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24 Hours In NoHo

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How is your Mental Equivalent?

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Orange Marmalade Pork Belly

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April 07, 2017

One Animal Lover Can Make a Difference

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“The evolution of Evolution”

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April 03, 2017

Horoscopes - April 2017

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March 31, 2017

5 ways to keep you and your clients happy

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March 30, 2017

Are you lost in the gym?

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March 30, 2017

Looking for Female Superhero Movies?

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March 21, 2017

The Artist Dilemma – Perfections vs Excellence

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Thursday, 18 December 2014 11:31

Recipe - Lemon, Olive Oil and Almond Cookies

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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.

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.

Monday, 01 December 2014 10:45

Party Recipe - Warm Blue Cheese and Onion Dip

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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.

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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Monday, 17 November 2014 20:15

Great Holiday Gift Idea - Gratitude

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Dear Maddisen,
How 
can Gratitude improve my life in real and noticeable ways?  What is the value of keeping a gratitude log or journal?  -KJ

Tuesday, 11 November 2014 10:48

Recipe - Shrimp and Pomegranate Salad

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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.

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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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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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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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.

Sunday, 26 October 2014 23:54

Enjoy Creative Nails for the Holidays!

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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!  

Monday, 13 October 2014 08:15

Brown Butter Pumpkin Muffins

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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.

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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.

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Sunday, 28 September 2014 21:46

Do the Mental Relief Two-Step

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Dear Readers:
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!

For example:
•    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.

For example:
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.

Thursday, 25 September 2014 13:15

Colors to FALL in love with…F2014 starts now!

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“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®.

COBALT BLUE

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Wednesday, 24 September 2014 08:04

The Duo Dishes - Salmon Spanakopita Recipe

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Salmon Spanakopita - The Duo Dishes

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.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014 12:09

Dating - What’s so interesting about YOUR life?

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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.

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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. 

Wednesday, 10 September 2014 10:09

Make Fitness and Health your Personal Pilgrimage‏

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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.

Monday, 08 September 2014 09:34

Recipe - Mascarpone Mushroom Puffs

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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.

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