Kaitlyn is a lifestyle writer at Bustle, a novelist, a wilderness enthusiast, a semi-retired Z-list actress, a traveler, and proud dog mom.

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Oscar Games For Those Who Haven't Seen The Movies

The year 2016 was such a chaotic blur, I somehow managed to miss out on seeing a single movie I wanted to see. Usually by the time the Oscars roll around, I've seen at least 90 percent of the films that are nominated. I have really strong idea of what's on the table, who might win, what movies I think deserve some recognition, and I look forward to Oscar night to see it all play out. But this year, I have no idea what's going on — I haven't seen a single movie. I have no idea what's at stake. A…

By Kaitlyn Wylde

Mardi Gras Quotes That Will Help You Celebrate

Mardi Gras is almost here and if you're headed to New Orleans to get in on the big celebration, good for you — we're all jealous. But if you're stuck at home and beginning to suffer from some serious FOMO, fret not. There are still tons of ways you can get involved from home that will make you feel a little bit less left out. You can throw your own Carnival-themed party with Cajun food and jazz music and beads galore, or you can sit back, relax and watch it all happen from the cozy side of a com…

By Kaitlyn Wylde

Oscars 2017 Appetizer Ideas For Your Viewing Party

So you've decided to have an Oscars viewing party at your house — mainly because you're too lazy to leave the house, but also because you love watching award shows with your friends. It makes the whole experience feel very Mystery Science Theater 3000. And when you have a party at home, Oscars night goes from being just another night that you spend on the couch losing pretzels between the cushions and mindlessly scrolling through Instagram during commercial breaks into an interactive and social …

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Oscars Party Games That Will Keep The Party Going

So you're having an Oscars party and you think you have it all figured out. You've got the chips, you've got the dip, you've got the cheap champagne, you've got cubes of cheese and toothpicks and cocktail napkins and salted nuts — you even removed the tin lid from the can of the latter! In other words, you're feeling pretty proud of yourself. But, before you do your happy "I'm slaying the Oscars" hostess dance, you might want to consider thinking up some activities — you know, like games. Like f…

By Kaitlyn Wylde

Easy Last-Minute Mardi Gras Party Ideas

OK, so you told all of your friends that they can count on you for their Mardi Gras festivities. You told them to all come to your house and that you had some great entertainment planned. The only problem is, you haven't exactly had the time to plan anything, and now you've got a herd of friends coming over with high expectations. Don't freak out just yet, there are tons of last minute host tricks you can utilize that will help you throw an amazing Mardi Gras party without spending too much tim…

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Epic Mardi Gras Trips You Can Easily Plan

Whether you're looking for an early spring break or just love yourself a festive celebration, Mardi Gras is a great excuse to travel. The widely celebrated holiday is most well known for its massive celebration every year in New Orleans, Louisiana, but what you might not know is that it's actually celebrated all over the world in both similar and different ways. And while it's always certainly a great time to visit New Orleans, you can still get in on that Mardi Gras spirit in other cities. Com…

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Vegan Oscar Party Recipe Ideas

Whether you're a vegan and hosting an Oscar party for carnivores or you're a carnivore hosting an Oscar party for vegans, meal prep can be overwhelming. You want to make everyone happy and you have no idea what dishes will please both preferences. What's more complicated, there's totally a stigma that vegan food is this bland, vegetable ruffage that leaves you hungry and craving meatier proteins. You're so nervous about pleasing everyone that you're heavily considering resorting to theme and ser…

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How To Make Your Own Girl Scout Cookies At Home

It's Girl Scout Cookie season and while I'm mostly focused on my excitement for the occasion, I'm distracted, because I honestly cannot believe it hasn't been made a national holiday yet. I mean, if beans and sponges can have their own holiday, arguably the best cookies in the world should have their own holiday, too. Amirite? But I'll save my pleas for another time, because right now I'm here to blow your mind with some drool-worthy news: you can make your own Girl Scout Cookies at home. Sure,…

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Recipes To Make With Girl Scout Cookies

Girl Scout Cookie season is with us once again our once-a-year insatiable craving for all things Thin Mint is back. (Though, if you're anything like me, that craving really sticks around all year.) And with this year being the 100-year anniversary of Girl Scouts America selling cookies, there's more reason than ever to buy now. Because who can fight the urge to give into a group of cute kids selling cookies outside the grocery store? Answer: no one. I mean you already have a few shopping bags fi…

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Why People Throw Beads At Mardi Gras

If you're anything like me, you've probably always wondered how the tradition of throwing beads at Mardi Gras came to be. I mean, it's cool — but how did that even become a thing? Well, turns out, you're not crazy to wonder: The real reason why people throw beads at Mardi Gras (as well as why many flash their breasts for beads) has never been intuitively clear. And which came first, the flashing or the bead throwing? If you stop to think about the specifics of Mardi Gras and try to really break …

By Kaitlyn Wylde