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True beauty: Meet Krystle Daley, the effervescent Miss Jamaica Festival Queen 2011 who is developing her community one young person at a time. Also, learn how to make tasty, fingerlicking gourmet meals the easy way with award-winning cheff, Brian Lumley; Renee Lindo of Kid ‘N’ Play JA shares some tips on how to help your little ones start the new school year on

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Back To School Tips Seven Toxic Girlfriends to Avoid

Krystle Daley: A Passion for Youth Development

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“Two may talk together under the same roof for many years, yet never really meet; and two others at first speech are old friends.” - Mary Catherwood

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Back-To-School Tips from Renee Lindo


ack-to-school means the lazy, unstructured days of summer, of sleeping in and going to bed late, are over for the kids. It is also a great time to be a parent. The excitement of seeing your children mature and learn and master new territory is unsurpassed. Here are a few tips to help you navigate this back-to-school period and enjoy the journey of this school year. Routine It’s now time for re-establishing routines or beginning new ones. Find a bedtime that allows the kids to feel well-rested in the morning. By slowly easing them into this new routine, they won’t have any problems awaking “bright-eyed and bushy-tailed” for the first day of school. Start this routine a week or two before so that it will become established. Meet the teacher If the school has an orientation prior to the first day, plan to attend and meet the teacher. This will also allow your child to meet other students in their class. This will lessen their anxiety on the first day as there will be familiar faces. If there is no

mal orientation, see if you can meet the teacher beforehand. You will want to discuss any challenges your child may have, such as any health issues or family issues the teacher should be aware of. Also, determine the preferred mode of communication with the teacher whether phone, email or visit. Safety Establish a pick-up schedule that your child can depend on. Let the child know beforehand if there is a change in plan. Decide on a code word that will be used when someone else has to pick them up. If the person picking up does not know the code word, the child does not leave with them. Listen Find out how school was. Instead of just “What did you learn today?”, ask about the favourite part of the day, what was the most fun, what are they looking forward to tomorrow, who did they play with, and so on. Listen and follow up with more questions. Your Style eZine


School calendar Enter the entire school calendar with activities, events, deadlines, holidays and so on into your diary, planner or smartphone. Google Calendar is another option. It’s free and can be colour-coded by child or activity.

Socialize Help prepare them for social situations, especially if they tend to be shy. Do a few role play activities to teach them how to introduce themselves and making friends.

Get involved Spend time if you can volunteering at school, become an active participant in the PTA or find other ways to become involved in your child’s school life.

Keep those knapsacks light! Backpacks should never be more than 10-20% of their body weight. Encourage your child to carry the backpack with both straps to evenly distribute the weight across the back and shoulders. Carrying by just one strap strains the muscles and could affect the spine.

Shopping Take the kids back to school shopping with you. Let them choose their back packs, lunch pans and pencil cases. Having a few new, fun items that they love can boost their confidence for the first day.

Renée Lindo, Owner, Kid ‘N’ Play JA, A Jamaican online resource for all things kids.

Read books If the children are a little younger, read books about starting or going to school. Get them talking about their expectations and feelings. You can also let them know how the day will run and manage their expectations. Some good books include The Berenstain Bears Go to School by Stan and Jan Berenstain, Annabelle Swift, Kindergartner by Amy Schwartz, First Day Jitters by Julie Dannenberg, I Am Absolutely Too Small for School by Lauren Child, and Get Ready for Second Grade, Amber Brown by Paula Danzinger.

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by Keresa Arnold

Krystle Daley: A Passion for

Youth Development


oised, creative and eloquent with a gift to make people laugh without much effort, 25-year old Krystle Daley is an undeniable beauty with a purpose. A devout Christian who is motivated by her faith in God, Daley was named the country’s new cultural ambassador after winning the Miss Jamaica Festival Queen 2011 competition. “I was elated. It came not so much as a surprise, but I was just really happy that I had won. Just to know that the judges thought that I was the best out of the best,” said Daley, a past student of Mona High, where she was the Deputy Head Girl, before pursuing sixth form studies at Camperdown High. With a bubbly personality and an ever-present megawatt smile, Daley said her decision to enter was mostly guided by her Christian values and the competition’s strong emphasis on developing ladies who can make significant contributions to the cultural fibre of society. “I believe that I was a Festival Queen and not a Miss Jamaica Universe or a Miss world, and I thought

“ I was elated. It came not so much as a surprise, but I was just really happy that I had won. Just to know that the judges thought that I was the best out of the best.” so because the festival queen competition allows you to showcase your talents and your cultural awareness as well,” she said. “It’s not so much about your physique but more so about deportment and character.” Daley unquestionably has an unwavering character, and it is this that has helped her to remain focused and true to herself and her divine purpose in life. “I believe the calling is on me to impact the lives of Jamaican youths starting in my own community,” she said of her personal project, which allows her to have a positive influence on youth. “God motivates me and I see the intention of God through people and through the lives of others. I see what God wants to achieve in the life of someone even in the midst of their struggles and because of what God has done for me, I believe it is my duty to think positively, to hold my head up, to be strong and to give a helping hand even in the midst of a crisis or in any situation,” she said. Your Style eZine

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Krystle Daley and Prime Minister Bruce Golding at the Grand Gala 2011. Photo courtesy of the Jamaica Cultural Development Comission

PR [Public Relations] and media broadcasting,” she said. She currently hosts her own TV Show, ‘A Life Wi Seh’ on the Public Broadcasting Corporation. Krystle Daley smiles after her coronation as Miss Jamaica Festival Queen 2011. Photo courtesy of the Jamaica Cultural Development Comission

The project, Youth United for Purpose (YUP), is done in conjunction with the Christian Life Fellowship Church through their young adults group, and aims to provide direction and guidance to youth in the Tavern community of St. Andrew. “What we seek to do with YUP is to mentor individuals from 15 to 20 years old, because we see the importance of mentorship to motivate and encourage young persons to think positively and make the right decisions,” she said. “I believe that if we will intervene in the lives of our youth, then the future of our country would be much better.” So far, YUP has had a significant impact on the lives of the mentees, ensuring that they are in a position to make informed decisions about their future. “We invite the mentees to come to different meetings and workshops that would talk about personal issues, character studies and so on. We’re even highlighting the importance of setting goals, especially when you’re at school,” she said. A graduate of the University of the West Indies (UWI) with a degree in Language, Communication and Society, Daley has plans to pursue a Masters degree in Corporate Communications or Media Management at the St. Augustine campus of the UWI, and also hopes to fulfill a lifelong dream of becoming an anchor on one of Jamaica’s television stations. “I see myself as a comedian, as an actress and I hope to pursue that at some point in time, but my real passion is corporate communications,

Her affinity for the performing arts and her motivation to succeed was evident in her dramatic piece on coronation night, which focused on the importance of uniting to achieve the Vision 2030 for Jamaica. Daley’s dominance during the competition was evident from the start, as she copped prizes for the most culturally aware, most poised, most congenial and most active in community. She also won cash prizes from the Chase fund, a living room suite from Singer, and a host of other exciting prizes. Since winning the competition, she has been invited to a few speaking engagements. She was the guest speaker at the Churches Cooperative Credit Union’s youth award, the Jamaica Cooperative Credit Union League’s youth awards, and has done other public appearances that fall under her mandate as the country’s cultural ambassador. One of her biggest contributions during her reign will be the national project, scheduled for later this year, which will include a tour of all three counties. “It will operate under the theme ‘Know Thyself: I know My Purpose’ and, with that, what we want to do is to rekindle the importance of personal and national identity, stirring up positive thinking in our youth and reminding them that it is important to sell brand Jamaica,” she said. The project also seeks to remind the nation’s youth that they are blessed with talents and ideas that can be used to build Jamaica, which will ultimately make it the best place to live, work and raise children. Your Style eZine


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Creole Lobster with Pineapples & Pepper For the Sauce 2 tbsp. olive oil 2 garlic cloves 2 small onions (small dice) 1 small green pepper (small dice) 100ml pineapple juice 3 oz. fresh pineapple (small dice) 7oz tomato sauce 2 tsp. tomato paste TT scotch bonnet pepper Salt & pepper For the Dish 1 tbsp. olive oil 2 garlic cloves 1 small green pepper (small dice) TT scotch bonnet 4-6 lobster tail minced thyme 2 tbsp. basil 100 ml while wine Salt & pepper 9 fl oz. creole sauce Method Place the olive and garlic in sautĂŠ pan on medium heat, then allow to sweat for 30 seconds. Add green pepper as well as scotch bonnet pepper and sautĂŠ for 2 minutes. Add lobsters, thyme and basil and cook half way through. Deglaze the pan with the wine and reduce by half. Season with salt and pepper then add creole sauce, simmer for a minute or two and serve hot.

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SearedBeef Tenderloin For the Beef 2 lb beef tenderloin 1/3 tsp. sea salt 1 med. scotch bonnet pepper (remove seeds) 1 tbsp. thyme (chopped) 3 tbsp. scallion (chopped) 2 ½ cup red wine 1 cup soy sauce 2 tbsp. mustard For the Sauce ½ cup marinade (strained) 1 cup beef stock ½ cup honey 2 tbsp. thyme and parsley 1 tsp. cornstarch or tomato roux Method Marinate the beef for 2 hours or overnight. In a hot pan over medium heat, add olive oil then beef fillet. Sear on all sides until there is an even, caramelized coating, approximately eight minutes total. Remove from pan and place

in a 375 F oven or on a coal fire and cover. To test the beef ’s doneness, insert a thermometer until it reads the required temperature: medium 160F/71C, well done 170F/77C. For the sauce, combine the stock, honey, herbs and marinade in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, thicken with cornstarch or tomato roux and adjust seasoning with salt and scotch bonnet pepper. Turn off the heat and set aside until ready to use. Cut beef into thin slices, sauce and serve hot. Nyam good! Servings -: 4 persons

True Jamaican Jerk Chicken Penne Pasta For pasta 8 oz. Mueller’s Penne Pasta Water Pinch salt 1 tbsp. olive oil Bring the water to a boil. Add salt and olive oil and follow the instructions found on the box of the pasta, strain and leave to cool. For the Alfredo 2 cups Elle and Vire Cooking Cream 2-3 tbsp. McCormick Parmesan herb cheese 1 cup chicken stock 1 tbsp. Fiwi jerk seasoning 1 tbsp. fresh basil (chopped) *optional ½ tbsp. fresh parsley (chopped) *optional In a sauce pan on medium heat, add the Elle and Vire cooking cream and chicken stock and reduce the liquid by about half, whisk in the McCormick parmesan herb cheese and jerk seasoning, then cook for about five minutes more. Stir in the fresh herbs and hold until ready to use. For the Jerk Chicken Penne 1 tbsp. jerk Marinade 8 oz. chicken breast tenderloin

(sliced smaller) 1 tsp. olive oil/butter 2-3 tbsp. scallion (thinly sliced) 2 small onions (chopped) 6 small diced tomatoes (remove skin and seeds) 1 small julienned carrot ½ med green sweet pepper ½ bottle Red Stripe Light Method Marinate the chicken tenderloin with the jerk marinade for at least an hour or overnight. In a sauté pan over medium heat, add the olive oil/butter and sear the chicken tenderloin. When it is half cooked, start to build your flavor by adding the garlic, onion and vegetables. Cook for two minutes more. Deglaze the pan with Red Stripe Light, constantly stirring to loosen the goodies at the bottom of the pan. Reduce by half. Add the Alfredo sauce and bring to a boil, then add your cooked Mueller’s penne pasta and warm through. Sprinkle with cheese if desired. Serve Hot Bon appetite Servings -: 2 persons

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SevenToxic Girlfriends to Avoid

might be a lot of fun to hang out with; she has great energy and people flock to her. But if she treats you like a minion and never reciprocates your contributions to the friendship, stop trying to justify her selfishness. It might be time to let her go solo.

2.Miss Get-the-guy

At first, you pass off her flirtatious ways as harmless. What’s wrong with a single girl being outgoing and friendly with the opposite sex? But after a while, you start to feel like the clunky third wheel whenever you go out because there’s always a man (or two) hanging on her every word. There’s an old adage: show me your company and I’ll tell you who you are. If she is seen as ‘loose’ or ‘easy’, chances are, men – and other women – will believe you are just as lax in your standards. If she leaves you stranded at another party for yet another one night stand, find a new hang-out buddy.

3.Miss Tabloid


here are different kinds of friendships, from deep, sister-like bonds with the women who know us insideout but love us nonetheless to the acquaintances we have lunch with at work but who don’t really know the intimacies of our lives. All these friendships are valid and have value to us. However, on the flip side, there are some friendships that are so one-sided you have to wonder why you even spoke to the other person in the first place. In many cases, it might even be best to go friendless. If you recognize any of the seven toxic types on this list, it might be time to really examine your friendship. Or just make a quick exit.

1.Miss All-about-me

You know exactly who she is. The diva. The one who acts like the world revolves around her. She is high-maintenance, demanding and impatient, always seeking out the spotlight. And you dare not have a moment in the sun for yourself. Sure, she

We all like to hear a little gossip every now and then, especially when it’s not-so-good news about someone we’re not especially fond of. But if she’s telling you every detail of someone else’s life, trust that she’s out there doing the same to you. She might have no ill intent, but she simply can’t be trusted. If she’s the only person you told about you-know-what, but you heard it being whispered about in the bathroom at work, it might be best to give her a wide berth.

4. Miss Hold-The-Bags

Nothing beats girls’ nights out, when you get to let your hair down and kick up your high heels. But this friend of yours doesn’t want to relax or party. She wants to talk. Again. Didn’t she just back you into a 30-minute one-way ‘conversation’ before you left the house? Sure, we have to be there for our friends, especially if they’re going through rough times, but if you’re doing your best and you still find yourself apologizing for missing that one phone call last week, plus she’s never there when you need a shoulder, it’s time to stop carrying her burdens. Your Style eZine


5.Miss Poison Ivy

She’s always got a ready – and nasty – comment for everything and everyone, plus you’ve even been on the receiving end of her vitriol more times than you care to recall. Sure, she can be witty and funny and friends must be honest with each other, but disrespect and mean-spiritedness are not synonymous with this trait. If her comments are laced with enough venom to take down a rhinoceros and she’s sucking up all your positive energy, you need to walk away. Fast.

about is herself? If she can’t find time in her busy schedule for some bonding time, she probably won’t even notice that you’ve stopped calling. Now that you know the types of friends to steer clear of, here’s a word of caution: examine yourself to make sure that none of your friends can find you on this list!


6. Miss Bottoms Up

Nothing’s wrong with drinking in moderation, but this friend puts Future Fambo to shame. If you’re always the designated driver and you always have to be helping her limp out of the club with her heels in hand, you need to introduce her to a rehab programme. You are not her babysitter. If she doesn’t know when to stop, she could get you both in trouble.

7.Miss Workaholic

Her work ethic and dedication to her career are admirable and you completely understand because you are climbing the ladder of success yourself. But does she really have to be on her Blackberry when you are trying to have a conversation? And is it fair that when she does have a night off all she wants to talk

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