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Summer is here! The little birdies are singing, flowers are in full bloom and love is in the air.

And you can’t deny that this gorgeous weather is perfect for living out your very own cute rom com. Yep, that’s right… time for brunch, the farmer’s market, peddle boats and picnics in the park! Awwww yeah.

There’s a good chance, though, that you’ve never planned a romantic picnic, so you might be a bit clueless. Don’t risk looking unprepared in front of your boo – before you pick the perfect park and make sure your date is free, use our quick guide to make sure you’ve got everything you need.

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It’s an absolute honor to be asked to be a groomsmen in someone’s wedding. The guys you ask are your homeboys, your ride-or-die, your dudes, your bromances for life and they’re proud to be in that group, no doubt.

But if you’ve ever had the pleasure of being a groomsmen yourself, you probably know that these guys are also doing you a solid by standing up in your wedding. There are more expenses, responsibilities and time commitments associated with being a groomsman than just a regular guest at your wedding.

That’s why it’s become a tradition for grooms to give their guys a little gift to say, “Hey man, thanks for paying to rent this suit, showing up to the rehearsal on time and ponying up for that sweet bachelor party in Vegas.”

When you choose that gift, make sure it’s actually something cool and unique that they’ll appreciate and use. Need a few suggestions? Perfect, we’ve got some…

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There was a time in my life when wearing a rag tag outfit of green garments whilst guzzling cheap, shitty, green-dyed beer was the bee’s knees.

This time was approximately… college.

Nowadays though, that sounds pretty awful. I still like embracing the Irish joyousness of St. Patrick’s Day and tipping a tweed cap to my Celtic heritage, but I prefer to do it in a way that doesn’t leave me with a green mouth or a cheap beer hangover.

Who’s with me? If you’d also like to observe this Irish-American holiday with a wee bit more class than your average hot mess pub crawl, read on for a few ideas.

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Although the MoonRise Market team is based in Chicago, we’re actually from New Orleans. So when it comes to Mardi Gras, we know what we’re talking about.

And because we’ve been guides to several newbies over the years, we know that first timers generally have no idea what’s about to hit them.  Carnival virgins tend to think they know what to expect because they’ve seen snippets of Mardi Gras on the news or in movies.

When people experience the biggest party on Earth for the first time though, they soon realize their notion of Mardi Gras was pretty inaccurate. For one, there are far fewer boobs on display than they imagined. And some learn the hard way that you’re much more likely to get arrested for peeing outside than you are for blatantly revealing your private parts to the general public. It’s a topsy turvy world down there, folks.

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