Rebecca Stokes

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I'm a writer all over the web! I've contributed news, rants, funny lists and entertaining academic fakery at XOJane, The Hairpin, The Barnes and Noble Book Blog, and The Toast, to name but a few. When not writing for the internet, I spend my time writing plays and taunting my cat with bits of pretzel that I will ultimately not let him have. 


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    The big day of your wedding is finally here! It's time to get ready and officially celebrate the love between you and your partner. But that's not all. Now that all the planning, shopping, prepping, and fretting is through, you've got some other things to celebrate.

    Top of that list? The hard work and support of that group of girlfriends you so rightfully chose to be your bridesmaids. Now it's time to present them with a token that expresses all your thanks in just the right way.

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    The bright sunny skies of spring can only mean one thing. Summer is upon us! With the upcoming warm months come something else -- swimsuit season. Now is the perfect time of year to get ourselves inspired for buying swimwear that makes us look and feel stupendous. 

    If you're looking for some on-point swimsuit inspiration, you need look no further than some of Hollywood's hottest moms. No, we're not all actress pretty or model slim, but that doesn't mean we can't take inspiration from the suits they don. You don't have to be a size 2 to wear a bikini, just confident and happy knowing you're wearing something that makes you look your best. 

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    Is there anything cuter than an English Bulldog puppy? The answer is: YES! This video of an English Bulldog puppy being transported to another level of happiness courtesy of the vigorous brushing she's receiving from her owner is priceless. Hilariously, she can't get enough of a simple household scrub brush. I can't even get over this. The tummy! Her little face! The apparent ecstasy she falls into upon getting her rough cuddles on! AH! It is sincerely too much cute for me to handle. I can feel my teeth rotting from the sweetness and I LOVE IT.

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    People has crowned the most beautiful celeb of 2014 and it's Lupita Nyong'o! There's no denying that the actress (and award winner for her role of Patsy in 12 Years a Slave) is totally drop-dead gorgeous. She joins a crazy-hot roster of other celebs who have graced the cover of the magazine before her. But her take on beauty is all her own, and it's a super refreshing one.

    More than anything else, Lupita is aware how important her presence on the cover of the magazine is, not just for her, but for young girls. In an age where we are still lightening the skin of black actresses and singers before releasing magazines, Lupita is a killer role model for young black women. She takes this responsibility seriously. "I was happy," she says, "for all the girls who would see me on [it] and feel a little more seen." LUPITA. WHY ARE YOU THE GREATEST?

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    Fast food nutrition can be difficult. The snacks are always so good, which can blind us to those concerns. Where else can you grab your favorite ultra-savory or sweet treat in just seconds, and all for usually pretty decent prices? Not in my kitchen, that's for sure. I charge a premium rate for even toaster waffles. It's highway robbery.

    But it can be tough when you're ordering fast food to know what exactly is in what you're ordering. When we cook at home, it's so much easier to suss out how much of what we've used and do some quick math to let us know just how many calories and how much fat we're consuming. Sometimes with fast food, it can be a challenge.

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