Classic Mexican Aguachile



  1. Cut the shrimps along the length.
  2. Put on the plate, season with salt and wrap in plastic.
  3. Chill in the fridge for a couple of hours.
  4. Pestle chilies in a mortar, season with salt and add some water. Continue doing so until you mash the mix well and chilies are separated into very small bits. You can do the same with help of immersion blender. Pour lime juice and season it with salt and pepper.
  5. In a large bowl, combine chili and lime marinade with shrimps.
  6. Add onion and cucumber. Season the dish with salt and pepper again.
  7. Classic Mexican Aguachile is served with slices of avocado.

How to Boost Motivation in the Office

To ensure and enhance the productivity in your workplace, it is important to have a team of motivated and hardworking employees. When people lose motivation, their job performance also suffers. Some become less creative, less productive, and become less an asset to the company. Subsequently, everyone faces a dip in motivation. This might be a continuing challenge at work but if you learn how to deal with it, you’ll create a happy and engaging workplace.

If you want to avoid issues that take place from lack of motivation, here are tips to achieving a highly motivated workforce.

1. Build a foundation.
Build a solid foundation for your employees so they would also feel invested in the company. You may ask about their vision, expectations, career goals, as well as how they can help the company expand in the near future.

2. Communicate.
Communication is important in building a good relationship with the team. Instead of relying on mails all the time, it is better to communicate with them through a direct medium. In this case, there will be a high comfort level of relationship with the team, fostering trust, and will also help them boost their motivation and increase in productivity.

3. Promote a positive environment.
Nobody wants to feel the negative vibes in a workplace. Promote a positive atmosphere that will make the employees feel important and worthwhile. Happiness and positivity actually play a great role in the success of your business or company.

4. Set smart goals.
Having a goal in mind provides a real boost of motivation each time you achieve it. To have a motivating outcome, it has to be specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and trackable or SMART goal.

5. Encourage.
Teamwork is actually one of the most effective motivators out there. It’s an amazing feeling when you pull each other up seeing everyone’s hard work. Also, you may encourage them by showing appreciation about their work or giving them advice that will inspire them to do better.

6. Give incentives.
A motivational rule that nearly goes without saying is through rewarding yourself for your hard work. Also, providing even smaller yet consistent rewards is a great way to boost motivation in the workplace.

7. Enjoy.
Not every task at work should always be serious. Sometimes, you also need to find little bits of fun in every activity you have at work. Once in a while, you need to set aside cramming moments or worries in your workplace and start to have fun for a moment. You may schedule outings or team building to improve the team bonding and happiness.

8. Influence camaraderie.
It is easier to work if you actually liked the people around you. Productivity and morale will not be optimized if people in your workplace don’t have a good relationship with each other. Moreover, having an authentic bond between your colleagues will not only improve your workplace happiness but will also lead to a better outcome.

So how can you build camaraderie among your team? Well, it’s very simple, you just have to spend time with them, focus on learning and growing together, show support with the team, and also build trusting work relationship.

9. Challenge.
Keep challenging yourself at work. Motivation is fueled with challenges, so if your job feels too easy then make it difficult to make it feel meaningful to you again. Set new challenges or find ways to keep your work challenging.

10. Show transparency.
Any work relationship is built with trust, and transparency is one of the best ways to encourage an atmosphere of trust among your team. This will also help you build a more motivated workplace and ensure that everyone is working with the same information.

11. Educate.
Helping your team improve their professional skills by providing on-site coaching will help them boost their motivation in the workplace. This will also help them learn how to overcome professional and personal problems on their career paths.

12. Recognize hard work.
One of the most important factors to increase motivation in the workplace is how often hard work is recognized. No matter how hard working a person is, if the effort isn’t recognized then he or she will only feel a bit disappointed. Also, appreciation is needed even with simple acts to keep yourself motivated.

13. Have a purpose.
One of the vital factors to boost motivation in the workplace is finding a purpose. Usually, employees are motivated by purposeful work. It is knowing that the work you’re doing makes a difference in some way.

14. Be mindful.
Learn to practice and promote mindfulness. This can also help you improve productivity and motivation by providing the perspective you need to see.

15. Set quality standards.
Set standards and provide skills development. It is not enough that you just mastered a skill needed to accomplish your current task. Let yourself think and realize that there are still things that you can do better. Help yourself and those people in your workplace develop new skills that might help you progress to a higher position.

Many people struggle with motivation in the workplace. Your job can actually become more enjoyable if you encourage yourself to stay motivated every day. You might encounter factors that will weaken your motivation and dampen productivity in the future, but what’s important is to learn how to get rid of it. Actually, typical motivation killers include toxic people in your workplace, poor communication systems, lack of appreciation, abrasive personalities among your co-workers, and even the absence of opportunities for professional development. This requires different approaches however; there are ways to kill these motivation-killers.

People spend so much time working so, the more meaningful it is to them, the more meaningful it become to their lives. Try to bring more activities into your working life, enjoy, be creative, and take the adventure of creating new ideas that have not been done in your workplace.

Meanwhile, I hope this will help you improve yourself and become the best employee in your work place. You can now start boosting motivation with any of the tips I listed above. Just keep moving, improve your skills and do some extra training in your own time.

Children’s Food Intolerance

In recent years, pediatrician William Sears, MD, has seen a lot more cases of asthma and eczema in his San Clemente, Calif., office. Dairy and wheat are still the biggest culprits, but experts believe new factors may be contributing to the rise in food sensitivities, including synthetic additives such as partially hydrogenated oils and artificial colors, flavors and sweeteners, as well as genetically modified ingredients.

Often undiagnosed and untreated, food intolerances can damage tissue over time, warns Sears, author of The N.D.D. Book (Little, Brown, 2009), a book that addresses what he calls nutrient deficit disorder. Increasingly, kids are developing what used to be adult-onset diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, obesity, depression, cardiovascular disease and acid reflux, he says.

If you think your child may be reacting to something in his or her diet, the first step is to look for clues. “A lot of parents already suspect the answer,” says Kelly Dorfman, LND, author of What’s Eating Your Child? (Workman, 2011). Become a “nutrition detective,” she suggests, noting when and how possible symptoms arise.

Here are 7 ways to assess the evidence and find solutions.

1. Spitting up

Possible culprit: Intolerance to casein, a dairy protein. Casein in dairy products—which is different from the casein in human milk—that gets into breast milk or is in formula can irritate an infant’s gut lining, causing gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Later, the symptoms may morph into chronic ear infections or constipation, says Dorfman.

Action plan: Remove dairy from the baby’s and nursing mom’s diet for at least a week. (It takes four to five days for dairy to clear from breast milk.) For formula-fed infants, choose a brand made with predigested casein or whey. To heal baby’s damaged intestinal lining, give 10 billion CFU daily of probiotic bacteria mixed in a bottle or sprinkled on solid food.

2. Chronic diarrhea

Possible culprit: Intolerance to gluten (a protein in wheat and other grains) or lactose (dairy sugar). Diarrhea is the gastrointestinal tract’s way of getting rid of problematic substances. Therefore, the most common symptoms of both gluten and lactose intolerance are diarrhea, gas and bloating.

Lactose intolerance is usually the root cause because the enzyme that digests lactose (lactase) is easily inactivated when the gut is irritated. When you’re gluten sensitive, digesting gluten irritates the gut, so almost everyone with gluten intolerance also cannot tolerate lactose, Dorfman says. Thankfully, fermented dairy products such as cheese and yogurt have low lactose levels, so consuming them is often safe.

Action plan: Get a blood test to rule out celiac disease; then eliminate gluten for at least a month. Although the diarrhea could resolve within a week, it may take a few weeks to get a clear picture with school-aged children. “The birthday parties, the grandma visit—there’s often something that causes accidental cheating,” Dorfman says. “You need a longer period to see a trend.”

3. Chronic ear infections

Possible culprit: Dairy intolerance and, for some, soy sensitivity. Some research has shown that 90 percent of kids with recurring ear infections or ear fluid have food reactions, a statistic Dorfman says her current patients corroborate. The usual suspect: dairy products. However, about half of people who react to dairy also react to soy, according to Dorfman.

Action plan: Quit dairy and soy for several months. Because children don’t suffer ear infections every week, it can take longer to verify a correlation. Dorfman recommends eliminating soy milk, soy yogurt and tofu, but adds that ultrasensitive individuals may need to avoid processed foods, most of which contain soy byproducts.

4. Eczema or itchy skin rash

Possible culprit: Reaction to a combination of gluten, casein (in dairy products), eggs and what Dorfman calls “extended” citrus (oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, lemons, strawberries and pineapple).

Action plan: Ask an allergist to conduct an IgE radioallergosorbent (RAST) blood test on your child. Because an itchy rash suggests a histamine response, blood tests can be more accurate here than they can be in detecting food sensitivities.

5. Hyperactivity

Possible culprit: Sensitivity to artificial colors, or even sugar. According to Sears, children’s underdeveloped blood-brain barrier makes them more vulnerable to the neurotoxic effects of chemical food additives, such as artificial colors and monosodium glutamate (MSG).

A 2007 British study linked six food colors with possible hyperactivity in children. As a result, the European Union now requires most foods containing artificial food dyes to carry a warning label. Thus far, the FDA has not issued a similar ban or required additional product labeling. Also watch sugar intake; some kids are literally hypersensitive to the sweet stuff.

Action plan: Buy organic; by definition, organic products are certified to contain no artificial colors. If organic options aren’t available, scrutinize food labels for the nine petroleum-based synthetic dyes currently approved for food use in the United States: Blue 1 and 2, Citrus Red 2, Green 3, Orange B, Red 3 and 40, Yellow 5 and 6. To avoid added sugars, look beyond the Nutrition Facts panel, which combines natural and added sugars for a total amount, to the ingredients list. Words like high-fructose corn syrup, sucrose, glucose, fructose, cane sugar and syrup indicate added sugars.

6. Crankiness

Possible culprit: Gluten intolerance. Gluten sensitivity is traditionally associated exclusively with digestive disturbances, but some studies have recently linked it to neurological symptoms, which can range from moodiness and chronic headaches to ADHD and coordination loss.

Action plan: Eliminate gluten for a month to assess a connection between mood and food. Other reasons may account for kids’ agitation; however, if food is the culprit, says Dorfman, children will often want to eat the problem food excessively.

7. Small stature or picky palate

Possible culprit: Gluten sensitivity or zinc deficiency. Because gluten intolerance interferes with nutrient absorption, suffering kids often fail to thrive. “Small size—height or weight—is a classic symptom of celiac disease,” Dorfman says.

Zinc could be another factor: The mineral normalizes appetite and, through its relationship with growth hormones, helps the body develop. If levels are low enough, a child’s growth will be stunted, perhaps in the fifth percentile or lower for weight and height on the standard growth charts. In this case, a child may rarely be hungry, be a picky eater, or complain that food smells or tastes “funny,” Dorfman says.

Action plan: Eliminate gluten from the diet for a month. Ask your pediatrician for a blood test to determine serum zinc levels, or buy a zinc sulfate taste test online. After sipping a bit of zinc sulfate solution, your child will report tasting nothing (which indicates deficiency) or a bad flavor (no deficiency). Zinc-rich foods include beef, chicken, beans, pumpkin seeds, cashews and chickpeas. If there’s a deficiency, ask your health care provider about an adequate supplement dose based on your child’s age.

Spring Trends 2018

The spring/summer 2018 fashion trends are nothing if not bright, bold and really quite beautiful. In fact, it was a show season full of actual fashion moments, and that’s not hyperbole. I’m talking about the type that had even the coolest fashion critics reaching for their Google Pixel 2 cameraphones. And the one catwalk that really set the tone, impressed everyone and just so happened to tick off almost every S/S 18 trend under the sun was, of course, Versace.

This was the kind of collection that deserves to be attached to the word iconic, and that makes sense once you know that the whole glamorous affair was a tribute to Gianni Versace at the 20-year mark of his untimely death. His bold vision and original supermodels came back to the fore once more, thanks to his sister Donatella Versace’s creative direction. Jaws dropped to the floor. Shopping lists were supercharged. Stylists and A-lists will have to fight it out for samples to wear before the collection lands in-store next year. And we all remembered a time when supermodels really were quite super—just look at Naomi, Eva, Carla, Cindy and Claudia resplendent in gold chainmail below.

This Milanese moment was three weeks into a monthlong catwalk circuit, and it neatly tied up a few notions we’d been jotting down: Colour is key (whether bold or pastel), the ’80s won’t quit, and if you’re going to do power dressing in our current times, you don’t have to be all shoulders and stilettos—but the option is most definitely there.

Shifting gears from the street’s athleisure boom, there’s a prettier, softer mood in the air, and anyone who likes to dress up will be thrilled. Minimalists and tomboys have plenty to choose from too: Next year is trouser-suit and flat-shoe heaven. Keep reading to discover S/S 18’s fashion trends, from colours to prints, key pieces to new details.

Designers have eschewed all other eras to focus very clearly on the 1980s. The silhouettes are all in place (think nipped waists, strong shoulders and long legs), and the muses are ones you’ll instantly be able to imagine: Diana, Princess of Wales, continues to influence high-fashion places, with Off-White’s Virgil Abloh citing the late style icon as his inspiration for his spring collection.

Whether deconstructed and warped into something quite unusual (see Balenciaga’s where the front is a trench while the back splits into a denim overcoat) or adhering to tradition, there was a trench coat on almost every important runway we could think of. To be worn with everything from bikinis to boardroom attire.

Itching to pick some up now? You can already shop our edit of the best trench coats.

It was Nicholas Ghesquière’s futuristic, thick-soled trainers for Louis Vuitton that really got the crowds going during the tail end of Paris Fashion Week. However, many geeky sneaks existed in other influential places. Expect to see girls emulating the socks-and-Velcro of Prada any day now.

Ready to snag some already? See the five best pairs of classic trainers you’ll ever own.

If there’s one thing worth spending some money on, it’s a perfectly tailored suit. These days you can find the style to match your personal taste because the concept is a now constant fixture on the runways. Whether you want to make a statement (Chloé’s horse-motif velvet suit is going to be a street style hit—mark our words) or opt for something subtler, there are 1001 versions out there. And the best part is they won’t date.

Nabbed one but want to know what to do with it? Check out our guide to wearing a trouser suit.

There’s a real gamut of bag trends for S/S 18, but if one stands head and shoulders (and waist?) above the rest, it is the bum bag, or belt bag, should you want to sound more sophisticated. So many iterations exist, from the sporty pouches you’ll see style setters wearing crossbody through to luxe leather options courtesy of—who else?—Gucci.

If you’re not so patient to wait for the collections to hit stores, shop the coolest belt bags and bumbags available now.

Should the past few years of leggings and track pants have destroyed your old-fashioned fashion soul, rejoice in the pencil-skirt comeback. This time around, they are longer-lined and therefore more flattering. They will replace your full-skirted midis for the time being but are always worth keeping for the future. Net-a-Porter has predicted this silhouette will be a big seller for them in 2018—you heard it here first. And if you’re wondering which way to style yours, get more info on how to wear a pencil skirt.

Pumpkin Spice Chia Pudding

It’s a breakfast that’s about as necessary for the season as your blanket scarves and flannel shirts.

Pumpkin Spice Lattes may have a reputation for being ~basic~, but there’s zero shame in wanting to celebrate the fall season with some spiced-up flavor. That being said, you don’t have to keep it to your fancy coffee order. This pumpkin spice chia pudding recipe is the perfect way to mix up your breakfast or dessert—no sugary coffeehouse syrup necessary. (Although, with these hacks, you can make your PSL order healthier.)

And if you can’t get enough of that pumpkin flavor, there’s a way to really punch it up: “You can intensify the taste of pumpkin in recipes by adding roasted sweet potato, freshly grated ginger, and a touch of pure maple syrup,” says Cate Ritter, author of The Lean 18, who created this chia pudding recipe.

Of course, this pudding doesn’t just taste good—it packs a nutritious punch, too. Chia seeds are packed with protein, fiber, and omega-3 fats, and they take on the taste of the ingredients around them. Which, in this case, are all those good-for-the-soul autumn spices. Follow the recipe to make a single serving, or make a big batch on Sunday so you can have it as a grab-and-go breakfast all week. (PS: That’s just one of the secrets to becoming a morning workout person.)

Pumpkin Spice Chia Pudding Recipe

Makes: 1 serving


3/4 cup full-fat coconut milk
1 serving Pumpkin Spice Paleo Pro Protein Powder
1 serving Paleo Pro Recovery Powder (They’re air dried sweet potatoes!)
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
stevia, to taste


Add ingredients to a high-speed blender. Blend until smooth and creamy. Refrigerate overnight to thicken before enjoying.

These Chic Airport Clothes Are Cleared for Takeoff

The flyest girl isn’t on the runway (well, not that kind of runway)—and she isn’t on the streets. Plain and simple: She’s at the airport, checking in with the coolest carryalls (Globe-Trotter, Rimowa, Tumi, oh my!), speeding through security in slide sandals, and moving freely about the terminal (or the cabin) in an easy-does-it floral-fied iteration of a tracksuit.

It seems the sky’s the limit when it comes to super-chic airport-appropriate dressing. Look to frequent-flier models of the moment Irina Shayk and Hannah Ferguson—both of whom have perfected their airport style with on-the-go, flight-friendly pieces—for inspiration. A hands-free Balenciaga belt bag slung over your shoulder? Super handy for skipping the last-minute scramble at security. Easy, elevated separates—a breathable Prada button-down, say, or a Maison Margiela pullover? Absolutely essential for looking and feeling good while you’re waiting for takeoff. As for an eclectic mix of Burberry’s bold plaid trench and Prada’s comic-print graphic tee? Enough sizzle to rival the in-flight entertainment.

8 Tips for Moms of New Kindergarteners

Here are 8 tips for moms of new kindergarteners:

1. Socialize Before School Begins 

Get together with friends who will be starting kindergarten at the same time as your child before the school year begins. By giving your child plenty of opportunities to socialize and interact in groups of children, he will be better prepared for joining 20 or more kids, especially if this is his first time being a part of a large group. Having a friend or acquaintance on the first day can be a big comfort to new students.

2. Pack Smart 

Keep things simple when it comes to your child’s lunch box and backpack. While it can be tempting to create Pinterest-worthy works of art for lunch, remember that lunch breaks are short and little ones don’t eat fast. Make sure she knows how to open her own containers and that you give her food she is sure to gobble up. You don’t want her going hungry because she can’t open her yoghurt or thermos and is too shy to ask for help. Also, ensure her backpack is the right size for her so she isn’t struggling to carry it around.

3. Connect with Your Child’s Teacher 

Make an effort to connect one-on-one with your child’s teacher as soon as you can, and be sure to let them know essential information about your child such as allergies, special conditions or even small fears. Teachers appreciate the extra insight, as it can make a big difference in the daily rhythm of the classroom and your child’s day.

4. Teach Basic Self-Care

Talk to your child about going to the washroom, washing hands, sneezing into his arm instead of hands and other self-help skills like tying his own shoes, zipping up zippers and buttoning clothing. For many kids, kindergarten may be their first time doing these things outside of the home.

5. Practice Skills 

Give your child plenty of practice with typical school tools such as scissors, glue sticks, markers, etc. before she begins school. Not only are these great skills to have, they will also help her focus more on learning instead of simply working on the basic mechanics of using these items.

6. Foster Responsibility 

Your child is never too young to help out and it’s never too early to start! Teach him how to clean up after snacks or lunch time, how to tidy toys and books in his room and empty his backpack at the end of the day. When school starts, he will be better prepared for what is expected of him during the daily routine.

7. Get the Lay of the Land 

Most school’s offer an orientation day for soon-to-be kindergarteners. It’s a great opportunity to ease any first day jitters you and your child may have. Visit her classroom, find out where she will put her belongings, where she will have lunch, and more. This will help her feel much more at ease on the first day of school.

8. Be Involved 

Volunteering time in the classroom is the best way to get to know your child’s teacher and his classmates better, plus you get a peek into daily life in the classroom (and you can spy on your cutie, too). Give some of your time by helping with reading or special crafts – teachers always appreciate extra hands during the early years and it feels great doing it, too.

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‘Tutu’ painting by Ben Enwonwu sells for $1.6 million

A famous painting that went missing for decades before turning up in a London apartment has sold for over $1.6 million (£1,205,000). Often dubbed the “African Mona Lisa,” Ben Enwonwu’s “Tutu” smashed sale estimates at an auction in London on Wednesday.
One of a triptych of artworks created by Enwonwu during the aftermath of Nigeria’s bloody civil war, “Tutu” disappeared shortly after being painted in 1974. Its whereabouts remained the subject of intense speculation for over 40 years before the portrait was discovered in a family home late last year.
Depicting the Ife princess Adetutu Ademiluyi (abbreviated as “Tutu”), the painting was subsequently authenticated and went under the hammer as part of Bonhams’ “Africa Now” sale. The London auction house initially predicted a price tag of between £200,000 and £300,000 ($275,000 to $413,000), less than a quarter of the final bid.
According to Bonhams, “Tutu” was painted after Enwonwu encountered the princess walking in the Nigerian countryside. The artist created two other pictures of Ademiluyi, both of which remain missing.
The paintings grew in fame not only for their beauty but for the mystery surrounding their disappearance. The eventual discovery of “Tutu” is partly thanks to the efforts of Giles Peppiatt, Director of African art at Bonhams, who for years made it his mission to find them. People brought him a number of prints but they all transpired to be fakes. Then one day in December 2017, he finally found the real thing.
 After receiving a tip, Peppiatt made a visit to a “modest” apartment in north London and discovered the painting had been hanging there for the last 30 years. According to Bonhams, Peppiatt said: “I was absolutely staggered when I first saw the piece. The owners, who had inherited it, had no idea of its current value.” The family behind the discovery has chosen to remain anonymous.
“On discovering the long-missing work,” continued Peppiatt, “I felt a little like Howard Carter peering into Tutankhamen’s tomb. When Carter was asked by Lord Carnarvon ‘What can you see?’, Carter replied ‘Wonderful things… Wonderful things.’ And so it was for me on that dark December night.”
“Tutu” was among 20 Enwonwu artworks made available at the Bonham’s sale. His paintings “Negritude” and “The Female Form” sold for £100,000 ($138,000) and £110,000 ($151,000) respectively.


Roasted Carrot Dip



  1. Place the carrots to the oven on a baking sheet. Season carrots with salt and drizzle coconut oil over them.
  2. Roast carrots in the oven at 360 F (180 C.) for 40 minutes. Put the carrots aside to cool down.
  3. When carrots become warm, put them to the food processor.
  4. Add tahini, freshly squeezed lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, almonds and water.
  5. Whizz the mixture until it reaches smooth consistency to make a spreadable dip. The lovers of chunkier dip, can stop the food processor quicker to leave some texture.
  6. You can add more olive oil if you want the dip to be thinner.
  7. Add salt, paprika and chopped parsley. Blend well.
  8. Serve with chips or as a spread on sandwiches.