Do you listen to bedtime stories? I sure do! If you don't already, I highly recommend them. They are soothing and it's quite lovely to listen to something educational, calming, and/or spiritual before bed. It helps me fall asleep peacefully. I play the story and put on my sleeping eye mask to assure a good night sleep by increasing the production of Melatonin (rumor has it, this is a benefit of dark sleep). And I wrap myself in a cozy and soft blanket. These two (image below) are the addition to my sleeping masks and blankets and I have to say, I really am loving these!
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I love that the blanket is thin, but warm and soft to the touch. It's perfect for your furry friend or you... or both! For my upcoming travel, these two are definitely coming with me.
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Check out this blanket, face mask, and their full collection at www.copperclothing.com. They have bed sheets, pajama sets, masks, and more. I'll be going back for more.
by Jessica G Ferrer
A favorite recipe made even simpler. I was craving our popular dessert, ‘This Bread is Bananas,’ but when I looked in my pantry I didn’t have all the ingredients, so I improvised. The results were excellent. A smaller and thinner banana bread rich in taste. It's simple and fast to make. Plus, it's healthy and vegan.
Paired with some plant milk, I savored this new banana bread with you, our reader, in mind. I'm calling this recipe, 'Our Simplified Banana Bread'. Now, we can do one recipe or the other based on what we have in our kitchen.
Here's the Recipe
Once removed from the oven, allow a few minutes to chill if you don't want to burn your tongue. While you wait, you can grab some coconut whip or pour yourself some plant milk. Enjoy!
If you try this recipe, tag us on socials! We'd love to see your creations.
Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB) will receive a $500,000 funding increase starting this fiscal year. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) announced announced it recently. The funding, which brings CPB annual support for LPB to more than $1,850,000 for FY2021, will help the organization in its mission to fund, produce, distribute and exhibit works in media that convey the depth and breadth of the Latino community to the broadest audience possible. That's great news for the Latino community.
Additional Support Aims to Increase Diverse Perspectives in Public Media
“We are delighted and grateful for this additional support from CPB,” says Sandie Viquez Pedlow, Executive Director of Latino Public Broadcasting. “Now more than ever, the stories of diverse communities need to be front and center in our national narrative. This generous funding increase will enable us to empower more Latino mediamakers and bring their stories to audiences through public media’s broadcast and digital platforms and local community outreach across the country.”
Latino Public Broadcasting is a non-profit organization founded in 1998 to support Latino filmmakers and to foster national public media programming by and about the rich and diverse Latino community. Its signature works include the award-winning PBS series VOCES and documentaries, series and specials including Latino Vote - Dispatches from the Battleground, Building the American Dream, Raúl Julià: The World is a Stage, Dolores, Willie Velasquez - Your Vote is Your Voice, Maria Hinojosa’s America By The Numbers, No Más Bebés, American Masters and VOCES John Leguizamo’s Road to Broadway,American Experience A Class Apart, The Longoria Affair, Reportero, the landmark 3-part series Latino Americans, American Experience Roberto Clemente, American Masters Cacho Uno Mas, American Masters Orozco Man of Fire, Precious Knowledge, Latin Music USA, and many others.
Latino Public Broadcasting, headquartered in Los Angeles, receives annual funding from CPB, the steward of the federal appropriation for public broadcasting.
“The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) welcomes the funding increase for Latino Public Broadcasting,” said Chairman Raul Ruiz. “The funding will help promote inclusion and community engagement and empower Hispanic filmmakers and story tellers. With Hispanics comprising over 20% of the US population, it is critical that we elevate the contributions of Hispanic Americans and our diverse experiences in the national narrative. The CHC looks forward to seeing more Hispanic representation in the media market.”
The $500,000 funding increase is one of five that CPB is making to members of the National Multicultural Alliance (NMCA), which also includes the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), Black Public Media (BPM), Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC) and Vision Maker Media (VMM). Since its founding more than 50 years ago, CPB’s mission has been to provide universal access to high-quality programming, especially for the unserved and underserved. CPB uses a strategic framework called the “Three Ds” — Diversity, Dialogue, and Digital — to reflect its commitment to innovation, inclusion and community engagement.
“CPB’s commitment and funding for diverse filmmakers and storytellers spans decades and has resulted in content that educates, informs and inspires mutual understanding and respect,” said Pat Harrison, CPB president and CEO. “Our increased support for the National Multicultural Alliance will build on that foundation and ensure that public media’s content reflects the broadest range of cultural and social perspectives. The NMCA comprises individual organizations that encourage and fund diverse storytellers whose voices and experiences might never be heard without their support.”
by IC Mag Editors
Hispanicize Partners with the Ad Council and COVID Collaborative to Help Educate the Latinx Community about COVID-19 Vaccines
A COVID-19 Vaccine Education Initiative, It’s Up To You / De Ti Depende is the platform for the Ad Council and COVID Collaborative. Representing one of the largest public education efforts in U.S. history, English and Spanish creative assets will appear nationwide across all media platforms beginning this week. The Ad Council and COVID Collaborative have also partnered with Hispanicize to amplify the campaign message across its expansive virtual platform, leveraging its massive digital reach and long-standing connections within the Latinx community.
Hispanicize #DeTiDepende special edition represents the largest virtual gathering of Latinx influencers, celebrities, community leaders, frontline workers, doctors, entrepreneurs and others aimed at being a force for good around Latinx COVID-19 recovery. Grounded by NGL Collective’s iconic Hispanicize platform, the free half-day virtual event will take place on Friday, March 12th from 9am - 12pm PST / 12pm – 3pm EST. Hispanicize #DeTiDepende will cover topics spanning vaccination education, family and wellness, economic recovery, Latinx heroes and more served up in a highly engaging and interactive virtual environment.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Hispanicize had previously supported its #UnidosTogether initiative across two hugely successful virtual events that took place in July and October during Hispanic Heritage Month last year. In total, the two virtual events attracted over 18,000 attendees, 75+ A-list speakers, 16 sponsors and generated upwards of 60 million impressions.
“As the leading producer of Latinx virtual events, NGL is extremely proud of our Hispanicize franchise and our successful pivot to virtual that enabled us to reach infinitely more people. Hispanicize has always been synonymous with celebrating Latinx unity and empowerment, and a virtual environment has allowed us to bring that message for free to tens of thousands at a time. I’d like to extend a heartfelt thanks to our partners at the Ad Council and COVID Collaborative for helping to make this special Hispanicize #DeTiDepende event possible at a time when our community needs it most,” said David Chitel, CEO of NGL Collective, owners of Hispanicize.
The Ad Council and COVID Collaborative have undertaken comprehensive and ongoing research to understand audience mindsets and how to effectively message to build vaccine confidence around the It’s Up To You / De Ti Depende platform. To date, the initiative has raised over $52 million for a national communications effort to increase confidence in vaccination against the COVID-19 virus. Leading contributors to date include Amazon, Apple, Bank of America, Cisco, CVS Health, Facebook, General Motors, Google and YouTube, the Humana Foundation, NBCUniversal/Comcast, Salesforce, Verizon, Walgreens and Walmart. Significant contributions have also been provided by Adobe, America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), the American Heart Association, the American Medical Association, BNY Mellon, Business Roundtable, Citi, Ford Motor Company, JPMorgan Chase, the New York Life Foundation, Stanley Black & Decker, Synchrony, Target, Unilever, Wells Fargo and ViacomCBS.
“We are pleased to partner with Hispanicize as part of our broader efforts to educate and empower people across the country–particularly communities of color who have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic–so they can make an informed choice about vaccination for themselves and for their families,” said Lisa Sherman, President and CEO of the Ad Council. “Our extraordinary partners across the communications industry are uniquely positioned to amplify these critical messages at scale. Through this truly unprecedented effort, we can get back to the moments we all miss and save lives.”
In addition to Dr. Anthony Fauci (Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at NIH), the following participants are confirmed for Hispanicize #DeTiDepende, with others to be announced soon; Paola Ramos (Journalist & Author ‘Finding Latinx’), Beto Perez (Founder, Zumba), John Leguizamo (Actor, Activist & NGL Partner), Henry R. Muñoz III (Founder, Momento Latino / Co-Founder, SOMOS US), Lindsay Casinelli (TV Host, Sports Journalist and Mom), Janet Murguia (President & CEO, UnidosUS), Luis Guzman (Actor & Activist), Beatriz Acevedo (CEO, Entrepreneur & Cultural Strategist), Enrique Sapene (TV Host & Personality) and Jessica Flores (TV & Radio Personality), Father Augustino Torres (Corazon Puro), Yarel Ramos (Anchor, Univision’s Edicion Digital California), Dr. Angelica Cifuentes Kottkamp (Assistant Professor of Medicine & Infectious Diseases Specialist, NYU Langone), Dr. Daniel Campos (DNP, APRN Board Certified & Author), Dr. Eduardo Sanchez (Chief Medical Officer For Prevention, American Heart Association), Dr. Paulina Sosa, MPH, DrPH (Chair, Latinx COVID-19 Task Force), Dr. Robert Rodriguez (Emergency Physician, SF General Hospital / Professor, UCSF Dept. Emergency Medicine), Flaco Navaja (Spoken Word Poet), Isis Reyes (MSN), Angelica Celaya (Actress and Mom), (Mariposa de Barrio), Giselle Blondet (Actress, TV Host, Entrepreneur & Mom), Tania Sanjurjo (Director of Creative Development, COVID-19 Vaccine Education Initiative, The Ad Council), Charysse Nunez (Insights Lead – COVID-19 Vaccine Education Initiative, The Ad Council), Luis Miguel Messianu (Creative Chairman & CEO, Alma) and PJ Pereira (Creative Chairman, Pereira O’Dell).
To register free for the Hispanicize #DeTiDepende special edition virtual event visit Hispanicize.com.
by IC Mag Editors
A digital health company that delivers nutrition advice at your fingertips called 80/20 Plants, announced a new partnership with International Television host, investor, and activist, Marco Antonio Regil. The partnership augments the brand’s recent launch of their Spanish service, 8020plantas.com, which provides a customer experience infused with the rich Latinx food heritage. Regil and 80/20 Plants will focus on raising awareness and providing diverse communities with the tools they need to make the switch to a more plant-based lifestyle.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has cited that three out of the five leading causes of illness and death among Hispanics are directly attributable to diet and poor nutrition. Positive changes in diet and other lifestyle choices can have a significant impact on the health of the Latinx population, reducing risk factors such as obesity.
“I look forward to seeing my Latino community thrive and succeed. We need to reverse the diabetes and obesity epidemic that is killing our community. Embracing a Whole Foods Plant-Based Diet was one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life. I am honored and excited to join Matt and the 80/20 Plants team on this meaningful mission,” said the host of 100 Mejicanos Dijeron aka the Mexican version of The Price is Right.
Regil currently dedicates his time to helping Latinos lead healthier lives through his Marco podcast and online courses. After going plant-based and eating more whole foods, Regil immediately saw his health and energy levels improve – leaving behind digestive problems as well as chronic gastritis and colitis. Now, he’s focused on sharing his experience and bringing those changes to the Latino community.
“We are excited to officially welcome Marco to the 80/20 Plants family,” said Matthew Tullman, CEO and co-founder of 80/20 Plants. “Health conditions related to nutrition disproportionately affect Hispanic communities, and we want to reverse that trend for the current generation and for generations to come. To make lifelong change possible, with Marco, 80/20 Plants engages our members not only in their native language, but also in a way that’s sensitive to their cultural food heritage.”
80/20 Plants provides nutrition services including one-on-one coaching, plant-based recipes, individualized plans, on-call support from a Registered Dietitian, video lessons and an enthusiastic community of support. Comparatively, a fraction of those services from a typical nutritionist may cost as much as $75+ per session. You can currently join the app for just $9 a month.
To find out more about 80/20 Plants, visit the 80/20 Plants website at 8020plants.com or their Spanish-language website at 8020plantas.com, or follow their Instagram page @8020plants or @8020plantas.
About 80/20 Plants
80/20 Plants is a revolutionary nutrition coaching tool powered by machine learning. 80/20 Plants makes the transition to a plant-based diet approachable, simple and fun. Only 80/20 Plants combines practical tools with real-time, personalized support. Our mission is to move people and the planet to a better, healthier future through approachable and fun one-on-one coaching, community and practical education.
What makes goals realistic and attainable?
It has always been said that when you set goals, they should be smart -- not the word "smart" but the acronym S.M.A.R.T.
Specific. Measurable. Attainable. Relevant. Time-bound.
Goals should be smart enough to adapt to certain situations. They should be outlined with a certain flexibility to it that will allow it to still be beneficial despite any disruptions, like COVID-19.
Given the number of businesses that closed shop, the millions of people who were laid off and furloughed, and the ones who are now working at home, all of these statistics should be factored into how you set your sales goals for 2021.
Simple Steps to Setting Realistic Sales Goals amid a Pandemic
Step 1: Revisit your 2020 goals and see where you're at.
A good business always, no matter what it is, whether it's a traditional brick-and-mortar retail shop or a buy-and-sell-property-online type of business, has a specific set of goals for each year that it operates. Now would be a good time to dig up the goals you have written down for 2020 and see how much of it has been met and accomplished. An honest-to-goodness evaluation is needed to determine how successful you are. However, you will also want to consider the pandemic if you didn't hit your annual goals, just like almost everyone else.
Step 2: Go over your long-term plans.
Before you start making your plans and outlining your goals for this year, it is recommended that you dig up your long-term plans first.
Considering how disastrous 2020 was, you might want to reevaluate your long-term plans because of the many changes and disruptions the pandemic caused. A lot of your plans would either be no longer feasible or outdated with everything that's happening now.
Medical and business experts all agree that, even with the vaccine, this new normal we have now will likely last longer.
Step 3: Take a look at your sales trends from the past year.
Because we're still in a pandemic, it's important for business owners and corporations to manage expectations by reviewing data from the previous year and facing the hard facts.
If your company was one of the few that performed exceptionally despite the health crisis, good for you. However, not everyone is as fortunate. Since most experts believe that 2021 is most likely just an extension of 2020, you need to manage your expectations that you will probably do the same, if not a little bit better, than last year. This will give you a good idea of what your main goals are in terms of leads, conversions, and sales.
Step 4: Find out what the competition is doing.
In any industry, competition is one of the main driving forces of innovation and progress. Business owners become highly creative and innovative just to stay ahead of the competition. Acquiring knowledge about what your competitors are doing to boost their sales during this time will be a valuable resource for your company's own survival.
Step 5: Identify your sales capacity.
One of the biggest parts of sales planning is sales capacity. With a lot of companies affected by the pandemic, it would be wise for you to take a closer look at your sales capacity. Check the production level of each of your people, especially those in sales, and based on the total generated production or revenue, you will have an idea of what your sales capacity is. You can use this information to generate an estimated volume that your team can realistically handle and deliver this year.
Adjusting your goals and making them more realistic does not necessarily mean you're lowering your standards and compromising your company. It just shows that you are willing to adapt and adjust accordingly to the signs of the times. The ability to adapt to changes is one of the traits that will keep you in business during and beyond a crisis.
By IC mag Contributors
Already a favorite, The Croods: A New Age is getting ready for its Blu-Ray + DVD release this February 23. In celebration, they are sharing with us a gallery of delicious Latin recipes with a common ingredient: the banana.
This delicious fruit has a starring role in the film, and its included in several dishes in the Latin culture. After all, it is a very versatile fruit. In Argentina they make fried fritters, in Panama it is used in a stew. In Puerto Rico, we make "guineitos en escabeche". Let's not forget about our very own plant-based banana bread recipe, This Bread is Bananas.
Let's get straight to it. Here are The Croods inspired recipes. Plus, we have some activities pages so the little ones are distracted at home while you cook.
Recipes in Spanish & English
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Read the full synopsis of the film and what you can expect of the Blu-Ray + DVD release here.
by IC mag Editors
Legumes are beans, peas, and believe it or not, peanuts. They are beneficial for our health and our skin. The beneficial properties of this food are endless. But let’s begin with the most notable nutrient, protein. Ever noticed that a lot of plant-based foods include beans? That’s because legumes are rich in protein and taste.
Random Fact: Legumes are also referred to as “the meat of the poor.”
That’s mainly because legumes contain similar nutrients to the ones found in animal products, like red meat, tuna, and chicken. The difference is that they’re not as high in saturated fats as is meat. Plus, meat takes longer to digest.
In an article published by Harvard Health Publishing, Doctor and professor of epidemiology and nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Dr. Meir Stampfer said, “It seems clear that replacing red meat with legumes can reduce the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease and even certain forms of cancer.” This fact alone makes this superfood superior to animal products. Dr. Stampfer also pointed out that “eating more legumes not only helps get rid of some of the adverse effects of red meat, but it’s also a big win for the environment.” So, if you’re looking to feel good both physically and emotionally, legumes are a great choice for a healthy switch.
Legumes are also rich in fiber, iron, and folate. They’re abundant in potassium and they help maintain healthy levels of cholesterol. It’s also important to point out that black and dark beans are the easiest to digest followed by red and white beans. The darker the color, the smoother the digestion, and the richer the taste. According to the book written by Dr. Jorge D. Pamplona Roger, El Poder de Los Alimentos (The Power of Foods), 'legumes are a good source of niacin or vitamin B3 and pantothenic acid, aka vitamin B5.' These two vitamins alone are necessary for maintaining healthy skin. You may remember these two ingredients as they are in a lot of skincare products, and with reason! But don’t forget to also take care of your skin from the inside.
It’s no secret lentils, chickpeas, beans, peanuts, and all legumes are good for your health both internally and externally. I love beans for their rich flavor, health benefits, and versatility. I mean, you can make veggie burgers and baked goods with this superfood. If you’re looking for some delicious recipes or inspiration, check out our YouTube channel and keep coming back for more recipes.
NOTE: I am not a doctor or nutritionist or food specialist. I am a plant-based human who enjoys sharing some of the things I have learned and that have helped me be healthier, stronger, and happier.
Having both jaws perfectly aligned is ideal, but not everyone has perfect jaw alignment. This misalignment is known as a malocclusion. For the treatment of malocclusion, people need to take orthodontic help. If left untreated, malocclusions can cause severe orthodontic problems in the future.
Let us understand the eight different types of bite problems that can be treated:
In a crossbite, the teeth are not aligned properly and can appear disrupted. Patients may have to move their upper jaw to one side to close their mouth properly.
A retainer or palate expander can be used to correct a crossbite.
If the lower jaw protrudes out more than the upper jaw, the person has underbite issues. If not treated on time, this can lead to a host of other bite problems. It also causes facial asymmetry.
Underbites can be corrected by growth modification of jaws, extraction of teeth, palatal expansion, and in some cases the surgical movement of the jaws.
3. Open bite
In an open bite, the upper and lower jaw both are not aligned with each other. This creates a space between the upper and lower teeth. It can cause severe chewing issues.
Open bites can be corrected through the extrusion of teeth, growth modification of the jaws, and surgical correction of jaws.
In an overbite, the teeth of the upper jaw rest in front of the lower jaw. The teeth overlap in such a way that it hides the lower teeth altogether. Thus, the smile may show fewer teeth and more gums. Overbites can cause wearing down of incisors and lead to protruding lips.
Overbites can be treated by levelling of front and back teeth.
This happens when teeth don’t have sufficient space to erupt from the gums. It is linked to periodontal problems and dental decay as it is harder to clean overlapping teeth surfaces.
Braces are used to fix teeth crowding.
If the structure of the jaw is too big, and the teeth have ample space to erupt, teeth spacing problems arise. In case you have a missing tooth or have had some teeth removed, the rest of the teeth find enough room to spread out, causing spacing problems.
Braces are used to correct spacing issues in the mouth. In severe cases, orthognathic surgery is also used to reshape the jaw.
7. Dental Midlines not Matched
For the jaw to function normally, without disruptions, the dental midlines should be attached to the jaw. Although the alignment is for aesthetic reasons, if left untreated, it can lead to other bite problems.
Misplaced midlines are treated by using braces. In some cases, surgery of the jaw may be required.
It is characterized by the upper jaw protruding forward extensively. The functionality of the teeth and jaw are compromised, and the person cannot bite or use their front teeth properly.
The regular use of braces can correct the protrusion of the teeth.
If you suspect having any of the above bite problems, contact your orthodontist today, so that they can be treated in time.
Emily Taylor found the perfect fit for herself as the Online Marketing Manager at Thurman Orthodontics in Fresno, CA as she believes that a great smile does more than just make a person look great – it makes them feel great as well. The power of a smile has always been a mystery to Emily, and she loves researching and writing about it. She loves to write about everything to do with a healthy bite and a beautiful smile – weather is it ways to achieve it or the importance of it in the various aspects of life. What brings a big smile on Emily’s face is her family and surfing. She also likes to bake, and her children and co-workers call her the cookie fairy!
Start gaining better mental health by sticking to a few small changes.
Re-evaluate your self-talk
We all have that voice in our heads that constantly nags us about our fears and anxieties. You may not notice it, but this voice shapes your self-identity and affects how you feel about yourself. One tiny but effective step to achieving better mental health this year is to re-evaluate how you talk to yourself.
Like many of us, your self-talk voice is probably negative and critical. After all, it is human nature to be quick to judge yourself and focus on your weaknesses rather than your strengths and potentials. But by being mindful, you can shift your self-talk to a kinder and more compassionate tone. In time, your usual self-talk dialogues like "I'm so stupid" can turn into kinder phrases like "I'm learning and growing."
Practice saying "no"
The coronavirus pandemic has forced us to stay home and practically say "no" to different things. Many of us were able to slow down, pick a hobby, and spend more time with our loved ones at home and virtually. While a pandemic isn't good news, the habit of slowing down and saying "no" benefits your mental health.
Even in the post-pandemic era, you have a right to say no. That includes invitations, requests, and practically anything that you don't have mental space for at the moment. You also don't have to justify your "nos" if you don't want to. Your time and energy are your most precious resources; use them wisely.
Say yes to joy
Once you've learned to say no, you can have more time and energy for activities that can bring you joy. Prioritizing happiness may look different for everyone. It could be as simple as making a cup of coffee in the morning. It could also mean traveling to a new place or watching your favorite TV show with friends.
No matter how you define joy, what matters is that you actively work to cultivate happiness in your life. This can remind you how fun and special life is-that you can be happy on most days, not just only on weekends or holidays. To put it simply, be intentional in infusing more joy into your day, every day.
Don't be shy to ask for help
Another thing that the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us is that we don't have to do it all alone. We may be isolated from our loved ones, but this doesn't mean we can't reach out to them online. This reminds us that we're social creatures-though socially distanced, we are meant to be connected to each other.
So instead of shouldering everything yourself, ask for help. If you feel down and don't have the energy to run errands, there may be people in your life who would love to lend you a hand when given the chance. And if you're struggling with your mental health and immediate support from loved ones isn't enough, seek out professional help. That's one of the kindest things you can do for your mental health this year.
2020 was tough for us. As you begin moving through the days of this year, work on improving your mental health. Keep your goals realistic and stick first to a few small changes that can hugely impact your life.
By Iconic Chica mag Contributor
Safeguarding your business and financial data is necessary, no matter what industry you're under. Information security must be included in every business process to avoid accidental data breaches and leaks. This is especially crucial when you need to outsource work to third-party companies.
Many prospective and promising outsourcing vendors, however, lack the expertise, processes and tools to keep data private and secure. If your business, for instance, plans to outsource 2D animation work to an experienced digital art company without knowing how to safeguard your data, you could be exposing your organization to data privacy risks.
The good news is that you can take measures to keep your data secure.
Here are six ways to help you properly protect your information whenever you outsource any type of task:
1. Practice Vulnerability Management by Restricting Vendor Access
The outsourcing company probably won't need to access every computer in your organization network (unless your third-party firm is servicing them). You should keep a close eye on the specific tasks you're outsourcing to your chosen vendor. Make sure that the third-party firm only has access to specific databases and programs that they need to complete the assigned job.
A good example is to apply the Policy of Least Privilege (POLP). If your vendor, for instance, suffers an information security issue like a data breach, you can rest easy because they're locked out of the critical systems.
This policy lays out what your business expects the third-party outsourcing company to do concerning data privacy and security. Policies typically include the following information:
You should tackle this policy at the start when you and the third-party firm are hashing out the details. This will prevent misunderstandings and complications down the road. Don't forget to take into account the privacy laws employed by your outsourcing company, especially if the location of the vendor is overseas.
3. Evaluate Your Outsourcing Vendor's Information Security Measures
Take the time to periodically double-check your outsourcing provider's data safeguarding measures. Even after you've established a fruitful and long relationship with your chosen vendor, you should check in with them occasionally to find out if their data security standards are up to date. Have your company's network administrator assess the user profiles of your outsourcing firm for possible problems like:
4. Educate the Outsourcing Provider on the Proper Handling of Data
As a precautionary measure, lay down all the required processes concerning data management to the third-party company. If necessary, conduct training on the ins and outs of handling. This way, you make sure that everything runs smoothly and keep sensitive data from leaking.
5. Bolster Your Data Security Measures
Consider implementing database monitoring gateways and application layer firewalls to strengthen the data security of your organization. These measures safeguard the data from external, unauthorized access and track who's accessing the data.
6. Include Data Transfer Policies in Your Contract
Have the outsourcing provider sign a contract discussing the specifics of transmitting data. You could, for instance, require the third-party firm to:
Create a strategy before you outsource any task to a third-party vendor. You'll be in a better position to pre-emptively counter possible cybersecurity threats and attacks when you have the appropriate data security and privacy measures in place.
by Iconic Chica mag Contributors
So, the holidays are here. I mean … for the year it’s been, it definitely flew by! In the midst of all the unfortunate events we’ve come across this year, the holidays are still a time of giving, love, and coming together. Whether via video chat or in person or social distancing, we are spreading love and engaging as best we can. For the ones who are still looking for something special this time a year to gift to a friend, family, loved one, Cratejoy has some lovely ideas that combine unique gifts for those humans in your life. Plus, if you shop through the links on this page, we earn commission.
Gift Ideas for Them or You
For the Plant Lover
Plants right now are trending and with reason. The pandemic has shifted perspectives and the things we really need. So, why not gift a plant that helps keep the ambiance nice and fresh, add some color to a room, and help the oxygen flow. Here's a quick video featuring The Plant Club. Here’s the direct link to shop at your own pace and likings for a subscription plant box. You can also find a succulents box here.
For the Cook, Snack and Food lover
Sometimes having snacks ready is the best way to go on a spontaneous road trip. Plus, it's also a great way to try out some things you've been wanting to but haven't had the chance to. Shop snacks and food subscription boxes here!
For Yourself Because You Deserve It
For yourself, your sis, mom and dad, or a friend! Agenda's are the absolute must have, especially when a lot of us are working from home. Staying on top of everything is facilitated by an agenda. Plus, it doesn't hurt if it's nice and attractive to the eye. Don't forget to pencil in some rest time and me time.
The Avant Agenda! Go on, treat yourself to a monthly luxury subscription box.
Literature has the power to create a new world for us, with our very own colors and imagination. Plus, it helps us exercise our brain and even our eyes. For the book lover and even for the one who doesn't know he/she loves books because they haven't had the right story, this box is both enticing and engaging. Shop here for book subscription boxes.
You know the feeling when you open the door and see a box of something you ordered? Imagine opening it, but this time filled with carefully selected goodies specifically for a loved one... or you. Cratejoy boxes are undoubtedly the modern day baskets!
We hope these fun boxes sparked something in you. Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones!
Oh, the beauty of vitamin C. Oranges, as you probably already know, like all citrus fruits, are high on vitamin C. But what is about this vitamin that makes it so essential for everyday life? For starters, vitamin C stimulates the immune system, helping prevent and treat diseases and infections. In Vitamin C: Building Flexibility & Fighting Infection, author Stephanie Pedersen explains the reason this vitamin is so popular.
“It is responsible for the formation, maintenance, and repair of collagen, the substance that forms the foundation of skin, ligaments, cartilage, vertebral discs, joint linings, capillary walls, and the bones and teeth.”
Furthermore, this water-soluble antioxidant “helps prevent oxidation of water-soluble molecules that could otherwise create free radicals.” That’s why skin specialists recommend incorporating vitamin C into your skincare, especially during the day. Specialists say it helps protect the skin from the sun and free radicals, helping our skin’s aging process.
Some foods that are rich in vitamin C include Brussel sprouts, broccoli berries, cabbage, cantaloupe, cauliflower, mango, papaya, kiwi, peppers, potatoes, spinach, tomatoes, and all citrus fruits and greens. It’s important to remember that “the body uses vitamin C in about two hours, and within three or four hours of ingestion, the vitamin leaves the bloodstream completely.” This is why ingesting vitamin C throughout the day, not just once a day, is recommended. But, of course, moderation applies to everything. Too much vitamin C, for example, can cause diarrhea, an upset stomach, excessive iron absorption, and reduced copper and selenium absorption. It’s important to take vitamin C in moderation and conduct research based on your body weight and nutrition needs. Here are some clues to help you pinpoint a vitamin C deficiency: joint pain, bleeding gums, poor digestion, easy bruising, reduced resistance to cold and infectious diseases.
Whether you are on a plant-based lifestyle or not, remember, greens, fruits, and veggies are nature's sugar, carb, and protein. The benefits of foods that grow from the ground are endless. Be sure, however, that if you are not ingesting all the nutrients, you include supplements to complete your health needs and stay energized, strong, and healthy.
It’s important that we as humans conduct our research, seek medical/nutritional information, and educate ourselves based on the needs our bodies require. We are all different, so what might work for some will not always work for others.
I've had this book for a while, but I found it online if you're interested. Here's the link: Vitamin C: Building Flexibility & Fighting Infection. You can also try finding it at your public library. Libby is a great app where you can access library e-books for free (no, this is not an ad... unless Libby would like to sponsor?).
*This is all flavoring to your liking, a tu gusto, so it is all your preference!
My mom always makes this a few weeks ahead to marinate the flavors a little more, and I would suggest you do the same – haha.
Coquito usually thickens after it chills. So, two things, when you add it into your container, make sure you leave a little room to shake the bottle before serving. And number two, if you find it is too thick, you can re-blend with a little more coconut milk before serving or add some to your individual serving.
It's Fall and Holidays are here... Can you believe it?
Staying in this holiday season is probably best given the current pandemic, so if you have the means to spear some dollars these gifts are sweet. If you have the means to spear a little extra, please consider donating to organizations like Toys for Tots that are bringing gifts to those who have lost. Another great way to gift a gift or help a family or child in need is to visit or check with your local churches.
Disney covers the gifts for your little ones and while 2020 has definitely been challenging and different, Disney Holiday Gifts continues this year. Here's a guide on the gifts and a direct link to the coolest and current Holiday Gifts. To see the full Disney Holiday Gift Guide 2020 follow this link.
Click on the images to be directed to gift and details
Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones.
by Jessica G Ferrer
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