How to Make Coconut Water Ice Lollies

May 25, 2016   


By Contributing Writer, Natty

These Brazilian coconut water ice lollies are the BEST thing for summer. I made these last weekend for a BBQ in Shropshire when it was really sunny (the weather in England is AMAZING at the moment) and they were a hit. These are great for kids and babies as they love the fruit and the coconut water makes it sweet but healthy with no added sugar. My boyfriend's 8 month-old nephew loved them! Adults also love them too. They also look Pinterest perfect to impress your guests at a summer fete. I bought this specific ice pop mould because I love how nostalgic they look with old school popsicle sticks.

My mum made these all the time when I was little (cheaply using plastic cups and popsicle sticks) and they remind me of hot summer days in Brazil. I love kiwi and mangos but you can do this with same recipe with any fruit you wish!

PS: The link to the Ice Lolly tray I use is in my shop! – thelatinacook.com/shop/

Ingredients (Serves: 10) 
Time: 3 hours

3 kiwi
1 Mango Ice Lolly Tray (Available in my shop)
500ml Coconut Water

METHOD

Peel Kiwi and Mango and slice into desired shape (I like to cut the kiwi into 1/4 cm thick round slices and cube mangos).

Carefully place fruit into ice lolly mould, I used 4 slices of kiwi per mould (sticking them to the side to get the effect I want) and 5-6 pieces of mango.

Top mould with Coconut Water, about 80-90% full. The water expands as it freezes so do not fill right to the top.

Cover with lid and insert popsicle sticks to the are halfway into the coconut water. After 3 hours they should be fully set, but you can leave them longer to be sure.

To make them extra pretty serve on a bed of ice and little flowers for your guests and enjoy!




Thank you Natty for sharing this recipe! For more healthy and delicious recipes, be sure to check out Natty's blog, The Latina Cook!






Swim Season {High-Waisted Swimsuits}

May 16, 2016   


If you know me, you know I love a good high-waisted swimsuit. Not only are they figure flattering, but they're also great for "pooch" hiding haha. For my trip to Tulum, I bought this Lovers + Friends Navy and Blue swimsuit, which I absolutely loved (seen here). 

Here are a few high-waisted swimsuit we rounded up that we thought you might also enjoy: 


Lovers + Friends, Miami Bikini (Top ($50) and Bottom ($40) sold separately) 

ASOS Black High-Waited Bottom ($22) // Onia Bikini Top, $80

Target High Waist Tribal Print (Top and Bottom ($24) sold separately)

ASOS Palm Print Bikini (Top ($32) and Bottom ($29) sold separately)


How to Make Sopa Negra {Black Bean Stew}

May 10, 2016   


By Natty 

I love Sopa Negra, it’s a soup originally from Costa Rica but you see variants of it all over Latin America. It is possibly the healthiest, yummiest and easiest recipe you can make for yourself. Black beans, the primary ingredient in Sopa Negra, are so popular in South America and absolutely revered for their healthy qualities….. Most Brazilians won’t go a day with out a serving of black beans. (Brazil grows more of these than any country in the world) The black bean’s fiber, potassium, folate, vitamin B6 and phytonutrient content, coupled with its lack of cholesterol, all support heart health.

The fiber in black beans helps lower the total amount of cholesterol in the blood and decrease the risk of heart disease. AUTHENTIC “Sopa Negra” is always served with hard boiled eggs, which are cooked in the soup itself and then removed and peeled before eating, but I like mine plain and simple. It takes only minutes to make and the soup freezes and travels very well meaning your lunch time office meal is sorted.

INGREDIENTS (Serves: 4)
Time: 10 Minutes

 2 Garlic cloves
2 Bay leaves
50g Cooking bacon (Optional if vegetarian)
1 tbs Red Wine Vinegar
1/2 tsp red chilli flakes 1000g Black beans (in water)
1 Chicken Stock Cube 1/2 white onion (diced)


METHOD

Sauté onion until tender and add crushed garlic and bacon, cook for around 5 minutes.

Add 1/2 beans (do not drain), vinegar, chilli flakes, chicken stock and Bay leaves.

Using a potato masher smush up the ingredients, this thickens up the soup making it into a broth. Add the rest of the beans and simmer for 6-7 minutes (OPTIONAL: at this point you can add the egg to be hard boiled like they do in Costa Rica).

Finish with a dollop of creme-fraiche and a smattering of coriander.


For more healthy and delicious recipes, be sure to check out Natty's blog, The Latina Cook!


Get in the Picture this Mother's Day

May 5, 2016   


One thing that I wish I had more of, was pictures of Andres with his dad. You see, we were always so busy taking pictures of him, we forgot to get in the picture ourselves. When my husband passed last year the pictures we did have together became that much more meaningful. I truly believe it is the memories we make that will last forever. But I know I’m not alone when it comes to this. Sometimes we just get so busy capturing those moments, we forget. That’s why I’m excited to be partnering with Garnier Whole Blends and their campaign to encourage moms out there to get in the picture.

I’ve been making it a point to get in the picture with Andres every opportunity I get. In fact, I booked my first professional photo shoot with Andres as my Mother’s Day gift to myself today—I’m so excited. My good friend and amazing photographer, Karla Garcia, will be taking our pictures. And knowing that perhaps one day Andy will be showing these pictures to his future wife and kids, God willing, you know mama has to try to look good too haha.

I already found my outfit and I’m hoping to go for a bohemian look for our photo shoot, including soft flowy waves for my hair (and maybe a flower crown lol). To get prepped for our photo shoot, I’ve been using the Garnier Whole Blends line, including this Honey Treasures repairing mask. It’s made with natural ingredients and leaves my hair feeling soooo soft.




I also wanted to share this beautiful video about encouraging mom to get in the picture. You can post your picture with the hashtag #WholeBlendsSweeptakes for a chance to win a professional family photo session, how amazing is that?




 Hope you have an amazing Mother’s Day and don’t forget to capture those special moments.

Also don't forget to jon the Garnier Crowd on Crowdtap for a chance to receive some Garnier goodies. Just make sure to enter your shipping address on Crowdtap once you join. Stay tuned for even more upcoming opportunities to try Garnier products, as I’ll be reviewing other products in the weeks to come.



This post is brought to you by Garnier. All opinions, as always, are my own. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that make Viva Fashion possible. #WholeBlends


VIDEO: Mother's Day Gift Ideas with Kohl's

May 4, 2016   


Mother's Day is just a few days away and if you're still not sure what to get mom, here's a segment I did last week on Univision's Despierta America sharing gift ideas with Kohl's. Hope you enjoy!



Part I: Tulum Travel Guide

May 2, 2016   

Ahhhh Tulum. I’ve been to other places in Mexico, but Tulum really takes the cake. From the beaches to the atmosphere, there’s something just so magical about this place. I went for my birthday two weeks ago along with my 3 year-old son and my mom and we had such an amazing time. In case you’re planning your own trip to Tulum, I’ll be sharing a 3-Part Series complete with everything from what I did, tips for traveling with a toddler and much more. To kick-it off, here’s a quick guide to Tulum. Hope you enjoy!



How to Get There: Getting to Tulum was fairly easy, especially since I was traveling from Miami, Florida. I ended up flying JetBlue (my favorite) to Cancun, Mexico, since Tulum doesn’t have an airport. The flight itself was about an hour and a half. Once we arrived to Cancun we booked a car service (in advance) through Amstar, which took us straight to our hotel. The car ride was actually a bit longer than the flight itself—-1 hour and 40 minutes and cost about $215 (for 3 people round-trip).



Where to Stay: We spent 6 days in Dreams Tulum Resort and Spa, which was absolutely breathtaking. The rooms were spacious, super clean and the staff really went above and beyond to make us feel right at home. I also love that it’s a family-friendly hotel, every day there were so many activities that catered to all ages from tennis lessons, yoga to their kid’s Explorer’s Club and nightly shows.




The resort was also all-inclusive, so we definitely took advantage of all the restaurants on the resort (and even their free-of-charge room service—hello Pizza at 12 am). The resort is right on the beach, so every morning we would wake-up, have breakfast and then alternate between some pool time and beach time. (I’ll be sharing a more detailed review of the resort next week, so stay tuned). 






Where to Eat: Aside from eating at the resort, we also ventured into town to check out some local hot spots. My favorite was Casa Jaguar. We went there for dinner for my birthday. It’s an eco-chic restaurant with the most amazing vibes that combines open air spaces and nature. The food was delicious as well. It’s a mix of Mexican and Asian cuisine. For appetizers I had the Tostadas de Atun (which was marinated raw tuna on a crispy corn tortilla with leeks, onion, avocados and sweet chipotle—yum) and for dinner me and Andres had the ‘Pez Romero,’ which was the catch of the day fish cooked on a brick oven with rosemary butter, white wine, orange and honey. My mom had the Whole Fish (catch of the day) wrapped in hoja santa.







Things To Do:
Gran Cenote: Tulum has several ‘cenotes’ (large natural open water pools). We decided to check out the Gran Cenote, which was about 15 minutes from Dreams Tulum (and a 300 pesos cab ride). The water was beautiful and crystal clear. We went on a Thursday, so it wasn’t that crowded. It also had 2 cenotes, one where you can actually touch the ground, which is good if you’re traveling with little ones. You can rent a locker (30 pesos) and snorkel gear while you’re there. **The locker is large enough to store a large backpack.






Xcaret Park: On our last full day in Tulum we were contemplating whether we should stay and relax at the resort or if we should go explore Xcaret Park. We finally decided on Xcaret and I’m so glad we did! This place is UH-MAZING. It’s like a Disney World meets Nature. My three-year old loved it! It’s about a 25 minute cab ride from Dreams Tulum. It has everything from underground rivers that you snorkel, horse shows, animals, walking trails, restaurants, aquariums…etc…etc. Just make sure you stay until the night show that starts at 7pm (it’s worth it). Overall you need a full day for this park and it’s worth every peso!






We also enjoyed just walking through the town of Tulum and laying on random hammocks haha.



I’m already scheming a way to get back there again. Oh and Andres keeps asking me when we are going back to Mexico—he LOVED it! You need to check this place out for yourself!






Special thanks to Dreams Tulum Resort and Spa for providing a complimentary 3 night stay. 

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