And The Winner Is……

Wasabi Ginger Will Be the Next Lay’s Potato Chip Flavor

Wasabi Ginger Will Be the Next Lay's Potato Chip Flavor

Photo credit: Lay’s

Hope you like snacks that pack a little heat, because the newest addition to the pantheon of Lay’s potato chip flavors is… Wasabi Ginger!

The entry to the brand’s annual “Do Us a Flavor” contest beat out Mango Salsa, Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese, and—likely much to the relief of coffee expert Oliver Strand and Yahoo Readers everywhere—Cappuccino. The unique flavors have been on sale nationwide since late July, and chip lovers have been voting on them. We got the winner of the people’s choice award on the horn to tout her flavor combo. 

“I don’t really think it’s sunk in quite yet,” the flavor’s creator, Meneko Spigner McBeth, told us. McBeth, a 35-year-old nurse at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, learned she won on Monday night, at a dinner for the finalists in New York City. She’ll take home either $1 million or a percentage of one year in Wasabi Ginger potato chip sales, whichever is more.

“It was inspired by my grandmother: She’s Japanese, and I grew up eating her sushi,” McBeth said. “I wasn’t allowed to have the wasabi until I got older, and when I was [allowed to try it], I fell in love with it!” It wasn’t until college, though, that McBeth visited her “first real sushi restaurant” and became acquainted with pickled ginger. “The flavor of the two of them in combination, I love it. I said, ‘[Why not] try it on a chip? It can’t hurt!’”

And it didn’t. Perhaps the behavior of McBeth’s three daughters sums up the country’s collective positive reaction to the flavor: “I mean, they went through bags and bags and bags [of Wasabi Ginger chips]. And I said, ‘That’s enough! You guys cannot eat this for lunch and dinner every day!’”

As for that prize money? Most of it will go into a college fund for her daughters, but McBeth plans on one major splurge for herself.

“That’s probably [going to be] a sports car, because I’ve been driving a minivan for the past few years!” she said.

Go to town, Meneko. But one thing: A minivan fits way more bags of Wasabi Ginger potato chips than a sports car. Just saying.

For more potato chip stories, check these out:
A Coffee Expert Reviews Lay’s Cappuccino Potato Chips
Yahoo Readers Agree: Cappuccino Potato Chips Should Not Be a Thing
DIY Kettle Chips

What was your favorite ”Do Us a Flavor” entry? Do you think Wasabi Ginger was the right call? Let us know! 


Remembering A Fashion Icon….


Remembering Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la renta

View some of Oscar de la Renta’s most memorable moments

Name an American fashion icon and chances are she wore Oscar de la Renta: Jacqueline Kennedy, Audrey Hepburn, CZ Guest, Oprah, Sarah Jessica Parker.

The core clientele of the designer, who died yesterday at his Connecticut home at age 82, were the ladies of Manhattan’s Upper East Side. In the ‘80s and ‘90s, I attended his shows in the gilded ballroom of the Plaza Hotel, a room as old-world and alluring as de la Renta’s manners.

The hall would be wall to wall society ladies, Nan Kempner, Pat Buckley, Nancy Kissinger, and the lone working gal Barbara Walters, always in current season Oscar, almost always a skirt suit and crocodile pumps. This was Tom Wolfe territory, the women who inspired the term social X-ray in Bonfire of the Vanities and for the most part, it fit. They were a cookie cutter crew who favoured the same hairstylists and plastic surgeons.

And they worshipped Oscar. He gave them clothes that were feminine, dignified and luxurious, never vulgar. And he charmed them with his suave smile, and his ability to talk cooking and gardening.

He won me over too, when he came to Toronto to launch the fragrances that, along with his many licenses, made him a wealthy man. Fans (all women) would line up for hours to meet him, huge crowds that overwhelmed even the Toronto Eaton Centre.

They would walk away swooning. He could flirt with anyone.

De la Renta was of another era. He built his business at a time when designers were client-focused and free of the business forces that now put enormous pressure on bottom line. Peter Copping has moved from Nina Ricci to carry on the de la Renta legacy of romance and femininity. But the chances of there ever being another Oscar de la Renta are slim.

My Sista’s Business….Tammie Williams


Tammie Williams is PurposefullyPretty


Tammie Williams is a mother, Project Director for ACCE Girls Pride Project; a Elmont, NY based not-for-profit organization that seeks to support and encourage girls and women of color to pursue higher education and break the cycle of poverty; Masters of Social Work student at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College and community organizer that has a sincere passion for working to enhance society and make the world a better place. When asked to convey why she is PurposefullyPretty, this was Tammie’s response.

“I am a humble, driven woman with no room for procrastination. I use my God given talents, innovation, and voice to develop my skills as a progressive community organizer who advocates for our most vulnerable populations through policy and legislation.

My purpose is to research services for my son CJ and other members of our community. My first goal is to develop model programs, that will assist underserved groups. My second goal is to assist oppressed groups achieve political, social, and economic fairness. Lastly, to be a progressive community organizer that brings together the oppressor and oppressed to promote social change and policy, like Nelson Mandela. I have a passion for humanity. I am committed to making a positive difference globally. I am a voice for the voiceless during this time of civil and human rights challenges in the world. I am committed to securing freedom, liberty, and social justice for future generations.

“Let your life be a shining example for others. Let everything you do be in service to someone. Stand tall in the knowledge of who you are. Stand proudly in the midst of difficult times. Be aware that who you are and what you have to offer can be a beacon to some lost soul.”-Iyanla Vanzant
Inform. Inspire. Empower………PRIDE

The Girls PRIDE Project (Providing Resources for Improvement Dignity and Empowerment) supports and encourages the education, job training, civic engagement, poverty alleviation, and economic development of girls and women of color from underserved communities including the promotion of equal access to full employment and decent work to alleviate the cycle of poverty, social, and economic disparities. Secondly, the Girls PRIDE Project  helps to support and encourage social skills, healthy relationships, creative expression, and leadership through peer mentoring. Lastly, the project is designed to guide and assist girls and young women to discover their individual identity (self-discovery); to become aware of their individuality, gifts, talents, and potential (self-awareness); to believe in themselves and nurture their passions and destiny (self-assurance); and to employ every ounce of confidence to face life’s challenges and opportunities (self projection/expression).

National Black MBA Association…..

National Black MBA Association Indianapolis Chapter


Save The Date – Thursday 10/23/2014!


General Membership Meeting – Panel Discussion

The Indianapolis Chapter’s General Membership Meeting is scheduled for Thursday October 23, 2014, 6:00PM to 8:00PM at the Fifth Third Building located at Eskenazi Health.  720 Eskenazi Ave,  Indianapolis, Indiana 46202. The topic of the discussion is,  “Career Transition Through Advanced Education“. The panelist will present ideas from the business community, academia and everyday life experiences.

Mark your calendar!


Registration Ends Today!!!
Financial Check-Up 101 for Women
Saturday October 11, 2014

The Links Incorporated Indianapolis chapter is holding a seminar to educate and empower women with the tools and resources to take control of their personal finance.

Admission is Free, but registration is required to attend.

Click here for more details.



Are you looking for ways to enhance existing skills or develop new ones? Are you interested in sharing your time and expertise to enhance the community? The Indianapolis Chapter invites you to serve as a volunteer. Visit the Indianapolis Chapter website to learn more. If one or more of our committee opportunities interests you, please contact us.

Become a Member/Renew Your Membership

The National Black MBA Association is dedicated to developing partnerships that result in the creation of intellectual and economic wealth in the black community. If you are looking for a network of business professionals with a commitment to education, career development and promoting the economic wealth of the African-American community… the National Black MBA Association is for you! Click here for more information.

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month


Raphael Health Center is hosting an educational event for breast cancer survivors and their guests. This event will not only celebrate breast cancer survivors, it will also educate their special guests about the importance of routine screenings.

In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month,

Raphael Health Center and the American Cancer Society are

celebrating breast cancer survivors with a special brunch.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Raphael Health Center | 401 E. 34th St.

Indianapolis, IN 46205


Survivors are welcome to bring a guest and learn important

breast cancer information. Health care providers will be

available to answer questions about breast cancer testing.

Enjoy massages, gifts, and brunch!

To RSVP, call Tina Stokes at 317-926-1507; space is limited.



^ Apple Infused Cocktails

Who is ready for FALL, I’m not, but here are a few cocktails I plan to make to get me through.  I hope it does the same for you…Goodbye Summer :(

6 Apple-Infused Cocktails For Fall

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6 Apple-Infused Cocktails For Fall

Apples are the ultimate fall fruit, making welcome appearances in all of our favorite pies, crisps and even savory dishes. So it seems only right to make this delicious autumn essential into a cocktail—wouldn’t you agree?! Put a uniquely delicious twist on your favorite drinks with these six apple-infused cocktails. Cheers!

Image from our Apple Cider Martini!


The PR Girl Toolbox…..

Skill to Conquer: Take Care of Yourself Like Your Momma Would

I thought I made the transition from high school to college, and then from college to the real world pretty seamlessly. I knew how to do laundry. I taught myself to cook. I could hang a picture frame, sew on a button and get myself from point A to point B in the safest way possible. But there are even more things to look out for when you’re out in the real world, that might not even occur to you. You may be running so fast in your too-busy-to-stop-and-smell-the-roses life that you can’t tell when something might be wrong or in need of attention.

Put down the tablet/phone/pumpkin spice latte, and give yourself a once over. Your mother would make sure you went to the dentist every six months, you looked healthy, and were eating well. Are you giving yourself the same care? While you may be kicking ass at work or in your personal life, you’ll be doing even better when you’re at the top of your game. Here are a few things to look for…

Overall Health – When was the last time you went to the doctor? Are you feeling bloated or sick often? Do you have the sniffles and blame it on allergies? Do you have a nagging pain in your tooth and try to ignore it? Time for an appointment!

Eat your Greens – Are you eating enough fresh, raw foods? Do you find yourself eating out most days of the week? What habits have you made with your eating that are good, and what are the bad? How can you adjust?

Say Ommm – When was the last time you took an afternoon to yourself? Need a little yoga, or a mani pedi? Any aches or pains that could be cured with a massage? What about a good dish sesh with your best friend?

See the Sun – It’s important to get outdoors, even when you’re beyond swamped and think you’re chained to your desk. When was the last time you were outside? Are you getting out with enough time for a glimpse of sunlight?

Community News….

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become a vendor to promote your business and sponsorships start at $150. All proceeds go support the Indianapolis Professional Association Achievement Awards Scholarship Program.

Community News…..

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Wellness Wednesday 10/8

As the age old  saying goes…since son Christian (my 3year old) I have no time to excercise or go to the gym.

6 Tips to sneak in exercise with your toddlers. 

“I never have any time to exercise” … I know I’ve said it before.

But let’s change that to “I have a toddler and we exercise together!”

Why isn’t chasing a toddler around all day considered exercise? Well it should be. But there are also ways to incorporate structured exercise into your daily routine with your toddler. Here are a few ideas for you to try…

If you have a yoga mat or exercise mat put that down on the floor. This will let your toddler get used to the idea that when he/she sees it, that means it is exercise time!
Tip/Suggestion: START SLOW AND EASY. After a few days with each exercise, your toddler might be able to cooperate enough for you to do a couple of repetitions

As always, please consult a doctor before starting an exercise routine. These are only meant to be something you can a little here and there. :)

1) Kick those feet in the air
Lie down on your back and put your legs up in the air. Then start kicking your legs around. Ask your toddler if he can do it too! Have him lie down next to you and count to ten while your legs are kicking in the air. For the parents you can make sure your abdomens are tight and maybe even lower your legs a bit to get a good workout. Your child will have fun kicking in the air. (You can also hold your hands above him and try to have him touch your fingers with his toes while he kicks in the air!)

2) Touch your nose to the sticker on the rug!
These are secretly pushups for the toddler. Put sticker on the rug/mat and have your toddler get on all fours. Then ask her to see if she can touch her nose to the sticker! You’ll probably want to show her how at first. Then count each time she does it and celebrate! Do it together and start with just a few. For fun, if your toddler is just learning to start counting. Just do as many as she can count. If it’s only 3 that’s great!

3) Lifting diaper boxes as weights!
Put those diaper boxes to work. Tape up some empty diaper boxes and let your toddler lift and stack them, then push them down. She might even want to climb up on one while your hold it for her…the “toddler stairmaster!” You can just do a few quick lifts up in the air with the boxes.

4) Modified sit-ups for Mom
Lie down on your back with your knees bent and feet about a shoulder width apart. Put your toddler sitting between your legs on the mat, facing you. Now lift your head and upper torso up to reach with your arms between your legs and tickle your toddler’s belly. He’ll get a kick out of it and you’ll be able to do some crunches. Repeat 10-15 times.

5) Modified Push-ups for Mom
Put your toddler down on the mat, back down. Get down on all fours so that your head is over your toddler’s head, upside down. (so your feet should be at the other end of the mat from his feet). Then cross your feet and try to put your nose on his nose by bending your arms and keeping your back straight. (You might need to scoot your knees back a bit). Repeat 10-15 times.

6) Playground pull-ups
The next time you are at the playground with your tot, find a bar to hang from and try some pull-ups. If you are not able to do a pull up. Try to get yourself up on a bar with your chin above the bar to start (by stepping on something else), then try to slowly lower yourself down. Do this several times until you gain the muscles to pull yourself up once! Set a goal to be able to do 5 or 10 pull ups!

Children are great at imitating
If your child grows up seeing you exercise and understanding it as a part of a daily routine, she’ll be more inclined to exercise in her life.

As always, please consult a doctor before starting an exercise routine.






Plank Pose

 plank pose

 plank pose 2

Side Plank Pose

side plank

Bow Pose

bow pose

Downward Pose

downward pose

Boat Pose

boat pose

Chair Pose

 chair pose

 Bridge Pose

bridge pose

Head Stand Pose

head stand pose 2

head stand pose




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