Marlena Ahearn
Studying magazine journalism, marketing and women's and gender studies at Syracuse University. Amateur vegan cook and book collector.

23 Vegan Holiday Side Dishes Everyone Will Love

I just celebrated my first vegan holiday and let me tell you, it was the most delicious meal I’ve had in a long time. When you’re starting out vegan, there's a lot of pressure around your first holiday. How will you explain your ethical meal to relat…
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13 Funny Gifts For Your Significant Other

Finding the right gift for your significant other is hard. You know what they like and what they don't, but sometimes the right gift just doesn’t seem to exist. Besides, gifting at any time of the year is difficult, but especially around the holidays…
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This Is Why Being Rejected Hurts So Much

Being rejected is the worst. Whether you’re being turned down for a first date, or being dumped in a relationship, rejection really plays with your emotions. Is it really about them? Or did I do something wrong? Why wasn’t I good enough? Rejection, i…
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13 Things To Do Before A First Date

Everyone has their own rituals and rules when it comes to getting ready for a first date. Besides looking and feeling your best, there are a lot of other factors to take into consideration when you're getting ready. Are you doing drinks or dinner? Se…
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Gifts For Your Partner That Won't Break The Bank

Buying a gift for your significant other is either a piece of cake or literally the hardest thing in the world. On one hand, you presumably know them well and know what they like and don't like. On the other, you may feel like every gift represents y…
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Should You Play Hard To Get?

If you’ve been dating for any length of time you’ve probably met someone who was playing hard to get with you, or maybe you've even been the ~mysterious~ one yourself. The game may involve waiting hours (or days) to someone text back or being "busy" …
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20 Most Embarrassing Sex Confessions

Even the most experienced in bed have some pretty embarrassing sex stories — it just comes with the territory. Sex is a very important part of life, but sometimes things just happen and it's just plain awkward. Sure, sex can be sweaty and messy but w…
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This Is Why You Can't Stop Creeping On Your Ex

We are all guilty of creeping on our exes — it's a way of satiating your curiosity and checking up on someone you once cared about. After a breakup, it can be hard to detach. Before smartphones and computers, people could erase someone from their lif…
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The Reason To Be Thankful For Birth Control Today

For many, Donald Trump being elected president after his polarizing campaign came as a total shock — and many women are starting to question whether they'll have continued access to birth control. That's why the Thanks, Birth Control campaign from Th…
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The 15 Best Obama And Biden Memes About Trump

Since the election results last Tuesday, there have been tears, protests, and important reproductive rights discussions. After a campaign season in which President-elect Donald Trump insulted 282 people, places, and organizations and offended many mi…
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How To Talk To Your Relatives Who Support Trump

For many of us, Donald Trump being elected president after a polarizing campaign came as a shock. Despite polls leading up to the election showing Clinton holding a substantial lead, ultimately the electoral college worked in Trump's favor and he is …
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7 Healthy Comfort Snacks For Election Night

In times of stress — like the 2016 presidential election — we crave comfort food. We reach for food that satisfies cravings because we have emotional attachments to certain foods and know they make us feel at ease. For most of us Election Day is a lo…
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9 Last-Minute Election Night Party Ideas

The 2016 election season has been unprecedentedly long and full of ridiculous name-calling, false accusations, and some really troubling hateful speech that is taking a toll on the mental health of Americans. There is no better way to wait it out for…
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This Is How Congressional Elections Work

With all the buzz surrounding the 2016 presidential election, it can be hard to focus on all the other incredibly important parts of an election season. We are not only electing a president, but the congressional elections are also taking place. I ju…
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Does The Electoral College Actually Meet?

Every four years when election time rolls around, it can feel like you're re-learning how democracy and elections work. Middle school history class didn’t exactly stick in everyone's minds and just like memories of gym class, knowing what the Elector…
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How Often Are Congressional Elections Held?

When you head to the polls on Nov 8., you won't just be able to cast your vote for the next president. Congress, made up of the 435 House and the 100 Senate seats, has two different election cycles. House seats are up for re-election every two years …
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9 Election Night Party Ideas

The 2016 election season has been absurdly long and full of scandal, controversy, and WTF just happened moments, so it's surely time move forward with a fun party on election night. To commemorate (or commiserate) the end of the season and the countr…
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Can A Fitness Tracker Tell When You Fall In Love?

We've all wondered about how we fall in love. There have even been studies that show it’s possible to train yourself to fall in love. As it turns out, we can actually track our love lives, thanks to personal fitness trackers. Koby Soto's FitBit recor…
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20 Ways To Tell A Dating Profile Is Fake

Dating is hard enough without having to worry about being catfished. Millennials are often so over-scheduled and busy that meeting people organically isn’t always possible. So, we turn to dating apps instead of meeting people IRL. We fill out profile…
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These Halloween Costumes Killed It On Dating Apps

With online dating, it can sometimes feel like you’re just another face in an endless sea of photos. But how do you stand out on dating apps? Even getting a match isn’t a guarantee anymore. Dating app turned relationship app Hinge recently rebuilt th…
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