Rockaway Beach

Now that the Fourth of July festivities are over, and I can actually stay awake long enough to edit pics and video, here’s a glimpse of how I spent my holiday.

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Yup. I hit the beach with my friends Kristell, Gina, and Niketa for Independence Day!!

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Photo Credit: Kristell Taylor
l-r: Niketa, Gina, and Me

Rockaway Beach is located in Far Rockaway. It’s not as nice as Miami Beach of course but its still pretty cool.

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Cotton candy mouth!!

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We expected the beach to be packed that day but surprisingly, at 12pm it wasn’t that full.

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We left at around 4pm, when the tide was pretty much forcing us to move our stuff off the sand.

The birds fly really low at Rockaway Beach. Thankfully the seagulls were respectful enough to not poop on us.

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The scariest part of the day was when a horseshoe crab got washed onto shore. The kids started playing with it and turning it over with sticks.

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Horseshoe Crab.

EW.

The shells at Rockaway Beach are really sharp, so be careful. The ones that are still in tact are quite lovely though.

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We all had a great time at the beach on July 4th, 2013. I even became a mermaid for a bit! Haha!!

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Gina and Kristell made me a mermaid. Fun.

As always I couldn’t forget you guys:

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Check out some of the footage I got at the beach!

I hope everyone had an awesome Fourth of July holiday!!

 

Songs to Celebrate Independence Day

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Today marks the 237th birthday of the United States.

It’s time to celebrate!

We’ve come a long way since 1776.

It’s a shame though, that the founding fathers didn’t have a soundtrack to go along with their signing of the Declaration of Independence.

Or did they?

In any case, here a few patriotic songs to listen to as you celebrate your independence in America, the land of the free.

1. The American Dream, Allstar Weekend: Because we all believe in the dream, don’t we? This song celebrates the fact that in America, it doesn’t matter who you are and where you’re from, you can make it in this world if you have the dream.

2. Party in the USA, Miley Cyrus: Every Fourth of July since 1776 has been a party, so let Miley remind you to live it up!

3. Made in the USA, Demi Lovato: Anything that has been fabricated here in the US has special meaning, so why not celebrate love as well as independence with this song from Demi’s new album?

4. Americano, Lady Gaga: Think about how hard the soldiers fought when Gaga sings “I will fight for, I have fought for how I love you.” And go a little gaga for America.

5. The Star-Spangled Banner, Frances Scott Key: At some point during the day, you’ve got to remember the national anthem. It’s only right.

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Have a happy and safe Fourth of July!

Ruben Studdard Resurfaces for ‘The Biggest Loser’

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Just a few months ago, a few college friends and I were commenting on the fact that Ruben Studdard basically disappeared from the Hollywood scene after his one hit “Sorry for 2004.”

That song is so old I don’t even remember the lyrics that well.

So much for winning American Idol in 2003.

Apparently Ruben Studdard, the “Velvety Teddy Bear”, is still alive and wants to lose some weight.

Since he didn’t do so well with winning on Idol, he has decided to lose on NBC’s The Biggest Loser. He will be appearing on the 15th installment of the show.

Ruben Studdard weighed as much as 450 lbs at his highest. It’s no wonder he wants to lose some pounds on the show, even if it means doing it publicly.

He began to gain weight again in 2012 after successfully shedding a few pounds in 2006 due to a divorce. I was not even aware that he was married, but apparently he was wed to Surata Zuri McCants in 2008.

Studdard told People magazine that “[He’s] never had an issue with [his] weight, [but his] family has a history of high blood pressure, diabetes, heart-related issues—things [he] didn’t have to deal with yet because [he’s] young. But [he doesn’t] want to be worried at 40, and if [he doesn’t] fix things now, [he] will be.”

I wish him all the best on his weight loss journey. Anyone who decides its time to get healthy should have all the support he needs.