Avocado and Raspberry Smoothie “Yummy Mommy”
- 1 avocado
- 1 tsp. powdered maca root
- 1 cup of fresh or frozen raspberries
- 1 banana
- 8 dates
- 1 ½ cup of soy milk.
- 1 tsp. vanilla (optionally)
- Put banana into the freezer in plastic bag until it is frozen.
- It is advised to soak the dates for at least 30 minutes before blending, though this step is optional.
- Take out the banana from a freezer, and blend all products (soy milk, berries, dates, maca root, avocado) in the blender until it reaches a creamy, smooth texture.
The 5 Handbag Trends That’ll Be Everywhere in 2017
Think back to late 2013: It was a time when off-the-shoulder everything was still just a glimmer in our collective eye and Mansur Gavriel bucket bags ruled the scene. They weren’t yet ubiquitous, but everyone wanted one—and over the next 12 months, almost any brand that was worth its salt came out with a similar drawstring style.
These days, there isn’t a singular It Bag—Instead, in-demand silhouettes have taken its place, and we couldn’t be happier: The lack of a single must-have accessory—which is usually north of four figures—means anyone can get in on the top trends no matter your budget.
In fact, there are a few handbag trends that bloggers, influencers, and editors alike will keep coming back to this year. And sure, we’d never suggest you should buy something just because a bunch of bloggers wear them, but there’s a reason these handbag silhouettes are all over the place: they’re chic AF. Ahead, see the top five handbag trends for 2017, plus shop each one —no matter your budget.
America’s Richest Self-Made Women
- Marian Ilitch and her husband, Mike, who died in February, cofounded Little Caesars Pizza in 1959.
- Mrs. I, as she’s known, now owns the pizza chain which has $4 billion in sales.
- She also owns the Detroit Red Wings and MotorCity Casino Hotel; Mike’s Detroit Tigers are now in a family trust.
- Ilitch is helping build a $1.2 billion sports and entertainment district in Detroit.
- Diane Hendricks chairs ABC Supply, one of the largest wholesale distributors of roofing, siding and windows in America.
- The $7.2 billion (sales) company made its biggest acquisition to date in 2016, buying building materials distributor L&W Supply for $674 million.
- The move added interior products like drywall, ceiling tiles and steel framing to ABC’s portfolio for the first time.
- Hendricks cofounded the business with her late husband, Ken, in Beloit, Wisconsin, 35 years ago. She has run it since his death in 2007.
Tom and Judy Love opened their first gas station in Watonga, Oklahoma, in 1964 using a $5,000 gift from her parents.
- Judy kept the books and ran the company with Tom until 1975, when she returned to college.
- Today Judy is the executive secretary at Love’s and chairman of the Love Family Fund.
- Revenues rose 13% to $16 billion in 2016, thanks in part to 47 new locations.
- The entertainment mogul is having a resurgence of her on-screen career, including April’s HBO film ‘The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.’
- The onetime Nashville news anchor will return to her TV reporting roots as a special contributor on 60 Minutes this fall.
- Her OWN network had its most-watched year in 2016, but the bulk of Winfrey’s wealth is still derived from her talk show years.
- Weight Watchers is counting on the ‘Oprah effect’: she bought a 10% stake in 2015 and acts as a brand ambassador.
Doris Fisher founded Gap in San Francisco with her late husband Don in 1969 after Don couldn’t find jeans that fit.
- Fisher served as the company’s merchandiser from the day it opened until 2003. She served on the Gap board until 2009.
- Fisher now owns 7% of the retailer, less than her sons Robert, John and William.
Understanding Colic: Treatment
Colic should go away by the time your baby is 4 months old. Until then, try these tips. They may give both of you some relief.
Is it the breastmilk or formula? Some parents worry that what they feed their baby or what they eat if they are breastfeeding can upset him. Generally it’s not a cause of colic, but it can cause irritation. If you think it might be the cause of your baby’s crying, talk to his pediatrician.
Help him swallow less air. Try a special bottle designed to reduce gas or a nipple with a smaller hole. Sit him up while he eats so he swallows less air. Remember to burp him during and after feedings.
Soothe Your Baby With Sound and Motion
Walk or rock. Motion helps calm babies. Walk around with your baby in a baby carrier (the kind you wear over your chest). The combined warmth and rhythm may lull her to sleep.
Hold and rock him or put him in a swing or stroller. The gentle movement may stop his tears.
If all else fails, secure him in his car seat and go for a ride. Just make sure you’re not so tired it’s unsafe to drive.
Use sound to calm your baby.
Many babies respond well to the gentle hum of a machine, such as a:
- Clothes dryer (But don’t be tempted to put your baby on top of a dryer — not even in a carrier or car seat — because he could fall.
- White-noise machine
You could also try classical music or a “heartbeat soundtrack” next to the crib.
Calm Your Baby’s Senses
Bright lights and sounds can overwhelm a colicky baby. Your baby may calm down if you:
- Lay him on his back in a dark, quiet room.
- Swaddle him snugly in a blanket.
- Lay him across your lap and gently rub his back.
- Try infant massage.
- Put a warm water bottle on your baby’s belly.
- Have him suck on a pacifier.
- Soak him in a warm bath.
What About Other Colic Remedies?
You may have heard that some home remedies can relieve colic. Most aren’t proven and they could hurt your baby. Always talk with your child’s pediatrician before trying something new. These are things you may have heard about.
- Rice cereal in a bottle. This is a definite no-no. It’s a big choking hazard, and it is not proven to work.
- Herbal remedies such as chamomile, or gripe water. It’s best not to use these. The FDA doesn’t regulate over-the-counter remedies. You can’t be sure what they are made of, and ingredients aren’t always labeled. Some can have things in them that are very bad for your baby, like alcohol or opiates. Babies can also have allergic reactions to them. They’re also not proven to work.
- Simethicone gas drops. These can be OK to try. But will they work? They may or may not help.
Take a Break
Colic isn’t just hard on your baby. It can wear you out, too. When the pressure of trying to calm your crying baby gets to be too much, leave him with a sitter, family member, or trusted friend and get out of the house.
Even if you just go for a walk or grab lunch, take a break to relieve some stress. When no one is around to help, it’s OK to leave your baby in the crib or playpen and go into another room briefly until you regroup.
No matter how frustrated you get, never hit or shake your baby. If you ever feel like you might hurt him, call your doctor right away and ask for help.
Also call your doctor if your baby:
- Has diarrhea, especially if you notice blood in it
- Doesn’t eat or gain weight
- Has a fever of 100.4 F or more
- Might be sick or injured
- Seems less alert or more sleepy than usual
The Best Looks From New York Fashion Week Spring 2018
As the Spring 2018 collections unfold in New York, check back as we spotlight the best runway looks from the standout collection from the season.
Soup with Turkey meat balls “Perfect Storm”
- 1 litre of chicken stock
- 1lb of turkey breast ground meat
- 1 fennel
- 1 cup of barley (cooked)
- 1 package of fresh Spinach
- 1 spoon of chopped parsley
- 1tbsp of Mediterranean spices
- 1tbsp of ketchup
- 1 clove of garlic, chopped
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- To make the meat balls, place in a bowl ground meat, shredded fennel, garlic, ketchup, spices and mix well.
- Make small round balls.
- Bring the chicken stock to boil. Cook the meat balls for about 15 min on medium heat.
- Add barley and stir for about 5 minutes. Before serving add spinach and parsley.
Autumn Tips to Help Keep Your Kids Safe and Healthy
Kids are going back to school, the weather is getting cooler, and the leaves are beginning to change color.
Autumn is on its way! Greet the fall with ways to help keep you and your family safe and healthy.
As the weather cools, resist the urge to hibernate! Make fall yard work fun. Have kids come up with different ways to pick up leaves or pine cones (i.e. squatting, bending, leaning, stretching, or balancing on one foot). Provide kids with rakes and other tools that are kidsized for comfort and safety. For indoor fun, play board games and computer games that encourage physical activity. Have a songanddance talent show. Draw, color and explore with health in mind. Remember that children and adolescents should be active for at least one hour a day, and adults should be active for at least 2½ hours a week. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen and insect repellent to protect you and your family from the sun, mosquitoes, and ticks.
Be prepared for school.
Safety should be on every student’s back to school list. Whether it is by car, bus, bike, or foot, the minute a child leaves their home, safety becomes a concern. Go over your child’s transportation plan and discuss things your child can do to stay safe on the way to and from school. Also, make sure your child’s school has updated and accurate contact information for you and others in case of an emergency.
The single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year. October through December is the best time to get vaccinated. Free or lowcost vaccinations may be available through your doctor, nurse, job, health department, clinic, grocery store, or nursing home. Practice good health habits. Wash your hands often with soap and water. Alcoholbased cleaners are also effective. Stay home if you get sick.
Be prepared for cold weather.
Exposure to cold temperatures, whether indoors or outdoors, can cause serious or lifethreatening health problems. Infants and the elderly are particularly at risk, but anyone can be affected. Know how to prevent cold weatherrelated health problems and what to do if a coldweather health emergency arises. Remember that using space heaters and fireplaces can increase the risk of household fires and carbon monoxide poisoning. Also, take time out to test and replace batteries in you smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Have a safe and healthy Halloween. For many families, Halloween is a fun time to dress up in costumes, go trickortreating, and eat yummy treats. Halloween can also be an opportunity to provide nutritious snacks, get physical activity, and focus on safety. Make sure kids stay safe by wearing wellfitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls. Trickortreaters should carry a flashlight to help them see and help others see them. Adults should examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before children eat them.
Sweet Mango Pudding “Bliss”
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1 tbsp. fresh lime juice
- 2 tsp. gelatine
- 1 mango, cut into chunks
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 2 tbsp. dark rum
- 1 tbsp. brandy
- Mix citrus juices in a small saucepan.
- Sprinkle gelatine over the juice, and stir over low heat until gelatine dissolves.
- Let mixture stand until cool but not set.
- Combine mango, sour cream, milk, sugar, brandy and rum in a blender, and process until smooth.
- Mix gelatine and blend well.
- Pour into custard cups and chill until pudding is firm; usually takes about 5 hours.
Gluten. Myths & Facts.
Recently I had an interesting conversation with the editor of one online publication about gluten. It was clear from the beginning that the editor had her own agenda on the topic, she was keen to show that the gluten-free diet is just a new trend. Over the past few months I have studied the question of gluten quite thoroughly, since a close person was diagnosed with “intolerance” to this component and a strict gluten-free diet was recommended.
The literal translation of the Latin name gluten is “glue”. Gluten is a complex protein, its main function is to collect or glue together other proteins in one group. You can find gluten in many grains, for example, in wheat, oats, barley. Therefore, bread, cookies, pasta that are made from wheat or rye contain gluten. Hidden gluten, for example, as wheat starch, is used for the production of yoghurts, mayonnaise, ketchup, sausages. Gluten-free meal plan is recommended as a medical and therapeutic diet, and not the program to loose weight. People who are diagnosed with gluten intolerance or gluten allergy can experience symptoms such as irritation of the intestines, weakened immunity, allergies, intoxication. Elimination of gluten helps to fix the digestive system and get rid of unpleasant symptoms. If you suffer from bloating, nausea, vomiting, its best to get tested for celiac disease (this disease is also called gluten enteropathy – a multifactorial disease, a digestive disorder). People with celiac disease must be gluten-free to prevent symptoms and disease-related complications.
There is also another side of the coin. Many grains contain many health benefits and nutrients such as fiber, iron, zinc, folate, niacin, thiamine, riboflavin, calcium, vitamin B12 and phosphorus. Without gluten, the body may not get enough vital vitamins, so healthy people should consume gluten foods in moderation (but not in processed form, like fast food). Hence, I do not believe there is a benefit to eating gluten-free if you don’t have a gluten intolerance. So, is gluten harmful to humans? Apparently, the answer is in the middle. You can harm your own body by consuming too many unhealthy, fatty, sugary products and they don’t have to even contain gluten. Each body has its own “limit”, and if you exceed in abusing it with processed foods, the metabolism will start to fail. And it could lead to dangerous diseases.
To maintain a healthy mind, in a healthy body, the food should be simple, fresh and nutritious. If you have to excluse gluten, replace wheat and rye with quinoa or corn cakes. If you don’t have gluten intolerance, enjoy pasta or fresh bread once in a while. I still believe in my food model 80% X 20%. If you eat healthy 80% of the time, you can treat yourself with something tasty the rest of 20%. Be healthy! Be happy.