Healthy Glow: Healthy Eating, La Mode & Ramblings

Bienvendos! My name is Katherine N. and I'm a 20-something U.S. Diplomat. This blog is a mix of my love of healthy eating, exercise, ramblings and fashion. I started this blog because I am a certified wanderlust. I have traveled and eaten the cuisines of many countries including: Ghana (where my family is from & where I went to University), Mexico, the Netherlands, South Korea, Malaysia, Canada, Puerto Rico, England, Canada, at least 20 U.S. States, Mexico, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Singapore, Indonesia...just to name a few. Free counters!
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For Your Information: A 1983 letter from Ronald Reagan on the debt ceiling. (via @dabeard)

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What states have Tax Free Shopping in 2011? It looks like there are 16 states will hold a Tax Free Shopping promotion. During this promotions, consumers will not pay sales tax on certain items for back to school which usual include some of the following: clothing, footwear, school supplies, computers and sports equipment. You will need to check your state for the specifics, each state has their own set of guidelines.

In my area, the sales tax is 6% so I would be saving $36 by shopping during my Tax Free Days. This may not seem like a lot, but when every penny counts, the savings can really add up. You can use that $36 for something else your family really needs!

Here are some tips to help you get organized according to Coupon Mom:

  1. Avoid Overspending:
    This is probably the MOST important tip so I am starting with this! Research items you are thinking about getting so you know if they are a good deal. Don’t get caught up in the moment.
  2. Make a List:
    Write down exactly what you need to get, reference school supply lists and don’t forget to clothing sizes and dress code requirements.
  3. Set a Budget:
    It is very important to decide how much you will be spending. Even though reports say the average family will spend $606 - you don’t have to spend that much! Make it fun and try to see how little you can spend and still get what you need.
  4. Look at Your Sale Ads:
    This is the SECOND BIGGEST consumer spending event for retailers. Many stores will offer “special promotions” or incentives for the Tax Free Holiday so be sure to check your ads.
  5. Know Your State’s Rules:
    Reference your state’s tax website because there are limits in what is “allowed”. Check for max dollar amounts and items included in this promotion as they vary by state.

Here’s a List of the States Participating in Tax Free Weekend 2011. Just click on the state to go to your states specifics on spending limits for this promotion and get contact info. if you have further questions:

  • Alabama (August 5-7) - certain school supplies, computers, and clothing - Check list of participating cities and counties
  • Arkansas (August 6-7) clothing and school supplies
  • Connecticut (August 21-27) - Clothing and Footwear
  • Florida (August 12-14) - Clothing and Books, School Supplies
  • Iowa (August 5-6) - Clothing
  • Louisianna (August 5-6) - All TPP
  • Maryland (August 14-20) - Clothing and Footwear
  • Mississippi (July 29-30) - Clothing and Footwear
  • Missouri (August 5-7) - Clothing, Computer, School Supplies
  • New Mexico (August 5-7) - Clothing, Computers, School Supplies
  • North Carolina (August 5-7) - Clothing, School Supplies, Instructional Material, Computers, Other Computer, Sports Equipment
  • Oklahoma (August 5-7) - Clothing
  • South Carolina (August 5-7) - Clothing, School Supplies, Computers, Other
  • Tennessee (August 5-7) - Clothing, School Supplies, Computers
  • Texas (August 19-21) - Clothing, Backpacks and School Supplies
  • Virginia (August 5-7) - Clothing, School Supplies

Warning: Be sure you’ve got some time to kill before you tackle this list. Tumblr is the prime destination for colored girls who are bored at work when Twitter isn’t enough.
Africahttp://fyeahafrica.tumblr.com - Dedicated to, and celebrating, the people, numerous cultures, tribes and traditions of Africa


Black Women/Womenhttp://blackchickswithfreckles.com - The name says it all.http://fuckyeahfiercebitches.tumblr.com - Fierce b*#@hes doing fierce things.http://proudblackwoman.tumblr.com - A celebration of all that it means to be a Black woman.http://fuckyeahblackbeauties.tumblr.com - Beautiful Black women of all shades and shapes.http://allthingsblackwomen.tumblr.com - Even more snaps of gorgeous Black womenhttp://black-berries.tumblr.com - See two previous entrieshttp://darkskinnedblackbeauty.tumblr.com - Celebrating the beauty of women who often get overlooked

Celebshttp://fuckyeahfamousblackgirls.tumblr.com - Pictures and quotes from famous Black womenhttp://fuckyeahfemcees.tumblr.com - Highlighting women in raphttp://reelsistas.tumblr.com - A tribute to Black women in television and filmhttp://fkyahdianaross.tumblr.com - All Diana Ross all the time.http://daily-mj.tumblr.com - Get your MJ fix
Diversityhttp://fuckyeahethnicwomen.tumblr.com - Beautiful women from around the worldhttp://fuckyeahethnicmodels.tumblr.com - Featuring models of all ethnicities



Fashionhttp://blackfashion.tumblr.com - Stylish Black women and menhttp://fashioncitizen.tumblr.com - Fashion insight of a blogger and stylisthttp://www.mustluvvshoes.com - Shoe addicts of the world unite.http://blackstylecentral.tumblr.com - Black celebrity stylehttp://streetetiquette.tumblr.com - Stylish Black men
 
http://fuckyeahblackmodels.tumblr.com - Beautiful Black models



Feminismhttp://fuckyeahfeminists.tumblr.com - Celebrating anything that’s anti-sexism, anti-racism, anti-ableism, anti-oppression, anti-kyriarchy, anti-homophobia, anti-hate and pro-equality.http://thefeministhub.tumblr.com - Community for feministshttp://islamicfeminist.tumblr.com - Social commentary by feminist, Muslim woman

Historyhttp://fywomenshistory.tumblr.com - A primer on women’s history.http://vintageblackglamour.tumblr.com - Beautiful Black women from eras gone byhttp://blackvintage.tumblr.com - Historical photographs of Black men and womenhttp://ofanotherfashion.tumblr.com - An alternative archive of the not-quite-hidden but too often ignored fashion histories of U.S. women of colorhttp://fyeahblackhistory.tumblr.com - An entire blog dedicated to Black History tid bits


Humorhttp://littleknownblackhistoryfacts.tumblr.com - You won’t find any of these #BHM gems in a textbook.http://boogiechronicles.tumblr.com - The hilarious tales of poet Bassey Ikpi and her son Boogie.

Natural Hairhttp://peacelovenatural.tumblr.com - Highlights Black women with natural hair.http://locluv.tumblr.com - For the loc lovershttp://naturalhaireverything.tumblr.com - #naturalhaireverythinghttp://lecoil.tumblr.com - One of the better known natural hair Tumblrshttp://fuckyeahcurlscurlscurls.tumblr.com - For everyone who loves curls


News and Politicshttp://thesmithian.com - A supremely well-edited collection of opinion, news and pop culture.

Lovehttp://blackloveisabeautifulthing.tumblr.com - Black love in the movieshttp://blackloveposter.tumblr.com - Gorgeous photos of real life Black lovebirds.


Writers/Bloggershttp://afrobella.tumblr.com - Afrobella shares her thoughts.http://angelonfire.com - Angel Laws—the woman behind Concrete Loop.http://www.xoxoclaire.com - Claire Sulmers the Editor in Chief of The Fashion Bomb.http://danyelsmith.tumblr.com - Veteran journalist Danyel Smith

Information from For Harriet

A recent study by the American Association of Matrimonial Lawyers has found that Facebook is now a factor in nearly one out of every five American Divorces. Additionally, some 80% of divorcees included in the survey reported using social media to investigate their spouse’s behavior in the time leading up to the split. Facebook was again the big culprit, making up 66% of social media cited as evidence in divorce cases, followed by MySpace (15%), Twitter (5%) and other sites making up the remaining 14%. 

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For Your Information: Black Africans in Libya Live in Fear

I recently just added The Get Rich Slowly Blog to my google reader. I think that the blog has some awesome financial advice, especially the 30-day rule to control impulse spending. For your information read below.  I am going to try it, but I think that since I gave up shopping for Lent, this shouldn’t be a problem.

The 30-day rule is a simple method to control impulse spending. Here’s how it works:

  1. Whenever you feel the urge to splurge — whether it’s for new shoes, a new videogame, or a new car — force yourself to stop. If you’re already holding the item, put it back. Leave the store.
  2. When you get home, take a piece of paper and write down the name of the item, the store where you found it, and the price. Also write down the date.
  3. Now post this note someplace obvious: a calendar, the fridge, a bulletin board. (I use a text file on my computer.)
  4. For the next thirty days, think whether you really want the item, but do not buy it.
  5. If, at the end of a month, the urge is still there, then consider purchasing it. (But do not use credit to do so.)

That’s all there is to it. But it’s surprisingly effective. The 30-day rule works especially well because you aren’t actually denying yourself — you’re simply delaying gratification. This rule has another advantage: it gives you a chance to research the item you want to purchase. This can save you from grief.

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The Obama administration made history today, appointing the first man and openly gay man as White House Social Secretary.  The administration announced today that the job will be filled by Jeremy Bernard who currently serves as the chief of staff to the U.S. ambassador to France.

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For the first time, the White House is releasing government agency plans online for public comment and feedback. The open comment period is open to everyone. New America Media, the country’s largest association of ethnic news outlets, urges its audiences to make their voices heard on these public policies that will impact the lives of all of our communities.

(Learn more here.)

Mark your calendars: This year, National Pancake Day will take place on March 1. From 7:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m., you can get a free short stack (three) of IHOP’s buttermilk pancakes. There’s a limit of one freebie per guest, and the offer is available dine-in only, while supplies last (It’s IHOP though…can they really run out of pancakes?). The giveaway is actually a fundraiser to support the Children’s Miracle Network hospitals.

–Thanks to Cities on the Cheap

In 1965, Malcolm X, a civil rights activist and nationalist, was assassinated following a bombing at his home. To learn more about X visit his official website.

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Starbucks introduced the Trenta, a new 31-ounce cup for its iced drinks. Launched this week in Texas, Florida, Arizona, and 14 other lucky states, this super-sized cold cup contains seven ounces more than a Venti. 

What is SXSW?

Annual music, film, and interactive conference and festival held in Austin. Includes schedules and band and film lists.

The SXSW board has released a list of registered artists, scheduled to perform this year. Don’t be a dummy and think these are the only artists that will be out there.I heard it’s the unofficial shows that pack the most bang for your buck (Or in many cases all you need to do is rsvp for free entry). I may or may not be out there, but I’ll let festival goers know closer toward the date. —HHU

CLICK HERE TO SEE LINEUP

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For Your Information: 

MAHALIA JACKSON Live late 1960’s We Shall Overcome

Today is a day to celebrate the Black Civil Rights movement with solemn reflection, respect, joy, sorrow, regret, progress and how far we have to go as a country. We shall overcome. Happy Martin Luther King Day. Today is a day on not a day off.

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