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The fabulous post-baby Beyoncé in her tight red dress!

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We are all wired differently... so stop judging me

We are all wired differently... so stop judging me | Cultural Trendz |

This morning I wrapped up this huge post that I had to send to a company for review. It’s been hanging over me for a few weeks and once it was officially crossed off my list, I felt an overwhelming sense of euphoria. It wasn’t relief. It was more of a high – like a buzz off of the accomplishment. It overcame me and I registered right then and there that I’m a workaholic… and maybe that’s not such an ugly word.

It’s taken me a very long time to realize that being a workaholic doesn’t make me a bad mom or a bad wife. Being a workaholic doesn’t lessen any other part of me. It’s just who I am – who I was born to be. Even in high school, I was an avid list maker and spreadsheet creator. Who did that?!! Me! I’m Type-A to the fullest and in order for me to release anxiety and stress when I start to feel very overwhelmed, I make a list. It’s my coping mechanism. Work relaxes me in a sense. Again… I’ve come to the conclusion that that’s ok.

I feel like I am wired differently than other people. When I sit down and watch television to relax, I have my iPad with me so I can play a Facebook game (don’t judge me) and my phone so I can’t periodically check for emails. That’s three electronics going at once. That’s my RELAXED STATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!  And I am actually VERY RELAXED at that point. I’m winding down and dozing off doing those three different acts.

My cousin’s wife once told me (a few years ago) that when her children go to school, she grabs a hot cup of coffee and sits on the couch in silence for 20 minutes every morning. I still think about this conversation. I can’t get over it! What does she do for those 20 minutes? She just drinks her coffee. No TV. No phone. No newspaper. It’s just her and her coffee. I cannot even process this as an option. I would – lose – my – mind.

But like I said, I register that we are just wired differently. And whenever I think that I am doing too much because someone gives me a LOOK or writes a comment on Facebook like “when will you ever slow down?”, I remember that conversation and remind myself that it is possible to be so completely different from another human being. So, yes – someone might not be able to understand how much I am able to squeeze in during a 24-hour period. BECAUSE TO THEM – a typical morning might just be with a hot cup of coffee while sitting on a couch doing nothing. Imagine that person watching me run around Manhattan going from one press preview to another and then coming home to cook dinner, do homework with the kids and then host a twitter party. Yes, I can see where that might look a bit overwhelming to another individual.

However, the comments still linger. And they are one-sided by the way. I never in a million years, read my friend’s Facebook updates and think, “my goodness! why are you so LAZY?” Those feelings never emerge. Instead, I think about how wonderful it must be to spend the day at the beach without having to worry about deadlines. That’s the thought that floats through my head. It’s not jealously. It’s more of a sense of pining for a more simpler time. But then I immediately think about a better way to handle social media and off I go into a mania state.  My calm moments are short-lived to say the least.

Must keep swimming.

When I saw this line in Nemo, I’m pretty sure I cried because it represented my life in a nutshell. My high school graduation valedictorian said another line that I repeat in my head on a regular basis.

The shaking keeps me steady.

That is it. Right there. I need the chaos to function. I can’t explain it. I need it all. So, yes. I’m a workaholic. Yes, sometimes I feel like I’m drowning and I write posts about how I’m just looking for an exit sign or some relief, but in the end I will never get off this train.

So, if you don’t mind… I will take my coffee to go.


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Yes, we are all different. There are some things about a person that cannot be changed. It's who they are and how they do. Acceptance is key. Lovely, insightful message.

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Comic-Con's very first "geek couture" fashion show is incredible

Comic-Con's very first "geek couture" fashion show is incredible | Cultural Trendz |

Fangirl apparel company Her Universe has teamed up with teenage outpost Hot Topic and Nerdist Industries to present Comic-Con’s first ever fashion show “Geek Couture.” The Her Universe Fashion Show will feature 36 different looks created by 36 designers. What’s special about this is that the two winning designers (one of which is chosen by a panel of judges, the other by the audience), will co-design an exclusive collection with Her Universe founder Ashley Eckstein for Hot Topic!

Her Universe also provided a variety of suggestions (provided below) for potential looks. There seems to be an emphasis on actual wearable fashion instead of cosplay, which is what you’d normally find at a con, which is refreshing especially since “Geek Fashion” usually tends to fall into either cosplay or … t-shirts. Not only is presenting more wardrobe options extremely savvy, so is the push towards actively courting female fans.

Fan favorite Loki makes an appearance in a smart overcoat, with gold and green embroidery. His signature horns make an appearance as a fun little hat that wouldn’t seem out on Princess Beatrice‘s head. Is it just me or are Loki’s shoes giving major “Maleficent” vibes? Meanwhile Doctor Who’s Tardis is transformed into a lovely cobalt blue coat dress.

Hold the phone, this Grecian Captain Kirk dress is so so wearable and doesn’t hit you over the head with classic Star Trek references. Serious Trekkers will appreciate the nod to “Who Mourns for Adonais?“. In the other corner, this Bumblebee from the Transformers outfit seems like it wouldn’t be out of place in Misty’s (of Pokemon) closet either.

After seeing the sketches, we thought we knew what we were getting into, but let’s just say that we were completely blown away by the looks that made their way down the San Diego runway. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite looks below.

You know, I’ve never thought I would use the word beautiful to describe Wolverine, but I just did, and here we are.

This Mystique look channels Kevin Wada’s redesigns of the X-Men costumes in the best possible way.

Another look. Mystique as the Barbie that I’ve always wanted. Eat your heart out, Jennifer Lawrence.

There’s an Iron Throne gown. Iron Throne, gown. That’s all.

To no one’s surprise a Loki outfit did make the runway. The horns as feathers, are a cheeky little touch.

A super 70s Luna Lovegood look.

A “Little Mermaid” dress that isn’t a mermaid dress. Nice clamshell, Ariel.

This robotic Cylon-gown is also giving me a little KITT from “Knight Rider”.

Delorean-inspired separates that wouldn’t seem out of place in “Drive”. Am I right? Did I mention that this outfit takes 1.21 gigawatts to start up?

Regina! Full disclosure, I watch terrible television, and this dress would not be out of place on “Once Upon A Time” or on Lana Parrilla’s frame.

Not surprising the winners were the looks from “Back to the Future” and “Once Upon a Time”.

For those of us playing at home not at San Diego Comic-Con you can follow the following hashtags: #HTConWatch, #sdccgeekcouture. More importantly, check out MTV’s Comic-Con coverage right here.

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Chili lime fish tacos with mango salsa

Chili lime fish tacos with mango salsa | Cultural Trendz |




2 teaspoons cayenne pepper (optional)

1 teaspoon Stonemill Essentials Chili Powder

1 teaspoon Stonemill Essentials Paprika

1 teaspoon Stonemill Essentials Oregano

½ teaspoon Stonemill Essentials Ground Cumin

½ teaspoon Stonemill Essentials Iodized Salt

½ teaspoon. Stonemill Essentials Ground Black Pepper

6 Sea Queen Tilapia Fillets, thawed

1 teaspoon lime zest

¼ cup lime juice (about 2 limes)

¼ cup Carlini Pure Olive Oil, divided


2 cups diced mango (about 2 mangos)

¼ cup diced red onion

2 teaspoons chopped jalapeño

¼ cup chopped cilantro

1 tablespoon lime juice

1 tablespoon Carlini Pure Olive Oil

Stonemill Essentials Iodized Salt, to taste

Stonemill Essentials Ground Black Pepper, to taste

6 Benita Fajita Tortillas, heated

½ cup crumbled Benita Fresco Cheese


    For the fish: In a small bowl, combine the spices, reserve. Place the fish fillets in a large baking dish. In a medium bowl, combine the lime zest, lime juice, 2 tablespoons olive oil and 2 teaspoons of the spice mixture. Whisk to combine.
    Pour over the fish fillets. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
    For the salsa: Combine the salsa ingredients. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate.
    Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Remove the fish from the marinade. Brush one side with the reserved spice mixture.
    Add the remaining olive oil to the hot pan. Add the fish, seasoned side down. Brush the tops of the fillets with the spice mixture. Cook the fish for 4 minutes, until browned on one side. Flip and cook for another 2-3 minutes, until cooked through.
    Remove fish and divide evenly among the tortillas. Serve with the salsa and fresco cheese.


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The ultimate guide to Twitter

The ultimate guide to Twitter | Cultural Trendz |

The Ultimate Guide to Twitter for Writers by Frances Caballo details everything a self-published writer needs to know to get started and successfully use Twitter.

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New users do not have an easy time setting up, learning and grasping the concept of this very useful application. This is a good step by step guide with pictures. However, I would suggest having another experienced Twitter user help you shorten the learning curve.


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Millennials matter

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