Adriana Velez


I'm a single mom and a blogger which means trouble. Before joining The Stir I contributed to blogs like Civil Eats and One Little Bite. 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. I lean in because I'm hard of hearing.


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    Let's say you're cooking dinner for your husband or some friends, and the kitchen is in a room quite separate from the dining room. And let's say you have a series of mishaps, and you keep splashing food on your clothes. Oh dear ... what to do?

    Well, if you're Victoria's Secret model Lily Aldridge, you continue cooking in your underwear, naturally. That's what happens in the lingerie store's latest shoppable video ad.

    Aldridge is a good cook, but she's a total klutz in the kitchen, which is something I can relate to. Gazpacho flies everywhere, a goblet full of wine breaks on her, and she even spills oil on herself. Good thing she looks so amazing in her undies, because that's what she finally resorts to wearing as she finishes preparing her meal. Because don't we all make dinner in our skivvies?

    There's one thing about it I didn't expect, though.

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    I put on lipstick every morning before I leave for work, and it usually disappears by the time I get into the office. Obviously I could reapply once I get into work, but then I'd have to 1) remember to bring it with me and 2) remember to re-apply it. Believe it or not, these two things are completely beyond my capability. Help! I need lip color that thinks for me and works overtime.

    Am I asking too much of my makeup? Of course not. I've come across 5 lip products that multitask for me like a busy mama needs them to. I love these lip treatments so much, I could kiss them.

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    When we heard the awful news that we'd lost actor Robin Williams to suicide, we were stunned -- and deeply saddened. How could a man who projected so much joy and mirth be so wracked by the devastating mental illness of depression?

    The disease is tricky that way. And when it wins, it leaves behind spouses and children who desperately wish they could have rescued the victim.

    Men have a particularly hard time dealing with depression because of the perceived stigma in admitting they're suffering from a condition that may be stronger than they are. Many self-medicate with drugs or alcohol. For the women who love these men, there are no easy answers.

    So what do you do if your husband is dangerously depressed but can't -- or won't -- get the help he needs?

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    "My tummy is an area that I'm still learning to love," Tess Munster writes, revealing two selfies of herself wearing a bikini. Munster is a plus-sized model who shared the photos on her Facebook page and Instagram over the weekend. This is a beautiful woman with the confidence to be photographed regularly in swimwear. But in her post, Munster confessed that she's always been afraid of wearing bikinis that aren't high-waisted -- until now.

    Because she appreciates everything her belly has done, including carrying her son, and because her fiancé loves it and touches it, Munster says, "I recently decided to be kinder to it." When was the last time you thought of your body, or a part of your body, that way? Being kinder to it? Well, it's easier said than done, even for Munster. Here's what she says is the key to self-acceptance.

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    Here's a problem we never talk about: how to dampen your sex drive. When was the last time you saw the headline "10 Ways to Stomp Out Your Libido & Have the Non-Existent Sex Life You Crave"? Never, that's when. But back in the 19th century, that was actually a thing. And that's why graham crackers were invented.

    Yes, those delicious cinnamon-sugar coated crackers we use to make decadent s'mores had a much more dismal beginning. For one thing, they weren't made with cinnamon and sugar. They were invented by evangelical minister Sylvester Graham to curb salacious desires -- as a way of liberating people, of course.

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