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These Are the 7 Best Places to Live in the United States for 2017

For so many of us, relocating to a new city is a daunting experience. From finding new neighborhood favorites to maintaining sociability, moving has the power to leave you mentally, emotionally and physically exhausted. But as you know the saying, “life begins at the end of your comfort zone” and it’s true in more ways than one.

The U.S. is a beautiful nation, full of vibrant cities that stand out on their own influence to attract visitors from around the world. But which of these is actually the best livable location for you and your family?

U.S. News & World Report released its list of the “Best Places to Live in America for 2017” after ranking the nation’s 100 largest metropolitan areas. According to the report, these metro areas are evaluated by looking at five categories: desirability, value, job markets, quality of life and net migration.

Whether you plan on moving this year or are looking to visit a fresh, desirable city this spring, we look at the top seven best places to live in the United States for 2017 with help from U.S. News & World Report.

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Bar Guide: South Bend, Indiana

South Bend is the type of Midwestern city that has something for everyone. Whether you’re all dressed up or aiming for something more casual, this northern Indiana city’s growing nightlife has it all. You might not think it, but it’s definitely one that’s been thriving in recent years.

In addition to being a growing metropolitan city rich in history and a firm foodie scene, one of South Bend’s finest assets is its bar scene, thriving with some of the best pubs and dive bars in and around the city. From places that excel in serving their drinks straight up, to novel spots that throw in dancing or fantastic bar eats, we share some of the best bars in South Bend.

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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…}

Desserts Guide: Goshen, Indiana

Earlier this April, I made my first trip up to Goshen thanks in part to my dad’s work. Though my initial trip was short, it was incredibly sweet and very memorable. While I’ve had the chance to better explore it this summer, there is so much to see in this beautiful northern city and I absolutely love it! This past month, I had a chance to share some of my favorite restaurants from my visits over the last few months from a kind, warm place aptly called “Maple City” (Canadian connection, eh?) and one that shares my birthday digits—46528—boom, kismet! But today, I want to share some of my favorite dessert spots that I’ve been frequenting since the spring. Check them out at The Hudsucker!

The Hudsucker | Desserts Guide: Goshen, Indiana

Goshen, Indiana may be a vibrant and artsy city with a bustling foodie scene of delightful restaurants, but these Hoosiers are real dessert lovers at heart. Sure, three square meals packed with innovation in gorgeous entertainment hubs are an incredible asset in charming tourists and inhabitants, but dessert and an affinity to the sweet life is where it’s at in this Midwestern community nicknamed “The Maple City.”
With autumn fast approaching and the leaves changing, there’s no better way to celebrate these last dog days of summer than by indulging in our favorite desserts in this bright and beautiful city. Between brownies and homemade ice cream, to chocolate chip cookies and gorgeous sugar cream pies, there’s no denying that we absolutely love dessert because truthfully, it’s the best part of any meal.
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Why You Should Take More Selfies

Call it a visual diary or a modern day scrapbook, but selfies are here to stay. If anything, they’re the new social norm. But while there’s been negative talk and studies highlighting a correlation between snapping selfies and a depleting confidence, there are numerous introspective benefits to taking a photo of yourself if done in healthy moderation.

In a column for the Wall Street Journal, behavioral economist, Dan Ariely makes a case for the ubiquitous selfie suggesting they not only enhance moments, but they also become a celebration of shared experiences when we snap a shot with others. This summer, when you hit the theme parks or just lounge at the lake with friends, reclaim that selfie pride because a picture is worth a thousand words and you’re worth a million more.

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Bakery Guide: Indianapolis, Indiana

Great bakeries with an extensive assortment of sweets and savories are essential to any neighborhood. And in Indianapolis, the city is blessed with a plethora of options for Hoosiers looking to satiate their sweet tooth. From local mom-and-pop shops to citywide chains, it all comes down to style and preference.

Whether it’s French patisseries you crave, moist doughnuts or a layered cake, Indy offers a slew of standout bakeries across the city with confectioners dedicating their bona fide sugar rush talents to comfort desserts.

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Adding a Social Media Cleanse To Your “Tech Diet”

Social Media - Jason Howie FlickrWith technology continuously advancing and social media setting new rules for all segments of society, every day we get more connected to each other. Conversely then, does being more connected mean being more communicative? Scientists don’t think so. In fact, a study out of the University of Michigan shows how online social media contributes to loneliness and reduces overall life-satisfaction, rather than making us feel connected.

Without a doubt, we have become addicted to our digital devices; we check our emails a number of times in a single day, photograph our food, post status updates about what we’re up to, and in many ways it seems like a quality way of keeping in touch with those that matter, but that’s not the case. Technology in these past few years has made aspects of our social life easier, giving hope and optimism to those using it. In many ways, social networking has glorified the virtual romance of technology but has made users pay the price with their self-esteem.

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