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We’re In Retrograde So Stay Away From Your Ex’s Thirsty Texts, Don’t Sign Anything And Other Things To Avoid During This Period

If you’ve been feeling a little off lately, don’t worry, no one is doing brujería on you. We are right in the middle of Mercury retrograde and its witch-like antics plan to continue until July 31, 2019.

If you’ve been resisting and ignoring all this talk about Mercury reggaeton, you might just be sabotaging yourself. Let us break down what we know about Mercury retrograde and what to do during this painfully confusing time period to ensure you don’t screw yourself over.

What happens during Mercury retrograde?

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Mercury retrograde is a phenomenon that seems to affect everyone in más o menos the same way. The first thing to note is that Mercury is known as the messenger planet. Anything we do that has to do with the exchange of information is processed through Mercury. Mercury controls communication and technology, which is heavily impacted during this time. You might get the sudden urge to start sending I miss you texts — or you might be on the receiving end of those kinds of messages.

When Mercury retrograde occurs, there’s an illusion that the planet starts to move backward for three and a half weeks. Think of this illusion as what you see when you’re sitting in traffic next to a car. If you race ahead, to some it could appear that the other car started going backward, but we know that’s not what happens. So when Earth starts to pull up ahead in this orbital race, and leaves Mercury in the dust, turbulence and other forces are disturbed that affect our everyday lives.

But it’s not as scary as it sounds. Here are some tips on how to survive this year’s Mercury retrograde and ensure this phenomenon doesn’t screw you over too much.

Stay Calm

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Remember to breathe. It’s easy to get frustrated when everything feels like it’s falling apart or not going your way. Take a deep breath and remember that this is not the first time you experience Mercury retrograde. It also definitely will not be the last time either. It’s not a new phenomenon and you will make it.

Backup Your Technology

When was the last time that you backed up your phone or computer? These aren’t things that we actively think about doing, yet it is super important to do them because Mercury can pull forces to delete those selfies you had or destroy that essay that is due in the morning. You don’t want to be in the middle of slipping a selfie in a DM and then have your phone crash, unable to recover that fire photo you were about to send off. Our phones are basically our portable identity and our lives. Losing everything could be the end of us. The next best thing to do is to make sure you aren’t relying too much on technology. Your phone might be dead the ONE time you want to actually use Apple Pay and don’t have your debit or credit card on you.

Avoid Making Big Decisions

Ready to sign a new lease? Or a contract for a new job? Break up with bae or even get you a new bae? You might want to think twice. The lines of communication are blurred during this time, so it is easy to misinterpret or misread a contract. Ideally, you want to wait until Mercury retrograde is over, if you can, before making a big call. However, if you must, proceed with caution. Triple check every document that comes your way and think about how you could reverse this decision if needed after retrograde. It might seem like you’re being too careful and excessive, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. You don’t want to be committed to something, or someone, you hate.

Stay Flexible

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Mercury retrograde is notorious for throwing plans off balance, but do not let that stop you from going out there and completing your goals or having fun. Misunderstandings can and will happen. The sooner you accept that, the better. It’s important to be able to adapt to any situation that arises. Make sure to create backup plans and be ready for anything.

Don’t Be Negative

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You’re already frustrated and upset that life is not going the way you planned, but dwelling on the negative aspects of it will only make matters worse. If you stay mad about every little thing that happens, you’re not going to grow during this Mercury retrograde. So many things can go wrong because of Mercury retrograde pero la vida sigue. All you can do is brush off the haters and keep walking with your head high.

Think Before You Speak

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We don’t mean not to speak, we mean choose your words wisely. Think about what you are going to say before you open your mouth and say something you wouldn’t mean when we’re not in retrograde. Remember, during this time all forms of communication are disrupted. It’s important to be clear whenever you communicate with others. You don’t want situations to be misinterpreted and then have to deal with the consequences after.

Slow Down

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Even though you might be tempted to run out to chase the paletero, you should probably slow down when you hear the bell ringing outside. When you’re in a hurry, you run the risk of forgetting valuable belongings such as your wallet (you need cash to pay for those paletas!) or keys. Make sure to give yourself enough time to get ready for work or important events in general, double-check you have everything you need, and remember to lock your door.

Look To The Past

Instead of focusing on starting new projects or new relationships, look towards the past for guidance. Try finishing up projects that you had forgotten about or hang out with old friends. This is a time to reflect on what you’ve done in the past and learn from mistakes you have committed. It’s also a chance to get closure from people in your life.

Plan For The Future

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Mercury Retrograde is the perfect time to plan for the future. If you focus on the hard work now, during the retrograde,  you will see the fruits of your labor come to life once this period is over. Give your resume a new look. Do research on companies that you want to work for or places where you want to live and set your goals accordingly.

It might be tempting to put your life on hold until Mercury Retrograde is over, but you don’t have to. Don’t live the next couple of weeks in fear. Although it’s convenient to blame the shifting planet for everything that goes wrong, it’s not just bad luck. This is not the time to cut your bangs by yourself, (really, when is it ever?) but it is the perfect time to assess your life. Look at this as an opportunity to think back on how far you’ve come. If you’re not where you want to be, then take a moment to evaluate how you’re going to get there. Embrace this hectic time with open arms because you will come out stronger. Be open-minded to anything that life throws your way. You might be surprised to where it can take you.

Be sure to save this in your notes because this sh*t will be hitting the fan all over again from Oc. 31 to Nov. 1. 

Jennifer Lopez Just Announced That She’s Pumped The Brakes On Her Wedding To Alex Rodriguez

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Jennifer Lopez Just Announced That She’s Pumped The Brakes On Her Wedding To Alex Rodriguez

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Just when we thought Coronavirus couldn’t make things worse.

On a recent at-home edition of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Jennifer Lopez announced that she has had to put a pause on her wedding thanks to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking to Ellen, Lopez explained how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected her during this time.

“It did affect it a little bit,” Lopez told Ellen in an interview in which the TV host asked about her wedding plans. “So, we’ll see what happens now … I really don’t know what’s gonna happen now as far as dates or anything like that. We are just kind of in a holding pattern like the rest of the world. So, again, it’s just something we have to wait and see in a few months how this all pans out.”

Of course, leave it to DeGeneres to push for romance. The talk show host recommended that Lopez and Rodriguez try to do a “TikTok wedding” consider how popular their recent videos on the platform have been so far.

“It’s something to think about,” Lopez laughed. “I can’t make any commitments right now.” 

The Latina queen and retired baseball superstar became engaged in March 2019.

For the two years that they’ve been dating, J-Lo and A-Rod have shared their lives with the public through their social media accounts, giving us a glimpse into the loving relationship that Lopez has called her “first ever good relationship”. Their Instagram profiles are sprinkled with pictures of them jet-setting, attending premieres and galas, and taking mixed-family vacations in exotic locales together. In other words, they’re very publicly living their best lives together.

However, a wrench was thrown into their happily-ever-after Sunday night when former MLB player Jose Canseco publicly accused A-Rod of cheating on Jennifer Lopez with his ex-wife, Jessica Canseco. In light of all this drama, we’ve compiled the definitive timeline of Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez’s relationship, all the way from friends to fíances. Take a look!

May 2005

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Before the Puerto-Rican triple threat and the Dominican All-Star were Hollywood’s reigning It Couple, they were mere acquaintances. The pair first met in 2005 at a Yankees vs. Mets Baseball game. At the time, Rodriguez was married to his first wife, Cynthia Scurtis, while Lopez was still married to Marc Anthony.

February 2017

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Lopez and Rodriguez reconnected twelve years later when they ran into each other at a restaurant. According to Lopez, they briefly said hello, but it was her who couldn’t resist continuing the conversations. “After [lunch] I went outside,” she said. “And for some reason I felt like tapping him on the shoulder”. He then asked her out to dinner via text.

March 2017

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By March 2017, neither J-Lo nor A-Rod were trying to hide the fact that they were dating. During the month, they were spotted vacationing together in The Bahamas. ARod’s sister also posted a selfie of herself with JLo, captioning it #miscuñis, which means things were moving along pretty nicely.

March 31st, 2017

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When co-hosting “The View” at the end of March, Rodriguez had only great things to say about his new lady love: “She’s an amazing girl. We’re having a great time”. He also went on to say that J-Lo was “one of the smartest human beings I’ve ever met”. And he didn’t stop there! He showered on the compliments by calling her “an incredible mother” who “loves family”.

April 2017

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By April, it was J-Lo’s turn to gush about her boo-thing on the talk-show circuit. While being grilled about her new boyfriend by Ellen (naturally), Lopez called Rodriguez “a great guy,” this 100% confirming their relationship.

May 2017

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Never one to do things half-heartedly, Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez made their public debut as a couple at arguably the most prestigious event in the world: the Met Gala, of course. This occasion also marked J-Lo’s debut on A-Rod’s Instagram–and the first of many.

June 2017

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By June 2017, it was obvious to the world that this couple was the real deal. Not only was Rodriguez gushing to the press that Jennifer was the ideal role model for his daughters, the pair was also taking glamorous European trips together and posting their adventures to their millions of followers on Instagram.

September 2017

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We all know that one of the most crucial steps of a relationship is when your signficant other accompanies you to a work event. Lopez and Rodriguez crossed this milestone when A-Rod accompanied her to the premiere of “World of Dance”–a show she stars in and produces. It’s for reasons like this that A-Rod calls her “one of the most brilliant business minds that [he’s] ever met”!

November 2017

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J-Lo and A-Rod took their relationship a step further when they spent Thanksgiving together in Rodriguez’s home. On Instagram, they shared with their followers that this was one of the many times they combined families for the holiday–further proof that they were very confident with where their relationship was.

December 2017

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Along with the power couple’s magazine cover debut on the December issue of “Vanity Fair”, the duo also debuted their new (and catchy) portmanteau: J-Rod (we’re pretty sure they had it trademarked before they went public).

January 2018

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Lopez and Rodriguez showed their Latinx pride by visiting Puerto Rico in January after Hurricane Maria devastated the island.

February 2018

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In the March issue of Harper’s Bazaar, JLo got candid about her relationship with A-Rod and addressed the possibility of a wedding on the horizon. “I do believe in marriage,” she said. “And I would love to grow old with somebody in a committed relationship. But I’m not forcing anything right now. It’s good, it’s healthy; we communicate well…We have a similar makeup.” All signs point to yes!

May 7, 2018

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JLo and A-Rod attended their second Met Gala as a couple in matching couture Balmain outfits, cementing their status as style icons.

July 2018

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Lopez and Rodriguez spent her 49th birthday in one of their go-to vacation spots: The Bahamas. A-Rod took to Instagram to share a cute pic of their blended family on vacation along with a heartfelt tribute to his lady love. ” For someone who has been about giving everything she has 365 days a year—to our children, our families, the world,” he said. “I hope today, we can give you all the happiness you deserve. I love you mucho”.

August 2018

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A-Rod’s reaction to JLo’s epic VMA’s performance last August became a viral sensation, as his pride over his girlfriend’s triple-threat skills were all too apparent. Twitter was full of women wanting a man who looks at them like ARod looks at JLo.

October 2018

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A-Rod continued to support his girlfriend by attending events that were obviously important to her. In October, Rodriguez accompanied Lopez to Elle’s famous “Women in Hollywood” event. That night, he posted a supportive message to JLo on his Instagram: “With two young daughters and a woman I admire by my side, I know how important it is that we raise women up and teach our girls that there is no limit to what they can do.”

December 2018

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According to their Instagram accounts, J-Rod spent New Years eve in Malibu, again with their blended family. Rodriguez’s caption read: “As the sun sets on 2018, from our family to yours … #HappyNewYear everyone!”.

February 2019

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Lopez took her athlete-beau to the ultimate glamour event: The Oscars. The two shined in evening wear and Rodriguez was solidly by her side while she strutted the red carpet and presented awards.

March 2019

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On March 9th, J-Rod announced that they were engaged with mutual Instagram posts sharing the news. The Instagram posts showed off the 15-carat emerald-cut diamond engagement ring, which is reported to be worth up to a cool $5 million.

March 10th, 2019

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On Sunday night, former Major League Baseball player Jose Canseco accused A-Rod of cheating on J.Lo with his ex-wife, Jennifer Canseco. Before we get ahead of ourselves, it’s important to realize that Canseco has a history of making some pretty out-there statements (i.e. asking his Twitter followers to “spend the day with me and my alien Buddies”and insisting that he’s acquainted with “Bigfoot and a real alien”). In other words: there’s reason to doubt his word.

As of now, both JLo and ARod have remained silent in response to these explosive allegations, so there’s no way of knowing the veracity of the claims. Until then, all we can do is speculate and hope for the best!

Hand Sanitizer Was Invented By A Latina Nursing Student In The 1960s

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Hand Sanitizer Was Invented By A Latina Nursing Student In The 1960s

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When the novel coronavirus COVID-19 started to spread in the U.S., hand sanitizer became a hot commodity. Stores sold out of the product needed to clean your hands while on the go to prevent catching and spreading the virus. But, did you know that a Latina nursing student in the 1960s created hand sanitizer?

Lupe Hernandez, a nursing student in California in 1966, is the woman behind hand sanitizer.

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Hernandez was in nursing school in Bakersfield, California when she thought about a gel form of rubbing alcohol. Hernandez realized that a gel form of alcohol would make it possible for people to clean their hands while on the go with no access to water and soap.

Hernandez knew she was on to something so she reached out to an invention hotline and submitted a patent.

While washing your hands is the best way to avoid contracting COVID-19, hand sanitizer is an important tool for those that still have to work. It is also a good option for people who are still healthy but have to go to the pharmacy, grocery store, or bank.

Hand sanitizer was just an industry product until the H1N1 viral outbreak in 2009.

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The 2009 outbreak of H1N1 drove up the demand for hand sanitizer among the public and it was soon packaged for consumers. According to The Guardian, the value of the hand sanitizer market has grown exponentially since the time before and after the H1N1 scare.

In 2018, the global hand sanitizer market value was $2.6 billion. The Guardian reports that the U.S. market value of hand sanitizer was $28 million in 2002 and $80 million in 2006.

Viral outbreaks like H1N1 make hand sanitizer a highly-prized commodity and some people try to profit off that fear.

Matt Colvin faced severe backlash after he and his brother bought out thousands of bottles of hand sanitizer in Tennessee and Kentucky after the first COVID-19 death in the U.S. The two covered 1,300 miles driving through Tennessee and Kentucky buying all of the hand sanitizers they could find in various dollar stores.

The brothers then started selling the hand sanitizer on Amazon for as much as $70 a bottle. Amazon shut them down and the attorney general of Tennessee launched an investigation into them for price gouging. They pledged to donate the product and Tennessee officials are making sure they follow through with the promise.

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