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TMF: Soaking Up Rays, Right Through the Screen

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?

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Members Weigh In: Hawaii Tops the Charts as Dream Vaca Destination at 33%!

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

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Tastemaker Feed: When Less is Totally 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?

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Members Weigh In: 33% Think The Greatest Beach Snack Is Fruit!

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!

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Tastemaker Feed: Star of the Potluck

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

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MWI on Hosting: Food makes a great party, 81% say.

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.

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Tastemaker Feed: Making Laundry…Not So Bad

We’re all humans and, as humans, we’re all wildly unique in our likes, our dislikes, our passions, even our television show preferences. (Though seriously, who could not like Game of Thrones?)

Anyway, the reason for this spiel? Laundry.

In our experience, laundry is divisive. Some people really don’t mind doing it at all, some consider it a slight nuisance, and others will put it off for as long as humanly possible hoping for some sort of detergent-laden guardian angel. Various factors play into someones relationship with laundry, of course— whether you’re in close proximity to a machine, how detailed you have to be about separating your clothes, how busy you are, etc. Still, as with any chore or errand, there are workarounds to feel just a bit less stressed! We’ve rounded up a few for you here.


Krista, a momma of three girls, encourages her kids to be as active and outdoorsy as possible, especially during the summer!  Just as she holds lovely memories from her own childhood, she wants her kids to create memories of their own. Plus, she’s got a great list of tips for how to take care of the messes that sometimes come along with adventure, like the three below.

Do laundry more often – smaller loads and doing laundry every day will help insure that you don’t fall behind.

Presort your laundry – Use a hamper or basket that has several spaces for separating your laundry.

Keep your washer fresh and clean – It’s simple to keep your washer fresh just pop open the door to your washer after each load. This allows the inside to fully dry and keeps your washer smelling great so you don’t have to waste extra time to clean it between loads.

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MWI on Musicals: 37% still can’t get enough of Grease

While this year’s Tony Awards have come and gone (major props to our boy Frank Under- ummm, we mean Kevin Spacey) we’ve still got stars in our eyes. We mean, there’s music, and then there are musicals. They might be corny sometimes, sure. Maybe a tad unrealistic in portrayal. But even still, they are always infused with a little bit of magic, and for that we’ll always love them.

With your help, we dove into the world of Broadway, Disney, and musical films, too! Here’s what we found.


We answered the age old question — musicals or plays? Surprisingly, the disparities weren’t as divisive as we thought they’d be. While 43% of you preferred to watch a play, 57% preferred a musical.

Which musicals? Here are the top five you guys grew up listening to:

  • Grease (33%)
  • The Sound of Music (16%)
  • The Phantom of the Opera (16%)
  • Fiddler on the Roof (7%)
  • My Fair Lady (6%) Read More
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Tastemaker Feed: School’s Out, Summer’s In

Hear that? It’s the end-of-the-school-year bell, followed by a flood of cheerful kiddos ready to soak up the sun, splash around, and be free for the summer.

…only problem is, we know that in about a week or so, the chorus of, “…I’m bored…” will be echoing through the house if they’re left to their own devices. Thankfully, there are ways to prepare yourself. Read on for a few tips from our tastemakers.

1. Start with me-time.

When you know you have a big day of keeping your kids entertained ahead, starting with a sliver of peaceful time to yourself can make a big difference. Whether you’re pairing up with a big mug of coffee or tea, or basking in the comfort of the morning light while lying in bed, nothing beats a few quiet minutes to get in the right headspace.

“I try to spend at least 15 minutes in my living room sipping coffee and reading a book, catching up on personal emails, or just sitting and reflecting on what I’m grateful for, which always puts me in the right mind-set to kick off my day,” says blogger Maya, featured in the photo above. Read More

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Members Weigh In on the Best TV Dads from 1960 to Today

With Father’s Day on the way, it’s time to celebrate all the dad’s in your life – including those who spend most of their time housed in whatever media device is airing your prime-time TV shows.

Last week, we asked you to pick your favorite dads from top TV shows of the last six decades. Take a peek to see if your top pop made the cut. If he did, celebrate his victory by saving and sharing these images across social media!

Let’s start with the ’60s:

This dad of six took the cake with more than a third of the votes. In second place, Andy Griffith of The Andy Griffith Show with 29%, and a close third (27%) was Herman Munster of The Munsters.

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