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Lifespan Launches a New Service: Well Being Program

In celebration of Lifespan’s 35th anniversary, a free class called “Where is the Joy? Putting Joy Back in your Life as you Age” will be presented on Thursday, June 28th.

Santa Cruz, CA, May 16, 2018 – Lifespan, a specialized aging care agency founded in Santa Cruz County 35 years ago, announces a new service. The Well Being Program recognizes that as people age many become socially isolated, losing the ability to pursue past or new activities that might bring them joy. Often they become disconnected from their community, family, and friends.

Too often social isolation, reduced mobility, or relocation to a new community can diminish access to activities which have brought enjoyment and fulfillment to a person’s life. Lifespan hopes to help local elders reengage and find joy again through its new Well Being Program.

The intent of this program is to increase engagement, sense of fulfillment, connection, and joy in life regardless of age or perceived changes in ability. At the outset a Lifespan professional meets with the elder to explore her or his desires which may include renewing or exploring a creative outlet, connecting with family members or old friends, pursuing a spiritual path, or participating in outings into the community. Once personal goals are identified, a specialized Personal Assistant from Lifespan is matched with the individual and the two can embark on planning activities.

In celebration of Lifespan’s 35th anniversary, a free class called “Where is the Joy? Putting Joy Back in your Life as you Age” will be presented on Thursday, June 28th from 5 pm– 6:30 pm at La Posada Senior Residence, 609 Frederick St., Santa Cruz. Attendees will learn how to create a richer life as they age through reengaging with old passions, exploring new interests, and reconnecting with old friends, family, or new experiences. To attend the class, RSVP to Marci@Chatterboxpublicrelations.com.

The featured speaker will be Cathy Cress, MSW, who is a leading national expert in aging life and geriatric care management. Cress is a well-known authority on the baby boomer generation and the aging family. Her book, Handbook in Geriatric Care Management is in its 4th edition. She earned her MSW from UC Berkeley and now consultants on aging issues, including life enrichment.

About Lifespan

Lifespan is a comprehensive aging care management agency dedicated to providing the highest quality of care in the home or setting of one’s choice.

Lifespan’s goal is to maximize the health, safety, comfort, and independence of its clients through compassionate person-centered care. Since 1983 Lifespan has provided all-inclusive home care and professional geriatric care management services to adults in need of assistance. A leader in aging care services, Lifespan is one of the very first organizations to provide this combination of care on the West Coast, and still the only agency of its kind in Santa Cruz County.

Lifespan’s professional care management is provided by registered nurses and master’s level social workers who conduct assessments of client strengths and unmet needs then help the client and family decide on a plan of care. In addition, care managers can coordinate a variety of resources and work with health care providers, fiduciary agents, and other professionals to make sure that all needs are met as conditions change. Lifespan also offers medication set-up and managements by RNs.

Home care aides provide the important support with activities of daily living such as light housekeeping, shopping, laundry, meal preparation and clean up, personal hygiene, mobility, and medication reminders. They also provide protective supervision for persons with cognitive impairment. Care up to 24/hours per day is offered based on staffing availability. All home care aide services are supervised by the professional care manager RNs and social workers to ensure optimal care.

Lifespan is in full compliance with the 2015 California Home Care Services Consumer Protection Act, under the auspices of the California Department of Social Services, which specifies that all employees meet criteria as registered home care aides. This includes thorough screening, criminal background clearance (fingerprinting) by both the Department of Justice and FBI in addition to verifying initial and ongoing professional training. Employees of all levels are covered by Lifespan’s general liability bond and worker’s compensation policies.

There are more than 2 million professional home care workers in the U.S. providing care and support to aging adults and persons with disabilities in home and community-based settings. The home care workforce has doubled in the past 10 years and the population of those 65 and older is expected to double to 88 million by 2050, making the role of professional aging care professionals that much more critical.

Lifespan

600 Frederick St.

Santa Cruz, CA 95062

lifespancare.com

(831) 469-4900

info@lifespancare.com

State of California Home Care Organization License # 444700001.

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.lifespancare.com

Tour Operator launches Online Booking for Nairobi City Tours and Luxury Safaris

Nairobi, Kenya, 2018-Mar-01 — /REAL TIME PRESS RELEASE/ — Kenya’s tourism industry is booming in business and 2018-2021 is looking even better after recovery for a long time. Cruzeiro Safaris Kenya’s strength in packaging tours and committed service delivery is expected to increase in the future.

Undoubtedly, Kenya is the best African country for safari experience with lots and lots of wildlife viewing. For a long time Cruzeiro Safaris Kenya, has taken travelers to various destinations within Nairobi and tourist destinations within Kenya, Tanzania and Zanzibar.

The Tour Operator has for years utilized the distributions of International brands to marketer and distribute their tours on commission basis. The distributors had a competitive advantage in that the clients could read and book tours online to the last stage. They will still continue distributing through their online partners.

Cruzeiro Safaris Kenya saw this as an opportunity to exploit and dive into the big ocean of international brands. This challenge has been overcome and now this Online Tour Agency (OTA) and operator have launched their online tours booking platform in collaboration with payment getaway PESAPAL which is verified by VeriSign International. PESAPAL accept credit cards VISA and MASTERCARD and mobile money as well.

‘Delving into the online market is worth the risk, because Nairobi is become the hub for multi-national corporations, we believe we shall make significant strides in terms of sales revenue. Our service delivery remains top-notch and continuous priority as you can read from the trip advisor page and other pages. Just Google Cruzeiro Safaris Kenya’ says Susan the Tourism Manager.

Some of the tours they offer in for a start on their online tours platform in Nairobi are:
Elephant Orphanage TourElephants Orphanage And Giraffe CenterNairobi National Park MorningNairobi National Park AfternoonNairobi National Park Tour And Elephants OrphanageNairobi National Park Tour, Elephants Orphanage And LunchNairobi National Park Tour, Elephants Orphanage And Giraffe CenterNairobi National Park Tour, Elephants Orphanage, Giraffe Center And LunchFull Day Tour To Lake Nakuru National ParkFull-Day Safari Tour To Amboseli National Park From Nairobi, Some of the overnight safaris they offer are only related to Luxury travel lodges and one fly’s by Air (Safaris by Air). The destinations includes Masai Mara Safari to Governors CampMasai Mara Safari to Eagle View Luxury CampKeekorok LodgeAirport Transfers from Airport to Nairobi HotelsAirport Transfers from Airport to Other Hotels listedFull-Day Stone Town And Prison Island Tour In Zanzibar – Central Hotels And FumbaFull-Day Stone Town And Prison Island Tour In ZanzibarFull-Day Stone Town And Prison Island Tour In Zanzibar- Stone Town HotelsSpice Tour Of Zanzibar – South HotelsSpice Tour Of Zanzibar – North East And CentralSpice Tour Of Zanzibar – Stone Town HotelsSpice Tour Of Zanzibar – North HotelsZanzibar Arrival Transfer: Zanzibar Airport To Hotel

However, there are more packages available in their main website with several detailed tailor made safaris by road ranging from 1 (one) day to 15 (fifteen days) safaris. www.cruzeiro-safaris.com

We wish you happy holidays, great experiences in Kenya and book through Cruzeiro Safaris Kenya.

About Cruzeiro Safaris Kenya
Cruzeiro-safaris.com is established in Kenya, incorporated in 2004. Its core business is safari packages and day tours complemented by air travel. It has a well established wealth of experience in arranging memorable tours and safaris and has established a client base who provide with repeat business year after year. Join us on facebook, twitter and youtube. Safaris in Kenya may be tailored to the tourist taste and can extend to Tanzania and Uganda.

For further information and reservations, Contact;
Claudia Kabui
Email: info@cruzeiro-safaris.com
Website: | https://www.cruzeiro-safaris.com and https://cruzeiro-safaris.com/nairobi-tours/
Mobile : +254-(0) 722-370833 (Kenya)
Sales: + 254 (0) 710-729021 (Kenya)

 

Handing Out Life the Newest Release from Halo Publishing International

Rev. Dr. Todd Biermann Provides Tangible Strategies for Developing Rewarding Relationships.

Grand Blanc, MI (USA), May 12th, 2016 — Relationships can be challenging. Whether the relationship is between a married couple, a parent and child or dear friends, each connection ebbs and flows through happy and challenging times. Rev. Dr. Todd A. Biermann’s new book Handing Out Life: The Simple Way to Rewarding Relationships in All of Life, provides the reader with easy to understand and implement tactics for improved communication and a deeper connection in marriage and every other relationship.

“As far back as college I have been witnessing the dynamics of relationships; those that work and those that struggle,” said author Rev. Dr. Todd Biermann. “I noted a strong correlation between the math and science I studied and the order of God’s message. I began counseling couples using three simple concepts found in the Bible of sacrifice, unconditional commitment and physical care.”

Handing Out Life: The Simple Way to Rewarding Relationships in All of Life, is divided into three sections. The first is a real life parable of Josh who is on the brink of losing everything that he holds dear; family, home, career and perhaps even his sanity. He learns new priorities and gains the tools he needs to move toward rewarding relationships. In the second portion of the book Biermann explores the words of God found in Genesis 2:24, Matthew 19:5 and Ephesians 5:31 that illustrate how Jesus loves us and we in turn should love each other. The final section offers eight Bible study lessons that delve further into the Word and how we can apply it to our lives, including a section specific to single individuals.

“Although the basic principles are rooted in Scripture, this isn’t a book just for the churched,” says Biermann. “The message is clearly one of forgiveness and spiritual strength. It applies to everyone. Those that desire a closer, healthier relationship with someone special in their life will benefit from the simple and timeless wisdom offered within the pages of Handing Out Life.”

“I have enjoyed working with Pastor Todd,” said Lisa Umina, founder and president of Halo Publishing International. “The message in his book is easy to understand and the illustrations and exercises help to solidify the lessons in a way that is memorable. His book is a great gift for newlyweds, those special couples in your life and really anyone who seeks a closer relationship with those in their lives.”

Handing Out Life: The Simple Way to Rewarding Relationships in All of Life, helps unlock the mystery to rewarding relationships with God, family, friends, work associates, and even enemies. You will be able to remember what you learn with two simple illustrations that are as clear as your hand in front of your face. Be prepared to hand out life. Handing Out Life is available as a paperback ($14.95) and in e-book format ($6.99) at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Halo Publishing.

Dr. Biermann will be giving a brief talk on Handing Out Life at 6:00p.m. and signing books until 8:00p.m. at McFarlen Library, 515 Perry Rd., Grand Blanc on Thursday, July 14. Public invited. Refreshments and door prizes (including an electronic book reader) will be provided.

* File Size: 1285 KB
* Print Length: 91 pages
* Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
* Publisher: Halo Publishing International (April 19, 2016)
* Publication Date: April 19, 2016
* Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
* Language: English

About Rev. Dr. Todd A. Biermann:
The Rev. Dr. Todd A. Biermann first saw the way to great relationships in his parents and learned to understand it through his studies and over twenty-five years of experience as a pastor. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Doctor of Ministry degree. Counseling, international speaking, and writing have helped him hone his insights to a form that is easy for anyone to retain and practice. His ongoing classroom is his own home in Grand Blanc, MI with his beloved wife, Heather, and children, Hannah and Micah. His passion is to hand out life in all he does, especially through Life in God’s Way, LLC. More information about the author and his work may be found at: www.LifeinGodsWay.com

About Halo Publishing International:
Halo Publishing International is a self-publishing company that publishes adult fiction and non-fiction, children’s literature, self-help, spiritual, and faith-based books. We continually strive to help authors reach their publishing goals and provide many different services that help them do so. www.HaloPublishing.com

Press & Media Contact:
Lisa M. Umina, Publisher
Halo Publishing International
1100 NW Loop 410, Suite 700-176
San Antonio, TX 78213 – USA
+1 877-705-9647
contact@halopublishing.com
http://www.halopublishing.com

New technology solves digital overload for family memories

San Diego, CA, December 14, 2015 — /EPR NETWORK/ — Have you ever had the issue of looking for a specific photo and can’t find it? You thumb scroll endlessly but there’s no effective way to sift through all those photos every time you’re looking for something specific.

OurHive™ is the newest family app that combines patented technology and a private family network to deal with this growing issue of digital overload. The app is now live on Google Play, the App Store and as a Web App at www.GetOurHive.com.

OurHive combines the best features of a photo and video application with a private social network created especially for families. With the OurHive app, family photos and videos can be automatically tagged, organized and instantly shared with only the people you care most about. Once a private Hive is created, family members can upload and share photos and videos with each other using their iPhones, iPads, Android phones, tablets, laptops or desktop computers. All files are archived in high resolution and can be viewed and downloaded anytime.

“For many families, life is full of sacred moments that should be treasured and preserved for generations to come,” said Stephen D. Rosen, co-founder and Chief Visionary Officer of OurHive. “Today’s digital world has made sharing information convenient, but too often that sharing is made with impersonal detachment. OurHive is for people who appreciate the special intimacy that comes with sharing special memories.”

Photo and video sharing within mass-market social networks can sometimes be compromised by unauthorized use and manipulation of media. Special attention has been made with OurHive’s cloud interface to ensure the best security. Photos and videos are encrypted every step in the journey from devices to OurHive servers and back again, and the content can only be accessed by invited, password-protected members.

Because archiving and tracking family photo albums is important, the OurHive app was designed to make tagging and organization simple and accessible. Every photo and video you take with the iOS or Android app ‘automagically’ adds a caption and location from your calendar, along with the closest address when GPS is enabled. You can then edit the filename, add tags and captions and give your photos the same context that writing on the back in ink used to for print photographs.

“Whether it’s your child’s first birthday or grandma’s retirement party, OurHive encourages the family to share all of the pictures and videos they take — not just a few chosen ones that you put on Facebook or Instagram,” said Jeff Symon, co-founder and president. “With OurHive, anyone in your Hive can download any picture they want from any of their internet-connected devices. No more having to remember to text or email individual photos later.”

How OurHive Works

Starting your own Hive begins with one family member starting a free 20GB Family Hive by visiting GetOurHive.com or downloading the “OurHive” app on Google Play and the App Store. They can then invite as many family members or close friends as they want into their secure, private Hive. Each user can then download the free app on the iOS or Android device of their choice and start contributing and sharing family memories.

OurHive™ automatically stores your photos and videos in high resolution in your own private network. Anyone in your family Hive can download anytime they want and future updates will allow for even more functionality.

Visit us a www.GetOurHive.com to sign up and learn more, and join the conversation athttps://www.facebook.com/getourhive

Contact-Details: Kyle Strickland – kyle@ourhive.biz
www.GetOurHive.com

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New Children’s Picture Book with Stunning Artwork Explores the World of a Hopi Indian Girl

Newly released picture book about a Hopi Indian girl takes readers through many metaphorical doors to explore the different aspects that make each our lives: family, friendship, culture, education, creativity, and nature.

Washington, DC (USA), November 19th, 2015 — Newly released picture book about a Hopi (pronounced: hope-ee) Indian girl takes readers through many metaphorical doors to explore the different aspects that make each our lives: family, friendship, culture, education, creativity, and nature.

TALASI… A Story of Tenderness and Love exposes children to new experiences as Talasi explores her native world and later the modern culture of the white man while holding to Native American beliefs and traditions. This charming and lovingly illustrated picture book teaches young readers how love and friendships get us over the rough spots in life and to never stop exploring the world around them.

Many American children are growing up in a multicultural world and are curious to understand all the cultures surrounding them. “Traveling through Arizona, I was terrible curious myself about what life on an Indian reservation was like when I visited a Hopi tribe,” said author Ellen S. Cromwell. “I wanted to understand the culture of these amazing people and visited with a kikmongwi, primarily a religious leader for the tribe. This experience truly touched me.”

TALASI… A Story of Tenderness and Love is about a young Hopi Indian girl named Talasi. Her name comes from corn tassel flowers that surround her pueblo home in Arizona. Tassels are tall, slender flowers clustered at the very top of corn. Corn, in its many forms, provides basic nourishment for Hopi People.

Wonderfully written, this children’s book clearly reflects the author’s fascination with the Hopi people and their history. Hopi means “peaceful person” or “civilized person” in the Hopi language and Ellen S. Cromwell evokes a compelling portrait of the Hopi Indians and how they truly are a peaceful people. “The richness of Talasi’s Indian culture will expand the horizons of any child who reads this book,” said illustrator Desiree Sterbini. “I researched to make sure every illustration was authentic to the Hopi culture. I wanted the themes of love, family, and friendship to be something each child could relate to. The images are personal as they are from actual pictures of my mother-in-law and daughter.”

With the author and illustrator using personal, real life experiences and pictures to draw from, the book exemplifies what it means to value all cultures that make up the world we live in and that no matter what children can solve problems with love and courage. “A lot of the imagery is from personal experiences. I grew up as an immigrant in the Bronx and remember the neighborhood coming together to build this treehouse for all the kids to play in. It was amazing and we felt like we were on top of the world as kids up there,” said author Ellen S. Cromwell. “Those childhood experiences and what I learned from the Hopi tribe and its culture helped me create Talasi and her world.”

Not only does this picture book have multicultural overtones, but parents and educators will find the author used sight words and repetition to make this the perfect book for classrooms and bookshelves.

“Reading a book together as a family or in the classroom is one simple yet very special tradition,” said Halo Publisher Lisa M. Umina. “Readers of all ages will find this picture book is heartwarming and helps keep you and your children connected through the upcoming holiday season.”

You can purchase “TALASI… A Story of Tenderness and Love” through Halo Publishing’s website (http://halopublishing.com), Amazon, and B&N.

Biography:
Author Ellen Cromwell is the founder of the Georgetown Hill Early Schools in Montgomery County, Maryland and has been an educator of young children since the 1970’s and is the author of three early childhood professional texts including Nurturing Readiness in Early Childhood Education, Allyn & Bacon, 2000. Wiggle-Dee-Dee, Splash Puddle Splash, and Are You Listening, Potbelly? are three recent children’s books she has authored. You can learn more at her website http://www.cromwellsplash.com

Artist, Desiree Sterbini creates award-winning works with oil pastels and colored pencils on textured paper and board. Her sensitive compositions are detailed with vibrant colors and strokes, created by stumps of rolled paper and brush. Women of color, children, the simple lives of ordinary people and nature are her primary subjects. Desiree received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and continues to study through workshops and studio classes. Her oil pastel paintings have been exhibited and featured throughout the DC metro area and nationally including, Embassy of Cote d’Ivoire, Fox News Washington DC Myvoicedc.com, Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at the Smith Farm Center, Edison Place Gallery, L’Eclat de Verr Gallery, Sandy Springs Museum, Art Expo Las Vegas and 7 Women from 7 Countries exhibition, Doral, Florida. Desiree’s works have also been on loan in Port Louis, Mauritius Embassy through the United States Arts in Embassy Program. Along with works held in several private collections, Desiree’s talents are commissioned, including illustrated children’s books Splash Puddle Splash and Are You Listening Potbelly? written by Ellen S Cromwell.

TALASI… A Story of Tenderness and Love by Ellen S. Cromwell, publisher Halo Publishing, Int., ISBN: 978-1-61244-420-8; Price: $12.99 (paperback).

Press & Media Contact:
Lisa M. Umina, Publisher
Halo Publishing International
1100 NW Loop 410, Suite 700-176
San Antonio, TX 78213 – USA
+1 877-705-9647
contact@halopublishing.com
http://www.halopublishing.com

“Changing a Culture through the Lens of Storytelling and Reading”

Eli Media Productions Book Project Release, “TomKat, A Family Dinner, Table Manners”

Weston, FL, May 28, 2015 — /REAL TIME PRESS RELEASE/ — Eli Media Productions announces the New Release of the first TomKat Book Series, “TomKat, A Family Dinner, Table Manners.”

The TomKat Series feature four main characters, Professor TomKat, Sari, Tommie, and Kayle TomKat.

Eli, the author of the TomKat children books, captures teaching moments of practical everyday living and forms the subject matter into stories and instructional reading books.

TomKat, A Family Dinner portrays Professor TomKat taking his family out to dinner to celebrate at an upscale restaurant. Sari, Professor TomKat’s wife, teaches Tommie and Kayle the rules of etiquette while enjoying dinner with the family.

“We are in the business of ‘Changing a Culture’ through the lens of storytelling and reading. If we successfully engage, excite, and educate early readers, then we will begin to build stronger foundations for enriched neighborhoods and communities,” said Leigh Hardaway, CEO of Eli Media Productions.

Eli Media Productions is pleased to announce TomKat Book Series, “TomKat, A Family Dinner makes a debut at the Book Expo America, BEA. Checkout TomKat, as he is featured as a member of the New Titles Showcase starting May 27, 2015 – May 29, 2015.

Eli Media Productions, founded in 2014, offers educational resources to reflect the characteristics of the Ecological Theory. The first year’s project will be a series of stories to target the primary educational levels Pre-Kindergarten to Fifth Grade.

Eli is committed to designing instructional learning activities to make reading fun!

For more information visit www.elimediaproductions.com!

Contact-Details: Eli Media Productions
Leigh Hardaway
P.O. Box 266223
Weston, Florida 33326
Contact Telephone: 678-597-8122
Website: www.elimediaproductions.com

Austin Healthy Living and Good Eating Expo Sets Speakers Schedule and Adds Sponsors and Vendors

Healthy Living and Good Eating Expo on May 4, 2013 Adds Speakers, Sponsors and Vendors.

Austin, TX (USA), April 29, 2013 — The Healthy Living and Good Eating Expo announced today a full day of credentialed speakers, seven sponsors and more than 60 vendors for their Saturday May 4, 2013 event which will be held at 7601 Burnet Rd. from 10am – 8pm.

The Austin Healthy Living and Good Eating Expo will feature Healthy and Natural Products, Services, Food, Snacks, and Activities. The Expo offer an educational and speaker series on numerous topics including; Diabetes, Healthy Living, exercise, the effect of sleep on health and other sessions from accredited speakers (see the seminar list here: http://mycityshows.com/cities-shows ). The event is sponsored by Austin’s’ Incubation Station which will be bringing its top portfolio companies, and other Austin area organizations and companies including; the Round Rock Express, Natural Grocers, The Living Clay Company, Capital Kitchens, Happy Hemp and Food Matters.

The Speakers and Session Topics will include:
Kim Wandle, Investor Education Coordinator, Texas State Securities Board. Kim has been employed at the Texas State Securities Board (TSSB) for over 28 years. “Avoiding Investment Fraud”

Beth Boebel, faculty member at the Natural Epicurean Academy of Culinary Arts “Cooking, Spices and Disease Prevention”

Jennifer Mejias, B.S. Nutritional Science and Dietetics, American Diabetes Association Speakers Bureau of Central Texas “Food Is Not the Enemy: Foods to Keep You on Track with Diabetes without restricting your diet.”

“Dr. Mara Karpel, Licensed clinical psychologist and radio show host (Sunday at 7pm CT in Austin on 96.3FM & 1370AM and on the web – on live-stream & podcast: TalkRadio1370am.com.) ” Dr. Mara Karpel, will discuss her mind-body approach to avoiding burnout and improving caregiver wellness.”

Pam Grove, MS, RD, LD, Natural Grocers “Natural Foods for Optimal Health”

Bruce Wayne Meleski, Ph.D., published educator and owner of Intellibed Austin
”Sleep: The Third Leg of Wellness” and” Vibration Rhythms for Life”

Maryum Mitchell, M.Ed. and BS, Associate Manager, Administration, American Diabetes Association “Resources Available from the American Diabetes Association for Diabetics and Pre-Diabetics”

Julie Hutchison, Owner & Creator of Chocolate Shaman “Could Chocolate Actually be good for me?”

Janet Freedman, RN, Diabetes Education Program ”Intro to Diabetes”

Dr. Marlene Merritt, LAc, DOM (NM), CAN “Avocado And Avocadon’t: Clearing Up What’s Wrong With Current Food Recommendations”

Austin Atkins, RRT, CRT, AFAA Certified Personal Trainer. B.S. in Respiratory Care “How to motivate oneself in order to achieve a better, healthier life via fitness and health”

Sonja Das, The Bra Lady “Bad bra’s can be more than a pain in the neck.”

Vendors for the May 4 event include: The American Diabetes Association, AOMA /graduate School of Integrative Medicine, Arbonne International Representatives, Atlas Holistic Wellness Center, Austin Gourmet Imports, Avery Ranch Chiropractic, Bath Planet by Paradise, Bolo Patisserie, Bunkerskin Medical Aesthetics, CapTel Captioned Telephones Representatives, Chick – Fil – A Austin, doTERRA Representatives, Dr. Mara Karpel, Drink Daily Greens Representatives, Essential Bodywear, LLC, The Georgetown Pecan Company, GoDance, Golden Waters of Tea, Good Pop, Greenling, Happy Hemp, Intellibed Austin, It Works! Global Representatives, Juice Plus Representatives, Laurence Egle CFP, Life Span Global Representatives, Lifestyle Transformation Fitness, The Living Clay Company, medifastcenters.com, Merritt Wellness Center, Nana Moo, Natural Grocers &Vitamin Cottage Austin Representatives, Novo Corp. Representatives, NYR Organics Representatives, o Baby! Originals, O3 Skincare Representatives, OLD FACTORY SOAP COMPANY, Powers Family Wellness, Rita’s Water Ice Representatives, The Round Rock Express, Sue Castle Bio-Mat representative, The Chocolate Shaman, The Hearty Vegan, The Jelly Queens, Thrive Life Representatives, Treasured Earth Foods, United Healthcare Community Plan of Texas Representatives, Wondercide/Holmes Integrated Pest Management and Yoga Yoga & Natural Epicurean. Incubation Station Portfolio Companies represented will include: Austin EastCiders , World Peas, GoodSeed Burgers, Primizie Snacks, Thunderbird Energetica, Sanderson Foods, Dude Products, Raven + Lilly, Criquet and Verb.

Portions of the gate receipts, and food and monetary donations will be accepted benefiting Mobile Loaves and Fishes and the Food Pantry which provides meals to home-bound and underprivileged families and individuals throughout the Austin. For a limited time, discount admission vouchers will be available on the http://www.MyCityShows.com web site. Senior citizens, above the age of 65, will be admitted free. Admission is $3 per person and $5 per family. Discounted admission is available with Food Donation.

The Expo will be hosted off of Burnet Road, at the Wozniak Community Center, the Gymnasium and on the grounds of the campus of the St. Louis School (Across from the Northcross Mall at 7601 Burnett Road, Austin, TX 78757) on May 4, 2013 from 10:00AM to 8:00PM.

Health information and educational sessions will be offered from 10am – 5pm with speakers including educators from the American Diabetes Associations, Registered Nurse Educators, and a biometrics expert.

Senior citizens, above the age of 65, will be admitted free. Admission is $3 per person and $5 per family or appropriate food donation to the Food Pantry and Mobile Loaves and Fishes.

About My City Shows:
My City Shows is an Austin, TX based Event Management Company focused on bringing unique personal contact events to communities which benefit local vendors and charitable causes.
Through our community friendly events, local vendors of products and services can have the opportunity to meet with new prospective customers and consumer have access to local suppliers of goods and services in a convenient venue from which they can sample and buy from local vendors while also assisting local non-profits.

About Incubation Station:
Incubation Station is an accelerator for market-validated CPG (consumer product goods) companies. We give entrepreneurs access to vital resources needed to succeed, including dedicated mentorship from industry experts and entrepreneurs, as well as the education, connections and growth funding required for companies to achieve optimal success through rapid and sustainable growth.

Incubation Station Portfolio companies participate in an intensive, 12-14 week mentoring program designed to maximize commercialization and success. Our goal is to make Austin “the place for consumer product companies” by educating and connecting entrepreneurs who want to effectively start-up and compete in this market. Select portfolio companies profiles follow.

About Happy Hemp:
Happy Hemp is an Austin, TX based company spreading the gift of good health in the form of raw and toasted hemp seeds. Happy Hemp seeds are one of the most nutritious and delicious foods on earth. Just a sprinkle of Happy Hemp elevates any meal to super-food status by adding nutty goodness and a healthy dose of protein, fiber, and essential amino and heart healthy fatty acids to any meal. Happy Hemp is more than just a seed, it is a way of life. Life is short– live happy! http://www.happy-hemp.com

Press & Media Contact:
Michael Romanies
FUEL Marketing and Sales
P.O. Box 201269
Austin, TX 78720 – USA
(512) 832-9995
MikeR@Fuelmarketingandsales.com
http://www.FuelMarketingandSales.com

Anecdotes And A Philosphy Of Life From A Family Of Sixteen

Is there an uneasiness that tugs at you from your interior? What is the meaning and purpose of life? Do you want to live in the world without being of the world? How can one achieve true happiness and fulfillment? These are questions addressed in BETTER BY THE DOZEN, PLUS TWO, subtitled Anecdotes and a Philosophy of Life from a Family of Sixteen, written by James and Kathleen Littleton, parents in the process of raising fourteen living children.

This unique and inspiring book unmasks many of the fundamental errors of our time, with the authors offering a concrete hierarchy of values or priorities to live by in the midst of what they describe as a seriously disordered modern dominant culture. It is designed to be an appealing and interesting read for anyone and everyone intended to move the reader to serious reflection on the state of his or her life, and to hopefully come away with some helpful resolutions of a spiritual and/or practical nature.

The Littletons offer experience and insights into subjects including faith, family, living by a hierarchy of values, marriage, motherhood, openness to life, miscarriage, formation of children, service, dealing with difficulties of life, and the importance of having a sense of humor

***Links to Publication: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/littleton or

http://www.amazon.com/BETTER-THE-DOZEN-PLUS-TWO/dp/tags-on-product/1430323981 

About the Authors:
James Littleton, Catholic revert, speaker, spiritual guide, radio guest, contributor toCatholic.net and Catholiclane.com; co-author, with his wife Kathleen, of Better by the Dozen, subtitled Anecdotes and a Philosophy of Life from a Family of Sixteen andauthor of soon to be published Healed through Cancer and Other Adversities. Jim and his wife, Kathleen are parents of nineteen children, fourteen living on earth, ages twenty-six to six, and five living in heaven. He is available as a speaker or retreat or workshop presenter on a wide range of Healing, Faith and Family topics. His guest appearances on television and radio programs include: EWTN Live with Fr. Mitch Pacwa, November 11, 2009; EWTN’s Bookmark with Doug Keck, May 9, 2010; Light of the East, host Fr Thomas Loya; The Drew Mariani Show on Relevant Radio; Kresta in the Afternoon on Ave Maria Radio; The Doctor Is In with Coleen Mast on Ave Maria Radio; and Speak Now with Susan Konig on Sirius Satellite Radio the Catholic Channel; Radio Maria, Lost and Found, with Traci Matheu. He has been featured in numerous articles including Zenit, Lifesite News, Immaculate Heart Messenger Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, and many more.

James can be reached with questions, comments, interview or speaking engagement requests at jamesmlittleton@gmail.com.

BOOK CONTENTS
1. How We Came to Be a Family
2. How We Came to Live our Faith
3. Hierarchy of Values
4. Marriage
5. Motherhood
6. Openness to Life
7. Miscarriage
8. Formation of Children
9. Called to Service
10. On the Cross
11. Importance of Having a Sense of Humor

Praise for Better by the Dozen, Plus Two:

“Here’s a family you won’t forget. And reading about them will brighten your day and deepen your faith. I was blessed in meeting them because their three oldest girls attended or attend Ave Maria University —and we’re hoping the 11 younger siblings will follow in their footsteps! You’ll find 16 reasons for being joyfully counter-cultural.”
Fr. Joseph D. Fessio, S.J.
Editor, Ignatius Press and Theologian in Residence, Ave Maria University

“In Better by the Dozen, Plus Two James and Kathleen Littleton have written a truly profound book that may change your family forever. Through Scripture, Catechism, family anecdotes, and simple “how to” practical advice, this work will challenge and inspire all families both large and small. Throughout the book one thing is clear; the Littleton family perseveres and thrives because of God’s Sacramental Grace. Read this book and be encouraged. Read this book and be awed. Read this book and learn how you, too, can raise a family firmly rooted in Faith and Love for Christ and His Church.”
Mark and Elizabeth Matthews
Authors of Precious Treasure, the Story of Patrick and A Place for Me

“For those looking to invite God not just to their wedding, but also into their marriage, this is a must read. The Littleton ‘s personal journey in striving to be open to God’s will, and then to live his will, offers the inspiration and tools to accomplish this in our own lives.”
Kris Cortes
Co-founder, Virtue in Action and Our Faith in Action

Praise Posted on Amazon.com:

Superb! Superb! Superb! March 28, 2011I read this book at least once a year. I am now in my fourth reading since purchasing it. You will fall in love with this large, Irish Catholic family, as I have. Jim and Kathleen Littleton are devout Catholics who have not been afraid to make radical choices when it comes to living a Christ-centered life or raising a family in such a way that goes completely against the grain of the dominant culture. They have been such an inspiration to me. In fact, after my husband read this book, he decided to become a Catholic! The Littletons have 14 living children. In this book, they will share with you what they are convinced are God’s Hierarchy of Values, namely, God, Spouse, Children, Work, and then Service Work/Apostolate. They also discuss Marriage, Motherhood, Openness to Life, Formation of Children, Service, Cross-Carrying, and the necessity of possessing a sense of humor. Whenever I become discouraged as a parent, I know that it’s time to take this book off of the shelf and read it again. It is the only Catholic book on parenting and devotion that I continue to read over and over again. I eagerly await their next book, and hope that one day, there will be one. 5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! Superb! Superb! March 28, 2011 By Tara ( Alamogordo, NM)

Jim and Kathleen are a beautiful example of understanding, living, and teaching the Catholic faith. I felt like I wanted to be adopted by them! 5.0 out of 5 stars Motivating, October 12, 2007 By Suzanne Earl St. Joseph, pray for us! ( Illinois )

This book is proof that current cultural wisdom is wrong and that the Catholic teaching on openness to life is right. Who knows better, you or God? The Littletons are an excellent example of the generosity God is asking for. One important lesson pointed out by James and Kathleen Littleton is that the world looks at children as a burden which actually belittles the contribution that children bring. They are not just empty stomachs and brains demanding to be fed and sent to college. They are persons who contribute to the family from the day they are brought into it–and more and more as they mature. This book was like a pleasant stroll through a different world in which values were properly prioritized. I only wish there were more anecdotes about the children’s interaction with each other and the hostile world. I loved the one about two older kids saving 10 seats in a theater during the previews while the younger ones waited in the lobby so they didn’t have to look at all the junk in the previews. A good gift for your teenaged sons and daughters. A mandatory gift for Pre-Cana classes. Good idea for Engaged- and Marriage Encounter Weekend attendees. Five Stars Countercultural May 21, 2012 By Jeffery R. King.

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You Will Never Look at Your Best Friend the Same

Derrell Lawrence’s Do You Trust Your Best Friend? stage play national tour.

Philadelphia, PA (USA), Tuesday – February 28, 2012 — The hit stage play, Derrell Lawrence’s Do You Trust Your Best Friend?, ( http://www.doyoutrustyourbestfriend.com ) kicks off its 2012 national tour Easter weekend in Montgomery, Alabama April 6-7, 2012 at the Davis Theater for the Performing Arts, 251 Montgomery Street, Montgomery, AL 36102.

Newly engaged couple, Maurice and April couldn’t be more excited about their upcoming nuptials. While they have the love and support of their family and friends trouble stirs when the maid of honor confess how she really feels about the groom. Watch as relationships are put to the test in this shocking and dramatic tale about commitment, trust, love, and lust.

Starring R&B and Soul sensation, A’ngela Winbush; R&B vocalist, Michel’le; John Canada Terrell of the Five Heartbeats; Matt Nadu of CW Philly; Derrell Lawrence, Temperance Jaxson; Roni Graham; Jonathan Suber, Tanya O’Neill, and Faye Wooten. Directed by Walter DeShields.

This production will open your awareness to modern era relationships. An entertaining montage of musical and poetic gestures brings the play to life and captivates the audience with a fun, engaging, and powerful introduction that many lovers experience, but has an emotional twist that will make you wonder “Do You Trust Your Best Friend?” You may never look at your best friend the same way again.

“Derrell Lawrence’s ‘Do You Trust Your Best Friend? is one of the year’s most brilliant performances. An excellent display of lies, distrust and betrayal, this theatrical performance will have you wanting more!!!! You will never look at your friends the same again.” – ChitlincircuitReviews.com

For tickets and more information on the cast, visit http://www.doyoutrustyourbestfriend.com or call the Davis Theater for the Performing Arts at (334) 241-9567.

About the playwright:
Derrell Lawrence (September 18), born and raised in South Philadelphia, PA, is an American actor, filmmaker, writer, director, executive producer and upcoming author. Derrell has earned several awards including, The Highest Achievement for New Filmmaker at the Jokara-Micheaux Video and Film Festival in Georgia, as well as both The Silver Award and The People’s Choice Award from the Philadelphia International Film Festival and Market for his first movie, “Life Isn’t Fair.” He produced another film, “Happy Holidaze,” and also performed in numerous independent films and stage plays. “Derrell Lawrence’s Do You Trust Your Best Friend?” ( http://www.doyoutrustyourbestfriend.com ) is the first play Derrell has produced which already made a successful stop in Phoenix, AZ and Philadelphia, PA. He is currently co-starring in the film “Must Be The Music” directed by Charles S. Dutton (pre-production).

Press & Media Contact:
Tanya Brockenbrough
The Mic: It Sounds Nice
Philadelphia, PA – USA
(215) 917-8914
tanya@itsoundsnice.com
http://www.doyoutrustyourbestfriend.com

Derrell Lawrence’s Do You Trust Your Best Friend? Stage Play – You Will Never Look at Your Best Friend the Same Again

Due to the overwhelming success of the one night only showing of Philadelphia’s own Derrell Lawrence’s stage play Do You Trust Your Best Friend?, an encore presentation of this award winning dramatic production featuring some of the best Philadelphia talent will take place on Saturday, February 11, 2012 at the Temple Performing Arts Center, 1837 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19122.

Philadelphia, PA (USA), January 21, 2012 — Newly engaged couple, Maurice and April, couldn’t be more excited about their upcoming nuptials. While they have the love and support of their family and friends, trouble stirs when the maid of honor confesses how she really feels about the groom. Watch as relationships are put to the test in Derrell Lawrence’s dramatic tale about commitment, trust, love, and lust.

Starring John Canada Terrell of the Five Heartbeats, Matt Nadu of CW Philly, Derrell Lawrence, Temperance Jaxson, Roni Graham, Jonathan Sober, Mechielle Anderson, and Faye Wooten. Directed by Walter Deshields.

“Derrell Lawrence’s ‘Do You Trust Your Best Friend?’ is one of the year’s most brilliant performances. An excellent display of lies, distrust and betrayal, this theatrical performance will have you wanting more!!!! You will never look at your friends the same again.” – ChitlincircuitReviews.com

For more information on the cast, visit www.doyoutrustyourbestfriend.com Tickets are available at The Liacouras Center box office. They can also be purchased by calling 1-800-298-4200 or visiting www.templeperformingartscenter.org. Show starts at 7:00 pm, doors open at 6:00 pm. Tickets priced $29.50- $39.50.

About the playwright:
Derrell Lawrence (September 18), born and raised in South Philadelphia, PA, is an American actor, filmmaker, writer, director, executive producer and upcoming author. Derrell has earned several awards including, The Highest Achievement for New Filmmaker at the Jokara-Micheaux Video and Film Festival in Georgia, as well as both The Silver Award and The People’s Choice Award from the Philadelphia International Film Festival and Market for his first movie, “Life Isn’t Fair.” He produced another film, “Happy Holidaze,” and also performed in numerous independent films and stage plays. “Derrell Lawrence’s Do you Trust Your Best Friend?” is the first play Derrell has produced which already made a successful stop in Phoenix, Az.

“Derrell has an exceptional gift to tell stories which will definitely entertain you.” – Obba Babatunde (Life, The Temptations, John Q, How High, Half and Half)

To view fan reactions and clips from the previous show, visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bsm_8Cx17Tw

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Press & Media Contact:
Tanya Brockenbrough
The Mic: It Sounds Nice
Philadelphia, PA – USA
215-917-8914
tanya.brockenbrough@gmail.com
http://www.doyoutrustyourbestfriend.com