Are You Ready to be Cherished?

February 14, 2011 by Barb Scala  
Filed under Bloom Talk

42-15200509Creating a loving relationship is in your power!

Guests: Marilyn Graman author of How to Be Cherished, There is no Prince, and The Female Power Within and Ronnie Ann Ryan author of Manifesting Mr. Right

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Podcast: Pre-recorded & edited (46 min)

Let’s explore the balance between a so-so relationship and one in which you are adored.  It’s time to discover how you can attract more love into your life, whether you are in a relationship or not, and finally be cherished.

According to Graman, “Cherished means you’ve experienced someone wanting you to be happy…someone to hold your hand and try to understand what our issues are. We have to tune into that for it to come back to us.”

Why stop with cherished? How about being irresistible, asks our team of experts. “Learn how to flirt …it’s part of our charm  …and when you’re playful, lighthearted and fun…guess what? You become irresistible,” claims Ryan. Graman adds, “Being irresistible includes having enough of your own life but not too much so that there’s no room (for your partner)…some balance between the two.”

Whether it’s the person you are married to or someone you have not even met, it’s time to open your heart, let love in and be cherished!

Marilyn Graman

Marilyn Graman

Ronnie Ann Ryan

Ronnie Ann Ryan

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Best Medicine for Health: Girlfriends

February 10, 2011 by Barb Scala  
Filed under Blog, What's New

Friends working togetherDo something good for your health. Have some girlfriend time!

I know all too well the benefits of women gathering and the positive energy that flows from our girlfriends. So I thought I’d pass along an email I received about how girlfriends are good for your health.

“I just finished taking an evening class at Stanford. The last lecture was
on the mind-body connection - the relationship between stress and disease.
The speaker (head of psychiatry at Stanford) said, among other things,
that one of the best things that a man could do for his health is to be
married to a woman whereas for a woman, one of the best things she could
do for her health was to nurture her relationships with her girlfriends.

At first everyone laughed, but he was serious.
Women connect with each other differently and provide support systems that
help each other to deal with stress and difficult life experiences.
Physically this quality “girlfriend time” helps us to create more serotonin
- a neurotransmitter that helps combat depression and can create a general
feeling of well being. Women share feelings whereas men often form
relationships around activities. They rarely sit down with a buddy and
talk about how they feel about certain things or how their personal lives
are going. Jobs? Yes. Sports? Yes. Cars? Yes. Fishing, hunting, golf?
Yes. But their feelings? Rarely.

Women do it all of the time. We share from our souls with our
sisters/mothers, and evidently that is very good for our health. He said
that spending time with a friend is just as important to our general
health as jogging or working out at a gym.

There’s a tendency to think that when we are “exercising” we are doing
something good for our bodies, but when we are hanging out with friends,
we are wasting our time and should be more productively engaged—not true.
In fact, he said that failure to create and maintain quality personal
relationships with other humans is as dangerous to our physical health as

So every time you hang out to schmooze with a gal pal, just pat yourself
on the back and congratulate yourself for doing something good for your
health! We are indeed very, very lucky. Sooooo let’s toast to our
friendship with our girlfriends. Evidently it’s very good for our health.”

Surefire Ways to Expand Love, Romance & Intimacy

February 7, 2011 by Barb Scala  
Filed under Bloom Talk

bloomcoupletalkingBalance your life with love!

Guest: Dr. Susan Smith Jones author of her latest book The Joy Factor.
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Podcast: Recorded Feb 2, 2011 (25 min)

Here’s 8 surefire ways to let love in your life. Dr. Susan Smith Jones is full of energy on how to create healthy, happy and thriving relationships and she is loaded with tips to help your love thrive. Find out about the four “A’s” to a happy relationship and the magic number needed to spark intimacy and romance.

Dr. Susan Smith Jones author of The Joy Factor

Dr. Susan Smith Jones author of The Joy Factor

Not only do we turn the heat up on relationships but we also sizzle in the kitchen with some foods to get you in the mood. Surprise -  garlic is one of them! With the right recipe you can create a healthy sex life and increase your passion. Whether you’re in a relationship or not, Dr. Susan will help you find the balance by welcoming love and kindness into your day, everyday!

Recipe: Roasted Garlic

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Roasted Garlic

garlic1Recipe and comments from Health Bliss: Using Nature Foods & Lifestyle Choices to Rejuvenate Your Body & Life authored by Dr. Susan Smith Jones:

This simple-to-make treat is delicious and nutritious. A couple of times each week, you can smell garlic roasting in my home. Slowly baked, it becomes mild and so soft that you can spread it on bread, toast or crackers like butter. Bake several heads at a time and keep them in the fridge, then warm them up in the microwave for a few seconds before using. I often squeeze all of the soft cloves from their skins and put them in a small bowl to use in a variety of dishes such as mashed potatoes, soups, salads, dips, spreads, sauces, and


6 heads garlic
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1/2 tsp. sea salt
nonstick cooking spray

Preheat oven to 300° F. Slice ½ inch off the top of each garlic head (not the root end). Rub off as much loose garlic skin as possible without separating the cloves. Lightly spray a small baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Place the skinned garlic heads, cut-side up, clustered together in the baking dish. Sprinkle the top of each head with a dash of salt and thyme. Add ¼–1⁄3 cup of purified water to the baking pan, surrounding the garlic. Cover and bake until the cloves are tender when pierced with a knife and beginning to pop out, about 60 – 90 minutes, depending on the size. If you turn up the


oven to a higher temperature, it roasts faster. Serve hot or cooled to room temperature. I sometimes serve a whole head of garlic to each of my guests. They can squeeze out the soft cloves from the skins to spread on baguette toast or any variety of whole-grain breads, instead of using butter or margarine.

Variation 1: Instead of salt, drizzle some tamari or Bragg Liquid Aminos over the top of each head. It gives them a nice flavor and darker color. Or substitute other herbs such as oregano, rosemary, basil, dill, cilantro, chives, or cumin for the thyme.

Variation 2: Take 3–4 heads of garlic, separate all of the cloves, and peel away all of the skin. Discard any cloves that are very small. In a small saucepan, combine the garlic cloves with ½ cup Vegetable Broth. Bring to a high simmer, cover, reduce heat to a gentle simmer, and cook until the cloves are tender but not mushy, about 20 minutes. Check periodically to make sure the broth hasn’t evaporated. If necessary, add some more. When cooked, the cloves are as soft as butter, easy to use, and will last 2–3 days in the refrigerator.

Garlic is a superfood that has been studied worldwide for its medicinal properties. It’s packed with antioxidants known to fend off cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, and overall aging.

By Susan Smith Jones, PhD ©. Health Bliss: Using Nature Foods & Lifestyle Choices to Rejuvenate Your Body & Life published by Hay House Publishers and available at

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Surefire Ways to Expand, Love, Intimacy & Romance

Brave Enough to Switch Careers & Pursue My Dream!

February 1, 2011 by Barb Scala  
Filed under Finding A Passion, What's New, Who's Blooming

Jen Conroy

Jen Conroy

It took me 38 years to figure out that I need to be working with my hands every day.

I studied journalism at Northwestern and pursued a career in magazine editing in New York, but I never felt I was truly myself all those years. I’d always had creative hobbies—painting, interior design, knitting—but they were always just hobbies. And I’d always felt an enormous, guilt-driven responsibility to continue with my journalism career. It was my job, after all. I had gone to an expensive college to pursue it. How could I waste my professional contacts?

Then one Christmas I decided to make jewelry for gifts, and I couldn’t believe how much fun it was. I was thrilled to get positive feedback from my friends and family members, who told me that I had a knack for it, and that I should consider selling my designs online. Of course, my first instinct was to say, “I can’t do that.” There’s such a glut of jewelry in the market. What could I possibly contribute? But the more I thought about it, the more excited I became.

Once I decided to officially pursue my own jewelry business, friends bent over backwards to help me. My friend Kathleen’s husband, David Maloney (, generously offered to design and manage my web site. Through David I met a fabulous local photographer, Catherine Kiernan, who offered to barter with me. (Thank you for your support, Catherine!) Another friend, Jen Hurley, also takes fabulous pictures for me. And I’m grateful to all my delightful, good-natured friends who have agreed time and again to be my models, devoting big parts of their day to smiling for the camera. Some of these dear people have even offered to host jewelry parties to get the word out. Thank you!

I feel lucky that it only took me 38 years to figure out that true joy—for me—comes from working with my hands. What a simple thing that is! It’s not rocket science! And yet for so many years I had ignored this creative compulsion in myself and tossed it aside to the relegated “hobby” pile.  I thank God that I had the courage to look at myself and re-evaluate my goals. I thank God that I felt brave enough to pursue this dream, despite the fact that it’s a “long shot.”

When wise people say it’s the journey, not the destination, I finally get it! Every day I feel such joy as I sit at my dining room table and create jewelry. There is joy in every step of the process! I’m not sure where it will lead. I do have a few long-term goals. I’d love to be able to donate a portion of my profits to a special need. (I’m still working on the profit part!) But I truly believe that by pursuing something you love, and infusing everything you do with love, you will bring out the best in yourself and others, and ultimately bring good to the world.

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Finding a New Career Path & Joy!

February 1, 2011 by Barb Scala  
Filed under Bloom Talk

photo_25638_20110101Two women following their hearts against the odds.

Guests: Jen Conroy creator of Jen Conroy Designs and Pam Davies.
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Podcast: Recorded Jan. 26, 2011 (24 min)

Jen Conroy

Jen Conroy

Magazine editor turned jewelry designer, Jen Conroy claims, “A weight lifted when I decided to pursue this creative side of myself ~ it felt like a whole new world opened up.” Find out how she decided to make the switch and be able to say, “It’s such a joy to get up and look forward to going to work….I feel I’m more myself living authentically for the first time in my life!”

Her close friend, Pam Davies, is on a similar yet different journey. Leaving her graphic design business and going back to school to become a therapist, Pam warns, “As you get older, you realize life is short and if you don’t do what’s making you happy, it’s going to be gone.” Not an easy process, Pam took time to examine her

Pam Davies

Pam Davies

life, her values and her fears and is finally finding  joy. “When you walk through the fear and experience it then there’s the joy. I’m opening my heart…taking risks…and doors keep opening for me. It does feel joyful!”

Who’s Blooming? More on Jen’s Story

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Super Foods for the Superbowl!

January 26, 2011 by Barb Scala  
Filed under Bloomin in the Kitchen, What's New, snacks

Snacky-crunchy pumpkin seeds

Sweet & savory pumpkin seeds

Oh so fresh salsa and snacky crunchy pumpkin seeds!

In the peak of summer when ingredients were coming off the vine, I taped a Bloom with Barb test pilot with Mary Ann Wasil Nilan, Founder of The Get in Touch Foundation.

What does this have to do with the Superbowl? Well, we went “bloomin’ in the kitchen” with healthy and yum snacks that are fresh, easy and delicious (and in the summer many ingredients can be found locally). PERFECT to please a crowd any time of year and for your Superbowl night of snacking!

Video: See these recipes prepared below in my Bloomin in the Kitchen segment.

7 Spice Sweet & Savory Pumpkin Seeds

2 cups raw unsalted pumpkin seeds (peppitas)
2 tablespoons agave nectar, maple syrup or honey
1/2 teaspoon each: allspice, chili powder, cinnamon, ground corriander, cumin, nutmeg and sea salt
1/4 to 1/2 cup raisins, or dried and juice-sweetened cranberries or cherries

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Mix agave, syrup or honey and spices in a bowl and set aside. Spread 1 1/2 cups pumpkin seeds on parchment lined cookie sheet and bake in oven for 20 minutes. Add seeds to the bowl and stir spices to coat. Return pumpkin seeds to the oven on the cookie sheet and bake for an additional 15 minutes. Remove from oven and cool. Break into clusters and toss with raisins, cranberries or cherries and remainder of the raw pumpkin seeds.

Oh so fresh salsa!

Oh so fresh salsa!

Garden Fresh Salsa

2 cups grape or plum tomatoes, chopped
1 tomatillo, chopped
1 jalepeno pepper, minced
1 red pepper, chopped
1/2 red onion, minced
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
2 - 3 cloves garlic, minced
juice of 1 lime
1/2 teaspoon chill powder or more to taste
sea salt and pepper to taste

In a bowl, toss all ingredients and serve with a variety of chips (blue tortilla, multi-grain and rice chips). Best if ingredients marinate before serving.

Spring Cleaning for Your Body

January 26, 2011 by Barb Scala  
Filed under Bloom Talk


It’s a change of seasons. Find out about changing your routine to cleanse & detoxify.

Guest: Susan Smith Jones PhD author of  over 25 books on health and wellness including The Joy Factor: 10 Sacred Practices to Radiant Health (forward written by Dr. Wayne Dyer)

Note: Please consult with your doctor or any qualified health professional before using any product, diet or program discussed within these podcasts.

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PART 1 - Podcast: Recorded March 31, 2011 (24 min)

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PART 2 - Podcast: Recorded March 31, 2011 (22 min)

Anyone who knows me, knows that once a week I go vegan. I eat lighter, a variety of veggies and fruit and lots of water. No sugar, meats or dairy. I feel great after this once a week ritual which tends to keep me on track with my healthy lifestyle. But, I wanted to know more about cleansing and detoxifying, so I asked Dr. Susan Smith Jones if she could fill us in.

“When you look in the mirror are you looking and feeling your best? If not, maybe it’s a time to embark on a detox and rejuvenation program.”

Dr. Susan claims that a detox and rejuvenation cleanse helps prevent the onset of disease. She should know because she also claims not to have had a cold or taken medications in over 25 years!

With her holistic approach to keeping your body in balance, Dr. Susan answers our questions about body cleansing in this two part series. What is a cleanse and detox program?  What to eat and avoid when you are cleansing? Are there other ways to detox? How to start? And don’t miss Part 2 with Susan’s 10 steps to an easy body detox and cleanse program.

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The Joy of Natural Living

January 2, 2011 by Barb Scala  
Filed under Bloom Talk

Live healthy, young and joyful ~ naturally.

Guest: Dr. Susan Smith Jones, author of her new book The Joy Factor


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Podcast: Recorded Dec 21, 2010

Dr. Susan Smith Jones author of The Joy Factor

Dr. Susan Smith Jones author of The Joy Factor

“I haven’t had a cold or taken medications in almost 25 years,” claims Dr. Susan Smith Jones, author of her new book The Joy Factor ~ 10 Sacred Practices for Radiant Health. Just looking at her — it’s easy to believe. Dr. Susan looks strikingly young as her health and joy seems to radiate from every pore.


She is the author of over 26 books and 1,500 magazine articles, selected as one of 10 Healthy American Fitness Leaders by the President’s Council on Physical Fitness & Sports. With 30 years at the University of California Los Angeles

(UCLA) teaching students, staff, and faculty how to be healthy and fit, Susan teaches that the body is designed to be self-repairing, self-renewing, and self-sustaining and that the power to live a radiantly healthy life is within everyone’s grasp.

“Great health comes from the farm and not the pharmacy,” is Susan’s motto for joyful, natural health as she believes in fresh, raw foods every day. On Bloom Talk, Susan reveals her secrets on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle by living more naturally - listing her top 5 foods for vibrant health -  and why joy is so important to nourish both body and soul.

Dried Plum & Apple Green Smoothie

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Being Creative and Making a Living

December 16, 2010 by Barb Scala  
Filed under Bloom Talk


Doing what he loves to do, Jerry inspires us to find our passion.

Guest: Jerry Craft illustrator and creator of the Mama Boyz comic strip.
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Podcast: Recorded Dec 14, 2010 (19 min)

Jerry Craft loved to draw. After a career as an advertising copywriter and then an editorial director for Sports Illustrated for Kids, Jerry decided to strike out on his own. His dream was to write and illustrate comic books.  But he realized that by using his experience in the advertising-editorial world, he could make a living using both his creative talents and his business know-how to create the award winning Mama’s Boyz comic strip and other books and products he has authored and illustrated.

Jerry Craft, creator of Mama's Boyz comic strip

Jerry Craft, creator of Mama's Boyz comic strip making a difference

Listen to how Jerry tweaked his dream so that he could work creatively on different projects, be his own boss, give back and make a difference in his community and to various causes through the voices of Mama and the Boyz, and still do what he loves to do.

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