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May your world be surrounded in peace, your heart filled with love, and your thoughts a fountain of wisdom.

BEAUTY PRESSURE

If you haven't seen this awesome ad by Dove about body image, here's your chance:



Life isn't about pleasing everyone else, its about being pleased with yourself. We must accept our flaws as part of what makes us all beautiful and unique!




That's love!



Welcome to society. While you’re here, you will be judged on what you wear, what you look like, how you act, who you hang out with, the stores you shop at, the content in your wallet, the music you listen to, and every flaw that you obtain. You will be judged for who you are despite the reasons behind them, and everyone is criticized, so please enjoy your stay. Accept the fact that we can't help from being judged, but we can create a more positive self-image and help others to do the same! I recommend that you read my previous post "Gossip" after viewing these videos.

GREAT IN GREEN

Black will always be my favorite color, but I'm loving this whole theme. The outfit, the bed, the bedding - so fab! Green hues can be just as sexy as red, that's for sure!

SUMMER GAZPACHO

The hot summer weather is a perfect time to enjoy gazpacho, so I found a quick, healthy and delicious recipe by my dear family friend Colin Cowie to share with you. Those of you who don't eat cheese (like myself) can easily eliminate the feta from this recipe. Enjoy!





Watermelon Gazpacho






WATERMELON GAZPACHO
(http://colincowie.com)

If you’re a lover of fresh summer melon, there’s even a Gazpacho for you. Instead, if the traditional tomato base uses watermelon, cantaloupe or honeydew for a light and refreshing twist to a tried a true recipe. Try this recipe for watermelon gazpacho topped with feta cheese...delicious!

Yield: Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 large tomato, pureed
  • 1/2 serrano chile
  • 2 cups cubed fresh watermelon
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced red onion
  • 1/2 cucumber, seeded and minced
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh dill, plus more for garnish
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

Instructions

In a blender, puree the tomatoes, chile, and 1/2 of the watermelon. Pour in the red wine vinegar and olive oil and pulse. Add the onion, cucumber and dill and season with salt and pepper. Puree until smooth. Pour into chilled bowls and sprinkle with dill, feta, and remaining watermelon. Serve.