Fried fish a la Dominican Style Recipe

fried fish pic

Many of you have requested the recipe for the fried fish that I posted a picture of recently.  It is one of my favorite dishes that reminds me of the tropical beach in the Dominican Republic.  There is nothing sweeter than laying on the beach in the island and eating fried fish with coconut water.  I have many memories eating this meal in Boca Chica, the most popular beach.  You will find someone walking around selling fried fish among other things.

When you go to the beach, you will always see a big group of people hanging out dancing and drinking.  Plus, you will see food…like a lot of food.  It’s not just like the beaches here in the states that you take chips and a sandwich.  Dominicans don’t just bring snacks to the beach, they bring a plate of spaghetti with rice, beer, and big meals.  When everyone goes to the beach, it’s a whole day activity not just for a few hours.

Food can bring back a lot of great memories and this is why I wanted to share this recipe.  You can start making your own memories with your friends, family or anyone that you want to cook something different or special with.

Here is the recipe:


Fried Fish a la Dominican Style      


6 slices of fish (preferably the snapper)

1 teaspoon of oregano

1 teaspoon of Goya Adobo

2 cloves of mashed garlic

2 sliced lemons

Salt and pepper to taste

½ cup all-purpose flour



  1. Clean and wash the fish in cold water.  Drain and pat dry the fish with paper towel before seasoning with oregano, garlic paste, lemon juice, adobo and salt and pepper.  Marinate it for at least 20 minutes.  The longer you marinade the more flavor the fish will have in the end.
  2. Mix flour, cornstarch and add a pinch of salt.  Place the flour mixture in a large shallow dish.
  3. Coat each side of the fish with the flour, shake off any excess, and deep-fry until the fish is golden brown on both sides.
  4. Serve with lemon wedges and tostones (fried green plantains).


Buen provecho! aka Enjoy your meal!



Charis finds Love Culture

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I was dragged to the mall the other day by two teenagers.  They wanted to go shopping and let me tell you that shopping with two teenagers is not an easy task.  It was quite an adventure let me tell you and I did have fun with them both.  The store that we ended up checking out was Love Culture and basically this store is meant for teenagers and the early 20s crowd.  I was able to tell right away by simply touching the fabrics that the materials they use to make these clothes are pretty cheap.

Companies are trying to save money on making cheap clothes so they can make more on their margin but too cheap is not good because you are going to be losing customers as well.

Because the store markets to the younger crowd, most of the sizes are for the super skinny.  I believe they should have more of a broader range of sizes so that they can sell more to the rest of the younger crowd who might not be so skinny.  They could be making a lot more money if they were to do this.

Here are a few items that caught my attention that I think were nice.  Here they are:

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Retail price: $19.95





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Retail price: $ 26.95






I just hope that people realize what is happening and start demanding a little bit more quality from companies.  When people work together, great things can happen.  At least, that is my hope.


How to deal with adversities


Are you ever really prepared for adversities? I mean how do you deal with adversities and problems that slap you right in your face and you are just left breathless.  Regardless of whether you are this happy go lucky person, you will have to face new challenges and struggles when you least expect it.  It would be a lie if anyone told you that facing problems would be a piece of cake.

It’s about facing it and having the courage to overcome the challenge.  I am the first one to say that I get caught up when something doesn’t go my way.  It’s very easy to get sucked in to self pity but you can turn things around when you re-examine the situation.

All kinds of problems will arise now or in the future whether it’s kids, family, job or friends but it’s how you deal with each problem that makes all the difference.

I am hoping that this inspires everyone to look at trouble in the face and learn to overcome it.  Life is about learning and you never really stop learning.  Take the right path and don’t choose to live a life of stress, choose to enjoy life and make the most of it.

“Adversity is the diamond dust Heaven polishes its jewels with.” – Thomas Carlyle


Kiss Gel Fantasy Review

Kiss manicure

As part of the complimentary box that I received from Influenster, I received a Kiss Gel Fantasy kit.  I was super excited because I desperately needed a manicure.  It normally retails around $7.99 so I am definitely saving big bucks as opposed to paying $50 to get your nails done by doing my own manicure.  The new designs that they have on display at the stores have really improved compared to the normal plain press on nails.

Below is a picture of my nails before the manicure.

Before manicure









The kit comes with 24 mega adhesive tabs, nail glue, small nail file and a wood stick.  The directions were pretty straight forward but the only complaint I have against press on nails is that they have to be numbered.  It takes a long time to figure out which one goes with which nail.  In my opinion, it would make it easier if it was numbered.

Kiss box

The glitter on the tips makes it look very pretty.  I did have to file it down because it was a bit longer than I prefer. I prefer short nails but many women prefer long nails.






If you are looking for a quick manicure at home that would last a week or less, then this is a quick fixer upper.  It looks really cute and you are saving money in the end.

Kiss manicure ring







Let me know what you think and please comment below.


Influenster #CalienteVoxBox Review

Voxbox Charis

Influenster sent me a #Calientevoxbox to review.  I was so excited to open the box that I literally tripped over my daughter and almost damaged the box! lol.  The items that were in the box are as follows:

  • Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Nourishing treatment: I was excited to receive this product because my hair is extremely dry and damaged. Especially with the summer and going to the beach and pool, I needed something that would give my air back it’s shine.
  • Paula’s choice skin perfecting lotion is great to exfoliate your skin after all the sun damage that is done during the summer.  I felt my skin radiant and it reduced a lot of redness on my face.  I highly recommend this product, but please make sure to try just one side of your skin just in case your skin is sensitive.
  • Kiss gel fantasy was so beautiful and so easy to do!  The best part is that it can be done at home and you don’t have to wait to get your nails done.
  • Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch Ultra Radiance lotion left my skin feeling soft and radiant.  I love tanning but I also love to protect my skin and I love using Hawaiian Tropic because it does both at the same time.
  • Rice Krispies Treats Blasted S’mores was a great treat after such a long day.  The crunchy graham and bits of chocolate left me wanting to run to the store to get more.

Disclosure: I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.  All opinions are my own and may differ from yours.

How to shed pounds now for the summer


The best things about summer is going to BBQ’s, birthday parties, and always going to the beach. The only downfall is that going to so many parties can make you gain a little summer weight. It’s like junk food galore everywhere, from potato chips, cakes, hot dogs, and everything that tastes so yummy. Recently, I saw one of my friends Kristy and she was looking more fabulous than ever! I had to ask how she lost weight in the mist of all the chaos. She said she is detoxifying through NUTRITIONAL CLEANSING.
NUTRITIONAL CLEANSING is a jump start to your health and you will be happy you signed up.
For Memorial weekend she said that she over indulged and felt bad, bloated and tired! She decided to regain control of her life and health by starting a 30 day program on Monday, Memorial Day! 30 days later- She looks and feels amazing! No more digestive issues, the bloating is gone and her energy level is up!
So, my friend shared with me some details about the program and what’s included in the 30 Day program.
It includes all the shakes, snacks, and some energy powder you put in your water. As far as food is concerned, you can eat unlimited veggies all day. To drink, stay away from coffee and replace it with green tea instead. She told me she wished she would have heard about this program sooner. You also get a nutritional coach to help you through your first 30 days and have access to a great Facebook support page.
And I have to tell you, she looks great, Check out her results!
In fact, the 30 day program offers a 100 percent Satisfaction Guarantee. If after you try it, you are not satisfied, simply return the products for a full refund.
There’s no better time to start your own success story than now. Get started right away and start enjoying the benefits you receive with this detoxifying Program.
For more information about this program please contact: Kristy Martino

Please like her page:

Rock&Rawhide Help New Jersey Animals in need!! Get involved!


Is fostering the answer? We think it is. 

Millie at shelter
NEW JERSEY - Animal shelters are full, they have no space, they often have no money, and they have a small amount of dedicated volunteers. Animals in the tri-state area are euthanized daily, rescue groups are unable to save as many lives as they wish, and animals spend years in boarding kennels while awaiting adopters to fall in love with them. Many of these boarding animals are forgotten. There is an estimated 3-4million pets euthanized each year in US animal shelters. That’s 10,000 per day on average. There must be a way to curb at least some of this. There is. Fostering.
There is a strong lack of homes willing to open their doors to fostering a shelter pet. Maybe it’s because they assume that a shelter animal is “broken”, or that they think they would never be able to give the animal up to an adopter, it would break their heart. The former could not be further from the truth. And the latter is selfish. Imagine the heart exploding with happiness that the beautiful pet you have supported and loved, has found forever love with a great family. Look at tail wag.
Many shelter animals are down on their luck, and need a second chance. They have lived in homes before, they have lived with children, other pets, and life was great! But perhaps their human passed away, or maybe they fell on hard times and just couldn’t afford pet care any longer. And now Muffy or Fluffy or Spike or Spot is sitting in a cage wondering what on earth happened. Sure, there are some shelter pets who sadly have never felt love, or the affection of a human before. Some were abused or neglected. But all of them still have hope, they wag their tails, they purr. One thing they all have in common is the dangerous waiting game. Will they get sick in the shelter? Will they go crazy if they are there too long? Will they gain bad behaviors because they are not receiving the natural love, attention and comforts that a home should provide? Will they make it out alive at all?
How the animals end up in the shelter in the first place is a societal problem that we alone cannot fix. But if people opened their homes to shelter pets we could save a bunch of lives and help animals transition into forever homes much more easily. That at least would be a start till our society puts a higher value on the lives and existence of our furry friends, till the law stands up for our 4-legged buddies, till shelters are no longer overflowing with the unwanted.
Fostering is a wonderful experience. As a foster parent, you can set certain guidelines with the rescue group as to what type of animal you prefer. A certain breed, age, sex, temperament, that you think will fit into your home. If you work full time and already have a dog, you can always request a dog-friendly foster pet who is house-trained. You will have the full support of the rescue group. But you must also give them full support in return. You must make a minimum time commitment (some rescues require 3 months, some 6 months). Your job as a foster is to guide the pet into being the best it can be, to get it ready for a forever home. That could involve teaching a dog to stay off the couch or walk better on leash, or teaching a cat to welcome other pets or to play, or simply to teach trust and love.
For an adopter, it makes the process a little easier. There is less guessing. We are certainly not suggesting that potential adopters should shy away from shelters when making adoption decisions. We LOVE shelters and wish more people would consider adopting a pet direct from a shelter, instead of using it only as a dumping ground. But for some, they need to know more specifics that a shelter often times cannot provide. When a pet lives in a foster home, it has a better chance of showing it’s personality, of displaying more natural behaviors. An adoptee can be told if that pet likes children, what commands it knows, how it acts in a dog park, what it’s favorite game or past time is, how it is with car travel, what it acts like when strangers enter the home, whether it needs a home with adults only, etc. Some of these traits can be noted by a shelter, but to many the transition from shelter directly to home is one that results in many adopters returning pets.
A pet needs time to decompress, to learn trust, to “get over” the shelter experience. This may be easy for some pets, and not so easy for others. A patient and loving foster home can help them through this process. Each rescue group is different with the type of support it offers it fosters. Some pay for all medical bills, some even pay for food. But all are ready with any help and advice they can provide. The rescue will promote the pet on social media and it’s website, as well as on sites such as If appropriate, the pet would also be part of adoption events where the general public can visit the pet. It is always helpful if the foster also promotes the pet to their contacts. They are the best ambassador for that pet.
One example of a wonderful dog that would flourish in a foster home is Millie. She was on the kill list in NYC and was pulled by A Pathway to Hope Rescue, after Rock & Rawhide advocated for her life. A great dog with so much potential, she is currently staying at A Hotel for Dogs in Middletown NJ, a doggie day care facility. She spent 2.5 months in the shelter, and now almost 1 month at the Hotel, where she is doing great. But it is time for Millie to find a home! 2 years old, sweet, affectionate, listens to commands, obedient, healthy, loves to play, walks great on leash, and loves the car. Yet she’s just one of hundreds, actually one of thousands of dogs in boarding today. Lucky enough to have their lives saved. Unlucky enough that they are still in limbo….waiting.
Consider fostering. Consider adopting. Consider volunteering at your local animal shelter or rescue group. And always, hug your pets a little tighter, knowing they are the very lucky ones.
There are so many ways to get involved in helping animals finding a home.  It’s just a matter of taking the time to actually get out of your comfort zone and getting the job done.  Don’t worry if you don’t have the time to volunteer because I am positive that there are other ways that you can help.  If you want to learn more about how you can help, check out their website and learn more about what they do to help animals.
Check out the below video:

If you would like to connect with them through social media, here is the link:

About Rock & Rawhide

Rock & Rawhide aims to increase adoptions and quality of life for dogs and cats in shelters, by providing distraction therapy and noise/stress reduction through the donations of toys, tough chew items, Kongs, Nylabones, bones, rawhides, blankets and more. If a dog is chewing, it’s not barking! If a cat is playing, it’s not meowing! Less noise = less stress. In turn, dogs and cats can pass their evaluations at shelters, and show more of their personality, making them more adoptable. We collect items through regular donations, music gigs, visual art shows, culinary events, DJ events, drop box programs, and more.


About A Pathway to Hope Rescue

A Pathway to Hope is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and adoption of abandoned dogs and cats, with a special focus on south to north rescue of northern breed dogs, the rescue of stray cats, and community outreach to further the cause of rescue.


About Hotel For Dogs

Dedicated to providing your dog with only the very best in lodging, play, and love. An owner-operated facility, staffed by hard-working, energetic dog lovers. It’s not enough for us to simply provide your dog with a little space while you’re away. We want them wagging their tails, making new friends, and singing doggy farewells when you come to pick them up – because we’re dog owners too and we know how hard it is to leave them.


Disclosure: Charis by Design did not receive any compensation for running this post.





Charis finds at H&M


This week’s fashion finds is from H&M.  Whether you are looking for a great night out or looking for comfortable flats to walk around the city, H&M has great styles at an affordable price.  In my opinion, it’s important to have a dress handy because you never know when you’ll get invited to a last minute event and not have time to shop for a dress.  Why does any girl love a summer dress? Because it’s flattering and you could be dressed up quickly.  This is exactly why I love summer! You could just throw any dress on and wear it with some cute sandals or flats and look like you are ready for a night out.  Don’t forget to accessorize and have fun!

H&M find 7-2





How would you wear this look?

Enter to win Little Tikes Slam ‘n Curve Slide Giveaway!

Little Tike Slam n Curve

Welcome to the Little Tikes Slam ‘n’ Curve Water Slide Giveaway!!!
Hosted by Everything Mommyhood, and sponsored by Little Tikes! Special thanks to our co-hosts MOMentarily Distracted, Fused Life, Mama Pure, and Raising 3 Savvy Ladies.

Which of us parents don’t just wish to get one of these for our kids? In hot weather, this will keep your kids cooled and entertained for hours.  It’s like having their very own water park in your own backyard.  This is the perfect entertainment for those full summer days and especially if you have energetic kids.  Actually, I think I want one of these for me to jump in with the kids! lol.

Summer is upon us which means we will be spending a lot of time outdoors having fun and trying to stay cool, what better way to do so than with the Little Tikes Slam ‘n’ Curve Slide! Your children are sure to love this generously sized, easy to setup, water slide with wading pool, climbing wall, and basketball hoop! Make sure you stop by and check out Everything Mommyhood’s Little Tikes Slam ‘n’ Curve Water Slide Review.

Some of the great features of the Slam ‘n’ Curve Water Slide:

Challenging inflatable rock wall leads to a slippery slide with a gentle curve at the end for a fun ride into the refreshing pool
Roomy splash wading pool includes an inflatable basketball hoop and ball
Step-down in side wall for easy entrance and exit
After inflation, blower must run continuously while children are playing
Inflatable must be anchored firmly in place
Maximum number of kids: 3
Maximum combined weight limit: 350 lbs.
Great for children ages 5-10.

Your children are sure to love this water slide as well as all of their friends! Beat the heat this Summer with Little Tikes!

Buy it: You can purchase the Little Tikes Slam ‘n’ Curve Water Slide on their website for $399.99.

Now for the giveaway!

One lucky winner will receive a Little Tikes Slam ‘n’ Curve Slide, retail of $399.99.
Open to US and Canadian Residents Only, 18 and up (Excludes Quebec).
One entry per household/IP Address.
Void where prohibited.
Winner will be chosen randomly via the Giveaway Tools entry form and will be emailed.
Winner will have 48 hours to claim prize before a new winner is chosen.
Giveaway ends 7/20 at 11:59pm EDT.


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What to Due? Preparing for Baby #2 Giveaway! Enter to win!

Welcome to the What to Due? Preparing for Baby #2 Giveaway!
Hosted by Spit Up is the New Black

I’ve teamed up with Ashley over at Spit Up is the New Black to celebrate the welcoming of baby #2! She’s hand selected products for, and in preparation of, a second child, and has partnered with over a dozen amazing companies to offer one lucky reader over $1,700 worth of baby essentials!
What to Due? Preparing for Baby #2 Prize Suite #Giveaway

When baby #2 is on their way, you are never prepared because you thought you were done with baby #1.  Sometimes it is planned but most of the time it is not planned.  For those of you expecting or know someone that is expecting then this is the perfect giveaway to get you prepared for baby #2.

#DueWithBaby2 Prize Suite:

ONE lucky winner will win ALL of the items listed above! To enter to win this suite of prizes, please use the entry form below. Open to residents of the contiguous US states, ages 18+. Giveaway closes 7/31/14 at 11:59PM ET. Good luck!

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook or Twitter. Prizes to be fulfilled by Britax, Sarah Wells, Gymboree, Naturepedic, guzzie+Guss, Philips AVENT, Boppy, Tiny Love, California Baby, aden + anais, Tommee Tippee, Freshly Picked, Little Treetops, Undercover Mama, Pink Lining, NuRoo, Bebe PODPants, and I See Me. Color and/or style of prizes may vary. Prizes will be shipped separately. Neither Spit Up is the New Black nor any blog in which this giveaway is posted is held liable for lack of prize fulfillment. Open to residents of the 48 contiguous United States, ages 18+.

Charis by Design is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

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