7+ Conferences For Health, Fitness and Nutrition Focused Bloggers in 2014

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While going back to school when I was 30 wasn’t my idea of fun, I have always believed that education and learning is a lifelong process and to that end 2014 might just be the year of the conference.  To make sure that my future nutrition private practice and blog can provide the most up to date developments in health and wellness, I’m going to be attending 7 conferences (yes 7!!!) in the next few months.  I wanted to share with you what I think are the top health, fitness and nutrition conferences for bloggers (and anyone else interested in health and wellness) in 2014.

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Tunes For Tuesday – Nelly Furtado

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Welcome to Tunes For Tuesday!

Music, Tunes For Tuesday

Image: Daisy

Today’s pick is Nelly Furtado’s, “Powerless (Say What You Want)”.  If you were looking for ethereal Nelly with “I’m Like A Bird” or slutty Nelly with “Promiscuous Girl”, this is not your day.

“Powerless (Say What You Want)” is one of my power songs while I run.  It’s about fighting back against whatever you interpret as adversity.  I’ll admit that only through researching the song lyrics that I discovered that I’ve been perpetuating serious curse word infested mondegreen with this song (if you don’t know what a mondegreen is click the link and you’ll laugh).

I’m disappointed that the lyrics aren’t in fact, “Go get a f@#$%^&* job!” but maybe the people I pass by while I run (and inadvertently sing) won’t give me dirty looks anymore.

Give it a listen and let me know if  you hear the curse laden lyrics too:



What’s your best mondegreen?  You know you have one…or three.


He Was A Preacher, A Teacher and A Man of Peace – MLK

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To honor Martin Luther King, Jr. today’s post will just be:

MLK, Peace

Image: AriMoore


Last year’s post featured a poem that Wild Boy learned in preschool and a not to be missed YouTube montage of MLK accompanied by the amazing Pride (In The Name of Love) by U2.

Be thankful and be peaceful today and always.

Friday’s Featured Female – Kimberly@ManifestYourself

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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 I’m proud to present Kimberly@ManifestYourself.com.  Kimberly made a deep impression on me with her Ignite Fitness speech about “How To Become A Certified Fitness Blogger” at FitBloggin’13.  Her poise, warmth and love for health, fitness and the art of blogging allowed me to befriend her easily last June.

Although I’ve had the pleasure of getting a chance to hang out with Kimberly while I was in NYC this past summer, Kimberly’s blog gives you a great insight into this multifaceted woman – this Beyonce lovin’ lady puts herself on the page with honesty and grace that’s unmatched even while she describes the “ugly cry”.  Kimberly inspires me with each post.

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Girl Power At Bittersweet Treats

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When I was invited to a tasting event at Bittersweet Treats in Pasadena, I was expecting to have a pleasant evening tasting some decadent nibbly things, socializing with a few blogger friends and enjoying a rare night out on a Monday but I got even more than I expected, I got inspired: Bittersweet Treats is a women owned and operated establishment.


As a woman about to embark on my own business, a simple night out became a source of motivation – owner Linda Chen is a dynamo.  You’d think the yoga enthusiast and mother of 3, might be cranky with a her commute from the beach community to the Pasadena area but her passion for food, decor and the experience at Bittersweet Treats shines through the minute you meet her.   Linda’s desire to make the warm, modern but retro feeling bakery/cafe part of the community is admirable.  She has even given her personal cell phone to customers to contact her when they want to know the availability of their favorite menu items.


Bittersweet, bakery, cafe, dessert, Linda Chen

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