Tunes For Tuesday – 90’s Edition – Counting Crows

Welcome to Tunes For Tuesday – The 90’s Edition for the ninth month of the year, September!

Music, Tunes For Tuesday

Image: Daisy

Today’s artist is Counting Crows.  “August and Everything After” might have been one of my most played albums of the 90’s.  This disc has so many great tunes but today’s pick, “Mr. Jones” has special significance.  A good friend of mine and I went on a crazy car ride one night and we heard this song about a zillion times and now every time I hear it, I think of her and being 20 something.

“Mr. Jones” still gets me through some tough running as well.  It’s a great addition to a playlist if you don’t have it on yours already.  This video is a live version of the song (NSFW though – Adam drops a f-bomb in this version) and I hope it makes you smile as much as it makes me smile today.



What disc do you think you play more often than any other you own? 

Run Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood 5K – A Run For Community

People run races for all different reasons – the challenge, the course, the atmosphere, the conditioning and sometimes even just for the medal (no shame in running for bling, IMHO).  

Today I’m proud to announce that I’ll be running the 2nd Annual Run Hard Rock Cafe 5K on November 8th to help benefit homeless youth in Los Angeles…and so could you.

Run Hard Rock Cafe 5K, Run Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood, Los Angeles, My Friend's Place

Learn more right here:


I’m not sure that many people know that the Run Hard Rock Cafe 5K exists to benefit My Friend’s Place, a very small organization that assists and inspires homeless youth to build self sufficient lives.  Maybe you heard about My Friend’s Place because of Miley Cyrus at the MTV Video Music Awards raising awareness about the 1.6 million youth who are homeless in America.

My Friend’s Place is a small organization that does big things - MFP  served over one third of the homeless youth population in Los Angeles last year with nearly 30,000 meals, over 540 linkages to on-site and off-site medical care for youth and continue to do intensive case management and move homeless youth into housing.

When I ran the 1st Annual Run Hard Rock Cafe 5K last year, I had no idea that the race was for charity.   I was new to Los Angeles and I was  just excited that I got the unique opportunity to run down Hollywood Boulevard – Hard Rock Cafe is the only 5K to have ever shut down the world-renowned street.  I was dazzled by the race bling and was absolutely oblivious that Run Hard Rock Cafe 5K was a local community expansion of the Hard Rock Cafe philanthropy mission statement of LOVE ALL – SERVE ALL®.


Love All Serve All, Hard Rock Cafe, Run Hard Rock Cafe 5K


Once I learned more about the community and charity components for the Run Hard Rock Cafe 5K at the Hard Rock Cafe Media dinner I attended earlier this year, I knew I needed to do more than just run the race in 2014.  I approached HRC to ask if I could help spread the word to the Los Angeles community the best way I knew how, blogging so now you’re looking at the new Blogger Ambassador for Run Hard Rock Cafe 2014!

Hard Rock Cafe 5K

Oblivious me after Run Hard Rock Cafe 5K 2013


If you live in the Southern California area, this is a race that you don’t want to miss.  

Participate in this unique race for the Hollywood community in one of the following ways:

1.  Register for the Run Hard Rock Cafe 5K on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 7:00am.    This flat unique course is a great first race to run, walk or even PR!  Walk or run or stroll and you’ll get one of these super cool medals*:

Finisher Medal 2014


*I will run or walk with anyone who lets me know they’ve registered.  

Bring friends and family (strollers and kids are welcome to participate); there will also be kid-friendly activities available!


2.  Give to My Friend’s Place by purchasing exclusive Hard Rock Cafe pins and shirts at the race that benefit MFP.  You can also volunteer, give directly or in-kind donations.

RHRC, My Friend's Place


3.  Volunteer at the Run Hard Rock Cafe 5K race.

RHRC 5K Volunteers

Maybe you don’t want to run, walk or stroll this course but want to help out.  Race production takes a lot of effort and any help is appreciated.  Just so you know, there are few things better than watching happy people finish races with their heart.


For more information so you can help spread the word, please see the following social media outlets/hashtags:

Hard Rock Cafe and Run Hard Rock Cafe 5K:



My Friend’s Place:

My Friend's Place


Whether you run/walk/stroll, give, volunteer or spread the word about this unique race, I thank you in advance.  Please let me know if you’ll be there at dark-thirty (aka 7am) on Sat. 11/8 at Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood because I’d love to give you a big hug!


Disclosure:  I was furnished with complimentary race registration (worth $45 at the time, registration is currently $50) by Run Hard Rock Cafe but have donated to My Friend’s Place.  No other compensation has been provided.  I’ll reiterate that I approached Hard Rock Cafe to become involved in this effort so clearly all opinions expressed here are absolutely my own.

Friday’s Featured Female – Karen Stoteraux@TheFamilyRoom

Welcome to Friday’s Featured Female!

Friday's Featured Female, #FFF


This weekly series features inspirational stories from admirable women.  IMHO, it’s always good to be reminded of how strength, determination, hard work, heart and ingenuity can impact the quality of one’s life and I’m proud that these women will allow me to share their stories here.


Today’s Friday’s Featured Female is Karen Stoteraux , founder of the resource center and community space for expectant parents and families of the San Gabriel Valley, CA (and beyond) called The Family Room, opening Oct 2014.

Karen Stoteraux, The Family Room

Karen and her family.

Soooo have you met Karen?


When Karen was expecting her first daughter, being a part of local community resource center to help transition through the unchartered territory of pregnancy and new parenthood was invaluable.  After moving from the East Coast to the West Coast and becoming pregnant with twin daughters, Karen searched for an expectant and new parent resource center in her neighborhood but couldn’t find one…so she created her own.


The Family Room, Parenting Resource Center


The Family Room‘s mission is to educate expectant and new parents while helping them build a community to share experiences.  Karen has gathered prenatal and postnatal experts to lead classes and workshops in order to provide information and activities new and expectant parents need to navigate every stage of the parental spectrum from Before Baby (all classes are for 2 people), After Baby, Exercise, Workshops and beyond with a Parent Education Series.

I love that Karen, a PR professional, wife and mother of 3 had a clear vision of a business and the determination to create something that would exist to serve others.  Pregnancy and early parenting were some of the scariest times that I can remember.  Between the (unsolicited) advice, books, physical, mental and emotional demands of pregnancy, infancy and toddlerhood, without the Spring 2007 Park Slope Parents Group in Brooklyn, I’m not sure Jay and I would have ever survived the first year of parenthood.

Having experts to explain the plethora of information available about the myths and truths of pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, childbirth options, breastfeeding (or not), gear, exercise, nutrition and parenting philosophies and practices and a place to share those experiences is something every new parent needs.

Karen’s also a smart lady because she knows that there is no “one size fits all” approach to pregnancy, childbirth and child rearing, and has gathered a team of experts with varying philosophies and skill sets at The Family Room.  You can learn more about The Family Room Educators (click link) or read more about them below:


Kate Zachary, CD (DONA), ICCE – Doula for Childbirth Prep

Kate Zachary, Doula, The Family Room


Katie Duberg – Birth Doula for Newborn Care

Katie Duberg, The Family Room


Jessica Claire – IBCLC for Breastfeeding Support

Jessica Claire, Lactation Consultant

Robin Starkey Harpster, MA for Marriage and Family Therapy

Robin Harpster, Marriage and Family Therapy

Sara Howard, LM, CPM for Midwifery

Sara Howard, Midwife

Jenn Johnson, For Exercise

Jenn Johnson, fitforexpecting, fitness, exercise for moms

Linda Barker, MA for Early Childhood Development

Linda Barker, Child Development

….and me!

Melissa Burton, RD, CDE


I’m thrilled to announce

that I will be joining The Family Room Educators

for classes, workshops and consults regarding Prenatal and Postpartum Nutrition

(fully kicking off my private practice to serve my dream population)


If you’re in the San Gabriel Valley area of Southern California, come and meet Karen and her amazing team of Educators at:

The Family Room Open House

The Family Room, Parenting Resource Center

The Family Room, San Marino, New and Expectant Family Education, Resource, Community

2318 Huntington Drive, San Marino, CA 91108

on Sunday, Sept 28th

10am – 4pm


Individual classes, class packages and consults with Educators are available for purchase online.

The exclusive Friends and Family Promo Code: FRIENDS will give you 30% OFF until 10/10/14.

To learn more about The Family Room and their offerings:


If you’re a parent, what was the best and worst class, book or piece of advice you received?  

If you’re not a parent, what kind of prenatal or expectant parent class would you want to take?

#14in2014 3rd Quarter Check-In and Link-Up

Welcome to the #14in2014 3rd Quarter Check In!

2014, fusebeads logo is from a fusebead project so I had to use this image from ArtisRams


Last year, I made the commitment to yearly goals and I followed up on them every 3 months.  I did the same thing this year and invited anyone who wanted to do it again with me in 2014 to join in on the effort.  Today is the third check-in of the year (here’s the first and the second).  How’s it going for all of you?  These quarterly posts are always a reality check for me – often they’re a reminder of the things that I’ve absolutely forgotten about but sometimes they tell me that I’m on track.  Let’s see:



1.  Fully launch a Women’s Health Focused Nutrition Private Practice by 3/31/14 – Revision made from 3/31/14 to 12/31/14. – On the way.

  • While I haven’t done as much as I’d planned, I am on the way to doing more nutrition counseling work.  To get more details, you’ll have to see Friday’s Featured Female this week.  I know I have to update my Services Page on this blog, nail down the liability policy that I want and revamp some forms.  I have a lot to get done by the end of the year so I need to get cracking!

Benedict Cumberbatch, RD humor

2.  Cultivate at least 5 professional referral sources for nutrition clients – Check!

  • This is one area where I feel I’ve made some progress.  Once the practice is really up and running, I’ll know if my hunches are right.


3.  Redesign blog and promote to raise traffic and subscribers 25%. – Sort of.

Blogging for Business

Image: Hubspot

  • I did do a small redesign with a theme change but the blog still needs work.  I need to update my About page, add a Disclaimer page, create a true Nutrition Services page and make tweaks here and there.  I want to update all pages by 12/31/14.
  • I’ve attempted to blog more regularly but sometimes I have taken an unexpected break.  I think I need to pay more attention to getting the blog looking the way I want rather than statistics.
  • I still owe the Fabletics Round 2 review that I promised to publish in July.  I will do a Round 2 and 3 combined by 12/31/14.
  • I’m also thinking about a nutrition related series.  Let me know if you’d be interested and if so, what topics would you like to read about?


4.  Develop (and stick to) a system to maintain/grow social media presence/blogger interaction and achieve life/work balance. – Shift in perspective.

  • Minor redesign done but I still have no good system.
  • Given the new Facebook algorithm, I will not be developing a separate page for the blog.  Fewer things to manage too.
  • I do need to give more attention to Twitter and attempting to comment more on other people’s blogs.  I do read a few but I haven’t been as involved in the blogging community as I’d like., no balance

I may need to get this hat available from

  • The life/work balance thing still needs work.  I’m really coming to terms with the idea that “balance” doesn’t really exist. I’m trending toward the word “blend” – there’s an incorporation of both obligation and want rather than the focusing on the juggling in life.  I also need to try to curb my social media and phone time to better focus on life, work and family.


5.  Become an ambassador for a favorite brand and/or receive revenue from blogging.  Yes and no.

  • I didn’t identify 3 brands that I wanted to work with as I said I would last quarter but I did get the chance to be part of a sponsored team with New Balance for the Reach The Beach Relay.  I’m still in shock that they chose me to be in the company of these fabulous women.
Team Pumped Up Kicks, Reach The Beach, New Balance

Team Pumped Up Kicks at the New Balance factory.

  • I also did get the chance to work with Live Ultimate Run and I have one more very exciting announcement coming up next week!


6.  Showcase at least 50 women for the weekly Friday’s Featured Female series. – Revision required.

Friday's Featured Female, #FFF

  • The series is up and running.  I may not get the chance to feature 50 women but I’m awfully proud of this series.  I’m happy that blogging has allowed me to get to know some amazingly inspiring women.  I love sharing their stories with others as well.  Is there anyone that you’d like to see featured?


7.   Engage in a monthly Professional Development endeavor. – Yes but need more RD education.

  • In terms of dietetics, I took a Gestational Diabetes seminar this quarter but otherwise, I’m sure I could use some more Continuing Education.
  • However, I did attend FitBloggin’ in June and IDEAWorld BlogFest in August.
  • FitBloggin' 2014, health, wellness, fitness, blogging
  • For the upcoming quarter, I was going to attend Shiftcon in October but it conflicts with Yom Kippur.  I’m pretty sure that there will be some future educational opportunities before the year ends.



8.  Run 2+0+1+4 (7) races (including So Cal Ragnar Relay) – Yup!

  • For 1st Quarter, I ran 3 races, the LA Chinatown Firecracker Run, the LoziLu Mud Run and the So Cal Ragnar so I’m doing all right with this goal.
  • 2nd Quarter, I ran the Live Ultimate Run LA, The Race For The Stars in Wheaton, IL (while on vacation), my Duran Duran Appreciation Day 10K, the Awesome 80’s Run and Reach The Beach, so I’m definitely ahead of the game here with 8 races already.

Melissa Burton, Reach The Beach, runner, dietitian


9.  Perform 14 Random Acts of Kindness – Still not sure.

  • I still haven’t gotten any better about keeping track of this.  Last quarter, I signed up for a “Pay It Forward” random gift to 6 of my Facebook friends that I have not yet delivered upon.  I better get crackin’.


10.  Improve self-care with focus on one monthly/quarterly goal – Fail again.

  • My goals for 2nd quarter were: April: To get organized, May: Overhaul the blog and June: Focus on the private practice and I failed on all 3 counts.
  • My 3 goals for 3rd Quarter – July: Write Blog and Business Plan, recommit to consistent fitness and blogging, August: Begin Blog Overhaul and September: Private Practice focus – Fail/Success, Partial Fail and Fail.
  • Let’s see if the last quarter of the year may prove better – October:  Blog and Nutrition Work, November: Private Practice development and December: (Reasonable) Goal Setting for 2015.


11.  Try one new fitness class/video per month – Not even close.



12.  Read 14 books (it’s scary that I need to make this a goal). Again, no.

I’m still not winning the war in the television or social media vs books.  Right now, I’m gearing up with the return of the Fall TV season (I can’t wait for The Blacklist, Parenthood and Scandal to return and I’m already enjoying Sons of Anarchy) but I’ve also fallen down the teen drama rabbit hole with this gem:

Veronica Mars


Born To Run, Chia Seeds, Running, Micah True, Tarahumara

  • I have some nutrition related books to read but I’ve also heard that “This Is Where I Leave You” by Jonathan Tropper (affiliate link) is a can’t-miss.
  • This Is Where I Leave You, Jonathan Tropper
  • I’m certain that it will be hard for me to meet 14 books this year.  Book suggestions are welcome.


13.  My secret goal:  To be revealed at year-end. – Not close to where I’d like to be.  Still not telling.

  • End of the year will be the reveal whether I meet the goal or not.


14.  My shallow goal: Meet Simon Le Bon on the next Duran tour.  – Don’t remind me!

  • I’m still a little miserable at having the opportunity to see Duran Duran on both coasts and missing them.  Did you see the band on Fashion Rocks?!  They were ah-mazing!

Fashion Rocks. Duran Duran

  • I’m praying for good concert karma when the new album gets released and the tour is announced because this is a goal I’m not ready to give up on yet.


Bottom line for 3rd Quarter Check In: Meh. There’s definitely been some good but some buckling down is definitely in order.  I have one more quarter to wrap up so it’s time to really sort out the priorities and GSD!

How’s your progress coming along?


The link-up at the end of the post is not just for those who originally signed up for the original #14in2014 post.  Link up if you’d like to join for the remainder of the year!  We’ll check in at the end of the year more quarters (in December) to help support one another in meeting the goals/resolutions/intentions that were important in January and wrapping up the year.


*There are affiliate links within this post as noted above.  If you purchase something via those affiliate links, I earn a few pennies toward the Duran Duran 2015 Tour Fund.  Many thanks if you choose to help the cause.

Tunes For Tuesday – 90’s Edition – Everclear

Welcome to Tunes For Tuesday – The 90’s Edition for the ninth month of the year, September!

Music, Tunes For Tuesday

Image: Daisy


Today’s Tune is Everclear’s “Wonderful”.  Every single time I hear this song, I get chills.  I’m a child of divorce but I don’t remember the circumstances before the divorce.  I don’t remember my parents ever being together so in some ways I’m very lucky.  Many people aren’t lucky in that respect.

A few of Wild Boy’s friends have parents that are getting divorced and every time Jay and I have an argument, I can see that he gets nervous that it’s the beginning of the end.  I can’t imagine how scary that must be for a child.  We have lots of discussions in our house about how disagreements are not the precursor to divorce but that people are allowed to have differing opinions.

I know Art Alexakis (a child of divorced parents) of Everclear wrote this song for his daughter when he was splitting with his wife.  I think the way he gets inside the head of child during this difficult time is nothing short of brilliant.  There are some profound lines throughout this song but this one stops my heart every time.  It has special meaning now that I’m a parent.


Everclear, Wonderful, divorce

One of the best written lyrics in music, IMHO.


I love the juxtaposition of this song in every way – the hard and brash guitar with soft and heartfelt words make this song a modern classic in my mind.  I love Everclear and this song is definitely one of my favorites.   I hope to see them live one of these days.  They were recently in LA and I missed the show so for now, video will have to do.   I hope you enjoy this clip too.


What lyric of a song gets you every time?