Nike has a long history of speaking up for causes that reflect its values. That continues today with the launch of EQUALITY, in which Nike encourages people to take the fairness and respect they see in sport and translate them off the field.

EQUALITY is centered on using Nike’s voice and the power of sport to inspire people to take action in their communities, with Nike leading by example with its recently announced partnerships with world-class organizations dedicated to advancing this work.

A new film, simply titled “Equality,” anchors these values in the power of sport. The film, directed by Melina Matsoukas, features LeBron James, Serena Williams, Kevin Durant, Megan Rapinoe, Dalilah Muhammad, Gabby Douglas, and Victor Cruz, amplifying their voices in an effort to uplift, open eyes and bring the positive values that sport can represent into wider focus. “Equality” also features actor Michael B. Jordan, who voices the film, and a new performance by Alicia Keys, singing Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come.”

The EQUALITY initiative will live at nike.com/equality, in social media and on billboards and posters in cities around the U.S. and Canada, with imagery that features portraits of athletes and cultural icons. In addition, Nike will enable people to create their own EQUALITY avatar or social media filters to express their support.

Lastly, EQUALITY T-shirts, and shoes from Nike’s annual Black History Month collection, which has historically supported organizations serving youth and their communities, will be available for purchase via nike.com and select retail. The 2017 Black History Month collection will be worn by many Nike-sponsored players throughout NBA All-Star weekend in New Orleans in February. The EQUALITY tee is a symbol of Nike’s unwavering commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Nike believes in respect and equality — and that these values are worth standing up for and supporting. EQUALITY follows Nike’s recent announcement of its partnerships with MENTOR and PeacePlayers International, to drive change within communities. Building on these partnerships, Nike will donate $5 million in 2017 to numerous organizations that advance equality in communities across the U.S., including MENTOR and PeacePlayers.

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Nike will continue to encourage people to work for equality by becoming a mentor in their local communities through MENTOR — the leading national organization in ensuring quality youth mentoring relationships and connecting volunteers to opportunities in their communities. Learn more, or you can donate at: mentoring.org.

People can also show support by donating to PeacePlayers International — a global organization focused on bridging divides in communities by developing youth leaders, building relationships and changing perceptions through the power of sport.

Text and Photo Credit: Nike.com

Esta nota fue realizada en colaboración con TurboTax y fui compensado para escribirla, pero mi opinión es en base a mi experiencia.

La temporada de declarar impuestos siempre suele ser un momento de mucho estrés para las personas, especialmente si durante el año no se llevaron bien las cuentas de los gastos o simplemente nos hace falta algún documento importante. Dejamos las cosas hasta último minuto (típico de los Latinos) que a la hora de encontrar a esos contadores para que nos declaren nuestros impuestos es casi imposible encontrarlos.

¿Pero porque no declararlos tu sol@ y tomar el control de tus finanzas empezando con este simple paso? Así es, tú puedes declarar tus propios impuestos con TurboTax.

Este año me di a la tarea de conocer más acerca de este proceso y es por eso que decidí participar en un evento gratuito llamado #ParaisoFinanciero donde se difundió información valiosa acerca de la declaración de impuestos. Participe en este evento en Los Angeles, CA y no me quise quedar con toda la información y es por eso que ahora se las comparto a ustedes para que también alcancen paz económica en sus vidas.

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Aunque el evento se enfocó mucho en la preparación y lo fácil que es declarar los impuestos gracias a TurboTax el orador principal Orlando Montiel es un especialista en finanzas y portavoz de la mencionada compañía nos habló de algunos consejos para conseguir la paz económica.

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Me gustó mucho que hablo de los siguientes 5 puntos importantes porque creo son la base para poder vivir con una billetera saludable y aún más estar más preparados ese año durante la declaración de impuestos:

  1. Tener reservas de dinero o efectivo: Estas reservas nos permiten salir de emergencias o de apuros en los que nos podamos encontrar. Y nos permite evitar las deudas. Además tener reservas de dinero nos permite dormir tranquilos. Montiel aseguro que el dinero no nos hace feliz pero no conoce a ninguna persona que fuese feliz por tener deudas.
  2. Eliminar las tarjetas de deudas (de crédito): Los intereses son altos y muchas veces se paga más del valor de las cosas con tan solo pagar los intereses mes a mes. Mucho ojo con eso.
  3. Tener un techo (casa) donde vivir. Es importante tener un lugar al cual le puedas llamar hogar todos los días para vivir con menos estrés.
  4. Invertir para el retiro: Aunque no tengamos mucho que invertir o ahorrar siempre es mejor empezar con algo pequeño. No es cuestión del dinero que hagas sino es cuestión del dinero que ahorras. No es fácil ahorrar pero es más difícil vivir sin dinero.
  5. Buscar oportunidades de negocio: Montiel hablo de buscar nuevas fuentes que generen ingreso como por ejemplo abrir negocios propios. Los negocios personales nos permiten generar más ingresos semanalmente y nos permite ser dueños de nuestro tiempo sin tener que hacer construir los sueños de otras personas.

Por ultimo Montiel hablo de la importancia de aprender como el dinero debe trabajar para nosotros. Es importante ponerle prioridad a las finanzas y eso comienza con declarar los impuestos uno mismo con TurboTax.

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Espero que los 5 pasos que compartí te ayuden alcanzar la paz económica en tu vida. Los impuestos son importantes porque se declaran cada año y es sumamente necesario tener una cita con tu cuenta bancaria seguido.

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Durante el evento Montiel enfatizo la importancia de que cada persona declare sus propios impuestos porque así cada quien estará tomando las riendas de las finanzas y futuro. Haciendo nuestros propios impuestos nos permitirán ver los errores que hicimos el año anterior para no repetirlos y ver que hicimos bien para seguir así en nuestras finanzas.

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Para más información sobre eventos de Paraíso Financiero en tu ciudad visita: www.paraisofinanciero.com. El próximo será en Nueva York el 25 de febrero en la siguiente ubicación:

2pm-4:30pm (EST)

Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education
928 Simpson St
Bronx, NY 10459

Para aprender más sobre tus impuestos y tu declaración, no olvides visitar la página de TurboTax y entender cómo puedes recibir el máximo reembolso este año:  https://turbotax.intuit.com/personal-taxes/en-espanol?cid=soc_latino_bloggers_AVivirLA

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Latino Fit Club by Fit With Carmen y yo tenemos el honor de cubrir el evento de Hipanicize en abril 3-6, 2017. Estamos muy felices y emocionados ya que es nuestra primer vez participando en el magno evento para los Latinos influyentes.

A todos los Hispanicize “go-ers” y cualquier persona  que tenga planeado un viaje de negocio les recomendamos los siguientes 5 consejos (ver el video) para mantenerse saludables durante sus viajes! #SinExcusas

Este blog post fue patrocinado por TurboTax pero las opiniones son completamente mías y basadas en mi experiencia en este tema.

¿Cuántas veces dejamos la agobiante tarea de declarar nuestros impuestos hasta la última hora porque se nos hace estresante? Creo que la mayoría de ustedes leyendo esta nota alzará su mano. Yo también soy culpable de eso. Pero ya no se preocupen, ni le den el control de sus emociones a algo que al final del día tiene solución gracias a nuestros amigos de TurboTax.

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Es importante recordar que la fecha límite para declarar sus impuestos es el 18 de abril, y llegará el día más pronto de lo que imaginan. La mejor cosa es que aún están a tiempo de declarar sus impuestos sin necesidad de traer más estrés a sus vidas del que posiblemente ya tienen con todas las actividades, trabajo y familia.

Les cuento que cuando recién empecé a declarar mis impuestos no sabía ni por dónde empezar ni a quién acudir. Investigué en línea y me encontré con TurboTax que me salvó la vida. Pero aún así se me hacia una tarea abrumante porque era primerizo y para serles franco nunca fui el más aplicado en las matemáticas ni en eso de finanzas en la escuela. Mi sorpresa fue que yo solo me estaba estresando porque no se necesita ser un experto en estas materias para declarar tus impuestos.

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Los expertos de TurboTax están allí para apoyarte y ellos se encargan de todo. Eso si, tú tienes que darte a la tarea de recopilar toda la información necesaria cuando te vayas a sentar a declarar tus impuestos. Recuerda recopilar tus W2’s, lista de gastos e ingresos que has tenido durante todo el año fiscal.

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Hoy en día nos gusta todo lo que tenga que ver con la tecnología moderna, la eficacia, ahorrar tiempo y por supuesto dinero. Con TurboTax te asegurarás de conseguir todo lo mencionado.

¿Cómo?

Pues bueno ahora les explico. Si tienes un Smartphone o una tableta puedes hacer tu declaración de impuestos tú solo/a y a la hora que deseas. Si trabajas largas horas lo puedes hacer en la noche cuando terminas con tus actividades diarias o si tienes unos minutos mientras vas en el tren al trabajo puedes lograr hacer tus impuestos.

Si en cualquier momento crees que te vas confundir o tendrás una duda no te preocupes porque con el sistema de SmarLook™ que proporciona TurboTax puedes hablar con un experto en video para que te guíe y responda a tus preguntas – mientras declaras tus impuestos. A este mismo experto le podrás hacer preguntas en tiempo real y te asesorará paso por paso. Será como tener a un aliado contigo a la hora de declarar tus impuestos, ellos no podrán verte, pero tú a ellos sí. ¡Y SmartLook™ está disponible ahora en español!

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Otra de las cosas innovadoras que me gustó mucho de este sistema de TurboTax es como simplemente puedes tomarle una foto a tus W2, confirmar tu información y el sistema se encarga de buscar más de 350 deducciones y créditos para asegurarse que recibas el máximo reembolso.

Con este sistema de TurboTax te ahorrarás mucho tiempo porque no tendrás que esperar en largas filas con otros proveedores de servicios de impuestos.

Ahora que ya tienes mucha más información sobre esta aplicación que te quitará mucho estrés, te invito a que lo utilices en esta temporada de impuestos. Si aún te quedaron dudas o preguntas déjame saber o visita, www.turbotax.com y empieza a tomar el control de tu dinero.

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Te invito a que sientas una gran satisfacción personal cuando compruebes lo seguro y confiable que es TurboTax. En lo que menos imaginas tendrás tu reembolso con depósito directo en tu cuenta de banco si así lo deseas (más rápido) o por cheque.

Suerte con tu declaración de impuestos y recuerda que nadie mejor que tú conoce tu dinero.

*Disclaimer: I was provided a complimentary selection of meals from FITzee Foods for this blog review. I received no additional compensation. All opinions expressed in the post are entirely my own.

As a lifestyle blogger, fitness coach, personal trainer and still holding a full-time job my time allocated for cooking is minimized and that sometimes causes me a lot stress. And as I tell my clients stress is not good for your health because it makes any person gain weight.

As much as I do enjoy supporting my fiancée in the kitchen there are times that we wish that someone would come to the rescue and cook for us because she is also very busy. We were saved last month after I was approached by the owner of FITzee Foods, a meal delivery service, to see if I wanted to collaborate in sampling some of their delicious food I did not hesitate to say yes after doing some thorough research on the business and their mission.

I learned that their meals are made from scratch with no subscription needed. Their meals are healthy, fresh and never frozen. Rest assured that they make all of their food with the best, all-natural ingredients available. Check out the video below to learn more about their ingredients:

In my healthy lifestyle I promote healthy eating, portion-control and not starving yourself. Furthermore, if there’s something that you are craving – eat it with moderation of course. I was pleasantly surprised that FITzee Foods did fit into my fitness regimen.  I will say that I love food and I felt that the portions in the small portions were a bit smaller than what I am accustomed to eating. Next time I would definitely go for a larger size. But, nonetheless they were delicious.

January was a very busy month for me and it sure had a lot of curveballs that I was not expecting, therefore my time in the kitchen was close to nothing. Fitzee Foods is based out of San Diego, California, but they also ship via UPS all over the nation.

In my home delivery package I received 5 meals of their small portion meals as a complimentary sample. Not only was I amazed by the quality of food, but so was my fiancée and believe me that she’s a picky eater when it comes to food that is not cooked by her. Lol

Two of my favorite meals were the Chicken Parmesan and the Paleo Spaghetti. The Chicken Parmesan was a healthier version of that classic dish. The dish consisted of an Italian breaded free-range chicken topped with grated mozzarella and fresh parsley served with whole wheat spaghetti and a hearty house made marinara.

The Paleo Spaghetti uses a tagliatelle of zucchini as the pasta accompanied with turkey, fresh basil and their house made marinara sauce as well.

Aside from FITzee Foods getting delivered to your home if you live in the San Diego area you can pick up meals at selected stores. To find out what stores check out the Fitzee Foods website. 

In addition, I would highly recommend this meal delivery service to people who are always on the go like me and professionals with little or no time to cook, but still want to stay healthy.

Once you order and give FITzee Foods a try let me know because I would like to know your thoughts? Order here.

We are over one month into the New Year and quite possibly many of you have the goal of growing that savings account this year like myself. A big reason for this goal is because my fiancée and I have our destination wedding coming up in less than 6 months and we also want to travel more. But if you are like me, you also do not want to give up a comfortable lifestyle or one where we can still use all the technology and perks everyone is using. Sometimes owning an extra phone may be expensive, but it really is an attainable option when you think about the Coolpad Conjr smartphone. There’s no need to dent your bank account when you think about the Coolpad Conjr.

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Possibly you may have not heard of the Coolpad Conjr, but recently I had the opportunity to give it a try and let me say that I am keeping it. As a blogger we are often taking thousands of pictures for our blog posts, covering events, taking videos and simply capturing those great moments we want to share with our audience and we need more data space. I am very guilty of that and the worst part is that I have no time to clean my phone either. Let me give you more details about the Coolpad Conjr, which is an affordable, attractive and up-to-date smartphone.

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This is a 5-in. Android phone that is equipped with multi-fingerprinting to unlock and quick access to different apps, a shiny 2.5 D Curved Glass design and 13 MP Rear Camera + 8 MP Front Facing Camera – with a fun age recognition feature.

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One other great feature of the Coolpad Conjr it that it has the pro/night mode where pictures come out very clear when you are snapping them at night or in a dark setting. In addition it has 3 GB + 16 GB + MicroSD up to 64 GB. That for sure will be a huge help for me because I can use all that memory space possible since my current phone does not have it and I don’t want to get rid of pictures and videos from important life moments. I am sure we will need all that space for our upcoming trips and wedding day.

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In summary two important features that drive me to own this gadget are that it will not break my bank account and that it takes sharp, crisp and clear photos. In addition, some of you who are traveling abroad may want to know that you can travel with it experimenting little to no problems. How? The Coolpad Conjr has amazing multi-SIM support that is perfect for international trips. You can switch between sim cards to adapt a new location or you can go back and forth from personal to business. How cool is that right? Yes!

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By now you may be asking yourself the BIG question… How much is the Coolpad Conjr? Ready for the answer? For only $179.99 it can be yours and let me assure you that you’ll still be well on your way to keep growing that savings account in 2017.

I don’t see why you would not want your very own Coolpad Conjr. Plus you can order it here or on Amazon or Newegg now.

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If you want to keep learning about the Coolpad Conjr and all of its other features make sure to check out their Facebook and Instagram.

If there’s one thing that needs to be on point when I walk out the door every morning to work that would be my mane because that makes me feel like I can take over the world. I feel that the new products that I am giving a shot make me realize that exactly.

Therefore I’m super pumped to be teaming up with my friends from GRIT. They are a new modern mens haircare line that is easily accessible and great for the gentlemen on the go who doesn’t want to spend too much  time fixing up the hair.

GRIT is a professional haircare line for men at an affordable value price. These products are easy to understand, easy to use and the assortment addresses the needs of all types of men and hair. The packaging is contemporary and masculine and the products feature masculine and fresh scents.

I have some all-time favorite goodies from the GRIT box, but I will explain all of them to you so that you can make an educated choice when it comes to purchasing your very own GRIT products. An interesting fact that I wanted to make sure I share with all of you is that GRIT is never tested on animals.

Hair + Body – This multitasking shampoo, conditioner & body wash helps speed up your daily shower routine, while it cleans and moisturizes hair and skin.  The large size and concentrated formula provides extended use and its bold masculine fragrance smells great too!

Body Refresh – (This is one of my favorites scents). It’s a go-to spray that gets rid of unwanted odors.  Just toss it in your car or gym bag and use to neutralize body odor anytime.

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Cleanse + Style – This guys version of a dry shampoo is a cleansing shortcut when you don’t have time to shower.  Foaming cleanser quickly and conveniently cleans hair without water, breaks down styling product and eliminates odor.

Natural Style – The everyday style cream for a casual look.  Low hold and low shine.  Great for the ‘no fuss’ kind of guy.

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Flexible Style – (Loved this balm). The ‘does-it-all’ styling balm.  Medium hold, medium shine.  Great for the ‘indecisive’ kind of guy. The formula on this is nice and firm and not overly sticky. Tap the surface a few times to get a touch of product and work through your hair.

Firm Style – The ‘hair won’t move’ styling gel.  High hold, high shine.  Great For the ‘knows what I like’ kind of guy.

Drop by any Great Clips location to purchase your products. I also invite you to download the app to see which location is closest to you. Participate in the GRIT Giveaway on Instagram for a chance to win a Playstation 4 Pro. (Official rules on greatclips.com.)

Here’s How To Enter to Win:

1. Follow GRIT on Instagram

2. Post a photo of you and your favorite GRIT product using the hashtag

#gritgiveaway @grit_haircare

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Overall I really enjoyed this line for the gentleman on the go who doesn’t want to spend a lot of time and money investing in fresh products. For more information on the brand click over to their site here or download their app.

I’m running a contest on my Facebook.com/gusjournalist page until 1/26/2017 to win . This contest is open to my followers in the U.S. only and will include a surprise Grit gift as well.

Will you give GRIT a try?

I know what it is like to set “living fit” New Year’s Resolutions and not sticking to them because I have been in that same boat numerous times in the past. Last year and this year that was not the case though because I’ve been on a healthy fitness journey for almost 2 years. And so I figured that this time I could offer some motivation that has helped me stick to my regimen.

When I was approached by my friend’s from Grocery Outlet to talk about this specific topic I did not think about it twice for two reasons 1) I love the store and I sometimes purchase my groceries there and 2) living a healthy lifestyle is one of my biggest passions so why not offer some tips on what has worked for me.

Don’t we all want to be better human beings and we promise ourselves and others that we will commit to being a better version of ourselves in the New Year, but March rolls around and many times we have failed miserably. What happens after that? A lot of guilt and disappointment kicks in because we were not able to stick to our word. That type of attitude is horrible, but I want to offer some tips to help you if living healthy was one of your New Year’s resolutions.

Don’t Make Healthy Resolutions at All, Set Short Term Goals Instead

We get so carried with the resolutions hype that we immediately are programmed to do what others are doing. Don’t fall into that trap. Instead make short term goals that will stick to your lifestyle. For instance one of them could be changing your grocery shopping destination to Grocery Outlet where you are bound to find healthy and organic products no matter what. Why? Because you’ll find NOSH products. NOSH stands for Natural, Organic, Specialty, Health. I was at Grocery Outlet this weekend and affordability is definitely at the top of their priorities.

Plus when you set short term goals and you achieve them the feeling of accomplishment is like no other! It feels amazing.

Make a Grocery List and plan your Meals

Yes, meal prepping and writing your grocery list go hand-in-hand. When you plan your week ahead you are setting yourself up for success. So before visiting your nearest Grocery Outlet be sure to create a grocery list of the items you need to create your healthy meals so that you purchase exactly what you need for yourself and family. You will also end up saving a lot of money when you have a grocery list. In addition, when you arrive home from buying your groceries at Grocery Outlet make a habit to meal prep for the week or at least the following 3-4 days. This will cut away in any temptation of bad food that you could find at work.

During my most recent visit to Grocery Outlet I was able to see that they have a vast amount of options for produce and meats. Their organic products are extensive too. One of the items on my meal prep menu this week was quinoa and you bet we found that at Grocery Outlet during our visit.

We were also able to find healthy snacks that account for our carbohydrates daily consumption too.

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Use a Journal or Develop a Buddy System

Getting off the healthy wagon is so easy, but not when you have a buddy. Even better is when you live with that buddy because you are able to support each other day in and day out. In this case my fiancée and I are both in this healthy lifestyle together so it makes things so much easier. You also need to find yourself a support buddy to keep each other accountable and why no when you go grocery shopping together at Grocery Outlet.

I did want to emphasize that Grocery Outlet communicates the individual store daily deals via their email program. Based on the selected stores, every day they send subscribers a WOW alert, featuring products with 50% – 70% or more savings for that particular store. NOSH items and other great deals are featured daily. A lot of Grocery Outlet shoppers are reading the Wow alerts and going to the stores for a treasure hunt experience because you won’t believe what big name brands you can find for a bargain price.

I can honestly say I said the word “WOW” at least a few times during my most recent visit because of the great prices. At checkout we were pleased to know that we saved $32 and now that deserves a “WOW”! Everyone likes to save money on their groceries because that leaves us with some extra money to purchase other items.

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I hope that the tips I’ve presented on sticking to your healthy lifestyle do support your New Year’s goals. And better yet understand that living a healthy lifestyle is not expensive nor will you go broke if you start shopping at Grocery Outlet and planning. You’ll find everything you need so that you have the healthiest year of your life.

Is living a healthier lifestyle one of your New Year’s resolutions? Let me know if my tips have helped you? Don’t forget to use the hashtags #NewYearNewNosh #NoshWithGroceryOutlet

Note: This is a sponsored post created in collaboration with Hampton by Hilton and Latina Bloggers Connect, but all views are my own.

If there’s one place that lets me get creative and plan out my vision to the maximum that will always be stepping into nature and the outdoors. This can be anywhere, at any city or country that I visit. The energy that I receive from such places is indescribable because your mind gets cleared to the highest level possible. You re-invent yourself in so many dimensions that you end up leaving like a brand new person. I am serious!  

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The outdoors experience that I recently had in my most recent getaway could not have come at a better timing especially since we are days away from welcoming a brand new beginning, cycle or as many would refer to it as a blank chapter in our lives to start creating our very own stories. Happy New Year!

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This holiday season I could not think of a better place to unwind and re-charge for a successful new year than visiting and hiking at Knights Ferry Recreation Area in Oakdale, California. As I visited this hidden gem in Northern California (one hour away from Yosemite) I immediately imagined that I was letting loose of my inner explorer and seekender in me because I was enjoying every spot there.

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Let’s remember that a seekender is an adventurer or traveler who likes to take advantage of the weekends while enjoying food, music, sports or the outdoors. I also recommend that you all go visit Hampton by Hilton for more inspiration on how to best enjoy and where to go on your next seekender weekend experience.

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Knights Ferry Recreation Area is a large park area that is commonly used for hiking, picnics, photoshoots and is a convenient place to have a river recreational trip since the Stanislaus River runs smack down the middle of the area. The peaceful noise of the water will put you in the mood for some deep reflection, which is exactly what you’ll need to start envisioning the new year.

During the summer you can do some kayaking or water rafting in the river, and I will most definitely be returning for that experience.

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I arrived to Knighs Ferry Recreation Area and hiked about 3 miles and I was able to obtain some pretty stunning views. In the park you will also find some ruins and the Knights Ferry Covered Bridge, which spans for 330 feet, is the longest covered bridge west of the Mississippi.

I was able to capture some pretty beautiful views of the bridge against the Northern California foothills. Check this one out below:

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There’s no need to make reservations to visit this place other than paying for your parking when you arrive. It’s a dog-friendly park too as long as your pet is on a leash.

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Enjoy the views and disconnect from the exterior world. If you enjoy your trip hashtag your pictures with #SoySeekender and #AVivirLATravel to find them and leave you with some social media love. And don’t forget to visit Hampton by Hilton to find nearby properties to lodge when visiting this California natural park.

*If you stay at a Hampton by Hilton you will receive complimentary breakfast and you’ll always have access to free coffee and tea throughout the day.

Combinaciones con leche que impactan, desde botanas hasta postres.

Los clásicos platillos de las fiestas son el centro de las reuniones de fin de año, un momento en que las familias y los amigos celebran preparando y disfrutando juntos comidas caseras. Pero muchos de los platillos favoritos de las fiestas requieren horas y horas de arduo trabajo en la cocina. Para ofrecer a las familias una solución sin complicaciones, la Junta de Procesadores de Leche de California (CMPB), creadora de las icónicas campañas got milk? y Toma Leche, ha colaborado con destacados chefs y aficionados a la gastronomía de todo California para crear recetas modernas inspiradas en los platillos tradicionales y en los sabores de temporada que a todos nos gustan – los cuales saben aún mejor cuando se acompañan con un vaso de leche.

Para muchos, existe una relación muy estrecha entre la comida y la familia, porque las tradiciones nos traen una sensación de pertenencia, amor e identidad con los demás. Esto se siente especialmente durante las fiestas, cuando las recetas familiares son las estrellas de la mesa. Sin embargo, muchas de estas recetas que han pasado de generación en generación, suelen tomar mucho tiempo de preparación; la generación de hoy en día busca recrear estos sabores de una manera más eficiente para poder dedicar más tiempo a disfrutar de las festividades con sus seres queridos. “Estamos muy contentos de ofrecer a las familias de todas partes opciones nuevas para disfrutar de las fiestas manteniéndose fieles a sus tradiciones y la versatilidad de la leche la convierte en el acompañamiento perfecto para la variedad de propuestas creadas por nuestros chefs,” afirma Steve James, Director Ejecutivo de CMPB.

Un ejemplo de estos platillos nuevos y novedosos es el fascinante giro que el Chef Javier Plascencia le da a los camotes caramelizados. Inspirado en Bimbo y su muy popular panqué – una delicia que él mismo solía disfrutar de pequeño en Tijuana, B.C. – Plascencia creó su nueva combinación para las fiestas: Panqué con Camote Asado Bañado en Miel de Piloncillo y Especias + Leche infusionada con Mazapán de Almendra.. “Mi abuela siempre preparaba camotes para Navidad y el platillo que yo creé está basado en su receta que ha sido un clásico esencial en nuestra mesa familiar por muchos años,” comenta Plascencia.

Otro platillo son los Tostones al Horno con Crème Fraiche, una receta inspirada en los sabores cubanos creada por Eddie Zamora, un aficionado a la gastronomía y al turismo que reside en Los Ángeles, fundador del popular blog gastronómico, The Yum-Yum Foodie. Con ingredientes exquisitos como plátanos, crème fraiche (crema fresca) y aguacate, Zamora combina estos bocadillos deliciosos con un vaso de leche fría. “Lo que me encanta de esta combinación es que luce impactante pero es muy fácil de preparar,” afirma Zamora. “Lo puedes servir como una botana para que tus invitados la disfruten antes del platillo principal o si organizas una reunión más informal, puede ser parte de tu selección de tapas,” agrega.

Y para agregar el sabor de Argentina al meú, está la creación del Chef Pablo Romano: Empanadas Dulces y Saladas para el Desayuno + Leche. Romano, chef y co-fundador/propietario de Venga Empanadas en San Francisco, incluyó piña, paleta de cerdo, panqué Bimbo y ciruelas secas en este combo intrigante para el desayuno y complementó estos ingredientes dulces y salados con la leche.

Si deseas conocer todas las recetas para estas fiestas creadas exclusivamente para got milk?/ Toma Leche, visita: www.gotmilk.com, www.tomaleche.com y sigue a got milk? en Facebook/ Twitter @gotmilk e Instagram @officialgotmilk.

Aqui una receta tipica durante estas fiestas decembrinas:

Tostones al Horno con Crème Fraîche y Vaca Frita de Pollo

Rinde para 4 porciones

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Ingredientes:

2 plátanos verdes grandes

1 aguacate

1 envase de 8 onzas de crème fraiche

1 pollo rostizado, desmenuzado

1 cebolla blanca, cortada en rodajas

2 cucharadas de aceite de oliva

1 cucharadita de ajo en polvo

1 cucharadita de ajo

¼ cucharadita de comino

½ limón verde, rebanado en trozos

Aceite en aerosol

Sal Kosher

Pimienta

Preparación:

Vaca frita de pollo:

En un tazón, mezcla el pollo desmenuzado con el comino, el ajo en polvo, el jugo de limón verde y sal y pimienta al gusto. Deja marinar por 20 a 30 minutos. Si lo deseas, puedes usar ajo fresco en lugar de ajo en polvo. Luego, coloca una sartén grande a fuego medio-bajo y agrega el aceite de oliva y las rodajas de cebolla. Sofríe la cebolla hasta que quede translúcida. Agrega el pollo desmenuzado y fríe durante unos 10 minutos o hasta que esté crujiente y dorado. Deja a un lado.

Tostones:

Precalienta el horno a 425°F. Rocía con aceite un refractario grande para horno. Recorta las puntas de los plátanos. Haz cortes a lo largo de dos lados de cada plátano, lo suficientemente profundos como para atravesar toda la cáscara. Cocínalos en el microondas hasta que estén blandos en el centro. Para 2 plátanos, tarda alrededor de 6 a 6 1/2 minutos. Para 1 plátano, alrededor de 3 a 3 1/2 minutos, dependiendo del microondas. La cáscara se pondrá de color negro. Luego, pela los plátanos y córtalos en rebanadas de un grosor de ¾ de pulgada mientras estén calientes. De cada plátano se obtienen alrededor de 12 rebanadas. Coloca las rebanadas calientes de plátano en un tazón mediano y aplasta cada rebanada con el fondo de un frasco o lata. La herramienta recomendada para este paso es la tostonera, que suele encontrarse en los mercados latinos, pero cualquier objeto plano sirve.

Coloca todas las rebanadas de plátano aplastadas en el refractario para hornear ya preparado, rocía con una cantidad generosa de aceite, condimenta con sal y hornea durante aproximadamente 10 a 12 minutos o hasta que estén doradas en la parte de abajo. Retira del horno y voltea todas las rebanadas. Coloca nuevamente en el horno y hornea por 8 minutos más o hasta que estén doradas y crujientes. Retira del horno y condimenta con más sal. Agrega una cucharada de crème fraiche (crema fresca), una rebanada de aguacate y cubre con la vaca frita de pollo. Sirve este platillo con un vaso de leche fría y disfrútalo.

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