Girls Life Articles

Instantly upgrade your room with these tiny tweaks

You’ve been dreaming of a room straight out of a magazine but completely redesigning your room is *way* more than just a little chore. However, that doesn’t mean you have to settle for the same old, same old. This weekend (or even this afternoon!) take an hour and try one of these mini upgrades to quickly take your room from blah to beautiful.

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How to talk to your parents (without arguing!)

When you were younger and wanted to get your way, you threw a temper tantrum…but that doesn’t work so well when you’re a teen. It can be hard growing up and trying to put the attitude away, especially when you feel like your parents just don’t get you. You have a lot of opinions and a lot of things you want, but arguing won’t help you get them. Next time you go to talk to your parents about something that’s important to you, keep these tips in mind to handle it without the heated fights:

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The best ways to handle a frenemy

In a perfect world, every friendship would last forever but unfortunately, that isn’t the case. Sure, some will be your besties for life and others will come and go. But the *worst* ones are the girls who you think are your friends but act more like your enemeny. You know the ones…the frenemies. They’re basically unavoidable so you have to learn how to deal with ’em, even if it’s tough. Follow our tips to help you cope:

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Five things that every only child understands

Being an only child *definitely* has its moments…from the awesome to the not-so-great to the downright awful. From being the center of attention to feeling like a third wheel, there are certain things that only children understand better than anyone. If you’re slacking on sibs, you know exactly what we’re talking about with this list of so-relatable stitches.

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How to look sporty *and* stylish this fall

Sporty chic is back and it’s the perfect combo of tomboy meets girly girl. From perfect ponys to leisurely leggings, the athletic style is as quick and easy to throw on as it is comfy. Turn your gym get-up into everyday attire with these tips to look fierce and fit 24/7, like you just stepped out of spin class (minus the sweat, of course).

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DIY these spooky spider web lanterns

Halloween is just around the corner so it’s time to whip up some last minute, ghoulishly great decor. These spider web lanterns are sure to spook your neighbors in the best way possible. Or hang them in your room for a haunted house vibe (perfect when paired with these other creepy craft decorations!).

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Balance your life better with these tips

Sometimes life gets a little *too* busy and, from school to a stacked social cal, it can be overwhelming. You have a test coming up, your best friend’s birthday and your favorite series on Netflix to catch up on. What do you have to sacrifice so you can do the other? Nothing…You can make time for it all and here’s how:

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One brave girl opens up about being bullied…and how to deal

If you’ve ever been the victim of bullying, you probably thought that if  you were prettier or thinner or smarter or just better, it wouldn’t have happened to you. But unfortunately that’s not true. Bullying can happen to anyone—and Makaila Nichols shared her story to prove it.

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The better-for-you muffins you’ll love

We’re a sucker for a giant muffin from Starbucks to go with our coffee on a cold fall morning. And while those are more than okay every once in awhile as a treat, they’re loaded with extra sugar that can leave us feeling sluggish…and hungry 30 minutes later. If you’re looking for a healthier alternative, we’ve got you, girl. Check out this quick and easy recipe so you can have amazing muffins minus the sugar crash.

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What every girl with a BGF can relate to

Having a best guy friend can be an awesome thing…but it can also be a bit of a pain (hello mixed signals and *way* too many gross jokes). Here are all the pros and cons of having a boy for a bestie.

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5 things every tall girl can absolutely relate to

Growing up taller than everyone else can be hard, believe me. I’ve been there. I always felt like I stood out in a crowd or always found myself sticking above everyone else in pictures (yes, even the boys!). I used to be so worried that no one would catch up to me and I hated it. But now, I love my height and hopefully one day, you will too. Until then, here are some things us “tall-girls” can *definitely* relate to:

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On a budget? You can still buy prezzies for *all* your pals

You’re ready to shop til you drop  for Christmas gifts…but unfortunately, your bank account isn’t really feeling it. Between buying decorations for your Secret Santa party and awesome gifts for the family, you have no money left to get each of your friends something cute this holiday season. But fear not: The following prezzies are perfect for your BFFs, and won’t break what’s left of your bank.

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Signs your dad is your best friend

Would you consider yourself a “daddy’s girl?” If so, you know your dad is more than *just* your dad—he’s also your best friend and your go-to guy when you need advice. Here’s how to tell if your dad is basically best friend status in your life:

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Gift Guide: For the girl who’s mad about midi rings

Midi rings are every jewelry lover’s must-have this winter. And good news, girl. The A-lister-approved accessory makes the *perfect* stocking stuffer for the blinged-out babe in your life. We’ve rounded up some of our fave finger frosting below:

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What to do when you’re having a bad day

Not every day is a great day, especially around the holidays. It’s an emotional time that, while usually happy, can also be hard if you recently broke up with your BF or know someone close to you who pased away. You might feel alone or sad…and that’s okay, no matter what the reason.

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Fun holiday traditions for you and your besties

It’s officially the most wonderful time of the year! While we *all* love the delicious food and festivities, the holidays also remind us of what is important in our lives, and how lucky we are. This holiday season, start traditions with your friends that make for mega bonding and memories that will last a lifetime.

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One GL girl shares her grandma’s secret recipe

Ever since my dad was a kid, he’s looked forward to his mom’s Christmas cookies every year. Then I came along, and I also fell in love with Gram’s sweet treats…the holidays wouldn’t be the same without them. But as she’s gotten older, it’s become harder for her to whip them up all by herself. So this year, I took on the task of making the cookies myself so she wouldn’t have to.

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How to tell if your future boo has a crush on you too

Guys can be the worst at sending signals. Why? Well, no matter who you are, being open and showing emotion is usually perceived as being weak, something that society says isn’t a good thing—especially when you’re a boy.

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How to give back during the holidays

Christmas is almost here, shopping is just about done and presents are anxiously waiting to be unwrapped. But wait…Christmas isn’t just about the presents under the tree, or how much you spent on them.

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What your younger sibs *really* want for Christmas

We all love Christmas but for your little sis or bro, it’s their favorite day of the whole year. Presents, Santa and the fact that for one day, you *have* to be nice to them?

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Count down to NYE with this DIY balloon clock

You might not be in Times Square watching the ball drop in person, but that doesn’t mean you can’t countdown the last seconds of 2016 on your own. Ring in the New Year with this festive clock that’s super easy to make and is sure to be the center of attention at your NYE party.

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Be a healthier family in 5 simple steps

This time of year, a lot of people are trying to make the right changes in their lives so that 2017 is even better (and healthier!) than 2016. But really, health is something that should last year-round.

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