Renee’s Corner: The 100-Day Health Check-In

How are your health goals coming along, Funky Junkies?? Back in January, we took a quick look at some easy ways to set yourself up for success regarding your New Year’s health resolutions. We’re approaching the first 100 days of the year, which is a mark usually used to assess the performance of our nation’s President, and especially a newly-elected one (ahem). Still, this is a good time to check in to see just where we are with our goals, give you some additional tips for staying on course (or upping the ante!) and help those of us who have maybe strayed Read More

Renee’s Corner: Self-Care Tips for the Busy Mom

With all due respect to Mother’s Day, there’s no real break from the job for us moms. Motherhood is a twenty-four-hour-a-day, seven-days-a-week endeavor. Even if and when the day comes that we get a break from the kids (and hubby, if we’re lucky), it’s far too easy to find yourself preoccupied with whether your little ones are safe and doing ok away from you, and thinking about getting a leg up on the next thing they’ll need. That’s why it’s so important to remember that moms need love too (and not just on Mother’s Day!). And as nice as it is to Read More

Renee’s Corner: Keeping Up With Your Health Goals

The start of the new year is a chance many of us take to set new personal goals for ourselves and reflect on the ones we set the year before. Personal improvement can be broad and encompass a range of categories — career goals, behavioral habits, financial stability, and a healthier body. Health goals are not only the ones most commonly set, they’re usually the ones that are most commonly broken. I can certainly speak from experience! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to start and restart my “healthy eating plan” when somebody brings Krispy Kreme or Popeyes Read More

KinkySweat’s Guide To Flexibility For Beginners

Is your lower back a little tight? Is bending over painful? Fret not – there are little things you can do everyday to help relieve discomfort. There is no need to attend an ultra expensive boutique class in order to work on flexibility!  I chose a few of my favorite stretches to help you tackle tightness! Note – please proceed with caution, and breathe well thought each stretch. Aim to hold each stretch for 30 seconds to a minute.  If it is painful at any point, ease off to a range you can breathe evenly in.  Then when it becomes Read More

I’m Not My Diagnosis

2011 was supposed to be the year I showed up and showed out on life! I was preparing for my 40th birthday bash when I first began to feel ill.  During that time I was self-diagnosing; I was working 50+ hours per week as the Executive Director of Majestic Divas, Inc (a social & charitable organization based in Laurel, MD), all while juggling roles as a mentor, philanthropist, wife, mother, and grandmother. I chalked my condition up to exhaustion – I figured I simply needed a vacation, and to sleep and eat better. But in Spring 2011, I began to experience shortness Read More