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2018 How to Find the Ideal Gift for Her for Any Occasion

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Shares Her Chronic Dry Eye Story and Tips for Starting the Conversation with Your Eye Doctor

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14 | 5 Physician-Approved Nutrition Tips to Look and Feel Your Best 16 | Be Ready for 2018 with These 8 Beauty Trends!

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34 | How to Help a Coworker with Cancer LOVE IS IN THE AIR

38 | How to Find the Ideal Gift for Her for Any Occasion

40 | Love is in the Air - Every Day HEALTH & WELLNESS

68 | The Space for Something New

70 | Top 4 Nutrition Predictions in the New Year 72 | 5 Weight Loss Tips From a Woman Who Lost 128 Pounds

74 | Easy Ways to Cut Back on Sugar 76 | Boomers: 10 Reasons to go Nuts

78 | Resolve to Better Organize Your Medical

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94 | Drivers’ Re-Education on Flat-Tire Fixing 96 | Find Your Influence Style This Year 98 | Instant Confidence: 5 Easy Ways to Boost Your Self-Image

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136 | Top Trends for the 2018 Housing Market Identified TECHNOLOGY

138 | 7 Diet Apps Helping Travelers Realize

Slimdown Success While Jet Setting 140 | When to Introduce Tech to Children 142 | New Year, New You. Be Your Best, Most Productive Self in 2018

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156 | 5 Winter Getaway Tips

FEATURE 20 | 10 TIPS FOR ENTREPRENEURIAL SUCCESS FROM WOMEN, FOR WOMEN 62 | ACTRESS BELLAMY YOUNG SHARES HER CHRONIC DRY EYE STORY AND TIPS FOR STARTING THE CONVERSATION WITH YOUR EYE DOCTOR 80 | TIPS FOR FAMILY SAFETY 130 | RESOLVE TO IMPROVE YOUR FINANCIAL LIFE 158 | DEEPER THAN GRASSROOTS: PLAYING FIELD SURFACING DECISIONS GO BEYOND LOOKS

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Welcome to 2018! hat have you said is your plan for all the great things you plan to achieve over the course of the next 12 months? In the past, my New Year’s resolutions were typically either impressive or almost infinitesimal. But left to my own devices of willpower and determination, historically, I’ve found it challenging to achieve even small success. When I learned a large percentage of people give up on their resolutions by end of January / early February, I thought perhaps this is ok, in line with is expected. So I tried to come up with a list of more achievable goals, such as: • I will walk around my office building for about ten minutes to burn extra calories at least three times a week (except when temperatures are extreme in which case I’ll retreat to the underground garage).
 • I will say a warm morning’s greeting to everyone with whom I come in contact in my office building. • I will stop apologizing for the fact Dionne Warwick is my favorite vocalists. But these “achievable goals” didn’t seem to have the motivational enticement to get me through the year. I’ve decided to do away with resolutions altogether and start each new year with a personal mission statement that keeps me on track, is easy to remember, and requires strong commitment. Instead of an unattainable resolutions list, I see my mission statement as a refreshing glass of lemonade. I’m going to focus more on my impact on how I make people feel in 2018. My every action will be because “ it’s the right thing to do”. Let’s make the commitment, together, to ensure 2018 is an amazing year of positive change, empowerment, and doing the right thing. I hope you’ll join me in this effort, in whatever way you deem appropriate! My Very Best,

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

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Therapist & Author | Brad Kennington & Associates | Austin, Texas

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Denise is a licensed esthetician and makeup artist with a studio located in Westlake. Denise Bell Skin Care offers fully customized facials and skin treatments, as well as microblading, micorderm and microcurrent. Also available are skin care and makeup classes ranging from 101’s for teens to master classes that cover ingredients and how to choose the correct products for you. To find out about services or products call 512-784-3044 or visit

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Brad is a therapist, clinical supervisor, and consultant in private practice in Westlake. He works with eating disorders, men’s issues, divorce recovery and athletic performance issues. He is also the director of professional relations and a faculty member at Austin Family Institute. In addition to his practice, Brad consults with organizations that have experienced a traumatic event. Prior to entering private practice, Brad worked as the executive director at two eating disorder treatment centers. He has presented on male eating disorders at national and international conferences and has been quoted on the topic by Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and Huffington Post. Brad is a former board member for the National Association for Males with Eating Disorders. Prior to his entering the behavioral health field, Brad worked as the chief of staff and legislative director for a state representative in Austin. To contact Brad, you can reach him at 512.329.5595.

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As a branding pundit, wellness industry veteran, consumer health advocate and influential media voice, Merilee Kern spotlights noteworthy marketplace innovations, change makers, movers and shakers. Also a two-time fitness champion, her groundbreaking, award-winning “Kids Making Healthy Choices” Smartphone APP for children, parents/caregivers and educators is based on her award-winning, illustrated fictional children’s book, “Making Healthy Choices – A Story to Inspire Fit, Weight-Wise Kids.” Merilee may be reached online at www.LuxeListReviews.com. Follow her on Twitter at

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y taking specific steps each day, you can optimize your beauty hormones,” says Dr. Shelena Lalji, founder of Dr. Shel Wellness & Aesthetic Center and me-

dical advisor to Douglas Laboratories. “These hormones help boost your overall appearance. Features like your skin, hair and nails suddenly look stronger, younger and more radiant than ever.”

Dr. Shel says the following five steps can help jump-start your beauty hormones so you can look your best whether you’re in your 20s or 60s:

LOOKING AND FEELING YOUR BEST GO HAND IN HAND. WHEN YOU TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR WELL-BEING, YOU’LL FEEL HEALTHIER INSIDE AND OUT. SMALL EFFORTS EVERY DAY ADD UP TO A BIG IMPACT.

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Step Follow a plant-based paleo eating plan. Your diet directly affects how you feel on the inside and how you look on the outside. Cut out dairy, sugar, gluten and alcohol to reduce inflammation internally and externally. Boost your intake of fresh organic produce, striving for at least five servings of fruits and vegetables daily. A simple rule is, the more variety of colors you eat, the more nutrients your body receives.

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Step Balance your hormones through supplementation.* Talk with your health care practitioner about adding nutritional supplements that can help support beauty hormones and skin health.* Some of Dr. Shel’s favorites include: Ultra HNS, a blend of high dose biotin, methylfolate, vitamin C, zinc and Cynatine(R) HNS, a patented, solubilized keratin for the health of hair, nails and skin. Cynatine(R) HNS has demonstrated that it can improve the strength, brightness and appearance of hair, nails and skin, as well as reduce hair loss associated with washing.* Skin Nourish, a special skin nutrient blend containing polyphenolic compounds from grape seed, superoxide dismutase (SOD) from melon, vitamin C and zinc which are primary and secondary antioxidants that support the appearance of radiant skin color, contrast and integrity.* Skin Protect, a clinically studied

combination of the antioxidants carnosic acid, lycopene, phytoene and phytofluene to promote smooth, healthy skin from the inside out, while helping to protect from damage caused by UV sunlight exposure and environmental stresses.* Hydrolyzed Collagen Plus, a unique formulation for skin and joint health. Collagen peptides with hyaluronic acid and co-factors support the appearance of healthy skin by promoting collagen production, skin elasticity and hydration, while lessening the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.* Finally, daily probiotics and vitamin C support overall well-being while supporting a healthy immune system.* Learn more at www. douglaslabs.com/HealthyAging.

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Step Identify and avoid food sensitivities. You’re likely sensitive to some foods and don’t even know it. Pay attention to how you feel after eating certain foods. Does cheese make you feel sluggish? Does processed food make you feel bloated? To learn more, ask your doctor about running an allergy and food-

sensitivity test. Then make adjustments to your nutrition as needed. If a test is not readily available, begin by cutting out processed foods including sugar, gluten and dairy.

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Step Focus on daily detoxification activities. Start each day with a cup of roomtemperature water with lemon to eliminate toxins from the liver and balance the body’s PH levels and get alkalinized. Exercising each day also supports detoxification, getting the heart pumping and organs working to flush pollutants that come from daily exposure.

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Step Keep calm. Stress impacts cortisol levels, suppresses the immune system and causes hormonal imbalance. Plus, it affects your overall happiness. Fortunately, managing stress is in your control. Simple deep breathing techniques and daily meditation can help you feel centered and in control. In addition, make adequate time for rest and sleep each night (at least 7 to 8 hours per night) so your body can heal and recharge. Your cortisol will start balancing out. “Transforming your health both inside and out will boost your self-confidence so you feel your best,” says Dr. Shel. “From smart supplements to daily detox, you’ll look amazing no matter your age.” *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. (BPT) l

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BE READY FOR 2018 WITH kWRITTEN BY DENISE BELL OF DENISE BELL SKIN CARE “Out with the old and in with the new” has always been an end-of-year beauty mantra for many InFluential women. A few weeks into 2018, we’ve already made room on our vanities and bathroom sinks for the best trends of 2018. Over the

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All that Glitters

Dewy skin is the perfect canvas for a glittery, shimmery eye. Sparkles ruled the spring 2018 runway, everything from subtle to severe. Glittery eyeliner, highlighted inner corners and brow bones can make your eyes sparkle, but remember less is more for daytime and in an office setting.

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past few months alone, there have been many innovations, new brands, and red carpet trends to try. If you’re interested in keeping up with beauty trends and incorporating them

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At-home beauty devices

Jade rollers, LED lights and at-home microcurrent devices are the best way to keep your face looking like you’ve just returned from your facialist. These machines can help with inflamed skin, plumb collagen and elastic growth, and tighten facial muscles. Be careful when purchasing. Not all devices are created equal. Make sure you buy from a reputable spa or company that will guide you in your purchase.

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Bold Brows still reign for 2018

Brows are still prominent this year, but not as exaggerated as you may see on Instagram. A good trick to determine if your brows need help is to make sure they show up in photos. If your brows are too thin, you can use a growth serum. RevitaLash has an amazing one ($110). If you have brows but they are too light, tinting is the best option. If you have sparse brows or need areas filled in, see a pro about microblading. Brows bring symmetry to your face, and can make going makeup free no problem. Well-groomed brows can take years off your face, just as thin, penciled brows can make you look older than you are.

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Dewy is the New Matte

Dewy skin glows. It’s healthy. It’s radiant. It reflects light, instead of pulling it inward. It exudes wellness. To get a dewy finish select a crème highlighter instead of powder for a luminous look that never looks dull. Jane Iredale’s InTouch Highlighter in Complete ($30) is a good choice for an all over dewy finish, as is the RMS Beauty Luminizer x Quad ($48).


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Bespoke Beauty

The trend towards customization is growing in a big way. While makeup may be purchased online, colors are better off chosen in person. Personalization is especially important when choosing skin care products. Customized facials and treatments are the best and quickest route to hydrated, blemish-free skin. Look for an experienced esthetician or makeup artist to help you choose products that work with your unique skin. A few minutes chatting with a pro can save loads of time and money later. Individualized is IN! (and InFluential).

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Glossy Lips

Glass-like glosses keep lips noticeable and the look is easy to achieve. Youngblood Cosmetics have super-shine glosses in amazing colors. (https://ybskin.com) (source of photo) https://chabelyonline.com/ these-5-lipstick-trends-willdominate-2018/.

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Consumers continue to get more and savvier, and companies are taking notice. Not only do customers want clean, non-toxic beauty and personal care items, they want these items to not hurt the environment. Cruelty-free is a must. It’s as important to know where your skin care and makeup come from as it is your food.

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Facial Oils

If ever you could call a beauty product that is thousands of years old a trend, this is it! Facial oils not only feel good and smell good, they are amazing for healing dry, rough skin. An amazing winter’s night skin ritual; cleanse your face, apply serum and night repair cream, then finish with a beauty oil. This will create a barrier that traps water soluble serums in the skin and softens the outer skin layers. You’ll wake up glowing!

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MORE WOMEN THAN EVER ARE ENTREPRENEURS. HOWEVER, WHILE WOMEN CONTINUE TO MAKE STRIDES IN BUSINESS OWNERSHIP, THE PATH TO SUCCESS IS STILL SIGNIFICANTLY MORE DIFFICULT FOR WOMEN THAN MEN. A RECENT STUDY REPORTS THAT FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS RECEIVE ONLY ABOUT 2 PERCENT OF ALL FUNDING, DESPITE OWNING 38 PERCENT OF THE BUSINESSES IN THE COUNTRY (HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW).

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he culinary industry is dominated by men, but I have never let that get in the way of my success,” says Leticia Skai Young, owner of LoLo’s Seafood Shack in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City. “Don’t worry about being a woman, worry about being a leader. Focus on being your best self.” To inspire the next generation of business owners, Young partnered with the Stacy’s(R) Rise Project, an initiative from Stacy’s Snacks that helps women shatter the glass ceiling in the highest ranks of the culinary industry. Young hopes her tips will help other women who aspire to own their own business:

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Don’t let your gender hold you back. “Being a woman is a business advantage,” says Young. “Many women are excellent multi-taskers and natural leaders, who are community-minded and want others to share in our success.” All are positive attributes of any successful business owner. “Ultimately, your attitude and work ethic matter far more than your gender.”

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Identify your niche. Don’t be a “Jane of all trades, master of none.” Find a niche for your skill set and make it your own. LoLo’s Seafood Shack serves a mixture of coastal comfort foods and Caribbean street food, drawing upon the heritage of Young and her husband, who is the executive chef. The unique combination helps set LoLo’s apart in the crowded New York restaurant scene.

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Every day is an opportunity to learn. At the beginning of her culinary career, Young invested in specialized training at the International Culinary Center’s Culinary Entrepreneurship program. Today, she’s taking free business courses through a community education program. “I knew I had a lot to

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learn about the business side of things,” said Young. “So, I got the help that I needed to get ahead. No matter your time and budget, there are opportunities to learn, grow and improve.”

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Find a mentor. Mentorship is critical to success, with women in mentorship programs garnering more promotions, higher salaries and more career satisfaction overall. But it can be challenging for women to find a female mentor. If needed, search beyond where you work, or look for someone who is where you aspire to be in 10 years.

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Get practical experience. “A mentor once told me that before I opened my own restaurant, I should open three restaurants for someone else,” said Young. “Higher education helps immensely, because you understand the strategy and theory behind your work. But when you encounter a business challenge, nothing beats having past experiences to draw from.”

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Ask for help. Many women try to do it all, often sacrificing their own health or happiness in order to complete the task at hand. “Asking for help does not mean you’re incapable. It’s an indication of strong leadership and self awareness — two excellent qualities in an entrepreneur,” says Young.

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Be your own advocate. When you’ve proven you have the skills to do the job, stand up for yourself and say so. Confidence is a valuable business asset. When you believe in yourself, others will sense it and be more inclined to believe in you, too.

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Find your own work/life balance. No one can tell you what type of balance is right for you. Find what works for you and focus on the mix of professional and personal time that allows you to be best satisfied at home and at work.

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Don’t forget to have fun. You can work hard, produce a good product and still have fun. When you are a positive influence on the people around you, you elevate the entire team — people who feel encouraged and appreciated will take pride in what they’re doing and become not only employees, but also ambassadors.

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Share your success. Stories of women who have succeeded help encourage those who are still striving to accomplish similar success. “Don’t be afraid to speak proudly about yourself and what you have accomplished, you never know who is listening — and who your story will inspire,” says Young. To learn more about Stacy’s Rise Project and opportunities to advance your entrepreneurial dreams, visit stacyssnacks.com/riseproject. (BPT) l

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HOW TO HELP A COWORKER WITH CANCER IF YOU HAVE A COWORKER WHO HAS BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER, YOU MAY WONDER, “WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP?” BEFORE LEAPING RIGHT IN, THE EXPERTS AT CANCER AND CAREERS, A NON-PROFIT DEDICATED TO SUPPORTING PEOPLE JUGGLING CANCER AND WORK, SAY THAT IT’S IMPORTANT TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO PROVIDE THE MOST EFFECTIVE FORMS OF SUPPORT. Keep in mind, your coworker may not be disclosing his or her diagnosis to the entire team. It’s critical to understand the level of privacy your coworker intends to maintain so you can provide the most meaningful assistance during treatment and beyond. How you help a coworker might differ depending on how close the relationship is. When offering help, be specific and focus on tangible things that might make a difference. Go beyond “let me know if I can do anything.” At the same time, it’s important to respect boundaries and offer assistance that’s actually wanted and that you are willing to take on. Wanting to support your coworker is natural, but knowing how can sometimes be difficult. Be sure to educate yourself so you can engage in the most meaningful interactions with your coworker. (StatePoint) l

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HOW TO FIND THE IDEAL GIFT

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A GIFT IS MUCH MORE THAN A SIMPLE PRESENT. IT’S A REFLECTION OF THE RELATIONSHIP BEING CELEBRATED. WHILE FINDING THE PERFECT GIFT MAY SEEM INTIMIDATING, IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE.

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“We are seeing a lot of excitement for the trends of stacking and layering,” says Kosarik. Whether stacking rings with different colors of gold or layering necklaces and bracelets by mixing and matching bolder pieces with those that are more delicate, there is no shortage of beautiful options available that are on-trend this year. Make it Meaningful The gifts that are most remembered and appreciated are those that carry extra meaning -- whether they reflect unique appreciation of the recipient or commemorate a cherished memory. For example, you can show how much you love her style with a gift from the Le Vian or Earthly Treasures Smithsonian collections from Jared, which feature exciting color combinations. A selection from either collection can dress up an everyday look or add a bold touch to a more formal ensemble. If you are looking for a gift that delivers a special message, the Ever Us collection offers a selection of styles, each featuring two diamonds -- one for your best friend and one for your true love -- for the woman who is both. New is Interwoven, a collection featuring two intertwined rows of diamonds coming together at a single diamond to celebrate the belief that wherever life takes us, we go together.

o help make this a successful gift-giving experience, Laurie Kosarik, vice president of Merchandising at Jared the Galleria Of Jewelry, is sharing a few tips.

Ask for Help It’s perfectly natural to feel a little stuck when you really want to wow someone with the perfect gift. When you find yourself in that predicament, don’t be bashful about seeking assistance. Family and friends are always a great resource but a good sales associate will also always be more than happy to lend a hand.

Focus on Style It seems obvious, but one thing many shoppers forget is to focus on a recipient’s individual style and taste. If you aren’t sure, do a little research.

“Our sales associates love collaborating with guests to really understand the feelings behind the gift, and to help them find the perfect piece for a recipient. It’s truly one of the most rewarding parts of our job.”

Checking out what she may have pinned on Pinterest is often a helpful reference. Another option is to look at the latest on-trend styles as a jumping off point.

For more gift-giving inspiration, visit Jared.com. With a little extra effort, you can make any special occasion sparkle for that special woman on your list. (StatePoint) l

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LOVE IS IN THE AIR

Every Day!

CHOCOLATES? ROSES? BEEN THERE, DONE THAT. EVERYONE WANTS TO MAKE SURE THE SPECIAL SOMEONE IN THEIR LIVES KNOWS HOW MUCH THEY CARE. HERE ARE SOME EASY AND FUN WAYS TO PROVE THAT HE OR SHE IS NUMBER ONE IN YOUR BOOK.

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Make a Playlist of “Your Songs” Whether it was playing when you first met or is the soundtrack to your favorite movie, every couple has songs that mean something special to them. In the car, leave a CD or MP3 player stocked with your most memorable tunes as a special surprise and a suddenly-better commute. Do the house chores. Seriously. Fix that item you’ve been saying you would fix forever. Empty the dishwasher and clean the bathroom. When they get home, have all the chores done, that way the only thing left to do is enjoy each other’s company. Put Pen to Paper Hide little notes with heartfelt sentiments on the refrigerator, on the nightstand, taped to the computer screen – any place they might stumble upon it throughout a typical day. Your note might be found after a long meeting or last-minute deadline, providing a moment of reprieve and happiness during a hectic day. Raise a Glass and Indulge – Together Toast each other with some tasty treats. Pop some bubbly, then enjoy mixing these recipes together. For more romantic wines and recipes, visit www.barefootwines.com. (Family Features)

For the glaze: 2ounces semisweet chocolate 1tablespoon unsalted butter Preheat the oven to 350°F. In small pot over low heat, melt 1/2 cup of butter and 4 ounces of dark chocolate together until smooth. Add eggs one at a time, and whisk to combine after each addition. Add sugar and vanilla and stir to combine. Add flour, cocoa powder and salt and stir until smooth. Transfer batter into a 9 x 9 aluminum foil lined baking pan and place it into the oven for 25 minutes and bake until done. While brownies are baking, melt together semisweet chocolate and 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter for the glaze. Once melted, set aside. When brownies are done, let them cool. Once cooled, drizzle glaze over brownies, and spread it on top using an offset spatula.

Sweetheart Dark Chocolate Brownies Prep: 20 minutes Cook: 25 minutes Makes: 10+ servings For the brownies: 1/2 cup butter, cut into pieces 4 ounces dark chocolate, chopped 2 eggs, at room temperature 3/4 cup white sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Barefoot Bubbly Ruby Red Bliss Makes: 2 servings 3 ounces cranberry juice 1/2 ounce lime juice 6 ounces Barefoot Red Moscato Champagne 2 skewer cranberries for garnish Place chilled juices in flutes. Top with Barefoot Bubbly Red Moscato. Garnish with cranberries. Cheers! l JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2018

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GEORGES MÉLIÈS, THE BEST-KNOWN ILLUSIONIST IN THE HISTORY OF CINEMA, THE ART DECO MOVEMENT, THE 1920S, AND FLAPPER WOMEN ARE SOME OF THE CONCEPTS THAT HAVE INSPIRED THE NEW COLLECTION OF LALIBLUE.

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Jacqueline DePaul, a Los Angeles model and fashion blogger as well as humanitarian activist, holds a degree in Physics and works as a technology consultant. Jacqueline created our new editorial to explore reflections in time away from the usual routine. Jacqueline is the founder of the fashion collaboration blog Yellow Brick Runway and a humanitarian supporting programs for literacy, drug rehabilitation, criminal reform, the environment, and human rights. She especially seeks to raise awareness of the need for professional women to find creative expression as a way to bring balance and fulfillment to their busy lives. WWW.YELLOWBRICKRUNWAY.COM/ WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/YELLOWBRICKRUNWAY WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/JACQUELINEDEPAUL

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Originally from the former East German Republic, Swinda’s venture into costume and fashion design began in the late 1980’s. SWINDA was featured by MTV, ZDF, SPIEGEL, “Off-line Berlin ‘90” and magazines. She worked as a costume designer for theatrical companies including the Komische Opera-Berlin, Opera-Gasteig-Munich. The recognition quickly led to work in FILM, opera, theatre, dance, and fashion / art. In 2001, Swinda relocated to Los Angeles, CA. Swinda continues to design costumes for feature films, exhibit art installations and was a guest lecturer at UCLA. www.facebook.com/ swindareicheltdesigns @swindareicheltdesigns

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Originally from former Yugoslavia, she grew up in a small Serbian Village in Bosnia. Always very creative and managed to dress completely different from everyone else, she knitted her first sweater at age seven. Life took more unexpected turns as she moved to the United States and settled in Atlanta, Georgia. It was there she started to fine-tune her designing skills by creating a children line. From there she moved to Charleston, SC where she opened her first GOGA boutique. Recently, her newest shops have been opened in downtown San Diego and Santa Monica. Gordana was one of the contestants on the sixth season of Project Runway and Project Runway All-Stars. www.facebook.com/GordanaGehlhausen-Goga-79002785999 @gordanagehlhausen

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SHARES HER CHRONIC DRY EYE STORY AND TIPS FOR STARTING THE CONVERSATION WITH YOUR EYE DOCTOR BETWEEN THE BRIGHT LIGHTS AND DUSTY FILM SETS, ACTRESS BELLAMY YOUNG FOUND HERSELF SWITCHING CONTACT BRANDS AND GOING THROUGH A BOTTLE OF ARTIFICIAL TEARS A MONTH TO TRY TO HELP HER DRY EYES.

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AFTER YEARS OF DEALING WITH SYMPTOMS AND ASSUMING IT WASN’T A SERIOUS ISSUE, SHE WAS RECENTLY DIAGNOSED WITH A TYPE OF CHRONIC DRY EYE BY HER EYE DOCTOR.

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owever, if it wasn’t for having an important conversation with her eye doctor, she may have never been able to get the appropriate diagnosis and take the necessary steps to manage her condition. “Having an open conversation with my eye doctor finally helped me realize there is an underlying cause for my condition and treatment options that could help,” said Bellamy. As it turns out, she’s not alone in putting off having important conversations with an eye doctor. An online survey sponsored by RESTASIS MULTIDOSE® (Cyclosporine Ophthalmic Emulsion) 0.05% of more than 1,000 adults found that while many raise concerns about a change in vision; respondents were less likely to bring up issues like burning or stinging (9 percent), redness (9 percent) or watering eyes (15 percent). Among those with concerns, nearly half said they stayed silent about such issues because they didn’t think they were serious, hoped the problems would resolve on their own or assumed they were natural age-related changes. “More than half of respondents say they are comfortable speaking about their health with a general practitioner, while only 6 percent say the same about their eye doctors — even though eye health is intrinsic to overall health,” says noted ophthalmologist and “eye doctor to the stars,” Neda Shamie, MD, of Advanced Vision Care in Los Angeles, California. “The survey also found many people

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“ I use RESTASIS MULTIDOSE® twice a day every day and am thrilled to go on this journey and share my Chronic Dry Eye story in case other people are in similar situations. I put a drop in each eye and wait 15 minutes before putting in my contacts,” said Bellamy.

don’t bring up symptoms of Chronic Dry Eye when they see their eye doctor because they don’t think the issue is important enough.” Bellamy is Dr. Shamie’s patient and together they worked to figure out the best treatment option to manage her condition. She’s so happy to have finally found a treatment in RESTASIS MULTIDOSE® that she’s sharing her story to help others who may be experiencing dry eye. “I use RESTASIS MULTIDOSE® twice a day every day and am thrilled to go on this journey and share my Chronic Dry Eye story in case other people are in similar situations. I put a drop in each eye and wait 15 minutes before putting in my contacts,” said Bellamy. “I’m hopeful that over time, as I make more of my own real tears, I’ll be able to rely less on artificial tears.” Is it time you talk with your eye doctor? Dr. Shamie offers some advice for starting a conversation about common eye concerns such as Chronic Dry Eye: Keep a mental log of symptoms in the weeks prior to your eye doctor appointment, paying close attention to any changes related to eye health. For example, if your


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With the end of the year approaching and insurance deductibles resetting, RESTASIS MULTIDOSE® patients can plan ahead and take advantage of savings by filling their prescription now. My Tears, My Rewards® Savings Card holders can pay as little as $0 for three bottles of RESTASIS MULTIDOSE® or a 90-day supply of RESTASIS®. For more information on the savings program and to determine eligibility, visit www.Restasis.com/savings or call 844-4MY-TEARS. Visit Restasis.com to take the short Dry Eye quiz and learn more about RESTASIS MULTIDOSE®.

eyes are red, does the redness occur in the morning or afternoon? Are you using artificial tears often?

Write down your questions. Helpful things to ask could include whether your eye doctor’s diagnosis addresses the core of your problem, what will help your condition or make it worse, and what lifestyle changes you can make to help improve your condition.

If you’ve always worn contact lenses and have started to experience trouble wearing them all day, or you use artificial tears often or for a long time, there could be an underlying cause for your condition. Talking to your eye doctor about what you’re experiencing can help you determine a diagnosis, and identify treatment options like RESTASIS MULTIDOSE®, the only FDA-approved, preservative-free prescription eye drop to be offered in a multidose bottle. “I not only prescribe RESTASIS MULTIDOSE® as a treatment for patients like Bellamy who have been diagnosed with a type of Chronic Dry Eye, but as a patient with a similar diagnosis, I also use it to help me make more of my own tears with continued use, twice a day every day,”Dr. Shamie says.

Approved Use RESTASIS® (cyclosporine ophthalmic emulsion) 0.05% and RESTASIS MULTIDOSE® help increase your eyes’ natural ability to produce tears, which may be reduced by inflammation due to Chronic Dry Eye. RESTASIS® and RESTASIS MULTIDOSE® did not increase tear production in patients using anti-inflammatory eye drops or tear duct plugs. Important Safety Information Do not use RESTASIS® and RESTASIS MULTIDOSE® Ophthalmic Emulsion if you are allergic to any of the ingredients. Be careful not to touch the container tip to your eye or other surfaces, to help avoid eye injury and contamination. RESTASIS® and RESTASIS MULTIDOSE® should not be used while wearing contact lenses. If contact lenses are worn, they should be removed prior to use of RESTASIS® and RESTASIS MULTIDOSE® and may be reinserted after 15 minutes. The most common side effect is a temporary burning sensation. Other side effects include eye redness, discharge, watery eyes, eye pain, foreign body sensation, itching, stinging and blurred vision. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088. Please see full Product Information for RESTASIS® and RESTASIS MULTIDOSE®. (BPT) l JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2018

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SOMETHING NEW WE ARE CELEBRATING A NEW YEAR AND OFTEN THAT IS ACCOMPANIED WITH RESOLUTIONS TO DO SOMETHING BETTER OR AT LEAST DIFFERENT. MAYBE YOU HAVE PROMISED YOURSELF TO TAKE BETTER CARE OF YOUR PHYSICAL HEALTH OR SPEND MORE TIME WITH YOUR FAMILY OR HAVE LESS CONFLICT WITH YOUR PARTNER OR BE MORE PHILANTHROPIC WITH YOUR RESOURCES.

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started to shift our perspective to one that is more open, one that encourages us to allow space and to show up when life invites us. Openness. Space. Showing up. When I think of these, I think of vulnerability, risk, and movement. And also resistance. Experiencing space and openness can sometimes feel like we are

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encountering a vacuous nothing or a terrifying emptiness. To others it may feel more like a “not yet” where we are forced to wait indefinitely. In these moments we can come face to face with our own insecurities and fears, and anxiously act to anesthetize ourselves and avoid these experiences—sometimes at an extreme cost. We want the negative feelings that come with the no-thingness to just stop. I think the thing that frightens us the most about space is feeling vulnerable in the midst of uncertainty. We bombard ourselves with the “what ifs?” until we are paralyzed with fear. What if I remain divorced and single and alone? What if we never get pregnant? What if my business or relationship or health fail? What if there will always be space between where I am and where I want to be? What if? What if? And to those questions I would reply, “Okay, then what?” What if despite all of our best efforts the narrative does not turn out the way we want it? Then what? What do we do with the space that we desperately want to fill? And what do we do with all of those awful feelings? We have choices. We can choose to throw everything at it in the hopes that something, anything will stick. Or we can relax into it, embrace it, and begin to gently move through it. The late Dr. Gerald May, author of many books including Addiction &

Grace, has a different take on the idea of space and openness. He writes: “Space is like sunlight and fresh air toward which the buried uglies of our souls crawl in search of healing. It is a very healthy thing. True space is encountered only with the willingness and courage to experience things just as they are.” In other words, it takes courage to show up. Showing up and just being regardless of where we are in our story, can be excruciatingly painful and terrifying. Often, grief is involved, especially if we must let go of something or someone and accept that a chapter will never be written. The goal is not to minimize the pain but to allow it while also looking at space and openness through a different lens. This is so damn hard. It is so much easier to stay angry at the injustice of it. But that has consequences, too. Or we can begin to relax into it, unclench our angry jaws and fists, take a deep breath and through tears and doubts—or maybe despite them—allow the space to teach us something about ourselves. We can move into the openness and be present for what already exists that we may be overlooking in our desperate search for what is not. Little by little we can open our eyes to a new way of seeing space, in the words of Gerald May, as “a beginning, a possibility, a potential, a capacity for birth. l

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SEVERAL FOOD AND NUTRITION TRENDS WERE IN THE SPOTLIGHT THIS YEAR, INCLUDING THE CONTINUED RISE OF PLANT-BASED DIETS, NON-DAIRY ICE CREAMS AND SUPERFOODS THAT ARE BLASTS FROM THE PAST - LEGUMES, APPLES AND CABBAGE. IT CAN BE EASY TO EXPERIENCE NUTRITION WHIPLASH IN THE NEW YEAR, BUT DON’T BE A VICTIM.


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et a jump-start on understanding the top nutrition trends that will impact quality of life and make it easier to add important vitamins and nutrients to the body. “The start of a fresh year always ushers in new opportunities to make one’s health better,” said Elizabeth Somer, MA, RD and author of “Eat Your Way to Sexy.” “Study after study consistently finds that most Americans don’t meet even minimum standards of a balanced diet, so it’s important to be aware of advances in nutrition, so you can optimize your health all year long.” There are four key nutrition predictions that will top 2018.

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Personalized nutrition A one-size-fits-all approach that can be applied to vitamins, minerals, omega-3s and other essential nutrients doesn’t align with what research reveals about individual nutrient needs. Many factors tweak the basic recommendations, including age, gender, health status, medication use, stress level, sleep habits, exercise routines and more. For example, when the body is exposed to ultra violet (UV) light, it manufactures vitamin D; however, as we age, the body becomes less and less efficient at making vitamin D. This is when dietary and supplement sources become increasingly more important while the needs for the vitamin increase. It is no wonder there will be a growing trend and demand for personalized nutrition recommendations

in 2018. Nutrition innovators - like www.vitaminpacks.com - are already responding by developing comprehensive nutritional assessments to curate unique combinations of vitamins and nutrients designed specifically to the individual consumer.

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Awareness of drug nutrient interactions According to a recent paper published in the European Journal of Nutrition, vitamins and other nutrients play a crucial role in metabolism - the process in the body that supports overall health. How vitamins and phytonutrients interact with prescription medications can impact metabolism. In one example, antacid medications can interfere with vitamin B12 and calcium absorption, so requirements for these and other nutrients may increase, yet people don’t make the adjustment in their supplement plans. Therefore, it is important to consult a health care practitioner before adding a dietary supplement, so prescription medications and vitamin supplements can live in harmony.

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Go with your gut Probiotics are live bacteria that are good for health, especially the digestive system. It may be easy to think of bacteria as something that causes diseases, but the body is full of bacteria, both good and bad. Probiotics are the “good” or “helpful” bacteria because they have been

known for years to help keep the gut healthy. What’s more, research has shown that the benefits of probiotics may span more than the gut, including the circulatory, hormonal and nervous systems. Probiotics are naturally found in the body to varying degrees, and there are high levels of probiotics in some foods and supplements. Encouraging the growth of probiotic bacteria is important in maintaining an effective intestinal barrier, enhancing nutrient absorption and blocking toxins and pathogens. A focus on gut health and spotlighting food and dietary supplements that support a healthy belly will top 2018 nutrition trends.

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Vitamin K2 Don’t confuse this K2 with the mountain in the Himalayas. Vitamin K2 is an overlooked vitamin that helps control calcium movement in the body and supports healthy arteries and bone health. It is found at suboptimal levels in the traditional diet, but can be found at high levels in fermented foods, like sauerkraut and the Korean dish kimchi. Vitamin K2 will no longer be overlooked in 2018. Ask a health care practitioner about adding this important vitamin to the diet, especially if fermented foods aren’t served regularly for dinner. It doesn’t take a crystal ball to predict what will be the hottest nutrition trends in 2018; it only requires a look at the latest nutrition research and connecting with a health care provider or registered dietitian. (BPT) l

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organ Root, an Army veteran, found that after the birth of her second child, the scale kept going up instead of down. Determined to make a change, Morgan committed to losing weight and shed an inspiring 128 pounds. Here are her tips to help you lose weight this New Year:

Make your excuse your motivation. When you flip your excuses into your motivation, it’s amazing how much you can accomplish. Always remind yourself of why you started and what your motivation is when things get tough. “For me, my kids used to be my excuse for why I couldn’t work out or make myself a priority, but now they’re my motivation,” says Root.

Find a weight loss plan that works for you. Finding a plan that works for you is so important to fuel your weight loss goals and create sustainable success. “Being in the army, I was used to structure. As a result, I turned to Nutrisystem, which provided the framework I needed to help me

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SOMETIMES THE BEST ADVICE COMES FROM SOMEONE WHO’S BEEN THERE, DONE THAT. SO, IF YOU’RE RESOLVING TO LOSE WEIGHT, WHY NOT CONSIDER THE WISDOM OF SOMEONE WHO FACED THIS CHALLENGE, AND DID SO WITH GREAT SUCCESS? lose the weight,” says Root, who is also a busy mom. “Having portioncontrolled meals delivered to my home made it easier. My favorite food is the Margherita Pizza. I could eat pizza when my kids had pizza and didn’t have to think about counting, measuring or weighing anything. It was a win-win!”

Increase your water intake. Water is so important to your overall health, so invest in a new water bottle this year and drink up!

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A study found that when people drink six cups (48 ounces) of cold water, they increase their resting calorie burn by up to 50 calories per day. Water also helps you feel full and potentially eat less. Sometimes when you think you are hungry, you are actually just thirsty. Aim for 64 ounces per day.

Change your rewards and comforts. When something good happens in life, we often reward ourselves with food, and when something bad happens we comfort ourselves with the same. Find other ways to reward yourself, like buying something new. Comfort yourself by taking a bath or long shower. Chances are, you’ll forget about wanting that food.

Get moving. Being active not only benefits your weight loss journey, it can also clear your head and will help you feel better overall. Aim for three 10-minute exercise sessions daily. Do a quick workout video before work in the morning, take a conference call on-the-go at lunch and take your dog for an extra walk around the neighborhood when you get home. No matter


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what, always aim to be active for at least 30 minutes a day. By the end of the week, you’ll have burned as many as 200 extra calories per day. For more tips to help you on your weight loss journey, visit leaf.nutrisystem.com.

Morgan Root, an Army veteran, after dropping 128 pounds.

A weight loss journey is never easy, no matter how much you have to lose, but it’s absolutely worth it. “I have found myself again. I am stronger, healthier, confident, driven and determined more than ever,” says Root. (StatePoint) l JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2018

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efore getting started, it’s important to remember that many healthy foods naturally contain sugar, a carbohydrate your body burns for energy. Processed sugars are different, adding calories that provide no other nutritional benefit, and at excessive levels, disrupting your metabolism, and potentially posing serious health risks. The USDA’s dietary guidelines recommend that added sugar account for less than ten percent of your daily calories -- that’s a maximum of 50 grams a day for average women and 62.5 grams for men. To keep your sugar consumption in the healthy range, Courtney McCormick, Corporate Dietitian at Nutrisystem offers the following tips: Hold the Ketchup. You know baked goods and candy are loaded with added sugar, but so are many foods you may not think of as especially sweet. A tablespoon of ketchup, for instance, has four grams of sugar, more than some chocolate chip cookies. Salsa, barbecue sauce, spaghetti sauce and even bread are hidden sources of sugar. Sweeten with Spices. Replace sugar from coffee, hot cereal and other foods with spices that have a naturally sweet taste, such as vanilla, cinnamon and cardamom, instead.

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NATIONWIDE, 30 MILLION CHILDREN AND ADULTS HAVE DIABETES, AND 86 MILLION ARE PREDIABETIC, ACCORDING TO THE AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION (ADA). A LEADING RISK FACTOR FOR TYPE 2 DIABETES IS BEING OVERWEIGHT. BUT THE GOOD NEWS IS, ACCORDING TO THE ADA, LOSING JUST SEVEN PERCENT OF YOUR BODY WEIGHT CAN DECREASE THAT RISK BY 58 PERCENT.

Flavor Your Water. A 12-ounce can of soda has as much as 40 grams of added sugar. Skip the soda and drink water sweetened with fresh fruit and herbs, like strawberries and basil or lime and mint. Start with Plain. The fruit in the bottom of your yogurt can come with 25 or more grams of added sugar. Buy plain yogurt and add your own fresh or dried fruit.

Snack on Fruit. One cup of blueberries, for example, has seven grams of natural sugar to satisfy your sweet tooth, but the fruit also comes with fiber to help you feel full and slow the breakdown of the sugars, so you don’t crave more calories soon after eating it. Bake with Applesauce. Eating fewer baked goods is sure to reduce your sugar intake, but when the occasion calls for you to make a cake, replace a third of the sugar in the recipe with an equal amount of unsweetened applesauce. For a delicious no-sugar added applesauce recipe, visit leaf.nutrisystem. com/recipes. Eat Right and Often. When you’re hungry, you crave calories and that too often leads to sugary snacking. Reduce betweenmeal munching by eating healthy, filling foods four to six times a day. Programs like Nutrisystem provide portion-controlled meals and snacks throughout the day giving you the structure you need to eat right. To lower your risk for Type 2 diabetes, make small swaps to reduce your sugar intake and more easily manage your weight. (StatePoint) l

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are a multitasking nut with fiber, healthy fats, and three specific types of antioxidants that may help fight the onset of age-related conditions that lead to poor health in these 10 ways.”

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Anti-inflammatory Excessive inflammation is one of the root causes of age-related conditions, such as arthritis. Pistachios contain a special form of vitamin E called gamma tocopherol, which has unique antiinflammatory properties. Gamma tocopherol levels have also been shown to decrease as we age.

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Weight Loss Being overweight can also contribute to a number of age-related illnesses. Studies show pistachios positively promote weight maintenance as the dietary fiber, fat and protein all work together to make us feel fuller and satiated longer, plus removing them from the shell slows down eating. Pistachios are also the lowest-fat nut.

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Digestion The fiber in pistachios also can help with digestion. Research shows that the fiber in pistachios works as a prebiotic and feeds the good bacteria in our digestive tract to improve the health of our digestive system. A single serving of pistachios contains as much as 3 grams of dietary fiber.

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Blood Glucose Level Developing adult onset diabetes, or Type 2 diabetes, is a common fear for boomers. The American Diabetes Association praises the health benefits of nuts, including pistachios, calling them a diabetes superfood because they improve how the body’s cells use glucose and how insulin responds to a carbohydratecontaining meal, namely, stabilizing blood glucose levels.

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Skin Health and Appearance UV light from the sun promotes damage and accelerates the aging of our skin. Pistachios contain two carotenoid antioxidants that are concentrated in the skin and work to filter out and protect it against the damaging effects of UV light.

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Eyesight Pistachios contain lutein, a nutrient known to help improve eye health, especially in older individuals. Lutein has been shown to prevent and

slow down macular degeneration by providing more pigment for the eye, thereby reflecting more of the sun’s light, preventing damage to the retina.

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Memory Preliminary research shows that the fatty acids and antioxidants found in pistachios can help support brain health. The antioxidants in pistachios can help ward off excessive inflammation in the brain, a major cause of accelerated cognitive decline. Another study found that eating pistachios stimulated brain waves that aid the formation of ideas and memory processing.

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Sleep Nuts, including pistachios, are rich in minerals such as magnesium. One benefit of magnesium is that it may aid sleep because it assists in helping the muscles relax and quiet activity in the brain by working as an inhibitory neurotransmitter.

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A FRESH NEW YEAR PRESENTS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO REORGANIZE YOUR MEDICAL INFORMATION AND FILES AS PART OF A GREATER EFFORT TO PRIORITIZE YOUR HEALTH AND WELLNESS IN THE COMING YEAR.

sed. Be discerning or you will quickly be overwhelmed. Keeping a shredder on hand can eliminate any concerns you may have about discarding potentially sensitive material.

rom veterinarian bills to your children’s dental x-rays, these tips can help you get all your ducks in a row.

Make Labels: Clear, concise labeling is a must where effective filing and organization is concerned. Check out tools that simplify this process, such as Casio’s KL-120 Label Printer, which features a QWERTY keyboard and a 16-digit, two-line LCD display with 24-character sizes. For added visual ease, use color coded file

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Be Discerning: While most paperwork related to medical treatments is important and worthy of saving, there are some items that can be tos-

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folders or labels to sort by year or member of the family. Lock it Up: It’s always a good idea to securely store sensitive personal information. Consider using a filing cabinet that locks. Just remember where you put the key!

of paper and something to write with, or a device on which you can jot down notes quickly. Be sure to date and label your notes and consider filing this along with any other information received from the health care provider that day, so that it’s easy to refer to, as necessary.

Take Notes: Whenever you visit the doctor, be sure to bring a pad

Learn Your History: If you are not well-acquainted with your family’s

medical history, resolve to learn it. You never know when an accurate record will come in handy.

Getting your medical information organized may seem like an annoying chore at first. But once you have a system in place, maintaining it will be smooth sailing. (StatePoint) l

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HOW TO KEEP YOUR BUSY, ADVENTUROUS FAMILY SAFE

amilies are seemingly always on the go. From soccer games and school trips to excursions with friends and vacations with the family, people are constantly on the move, exploring new places and experiencing new things. In fact, a study by Sfara shows that kids today are using public transportation, going on field trips and taking long-distance road trips at much younger ages compared to 30 years ago. As exciting as these new opportunities can be, it’s equally as important to make sure families – and kids – stay safe and protected at home and on the go.

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AROUND THE HOUSE Know your neighbors Whether you live in an apartment building, cul-desac or the countryside, make it a point to get to know your neighbors. Building these relationships isn’t only neighborly, but can help keep you safe. Not only can you have a stronger community of people to lean on for small crises, like borrowing forgotten ingredients, and larger emergencies, such as weather-related disasters, but you’ll also have a better understanding of your surroundings. Help in an instant While security systems deliver some peace of mind, they’re not always fool-proof, and they also aren’t transferable to the office, school or your summer getaway. Always on and always available, an app such as Sfara Guardian can help keep you and your family

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safe, no matter where you are. By just triple-tapping your phone, even while it’s in your pocket, the app connects you to a live emergency manager who can provide the help you need. If you’re unable to respond, it will dispatch local responders to your exact location immediately. Accessibility While baby-proofing starts in your children’s earliest years, limiting their access to certain areas or items is important throughout their childhoods. When you have a young child, locks on cabinets and gates across steps may be your focus when it comes to home safety. As kids get older, ensure they do not have unsupervised access to dangerous items like cleaning supplies, prescription medicine or kitchen knives. Make sure to also have open conversations with kids about the dangers of seemingly safe home products so they are equipped to make appropriate choices outside the home.


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Fire safety Take the time to ensure your home is properly equipped in case of fire. Check that you have working fire extinguishers and that windows and fire escapes are not blocked by heavy furniture or other objects. Be sure everyone in your family knows the plan in case of a fire or similar emergency at home, and is aware of how to contact help, if needed.

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ost families spend an ample part of every day in their vehicles, between transport to school, activities, work and various errands. Keeping everyone safe is easier than ever with a slew of safety features that are increasingly available, either straight from the factory or as add-ons to your in-car experience.

AWAY FROM HOME Tools to take on the road In the past, families brought the essentials with them when on the go – a first aid kit, snacks and water bottles. Now, in addition to the basics, make sure you add modern essentials to your packing list when you’re away from home, whether you’re going on a day trip or a long vacation. Carry a portable phone charger in your bag or in your car to ensure you can always connect to family, call for help if needed or just use your phone’s flashlight in case of a blackout. Help on-the-go Today, virtually everything is available at your fingertips, right through a smartphone. Now, safety is that accessible, too. Apps, like Sfara Guardian, can connect you to live experts who can help you in virtually any kind of situation. For example, if you’ve been in an accident, the app can detect you need help and send local responders even if you can’t speak. Learn more at sfara.com. Stranger danger When in public, be hyper-aware of your surroundings and the people around you. Talk with your kids about how they should respond if they are approached by a stranger. It’s a good idea to practice at home so your child feels comfortable giving an emphatic “no” if the need arises. If you’ll be at a crowded location where you may become separated, use your phone to take a photo of your child so you have a current photo and clothing description ready if the unthinkable happens. l

Advanced Navigation: While built-in navigation systems in cars may just seem like an added convenience, they are also a key safety feature. Navigation systems offer easy access to directions and points of interest on the road, which can help eliminate distractions and reduce the possibility of accidents. Features like voice control can make navigation hands-free and allow you to concentrate on the road.

Smartphone Crash Detection: Today, the technology in your pocket is often more advanced than the cars you drive or ride in. Apps like Sfara Guardian can detect a car crash or incident and dispatch help. Because the technology is on the phone, it works whether you are the driver or passenger and in your car or someone else’s. Roadside assistance has a modern twist, too. If you need help with a flat or a tow, you can request service on your app and map the driver in real-time as he or she heads your way.

Lock Controls: In some vehicles, an adjustable setting allows you to control which car doors unlock depending on which door you open first or how many times you press the unlock button. This feature can allow a driver to safely enter the car on the driver’s side without unlocking other doors and potentially giving access to an intruder. Similar controls can keep mischievous kids from pushing buttons in the back and unlocking or opening rear doors or windows without your knowledge. (Family Features) l JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2018

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the stands, which is typically the sturdiest part of the vehicle. Rider’s block: A common, and dangerous, error when changing a tire is not using blocks to prevent the wheels from rolling once the vehicle is raised. A tire-changing tool pack should include bricks or wooden wedges to be placed behind the wheels at the end of the vehicle that isn’t being raised.

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efore hitting the road, study up on these flat-tirefixing hacks and build up the confidence to complete this allAmerican road test: Be spared: Knowing how to change a flat is all for naught if a spare tire is not along for the ride. Spares are usually hidden under the carpet in the trunk area, but they aren’t always included in newer vehicles (allowing manufacturers to make lighter, more fuel-efficient vehicles). When purchasing a new vehicle, ask the dealer about the inclusion of a spare. Flatlining signs: It’s fairly easy to spot a flat tire - it’s usually accompanied by a loud noise or rubber flapping. The vehicle will feel like it is being pulled toward the side of the flat tire, and it will feel as if the vehicle can no longer accelerate. When in doubt, activate

hazard lights and move the vehicle safely out of traffic, ideally on a flat area with enough space on the side of the road. Once in a safe spot, remember to practice high visibility: Wear a reflective vest and position reflective emergency warning triangles to alert motorists - both of these items should be added to your roadside toolkit. Hit the road, Jack: Having the right tools on board is critical, of course, and that’s where a jack comes in. A Strongway Jack from Northern Tool + Equipment is a compact, strong and reliable partner in replacing the bum tire and raising up the vehicle. Remember, the jack is only used to get the vehicle off the ground, not to hold the vehicle in place - that’s where the jack stands come in to ensure a safe and sustained lift. Refer to the owner’s manual for the proper placement of the jack and

Get loose: Once the jack has been cranked up, and the wheel is slightly off the ground, it’s time to remove the hubcap and then call for another key tool, a tire iron, to loosen the lug nuts and then pull off the flat tire. Be careful not to strip the lug nuts. On the road again: With the flat tire off, line up the spare tire’s holes with the wheel bolts and push on, hand-screwing the lug nuts back on. Then, lower the jack a touch so the wheel is in slight contact with the ground. Use the tire iron to further secure the lug nuts in a “star-like” pattern: After tightening the first lug nut, tighten the one that is diagonally across from it and continue in that pattern. This will prevent the wheel from wobbling. In an age of mobile phones and easy connection to roadside assistance, the knowledge of addressing a flat tire has gone out the window - or the sunroof. But, motorists should know and practice - the basics of changing a flat to ensure they are prepared for the dreaded pop. (BPT) l

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se the new year as an opportunity to try a new approach to achieve different results when trying to influence those in either the dining room or the boardroom. According to clinical psychologist Dr. Steven Stein, CEO of MultiHealth Systems, influence styles can range from reliance on position and power to education, encouragement and collaboration. Most people rely on pushing or advocating for a position, which can create a tension between parties, Stein said. It immediately draws a line in the sand between the two sides and leaves people feeling unheard and disrespected. Last year, you may have found yourself using these influence techniques: Rationalizing, which is a fact-based approach, is using logical reasoning to convince others of your point of view. When used correctly, rationalizing moves discussion to a less emotional space. It works best when the people involved haven’t already made up their minds about a certain topic. Some people react negatively to this influence style,

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THE ABILITY TO INFLUENCE THOSE AROUND YOU IS A KEY LEADERSHIP SKILL. TO INFLUENCE EFFECTIVELY, YOU MUST BE ADEPT AT GETTING YOUR OPINIONS AND IDEAS HEARD, RECOGNIZED AND CONSIDERED BY OTHERS. assuming you value your data more than their feelings. Asserting involves enforcing your dominance through your position or experience to explain why people should believe yowe this as aggressive, self-serving and competitive. If they don’t respect your position, your assertion will fall flat. The turn of a new year might be the time to change up your tactics. To change someone’s mind, you may want to try pulling people toward you and your point of view. If you’re starting on opposite sides of disagreement, find a way to unite the two groups by using these techniques:

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Inspiring entails advocating for your position by encouraging others with a sense of shared purpose and exciting possibilities. Famous leaders, like Steve Jobs, are remembered for rallying their employees with passionate words and empowering people to share the same feelings.

This year, if you end up arguing with a relative about politics or a colleague about an aspect of your business, take a step back. After exhausting yourselves with facts and figures, try finding common ground. Learn more about techniques for influencing others at mhs.com. (Family Features) l

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Want to give yourself some instant confidence? Consider how these science-based suggestions may help you put your best foot forward when dealing with everything life throws your way. Get moving. Regardless of your fitness goals (or lack thereof ), the fact is you’re likely to feel better physically, emotionally and mentally after you exercise. Research also shows it can improve your self-esteem. Ramp up your smile. Scientists say our brains are zapped with an instant mood boost when we smile, and that boost is reinforced when others smile back. Further, whiter teeth can have a direct effect on our social and professional interactions, and they’re now easy to achieve through consumer brands like Rembrandt’s 1 Week Whitening Kit that can achieve professional-level results at home within a week. In study results transcending gender, age, income, education, employment and marital status, 58 percent of participants were more likely to be hired after whitening their teeth, while 53 percent received higher salary offers. Sixty-one percent were deemed more confident, and 54 percent generated more interest from others in terms of further interactions or dating. Business found those who believe in their own attractiveness view themselves as having higher social status. “The finding that your assessment of yourself shapes your view of yourself and others puts power into your hands,” the authors note.

Let your body language communicate self-respect. Keeping your shoulders pulled back and your body straight and tall communicates confidence to your brain, one study confirms. Other research found the most empowering stance is one in which

your arms are held slightly away from your torso, your body is open and your head is up. Optimize color in your clothing. The right shade may light up your entire face and have a surprising impact on your mood. “Choosing the color of your office, your clothes or your desktop should not be taken lightly — colors do affect our moods and productivity,” states a recent article on Scienceofpeople.com. “When given the choice, picking a color that will work with you and not against you can only help.” Wear scent strategically. Because our brains link certain smells to positive experiences, research suggests we may be able to ramp up our confidence with scents that remind us of happy times. That’s why aromatherapy can help alleviate anxiety, depression and sleeplessness, and improve quality of life for those with chronic health issues, confirms Mayo Clinic. Bottom line: When you’re taking care of yourself and projecting your best self, you’re far more likely to project the confidence you need to deal effectively with life. “Confidence can make or break a lot of things,” advises Lecia Bushak on Medicaldaily.com. “In our extrovert-centric society, confidence can get you a job, a girlfriend, and the courage to say no to people or situations that are toxic to you. Confidence is knowing yourself and taking care of yourself, too.” (BPT) l

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t can be difficult for parents to know exactly when to start teaching their children how to identify colors and numbers or when the right time is to start reading to them. However, the earlier parents begin reading to their kids, the better prepared they can be once they reach school age. In fact, reading to children at home can set them up for success in school and in life, according to the National Center for Educational Statistics. With the right resources, parents can influence their kids’ enjoyment of reading. These tips from the Pizza Hut BOOK IT! Program, which aims to motivate kindergarten through sixth-grade students to read by rewarding them with praise and pizza, can help inspire a lifelong love of reading. Read to your children early and often. Parental involvement is one of the best predictors of future academic achievement, according to research published in the Journal of Prevention & Intervention in the Community. Getting into a routine of reading to your children at a young age is a habit that can be pivotal to developing a love of reading. As you read, point out words, colors and images and ask questions about the story to help children develop a deeper understanding and relate what they have learned back to other books and activities.

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Make books easily accessible. Having multiple locations in the home where you keep books can inspire children to pick one up any time. Start with a main bookshelf in your child’s room that lets him or her easily see the titles, and place additional book storage locations in different rooms where your family typically spends the most time.

books for various age groups and can help parents and kids create reading lists of stories that match reading levels and interests. Additionally, attending “story times” and other library activities tailored to agespecific target audiences can expose your child to new books.

and enhance your child’s vocabulary and ability to comprehend, consider supplementing traditional books with devices such as e-readers and tablets or smartphones equipped with age-appropriate reading and learning applications.

Get comfy. Creating the perfect spot (or spots) to read has a lot to do with individual children. While some prefer to read with mom and dad in a chair or on a couch, others prefer their own space where they can cuddle up with a good book. If space allows, consider dedicating a corner of your child’s bedroom or playroom as a “book nook.”

Keep reading. Children often see their parents as role models. If you read often, your children will be more likely to pick up the habit, as well, according to a BOOK IT! survey. It revealed that adults who have gone through the program are more likely to establish regular reading routines with their families, as 54 percent of the survey respondents said they read with their children every day, compared to 32 percent who did not participate in the program.

Take advantage of technology. The use of technology can aid in creating excitement about reading. To help develop strong reading habits

For more information and ways to help inspire young readers, visit bookitprogram.com. (Family Features) l

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FOR THE LAST TWO DECADES MEXICAN ACTOR ALBERTO ZENI HAS FOCUSED ON EXPANDING HIS ACTING ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND HAS EXPLODED ONTO THE INTERNATIONAL STAGE. HIS FIRST FORAY INTO THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY WAS AS VOCALIST, WHICH AFFORDED HIM THRILLING OPPORTUNITIES TO PERFORM FOR 25 THOUSAND PEOPLE IN HIS HOME TOWN OF MONTERREY. HE THEN WOULD BE GIVEN ROLES IN BROADWAY STYLE MUSICALS SUCH AS THE SOUND OF MUSIC AND LA CAGE AUX FOLLIES. IT WAS AS A RESULT OF THESE ROLES THAT HE DISCOVERED AND FELL IN LOVE WITH THE THEATER AND ACTING. 114

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eni is recruited by the performing arts school in one of the two biggest television stations in Mexico, TV Azteca, which prompted a move to Mexico City. There he successfully develops the program YaCayó with producer Memo Rosales which remained in the top five of nationwide ratings. After a short stint in Los Angeles, California to study acting, he relocates back to Mexico City where he immediately receives multiple acting roles such as co-lead roles in the television series XY, La Revista (in competition against Dexter and Madmen in the Monte Carlo Television Festival), Hoy Soy Nadie (Netflix), and is part of the cast of Capadocia (HBO). He is associated with telenovelas Bajo El Alma (TvAzteca) and El Octavo Mandamiento (Cadena Tres) and is working with Kate Del Castillo and Guy Ecker in Vidas Cruzadas (Univisión). Zeni is staying busy filming movies such as Así es la Suerte, Morelos, Chalán, and The Noble Family (Nosotros Los Nobles); the latter breaking all the national box office records during the time it aired. In addition to all these magnificent and diverse projects, he was offered to star in Nora (Telemundo, Cadena Tres and Televen), an international production shot in the beautiful country of Venezuela. What’s on the immediate horizon for this international actor? Zeni is preparing himself physically and doing research for his next film, and first English spoken lead role, titled Comienzo to be shot in early 2018; he is also in negotiations to star in a television project in Mexico City. What intrigues you most about acting? I believe the making of everything is inside us. That said, I’m always amazed by those actors who can submerge themselves into the personality of another. Those who can genuinely interact through the motions and gestures of a different persona. Who is your favorite actor / actress? And, why? I don’t really have a favorite actor per se, but I admire actors like Gary Oldman and Meryl Streep because of

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the reasons mentioned before. I try to learn the most from everyone I’ve had the pleasure to work with and also from others I see at work. How do you prepare for a role? Different roles require different methods. As an actor, one has to listen to the characters and allow them to guide you through preparation. Some require a lot of research; some others require physical training, while others may require a deep dive into oneself. It all depends on the character itself. Tell us more about your lead role in Comienzo? This will be my first time starring in an international film spoken mostly in English. I’m thrilled about that and the cast we’re aiming to attach to the film, I can’t say the names yet but they are part of any actor’s special list of with whom to share the screen. This film will require a lot of physical training for me as well as a deep five into my humanity since my character has to go through a self-discovery that will change not only his life but many others. How important to you is social media? Social media is becoming a sort of reputation currency, thus it’s an important tool to use and take advantage of. I have to be honest though, it has taken me a while to really get into it myself but I promise I will be better at it in the future. What advice would you give to those who want to be in entertainment? Train your craft, because talent only takes you so far, always be honest with yourself and never take anything personal. There are many variables that have nothing to do with you to book a job, but for the ones that do, be ready. What is the best advice you’ve ever been given? “Of everything and everyone you learn from, doubt”. Meaning: always go and find your own answers. l

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Lisa created this collection to represent how you can customize your hair through color. Lisa Farrall is an award winning hairstylist and has recently launched her own hair academy, WIG. Learn more about WIG at www.wiglondon.com. “I wanted to showcase how color can change your identify. I wanted the models to look glamorous, yet futuristic. Luke always captures my collections perfectly.” This collection finalized in the Black Hair and Beauty Awards and won Weave Stylist of the Year. Learn more about Lisa Farrall at www. lisafarrall.com.


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COUNTING CALORIES ISN’T THE ONLY WAY YOU CAN RESOLVE TO BRING ABOUT POSITIVE CHANGE IN YOUR LIFE DURING THE NEW YEAR. IF YOU’RE LIKE MANY AMERICANS, IT MAY BE A GOOD TIME TO START COUNTING YOUR WAY TOWARD BETTER FINANCIAL HEALTH.

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he past year brought financial setbacks to nearly two-thirds of United States households, according to a survey by the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE). In fact, more than a quarter of U.S. adults say the current quality of their financial lives are worse than they hoped. Topping the list of setbacks in 2017 were transportation issues (23 percent), housing repairs or maintenance (20 percent), and the inability to keep up with debt and falling behind on bill payments (16 percent).

In an effort to reverse that trend, more than two-thirds of U.S. adults will make financial New Year’s resolutions for 2018, according to the survey. Among those that plan to step up their financial game, top goals include setting and following a budget (40 percent), making a plan to get out of debt (39 percent), establishing savings (32 percent) and boosting retirement savings (31 percent). “We continue to see a lot of anxiety about money,” said Ted Beck, president and CEO of NEFE. “Three-quarters

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of Americans said something causes them financial stress, and it’s most often not saving enough and debt that are to blame.” Reduce money stress and take control of your finances with these tips for financial success from the experts at NEFE:

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Get debt under control. Take a hard look at what you owe. If there’s a clear warning sign of too much debt, take action. Set a goal to reduce

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your debt load next year by 5-10 percent. That might mean reducing impulse shopping. When you face temptation, delay the purchase and give yourself time to consider whether it’s a wise move that fits within your budget.

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footing. A good rule of thumb is to have 6-9 months of income set aside. If that feels out of reach, start with a smaller goal, even as little as $500. When it comes to saving, it’s also a smart idea to think long term. Review your long-term savings and ensure they are on target for your retirement plans.

available to long-time, loyal customers. Then look at alternative providers to determine where you can trim some spending. Be sure to understand your current offering thoroughly so that you are comparing apples to apples.

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Shop for better services. You may be surprised by how much you can save when you periodically shop for the most competitive rates on your recurring bills. Make a game out of shopping providers to find the best value on your insurance policies, cell phone plan, internet and utilities. Ask your providers about current rates and any promotions

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o take control of your money and your financial life, it’s important to get organized. The most effective tool is a budget. Creating a budget can help you meet personal goals such as buying a house or car, or taking a vacation. It also can help you prepare for emergencies and manage debt.

Income: Start by listing all income sources, including wages, bonuses and tips, as well as non-employer income such as child support, alimony or Social Security. Generally, you’ll want to look at your recurring income, but also include longrange, infrequent income that you anticipate, such as tax refunds.

Expenses: Next, take into account all of your recurring monthly bills. If you have major periodic expenses, such as a six-month auto insurance premium, account for it in monthly increments so you can save up and have the money ready when the payment comes due. Remember to account for the bills you pay (mortgage or rent, utilities, etc.), as well as unspecified items like lawn maintenance and personal hygiene purchases.

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Spending: Some people find it helpful to break expenses into categories, such as housing, transportation, health, personal, entertainment and so on. The key is to capture every point where money is going out so you can get a thorough picture of your ongoing expenditures. It can

take a couple months to get a true understanding of what your typical spending looks like.

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An effective budget doesn’t just capture what’s going out; it also reflects what you’re able to keep. If you haven’t already, outline a savings plan that allows for an emergency fund, regular savings, retirement and investments.

Debt: Consistently paying down the accounts you owe with the maximum amount you can afford is the surest way to reduce your debt load. Account for each debt you owe in your budget, and establish a payment plan that shows how much you can allocate to each account each month. (Family Features) l

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This shift has put them in direct competition with baby boomers, who are looking to downsize to something smaller that meets the needs of their new lifestyle. With these two groups looking for similar housing, well-maintained single-family homes are expected to go very quickly in 2018.

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While the spring will be flush with buyers, it remains to be seen if sellers will follow suit. The fall of 2017 proved to be sluggish in regard to the number of homes available for sale; in fact, total housing inventory was down 13.4 percent in October 2017 compared to the same time the year before, according to the RE/MAX National Housing Report. The report also found that only three of the 53 metropolitan areas reported being in a buyer’s market


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or having an even balance. For the rest of the country, sellers seem to have the advantage. Will that change in the spring? It may, but buyers should be prepared for a market where they will have to be aggressive to purchase the home they want.

To better understand how these changes may affect the housing search in a given area, potential homebuyers should contact a licensed real estate agent who understands the latest housing policies and how those policies will affect a potential home sale.

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Have Shifted The presidential election in November 2016 and local elections from this past fall both have implications on housing policy. Adjustments to tax rates, the growth or decline of suburban options and zoning ordinance changes may all impact the markets where consumers are shopping.

Like most other industries, real estate today is profoundly affected by the advent of technology. Homebuyers and sellers can go online or use apps to access information about a house or the market like never before, and virtual walk-throughs allow a buyer to enter a prospective home for the first time with few surprises. For buyers and sellers, technology has the potential to reward those who do their homework and make the most of digital options before deciding how to use their precious time. Navigating the 2018 Market Requires Expert Advice The 2018 market will be dictated largely by what takes place in the spring, and the trends above figure to play a prominent role in most home sales and listings across the country. Every market contains its own subtle nuances, but homebuyers and sellers everywhere will benefit from the expertise of an experienced real estate agent, one who can help them capitalize on these latest trends and leave the 2018 market with everything they ever wanted and more. (BPT) l

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f weight-loss is on your list of resolutions for 2018 even though you may be traversing the globe far and wide, you’ll definitely want to check out the seven apps below. Have a plan, work that plan, and let these apps help you stick to that diet resolution while on-the-go, successfully hit your slimdown goals, and even earn some cash in the process. 1. FatSecret This 100% free app is packed with tools, including food and exercise diaries, healthy recipes, and nutritional info for just about any food item you can think, to help you achieve your diet goals. Reportedly with over 35 million users, it’s easy to see why they claim to be the fastest and easiest calorie counting app around. 2. LoseIt! This food tracking app has both free and paid levels, depending on how much functionality you want to access within the app. In addition to food and exercise tracking, LoseIt! syncs with Apple Health, Google Fit, and provides

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EVEN THE MOST WELL-INTENTIONED NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS CAN QUICKLY BECOME NOTHING MORE THAN A FOND MEMORY WITHOUT A SOLID PLAN IN PLACE TO KEEP A TRAVELER MOTIVATED AND ON TRACK. AND, IF ONE UTILIZES TOOLS AND RESOURCES THAT ARE A MEANS TOWARD THAT END, ALL THE BETTER. AND IT SEEMS SOME ASSISTANCE IS IN ORDER, AMID RECENT HIGHPROFILE REPORTS CITING A DOWNRIGHT SOBERING STATISTIC THAT FULLY 80% OF NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS FAIL BY FEBRUARY. kWRITTEN BY MERILEE KERN, ‘THE LUXE LIST’ EXECUTIVE EDITOR PHOTO COURTESY OF HEALTHWAGE.COM support for wifi scale connections. At the premium level, you can also sync with fitness trackers and apps, track your daily water consumption, and access a library of meal plans, recipes, and workouts.

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3. HealthyWage This app actually PAYS you to lose weight! With the HealthyWage app, you determine how much weight you want to lose, how long you want to take to lose it, and how much you want to wager each month. If you successfully reach your goal by the end date of your challenge, you win your prize. The average HealthyWa-


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ger prize is over $1,200! You can also join team challenges, jackpot challenges, and step challenges through the app. Participants have collectively lost over 1 million pounds and gained over $10,000,000 since company’s inception. 4. Daily Burn With the Daily Burn app, you can access over 800 streaming workouts from your smartphone so that you can get your workout on no matter where you are. The app features many different styles of workouts at a variety of different levels, all led by expert trainers. Additionally, by answering a few simple questions, you’ll receive personalized recommendations to help you achieve your custom fitness goals.

as your very own healthy eating coach in the palm of your hand. 7. PlateJoy Many people rely on menu planning as a secret to their weightloss success, but it can take a lot of time and creativity. PlateJoy eases that burden by preparing fully customized menu plans and grocery lists tailored to your specific health goals for just $59 per 6-month subscription. Accessing your plans through their app adds just another level of convenience when you’re at home or on the go. With apps like these, your weightloss success could be just a download away. As long as you’re willing to put in the work, they’ll deliver the support, motivation, or inspiration you need to hit your diet goals. l

5. Fooducate This free app offers a plethora of built-in tools to help you achieve your diet, health, and fitness goals. These tools include a health (food and activity) tracker, an extensive database of nutritional info, a popular discussion forum, and articles to both educate and motivate you. 6. Rise For less than $50 per month, the Rise app pairs users with an expert nutritionist who will work with you one-on-one to achieve your goals. From providing feedback on the meals you eat to offering new workout ideas and celebrating your successes, your Rise nutritionist acts

Some or all of the accommodations(s), experience(s), item(s) and/or service(s) detailed above may have been provided or arranged at no cost to accommodate this review, but all opinions expressed are entirely those of Merilee Kern and have not been influenced in any way. Source: U.S. News http://bit.ly/2CeznPI

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o your surprise - and theirs - learning how to swipe and tap objects to make them move on the screen came quickly and naturally. Oftentimes the challenge soon becomes how to keep their hands off the device. It’s perfectly acceptable, even beneficial, for young children to have these interactions with technology ... but only with appropriate parental guidance. How Young is Too Young? Young children can strengthen their interactions with other family members, as well as improve their familiarity with sounds, words, language and the world around them, through the responsible use of technology. Most experts agree, however, that children under the age of 2 probably shouldn’t trade their rattles in for tablets. There are enough real-world interactions to keep them busy, and whether they play with blocks or pull the cat’s tail, these tangible experiences are important to their development. There will be plenty of time to show them Angry Birds when they’re a bit older, so allow them to develop their senses

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by exploring, touching things and even getting into a little mischief. Once beyond the 24-month mark, you can begin introducing technology to your little tyke. Chances are he or she may already enjoy the privilege at preschool; many toddler day-care centers and preschools now incorporate technology, from computers to tablets, into their curriculum. Kids’ Access to Digital Media Whether at school or at home, most youngsters interact with screens before they turn 5. According to a survey conducted by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, more than eight in 10 children from age 2 to 10 use digital media every week. In fact, two-thirds have tablets or e-readers. While the interactions are practically inevitable, significant parental and caregiver involvement can help steer them in the right direction, ensuring kids are exposed to content providing the best opportunities for learning. Between laptop computers, desktop PCs, tablets, televisions and

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bonding with them over an exciting, shared experience. Something as simple and fun as taking turns in a game or reading together on a tablet can also help ensure technology is being consumed in a responsible way that can educate and aid development.While education is key, it doesn’t always have to be about learning your ABCs and 123s. Plenty of games and apps combine learning and entertainment

experiences that are fun for kids. Checking the ESRB age and content rating information in console and online stores (like the Nintendo eShop, the PlayStation Store, the Xbox Store and Windows Store) is a great way to find appropriate games for kids of all ages. ESRB ratings are also assigned to mobile games and apps in the Google Play Store, complete with content descriptors and interactive elements when applicable.

As your little ones mature from toddlers to tweens, their use of technology as well as the technology itself will certainly evolve. The breadth of content they enjoy will greatly expand, highlighting the importance of parental involvement in managing and monitoring their time with tech. Regardless of where our smartphones and tablets take us, parental involvement and engagement is key to ensuring kids enjoy a healthy, responsible relationship with technology. (BPT) l

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NEW YEAR, NEW YOU. BE YOUR BEST, It’s a new year, the time people traditionally take a look at what’s working in their lives and what could be kicked up a notch. If you could use more productivity and efficiency in your life, you’re not alone. Sometimes, it’s all anyone can do to make it through the

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Artificial intelligence is going to be big in 2018, with everything from chatbots helping you with your banking questions to devices designed to make your home smarter and life easier. LG Electronics has just released its AI device, the LG ThinQ Speaker, which comes with Google Assistant built in and features improved vocal clarity thanks to technology from Meridian Audio, the maker of high-performance audio solutions.

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With a voice-activated interface it serves as a smart home hub for your entertainment needs and for LG’s smart home appliances. Another LG device that plays well with the Google Assistant is the TONE Platinum SE, a Bluetooth headset that has a button for accessing the Google Assistant in a snap. It allows you to have a more natural conversation with it instead of always having to prompt everything with “Hey Google.”

Keep your resolutions

Setting goals for 2018? There’s an app for that. It’s called Strides, and it tracks any goal or habit you’d like to incorporate into your life. Weight loss, exercise, getting up early, you name it, Strides can track your progress and let you know how you’re doing.


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MOST PRODUCTIVE SELF IN 2018 Using tips, tactics and technology, you can be your best, most productive, efficient self in 2018, giving you more time to enjoy everything the new year has to offer. (BPT)

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If procrastination bedevils you, take a page from Mark Twain. He famously said if you eat a live frog first thing in the morning, you can go about the rest of your day knowing the worst is behind you.

Author Brian Tracy brings that philosophy into the workplace, coaching people to “eat that frog,” or, get your most unpleasant or challenging task - the thing you’re most likely to put off - done first. It’s a powerful way to cut down on procrastination, accomplish more and slay your to-do list every day.

If you have ever scowled into your closet realizing you have nothing clean or wrinkle-free to wear to the office, the LG Styler from LG Electronics is for you. It looks like a closet of the future, but it’s a steam cleaner and wrinkle reducer that uses just water to get the job done. Hang your clothes inside, close the door and boom, they come out clean, fresh and lovely.

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If your family’s mountain of laundry eats up your weekends, check out the LG TWINWash. It takes the pain out of laundry day. It features the LG SideKick, a pedestal washer (an industry-first innovation) that can tackle smaller loads, delicates and intimates. You can run both the SideKick and the main washer at the same time, and it’s also Wi-Fi enabled so you can check the status of your laundry from anywhere using your smartphone.

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n college JJ discovered his love for nature on his first backpacking trip and quickly realized exploring our earth was the key to helping our world. Since that time, JJ has led countless groups of people all over the world to explore some of the most beautiful places on earth. Now JJ produces engaging media to inspire people to get outdoors and explore their backyards. I’m thrilled to bring to you my exciting interview with JJ Yosh. Grab your favorite snack and beverage, and discover what makes JJ Yost an influential person we should know. From where does your passion for the great outdoors come? I don’t know if I can explain my passion; it just is. I can’t say it has an origin. That’s what I find so unique and beautiful about it; although I can recall instances in which I had epiphanies that led me to the path JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2018

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I’m on today. One such instance occurred in college at UC Santa Barbara. I co-founded an outdoors club, The Excursion Club, on one of my first excursions. I lead a group of college students into the backcountry to a remote mountain Ridgeline. I recall reaching that peak and feeling a sense of awe as I shared that moment with my fellow comrades. It was in that moment I realized my calling: to encourage people to explore the outdoors. How do you prepare mentally and physically for your travel adventures? I’m a huge planner, so I enjoy creating lists for myself. I have a gear checklist I’ve created for every kind of excursion, from backpacking to climbing to snow camping to kayaking. These lists help me prevent forgetting any items. I also create bins for my different adventures to help me stay on top of organization and prepared for any activity at a moment’s notice. This obsessive organization allows me to keep myself mentally prepared for most anything. Fitness and health are paramount in my life, so I try to keep myself physically fit which allows me to be physically prepared for most anything. What keeps you sane during your adventures? No matter how great and fantastic the adventure, there’s always a moment where you need to recharge. I prefer to step away and take a walk in nature to clear my mind. Without these nature hikes I’d lose my mind. Thankfully my employment integrates nicely with these breaks.

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What do you never travel without? I never travel without my smart phone, extra batteries, snacks, water, and a flash light. It doesn’t matter if it’s a simple hike or a jaunt around the world; these items always seem to come in handy. Of all the places you’ve explored, what’s the place you connect with the most? I really love Havasu Falls in Arizona. This place is part of the western rim of the Grand Canyon, and is full of unbelievable waterfalls flowing into turquoise waters. It’s one of the most incredible spots I’ve ever had the opportunity to visit.


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I’m happiest when I am outside exploring epic mountains or swimming in warm Azul waters. There’s something so special about nature that instantly purifies my soul and clears all worries and stresses. I try my best to get outside every day because I know it makes me a better person.

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What is it about being in nature that speaks personally to you? When I’m outdoors I feel timeless, unrushed, and completely accepted. Outside I can be whoever I want to be. This sense of freedom is one of the most awesome feelings in the world. What’s your favorite extreme natural environment to explore? My favorite extreme environments change from time to time. One year I was completely into tropical waters, where I wanted to scuba dive in every popular exotic location. Then another year, all I wanted to do was climb 20 thousand foot peaks, so I found myself on challenging icy terrain. Now, I think my favorite environment is red rocky canyons found in areas like Utah and Arizona. What has been your most luxurious travel adventure? My most luxurious travel adventure was recently in the Maldives. I was sent on assignment by Maldives TV to see first-hand the best of the Maldives. For ten days I journeyed around to exclusive high end resorts, experiencing all the adventurous activities each island resort offered. It was an absolute marvelous lifestyle living in overwater bungalows during my stay. I hope to visit again. Having traveled so much already, is there much left on your wish list? I’ve traveled to many destinations, but I still have a list of places waiting to visit. I really want to embark on an exploration of Iceland. This country has some of the most stunning sunrises and sunsets on earth. I’d like to do a stopover to the Faroe Islands; one of my favorite terrains is northern tundra with glaciated peaks, on my way to Iceland. There’s something about land that appears so unworldly that appeals to me.

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I’m a bit of a nervous traveler. As a prolific traveler; do you have any tips for me? My most useful tip for anyone looking to break into the outdoor world is to start small. The worst thing you can do is overwhelm yourself by taking on an outdoor challenge which far too much. This goes for traveling in general. Organize small trips for yourself first and move on up. This way you always have something to work towards. Another helpful tip is joining other preexisting organized trips. Planning a trip can be a huge amount of work; by the time you get to your destination you’re too exhausted to enjoy it. There are many tour companies and group organizers that literally plan the entire trip for you, so you can sit back and relax. How can the rest of us bring more adventure into our lives? The media allows us to see extraordinary places we wouldn’t normally see. For me the media has been pivotal in shaping my dreams. Today we have more than film, television, and magazines to transport ourselves into other worlds; we have social media and the internet. For the rest of us, soaking in videos and pictures of beautiful places via social media platforms like Instagram is a perfect way to expose ourselves to our vast world. The powerful thing about images is they can inspire us to travel to those actual places. How do you hope to impact the world? I hope to lead by example. The outdoors has transformed my entire perspective. It’s very important people explore their own backyards. I want to create empowering films that not only transport people to these beautiful locales, but also inspire them to get out there themselves. When are you most happy? I’m happiest when I am outside exploring epic mountains or swimming in warm Azul waters. There’s something so special about nature that instantly purifies my soul and clears all worries and stresses. I try my best to get outside every day because I know it makes me a better person. l

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I never travel without my smart phone, extra batteries, snacks, water, and a flash light. It doesn’t matter if it’s a simple hike or a jaunt around the world; these items always seem to come in handy.

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GETAWA TIPS WINTER IS AN IDEAL TIME TO TRAVEL, WHETHER YOUR MOTIVATION IS TO ESCAPE THE COLD WEATHER OR TO FROLIC IN IT. HERE ARE FIVE TRAVEL TIPS FOR BETTER WINTER VACATIONS. kPHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF

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Leverage deals. Look for destinations offering discounts and deals. There are plenty of choices a bit off the beaten path. Both warm and cold climate locations will have discounted flights and hotel packages in winter months, so choose your preferred type of weather and search for the savings.

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Flying, especially in winter, can be dehydrating and dry out skin. Stay hydrated and moisturized while traveling to ensure optimal comfort. Pack lip balm and moisturizer with SPF. Also, bring along an empty water bottle in your carry-on gear to fill up after you pass through security. This way, you won’t have to wait for that drink cart to come down the aisle in order to hydrate.


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Jet lag is rough no matter what, so make sure your travel accessories prepare you to keep up with time zone changes from anywhere in the world. Look for a timepiece, such as the Casio Edifice EQB501DB-2A that features Bluetooth connectivity. A single button accesses your smartphone to automatically adjust to the new time.

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If you choose a snowy getaway, rent winter sports gear on-site to save yourself the hassle of lugging it with you to the airport and checking it as oversize baggage. If you’re opting for a warm climate, dress in layers to travel so you don’t have to fill precious bag space with heavy clothing items you won’t use once you’re there.

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PLAYING FIELD SURFACING DECISIONS GO BEYOND LOOKS OFTEN AN AFTERTHOUGHT FOR SPECTATORS, THE CHOICE OF PLAYING SURFACE – NATURAL VS. ARTIFICIAL – IS A MAJOR DECISION FOR SPORTS TEAMS AND FIELD MANAGERS THAT GOES FAR BEYOND AESTHETICS.

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ccording to Don Follett, director of fields and grounds for the Baltimore Ravens, the decision to transition M&T Bank Stadium back to natural grass at the start of the 2016 season was driven by the players. “A few of our key players asked that we entertain natural grass,” said Follett. “Ultimately, we decided that real football should be played on real grass.” Why the fuss over real grass for sports fields? Venues choose one surface versus another for reasons that are highly specific to their situations. The following themes, however, consistently pop up: Injury considerations When first introduced, artificial turf had less cushioning and more surface hardness than it does today, affecting the probability and severity of injuries.

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Today, the installation of artificial turf involves a mix of sand or crumb rubber infill, which absorbs impact energy and provides cushioning. Over time, however, as infill levels decrease from being packed down or migrating, more infill must be added. Additionally, based on some of the research, an athlete’s foot is more likely to snag in a synthetic system, which creates more force on the foot, ankle and knee when trying to turn or change directions. Natural grass can be more forgiving when players stop or turn quickly.

of natural turfgrass systems includes microbes that break down certain compounds, such as pesticides, potentially noxious organic chemicals and even bacteria from bodily fluids, such as blood and spit.” With synthetic fields, regular maintenance – sweeping, dragging, loosening and redistribution of infill, and cleaning – is necessary to keep them in top form.

While injury rates are not statistically significant between one playing surface and another, given a choice, professional football players tend to favor natural grass fields over artificial turf. In a 2010 survey of NFL players, 69 percent preferred a natural surface.

Playability factors Artificial fields are cited for enabling more continuous play than their natural counterparts, which may need time to recover between heavy use. With a little preplanning, turf managers can mitigate most of these challenges and protect the long-term playability of their natural turf fields. “The life of a natural field can be extended by rotating activities between fields, changing the daily location of practice on a field, or moving drills and practices around the field,” said Van Loo. Taking care to preserve the quality and coverage of natural turf can also reduce unpredictable ball roll and bounce that may occur with bare, patchy growth.

Health and comfort issues Natural grass fields have regular growth, watering and mowing cycles, allowing for constant rejuvenation and decomposition of various compounds. The dense root and shoot systems characteristic of healthy turfgrass support a population of soil micro-flora and -fauna. These organisms offer one of the most active biological systems for the degradation of trapped organic chemicals and pesticides. According to Tim Van Loo, president of the Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) and a certified sports field manager, “the soil

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Turfgrass has the added benefit of contributing to noise and glare reductions.

Likewise, modern drainage systems are mitigating much of the water concern previously associated with natural grass. When asked how the Ravens’ field


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manages heavy rains, Follett explained, “We put in a full sand-based drainage system that percolates at 13 inches an hour; it would take a remarkable amount of rain.” In warmer regions, heat presents a different challenge. Synthetic fields dissipate radiant heat, with surface temperatures regularly exceeding that of natural grass fields by 50 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. To ensure player safety, teams must schedule practice and game times to cooler periods of the day or run irrigation systems that cool fields. Environmental concerns Fertilizer and pesticides are often associated with natural turf. However, organic options are proving successful and newer environmentally friendly fertilizer applications are available. Additionally, the root and thatch layer in natural turf systems acts as a filter and removes pollutants before they enter surface or groundwater. If water use is a concern, field managers can take conservation steps. Devices such as rain sensors can help manage irrigation efficiency. Other water-saving options include using drought-resistant species and encouraging deeper root development by allowing grass to grow taller.

With artificial turf, other environmental issues lurk below the surface. Crumb rubber infill comes from shredded tires that contain zinc and other metals. Some fear such elements could escape into the air or leach into water. Additionally, when artificial fields are replaced, the synthetic turf often ends up in landfills. Economic impacts The final decision on natural grass or synthetic often comes down to immediate and long-term costs. According to the STMA, a natural field can cost from $0.60 to $5 per square foot, depending on soils and drainage installation, while construction of synthetic systems can run from $4.50 to $10.25 per square foot. Annual natural turf maintenance costs vary based on the facility and climate regions, but annual expenditures average between $20,000 to $30,000 per field and are competitive with synthetic field maintenance and repairs. Based on Follett’s experience, while there were initial costs to transition M&T Bank Stadium back to natural turf, “there is not a significant difference in the ongoing maintenance of well-kept artificial turf and grass.” Choosing between natural and artificial turf is not easy. It is a decision every field manager must weigh carefully, evaluating all factors including the perceptions of players and spectators to ensure longterm support for the field. (BPT )l

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GORDON FRASER

President, Gordon Fraser & Associates, LLC U.S. Executive National Vice President and Independent Consultant with Arbonne International West Hollywood, California Photography courtesy of Wes Klain / Shandrew PR.

Who He Is: Gordon Fraser makes up the 0.01% of entrepreneurs who’ve made it to the apex of their chosen field of endeavor. Often described as “a man in a woman’s business” he earned prominence and influence with the luxury Beauty and Wellness brand, Arbonne. His success changed the status quo. He’s an influencer and is changing the face of Network Marketing. The Importance Of Creativity: Being original and innovative expands the mind and often leads to new possibilities. Taking risks on new ideas is one of the keys to success and can never be underestimated. Everyone can be creative. New imaginative concepts can break the banality of the “same-old-same-old”... So switch off, find a quite place, focus and see what the Muses bring you. Strong Business Relationships Are Valuable: It’s often said people will work harder for praises than raises. Genuinely recognizing and rewarding work that’s well done with gratitude, kind words, and gifts for the effort, go a long way. Commitment and loyalty is important as well as consistent investment of time and energy into relationships, these are integral and can help maintain a thriving business. Public Speaking Is Powerful: “I’m told the fear of public speaking is second only to burning to death! Whilst I often have nerves before speaking, I’ve only have fear when unprepared. Knowing your material, environment and technology well, will help your confidence as does making eye contact and smiling. Also, clench your butt cheeks. It helps. Honestly.” How He Makes An Impact: My friend Rita says, “When you love what you do, you’ll never do a days work in your life”. Get behind yourself. Find your passion – and drive it, it’s vital, as is investing into that passion by immersing your whole self into it. This makes for a positive outcome and that’s how you can impact on The World.

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UNO DE LOS PROPÓSITOS MÁS COMUNES DE AÑO NUEVO ES BAJAR DE PESO Y REDUCIR TALLAS. SI ES TU CASO, DEBERÍAS CONSIDERAR CIERTOS ASPECTOS PARA CONFORMAR UN BUEN PLAN ALIMENTICIO

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ieta… una palabra que causa temor y estrés por su asociación con la idea en dejar de comer o con planes alimentarios que reducen las porciones de comida. Sin embargo, la palabra “dieta” se refiere a todo aquel alimento que se consume diariamente sin importar su calidad nutrimental o su relación de calorías. Actualmente, el negocio de adelgazamiento se enfoca en la rápida reducción de peso a cambio de poco esfuerzo físico, para ello implementan dietas riesgosas conocidas como “dieta milagrosa, dieta falacia, dieta mágica o dieta de moda”. Te indicamos cómo identificar este tipo de planes alimenticios, con la finalidad de que no caigas en estas mentiras.


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La promesa de bajar rápidamente de peso: adelgazar 15 kilos en un mes o 5 kilos en una semana, son mentiras que acompañan el slogan que asegura bajar peso a una velocidad inimaginable. Recuerda: perder peso es un proceso diferente en cada persona.

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Cero esfuerzo: te harán creer que no sufrirás con el plan que ellos te recomiendan. El empeño y la dedicación son claves para lograr tus objetivos.

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Eliminan grupos alimenticios: te prohíben consumir lácteos, leguminosas, cereales o frutas, lo cual es un error. Lo ideal es que conozcas las porciones y nutrientes de cada grupo alimenticio.

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Productos extra: por lo general, te darán un plan alimenticio (no personalizado) que se complementa con algún producto o pastilla que deberás tomar durante un periodo determinado. Estos fármacos aumentan el precio del tratamiento y cuando dejes de consumirlos recuperarás el peso perdido.

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No crean adherencia al tratamiento: nos referimos a que tú puedas integrar este tipo de alimentación a tu vida diaria, por ejemplo, una dieta falacia que te indica comer solo un alimento durante un día siempre te llevara al fracaso, ya que no pasarás el resto de tu vida comiendo únicamente el alimento indicado. Ejemplo de este tipo de dietas: dieta de la luna, dieta clínica mayo, dieta de la manzana, dieta toma la mitad, dieta de Hollywood, dieta de 3 columnas, dieta atkins, dieta de la zona, dieta de la proteína liquida, dieta tu ultima oportunidad y muchas otras.

Después de realizar las pruebas clínicas necesarias, será el nutricionista quien diseñe un plan de alimentación individual y que cumpla con los requerimientos que necesitas. El especialista debe considerar los siguientes aspectos: Peso. Estatura. Edad. Hábitos alimenticios que incluyen tus tradiciones y costumbres. Actividad física (cualquiera que realices durante el día). Ejercicio físico (actividad que realices de manera organizada, frecuente y durante un tiempo determinado). Gustos y preferencias alimentarias.

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Estado actual de tu salud. Porcentaje de masa grasa. Porcentaje de masa magra. Edad metabólica. Gasto de energía basal. Gasto de energía total. Consumo de líquidos. Accesibilidad y disponibilidad de alimentos. Estado socioeconómico. l

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ciber-infantes os niños de hace 20 años fueron clasificados como la generación X, y por qué no, la infancia en ese momento estuvo lleno de cambios: fue la última generación que jugaban todo el día al aire libre, hacían deporte, montaban en bicicleta, jugaban el escondite, en los recreos, entre otras actividades.

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Los niños de antes, con sus juegos imaginarios, creaban su propia diversión, no necesitaban equipos costosos, ni la supervisión de sus padres. Estos niños se movían mucho, y su mundo sensorial era natural y sencillo. Antes, la familia pasaba gran parte del tiempo limpiando y trabajando en la casa, y los niños tenían obligaciones que cumplir a diario. La mesa del comedor era un lugar especial donde la familia se reunía para comer y hablar sobre la jornada, y después de cenar se convertía en el sitio en el que se hacían bizcochos, trabajos manuales y deberes. Hoy en día las familias son diferentes. La influencia de la tecnología del siglo XXI fractura la base familiar y desintegra los valores fundamentales que hace tiempo eran los tejidos que la unía. Sin embargo, hay que tomar en cuenta que los padres de ahora hacen malabares con la escuela, el trabajo, la casa y la vida social, y dependen enormemente de las tecnologías de la comunicación, la información y el transporte para lograr una vida más rápida y eficiente. Las tecnologías del entretenimiento (televisión, internet, videojuegos, iPads, teléfonos móviles) han avanzado con tanta celeridad que las familias apenas se han dado cuenta del enorme efecto y los grandes cambios que han supuesto en su estructura y su estilo de vida.

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RECORDAR LAS ÉPOCAS EN QUE FUIMOS NIÑOS PUEDE SER ÚTIL PARA INTENTAR COMPRENDER LOS PROBLEMAS A LOS QUE SE ENFRENTAN LOS JÓVENES DE HOY Padres, no olviden que el ejemplo es lo más importante. Sus propios hábitos serán los que imiten los niños

Las tecnologías no son buenas ni malas, lo que en realidad hace la diferencia es el uso y el conocimiento que se hace de ellas. Uno de los grupos que más se ve afectado por esta realidad son los niños y niñas. La Academia Americana de Pediatría y la Sociedad Canadiense de Pediatría advierten sobre las razones por las que los niños menores de 12 años no deben usar aparatos electrónicos. Los bebés de 0 a 2 años no deben tener ningún contacto con esta tecnología, de 3 a 5 años deben ser usados durante una hora al día, y de 6 a 18 años durante 2 horas por día. Se ha comprobado que los niños y jóvenes que usan 4-5 veces más estos aparatos que la cantidad recomendada, sufren consecuencias graves para su salud.


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Entre 0 y 2 años, el cerebro se triplica en tamaño y continúa en un estado de rápido desarrollo hasta los 21 años de edad. Los niños pequeños no necesitan ese tipo de estímulos sensoriales, auditivos y visuales en los que el ritmo acelerado de las imágenes y los sonidos nunca corresponden con la realidad. Durante los primeros años, los niños necesitan establecer un fuerte vínculo afectivo con sus padres y quienes los rodean. En las pantallas táctiles no hay emociones. Nadie desconoce que los dispositivos portátiles (teléfonos celulares, tabletas y juegos electrónicos) son una forma efectiva de entretener a los niños cuando los padres están ocupados en otros menesteres. El consumo de videojuegos violentos reduce el reconocimiento facial de las emociones. Cuando los niños y adolescentes se acostumbran a la agresividad se vuelven más fríos e insensibles al dolor; no desarrollan empatía. El desarrollo temprano del cerebro está determinado por estímulos ambientales, y la estimulación causada por el uso excesivo de aparatos tecnológicos está asociada con el déficit de atención, retrasos cognitivos, problemas de aprendizaje, aumento de la impulsividad y disminución de la capacidad de autoregulación. Según estudios, 60 % de los padres no supervisa el uso de la tecnología de sus hijos, y 75 % de los niños tienen amplia libertad tecnológica en sus habitaciones, reportando problemas de sueño que afecta directamente el rendimiento escolar.

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El uso abusivo de la tecnología restringe la comunicación entre la familia y disminuye la concentración y la memoria, debido a la poda de pistas neuronales en la corteza frontal cerebral.

Protección contra el desorden cibernético Los padres deben estar atentos a las señales que indiquen abusos en el uso de las nuevas tecnologías y establecer algunas restricciones:

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Diseñar un horario de juego de acuerdo a la edad, con períodos de descanso y que no implique el uso de la tecnología. No usar a la televisión o al internet como “niñera”. Generar hábitos de estudio y rutinas cotidianas que incluyan actividades gratificantes o al aire libre. Fortalecer los lazos afectivos y la comunicación intrafamiliar. Generar una fuerte y sana autoestima en los hijos. Direccionar el uso del tiempo libre, pasar tiempo en familia, realizar un pasatiempo (coleccionar objetos, juegos de mesa, visitar amigos o familiares, practicar arte, hacer deporte, ayudar en obras sociales). Seleccionar los videos, programas y películas que ven los niños, preferiblemente verlos con ellos. Dosificar el tiempo de exposición: no más de una hora o menos si son pequeños. Evitar los programas violentos. Reforzar la cooperación, la amistad y la potencialización de habilidades. Atención con los juegos de rol: muchos niños o adolescentes no diferencian la realidad y la fantasía.

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Esta frutilla, “símbolo del placer efímero”, contiene una fuente amplia de vitamina C y K, por lo que influye de manera positiva en el sistema inmunológico y la presión arterial. Así mismo, provee cantidades significativas de hierro, calcio y potasio. Su roja apariencia se debe a la antocianina, lo que la hace una valiosa fruta antioxidante que protege contra cualquier tipo de inflamaciones y de cáncer. Además, sus hojas son perfectas para hacer té.

Para los que no lo conocen, su sabor posee la armonía entre el plátano, la fresa y la piña. Contiene un alto valor de vitamina C, el doble que el limón, la naranja y la manzana. Es ideal como bocadillo y se puede agregar fácilmente en varios tipos de yogurt, merengadas, ensaladas, postres y cocteles.

La popular “fruta del pecado” es una de las que debes consumir diariamente porque previene muchas enfermedades por su alto contenido de agua. Aporta vitamina E, conocida por su poder antioxidante. Su tierno caparazón está cargado de pectina, una fibra que protege la mucosa intestinal. Es diurética y se puede ingerir en bebidas, comer antes o después del desayuno. Sirve como la merienda ideal y se puede consumir antes de un entrenamiento de alta intensidad.

La reina de los frutos cítricos está, principalmente, dotada de vitamina C. Es un excelente antigripal y tiene cualidades cicatrizantes. De igual forma, actúa como un buen depurador de la sangre. Su dominio antioxidante actúa contra la aparición de padecimientos como la hipertensión, la sordera, y la pérdida de la visión. Como dato curioso, según investigaciones, favorece a la estimulación del orgasmo.

También llamada ananá. Posee vitaminas A del grupo B y C. Favorece la buena digestión y su contenido de bromelina mejora la circulación y contribuye a la pérdida de peso y alivia la celulitis. El jugo le da un toque especial a las comidas y es excelente para suavizar carnes rojas.

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AÑO NUEVO, HÁBITOS NUEVOS.

Te mostramos una variedad de ingredientes ideales para empezar el 2018 con frescura y color ¿Cómo sabemos si estamos consumiendo las frutas más frescas? Sencillo: los alimentos menos procesados con químicos siempre serán los más beneficios. Por esta razón, es importante conocer los ingredientes de esta temporada para suplir el nivel preciso de vitaminas que necesita tu cuerpo, debido al perfecto momento de cosecha y los procesos naturales de maduración que se verán reflejados en su tamaño, frescura y aroma. ¿Qué comer?

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Sus vitaminas C, E y B12 estimulan el crecimiento del cabello y retrasan la aparición de las canas. Gracias a ella, podrás lucir una piel joven y limpia. De acuerdo con los expertos, disminuye la insulina y contribuye a liberar el azúcar del cuerpo. Con ella, podrás olvidarte del estreñimiento.

Reduce la hipertensión arterial, gracias a sus óptimos niveles de potasio. Es un alimento que forma parte de la dieta para los desórdenes intestinales por su blanda textura. Es la única fruta cruda que se puede comer en casos de úlcera crónica. También neutraliza la hiperacidez y reduce la irritación, ya que recubre las paredes del estómago.

Ingredientes ricos en fibra. Es recomendable ingerirlas en ayuna porque mejora y regula el tránsito intestinal. Posee sustanciales contenidos en hidratos de carbono, convirtiéndose en una gran fuente de energía, ideal para deportistas y atletas de alto rendimiento.

MORA

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Se utiliza para ¿Sabías que posee preparar platos óxido nítrico? dulces, mermeladas, Una molécula licores y vinos. de gas que dilata Gracias a sus y relaja los vasos antioxidantes, sanguineos, protege el corazón reduciendo y evita la la tensión arterial acumulación de y los riesgos de grasas en las paredes enfermedades arteriales. De igual cardíacos. Es baja manera, reduce el en calorías y riesgo de contraer contiene licopeno, arteriosclerosis. La un pigmento natural mora evita problemas que le proporciona de visión gracias a su el color rojo elevado contenido a la pulpa y que en vitamina A. posee diversas Por sus efectos propiedades antiinflamatorios, es terapéuticas. ideal para personas que padecen artritis reumatoidea.

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Buscar ayuda con un especialista en nutrición: evita la improvisación

Cero sedentarismo: no necesitas estar todo el día en un gimnasio para mover tu cuerpo, puedes hacer rutinas cortas de 20 a 30 minutos. Hazlo, al menos, cinco días a la semana.

y no sigas todo el contenido que hay en las redes sociales. Tanta información sofoca y muestra contradicciones. Recuerda: cada cuerpo es diferente y tiene sus propias necesidades.

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las indicaciones del especialista durante el tiempo establecido. Lo ideal es educar tu alimentación.

son progresivos. Evita excederte en ejercicios durante las primeras semanas de entrenamiento, porque tu cuerpo se fatigará y te desanimarás. Tu cuerpo necesita adaptarse al ejercicio continuo.

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Paciencia: los resultados no son inmediatos.

Planifica tus comidas: si trabajas

Esto es un estilo de vida que perdura en el tiempo, por eso, se llama estilo de vida y no dieta.

en horario de oficina, elige uno o dos días para preparar la mayoría de las comidas de tu semana.

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Trufas de proteína Ingredientes 1 taza de mantequilla de maní natural. ¼ taza de proteína de chocolate (puedes sustituirlo por harina de almendras). 1 cucharadita de canela en polvo. Para topping: coco rallado natural y maní triturado natural. Preparación • Mezclar todos los ingredientes hasta obtener una pasta con la que puedas formar bolitas. Luego, pásalas delicadamente por el topping. • Conservar en la nevera. Duran bastante tiempo si están refrigeradas. • Porción recomendada: 2 trufas para niñas y 3 trufas para niños. ENERO / FEBRERO 2018 SPANISH

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HACE NUEVE AÑOS ESTA EMPRENDEDORA DESARROLLÓ UN PROYECTO AL QUE LLAMÓ VERANOSUITE; VERANO EN TRIBUTO AL CLIMA DE SU NATAL VENEZUELA, Y SUITE EN HONOR AL LUGAR DE TRABAJO QUE LE ABRIÓ LAS PUERTAS AL MUNDO DE LA MODA

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Spanish ¿Cómo iniciaste en la industria de la moda? “Hace 11 años trabajé en el departamento de marketing de una empresa y una de las estrategias era realizar eventos. A la oficina siempre llegaban las revistas más importantes de Venezuela y la mayoría de ellas reseñaban marcas reconocidas de diseño y emprendedoras destacadas, entonces, inmediatamente me identifiqué con ese mercado”. “Contacté a esas marcas y les ofrecí eventos publicitarios con toda la estrategia de comunicación y público objetivo (reseñas en prensa, personalidades y locaciones). Esa fue la fórmula perfecta para crear actividades que conectaran al público real con sus marcas preferidas y sus diseñadores”. “Tuve el privilegio de realizar eventos para marcas muy reconocidas a nivel nacional y, a su vez, abrir puertas para que empresas del sector de la belleza y la moda apostaran por publicitarse en estos proyectos”. “Luego de un tiempo me independicé y creé mi propia empresa de eventos en Caracas. Mis clientes eran exclusivamente diseñadores de moda emergentes, marcas famosas y tiendas”. ¿En qué consiste VeranoSuite? “VeranoSuite es una plataforma de moda latinoamericana que nace hace nueve años en Caracas, Venezuela, y su objetivo es impulsar a marcas emergentes a través de eventos en locaciones exclusivas donde se reúnen diseñadores y firmas reconocidas a nivel nacional e internacional. Desde hace cuatro años estamos en Colombia y Estados Unidos”. “Hemos visto que las ferias tienen un formato más fresco, una forma más informal de presentar y vender los productos de las marcas; en cambio en los eventos se disfruta del glamour, los cócteles, la prensa, las personalidades, pero no se puede adquirir artículos”. “Por esta razón nace VeranoSuite, una opción de eventos premium con acceso al público general y

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“Hay muchas personas con talento y con ganas de hacer bien las cosas, que creen en sí mismas pero, por miedo a lo desconocido, no accionan. Mi mejor consejo es: arriésguense”.

donde se puede comprar. El público no solo disfruta de los productos de las marcas, sino también del ambiente de locaciones especiales”. “Actualmente, ampliamos nuestra plataforma con un showroom privado en Bogotá, donde solo se asiste con cita previa. Presentamos marcas de moda y mobiliario, siendo una vitrina donde todos se sentirán como en casa”. VeranoSuite y VeranoSuite Home, ¿cuál es tu favorito? “Ambos son importantes. VeranoSuite en eventos tiene muchos años, y gracias a este proyecto se materializó el showroom privado. Los dos proyectos se complementan muy bien”. ENERO / FEBRERO 2018 SPANISH

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“VeranoSuite es una plataforma de moda latinoamericana que nace hace nueve años en Caracas, Venezuela, y su objetivo es impulsar a marcas emergentes a través de eventos en locaciones exclusivas donde se reúnen diseñadores y firmas reconocidas a nivel nacional e internacional. Desde hace cuatro años estamos en Colombia y Estados Unidos”.

Es fascinante el mundo de los showrooms. ¿Te consideras pionera de este concepto en Venezuela y en Latinoamérica? “No sé si soy pionera de este concepto en Venezuela, pero jamás vi algo así. Siempre veía las ferias o los eventos pero no la mezcla de ambos. Cuando VeranoSuite empezó a mostrar esta idea, vi la iniciativa de otras personas al realizar estos eventos. Sin embargo, cada evento es único y original, lo importante es hacer crecer y destacar la industria de la moda, sobre todo a los emprendedores”. ¿Cuáles han sido los retos más importantes desde que arrancaste VeranoSuite? “La confianza de los clientes para apostar en el proyecto”. ¿Qué debe tener una marca para ser parte de VeranoSuite? “Tres cosas básicas pero indispensables: concepto propio, calidad y buen gusto”. Cuéntanos un sueño que aún te falta por cumplir. “Son muchos los anhelos personales, profesionales y colectivos. Quiero que los humanos practiquemos más empatía entre nosotros mismos, así seremos más útiles para la sociedad, para la naturaleza y para las otras especies”. ¿Qué factores consideras que han sido la clave de tu éxito? “La perseverancia, la buena comunicación de las ideas que quiero proyectar, ser buen vendedor y un toque de originalidad”. ¿Cómo visualizas Verano Suite a corto, mediano y largo plazo? “Recorriendo más países porque en Latinoamérica siempre es el momento de emprender”. ¿Qué consejo le das a los nuevos emprendedores del mundo de la moda? “Hay muchas personas con talento y con ganas de hacer bien las cosas, que creen en sí mismas pero, por miedo a lo desconocido, no accionan. Mi mejor consejo es: arriésguense”. l ENERO / FEBRERO 2018 SPANISH

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EL REY MOMO ES AUTOR DE UN IMPERIO DE ALEGRÍA, DANZA, SENSUALIDAD Y ELEGANCIA. UNA MIXTURA DE CULTURAS QUE SE APODERAN DE LOS CUERPOS QUE RESPONDEN AL SON DE LA SAMBA, EL CALIPSO Y OTRAS MELODÍAS POPULARES DEL

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LOS COLORES IMPERAN POR DOQUIER: EN LOS TRAJES Y EN LOS MILES DE ROSTROS QUE EVOCAN EL BRILLO DE LAS FANTASÍAS DE ENSUEÑO.

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FIORE MIGLIORE | IG @fioremigliore | fioremiglioremakeup@gmail.com FOTOGRAFÍA ABDOLLAH FATHI

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CON SOMBRAS DE COLORES NEUTRALES, UN LÁPIZ DELINEADOR PARA OJOS Y MUCHA

CREA TIVI DAD PODRÁS REALIZAR UN MAQUILLAJE DE FANTASÍA PARA TU FIESTA DE DISFRACES

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ESTILO urbano kPRESENTADO POR ARGENIS GUDIÑO

Damas Reloj Casio BABY-G

Resistente a los golpes, alto confort $ 156,28

www.gangstagroup.com

Calzado Timberland Terciopelo en verde oscuro, suela de goma $ 170.00

www.karmaloop.com

Short BABYSTAFF Alto confort, 80% algodón 20% poliéster $ 29,47

www.gangstagroup.com

Corsé deshilachado y bustiers con correa Cuero sintético con algodón, diseño Overbust Steampunk Corset $ 138.95

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Caballeros Calzado VANS

Parte superior de lona, suela de goma resistente $ 65.00

www.karmaloop.com

Sudadera con capucha

Excelente diseño, diseñada en poliéster y spandex $ 40.00

www.thirdcultureensemble.com

Pantalón Biker

Pantalón de jogging de cremallera, plisado en la parte inferior del pantalón para un estilo moderno 97% algodón 3% elastano $ 58.00

www.karmaloop.com

Camisa

Estampado floral hecha en algodón, poliéster $ 19.99

www.thirdcultureensemble.com

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COLOR

primaveral a tendencia en esta temporada son las pieles naturales y ligeras con toques de luminosidad. Las bases tipo BB cream y los iluminadores son muy utilizados para la primavera, pues ofrecen un aspecto fresco; los polvos sueltos mates son imprescindibles y los polvos ligeros con efecto irisado dan un toque de brillo original.

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COMIENZA UN NUEVO CICLO Y EL RENACER DE LA NATURALEZA SE TRASLADA AL MAQUILLAJE

Para el contorno y las correcciones recurre a las bases de maquillaje más oscuras o sácale provecho a los polvos bronceadores. Los blush mates y satinados en tonalidades rosa, terracota y fucsia serán los más famosos.

– Para maquillajes de primavera son imprescindibles los iluminadores, las cremas de strobing y los polvos bronceadores para crear un efecto sol en el rostro. – Tip importante: usar el iluminador en el puente de la nariz, en la zona superior de los pómulos y en el área exterior del párpado. Aplicar mediante toques suaves.

Tendencias en maquillajes para ojos – Para las sombras elige azul, verde, beige, naranja, rosa y amarillo. Por otro lado, las máscaras de pestañas

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– Sombras satinadas y brillantes en tonos rojizos y cobres. – El delineado se orientará hacía la difuminación en tonos marrones, negros y grises.

– Las sombras con pigmentos en tonos pasteles (agua, verde, amarillo, lavanda y rosa) son muy vintage pero ideales para la temporada. Las máscaras son elementos importantes para la época. Úsalos en colores clásicos como el negro y el marrón oscuro. No descartes las máscaras oscuras (azul, verde, purpura) para crear contraste.

– Color: no hay límites ni en tonos ni texturas. Atrévete con colores atrevidos, especialmente para los ojos. – Las bases ligeras, las cremas hidratantes, los iluminadores y los productos que aportan brillo a la piel van ideal con los tonos bronce.

y los delineadores de color abundarán en turquesa, lila, azul, verde, amarillo y fucsia.

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Labiales en esplendor

Úsalos en variaciones rojas, melocotones, fucsias, naranjas eléctricos y púrpuras, tanto en gloss como en lápiz. Labios en tonos cereza mate o brillante, corales fuerte o pastel. El tono de labial sweet apple y los gloss transparentes en rosa o rojo serán las estrellas. Los tonos frambuesas y rojos oscuros serán un plus. l

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Máscara

Crema de día

Una fórmula balsámica que restaura la suavidad de la piel. Usar como un tratamiento durante la noche o una máscara de limpieza.

Con efecto reconfortante y protección UV. Su exquisita fragancia eleva el espíritu. Aplicar cada mañana como paso 2 de hidratación doble.

$86.65

$110.70

Emulsiones (humectante)

Su acabado es más sedoso. Para piel normal a seca. Aplicar en las mañanas y en las noches según sea necesario después de la loción.

$88.65 Crema de día y noche

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Eliminan las impurezas a base de aceite. Preservan la humedad y recuperan la claridad sin irritar la piel.

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Contorno de ojos

Proporciona hidratación y nutrición para una apariencia juvenil con firmeza y luz. Aplicar mañanas y/o noches después de la emulsión o crema.

$302.25

Loción

Humecta con gran profundidad. Para pieles normales, secas y muy resecas.

$30.77

Hidratantes

Está formulada para iniciar una “reacción en cadena hidra” que promueve la síntesis de ácido hialurónico, asegurando una hidratación abundante y continua desde adentro y una piel más firme.

Purificador

Lavados faciales para todo tipo de piel. Eliminan el sebo, las impurezas y las células muertas, además, preparan la piel para una hidratación doble.

$44.55

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CON 17 AÑOS DE EDAD, ESTA CANTANTE ESPAÑOLA SACUDE A TODA LA INDUSTRIA. SU PARTICIPACIÓN EN EL KICK OFF DEL LATIN BILLBOARD 2017 DEJÓ A TODOS ATÓNITOS. CON SU HIT “TRA” IMPUSO SU NOMBRE EN EL GÉNERO MÁS POPULAR DEL MOMENTO: EL REGGAETÓN

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ara esta joven cantante la música es tan necesaria como el aire. A los 14 años debutó con el sencillo “Can’t start thinking about you” y, para sorpresa de muchos en la industria, logró posicionarse en el Top 40 del chart nacional de España. Ahora, tres años después, firma contrato con Emax y TrueMakers para entrar en el sistema sonoro de Estados Unidos.

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Su tema “Tra” es una sensación. Subió a la casilla 30 del Pop Latin Chart de Billboard, dejando atrás a intérpretes como Calvin Harris, Wisin y Pharrel Williams. El éxito del sencillo ha sido tan sostenido que Casilda se unió con el colombiano Osmar Escobar para grabar el remix, y el video (filmado por Sergio Vizuete) registra más de 200 mil visitas. ENERO / FEBRERO 2018 SPANISH

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Spanish Casilda no lo recuerda claramente, pero su interés por la música comenzó cerca de los siete años de edad. Pero, como ocurre en muchas ocasiones, el interés por las melodías y los ritmos viene de familia. Su bisabuelo italiano fue profesor de música y su padre fue guitarrista en varias bandas, para después dedicarse a la producción musical. De hecho, en 1973 logró un éxito de superventas con el tema “Charly” de Santabárbara, una banda española de rock. Esta madrileña vivió muchos años en Suiza y estudió en Inglaterra. Pero pronto su esencia musical conquistará cada espacio del mundo. En Spanish InFluential estamos honrados y orgullosos de conversar en exclusiva con Casilda, una joven auténtica que llevará la música a nuevas alturas. ¿Qué significa la música para ti? “Lo es todo. Canto todo el día y toco la guitarra o el piano con canciones mías o con éxitos de otros artistas que aprecio”. ¿Cómo defines tu estilo musical? “Me considero una artista pop melódica. Me encantan los sencillos con ritmo, pero siempre con ese toque melódico que me caracteriza”. ¿Quiénes son tus mayores influencias? “Mi cantante favorita es Taylor Swift por varios motivos: calidad de sus canciones (letra y música), imagen y estilo impecable”. Tu exposición musical ha ido en aumento, ¿en qué lugares te has presentado? “Todavía no he cumplido 18 años de edad y mi vida artística ha dado muchas vueltas. Además de cantante he participado como actriz en obras de teatro y en series de televisión. La música me ha dado la oportunidad de visitar lugares como Ginebra, París, Nueva York, Los Ángeles y Miami. Pero donde he sido más activa es en mi ciudad de residencia, Madrid”.

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De momento solo he publicado un tema compuesto por mí: ‘You Danced With Me’, pero tengo otros preparados para futuros trabajos discográficos. Habitualmente compongo en inglés, pues me siento más cómoda redactando los textos en ese idioma


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Aparte de cantante, también eres compositora. “Me encanta componer. De momento solo he publicado un tema compuesto por mí: ‘You Danced With Me’, pero tengo otros preparados para futuros trabajos discográficos. Habitualmente compongo en inglés, pues me siento más cómoda redactando los textos en ese idioma”. Estás incursionando en el reggaetón, pero ¿te gustaría probar otros géneros? “Los artistas debemos ser capaces de desenvolvernos en cualquier género y estoy abierta a cualquier propuesta de mis productores. Con el reggaetón me siento cómoda, aunque si me das a elegir otro tipo de música, me apetecería probar con el dance”. ¿Cómo nació el tema “Tra”? ¿Qué tal la experiencia de grabar el remix con Osmar Escobar? “En abril de 2017 viajé a Los Ángeles para grabar un EP de cinco canciones con los productores Luigie González “Lugo” [quien ha trabajado con Juan Gabriel, Eiza Gonzáez, Janet Jackson y Ricky Martin] y Alejandro Montesinos. Entre esos cinco títulos elegimos ‘Tra’ como el primer sencillo. Varias semanas después de su publicación, surgió la oportunidad de grabar un remix con Osmar Escobar y fue una experiencia muy agradable. Osmar es un artista con mucho talento y no tengo duda de que llegará muy lejos en el mundo de la música”. Desde que lanzaste tu sencillo “Can’t Stop Thinking About You” hasta “Tra”, ¿qué ha cambiado en tu registro musical? “No ha cambiado mucho, sigo siendo la Casilda de siempre. Simplemente he añadido nuevos registros vocales y he madurado como persona y como artista. Tu éxito crece como la espuma, ¿qué significa para ti entrar en el Top 30 del Pop Latin Chart de Billboard? “Es un sueño hecho realidad. De todos modos, hay que trabajar duro para mejorar este resultado y seguir creciendo”. ENERO / FEBRERO 2018 SPANISH

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avier es cubano, pero vive en España. Es fiel a las chaquetas americanas y sus aliados siempre han sido la cámara réflex, el micrófono de solapa, el celular, la tablet y el ordenador. Con este escuadrón de amigos, ha logrado marcar su huella en una industria tan extensa y exigente: la moda.

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abrir una bitácora online para exponer sus retratos, pero descubrió una mejor opción para potenciar su alcance en la red. “Contar experiencias documentadas en fotografías se convirtió en la base del blog”. Y así, con una constancia ejemplar, en 2015 logró obtener el premio Wometrics como mejor blog del futuro en la categoría moda, otorgado por la Academia Wloggers. El galardón se basa en la analítica predictiva. “Desde ese instante comenzó mi trayectoria como bloguero. Intento mantener una línea de trabajo donde se reflejan mis conocimientos e interés profesionales y mi


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afición por la moda”. A parte de sus estudios, fueron las acciones socioculturales en favor del desarrollo educativo de niños, jóvenes y familiares de entornos disfuncionales, lo que lo motivó a convertirse en nómada digital. Ha sido colaborador de Nike, Wlasses, Hobe-Joyas con alma y Panos Emporio. Con más de 4 mil seguidores en sus redes sociales, Javier Alfonso es una figura que con su street syle, su refinado gusto por los viajes y su cortesía se ha ganado un cálido puesto en el universo fashionista. ¿Cuánto tiempo llevas con Alfchoiceluxury? “Llevo cuatro años proponiendo ideas en cada una de las publicaciones con un mensaje que llegue a todos por igual de una manera refrescante e innovadora”. “Este es el desglose del nombre: ‘Alf’ por Alfonso, mi apellido; ‘Choice’ elección, y ‘Luxury’ porque gran parte del contenido que redacto está dirigido al sector del lujo”.

¿Cómo entrelazas la moda y los viajes para que ambos tengan el mismo protagonismo? “Todo depende del destino y la causa del viaje. Por ejemplo, en el turismo vacacional siempre se busca la comodidad en las prendas de vestir, pero sin perder el estilo. Pero si hablamos de desplazamientos por negocios, como a veces sucede, una prenda formal no puede faltar en la maleta. De tal modo, hay que adaptarse al clima, las costumbres y la cultura del lugar, así como a la razón del viaje, buscando siempre las prendas adecuadas para cada lugar y ocasión”. “Otra cuestión cada día más importante, por el negocio que mueve, es el turismo de compras. Esto une claramente la moda y los viajes. Por eso mismo los relaciono a ambos en mi perfil porque muchas personas planifican el destino debido a que las compras son más baratas que en su lugar de origen”.

“Alfchoiceluxury se posiciona como un espacio online que sirve como punto de referencia de los sectores anteriormente mencionados, donde los visitantes encuentran información sobre temas no solo de moda, sino también sobre experiencias personales de los viajes donde descubro mundos, desde mi punto de vista, increíbles”.

¿Cuáles serán las tendencias masculinas en 2018? “El over size, las rayas verticales y experimentar con colores menos comunes en hombres como el amarillo, el rosa y el blanco, incluso en invierno. Abundarán los logos estampados, las texturas plastificadas, la pana, los pantalones con pinzas, la pata de elefante y las chaquetas cruzadas de doble botonadura. Vuelve la riñonera como accesorio”.

“En el blog utilizo todos los recursos de marketing y social media, vinculándolo con todo lo aprendido en fotografía y audiovisuales. Es un espacio de inspiración para cualquier persona, es mi huella digital y el reflejo de cómo visto, pienso, siento y viajo”.

“Llega la normalización en la imagen masculina, y el aire desenfado del movimiento punky, hippie, memoria de los años 70”.

“En resumen, Alf-Choice es el intento de ser punto de referencia en comunicación, ocio, estilos de vida y creatividad”.

¿Qué destinos estarán en boga este año? “La inclusión de la tecnología ayuda en la toma de decisiones mediante la planificación del viaje en modo virtual”.

¿Qué significa para ti la moda? “Siempre que respondo a esta pregunta digo: ‘la moda es efímera; un instante’. Lo que me atrae es su inconstancia provocadora, su manera de ser y reflejar una época. Es lo que cautiva nuestros sentidos y muestra nuestra imagen hacia el exterior. Es un viaje de ida y vuelta en una industria que se reinventa cada día”.

“El turismo de salud, áreas verdes y la experiencia de estar en contacto con la naturaleza es un clásico que seguirá manteniéndose. Entre los más demandados encontramos Andalucía (Málaga, Sevilla), Alemania, Islandia y los países del este como Croacia o Polonia. En Asia van imponiéndose Japón, China y Corea del Sur. La gente viajará para volver a los sitios de infancia y juventud”. ENERO / FEBRERO 2018 SPANISH

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¿Cómo defines tu estilo de vestir? “Mi estilo está entre lo casual y lo formal. En mi armario no debe faltar un buen calzado, las pajaritas y las camisas blancas”.

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¿Qué artistas te inspiran? “Han variado, pero me he vuelto afín al estilo de algunos millennials que se abren paso en el mundo del cine como Timothée Chalamet. Quien hasta ahora no me ha defraudado es David Beckham”. ¿Qué elementos nunca deben faltar en el closet de un caballero? “Dependiendo del contexto se hace una elección en el vestir, pero no debe faltar un traje azul marino (americana solapa de muesca de uno y dos botones), zapatos Derby marrones y Oxford negros. Camisa blanca. Camisetas básicas. Cinturón de piel. Pantalones chinos beige. Tirantes. Corbatas y pajaritas. Pantalón vaquero. ¡Ah! un detalle muy importante: las fragancias son indispensables”. Un consejo invaluable sobre moda masculina. “Lo primero es vestir para ti, haz tú la moda, no seas víctima de lo que se lleva. Sé fiel a tu estilo, en ello radica el éxito para triunfar en cualquier circunstancia y ante los ojos de los demás”. ¿Por qué te consideras un nómada digital? “Mi oficio es copywriting, y mi oficina puede estar hoy en el salón de mi casa, mañana en una cafetería o en una tumbona frente al mar (risas). Pero, me encanta la desvirtualización y la comunicación real, persona a persona”. ¿Algún proyecto nuevo que quieras compartir con Spanish InFluential? “Continuar posicionado mi modelo de negocio llamado AlfsToys, donde diseño productos merchandising con una línea de estampados realizados en técnica digital para impresión textil en camisetas, accesorios y elementos de decoración”. l

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uise marcar este aniversario con lanzamientos inéditos y excepcionales, que rompiesen paradigmas a través de inspiraciones como el arte de Klimt y llevarlo al mundo de la perfumería”. Es la premisa que acompañó al perfumista Kilian Hennessy para crear su nueva y particular colección. Las dos nuevas fragancias juegan con la dualidad: oscuridad y luz, femenino y masculino, modernidad y tradición. Todo este conjunto evoca el concepto del oro en un aroma y se entrelaza con la textura, la sensualidad, el misterio y la extravagancia de las pinturas de Gustav Klimt. La magnífica colección consta de un cofre edición limitada elaborado con hojilla de oro, tallado con delicadeza y que guarda el perfume femenino Woman in gold y para ellos Gold knight. Cada frasco de cristal negro viene firmado en oro por Kilian y, a su vez, atesorado en una escultural e imponente caja esmaltada de madera. Abrir esta caja con espejo interno que refleja la luminosidad, el glamour y la joya que representa este objeto, es una sensual experiencia. Se trata de ofrecer el máximo lujo para cada aspecto de la vida encontrando la elegancia en nuestro día a día. El perfume para ella Woman in gold está inspirado en Adéle Bloch-Bauer, la mecenas de arte vienés pintada en 1907 por Klimt, y expresa un aroma hechizante y lleno de intriga. Por otro lado, Gold knight retrata al caballero de armadura dorada pintado por Klimt en 1902, y contiene la sensualidad del pachulí combinado con la efervescencia de la bergamota, el anís, las cálidas notas de vainilla y miel. El perfumero Pascal Gaurin lo describe como oro líquido que se cuela sobre una oscura y sensual armadura.

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En la búsqueda por evolucionar en el arte y artesanado de la alta perfumería y explorar nuevos ritos para enaltecer una experiencia cotidiana, Kilian presenta su nueva colaboración con el diseñador de joyas parisino Elie Top quien ha diseñado una colección permanente de piezas únicas que encapsulan secretamente los icónicos perfumes By Kilian.

“El verdadero lujo dura para siempre” Kilian Hennessy

Los minuciosos diseños están terminados en oro fino y combinan dos de las pasiones de la mujer: la perfumería y la joyería. Ambos conceptos están terminados con elementos que identifican a la maison como borlas negras de seda o madera laqueada negra. Se definen como amuletos o talismanes de la era moderna en forma de pendientes, anillos, brazaletes y colgantes, y ayudan a utilizar la fragancia a manera de superposición y a cualquier instante del día o la noche.

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Y, como si fuese poco, durante el invierno Kilian Hennessy decidió adentrarse en el mundo de la lencería de la mano de Fleur du Mal, compañía de Jennifer Zuccarini, combinando la estética y la experticia de ambas marcas.

“Hay una cierta intriga e intimidad entre el perfume y la lencería que siempre he querido explorar. Con esta colaboración he podido añadir el elemento de la sensualidad que potencia la experiencia de la intimidad” Kilian Hennessy

Lo sorprendente es que cada pieza de la colección está terminada con un delicado encaje de solstiss francés que contiene microcápsulas impregnadas con la fragancia Love, don’t be shy de Kilian, la favorita de los conocedores y expertos en perfumes y que complementa a la perfección el estilo chic femenino de Fleur du Mal. Una aventura olfativa novedosa que marcará una nueva era en la industria y que nos enseñará nuevos hábitos a la hora de perfumarnos. l

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A pesar de sus raĂ­ces musicales, su apariencia es propia de estos tiempos. Se decantan por tendencias urbanas para crear una interesante sinergia entre lo moderno y lo tradicional.

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EN MUCHAS OCASIONES, LA EDAD FÍSICA NO SE RELACIONA CON LA EDAD ESPIRITUAL. TODO SE CONJUGA EN NUESTRO ESPACIO INTERNO, EN CANALIZAR LAS ENERGÍAS QUE PROYECTAMOS AL EXTERIOR Y REVELAR LA VITALIDAD Y EL ENTUSIASMO QUE VIVE EN NUESTRA HUMANIDAD. SOMOS SERES DE LUZ Y PARA ALCANZAR UN EQUILIBRIO INTEGRAL DEBEMOS ENRIQUECER NUESTRO ESPÍRITU, ALIMENTAR LA MENTE Y EJERCITAR EL CUERPO. TRES ASPECTOS BÁSICOS PARA

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Una conexión espiritual conAlfonso León

levar el nivel de nuestra conciencia, conectarnos con la naturaleza y evolucionar como persona, son algunas de las tareas que tenemos los seres humanos en este plano terrenal desde el punto de vista espiritual. Sin embargo, en ocasiones, se necesita un guía o motivador espiritual para impulsar estos diversos modos de aprendizaje.

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Alfonso León, mejor conocido como Arquitecto de Sueños, es un coaching que no requiere mucha presentación. Su amplia trayectoria en los medios televisivos a nivel internacional han logrado que su entusiasmo traspase fronteras y abra paso a un legado secundado por fieles seguidores hispanos que buscan una conexión especial para encontrar la tranquilidad, el bienestar y la prosperidad. A diario somos expuestos a cargas positivas y negativas, pero está en nuestro ser y percepción, saber descartar o absorber lo bueno y lo malo de los distintos escenarios que vivimos. Alfonso León es una muestra palpable de superación y evolución. Es Arquitecto con mención Cum Laude egresado de la Universidad Santo Tomás de Aquino en su natal Colombia, pero su vida siempre ha estado ligada con el mundo místico canalizando la energía por medio de la astrología, el feng shui, el crecimiento personal y las constelaciones familiares para buscar el balance personal e incentivar a otros a cumplir sus metas.

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¿Qué es realmente la meditación y cómo podemos realizarla? “Es una forma de hacer que la mente se detenga por unos instantes, y de paso a lo que cada uno lleva en su interior. Meditar concede la posibilidad de abrir un espacio dentro de nosotros para estar en completa calma y nos da la llave para tomar contacto con nuestra esencia, con aquello que somos verdaderamente”. “La meditación se puede hacer en cualquier momento, lo importante es buscar un lugar donde podamos conectarnos, en silencio, con la respiración. Hay que sentir, fluir y agradecer para descubrir la energía del Universo que está dentro de nosotros. Debemos conectarnos con los latidos del corazón. Hay que meditar todos los días, al levantarnos o al acostarnos. De esta manera, nos sintonizamos con el presente y liberamos todos los pensamientos que perturban la mente”. ¿Qué hay que hacer para alimentar el espíritu? “Para enriquecer el espíritu hay que hacer un viaje desde la mente hasta el corazón. Debemos descartar los resentimientos y los apegos para empezar a crecer y conectarnos con la fuente más poderosa que tenemos: el amor. En la forma en que damos, recibiremos. Estas acciones nos enlazan con el agradecimiento, la plenitud, la compasión y la felicidad con los demás. A partir de hoy, encontremos la fe en nosotros. La fe, junto a la pasión, es una de las emociones más sólidas a las que el ser humano puede relacionarse. Es un recurso interior que nos permite ir más allá y activar al máximo nuestra espiritualidad. Recuerda: si lo crees, lo creas”.

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El añ o del Perro de Tierra comienza el 16 de febrero de 2018 y culmina el 4 de febrero de 2019. Es un buen período para cambiar de estilo de vida e iniciar nuevos proyectos. Es un año dedicado al amor, al romance, a las relaciones con los amigos y la familia. Hay que moverse hacia adelante, hacer avances

¿Cómo cultivar el éxito? “Para mí, el éxito es la construcción progresiva de nuestros mayores sueños hasta hacerlos realidad. Les obsequio estas siete reglas de oro para tener resultados maravillosos en todo lo que emprendamos: 1. Superar el miedo al fracaso. 2. Creer en uno mismo. 3. No tratar de ser otra persona. Ser auténtico. 4. Los errores sirven para aprender. 5. Por muy mal que estén las cosas, siempre hay una salida. 6. Trabajar todos los días para conseguir las metas. 7. Realizar todo con pasión”. La familia es el pilar fundamental de la cultura latina, y esto genera arraigos físicos y emocionales. ¿Cómo trabajar el desapego sin afectar la armonía? “Los latinos somos muy apegados emocionalmente, y esto nos limita para ser libres sanamente en nuestros propósitos y sueños. Honrar la historia y las vivencias buenas y malas de nuestro entorno familiar, es la clave para soltar los hilos sistémicos desde el amor, reconociendo mentalmente el valor de cada uno de nuestros familiares”. “Cada vez que veas a toda tu familia, puedes decir esta resolución para desligar cualquier interferencia energética: ‘Mamá, papá (o familiar) te amo, te agradezco, te honro, y te pido apoyo para hacerlo diferente’. Dilo las veces que sean necesarias para tener la fuerza de soltar esos lazos y fluir en armonía en tu propio espacio de vida”. El 2017 estuvo marcado por fuertes acontecimientos naturales y terroristas. ¿Qué está sucediendo con la humanidad para que estos eventos sucedan con frecuencia? “Vivimos tiempos de grandes transformaciones y cambios energéticos cruciales. La humanidad no ha aprendido su lección, pero eso vemos estos fatales acontecimientos y que seguirán con más fuerza en 2018. ¡El planeta grita! Son pocos quienes toman consciencia de estos cambios”. “Como Maestro de Luz invito a despertar a quien lea estas líneas. Conéctate con tu propia luz. Todos somos energía y hay que distribuirla en nuestro entorno. ENERO / FEBRERO 2018 SPANISH

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Spanish La Madre Tierra requiere amor y todas las personas que observas buscan amor. ‘Solo el amor saca lo que no es amor’. Esta será nuestra gran conexión como humanidad para seguir evolucionando y disipar las sombras que habitan en nuestro mundo”. De los fracasos también se aprende. ¿Cómo conviertes un momento difícil en una oportunidad para crecer? “Para mí no existen los fracasos. En mi camino, siempre observo lo bueno y lo malo como un constante aprendizaje. Todo está en la actitud como enfrentamos cada reto. El cambio me permite fluir y transformarme, y más en estos tiempos donde no podemos apegarnos a nada”. “Las adversidades son mis fortalezas; con ellas encuentro nuevas soluciones y me ayudan a salir de mi colchón de comodidad. Siempre agradezco todo lo que me ocurre, así entro en sintonía con lo que soy para no interpretar un papel de víctima, todo lo contrario, expando mis virtudes y tomo decisiones que me generan tranquilidad y acciones para no quedarme quieto”. Con el uso de la tecnología muchas personas usan los emojis de las aplicaciones para demostrar un gesto de amor. ¿Hacia dónde vamos como seres humanos? ¿Dónde queda el contacto real? “La humanidad está en constante evolución y las tecnologías van de nuestra mano. Cada día nos conectamos más con representaciones como los emojis. Ahora estamos interactuando de una forma más virtual, le damos más fuerza a la información digital. Ejemplo de esto lo encontramos en el nuevo iPhone X, donde transforma nuestro rostro en un emoji o en un dibujo 3D que imita nuestras expresiones”. “Utilizo emojis para expresarme con mis seguidores en las redes sociales y con mis contactos en WhatsApp, pero invito a no dejar de expresar esos mismos símbolos de afecto con las personas reales. Ahí está la clave, cuidado con vivir dos realidades: la digital y la real. La tecnología debe sumar, no restar emociones. El gran reto para las nuevas generaciones es demostrar sus sentimientos de una forma real y genuina”.

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Spanish Desde un punto general, Latinoamérica se ha caracterizado por sufrir una inestabilidad emocional, económica y política. ¿Es parte de un karma? “Es similar a un karma colectivo. La corrupción, la mentira, las injusticias sociales y las desigualdades económicas han contaminado esta región. En naciones desarrolladas, les llevó siglos transformar sus energías y aprender diversas lecciones, pero el pueblo latino tiene mucho por aprender y evolucionar para luego renacer y dejar atrás estas tierras impuras y dañadas energéticamente. Latinoamérica seguirá repitiendo estos errores hasta que logre despertar, evolucionar, transformar y educar a las nuevas generaciones”. “Hemos sufrido porque como sociedad, hemos elegido mal a nuestros líderes. El origen de nuestras malas acciones, son reflejo de nuestras perturbaciones mentales como el odio, el apego y la ignorancia”. “La responsabilidad comienza en casa y cuando la asumamos, veremos una verdadera formación emocional, sanaremos el pasado y reconoceremos la verdadera prosperidad que tenemos. Solo en ese momento construiremos un continente equilibrado”. Dos palabras claves para cada signo en este 2018 Aries: aprendizaje, pruebas. Tauro: transformación, apertura. Géminis: evolución, renacimiento. Cáncer: avance, progreso. Leo: orden, prudencia. Virgo: éxito, reconocimiento. Libra: sanación, pruebas. Escorpio: suerte, expansión. Sagitario: liberación, claridad. Capricornio: estabilidad. Acuario: cambios, riesgos. Piscis: prosperidad, abundancia. Según el calendario chino, el 2018 es el año del Perro de Tierra. ¿Qué nos depara? “El año del Perro de Tierra comienza el 16 de febrero de 2018 y culmina el 4 de febrero de 2019. Es un buen

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período para cambiar de estilo de vida e iniciar nuevos proyectos. Es un año dedicado al amor, al romance, a las relaciones con los amigos y la familia. Hay que moverse hacia adelante, hacer avances”. “Es un año donde los negocios tendrán riesgos. Todos los proyectos que se concibieron con fuerza en el año del Gallo, en este año del Perro comenzarán a dar sus frutos. Debemos abrazar lo innovador y no mirar atrás”. ¿Qué proyectos profesionales nos puedes adelantar para este 2018? “Estoy trabajando en grandes proyectos desde México que irán a toda Hispanoamérica. Firmé con Porrúa, la editorial mexicana más grande. Ellos editaron mi agenda 2018 y también publicarán mi línea de libros para todo el continente”. “Continuaré desarrollando mis plataformas digitales, especialmente mi canal de YouTube AlfonsoLeonTV, que cada día crece a nivel mundial. Realizaré conferencias durante una gran gira en México y próximamente les traeré sorpresas por televisión. Por ahora, sigo con mi nueva casa televisiva mexicana, ImagenTV donde manejo varias secciones”. l ENERO / FEBRERO 2018 SPANISH

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En Spanish InFluential nos sentimos complacidos en conversar con Badillo, quien cálidamente nos revela detalles sobre su vida y nos comenta sus secretos para mantenerse saludable. Póngase cómodo, querido lector, seguramente después de esta entrevista, dará un paso para tener una vida sana donde los excesos no son bienvenidos. Usualmente, los fans buscan seguir los pasos y consejos de sus ídolos. ¿Qué debe aportar un influencer a sus seguidores? “Es muy importante proporcionar información verificada, responsable y confiable. El contenido debe ofrecer algo importante para las personas que, por alguna razón, me siguen”.

ayudado a lograr una vida llena de salud, bienestar, felicidad y equilibrio”. ¿Cómo conectas tu espíritu con Dios y el Universo? “Cuando estoy sola es realmente cuando pienso más en mí. Me conecto a través de la meditación, de música relajante, cuando veo el amanecer, el atardecer. Esas son mis maneras de vincularme y, por supuesto, a través del agradecimiento diario”. Muchas personas confunden una vida saludable con regímenes dietéticos. ¿Podrías explicarnos cuáles son las diferencias? “Uno de mis deseos es cambiar la mentalidad de aquellos que piensan que ser saludable es vivir en dietas constantes. Una vida sana es un estilo de vida, es aprender a educar nuestra alimentación. Cuando nos sentimos bien, irradiamos brillo, estabilidad y energías positivas. Aunque no lo parezca, todo comienza en el estómago. Si nos alimentamos correctamente, nos sentiremos plenos, tendremos mejores ideas y eso es lo que proyectaremos. Todo se basa en aprender a querernos y conectarnos con los alimentos que consumimos”.

¿Cómo logras mantener el equilibrio sin que niguno de tus proyectos profesionales se imponga en tu vida emocional? “Es un asunto de organización, si nos planificamos de manera adecuada, haciendo un verdadero equipo con nuestra pareja, todo fluye correctamente. Siempre he dicho que la vida es cuestión de equilibrio: un poco para la familia y un poco para ti. Por supuesto, dentro de la familia incluyes a tus hijos con los que debes compartir no necesariamente cantidad, sino tiempo de calidad”.

¿Cuáles son los productos que nunca deberían faltar en nuestra despensa y refrigerador? “Proteínas vegetales como las semillas de hemp y la chía para los batidos. Proteína animal como el salmón, pavo o pollo. Vegetales esenciales: espinaca, tomate, zanahoria, rábanos y aguacate”.

¿Cómo te beneficia el yoga? “El yoga ha cambiado mi vida. Inicié a practicarlo hace seis años en Venezuela, antes de tener a mi hijo Alex. Esta disciplina ha aliviado mis dolores de espalda, porque tengo doble escoliosis y una rectificacion en la cervical. Desde el bienestar interno y personal, el yoga me inició en el Wellness, conjuntamente con el desarrollo de mi zona holística. Todo esto me ha

“Estos alimentos aportan vitaminas, minerales, ácidos grasos y proteínas. Los carbohidratos de calidad no influyen en el índice glicémico. En caso de no ingerir yogurt, la kombucha es un té fermentado que ofrece probióticos para mantener el estómago sano; la ingiero dos veces al día. Por su parte, el agua de Jamaica funciona como diurético y mantiene estable los niveles de glucosa en la sangre”.

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Nuestro cuerpo cambia y el organismo también. Por ejemplo, un día somos tolerante a la lactosa y al otro día no.

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¿Cuál es el mito más frecuente que has escuchado en torno a la alimentación? “El caso de los huevos. Para mí es uno de los alimentos más completos de la naturaleza y muchas personas le temen por el mito de que suben el colesterol, y estudios han demostrado que es totalmente falso, uno puedo comerse tanto la yema como la clara. De hecho, la amarilla tiene la mayor cantidad de nutrientes y la clara posee más proteínas. El asunto está en el registro calórico: la clara sola representa menos calorías que consumir un huevo completo. Ingerir este alimento es beneficioso por su composición, además, es asequible. En mi caso, me gusta comer el huevo completo y cuando hago omelet utilizo solo la clara”. En ocasiones, los niños son los más reacios en consumir vegetales. ¿Cómo cambiar este hábito? “Los niños no consumen vegetales porque no ven a sus padres haciéndolo. Los pequeños son reflejo de lo que hay en casa. Si ellos ven a sus padres comiendo golosinas, entonces adoptarán esos hábitos”. “Si los adultos comen más frutas y vegetales, los niños poco a poco comenzarán a entender que son alimentos orgánicos y naturales, entonces, formarán parte de su dieta”.

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“En mi caso se ha hecho fácil, pues le he dado a mi hijo de tres años lo que a él le gusta. Tampoco podemos pretender que un niño pequeño se coma una ensalada, sin embargo, podemos iniciar dándole brócoli con un toque de sal, limón o aceite de oliva”. “En este caso, el consejo es para los padres. Deben hacer cambios en su estilo de vida y colocar alimentos saludables en el refrigerador”. Nuestro cuerpo necesita de todo un poco, sin excesos. ¿Cómo y cuándo podemos permitirnos una “comida trampa” sin que se convierta en un cargo de concienca? “Sí, estoy de acuerdo. Nuestro cuerpo cambia y el organismo también. Por ejemplo, un día somos

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tolerante a la lactosa y al otro día no. Lo importante es que el 85 % de la alimentación sea sana: proteínas de calidad, frutas y vegetales. Hay que evitar las frituras y los excesos de grasas”. “Generalmente durante los fines de semana podemos darnos nuestros gustos, siempre y cuando no estemos en un plan para adelgazar. Si ese es el caso, lo ideal es estar apegado a ese propósito, una vez logrado el objetivo se crea un plan de mantenimiento y luego podemos salirnos un poco de la rutina”. “La felicidad está en lo que le brindemos a nuestro cuerpo, si él de vez en cuando te pide un plato de pasta, una pizza o una hamburguesa, entonces hazlo, date el gusto sin remordimiento”. l


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Desayuno: agua tibia con limón en ayunas, luego espero 15 minutos y como una tostada de pan Ezequiel o arepa bien finita tostada con aguacate encima, sal del himalaya y un toque de aceite oliva. 1 huevo. Puedes complementar el desayuno con un jugo verde mezclado con espinacas, agua de coco, 1 rodaja de piña, 1/2 palito de celery, 1/4 de pepino, 1 cucharada de proteína vegetal (chía) y 1 cucharadita de adaptogenos naturales para regular el organismo.

Almuerzo: 2 cucharadas de quinoa / arroz integral o 3 rodajas gruesas de batata dulce al horno, acompañadas de 3 albóndigas de pavo y 2 palmas de ensalada verde con todos los vegetales que quieras. El aderezo es dulce: aceite de oliva, miel, mostaza dijon, vinagre balsámico, pizca de sal y pimienta.

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DURANTE 35 AÑOS HE SIDO –O FUI– TRABAJOADICTA. SI BIEN, LA BÚSQUEDA DE UN NOMBRE, UN ESPACIO PROPIO Y UN RECONOCIMIENTO ME LLEVARON A CONQUISTAR MUCHAS METAS PROFESIONALES, TANTO EN LIBROS, PERIÓDICOS, REVISTAS, RADIO Y TELEVISIÓN, UN DÍA TERMINÉ EN EL HOSPITAL POR EL CONSTANTE ESTRÉS QUE VIVÍA

pesar de mis éxitos, el estado de estrés constante nunca me hacía sentir del todo satisfecha. Pablo, mi esposo, se sentía abandonado y con mis amigas perdí mucho contacto, nunca tenía tiempo para ellas. Trabajar era lo más importante.

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En los días que estuve en el hospital, me di cuenta de que, por más logros que tuviera, no valía la pena vivir de esa manera. Así que comencé la búsqueda de una vida más balanceada, más serena a través del crecimiento interior. Desde entonces –hace quince años– me dediqué a estudiar todo lo relacionado con el alma, con el ser y tomé cuanto curso, seminario y taller; viajé por todos lados para aprender directo de los maestros y he leído muchos libros relacionados con el tema. En ese camino me encontré con un gran conocimiento del ser basado en la ciencia, y cambió mi vida por completo: La inteligencia del corazón. Esta razón es la base de mi reciente libro Los 15 secretos para rejuvenecer donde la premisa es que nos fortalecemos de adentro

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Spanish hacia fuera y no al revés como nos han hecho creer. No son los productos, ni el jugo verde lo que finalmente importa un bienestar total, es la armonía interior que vivimos reflejada en todo lo que hacemos. Estoy convencida –por qué lo he vivido– que hay que ir hasta el fondo de las cosas para arreglarlas, de la misma manera como resolverías unas grietas en las paredes de tu hogar. Ese fondo en nuestro cuerpo son las células. Y gracias al descubrimiento de la doctora Elizabeth Blackburn, quien ganó junto con su equipo de la Universidad de San Francisco, California, el premio Nobel 2009, que descifró lo hay en las puntas de la doble hélice que contiene nuestro DNA: los telómeros. Dichos telómeros los podemos comparar con las puntas de las agujetas de los zapatos. Estas enzimas se acortan o se alargan de acuerdo con nuestro estilo de vida. La epigenética ha demostrado que los genes solo nos afectan en un 25 %, mientras que el estilo de vida cubre el otro 75 %. Me parece maravilloso porque nos hace cocreadores de nuestra vida y no víctimas de nuestra herencia genética. En Los 15 secretos para rejuvenecer investigué todo lo que fortifica a los telómeros, que se refleja no solo en nuestro físico, sino en nuestro estado mental y emocional. Hay que valorar y aprovechar las cosas sencillas, como el agradecimiento, vigilar nuestras creencias, procurar el placer y otros tantos secretos que, al tenerlos en las narices, no les sacamos el máximo beneficio. Hoy, después de 15 años de haber estado en el hospital, puedo decir que amo mi vida, la relación con mi esposo después de 45 años de casados es más sólida y profunda que nunca, duermo de maravilla, me fascina lo que hago, tengo tiempo para mí misma, para verdaderamente “estar”, y me siento más sana y serena que nunca. Mi deseo es que muchas personas puedan decir lo mismo y eso es lo que me motivó a escribir Los 15 secretos para rejuvenecer. Un abrazo, Gaby. l

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FUERZA, TENSIÓN, SUDOR…

SON MUESTRAS PALPABLES DE UN CUERPO EN MOVIMIENTO. LA ENERGÍA Y LA ADRENALINA RECORRE CADA PARTE DE TU SER PARA ALCANZAR ÓPTIMAS CONDICIONES FÍSICAS.

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a cantidad de calorías que se queman por sesión, más la capacidad cardiopulmonar que se desarrolla, aumentaron mi entusiasmo en cada clase. Luego, invertí en unos zapatos con ganchos, un cobertor de gel para el asiento, shorts de ciclismo, un monitor cardíaco y un sin fin de artículos que aderezan la experiencia y me hacen sentir como todo un experto.

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Francia, una instructora de la que me hice fan por la música que colocaba para armonizar la clase, me dijo un día que yo había alcanzado un nivel donde no estaba para recibir clases, sino para impartirlas. En aquel momento un equipo autorizado en firmar certificaciones

de spinning, nombre que recibe un programa de entrenamiento de la casa Mad Dogg Athletics creado por el ciclista profesional Jonnhy G., hacían frecuentes visitas a Caracas para certificar a nuevos instructores para aumentar la comunidad de spinners que estaba creciendo alrededor del mundo. Luego de un domingo teórico/práctico, me convertí en Instructor Certificado de Spinning y el próximo paso era dar clases. Comencé como suplente y no podía creer que luego de llevar una vida sedentaria ahora era entrenador, con 30 kilos menos y una emoción tremenda por hacer ejercicio y que me pagaran por ello.

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Spanish Otros trabajos ocuparon mi tiempo, pero siempre mantuve una clase semanal en Caracas, era cada jueves a las 7:00 a. m. en el salón de spinning del Club Social Deportivo Hebraica. Actualmente vivo en Miami y la historia se repite. Cerca de mi casa inauguraron el Speed House Studio, un espacio boutique de indoor cycling. Primero me recibieron como cliente y ahora soy instructor. Los entrenadores me dijeron que rodaba muy bien y que debería considerar impartir alguna clase. Fue un déjà vu… obviamente mi respuesta fue positiva e inmediata. Más allá de un hobbie y una pasión que complementa mi oficio de animador, las ventajas de este ejercicio aeróbico individual, pero que se ejecuta en grupo, me hacen drenar y dejar todo sobre la bicicleta. Subidas, bajadas, carreras, saltos y transiciones entre las posiciones 1, 2 y 3… todo transcurre al son de la música que me motiva a pedalear como si se tratara del Tour de Francia. Quienes han rodado conmigo saben que amo los remixes y los temas comerciales. Siempre invito alguna persona o new rider a que pruebe esta disciplina en estas instalaciones y, generalmente, se apegan a este ejercicio que ayuda a quemar cerca de 700 calorías por sesión. El sudor ofrece una satisfacción de ligereza y détox que solo conocen aquellos que dejan todo en una buena sesión de ejercicio cardiovascular que, además de liberar estrés, mantiene el corazón y los pulmones a tono, la sangre circulando, el cerebro coordinando cada movimiento, un metabolismo acelerado y una calidad de vida que prolonga la salud y el bienestar. Por eso y mucho más, he aflojado la corbata por un short de licra y, momentáneamente, cambio el micrófono de mano por un headset. Al fin y al cabo, animo a mi clase y combino dos grandes pasiones en un mismo salón. l

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Spanish ES LA CAPITAL DE LA PROVINCIA DE YUNNAN EN CHINA. SU BELLEZA Y LA ESPECTACULARIDAD DE OTROS ATRACTIVOS NATURALES E HISTÓRICOS SON NARRADOS AL LECTOR A TRAVÉS DE LA VIDA Y LOS SECRETOS DE UN ENTRAÑABLE PERSONAJE LITERARIO: ANITA CHANG

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Has sentido alguna vez la sensación de estar en un lugar que nunca has visitado? ¿Déjà vu? ¿Sueño? ¿La experiencia de una vida pasada que revivimos en algún instante? Cada quien le da su propio significado. Pero en mi caso fue una aventura diferente.

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Sin esperarlo, mi querida Anita Chang me ha llevado a vivir y conocer los lugares más espectaculares y exóticos que he podido imaginar, todo gracias a que me develó sus secretos; pero no de una manera premeditada… La vida ha tenido que hacerlo por ella.


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Anita Chang es una figura de Cuando el mundo gira entorno a un sueño, una novela que escribí en 2007 bajo el sello Libros en red. A través de su historia, me dediqué como escritor a investigar y sentir el aire, el clima y las atracciones de China. Acompáñenme a descubrir las aventuras de este país, por medio de la vida de este entrañable personaje. Anita, alegre y de largo cabello negro, sale a los 16 años de vivir en un humilde Hutong (barrio humilde) de Beijing, enamorada accidentalmente de Zheng, joven líder de la liga juvenil comunista de China, a quien han transferido a la ciudad de Lijiang para organizar a la juventud y a la

población de la etnia Naxi con la ideología comunista. Para no separarse, Zheng le pide matrimonio a Anita. Ella acepta y seguidamente sus padres le dan su bendición para que, a los pocos días de la unión, se traslade con él en un tren, marcando no solamente un cambio de hábitat, sino el cambio notorio y mental de una joven adolescente a una mujer casada. Anita nos narra su primera impresión al llegar a la ciudad de Lijiang cuando abordaron un rickshaw que los llevó de la estacion al centro de la urbe. “... mientras se adentraban por las calles antiguas con piedras provenientes de cinco flores que las hacían limpias en días de lluvia, sin presencia de lodo, secas y sin polvo al estar ante el sol. Anita se emocionó al contemplar las hermosas casas construidas con ladrillos y madera. Sin embargo, lo que más le cautivó fue la cantidad de

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Spanish canales y puentes por los cuales discurrirían las aguas del río Lijiang mientras su sonido producía un susurro encantador a sus oídos. Anita sonreía con la alegría cotidiana de la ciudad y como los niños corrían sobre los puentes, mientras los adultos caminaban y trabajaban por sus angostas callecitas. Zheng entró solo a la casa del comité y Anita esperó tranquilamente afuera”. Con esta descripción, sobra mencionar la belleza y alegría de Lijiang. El ritmo y movimiento de sus habitantes le recordaba a Anita el bullicio de la gente de su querido Beijing. Lamentablemente, Anita y Zheng son trasladados por órdenes del comité a vivir en una casa a las afueras de la ciudad para aplicar el estudio comunista a las poblaciones rurales y a la etnia Naxi. El hogar está cerca de la espectacular Montaña Nevada del Dragón de Jade, y así lo cuenta Anita: “... había cuarenta y cinco minutos entre la ciudad y nuestra casa que estaba rodeada de una hermosísima naturaleza donde la Montana Nevada del Dragón de Jade reinaba majestuosamente y mantenía su protagonismo. Zheng me dijo que la tranquilidad del lugar sería perfecta para ambos. De esa manera empezamos a vivir en Lijiang”. Anita se quedaba sola en la cabaña mientras Zheng trabajaba para el comité. Las horas se volvían eternas hasta su llegada. Ella pensaba en compartir con Zheng durante las horas finales del día, aunque internamente sufría por el cambio radical de vida, la ausencia de sus padres y sin Sun Yin, su amiga de la infancia. Con el tiempo, Anita experimentó fiebre alta, mareos y cambios anímicos, y después de un chequeo médico se confirmó su embarazo. Para no dejarla sola durante el día, Zheng buscó consejos en el comité para que le recomendaran a una persona que atienda a su mujer y la ayude con los oficios del hogar; de esa manera llega Wenyi. Zheng desconocía que esta mujer era de la etnia Naxi, pero ella se convirtió en una bendición para Anita. Más adelante conocería las costumbres diferentes y liberales de esta población, y ese estigma que sentía su esposo y el comité ante esta etnia.

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Un día, Wenyi invitó a Anita a su hogar en la villa Naxi de Yuhu. Así es nuestro tercer destino: “... a medida que la carreta avanzaba, la Montana del Dragón de Jade se agigantaba por estar más cerca de la villa en comparación a la ubicación de su casa. Al entrar en Yuhu y contemplar la arquitectura, Wenyi le comentó a Anita que las casas estaban hechas con una piedra llamaba ‘cabeza de mono’ que se lograba uniendo piedras con barro para que las viviendas lucieran una belleza natural al reflejarse sobre ellas la imagen de la Montana Nevada del Dragón de Jade. El chirrido de las ruedas de la carreta no silenciaba el sonido de los pobladores adultos que iban encontrándose a su paso. Las originales casas y el entorno natural fascinaron a Anita”. Zheng cambió paulatinamente. Su ambición y la rivalidad que sentía con Lifeng Qian, figura del comité, eran los obstáculos para alcanzar un puesto en el comité central de la liga de jóvenes comunistas en Beijing y que sería ocupado en cualquier instante. La ira, la rabia y los celos fueron lastimando su comportamiento. Anita le temía y muchas noches simulaba dormir. Estaba desamparada, solo la sostenía el amor a su hija Xia y el apoyo de Wenyi. Un día, accidentalmente por una fiebre de Xia, Wenyi lleva a Anita a Lijiang para buscar un médico y, a su vez, alertar a su esposo. Encontraron a Zheng con otras mujeres y él reflejaba la indignación de que alguien del comité lo


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Tras la protección de Wenyi y su familia, Anita se enterará de una noticia clave para condicionar su vida y la de su hija Xia. Esto hace que se esconda en la villa Yuhu, porque no podía ser vista por la gente del comité debido a los actos de Zheng y tampoco podía regresar a Beijing por la noticia que cambiaría todo. Para tal fin, Wenyi y Anita crearon un plan que involucraba el estatus pudiente y comercial de la familia Hu.

viera con su mujer. Ella era una campesina y no la mujer sofisticada que buscaba para el puesto que ansiaba. En ese instante, no le importó la enfermedad de su hija que, como no era varón, le causó indiferencia. Además, Wenyi llevaba puesto su ropaje étnico Naxi y Zheng, lleno de rabia, la despidió de forma rotunda. Anita se encontraba sola. Una noche, la Montaña del Dragón Nevado de Jade trajo nieve y vientos huracanados, sacudieron las ventanas y las puertas de la casa, sin embargo no opacaron el violento portazo de Zheng, que llegó embriagado y en busca de su arma. Su ira dejó sin explicación a Anita. La soledad, el terror, el miedo y el suspenso la embargaron en esa noche tormentosa. Wenyi visitó a Anita en la madrugada y su presencia le confirmó una desgracia. El motivo fue porque el comité central debía escoger un líder entre Zheng Wuon Li y Lifeng Qian para el puesto en Beijing. El resultado desencadenó la tragedia en el bosque de piedras (nuestro cuarto destino). “... le llaman bosque de piedras porque en vez de estar repleto por grandes árboles, estaba rodeado por inmensas formaciones rocosas siendo, en este caso, un laberinto mortal y gris para el fatídico asesinato...”.

El lugar donde se haría el encuentro que beneficiaría a ambas partes era el pabellón que abraza la luna en el estanque Heilongtan (estanque del dragón negro) en Yuquan Park (parque de primavera de jade) ubicado a los pies de la Montana Elefante. La pagoda, el puente y el hermoso lago confirman el espectáculo visual de este lugar; así se narra el episodio. “… lo recuerdo tan claramente que parece que huelo el aroma de las aguas del estanque y las montañas circundantes, donde la Montana del Dragón de Jade se volvía a presentar ante mí pero de una forma más clara y despejada, tanto en su presencia como en su reflejo en las aguas del estanque […] en un borde del estanque del dragón negro, Wenyi y yo divisamos la presencia del señor Tian Hu y su criada de confianza, a los pies del hermoso pabellón que abraza la luna, donde solo nos separaba un bello puente de mármol blanco…”. Anita Chang continúa narrando el desenlace de su secreto a Alina de Levy. Para este momento, nuestra simpática amiga asiática tiene 40 años de edad y luce el pelo corto. Su bondad, ternura y carisma conviven en su doloroso pasado, pero con la premisa de superarlo y darle una oportunidad al futuro con la ayuda de la familia israelí… los Levy. Nosotros, en cambio, hemos conocido, gracias a Anita Chang, el destino exótico y mágico de Lijiang y otros lugares espectaculares de la provincia de Yunnan. Me gustaría visitar estos lugares y que ustedes también puedan hacerlo… Lijiang, quizá te conozca en un futuro, por ahora, en unas pocas palabras te digo… xiexie xièxie (gracias). l ENERO / FEBRERO 2018 SPANISH

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Spanish a prestigiosa cadena LD Hoteles abre las puertas de un nuevo espacio bautizado como LD Plus Palm Beach, una confortable opción para disfrutar en familia acompañados por el sol y la brisa de la Isla de Margarita, en el estado Nueva Esparta, Venezuela.

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estás fallando. Todo tiene que estar conjugado. El calor humano inclina la balanza a tu favor, por eso en LD Hoteles apostamos por nuestros empleados, porque ellos han entendido lo que deseamos lograr. Cuando unificas todos estos factores, creas un producto exitoso”, comenta Luis D’Amico, presidente del grupo hotelero.

El hotel ofrece la modalidad todo incluido y brinda al turista local e internacional un hospedaje ceñido a los más altos cánones contemporáneos de la hotelería. El edificio está ubicado cerca de Playa El Agua, el incentivo turístico más famoso de La perla del Caribe.

Dentro de las comodidades del complejo, destacan las piscinas y los jacuzzis privados. La propuesta gastronómica es amplia y diversa, comparada con la calidad de un barco crucero, donde los sabores regionales se potencian con técnicas internacionales. Imperdible visitar la Terraza Lounge Bar y brindar con su variedad de cócteles y bebidas, además, la música en vivo suma una energía muy especial. Por otro lado, el personal ha recibido entrenamiento exhaustivo y de calidad para que el huésped siempre tenga ganas de regresar.

“La locación es muy importante, sin embargo, aprendí que en la hotelería, como en cualquier empresa de servicio, lo que determina el éxito es la atención al público. Puedes tener una hermosa estructura y una ubicación privilegiada, pero si no enamoras al huésped,

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LD Plus Palm Beach tiene 128 habitaciones equipadas para satisfacer los gustos de los huéspedes con camas doble queen o king, aire acondicionado, wifi, caja de seguridad, secador de cabello, televisor pantalla plana, minibar y una panorámica vista al mar. Por otro lado, el hotel goza de su propio servicio de taxis 24 horas. Este complejo fue creado para inspirar, por eso su eslogan “Creerás en los sueños” se traduce en una experiencia inolvidable. “Buscamos consolidar lo que tenemos a través de motivar a otros. Estamos investigando otras locaciones en Venezuela con parajes especiales como una playa hermosa o una vista a la montaña, incluso alrededor de la ciudad. Nuestro eslogan es nuestra apuesta. Creemos que podemos llegar más allá de nuestras fronteras y llevar este proyecto a otros mares, porque soñar no cuesta nada”, afirma D’Amico. La experiencia ya está disponible, solo hace falta tomar la maleta, vestirse de entusiasmo y viajar a Margarita para vivir momentos sin precedentes. l

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ESTOY MUY INFLUENCIADA POR ARTISTAS COMO IS SHE HUNGRY Y RYAN BURKE. TAMBIÉN TENGO LA SUERTE DE VIVIR Y TRABAJAR EN IBIZA, UNA ISLA EXTREMADAMENTE CREATIVA Y MÁGICA.

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l mundo a mí alrededor me brinda texturas y colores particulares. A menudo, me encuentro con un objeto que me parece interesante por su textura, color o material, y me lleva a crear un maquillaje inspirado en él.

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Trabajo en mi propia cara porque siento que es un lienzo familiar y experimento mucho antes de llegar al diseño final. Suelo pasar mucho tiempo explorando mercados vintage y tiendas de artesanía en busca de elementos o pinturas cautivadoras para llevarlas a mi casa y jugar con ellas. Me siento frente al espejo con todos los materiales y una idea aproximada de cómo quiero ver el maquillaje final, sin embargo, rara vez terminan como las pensé. Juego con el posicionamiento de los colores y agrego muchas capas hasta que siento que he creado algo hermoso y digno de fotografiar. l

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Aplicación de papel estampado y cuentas doradas.

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de Bjork. El artista James T. Merry la intérprete y luego con ayuda mbre de cobre y dos perillas de oro e asentara sobre mi maquillaje.

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Para este look fabriqué picos con diferentes papeles de embalaje, también usé monedas de oro para agregar brillo.

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Maquillaje aplicando contorno de una hoja de pegatinas circulares para bloquear las áreas de mi cara y luego pinté sobre ellas, delineando la piel sin pintar debajo.

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Tiene una apariencia de neón para ser fotografiado bajo luz UV, finas tiras y brazaletes UV, bloqueando ciertas características con pintura negra.

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Maquillaje para Halloween 2017. Aplicaciones de increíbles gemas y perlas de la compañía In Your Dreams que corté y coloqué en capas alrededor de mi cara para crear un esqueleto. También encontré un papel holográfico que enrollé en espigas de diferentes tamaños y pegué a mi cara.

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us ojos vieron la luz en la isla de Cuba. Yuniel Delgado es un artista que da rienda suelta a su trabajo. En él no existen las cohibiciones. Sus utensilios de trabajo se fusionan con sus movimientos sin temor alguno, creando una atmósfera donde la música es una fiel acompañante.

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Delgado es la muestra de un espíritu irreverente que busca abrirse paso con su propio estilo y concepto. Cuando está en su fase creativa, lo invade una gran energía que lo lleva a explorar parajes entre el pasado y el futuro.

¿Qué tan difícil es para un artista ser reconocido? “Ser reconocido es muy difícil o muy fácil, todo depende de cómo se haga esa gestión. En estos días es muy fácil engañar a las personas, es decir, hay artistas que logran reconocimiento porque pagan sus publicaciones en grandes medios, pagan las subastas y se autocompran sus obras para inflar los precios; así logran una promoción de gran alcance. Para un artista que no tiene este flujo económico es muy difícil llegar a ser reconocido, solo hay una oportunidad y es hacer buen arte, esperar el momento en que alguien lo valore. El trabajo duro es la única vía”.

trazos DE MI ESENCIA LAS MANOS SE TRANSFORMAN EN EXTENSIONES DEL PENSAMIENTO PARA CREAR FORMAS Y EXPRESIONES. ASÍ SE GENERA EL MÁGICO E INTUITIVO VÍNCULO ENTRE EL SOÑADOR Y EL LIENZO

YUNIEL DELGADO kPOR ARGENIS GUDIÑO ARTISTA PLÁSTICO YUNIEL DELGADO | www.yunieldelgado.com FOTOGRAFÍA YUNIEL DELGADO Pese a su juventud, este peculiar personaje desempeña distintas facetas dentro del mundo artístico: es pintor, ilustrador y escultor. Sus trabajos se han expuesto en su natal Cuba, Italia, Estados Unidos, Costa Rica y España. Como imaginarán, su pasaporte está lleno de momentos imborrables.

Cuando un artista se prepara en una academia, le enseñan ciertos parámetros, sin embargo, con el paso del tiempo, cada quien aplica su propio criterio. ¿Conservas el equilibrio y la composición que te enseñaron o aplicas tu propia óptica? “La academia es muy importante. Muchas personas dicen que no es necesario pero sí lo es, incluso si un ENERO / FEBRERO 2018 SPANISH

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artista no puede entrar en una escuela profesional, tiene el deber de estudiar día a día para superarse”. “Sí, es verdad que existen ciertas leyes en los estudios académicos, pero para romperlas debes conocerlas al máximo y hacerlo con el debido conocimiento y respeto a las mismas. Cuando trabajo sigo mi instinto, no me rijo por ninguna de esas leyes, aunque inconscientemente están presentes en mis obras. Mi trabajo es lo más libre posible, cuando lo hago no pienso en nada”. ¿Qué tan importante es la técnica en una obra de arte? “La técnica pictórica es muy importante, a través de ella se define la calidad del concepto y esto apoya a la obra y la difunde entre quienes de verdad saben apreciar el arte. La técnica debe pulirse día a día”. “Un artista sin técnica se detecta al instante o se refugia en medios actuales como los instalativos, performance o fotografía, ojo, estos medios también poseen técnicas y conocimientos académicos pero lamentablemente hoy en día muchas personas que

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“Admiro y respeto cada tendencia, las he estudiado todas. Sin ellas no llegaría a lo que hago actualmente, pero la preferencia más importante de todas es la vida verdadera”

desean ser artistas, sin estudios ni talentos, lo utilizan para mostrarse ante las galerías y ferias de arte”. ¿Existe el arte bueno y el arte malo? ¿Como evalúar ambas opciones? “Para mí existe el arte bueno, lo demás no es arte, son solo personas con mucho tiempo y dinero queriendo encajar en una sociedad aburrida y de consumo hambriento. Muchas veces a estas personas se les permite jugar a ser artista y creen ser felices porque pintan… ellas no hacen arte, pintan sin técnicas pulidas ni metas artísticas, solo las mueve el deseo de encajar en una fiesta artística”. “Los artistas hacemos arte y siempre será bueno, cada uno en sus respectivas tendencias. El arte es un reto diario, un sufrimiento natural por la vida. Un artista de verdad


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puede estar aislado creando años sin deseos de estar con una copa de vino y vestido para una fiesta. Eso es hacer arte bueno, un vínculo con tu obra y tus sentimientos”. Según tus criterios, ¿qué elementos debe tener una pieza para considerarse obra de arte? “La obra debe poseer un sentimiento marcado, y eso se respira al instante. La pieza debe tener un estudio de símbolos o patrones marcados por el artista. Se debe palpar la lucha, la fuerza, el valor al crear esa obra y, sobre todo, no debe estar concebida para venderse”. ¿El espectador debe entender lo que el artista quiso decir en su obra? ¿Por qué? “He visitado varios de los museos más importantes del mundo, y he estado varios minutos frente a obras que no ENERO / FEBRERO 2018 SPANISH

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me atrapan para nada, no me hablan, entonces me voy y ni las recuerdo. Eso solo lo logra una obra de arte, así no te guste lo que vez, pero intentas entender lo que quiso decir el artista, conocer sus misterios y criterios. Una obra de arte debe ser ambigua, con varios significados, que tenga pistas que deban ser descifradas. Así el espectador entenderá un poco sobre el autor y su mensaje”. ¿Cómo defines esa energía que aparece cuando estás frente al lienzo? “Ese momento con el lienzo es único. Me agota sin tener que pensar. Es un momento feliz, es un misterio porque no sé cómo terminará el trabajo. Para mí es pura energía, es como tener una gran visión espontánea del pasado o del futuro”. A la hora de pintar, ¿tienes un bosquejo o todo fluye desde cero? “Cada obra que hago es única, nunca la pienso, no tiene bocetos ni me toma mucho tiempo hacerla. Cuando voy al lienzo blanco, mi mente también está en blanco,

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“Cuando trabajo sigo mi instinto, no me rijo por ninguna de esas leyes, aunque inconscientemente están presentes en mis obras. Mi trabajo es lo más libre posible, cuando lo hago no pienso en nada”

y no estoy en este mundo. Por esta razón cada una de mis creaciones tiene una energía diferente y un mensaje potente. Cuando las termino, estoy cansado mental y físicamente por la fuerza que ejercí en ellas”. ¿Toda persona que pinta es artista? “No, ni siquiera se le acerca. Un artista tiene un don especial, algo relacionado con la mente. Todos están dotados de arte, pero no todos pueden desarrollar la conexión verdadera que tiene un artista. No se trata de pintar bien o aprender técnicas, eso no define a un artista. Se trata de los sentimientos del alma, los valores y muchas otras cosas que son imposibles de explicar con palabras”. ¿Cuáles son las tendencias artísticas que han influenciado tu trayectoria? “Todos los movimientos me han influenciado. Admiro y respeto cada tendencia, las he estudiado todas. Sin ellas no llegaría a lo que hago actualmente, pero la preferencia más importante de todas es la vida verdadera”. l


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FRANCIACORTA, UNA DE LAS REGIONES VINÍCOLAS MÁS CONOCIDAS DE ITALIA. QUIZA SUENA COMO LA PEQUEÑA FRANCIA, PERO NO TIENE NADA QUE VER CON DICHO PAÍS. LO ÚNICO QUE TIENEN EN COMÚN ES SU FASCINACIÓN POR LOS VINOS. DE HECHO, FRANCIACORTA ES UNA DE LAS TIERRAS MÁS IMPORTANTES DE ITALIA PARA LA PRODUCCIÓN DE VINO ESPUMOSO

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ablemos de esta tierra increíble. Este territorio es una sección de la provincia de Brescia en la región italiana de Lombardía. Franciacorta se extiende desde el Monte Orfano (al sur de Rovato) en la costa suroeste, hasta las orillas del lago Iseo, y desde el río Oglio en la frontera occidental hasta la ciudad de Brescia en el este.

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La geografía de las colinas fue formada por la fricción glacial. El suelo está constituido por morrenas glaciales apisonadas de grava y arena sobre piedra caliza. Esta peculiar grava goza de un optimo drenaje y es ideal para el cultivo de uvas y elaboración de vinos. El vino que más producción tiene es el espumante. Se produce a partir de uvas chardonnay, pinot nero y pinot blanc. Pero, ¿cuál es la principal diferencia entre los vinos de Franciacorta y los otros vinos espumosos italianos? Hablemos, entonces, del prosecco. Una diferencia importante, aparte de la uva (el prossecco se hace con la variedad glera) es el método de producción. Este vino se elabora con el método Charmat o Martinotti. Buscando una manera más rápida y económica para producir un vino espumoso de calidad, el francés Eugene Charmat y, por separado, Federico Martinotti en Italia, descubrieron lo que ahora se conoce como el método Charmat-Martinotti. En este proceso, el vino se transfiere desde su primera fermentación a un gran tanque presurizado y sellado, donde se somete a una fermentación secundaria para crear ENERO / FEBRERO 2018 SPANISH

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la carbonatación. Luego, el vino carbonatado se embotella y se envía al mercado. El resultado es un vino burbujeante, pero más frutal y fresco que su contraparte de Franciacorta. Por otro lado, en Franciacorta se usa la misma técnica que utilizan los franceses para hacer el champán: el método champenoise. Los vinos de Franciacorta logran sus burbujas gracias a una segunda fementación en botella. Durante este proceso, el CO2 absorbe el vino, en lugar de escapar, y esa química produce las burbujas que tanto amamos en el champán. El champán es más seco, con una levadura de mayor carácter y menos afrutado que el prossecco. Este envejecimiento sur lie es lo que muchos expertos alegan sobre la complejidad de estos vinos.

Denominaciones Franciacorta Los tipos de Franciacorta se caracterizan por las dosis de licor que se añaden después del degüelle, lo que les otorga personalidades originales y distintivas: Pas dosé (no dosificado, con azúcar hasta 3 g / l del residuo natural en el vino) - el más seco en la gama de Franciacorta.

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Extra brut (azúcar hasta 6 g / l) - muy seco. Brut (azúcar menos de 12 g / l) - seco pero un poco más suave que el extra brut. Es el más versátil de Franciacorta. Extra dry (azúcar 12-17 g / l) - suave pero con una dosis ligeramente más alta que el Brut. Es un maridaje adecuado para una amplia variedad de alimentos. Sec o seco (azúcar 17-32 g / l) - menos seco y ligeramente dulce. Demi-sec (azúcar 33-50 g / l) - tiene un sabor dulce debido a la dosis relativamente alta de azúcar. Va bien con los postres. Espero que lo hayan disfrutado y que ahora conozcan un poco más sobre esta increíble tierra llamada Franciacorta. ¡Salud! l


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Existen diferentes tipos de vinos Franciacorta dependiendo de la cantidad de azúcar. Estos son los más importantes:

Franciacorta normal o básico

Franciacorta Satèn

Franciacorta Rosé

Franciacorta Millesimato

Franciacorta Riserva

Chardonnay, pinot nero, pinot blanc (porción máxima de 50 %) y erbamat (proporción máxima de 10%).

Chardonnay (prevalente) y pinot blanc hasta un máximo de 50 %.

Chardonnay, pinot blanc (máximo 50 %), pinot nero (mínimo 35 %), erbamat (máximo 10%).

Fermentación secundaria en botella con, al menos, 18 meses de crianza en las lías. El procesamiento y la maduración continúan durante 25 meses después de la cosecha. Tiene una presión entre 5 y 6 atmósferas (ATM).

Su suave sabor es el resultado de una cuidadosa selección en los vinos base y una baja presión de la botella de menos de 5 atmósferas. Producido exclusivamente como un tipo brut.

Las uvas pinot nero se fermentan durante el tiempo suficiente para darle al vino la coloración deseada. Se produce con vino base pinot noir vinificado en rosado puro (100 %) o mezclado con vinos base chardonnay o pinot blanc.

La palabra “millesimo” indica que todo el vino proviene de un solo año (mínimo 85 %). El Millesimato se produce cuando la producción del año es de una calidad alta y se refuerza por un período de clarificación más largo que el utilizado para la Franciacorta no vintage. Se vende 37 meses después de la cosecha.

Elaborado con excelentes vinos vintage. Para que despunte el potencial de sus fragancias y sabores, debe permanecer en las lías durante cinco años. Franciacorta Riserva se lanza al mercado 67 meses (cinco años y medio) después de la cosecha.

Color amarillo pajizo con reflejos dorados, efervescencia fina y persistente, bouquet característico de fermentación en botella, toques de corteza de pan y levadura enriquecida con notas delicadas de cítricos y nueces (almendras, avellanas, higos secos). Salado, fresco, fino y armonioso.

Efervescencia fina y persistente, casi cremosa. Color amarillo pálido, también puede ser profundo con tonos verdosos. Matizada fragancia de fruta madura, acompañada por delicadas notas de flores blancas, frutos secos y tostados (almendra y avellana). Su agradable sabor y frescura armonizan con una sedosidad innata.

La presencia de pinot noir confiere a este Franciacorta un cuerpo y vigor particular. Además, posee los aromas típicos de la uva.

Tiene características sensoriales y sus sabores reflejan claramente las condiciones climáticas del año y la calidad de las uvas de la cosecha.

Notas complejas y desarrolladas por su envejecimiento prolongado en la botella.

Pas dosé, extra brut, brut, extra dry, sec o dry, demi-sec.

Brut.

Pas dosé, extra brut, brut, extra dry, sec o dry, demi-sec.

Pas dosé, extra brut, brut, extra dry, excepto Satèn Riserva, que se elabora solo como vino brut.

Pas dosé, extra brut, brut, extra dry, excepto Satèn Riserva, que se elabora solo como vino brut..

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EXTRA DULZURA PARA EL EN EL MES MÁS ROMÁNTICO DE TODOS, PREPARA GALLETAS FÁCILES E IMPRESIONANTES. PUEDES USAR TU RECETA FAVORITA PARA REALIZAR LA MASA DE LAS GALLETAS Y LUEGO DECORARLAS CON SIMPLES DETALLES CON GLASEADO.

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on los cupidos Wilton, te mostramos tres maneras para endulzar el amor:

• Postres con dimensión: se pueden triplicar las galletas con tres formas de diferentes tamaños y unirlas con glaseado. • Visión multicolor: la manga es una aliada. Decora las galletas con diferentes colores para darles mayor originalidad. • Obsequio para llevar: presente los dulces terminados en una caja o bolsa de regalos del Día de San Valentín. Para obtener más recetas divertidas y deliciosas, consejos de horneado y preparaciones inspiradas en el Día de San Valentín, visita www.wilton.com.

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Galletas apiladas con forma de corazón (Cada galleta es 1 porción) Ingredientes Tu receta favorita de galletas Glaseado real (receta en wilton.com) Colorante rosa para glasear Decoraciones para glasear con varias formas de corazones

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Preparación: Estirar la masa de galletas según las instrucciones de la receta. Para cortar la masa, usar los 3 cortadores más pequeños del conjunto y 4 cortadores con forma de corazón. Llevar al horno por los minutos que exija la receta y, luego, dejar enfriar las galletas.


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día de san valentín Galletas festoneadas con forma de corazón (Cada galleta es 1 porción) Ingredientes Tu receta favorita de galletas Glaseado blanco Otros colores de glaseado: borgoña, rojo intenso y rojo navideño Preparación Estirar la masa según las instrucciones de la receta. Para cortar las formas de corazón, usar el cortador más grande del conjunto de 4 cortadores. Llevar al horno por los minutos indicados en la receta y dejar enfriar las galletas. Dividir el glaseado en cuatro porciones iguales. Teñir cada porción con borgoña y una combinación de rojo intenso y rojo navideño. Reservar la última porción blanca. Comenzar por el borde externo del corazón, con la boquilla 102 y el glaseado en borgoña, rojo intenso, rojo navideño y blanco. Dividir el glaseado real en tres porciones iguales para crear tres tonos de rosa. Aclarar cada sección de tono según las indicaciones de la receta. Utilizar la boquilla número 3 y el color de glaseado más intenso para el borde de las galletas. Usar el color de glaseado más claro para rellenar las galletas. Dejar secar toda la noche.

Usar el glaseado restante para unir las galletas. Apilar las galletas más pequeñas sobre las más grandes. Cubrir con la decoración de glaseado.

Crear grupos en forma V de dos pétalos, uno desde la izquierda y otro desde la derecha para alternar los colores en las hileras de pétalos. Repetir con una segunda hilera entre los pétalos de la primera hilera. Repetir el patrón hasta cubrir las galletas. (Family Features) l

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LA DANZA ENTRE

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“Todos necesitamos alguna vez un cómplice, alguien que nos ayude a usar el corazón” - Mario Benedetti

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espirar y tener un segundo aliento a la espalda que te empuje en cada paso de tus días, una mano fría que detenga las locuras que pueden desencadenarte desdicha, una mirada fiel para ser parte de todos tus días.

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El amor, esa cosa pegajosa, inexorable y desgarrante que condena a casi cualquier ser humano del planeta; que nos convierte en peones del destino, guerreros invencibles y creativos de momentos únicos. Una danza, un baile interminable de cortejo y vida. La evolución de dos seres que por un ínfimo momento chocan entre el mar de gente de cualquier lugar, y les basta ese contacto de miradas para entender que han encontrado al cómplice de todas sus batallas. Mi amante fugaz, el ladrón de mis lágrimas, la musa de mis frases más cursis de perfil, los brazos insaciables que estarán prestos a encenderme y provocarme la más leve sonrisa. Eso es el amor, la aglomeración de sentimientos que nos revuelve sin sentido y nos provoca tantas cosas que muchas veces no podemos distinguirlo. Nos seduce con una mirada, un roce de piel que se convierte en la necesidad de nuestros dedos; una caricia del alma que nos lleva a atardeceres interminables de fantasía. Amor, un ente sagrado que casi camina por cuenta propia; que nos guía hacia caminos muchas veces espinosos y otros tantos de cuentos de hadas. Amor que nos lleva a entregar el cuerpo, a derramar las más innecesarias promesas, a desgastarnos funestamente en un beso que nos desviste desde dentro. Pero qué seríamos como humanos si no tuviéramos tan solo una pizca de amor… Cómo podría yo vivir sin imaginarme siquiera lo que es tener entre mis manos algo que no es mío, pero que me han entregado. Este juego de poseer sin encerrar, de sujetar sin apretar. De ser parte de un baile que es solo nuestro, de tu cuerpo y mi aliento. l

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Chaqueta de gabardina ligeramente ajustada, con inserción elástica en la parte inferior y parche con el icónico patrón FF en tonos marrones. Hecho en Italia.

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EUPHORIA DE CALKIN KLEIN Adictivo, masculino y sexy. Esta fragancia de la reconocida casa Calvin Klein te invita a llegar más allá de tus límites y experimentar tus más intensos deseos. 82$ presentación 100 ml

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ZAPATOS PEDRO BY MARIO HERNÁNDEZ Este calzado de la colección PREMIUM está diseñado para hombres que buscan elegancia y estilo, elaborado en Colombia con cuero vacuno brasileño de alta calidad.

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Reloj de color rojo metalizado con esfera texturizada y siete subesferas multifunción. Sencillamente impactante.

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SOMBRERO VEMOLLA Este sombrero clásico y atemporal, hecho con 100% cuero te hará siempre lucir actual y te proporcionará calidez.

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BODYSUT KARMA Este Bodysuit de terciopelo blanco hará que robes todas las miradas.

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Falda de estampado multicolor, cintura talle alto, volantes asimétricos y silueta de estilo envolvente.

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PULSERA Y ANILLO DE JASPER ROSADO LEONARDO D´ALMAGRO Estas dos piezas del diseñador de joyas Leonardo D´Almagro, totalmente atemporales, te harán lucir glamorosa en cualquier ocasión. Anillo 75$ Pulsera 120$

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Atractivo, sexy y sensual. Esta fragancia de la reconocida casa Calvin Klein, te permite liberarte de la vida cotidiana para explorar tus sueños más íntimos. 94$ Presentación 100 ml

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SANDALIA CLARITA DE ALEXANDRE BIRMAN Han sido actualizadas con relucientes cristales de Swarovski, no podrás resistir tener estas joyas en tus pies.

795$ www.modaoperandi.com

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USO INTELIGENTE DE LOS

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LA SUPLEMENTACIÓN DEPORTIVA (AYUDAS ERGOGÉNICAS) ES UN MÉTODO NUTRICIONAL O FARMACOLÓGICO QUE TIENE COMO OBJETIVO AUMENTAR LA CAPACIDAD DE REALIZAR UN TRABAJO FÍSICO Y MEJORAR EL RENDIMIENTO. ENTENDIENDO QUE SU USO “COMPLEMENTA” LA ALIMENTACIÓN Y NO “SUPLE” EL BALANCE DE LA VARIEDAD DE COMIDAS QUE SON IMPORTANTES EN LA DIETA

kPOR DANIEL GONZÁLEZ ISLAS

LICENCIADO EN DEPORTES PERSONAL TRAINING FISIOLOGÍA DEL EJERCICIO CEO DE BE FIT ENTRENAMIENTO | IG @daniel_gonzalez_i | IG @be_fit_entrenamiento

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Spanish ienen sus orígenes en la Antigua Grecia, donde los competidores consumían complementos deportivos y usaban lociones especiales para generar mejorías considerables en el rendimiento. Con los años, el uso de complementos deportivos a nivel competitivo (alto rendimiento) y a nivel recreativo (personas que desean mejorar su calidad de vida y salud) ha aumentado de manera significativa por diversos motivos: mejora el aspecto físico, retarda el envejecimiento, mejora la apariencia de la piel y así una cantidad invariable de usos que se extienden en gimnasios y academias orientadas al fitness.

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Frente a la demanda excesiva, estos productos crecieron y crecieron, facturando millones de dólares anuales. Y no es casualidad. La relación está con el elaborado sistema de marketing donde el prototipo estético son los cuerpos esculturales definidos y contorneados, lo que provoca la compra y el uso de estos productos sin la asesoría de un profesional, orientado por el amigo o los consejos de una revista. Los complementos deportivos fueron regulados en 1994 frente al congreso norteamericano bajo el rubro

Dietary Supplements Health and Education (DSHEA) y subrayados en una categoría “especial”. La FDA (Food and Drug Administration) supervisó el proceso de fabricación, calidad y etiquetado de estos artículos. La eficacia de estos productos está científicamente comprobada, pero lo importante es conocer cuáles son los complementos alimenticios que realmente son efectivos, tomando en cuenta la dosificación y el timing. Es importante difundir este tipo de información para orientar a deportistas y al público principiante. Según la evidencia, seguridad y eficacia, los suplementos fueron clasificados en la categoría “A” por el Instituto Australiano del Deporte (AIS); a su

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vez la ISSN (International Society of Sports Nutrition) los ordenó como “aparentemente efectivos”, es decir, que ayudan a cubrir necesidades diarias en calorías y, además, la mayoría de las investigaciones efectuadas en una población relevante muestran algunos ítems efectivos y seguros. Estos son:

Beta-alanina: se considera el componente que permite almacenar carnosina, incrementando la duración del ejercicio físico de alta intensidad. Se recomienda una dosis de 3-6 gramos, ingerida con las comidas que contengan proteínas y carbohidratos.

Bicarbonato: sustancia de origen natural que evita la excesiva acidez muscular y permite recuperar el entorno más propicio al trabajo de los músculos (running, natación, remo, etc). Se recomienda 300-500 mg/kg entre 60 a 180 minutos antes de la actividad.

Cafeína: aumenta el estado de alerta por diversas rutas bioquímicas, bloquea los receptores de adenosina y provoca una estimulación en la liberación de adrenalina. Se recomienda dosis de 3-6 mg/kg entre 60-90 minutos antes del ejercicio.

dosis de 5 gramos diarios post ejercicio, idealmente con bebidas que contengan proteínas y carbohidratos.

Jugo de betarraga/remolacha: aumenta los niveles de nitrato en la sangre y reduce la presión arterial. Mejora la capacidad de resistencia de los atletas (ciclismo, carrera). Se recomienda 200/300 grs/ kg diario idealmente 2-2.5 horas antes del ejercicio.

Carbohidrato: son la principal fuente de energía del organismo cuando se realiza actividad física. Su uso puede ser pre-entrenamiento, durante el entrenamiento y post-entrenamiento. Se recomienda entre 1.2 a 0.8 grs/kg después del ejercicio.

Proteína: son compuestos orgánicos formados por largas cadenas de aminoácidos, cumplen funciones estructurales y reguladoras, aunque también sirven para que el organismo obtenga energía. En jóvenes se recomienda 20/25 gramos post-ejercicio; en atletas aproximadamente 40 gramos post-ejercicio. Recuerda: la información requiere evidencia y compartirla es nuestro trabajo. l

Creatina: se almacena mediante fosfatos altamente energéticos en la forma de fosfocreatina, y entregan energía para asistir la función celular. Se recomienda

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Banda elástica

Panathetic

Bandas de 12 x 2 pulgadas de alta calidad para yoga, calistenia, crossfit, entrenamiento de fuerza, fisicoculturismo, pilates y terapia física. $10.99

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Tres piezas hechas de HDPE, concreto y relleno de cemento. Diseño extra de agarre y fácil maniobrabilidad. $45.99

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DeskCycle

Bike Pedal

Equipo de pedaleo portátil para escritorio. $159.00

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Stamina 1205

Máquina de remo de precisión con sistema de rodamiento, asiento acolchado y reposapiés pivotantes para la máxima comodidad $167.99


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RumbleRoller

El foam roller o rodillo de masaje es un accesorio deportivo que te servirá para hacer la liberación miofascial de los músculos. $44.95

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BOSU Sport

Balance Trainer

Balón de equilibrio para fortalecer y coordinar los músculos centrales. Medidas 50 cm de diámetro, incluye manual de bomba y ejercicios $99.99

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CSX Dual Ab Roller

Rodillo doble. Proporciona mejor rendimiento para tonificar y fortalecer los abdominales, la espalda, los brazos y los hombros. $16.97

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The Step Aerobic

Este accesorio viene con soportes integrados para ajustar la altura en dos o más posiciones. $18.82

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CUANDO SE DICE QUE UN HOMBRE ES BUENO EN LA CAMA, NORMALMENTE SIGNIFICA QUE SABE PRACTICAR JUEGOS ERÓTICOS ANTES DEL ACTO SEXUAL

na mala estimulación erótica puede lograr que tu erección no llegue a ser total y que quizá no consigas eyacular; para una mujer, puede significar que no lubrique y, por lo tanto, la penetración resulte desagradable y el orgasmo menos probable. Las claves para mejorar la estimulación erótica son las zonas erógenas mayores y menores.

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Spanish Es importante que la pareja se comunique al hacer el amor, ya sea con susurros, charlas, palabras de ánimo en voz baja o indicaciones para detenerse y probar algo diferente. Las zonas erógenas mayores son áreas cutáneas sensibles, cubiertas de una alta densidad de terminaciones nerviosas. Si se estimulan de una forma correcta, provocan sensaciones placenteras y excitación sexual. Las zonas erógenas son importantes porque facilitan la excitación al hacer el amor, y se pueden excitar con caricias suaves, lametones, soplidos o mordisqueos. Las zonas erógenas menores varían. Por ejemplo, soplar en la nuca resulta muy excitante para algunas personas, otras prefieren que les mordisqueen el lóbulo de la oreja. Descubrir cuáles son las tuyas y las de tu pareja forma parte de la diversión del acto sexual.

Zonas erógenas mayores Engloban todos los lugares que ya conoces. En los hombres, las zonas erógenas mayores son los labios, los pezones, el pene y el escroto. En las mujeres: los labios, las nalgas, los pechos, los pezones y los genitales externos, incluidos el clítoris y la entrada de la vagina.

Zonas erógenas menores Cada persona tiene sus zonas erógenas secundarias, entre las que figuran la nuca, los párpados, las orejas y los lóbulos, además de la zona interior de los muslos.

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En la mayoría de las personas también es erógena la zona que rodea el ano; pero ten cuidado porque aunque esta sensación resulta placentera para algunos individuos, otros la encuentran bastante desagradable.

Comunicación Es importante que la pareja se comunique al hacer el amor, ya sea con susurros, charlas, palabras de ánimo en voz baja o indicaciones para detenerse y probar algo diferente. La excitación sexual es como un instrumento bien afinado, hay que ser capaz de interpretar los gemidos de placer para saber cuándo lo estás haciendo bien. Del mismo modo, hay que ser consciente de cuándo se hace mal. Indica a tu pareja dónde te gusta que te toque, ya sea con palabras o guiando sus manos o dedos. Puede que sea difícil o embarazoso decir cosas como: “más fuerte”, “más rápido”, “más suave”, “sí, así”, o “más despacio”; pero estos mensajes son cruciales para mejorar las relaciones sexuales e incluso pueden resultar excitantes. Algunas personas son capaces de descifrar esos mensajes simplemente por el tono y el sonido de los gemidos de su pareja. Si no estás seguro de lo que tu pareja trata de decirte, pregunta. Susurrar un “¿está bien así”? o un “¿quieres que pare?” te llevará por el buen camino. l

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perro de tierra? egún la astrología china, las energías que llegan con el Año Nuevo se toman como referencia del periodo intermedio entre la estación climática de invierno (hemisferio occidental) y la primavera. Este punto medio cae alrededor del 3 o 4 de febrero. Cada Año Nuevo toma las características de uno de los 12 animales del zodíaco chino junto a uno de los cinco elementos del ciclo constructivo (agua, madera, fuego, tierra y metal).

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El perro es directo, detesta las trampas psicológicas y los pleitos. Es dogmático y fiel. No le gustan las medias tintas: es blanco o negro

Estos elementos son clasificados en dos tipos de relación cíclica: el constructivo y el destructivo. En el ciclo constructivo el fuego produce tierra, que genera metal, que origina agua y que provoca madera y, en su vuelta, crea fuego. En el ciclo destructivo la madera destruye la tierra, la tierra consume el agua, el agua apaga el fuego, el fuego dobla el metal que, a la vuelta, se corroe y corta la madera. En 2018 predominará la madera con un poco de agua, algo de fuego, mucha tierra y ausencia del elemento metal. Esta información nos indica que será un año de oportunidades para emprender nuevos proyectos, pero, no obstante, el elemento tierra demuestra que sin esfuerzo, perseverancia y trabajo estos proyectos serán difíciles de concretar. La falta de metal señala que las ganancias rápidas serán muy difíciles, por lo tanto, no es bueno que los inversionistas busquen este tipo de dividendos. La firmeza y la claridad en los proyectos serán claves para lograr el éxito. Por otro lado, será un año importante para trabajar en equipos que tienen un mismo norte. La fuerza del grupo junto a la constancia será imbatible. l ENERO / FEBRERO 2018 SPANISH

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…2…1… Happy New Year! It is with great pleasure to welcome you, our faithful readers to Teen InFluential’s January / February issue. Thank you for turning the page with us into yet another glorious year filled with the hottest trends and ideas to keep you enlightened and ready for what 2018 will bring. As a fresh beginning is upon us, young adults across the nation will begin to wonder, “what is my new year’s resolution?” Are you one of those? As students and teens, it is easy to get into a routine that leaves little to no time for something new, or perhaps adventure. This Issue is filled with ways to commit to your resolution, fulfill your dreams, and how to step out of your comfort zone. While you explore this publication, may our unique articles inspire you to be a healthier and rejuvenated version of yourself. So, journey with us as we share with you ways that will keep your mind intrigued and your lifestyle balanced. Therefore, grab your coffee, pen, and paper and start planning for an influential new year. XOXO, Victoria Garcia, Contributing Writer Teen InFluential

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Mia is a student at the University of Texas at Austin, double majoring in Advertising and Theatre. Having grown up in an artistic family, she has devoted much of her life to the arts, striving for finesse in violin, dance, film, and theatre. Ultimately, she aspires to become a valuable advocate for diverse representation in the arts and media.

Julia is a 14 year old freshman attending Brentwood Christian School. She enjoys playing sports and excels in soccer as she is currently playing on her school’s varsity team. Yearly participating in academic events, Julia competes in prose, poetry, and modern oratory.

Preston is a senior at Brentwood Christian school where he is a starting player for the men’s varsity soccer team. In the top of his class, he enjoys computer technology and engineering which lead him to building his own computer. He became an Eagle Scout at the young age of 13 and volunteered at the Williamson County Seton Hospital.

Priscilla is a pole vaulter for the UTA track and field team where, during offseason, they make her complete crazy workouts. She loves staying fit and when she is off in the summer and enjoys going on runs in the cool mornings. She is the oldest of four children and is currently studying biology at the University of Texas at Arlington with the goal of one day earning her Ph.D. in plant genetics.

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c.Something you cooked that doesn’t really have a name just yet d.Whatever your coworkers decide on

nes for everything you need to do. If you have a deadline, the task becomes more urgent, and you will be more likely to finish it.

Why are you late? a.You couldn’t pull yourself away from the episode you were watching b.Your previous meeting ran a bit too long c.You just got distracted d.Your manager emailed you, and you took a couple of minutes to write a response

What’d you get your best friend for their birthday? a.A card and a box of chocolate, though you meant to get something better b.Something you just ordered online c.A handmade gift d.Exactly what they asked for

Mostly B’s: You’re very busy and can barely

If you had more hours in a day, what would you spend them doing? a.Still procrastinating b.Sharpening one of your skills c.Reading or writing d.Hanging out with friends and acquaintances

This is the “stranded on an island” question. (You know the drill.) a.Your laptop, assuming there’s internet b.Paper, pen, and a bottle c.A library d.A glass of wine

What’s your dream city? a.Los Angeles b.New York City c.San Francisco d.Chicago What’s for dinner? a.Something delivered to your door b.The snacks you packed this morning because you knew you’d still be on the go, come dinnertime

How do you get places? a.Walking is fine b.Public transportation, so you don’t have to worry about where you left your car c.Riding your bike d.Driving your own car

If you got… Mostly A’s: You’ve gotta get going. Stop procrastinating and start cracking down on your to-do list. This year, begin setting deadli-

afford to slow down to catch a breath. That being said, you’re also in danger of burning yourself out. To avoid this, find a hobby this year that you can pursue seriously. It should be something that yields legitimate advantages. For instance, you can get good at a sport (which keeps up your health) or learn another language (which is a major plus). With a serious hobby, even your free time will be productive.

Mostly C’s: You’re in need of an outlet for your creativity. First thing every morning, write a full page. Of what? Of anything, just fill the entire page. This is a habit that many creative people have and though it seems fruitless, it helps you press words out of your pen and frees up your mind for optimal creative generating. Mostly D’s: You’re quite the social butterfly, and you realize the importance of making personal connections with coworkers. This year, start remembering names of people you meet, and call them often by name. This will make a good impression. l

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mall goals are great, but what if you want to achieve something bigger, something greater? Believe it or not, using simple short term goals and simple tricks can help you accomplish your big dream. Whatever your goal may be, whether it be opening an online store or becoming an astronaut and landing on the moon, it all starts with a plan. Break down your big goal into bite sized chunks. You don’t want to bite off more than you can chew. Do your research to determine what the steps are to accomplish your dream. Write them all down in chronological order with what each step entails and envision yourself accomplishing each one, envision yourself taking each step closer to your big goal. Then, give yourself deadlines to accomplish each step. It can be easy to say, “I’ll just do one step a week,” but loose deadlines

don’t result in solid results. Set a specific date you want to accomplish each by and stick to those dates. Some goals may take longer to accomplish than others, so keep in mind everything that each step requires. Remember also to be realistic. Your goals may not be doable in two weeks even if you want it to accomplish it by then. If you are not realistic about your goals, the moment you start realizing it while in the middle of your plan, you can easily become discouraged. Don’t set yourself up for failure by letting your dream be more than your ability. That’s not saying to not set hard goals for yourself, but to make sure they’re attainable. Sometimes everything doesn’t go according to plan, so if you need to be, it’s ok to have some flexibility so long as you remain committed and don’t put too much slack in your reins.

Now that you have your realistic “dream outline” with each step and date to be completed by, tell someone you trust and know will help to keep you accountable. There are often a lot of other positive consequences that can happen when you tell people about your dream and how you plan to accomplish it. You may find emotional support for when you feel like giving up. You could find physical support like a friend wanting to partner with you in your online business. You might even receive financial support if you confide your plans in the right people. By having these different types of support systems, you will feel more excited, and even more obligated to not give up and follow your plans out to the very end. So dream big because with the right plan and people supporting you, you very well can fly to the moon. l

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What’s the key to optimism? From a career standpoint, it’s having a vision where you see yourself climbing and thriving, and you know there will be a place in the world for your skills and knowledge.

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nfortunately, there are many teens and young people who have a much bleaker vision of their futures. Ask them where they see themselves in five years, and they may shrug, draw a blank or get that tight feeling in their stomachs. They worry about living their lives adrift or being left behind. It’s more prevalent than you may think. Approximately 5 million young people between the ages of 16 and 24 - or one out of seven - are not enrolled in school and are unemployed, according to the Social Science Research Council’s Measure of America report.

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Within this problem, though, is an opportunity for these youth. The U.S. has a record 6 million job openings, even as 6.8 million Americans are looking for employment. Two groups have come together to help young people pursue these in-demand jobs by providing resources to prepare them for college and their careers. Through a $3 million partnership, Boys & Girls Clubs of America and The Hartford will help develop the next generation’s workforce by creating 30 college and career centers in the next three years. The centers will be built in Boys & Girls Clubs across the country, reaching 70,000 teens per year. “This partnership is part of The Hartford’s commitment to help build successful communities through targeted philanthropic investment and employee volunteerism,” said Diane Cantello, vice president of corporate sustainability at The Hartford. “We are proud to partner with Boys & Girls Clubs of America to give teens access to relevant and inspiring resources as they plan their futures.” With career preparation in mind, it’s never too early for any teen to start thinking about how to achieve workforce success. Here are some tips from Boys &

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Set short-term and long-term goals. From passing next Friday’s test to graduating high school and pursuing a college degree, focus on setting and achieving individual goals that ladder up to your vision of success. Take time to think about the progression of steps that need to take place between now and where you hope to see yourself in the future. At the same time, don’t get overwhelmed. After all, each journey begins with a single step. And each step can shape your future in ways that are both large and small.

Learn how to look for a job and how to stand out. Whether you’re looking for a part-time job, or starting to put together your resume, learn about what hiring managers are looking for. Spend time revising your application and resume, and ask trusted adults to help you fine-tune it. It’s also worthwhile to put your video camera to use to practice job interviews. Do some research on common interview questions and then film yourself as you answer. Learning to respond to these


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with people in those careers for a job shadow or informational interview.

It’s never too early to network.

Volunteer. If you already know what

Perhaps you’ve heard the saying that “the more things change, the more they stay the same.” While it’s true that the economy isn’t exactly stable and technology is rapidly transforming the job market, the most valuable resource in a job search is people. Talk to teachers, guidance counselors, mentors and parents about your career interests; not only can they provide feedback on what fields they see as a potential fit, they can also connect you

you want to do, finding a volunteer opportunity is a great way to get hands-on experience. Or if you’re not sure yet, volunteering allows you to try out different things and discover what you find interesting. Take the opportunity to volunteer - on top of all the other benefits to yourself and others, community service stands out to employers, so be sure to include these experiences in your resume and talk about them during your interviews.

Pursue your passions. Discovering what you’re passionate about is a lifelong pursuit that will evolve and change over time; however, you will spend a significant portion of your life working, so why not make it as enjoyable as possible? Think about the things you love most and areas where you excel, then consider potential career options that align with those interests and skills. And above all, don’t be afraid to fail. If you discover at some point that your chosen path isn’t the best fit after all, it’s disappointing, but don’t be discouraged. Learning these things now will only help you find the career path that’s right for you. (BPT) l

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Affordable A college education Here’s what you need to know: The average cost of a typical is one of the largest undergraduate college course is $1,782. expenses you’re In high school, take as many Advanced likely to have in your Placement (AP) and College Level lifetime, second only Examination Program (CLEP) courses to buying a home. as you can handle, increasing your opportunity to earn college credit and Unfortunately, save money on tuition. the cost has The College Board’s CLEP, while not as increased dramatically in recent years. well-known as AP, is a 50-year-old credit-

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uition plus fees at four-year public colleges jumped 71 percent over the last decade, forcing many would-be degree seekers to delay or even forgo attending college. For others, it’s meant heading to school while taking on large amounts of debt. Today, however, new solutions are popping up to address the college affordability crisis. Most people know about grants and scholarships. Students can now also consider alternate paths to college credit, helping them graduate faster and more affordably, say experts.

by-examination program accepted by more than 2,900 schools and universities. Check to see if the colleges you are considering accept CLEP credit, and then work hard to succeed on one or more of the 32 CLEP exams. CLEP courses and exams are rigorous, but shorter and not as challenging as AP.

Consider new programs such as “Freshman Year for Free,” an initiative developed by Modern States Education Alliance, a charity dedicated to making a college degree more affordable and attainable for everyone. Students can use Modern States’ 40+ tuition-free online courses -- all taught by top college professors -- to prepare for the AP and CLEP exams.

One advantage of CLEP tests is that they are offered every day at thousands of testing centers. AP exams can only be taken in high schools in May. Modern States is paying the AP and CLEP exam fees for the first 10,000 test-takers, making the program, which also includes free textbooks and practice questions, totally free.

“This is a great on-ramp to college and an opportunity to save both time and up to 25 percent of the rising cost of a degree,” says Steve Klinsky, founder and CEO of Modern States Education Alliance.

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Attending community college for the first two years and then transferring to a four-year institution offers another opportunity to cut costs. Dual-enrollment programs, whereby students take college courses at a city or community college while still in high school, are another great way to head to college with some credits under your belt. More than one-third of Americans ages 30 and younger who haven’t attended college attribute their decision to the high cost, according to a Federal Reserve survey. In fact, U.S. student loan debt stands at an all-time high of $1.34 trillion. Don’t miss out on an education or let it saddle you with debt. Seek out alternative methods for earning college credits. (StatePoint) l

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Stick to Your Workout After the holidays, the gym is filled with people who have resolved to incorporate exercise routines into their lives. Come February, the novelty of the new year wears off, life gets in the way and, according to “U.S. News & World Report,” 80 percent of resolutions fail by the second week of the month. Instead of jumping from no routine to a seven-days-a-week commitment, introduce workouts to your schedule in small doses. Dread cardio or weight machines? Find something that you’ll look forward to, like a cycling class, yoga or outdoor pursuits. Choosing activities that you enjoy will increase your chances of sticking to your resolution.

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Eat Smarter According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most Americans are falling short of their fruit and vegetable intake goals, and most eat only half the recommended amount of fiber. To increase your consumption of essential nutrients, create a grocery list packed with fruits, vegetables, protein and whole grains. Plan meals for the week to ensure you stick to a whole-food menu. Keep ingredients on hand for meals you can make in a pinch, so you’re not tempted by fast food on a busy day. Try frozen salmon fillets, which you can cook without thawing, or eggs, low-fat cheese and veggies for a quick-baking frittata.

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Freeze individual servings of chopped fruits and vegetables in resealable bags to create quick and delicious smoothies each morning in a highpowered blender, such as the Vitamix E310 Explorian Series machine. For a satisfying, energy-boosting snack, use your blender to pre-make Dried Fruit Chia Bars or White Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls.

Want to make resolutions you’ll keep this new year? Think simple, sustainable changes. Follow these four steps for a healthier you, inside and out.

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Stress Less Stress can have adverse effects on minds and bodies, as insomnia, weight gain, anxiety and depression are all potential related risks. While it isn’t always avoidable, simple changes will help you manage tension. Sometimes, stress can be solved with some “me time.” Treat yourself to a massage or manicure, soak in a hot bath, or unwind with a nature walk. Connecting with others can help, too. Plan a brunch with your best friend or a date night with your significant other. Feeling overwhelmed with work and family life? Build out a to-do list or calendar to feel more in control of your busy schedule, then cross items off the list when completed.

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Practice Positivity A sunny outlook can affect your wellbeing. Keep a gratitude journal by writing down something good that happens each day. On bad days, you’ll be forced to focus on the positive aspects of your life. One of the best ways to improve your happiness is by giving others a boost. Volunteer with a charitable organization or donate to a favorite cause. Practice doing something kind daily. This new year, take small steps to help you feel happier and healthier. (StatePoint) l

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A perfect, gooey, chocolatey cookie rests in a hand outstretched to me. The aroma of vanilla mingling with brown sugar and butter emanates from the tasty treat. My gaze lifts up to the hero who is offering it to me, and I say… “Thank you, but I can’t have it, I’m on the Whole30 cleanse diet.” kWRITTEN BY MIA DEDEAR

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(including chocolate and coffee with any kind of cream), no legumes (which includes peanuts and chickpeas), no sweeteners (not even honey or agave nectar), and no grains (not even rice or quinoa). Personally, my biggest obstacles were walking away from chocolate, hummus, and peanut butter in the grocery store isles.

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But contrary to what you might think, Whole30 is not so much about refraining from foods as it is about choosing to eat specific foods. It’s a rewarding experience that I would encourage anyone interested to try out. After all, it’s only thirty days, so, if, after those thirty days, you didn’t feel like it was worth it, then you never have to do it again. But keep up your dedication during those thirty days, and it’s unlikely that you don’t feel a difference. Worth a shot, wouldn’t you say?

What is it? The concept of Whole30 is simple. For thirty days, you only eat fruits, vegetables, nuts, and meat. That means no dairy

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Unlike many other diets, Whole30 isn’t aimed at weight loss - though that is an additional result that many Whole30-ers notice. You aren’t even supposed to count calories or step on the scale during your thirty days, because weight loss isn’t supposed to be the primary objective. Rather, the aim of Whole30 is to learn what foods your body can do without, and to teach self-discipline when it comes to eating. And to put it simply, it’s also straight up healthy for you. Current popular culture tends to glorify unhealthy eating habits, as if eating an entire pizza or fifty chicken nuggets will make a person invincible. So kudos to the kids who realize the power of health savviness and self-control.

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There are websites full of recipes ranging from soups to main dishes. With the help of a little bit of web searching, you won’t get tired of the same foods. To start off the day, I enjoyed a kale and egg stir-fry, which I sometimes upgraded by adding mushrooms or bell peppers. For lunch and dinner, I had a lot of squash, green beans, Brussels sprouts… most everything under that green rainbow. I even found out, after a lifetime of avoiding sweet potatoes, I actually really like them if they’re salted rather than sweetened. I had a lot of favorite choices for snacks, including hard boiled eggs, almond butter, trail mix, and any fruit. I always had a couple of snacks on hand for when I got a bit hungry. These leave you feeling more energized than any bag of chips.

What did I think of it? The absolute best part of my Whole30 experience was the fact that I never had to argue with myself over whether or not I could eat something unhealthy Before Whole30, I constantly battled myself, trying to find ways to justify my questionable eating choices. Usually, the tempting side won over for me, but on Whole30, my brain simply said, “Not today, you’re on Whole30” and that was that - cutting off the argument before it even began. Another aspect of Whole30 I appreciated was the escape from feeling sick from too much sugar. For most of my life, I oftentimes found myself regretting that fourth brownie, as my stomach and head

ached in protest. On Whole30, I never had to feel sick from too many sweets. In fact, nothing I could eat left me feeling any less than golden.

Why I’m encouraging you to try it out There are always things to be learned and ways to grow. Even if you are satisfied with how you currently eat, doing Whole30 will lead you to learn about the nutritional value of foods, guide you to become more aware of what you eat, and will teach you selfdiscipline when it comes to food. In turn, you’ll be on the track to a healthier and more responsible life. There are things that all of us can learn, and Whole30 is here to teach us. l

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Being a teenager isn’t easy. But for teens who suffer with a chronic disease like psoriasis, life can be especially challenging.

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soriasis is a genetic skin disease associated with the immune system that causes skin cells to reproduce too quickly. A normal skin cell matures and falls off the body’s surface in 28 to 30 days. However, skin affected by psoriasis takes only three to four days to mature and move to the surface. Instead of falling off (shedding), the cells pile up and form lesions. The skin also becomes very red due to increased blood flow. According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, psoriatic disease affects more than 8 million people in the U.S. with as many as one-third of those developing the disease during childhood. The disease takes not only a physical, but emotional toll that

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immune system. The National Psoriasis Foundation and the federal government are promoting and funding research to find the cause and cure for psoriasis.

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4. People who have psoriasis lead positive and productive lives. Often, they find themselves better adapted to deal with stress and change because of the skills developed when living with psoriasis. Psoriasis does not define people. Intelligence, character, and relationships will be the determining factor in life’s important decisions, such as choice of work, whether to attend college, responsibility, and the kind of person one seeks to be.

1. Psoriasis is not contagious. It is not something you can “catch” or “pass on” and people with psoriasis pose no threat to the health or safety of others. 2. Psoriasis is more than skin deep. It’s not uncommon for those affected with psoriasis to experience a sense of shock, confusion, and anger about what’s happening to their skin, particularly with the shifting social expectations and behavior that come with being a teenager. Having a strong support system of family and friends is important to help them cope with the disease. 3. While treatable, currently, there is no cure for psoriasis. However, there is hope for a cure. Researchers are studying psoriasis more than ever before. They understand much more about its genetic causes and how it involves the

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AND ITCHY IN THE WINTER We wait all year for activities that come along with winter, like sipping hot cocoa by the fire or staying in to snuggle up under cozy blankets while re-watching our favorite movies.

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he winter season also brings some less-than-desirable side effects, though. An all-toocommon winter woe is dry, flaky skin that can feel itchy, tight or painful. In fact, a recent survey conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of CeraVe among more than 2,000 U.S. adults revealed that 55 percent of Americans feel having dry skin in the winter and having chapped lips are among the things they dislike most. Moreover, 57 percent of Americans said having healthy skin is more important than staying upto-date on social media, 23 percent would move to another climate if it promised healthier skin and 18 percent would give up their favorite food for the duration of winter if it meant not having dry skin for the season. The good news is that none of those trade-offs are necessary, because treating and preventing this wintertime discomfort can be helped with a simple change, says Dr. Michelle Henry, a boardcertified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon based in New York City. “In the winter, the conditions are much harsher on the skin, which means your skin has different needs,” Henry says. “So when the seasons change, that just means it’s time to switch up your skincare routine, just like you change the way you dress and how you spend time outdoors.”

Henry shares some of the common causes of dry winter skin, along with her expert tips for cold-weather skincare so you can start feeling better all over.

1. Dry air is everywhere You may think that the outside air is to blame for your dry skin. While this may hold some truth, heated indoor air also has very little humidity. When you spend your life basking in this dry environment, your skin eventually pays the price. “During the winter months, the skin contains more moisture than the air,” Henry says. “What happens is the dry environment leeches the moisture from the skin, leaving it looking and feeling dry and dull.” Moisture loss, dryness and cracking comes as a result of damage to the skin barrier. To replenish your taxed skin, slather on a rich emollient that contains ceramides daily. Ceramides are like the mortar that holds the bricks of your skin together and are essential to healthy skin. For on-thego relief, tote along small containers of moisturizer wherever you go.

2. Too much (or not enough) exfoliation Make no mistake, exfoliation is important to year-round skincare, but adding it in the winter is essential. This process clears away dead skin cells and product residue, letting your winter moisturizers penetrate the skin and work more effectively, Henry says. Steer clear of products with beads and grains that strip and irritate the skin, especially in the winter. Instead, choose formulas designed to be gentle on sensitive complexions.

3. Too many long, hot showers On a cold winter morning, a long shower that really steams up the mirror is relaxing and feels great. However, Dr. Henry says these long sessions are drying for the skin (and don’t get you any cleaner). “I recommend that my patients keep showers under 10 minutes in lukewarm water,” Henry says. Afterwards, she says, pat yourself with a towel so some moisture is left behind on the skin, and then seal it in by applying lotion all over.

4. Excessive hand washing Hands can take a beating during the winter months. With germs running rampant all season, hand -washing is important to stay healthy, but those who wash their hands frequently tend to suffer more from dry skin, she says. Give hands some extra TLC this time of year. After washing, always apply a thick lotion to protect against and heal dry, cracked hands. Henry recommends CeraVe Healing Ointment, a gentle formula that contains three essential ceramides to provide intense, long-lasting moisturization, while soothing dry, chapped skin.

5. Your products are too harsh Your winter skin care regimen should be different from your summer routine. Many summertime products are designed to remove dirt, oil and sweat, but when it gets colder and dryer, these products may become drying and irritating. Henry recommends switching your facial cleanser or body wash from a foam or gel to a creambased moisturizing formula. For more ideas on how to get soothing relief and protection for your sensitive winter skin, visit cerave.com. (BPT) l

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They say you can tell a lot about a person from their smile. From braces to whitening treatments, regular dental visits and good brushing habits, Americans do a lot to make sure their teeth look great when they flash a smile.

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owever, one of the most important parts of a great smile, and indeed an essential part of healthy teeth, often gets overlooked: your enamel. The enamel is the hard, protective coating that covers your teeth and is the first and most important line of defense against tooth decay. Even though maintaining a strong, healthy layer of enamel is essential to preserving your smile, it often isn’t the focus of someone’s oral care routine.

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“I like to share valuable information like enamel erosion with my patients and friends because most people don’t understand it or know how to prevent it and, most importantly, that once enamel is gone, you can never get it back,” says Ann Ross, RDH. “Because of this, prevention, through avoiding certain foods and practicing good oral hygiene, is essential.”

Proactive approach To preserve your enamel and prevent further erosion, dental professionals recommend a proactive and defensive approach. The first step is to take proactive measures. This includes proper brushing and using the right toothpaste. In October of this year, the American Dental Association (ADA) Council on Scientific Affairs announced that Crest Pro-Health Advanced, Deep Clean Mint toothpaste earned the first ADA Seal of Acceptance in the enamel erosion category, based on the finding that the product is

safe and has shown efficacy in helping to prevent or reduce enamel erosion from dietary acids, when used as directed.

A good defense You may be causing enamel erosion without knowing it. On a daily basis, people ingest acidic drinks and foods that are especially harmful to teeth. The biggest culprits are:

• Lemon (including lemonade) • Cola drinks • Sport drinks • Orange juice • Energy drinks If you drink these daily, make sure you are taking steps to protect your enamel, like using the right toothpaste, and drinking plenty of water. Ross adds, “If you want to maintain a healthy, beautiful smile, make sure you protect your enamel by brushing twice a day with toothpaste that has been scientifically shown to prevent the erosion of enamel, like Crest Pro-Health Advanced, Deep Clean Mint.” For more information, visit www.crest.com. (BPT) l

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Those with creative or artistic aspirations know that consistently staying motivated and inspired is easier said than done.

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hether you’re a songwriter, a poet or a visual artist, these tried-and-true habits and new tools can help you to create your best work in the new year.

Me Time A little bit of me-time goes a long way. Carve out some space each week for your own pursuits beyond the time spent working on projects. Learn where and when you do your best thinking, brainstorming and reflection. Is it on a morning walk through the park? Do you need complete silence? Don’t be afraid to

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request some solitude from loved ones. This may also be a good opportunity to disconnect from your devices for a bit. Leave your phone off or at home so you aren’t tempted to distract yourself.

Innovative Tools New technology can actually inspire you to be more creative, revolutionizing the way you plan, design and write by hand. For example, many creative people are turning to devices called eWriters, electronic tablets which combine the functionality of notepads, sketchbooks, memo books and more, and which offer unique features you don’t get with traditional pen and paper. For example, Blackboard by Boogie Board is the first ever writing tool featuring Liquid Crystal Paper for a comfortable, natural inkless pen on paper-like writing (and erasing) experience with no lag or delay. Its transparent writing surface allows users to write on any document, photo, map or digital screen, and several templates are included, such as lines, grids and more, which is ideal for collaborative

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editing. A free app makes saving, organizing, searching and sharing work, doodles and edits easy. And because it works on a replaceable five-year battery, users don’t have to worry about chargers or outlets, making it a convenient tool to use wherever inspiration strikes.

Set up a Work Space While you should be prepared to create wherever the spirit moves you, having a dedicated workspace at home is a good idea. Be sure it’s comfortable, away from distractions and brightly lit. Make it a space you want to spend time. Add flowers or plants, artwork and other items that inspire you.

Get Inspired Who do you most admire? You may get inspired by learning more about your greatest artistic heroes. Read their biographies to learn what made them tick and how they spent their days. This New Year, resolve to adopt new habits. Innovating the ways that you work can help you to be more creative. (StatePoint) l


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When was the last time you went on an adventure? Yesterday? Last month? Last year? It is easy to get into a rhythm, everyday being the same as the last: Wake up, go to school, go to practice, go home, do homework, eat, and go to bed. Sound familiar? kWRITTEN BY NICOLE GLENN, EDITOR OF TEEN INFLUENTIAL

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aving a steady routine in your life provides structure, builds good habits, and increases efficiency. However, life can become preeetty boring if every day is the same as the last with nothing to look forward to. This year, if even just once, take a step outside your routine and go on an adventure. So how do you go about going on an adventure? Sure you can just hop in the car, pick a spot on the map, and start driving, but doing that can either get you in a lot of trouble if you don’t have the right supplies, or cost you a lot more money if you’re not prepared in advance. When you and your friends decide to go on a trip there is a lot you need to consider if you want to make it a reality, things such as what your budget is, where you want to go, where you plan to stay, what you are going to do, how you plan to get there, and what materials you’ll need depending upon what you will be doing.

1. Decide what type of place you 4. Look for specials and discounts. want to go. Do you want to go hiking? With a little bit of searching it is easy to find Maybe to Disneyland? What about snowboarding? Research all of the different places that offer the adventure you’re looking for and compare.

discounted rates almost anywhere around the globe. A few minutes on the internet can save you tens if not hundreds of dollars.

bably have to save up a bit more to go to Disneyland than if you were to go hiking. When considering your budget, think about ALL of the costs you’ll come across: hotel/lodging, tickets for activities (admission to theme parks, ski lifts, state park fees, etc.), food, travel (plane tickets or gas money), and additional costs based upon what you plan to do.

busy time of the year, but try to find a long weekend or school break. Having the extra time will help keep the stress of travel down and allow you to be more relaxed.

5. Schedule. Be sure you check your 2. Consider your budget. You’ll pro- schedule. Don’t plan your trip around a

3. Ask your friends or family to go with you. Not only does having friends and family on a trip make it more fun and exciting, but it also helps to lower the cost of travel (if driving) and lodging per person. With everyone pitching in, the hotel and gas money isn’t all coming out of your pocket.

6. Plan Accordingly. Think about what you will be doing and what you will need for each event. For example, if you’re going snowboarding you would need a ski jacket, snow pants, gloves, a snowboard, boots, bindings, etc. Before you go, find out what you plan/need to bring versus what you plan to purchase or rent when you arrive.

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Teen THE HIDDEN DANGERS OF OVERSHARING ON Locking doors and windows and leaving a light on used to deter criminals from breaking into homes when you were away on vacation, but our obsession with sharing photos and experiences in real time on social media has created a whole new security risk for travelers.

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ccording to Mercury Insurance, burglaries involving social media have become all too common these days. “Instead of looking for physical signs that a home is unoccupied, burglars can simply scan Instagram posts, monitor Twitter feeds and check Facebook for signs that someone isn’t home. Posted photos can also show them exactly what to look for when they break in,” says Mercury Insurance Vice President of Claims Kevin Quinn. “Oversharing on social media is commonplace and built-in smartphone features like geotagging, which share the user’s exact location when they post, are only making things easier for thieves.”

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SocialMedia One example is a Mercury claimant who took his family on vacation to Cancun, Mexico. The family was very active on social media, publicizing their upcoming vacation and continuing to post updates throughout the trip. Thieves used this information to break into the claimant’s home and steal nearly $200,000 worth of personal property, along with a Mercedes-Benz parked in the driveway. Many of the items stolen were pictured on the family’s social media accounts, so the thieves knew exactly what to target. “It’s important to make sure no one in your family is posting your travel plans. Facebook posts checking into restaurants or Instagram photos of your family’s vacation blatantly advertise that you’re away from home and put your property at risk,” adds Quinn. Quinn offers the following social media tips to consider before taking off on your vacation:

Be selective about what and with whom you share. Limit your following or

friend base on your personal accounts and adjust your privacy settings so that others have a limited view of your profiles. You never know if a friend of a friend is looking at your photos or other posts.

Never announce your vacation plans on your social media channels. If you plan to go out of town, con-

sider having a neighbor check on your home, or hiring a trusted friend or family member to housesit.

Verify friend requests. It’s easy for people to pretend to be someone they’re not online, so don’t get “catfished.” Be wary of connecting with people you don’t know.

expensive belongings on social media that might entice thieves. Steer clear of posting pictures of expensive jewelry, cash, designer clothing and accessories, and electronics.

to any personal information stored on your computer, because unattended machines are easy marks for hackers.

Never share photos of your bePower down your PC. Disable the longings. Be careful about displaying any internet connection to cut off access

“Live in the moment and enjoy your time

Don’t tag your location. Disable with your family. The purpose of vacation is

the geotagging feature on your smartphone and resist the urge to check in at locations while you’re away.

Avoid uploading photos during your vacation. Wait until you’re home to share your family’s trip.

to relax, recharge and experience things in person, not just on a screen. Save the photo sharing and status updates for when you return home — it could make the difference between whether you need to file an insurance claim after your well-deserved time away or not,” adds Quinn. (BPT) l

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Once a newly licensed teen gets behind the wheel for the first time without a parent or guardian, the taste of freedom is exhilarating.

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ut a teenager’s lack of behindthe-wheel experience puts them at greater risk of getting into an accident. Add factors like passengers, loud music and stress, and the situation can quickly turn dire. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens, with one in three teen deaths caused by vehicle crashes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

principles and best practices for road safety. Taught by UPS employees who volunteer their time, the program offers classroom instruction along with practice time behind the wheel of a virtual driving simulator. The UPS instructors share insights they have learned through the company’s in-depth defensive driving training. “The thing that has really hit home for me is the fact that driving a car is a huge responsibility,” said CeCe McNeal, the national teen ambassador, east region, for the UPS Road Code program. The program’s national teen ambassador, west region, Jaylen Vinson added, “Whenever I get

To help teens navigate into this new responsibility safely, there are lots of resources out there to help them. For example, Boys & Girls Clubs of America and The UPS Foundation have come together to create the UPS Road Code program, which is available in 57 Boys & Girls Clubs across 46 U.S. cities. This is a free program that educates teens on safe driving

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into the car, before I turn the key, I remind myself that I’m in control of the car and I’m in charge of the choices I make on the road.” Whether you have a teen in your life who needs some guidance, or you would like some reminders of how to be more mindful while on the road, here are some tips and insights that McNeal and Vinson learned during the course that can help drivers of all ages avoid risky behavior on the road.

Delete Distractions: If your attention is on something other than driving — texting, eating, turning the radio dial, talking to a passenger or on the phone — you’re putting yourself at greater risk of getting into a crash. And with every crash, you also risk the lives of your fellow passengers and everyone else out on the road.

Mind the Speed: Sometimes we don’t pay attention to the speed limit, which can lead to harmful consequences very fast. Increased speed can result in an expensive traffic ticket, along with raised insurance rates. But, most importantly, speeding reduces your time to react to hazards and increases your likelihood of getting into a dangerous collision.


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Plan for the Weather: Get into the habit of checking the weather before you plan your trip. Driving in heavy rain, snow and ice can be stressful and slippery for any driver. So, when the conditions are bad and you have to head out, give yourself extra time. And if you’re still running behind schedule, just remember, it’s always better to be late than end up in a serious crash because you are rushing.

Never Drive While Impaired: Alcohol and other substances can impair your vision and reaction time, which can lead to a greater likelihood

of being in a fatal crash. In fact, in 2016 there were 10,497 people in the United States killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes and an average of one alcoholimpaired driving fatality happens every 50 minutes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Driving under the influence is never worth the risk.

Look and Think Ahead: One key to being a good driver is staying focused on the road and what’s around you, so you can spot the hazards and respond to them immediately. Be aware of others sharing the road

with you, including bicyclists and pedestrians, and leave enough space between you and the other cars to allow for reaction time. Scan the road ahead, especially intersections, while also remembering to check those rear and side-view mirrors regularly. “If you don’t handle your car in a safe manner at all times, it can turn into a deadly weapon against others on the road, your passengers and yourself,” McNeal said. “Keeping these tips top of mind before getting behind the wheel can reduce the risks faced on the road and help to make the roads safer for us all.” (BPT) l

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LIFESTYLE Are you one of those dedicated people who snap great photos at every meaningful moment of your life? And do most of those shots end up in virtual memory, filed away in a sea of unsorted images?

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f so, you’re far from alone. Analysts say a whopping 1.2 trillion photos will be taken across the world this year, with many adding to the 4.7 trillion photo stockpile accumulating in digital storage. In a way we’re victims of our own success when it comes to enjoying the key images that define our lives. While smartphone technology has made capturing and preserving our best memories easier than ever, we end up taking so many images we can’t curate them all; after that they often wind up forgotten or just plain lost somewhere in the digital realm. There’s light at the end of the lens, however. The photography industry has offered up several solutions for helping you sort and curate the photos that remind you of your most treasured memories. Consider how the following ideas may help.

1. For easier organization and retrieval, there is software available to help you categorize, store and search for your most valuable shots, using

technology such as face recognition and your camera’s GPS to make the process more efficient. Mac users can source the free Photos app while Windows users can invest in helpful tools such as Adobe Photoshop Elements.

and subfolders using multiple descriptive keywords pointing to themes, subjects, locations, occasions, seasons, etc.

4. Check out other time-saving tools. For example, the easy-to-use Kodak Moments App offers a “Made for

2. Immediately print those mea- You” feature that automatically searches ningful photos, especially if they’d your rolls to identify standout photos make great gifts. After an exceptional photo session, take your smartphone or memory card directly to a Kodak Picture Kiosk (found at most CVS and Target locations) that can create the prints in minutes. You can even order ahead through the Kodak Moments App or place an order through kodakmoments. com to have it home-delivered.

and show you how they’d look as prints, cards, photo books, canvases, mugs or magnets. Such personalized items can make meaningful gifts for the loved one who has everything.

5. For added security, some experts

3. Before downloading your photos for storage, get in the habit

advise maintaining files for your digital photos on at least three different media, with one set stored outside of your home. That ensures you’ll always have options for retrieval if something goes awry.

of quickly reviewing them and sorting definite keepers from duds. Delete the bad ones or simply rank them via your camera’s rating system so your photo library software categorizes them accordingly. Be sure to clearly name and date your folders

When they’re brought out of storage and enjoyed, your most stellar photos can remind you of the best parts of your life. Make sure you’re curating and celebrating your most treasured memories. (BPT) l

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BEYOND YOUR According to Successconsciousness.com,

“A positive attitude leads to success.” How is success defined? Success in your job? Success in your relationships? Success in your future? kWRITTEN BY JULIA GLENN

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es, a positive attitude can lead to success in everything. Along with success in your careers, a positive attitude can affect your relationships, marriage, and future. Reach beyond the negativity in your life to experience true success. The ways in which your attitude can affect your career are significant. If you are searching for a job, and apply to 20 different companies but do not receive a job, will you give up and think you are a failure? A person with a negative attitude may give up. However, if a person has a positive attitude he or she can use that attitude as a motivator to keep on praying and trusting God, while searching for a job. Instead of giving into the negative attitude, which will lead to a dead end path, the person must stay positive.

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A negative attitude can lead to the selffulfilling prophecy. If you keep thinking you are a failure, the next time you get a job interview, you will act like a failure and consequently, not get the job. You just experienced a negative self-fulfilling prophecy (www.cbsnews.com). For example, take a look at another person of the same skill set who applied for the job. If the ‘other guy’ has a positive attitude, he is more likely to get the job. On the other hand, say you have a job, and you have a great boss, great coworkers, but you don’t have a great attitude; you go into work, and ignore your boss. She can either think you are having a bad morning, or if it happens every day she may not be so forgiving and you could be labeled as having a bad attitude. If it’s because of a bad attitude, then you have a higher percentage of being like that every day, and if it occurs frequently you may just lose your job. Your attitude is a habit. Make it a habit to have a positive attitude at work. Having a positive attitude is not only important at work, but in your relationships also. If you have friends who are there for you, through the ups and downs, then you will successfully ride the

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roller coaster of life. Your friends are the people who shape you, and they help you know how to interact with others. It is important to have a positive attitude around your friends or else they may stop being your friend. In friendships, there can be lots of miscommunications. Until these miscommunications are sorted out you want to keep a good attitude so your friends will actually want to come back from an argument and be your friend. Throughout your life, your attitude will be challenged by your friends because they can be annoying at times but having a positive attitude will make you a better friend. According to the website, Timemanagementnija.com, “Be someone who others want to be with, because you lift their energy, attitude, and spirit.” This same positive attitude can even be used in a marriage, because many people don’t want to marry a gloomy person, so lighten up, think of the good things, and choose to be happy in your marriage. Proverbs 17:22 tells us, “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” Be a joyful spouse and maybe these few things could change your success in your marriage and friendships.


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So far, your attitude affects your career, relationships, and marriage. To put it all together, these all affect your future, consequently attitude affects your future. If you have a negative attitude, then you are likely to have a habit of being negative. This habit of negativity may seem unbreakable, and you are just stuck in a circle of failure, but attitude is a habit. It can change, as said by blog.nola. com. When you have a positive attitude you are most likely going to make better decisions than if you had a negative attitude, so this is just a very obvious

reason why it is important to be positive. Why deal with a failing future, when you can fix that, by fixing your attitude? According to successconciouscness.com five reasons to retain a positive attitude are, happiness, motivation, self-esteem, better

health, and improved relations. Without a positive attitude in your life, things will likely not go well, so go beyond the negativity, and the habit of it, and open yourself up to a positive attitude. With a positive attitude, many great things can be achieved by even ‘small’ people. l

Works Cited

Jarrow, Craig. “21 ways to Define a Positive Attitude.” Time Management Ninja. February 24, 2012. Web. 1 Oct. 2017. https://timemanagementninja.com/2012/02/21-ways-to-define-a-positive-attitude/ Myers, Teena and Ryan Lowe. “The Importance of a Positive Attitude.” NOLA Media Group. May 12, 2012. Web. Sept. 2017. http://blog.nola.com/faith/2012/05/the_importance_of_a_positive_a.html Sasson, Remez. “Five Reason Why You Should Think Positively.” Success Consciousness. Nd. Web. Sept. 2017 https://www.successconsciousness.com/blog/positive-attitude/five-reasons-why-you-should-think-positively/ Tobak, Steve. “Self-fulfilling Prophecy: How Attitude Leads to Success.” CBS News. April 22, 2011. Web. Oct. 2017. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/self-fulfilling-prophecy-how-attitude-leads-to-success/

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AValentineTreat From AND FOR THE HEART When you love someone, you want what is best for them, you want them to be happy and feel loved. kWRITTEN BY NICOLE GLENN, EDITOR OF TEEN INFLUENTIAL

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ebruary 14 has become an international day to show those you love how much you care for them by exchanging valentines on Valentine’s Day. But why is Valentine’s Day associated with romance and love? Although there are a few stories, according to History.com, “One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.” This act of defiance of injustice lead Valentine to be canonized a saint by the Catholic Church. At the end of the 5th century Pope Gelasius declared February 14 St. Valentine’s Day and since then people all over the world have celebrated their love for others in many different ways including exchanging “valentines”. Some of the most popular forms of valentines are homemade sweet treats. Want to show your valentine that you care? Here are some simple sweet (and healthy) yogurt treat recipes that you can use if you want to make your Valentine feel the love this Valentine’s Day.

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Strawberry Yogurt Hearts Ingredients • 1/2 cup chopped strawberries • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt • 2 tablespoons honey Directions 1. Mix strawberries, yogurt and honey in bowl. Add to heartshaped molds or ice cube tray. 2. Freeze at least 2 hours, or until set. Recipe from www.produceforkids.com/ recipes/strawberry-yogurt-bites/


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Strawberry Granola Yogurt Bark

Strawberry Yogurt Covered Pretzels

Ingredients • 24 oz. container of Greek yogurt (vanilla or plain or any other flavor if you’re feeling adventurous) • 2 teaspoons of honey • 1 cup of strawberries, sliced • 1 cup of granola

Ingredients • 1 large bag mini (or regular) pretzels • 2 cups strawberry yogurt • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar (Or to minimize sugar, substitute with 1 tablespoon of honey)

Instructions 1. In a small bowl (or even in the yogurt container), mix together honey and yogurt. 2. Spread the mixture into the bottom of a 9x13” pan that has been covered in aluminum foil. 3. Sprinkle the strawberries and the granola over the top of the yogurt, slightly pressing it into the yogurt with your hands. 4. Freeze for about 1 hour, or until completely frozen. 5. Remove from freezer, and cut into about 12 slices (I used a pizza cutter). Serve immediately, or keep in freezer in a freezer-safe bag or container for up to 30 days.

Instructions 1. Preheat the oven to 250ºF. 2. Beat together the confectioners’ sugar (OR honey) and yogurt until the frosting is smooth and creamy. Stir in the pretzels. 3. Place the pretzels on a lined cookie sheet. Place the cookie sheet in the freezer. Allow them to sit there for 3 hours before removing. Recipe from www.downlo.tumblr.com/ post/7017434865/strawberry-yogurt -covered-pretzels l

Recipe from www.sixsistersstuff.com/recipe/ 2016/01/strawberry-granola-yogurt-bark/

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FOOD & BEVERAGE Savvy hosts and hostesses know that the keys to a successful soiree are a room filled with laughter and delicious treats served.

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f you’re hosting a special event with friends and family, impress and delight your guests with fresh, new takes on the classics. Here are some ideas for a simple, yet indulgent, chip buffet:

Vary the chip choices. It’s hard to beat the classic potato chip at any snacking occasion. Make your snacks special by adding crispy kettle cooked chips to the mix. Lay’s Kettle Cooked Chips are cooked in small batches to create extra crunch in 11 flavors, from better-for-you Lightly Salted Olive Oil & Herbs to a spicy Jalapeño.

Play with presentation.

Bowls are a tried-and-true way to serve chips, but try some Pinterest-worthy ideas like glass jars for guests to see all the delicious flavors, mini apple baskets with metal scoops for a rustic look or individual take-out boxes for your guests to quickly grab.

• Do it up with dip. Dips and spreads dress up a potato chip and when you’re entertaining a crowd, the more the merrier! Serve the

classics like French onion, spinach and artichoke and baked brie, all of which are simple to prepare and can even be prepped a day ahead of time. To really impress your guests, mix in a few out-of-the-ordinary recipes such as a Jalapeño Pimento Cheese dip.

Jalapeño Pimento Cheese Ingredients - 1 bag Lay’s Kettle Cooked Chips - 8 ounces jalapeño cheddar cheese, grated - 2 tablespoons mayonnaise - 4-ounce jar of pimentos, drained and chopped - 1/4 cup Greek yogurt - 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder - 1/8 cup pickled jalapeños, drained and chopped - 1/8 teaspoon cayenne powder - 1/4 teaspoon salt - 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper - 2 teaspoons lemon juice Directions Using a food processor or grater, shred cheddar cheese. Add chopped pimentos, chopped jalapeños, cayenne powder, salt, pepper, garlic powder, mayo and 1/4 cup thick Greek yogurt. Mix until combined. Depending on texture you want, add more Greek yogurt. Stir in lemon juice. Serve with Lay’s Kettle Cooked Original or 40% Less Fat Jalapeño Cheddar Chips. (B)PT) l

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NotHappiness? The sun is shining bright, signaling the start of a new wonderful day. The wind is blowing by, whistling in my ears; a perfect day to ref and make some cash. Ah, is this not happiness?

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t’s a nerve-racking day. With a test in his hand Mr. Harper is casually calling out each class member’s name. When I hear my name called I jump up like a rabbit out of its den, and I stride forward on the tips of my toes, burning to get to my test. I look down and stare at my grade. I slowly walk back to my desk, slowly raising my head with a smile spread across my face. Ah, is this not happiness? The Jedi stands tall, surrounded by a river of lava and a mountain of stone. The master stares down and sees his once-thought friend blazing in agony, crying for mercy, but now they know each other no more. To the

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master this apprentice is dead and has been reborn with a new name. AHHHHHHH This movie is so good. Ah, is this not happiness? The football had finally come to a close and I can return to my home. The screen flickers on causing a wave of green to hit me and I hear a ping. I plump down in my warm black chair, tired from a night of trombone. Relaxed I call up my cousin and we play Xbox till it’s almost one. Ah, is this not happiness? A warm Canadian night where the mosquitoes are out in swarms has the sun

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still up in the sky even though 10:30 has probably just ticked by. The sun is radiating across the horizon, painting a picture of darkness, hope, and light: a tale of good and evil fighting to conquer the other. The water of the lake lapses the shore acting as a canvas, showing the slow brushstroke of the sun with colors glimmering from red to midnight blue. Ah, is this not happiness? The bar flickers between red and white, flashing the alarm. I hear shots ring out from across the hall—Joerf12 just died a brutal death: thrown to the ground and


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kWRITTEN BY PRESTON GLENN then interrogated by Caveira--- “Oh no I’m the last one left.” I see movement to the left so I thrust my fingers up and sideways, pulling the trigger all at once, hoping that with luck I hit my mark. The smoke clears up and I hear a body hitting the ground. Then immediately following like lighting Victory flashes across the screen and the next round begins. Ah, is this not happiness? The rain showers, washing away the dust of past mistakes and putting out fires of long gone regrets. Ah, Is this not happiness? I yell ready and then immediately tense up,

ready for the onslaught of water to come rushing at my face. But soon it is over and I’m over the first wake. Back and forth I go flying past the other party goers. Water Skiing: the best sport in the world, which so few people try. Ah, Is this not happiness? It’s five o’clock in the morning, and we’re all up: the four kids that is. We all huddle up and confirm that the mission is still ago. Once we are confirmed we tiptoe down the stairs and gaze at our goal. There we see our gifts from Santa and friends, basking in the light from the tree throwing off a rainbow of colors. We

sprawl across the room and relax. Our mission is complete. Ah, is this not happiness? For over two weeks my money has been sitting in the corner of my room, wondering what crime it did to be so neglected. But my money, which has been spent on new computer parts, shall be neglected no longer. The time has come that I can finally unwrap the hard-earned rewards of the past months grueling labor. The clock ticks by and at the end of a thrilling day my computer is done and I play a small game. Ah, is this not happiness? l

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You place your hands on your hips, letting out a sigh of satisfaction. The sun went down ages ago but finally, the last box is unpacked. Your trek across the country has come to a close and tomorrow is the start of your next adventure in a brand-new city. Where do you start? kWRITTEN BY PRISCILLA GLENN

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his past September, I uprooted myself from my home in Texas and drove over twenty-five hours to Northern California. Why? I made this journey to start my life as an independent, self-sustaining graduate student. That meant leaving behind my deep-rooted friendships from undergrad. It meant that my family was now a plane ride away instead of three hours by car. To sum it up, this decision meant trying and failing to learn everyone’s names, navigating unfamiliar streets, assimilating to the social norms, and coping with the loss having a Whataburger right down the street.

general direction it is in. Where are your classes? Use GPS and find out where you need to go before the first day of class so you don’t realize five minutes into class that you are in the wrong classroom (I did that my sophomore year). Give it a week or two and you’ll find yourself more comfortable driving around your new city. Give it a month and you’ll know the lay of the land and a few months later, when someone asks you for directions to the little café on 5th street and you know the answer, you’ll start feeling like a local (though to know all the nooks and crannies probably takes years, if not a lifetime).

Whether you are starting college, changing high schools, or going adventuring, I have found three activities make the transition easier of moving to a new place easier; learning the area, being as social as possible, and allowing for ambiguity.

When I moved to California, my goal was to be as social as possible. Why? For a couple of reasons: because I am an introvert and because I wanted to set up my social network. You see, I am completely content getting home from work, watching some Star Trek while eating dinner, and finishing the night with crocheting. That lifestyle though, doesn’t allow for the formation of friends and social life so I knew I would have to put my introvert self on hold. During my first few weeks at grad school, I said yes to every social event. Was I exhausted by the end of the night? Yes. But I met a lot of people, had fun, and most importantly, I set up a social network of invites. For you see, in the beginning if you say no to everything, then no one is going to invite you to events later because they think that you’ll just say no. However, if you say yes to everything, then everyone will invite you to the events later in the year. But at that point, you don’t have to say yes to everything. Just say yes to about a third to a half of the events (or more) that you particularly care about, have fun, and you’ll continue to get the invites throughout the

Learning the area of your new city is extremely important because until you do so, you will always feel like a stranger. But driving through a new city can be daunting. Thankfully, we live in the age of technology. Just get in your car, search for the nearest Walmart, and off you go. Until you realize the new city you’re in doesn’t have a Walmart. The only Target is all the way across town; I wasn’t expecting that. This is when GPS is a life saver. Search for “grocery stores” and it reveals that this city prefers Safeway and SaveMart. Good to know. Using GPS, you can also look up any locations you plan to visit in the near future. Are you religious? Look up your organization early so if and when you are rushing out the door, you already know how long it will take to arrive and which

year. This worked out perfectly for me and after only a few weeks of grad school, I had met most of my fellow grad students and co-workers and to this day, continue to be invited out to different events. The most important aspect about moving though is to allow for ambiguity. Life is a mess. Not everything is going to go according to plan, no matter how much you try to prepare for it. Remember that. Have patience with yourself and with situations. Don’t rush anything and be ready to roll with changes and upsets. For example, when I moved into my apartment, I didn’t have a living room. It was under repair from water damage from the summer and I was originally told it would be completed in a week or two. Weeks later, I was being moved from hotel room to hotel room, waiting for them to finish up repairing the bathrooms while the living room was still not complete. Was it stressful? Definitely. Plus, on top of all that, that I was trying to learn all of the techniques and procedures of my new lab, was starting classes for graduate school, and trying to maintain a social and recreational life. It was a lot. But by mentally allowing for ambiguity when I moved, I was able to cope with the stress and come out on top. Moving to California indicated the start of the next chapter in my life. And it was very different from the previous chapter of undergrad. But by learning my new city, being social, and allowing for ambiguity, I can proudly say that my first quarter of graduate school was a success. And now that the moving process is over, I’m looking forward to what life will bring in my new home. I think the next few years are going to be quite pleasant. l

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The InFluential Family is Dedicated to the Art of Living Well.