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Being a woman in Your 20s vs 30s: The Biggest Differences

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Is it us just us, or does life seem to get more difficult as the years go on?

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20’s are filled with the stresses of student debt, finding a job, and figuring out the person you ultimately “want to be”. It is also the decade of most people’s lives to make mistakes, be confused, and form our identities.

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So our 30’s must be alot easier…. right?

Here are some of the biggest differences between our struggles in our 20’s vs our 30’s

1.) Changes to our appearance

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Let’s face facts here, our youth doesn’t last forever. When our 30s hit, so do changes in our body. Perhaps a small wrinkle is forming or a few grey hairs are sprouting. This can lead some woman into panic mode.

News f*cking flash : YOU ARE AGING AND IT IS OKAY!!!!!

Did you look the same from when you were 10 to when you turned 20? NO. So what makes you think you should look the same from when your 20 to 30?

The pressures put on woman to maintain their “young” appearance can be exhausting. Aging is a beautiful thing, even if it seems like a difficult pill to swallow.

The irony is, many of the 30-something women I know are the most beautiful, authentic, and dynamic versions of themselves right now. They don’t want to go back to being their 22-year-old self — except, maybe, when they have a hangover.

Julia MCveigh, business insider

2.) Pressure to succeed

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Your 30s filled with a WHOLE NEW SLEW of pressures. Don’t have a great job? Hot husband? Instagram worthy photos every other day? You better get your sh*t together woman!

Those who fail to meet these ambitious milestones may feel inadequate. Those who are striving to achieve them may feel pressure to compete with their peers. And, man, is this a bummer. Once upon a time, us 20-somethings shared our mistakes with ease and humor; as a 30-something, this type of breezy, endearing vulnerability is increasingly absent.

JULIA MCVEIGH, BUSINESS INSIDER

We are all on a completely different journey – simple as that. Some people reach success when their 50, some people are secretly miserable in their Instagram perfect relationship, so who exactly made up these pressures? As difficult as it is NOT to compare ourselves, it is important to realistically remind your brain that THIS is YOUR life – and it doesn’t have to be like somebody elses.

3.) Becoming more self aware

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Often times in our 20s we are slightly more careless. (Just because we have lessons to learn DUH!) We’ll date guys who treat us like crap, spend money on ridiculous things we definitely don’t need, and perhaps indulge more then we should.

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By the time our 30s hit, most of us have matured based off everything we learned in the previous decade. Maybe we don’t spend money as carelessly or overreact to bullsh*t we know doesn’t really matter. Taking what you learn from your 20s can prevent stresses of “30s”. With age comes more self confidence – the longer you live with yourself the more you get to know that person and be comfortable in your skin.

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Activities For Your Small Thanksgiving Gathering

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Thanksgiving is only several days away, and in case you have been living under a rock for the past year, we are in the midst of a global pandemic.

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Of course, one of the best parts of the holiday season is gathering with your friends and family. However, this year, Americans are being encouraged to keep their gatherings to a minimum of ten people per household. Some local governments are even urging neighbors to snitch on each other for exceeding capacity.

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Obviously, fear of spreading the virus to loved ones, especially those who are older or immunocompromised should be reason enough to keep those Thanksgiving feasts ~intimate~ this year. Here are some fun activities to spice up your socially distant Thanksgiving gathering!

Buzz Word Lottery Ticket Game

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If you’re anything like us, you’re probably tired of talking about the cursed P’s: pandemics and politics. Want to keep these words out of your guest’s mouths? This game is a fun way to get competitive with your guests and even gives you a chance to win a couple of bucks! Here’s how it goes:

  • Start by purchasing a scratch-off for each of your guests. No need to go crazy, the $1 tickets will do the trick!
  • Put a hole punch at the top, and loop some ribbon around it to create a “necklace” so each of your guests can wear it.
  • Create a list of ten “buzz words” that guests will not be allowed to say in conversation during the game. Get as creative with this as you want.
  • Each time you catch a player saying one of the forbidden buzz words, take their scratch-off and wear it around your neck. The goal is to collect everyone’s ticket.
  • The winner gets to keep all of the lottery tickets and scratch them off.

Thanksgiving Special Marathon

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Need a break from the Thanksgiving football games? Cue the Thanksgiving specials and grab your popcorn! Friends has a Thanksgiving episode for each season that it was on the air. That’s 9 episodes! Other shows with iconic Thanksgiving specials include, How I Met Your Mother‘s “Slapsgiving” episode, Full House‘s “The Miracle of Thanksgiving.” But seriously, what is a holiday without an appearance from Charlie Brown? A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving can be streamed on Apple TV+.

Count Your Blessings

Ever play the picnic game where you and your friends alphabetically say what you’re bringing to this imaginary picnic? This game is a fun way to put your memory to the test because you have to memorize all of the items from A-Z and recite what everyone else is bringing.

For example: “I’m going on a picnic and I’m bringing apples.” The next player would say, “I’m going on a picnic and I’m bringing apples and blueberries,” and so on until you reach the letter Z. Why not play with a Thanksgiving twist?

“I’m going to a feast and I’m thankful for…” and count your blessings! Go around in a circle with your guests and play until you complete the alphabet.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Holiday Makeup Must-Haves

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C’mon, admit it. These days, most of us are not doing a full face beat in the morning. Maybe your makeup has expired or collected a layer of dust from just sitting around. Even worse, bacteria grows on brushes and products over time. NASTY. With the holidays right around the corner, you’re probably going to have to get yourself dolled up at least once. Why not treat yourself a loved one to some of these gorgeous holiday-inspired makeup sets?

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Kylie x The Grinch

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You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch! Safe to say, this is a collaboration that nobody saw coming! Makeup guru Kylie Jenner has teamed up with The Grinch himself to deliver her “Kylie x The Grinch” collection. This Christmas inspired collection is packed with limited edition products. Nine to be exact! The bundle comes with eyeshadow sticks, shimmer eye glaze, a lipstick set, matte lip kits, lip gloss, pressed powder, a Kyliner, a Kylighter, and blush. The complete bundle retails for $281, but you can buy individual items for a lower cost.

Too Faced: Pumpkin Spice Palette

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Pumpkin spice and everything nice! Too Faced is at it again with another sweet holiday treat! Their Pumpkin Spice palette is not only gorgeous, but the eyeshadows are scented. The palette comes with 18 different shades are super versatile, ranging from sparkly to matte. You can create a natural daytime, or a sexy nighttime look using these shades. Want a slice of this product? It can be purchased at Ulta for $49!

Tarte: Tartelette Give, Gift and Get

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The gift that keeps on giving! The best part about this set from Tarte is that you can keep one for yourself, and gift the other two. Sharing is caring right?! This set comes with three palettes: the Lil’ Bloom, Lil’ Toasted, and Lil’ Juicy! Tarte’s products are known for their use of Amazonian Clay, which has been shown to elongate wear. This means no smudging or fading, making these palettes the perfect option for holiday parties. The set can be found at Sephora and costs $49!

Benefit: Magnificent Brow Show

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In need of a shape up this holiday season? Benefit has got you covered! This holiday season they are offering a Magnificent Brow Show set, featuring five of their award winning eyebrow products: their Gimme Brow gel, two pencils, brow pomade and a shaping/setting gel. The best part? Not only will you have killer brows this holiday season, but the products are full sized, making this a bargain you will not want to pass up.

Makeup Tools

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You’re going to need something to apply these amazing products with, so why not treat yourself to some new brushes! Or, if you need an inexpensive stocking stuffer for one of your pals, this is a great option that is super practical! The brushes you apply your product with has an impact on how your makeup will appear, and how long it will last. Plenty of brands like elf offer sets that not only are good quality, but budget friendly! To keep your brushes in the best shape, you can even buy brush shampoos.

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Holiday Gifts for $10 Dollars and Under

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Let’s be honest: holiday shopping can get very expensive very quickly. It is hard enough to find the perfect gift for a loved one, let alone what to get for co-workers, your secret Santa, second cousins and neighbors while also staying within your budget.

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No need to worry: we found 8 adorable and affordable gifts to make sure everyone you are shopping for this year gets a little holiday joy.

The Dash Mini Waffle Maker: Perfect For The One Who Enjoys A Sweet Breakfast

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I think we can collectively agree that waffles are delicious. This mini-waffle maker is an adorable DIY gift for anyone who wants to chef it up in the kitchen or for that person who is always in a rush and looking for a quick and easy breakfast on the go. For only $9.99 on Amazon and available in 19 different designs, you cannot go wrong with this gift.

18K Gold Plated Initial Necklace: For The Niece or Daughter Who Loves Jewelry

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This necklace is a simple yet fashionable gift for any woman in your life who loves jewelry for only $7.99 on Amazon. These necklaces can be found at much higher prices at high-end stores but for only a fraction of the price, these necklaces are a great quality and a perfect stocking stuffer. Available in gold, rose gold, silver and all are 26 letters.

Personalized Friends Illustration: Perfect For Friends

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What’s more heartwarming for the holidays than a sentimental drawing of you and your friends? This designer on Etsy will illustrate in the special people in your life and keeping your happiest memories alive with a beautiful keepsake. Starting prices begin at $8.17.

3D Dinosaur Illusion Night Light: For the Child Obsessed With Dinosaurs

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This is the perfect addition to your child’s bedroom; a 3D dinosaur night light. Imagine how cool this would have been during our childhood! This nightlight has 7 different colors and creates an optical illusion of being 3D. It is also battery operated and touch mode. Only $9.99 on Amazon.

Elderflower Mimosa Soap: Perfect For A Skincare Fanatic

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Two words: mimosa soap. This soap bar has a honey citrus fragrance and reviewers are raving about how much it reminds them of their favorite alcoholic beverage. For only $8.00 on Etsy, this is a perfect gift for a friend or co-worker.

Apple AirPods Case – For the One Always Carrying Their AirPods

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Anyone with AirPods knows that moment of panic that sets in when misplacing these small yet super expensive earbuds. The original case is so tiny and easy to lose for someone who is often forgetful like me. These Silicon AirPods cases come with a keychain attachment perfect to attach to keys, belt loops or wallets to avoid these problems. Available in 10 colors and only $6.00 on Amazon.

Personalized Leather Key Chain Bottle Opener – For The Man in Your Life

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This hand-made leather keychain has a dual purpose; a bottler opener and a keychain. This personalized gift has a choice of 6 colors and 5 styles for only $7.27. Perfect gift for any man in your life!

Groot Flower Pot: Perfect for the One Who Binge-Watches Marvel

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Groot is cute no matter how old you are. This Guardians of the Galaxy flower pot is the best Christmas gift idea for your friends or anyone who loves the Marvel series. This is a super cute and fun way to grow some succulents to put on your desk at work or home. Available in 3 colors and for $10.66 on Amazon.

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