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OMGEEZY! I realize I’ve been real rude and I didn’t introduce my new (not so new anymore) lifestyle writer. Plus size fashion blogger and all around badass entrepreneur, Maui Bigelow has been penning some of your favorite posts since June 2015!

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beauty writers wanted1I’ve come to realize that I need help. My beauty closet is tipping over from products and it’s time for me to share the goodies with you. If you’re a total beauty fiend (and maybe the illest girl alive) who is stalks beauty brands, makeup artists, can complete full sentences with snark and sarcasm, and low key might beat a mean face…I need you! NOW.

Beauty writers will write about new product launches, beauty news from major brands, celebrity collaborations and more! If it’s new and gorgeous…you’ll know about it and post it on GIG!

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Am I the only one totally excited for fall? Besides chucking up the deuces to our 100-degree weather summer, it’s finally Football season. That means on Sundays I’ll be positioned comfortably in the middle of our couch watching all the games (partly because of my Fantasy Football habit).

While I love entertaining, on most days it’s just me and BAE chilling on our sectional fighting over the remote. Same goes for Football Sundays, expect this past this week, I teamed up with Seagram’s Escapes to throw a kickoff party…for two! Instead of packing up the car, I emulated the fun of Sundays at the stadium right in our own home.

So how did I do it? Here’s six quick tips to help you plan your game day party.

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hey beauties, maui here!

One of the most meaningful, challenging and rewarding relationships a woman will have in her life is a mother/daughter relationship. Whether you are the mother or the daughter, this relationship will have a defining impact on your life.

As a girl, I can remember watching my mother’s every move; wanting to be like her in many ways and in others saying, “I will never do that.” While many of my friends thought that my mother was fun and cool, I sometimes saw her as the wicked witch. “Hell No,” seemed to be her response for damn near anything I asked her. Parties? “HELL NO!” Sleepovers? “HELL NO!” As a teenager I felt like there was no middle ground, I either did exactly as she instructed or my ass was grass (and she was the mower).

As an adult and a mother with my own daughter, I totally respect all that she did and didn’t let me do. All those whoopins’ and “HELL NO’s” are the reason I graduated high school (without being a teenage mother)/college, why I am the woman I am today and why I am the mother that I am to my daughter.

Aside from my mother/daughter relationships, I have had the pleasure of watching other girls. For nearly 20 years (yeah I know, I am seasoned), I have worked with and mentored teenage girls. I have heard stories that you wouldn’t believe, I know mothers who struggle with mothering their daughters and have witnessed girls acting out due to being misguided by their mothers. For these and other reasons, allow me to share with you a few things mothers should know about their daughters.

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