Saturday, April 25, 2015

C is for Concussion and S is for Stop

Meet Britney and Mia....

Britney is 15 years old, just finishing up her freshman year in high school.  She's an honor student and an athlete; she loves hanging out with her friends and her dog...

Mia is nine years old, a fifth grader at a local elementary school.  She's fun-loving and fearless and always the life of the party; she does well in school and loves spending time at the barn with her horse...

These girls don't know each other, and you would not think they would have much in common because of their age difference - but they do...

They're both battling the after-effects of a serious head injury.

I know, when you think of head injuries you think of football players, soccer players or maybe even baseball players but actually a head injury can occur at any time to any one.

Britney's concussion happened in the heat of summer, right before her level five competitive season of gymnastics was about to start - one second she was practicing the high-bar portion of her uneven parallel bar routine and the next thing she knew, she was on the floor, she had lost her concentration for a split-second, flew off the bar and landed on her head.

Seven months later, she's still struggling in school and she still has trouble reading and memorizing - keeping up with the honors classes that she was thoroughly enjoying the first week of school is now challenging and she's had to get an exemption for extra time to finish assignments.  She's healing, but slowly and longs to go back to the sport that she loves.

Mia is not a stranger to head injuries - she jumps horses and competes in horse shows and had fallen twice before, being thrown from her horse - once so hard that it cracked her helmet in two - but each time she healed.

The third concussion came on a roller-coaster at a Florida theme park - she told her Mom that she had hit her head, but no one thought it was a big deal, it was just a roller-coaster after all - how bad could it have been?  For the next couple of days, she had headaches on and off, but again, nothing that raised a red flag.  On the flight home she began crying hysterically telling Mom that her head hurt so badly she thought she was going to die - the white of her eye on the injured side of the head turned red and she had a nosebleed that lasted more than an hour, everyone thought it was just the pressure from the airplane, but they decided to go to the doctor the next morning.  When she arrived home, of course she went to the doctor, but she had a high fever so it was written off as a type of flu.  Mia slept for 21-23 hours per day every day for almost three weeks and had severe headaches and impaired cognitive function - she was displaying many of the same symptoms as her previous concussions had offered.  After many visits to the doctor she was sent to a Children's Hospital and diagnosed with post-concussive syndrome - the small injury caused by the roller coaster was compounded because of her air travel and previous concussions and proved to be quite serious.

Twelve weeks later, Mia is now on a modified school day, only attending a few hours a day, if at all; she is only able to concentrate on anything for a few minutes at a time and has to stop as soon as she feels a headache coming on.  She must wear sunglasses anytime she is outside to minimize headaches and must eat on a regular schedule to keep her glucose levels regular (an important part of brain healing).  She is on medications to help minimize the concussion migraines, but they have lots of side-effects and she will need to be carefully weaned from them.  Her doctors prognosis is that she will eventually heal completely, but it could take up to a year.  She is still not her usual bubbly self and afraid that her life will never return to normal again.


Head injuries are serious - for everyone, but especially for children.  They need to be taken extremely seriously and more Teachers, Coaches and Parents need to be made aware of the symptoms and the quick and easy test called The King-Devick Test and Remove From Play Testing that can be administered quickly and easily on the spot if a head injury is suspected.

I am working with Maria Bailey, Of MomTalk TV and MomTalk Radio to help raise awareness of head injuries and how we can get our kids removed from play quickly and easily with simple tests.  We both strongly believe in implementing concussion screenings in youth sports and spreading the word about Remove From Play’s test.

Maria has also created the RFP Team Mom's Playbook. The Remove From Play Team Mom Playbook is the ultimate tool for any team mom to use in assisting her to bring this affordable concussion-screening tool to her child’s school or team.  Please show it to your coaches, trainers and sports teachers and ask them to implement this test for your child's team.

Britney and Mia are real kids - I know each of them personally and they are both the sweetest girls you'll ever meet - they should not have to be dealing with the results of a head injury, disrupting life at a time when it should be enjoyed to the fullest.

Please protect your children and ask their sports instructors and coaches to implement Remove from Play testing.

Here are some important links:

-          Remove From Play Website –
-          Remove From Play “Team Mom” Digital Playbook -
-          Remove From Play social media channels:

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Healthy Foods: Salad Spin

by Leanne Ely

I get a lot of email from readers (feel free to email your questions-I may include it in an upcoming article, Dinner Diva at Saving Dinner dot com) and this one warrants an article. 
 I hate to trouble you with a silly salad question, but I've never eaten salad on a regular basis before joining Flylady, and I don't know who else I can ask!  I have been buying three heads of lettuce a week, tearing them up and storing them in plastic baggies to eat a little bit at a time (instead of buying those prepackaged salad bags, which are expensive).  But should I wash the greens before they go in the bag?  They stay really wet when I do this, and I'm not sure if this helps preserve them, or it might help turn them wilted and slimy. Thanks for your advice. We've been eating SO much better since we found you! -Susan
Well Susan, let me help you out. I don't have much of an opinion on kitschy kitchen gadgets, but here's one gadget that you should make a point of getting: a salad spinner!  I am a big believer in eating salads, but it's no fun eating mushy salads. The spinner makes the diff!

I have noticed that when I'm eating salads on a regular basis, my skin is nicer, my weight is better kept under control and I just plain feel better. As a matter of fact, if you eat one salad a day with a meal, you can lose up to 15 pounds a year. It's a matter of volume and nutrition-the more you fill up on better, more voluminous healthier foods, the weight comes off (as long as you're not overdoing it).

I serve salad almost every time we eat dinner at my house. I also throw a bowl of those baby carrots on the table to pass around. As a rule, we don't eat enough raw stuff and salads are one delicious way to make that happen. Here are some hints for making a healthy, nutritious salad:

A good rule of thumb for building a good salad should be COLOR. Color is a great indicator of what's ahead: good nutrition or near-empty calories. The more vibrant the color, the healthier it is.

Take a look at Iceberg lettuce.  It's pale green and white. The iceberg lettuce's value is mostly the water it carries. Fiber is minimal and nutrition almost non-existent. This is not the basis for a good, healthy and nutritious salad.

The first place to start is with GREEN. Green like spinach, salad bowl or romaine lettuces--all wonderful examples of what green should look like. The color is there and so is the nutrition.

Next, look for RED. Tomatoes come to mind. Vine ripened and full of vitamin C, tomatoes also contain the important phytochemical lypocene that helps fight cancer.

ORANGE or YELLOW? How about some colorful bell pepper or (when in season) summer squash? Carrots are fantastic sources for beta-carotene, a pre-vitamin for vitamin A. Beta carotene has so many important functions, but the best part about beta-carotene is that it will convert into only as much vitamin A as the body needs so there's no worry about taking in too much. You know what happens if you have too much beta-carotene? You turn orange! My son was orange for the first and second year of his life--he LOVED sweet potatoes.

This is all common sense nutrition here, but the point is to get you thinking next time you're meandering your way through the produce section at the grocery store. Think in vivid, living color--you NEED the nutrition and so does your salad!


Copyright (C) 2012 Leanne Ely, CNC All rights reserved. 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Healthy Foods: How to Do Healthy and Low Carb

by Leanne Ely

Say "low carb" and immediately visions of steak and eggs dance in your heads. Folks somehow have this notion that your mouth will never again chomp into a sandwich or that your diet will devoid on anything fiber-filled.
Phooey, I say! It doesn't have to be that way. You can have your low carb and get fiber too! Here's how.

There is a simple math equation that you need to do to understand how this works. Fiber is a non-nutritive substance that aids in digestion. It isn't processed in your body like say, a donut would be (which is completely fiberless and filled to overflowing with sugar). Donuts, when eaten in any kind of quantity, will tend to grow you a rather large posterior. While fiber, eaten in any kind of quantity, will improve your digestion without getting you fat.

Take vegetables for example. Potatoes, corn and a few others aren't going to be too low carb friendly, but check out my friend broccoli. With a carb count of 1.9 grams per 1/2 serving, the fiber content is 1.1 grams. That means the net carb value is only 0.8. Not too shabby!

Artichoke hearts have 7.8 grams of carbs per 1/2 cup and yet the fiber count is 6 grams. It's easy to see why donuts do what they do now, isn't it?

Fiber is also easily obtained through certain seeds like flax and flaxmeal, which makes a great hot cereal. As a matter of fact, 1/4 cup of flaxmeal hot cereal has 13 grams of carbs, but 6 grams of fiber for a net carb count of 7 grams. Compared to the same amount of oatmeal with 18 grams of carbs, 3 grams of fiber for a net carb count of 15 grams. See the difference?

So I ask you? CAN you do a low carb diet and still get in the fiber you need! You bet-you just might have to do it a little differently! Here's a low carb recipe from our Low Carb Menu-Mailer:

Chicken with a Ginger Cream Sauce
Serves 4
(*this recipe got absolute RAVE reviews!)

4    (6-oz.) boneless skinless chicken breast halves, pound to 1/4 inch,       if necessary
2    teaspoons butter
      Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2    tablespoons white wine (or use white grape juice with a splash of       vinegar - higher carb count this way)
2    tablespoons fresh lime juice
1    teaspoon grated fresh ginger
1/8    teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2    cup low sodium chicken broth
1/2    cup half and half

In a skillet, over medium-high heat, melt butter. Season chicken with salt and pepper and saute quickly, about 2-3 minutes per side. Remove chicken from the pan and keep warm.

Add wine (or juice/vinegar) and lime juice to pan; deglaze the pan using a wire whisk and working quickly. Bring it to a boil; now add the chicken broth, half and half, ginger and cayenne. LOWER heat immediately (or sauce will break) and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, about 2 minutes. When sauce has reduced and thickened, taste it and correct the seasoning, if necessary.

Serve chicken with sauce over the top.

Per Serving: 257 Calories; 8g Fat; 42g Protein; 2g Carbohydrate; trace Dietary Fiber; 115mg Cholesterol; 252mg Sodium. Exchanges: 0 Grain(Starch); 5 1/2 Lean Meat; 0 Vegetable; 0 Fruit; 0 Non-Fat Milk; 1 Fat. Points: 6

Hip Tips

Healthy tip my son came up with: My son and his wife are divorced. She is a meat and potatoes eater, and doesn't comprehend the need for healthy eating. Consequently, their children do not like eating vegetables. Their mom serves them a lot of chicken nuggets and bread or fries, so convincing them to eat fresh fruits and vegetables is very challenging on weekends when dad has the kids. He was desperate to get them to eat better when he hit on the idea of making pancakes with sweet potatoes and carrots inside. Then he created low fat turkey meatloaf "cupcakes" frosted in whipped potatoes and decorated with ketchup. The kids love them and daddy feels like he has made a major step in helping his kids consume healthier foods.  

Copyright (C) 2012 Leanne Ely, CNC All rights reserved.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Make up, Don't Break Up

By Dr. Bonnie Eaker Weil

I believe that just about any relationship can be saved – even in cases of adultery, sexual or otherwise. If both people are willing to commit to the relationship and work through the problems they face I believe that there isn't much that's insurmountable. To that effect, I wrote my book, Make Up Don't Break Up, which includes the accompanying DVD Falling in Love and Staying in love. Of course in extreme cases or in traumatic situations I highly recommend finding a great therapist which helps take the pressure off both people to “fix” everything themselves. But even in my practice with couples that come to me after infidelity, or with issues of non-communication and so forth there are a few things that I almost always recommend. I've included some of them below and you'll find more in the book.

Smart Heart Skills and Dialogue: the idea here is to provide a safe place where each person can feel comfortable talking about their fears and frustrations. These types of habits can be the glue that helps to create passion in a relationship, even during and spite of disagreements and conflict. When I instruct couples to use Smart Heart Dialogue, it's as a way to move beyond the anger and blame that typically is placed when an argument or disagreement comes to a stalemate. It can be used for smaller, more inconsequential arguments as well -  what I like to call “the glue when the relationship is new” - as larger conflicts, even when faced with infidelity.  I encourage having a weekly ten minute “Smart heart”-to-heart with a figurative emotional "bullet proof vest" to protect from hurt, anger and defensiveness, as you listen and echo back what you heard.

Fight Fair: Fighting in a relationship doesn't have to signal the end – but rather, it's HOW we fight that makes all the difference. I've  long been teaching couples how to fight fair and now new research shows that it's things like our tone of voice, words we use, whether or not we hear each other out that contributes to how effective and productive fighting can be. Fighting doesn't necessarily mean a relationship is on the rocks, in fact, couples who argue well are happier. Perhaps surprisingly, there's also little distinction made about the so-called differences between arguing, fighting, bickering or even nagging – they're all forms of expressing dissatisfaction with a situation or a person and learning how to convey these feelings, and how to respond to them, can make all the difference.

Break up to make up or “brush with death”:  A temporary break up can help resolve certain issues, and creates a shake-up that many couples need. In certain circumstances, this is the only thing that will create an action step which will make reconnecting and making up easier to do. Remember that creating this strategy – and it MUST be a strategy, not something entered into half-heartedly - is not the end of the relationship, but rather a new beginning.

Dr. Bonnie Eaker Weil has been an internationally acclaimed relationship therapist for thirty years. New York magazine named her one of the city’s top therapists and Psychology Today named her one of America’s best therapists. Her books are available on her site,

How well do you know your friends?


Featuring Ultra-Revealing Questions, Card Game Will Have Friends Laughing Together for Hours, Sparking Insightful Conversations

You see your friends' social media posts all the time and the photos of them having fun, but how well do you truly know your friends? The engaging social card game WHOM helps you answer that. Created by award-winning industry creative Joey Caroni, a team of artists and a ton of late night play sessions, WHOM is a completely new take on card games that pits you against your friends in a game of secrets and big reveals. In WHOM, only the best friends will come out on top.

WHOM has a scheduled release for this summer.

"WHOM has been in process for a long time and was born from my desire to get to know my friends better," Joey Caroni said. "WHOM games are always very revealing and result in many funny 'aha' moments among friends. At the end of every game, players leave knowing their friends better, and usually being pretty shocked at the results."

In order to complete the product, WHOM launched a Kickstarter campaign today.

In a high tech world, where our interactions with friends are largely fleeting and more about what we had to eat, than who we really are, game nights among friends are seeing a huge resurgence. WHOM is designed to take a typical game night and not only make it incredibly fun but also really insightful. The perfect conversation starter and can be played with old and new friends alike. WHOM is launching a Kickstarter to meet the minimum quantities needed by their suppliers to ship the card game.

For a $25 pledge, Kickstarter backers can get the full game at launch this summer. Each set includes 50 full-color WHOM question cards (4.75 inch x 4.75 inch), a premium magnetic box, card stand and 50-sheet score pad.

WHOM also created some innovative additional rewards for larger pledges, which include the limited WHOM "Selfie Package" where a WHOM artist will draw you directly into a future piece of game art.

Key Features:
  • Beautifully Illustrated - Original artwork by eight noteworthy and talented artists.
  • Expansions - Booster decks of 50 additional cards featuring all new art and questions
  • Bonus Questions - Let you call out your friends in a popular vote to see which one best fits each description
  • Friend Score - The total number of questions guessed right for a player. Are you soulmate status or does your friendship need some work? WHOM shows!
  • Easy Fun - Hysterical, revealing and downright disturbing fun in four steps.

How to WHOM:
  1. Draw a card and read the question and all of the answers out loud.
  2. Choose an answer for yourself and your best guess for each player then write them on your scoresheet.
  3. Take turns revealing answers. Each correct answer earns a point!
  4. The player with the most points at the end of the game is the winner.

In the future, there are plans for a WHOM mobile game (already in development) and other multimedia products, but getting the physical card game to consumers is WHOM's priority now.


About WHOM
WHOM is an illustrated party card game with hilariously revealing questions that test how well you really know your friends and what they really think about you! WHOM was designed as a game you can play with your significant other, best friend, coworkers, the gang from high school, family or even someone you've just met. In an age when people share everything in social media, WHOM makes the universal human experience of getting to know someone a fun and rewarding challenge, with points! For more information, please visit

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Romance Has No Expiration Date

So you think marriage is for the young? More than 16-million unmarried Americans were 65 and older. But these single seniors aren't willing to sit on their laurels; Between 2006 and 2007 there was a 140-percent increase in senior online dating.

Clearly the message that marriage makes you live longer has made its way to the over-65 crowd. Seniors also have learned the effectiveness of online dating sites. According to a international study conducted by the Oxford Internet Institute and funded by eHarmony, middle-aged men and women were the most likely people to use online dating sites, a statistic that particularly holds true for seniors.

With these glaring statistics to back up entrepreneurs, many new businesses have arisen catering to seniors interested in relationships. Here's a sampling.

1. Dating Sites
Let's see; There's SeniorMatch, SeniorPeopleMeet, DatingforSeniors, SeniorFriendFinder, PrimeSingles, SilverSingles, DatingForSeniors...pant, pant, pant. And we're just getting started. More commonly known sites, like and eHarmony, also appeal to the over-65 crowd. And let's not forget AgeMatch, which targets cougars and sugar daddies seeking companionship out of their age range.

An interesting aside to this category is the research findings of two Bowling Green State University professors of gerontology. In the early stages of the study, they've found indications that seniors market themselves different on dating sites than their youthful counterparts. Appearance and status drop to the bottom of profiles while compatibility and self representation are priorities.

2. Gift Registries
Soon-to-be-wed seniors likely don't need another blender, so alternative registries are proving just the ticket. CardAvenue is a wedding gift registry that lets them register for desirable gift cards, including those for stores, airlines, gas, etc. Cloud9Living allows couples to register for desired experiences, like hot-air ballooning in the Rockies, taking gourmet cooking classes in Houston, race car driving in Las Vegas, and much more.

3. Wedding Websites
Personal wedding websites are the latest rage, and in particular has reached out to seniors with it's easy-to-use message. The company provides a free domain name, customizable website themes and matching eCards, a monetary gift registry with PayPal, and much more. Other similar sites include, and To comparison shop, check out

4. Therapy for the Kids
Roughly 500,000 Americans over the age of 65 remarry each year, and most already have adult children, according to Grace Gabe, a psychiatrist and co-author of "Step Wars: Overcoming the Perils and Making Peace in Adult Stepfamilies." Remembering their parent's former spouse, the kids may have trouble accepting a new relationship. This has opened up an entirely new species of therapist. While many cater to younger audiences, there are those who provide assistance to both young and old alike.

5. Prenuptial Agreements
No longer a legal document solely for the rich, lawyers are creating prenuptial agreements designed specifically for seniors looking to protect their children's inheritances or not interested in once-again paying alimony.


Kate Forgach is a Baby Boomer consumer specialist for Kinoli Inc. She has written about senior issues for 11 years as a Cooperative Extension specialist and for a wide variety of newspapers and magazines. She has been featured in USA Today, Detroit News, New Orleans Times-Picayune, New Yorker magazine, "ABC World News," NBC's "TODAY" show and many other media outlets.

Not Your Mother's Tuna Casserole

by Leanne Ely

All home cooks appreciate the ease of accomplishment of doing dinner the one-pot way. When your family is busy and going in a million different directions, being able to make dinner in one pot, plunk down a salad and yell, "Dinner!" in the time it takes to boil pasta, is critical mass for any hectic family's arsenal of timesaving tricks. 
Fifteen years ago, I entered a cooking contest called Not Your Mother's Tuna Casserole. They were looking for a newer, hipper tuna casserole recipe, not that kind we all hated as kids with nasty canned peas or cream of mushroom soup.

The rules of the contest had the following criteria: one pot, no canned soups (had to mention it again-you know how I feel about canned soups!) but allowed you to use ONE convenience food. Interestingly, I had a recipe that I had made up one night when inspiration and ingredients were both lacking. It met all of the above-mentioned guidelines and in fact, had become so popular with my kids that they requested it more than once for their birthday dinners! So on a lark, I entered the contest.

When I won, I decided fate was calling me and I became a cookbook author (7 cookbooks and counting!). Yes, you could say the rest is history! So without further adieu, here's the Grand Prize winner in all her glory. Enjoy the fruit of my first labor!

Not Your Mother's Tuna Casserole
Serves 4

1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter, with a splash of vegetable oil (so the butter won't burn)
1 box WHITE cheddar macaroni and cheese (not the neon orange stuff)
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 (6-oz.) can solid white albacore tuna, drained
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup milk
1 cup saltine cracker crumbs
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Boil water to make boxed mac and cheese.  Cook pasta and drain.

In the meantime, chop your onion, open and drain your tuna, lightly grease a 2 quart casserole dish and get ready to launch into tuna casserole land.

In the same pot you cooked your pasta, melt your 1/2 tablespoon of butter, with a splash of olive oil.  Now sauté your onion and as it turns clear, add the drained tuna. Then add the milk, butter and sauce packet from the box and cook till it thickens.  Schlep everything together except the saltines and cheddar and stick in your prepared casserole dish.  Top with saltines and then the cheese.  Bake for about 15 minutes, give or take, until the cheese is nice and bubbly on top.

COOKING NOTES:  Make SURE you only use only solid white albacore packed in water.  That cheapie stuff smells like cat food and will ruin the dish!

Per serving: 429 Calories; 14g Fat; 26g Protein; 48g Carbohydrate; 2g Dietary Fiber; 44mg Cholesterol; 892mg Sodium. Exchanges: 1 Grain(Starch); 2 Lean Meat; 1/2 Vegetable; 0 Non-Fat Milk; 2 Fat. Points: 10

Tuna makes a great pantry staple to use in case of emergency. 
Copyright (C) 2012 Leanne Ely, CNC All rights reserved.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Disney and Dali: Architects of the Imagination

The Walt Disney Family Museum & The Dalí Museum Present
Disney and Dalí: Architects of the Imagination

Extraordinary exhibition explores the unlikely friendship and professional alliance between two
renowned artists who shaped the imaginations of our era. 

The Walt Disney Family Museum (San Francisco, CA) and The Dalí Museum (St. Petersburg, FL) are proud to announce Disney and Dalí: Architects of the Imagination, on view from July 10, 2015 through January 3, 2016 at the Walt Disney Family Museum and at The Dalí Museum late January through June, 2016.

Guest-curated by filmmaker Ted Nicolaou, this immersive and enriching multi-media exhibition tells the story of the unlikely alliance between two of the most renowned artists of the twentieth century: brilliantly eccentric Spanish Surrealist Salvador Dalí and American entertainment innovator Walt Disney. Presented through a multimedia wonderland of original paintings, story sketches, conceptual artwork, objects, correspondences, archival film, photographs, and audio—many of which highlighting work from Disney studio artists—this comprehensive exhibition showcases two vastly different icons who were drawn to each other through their unique personalities, their collaboration on the animated short Destino—which, regrettably to both Disney and Dalí was never completed during their lifetimes—and their enduring friendship. 

“The Walt Disney Family Museum, founded by Walt’s daughter, Diane Disney Miller, presents the life story of Diane's father, which story inspires visitors to heed their imaginations and persevere in pursuing their goals,” said The Walt Disney Family Museum’s Executive Director Kirsten Komoroske. “In keeping with this mission, the exhibitions at the museum feature dreamers, innovators, and collaborators. The museum’s next major exhibition unveils another aspect of Walt's story: the friendship between Walt and the influential and revolutionary artist, Salvador Dalí. The exhibition, co-organized with the Dalí Museum, not only further fulfills the mission of the museum, but also further solidifies the museum’s place among the many phenomenal fine art institutions in the San Francisco Bay Area.”

Born three years and half a world apart, both Disney and Dalí bore boyhood imaginations grounded in their upbringing in the 1900s, encouraging their lives, careers, and legacies to be paralleled on a profound level. A deeper look into the lives and artistic prominence of the Surrealist and the dreamer— highlighted by hand-written letters and alongside filmed dramatizations and audio re-creations— will show just how alike these two innovators were in blurring the lines between reality and dreams.

The friendship between Disney and Dalí was born out of the mutual admiration of two visionary artists and sustained by the simple kinship of two small town boys on a never-evening quest to broaden the horizons of art. Their influence reverberates all around us—in films, television, stage, advertising, fashion, and art. Through dedicated work, ingenious self-promotion, and their singular artistic visions, their names and art are forever fused in our collective imagination. 

“Disney and Dalí heralds a new era in art exhibitions,” said Dalí Museum Executive Director, Hank Hine. “Visitors can expect a multi-sensory environment of moving image, soundscapes, and the transformative aura of exquisite individual paintings. Disney and Dalí broke new ground as artists—the Walt Disney Family Museum and The Dalí will deliver a brave new world of experience.”

Disney and Dalí: Architects of the Imagination is co-organized by The Walt Disney Family Museum and The Dalí Museum, with the collaboration of the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation in Figueres, Spain, and The Walt Disney Studios.

Writer-director Ted Nicolaou studied filmmaking at the University of Texas before moving to Los Angeles as a film editor, writing and directing independent, fantasy films. For the past 15 years, he has created innovative DVD and Blu-ray bonus documentaries for Walt Disney Home Entertainment, special features for Disneyland and Walt Disney World, and the feature-length documentary Dalí & Disney: A Date with Destino, for the re-release of Fantasia/Fantasia 2000, about the unlikely friendship and collaboration between Walt Disney and Salvador Dalí. Disney and Dalí: Architects of the Imagination is the first exhibition Nicolaou has curated.

The Dalí Museum, located in the heart of beautiful downtown St. Petersburg, Florida, is home to an unparalleled collection of Salvador Dalí art, featuring more than 2,000 works comprising nearly 100 oil paintings; over 100 watercolors and drawings; and 1,300 prints, photographs, sculptures and objets d’art. The building is itself a work of art, featuring 1,062 triangular-shaped glass panels—the only structure of its kind in North America. Nicknamed The Enigma, it provides an unprecedented view of St. Petersburg’s picturesque waterfront. The Museum has attracted the world’s attention, and among the other distinguished awards it has received, it was listed by AOL Travel News as “one of the top buildings to see in your lifetime.” The Dalí Museum is located at One Dalí Boulevard, St. Petersburg, Florida 33701. For additional information contact 727.823.3767 or visit

The Walt Disney Family Museum presents the fascinating story and achievements of Walt Disney, the man who raised animation to an art, transformed the film industry, tirelessly pursued innovation, and created a global and distinctively American legacy. Opened in October 2009, the 40,000 square foot facility features the newest technology and historic materials and artifacts to bring Disney’s achievements to life, with interactive galleries that include early drawings and animation, movies, music, listening stations, a spectacular model of Disneyland and much more. Museum hours: 10am to 6pm, Wednesdays through Monday; closed on Tuesdays and the following public holidays: New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. The Presidio of San Francisco, 104 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94129. Visit

Earthbound Savings: 22 Frugal Ways to Go Green

Attention Earthlings: It's time once again for that annual celebration of all things green. Earth Day is nearly upon us and, while many people offer advice on being kind to Mother Earth, too many of these tips don't quite coincide with frugal lifestyles. In an effort to dovetail these two purposes, we offer 22 budget-friendly ways to go green in honor of April 22.

1. Sign up for the "no solicitation" registry.
That way, you can avoid getting credit card offers and other ads which will reduce paper clutter and save trees.

2. Shop online to reduce your carbon footprint and save money.
According to a study by Carnegie Melon's Green Institute, shopping online reduced carbon emissions by 35 percent. The abundance of online coupons from such sites as makes this green practice a no-brainer.

3. Get out of the gym and exercise outdoors.
Freeze your gym membership and save up to 75 percent (or more) per month during the summer. You'll also rely less on those energy-sucking cardio machines.

4. Close blinds on hot days.
Before you head out for the day, close your blinds to keep the sun from warming your home while you're gone. Doing so will reduce your dependence on air conditioning and save energy.

5. Send an e-gift certificate for special occasions.
Not only are e-gift cards super convenient, you're also using less plastic resources and reducing fuel associated with shipping. If an e-card isn't available from a desired retailer, purchase gift cards at a discount from sites like Gift Card Granny. That way you recycle someone else's unwanted plastic and score great savings.

6. Eliminate paper invites and digitize your event announcement.
Save on postage and printing while reducing paper by using sites like to create electronic announcements and invitations.

7. Use an irrigation controller to manage watering.
20 to 50 percent of your water use goes toward the landscape, even more in certain areas of the country. Invest in a controller to schedule irrigation to reduce overwatering.

8. Swap your stuff!
Use to trade books, CDs, DVDs, sporting equipment and other goods. Not only are you saving money, but you're reducing future trash by re-using someone else's stuff.

9. Walk or bike to work to save on fuel.
With gas prices peaking at nearly $4 a gallon, you're doing your wallet and your health some good by walking or biking to work. If this isn't feasible, try public transportation.

10. Wash clothes with cold water.
Though some clothes suggest warm or hot water for washing, you can reduce your monthly heating bills and save energy by turning all cycles to cold. Don't worry, your clothes will still get clean.

11. Use mobile coupons to cut paper clutter.
Download the Coupon Sherpa mobile app to access discounts without using paper coupons. You can also save coupons to your supermarket loyalty card for paperless grocery savings.

12. Plug electronics into power strips.
Buy a surge protector for pricey electronics to save your valuables in the event of a lightning strike, and power down when not in use to cut five percent from your electricity bill.

13. Power down cable boxes.
Doing so will save you $40 per box, annually. You can also cut down on DVD waste by opting for Netflix, Hulu and Amazon streaming.

14. Go paperless.
This is a no-brainer -- when banks and service providers offer you the option to go paperless, take it. Check out Lifehacker's guide to going paperless for more ideas.

15. Hang dry your clothes.
Do laundry on the weekends and hang dry your clothes to save energy and reduce your electricity bill.

16. Shop garage and estate sales for clothes and home goods.
Recycling other people's unwanted items will not only save money but also reduces trash build-up in landfills.

17. Put the blow dryer down.
Consider going "au natural" several times during the week to save on energy spent by blow dryers, flat irons and other electronic hair products.

18. Take short showers.
The feeling of hot water on your skin is often hard to resist, but taking short, cooler showers reduces your heating bill and saves water and energy.

19. Wash dishes in a sink full of water.
Instead of washing dishes with the tap on, fill one side of the sink with soapy water to clean dishes, and only run the dishwasher when it's full to save energy.

20. Get a water filter and reusable water bottle.
Over 80 percent of plastic water bottles are tossed -- not recycled -- yielding 1.5 tons of waste per year, according to Mother Nature Network. Invest in a reusable water bottle (or two) and a filter, if your tap water is lacking.

21. Plant native shrubs and plants.
Native plants and shrubs subsist on whatever precipitation occurs in your area, making them an eco-friendly alternative to non-native plants that require additional watering and maintenance.

22. Use an eco-friendly shower head.
Basic showerheads disperse quite a bit of water per use, so investing in an eco-friendly one can save up to 70 percent in water and energy consumption.


Andrea Woroch is a nationally-recognized consumer and money-saving expert who helps consumers live on less without radically changing their lifestyles. From smart spending tips to personal finance advice, Andrea transforms everyday consumers into savvy shoppers. She has been featured among top news outlets such as Good Morning America, NBC's Today, MSNBC, New York Times, Kiplinger Personal Finance, CNNMoney and many more. You can follow her on Twitter for daily savings advice and tips.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

FAQs about Hormones

Are Hormones the Key to Good Health & Happiness?

Specialist Answers 4 FAQs About Hormone Replacement

Of the many truisms offered by the Ancient Greeks, the benefits of moderation and balance in life is one of the most enduring. Unfortunately, maintaining biological balance as we age beyond midlife can be almost impossible – at least, without appropriate intervention, says Dr. Steven Hotze.
“People accept that our hormones slowly diminish as we age, but it has taken the mainstream medical community a very long time to accept that our hormonal imbalances cause age-related health problems,” says Dr. Hotze, founder of the Hotze Health & Wellness Center, (, and author of “Hormones, Health and Happiness.”
“Fifteen years ago, the concept of hormone replacement therapy was widely considered almost avant-garde. Today, hormone-replacement medicine for ‘Low T,’ or low testosterone, is all the buzz.”
But not all hormone replacement therapies are equal – or good for you, says Dr. Hotze.
Here are his answers to some frequently asked questions.
• “Is hormone replacement therapy dangerous?” We hear plenty in the media about how the therapy is linked to breast and prostate cancer, but what is not mentioned is the distinction between synthetic and bioidentical hormones. The latter have the same molecular structure as the hormones that are found naturally in the body, which means bioidentical hormone treatments cannot hurt patients. Counterfeit hormones – those that do not perfectly match the molecular structure of hormones in one’s body – can be dangerous.
• “I’ve had many tests and tried many treatments for my problems. If they were hormone-related, wouldn’t have that been discovered before now?” Physicians can’t and shouldn’t rely solely on lab tests for diagnoses and pharmaceutical drugs for treatment. A very thorough patient history and evaluation of symptoms, in addition to standard diagnostic tests, can reveal an underlying hormonal problem.
• “My blood test indicated nothing irregular, but I suffer symptoms including fatigue, anxiety and weight gain; what’s going on?” Blood tests can lie – patients do not. If you have symptoms, but your physician tells you your blood work came back “normal,” specifically regarding your thyroid, you should realize that 95 percent of people tested fall within a range considered normal. However, that doesn’t mean it is normal for you! Also, remember, you can send the same blood to two different labs and get two different results.
• Are women more prone to hypochondria? My physician cannot link my symptoms to a cause … No, it’s not “all in your head.” Women tend to be more attentive to their body for good reason – the menstrual cycle causes women to experience different hormonal states almost on a daily basis. Women can also experience dramatic physical effects during menopause, when hormones drop significantly. The dramatic physical changes can occur at multiple points. After childbirth is increasingly common, as well.
“A lot of the symptoms we normally associate with aging – muddied thinking, weight gain, tiring easily – are actually occurring because of diminished hormone production,” Hotze says.
“Hormone replacement therapy using bioidentical hormones can actually make some patients feel young again!”    


About Steven F. Hotze, MD
Dr. Steven Hotze is the founder and CEO of the Hotze Health & Wellness Center in Houston, Texas. He’s a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy and the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, and is the former president of the Pan American Allergy Society. He earned his medical degree from the University of Texas. Dr. Hotze and his wife of 44 years have eight children and 16 grandchildren.

Raspberries: Tips Tricks and a Recipe

by Leanne Ely

Today's Focus is on RASPBERRIES

This particular berry is my personal favorite; delicious, fragrant sweet raspberries make my mouth water! From the flavor to the texture to the smell, how can you not just love them? 
But the real beauty of raspberries is their nutritionally powerful punch. Ellagic acid is the mighty antioxidant found in this berry that makes it particularly potent and cancer fighting. Additionally the flavonoids found in raspberries not only help fight cancer, but fungal cooties too as they are a powerful antifungal.

Here's Today's TRICK:

Don't wash these highly permeable berries till just before you are ready to use them or they will get moldy quickly.

Here's a TIP:

If you're lucky enough to have a basket of fresh raspberries, toss them in your dinner salad with whatever else you've got in there. A great combo is walnuts, raspberries and my vinaigrette with a red leaf lettuce-sublime and wonderful. (my vinaigrette is one clove pressed garlic with a 3:1 balsamic vinegar to extra virgin olive oil)

And Your RECIPE:

Raspberry Salad
(from Saving Dinner The Vegetarian Way)
Serves 6
3 cups Romaine lettuce, torn into bite size pieces
1 cup red cabbage, thinly sliced
1/2 cup English cucumber, sliced
2 cups raspberries (reserving 2 tablespoons for dressing)
1/4 cup dried cranberries
2 tablespoons chives, chopped

3/4 cup olive oil
2/3 cup red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons of raspberries
2-3 tablespoons of honey
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, minced

In a large bowl, combine salad ingredients. Blend dressing ingredients in blender. Toss greens and berries with dressing and serve immediately.

Per Serving: 296 Calories; 27g Fat; 1g Protein; 14g Carbohydrate; 4g Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; 26mg Sodium.  Exchanges: 0 Grain (Starch); 0 Lean Meat; 1/2 Vegetable; 1/2 Fruit; 5 1/2 Fat; 1/2 Other Carbohydrates. Points: 8

SERVING SUGGESTION: Serve this pretty salad with open faced melted cheese croissants. Using whole wheat croissants, slice them down the middle, add whatever sliced cheese you have laying around the fridge and broil the croissants till hot and bubbly. Or serve croissants with cold sliced cheese if the weather is too hot and skip the broiling.

Raspberries are also GREAT in smoothies!
Copyright (C) 2012 Leanne Ely, CNC All rights reserved.