It’s Just Another Reason To Party, Right?

It’s Just Another Reason To Party, Right?

Cinco de Mayo is coming up fast this year. For us Americans, that means we get to have a big party to celebrate. Friends and family can all gather around and the best tacos are brought out. Your mom probably spent all day in the kitchen yesterday and today preparing this feast for everyone. Your siblings and cousins are reeking chaos around the house. Everyone is alive with excitement and the music is making your tias and tios swing their hips.

Though this isn’t a big holiday like Day of the Dead, your family is not passing up on an opportunity to get together. Family is important after all. You remember the tradition of getting together every Cinco de Mayo. One time you spent it with your friends and you all went to their favorite Mexican restaurant. It’s their favorite Mexican restaurant, not yours because your all-time favorite Mexican restaurant resides in your mom’s house. Your friends and you drank margaritas and enjoyed burritos. It was great until your friend’s friend showed up with sugar skull makeup on. That’s when you realized your friends probably don’t know the difference.

As Americans, we can make any excuse to throw a party and get together. However, we often overlook the reason why we’re celebrating to begin with. We gloss over our own ignorance and assume that it doesn’t matter. That is, until we offend someone. We forget to consider others feeling and cultures, which ultimately leads to misunderstandings.

Sugar skulls are typically a signature of Day of the Dead, which is another holiday popular to Mexican culture. Day of the Dead or Dia de los Muertos, is all about honoring loved ones who have passed. Day of the Dead lines up with All Saints Day and All Souls Day, which are Catholic influenced, and are celebrated on the first and second of November. It’s understandable to be confused with another culture’s holidays and traditions because it’s not normal to you.

If your friends don’t understand what they are celebrating this Cinco de Mayo, maybe they’ll allow you to teach them between margaritas this year. If you don’t know what you’re celebrating this Cinco de Mayo, it’s time for you to do your research as well. Just don’t forget to respectfully enjoy the holiday itself.

How To Have A Safe Cinco de Mayo

How To Have A Safe Cinco de Mayo

Being safe and having fun don’t often go together, or at least that’s what a lot of people think. This is especially true when considering drinking and fun at parties. With Cinco de Mayo around the corner you are probably planning a big festivity that will more than likely include a lot of drinking.

There is nothing wrong with having a good time. If a good time is drinking with friends, then so have it. Just be sure that you are aware of your limits and are kind to your body. People often forget that while alcohol is legal to drink, it is still toxic to our body in high doses. Our body can get alcohol poisoning, which is not a fun experience. When our bodies experience this they begin to purge itself of toxins. While the body is trying to get rid of the toxins, the person is usually so drunk they can barely think or take care of themselves.

Being drunk isn’t fun, so here are some ways to help keep you from getting drunk:

  • Drink a lot of water intermittently between alcoholic beverages. Alcohol dehydrates the body when we drink. This is why after a night out with friends you crave water the next day. Staying hydrated will help prevent future headaches and help keep your body stable.
  • Don’t drink on an empty stomach. Having food in your system can give your body the proper nutrition it needs to handle the amount of alcohol you plan on ingesting. Carbohydrates help absorb the alcohol in your system and there is an old wives tale that says if you eat toast right before going to bed while drunk, you’ll wake up without a hangover.
  • This isn’t a drinking competition, so pace yourself. Cinco de Mayo is celebrating a victory of the Mexican army over France, it’s not about who can drink the most tequila the fastest. Drinking too much, too fast can land you curled up next to a toilet. When we drink too much too fast, our bodies don’t have time to process the alcohol. This often leads to not feeling drunk until it suddenly hits you like a freight train. Knowing you limit and pacing yourself will be beneficial to you and your body will thank you later.

There is nothing wrong with celebrating Cinco de Mayo. There’s nothing wrong with drinking, however be smart about how much you drink. Be smart and have fun. Most importantly if you do plan on going out drinking, have a designated driver (DD). Have a blast, but don’t make choices you’ll regret later.

Dealing With The Distance

Dealing With The Distance

Traveling and exploring the world is great. You are able to experience new areas of the world. Life often takes us on adventures where we may need to travel and deal with distance. Distance can be a blessing and a curse. Even in long distance relationships, there are perks to the miles in between you and your loved ones.

Moving away from your family or a loved one for the first time can be hard. Whether you’re a college student moving away from home for the first time, you’re part of the military, or you’re just moving to the town over for a job, leaving what is familiar is difficult. Being separated from what you know is complicated. This is due to the fact that you have to say goodbye to what you know and then get used to new habits and unfamiliar faces. Entering a new place or environment is intimidating. It’s also very stressful to understand what’s going.

Life changing events are often the cause for many to move away. Events like these can turn your world upside down. Just trying to find your feet can be stressful. The key is to be patient with yourself, and the new world around you.

Give yourself time to adjust and build your new routine.

When you move away, at first it can be exciting, but eventually you’ll wind up feeling homesick. At first this new adventure will give you rose colored glasses, and everything will be lovely. Over time, you may find yourself not as enchanted with this experience. You may start to lose your patience with mundane tasks. Hang in there, you’re just going through a phase of homesickness.

Homesickness is your worst nightmare when you’re away from family. It’s okay to be homesick; you just need to be aware of your symptoms and triggers. Knowing that looking at old pictures of friends and family will dredge up unwanted emotions can help you prepare for, or avoid, your sadness. Symptoms of homesickness can vary, and change with each episode.

Being away from home can be rough for even the biggest wander. Everyone has, or will experience life changing events that can create distance between loved ones. Being aware that you’re not alone is always a good thing to remember. Even though there is great distance between you and your loved ones, you still have each other.

Enjoy your new adventure and travel the world.

May The Fourth Be With You

May The Fourth Be With You

Happy National Pun Day, or should we say May the fourth be with you?

It’s actually not national Pun day, that day falls on May 15. Still this pun of a day is a special holiday. May fourth is actually known as Star Wars Day. May fourth was chosen in reference to the phrase “May the force be with you.” The clever phrase has turned a regular day in May into a nerd’s dream for Star Wars lovers.

This day is great for your inner nerd to geek out over Star Wars jokes and fandom talks. Even pun lover can find time to enjoy this day. May fourth is a great day to throw a party or a little get together. Easter seems like forever ago, and the next big holiday won’t be until the Fourth of July. Setting a party for Star Wars Day on May fourth will help give you a little break during the holiday dry spell.

Setting up a party for the holiday could be exciting and is a great way to spend time with the people you care about. You can have a Star Wars themed meal planned out for your friends and family. You can serve cocktail drinks that would be found at Jabba’s Lounge. You can play music that gets people dancing like Sy Snootles. If people decide to dress up, you can have Jedi mixing with droids. The party’s atmosphere can be out of this world.

Something that started out as a clever play on word has turned into a day of celebrating the galactic universe. Star Wars’ website has special deals for that day only. These deals can range from video games to your favorite merchandise. If you have your eye on any tee shirts or other gear, wait until May fourth to purchase it. You won’t disappointed.

If you don’t want to have a party, or you can’t afford to purchase new gear, you can have a movie marathon instead. Not only do you have the old Star Wars movies to watch, you have the new ones too. You can take a moment to enjoy the cinematic glory of the series and prepare for the new movie about Han Solo coming out soon.

Relish in the day and unleash your inner geek. Bring out the jokes, puns, and memes about Star Wars, and have fun with family and friends.

Having a day of humor and peace is a good way to relax. If for some reason you can’t celebrate May the Fourth, just remember pun day is right around the corner on May 15.

Have An Open Mind To Avoid Having Unnecessary Stress

Have An Open Mind To Avoid Having Unnecessary Stress

Having an open mind is vital in the world today. There are so many opinions, facts, and attitudes out there. Even in family settings, we may feel like we have to tread carefully because we don’t want to offend anyone. Some people get so offended over someone’s opinions that you may feel as if you can’t say anything. You might feel trapped with your own thoughts. However, it’s not the end of the world. Having an open mind is beneficial to you in the following ways:

  • Less stress
  • More information
  • Better Research
  • More friends

Having an open mind about a lot of things can benefit you greatly. You won’t stress as much because you’re not worrying about what is the right answer. You will be able to provide an objective point of view because you’re not looking for the yes or no kind of answer.

Having this open perspective will benefit you in any research you need to do in your daily life. You won’t be looking for biased answers to your questions. You’ll find yourself discovering facts and information about a topic that you may have never noticed before. Being opened minded will also help you identify sources that are biased. You will begin to see sources pushing their points of view rather than giving actual facts. Being open minded will also help you connect with people.

People will flock to you for information because they realize that they can come and talk to you without feeling judged. Far too often, people feel lonely or isolated from friends and family because they feel like they can’t talk to them. If you have an open mind about things, then people will start to see that. They will feel comfortable talking with you because they know you won’t be judging them.

Having an open mind will help release any tension you may have been holding on to. It will improve your relationships with friends and family, and you will find yourself getting less offended by what other people say.

You Can’t Trust Everything You See Online

You Can’t Trust Everything You See Online

A part of growing up is learning that you cannot trust everything you hear and see. Just because a person said something, does not mean it is true. This can be a hard lesson to learn, especially since many people want to be able to believe everything they are told. Unfortunately, doing that is not possible.

This lesson becomes even more important when looking at things online. Many people would like to think that everything they read online is true, but that is completely false. Anyone can say whatever they like on the internet, which means people can lie online. This is important for a person to know, and in today’s modern world, it is especially important for children to know as well.

As your children begin to grow up and use the internet more, be sure to teach them how to distinguish between trustworthy and untrustworthy online sources. Knowing how to do this will help you and your child find information that you can rely on. This can be useful for a number of reasons including:

  • Writing reports for school.
  • Looking for info relating to work.
  • Deciding who to vote for in an election.
  • Keep up-to-date with news from around the world.

When looking for sources online, try to determine who the author of the article is and where they got their information from. Do the writer have experience in this field, or did they get their research from their own reputable source. If the site’s URL ends in .edu, .gov, or .org then it has a better chance of being credible than the average website. However, for sites ending in .edu and .org, you will need to be wary of political biases.

By teaching yourself and your children how to find credible sources online, you make yourselves less likely to be fed false information. Having this skill will also help prevent you from falling victim to any scams that people may be trying to pull online. This will keep you safe and well informed online.

What To Do This Spring: Have Fun With Your Kids!

What To Do This Spring: Have Fun With Your Kids!

Spring is upon us and that means it is finally warm enough to start venturing outside once again. Winter weather can be fun, but it can wear a person down. There is nothing quite like sitting outside on a warm spring day and enjoying the fresh air. If you have kids, then now is the perfect time to take them outside to have some good old fashioned fun.

As the weather warms, there are all sorts of things kids can do outside. There are classics such as going to the park to play hide and seek, tag, or draw with chalk. However, if you want to be a bit more adventurous, there are other options. For instance, you can:

  • Go to the library
  • Go to the beach
  • Go to a museum
  • Go to a zoo
  • Go to a local nature conservatory
  • Go on a road trip
  • Go to an amusement park

Children love it when spring rolls around again because it is warm enough to have adventures again. The best adventures are ones that families take together. It is one of these adventures that memories are made. The child may not remember everything you do with them growing up, but they will always remember their favorite moments, and as a parent, you want to be a part of those moments.

Whatever you do together, be sure to take lots of pictures. This way you will all be able to look back on those moments as the years pass. So, as spring begins again, go out and have an adventure with your kids. They won’t be young forever, and you definitely don’t want to miss this amazing time in their lives.

Gambling At Home In California: Is It Legal?

Gambling At Home In California: Is It Legal?

For many people, there home is their safe haven and sanctuary. They use it as a place to escape from the world and relax with trusted friends and family members. People like to relax in all sorts of ways. Some people prefer a nice massage, while other prefer playing a game with friends.

Most games are harmless, while there are others that could potentially get its participants into trouble. Games where gambling is involved do run the risk of getting their players into trouble since gambling is illegal in the state of California. Luckily, for most people, playing poker amongst family members and friends is legal. It is when a poker game is run for profit by the host, then it becomes illegal.

Another issue that people may run into, is owning slot machines. Some people enjoy going to casinos and playing with the various slot machines. Some people decide to cut out the middle man and buy a slot machine of their own to enjoy while at home. Unfortunately, unless the machine is an antique that is older than 25 years, this is illegal in the state of California.

Slot machines are outlawed in the state unless they are on tribal grounds, being transported through the state, or are antiques not being operated for gambling purposes.

Sadly, this means that anyone looking to have a bit of fun with family and friends playing these sorts of games need to be careful. They do not want to do something that is illegal. Getting caught for something like that would definitely ruin the relaxation the person was trying to achieve. For the sake of yourself and your family, do not play any forms of illegal gambling within your home.

Dating Apps Influence

Dating Apps Influence

In today’s modern and fast paced world it makes sense that we’ve started online dating and using dating apps. We used to write love letters, now we write witty text messages. Dating apps help get us out there. They’re a great way to let the digital world know that you’re ready to mingle. Unfortunately, dating apps seem to have lessened the meaning of a relationship since we can easily swipe right on to the next person.

We live in the age where it’s not embarrassing to have an online dating profile. It’s normal for a person to have multiple profiles across different sites. There is a dating app for just about any diverse groups. For example, if you like to smoke marijuana, there’s a dating app for that. As well as if your diet is gluten free, there’s a specific dating app for you as well. The possibilities are endless.

Vanity Fair released an article titled “Tinder and the dawn of the ‘Dating Apocalypse’” which discussed the influence dating apps have on relationships. We’re in a “hook-up culture” according to the article. The use of these apps could be just for sex or to actually find love. These apps make it as if you’re “basically ordering a person.” With these apps we’re also experiencing a whole other level of superficiality.

Dating Apps typically have the setup of either swipe left for no, or swipe yes to be matched.

All you get to see of a person is a short bio and maybe three pictures. That’s all you get when you have to decide whether or not you want to be matched with someone. If you are matched, when the person you swiped right on swiped right on your picture too, you are then allowed to have an actual conversation with them. You can match with several hundred people, all based on looks.

Dating apps have created the ideal world for short-term relationships.

The dating game has changed all because the accessibility to it that we have at our finger tips.

Saying Goodbye To Plastic For Everyone’s Benefit

Saying Goodbye To Plastic For Everyone’s Benefit

California is no stranger to going green. From windmills to solar panels, and paying .10¢ for a plastic bag at the grocery store, California is one of the leaders in going green. At times, these eco-friendly changes may be complicated at first, but they pay off. The more we work together and come together as a family, the better the payoff will be for everyone. By working together, we are giving the planet and ourselves a chance to live longer.

Whether or not you believe in climate change, there is something to be said about respecting where you live. You don’t trash your parent’s house while you live there and expect to stay. You have to abide by your parent’s rules and respect their house. It’s just like that, but with the earth. We cannot trash the Earth and expect it to stay around for us forever. If you want something to last for as long as possible, you need to take care of it.

Two years ago, California banned single-use plastic shopping bags, and was the first state in the nation to do so. The goal was to stop wasting plastic and reduce the litter from plastic bags. Instead of using plastic bags, shoppers we’re offered alternatives to bag their items. Now, 72% of plastic bag litter has dropped. This means that a large number of those plastic bags aren’t in our oceans, gardens, and national parks anymore.

California is looking to take another step towards the war on plastic. Currently, there’s a bill being considered that would make it illegal to automatically give restaurant/bar patrons a plastic straw unless they request one.

A server who automatically gives a patron a straw could be served a $ 1,000 fine or even get jail time.

The ban on straws, like the plastic bags, would hopefully help discourage the amount of litter and plastic waste. The bill is being called “Straws Upon Request”. Ian Calderon, the California lawmaker pushing the bill wants to clarify several points about this bill:

  • It is not a ban
  • It will not make it a crime for servers to serve plastic straws

Californians love oceans and all the other wildlife here in California. We especially love sharing breathtaking sights with our family and friends. Not only that, but we have attitudes about going green and recycling. In order to keep our state looking amazing and helping out wildlife, we need to cut down on litter and say goodbye to plastic.