Lava Mae: Serving the Community One Shower at a Time

Doniece Sandoval knew she couldn’t solve the issue of homelessness in San Francisco, but that didn’t mean she couldn’t try to scrub away one problem faced by the thousands who live on the city’s streets to reveal a sparkling patch of hope. Inspired by the lack of available showers and toilets and a desire to help, Sandoval worked with a team to ingeniously adapt a retired city bus (and soon more of them) to provide mobile showers for the homeless, giving them not only hot and cold running water but also a rare patch of privacy and a renewed sense of dignity.

 

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Sandoval calls the effect “transformative.” “It’s like one person goes in and a totally different person comes out,” she says, noting that it’s not only grime that’s washed away, but “just for a moment, their troubles and their cares,” allowing these men and women to “feel fresh and like there are possibilities again.”

Click Here to view a Cool Video about LAVA MAE

This article was paid for and posted by Toyota in The New York Times

Patti LaBelle Sweet Potato Pies sell out!

 

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What is the big deal about Patti Labelle’s Sweet Potato Pie sold at Walmart? Well according to singer and entertainer James Wright Chanel they make you sing like Patti herself with just one bite. The singer gave a hilarious positive video review on the sweet treats raving about how great the pies are that went viral in a matter of hours. Within a few short days Walmart stores everywhere were completely sold out of the beloved Patti pies. great  review.

 

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Now the new tea is TMZ caught Patti out in public and had the chance to ask her about the pies selling out as a result of James’ viral video. She quickly responded that her pies were already selling out at Walmart before James’ video went viral. Well, Walmart sales records may indicate otherwise, however I don’t believe anyone will make much fuss about the beloved soulful singer. She has called James directly and even posted on her social media sites thanking him for the great  review.

Click Here to see more about James Wright Chanel’s viral video

Nice Girls Say No?

 

One of the hardest things for me to hear was you are a great woman but your standards are too low and you get used by people because of your low standards.

That literally felt like hands choking my neck.

First I felt offended, then crushed as we softy nice girls often do.

Then I stopped and thought about the statement and over the next several months I analyzed the situations in which I felt like I was used or treated horribly and realized I yes I had a hand in creating those situations by allowing others who perhaps did not deserve it to take advantage of me.

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The thing about being a genuine giver is our apparent HUMILITY is often not humility at all it is in fact PRIDE.

Let me explain …. I took on a superhero save everyone, help everyone, I’m never in need, I can do it all and suffer in silence for the good of others feel about myself. Now helping and serving are indeed great qualities of a Proverbs 31 woman but never saying no, taking no regard at all for your own needs ever, always placing others needs ahead of your own when they could very easily help themselves is very unhealthy and actually is PRIDEFUL NOT HUMBLE

This behavior is very dangerous because what happened to me and to many other apparently but not really superhuman people is I became completely overwhelmed, exhausted, and used…. And I had a hand in my own demise and depression.

Here are some things that helped me:

• Ask for help

• Say no some or a lot of times, they will find a way if you can’t trust me

• Question something that seems a tad off to you without fear of judgement

• Dismiss people from your life who are only taking from you and give them No explanation at all

• Do not let previous life suckers make you feel guilty, like a bad person, or not a Christian for now cutting them off

• Set realistic expectations of others; most people will not bend over backwards for you so don’t expect them to. As a giver you are unique. Don’t expect everyone to give the shirt of their back like you would

You have to take care of yourself first in order to be any good to care for others.
Don’t get weary in your giving and serving but you do not have to go it alone.

Your own wellness, peace, and sanity should be your first priority before caring for others.
Keep loving
Keep giving
Keep learning the balance

Target’s OCD Sweater offends Mental Health Advocates

    First Starbucks got flack for their red cup with no Christmas symbol and now Target takes heat for their “OCD” Obsessive Christmas Disorder sweater. While the sweater seemingly makes jest of obsessive compulsive disorder, many mental health advocates are offended by the wording on the sweater. Some state that the flippant phrase trivializes obsessive compulsive disorder and […]

Is The Starbucks Red Cup a Fashion Faux Pas?

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Here is the latest tea about the country’s beloved coffee maker Starbucks. Apparently some people feel that Starbucks has made a major faux pas with their latest holiday red cup. Some are saying the bright red cups are offensive to Christians because the cups are only red with no actual Christmas symbol on them. The major coffee company has traditionally done some sort of fun marketing for the holiday season.

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“This year we wanted to usher in the holidays with a purity of design that welcomes all of our stories,” said Starbucks’ Vice President of Design & Content Jeffrey Fields.

“Starbucks has become a place of sanctuary during the holidays,” Fields added. “We’re embracing the simplicity and the quietness of it. It’s more open way to usher in the holiday.”

I think the cup is fun and festive and there are perhaps more important things that we can concern ourselves with than the traditional color of a holiday cup.

I personally love all the bright and bold red decorations and fashions that we see as the Christmas season comes upon us. The Starbucks red cup simply reminds me of the wonderful holiday cheer we spread at this time of year.

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However, we will see how this red cup scandal plays out in weeks to come as Starbucks profits boost when Christmas shoppers take to the malls and shopping centers and indulge in the hot tea… and latte of the day.

You can read more about this hot topic here: Starbucks Red Cups… Offensive?

 

SCAD Fash Has Landed in Atlanta!

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For all of the Atlanta fashionistas there is a very exciting development right here in the heart of our city!

The SCAD Fash Museum boasts over 10,000 sq ft of dazzling designs.  Situated in one of the country’s largest metropolitan areas, the museum is connected to SCAD’s main building at 1600 Peachtree St. The museum adds a public gallery space, fashion conversation lab, and a media library for educational film and digital presentations to the existing 27,000 square feet of academic studio space dedicated to SCAD’s fashion students.

 

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SCAD Fash Fashion Museum is currently displaying an amazing exhibit of Oscar de la Renta’s beautiful gowns worn by some of the hottest celebrities including Taylor Swift, Oprah, and Beyoncé through December 31, 2015.

 

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Plaid is Trending for Fall

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Recently while I was doing some promo modeling supporting our Troops at a Nascar event, I happened upon Target’s very cool promotions tent and their theme was everything plaid. They had plaid shirts, tents, sporting goods, and cool plaid glasses as premium give aways for their visitors. I just love the cozy feeling of a warm plaid shirt on a cool, crisp autumn day. It makes me think of a blazing campfire and hot cocoa.

 

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A few months ago a saw cool picture of lady in a men’s plaid shirt and a very feminine ballerina skirt. I thought it was cute and thought not much more of it. But as the weather has turned cooler and the leaves quickly changed I once again was reminded of that cozy yet chic plaid inspired style that seems to be the fall trend for 2015.

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Check out some the hot plaid buys on the links below:

25 of Fall’s Latest Plaid Shirts

Shop Plaid Fall Trends with Vogue

Haute Couture Goes to Film

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“There is a scene at the beginning of John Woo’s spectacular new film Face/Off in which Nicolas Cage strides down a runway. His eyes are covered in designer shades, his long black frock coat is blowing in the breeze. His boots gleam and the wind flicks around the elegant hemline of his jacket. We haven’t quite worked out who he is. We don’t know where he’s going. We don’t know what he’s done. The clothes, however, are definitely Donna Karan.

Hollywood and the world of fashion have long enjoyed a close and mutually beneficial relationship. There have been films about fashion; films featuring fashion; designers who dress film stars; models who become actors; actors who date models. It is a love affair with endless permutations.

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Building Great Legs

Unhealthy Relationships

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Like a double edged sword…. manipulation cuts and tears down

Not all women know what to look for regarding abusive relationships and often we make excuses for men with bad behavior who are otherwise ‘great guys’.

…. Oh, he had a bad day

…..Oh, he lost his job

Abusive men often blame the women for their mean behavior and we begin to believe that it’s something we are doing to cause the bad behavior.

It’s usually not a huge overt action at first.

 

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Here are some early signs of an unhealthy relationship:

  • Small subtle insults here and there
  • Finding issue with family or positive people in your life
  • Disapproving of activities that make you happy like family gatherings, church, working out.
  • Finding ways to isolate you from others who will identify the bad behavior and call it out
  • Breaking objects in front of you

These are all acts of manipulation and abuse.

If you see any of these signs in your relationship please get help.

Here are some resources:

http://www.thehotline.org/blog/get-help-today/

http://www.domesticviolence.org/