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How to Make a DIY Bumble App Costume

If Tinder is The Bachelor then Bumble is The Bachelorette: newer, better and puts the girls in charge. Until we shut down and realize it's really all the same. This year's latest DIY costume pays homage to the app that has been making my palms sweat over crafting subpar introductions since 2014. Our relationship can be best described as "download, delete, repeat." Upon download the world feels new again as you swipe through hot guys until realizing it's front-loaded with beautiful model/...

Beer Guide: How to Choose the Right Beer Anywhere

There was the ill-fitting, dad-like white Polo shirt. And there was the Coors Light. As I approached the dimly lit high table at the back of Wired Willy’s in Fort Worth, Texas, my attention ping ponged between the two of them, quickly determining which one might be worse. Moments before, as my Uber arrived outside the bar, I received a text from my Bumble date, who I had procured between the day’s client meetings, saying, “I’m the nerd in the Polo and khakis.” One could only ...

How to Make Healthy Pizza Waffles

"I need savory!" I thought as I dumped canned tomato sauce with processed Parmesan cheese on top of Jason Sani's perfectly healthy waffle recipe. I'm the type of person who can eat the same thing for weeks so when I discovered Jason's healthy waffles during two months of nutrition coaching, I went balls out on blueberries, cinnamon and PB2 until I needed a little salt. Upon arriving in Arizona for my birthday weekend, "Find a healthier version of pizza waffles" was on my to-do list which ...

How to Make the Perfect Whiskey Sour

"I feel like that's a lot of alcohol..." I said as I watched my Aunt Rosie pour two frozen lemonade cans-worth of Maker's Mark into the glass jar. "It's a party starter!" she replied. "It's going to be a day drunk." And this is why I am the way I am. Grandma Maggie's Whiskey Sours Moments before whipping out the Maker's Mark, my Aunt Rosie took me upstairs for the first time. She recently purchased my great grandmother's house in the middle of Freeburg, Illinois, and as I looked ...

How to Choose the Right Bike for You

“How many back squats does it take to make it to the top of the hill? I wondered as my pink Paul Frank beach cruiser crept up East Broadway Street and boob sweat pooled. Between heavy breaths I planned weighted lunges and extra spin classes to help the cause… before noticing the lean hipster boy speeding by me on my right. Within seconds his leather backpack became a speck in the distance as his skinny legs effortlessly pedaled past in sweat-free, pressed khaki pants. WTF. Sundays ...

How to Make an Old School Easter Lamb Cake

This was the first year that my old school Easter lamb cake has made it to the office with its head still intact. And my Grandma would be proud. While some people received jewelry, others furniture, and my brother her antique Saltines container, I fought for and won the old school Easter lamb cake. As a result, I have held up my end by baking the traditional Easter lamb cake year-over-year. However, this year was the first that I have finally done it without countless toothpicks ...

Avocado Shamrock Protein Smoothie Recipe

Lyle the Leprechaun visited my brother and I every year. On March 17th I would wake up with a small jar of green glitter sitting next to my bed with a note from him saying, "Happy St. Patrick's Day." This glitter was everything. I'm not sure if I thought it was magic fairy dust or Lyle's glitter eyeshadow, but I coveted it. And likely brought it along in the car as we went to McDonald's to get our traditional Shamrock Shake. 20 years later and Lyle is still sending me goodies; however, ...

5 Things to Consider for Your Running Routine

For the past 15 years of my life I've consistently run as part of my fitness routine. Until the last year of my life. This is what my friend and I established over FaceTime a couple weeks ago when I updated him on my life. What was supposed to be a catch up about Marketing turned into an unexpected set of focus items by the end of the FaceTime session. "You have three goals for the month of March," Cody said through my MacBook screen. "Attend networking/startup events, write for other ...

For Guys: How to Do Valentine’s Day

What do blueberry pancakes and rhinestone Hello Kitty bracelets have in common? Nothing... except everything. Valentine's Day can be rough for guys. I know this because as February nears, I can expect the same Facebook and/or text messages to enter my inbox before Super Bowl invites are even received... "Hey Annie, I was wondering if you could help me with Valentine's Day for (insert friend's name)" - her semi-boyfriend, boyfriend or husband. Every year I provide the same ...

6 Essentials for Your Reading Corner

"That is part of the beauty of literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong." - F. Scott Fitzgerald Reading hasn’t been at the top of my list of things to do in the past couple months and neither has completing the reading corner of my bedroom. It’s been prioritized below household necessities like “bed frame”, “dining chairs” and “kitchen bowls.” Even fuzzy accent pillows for the couch ...