Making the Back-to-School Transition Seamless and Stress-Free

It’s not always easy to make the transition from family road trips, backyard barbecues and longer days to school bus pickups, homeroom assignments and school supply lists.

These tips can help get your busy household organized and make the transition easier to ensure your kids look and feel their best when they head back to the classroom.

Make Shopping for Supplies Fun. Take a special shopping trip with your kids to get all the supplies they need. Be sure to stock up on essentials, but try to make it fun by letting them pick out personalized folders for each of their classes or colorful pens to take notes. A shopping trip is also an opportunity to get your children excited about their classes. Remember to shop early so kids can pick from a variety of options and items will be less likely to be out of stock.

Prepare a Homework Space. Creating a designated space in the house for doing homework can get your kids ready to start schoolwork again. A designated space stocked with necessities like pens, pencils and other supplies can also limit distractions so they can focus on their schoolwork.

Simplify Your Laundry Routine. Between school clothes, sports uniforms, linens and play clothes, laundry can easily pile up. To simplify your laundry routine, try a detergent like all mighty pacs 4-in-1 with Odor Lifter, which provides four aspects of clean by tackling odors, fighting stains, whitening and brightening.

If your children have sensitive skin, consider all free clear mighty pacs, which are tough on stains but still gentle enough for sensitive skin with a hypoallergenic formula that is free of fragrances, dyes and irritating residues.To learn more, visit all-laundry.com.

Ease into the Routine. Make the switch to busy school mornings seamless by easing into your morning routine in the weeks leading up to the start of school. Set your alarms, go through morning rituals and make sure your children are comfortable with how they are getting to school whether they are taking the bus, walking or carpooling with friends. Practicing the routine can make everyone feel confident and prepared when the school bells start ringing.

By implementing these simple tips, you can make the transition both seamless and stress-free, and set your kids up for a successful and fun school year. (Family Features)

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Fresh from the Natural Gourmet Table at A.Vogel – Home of Herbed Sea Salt® Original 

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If you’re looking for a vegan alternative to the traditional beef burger, look no further…Not only are these quinoa burgers outrageously tasty, they’re also packed full of nutritional goodness!

Ingredients

• 1 cup quinoa

• 2 shallots, finely chopped

• 1 clove of garlic, crushed

• 2 tsp paprika

• ½ tsp red chili flakes

• 2 sprigs fresh rosemary, chopped

• 1 sweet potato, chopped into small chunks

• Herbed Sea Salt® Original seasoning salt

• Black pepper, to season

• 2 tsp olive oil

How to make Vegan Burgers with Quinoa & Vegetables

  1. Boil the quinoa, until tender, approximately 15 minutes.
  2. Briefly sauté the shallots and garlic.
  3. Boil the sweet potato, then mash.
  4. In a large bowl combine quinoa, shallots and garlic with the herbs, spices and sweet potato mash. Mix well.
  5. Form the mixture into small patties.
  6. Fry the patties for three minutes on each side.

This recipe is full of goodness

• Gluten-free

• Contains all the essential amino acids

• Great source of B vitamins

Quinoa is higher in protein than other grains and cereals. Protein is necessary for tissue growth and repair. And it’s also a good source of magnesium, a mineral important for nerve and muscle function.

She’s Not Here Officially Opens TODAY Downtown

New Pacific Asian Cocktail Bar and Kitchen Serving Tropical Drinks and Asian-Inspired Dishes

Photography courtesy of Nicolai McCrary.

She’s Not Here, a Pacific Asian cocktail bar and kitchen from Uchi/ko and 50 Eggs alumni Ben Cachila and Chris Romero, is thrilled to officially open its doors to the public on Wednesday, August 15 in the 2ND Street District. The restaurant features fun, bright, tropical-influenced libations. Expect curious riffs on classic drinks utilizing hibiscus rye, aged rum, applewood-smoked mezcal, roasted coconut, jasmine, toasted almond, cloves, falooda syrup, cardamom, and magrood leaf.

The cocktail program is supported by a surprising and playful menu utilizing vibrant ingredients. Composed of small bites, seasonally focused sushi, cold tastings, and main dishes, the menu is inspired by traditional Asian recipes that are accented with fresh and aromatic elements. 

Highlights from She’s Not Here’s opening cocktail and dinner menu include: 

Cocktails: Hibiscus – Rittenhouse hibiscus rye, tiki bitters, coconut sugar; Sling – gin, aperol, fresh pineapple juice, lime; Smoke – applewood mezcal, plantation pineapple rum, lime, orgeat, toasted almond salt rim; Ginger – Batavia arrack, fresh ginger, honey, lemon; Rose – Aviation gin, grapefruit, falooda syrup, lemon, Peychaud’s; and Matcha- Tito’s vodka, matcha tea, coconut milk, honey syrup. 

Nigiri: Hamachi -yellowtail; Mebachi - big eye tuna; MadaiJapanese sea bream; Gai Lan - Chinese broccoli; and Shanghai Tip – Chinese romaine. A special “Sakana Haka” fish selection will change daily with offerings such as Kinmedai – golden eye snapper; Tennen Aji – wild horse mackerel; Taraba – king crab; and Goba Saba  - blue nose mackerel. 

Temaki: Soft Shell Crab – aioli, cucumber, kaiware sprouts; Cali Butter - clarified ponzu butter, California crab, soy paper; and Ume Shiso – Japanese plum, perilla, cucumber. 

Cold dishes: Marinated Yellowtail – lychee, green apple vinegar, pickled Asian pear; and Tasmanian Ocean Trout - passion fruit, South Pacific fruit relish, crown daisy.

Hot dishes: Pork Adobobraised and fried pork shank, adobo jus, crispy cauliflower, coconut cream; Braised-Fried Korean Chicken with yuzu-pickled Asian pears, summer squash, and toasted chili oil; Galbi Style Pork Ribs – pickled shishito, garlic sweet soy glaze; and Sakana Tempura - crispy cod fillet, apple tentsuyu, pickled apple, togarashi.

The chefs have also been particularly mindful to dietary needs by developing an extended selection of produce-driven sushi items that are both vegan and gluten-free.

Relaxed and refined, the interior evokes a reimagined tropical hotel lobby from the 1920s and is a mash-up of French Art Deco meets island textures and palettes. The exterior is adorned with massive and sultry flora that has been executed entirely with spray cans by local street art legend Mez Data. This createsan ideal setting to spend a pleasant and lazy afternoon or evening sipping on colorful, flowered drinks while laughing a little too loudly with friends.

According to William Jackson, Chief Business Officer and Publisher of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential, “When you want a truly thrilling dining experience in the 2nd Street District of downtown Austin, then you must try She’s Not Here.  From the moment you enter the door, the experience is stellar.  The decor is simple, yet tasteful reminiscent of Palm Springs.  The food and drink programs are refreshing and thrilling, sure to tantalize the eyes as well as the taste buds.  The staff is knowledgeable, very professional.  Our hats off to our server Robert who ROCKED!  We were in a constant state of diner’s euphoria.”

Located downtown at 440 West 2nd Street, Austin, Texas, 78701, She’s Not Here compliments the neighboring venues, restaurants, and The Violet Crown Cinema by providing a lush downtown refuge that serves both food and beverage Sunday – Thursday 5 p.m. – midnight, and Friday and Saturday 5 p.m. – 2 a.m. Expect expanded hours coming soon, which will include grab-and-go bento box lunches and happy hour service.

For more information, visit www.shnaustin.com or follow along on Facebook (/SNHATX) and Instagram (@snhatx).

Real Doctor Tries the Intermittent Fasting Trend and Here’s What Happened

There’s crash dieting, and then there’s intermittent fasting. Crash diets aren’t sustainable and rarely factor in healthy food options. Intermittent fasting on the other hand is gaining attention because people are seeing weight come off, and therefore stay with it. It’s being touted as the go-to way to lose 15, 20 pounds within a month or two. Is it just a popular hashtag or can the weight actually stay off leading millions of people to reach their weight goals? To get clarity, we spoke to Dr. Niket Sonpal who not only is Board Certified in Internal Medicine specializing in Gastroenterology; but lost 6 pounds his first week of intermittent fasting when he decided to do it himself. Here’s what he has to say about intermittent fasting.

What inspired your decision to do intermittent fasting?

I noticed the winter weight became the spring then summer weight and I wanted to take off extra pounds that I noticed had crept on. I was with friends talking about how they lost weight during religious observation and that intermittent fasting was a “thing.” I rolled my eyes. I was skeptical. Then I went online and applied my doctor mind to the concepts I was reading about it and went for it.

There are several ways to go about intermittent fasting. Which way did you do it, when did you start and what was the result? 

This is true. The way I chose, and the way I would imagine most people would try, is the one that calls for 16 hours of fasting with 8 hours of eating time per day. This basically means if your last meal of the day is 8pm you will have your first meal by noon the following day, free to eat until 8pm again. I figured since I sleep most of those hours, it wouldn’t be that tough. The 5-day 2-day option of intermittent fasting, calls for normal eating for 5 days and then strict calorie counting for 2 days (500 calories for women and 600 for men). I didn’t want to be obsessing about calorie counting.

What were the challenges (if any) that you faced when intermittent fasting?

I live across the street from a bagel shop in New York City. I also have delicious New York pizza on every other corner. Cravings and temptation were there for me for sure. When I left my home and smelled those fresh bagels my brain said. “let’s eat.”

Coming at your intermittent fasting as a doctor, what were some things you were thinking about that others must consider too? 

I thought when I would fast. When would be my 8-hour eating period. When we start caloric consumption right when we wake up we do better with weight loss. However, that would mean eating from 7 am until 4pm. This would require a later meal around 3pm. Then I thought, does my lifestyle better allow a 12 noon to 8pm food window?

I also thought about the physiological aspect to what happens to our bodies when we fast intermittently. For one thing, it facilitates weight loss by enhancing hormone function. Insulin levels also lower, plus there’s a rise in noradrenaline. This combination is what helps us to breakdown body fat for energy. While this all reads well on paper there is a lifestyle aspect to it that must be factored in. I’ll add that anyone with a condition should consult with their doctor before going all in on intermittent fasting.

Why do you think it is so difficult for people to fast? What are some of the common symptoms people feel when fasting and what causes them?

When people think of fasting they think of starvation and deprivation. They anticipate they will feel terrible will have a growling stomach, dull headaches, and a bad mood. While these are common symptoms felt at first when fasting, the 16/8 intermittent fasting option allows for food every day. When people see quick results, they stick with it.

What was your diet? What did you cut out and add in? 

I looked at my schedule and my overall daily lifestyle and how food was involved. For people who live very hurried lifestyles, food is typically something that is grabbed fast on the go. When we approach food this way no diet will be sustainable. I realized this would require consistent changes in my behavior. It would also require me to get very mindful about what I was eating during the 8 hours of eating time. I chose to eat what I liked in moderation. So, if two slices of pizza twice per week was the lunchtime norm, I reduced to it to once slice. I still ate pasta just not as often and not as much. I also added in a lot more vegetables, proteins, healthy fats and cut out all fast food and soda. Hey, I’m a doctor, but also a human!

For those thinking about intermittent fasting, how would you advise them to proceed? 

I would explain that at around the 2 to 4-week mark, someone may plateau. When you notice this don’t think this is the most weight you are able to lose. This is normal and if you are also exercising with weight or resistance training you may be building muscle mass. Pay attention to how clothes fit, body fat loss and how weight loss shows beyond the scale. Knowing how over time the body gets used to intermittent fasting and starts to store up all that is eaten, leading to less weight loss, I suggest resetting your body by eating small, healthy meals throughout the day for a week and then resuming the 16/8 intermittent fasting option again.

People may happily think that they can fast and then enjoy a big bowl of pasta or cheeseburger. What kinds of foods should people eat during intermittent fasting?

You can get results without cutting out your favorite foods which means enjoy that burger or pasta, I did! However, you can’t binge on fast food and think you’re going to make any lasting changes. You want to up your vegetable intake. Things like grilled zucchini or eggplant make for great sides to a piece of grilled chicken or steak. Avocados are a good staple for healthy fats and are versatile. There are loads of recipes out there so plan out your food options in advance, so you stick with it.

About the doctor:

Dr. Niket Sonpal is Adjunct Assistant Professor at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, Clinical instructor at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, Brooklyn and on the board of the NY‐ American College of Physicians (NYACP). He is completing his Fellowship in gastroenterology at Lenox and has spoken and presented at over 25 national and regional conferences on his research and is a regular participant in national courses.

Where to Celebrate National Relaxation Day this August 15th

Tomorrow is the perfect day… to relax! Where are you celebrating National Relaxation Day in NYC tomorrow?

As a national holiday that everyone deserves to celebrate, here is a list of the top 5 places to go right in NYC:

  • Premier57, NYC’s 40,000 sq. ft. luxurious spa/water wonderland is the perfect escape this August just a walk away in Midtown. The meditation room, infrared lounge and sleeping room put the ‘relax’ in relaxation lounge.

  • Shibui Spa - From the roof of the 250 year old Japanese farmhouse that adorns the spa’s pool and lounge area to the holistic, nature-driven treatments, everything in the spa is about impressive yet understated beauty.

  • The Spa at Mandarin Oriental - If you’re looking for a particularly lavish retreat, try one of their holistic wellness rituals like the three hour Thai Yoga Journey that uses Thai yoga massage to help you find balance inside and out.

  • Aire Ancient Baths - Stepping into Aire Ancient Baths is like stepping back in time to a classic Roman bathhouse. Lounge like an emperor on heated marble stones or soak in their six candlelit specialty pools.

  • Ohm Spa & Lounge - This cozy spa specializes in targeted massages and skin-loving facials including everything from enzymatic peels to hydrating treatments using pure manuka honey from New Zealand.

We hope you’re able to relax at your choice of the best place to unwind this August 15th and every day.

5 Tips for Keeping Your Cat Happy and Healthy

While the weather may change from summer to fall, your relationship with your feline never goes out of season. Events on the calendar can seem to pile up as the year goes on, but don’t forget to go the extra mile for your pet and show him how much he means to you.

Whether the sun is shining, the leaves are changing colors or there is snow on the ground, these five tips can help you bond with your cat all year long and make sure he is feeling his best.

For more information on keeping your cat happy and healthy, visit cravepetfoods.com and greenies.com.

Photo courtesy of Fotolia

  1. Create Space to Play

Just like humans and dogs, cats have energy they need to expel throughout the day. Help your cat feel like a member of the family by giving him a dedicated space in the house where you can play together. It can also double as a place to keep his toys.

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  1. Fuel Playtime with a High-Quality Diet

Even the cutest and cuddliest kitties share a connection with their ancestors, so to respect the animal inside, nourish your pet with his natural desires in mind. One purr-worthy option is CRAVE™ cat food, which is made with high-quality animal protein and no grains. The recipes provide the nutrients needed for a strong, lean body and the energy to chase – even if it’s just a toy around the house.

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  1. Toys are a Cat’s Best Friends

Cats are curious by nature and almost always looking for something to get their paws on. Have a variety of toys on-hand, such as laser pointers, feather wands and stuffed mice, which can give your cat the chance to practice his pouncing skills. Not only is this a great form of exercise, but it also allows him to exert his instincts to chase.

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  1. Keep Him Smiling

When considering your cat’s health, don’t forget about oral care. Dental treats such as GREENIES™ Dental Treats help freshen breath and clean your cat’s teeth, helping to keep bad breath from getting in the way of cuddles with your favorite feline.

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  1. Spend Quality Time Together

Don’t let a busy life get in the way of spending quality time and building companionship with your cat. If your schedule is full, try checking off your to-do list with your cat by your side. Fold your laundry or do work in the same room so he knows you’re there. You can also squeeze in snuggle time as you wind down and watch television or read a book before bed. (Family Features)

SOURCE:
https://www.cravepetfoods.com/

https://www.greenies.com/

Are You Ready for the Ice Ball 2018?

Ice Ball 2018

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas’ brightest gem, the Ice Ball Gala, includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, seated dinner, auctions and live music in downtown Austin. This annual event allows the organization to raise funds to create life-changing mentoring relationships for children and families in Central Texas.

The 2018 gala will take place at the Fairmont Austin hotel on August 25, 2018.

Visit www.AustinIceBall.org to learn more!

Dealing with Dementia

Written By Eve Crabtree, Contributing Writer for InFluential Magazine

Dementia is a disease that affects over 45 million people across the globe – a figure that is set to rise significantly over the next three decades. Unfortunately, not many people understand the impact that dementia has on the sufferers and their loved ones. So, here’s what you need to know…

What actually is dementia?

The term ‘dementia’ refers to a number of symptoms such as memory loss and personality changes that contribute to a decline in brain health during the aging process. Eventually, these symptoms can have a detrimental impact on an individual’s daily life and usually lead to death.

There is no cure for dementia; however, there are medications and therapies readily available that can slow down its affects.

How many types of dementia are there?

The most common type of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease which affects around 62% of worldwide dementia sufferers. However, there are also 5 other types which are:

  • Vascular dementia
  • Dementia with lewy bodies
  • Parkinson’s disease dementia
  • Frontotemporal dementia
  • Mixed dementia

What are some of the most common dementia symptoms?

Out of the 6 types of dementia, there are a variety of symptoms that commonly affect the majority of dementia sufferers, regardless of which type they have been diagnosed with. These symptoms include:

  • Short term memory problems
  • Confusion
  • Repeatedly asking the same questions
  • Difficulty finding the right words or understanding certain words
  • Difficulty with numbers and money
  • Becoming anxious and withdrawn
  • Personality changes
  • Difficulty with attention span and tasks that require focus
  • Mood changes
  • Problems with movement
  • Becoming obsessive

Dealing with dementia: Our infographic

In order to highlight the true affects that dementia really has on the global population, and to offer some top tips on spotting the signs and dealing with a diagnosis, we’ve created an infographic. It contains some shocking statistics about the disease whilst walking you through the entire process of recognising the signs to coping with the aftermath.

Check it out below.

Dementia-Infographic

 

The Exclusive Fashion Editorial: Sports Fan

It’s just a simple game, not to everyone! Some would call them a sports fan, fanatic, aficionado…no matter the name, it all equates to a true LOVE of SPORTS! Only a die-hard sports enthusiast could be so devoted to a sports team right down to their FASHION; win or lose. A true sports fan means sticking to one team, through thick and thin, in times of victory and in times of heartbreak. How devoted are you to your team? Let the Fan-O-Meter decide!

Credits:
Photographer:  Vaughn Luciano
Fashion Stylist:  Michelle Washington
Makeup Artist:  Alex DeLeon
Model: Kasha Davey

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Yellow Jacket – Howriis
Green Romper – Flirtitude
Shades – Rue21
Shoes – Freedom

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Silver Leather Jacket – Rue21
Red Beaded Bra – Victoria’s Secret
Black Side – Stripe Skirt – Vibe

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Black Sequins Bomber Jacket – Hao Duo Yi
Raiders Swimsuit – NFL apparel
Shoes – Liliana

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Bulls Swimsuit – NBA apparel
Leggings – Vibe
Shoes – Liliana

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White Royalty Jersey – Queen Apparel
Black Sequins Bomber Jacket – Hao Duo Yi
Shoes – Liliana

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Blue “Classy” Jersey – Queen Apparel
Shoes – Wild Diva

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Red Jersey Dress – Queen Apparel

Welcome to the Summer is too Good to Waste Edition of Teen InFluential

Victoria Garcia, Contributing Writer for Teen InFluential

Victoria Garcia, Contributing Writer for Teen InFluential

Sunny days, tan lines, and long weekends at the beach— what could be better? Greetings and welcome to another blazing addition of Teen InFluential. We’re thrilled to share with you the July / August edition of one of the most optimal publications for teens.

As the season of fun in the sun is quickly passing by, you may be wondering— what could I do next? We get it, you want to make your 2018 summer one to remember. Well we’ve got you covered! Inside, you’ll find backyard party ideas sure to make you the cool kid on the block. But wait, long days outside in the blinding sun could take a toll on your eyes. Check out our guide on how to choose the correct sunglasses that will keep you protected and going all summer. Are you college bound?  Are you wondering how you’re going to fit your whole room in a tiny dorm? Check out our tips on how to make your college move smooth and productive while still getting it done in a reasonable amount of time. Whether college for you is near home or hundreds of miles away, there is no escaping the allergy problems that may follow you everywhere. See our guide on what to do for allergies to ensure you stay safe and worry free for your next four years of college.

As you continue to embark on your summer journey and begin to prepare for the school year to come, the team at Teen InFluential wishes you a summer full of festivities, friends, and growth. Thank you for turning the page with us. Now kick back on a floaty, relax in the water, and enjoy the hottest season yet!

Have a great summer,

Victoria Garcia

Contributing Writer for Teen InFluential