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Cereal Killer TAKE SOME NOSTALGIC BREAKFAST STAPLES ON A NEW CULINARY ADVENTURE Last year marked my 30th as a caterer (and my 20th writing for BUST!). One thing I’ve learned is that adults love to be treated like children, and nothing feeds your inner child more than eating classic breakfast cereals in unexpected ways. Here are some delicious dishes to get your kid on. Corn Flake-Crusted Mac ‘n’ Cheese Fritters Boil a 16-ounce package of elbow macaroni until al dente. Drain and set aside. In a deep,...
When was your last normal day? Can you remember it? These three New Yorkers can. BUST spoke to three different individuals in New York City about their experiences, feelings, and advice for others during the coronavirus pandemic. From their last normal, pre-lockdown day to now, over a month into quarantine, everyone's life has changed irrevocably in just a matter of weeks.  On Wednesday, March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 was no longer just a public health emergency of international concern, but a pandemic. On March...
With its latest ad campaign, Dove is making a big statement. Dove announced their campaign “Courage Is Beautiful” on April 8 as a message of gratitude for health care workers tirelessly working on the front lines to help treat COVID-19 patients. The ad shows the faces of nurses and doctors with their faces marked by the masks they have to wear all day, every day. “There was a feeling we got that courage is beautiful. We thought, Why not try to show people who were doing...
As far as crafts go, embroidery could totally win a popularity contest these days­—but not a diversity one. Contemporary embroidery artwork—vintage florals, whimsical woodland creatures, cute cottages, and an occasional pop-culture reference—just screams whiteness. Enter Krystle Collins of Create the Culture Embroidery (@createtheculture_embroidery). Capturing the textured kinks, coils, and curls in Black hair, Collins has stitched Black icons from Beyoncé and Solange, to Biggie Smalls and Tupac, to Lauryn Hill, Malcolm X, Sade, and more. And her craft is not confined to hoops; her works...
Mental health professionals and lay folk alike have taken to social media to suggest all kinds of aggressively positive activities, from how to craft the perfect banana bread to 15-minute yoga routines to center your day. Maybe it’s the overuse of the word pandemic that’s making people feel like this should be a time of productivity and spiritual enlightenment: the word rings sterile and faceless, and it leaves too much space for self-projection. We’re living through a plague and anyone trying to put a positive spin on the mass devastation...
It’s official: after 100 years, dairy company Land O' Lakes has finally removed the Native American woman from their packaging. “Mia,” the name for the illustration on the cover — which has also often been referred to as the "Land O’ Lakes butter maiden" — had turned into a racist stereotype over the years that many agree had no place in the 21st century. The packaging has had various iterations over the past century. Although the Minnesota-based co-op was founded in 1921, Mia didn’t make an appearance...
We all have that favorite pair of perfectly broken-in jeans we couldn’t imagine living without. And we have all probably experienced the heartbreak when a hole appears in the worst of all places—the crotch! Thankfully, with a patch and a sewing machine, the dreaded crotch blowout is a pretty easy fix (especially if you catch the hole in the early stage). And since the jeans aren’t really wearable without a mend, it makes a perfect project for practicing your sewing skills!  Materials  Jeans to be repaired, scrap...
Everyday is Earth Day, so check out these six plastic free products  Grapefruit and Palmarosa Sea Mineral Liquid Soap Since 2017, Captain Blankenship has diverted 3,776 pounds of plastic from our oceans, upcycling it to make bottles for soaps (including this citrus-y one), shampoos, and conditioners. $24, captainblankenship.com Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit 3 SneakersNike diverts over 1 billion plastic bottles per year from landfills and oceans, melting them down to make the yarn used in its jerseys and shoes, including this Flyknit running shoe. $167.97, nike.com Heat Wave...
Toking Care of Business If you live in California, you can purchase any of the Golden State-produced items shown here. Outside of Cali, you’re limited to those that only contain CBD, a cannabis derivative with medicinal properties that won’t get you stoned. Hopefully, we’ll soon all be living in weed-friendly states. Until then, here’s a preview of the future of cannabis products.   Pot-Tarts  Available in Strawberry Rose and Cherry Almond, these tasty, vegan, gluten-free treats use a 1:1 ratio of CBD:THC to help curb chronic pain. Mini Toaster...
For a score of reasons ranging from socioeconomic disparities to an all-out stigma against mental illness, Black people are least likely to seek professional help for anxiety, depression, and more. Now, in this time of anxiety and uncertainty, actress Taraji P. Henson is setting out to offer assistance to those in need who may be generally reluctant. In 2018, Henson founded the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation, named in honor of her father who served in the Vietnam War. According to the site, Henson’s father—as a result of...