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It’s Saturday morning and a beautiful sunny summer day! You rise and look forward to the activities you’ve planned for the day; one of the special tasks on your to-do list is a pedicure – a treat for your toes.  You head over to your favorite nail salon, walk through the door and stop short … who would’ve thought everyone else would have the same idea!  The salon is bursting with customers and the receptionist has asked that you return for your pedicure in 2 hours!  What?!  You know you don’t want to wait two hours, but you also know you don’t want to go through the rest of the weekend with your toes in the disastrous state they are now!  Never fear, my dear, you’re going to treat yourself to an at-home pedicure.  The following are a few simple instructions to help you master pampering your own tootsies!

First, assemble the tools you will need:

  • Cotton balls/strips
  • Nail polish remover
  • Double-sided emery boards
  • A portable tub or foot spa filled with water
  • Towels
  • Nail clippers
  • Your choice of foot salts or soaks
  • Cuticle remover
  • Orangewood stick or cuticle pusher
  • Exfoliating foot scrub or pumice stone or file
  • Cuticle oil and moisturizing lotion or cream
  • Base coat, nail color & top coat

Get comfy in a chair and begin to remove old nail polish completely using cotton balls, strips or rounds soaked with nail polish remover. Holding the soaked cotton on the nail for a few moments to loosen stubborn, hard to remove polish before wiping off is helpful.

Add salts or foot soak to the water in your portable tub or foot spa and soak for several minutes; long enough for the dead skin and nails to loosen a bit.  A helpful tip is to add 1/4 cup of milk to the water; the lactic acid in the milk will help to soften and nourish your skin.   Removing one foot at a time from the water, trim your nails straight across with nail clippers, leaving about 1/8 of an inch in length. Trimming them straight across will set the foundation for filing.  Do not let your nail extend much further than the tip of the toe. Remove the other foot from the water, placing the first one back in.  Trim the nails on the other foot using the same technique.

After soaking both feet a bit more (you’ll want to revel in these precious moments!), towel them dry and use your emery board to file the nail into a square/round soft contour.  Around the corners, file the nail in one direction,  do not “saw” back and forth; this weakens the nail.  Emery boards are preferred over metal files, as they tend to give you a smoother surface.  Use the soft sided surface of the emery board for smoothing the contoured edge of the nail, and the coarse surface on the other side to shape and shorten the nails.

Next, apply cuticle remover cream or gel to the cuticle at the foundation of each nail.  Allow the solution to do its work for a few moments and with an orangewood stick, gently push back the skin of each cuticle.  Using a bit of the water from the foot spa or tub to dampen your feet, apply an exfoliating foot scrub or use a pumice stone or file  to loosen and remove the dead skin on heels and the balls of the feet.  Don’t be too rough!  The idea is to achieve a smooth surface.

Dry your legs and feet thoroughly; being sure to dry between the toes and apply a nourishing foot cream or oil to your lower legs and feet. Massage your legs and feet and rehydrate cuticles by rubbing in a dab of cuticle oil.  Now you’re ready to apply a beautiful shade of color!

If desired, wipe each toe nail with a little nail polish remover to remove the excess oil before applying your polish, this will help the polish adhere to the nail.  Apply a thin layer of base coat and let dry.  The most foolproof way of getting an even coat of polish across your toe nail is by applying with 3 strokes of the brush from nail bed to nail tip – one down the center first, followed by one on each side of the first stroke.  Be careful not to paint the cuticles!  Even if you make a mistake, no worries!  Use a bit of nail polish remover on a Q-tip to dab away the error.  Apply 2 to 3 coats of your nail color; let dry completely and follow up with a thin layer of top coat.

Let it all dry, and sit back and admire your beautiful toes!  You’ve mastered the at-home pedicure!  Congratulations!

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Building Bridges for Service

Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Sabrena Thomas grew up knowing the importance of giving back to the community.  Her parents set the perfect example for Sabrena and her three siblings by donating their time to families and organizations in need.  This foundation of service inspired Sabrena to become a public servant with the Federal Government where she’s served for over 30 years.  It was this very strong commitment to service that led Sabrena to join Classy Living Society, an organization that she firmly believes encourages volunteering, sisterhood, self care and continuous growth.  

Because of the significant amount of volunteer service hours Sabrena clocked in 2019, she was named Volunteer of the Year by Classy Living Society at its 2019 Red Dress Gala.  “Winning the Volunteer of the Year award has been amazing,” Sabrena says of this huge honor. “I’m proud to be honored for something I’m so passionate about.”  

Sabrena believes a successful volunteer needs to be educated on the initiative, be willing to engage with others, be prompt and ready to serve and be laser focused on having a positive attitude.  When asked whether one or more volunteer efforts touched her the most, Sabrena says it was the opportunity to provide brunch for the families of the Atlanta Ronald McDonald House that filled a special place in her heart.  Sabrena has a personal bond with RMH as she and one of her children were once recipients of this worthwhile organization that provides a temporary residence for families caring for a sick child during the child’s medical care.  Giving back to an organization that gave so much to her family was the highlight of a lifetime for her.

On a personal level, Sabrena loves spending time with her family and friends, traveling and trying unique restaurants that serve delicious food.  Yes, you could say she’s on the verge of being a real foodie! Her future plans include retirement, becoming a business owner, traveling more and definitely enlarging her territory.  Personal philosophies are extremely important to Sabrena and hers is “always believe something amazing is about to happen”. She’s also strong in her belief that everyone has their own purpose for being here and in the pursuit of her own purpose, she finds direction in the book she is currently reading: The Big Stretch by Teneshia Jackson Warner.

Sabrena knows that her steps are ordered and she strives to keep herself aligned spiritually; so prayer and meditation are part of her daily routine. Through prayer, Sabrena is able to discern the visions for her life and with that she plans accordingly. She firmly believes that meditation is instrumental in creating a positive vibe for her day and that’s why it’s part of her regimen for self care. One of Sabrena’s favorite quotes is one by Carmen Rivera, “Never underestimate a woman with a prayer and a plan”.   

We wanted to learn more about Sabrena and get her take on a number of topics.  Here’s what we found out:

You’re one of approximately 63 million Americans that volunteer their time, talents and energy to the cause of making a difference in their communities.  What have you learned since you’ve been volunteering with CLS?  

Since being a member of CLS, I’ve learned that promptness is important.  Arriving to a volunteer effort that you’ve committed to on time says “I’m here and ready to serve.”  This is a sign of commitment and this giant word holds a tremendous amount of responsibility. To be able to say “I’m prompt, committed and responsible” is really big for me.

Everyone’s talking about how important it is to have some sort of balance in our lives.  How do you find a work – life balance in yours?   

Yes, it is important to have balance in our lives but finding balance is a different story for me.  I’m still a work-in-progress. My commute for work can take up to 2 to 3 hours in the morning and 1 ½ hours in the evening; if you include working 10- to 12-hour days, it’s difficult.  I try to concentrate on me on the weekends. I volunteer with CLS and try to squeeze in an excursion/getaway if I can.  I definitely try to get some “relax, relate and release” time, as the saying goes, but it’s rarely for an entire day or for an entire weekend.  

What three words would you use to describe Classy Living Society?  

INSPIRING-CLS inspires me because of its vision to “transform lives one community at a time.”  POWERFUL-CLS is creating a powerful impact in our society on a national level.  IMPACT-When I think of the impact CLS has on society, it blows my mind and this is what makes me excited to volunteer. 

You’ve been a member of CLS for several years now.  What originally led you to join the organization?  

I was speaking with a friend that I’ve known for over 15 years who also happens to be my hairstylist.  We were discussing life as women and she mentioned CLS to me and said I should take a look. I researched and started following CLS on social media. I saw a group of diverse women doing so many of the things I enjoy and got excited that there was an organization that incorporated a lot of things I can relate to. I felt I found the answer to my need to give back and the bonus was that I could do it with like-minded women in a positive environment while having fun. I didn’t join right away because I wanted to make sure I was ready to commit but once I joined, my experience with CLS has been nothing short of amazing.

Having a vision board is pretty much on everyone’s priority list.  Where do you see yourself five years from now?  

Vision boards are not on my list of things to do.  Spiritually speaking, I know my steps are ordered and I strive to align myself with that. I pray to determine what is for me, so that’s how I realize my vision for my life. What’s strange though is that I’m instinctively a planner at heart! 

People are full of surprises!  Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us and what are three words that best describe you?  

Some may find it surprising that I like hiking, biking and all sorts of adventurous activities.  I’d say I’m observant, calm and creative.

Classy Volunteers read!  What is the best book you’ve ever read?  

The best book I’ve ever read is Getting to Happy by Terry McMillan.

We all have our favorite things we like to do.  What are some of yours?  

I have several favorite things to do. At the top of my list is shopping for finds for home decorating. My home environment constantly changes.  I get bored easily!

Tell us one thing you just simply can’t live without.  

I just can’t live without my family!

What does a typical day in the life of Sabrena Thomas look like?  

My typical day starts at 4 a.m. I begin with prayer and meditation.  Then I decide what I’m going to wear, according to my mood. I shower, pack my lunch, say goodbye to hubby and head out the door.  I try to get a 30 minute walk in after work and before the journey home. After all of that…it’s WIND DOWN time! Time to spend time with hubby, reflect on the day, get some sister talk in… PRAY and repeat!

Being in the presence of Classy Living Society’s 2019 Volunteer of the Year, it’s easy to get caught up in her passion for volunteering.  Sabrena looks forward to inspiring others to make a powerful and lasting impact on our society by continuing to heed the call to change and by building bridges in our communities for service.

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Classy Living Society is seeking qualified candidates to fill multiple volunteer coordinator positions for our national women’s community service organization. This professional will be responsible for assisting Classy Living Society’s Community Outreach Program by coordinating volunteer efforts for assigned locations.  This is a virtual opportunity! 

The position provides a flexible schedule, two (2) hours per week; with a salary of $200 per month with the potential to earn $350 per month based on performance after 90 days.

If you’d be interested in a fun and interesting virtual position with regular pay and a work-at-home schedule, contact Avis Pitts at avis@cls-volunteer.org for more information and an application.  References must be provided.

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This week, the spotlight is on YOU!  Get Featured in the Chronicles Too!

What is it that sparks us to make a change?  Sometimes it’s someone else’s story that lights a fire in us.  Or something we see on the street as we move through our cities and towns that just doesn’t seem right.  Or it could be our very own story that moves us into action.

Chronicles Too! – the official blog of Classy Living Society was influenced by the Classy Chronicles, the official quarterly magazine of Classy Living Society.  It features amazing people, businesses and nonprofits doing amazing things in the community.

It takes courage to be vulnerable enough to take a stand or tell your truth.  In sharing the stories that matter, Classy Living Society intends to shine a spotlight of encouragement on the people who are making our world a better place.

Do you know of a remarkable person/business/nonprofit whose story should be told?  Or how about YOUR story? Click on the link below and enter your/their email at “Get Featured!”

Let’s spread the word about those who are shining their light in the world.  No matter how small the light of one, if we put together the individual lights of many – Oh, what a mighty light it shall be!

CLICK HERE to be featured:  GET FEATURED!

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The Classy Living Society (CLS) story began when Founder, Mrs. LaShanda Pitts brought her dream to fruition to develop a multi-faceted women’s community service organization with a commitment to change the world!

CLS was founded in 2013, presenting to the world an innovative hands-on approach to volunteerism! May 18, 2019, marks our 6th Anniversary and as we reflect on our major milestones and achievements over the years, we couldn’t be more thrilled about all of the reasons to celebrate!

We celebrate – six years of giving back and partnerships with amazing people, nonprofits and businesses; we’ve organized over 400 volunteer efforts and worked with over 200+ community partners.

We celebrate – the sisterhood bonds we’ve encouraged and the genuine friendships formed while working in the community alongside like-minded women.

We celebrate – six years of hosting high-end, exciting and premier events, galas and social functions to the delight and enjoyment of all who have attended.

We celebrate – the role we play in helping our entrepreneurial members to thrive and grow their businesses.

We celebrate – that we’ve grown by leaps and bounds!  We’ve expanded our reach significantly and are proudly supporting communities in 12 U.S. states, in Nigeria, in Croatia, and in Dubai and connect with 200,000 subscribers through our many media platforms.

Last but not least ….

We celebrate – our members who have worked so hard to carry out our mission and vision; and the amazing people, nonprofits and businesses in the community who have supported us over the years!

written by Janine Lattimore

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We invite you to be a part of our biggest and most anticipated event of the year! #HelloHouston

The year 2019 brings Classy Living Society to its sixth year in business and it’s been a busy six years! We have organized over 400 volunteer efforts and worked with over 200+ community partners.  We were honored to receive the 2016 Volunteer Service Award from President Barack Obama for volunteering over 300,000+ hours in the communities that we serve.  We are proudly supporting communities in 12 U.S. states, in Nigeria, in Croatia and in Dubai and we reach over 200,000 subscribers through our many media platforms.

AND this years brings our sixth Red Dress Gala – six years of red dresses, fabulous food and entertainment, and most exciting of all – paying homage to the individuals and nonprofits we are passionate about.  We love our community partners!

We also love our sponsors!  We know that it is through the kind generosity and support of our sponsors that we are able to exceed the levels of philanthropy over and above what we would commonly achieve on our own.

With that said, Classy Living Society is excited to present a unique and rewarding sponsorship opportunity for our 6th Annual Red Dress Gala. This year, we will host the 2019 Gala in partnership with our nonprofit organizations, Legacy for Change and CLS Cares and a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will benefit these organizations and are tax deductible.  

Furthermore, in keeping with our goal to Go National and expand our membership and reach into communities across the nation, we are taking the Red Dress Gala on the road! Hello Houston!  As you may know, the Gala is our annual fundraising event, in which over 300+ exceptional women meet for an afternoon of generosity and philanthropy with one goal in mind: to benefit charities within the community that may otherwise go unnoticed.

We cordially invite you to become a sponsor of this worthwhile event.  A variety of packages are available – some as affordable as $100 and $50!  Through your sponsorship, you will be helping us accomplish specific goals regarding CLS’ own 501(c)(3) organizations.  Click on the link below for detailed information on the sponsorship levels.  We look forward to partnering with you in making this year’s Gala a huge success! 

https://cls-reddress.org/#SponsorLevels

written by Janine Lattimore

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Meet Sebe Dalieh, who founded Winning Women Ministries because she discovered her purpose to serve God’s people. She is passionate about seeing people win in their God-given talents and abilities and live their best life now!  Click on the link below and read her feature on the Chronicles Too! – Classy Living Society’s online blog which features people, businesses and organizations that are doing amazing things in our communities!

https://cls-volunteer.org/ChroniclesToo/sebe-dalieh/

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month! In partnering with nonprofits and businesses across the nation, CLS endeavors to place emphasis on the issues that affect people and communities on a local and global level.  One of the amazing nonprofits that is bringing awareness to mental health is the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. During May, NAMI and the rest of the country are raising awareness of mental health. Each year they fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for policies that support people with mental illness and their families.

The WhyCare? campaign is an opportunity to share the importance of mental health treatment, support and services to the millions of people, families, caregivers and loved ones affected by mental illness and a challenge to address broken systems and attitudes that present barriers to treatment and recovery.

Join CLS this month in raising awareness about mental health, because one in five people will be affected in some way by mental illness.

National Alliance on Mental Illness: https://www.nami.org/

 

 

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Classy Living Society is seeking multiple volunteer coordinators to join our National Women’s Organization. This professional will be responsible for assisting Classy Living Society’s Community Outreach Program by coordinating volunteer efforts for assigned locations.  This is a virtual opportunity! 

The position provides a flexible schedule, two (2) hours per week; with a salary of $200 per month with the potential to earn $350 per month based on performance after 90 days.

If you’d be interested in a fun and interesting virtual position with regular pay and a work-at-home schedule, contact Avis Pitts at avis@cls-volunteer.org for more information and an application.  References must be provided.

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Welcome to the NEW Classy Chronicles!

Formerly, the Classy Chronicles was the official online digital magazine of Classy Living Society. The newly revamped Classy Chronicles is now a platform housed on the Classy Living Society website! Through easy-to-navigate dropdown menus, the Classy Chronicles provides an outlet to many subjects of interest at the click of a mouse – articles and features that highlight people who are doing amazing things in the community, health and wellness, work-life balance, beauty and fashion and more!

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