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My Girl Leslie

October 19th, 2009 No Comments

I am so proud of my girl Leslie!

My mom introduced us about a year ago, and we’ve been BFF ever since.

For the past decade, Leslie has been a television political correspondent and spokeswoman in the Latin community honored by presidents and princes all over the world.  How this smart and sexy woman is still single is beyond me.

Les also gives THE best advice.  Never judgemental and always honest, she really helps me think through things I’m dealing with by offering tales from her experience (the woman has seen it all!).  And instead of thinking to myself, “I need to make this mistake for myself,” I always try to do what I’m told.

What I’m trying to say is that if anyone has a solid perspective on the women in the political spotlight, it’s this one!

(She’s quite the fashionista as well.)

Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy – I know her book will be an interesting read.

Oh, and for a good time….follow Les on Twittter.

October 18th, 2009 No Comments


Today on NYTimes, read about this blog that chronicles cake catastrophes and the life of the author, who fully discloses she has absolutely no experience in the baking industry. She posts amateur, cute, and unusual designs as well (obviously shown above).  It doesn’t satisfy my sweet tooth, but I thought some of you bakers out there might get a kick out of it.

Author Jen Yates is on a book tour right now, signing hardcover copies of “Cake Wrecks: When Professional Cakes Go Hilariously Wrong.”

October 14th, 2009 No Comments

Little Books for BIG Changes

Lucky or Smart? – Secrets to an Entreprenuerial Life by Bo Peaboy ($19 new$2 used on Amazon)

Who Moved My Cheese? – An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and Your Life by Spencer Johnson ($7.50 new –  $5 used on Amazon)

The Dip – A Little Book That Teaches You When To Quit And When To Stick by Seth Godin ($9.32 new, $2.83 used on Amazon)

Over the last year, I have been directed to read these 3 books to get the wheels in my mind turning to make positive changes in my life.

Each offers a powerful message, unique perspective on harnassing fear of change, and making moves to improve your life and business.

At first you might find them simple, but the authors go on to approach their theory from a few different angles you might not think of. And they don’t pontificate!  They get to the heart of the matter without a lot of introductory banter and then support their ideas with deductive reasoning.  They don’t tell you what to do, but instead ask you to determine who you are and where YOU want to go.

Whether or not you’re an entreprenuer or feel like you need to make a change in your career, I HIGHLY RECCOMMEND giving each of these books a quick read to probe into what is really going on in your life.

Using the same method for a different audience:

Reinvent Your Raw Diet – Raw Energy by Stephanie Tourles

October 1st, 2009 No Comments

Reinvent Your Raw Diet – Raw Energy by Stephanie Tourles

I talk a lot about incorporating more fruits and veggies into our diet.  There really is no better way than to do so than in its natural form.  But simply cutting up a bell pepper for a snack can get a little boring. And having a raw meal delivered to your door on a regular basis is a bit ridiculous.

Rarely do I get excited about cookbooks.  Usually they are filled with recipes that take hours to prepare composed of ingredients I don’t recognize.

So you can understand how a book of RAW recipes for SNACKS fits the bill for me!

Raw Energy gives you 124 options to change it up! Plus, when you make the bars/balls/bites yourself, you know exactly what’s in them and can rest assured they haven’t come in contact with any form of “processing.”

The book offers you recipes on how to not only make raw ingredients more interesting, but also harness specific qualities about how each energize you.  Author Stephanie Tourles provides you with a very simple breakdown of the digestive system and a nugget about each fruit, veggie, and nut so you have a better understanding of how they can be useful to you.  If you don’t want to take her word for it, she quotes several other experts in the field.  It’s the best 101 I’ve seen on nutrition in a while.

Raw Enery – 124 Raw Food Recipes for Energy Bars, Smoothies, and Other Snacks to Supercharge Your Body on sale at Amazon for $10. Quite a bargain for all of the easily digestible info!


June 16th, 2009 No Comments


Her dad planted the seed and now she’s a published author.  Congrats Julie!

Here’s a snippit about the novel from Amazon:

The sky’s the limit for this teenage pilot By Angela Leeper It’s 1944 and everyone is doing their part for the war effort. While her mother and sister roll bandages for the Red Cross, 18-year-old Bernadette “Byrd” Thompson sneaks out of their poor, small-town Iowa home and hops a train to Sweetwater, Texas. In Skies Over Sweetwater, an absorbing coming-of-age novel by Julia Moberg, the insecure teen joins the elite Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) training program at Avenger Field. By donning oversized men’s overalls (aka “zoot suits”), suffering through morning calisthenics, studying meteorology and Morse code, and learning to fly trainers, utility planes, bombers and other aircraft, the WASPs free up men for combat overseas.

April 23rd, 2009 No Comments

Skinny Bitch

Although you might have no interest in being an avid vegan like authors Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin, you should still read their book Skinny Bitch to educate yourself on nuritional facts.  They provide amazing insight on the harmful effects of processed foods and give descriptive accounts of your body’s chemical process in breaking down food.  Sounds boring right?  Wrong.  It’s one of the most entertaining reads I’ve had in a while.  They’re pretty crass and brutally honest about how they want you to incorporate their advice.  I’m all about tough love so their messages really hit home with me.

I’ll admit, I didn’t read the chapters on meat.  Even being from Texas they were a little too graphic for me, and I wanted to continue to enjoy meat.  But you’ll also be shocked about what they have to say about the treatment of fish.

Anyway, it’s not front page news this is good book, but I thought if you missed the boat the first time, I’d offer you another ticket.

Plastic Surgery WITHOUT the Surgery

June 17th, 2008 No Comments

Eve Pearl on The View. She wrote a book called Plastic Surgery Without The Surgery.

She shows how to apply foundation and concealer to get full coverage and make it look natural.

Fake eyelashes are also a great tip to enhance your eyes.  Unfortunately, they are difficult to apply to yourself.

For more “How To” videos, click here.