Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Spinach Artichoke and Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta

Some of the greatest pasta dishes I have ever enjoyed are those that I make myself. Lately, I have been relatively unimpressed by restaurants and am left either dissatisfied or disappointed when leaving them. I think it is because I love to cook and find that my food gives them a real run for their money. 

One of my favorite dishes to make is pasta. It's quick, it is easy, and when prepared correctly--tastes incredible. Homemade pasta is the best, as it simply doesn't compare to the pasta you find in the box or bag at your local grocery store. 

Sure, that is convenient and efficient, but it doesn't satisfy a pasta polymath's taste buds by any means at all. And most of what you enjoy is nothing more than just flavor. 

Texture is everything when cooking any kind of pasta and flavor is what brings virtually every dish together. This pasta only incorporates a few ingredients. 

These ingredients are: spinach tagliatelle, spinach, artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, cipollini onion, Himalayan salt, black pepper, and fresh water. For good measure, I garnished this dish with a little bit of extra extra extra virgin olive oil. 

And guess what? This pasta is amazing. 

The best part is, this dish is vegan, so it is perfect for those of you that do not consume dairy, eggs, or honey, as it is great for those of you who are plant-based and want to enjoy a wonderful plate of pasta dish right in the comfort of your own home.  

The tragic death of Jyoti Singh Pandey

Jyoti Singh Pandey
Jyoti Singh Pandey was a 23 old woman from New Delhi, India with a big heart and even bigger dreams. However, on a cold December night in 2012 that all came to an end, as Pandey became a victim of one of the most gruesome crimes the country of India has ever seen--gang rape. 

Around 9:30 pm on December 16, 2012 Jyoti Singh Pandey and her friend Awindra Pratap Pandey were walking home after watching the movie Life of Pi in the Saket area of New Delhi, India. Without hesitation, they decided to board a bus. There were a total of 5 men on the bus, with 6 men including the driver and now 7, including Awindra Pandey. 

Shortly after they boarded the bus, Awindra grew incredibly suspicious because the bus started going into an opposite direction and the doors closed immediately after. When Awindra confronted the men with his suspicions they began to taunt him and Jyoti. As the banter continued, the men began to beat Awindra with a rusty iron rod. He was beaten so badly he was knocked completely unconscious. 

In efforts to escape, Jyoti was dragged against her will to the rear end area of the bus. They proceeded to beat her with that same iron rod (which was a rusted wheel jack handle) shortly before raping her. As the bus driver continued to drive, they began to take their perversion to the next level by inserting that same rod into vagina. During this time Awindra tried to fight them after he gained consciousness and they started to beat him until he was knocked out again.

Jyoti Pandey was beaten so badly she was unrecognizable, she was raped to the level that her intestines were hanging out of her body, and tortured so horribly she was put into a coma days after the crime. As she continued to bleed, these savages continued to brag about what they have done before throwing her and her friend Awindra off the bus as it was moving. As both continued to fight for their lives, Jyoti was able to tell the cops some of things that happened to her. 

However, after days of fighting, she underwent a series of surgeries to correct her injuries including removal of her remaining intestine. She suffered a series of complications including pneumonia and stomach infections shortly before she was declared brain dead. And due to her injuries, Jyoti Singh Pandey tragically lost her life on December 29, 2012. 

And 24 hours after the crime was reported, the police were actually able to trace the suspects. They included Ram Singh and his brother Mukesh Singh (the bus driver) from South Delhi, Vinay Sharma and Pawan Gupta from Uttar Pradesh, Ashkay Thakur of New Delhi. Raju Singh, who was a minor at the time of the crime was never fully charged for his part, as he was only 17 when the 2012 Delhi Rape occurred. 

In March of 2014, almost two years since the death of Jyoti Pandey, Ram Singh, Ashkay Thakur, and Vinay Sharma were charged and sentenced to death. Mukesh Singh and Pawan Gupta decided to appeal the decision. Ram Singh, who was described as the worst of the group was found dead of an apparent suicide by hanging; however, theorists believe he was murdered. Both Singh and Gupta lost their appeals.

Raj, the youngest of the perpetrators, who was just 17 years old at the time is now a free man according to sources. He did little to no time at all yet was part of the crime with five other men. There is also speculation that he has changed his name and will be completely free of the crime. 

The question remains: has justice been rightfully served here? And if so, how is this justifed? According to Jyoti Singh Pandey's parents Asha Devi and Badrinath Singh, it has not. "We are still waiting for justice to be served," the couple shared in regards to their daughter's rape and murder. Jyoti's Singh's last words were her pleading and begging her parents to get justice for what happened which is exactly what they will continue to do for the rest of their lives. 

Friday, August 30, 2019

The Best Foundations for Oily Skin

When the sebaceous gland produces more sebum (or natural oil we naturally produce) than usual, it creates an oily finish to your skin. Granted the production of the sebaceous gland will make your skin hydrated and healthy, too much will make your skin oily. Oily skin can be caused by an array of things that range from the environment in which you live to the food that you ingest to even your individual anatomy to your DNA background. 

As a woman who deals with oily skin in the Spring and Summer months, I have figured out ways of dealing with this issue. Although a good skincare regimen is vital, what I have discovered are some great foundations that help eliminate and deal with extra oil on the skin. My skin. I have tried quite a few foundations for oily skin. So what are the best?

1. NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation I like the texture of this foundation and how it lasts throughout the day. I have personally put this one to the test three times--one while working out, two while visiting Yellowstone National Park, and three one while laying in the sun. This foundation lasts and it doesn't feel dry nor creates any sort of weird oxidizing on your skin.

2. Kevyn Aucoin Beauty Foundation Balm Hydration is extremely vital and important, especially when you have oily skin simply because you don't want to use products that could potential weaken or damage your skin's natural acid mantle. This foundation is not only long-lasting, but provides your skin with moisture and is good for those of you who are looking for something anti-aging too.

3. Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation This virtually lasts through almost everything. I have went swimming while wearing this foundation and it didn't come off. The only thing that took this foundation off was makeup remover followed by my normal, routine skincare regimen. 

4. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation When it comes to oily skin, I like this foundation because it's very lightweight and sinks into your skin like a second skin. I have used this foundation for years and still pick it up no matter what season it is. I have combination skin which leans towards the oily side during Spring and Summer. This foundation is fantastic.

5. Ellis Faas Foundation Working a regular 9-to-5 shift can be tiresome. And when you have oily skin, you just want the day to be over. Yet the day seems to be slower. Luckily this foundation exists, as it is clearly one of the best I have worn to the office. Whether dry or oily, this foundation will last through it all. 

6. Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation I used this by accident before going outside and lets just say, it lasted the entire time. It didn't fade nor flake. Although this foundation is anything, but luxury, it is quality and truly proves that some of the greatest foundations can be found at your local drugstore. Nothing is better than an affordable foundation that performs so effortlessly. 

7. Cover FX Power Play Foundation Recently, I discovered my real love for this foundation as I wore this to the gym recently. It is Summer, so my skin is on the oily side of course. After working out for almost two hours I looked in the mirror and realized my foundation was still on my face as if I just applied it. This was the foundation I used. 

8. Pat McGrath Skin Fetish: Sublime Perfection Foundation As one of the world's best makeup artists, Pat McGrath delivers some of the greatest makeup products, with this foundation being one of them. I put this to the test while doing yoga and lets just say, this foundation lasted the entire time. 

9. Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless Youthful Look 24-Hour Foundation I have tried so many foundations this year, as my skin is combination and leans towards the oily side in the hotter climates. This foundation my friends has lasted through some of my toughest days this year. I have cried in this foundation and it didn't fade. What more can I say? For oily skin this is truly a winner.

10. LORAC POREfection Foundation What I love most about this foundation is the fact that you don't really need a primer and it still works incredibly. And as this is phenomenal for large pores, it is fantastic for those of you with oily skin. I put this to the test when I went to the recent Farmer's Market in 110 degree weather. I was quite stunned and a little shocked to see my foundation still on my face hours after I originally applied it. 


Honorable mentions include: Kat Von D Lock-It Foundation, DermaBlend Professional Cover CremeHourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation StickLancome Teint Idole Ultra 24H Long Lasting FoundationFenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation, Graftobian HD Ultra Glamour Creme Foundation, Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick

In conclusion, I would just like to say that these are the best foundations I have tried for oily skin. 

Now Playing: Higher Love by Kygo & Whitney Houston 



FTC: All opinions are my own. Not sponsored. Some affiliate links used.

This Labor Day, post a job and search resumes

Monster is one of the best places to post a job online. In fact, this world-renowned job site roams the world wide web to find you only the best potential employees for your open positions.

Because it is one of the best employer-meets-employee websites online, Monster delivers only the most efficient and most effective results by finding you only the most chartered candidates.

Monster gives you the best exposure money can buy by connecting you with successful results. And if time management seems to be an issue, Monster provides you with a systematized solution which is ethical and productive. It is 2019, this internationally known site designed a very unique integrated approach utilizing technology to create instantaneous results.

Packages start at just $249 per month and go up to $1,000. You are billed on a monthly basis in which you can cancel anytime. Offering a powerful email distribution, Monster reaches across an entire network of millions of users and offers a platform that is built for mobile.

Additionally Monster engages with candidates using specific tools implemented into the platform. You can messages candidates directly without any pressure and hassle. Some of the products Monster offers include: job advertising, resume search, employer branding, full service sourcing, HR software and services, and Monster exclusives.

For Labor Day this year, Monster is offering a great special. Only $199 for a 14-day (two weeks) job ad. Amazing right? And if you are a new customer, you can save an additional 25%. Just use code: mktal_15801US_Save25. Plus, if you intend to post a 60+ day monster job ad, you will get $126 off instantly. One job slot, multiple postings and great candidates. What is better? 

Are you an employer looking to hire someone? What are you waiting for? Just click here to get started today.

FTC: Not sponsored. All opinions are my own. Some affiliate links used.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Album Reviews: Lover by Taylor Swift

Lover by Taylor Swift.
When I first listened to Taylor Swift, I will admit I wasn't much of a big fan; however, I always felt like she was destined to be a big star. As isolated as her vocals are, what I really like about her is her artistry and strong ability to be connect to virtually everything she sings. She is a woman's artist and for that, I respect her. 

A lot of you may ask "why didn't you like Taylor Swift when she first came out?" Well, when she first came out, she came out with the song Tim McGraw and I just thought that the song was a bit cheesy. McGraw is a great artist, but to name a song after him and use it as your first single, I didn't understand it. And the song made no sense to me. 

It was when I heard the song Love Story from the album Fearless that I knew she was going to be a star. And I was right. Recently, the country crooner released her seventh studio album called Lover on August 23, 2019. Released by Republic Records, Lover includes 18 tracks co-written and co-produced by Swift herself. The album also includes several bonus tracks which are exclusively available to Target. 

The songs include: I Forgot That You Existed, Cruel Summer, Lover, The Man, The Archer, I Think He Knows, Miss Americana & The Heartbreak Prince, Paper Rings, Cornelia Street, Death By A Thousand Cuts, London Boy, Soon You'll Get Better, False God, You Need To Calm Down, Afterglow, ME!, It's Nice To Have A Friend, and Daylight. The bonus tracks exclusively available at Target include: I Forgot That You Existed (piano version) and Lover (piano version). 

My favorite songs include: You Need To Calm Down, Daylight, Cruel Summer, Paper Rings, Cornelia Street, Afterglow, Soon You'll Get Better, I Think He Knows, Death By A Thousand Cuts, Daylight, The Archer, and Miss Americana & The Heartbreak Prince, with Paper Rings being her strongest song. The song is a very fun and exciting uptempo and really proves why Taylor Swift is an artist we can all relate to. 

Soon You'll Get Better takes us back to Taylor Swift from the beginning over a decade ago. As a collaboration with the Dixie Chicks, this song is probably the only country, bluegrass genre song on the entire album. Miss Americana & The Heartbreak Prince was giving me symphonic rock vibes, which is very new to hear from Taylor Swift. And Daylight was very new wave and reminded me of something Leona Lewis would have recorded. Brilliantly beautiful. The Archer gave me serious 'Time After Time by Cyndi Lauper' vibes. 

And with every album, there tends to be a weakness. I am not the biggest fan of ME! As much as I love Panic! At the Disco and Brendon Urie (Sarah Smiles is a beautiful song), I didn't care for the marching beat in the beginning and throughout the song. I don't know, but I felt like they added too much to the song with that beat being one of them. It's a fun song, but to me it isn't her strongest song. 

Other songs I dislike on the album include: The Man, London Boy, False God, It's Nice To Have A Friend, and I Forgot You Existed. The vocal diction was not good in I Forgot You Existed, I could not understand a lot of what she sang in the song. The chorus was also not good. False God could have been better without the saxophone playing throughout the song. It's Nice To Have A Friend had a very similar problem, as the trumpet was unnecessary with the song. As perfect as the song was for Swift's pretty isolated vocals, I simply did not get it. And London Boy is not only the worst song on the album, but one of my least favorite songs by her. 

Overall, Lover depicts a story about an effulgent woman who is not letting the obstructively obscure steal her shine. It is very 80's new wave sounding compared to her other albums. Almost possessing a retro redux, this album is a reminder why Swift is a woman's artist and will always remain on top in music. Love her or hate her, Taylor Swift is an artist and Lover proves thus so. With that said, I recommend the album. 

Lover is currently available at Walmart for only $12.97. To purchase the album, simply click here right now. To get the deluxe Version from Target for $16.99, just click here now.


FTC: All opinions are my own. Some affiliate links used. 

Friday, August 23, 2019

DollarDig

I recently discovered DollarDig through a co-worker of mine who told me she made almost $5,000 just using this particular platform. I was stunned, as I never heard of it until just recently.

If you love to shop online, more than likely you will love DollarDig. In case you are unaware, DollarDig allows you to earn cash back on virtually every single purchase you make. It is simple. Just log onto the site, find your favorite store, click the link and shop like you normally would shop. Then, earn cash back for your purchases. 

Plus, once you earn $25 cash back you can request that money via Paypal, check (US only), Dwolla, or in the form of an Amazon gift card. Currently, DollarDig is only available in the United States and Canada; however, it is growing, so it may hit other countries soon. 

Additionally DollarDig offers coupons from many different brands including Overstock, Walmart and much more. There is no risk with this reward--just reward, making this more than just a place to earn your money back, but an opportunity to claim those incentives you are owed. 

And the best part is, if you sign up to DollarDig today, you can earn $2.50 easily just for joining. What are you waiting for? To sign up for DollarDig today, simply click here right now. I hope you are having a wonderful day.

FTC: Not sponsored. All opinions are my own. Affiliate links used.

UniqPaid

Good morning. Before I go to work this morning, I want to share something with you. Recently, I discovered a platform called UniqPaid. In case you are unaware, UniqPaid is a platform which allows you to earn money and other rewards simply for completing offers. 

With hundreds of offers to choose from on a daily basis, not only is it free to join UniqPaid, but the offers are also free. These offers range from visiting websites to reading emails to even referring other people to sign-up. You will earn rewards and money. Yes, actual money.

Although I work a full-time job, I can appreciate a program like UniqPaid simply because all of the rewards and incentives add up. Nothing is better than saving money, as nothing is greater than getting that money back. Minimum payouts start as low as $5.00. 

And the best part this is a program for everyone. UniqPaid embraces the diversity concept in more ways than one. So whether you live here in the United States or live in India or anywhere else in the world, you can join this program too. 

Amazing right? 

There are a total of three unique offers. These include: free, paid, and email-only. The advertisers and merchants affiliated with UniqPaid are interested in the actions, hence why some of the tasks include downloading software or a simple mobile app. 

To get started with UniqPaid and sign up today, simply click here right now. Have a wonderful day!


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