On of the fun things I was able to do while in NYC at Blogher was sit down and visit with Yahoo! Shine. They were asking bloggers to share how they reinvented themselves. It an interesting question to be asked and take the time to contemplate!
On a fun note – they had a team doing our make up! Knowing we were camera ready sure made it easier to relax and enjoy the interview!
My spot was confirmed 18 hours before my arrival, so most of you didn’t have a chance to listen live… however… the producers were kind enough to send me a file to embed for your listening pleasure.
Click here to listen to the entire segment: Pure Natural Diva
The below recipes were featured on Morning Living:
Stay tuned to hear and see more Diva NYC adventures… There were so many highlights!
Oprah is Having a Contest and my friend, Desiree, at Bottles To Britches told me I HAD to enter. So I got to work.
I Need Your Votes – TODAY, TOMORROW, OVER and OVER and OVER again! The math goes like this - I need every single fan to generate 8 votes daily. Yet we know that only 10% of people really get involved that really means I need my biggest fans generating 65 votes every single day… hmmm…
Your votes will get Pure Natural Diva one step closer to having a show on the air that is fully dedicated to Whole Living with Style and Ease – imagine the difference we could make.
This is a hardcore competition with high stakes. The current leader of the contest is Rener Gracie – he has the entire Fighting Community voting for him – in two weeks he’s gotten over a million votes.
Spread the Word – Share – Share – Share
Forward this via email to everyone on your contact list, copy and paste the message below on Facebook, Twitter, Myspace and all other social media networks.
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Check out the Audition
http://myown.oprah.com/audition/index.html?request=video_details&response_id=5711&promo_id=1 to view my audition piece – then click “Vote” – that’s it!
One voter had this to say on the Oprah site:
“We need Pure Natural Diva Live! America needs this show! I love that Tania is a mom who wants to make a difference in all our lives. She has passion and really dives into the issues, makes you feel passionate too about wanting to make changes in your own home and life. In addition to being a hilarious and genuine person she is incredibly smart. Tania has invested her heart & soul in Pure Natural Diva….out of not just her own family & personal needs but seeing a genuine need in all of our lives & in society today Please pick Pure Natural Diva Live to be an Oprah show!”
View Tania’s audition here and don’t forget to vote – http://myown.oprah.com/audition/index.html?request=video_details&response_id=5711&promo_id=1
Very Important – So I’ll say it again!
Voting is not limited – so please vote AS MANY times as possible before the deadline on July 3rd.
Thanks guys! Together we can make this happen and positively impact lots of lives.
Extra Bonus Points
Help get the producer’s attention by posting a comment too! Show the producer’s that you believe a show like PND live can make a difference in lives around the country!
Pure Natural Diva opened our doors to some fabulous Los Angeles Twivas for a lovely brunch!
For this event we made Tyler’s Salad and an EggFrittata.
Tyler Florence’s Arugula, Roasted Cherry Tomato & Bocconcini Salad:
Serves: 4Preparation Time: 35 Minute(s)Cook Time: 15 Minute(s)Ingredients32 cherry tomatoes, on vine
1/4 cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
4 sprigs fresh thyme leaves
6 cups lightly packed baby arugula or baby spinach leaves
3/4 cup Wish-Bone® Italian Dressing
24 bocconcini (fresh mozzarella cheese balls)
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
Toss arugula with Wish-Bone® Italian Dressing in large bowl. Arrange arugula on serving platter, then top with tomatoes and bocconcini. Garnish with basil leaves. Season, if desired, with sea salt and pepper.
- Preheat oven 350°.
- Arrange tomatoes in roasting pan, then drizzle with olive oil. Add garlic and thyme. Season, if desired, with salt and pepper. Roast 15 minutes or until tomatoes are tender and start to burst.
This event was sponsored by Wishbone.
Ladies – for the duration of our “childbearing years” with varying degrees of regularity we all have to deal with our monthly cycle and all the joy it encompasses.
This monthly joy typically involves an arsenal of bleached feminine hygiene products. I’ve attempted to do some research on the health implications of using bleached tampons inside of our body and if there is information out there I’ve been unable to find it. Switching to unbleached and recycled tampons is no doubt an improvement.
I recently discovered a product called the Diva Cup and while this solution has it’s drawbacks, in my view it’s benefits are outstanding. The Diva Cup is a small cylindrical silicon cup. It reminds me a little bit of diaphragm’s I’ve seen (never tried one, so can’t speak to that).
Safe, medical grade silicon is known to be non toxic to our bodies.
Correctly placed the Diva Cup is more comfortable than tampons.
No need to keep buying tampons or pads.
No need to carry extra supplies when you travel or are out and about.
Nothing gross to wrap or hide in the wastebasket.
Heavier flow just needs to be emptied more often, no additional products!
No “rip cord” dangling around. Nadda… Nothing… Fabulous! How gross is the rip cord. This reason alone will prevent me from ever going back to the old way!
With the caveat below – no bulky pad. Nadda… Nothing… Fabulous.
Less odor. Seriously! Smelled fresher, felt fresher.
Did I mention how comfortable it was.
What You Need To Know
The Diva Cup is not for the faint of heart. If you would not be comfortable inserting a applicator free tampon chances are you won’t be comfortable with this. It’s only a little bit more involved, but let’s just say there is only one way in.
It did take me a little time to learn how to tell if the Diva Cup was correctly situated. Users will quickly learn that if it doesn’t feel right, it’s not in correctly. This is not a matter of leakage, rather it will feel a little uncomfortable if it’s not placed correctly.
You will need be rinsing out your cup, again not for the squeamish.
You MUST rotate the Cup one full circle – it says so in the instructions. When you do, it is leek free, comfortable and a delight. If you don’t – you might have a leek. It’s like screwing a lid on a jar… if you don’t turn it all the way the liquid won’t stay where you need it to stay.
You will want to wash the cup with a non toxic safe soap – The Diva Wash is a plant based, petroleum based option.
If you are looking for an environmental reason to make the switch consider the fact that in the US alone over 55.9 million women are using feminine hygiene products. These products need to be manufactured, disposed of and purchased over and over again. That’s 55.9 million women every month!
There is a learning curve to using this product. I’d suggest the first few times using a panty liner in the event that you have any leakage. Having said that my obligation to The Diva Cup will end when this giveaway is over and I won’t be going back to my old ways! The Diva Cup is just so much better, so much more comfortable, and you can use it over and over again.
It’s not perfect, but if you took away the environmental benefits and ignored that it’s likely safer than tampons and only judged it as which method was superior – I would pick the Diva Cup.
Move past any squeamishness. Take the time to read the instructions and make the switch!
CLICK HERE to input your zip/postal code to find a retailer near you.
Congratulations to Heather S! You’ve won the Diva Cup and full size Diva Wash!
HOW TO ENTER:
There are a few ways you can enter, leave separate comments for each entry.
Become an Email Subscriber to PND using the form in the sidebar.
– The subscription must be confirmed. You will receive and email that you must reply to for your entry to be valid.
– Already a confirmed Subscriber. Complete any one of the additional entries options – Leave a comment letting Diva know you’re subscriber name and the entry option you selected.
1. Go to The Diva Cup and tell PND what size you would be or share something you learned.
2. Stumble, Digg, Kirsty or Technorati favorite this post. Leave a comment with your name and the link.
3. Follow @purenaturaldiva (use link on the sidebar) & Diva Cup on twitter. Leave your twittername in a separate comment.
4. Become a Fan of Pure Natural Diva & Diva Cup on Facebook. Post this giveaway as an update, leave your FB Name or Name with a copy of your update in a separate comment. One entry for each.
5. Tweet this giveaway. Copy and paste “Diva Giveaway: Win The Diva Cup http://bit.ly/8kJga, Ladies this is for you! @purenaturaldiva”. Then come back and leave the direct link to your tweet (go to your twitter account, click on the words when your tweet was sent (ie. 5 seconds ago) and copy and paste that link in comments.
6. Write a post on your blog linking to my blog and to the – Good for two entries. Leave this comment twice so you get both entries!
This giveaway will run through midnight on Feb 13, 2010 PDT. The winner will be announced in the PND newsletter Feb 15, 2010. Winner will be chosen using Random.org from all valid entries. Winner will have 24 hours to contact me before another winner is chosen.
Giveaway is open to residents of the U.S & Canada.
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Help – what is your favorite “good-for-you” mascara?
Twitter follower @at1968media
Good question. Mascara is a product that we wear right next to our eye, so being careful with this selection is a prudent idea.
My approach to converting to”safer” cosmetics and bodycare products has been to use up what I own, then replace that product with a safer product. With Mascara I must have hit a good sale one day because it took me a long time to use up what I had, I finally switched to natural mascara earlier this year.
Part of switching to natural products has been to change buying patterns, my old habit of buying a few of one item and keeping them until I needed them no longer works. Better for you products don’t contain as many preservatives, so they often don’t last as long. I digress…
Very randomly one day I was at the drugstore (a rare event these days) and happened across Physicians Formula Organic Wear Mascara. They were offering a rebate making the mascara free, cool deal and a win – win. So I picked one up to try. The mascara rates a 3 in the Skin Deep Cosmetics Database.
There you have it, 3 different natural or organic options for you to try out! Let me know how it all works.