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Travel Guide: 24 Hours in South Bend

South Bend is a blossoming Midwestern city that offers just about everything for the thriving millennial. As someone who has had the privilege of visiting this great metropolitan more often than usual, it’s unmistakable that this northern Indiana city has it all.

As a city that changes noticeably with every season and flourishes with a congenial beauty, South Bend is a busy metropolitan featuring places that excel in culture and history, novel spots that serve unique food and drinks, and crowds that are warm and friendly. While it’s recommended you spend a lengthy amount of time in this charming Midwestern municipality, we share some popular ideas to check out when you have got just 24 hours to spare in the Bend.

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Womanista: December 2016

womanista-logo01December was a crazy month, right? Well, actually all of 2016 was. But there were some really great things that came out of it and that’s the part we should focus on going ahead in this new year. We make our own path, so think positive and always be optimistic. I hope everyone had a relaxing Christmas and New Year’s holiday with their families.

If you didn’t notice already, Womanista has been undergoing some changes as we integrate our newest partner, Skinny Mom to the Womanista family and have now expanded with an entire wellness section. Be sure to check it out at Womanista.com. As it might be known too, I’ve been dabbling with content at the news desk, so be sure to check out that content here!

In the meantime, catch up on all the latest with seasonal content to childproofing how-to’s for your home, to how to balance chores with your partner and the biggest money mistakes you didn’t realize you’re making. Moreover, check out effective and smart ways to not only keep your new year’s resolutions, but also improve your (already) healthy (and sans free of infidelity) relationship. As it goes, here is a complete list of my contributions to the women’s lifestyle website for the month of December! Cheers.

Dec. 30, 2016: Childproofing How-To: Concentrate on 6 Areas of Your Home to Create a Safe Haven | While every parent hopes to keep their child safe, the biggest threat they meet with on a daily basis is lurking in their own homes. That totally includes the medicine cabinet, just about… {CONTINUE READING…}

Dec. 27, 2016: 6 of the Biggest Money Mistakes You Didn’t Realize You’re Making | Establishing a healthy relationship with our money is an essential part of having a happy financial future. What you do today can have a large effect on that future. {CONTINUE READING…}

Dec. 26, 2016: Use These Simple Steps to Effectively Balance Household Chores with Your Significant Other | Having a neat and tidy home is a dream come true for so many, but it’s a concept much easier said than done. Between taking out the trash, doing the laundry, and dusting every nook and cranny… {CONTINUE READING…}

Dec. 25, 2016: 10 of the Most Beautiful Christmas Trees in the US | Whether you’re looking for the best holiday town or just some creative inspiration this twinkling season, cities across the United States are lighting up with beautiful displays of Christmas trees to best showcase the yuletide spirit. {CONTINUE READING…}

Dec. 23, 2016: 8 Ways to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions | Brace yourself, Womanistas! New Year’s is fast approaching and with it comes that annual rhythm of resolutions we hope to maintain to ensure our next 12 months are better, healthier and less stressful. Oh, the possibilities! {CONTINUE READING…}

Dec. 19, 2016: 6 Exciting Jobs to Inspire Your Wanderlust | As far as the eye can see and well beyond the dusk, it’s evident we are true lovers of travel. From meeting people to indulging in the local fare and culture, we are nomads at heart, always seeking new experiences to quench our wanderlust. {CONTINUE READING…}

Dec. 18, 2016: How to Snap the Perfect Christmas Day Family Photo | The festive season is upon us, abounding with merry traditions and cheer! But between that holiday hustle of shopping and party planning, it can become a frenzied feat keeping up with our favorite traditions. {CONTINUE READING…}

Dec. 14, 2016:  20 Easy, Mouthwatering No-Bake Treats for Santa | Christmas is right around the corner and it’s pretty clear that our yuletide-inspired spirits are reaching new heights this season. Between all that shopping, festive home décor, and music that just speaks so deep to our soul, we are on a roll for a smooth and peaceful holiday. {CONTINUE READING…}

Dec. 12, 2016: Clever Ways to Make Potty Training More Fun for the Reluctant Toddler | Toilet training is not just a cause for celebration — it’s a major milestone in your toddler’s life. They’re finally getting out of those saggy diapers and… {CONTINUE READING…}

Dec. 11, 2016: Glam up the Season With These Beautiful Makeup Tutorials | Between all the decorating, holiday shopping and festive photoshoots, we might find ourselves a little short on time this season for that glamorous makeover at the salon or department store. {CONTINUE READING…}

Dec. 7, 2016: 7 Things Couples Should Do Together for a Healthy Relationship | Between boredom, cheating, loss of friendship, doubt and just sheer unhappiness, keeping that spark alive can be difficult when a relationship free of foibles goes awry. {CONTINUE READING…}

Dec. 4, 2016: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas With a Playlist of Holiday Songs to Last the Entire Season | Break out the hot chocolate and gingerbread cookies as you cozy up by the fireplace, because it’s the most wonderful time of the year. {CONTINUE READING…}

How You Know You’re Not Ready to Buy a Home Together

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Owning a new home can be an exciting new chapter in your life, especially as a happy couple. In addition to the dreams you two work towards and build together, a new home can bring about a revitalization to your relationship and future. Not to mention as it’s routinely seen as an essential component to the “American Dream,” it’s also an amazing financial milestone that comes with an incredible set of benefits.

However, when you consider everything between the relationship, the finances and jobs you both have, is it really the right decision for you? While owning a home is much cheaper than renting in many parts of the country, you need to be sure you’re financially prepared to take the leap when diving into home ownership.

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Yours, Mine and Ours: Home Decorating Tips for Newlyweds

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You’re finally married — yay! For many couples across the country, that means finally blending your lives as one and moving in together. But while you’ve already considered everything prior to the move, it’s time to take the ultimate plunge and decorate your home with the aid of your spouse. Now here comes the tricky part because even though marriage is fun, it becomes incredibly frustrating when you realize your styles and taste in décor may clash.

While you and your partner might never see eye-to-eye on a particular kind of design, this is where negotiation comes into play to achieve a happy medium. All it takes is a little teamwork and patience.

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Womanista: November 2016

womanista-logo01What a month November was! I hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving with their family and friends. As we approach a new year, Womanista has been undergoing some changes as we integrate our newest partner, Skinny Mom to the Womanista family with a brand new look to our website! Be sure to check it out at Womanista.com.

In the meantime, catch up on all the latest from computer tricks to make you more productive, to styling that baby bump for winter and getting a head start on all that holiday shopping with Oprah. Plus, we explore the cutest and trendiest baby names of 2016! Did your baby’s name make the list? As it goes, here is a complete list of my contributions to the women’s lifestyle website for the month of November.

Nov. 30, 2016: Give the Gift of Memorable Experiences This Holiday Season | Today, an increasing number of people have started to gift experiences or their time as holiday gifts. {CONTINUE READING…}

Nov. 28, 2016: 6 Easy Computer Tricks to Make Your Workday More Productive | There is no denying that a sizeable chunk of our day revolves around computers. Whether we work from home or in an office… {CONTINUE READING…}

Nov. 27, 2016: 25 Empowering Quotes from Brilliantly Inspiring Women | In a rapidly evolving culture that measures likeability and talent, we often overlook the importance of inspiration in our daily lives. {CONTINUE READING…}

Nov. 23, 2016: The Best of Oprah’s Favorite Things 2016 | Shopping season is in full, festive swing this year and what better way to find the perfect, most inspired gift for that special someone than by turning to Oprah Winfrey for a little help. {CONTINUE READING…}

Nov. 22, 2016: Reduce Travel Stress With 6 Easy Airport Hacks | Air travel can make even the most seasoned travelers tired, treading a weariness we most often associate only with the DMV. {CONTINUE READING…}

Nov. 21, 2016: The Trendiest Baby Names of 2016 | If you’re expecting in the next few months, there’s no doubt you are currently looking for the perfect and most unique name for your little one. {CONTINUE READING…}

Nov. 19, 2016: The Mom-to-Be’s Guide to Styling a Baby Bump for Fall and Winter | From temperature fluctuations to mood swings, looking for good maternity clothes doesn’t have to be stressful. {CONTINUE READING…}

Nov. 15, 2016: The Thanksgiving Party Guide You Need for Easy Planning and Festive Memories | All the prep that goes into planning your Thanksgiving party every year can be a bit scary. {CONTINUE READING…}

Nov. 14, 2016: Warm Fruit Crisps and Crumbles for Every Taste and Occasion | No matter the season, stone fruits are a beloved ingredient in so many delicious baked goods. From pies to pastries, we try our hardest… {CONTINUE READING…}

Nov. 11, 2016: 10 Impressively Mouthwatering Thanksgiving Appetizers | Thanksgiving is in two weeks and as you scramble to prepare the best menu of recent years, you need to consider the power of an appetizer. {CONTINUE READING…}

Nov. 4, 2016: Easy Recipes for Quick and Tasty Microwave Meals | When you think of a microwave, you might look back to those college days of reheating home cooked meals or those small frozen dinners that helped you to pull an all-nighter. {CONTINUE READING…}

Nov. 2, 2016: The Most Memorable CMA Moments of the Past 50 Years | After months of waiting, it’s finally here and we are so excited! Grab those cocktails, because tonight marks the 50th Annual CMA Awards celebrating half a century… {CONTINUE READING…}

Womanista: September 2016

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September has come and gone, but Womanista, the official authority on fabulous presented some amazing content that will definitely have you bookmarking articles to read now and later. From all the parenting and pregnancy advice you’ll need (complete with interviews with experts), to how to stay on fleek with your fashion, to the best recipes for your weekend in, to even tips and tricks for your home and garden — last month featured it all. Without further adieu, here is a complete list of my contributions to the women’s lifestyle website for the month of September.

Sept. 30, 2016: The Best Fall Flowers for Your Garden | Spring and summer aren’t the only seasons with pretty flowers! Though the leaves are changing color and the temperatures are perfect for that sweater weather, autumn… {CONTINUE READING…}

Sept. 28, 2016: 6 Ways to Improve Battery Life on Your iPhone | If you own an iPhone, it’s safe to say that it might just be an essential extension of your active social circle. As an effective companion helping us accomplish tasks and stay updated, iPhones are… {CONTINUE READING…}

Sept. 27, 2016: Creative DIY Wall Art Tutorials to Brighten Up Your Space | When it comes to decorating our homes, those big, blank, windowless walls are the absolute perfect canvas for creative décor ideas. {CONTINUE READING…}

Sept. 26, 2016: The 8 Most Haunted Spots to Check Out in Nashville | When we think of Nashville, we’re often thinking about delicious BBQ, the shopping on Broadway and of course, our favorite — country music! {CONTINUE READING…}

Sept. 24, 2016: 10 Delicious Weekend Breakfast Recipes You Must Try | Next to a healthy refreshing and Instagram-worthy smoothie bowl, avocado toast might just be our favorite breakfast ever. {CONTINUE READING…}

Sept. 23, 2016: 4 Benefits of Infant Massage Therapy | There’s nothing better than a massage to loosen up those tense muscles from a long, hard day. But if you think you’re the only one who benefits from the luxury of massages, think again. {CONTINUE READING…}

Sept. 20, 2016: 7 Tips for Eating Out With a Toddler | We’ve all witnessed that table at a restaurant — kids standing on chairs, refusing to use their indoor voices and exchanging bread rolls at each other’s faces. {CONTINUE READING…}

Sept. 19, 2016: 7 Foods in Your Pantry That Will Never Expire | Do you ever feel a little confused by the expiration dates on all your favorite foods? Well, you’re certainly not alone. Between the “best if used by” labels and sell-before recommended… {CONTINUE READING…}

Sept. 16, 2016: The Hottest Hair Color Trends of Fall 2016 | Between the crunch of leaves and the aroma of pumpkin spice everything in the air, a new season is upon us that begs to brighten up our style… {CONTINUE READING…}

Sept. 15, 2016: 5 Dream Vacation Destinations for Book Lovers | Considered a welcomed escape from the everyday life, reading is a magical experience. Like a blooming garden carried in our pocket or purse, reading unleashes a world we relate to through circumstances… {CONTINUE READING…}

Sept. 9, 2016: Everything You Need to Know About Pregnancy Back Pain | While carrying your bundle of joy around for nine months is a welcomed part of motherhood, the back pain complete with stiffness, soreness and ache… {CONTINUE READING…}

Sept. 6, 2016: Your Essential Fall Fun To-Do List | Fall is upon us, Womanistas! Synonymous with falling leaves, crisp air, pumpkins, football games, sweater weather, and of course the famed, Pumpkin Spice Latte… {CONTINUE READING…}

Sept. 5, 2016: 6 Reasons to Delay Your Baby’s First Bath | When babies are born, they’re covered in a cheesy looking film that screams, “Clean me!” However, just like there are important procedures to consider in those initial hours of their birth, it’s important to…. {CONTINUE READING…}

Sept. 4, 2016: 7 of the Best Nuts for Your Skin and Health | Next to fruits and granola bars, nuts are the most underrated nutritious snack. Accounting for less than eight percent of our daily antioxidant intake, studies report… {CONTINUE READING…}

Sept. 2, 2016: Get to Know Forbes’ 10 Most Powerful Women in Business | We are continually inspired by the rise of the girl boss movement. From media to technology, to automotive and publications, more and more women today are confidently climbing… {CONTINUE READING…}

Womanista: August 2016

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What a month August has been! While I’m excited for the month ahead, I can’t help but feel a little nostalgic with regards to the season. Not only is fall upon us, but this is a particularly sentimental season for me. It always has been, especially since 2009. That said, it was just last year when I first joined Womanista (mid-September, give or take) and since, have contributed more than 150 articles over a span of 12 months. It’s been pretty awesome and something that’s kept me incredibly busy while juggling school, my day job and The Hudsucker.

As we head into autumn and pumpkin spice season, Womanista, the official authority of fabulous presented amazing content that not only broke records and news, but published some phenomenal informative pieces featuring the expertise of doctors, specialists and many more. From how you can help your toddler adjust to a new baby, to food that helps settle an upset stomach, to the Olympics that enamored all of us, to the most important tips you need to keep in mind when buying a new home, and to how sudden changes can improve your life—this month featured it all. To keep you up to date with the latest, bookmark some of these pieces that might pique your interest for future reading. Without further adieu, here is a complete list of my contributions to the women’s lifestyle website for the month of August.

Aug. 28, 2016: 13 Desserts for Your Football Kickoff Party | The preseason is ending and the final cuts have been made, which points to one sure and sweet thing: the NFL season is about to begin! {CONTINUE READING…}

Aug. 25, 2016: Olympic Families’ Best Moments at Rio 2016 | The Olympics were not just an emotional time for nations around the world hoping to taste a bit of victory, but it was a mega event of nerves, heart and tears for the numerous families of U.S. athletes…  {CONTINUE READING…}

Aug. 25, 2016: What You Need to Know About B12 Deficiency | No matter where we are and what we eat this summer, whether it be fair food or amusement park desserts, it’s important we provide our body with vitamins… {CONTINUE READING…}

Aug. 23, 2016: Helping Your Toddler Adjust to a New Baby | Announcing to family and friends that you’re expecting once again will always bring around greetings and wishes of love and enthusiasm! {CONTINUE READING…}

Aug. 22, 2016: 6 Foods to Help Settle an Upset Stomach | It’s been a beautiful sunny summer so far but between the road trips, state fairs and backyard barbecues, you might be eating a ton of yummy food that also leaves your stomach a little unsettled. {CONTINUE READING…}

Aug. 22, 2016: Toothpaste 101 – Fluoride vs. Fluoride-Free | Although modern dentistry has come a long way, there is still a lot to know about when it comes to maintaining healthy oral hygiene — especially the kind of toothpaste we’re using. {CONTINUE READING…}

Aug. 19, 2016: The Olympic Athletes You Should Be Following on Instagram | It’s official — the 2016 Summer Olympics are in full swing and we have never been more thrilled! {CONTINUE READING…}

Aug. 18, 2016: 5 Tips for Buying a New Home | If HGTV has taught us anything, it’s that buying a home is one of the most important chapters in your life. {CONTINUE READING…}

Aug. 15, 2016: How Sudden Changes Could Be The Key to Improving Your Life | No matter how big or small disruptions may be, change is not one of the most welcomed aspects to our lives… {CONTINUE READING…}

Aug. 10, 2016: 5 Reasons Not to Ignore Ovulation Pain | Ovulation might be one of the most critical parts of reproduction, but it’s also known as a source of pain for many. {CONTINUE READING…}

Aug. 8, 2016: 8 Tips for Couples Enjoying Their First Vacation Together | Heading out on that first trip with your partner is an exciting milestone in any relationship! {CONTINUE READING…}

Aug. 7, 2016: What to Do With Your Wedding Gown After the Big Day | When we find that perfect wedding gown, there’s no denying we have a real world, soul-to-soul connection with it. {CONTINUE READING…}

Aug. 5, 2016: 5 Signs You’re Not Ready for Marriage | Between all the reality TV centered around love, those couples that overshare on social media and Bruno Mars serenading all of us with a marriage proposal, there’s no denying… {CONTINUE READING…}

Aug. 4, 2016: Everything You Need to Know About Face Mapping | Have you ever wondered why our face breaks out in certain zones? No matter what our nighttime beauty routine is or what food we eat, that blemish… {CONTINUE READING…}

Aug. 1, 2016: How to Avoid Unhealthy Workplace Snacking | Between donuts in the break room to ‘Taco Tuesdays’ in the lunchroom, one of the worst places to stick to your diet is at the office. {CONTINUE READING…}

Womanista: July 2016

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How is it already August? Well, I hope you had a wonderful July. With the summer drawing to a close, Womanista, the official authority of fabulous presented some amazing content that will definitely have you bookmarking articles to read now and later. From how to build emotional and mental resilience, to what you need to get your groom for your wedding day, to the best state fairs in the U.S., here is a complete list of my contributions to the women’s lifestyle website for the month of July.

July 29, 2016: 5 Foods to Help Melt Those Love Handles | Whether you call it a muffin top or a spare tire, that ring of fat that collects around our lower belly can be one of the more sigh-worthy things we look at on a daily basis. {CONTINUE READING…}

July 27, 2016: How to Own Your Failures and Use Them To Grow | Everyone loves hearing a good success story, but we immediately freak out or cringe the moment failure pops up. What is it about failure that scares so many of us? {CONTINUE READING…}

July 25, 2016: 6 Things Healthy People Do Before Bed | There’s no denying bedtime is one of the most desirable moments of our day. Spreading out like a starfish and just dozing off into a comfortable…  {CONTINUE READING…}

July 24, 2016: 5 Money Lessons to Teach Your Kids Before the Age of 10 | If there’s one thing we realize most about adulthood and as we get older, it’s that understanding money… {CONTINUE READING…}

July 22, 2016: 5 Procedures to Consider for Your Newborn | Between juggling responsibility, relationships and a beautiful new life on its way, pregnancy can be stressful. {CONTINUE READING…}

July 20, 2016: Everything You Need to Know About Dermaplaning | Celebrities like Reese Witherspoon or Carrie Underwood seem to have naturally glowing skin at all times, and now you can too. {CONTINUE READING…}

July 18, 2016: Building Mental and Emotional Resilience 101 | We all try to plan and organize our lives the way we want, but in all its beauty and frustrations life is never what we want it to be. {CONTINUE READING…}

July 17, 2016: What to Get Your Groom on Your Wedding Day | When it comes to the wedding, all eyes are usually on the bride. But truth be told, a wedding isn’t what it is without our loving groom! {CONTINUE READING…}

July 16, 2016: PMS Relief – Cures for Your Most Common Symptoms | We’ve all been there—headaches, cramps, bloating and breakouts that time themselves perfectly before a big event. {CONTINUE READING…}

July 14, 2016: The Biggest U.S. State Fairs | A longstanding expression of summer and a prized symbol of Americana, state fairs across the United States attract millions each year. {CONTINUE READING…}

July 13, 2016: Cool Your Head – 5 of the Most Common Headaches | If you think headaches are just another part of a busy lifestyle between juggling work, family and your sanity, think again. {CONTINUE READING…}

July 5, 2016: 6 Foods that Safely Keep Away Bug Bites | Summertime brings around good friends, good food, starry nights and oh, right — bug bites. Annoying creepy-crawlies might be the last thing… {CONTINUE READING…}

July 2, 2016: 7 Ways to Spruce Up Your Home on a Budget | Whether you’re looking to put your home on the market or want to reinvigorate its value, it pays to make your home the oasis of your dreams. {CONTINUE READING…}