Saturday, March 25, 2017

5 Star Living from the Inside-Out: Creating Your Dream Lifestyle

Have you already reached your dreams and are ready to create a more expanded vision for your life?

Or are you seeking to become more in alignment with what you really want? Would you like to know the secrets to becoming AGELESS? I've been in search of this illusion since I reached the mid-century mark. It's an elusive slippery slope, searching for the Fountain of Youth, but there are some real keys to unlock your personal path to vibrant health and radiant beauty, naturally.

One important first step is taking time out to envision the life of your dreams. Most of us spend time in fear  of the future or rehashing the past, but creating a vision board of your dreams, like the one above is a great pastime.
                            Loved the Beauty 4 The Soul Radio podcast, sharing insights leading edge authors and healers

John Assaraf, best known for sharing his story in the movie, The Secret,  about the dream home he found and posted on his vision board. He put it away and forgot about it, but when unpacking to move into his beautiful new home, he found the board. He was amazed to discover that the beautiful home he had just purchased was the same home on the vision board!
If you saw The Secret, you know the story of how I discovered the amazing power of vision boards. The story about how I envisioned my actual dream home years ahead of time, and then how I found myself in it one day is absolutely true. Once you gain clarity on what you really want and understand the universal laws of attraction, vision boards can help you bring that desire into reality – and my life today is living proof! John Assaraf
 Jack Canfield, of the Chicken Soup for the Soul, also encourages people to create vision boards.
Another is learning the habit of MINDFULNESS MEDITATION-The first step to healing from the inside out.
Your brain will work tirelessly to achieve the statements you give your subconscious mind. And when those statements are the affirmations and images of your goals, you are destined to achieve them! - Jack Canfield
By representing your goals with pictures and images you will actually strengthen and stimulate your emotions because your mind responds strongly to visual stimulation...  and your emotions are the vibrational energy that activates the Law of Attraction. The saying “A picture is worth a thousand words,” certainly holds true here.

I am on my own personal search to create my dream life into reality and this includes becoming ageless. I have found that adding mindfulness meditation to my daily life, as well as yoga, relieve stress. If boosting your confidence, releasing limiting beliefs and creating an authentic relationship with yourself is a goal,  you can take back your power, and be open to new possibilities.

                                             Baobob is BEST/ Bonga Food Demos with JoAnn at Whole Foods

Do you want to lose weight to feel great and be more fulfilled, wearing your favorite outfits, feeling confident going out and even working out?

Did you know that most weightloss gimics are not healthy, effective or long lasting?
It has been statistically proven that working out does NOT make you thin, but it does make you FIT.

Did you know you can be fit but still FAT even though you are doing cardio, sweating and working so hard until you drop out?

You’ve seen those hard core cardio slaves working out and doing all the right stuff but they are still overweight.

There’s a secret, which I will explain to you in depth and it’s very simple.

Most nutritionists, doctors and specialists  make it sound complicated, because they want you to follow their intricate programs and buy all their supplements and products.
                                        Iyengar Yoga is my saving grace: healthy habits can be good addictions

But I have discovered a better way. Believe me, those photos above are recent and I am telling you that I‘ve studied this for decades. I was a Jane Fonda Aerobics fanatic and worked out for almost 40 years. ( I won’t say how old I am but you can guess because I was committed to training in college!) But I went for the burn and got burned out! Now I'm not pushing myself and cannot do exhausting workouts-when suffering from adrenal fatigue, it is more important to do less, a slow burn is best.

I am not a super model/superstar and don’t have a perfectly lean body, but I am in shape and you can be too. I spent days, weeks, months and years training with the pros. Now I'm still dealing with the ups and downs of my weight, but not stressing over it any more.

Create the life of your dreams today. If you want REAL RESULTS, and if you’ve tried the rest, then go for the BEST and contact me today!

I am going to be perfectly honest with you, I don’t care about being on the cover of the next bikini issue of Sports Illustrated! But I do care about having vibrant health, radiant beauty and being fit. The system I use is great for men and women of any age. We have fabulous results which I will share with you in our first phone meeting. 

                                       Here I am with lovely and ageless Catie Norris, founder of Simply Young at a health expo.

It’s all about the cleanse, getting rid of toxins, letting go of stress and becoming the radiant person you know is inside of YOU! Another factor is having a coach, a cheerleader and someone who truly cares about you, your results and helping you to become your best self, NOW. Not next week, next year or someday! With the proper help, you too can become your picture perfect self, whatever that means to you!

Do you have an inner vision of your life that seems to elude you? Are you tired of repeating the same patterns over and over again and hoping for different results?  Are you seeking to find guidance but feel blocked? Are you feeling stuck, not recovering as easily from loss in work and relationships, feeling emotionally dis-connected from your partner, healing a broken heart, or feeling un-enthusiastic about love & life? Would you like to get access to the inner wisdom that is always within you?

*****Weight weightloss and management
*****I represent the most comprehensive, pure whole food wellness products available.

This includes a cleanse that is used by Celebrities, world class athletes and rock stars for detoxing the system and allowing you to eliminate the toxins that are contributing to your weight issues. With this system you are guaranteed a healthy weightloss that will not come back if you are committed. I have been trained personally by the nutritionist to the stars who is the founder and formulator of this outstanding system

Please contact me for more info and a free consultation

As a lifestyle coach, I cover a broad spectrum of issues and provide solutions to everyday challenges. I have listed some but not all of my expertise in helping others to live their BEST LIFE NOW!

Additional Coaching Specialties:
Career Goals
Health and Wellness
Healthy Food Prep
Life/Work Balance
De-Stress Solutions
Image Makeovers

Improving Overall Lifestyle Challenges, including decades of research, providing source and Resource 

Trained for over 35 years in different workout modalities and attended workshops :
Iyengar Yoga
Kundalini Yoga
Yin Yoga/Stretch
Strength Training
Jane Fonda Aerobics
Low Impact Workouts
Power Body Sculpting
Mindfulness Meditation/Breathwork

If you’re seeking out-of-the-box creative solutions that are above and beyond the rest of the crowd, you will appreciate this style of coaching. When everyone else says, IMPOSSIBLE, we will say, “I’m Possible”! When you are open to receiving the right harmony and balance of mind/body/spirit anything is possible!

                                 Mindfulness Meditation and Hypnosis Training with Chris Howard

With the right guidance, you can not only thrive and flourish, but create the life of your dreams that is waiting for you now!

I have personally experienced many of the challenges my clients experience and discovered the keys to unlock the doors to 'finding your own bliss.' I have used life coaches for my own guidance and realized that all the answers were inside of me, beyond anything in their limited experience. Through my mindfulness meditation practice, I have experienced life-changing results which has catapulted me into this form of healing work to share with my clients.

I have been researching, exploring and discovering the secrets to creating the life of my dreams. Sometimes we have an ideal that we think is our true hearts desire, but life has a way of throwing us curve balls to redirect us to another trajectory. It may seem like we are going off course but in reality we are being guided to another, more desirable destiny. In process, I have experienced many miracles in spite of the years of challenges. It is my thrill to share these secrets to a fulfilling life and helping my clients overcome the blocks and manifest the life of their dreams. It is my greatest pleasure to have my clients experience Beauty for the Soul each and every day.

Would you like to explore creating your own dream lifestyle? I will help you!

Here's how it works:

1. First is a brief phone conversation to find out a little bit about the client and see if there’s a good fit.(Free)

2. Then I send a  questionnaire forms to have them fill out to explore the areas they are interested in working on.

3. Then we set up a series of sessions (after the first initial session) to discuss and work on the issues, including different methods and processes to do at home.

4. There are dozens of books and processes out there which I will recommend, but I believe the best way to make the changes is to have a personal coach to assist you. That is why I am offering my services.
The experts always say:We teach what we need to learn after decades of study to create my own dream life (which is still in process ) I am now offering to share the best of the best with my readers. 
                                           Bullet Proof Coffee King-Me and Dave Asprey at the Natural Products Expo 2017

Here are a list of just a few of the credentialed seminars from my decades of exploring creating my dream lifestyle.
Reiki 1 & 11
Insight Seminars
I: The Awakening Heart Seminar
II: The Opening Heart Seminar
III: The Centering In The Heart Seminar
IV: Knowing the Purpose of your Heart Seminar
The Reconnection 1& 11 with Eric Pearl
Break Costin

Unprocessed 30 Day SOS Challenge with Chef AJ (Vegan lifestyle training )
Kundalini Yoga Healing with MahanKirn
Peak Potentials Training Series with T. Harv Eker
including Train the Trainer

                               Living Legend Deepak Chopra at his new book signing, "You Are the Universe"
Ayurvedic Healing Workshops with Dr.s Deepak Chopra and David Simon
Simply Young Longevity and Wellness Coach

Mindfulness Meditation and Hypnosis Training with Chris Howard 
Life Work Planning with Dr. Richard Bolles (author What Color is Your Parachute?)

Now I am offering my unique lifestyle concepts for a select few and am available for in person and online sessions.

You may contact me to set up a free consultation

Friday, March 17, 2017

Oscar Aftermath:Always A Class Act at the TMG Oscar Suite/Academy Awards 2017

Royal Twin with Eufora

With all the buzz from the aftermath of the Awards, and many people still scratching their heads about the mishap, there’s that one perfect memory that the privileged VIP’s will remember. TMG, Beverly Hills based luxury goods public relations hosted it’s 11th Annual Pre-Oscar “Red Carpet Ready” Luxury Suite, at the legendary Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills. In honor of the 89th Academy Awards, this was the swankiest suite. The lobby was a hotbed for hosted events, and the stars were out to see and be scene.

But upstairs, in the penthouse, a private, first class luxury event was the most coveted on the list of pre-oscar events. Celebrity offerings were plentiful but the most luxe were the personalized beauty treatments to make everyone feel like a star.


The list of sponsors were:

GOLDEN BOOKS: Part of Random House, it’s Little Golden Books 75th Anniversary this year.  Iconic Children’s books.

ESSIE: Manicures. Lots of colors and featuring a special GOLD MANI to honor Little Golden Books 75th Anniversary. Goldfinger’s never looked so chic!

KATHRINE BAUMANN HANDBAGS:  Beautifully crystal-studded handbags often seen on the Red Carpet carried by major celebrities. These are the kind of accessory handbags that are meant to be displayed after the event, in a special place at home. Truly a work of art!

Me-Getting the Eufora Magic Touch with a curling iron and Eufora Products

EUFORA HAIR: Salon professional brand. Aloe Vera based products, natural, sustainable, and biodegradable. Never uses mineral oil/artificial colorants. Present at Spring/Summer Fall/Winter NYFW/. These are ‘kind ingredients’ that are eco-friendly and make your hair healthy while adding shine, shimmer and body. Just a quick styling by the magical hands of the pro can take you from drab to fab and Red Carpet Ready.

GINNY COSMETICS: Make up is paraben and fragrance free.  Cruelty free/no animal testing. Healthy, age defying natural ingredients.
 Y2K JEWELERS: While it’s not the end of the world, this family owned high-end, luxury jewelry designer and manufacturer is the first and last stop in specialty diamond engagement rings, one of a kind Gem Stones, and custom made jewelry. Located in California, you know you are getting the best quality pieces and they’re made in the USA. (Yes! Even Pres T likes this)

ICANDY SALON: Lash extension services. While many celebs frequent the beauty bars, getting a top quality lash extension can be pricey even for an up and coming nominee. This was a perfect service that lasts beyond the glitz and glitter of the awards week.

KEVITA  KOMBUCHA: Hydrate with an assortment of delicious Kombucha flavors. For those who abstain from the bubbly champagne, this makes a healthy alternative and feels/tastes as good as a fine Prosecco!

NELLY DE VUYST SKINCARE:  These Express Facials were only 25 minutes, but the results were beyond the norm. You know you’re experiencing the best quality in premium skin care when you only need less than one half hour to produce smooth, polished, bright and radiant skin. These products are designed to be the most effective anti-aging and corrective skin care products on the market. And they really make a difference. While other brands boast of their visible effects, this one really comes through and your skin feels like a baby. Even the guys were enjoying more youthful texture!


GIENIA DESIGNS: If you’re in the market for modern signature pieces using precious stones including tourmaline, aquamarine, sapphire and ruby then Eleanor and Jenna are the go-to designers. You can see their inspired designs have a touch of art history in their rings and earrings. After studying in Rome, they were so moved to create classic designs, which are a fashion statement for day or night.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Red Carpet Ready With a Touch of Romance: The 2017 Oscar Festivities

First stop: The hottest spot on Melrose Place, the scene to be seen for Doris Bergman’s Ninth Annual Valentine Romance Oscar®  Style Lounge & Party at Fig & Olive, in West Hollywood on Thursday, February 23, 2017.

 (Handsome Hunk) Award Winning Actor Vince Spano and moi

Photo Courtesy: Susan Edwards Martin

This swanky gourmet hot spot for the uber elite was the gifting suite for the upcoming Oscars. Doris Bergman’s style lounge, honoring the upcoming 89th Annual Academy Awards was buzzing with some of Hollywood’s finest. This legendary event is a noteworthy celebration honoring the Oscar® Nominated actors, former Oscar® winners, presenters, stylists and industry VIPS.

This year's hosts were: BUYWINE.COM, with some fab wine gifts, trendy couture gowns and menswear including tasteful ties, suits and tux's, the best in beauty finds for skin & hair, bejeweled collections, trendy accessories, including handbags, scents, leading edge electronics, Napa wines and spirits, yummy sweets and much more! 

Dr. Sal "Rejuvenation in Motion" Mobile Med Spa (Have Botox, etc. will Travel)
 Photo Courtesy: Susan Edwards Martin

Celebs and attendees enjoying the festivities: Oscar Nominees Benj Pasek (“La La Land” Best Song), Justin Paul (“La la Land” Best Song), David Greathouse, Executive Producer (“Hacksaw Ridge”) Best Picture, David Permut, Producer (“Hacksaw Ridge” Best Picture), Saniyya Sidney (“Fences” Best Picture & “Hidden Figures” Best Picture), joined multiple Oscar Nominees Bruce Dern, Golden Globe Nominees/Winners Allen Maldanado (“Black-ish”), Dale Goldboldo (“People vs. O.J.”),Grammy Nominee Renee Olstead, (“Do You You Want To Know A Secret?”), Frank Stallone, (“Stayin’ Alive”), Prime Time Emmy Nominee Matt Walsh (“Veep”), Primetime Emmy Winner Patrika Darbo (“Acting Dead””), “Dancing With Stars” beauties Karina Smirnoff and Edyta Sliwinska, Sam Trammell (“True Blood”), Steven Bauer (“Ray Donovan”), Lauren Makk (“FABLife”),

More must-have gifts from sponsors such as Celeb Skincare for Ageless Beauty with Dr. Nicholas Perricone and celebs that enjoyed the goodies- like Michael Campion (“Fuller House”),  Tony Denison (“Major Crimes”), Hollywood Icon Dee Wallace and Naomi Grossman (“American Horror Story”)

 " Dancing With The Stars” Karina Smirnoff with Footmate

Photo Credit:
Bergman Public Relations

                            Title Sponsor BUYWINE.COM with Allen Maldanado (Black-ish, 2017
                            Golden Globe Nominated Series)

Photo Credit:
Bergman Public Relations

 Multiple Oscar Nominee, Bruce Dern with Hearts By Hillel

Photo Credit:
Bergman Public Relations
                                              Sam Trammell with Fibrum Virtual Reality

Photo Credit:
Bergman Public Relations

The spotlight was also on guests & sponsors that donated unwrapped gifts for young adults (ages 13-18) for a Post-Holiday Gift Drive benefitting ‘Wednesday’s Child’ — a weekly segment airing on KTTV FOX 11 News, Los Angeles, with Anchor Christine Devine. ‘Wednesday’s Child’ highlights ‘harder to place’ children in the LA County foster care system who are in need of adoptive families. “In Los Angeles County, alone, there are over 35,000 children receiving child welfare services,” says social worker, Professor  William Wong.  Two foster children are invited to attend and get the royal treatment like the rest of the VIP's.
Samiah Hinton, Samiah Hinton Designs
Photo Courtesy: Susan Edwards Martin  

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Soothing Peace With Shirodhara

Visiting a day spa is one of the modern luxuries many of us seek to experience healing, pleasure and peace. In ancient times many cultures sought the healing waters, such as the Greeks, the Romans and indigenous peoples of the world.The Romans are noted in establishing the first spas which were well designed bathhouses built near mineral springs. The definition of the word, SPA means salus per aqua — health through water.

While many spas were cropping up in Europe, the ancient healing techniques of Ayurveda (whole body) healing systems were developed thousands of years ago in India. Based on the belief in the subtle balance of the mind/body/spirit, healing and wellness can be achieved.

In ancient times, a devout disciple and first cousin of the Buddha was a man who was said to have the highest purity of heart. This man was called Ananda, which means state of bliss, considered the highest state of being.

According to Bess O’Connor of the Chopra Center, Ayurveda is considered the highest level of the massage world. It has been around through the ages, not only for relaxation, but for “health benefits such as improving circulation, toning the muscles, calming the nerves, lubricating the joints, and increasing mental alertness. They are also used for supreme detoxification, skin health, energy, stamina, and better sleep.”

Today, the popularity of ancient Indian healing is showing up in spas all over the world. Burke Williams the oldie but goodie leader in the day spa world has expanded it’s offerings into the ancient healing traditions of India with Ayurvedic treatments. Their offerings are from Shirodhara and
Ananda (which means state of bliss) to Balance Bowl Enhancements.

My massesuse explained the treatment process and asked me to smell three different oils which were in attunement with the doshas. According to this healing method, there are three energies believed to circulate in the body and govern physiological activity, Vata, Pitta, Kapha.

Each specific oil, according to your dosha, was infused with different metals. Dosha is a Bioelement that makes up your constitution. The three bioelements are always fluctuating in the body. They change with day and night, and with food.

The Doshas are defined as:Vata (airy element) characterized by properties of dry, cold, light, minute, and movement. All movement in the body is due to property of vata and in this treatment it is balanced by Brass. Pitta (fiery element) connected to hotness, moist, liquid, sharp and sour, its chief quality is heat. Kapha (watery element) is characterized by heaviness, cold, tenderness, softness, slowness, lubrication, and the carrier of nutrients.

At a recent visit to the location, I was immersed into  a peaceful calm with SHIRODHARA (“Head-flow” – Profound – Flowing – Clarity)

This deeply soothing traditional procedure is used to calm the central nervous system and integrate the mind and body to achieve a heightened state of awareness, relaxation and contentment. Before the treatment I was offered to smell three different herbal massage oils, and had to choose one which were aligned with my specific mind-body constitution, or dosha. Then while lying on the heated massage table which was very soothing, especially since it was a cold, rainy day in February. The warm herbal oil was massaged all over my body, in a rhythmic yet calming pace. The piece de la resistance was the  ending with the Shirodhara, a constant and gentle stream of oil poured over the third eye to create a profound state of happiness and mental clarity.

It is especially comforting to have your feet, hands and scalp massaged with the oils. If you can keep the oil in your hair overnight it is very nourishing. You can sleep with a cap on and let the oils do their magic. It smells heavenly and has healing effects.

If you are seeking a new kind of spa experience and haven’t tried any Ayurvedic treatments, you may find that this will become a preference. It is now my ‘drug of choice’ for healing massage techniques. When you experience the combination of the oils befitting your condition, you will find that this kind of treatment is not only more relaxing but more healing than a traditional swedish or other massage. Next time you are thinking of a gift for yourself or your loved ones, this may be the ticket!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Searching For That Natural High? De-Stress With CBD Oil

If you're an avid follower of this blog you will find that many of my articles are focused on living the 5 star life, without limits, on any budget. 

I am fascinated about the latest discoveries and research in healthy living, as well as sharing the leading edge breakthroughs in wellness and healing. You may agree that as a boomer, life is less about stuff and more about feeling good. My dream is to uplift and inspire you to live your best life now, while seeking the best of the best in spas, beauty, and becoming ageless.

Recently, I had a story assignment to research the benefits of CBD Oil (Cannabidoil). While there are many 'claims' and testimonials, most are not validated by reliable sources. However, there are many studies that have some inspiring results. I did not go into depth about this, since there is so much information out there, including research from the NIH and other government related sources.

(Here is an excerpt-please feel free to check out the rest via this link .)

After the 2016 elections, it seems as if everyone has been living more on edge than ever before. Even on Facebook, among friends and family, many are still battling against all odds because of the political upheaval stemming from the policies of the new president. There’s a trickling down to the daily onslaught of negative news.
Today, more than ever, people are seeking solace, searching for peace, tranquility and a sense of overall well being. There is so much stress compounding with the instability of the government, the economy, the weather and life in general is overwhelming for most of us. The quest is always to find that natural high, whether from mindful meditation, yoga, hiking in nature or running, anything that gets the oxygen flowing.
Getting high on life can be a peak experience for most of us, but for many it is achieved through the use of psychoactive drugs. Ever since the 2016 election, there is a buzz going around the states that have passed the use of Marijuana, since the legalization of it is becoming widespread. Among the cannabinoids in cannabis, the main psychoactive compound, THC, often outshines the other one, CBD that provides a natural anti-anxiety, anti-epileptic and antipsychotic effect.

Check out my article on Huffington Post

Thursday, February 16, 2017

5 Star Freebies-Living With Synchronicity

My best friend calls me Magical Marjorie because I marvel at the little things and really do experience living the 5 star life, without limits on a miniscule BUDGET! How many fun, luxe experiences can you have without spending any money? My greatest thrill is becoming aware of the little gifts from the Universe, making note of them, and sharing the process with you all. My desire is to uplift and inspire others to become aware and awaken to the mindful miracles that occur all the time. No matter what is going on in our lives, sometimes we really need to stop and smell the roses to move beyond the struggles. Things are extremely challenging in all areas right now. When we focus on the scary stuff, we become immobilized and it is like a freeze frame in the moment. All we can see is what is not working and not the little things that are.

But I am not going to share the negatives because I am focusing on gratitude. In the past, when faced with the kinds of issues I have today, I would most certainly be freaking out. But now I am learning how to shift my focus, expand my reality to experience a new 'portal' of existence, one that makes me feel better. Instead of being obsessed with the things that are not going well, I am learning to let it go. I 'take care of business' as best as I can, but I have learned to 'know when to hold'em and know when to fold'em.' Learning what I can and cannot control takes practice and being present in the moment.

Recently I got three writing assignments that have shown up just in the nick of time. That's all I am going to say, but I am definitely shifting my self-talk, curbing my fears and feeding my head with all the amazing free YouTube videos.  From Byron Katie to Abraham Hicks, and webinars, like John Burgos Beyond the Ordinary, Mindvalley Academy and the daily offerings just keep coming in. There is a wealth of information out there to assist us in healing the darkness that prevails and reprogramming our minds to align with positive.

There are dozens of free courses online, and my in-box is flooded with them daily. But this is NOT about all of that. Today I want to share about how I live my life, and allow gifts to show up, just by being open and appreciating the wonder of it all.

As I mentioned, my first writing assignment, on the benefits of CBD Oil, for huffpost was rejected because I didn't have the proper sources sited, so I have to re-edit it. So normally I would panic because I needed to get paid immediately and now my editors in London will have to wait until it is approved to pay me. Lots of other little things that usually immobilize me are not getting in my way. I finished my other story on the Medevac (emergency air ambulance in the Virgin Islands) and hopefully it will be approved so I can post it on the site.

So my newest assignment was for Pelican Hill Magazine and it is a fashion spread. I have very little interest in writing about fashion. My passion is spas, luxury resorts, pampering and becoming ageless. Fashion is not my passion. But when I started to research the magazine and the copy I realized that writing about fashion is very poetic. In fact it is rousing to write creatively about the current trends. I actually was enjoying the assignment! This was another gift.

However, I needed to do some research at Neiman Marcus at Fashion Island in Newport Beach, so I stopped by before my yoga class (which I ended up going to the Newport Yogaworks instead of Laguna Beach). When I got to Neiman's I met a lovely sales lady in Escada and asked her a few questions about the fashion trends for spring. She gave me a list of Neiman's own and then offered me a bottle of water with the Neiman's brand label!

That was my first gift. Then I went down to the main floor and discovered they had the Dyson Supersonic hairdryer on display and there was going to be a stylist giving free blowouts! If you haven't tried this blow dryer, you're in for a treat. There are only a few things out there that are affordable and can really change your life in the world of beauty. This is one of them! First of all it is IONIC. Check it out, you won't ever need to go to a 'dry bar' and blow your hard earned cash getting styled by someone else! I didn't have time to wait for the stylist because they were showing up at 11:30 and I wanted to get to yoga at 12:00. So they let me use the dryer and I was perfectly happy doing it myself.

Then one of the sales people from the makeup counter came by and insisted on blowing out my hair. She was a professional stylist as well. I was happy to get the free blowout, enjoying my frizz free frocks, like a visit to the salon-but without having to get wet. While sitting there a few other ladies came by and one invited me to go upstairs to a special makeup event where they were demonstrating a new skincare product. She said there would be champagne and yummies. I normally cannot resist a glass of champagne, but am committed to my Whole Foods, Plant Based diet right now. (Simply Young) It doesn't totally exclude the bubbly, but I'm also trying to slim down again. So I had to turn down the offer, but again, they insisted I come back after yoga and get a free makeup application. One of the other ladies gave me her card and said to come back any time for a full makeup demonstration and lesson.

Then I went to Whole Foods after yoga, for a quick lunch from the salad bar and they were giving away my favorite vegan protein bar as well as a discount coupon. I also had some samples of different healthy products. (Last week they were sampling sparkling wine and some beer.)

I had to leave to begin my writing assignment so I stopped off at my favorite 5 Star Resort cafe at Pelican Hill Resort around the corner and sat down on the sofa with my laptop and used the free WiFi.

I had the whole couch to myself,  overlooking the magnificent view and was blessed with the perfect cappuccino!( Just look at the froth on this masterpiece, with fluffy whisps of foam and sprinkles of cinnamon! And the breathtaking vista!)

I spent a couple of hours at the cafe online and then headed home in rush hour traffic. Rush hour here in Newport-Laguna is a joke! It's actually just cruising down the coast highway with some extra cars. In LA it it was torture. A normal twenty minute drive could be over an hour or more! Here in Paradise, it is just a slight inconvenience. Yet the locals are concerned about the distance, and I drive out of my way to enjoy cruising down the highway! I have not been bored yet.......

So this is how I spend my days receiving the gifts that come my way. I hope to uplift and inspire you to open yourself up to receiving the little synchronicities that show up in your life. No matter how challenging these times are for some of us there are still little miracles that show up and help to brighten your day.

Be open, be grateful and watch what happens. Until next time......allow yourself to be pampered by the universe, because you deserve it!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Valentine's Day-Turn UP The Heat With These Natural Aphrodisiacs!

Are you ready to rock your world with a healthy dose of fun? From fruits and veggies to herbal elixirs, there are ways to pump up the volume of feeling amorous, without drugs and artificial stimulators. These are nature’s way of giving us aphrodisiacs to experience the love connection to ourselves and others. The name comes from Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of sexuality and love. In this modern age of love potions, potent elixirs, pills and synthetic chemicals, the Ancients had the right idea. They discovered foods, drinks and behaviors that increased sexual desires.

It is especially noticeable in plant foods which have aphrodisiac effects. Putting the placebo effect aside, Western medical science may not have any proven claims to their efficacy, many lovers still enjoy the presumed effects of aphrodisiacs because they turn up the heat in the body. One of the main effects is that they stimulate the senses: taste, touch, smell, sight and sound.

Author, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, is also a writer, chef, and speaker, with five ground breaking books, including the award-winning The Joy of Vegan Baking, The Vegan Table, Color Me Vegan, and the Vegans Daily Companion.

As a compassionate animal lover, she is “A star in the vegan Universe” VegNews. 

Check out:The 30 Day Vegan Challenge, “you will learn about foods that increase libido - no powdered rhino horn or exotic oysters, but good wholesome foods for good wholesome fun.”
“Some aphrodisiacs are considered such because of their texture. Agave nectar, derived from a cactus-like plant, oozes a thick sweet syrup. The romantic effect of champagne has more to do with the bubbles than with the alcohol. And apricots, mangoes, peaches, and tomatoes – also known as “love-apples” – are on the list of sensual foods primarily for their built-in succulence.”

Food and sexuality have been associated in various ways throughout history. Foods such as chocolate, known as a sexy potion because of the release of dopamine in the pleasure center of the brain. Remember the incredible display of pure, raw sensuality in front of the refrigerator in movie, 9 1/2 Weeks? That may well be the most sensuous, sexually invigorating scenes ever!
Some provide symbolism, such as the biblical "forbidden fruit "or the cherry with its associations related to virginity. Seeing the color red may increase passion. Spicy foods like chili peppers increase heat, blood flow, blushed skin, swollen lips and also release endorphins.

An English herbalist from the 17th century, Nicholas Culpepper, wrote that asparagus "stirs up lust in man and woman." It's light and full of vitamins, and adds a welcomed freshness to many dishes.

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Almonds have been regarded as a fertility symbol throughout antiquity.

Agave oozes a thick, sweet syrup.

Avocados have been considered an aphrodisiac since Mayan times -- when they were eaten to improve sexual desirability. They are visually symbolic.

Bananas are noted for their obvious shape, but also chock full of potassium and Vitamin B, an important part of the proper function of sex hormones.

Celery is also high in essential nutrients necessary for great sex, and it contains two chemicals — androsterone and adrostenol — which serve as a sexual attractant when ingested.

Champagne is intoxicating but mainly used for it’s titillating bubbles. Prosecco is super bubbly!

Chocolate has always been an elixir with phenylethylamine (PEA), which stimulates the same hormone your body releases during sex.

Cinnamon heats up your body and, in turn, your sex drive

Figs have been a part of biblical history, one of the ancient fruits that were highly coveted because they are sweet and soft. The Greeks linked this sensuous fruit with love and fertility.

Garlic is another strong flavor enhancer and is known to get your juices flowing.

Ginger like chili peppers, ginger spices things up and increases circulation and body temperature.

Honey which is organic, raw and rich in B vitamins, supports testosterone production, which can increase desire. It also contains the boron used in estrogen production, which is important for female desire.

Pine Nuts since the Middle Ages, they have been known to increase sexual stamina. Loaded with zinc, which is essential for producing testosterone.

Pomegranates are a symbol of fertility. The seeds of this luscious red fruit improve blood flow and are rumored to increase genital sensitivity.

Sweet Basil is a sweet, pungent herb that not only appeals to the sense of smell, but the taste is energizing, and may boost your sex drive.

Vanilla is always a great flavor enhancer for desserts, but it is also a powerful spice, in foods and especially candles.

But you don’t have to wait for Valentine’s Day to experience these potent elixirs. This can be a year round delicacy, so make sure you indulge daily, especially when these delectable aphrodisiacs are in season.

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