Business & Career

Reach for the Stars to Achieve Your Best

Reach for the Stars to Achieve Your Best

by Elinor Stutz CEO, Smooth Sale You know in your heart that special project or job you want in place but it is seemingly unattainable. Reach for that distant star! Start by working backwards and create a list of major milestones

Business Gifts: The Art of Gift-Giving

Business Gifts: The Art of Gift-Giving

  by Elinor Stutz The art of gift-giving is very similar to building repeat business and referrals.  Our friend was ecstatic when she saw the purse we picked out for her while on our trip in France. It was the perfect style for her age, beautifully crafted, and most importantly, exactly what she would have […]

The Journey to Equality: One Woman’s Perspective

The Journey to Equality: One Woman’s Perspective

by Elinor Stutz CEO, Smooth Sale As we age, we begin to see change in our society.  I am not old enough to have witnessed women gaining the right to vote but am enjoying seeing women run for political office.  Just this year, I have personally noted significant changes in the male female business dynamics.  […]

Health & Wellness

Metabolic Balance: Connect to Your True Good Health

Metabolic Balance: Connect to Your True Good Health

by Myra Nissen, CCH, RSHom(NA) Nationally Certified Homeopath Certified Metabolic Balance® Coach When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When diet is correct, medicine is of no need. – Ancient Proverb

Flu Season: 10 Best Practices to Keep You Well

Flu Season: 10 Best Practices to Keep You Well

by Myra Nissen, CCH, RSHom(NA) Nationally Certified Homeopath Influenza or “flu” refers to the many strains of viruses that are more intense than the viruses that cause the common cold. Symptoms include fever, aching muscles, headache, fatigue, and may involve the digestive tract, causing diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting. 1. Adequate Sleep is Essential

Ayurveda-Ancient Medicine for Today

Ayurveda-Ancient Medicine for Today

   by Myra Nissen, CCH, RSHom(NA) Nationally Certified Homeopath  When I graduated from Pacific Academy of Homeopathy I was fortunate to be engaged by a small retail chain in the San Francisco Bay area called Elephant Pharmacy. “Elephant”, as it was commonly known, offered holistic as well as traditional Western medicine choices for health and […]

Home & Garden

How to Create Mural Magic on Just About Any Wall!

How to Create Mural Magic on Just About Any Wall!

Debra Disman Principal, ArtiFactory Studio Lest you think that only smooth interior walls or whitewashed exterior ones can provide the surface for a merry, mysterious, magical or mystical mural, let me relieve you of that misconception straight away! First of all, let us review what a mural is:  Related to the French word “mur”, meaning […]

Mural, Mural on the Wall

Mural, Mural on the Wall

  Debra Disman Principal, ArtiFactory Studio It Takes a Village to Make a Mural! Did you ever wonder how those magical murals you so enjoy are created? How did the artist get from an idea or a concept, to the finished painting, mosaic, or other work of art on the wall or ceiling?

Designing for Oneself is Not So Easy

Designing for Oneself is Not So Easy

   Beryn Hammil SF Bay Area Interior Designer  “The cobbler’s children have no shoes”…   is an expression used to indicate that the cobbler is so busy making shoes for his customers that he doesn’t have time to make them for his own family. The same can be said of Interior Designers; we love to design […]

Money

Graduates: Financial Tips for Success Part 2

Graduates: Financial Tips for Success Part 2

By Lynn Ballou, EA, CFP® In Part 1, of this two-part series on financial tips for graduates, I reviewed 3 of 8 tips that resonate well with my clients and their families in these times. In this article, I am going to share the remaining 5 for graduates who are launching their financial lives.  Combined, […]

Graduates:  Financial Tips for Success Part 1

Graduates: Financial Tips for Success Part 1

By Lynn Ballou, EA, CFP® When I graduated from UCLA in the mid 70s, I decided there was NO way I was going to have any roommates!  After four years of living in dorms and co-ops, I wanted my own place!   The reality was, however, that armed with my “meaningful” degree

Creating Your Own “State of the Union”

Creating Your Own “State of the Union”

By Lynn Ballou Certified Financial Planner™ CFP  Board Ambassador for the SF Bay Area President Obama’s recent State of the Union address laid out his list of policies that will render change across America’s economy. Lynn Ballou explains how these policies can be applied similarly in our own lives. When President Obama and Gabrielle Giffords […]

Relationships

Relationship Success: It Starts with Knowing What You Want

Relationship Success: It Starts with Knowing What You Want

by Kristin Southwick CA Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist  Do you understand your own needs and desires in your relationships with others? I find that many people’s view of themselves and their wants are actually quite

Fertility Planit: the Facebook for People Wanting to Get Pregnant!

Fertility Planit: the Facebook for People Wanting to Get Pregnant!

As I shop online for nursery items and prepare to give birth to my first child, a son, in April 2011, I have to acknowledge the amazing journey that brought me to this point.

Honoring Your Authentic Sexual Identity!

Honoring Your Authentic Sexual Identity!

by Katherine Forsythe, MSW Intimacy, Sexuality, and Relationship Counselor  In the past several months, we’ve been chatting about our sexuality as a woman – the unique way each of us articulates our own womanhood. This is our final installment inThe Wheel of Sexuality© series.

Style & Beauty

Shop Till You Drop for Great Fashion at Great Prices

Shop Till You Drop for Great Fashion at Great Prices

by Michele Benza Image & Fashion Style Consultant I know, I know. We all want to stay on point with our budgets in these tough economic times. But, there are some great bargains out there and, if you are careful, you won’t break the bank! Here are my tip offs and of course, as always, […]

2011 & 2012 Fall Winter Fashion Trends

2011 & 2012 Fall Winter Fashion Trends

  by Michele Benza Image & Fashion Style Consultant Warm, wearable and elegance is how I describe this year’s fall trends. I salute and embrace last century fashion with its colors, shapes and prints. We’ve all heard the expression “____ is the new black.” The black of this season is red! Every store in town […]

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Fashion Trends: Are We Doomed?

  by Michele Benza Image & Fashion Style Consultant   It seems that our society has become ultra-casual in dress and manners.  Dress codes have evolved, however there are still certain conventions that must be respected.   Not so long ago, men and women used to dress better and appeared to take pride in their […]

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The “B” Word: It’s Not as Bad as You Think

The “B” Word: It’s Not as Bad as You Think

Consumer Advocate Lynn Ballou Offers Top 10 Tips for Getting Real About Budgeting By Lynn Ballou Certified Financial Planner™ CFP® Board Ambassador for the SF Bay Area One of the big news stories of the summer was the debt ceiling debates in Washington. While the average person may feel far removed—and likely confused—by the debt […]

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