONFIRE | $
9. GO TO A LOCAL FOOTBALL GAME | $
10. DECORATE YOUR HOME | FREE
11. PLAN A PARTY | FREE
If you need some suggestions, check out my fall party food ideas on the "food and drink" page!
I hope you enjoyed this list of 11 things you can do this weekend that will help you and your loved ones celebrate fall! I hope you have a great weekend and will join me tomorrow to read some silly Halloween jokes you can tell this fall to get everyone into the Spooky Spirit!
Obviously, I love BTS. The all-male South Korean group has been a favorite of mine for the past several years. But, every time I listen to some of their songs, I can't help but hear similarities to other songs from the American music industry.
I'm not doing this to cause any hate, but I do think it is interesting that I find many of these sound the same. So, here are side-by-sides of the songs I feel are very similar:
Not only are the saxophone riffs similar in this, you can also almost sing the lyrics to Mr. Saxobeat while listening to Idol without many problems. Of course, I think they are in different keys, so you have to change that, but it mostly works.
To me, I can't hear "Not Today" without hearing "Shots" by LMFAO and Lil Jon. Just listen to the main melody! Even the timing of the lyrics of what RM sings vs. the members of LMFAO are eerily similar.
The drops in this song sound very familiar to that of Lil Jon's "Turn Down For What."
J. Cole, a popular rapper around who is actually from the same state as I am, is actually a heavy influence in "Born Singer" by BTS.
Legendary rapper group RUN-DMC were clearly an inspiration for the beat in War of Hormone!
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I’ve always been a huge movie buff and, in recent years, I’ve gotten into watching several TV series on Netflix.
It’s really interesting how media can infiltrate your mind and help you to better understand different situations and different perspectives. A lot of the times, I end up thinking to myself about how often certain things happen in the real world and go completely unnoticed.
So, in case you too are also a movie or TV series fan, I wanted to compile a list of 5 shows or movies you need to watch that will change your perspective or further enlighten you to think harder about the world around you.
THE BREAKFAST CLUB
Seriously, if you haven’t seen The Breakfast Club, you’ve got to watch it as soon as possible. This movie, from 1985, follows the story of a group of five high school students who are sentenced to Saturday detention for various wrongdoings.
The five students include a jock, a “princess,” a criminal, a “brain,” and a basket case. Throughout the day, they reveal more and more about themselves and end up seeing that, although they are really different, they have a lot more in common than they thought.
I have to admit that I binge-watched Scandal on Netflix. The show follows a powerful woman, Olivia Pope, who helps clients get out of sticky situations. Some of her methods aren’t exactly legal, which is what really changed my perspective and enlightened me. I began to wonder if there was a real type of Olivia Pope out there who cleaned up messes for people of power. I’m sure there is.
In the series, Pope has an affair with the president of the United States (which I of course don’t like) and also finds out that her mother is a terrorist and her father is the head of a secret spy agency that helps “defend the republic at all costs.”
Crazy things happen, and it really makes you wonder if this goes on in our own government and how people manage to cover it up so easily without millions of people finding out.
13 REASONS WHY
I actually read this book when I was a library assistant in high school. We were required to do a book report every few weeks on a book we picked out from our favorite section. Actually, the book isn’t far from the TV series if I remember correctly.
Basically, the series follows Hannah, a girl who has committed suicide. She sends out tapes to everyone who “played a role” in her death. Personally, I didn’t agree with Hannah’s decision, but it makes you really understand how your words and actions have impacts on people. Hannah was bullied and even assaulted, but no one finds out until after she is dead.
The second season is even more revealing, as it follows the lawsuit Hannah’s mother and father filed against the school for not protecting her. You learn so much and there is a twist ending that may leave you kind of queasy.
DEAR WHITE PEOPLE
This show is a Netflix original. I really like the plot of the show because I kind of relate to it in a way. It follows Sam who is the host of a radio show called “Dear White People” at a prestigious college. Because it is prestigious, a lot of privileged white students (and some who aren’t) are on campus and say and do things that make life uncomfortable for students of color.
The thing I relate to is that Sam is actually in a relationship with a white TA, at least for the better half of the first season. A lot of her friends give her trouble for being in a relationship with a white man. I’ve been the white person in this type of relationship. I’ve seen negativity from both sides, so I really related to it. Of course, I can't fully relate to the experience of a person of color because I'm not one, but this series really helps. It eloquently explains Sam’s position and the opinions of her friends. I did still come away from the show with disagreements, but they were really minor.
DEAD POETS SOCIETY
This is another movie that tackles deep themes in a very charming and beautiful way. The movie centers on a boy’s school and their class with Professor John Keating, played by the beloved late Robin Williams, who teaches them all about poetry.
The thing is, Keating is no ordinary professor. He teaches the boys to think and look at life from different perspectives, even making them tear a page out of their textbooks. The boys find out about the Dead Poet Society, which was a group of boys who met up to read poetry in a secret location.
Keating introduces himself in class by telling the boys they can call him Professor Keating or “Oh Captain! My Captain!” which was based off of a poem by Walt Whitman. The end is touching. When Keating is leaving the school (you’ll have to watch the movie to find out why he is leaving), the boys get up on the desk and call out to him “Oh Captain! My Captain!”
The story explores themes associated with growing up, hormones, learning, death, life, and love to name a few. Check it out on Netflix.
What is one of your favorite movies that changed your perspective or opinion on something? Let me know in the comments!
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Right now, there is a tag going around on Facebook and other social media sites where people are given a list of topics that they must choose a song to go with. I started doing mine on Facebook, but I quickly lost track of time and fell several days behind.
So, I figured my blog would be a great place to put my 30-day Song Challenge playlist. So, here it is (with YouTube videos):
DAY 1 | A SONG YOU LIKE WITH A COLOR IN THE TITLE
I like this song because we played it in marching band and I just enjoyed the melody!
DAY 2 | A SONG YOU LIKE WITH A NUMBER IN THE TITLE
I like this song because I think Ariana is very talented and I just love the music in the background with her vocals.
DAY 3 | A SONG THAT REMINDS YOU OF SUMMERTIME
I love this particular version of "Somewhere Beyond the Sea." Don't be mad, but I don't know who this singer is. They have an amazing voice and it reminds me of "Finding Nemo."
DAY 4 | A SONG THAT REMINDS YOU OF SOMEONE YOU’D RATHER
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DAY 15 | A SONG YOU LIKE THAT’S A COVER BY ANOTHER ARTIST
DAY 16 | A SONG THAT’S A CLASSIC FAVORITE
DAY 17 | A SONG YOU’D SING A DUET WITH SOMEONE ON
DAY 18 | A SONG FROM THE YEAR YOU WERE BORN (1993)
DAY 19 | A SONG THAT MAKES YOU THINK ABOUT LIFE
DAY 20 | A SONG THAT HAS MANY MEANINGS TO YOU
DAY 21 | A SONG YOU LIKE WITH A PERSON’S NAME IN THE TITLE
DAY 22 | A SONG THAT MOVES YOU FORWARD
DAY 23 | A SONG YOU THINK EVERYBODY SHOULD LISTEN TO
DAY 24 | A SONG BY A BAND YOU WISH WAS STILL TOGETHER
DAY 25 | A SONG YOU LIKE BY AN ARTIST NO LONGER LIVING
DAY 26 | A SONG THAT MAKES YOU WANT TO FALL IN LOVE
DAY 27 | A SONG THAT BREAKS YOUR HEART
DAY 28 | A SONG BY AN ARTIST WHOSE VOICE YOU LOVE
DAY 29 | A SONG YOU REMEMBER FROM YOUR CHILDHOOD
DAY 30 | A SONG THAT REMINDS YOU OF YOURSELF
NOW IT'S YOUR TURN!
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