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Posted by scarlett1973 on June 16, 2016 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (24)

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Renee Cefalu studied mind, body, and spirit wellness for over 22+ years. Her passion in life is the continual journey of personal and spiritual growth and development. Her mission is to help others to discover how they can contribute to a paradigm shift with the removal of our own unwarranted beliefs and thinking patterns. Her practicing of meditation has allowed her to train my mind to a calm state. In her own words, “with the mind in a calm state, we can open an existence beyond the mind – an inner contentment and presence of living in the moment. Life is about discovering reverence for life itself through caring for our bodies, minds and spirits. What we put in and on our bodies effects our emotional health and physical health. Nurturing ourselves is the beginning to long standing health”.- Renee Cefalu


"A quick and uplifting read. Provides good advice and practical tips to incorporate changes in your life. Lots of great ideas--that are do-able! Confirms YOU are in control of your decisions, attitudes, beliefs, health--your life!" Debbiw G. via Amazon 

"Serenity of the mind: The Process of Self Mastery is a well written book taking a look at the physical, emotional and spiritual a aspect of life in order to help on the journey of life. Renee gives many examples on how to achieve the Mastery of Self.... There is not just one!" Horace Craft via Amazon

"This does a great job of bringing together many strategies at a high level that all contribute to holistic well being. While not ground breaking in content, very useful information that is transformational for those looking toward self improvement" Maurice Salata via Amazon 


This book will guide you on a journey to a happier life. As you read along, you will discover tools to embrace life’s challenges and become more aware of the importance of physical and mental wellness to achieve self-mastery.

Every chapter builds upon the last and provides powerful insides for improving your quality of life through techniques you can put into practice right away.

Go to http://www.reneecefalu.com/ to learn more about the author and this GREAT book. We highly recommend it!

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Veggiecation Giveaway

Posted by scarlett1973 on May 17, 2016 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (26)

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Veggiecation is an evidence-based children's culinary nutrition-education program that promotes and educates communities on the health benefits of vegetables and how to prepare them in simple, unique, affordable, and most importantly, delicious ways. Veggiecation lessons allow children and parents to develop the culinary skills that will empower them to prepare meals that are health conscious and environmentally sustainable. This ability will benefit participants throughout their lives and allow them to make food choices that are socially conscious and give them the power to take responsibility of their own health and wellness in a way that is realistic and affordable.


Veggiecation offers an online certification program that provides passionate individuals with the skills to teach Veggiecation's signature Healthy Kids Cooking Classes. Participants learn everything from food safety and allergy awareness to the unique style of teaching that makes Veggiecation classes so engaging and successful.


"Veggiecation's training is quick & affordable and provides all the skills and tools to teach their healthy kids cooking classes. Best of all they provide all the business and marketing resources you need to help make extra money in your coaching business!" -  By Kimmell Proctor, PA

"Veggiecation has allowed me to combine my knowledge and my passion and turn them into an incredible experience teaching in day care centers, after school programs, and summer camps" - By Lori Drouin, NJ 

"The Veggiecation program has given my team the ability to spread the love of vegetables and wellness to a larger population at a single time, while maintaining a fun and educational experience" - By Jenna A. Werner, NJ


Classes can take place at schools and/or out-of-school and summer programs. Kids learn about food and kitchen safety, nutrition, food preparation, and how to have fun in the kitchen. All activities are specifically design for each age group to keep children engaged. 

All recipes are designed to be simple, quick, and delicious. Moreover, they are made with ingredients that unprocessed and easy to keep on hand. But that is NOT all! The creators of the Veggiecation Program also made sure to help you save money and time with their budget meal planning recipes. 

Make sure to visit their website for more information about these classes and the Veggiecation Program.


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Mitch Spinach Books Giveaway

Posted by scarlett1973 on March 2, 2016 at 6:20 PM Comments comments (20)

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This is a GREAT collection of books to get your kids interested about nutrition. You and your child will have fun sharing the adventures of Mitch Spinach and learning about the benefits of a healthy diet. 

Each book in the series contains a Teaching Points Section, written by Dr. Fuhrman, and a healthy recipe taken from the book's adventure for parents and kids to try. The Mitch Spinach website also contains creative lesson plans for teachers of all disciplines and outlines the importance of sound nutrition in the Parents section of the site. Plus, kids will find fun downloadable games to play! Dr. Fuhrman presides over the nutritional and medical aspects of the Mitch Spinach mission, ensuring that the information presented in the books is based on sound medical and nutritional evidence. 



Hillary Feerick and Jeff Hillenbrand have been married for 15 years and have two young children, a girl and a boy. Months before their first child was born, they began to delve more deeply into infant and maternal nutrition. Health and wellness were priorities for their family, and they wanted to give their children the healthiest start possible. Six years later, compelled by the difficulties of raising healthy children in a fast-paced, junk-food-filled world, they decided to combine their expertise in health (Jeff holds a BS in exercise science) and writing (Hillary holds a BA and MA in English and is an English teacher) to create Mitch Spinach, a healthy role model for children.


Post a comment below for your chance to win. We will choose three winners for this giveaway. Make sure to enter today!!! 

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Win a copy of How Not To Die by Dr. Michael Greger

Posted by scarlett1973 on February 9, 2016 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (61)

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About Dr. Greger


Dr. Michael Greger is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Agriculture and the Tufts University School of Medicine. He is licensed as a general practitioner specializing in clinical nutrition.


Dr. Greger is a bestselling author and internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety, and public health issues. He is also a founding member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and he serves as the public health director at the Humane Society of the United States.


I’m a BIG fan of Dr. Greger and his valuable research. His website provides information about different health and nutrition topics from A to Z. You can browse through thousands of videos and articles for practical advice to live longer, healthier lives. His ample knowledge combined with a sense of humor make his videos and articles even more interesting. Make sure to visit his site!


More About The Book


In How Not to Die, Dr. Greger, examines the top causes of premature death in America and explains how nutritional and lifestyle interventions can free us from pharmaceutical and surgical approaches that in most cases do more harm than good.


“The simple truth is that most doctors are good at treating acute illnesses but bad at preventing chronic disease. The fifteen leading causes of death claim the lives of 1.6 million Americans annually. This doesn't have to be the case. By following Dr. Greger's advice, all of it backed up by strong scientific evidence, you will learn which foods to eat and which lifestyle changes to make to live longer” - Source: NutritionFacts.org


How Not To Die has received a wide range of positive reviews from prominent experts in related fields and I can say without a doubt that this book provides the BEST up-to-date information about the foods scientifically proven to prevent and reverse disease.


Book Reviews


“Michael Greger, M.D. scours the world's scholarly literature on nutrition for the most interesting, groundbreaking and practical new research. His work at NutritionFacts.org and in HOW NOT TO DIE features the latest science on nutrition and health to show how to treat and prevent disease.” - Joel Fuhrman, M.D., author of EAT TO LIVE


“The news that a plant-based diet is the healthiest way to eat is spreading. Dr. Michael Greger presents the groundbreaking science on how simple plant-based food choices help us live healthier and happier lives. Dr. Greger describes which foods to eat to prevent the leading causes of disease-related death and shows how a diet based on fruits, vegetables, tubers, whole grains, and legumes might even save your life.” - Brian Wendel, Founder and President of FORKS OVER KNIVES


"How Not To Die is one of the most important books on health ever written. Dr. Greger shows us how to prevent and sometimes reverse all the major diseases that are killing us. We have the genetic potential to live disease free lives full of health and vitality until we are past 100. This book is the scientific road map we need to do exactly that." - John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market


Audiobook sample on Soundcloud - http://bit.ly/1Qnfaq4




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Warner Bros Studio Tour - Hollywood

Posted by scarlett1973 on November 9, 2015 at 6:50 PM Comments comments (15)

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Warner Bros Studios brings fans closer than ever to the entertainment they love. Their tour explores the iconic 110-acre film studio that brought “Argo” and “Ocean’s Eleven” to the big screen. From Friends to The Big Bang Theory, the studio tour takes guests behind the scenes for a revealing look at how the magic is made.


Visitors can explore the famous back lot locations used in some of the world’s most popular movies and television series including “Million Dollar Baby” and the wildly successful “Pretty Little Liars" television series.


They recently introduced a major expansion on July 16th of this year. The brand new Stage 48 features the full film and television production process – from the earliest scripts and casting sessions to the final touches in postproduction and the glory of awards season, each component is represented step-by step throughout the purpose-built soundstage. Guests are able to design their own Batmobiles and movie costumes while in the pre-production section. Moreover, they can “fly” on Harry Potter’s broomstick using the same green screen technology used in the film.


The Studio Tour also includes a rare look inside the four-story Prop Department, featuring one of the largest selections of rare antiquities and modern furniture, rugs, drapery, lighting, and hand props from Hollywood’s golden era, and the Picture Car Vault, which showcases vehicles from all seven “Batman” movies, such as the Tumbler from “The Dark Knight” series and the Bathammer from “Batman and Robin.”




We recently visited the studios and our experience was AMAZING!!! FYI, the Central Perk Café was my favorite stop. I definitely recommend taking this tour.


Warner Bros. Studio Tour


3400 W. Riverside Drive Burbank, CA 91505


The studio is open seven days a week starting at 8am (extended hours are available during the spring and summer seasons). Tickets start at $62 per person (eight years old and up), and Deluxe Tours are also available with special reservations.


For more information visit www.wbstudiotour.com 




Universal Studios Hollywood

Posted by scarlett1973 on October 8, 2015 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (16)

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An immersive, next generation thrill ride that blurs the line between fiction and reality. Fusing HD 3D media and flight simulation technology, this epic ride creates an experience unlike anything this planet has ever seen. Based on the popular movie franchise, this mind-blowing new TRANSFORMERS™ adventure puts you in the middle of the ultimate war zone. Fight alongside Optimus and try to survive as you protect the Allspark from Decepticons® over four stories tall. Remember, the future of the human race is counting on you. Prepare for the greatest battle you'll ever ride. TRANSFORMERS™: The Ride 3D.


Studio Tour:

Go behind-the-scenes where movies are made and where Hollywood’s biggest stars work daily. Take the world famous Studio Tour for a fresh, behind-the-scenes look at moviemaking secrets. Experience the largest movie set street expansion in Hollywood history built with creative consultation from Steven Spielberg himself. See the sets from ABC's hit series Desperate Housewives and witness special effects used in blockbusters like The War of the Worlds, Universal Pictures’ King Kong and The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.


King Kong 360-3D:

Your heart pounds. Your adrenaline flows. Your survival instincts are on overload. You’re caught in the middle of a terrifying struggle between a 35-foot T-Rex and the 8th wonder of the world – King Kong. You’ve never experienced him this real before. Welcome to King Kong 360 3-D the world’s largest, most intense 3-D experience. Here, you won’t just see it, you won’t just hear it: you’ll feel it. It’s 3-D to the next level. Terror has a new home: King Kong 360 3-D created by Peter Jackson.


The Simpsons Ride:

Join America's favorite animated family as they take you on a wild and hilarious adventure on The Simpsons Ride™. Ride alongside Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie as Springfield comes to life with action packed fun and excitement at every turn.


Revenge of the Mummy- The Ride:

Face heart-pounding special effects and shocks at every turn, plus raging mummy warriors, on a rollercoaster ride into the world of The Mummy!


Shrek 4-D™:

Join Shrek and Donkey in a stunning 4-D adventure to rescue Princess Fiona, with an extra dimension that lets you FEEL the action- right from your own seat! Four dimensions of thrills add up to one amazing experience.


Jurassic Park - The Ride:

Survive a Jurassic jungle river adventure 65 million years in the making. Escape the gigantic and ferocious T-Rex and other dinosaur terrors, with only one way out... straight down an 84-foot waterfall in a raft!


Water World - A Tidal Wave of Explosive Action:

High-powered stunts, extreme action, death-defying feats and breathtaking pyrotechnics-all with you just inches away!


Special Effects Stage:


Don’t miss our Special Effects Stage, where you'll learn the secrets behind the making of your favorite blockbuster movies. Become an expert in Hollywood movie-making as you learn about CGI, stop motion, motion capture, and 3-D technology


Universal's Animal Actors:

Come see what happens when the world's most talented animal stars take over the show! You're sure to laugh and be amazed at this live performance. Who knows, you may even co-star!


My Input


I lost count of the number of times I've visited Universal Studios, but it NEVER gets old. They are always coming up with new and exciting attractions! I like all of them, but the Simpsons and the Fast & Furious Ride are my absolute favorites. If you want to see them all, I recommend that you buy Front of the Line Passes. They are worth every penny and you can get a $10 discount when you buy them online.


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The Gratitude Diaries Giveaway

Posted by scarlett1973 on September 12, 2015 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (18)

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Watch the video above to learn more about the book and the author of The Gratitude Diaries.


What people have to say about the book...


VALUABLE, ENGAGING BOOK THAT CAN IMPACT LIVES - "To get to the main point first: this informative, engaging book will tell you how keeping a gratitude journal can uplift your life. It can help anyone interested to get started with a gratitude journal. I felt the author was being truthful about her own experience in becoming more grateful and she had valuable knowledge to share" Phyllis S. on Amazon.


My input...


We all know that life is not easy, but we can make it better if we focus on the things we are grateful for. Worry, stress and negativity only take away our joy. Yet, staying positive during difficult times is easier said than done for most of us.


This book will guide you through the author’s amazing journey. You will learn techniques that you can easily apply to bring more gratitude, happiness and fulfilment into your life. 



Post a comment below for your chance to win a copy of this AMAZING book!!!

















Pretend City Review & Giveaway

Posted by scarlett1973 on July 18, 2015 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (27)

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Pretend City Reviews


"If you have kids, this place is amazing! It's a whole little town where kids are able to play at. I might be biased but the little Korean section was the best" Jenn on Yelp


"A wonderful hand-on educational experience combined with fun & games makes this a wonderful venue for parties, or just spur-of-the-moment entertainment" Ronald on Trip Advisor


Our Visit


If you want to get your kids off electronic devices and stay away from LONG lines, this is the place to go!



As you saw in the video, kids get to learn and have fun throughout the city. The museum has plenty of entertaining activities and the crew's AMAZING spirit is contagious. I'm sure your kids will LOVE this place. I definitely recommend it!!!


Their  Summer Kick-Off Celebration featured live musical performances, limbo contests, beach ball volleyball, sand castle building contests, and much more!


Admission is only $12.50 and they are open 7 days a week. Visit their website for more information and make a comment below for your chance to win FREE passes to Pretend City Children's Museum.


Universal Studios Hollywood Giveaway!!!!

Posted by scarlett1973 on February 8, 2014 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (12)

I recently visited Universal Studios Hollywood with my family and I was pleased to learn that they offer healthy alternatieves.


The maps you get at the entrance mark the places that offer vegetarian and healthy options with the picture of an apple. As you may imagine, the fastfood restaurants have a smaller selection of these foods while the full-service restaurants will have more options.



We chose to eat at International Cafe. They serve gourmet salads, soups, an assorted selection of fruit cups, bottled water and fresh juices at a reasonable price.



This is what Executice Chef Erick Kopelow had to say about the food they serve...



"Few people realize that 80% of the food we serve is made from scratch and almost all of our breads, pastries and desserts are all made in house. WE are very different than most theme parks as we staff chefs throughout the park to insure our guest are getting the best consistent product available. Our International Café we make all the sandwiches each day from scratch. Our bakers come in at 10:00pm and make all the bread for the next day...so those sandwiches are made in the morning and shipped out to the park, keeping in mind these rolls had just come out of the oven a couple of hours prior. As you can see much of the park has construction and we are creating new food and dining locations as a plan within the very near future. We have added salads throughout the park but also know as much as we are concerned with proper dining habits many people come to Universal Studios to enjoy maybe something that may not be on the healthy options. It is a day to just have fun and not worry about the everyday life. Stay tuned for some new innovative things coming soon" Chef Eric Kopelow


Post a comment below for your chance to win 2 tickets with front of the line passes to Universal Studios Hollywod. Good Luck!!! 



As they say in Hollywood..."That's a Wrap"  :D


Posted by scarlett1973 on October 5, 2013 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (5)



Artisana is dedicated to providing good nutrition by creating organic butters and spreads with the most careful attention to detail and quality. Visit http://artisanafoods.com/ to learn more about their amazing products and delicious flavors.

Post a comment below for your chance to win a selection of Artisana squeeze packs and share this post via Facebook or Twitter using hashtag #Artisana to receive bonus entries. 

Thanks for participating & Good Luck!!!