16 Gifts For the BFF In Your Life

By De and Kate

The holiday season is finally here (although, let’s be real, we’ve been playing Christmas music and drinking gingerbread lattes since Halloween). Unless you’re a total scrooge, one of the best parts of this time of year is definitely shopping for gifts. As we get older, we find that gift-giving is even more rewarding than opening our own presents, especially when you find something that you just know the person will love.

But sometimes shopping can be difficult, which is why gift guides are the most important things ever to exist online. And if you’re in need of a super-cute present that’s just perfect for your best friend, we’ve got you covered. Ahead, check out 16 adorable gifts that you definitely won’t want to skimp on. Continue reading

A Crash Course in Buying The Perfect Holiday Gift for Your Partner

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By Brigitte Evans

The holidays are approaching and if you still haven’t planned out what to buy for your significant other, you may be starting to panic. Last-minute purchases can lead to some unfortunate choices, such as hair trimmers, ugly jewelry, self-help books, cellulite cream or unattractive sweaters. Unless your partner has been practicing the fake thank you smile and preparing for disappointment all year long, you will definitely see the look of horror if you surprise him or her with a poorly chosen gift. After all, you are in a relationship and you should know better. But don’t worry, here’s a crash course for buying the best gift ever. Continue reading

10 Cocktails To Spice Up Your Thanksgiving Dinner

By Catherine Miele

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of the year because of family time but also because of the food. Glorious, decadent, seasonal food and absolutely no judgment from dinner guests for partaking in seconds or even thirds.

Despite my love for the main event, Turkey Day is not really about the turkey for me—it’s about the sides. And the drinks!

These 10 seasonal cocktails evoke all things festive and autumnal and must be a part of your Thanksgiving feast.  Whether you’re pumpkin-obsessed, beholden to bourbon, or deeply affectionate toward apples, there is something boozy and delicious for all of you. Continue reading

5 Myths About Millennials That Are Too Ridiculous For Words

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By Isabel F. William

While some might consider us to be lazy, irresponsible, and entitled, millennials have proven to be ambitious and determined when it comes to our work ethic. We have embraced new lifestyles and views on careers that greatly differ from those at the age of baby boomers or Generation X. Millennials fit into the changing world perfectly, and it seems that more and more jobs are tailored to our needs and expectations. Yet, some people still remain blinded by the common misconceptions about us. Ahead, check out five ridiculous myths that need to be debunked, stat. Continue reading

Little Things To Be Grateful For This Thanksgiving

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By Becky Houdesheldt

I love the fall. The leaves start to change, the temperature starts to drop, and I can feel the change in the air. It’s the season for football, sweatshirts, potlucks, and pumpkin-flavored everything. Cool crisp air, beautiful colors, bonfires with s’smores and hot drinks. It is, by far, my favorite time of year.

Fall can get a bad reputation – either it is too warm or too cold, it doesn’t last long enough, it’s a precursor to winter or it’s the end of summer. But when I think of fall on its own – everything about it is wonderful. It is also called the “start of the holiday season” which, I think, is a bit absurd because quite frankly there’s a whole month from the time fall starts to the first fall holiday (hello Halloween). Continue reading

7 Recipes For A Vegan Holiday Feast

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By Katie Lemons

Being a vegan can be hard, especially when living in a small town in the South. Lack of convenience is one of the biggest drawbacks. I can’t just go to a drive-thru and grab a vegan-friendly (albeit unhealthy) lunch and the selection of vegan/vegetarian foods at our local grocery stores is downright laughable.

The holidays are another time when being a vegan is challenging. Family members are confused about why you won’t eat these delicious mashed potatoes they spent so long making, drowning in butter and cheese. “You can eat this. It doesn’t have any meat.” Continue reading

4 Beauty Mistakes To Avoid Making Again

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By Brigitte Evans

Whether they were an act of rebellion at a given moment, or a result of naïve following of current trends, we’ve all done things we’re not proud of – beauty wise. Perhaps we were too young to know better, but those formative years during which we’re learning how to grow into our looks aren’t the only times we make mistakes. Even the best, most mature of us make them, sometimes in pursuit of change, other times because we took a cue from magazines or favorite celebrities. The point is – mistakes were made, and there are probably numerous photos that make you cringe every time you see them; you know, the ones that make you say ‘what was I thinking?’ The best way to make sure history never repeats itself is to document these poor choices, and that’s exactly what we’re doing. Continue reading

One Year In Trump’s America: Why I’m Raising My Son To Be A Feminist

By Catherine Miele

My beautiful son, my first and only (so far) child, is three.

He is too young to understand the current political climate or the fact that one year ago our country elected a man who wore his sexist comments, allegations of groping women, and desire to divide like badges of honor.

Too young to know the meaning of words and phrases like “misogyny,” “reproductive rights,” “hypocrisy,” and “consent.” Continue reading

10 Things To Know When Buying Your First Home

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By Chelsea O’Neal

Buying a new home, as we all know, is a crazy, hectic process. Not only do you spend endless hours searching online through listings, but you eventually have to start physically looking at houses you’ve picked out. You go from this house to that house to a thousand more (not literally but it feels like it) only to be let down as reality isn’t anything like what the pictures have showcased. Maybe the house isn’t as nice as you thought it’d be. Maybe the layout is downright awful. The yard is too small. The neighborhood isn’t want you wanted. The list goes on. Having just purchased a home myself, let’s look at ways to take the stress out of buying your first home (or any home for that matter). Continue reading

I’m Done Crunching Numbers

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By Christie Page

Standing in the middle of a path lined with wild flowers with the sun blazing unforgiving on my face I took the deepest breath of my life. I inhaled pine and palm, sky and lake. I concentrated on the beads of sweat dripping into the small of my back and acknowledged the pain in my right calf after too many fractures and Achilles ruptures.

I gave thanks to my body for surviving me. I gave thanks to my mind for surviving me. I gave thanks that I was able to stand in this place, at this time and take in that deep breath and I exhaled and forgave myself for the last year, for my failures, for everything I put myself through, because I seem so fundamentally broken at times. Continue reading