Jen Ruiz

Jen is a lawyer and blogger based out of South Florida. She suffers from a serious case of wanderlust and believes most daily problems can be solved with a kiss (Hershey's, that is).

Recent Articles

10 Signs Your New Partner Isn't Ready To Be In A Relationship

Dating sucks, and, sometimes, there's no way around it. After a series of disastrous almost-relationships, you may start to wonder if you're the problem. But rest assured, you're not. It takes time to find the yin to your yang, and, in the meantime, …
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8 Affordable Spring Break Destinations For Those Of Us Who Are Broke AF

Forget about what that pesky Punxsutawney Phil predicted — spring is here! If you're getting antsy for a break after months of hibernating in your winter cave, this is the perfect time to plan a short getaway. For most, the traditional "spring break"…
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9 Ways To Make Sure You Don't Run Out Of Money While Traveling

We all want to travel. No one looks at pictures of digital nomads exploring the world and thinks, "Man, that looks boring." The problem is, what we want and what we can afford are two distinctly different things. More often than not, we make excuses …
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Why You Should Take A Solo Trip Abroad To Ring In The New Year

While everyone else is at their designated New Year's Eve get-together this year, counting down to the big ball drop and inwardly debating whom, if anyone, to kiss at midnight, I'll be on a plane on my way to Greece. You see, for me, traveling on New…
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8 Things You Can Do In Any City That Will Immediately Revitalize You

We all know what it's like to fall into a funk. When you're faced with the same people, same routine and same never-ending pile of bills, life can be painfully monotonous sometimes. This problem is compounded by a world of outside factors, from socia…
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4 Things To Ask Yourself Before Hooking Up With Someone New After A Breakup

There's no better way to get over a guy than by getting under a new one, right? Wrong. There are actually a million better, healthier ways to get over an ex. Prematurely rebounding into another relationship doesn't even make the top 10 list. Alas, lo…
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8 Questions To Ask Yourself Before You Even Consider Taking Back An Ex

We all crave comfort and familiarity, especially when it comes to our romantic relationships. This explains why experiencing a breakup is so devastating for us. It isn't just about losing the person. It's about losing the routine you had with that pe…
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If You're Freaking Out About Turning 29, This Is What You Need To Remember

Your 20s are an amazing decade. They're the years in which you're in your physical and social prime. You have the ability to party all night and still be somewhere in the morning. What's more is, you're brimming with an endless optimism for all that …
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7 Ways You Can Turn Your Blogging Hobby Into A Full-Fledged Business

Mostly everyone who starts blogging has the goal of turning his or her efforts into a source of residual income. Very few realize this goal, however, for several reasons. Generally, bloggers are impatient and unrealistic in their expectations. They w…
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5 Reasons I Think Tinder Is More Than Just A Hook-Up App

Tinder gets a bad rap. I’ll be the first to admit it. I boycotted the notorious hook-up app for years before finally hopping on the bandwagon. I was scared that the moment I joined, I would be swarmed with unsolicited pictures of male genitalia and s…
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The Definitive Holiday Gift Guide For Each Sign In The Zodiac

Still looking for last-minute gifts? Stumped by the one person on your list who seemingly has it all? Well, you don't have to agonize over what to get friends and loved ones. Just let the stars be your guide! Here is your definitive gift-giving guide…
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The 10-Step Guide To Wowing Your Partner's Family Over The Holidays

Meeting your partner's parents for the first time is a cause for celebration. Congratulations: You've found someone who cares about you enough to accept you into his or her world, and introduce you to loved ones. Despite this undeniably good news, yo…
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4 Ways Internet Dating Has Made Ghosting Second Nature

Ghosting isn't a new phenomenon by any means. For decades now, women have sat by the phone, waiting for men to call, and they never did. The difference with our generation is the ease and impersonality with which people are discarded nowadays, and it…
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10 Ways To Lose Weight And Feel Healthier Without Dieting Or Exercise

Food is great; it can make you feel energized, comforted, soothed and downright joyful (with the right piece of chocolate). But gone unchecked, an obsession with food can lead to an unhealthy lifestyle and lasting side effects. Most people cringe whe…
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Gen-Y And The Birth Of The Adult-Child: 9 Signs You're Not Yet A Grownup

Your 20s are an ambiguous decade. You're definitely not a child anymore, and you've probably moved out. Now you pay the bills, come and go as you please and even have a 9-to-5 job. In the past, meeting that description might have deemed you a “grownu…
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4 Reasons Using SPF Is The Ultimate Gift You Can Give Yourself

We plan for the future in all sorts of ways: We pick the best school to attend to help us reach our career goals; we select a partner to build the family we want; we invest in our financial well-being and long-term stability. Yet, so few of us plan f…
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After The Supreme Court Decision: How To Turn Equality Into A Reality

It's been an unforgettable month for the LGBT community, which culminated in the Supreme Court's landmark decision to legalize gay marriage across the country. While the fight for equal rights is seemingly won, there still remains a question of imple…
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8 Reasons Why Your Stepdad Deserves Your Love And Appreciation

Father's Day is quickly approaching, and people everywhere are taking the time to thank dads for all they do. The holiday has evolved since its establishment in 1910, and our definition of what it means to be a "dad" is much more inclusive now. We're…
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6 Benefits You'll Reap When You Participate In Adopt A Shelter Pet Day

It has been scientifically proven animals can help improve their owners' overall health and mood. Doctors recommend the use of therapy animals in treatment for hospital patients to war veterans to panicking grad students before finals. Bringing a pet…
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4 Reasons LGBTQ Conversion Therapy Makes Lives Worse

President Obama has been in rare form this past year. It’s an incomparable level of chillness that only comes with being in your second term as the most powerful leader of the free world. With no need for public approval, he has officially run out of…
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