It’s Just a Bunch of Hocus Pocus

Twenty-five years ago, the black flame candle was lit, and it’s been mesmerizing kids (and some adults – no shame) ever since. The rumors are true, the cult favorite ‘Hocus Pocus’ is celebrating its 25th Anniversary and the lineup sounds magical. I’m not freaking out, you’re freaking out!

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On October 20th, the world can tune into a one-night “Hocus Pocus 25th Anniversary Halloween Bash” filled with live musical performances and interviews from the beloved cast.

While only two Sanderson sisters are confirmed (get it together Bette Midler), there will be no shortage of throwbacks, with appearances from 1993 heartthrob Max Dennison and his sister, AKA America’s sweetheart, Dani Dennison. I know you’re dying to see their transformations just as much as I am…

The TV special will join Freeform’s 31 Nights of Halloween series amongst other OG favs – so if you ever need me after 6pm during the month of October, you know where to find me (my couch).

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Posted by Carolyn

Get Your A** to the Polls!

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I was born on election day of 19XX — you don’t need to know the year. As such, I feel like it is my personal duty and maybe even my birthright to tell you that you have to vote. I will even consider it a birthday present if you just get out to the polls that day.

This year, Uber and Lyft are making it so you can’t use transportation as an excuse to not exercise your right to vote. On Election Day, November 6th, Uber riders can get a free ride to the polls by opening up the app and tapping the “Get to the Polls” button, which will help them find their polling place and order a ride. Uber has partnered with #VoteTogether and Democracy Works to provide these free rides, and they also partnered with When We All Vote to help people register to vote, with information about voter registration right on the app.

Lyft has also partnered with various organizations to distribute promo codes for discounted rides to polling places in order to encourage voter turnout. In underserved communities, Lyft will provide free rides to the polls through partnerships with Voto Latino, the National Federation of the Blind and Urban League. Beyond helping to combat transportation issues, which hindered 15 million people from voting in 2016, Lyft is also supporting voter registration efforts by teaming up with When We All Vote and National Voter Registration Day.

You may think it’s “just” a midterm election, but we are in a crucial juncture in our country’s history. If you’re not yet registered, the last day to register to vote in Massachusetts is coming up quickly on October 17th. Every vote counts; every voice matters. So, register, mark your calendars and get your ride to the polls on November 6.

Posted by Sylvie

Meet Me Wherever

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I know that what I’m about to say may sound creepy and voyeuristic, but I PROMISE that I don’t mean it as such – I’ve always been a fan of learning about other people’s love lives. And by that, specifically I mean, the way in which people stumble upon their significant others, or their ‘S.O.,’ to keep it 2018. Whether it’s a seemingly nightmare blind date that turns into ‘the one,’ high school sweethearts with a 30+ year history together, two New Yorkers stealing glances at each other on the subway and starting a conversation (this is actually how my parents’ best friends met over 40 years ago), I enjoy a good ‘meet cute’ story.

So, needless to say, I was hooked when a friend recently introduced me to an Instagram account called ‘The Way We Met.’  A digital journal of ‘the internet’s best love stories,’ this page features submissions from couples who want to share their path to finding each other with the world. From couples who meet at the dog park when their puppies started playing with each other to those who live in different countries and started their relationship via Skype, the posts encompass endless types of first encounters. The account features every type of couple you can imagine – those who met as toddlers, husbands and wives with a 20 year age difference, straight couples, homosexual couples, transgender couples, friends who became more, someone who lost their soulmate to cancer and found love again, a man and a woman who met at age 78 and so on. One of my favorite posts about two horses (see the photo below and be prepared to melt) highlights a twosome that isn’t romantic in nature at all. However, it’s a reminder that love is all around, even in the most unlikely of places when things feel hopeless.

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If you’re feeling exasperated with a pile of dating apps and an endless carousel of first dates, believe me, I feel you more than you know and I was right there myself not too long ago. My advice? Give yourself a quick pause from swiping left and right on face after face on your phone and take a peek at this heart-warming, hope-inspiring feed. And the next time you see a cute stranger while waiting in line for coffee, shoot them a quick smile because you never know what it could lead to…

Posted by Ilana 

The Juicy Truth About Wellness Shots

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Break out your lemons and cayenne pepper, friends. Sniffle season is here, which means it’s time for all the health fanatics to start self-medicating with home-brewed wellness shots.

If you’ve never heard of wellness shots, just imagine rounding up all the superfood-esque ingredients you have in your pantry (think apple cider vinegar and turmeric), combining them in a glass, and pounding back the potent elixir in one fell sip. Sound disgusting? Well, that’s because it is. But if you have a sense of allegiance to your body and treating it to the finest healing powers nature has to offer, taste is the sacrifice you must make.

While I’m pretty far from what anyone would consider a health aficionado, my friends recently convinced me to partake in the ritual of making and taking wellness shots. Though I was weary of both the look and inferred taste of the mixture, I was actually shocked by how much better I felt after drinking it. My energy levels kicked up immediately, and after a couple rounds throughout the week, my sniffles decreased. If this kind of immune system boost sounds right up your alley around this time of year, here’s a wellness shot recipe I recommend using:

  • 1 spoonful of apple cider vinegar
  • Juice of ½ a lemon (heat the lemon slice in the microwave for 15 seconds for optimal juice rendering)
  • 1 dash of cinnamon
  • 1 dash of cayenne pepper
  • 1 dash of turmeric
  • 1 teeny tiny sprinkle of black pepper
  • 1 splash of water (the brave-of-heart skip this step, but I’d recommend diluting to salvage your stomach)

Just plug your nose and down it. Cheers to your new future as a health legend!

Posted by Barrette

An Ugly Sweater For Every Holiday

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If you thought ugly sweaters were just for winter holidays, I’m here to let you know that is [happily] not the case. Introducing, ugly Halloween sweaters — just what you need to kick the autumn season off right.

While I’m not the biggest Halloween fan, I do love myself a good ugly sweater, so this is one of those holiday fads I can certainly get behind. Fan of witches? Zombies? Or just some good old fashioned pumpkins and happy ghosts (more my speed)? There’s a sweater for that.

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Whether you purchase yours on Amazon, find one at a trendy thrift store, or craft your own DIY-style, there’s a Halloween sweater for every fall lover this season!

Posted by Victoria

Un-Belize-able Trip of a Lifetime

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Summer has come and gone. While many of my friends are excited and ready for fall, I still miss the hot, sunny, summer weather. If you’re like me, craving warmth and sunshine instead of pumpkin spice everything and sweater weather, you might want to consider a tropical trip – perhaps to Belize, where the average temperature hovers around 84°F. And if you’re lucky, you could have your trip sponsored by the government of Belize.

And it’s not just any ol’ vacation…. it’s a competition. The Belize Tourism Board is offering five individuals an all-expenses-paid trip to the country for its first-ever nationwide game of hide-and-seek. To promote Belize as “the perfect destination for travelers who like to hide away from it all and those seeking adventure,” the five-day game taking place in November will have four hiders in various spots around Belize and one seeker, who will have the aid of a local guide to track down the other players. The seeker wins the game if all four hiders are found. Belize, which is about the same size as the state of Massachusetts, is 60% covered by forest and has more than 450 offshore islands, making for a truly intense game of hide-and-seek. For those who aren’t lucky enough to win a place in the game, they can follow along on @TravelBelize’s Instagram stories to see how the game plays out in sites that could include the Belize Barrier Reef or Ancient Mayan Temples.

I know if I won a trip to Belize, I might stay in hiding on the beach for longer than the five days of the game…

Posted by Sylvie

Amazon Does It Again

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Do you have a love-hate relationship with Amazon? Do you find yourself weary of customer reviews and fraudulent items? Do you need to physically see and touch an item before you buy it? If so, then Amazon can still be for you.

Amazon has opened its first 4-Star store in NYC. That’s right – another physical store. The quirky concept store is located in SoHo and carries Amazon’s top selling items (which must have a rating above four stars or fall under the “new and trending” category). Not only can you physically see the items, but they are also tagged with real, Amazon-approved, customer reviews.

A peek inside the store shows that products range from gadgets, to household items, to dog toys, to Amazon’s own products. Some may find this a bit disorganized, but others would say that is the fun of it! At least you know you aren’t rummaging through 99 cent store, off-brand items. These are Amazon’s best!

Some fun facts about the store:

  • Prime member? Discounts!
  • The price in-store is the same as online, so if the items online are decreasing in price as you shop, the items in your physical cart are decreasing in price as well!
  • There is a “Most Wished For” section full of items most commonly sitting on people’s wish lists.
  • Bring your dogs! Just like Amazon HQ, this little shop is dog friendly!

Is it me? Or does this sound like the perfect store for holiday shopping? You can find me in the “Most Wished For” section picking out gifts for my hardest-to-shop-for family members. If you find yourself in SoHo, check it out and report back!

Posted by Carly

Say Cheese!

I have a confession. It wasn’t until I got to college that I realized there were many more cheese types than the staples of my childhood: sliced American cheese in the plastic film, grated parmesan from the pizza shop, melty mozzarella on the pizza and cheddar in the form of Goldfish or Cheez-It crackers. I blame my cheese-averse mother for my lack of cheese education.

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Luckily, in the years since college, I’ve experimented with different cheeses and now can appreciate a good cheese plate (though I have to admit I am still anti-bleu cheese). My growing appreciation for cheese is especially fortunate in light of a recent study that found that eating cheese can actually have health benefits. We all know cheese is a good source of calcium, but the study found other potential perks of a cheesy diet: lowered cholesterol levels and heart protection. It’s worth noting that many participants in the study’s control group (aka the people who had the hard task of avoiding cheese for the six weeks of the study) dropped out, so the comparisons are not completely conclusive.

While a friend previously warned me that each dice-sized cube of cheese is 25 calories and a “proper” serving size is just four measly cubes, I say calories be damned. Don’t these gouda benefits of cheese outweigh the calories? I brie-lieve they must!

Posted by Sylvie

Calling All Vampire Enthusiasts

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Are you obsessed with Twilight, dress as a vampire for Halloween every year, or just have a general fascination with the living dead? Six Flags is hosting the perfect competition for you! In honor of 30 years of Fright Fest at Six Flags, the amusement park has announced their 30-hour Coffin Challenge. Six participants will have to endure 30 hours in a coffin provided by the park to win a $300 cash prize, season passes, the coffin itself (!!!), and other goodies. The rules are simple: participants must remain in the coffin for the full duration of the 30 hours with the exception of bathroom and, surprisingly, snack breaks! If you exit the coffin for any other reason, you’re disqualified.

Six Flags has cracked the code when it comes to an interesting, creative, and seasonally-appropriate marketing stunt. What a fun and timely way to celebrate Halloween, Fright Fest, and generate some buzz on social media. Personally, no amount of money could ever entice me into a coffin for any extended time, but I do love the thrill of being scared and the atmosphere of the season! The “Coffin Dwellers,” as the Six Flags website calls them, can bring a guest with them for the park’s regular operating hours, but must brave the night alone.

While we are not catching a flight to St. Louis to lock ourselves in a coffin anytime soon, we commend those that are brave enough to take on the challenge. We’re sure Edward Cullen would be proud!

Posted by Brenna

It’s Not a Regular Milkshake, It’s a Cool Milkshake

Today is October 3rd, and only true Mean Girls fans know what that means…

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If you’re like me and can recite every single line from the OG film, then you’ve probably already heard what a success the Broadway Mean Girls musical has been. So, why not continue celebrating the greatest thing to come out of 2004?

“You go Glen Coco!”

“She doesn’t even go here!”

“You can’t sit with us!”

…you get the point.

NYC’s Black Tap restaurant gets it, too, which is why they’ve created a custom Mean Girls milkshake to celebrate the success along with the monumental day that I like to call ‘National Mean Girls Day.’ For today only, superfans of the movie can drop by Black Tap to try the sweet treat, decked out in all the essentials.

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Now THAT is fetch…

How excited am I to try this, you ask?

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Posted by Carolyn

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