LGBTQ Event of the Week: Juice: A Summer Day Party for LGBTQ Womxn

Juice: A Summer Day Party for LGBTQ Womxn is Saturday, July 22nd.

For hosting a celebration that unites diverse LGBTQ women, this week’s LGBTQ event of the week is Juice: A Summer Day Party for LGBTQ Womxn. Her Philly MOVES returns with their once-a-month summer day party appreciating LGBTQ women of color during the 4th Annual HoodStock Festival, a community music showcase. Come join these diverse queer women, who have secured their own section, stage, DJ’s, and artists performing during the festival. The event kicks off at 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 22nd, at Philadelphia Urban Creators, 2315 North 11th Street. Tickets Read more »

The Top Milkshakes in Philly Right Now

Jack N’ S’mores shake at Frankford Hall | Photo by Claudia Gavin

It’s high summer here in Philadelphia, and that means it’s hot, sticky, and sweaty out — which is the perfect excuse to duck into your favorite air-conditioned establishment for that holy grail of summertime sips: the milkshake. Part ice cream, part beverage, all cooling, creamy deliciousness to help take your mind off the heat.

We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite spots to indulge in a drinkable midsummer sweet treat. With (multiple!) vegan options, gelato frappés, and even (omg) pie-boosted versions, our list will guide you to the perfect milkshake.

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Tape This to Your Fridge: Your Cheat Sheet for Cutting Every Type of Fruit

There’s just something about summer that brings on cravings for endless servings of fruit. Nothing hits the spot on a hot day better than some cold, sweet and hydrating watermelon or pineapple or mango, right? But those all-day fruit grazing habits can put a dent in your bank account after a while — especially if you’re buying it pre-cut. And admit it: You totally are.

Despite the convenience of pre-cut fruit being ready to eat, like, right away, cutting it yourself saves SO much money. So, to help you save some cash without sacrificing your fruit addiction, we compiled a list of how-to videos for cutting all sorts of fruit. And, if you already cut your own fruit, instead of buying it pre-cut, don’t write this post off: These videos may help you cut fruit more effectively, and smarter cuts equals more bang for your buck. Here, you’ll find a whole slew of videos (15 to be exact) that will help you learn to cut your own fruit so you can have ALL the fruit, ALL the time.

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The Checkup: The Meal-Prep Trick That Will Get You to Eat Way More Salad

• Tell us if this sounds familiar: From the age of three you’ve constantly been told to eat your greens, but it always seems like by the time you’re actually going to make a salad, your greens, well, aren’t so green anymore. Here’s the trick to stop neglecting those good-for-you leaves: Next time you hit the farmers’ market, pick a few greens you know you love and create (and bag) your own DIY salad mix — one that you’ll actually enjoy — then stick a paper towel inside the ziplock. Boom: Easy-to-grab fresh greens that you’ll actually want to eat, at your fingertips for the week!  [Bon Appétit]

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Summer Survival Guide: How to Sleep Without AC (And Not Hate Your Life)

Here we are, in Philadelphia, which is quite the historic city, in case you haven’t heard. It’s full of old, erm, we mean historical buildings and houses. Meaning: A lot of folks live in buildings, apartments and houses bereft of central air conditioning. If you’re of this camp, you know how miserable it can be. Sleeping soundly in the heat can be very difficult. You’ve probably got, like, 10 fans blowing on you at all times have gotten very accustomed to sleeping in the nude. But, despite your cooling efforts, you’re still hot … ALL THE TIME.

In an effort to make life more pleasant for you, we did some digging to find some tips and tricks to make sleeping in the blistering heat without air conditioning a little more manageable. Here, some cooling tricks and habits to try for the best air conditioning-less sleep possible.

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The Weird Science-Backed Trick to Kill It During Hot Summer Workouts

Last Sunday, I ventured out for a run. Now, bear in mind that this was one of the first super-hot days we had, so I was all high on summer and excited to delve into a workout while enjoying the warm weather. (Another important note: I am, by no means, a running savant.) I got moving and the thoughts started to flow: Okay, this isn’t so bad — it’s nice, even; And then I kept going, Wow, sure is a hot one, eh?; Finally, OMG. My mouth is sooo dry. I’m not properly hydrated. I can’t do another hill! Naturally, I headed home to hydrate, completely drenched and oh-so hot. A similar experience ensued on my efforts the next day.

This made curious about how I will be able to make this work for three more months. Welp, good ol’ science and the New York Times have come along with a tactic that might help us all tolerate hot, hot, hot workouts a bit more easily this summer. Read more »

Beer Gardens in Philadelphia: The 2017 Lineup

Spruce Street Harbor Park’s floating beer garden | Photo by Douglas Bovitt

Philadelphia loves its pop-up and permanent beer gardens — and this year, you’ll have plenty of places to add to your beer-garden bucket list, including a few great spots in the suburbs. Here’s everything you need to know about the city’s full lineup of beer gardens for the 2017 season, from where you can go for outdoor drinking now to insider details on beer gardens opening in the coming weeks.

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Camp Runabout: There’s Another New Summer Camp for Adults in the Poconos

Adult summer camps in the Poconos have become quite a trend. There’s the OG, Camp Bonfire, then the new just-for-women adult summer camp experience Rise Gatherings, and now, we’ve spotted another one: Camp Runabout, an adult summer camp for runners, going down at a 200-acre camp in the Poconos in September. And it looks like it’s going to be a really good time.

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The Fan Hack to Help You Survive the Heat Waves of Summer

It is going to be hot this weekend. Like, really hot. And, while sweating does have its perks, it’s not something I’m interested in doing all weekend long. But I also don’t want to spend boatloads of money on my electric bill from blasting my air conditioner. If you feel the same way, I have a question to ask you: Do you know what direction your ceiling fan is set to turn —  clockwise or counterclockwise? Don’t worry, I didn’t think that was a question I ever needed to ask myself either, until this morning.
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Sweat-Proof Makeup 101: Beat the Heat With These 8 Beauty Must-Haves

sweat-proof makeup

iStock/Susan Chiang.

It’s hot here in Philadelphia — and yet, we drudge on, sweaty and sticky throughout our day. When it gets this toasty, we want to ensure that our faces don’t completely slide off our faces after ten minutes of sun exposure (think of all the wasted product!), so we hit up Victoria Roggio, a Philly-based makeup artist and founder of Make Me Up Pretty, who does a lot of summertime weddings. If anyone’s gonna know what products to slather on when it’s hotter than the platforms at Suburban during rush hour, it’s gonna be her. We chatted with Victoria to get her go-to sweat-proof makeup tricks — hey, if they can last through a mid-summer’s wedding, they can certainly withstand your workday.
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