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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    You want to lose weight and eat healthier. You're excited to make the changes you know you need to make. There is just one thing standing in your way. Actually, he may be standing in front of the fridge right now, grumbling about what he sees in there. It's your husband. Many of us have picky eater kids on our hands -- but some are lucky enough to have picky eater husbands too.

    I hear it all the time: Women try to cook a wide variety of healthy meals for their family. But when dads resist new foods too, it makes it a lot harder to convince the kids to stop being so picky. How do you get Mr. Meat-and-Potatoes to be a more adventurous eater?

    "Men really are actively interested in improving their health through nutrition," says clinical nutrition educator Clea Shannon. "They just need to know it's going to taste good." Okay ... easier said than done? Here are some expert tips on how you can seduce the finicky man in your life to try new foods.

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    You've finally had enough. You've reached that point where you recognize you're being abused and you need to leave, SOON, before it's too late.

    Or maybe you're not so sure. You're feeling defensive, like Janay Rice, who was videotaped being brutally beaten by her husband, NFL player Ray Rice. You're still wondering if it's bad enough to leave. But you want to make some plans just in case.

    You definitely should make plans -- ASAP.

    But be cautious and get help. "The decision to leave an abusive relationship is always one to make carefully," says Dr. Christine Murray, domestic violence researcher and associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. "It may take time, or you may have to leave immediately in the aftermath of abuse."

    Here are 7 steps to take if you want to leave an abusive relationship.

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    Take a look at this vintage-style Urban Outfitters shirt. It's just a faded, pink sweatshirt, right? Or is it? Look closely and you'll notice it reads "Kent State University" and appears to have blood splatters, due to the uneven fading.

    And if you know your history, you'll know why this one-of-a-kind sweatshirt Urban Outfitters was selling for $130 should make your stomach lurch -- and why the retailer had to apologize for it yesterday.

    Wait, you do know why a seemingly blood-splattered Kent State University sweatshirt would be offensive, right?

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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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