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November 13, 2017

Rock N’ Roll Flea Market @ The Regent Theater

by Caroline McElroy
November 10, 2017

Review of Thor: Ragnarok; LBJ

by Mike Peros
November 07, 2017

Time Out, the Practical Benefits of the Here and Now

by Jessie Marcus
November 06, 2017

Understanding and Managing Your Credit Score

by Lillian Appleby
November 02, 2017

4 Quick Tips on How to Stay Real on a Date

by Cristina Morara
November 01, 2017

Horoscopes - November 2017

by Maya White
October 31, 2017

Brewery Artwalk isn’t your “average” art show

by Raleigh Barrett
October 25, 2017

What is Fitness?

by Connor Coman
October 24, 2017

It’s National Pit Bull Awareness Month…

by Nancy Bianconi
October 20, 2017

Inside an audition session

by Fran Montano
October 13, 2017

Review of Blade Runner 2049; Battle of the Sexes

by Mike Peros
October 11, 2017

Musonia - Music School and Historic Museum

by Caroline McElroy
October 09, 2017

Believe in Your Body

by Connor Coman
October 06, 2017

Have You Reviewed Your Life Insurance Recently?

by Lillian Appleby
October 05, 2017

Fall Decor for 2017

by Christopher Porikos
October 04, 2017

Independent film…no money…no problem

by Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros
Sunday, 01 March 2015 16:47

What NOT to do on a first date!

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Top 8 First Date Don’ts

Ahhhh...cookies....ice cream....cakes...scones...just some of the many "treats" we give ourselves permission to eat. "I deserve this, I've been working hard"...."It's a special day"..."Oh a little bit won't hurt anything"; these internal thoughts fill our minds like the jelly filling of a doughnut.

Monday, 23 February 2015 11:20

Top Indoor Pet Outings

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California winters are hardly annoying, but they are a tad bit cooler than the rest of the year. For those of us with tiny or short-haired, prone-to-be-cold pups, here’s a list of indoor playgrounds and activities for your pets!

Tuesday, 17 February 2015 09:56

Great Free Tools from the City of LA

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If you’re a resident of Los Angeles, you probably know the LADWP (Los Angeles Department of Water and Power) from the utility bill that comes in your mail. But you might not know about a couple of neat tools that the LADWP provides - absolutely free!

Financial planning is more than just a good idea. Research has consistently shown that people who have financial plans -- and who work with financial advisors -- save and invest far more and are nearly twice aslikely to feel on track or ahead of schedule in preparing for major financial goals, such as retirement.1

Monday, 09 February 2015 09:42

Revamped Louis Vuitton on Rodeo Drive

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Last weekend Louis Vuitton revealed its new look at the Rodeo Drive Flagship store…although I didn’t get a chance to make the drive to Beverly Hills, I found some great photos that show how amazing the store looks.

Tuesday, 03 February 2015 09:28

Room Makeover - Make a Wish

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Giving Back

A few years ago, a good friend of mine was a volunteer at Make A Wish. She was given the task of doing a room makeover for a lovely teen girl here in LA. Unfortunately, she didn’t know where to start. My phone rang late one night asking for my help. Without any hesitation, I jumped at the chance to help my friend create a new bedroom for the more than deserving teen.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015 11:38

How to Wake Up and Energize your Body in the Morning

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Sometimes that alarm can go off pretty early for some of us, and if you're like me, you don't exactly spring out of bed yelling; "I can't wait to sieze the day".

The biggest challenge in dating today is that people expect to find their version of perfection…or at least someone who totally fulfills their ‘list of requirements’. We’re a culture who likes to check, check, check things off our list. The problem is, that’s all backwards. Of course you need to make sure that you’re meeting people within your range of fundamental priorities. But at the end of the day, it boils down to the feeling, not the list. When you feel that indescribably delicious chemistry with someone, I guarantee you’re not going to care about those extra pounds / the color of her hair / his height / her degree / his job, etc.. You’re NOT. You’re going to be so happy that you finally connected with your person that you will just deal with the pieces that aren’t a perfect fit.

Monday, 19 January 2015 12:58

Hollywood 101 - How to Get Your Pet Into Acting

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Calling all moviestar pets and stage moms and dads! Have you always felt your pet was perfect for the big screen? Does your dog, cat, parrot, goldfish steal the spotlight at every chance? Or have you just simply always wanted to be a stage-parent? You’ve come to the right place. Below are some first steps you can take in getting your pet into the spotlight. Break a leg!

Thursday, 15 January 2015 09:01

Beanies, Buckets and Fedoras OH MY!

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I thought I should mixed it up a little and try to share a trend that many of us forget to appreciate. If you’re planning to have a bad hair day and desperatly need something to keep you stylish, try wearing a hat. The biggest trends are wide-rimmed fedoras, embellished hats, and animal inspired hats. You won’t be disappointed and can find them everywhere in the malls.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015 11:35

Reusable Roundup: Go Green in the Kitchen!

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The kitchen is a place where we create meals to sustain us and help us grow, but it’s also one of the areas of our lives that creates a lot of waste. Plastic wrap, plastic bags, and plastic bottles are all over our kitchen, and while it would be nearly impossible to eliminate it all, there’s a lot we can do to reduce. With a few of these handy tools, you can cut out some of the waste you produce on a daily basis in the kitchen without another thought.

Just hearing and saying the word Marsala evokes a sense of warmth, comfort and family. Smells of Sunday dinners with a table full of pastas fills the air with family and friends.

Friday, 26 December 2014 23:25

Leslie's Santa's Holiday-Healthy Reindeer Crisp Mix

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Happy Holidays everybody! I've asked a few of my local clients and friends to submit to me their best simple, fun and easy healthy holiday recipes for deserts and goodies. So here's your chance to enjoy something delicious treats and not pack the average 7.5 pounds on over the Holiday Season this year. Enjoy!

Leslie's Santa's Holiday-Healthy Reindeer Crisp Mix

3 cups popcorn (air-popped, no butter)
3 cups healthy corn or rice cereal
2 cups pretzel bits (low or no salt)
0.5 cup unsalted roasted almonds
0.5 cup dark chocolate-coated acai berries and/or blueberries
0.5 cup dried cranberries
0.5 cup dried mixed fruits

* Gently combine all ingredients in large bowl.

* Adapt proportions to taste.

* Serve Santa's Holiday-Healthy Reindeer Crisp Mix in the large bowl at holiday party, and/or divide into sandwich bags for kids' holiday party snacks, lunch box snacks, etc.

Happy Holidays!

Leslie is a Los Angeles based indie author www.leslielemonauthor.com with books including "The Disneyland Book of Secrets" and "Cat, Dog, Pig and Owl".

Annie’s Winter Compote
This compote can be used as a topping over frozen or regular non-fat yogurt, as a wonderful side dish for your holiday meal or just by itself as a delicious and healthy snack. This recipe makes enough for 2 servings. If you want more just double!

1 apple (any kind will do)
1 pear (any kind will do)
Handful of raisins (optional)
1 tablespoon brown sugar
Water
1 Cinnamon stick
Nutmeg
Ginger
Chopped pecans (optional)

Core, peel and chop apple, pear and raisins. Place fruit, brown sugar and cinnamon stick in a 1 quart pot with enough water to barely cover fruit. Cook on a small flame until fruit is soft, maybe 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Remove cinnamon stick and transfer to bowl and mash lightly with a fork, adding sprinkles of nutmeg and ginger to taste. Sprinkle a few nuts and enjoy! Can be eaten warm or cold.

Annie runs a vintage store in the Sherman Oaks Antique Mall called "Baby Dix" in Space 125 – special holiday sale through January!
www.soantiquemall.com

Kara's Vegan Apple & Persimmon Crisp

Ingredients

· 3 heaping c ups of tart apples, peeled and thinly sliced
· 2 heaping cups of persimmon thinly sliced
· 1/2 cup sugar or 1/3 cup agave
· 1 cup water
· 2 Tbsp cornstarch
· 1 Tbsp cinnamon
· ⅛ tsp ground nutmeg
· ⅛ tsp ground cloves
· 1 cup flour
· ¾ c quick oats
· ½ cup brown sugar or 2 Tbsp maple syrup
· ½ cup Earth Balance Buttery Spread http://earthbalancenatural.com/product/original-buttery-spread/

Instructions
1. Spread apples in an ungreased 9×13″ pan.
2. In a medium saucepan, whisk together sugar, water and cornstarch, stirring constantly until thickened and semi-translucent.
3. Pour mixture over apples.
4. Sprinkle apples with cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.
5. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, oats, and brown sugar. If you use maple syrup, you will need to slightly increase the amount of flour.
6. Mix in the Earth Balance until mixture is crumbly- I use my hands for this part!
7. Sprinkle crumb mixture evenly over apples.
8. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until apples are tender and topping is golden.

Kara and her husband David run Twisted Bread, featuring fresh, homemade vegan Challah in Los Angeles. http://gettwistedbread.com/

Cheers,

Jack Witt, MS, CPT
Fitness and Health Coach
"Get Fit with Witt"
Individuals / Groups / Corporate
310.562.5629 Cell / 818.760.3891 Main
www.getfitwithWitt.com
 https://twitter.com/GetfitwithWitt

* New exercise & diet books "Tight, Tone, and Trim" and "Cut, Cool, and Confident"

Peru Adventure Trip with Machu Picchu Hike April 16-24, 2015

‘Tis the season to be jolly! Check out this list of top nine gifts you can get for your four-legged loved ones! For many people, pets are like family, so how could we forget to wrap up something nice for them under the tree? Sure, they may have a different way of unwrapping gifts than we do, but they’ll enjoy their gifts just as much!

Thursday, 11 December 2014 12:45

Movies that Every Fashionista Should Watch

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Fashion inspiration comes from a variety of places. Most of mine come from fashion news magazines, people watching, celebrities and news feeds. However, there are a few movies that either deal with fashion directly or have killer wardrobes that are incredible sources of inspiration. Actresses instantly become not just the star of the movie but they become fashion icons.

With the holidays just around the corner, there are so many things to check off our lists that it’s easy to go for convenience over greenness. With this handy Green Gift Guide, you can put the Earth at the top of the list, while finding something wonderful for everyone!

Tuesday, 09 December 2014 13:46

A Smart Kitchen Design

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I recently worked with a repeat client to completely change the look and style of her kitchen. What was once a very outdated kitchen of the 70’s became a space that reflects not only the sign of the times, but beyond. Maple cabinets, white appliances paired with a tile floor and counters are no longer.

Wednesday, 03 December 2014 12:43

The Worst Offense in Dating

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Recently I’ve received feedback from three female clients who all shared the same complaint about their first dates: he talked non-stop. All three ladies were annoyed and reluctant to give the respective gentleman a second date. One woman said “I was so bored and unnerved, I just wanted to leave”. The other was a little more amused: “He asked me ONE question the entire night!!!” The third was very disappointed because she liked him initially and interpreted his two hour monologue as a sign of his disinterest.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014 10:34

Low-Impact Fall Fun

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It’s time to get geared up for fall fun now that the weather is starting to cool down and the heat waves are becoming less frequent. Sometimes it’s not easy being green and saving your green, and no one wants to sacrifice fun for eco-friendliness or to save a dollar. But there are plenty of ways to pass the autumn days that cause little to no impact on your planet or your wallet! Here are a few ideas for low-impact, low-cost fall fun to get you started!

Germs Gym

We all know gyms and fitness centers are havens for germs. Norovirus, which causes stomach pain, vomiting, and diarrhea, can survive for up to 30 days on exercise equipment. Foot infection fungi are just waiting for you in the showers, and microbes like MRSA that can lead to skin infections are lurking all over the locker room for you.

Friday, 21 November 2014 08:47

#BREAKTHEINTERNET - PET CONTEST-STYLE!

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#BREAKTHEINTERNET - PET CONTEST-STYLE!

We’ve all seen the recent hashtag #BreakTheInternet following the surfacing of Kim Kardashian’s new photos. We also are familiar with the many...many viral videos, memes and photos that stream the internet of our four-legged loved ones. Here’s a way to partake in the fun with your pet (since she or he IS THE CUTEST, after all)! Let’s “break” the NoHo internet! There are tons of cute ideas and contests for you and your pet, check out the list below and have some fun! Does your cat talk? Does your dog dance? Or are they just absolutely darling? Show us! Use hashtag #BreakTheInternetNoho so that I can share the cuteness!

CAT NAPS

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Friday, 07 November 2014 13:10

No Drought About It

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It’s not news that California is experiencing a drought. Although the rate of water conservation has increased over the past year, there is still a long way to go in these dry times. While no one can singlehandedly relieve the drought on the individual level, there are small initiatives you can all set in motion right at home that require little to no effort on a daily basis.

Wednesday, 05 November 2014 10:41

Spring 2015 Scoop - Distressed denim: a history

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fashion1

Most of us know that the first jean was designed in the late 1870s by Leob Strauss, also known as Levi. The main purpose of the denim was to provide a durable and sturdy garment to the working men but denim has come a long way since. Denim has gone through many phases and styles but the distressed denim emerged from the cultural punk movement in the 1970s.

Tuesday, 04 November 2014 08:29

Is the Online You the same as the Offline You?

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romanticbooks

Recently I sat down with a potential client. Let’s call him Joe. He walked towards me with confidence and warmth. I was immediately smitten. I tend to “fall in love” with my clients. Joe was in his early 50’s, “good-looking enough”, wildly successful in the medical field and charismatic. He spent the majority of time talking about his journey into self-discovery, studying eastern religions and how important it was to give back. He wanted to meet someone who was like-minded and self-aware with a degree of warmth and authenticity.

Monday, 03 November 2014 09:58

How to Prepare and Condition for Long Hikes

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IncaTrail Hikers 1

With the weather cooling down a bit here in SoCal in our "winter" months, it's usually terrific hiking weather. So start planning some day hikes and really enjoy the sights and sounds and the scenery that outdoors and nature has to offer.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014 10:10

Halloween Pet Safety Tips

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Howl-o-ween is almost here! Now that your furry loved ones are ready to prance in their spiffy pet costumes, read up on these safety tips to cover all the bases on this year’s Halloween, which lands on a busy Friday night. Keep these tips in mind as you frequent the town or have the party come to you.

No Halloween Candy!

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combo room 2014

I love this space. It reminds me of an apartment I did years ago. It was a small studio apartment and I really needed to be creative with the space planning. This space is very bright and cheerful. Plenty of lighting is key to make this space function well. With tons of storage space, it allows both areas to be set up for multi-use.

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