Turner Classic Movies will Honor Cicely Tyson with Ceremony

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Written By Aysha Chaudhry

Cicely Tyson has had an astounding career spanning her lifetime, but now she can add another accolade to her long list. The Tony and Emmy-winning actress will be honored by Turner Classic Movies with a hand and footprint ceremony in recognition of her film career. The upcoming TCM ceremony will run at the same time as the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood on April 27th.

Tyson is no stranger to awards. This newest recognition comes on top of her 2015 Kennedy Center Award and 2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom for her decades-long work championing civil liberties causes. One of Tyson’s more recent roles is that of Annalise Keating’s mother in Shonda Rhimes’s acclaimed How to Get Away with Murder.

Magic Leaf: The Aloe Vera Plant and Its All Natural Healing Properties

Written by Antwan Hamilton

Aloe vera plant is often a stemless or sometimes very short-stemmed juicy plant that grows around 60–100 cm (24–39 inch) in height and the offsets spread out wide. The leaves of this plant are thick and fleshy and the color varies from green to gray-green. This medicinal plant offers an influx of healing properties that will keep you physically and mentally young. The aloe vera plant has compounds such as mannans, polysaccharides, lectins, and anthraquinones that are extremely beneficial for human health.This translucent gel is made up of around 96% water, some organic and inorganic compounds, a type of protein which contains 18 of the 20 amino acids found in the body and lastly, vitamins A, B, C and E.

I personally make aloe vera shakes at least three times a week for myself and my kids. You want to take the leaf and slice it on the side all the way down with a small knife. Scrape the gel with a spoon into a blender and mix it with water. Im going to warn you the taste is very bitter. I usually blend mine with some type of fruit or orange juice. People often ask me about my youthful appearance and I direct them immediately to the leaf. Here are some health benefits from using aloe vera:

Boosts Immunity– When the blood is oxygen-rich, it automatically provides nutrients within the cells more proficiently. These healthy cells ensure your body’s ability to ward off infections, thereby strengthening your immune system.

Skin Care – after you have scraped the gel from the inside of the leaf for blending keep the leaves. At night before you sleep take the leaves and put them on the soles of your feet. Put a pair of socks on and while your’e sleeping the remainder of the gel will extract toxins from the bottom of your feet. You also have the option of rubbing the leaves on your face and body.This method will prove to be far better and more effective than many expensive skin creams on the market The pure inner gel extracted from the aloe leaf helps diminish the symptoms of aging skin conditions.

Weight Loss-According to Britt Brandon, the author of The Everything Guide to Aloe Vera for Health, “Aloe vera can improve the effectiveness of your diet and maximize your weight loss potential. With ample amounts of vitamins and minerals that contribute to weight-loss, as well as amino acids, enzymes and sterols, aloe vera ensures your diet is not only supportive of weight-loss, but also improves the body’s absorption and utilization, improving overall health as well as weight loss success.”It’s also an excellent source of protein so it helps muscle development and gives you abundant amounts of energy. As a matter of fact as soon as your’e finished ingesting it you can feel it working instantly. I try to make sure I’m at home at least an hour after consuming because it works very well as a natural laxative. It would suck to drink it and then take off. Trust me.

Treats Constipation-The use of aloe latex as a laxative is well-researched; the anthraquinones present in the latex create a potent laxative that increases intestinal water content, stimulates mucus secretion and increases intestinal peristalsis, which are contractions that break down food and mix the chyme

Reduces Inflammation– Most of us are already aware that inflammation is the general and leading cause to all diseases. Many people experience this through arthritis and what is called carpal tunnel. Aloe vera can easily replace many different pharmaceutical drugs to eliminate pain and swelling. In some studies, it’s been shown that people who consume aloe vera regularly experience a significant improvement in inflammation issues.

​As you can see this magical leaf takes pride in healing the body both inside and out. The benefits are limitless.You can usually find this leaf in the grocery store, international market, or anywhere that sells plants. This ancient leaf has been around for hundreds of years and is becoming more popular around the world because of its extensive healing properties. If you do decide to buy a plant the upkeep is minimal. The plant can survive temperatures of 40 degrees F and can easily be grown in a container indoors all year long. Aloe prefers plenty of sunlight but survives in light shade as well. So start dumping the pills and start your aloe journey to better health and a better you!

Apple’s Inclusive Campaign Expands with New Disabilities Emojis

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Written By Aysha Chaudhry

Since the introduction of emojis into the Apple keyboard in 2011, the tech company has been expanding its selection, especially in ways to make the images more inclusive. This time, Apple submitted a request to Unicode Consortium, the organization that approves new emojis, thirteen emoji options that help represent people with disabilities. Some of the possible new emojis include a prosthetic arm, a person in a wheelchair, as well as a guide dog. Not since the 2015 update, when Apple introduced the ability to select different skin tones, has there been such an overhaul in the name of representation to the emoji keyboard.

Best Calorie Burners to Boost Your Fitness in 2018

Written by Benjamin Roussey

Like every year, 2018 is no exception to fitness fads. From cryotherapy to electric stimulators that measure your activity levels as you work out, there is no dearth of premium priced fitness trends that have surfaced. However, the areas that have seen significant growth are those that have been around for quite a while.

• Basic body weight training notched up the most growth at 20%. This kind of training involves no equipment and comprises of squats, push-ups, and pull-ups.

• Aerobics follows close behind with various subsections recording notable increase in popularity. According to a survey by the Sports and Fitness Industry Association, cross-training was up by 14% while high intensity interval training grew by 10%. Figures were higher by 9% for good old stair climbing.

• Treadmills are recapturing their popularity base among millennials while aquatic resistance workouts are the newest routine on the block for this age group. It is thought that aging baby boomers find water workouts uncomplicated due to vulnerable bone joints, thus making them popular.

• The focus is gradually shifting to low intensity training with a healthy dose of mindfulness. This has been fueled by the view that it doesn’t hurt to spend a little more time exercising than quick fire sessions.

• As a result of the preference for low intensity workout, Pilates and yoga are continuing on their forward march.

• Body bands used for stretching and bodyweight exercises are also doing well with this return to basics.

In an attempt to draw more clients, boutique fitness companies are coming up with attractive deals and offers. These include reduced rates in smaller cities as well as discounts of other kinds. The fitness industry is now focusing on the experience as a whole rather than just facilitating your exercise regimen.

Fitness studios offer a range of amenities such as state-of-the-art lockers, steam rooms, and saunas and with lower taxes Americans can do more things with their lives. Quite a few big names in the industry have also expanded into apparel with offerings being updated on a monthly and even weekly basis to counter the competition. It is now all about selling the workout and not just staying fit!

Smart Strategies to Make You Richer in 2018

Written by Benjamin Roussey

Prudent financial planning can ensure that you are richer by the end of the year than you are now. Here are some strategies that can help you achieve this:

Track Your Credit Reports

Make it a habit to monitor your credit reports periodically. This can help you spot any mistakes or fraudulent transactions instantly. TransUnion, Equifax, and Experian are some leading credit reporting organizations that can provide you with free credit reports each year. And free means free here unlike so called free health care which is never free because taxes are higher in this case so free health care actually is an oxymoron.

Be Prompt With Bills

Your credit score stays healthy when you pay bills immediately without being penalized for late payments. Also, if you pay off all such dues immediately after payday, it’ll be easier to steer clear of unnecessary spending.

Create an Emergency Fund

We live in uncertain times and it helps to have a nest egg stashed away in case of an emergency. The cash that you save can come in handy if there is a medical emergency or if you are unemployed at any time. It is suggested that you should have enough saved to meet at least three to six months of living expenses. Gradually you can build this up to a year’s expenses or more.

Budget is Key

Drawing up a monthly budget can keep you on track as far as income and spending go. Begin with a list of recurring expenses like rent or EMIs, utility bills, etc. Make your list so that the important expenses figure at the top with the least important making it to the bottom. This way you can simply start making expenditure cuts from the bottom up if your spending exceeds monthly income.

Reduce Your Credit Card Debt

Set some targets for paying off part of your credit card debt this year. For instance, you could start with 15% of current debt and work towards it by paying off the ones that charge the highest interest.

Increase Your Income

Look for ways in which you can boost your monthly income (don’t eat out so much and don’t waste time with ridiculous Star Wars movies, Thor III, Neighbors 2, Inglorious Bastards, and so on). Securing a pay hike or a promotion might help you achieve this goal. Or you might want to seek a change of jobs and look for one that pays better even if it involves moving out of your comfort zone.

Marriage Tips with Dave & Kimmie Topic: Boundaries

As married couples, we’ve learned that we have a unique task to create our own paradise. There are many things that seek to influence us in our relationships whether blatant or subtly. Whether we realize it or not, there is a force that is opposed to your happiness in marriage. These forces can come in many forms like in-laws, fake friends, social media, the Joneses, and whatever else seeks to tell you how or what your marriage should be. There is really noting wrong with admiring other couples and looking to other couples as a template for mentorship etc. We want to lay out the more practical examples.

Your home is where you set the tone of what thoughts and views matter most in your relationship. The environment that you create is also the environment that you will replicate. We need boundaries because if we aren’t careful negative voices, opinions, and views can spoil the fun! It is so important to find ways to unplug from the distractions of our daily lives and simply enjoy each other.

With our media and social media driven lives, it becomes incredibly hard to put our phones down and smell the roses. Have you ever thought about what your marriage would be like if you were married 20 years ago? This would be the time when YouTube and social media didn’t really matter. There weren’t any reality television shows that made us act crazy or co-signed our ratchetness lol!
Now, we aren’t saying that any of these things are wrong. What we are truly implying is that there is a time and place for everything in your marriage. Don’t allow temporary things like phones, texts, or media to replace the irreplaceable space of your spouse. Set boundaries like times to post, (if you are an entrepreneur). Calendar your moves. And then make sure your spouse has that personal time and attention that they so desperately need. You owe that to them and to yourself. You create their paradise by actually being there presently with them! Until next time, we wish you the best of luck.

Dave & Kimmie

Disney Spends Millions to Make Hospitals Less Scary for Kids

Written By Aysha Chaudhry

Disney has always been a magical brand but they have a magical new cause! The media behemoth is using their famed “Imagineers,” the engineers behind Disney’s theme park designs, to re-invent hospital layouts so that they are less intimidating for the children staying there. They have pledged over $100 million for this global initiative.

Disney plans on incorporating their famous characters and stories into the hospital rooms and hallways to help ease stress, which can cause even more psychological and emotional damage to an already ill child. Interactive technology and customer-experience training are two of the biggest elements of the new plan and the first hospital to get the Disney treatment will be the Texas Children’s Hospital.

Spring Has Sprung! The Top Must-Have Fashion Trends 2018

Written by Samantha Skinner

Spring time is upon us and with it comes many different fashion trends that follow. When it comes to this, you want to make sure that you’re also the best dressed one showing up to the party, as well.

Here are some of the best and top must-have fashion trends for the year so you can stay one step further when it comes to being fashionable and chic.

The 80’s are Coming Back
You probably didn’t see that one coming, but the 80’s are making a comeback when it comes to the spring fashion trends you’re likely to see. Think wide shoulders, suede and cinched waists that follow. The 80’s had some pretty cool things with it, so you can expect to come up with something unique and original with many of the fashions.

Sneakers, Sneakers, Sneakers
We all love a good game and now you can wear your sneakers with just about anything that you’re wearing for the day. You can benefit from a good look with the sneakers and your jeans, or sneakers and that skirt and be daring when you pair them with a cute tennis dress.

Large Belts
Large belts are also in fashion and with them comes the need to wear them with bright colors and beautifully large buckles. They can be paired with a long shirt, jeans, a dress or anything else that you can think of.

Pencil Skirts
Pencil skirts are back by popular demand this spring, though they really didn’t lose out on anything before. They’re still just as beautiful as ever when it comes to wearing them out to a party or to a business meeting, you can have both.

Sportswear
Sportswear is something that is not only comfortable, but also fashionable. It is turning into a fashion statement come spring time. The jumpers, track suits and more are there to use when it comes to putting them on and heading out for a good time when the weather warms up a bit more.

Denim, Denim and Even More Denim
If you thought that denim was in back then, just look at it now! This season many of the denim made jeans, dresses, skirts and more are going to have denim on denim with them. This is a big leap of faith since we are unsure of how the world is going to take this denim craze once again.

Of course, you could also go with something personalized, something specifically designed for you and one of a kind with Creationz From a Dove, so you will stand out this spring and look beautiful.

Happy Spring!

Marriage Tips with Dave & Kimmie: Change

If there’s one thing that we can’t prevent in our relationships, it’s change. Change is a word that some folks embrace and others don’t. The type of change needed in a relationship can greatly enhance or detract from the substance and quality of it. Chances are, that if you’ve found that you have the same problems at year 10 versus year 1, there’s been an unwillingness to accept change somewhere. Change becomes more difficult at later portions of life. This is because sometimes we get set in our ways. Its often more difficult to have a willingness to change after one has become “set in their ways.” Throughout our marriage, we’ve undergone various changes from our geographic residence, to new jobs, and onto inner things like ways of thinking, or even ways of spending.

Change combined with growth can be amazing. This is because growth has a way of causing us to change for the better and rewards that relationship in return with new realizations and vibrations. Faith can also play a big role in a marriage’s phases of change. When we get a better vantage point of how God sees us, and how we are expected or commanded to treat our spouse, it will help to create a compass, which calibrates our movements if we truly desire to please our spouse in a divine way. But we’d say look at it this way; you and your spouse are beautiful pieces of artwork being continually edited on the canvas of life. We are always being painted and refined, with new colors, refreshing accents, seasonal filters, and dark overlays. Until we can accept each other’s life process, we won’t be able to fully embrace what it means to embrace change.

Our lifetime vow demands that we do. No one said that the journey would be easy. But we are a team of two, against the world. Let’s endeavor to always change for the better.

“You Create the Marriage of Your Dreams”

New York Tech Startup to Pre-launch Schools Security and Communication App Come Spring 2018

Varsity Maps, a New York Tech Startup, is proud to announce their mobile app “Varsity Maps.” At the moment, most schools in the US have no means of ensuring adequate security and easy navigation. This has led to insecurity and confusion, especially for new students and staff members. Varsity Maps makes it easier to navigate the campus by helping the user search for buildings, locations, events, room numbers, and equipment. It also helps to improve communication between students and staff and comes with an alarm feature to alert campus security of an emergency. Varsity maps is set for pre-launch, spring 2018.

For more information, please visit www.varsitymaps.com.

“Varsity Maps is the solution to the many of the security and communication challenges we currently have on campuses and other schools. Now, anyone can search for a location on campus and get quick and easy direction. No more wandering about looking for an event on campus, no more asking scores of people for direction and yet you can’t get to your destination. Our app is efficient, interactive, and provides complete security for campus staff and students. Now, education can be more fun,” said Mike Morris – Director of Business development, at Varsity Maps.
The three main features that will make Varsity Maps one of the best startup techs that will transform the educational sector includes:

Easy Navigation – With the app, anyone can search for locations, buildings, room numbers, and events, and easily find it. This will help make campus navigating less confusing, thereby increasing productivity.

Better Communication – Communication is key in every campus and school environment. Varsity maps offer tools that allow staff and students to share information about campus closures and classroom changes, and highlight evacuation areas in real-time.

Safety And Protection Of Staff And Students – Varsity Maps comes with an alert feature that makes it easy to alert school security of an emergency; be it a fire, accident, or even a violent breakout. Once school security receives the alert, they are immediately provided with the location of the incident, which can save valuable time.

Protecting The Future Of Our Children
Our children need to be protected because they are the future. An application like Varsity Maps provides the perfect tool to ensure adequate security in campuses, through effective alert and response. The Pennsylvania State University shooting and the recent Wake Forest University campus shooting is a reminder of the sad security situation in the institutions of learning. Varsity Maps is an effort to combat violence and sexual assault in the education system and institutions of higher learning with the use of modern technology.