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.
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.
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!
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.
While we’re busy compensating for our lack of inter-office sunlight access by doubling down on the iced coffee and plantain chips, our influencers are out there getting their Vitamin D doses in some seriously jealousy-inducing ways. Whether you’re also seeking some visual stimulation to help you break out of your workday doldrums or are one of those individuals whose days happen to be packed with outdoor adventures that could use just a smidge of new inspiration, join us as we dive into the lush beach and pool-scapes of these creative creatures.
Tilden B. is winning the summer seersucker game with this modern take on a traditional fabric. Where do we get one?
That sticky July heat really only means one thing—summer’s here! Like, really here. Of course, alongside summer come dreamy, lounge-y thoughts of vacation. We polled you guys about your dream vacations (past, future, and pretend) and here’s what you had to say.
When asked about how far you’d be willing to travel, nearly half of you wanted to wave goodbye to your home state but stay in the country, with Florida and Hawaii being the top two choices. 38% said you’d totally be up for international travel, with Europe and the Caribbean topping the list. Read More
Sometimes, it seems like our list of complaints about our skin, our faces, or our bodies knows no end. Maybe we’re bothered by wrinkles or discoloration, or perhaps acne along with some totally unfounded affliction that we recently Googled and decided we have.
This constant inspection is not only exhausting, it’s also totally unnecessary. How crazy is it to realize that your face is the only one like it in the entire world? Your eyes, your cheekbones, the curve of your brows—you’re made up of the most unique makeup possible! We think that’s certainly something to smile about.
When it comes to skincare, we’re of the belief that less is most definitely more. After all, once upon a time simply rinsing your face with cold water did the trick for pretty much all human beings. Now, especially when there are thousands of products to choose from, we love exploring the ones that keep things, simple. Turns out we’re not the only ones. Here’s what some of our trusted Influencers think about the hunt for the perfect skincare products.
Lifestyle blogger Rika tells us “What we apply to our skin is ingested and absorbed and becomes part of us, much like food.” Like us, she totally gets that finding the right products is a completely overwhelming process. How does she deal with it?
With July 4th just a day away, we’re guessing those of you who aren’t barbecuing are heading to the beach. Of course, some lucky few are beachin’ AND barbecuin’, and those are the ones who are living it up. We salute you. The flag, too.
Before you guys run off to your celebrations, here are the results from when we dove into defining what a perfect beach day really is amongst the Crowdtap community.
In general, 53% of you enjoying exploring new beaches through out summer, while 47% of you have a personal favorite.
When tasked with ranking what makes an idyllic beach day, relaxing wit the fam beat out even warm ocean water!
Are you ready for a cookout? Earlier this week, we shared a ton of great stuff – info, tips, and tricks – to help you in your summer get-together adventures. From hosting to attending, we’ve got you covered.
Now, we’re diving just a bit deeper with some inspiring recipes. Make or bring any of these simple, delicious bites and we’re preeeetty sure people will be singing your praises all night.
First, something simple: charcuterie.
Charcuterie [pronounced shar-COO-ter-ee] is a little tough to say, but so, so easy to make (and eat). Simply put, it’s a platter of meats and cheese, with other favorites (like pickled veggies, olives, fruits) sprinkled in. Read More
Happy belated solstice, friends! With summer officially in full swing, 86% of you are gearing up to host family and friends.
What makes a perfect get-together? 81% said the food, followed by company (64%) and drinks (53%). All three together are the perfect party trifecta, of course.
With food topping the charts, most had grilling on the mind, with cookouts or barbecues capturing 61% of the vote.