Detox, Get Productive, Use Feng Shui for Prosperity

Welcome to Starstyle®-Be the Star You Are!® with your hosts Cynthia Brian and Heather Brittany on the Voice America Empowerment Channel.  Our goal is to seed, stimulate, and support space for positive, meaningful conversations that will get you talking around the dinner table.

How can you detox without detoxing? Despite the buzz around detoxing, there is no science to back up the benefits. Heather Brittany brings you ways to prevent toxicity in Health Matters.

How can you make your front entrance inviting, vibrant, and a doorway to prosperity? Embrace feng shui practices beginning at the curb. Cynthia Brian brings the Bagua map to energize your home.

Up your happiness and productivity quotient with a little quiet time. We’ll explore the secret benefits of silence as brain mini breaks. Set boundaries and let your mind off duty once in awhile with Cynthia Brian’s joyful jaunts.

Coming up on Saturday, September 27th, we hope you’ll visit our Be the Star You Are!® charity booth at the Pear and Wine Festival sponsored by The Lamorinda Weekly Newspaper and Napa Valley Wealth Management.  For information, go to and click on EVENTS.

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The award winning positive talk radio program, StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® broadcasts on the Voice America Empowerment Channel LIVE every Wednesday from 4-5pm Pt/7-8pm ET.  Cynthia Brian and Heather Brittany are the Mother/Daughter dynamic duo who have been co-hosting this program live weekly since 1998 bringing upbeat, life enhancing conversation to the world. With Cynthia’s expertise in interviewing the trailblazers, authors, and experts and Heather’s healthy living segments, these Goddess Gals are your personal growth coaches helping you to jumpstart your life while igniting your flame of greatness.

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Toxin Free,Feng Shui Prosperity, Silent

Toxin Free,Feng Shui Prosperity, Silent Productivity with Cynthia Brian & Heather Brittany on StarStyle! Party TIME!

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Back to School Frenzy

Express Yourself Teens 

With the on-air Be the Star You Are!® youth reporters.

Produced by Cynthia Brian

It’s time to go back to school! Our Express Yourself!™ hosts, Courtney Cheng and Henna Hundal along with our reporters, Caiseen Kelley and Asya Gonzalez provide everything you need to rev up the excitement for a new year of learning.  They’ll share their bright ideas and personal experiences about getting organized, color coding, finding new apps, staying healthy, shopping for supplies, finding friends, gaining teacher’s respect while balancing school and fun. Back to school can be stressful, but we are looking on the bright side of it all. Whether you’re an anxious student just about to transition into a new school, a high school senior struggling with senioritis already, or stepping into your first days of college, our Express Yourself!™ teens provide the answers you need to calm your back to school jitters. Tune in!

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Get a discount to Author 101 for Oct 23-

Get a discount to Author 101 for Oct 23-26 in LA by registering before Sept. 20. This is for you if you are writing!

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by Cynthia Brian

Tickle it with a hoe and it will laugh into a harvest. English Saying

Growing up on our Napa farm, I fondly remember the harvest festivals of September and October.  Organized by the local volunteer fire department, farm bureau, or 4-H Club, once all the crops had been harvested, the hoes were put down. The men ignited the flames on the huge homemade grills laden with farm-raised chicken, lamb, pork, and beef while the ladies prepared the potluck side dishes from bushels of fresh fruit and vegetables. Hay bale mazes, bobbing for apples, sack races, and piñata punching would be activities that entertained the kids. Everyone anticipated the rhythms of the fiddles, accordions, drums, horns, and guitars. Music signaled our time for foot stomping.  It was time for the barn dance, heel kicking, and a good ole’ fashion celebration against the backdrop of a harvest moon.

As earnest gardeners who have not grown up in rural America, how do we know when the time is ripe to harvest our produce? Nature usually has a way of informing us about the optimum time to pluck your favorite vegetable or fruit at its peak. Berries are plump, juicy, and deep in color. Apples fall into your hand the second they are touched.  Our noses lead us to the sweet smell of a ripe pear, our eyes shine on that perfect deep red tomato, and our ears hear the hollow thump of a crunchy melon. We use all of our senses to identify the best time to harvest including our common sense. If possible, pick your produce early in the morning, just as the sun is rising. The air is cooler and the crops are crisp, allowing them to last longer. If you wait to pick until the heat of the day, lettuces, radishes, peas, chards, and leafy greens will be limp and wilted. The second best time to harvest your non-droopy crops like zucchini, grapes, tomatoes, and root vegetables is early evening, preferably after the sun has set. The early sunbathing actually adds to their sugariness.

Here are time-tested suggestions to help you pick, pull, and pluck a sampling of your garden favorites at the peak of perfection.

Harvest Hints

Apples: When you touch a ripe apple, regardless of variety, it should need only a slight pull to fall off the branch.

Beans: Pick before the pods begin to swell and when the strings are still slender. Pick often to encourage more bean development.

Beets: Pull when beets are 1 ½ inch to 2 inches in diameter. Cut off the tops to use in cooking or chop into salads.

Carrots: Whether you are growing orange, purple, yellow, or white carrots, loosen the soil when they are ½-1 inch thick, then pull.

Cucumbers: Harvest cucumbers when they are shiny and small. The bigger they get, the more bitter and seedy they become. Lemon cucumbers will be slightly yellow while English and Armenian cucumbers will be green. Frequent picking encourages more growth.

Eggplants:  Young eggplants are the tastiest and sweetest. Their flesh is glossy purple. Do not pull eggplants. Cut with a sharp knife.

Fennel: Cut bulbing fennel at the soil line. Use the bulb as well as the ferny leaves in recipes.

Grapes: If you are growing grapes, you know when they are ready to be harvested by doing a taste test. Don’t pull the bunch from the vine. Use a sharp knife to cut individual bunches.

Kale: As long as you leave six to eight leaves of the kale on the stem, you can start picking kale as soon as it is established. Kale grows quickly and will continue to send out more leaves.

Peppers: For the ultimate in flavor and sweetness, allow peppers to grow to their deepest colors of green, red, yellow, orange, and purple. Twist and pick whatever size you wish.

Pumpkins: Try to pierce the skin of a pumpkin with your fingernail. If it is too hard, the pumpkin is ripe. Cut the stem at least 3 inches long and let the pumpkin cure for a week or more in the sun. Pumpkins will last a very long time when stored at 48-50 degrees in a dry environment.

Tomatoes: For the richest flavor, be patient and wait for your tomato to reach its full sun-ripened color for the specific variety. If rain threatens, pick your green tomatoes and leave on the counter. Most will ripen at room temperature. Whatever you do, never refrigerate tomatoes after picking or you’ll lose nutrients and taste.

The end of crop harvesting heralds the beginning of autumn everywhere as a time for rejoicing. Although in cities, towns, and suburbia attending a barn dance may not be in the cards, there are a number of festivals to celebrate the times. Check The Lamorinda Weekly’s “Not To Missed” for fun events for the entire family during the autumn harvest season.

For a day of old fashioned entertainment and activities, be sure to attend the 2014 Pear and Wine Festival at Moraga Commons on Saturday, September 27 from 10-4pm for music, food, wine, crafts, kids zone, and Toast to Moraga’s 40th Anniversary.

It’s a harvest homecoming! Cue the fiddles!

Happy Gardening and Happy Growing!


Cynthia Brian

The Goddess Gardener

Starstyle® Productions, llc

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Cynthia Brian, Founder and Executive Director of Be the Star You Are!® 501 c3 literacy and positive media charity is also the producer and host of Starstyle®-Be the Star You Are!® Radio heard live every Wednesday 4-5pm PT on the Voice America Network as well as creator/producer of the teen show, Express Yourself!™ broadcasting Tuesdays at NOON PT on voice America Kids. Visit for more information.

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Be the sponsor of the 11th Annual Nation

Be the sponsor of the 11th Annual National Essay Contest with lots of promo & benefits.

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