Adriana Velez


I know how to spatchcock a chicken, build a tomato cage out of chicken wire, and shoot a bow and arrow. I've lived in New York City for almost 20 years, which makes me official. Before joining The Stir I contributed to blogs like Civil Eats and One Little Bite. I lean in because I'm hard of hearing.


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    "Please, don't do a burlesque dance for me!" said no man, ever. Ask just about any straight guy and he will tell you, watching the lady in his life do a sexy dance for him can be a major turn-on. 

    But what's not so obvious is what a turn-on it can be for you, too!

    One of our favorite sex and lifestyle experts, Dana B. Myers, says practicing some sexy dance moves in front of a mirror -- even if you do it alone -- can be a great way to flirt with yourself and to boost your mojo. And to get us started, she recruited the help of a friend to show us a quick, simple burlesque dance routine

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    Have you heard? Paris Hilton has a new guy in her life she's calling Mr. Amazing. He's gorgeous -- and he's expensive! In fact, he may actually be more high-maintenance than she is. How is that possible? Well, I'll tell you: Paris' new love is the world's tiniest Pomeranian. And she just dropped $13,000 on the pooch.

    As you can imagine, this is a match made in heaven. But could you blame Mr. Amazing for being just a wee bit nervous about his new mistress? That's why he's penned this open letter to Ms. Hilton. 

    Oh, and most importantly, we have a photo of Mr. Amazing you HAVE to see!

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    When you look at yourself in a full-length mirror, what's the first thing you feel? For a lot of us moms, it's a combination of fear, disappointment, and longing. Maybe we're not seeing the body we want to see. We're not as slim and toned as we'd like to be, or maybe the baby has caused some of your curves to sag.

    It's hard not to pick yourself apart as you stare at your reflection -- and it's hard not to let those feelings affect your sex life.

    But you know what? Sex and relationships expert Dana B. Myers is here to help. The thing is, you don't HAVE to stand in front of the mirror and feel that way. Myers has a great trick for turning that moment around into something that makes you feel sexy and sensational: Take that body part you usually disparage, and tell yourself how sexy it is. As in, "I LOVE my big, sassy butt. It's so hot!"

    Myers demonstrated how to do this in a fun video she did with us. See for yourself!

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    Why do we do it? Why do we cut our own bangs? Nearly every woman I know has made that beauty mistake at least once in her life, and we nearly always regret it. Sure, there's that one friend who insists she knows what she's doing and can cut her bangs perfectly. But most of us know DIY-ing it usually leads to woe and tears.

    Heck, sometimes even when someone else does the cutting, we still regret the bangs!

    So let's take a moment out of our busy days to look at photos of women with very bad bangs -- and while we're giggling at their hair horrors, let's also find out what you can actually do about these terrible hair mistakes.

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    I confess, I don't bake very often. Don't get me wrong -- I love cookies, pie, cupcakes, and what-have-you. I just never want a WHOLE batch of them. I just want one little treat for me, maybe two if my son is home with me. That's all!

    So it's a darn good thing someone invented desserts in a mug. That's a dessert you cook right inside a mug or cup, usually in your microwave. And they take just a few, short minutes to make! How much do we love desserts-in-a-mug? Oh, about 13 ways, to be exact! Here are 13 of our favorite dessert-in-a-mug recipes for you to try your own sweet self. Indulgence is just a stir and a zap away ... and the kids' reaction is the icing on the cake. So to speak.

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