Under 21 Fun in Atlantic City, New Jersey

 

Written by: Emma Veon

“What should we do?”

“I don’t know.  What do you want to do?”

 

You’ve probably gone through this routine with your friends a million times. This year, grab your closest friends, ditch the adults, and take a look at the most fun attractions in Atlantic City for the under 21 crowd.

 

Set aside a day to do some shopping!  Atlantic City boasts a lengthy list of outlets and shops where there’s something for everyone to buy.  No matter where you are, there will always be a prime shop-portunity nearby.  Check out the Tanger Outlets on Baltic Avenue, The Pier Shops at Caesar’s Casino (which are kid-friendly), or the Atlantic City Premium Outlets on Atlantic Avenue.  If you’re looking for somewhere a little more familiar, hit Hamilton Mall.  There are also a few shops along the boardwalk.

 

You should definitely spend some time soaking up the sun and playing in the sand on the beach, but after your beach day, what’s left?  Plenty!  Atlantic City may be known for its many casinos, but the unique attractions geared towards a younger generation are equally abundant.  First, stroll down the boardwalk and stop for a meal.  Some of its more popular eateries include: The Continental, Dock’s Oyster House, Kelsey’s, and Cafe 2825.  White House Sub Shop and Pancho’s Mexican Taqueria serve food in a more casual setting.

 

After a meal, head over to Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Museum, the Atlantic City Aquarium, or the Atlantic City Historical Museum.  If you want to keep the history lesson going all day, take a trip over Lucy the Elephant in Margate, NJ.  Even if you’re not exploring history, give Lucy a visit anyway (it’s an enormous elephant statue, what’s not to love?).  Absecon Lighthouse is another Atlantic City landmark with a wealth of history – it’s construction began in 1855!  A more thrilling day can be spent at Steel Pier Amusement Park.  You can leave the younger siblings on the carousel (while mom and dad are watching, of course) and escape to test out intense rides like the Mix and the Slingshot.

 

There’s nothing more fun than a concert, and there’s a constant stream of them in Atlantic City.  Some concerts are held in casinos, but any performances at Boardwalk Hall are open to everyone!  Big names are always headed down to Atlantic City, so check for tickets regularly.

 

Don’t let the adults have all the fun!  If you’re headed over to Atlantic City, grab the camera and some quarters and get ready for a parents-free vacation. 🙂

 

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Perfect Pink Nail Polish to Rock this Winter

 

It’s no surprise that my favorite color is pink and my favorite season is summer. But unfortunately, despite my love for warmer months, I live on the East Coast and have to put up with grueling winters in exchange for lovely summer weather and my favorite seashore town.

 

During the summer, I rock pink everything. Pink bikinis, pink tank tops, pink flip-flops, and hot pink nail polish. Even the walls in my bedroom down the shore are pink. However, my NYC apartment is a different story and the main differences can be found in my closet. Instead of looking into a room of various shades of pink, my New York closet holds mostly black, grey, navy, and white apparel and accessories.

 

That being said, I still need a little bit of pink in my life no matter where I am or how cold it is outside. And the easiest way for me to always have some visible element of my favorite color is on my nails. This past summer I succeeded at finding the perfect shade of pink: Color Club’s “Flamingo.” But the neon/coral tints unfortunately do not lend themselves to colder days. So I went searching for a solution in the form of a perfect shade of pink polish that is subtle enough to complement a more subdued wardrobe.

 

And luckily I found it. Color Club’s “Blushing Rose” is my new go-to this winter. It’s light, opaque, and has a touch of a warm pink that works especially well with my favorite greys and navys. The best part is that it reads pink without screaming pink. And it’s light enough to disguise any last minute chipping that happens right before you go meet up with your besties! 🙂

 

Buy it here and get your pink-fix all winter!

 

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Cure Your Winter Blues with Perfect Beach Books

 

Written by: Catherine Geruson

 

When thinking about the best three months of the year, what scenes come to mind? Lounging poolside, catching some rays, long beach days? During all of these times, we often have our favorite beachy books to keep us company. Although we aren’t necessarily relaxing in the summer sun during these chillier months, we can replace our summer blues with beachy books that remind us of our favorite time and place. Here are some of my favorites!

 

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han: Bella expects to have a normal summer at Cousins Beach with her family and close family friends, just as she has every summer since she was born. Mainly, she looks forward to seeing Conrad and Jeremiah, who are like her big brothers. However, when June rolls around and Bella, now older and more mature, returns to her favorite place in the world, the boys begin to treat her differently. She becomes torn between two of her first crushes, two of her first best friends, all while experiencing a world at Cousins that was previously off-limits for her as the baby of the group. In the end, however, things seem to end up exactly how they were always meant to.

 

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen: Auden West is about to head off to college, and for her last summer of freedom, she decides to do something drastic. She heads to her dad’s house in a small beach town to live with him and his new family: a stepmother and stepsister she’s never even met. After a childhood filled with fighting and divorce, Auden has developed insomnia and is at first hesitant to revisit so much of her past, until she meets a similar friend in the new town, Eli. Together, into the early hours of morning, the two work through their own pasts and discover the wonders the small beach town has to offer.

 

Peaches by Jodi Lynn Anderson: Birdie, Leeda and Murphy are three very different girls. Birdie lives on a peach farm with her father; Leeda, her cousin, comes from an extremely wealthy background; and Murphy lives with her single mother nearby. Yet somehow they all end up working together, slaving away under the summer sun on Birdie’s peach farm. Each girl’s personal life has its challenges, but somehow the seemingly dissimilar girls are able to help each other through them. Although there is some fighting along the way (as with girlfriends there always are), the three realize the importance of leaning on each other. Peaches, friendship, and trust learn to bloom on this farm.

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History of the Jersey Devil

 

 

Written by: Maureen Devenny

You’ve heard of Bigfoot. You’ve heard of the Loch Ness Monster. But did you know that the Jersey Shore had its own mysterious creature?

 

Meet the Jersey Devil. Like many mystery creatures, descriptions of the Jersey Devil vary. Most agree that the creature is deer-sized and has bat-like wings, horns, hooves, a forked tail, and the head of a goat.  Needless to say, he’s not a very cute prom date. Picture above from Doubtful News.

 

The Jersey Devil makes its home in the Pine Barrens, a large forested area in South Jersey that many out-of-state shore-goers drive through on their way to the beach. Large sections of the Pine Barrens are undeveloped–the perfect place for a mysterious creature to live.

 

The first recorded sighting of the Jersey Devil was in 1735. A woman known as Mother Leeds was pregnant with her 13th child. She was exasperated (having 12 kids will do that to you) and wished that her 13th child was “a devil.” It is said that the baby was born in a human form and then grew wings and flew around the room, shrieking. Some versions of the story have the Devil biting his family members.

 

Sightings of the Jersey Devil were rare until 1909, when hundreds of Jersey Devils were spotted as far north as Camden. Fortunately, there have been no similar sightings since. A group that calls itself the Devil Hunters investigates sightings; so far, they haven’t found conclusive evidence of the creature’s existence. But they remind us that you can’t prove a negative–just because they haven’t seen it, doesn’t mean that the Jersey Devil doesn’t exist!

 

Luckily for us, winter is the best season for a Jersey Devil sighting. The most recent sighting was, incidentally, just before Halloween this year. Take a look at the pic, captured on a cell phone, below:

 

Jersey Devil Sighting

 

Photo was taken by Dave Black; image from here.

 

Do you think the Jersey Devil is real or a hoax? Tell us below!

 

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15 Signs You’re an Avalon, NJ Girl

 

  1. Afternoon walks on the beach with your bestie consisted of discussing which lifeguard was cuter.

 

  1. And it took the entire block walk to the next stand to distinguish which one you actually meant because they are all “the tan one with light brown hair.”

 

  1. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, you spent a couple hours doing arts & crafts at the Community Center. You have the painted rocks to prove it.

 

  1. You decide where to go for breakfast based on what you’re in the mood to eat. (Brian’s Waffle House for eggs, Uncle Bill’s Pancake House for pancakes, Avalon Coffee for bagels.)

 

  1. You get really annoyed when you go to Stone Harbor and remember you have to pay for parking.

 

  1. You and your besties have pictures in the Avalon lifeguard boat and attempt to recreate it exactly every summer. Same outfits, same poses, 20 takes.

 

  1. You’re not at all turned off by the long line at Kohler’s Bakery. In fact, you would probably wait all morning for some cream donuts if you had to.

 

  1. You’ve hit a golf ball into the water at Pirate Island and left it there because you’d much rather give up than stick your hand in the water.

 

  1. You used to beg your parents to buy you candy at Sundae Best in addition to your ice cream cone.

 

  1. Dune Drive is starting to stress you out.

 

  1. Yes, you are aware there is no boardwalk. And yes, you still want your friends to come visit you instead of getting a ride to Ocean City, NJ.

 

  1. Your perfect dinner “out” is a Wawa hoagie on the beach.

 

  1. Your dream job was being a waitress at Uncle Bill’s Pancake House.

 

  1. But you’ll settle for a beach tagger so you can keep your tan.

 

  1. You’re counting down the summers until you turn 21 because that’s when the real fun starts.
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Summer Fads We Want to See Make a Comeback

 

 

Written by: Elizabeth DePaul

Although most fads we’re happy to bid farewell to, there are some that are just too good to forget. Whether they hold a special meaning (because all the best memories are made in the summer, obviously), or simply serve as reminders of more carefree days, these throwbacks make us nostalgic for our younger years.

 

We wouldn’t mind if these fads hit the shelves again:

 

Jelly shoes: These bright, sparkly shoes were everything during the summer months. It wasn’t officially summer unless you skipped out of the store with a brand new pair of jellies that still smelled like plastic and required a few wears before being totally comfy. But seriously, candy colored sandals that were acceptable to wear every day? Yeah, they can come back now.

 

Friendship Bracelets: Some say the “arm party” trend is recent, but we say it started way back when you would pile your wrists high with colorful braided thread made by your besties. You never took them off, so not only did you have great accessories 24/7, but you also had reminders of your faraway friends. Imagine looking down and thinking of your summer bestie during your never-ending Algebra class – yes, please!

 

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Mood Rings: These were the quintessential summer boardwalk purchase. Although most consisted of plastic stones and a $5 price tag, we would love to see these come back in different styles and metals. Wearing them as everyday jewelry and still being able to track our moods throughout the day sounds pretty perfect to us.

 

Boy Bands: It seemed like every year, a boy band single became the summer anthem that you had on your playlist all year long. There’s nothing like blasting your favorite song while getting ready for a boardwalk night with your friends or driving into your seaside town. Whether you’re a fan of the Backstreet Boys or One Direction, I think we can all agree that we need some more boy bands in our lives.

 

Denim, Denim, and More Denim: From shorts, to skirts, to jackets, denim was such a craze and a good one at that. Bright, bold colors and patterns are great summer staples these days, but there’s nothing like a classic pair of denim shorts to match your perfect tee for the day and over-sized hoodie at night. The denim can come back, but the weird washes and rhinestone pockets can stay in the past, please!

 

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World’s Best Beaches to Hit Up This Spring

 

Written by: Jenna Yesenosky

Fall has just about started, Christmas is right around the corner, and temperatures are slowly, but surely dropping. Even with pumpkin spice lattes and peppermint mochas, complete with Starbucks’ famous holiday red cups to help keep us warm, it’s hard not to reminisce about when it was 80 degrees outside. As school drags on and snow starts to fall, we may find ourselves counting down to warmer weather. While you’re playing a waiting game with Mother Nature, make sure you take some time to daydream about these three beautiful beaches you’ll most definitely want to hit up this spring break!

 

Cancun, Mexico:

Cancun is a popular spring break spot located in Mexico bordering the serene Caribbean Sea, which means beautiful beaches and perfect, sunny weather. Not only is Cancun a great place to get your tan on, but it’s also a place where you can swim with dolphins, do some snorkeling, and even visit Chichen Itza, one of the modern Seven Wonders of the World. If you’re looking for a more secluded spot, try Isla Mujeres, a calmer island just across from Cancun that’s full of wildlife and even has a turtle farm, which is an absolutely adorable photo-op! 🙂

 

Miami, Florida:

Miami is a vibrant and fun city located at the southernmost tip of Florida. This city is surrounded by sparkling blue waters, hot beaches, and enough attractions to keep you going your entire stay. If you’re hoping to spend your time doing some shopping, check out Lincoln Road or CocoWalk, two outdoor shopping plazas full of trendy shops and restaurants. Caution: your wallet may hurt a little after these ventures, but it’s so worth it. Miami is also just around the corner from the famous Everglades, a 1.5 million acre park full of animals of all shapes and sizes. Definitely a spot for the adventurous animal-lovers out there. Make sure to bring lots of water and a camera!

 

Honolulu, Hawaii:

Honolulu is just one of the many picturesque cities in Hawaii, located on the island of Oahu, right in the heart of the Pacific Ocean. Honolulu’s most famous beach, Waikiki, is home to fun activities such as shopping, surfing, and getting that perfect sun-kissed glow. Honolulu and its surrounding cities also offer a variety of different luaus, because what would a Hawaiian vacay be without one? If you enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking and sightseeing, check out Diamond Head, a Hawaii State Monument, or any of these other hiking trails. Reaching the summit of Diamond Head is not only rewarding, but it’s also the perfect place to snap an insta-worthy picture that will make all your besties jealous!

 

Whether it’s Cancun, Miami, Honolulu, or the good ol’ Jersey shore, I think we can all agree a vacation is going to be much needed after this winter. Hang in there, girls! Take a deep, cleansing breath (or two, or three, or four…), picture your favorite beach, and get ready to tackle the snow and ice we’ve all come to know and kind of despise. It’ll be springtime before you know it! 🙂

 

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Perfect Strawberry Shortcake Scones

 

Now that the holiday season is quickly approaching, I’ve started spending a lot of time researching recipes to make this Thanksgiving and Christmas for my friends and family. Baking, in particular, is also a perfect activity for weekends when you’d rather stay inside than go out in the cold. Plus, you wind up with some yummy treats to enjoy and get to gift them to your friends as a one-of-a-kind treat!

 

Obviously, I’m partial to all things pink so when I found a recipe for Strawberry Shortcake Scones, I knew I had to make them. Even though strawberries may not be in season, they are still available in grocery stores and are a perfect reminder of warmer months. Breakfast items are also the perfect gift to give a host of a holiday party. Think about it—everyone will be bringing cookies or beverages, but what they really deserve is to have a relaxing morning after hosting everyone the night before! So why not bring a breakfast treat they can enjoy with their morning coffee as they reminisce about how wonderful the night prior was??

 

YUM

Seriously, how can you look at this picture and not want to make some yourself??

 

The recipe from Very Culinary was super easy to follow and made 12 delicious scones with a vanilla glaze that I am already wishing I didn’t gift away. My only issue with the recipe was that it made a lot of glaze. So if you’ve got a sweet tooth, by all means lay it on there! But if not, try altering the recipe for smaller portions or find another recipe you can use the extra glaze on!

 

Give the recipe a try and let me know what you think in the comments section below 🙂

 

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The Naturally Heated Hot Tubs of Iceland

 

Pinkly Perfect contributor Maureen Devenny dishes on winter swimming arrangements she saw on her recent visit to Iceland.

Those looking for a good dip in the winter don’t have so many options–hot tubs, indoor pools, and bubble baths are pretty much the way to go (not that those options aren’t great!). But there really is nothing like being able to swim with only the sky above you. Well, did you know this is possible, even in the coldest of weathers? We visit Iceland again for this miraculous cure for winter swimming blues.

 

Let’s talk about science for a hot (heh) second. Iceland is a center of geological activity, which is why the land is dotted with mountains, rift valleys, volcanoes, and dramatic cliffs. We know that the energy that created these features also creates heat (remember, the Earth’s core is molten!). This heat energy is released through fissures in the Earth’s surface, which heat up water contained in the ground. So, what does this mean to would-be mermaids?

 

It means there are hundreds of naturally-created hot tubs all across the country! My favorite iteration of this phenomenon was a hot river near the town of Hveragardi, reached by an hour’s hike on winding trails through beautiful mountain peaks.

 

As you approach the trail, you can see plumes of steam emitted by the river, so you know you’re on the right path!

 

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“Follow the steam!”

 

After the challenging hike in the wilderness, you come to a relatively flat part of the river, where the temperature is safe to swim. (As you hike, you pass other parts of the river that are too hot! Some are even close to boiling.) The Icelandic national parks service maintains docks and changing areas at the river–it’s pretty funny to be in the wilderness and then stumble upon signs of civilization like that!

 

This hot river is but one example of the incredible winter swimming possibilities in Iceland. A better-known example of Iceland’s geothermal swimming options is the Blue Lagoon, a huge hot tub heated by Mother Nature herself. Its opaque teal color comes from minerals that are present in the water, and said to have healing properties. A small geyser along the side of this vast pool (the size of several Olympic swimming pools) keeps the water hot. It is like a naturally-occurring spa!

 

Looks like Justin Bieber could use some time in a hot tub, after his cold dip in this vid. Does that glacier lagoon look familiar?

 

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15 Signs You’re a Sea Isle Girl

 

Written by: Amanda Mooney

As a seashore veteran, I pride myself on knowing every aspect of the Jersey Shore. Having summered in Sea Isle City since before my first birthday, I like to think I know a few things about what makes someone a true “Sea Isle Girl.”

  1. You have the location of every ice cream parlor in Sea Isle memorized. Who can blame you? I mean, what’s the Jersey Shore without a nightly scoop of rocky road?
  2. You refuse to refer to the Promenade as a boardwalk and kindly correct anyone who does. (Do you see any boards? I sure don’t.)
  3. J.F.K. is not only our 35th president, but also a very important boulevard that runs down the center of the island.
  4. You have strong opinions on the Marita’s vs Springer’s ice cream parlor debate. As a loyal supporter of Marita’s, you make it very clear that competing ice cream shops just don’t cut it for you.
  5. Spinners Original French Fry Pizza is an essential part of your summer diet and acts as your sixth major food group.
  6. Every time you bike past Play by the Bay, you are flooded with an onslaught of childhood memories. (Ok, also the memory you have from last week when you spent an hour staring down the little boy who just wouldn’t share the swings. I don’t care if I’m ninety, you’ll still find me at the park. There is just something about the shore that can bring out the child in anyone.)
  7. You strongly disagree with the belief that Avalon’s tagline “Cooler by a Mile” makes it the superior island. Nothing can compete with Sea Isle.
  8. You take on Yum Yum’s “Pig” about once a season. If you don’t know what I mean by this, you are clearly not a Sea Isle girl. I feel terribly sorry for you.
  9. Odds are you begged your parents for a hermit crab adorned with a brightly colored shell as you strolled by Below Sea Level on the on the Promenade (emphasis on Promenade).
  10. You aren’t surprised by the gum drop at the bottom of your Yum Yum’s ice cream cone, but still enjoy betting on what flavor it will be with your friends.
  11. You have developed detailed plans about how you and your friends will all purchase homes on the same block in Sea Isle and spend your summers together. Your children will all become best of friends (obviously), and create just as many crazy seashore memories as you have.
  12. Every time you pass the Sea Isle City sign before crossing the bridge your heart grows a little bit fonder.
  13. You have mastered the art of strategically maneuvering your way through the mob of preteens gathered by the Promenade gazebo every night.
  14. You have created your own Sea Isle City song which is sung every time you cross the bridge, no matter who is in the car with you. (This might just be me, but it is highly recommended.)
  15. The words “Smile, you’re in Sea Isle City” never fail to put a smile on your face and brighten your day. There is no place you’d rather be. 🙂

 

 

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