Submitted by admin on August 7, 2009 - 3:00 pm
The Isabel Allende Foundation was founded to homage her daughter, Paula Frias, who passed away at only twenty-eight years old. During Paula’s life, she worked as a volunteer in poor communities in Venezuela and Spain offering her time as an educator and psychologist.
Therefore, the Isabel Allende Foundation’s mission is to support select nonprofits in the San Francisco Bay Area and Chile whose missions are to provide women and girls with:
* Reproductive self-determination
* Protection from violence, exploitation and/or discrimination
For more information about the organization and how you can help, click here.
Submitted by admin on August 6, 2009 - 1:00 pm
This week’s giveaway is Isabel Allende’s book, The House of Spirits. This was an enjoyable read for me and I’m happy to be able to share it with you.
The following summary has been excerpted from the book jacket.
A best seller and critical success in Europe and Latin America, The House of the Spirits is the magnificent epic of the Trueba family – their loves, their ambitions, their spiritual quests, their relations with one another, and their participation in the history of their times, a history that becomes destiny and overtakes them all.
To enter to win, please leave a comment below.
Submitted by admin on August 5, 2009 - 1:00 pm
Don’t we all need a sweet kick in the morning? Why not make it a healthy fruit shake?
Click here for a great resource for different breakfast shake recipes.
Sip slow to prevent brain freezes 🙂
Submitted by admin on August 4, 2009 - 1:00 pm
I know you remember this old summer jam! I heard this on the radio just a couple of days ago and it’s been stuck in my head ever since. I’m going on vacation next month and the timing is just right cause’ I NEED A VACATION! Hope you all are having a fantastic summer!!! Let me know what your plans are 🙂
Submitted by admin on August 3, 2009 - 5:58 pm
Kid to his Dad as they watch TV: “Dad, tell me again how when you were my age you had to walk all the way across the room to change a channel.”
I just had to post this. I mean, in my house I WAS the remote control. It wasn’t until 3rd grade that we even got a color TV, let alone remote control. No wonder today’s children are so overweight, they don’t even move to change the channels.
I hope that this quote made you laugh (and perhaps even reminisce a bit).
Have a great week!
Submitted by admin on July 31, 2009 - 7:30 am
I discovered Petango.com yesterday and had to share it with you all. I am a pet lover (see my adorable Dougie below) and believe that every pet deserves a caring home. Petango.com is an online database that helps people find and adopt their perfect pet, because they need some lovin’ too. To begin your search now, click here.
Submitted by admin on July 30, 2009 - 1:00 pm
Want to love your pets AND keep it green? You can now do it with the Recyclabone pet product. It’s made from left over scraps from toys that would normally go to waste, but instead it’s used for your Dog’s new toy. Not only is it made of recycled materials but it’s also non-toxic and recyclable. So Cool!!!
Win it for your pet by leaving a comment with a photo of you and your pet.
Submitted by admin on July 29, 2009 - 4:00 pm
We all need to cool down during the summer. Whether you’re in the midst of a heat stroke, never ending hot day or dessert time at a dinner party, here’s an easy-to-whip-up summer chiller.
Click here for the recipe.
Submitted by admin on July 28, 2009 - 1:00 pm
PACK YOUR BAGS AND MEET ME IN PARADISE!
THE WINNER OF THE 3 DAY/2 NIGHT GIVEAWAY IS LA BUENA LIFE MEMBER LORI KRIENS!
I’m giving away a complimentary hotel certificate for the Viva Wyndham Maya, in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. The winner gets to bring a friend along for 3 days/2 nights. It’s the “All Inclusive” package and includes all meals, drinks, snacks, non-motorized sports, taxes and gratuity. The winner will be responsible for his/her airfare, as well as the airfare of their guest. It would be for anytime during the week of 9/13 – 9/21, 2009.
Enter to win by commenting on the blog post about why you and your friend deserve to go on the trip.
THE WINNER IS LORI KRIENS!!!
Submitted by admin on July 27, 2009 - 4:21 pm
Knowledge is proud that she knows so much;
Wisdom is humble that she knows no more.
We should never cease to educate ourselves. When we stop learning we stop growing. It has been years since I have been in a school setting, however I continue to learn and grow. Whether it’s learning how to film, edit and blog, cook something new (which is a big deal for me) or learn any other new skill, I love the feeling that I gain from knowledge and the thirst that I have for more.
What have you learned lately? I’d love to know.
Submitted by admin on July 24, 2009 - 7:06 pm
Marty Stevens-Heebner, the creator of Rebagz™, got the idea for her handbag line during a trip to the Philippines. While searching for materials and a manufacturer for her handbag designs, she found a foundation that recycles vivid plastic juice packs and weaves them into all sorts of colorful things. Marty also discovered that some Philippine rice sacks had vibrant designs on them. “I don’t care if they’re sacks,” she says. “Something that beautiful should not wind up in a dumpster. It deserves to be rescued and made into something gorgeous.” Marty decided that the recycled juice pack weave and the rice sacks would be the perfect “fabric” for her handbags. Color and variety have always been a hallmark of her work, and she has often been inspired by things she discovers in her global travels. (She has visited every continent, including Antarctica. “Penguins may be cute,” she says, “but they really, really stink.”)
Watch the interview!
What do you think of the handbags?
Submitted by admin on July 23, 2009 - 1:00 pm
Today’s giveaway is the Cinchy Tote from Rebagz™.
“Rebagz™ is made of recycled rice sacks and fruit juice packs – the kind you stick a straw in and slurp from. But after those jobs were done, these packs and sacks were just too colorful to throw away. So instead they’re rescued and transformed into our whimsical bags, handmade especially for you, all under fair trade conditions. Now just wear, enjoy – and recycle!”
Submitted by admin on July 22, 2009 - 12:00 pm
I just tried this yesterday but let me tell you, I can’t wait to sink my teeth into this delicioso Frozen Raspberry Pie again! It has such a rich and creamy flavor and of course, I made it with Agave…don’t forget that you can always substitute regular table sugars with better alternatives.
Click here for the recipe, enjoy!
Submitted by admin on July 21, 2009 - 1:30 pm
Here’s a blast from the past!!! Irene Cara’s, What a Feeling is definitely a timeless, inspirational and motivational classic. Other than the fact that it makes me dance every time I hear it, the line “take your passion, and make it happen,” always seems to strike a chord in me. My current project is getting my TV show up and running. What’s your passion and what are you doing to reach your goal? I’d love for you to share your stories to keep us all motivated as we are going through different journies to be the best we can be.
Submitted by admin on - 2:30 am
Your thoughts are the architects of your destiny.
– David O. McKay
Our thoughts are very powerful, good or bad. Begin this week with lots of positive thoughts and energy and give gratitude for al that you have. Doing that, I am sure that you will have a fantastic week.
Submitted by admin on July 17, 2009 - 5:00 pm
Don’t have time for makeup? Follow these 4 quick summer beauty tips from Professional Makeup artist, Tara Dowburd-Luftman, and you will be fresh-faced and fabulous in no time! Click here to watch!
Submitted by admin on July 16, 2009 - 11:00 am
I just LOVE Thursdays. I don’t know what it is about giving things away, but I love it! Today I am giving away a few itmes by E.L.F. (Eyes Lips Face) Cosmetics. (Sorry guys, I requested a male grooming kit and I never got it). 🙁 But ladies, you have hit it big. This week there will be three winners!!! Check out the cool E.L.F. products below, tell me which one you’d like to win and who knows? You just might win it.
#1 Nail Poish (Formaldehyde, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP) & Toulene Free)
3 Shades of Pink
Perfect for the Summer
#2 Mini Makeup Collection
Create a any look that refelcts your personal style
This compact has it all (eyeshadows, blush, bronzer and lip gloss)
#3 Super Glossy Lip Shine (5 “Berry Yummy” Tubes)
Brilliant, long-lasting shine & never sticky, these lip glosses are a must have for the summer!
Remember to leave your comment below for your chance to win some E.L.F. cosmetics!!!
Tune in tomorrow to get Beauty Expert, Tara Dowburd-Luftman’s 3 summer beauty tips!
Submitted by admin on July 15, 2009 - 6:00 pm
Fruit and Grain Salad
1 ¼ cups dry grains medley (try Trader Joe’s Grains Medley, or any mixed grains
you like such as wild rice, Israeli Couscous, whole wheat orzo, rice-lentil combos,
1 large apple, diced
½ English cucumber (also called Hothouse, in the plastic wrapper), diced
4 scallions (aka green onions, spring onions), thinly sliced
1/3 cup dried cranberries
¼ cup toasted sliced almonds
Handful of fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped
Handful of fresh mint leaves, roughly chopped
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
Squeeze of lemon or orange juice
3 tbsp maple syrup
2 tbsp Dijon mustard
¼ cup Extra Virgin olive oil
Salt & pepper to taste
Cook grains according to package directions, making sure to include some salt in the
water for flavor. When cooked, spread grains out onto a dinner plate to cool to
In a large bowl, whisk together maple syrup, vinegar, olive oil, mustard, and lemon
juice with a dash of salt & pepper. Add apples, cucumbers, scallions, herbs, and
cranberries to the bowl and toss in the vinaigrette. When grains are cool, add them
to the bowl (de-clumping with your fingers if necessary), along with the toasted
almonds. Toss to coat. Serve room temperature or chilled.
Submitted by admin on July 14, 2009 - 4:00 pm
Be One of The First to Book Your Vacation With Me and
I’ll be at the all-inclusive Viva Wyndham Maya Resort in Playa del Carmen, September 13th-20th.
Why should you come?
- There will be 2 FREE classes with me EVERYDAY at 10:30am -11:30am and 5:30pm – 6:30pm
- We’ll have breakfast together on Monday September, 14 at 10 am
- There are tons of cultural and leisure activities available for the entire family
- It’s all-inclusive!!! That means that you can eat and drink as much as you want
See you in Paradise!
Submitted by admin on July 13, 2009 - 2:00 pm
There is no beauty but the beauty of action.
I am in action. I am moving forward and I have all of you to thank for your continued support. I feel that my dream of my own lifestyle TV show is on the horizon. Please send me your positive thoughts and I will do all that I can to create a program that you will enjoy and want to tune in to.
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