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Wednesday Giveaway: Zestra (ready to add a little zest to your sex life?)

July 28, 2010 by  
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A healthy sex life is important for every relationship, but let’s face it, we may not be always be “in the mood”. After all, running businesses, households, or taking care of everyone and everything may leave sex being the last thing on our minds. Or maybe, we just need a little extra excitement to get us going. Well, our Wednesday giveaway is all about adding a little zest to your sex life!

Zestra is the first product proven in clinical trials to increase women’s desire and arousal.  It’s a scientific breakthrough for your sex life. Zestra is composed of a unique blend of botanical ingredients, including Anti-Oxidants Vitamin C and Vitamin E, that safely (and wonderfully!) work together to enhance sensitivity and, ultimately, satisfaction.

The results are felt almost immediately after the oil is applied . Sensitivity  and pleasure reach its peak around the 10 minute mark, but Zestra continues to work for a whole 45 minutes. Phew.

Zestra was developed during two clinical trials, during which it was available to a wide range of women. And it worked! Women expieriencing  menopause, women on oral contraceptives and anti-depressants and women with medical conditions affecting sexual feeling, as well as the average women all experienced a change for the better. Who doesn’t want that?

READY TO ADD A LITTLE ZEST TO YOUR SEX LIFE? TRY IT FREE TODAY!  The first 20 HSNY readers to email, will get free Zestra mailed to them! Just mention you saw it on and send along the address to be shipped!

Free Summer Fun in Union Square (Concerts, Kid’s Yoga, & more!)

July 21, 2010 by  
Filed under City, Featured

I love summer in the city. Sure it can get hot and sticky, but it’s also a time when the streets open up and events, activities, and fun stuff abound. You’ve got rooftop films, river flicks, street fairs, farmers markets (the list goes on and on!). This week we’re featuring a place where activity is almost always a given, and now on Thursday’s it has purpose!

Wander down to Union Square every Thursday this summer for Summer in the Square. Presented by the Union Square Partnership, Summer in the Square  runs from June to August 12th and is a combination of free music, exercise programs and kids events.  Every Thursday the day starts with  Fitness in the Square starts at 7:00 AM with “The Basics of Running 101″ followed by “Open Level Yoga” at 8:00 AM, both presented in partnership with lululemon athletica. Then at 9 Brooklyn Bridge Bootcamp finishes off the morning exercise regime with a full body  aerobic workout.

Head back with the kids and meet at the playground from 1o AM to 12 for Kids in the Square.  Past Thursdays have included Yogi Beans Mommy & Me Yoga, the Gazillion Bubble Show and a performance by children’s music artist David Grover. This week, July 15, Yogi Beans Mommy & Me Yoga starts at 10 followed at  12:00 by Princess Katie & Racer Steve.

Finally, you can end your all-day Union Square adventure with Music in the Square starting at 4 PM.  This weeks performance includes  The Lightyears at 4 followed at  6:00 by Dani Elliott.

Top photo: Flickr

Wednesday Giveaway: Covet Restaurant & Lounge

July 21, 2010 by  
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Need to get away from the hot bustle of the city for a couple hours? Check out this weeks Wednesday giveaway! Covet Restaurant & Lounge is a little oasis of St. Tropez in the middle of Midtown.  This $50 gift certificate can transport you with  old world elegance and new world opulence.

The restaurant and lounge are the brainchild of the man behind Miami’s nightlife resurgence, Eric Milon and entrepreneur Andre Hnatyszak. The bi-level resturant and lounge “exudes St. Tropez and St. Barth’s glamour,” says Mr. Hnatyszak.  “The mix in ambiance is designed for a well-heeled crowd attracting celebrities, models, politicians, foodies, the financial set and fashionistas.  It’s where Gordon Gekko meets Devil Wears Prada.”

The spicy sophistication of the Covet decor is reflected in the food. The menu was created by former Bruno Jamais Restaurant Executive Chef John Keller. The Asian-Mediterranean cuisine features  signature dishes such as Hamachi Duo, Lobster Brulee, and Wild Boar Tenderloin. And then there are the drinks. Famed mixologist Orson Salicetti has created a menu of concoctions at Covet that incorporates sensual ingredients that embody the venue’s sophisticated elegance. Some examples include, Pineapple Mezcal, Himalayan Salt Rim with Spices,  Aphrodisiac Tea, Covet Sour, His Martini Single Malt Scotch and Cupid Grain of Paradise Infused Vodka.

The Covet Restaurant and Lounge is an escape from city life in the middle of the city.

To enter our little giveaway, all you have to do is make sure you have signed up & are a regular subscriber to our newsletter.  By week’s end we will pick a subscriber’s name at random, post it to the site, and your gift certificate will be sent!

The Flying Trapeze: Transition Have You Feeling Up In The Air?

July 20, 2010 by  
Filed under Featured, Health

Sometimes, I feel that my life is a series of trapeze swings. I’m either hanging on to a trapeze bar swinging along or, for a few moments, I’m hurdling across space between the trapeze bars.

Mostly, I spend my time hanging on for dear life to the trapeze bar of the moment. It carries me along a certain steady rate of swing and I have the feeling that I’m in control. I know most of the right questions, and even some of the right answers. But once in a while, as I’m merrily, or not so merrily, swinging along, I look ahead of me into the distance, and what do I see?

I see another trapeze bar looking at me. It’s empty. And I know, in that place in me that knows, that this new bar has my name on it. It is my next step, my growth, my aliveness coming to get me. In my heart of hearts I know that for me to grow, I must release my grip on the present well-known bar to move to the new one. Each time it happens, I hope—no, I pray—that I won’t have to grab the new one. But in my knowing place, I know that I must totally release my grasp on my old bar, and for some moments in time I must hurtle across space before I can grab the new bar. Each time I do this I am filled with terror. It doesn’t matter that in all my previous hurdles I have always made it.

Each time I am afraid I will miss, that I will be crushed on unseen rocks in the bottomless basin between the bars. But I do it anyway. I must.

Perhaps this is the essence of what the mystics call faith. No guarantees, no net, no insurance, but we do it anyway because hanging on to that old bar is no longer an option. And so, for what seems to be an eternity but actually lasts a microsecond. I soar across the dark void called “the past is over, the future is not yet here.” It’s called a transition.

I have come to believe that it is the only place that real change occurs. I have a sneaking suspicion that the transition zone is the only real thing, and the bars are the illusions we dream up to not notice the void. Yes, with all the fear that can accompany transitions, they are still the most vibrant, growth-filled, passionate moments in our lives. And so transformation of fear may have nothing to do with making fear go away, but rather with giving ourselves permission to “hang out” in the transition zone — between the trapeze bars — allowing ourselves to dwell in the only place where change really happens. It can be terrifying. It can also be enlightening.

“Hurdling through the void, we just may learn to fly.”

Top Photo: Flickr

Slow Sex: Mindfulness In Bed?

July 16, 2010 by  
Filed under Featured, Relationships

I took my single friend to a temple dinner near my apartment. Of course, she motioned me to sit near a cute single guy to my right. I insisted she take the seat instead (her being the single one), but she refused.

So, ever compliant, I started chatting the guy up. I asked him where he was from, and what he does. Next thing I knew, he and I were talking about orgasms. And before I could connect the dots of conversation leading us to this topic, he told me his sister is part of a “slow sex” community that teaches women various “O-finding” techniques.

I was fairly convinced my temple talk would score me a warm seat in Hell. Especially for carrying on the conversation while the young rabbi hopped around the room with a mic in hand, getting people to sing along to the prayers.

Temple Guy mentioned that the orgasm group is called OneTaste. I made a mental note, and e-mailed the group’s instructor Rachel Chewitz the following day.

Turns out, Cherwitz lives in San Francisco but would be heading to New York the next week. It was meant to be! We planned a meeting.

I brought my friend, and we both booked 30 minute sessions with her. My friend went first, and by the time I interrupted their talk, I saw a credit card transaction going down. “Wow, she must be good,” I thought! I secretly wondered if my friend already had an orgasm of some kind.

Then it was my turn. I explained what had happened at temple and how I was curious about slow sex. I’m all about self-improvement, and who’s to say I can’t improve on the intimacy front?

Okay, what I really said was, “Break it down sister: Exactly how do women have orgasms from this method? I want details.”

Here’s how she explained it:

Slow Idea
There’s an entire “slow movement” that includes slow food, slow sex, slow parenting, slow traveling, etc. But our culture is all about speed — we need to do it faster and shorter. We have a finish-line mentality that keeps us from the journey. Nowhere is this more obvious than in our sex lives. Slow sex is the opposite of sex being harder, stronger, and faster. It shows you how to get deeper, more connected, and more intimate.

Nicole Daedon had a meditation practice, but realized she was living without discovering her sexuality. So she checked into a zen center, where she was told she couldn’t leave anything behind. She knew sexuality had to be part of her practice. She spent the next 15 years researching what would become the OneTaste method: adding mindfulness to sex and increasing a couples’conscious connection to sexuality in a slow, sustainable way.

What We All Want
OneTaste teaches people how to have a healthy and whole sex life. Sex is used as a doorway into the deeper things people want. “We all want to love and be loved,” Cherwitz told me; “see and be seen, we want to know our purpose, and we want to feel connected. When you open the door to sexuality, you begin to learn things about yourself you didn’t know were there.”

Practicing Mindfulness in Bed
OneTaste introduces the philosophy of mindfulness in sexuality.  Some people already have a mindful practice, like meditation, or do chi-gong. What is mindfulness? It’s being with what is. It’s not putting an interpretation on it; it’s allowing yourself to be present, and allowing things to unfold moment by moment.

Mindful Touch
Most people think a lot and ignore their feelings, or feel a lot and ignore their thinking. Orgasmic meditation brings these two parts of the brain into balance, so you can feel your body and also listen to what your mind is telling you. So often we’re trying to do something just to do something to our partner: Like, have an orgasm, and have it feel good! This practice gives you exercises to slow you down enough so you can listen to the sensations of the body, or the wisdom of the body.

There are three ways to get involved: Sign up for private coaching, take group classes, or become a slow sex trainer. (How fun would it be to tell people what you do at parties?!) The classes are a combination of lecture, interactive discussion, and experiential exercises. By the second class, you will be practicing the act of orgasmic meditation!

I love how my temple outing got me learning about orgasms. I’m not sure how God feels about this discovery, but we’re leaving him out of the practice. Either way, I think I might have to do a few more interviews before I take any sort of group lesson. But if you’re brave and ready (ahem, apparently like my friend!), maybe slow sex is for you? If not, I know a great singles temple dinner you can try.

About our contributor:

Ilana Donna Arazie is a blogger and vlogger based in NYC who chronicles stories about living your best life in a big city. Her stories have been featured on the Associated Press, Chicago-Sun Times, Yahoo, The Travel Channel and other media outlets. She is the founder of Downtown , a site that is a bit of Cosmo meets Deepak Chopra, offering deep yet fun insights into finding peace and meaning.

Wednesday Giveaway: Virtu NY – Hot Gear For Your Guy

July 14, 2010 by  
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We all want our guy to look hot & stylish, even in the gym. This week’s giveaway will ensure just that. Virtu is a hot workout line, geared specifically towards men. Made in NY, and with fabric that is workout friendly (wicks away moisture & comfortable fit), it is also stylish enough to be worn on the street. And, yes, ladies, this giveaway requires you to give to the guy in your life, but we also know you’ll love the way he looks as he rocks off to the gym, the court, or out and about. We say that’s a win-win all around.

So here are the goods:

This week, one lucky winner will receive Virtu’s vision of a classic V-neck (with a retail value of $70). This classic shirt is designed with inspiration from Australia, where all the clothing is designed. The fabrics are a combination of 80% Nylon and 20% Spandex.

The winner will also receive one pair of shorts in black (valued at $75). As an added bonus, the black shorts are designed with a very cool material that wicks moisture in and out, so your guy can feel free to really break a sweat! Again, the shorts are made of a blend of Nylon and Spandex.

Virtu New York features modern fitness clothing that is both functional and stylish. The line features shirts, shorts, sweats and yoga gear put together with a contemporary flair, but in a practical and fashionable black and white theme. We also LOVE that they are based in NY. For more information on Virtu New York or to view their full line, visit:


This Summer: Rooftop Films

July 9, 2010 by  
Filed under Events, Featured

One of the greatest things about living in NYC is being privy to pretty much any kind of entertainment you can think of… on any day of the week! And for all you movie goers out there, this city certainly doesn’t disappoint. The sheer number of all of the different films that make their way to the theatres here, from the blockbusters to the documentaries to the shorts and indies, allows us to see how lucky we are to have so much choice.

Rooftop Films incorporates two favorite summer pastimes: being outside in the fresh air and catching a good flick! The Rooftop Films 2010 Summer Series “Underground Movies Outdoors” runs until the middle of August and includes films that everyone under the sun will enjoy, as practically every genre and category is being shown.

A charming and unusual aspect of this festival is that you get to view these movies outdoors. With venues such as El Museo Del Barrio and Solar One in Kips Bay, you’re able to take in a unique part of the city all while watching something cool on screen! And for all you serious film buffs out there, most screenings will feature a filmmaker question and answer period where you can ask all of your burning questions.

The Details

What: Rooftop Films 2010 Summer Series “Underground Movies Outdoors”

When: Ongoing until August 15th

Where: Outdoor venues all over NYC (and beyond!)

Tickets: $10 (and can be ordered online for most screenings)

The Rooftop Films Summer Series is truly a new idea for a memorable date, girls’ night out or even an activity you can try out solo.

You have to admit, no one ever forgets a good movie!

For more information, visit their website:   Tonight, Friday, July 9th, Kickstarter and Rooftop Films are hosting the first annual Kickstarter Film Festival on the roof of the OId American Can Factory in Brooklyn.

Top Photo: Flickr

Wednesday Giveaway: Macadamia Natural Oil and Macadamia Infused Comb

July 7, 2010 by  
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This humidity can really mess with your hair! We have the fix: our Wednesday giveaway! This week we are giving away Macadamia Natural Oil and a Macadamia Oil Infused Comb. Macadamia Natural Oil combines the highly effective and uniquely superior Macadamia Nut oil from the South Pacific with Argan Seed Oil from the Berber region of North Africa for an end product that does wonders for your hair, no matter what texture or thickness.

The Macadamia Natural Oil is the first of its kind. John Fasan the CEO of Macadamia Natural Oil explains, “We chose Macadamia Nut oil  due to its uncanny similarity and its ability to mimic the body’s own natural oils, allowing for unparalleled absorption and rapid penetration  into the hair and skin.”  When combined with Argan Seed oil, Morocco’s “liquid gold,” Macadamia Natural Oil (and the comb that is infused with it) de-fizzes, de-tangles hair while increasing its shine  and making it smell yummy! You can even add the oil directly to your color treatment to reduce fading. And with the sun shinning as brightly as it has been, the natural UV protection is a godsend.  The best part? There is no sticky, greasy feel.

The Macadamia Infused Comb takes it a step further, leaving no residue on your hands while evenly applying the oil.  The comb makes it easy to apply on the run. Maybe as a touch-up during your lunch break? The more you use it, the more the benefits grow!

To enter out little giveaway, all that you have to do is make sure you have signed up & are a regular subscriber to our newsletter AND comment below or on our  Facebook page.  By day’s end we will pick a subscriber’s name at random, post it to the site, and send you the oil and comb!


The Best Foods for Health, Wellness and Weight Loss (& a great summer slaw)

July 4, 2010 by  
Filed under Featured, Nutrition

In our society where obesity has become a crisis, and the lifespan of our children for the first time in history is lower than their elders, the most difficult question we all face – is what foods are good to eat for health, wellness and weight loss?  There are countless food products, diet pills and companies promising the secret to health and weight loss.  But the truth is many of those companies are profit driven, with no concern for the consumer’s health or well being.

There is a saying…..

If you could have hunted for it, fished for it, plucked it or gathered it, it belongs on your table.

Fresh fruits, fresh veggies, lean proteins, nuts seeds….these are all great healthy foods- made by the Earth itself- and here for your daily consumption!  It is only since the industrial revolution that the processing and mass production of food has developed.  The obesity crisis correlates to the start of this practice.  The best way to know if your food is processed, is to read the ingredients of a food; if you don’t understand them- don’t eat it! Why would you eat something when you don’t know what it is? Because it is in a nice package all pretty ready to purchase at the store? Cigarettes are also in nice little packages, ready for you to purchase at the store- AVAILABILITY does not mean it is good for you!!! Trust yourself- and your instincts when making food selections and be creative have fun! If you don’t enjoy what you are eating and what you are doing- your success will be short lived.

Creativity is crucial – as it will lead to diversity in your food selection, prevent boredom and increase your overall enthusiasm about your new dietary changes!  Here is one of my favorite creative ways to eat fresh raw cabbage!  It is actually surprisingly tasty and extraordinarily healthy!  Don’t be afraid!  Try it!  You may be surprised!

Fruity Yummy Cole Slaw Salad

1/2 bag Dole traditional Cole Slaw salad mix

1 Low Fat Stony Field Farms Vanilla Yogurt

1/2  Apple cored and chopped into small bite size pieces

1/2 Cup Raw Nut/Raisin mix – unsalted

2 TBS Ground Cinnamon

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and YUMMY! You are eating cabbage!!! Make two of these salads in a week and do you know how much cabbage you have consumed???

Remember- I am here if you want to talk!  Post a comment!

Stay Focused Until the Miracle Happens!

To your Success and Health


Top Photo: Flickr

Sunscreen Alert: Is Yours Toxic ?

July 2, 2010 by  
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It’s a big holiday weekend, and more likely than not you will spend a good part of it out in the sun. But before you throw the sunscreen in the suitcase you may want to take a look at the ingredients on the back. Sure, we’ve all been taught to believe that sun exposure is harmful, so we use sunscreen to protect ourselves.  Unfortunately, there have been numerous studies lately which state that 90% of the sunscreens we are using containing toxic ingredients and if that’s not bad enough 3 out of 5 don’t work!

According to Dr. John Douillard, Ayurveda practitioner, LifeSpa, there are two main UV rays that are potentially harmful to the skin. They are UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays are more harmful than the UVB rays. Though UVB rays are essential for good health in short doses, they are responsible for sunburns because they tend to stay on the skin’s surface. As a result, UVB rays were blamed for causing skin cancers. The SPF (skin protection factor) rating system measures the ability for a sunscreen to block UVB rays -not the more harmful UVA rays. In other words, a sunscreen with an SPF of 50 will block out all UVB rays but may not block any UVA rays.

Commercially, 3 out of 5 sunscreens do not adequately protect us against skin cancer-causing UVA rays. Did you know that while sunscreen use has increased, so has the incidence of skin cancers? Skin cancer rates have soared to over a million cases per year in the United States. 2009 is the first year we are seeing sunscreens claiming protection against both UVA and UVB rays. But remember, the SPF on the label only guarantees protection from UVB, which are the “good rays”.

Most importantly, the UVB rays make Vitamin D, which protects the skin from the sun as well as the bones from osteoporosis. Low Vitamin D levels have also been linked to about 16 different cancers. Sunscreens, because they block UVB, have been reported to reduce Vitamin D levels in the blood by 97-99%, putting us all at great risk.

There are only a few active sunscreen ingredients that effectively block both UVA and UVB rays. The only ones that are both safe and effective for UVA and UVB protection are zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which do not penetrate the skin. They block or reflect the sun.

Avoid sunscreens with Oxtinoxate, Octisalate, Oxybenzone or Homosalate. These chemicals are toxic and they act as either irritants, allergens, hormone disruptors or carcinogens.

How to Find the Best Sunscreens:
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) just released their extensive 2010 Sunscreen Guide that includes vital information such as sun safety tips and ranking of the best sunscreens.


Personal Web Nutrition 3-month Wellness Series for $50
I know your well-being is worth $50!
I have a couple of spots left in my upcoming monthly wellness series teleclasses!  The series includes exciting and life changing wellness workshops for the next 3 months, starting this month.

If you are:
looking to increase your energy, ready to understand where those sugar cravings are coming from yearning to discuss everyday women’s issues (you know finding “me time”)  committed to feeling good from the inside out ready to set and accomplish goals. Your body can’t afford for you to wait.

Workshop Topics:
7/13 – Beating your Sugar Cravings
8/10 – Women’s Health
9/14 – Eating for Energy

Come Join me and other like-minded women for what I promise will be the ride of your life, from 8-9pm (EST) on 7/13, 8/10 and 9/14.  E-mail support in between workshops is also included! The cost is $20 per workshop or $50 if you pay for all 3 by July 10!  So don’t wait, contact me today! Bring your friends and save even more.  Receive $5 off the total price per friend, relative or co-worker.



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