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MWI: 61% choose the flavors of fall over other seasons

Now that summer is (unofficially) over, we can finally start thinking about the flavors of fall.

Your faves? The race was tight between apple (69%), cinnamon (66%) and pumpkin (62%). Which is basically the flavor race that’s always battling in my head.

Here’s how you enjoy eating those flavors most:

Now that we’re all drooling a bit (okay, a lot), let’s dive into some recipes. We asked for your favorite fall meals, and received a wealth of incredibly tasty-sounding meals, some innovative and new, others classic and delicious. Here are a few of our favorites:

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TMF: September is Appetizer Weather

Is appetizer weather not a thing? Because, if not, we’re making it a thing. Probably because we’re super hungry right now, which, this far into our relationship, shouldn’t come as a big surprise to any of you.

We hope some of you reading this are hungry as well because we’ve got quite the line-up today, whether you’re in need of inspo for after-school snacks, dinner appetizers, or just fun stuff to munch on while you give that Game of Thrones finale another watch!

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MWI: Baby Boomers *Slightly* More Addicted to Social than Millennials

Do you recall when you first started using social media? Can you even remember that far back?
Honestly, we’re struggling to! We think it might have been when we signed up for MySpace back in 2003. We’d come home from school and write “hI*! how’d ur day go??” on our friends walls, even though we had literally just seen them. Needless to say, we’ve come a long way since then. Mostly.

What’s your journey with social media been like? We polled everyone from millennials to baby boomers to find out.

Unsurprisingly, Facebook, which usurped MySpace’s throne over a decade ago, gets to keep its crown. 56% of millennials, 76% of Gen X, and 82% of baby boomers all say Facebook is the main social media site they use. The site they use least of all? LinkedIn, which got exactly 0% of the votes.

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TMF: Celebrating Strong Women

Is there ever a day when we shouldn’t celebrate the strong, wonderful women in our lives? (Answer: No.) This week, we were inspired by a sweet blog post from one of our top content creators, Claire C. She shares 5 tips for raising strong girls, centered around her little girl, Maddie Grace:

“Raising a strong girl is important to me. I want Maddie Grace to know that she can do anything in life. I want her to be able to stand up for herself. I want her to be a world changer. I want her to be independent and more than anything to have the strength to just be herself in this world. I’ve told Tom my goal as a mother is to raise kids who by 18 are strong enough to be totally fine in life if both Tom and I were to die. It doesn’t matter that she’s a girl. I want her to be strong, to know her worth, to be hard working, and to be independent.”

Read the rest of her post, including her 5 tips and how she uses them, on her blog.

On our end, we’re celebrating the strong, creative women who share their content with Crowdtap. Take a peek at some of the content creators we love below!

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MWI: 30% are traveling to see the total solar eclipse today

This afternoon, for the first time since 1918, the entire U.S. will witness a total solar eclipse – i.e., the moon rotating to entirely cover the sun for a portion of it’s orbit.

It’s pretty rare to be excited about one thing moving in front of another thing (cue flashbacks of yelling “Down in front!” at the movies) – but when those things are extra celestial masses, all the talk holds up.

83% of you said you were at least a liiittle excited about this rare galactic phenomenon. And you should be! Earth is one of the only planets that can experience this (because, you know, most other planets are uninhabitable, or don’t have moons, etc., etc.), and for most of the history of the planet, total eclipses have only occurred over land that humans didn’t inhabit.

This year, the eclipse will travel from coast to coast, Oregon to South Carolina. Like us, most of you won’t get the full effect – 79% are outside of the seven states that will see the total solar eclipse.

Most people aren’t planning to travel to see it.

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TMF: Back-to-School Organization Made Easy

Back-to-school season is the perfect time to hit refresh on your routine.

…But juggling buying school supplies, retraining your tweens to wake up early, registering for fall sports and extracurriculars, and figuring out who picks up whom and takes them to what makes it a liiiittle hard to find the time to get organized.

To get you started, we’re winnowing it down to a couple helpful hacks to keep your home and car organized.

Make a work space. Homework isn’t always fun, but having a separate space to work that’s clean, bright, and well-organized can go a long way. We would have loved to have a compact shelf like the one above that Sarah S. arranged for her son!

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MWI: 43% Headed to Walmart For Their Back-To-School Needs

Hear that? It’s a light rustling of papers, the clicks of pen caps, and crinkles of a paper bag lunch. It’s back-to-school season, people. (Well, almost!) As much as we’d love to enjoy these last couple of lazy weeks, we know that the earlier we start prepping for the start of September, the less stressful our lives will be. So, onwards!

What’s first on most of your shopping lists? Clothing AND school supplies are tied at 39% each! 13% of you said you’d like to spruce up your home with some new household things, while only 8% are on the hunt for a new pair of kicks. (Guess you guys know how to keep your shoes clean, unlike us, though the city streets are most definitely to blame.)

Walmart for the win! 43% of you crown it as your top destination for your back-to-school shopping needs, with Target following at 37%.  Read More

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TMF: Summer, Still in Fashion

Somehow it’s already the middle of August (?!), bringing fall routines even closer. But the sun and heat keep beating, making us feel like it’s early July. All of this begs the question, HOW do we dress?

We found some fashionable inspiration from our content creators to share, with excellent tips for keeping your cool (status and temp) from now until the leaves start to change color.

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MWI: 80% of Millenials Think Retail Apps Are an Everyday Essential

It seems like every single store and restaurant has their own designated app these days. Want to order your coffee before even getting off the bus? There’s an app for that. Want to print out those 90 photos you snapped of your grandkid seeing a sea-lion for the first time? There’s an app for that. Get a sudden panic that you could be saving more as you stand in line waiting to buy some puppy kibble? Yup, definitely an app for that.

With all these options, we thought we’d turn to our members to help sort through the clutter and help you find the must-haves.

First things first – Are retail and dining apps even worth downloading?
Our members answered with a resounding YES. 75% of members have these apps on their phone (80% of Millenial members, 72% for Baby Boomers.) An additional 4% of users wish they had them, but don’t currently have a phone that supports apps…

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TMF: Ending the Summer Sauced

Sauces and marinades are the unsung heroes of every good meal . Sure, they rarely get remembered in next-day reminiscences of “oh, we had chicken”, but they are the tangy, salty, briny, magical reasons why that chicken experience is worth recounting in the first place. (If you’re a frequent dieter, you’re already familiar with what a resounding no an unseasoned chicken breast is.)

Lucky for us, our latest batch of influencer content focuses on some seriously lust-worthy sauce recipes. Capping off the summer with bland meals? Not if these guys can help it.

First up, is a delicious and almost shamefully easy Red Wine and Chipotle Ketchup BBQ Sauce from Nate D.

“This smoky, grown-up BBQ sauce takes the typical backyard get-together up a notch. Best of all, it comes together fast with ingredients you probably already have around” he promises. Read More

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