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.
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.
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.
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
1 Cinnamon stick
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!
Kara's Vegan Apple & Persimmon Crisp
· 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/
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/
Jack Witt, MS, CPT
Fitness and Health Coach
"Get Fit with Witt"
Individuals / Groups / Corporate
310.562.5629 Cell / 818.760.3891 Main
* 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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
“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®.
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.
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.
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.
Having a panic attack is no fun. Feeling anxious and nervous certainly isn't very much fun either. But millions of people suffer these symptoms each and every day and don't know how to control it naturally (without meds), and/or they don't take the time to practice what they might know will help: Deep Breathing.
The part of our job that I dislike the most is when I have to deliver the news to a client that their match didn’t feel any chemistry on the date. It’s always a little tough when the feeling is not mutual. Such are the rules of dating. You have to be “in it to win it” and part of the game is putting yourself out there and seeing what comes back.
So the other day I was sitting, staring at the laptop, brainstorming ideas for my next blog post and I came to the conclusion that why not write a bog about some of the best free! Fashion apps that I could share with you all so that you can get fashion tips, maybe shop a little whenever you are not reading my posts. I found a few apps that are great for iphone user #teamiphone…doesn’t mean android users can’t download them too. Well, I’m assuming we are all on-the-go people and would really appreciate the convinience of shopping while sitting at your desk or on your way to the gym, some of these actually allow you to shop from some of the biggest fashion retailers and a few give you fashion tips based upon your location.
We all want time and money saving tips to update any room in our home. We see so many ideas in magazines and on TV, which can be frustrating since they can cost so much. So let’s just tackle the kitchen today with a few simple tips to change things up.
In our efforts to tone-up, lose body fat, eat healthier, and build strength; we sometimes forget about the importance of stretching as part of our daily healthy lifestyle activities. Consistent stretching helps to keep our muscles pliable, improve daily activity and sport performances, and it helps to prevent injuries in the long-run.
It's always a good idea to warm the muscles up for about 10 minutes before starting your stretch routine, and then a good 15 minute daily stretch routine should do the trick for most people.
It's important to remember not to bounce or force your stretches. A slow pace process is recommended, holding each stretch for about 20 seconds. (if you are over the age of 65, a 40 second hold is better.)
Here's a few home-based, simple stretches you can incorporate into your daily healthy lifestyle routine:
1. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart.
2. Raise your right arm up to shoulder height, and move it across the front of your body.
3. With your left arm, pull the right arm in as close to your chest as possible, and hold it for 20 seconds. You should feel the stretch across the back of your shoulder. Repeat this two times, then switch to the left side.
1. With your feet shoulder width apart, raise your right arm straight up over your head.
2. Bend your elbow so that your right hand is positioned close to your left shoulder.
3. Use your left hand to press back on your right elbow.. You will feel a stretch in the back of your arm (tricep) and upper shoulder.
4. Hold for 20 seconds, and repeat two times on each side.
1. Lie down with the small of your back against the floor.
2. Bend your left knee to 90 degrees to stabilize your hips.
3. Slowly raise your right leg off the ground with the knee as straight as possible. Your right hip should not rise off the floor, and the motion should come only from your hip.
4. As your foot approaches vertical, you will feel a stretch in the back of your leg (hamstrings).
5. Hold your leg in this raised position for 20 seconds.
6. After 20 seconds, relax your knee, and then repeat two more times before switching to the left leg.
1. Stand with feet together and hips straight.
2. Bend your right knee back, and hold the front of your right foot in your right hand.
3. Keeping your knees even (do not let your right knee swing forward), bend your right knee back. You will feel a stretch in the front of your leg (quads) from above your hip to your knee. Do not allow your posture to bow forward, but keep standing straight up.
4. Hold the stretch for 20 seconds, and then relax. Repeat this two times, and then switch to the left quad.
1. Stand with your feet shoulder length apart and your hands against a chair or a wall.
2. Keep your heels on the floor and your knees straight while leaning forward into the chair or wall. You will feel this stretch down the back of your legs under your knees (calves).
3. Hold for 20 seconds. Repeat two times then switch to the other leg.
*** If you'd like a 30 minute facilitated stretch session by me to focus on your tight, over-active and/or knotted muscles, I have single session and packages available. In no time, you'll feel less pain, have a better range of motion, and thwart off any potential future injuries.
Jack Witt, MS, CPT
Fitness and Health Coach
"Get Fit with Witt"
Individuals / Groups / Corporate
310.562.5629 Cell / 818.760.3891 Main
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