Tips for not getting bored this summer

happy teen with thumbs upEveryone can use a few tips for not getting bored this summer. After all, summer is the time every teen looks forward to all year long. Once summer is here, the last thing anyone needs is to waste that precious time being bored.

At first glance, you probably think you wouldn’t need any tips for not getting bored this summer. You may be thinking to yourself, “Me, bored? Yeah right! I’m dying for summer to get here. There is NO WAY I will let myself ever get bored!”

However, summer can sometimes turn into a long, hot, and even a little boring time of the year. In order to prevent this from happening to your summer vacation, it is a good idea to have a backup plan just in case you find yourself with nothing to do.

Here are some tips for not getting bored this summer:

  1. Get out and go places. It is easy to want to stay in the comforts of your shady home during summer vacation. Before you know it, a week has gone by and you have done nothing exciting at all. Don’t let yourself fall into this nasty habit of lounging inside your house all of the time. Not only is it important to get out and go places, but make sure you do it often. This will help to make sure you don’t waste any time during your summer break. It will also help you to stay in the social scene and have some fun. Some places to visit when you are trying to get out are parks (both theme parks and water parks), malls, the movies, and the great outdoors (like a good place for a hike or a bike trail).
  2. Get creative! If money is an issue that prevents you from doing things this summer, be creative in thinking of things you can be involved in, without needing a ton of money or any money at all. You don’t always need money to do fun things. Some of the places that were listed above, like a park or a mall, don’t require any money to hang out at. All you have to do is call a friend and go walk around in places like that. There is also another summer activity listed above that doesn’t cost any money either. It was spending time in the outdoors doing bike riding or hiking. But, if you can’t drive yet, and you don’t have a way to get to those places, grab your brother or sister, or phone a friend, and go for a walk in your neighborhood. Not only is this free, but it is a good exercise and it will keep you from gaining any extra pounds if you do it often. Not to mention, it will get you out of the house! These are all great, inexpensive summer activities to keep you entertained during your summer vacation. It is also a good way to have some fun in the sun.
  3. Start a project. Think of a project that will take you quite some time to complete. You want to start this project as soon as summer begins. And, you want to be able to keep working on it all summer long. For example, you can start a scrapbook of your life, or of the last school year, or whatever you choose. Or, perhaps you could take up sewing and make yourself, or someone you love, something easy but fun like a quilt or a blanket. You could even head to a nearby bookstore or library and pick out a book that really interests you. You could start reading the book at the beginning of summer and read little bits here and there when you’re feeling a little bored. Any of these projects will keep you from getting bored this summer.
  4. Turn your house in to the summer hangout. Don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and invite you friends over to hang out at your pad this summer. Stay in touch with your friends, and invite them over often. You could have the girls over for a barbeque, to watch movies, or just to layout in your backyard to work on your tan. Having friends over is a great tip for not letting yourself get bored this summer. It also gives your friends something to do and somewhere to go as well.

Keep all of these things in mind and at hand in time for summer. They are some great tips for not getting bored, and they are also a good way to make sure you make the most out of your summer vacation. Now, get ready to have some summer fun!

Summer time and the living is easy, how to make it both easy and safe

teen blowing bubbles in the grassSummer time and the living is easy. Everyone is more layed back and focused on having a good time. You soon will be too. So, it is also a good idea for you to be focused on how to make summer time both easy and safe at the same time.

How will you be sure to make your summer time both easy and safe? Perhaps you haven’t even considered the possibilities of anything ever going seriously wrong during your summer break. But, the truth is, you can easily be turned into a victim of violent crimes, or even horrible accidents by simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The whole point of the summer is to live it up, stay living easy, and make plenty of time for summer fun. However, if something horrible were to happen to you for lack of being safe, your whole summer would be ruined, and you could end up missing out on some major events that go on during summer vacation. This is why summer safety needs to be a priority on your list.

Enjoying the summer time, living it up, and living it easy can be quite simple to do. It can also be just as simple to make sure it is, not only easy, but safe as well. All you have to do is review and remember some basic rules.

Here is a list of some basic rules that will help you to make summer time both easy and safe:

  1. Follow the rules your parents set for you. Your parents have rules for you for a reason. That reason is not or to make your life difficult. Your parents actually have rules for you because they love you and they don’t ant anything to happen to you. So, when it comes to hanging out this summer, follow their rules. This will make it so you don’t have to worry too much about things you shouldn’t be doing, and it will also keep your parents happy with you. If you have happy parents, you will have parents who trust you. And if you follow their rules, you wont’ have to spend any of your valuable time during your summer break being grounded for breaking any rules.
  2. Always be sure to tell your parents what your plans are. Communicate with your parents. Let them know where you will be, who you will be with, and what time they can expect you back. This may seem a little ridiculous at first. But, if anything bad were to happen to you, like you becoming stranded somewhere, they would at least have a little bit of a clue on where to come looking for you. They would be certain to come to your rescue if they are well informed on your whereabouts.
  3. Don’t stay out too late. Again, this goes hand-in-hand with following the rules of your parents. But, even if you don’t have a curfew, it is a good idea not to stay out too late at night. It is easy to overlook the time during the cool summer nights when the sun sets late. But, you can still keep in mind that once it starts to get dark, it is a good idea to start wrapping up the summer activities you are involved in and start heading home. This will help you void the “freaks” that really do come out at night. It will also help keep you safe.
  4. Avoid bad scenes. Try to avoid bad scenes that seem to attract the wrong kinds of people. These kinds of scenes vary depending on where you live and where the teens are into hanging out. But, it is quite easy to avoid bad scenes. Just listen to your instincts, and notice your environment. If you feel uncomfortable, it is a definite sign that you should not be there. Avoiding bad scenes will also help in preventing you from being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
  5. Be prepared for emergencies. No matter what your favorite summer activities are, being prepared for emergencies is always a good idea and a necessity for summer safety. For example, if you love being outdoors and doing fun things in nature, like biking, hiking, fishing, or camping, always take an emergency kit with you when you are doing these things. Another example, for instance, is if you are going on a road trip, be sure your car is well maintained, check your tires, including your spare, and pack a jacket and a blanket in case you get stranded. Being well prepared for an emergency is a perfect way to make this summer vacation a safe one.
  6. Be sure to be true to yourself. This may sound like an easy rule to follow. But you may find yourself in a situation where it will be a lot harder to do this than it seems. Especially if all of your friends are doing something that you know may be wrong or unsafe. Do your best to trust your intuition to know and choose all of the right things and the safe things to participate in. Also, do your best to be brave enough to love yourself and respect yourself enough to keep yourself safe.

If you follow these simple basic rules, you will be sure to have plenty of fun in the sun this summer, yet keep yourself safe in the process.

You know it will soon be summer time, and soon the living will be easy and laid back. And now you know how to make this summer both easy and safe at the same time. Enjoy your summer!

Summer fun at the beach, what every teen needs to know

girl dancing in her swimsuit at the beachThere are some very crucial things every teen needs to know when heading out for some summer fun at the beach. The beach is a very popular social scene during summer vacation. So you want to be sure you are very well prepared to make the most of the time you spend there this season.

Having some summer fun at the beach is a perfect idea for a summer activity, once you have discovered what you need to know about being at the beach this summer.

Here are some things every teen should know when going to the beach for some summer fun in the sun:

  • First, don’t forget the sunscreen. It is a good idea to wear sunscreen for a couple of reasons. One of them is, of course, to protect your body from developing skin cancer. Although the idea of skin cancer doesn’t seem likely to happen to you, there is another reason that could seem a little more like a possibility. Think about the idea of gross sun blisters that could result from a bad sunburn. Wouldn’t it be completely embarrassing to have some of those during the hottest time of the season? Wearing sunscreen can protect you for a bad sunburn and from getting yucky blisters on your face and on your body. The last thing you want is for any unnecessary blemishes to appear anywhere on your face and body. So remember, every teen should know to take their sunscreen when they are on their way to some summer fun at the beach!
  • Second, every teen needs to know to look their best when heading out to the beach for some summer fun. Work hard to always look your best. The beach is an extremely popular place for all teens to hangout during summer break. You will be sure to see plenty of people you already know. You will also be sure to see plenty of hotties you wouldn’t mind getting to know! Tips on how to look your best are:
    1. Stay fit. Keep up with those crunches and any other exercises you would normally do. You might even want to add a little more to your routine since you will be in your bathing suit a lot this summer. Also try to eat right so you don’t add any extra calories to your diet.
    2. Be sure you wear the right swim suit! There is nothing worse than a swim suit that is not figure flattering. Choose a swimsuit that will highlight your positive body traits and help hide other parts that you might be a little self-conscious about.
    3. Always wear water proof mascara. This is a must any time that you will be hanging out around water. There is nothing worse than mascara smudges down your cheeks.
    4. Be careful with how long you wear your sunglasses. Again, if you have sunscreen on your face, you might not be in too much danger of getting embarrassing raccoon lines from your sunglasses. But if you choose not to wear sunscreen on your face, try to take your sunglasses off a lot so that you don’t look like a raccoon all summer.
  • Last, every teen needs to know the importance of being safe when having some summer fun at the beach. If you are planning on swimming, be comfortable with yourself enough to know the limits of your swimming abilities. Also, be careful not to go out to far in the beach waters. Even the best of swimmers can be swept away easily by the undercurrents. Follow your instincts, use your best judgment, and make the right choices that will help you take care of you.

Now that you have covered the basics on what every teen needs to know when it comes to having some summer fun at the beach, it is time to get ready! Pull out your bathing suits, start exercising, pack your beach bag with your essentials, and let the summer fun in the sun begin!

Staying in the social scene during your summer vacation

happy girl with wide spread armsSummer is almost here, so it is time to start thinking about how you will stay in the social scene during your summer vacation. After all, you wouldn’t want to miss out on anything fun this summer that your friends might get into, right?

Staying in the social scene during your summer vacation is very important. The key to staying in the social scene is this: Get out as much as you can.

This means, get out and go places! Don’t let the summer heat bring you down or make you want to stay in your air-conditioned home. If you do, you will miss out on all the fun for sure!

There are some popular places you can go so you can be sure to stay in the social scene during your summer vacation. You probably know of the local hot spots in the city that you live in. But if you don’t, be sure to ask around. Find out from your friends, and have them find out from their friends on what the best hangouts are this summer. Asking around is one of the best ways to figure out where the best hangouts will be for you and your friends. Once you find out, go for it! Be sure to look your best, and hit the places that you hear everyone is hanging out at.

When all else fails, one of the best places to go for staying in the social scene during your summer vacation is, of course, the mall. Everyone goes to the mall. It is a place that keeps you cool during the summer, and it also happens to have places you can grab a bite to eat, and enjoy your favorite thing to do: shopping! When you feel like there is nothing else to do, don’t just sit in your house. Call a friend, get ready, and go to the mall and hang out for a bit. You are almost sure to see someone you know. And even if you don’t see anyone you know, it is always fun just to go see the cute boys!

Another way of staying in the social scene during your summer vacation is to visit different parks in your area. It is a great idea to go for a walk with your friends at the park and see who else might be enjoying the heat out there. Parks are a great place for some fun in the sun.

There are also different kinds of parks that might attract a lot of people. For instance, a water park is always a popular hangout during the summer. It is a place to keep you cool and refreshed, while you get to show off your hot stuff!

Other places that are a huge attraction for the social scene are theme parks. If you have any theme parks in your surrounding area, be sure to visit one of those at least once during your summer vacation. That is a really great way for staying in the social scene. Everyone loves to hang out at a theme park, where you can play games, and ride some fun rides. That is a sure way to be around a lot of people and have some fun.

Another idea on staying in the social scene during your summer vacation is perhaps considering hanging out at a dance club that is appropriate for your age. Talk to your friends and your parents to see if that is something everyone would feel comfortable in doing. Dancing is a fun activity that helps you stay fit. Going to a dance club can be a great place to check out the scene, have fun, and keep you entertained during your summer vacation.

Getting out as much as you can will certainly make it so you stay in the social scene during your summer vacation. But, there is one more thing that will be vital to your staying in the social scene. That is, make sure you are constantly staying connected to your friends. Either through the internet, or through the phone, stay in touch with them often, and as much as you can. Get in touch with your friends if you feel yourself becoming a little bored or restless this summer. One of them is bound to be doing something fun or going somewhere. Don’t be afraid to join in the fun!

Remember, staying in the social scene is a very important thing to do during your summer vacation. It will be easy for you to make that happen if you get out, have fun, and keep in touch with your friends.

Making your family vacation not just bearable, but fun

fun family portraitIf your family has started making plans for your family vacation this year, you may be wondering how you could make it bearable, or even more so, how you will make it fun.

Making your family vacation fun instead of settling for bearable is a good goal to set for yourself. After all, this is your valuable vacation time as well. So why not try to make the best of what is yet to come? Who knows? You might end up having the time of your life.

The most important key to making your family vacation not just bearable, but fun, is to keep a positive outlook on the whole situation. Whether you will be going on a long road trip with your family, or a short airplane ride, a long camping trip, or a few fun filled days of fun in the sun at the beach, keep in mind those you are with. This is your family that will be with you.

Your family is made up of what should be the most important people to you in the whole world. These are the people who truly care about you. They are the ones you are here to love, and who are here to love you back.

What exactly does your family mean to you? Try to reflect and personally answer this question before you go on your family vacation. If it helps, perhaps you should sit down and write a few key things about each one of your family members that express why you love each one of them. This will help you appreciate who they are and pave the way for enjoying the time you spend with them.  It may even be a good idea to pack this list with you on your trip incase you need a little reminder of love when you become a little irritable around your family.  Making this little bit of extra effort twill help you make your family vacation not just bearable but a lot more fun.

Another key thing to do in order to make your family vacation a lot more fun (instead of settling for bearable) is to make sure you take some of your own personal essentials which will allow you some time to be alone. For example, if you are going on a long road trip, or a long camping trip, it would be a great idea to pack your MP3 player or a CD player with some headphones. So, when the time is right, and you need to take some time for yourself, put those headphones in, sit back, and enjoy.  This will help you tune out the background stuff, and help you to relax and reset yourself.

Some other personal essentials you might pack to help make your family vacation not only bearable, but fun, are:

  • Pack a journal. If you don’t already have one, buy one. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy. It only has to be something that has plenty of writing space that will specifically be for your own personal use. Taking a journal will help you vent out all of your frustrations in private when you feel a little agitated, angry, sad, bored, or anything negative.
  • Take a book. Find a book that sounds very interesting to you which you would love to read. Make sure it is something you are very passionate about or something that really peaks your interest. Reading a book is a really good way to take your mind off of things. A good book is like a really good movie. You can become so wrapped up in it that you can forget about all that is going on around you. Reading a book is a great way to take some time out just for you.

The last key thing that will make your family vacation not just bearable, but fun, is to do your research on the place you will be visiting before you head out. Research all of the fun activities which are available for you to enjoy when you arrive at your place of destination. For example, if you are going somewhere with a  lake, maybe you and your family can look into renting some water toys like wave runners, or a boat with some jet skis. Another example is, if your vacation is in a different city, look into nearby places that you would like to visit for some summer fun and entertainment. Places like going to a theme park, or a water park to keep you cool, or shopping at factory outlets are some ideas to help start your mind thinking about possible activities.

All in all, if you keep these three key ideas in mind (have a positive outlook, pack some personal essentials, and research fun activities) you will be certain to not only make your family vacation bearable, but you will turn it into a fun family vacation.

How to make your house the summer hangout

smiling girlSummer means school is out, time to hang out with friends, and, most importantly, time to figure out how to make your house the summer hangout this year!

How will you be making your house the place everyone wants to hangout this summer? The countdown has begun for how many days there are left of school. Time is ticking and summer will be here fast! So you need to start planning! Start planning and come up with ideas that will make your pad the place all of your friends will want to be this summer.

Here are some helpful tips and ideas on how to make your house the summer hangout:

  • Make sure you are well prepared. Try to make your house as comfortable as possible when your friends come over. For example, if you and your friends like to layout in your backyard to tan, make sure you have a sprinkler going to cool you down and some ice cold drinks in a cooler or in your fridge. Also, if you have a patio, try to have some lounge chairs where you can all just sit and relax. Or, if you and your friends plan to watch movies, make sure you have plenty of treats, pillows, and blankets. Perhaps you would even have a few extra movies on hand just in-case your friends don’t like your movie pick. Being prepared will make your house the most comfortable place to be, and the perfect place for your summer hangout and some fun in the sun.
  • Plan a weekly activity. Once summer begins and school is out, plan one day/night that is a set night where you and your friends will hang out at your house doing one of your favorite activities. You could suggest making a scrapbook of the school year that is over with pictures and notes of fun memories. Or, maybe you could have a movie night where a couple of the girls bring their favorite movie and you can sit back, snack, laugh, cry, whatever! Just make it a fun time! That way, you are sure to have your crew over at your house at least once a week.
  • When plans come up, try to get everyone to meet at your house. No matter what the plans are that you are trying to make, always suggest meeting at your house. This makes your house a central location during the summer no matter what the case may be. So while everyone is figuring out what they want to do, they will all be hanging at your house while they are doing it.
  • Tell everyone about it. If you want to be sure your house is the summer hangout, you need to make sure you let all of your friends know! That way, when your friends are trying to make plans, they will know that they can always count on going to hangout at your house during the hot summer days. Try to remind them once in a while too so they don’t forget that you do want them there.
  • Don’t be afraid to pick up the phone and invite your friends over. Even if you just want to hang out, don’t hesitate to call your friends. You never know, your friend might be sitting at home bored on some of the summer days just looking for something to do. Try to call your friends often and invite them over. (This will also help remind them that your house is a good place to hang out this summer.)
  • Be creative. Try to think of activities you can suggest when you and the gang are trying to decide what to do this summer. Write them down; keep them in a place where you will remember. Then, when you and your friends are making plans on who to invite, what to do, and where to go this summer, you will already have suggestions for what to do, and you will know where you want to do it!
  • Tell your parents about it. Let your parents know that you want your house to be the summer hangout this year. That way you can try to get their support. Happy parents mean they won’t try to run your friends out when they come home to see a home full of teenage girls!

These are some key suggestions on how to make your house the hottest summer hangout this year. Remember, summer is just around the corner. So start thinking about your plans to make your house the place everyone wants to be. Have some fun. Be creative. Make some great memories. Most of all enjoy your friends and summer.

How to get closer to your friends this summer

girl ready for summerIf summer time means hanging out with your friends and living it up, you may want to know how to get closer to your friends this summer.

How do you think you can get closer to your friends this summer? Need some help on coming up with creative ideas? Well, keep reading. There are two great ideas that are sure to get you closer to your friends this summer vacation.

First, be sure to always stay in touch with your friends. This means, don’t hesitate to call them. You can call them just to chat, to see what they have planned for the day, or to invite them over to do something with you. Whatever your reason for calling, just be sure to do it often so they know you are thinking of them.

If you don’t stay in touch by calling your friends on a regular basis, you might miss something important or trivial that may happen in their lives. And, if you let too much time go by between phone calls, rather than feeling closer to them, you will feel more distant from them. So, if you want to get closer to your fiends this summer, stay in touch with them by calling them often.

Second, spend plenty of time together. This is a must when it comes to getting closer with your friends this summer. It doesn’t matter if you are just hanging out at your house, or going for a walk in your neighborhood. Spending quality time together is an absolute essential when it comes to bringing you and your girls closer together.

Here is a list of summer activities you can do to spend quality time together:

  1. Go to a park for a walk, jog, or just to hang out and be together.
  2. Go to a water park to get cool and have some fun in the sun.
  3. Visit the mall. You can go window shopping, check out the scene, or grab an ice cream cone. Either way, you will be spending time together.
  4. Go hiking or biking. Not only will you be spending some time together, but you will be doing some great exercise while having some summer fun. This will help keep that body of yours lean and trim this season while you are getting closer to your friends.
  5. Plan a summer camping trip. This is a good summer activity for some bonding moments. Being in nature together can help you to relax and get away from the ever-so-noisy world around us. It is also a great environment for opening up to your friends and enjoying their company. There is something about sitting around the campfire on a cool summer night under the stars that makes you want to share your deepest darkest secrets. And who better to share them with than your closest friends? Camping is a sure way get closer to your friends this summer.
  6. Have a barbeque. It doesn’t have to be anywhere really special. It really doesn’t matter where you choose to barbeque. It could be at your house, at a park, or wherever you would like. Just plan one, make it happen, and invite all of your friends to pitch in and join in all the fun.
  7. Make your hose the summer hangout. When all else fails, have everyone come over to your house to hang out and lay out to work on your tans. After all, if you are just going to be lying around, why not do it while you are all together at the same place?

Spending time together is a BIG TIME must do if you want to get closer to your friends this summer.

So keep in mind the two important suggestions to remember if you want to get closer to your friends this summer. If you do, you are bound to build on your friendships and have a great time during your summer vacation while you are at it.

Having fun this summer even if you have a job

girl drying her hairHaving fun this summer is not an impossible thing to do, even if you have a job that may take up a lot of your time. If you use your free time wisely, having fun this summer won’t be any more difficult from the summers you have had in the past. After all, there are twenty-four hours in one day, so even if you work, there should be plenty of time available in one day to make time to have some fun.

Even if you have a job, having fun this summer won’t be too difficult if you make the most out of your days off. Since you would normally know your scheduled days off from work, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to schedule something fun for you and your friends to do on those days. This will not only give them something to look forward to, but it will give you something to be excited about as well. You could plan for a barbeque at your house, a night at the drive-in, a day shopping at the mall, an overnight camping trip, or whatever might sound fun for you and your friends.

In fact, if you have a job, it may actually make it so that having fun this summer is easier than ever before. The biggest reason is because you will have your own money. This means you will be able to do a lot of activities you may not have been able to do in the previous summers. You will have plenty of your own money to do fun summer activities like going to concerts, movies, shopping, dance clubs or anything else you and your friends enjoy doing.

What is even better is that you won’t have to hope your friends will have money too. You may actually treat a friend or two once in a while to a bite to eat, or some ice cream cones to help keep you cool in the hot sun. So even if you have a job, it will actually help expand the number of things you can do during the summer to have some fun in the sun. You won’t have to wait until the next time your parents give you money, or the next time your friends have money. Your job will help you to enjoy the summer activities that might normally be too costly.

Another great way to having fun this summer, even if you do have a job, is to try to make some new friends with some of the people that you work with. Think about it! Some of your coworkers will be working the same hours as you do during their summer as well. Why not try to become better acquainted with some of those people? You may end up hanging out with them after work (once you get to know them enough to trust them of course). And, it will be much easier to make plans around your work schedule with some of these new friends because they will have the same work schedule as you do. Who knows, you might meet someone who will make having fun this summer a lot easier than you thought, without letting your job get in the way.

Most importantly, do your best to always stay in touch with your friends during the summer to make sure you are clued in on what is going on when you are at work. This will help you find out if anyone is doing anything that you might be able to make it to when you aren’t working.

This goes back to what was mentioned earlier about making the best out of your spare time. Use it wisely by keeping in touch, and finding out what everyone is doing. This way, you can try to make it if your work schedule allows you to do so. And, it will help your friends to remember that you are working so they may keep that in mind when they try to make plans.

Having fun this summer will not be hard to accomplish even if you do have a job. Just do your best to stay in the social scene, whether it is with your current friends, or with some new friends. Remember, summer is almost here. So focus on getting out often, and have some fun.