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Healthy and Hearty Southwestern Chicken Soup

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October 1st, 2014 · Print Print

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As the weather gets chillier, there’s nothing more delicious than a warm, hearty soup recipe! This delicious dish is somewhere between a soup and a stew — it’s easily hearty enough to work as a full meal, and it’s full of nutritious and substantial ingredients like beans and chicken.

I bet you wouldn’t think of beans as a skin-friendly ingredient, but actually they are! Beans are full of biotin, which helps your skin look younger and healthier (a bioltin deficiency can make your skin dry and brittle). And this recipe also has tomatoes, which naturally protect your skin from UV rays (but be sure to add some extra protection with a moisturizer containing SPF, like Simple Skincare Protecting Light Moisturizer)! All in all, this recipe is delicious and easy, and will leave your skin looking great!

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Southwestern Chicken Soup

INGREDIENTS
1 onion, chopped
1 (16 ounce) can chili beans
1 (15 ounce) can black beans
1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 12-ounce bottle of beer
2 (10 ounce) cans diced tomatoes
2 tbsp jalapeno peppers, minced
1/4 cup taco seasoning
3 whole skinless, boneless chicken breasts
Cheddar cheese (optional)
Sour cream (optional)
Scallions

DIRECTIONS
1. Place the onion, chili beans, black beans, corn, tomato sauce, beer, and diced tomatoes in a slow cooker. Add taco seasoning, and stir to blend. Lay chicken breasts on top of the mixture, pressing down slightly until just covered by the other ingredients. Set slow cooker for low heat, cover, and cook for 5 hours.
2. Remove chicken breasts from the soup, and allow to cool long enough to be handled. Stir the shredded chicken back into the soup, and continue cooking for 2 hours. Serve topped with shredded Cheddar cheese, a dollop of sour cream, and crushed tortilla chips, if desired. Serves four.

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band-aids that make mom proud

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September 29th, 2014 · Print Print

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Do you see that band-aid?

It’s not often that a mom is excited to see a band-aid on her baby.  In fact, I’d venture to say that it’s exactly *never* that a mom greets a sight like this with a smile.

With one exception.

When those band-aids are there after your baby’s four-month vaccines.

See, here’s the thing.  If you look at Facebook or sometimes even the news, you might think that there’s actually some medical controversy over whether or not you should vaccinate your kids.

AND YOU WOULD BE WRONG.

Let’s be clear: Vaccines save lives.  We are very, very lucky to be living in a country and at a time when vaccines against deadly diseases are safe, effective and readily available.  Children all over the world do not have that luxury. 

And yet, parents — a terrifying number of parents — choose not to offer their children this life-saving protection, because of misguided fears that ignore science in lieu of groundless speculation.  The article that originally claimed to link vaccines and autism has now been universally discredited and withdrawn by the journal that published it.  No medical data has ever supported any link between vaccines and autism. 

And yet somehow this unfounded “controversy” lingers.  And it is putting kids at risk.

As parenting goes, you will almost never hear a whiff of judgment from me.  Breastfeed or bottle-feed?  Both are great.  Stay home or keep working?  Up to you, mama.  Daycare or a nanny?  Either one!  Night-wake till they’re two?  More power to you.  Cry it out?  You gotta do what you gotta do.

Not one of those decisions is life-or-death for your baby.  They are all choices that can be made in different ways by reasonable, caring parents.

Vaccinating your child?

That is different. 

That is life or death – and not just for your child, but for every other child they interact with.

That is a life or death decision you are making for my child.

See, vaccines aren’t 100% effective.  They require multiple rounds before a child reaches immunity, and individual kids may have different immune responses in a particular case, even if the vaccine itself is effective 99% of the time.  The reason we don’t see these illnesses anymore, even though the vaccines aren’t perfect, is because of herd immunity — because all kids get the vaccines, even if your kid isn’t perfectly immune, it’s very unlikely for him or her to be exposed to the actual disease.

But when parents stop vaccinating their kids?  Their kids are at risk, obviously.  But so is every single other child, whether it’s a newborn who hasn’t had any shots or a five-year-old with a severe allergic reaction that prevented his own vaccination.

Deciding not to vaccinate your children is not just stupid.  Sure, it’s stupid. 

But it’s also profoundly selfish. 

Those kids are depending on you.  My kid is depending on you.

So, please.  Please.  Please.  Inform yourselves.  Learn the science.  There is not, and has never been, any scientific evidence of a causal relationship between vaccines and autismVaccines save lives every single day, and as a parent, I am thrilled and grateful to be able to provide them for my child.

So those band-aids?

Yes, they make me smile. 

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in the tropics

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September 25th, 2014 · Print Print

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Fall is my favorite time of the year in Texas — when the heat and humidity of the deep summer melts away, it feels like I’m living in a tropical paradise.  The weather calls for light dresses and tank tops, and the days are long and sunny until daylight savings hits.  As much as I miss the changing seasons in the Northeast, I love my long summers here in the south!

And what better pick for a late summer night than these mirrored Foster Grant aviators?  These have been my favorite sunglasses all summer long, and they’re not going away anytime soon!  I love the classic aviator style, and the reflection on the lens makes them fresh and modern.  Swoon!  (If you haven’t seen them yet, Foster Grant sunnies can be found everywhere from CVS to Walmart — they’re super affordable and come in a ton of amazing styles!)

I matched them with this new scarf top — the print is perfect for a hot evening, or it could be adorable under a blazer (and in case you want something with a little more coverage, I’ve linked to some other options below).  Here’s to summer nights!

Foster Grant sunglasses, La Fiorentina scarf halter top, La Mer Collections watch, ASOS skirt, Kate Spade clutch, Jimmy Choo heels.


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