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BEAUTY QUEEN SECRETS: MISS BLACK NORTH CAROLINA EMBRACES HER CURVES

I do admit it has taken me along time to truly love the woman that I have become. I’ve been 5’5 and shapely since the 5th grade. I was bullied, called names and very insecure about my size. What made me different is that at a young age I knew I wanted to take a stand and help others. I began to love myself from the inside to the out! Being a Queen has given me that platform for young women to see that you don’t have to be a size 0 to be in this arena. It’s about knowing what’s healthy for your mind, body, and soul. The reality is that every woman is shaped differently and you have to know what’s healthy for your...

HARD WATER IS ROUGH ON YOUR HAIR

Is it hard for you to get a good lather with your shampoo, toothpaste, or even body wash? Is your skin and hair extremely dry? It could be that you have HARD WATER. Hard water is common in many cities, especially if your water supply is coming from a well. Hard water can make such menial tasks as doing dishes or bathing very difficult. If you are using a shampoo that has sulfates in it (those good old bubbles) you may be seeing less bubbles, and even feel a residue left behind on your skin and hair. Here are a few suggestions to combat the effects of hard water: You can add a soft water shower filter to your shower head. You can purchase this from...

BGH FITNESS INSTRUCTOR STAYS FIT FOR THE HOLIDAYS

It's that time of the year to celebrate and rejoice with family and friends. It is during the holidays that we put on an average of 10lbs. Make this the year that you don't gain "holiday weight" Portion control is key. Did you know that nutrition is 80% of achieving the body of your dreams? 10% is genetics and the other 10% is exercise. Amazing right? So does this mean that you can't enjoy some of the foods you love during the Holidays? Of course not. This just means that everything in moderation is vital. Smaller plates, smaller portions, eat slow, and enjoy every bite of your food. As far as exercise...

COCONUT OIL—A CELEB’S BEST KEPT SECRET FOR BEAUTY AND WEIGHT LOSS

Kim Kardashian, reality star and fashion designer, uses coconut oil for daily hair growth and as a hair treatment. She uses the coconut oil to keep her hair shiny and gorgeous. As well as Miranda Kerr, she uses it as an ingredient in her tea and says it is her beauty secret. Dr. Oz explains that coconut oil can also be used to speed up your metabolism leading to weight loss. So what can't you use coconut oil for? Find out many other ways you can use coconut oil to live a healthier lifestyle by clicking on the link below. http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/top-10-celebrities-who-use-virgin-coconut-oil/ #Womancrushwednesdays ...

FIND OUT WHY FEELING SAD COULD BE A DISORDER

Have you noticed that the fall and winter months really bring you down? Is getting out of bed a struggle for you especially during the months of October through February? Then you may be living with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a medical condition that can cause seasonal depression. Seasonal depression, the winter blues, the fall blues all express the feeling of patients suffering from SAD, a type (qualifier) of depression. For most people, the feelings of depression usually go away in the spring and summer months.  However, during the fall and winter months and for some, the later summer months, this condition can cause:  weight gain resulting from overeating and carbohydrate cravings  sleep disturbances  lethargy / fatigue/ feeling constantly tired  loss of sexual desire lack of motivation thoughts of suicide in...

DIP YOUR WAY INTO SOFT HANDS

A good way to keep your hands soft and moisturized during the cold winter is by using a  paraffin wax dip. Paraffin wax treatments in a salon can be expensive. You will be surprised that most of the items that you will need to perform your own paraffin treatment at home may be found right in your kitchen. Paraffin treatments also aids in providing beautiful, soft skin. The heat from the paraffin wax helps open the pores in your skin, and when the wax is cooled and ready to remove, dead skin cells on the surface of your skin is removed, thus leaving behind soft and beautiful skin. How to use Paraffin wax: You can find paraffin wax in your local grocery store. I found my wax...

Fruit Yogurt Parfait

This is a great light breakfast, and even better light snack, the sweetness comes from the fruit and the crunchiness comes from the cereal and nuts.  ENJOY!! INGREDIENTS: 2/3 cup of nonfat or 2% Greek yogurt ¼ cup fresh blueberries ¼ cup fresh raspberries ½ cup Kashi GoLEAN cereal 1/3 cup sliced almonds (optional) 1 teaspoon of agave nectar (optional) DIRECTIONS: Spoon half the yogurt in a small or parfait glass.  Top with blueberries and raspberries add remaining yogurt and cereal, almonds. COOK’S NOTE: If you’re using agave nectar for more sweetness, mix the agave nectar in with the yogurt in a small bowl.  You can also use any fruits you like. #Whatscookinkj ...

EASE YOUR MIND AND BE THANKFUL

Thanksgiving was the day that most people choose to give thanks to loved ones and friends, but what about the other 364 days of the year? Everyday there are multitudes of things to be thankful for; but, as busy as we are, it's normal to forget to be thankful everyday. Some things may surprise you. THE FOOD WE EAT Traditionally, grace is given over food before every meal. It is a practice we have sadly done away with. Get into the habit of being thankful for each and every meal. Thanking those that prepared it, and may it nourish your body with fuel and positive energy. You'll be surprised how much better you start to feel after eating. OUR TEACHERS AND PROFESSORS Our college and trade school...

BEAUTY QUEEN SECRETS: WHY MISS BLACK NORTH CAROLINA VOWS TO TAKE CARE OF HER BODY

Yasten Burton: I was born and raised in Greensboro, North Carolina. Growing up has affected me in many ways especially with the health risks that runs in my family. I learned at an early age that I must take care of my body because genetically Yywomen in my family have a tendency to be diabetic or have heart disease. I don’t have any health issues, however my mother has diabetes. My mother has restrictions with her heart and takes medicine for high blood pressure, which is very common in the African American community. Almost a year ago my mother was hospitalized due to heart problems, which truly woke me up about my health in general. I think we get so distracted with everyday life that we...

DON’T BE AFRAID TO SET YOUR OWN TREND

Good, bad, or indifferent, we are all products of our environment to some extent. Often times our unique style is derived from our environment, family upbringing, and of course our own inner trend setter! I am proud to say that not I, but many of my clients, friends, and extended family embody the spirit of my home city of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. A little retro, urban, classy, and even daring… Harrisburg has it all, from the natural mahogany sistas that rock a beautiful coifed updo (with a beat face to match!), to those rocking 30 inches of long Peruvian with stroll-stopping frames, that make even those with 20/20 vision double take. I love my city and the beat we march to as well. It advocates for the...