5 Fashion Trends to Love This 2019

Written by Katie Jones, Contributing Writer for InFluential Magazine

Just like the weather, the fashion forecasts of 2019 have been quite unpredictable, to say the least. Spring was on the subtle side of the style spectrum, with earth-tone hues and light feathery details setting the tone for the season. On the other hand, fall is headed towards a completely different direction, as jewel tones and head-to-toe leather looks are shaping up to be all the rage in the coming months.

If the myriad of trends we’re seeing this year overwhelms you, don’t fret, as we’ve rounded up our favorite 2019 fashion items. Here are the standouts that will make you a sartorial star:

1. Asymmetrical Necklines

In our post ‘It’s Time to Revamp Your Style with Some Fresh Summer Looks’, we shared that exposing your shoulders is key to livening up your evening outfits. Despite being a summer staple, your one-shoulder tops and dresses should stick around in your closet for the rest of the year since the sleek slashed cut can fit any season’s aesthetic. Sexy yet chic, an asymmetrical neckline is already a showstopper that needs minimal styling.

Credit:  People

Credit: People

2. Smart Shorts

Shorts have been dominating the fashion scene lately. After all, who doesn’t love a stylish excuse to show off your legs? From Bermuda shorts to longlines, a polished pair will bring an easy-going elegance to an outfit. American clothing brand Woman Within have a variety of stylish shorts that place emphasis on balancing comfort and style, so you’ll look cool and cozy no matter the season. You can pair these with patterned tights or thigh-high boots to take your look up a stylish notch or two.

Credit: The Zoe Report

3. Power Blazers

While 90s fashion made a strong comeback this year, 80s-inspired blazers have also been gaining mainstream attention. The dramatic puffed-sleeves and striking shoulder pads will help you look more put together. And if you’d like a more relaxed look for this smart suit jacket, you can pair this tweed boxy blazers from Isabel Marant or Everlane with a pair of tailored shorts.

Credit: Glamour

Credit: Glamour

4. Satin

If there’s one textile that truly stole the show in 2019, it is satin. Although it reintroduced itself this year in the form of the sultry slip dress, Vogue’s list of stylish satin clothing items is a testament to the fabric’s versatility. This chameleon-like material can be worn for both casual brunches and formal parties. Whether it’s a silky blouse or a delicate skirt, a satin piece will add a level of sophistication to your look.

5. Mules

Another fashion statement that made its mark this year are mules. Dating all the way back to ancient Rome, these stylish shoes made a true resurgence in the spring thanks to trendsetters who made it their go-to shoe. Closed-toe in the front and open in the back, these shoes are usually around two to three inches high and they always have a structured finish to them. A classy pair of mules can pretty much match any outfit, as in the case with these chic leather mules from Maison Margiela.

Credit:  Who What Wear

Credit: Who What Wear


Top Tips to Transition Back to Work After Baby

Many new parents spend hours preparing for the arrival of a new baby – reading books, seeking professional advice and consulting friends and family. However, in focusing on birth, they may not get to prepare for other big milestones, like the transition back to work.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more women are returning to work than ever before – more than 70% of women with children under 18 are in the labor force. However, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest new mothers may not be getting the support they need from health care providers, family members and employers to meet their breastfeeding goals.

“Parenthood is complicated on its own,” said Melissa Gonzales, executive vice president of the Americas for Medela LLC. “Adding in a full workload is something that many new mothers take on within weeks after birth. With nearly two-thirds of moms going back to work after baby, there is a clear need to better the return-to-work transition for mothers in workplaces across America. There are easy ways for employers to simplify that process so parents don’t have to choose between returning to work and continuing to provide breast milk to their babies.”

Whether you are preparing for maternity leave, about to return to work after a baby or have already made the transition, the experts at Medela recommend considering these important workplace qualities:

Time and space. Employers are required to provide reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for one year after the child’s birth. Employers are also required to provide a place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from coworkers and the public which may be used by an employee to express breast milk. If you are planning to pump, check to see if your office has a private space to do so, and ensure there are accommodations to allow you to properly clean and sanitize your breast pump.

Travel considerations. If you are required to travel for work, look into your company’s existing policy on breast milk shipping and storage. With more women in the workforce, some companies include breast milk shipping as a benefit for women who have recently given birth who may need to travel.

Supportive resources. Some companies provide educational resources about continuing to breastfeed while working full-time. Ask if your employer provides resources to help you navigate the demands of breastfeeding, or if it provides access to virtual on-demand support such as a lactation consultant. See if your employer can connect you to another mom or parent who can help you or offer advice as you make the transition.

Other accommodations. As breast milk feeding becomes increasingly commonplace, companies are implementing policies to better accommodate working parents. Examples include extended parental leave, flexible hours, on-site child care and access to programs such as March of Dimes’ Healthy Babies Healthy Business program and New Moms’ Healthy Returns, a resource for employers created by Medela and Mamava.

3 Tips for Breastfeeding at Work

Returning to work after the birth of a baby demands organization and prioritization. This is especially true for parents who want to continue breastfeeding. Consider these tips when planning the transition:

Know your legal rights.Educate yourself on your federally protected rights so you can take a stand if your rights aren’t respected. Employers in the U.S. are required to provide breastfeeding moms with a private place and reasonable break time to pump.

Bring a backup. Consider keeping a spare breast pump kit in your car or at your office, just in case you find yourself without the parts you need to pump, like storage bags. You may even consider an extra breast pump to eliminate the hassle of carrying one back and forth.

Reduce unnecessary stressors. Stress can affect your milk supply and make pumping more difficult. It can be a challenge to manage all the stressors, but finding a space at work that feels calm and peaceful can make a difference. Make signs so you’re not interrupted, and schedule time on your calendar so colleagues know you’re not available.

Learn more at NewMomsHealthyReturns.com.


6 Ways to Give Your Backyard a Summer Makeover

Written by Kevin Jefferson

Kevin Jefferson

Kevin Jefferson

It’s never too late to give your backyard a summer makeover. After all, there’s plenty of time to enjoy your own little piece of paradise. It doesn’t really matter whether your yard is big or small; you can always do something special in order to create a true oasis for summer fun – and maybe even for the rest of the year, who knows? If you’re wondering what kind of projects are right for you this summer, keep on reading.

1. Take Care of Your Lawn and Existing Greenery

The best way to start this project includes using what you already have in your yard. Essentially, you want to mow your lawn and keep it tidy so that the rest of your backyard makeover can have a fresh and lovely basis. In case there are weeds, make sure to get rid of them. Actually, get rid of all the plants that simply don’t make you happy when you look at them. Also, don’t forget to prune your trees, bushes and shrubs to complete the look.

2. Add New Plants and Trees

Of course, it’s important to have plenty of greenery in your backyard. In that respect, you can play with different plants, shrubs and even trees to create the desired effect. When it comes to decorative flowers, you can arrange them in a specific order, plant them along the fence or use already decorative planters for this purpose. Those of you that don’t like gardening all that much will definitely enjoy low-maintenance plants. And, in case you want some extra shade, consider planting an evergreen tree, as well. You can buy a grown tree and replant it, so it won’t be necessary for you to wait for it to grow.

3. Build a Patio or Deck

You obviously want to have a place in your yard where you’ll be able to lounge and enjoy the fresh air and greenery that surrounds you. What’s more, this can become the hotspot for your friends and family gatherings. That said, it would be a good idea to add a deck area or at least a patio to your backyard. This may seem like a big investment at first, but it will be well worth it; a deck boosts your home’s value while the project can be done and over with in just a couple of days. You won’t even need that long for a simple patio.

4. Get Yourself Some Outdoor Furniture

What good is the deck or patio area if you don’t actually take the time to equip it with appropriate furniture? In case you do own outdoor furniture that’s in good condition, give it a thorough clean before arranging it in your backyard. In case you don’t, look around your local flea markets, thrift shops and garage sales. You’d be surprised just how many great deals you can get this way. In general, plastic and wicker are go-to materials for outdoor furniture. Don’t hesitate to spruce them up with colourful cushions, tablecloths and maybe even an umbrella or a shade sail for cover.

5. Make Sure You Have Proper Lighting

Most people have free time in the evening hours. What’s more, one of the best summer moments includes those nights that you get to spend in your backyard, relaxing and unwinding after a long day. You might enjoy the light of the stars and the moon the most, but you’ll still probably need proper lighting in this case. That said, torches, lanterns and string lights seem to be the most popular choices. You can also look into motion sensor lighting as well as the outdoor LED lights you could use along your garden path or driveway.

6. Feel Free to Accessorize

It’s important to give your backyard a personal touch just like you would with your interior. And, as you can imagine, you can get really creative when your summer backyard makeover is concerned. Of course, you can match the design to your home exterior, but the fun doesn’t have to stop there. You may be interested in a fresh coat of paint for your fence, and maybe a brighter shade for the summer season, too. You can use garden gnomes, plant and road signs, flamingos, and other typical garden accessories to add more interest to your backyard in general. A fun tip for smaller yards is to hang mirrors with interesting frames on the fence.

If you’re lucky enough to have a backyard, don’t hesitate to make the most out of it, especially when it comes to the warmer summer months. Being able to step into your private natural oasis means a lot, especially if you don’t get much free time off work. And, as you can see, projects for your backyard summer makeover don’t have to be too complex or require a complete renovation. It’s more than enough to stick with the basics and get creative where you want and can. 

Kevin has gone through an extensive home renovation with his son, which he has both thoroughly enjoyed, and dreaded every morning. He is now the proud owner of half his dream house (the other half has been waiting for spring). You can read more of Kevin’s work at PlainHelp.

Mandy Moore’s Mindful Tips for a Well-Balanced, Lively Summer

With plans of trips and relaxation on the horizon, it can be easy to give your wellness routine a vacation, too. Before you jet set off on your next adventure, take a moment to be consciously aware of how your mind and body may react to an overly active and jam-packed summer schedule.

“As someone with a busy lifestyle, having an intentional, balanced wellness routine helps me be my best self for my job, my friends and my family,” said actress and wellness advocate Mandy Moore.

Partnering with Nature’s Way to celebrate its 50th birthday, Moore shares a passion for paving a better way to wellness. While no single trick or technique guarantees well-rounded health, it’s about establishing habits that work best for you and your lifestyle. Your routine may often change daily depending where you are on your wellness journey, but Moore shares thoughtful considerations to always keep in mind which you may read in our multi-award winning July / August edition.

A Quick School Night Meal

(Culinary.net) Dinner ideas for busy school nights can be such a chore. Don’t fret, this recipe for Cheeseburger Turnovers is easy enough the kids can help, too.

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Watch video to see how to make this recipe!

Cheeseburger Turnovers

  • 1          pound ground beef
  • 1/2       cup onion, chopped
  • 2          tablespoons ketchup
  • 1          tablespoon mustard
  • 1          can flaky biscuits
  • 1          cup shredded cheese
  • dill pickle slices, halved
  • 1          egg, beaten
  1. Heat oven to 375° F.
  2. In large skillet, cook ground beef and onion until beef is thoroughly cooked and onions are tender. Drain. Stir in ketchup and mustard.
  3. Separate biscuit dough. On ungreased baking sheet, flatten biscuit dough to form 6-inch rounds. Spoon beef mixture onto one side of flattened dough. Sprinkle with cheese. Top with dill pickle half. Fold dough over filling. With fork tines, press dough edges to seal. Cut two slits in top of dough to release steam.
  4. Brush each turnover with egg wash.
  5. Bake 18-22 minutes, or until deep golden brown.


San Miguel de Allende’s Casa Delphine Announces New Monthly Dinner Series

Hotel Announces New Guest Chef Pop Up and Tarot Card Dinner Series

Named the best destination in Mexico for the fourth consecutive year by Travel + Leisure, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato continues to attract travelers from around the globe drawn to the city’s rich colonial history, vibrant heritage, thriving art scene, beautiful baroque Spanish architecture and more.

Casa Delphine is one of San Miguel de Allende’s newest boutique hotels, owned by Los Angeles based jewelry designer Amanda Keidan. The magical town surrounded by the Sierra Central mountain range in the middle of the Central Mexico Plateau completely stole her heart as it does to so many visitors from around the world. The doors of this chic boutique hotel opened in April of this year and Casa Delphine has already welcomed guests from around the globe. With just five suites, Casa Delphine’s intimate scale gives it a distinctly residential feel, with airy rooms and natural light streaming in through large glass doors and windows with geometric detail. 

The hotel is a treasure architecturally with beautifully hand laid boveda ceilings, exceptional detail in stonework and a layout that allows for two very private internal gardens offering a peaceful retreat from the city. Keidan’s concept was to create a luxurious place to stay and unwind with a beautifully curated community dining table for guests to enjoy conversation and revelations with fellow travelers, and a uniquely blue lobby which gives a pop of style. The city is known for attracting visiting artists, authors and other creative individuals, and this hotelito is well positioned to be a chic gathering place where imaginative travelers land and conversations flourish. 

Keidan designed the space herself, and each design decision has been carefully thought out and influenced by her own personality. The lobby, with its hand-carved large stone fireplace, is painted a deep rich blue, which melds into the deep blue velvet couches and 20-foot ceilings. Keidan collaborated on designing custom glass and metal faceted lights that are a nod to her background in metal and jewelry design. To make the other lighting extra special, Keidan asked local visual and print artist Ri Anderson to create some lampshades exclusively for Casa Delphine. One print is of Mexico City shot from an airplane at night and adjusted to repeat patterns. Anderson’s work brought in an extra level of texture and color in the rooms and the lamps are all one of a kind. The five spacious suites all feature cantera fireplaces, hand designed furniture from Keidan’s collaboration with local artists, warm accents, eclectic textures and colors, and balconies that overlook the private courtyards. Guests can enjoy majestic panoramic views of San Miguel from the Spanish hacienda-style private two-floor rooftop suite.

Pop Up Guest Chef Dinner Series

Casa Delphine is launching a monthly Tuesday night “Pop Up Guest Chef Dinner Series” showcasing guest chefs from San Miguel, Mexico City, New York, and Los Angeles.  The inaugural dinner in August, a four-course affair, features Peter Godoff of New York City. Godoff was the opening Executive Chef at “Orso” on Broadway’s Restaurant Row and the General Manager of  The Modern @ The Museum of Modern Art. Chefs lined up for future pop up dinners include Donnie Masterson of ‘The Restaurant’, JJ Castenada of ‘Fatima’,  Itai Zach of ‘Foodshop’ in Los Angeles and Samantha Koch, a health & wellness chef from Amsterdam. More exciting guest chefs are in the works. Dinner is approximately $80USD per person.

Tarot Card Dinner Series

San Miguel de Allende is a town with a deep connection to the mystic symbols of Mexican folklore. The history, beautiful architecture, legends and religious festivities of San Miguel offer the perfect inspiration and setting for a true tarot experience that connects mind and soul through images and words. Starting September 20th, 2019, Casa Delphine will host a monthly series of “Tarot Card Dinners” led by Miguel Canseco, a professional tarot reader and historian, who is also a psychologist, author and visual artist. The tarot card dinner is limited to 20 persons and will include each guest having a mini tarot reading, a four-course dinner, two wine pairings, and a roster of rotating guest chefs curating the menu (2400 pesos per person). The symbols and poetry embedded in tarot cards come to life in each of his readings. Tarot reading is an art form based on ancient knowledge, and according to Canseco, it’s a bridge to connect with the deep wisdom of our own soul and also an open door for imagination that allows the possibility to find deeper meanings in the challenges of life. Tarot dinners are  $120USD per person.


Casa Delphine is inviting wellness experts from around the globe to come to San Miguel de Allende and teach their expertise in an intimate, beautiful setting at the hotel. The first retreat in January 2020 is aMeditation Retreat, 5-night/6-day retreat focusing on deep meditation and looking inwardly to re-program one’s minds and breathe to help individuals slow down and take in joy more fully and learn to live in the present more fully. The retreat will be led by Brazil native, Públio who has been dedicating his life to meditation and yoga. In February 2020, Casa Delphine will host a Wellness and Fermentation Retreat. This 4-night/5-day retreat features an array of cooking courses that will teach people how to better balance their gut health using plant-based cooking techniques and fermentation of vegetables and homemade nut milks. Taught by Samantha Koch of the Netherlands, guests will have healthy breakfasts at the hotel, excursions to local organic markets, and afternoon cooking classes and teachings in making the best dietary decisions. Evenings will include exploring the town with the world class cuisine that San Miguel has to offer. Dates and further details are forthcoming. 

Private Intimate Weddings and Events

With its stunning great room, dining room and intimate courtyards, Casa Delphine is a magical venue to host private events, dinners, and special celebrations. Guests can have exclusive use of the entire hotel, and they will receive a 15% discount per night for full buyout with rates starting at $1,250USD per night from September through February and $1,120USD per night from March through August. 


The concierge at Casa Delphine can customize guests’ stays with adventure excursions and off-the-beaten-path experiences to fully appreciate Mexico’s most charming and festive city. Some of these incredible experiences include horseback rides with Cayote Canyon Adventures, lunch at local wineries, hot springs, private astrology readings, private tarot card readings, a private tour of Canada de la Virgen, Jazz nights at the Instituto, private massages in house or at local recommended spas. The hotel can also arrange private car transportation to and from local airports (BJX, and QRO) and the international airport in Mexico City (MEX).

For more information, visit www.casadelphine.com or email reservas@casadelphine.com.

4 Tips to Keep Pets Out of Trouble During Back-to-School Season

When structured school days and hours away from home return to the schedule, all members of the household feel the shift, even pets. Pets go from long days with the family in the yard to less time and activities with their favorite people.

Keep them in mind as you plan your days to ensure they get the activity they need and remain in a safe environment. When left to their own devices, furry family members can make questionable decisions, and the old “dog ate my homework” adage can come to life in a number of ways.

However, pet owners can count on an option like GREENIES Dental Treats to distract their pets from bad behavior and be their dog’s best decision of the day. Be on the lookout for these potential mishaps, and visit Greenies.com for more information on better doggie decisions.

Watch the Door

Going from all-day adventures with kids to long hours away may leave your pet feeling bored and lonely. If your dog is craving a little adventure, following his or her friends outside and onto the school bus may seem like a reasonable solution. Make it a safe activity that both dogs and kids can look forward to by leashing your dog and joining them for the daily sendoff.

Store Lunches and Goodies Safely

While homework and paper aren’t appealing to all dogs, bake sale snacks or packed lunches may pique more interest. A simple way to divert your pet’s attention while you’re prepping and packing food and goodies is an option like a GREENIES Dental Treat. Not only can the treat keep your furry friend occupied and away from countertops, but the chewy texture also helps clean his or her teeth by fighting both plaque and tartar buildup, freshening breath and helping to maintain healthy teeth and gums.

Keep Backpacks Zipped

You never know what you’ll find in a child’s backpack. In addition to the basics like notebooks, pens and pencils, there’s always a chance of finding leftover food. Because dogs are known to stick their noses where they don’t belong, it’s important to keep schoolbags zipped and out of their reach.

Stow Away Wires and Cords

From laptops and tablets to earbuds and chargers, tech devices are essential during the school year. While kids are busy doing homework, your dog’s attention could turn to these gadgets at any time, so keep cords and wires packed away and devices on top of tables and desks or in their protective cases when not in use. (Family Features)

Photos of family walking dog and women with laptop and dog courtesy of Adobe Stock. Photo of girl with backpack courtesy of Getty Images.


School Day Solutions

Family-friendly recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner

Morning routines, homework, practices and more are all part of back-to-school season, and even when time is short, flavorful meals can be, too.

Whether it’s breakfast and dinner together as a family or sending your little learner out the door with a nutritious lunch, making tasty recipes in your own kitchen doesn’t have to be a drain on an already busy schedule. With dishes like a new take on French toast to a quickly packed lunchbox and bolder burgers, you can keep your loved ones fueled for everything the school year brings your way.

For more back-to-school recipes, visit Culinary.net.

Freshen Up Family Breakfasts

A truly beneficial start to the day is usually centered around breakfast. Start your family on the right foot with a meal that delivers sweet flavor along with nutritious fruits.

This Honey Leches French Toast recipe swaps out syrup for hot honey combined with the crisp taste of raspberries, blueberries and strawberries.

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Honey Leches French Toast

Recipe courtesy of chef Rob Corliss on behalf of the National Honey Board

Servings: 4

Honey Leches:

  • 2          tablespoons blueberry honey
  • 1/4       cup evaporated milk
  • 1/4       cup light coconut milk
  • 3          large eggs
  • 1          teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2       teaspoon ground cinnamon

Berry Garnish:

  • 1/2       cup fresh raspberries
  • 1/2       cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/2       cup fresh strawberries, sliced

Hot Honey:

  • 1/2       cup blueberry honey
  • 1/2       teaspoon cayenne pepper

Pound Cake:

  • 8          small slices premade pound cake
  • nonstick cooking spray
  1. To make Honey Leches: In mixing bowl, whisk blueberry honey, evaporated milk, coconut milk, eggs, vanilla extract and cinnamon to evenly combine. Keep chilled.
  2. To make Berry Garnish: In mixing bowl, lightly toss raspberries, blueberries and strawberries to evenly combine. Keep chilled.
  3. To make Hot Honey: In small mixing bowl, whisk blueberry honey and cayenne pepper to evenly combine. Keep warm so hot honey is pourable.
  4. Heat electric griddle to 375° F.
  5. Arrange pound cake slices, side by side, flat, in casserole dish or pan with sides. Pour Honey Leches over and around pound cake slices; soak 1 minute.
  6. Lightly coat griddle with nonstick cooking spray. Remove pound cake slices from Honey Leches, allowing liquid to drain off, then place each slice on hot griddle.
  7. On griddle, cook pound cake slices approximately 2 minutes on each side until golden crispy and hot throughout.
  8. To serve, place two overlapping pound cake slices on plate (four plates total). Top each with approximately 1/4 cup mixed berries then drizzle each with approximately 2 tablespoons hot honey.

A Healthy, Happy Midday Meal

Back to school means back to packing daily lunches, and for parents aspiring to send healthier options with their children, look no further than a bento box loaded with the nutritional values of fruits, dairy and protein.

Surprise your little one with this Happy Lunchbox, a sweet treat to help keep him or her hydrated throughout the school day. Start with watermelon, a portable, versatile and easy-to-serve staple composed of 92% water for a hydrating snack. Add in a favorite yogurt flavor, mixed berries, cheddar cheese cubes and smoked turkey breast for a well-rounded lunch to maintain energy all day.

By assembling this nutritious meal using a divided bento box, you can add a little fun to an already flavorful lunch. Find more refreshing recipes for back-to-school season at watermelon.org.

Happy Lunchbox

Recipe courtesy of the National Watermelon Promotion Board

  • Watermelon, cut into sticks
  • yogurt, for dipping berries

Watermelon Kebabs:

  • 18        cubes (1 inch each) seedless watermelon
  • 6          cubes smoked turkey breast
  • 6          cubes cheddar cheese
  • 6          coffee stirrers or beverage straws
  1. In small plate with dividers, assemble watermelon sticks with yogurt in one section and berries in separate section.
  2. To make Watermelon Kebabs: Skewer watermelon, turkey and cheese cubes on stirrers or straws. Assemble in third section of plate.

A Bigger, Bolder Burger

Making a meal everyone loves can sometimes be a challenge when tastes differ and each member of the family craves something different. However, turning to a nearly universally enjoyed staple – a burger – may be just the solution.

Next time your group debates the night’s dinner menu, turn to a customizable creation like the Brooklyn Bacon Bonanza Burger created by celebrity chef and author George Duran for Jarlsberg’s Global Burger Campaign. Topped with melted cheese and optional garnishes like fried eggs and tomato slices, this burger can be personalized to appease the taste buds of everyone under your roof.

Find more back-to-school meal solutions at jarlsberg.com.

Brooklyn Bacon Bonanza Burger

Recipe courtesy of chef George Duran on behalf of Jarlsberg

Servings: 4

  • 4          thick chunks Jarlsberg cheese
  • 1          tablespoon hot sauce
  • 1/4       cup mayonnaise
  • 1          pound ground beef
  • 1/2       pound ground pork
  • 1          onion, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1          cup chopped cooked bacon
  • 3          tablespoons sundried tomato paste
  • 3          tablespoons breadcrumbs
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • 4          eggs for frying (optional)
  • 4          hamburger buns
  • 8          thin slices tomato
  1. Place cheese in freezer about 1 hour ahead of time.
  2. Heat grill to medium-high heat. In small bowl, mix hot sauce and mayonnaise; set aside.
  3. In large bowl, season beef, pork, onion, bacon, tomato paste and breadcrumbs with salt and pepper. Using hands, mix until well combined.
  4. Using hands, form meat mixture into four balls. With thumb, make indentation in centers of balls and place one chunk cheese in center of each. Begin shaping burgers around cheese until patties form.
  5. Spray grill grates with nonstick spray. Grill burgers, turning frequently, until cooked through and cheese begins to ooze out, about 8-10 minutes.
  6. In nonstick skillet, fry eggs, if desired; set aside. Serve burgers on hamburger buns with chipotle-mayo, tomato slices and fried eggs. (Family Features)

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Former Bikini Bodybuilder Bianca Taylor Shares About Eating Disorder Struggles in New Switch4Good Video

In a video from Switch4Good launched August 8, famous former bikini bodybuilder and fitness coach Bianca Taylor reveals that that while competing, she struggled with the eating disorder anorexia athletica, “which is fairly common in female athletes,” she says.

Bianca Taylor

Bianca Taylor

She explains that she became a “very malnourished version of myself.”

Taylor chose to recover on a fully plant-based diet. “I put on muscle, I gained back the thirty pounds that I’d lost, and I did it completely plant-based,” shares the athlete.

“After I stopped drinking dairy, my athletic performance improved so much, mainly because my digestion was so much better that I was able to recover faster,” she says. “I was able to have a lot more energy and just get through my workouts quicker and recover a lot faster.”

Switch4Good is a nonprofit led by Olympic silver medalist cyclist Dotsie Bausch that works to educate the general public and professional athletes about the health and planetary implications of consuming dairy. Bausch is co-host of Switch4Good’s compelling podcast, that addresses eating disorder recovery from a vegan perspective.

Please follow this link to preview Bianca Taylor’s video at https://youtu.be/MEsI5MGn4oc.

Creating a Spa Oasis

(Family Features) Transforming your bathroom into a personal home spa allows you to come home to a relaxing environment every day. By making space and removing clutter, along with adding decorative touches, you can achieve a stylish spa-like atmosphere in the comfort of your own home.

Whether you enjoy the understated, nature-inspired colors or the calming atmosphere, a spa-like bathroom can be beautiful, welcoming and relaxing. Escape the ordinary with these cabinetry ideas from the experts at Wellborn Cabinet.

Float your vanity

When it’s time to retreat, a spa-like bathroom promises sanctuary in its design. Floating vanities mount directly to the wall, providing more floor space and creating a streamlined look. By mounting the vanity to a wall, the space is broadened, naturally making the bathroom look and feel larger while also allowing the homeowners to customize the height.

Although the aesthetic benefits often come at the cost of limited under-sink storage space, this potential pitfall can be overcome with a customizable U-shaped drawer option designed to fit around the sink plumbing in your bath, allowing you to use all that under-counter space.

Clever, concealed storage

Style and functionality combine in bath cabinets and vanities designed to create your own private retreat where your space is serenely ordered and uncluttered. Common amongst spa-like bathroom styling is a clutter-free space, and in doing so, everything is hidden behind the cabinet doors, making storage solutions vital.

To get the spa-like bathroom look, consider adding organizational solutions like a tiered spice rack, sliding shelves and vanity appliance pullouts from Wellborn Cabinet. A tiered spice rack keeps your cabinets organized and makes your morning routine easier. Sliding shelves can make your mornings less hectic with a gentle pull that brings bath essentials right to you. Conveniently store hairstyling tools in one location without compromising design or space with a vanity appliance pullout.

Incorporate ample lighting

Design with relaxation in mind; the calm, warmer natural-color tones and ambient lighting help lend a relaxing vibe. Cabinet lighting adds depth, dimension and visual interest to a bathroom. An ideal lighting design goes beyond a centralized ceiling fixture and includes multiple layers of light.

Lighting in the bathroom is essential; illumination for everyday tasks can make your bath appear larger, add warmth and set the right mood. It may also be designed to tuck cleanly inside and under cabinets to provide well-placed light without visible fixtures or distracting wires.

Infuse natural elements

Nature can be infused into the design by playing on textures with metals, earthy color tones, the graining in the cabinetry and the addition of a subtle waterfall separating the his-and-her vanity to provide a relaxing retreat. For example, Wellborn Cabinet’s Biscotti Cherry and Terra Oak embossed melamine show off the wood-graining to highlight the natural aspects of the wood.

For more bathroom remodeling ideas, visit wellborn.com.   (Family Features)

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