RED Hearts Roundup: Nail Art, Healthy Baking, Cash Mobs

RED Hearts are guest posts on I Heart Daily from the authors of RED: Teenage girls in America write on what fires up their lives today. Today’s RED Hearts post is from RED editor Amy Goldwasser in NYC who rounds up some top RED author posts of 2012:

They say the personal is political, and, I swear, you can tell 2012 was an election year just by looking back at what the RED Hearts reporters were passionate about in their everyday lives. These posts were all about the power of the individual, from the importance of considering the choices we make as consumers (what’s the real deal with Groupon?) to creating something original, whether that’s googley eyes on a fingernail or a new acceptance of the f-word (feminism, that is). Here, some highlights of the year that make every vote count.

 Anything-Goes Nail Art (pictured). Alison Smith showed us that the tools are simple and the inspirations limitless if you’re up for creating ten little works of art on your fingernails. Pretty to gory, hot to cool, polka dots to, yeah, Pizza Hut logo, it’s in your hands. Smile at your nail and it smiles back.

 The Evils of Groupon. Zoe Mendelson spoke for the first Groupon generation on the true implications of a quick deal and its impact on small businesses. Everybody loves a bargain, but at who’s expense? The alternative? Cash mob rule!

 DIY Mobile-Making. Crafty Carey Dunne makes amazing mobiles, just like her grandmother did as a teenager during World War II. As she says, they’re like “jewelry for your ceiling.” Anything from Star Wars action figures to felt, magazine pages to beads rock the cradle staple -- whatever moves you.

 Baking HealthyErika Kwee put the good back in baked goods, leading us out of the nutritional wasteland of those that are loaded with refined white flour, sugar and butter. With a few easy ingredient swaps and strategies (and awesome bloggers to track), she brought in extra nutrients without losing any deliciousness.

 A Little F’d UpMaya-Catherine Popa supported a book that takes back the word feminism for a generation that’s seen the movement ridiculed by Snooki-style anti-heroines. Women’s rights are human rights. More Bella Abzug, and less that other one, who put a stake in our hearts.

RED Hearts guest poster Amy Goldwasser is the editor of RED: Teenage girls in America write on what fires up their lives today, which is out in paperback.