May 25, 2017

The Importance of Hydration

by Connor Coman
May 22, 2017

Finding Your Acting Class - An Actor's Guide

by Fran Montano
May 18, 2017

Money and Fame and Very, Very Independent Film

by Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros
May 16, 2017

Build Your Credit Score!

by Lillian Appleby
May 12, 2017

Things to Refresh Your Space

by Christopher Porikos
May 11, 2017

14th Factory

by Raleigh Barrett
May 04, 2017

People Do Go to Jail for Animal Cruelty…YAY!

by Nancy Bianconi
May 02, 2017

I Dream of Pinky

by Luckie
May 01, 2017

Horoscopes - May 2017

by Maya White
April 27, 2017

Don’t Forget to Love Your Body: Now

by Connor Coman
April 26, 2017

The Best Indie Films

by Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros
April 24, 2017

LAPD North Hollywood - Our Police Captain is a 'Trekkie!'

by Waide Aaron Riddle
April 21, 2017

24 Hours In NoHo

by Jack Witt
April 19, 2017

How is your Mental Equivalent?

by Fran Montano


Thought Public Libraries Were For Reading Only? Ralph Lauren Stages His Fall Kids’ Line at The New York Library.

Thursday, 22 May 2014 09:25

Dating - Gear Up for Summer Romance

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It’s that time of year when the days are longer and hotter, the night feels sexier and more people are out and about. Ahhhhh, the sweet smell of summertime when the possibility of romance pulsates with promise. The business of matchmaking is on fire right now. Summer is a wonderful opportunity for singles to shift their perspective and approach in their dating life and tilt the odds in their favor of meeting someone special. Here are a few tips to do just that:

Tuesday, 20 May 2014 12:13

Meditation – How to Begin

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Dear Maddisen: 

I’ve heard so much about how great meditation is, but there’s too much information for me to get through. I’d like to dip my toe in the water and try it. Do you meditate? Can you give me some suggestions? Thank you, RO

Your Lazy Fast Pass


Today seemed like a good day to talk about ice cream. Not because of the holiday and not because of the summer weather. Mostly because there hasn’t been an ice cream post on this site in the longest time. Last August, there was a Double Chocolate Ice Cream with Peanut Butter Cups based on one of Alton Brown’s recipes. That one was rich, smooth and creamy due to the chocolate of course, but also half a dozen egg yolks. Just imagine. This summer, there have been a few successful ice creams churned in the kitchen that do not include eggs. Yes, you can whisk together an eggless ice cream base in seconds, churn it in minutes and eat it not long afterwards. It is the best way to have homemade ice cream in no time if you’re feeling somewhat lazy.


The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is here in Los Angeles, and we welcome them with open arms! This week the ASPCA launched a $25 million animal rescue campaign in an ambitious effort to save thousands of stray animals and pets from shelters that euthanize.

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Many times we are in a space that is void of any type of character or architectural flair. Oftentimes, it may seem to be a costly endeavor to add such details. One way to add interest is to use architectural moldings or in this case; wainscoting. This is a relatively easy and cost effective way to add flair and/or interest to any room. It can be as simple as adding trim molding and then paint the middle section or to add additional panels as well.


In today's health and fitness world of online groupon deals, smartphone apps, trendy fitness products, and danger and adventure filled marathons and run-walks, there's so much to choose from to get in shape and stay active. That's a great thing. However, it might be a time to step back and determine ultimately what your ideal fitness and wellness environment should be to keep you motivated long-term and reaching your goals and staying fit for life.

An Eggscellent Way to Celebrate

Mini Crab Asparagus Quiche - The Duo Dishes

We’re not the only ones who are consistently celebrating birthdays for our friends and family. You must be doing the same thing as everyone welcomes a new year of life. A friend asked for a few appetizers for her 30th birthday party, and there was nothing to say but ‘Yes!’. Good thing there was a full dozen of Eggland’s Best eggs in the fridge thanks to the Foodbuzz Tastemaker program for Featured Publishers. When life gives you eggs, make quiche. This was not the only dish on the table though. Check out the other three appetizers on our Facebook page, and then check out the full recipe.

Want to know what to try on when shopping for Summer 2014 swimwear? Keep in mind the small details that can help you choose whether to go with an exotic look with print fabrics and tassels or maybe you’re trying to go with a summer goddess look with braided details and neutral solid colors.

Thursday, 24 April 2014 09:37

Adopt a Pet - Stray Cats Need Love, Too!

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If you live in Los Angeles, then you’ve likely seen the many stray or feral cats that roam the streets. Newborn kittens are so adorable and always in high demand, so unfortunately, other (usually older) cats in greater need of care are often left unattended. It’s heartbreaking to see, but there are ways to solve this problem and save many of their lives.

Monday, 21 April 2014 17:04

Outa the Trunk and into the Driver’s Seat

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Dear Maddisen:
Why do I keep ending up on dates with guys who are not what my heart desires? And who are not the right match for me at all?!  I want to change this, for the better!  CS

Dear CS,

This is a very common question and frustration.  The truth is - whether you’re a man or a woman, finding someone who feels like a healthy and happy match can be a challenge and a mystery for sure!  But I believe, and my experiences have been showing me, that we definitely have the ability to be more at cause over what we experience in life, and more specifically, what kind of people and love partners we attract.

If you are ready to get out of the trunk and into the driver’s seat in this situation, you must first get clear about what you want, and then practice thoughts, feelings, and actions that support what you want. Taking control of your own life and changing from the inside is the most empowering and effective way to experience changes on the outside.

We are Here to Love Now

Try this simple and powerful approach:

List 3-5 or more things your heart desires in the area of love relationships.  
For example:
•    Date someone who is really wonderful and a great match for me
•    Find the person of my dreams
•    Have a fulfilling and loving relationship that grows into marriage and family
•    Experience lasting mutual and deep love and intimacy with my mate

Next, turn these desires into Afformations.  (If you’re not sure what an Afformation is, take a few minutes and read my previous blog, and then come back to do this!)  “The Right Way to Ask and Receive – Finally!” http://nohoartsdistrict.com/ask-maddisen/item/2284-the-right-way-to-ask-and-receive-finally#.U1VHY2GPLIU
For example:
•    Why am I dating someone now who is wonderful and the perfect match for me?
•    Why are we both so happy that we’re the perfect match for each other?
•    Why is it natural and easy to find the person of my dreams?
•    Why am I having the most fulfilling and loving relationship I could imagine?
•    Why are my partner and I getting married and creating a wonderful family life together?

Write your Afformations in a journal, and read and recite them aloud daily for the next 40 days. Also note in your journal any realizations you have during this process. And if any other non-empowering thoughts or beliefs arise related to this area, simply turn them into positive Afformations and add them to you daily list!  

Fact: Improve Your Thoughts and You’ll Improve Your Life

And so dear CS and all my readers – simple steps like these are your keys to fulfillment and freedom. So grab the keys and get out of the trunk and back into the driver’s seat of your precious life. Consciously choose and practice thoughts that reflect your heartfelt desires.  Trust that your desires are coming to you to tell you what is already being created for you. This is one of the main reasons we are here – to enjoy the miracle of life on this miraculous planet Earth!  

 “Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around.” – Henry David Thoreau

“What we can or cannot do, what we consider possible or impossible, is rarely a function of our true capability. It is more likely a function of our beliefs about who we are.” – Tony Robbins

“Believe in love. Believe in magic. Hell, believe in Santa Clause. Believe in others. Believe in yourself. Believe in your dreams. If you don't, who will?” – Jon Bon Jovi

Your Life Coach,

Copyright 2014 Maddisen K. Krown M.A.

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Peru, an extraordinarily diverse country, is home to part of the Andes mountains, a beautiful arid coast, and a large part of the Amazon rainforest. With all of this diversity, it’s no wonder people want to visit here. In addition, Peru is home to Machu Picchu, one South America’s oldest ancient civilizations, and, and iconic location for foreigners to see.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014 07:36

Recipes- Strawberry Oreo Trifle

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Layers of Goodness

Final Strawberry Oreo Trifle - The Duo Dishes

Here is another quick and easy dessert recipe to add to your arsenal. The key ingredient is fresh strawberries, which are pretty much available nearly year-round in Southern California. They are prime for eating as the weather begins to warm in spring and summer, so now is the time to start stocking up on the big, red berries. The other ingredient you’ll need is some fresh whipped cream and chocolate sandwich cookies. Oreos are the best of course. Grab a family-size bag, and start layering!

Friday, 11 April 2014 11:47

What Men Want - Greetings from Mars!

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Greetings from Mars!
What Planet Venus Should Know



The most interesting part of our business is hearing about the different perceptions men and women have about one another. We are wired so differently! Here are ten candid comments from some of our male clients about what they wish single women knew.


Over the past few years, lighting has become a key element in design. Its not just used as a utility piece, but has become beautiful centerpieces and jewels for a room. You might need to decide how much or how little the chandelier will shine. Will it determine the style of the room or blend in? Since this is somewhat of a permanent piece, I would try to blend with the style of the house.

Thursday, 03 April 2014 10:04

Fashion - TREND REPORT SU 2014

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Here’s the low down on just a few trends that you will see this summer. The nighties are still very strong influence on what our fashion has come to this season like slip on dresses, flannel, etc. Yes! You can keep all of your favorite outfits.

ExerciseandDiet 1Go beyond the cosmetic benefits of exercising and eating right. About two weeks into an exercise and diet program, start to write down and record other benefits you may be realizing such as, “feel more flexible,” or, “more energy and endurance at work,” or even, “sleeping better now.” After adopting a healthier lifestyle, the benefits to you will be numerous, each one building on a previous benefit until pretty soon it’s a snowball effect of good things.


We all felt it. This year’s St. Patrick’s Day is the day all of Los Angeles woke up at the same time, including pets! Most of us were still in bed and simply opened our eyes with a blank stare, processing what was happening while holding our breaths. That’s not exactly the same reaction our pets had!

Tuesday, 25 March 2014 19:03

The Right Way to Ask and Receive – Finally!

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Dear Maddisen,
I hear and read about using affirmations. I’ve tried them, but I usually don’t believe what I’m affirming.  How can I achieve my dreams if my head is full of conscious and unconscious thoughts that don’t support what I’m asking for? Help! JJ

Dear JJ,
I hear you loud and clear!  Positive affirmations can have value, and are intentions that help to keep our minds directed and focused on the things we want vs. what we don’t want to experience. But the problem with affirmations is that they often kick up the dust of rascally hidden beliefs that are in resistance to those affirmations, making it sometimes difficult if not impossible to achieve them.

There are many methods available for clearing conscious and unconscious false and limiting thoughts and beliefs. And this is certainly a worthwhile pursuit and activity; because when we do this, it’s like we are clearing clouds that have been blocking the sunshine and radiance of who we truly are – empowered loving souls who are here for a human experience!  From this perspective, we’re not so much healing as we are revealing our true nature.

The Book of Afformations

Recently, I came across a book that I believe offers a groundbreaking approach to this successful clearing and revealing process, through a form of questioning.  It’s called, “The Book of Afformations” by Noah St. John.  Afformations are not affirmations!  Big difference!  Read on…

According to Noah, what’s really happening when we attempt to change our lives is this:  

  1. You are living in your “current perceived reality”.
  2. What you want is to be someplace else. For example, you want to change your body, finances, love life, work, lifestyle, etc.  This is called your “new desired reality”.
  3. Between your current perceived reality and your new desired reality is what Noah calls “the belief gap”, which is the space between where you are and where you want to be.

Belief gaps may vary in size depending on the person.  “The bottom line?” says Noah, “Until you cross your individual Belief Gap for each result, outcome, or experience you want in your life, it will be very difficult for you to make the leap to reach the new life and create the new reality you desire.”

In his book, Noah teaches us how to bridge the belief gap with questions that point our minds in the direction of answers and what we want, instead of what we don’t want.

Time to Hop Across the Belief Gap

Noah explains how our minds are programmed to answer questions. They’re like computers in that way.  When you ask a question, your mind automatically begins to search for answers.  So, if we’re using self talk like this: “Why can’t I be successful with my work?”or “Why am I so broke?” – our minds give us answers to those questions – like this: “You can’t be successful because…” or “You’re so broke because…” looking for and providing all the reasons why we’re not successful and why we’re broke!  

Whereas if we ask the questions like this: “Why am I successful with my work?” or “Why am I spending less than I earn?” – our minds will look for answers and actions to support those questions – like this: “You’re so successful with your work because…” or “You’re spending less than you earn by…”.

This is a subtle but very powerful shift in how to use our minds to support what we want.  The subtle difference and power shift into the direction of experiencing our heartfelt desires comes from an empowering question, not an affirmation.

I agree with Noah, as he explains that we create our lives, minute by minute, with the statements we make to ourselves and others, and by the questions we ask ourselves.  And that by switching to and regularly asking ourselves empowering questions, we can unleash our ability to take action and express Who We Truly Are!

Reveal and Live Who You Truly Are

He provides a very simple and easy method for identifying our conscious and unconscious ‘clouding’ beliefs, followed by a specific format for asking empowering questions directed at clearing the clouds to reveal the path and experience of what we truly want.  Honestly, this approach was not all what I expected!  But it works!  I’m using it and my clients are using it successfully too!

And so dear JJ and all my readers, keep going and clear the path of your dreams!  Check out “The Book of Afformations”, by Noah St. John.   It’s worth reading and doing.  http://www.amazon.com/The-Book-Afformations-Discovering-Happiness/dp/1401944140

The power to question is the basis of all human progress.” – Indira Gandhi

For every question, there is an answer. Where everybody fails is by asking the wrong question.” – Richard Diaz

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” – Albert Einstein

From the heart,
your Coach Maddisen

Copyright 2014 Maddisen K. Krown M.A.

Just like our New Year celebration, the Persian New Year begins at a very specific time. It is based on the sun’s travels, marking the start of Spring–precisely the second the sun crosses the equator. Families gather around a ceremonial display decorated with seven items, all of which belong with the letter “s”, that represent all of the good things we want in life, such as health, wealth, longevity, renewal and more. So in light of Spring and yet another opportunity to celebrate a “new day”, it is high time you try this recipe for a classic Persian dish.

Monday, 24 March 2014 10:29

Interior Design - How organized am I?

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Many people set a goal in the spring to clean out the house, garage, basement, closets, etc. Some set super high goals and expectations and often fail. They make the attempt to clean out a room or two, get discouraged and stop. They haven’t made a plan or realistic goal for themselves. Remember, it’s a process. Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither was the clutter.

Monday, 17 March 2014 09:59

Dating - Are You an Oversharer?

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One of the main reasons that we decided to go into the dating / matchmaking field was that we wanted to help singles be better prepared for dating. Emotionally prepared, conversationally prepared and behaviorally prepared. People rarely considered what kind of impression they wanted to make or how they wanted to lead. Have you thought about things you want your date to know about you…….or not know about you right away?

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Recently my friend Cherie Higgins asked me about a clothing product she saw for sale infused with green coffee and brown algae to "rev up the body’s fat metabolism while creating a slimmer appearance". ( And apparently the active ingredients withstand up to 20 machine washings.)

Kaiserschmarren out of Pan - The Duo Dishes

I have a feeling no one noticed we did not post an Ethnic Exploration at the end of last month. It slipped through the cracks as we both found ourselves wrapped up with individual, Duo and group related projects and events. We’ve do try to maintain a regular posting schedule, especially when it comes to the monthly Guest Test Kitchen and Ethnic Exploration features. Last week I sent an text to Amir that said “Um, did I ever write the Austrian EE?” There were at least 17 question marks and exclamation points, but I’ll spare you the overkill. I accept full responsibility for dropping the ball! You guys are always so forgiving and understanding, so we know that you’ll let it slide. When you see the Austrian sweet treat that landed on our plates, you’ll let it slide with a smile.



Get over to Downtown LA’s Fashion District for some end of the month shopping! On the last Friday of the month, score incredible deals in HUNDREDS of showrooms at the CMC filled with LA's best collections for men, women, children, gift & home at below-retail prices.

My entire past week was spent experiencing the many different cultures and environments during a cross country road trip from Virginia to California. What I discovered, (or should I say confirmed), is that we are the best pet owners in the nation! First, let me acknowledge that I’m perfectly aware how impossible it is for me not to be biased on the subject since I was born and raised here. Now that the disclaimer is out of the way, hooray Californians! We are the BEST! Not only do we live the good life, our pets do too! They’re the most exotic, talented, happy and loyal pets I’ve seen, and it only took a handful of states to compare to for me to realize it. 

Thursday, 27 February 2014 08:24

Interior Design - Take a Tuscan Turn

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Many years ago the home building industry introduced these rather large homes that seemed to never end. These homes weren’t your stately Beverly Hills mansions, but new sub divisions with sizes ranging from four to over six thousand square feet.

Thursday, 27 February 2014 01:08

Heal Yourself! Join Me and Dr. Leonard Laskow!

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Dear Readers,
Would you like to learn powerfully simple, step-by-step processes for harnessing and sending loving energies to yourself and others for healing purposes?  Would like to learn how to trace illness to its true source?  

If your answer is “Yes” – I’d like to invite you to this special workshop with Dr. Leonard Laskow on March 28-30, in Los AngelesWe've extended the early registration deadline to March 9th. There are several spaces left.

I've had the privilege of training with Dr. Laskow for several years, and am honored to use his powerfully healing processes with my clients and my self.

Workshop Event: Awakening your Healing Heart, Holoenergetics© Level I
In this hands-on experiential 3-day workshop, Dr. Laskow will guide us in four processes:

1.) Learning to ‘trace’ illness, suffering, and distress to its source – which is the apparent separation from the whole – and transforming this energy of separation into unifying love through the extraordinary Holoenergetic Tracing Process.

2.) Transpersonally aligning with patients and clients to transmit loving energies to others and self for healing purposes.

3.) Accessing Conscious Heart Space, which induces heart coherence and allows direct access to aware loving presence in the here and now.

4.) Practicing the profound Holoenergetic Forgiveness Process, which opens a portal to oneness and freedom through unconditional love.

What is Holoenergetic® Healing?
Holoenergetic® Healing involves healing with the energy of the whole, not just parts of ourselves, not just the symptoms, but healing the body and mind, and bringing the body and mind back to its natural state of wholeness and wellness.

Who is Leonard Laskow, M.D.?
Dr. Leonard Laskow, the Stanford-trained physician and researcher, is author of  “Healing with Love” and founder of the Holoenergetic® Healing Foundation.  He has studied and researched the healing power of love for more than 30 years. Dr. Laskow is a consultant in Behavioral and Energy medicine in Ashland, Oregon and gives seminars at universities, medical centers, and holistic institutes internationally. Read more about him at: www.laskow.net

Register Now!  Early registration ends on Sunday, March 9th

Workshop dates: March 28, 29, 30, 2014 / Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, 9:30am - 5:30pm

To register, contact us at wholeness@laskow.net or (541) 535-0099.

Early Registration (by March 9): $395.00. Registration (after March 9): $475.00

*Continuing Education Credits are available for RNs.

Treat yourself to 3 powerful days of awakening, empowerment, healing, and peace with Dr. Leonard Laskow!  I look forward to seeing you there!

“Throughout the workshop, Dr. Laskow gently guided me to deeper levels of awareness of Love than I had previously experienced. His kindness, gentleness, experience and wisdom created what I experienced as the most powerful experience of oneness so far.” -BW

It's one of those experiences that words can't come close to describing!” -MV

Despite the appearance of conflict, humanity is experiencing an acceleration of the awakening process. Right now it is possible to realize your true nature. To the extent that we bring ourselves into wholeness, we’ve been healed.” – Leonard Laskow, M.D.

From the heart,
your Coach Maddisen

Copyright 2014 Maddisen K. Krown M.A.

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