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Members Weigh In on Streaming Service Options

Though Netflix started out as a simple by-mail DVD rental service that was used as an add-on to cable subscriptions, not an alternative to them, its eventual development of a robust streaming library of movies and TV shows inspired a slew of copycat services and disrupted the media space forever.

These days, streaming services are causing more and more people to cut ties with old-school media sources like cable packages, satellite radio subscriptions, and tangible media lenders in favor of streaming subscriptions. In turn, the streaming space is filling up with competitors: Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Sling, and a host of network-affiliated services in the TV and movie space; Pandora, Spotify, Tidal, Apple, iHeart Radio and more for music.

So which are the favorites? We turned to you to find out.

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Tastemaker Feed: Park Fun With The Kids

Adults and kiddos – we’re really not all that different. In the same way that we sometimes go a little crazy being cooped up in an office with the sunshine and warmth just outside our window, kids can also feel a little nutty in the house, despite all of their toys

Once the warmer seasons hit, the best way a family can spend time together is outdoors. Even those of us who live in bustling metropolitan cities have probably uncovered an excellent acre of green space somewhere, whether it’s a sprawling city park or a lovely reservoir nearby.

Ah, but how to have the most fun when you’re there? Check out the creative ideas that some of our Influencers came up with!

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Members Weigh In On Activism and Action-Worthy Issues

We live in a world where our lives are often defined by the news cycle. If and when something major occurs, most of us find out about it in minutes via a notification, an alert, or simply by refreshing Twitter.

Sometimes this can be exhausting, but in some ways can also be exhilarating. After all, in today’s world not only can we be constantly tuned in to what’s going on, but we can do something about it as well. An incredible wealth of knowledge, resources, and all kinds of communities are available to us if we make the effort to look.

So how have you guys been undertaking activism this year? Here are the issues that stacked up when we asked what’s been on your mind.

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Tastemaker Feed: Smells like Flowers

Here’s the thing about spring: in the best of times and in the worst of times, you can create it in your own home, regardless of what might be going on outside your window. This, in our opinion, pretty much makes it the coolest season ever. Feeling blue? A fresh vase of flowers might do the trick. Missing the sunshine? Try switching our your curtains for a lighter color and texture to let in as much light as possible.

The most full proof plan, however – at least in our experience – has definitely been to fill a home with a transformative scent. Smells are so closely connected to memory and nostalgia, so whether you’re a candle aficionado or own ten different moisturizers (that all smell like ten different things), you probably know what we’re talking about.

Here’s how some of our favorite members do the trick!


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“With Spring just around the corner, I can’t be more excited to freshen up my space with some help from my friends at Mrs. Meyer’s. As much as I travel, it’s pretty impossible for me to keep any plant [besides succulents] alive so I rely on the must smell scents of the Mrs. Meyer’s to keep my home inviting.” – Saul, Trendstyled

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Members Weigh In On Festival Season 2017

Dust off those disposable cameras, pack a backpack full of sunscreen and water, and slap on a pair of sunglasses because it’s APRIL, you guys, and that means music festivals are back in action.

Music is pretty universal – we’ve all got a song we love, an artist that reminds us strongly of our childhoods, perhaps even a live music experience that totally changed our lives. Sometimes, all of this goodness can manifest in a music festival, and we wanted to explore the roles that music festivals have played in your lives! Here’s what we learned.

In the past, 18% of you have graced Coachella with your presence, 10% at CMA, 9% at Bonnaroo, 7% at Firefly, and 4% at Essence.

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Tastemaker Feed: Afterschool Routines

The outside world is getting brighter, and warmer, making us feel like summer is just around the corner. We can’t wait for the long, lazy days, the lack of need for layers, and the loosening of the schedules and structures that bind us throughout the rest of the year. Before we arrive at that magical time though, there are still a few months worth of school days ahead.

Those days still have to fit into the time constraints of the rest of the school year, the weather outside fills them with an ever-growing sense of energy. It’s on these hopeful yet regulated times that our latest batch of elite member photos are focused. They showcase after-school rituals of all kinds –from dutiful attempts at homework to joyous snacking to outdoor play. No matter what the activity portrayed, they are all filled with the bright light of coming adventure.

Below, our members dish out their advice for getting the most out of those times.

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“I’ve learned that we can’t wait too long on the homework since my boys usually have some sort of sports practice or game later and would have to do it really late or they’ll be too tired to want to do it at all. So, our habit has been to have homework time almost as soon as we walk in the door from school.” -Shell, Things I Can’t Say


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Members Weigh In on Planet Preservation

Tiny green buds are finally arriving on the trees, making us giddy with anticipation for the verdant days ahead and hyper-aware of just how significantly nature impacts our mood, productivity, and overall well-being. With these thoughts in mind, we polled members on what they’re doing to aid our planet and help keep this beautifully symbiotic relationship going.

First, we inquired if you and your fellow members were aware of World Water Day (March 22nd) and World Forest Day (March 21st), the celebrations of natural beauty and conservation that were launched by the United Nations to help draw attention to the countless ways natural resources like forests and rivers make our high standards of living possible.

We were a little disheartened to learn that only 24% of you could wholeheartedly say “Yes” when asked about knowing of the days and their mission. Apparently, there’s still a lot of work to be done when it comes to spreading the word about these worthwhile occasions. (United Nations, call us. We’re experts at this word-of-mouth thing.)

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Tastemaker Feed: Spring’s Here! (Says the Calendar)

Global warming might still be making a mess of our daily wardrobe decisions (and, you know, wreaking havoc on planet Earth) but according to the calendar at least, the spring season has officially begun. And while we’re spring-cleaning our way through our old duds, tossing worn-out shoes, and refreshing our bathroom products, we thought we’d check in with some of our elite members.

Seems that just like us, they’ve jumped head first into spring… whether or not the weather forecast is ready for them.

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Anna‘s post is inspiring us to start sprucing up our spring accessory collection. Her effortless clutch and jazzy earrings could make any outfit say “spring.”


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Members Weigh In on St. Pat’s Plans & Legends

Last week on Crowdtap, we asked you guys to tell us your plans for St. Patrick’s Day. Though it’s a day of green, green, and more green, there’s also a pretty fascinating history behind why we celebrate.

Though it came as a shock to us when we were doing research, the O.G. St. Patrick was either British or Scottish (historians can’t agree), and NOT Irish. Whodathunk?

39% of Tappers knew (or guessed) that St. Patrick’s heritage has nothing to do with the famed luck of the Irish, and in fact he was unluckily captured and enslaved by Irish Pagans for six years in his formative teen years. But good ol’ St. Pat still found the grass to be greener in Ireland (probably literally) and he developed an admiration for the Irish mindset. After his escape from enslavement, he vowed to one day return to the country (sans enslavement) and eventually became the patron saint.

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#MarchMadness Bracketology, Explained By You

Today begins the madness that is the NCAA College Basketball Tournament! Since Sunday, sports lovers and chart enthusiasts alike have been curating the (hopefully) perfect bracket to dictate what happens in the “Big Dance”.

With about a third of you following March Madness (even more when we look at just the millennial contingent), and more than half filling out a bracket each year, we wanted to know how you put together your brackets. Read on for the results!

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