Cynthia Brian & Heather Brittany Celebrate Twelve Years of Radio Hosting!

Congratulations to Cynthia Brian and Heather Brittany for 12 years of weekly LIVE broadcasting of StarStyle®-Be the Star you Are!® on Voice America/World Talk Radio. Tune in Wednesdays 4-5pm PT/7-8pm ET. http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2206/be-the-star-you-are. Archives, photos, descriptions and more are available at all times from http://www.StarStyleRadio.com. The program is brought to the airwaves as an outreach program of Be the Star You Are!® charity. http://www.BetheStarYouAre.org Lend us your ears!

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60 second health boosters, refreshing su

60 second health boosters, refreshing summer libations, more butter LIVE 4-5pm PT w/Cynthia Brian & Heather Brittany http://ow.ly/zvaKn

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Being Busy with actor Alyvia Alyn

Express Yourself Teens
With the on-air Be the Star You Are!® youth reporters.
Produced by Cynthia Brian

Is being busy a good or bad thing? Our teens believe that being overwhelmed is bad while doing what you love is great-even if it means being super busy. How do we find the time to do it all? Hosts Youngjoo Ahn and Clare Durant lead the discussion on our American obsession with constantly “doing and being so busy!” Techie Talk reporter, Caiseen Kelley shares two apps that have helped her family, friends, and self keep on task while eliminating the stress of a hectic schedule. In The Big Picture, Clare reminds us about the importance of play to avoid burn out. Special guest, six year old actress and rising star, Alyvia Alyn, is excitedly juggling several movies, TV shows, interviews, and home schooling with her passion for her family, dog, singing, dancing, and karate. Catch her in her latest film, Blended, as well as her TV series, Revenge, and daytime soap, The Young and the Restless. Alyvia’s enthusiasm is contagious! Book It! Reporter, Courtney Cheng admits that she is a list maker who writes a list reminding her to write a list, yet she is working on seven habits to be more effective. Remember you are in control of the way you feel and by incorporating enjoyable activities into your life, you will feel more energized. Get busy being alive! Play and do what you love!
Listen at Voice America: http://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/78791/being-busy-with-actor-alyvia-alyn

Listen at Express Yourself! Teen Radio: http://starstyleradio.net/Express_Yourself%21_Radio/Entries/2014/7/22_Being_Busy_Plus_Actress_Alyvia_Alyn.html

Congrats to everyone who volunteers and supports Be the Star You Are!®. BTSYA has been named a 2014 TOP NON PROFIT for the 6th straight year and is one of the first to be awarded this honor by Guidestar and Great Non Profits. Visit http://greatnonprofits.org/org/be-the-star-you-are-inc. Read more: http://vapresspass.com/2014/06/21/star-501-c3-charity-honored-2014-top-rated-non-profit-cynthia-brian/

Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio is produced by Cynthia Brian of Starstyle® Productions, llc as an outreach program of Be the Star You Are!® charity. For information on being a guest email caiekelley@gmail.com. To make a tax-deductible donation to keep this positive youth programming broadcasting weekly to international audiences, visit http://www.bethestaryouare.org/donate.htm. Thanks for supporting teens!
For all the latest news on what teens are talking about on Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio embed this code into your blogs and web sites
http://www.bethestaryouare.org/donate.htm. Thanks for supporting teens!

Be the Star You Are!® charity. It’s the Season of Giving Make a donation today. http://www.bethestaryouare.org/donate.htm. Buy books and shirts at http://starstyleradio.net/Store.html

Buy, sip and savor coffee, tea, and hot chocolate from http://coffeethatgivesback.org through September 15, and 25% of your purchase will be donated to Be the Star You Are!® with no additional cost to you. You can also buy personal care and nutraceuticals at http://coffeethatgivesback.org and get your products delivered.

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Busy, busy, busy! Is there an upside? Li

Busy, busy, busy! Is there an upside? Listen NOON PT on Express Yourself! Meet 6 yr old star of Revenge, Alyvia Alyn. http://ow.ly/zsnI2

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Scrapbooking,, Creativity, and Teen Marriage

With the Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio Reporters

Produced by Cynthia Brian

Crafting and Scrapbooking seem to be favorite pastimes of young people. Now that summer is here and teens have more time to be imaginative, it may be time to hit the craft stores for a little artistic therapy. Hosts Henna Hundal and Courtney Cheng have different ways of being creative. Courtney’s creativity manifests with music, reading, journaling, writing and making photo chains while enjoys chronicling a healthy lifestyle. The Gift of Giving reporter, Katelyn Darrow provides ways to make original and beautiful masterpieces, including hosting a scrapbook party with friends to share materials and the fun. Joseph Reihle, a Starshine Academy high school senior, chats with our hosts about his plans to join the military following in the footsteps of his father who also was a radio DJ after he graduates and is married.
His creativity is exhibited as he dabbles as a Tv/radio reporter and producer covering school events. Whether you scrapbook, photograph, craft, draw, paint, write, or play music, be your innovative, original self. In other words, always be the star you are and shine!

Listen at Voice America: http://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/78703/scrapbooking-and-creativity-with-guest-interview-joseph-reihle-from-starshine-academy

Listen at Express Yourself! Teen Radio: http://starstyleradio.net/Express_Yourself%21_Radio/Entries/2014/7/15_Scrapbooking_%26_Creativity.html

Congrats to everyone who volunteers and supports Be the Star You Are!®. BTSYA has been named a 2014 TOP NON PROFIT for the 6th straight year and is one of the first to be awarded this honor by Guidestar and Great Non Profits. Visit http://greatnonprofits.org/org/be-the-star-you-are-inc. Read more: http://vapresspass.com/2014/06/21/star-501-c3-charity-honored-2014-top-rated-non-profit-cynthia-brian/

Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio is produced by Cynthia Brian of Starstyle® Productions, llc as an outreach program of Be the Star You Are!® charity. For information on being a guest email caiekelley@gmail.com. To make a tax-deductible donation to keep this positive youth programming broadcasting weekly to international audiences, visit http://www.bethestaryouare.org/donate.htm. Thanks for supporting teens!
For all the latest news on what teens are talking about on Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio embed this code into your blogs and web sites
http://www.bethestaryouare.org/donate.htm. Thanks for supporting teens!

Be the Star You Are!® charity. It’s the Season of Giving Make a donation today. http://www.bethestaryouare.org/donate.htm. Buy books and shirts at http://starstyleradio.net/Store.html

Buy, sip and savor coffee, tea, and hot chocolate from http://coffeethatgivesback.org through September 15, and 25% of your purchase will be donated to Be the Star You Are!® with no additional cost to you. You can also buy personal care and nutraceuticals at http://coffeethatgivesback.org and get your products delivered.

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Summertime Traveling for Fun And Health

By Henna Hundal
Edited by Cynthia Brian

Around this time of year, the days of endless sunshine and cool summer breezes infuse a new type of energy in us. We get a little more invigorated, adventurous, and ready to leave our comfort zones. Whether it consists of taking small day trips or going on grand vacations, some form of traveling is bound to be on many folks’ agenda this summer. Traveling is a great diversion, after all. But did you know vacations are healthy for you?
In December of last year, the U.S. Travel Association, in conjunction with the Global Commission on Aging and the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, conducted a comprehensive poll, which found that women who vacation at minimum twice a year have a notably lower risk of developing a heart attack or coronary death compared with women who travel less frequently. In addition, the results suggest that men who don’t opt to travel at least once a year have a 30% increased chance of death from heart disease.
These statistics indicating a solid link between travel and wellness surprised high school sophomore Emma T. “I wasn’t aware before that traveling could actually have healthy effects on your body,” she says. “I’ll definitely be keeping that in mind when I travel this summer.” Junior Sami R. is equally amazed by the facts. “Preventing heart attacks is a huge concern in our country right now, and everyone’s trying to find solutions,” she notes. “It’s neat that traveling might be one of the answers.”
But that’s not all. The poll results further suggest that traveling has the capacity to brighten an individual’s overall mood, as 86% of the people from the survey who travel feel content with their prospects in life, as opposed to the 75% of non-travelers who feel the same way. Some researchers speculate that the spontaneity inherent in vacations nurtures a latent side of oneself and expands one’s mind to take on new challenges.
Junior Andrew B. recognizes the strong correlation between going on trips and emotional well-being in his own life. “I always feel better after I take a break from my normal life and go somewhere fun,” he says. “It’s cool that there’s actual science that supports this because I’ve personally felt these effects for a long time.” Freshman Tia R. is also able to understand the beneficial ramifications of excursions. “When I’m on vacation I’ve never really thought about this stuff, but looking back I can see how it plays a role,” she admits. “It’s like, who isn’t going to just feel happier when you get to try out new things?”
Clearly, if components of both physical and mental health are boosted through traveling, then no doubt this poll give us more reason to treat ourselves to some form of respite. In the summertime in particular, don’t be afraid to escape the mundaneness of your daily routine for the chance to embrace fresh experiences. The odds say, not only will you find yourself having a fabulous time, but you’ll be reaping some considerable health benefits as well.

Express Yourself! Teen Radio Host and Be the Star You Are! volunteer, Henna Hundal, is a 12th grader on a mission to empower the younger generation to lead active, healthy lives.

As the editor and teen coach for Teen Scene for the newspaper, Cynthia Brian has had the opportunity to work with talented teens with attitude and opinions. She shares selected published works. To read numerous articles shepherded by Cynthia, visit http://www.BTSYA.com. Cynthia Brian also produces Express Yourself!™ on Voice America Kids Network heard Tuesdays NOON PT at http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2014/express-yourself or for photos, descriptions, links, and more visit http://www.ExpressYourselfTeenRadio.com 

More information about the show at http://www.btsya.com/express_yourself_radio_show.html
Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio is produced by Cynthia Brian of Starstyle® Productions, llc as an outreach program of Be the Star You Are!® charity. For information on being a guest email info@BetheStarYouAre.org. To make a tax-deductible donation to keep this positive youth programming broadcasting weekly to international audiences, visit http://www.bethestaryouare.org/donate.htm. Thanks for supporting teens!
://www.bethestaryouare.org/donate.htm. Thanks for supporting teens!

Read at: https://www.lamorindaweekly.com/archive/issue0810/Summertime-Traveling-For-Fun-and-For-Health.html

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Congratulations to Cynthia Brian and Heather Brittany for 12 years of weekly LIVE broadcasting of StarStyle®-Be the Star you Are!® on Voice America/World Talk Radio. Tune in Wednesdays 4-5pm PT/7-8pm ET. http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2206/be-the-star-you-are. Archives, photos, descriptions and more are available at all times from http://www.StarStyleRadio.com. The program is brought to the airwaves as an outreach program of Be the Star You Are!® charity. http://www.BetheStarYouAre.org Lend us your ears!

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Digging Deep-Gardening with Cynthia Brian From Seed to Shining Seed

by Cynthia Brian

“I have great faith in a seed. Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders.” Henry David Thoreau

With your first bite of sweet white corn, a juicy garden ripe tomato, or a thirst-quenching mouthful of watermelon, there is no mistaken that summer has arrived. There is nothing better than going into the garden of eating pleasures! With all the hundreds of varieties of seeds available today, it’s challenging to know what will work best in your unique micro-climate. When do you plant and how do you know when you’ll be able to harvest? Since we can enjoy a cornucopia of edibles throughout the year, I’m providing notes on how best to direct seed to ensure an abundant harvest in any season.

My first rule of thumb is to survey your family to find out what everyone enjoys most. (And if your kids say doughnuts, let them plant cheerio seeds. When nothing grows explain to them that some years you’ll get the doughnuts, but mostly you’ll just get the holes!) The next step is to prepare your beds. To ensure a successful crop, choose a sunny area with well-drained, enriched soil. Weed the area, break up the clumps of dirt, remove rocks and stones, rake two or three times. Plant in rows, squares, raised beds (easier on the back and for harvesting), in a 2 x 3 foot plot, containers, or mixed in your flowerbeds. Some of my most successful harvests have come from vegetables in my potager combination garden and even my pots.

Set out the seed packets that you want to grow. Read the label and the directions carefully to determine how many seeds to plant, how to space, and how deep. To save seeds and thinning waste, I use the minimum amount of seeds recommended, then follow up with more seeds a few weeks later for succession planting. Cover seeds to a depth of no more than three times their diameter.

Consistent watering is mandatory for germination. Some seeds have a tough outer shell that needs to be softened for up to ten days with constant moisture. Other seeds (varieties of beans) must soak overnight in water before planting. In a drought year, planning a garden by seeding only may not be as cost effective as planting seedlings. Once the plants are established, you can cut back on the water schedule.

This year has been challenging with the variance in weather patterns–the daylight hours are scorching hot and by night the fog rolls in with its chilly sting. Just when we thought all danger of frost had passed, a freeze emerged. Since we don’t know what the season has in store, I’ve learned to plant more than one variety as insurance, or you may elect to plant indoors first, then transplant later. When shoots emerge, add a top layer of straw to help maintain moisture and heat.

CHEAT SHEET for Cynthia Brian’s Top 12 Direct Sow Vegetables
Temperatures, planting directions, germination, and harvesting may differ depending on your seed selection. Buy a reliable soil thermometer to eliminate the guesswork. If you have a particular date that you want to harvest, work the math backwards to determine your planting dates.
Legend:
*=Succession planting recommended

Arugula: Plant in soil temperatures of 50-60 degrees, 6 inches apart. Germinates in 7-10 days, edible within 40 days. *
Beet: Plant in soil temperatures of 65-75 degrees, 6 inches apart. Germinates in 10-15 days, edible within 55 days. *
Bush Bean: Plant at a soil temperature of 50-60 degrees, 2 inches apart. Germinates in 4-10 days, edible in 50-65 days.
Corn: Plant in soil temperatures of 65-75 degrees, 8 inches apart. Germinates in 4-10 days, 112 days until edible.
Kale: Plant in soil temperatures of 65-85 degrees, 24 inches apart. Germinates in 5-10 days, edible within 50-65 days.
Leek: Plant in soil temperatures of 60-65 degrees, 6 inches apart. Germinates in 5-10 days, edible 80-145 days.
Lettuce: Plant in soil temperatures of 55-65 degrees, 6 inches apart. Germinates in 7-14 days, edible in 45-70 days. *
Pepper: Plant in soil temperature of 70-85 degrees, 12-18 inches apart. Germinates in 6-12 days, edible in 70-100 days.
Swiss Chard: Plant in soil temperatures of 55-80 degrees, 12 inches apart. Germinates in 5-10 days, 50-60 days until edible.
Squash: Plant in soil temperatures 65-80 degrees. Hill 6 seeds, thin to 3 seeds per hill with hills spaced 48-72 inches apart. Summer squash is edible within 50 days, winter squash within 100 days.
Tomato: Plant in soil temperatures of 70-75 degrees, 36-48 inches apart. Germinates in 7-14 days, 70-90 days until edible.
Watermelon: Plant in soil temperatures of 70-85 degrees. Hill 6 seeds, thin to 3 plants per hill with hills spaced 72 inches apart. 4-10 days until germination, 110 days until edible.

Basil, chives, cilantro, dill, fennel, mustard, and parsley are easily grown from seeds. Pop a few seeds between your veggie plantings. To thrill children, let them plant radish and carrot seeds as they germinate quickly. For cucumbers, eggplant, oregano, sage, tarragon, thyme, and rosemary, I prefer to plant seedlings from small 2 or 4 inch pots. Cut greens daily for a never-ending salad of healthy feasting.

Sprinkle a palette of color into your landscape with these sure fire flower seeds:
Bachelor Buttons
Blackeyed Susan
Calendula
Chinese Lantern
Cosmos
Forget-Me-Nots
Hollyhocks
Marigolds
Nasturtiums
Nigela
Poppies
Sweet Alyssum
Sunflowers
Zinnias

Planting by seed is easy on your wallet and relatively stress free. When the seed doesn’t germinate, sow again. For instant gratification, experiment with the new “baby” varieties of crops that can go from seed to table within 40 days or so. If you are looking for a truly quick kitchen crop, grow sprouts. Add seeds to a small container of water and eat as the green shoots “sprout”.

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.” Robert Louis Stevenson

Sow, grow-vertical, horizontal, circular, or as a ménage. From seed to shining seed-expect wonders!

Happy Gardening! Happy Growing
Cynthia Brian

Cynthia Brian’s Harvest List for July
⎫ Santa Rosa plums
⎫ Nectarines
⎫ Tangerines
⎫ Peaches
⎫ Kale
⎫ Tomatoes
⎫ Peppers
⎫ Corn
⎫ Squash

©2014
Cynthia Brian
The Goddess Gardener
Starstyle® Productions, llc
Cynthia@GoddessGardener.com
http://www.GoddessGardener.com
I am available as a speaker, designer, and consultant.

Cynthia Brian is the producer and host of LIVE program, StarStyle®-Be the Star you Are!® broadcasting on Voice America/World Talk Radio. Tune in Wednesdays 4-5pm PT/7-8pm ET. http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2206/be-the-star-you-are

Read at https://www.lamorindaweekly.com/archive/issue0810/Digging-Deep-Gardening-with-Cynthia-Brian-From-Seed-to-Shining-Seed.html

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