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5 Romantic Spring Date Ideas Guaranteed to Blossom Your Relationship

After being curled up on the couch for months with Netflix and cozy blankets, we are happy to announce that spring has almost sprung. And with a new season of color and life comes ample opportunity to crawl out of our place of hibernation and soak in the beauty of a fresh new season.

Aside from shedding our sweaters, boots and scarves, the weather beckons for us to really start living again—and with that renewal of life comes time for couples to revel in warm weather. After all, flowers aren’t the only things that blossom!

Whether you two have weathered through the seasons together or are celebrating April showers and May flowers for the first time, these date ideas will add a much needed spring in your romantic step.

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Swing Time: The Hudsucker’s Quintessential Spring Playlist

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In what feels like one of the longest seasons ever, winter has given us some crazy cold temperatures and dropped off its final bit of snow, but soon enough we can put all that pesky cold gear away because we’re just days away from a brand new season. And a brand new season means a fresh new playlist!

As spring makes its grand arrival, one of the best ways to cure the seasonal affective disorder so many of us experience in the chillier months is by not only heading outdoors and switching up your exercise routine for runs sans treadmill, but giving our music playlists a much needed “spring cleaning”  with hopes to boost our mood. With longer days and the smell of flowers in the air, March promises to bring warmer weather, more sunshine, and ample opportunities to get outside and do something.

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10 of the Most Anticipated Movies of 2017

Though 2016 delivered an incredible roster of film with a few hits and misses, we like to think with the releases coming out this year, that was just the industry taking a casual stretch before the biggest marathon of movies hits 2017. While there is still plenty of new year to go and we’re really just get started, it’s never too early to get excited about all the upcoming releases.

There’s no denying with the trailers released today, we are definitely looking forward to moving on and diving into a brand new year of filmography bound to break box office records. This year promises fun and thrill from a big ape, mummies, superheroes, vigilantes, and of course the one and only, Wonder Woman.

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Your Guide to Being A Natural Knockout This Spring

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For the beauty aficionado, cosmetic and makeup stores like Sephora or Ulta raise the bar of what it means to indulge in eye candy. From a diverse range of favorites to new products arriving daily that help accentuate our features, it’s no kidding we feel a lot like Alice falling down the rabbit hole in Wonderland upon every visit.

But as most women who love shopping for beauty products know, it’s incredibly easy to get carried away. And when we get carried away, we end up with things we don’t exactly need in our beauty regimen.

Since natural looks can be the hardest to achieve—because you want to look beautiful without seeming like you’re overreaching—the secret is working with Mother Nature, not against. Whenever you hit the makeup counters, choose products and tools that help you to bring out your natural beauty and features.

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Womanista: May 2016

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Boy, did May really pass by, right? It’s been a stellar month and of course, Womanista, the official authority of fabulous showcased some phenomenal content during the blooming month. From pregnancy preparation and baby health, to alternative vacation ideas, learning a foreign language, and weddings, here is a complete list of my contributions to the women’s lifestyle magazine for the month of May.

May 31, 2016: 6 Things You Need To Pack for Your Honeymoon | Even though a lot of us have had romantic daydreams of what our honeymoon would be like, between the planning and marrying the love of your life, packing for the trip seems… {CONTINUE READING…}

May 28, 2016: 6 Adult Summer Camps That Will Make Your Childhood Dreams Come Reality | Warm sunny days and cozy cabins are the signature of summer camps. And somewhere between the allure of Meatballs and Wet Hot American Summer…. {CONTINUE READING…}

May 26, 2016: Opa! How Learning a Foreign Language Can Change Your Life | Traveling can be a fun and enlightening experience, but not so much when you realize you misinterpreted the waiter on your overseas trip only to order slimy insects… {CONTINUE READING…}

May 24, 2016: 6 Reasons You’re Becoming Forgetful | Feeling a bit forgetful lately? Or maybe you’re forgetting to remember why you’re forgetting? If you find yourself hitting the “reset password” option more than usual… {CONTINUE READING…}

May 20, 2016: 5 Alternative Vacation Ideas | Spring is in the air and summer is right around the corner. For as long as we can remember and our Instagram snaps prove, warmer seasons have been the highlight of our year. {CONTINUE READING…}

May 18, 2016: 6 Reasons to Plan a Barn Wedding | For so many young couples across the United States, there is no wedding venue quite like a serene barn or farmyard amidst the countryside. {CONTINUE READING…}

May 10, 2016: Pregnancy Preparation 101 | Pregnancy brings about a long list of planning to the forefront. From converting that messy office to a cozy nursery, to figuring out what to add in that baby registry… {CONTINUE READING…}

May 5, 2016: Baby Book Club – The Benefits of Reading Aloud to Your Infant | Break out the baby books, Womanistas! Recent studies show it’s never too early to start reading aloud to your children. {CONTINUE READING…}

May 4, 2016: How to Overcome Regret and Move Forward | No matter how big or small, regrets are an inescapable part of our lives. Whether it’s revealing too much information online, dating the wrong type of guy or… {CONTINUE READING…}

May 3, 2016: Brushing up on Baby Teeth | You finally got your baby to love their pre-bedtime ritual of lavender-scented sponge baths, baby book reading, and cozy, fuzzy onesies. But what about their teeth… {CONTINUE READING…}

May 1, 2016: Ride On! The Benefits of Biking | Today marks the start of National Bike Month, and it’s no surprise that cycling is one of the most phenomenal ways to get in shape this season. {CONTINUE READING…}

Womanista: April 2016

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Hope you all had a fantastic April! Womanista, the official authority of fabulous showcased some amazing content during the month of love. From ways to tap into your intuition to utilizing worry for your benefit, to making fitness a life-long habit, the best lakes to visit in the U.S., and using nontraditional treatments to help your child, here is a complete list of my contributions to the women’s lifestyle magazine for the month of April.

April 30, 2016: 7 Date Ideas for Spring | A night of cuddles with Netflix and wine might seem like an über romantic evening for two, but spring has officially sprung and that means one thing… {CONTINUE READING…}

April 28, 2016: 6 Life-Saving Tips for Traveling with Kids | As cute as your kids can be, traveling with them can either be a total joy or fear — or a little bit of both. Whether it’s air travel or a road trip, responsibility is… {CONTINUE READING…}

April 27, 2016: Your Guide to Understanding Cellulite | With warmer weather finally here, it’s time to hit the waters in our adorable swimsuits! But for so many women, it’s a daunting season that brings about many feelings regarding those lumps… {CONTINUE READING…}

April 26, 2016: Utilizing Worry for Your Benefit | Work, family, finances, relationships, diets — all of it has the power to send us through a tailspin of anxiety. By constantly ruminating over things that haven’t happened yet, worry is like an emotional crystal ball… {CONTINUE READING…}

April 25, 2016: How to Tap Into Your Intuition | You know when you hear the telephone ring and you know who it is before answering? Or when you’re humming that Sam Hunt song and it appears on the radio? It’s not as freaky as it seems. {CONTINUE READING…}

April 20, 2016: Nontraditional Treatments for Your Child’s Health Concerns| Becoming a parent is an incredible experience, but it’s one that usually causes stress as it involves your child’s health as your top priority. {CONTINUE READING…}

April 15, 2016: 6 Toxic Items You Have in Your Home | While our homes might appear neat and clean, unknown dangers lurk within. Research indicates chemicals in those run-of-the-mill products we use… {CONTINUE READING…}

April 13, 2016: How To Make Fitness a Lifelong Habit | Living a new type of lifestyle is hard work, Womanistas! We truly understand that real world struggle in making adjustments amid the hustle of your busy lifestyle. {CONTINUE READING…}

April 12, 2016: 12 Incredible Grilled Cheese Recipes for National Grilled Cheese Day | National Grilled Cheese Day is finally upon us — melted cheese fans rejoice! Between the Italians and the French, melting cheese atop bread has… {CONTINUE READING…}

April 9, 2016: 10 Amazing U.S. Lakes to Visit This Season | Grab your sunnies because it’s time to hit the lake! When the weather warms up, there’s nothing like traveling to the lake for some quality rest and relaxation. {CONTINUE READING…}

April 6, 2016: 7 Must-Haves for Your Medicine Cabinet | While cluttered drawers and closets often induce silent screams of aversion, medicine cabinets are something we can’t avoid. {CONTINUE READING…}

April 2, 2016: How Positive Affirmations Work for You | With the ins and outs of life, a majority of us often succumb to negativity more so than positivity. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania found negative attitudes are… {CONTINUE READING…}

Skincare Saboteurs: How to Safeguard Your Skin This Season

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It’s no secret that sunscreen is an essential must-have in the fight against melanoma, one of the most common skin cancers in the United States affecting 3.5 million each year.

But with the hustle of everyday life, we either skimp on application, forget to reapply or forgo it completely. While many of us use broad-spectrum sunscreens that protect against UVA and UVB rays to reduce our skin’s vulnerability to the sun, chemical filters found in sunscreens absorb UV rays and transform them into energy before they harm our skin.

What’s worse is these filters can often be unstable and break down if used incorrectly or in conjunction with other products that have active ingredients. To help maximize sun protection this spring and summer, we share five common saboteurs that might be undermining how your sunscreen works.

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Womanista: March 2016

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As we bid adieu to March, it’s actually pretty surprising how quickly the month went by. Is it me or is this year going by super fast? Well, this month has been stellar—especially for Womanista. It was recorded that the official authority on fabulous registered 2.66 million unique users according to comScore in January 2016! Pretty awesome, huh? From friendship to beauty hacks and advice, questions to ask before moving in (or even getting married) to hair color trends this spring, here is a complete list of my contributions to the women’s lifestyle magazine for the month of March.

March 30, 2016: The 6 Kinds of Friends Every Woman Needs | No woman is an island, and you’ve probably thought about which friends you’d want by your side if you found yourself stranded on one. {CONTINUE READING…}

March 28, 2016: What To Consider When Moving In With Your Significant Other | After numerous dates and “I love you’s,” you and your partner have decided to move in together! {CONTINUE READING…}

March 26, 2016: Science Says These 7 Home Decor Essentials Will Make You Happy | There’s nothing quite like plopping down on your couch after a long day’s work or whipping up a home-cooked meal in your kitchen. {CONTINUE READING…}

March 24, 2016: Diaper Bag Beauty Hacks |  Multi-tasking moms, you are our heroes. Balancing the checkbooks with one hand and your little one on your hip. {CONTINUE READING…}

March 23, 2016: How to Get Your Workout On at Work | Country music queen Dolly Parton was right — working nine to five is some way to make a living. From office meetings to conferences and running errands, it gets hard to squeeze a workout in most days. {CONTINUE READING…}

March 22, 2016: 8 Celebrity-Inspired Hair Color Trends for Spring | After a cold, colorless winter hammering much of the country and frizzing our lovely locks, it’s an understatement to say we’re looking forward to spring. {CONTINUE READING…}

March 21, 2016: 7 Things That Make You Hungrier | If you’ve ever had a moment where that hunger is so powerful it feels like your stomach is sucking up against your spine — you’re not alone. {CONTINUE READING…}

March 19, 2016: What to Consider When Taking Back a Cheater | Infidelity is not an easy subject to discuss, Womanistas. It can be one of the more devastating relationship crimes to commit. {CONTINUE READING…}

March 13, 2016: How to Beat Your Bad Mood NOW | It’s natural to feel down some times or super angry about things, but there are ways to work around these bad moods and not have it ruin your day. {CONTINUE READING…}

March 12, 2016: 5 Ways Stress Affects Your Body | We’ve all experienced some kind of stress in our daily routines. Whether it’s immediate frustration like waiting in line or a prolonged distress like job loss or divorce… {CONTINUE READING…}

March 10, 2016: Spring Awakening – Reclaim Your Skin This Season | With the warmer weather arriving and winter fading more every day, it’s time to make amends and reclaim our glowing skin for a new season. {CONTINUE READING…}

March 7, 2016: 6 Ways to Change Your Life in Under 10 Minutes | Making positive changes doesn’t require us to take huge leaps of faith or invest in some wonder product. {CONTINUE READING…}

March 5, 2016: How To Plan the Perfect Road Trip This Spring | Spring is the perfect time of year for a cross-country road trip. In all its beauty and vitality, the new season inspires us to step out of the harshness of winter… {CONTINUE READING…}

March 2, 2016: How To Get Rid of Bloating in 24 Hours | We’ve all had days where we feel a lot like the Michelin Man. Certain foods can wreak havoc on our stomachs and cause rough bouts of bloating. {CONTINUE READING…}