Re-invent, Re-brand, Re-design Your Career Workshop

October 25, 2011 by Barb Scala  
Filed under What's New

CBR003054Sat. -  Nov. 5th, 10 to 1pm, Westbrook CT

Embrace your own unique style to navigate your career path, attract clients, impress bosses, dazzle potential employers or stick out from the crowd in this half-day workshop.

You will:

  • Identify your unique brand
  • Craft a personalized branding statement
  • Discover ways to use your brand to maximize results
  • Declare what makes you UNFORGETTABLE!

Champion the true YOU and your style, skills and passions instead of following what you “should” or “shouldn’t” be doing. Explore how to develop your distinctive brand and discover the benefits of re-inventing and re-designing yourself and your career to let your authenticity shine through. This workshop is the perfect follow-up to Barb’s conference presentation by the same name.

COST: $75.00 per person. Register now!

Barb Scala,
Transition Strategist & Coach and co-author of Sanity Savers: Tips for Women to Live a Balanced Life facilitates this insightful workshop. 

Hummus Delight

September 28, 2011 by Barb Scala  
Filed under Bloomin in the Kitchen, What's New, snacks

Hummus made with freshly grown sprouts is a healthy variation to the traditional recipe. “Sprouts are  one of the healthiest foods you can grow in your kitchen for pennies and only a few minutes of time,”  claims Dr. Susan Smith Jones. This hummus recipe notably skips tahini and lessens the fat content, although you can add tahini for richer taste if desired.

hummus2 cups garbanzo beans (chickpeas), fresh cooked or canned (reserve the liquid) or use freshly sprouted beans
2 Tbsp. plus 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
1–2 cloves garlic, pressed or finely minced
1/4 tsp. ground cumin
1 Tbsp. minced red onion
2 Tbsp. minced fresh parsley
1/4 tsp. sea salt
Cayenne pepper to taste
Fresh cracked pepper to taste

In a food processor, blend the chickpeas, lemon juice, garlic, and cumin with some of the reserved liquid. If you are using your own sprouted garbanzo beans for the recipes, add enough water to give it the best consistency for you. Add parsley and red onion and season with salt and pepper. Pulse briefly to mix. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

Variations: For black-bean hummus, add 1/2 cup black beans to the recipe when blending. For roasted-red-pepper hummus, add 1/2 cup roasted red pepper to the recipe. For roasted-garlic hummus, add 3 tablespoons roasted garlic. For roasted-onion hummus, add 1⁄3 cup roasted onion and 1 tablespoon of fresh chives, minced. For dill-roasted-yellow-pepper hummus, add 3 tablespoons fresh minced dill and 1/2 cup roasted yellow pepper. For spicy hummus, add 1 jalapeno pepper, minced, and 1⁄8 tsp. cayenne. To any of the above recipes, add ¼–½ cup tahini, if you want a richer taste and don’t mind the extra fat or calories.z

Open-Face Hummus Red Clover Sandwich

Dr. Susan’s favorite sandwich can also be a raw-foods meal by using a raw cracker or toast and the raw hummus recipe above.

2 slices of whole grain bread or toast — you can also use a large-size cracker
Hummus Delight (recipe above)
Red clover sprouts
Tomato — sliced
Red onion — sliced

Spread the hummus on the toast or cracker, add onion, tomato, and Red Clover sprouts. The order doesn’t really matter except to spread on the hummus first. You can even drizzle it with some dressing, if you like. For a variation,  add some shredded carrot, strips of sweet bell peppers, or put all of the ingredients in a pocket of whole grain pita bread. Any way you build this sandwich, it will please your taste buds.

Serves 1-2

You’ll find a variety of recipes for hummus in Dr. Susan Smith Jones’ full color recipe book Recipes for Health Bliss: Using NatureFoods & Lifestyle Choices to Rejuvenate Your Body & Life

LISTEN: Sprouting Your Way to Vitality (Dr. Susan on Bloom Talk)

Parts 1 & 2: Sprouting Your Way to Vitality

September 28, 2011 by Barb Scala  
Filed under Bloom Talk, Bloom Talk

sproutgardenkitGuest: Dr. Susan Smith Jones author of 27 books on wellness including her latest, Walking on Air: Inside & Out Rejuvenation Makeover.
PART 1 -LISTEN on Bloom Talk
Podcast: Recorded Sept 21, 2011 (19 min)

PART 2-LISTEN on Bloom Talk
Podcast: Recorded Sept 21, 2011 (17 min)

“Sprouts are the most remarkable superfood on the planet,” claims one of favorite guests, Dr. Susan Smith Jones. She knows, she’s been growing and eating them for years and stresses without a doubt, sprouts are the one superfood she recommends over and over again. “Sprouts are natures little miracle because there is no nutrient richer food on earth. ”

Dr. Susan Smith Jones

Dr. Susan Smith Jones

In Part 1 we talk about how easy it is to grow sprouts for pennies and how good they are for you. Part 2 goes over the six reasons to start sprouting nuts, grains and beans to heal the body, lose weight, look younger, have more energy and to help your mind function more clearly. Sprouts are the food of the future!
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Bloom Groups Forming Now!

June 6, 2011 by Barb Scala  
Filed under Events, What's New

screen-shot-2011-04-07-at-54900-pmGrow your life goals with the gals!

Balance * Wellness
Passion & Purpose

Want to meet friendly women and stay on task  with life goals, balance, even explore your dreams and have some fun? Then join one of several “bloom” groups facilitated by Barb, forming now.

What is a bloom group, you ask?
Goal oriented small groups of wonderful women like you (6 to 8 in each group)  have fun and fuller lives living with more purpose & passion, balance and wellness.  Based on the premise that connection and a community of women is healthy to body, mind and soul, you work on individual life goals and dreams while forming friendships and support in a group setting. Instead of a networking group or a book group, this is a connecting group for you to grow, blossom, bloom!

  • Inspiration & support
  • Work on individual goals, big or small
  • Community, connection & friendship
  • Group format helps you stay on task
  • Meets twice a month (total of 6 gatherings)
  • Always fun & insightful!

If you’ve been trying to move forward, get out of overwhelm with your “to do” list, or simply want to connect with like-minded women and build new friendships, a bloom group is for you!! I’m so confident these groups make a difference in our overall happiness and well-being that I’m happy to offer a free initial consultation over the phone.

“I guarantee you’ll get something out of attending just once!!”

Where? Westbrook CT OR Contact Barb for information on joining a Bloom Tele-Group.

Cost $150 for six gatherings

Groups meet twice a month in Westbrook, other Shoreline CT locations TBD or over the phone (tele-groups).

Email or call 203-521-1129 for an initial phone consultation and to answer your questions.

3 Session “Sprout” Program

April 28, 2011 by Barb Scala  
Filed under What's New


Got a Goal?
It’s time to sprout it!
Best part? No huge investment.

Only $99!

Sprout in a new direction or let your ideas start to grow in this mini-coaching program designed to help give you quick insight with your life and career goals!

Ever need an extra pair of eyes and ears to help think through your agenda and goals? One-on-one’s with Barb will help you formulate a plan. 3 shorter sessions with big results!

Call Barb today 203–521-1129 or
Special offer. Limit one program per customer.

Butternut Squash, Spinach & Sage Pasta

img_00481I love pasta but have sworn off white flours. That’s why  I like to use spelt spaghetti or linguini for this recipe. I find rice pastas to be a bit gooey and whole wheat pastas to be…well, too whole wheat. Although not gluten free, spelt is an artesian grain I find easy to digest, healthy and as close in taste and texture to the pastas I grew up with.

This dish was inspired by a Whole Foods butternut ravioli recipe. I wanted more color (and garlic!) and less cheese and butter.  So I added fresh spinach bountiful in the spring, used olive oil and fresh garlic cloves, and traded cheese ravioli for spelt pasta. Yum!

2 cups butternut squash, cut in cubes
1 onion, diced
3-4 cloves garlic, mInced
4 tablespoons chopped fresh sage leaves
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2 cups organic vegetable broth
1 box (8 oz) spelt spaghetti or linguini
2 cups packed fresh spinach leave

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a roasting pan, toss squash in 2-3 tablespoons olive oil, 2 tablespoons chopped sage and salt and pepper to taste. Roast in oven approximately 25 minutes till tender.  Cook spaghetti according to package instructions. Add remaining olive oil to large skillet with onions and garlic and saute on medium heat until onion is translucent. Add remainder of sage leaves and vegetable broth. Simmer for 3 minutes. Add drained spaghetti, butternut squash and spinach and quickly toss until spinach is wilted. Serve alone or with grated parmesan if desired.

Do You Dare to Dream?

April 13, 2011 by Barb Scala  
Filed under Bloom Talk

42-16477749If so, you may just find what you love to do.

Guest: Kathie Hightower & Holly Scherer authors of Help I’m a Military Spouse: I Get a Life Too!
LISTEN on Bloom Talk
Podcast: Recorded March 16, 2011 (25 min)

I love to find people who are inspiring others to bloom like Kathie and Holly. As military wives they were always moving from place to place wondering if they would ever have the chance to have a life too!

Now they run Dare to Dream groups and have a creative and practical approach to follow your dreams instead of letting them go by the wayside. They also have great insight into the 5 keys to happiness and how to be more optimistic to follow a dream even when it’s not your innate nature.

Kathie Hightower and Holly Scherer

Kathie Hightower & Holly Scherer

“The best thing to do when faced with obstacles is to say, What is possible? What can I do?” Those two questions can really shift you into a new way of thinking,” claims Kathie.  Holly adds that when something is not possible now but may be possible in the future, try and turn “I can’t” into “I can’t yet.” This will shift negative thinking into the realm of possibility when trying to reach your goal or a dream.

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Simple Tips for a Clean Green Healthy Home

April 13, 2011 by Barb Scala  
Filed under Bloom Talk

j0386134Easy, inexpensive & natural solutions!

Guests: Lynn Colwell and Corey Colwell-Lipson mother-daughter team and authors of Celebrate Green! Creating Eco-Savvy Holidays, Celebrations and Traditions for the Whole Family.

LISTEN on Bloom Talk
Podcast: Recorded April 4, 2011 (24 min)

Did you know  white vinegar has 100’s of uses around the house? So does baking soda, lemons and natural sunlight. You’ll love Lynn and Corey’s easy tips for green cleaning which are non-toxic, money saving solutions we can all use.

Mother-daughter "green" duo Corey Colwell-Lipso and Lynn Colwell

Mother-daughter "green" duo Corey Colwell-Lipson & Lynn Colwell

Fill your home with the fresh scents of lavender, citrus and cinnamon and antibacterial benefits of tree tree and thyme oils. And in celebration of Earth Day,  find out how you can contribute to a greener planet with a plastic free kitchen and zero waste lunches.

Think green and clean!

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Simple Tips to Lasting Change

March 23, 2011 by Barb Scala  
Filed under Bloom Talk


Reaching your goals is easier than you think.

Guest: Susan Corscadden of Mindbloom, a social life game.
LISTEN on Bloom Talk
Podcast: Recorded March 9, 2011 (22 min)

If you’ve tried to make changes in your life and it’s not working, listen up. Whether you want to lose weight, eat healthier, improve your relationships, become financially independent, or have more quality time with your kids, there’s a formula to accomplish your goals. And it’s not hard. In fact, it’s easy!

According to Mindbloom - a social life game -  anyone can make lasting lifestyle changes.  “If you say I’m going to to run a marathon next month…and it doesn’t fit your normal lifestyle and too many things would have to change in your life for you to accomplish that…. the trick is to just make little incremental changes and set up the trigger, the motivation and the ability to do that …and you will stick with it.”

Gradual change is more effective and brings lasting results.  ”We challenge people to make the small steps. If you can do those day after day…science shows you can form new habits…which allows you to make lifelong change,” states Susan Corscaddan of MindBloom.


Listen as we delve into the science of how the mind works to make changes in your life. Why are rewards important?  How can anyone make effective choices and other tips to stay inspired and accomplish your goals - this time - to last a lifetime.

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Granola Parfait

dscn40591 cup muesli or granola
1 cup favorite yogurt (I use nondairy yogurt) such as blueberry, lemon, strawberry, apple or kiwi lime
1 cup fresh fruit, sliced
1 cup all-fruit preserves or applesauce
Fresh mint

In a parfait glass, alternately layer yogurt, sliced fruit, preserves and muesli or granola. Garnish with fresh mint.

Recipe submitted by Dr. Susan Smith Jones

LISTEN: Easy & Permanent Weight Loss
Dr. Susan Smith Jones on Bloom Talk

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