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If you'd have asked me six years ago about NFL draft picks, what makes a strong defensive line, why you should (or shouldn't go for it on fourth down), the nuances of an onside kick, or what exactly makes Barry Sanders is the best running back of all time, the answer likely wouldn't have been nearly as informed as it would be today. That's because over the years, I've grown fond of football thanks to my boyfriend's interest and near genius-level knowledge of the sport, obscure rulings and all. While it started as his hobby, it's now something we enjoy together (even though our respective teams are rivals).

You're back on the dating scene and seeing someone new. They're seemingly everything you've been looking for, immediately saying all the right things, surprising you with gifts, sharing their deepest secrets and emotions with you, are eager to commit, etc. You think to yourself, "Wow, I've never had someone open up so quickly and trust me with these feelings or treat me so well!"

Friends are part of our lives from the earliest days. From learning to ride bikes to being in one another's weddings, our memories are filled with friendship stories. But being an adult can be busy and, instead of meeting for drinks and laughing the nights away, spending time with others can be challenging. Juggling careers, family responsibilities and personal aspirations is no joke!

Recently, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy issued an advisory on the effects social media use has on youth mental health, indicating that while social media may offer some benefits, there are ample indicators that it can also pose a risk of harm to the mental health and well-being of children and adolescents.

While there's nothing wrong with spending a cozy evening together on the couch with some popcorn and movies, sometimes you and your partner want to switch things up and try something new. Thankfully, West Michigan has no shortage of things to do this time of year. Take to the town with some of these summer date ideas that are sure to set the scene for some unforgettable memories with your special someone.

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