3 Easy Lunches For The Late Riser

3 Easy Lunches For The Late Riser

Instead of spending $10 every day for lunch, make lunch at home instead (the night before)!
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Though you know you have to be at work at 9 am tomorrow, you go to sleep too late and hit the snooze button more times than you'd like to admit. You now have a total of 72 minutes to shower, dry your hair, get dressed, feed your cat, do your makeup, and somehow fit over an hour long commute in between. But wait - you forgot to bring lunch...again.

Instead of ordering from the same expensive, unfulfilling sandwich shop by your office, here are five quick and easy lunches to prepare the night before and grab as you head out of the house!

1. Tomato Basil Pasta

This cold pasta dish is one of the easiest, tastiest meals you can make in a pinch and still feel like you're a master chef!

Instructions: Bring a pot of water to a boil, add Barilla penne pasta, and cook for the suggested amount of time on the box. While your pasta is boiling, grab a strainer and toss a handful of cherry tomatoes into wash. Rinse them off, pat them dry, and set them aside. When your pasta has finished cooking, rinse it off in cold water for 30 seconds and let it drain. Then, combine your pasta and tomatoes with a tablespoon of olive oil, a dash of Italian seasoning, some salt, pepper, and some grated, fresh garlic (if you so desire). Stir everything together and place in an airtight container in the fridge for the next morning!

Ingredients: Barilla penne pasta, cherry tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper

Prep time: 20 mins

2. Cheesy Hot Dogs in Tortillas

Good for a quick working lunch, these cheesy hot dogs will leave you wanting more!

Instructions: Open and boil a package of Vienna Beef hot dogs on the stove top until the hot dogs become plump. Drain the water from the pot and place your hot dogs aside. Grab two El Milagro flour tortillas, a handful of shredded cheddar cheese, and place one of the hot dogs inside. Roll the tortilla around the hot dog carefully, and secure it with 2-4 toothpicks. Place them in a microwaveable-safe container, and when you're ready to eat, heat them for 90 seconds. Quick, easy, and super cheesy!

Ingredients: Vienna Beef hot dogs, El Milagro flour tortillas, shredded cheddar cheese, toothpicks

Prep time: 10 minutes

3. Ham, Cream Cheese, and Pickle Roll-Ups

This simple lunch can also double-up as a yummy appetizer for get-togethers with friends!

Instructions: Take 5 slices of Dietz & Watson deli fresh ham and spread a generous amount of Philadelphia Cream cheese on the inside of each piece. (Note: you will need to let the cream cheese soften on the counter for 10-15 minutes before doing this.) Then, take Claussen Kosher Dill pickle spears and roll them in the cream-cheese-covered pieces of ham. Place your ham roll-ups in an airtight sandwich container and refrigerate them overnight.

Ingredients: Dietz & Watson deli fresh ham, Philadelphia cream cheese, Claussen Kosher dill pickles

Prep time: 25 minutes

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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5 Things You Need To Know About Thinx Underwear

Those of you with a uterus, listen up.

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I first heard about Thinx underwear two years ago while on a subway in Washington DC. I thought the whole idea of leakproof underwear sounded a bit too much like diapers and brushed the product aside. Fast forward two years, my mom states that she is going to buy a pair to try and offered to get me one too. With nothing to lose and everything to gain, I decided to give it a try. I'm sure glad I did!

If you're not familiar with Thinx allow me to explain. It's a company that prides themselves on creating underwear specifically designed for individuals to wear during their periods. Looking at the reviews, everyone seemed to love them, and after trying them out for myself, I must say I like them quite a lot. Here are a few important things to know about Thinx underwear.

1. It doesn’t always replace your pads/tampons

Thinx may not replace tampons, but it can help cut back the amount you use.

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I learned this the hard way that if you have a heavy flow, you can't wear Thinx on its own. If you have a light flow, you could get away with only wearing these, but for us poor souls with heavy flows, I recommend making these your new period underwear. You never have to worry about any leaks, even at night!

2. They don't stain

Behold! No bloodstains!

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If you leak onto this underwear, fear not. Merely rinse them in the sink and then throw them in the wash like normal and boom! Clean underwear. No more ugly stained underwear to keep in the corner of your drawer.

3. There’s a bunch of cute designs/colors

There's something for everyone!

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One thing I must say about Thinx is that they have a wide variety of options. There are several different cuts, and almost all of them come in different colors options as well. They seem to be introducing new colors all the time, so keep an eye out for one you like.

4. They are super comfy!

These feel just like normal underwear.

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When I got my pair, I was worried that this underwear would feel like wearing a diaper or something else uncomfortable, but that was not the case at all! This underwear when you're wearing it feels like normal underwear, and while you're washing it, it feels like a swimsuit.

5. They donate to a good cause

Everyone should have access to period products. Period.

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For every pair of underwear that you buy, the company donates a pair to someone in need. It seems like most are sent to developing countries where women do not have access to proper menstruation hygiene products. In addition to this, Thinx was designed to help cut back the number of disposable pads entering landfills. They designed this underwear to be a more sustainable alternative for people with periods!

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