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by ~mod*mom~ at 18.5.13 Â© 14 comments
LYFE :: New York Times LOVES good fast food
by ~mod*mom~ at 9.4.13 Â© 13 comments
Q&A :: Betsy Franco :: mother of OZ
Betsy is a mom, wife, author, director, actress, artist, animal lover, mentor...
Betsy's son James recently got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame + stars as Oz.
James's Celebrity parallels Oz becoming the Wizard (fame/power/success)
Movie description: "Oz transforms himself into a better man.
Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz + its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good + who is evil before it is too late".
Betsy mothers James/Oz + mentors young actors, who might go into acting for fame/fortune + face good/bad behaving people + temptations.
How does she teach character to make choices to become a better person?
By example, arts + conversations that start early: Betsy's Q&A journal for kids
Oz the Great and Powerful is now in theaters in Disney 3D + IMAX 3D!
"Disney's fantastical adventure "Oz The Great and Powerful," imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum's beloved character, the Wizard of Oz. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he's hit the jackpot:fame + fortune are his for the taking-that is until he meets 3 witches, who aren't convinced he is the great wizard everyone's been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz + its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good + who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity + a bit of wizardry—Oscar transforms himself not only into the great + powerful Wizard of Oz, but into a better man as well."
by ~mod*mom~ at 22.3.13 Â©
"Food is our most powerful medicine" says my health hero "qualitarian" Doctor Hyman.
"what we put on our forks is more powerful than any drug i can prescribe for health."
"calories are not all equal to human body chemistry. sugar calories cause diabetes, obesity, diseases, + malnutrition, as opposed to calories from whole nutritious real food that nourish cells, prevent + reverse obesity + diseases, including diabetes."
"fat is not bad. good fats are necessary + do not make us fat. excess sugar makes fat. don't restrict calories. eat a lot of nutritious anti-inflammatory foods + spices."
watch Doctor Oz episode video about good foods for blood
lower your blood sugar to fight diabesity with recipes like this from Dr. Mark Hyman's book, The Blood Sugar Solution Cookbook:
cacao chia coconut pudding
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
1/4 cup chia seeds
2 tbsp extra-virgin coconut oil, melted
3 tbsp unsweetened cacao powder
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1⁄8 tsp cayenne pepper
mix coconut milk, chia seeds + oil in a bowl
let stand 30 minutes
mix in cacao, vanilla, cayenne
broccolini arugala soup
1 tsp coconut oil
1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 head broccoli, cut into medium florets
1 cup arugula
2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
juice of 1 lemon
melt coconut oil in medium pot over medium-high heat
add onion + garlic. cook until aromatic + soft, 3 minutes
add broccoli + arugula to pan. stir until broccoli is bright green + arugula wilts, 4 minutes
pour in broth + bring soup to boil
reduce heat to low + simmer until broccoli is fully cooked, 5 minutes
use handheld immersion blender to purée soup in the pot, or transfer soup to a blender
blend on high speed for 1 minute
stir in coconut milk, lemon juice + cayenne
Sweet Potato Burger recipe at doctoroz.com + enjoy LYFE kitchen chefs creations :)
by ~mod*mom~ at 9.3.13 Â©
Oprah helps declutter the United States of America
i got this call to action:
"O, The Oprah Magazine partnered with Peter Walsh, host of "Extreme Clutter" for the March issue to challenge America to ‘De-Clutter for a Cause’ contest. I would love for you to help us spread the word to mod*mom readers as you are part of our “inner O circle”!"
i've been decluttering + detoxing since i talked to Peter Walsh on the red carpet at Oprah + her experts 5500+ event a few months ago. here's a nudge from O to clear your clutter:
by ~mod*mom~ at 20.2.13 Â©
Healthy Initiative: Transforming Our Nation’s Health 1 City At A Time
The Healthy Initiative Foundation is a nationwide nonprofit effort that advocates disease prevention. Their mission is to defeat obesity, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cancers + other lifestyle diseases with wellness, nutrition, fitness, + mental-emotional strength.
Healthy Initiative founder Shea Vaughn is the mother of one of Hollywood’s most loved movie icons, Vince Vaughn (see him star in The Internship Google spoof this summer :)
i was so excited to interview Shea + now i'm her biggest fan :)
Shea created a revolutionary wellness lifestyle transformation practice. Launching in Chicago right now, the goal of her nationwide strategic partnership effort is to build healthy happy lives all across America :)
Shea has devoted her life to helping people break old negative habits + replace them with healthier choices. Fueled by an endless positive attitude, Shea + her team of experts inspire + deliver an exceptionally healthy Mind, Body + Heart experience.
Q Why do you describe it as a healthy "Mind, Body + Heart" experience?
A The heart is the 1st cell made at human conception, it's who you are.
Q WoW. That is so powerful. Why did you start a healthy transformations nonprofit?
A I saw The Weight of the Nation documentary on obesity + i thought what can i do to help people who are dieting + yoyoing + stuck? Obesity is a preventable tragedy.
It's not a New Year's Eve resolution or a wish. They need life skills.
Q Where did you get your ability?
A Dancing from childhood gave me discipline + responsibility to do my best so I could be part of the team + perform.
Healthy Initiative's 1st group of 40 participants are following Shea's 90-day program from her book "Breakthrough"+ given the necessary tools to embrace a healthier lifestyle + become tomorrow’s community ambassadors. (i ordered her book)
March 9th will be the 1st Gala honoring the success of the graduates of Healthy Initiative, featuring the father of Nutritarians, Dr. Joel Fuhrman, whose nutrient density books are bestsellers + nutrient density index is featured at Whole Food Markets.
"Shea's doctor-endorsed East meets West lifestyle practice, supported by 5 Living Principles of Well-Being: Commitment, Perseverance, Self-Control, Integrity + Love, provides dynamic combination of body resistance exercises that build exceptional body/core strength + muscle/joint flexibility."
Shea's been featured on many TV programs, including Ellen.
by ~mod*mom~ at 18.2.13 Â©
by ~mod*mom~ at 14.2.13 Â©
"The Eames HANGITALL was inspired by their love for playful furniture and children’s toys. Introduced in 1953, it was designed to hold an assortment of children’s belongings—mittens, scarves, jackets, dolls, slingshots, skates, and knapsacks... available from Tigrett Enterprises’ Playhouse Division until the company went out of business in 1961, Herman Miller reintroduced it in 1994."
create a home filter:
conscious filtering of what enters your home helps keep it under control.
less dirt, clutter, useless paper + items in = less time cleaning/organizing.
"imagine your entry way as a big filter for the outside world" says Maxwell of ApartmentTherapy.com. this is my interpretation of his healthy home cleanse.
home filter basic components include:
• hooks or closet
• sorting surface
• in/out boxes
• shoe space
• waste + recycling receptacles
create a space you'll want to use each time you go in or out of your home,
to sort stuff you carry in your bags/pockets + store stuff you use outside.
a place to hang your coat + put your keys, bags, shoes, hats, umbrellas...
sort your mail, open packages, + toss or recycle what you do not need.
by ~mod*mom~ at 16.1.13 Â© 19 comments
by ~mod*mom~ at 4.12.12 Â© 13 comments
i LOVE my zinc, copper, quartz shower filter by New Wave Enviro
removes chlorine, naturally softens water, fits standard showers...
"a patented mixture of zinc + copper called KDF-55, plus crystal quartz, converts chlorine into zinc chloride. Zinc alleviates dandruff. KDF is very effective in filtering out chlorine, odors + dirt particles. KDF possesses strong bacteriostatic character, inhibiting the growth of bacteria, fungus, algae + mildew."
"long, hot showers are dangerous. volatile organics evaporate from water in a shower or bath. toxic chemicals are inhaled in high concentrations"
Chlorine is a toxic gas which attacks living cells. "It was used during World War I as a chemical warfare agent. It is used today as an additive to drinking water to kill harmful micro-organisms in pipelines. While this can be an important health benefit, chlorine itself is far from beneficial: it attacks organic material, such as the skin + skin oils, which dries out the skin and hair. Because chlorine vaporizes along with the hot water, it is inhaled into the lungs. It is also absorbed into the skin. the chlorine also kills the healthy probiotic bacteria in the intestines. According to some experts, 5 times more chlorine enters the body through the skin during a shower than enters through drinking 8 glasses of chlorinated tap water!"
5 to 7 days are required for skin + hair to regain their natural balance. lefor-openo
by ~mod*mom~ at 29.11.12 Â© 2 comments
i'm an avid adorer of Doris Day. look at her space age kitchen cooking contraptions :)
i met her grandson last easter at a garden party + he lifted his dark sunglasses for me:
he has her sparkling eyes that turn up at the corners, perky nose + beautiful smile!
i was thrilled to see 2 Doris Day movies on Netflix this weekend + she sent me this email:
I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving. I had friends visiting from Germany and Los Angeles, and we all enjoyed the day together. It was a wonderful holiday, and now I know we’re all getting ready to … SHOP!
Can I ask you all a favor? Would you please consider joining GoodSearch and selecting Doris Day Animal Foundation as your charity of choice? When you do, DDAF receives a penny per search. And if you use GoodShop when making your holiday purchases, DDAF gets a percentage of sales. Please visit our GoodSearch profile page and click “Support Us” to begin. Then, just start searching and shopping!
In my work with the 4-leggers, I’ve realized sometimes it’s the little things that make a big difference. In this case, your pennies can really add up to aid our mission: To help animals and the people who love them.
Thank you and best of luck in your shopping adventures!
by ~mod*mom~ at 27.11.12 Â© 0 comments
by ~mod*mom~ at 27.11.12 Â© 0 comments
november is native american month :: i'm proud of my cherokee ancestory
by ~mod*mom~ at 21.11.12 Â©
inductive electric surface technology charges devices + cooking pans
by ~mod*mom~ at 21.11.12 Â©
in a Social Media Smart Grid Smart Meter spin called Smart Moms
your home power use is measured + stored in Big Data warehouses.
smart meters installed on every home will automatically digitize data.
this makes it easy for you + the power companies to analyze + control.
power companies give their customers' power information to a vendor.
Opower is the vendor between power companies + power users.
Opower is 250 people cast as the Face of Big Data for power companies.
Opower has an app for you to access your thermostat on the internet.
digital programmable thermostats can remotely control home power.
"explores trends in how people are using energy at home. Pulling from an unprecedented (and still growing) amount of energy data—currently drawn from 50 million homes—Opower crunches energy-use information from more than 75 utility partners every day, and cross-references that with weather, household, and demographic information to produce compelling analyses..."
energy information, tools + programs:
· PG&E website: pge.com
· Opower website: opower.com
"I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by MomCentral Consulting on behalf of PG&E + Opower."
images 1964-65 World's Fair
by ~mod*mom~ at 16.11.12 Â©
smartphone Infrared Thermometer + ElectroMagnetic Field sensor invented
Infrared Module built into smartphones takes internal body temperature without contact in less than 1 second – with Phone’s Digital Camera, also measures surface temperature of any object: food, appliances, dishes, cookware, bathwater, playgrounds...
-also measures Electro-Magnetic Field (EMF) Pollution
-future expansion to include Night Vision Camera + thermal Breast Exam :)
"President Dr. Jacob Fraden, inventor of the popular ThermoScan Ear Thermometer and the holder of over 50 patents, with clients including Johnson & Johnson, Novartis, Braun, and Gillette, announced today the grant of a U.S. patent for Wireless Communication Device with Integrated Electromagnetic Radiation Sensors” for its new Infrared (IR) Thermometer Technology with built-in module for smartphones to remotely take temperatures without any contact with a person or object.
Clinically Accurate Smartphone Thermometer for Parents with Small Children, Nurses, Doctors, & Caregivers Now available for licensing to qualified companies with a significant presence in the mobile phone market, the Fraden Smartphone Sensing patented technology and IP (Intellectual Property) employs a non-contact infrared sensor built into a smartphone or tablet to instantly and accurately measure patient temperature in less than 1 second with absolutely no contact with the human body. A priceless feature for parents with small children, nurses, doctors, caregivers or anyone that has ever had trouble taking a temperature, the sensor accurately detects infrared signals that naturally emanate from any surface. Just aim the smartphone at the face and it automatically takes the internal body temperature. A small infrared lens is positioned near the camera lens, with no protruding parts, making the device appear identical to existing smartphones.
The sensor’s wide range, from -22º F to +400º F, offers broad applications in taking temperatures of not only humans, but also of inanimate objects in the home environment, such as kitchen (cooking and refrigeration), bathroom (baby bath water temperature), school (science class), and industry (automotive and production machinery, chemical processes, energy management, and construction).
“Most smartphone models differ little from one another, with only small evolutionary changes. The vendor with breakthrough functions for real world everyday use, like reading a child’s temperature, can distance themselves from their competitors. We believe this new patent can be a significant competitive differentiator for a smartphone manufacturer,” said Dr. Jacob Fraden, President of Fraden Corporation, a co-inventor of the technology and expert in non-contact temperature measurements, a holder of over 50 patents and the inventor of the popular Thermoscan ear thermometer. “We believe that major conveniences afforded by built-in sensors, particularly thermal infrared sensors and their low incremental cost in smartphones, represent a compelling proposition for the manufacturers,” added co-inventor, Dr. David Pintsov.
Fraden Infrared Thermometer for Smartphone Technology Features: Patented technology: U.S. issued + world pending patents. No comparable products on the market – a great differentiator for the smartphone industry. Minimal incremental cost. Non-protruding, works with digital camera in smartphone. Quick time to market. Very easy to use. Instant response, less than 1 second. Computes the body’s inner temperature (medical mode). Clinical accuracy meets ISO standards. Measures temperatures of inanimate objects (food, water, buildings, machinery, circuit boards, etc.). Small (2.5 mm) infrared (IR) lens is located next to the digital camera lens. Technology is expandable to thermal imaging, UV and EMF pollution exposure and others. Technology Now Available for Licensing The Fraden Smartphone Sensing Technology and IP are now available for licensing to qualified companies with a significant presence in the mobile phone market. fraden.com
by ~mod*mom~ at 15.11.12 Â© 2 comments
mod*pop is a dr.doolittle + we had a falcon sleeping in our bathtub :)
by ~mod*mom~ at 15.11.12 Â© 1 comments
Blythe's new animated comedy series follows Blythe Baxter + her father as they move into a Big City apartment above the Littlest Pet Shop store + pet day-camp. Blythe's real adventure begins when she discovers she can understand + talk to the pets. Littlest Pet Shop premiered this week on Hasbro's Hub TV channel :)
by ~mod*mom~ at 13.11.12 Â© 0 comments
1st Celebrity to announce she had a mastectomy :: 1972
"the surgery is no longer regarded as shameful and secret"
i found this book in the palo alto children's library today
i'm so grateful to shirley temple
by ~mod*mom~ at 23.10.12 Â© 7 comments