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I Booked a One-Way Ticket and You Should Too

I did it. I am going. I have purchased my one-way ticket to Colombia and I’m not turning back—for now. In May, I leave for a two-month solo backpacking trip throughout South America. I’m nineteen years young and I’m doing it. I’m taking off and going on the trip of my fantasies. I’m excited, terrified, electrified, and hopeful. More than anything, I’m ready. After I first tasted the thrill of travel, I was hooked. When my parents first took me abroad to Mexico, they did not expect that I would fall in love. His name was the World and I was undeniably enamored. I was unleashed into the colorful layers of culture and people and exploration. It was a place so different than my New Jersey suburban standard. I didn’t want to go back. The World invited me on the best date of my life. Come travel, said the World, as he bestowed upon me the most glorious of gifts: wanderlust. Since then I have buried my face in gooey cheese in Paris, France bathed in thermal springs …

Why Brownies Are an Essential Part of Life

When it comes to dessert, there is no shortage of sweets to grant us pure bliss. However, it is the brownie and the brownie alone that is not only capable of bringing us joy but is an essential part of being happy. While other desserts are concerned with serving a purpose—ice cream to get over heartbreak, chocolate chip cookies to leave out for Santa Claus, you get me—the brownie is the only sweet that exists for no other reason than to satisfy the consumer.  It’s impossible to be upset with a mouthful of brownie.  At the same time, a brownie isn’t a food that is used only when someone is having a bad day.  A brownie can be used in a celebration, a day off, or even to complement another dessert. Deb Perelman of Smitten Kitchen whips a delicious brownie and ice cream combo. Brownies are subtle, even a little shy.  They don’t demand to be the center of attention.  They don’t need to be linked with big events like birthday cakes or breakfast muffins; they just need …

5 Ways to Spring into Total Happiness This Season

Smell the flowers? Hear the birds? Feel the glorious sunshine? Spring has arrived, and with it, joy should be blossoming. There is a beautiful freshness in the air during this season of rejuvenation. Take advantage of this time and amp up your mood with these easy spring-oriented steps: #1. Embrace Positivity Happiness starts with attitude. Adopt a disposition as bright and cheery as the blue spring sky. Look at the beauty around you and remember how lucky you are to be alive, enjoying the warmth and splendor of the springtime. An optimistic outlook is essential. It allows you to persevere in the face of challenges. Be hopeful this spring; start smiling. #2. Add Color to Your Wardrobe Say goodbye to those dark hue outfits you were obsessed with in winter. It’s time to add some brighter color to your wardrobe. This isn’t only a fashion decision, but a decisive mood changer. According to Constance Hart, a color therapy expert, “color has an effect on our psyche,” where our mood is directly influenced by the clothes …

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 …