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Tentaci贸n Thursday – Tired, puffy eyes?

Submitted by on December 17, 2009 - 11:30 am

If you have tired, puffy eyes La Buena Life has the solution for you! This week we are featuring the BodySense Eye Pillow. This refreshing Eye Pillow provides welcome relief to those suffering from headaches, insomnia or puffy eyes. It’s filled with an aromatic blend of herbs (so it smells great) and made of a luxurious satin. What I love about it is that it relieves puffiness and tension by combining gentle, cooling acupressure and aromatherapy, so it’s a natural solution. I like to use mine after a tense day or long hours on the computer. Using the BodySense Eye Pillow is a great way to end the day.

For more information on BodySense Eye Pillow Click Here. As always, ONE lucky La Buena Life member will win a BodySense Eye Pillow. For your chance to win, please leave your comment below, by 7:00AM PST, Thursday December 24th.

Buen Sabor Wednesday- Lech贸n Asado (Roast Pork)

Submitted by on December 16, 2009 - 11:30 am

I realize that this is not exactly light fare, but I had to at least mention lech贸n asado (roast pork) this holiday season. You see, in Puerto Rico the tradition is to slow-roast a pig, on a spit, for the holidays. (And let me tell you that when you roast a pig for hours and hours, the flavor is unbelievable!) Here is a version of lech贸n asado that you can make at home, in your oven.

The ingredients are…

For the marinade:

one 3-pound boneless pork loin roast
4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground, dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground bay leaves
1/2 cup sour orange juice or 6 tablespoons fresh lime juice plus 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
3 tablespoons dry sherry
1 large onion, thinly sliced
spray olive oil

For the mojo (garlic citrus) sauce:

1/4 cup olive oil
8 cloves garlic, cut crosswise into paper-thin slices
3/4 cup fresh sour orange (or 1/2 cup fresh lime juice and 1/4 cup fresh orange juice)
1/2 cup chicken or vegetable stock or water
3 tablespoons chopped, fresh cilantro
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground, dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
salt to taste

For cooking instructions Click Here.

Terrifico Tuesday – Thank You!

Submitted by on December 15, 2009 - 11:30 am

On Saturday night I had the joy of attending Stevie Wonder‘s 14th Annual House of Toys Concert at the Nokia Theater at L.A. Live. Watching Stevie Wonder perform live was such a thrill, but I also enjoyed the performances of the guest performers, one of which was the a capella group Mosaic. They were AWESOME! They sang three songs and I only wish that they would have sang more. 馃檨

I hope that you enjoy their rendition of Thank You.

To Learn more about Mosaic Click Here.

Maravilloso Monday- Against All Odds

Submitted by on December 14, 2009 - 11:30 am

I stumbled upon this video last night and I had to share it with you all. NickVujicic is a true inspiration. God Bless Him.
I hope that he inspires you to believe that you can achieve anything that you desire and to be grateful for all that you have.

Have a wonderful week.

Ana Cab谩n

Fabuloso Friday-A Woman’s Wish

Submitted by on - 4:30 am

Yesterday I learned that one of my fellow SmartyLA (female entrepreneur) gals has been doing a very beautiful and generous thing and is now asking others to support her cause. 8 years ago Bobbi Palmer was in a local dress shop when she saw a young lady admiring her reflection, in the mirror, in a beautiful dress. This young woman put the dress on layaway and left the shop. Realizing that the purchase of this dress might be considered an extravegance by this young lady, Bobbi asked the shop owner what the balance due on the dress was and if she could pay it off. The shop owner agreed and Bobbi paid of the balance due on the dress, anonymously. She asked the shop owner to call the young lady and let her know that someone had anonymously paid the balance off on her dress and would like her to come pick it up, and enjoy it.

Fast forward 8 years, Bobbi continues to pay off layaways for woman whom she (or the shop owner) believe could use a hand in purchasing their dream dress. Her goal is to send a message to less fortunate women that they are valued and beautiful. Bobbi has created a website, called A Woman’s Wish, where she hopes to raise funds to pay off more layaways.

Moved by Bobbi’s actions? You can follow her lead. Here are a few tips that Bobbi give for doing as she has done, over the past 8 years*:

1. Find a store that caters to lower income women and accepts layaway.
The owner should be someone you feel you could trust and who would be a
good partner in this giving process.

2. Go through their layaway book and select the item(s) to pay off. Even
if it’s one item for $15, it will bring a worthy woman great joy!

3. Have the store contact the women to tell them a stranger has bought
their clothes and to come get them. You may choose to be present as they
make calls, or not.

4. Go home feeling amazing because, in a very direct way, you have
impacted the lives of women by helping them feel special and valued.

*These tips were taken from Bobbi Pamer’s post to the SmartyLA chat group on 12/8/09.

Please help me in supporting Bobbi’s plight by visiting A Woman’s Wish and making a donation.

Tentaci贸n Thursday – The Princess and The Hint Water

Submitted by on December 10, 2009 - 11:30 am

Today I’m giving away Hint Water. It’s naturally flavored and contains no sugars and no artificial sweeteners. I tried it myself and loved the subtle flavors, without all the sugar. As you have probably noticed, I’m always stressing the importance of water in your daily diet. Now you can enjoy water with a little added zing, so get the hint with Hint Water! See the 6 flavors below and leave me a comment with your two favorite choices and one lucky La Buena Life member will win two bottles of Hint Water.

Honeydew – Habiscus

*For your chance to win the, above-listed products leave your comment below by Thursday, December 17, 7:00pm PST.*

Hint water is currently doing a promotion with Disney’s Princess and the Frog. Enter to win Free Movie Vouchers by
clicking here.

Buen Sabor Wednesday – Christmas Eggnog

Submitted by on December 9, 2009 - 11:00 am

Christmas is my favorite time of year, especially because of all the yummy treats and traditional recipes that make it fun and festive. Eggnog is the signature comfort drink that’s irresistibly delicious! What are your favorite holiday recipes? Please share them with me by commenting below. Thanks and Happy Holidays!!!

Traditional Eggnog Recipe:
12 egg yolks
5 cloves, whole
4 cups milk
4 cups cream
3 cups light rum
1+ 戮 cups brown sugar (may be substituted with agave)
2+ 陆 teaspoons vanilla essence
1 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
戮 teaspoon nutmeg, ground

Going Vegan?

Vegan Eggnog Recipe:

2 10-oz packages silken regular or low-fat tofu
16 oz. vanilla soymilk
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoon brown sugar ((may be substituted with agave))
1/4 tablespoon ground tumeric
1/2 to 1 cup rum or brandy (for a non-alcoholic version you can use fruit juice)
nutmeg to taste

Terrifico Tuesday – Winter Wonderland

Submitted by on December 8, 2009 - 11:30 am

The holidays are fast approaching. Lights, music and holiday cheer abound. Although it has been years since I lived in my hometown of Amherst, Massachusetts it still doesn’t quite feel like the holidays without a little snow. I miss getting all bundled up to make snow angels, go sledding for hours and then come home to Mom’s hot chocolate. The not so fun part about sledding when I was young was that boots just weren’t as waterproof as they are now. That meant that I had to wear bread bags over my socks, with rubber bands on my ankles, so that my feet wouldn’t get wet. And because my feet were frozen when I got home my mother insisted that I place them under cold running water, not hot. (There was some sort of logic to that, but I still can’t quite figure it out). So although I miss the beauty of the snow I can’t say that I miss my bread bag socks or frozen feet.

What is your childhood winter memory?

Fabuloso Friday – Toys for Tots

Submitted by on December 4, 2009 - 11:30 am

It’s that time of year, when decorations surround us and commercials for every toy and gadget saturate our TV screens. It’s so easy to stock up on gifts for family members and friends, but what about those children that are less fortunate than we are? My husband was in the Marines when he was just out of high school, so Toys for Tots holds a special place in our hearts. Since 1991 The U.S Marine Corp Reserve Toys for Tots Program has been collecting new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, to distribute as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which each campaign is conducted. Want to help a needy child? Visit a Toys R Us or Babies R Us store near you, or Click Here for more information.

Tentaci贸n Thursday – Food Grade Hair Products!

Submitted by on December 3, 2009 - 11:30 am

I just LOVE hair products. I will try anything that claims to make my hair smoother, shinier & more controllable. (If you have seen my “bad hair” photo you understand why). That’s why I am so excited about this week’s giveaway. Belegenza Founder, Alan G Eschenburg, is gifting one lucky La Buena Life member a slew of his amazing, silicone-free, professional grade hair products. Want your hair to grow faster? You have to try Belegenza’s GrowOut Shampoo & Strengthener. Eschenburg believes that even the most expensive hair growth treatments won’t work if your hair is full of silicone. Silicone blocks the hair shaft, not allowing for even the richest, most expensive hair growth products to penetrate the shaft. But his revolutionary GrowOut Shampoo & Strengthener contains a fusion of Food-Grade Ingredients and is SLS-free, Paraben-free, Silicone-free, Paba-free, SD Alcohol-free, Sodium Chloride-free, Phalate-free, Petrolatum-free & Mineral Oil-free. And because Belegenza removes silicones your scalp is clear and clean like when we were young, allowing for better hair growth! Their natural conditioning food ingredients go to work, like fertilizers for growth!

Here is what people have to say about Belegenza:

“After using RoMANce Deep Conditioning Treatment only twice, my split ends look completely better! The white splits are now disappearing. I haven’t had a trim in way too long, but I’m happy because now I can go even longer without trimming it! And not only that, the shine is incredible!” -J.K

I’ve always had body in my hair, but I am thrilled with the shine and the softness that your products give my hair. All I do is IlLustrious Shampoo, DraMatic Conditioner and PerForm Gel with a few drops of SpotLite Shine and let it dry naturally. My hair has never been easier and looked as great…. and my hair loss has seemed to stop! I’ve had my hair short for many years, but now I’m growing it out again! Thanks for making my hair ( and me ) feel young again!-B.H

This week One Lucky La Buena Life Member will win ALL of the following Belegenza products:

GrowOut Shampoo & Strengthener
RoMANce Deep Conditioning Treatment
SpotLite Shine
Simply Straight Progessive Straightener

For more information on Belegenza Hair Products Click Here. For your chance to win the, above-listed, products leave your comment below by Thursday, December 10 at 7:00 PST.

Buen Sabor Wednesday- Vegan Gingerbread Cookies

Submitted by on December 2, 2009 - 11:30 am

For several years, growing up, I got together with my ballet buddies to bake a gingerbread house. We’d then raffle it off to benefit our ballet company, Amherst Ballet Theatre Company. It was fun to get together and create this yummy project. I just found a recipe for punked out vegan gingerbread cookies that I thought I’d share with you. They are the perfect treat to make with friends. They are also a great holiday gift. Just be sure to make them with lots of TLC.

The ingredients are:

1/3 cup canola oil
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1/4 cup plain soymilk

2 cups whole wheat pastry flour or all-purpose flour (or a mix of both)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

spice blend:
1/2 teaspoon each ground nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger

Buen provecho!

To see the recipe Click Here.

Maravilloso Monday- Let Us Be Thankful

Submitted by on November 30, 2009 - 11:30 am

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving, surrounded by loved ones. I certainly did. Let’s all carry on with the Thanksgiving spirit through the end of this year and into the next.
“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.”

Fabuloso Friday – Best Friends Animal Society

Submitted by on November 27, 2009 - 11:30 am

After a day of eating well and giving thanks I couldn’t help but feature an organization for the benefit of pets. I love my Yorkie, Douglas, (who has been with me for the past 8 years). I couldn’t imagine life without him. So this week I am featuring Best Friends Animal Society. Best Friends has been around since the early 1980’s has a simple philosophy: kindness to animals builds a better world for all of us. This is so true. Best Friends has a campaign called No More Homeless Pets. This campaign is a grassroots effort to place dogs and cats who were considered “unadoptable” into good homes, and to reduce the number of unwanted pets through effective spay and neuter programs. On any given day the The Best Friends Animal Sanctuary at Angel Canyon, at the heart of the Golden Circle of national parks in southern Utah, is home to about 2,000 dogs, cats, and other animals, who come from shelters and rescue groups around the country for special care they can only receive at Best Friends. These animals have special behavioral or physical needs. Their expert staff, which includes veterinarians, trainers and caregivers, offer them all the help they require. Many of these animals are ready to go to good homes after just a few weeks of this special, loving care. But Best Friends is does not only perform this important work in Utah. They work with humane groups, individuals & entire communities — to set up spay/neuter, shelter, foster and adoption programs in neighborhoods, cities, and states throughout the United States.

To learn more about Best Friends Animal Society and/or make a donation Click Here.

Tentaci贸n Thursday – La Buena Life reusable canvas tote bag

Submitted by on November 26, 2009 - 11:30 am

*To qualify for this prize, make sure to enter your comment by next Thursday, 7:00am PST*

Terrifico Tuesday – Tips for beating the Turkey Day Bloat

Submitted by on November 24, 2009 - 11:30 am

Yesterday I was a guest on Los Angeles’ Univision 34 Primera Edici贸n. I shared some holiday anti-bloating tips. Here are the tips that I shared:

1. Drink lots of water during the holidays (and everyday).
Not drinking enough water throughout the day can cause unnecessary bloating. Water is your friend. It has so many health benefits. Not only does it retard bloating, but it also helps with digestion. When the body is dehydrated, or has too much sodium, it grabs on to and stores any water you give it because it thinks it may not get any for a long time. Once your body receives enough water to restore its water level it will let it go of what it has held on to. Also, people often confuse being thirsty with being hungry. So next time you think that you’re hungry grab a glass of water first. If you drink it and still feel hunger pangs have a light snack. And lastly, drinking a glass of water before your meal can lead to you feeling fuller faster. So keeping up your water intake is a great way to beat the bloat and stay trim.

2. Avoid fatty foods
A common cause of bloating & indigestion is from eating the wrong foods. Not only do fatty foods encourage the formation of fat cells within the body, but they delay the process of emptying your stomach, which contributes to bloating. If you can鈥檛 avoid fatty foods entirely, opt for small servings. Fruits and vegetables are also a great way to beat the bloat as they are 80 鈥 90% water.

3. Schedule your workouts
Exercise helps gas pass through the digestive tract more quickly, so you feel better faster. Even a quick ten-minute walk can relieve bloating. Abdominal workouts can tone your abs & make you feel less self-conscious about your belly when you’re bloated. Pilates is a great way to keep your abs strong, toned and taut, therefore disguising any unsightly bloating. Make sure to schedule your workouts into your holiday weekend. For a great abdominal routine check out my Pilates for Abs DVD!

Maravilloso Monday- Spooky Thomas

Submitted by on November 23, 2009 - 11:00 am

I spent the weekend entertaining my son. One thing that I have learned is that little boys love Thomas the Tank Engine. In an effort to find a new Thomas video to watch I stumbled upon this one. It’s so awesome how the engines do the moonwalk. My friends and I spent lots of time trying to master those Thriller moves for our living room dance recitals. I hope that this video makes you smile as much as it does V and me.



Fabuloso Friday – What was I thinking?

Submitted by on November 20, 2009 - 11:30 am

So here I am, circa 1990. This was an era when I believed that my naturally wavy hair was just not big enough and that a perm would make me look more like Julia Roberts, in Pretty Woman, (the hot movie at that time). It was important that my hair fill the entire frame of the photo.

Mino Flip
Do YOU have a bad hair photo?
If so, (and if you dare), enter your photo into the Big Hair Contest. I mean, don’t we all deserve a good laugh, (even if it’s at our own expense)? And just to make it worth your while we are doing a contest for the Best Worst Hair Photo. The winner of the Best Worst Hair Photo will receive the amazing, (and my personal favorite), Flip Mino Camcorder. Please enter all photos by Monday, December 28th.

Directions on inserting your photo:
Leave your comment below with your big hair photo by clicking on the camera icon on the right of the comment box.

Tentaci贸n Thursday – Being True

Submitted by on November 19, 2009 - 11:30 am

The Being True Energy Work Active Body Peel is a facial-worthy peel, for neck to toe glow. This product will stimulate, exfoliate and calm your skin, all at once. It’s a multi-active resurfacer that is great for dull or discolored skin. Its salicylic microcapsules release quickly to reveal a smoother and younger looking skin, as you massage it in. Now, who wouldn’t want that? The Energy Work active Body Peel is loaded with therapeutic essential oils that recharge your skin and leave it looking alive as you now feel..

For more information on Being True Products Click Here. One lucky La Buena Life Member will win a sample of Being True Energy Work Active Body Peel. For your chance to win leave your comment, below.

Buen Sabor Wednesday- Healthy Chicken Soup

Submitted by on November 18, 2009 - 11:30 am

Well, it’s that time of year, when everyone seems to be catching a cold. I don’t know what it is about chicken soup, but it really does make me feel better. So this week I found a healthy chicken soup at I like that this recipe packs in a bunch of yummy vegetables. (These mom’s are thinkin’).

The ingredients are:
Vegetable oil
Onion, minced
Carrots, diced
Celery, sliced
Garlic powder
Dried oregano flakes
Chicken broth, reduced sodium
Potatoes, peeled,
Chicken, cooked, chopped
Whole milk
Noodles, yolk-free, enriched, uncooked

Click Here to learn how to prepare this yummy sopa de pollo.

Buen provecho!

Terrifico Tuesday – Don’t Worry, Be Happy

Submitted by on November 17, 2009 - 11:30 pm

This just made me smile.


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