7 Style Tips for Surfer Girls

7 Style Tips for Surfer Girls: So, how does a surf betty manage style and safety? Balancing my innate sense of responsibility (something that hit me so hard and so suddenly when I was around 27) with my intrinsic desire to be a beach bum requires some creative strategies.

A long long time ago, my friends and I used to lay out on the beach lathered in baby oil, baking like chicken fingers, hunting a golden brown. I remember the days when going to the beach felt less complicated. The sun wasn’t the enemy. Beer and surfing seemed like a fine match. These days, …

South Florida’s Social Snake: Sneaky Forms of Sexual Harassment on the Street

6 Sneaky Forms of Sexual Harassment:It's unbelievable. It feels like a time warp. This also highlights the major behavioral gap between professionals and non-professionals. While sexual harassment is less tolerated in a professional work environment, it still reigns our streets. Most noticeable are the loudest forms. For example, a few quick honks, basic cat-calling or whistling and my least favorite, the looooong squeaky kiss. The other day as I waited for my dog to finish her business, I was labeled a "mami" by some shirtless hairy gut riding his bicycle.

The bright green flier hangs proudly on the bulletin board just across my office door. It offers a quick overview of sexual harassment in the workplace and useful phone numbers. Luckily, I work in a place that has little tolerance for unprofessional and unwelcome behavior so I’ve never had to read it too closely. But …

15 Ways to Style Your Succulents

15 Ways to Style Succulents: There's a common joke that succulents are perfect for the laxy gardener, but they are also perfect for designers. Succulents are the royalty of indoor gardens. Because they are so easy to please they can be maneuvered and styled in creative ways, bringing color and Mother Earth to stuffy rooms. They tend to require less soil, less water, and they clean air very efficiently. As I begin to brainstorm my new succulent project, I have found some innovative design inspirations. Here's a few looks I may implement that will hopefully inspire you too.

“Somebody went shopping!” I gasped upon learning that three of my potted plants had been stolen while our apartment was being tented. To protect them from the toxic chemicals, I placed them in the outdoor courtyard, completely convinced they would be fine. Nowhere in any corner of my mind did I think someone would steal …

10 Innovative Ways to Use Hammocks Indoors

In the 1920s, women would use hammocks to keep their babies from crawling around the house. And long before that, hammocks were hung inside the cabins of ships, freeing up space for storage and seating areas. Though times have changed, and hammocks have been replaced by play pens and bunks, they still offer unique health benefits and appealing aesthetics. Hammocks improve quality of sleep and encourage relaxation.

Within a few seconds I had become a pea inside a pod. We were six or seven years old. It was a rainy summer day in the Dominican Republic. As our parents played dominoes inside, my little friends and I, bored, creative and without electricity, discovered that we could roll each other up in the …

4 Low Calorie Drinks for Cinco de Mayo

4 Low Calorie Tequila Drinks---stay skinny this cinco de mayo!

Mexican cuisine is wrongfully typecast as cheesy, greasy and fatty. Margaritas are labeled as high-calorie and high-sugar drinks. So, when Cinco de Mayo rolls around, the holiday becomes an excuse to gobble deep fried taquitos, greasy quesadillas and sweet frozen drinks. However, Cinco de Mayo does not have to be a bloat causing, fattening food …

20 Eco-Friendly Gifts for Mom

In keeping with tradition as well as honoring its altruistic roots, why not celebrate Mother's Day with environmentally friendly gifts? Mother's Day is a day for all mothers-- including our majestic Mother Earth, the mother we all share.

Believe it or not, Hallmark did not invent Mother’s Day. Yes, the corporations inevitably usurped it for themselves, but Mother’s Day was initialized by a woman named Anna Jarvis, who struggled to protect it from commercialism her entire life. Mother’s Day is rooted in philanthropy. It was a day for women to freely tend to …

How Defunding Planned Parenthood Damages Men’s Health

It's name "Planned Parenthood," labels it as a center for two parents; categorizing this healthcare service as a women's issue overshadows the crucial healthcare it provides for men. Lesser known are the many services Planned Parenthood offers men and couples. Rather than stress the negative effects of defunding Planned Parenthood on one gender, it is much more lucrative to focus on both genders, both parents. Men rely on this healthcare service as much as women directly and indirectly.

Trump’s signature has (once again) ignited global concern about the state of women. Today, Thursday 4/13, President Trump signed a bill that gives states the option of defunding their Planned Parenthood programs (New York Times). Planned Parenthood is a global healthcare provider that offers medical services associated with reproductive health. It has become a symbol for …

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