What’s Cookin’ with Dara the Bow Girl?

By Chelsea Duff If you’re a MasterChef Junior fanatic, you already know 14-year-old Dara Yu “the Bow Girl.” Runner-up from season one of the Fox TV show, Dara’s been cooking for, well, half her life, since she was 7. We chatted with Dara about all her experience in the kitchen and what fun she has…

Have a Klutz-y Day!

  By Kim Childress Besides being a surefire hit for gift giving, the craft and activities books by Klutz are instant boredom busters any time of year. One kit can serve as a party theme (jewelry making, anyone?), or the kits can be combined to create other inspirational ideas. I used the dot-paper jewelry cutouts…

Get involved! A Little Somethin’ for Everyone

By Ashley Begley Do you ever want to do something? Like really do something—make friends, make a difference? Trust me, I know it can be hard to find that perfect thing. So I decided to do some research, and here’s what I found— 5 organizations that encourage awesome young women to come together and do…

Disney Princesses: Young, Beautiful and…Hairy?!

By Ashley Begley I don’t know about you, but my childhood was all Disney Princesses, all the time. And I literally mean all the time. I watched all the movies, had all the pajamas. Heck, I even ate all of my meals out of an Ariel bowl. Ahhh, the memories! So enchanted and…unrealistic. Let’s be…

Best-ever Chick Flicks You’ve Never Heard Of

By Kelly White Yeah, movie buff, you have your all-time go-to flicks, the ones you like to watch again and again from your ever-dwindling DVD collection. But why not shake things up a little? Listed here are some lesser-known films recommended according to your classic faves. As far as where to rent or stream these…

The Complicated Culture of the Hijab

By Ashley Begley Several weeks ago, I wrote a piece about the school dress code and how young women were rebelling against the strict rules of “no shoulders, no knees” by wearing crop tops. Their point? They are much more than just their bodies. But that got me thinking—if young women assume that to “disrobe”…

Got Your Period? Game On!

By Ashley Begley Do you and your friends huddle around and whisper about…it. Who will be the first to get it? What will it feel like? Will it hurt? And then, it comes—your period. And suddenly, no one is supposed to talk about it. It’s supposed to be all hush-hush. Case in point, when my…

More Angels Abound

By Kim Childress In Halo, the first of a trilogy, three angels come to Venus Cove, a ho-hum beach town that doesn’t seem like much but has become a hot spot of spiritual warfare. This mission is the first for Bethany, the youngest of three angels. Her older counterparts, Gabriel and Ivy, are concerned about…

Woman of Color

By Mallory Walker Three years ago, I was standing in line at a special graduation ceremony—one that honored my school’s African-American students—when one of my classmates turned around, looked straight at me and said, “If you’re black, you’re always black, not just when it’s convenient.” As stinging as those words were, my classmate was right….

Best Eight Nights Ever

By Marin Langlieb Here are eight reasons Hanukkah is the absolute best… 1) When Adam Sandler’s “Hanukkah Song” comes on the radio (even if it’s a little inappropriate and a lot silly) 2) The influx of delicious fried food 3) Two words: chocolate gelt 4) It’s the one time of year that spelling doesn’t really…

Jennifer Lawrence Lays Down the Law

By Ashley Begley Jennifer Lawrence—JLaw, as she is lovingly called—is everyone’s favorite bow-and-arrow wielding heroine Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games film series. And she won an Academy Award for Best Actress in 2012 for her role in Silver Linings Playbook. She’s also one half of the adorkable “Uptown Girl” duo, since she and comedian…