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You can be BFFs with someone for a week, a month, a year and as easily as they came into your life, they can leave it.
Wondering if your friendship will stand the test of time? Scroll below for five signs you and your bestie will be friends forever:
The two of you know everything there is to know about each other. Everything.
We’re not talking about simply knowing their favorite color or their current crush. Oh, no. We mean they’ve shared with you the deepest, darkest secrets that they would never tell anyone else. You know just what they are.
Because there are no secrets between you, you have a positive stream of communication. You can openly and honestly talk to each other about anything, knowing you won’t be judged for what you need to say.
While you may not always like what they have to say, and vice versa, you know it’s coming from a place of love, not hate. You both tell it like it is and respect that about one another.
Sure, you’ve fought, but because you’re both solid communicators, you always talk it out before it gets too out of hand.
You’ve been to their brother’s fifth grade graduation and they’ve been to your sister’s swim conference finals. Literally any important event you can imagine, they’ve been there for you and your family.
It’s gotten to the point where your parents don’t feel the need to invite them, because they just assume they’ll be coming with you to your next family gathering.
Your parents love them. They love you, too, don’t get us wrong, but they adore your BFF because they know they’ll always be there for you. It’s always a good sign when your parents approve of your friends. And it’s even better when they practically consider them a part of the family.
While you’re super close with each other and are always talking, you don’t need to be by each others’ side all the time.
You’re both comfortable spending some time away from each other. You know that doesn’t mean your friendship is doomed, it only means you two have an unbreakable bond.
Life happens, so when one of you gets really busy and can’t hang, you don’t get upset. You understand that you can’t always physically be in the same place at the same time, but you’re in each others’ hearts forever. Wow, can we get some chips with that cheese?
You’ve seen each other at your most vulnerable, and have still stayed by their side. While others couldn’t handle you at your lowest, your bestie stuck with you through all of it. They were there for you when no one else was. That’s someone you want by your side forever.
It’s easy to be friends with someone when they’re at their best, but it’s another thing to maintain a relationship with someone when they’re completely broken. Always remember that.
Though we can’t foresee the future and nothing ever stays the same, you know your ride or die will always be by your side. You’ve made plans together and know that you’ll see them through, even if they require a little tweaking based on how your lives unfold.
You both see each other in your lives for years and years to come. You can picture yourselves growing old together.
Even if you move to Europe and they stay in the states, you two will always be there for each other. Distance won’t come between you. Heck, nothing will.
On the flip side, HERE are five signs you’re stuck in a negative friendship.
If our bodies can accept negative energy into our systems, they should also be able to reject it, right?
Sounds simple, but after four different reiki sessions over the last three years (ranging from 45 minutes to an hour and 20 minutes), I found that there was absolutely zero change in my body. A few of those sessions were documented on Sweety High, as I tried to tell myself that perhaps I was indeed feeling a little lighter or looking at the world from a more positive view.
Reiki is the act of clearing the energy from your body. It also opens up your chakras to accept help and love in body parts where it is especially needed. Sounds really cool, right? That is, if it works. Well, it didn’t work for me so I kind of gave up. I didn’t necessarily think it was a joke and that it wasn’t possible to work. I just didn’t think it was going to work for me.
But I’ve still remained fascinated as ever, because I’m a really spiritual person and I firmly believe in all forms of holistic healing—if only you could see my essential oils collection or energy stones scattered all throughout my apartment.
Well, my cousin Mollie came to visit me last week for a few days. She’s all about that spiritual life. She’s an aerial yoga instructor, a certified reiki specialist, a tarot and angel card reader and she knows a whole darn lot about stones.
At the time she came, I was in a weird state. Like everything was going fine and it’s not like there was any outright reason for me to feel uneasy, but I just felt like I was in a little bit of a funk and needed a shift. I don’t know if it was the insane heat (in case you haven’t been following, I absolutely despise summertime), the fact that my apartment was in shambles (having guests automatically equals having a temporarily messy living space), or I don’t know what. I just felt like I needed a boost in life.
The week she came was great. So many of my friends made an effort to come out and make her feel welcome, and we went out for a really nice dinner one of the nights and had a chance to go to some of the local spots around town that I love, but I still felt weird.
The whole trip, she kept saying she wanted to do reiki on me because she’s done it successfully on many people. I kept saying I wanted to do it, but we kept getting sidetracked. And then came an hour before we were leaving to take her to the airport. We cleaned up the apartment a bit and organized some scattered drawers and such, so I felt like I was in a significantly better state to take part in a spiritual procedure.
She had me lie down on my bed for a few minutes and then placed her hands on various parts of my body required for the experience. But approximately seven minutes through, she stopped abruptly because she feared she wouldn’t make her flight in time. So that was that. We completed a tiny session and hopped in the car and went on our merry way, me feeling no different.
The next morning was a Wednesday and I went back to work (I took Monday and Tuesday off to spend time with my cousin). I brought my yoga things with me because why not? But early into the day, I started feeling a little weak, developing a cramping feeling in the middle of my chest and a cough. As someone who rarely gets sick and who knows their body very well, this was definitely an abnormal feeling. Mollie wasn’t sick while she was here, so it’s not like I caught anything from her, and I didn’t do anything or go anywhere that would cause illness.
The cramps were so weird, too. They were unlike any other cramping I’d ever experienced. Like they were uncomfortable but not debilitating. I didn’t know what to do. Do I ask to leave work early? I could stick it out, right? And it wasn’t like I felt nauseous—just really run down. Well, I sticked it out, came home and basically just chilled in bed (sorry yoga!), took like three baths, used essential oils and finally made it to sleep.
I woke up the next day and the coughing and cramping persisted. I still went to work, but I definitely did not feel my best self. It was so weird. I kept questioning what could possibly be wrong, but because I know my body, I knew it wasn’t necessarily anything that required a doctor’s attention.
Come Friday, the coughing had dissipated, but the cramping was still very present. But what I also began to notice is that my mood was slightly enhancing. On that day in particular, I saw things from a much more positive light and I kind of didn’t care about the minor things that I found myself so frequently caring about. And then it all dawned on me: This had to be the reiki working. The cramping and coughing was coming from areas in which the energy in my system was being shaken up. It was crazy. Once that realization hit, I was in a really positive headspace.
After work on Friday, I headed over to my best friend from high school’s house, and while I wouldn’t call it a natural “high” that I was on, I simply felt neutral, which was good enough for me. I felt the way I should feel—happy about my surroundings and the blessings I have in my life. We had such a wonderful evening together, even though I was cramping the entire time. I slept over at her place (reliving the good ol’ glory days) and she knocked on the door at 12:30, fearing something was wrong because this was the longest she’d ever known me to sleep in (sleeping in for me is like 9 a.m.). I woke up and felt so refreshed. I would have never been able to sleep in this late. It was good to catch up on those Zzzs.
I left her place at around 1:30 p.m. and headed back to mine. I spent the day mainly chillin’ by myself in front of the air vent (no joke) but I was in such positive spirits. I was starting to feel the confidence and gratitude that somehow got lost along my recent trekkings. Again, I wasn’t necessarily on top of the world, but I felt out of this little rut I was in.
That evening, my L.A. bestie Jen came over. I had been texting her all day about this crazy experience that I wanted to share with her. Finally she got to my place, and although I was majorly cramping, it didn’t even bother me because it meant that my body was doing something good in the process. It’s sort of like being sore after a really good workout. I love that feeling because it means the workout was legit!
Jen and I went out for dinner and she sensed a very positive vibe in me. And I really felt great. I left the house feeling like a million bucks (whilst hunched over—haha). The night was so light and fun and perfectly capped off this spiritual enlightenment. I’m so grateful that it just so happened I had plans with these two people this weekend, because I can’t think of any better people with whom I’d like to share this experience. They are always so positive, encouraging and definitely bring out the best in me, so I think whatever I was already starting to feel was emphasized by being in their presence throughout the weekend.
Fast-forward to Monday and I was physically feeling back to normal. In addition, some of the happiness had subsided. I had a little bit of my traditional Monday morning anxiety (Monday blues are the worst), and while it was indeed a slight struggle to get out of bed, I reminded myself of how good I felt this weekend and put myself back into that mindset. If I was there just a day or two before, what was stopping me from being there now?
So I finally got out of bed, threw on a dress and a cute blazer, I flat ironed my hair, put on a considerable amount of makeup, and voila—instantly felt better. And I’m going to spray tan at lunchtime (seriously, these things help—me, at least) Moving forward, I know I need to focus less on what everyone else is doing or what I don’t have in my life, and think about all the amazing blessings that surround me.
In everyone’s lives, we are consumed by so many things that cloud our minds. Whether it’s family and relationships, jobs and school or just our general brains working like hamster wheels, it can be really easy to lose sight of what’s truly important in life. It happens to everyone, but this exercise definitely got me a little more grounded. I hope the effects are long lasting. I want to try the procedure again, but I’m nervous to go to anyone else because apparently not all reiki specialists have that magic touch.
Either way, if anything further does happen, I’ll provide the full report here.
Planning to meet with a spiritual healer of any kind? HERE’s how to get the most out of your session.
Trader Joe’s has been a staple store in my life since I was five years old.
They have just about everything a girl could need, especially being a vegan girl.
Recently, the grocery store chain upped the ante with the release of their Mocha Nut Latte. This organic beverage starts off with a mix of cold brew, almond milk and cashew milk, then is flavored with dates, cocoa powder, vanilla and a pinch of both Himalayan pink salt and cinnamon.
I love cold brew as much as the next person and because Trader Joe’s never lets me down, I was excited to give this bad boy a proper taste test.
Scroll below to see what I really thought of the Mocha Nut Latte:
Walking into my local Trader Joe’s, I was worried there wouldn’t be any available, but luckily I was able to get my hands on a bottle.
After taking plenty of pics of the Mocha Nut Latte, I gave it a vigorous shake and chugged some down.
I was nervous that it’d taste salty, considering that salt was a main ingredient, but it mainly just tasted really cinnamony. There was way too much cinnamon in there for my liking.
I tried to shake the bottle a little more, but I couldn’t filter out the overpowering taste of cinnamon.
I must admit that the combination of almond and cashew milk was tantalizing to my tastebuds, but I didn’t get much of the coffee. It was more like a flavored milk. It wasn’t the worst thing I’ve ever had, but it wasn’t the best.
At $4.49 a pop, this drink is a bit pricy for my liking, especially because I wasn’t too fond of the drink.
If you’re a fan of heavily flavored coffee, then you might find this enjoyable. And if you flavor everything with cinnamon, then this beverage is right up your alley.
As for me, I think I’ll stick to my Starbucks cold brew for now.
While this Trader Joe’s product wasn’t my fave, their Cauliflower Pizza Crust is amazing. HERE’s why it’s worth trying.
The first episode of Doctor Who aired nearly 54 years ago, and since then, more than a dozen different actors have portrayed the titular Doctor. So far, all of them have been men.
By the end of this year, that will finally change. Over the weekend, the powers that be announced that the 13th Doctor will be played by none other than actress Jodie Whittaker. If you’re not familiar with her yet, here’s what you need to know about the first female Doctor.
— BBC One (@BBCOne) July 16, 2017
1. Jodie Whittaker will make her debut as the Doctor in this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special, which airs on Christmas Day.
2. Jodie was born and raised in West Yorkshire, in the north of England, before moving to London to attend drama school. We haven’t heard her speaking voice as the Doctor just yet, but we’re guessing she’s going to keep her real accent for the role. If that’s the case, she’ll be the second Doctor, after Christopher Eccleston, to speak with a northern accent on the show.
3. One of Jodie Whittaker’s most memorable roles was on the mystery crime series Broadchurch as a young mom whose son’s death results in a major investigation and the upturning of a small town. Broadchurch was created and written by Chris Chibnall, who will become the Doctor Who’s showrunner once Jodie becomes the Doctor.
4. Even though Jodie will be the first female Doctor, she has plenty of friends who can give her some pointers on how to get the job done. Her Broadchurch costars David Tennant and Arthur Darvill respectively played the Doctor and the Doctor’s companion in different seasons of the show, and Jodie is also pals with past doctors Christopher Eccleston and Matt Smith.
5. She can also get some tips on space travel from her Attack the Block costar John Boyega, who you may know from a little movie called Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
6. Before the big announcement, Jodie obviously had to keep her appointment as the new Doctor very secret. When speaking to her husband and agent about the role, she referred to it as “The Clooney” because she and her husband thought George Clooney was an iconic, famous character, just like the Doctor.
7. Jodie takes on the role of the Doctor in December, but before that, she’s starring in another role where she pretends to be a doctor. In the BBC series Trust Me, she’ll play a nurse named Cath who loses her job and steals her friend’s identity, posting as a doctor to start her life anew. While the character doesn’t sound quite as noble as the time and space-traveling Doctor, we can’t wait to see her in the role.
We totally called that the next Doctor would be a woman. Click HERE to read all the reasons we wanted Hayley Atwell to be the next Doctor.
This year’s week-long event promises to be bigger and better than ever before, kicking off Sunday, July 23 with a bang. Olympic Gold Medalist Michael Phelps will start the festivities by racing a Great White Shark.
As we watch the race of the century, we’ll be chowing down on some shark-themed morsels at our shindig. Because what’s a party without snacks?
Need some bites for your Shark Week soiree? Scroll below for 15 sharktastic treats and drinks:
Made with chocolate melts, shark gummies and Pop Rocks, this treat takes chocolate bark to a whole other level. One bite and you’ll be hooked. Find the recipe HERE.
This recipe basically just requires copious amounts of Jell-O, so what could go wrong? Although, somebody better tell that adorable teddy bear to look out. Find the full recipe HERE.
Shark-inspired cupcakes are always a must at a Shark Week party, because who doesn’t love cupcakes? You seriously can’t go wrong, especially with these ones that have a “bloody” strawberry-infused center. Find the recipe HERE.
A mix of Sprite, maraschino cherries and gummy sharks, this beverage is bloody good. Sorry, had to. See how it’s made HERE.
For those of you who are baking experts, this shark attack-inspired cake is right up your alley. The real question is, who will be your shark attack victim? HERE‘s the full tutorial.
Ice cream is the perfect summer treat, and we haven’t seen any scoops more gorgeous than these. This dessert will take more than five hours to freeze, so it may be one of the first ones you get started on. Find the full recipe HERE.
Drizzle some melted candy bark over the popcorn of your choice and some gummy sharks and you’re pretty much good to go. A monkey could make this treat, but HERE‘s the tutorial just in case.
There’s no doubt about it, these cookies are a straight-up masterpiece. They do take a steady hand to make, however. If you’re up for the challenge, find the tutorial HERE.
Popsicles are always a good call. They’re easy to make and even easier to eat. Find the recipe for these bad boys HERE.
We swam through the entire ocean to find this unique treat. Ready to make some shark lollipops of your very own? Head over HERE to see how it’s done.
Chow down on this ice cream sandwich as you watch the Shark Week specials. Don’t worry, it doesn’t bite back. Find the recipe HERE.
It isn’t a party unless you have cake pops. Get working on these beauties by following THIS recipe.
Probably the easiest snack to make on this list, all you’ll need are Bugles, peanut butter, chocolate chips and powdered sugar. See how to make them HERE.
For all you vegans out there, you can join in on the Shark Week fun with this delicious blue raspberry float. It also happens to be gluten-free, so you know you need it. HERE‘s how you make it.
Good thing you don’t actually have to go under the sea to chomp on these yummy cookies. HERE is what you’ll need to make them.
Don’t forget to rep your love of the magnificent creatures with THESE shark-themed accessories.
Shane Harper’s role in Good Luck Charlie is obviously what sold us on how awesome he is, but his projects after that have made him even more crush-worthy.
In addition to acting, we’ve also fallen in love with his self-titled album and can’t wait to see what new music he puts out next. Read these seven facts below and find out something you never knew about this talented dude!
Name: Shane Harper
Birthplace: San Diego, California
Birthday: Feb. 14
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
1. His favorite thing about himself is his sense of humor. We agree, any guy who can casually rock an animal onesie earns major points in our book.
2. He may or may not have gotten starstruck when he saw Chris Martin recently. I mean, who wouldn’t?
3. One of his favorite Disney movies is Newsies. “It inspired me to act and sing,” he shares. “I also played Jack Kelly in my community theatre production when I was 12.”
4. He’s digging the dad hat trend happening right now. It’s obviously a good look for him.
5. If he could live in any other decade, he would choose the 1950s.
6. He’s always loved surfing, so it’s only natural that he’d want to visit Hawaii for his next vacation. “I’ve never been but I’ve always wanted to surf there!” he says.
7. His all-time favorite video game is Super Smash Bros. That’s always a classic choice.
If you were a fan of Shane’s debut album, then we can almost guarantee you’ll love THIS debut album by pop band LANY, too.
If you’re anything like us, you unsnap your bra the second you get into your room.
After all, wearing supportive underwire all day long, plus lining and padding, elastic straps and metal closures isn’t the pinnacle of comfort. This is why we fully plan on bidding adieu to our big girl bras all summer long. And don’t be fooled—bralettes come in all shapes and sizes, so rest assured there’s something for everyone on this list!
It’s pretty hard to scroll through Instagram without seeing a #MyCalvins post, and for good reason. Not only is this bra giving us major ’90s throwbacks, it’s also super comfy, works on a variety of bust sizes and is perfect for lounging around the house or heading to brunch. And it looks even better when the Calvin Klein elastic peeks out slightly!
This BP lace racer bralette is perfect if you’re looking for a feminine sporty hybrid. This pretty bra has little lace details and beautiful backing, but the racer style is much more supportive.
Whoever thought girls with big busts can’t wear bralettes hasn’t met the Ashley Graham bra. This cleavage-boosting bra has a wide band for mega support and creates a smooth, bulge-free fit.
If you’re looking for something simple, this Only Hearts bralette is for you! This looks great underneath a T-shirt or even a silk blouse because it’s not made of lace, which allows for a line-free look.
What to do when you need to wear a strapless? A lace bandeau bralette of course! These surprisingly stay up much better than you might think, and are totally comfy.
Want a bra that also doubles as a top? Topshop’s lace-up bra top is the answer. This edgy bra would also look great paired with little denim shorts and a cool jacket.
This seamless bralette is made by SPANX, so you know it’s going to be good! If you’re looking for something that creates no lines, has a super snug fit, and is good for just about anything, this is the one for you!
This Madewell jersey bralette fits like a second skin. It’s so cozy and soft you’ll forget you’re even wearing a bra!
Enter: the perfect basic bralette.
The quintessential triangle bralette.
While we’re talking about bra tops, HERE are 11 mermaid-inspired bikinis.