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The Plea for Muffin-Mania

And it is with that first bite where you fall in love. The steaming, soft, buttery sweetness coupled with a dab of butter lifts you to paradise. This is baked good bliss. This is the muffin effect. Yet muffins don’t get the attention they deserve. When was the last time our Instagram feeds were blown up with posts about blueberry, or pistachio, or banana walnut muffins? Instead, we have been fed the obsession of cronuts, cookies, cupcakes, and cake pops.  Though these are undeniably delicious, there is a big gap that needs to be filled. Muffin-mania is the solution. Muffins’ undeniable versatility and scrumptiousness needs recognition. Food blogs across the web are packed with yummy, unique muffin recipes. They range from sweet, savory, healthy, to traditional. There are no limits to muffin potential. Here are five of our favorite selections to jumpstart your own muffin-mania crave. 1. The Perfect Blueberry Muffin by Deb Perelman, Smitten Kitchen These are a tried and true staple for a reason. This version takes all the good in a blueberry muffin—think: the luscious sweetness of …

Saturday Collection: Songs We Love, Michelle Obama Gives Hope, 2017 Beauty Trends, & More!

Happy New Year and welcome to another session of our pop culture buzz—possibly the only time we’ll talk about celebrity gossip. For those of you who are still in a bubbly mood from all that celebration our team got together and made a YouTube weekend playlist. When you have a moment to break from dancing check out Michelle Obama’s amazing words of hope as she wraps up her time as the First Lady of the United States. This week was full of surprises from Disney’s cancellation of Girl Meets World to Kim Kardashian-West’s return to social media. Let’s get into it. What to Watch Grab your best friends and get ready to celebrate #girlpower. Hidden Figures just hit theaters and there is already talk about sassy flair and comedic scenes. The film is a true story of three female African-American mathematicians who paved their way at NASA in the 1960s. The film stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monáe. 2017 Beauty Trends Last week we talked about New Year’s Eve beauty trends, but …

Saturday Collection: Fantastic Gifts, Holiday Beauty Tips, The Grammys & More!

Are you feeling the holiday vibes (craziness) yet? The joy is definitely in the air for many. The most stressful part of the season is coming up with thoughtful ideas for gifts. Secret Santa plans are in full effect and your plans should be too. Look no further, we’ve got it all under control. For the foodie in your life, go for a useful gift and for the thrifter a new Levi 501 jeans might do the trick. While you’re at it don’t forget about your holiday makeup look. Meanwhile, some conversation starters such as The Grammy Awards and the predicted color of 2017 are sure to stir up some interesting talk while you’re attending all those get-togethers. The Foodie Fanatic It’s hard to shop for the foodie in your life. We know! What do you get them? A cookbook; very cliché. They’re already knowledgeable about flavors and tastes. Go for a thoughtful and stylish gift that they can use in the kitchen while cooking. Levi 501 Jeans There is nothing more exciting than finding …

5 Winter Foods For Every Meal

It’s December, which means the temperature has dropped, it’s officially the holiday season, and best of all, it’s time for warming, winter recipes to test out in the kitchen. We’ve gathered a variety dishes that are a must-try on a cold, snowy day. From breakfast to appetizers to drinks, this list is guaranteed to make every meal seasonal this month! 1. Superfood Haute Chocolate by Sarah Britton, My New Roots: Take your hot chocolate game to the next level with this incredible treat. This all-raw recipe satisfies your sweet tooth and is filled with ingredients that will keep your stamina up and relieve stress. The secret ingredient is maca, a root that grows in the Andes. It’s said to stabilize moods and energy, according to the recipe. Try it out for yourself and see if it helps balance the stress of the upcoming holiday season. 2. Oat & Walnut Crunchy Granola by Sonia Raga, The Bright Bird: This granola recipe is low-effort and much better for you than commercial granola brands, which pack in the sugar and oil. Make a batch for breakfast …

Saturday Collection: Brain Food, Constellation Manicures, Snapchat’s Spectacles & More!

The holiday season is officially in swing. Whether you’re in college and cramming for finals or gearing up to make a career promotion proposal to your supervisor, we’ve got you covered to just chill out. This season is crazy enough without professional and academic stress. Go for delicious and memory boosting brain food for finals week and Hershey’s new cookie bar is sure to ease in the outcome of any career decision. Drop the emotions and take time out for yourself with a mini manicure, Snapchat’s Spectacles, and more. The Best Brain Foods It’s time to focus for those finals. The light at the end of the tunnel is finally in sight. What better way to enhance that focus than with brain food? Foods like salmon, walnuts and more will assist with your laser focus and acing your finals. National Cookie Day If you didn’t already know, National Cookie Day is on December 4. Hershey’s has rolled out a new cookie! Yes, we said it; Cookie! It’s actually a cookie bar—Cookie Layer Crunch Bars. They …

Pieces of Belmar: A Film to Inspire Gratitude for the Holidays

Imagine if this holiday season, you didn’t have your home—the place where you string up lights and decorations, pull out the tree ornaments, and enjoy delicious family dinners—to return to. Imagine if this year you spent the holidays in a motel after your family’s house was destroyed in a hurricane. In Zach Morrison’s short film, Pieces of Belmar, this picture is a reality for one family. The short film follows a young woman named Alyssa whose family has lost their home to Hurricane Sandy, the storm that ripped through New Jersey in 2012. As she journeys through her Jersey Shore town, Alyssa learns that home can hold a different meaning after tragedy strikes. Pieces of Belmar reminds us that we often forget how lucky we are to have our family, friends, and a place to come home to for the holidays. We take the little things for granted: having a Christmas tree, hanging ornaments every year, and keeping our belongings secured. Sometimes it’s only when you lose these things that you realize how much they …