There Is Nothing I Cannot Do! A Special afternoon with Jen Bricker

Last Friday I had the pleasure of spending a few splendid hours with my beautiful friend Jen Bricker. We had gathered with a handful of friends for the screening of Eva Longoria's Versus: Romanian Roots. I met Jen when she first moved to Los Angeles six years ago. She and I are kindred spirits and we bonded immediately. She had moved to LA with her aerial partner to pursue new … [Read more...]

My 5 Fave Stretches and 3 Tips for Toning your Glutes!

I can’t believe its already week 3 of the #BosuStrong challenge, time flies when you’re having fun! Last week we focused on balance and I was proud of myself for inspiring many of you to actively create balance in your life. This week its all about stretching and toning – so make sure you join in on the fun! Since we’re talking about stretching, here are 5 of my all time favorite … [Read more...]

The Unique Beauty of a Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse

"Don't forget the lunar eclipse tonight, Valerie". My fellow morning prayer warrior, a retired marine and Vietnam veteran had told me about this special event that occurs once in a lifetime and I was eager to enjoy it with my family. But somehow it escaped my mind... As we were enjoying a quiet family dinner my hubby mentioned somewhat off handedly, "We should drive up to the mountains, … [Read more...]

Sweet Potato Pumpkin Potage with Roasted Red Peppers

It's fall and though temperatures are still in the three digits here, I could not resist buying my first pumpkin! I love pumpkin and though I will most likely get annoyed with all the pumpkin flavored products that will soon line the shelves of grocery stores everywhere, I will happily enjoy a lot of fresh pumpkin :-) Not only do I relish the taste but it is such a wonderfully rich food when … [Read more...]

Toshiba Satellite Laptop Computer Giveaway

How Would Like a Brand New Toshiba Satellite Laptop Computer? The laptop has become an essential tool for just about everybody.  From the business professional to the work from home mom, the retired traveler who wants to stay connected with family and friends, and our children who need it for school assignments, the laptop offers total freedom to work or play from anywhere, any time. I'm … [Read more...]

Falling Cash $300 Giveaway!

Fall is here! I love the idea of having a Falling Cash Giveaway to celebrate Autumn, how about you? With Back-To-School  now behind us it's time to start prepping for our Holiday shopping and I know a little extra cash would be a nice little blessing :-) Since I'd love to share wonderful opportunities with you and give back a little in any way I can, I've partnered with a group of fabulous … [Read more...]

Creating Balance for Health and Happiness

Balance. That elusive state of being we all crave so desperately yet find so hard to achieve. What I've come to understand is that balance is not something that can be found.  It is something we must actively create. Balance is ever changing. What felt right one day may feel completely off balance the next. To enjoy a balanced life we must learn to be fluid yet purposeful. One of the keys to … [Read more...]

Pecan Pie No Bake Energy Bites

Pecans... The taste of my childhood. I grew up in Paris but spent summers in El Paso Texas where mom was from, with my grandparents. Those were fun and loved filled summers and they were also filled with all sorts of wonderful foods. And yes, you guessed it, pecans! My grandma made the best pecan pie in the world! When I made the crust for my Vegan Chocolate Cheese Cake it brought … [Read more...]

Never Underestimate the Power of the Mind

Today was one of those days. I woke up at 5:30 as I always do. No alarm clock, just the natural rhythm of my body. The quiet of the early morning is a moment I relish... But not today. Today I wanted nothing more than to curl up under the comforter, cover my head with a pillow and go back to sleep. Today I had a migraine! I knew the chance of going back to sleep and finding … [Read more...]

Vegan Chocolate Cheese Cake

I've always made our birthday cakes. Be it for my husband or my girls there is not a birthday that goes by without my making some sort of decadent creation.  It's a family tradition passed on by my mom and one I would not give up for anything. Years ago when I finally placed a gorgeous cake with a carefully crafted sea scape in the fridge in the wee hours of the morning, my husband asked "Why … [Read more...]