Habanero and Pineapple Infused Tequila

IMG_2407The holidays are a joyous but also stressful time. Some people are extremely easy to get gifts for, some people shamelessly and helpfully drop hints, but there are some people that leave you stumped every. single. year. It can be hard trying to find the right mix between useful and personal. You want to get someone something they’ll enjoy/use but you also don’t want to go down the impersonal gift card or bottle of wine route. This gift is a perfect balance for that 21+ partner, friend or family member (even coworkers if appropriate!)

I chose to make Habanero and Pineapple infused tequila. My special someone receiving this gift loves spicy food/drinks, but if that’s not the case for who you’re gifting this to feel free to mix it up for flavors they’d enjoy. That’s what makes this so personalized and special!

What you’ll need:

  • 1 bottle Tequila (I used Espolon white tequila, but you can use any kind you like. You can also sub for vodka if you prefer)
  • 2-3 habaneros
  • 2 cups fresh pineapple
  • Large enough jar (with a lid) to fit the amount of tequila and then some.

Preparation:

  1. Slice habaneros and place in the jar. If you don’t want it as spicy, remove the seeds. Be careful not to touch any sensitive areas afterward like your face or eyes, wash your hands thoroughly, or wear gloves if it’s easier. 
  2. Slice the pineapple and place in the jar.
  3. Pour tequila over the pineapple and habaneros. Cover and let sit in fridge for 2-3 days.
  4. Strain mixture into another jar or bowl to get all of the pineapple, habanero and seeds out. Either gift in a jar of your choice or funnel back into the original bottle.

 

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Anti Inflammatory Pumpkin Spice Golden Milk

With cold season approaching here in the Northeast I’ve been trying to incorporate turmeric into my diet a lot more. Among many other health benefits it has incredible anti inflammatory properties and is great for offsetting a cold.

With the temperature dropping and snow approaching I thought what better way to increase my turmeric intake than with some Pumpkin Spice Golden Milk! This warm drink tastes almost like a mix between a chai latte and a pumpkin spice latte, it is PERFECT. And I should mention that it is almost as easy as making a cup of tea.

Ingredients you’ll need:

  • 2 cups non dairy milk (I prefer almond or oat. You can either use the suggested 2 cups or just measure using whichever mug/glass you’ll be using)
  • 3/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper (the pepper helps your body to absorb the beneficial
  • So Delicious dairy free CocoWhip (optional)

Preparation:

  1. Combine milk and spices in a small saucepan.
  2. Whisk together on medium-low heat for a few minutes or until heated through. I find a good indicator is when I can see some steam forming from the top.
  3. Carefully pour into your glass or mug.
  4. I like to top my golden milk with a spoonful of So Delicious dairy free CocoWhip and sprinkle some extra cinnamon on top.

If you’d like to enjoy this drink cold, just skip the saucepan and mix all ingredients together either by hand or in a blender if you want it frothier. 

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Call for Submissions!

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For those of you that don’t know the “Like a Girl,” zine is open for submissions! Female identifying artists of any and all mediums are welcome to submit their work. In addition to or in lieu of artwork all women are encouraged to submit any stories they want to share about being a female! There is no theme for this months issue and there is no submission limit – although if a large amount of submissions are received it may need to be narrowed down so feel free to specify your favorites.

Over the past month I’ve received submissions from some really incredible female artists and I can’t wait to continue receiving more! Submit your work and share this with anyone you think may be interested. There is also a Facebook group where you can stay updated about what’s going on with the zine.

So excited for this!

Toning Brassy Hair

Something that I get asked a lot is how I keep my hair toned to an ashy, platinum blonde. It took a lot of trial and error but I’ve finally found something that works for me.

As many of you may know, when you have blonde, white or even gray hair it can tend to get some brassy tones, and although some people may want these tones, a lot of people would rather get rid of them.

My hair is originally a light reddish-brown. Luckily the color in my hair lifts fairly easily so I only need to do one round of bleaching to get my desired lightness. I will say that I DO NOT bleach my hair on my own and unless you really know what you are doing I don’t recommend doing so. It is so easy to damage your hair or for something to go wrong. I promise you that the money spent to have someone professionally bleach your hair is 100% worth it! After the color is lifted from my hair my hairdresser will then use a toner to get the brassy colors out and this is when my hair really becomes white. Sometimes it’ll even have a subtle violet hue to it, but that usually fades within the first few washes.

Most of you who have gone through this process know that the effect you get after toning usually doesn’t last too long before you start getting those yellow/orange hues. So what can you do to keep that desired look without having to go back to the salon or adding anymore harmful bleach/chemicals to your hair?

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A fairly popular product that I use is Shimmer Lights by Clairol. You can buy these at Sally’s or any similar beauty store. These products are purple to counteract those yellow/orange colors.  I’ve noticed that when I use the Shimmer Lights shampoo and conditioner and no other products my hair tends to get a bit dry. I’ve found the best daily routine for me is to use the shimmer lights shampoo along with a more hydrating conditioner. I tend to switch up my conditioners, but they aren’t any specific brands, just usually whatever I find at Target. It’s best to let the shampoo sit in your hair and not to immediately rinse it out. On days where my hair is looking a little brassier than normal I’ll take the shimmer lights shampoo or conditioner and work it into my dry hair before I shower and let it sit for about 15 minutes.

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Occasionally if I want to have a subtle violet hue to my hair I’ll take an entire bottle of white conditioner and add in about a quarter size amount of Manic Panic hair dye in the color Ultra Violet. You can also use Purple Haze if you’d like but I like the cooler tones of the Ultra Violet. Manic Panic hair dye is a great product. It’s vegan/cruelty free and is only semi-permanent, so if you end up a little more purple than you intended all you have to do is wash your hair a few times. For this conditioner/hair dye mixture you want to make sure the dye is mixed in really well. Most often I’ll do this all in Tupperware and just leave the entire thing in the shower so I can tell that it’s all mixed through. If it’s not mixed through and you get a very concentrated area of dye in your hair you’re going to have purple spots. If you use this mixture of hair dye and conditioner it will not only tone your hair but if you leave it on long enough you may get a violet hue which is really beautiful! If you want stronger effects you can also put this on dry hair for about 20 minutes, but you want to make sure you get all of your hair. (I use this in addition to the shimmer lights shampoo).

This is what I do to tone my hair, if you have any questions feel free to comment or send me a message!

Abstract Patterns

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I have a newfound love for working with abstract patterns. This piece is called, “Remaining Afloat,” and it is one of my favorite pieces that I have created thus far.

This digital illustration was created completely in Adobe Illustrator. Through this piece I wanted to portray, through a partially abstract manner, the idea that it is so important to remain positive no matter what is going on around you. I think all of us this past year have felt surrounded by negativity, whether it be through politics or the recent events in Houston and Charlottesville. In times like these it is so important to not only lift ourselves up but to also help those around us remain afloat as well.

Be there for yourself and be accessible and open for those that need you!

Like A Girl – Call For Submissions

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Hey ladies!

We always see the term “Like a Girl” associated with negative connotations, but I’m here to change that with the help of some amazing women! 

The “Like a Girl” zine is submission based and will showcase the incredible talents of female artists of any and all mediums. Anyone who identifies as a female can submit their work! Through this zine I hope to bring awareness and recognition and build a platform for all women who create art.

This issue will have no theme. Along with or in lieu of art feel free to submit any stories about your experience as a woman.

Musicians: you can submit by sending in photos of yourself/your band as well as a short bio. If you’d like you can also do a short interview for the zine.

The deadline for the first issue is October 31st 2017. There is no submission limit – but please note that if a lot of submissions are received and you submit quite a few there is a possibility they will be narrowed down – so feel free to specify which ones you absolutely want in the zine!

This zine will be an online publication.

send your submissions to: tblinderman@gmail.com

If you want to keep up with the status of the zine or just want a safe space to collaborate and share your work with other talented women join the Like A Girl — ZINE group! And if you know anyone who you think would be interested, please share!