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Why Taylor Swift is Living the American Dream

September 01, 2015

Have you seen Taylor Swift’s newest music video yet? She debuted it during Sunday night’s MTV VMAs, and it’s another epic creation. If you loved “Bad Blood” you’ll definitely be impressed. It features Taylor as a movie star in an exotic locale doing scenes with beautiful human Scott Eastwood (yes, son of Clint.) She wants their love to be real, but comes to understand that they’re both just playing their parts, hence the whole “Wildest Dreams” thing.

The video made me realize something though: Taylor Swift is truly living her best life. She’s written a song that everyone loves and has decided to film a music video for that song. She already has a gorgeous real-life boyfriend in Calvin Harris, but instead of casting him as her leading man, why not get some on-screen smooches in with equally gorgeous actor Scott Eastwood? Oh, and let’s fly to a stunning location, ride some horses, and play in front of some lions too. Sounds good. If that’s not the American dream, I don’t know what is.

If you haven’t seen the video, you’ll definitely want to check it out here. It’s amazing!

Got a Summertime Cold? Here’s What You Should Watch on Netflix

August 24, 2015

This past weekend I was sidelined with a serious case of strep throat (sidenote: I thought once you got past the age of 10 you were free from the terribleness of strep throat, but I guess not) which meant I had PLENTY of time to spend watching Netflix. Once I’d caught up on my normal shows and still wasn’t feeling any better, I started digging around a little bit for something else to keep me entertained while I downed freezie pops, complained, and napped. Turns out there are a few gems on there that you may not be aware of. Whether you’re home sick like I am or are just looking for something to watch when you’re relaxing at night, here are a few Netflix shows and movies worth checking out:

Backstreet Boys: Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of

If you grew up on the Backstreet Boys and ‘N Sync, this is a must-watch. It was released in theaters, but is now available for your viewing pleasure on Netflix. It’s a documentary depicting the Backstreet Boys (Men?) getting ready to release a new album and go back on tour in time for their 20th anniversary as a band. Sounds cheesy, but it’s actually really interesting, and gives you good insight into the back stories (no pun intended) of each of the guys. Plus, there’s an epic Nick-Brian fight that you won’t want to miss.

Dogs on the Inside

This is another documentary, and it’s definitely one worth watching, particularly if you’re an animal lover. It tells the story of how both abandoned dogs and prison inmates get a second chance at love and hope by working together inside the walls of a prison. It’s a touching documentary that shows how the animals and the inmates learn from each other, and are able to start trusting once again, despite negative past experiences. Poignant at times, but definitely uplifting, I’d recommend it.

House Hunters International

If you’d love to travel but lack an endless budget, this show is perfect for binge watching. Go along for the ride as couples pick out new pads in Australia, France, England, and all kinds of other countries. You can check out what it would be like to live in other parts of the world, without having to deal with the headache of relocating there yourself.

Freaks and Geeks

This show was only around for one season, but it was a total cult hit. After starting it during my time on the couch, I totally get why. It’s so relatable and funny. If you’ve been through high school and lived to tell the tale, you’ll love it. It’s an easy watch, so hit “play” now.

Do you have a “must watch” Netflix show? Share your suggestion with us on Facebook!

–Lauren the web girl

Easy Ways to Feel Happier Each Day

July 20, 2015

Let’s face it: being an adult is stressful sometimes. Okay, most of the time. You’re balancing family obligations, bills, work stuff, and other responsibilities. Sometimes you just want to crawl back into bed and say “nope!” for the day. Looking to feel a little more zen each day? We don’t blame you. This article from Buzzfeed features practical tips from mental health experts on how to pack a little more happiness into each day.

Check it out here and share it with friends or family members who might benefit!

Inexpensive and Fun Summer Activities to Stop the “I’m Bored” Whining

July 08, 2015

Ah, summertime. It’s a time to relax, go on vacation, oh yeah, and hear a seemingly endless chorus of “I’m boreddddd” as the kids wait for camp and other activities to start. If you’re looking for creative ways to spend time without breaking the bank, look no further than this list of 33 activities under $10 that will keep kids of all ages thoroughly entertained. Thanks, Buzzfeed.

If you manage to get through all of those and are still left in need of ideas, try this list from Pop Sugar, which offers up more outdoor-focused activities.

Don’t worry, before you know it the most wonderful time of the year (back to school season) will be here!

In Honor of the Taste of Syracuse This Weekend, Here Are the Most Amazing Grilled Cheese Recipes

June 04, 2015

My absolute favorite weekend of the year is almost upon us! That’s right, the AmeriCU Credit Union Taste of Syracuse, presented by Tops Friendly Markets, is this weekend. If you’re looking for a huge collection of delicious food all in one place, take a trip to Syracuse and sample and sip to your heart’s content. In honor of the big foodie festival, this post from Elite Daily seemed highly appropriate. It features 30 of the most insane and drool-worthy grilled cheese recipes you could ever hope to encounter. Some of my favorites include Loaded Nacho Grilled Cheese, Balsamic Vegetable Grilled Cheese, and Brie Apple and Bacon Grilled Cheese.

Looking to add a twist to your traditional white bread and American cheese concoction? Check out the post here.