All I see is.. Avocados!

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We’re in the avocado era, starting from Avocado toasts, to engagement rings being placed on these green #healthyfat bombs. They are everywhere! I legit have seen 2 girls today with avocado earrings!

I couldn’t contain myself, and had to put together my top 3 recipes. Check them out:

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AVOCADO deviled eggs – Super keto friendly:

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4–6 eggs

  • 1 avocado

  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt

  • ¼ teaspoon pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon garlic

  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder

  • ¼ teaspoon cumin

  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika, optional*

  • 2 tablespoons cilantro

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a medium pot add eggs and cover with water until fully submerged.

  2. Bring to a boil, then remove from heat and cover for 12–13 minutes.

  3. Fill a large bowl with ice water and, using a slotted spoon, gently place eggs in the bowl, allowing eggs to chill for 5 minutes.

  4. Remove outer casing from eggs and slice in half lengthwise, removing the yolk.

  5. Add the yolk, along with the avocado and spices to a bowl, mixing together until well combined.

  6. Add the mixture to the egg halves.

  7. Drizzle with lime juice and top with cilantro.

REINA PEPIADA filling – This is one of the best Arepa fillings in the world! If you have not yet tried one… you’re missing out really bad. I understand that making arepas can be a hole odyssey for some. That’s why, I’m sharing just the filling recipe. You can add it to any sandwich, lettuce wrap, toast, or even by itself!

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INGREDIENTS

  1. Filling

    • 2 6-ounce skinless, boneless chicken breasts

    • 1/2 small onion, sliced

    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

    • 1 ripe Hass avocado, pitted, peeled, and coarsely chopped

    • 1/4 cup mayonnaise

    • 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar, plus more to taste

    • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro

    • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley

    • 1/2 jalapeño, seeded and minced

    • 2 garlic cloves, minced

    • 1/2 cup seeded and diced (1/4-inch) red bell pepper

    • 2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion

    • 1 scallion, white and green parts, finely chopped

Directions (2 simple steps!)

  1. Place the chicken breasts and onion in a medium saucepan and add enough cold water to cover by 1 inch. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, until the chicken is cooked through, about 15 minutes. Remove the chicken from the saucepan and let cool completely. Tear the chicken into shreds.

  2. Mash the avocado, mayonnaise, and vinegar together in a medium bowl with an immersion blender or large fork until smooth. Stir in the cilantro, parsley, jalapeno, and garlic. Add the chicken, red pepper, red onion, and scallion and mix together. Season with salt and pepper. Taste and add more vinegar to give the filling a pleasant, but not sour, tang. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Tuna Avocado Toast – Ok, it’s really simple, but it’s good AF!

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Ingredients:

  • 2 slices whole grain bread

  • ½ avocado

  • 1 (5 oz) canned tuna – I personally prefer one with olive oil for more taste. However, if you’re dieting you can go for the water tuna. Not bad at all

  • 1 medium tomato, sliced or chopped

  • Salt, pepper and any other yummy condiment. If you have access to adobo, gurlll go for it!

Directions

  1. Toast the bread. Slice the avocado and arrange the slices over each piece of bread.

  2. Drain and flake the tuna with a fork. Divide the tuna among the 2 pieces of bread. Top with the sliced tomato and a sprinkle of salt and pepper.

What are your favorite avocado recipes? – Can’t wait to get inspired by them!

With love,

G

 

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Behind the Bouquet: Bridesmaid Survival Guide

Written By Jill Warwick@girlwiththejoplinglasses

It’s that time of year again – Wedding Season.

If you haven’t been a bridesmaid before, welcome to the Wedding Party.

This year, I will walk down the aisle for the seventh time. That’s right; I’m working on my own closet full of 27 Dresses.

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Weddings are not everyone’s thing, but what’s not to love about love and new beginnings, especially when it’s people you care about? At the end of the day, your friend and their special someone commit their lives to each other… and there is cake.

It is a win-win situation.

But it is a big undertaking and as a bridesmaid, you are a not only an element in the ceremony and part of the overall decor, you are also staff in just about every aspect – time keeper, model, coordinator, decorator, dress holder, usher, clean-up crew.

Maybe you’re starting to feel a little like:

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To hopefully help ease some bridesmaid butterflies, below are a few tips –

1. Go With the Flow

This is not your day; it is the couple’s. But on top of planning, the couple is probably also trying to meet expectations of multiple people on both sides of their families and make all accommodations for them.

I am not saying be a doormat, but help out where needed and stay calm when things get crazy.

2. Be the Sounding Board

Fair warning, the wedding and all the other related events and details are going to take over the majority of your conversations with this friend for a while.

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She’s not meaning to torture you; she is excited and you’re one of the few people she can truly vent to about the behind the scenes drama. Pour her a glass of wine and be a loving ear while you put together center pieces and enjoy the quality time with your friend.

3. There is Beauty in Preparedness

As weird as this may sound, I have that scene in The Wedding Planner where she pulls out the Super Glue and saves the bride’s day by fixing her heel burned into my brain. That girl had EVERYTHING on hand to solve any wedding crisis and I am still striving to be that prepared at all times.  

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(Side-note, I would totally rock a heads-set and wouldn’t mind running into a Matthew McConaughey-type groomsman)

Bringing a tote with small, sometimes forgotten items can save quite some time: Q-Tips, Bobby Pins, hair spray, Tide-To-Go Pens, Advil, and tissues are solid go-to items.

On second thought, over-pack like you’re leaving civilization.

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4. Speeches

-Write them beforehand.

-Practice them. If you get choked up during certain parts of your speech just during practice, cut it.

-Make. Them. Short.

-Toast the couple at the end.

This comes from the personal experience of melting into a blubbering mess at my cousin’s wedding. Did I mention it was recorded?

5. Make sure the bride remembers to have fun!

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Yes, this is an important day, but sometimes bumps are going to pop up in the road. No matter what, she is leaving the venue holding the hand of the person she wants to spend her life with, the rest is just icing on the beautiful, delicious cake.

Side note: we all want to be the perfect, hot bridesmaid, but do NOT stress about the dress size. Brides want their bridesmaids to shine in attractive dresses and let’s face it- those sizes are in a horrible league all their own. You are going to look beautiful, no matter what size the tag reads!

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Ladies First

Written By: Emma Grosskopf

I think that twenty-something-year-old women are an interesting demographic. Some of us are in school, some of us are working. Some of us have families of our own, and some of us still live with our parents. Some of us have already bought cars, some of us are on the way to having our dream job and some of us still can’t figure out how to open a can of pears correctly. Some of us take Buzzfeed quizzes in our spare time, some of us take A LOT of Buzzfeed quizzes in our spare time, and some of us have no spare time.

Whatever the case may be, society pressures us to be the same on at least one very important front: men.

The propaganda is everywhere. We’re young! We should be dating lots of people! We should be playing the field and having fun! No need to be tied down!

Or we have the polar opposite thrown at us: ads for wedding dresses and décor and Cosmo articles titled, “How to Keep Your Man Satisfied in Bed” or “What Does Your Zodiac Sign Say About When You’ll Get Engaged.”

It’s always something. What people don’t understand is that for many young women, IT’S NOT ALL ABOUT THE MEN. Some of us don’t ACTUALLY care about when we’re going to be engaged if we are a Libra. Some of us are too preoccupied with our schooling or jobs to worry about our future with a man. Some of us aren’t thinking about men at all.

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Instead, we’re thinking about ourselves.

A novel concept, I know. How absurd that some young women in our society today are unbothered by men and the prospect of relationships.

It’s the time of year for family vacations and cookouts. That means it’s also the time of year for pointed, nosy questions about our love lives. “So, are you seeing anyone?” “What ever happened with what’s-his-name?” and my personal favorite: “I have this great guy that you’d love, what if I set you two up?”

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As in, questions from family members that you wish you could respond with an equally pointed “mind your own damn business.”

Times have changed, and just because our older family members had dating and marriage on their minds when they were in their twenties doesn’t mean we have to. We are a different group of strong young women, and it’s up to us what we focus on, and we’re finally at a point in history where we can proudly say that we are more concerned with ourselves than with any man.

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There’s a reason why people say “Ladies first.”

 

 

 

Dare To Be Soft

Written By: Lacy Bundy

 

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My girl tribe is a beautiful concoction of empowered females on totally different paths. They are mothers, wives, girlfriends, business owners, artists, grad students and even doctors. While they may not all be in the same places in their lives, some still hustling their asses off to reach their goals, others already fulfilling their dreams, they all have two things in common.

Fierce strength and untouchable softness. I like to call them, gentle warriors.

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We as women have been duped into believing that softness means you’re weak, fragile or docile. That you can’t be a feminist or be independent if you’re soft. I’m calling society’s bluff.  It is the softness of these women that draws me to them. Their gentleness and sensitivity, that is so lost in much of the world nowadays, is the EXACT reason why they are such strong women.

They’ve felt heartbreak.

They’ve been told no.

They’ve had doors slammed in their faces.

They’ve heard they won’t succeed.

They’ve experienced trauma.

They’ve felt alone.

They’ve dealt with mental illness.

They’ve experienced loss.

But they’re not broken by it. They still believe in the beauty of this world. Still wake up every morning passionate about their lives. When life throws them curveballs, they continue to be open and vulnerable. The calluses of life haven’t harden them. These women, my girl tribe, don’t let the ugly in this world make them bitter and spiteful, they take it and become fearless in their pursuits. But how do we let our softness be our strength?

Be Vulnerable: It’s ok to be scared! I know, I know. The very thought of being rejected or told no is about as pleasant as a pap smear, but know your worth, honey! You are worthy of that promotion or the date with the hot guy you’ve been crushing on. And if it doesn’t happen? Learn from it and let it guide for the next time.

Be Understanding: Yes, we all have those days when everything and everyone annoys the living Hell out of us and that is totally fine. Just remember before you snap or get over the top intense, other people may be having the same kind of day. Instead, break the circle of negativity and be kind and empathetic. Who knows, your kind-heartedness may even turn another person’s day around too.

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Be Supportive: Whether it’s sharing what you’ve learned during your darkest days or just simply being a cheerleader for the women in your life. Give yourself unselfishly to others. There is nothing stronger than woman full of love and altruism, no matter what.

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There is extraordinary strength in softness and just remember even a soft girl can lead a pack of wolves.

Xoxo Lacy

You Talking Shit?!

Written By: RO

That moment when you find out people are talking shit about you has you like “ey,  go have your period in a shark tank mofo!” it's so enerving! It's flat out petty shit that no one deserves. The way I see it you got beef with someone, then go grill the person you are mad at, then stick a fork in it ‘cuz you done with them.

So let's shoot the shit about people who talk shit. Bottom line, they hatin’ on you, BAD! They can't be you, so they'll just talk about how much they hate how nice you are, pretty you are, successful you are, and not to mention talk shit about how you dress everyday. They just hate how you are so put together and they can't seem to find the time for a decent pedicure. Haters are out there. They are real. They are negative vibes that try to kill your positive ones. Don't lose who you are or accommodate any one. If they feel inferior to you then they have issues and should call Dr. Phil.

Let's discuss your plan, the next set of steps to take down this clan of the poor idiots who have nothing else to do but talk about you behind your back. You do nothing. That's right, nothing. They can't show you face when talking shit, why would you let them have your precious time, and your precious face. Confrontation can lead to bigger problems, like getting fired, ruining relationships, awkward environments for others who weren't even involved. If you choose this route, remember you could be serving them more ammo to talk shit about you some more. Use smart words, be direct, and don't offend them just kill them with kindness. Keep the enemy closer right?

If this still doesn't fix anything then remember this quote “ If you don't like me and still watch everything I do, bitch you are a fan.” So embrace it. They can't be you. You have something they want but can't have. So they’ll just hate on you. You have their undivided attention. Just let it feed your ego baby!

Xoxo

 

Don’t think you need sunscreen? Well, you’re wrong.

Hello sun, glorious sun! Thank you for finally emerging through the grey skies! I am ready for some fun in your rays.

Sunglasses – check, tunes – check, vat of sunscreen – double check.

That’s right – a vat.

With a family history of skin cancer and a skin tone that only has two settings; pale as the driven snow and burnt lobster shell, the sun is obviously not always my friend and neither is anyone in my general proximity during the “better weather” months. It sometimes feels like the glare of my legs in shorts is a siren call for stares and comments.

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I get it- I’m alarmingly pale.

I was the damn example in Health class, so trust me, I know my legs are white.

And I know, I know – there are other ways to get a tan, but I have never felt comfort with using tanning beds or spray tans or tanning lotion and I don’t naturally tan, no matter how many people suggest I just “get some sun”.  

Okay, I’ll be honest- I also don’t want to dye my blonde, nonexistent eyebrows to match whatever tan I get and using a filler? Hell no. It’s a miracle I can work eye shadow.

I don’t know where it started, but there seems to be this collective idea that only the fair-skinned need sunscreen, when in fact, everyone needs it.   

According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association(AAD), an estimated 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime; this is the most common cancer in the U.S.

It can affect any skin type.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends preventative measures such as wearing sunglasses,  staying in the shade especially during late morning through mid-afternoon hours, avoiding indoor tanning and covering your arms and legs.

Need help picking a sunscreen? The infographic below is from AAD.

It may seem like a drag to take all these extra measures, but soon you’ll start to see sunscreen as a no-brainer addition to your beach bag and your skin will thank you.  

Enjoy your summer, show off that beautiful body, but don’t forget your sunscreen.

 

 

5 steps to help you live abroad

Written By: Gabriela Pereira ~ @gabineedscoffe

Living abroad is not as easy as the movies make it sound. There’s a lot of logistical decisions you don’t see when you are planning your big move, and obstacles that show up unexpected. However, it’s still one of the best decisions you could make, since you get to experience a new culture, language, cuisine, and a whole new set of friends that are in with you on this adventure!

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There are some things I wish I’d known before I moved, so here’s my comprehensive list of what I wish someone had told me before I packed my things and shipped off:

  • It will get lonely. You’ll be in a new country away from your family and friends, and it takes some time to get used to living without your support system 24/7. Be patient with yourself, and give it time to settle in.

  • Join things! The best way to meet people is to join activities. Combine the the best of both worlds, and choose a hobby that will occupy your free time, give you some happiness, and allow you to meet people with the same interests as you.

  • Make time for exercise. Most likely the stress of going through all the bureaucratic process of living abroad will accumulate on you, so set some time to blow off some steam. If you don’t like the gym, try walking or jogging in the parks, yoga classes or just biking around a couple times a week.

  • Don’t worry so much about the language. Locals are usually very accommodating to the fact that you don’t speak the language fluently, so don’t be afraid to stumble in your words, or even say the wrong thing. There’s so many translation apps these days, don’t be scared to use them or to take your time communicating with someone. You’re still learning.

  • Have fun! This will be a lifetime experience, so travel, try new food, laugh with your friends and document it so you can remember it in the future.

 

Pizza Cravings? – We got you covered!

Written By: Gabi Torres 

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I was debating between writing an article about the MET gala, or sharing a zero fat recipe I tried the other day and got me in-love.

I decided to go for the recipe, just because I love eating more than trash talking about art... on top of that, who am I to criticize others, right?

Anyhow, I got inspired by this Sunday's stories, and thought it was a great idea sharing healthy recipes, and remove the "carbs" stigma. That night I got some pasta too, and thought I would share with all of you this ah-ma-zing dish from Lori Shaw. 

She's legit one of my main go-to when I want to get ideas of yummy-healthy things. I'm assuming that everyone in here is also a pizza lover. So check out this great option to satisfy your cravings! 

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You can thank me later for this gem, and can also get more of this hot lady recipes in her Ig: Lori Shaw - I promise you won't regret it!

With much love, and hungriness,

G


 

 

Dear Men, What We Need You To Know

Written By: Chantel Rivera ~ @chanty_m

There are numerous aspects that come with the territory of being a woman. Do this, don’t do that. Yes, but you should have done it this way. I have seen so many amazing and confident women be consumed with thoughts of why they are unable to find their “person”. A few have even given up on the idea.

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People have told me to tone myself down if I want to find a man, or that I’m just not open enough (sounding familiar?). Even when I have found someone who caught my eye it seemed like there were a few things they couldn’t get past. So, here are three things I would love to tell every man out there who may be struggling with dating a naturally confident, outspoken, and prompt (as one man put it) woman of today.

Our Strength Does Not Equal Your Weakness

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Now men, I know with all the social media craze and #metoo movement it may seem, to you, like women are out here trying to villainize all men. Not true. We love ya’ll who do right. Women stating their opinion and speaking truth is not us hating on men. It is literally just us stating our opinion like fellow human beings. Most strong women want a strong partner! We know we can do bad all by ourselves, but just because we can does not mean we all want too. What we want is a teammate. Someone who values our ideas and opinions and wants us to carry the load together. I may just be speaking for myself, but I don’t think any women wants to feel stronger, or like she is doing more, than her man. There is something so attractive when a guy knows the right way to take charge, and handle his business (am I right ladies?). Just know for us ladies who are out here hustling every day, we won’t settle for less from our partners. Treat us like queens, and we’ll make sure you feel like a king.

It May Take Time, Like A Lot

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Many of us are fiercely independent due to the fact that we have had to learn, the hard way, not to depend on others. This can happen through; bad relationships, abandonment issues, childhood traumas, the list goes on. Sometimes the strongest and most confident people you know are that way for reasons you may not expect. If we’re investing time into ourselves, our careers, and our dreams, you can believe we are going to invest time in our relationships. Jumping into a relationship head first, throwing all caution to the wind, isn’t exactly a natural inclination. It has taken us a lot of time, tears, and maybe even some therapy to get to where we are today. Putting our hearts in your hands, and giving you the power to either help, heal, or hurt is a vulnerable place to be for anyone. So, forgive us if we don’t jump into your arms prince charming, but you’ve got to fight a few dragons before you get the princess. For the guy who wants to win over the girl who is building her empire, it is going to take more than squinting your eyes and licking your lips. Yeah, I see you, and you are cute. If I am working my tail off to bring something to the table you should be too. Our homes are made of brick and mortar, so if you’re just looking to play house you can build that sand castle with someone else.

We Need You

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Yes men, we need you! If this thought is blowing your mind, I am so sorry you ever thought that women empowering women was about not needing men #yoursovainlol. Men really, we do need you and not just in a romantic way. We need you as fathers, as positive role models, as confidants. We need you to be responsible for your actions and with our hearts. Just like it is important for you to feel valued, strong, and respected, we want the same things too. You shouldn’t ever think your woman is too much because if you’re lucky enough to have caught the attention of a phenomenal woman that means she sees something phenomenal in you too. Show up every day and remind her that her strength and beauty don’t intimidate you, but rather inspire you.

With Love,

-Chantel M. Rivera