Oct 30 2013_0037So many women today find themselves being torn in a thousand directions.  We’re doing everything for everybody….except ourselves.  Often we feel like our lives are out of control and we’re not doing any part of it particularly well.  Even worse – we’ve pushed our own dreams and desires aside to take care of everyone else.

I know, I was there.

I’ve lived through the four “Big D’s” – death, disability, divorce and debt.  As the caregiver to a father with Alzheimer’s, a husband with Progressive Multiple Sclerosis, a son with intellectual disability and two other children plus running my own business, my life was overwhelming.   I knew that if I didn’t learn how to take care of myself, take control and take a stand I would end up sick physically and emotionally.

And so, I took a master’s course on “me.”  I studied mindful meditation, I immersed myself in lectures and reading from some of the leading experts on empowerment, spirituality and motivation.  I consulted with physicians, nutritionists, therapists, spiritual leaders and fitness gurus to learn how to make myself stronger, fulfill my dreams and, in the process be a better mom, spouse, daughter, business owner and friend.

Now I’m helping other woman discover how to reclaim their lives and fulfill their dreams!


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A series of 4 1-hour sessions via phone or Skype to address the challenges preventing you from living a passionate, purpose-driven and joyful life.  We’ll explore the self-imposed limitations and self-defeating inner dialogue that have developed and reframe, retool and refocus to allow you to realize your full potential both personally and professionally.

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Posted by | January 26, 2013


A new study from the prestigious UC Davis MIND Institute says it might!

BDE-49, a chemical closely related to PCB, is commonly found in flame retardants.  Even though BDE-49 has been shown to accumulate over time in the human body (and be present in fat, blood and breast milk), believe it or not, how it can harm your health or that of your unborn baby has not been studied in detail.

This new study from the MIND Institute showed that even tiny amounts of PDE-49 damages mitochondria, which have been likened to the nuclear power plants that fuel our bodies’ cells.  The science behind it?  The MIND Institute states, “One of a family of chemicals called polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), BDE-49 can be absorbed through the skin or metabolized from other PBDEs. These chemicals have a similar structure to their more famous cousins PCBs and persist for long periods in the environment and the human body. They have been linked to a variety of neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism.”

Can these harmful PBDEs be avoided?  Not easy to do if you live in a State like California which requires that flame retardants be used in a variety of products we use in our every day life.

“There are PBDEs in furniture, carpets, car seats, baby clothing — pretty much everywhere,” said Cecilia Giulivi, professor, Department of Molecular Biosciences in the School of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis and lead author for the study.  “We were surprised to find that you need only tiny concentrations of BDE-49 to do significant damage…similarly low concentrations of BDE-47 routinely are found in children’s blood samples.”

Not only may PBDEs be linked to autism, but also to overall cognitive development.  Researchers from the Center for Children’s Environmental Health, at Columbia University, measured PBDEs in the umbilical-cord blood of 210 New York women and then monitored their children’s neurological development. The researches discovered that the children with the most exposure to flame retardants while in their mother’s womb scored an average of five points lower on I.Q. tests than the children with lower exposures.  Don’t think 5 points matters?  This result has been compared to the effect lead exposure has on a child’s development.

Click to read more about this important study.

Living in the suburbs of New York City, I often take the kids into the city for sightseeing and other things. Invariably the first question out of there mouth is “Can we visit the Hershey Store?”  While my first thoughts usually go to shoe shopping, I must admit a visit to a chocolate store is often on my list as well!

To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Hershey’s® Chocolate World® Times Square has added the “Wrap Hershey’s Happiness” experience, where you can create your own personalized wrapper for a Hershey’s chocolate bar.  Wrapper designs include Times Square themes as well as seasonal options.   You also have the opportunity to include a photo and personalized message.  Wha’s really neat is that if you decide to  add a photo to your customized wrapper, you will can see your completed design on the store’s outdoor marquee in the heart of Times Square.   And, if you cannot make it to the store, you can create your personalized wrappers online at www.HersheysStore.com.

Other new happenings at the store include the “Taste Hershey’s Happiness™” station, which will feature different Hershey’s samples, including ew products and special offerings and the ‘Mix Your Favorites” experience, where you can create a customized mix of Hershey’s® Miniatures, Hershey’s Kisses Milk Chocolates and Reese’s® Miniatures candy.

The Hershey Company is also giving back throught the “Share Hershey’s Happiness” program and you can help decide how the money is allocated.  Anyone who makes a purchase at the Times Square store will receive a wooden token, which can be used to vote for the following supported charities: the Children’s Miracle Network, the United Way and the World Cocoa Foundation. The Hershey Company will donate funds to each organization based on the percentage of votes that each receives.

For more information on Hershey’s Chocolate World Times Square and the new experiences, visit www.hersheys.com/chocolateworld/visitor-locations.aspx