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8 Reasons You Need to Start Swimming Today

By ContributorJanuary 30, 2012
Love working out, but hate sweating? This Sparkler has the sport for you. —Sparkitors There are only two things that can get me up at the crack of dawn. And since Black Friday is over, I guess I’ll talk about the other: swim practice. Competitive swimming... More  →
8 Reasons You Need to Start Swimming Today

My Worst Valentine's Day

By Valerie BurnJanuary 30, 2012
Gather round, kiddos, for what I can only imagine is in the top ten worst Valentine’s Days ever. It sounds like folklore, but it’s unfortunately all true: It happened to me. I got dumped on Valentine’s Day. I had been dating Ryan* for a really long... More  →
My Worst Valentine's Day

The Cutest Thing in the World

By Jennifer GrudzieckiJanuary 30, 2012
It is no secret that pandas are adorable. Especially baby pandas. But I promise, you have never appreciated the cuteness of a baby panda until you've seen this video. Now tell me,  just try, that you're not rooting for the poor little guy by the... More  →
The Cutest Thing in the World

Open Thread for January 30

By SparkLifeJanuary 30, 2012
erkkilakc2 says this is the view of the snow from her dorm room, but really we're too distracted by the adorable stuffed animal to notice the snow. Hey, that reminds us: has anyone else ever thought of snow as the falling blood of... More  →
Open Thread for January 30

Open Thread for January 29

By SparkLifeJanuary 29, 2012
Prepare to get jealous, Sparklebutts: LunyLovegood has a REAL wand from REAL Olivander's in REAL Harry Potter World. It's 14 1/2 inches, unicorn hair, and ash wood. Reasonably flexible. Particularly good for charm work. Anybody else wanna help us storm LunyLovegood's... More  →
Open Thread for January 29

Open Thread for January 28

By SparkLifeJanuary 28, 2012
AnOctopusDream says... This is a picture of my marimba. For those of you who don't know what a marimba is, it's basically a giant xylophone. I lined up my mallets (basically balls of string attatched to a stick) on the keys because...well...because I felt... More  →
Open Thread for January 28

Annoying Corrections (That Are Not Correct)

By Jon_SkindzierJanuary 27, 2012
Sometimes people really do have good intentions when they correct you. "But those aren't honeybees, they're killer bees!" would be a helpful clarification for someone to make if you had just boasted that you can eat the most bees. Often, though, people just... More  →
Annoying Corrections (That Are Not Correct)

Trendy Looks At Thrifty Prices, Part Duex!

By ApneetJanuary 27, 2012
I'm back again this week with more things I thrifted that totally beat out retail prices. Here are my trend inspirations, and vintage finds that are similar. (Sweater, Goodwill $7 | Pants, Buffalo Exchange | Shoes, Hold My Gold Vintage) Trend inspiration: J. Crew Cashmere... More  →
Trendy Looks At Thrifty Prices, Part Duex!

Dear Albert: Fictionally Taken

By Emily WinterJanuary 27, 2012
I’m late for lunch. I slam my locker, but it swings back, stubborn and resistant. The Grapes of Wrath falls out. “You SUCK Steinbeck!” I shout to no one. I throw the book back in my locker hard. It falls out again. Agh! “Anger is not a good... More  →
Dear Albert: Fictionally Taken

Auntie SparkNotes: Dating Dog Days

By kat_rosenfieldJanuary 27, 2012
Hi Auntie, My boyfriend will check out girls obsessively, like, all the time. I see him once a month and even during that time, he will constantly make comments on other girls' you-know-whats and wheres. I once got pretty annoyed and upset and he said, "Oh... More  →
Auntie SparkNotes: Dating Dog Days