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May Charity ~ Pack Away Hunger

This month we are taking our $10.00 funds and donating to

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Life. Hunger steals quality of life. For some it steals life itself. Small children are especially vulnerable, and each day more than 8,000 perish due to hunger related causes.

Changing. Fueled by like-minded community members, we provide meals that have the power to transform lives. Regular access to nutritious food does more than satisfy in the short term. It builds the foundation for a hopeful future.

Nutrition. Superior nutrition in each serving is vital. Our meals carry a powerful vitamin/mineral combination. This newly developed formula is scientifically proven to improve key health factors of the chronically hungry.

Pack Away Hunger is a non-profit organization dedicated to greatly improving the lives of children and others who suffer from hunger and malnutrition. The lack of proper nutrition creates serious health and developmental consequences for individuals and has far reaching implications for communities.  In the United States 15.8 million children do not have regular access to healthy meals (1). In developing countries one out of six children — roughly 100 million — is underweight, the result of acute or chronic malnutrition (2).

In a world with such vast resources, we think this is unacceptable. To achieve our mission, we have partnered with The Mathile Institute for Human Nutrition to develop the most highly nutritious pre-packaged meals available. These meals are scientifically proven to meet the specific nutritional needs of children and other at-risk populations.

We’re not alone in our desire to end hunger. Like-minded community organizations, businesses and individuals join our mission by purchasing the raw materials needed for these meals. The group then comes together to create the meals at a “packing event”. The meals are then distributed to local food banks and pantries or to community feeding programs in emerging nations.

These powerful events are educational and fun! Participants often feel a sense of purpose, knowing the meals they pack with their own hands will meet a significant need for someone in their neighborhood or in a community around the world.

We believe this unique collaboration between nutritional science and community engagement offers a significant way to provide Life. Changing. Nutrition. to those in need.

Please join us to Pack Away Hunger.


Thank You For Your Support!


Motivational Monday 10/10

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Habits happen naturally after they’re formed—they become a ritual, something you can slip into automatically, something you don’t even have to think about. For example, if you have to update an editorial calendar every day, make it an unconscious habit, sparing you the necessity of remembering it in a desperate scramble. Forming habits is the hard part—a good rule of thumb is to force yourself to commit the action every day, with no breaks from the routine, until it comes naturally (some people say it takes 30 days, but the evidence is iffy and subjective).

Motivational Monday 9/26

Be A Fruit Loop In A World Full Of CheeriosIt’s never too late to start over. If you weren’t happy with yesterday, try something different today. Don’t stay stuck. Do better.

Wellness Wednesday 9/14

Rejoice! Teyana Taylor Is Working on a Fitness DVD

Singer Teyana Taylor poses before the Baja East fashion show during New York Fashion Week September 2016 at 25 Beekman on September 9, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images)
Photo by Brian Ach

By Avon Dorsey
Sep, 10, 2016

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: Singer Teyana Taylor poses before the Baja East fashion show during New York Fashion Week September 2016 at 25 Beekman on September 9, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images)
The singer-actress gave us all the details of her “Fade to Fitness” DVD during the Baja East show at New York Fashion Week

In a crowded room filled with smoke, some of New York’s glitziest editors, grungiest hipsters and image-thirsty paparazzi, there was a queen who emerged amongst us all… and her name was Teyana Taylor.

Seated front-row and chatting with two of our fave Iman’s (her hubby, Iman Shumpert, of course, and supermodel Chanel Iman), Taylor proudly displayed what the world has been talking about for the past two weeks… her AMAZING, tight-and-toned body!

We asked Queen Tey ALL the questions everyone wants answered.

On her amazing body and fitness routine:

“I have a couple of little, secret tips… I have a DVD coming out “Fade to Fitness” and I’m very, very excited! Some girls don’t want to go to the gym because they don’t feel as though they look good… but us ladies should be able to walk out the house and feel beautiful and look good!  Teyana Taylor Stomped Her Way Through the Yeezy Season 4 Fashion Show and Obviously Slayed.
“[The DVD will come out] before Thanksgiving! So you can still have all your Thanksgiving food and enjoy it… Eat all you want to eat and don’t feel bad because you’ll have your “Fade to Fitness” video just in time, knowing that Teyana got ya back! You can watch the DVD and workout at home… in your living room, or in your bedroom. We’re going to make this fun!

That Kanye Video!

“I didn’t see the video until the same day it premiered on the VMA’s! And now, my life has changed. I feel like everybody at some point gets their ‘just due’ and I’m finally getting mine.”

On being a celebrity!

“You guys watched me grow up… You know us New Yorkers play no games, but also traveling the world and getting to know different people also builds you as a person. You have the core fans that knew you forever, that’s been following you forever, and you have the new fans where you tell them, ‘welcome.’ It’s almost like if you walk into a store and you don’t know much about that store, but there’s always a welcome. I’m not the type of person who says, ‘oh, y’all better know who I am…’ no, I’ve always been humble. For all the new fans… download the album, “VII” and get to know me!

Her next album:

“I’ll try to put a little bit more uptempo’s on there, but for the majority I’ll just keep building [from the debut album]. I’m all for the baby-making music… I’m all for the Janet-realness. I keep it sexy!”

Baby Junie and Those Headwraps:

“Junie scares me sometimes, and she’s only eight months… When we go to the fabric stores she has a habit of touching things; she’ll turn away if she doesn’t like something and she’ll smile if she does! And if she’s reaching her arm out, then that’s the fabric we’re getting. It’s a family business.”

“ESSENCE is the epitome of having strong, black women on its covers. And, I feel like I’ve earned that… just from my story, from growing up [in the spotlight] being this tomboy turning into a young lady, being a mom and a wife. Going through heartbreak and embarrassment… to overcome all of that and still keep moving… I’ve earned that.”

Well… we hear you Tey… And it sounds like we better get to it then!

And don’t get me wrong, my squad-in-my-head girl looks incredible. But farrrrrrr more incredible is her workout regimen. She kills the game, leaves the treadmill smoking, and will leave you sore just from watching her hustle. And, because I’ve been a fan of hers for so long that I remember her old ustream account where she livestreamed her workout tips, you’ve got a little treat below!

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That’s not even all of it.

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When you look at Teyana, know that she’s always been relatively thin, but she grinds until there’s nothing left when it comes to staying that way. She’s more than “post-baby body goals,” she’s HUSTLE goals through and through. I might be inspired by her sneaker collection, sure—I mean, can I get the plug, too?— but I’m inspired by the way she treats her workouts: like business.

Might even cut on her track “Maybe” for inspiration next time I head out for my own.


Motivational Monday 8/22

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It’s about incremental improvement in your daily work process and mental habits so that you feel motivated and productive throughout the day. It’s about recognizing your own biological limitations and optimizing your sleep habits, eating, and general health.

Motivational Monday 8/15

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Have you ever wondered what highly successful people do on Monday mornings? Success is not created by luck, but by working hard toward reaching a specific goal. Monday morning routines set the mood for the rest of the day and the rest of the week. Here’s a list of Monday morning habits that highly successful people develop.

Wake Up Early – Set Your Alarm For 5am

Meditate – Start With Just 5 Minutes

Get Motivated – Personal Development Is Key

Fuel Their Body – Food Is Energy

Get Active – No You Don’t Need A Gym Membership

Connect Face To Face – Live Time People Are Still Relevant

Only Tend To Urgent E-mails


Wellness Wednesday 7/20

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What’s On Your Plate…..

So we are half way through the year, and are you still thinking about that New Year’s Resolution. You know where you said  that you need to have a better healthy relationship  with your food.

Our eating habits need help. Fast food, high-calorie desserts, sweet drinks, and more have filled us up — and out. Most adults and 1 in 3 children in the U.S. are overweight or obese.

Changing the way you eat can be easy. To start, learn about some of the worst food offenders and how to replace them with healthier choices. Then try some portion-control tricks.

Calorie-Bomb Food Favorites

Most of our calories come from foods high in fat and sugar. Sweets like cookies and cakes, along with yeast breads, top the list. We also load up on calories in chicken dishes (often breaded and fried), sodas, and energy and sports drinks. Pizza, alcohol, pasta, tortilla dishes, and beef dishes pile on more calories. Unless you count fries and chips, fruits and vegetables don’t even make a dent in our daily calorie count.

Eat Less

Just two problem foods — solid fats and added sugars — count for about 800 of our daily calories. That’s almost half the calories an average woman should have in a day. U.S. dietary guidelines say we should limit solid, trans, and saturated fats. Cut back on fast foods and refined grains, like white bread. While you’re at it, cut down on sodium (salt), too. Most of us get too much, raising our chances of high blood pressure and heart and kidney disease.

Eat More

Add more nutritious foods to your diet.

  • Instead of fatty meats, choose lean protein and seafood. Shoot for at least 8 ounces of fish a week.
  • Instead of solid fats like butter or margarine, use olive, canola, and other oils that are good for your waistline and heart.
  • Instead of baked goods and cereals with all white or refined grains, make at least half of your grains whole grains.
  • Other healthy choices: nonfat or low-fat dairy foods, eggs, beans, and lots of fruits and vegetables.

Serving the Right Size

Start downsizing to healthy portions and your body will, too. Check food labels and restaurant menus for hidden calories. Learn to “eyeball” your food to gauge what’s too much — and what’s just right.

Shrink Your Plate to Lose Weight

You may have grown up being told to “clean your plate.” The problem is that dinner plates in homes — and restaurants – have gotten bigger. And so has the amount of food we p

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To shrink your portions:

  • Eat from a smaller dish like a luncheon or salad plate.
  • Learn and serve the right-sized portion.
  • Don’t go back for seconds or keep extra food on the table to tempt you.
  • Store leftovers in single-serving containers for quick meals.

Put on them. If you clean your plate now, you’re probably overeating.

Control Size Guide:

Food & Fitness Journal




Wellness Wednesday 6/22

Our 10 Favorite Items from Beyoncé’s New Athletic Line Ivy Park


OK ladies, now let’s get in formation because Beyoncé’s new athletic line, Ivy Park, officially launched in stores and online today. (Note: We’re feeling ALL the feels over here!). Named in part for her daughter Blue Ivy, the rest of the brand’s moniker comes from a childhood memory of early morning runs in the, yep, park with her dad. (Aww!)

“I remember wanting to stop, but I would push myself to keep going,” the Grammy award-winning singer says in the voice-over for the collection’s promo video. “It taught me discipline.”

RELATED: Here’s How to Do 5 Beyonce-Inspired Dance Moves

Clearly it also taught her how to run the world—and Ivy Park, a joint venture between the singer and Arcadia Group Chairman Sir Phillip Green, is sure to cement her spot atop the thrown. The 200-piece collection, with prices ranging from $22 to $140, is part true fitness apparel with breathable, sweat-wicking, reflective, and waterproof properties; and part athleisure wear. And, yes, it is all kinds of fire.

“I was so specific about the things I feel I need in a garment as a curvy woman, and just as a woman in general, so you feel safe and covered but also sexy,” Queen Bey explained in an interview in Elle’s May issue. “Everything lifts and sucks in your waist and enhances the female form.”

So whether you are looking for leggings with a back zippered pocket to stash essentials while on the run, cute crop tops to show off those sculpted abs of yours, or curve-hugging body suits because, well, you got it like that, Beyoncé has got you covered. (You can get in on her fitness goods at Topshop, Nordstrom, and Net-a-Porter). The one thing not included, that banging body of hers; sorry ladies, you are going to have to work for that.

A video posted by Beyoncé (@beyonce) on Feb 25, 2015 at 1:52pm PST

We carefully sifted through all things Ivy Park, and finally narrowed it down to 10 of our favorites. Check out the gallery above …and get ready to slay!

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Workout Wednesday

“Things I’m Lovin Lately”…..

Ulta started to offer two new Ulta Skin Sampler Boxes (April 2016): A Three-Step Makeover and Skinnovation for $7.99 and I would like to share mine with you.


Ulta Skinnovation Unboxing

Skinnovation, for the latest skincare ingredients. Explore formulas packed with essential nutrients for your best skin ever.

Note: these boxes are sold out online. You may call your local Ulta store to find out if they have them in-store.


Set includes:

L’Oreal Revitalift Triple Power Intensive Overnight Mask (travel size) $20.19


As skin ages – it loses its ability to efficiently repair the visible signs of aging. As skin loses firmness and elasticity – facial contours become less defined – and wrinkles become more pronozd. The best time to re-tone – re-firm – and re-lift the skin is at night.

 This luxurious – hydrating leave-on creamy mask features an innovative ELASTI-FLEX texture that acts to mimic skin’s own elasticity. It penetrates quickly – yet forms a virtual protective mask to cradle skin. It’s the first night treatment to combine concentrated super ingredient Pro-Xylane with botanical extract Centella asiatica to help improve skin’s firmness & elasticity overnight and visibly transform the look of aging skin.

Bonus Gift: At Target – choose a free L’Oreal cream cleanser (21547056 or 21547054) with purchase of 2 select L’Oreal Revitalift Triple Power, Miracle Blur, Volume or Age Perfect Cell Renewal, Hydra Nutrition items, ends 4/30.

Burt’s Bees Nourishing Facial Water with Clary Sage (travel size) $12.99

Give your skin a boost of hydration with this nutrient infused drink for your skin made with the moisture-loving botanical, Clary Sage. Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Nourishing Facial Water with Clary Sage is clinically shown to give skin an instantly nourishing, pH-balancing boost of hydration while improving skin texture. This formula absorbs quickly to help restore lost hydration and prepare the skin for miniaturization. Dermatologist tested. Non-comedogenic. A 99.0% natural health and beauty care product with no parabens, phthalates, petrolatum or SLS.

Bonus Gift: At Ulta– FREE Tinted Lip Balm with any $15 Burt’s Bees purchase, ends 5/8.

Biore Baking Soda Pore Cleanser (travel size) 6.49 ($5.99 at Amazon)


Introducing, the newest Biore weapon in the fight for clean pores: Baking Soda! This everyday liquid cleanser deep cleans and exfoliates dirt and oil from pores, leaving skin clean, soft and smooth. Great for Combination Skin.

Pacifica Kale Detox Deep Cleansing Face Wash (travel size) $10

One of the best defenses against blemishes and breakouts is consistently clean skin. Fortified with super green phytonutrients including kale, seaweed and blue seakale along with tropical beneficials of mangosteen and coconut water, this formula is designed to deeply cleanse and remove makeup, toxins and impurities from the skin both day & night. For Oil & acne prone skin types.

Bonus Gift: FREE Pacifica Moisturize Energize Serum Wipes with any $25 Pacifica purchase, ends 5/7.

Neutrogena Hydro-Boost Eye Gel-Cream (full-size)  $14.84


This unique, new lightweight gel-cream absorbs quickly to nourish dehydrated, dry skin around the eye area. It delivers vital hydration, which is the source of glowing skin, whenever you need it. Specially designed for the eye area, it keeps the skin around the eye hydrated and smooth.

Bonus Gift: Free shipping on this item at Walmart.


Ulta A Three-Step Makeover Unboxing


Cleasne, Treat and Moisturize with A Three-Step Makeover. To your most flawless skin ever. Find your new favorite cleanser, treatment or moisturizer from these top skincare brands.


Set includes:

Neutrogena Make-Up Remover Cleansing Towlettes (travel size; 7 sheets) $4.79


Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes Refill Pack effectively dissolve all traces of dirt, oil and makeup—even waterproof mascara—for clean, fresh skin in one easy step. These gentle, ultra soft cloths contain superior cleansing technology so effective it removes even waterproof mascara. With one step, it leaves skin thoroughly clean with no heavy residue, so there’s no need to rinse. And it’s gentle enough to use around the sensitive eye area, even for contact lens wearers.Make your skin make-up free the easy way.

Bonus Gift: At Target, $5 gift card with purchase of 3 select skin care items. Or Ulta – FREE Cosmetic Bag with any $15 Neutrogena Skincare purchase, ends 5/8.

Boots No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Serum (full-size) $23.99 reg: price $29.99

Visibly younger. Supercharge your skincare regime with this clinically proven serum*. No7’s highly acclaimed Protect & Perfect Intense technology has been re-engineered to deliver even better anti-aging results. Independently tested and proven to work. This serum is powered by Matrixyl 3000 Plus™, a combination of the most powerful form of Matrixyl plus a next generation peptide that work together to help restore more youthful skin. With our patented antioxidant complex it helps protect skin from future signs of aging, keeping it looking younger for longer. After 2 weeks skin looks younger, by 4 weeks deep lines and wrinkles are visibly reduced. Results keep getting better with continued use**. 80% of women said this serum provided the best evet anti-aging results they had ever seen**.

*Clinical studies over 6 months for Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Serum
**Based on consumer evaluations (373 women in the UK, 2013)

Bonus Gift: $29.99 at Skinstore and get 20% off during Friends and Family Event use code FF20.

Pacifica Glow Baby Glow Youthful Face Scrub (travel size) $14


Get glowing with our dual action walnut paste face scrub. Remove debris, toxins, and impurities and help diminish the signs of aging by polishing away dead skin. Inspire youthful brightness with papain and borage and say hello to a younger looking appearance. All skin types. Formulated without animal ingredients, petroleum, parabens and phthalates.

Bonus Gift: FREE Pacifica Moisturize Energize Serum Wipes with any $25 Pacifica purchase, ends 5/7.

Formula 10.0.6 Pores Be Pure Skin Clarifying Mud Mask (travel size) $5.59 (reg $6.99)

Pores Be Pure Skin-Clarifying Mask by Formula 10.0.6 is a skin-refining mask with berry boosters goes straight to work on clogged pores. Strawberry and Rosemary eliminate impurities, while yarrow clarifies skin for instant complexion perfection.

Olay Regenerist Luminous Tone Perfecting Cream (travel size) $18.87 + extra $2 with coupon at Amazon ($23.19 – reg $28.99 at Ulta)


Let your skin concerns fade away. Experience dramatic pearlescent transformation without drastic measures. Get beautiful, pearlescent skin in two weeks with Regenerist Luminous Tone Perfecting Face Cream. This lightly-scented, fast-absorbing moisturizer hydrates while revealing radiant skin. In just 8 weeks, its formula with a brightening complex fades the look of dark spots, age spots, sun spots and discoloration, evening your overall skin tone. Simply massage the moisturizing cream into your skin each morning before applying makeup, and at night after cleansing. Experience bright, healthy-looking skin every day with Olay Regenerist Luminous Tone Perfecting Face Cream.

Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream (travel size) $11.59

Every Age, Every Stage, Every Day. For Dry, Sensitive skin. Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream is clinically proven to provide immediate and lasting relief from extremely dry skin. Its unique formula and superior system of emollients and humectants binds water to the skin, preventing moisture loss. Skin immediately feels hydrated and smooth. Non-comedogenic. Fragrance free. Dermatologist recommended. Directions: Apply liberally as often as needed or as directed by physician.

Bonus Gift: $5 gift card with purchase of 3 select skin care items, ends 5/14.







Motivational Monday 2/20

It happens to all of us at one time or another. Maybe you’re stuck in a slump, or maybe something terrible has happened and you’ve fallen into a hole you can’t seem to get out of. Them’s the breaks, and adversity is part of life. The trick is not to let these setbacks slow you do

Tomorrow is a new day

Now that you know that failure is nothing more than a temporary setback, here’s another great way to quickly get back on track. Always keep in mind that tomorrow is a new day. If we have a rough day and fail at something, it isn’t easy to keep our game face on and keep working through the day at full capacity. This is normal.

However, what separates the truly successful from everyone else is that they take their medicine, absorb the pain for that one day, and then come back re-energized and ready for full-out war the next day. They do not let the previous day’s defeat hold them back from achieving their goals. They do not complain or sulk, because that would only waste more time — time they could be using to make money.

Don’t dwell on the past

Successful people are able to rise above the fray because they focus on the task at hand and on how they can improve themselves. They learn from their past mistakes; they do not dwell on them. What’s done is done and cannot be changed. Successful people know this and don’t waste time or energy beating a dead horse.

The past is useful if you use it as a lifeline. That is, use it to learn from, and don’t repeat past mistakes. This alone will make you a better person. Avoid using the past as an anchor; it will weigh you down and hold you back. Don’t keep your entire past in active memory, because it will keep you docked for life, and if you don’t get out to sea, then you won’t catch any fish.

If your mind is busy going over past decisions and actions all the time, it does not have time to work on current problems and future plans. Without planning, no one can be a success.

Clear mind, clean execution

If you miss the game-winning shot one day, you must come to terms with it quickly and move on. If you do this, you’ll have a clear mind and will perform better. If you want to hit a home run, you must go to bat with the same mind-set you had the last time you hit a home run.

If you step up to the plate thinking about how you struck out the last two times at bat, then you’ll likely add another strikeout to your box score for the night. Leave the last at-bat in the past where it belongs; focus on hitting the ball.

Be a duck

Ducks are graceful creatures. When you see ducks swimming in a pond, they look as if they are floating along quietly, not moving a muscle. However, if you look underwater, you’ll discover that they are “paddling” furiously in order to move forward.

The point is that you must also be able to look serene and keep your game face on, even if your mind is racing along at 1,000 mph and your heart rate is only slightly slower. Take failure in stride by dusting yourself off, getting back up after a short breather and starting the battle anew the next day. Every day is a new day — a potentially great new day.