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Giving Back w/ Tampax

June 20, 2017

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A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that I teamed up with Tampax to do a really special thing. Tampax presented this amazing opportunity to facilitate a donation of 40,000 tampons to an organization of my choice. I love that my platform allows me to collaborate with brands that are really passionate about giving back. Although clothes and fashion are great, the real core of what having a following is all about is being able to impact the lives of those around you. So I am tremendously blessed be a vehicle to give some much needed feminine hygiene products to an organization that is doing just that.

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The organization of my choice is the Midnight Mission located in downtown Los Angeles. According to the LA Times, Los Angeles has a homeless population of approximately 47,000 people and “has more chronically homeless than any other city”. Skid Row, located in the heart of Los Angeles, contains one of the largest stable populations of homeless people in the United States. Midnight Mission is a beacon of light situated at the start of Skid Row. They offer “a bridge to self-sufficiency for people experiencing homelessness through recovery services, counseling, education, training, workforce development and continued care services”.

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I had the opportunity to visit the mission to see the donation from Tampax. To see so many boxes of feminine hygiene products stacked up in their warehouse was an incredible sight. I know that a lot of women are going to benefit from Tampax’s generosity as they go down the road to recovery and a better life.

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Thank you Tampax for your commitment to empowering women all around the world to be happier, healthier and more confident!

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

*This post is sponsored by Tampax. All opinions are my own

Cooking in Style

February 23, 2017

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I’m serving it up in the kitchen (literally and figuratively)! I recently had the opportunity to try out Blue Apron which is a food delivery service and I am so excited to tell you guys about it. I’ve never tried out a service like this before but now having experienced it, I don’t know if I’m going to be able to go back to the way things were before. The picture above shows the end result so let me break it down how I got to that point.

First you sign up for the service which is really easy to do. During the sign-up process, you can choose between a 2-person plan or a family plan and you will receive 1 box per week that includes 3 meals. You can customize your boxes by including your dietary restrictions or preferences and you can see in advance what meals you will be receiving. If there is something that you don’t like, you can simply swap it out for something else. There are a ton of recipes to choose from! After you’ve made your selections, it’s time to get your box! (which is recyclable by the way!)

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Imagine receiving all of the ingredients that you need for 3 meals perfectly portioned out so that all you have to do is cook it?! For someone that is always on the go, this was such a huge convenience for me. Sometimes cooking can seem like a chore (am I right?) but I was genuinely excited to cook. Complete with cards that give step by step instructions on how to prepare the meals, I was ready to go!

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So what’s on the menu? Well I’m glad you asked! I’m making Cajun Catfish and Spiced Rice served with sautéed mushrooms and collard greens. As soon as I saw this meal on the plan I said sign me up! I followed each step carefully to make sure that it came out as pretty as the picture and (spoiler alert) it tasted amazing!

First I chopped all the veggies…

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Then I got to cooking (and signing to music playing in the background)!

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Now it’s time to plate!

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Just look at this meal! Colorful, appetizing and oh so pretty.

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At this point, I did what anybody else would do after cooking dinner…I posed for pictures! In all honesty, I do not normally cook in a cute little dress and heels (even though I’m sure you’re thinking that, right? lol). However, I wanted to have a special date night complete with a great dress and a delicious gourmet meal thanks to the help of Blue Apron!

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I highly encourage you to give Blue Apron a try. You will not be disappointed. The first 25 readers will get three free meals on their first Blue Apron order! Just click here to get started!

You can check out what Blue Apron is all about here and how beyond the convenience that they provide their customers, they are really dedicated to providing healthy, fresh ingredients, supporting farmers, and eliminating food waste to replenish our natural resources.

Dress details: ASOS

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

*This post was sponsored by Blue Apron. All opinions are my own