Cat Bowen

Cat Bowen is a deaf mom, writer, and perpetually curious individual. After graduating college studying nursing and English, she kept writing while being a stay-at-home-mom. Now working towards a PhD and writing for Romper, she'd be best described as "busy." She/Her

The New Mom In Your Life Needs These Holiday Gifts (Even If She'd Never Ask)

I remember my first Christmas after having my son. I didn't know which end was up, and I was exhausted. I received a ton of gorgeous, meaningful Christmas presents that I still cherish to this day, but looking back, I don't remember receiving…
By Cat Bowen

Have Yourself A Moody Little Christmas With This Year's Trendy Black Trees

Every so often, someone comes in and tries to shake up our Christmas traditions. A few years ago, inverted trees were all the rage, and last season it seemed like everyone littered their trees with stuffed woodland creatures like foxes and bears.…
By Cat Bowen

Here's Why Your Significant Other Is A Different Person At Holiday Gatherings

It's the most wonderful time of the year, right? Not always. If you're in a relationship, you know that the stress of the holidays can really take a toll on your love life. Between all of the errands, parties, and the massive amounts of expectation…
By Cat Bowen

The Most Fertile Day Of The Year Is Apparently A Thing, & It's Almost Here

If you and your partner are feeling particularly cuddly (and more than a little bit randy) after a few cups of eggnog, it would appear as though you're not alone. Statistics show that the most popular month to be born in is September, and if you do…
By Cat Bowen

7 Problems People With A High IQ Tend To Have In Their Relationships

It seems as though if you're born gifted with an above-average intelligence that things in life should come easier, right? With all of that natural ability to reason through things, people with a high IQ should be able to get through their struggles…
By Cat Bowen

That Meghan Markle Dress You Wanted Is Back In Stock & It's Still So Affordable

Megan Markle is always on-point with her wardrobe. Whether she's wearing a designer gown that costs thousands of dollars and takes a team of tailors and beadworkers months to make or something off the rack, she's sure to turn heads. Plus, she'll…
By Cat Bowen

Here's What To Get On Amazon To Fill The Baby Shark-Shaped Hole in Your Heart

There are few novelty songs that have ever become as popular as "Baby Shark." I don't know what it is about the cheesy little ditty and its accompanying video, but it's everywhere. And when Amazon released the singing baby shark plushie? The…
By Cat Bowen

'A Christmas Story' Is A Beloved Holiday Classic, & It's Not Allowed In My House

This post is only the opinion of the author and does not represent the opinions of BDG, its staff, or the company as a whole. "Fra-jeeel-ay. Must be Italian." If you're like me, you can quote entire scenes from A Christmas Story and just thinking…
By Cat Bowen

You Need Sex During The Holidays For This Surprising Reason, Says Science

This time of year, many of us have just had it. We're over the jingle bells and holly jollies, and we've moved on to fully realize our Grinchy/Scrooge-y selves. The stress is mounting, creeping up like a fog covered in mistletoe, complete with…
By Cat Bowen

4 Genius Tips From A 911 Operator On How To Get Someone To Calm Down Quickly

I admit that I have a tendency to freak out. Unless it's a situation that triggers my fairly severe Mama Bear instincts, I turn into a hyperventilating pile of goo in an emergency. This is why I am a writer and not say, a fireman, or political tax…
By Cat Bowen

These Affordable Gifts Will Even Impress Your Judgmental Mother-In-Law

Is there anyone harder to buy for than your mother-in-law? Shopping for your husband's mom can turn the mall into nightmarish hellscape that fills you with a deep pit of fear and drenches your body in terrified perspiration. When your mother-in-law…
By Cat Bowen

Etsy's 2019 Color Of The Year Prediction Is A Far Cry From Millennial Pink

It feels as though 2018 just began, but here we are in December, talking about the trends for next year. This year was dominated by ultraviolet hues and shades of soft rose. There was a resurgence in accepting a certain amount of cozy clutter, and…
By Cat Bowen

These Celebs Actually Have Good Reasons For Not Buying Their Kids Holiday Gifts

Something I grapple with every year at Christmas is how much I should be spending on my kids' gifts, and how much is too much. They're not spoiled by any means. Their parents are a writer and a cop, after all. But they don't want for much. Recently,…
By Cat Bowen

10 Questions Astrologers Hate Being Asked Because They’re Not Mind Readers

When I was a working actor, I spent a lot of time fending off questions about my career. It became extremely tiresome after a while. Now, as a writer, things haven't improved much. Questions like "But what do you really do?" and "So you're poor?"…
By Cat Bowen

Pretend You're Baking For The Queen With These Adorable Corgi Cookie Cutters

We are about to be knee deep in Christmas cookie season. I know that I have more than a few rolls of dough in my freezer just waiting to be cut and baked. This year, there seems to be a trend of changing up the traditional cookie cutters for some…
By Cat Bowen

OMG, The Cheesecake Factory Is Giving Away 40,000 Slices Of Free Cheesecake

Get out your elastic waistband pants and settle into your comfy socks, because I'm about to blow your mind and your diet. In celebration of their 40th anniversary, The Cheesecake Factory is giving free slices of cheesecake to the first 40,000 people…
By Cat Bowen

December Babies Have A Lot Going For Them Besides The Holiday Birthday Thing

My older sister always lamented being born the day after Christmas. While it was always guaranteed she'd be off from school, and that the food would be aces, she felt as though her birthday was swept aside in favor of Christmas celebrations and New…
By Cat Bowen

Skip The Mistletoe & Stream These Sexy Shows On Netflix This Holiday Season

I've been married for a long time, and most of the time I think my husband is sex on a stick and can't wait to put the kids to bed. But sometimes, I'm just worn out and not up for it. Most of the time that's A-OK, but sometimes, I just need a little…
By Cat Bowen

These Are The Christmas Crock-Pot Recipes Your Family Will Want Every Holiday

Christmas is easily the most difficult holiday to plan and arrange. There are presents to be opened, desperate jaunts to Walgreens to get batteries, a fancy breakfast to prepare, and a big meal to plan in the evening. It's a lot to take on.…
By Cat Bowen

The "Foreskin Facial" Is Popular With Celebs, But Why & How Is It A Thing?

I am a beauty and facials snob. I work in Koreatown, home to some of the best and most innovative spas in New York City. I've been known to spend my breaks and evenings finding the newest solutions to all of my skin woes. Recently, however, I found…
By Cat Bowen