April 26, 2017

The Best Indie Film - get your creative juices flowing…

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
April 17, 2017

Six Simple Ways to be Confident on a First Date

by Cristina Morara
April 12, 2017


by Raleigh Barrett
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April 11, 2017

Orange Marmalade Pork Belly

by The Duo Dishes
April 07, 2017

One Animal Lover Can Make a Difference

by Nancy Bianconi
April 04, 2017

“The evolution of Evolution”

by Luckie
April 03, 2017

Horoscopes - April 2017

by Maya White
March 31, 2017

5 ways to keep you and your clients happy

by Jessie Marcus
March 30, 2017

Are you lost in the gym?

by Connor Coman
March 30, 2017

Looking for Female Superhero Movies?

by Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros
Cream NoHo
March 28, 2017


by Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros
March 21, 2017

The Artist Dilemma – Perfections vs Excellence

by Fran Montano
March 17, 2017

Affordable Countertops; Who knew.

by Christopher Porikos


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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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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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?

 Caffeine Tank Top

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.)

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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.

Monday, 24 February 2014 08:32

Health - How to Create a Fitness Support Network

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Creating a network of support and throwing the message out to the Universe every single day that you are adopting a healthier lifestyle is the key to progressing into the true you. I’m not talking New Year’s Eve, early-January-type resolutions of, “I’m going to get in shape this year,” when a few weeks into February all of your health and fitness goals are forgotten. I’m talking true commitment, a whatever-it-takes type of attitude, “This is do or die.”

Friday, 21 February 2014 10:17

Recipe - Spicy Brown Sugar Pickles

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There’s something about canning that has an air of nostalgia to it. Perhaps your grandparents were the ones who first introduced you to this idea. Or, your parents perhaps. Neither one of us comes from a family of canners, but we do have interest. It’s the perfect way to preserve seasonal freshness of fruits or vegetables when they are at their peak. Almost anything can be canned–tomatoes, beans, peaches, rinds and seeds. It’s an easy, inexpensive way to have food at the tips of your fingers when their season for availability may be far off. Sometimes, though, you just can to can. Not because you necessarily want summer corn in the dead of winter, but just because you want something to break through the boredom of a slow Saturday afternoon. Unequipped with tongs and mason jars, you can still pull off a means of veggie preservation. You can always find a way around an obstacle.

When I first found out about Angelica Chavez a local young fashion designer I had to contact her to find out what is like to be a young entrepreneur and promising designer, so I set up a Q&A to get to know her.


Spicy Cod Stew - The Duo Dishes

Is it too late to wish everyone a Happy New Year? Hopefully not. You’ve probably made some resolutions, changes, promises, goals, whatever you choose to call them. The title is inconsequential, but the meaning is the same. It’s the time of year when you may be feeling antsy for what lies ahead, and that internal energy can be quite the ember to start a fire! Much success with your plans. Feel free to share them with us. We hope you enjoyed the holidays with your friends and family, and thanks for stopping in as we finally start off this New Year with a new recipe. If you’re thinking it’s about time, well, you don’t have to wait any longer.

Tuesday, 11 February 2014 08:25

Interior Design - Hamptons Design

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One of my favorite design styles is that of The Hamptons in New York. The fresh, clean look is inspirational. The crisp feel of the light or natural colored linen slip covered over a soft cushy sofa or overstuffed chair really sets the tone. Paired with a beautifully dark stained plank floor or a whitewashed floor, lightweight linen or cotton drapery panels adds to the feel and atmosphere needed to achieve this look.

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Not to be mistaken with Shabby Chic, the style is slightly more void of the floral, plaids and weathered looking furniture. You’re more likely to see traditional case good pieces in fused with lightly colored fabrics, some reclaimed pieces along with shutters or even wooden blinds on the windows. Here are a few tips to help you achieve The Hamptons look without breaking the bank.

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1. Start with light colors. Use beige, sage green, pale green/blue on the walls.
2. Try adding wainscoting painted white for architectural interest.
3. Earth toned or light colors works well for window treatments in cotton or linen.
4. Pair linen upholstered chairs with a rustic or reclaimed wooden table in the dining room. Accent the table with glass hurricanes and candles for the centerpiece.
5. Wicker framed chairs with a great light upholstered sofa and a glass coffee table can work well for a living room. Add nautical styled pillows for accents.
6. Keep accents simple. Wicker baskets, plants, sea grass or jute rugs can finish off a space.

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Just remember to be careful when designing your space. Never over do your style. You won’t achieve your desired look and will appear too trendy. Less is more in some cases.


Cultivate the art of romance and celebrate this Valentine’s Day - La dolce vita style

The key to romance and seduction is to create extraordinary moments out of ordinary things. Some of the most meaningful ideas come from simplicity and the heart. Here are a few:

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