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Contributors Share About Their Mom

This month, we asked our contributors to honor Mother’s Day by sharing a memory or a treasured lesson learned from their mom… David Young-Wolff – Photographer, Spa Montage and Food for the Soul I have this memory of lying down, asleep on the soft carpeting of the floor as a very small child.  As I start to wake, I feel a warm loving energy approach me. When I open my eyes, I see my mom’s feet and legs near me. She reaches down and picks me up with her strong hands. I can smell her hair and … [Read more...]

Their Perfect Home

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Achieving Harmony in the City From Natural Heights The vision: a home with a phenomenal view, peaceful yet close to the city, spacious enough to house three kids and four dogs, and host gatherings for extended family and friends. Enter: Encino. Here, homeowners Elaine and Dan were drawn to a serene setting -- a beautiful open location with views of snowcapped mountains juxtaposed by a panoramic scene of the San Fernando Valley that mesmerizes at night with twinkling city lights. This was the … [Read more...]

Granola Recipe

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Based on the “Housemade Granola” served at Huckleberry Café & Bakery. By Zoe Nathan Serves 4 There are a thousand variations of granola, so mix in anything you like when preparing it. Every house should have its own recipe -- I like mine not to be too sweet, but if you like yours sweeter, add more honey to this recipe. If your family likes coconut, throw in sweetened toasted coconut. For a chocolate granola, omit the cinnamon, add an additional 1/2 tsp salt, use only toasted … [Read more...]

Spa Treatments for Mother’s Day

Treat mom to some valuable me-time on Mother’s Day. Whether she devotes 20 minutes or an entire day, these spa treatments will pamper and give her a well-deserved break. Turkish Delight Inspired Spa Experience Creative Chakra Spa - Marina del Rey Allow ample time for the Turkish Delight Inspired Spa Experience. The Spa, close enough to the beach to catch the breeze and view, is known for their Ayurvedic and other holistic treatments. Owner Sandi West and her team’s extensive backgrounds are … [Read more...]

April 2013 Astrology

ARIES- April has your name written all over it as all the personal planets end up in Aries at some point during this fire starter month!  With Uranus in your sign for 7 years you are awakening to a greater sense of yourSelf, your path and your role as an activist.  Watch out for tempers flaring or assertion turning into aggression, as so many planets in your sign does not make you the best compromiser or peace maker.  Pay close attention to mid month as opportunities for change, but also … [Read more...]

Bring Nature Indoors for Health and Harmony

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Right now - stop, take a moment, and recall a time when you felt completely relaxed and at peace. For many of us, that experience involved being surrounded by the healing energy of nature. Whether breathing in the ocean air, daydreaming under the sun, or walking along a mountain steam, nature can have a magical way of melting away stress, uplifting mood, and soothing the soul. Bringing nature into the living environment increases health, happiness, and productivity, according to feng shui. As … [Read more...]

Compassionate Communication Orient Your Attention to the Other Person

As I arrived at yoga class the other day, I learned that the electricity was out, which meant there would be no heat and no music. The instructor awkwardly apologized, assuring us that the class was usually about 80 degrees (instead of 50) and normally accompanied by inspiring music. Also, she said, it was a new time slot, which explained why there were only three people in the huge room. Despite the unexpected hurdles, the class ended up being phenomenal, although while sinking into my final … [Read more...]

Day Tripping Melrose

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Within the iconic Melrose Fashion District, the stretch between Crescent Heights Boulevard and La Brea Avenue showcases some of the eclectic aspects of West Hollywood -- from old-school vinyl at Head- line and Street Sounds Records to eyebrow threading at Little Buddha. One-of-a-kind shops include Eye Candy, Congregation of the Forgotten Saints, English Laundry, and LA’s homegrown American Apparel. Restaurants and cafes feature everything from a Starbucks with an expansive seating area to ROFL … [Read more...]

Main Squeeze – Cold Pressed Juices are Heating Up

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Golden Globe winner Anne Hathaway is known to drink these energy inducing elixirs, as does the acclaimed Silver Linings Play- book lead Bradley Cooper. Perhaps we’ve found Steven Tyler's fountain of youth - the Aerosmith frontman looks younger than his 64 years. Raw, nutritionally packed, and concentrated with a high dose of vitamins and minerals, live juice is emerging as part of the daily routine and not just as another diet trend, judging by the number of newly-opened cold-pressed juice … [Read more...]

Deva Premal – Love Is Space

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Glowing with an inspiring, heart-centered passion, love is space sets a new musical standard for mantra singing and is the perfect instrument for creating a calm, impenetrable oasis on the massage table, meditation cushion or yoga mat. Deva Premal's gorgeous voice floats above graceful arrangements on guitar, piano, harmonium, flute and light percussion, bringing these ancient mantras to life. Love is Space, Deva Premal's second solo album, contains six sacred mantras from India, including … [Read more...]

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