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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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Tastemaker Feed: Springtime Sweets

Spring is our favorite time for get-togethers. There’s no need for tedious layers or car warm-ups, no time wasted on trying to mentally will ourselves out the door and into the cold, no getting discouraged by the early onset of night. Everything that required a write-up on a To Do list and a good dose of mental fortitude in the winter, suddenly transforms into a candy-colored breeze of an activity come spring.  That includes hosting.

Spring visits from friends don’t require big, hearty meals to make up for the effort of travel. Sweet bites, paired with refreshing drinks, are more than enough to fuel long conversations on the porch or (in our big city/small apartment case) perched on the windowsill with one leg dangling rebelliously over the fire escape.

To stay visitor-ready, we make sure we have the key baking essentials (butter, eggs, sugar, flour) always stocked, and then swap whatever fruit we have on-hand into a set of trusty recipes. Don’t have your own go-to recipes yet? You’re in luck. This week, a few of our elite members shared their favorites. Let’s take a look at some of their suggestions.

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“In the past we have made banana bread, apple bread, and cranberry bread. I love using whatever fruit is in season to bake a up a delicious loaf of bread. This spring, I have been seeing cartons of fresh, juicy strawberries at local farmer’s markets and I was inspired to try them in some baking” says Vicky P. on her blog, MessForLess.

That kind of willingness to improvise is exactly what we’re talking about!


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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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