Archive | November 2012

Eat Your Food “Naked”

Eat Your Food “Naked” 

Written by: Page

Eat Your Food Naked was an amazing trip. It only took me a few hours to read on a Sunday afternoon, and because it was full of humor, honesty, truth, and love; I truly enjoyed it. The title did catch me off guard at first, but I’m a closest exhibitionist so its cool. “Page” delivers her concern with women and their approach to eating healthy as a true die-hard girlfriend would. Her chapter on Ben & Jerry had me in tears, I too had a love affair with Ben & Jerry and had to end the relationship. Reading this book, had me re-evaluate some choices I’ve made, re-affirmed the path I had decided to take months ago, and encouraged me to stay motivated towards my goal. I’m rapidly coming up on 30, and though I know I won’t be a size 4, I can say I am finally happy with how my body is transforming back to where I like it; maybe some firming here and there. Eat Your Food Naked is a blunt down to Earth conversation we all need to have on a daily basis; regardless if you’re single, married, dating, or celibate…take the look in the mirror and be real with yourself, be honest, get naked, and enjoy life.

If you’d like to know more about Eat Your Food “Naked”, please go to; there you will find information about the author, excerpts from the book, upcoming events, and products for sale.

A special Thank You to “Page”, this book was encouraging, hilarious, and insightful.

** For the record, I was not paid to conduct this book review. This review was done on my own and the opinions are mine and mine alone 🙂 **

Veteran’s Day: History Lesson

There are many people who have sacrificed for this country, young or old, multitudes of ethnic backgrounds, men and women. From Wars where they were highly regarded to the Wars where they were downright disrespected and mistreated. Today is November 11th, and its Veteran’s Day. You may be someone who gets a 3-day weekend, but you don’t fully know or appreciate why; well here’s your history lesson for the day. Please never ever forget this.

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”

The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m.

The United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926, with these words:

Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, and

Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations; and

Whereas the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared November 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), that the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.

An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday—a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as “Armistice Day.” Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation’s history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting in its place the word “Veterans.” With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls. The restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

To my Grandfather (Howard Oliver), to my parents Sherry & Henry P Heyward, to my uncles and cousins (Smith-Oliver/Heyward bunch), my friends, and my Brother’s and Sisters through service & their families (Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard)…. THANK YOU SO MUCH, for your Service & your Sacrifice (blood, sweat, and tears). HAPPY VETERAN’S DAY TO YOU!

Information about the history of Veteran’s Day was taken from

Challenging myself

Hello everyone!
I know I’ve been M.I.A when it comes to sit down posts but it was with good reason, I just finished my online fall semester…yay!
With that being said, I have a challenging mission…I have 4 books I want to read before my next semester starts on the 12th of November.
Here they are in no specific order

“If You Love It, It Will Grow: A Guide to Growing Long Afro-Textured Hair” written by Phoenyx Austin, MD…I started reading this book at the hair salon I go to, I found the tone of it to be relatable and witty, but I could never get past page 23, either I’d forget where I was or the minute I found my spot it was time to get rinsed or twisted up ( which is a good thing, the Ladies of NNatural are pretty prompt). Since I couldn’t take the book home with me I did the next best thing, I ordered it from Amazon!!! But it’s been sitting on the top of my bookshelf since…smh I know, perfect place for a must-read right? No, no it is not. So this book is on my list if must-read asap…I’ll give a full review when I’ve completed it. 🙂

Next up, two books that were recommended to me via twitter…yes, gotta love social media these days. The author’s name is Michael Mcgrew, and the two books are “My Kinda Girl” and “Taking Losses” both are fictional and appear to be quite promising reads. You can follow Michael @MichaelMcgrew. Authors Rock!

Last but definitely not least “Eat Your Food Naked” by Page, or as I like to call her Ms. Sharon. Ms.Sharon gifted this book to me during an event (Kicking Breast Cancer) at one of my favorite places here in Silver Spring…you guessed it, Maisie Dunbar Spa Lounge. We were having an in-depth conversation about my weight loss journey, my goals, and love for good natural food; I’m a thick girl, but I’m not a junk food junkie. This is another book written in a relatable and witty style, which I absolutely love, plus actually being aquatinted with the author makes it even more exciting to see what is to be said. I promised I would not only read this book but start making the behavior habit changes I needed to in order to attain my goals…I don’t break my promises! If you want more information on this book go to

So, that’s that, my book challenge for myself over the next 6 days. Definitely attainable for the bookworm/nerd that I am. These will also be my first round of book reviews for the blog, hopefully I can keep up with it, and continue to share…I still have books from Blogalicious12 I need to read and review.