Health & Beauty

Glow Girl Certified Clean Makeup by Female Founders

By Melissa Meyers


Everyone always asks me for my EXACT clean beauty product picks so I thought It would be a great idea to highlight several female founders who are leaders in the space.

As an editor for over 25 years, I’ve tried and compared tons of products. It’s my job to research, test, educate, and offer you my tips and takeaways. Keep scrolling to see the best nontoxic #glowgirlcertified (GGC) winners that are effective and rival even the best, luxury department store brands! None of the products listed below contain parabens, phthalates, sulfates, talc or many other hormone and endocrine disruptors.  Tip: If you are looking to replace any of your makeup with cleaner alternatives, a great resource is the Think Dirty App if you want to check to see the toxicity levels of the products you currently use. 


Slow Down the Aging Process

Elissa Goodman shares tips on maintaining vitality with age.

By Elissa Goodman

ElissaAging is a natural, inevitable part of life – and definitely not something to be scared of! Especially because there are proactive steps we can take to slow down the process and maintain our vitality as we grow older. As a wellness enthusiast with a deep understanding of holistic health, I am sharing my top five tips for aging gracefully and embracing the process. From resetting your digestive tract to practicing mindfulness, these tips encompass physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Let’s dive in! (more…)

The Health Benefits of Regular Massage Therapy

By Patty Parvizi

It might be difficult to find times of calm and relaxation in today’s world.

However, did you know that getting regular massages can be your key to living a longer, happier life?

Whether you’re dealing with physical discomfort, emotional stress or simply seeking an overall improvement in your health and well- being, regular massages can work wonders for you.

Stress Reduction
One of the most immediate and widely recognized benefits of massage therapy is its ability to reduce stress. Massage triggers the release of endorphins, your body’s natural feel-good hormones, which help combat the effects of stress and anxiety. (more…)

How to Raise Confidence and Self Love in Our Girls

Bring your daughters, friends and educators to the Shero’s Rise Summit Oct. 14

Local nonprofit, Shero’s Rise, is bringing together students, parents and educators to change the narrative for women and girls in our community! We invite you to join us on October 14th for our first ever Shero’s Summit : “The Butterfly Effect” – the idea that small things can have a big impact on large, complex systems.

The Summit will allow you to be a part of the conversation on how data regarding women and girls impacts you personally, what meaningful change matters most to you, and how you can help be a part of the solution for the women and girls in our lives. (more…)

Holiday Cooking Made Easy

By Shirin Yadegar

Family gathering around the kitchen island to prepare holiday favorites create core childhood memories. Teamwork, laughter and eating together is an essential part of family dinners.

The problem is mom always seems to get stuck with the not so fun part of shopping and cleaning up.

Thanks to mom doesn’t need to go through the shopping and prepping. One potato has made family meals easy. Honestly, I am picky and these boxes that were delivered to my doorstep with the freshest non-gmo seasonal ingredients sourced from the country’s top farms took all the stress out of preparing dinner. (more…)

8 Sneaky Foods That Cause Inflammation

By Elissa Goodman
Inflammation is one of those trigger words that you probably automatically associate with “bad.” But when injuries and foreign invaders are present in your body, inflammatory processes act as a defense mechanism to protect and heal you. So, in this sense, you want inflammation to occur! However, you can have “too much of a good thing,” and this idea definitely applies to inflammation.

Inflammation is particularly problematic when it becomes chronic (i.e., lasts for an extended period, and inflammatory markers are flagged). Chronic inflammation can lead to many complications, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, asthma, chronic kidney disease, and osteoporosis (which I discuss here). So what can you do to prevent potential inflammation or reduce existing inflammation? (more…)

14 Challenges for Emerging Adults

By Carolyn Mahboubi

carolyn mahboubiMost professional Coaches will tell their clients what to think.

The truth is we need to learn how to think.

I’m an expert in helping emerging adults integrate their emotions, core values and actions in service of their life goals. Teaching them how to think is the skill and mindset shift that leads to the transformation they (and their parents) desire.

They don’t need me (or you) to tell them what to think because they have inherited a world so wildly different from ours that we’d be at best, deluded, and at worst, harmful if we force them to follow our advice. (more…)

Creativity, Confidence, and Time Travel: Why 826LA Emphasizes Writing

Cheryl KleinBy Cheryl Klein

Throughout the fall, volunteers worked one-on-one with elementary school students in the Tutoring program at 826LA, a nonprofit organization with writing centers in Mar Vista and Echo Park and at two Los Angeles high schools. The prompt: Write about your memories, both happy and difficult.

It all started with a birthday, the cake, the people, and ended with a gift. This birthday changed everything…the gift was a DOG! wrote Grace T.

My cat Mochi has black and white spots. He smells like cat food, soap, and fish mixed together. He makes a funny noise when he talks to birds, Nathalie C. described. (more…)

Valentine’s Day Cocktails

AmorMi Amor

  • 1 ½ oz. Inspiro Tequila
  • 2-3 strawberries, cut up
  • 2-3 dashes of chocolate bitters
  • Petal Sparkling Rose

Directions: Rim glass with strawberry and roll into coco powder. Add strawberries and chocolate bitters to the bottom of a shaker and muddle. Add Inspiro Tequila and ice to shaker and shake well. (more…)

PUL3E Fights Heart Failure with One Woman’s Crypto NFT Power

By Emilie Wright
The PUL3E NFT project just launched in support of my fiancé Andrew’s untimely diagnosis of severe heart failure earlier this year, 2021, at only 31. PUL3E is a collection of 7,676 beautifully-rendered 3D animated NFTs based on the human heart, showcasing a range of heart conditions and abnormalities, to raise money for the heart charities that have supported Andrew and many others during their journey. I have pledged to donate 5-10% of all proceeds raised from selling NFT art to heart charities.

A Perfectly Terrible Storm
PUL3E is the result of a perfectly terrible, unfortunate, and heartbreaking storm. Were it not for my lifetime of experience working in mental health services and advocating for social justice and equality and my passion for cryptocurrency and NFT (Non-Fungible Token) digital art project, I don’t know what I would have done when my partner Andrew and I discovered that his sudden shortness of breath and chronic fatigue and his generally extreme unwellness was the result of sudden heart failure. (more…)