Valentine’s Day is not the only time during the month of February to wear red. In recognition of American Heart Month–celebrities, survivors and healthcare providers alike are dunning red as a symbol to fight heart disease, the #1 cause of death among women in the United States. Most people don’t realize the affects of cardiovascular disease on women’s health. Of the 700,000 deaths each year, women account for 51 percent of the deaths. It is the third leading cause of death in women ages 25 to 44 years old and the second leading cause in women 45 to 64 years old. According to the CDC, heart disease is now the leading cause of death among Black women—-with 26% of deaths in the last ten years, outweighing more than cancer or any other disease.
This month is a great time to make slight changes in your lifestyle to promote a healthy future. Here are a few heart healthy tips to reduce the chances of heart disease from Diane Meader-Schenk, an advocate for cardiac patients with cardiopulmonary rehabilitation in Illinois.
EAT HEART HEALTHY FOODS. Eating healthy and balanced foods helps curb extra pounds, which is essential in the fight against heart disease. A good diet can lower blood pressure and high cholesterol. It is important to avoid foods high in trans fat, sodium, saturated fat, and cholesterol, all of which can deteriorate a person’s cardiovascular health. A heart healthy diet should also include: fruits and vegetables (avocados, broccoli, apples, onions, and more), fiber-rich foods (legumes and wholegrains), Soy, nuts, and fish containing omega-3 fatty acids (salmon).
Is there such a thing as “Happily Ever After?” As women we are told the fairy tales of Prince Charming and the Knight in shining armor so many times we forget its not reality. Do these stories set up little girls to find fault in men as adults? Do we constantly look over our shoulders for what we think our Prince Charming should be? I came across this article about the world’s longest married couple, Herbert and Zelmyra—who are 104 and 102 years old respectively, were married in 1924 for a whopping 86 years and counting. I wondered like my grandparents, how have this couple managed to have a successful marriage for over half a century.
Click here to read more: http://mashable.com/2010/02/09/worlds-longest-married-couple-twitter/
Like all couples, I’m sure they went thru a fair share of trials and tribulations, raised children and stayed together throughout it all. In an age where 52% of marriages fail, is it the old school tradition that has sustained them? In the past, marriage is valued and not tossed aside because the “going got tough,” today those values have changed and not necessarily for the better. I notice happily married couples speak of love, communication and respect for one another —maybe they better understood the meaning of “till death do us part.” Eighty-six years ago there was less distractions, no internet, no social networking sites nor going to the clubs every night and popping bottles.
What is your take on marriage? Do you believe in happily ever after? Do you feel that today’s generation is distracted by outside factors? Can you see yourself married for over 50 years?
A ROMAN TREAT DOWNTOWN
There are tons of Italian restaurants, but none like West Village’s Emporio Restaurant. Located downtown, this swank Roman-style eatery has a mixture of old-world charm with its candlelight ambience, subtle yellow and gold hues, and wood burning brick oven as the aroma good food made with savory, tantalizing ingredients filters through the air.
Known for signature European-style personal size pizzas, sample the Prosciutto and Arugula with its light, crispy, thin-crust is the best I’ve tasted in the city.
From the charred-grilled Octopus and oysters to the Mediterranean deboned Branzino and homemade Setaro Mezzi Ragatoni pasta, there is something for every palate. Once you walk thru the doors, one must try the homemade pastas and other traditional Roman entrees. Although, not a full-service bar, you won’t miss it—besides authentic Italian food deserves a fantastic wine pairing.
Yes the economy is in a downturn, unemployment is still below the national average and many people are watching their finances as well as the stockmarket but why not treat you and your sweetheart to a much needed break from the hassle of life. There is no better time than Valentine’s and even better it’s a three-day weekend (President’s Day id 2/15)! If you find yourself with extra cash flow and want a little fun in the sun or a quick trip out-of-town, I compiled a few last-minute travel hotspots, plus some cute, maybe cheesy, romantic ideas in the name of “love”.
Depending on where you live, winter is brutal this time of year, with snowfall up to 30 inches, so if you’re looking for a break from the winter gear head to North America’s neighbor. Always a great and inexpensive destination, lovers or the whole family, can frolic in the sun, visit the ruins and lounge around sipping some tropical concoction.
Villa Del Arco – 4 star luxury resort- 50% off 4nights or more as
low as $160.00 p/n .
Head off to Belize and Costa Rica. For travel deals visit: http://www.perfectfamilyvacation.com/deals.
Occidental Hotels- Located in Mexico’s Riviera Maya region, is
offering free rounds of golf and up to 30% off rates with minimum stays through April 30, 2010. Round trip transportation to the golf course is also included, as well as snacks and beverage consumed at the course + a shared golf cart!
NEW YORK/NEW ENGLAND
North America, Finger Lakes Wine Country, New York is also the largest wine country destination east of California. Finger Lakes Wine Country offers couples a wealth of activities and plenty of opportunity to cozy up by the fire with a glass of world-class wine. Weekend package will also receive a FREE bottle of Finger Lakes wine. Visit: FingerLakesWineCountry.com.
The Harborfront Inn is Long Island’s North Fork in the heart of Long Island wine country overlooking the water. Spend the romantic weekend at the Valentine’s Day with a romantic getaway weekend offered Friday, February 12th through Sunday, February 14th. The price varies by room but the range is $179 to $349. Visit: www.theharborfrontinn.com.
The eco-luxury, Four Diamond, Inn by the Sea is the most romantic spot for a V-day getaway. On the coast of Maine, the Inn boasts great spa suites with panoramic ocean views, king beds, spacious bathrooms and a living room and galley kitchen on a lower level. Enjoy the full service spa with coastal treatments that will put any couple into the mood for love.
Woods Hole Inn is a great package is a great New England destination. Packages include a couple’s massage. Check it out: http://woodsholeinn.com/packages.html
The Red Clover Inn, Restaurant & Tavern in Killington, in Vermont is a fabulous Valentines destination. Located in the secluded mountainside they offer guests ski & ride shuttle service to the mountain, in-room fireplaces and Jacuzzis, an on-site Tavern with pub fare and our amazing restaurant that serves plus American cuisine with a European flair. For February 13th and 14th rooms range from $195 – $340.
I have a fixation, not a compulsive or dirty one (I don’t think) but one that makes for quite an interesting night. A few months ago, I wrote an article about “the art of the job,” where I mentioned my umm oral interests so to speak. Don’t get me wrong, not everyone is blessed with my touch but I do so love to please my partner and definitely do so willingly. However, as a woman, I often wonder “how does it feel?” or “is there anything I can do to make the experience better?”
Since I’m not a man, and I love getting to the head of the class (pun intended), I decided to reach out to a few male readers and get their take on what they consider good head….. so here we go ladies:
1. Absolutely no teeth- ladies this is where deep throat comes in to play, teeth is an automatic no no.
2. Like Trey Songz says, “No hands its better that way”. Sometimes you have to let go of the hand usage- we guys definitely like it that way.
3. A big plus is the females’ attitude, she has to really enjoy it—it massages the ego and enhances the entire experience
4. Make sure there is a good amount of lubrication from the mouth with sliding up and down action and don’t forget to combine with the hands, (see #2) ratio: 70% mouth, 30% hands
5. A woman should always remember to keep it moist, never get tired, uses hands, deep throat a must, and finally takes it all during climax.
6. Lips, tongue, hands…that’s all I am going to say…
Okay well we always knew men were simple creatures. How many women think they got skills? Why? Who think they need work? What does your man like most?
February kicks-off Black History Month! Over the next 28 days and throughout the year, we must all celebrate the accomplishments of the many Black men and women who have contributed to the history of America. From inventors of a century ago to the election of the first Black President, let’s take a brief look at some of the familiar and not-so-familiar faces who played a significant role in changing the face of our country for the better:
Garret Morgan, born in Paris, France was the child of former slaves. He along with his brothers invented the first gas inhalator after rescuing a group of men caught by an explosion in a smoke-filled tunnel under Lake Erie. In 1872, he also invented the traffic light, can you imagine the chaos without this significant invention.
In 1885, Sarah Goode, was the first Black woman to patent an invention. A furniture owner from Chicago, she developed the first folding cabinet bed.
There’s nothing like a woman scorned! President Obama’s economic aide, Charles E. Phillips, discovered why not to mess with a woman, when his 41-year old jump-off YaVaughnie Wilkins splashed the two “lovebirds” faces on a three-story high billboard in three major cities: one in New York (Times Square), one in Atlanta and one in San Francisco (where they both lived). Each costing a whopping $50,000 a pop!
The married, ex-lover and advisor to Obama, left Ms. Wilkins after 8 ½ years of mistress bliss to go back to his wife karen. Her grown a$$ decided to make this affair public with not only a picture of the two but includes a quote that Charles apparently told YaVaughnie, which reads “You are my soulmate forever!” To top it off, she created a website (not up and running yet) —WHOA, talk about making a statement!
RUSTIC ITALIAN CUISINE IN A FAMILY ATMOSPHERE
by Miss Jane
Strada 57 has the perfect mix of warm lighting and friendly service that can set the tone for a dinner date or a family celebration.
With its tasty Italian cuisine, this restaurant offers 20 different pastas and a wonderfully diverse prix fixe meal with a variety of authentic dishes (http://www.strada57.com/menus.html).
Each meal is prefaced with bread and olive oil. If you’re a bread lover, the warm and moist focatcha bread — which for me was as savory as my favorite southern cornbread — will have you asking for basket after basket. But be sure to leave room for the meal!
The delightfully affordable prix fixe ($24.95) starts with a choice of salad; mine was the Insalata Tricolore, which has crisp arugula with a lemon dressing. Continue Reading →
Ever heard of a spirit brand with its own blog? Do you wonder what celebs talk about other than money, cars and parties? Welcome to weresistsimple.com, the makers of Tanqueray gin thought of this fantastic idea to connect consumers with celebs and rising stars who live a rich, bold, interesting lives through their new online destination.
Weresistsimple.com rejects all things boring and embraces all aspects of a rich, bold and interesting life. The blog site is set to move culture forward as celebrity bloggers like CSI:NY actor and New York Times acclaimed author, Hill Harper, Mariel Haenn,Celebrity Stylist, Talib Kweli, Hip Hop artist, Sal Masekela, TV Personality and many more chat on all subjects from politics to pop culture, fashion and entertainment.
It’s all over television from ABC Nightline to BET’s “Black in America,” the tragedy that has befallen the Black community—the Black man shortage. Earlier this month, ABC News aired yet another segment about the high percentage of educated, professional Black women unable to find a compatible mate. With the recent propaganda concerning this issue, one would think their was a famine or biblical plague in our midst. Many women of a certain age are still in a shock-induced frenzy to get married and have children before their window of opportunity closes—but at what cost?
Why Are 42% Of Black Successful Women Single? [ ABC News/Nightline]
We all know more women than men are graduating from college, and we now find ourselves at a crossroads. It is noted that for the first time in history, women are marrying beneath them and men are marrying above themselves (gee I guess that’s called classism). So statistics show 42% of Black women are not married—but why are we the focus of all this media hoopla? What about Asian, Latina and even White women who can’t find a good man? Are Black women the only race that should lower their expectations to find a good man—NO WAY!