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Tastemaker Feed: Looking Summertime Fly

We know the summer months aren’t exactly popular with anyone over the age of 18. They bring sweltering temps, hard-to-breathe-in humidity, and swarms of insect species that seem to only exist 3 months out of the year.
Even so, summer is our all-time favorite when it comes to fashion.

The trees and flowers are in bloom, turning every street corner into a runway full of complementary floral accents. The bulky outerwear is relocated to the deep end of the closet, no longer blocking the view of careful sartorial choices. People of all colors, shapes, and ages flash glistening glimpses of flesh: a big, bustling Benetton ad of inclusivity and bodily-affirmation in every direction.

Plus gingham. Have we mentioned how much we love gingham? That’s one classy af pattern right there.

This week’s batch of influential member’s posts seemed to have their thoughts swirling around warm weather fashion as well. Read on as they drop knowledge about surviving high temps with style and grace.

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Members Weigh In on Smartphone Habits and Needs

Here in the Crowdtap office, most of us think of our smartphones as an extension of our bodies. They help us keep up with our emails, stay on top of our daily schedules, and send our BFFs frowny-face selfies during frustrating moments. As for land lines? Well, most people we casually queried around the office seemed confused about where to go to even get one hooked up.

We were curious if these traits were universal among our members. Think the stats will stack up similarly? Read on to find out.


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Tastemaker Feed: Making It Through Mornings

Perhaps—like us—you’ve learned that a Monday morning feeling can last you until Wednesday. Thursday, even, in some cases. It’s not like you don’t look forward to your week, but that morning drowsiness is hard to shake on a daily basis. After all, what’s better than disappearing into cozy pillows and soft sheets for just another few minutes?

All of us have probably employed various tactics to help us pretend we are, in fact, morning people. Maybe it was putting your alarm on the opposite side of your room so you had to fully emerge from bed to turn it off. Perhaps you’ve stocked the fridge with delicious food galore, so that you had breakfast smoothies and beautiful omelets to look forward to.

What we’re saying is, all of our many morning attempts are just as unique as we are. So, in this edition of Tastemaker Feed, we took a peek at how some of our trusted Influencers customize their mornings. Here’s what we found.


Screen Shot 2017-05-15 at 4.29.45 PM“I’ve said it once and I’ll say it a million times, I am not a morning person. Never was and honestly don’t think I will ever be. But mornings are not without hope. I am not a natural morning lover but I have created patterns and habits that awaken the love for the new day in me… and also just awake me. Read More

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Members Weigh In on Summer Sports

Whether you’re playing ’em or watching ’em, sports in the spring and summertime are unbeatable.

We polled nearly 5,000 members to ask about your favorite sports to watch and play over the next few months. (Spoiler alert: baseball remains America’s pastime!)

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Baseball is the top sport to watch over the summer – sure, it has the longest season (April – October, for the lucky ones, with 162 games played), but the MLB All Star Game and MLB World Series grabbed the viewership of a combined 51% of you!

As for playing it?
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Tastemaker Feed: That Spring and Summer Clean Feeling

Quiet, peaceful evenings in the spring and summer are one of a kind. You know the type—when it’s warm enough to have the windows and screen doors flung open, and all the sounds of the night (crickets, faraway cars) gently cohabiting with you as you relax with your family in the living room. Nights that aren’t so unbearably humid and hot that you feel the need to park it in front of the air conditioner all night.

The only thing that makes evenings like that even better is knowing you’re relaxing in a clean home. It’s easy to clean your house in the winter—there’s always snow and muck and who knows what else being dragged into the house and you want none of it! In the summer, when you’re generally in a more relaxed state, it’s harder to stay on top of household chores, but that doesn’t mean the messes go away, however. Here’s what some of our influencers have to say about keeping a clean home, especially when kids are involved!

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“If you think kids and kitchens do not mix, then you are depriving yourself and your little ones a wonderful experience that mixes the wonder of discovery and the unique joy of creating stuff with their hands. Cooking with kids can be fun – a great way to bond and experiment safely. If the thought of dealing with the mess is stopping you, learn how to keep your kitchen clean when cooking with kids using these easy tips.

Prepare Everything.
From the tools to the ingredients to a copy (or two) of the recipe, have everything ready and within easy reach. Make sure the kids understand what your game plan is and what the expected results are. Designate small cleanup tasks to each child so each one knows what he/she is expected to do. Make sure the tasks are age-appropriate and that they can safely handle them with your supervision.

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Members Weigh In on Mother’s Day Gifts

Yea, yea, we know it’s supposed to just be the thought that counts, but our moms do so much for us that we want to make sure we’re having the right thought. The thought that shows them we’re listening, flatters their complexion, exceeds their expectations without overwhelming them, makes for perfect bragging-fodder when they call their sister, and is vaguely reminiscent of that one beautiful moment you shared during a 1998 road trip to …. well, you get it.

Some of us have it pretty easy. My mom, for example, starts leaving strings of voicemails that go “Red bathing suit. Something with support.” [click] “Day spa in Coney Island. None of those hot stone things.” [click] sometime in early April. However, we know not everyone is blessed with such transparency, and so, in the interest of making your last minute shopping as on-point as possible, we surveyed Crowdtap moms on what they’re hoping for this May 14th. Ready for the results?

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The big winner was “dinner out”, which scored a quarter of the vote. Look like you need to start making some reservations! Handmade gifts were Read More

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Tastemaker Feed: Skin and Self-Care

While self-care has always been a movement to believe in, lately the term seems to pop up in every direction you look. It makes sense, seeing how much time we all spend engrossed in our computers and smartphones, which is basically like being in five different places at once. It could get exhausting.

That’s why the media, bloggers, and also all of your coworkers agree that self-care—while it might mean something different to everyone—is essential. It’s the time to think about (only) yourself, treat (only) yourself, and truly enjoy spending time with, well, yourself! Here’s what two of our favorite Influencers had to say on the topic.


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Cheryl of Oh To Be A Muse decided that her act of self-care is focusing on keeping her skin healthy and supple. Here are a few of her tips!

“APPLY SUNSCREEN: We tend to always remember to apply sunscreen in the summer, but it’s good to make it habit year-round, even in the spring. Using a sunscreen on your face (SPF 30 or better) can keep your skin smooth and protect it against harsh elements that could aid in drying out your skin.

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Members Weigh In on Summer Style (and Spending)

With scorching, sunny days (and perfectly breezy evenings) just around the corner, we’ve been giving our closets a bit of a side eye. Are they ready? Are we?

Transitions tend to be tough, whether those complexities fall across your interests, your emotions, or even your wallets. We surveyed Crowdtap members on just how they transition and prep their closets for warmer weather.

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When surveyed about typical buying habits for summer styles, a majority of Crowdtap members put convenience and taste first. Nearly half of those surveyed said that they purchase clothing whenever an item catches their eye at random, while 20% said they only buy summer duds when they’re on sale. Spring came at a close third, when 18% of members indicated they start their summer shopping. Meanwhile, it seems that in the fall and winter everyone’s too busy staying warm to think about sleeveless tees and dresses.

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Tastemaker Feed: Picnic Essentials

The days are longer and the temps are warmer: why not enjoy them? We know the perfect way – a picnic!

With a little inspiration from some of our expert content creators, we’ve put together a delicious and spring-approved picnic plan. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • An outdoor space. Whether your yard, your roof, or a park nearby, find a little sliver of nature to settle yourself in.
  • Something to sit on. We’d recommend an sheet, big tablecloth, or beach blanket so that you have ample space to stretch out next to your meal.
  • Utensils. Bring your own from home to reduce waste!
  • Napkins. A roll of paper towels is easy to pack and won’t blow away.
  • Drinks. Fill a few water bottles or make a pitcher of lemonade to refresh you while you eat.
  • Food! The most important element. There are so many perfect picnic snacks, from snackable veggies like carrots and celery to simple pasta salads and sandwiches. See below for a few bites to inspire you!

 


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“I love getting outside with my family and heading outdoors for a picnic! Whether we head out to the park, beach or just our backyard, food is even more enjoyable when we are out in nature.” – Emilie P. Read More

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Members Weigh In on Budgeting

Keeping a budget is a valuable skill – one we, at least, tend to rediscover every year around Tax Season. But, through a recent Crowdtap survey, we learned that 52% of our members follow a budget year-round!

Some use it to save or cut down on debt; most do it as a way of life. Of the 4,000+ members surveyed, 56% cited having enough money to live as the main catalyst for starting a budget.

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