12 Best Summer Vacation Spots In The U.S.

There’s nothing more American than hitting the open road. Windows down, music blaring, and a cooler full of beer in the back seat (for later, of course). Road trips are the quintessential way to capitalize on the season’s long days and balmy nights, and some of the most beautiful vacay destinations to enjoy this season can be experienced stateside. Sure the game has changed — smartphones have all but rendered crumpled maps obsolete — but one essential question remains: Where to go? Look no further, my friend. Below, I’ve picked ten of the best places to visit in the U.S. during the Summer. And the best part: you can drive to each one.

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Monthly Playlist | July

Ahh, Summer . . . these months symbolize a time of vacation, relaxation and, most of all, freedom. There’s long weekends, lounging around catching up on much needed “me-time”, and the weather is optimal for outdoor activities that bring people together. Summer is ours for the taking. Whether you’re just relaxing in your backyard, grabbing a few friends for a road trip, or throwing a late night pool party, this monthly playlist will definitely help set the mood.

Here’s to fun out in the sun and long nights spent out under the stars with the perfect playlist. Enjoy!

Monthly Playlist: July | Original Caroline

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The Only Playlist You Need for the Fourth of July Weekend

With Independence Day just a few days away, folks across the country have been planning Fourth of July bashes filled with enough patriotism (or, at least enough beer and burgers) to carry us over until next year. That means, American flags, cheeseburgers, and a kickass playlist to get the party started! Unsure which all-American classics to include on your Fourth of July Weekend playlist? No worries, friend. I’ve got ya covered! Put on your red, white and blue and celebrate the U S of A.

They may be cheesy as hell, but there’s no better way to get in the spirit! Have a great Fourth, y’all.

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Father’s Day Gifts That Can’t Be Bought

My dad holds a special place in my heart that can never be replaced. When I was little, my dad used to let me sit on his lap and steer his pickup truck while he pressed the gas. And he would always read me bedtime stories with funny voices. He always attended my cheerleading competitions and theater performances. And with all the stupid mistakes I made when I was younger, all the worry I used to put him through — no matter what, he’s still always been there for me. He’s really given the whole parenting thing 110 percent! And as much as I love my dad, the man is the hardest person to shop for!

When your dad has done so much for you, finding something that can adequately express your gratitude is never easy. 

Getting creative when it comes to Father’s Day gifting is easier said than done . . . But sometimes, it’s not the gift that’s important. This Father’s Day, take time to celebrate your good ol’ dad. Not just with gifts, but with love and appreciation.

 

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9 Ways To Makeover Your Sunday So Monday Doesn’t Suck

When Sunday night rolls around, it’s hard not to experience that feeling of dread for Monday morning. And I’ve definitely noticed that if I have a fun and carefree weekend, the transition back into the structure of the work week can be a tough pill to sallow. You know the drill: It’s the weekend; you’re living the high-life — and then it suddenly hits you! ‘It’ being the Sunday-night-blues. After you’ve brunched your way to a food baby and frolicked all afternoon at the mall, Monday morning is still looming and it’s approaching fast!

I started asking myself: How can I make these glorious Sunday not suck so much? 

So in an effort to take back my Sundays, I embarked on a mission for how to set myself up for Monday morning success! Instead of lamenting the end of the weekend, why not use Sunday to improve the rest of your week!

Picking up good habits on Sundays can not only make your weekend better, but fill you with a sense of purpose. Keep scrolling for 9 power moves I’ve been incorporating into my Sunday routine.

9 Ways To Makeover Your Sunday | Original Caroline

 

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The Lazy Girl’s Guide: To Living A Healthy Lifestyle

I get it — healthy behavior doesn’t always come naturally to everyone and it’s easy to beat yourself up about failing at certain diets or exercise regimens. I’ll be the first to admit, I’m not a naturally healthy person. I don’t not like fruits and veggies, I just like junk food more. Put french fries or Pop-Tarts in front of me and they are gone in a flash. And to this day, I still have trouble prioritizing my health and participating in self-care.

For me, health and wellness can be a bit of a struggle . . . It’s a lot of work and, if I’m going to be honest, I just get lazy about it! And if you’re anything like me, you’re constantly bookmarking health and wellness articles in the hopes of adapting better habits and routines. But you either never look at them again, or you try them once, maybe even twice, but they never stick.

In the spirit of wellness and self-care (and not making yourself feel terrible), here’s some simple everyday hacks I’ve adapted to make life a little bit healthier — and the lazy girl way (aka, my way) to do them!

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