Snack Like A Southerner: Caramel-Peanut-Popcorn Snack Mix

Caramel-Peanut-Popcorn Snack Mix(myrecipes)

Ingredients:
15 cups
 popped popcorn (about 3/4 cup kernels) 
Vegetable cooking spray 
1 cup plus 2 Tbsp. firmly packed dark brown sugar 
1/2 cup butter 
1/2 cup dark corn syrup 
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 
1 cup lightly salted dry-roasted peanuts 
Wax paper 
(10.5 oz.) package candy-coated peanut butter pieces (such as Reese's Pieces)
Step One: "Preheat oven to 325°. Spread popcorn in an even layer on a lightly greased (with cooking spray) heavy-duty aluminum foil-lined 13- x 18-inch pan."
Step Two: "Stir together brown sugar and next 3 ingredients in a small saucepan over medium-low heat; bring to a simmer, and simmer, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Pour over popcorn, and stir gently to coat."

Step Three: "Bake at 325° for 25 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. Add peanuts during last 5 minutes."
Step Four: "Remove from oven, and spread on lightly greased (with cooking spray) wax paper. Cool completely (about 20 minutes). Break apart large pieces, and stir in candy pieces."
Enjoy! Thanks, My Recipes! 

Fall Wishlist

The leaves are changing, temperature's dropping and everything is pumpkin spice flavored...fall is here! What is on your wishlist to do this autumn? Check out some of these ideas to have a fancy redneck fall!

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ACTIVITIES:

  • Pumpkin picking
  • Pumpkin carving
  • Rake leaves (subsequently jump in leaves, repeat)
  • Clean out your closet
  • Thrift store shopping
  • Buy new boots
  • Fall cleaning (tidy up home, transition from warm to cool, get ready for holiday decorating, etc.)
  • Apple picking
  • Get cozy (go candle shopping, purchase or make new scarves or socks, etc.)
  • Watch scary movies leading up to Halloween
  • Hayride
  • Corn maze
  • Early holiday shopping
  • Explore a park or forest
  • Create your own fall DIY decorations
  • Bon fire
  • Take lots of photos
  • Pick a challenge
  • Build a blanket fort and tell ghost stories
  • Write something
  • Have a "sweater weather" picnic
  • Horseback riding
  • Redecorate
  • Tailgate
  • Watch football

DESTINATIONS:

  • Brewery tour
  • Zoo
  • Pumpkin patch
  • Local orchard
  • Local fall festivals
  • "First Friday" events
  • Flea market
  • Haunted House
  • Corn Maze

GOALS:

  • Read a new book
  • Start a new TV show
  • Start considering New Years Resolutions
  • Create a holiday budget
  • Try 10 new things
  • Complete 2 seasonal challenges

FOODS TO EAT, DRINKS TO SIP:

  • Pumpkin spice latte
  • Pumpkin bread/pie/cookies
  • Apple pie
  • Apple cider
  • Hot chocolate
  • Mulled cider
  • Pumpkin beer
  • Squash
  • Turkey
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Candy
  • Red wine

PARTIES TO THROW: 

  • Halloween or Costume party!
  • Game Day party
  • Pumpkin Party (pumpkin flavored everything, pumpkin carving, etc.)
  • Pie Party (get a gaggle of pals together to make a bunch of different fall pies)
  • Bonfire Bash (gather around a bonfire for s'mores, ghost stories, and warmth)
  • Mull It Over (make a variety of fall mulled ciders next to a s'mores bar for a night of sweet--and possibly boozy--fun)
  • Swap, Sell, Share (you and a group of friends clear out your closets and swap, sell and share items with each other--don't charge for items over $5)
  • Parties People Should Totally Be Throwing
  • Party

Check out here, here, here, and here for more fun fall ideas!

Snack Like A Southerner: Slow Cooker Apple Spice Cake

Slow Cooker Apple Spice Cake

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Ingredients:
2 20oz cans apple pie filling
1 Box Spice Cake Mix
8 oz Butter

Step One: "Pour apple pie filling into slow cooker. Top with cake mix and butter."

Step Two: "Cook on high for 2-2.5 hours."

Step Three: Enjoy! Great with vanilla ice cream.

Thanks, Tasty!

DIY: Fall Mason Jars

Fall Mason Jar Display
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Step One:
Gather your materials-
-Four mason jars of the same size
-White and brown acrylic paint
-Foam paint brush
-Twine
-Vinyl letters
-Sandpaper
-"Wheat"

Step Two: "Paint the front of the jars brown and let them dry completely."

Step Three: "Place the vinyl letters over the brown paint. " 

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Step Four: "Paint the entire outside of the jars white using the the acrylic or chalk paint and let them dry completely."

fall rustic mason jars(sincerelyjean)

Step Five: "Peel off the vinyl letters."

Step Six: "Use sandpaper to sand evenly around the entire jar.  This is what gives the jars that rustic look." 

Step Seven: "Tie the twine around the top of the jar with a knot."

Step Eight: "Place the wheat inside.  We used 13-15 stalks per jar."

 

This super awesome project is brought to you by sincerelyjean! 

A Season of Challenges

Summer is coming to a close. It's pretty much over. Pack up your beach towels, sunscreen and bikinis; and trade them in for cardigans, pumpkin spice practically everything, and feeling the pressure of the holidays. 

However, now that this new season is upon us, there is time for change and improvement! Here is a list of challenges to try this fall to better yourself, health, wardrobe, relationships, budget, etc.

Prepared Meals For A Month

Okay, so I know I'm not alone in this, but I find myself on campus getting a Diet Dr. Pepper and a bag of Cheddar Chex Mix nearly every day. Now, in Philly, that costs $6.00. $6.00 a day x 5 days = $42 that a broke college student like myself can't actually afford to spend. Plus, let's be honest, a diet consisting solely of 30th Street Station snacks is not exactly good one. 
Goal: Create healthier eating habits, budget money
Rules: For the entire month, all meals and snacks will be prepped at home, no food will be purchased outside of the two designated shopping days in the month. The two shopping trips will not exceed $100 each--creating a $200 food budget. These prepared meals can be anything from frozen prepped meals, to salads, to simple snacks. Here's a Pinterest board I created: Prepped Food Challenge with recipes, prep tips, and more.

The Get and Give

You probably have a lot of clothes that you don't wear, like, or still have the tags on but lost the receipt for. That's fine, but there are clothes that you will want to buy this fall, and you'll definitely get more around the holidays. So here's a solution to do some good with those old clothes, while rewarding yourself with something more than just good will.
Goal: Clear out and organize clothes, give back to the community 
Rules: Go to your closet, the stack of boxes in the basement full of clothes you haven't seen since the eighth grade, the garage, wherever you have clothes and go through it. For every ten articles of clothing you can donate, equals one article of clothing you can purchase on a shopping spree. You can donate clothes to clothing drives, Goodwill, Salvation Army, consignment shops, yard sale, and even shop your clothes to your friends and family members.

Fall Photo Challenge

Photos are fun and creative. Taking photos can be fun and creative as well. Doing creative projects is actually helpful in continuing to be productive. Some of the worst procrastination you can find yourself doing is unproductive, but if you procrastinate something important, with something productive, you are more likely to continue being productive and get things done.
Goal: be creative, share photos and ideas with people
Rules: Find a photo challenge list, write a photo challenge list, etc. Start as soon as you can. Take photos on your phone, with your camera, even draw if you want to. Share the photo that day, and pass the challenge onto someone else. At the end of the designated time (Depending on personal preference or challenge selected) you will have a whole bunch of amazing photos and experiences.

31 Days of Halloween

This is another fun creative idea. This challenge allows you to get your spook on as well as help someone else spread his or her creative wings. 
Goal: Complete 31 writing pieces, get someone else to complete 31 writing pieces, improve as a storyteller/writer
Rules: From October 1st and ending on November 1st, you and a partner will write scary stories based off of prompts you give one another. You will give the prompt on one day, both you and your partner will write that prompt. Then the next day, your partner will come up with the prompt. After the day is over, you swap the stories that night and give each other feedback. You set up parameters, word/page counts, story mediums, etc. 

Days of DIY

Do you have things in your house or apartment that could use some fixing up, sprucing up or simply you just want something new in your place? Probably. Well, Pinterest projects are really pretty and everyone wants to be as great as those projects, but sometimes they are more expensive than just buying the thing you want to DIY, and they can end up a disaster. Attack projects you need to do and know that you can do, as well as give yourself a challenge!
Goal: complete at least 10 DIY projects, stay under budget, try something new
Rules: This is a weekly challenge. Find at least 10 DIY projects that you can do--either online or basic projects around your house you know you need done. Create a budget for your projects--try not to go over $100 for your 10 week budget. Don't forget to ask for help! Keep a calendar so you know when you need to get stuff done by.

Rainy Day Fund

Have a major issue saving money? Same. This challenge is super simple and a challenge that you can do for however long you want. You can even set a goal in mind, or an end date. You can create a fund for something specific as well.
Goal: save money, raise money, budget money
Rules: At the beginning of the month, write down how much money you have in your account. Budget the money for the month (groceries, bills, gas, fun). Then take is a step further and budget that money for daily use. Use cash. Any change you get from these interactions (coins), put away in a rainy day fund.

Try Something New

Goal: trying new things
Rules: Try something new every day. It can be something small or big, but try something new. If you think the new thing was positive, write down it was positive. If it wasn't all that and a bag of chips, mark it with an X. At the end of the month, look at your calendar and see if trying new things was a positive experience for you.

Fall Fit Fun

Exercising is hard and it's not fun for a lot of people. The biggest challenge for people when it comes to exercising is keeping at it. So, here's a challenge that makes it simple and you'll hopefully feel like you're accomplishing a goal.
Goals: feel healthier, exercise, find a routine
Rules: Get a calendar for the month you want to do the challenge. Label every day with an exercise. Do that exercise. Mark off the days as you go along. See if you can challenge yourself further as the month goes on, but as long as you complete your daily goal, you have accomplished something. Now, here's where the "for everyone and anyone" part comes into play. These fitness goals can be in tandem with exercises. For example, take the stairs everywhere. Exercises can be crunches, push ups, running up and down the stairs, walking around with bags of flour on your shoulders, etc. Get fit when you can, however you can.

Replace and Refresh

New is never a good thing for me unless it's a new episode of Elementary on CBS. However, I have found copycat recipes, and even replacements for some of my favorite foods and activities have helped me be healthier and more productive.
Goal: create healthier habits, find alternatives for habits.
Rules: Make a list of 50-100 things that you eat all of the time, or habits that you do a lot that you can cut down on by sharing that with something else. For example, instead of rice and pasta, try quinoa and cauliflower. Or instead of writing on the computer, write in a notebook. Instead of watching TV, spend an hour reading or walking. Wheat bread for your grilled cheese instead of wheat bread. Sleep with just a sheet instead of blasting the AC. Work at the kitchen table instead of in bed.

SMILE

Your dentist will lose it after this month's challenge. This challenge is for dental health. Now, this might sound odd to some people--but not everyone flosses. This is a fact. This will help improve your smile.
Goal: improve dental health, boost confidence when smiling
Rules: Brush your teeth twice a day. Floss twice a day. Whiten your teeth using an at home kit. Take a photo every day of your smile and see if these habits improve your smile at the end of the 30 days.

Check out these other challenges for more inspirations and ideas!
52 Fun Things: Try a New One Each Week of the Year
100 30 Day Challenges Ideas
30 Day Challenge Ideas to Turn Your Life Around
30 Challenges for 30 Days

 

Fall Fashion: What Your Wardrobe Needs This Fall

Fall has arrived! Now that the temperature's dropping and the colors are changing it's time to transition back into our autumnal attire! Here are some classic fall fashion tips for anyone.

Layers are your friend.

Whether you're enjoying the October weather in Pennsylvania or California, the weather is pretty fickle. Dress comfortably in layers for if the morning starts out chilly and ends up a bit warmer than you imagined, or vice versa. Cardigans, scarves, tshirts, these complete any really nice layered look.

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Cardigans, Jackets and Vests


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Scarves


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Jeans

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Leggings


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Sweaters


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Tanks or Undershirts


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Statement Jewelry


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Boot Bling

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Have a fancy fall!

Perfect Bonfire Checklist

Fall isn't complete until you host at least one bonfire get together with your pals. Whether it's a huge blow out bash with a fire in the background, or a simple get together for stories and warmth these are the essentials you need for throwing the perfect bonfire:

1. Friends

Make sure you know how many people are showing up to this thing so you have enough of everything. You can even make the bonfire a potluck if you are inviting a large amount of people, that way everyone can contribute. They need some ideas as to what to bring? Send them this check list!

2. Yummy Stuff

Food and drink are both essential to any get together. Make sure to keep the menu simple, yummy and ultimately easy to pick at around the fire. Some suggestions:

Classics

S'mores
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39 S'mores Hacks That Will Change Your Life

Hotdogs

Marshmallows

Chestnuts

A Little More Complicated

Campfire Beer Pancakes
(chowhound)

Campfire Popcorn Satchels
(realsimple)

Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats
(bloglovin)

S'mores Bar
(martieknows)

51 Bonfire Night Recipes
(vouchercodes)

22 Fun Treats Perfect for Your Fall Party
(countryliving)

10 Best Foods to Cook Over a Fire
(reserveamerica)

6 Foods You Can Cook on a Stick
(artofmanliness)

Drinks

21 Boozy Cider Drinks To Try This Fall
(buzzfeed)

Beer

Hot Chocolate

Hot Cider
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Hot Apple Cider w/ Rum
(foodnetwork)

Spiced Autumn Punch
(allrecipes)

 

3. Supplies

Make sure you have everything that you need from the fire to the napkins!

__logs
__kindling
__matches
__cooler
__thermos
__bug repellent (SO IMPORTANT)
__blankets
__chairs
__forks, spoons, knives
__plates
__cups
__trash bags
__skewers

4. Keep Cozy

Keep warm, cuddly and cozy by providing plenty of blankets, pillows or seating. Ask people to bring stuff too! Get creative.

5. Tell scary stories!

6. Game On

Truth or Dare

Telephone

Capture

Horseshoes

27 Insanely Fun Outdoor Games
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10 Campfire Games to Play
(escapeadulthood)

 

7. The Fire

Make sure you build a decent fire whether you're using your own fire pit that you bought at Big Lots or making one out of some sticks and stones. Keep in mind how long you want your fire to go on so you can prepare by buying a fancy long burning log, or stock up on how much wood you'll need. Don't forget to put it out completely!

8. Music

Create a rad fall playlist of your favorite hits to get the cozy mood going. 

 

 

 

Halloween Hoe Down Part 2: Food and Drink

Halloween parties are nothing without a scary amount of awesome food and drink. Here are some really super cool ideas and recipes to try and make your Halloween Hoe down as SWEET as possible!

Meatball Mummies
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Hotdog Mummies
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30 Halloween Party Foods
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Ham and Cheese Spiders
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Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
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Chocolate Crescent Roll Witch Hats
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16 Monster Treats
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Individual Spooky White Pizzas
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Caramel Apple Monster Munch
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Dead Man's Finger Sandwiches
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9 Spooky Meal Ideas
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Stack of Bones
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Slimy Jello Shots
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Candy Corn Quesadillas
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Spooky Veggies and Dip
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No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Squares
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Pumpkin Stew
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Witch on a Stick
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Giant Black Widow
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White Chocolate Ghosts
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Halloween Party Recipes for Adults
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Ghostly Goodies
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Friendly Ghosts
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Trick-or-Treat Turn Overs
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29 Perfect Halloween Party Snacks
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23 To Die For Halloween Cocktail Recipes
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 Shirley Temple
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Ghostly Guzzle
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Absolut Halloween Drinks
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Blood Red Punch
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Have a devilishly delicious Halloween!

 

Fall Fresh Food Guide

Fall is the harvest season and let's keep it fresh! Check out these helpful tips, tricks and recipes to keep your fall food fresh.

What's In Season?

Fall Vegetables to Grow Now 
Produce Yum Guide

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Turnips

Garlic

Kale

Spinach

Asparagus

Brussel Sprouts

Collards

Green Beans

Sugar Snap Peas

Squash

Radishes

Peas

Tomatoes

Raspberries

Apples

Blueberries

Rhubarb

Pumpkins

Gardening

Keep an eye out at your local grocery store, produce hut or flea market for these fresh finds. Fresh food is good for you and your body and tastes pretty great too! Luckily, these fruits and veggies aren't only sweet for your body and budget, but are super easy to grow right in the comfort of your own backyard or in your kitchen!

Check out these fun guides for tips and tricks as to how to grow your own delights:

Step By Step Kitchen Garden 
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Top Ten Rules For Growing In Your Garden 
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Fall Vegetable Gardening Guide 
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Fall Container Gardening 
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Fun Fresh Recipes

107 Apple Recipes
50 Dishes You Can Make With Apples 
Apple Salads
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Southern Living's Best Pumpkin Recipes 
Best Pumpkin Recipes 
All Recipes' Pumpkin Recipes 
Irresistible Pumpkin Recipes 
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40 Garden Fresh Vegetable Recipes 

Fall Vegetable Recipes 

Fall Seasonal Cooking 

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Back to "Life" Guide

Headed back to school or the regular work flow? Check out this guide! Whether you're looking for clothes, supplies, routines, or tips, this list should provide some guidance.

Supplies

Need pencils, pens, folders, binders, erasers, staples, tape, staplers, envelopes, rubber bands, paper clips, Post It notes, desk caddies, planners, tab pages, labels, highlighters, White Out and all of that jazz? Go to these fine retailers and websites!

Walmart

Target

Dollar Tree

Office Max

Staples

Office Depot

SchoolToolBox.com

Amazon.com

Tip #1: Make a list! Going into one of these stores thinking you just need some Post Its and perhaps a box of tissues, but you'll get so caught in maybe you need glue sticks and cat food too!--even though you don't have a cat. Write up a list to keep you organized. Here's a couple of templates for you:

Tip #2: Coupons are your friend. I know it seems super silly to sit there with scissors and clip, but it will save you so much $$$$$. Go to the Dollar Tree and grab a Sunday paper, sit down with some nice tunes, and just go through and clip coupons for stuff on your checklist. Organize them in an envelope so they're ready to go at check out. Also, go to RetailMeNot! They have specific coupons for you and your shopping needs. 

Tip #3: Don't wait to go shopping. Everyone and their mother is going to be packed wall to wall in every Walmart and Target in the country from now until well into September--making supplies scarce and the experience very annoying. It also makes it less likely you'll snag sales and deals. Go shopping as soon as you can, when you can. Break it up if you have to.

Tip #4: Don't buy it just because you might need it. I have enough orange highlighters, #2 yellow pencils, and funky little erasers that any human should ever own or that I will need simply because I thought I would need them at the time when I was in the store because I was excited about buying supplies. Now, I may be the only person in the world that gets excited about that, but it's still a good tip.

Clothes

Time to transition from flowy, loose and light summer clothes to a warmer, more breezy brisk friendly wardrobe. That means new clothes, accessories or closet clean outs/ups! These retailers and websites are the best for both in store and online shopping for all of your clothing needs.

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Target
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Lulus.com
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Your local mall
A mall is like shopping online in real life, if that makes sense. You are surrounded by plenty of options that allow you to make all kinds of choices and expand your horizons.

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ModCloth.com 
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TJ Maxx
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Rue 21
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Boohoo.com 
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Charlotte Russe
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H&M
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G-Stage.com
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27 Underrated Online Stores

Tip #1: Shop for you. When you are shopping for clothes or shoes or whatever, always keep in mind YOUR budget, YOUR style, YOUR comfort level, and YOUR body. Your wardrobe speaks to who you are and it will influence how you feel.

Tip #2: Sales! Check out your favorite retailers for semi-annual sales, door busters, or rewards sales.

Tip #3: Try something new.

Tip #4: Shop ahead. While it's still summer, you may be able to find winter apparel and fall apparel cheaper before the season starts.

Tip #5: Closet clean outs. Get together with your friends to help them organize their closets and do a bit of shopping in each other's closets.

Tip #6: Thrift shops are your friends. Also, a lot of retailers have a donation discount if you donate your old clothes.

Welcome Back to the Swing of Things

Switching over your wardrobe-
Make sure to reorganize your closet and drawers to be fall ready. Don't forget to store your clothes properly, so that you can find them easily next summer and they are still in a condition to wear!

End of the season yard sale-
Have a final summertime hurrah with a yard sale. Clean out your closet, kitchen and living room of clutter and sit out for one last nice sunny day. Get a few friends involved and make it a party or even a mini flea market.

New recipes-
Try some new dishes or change it up from summer to fall! Go to your local book store and peruse the recipe books ore go to Yummly.com for some really sensational seasonal snacks. 

Summer cleaning-
The tradition is normally spring cleaning, but summer cleaning isn't a bad idea either. You can open up all of the windows, let the house/apartment air out a bit and get some cleaning done nice and slow throughout the day. Starting out clean and tidy will make for organization a lot easier in the adjustment back to every day life.

PACK RIGHT NOW-
If you're headed off to college or somewhere new, GET OFF THE INTERNET RIGHT NOW AND GO PACK YOUR STUFF. I know you're not done. Go. Now. Pack with some kind of strategy, but don't let it ruin your life. If you get a collection of people over--using the incentive of beer, pizza, tunes and good fun--it'll make the process a lot easier and enjoyable.

Finish up your summer wish list. 

We hope you had an amazing summer! Good luck this fall!