This is a time for cooking and baking, which has long been a sign of care and nurturing amongst communities. Cookies, pies, cakes. Many of our sweet treats feature fats and oils that do not benefit our health or waistlines. One way to amend that fact is my switching from butter and nonnutritive oils is by switching to olive oil. If you’ve never baked with olive oil, this is the season to try it.
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!
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 What was once a very outdated kitchen of the 70’s became a space that reflects not only the sign of the times, but beyond.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.
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.
Parties, parties, parties. This is the season for parties–parties at your home, parties with friends, family members, work colleagues. When December rolls along, the entire month is packed with celebrations for the holidays. Sometimes, your only responsibility is to show up and enjoy. Other times, you find yourself either tasked with something to bring or heading up the festivities. Look no further because this dip is the answer to your party prayers. It is warm, gooey and full of flavor thanks to lots of blue cheese. It doesn’t take much to put it together, which means you can quickly assemble and enjoy.
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!
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.
#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!
When Cholula offered to send a sampler four-pack of their signature hot sauces, accepting the package was an easy decision. Flavorful hot sauces have always been of interest, especially ones that have the potential to elevate a recipe. We come from an interesting world of spice. Growing up in the South means Louisiana Hot Sauce, Crystal and Tabasco. It wasn’t until the move to California that we came across brands like Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce, Tapatio and, of course, Cholula Hot Sauce.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Dear Gals and Guys,
I genuinely love this time of year, when the autumn and winter holidays approach. So, in the spirit of the holidays, Coach Maddisen is suggesting a fun and affordable way to pamper yourself -- with a holiday manicure!
Some people adore pumpkin. Some of us do not. It is one of Amir’s favorites, but the other half of this Duo has never been that impressed. Until recently. Pumpkin is everywhere right now, which is exciting for many people. Wasn’t it just last year that the canned pumpkin purée shortage wreaked havoc upon the nation’s bakers? It was also last year that we went all out and cooked up an all-pumpkin dinner party.
By far the most mesmerizing, beautiful, and historical trip I've ever done was recently to Jordan and Israel where I "Hiked the Holy Land", experiencing the sights, sounds, aromas and peoples in a more intimate and real way.
It’s costume season! October is an exciting month to have some Halloween fun with your four legged loved ones! Below is a list of costume and party ideas that are so adorable, your head will explode into confetti! No plans or ideas yet? Don’t worry! This list will have you rushing to create and show off. On a budget from zero to plenty, your pets can have as much fun dressed up as you will.
Overwhelm is a major cause of stress for many of my clients. So many thoughts, too much to do, in too little time, and with everything feeling like a priority. Years ago, when I was having an overwhelm attack, I reached out to one of my mentors who shared this extremely simple and miraculous cure for overwhelm. I call it the Mental Relief Two-Step, because it’s easy and almost as fun as learning the two-step!
Mental Relief Two-Step Exercise
Step 1: List Everything
Grab a pad and pencil (or your tablet or PC) and list EVERYTHING that is on your mind right now – EVERYTHING. That includes worries, fears, to-do’s, errands, appointments – everything!
• Update and format resume
• I feel fat
• Submit myself to at least 5 agents this week
• I want kids so bad. Is he ever going to pop the question?
• Update my LinkedIn profile and social networks
• Pick up clothes at dry cleaner
• Feeling overwhelmed and discouraged
• Lay out my calendar for the week
Step 2: Prioritize the List
Prioritize the entire list in order of importance, numbering each item, with 1 being the most important and so on.
1. Lay out my calendar for the week
2. Update and format resume
3. Update my LinkedIn profile and social networks
4. Pick up clothes at dry cleaner
5. Submit myself to at least 5 agents this week
6. I want kids so bad. Is he ever going to pop the question?
7. I feel fat
8. Feeling overwhelmed and discouraged
Enjoy the Mental Relief Two-Step!
Just try this! Believe me; it is very likely you will feel relief just by listing everything on your mind. Also, in prioritizing your worries, you might find yourself laughing as your mind gets how ridiculous that is and releases them. And there’s a good chance you’ll get more done with more peace of mind!
“Set peace of mind as your highest goal, and organize your life around it.” – Brian Tracy
“The punishment of every disordered mind is its own disorder.” – Augustine of Hippo, Confessions
“If you want to have order in the commonwealth, you first have to have order in the individual soul.” – Russell Kirk
“We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.” – Dalai Lama
From the heart,
your Life Coach Maddisen
Copyright 2014 Maddisen K. Krown M.A.
“This is a season of untypical colors—more reflective of the imagination and ingenuity, which makes for an artful collection of colors and combinations not bound by the usual hues for fall,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®.
One of the best parts of summer is finding ways to eat in a lighter fashion. Don’t get the wrong idea. You will still see lots of desserts popping up this summer and maybe a few more cocktails, but don’t think that’s all we eat. We like our protein and veggies as much as the next person, and we both find ways to create balanced meals for the majority of our eating. If you have a hard time squeezing in healthy servings of the food pyramid, try wrapping them in flakey, crispy dough. Maybe phyllo dough if you’re feeling frisky. It’s light and airy and provides just the crunch you need when paired with fresh salmon, spinach and feta cheese.
In our business, we meet all kinds of upscale professional singles who are looking for love. When a new clients says “I love my life. I’ve designed the life I want. I’m surrounded by great people and do interesting things. I don’t need a man / woman to make me happy; I’m just looking for someone to enhance my life” we get really excited to work with them because they’re dream clients. They have lives that they enjoy and are serene and busy doing interesting, cool things. This makes them super attractive. Sure they’d like to meet the right person but they’re still having fun along the way. They got it right.
In this sitting room, I really enjoy the sophisticated feeling brought about by the simplicity of the pieces used. The richness of the fabrics on the chairs and ottoman can be seen in any decor. I imagine Ernest Hemmingway chatting about one of his adventures over a glass of cognac with a colleague. The Zebra printed fabric on the ottoman can be comfortably used in a casual setting as well as a traditional one. Animal prints never go out of style, they only enhance the design plan. Now I know animal prints aren’t for everyone, but they do have a place in design and can be seen throughout design history.
Many people go on Pilgrimages to Holy Sites and Lands, leading them to places of sacred and historical value. The goal may be to find peace about a recent troubling event, to seek guidance for a big decision, or to refresh with a spiritual connection to God.
Maybe you don’t need to know that this is yet another dish created last year, during the holiday rush of course. Our friend Carol, a fellow Southern gal living here in Los Angeles, hosted her annual Christmas party, and she requested a vegetarian-friendly appetizer. One of the first things that we thought of was mushrooms. They are flavor-packed, pair nicely with other veggies, come in a variety of sizes and colors and can either be served inside something or act as a serving vessel (think stuffed ‘shrooms, right?). They may be overused as one of the meatier additions in a vegetarian diet, but hey, they would make the cut. Put them in some pastry, and they’d be tasty and cute. Cute food has a special place in some people’s hearts. All you have to do is make something bite-sized and portable, and they are all over it. Once we’d decided on ‘shrooms, it was just a matter of piecing the rest of the recipe together.
Great news for the pet-parent world! On August 21st, California’s governor signed a new bill permitting dogs at outdoor dining locations. Gov. Jerry Brown developed statewide implementations for restaurants to accommodate pets, including having a separate entrance for outdoor seating, and regulating how dogs are to be maintained while dining.
It’s that time of the year again, the fashion industry is wrapping up last minute plans to prepare for the most anticipated and prestige fashion event- the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015. From September 4th to 11th, 2014 we will see about more than 80 shows from well-known brands like Ralph Lauren to international designers looking to debut their creative work in one of the fashion capital cities in New York.
Everything is changing faster than ever, and I’m not sure how to keep up, especially with my thinking. It’s like my ideas about wanting good things in life to be permanent and not change too much are being challenged now. How do I keep up with the changes and think positively about them? Thanks, MHT
Great question! I too am definitely noticing the rapid changes around me, in technology and science, cultural trends, in people’s behaviors – in just about everything! You are ‘spot on’ with your observation that our thoughts must evolve if we are to keep up in positive ways with this rapid evolution of our world.
There is a book that speaks exactly to what you are dealing with, and I recommend you move this book to the top of your reading list. It is called, “Do You Quantum Think?” by Dianne Collins.
The description of the book explains it all: “The world is changing at a dizzying pace. We’re all looking for new ways of thinking that can bring about real solutions to modern problems, from the pursuit of inner serenity to solving world conflicts. In Do You Quantum Think?, author Dianne Collins shares her ingenious discovery that reveals a critical missing link to make sense of our changing times. Her discovery provides us with the understanding and methodology to rise above problems of today by laying the foundation for an entirely new way to think.” You can purchase the book on Amazon. Also, here is the link to her website: http://diannecollins.com/
This book has greatly helped me to understand the why and how of change and the state of rapid evolution we are in. As a result, I am definitely feeling more positive and able to accept, and even enjoy, the changes as I experience them in my life and witness them with others. Dianne also offers a series of simple yet profound principles and practices to support her teachings. Plus, I love staying aware of and practicing Gandhi's wise advice to BE the change I wish to see in the world.
And so MHT and all of my readers, I hope this leads you to the answers you are seeking and supports your desired path of keeping up with and staying positive with the changes in your life.
“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” – George Bernard Shaw
“When we are no longer able to change a situation - we are challenged to change ourselves.” – Viktor E. Frankl
“If we don't change, we don't grow. If we don't grow, we aren't really living.” – Gail Sheehy
Your Life Coach,
Copyright 2014 Maddisen K. Krown M.A.
What I Like About This Room
Over the last three years I’ve written about many things. From organizing tips to the next big color to designing with one color. But now I thought I would do something a little different. For the next few articles I want to show you some designs I really like and explain why.