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How 5 Women Are Redefining What Black Joy Means to Them: "I Know What My Magic Is About"

Self-care has never been more important than it is right now, and that's especially true for Black women, who have had to juggle work, family, personal lives, and more amid ongoing racial trauma while also living in a pandemic. According to women's rights organization LeanIn.org, Black women have faced an even greater burden and were more susceptible to burnout since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. It's enough to make anyone feel overwhelmed, which is why figuring out what Black joy means to us has also never been more important.

I spoke with five Black women about how they redefining what Black joy means to them, and in my conversation with each of them, learned how they've been intentional with their self-care practices. From how a publicist and political strategist finds joy for herself to a fashion stylish and mom explaining how seeking Black joy means maintaining strong faith and a steady commitment to prayer, these women are taking care of themselves with their own set of rules. Keep reading to see what Black joy means to these five trailblazing women.

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Over Your Ugly Toaster? Get One of These 12 Stylish Options Instead

If you're all about minimalism and prefer to follow the "less is more" lifestyle in your home, we know there are a few thing that can get in the way. For one, not all appliances look pretty and sleek sitting on your countertop. Luckily, there are a ton of stylish options you can shop these days.

To help your kitchen counters look more minimal than ever, we went on a mission to find the most chic toasters on the market. Along our journey, we were shocked at how many cool picks we found and feel in love with. From smart options to cute colorful choices, shop our favorites ahead.

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If You Haven't Been Shopping This Chic Furniture Brand, You'll Want To

The days of department store furniture shopping are over. Cool new brands seem to be popping up daily, and honestly, we're all here for it. One of our current favorite sites to browse is Castlery, and if you haven't heard of it, you're in for a treat. The name offers stylish and modern in-house designed pieces, that also won't cost you a fortune.

While the prices are still up there, we like to consider this more a middle-market price range. What makes it worth it and stand out though, is the quality. It's like you're getting a designer piece without shelling out thousands of dollars for just a small item. To help you find the right ones for your space, we curated a list of our favorite things. Ahead, you can find everything from a popular modular sofa to chic coffee table and amazing accent chairs. Take a look.

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These 25 Organizers From Target Are Incredibly Useful and Unbelievably Affordable

Keeping things tidy around the house is an ongoing challenge for me. There are days when, despite my best efforts, my throw blankets are all over the place, and I struggle to find a particular spice in the kitchen cabinet.

This is the year I'll finally solve these problems and get the organizers I need to keep everything in order. I found these time-saving, super helpful options on Target, and I of course had to share. These products are proof that you don't have to spend a ton of money to find the storage solutions that will make a huge difference in your domestic life.

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Goddess Bath Rituals Are My Ultimate Form of Self-Care - Here's How They Helped Me Manifest My Goals

In the middle of 2020, which was also finals week for most of my fellow college students, everyone I knew was really feeling the weight of the pandemic, including me. Glued to my couch at home, my online classes were becoming draining, and I started to feel consumed with anxiety for the future. Spending less time with my friends in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus to my loved ones and other family members, I started to feel out of touch with myself. I was overwhelmed with work, worry, and caught up in my own thoughts on what the rest of my life was going to look like.

To push myself out of this funk, I tried my traditional self-care rituals like journaling, face masks, and talking virtually with friends, but it wasn't enough. My mental health was taking a turn for the worst, and I felt untethered. I needed another way to help me center myself and bring inner peace amongst the turmoil surrounding me. While scrolling mindlessly on Instagram one day, I came across a picture from my favorite content creator Anaya Ivy. It was the most relaxing bath picture I had ever seen with rose petals, candles, sage, and essential oils. After reading Anaya's caption, I learned...

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Everyone Else Adopted Kittens . . . I Adopted a Corn Snake

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So many people adopted kittens and puppies to stay sane during 2020 that many local animal shelters actually ran out of pets, and breeders had wait lists that were ridiculously long. Though I wasn't actually allowed a cat or a dog, I was feeling the social isolation many of us were feeling, and decided I needed a pet of some sort. So I adopted a corn snake.

In March of last year, I was finally living in a house where I was allowed to have a pet snake. It's something I had dreamed of since I was 11 years old. After looking at ads on Craigslist, I found someone who was rehoming their corn snake. Instantly, I replied saying I was interested, and they agreed to sell her to me. This was it! I was finally going to have a new friend to hang out with at home and fulfill my dreams of having a pet snake. They were only a short drive away, so I folded down the seats of my car and drove over to their house to pick her up.

When I saw her, I was already in love. She came out of her rock and flicked her tongue at me when I crouched beside her tank. It was a pretty heavy glass tank, about 5 feet by 2 feet, so her previous owner helped me carry it to my car....

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The 17 Best Home-Cleaning Products You Should Own

If you're feeling like giving your home a deep cleaning, but aren't sure where to start, we're here to help. There are so many cleaning products out there, it can be hard to figure out which ones to buy. To help you, we found a number of amazing finds from both more popular and new smaller brands.

Ahead, we curated a list of 17 cleaning solutions that are totally worth a try. Whether you're shopping for eco-friendly choices, alcohol wipes, or even microfiber towels that'll help you save on paper towels, we found it all. Some even come in helpful sets, so you can get a variety. Keep reading to shop these bestselling picks and get cleaning.

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These 15 Stylish Tea Kettles Make Me Want to Ditch My Old One

Making tea is one of my favorite home rituals. There's something about the whistle of the kettle and the first pour that brings me so much comfort. It reminds me of times when I could freely meet with friends and catch up over hot cups of herbal tea. In the past few months, I've had time to consider all the changes I'll be making to my kitchen shelves, and getting a new tea kettle is one of them.

I love a good Instagram photo moment, so I want to make sure the replacement is not just functional, but also stylish enough to be put on display. I've rounded up 15 options that check these boxes, so you can find your own new kettle, too. All you'll need is a storage box and a delicious new tea to complete your set.

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30 Birthday Charcuterie Board Ideas That Top Even the Most Delicious Cakes

From pancakes to hot chocolate to candy, creative charcuterie boards have been all over Instagram lately. We love the idea of taking a traditional meat and cheese platter and turning it into something fun and unique, and the latest trend we've spotted does just that and more: birthday charcuterie boards! Don't get us wrong, we love a good birthday cake, but these boards look too cute and delicious to miss out on. And by having a whole board instead of just one cake, you can pack it with different treats and flavors.

Besides the usual cheese, fruit, veggie, and cracker staples, several of these options also include sweets like mini cookie cakes and cupcakes covered in sprinkles. You can also package these up in boxes, so they're the perfect thing to drop off at a friend's house for their special day! Keep reading to see 20+ birthday charcuterie boards for some delicious inspiration.

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Fact: These Lemon Custard Pancakes Will Make You Jump Out of Bed in the Morning

Looking to mix up your brunch game? While we'll never turn down classics like waffles, eggs, and bagels, sometimes you just need a little somethin' more to help you jump out of bed in the morning. Enter: these lemon custard buttermilk pancakes! This decadent yet simple breakfast features pillowy pancakes that are topped with a silky lemon custard that's light, tart, sweet, and so delicious.

The pancake base is simple and can be adapted to suit any taste (feel free to use whatever pancake recipe you like best). And for the custard, if you love citrus but aren't a huge fan of lemon, feel free to switch it out for orange or a blueberry compote. The lemon custard in this recipe can also be enjoyed on its own, or with strawberries or raspberries for a lighter treat on the side of the pancakes.

A major plus with this recipe is that is comes together quick (it can be whipped up in about 30 minutes), so you don't have to wait long to dig in if you wake up really hungry!

To achieve the fluffiest results, allow your batter to sit for a few minutes.

Dust in a bit of lemon zest as your pancakes cook to really get that fresh and light lemon flavor. The unexpected pairing works really...

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Black Joy From the Eyes of Artists: What Inspires True Happiness Each Day

In the wake of the trials and tribulations that have disproportionately affected the Black community over the last year, it might seem in vain to look for the light. But, as Black people have shown time and time again, their resilience and strength always shines through. After the brutal killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and countless others, artists rose up to give a voice to the voiceless by creating works of art that captured their emotions as well as the current climate. Now during Black History Month, some of those same artists have opened up and shared what inspires their joy.

In a world where people try to dim other's lights, these artists have found happiness in the most unexpected, sometimes mundane, and always beautiful parts of their lives. Whether their joy comes from celebrating the beauty and diversity amongst Black women or from sending prints to customers, these artists have proven that dimming their light is easier said than done. Commemorate Black History Month and the Black artists that have held on to their joy ahead.

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This Pink Nonalcoholic Crackling Rose Drink Should Be Crowned the Queen of Mocktails

At a glance, this rosie nonalcoholic cocktail may look *too* plain sailing for happy hour, but as far as mocktails goes, this drink has another thing coming. Sans the booze, this fruity drink has all the makings and appearance of an elegant, pricey cocktail. Created by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck, the Crackling Rose is a famous drink of choice among celebrities who dine at Wolfgang's Beverly Hills eatery, Spago, which is usually packed to the nines with panjandrums like Gwen Stefani and Tom Hanks.

The two-step recipe can be muddled and shaken in under five minutes. However, you'll have to do a quick bar cart check to make sure your stash is stocked with all the necessary ingredients. Crackling Rose, nicknamed after it's similar deep-hued pinks and reds like that of rosé, is a healthy blend of fruity and floral elements. It's refreshing yet has a tartness to it, and is light and airy yet subtly sweet.

The next time you're digging through your mocktail recipe book, test out Wolfgang's Crackling Rose; it's exquisitely pink and luscious!


Wolfgang Puck's Crackling Rose

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Ingredients

  1. 8 raspberries
    1 ounce cranberry juice
    1/2 ounce rose water
    1 ounce lychee puree
    1/2...

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Making a Recipe That Calls For 00 Flour? Here's What It Is and How It's Different Than Other Flours

If you love to bake (and eat) as much as I do, then you've probably used a lot of all-purpose flour, cake flour, and self-rising flour in a variety of treats. But have you ever heard of 00 flour, or double zero flour? Many recipes call for this specific type of flour, but what exactly is it? And how is it different than the other types of flours?

It's called 00 flour because it's the thinnest kind you can buy, and it's also considered the gold standard by Italian cooks. When you're baking things like thin-crust pizza or homemade pasta, this is the type of flour you want to use.

The difference between 00 flour and other kinds of flour lies primarily in how the gluten acts and the kind of food it's best for. While 00 flour and all-purpose flour have similar amounts of protein, 00 flour has soft wheat while all-purpose flour contains both hard and soft wheat, which forms more elastic gluten. As a result, pizza made with all-purpose flour will be chewier. Additionally, while 00 flour is best for pizza and pasta, other kinds of flour are best for bakery items. Cake flour is best for cakes and cookies, all-purpose flour is best for bread rolls, and bread flour is best for dark...

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Chrissy Teigen's Minestrone Soup Recipe Includes Thick Slices of Crispy Chili Toast

Chrissy Teigen's recipes have never let me down. From her banana bread to her drunken noodles, everything of hers I make I love, so when I discovered her minestrone soup recipe, it seemed like the perfect hearty, cozy, and healthy recipe to try in February. I already love minestrone, but her addition of chili mayo toasts take this recipe from simple to downright restaurant-quality. My boyfriend isn't a soup person, but we were practically fighting over the toasts!

The soup itself is fairly straightforward: you start with a base of onions, carrots, and celery, then add canned ingredients (thanks for the easy recipe, Chrissy!) like green beans, diced tomatoes, and cannellini beans. Read the recipe carefully, because only certain canned ingredients need to be drained. Bring everything to a boil, toss in some pasta, and cook until the pasta is tender. I'd never made soup with pasta in it, but now that I know how well noodles can absorb the flavor of the broth, I'm never going back.

The chili mayo toasts are also easy: you brush baguette slices with chili oil and mayo, then broil until toasty. If you can't find chili oil, Chrissy's recipe is wonderfully simple: just simmer one...

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Can You Freeze Trader Joe's Pizza Dough? Here's the Deal

If you're a Trader Joe's fanatic, you know that the beloved grocery store chain carries multiple flavors of fresh, ready-made pizza dough. Making pizza from (almost) scratch can be a fun and healthy way to mix up your meals, but sometimes there's just not enough room in your fridge. So what's a savvy shopper to do?

Fortunately, you can freeze any pizza dough, Trader Joe's included. There's no prep needed – simply stick the package right in your freezer for up to three months. Pizza dough is one of the easiest yeast doughs to freeze, which makes it ideal for meal prepping or for planning less trips to the store.

When you're ready to use the dough, make sure to fully thaw it first. There are a few different ways you can do this. The best way to thaw pizza dough is in a covered, oiled bowl at room temperature for a few hours until it's ready to use. Another method that doesn't take long is defrosting the dough in a bowl of cold water. Make sure that the dough is sealed in plastic and leave the bowl on the counter. Then, change the water every 30 minutes until it's soft.

You can also thaw pizza dough in the fridge, but keep in mind that this will take longer – up to 12 hours. If...

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11 Genius Gift Wrap Organizers You Probably Don't Own, but Should

If you're ready to reorganize your home, one place that never hurts to start in is your storage closet. Sometimes going through all your old stuff and getting it in order can totally refresh your space. There are so many helpful organizers that'll make this task easy, and one specifically that we think is worth an investment: a handy gift wrap organizer.

Even though the holidays are long behind us, that doesn't mean we can throw out the wrapping paper. You'll likely want to save some for the next holiday season and also keep other ones on hand for birthdays and more. To help you find the best ones on the market, we shopped and uncovered 11 genius picks. Keep reading to browse them all and finally get your closet together.

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Taste the Rainbow! Here's How to Order a Skittles Frappuccino From Starbucks's Secret Menu

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Skittles Frappuccino!! For a venti, ask for a strawberries & creme Frappuccino w/ 4 pumps vanilla, and 1 &1/2 pump raspberry!! #fyp #starbucks #foryou

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Calling all Starbucks fans! You may know about Starbucks' secret Raspberry Cheesecake Frappuccino or Funnel Cake Frappuccino, but have you heard about their Skittles Frappuccino? Yep, according to Maya, a barista known as @starbucksrecipeswithm on TikTok, it's another secret menu drink that you can custom-order.

As a Skittles lover and a Starbucks-lover, I practically melted when I heard about this combo. Even better, the ingredients are primarily berries, which is definitely one of the best Skittles flavors. If you're as excited about this as I am, here's how to order a Venti Skittles Frappuccino:

  1. Order a Venti Strawberry Crème Frappuccino.
  2. Ask for four pumps of vanilla syrup and one-and-a-half pumps of raspberry syrup.
  3. Ask for whipped cream on top (can also add strawberry puree on top if you wish).
  4. Thank your barista!

Since this item isn't on the menu, you'll have to give your barista this recipe. But if you don't feel comfortable or are too rushed to say all of those...

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These Trader Joe's Soups All Have One Thing in Common - They're Absolutely Delicious

Soup is the ultimate comfort food. Whether it's a bowl of creamy tomato on a cold winter evening or a cup of clam chowder in the summer, there's nothing more satisfying than a warm cup of soup (especially paired with a sandwich) to get you through the day. And, as you might have guessed, Trader Joe's has a bunch! From its newest addition of Tomato Dumpling Soup (delicious, by the way) to some of its seasonal hits like Autumnal Harvest Soup, we've gathered the best Trader Joe's soups to crush your crackers and dunk your sandwiches in, no matter the season. Trust us when we say: you don't want to miss out!

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Not in New Orleans? These Mardis Gras Recipes Will Make Up For That

Mardi Gras is a time to eat, drink, and be merry - with an emphasis on the eating. Fat Tuesday was coined Fat Tuesday for a reason: that reason being that there are countless mouthwatering meals to enjoy before Lent begins. Complete with all the best flavors of the South, this curated list of recipes contains the hands-down best Mardi Gras food you can make that'll bring the flair of Louisiana fare right to your kitchen. Whether you're craving comfort food like crawfish fettuccine or you're leaning toward something sweet like king cake french toast, these recipes will show your palette the finest flavors New Orleans has to offer.

No matter where you're celebrating Mardi Gras this year, let these recipes transport you to Bourbon Street with every bite. Whether you're feasting on bite-size appetizers or drool-worthy desserts, these festive recipes will make Fat Tuesday a day to remember. From breakfast to dinner, enjoy the best of the Big Easy from the comfort of your own home when you follow one of the recipes ahead. Cheers to good food and even better company!

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Always and Forever: Every Place Lara Jean and Peter Visit During Their NYC School Trip

Lara Jean Song Covey might be in a committed relationship with Peter Kavinsky, but she takes on another love in To All the Boys: Always and Forever: New York City. During their senior year class trip, Lara Jean, Chris, Peter, Trevor, and the rest of the gang joyously check out all that the city has to offer, and their adventures are packed with landmark stops in NYC. Just on the bus ride to their hotel, the group passes by the Freedom Tower, Chrysler Building, Radio City Music Hall, and New York Public Library. And of course, there's a whole montage set to Suzi Wu's "Eat Them Apples" as they unabashedly take touristy selfies in, wink wink, the Big Apple.

Needless to say, Lara Jean and Peter's time in the city is a whirlwind. As Lauv puts it in the beloved song from the movies, they just know how "to be young and in love in New York City." In case you need a bucket list for your next NYC escape like Lara Jean and Peter K's, we've rounded up all the major spots that they hit up!

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We Made Oreo Dora Cakes So You Don't Have to, and, Spoiler Alert: They're Not Worth It

Dora cakes are a popular Japanese sandwich snack made of two fluffy pancakes with a sweet filling. One version of the tasty treat has been all over the internet recently - Oreo Dora cakes - and they're made with just three simple ingredients you likely have at your house right now: Oreo cookies, milk, and baking powder.

One nice thing about these Dora cakes is that they could be made with any version of Oreos you have on hand, from original to peanut butter to the new Lady Gaga cookies that are pink with green creme.

While the cakes are pretty easy to make when you want something sweet, it is a little tedious to scrape the creme filling off of every Oreo. But once that's done, you just blitz the cookies in a food processor for a few seconds, mix in milk and baking powder, and cook the batter into mini pancakes. For the sweet filling, you just have to melt the creme from the cookies. When the pancakes are cooked, re-add the filling by spreading some on one pancake before taking another and making a sandwich. The final product does still resemble an Oreo, just in a different form.

While this recipe does technically work, there are a few caveats to making it that you should...

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14 Tech Accessories From Etsy That Will Brighten Up Your Work-From-Home Setup

If you are getting bored of staring at the same work from home setup or want to add a little personality to your tech, Etsy has got you covered. From docking stations to stunning phone cases, Etsy has the cutest accessories for all things tech. Whether you love bright and bold colors, muted earthy tones and neutrals, abstract prints, and modern designs, there is something for every aesthetic. I scoured the listings and found 14 stunning and innovative tech accessories that you'll love to use all the time.

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Wayfair Has So Many Comfy and Cute Couches, but These 14 Have the Best Ratings

If you're growing tired of your old sofa, it's time to take the plunge into getting a new one. Shopping for one online can be a daunting task, because you won't know exactly what it's like. Thankfully, one of our favorite things about online shopping is that you can read customer reviews. These help you get unbiased opinions on why it may or may not work for you.

To help you get started, we turned to Wayfair, because the retailer has so many impressive choices and thousands of testimonials. Ahead, we curated a list of its 14 most popular choices, all of which have over 4.5-star ratings. From chic velvet options to large sectionals, there's no doubt you'll find your match here. Keep reading to shop them all.

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Before and After: $130 and a Smart IKEA Hack Save This Entryway from Clutter

It’s nearly impossible to renovate every room of your home at once, so some spaces have to wait a little longer than others for a transformation. At Michela Andrioletti’s (@casa_in_newyork) home that she shares with her husband, that space was the entryway. “We put in the first things we could find at the most affordable budget when we moved here five years ago and then we just didn’t have time to fix it,” Michela says. READ MORE...

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The DIY movement is a re-introduction (often to urban and suburban dwellers) of the old pattern of personal involvement and use of skills in upkeep of a house or apartment, making clothes; maintenance of cars, computers, websites; or any material aspect of living.

DIY amongst the fashion community has become very popular. With the use of social media such as YouTube, a great number of people watch videos on a daily basis. YouTube has an array of DIY fashion videos from distressing jeans, bleaching jeans, redesigning an old shirt, and studding denim, just to name a few. This new trend is increasingly becoming more and more popular. There over 1,000 videos that individuals have posted demonstrating how to do those things. There are also other DIY videos that individuals could look up such as DIY jewelry, DIY room decor, and DIY hairstyles.