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Everything You Need to Know About the Remaining “Bachelor” Contestants

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Ahhh, the glory of Bachelor Monday’s. There’s nothing quite like pouring yourself a (large) glass of bubbly and sipping along to the juicy dating show. This season, Matt James has made history by becoming the first African American to embark on the journey of finding love amongst a group of 40 women. You heard us right, FORTY.

Not to mention, Matt is an extremely eligible bachelor. Not only is the 29-year-old North Carolina native incredibly handsome, but he is a former professional football player, and is currently a successful real-estate broker who resides in New York City. Plus, he has a heart of gold. It’s no wonder that the contestants this year have become extremely competitive to win his heart!

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Here’s everything you need to know about the remaining contestants!

Abigail Heringer

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Abigail Heringer has been a fan favorite this season among viewers and the bachelor himself. Abigail received Matt’s first impression rose and for good reason! The 25-year-old Oregon native was born hard of hearing, and has worn cochlear implants since the young age of two! That has never stopped her from chasing her dreams. She graduated from Linfield College in 2017, and currently works as a financial manager. When she’s not working, she loves to spend time with her family and in the great outdoors.

Bri Springs

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You may remember Bri Springs from her steamy hot tub date with Matt earlier this season. The 24-year-old is extremely accomplished for her age. She currently works for a top-secret technology company as a communications manager. To add to her already impressive resume, the young California native is very well-traveled and hopes to one day settle down in Hawaii.

Brittany Galvin

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Brittany Galvin has definitely been at the center of some drama throughout this season. Brittany came to the show later in the season than many of the other contestants, and was the topic of some controversy due to accusations that she was an escort. Though she quickly shot down those rumors, the 23 year old from Chi-town is a model who dreams of traveling the world with the love of her life.

Chelsea Vaughn

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Chelsea Vaughn is a NYC native who is bold and beautiful! The 28 year old said goodbye to her 9-5 job and has immersed herself in the modeling world. She has only been in one relationship her whole life, but she is ready to give love another chance this season, and hopes to find it with Matt.

Jessenia Cruz

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It seems that there’s nothing that Jessenia Cruz can’t do! The 28 year old is a graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio, can speak two languages, and can rock a tiara while playing sports! Jessenia has a history of competing in beauty pageants, but is also a kick-a*s volleyball player. She currently works as a social media marketer.

Katie Thurston

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Katie Thurston is definitely an outspoken contestant, but we are kinda here for it! She made jaws drop on the show when she flaunted an adult toy, but she didn’t let the criticism get to her! The thirty year old contestant works as a bank marketing manager, and it seems like she’s got her sh*t together! She lives in Seattle with her cat, Tommy. If all goes well for her this season, maybe Matt will be joining them!

Kit Keenan

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Kit Keenan is proof that age is just a number! The 21 year old contestant is the daughter of the well known fashion designer, Cynthia Rowley. The youngster has admittedly never been in love, but the West Village “it-girl” is hoping to find it with Matt this season. She is currently a senior at New York University studying fashion and business.

MJ Snyder

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Meredith “MJ” Snyder is a hairstylist from Ohio who has high hopes of falling in love with Matt this season. Though she’s been unproblematic throughout her time on the show, her personality is bold and spunky. She is outspoken about her passion for doing hair, and has even said that she feels empowered by her profession and that she aims to make the world a more beautiful place!

Magi Tareke

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Magi Tareke is beautiful on the inside and outside! The thirty two year old was actually born and raised in Ethiopia before she came to the states to pursue a career in pharmacy! This chance at love is unique for Magi, as arranged marriages are not uncommon in Ethiopia. Magi has been described as kind and loyal. There’s truly nothing you can’t love about this woman!

Michelle Young

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Michelle Young came to the season later in the game with the second group of women, but that certainly has not stopped her from catching Matt’s eye. The 27 year old is a former Division I basketball player, who is currently a fifth grade teacher. The kindhearted newbie is looking for a partner who is her equal and supports her through anything and everything. Keep your eyes on this one, ladies!

Pieper James

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Pieper James has definitely been a more low-key contestant this season, but that may get her far in the game! The 23 year old is currently a graduate student, has masters in marketing. This smart cookie is also a model for well known companies like Nike.

Rachael Kirkconnell

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Rachael Kirkconnell has had her fair share of drama this season and has been under fire due to allegations of racist behavior and bullying. These allegations came to light after a TikTok went viral from a former classmate who said she was bullied by Kirkconnell for liking African-American men. This caused others to come forward and share similar experiences. Whether or not these stories are true, we will be watching Rachael closely this season, and hope she learned a valuable lesson!

Ryan Claytor

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She’s got the moves like Jagger! Ryan Claytor is a professional dancer who hails from Brooklyn, New York. The 26 year old has admitted that she only wants to be married once in her life, so if things go well with Matt this season, they’ll be in it for the long haul together. She’s also said that she looks for a partner who is kind and emotionally intuitive.

Serena Chew

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Though Serena Chew attended San Jose State University to study Public Health, she has been employed by American Airlines since 2019 and is currently a flight attendant (similar to Bachelor alum, Lauren Bushnell-Lane). The 24 year old is a native of San Francisco, and is always down for a good time!

Serena Pitt

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Last but certainly not least is Serena Pitt. The 23 year old is a publicist from Toronto, Canada. Like Matt, she too is biracial. Her mother is Indian and her father is white. According to her LinkedIn, she has been interning for a public relations company since August of 2020. She describes herself as “disciplined” and is ready to find her one true love!

Who is your top pick this season?

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Fun Etsy DIY Kits To Try

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Whether it is a new at home project or a fun craft to do as a family, DIY kits really help form creative ideas into memorable pieces. Etsy is known for its arts and crafts environment and has a handful of amazing DIY kits to help get you started. We have found some of Etsys best DIY kits for you to try out!

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Beginner Embroidery Kits

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Embroidery can be relaxing, creative and entertaining to do in your free time! Plus, knowing how to embroider can open up a world of possibilities. You can have an endless amount of unique and one of kind pieces! The possibilities are truly endless however, many people say getting started is very hard. Not anymore!! Etsy user ZAZARITA has beautiful beginner embroidery DIY kits to get you started on your creative journey. These sets are completely customizable with full instructions and tools necessary. Depending on the style and fabric of your choice, kits start at $8 and go to $80. You can choose from 40 different styles! This is a great hobby if you need help de-stressing at night, if you are relaxing on the beach or if you just have extra time on your hands!

Low-MaintenanceTerrarium/Moss Art Kits

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Terrariums and Moss art is great for the individual who wants to begin their at-home gardening journey. These kits are super low maintenance and easy to grow! They are great for households of all types but especially those in a city or area that has a lack of greenery. Bringing nature into your home can bring a sense of calamity to your life and to your home environment. Plus, these kits allow you to make completely customizable wall art. Picture above is a Moss box by NaturelyBox on Etsy. With three different sizes to choose from, it is easy to place this piece in an area of your home. These kits range from $30 to $50. Having plants in the house has never been easier!

Easy Macrame Kits

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Macrame is an art from that dates back to the 13th century. The art of knot-tying can be seen in fashion, interior design, crafting and more. Different knots and patterns can create designs throughout the threads. Macrame is a very soothing hobby to have and a super fun DIY kit to check out! This particular one happens to make a hanging rainbow and is made by MotleyBliss on Etsy. There are three sizes to choose from, ranging from $22 to $33. Though there are directions, the color threads you use and order of knot-tying is completely up to you! By the end of the experience you will have learned a new hobby and will have a beautiful new wall decoration!

Delicious Bubble Tea Kit

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Everyone has been obsessing over delicious boba tea for awhile now, but it just got even better! Introducing a DIY at-home bubble tea kit! This box has everything you need to make delicious brown sugar flavored bubble tea right from the comfort of your own home. This product is made by Kitsbyfoodcraft, is $36 and comes with the choice of having paper straws or stainless straws in the box. Save this for a rainy day or become a boba tea master!

Which kit will you try first?

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Inspirational Quotes To Live By

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Are you ever in a rut and in dire need of some inspiration. We hear you! Even some of the greatest scholars, artists, celebrities and CEO’s of all time have experienced similar feelings. These individuals have had to go through a lot to become the greats and have so much knowledge to share with the world, including sayings to live by. Here are some amazing inspirational quotes to give you some motivation and to help you work through tough times.

Let’s get inspired

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson
“In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.” —Albert Einstein
“To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.” —Eleanor Roosevelt
“In every day, there are 1,440 minutes. That means we have 1,440 daily opportunities to make a positive impact.” —Les Brown
“Just remember: The people that say, ‘your dreams are impossible’ have already quit on theirs.” —Grant Cardone
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. -Steve Jobs
If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough. -Oprah Winfrey
It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light. -Aristotle
Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.” -Margaret Mead
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.” -Helen Keller
In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. -Abraham Lincoln
Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. -Thomas A. Edison
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.” -Henry David Thoreau
“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” -Nelson Mandela
Keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about. -Marilyn Monroe
The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won’t. It’s whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere. -Barack Obama
“Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.” -Winston S. Churchill
“I never dreamed about success, I worked for it.” -Estee Lauder
“Don’t be distracted by criticism. Remember — the only taste of success some people get is to take a bite out of you.” -Zig Ziglar
“Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better.” -Jim Rohn
“People who succeed have momentum. The more they succeed, the more they want to succeed and the more they find a way to succeed. Similarly, when someone is failing, the tendency is to get on a downward spiral that can even become a self-fulfilling prophecy.” -Tony Robbins

Which quote will you live by?

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NJ Beaches To Check Out In 2021

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For those who live in the tri-state area, going to the shore is a highlight of the summer. Northerns travel almost every weekend to the beach to soak up the surf and sand. Others who do not live in the tri-state area travel to NJ just to check out some of these beaches and experience the shore life. With 44 beaches in NJ, it can be hard to know which are best for you to travel to. We have found some of the best beaches in New Jersey to check out this summer!

It’s vacation time!

Asbury Park

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Asbury Park is a small seaside city on the New Jersey coast. It’s known for its sandy shore and beachfront boardwalk lined with shops, arcades and cafes. The city’s live music venues include the Stone Pony, which has hosted native New Jerseyans Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi, and the 1920s Paramount Theatre. The city is also home to the Silverball Museum’s video games, arcade games and pinball machines which date from the 1930s to the present. Art galleries, beaches, shopping, dining and more can all be done on foot and are within close proximity to each other.

Sandy Hook

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Sandy Hook is a barrier spit in Middletown Township, Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States. The barrier spit, approximately 6 miles in length and varying from 0.1 to 1.0 mile wide, is located at the north end of the Jersey Shore. Most people come to Sandy Hook for its outdoor appeal. Surfing, kite surfing, and windsurfing are popular activities during summer months, otherwise known as peak season. The park also features a five-mile-long pathway for walkers, cyclists, and runners. Check out some of the historical monuments on the premises including the lighthouse, proving grounds, marine biologist lab, and Fort Hancock.

Long Beach Island

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Long Beach Island, or “LBI”, is a barrier island and summer colony along the Atlantic Ocean coast of Ocean County, New Jersey in the United States. The area is known for its white sandy beaches, family friendly environment and close proximity to major population centers such as New York and Philadelphia. There are six towns in LBI, each with its own vibe. For example, Beach Haven is a town with a younger population whereas Love Ladies houses mostly retired individuals.

Lavalette

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Lavallette is a borough in Ocean County, New Jersey, United States. Lavallette boasts dozens of local clothing stores, trinket shops, and other boutiques selling everything you’ll need for your trip – and things you’ll want to take back with you. Find gorgeous gifts and accessories at My Sister’s Jewelry Box, or look for beach-inspired apparel and home goods at The Beach Home. You can also grab a hot cup of coffee at Lava Java, eat crabs at The Crabs Inn or go shopping at the clothing store Island Gypsy. Though the town does not have a boardwalk, you can travel to the Seaside Heights boardwalk 7 minutes away to get to one! Here you will find arcade games, rides, eateries, shops and more!

Which beach will you travel to this summer?

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