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

Watergate Salad

It only takes 5 ingredients to make this creamy delight that is so simple to make and so delicious. You’ll want to double or even triple the recipe because it will not last long.

Watergate Salad

  • 1 package instant pistachio pudding mix
  • 1 (8oz) can crushed pineapple, with juice
  • 1 cup minature marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 (8oz) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
  1. In a large bowl mix all ingredients together.  Chill.

SOURCE:
Culinary.net

A Fresh Tailgate Menu

Quick and tasty ideas for game day

Take your tailgating game to new heights this season with fresh dishes that are easy to make and serve, whether your tailgating tradition takes place at the game or at home.

Fast prep times and short ingredient lists make these recipes a cinch to prepare in advance and have ready to go as soon as you reach the parking lot or before guests arrive. The star ingredients are naturally hardwood-smoked sausages and seasoned deli meats from Eckrich, which offers a variety of smoked sausage flavors in traditional ropes and bun-length links as well as gluten-free deli meats such as Black Forest ham and oven-roasted turkey, all with just the right blend of seasonings for a rich, savory taste.

You can switch up the flavors of these recipes by subbing in different varieties of smoked sausage, such as replacing the original rope-style smoked sausage with Eckrich Jalapeno & Cheddar Links. The roll-ups are also easy to customize for guests using any type of deli meat, and they’re easy to enjoy on the go if you need a quick bite on the way to the stadium.

Tailgate Like a Pro

Try New Toppings

Smoked sausage and deli meats are easy to add to a bun for an instant meal, and there’s plenty of ways to dress your tailgate menu up or down based upon the preferences of your guests. Be sure to keep some basics on hand for those who prefer traditional preparation, but for the more adventurous types, try out these ideas for toppings that create a new dimension of flavor.

  • Grilled onion
  • Grilled peppers
  • Grilled, roasted or sauteed mushrooms
  • Spicy mustard
  • Flavored ketchup (think spicy, fruity or sweet)
  • Ethnic flavors like curry or marinara sauce
  • Hot sauce
  • Roasted corn relish
  • Crumbled or shredded cheese
  • Bacon crumbles

Handy Hacks

  • Repurpose coffee filters as holders for your sandwiches. They’re easy to hold and help keep your favorite toppings contained.
  • Up-cycle an empty six-pack container into a convenient cookout caddy to hold napkins, condiments and utensils. Not only is it quick to grab and place on the table, but it helps keep napkins from blowing away in a breeze.
  • For kabobs, keep wooden skewers from charring by soaking them in water before threading on ingredients.
  • Prepare toppings the night before and arrange them in a disposable foil pan for a quick and easy DIY topping bar.

Million Dollar Moment

This season, Eckrich – the official smoked sausage and deli meat sponsor of the College Football Playoff – is once again hosting the Road to the National Championship sweepstakes. Fans around the country will have the chance to make a 20-yard throw for $1 million at some of the biggest college football games of the season, including the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship in Atlanta. Visit EckrichFootball.com for your chance to win.

Find more game-day recipes at Eckrich.com.

Grilled Sausage Skewer Sandwiches

Cook time: 15 minutes

Servings: 6

  • 1          regular size package Eckrich Smoked Sausage
  • 1          small red onion, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1          red bell pepper, seeded, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 6          wooden skewers, 10 inches long
  • 1/2       cup Italian salad dressing, divided
  • 6          bolillo or sandwich rolls, split
  • 1          avocado, cut into 1/2-inch thick slices
  • 1/4       cup cilantro leaves
  1. Heat grill to medium-high.
  2. Cut sausage into 1/2-inch thick slices. Thread sausage, onion and bell peppers alternately onto skewers. Brush 1/4 cup salad dressing on skewered sausage and vegetables.
  3. Grill until sausage is golden brown and vegetables are crisp-tender, about 10 minutes, turning once.
  4. Brush remaining salad dressing on rolls. Fill rolls with grilled sausage and vegetables. Divide avocado and cilantro onto each.

Tip: To broil sausage rather than grill, heat broiler to medium-high, follow the same skewer preparation instructions and broil about 10 minutes, or until sausage is golden brown and vegetables are crisp-tender.

Ham and Turkey Roll-ups

Cook time: 10 minutes

Servings: 2

  • 4          ounces Eckrich Deli Oven Roasted Turkey Breast
  • 4          ounces Eckrich Deli Black Forest Ham
  • lettuce leaves
  • 2          tablespoons chunky guacamole
  • 1/4       cup chopped cucumbers
  • 1          tablespoon shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2          slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  1. Layer turkey and ham slices. Layer lettuce, guacamole, cucumber, cheese and bacon crumbles. Roll meat and secure with toothpick.

Potato Salad with Smoked Sausage

Cook time: 30 minutes

Servings: 6

  • 3/4       regular size package Eckrich Smoked Sausage, halved lengthwise, cut into 1/2-inch thick slices
  • 3          small red potatoes (about 2 1/2 pounds), cooked and quartered
  • 1          can (4 ounces) pitted ripe olives, drained and halved
  • 2          cups Italian dressing
  • 1          green onion, sliced (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1          clove garlic, minced
  • 2          teaspoons ground black pepper
  1. In large skillet over medium heat, cook sausage 6 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in potatoes; cook until heated through, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.
  2. Add olives, dressing, onions, garlic and pepper; mix lightly.

(Family Features)

SOURCE:
Eckrich

Texas Teen Book Festival Announces 2017 Schedule

Young Adult Book Festival to Feature All-Star Author Sessions, Panels, Workshops, Book Signings, Interactive Space, Costume Contest, and More
 
The Texas Teen Book Festival announced recently the full schedule for the 2017 edition, taking place on Saturday, October 7 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at St. Edward’s University. This year’s Festival features an exciting program with opening keynote speaker Marie Lu and closing keynote speaker Jason Reynolds; panels and sessions by award-winning authors, including Lizzie Velásquez, Tillie Walden, Jennifer Mathieu, I. W. Gregorio, Mackenzi Lee, and Julie Murphy; plus book signings, educational workshops, a costume contest sponsored by Epic Reads, and the first-ever iTent.“It is finally time to announce the 2017 Texas Teen Book Festival schedule and we can stop struggling to keep secrets!” says TTBF Festival Director Shawn Mauser. “We are so excited to announce this program that has been in the works since January. We hope to see everyone out for a celebration of reading, authors, and the teens who love them!”The jam-packed festival day will begin at 8 a.m. and features panels, keynotes, and events, including:

  • 8 a.m. – TTBF Bookstore Opens, Alumni Gym
  • 8:30 a.m. – Early Bird Signings
    • Featuring: Marie Lu, Jason Reynolds, E. Lockhart, and Stephanie Perkins
  • 10 a.m. – Official Welcome and Opening Keynote at RCC Gym
    • Featuring: Marie Lu
  • 11:15 a.m. – Panel: To Thine Own Self Be True, at RCC Gym
    • Featuring Jason Reynolds, Zac Brewer, Tillie Walden, Renée Watson, and Corrie Wang
  • 11:15 a.m. – Panel: Me + You = Fate at Mabee Ballroom
    • Featuring Kathryn Ormsbee, Mackenzi Lee, Julie Murphy, Adam Silvera, and Jenna Evans Welch
  • 11:15 a.m. – Panel: The Ties That Blind at Jones Auditorium
    • Featuring Sandhya Menon, Amy Tintera, Jessica Taylor, Peter Bognanni, and Andrew Shvarts
  • 11:15 a.m. – Badgerdog Poetry Workshop 1 at Fleck Hall, Room 314
  • 11:15 a.m. – Barrio Writers Workshop at the Library, Room 141
  • 11:15 a. m. – Book Signings
  • 12:30 p.m. – Panel: Where I Belong: Stories of Immigration, Resilience, and Hope at RCC Gym
    • Featuring Mitali Perkins, Adi Alsaid, Francisco X. Stork, and Diana J. Noble
  • 1:30 p.m. – Special Speaker at RCC Gym
    • Featuring Lizzie Velásquez
  • 2:30 p.m. – Panel: Smart is the New Black at Mabee
    • Featuring Marie Lu, Ashley Poston, Kerri Maniscalco, and Ryan Graudin
  • 2:30 p.m. – Panel: Fierce Reads at Jones Auditorium
    • Featuring Mitali Perkins, Caleb Roehrig, Anna-Marie McLemore, and Jennifer Mathieu
  • 2:30 p.m. – WNDB Educator Workshop at Library, Room 142
  • 2:30 p.m. – Book Signings
  • 3:15 p.m. – Epic Reads Costume Contest Judging at RCC Gym
  • 3:30 p.m. – Panel: Of Myth & Mystery at Mabee Ballroom
    • Featuring E. Lockhart, Stephanie Perkins, Julie Buxbaum, David Bowles, and Cory Putman Oakes
  • 3:30 p.m. – Panel: It’s Time to Save the World… Again at Jones Auditorium
    • Featuring Cindy Pon, Aditi Khorana, Erin Bowman, Lisa Maxwell, and S.J. Kincaid
  • 3:30 p.m. – Badgerdog Workshop 2 at Fleck Hall, Room 314
  • 3:30 p.m. – Educator Workshop 2: AISD Educator Book Club with Adi Alsaid at the Library, Room 142
  • 3:30 p.m. – Book Signings
  • 4:15 p.m. – Opening to Closing Note: Essay Presentation at RCC Gym
  • 4:30 p.m. – Closing Note Speaker Jason Reynolds at RCC Gym
  • 5:30 p. m. – Final Group Signing
In addition to panels and workshops throughout the day, the Festival will feature:
  • Writing workshops hosted by Badgerdog and Barrio Writers at 11:15 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Badgerdog is a writing program of the Austin Public Library Foundation for writers of all ages and skill levels, and Barrio Writers is a creative writing program that provides free college level writing workshops to teenagers in underserved communities.
  • A We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) workshop led by Dhonielle Clayton, COO of WNDB, to discuss using diverse books in the classroom at 2:30pm. This workshop is specifically programmed for educators, who will also hear about WNDB’s new app, “Our Story,” a useful book-finding tool for teachers, librarians, and students. “Our Story” offers cool content from authors as well as WNDB-themed curriculum and material perks. This event is for pre-registered attendees only, and reservations are available via the Texas Teen Book Festival website.
  • An Austin ISD Adult Book Club and an Educator Book Club Discussion with Adi Alsaid at 3:30pm. This kick-off meeting will give adult readers the opportunity to meet Alsaid and discuss his latest novel, North of Happy.
  • Additionally, this will be the first year for the iTent. This interactive space is designed to bring YA fans closer to their favorite authors and will offer opportunities to learn, create, and share. Book Talks, Zine Making, and Ask Me Anything sessions will all take place in the iTent. Full iTent schedule to be announced closer to the Festival.
TTBF is presented in collaboration with the Texas Book Festival, BookPeople, a dedicated team of librarians, and venue sponsor St. Edward’s University. The program is made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.TTBF remains free and open to the public thanks to generous donors, sponsors, and dozens of committed volunteers. For more information, please visit www.texasteenbookfestival.org and keep up with announcements at Facebook.com/TexasTeenBookFestival, and on Twitter and Instagram @TXTeenBookFest.

Victoria Garcia Warmly Welcomes You to the 2nd Anniversary Issue of Teen InFluential

Victoria Garcia, Contributing Writer for Teen InFluential

Victoria Garcia, Contributing Writer for Teen InFluential

Teen InFluential Celebrates its 2nd Anniversary in Leather N’ Stripes, no less.

It’s with great pleasure to welcome you, our allegiant readers, to our second-year anniversary issue of Teen Influential. It is your interest and your loyalty that have made Teen InFluential such a trend setting success. Your devotion to our family of writers is highly appreciated and we are delighted to be part of your daily Zen.

As fall is upon us, young adults across the nation will become dorm residents. Will you be one? Do not let the drab walls and oak bed frames discourage you. We have just what you need inside this exciting edition. Inside, you will learn design tips to make your dorm as chic as you. Oh, and the freshman 15? Not happening. Enjoy our quick and healthy recipes to keep you energized and strong. Maybe you are destined for love this season? With love, all things are possible and we will guide you on ways to keep your feet grounded and your heart full.

So, journey with us as we share with you, ideas that will keep your mind intrigued, your body healthy, and your lifestyle balanced. Sit back, grab your favorite latte and let’s explore the greatest version of you.  After all, you are InFluential…

Victoria Garcia,

Contributing Writer

Teen InFluential 

Happy Anniversaries to the InFluential Family

William Jackson, Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential.

William Jackson, Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential.

This month we mark six years of service to you, InFluentials, it makes me pleased to say I’ve had the honor of working at InFluential Magazine for all six of them, and I’m just as passionate about our mission today as I was when we started in 2011.

Like so many of you, I’ve been a fan of the InFluential Magazine from the moment we created our first issue and made the effort to ensure each issue is “Dedicated to the Art of Living Well”.  I will never forget the issue featuring supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio on the cover, walking the runway with style, beauty, and grace.  Another one of my favorites features another supermodel, Julie Anderson.  Julie has graced the cover of many popular magazines and can now add InFluential Magazine to the list.  Julie’s cover is mounted in the hallway entrance of my home to remind me each day of the importance of surrounding ourselves with amazing and positive images and stories that influence and inspire us.

One of the best features of working at InFluential Magazine is when we hear from you. We love it when you write in and tell us how much you appreciate the work we’re doing to influence and inspire you toward living well.

It is you we have to thank for the years you’ve supported and celebrated with us, the stories you’ve shared, and the impact we’ve been able to make together on our communities.

There’s much more to accomplish. We want to be everywhere you are and with our plans to expand our offerings through an updated website and additional social networking platforms, we shall continue providing more ways for you to connect with the InFluential family.

I want to take a moment, also, to wish a Happy 2nd Anniversary to Spanish InFluential and Teen InFluential.

Have a wonderful entrance to fall.  Happy 6th Anniversary!

Joyfully,

Will

Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential

Beautiful Words to Our Readers From Victoria Garcia, Contributing Writer for Teen InFluential

Victoria Garcia, Contributing Writer for Teen InFluential

Victoria Garcia, Contributing Writer for Teen InFluential

It is with great pleasure to welcome you, our faithful readers of Teen InFluential, to our July / August Celebrate Sweet Summer Issue! Thank you for tuning in or shall we say, “turning the page,” into one of the most optimal magazines for teenagers. We make it our priority to provide you with the hottest trends to keep you enlightened for all your seasonal needs.

This Issue is filled with everything under the sun from exclusive interviews with Sofia Gonzalez, to tips on buying your first car. Here you will find awesome ideas for new snacks, activities, and creative ways to stay busy this summer. While you explore this publication, may our unique articles inspire you to stay refreshed, active, and influential in your community as you have a delightful time during this break.

A special thank you to our talented team of photographers, graphic designers, contributing writers, and editors who make Teen InFluential the go-to magazine for teens and young adults.

Enjoy our Celebrate Sweet Summer Issue as you go have fun in the sun!

Live Beautifully,

Victoria Garcia

Contributing Writer for Teen InFluential

Welcome Words to our Wonderful Readers of InFluential Magazine

William Jackson, Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential.

William Jackson, Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential.

It has been almost six years since our premiere Issue of InFluential Magazine and today is a perfect day to express my gratitude to our readers and community at large for the resounding support of all the improvements we continue to implement.  I am so proud of the strides we have made and will continue to make.

Thank you for the feedback so many of you have provided. Sometimes magazines can get a bit out of touch with the readership they serve, and at times we lose touch with what readers want to see on our pages. We are working diligently to better understand our audience and to deliver a valuable product to you on a consistent basis.

Our July / August Issues are chocked full of, what we hope you will find to be, interesting articles, useful tips on how to continue living our best lives, and stunning photography to captivate our sense of sight. We hope to inspire all to Get Back in the Swing of Things; all things positive.    

InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential, like all successful media organizations, have had to accelerate the pace of innovation in the ways we gather, evaluate, and distribute news and information. This is a responsibility we do not take lightly.  It is both our obligation and privilege to continue to bring topics that matter, to you, to your family, and to our community, using the media and methods that work best for you.

We cannot deliver the independent, original journalism for which we are known without the loyalty of our readers. We want to take this opportunity, on behalf of all InFluential family of contributors, to thank you for that loyalty.

Please accept our wishes that you have an amazing summer,

William Jackson,

Chief Business Officer

InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential

Teen InFluential Spotlight: Amber Bernstein Has Beauty and Brains Running Through Her Veins

Photography courtesy of Brian B. Hayes / Shandrew PR.

Amber Bernstein is a model and entrepreneur.  She was attracted to the modeling business at a very early age, with agents approaching her at eight years old.  Not content just working in front of the camera, Amber started her own online boutique aimed at teen fashion and accessories, AmberBernsteincouture.com.

Amber is not a novice to the entertainment business. Her dad was the late producer Jay Bernstein, who was responsible for discovering some of the biggest icons in the entertainment business, such as Pamela Anderson, Farrah Fawcett, Drew Barrymore, and Heather Locklear. Amber’s mother is a famed actress, model, and entrepreneur in her own right.  It’s not at all surprising Amber has beauty and brains running through her veins.

Nicole Glenn, our Editor of Teen InFluential was thrilled to catch up with Amber her to chat about her life as a model, the importance of goals, and ways to spend spare time in meaningful ways.

Read the Exclusive Interview in our March / April Issue.

 

Esteban Casas Joins Spanish InFluential as Jr. Beauty Editor

Esteban Casas

Esteban Casas

InFluential Magazine is pleased to welcome Esteban Casas to our family as part of our international team.

Esteban will contribute as Jr. Beauty Editor for Spanish InFluential, the Latinoamérica division of InFluential Magazine. 

There are many top makeup artists of the moment, but only one Esteban Casas.  While residing in Mexico, Esteban was both the L’Oreal and Chanel Ambassador where he amassed many noteworthy achievements.  Now, in the United States, he is working with celebrity clients and on international advertising campaigns.

Please join us in welcoming Esteban to the InFluential Magazine family and you may reach out to him at esteban@influential-magazine.com.