What was I thinking?

What was I thinking?

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 By: Ms. K

             I had a brilliant idea to start a 21-day clean eating detox program, but I didn’t plan this detox program properly. I am trying to improve my own intake of food. I don’t believe in diets simply because I want to change my lifestyle for the better. I don’t want short-term goals, or short terms improvement while I still lack the proper nutrition of eating right. So I don’t diet, but I am trying to increase my intake of veggies and fruits. I already cut out sugar and salt. I don’t drink juice, or soda minus my occasional ginger al, but I do drink water, tea, and almond milk. Continue reading “What was I thinking?”

Shoe Knowledge: d’Orsay Style of Shoe

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By: Ms. J

A d’Orsay style woman’s shoe is where the vamp of the shoe is cut away very close to the toe box, and the sides are open, revealing the arch of the foot. Would you believe that this shoe design was originally made for men? It was named after 19th century artist Count Alfred d’Orsay, who wanted a shoe to accommodate his wide feet. He then requested for the sides of his shoes to be cut down, which is now used for women’s shoes today. This style of shoe is a classic shoe that can be worn with anything. Not only are these classically made in pumps, but they are now made in flats.

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Donating on a Tight Budget

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By: Ms. J

Donations and Budgets might not seem as if they fall in the same sentence, however with pre-planning you can be as charitable as you can afford to be. Meaning, that regardless of how much money you make, if you have the will to donate then you can. There are many ways to donate some are:

1. Creating a fixed percentage out of your monthly salary to donate

2. Spacing out your donations over the course of the year such as weekly, monthly, quarterly etc Continue reading “Donating on a Tight Budget”

The Veil Behind the Mask

The Veil Behind the Mask

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By: Ms. K

      A woman’s choice is a woman’s right. The decision to control one’s body should be their choice, but what happens when does decisions affects another life. When the decision affects an unborn child? Does it become a debate of who has a voice? A woman has a choice, the government has the law, but the baby is silent. It becomes a battlefield between pro-life and pro-choice. It’s not an easy decision that anyone woman can make, it might be filled with mixed emotions: regrets, sorrow, confusion, relief, and joy. Who’s right, and who’s wrong? Where does the line get drawn between having the ability to choose, and having the ability to take a life? It’s been forty years since Roe v. Wade, but the debate still remains between pro-choice and pro- life. Where does the line get drawn for a woman’s right?  Continue reading “The Veil Behind the Mask”

L.O.V.E. Part 5

L.O.V.E. Part 5

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By: Ms. K

Warning Sign Two:

Ryan: I was thinking about you and had funny feeling in my stomach and down there it got up and had butterflies like an excited feeling about you coming.

Me: (I could not respond in my head I was like what is going on.)

Ryan: Maybe you probably wouldn’t let me through you know you have missed me after all these years.

Me: So have you missed me?

Ryan: I do miss you, I do wanna see you and I do want you close to me but if you feel a certain way or not comfortable you don’t have to come or even you can stay in a room solo.

Me: Why do you want me to come?

Ryan: Well I want you here cause I know I would like being around you and I know being close to you and looking at you and hugging you would be great. Continue reading “L.O.V.E. Part 5”

Let’s Move

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By: Ms. K

   The scale does not lie, it reflect a number that shows how much a person weighs. Each and everyday people step on the scale and slowly become overwhelmed by the weight that is reflected on the screen. In society that has an overwhelming concern with obesity, it’s hard to find acceptance for loving one self without a negative reaction if it’s not an ideal body shape. “Let’s Move” is a campaign that First Lady Michelle Obama started in 2010 aim to develop a healthy lifestyle for children. The overall goal for the campaign is to change a child’s life, and realize it takes all factors involved for it to happen. Loving oneself is the major key for happiness.

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Diva of the Week: First Lady Michelle Obama

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By: Ms. J

Our Diva of the week is First Lady Michelle Obama. Amongst her many national and international campaigns, the First Lady has targeted the health of her fellow citizens. In February 2010, she created the ‘Let’s Move’ campaign, as a source of health resource. In a nutshell, “Let’s Move! will give parents the support they need, provide healthier food in schools, help our kids to be more physically active, and make healthy, affordable food available in every part of our country.”(whitehouse.gov) By targeting kids at an earlier age and teaching them to make healthy choices with their lives, it decreases the chances of obesity and health diseases due to a poor diet and lack of exercise.

To learn more go to:

http://www.letsmove.gov/

http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/first-lady-michelle-obama

Healthy Eating on a Budgets

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By: Ms. J

Most people seem to consider eating healthy as difficult for many reasons. One of the main reasons people do not eat healthy is that they consider it to be expensive. The price of healthy options such as fruits, vegetables and juices versus junk food such as burgers, snacks and sodas create a disadvantage to those who are on a tight budget or low income. Here are some tips and tricks for lowering the cost of eating healthy.

  • Shop at your local supermarkets and farmers markets
  • Use the flyers to tell you what is on sale
  • Shop for fruits and vegetables in season
  • Make a list of everything you need for the weeks ahead before your next trip
  • Slice, dice, Ziploc and freeze fruits and veggies to preserve and reduce prep time
  • Cook more at home versus eating out
  • Reduce portion size of food and increase water intake
  • Reduce your intake on meat /chicken once a week by making a meatless dinner or lunch Continue reading “Healthy Eating on a Budgets”

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

National Women and Girls HIV/ AIDS Awareness Day

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By: Ms. K

Today March 10, 2014 is National Women and Girls HIV/ AIDS Awareness Day. Know your status, get informed, and get empowered.“At the end of 2010 1 out of 4 people living with diagnose of HIV infection in the United States were women.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

“We are empowered” is an intimate and inspiring conversation with Alicia Keys and five women living with HIV in the U.S.

 

To get more information: 

Greater Than AIDS

http://aidsinfo.nih.gov/education-materials/hiv-aids-awareness-days/149/national-women-and-girls-hiv-aids-awareness-day