A Guest Post by Susan Ragazzo, Animal Intuitive / Animal Transition Counselor When you hear the term "animal communicator" it may conjure up the film image of Eddie Murphy, as Dr. Doolittle, talking to the animals. Has the idea ever left you wondering, "Is it even possible to communicate with animals?" My answer is an unequivocal, "Yes!" My name is Susan Ragazzo, and... Read more


Listen to Chick Flick Chat, the movie review and discussion show, featuring The Descendants. "My family feels like an archipelago... All part of the same whole but drifting slowly apart." ~ Matt King; George Clooney's character in The Descendants This film takes you on a trip! While it's not the Hawaiian vacation of your dreams, it does take you on a journey of... Read more


Announcements, Updates, & Reminders ANNOUNCEMENTS Aloha!: Chick Flick Chat is back with George Clooney (hey, a girl can dream!) starring in The Descendants, and masterfully directed by Alexander Payne. Joining me to chat about this film is Guest Co-Host, Debbie Woodbury, of Where We Go Now, a popular website focusing on the many aspects of "survivorship." Beside the casting, acting, and roles for... Read more


Last month, on May 1, I launched the A Friend A Day In May Challenge, urging you to join me in contacting at least one friend a day throughout the month. Based on the emails I received, Tweets, Retweets, and Facebook "likes" and "shares," the Friend A Day (AKA "FAD") challenge sparked a lot of interest... I hope it was a successful and... Read more


A Giveaway & Product Review by Here We Are At first touch, Parisian's Pure Indulgence Sugared Butter Whip is so light and frothy, you'll doubt it is actually an exfoliating "scrub." But don't be fooled... This all natural, sugar-based product is a sweet treat for the hands, elbows, knees, and feet. Lightly scented with citrus essential oils, it's loaded with skin nourishing ingredients... Read more


The Here We Are Talk Show presents an interview with entrepreneur and beauty expert, Kelli Parisian: Pure Indulgence & Timeless Beauty. My guest, Kelli Parisian, founder and owner of Parisian's Pure Indulgence, shares all things beauty, PLUS important tips to developing a successful business. In this candid discussion, Kelli reveals her secret to starting a business with one product (she now offers 45!).... Read more


Announcements, Updates, & Reminders ANNOUNCEMENTS Beauté Et Intelligence: What do you get when you mix brains with beauty and business? Business owner, Kelli Parisian of Parisian's Pure Indulgence Organic Skincare. Tune in on April 15 at 12:30 pm EST for the upcoming Here We Are Talk Show, Kelli Parisian: Pure Indulgence & Timeless Beauty. Kelli will discuss creating a successful business, her approach... Read more


No matter what it is you want, time is of the essence. Ask yourself, "Who, what, where, when, why, and how?" Answer these questions once and for all, and remember... You can have anything you want if you want it desperately enough. You must want it with an inner exuberance that erupts through the skin and joins the energy that created the world.... Read more


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Shades of Chartreuse ~ The Freshly Green Tips HWA Series No matter how "paperless" our lives become, a hard copy of information is often necessary. If you are a blogger you may enjoy offering a PrintFriendly button (like the one above) to your readers. If you are a reader, you will enjoy saving paper, ink, and $$ using the PrintFriendly button. It easily... Read more


As promised in the Spring Into Shape Announcements article, we have a fabulous giveaway for one lucky Here We Are reader! Sharon Gnatt Epel, founder of La Ishá, natural skin care for Timeless Beauty through Healthy Alternatives, will send the winner their newest anti-aging product, Nutrient Rich Face Crème. This $75- item is the perfect Mother's Day gift! Features of La Ishá's Nutrient... Read more


Meet my new best friend, Tommy Tempus, an old fashioned countdown timer! This shiny little guy and I spend a lot of fast, fleeting moments together doing all sorts of things. He's happy to patiently sit on my desk ticking away the seconds with a low, steady repetition of clicks. He's even thoughtful enough to give me a five-minute warning with a pretty... Read more


Announcements, Updates, and Reminders ANNOUNCEMENTS Changing Shape: If you've been wondering if yoga might be a way to get in shape, feel relaxed, and have some "me" time, then this month's Here We Are talk show is for you! Join me on Thursday, April 26, at 1:00pm EST when Kim Ellner discusses Yoga For Fitness, Health, Focus, and More! We'll learn how yoga... Read more


CLICK HERE to LISTEN to the Here We Are talk show featuring Ivy Larson: Clean Cuisine - It's Much More Than Recipes. We are all searching for ways to eat better and get fit, so we can feel and look great. You've heard that it's about the food choices you make... But how do you narrow down the choices? Where do you start?... Read more


A Product Review by Here We Are Product UPDATE: This product has been discontinued by Maybelline. SAD, but true! It is still available online: Buy it here while you still can!! In the meantime, I am currently testing a few other options and will let you know my results in an upcoming HWA product review. ~ Luci, 8/5/14 This little bottle of color... Read more


Part 13 of the HWA Series, Live Your Life Out Loud Have you ever thought, "If only I were _____?" ➔ fill in the blank with whatever insecurity prevents you from feeling whole. Every time you compare yourself to someone else in any category, e.g., money, beauty, status, etc., it only serves to feed that insecurity. The funny thing is that it is... Read more


PLUS: Episode #12, AFTER The Final Rose CLICK Here To Listen to the Chick Flick Chat review and discussion of Episode #10, The Women Tell All, of ABC-TV's Season 16, "The Bachelor" show. CLICK Here To Listen to the CFC review and discussion of Episode #11, The FINAL Rose. Episode #10: The Women Tell ALL... And did they ever! They told us more... Read more


CLICK HERE to Listen to the Chick Flick Chat review and discussion of Episode #8 of ABC-TV's Season 16, "The Bachelor" show. CLICK HERE to Listen to the CFC review and discussion of Episode #9. Thank you to everyone who has been listening live, OnDemand, and via iTunes to the CFC recurring series covering this reality television show. As always, we appreciate each... Read more


Announcements, Updates, and Reminders ANNOUNCEMENTS Eat To Live: Searching for ways to eat better, get fit, and feel great? It isn't as hard as it sounds! Tune in on Wednesday, March 28, at 1:00pm EST for the Here We Are radio show, Ivy Larson: Clean Cuisine - It's Much More Than Recipes. After being diagnosed with early stage MS, Ivy Larson, creator of... Read more


CLICK HERE to listen to the Here We Are interview with Ruth A. Casie: Romancing A "Knight of Runes," Writing, And More! Do you have a passion to write? Are you working toward getting published? Not a writer but hoping to achieve a longtime dream? Newly published author, Ruth A. Casie, shares her journey of how she made her dream of becoming a... Read more


A Product Review by Here We Are Looking for smoother, clearer, calmer skin? Then Pomegranate Exfoliating Mask developed by Dr. Murad may be an item to add to your beauty regimen. Long known for its health and beauty benefits, pomegranate fruit extract once again delivers in this easy-to-use, sweet scented, facial treat. The product is sold as a package of 6 individually sealed... Read more


CLICK HERE to Listen to the Chick Flick Chat review and discussion of Episode #6 of ABC-TV's Season 16, "The Bachelor" show. CLICK HERE to Listen to the CFC review and discussion of Episode #7. A bit about why we are covering this reality show... It's about getting to the heart of reality television and how people behave when it comes to relationships,... Read more


Announcements, Updates, & Reminders ANNOUNCEMENTS Reading, Writing, Romance: Do you have a passion to write? Dream of getting a book published? Join me for February's episode of the Here We Are Radio Show on February 25 at 11:00 am EST to learn how author, Ruth A. Casie, turned her dream of being published into a reality. Her first novel, Knight of Runes, is... Read more


CLICK HERE to listen to the Chick Flick Chat review and discussion of Episode 4 of ABC-TV's Season 16, "The Bachelor" show. CLICK HERE to listen to the CFC review and discussion of Episode 5. To be clear... This recurring series by CFC is not a "Bachelor" show promotion! It's about getting to the nitty-gritty of reality TV, and this reality show is... Read more


Can you be anything but happy looking at this scrumptious treat? It tastes even better than it looks! This simple recipe makes it easy to enjoy this french dessert known as "pots de crème" - AKA pot of cream or custard - any time you have a chocolate craving. Expect a deep, rich chocolate flavor from this little cup of love. The texture... Read more


CLICK HERE to listen to the Chick Flick Chat review and discussion of ABC-TV's "The Bachelor" Season 16, Episode 3. NOTE: If you missed the original explanation regarding this recurring CFC series, check out Episode 1's article for details about why this particular reality show was selected for a recurring series. Episode 3: The best word to describe what occurred in Episode 3... Read more


Life's circumstances are not always what you may wish them to be. The pattern of life does not necessarily go as you plan. Beyond any understanding, you may at times be led in different directions that you never imagined, dreamed, or designed. (via positive-thoughts.typepad.com) via billvanloan.typepad.com This weekend, a relative of mine was hit by a car as he was crossing the street.... Read more


CLICK HERE to listen to the Chick Flick Chat review and discussion of ABC-TV's "The Bachelor" Season 16, Episode 2. NOTE: If you missed the info regarding this recurring CFC series, check out Episode 1's article for details. Episode 2: A week later and the drama heated up quickly this season. This is not surprising since the ratings for the first episode were... Read more


CLICK Here to listen to the Chick Flick Chat review and discussion of ABC-TV's "The Bachelor" Season 16, Episode 1. NOTE: This is a weekly show for the 2012 season of "The Bachelor," which I am hosting solo - please consider calling in to chat with me when the show airs live!* What the heck is going on with the never-ending search for... Read more


Making homemade marshmallows is easy and fun to do for the whole family. There is something very pleasing about watching the ingredients turn into creamy white, delicious marshmallow dreaminess. This fluffy recipe mixture makes it hard to wait until they are ready to cut, so have a few spoons available for a quick tasting preview! Ingredients 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar 1 cup... Read more


Today is the official start of the holiday season, beginning with Hanukkah, followed by Christmas, which kicks off Kwanzaa. Whatever holiday you celebrate, in addition to health and happiness, I wish for you a gift similar to the one I received this morning. During an early morning phone call, a regular reader of Here We Are shared with me that the Live Your... Read more


A Product Review by Here We Are 2015 UPDATE: The company is no longer selling this product under the "Razor Sharp" name (as pictured). They have introduced a line called Naked Skin Ultra Defininition Loose Finishing Powder. I have not tested the newly named item BUT it appears to be similar, I will update when I find out more. ~ Luci Three words... Read more


Gift Ideas for a Hostess, Co-worker, Neighbor, Teacher, and More - Save Time & Money Throughout The Year No matter the season, but especially at the end of the year, there is often a need for small, but pretty gifts. With so much to choose from and so little time to run around, I like to order a "collective gift idea" that can... Read more


Announcements, Updates, & Reminders ANNOUNCEMENTS Trimming The Tree: The Google+ button has been hung in the sidebar at Here We Are. If you are using this new social networking resource, please add us to your circle. While it is a shiny new platform, it looks promising. I've set a holiday goal to top off the end of the year by reading Google+ For... Read more


An Easy, Adaptable, Slow Cooker Recipe Think you can't do lasagna in a crock pot? Think again, you can! And it's easy as a blueberry pie! Besides the time savings, and ease, the best part about this recipe is that it is fully adaptable to your choice of ingredients. Whether you're a vegetarian or love a traditional meat lasagna, you can make both... Read more


A Product Review By Here We Are Do you avoid buying extra fruits and vegetables on sale because they might go bad before you'll eat them? Clearly Fresh Bags may be the solution to saving you money while keeping your pantry stocked. These food storage bags really do extend the shelf life of fruits and most vegetables. The company website states, "For the... Read more


CLICK Here to Listen to the Here We Are Radio Show episode Fall and Winter 2011: Beauty Tips & Fashion Trends. Need some advice on how to keep your skin supple and smooth all winter long? Listen for easy head-to-toe tips to help you look good throughout the long, cold winter ahead. Curious about mineral makeup and how to use it for a... Read more


Last year, I was in the supermarket produce aisle when I saw an abundance of big, juicy, red grapes on a vine. It sparked a childhood memory of Thanksgiving holidays at my grandparent's house. I started telling my friend about how my grandmother used red and purple grapes as the center of a big platter, but when I turned around, my friend wandered... Read more


Announcements, Updates, & Reminders ANNOUNCEMENTS Start With A Simmer: November got off to a slow start due to the trickster Halloween storm that caught most of us off guard, and left many without power. No heat, no lights, no phone, and no internet made for an interesting week of living "unplugged." Normally, I voluntarily "unplug" at least one whole day a week. The... Read more


While they don't show up saying, "I want to suck your blood," Energy Vampires will sap you of every ounce of energy you allow them to feast upon. Fear not! You are among many who have also met up with at least one of these draining monsters. Call them energy vampires, "toxic" friends, or poisonous pals, recognizing them will make you invulnerable to... Read more


CLICK HERE to listen to the Here We Are radio show episode, Life Beyond Breast Cancer: Healing The Mind, Body, & Spirit. If you are lost in a dark tunnel trying to find a life beyond breast cancer, then this is the show for you or someone you love. Guests, Debbie Woodbury, and Lockey Maisonneuve, explain how healing the mind of the emotional... Read more


As you may know, one of my many hats is that of a decor consultant. Currently, I am working on a flip house, as well as prepping for several new projects (it's been hectic!). The success of a renovation is measured by the details of the finished project (just ask Jeff Lewis, star of the television show, Flipping Out). Over the last few... Read more


Grandma's wisdom... Today is my maternal grandparents wedding anniversary. They were married in 1929 (the day this picture was taken) and it lasted 63 years until death parted them; one from illness, the other a broken-heart. Grandma and grandpa, also known as "Lucy and Pete," were a great influence in my formative years. I especially learned a lot about being a woman from... Read more


Announcements, Updates, & Reminders ANNOUNCEMENTS Energy Vampires: Every woman has encountered at least one of these draining monsters. Beware! They appear in all shapes and sizes disguised as friends. Stop letting them drain your blood (oops, I mean energy). Look for the upcoming Here We Are article about "toxic friends." The stats collected by Self.com and Today.com in a joint survey on this... Read more


If you are feeling a bit like everything you do these days takes extra time and effort, you are not alone. Perhaps it's the change of seasons, too many to-do's on your list, or the wild energy after the crazy weather patterns of late... Whatever the reason, the ABC's to living life more fully may help you put life's daily clutter into perspective.... Read more