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.
“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
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.)
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.
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.”
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.
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!
Most years, the second half of March brings the first whiffs of warm air and tentative tweets of returning birds. Though the temperatures may still technically require a jacket, those early signs of spring usually imbue us with enough hope to shed a few layers. Not the case this year though!
Though Winter Storm Stella was downgraded from Blizzard status before touching down here in the Northeast, it still dragged in enough sleet, ice, and snow to keep spring hopes firmly on hold for the time being. How are our elite members coping? Let’s take a look.
Jinna Yang, of Project Inspo, starts us of with these wise words:
“Put good things into your body, and you’d be amazed at how much good will come out.
This isn’t about being a crazy health nut and preventing yourself from indulging in things every once in a while. It’s about being mindful about your body, and focusing on becoming stronger — mentally AND physically.”
We couldn’t agree more, even if we are binging on our second pack of mini-muffins as we write this. Read More
Did you happen to catch parts of our Instagram Story this weekend? If you did, you already know that this week we took your feedback to the next level –not just soliciting info on your favorite Austin haunts, but actually checking them out in person!
On Thursday, the Crowdtap crew landed in Austin to get ready for SXSW Interactive, a yearly conference jam-packed with awesome panels on technology, marketing, and social issues. To ensure a rocking time full of the best Austin has to offer, we turned to YOU by launching a series of polls asking you to give us the scoop on everything from your favorite local dishes to your best general advice. If our newly-acquired potbellies prove one thing, it’s that our members definitely know a good taco when they see one.
Let’s dive in to your advice in a little more detail. Read More
While we’re marching along through this weirdly spring-like winter season, we’ve taken to showing love to our canine counterparts as a way of distracting ourselves from the warm-cold-colder-then-suddenly-unseasonably-warm-weather emotional roller coaster that’s been highlighting the sadly limited layering options in our wardrobes. Dogs have enviably versatile coats, after all.
Thanks to the recent content created by some of our top Tappers, we’ve been ooh-ing and aaww-ing over a few prime examples of elite dogtappers and how their owners like to show them love. Scroll on for an abundance of cuteness.
Here’s a dog after our own heart: At every meal, Winston runs over to his bed and lays down until the food is made and Lynzy tells him he can eat. Though this pup is still learning, we’re confident Winston’s going to keep this growing family entertained for years to come.
First things first:
Hey – not too shabby! Most of you had a pretty good idea of what you were actually celebrating last week!
As for the rest of you, it’s never too late for a quick refresher. While the start of Mardi Gras is rooted in Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries, today it is celebrated mostly in New Orleans, alongside a handful of other states across the country. Full of delicious food (did someone say King Cake?), music and dance filled celebrations, and parades brimming with vibrant masks and costumes, Mardi Gras is a boisterous carnival celebration before the holiday of Lent. It’s a chance for people to enjoy life to the fullest before they must give up certain pleasures leading up to Easter.
Now, if there’s one thing most of us are great at, it’s enjoying life to the fullest. When we asked what some of your great memories from Mardi Gras past were, here’s how you responded.
We know this unseasonably-warm weather is probably not a great sign in the bigger scheme of things, but…man, is it pleasant! While most winters (especially here at Crowdtap HQ in NYC) are spent shivering and dreaming of island beach vacations, we’ve so far been feeling pretty happy with some adventurous, spring-y staycations!
The posts we’ve chosen today are inspiring staycations for us (they’re in New York!), but we pulled out the best sentiments so that anyone, anywhere can set up a perfectly adventurous day in the coming months.
Let’s take a look!
Get active outside.
Whether you’re walking or biking, ‘blading or skateboarding, pogo-sticking or something else entirely, when the weather is nice there’s nothing better than taking a little vacation outside your front door. Blogger Jinna Yang from Project Inspo zaps stress and calms her mind by taking a ride on her board – much more accessible than a weekend in Bora Bora. Find an outdoor activity you love and dedicate a beautiful day to practicing and really enjoying it! We think you’ll feel (almost) as refreshed as if you’d spent a day at a spa somewhere surrounded by palm trees.