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The 5 Things I’ve Been Doing Lately (Except Blogging)

I’ve been a bit MIA on the blog.  I’m fine and the family is fine but there’s no doubt that the demands of life lately have taken a back seat to posting here on the blog.  Today on Facebook, the photo below showed up as the memory from 4 years ago today:


This was taken on the day of my first race after moving to California in July of 2012.  The photo in About Melissa section (see here) was taken right before this race happened.  If you look closely at the photo, […]

By |September 1st, 2016|

Duran Duran Yoga in NYC

I went missing again, I know but I promise that it’s been for a very good reason.

I’ve been diligently working on an event that combines two of my most favorite things

and now I’m ready to announce that…

I’ll be coming to NYC in April and leading:

duran duran yoga new york city

All attendees will receive a free gift, yummy post-workout snacks and part of their registration costs donated to charity.

To find out details and register for […]

By |March 16th, 2016|

A New Mantra – FTS

March 1st, the beginning of the 3rd month of my mindful 2016.  March always symbolizes the impending end of the first quarter of the year.  No matter how much I try not to feel pressure at being productive in March, it always puts me in a bit of a panic.  March often brings forth many ideas and the pressure to put them into motion for me.

2016 was no different and today was the day I was going to put my nose to the grindstone and truly begin on some big ideas.  Instead, a relatively […]

By |March 1st, 2016|

Finding Your Guru at the YG Studios LAunch

Los Angeles is a city with lots of fitness options.  Maybe you love a specific instructor, a special class or you’re the type to try the hottest classes with the hottest instructors.  Reserving a class with a well-known fitness instructor or a unique fitness class can sometimes even require a weekly or monthly calendar space to ensure that you get your favorite workout.  If you live in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Chicago, New York or Seattle, YG Studios can make it easier for you to workout with the fitness instructors that you consider your […]

By |February 19th, 2016|

Announcement – The Winner of the #FabFebruary Giveaway Has Been Chosen

 Congratulations Ruth Christensen! You are the winner of the #FabFebruary Giveaway!

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Please email me at melissa (at) thevalentineRD.com to arrange your giveaway prize.  If you do not contact me to claim your prize within 24 hours, a new winner will be chosen.

Many thanks to all that entered – may your February be fabulous!

What is the most fabulous thing that has happened to you thus far in 2016?

By |February 16th, 2016|

A Gift Guide for Duran Duran Fans

Two years ago I wrote a Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for Duran Duran Fans.  DDHQ (that’s Duran Duran Headquarters for those not Duran obsessed) tweeted out that they loved my Gift Guide (squeal!) and since a few of the items are no longer available from that post, I figured an update would be prudent.  I know it’s a bit of a squeeze to obtain these things in time for Valentine’s Day but a true fan would welcome a Duran-themed gift on any day of the year.

The ultimate gift:  Great concert seats.

There are […]

By |February 12th, 2016|
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