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.
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.
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
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
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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Yes, it’s June 8. Yes, it was 53 degrees in New York this morning when we left for work. Yes, we’re confused. We’re all so very confused. Still, life goes on—forecasts for next week are showing normal temperatures and (gasp) sunny days, so we’re hoping summer will be back on schedule for the rest of June. (AND July AND August! You hear that, weather?)
While most of us have already feasted on our first ice cream cone of the season, we haven’t yet made it to the beach. However, we’re definitely counting down the days. Plus, all these beach-ready posts from our Tastemakers are getting us even more excited! We loved reading tips from these lovely ladies on how they keep their looks fresh, even in the heat. Let’s take a look at some of them together.
“While I tend to go a bit more natural for a day on the beach, I still like to do a bit of primping for a day on the sand – what can I say, I was raised in the South and primping is a way of life. Rather than applying my everyday makeup routine, I prefer a few simple products to make myself look put-together, while providing the right amount of protection for a day in the sun.
Inspired by the infinite wisdom our members dish out in these columns, we decided to see what would happen if we actually put your advice to the test. Every day, as we make our way into our Noho office, we see thousands of tourists streaming by the doors —cameras pointing upward, hands grasping the newest dessert craze— and we wanted to get in on the fun! We decided to put these two desires together and turned to you guys for advice on walking, noshing, and generally having a ball here in the Big Apple. Here’s the kind of day we had.
Our afternoon started with a jaunt to Times Square, which 52% of you voted as the classic NYC tourist attraction you enjoyed most. Considering we usually spend most of our time downtown, it was actually pretty cool to throw ourselves in the middle of this bright, busy, and loud strip of space—a true paradise for people (and character) watching.
With the days getting longer and the sun shining a little brighter, our collective creative mentality is *so* ready to get down to business. You can practically feel the shift at Crowdtap HQ, whether we’re brainstorming big ideas or getting crafty with a passion project. Just walking around you’ll notice that the creative energy is at an all time high.
But #realtalk, we tend to supplement that natural joie de vivre with a routine jolt of caffeine. You can practically set your watch by the folks who break for coffee right at 3pm when that afternoon slump hits. If we could inject caffeine directly into our veins… Okay, okay — we probably wouldn’t because why miss out on all the best parts of a good ol’ cup of joe? And judging by some of the content from our fave influencers, we’re not alone (make sure to press Play on the video!).
You get what we’re saying — whether you’re staging flat-lays of a few of your favorite things or snagging portraits in local hotspots, coffee and creativity go hand in hand. So grab your fave mug, then sip and scroll on to get inspired with us.
Whether you love or hate our current administration, the highly-contentious state of our nation makes keeping up with the news a must. In the days before the proliferation of internet publications and cable news networks, this often meant picking up a local paper or tuning in to the news at 10. However, now that there are endless sources that claim credibility cluttering up your newsfeed, it can be hard to know which ones to trust.
In an effort to help you cut through the confusion, we polled your fellow Crowdtap members on their go-to news sources and news acquisition habits. Read on for the results. Read More
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.