Happy Memorial Day! We finally have another three-day weekend and a day off of work, so everyone can rejoice! While these extra days off are well-deserved for all of us, whether you’re spending your Monday relaxing at home, traveling, or having an all-American barbecue, I do encourage you to take a moment to remember why we have this holiday in the first place.
This year, God has smiled down upon us. Why? Because May the Fourth and Cinco de Mayo finally fall on a weekend. Try to contain your excitement. This gives us an excuse to get together with our nerd friends and have an epic Star Wars marathon. And now, with nine movies in the Star Wars oeuvre, you can literally spend days viewing these films in whatever order you deem most relevant. But wait: Cinco de Mayo is on Saturday! Well, I have a solution. I propose that rather than choose between Star Wars and Cinco de Mayo, why not combine the two for a legendary space-age fiesta?
When I think of St. Patrick’s Day, I automatically think beer and the color green. While those things are great, because Southern California has been rainy and overcast, I’m not exactly in the ice-cold-beer mood. As a more weather-appropriate alternative, I suggest we perk it up this St. Paddy’s Day by drinking a hot cup of authentic Irish coffee. Mmm.
So Valentine’s Day is over, and you’ve already raided Rite Aid and CVS for their discount chocolates and candy. What to do with all those goodies? Obviously, you eat them, but even I get sick of eating straight chocolate after a while. There’s only so much of one flavor you can take. To remedy this first-world problem, we compiled five of our favorite recipes that will use up your leftover Valentine’s Day candy while tantalizing your taste buds.
For people without a significant other, Valentine’s Day has become Singles’ Awareness Day. But I think that’s a terrible name given to a stage in life that shouldn’t be looked down on. So, I hereby dub February 14 Singles’ Celebration Day! To honor this auspicious occasion, here are some suggestions on how to celebrate.
Whether single or in a relationship, there’s nothing like a good romantic comedy that makes you feel all the feels without making you sick from the sickly sweet cheesiness of romance. Here at Smoosh, we put our heads together and compiled a list of all our favorite romantic comedies that are actually smartly written and not overly cheesy. We also consulted some of our guy friends, and guess what? Most of them are guy-approved! So if you want to have a romantic evening watching movies and cuddling up to your significant other without making the poor boy endure another episode of The Bachelor, consider adding these movies to your roster.
Valentine’s Day (and Galentine’s Day!) is just around the corner, so here at Smoosh, we thought it was time to give you some sweet Valentine’s Day content. And who would we be if it wasn’t DIY or budget-friendly? So here we go, with our 10 Cheap & Simple Valentine’s or Galentine's Gifts That People Will Actually Like.
On Saturday, January 27, the Smoosh crew got the chance to experience Lunar New Year in Disney’s California Adventure (DCA) for the first time. The year 2018 is the Year of the Dog, so Disney had Pluto front and center, pasted on all of its banners and signs. It was so much fun seeing everything the festival had to offer, so Smoosh decided to write about what we saw, along with our recommendations, so you can have the best possible Lunar New Year experience.
In honor of 2017, I made a six-hour playlist filled with hits that were all released this year. It has pop, hip-pop, R&B, rap, reggaeton — basically a mishmash of different genres and all the songs that I personally like (so none of that Taylor Swift break-up/revenge music...). The playlist was super fun to put together because each song brought back a different memory or moment in 2017 — and I hope it does that for you, too!
I know that Christmas is the star of December, so December 31 is always kind of an afterthought. But I’m here to tell you that it’s not too late to throw the ultimate NYE bash. You can still throw a poppin party without breaking the bank. But how, you ask? The answer: Amazon.com.
Yesterday, I posted an article called “DIY Christmas Gift Wrap,” where I shared how I wrapped my presents using inexpensive masking paper from Home Depot. As you might have noticed, I also made my own gift tags because, well, I was out of them and I didn’t feel like going to the store… But in the end, it was actually really fun making them, so I thought I’d share! There are 16 different labels to choose from in these three sheets.
I can’t believe there are only four days ’til Christmas. December has passed by crazy fast! At this point, you’ve probably spent much of your December paycheck on gifts for friends and family — or at least hurriedly gettin’ that Amazon two-day shipping (aka one of the best things ever invented). Now, onto the last part: the gift wrapping.
One of the best parts of December is driving around and looking at Christmas lights. Imposing, stolid houses are suddenly transformed into festive abodes that welcome strangers to come and admire. Even though we all live separate lives, it’s oddly comforting and unifying to see us all coming together to celebrate the season. But instead of listing out the dozens of neighborhoods that have lights, I thought I’d suggest an alternative — head to the water!
The Christmas and holiday season at Disney officially began on November 10, and I had the chance to be in the parks that weekend to experience all the magic that is Disneyland at Christmas. A multitude of new seasonal foods are provided at the Festive Foods Marketplace kiosks. As you walk through the park, past Carthay Circle toward Bugs and Cars lands, the street is lined with 12 Marketplace kiosks, each themed differently and offering unique dining options
Happy Halloween, everyone! This season, we decided to share with you the Halloween party we hosted a couple of weeks ago. Every year, both Diane and I — whether together or not — try to host a Halloween Party. This year, since we now live within an hour of each other, we decided to host a party together with some close friends in Southern California.
Throughout the entire Halloween season, Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure (DCA) have been featuring special, limited-time treats . I’ve had the chance to go to the parks about four times since Halloween Time started and got to taste a few of their seasonal treats and eats. If you follow Disney accounts on Instagram, you’ll probably recognize several of these. While Diane and I hardly made a dent in the seasonal offerings available in both parks, we were fortunate enough to try several and decided to review each! Proceed with caution; this will make you hungry.
This past weekend, we experienced our first full Disneyland Halloween. Now that we’re Disney passholders (and got our priorities are straight), we had the chance to visit both Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure (DCA). We thought we’d write about our impressions so you can get a taste of what to expect if you can make it before Halloween ends. Or, if you weren’t able to go, feel free to live vicariously through us!