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8 Summer Vacation TV Episodes to Stream

8 Summer Vacation TV Episodes to Stream

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Summer is here but it’s not quite the same. The novel coronavirus has not only changed the way people work, but it has also changed the way people vacation. Sure, countries are beginning to open to tourists and you could technically still travel, but it’s probably not wise to risk getting infected for a few short days of fun in the sun. I’ve put together a list of amazing television episodes that’ll make you feel like you’ve just stepped off the plane to a new destination without having to leave your couch. And the best part? It’s totally risk-free. 

So, grab your suitcase, fill it with snacks, and let’s stream some of the best vacation TV episodes available.

Destination: Summer camp

There’s nothing like a little nostalgia to improve your summer in quarantine. The “Wet Hot American Summer” canon includes the first day at Camp Firewood, the last day of camp (the original 2001 film), and a reunion, ten years later.

Insecure: Season 4, Episode 7 “Lowkey Trippin’”

Destination: Mexico

Season 4 of “Insecure” offered a little bit of everything, including a super sexy baecation for Andrew (Alexander Hodge) and Molly (Yvonne Orji). There was sun, sand, and hotel sex, which are the three key ingredients for the perfect romantic getaway. If you’d prefer a girl’s trip, revisit Season 3’s “High-Like.”

Friends: Season 9, Episode 23 “The One in Barbados”

Destination: Barbados

Follow everyone’s favorite non-ethnically diverse group of “Friends” on a trip to Barbados, where Monica (Courteney Cox) get cornrows, Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) and Joey (Matt LeBlanc) explore their feelings for each other, Charlie (Aisha Tyler) kisses Ross (David Schwimmer), Chandler (Matthew Perry) kicks butt in ping-pong, and Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) reunites with the love of her life.

Sex and the City: Season 3, Episode 13 “Escape from New York”

Destination: Los Angeles 

In this episode, Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) and the rest of the ladies decide to take a trip to the city of Angels, where they realize there’s nowhere like home. The episode features a host of hilarious cameos from Hugh Hefner, Matthew McConaughey, and Carrie Fisher.

Saved by the Bell: Hawaiian Style

Destination: Hawaii 

In this four-part miniseries, Zack (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) and the gang head to The Hawaiian Hideaway, a hotel run by Kelly’s (Tiffani Thiessen) grandfather. At the airport, they run into Mr. Belding (Dennis Haskins) and a group of principals and later convince them to stay at The Hawaiian Hideaway to increase revenue for Kelly’s family. There’s a rich businessman plotting to buy and demolish the Hideaway and Screech (Dustin Diamond) is believed to be a god to the natives.

If you’re a huge fan of the Bayside Bunch, you can also dive into season 4, which mostly takes place at the Malibu Sands Beach Resort. Remember when Zack fell in love with Leah Remini’s Stacey Carosi? 

The Brady Bunch: Season 4, Episodes 3 “The Tiki Caves”

Destination: Hawaii 

Here’s the story of a man named Brady, who took his family and their maid to Hawaii and got cursed by an ancient tiki. The family is forced to deal with surfing injuries, a hostage situation, and a bunch of other unexpected issues. Eventually, everything gets resolved in the three-part vacation special (the first two episodes don’t appear to be streaming), which also featured several famous cameos.

The Golden Girls: Season 4, Episode 16 “Two Rode Together”

Destination: Disney World 

Dorothy (Beatrice Arthur) and Sophia (Estelle Getty) take a much-needed trip to Disney World, but the two women have very different expectations for the trip. Dorothy is looking to reconnect with her mother by taking a stroll down memory lane, but Sophia just really wants to ride Space Mountain. 

90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way

Destination: All around the world

If you’re looking for a less touristy trip, then TLC’s “90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way” is for you. This season, you’ll travel to Jordan, Mexico, India, Colombia, and Ethiopia as you follow the stories of American citizens who’ve decided to relocate in the name of love. The series airs weekly but is also available to stream online.

Published at Tue, 07 Jul 2020 17:45:00 +0000

9 Ways to Repurpose Old Planters and Pots

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You have good intentions. You buy the plant (whether from your local nursery or  an online retailer like The Sill or Bloomscape). You try to take care of that plant. You water it, shift it to a sunnier spot for a few hours a day, maybe you even name your plant and talk to it. But despite your best efforts, it starts to droop, the leaves dry out, and then—it’s done. So you get rid of it and repeat the cycle.

But what if… you didn’t? Instead of constantly trying to prove your green thumb, what if you finally accepted that fiddle leaf figs are, well, fickle, or succulents just aren’t your cup of tea? Then your next pressing problem is what to do with the planter you had, especially if it was decorative and stylish. There’s no reason to lose out on a pretty ceramic or terracotta piece. Besides gifting them to loved ones that might be better at keeping certain kinds of greenery alive, here are nine other creative and virtually effortless ways to repurpose your old planters and pots.  

Store more in the bathroom

A smaller decorative pot is the perfect size for corralling things like extra soaps, bath bombs, and wash cloths or hand towels. Have a trio of old succulent planters? Try repurposing them to store cotton balls, cotton swabs, and cotton rounds. You can also use a small planter for makeup and hair brushes.

Make a backyard bird bath

Flip your pot, put the saucer on top, and fill it with water—it could not be easier. You can also a stack pots and make a taller option. Just be sure to use the proper adhesive to keep the pieces connected and stable. 

This idea’s similar to the above. Maybe you’re not great at tending somewhat larger plants but have it down pat with little guys. You can flip a bigger planter over and use it to create a plant stand for something that’s thriving.

Use it as an indoor (or outdoor) focal point

Fill your planter or pot with things that won’t die and are still natural. Think pine cones, pampas grass, and faux flowers. Use pot filler to elevate these elements so you can see them properly, if necessary.  

Storing entertaining and cooking essentials

Use a big planter as a makeshift cooler to chill bottles or cans of wine and champagne. This upcycle will work best for a style that has a saucer or doesn’t have a drainage hole, so the whole thing won’t leak when it’s filled. Smaller pots can be used more decoratively on a tabletop, for example, to hold utensils and napkins for dining alfresco. You could also use a wall planter to keep things like pastry brushes and wooden spoons at the ready in your kitchen.

Problem solve in an entryway

Even if you have a small entry, you can probably still sneak a planter somewhere into your setup. Try a large size to hold umbrellas, totes, and other outdoor gear. You could also make a smaller design into a valet tray of sorts for your keys and such. 

Hide your hose and gardening gear

Store your hose in a pot (make sure it has a drainage hole) and put other garden tools in smaller planters.

Candle vessels can often be upcycled into small planters after you’ve fully burned them and removed any wax residue. Why not try the reverse of this?  Buy a soy candle making kit and turn a pot into a fragrant accent for your coffee table or nightstand. Any planter that doesn’t have a drainage hole and is on the smaller size should work. 

Turn one into a trash can

Pretty wastebaskets can be weirdly pricy, especially if you don’t want something that’s plastic. An old planter can easily be turned into a trash can—up to you whether you want to use it with a liner bag or not.

Published at Tue, 07 Jul 2020 17:30:00 +0000