The Gift of Adventure

EXPRESS YOURSELF!

Be the Star You Are! 501 c3 charity presents:

Express Yourself Teens 

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

The Gift of Adventure

Express Yourself! brings you a stimulating program based on a chapter from our award winning book Be the Star You Are! for Teens. (http://starstyleradio.net/Store.html

Do you abide by the status quo? Do you live inside the box? Are you imprisoned by routine? Life’s too short to be trapped by the world’s expectations and our hosts, Henna Hundal and Asya Gonzalez invite you to find your own adventure! Meet sixteen year old founder of the lip balm company, Blamtastic, Lily Sandler, who has been on the adventure of a growing company while being a teen. Author of Even in Paradise, Chelsey Philpot, captures the intensity, the thrill, and the heartbreak of our too-brief friendships and loves in her stunning debut novel that is a cross of The Great Gatsby meets Looking for Alaska. Hope Heals reporter, Zahra Hasanain, shares tips on how to be adventurous with tips and strategies. As James Dean said, “Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today. Go have an adventure and check off another item on your bucket list!

Guests:

Lily Sandler

Lily Sandler, At the age of 16 Lily is already an accomplished entrepreneur, speaker and nationally recognized expert in youth entrepreneurship.   Lily loves working and has grown her company from a home-based business to an award winning international consumer goods company.   From product development and marketing to sitting across from the largest retailers in the world, Lily knows her consumer goods company inside and out. After all she did help to build it! http://www.blamtastic.com

Chelsey Philpot

Chelsey Philpot, author of Even in Paradise, grew up on a farm in New Hampshire and now works as an editor and journalist. She’s written for the New York Times, Boston Globe, Slate, and numerous other publications. Like her main character, Charlotte, Chelsey attended boarding school in New England. You can visit her online at www.chelseyphilpot.com or on Twitter @ChelseyPhilpot.

Listen at Voice America Kids Radio:http://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/84394/the-gift-of-adventure

Photos, descriptions, links, and listen at http://www.starstyleradio.net/Express_Yourself%21_Radio/Entries/2015/3/31_The_Gift_of_Adventure.html

Mark your calendars for the BTSYA BOOK BASH BLOW OUT on Sat. April 25th from 11-4pm at 5 A Rent a Space in Moraga. http://ow.ly/K3zXG

Meet authors and get autographed copies.

Listen to all broadcasts at ITUNES: https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/express-yourself!/id481894121?mt=2

Express Yourself! Teen Radio is produced by Cynthia Brian of Starstyle Productions, llc as an outreach program of Be the Star You Are! charity. To make a tax-deductible donation to keep this positive youth programming broadcasting weekly to international audiences, visit http://www.bethestaryouare.org/donate.htm. Dare to care!

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.voiceamerica.com/jwplayer/HostPlayer.html?showid=2014

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

Starstyle, Be the Star You Are, and Miracle Moments are registered trademarks of Cynthia Brian

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It’s adventure Tuesday on Express Yours

It’s adventure Tuesday on Express Yourself!™ airing now with author Chelsea Philpott & entrepreneur, Lily Sandler http://ow.ly/L2Rmv

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Paradise Found

Digging Deep-Gardening with Cynthia Brian

Paradise Found 

“God has given us a world that nothing but our own folly keeps from being a paradise.”  George Bernard Shaw

For many people, including myself, sometime between February and March, I have an insatiable urge to experience the exotic romance of a tropical island. I want to feel the sand between my toes, listen to the waves pounding against the shore, smell the seaweed-tainted salt air, and soak up the sun. I yearn to snorkel with turtles, swim with sharks, and perfume my hair with plumeria. As winter wanes and spring sprouts, hammocks beckon. In paradise, the landscape is lush with flowers, trees, and vines that we normally only experience in botanical gardens. But what if we can’t take a trip to a fantasy island? How can we plant a piece of paradise in our personal places to release that fabulous feeling of leisure?

Here is a smattering of simple ways that you can plant the aloha spirit into your spring swing.

Palms

Nothing says “tropical” more than palm trees! When I built my home in Lamorinda, the first two trees I planted in containers were palms. Now planted at the top of my driveway, the two lovers are well over thirty feet, their fronds swaying in the wind to welcome me home.  There are numerous varieties of palms to choose from including Lady, Queen, Date, Coconut, Bamboo, Sago, and many more, depending on what you desire in height, hardiness, leaf structure, and upkeep.

Bird of Paradise

When my daughter and I went on “the college tour”, what enamored her most about San Diego was sunshine, surf, palm trees, and birds of paradise, four ingredients of kick back island living. Hardy in zones 9-12, Bird of Paradise are remarkably easy to grow in our area as long as the plants get four or more hours of direct sunlight with good drainage. They prefer temperatures of 50 degrees and above, but I’ve had no problem growing them even when the thermometer dips below freezing.  If planted from seed, they will take seven or more years to bloom, otherwise, expect to wait three or four years. They afford exquisite, long lasting cut flowers.

Hibiscus

When you are looking for high impact tropical flair with low maintenance, you can’t beat the show-stopping hibiscus. Easy to grow and available in a kaleidoscope of colors, hibiscus enjoys temperatures up to the 90’s but doesn’t do so well under 30 degrees. Hibiscus can be trimmed into gorgeous hedges or used as a moveable container plant.

Ferns

When we think of ferns, we often are reminded of redwood forests or Victorian parlors. In the rain forests, many varieties of ferns grow wild in filtered light where they thrive on humidity and moisture. Propagated by spores, I grow maidenhair, walking, sword, and other hardy ferns in my outdoor landscape, using them often in my floral arrangements.

Traveler’s Tree

I bet this specimen stumps you! Ravenala madagascariensis was named because its long leaf sheaths accumulate a quart of water, often used for drinking in emergencies by travelers. This Madagascar native has a trunk that resembles a palm and fronds that look like banana leaves, yet it is a member of the bird of paradise family boasting white flowers. In the tropics, the traveler’s tree will grow to thirty feet, but in my three large ceramic deck pots, it reaches a perfect height of about eight feet, dying back in a winter freeze.

Bromeliads

What is not to love about these perennial monocotyledons? In tropical settings, we see them attached to trees, structures, or growing like pineapples. In California, they are usually used as houseplants requiring minimal maintenance. They thrive outdoors in the heat as long as the weather remains above freezing. Their brilliant bracts maintain color for six months or more and each rosette blooms only once. As the mother is dying, pups are born, repeating the cycle. Fill the cup on the top of your bromeliad with water when necessary without watering the soil.

Anthuriums

Originally from Central and South America tropical rain forests, now a mainstay in the Hawaiian Islands, anthuriums flourish with heat, humidity, filtered light, and good drainage. Colors include red, pink, white, orange, and green. Combine them with other tropicals for a rich tapestry of vacation envy.

Jungle Fowl

In the islands, jungle fowl roam freely. The magnificently feathered roosters are protective of their girls and offspring. Chickens are the domesticated version of these jungle birds. Although the boys may not be welcome in your neighborhood, the hens will deliver fresh eggs while fertilizing and tilling your landscape.  Peacocks are another beautiful bird in paradise. I grew up raising chickens and peacocks. While my egg business paved the way to my college education, the peacocks provided endless entertainment with their constant preening around anyone or anything they perceived to be female, including our ornamental cement ducks.

Koi Pond

Experience the luxury of getting up close and personal with friendly, curious, colorful fish by installing a koi pond, probably the most popular of all garden installations.  With proper filtering, aerating, and feeding, you will enjoy years of exotic water entertainment.

These are just a few ways to bring a slice of foreign fun to your home. There are hundreds of dramatic plants to introduce into your tropical design including begonias, orchids, amaryllis, bamboo, lilies, bougainvillea, mandevillas, and vines of every sort.  Keep in mind that many of the indoor plants we purchase at our favorite nursery or garden center are actually grown in the wild in tropical climates. Even if you don’t decide to create a tropical paradise outside, you can always transport the tropics indoors to enjoy a bit of paradise. Finally, don’t forget the importance of a water feature and attracting the birds.

Spring has sprung so why not bring the romance, adventure, and luxury of a vacation hideaway to your piece of heaven. Kick off your mud boots, grab your flip flops and sun tan lotion, tuck a bright pink hibiscus blossom in your hair, and find paradise in your continental backyard.

Cynthia Brian’s Mid Month Reminders

CHECK out the new science base app, Tomato MD, that helps gardeners identify more than 35 diseases, insects, or disorders of tomatoes. The demo version is FREE, the full version is $2.99 from Apple App store or Google Play.

ALLOW spent daffodils and narcissus to dry as they are. Do not cut or you won’t have any flowers next season.

PICK bouquets of freesia, Bearded iris, and jasmine for a fragrant centerpiece.

ADD nitrogen to boost the growth of all your plants.

COME to the Be the Star You Are!® Book Bash Blow Out on April 25th at 5 A Rent A Space to pick up your FREE seeds and complimentary potpourri. http://ow.ly/K3zXG

Read at: http://www.lamorindaweekly.com/archive/issue0902/Digging-Deep-Gardening-with-Cynthia-Brian-Paradise-Found.html

Mark your calendars for the BTSYA BOOK BASH BLOW OUT on Sat. April 25th from 11-4pm at 5 A Rent a Space in Moraga. http://ow.ly/K3zXG

Meet authors and get autographed copies. Get FREE Potpourri.

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Cynthia Brian

The Goddess Gardener

Starstyle® Productions, llc

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Cynthia Brian is a New York Times best selling author, speaker, coach, and host of the radio show, StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® broadcasting live every Wednesday from 4-5pm PT on the Voice America Network.. She also is the creator and producer of Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio and Executive Director of Be the Star You Are!® 501c3 charity.

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Lucy Angel, Paradise Found, Modern Manners

with Cynthia Brian and Heather Brittany on StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® Radio brought to the airwaves under the auspices ofBe the Star You Are!® 501 c3 charity, LIVE, since 1998.

If you’ve ever been on a holiday to a tropical island, you’ve wondered how you could bring paradise home. Cynthia Brian plants the seeds of aloha in our back yards so that you can enjoy heaven every day.

Technology has changed the way we behave in public and in private. In our quest to be constantly connected, we often forget common courtesies. Cynthia Brian will give you some tips on how to be polite and professional in both your business and personal lives.

Mother and daughter rock! Quite literally with the family trio of country singers, Mom Kate and daughters Lindsay and Emily Anderton who star in the docu-series, “Discovering Lucy Angel” on AXS TV. The lead-off single “Crazy Too” on their self-titled album, Lucy Angel, as heard on SiriusXM The Highway reached the Top 20’s on Sirius XM’s Hot 45 Countdown chart. The trio’s tight harmonies and unforgettable brand has led them to open for Jake Owen, Montgomery Gentry, Charlie Daniels, Jerrod Niemann, Casey James, Neal McCoy and more.

Guest Bio:

Consisting of mother Kate and daughters Lindsay and Emily Anderton, Lucy Angel is celebrating the release of their debut self-titled album to alongside their AXS TV docu-series DISCOVERING LUCY ANGEL. The lead-off single “Crazy Too” as heard on SiriusXM The Highway reached the Top 20’s on Sirius XM’s Hot 45 Countdown chart. The trio’s tight harmonies and unforgettable brand has led them to open for Jake Owen, Montgomery Gentry, Charlie Daniels, Jerrod Niemann, Casey James, Neal McCoy and more. Building their fan base worldwide, Lucy Angel was honored as the first Western/American act to ever sing at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China. Lucy Angels self-titled album is available exclusively at Walmarts and Targets nationwide along with all online digital retailers. For more information, visit www.LucyAngel.com; go to their Facebook page here and follow them on Twitter, @LucyAngelBand; on Instagram and YouTube.

Listen at Voice America: http://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/84231/lucy-angel-sleep-anxiety-paradise-found

Short link:http://bit.ly/1M1t70h

Listen at StarStyle Radio with photos and descriptions:http://www.starstyleradio.net/Starstyle_Radio/Entries/2015/3/25_Paradise_Found%2C_Modern_Manners%2C_Lucy_Angel.html

Catch up with all broadcasts on ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/starstyle-be-the-star-you-are!/id669630180?mt=2

Mark your calendars for the BTSYA BOOK BASH BLOW OUT on Sat. April 25th from 11-4pm at 5 A Rent a Space in Moraga. http://ow.ly/K3zXG

Meet authors and get autographed copies.

Buy books by Cynthia Brian at http://starstyleradio.net/Store.html

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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.  http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2206/be-the-star-you-are.  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.

Brought to the airwaves under the auspices of the literacy and positive media charity, Be the Star You Are!®, (http://www.BetheStarYouAre.org) each program will pump your energy to help you live, love, laugh, learn, and lead.

Tune in the Power Hour every Wednesday from 4-5pm PT/70-8pmET at http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2206/be-the-star-you-are.  and join our empowerment party.

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The Gift of Adapting

Express Yourself! brings you a stimulating program based on a chapter from our award winning book Be the Star You Are! for Teens. (http://starstyleradio.net/Store.html

Life is full of conflict and challenges, yet we humans are full of resilience. Whenever we find ourselves in trying times, we grow, we change, we acclimate, we adapt. Hosts Henna Hundal and Asya Gonzalez navigate the topic of adapting to change with Global Talk reporter, Ryan Sim who uses the current California drought as an example of adapting to different scenarios. Henna and Asya also interview author Sandy Goldsworthy with her books Aftermath and Aftershock, as she talks about how adaptation has registered in her writing and her personal life. Henna and Asya share an in-depth look at what it means to be ready and willing to accommodate new conflicts and challenges by offering concrete tips including:

  1. a. keep a gratitude journal
  2. b. pay attention to your life
  3. c. be a victor, not a victim
  4. d. choose positive attitudes and actions
  5. e. learn to relax and breathe
  6. f. set smart goals

Change is important, it teaches us new lessons in life. How can we grow if we don’t experience change? Strategies that allow us to adapt to change help us live happier, healthier lives. Give yourself the gift of adaptability.

Guest Bio:

Sandy Goldsworthy was born and raised in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.  Her passion for putting pen to paper began when her high school English teacher inspired her to be more descriptive in her work. Ever since, Sandy has dabbled in creative writing, searching for that perfect shade of red.

Sandy’s first novel, Aftermath, was signed by Clean Teen Publishing, in 2014.

When not writing, Sandy enjoys traveling, cooking, reading, and hanging out with friends and family. She resides in southeastern Wisconsin with her husband, Mike, two children, Brittany and Kyle, and their English Mastiff, Miles. www.sandygoldsworthy.com

Listen at Voice America Kids Radio:http://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/83890/the-gift-of-adapting

Photos, descriptions, links, and listen at http://www.starstyleradio.net/Express_Yourself%21_Radio/Entries/2015/3/24_The_Gift_of_Adapting.html

Read Press Pass: http://vapresspass.com/2015/03/24/gift-adapting/

Mark your calendars for the BTSYA BOOK BASH BLOW OUT on Sat. April 25th from 11-4pm at 5 A Rent a Space in Moraga. http://ow.ly/K3zXG

Meet authors and get autographed copies.

Listen to all broadcasts at ITUNES: https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/express-yourself!/id481894121?mt=2

Express Yourself! Teen Radio is produced by Cynthia Brian of Starstyle Productions, llc as an outreach program of Be the Star You Are! charity. To make a tax-deductible donation to keep this positive youth programming broadcasting weekly to international audiences, visit http://www.bethestaryouare.org/donate.htm. Dare to care!

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.voiceamerica.com/jwplayer/HostPlayer.html?showid=2014

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

Starstyle, Be the Star You Are, and Miracle Moments are registered trademarks of Cynthia Brian

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If you want to enjoy paradise in your ba

If you want to enjoy paradise in your backyard, read Cynthia Brian’s Paradise Found in Lamorinda Weekly. Aloha! http://ow.ly/KOq4G

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A Mother/Daughters Rock Group, Lucy Ange

A Mother/Daughters Rock Group, Lucy Angel, plus tech etiquette, & finding paradise at home LIVE with Cynthia 4-5pm PT http://ow.ly/KNJPm

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