Urmila Ramakrishnan

Hi! My name is Urmila Ramakrishnan, and I'm a food- and travel-obsessed writer. I'm currently based in San Francisco, but I've been to 28 countries so far. On an average weekend, I'm likely headed to a new food adventure or hosting a dinner party. I also love hiking, kickboxing, and going to plays and art museums.
Recent Articles

29 Small, But Important Questions Every Couple Should Ask Before Marriage

I'm a hopeless romantic, so I'd like to believe that love conquers all. But, in reality that's not really the case. Love takes work, time, and getting to know someone to the point where you understand them. It means knowing the answers to small, but …
By Urmila Ramakrishnan

38 Hilarious Things To Watch On Netflix When You Just Want To LOL

We all need a pick me up sometimes. Maybe you've battled a week-long migraine, your pregnancy hormones are raging, the kids colored on the walls with permanent marker — again — or you just want to relax. Whatever the reason, you need a distraction an…
By Urmila Ramakrishnan

15 Subtle Signs You May Have An Anxiety Disorder, Even If You Think You Have Your Sh*t Together

Anxiety is more common than you think. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, general anxiety disorder (GAD) affects about 6.8 million adult Americans each year. You could be seemingly living a normal life, but these subtle s…
By Urmila Ramakrishnan
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11 Feminine Hygiene Mistakes Most Women Don't Realize They're Making, But Should

No one ever taught me the dos and don'ts of feminine care. Health class in middle school just went over the basics, like here's a tampon and a pad, choose what's best for you. I was left figuring out the rest from there. After more than 10 years, It …
By Urmila Ramakrishnan

10 Surprising Signs You're Gluten-Intolerant & Didn't Know It

Celiac is an autoimmune disease that affects one out of 133 people in the United States, according to the Celiac Disease Foundation. On top of that, Medical Daily states that one in seven people have reported a form of gluten intolerance or sensitivi…
By Urmila Ramakrishnan

9 Signs That Your Marriage Might End In Divorce

It's a crazy statistic to think about, but almost half of marriages in the United States don't last, according to research conducted by the American Psychological Association. On top of that, second and third marriages have an even higher rate of div…
By Urmila Ramakrishnan

These 49 Weird But Awesome Life Hacks From Reddit Will Make Your Life So Much Easier

There seems to be a short cut for everything. From storing cables to separating eggs, there are some weird but awesome life hacks from Reddit that will make you wonder how you went most of your life not knowing about them before. Who knew Reddit was …
By Urmila Ramakrishnan

15 Experiences Every Serious Couple Needs To Have On Their Bucket List

Every couple has their own version of milestones or experiences together that solidifies their seriousness in the relationship. For me, it's traveling and cooking together. If my SO don't sync well in the heat of the kitchen, it's not going to end ha…
By Urmila Ramakrishnan

The Safest Places To Trick-Or-Treat in Minneapolis On Halloween

As a Minneapolis native and lover of the Twin Cities, I know my way around The City of Lakes. It's always felt like a safe place to grow up, and I remember trick-or-treating in the suburbs without a care in the world. So where, do you ask are the bes…
By Urmila Ramakrishnan

The Safest Places To Trick-Or-Treat In Phoenix On Halloween

Every year, Zillow releases a Trick-or-Treat Index that gives parents a good idea of where to get the most candy safely in the least amount of time. According to Zillow and several other news sites and police reports, there are some neighborhoods tha…
By Urmila Ramakrishnan

15 Clever Kid Halloween Costumes Inspired By 2017

Want to up your game for Halloween costumes this year? If you've got some time and creative thinking, you're in luck. Trends this year have been a little ... well, out there. 2017 has been quite the rollercoaster and because of that, the trends are p…
By Urmila Ramakrishnan

15 'Game Of Thrones' Costumes For Kids That Will Make Them As Cool As Lyanna Mormont

A family who dresses up together, stays together... right? Halloween is just around the corner, and there's possibly only one show that can give you enough characters and ideas to make a cohesive family costume — Game of Thrones. You don't have to le…
By Urmila Ramakrishnan

This "Handmaid's Tale" Costume Makes The Perfect Statement This Halloween

After Donald Trump won the election last November, many women began to anticipate restrictions and rollbacks on women's health rights. What perfect timing, then, for the Hulu Original show The Handmaid's Tale to premier this past spring. It certainl…
By Urmila Ramakrishnan

7 Fast Halloween Costumes For Couples You Can Make In 1 Hour With Items You Probably Already Have

Ahh, the couples costume. It's a statement about which role you play in the relationship and an opportunity to be creative. But what if you've procrastinated, and your cosplay skills are at a novice level? Don't worry because there are tons of fast H…
By Urmila Ramakrishnan

9 Odd But Brilliant Small Talk Hacks Anyone Who Wants To Make a Better Impression Should Know

As a self-professed introvert, my small talk topics instantly divert to the weather. I'm not the best at chatting about inconsequential tidbits at parties — I'd much rather get into the-meaning-of life conversations — so I'm always looking for odd bu…
By Urmila Ramakrishnan

11 Lazy Minion Costumes That Are Just As Cute As The Real Thing

Minions are seriously cute. With the latest Despicable Me 3 movie that came out this year, I feel like everyone has a little bit of minion fever. They're also the perfect costume for you to dress your baby up as or to wear as a family ensemble. With …
By Urmila Ramakrishnan

9 Clever Halloween Costumes You Won't Spend All Night Explaining

Hands down, the most annoying question during Halloween: So, what are you exactly? After scouring for solutions, I've come up with some clever Halloween costumes you don't have to explain. A lot of these have been inspired by trends over this year an…
By Urmila Ramakrishnan

How to Dress Like Beyonce's Pregnancy Announcement for Halloween 'Cause She's a Boss (And So Are You)

All hail Queen B. Beyonce is the perfect inspiration for a Halloween costume — or pregnancy announcement photo — that highlights your bump. Why? Because Beyonce is a boss b*tch. Remember when she revealed she was having twins? The over-the-top elega…
By Urmila Ramakrishnan

10 Adorable DIY Baby Halloween Costumes You Can Throw Together In Minutes

Baby costumes can get expensive. Instead of paying $50 for something baby will only wear once, think of DIY baby Halloween costumes you can totally make yourself. Even if you don't know how to sew, you can throw together a fun look with some felt, fa…
By Urmila Ramakrishnan

29 Feminist Costume Ideas For Badass Kids Who Want To Rule Halloween

With everything going on in today's political climate, I love the idea of supporting a feminist ideal this Halloween. Inspire your children by thinking of interesting costumes that go beyond the usual. The modern kid has options, and it's about time …
By Urmila Ramakrishnan