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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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MWI: “Peace and Quiet” Tops Camping Wish Lists

Being able to fish and swim? Nope. Breath-taking views that are sure to rack up the Instagram likes? Also a firm nope. Turns out, what most of you are clamoring for in a camping trip is simply some peace and quiet. In this week’s Member Weigh In questionnaire, we polled you guys on your feelings about exploring the great outdoors through summer camping trips. Let’s dive in to the results!

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TMF: Easy Tips to Stop Slacking on Your End-of-Summer Hosting

The final stretch of summer always seems to be the busiest, right? Fitting in our last vacations, hosting traveling family or friends, running from the pool to the ballpark, and gathering up school supplies for the dreaded first day back.

And when you’re busy, it’s hard to make your home the clean, comfortable place you want for guests. Our content creation partners had a couple of pointers for us:

1. Brighten up their space.

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MWI: 63% prefer earning cash or gift cards in mobile savings apps

You know that feeling of finding $20 in your pocket you forgot was there? It’s the best. We get that feeling basically any time we get free samples of awesome products (the perks of working somewhere that facilitates samplings…) or find a killer deal on Groupon.

Turns out, so do you! In a poll we asked last week, you showed us that you love using apps that save you money and let you try new products.

“I love doing this because I get to try things I may not have EVER tried before.” – Robert A.

“I love trying new things and I rely on reviews for which products I buy. Being able to provide reviews makes me feel useful for others as well!” – Jessica M.

“Saving money is a must of course, and it is fun, too! Knowing you’ve saved money effortlessly – yay! Trying the products is honestly the most satisfying reward “stash” of satisfaction.” – Zahamary D.

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TMF: Cool Treats for the Dog Days of Summer

Lately a few of us around the Crowdtap office have been feeling an odd shift come over our eating patters and cravings. Suddenly we’re…not hungry. And it’s freaking us out. We are NEVER not hungry, so what exactly is going on?

We’re choosing to blame it on the heat. It’s been pretty darn humid in New York over the past week or so, and it’s really messing with us. We don’t really feel like cooking, or eating anything that needs to be warmed up, or doing much of anything, really. But we do want to eat good food, we do! And we want to be satiated! In this time of crisis, we turned to our Tastemakers for help. Thankfully, they delivered.


All the fruity goodness in Rose’s fruit salsa is enough to make us weep, even from just a photo! We can almost just taste the sweet, summery bliss of blueberries mixed with apples, strawberries, and peaches—the perfect mixture of crunchy and sweet. Grab her recipe here!

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MWI: 35% of People Struggle with Motivation, Turn to Fitness Apps

We’re willing to bet that once the end of the day rolls around, your brain more or less recycles a version of this thought over and over again: “Oh boy. I really don’t feel like going to the gym right now.”

Unless, of course, you’re one of those bionic, superhero-in-training types that actually manages to get get in a workout before your day begins. And then you walk around feeling super smug and better than everyone else because you know that when your workday is over, you can head home and relax, cook a beautiful dinner, and do whatever it is that humans do when they don’t have to spend the hours of 6-8 (give or take) working out.

Anyway, our point? Going to the gym kind of sucks. That’s why over the past few years we’ve made no qualms about getting on board (or at least experimenting) with all types of apps that promote healthy eating, mindfulness, exercise, and, yes, counting your steps. Some of you did the same and were ready and willing to discuss your experiences. Read on, below.

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