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August 2014



Alejandro Chaban’s 5 Ways to Overcome Gymtimidation

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1) Problem: LACK OF KNOWLEDGE: You’re there and you have no idea how to use the machines or all of those weird balls. The only thing you see is all those expert people jumping from one machine to the next and you just stare at them with a confused look on your face without knowing where to start.
SOLUTION: Invest in one session with a personal trainer that can show you how to use the machines work and design a specific routine for you. Another option that’s cheaper is to go on You Tube and look for different video tutorials that show you how to work every muscle and even learn fun cardio routines to practice at home.

2) Problem: COMPETITION: Getting to the gym the first few days and looking at the girl next to you and wanting to compete with her is a VERY bad idea. The only thing you’re going to do with this is feel bad if you can’t keep up with her.
SOLUTION: Don’t compare yourself to anybody. Your only competition is yourself. You don’t know the other girl’s story, what drives her and how long she’s been doing this.

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SOLUTION: Leave your phone in the locker or use it only to listen to music. Stop telling the world you’re going to work out and just WORK OUT! I’m guilty of taking a few selfies here and there but I try not to and always tell myself FOCUS ALEJANDRO! At the end of the day if you don’t work out you won’t have any results to share.

4) Problem: WRONG CLOTHES: This doesn’t mean that you should get the most expensive and trendy clothes for the gym, it’s about having the right underwear, pants, shoes and socks. This is important for you to feel comfortable, confident and to avoid injuries. I used to go to the gym with those huge heavy cotton shirts that were always 3 sizes bigger, when I saw myself in the mirror I got even more depressed and lost all my motivation. WATCH IT! It’s not about being naked in public LOL.

5) Problem: SIMPLICITY: When you go to the gym try to take as less things as possible, I used to take a padlock, water, my phone, an ipod, a bag, towels, mi protein shake my wallet, a book and 40 different things. This just made me lose my focus and I always ended up losing stuff.
SOLUTION: Try to take as little as possible and leave everything in the locker.

Alejandro Chabán is one of the youngest motivational speakers in the U.S. and is a best-selling author for his book De Gordo a Galán (From Fatty to Hottie). Chabán dedicates his time to sharing his life experience of battling obesity, anorexia and bulimia during his teenage years, and how he was able to transform himself into an admired actor, author, motivational speaker and entrepreneur. Chabán created the Yes You Can! Diet Plan, the first and only diet plan created by Hispanics for Hispanics. Based on Chabán’s life experience and certified by a team of experts, the Yes You Can! Diet Plan focuses on Nutrition, Emotional Health, Movement and Dietary Supplements. Chabán has had years of National TV experience and has been featured in a number of National English and Hispanic Magazines.



August 2014



New SAVOR dog food Series from Purina @ProPlan

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To celebrate National Dog Day – Purina Pro Plan hosted a gourmet 7 course meal for pet media in NYC. Purina’s gourmet chef, Chef Amanda prepared several courses that were designed to inspire those who developed the Pro Plan SAVOR product line, which combines the high quality nutrition with exceptional taste that dogs love!

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Chef Amanda has been with Purina for over 10 years, preparing meals that serve as a source of inspiration to those who develop the product lines for pets. After tasting their way through one of her carefully crafted menus, her colleagues then get to work creating pet foods based on the flavors and insights presented in her kitchen.

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The dinner guests included the team from Purina, their PR executives and expert pet scientist and local NY Vet to discuss, taste, textures and eating habits of dogs.

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I brought home some great samples and Jacob loved them all!

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It is important to READ the label everyone!

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Check out the new Purina Pro Plan Savor line at your local pet or grocery store!



August 2014



New Korres Black Pine Collection

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the new KORRES skincare collection called Black Pine. This breakthrough anti-aging range offers advanced firming, contouring, and lifting; and will debut with a day cream, night cream, eye cream and serum.

 Resilient Black Pine trees have thrived in the Mediterranean for millions of years, surviving the harshest weather conditions from deserts to mountains while continually improving their defense systems against environmental stressors. In short, Black Pine is ageless.

Inspired by this natural phenomenon, the KORRES Black Pine Collection was cultivated by blending the highly active and efficacious Black Pine Extract with a proprietary blend of eight unique active extracts, five of which are patented, including Hexapeptide 11 – the first ever natural polypeptide and a global innovation in the beauty industry. The results prove advanced firming, contouring, and instant lifting.

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Available at Sephora, and Sephora.com, this collection is another milestone in the Greek skincare brand.



August 2014




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It’s been 20 years since French makeup icon François Nars launched his beauty line with just 12 lipsticks. Since then the beauty mogul has evolved and expanded his collection with cult classics like Nars Blush in Orgasm, and The Multiple cream color stick, and he has collaborated with fashion designers like Marc Jacobs and Karl Lagerfeld. As he prepares to launch Audacious Lipsticks, a collection of 40 new shades, he reflects on his epic career as well as the industry that helped shape him.

To read the full story on Glamour’s beauty site Lipstick.com, click here:http://glmr.me/1pY5h7K


Nars on his big break into the industry…

Legendary fashion editor Polly Mellen booked me to shoot the fashion collections in Paris with [photographer] Peter Lindbergh. It changed everything.”

Nars on how he has influenced women during his career…

“Women don’t want to feel like they’re wearing makeup. I hope I was partly responsible for that. Polly Mellen always felt that my touch was lighter than other makeup artists’ at the time. That was the start of seeing more freckles, seeing more skin on models. It’s like what Coco Chanel did for women by freeing them from corsets—not that I want to compare myself to her.”

Nars on how to follow a beauty trend …

“Your look should fit your personality…. If a friend says that red doesn’t look good, listen to your friend. Well, listen to yourself first; just don’t follow fashion blindly…. Do single elements of an extreme look, not the whole thing.

Nars on the difference between French and American women…

“American women are still lovers of makeup. They want a total, perfected look. French women, not as much. It’s a different attitude to what they feel sexy is. I love them all!”



August 2014



Bitty Play: Try the new Kinetic Sand

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As the kids begin gearing up for back-to-school, why not start them with some fun learning and sensory/motor activities to get them prepped.

Kinetic Sand is a sand-like substance that is easily moldable, yet free flowing.  It has the properties of wet sand, but isn’t wet and it also sticks to itself without being sticky.  It’s hard to describe this wonderful, stress-free, colored sand until you have it in your hands.

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Michaels’ recently introduced the Kinetic Sand in some fun and bright colors, such as blue, green, orange, pink and purple, as well as the neutral.

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Some of the major benefits of playing with Kinetic Sand, while of course just being fun are:

-       Fine Motor Development

-       Sensory Processing

-       Drawing and Pre-writing skills

-       Creative Thinking

-       Pretend Play

-       Speech and Language Development

-       Increased Attention

-       Sense of Calm



August 2014



August 31st is National Trail Mix Day

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A powerful high-energy snack, trail mix done right is great for days on the trail or behind the desk.  In honor of National Trail Mix Day, leading food dehydrator brand, Excalibur Dehydrators, shares some recipes for trail mix you can make right in your own kitchen. These at home versions are preservative, additive and junk-free, but best of all taste great!

More about Excalibur’s Food Dehydrators: Since 1974, Excalibur Food Dehydrators have changed the way people all over the world prepare and preserve food.  Compact enough to fit on your kitchen counter, the Excalibur Dehydrator replaced sun drying, solar drying, and oven drying.  The electrical dehydrator created a more predictable dehydration method that allowed people to dry 24 hours a day, come rain or shine.  Excalibur Dehydrators are the only home appliance that incorporate the Parallexx™ Horizontal-Airflow Drying System for best performance, thermostat adjustability, speed, durability, clean-ability and versatility. Dehydrate fruits, vegetables, meats and fish for jerky, herbs and nuts in the comfort of your home.

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Harvest Granola

4 cups Rolled old fashion oats
1/2 cup Chopped pecans
1/2 cup Raisins
1/2 cup Dried pineapple
1/2 cup Craisins
1/2 cup Walnuts
1/2 cup Chopped dried apples
1/2 cup Chopped dried apple peels
1/2 cup Chopped dried bananas
1/2 cup Olive oil
1/2 cup Honey
1/2 tsp Vanilla

Heat wet ingredients – stir olive oil, honey, and vanilla together then drizzle over the dry ingredients stirring as you go to coat all ingredients. Put in Excalibur dehydrator at 125 degrees and let dry to the consistence your family will enjoy. You may add so many other things of your choice – here are a few ideas. •Wheat Germ•Wheat Flakes•Coconut•Agave nectar•All kinds of fresh or dried fruits •Differentkinds of oil to replacement the olive oil – possibility would be coconut oil • Seed of different kinds, like pumpkin – sunflower seeds – flax seed • Other kinds of chopped nuts – like almonds – Brazil nuts – peanuts – the list is endless • Bee pollen • ½ cup maple syrup instead of honey • Sprouted buckwheat or sprouted sunflower seed • Sea salt • Cinnamon • Orange juice or other juices you enjoy added to the wet ingredients as desired

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Crunch and Munch Bars

4 Cups Rolled Oats

1/3 Cup Oil

½ Cup Honey

½ Cup Sunflower Seeds

½ Cup Sliced Almonds

½ Cup Dried Apricots or Cranberries

½ Cup Raisins

Mini M&Ms or Mini Optional

Mix oats, oil, honey and brown sugar in a large bowl. Add sunflower seeds, apricots and almonds and mix well.  Spread on dehydrator trays about ½ in thick.  Dehydrate at 135°F/ 57°C for 5-7 hours or until dry.

For more snack recipes, images or information on Excalibur Dehydrators (www.ExcaliburDehydrator.com), please contact me at 212.584.4279.

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