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Throwback Songs We’ve Been Listening to On Repeat

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Music is a necessary requirement for just about everything we do…at the gym? We love to blast some 80s pop to get our heart pumpin’! Cooking dinner? We’re transported back in time with some Frank Sinatra. Driving to the beach? Windows are down and country music flows from our speakers.

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We all know that sometimes the songs on the radio that seemingly play on a never ending loop get boring (and annoying) very quick. Sorry (not sorry), but we can only listen to “Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd so many times in the grocery store before we need to skedaddle.

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That’s why we love curating playlists of some of our favorite throwback jams from back in the day. Playlists are like the modern-day mixtape…here are some of our favorite throwback songs that you’ll need to add to your lineup!

1.) “Hungry Like the Wolf” by Duran Duran

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Hailing from the United Kingdom, this British band is behind hits like “Rio,” and of course, “Hungry Like the Wolf.” This song was released in 1982 and appeared on the Rio album. You may have even seen the music video on MTV. If you haven’t it’s a must-watch, as it was filmed in the jungles of Sri Lanka.

2.) “Dancing With Myself” by Billy Idol

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This song by Billy Idol is full of energy and good vibes. Dare we say the perfect living room dance party anthem? Legend has it that the inspiration for this song comes from the English punk band Generation X’s tour of Japan in the late 70s. During this trip the members/frontman Billy Idol himself were captured by Japanese girls at the discotheque dancing with their reflections in the mirrors.

3.) “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go” by Wham!

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We’d be remiss if we didn’t include a song by musical legend George Michael, who sadly passed in 2016. “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go” was released by Wham! a duo comprised of George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley in their 1984 album, Make it Big. In 1984, Michael said of the song, “I just wanted to make a really energetic pop record that had all the best elements of Fifties and Sixties records, combined with our attitude and our approach.” Safe to say the song was a hit, as it was nominated for several awards including Best Pop Performance by a Duo.

4.) “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper

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There’s nothing quite like a feminist anthem, and “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper is one of the greats! Lauper released the upbeat pop hit on her 1983, She’s So Unusual album, and it even had appearances in iconic movies like the one with the same name starring Sarah Jessica Parker, and even “Clueless” in 1995.

5.) “Whoomp There It Is!” by Tag Team

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Something about this 90’s hip-hop hit just makes us just want to dance on top of a table. It can’t be just us right? This song was released by the duo Tag Team in the summer of 1993 and is so. freaking. groovy! Since the release of this iconic song, it’s been used in the classic Christmas movie, Elf. Tag Team has even made appearances in commercials for Geico in recent years. The more you know!

6.) “Believe” by Cher

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Would you believe us if we told you that “Believe” by Cher comes from her TWENTY-SECOND studio album, released in 1998?! For us, this fact is mindblowing. This chart-topping dance hit earned Cher the Guinness World Record for oldest female solo artist to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Impressive, right? Nowadays, Cher remains a pop music sensation and even is a proud activist for the LGBTQ+ community.

7.) “Kiss Me” by Sixpence None the Richer

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“Kiss Me” was released in 1997 by the American band Sixpence None the Richer. The ballad was an immediate hit, and topped charts worldwide. The song was even covered by contemporary artists like Avril Lavigne and was the theme song of Miramax’s movie, She’s All That. Another fun fact…according to Taylor Swift, the song was the first that she ever learned to play on the guitar!

8.) “Oops! I Did It Again” by Britney Spears

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Anyone else watch the New York Times’ feature, “Framing Britney” show on Hulu last month? The documentary on the life of Britney Spears had us in our early 2000s feels, so naturally we’ve been listening to a lot of Britney as of late. Our favorite? “Oops! I Did It Again,” which was released by the pop music starlet in 2004, at just 19 years old.

9.) “Bye Bye Bye” by *NSYNC

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Another essential part of the 90s was the boyband craze. One of our favorites was *NSYNC, which was comprised of Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez, Chris Kirkpatrick, Joey Fatone, and Lance Bass. They made their US debut with “I Want You Back,” but one of our favorites is “Bye Bye Bye” which was released in 2000, on their third album, No Strings Attached.

What’s your favorite throwback song?!

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Fun Etsy DIY Kits To Try

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Whether it is a new at home project or a fun craft to do as a family, DIY kits really help form creative ideas into memorable pieces. Etsy is known for its arts and crafts environment and has a handful of amazing DIY kits to help get you started. We have found some of Etsys best DIY kits for you to try out!

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Beginner Embroidery Kits

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Embroidery can be relaxing, creative and entertaining to do in your free time! Plus, knowing how to embroider can open up a world of possibilities. You can have an endless amount of unique and one of kind pieces! The possibilities are truly endless however, many people say getting started is very hard. Not anymore!! Etsy user ZAZARITA has beautiful beginner embroidery DIY kits to get you started on your creative journey. These sets are completely customizable with full instructions and tools necessary. Depending on the style and fabric of your choice, kits start at $8 and go to $80. You can choose from 40 different styles! This is a great hobby if you need help de-stressing at night, if you are relaxing on the beach or if you just have extra time on your hands!

Low-MaintenanceTerrarium/Moss Art Kits

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Terrariums and Moss art is great for the individual who wants to begin their at-home gardening journey. These kits are super low maintenance and easy to grow! They are great for households of all types but especially those in a city or area that has a lack of greenery. Bringing nature into your home can bring a sense of calamity to your life and to your home environment. Plus, these kits allow you to make completely customizable wall art. Picture above is a Moss box by NaturelyBox on Etsy. With three different sizes to choose from, it is easy to place this piece in an area of your home. These kits range from $30 to $50. Having plants in the house has never been easier!

Easy Macrame Kits

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Macrame is an art from that dates back to the 13th century. The art of knot-tying can be seen in fashion, interior design, crafting and more. Different knots and patterns can create designs throughout the threads. Macrame is a very soothing hobby to have and a super fun DIY kit to check out! This particular one happens to make a hanging rainbow and is made by MotleyBliss on Etsy. There are three sizes to choose from, ranging from $22 to $33. Though there are directions, the color threads you use and order of knot-tying is completely up to you! By the end of the experience you will have learned a new hobby and will have a beautiful new wall decoration!

Delicious Bubble Tea Kit

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Everyone has been obsessing over delicious boba tea for awhile now, but it just got even better! Introducing a DIY at-home bubble tea kit! This box has everything you need to make delicious brown sugar flavored bubble tea right from the comfort of your own home. This product is made by Kitsbyfoodcraft, is $36 and comes with the choice of having paper straws or stainless straws in the box. Save this for a rainy day or become a boba tea master!

Which kit will you try first?

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Inspirational Quotes To Live By

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Are you ever in a rut and in dire need of some inspiration. We hear you! Even some of the greatest scholars, artists, celebrities and CEO’s of all time have experienced similar feelings. These individuals have had to go through a lot to become the greats and have so much knowledge to share with the world, including sayings to live by. Here are some amazing inspirational quotes to give you some motivation and to help you work through tough times.

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“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson
“In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.” —Albert Einstein
“To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.” —Eleanor Roosevelt
“In every day, there are 1,440 minutes. That means we have 1,440 daily opportunities to make a positive impact.” —Les Brown
“Just remember: The people that say, ‘your dreams are impossible’ have already quit on theirs.” —Grant Cardone
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. -Steve Jobs
If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough. -Oprah Winfrey
It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light. -Aristotle
Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.” -Margaret Mead
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.” -Helen Keller
In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. -Abraham Lincoln
Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. -Thomas A. Edison
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.” -Henry David Thoreau
“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” -Nelson Mandela
Keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about. -Marilyn Monroe
The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won’t. It’s whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere. -Barack Obama
“Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.” -Winston S. Churchill
“I never dreamed about success, I worked for it.” -Estee Lauder
“Don’t be distracted by criticism. Remember — the only taste of success some people get is to take a bite out of you.” -Zig Ziglar
“Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better.” -Jim Rohn
“People who succeed have momentum. The more they succeed, the more they want to succeed and the more they find a way to succeed. Similarly, when someone is failing, the tendency is to get on a downward spiral that can even become a self-fulfilling prophecy.” -Tony Robbins

Which quote will you live by?

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NJ Beaches To Check Out In 2021

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For those who live in the tri-state area, going to the shore is a highlight of the summer. Northerns travel almost every weekend to the beach to soak up the surf and sand. Others who do not live in the tri-state area travel to NJ just to check out some of these beaches and experience the shore life. With 44 beaches in NJ, it can be hard to know which are best for you to travel to. We have found some of the best beaches in New Jersey to check out this summer!

It’s vacation time!

Asbury Park

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Asbury Park is a small seaside city on the New Jersey coast. It’s known for its sandy shore and beachfront boardwalk lined with shops, arcades and cafes. The city’s live music venues include the Stone Pony, which has hosted native New Jerseyans Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi, and the 1920s Paramount Theatre. The city is also home to the Silverball Museum’s video games, arcade games and pinball machines which date from the 1930s to the present. Art galleries, beaches, shopping, dining and more can all be done on foot and are within close proximity to each other.

Sandy Hook

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Sandy Hook is a barrier spit in Middletown Township, Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States. The barrier spit, approximately 6 miles in length and varying from 0.1 to 1.0 mile wide, is located at the north end of the Jersey Shore. Most people come to Sandy Hook for its outdoor appeal. Surfing, kite surfing, and windsurfing are popular activities during summer months, otherwise known as peak season. The park also features a five-mile-long pathway for walkers, cyclists, and runners. Check out some of the historical monuments on the premises including the lighthouse, proving grounds, marine biologist lab, and Fort Hancock.

Long Beach Island

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Long Beach Island, or “LBI”, is a barrier island and summer colony along the Atlantic Ocean coast of Ocean County, New Jersey in the United States. The area is known for its white sandy beaches, family friendly environment and close proximity to major population centers such as New York and Philadelphia. There are six towns in LBI, each with its own vibe. For example, Beach Haven is a town with a younger population whereas Love Ladies houses mostly retired individuals.

Lavalette

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Lavallette is a borough in Ocean County, New Jersey, United States. Lavallette boasts dozens of local clothing stores, trinket shops, and other boutiques selling everything you’ll need for your trip – and things you’ll want to take back with you. Find gorgeous gifts and accessories at My Sister’s Jewelry Box, or look for beach-inspired apparel and home goods at The Beach Home. You can also grab a hot cup of coffee at Lava Java, eat crabs at The Crabs Inn or go shopping at the clothing store Island Gypsy. Though the town does not have a boardwalk, you can travel to the Seaside Heights boardwalk 7 minutes away to get to one! Here you will find arcade games, rides, eateries, shops and more!

Which beach will you travel to this summer?

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