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LargeInCharge Magazine -  Starting our 10th year!

 Issue#107 - February 2013

Welcome to LargeInCharge Magazine

In this Issue of L.I.C.

 

 

Raqui-ism

Words of Wisdom from the Heart & Mind of Raqui

 

The Big GB Getting my Life Back after Gastric Bypass - Angie Bee

 

From the Desk of NAAFA

National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance

 

FOoDiE in You ~ Lucia Roth

 

The B.I.G. - Beautiful Inspirational Girl  ~ Ms Suga

 

Dating Survival for Today's Woman

Kathy Hernandez

 

The Observer - Jness

 

Curvy Styles - Amy Lucas

 

LargeInChargeDating - Dating for the Large People who are going to be in Charge of their Love Lives!

 

LargeInCharge Friends - The Place for Big People to make Friends and maybe MUCH MORE!

 
 
Valentine Love - Plus Sized Style!

Valentine Love - Plus Sized Style!

By: Raqui



Who says a Sexy, Sweet, Romantic Valentines Day is not for the Plus Sized?  Plus Sized Body, Plus Sized Love, with a Plus Sized Heart!  Below are a few items some with a Plus Sized Twist that will make your time whether alone or with that special someone and enjoyable time!  Doesnt matter if your curling up with yourself or someone you love, we all need a little pampering on Valentines Day.  Hope you enjoy :)

TOP 10 RAQUI PICKS:

YEAH THEY GOT YOUR SIZE! All the way up to 12XL! This is one among many different cute and sexy Lingerie Option at Big Gals Lingerie. Big Girls wrap up really sexy, why don’t you flip your lovers wig this Valentines.

 

Long sensuous halter style lace gown with split drawstring sides.

This one is Oh So sexy!
$79.00 Sizes: 1X-12X

 

http://www.biggalslingerie.com/divastyle-holiday.html

Hey Fellas why not Match this High Quality Robe with a nice pair of Slippers and some Sexy Underwear to surprise your lover for V-Day.  This luxurious terry bathrobe is in a plush cotton terry.

Big and Tall Mens Robes & Sleepwear - Terry Bathrobe with Pockets.

Big: XL/2XL - 9XL/10XL; length - about 50"
Tall: L/XL - 6XL/7XL; length - about 54"

$69.99

CLICK HERE FOR LINK

 

Tired of giving chocolate and flowers on special occasions? Treat your sweetheart to a day of adventure with our Personalized Vouchers Of Love.

We've included 12 coupons, redeemable by your loved one for a massage, breakfast in bed, exclusive use of the remote control and more!

We'll then custom personalize
any 1-line message on the front of our exclusive design for a personal touch to call your own.

 

Sale $7.45     CLICK HERE FOR LINK

I know firsthand how Wonderful Sherries Berries taste.  I have been buying them for years, they are always delicious.  Now with their expanded menu of Chocolate covered Fruits, Cookies, Candies, Pretzels and more.  You are sure to find High Quality Guaranteed items to share with your loved one or to please your taste buds and splurge on yourself.

 

http://www.berries.com

Mainstays Fleece Blanket – Whether your cuddling up alone or with your loved one.  This amazing Fleece will keep you warm during this cold winter.  Who wouldn’t want to hide under this blanket on Valentines Night?  It is affordable and ranges in sizes up to King.

 

$14.00 - $24.00

 

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Mainstays-Fleece-Blanket/17038115 

I had the joy of trying some of our Sponsors wonderful home made all Natural products.  Wouldn’t you love to pamper your sweetie or your own body with these amazing products?  As a gift or part of your bedroom ritual, these items are a welcome treat for your body. Perfumed Oil, Body Butter, Body Shampoo, Hair moisturizers, Cleansing Soaps, and even more products that naturally smell great for men and women.

 

www.sisterskeeper.biz

Must be 18 years of age or older to purchase.

A Hot Affair...with Your Partner!

 

Adult Game of the Year ~ International Adult Game Review

 

Dim the lights, switch off the phone and get ready to play the hottest game ever!

Monogamy® will have you loving, laughing and lusting after each other with just a few throws of the dice.

On Sale $19.99    CLICK HERE FOR LINK

 

The Art of Sensual Massage: 40th Anniversary Edition

 

With a warm, quiet place and a bottle of oil--and this incredible book--you can spread pleasure over every inch of your partner's body. For more than a million readers The Art of Sensual Massage is more than a book, it's an unforgettable sensual experience. Techniques are beautifully illustrated with hundreds of gorgeous black and white photos.

 

Paperback: $19.99  Kindle: 7.69

 CLICK HERE FOR LINK

Kama Sutra Strawberry Dreams Weekender Kit

These small- yet potent indulgences from Kama Sutra are as flavorful and aromatic as a luscious berry, and they're ripe for romance any time you desire. Tuck into a pocket, purse, or overnight bag.

 

$21.99      CLICK HERE FOR LINK

As Recommended by our Columnist Lucia… Here are some affordable Champagne Options if you have to watch your wallet.  To top off the evening with you If you’re on a budget and you still want to pop that bottle of fizzy here is a few champagne ideas for under $25.00

Korbel Brut, $12.99
Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut, $11.99
Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Brut, $9.99+
Mionetto Prosecco Brut, $13.99
Martini & Rossi Prosecco, $12.99

 

Available at any liquor store

 
 
 

Thank you for Reading The LargeInCharge Feature

 
Cover Model of the Year 2013!

 

   

With Lots of Happiness and Pride, we here at LargeInCharge are annoucing that we have a NEW COVER MODEL OF THE YEAR for 2013!  You all have made your voices heard, and your votes are proof.  Congratulates to our Cover Model of the Year! MOLLY ROXX

 

A few Words from Molly:

I am very grateful and thankful for the honor of being chosen as The LargeInCharge Magazine Cover Model of the Year. I was astonished at being chosen as the cover model of the month for October 2012, so this is just such an incredible honor! I thank everyone who voted for me. I love you all so much!

 

Molly Roxx

Molly will recieve prizes  from the below Sponors, along with a Cover Model Trophy from LargeInCharge!



2013 LargeInCharge Cover Model Sponsors:

Jamberry with Aprile is going to have the Cover model of Years fingernails and toes
looking good. A Full set of Fingernail and Toenail application - Value 20.00

 

Website - http://aprilemay.jamberrynails.net
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/JamberryWithAprile

 


Sista Big Bones Jewlery n Thangs - Blue Golden Lapiz Lazuli Sterling Silver Overlay Necklace valued at over $50.00 {sold in my store for only $25.00} this beautiful Blue Golden Lapiz Lazuli Sterling Silver Overlay Necklace features a 1 1/2" drop on an 18.5" Sterling Silver Overlay Chain {adjustable}

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/sisterbigbonesjewelynthangs


Full color digitally vector illustrated portrait of LargeInCharge Cover Model of the Year. Printed on roughly 8x10 card stock.  Value 125.00

 

Website: www.bbwartbyjness.com

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/JZIGGA

Facebook Fan page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jness-PLUS-SIZE.../137591969646857


Kiki SistersKeeper Moore

The Sister's Keeper Deluxe Sample Set* includes one of each that is listed below. This is a great option for those that want to experience how Sister's Keeper products can enhance your skin and hair using all natural ingredients. Retails for $20 (MSRP $32.95)

 

Items included in the sampler are:

So Chic Hair Butter - Dip Hair & Body Moisturizer - Hair & Body Souffle' - Dream Whip Body Butter - NYLA Butter - CoCo Body Mouse - Exfoliating Brown Sugar Body Scrub - Goat's Milk Soap - Organic African Black Soap

Website - www.sisterskeeper.biz  

Acebook - www.facebook.com/sisterskeeperproducts

Twitter -  @sisterskeeper11

Instagram #sisterskeeperproducts

 
 

APPLY NOW to be a LargeInCharge Cover Model for 2013!

  

 

 

HOW TO APPLY!

 

 It has been Nine years since LargeInCharge opened its online doors to the Big World.  We started with 740 readers March 2004.  We have built up to over a million readers a month.  We have continuously given the Big World article after article.  Fashion tips and clothing companies.   Hot events and self-esteem advice. Interesting information and cool products.  We have changed, grown and become better.  Online Magazines are the big now, doing better than physical paper magazines.  Any successful magazine must have an online presence.  LargeInCharge has been leading the way for the Plus Sized Community.

 

     Now with our Eighth annual Cover Model Search taking place we are beaming with pride.  LargeInCharge keeps our entrance to be a cover model free by using photographs that the person submits for our covers. We don’t ask for an entry or submission fee from our models.  All we ask for is clear good photographs that would be considered portfolio type of pictures. At the end of the year we have a voting for the public and name one of them Cover Model of the Year he or she wins prizes and possibly money from our sponsors.

 

     Being a LargeInCharge cover model can be a great add on to your comp card or resume.  It can also be a feather in the cap of aspiring models.  So many beautiful and handsome big men and women who are not professional models can now be featured where they will be appreciated.  NO MORE SIZE 12 ONLY MODELS.  AGE DOESN'T MATTER.  NO MORE FETISH ONLY PICTURES. We like them professional, and in all sizes INCLUDING SUPER SIZED.  There are no limits with us.

 

REAL MEN... REAL WOMEN... REAL BODIES

BE LARGE IN CHARGE... BE OUR COVER MODEL!

 

NOTICE - Follow the Directions carefully, if you have a question you can email me and ask before you send in your entry.  Any Entries that are not sent in properly will be thrown out. Take the time to send in your entry properly.

Raqui does not Guide, Help, Preview, Custom Pick Photos of any model or submission. It is unfair to all applicants. All Males and Females are free to enter and encouraged to submit according to guidelines. - Thank you

 

Send In the following - You must send at least two of each.

·         Two or more Head shots Black & White / Color - in your modeling attire

·         Two or more Full body shot Black & White / Color - in your modeling attire

 

 

NOTE: the more pictures you send it the better.

 

 

Type of pictures

·         Digital/scanned pictures only

·         NO WEBCAM PICTURES, FUZZY, DISCOLORED, OLD

·         The Picture must represent you in your Current State

·         Pictures must be of one person, no group shots.

·         Pictures of Big Males and Females only.

·         Pictures must be clear with no watermarks. (EXCEPTION: photographers watermark)

·         Pictures cannot be smaller than 300 DPI, 800 x 600 pixels

·         Pictures must be tasteful and fully clothed - Swimsuit and tasteful lingerie is allowed.

·         Nude is not allowed unless it is artistic.  No private areas shown.

·         If your pictures are professionally done be sure to have permission from the photographer.

 

PICTURES WE DO NOT ACCEPT:

Cell Phone Camera Images

Pictures with distracting backgrounds  - example: clutter

Webcam pictures

Pictures with Multiple people or with multiple people in the background

Poor lighting or photo shopped edited images

Images that do not meet the size requirement.

 

 ACCEPTABLE:

Pictures are well lit, clear and centered, background is clear and natural, proper size.

You are free to browse our past cover models to get an idea of what we are looking for.

BACK ISSUES HERE

 

Applications do not appear in back issues

    

What will I receive if I am picked to be a 2013 Cover Model

·         You will be Showcased for the Month you appear as our Cover Model, appear on the cover and remain in our database.

·         You will be entered in our Yearly Cover Model contest to win a Trophy and Prizes at the end of the year. 

·         For the Cover Model of the Year - you will be featured as COVER MODEL OF THE YEAR for the New Years February edition. You will be required to update us with pictures and a statement.

 


 

Thanks for reading about our

Cover Model of the Month

 

 

     Raqui the Owner and Founder of LargeInCharge.com, Raqui's  "Tell it like it is" style of writing has brought thousands to her blogs and millions to LargeInCharge.com.  There is so much behind the woman who has brought this magazine into existence.  Being Internationally known as a wrestler/squasher lead the way to modeling for companies and being featured in magazines and documentaries from all over the world.  She has made a career out of her size and personality. Born, Raised in the Bronx NYC. This city girl is taking the world by storm.

 

     For the past 8 years Raqui officially moved into Size Acceptance and Empowerment.  With the creation of LargeInCharge she took what she said to individuals to a higher level and made it public to the internet world. She is a woman who doesn't let things get to her.  Knock her down for the moment but she will rise up stronger and better.  Being a speaker on behalf of many subjects and counseling Plus Sized people online her grace and style has made people love her.  Raqui continues to set an example of a powerful woman who will bend the world to fit her, her way.

 

     Raqui's appearances include, Uk Television, German TV, Japan, Europe, Sweden and the Spanish circuit.  Her many magazines appearances have been world wide.  She has hit American Television in 2006 with Good Morning American and since has appeared on The Cristina Show,  The Maury Show and The Tyra Banks Show.

To view her Online portfolio visit www.Raqui.com

Raqui's New Blog titled Raqui-ism "Soulfully Speaking! - http://raqui-ism.blogspot.com/

go to www.Raqui.com Portfolio Section

Raqui-ism - Food for the Needy during Hard Times

Written By: Raqui

 This year not only is LargeInCharge begining our 10th year but I will be starting my own little quest toward learning, giving, and expanding my own mind by donating to a new charity every month.  I hope that you all will enjoy learning about these new charities with me.   I began to understand that most of us only donate to a charity if we have an emotional connection to the charity itself or someone who is trying to raise money for a cause.   One day when I happen to dismiss a charity that was asking for donations I realized I dont want to be that person.  I want to give because the cause is worthy and I can.  Not only because of an emotional connection.   So join me in learning about new causes and charities this year.  I will post a new one to my column every month.

 

CHARITY OF THE MONTH:  Juanita Kelly Foundation & Jolin Food Box Program

Juanita Kelly (founder of Goddess Magazine) came up with a great idea and Join with the Jolin Food Box Program.  This month I decided to donate so that a Needy Family recieves some much needed food.

 

The economy is still down, but food prices are going up. To beat this economic recession, we are pleased to present the Jolin Food Box outreach program to help budget conscious families.

 

This program is designed to provide families with nationally branded food products at wholesale prices. The products in this food box include a balanced variety of breakfast, lunch and dinner items prepackaged in our temperature controlled warehouse. We are offering these boxes at wholesale prices thus enabling folks to save money without compromising quality of life.

 

If you are in the New Jersey area you can purchase a food box for $38.00.  When you donate $38.00 a needy family will recieve a food box that contains $100.00 worth of quality food.  Last Month the Juanita Kelly Foundation was able to give 500 food boxes away to needy families in the New Jersey area.

Want to Donate? email Junaita directly at JuanitaKellyFoundation@gmail.com

LINKS:

http://juanitakellyfdn.wix.com/juanitakellyfdn

 

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Juanita-Kelly-Foundation/140405205975944?ref=hl

 


 

LargeInCharge Radio - Weekly Radio show discussing Plus Sized Issues.  Friday's 9-11 pm EST - Call in & Chat in our Chat Room.

 

Thank you for Reading Raqui-ism

Please send thoughts and comments to

articles@largeincharge.com

 
 

   

Angie BEE grew-up a standard-sized young woman, educated in communications, promotions and planning.  She became a wife, mother and ministry support member while building businesses and her faith.

Through stress, age and a poor diet and while suffering from major depression and attempted suicide, Angie BEE's weight climbed from 180 pounds to 360 pounds.  She was diagnosed with high blood pressure, diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea, an overactive bladder and poor leg circulation.  At the age of 40 an anxiety attack and the decline in her mental health forced her to stop work and look at improving her declining health.  It was during this time that Angie BEE became inspired by her younger sister Sonya Bennett during her process towards Gastric Bypass Surgery.  Sonya launched this column and will return occasionally to contribute to it, but now that she is three years-post surgery... her life is focused on something new!

Now, celebrating her first year of a new life since having the procedure herself, Angie BEE is healthier than she has been in over a decade.  Losing the first 100 pounds was just the bonus!  She is now diabetes-free.  She has normal blood pressure.  The circulation in her legs is normal.  She sleeps without a c-pap machine and more!  The joy that she feels is documented each day in her syndicated radio show, a brand new weekly  TV show documentary and each month in this article.  The Big GB stands for The BIG Gastric Bypass and it also stands for "Getting (my life) Back".  This article reflects how Angie BEE's life has improved... by the grace of God and as the result of having Gastric Bypass surgery on Feb 28, 2011.  This is now her life!

 

That Dress makes you look Fat!

with Angie Bee

There was once a time in my life when a statement would have hurt my feelings.  I mean, I can’t be THAT fat, RIGHT?!  Tonight my dear friend said that to me and it actually made me smile!  HA!  I AM FAT and I LOVE MY CURVES!

 

On February 11th, I celebrate my two-year anniversary after having weight loss surgery.  I still remember when surgeon Keith Kim came in to see me moments before they wheeled me down the hall to the surgery suite and said to me “Gastric Bypass is a tool that can change your life, but you have to use it as just ONE of your tools.  Maintain the lifestyle that we taught you in class and support group and you will be fine”.  Thank GOD for that man and this process and yes, I AM FINE!

 Tonight I am at the ULTIMATE Christian Nightclub party in Tampa, Florida and am having a GREAT time!  I am in CHARGE of my atmosphere and I KNOW I am feeling fine!  (I look pretty good, too!).  Ryte Flight Entertainment invited me to come out and bring our Tour artists and I rolled in with G-Rane & Lady G (from the Tour) rolling deep with Mama Rita (“Hope 4 The Hood Ministries”) and it has certainly been an experience.  My first nightclub appearance since the weight loss began and I was actually dancing in the corner!  Can you believe it? (LOL)

Now, at the Christian nightclub, they have non-alcoholic smoothies, pizza, candy, popcorn and all sorts of yummy stuff that I should avoid.  I’m still losing about four to five pounds a month – which is why they advise not having any ‘after-surgery work’ such as a tummy tuck for two years after your surgery -- and I don’t want to stop that train from rolling so I avoided the smoothies and split a slice of pizza with my friend.  I resisted the chocolate (so proud of me) and kept my water and Powerade bottles near me.  I get enough sugar from the Powerade, so I didn’t need the smoothie.  The cool thing was that I was happy with what I had and I didn’t feel deprived at all.  Two years after surgery and I still feel like I am IN CHARGE!

 

The bottom line is that I have lost 185 since February 11, 2011 and I don’t regret a moment of my life now; not one moment.  Our Holy Hip Hop tour is still evangelizing through concerts and outreach efforts and I get to travel with them.  Last month I launched the Moms-n-Ministry workshop in Winter Park, Florida and now that ministry will begin to travel.  I have speaking engagements and book signings coming up and I’m so glad to have the energy to do them.  There is the radio syndicated Holy Hip Hop radio show, the brand new TV show and even a team lifestyle magazine!  Oh my GOD -- thank you!  I couldn’t have physically kept this pace weighing 387 pounds.  I couldn’t have kept this pace with obstructive sleep apnea, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes and the overactive bladder and major depression kept me in the house and the anxiety attacks even had me locked inside.  I’m not saying that the weight led to those health problems, but since I don’t have the weight to carry around now I am strong enough to carry the ministry that God has placed in my lap.  It’s a large responsibility and I am loving it!  This dress may make me look fat, but I’m fat in God’s Kingdom and I’m honored to be a Queen in His service!  Amen

 

 

 

Angie BEE

Author, Magazine Publisher, Producer, Promoter &

The Host of The Hottest Home Hotspot WORLDWIDE

Syndicated Holy Hip Hop Radio Show

www.AngieBEE.com

Last Week I wanted to Die!

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Thanks for reading

The Big GB - My Gastric Bypass Memoirs

Sonya's Links:

www.SonyaBennett.com

Sonya Bennett on Facebook


     Founded in 1969, NAAFA is a non-profit civil rights organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for fat people. NAAFA works to eliminate discrimination based on body size and provide fat people with the tools for self-empowerment through public education, advocacy, and member support.

 

     This Column is dedicated to the tremendous work NAAFA has been doing for over four decades.  LargeInCharge wishes to support NAAFA in spreading the word of its work, and give the public more information into issues we as plus sized people should be aware of.  The fight for equality for people of all sizes is one we support.

    

     This Column will include News Releases and Calls to Action from NAAFA Directors.

 

This Column has been Approved by NAAFA.org

 

The Biggest Loser Promotes the Bullying Cycle

from: NAAFA.org

 

 

The Biggest Loser Promotes the Bullying Cycle

CALL TO ACTION!

 

NAAFA strongly condemns the upcoming season 14 of The Biggest Loser, which will include teenagers. The Biggest Loser, well known for its abusive tactics, should not be allowed to profit off the bullying and stigmatization of fat kids. That this series would be developed despite the evidence of the harm done to children by focusing on body size and weight loss is unconscionable.   There is no doubt that the promotion of a healthy, long-term lifestyle is not the primary purpose of this television show, but rather to grab ratings and profits for the network and its producers.

"I am concerned that The Biggest Loser promotes short-term weight loss and does long-term harm to the bodies, minds, and spirits of many of its contestants and viewers--precipitating eating disorders, weight gain, depression, and weight-based bullying. That they are now involving teenagers is appalling," states Dr. Barbara Altman Bruno, Ph.D., LCSW, author and NAAFA Advisory Board member.

Numerous studies have addressed the issue of focusing on children’s weight and body size.  These studies include results that indicate:

 

          Fewer calories are consumed by overweight and obese children than by average weight counterparts... beginning at around seven years of age according to a 2012 study of caloric intake in a large, nationwide population of children and adolescents. (Skinner, Steiner and Perrin, Sept. 2012)

          Greater weight gain occurs among young people engaged in weight-control practices regardless of baseline weight, than that of adolescents who do not engage in such practices (Neumark-Sztainer et al., 2006).

          The more weight per se is talked about; the more likely teens are to adopt dangerous dieting behaviors. The focus needs to be on health much more than weight, based on results from a population-based, longitudinal study with 2,500 teens conducted at the University of Minnesota.  (Newmark-Sztainer et al., 2006)

          Media and cultural obsession with weight loss actually undermine motivation to adopt healthy lifestyle habits according to a study from UCLA.  (Yancey et al., 2006)

We need to create environments in which children and adolescents do not feel shame or guilt about their bodies but are instead motivated to enjoy healthful eating and active living habits regardless of their body size or shape. 

This television show will add to the already pervasive bias against fat children, and it is logical that bias begets discrimination.  NAAFA opposes discrimination in any form.  Discrimination is wrong and must stop now! 

Visit the NAAFA website at www.naafa.org to view the NAAFA Child Advocacy Toolkit from our homepage.  This groundbreaking toolkit shifts the focus from the war on childhood obesity to a health-centered focus embracing children of all sizes. Even more importantly, it demonstrates how to design programs and approaches that will improve the total health of all our children.

CALL TO ACTION

NAAFA encourages all concerned parties to contact the following people to express your concern about the damage that will be done by this offensive television series:

Shine America

Attn: Eden Gaha

contact@shineamerica.com   

 

25/7 Productions

10999 Riverside Drive, Suite 100

North Hollywood, California 91602

 

3 Ball Productions

3650 Redondo Beach Ave

Redondo Beach, CA 90278

http://www.3ballproductions.com/contact.html   

 

Jill Carmen

Senior Press Manager

NBC Entertainment Publicity

(805) 376-1962

jcge@earthlink.net   

 

Julie True

Director, Photo Production

NBCUniversal Photography & New Media

(818) 840-4405

julie.true@nbcuni.com

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

Thanks for reading

From the Desk of NAAFA

Link

www.NAAFA.org

    

Some of you make know me as web girl/Lulu from Fashion Find. Well… I’ve move on to another one of my favorite’s pastime which is cooking. To get you all up to date on what’s going on. I’m currently pursuing a graduate degree at Ashford University I have a B.A. degree in Organizational Communication from Southeastern Louisiana University. span>

 

I am most passionate about cooking. I believe with cooking you can always grow… I fried my first egg when I was 2 and baked my first cake at 5. Cooking is an easy and dynamic experience if you have a passion for a good tasting meal.

 

Motto: Cook with your heart not with your head.

 

If you have a favorite dish you would like to share please forward with recipe and photo to

Web_girl1999@yahoo.com

 

 

 
Valentines Day - Dinner for Two
with Lucia Roth
 

It’s February and we are vastly approaching Valentine’s Day and that means the pressure is on to find the perfect restaurant at the right price without over spending your budget and breaking the bank for a romantic dinner for two.

 

There’s a better way and that is to plan your own Romantic dinner for two from your own kitchen dinner, dessert, and non-expensive   champagne all without pushing the tilt button.

Simple recipes that both you and your mate can enjoy together that’s only if he or she enjoys being in the kitchen.

 

Chicken Cacciatore Pronto

Prep: 10 min total: 45 min 

 

1 Tbsp. KRAFT Lite Zesty Italian Dressing

8 bone-in chicken thighs (1-1/2 lb.), skin removed

2 small red peppers, chopped

1 can (14-1/2 oz.) Italian-style diced tomatoes, undrained

1/3 cup tomato paste

3 cloves garlic, minced

½ lb. whole wheat spaghetti, uncooked

¼ cup KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese

½ cup KRAFT 2% Milk Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

 

Directions:

HEAT dressing in large nonstick skillet on medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook 10 min. or until evenly browned, turning occasionally.

 

TIR in next 4 ingredients; cover. Simmer on medium-low heat 20 min. or until chicken is done (165°F), stirring occasionally. Meanwhile, cook spaghetti as directed on package.

 

REMOVE skillet from heat. Add Parmesan to chicken mixture; stir. Sprinkle with mozzarella; let stand 5 min. or until melted.

 

DRAIN spaghetti; place on platter. Top with chicken and sauce.

 

Louisiana Red Velvet Cheesecake Bars

Prep: 20 min total: 5 hr 48 min

24 OREO Cookies, finely crushed (about 2 cups)

¼ cup butter, melted

6 squares BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, divided

3 pkg. (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened

¾ cup sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

3 eggs

1 Tbsp. red food coloring

 

Directions:

HEAT oven to 350ºF.

MIX cookie crumbs and butter; press onto bottom of 13x9-inch pan sprayed with cooking spray.

MELT 4 chocolate squares as directed on package; place in medium bowl. Set aside. Beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla with mixer until well blended. Add eggs; beat just until blended. Remove 2 cups batter; mix with melted chocolate and food coloring. Carefully spread over crust; cover with remaining plain batter.

BAKE 26 to 28 min. or until center is almost set. Cool completely. Melt remaining chocolate; drizzle over dessert. Refrigerate 4 hours.

 

Champagne

To top off the evening with you If you’re on a budget and you still want to pop that bottle of fizzy here is a few  champagne ideas for under $25.00

Korbel Brut, $12.99
Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut, $11.99
Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Brut, $9.99+
Mionetto Prosecco Brut, $13.99
Martini & Rossi Prosecco, $12.99

   

     Ms Suga is a plus size woman hailing from Sunny South Florida. She is a 24 year old recent recipient of a Bachelor in Arts degree in Communication Studies. Being plus size for the majority of her life she has overcome many obstacles to finally come to the point where she is fully content with herself and her life. This self love has also allowed Ms Suga the privilege of sharing her love with those around her. She is very passionate about life and loves to help others.

     Ms Suga likes to see herself as the one everyone can go to for positive, inspirational and truthful words of advice and/or support. She is the Beautiful Inspirational Girl that is blessed, intellectual, trustworthy, caring and hardworking.

     Ms Suga has had a passion for writing since she was a little girl when she used to think of short stories about what her life would be like as she got older. This is Ms Suga’s first opportunity for her thoughts to be public for the world to see. Excited about this column Ms Suga is also very optimistic of her future in writing and promoting self love and acceptance in the plus size community.

 

Follow your passion & release your Potential

with Ms Suga

 

What makes your heart race? It's a simple question don't you think? What excites you and gets your blood racing? What is the one thing you simply cannot live with out? If you can answer my first question before reaching this point then congratulations! You have found your true passion. If you still don't know the answer that's ok too, that just means you have not reached the point where this information is necessary. We all have our specific journeys to take in life, each with its own timeline, road blocks and soundtrack.

 

So back to the initial question...What makes your heart race?? Cars? Music? Working out? Food? I'm 90% certain you all can figure out my true passion. If not I'll share in due time. You're probably asking why am I probing your thoughts but like always there's a method to my madness.

 

Everyday we encounter people (some loved ones and some acquaintances) that are absolutely miserable. They walk around sulking and spewing negativity because they hate their jobs, their lives, and the people that surround them. You know exactly who I'm talking about! That homeboy of yours who hates his job with a passion, he comes in late, sneaks out early always telling his manager what he is and is not going to do, complains even when given a raise but has worked the same job for the past 20 years and refuses to find another job. Or that girlfriend of yours who is a self proclaimed master chef and if you didn't know her you would swear she trained in the finest culinary schools in Europe but she refuses to boil rice for pot luck. Yep my dear we are surrounded by Negative Nancy's & Nathan's and there isn't much we can do about that. As I've stated many times before, one cannot change someone who doesn't want or isn't ready to change.

 

But what you can do is prevent yourself from being that Negative Nancy/Nathan (Ok if there is anyone reading this who's name is either Nathan or Nancy note this is not a direct insult on you personally. I just need an N and those were the first to that came to mind.) Anywho, I used to be that person. I was miserable with all the choices I made in life and the one thing I enjoyed to most was the one thing I refused to do. Writing has always been a passion of mine, I practiced it, went to college for it but I allowed other people to push me away from it. Now I can say the one thing that drives me more than writing is actually helping others. As you should know by now I live to share what has worked for me in hope that it will work for someone else. That's truly what "Words from the B.I.G." is all about. Helping others along with perfecting my writing and editorial skills (I know the editing my need some help). But I digress.

 

Hmmmm...Lets see the best way I can explain it is FOLLOW YOUR PASSION AND RELEASE YOUR POTENTIAL. It's two simple concepts that can rock you to your core. 1) Follow your passion. The happiest people in this world are those who are doing what makes them happy. When your work is doing what you love it's no longer work. Plus another immediate benefit: getting paid for doing something you enjoy doing. 2) Release your potential. Everyone has the potential to be great at something. You just have to find your passion and the potential can be manifested into greatness.

 

Just think Michael Jackson had the potential to be a successful singer. That potential (or in other words talent) plus his passion for music made him one of the greatest singers and performers of all time. Get it? Follow your passion, release your potential and work hard to become the best YOU you can be! Now don't get caught up in MJ's greatness that was his destiny it may not be yours. All I can do is suggest you be the best you can be. Nothing more and nothing less. As always I hope my words encourage you to do something. And as always I hope not only do you benefit from this but that you also pay it forward.

 

Until we meet again.

Encourage, inspire, succeed.

 

~Ms. Suga~

 

 


 

Kathy is originally from a small town in Michigan but has lived in San Diego County since she's been 18 years old.  Kathy graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelors in Finance in 1999.   She has a real estate broker’s license and works as a mortgage banker.  

 

Kathy also owns BBW Club Catalina in San Diego which has monthly night club parties and other fun events on a frequent basis.  Kathy has been an avid supporter of NAAFA, Vegas BBW Bash and San Diego BBW Bash and believes in size acceptance and health at every size.  

 

Kathy is a firm believer that people need to have a full life by going to the movies, dinner, bowling, dancing and anything that will make them a happier person and not wait till they are at the perfect size to start living their life to the fullest. 

 

Kathy is in her mid-40's and her children are grown and living productively on their own.   In her spare time she likes trying new restaurants, dancing, modeling, bowling and spending time with family and friends.

 

 

Single for Valentines Day?

 with Kathy Hernandez

This isn't going to be your normal article on what to do on Valentine's Day.  If you are single and some of what I am going to say isn't going to make everybody happy or even agree with me but here goes. Valentine's Day shouldn't be a gloom and doom day because you aren't married, engaged or dating someone. I have seen so many of my friends get depressed because they aren't in a relationship on Valentine's Day, or have a date on Valentine's Day. You shouldn't define yourself or your personal worth based on whether you are in a relationship or not, but many people do that all the time.

I have some friends who are constantly complaining, that they don't have a good man or woman in their lives.  Yet these same friends, aren't showing people that they are looking for a committed relationship. These friends are complaining that they slept with a guy or girl on the first date, and can't figure out why they weren't asked out on a second date. These same friends are also out partying, many days of the week and have DUI's on their driving record.  If you don't know them well, and only see the partying and promiscuity, then how will anyone see, that what they really want in the future is a family and kids?

We always tell people looking for a job, or trying to advance their career, to act and dress for the position. How about acting and dressing as the part of a girlfriend or wife, so the men you date, can see you in their future as their wife and mother of their children? If you are single, and you don't want to be single, than start thinking of what is in the way of you starting the relationship that you want.

Can you look in the mirror and say I am a good person and I love myself? What attributes do you have that will make someone want to be with you, fall in love with you, and spend the rest of their lives with you? When you are happy with yourself, and ready to be in a relationship, then it will happen.  You need to make sure you are compatible, with the person that you are physically attracted to, in order to have a happy relationship.

If you are single on Valentine's Day make sure to go out, and treat yourself to something that you love, whether it's a dinner out, movies, spa day or taking a class. I've been single on many a Valentine's Day,  I always chose to have a date with either my son, or my friends, and we have always had a fantastic time. You can choose to be sad and depressed on Valentine's Day, or you can plan a fun day with your family or friends and have a wonderful day. I hope you choose to have a great time, and celebrate your life because being single isn't something to be sad or depressed about. Give yourself a hug and have a great day on February 14th because you deserve it!

 

 

 

Celebrating almost 2 decades as a Graphic Designer/Published Illustrator, Jean Nerestant Jr (Jness) got his start as a graphic artist in 1994, Still working as a graphic designer by day/ Jness devotes time to his hip hop Culture, comic book art and Plus size/BBW Art.

 

 

Big Action

with Jness

 

Ok, I need you to come along with me on this trip in my imagination, and ultimately all of my artwork ushers you in to do the same thing. That’s the fun part, I take the time and put the work in and you get to sit back and go with me for the journey. Now don’t get me wrong I am not complaining it’s a well-balanced relationship between artist and art appreciator. I look forward to it every time I unveil a new artwork, I get very excited in anticipation of my audiences’ review. It’s very important to me, that’s why I fell in love with social media. It’s such a rush for an artist to create something and get an instant response by way of “like” or even better an actual comment. It’s the perfect scenario for harmonious good times.

 

Now on to the matter at hand, close your eyes and follow this concept, let yourself imagine with me. This month’s illustration is called, “Big Action”, it features plus size action heroes. I know Hollywood is a long way from actually bringing a production that features a cast of full figured ladies as the stars of an action thriller. But it’s not that far from becoming a reality. Imagine an action movie featuring a cast of actresses like Queen Latifah, Camryn Manheim, Mo’Nique, Rosie O’Donnell, Gabourey Sidibe, Tamela Mann, and Jill Scott. There would even be a cameo appearance by my favorite Fashion blogger, “The Curvy Fashionista”, Marie Denee. All background art in various scenes would boldly display art created by artists like Les Toil, Ruben Esq., Michael Macauley and JNESS. All the actresses’ make-up transformations orchestrated by the hands of Constanza Nordenflycht-Prado, the expert make-up artist from Las Vegas. Maybe Tyler Perry will read this article and decide it’s time to give it a shot.

 

Hollywood studios are always ready and willing to generate another movie featuring a talented male actor wearing the latest in costume make-up technology, in order to play the roll of a plus sized woman. I’m sure we have all seen the efforts made by Robin Williams (Mrs. Doubtfire), John Travolta (Hairspray), Eddie Murphy (Norbit) and Martin Lawrence (Big Momma’s House) just to name a few. And of course adding insult to injury it’s usually in the name of comedy. I am sure there are a lot of talented plus size actresses out there who are capable of delivery great performances in rolls that dare to extend beyond the stereotypes attached to their appearances. As a graphic designer I have had the privilege to meet authors who write stories that include lead characters that are people of size while presenting them from the real perspective, in the spirit of great content rather than punch line driven plots.

 

I just thought it would be nice to start the discussion. This illustration is not a plug supporting the use of firearms, consider it another ripple in the media ocean generating new ideas and new vehicle for thinking outside of a very small box. 

 

 

 

 

Hello there all my fashion loving friends. My name is Amy Lucas and in this column I hope to bring you some new outfits that will make you feel great and be Large and In Charge. My whole life has not been devoted to fashion as my background is in teaching Spanish, Math, and Science. I also have a master’s degree in Central Office Administration.

 

With that said, I have been wearing plus sizes for as long as I can remember so I do know the struggles we all face to find cute clothes. I come from a smaller town in Michigan, which means I have an even harder time finding plus size clothing in my area since the choices are so limited; as well as, the sizes and styles each store carries. 

 

Out of necessity, I started looking online instead of just settling for the places here and have found that other women could use the help too. I run a fashion group on Facebook called BBW Fashion where I post something fabulous each day hoping to help all those to find what they want in their size.

 

In my career, I've helped plus size students and their parents to find fashion in their sizes that would help them with their self-esteem and make them feel good about themselves. I have also dabbled in fashion before this modeling for three different stores, winning a cover model spot in July of 2012 in Large in Charge magazine, and I was Ms. LBC 2008 for Linda's Big Connections in Chicago. I look forward to showing you what is available in plus size fashion and help you to look even more beautiful and chic.

 

 

 
Sexy in Red!
with Amy Lucas

Whether you are going on a date or going out with your significant other for Valentine’s Day red is always a good choice. It’s a bold and flirtatious color that looks great on everyone and nothing says sexy like red.  This red cocktail dress works great to show off your curves and make you look stunning. Add some leopard print and gold with a clutch, hot heels, and jewelry to make this look ultra sexy. Next, throw on a wool coat in a camel color that matches the accessories perfectly and you are ready to hit the town. Lastly, when you want something for a more intimate moment, check out these alluring lingerie options that are very figure flattering.

 

 

Marcelle Plus Cocktail Dress

in red, sizes 14/16- 30/32,

$165, www.igigi.com

 

Jessica Simpson Edith Leopard Pump, available in medium and wide widths, $59.95, www.dsw.com

 

 

Pleated Double Breasted Coat in camel, sizes 14/16-30/32,

$67.96, www.avenue.com

 

Adjustable Size Gold Leopard Print Ring, $18, www.amazon.com

Women’s Cubic Zirconium

French Wire Earrings,

$9, www.sears.com

 

Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips in Kitty Kitty, $8.54,

available at most stores, www.sallyhansen.com

 

Jessica McClintock Women’s

Clutch Clasp-Leopard,

$21, www.sears.com

 

Dreamgirl Chiffon Tiered Babydoll,

sizes 1/2x – 3/4x,

$45.95, www.onestopplus.com

Sequin Hearts Mesh Halter

Style Babydoll, sizes 1-12x,

$64, www.biggalslingerie.com

   
 

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