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Strawberry Beet Salad

There are just too many good things going on in this salad to give it a proper title, so I’ll have to tell you what’s happening right here. This roasted beet salad is nested on a bed of shavedbrussels sprouts and topped with fresh sweet strawberries, then kissed with a tangy-sweetbalsamic vinaigrette made with pomegranate juice! It’s seriously good, and seriously RED.

Strawberry Beet Salad with Shaved Brussels Sprouts and Pom Balsamic Vinaigrette #salad #beets #brusselssprouts

 

Strawberry Beet Salad – Balsamic Vinaigrette

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch red beets (3-4 beets)
  • 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1 lb. brussels sprouts, halved and sliced thin
  • 1/2 cup + 1 Tb. olive oil, divided
  • 3 Tb. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tb. lime juice
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • Salt and Pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Peel the beets and slice thin. Then lay them out on the baking sheet and drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Salt and pepper liberally.  Roast in the oven for 20-25 minutes until tender.
  2. Meanwhile, slice the strawberries and brussels sprouts and set aside. Whisk together 1/2 cup olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lime juice, pomegranate juice, cumin, 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper.
  3. Once the beets are roasted, mix all the beet salad components in a large bowl, or plate in individual portions. Drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette and serve.

Wedding Cakes that Reflect Your Personal Style

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Warm your guests’ hearts with a confection that’s a perfect fit for your wedding reception theme and style. Take a look at these amazing wedding cakes we hand picked from around the web, pin your favorite cakes to IdeaBook!

Wedding Cake: Sugar Flower Cake Shop

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Wedding Cake: Sugar Flower Cake Shop

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Photo: Courtesy of Leah Haydock Photography; Wedding Cake: Eat Cake

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Photo: Courtesy of Sweetwater Portraits by Julie Melton; Wedding Cake: Couture Cakery

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Photo: Courtesy of Marisa Holmes Photographer

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Photo: Courtesy of Dean Photography; Wedding Cake: Cakes To Remember

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Photo: Courtesy of Preetika Rajgariah Photography; Wedding Cake: Cakes by Gina

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Photo: Courtesy of Rebecca Arthurs Photography; Wedding Cake: A Cake Life

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Photo: Courtesy of Amanda Suanne Photographer; Weeding Cake: Razzle Dazzle Bakery

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Photo: Courtesy of John Arcara Photography; Wedding Cake: Sugar Flower Cake Shop

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Photo: Courtesy of Jessica Hill Photography; Wedding Cake: La Joconde

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Photo: Courtesy of Mademoiselle Fiona Photography; Wedding Cake:Leanne’s Specialty Cakes

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Photo: Courtesy of Jennifer Lindberg Weddings

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Photo: Courtesy of Sweet Peeps Bakery

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Photo: Courtesy of Hot Metal Studio; Wedding Cake:Pittsburgh Golf Club

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Photo: Courtesy of Jenni Grace Photography

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Photo: Courtesy of Heather DeCamp Photography

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Photo: Courtesy of Samuel Lippke Studios; Wedding Cake: Richard Ruskell

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Photo: Courtesy of Philip Ficks

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Photo: Courtesy of Kristen Weaver Photography; Wedding Cake: The Sugar Suite

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Photo: Courtesy of Philip Ficks; Wedding Cake: Ana Parzych Custom Cakes

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Photo: Courtesy of Jen Kroll Photography; Wedding Cake:MiraBella Confections

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Photo: Courtesy of Maggie Austin Cake

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Photo: Courtesy of Matt Ramos Photography

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Photo: Courtesy of Philip Ficks; Wedding Cake: Made In Heaven Cakes LLC

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Photo: Courtesy of Amy Deputy Photography; Wedding Cake: Kendall’s Cakes

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Photo: Courtesy of Frenzel Photography

Raspberry Roulade with Chocolate Ganache

Roulade - Chocolate Ganache Covered Raspberry Cream Roulade Cake! #valentinesday #cake #spring #chocolate

It’s always fun to pull out a dessert that no one is expecting. Cookies or ice cream are easy standbys, but a ROULADE….

Now that is something special!

Raspberry Roulade – Chocolate Ganache

Ingredients:

For the Sponge Cake:

  • 4 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup all purpose Gold Medal Flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 vanilla bean

For the Raspberry Cream Filling:

  • 12 oz. frozen raspberries
  • 1/4 cup all purpose Gold Medal Flour
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1-3 Tb. milk, if needed

For the Chocolate Ganache:

  • 6 oz. semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 Tb. corn syrup

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F, line a 10X15 inch jelly roll pan with parchment paper (fitted to the bottom) and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Slice the vanilla bean open length-wise and scrape out the seed paste. Add all the ingredients for the sponge cake to a bowl, including the vanilla bean paste. Discard the pod. Mix well and pour the batter into the prepared pan. Spread evenly over the bottom and bake for approximately 15 minutes, until golden.
  2. Meanwhile, start the cream filling. Add the raspberries to a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir to break up the raspberries until very juicy, then add the flour. Whisk until there are no lumps. Then heat over medium, whisking constantly until the mixture thickens into a thick paste. Remove from heat and place pan in the fridge to cool.
  3. As soon as the sponge cake comes out of the oven. Spray another piece of parchment paper with cooking spray and flip the cake out onto it. Gently roll the cake, from the short end, into a log. Then tie the log with twine so it stays tight. Leave the cake to cool.
  4. Back to the filling: Beat the butter and sugar in a clean mixing bowl, for 5-7 minutes, until fluffy and glossy. Once the raspberry paste is cool add it to the butter mixture and beat until smooth. If the cream filling seems too dense add 1-3 Tb. of milk and beat again. Now unroll the cooled cake and spread the filling even over it.
  5. Roll the cake back into a log and place in the refrigerator to set. For the chocolate ganache, bring the cream to a boil in a small saucepan. As soon as it reaches a light boil, remove it from the heat and add the chopped chocolate. Allow the chocolate to sit in the hot cream for 5-8 minutes, then stir until smooth. Stir in 1 tablespoon of corn syrup to make the ganache shiny. Then place the roulade on a cooling rack and pour the chocolate ganache over the top. Allow the ganache to set before moving.

Impressive Non-Traditional Wedding Reception Ideas

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These original wedding reception ideas are sure to leave you inspired. From non-floral arrangements to striking grand blooms, we’ve found options to suit every wedding style and budget!

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The Prettiest Bridal Bouquet Trend

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Whether your wedding style tends toward the tradition or the trendy, these bridal bouquet options are a feast for the eyes. Scroll through and get inspired!

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Photo: Courtesy of Kate Belle, Tiffany Lynn

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Photo: Courtesy of White Album Weddings

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Photo: Courtesy of Katie Vowels for Annie McElwain

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Nigerian tiger prawns. A light lunch.

Nigerian tiger prawns can be prepared in many ways. I had some for lunch, coated in rice crumbs (to add some crunch) and baked, served with a revised coleslaw on the side along with a crayfish aioli. Now, I am in the process of refining this recipe and will share details in a future post. In the meantime all I can say is ‘yum’!

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Lobster Recipes – Fra Diavolo

With all the lobster recipes out there, lobster fra diavolo is quite possibly my favorite. Rich succulent lobster served over a bed of pasta bathed in spicy fra diavolo sauce. Sheer perfection.

Lobster Recipes - Lobster Fra Diavolo #pasta #lobster #valentinesday #gourmet

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Best Lobster Recipes - Lobster Fra Diavolo #pasta #lobster #valentinesday #gourmet

Start by placing the live lobsters in the freezer for about 30 minutes. This numbs the lobsters, making the process more humane and bearable for all involved. Then quickly and forcefully cut the lobsters right down the center from head to tail. The hard part is officially over.

Slather the insides of the lobsters with garlic butter, salt and pepper. Then place the lobsters on a hot grill, shell side down.

Meanwhile, saute onions, garlic and fennel until soft and tender. Add the cognac, tomatoes, clam juice, and crushed red pepper until thick and bubbly.

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Lobster Recipes – Fra Diavolo

Ingredients:

  • 2 – 1 lb. live lobsters
  • 8 Tb. butter, softened and divided
  • 4 cloves minced garlic, divided
  • 1 Tb. olive oil
  • 1/2 fennel bulb, cored and sliced thin
  • 2 shallots, peeled and sliced thin
  • 2 Tb. chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup cognac
  • 1/2 cup clam juice
  • 28 oz. can DeLallo crushed tomatoes
  • 1 Tb. DeLallo tomato paste
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp. crushed red pepper
  • 3 Tb. heavy cream
  • 7 oz. DeLallo Fettuccine
  • Salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Place the live lobsters in the freezer for about 30 minutes. This numbs the lobsters, making the process more humane and bearable for all involved. Then line your knife between the eyes and quickly and forcefully chop the lobsters right down the center from head to tail. The hard part is officially over. Preheat the grill.
  2. Mix 6 Tb butter with 2 minced garlic cloves. Slather the insides of the lobsters with half the garlic butter, and liberally salt and pepper. Then place the lobsters on a hot grill, shell side down. Grill for 5 minutes, or until the meat is white and opaque. Do not over cook!
  3. Meanwhile, set a large pot of salted water over high heat to boil. Cook the pasta according to package instructions. In a separate large skillet, saute the shallots, garlic, parsley and fennel with 2 Tb. remaining butter and 1 Tb. olive oil,  until soft and tender. Add the cognac, clam juice, tomatoes, tomato paste, and crushed red pepper until thick and bubbly. Salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Use a small hammer or meat mallet to crack the lobster claws. Pick the lobster meat out of one whole lobster, leaving the other 2 halves intact. Roughly chop the lobster meat. Add the lobster juices and meat to the sauce and toss in the al dente pasta. Add the cream and toss and cook another 2 minutes. Place the remaining lobster halves on serving plates. Then slather them with more garlic butter. Finally pile the pasta high on top of the two plated lobsters and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

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Small Wonders: Innovative Solutions for Sheltering the Homeless

HOMELESS SHELTER solutions Small Wonders: Innovative Solutions for Sheltering the Homeless

By Daphne Auza

Being homeless means finding ways to survive without basic necessities. Forced to navigate their daily lives in public spaces, the homeless are subject to all kinds of dangers, especially the elements. Although there are shelters that provide temporary stays for those in need, they cannot protect every person on the street from harsh rains, snow, cold and bitter winds.

Oakland artist Gregory Kloehn chose to utilize his creativity to remedy the problem. Inspired by the small home environmental movement, he began to construct mobile homes using illegally discarded garbage. The charming, environmentally friendly structures recall the miniature homes of the tiny house movement, which aims for sustainable living on a small scale.

Kloehn’s particular project hopes to serve the immediate needs of the homeless. In the past year, he has already constructed ten homes. Each comes with a pitched roof and wheels so that their owners can transport them easily across town. According to an interview with CNN, Kloehn’s aesthetically pleasing designs have received mostly rave reviews from his homeless clients.

Each of the small shelters takes about two to three days to make. Kloehn drew inspiration from his observations of homeless persons who recycled everything they found on the street in order to make a living. He used his own knowledge and skill to create durable designs; the components of which include pizza delivery bag insulation and foundations of wooden pallets.

The artist’s work has inspired others to participate in advocacy for the homeless. Volunteers have stepped forward to help, and as word of his project grows, so does the amount of supporters. On his Facebook page, he invites the Oakland community to assist with building, and some of them have gone so far as to provide materials and workspace.

Gregory Kloehn is not the only one pursuing these architectural innovations for people in need. Timothy Payne, CEO of Forest YMCA in London, now dedicates his life to creative solutions for temporarily housing the homeless. Payne was disappointed in the costly accommodations that prevented graduates of his supported housing program from finding new homes and living independently. He then decided to take matters into his own hands by launching mYPad.

Mypad Small Wonders: Innovative Solutions for Sheltering the Homeless

mYpads imports shipping containers from China and converts them into studio apartments. They are available at an affordable price, at least in comparison to the average flat in London. In addition, each shipping container home is fitted with a shower, toilet, sink, bed, fridge, microwave, TV, clothing storage and heating. They mean to serve as an option for needy people at a transitional point in their lives, those who are saving up for a deposit for their new homes.

On another part of the continent, Danish designer Ragnhild Lubbert Tipling was developing her own approach to homeless people’s problems of shelter, mobility and storage. Inspired by a lecture on the problems facing homeless communities, she decided that she would create a product both by and for homeless people. Tipling spent weeks at a homeless shelter interviewing individuals about their needs and inviting their feedback for different plans and drafts.

The end product is the Urban Rough Sleeper, a tough, waterproof tent that rolls up into a backpack and has extra storage for belongings. Tipling is currently working on two prototypes that will be manufactured and hopefully sold to camping outfitter companies in the near future. Proceeds from sales will go towards donating the product to the homeless.

On a policy level, these unconventional homeless shelters do not offer a resolution for homelessness in Western societies. What they do provide is temporary protection and relief from the harsh outdoor conditions that people living on the streets deal with day to day. Until the larger problems at hand are fixed, however, Kloehn, Payne and Terpling’s efforts continue to be welcomed by those in need.

The Hottest New Wedding Reception Ideas You Will Love

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These days, more and more brides are moving away from traditional ballrooms and catering halls, holding their weddings in sunny gardens, lakeside lodges, and country barns. Here, the hottest new wedding reception ideas from the latest style frontier.

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29 Gorgeously Embellished Wedding Cakes

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Need some inspiration for your wedding cake design? Check out these impressive confections and make your wedding even sweeter!

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Wedding Cake: L’ARTE DELLA TORTA DI MELANIE SECCIANI

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Wedding Cake: L’ARTE DELLA TORTA DI MELANIE SECCIANI

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Wedding Cake: L’ARTE DELLA TORTA DI MELANIE SECCIANI

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Wedding Cake: L’ARTE DELLA TORTA DI MELANIE SECCIANI

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Wedding Cake: L’ARTE DELLA TORTA DI MELANIE SECCIANI

36 Beautiful and Unexpected Ways to Use Flowers in Weddings

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Start scrolling to see 36 our favorite wedding flower details you haven’t already seen at every other wedding. Click any photo you love to Pin it to your ideabook!

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Mind-Blowingly Beautiful Romantic Wedding Hairstyles

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Your wedding decor isn’t the only way to reflect your romantic elegant style. Another great way is with a fabulous wedding hairstyle! Here are my favorite wedding hairstyles for a tasteful and timeless bridal look!

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Steak and Mushroom Pizza with Spicy Mustard

If you’re crazy for crust, today’s homemade pizza is going to be the highlight of your day. A meaty pizza, loaded with new york strip, spicy mustard, and sautéed mushrooms and shallots. I suggest doubling the recipe from the get-go.

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Everyone loves the combination of thinly sliced new york strip steak and sautéed mushrooms. Yet the real kicker on this homemade pizza is the spicy mustard!

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. pizza dough, homemade or store-bought
  • 8 oz. crimini mushrooms, sliced thin
  • 3-4 shallots, sliced thin (1 1/4 cup)
  • 2 Tb. butter
  • 1 Tb. olive oil
  • 1/4 cup spicy whole grain mustard
  • 8 oz. new york strip steak, sliced thin against the grain
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallions
  • Salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F and place a pizza stone in the oven to heat. On a piece of parchment paper, roll out (or stretch) the pizza crust into a large 14 inch circle. Brush the pizza crust with 1 tablespoon olive oil and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a skillet over medium heat, and add the butter, sliced crimini mushrooms and sliced shallots. Salt and pepper to taste. Then stir and saute for 10-12 minutes, until the onions and mushrooms are soft and slightly caramelized.
  3. Re-stretch the pizza crust and spread a thin layer of spicy mustard over the top of the crust. Then spread the sauteed onions and mushrooms over the mustard. Place pieces of thinly sliced steak over the mushrooms, followed by a sprinkle of parmesan cheese.
  4. Using a flat baking sheet or pizza paddle, slide the pizza onto the hot pizza stone and bake for 7-10 minutes until the edges are bubbled and crusty. Remove the pizza from the oven and sprinkle with fresh scallions before slicing and serving.

An Extraordinary Ecolodge Hidden in the Ecuadorian Andes

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At first, the Black Sheep Inn ecolodge – with comforts including a yoga studio; sun deck perched at a breathtaking 10,500 feet; wood stove heated sauna; and solar-powered Native American-style soaking tub – seems out of place in a rural village of 7,000 people. I first stumbled upon the Black Sheep Inn the same way many travelers do: it was one of only four accommodation options in Chugchilan, Ecuador, a stopping point on the rigorous four-day Quilotoa Loop trek. Co-founders Andres Hammerman and his wife, Michelle Kirby, were also backpacking through the region when they happened upon the remote location for their ecolodge.

“A local family offered to sell us land,” Andres explains. “At first we thought this was a joke, as we had not been looking to buy land. But, ironically, that is how the idea of the Black Sheep Inn got started. Now, 20 years later, we are still laughing, and the Black Sheep Inn is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning ecolodge.”

Among many other distinctions, the Inn has been named one of the World’s Best Hotels by National Geographic and one of the Top 10 Eco-Lodges in the World by Outside Magazine. Built from locally sourced, natural materials, including handmade adobe clay bricks and tile-and-straw roofs, the Inn also has greywater treatment and rainwater collection systems, recycles solid waste and nurtures organic gardens and native trees.

But their bathrooms – with biodegradable soap, natural light from the roof and windows, and spectacular Andean views – are by far some of the most unforgettable aspects of the lodge. Inspired by the sustainable design at “Ecuador’s pioneer eco-lodge,” Hostería Alandaluz where the couple visited in 1992, wastewater from the sink irrigates interior flower gardens fertilized with finished compost from the composting toilets.

Visitors who aren’t exhausted from trekking the Quilotoa Loop can lift homemade weights in the eco-friendly gym, fly across the 100-meter zipline, or ride the world’s highest solar-powered water slide. Guests can also hike, horseback ride, or go on excursions to Rio Toachi Canyon or the Iliniza Ecological Reserve cloud forest. The Black Sheep Inn arranges tours of indigenous markets or participation in local cooperative workshops to learn how to make handcrafted furniture, woolen knitwear, and Swiss-style cheeses.

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“Black Sheep Inn has grown over the years to be a true example of comfortable eco-living,” Andres says, “But the most rewarding part has been giving back to the community.”

Andres and Michelle were dedicated to not only building an accommodation for travelers, but to making a sustainable impact on the community. And as of March 2012, the Inn is 100 percent community-owned and operated. Over the years, their various community development projects have included creating local hiking trails; establishing a village public library; and learning center with more than 1000 books and 10 computers; and setting up a recycling program.

They have also provided education to community members, training them to work as chefs, guides, and staff. Through donations from guests, they were also able to support their first scholarship winner, who is about to graduate from university with a degree as an Engineer of Ecotourism. Two more young women have started their higher education funded by the same scholarship, and another student will be chosen this fall.

“Witnessing local community members develop and grow with sustainable tourism over the years has been extremely satisfying,” Andres says. “Travel can be a powerful tool that fights poverty, redistributes wealth, and promotes cultural sharing and peace. When traveling, look for operators that support conservation projects, minimize their impact on every level, are self sustaining, involve and contribute to the local community and are educative: educating guests, educating the local community and most of all willing to educate and change themselves.”

By Aimee Millwood

Beverly and Tosan – Wedding by Raheem of Rhphotoarts

I’m so excited to feature this amazing couple- Beverly and Tosan! As you may have seen from their engagement shoot, they are always geared up for class, creativity and style. The couple hosted their reception at the upscale hotel Sorella in the City Center, and it was nothing short of perfection! Their choice in wedding details was amazing, and well coordinated by their planner Events by Doyin. Special thanks to Jummy Oyemi Photography for her assistance.

Here are a few photos from the day.

 

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Find The Perfect Wedding Cake Ideas For Your Big Day

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We’ve already showed you tons of creative alternatives to a traditional white wedding cake. But we’re not done yet! Read on to feast your eyes on the following 40 delicious wedding cake ideas, then Pin your top picks for your inspiration later!

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Wedding Cake: The Butter End Cakery; Photo: Erin Hearts Court

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New York Fashion Week Features First-Ever Model In Wheelchair

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On Feb. 6, the first day of New York Fashion Week, which ended Feb. 13, one designer, Carrie Hammer decided to shake things up and feature Sheypuk as the first person to “walk” the runway in a wheelchair.

“I made the decision to cast ‘role models not runway models,’” Hammer said in an email interview. “It is so important to me that women have positive body image and are empowered in work and their life. My line makes dresses to fit women. We don’t make dresses that women need to fit into.”

Sheypuk, who has used a wheel chair since age 2, said she has a longstanding interest in designer clothing. But there was always something missing: enough role models. “People with disabilities need to see it. It’s a confidence booster. It’s like, ‘if she’s doing it, I can do it. Who cares about my wheelchair?’”

Hammer said during her show everyone had “chills” and “left very empowered.”

Sheypuk said she was thrilled to be on the runway and felt natural and confident. “I was just another model in a show, and that’s exactly what I wanted”.

This post originally appeared on Women’s eNews.

8 Foods that are Almost Always GMO

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By now, most educated consumers know that GMO is a no-no especially when it comes to buying food. Not all foods are created equally and some are almost always genetically modified. This infographic features the foods that fall at the top of the list when it comes to GMO production.

Worst GMO Foods Infographic by Naturally Savvy

8 Foods that are Almost Always GMO

Jim Iyke Gets Featured In Ebony Magazine For His Style Alongside Kanye West & Pharrel Williams

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Remember Jim Iyke’s well criticised outfit (a jacket and shorts suit) at the African Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards in Lagos last year? Well, it’s made its way into EBONY magazine’s March edition. It was postep under “Menswear Trends”, with the caption ;“What to wear now”. The actor was featured alongside rappers Kanye West and Pharrell Williams.