Showing posts from March, 2013

Heart Disease in Women

Ladies...get informed about heart disease.  Check out this great short film about signs of a heart attack.  Please share with other women.

Go Red for Women Premiere Short Film – Just a Little Heart Attack

Fight Heart Disease In Women

Little Lemon Meringue Pies

Bestie Note: This is a perfect treat for your guests coming over for Easter.  The best part is that you can make the little pies in stages or make them today and freeze them!!  They can be served during your Easter celebration or you can pack them in little containers to go, as a "thanks forcoming" goodie bag!
Little Lemon Meringue Pies From Food Network Kitchens
Prep Time:30 min Inactive Prep Time:30 min Cook Time:40 min Level: Intermediate Serves: 6 servings
Crust: 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature (3/4 stick) 3 tablespoons sugar Pinch fine salt 1 large egg yolk 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon sour cream or yogurt
Lemon Filling: 1/3 cups sugar 1 tablespoon cornstarch 4 large egg yolks 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 2 lemons) 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice (about 1 lime) 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest 3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cubed
Meringue: 1/4 cup egg whites (about 2 large eggs) 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 tea…

Life Is Full Of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 10


Relationships go 'round and 'round…

Throughout the last two decades, a few of my girlfriends have gone from being single ladies all hanging out having a great time, to girlfriends with boyfriends, then marrying those boyfriends, to then divorcing those husbands, and now back to the dating scene. What I know for sure is that in life, nothing is certain, as much as we’d like to be sure that our friendships and marriages are forever, that's not always the case for some. We all try to weather out the rip currents that crash through our perfect picture of what we think is certainty. None of us set out to start friendships, relationships or marriages with the thought that they will end.
Evolving at a different speed than people around you can cause disagreements; that happened in the early years of my marriage. This disparate change caused days, and sometimes, months of arguments. My husband and I would get out of sync and need to adjust, with lots of work on both of our ends. By not judging the other’s personality and a…

Culture Crush: Space Shuttle Endeavour

By Lisa

Los Angeles and the California Science Center have scored a major piece of culture for Southland residents and visitors with the arrival of the Space Shuttle Endeavour. While the permanent home is being built for the Endeavour on the museum complex grounds, the Space Shuttle can be viewed in its temporary facility.

The Endeavour exhibit is a multi-level, often interactive group of stations that explain the history and missions of NASA's Space Shuttle program. If you missed Endeavour's tour of the skies over Los Angeles or didn't get out to see the Shuttle as it wound through city streets from LAX to its new home at the CA Science Center, you can watch a short film hitting the highlights.

Part of the exhibit engages the audience with footage of life on board the Shuttle in zero gravity. The space potty is popular with all ages, and so is the film on eating and drinking in space. The hands-on display of Endeavour's tires and a simulated control room are big hits…

Every day is Monday… by Christine

Every day is Monday… and what a weekend it was to try and keep this phrase in mind. My schedule this past weekend was one activity after another. I was able to have a small healthy breakfast before heading out the door on Saturday morning. I had just been asked the night before by a friend to help at her daughter’s birthday party, a scenario where some things can’t be planned. Another family's drama became part of my day, as I stepped in and helped the party run smoothly. 

With all the running around, and chaos of the party, by the time I sat down for lunch I craved a much needed glass of wine. The weight loss program I follow has plenty of room for a glass of wine, but there is always the danger that your appetite increases when you drink alcohol. I kept this in mind and had some salad, pasta and one slice of pizza. It was such a struggle to be around a group of giggling girls and not want another slice of pizza. I rarely buy pizza to have at home, so I kept thinking, when would I…

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Summer... Here We Come

The thought of summer being around the corner is a stressful one. The first thing that comes to mind for most women is I hate to wear a swimsuit!!  Not so much for me - I avoid wearing a swimsuit at all costs, so that thought is not my biggest worry.
For the past two years, we haven’t been able to afford summer camp for the kids, and it’s been up to me to come up with free or cheap field trips to entertain the kids… EVERYDAY!!  Picture this… 6am Monday morning: Mom?  What are we doing today?  Can we go to Disneyland?  How about Universal Studios?  Ooooo, how about we go to San Diego!!  As my blood pressure starts to hit the roof with the thought of planning another field trip, I hopelessly sit up on my bed to address the requests. I look at the kids and painfully say, How about we have a picnic at the park, today?  One kid looks at me with disbelief that we went from amusement park talk to a picnic in the park!!  The other kid says with a crabby-sounding voice, I’m not doing it!

I Got Some Dreams, I Got Some Dreams by Hadoss

In the Disney animated feature, Tangled Ever After, a short, fat, old thug sings the words above as he stands drunk, tottering in the doorway of the Snuggly Duckling Inn. These are the words that are dancing in my head as I listen to fellow students express why they are taking Design 205. Most of the eager, young students are repeating the word “dream.” They all seem to have had design aspirations just before graduating high school. For most students in the class, that was six months ago. I stifle a bit of jealousy that my high school graduation is light years away in comparison. If I dwell too long on that fact alone, I will be the fat old man singing drunk in a doorway. I fan myself frantically, because my body decided to have a hot flash without permission. Young dreams and hot flashes are like oil and vinegar; a good shake will only blend them for only so long.  
For what seems like eternity, my mind throws out question after question like, what happened to your dreams? Did you e…

Spring Is In The Air

As most of the country is warming up, we are realizing summer is right around the corner. Women start wanting to change their hair. While we are not doing our full on summer look yet (bronzed skin, lighter color, summer dresses), we are wanting some change.
A lot of bangs are being cut in our salon right now, along with more layers around the face to give more movement to the hair. Small changes, that make an impact, can give a fresh new look.  
If you are thinking you might be wanting a big color change for summer (brown to blonde, for example), I suggest booking an appointment right away so you can start on that look and not create so much damage for your hair at one time.  

Lisa McMillan

Culture Crush Music: Lindsey Stirling

By Lisa

Who is Lindsey Stirling? Over 1.75 million YouTube subscribers know. When "America's Got Talent" didn't have a clue what to do with her, when all the standard channels for musicians wanted to change her, Ms. Stirling struck out on her own. With the help of some talented people, she made music videos featuring beautiful locales, costumes and choreography, and posted them on YouTube. Covers of popular songs and video game and movie themes and collaboration with other young artists have spread her appeal and garnered a wider audience.

Ms. Sterling may be the only person to combine violin, dance and video game themes into an engaging performance. And, she has a knack for lush videos and costumes.  The violin and dance combo comes off rather well, although she's not really playing in the more rambunctious videos – she’s using a stunt violin for the action scenes. The live concert videos do show her unusual approach to violin, dance and dubstep in action.

Ms. Stir…

"Every day is Monday…" by Christine

Every day is Monday… the day we usually head back to school or work, and for many, start a diet. We have all been to the party on the weekend and sipped a margarita or enjoyed a slice of cake while saying, “I am starting my diet on Monday.” As someone who has struggled with my weight since I was in my teens, every day is Monday.  
When I have had tough times in my life and took Tuesday through Sunday off from my “diet,” I did nothing but gain weight. Losing weight is a struggle for anyone no matter if it’s five or five hundred pounds. The focus must be on every day, not just Monday. The programs that work are those that emphasize healthy eating, encouraging a balance of foods high in nutrients and low in fats. You need to find a program or group of friends to weigh-in and be accountable for your weight. Track your food or create a food diary. It’s important to meet with your doctor to know what your intake of calories and various nutrients should be.
The internet provides so much inf…

A fun drink for St. Patrick's Day!

Effen Avocado
INGREDIENTS 1 1/2ounces cucumber vodka1/4 ounce agave nectar1/4 ounce avocado puree*Splash of lemon juiceIce, for chilling and servingsplash of soda water1 lemon wedge for garnish
DIRECTIONS Combine the vodka, agave, avocado puree and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Top with a splash of soda water and garnish with a lemon wedge.
* BestieNote: Avocado puree is made with 1/2 of avocado - squeeze 1/2 lemon in with the avocado, puree in the blender for 30 seconds until smooth.  Use a splash of water if puree is too thick.

Recipe is courtesy of

No judgment here!

Let's celebrate!  The different stages of our children's lives should entitle us to a survival badge along with a little bit of breathing time. The fact that we survived the mental fog of parenting young children and learning from the passing stages our kids went through should let us parents take some "me time."

So when our babies learn to use a spoon on their own, we celebrate their accomplishment and breathe a sigh of relief because we don't have to feed them anymore at every meal!  When our babies learn to walk, we don't have to always carry them around, and our backs get a much deserved break. However, when our kids become independent enough for the parents' social lives to start up again, we find ourselves hesitant to take a much needed breather. Some  of us keep trying to get comfortable with new found freedom. Other parents quit and continue attending to their kids' needs without giving themselves or their children freedom and breathing room. 


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So I grieve..

The grief never goes away. But as time goes by, it doesn't consume you as much as in the beginning.  Grandpa Bill was a kind, loving and thoughtful man.  I met Grandpa Bill a few months after I started dating my husband.  I was nervous to meet him because I knew how much he meant to my husband. If he didn't like me, I would have been broken-hearted and my husband would have been, too.  I walked into the family room where he was sitting. He had his back toward me, so I walked toward him tentatively and scared to death.  He turned toward me and said, "Hello sweetheart!” He gave me the most lovely hug and embraced me for a few seconds.  The hug had sealed the deal for the two of us. We loved each other and made an immediate grandfather/granddaughter connection in just a few seconds.  It was such an amazing feeling of relief and immediate love toward him that made the afternoon fly by, leaving me joyful and in nirvana.  

Grandpa Bill walked me down the aisle when my husband an…

Bestielist: LuckyBestie Maria Goes to Quiltcon

When the dates for Quiltcon were announced about a year ago, my friend Jennifer and I vowed to go. I'm so glad I did because it gave me pause and allowed me to be inspired and reflect on my own work.

Quilting has allowed me to be creative in a new medium. I learned to quilt traditionally and loved the process of putting together pieces of fabrics and forming something that is useful and provides warmth. I quickly gravitated toward modern quilting because it allows me to be free to compose a quilt as I go along.

Quiltcon is the first quilting convention to feature all modern quilts, and presents lectures and workshops led by experts in the field from business, manufacturing, design and everything in between.

I took a textile printing workshop with Lotta Jansdotter. Here's a stenciling technique I learned and printed on one of Lotta's fabric designs

Here is a sampling of the quilted pieces featured in the show.

Here are some mini quilts. The piece in the middle with the hex…