Neil Young divorcing Pegi Young after 36 years of marriage

Once you’ve stuck it out for 36 years, is another 20 really too much to ask?

Apparently so for Neil Young, who filed for divorce from wife and musical collaborator Pegi Young on July 29, according to Rolling Stone.

A hearing is set for Dec. 12, and suddenly we’ve lost all faith in the institution. Young’s rep had no comment.

The couple first met when the 68-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer stopped by a California diner where Pegi was working as a waitress.

“I used to order just to watch her float across the floor,” he sang in his 1992 song Unknown Legend. “She grew up in a small town/Never put her roots down.”

Pegi, 61, is the subject of many of Neil’s love songs, and she began performing as his backup singer in the ’90s. She has released three albums since 2007 and toured on her own, sometimes with Neil as her guitarist.

The couple was scheduled to play Farm Aid in Raleigh, N.C., on September 13th, but Pegi’s been removed from the lineup, because, let’s face it, she’s no Neil.

Pamela Anderson calls off divorce from Rick Salomon

These two again.

Pamela Anderson is hitting the brakes on her most recent split from husband Rick Salomon. Yes, the same Rick Salomon she was married to for two months, six years ago.

The 47-year-old Baywatch babe filed for divorce on July 3 after six months of the couple’s second marriage, according to E! News. But the pair was seen one week later swapping saliva all over Malibu, and just as recently as the end of July, witnesses spotted them sucking face in Sardinia.

So, it only makes sense that Pam decided to file a petition to toss out the divorce filing on August 21, roughly six years after the couple had their first marriage annulled.

For a little insight, excerpts from a lengthy poem penned by Pam just two days after she decided to call it quits again:

“No man knows what to do with me–
I blame myself–
To play with me, is eternal–
I’m not ‘on the clock’ or…
on the ‘payroll’—”

And:

“I knew it was wrong from the start–
primitive– base instinct..
Never marry a rich man…
Euros from a Vagabond..”

Deep?

Isabeli Fontana Endorses Stefanel

The Italian brand, stefanel has 368 stores across the world and specialises in luxury knitwear for women. Their brand gives the impression of high quality products with innovative fashionable designs, mostly in warm, outdoor apparel. At over $100 for one skirt, their products are towards the high end of the price scale, which is why a high profile model is needed to advertise their clothes. They have recently released their winter collection and have enlisted the help of top Brazilian model, Isabeli Fontana to promote their campaign.

stefanel fall 2014

Their latest campaign has seen the model, who has Italian origins, in various luxury and warm knitwear for the upcoming cold weather. The beautiful model looks truly stunning in all of stefanels latest cable knits as she casually poses for the camera, advertising the clothes.

The brand is set to release a “knitwear journal” that promises to be full to the brim of the latest knitted, warm, winter jumpers. The model is at the forefront of the journal in an advertising campaign that is set to bring huge publicity to the brand because they have such an iconic, attractive specimen, such as Isabeli Stefani, endorsing their latest trends and fashions.

The brands image is that of quality. They need a powerful, tall, beautiful and famous model to give off the right image. A less famous model, with less striking features and looks would not give off the image as high quality. Stefanel really strives to create the newest and best trends around and for the prices they charge, they really need to.

Isabeli Stefani has many adoring fans, which will all be drawn to the brand because of her presence on advertising campaigns. Stefanels latest campaign is set to give off a brand image of high quality and also introduce more and more people to the brand. Furthermore, it is set to prove that even in winter and the colder months, true beauty can still be achieved, as demonstrated by Isabeli Fontana.

Photo credit : Stefanel

Spicy Healing Green Juice Recipe

Spicy Healing Green Juice Recipe Produce

I’m obsessed with this spicy healing green juice recipe. I’m one of those people who is either all in or all out. I know nothing of moderation, so it’s no surprise that when I juice, I really juice!

I bought my Breville Juicer a couple of years ago, and started juicing every day. I even dove into green juice. I was new to it though, and made some mistakes. To start with, I couldn’t really figure out how to integrate juicing into my day, so it didn’t become part of my routine.

I like to have a blueberry smoothie every morning. I’m a morning person and I have to have breakfast, so the smoothie gives me something in my tummy first thing, and provides the energy I need to do the things I want to do. I can also take my morning supplements with a smoothie, but they’d be too harsh with just juice, especially green juice.

Then when I get to work, I automatically gravitate toward the Keurig and have 2 or 3 cups of coffee during the morning. So where did juice fit in? Nowhere really. I felt like I was trying to cram it into the day when I didn’t even want it.

Besides scheduling, the other challenge I had with my first attempt at juicing was the fruit/veggie balance. I made a rookie mistake and used too much fruit. You know what that means…too much sugar! It’s natural sugar but it’s still sugar, and that leads to blood sugar peaks and crashes, and cravings for more sugar. Not good. Not what I was going for with juicing.

The bottom line was juicing wasn’t working for me. I felt kind of guilty that I had this nice new juicer, but I wasn’t seeing the health benefits I was hoping for. I just generally didn’t feel great about the whole experience.

So I quit. I told you; I’m all in or all out. My pretty Breville Juicer sat and collected dust for almost 2 years. It stayed on my counter though, and I knew that eventually I’d come back around to it.

Fast forward 2 years. I’d been reading about this new juicing company in town called Vim + Vigor. When they ran a special coupon recently, I grabbed the chance to buy some of their juices and do a 3-day juice cleanse. My favorite of all the blends I got to try was the detoxifying No. 01, which is kale, spinach, romaine, celery, cucumber, apple and lemon. I was shocked at how much I loved that juice.

When the 3 days passed and I was out of Vim + Vigor juice, my body was screaming at me. Get me some green juice now! I was kind of shocked at how good I felt on this juice, whereas my previous juicing experience left me feeling crummy.

The difference? Green juice was a necessary part of my day now. First, a smoothie and supplements. Second, not more than one cup of coffee. Third, green juice mid-morning when my energy starts to wane. Then a healthy big lunch and a light dinner; often raw like a salad or my favorite raw spinach and avocado soup.

The other major difference? I’m using lots of veggies, and just enough fruit to make the juice taste delicious. The general rule – I know now – is 3 veggie parts to every 1 part fruit. That limits the impact on your blood sugar.

Off to the interwebs I went in search of green juice recipes with the ingredients I fell for in No. 01. Finally I came up with the perfect combination for me, and that’s what I’m sharing with you today. My green juice recipe is super spicy, healing, delicious and addictive. I’m using ginger, cayenne, lots of lemon, and a touch of salt…all working together to create something I want to drink and actually enjoy the taste of, rather than just choking down a glass of grassy flavors.

I recommend buying organic produce whenever you can, especially with these juice ingredients since all of them (except for lemons) are very susceptible to contamination from pesticides.

Spicy Healing Green Juice Recipe

Spicy Healing Green Juice
(makes about 32 ounces or 2 large servings)

8 large leaves kale
2 giant handfuls spinach
8 large leaves romaine
8 stalks celery
1 large seedless cucumber
2 small Granny Smith apples
2 large lemons
1 small piece ginger
Salt and cayenne to taste, about 1/4 tsp to 1/2 tsp each

Wash all the produce. Remove tough ribs from the kale. Chop the celery and cucumber into big chunks. Core the apples and cut into chunks. Peel the lemons and cut into quarters.

 Spicy Healing Green Juice Prep Recipe

Start juicing! I think I get better yield from everything by juicing slowly, and also by mixing up ingredients with a similar texture. I start with the leafy greens, mixing kale with romaine and spinach. This is what the juice looks like after all the leafies are juiced. Pretty concentrated stuff, right? That’s a micro-nutrient powerhouse just chomping at the bit to attack any bad stuff in my system!

Spicy Healing Green Juice Recipe Greens

Once the leafy greens are done, I move onto lemon, cucumber, celery and finally apple.

Spicy Healing Green Juice Recipe ToDo

This recipe makes around 32 ounces, depending on how big your items are. I drink half of the recipe one day and have the rest the next day. Ideally, you’d consume your juice fresh as soon as it’s made, but that’s just not practical for all of us. If you store your leftover juice in a glass jar, refrigerate it immediately, and use some citrus in the recipe, you’ll cut down on the oxidation a little bit.

It’s definitely a lot of work to juice, so every other day works best for me. It takes me around 30 minutes to prep the produce and juice it, and then another 15 minutes to take the juicer apart and clean all the components and dishes…

Spicy Healing Green Juice Recipe Mess

and you have this leftover stuff to deal with too:

Spicy Healing Green Juice Recipe Waste

There’s actually not that much of it, which makes me really happy! Some people are creative enough to use the pulp in recipes, but I usually donate it to a friend who composts.

I’m really excited about this green juice, and think I’m going to stick with it this time since I’m doing it the right way. If you try my spicy juice or have a favorite recipe of your own, please share! To your health!

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Celebrity Juice

If you are as old as I am, then you remember actress Victoria Principal for sure. Even at the age of 59, she looks hot and attractive. Want to know her daily routine? You must have guessed by now that her daily routine and intake would include Goji Berry juice!

Whether you would call it a beauty sleep or a good night rest, she doesn’t sleep any less than 10 hours a day. Not many people are her age, including female celebrities, are that much health conscious. First thing she does is to go out for a 2 hour walk on the beach in front of her Malibu home followed by Yoga and fat burning exercise.

She takes Tibetan Goji Berry juice and herbal tea along with a cocktail made of herbal remedies, vitamins, and antioxidants. Her own team of beauty experts then covers her form head to toe with Victoria’s own brand of age defying cream. Imagine that! If you are women, then you would dream of affording such luxury and lifestyle. Most important thing here to note is that, her very first meal of the day includes Goji Berry. Madonna, Liz Hurley, and few other top female celebrities also munch on this super food for staying healthy and slim.

For a fruit possessing all that quality and benefits, Goji Berry is actually lot less known. The fruit however is rapidly growing in popularity these recent days.

This fruit or fruit juice is known to keep people slim and cure a lot of diseases. At the same time the fruit prevents many medical conditions from appearing. This can be a magic fruit and life saver for men with sexual dysfunction as it is known to boost the libido. Reducing the risk of hearth attacks, keep blood pressure in control, help aid in diabetes management are few other benefits of the fruit that demands mentioning.

So where can you buy this magic fruit or its juice? Why not look around as there are lots of sites these days that sell the product in many different forms such as dried fruit, extract, juice, snack mix, etc.

 

Celebrities

There’s no question as to why Nutrisystem is sometimes known as “the celebrity diet.”  Today and in the past, the company has sparred no expense with hiring a long string of “stars” or “celebrities” who were willing to be paid to eat the company’s food to lose large amounts of weight.  But, to be fair, almost all diet companies do the same thing.  Valerie Bertinelli (for her weight loss) and Kirstie Alley (for her recent weight gain) have made Jenny Craig talked about again and Genie Francis certainly helps Medifast’s cause. In the following article, I’ll go over the famous folks who are currently on (and have once been on) the Nutrisystem diet.

Jillian Barberie Vs Marie Osmond (Or Marie’s Osmond VS Valerie Bertinelli):  For a while there, I’d have to say that Jillian Barberie had most earned her endorsement money for proudly pouncing around in a very tiny bikini following her 45 pound weight loss.  Marie Osmond is also on Nutrisystem but she goes about it in a much different way.  Sure, she bore skin when she was on Dancing With The Stars, but she’s made very public her distaste at Valerie Bertinelli’s sporting a blue bikini at age 48. Marie, who is 47, has clearly said that no one wants to see a women of her age wearing a bathing suit, although she claims she would look pretty good in one.  For her part, Marie has lost over 50 pounds and does like quite good, but she’s not willing to take it this far and I have to say I agree with her.  It’s one thing to be proud of your weight loss and another to desperately want attention.  We can all tell that Valerie looks great without her needing to take most of it off.

Other Celebrities Who Don’t Get As Much Attention: It’s interesting to note that Jodi Sweeten (Full House) and Belinda Carlisle (Dancing With The Stars and The Go Gos)are also on Nutrisystem and have lost significant amounts of weight, but they don’t get nearly as much attention (probably because they aren’t as good at generating controversy and attention ((even if it’s negative attention.))

Nutrisystem Alumni:  This diet has a long list of stars willing to lose weight in the spotlight.  These names include Tori Spelling, Dan Marino, Joey Fatone, Don Shula, Jason Taylor, Zora Andrich (Joe Millionaire), and Danielle Fishell (Boy Meets World) who also sported a very small bathing suit after her weight loss.

People often ask me if stars have it easier.  Don’t they have chefs and trainers?  Well, they really don’t need chefs with this plan because most of the food is prepackaged. As far as trainers, that would help, but the company does give you free work out videos with every order.  And, you are offered free nutritional counseling either online or on the phone. 

So, there is support there if you want it.  And, if you can mix two things together, work a microwave, and follow directions, then you really can do this on your own.  There isn’t alot of specialized skills or knowledge required, although you do need to make low glycemic choices for your side items.  But, the company does offer suggestions with each meal to make this easier for you.


Homemade Spicy V8 Juice Recipe

Homemade Spicy V8 Juice Recipe

I’ve always wanted to find a good homemade spicy V8 juice recipe, since the store-bought juice is just too darn salty. I absolutely love it, but the sodium level gives me salt bags of epic proportions. Not a good look, and definitely not good for you.

I’m a total juice fiend lately – ever since I started having green juice every day – so I decided to try my hand at a homemade spicy V8 juice recipe. I have to tell you that I’m thrilled with the results!

Store-bought V8 juice is made of reconstituted juices of carrot, tomato, watercress, lettuce, parsley, beet, celery and spinach. I didn’t have any watercress, my spicy healing green juice used all my lettuce up, and I don’t like the flavor of parsley, so I used spinach for all the greens this first go-round.

I think using a variety of greens would give the juice even more depth of flavor, so that will be the first change I make in the next batch o’ BigSis V8. Technically, what I have here is V7. :)  Next time, I’m going to use romaine and a few kale leaves for part of the spinach, so I guess I’ll have V9 juice then.

I love the balance of tomato to carrot to beet, and the celery and bell pepper are adding in the right touches of flavor too. The spinach and lemon bring it all together.

This first version leans a little spicy, but it’s not quite as zippy as my green juice. Feel free to leave out the garlic, horseradish and cayenne to make a more pure V8.

One last note about this recipe is that it’s raw. I’ve seen some homemade V8 recipes online that were cooked, which baffles me a little. Cooking the veggies defeats the purpose of juicing for me, so we’re going raw here. I betcha you could lightly run some tomatoes through the blender and mix them into the fresh juice if you really want a thicker texture to your juice.

Homemade Spicy V8 Juice Recipe

6 carrots
1 very small beet
8 Roma tomatoes (you want a firm tomato for juicing)
1 red bell pepper
3 huge handfuls of spinach
3 stalks celery
1 clove garlic
4 small or 2 large lemons
1-2 tablespoons prepared horseradish (not creamed)
1/4 to 1/2 tsp salt
1/4 to 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

Wash all the produce thoroughly. Remove seeds and stem from pepper, and cut into large chunks. Cut ends from carrots and beet, and cut into chunks. Peel the lemons and cut into quarters. Half the tomatoes, and cut celery into big pieces. Juice everything together, and season to taste.

This recipe makes round 32 ounces. Drink within 2 days for maximum nutrition.

I don’t drink vodka, but I also think this juice would make a heck of a Bloody Mary! :)

~BigSis

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The Benefits of Juicing: Why Should You Juice?

Benefits of Green Juicing

I’ve been pretty juicy lately. You have my recipe for spicy healing green juice, and homemade spicy V8 juice. Maybe now you’re wondering why you would go to all this trouble and expense to make something that might not even sound good to you? I think that’s a good question!

I won’t lie; juicing isn’t cheap and it isn’t quick. I calculate that my spicy healing green juice costs me close to $5 per 16 ounce glass if I’m able to buy all organic produce. You can buy a soda for a fraction of that price, and it won’t take you an hour to shop for it either. Shoot, you could buy a whole fast food meal for that price and in less time. To juice you have to shop for organic ingredients, prep the produce, make the juice, and clean up your mess. That’s a process you’ll go through at least every couple of days.

So, why juice? These are my thoughts on the benefits of juicing, especially green juicing, and why I choose to do it. I should also add that I’m enjoying 1 or 2 glasses of fresh vegetable juice a day; I’m not suggesting that juicing replace a healthy balanced diet including some cooked and lots of raw veggies.

  • Greens combat inflammation, which is believed to be the source of many ailments we face, including cancer, arthritis, heart conditions, joint pain, and Alzheimers. Inflammation can be created by processed food, food cooked at a high temperature, alcohol, smoking, stress, pollution, chemicals, pesticides, trans fats, meat, sugar, dairy, wheat, artificial sweeteners, poor sleep, and pretty much just living in this world. Green juicing gives us a weapon to fight back against those powerful forces. We need it!
  • Greens also help create an alkaline environment, which is the opposite of acid in our systems. Disease loves an acidic environment, so maintaining a balanced pH in our body is crucial. Excessive acidity weakens the body overall, and contributes to accelerated aging, kidney problems, immune problems, cardiovascular issues, and low energy. Acidity can be caused by many of the same lifestyle and diet factors that cause inflammation.
  • Greens are healing. In my spicy green juice recipe, the greens provide vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, calcium, folate, iron, chlorophyll, potassium, and magnesium to name just a few. You get antioxidants, cancer fighters, and detoxifying benefits for your liver and kidneys. There are also benefits for your cardiovascular system, circulation, digestion and relief from water retention. Green juicing is low-glycemic too, so you won’t have a blood sugar spike.
  • Nutrients are more efficiently absorbed from juice, as opposed to piles of produce. It makes sense that it’s easier on your system to soak up vitamins, minerals and enzymes from juicing, instead of going to all the trouble of digesting the veggies before the nutrients are accessible. Also, many beneficial enzymes in fruits and vegetables are destroyed by cooking. Keep in mind that if you include too much fruit in your juice, all that sugar is going into your bloodstream at turbo speed too.
  • There is a place for both smoothies and juices in our day. With a smoothie, you get the fiber you need, but you get filled up because of it. With a juice, you get the benefit of ALL that produce that you could never eat in one meal or in one entire day. Can you eat 6 to 8 servings of produce a day? I’m vegan, so veggies and fruits are my bread and butter (so to speak), but I know I don’t always succeed at that quantity. By juicing, you get the healing benefit of the micro-nutrients without having to spend your entire day chewing, chewing, chewing.
  • I’m consuming a wider variety of produce than I ever would have without juicing. I don’t even like cucumber or celery, but I can enjoy their juice if it’s masked with other flavors. The wider variety of veggies we have in our day, the better chance we have of getting all of the nutrients we need.
  • Juicing is not cheap and it does take time, but it’s not an expenditure that we’ll never recoup. It is absolutely a commitment, like anything else you do that’s important and valuable. It’s also an investment; not  just an outflow of money and time, but an investment into your health. I’m gambling that spending $5 on a glass of green juice right now will ultimately pay huge dividends in my quality of health. That could mean fewer doctor bills, fewer prescription drugs, fewer hospitalizations, and less missed work time. I’m pretty sure this gamble is a sure thing.
  • Most of all, the bottom line for me is that after 3 weeks of having 1 or 2 glasses of fresh juice daily, I just feel better right now than I have in probably 3 years. Menopause has been doing it’s darndest to suck the life outta me, cause that’s what it does. It’s made me exhausted, grumpy, moody, blue and just generally out of whack. I’ve found some great ways to manage the annoying side effects of it (I should share those with you another time), but I can honestly say that nothing has made a real difference in my energy and my mood until I started juicing. Because of that I can enjoy my life more today. Who can say they don’t want that?

Those are the reasons I’m juicing. In a nutshell, I just like it. No, actually, I love it. The process is really fun, and I love that I’m doing something that I know is great for my body and my future. That’s as good as it gets! :-)

 

~BigSis

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Homemade Spicy V8 Juice

Breville Juicer

I’M IN LOVE! :-)

I never would have invested in a juicer, but BigSis bought us this bad boy for our Anniversary back in August and when she came back to So Cal this past November for her birthday, she gave me a little tutorial. I admit that I was more than I little intimidated.

I wish that I liked raw cucumber and celery; but I don’t. I actually can’t stand it. If BigSis hadn’t practically forced it down my throat, I never would have tried it. But; I’m glad that I did.  I LOVE it!  I’ve always loved V-8, but even the low sodium version has too much sodium for me; that’s why it’s so nice to be able to make it myself, to my own taste.

BigSis published her Homemade Spicy V8 Juice Recipe back in April but mine is a little different, so here goes. I don’t care for beet or red pepper so you won’t find that in my recipe.

For my version of Spicy V-8, these are my veggies of choice.

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Gorgeous fresh veggies.

Homemade Spicy V8 Juice

4 or 5 Romaine leaves
Handful spinach leaves
2-3 curly Kale leaves
2 cucumbers
4-5 celery stalks
5 or 6 Roma tomatoes
2 lemons
2 carrots
3 small purple carrots
2 cloves garlic
1/4 – 1/2 t. cayenne pepper
1/4 – 1/2 t. salt; to taste

Wash all the produce thoroughly. Cut ends from carrots and cut into chunks; cut cucumbers, tomatoes, and celery in half; peel the lemons and cut into quarters. Juice everything together, and season to taste.

A great tip from BigSis  is to remove this lovely pulp from the pulp bin and run it back through the juicer.

Pretty, huh?

Pretty, huh?

 Look at how much extra juice you get from juicing the pulp!

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 So far, this is the best batch of V-8 that I’ve made.

In my opinion; PERFECT!!!

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As BigSis and I call it;  ”Green Gold”!

~LilSis

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Robbie Amell engaged to Italia Ricci

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The Flash actor Robbie Amell, younger cousin of Stephen Amell, is officially off the market. Amell asked longtime girlfriend and actress Italia Ricci to marry him on Wednesday, and he has the Instagram to prove it.

“She said yes!!!… I think. I can’t really be sure,” the 26-year-old captioned a photo of the couple kissing. “I’m going marry my best friend. @italiaricci.”

Amell and the 27-year-old Chasing Life star have been together for six years. “Happy 6 year anniversary to my favorite person in the entire world. I love you so much,” Ricci wrote on Instagram last month. “Also, you’re pretty good-looking. @robbieamell.”

So is his cousin, Stephen, who stars on CW’s Arrow and married America’s Next Top Model contestant Cassandra Jean.