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Meghan Markle Just Gave Us the Sweetest Lunch Packing Inspiration Ever

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Taking the time to write your children a note in their lunchbox isn't new—but Meghan Markle just reminded us all of an easy way to make fruit more exciting for our kids by sharing a hack that went viral in December.

On Friday, the Duchess of Sussex spent time working with British charity organization One25, a program designed to help at-risk women in the United Kingdom—particularly those facing issues like poverty, domestic violence, and homelessness. Alongside Prince Harry, Markle took time to make a gesture of support by packing lunches for the charity organization and writing notes to the women who would later receive them.

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But Markle's notes of support weren't issued on formal royal letterhead, as one might expect—she simply took a black marker and wrote heartfelt affirmations directly onto banana peels.

Markle's visit to Bristol has since gone viral, thanks to the lunch-packing hack. Social media users have been quick to point out that this isn't the first time that the adorable hack has made headlines—last year, a cafeteria employee in Virginia went viral for writing inspiring messages on fruit each day for her students.

Markle, who will soon welcome her first child later this spring, chose simple phrases like, "You are brave!" and "You are special!,” writing bold letters directly onto the fruit. While a paper note may have been gone unnoticed in a lunch bag stuffed with other items, writing a note directly on the fruit's skin is certainly attention-grabbing (and would be a great tactic for kids at lunchtime!).

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If you want to replicate this idea in your own kids’ lunchboxes, bananas are a good choice—they pack many nutrients, including potassium and magnesium, into one serving with just 100 calories and 14g of naturally occurring sugars. They're also high in fiber, and since their skins aren't porous, you won’t impact the fruit's flesh.

If your kid doesn’t like bananas, you could always write a message on a zip-top bag before you slip in their sandwich or snacks.


Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's most romantic PDA moments on tour

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, along with baby Archie, are heading off for their first royal tour of Africa, as a family of three. Harry, 35, and Meghan, 38, charmed their host nations on their major overseas visit to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga last October and there were plenty of cute moments to talk about &ndash including when the Duchess held an umbrella over her husband&rsquos head as he delivered a speech in the rain in Dubbo.

The well-travelled couple have also visited Northern Ireland, Dublin and Morocco together, delighting fans with their public displays of affection. From subtle looks of love to holding hands, Harry and Meghan&rsquos adoration for each other has been clear, ever since they made their public debut at the Invictus Games in September 2017.

With a packed itinerary for their 10-day tour of Africa this month, there&rsquos sure to be plenty of sweet moments between the new parents.

Just a couple of months before their wedding, Harry and Meghan made an unannounced trip to Northern Ireland where they met members of the public and had lunch in a local pub. The bride-to-be was caught gazing lovingly at her husband-to-be as they arrived to cheers from the crowd.

The newly-weds made their first official overseas visit to Dublin in July 2018, where they met Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar. Animal lover Meghan was in her element as they met his adorable Bernese mountain dogs Brod and Sioda. The couple currently have two rescue pups, which live with them at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor &ndash Meghan&rsquos beagle Guy and an unnamed pooch, believed to be a Labrador.

During their trip to Dublin, Harry and Meghan were given a tour of Croke Park (headquarters of the Gaelic Athletic Association). The couple held hands at every opportunity they could get on the pitch.


Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Could Be Stripped of Their Titles Following Oprah Interview

Is it possible to be hungover from receiving too much piping hot English tea? If so, we are the mental equivalent of hunched over the toilet with a pounding headache repeating the phrase "I will never drink again" aloud.

Oprah Winfrey's interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry aired on Sunday night and it was even more explosive than we expected. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex detailed the racism both Meghan and baby Archie were subject to, including a conversation in which an undisclosed member of the royal family raised "concerns" regarding the color of Archie's skin before he was born. Markle described the mental health struggles she endured during her first pregnancy, which escalated to the point that she was suicidal. The duchess even set the record straight regarding the much-reported incident in which Markle made Kate Middleton cry — "the reverse happened."

Anyway, despite silence from the palace in the wake of the revelatory tell-all, sources are claiming that it's possible that the couple's duke and duchess titles could be stripped. According to The Sunday Times, officials have said "nothing is off the table" in terms of fallout. "It has never been done before but there are people who think it is both feasible and desirable," a source shared.

Last week palace courtiers reportedly discussed removing Markle and Harry's titles "on the grounds that the dukedom was given by the Queen on the understanding that Harry would be a senior working member of the family."

Though removing titles is a "big step" that would violate the agreement previously made about the Sussex's exit, the Queen is reportedly so "cheesed off" by the interview that a royal source said, "I don't think that after this interview anything is off the table, to be honest." Mind you, this was all said before the interview had even aired.


2. Breakfast: Steel Cut Oats With Banana

Meghan doesn’t like to skip breakfasts and does enjoy a nutritious meal to start her day. A simple and satisfying breakfast for her would be a bowl of steel cut oats with banana. To add a touch of sweetness she likes to add agave syrup.

If steel cut oats are a little do beige for your liking Meghan even writes about a deliciously toasted oatmeal brulee on her blog. Considering her website isn’t live anymore we can thank sites like Way Back Machine for archiving some of her recipes. This warm and inviting oatmeal is full of wholesome ingredients that will keep you satisfied and satiated. Best yet, with this recipe we’ll be living vicariously through Markle’s breakfast routine.


Meghan Markle Penned a Touching Letter to U.K. Students for International Women's Day

Even while settling into life with Prince Harry and son Archie Stateside, Duchess Meghan continues to connect with young people in the United Kingdom.

To mark International Women's Day this year, the Duchess of Sussex penned a heartwarming letter to students at Robert Clack School in Dagenham, London. Meghan famously visited the school last year, before stepping down as a senior working royal along with Harry, to mark the 50th anniversary of equal pay legislation in the U.K. In her letter, Meghan recalled her experience meeting with so many of the students and also encouraged them to continue celebrating trailblazing women in the years to come. The duchess also expressed empathy for the students who have needed to adjust to homeschooling over the last year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

"It was this time a year ago that I had the pleasure of meeting so many of you during my visit to celebrate International Women’s Day and mark the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act," she began. "I look back on that day with such fond memories, and think of you all frequently, especially recognising how difficult it's been for students and families during the past year."

She continued, "This International Women's Day, in collaboration with the work of our non-profit organisation, Archewell Foundation, we are encouraging everybody to participate in real acts of compassion for the women in their lives and their community. One suggestion we have is to take a moment to learn about the trailblazing women who came before us. … By knowing and appreciating legacy, we can—and you can—find inspiration to create legacy. All of you, the young women and young men here today, will continue paving the way for a better and more compassionate future. Last year, I told you that your voices have the ability to change the world. I hope that you are continuing to make your voices heard."

Meghan also referenced a hilarious moment from her last visit, when a young student went onstage to speak about what International Women's Day means to him and made sure to shout-out his not so subtle crush on the Duchess of Sussex.

"Small acts of compassion have the power to make a real and lasting difference, and I thank all of you for the kindness you provided me during my visit," wrote Meghan. "I also thank you for the memories you gave to me that I still hold and cherish. Even the light-hearted ones. I don’t think we’ll ever forget when I asked that young man—Aker—to come on stage to share what International Women’s Day means to him and how he honours the women and girls in his life. He had a few thoughts that had us all laughing! But I think the true takeaway from that moment is the role that you young men play in helping women feel empowered, respected, and equal. I trust you are still doing the same and commend you for being on the right side of history. We are all in this together."

Meghan finished her note by sharing that she still wears the varsity jacket gifted to her by the students during her previous visit.


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Stephanie Cartin, Social Media Expert + Entrepreneur

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Kristina Ross, Content Creator + Social Media Whiz

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David Mesfin, Creative Director + Brand Expert

David is a multi-disciplinary designer and creative director with award-winning integrated campaign background, including the Super Bowl, FIFA, NFL, and global launch campaign. He has created global partnerships to increase brand awareness through traditional, digital, social, and experimental marketing campaigns, collaborating with C-suite leaders from Genesis, Hyundai, Honda, Sony, Adidas, Oakley, Toyota, Neutrogena, Land more to communicate their company's vision through creative and marketing. He has earned awards from Cannes, One Show, Clio, Webby, EFFIE, Communication Arts, Google Creative Sandbox, OC and LA ADDY, DIGIDAY, TED | Ads Worth Spreading, American Advertising Federation, FWA, The A-List Hollywood Awards, IAB Mixx, and Graphis.

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This summer, Selfmade coaches include Niki Shamdasani, co-founder and CEO of Sani, a South Asian-inspired fashion brand Emily Merrell, founder and chief networking officer of female-focused networking organization Six Degrees Society Dr. Annie Vovan, whose career spans the corporate world, non-profit space, and service-based and e-commerce businesses and Cachet Prescott, a business mindset coach and strategist.

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"I love that you get cold when it&aposs 71 degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle above your nose when you&aposre looking at me like I&aposm nuts. I love that after I spend the day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night. And it&aposs not because I&aposm lonely, and it&aposs not because it&aposs New Year&aposs Eve. I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible." - Harry Burns

"I have a love in my life. It makes me stronger than anything you can imagine." - Barry Egan


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Starting your own business can feel isolating without a network of women to bounce off ideas, ask questions, and cheer you on along the way. Enter Selfmade, Brit + Co's 10-week highly-interactive virtual course that brings together top female entrepreneurs to teach you how to build a new business — from business plan to promotion — or grow your existing one.

The best part? Selfmade now provides one-on-one mentoring with successful entrepreneurs who've been where you are right now and who care about making a difference for women in business. They include business owners, founders, VCs, and subject-matter experts in industries such as finance, advertising, marketing, licensing, fashion, and media.

Our summer mentorship program will feature a host of new mentors we're excited to connect you with, including:

Linda Xu, Entrepreneur and E-Commerce Expert

Linda is the co-founder and chief growth officer at Cart.com, a Series-A e-commerce technology platform that partners with brands to help them grow. Linda served as head of growth at Sitari Ventures where she oversaw strategy and operations. She has acquired and advised tech and consumer companies as a private equity investor at global firms including The Riverside Company and Lazard. Additionally, Linda spent a brief stint on the team launching Uber Freight. She loves all things food and plants.

Stephanie Cartin, Social Media Expert + Entrepreneur

An entrepreneur at heart, Stephanie walked away from her corporate career in 2012 to follow her passion to launch Socialfly, a leading social-first digital and influencer marketing agency based in New York City. Socialfly has since blossomed to over 30 full-time employees and has been named to Inc. 5000's fastest growing private companies two years in a row. The agency has worked with over 200 well-known brands including Girl Scouts, WeTV, Conair, Nest Fragrances, 20th Century Fox and Univision. Stephanie is the co-host of the Entreprenista Podcast and co-author of Like, Love, Follow: The Entreprenista's Guide to Using Social Media To Grow Your Business. She is also a recent recipient of the SmartCEO Brava award, which recognizes the top female CEOs in New York and a Stevie Award for Women Run Workplace of the Year.

Kristina Ross, Content Creator + Social Media Whiz

Kristina Makes #Content is a social media ✨funtrepreneur✨, creative strategist, and public speaker for all things Internet related. Four years as a magazine editor and producer/copywriter in the world of advertising (Mercedes, Cancer Research, French Kiss Records), Kristina packed her bags and decided to go remote with social media as she saw a booming industry. Since then, she built @thefabstory from 10k to 1m followers in just 18 months and now specializes in creative strategies behind social media advertising and user acquisition. Her campaigns have levelled apps from the top 50 into #1 in their app store categories overnight. Kristina's work and experiences have been featured in Forbes, Thrive Global and has given several talks at Harvard Business School on the big bad world of #content.

A.V. Perkins, Selfmade Alum and Creator of AVdoeswhat

A.V. is a DIY expert and creator of Avdoeswhat.com. What began as a traditional Do-It-Yourself blog has grown into a lifestyle platform that includes crafts, upcycled furniture and pop culture. As a digital host for HGTV Handmade, along with appearances in Bustle, The Pioneer Woman, and BuzzFeed, A.V. is determined to help thrifty millennials realize "Life is better when you Do-It-Yourself!" A.V. is also the co-creator of University of Dope, an exciting thought-provoking card game that celebrates Hip Hop culture.The first of its kind.

David Mesfin, Creative Director + Brand Expert

David is a multi-disciplinary designer and creative director with award-winning integrated campaign background, including the Super Bowl, FIFA, NFL, and global launch campaign. He has created global partnerships to increase brand awareness through traditional, digital, social, and experimental marketing campaigns, collaborating with C-suite leaders from Genesis, Hyundai, Honda, Sony, Adidas, Oakley, Toyota, Neutrogena, Land more to communicate their company's vision through creative and marketing. He has earned awards from Cannes, One Show, Clio, Webby, EFFIE, Communication Arts, Google Creative Sandbox, OC and LA ADDY, DIGIDAY, TED | Ads Worth Spreading, American Advertising Federation, FWA, The A-List Hollywood Awards, IAB Mixx, and Graphis.

Jasmine Plouffe, Brand Strategist

Jasmin is a brand strategist/graphic designer who helps female entrepreneurs attract their dream customers by sharing their story and taking their branding and graphic design to a whole new level.

Plus, our Selfmade Alum will be there to guide you along the way! Go from feeling alone to feeling deeply connected to a community of like-minded women. Our professional business and career coaches will encourage you to take the next step toward your biz goals via weekly Accountability Pods. Students will have access to a wide community of like-minded entrepreneurs, including experts, founders, future business partners, freelancers, and more.

This summer, Selfmade coaches include Niki Shamdasani, co-founder and CEO of Sani, a South Asian-inspired fashion brand Emily Merrell, founder and chief networking officer of female-focused networking organization Six Degrees Society Dr. Annie Vovan, whose career spans the corporate world, non-profit space, and service-based and e-commerce businesses and Cachet Prescott, a business mindset coach and strategist.

Ready to take your business idea to the next level? Enroll in Selfmade Summer session today!


Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Reportedly Quit Social Media Over The Hate They Received From Trolls

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are done with social media—probably for good.

According to a new report from the Times of London, the Sussexes are "very unlikely" to ever return to social media platforms like Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook because of the barrage of "hate" they received during their time on the apps.

Not only do Harry and Meghan plan to personally boycott social media, but a source close to the couple said that they also have no plans to use social media to promote the work of their nonprofit Archewell Foundation.

The Sussexes have been off social media since the official start of their royal exit last spring. They initially suggested they would return to an online presence in their farewell message on the Sussex Royal Instagram.

In their lengthy goodbye message to followers, the couple wrote:

"As we can all feel, the world at this moment seems extraordinarily fragile. Yet we are confident that every human being has the potential and opportunity to make a difference—as seen now across the globe, in our families, our communities and those on the front line—together we can lift each other up to realise the fullness of that promise.

What’s most important right now is the health and wellbeing of everyone across the globe and finding solutions for the many issues that have presented themselves as a result of this pandemic.

As we all find the part we are to play in this global shift and changing of habits, we are focusing this new chapter to understand how we can best contribute.

While you may not see us here, the work continues.

Thank you to this community—for the support, the inspiration and the shared commitment to the good in the world. We look forward to reconnecting with you soon. You’ve been great!


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Going vegan was one of the most important decisions I made in my life. It made me have a more positive outlook in life and it generally made my body look and feel better. I found Vegan food from restaurants to be a bit boring and repetitive. So I learned how to cook some of the yummiest vegetarian lunches. I’m usually running late so I prepare my lunches in good time. When packing for lunch, I make sure that my food is packed with all the essential nutrients to keep me going.

Whenever you are pressed for time, try out these 5 easy vegetarian lunch ideas.

Veggie and Hummus Sandwich

Easy vegetarian lunches are one of the most sought after recipes. The most loved is the veggie and hummus sandwich. This sandwich is going to make you drool over how tantalizing it looks as well as taste.

Use a gluten-free whole grain bread and toast it till brown or just how you like it. Dice and chop vegetables like tomatoes, capsicum, kales and any other vegetables you prefer. For sauces, add in olive oil and hummus to give the sandwich the taste you require.

The preparation time for this lunch meal is minimal and this is surely going to make you full till your next meal. You can use other vegetables and sauces to spice up your veggie sandwich. This is one of the easy vegetarian lunch recipes.

Vegan Buddha bowl

If you are looking for limitless vegetarian lunch recipes then the Buddha bowl comes to mind. The Buddha Bowl is one of the simplest vegan meals that you can prepare for yourself. These bowls are filled with essential nutrients like iron and are packed with fiber that's important if you want to stay healthy. Its one of the healthy vegetarian lunch ideas to try out.

The Buddha bowl consists of healthy whole grains, vegetables, proteins, and dressing.

When making my favorite version of it, I use chickpeas, diced vegetables (carrot, cilantro, broccoli, and avocados) and diced sweet potatoes. For the dressing, I use the Tahini sauce. The combination of all these elements gives the Buddha bowl a delicious taste. Having the Buddha bowl for lunch is going to keep your appetite under control.

This meal takes a little more time so it is better to prepare it before-hand so you don’t run out of time.

Avocado toast

This by far ranks at the top of the list of the easiest vegetarian lunch recipes on earth that are delicious and filling. Avocado toast is hands down the best meal that can easily be made anytime.

Take a whole grain bread and toast it until brown. Mash the avocado and spread it on top of the bread. Sprinkle a pinch of sea salt for the best taste and you’re done. If you want a variation to this the above, add herbs, vegetables or any other vegan alternative of your choice. You can also add dressing, olives or even olive oil to give your tummy a treat. The simplicity and ease of making the avocado toast make it one of my most frequently eaten vegetarian lunch.

Vegan Quinoa bowl

One of the other vegetarian lunch recipes to try is the vegan quinoa bowl. Quinoa is one of the most loved foods because this whole grain is packed with fiber that is essential for your health. Because of its nutritional value, most vegans are advised to incorporate quinoa into their diet.

To make a power packed quinoa bowl, you will need quinoa, diced vegetables, broth (preferably vegetables) and vinaigrette. Start with cooking the quinoa in the vegetable broth. Add the quinoa broth mixture in the diced vegetables and add in the lemon-garlic vinaigrette. This will enable the vegan quinoa bowl to have the most scrumptious taste.

You can use other alternatives to suit your taste. The end result will be a delicious lunch that will tingle every taste buds. Vegan quinoa bowl is easy to make and not too heavy on the tummy.

Vegan peanut butter smoothie

If there is no time on the clock and you need to be at your desired place but want a packed lunch then look no further. The vegan peanut butter smoothie is an easy vegetarian lunch for work. Who said smoothies are only for people who work out?

This vegan peanut butter smoothie will tantalize your taste buds, keep you full and help you stay fit. All you need is 10 minutes max to fix this delicious drink. Here is how I make my peanut butter smoothie.

You need 2 cups kale, 1 organic banana, 1 tbsp organic peanut butter, water, ice, almond or soy milk, cocoa powder, and vegan protein powder. Put in all the ingredients in the blender and mix mix mix. The smoothie will turn out to be the most flavorful drinks you’ve had in a while. You can other fruits like strawberries or blueberries to make a smoothie you will enjoy. Check out other variations to make your smoothie taste different every time you make it.

Check out this article on how you can get all the nutrients your body requires from a vegan diet.


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