Moms Moguls Breakfast – Helping Kelly Rutherford Get Her Children Back!

10 May

Being supportive is a very important thing! So let’s take a common denominator, being a mother!  Mothers will help in PTA meetings, making cupcakes to raise money for a charity, learn ice skating although terrified because their little one shows interest.  Mothers multi-task and often than not say no to the many things that our children may need and somehow figure out a way to give them the absolute best.  And while all that is going, still find the opportunity to think about doing things to keep her identity as a woman –  to feel normal.  With all that; support is needed!

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l. – r. Lyss Stern, Aliza Licht, Kelly Rutherford, Keri Glassman, Genevieve Gorder, Rachel Blumenthal, Sasha Charnin Morrison and Veronica Webb Del Gatto

So to get just that and to be rejuvenated; I attend yearly the DivaMom’s Moms Mogul Breakfast.  This year’s breakfast was hosted by  DivaMom’s founder; Lyss Stern and Veronica Webb Del Gatto; held at URBO NYC restaurant.  The breakfast is where women gather to get:

  • Encouragement
  • Support
  • Be inspired
  • Speak with exceptional and professional women that give advice on everything to find out if you are a AM or PM person to the crazy idea that you can really and truly find time to start your own business.

In it’s 3rd year; this Moms Mogul Breakfast was very different! All present were asked to give one of the panelists some support this time! There is power in numbers and more so when you can connect!

Kelly Rutherford

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Let’s say the support needed is to help sign a petition to the Obama Administration under We The People @whitehouse.gov to return Kelly Rutherford’s children back to the United States!   Please do not think this is oh just some Hollywood news, this is not!!!

It has to do with the legal system that has failed her!  It’s about how you as a mother can have your US born children taken from you during a divorce; where the immigration laws set are being twisted and taken out of context.

Then on top of that, your ex-husband is also attempting to foster internationally undermining ways to have you as a mother to have no parental rights….stripped!  This occurs more often than you think.  It has happened also to fathers where a non-US citizen mother has also taken children out of the USA in a custody battle too!  Unfortunately we don’t hear about it, it doesn’t make the news as in this case.

Kelly Rutherford has been enduring her battle for the last six years and it’s so emotional! She is seeking a federal order to allow her young children, who were ordered by a judge to live in France with her ex-husband, to move back to the U.S..

“The children’s appointed counsel said they should remain in the U.S., but the judge sent the children to France solely because the father claimed he could not return to the U.S., even though NO evidence has been produced from any American official stating that the father was EVER denied entry into the U.S.,” the petition states.

During the #MomMogulsBreakfast, I too made a commitment to Kelly.  Keeping a promise to help in any way that I could to help her bring her beautiful children back.  If it’s a trip to Washington D.C.; then it’s a trip to Washington D.C..  However, for now in order to have the Obama Administration to review this case, a petition has been started.  You don’t have to be a mother or father, but just someone who understands that being part of a solution is to protect our children and parental rights.  Bringing attention to it is key – the petition requires a total of 100,000 virtual signatures by May 28th to help Kelly.  Click here to sign.*

* Please do perform the email verification to make sure your virtual signature is verified (it is very important).

For more information please watch the ET’s interview held during the Moms Moguls Breakfast by ET entertainment correspondent; Nischelle Turner.

 

Nearing the end of day, please know Kelly you have been in my thoughts and prayers throughout this Mother’s Day.  <3 Kelly Rutherford Sign Petition

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Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design Letia

Kelly Rutherford Deane, better known as Kelly Rutherford, is an American actress.  She is known for her television roles as Stephanie “Sam” Whitmore on the NBC daytime soap opera Generations, as Megan Lewis on the Fox primetime soap opera Melrose Place, and as Lily van der Woodsen on The CW series Gossip Girl.

Garden Conservancy – Open Day Program in Westchester County, Chappaqua – Seeds of Design!

10 May

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Garden design is the creation of plans for the layout and planting of gardens and landscapes. Gardens may be designed by garden owners themselves, or by professionals.  So one who loves the joy of gardening, would be so excited when the Garden Conservancy had announced Westchester County NY Open Day for private gardens!

One of the private gardens that are being showcased is by my dear friends, Shoba Vanchiswar and Murali Mani!  Although they are very modest, has won the 2007 Golden Trowel award from Garden Design magazine and not to mention, “The Best of” in Westchester Home Magazine!  These two were so delighted when I told them that I would be attending opening day and I was as well.  I love flowers and was looking forward to seeing their pride and joy!

Driving down the road of their home, parked cars were lined up…this is a very big deal!  I was afraid that there would be nowhere to park!  So when I saw a space; I said to myself out loud happily a “Yes”!  Walking towards the home, there were two ladies who greeted me and provided me with reading material on the Garden Conservancy and a handout giving a summary of the garden highlights I was about to see!

So as I am talking, I suddenly hear Shobha’s delightful voice “Letia, you’re here!”  After a great big hug and kiss, Shobha informs me that her job is to greet the visitors and her husband; Murali is in the rear of the home answering questions and offering help where needed!

So off I went on the tour.  In knowing that the garden was just beginning to bloom; I was surprised the variety of colors so far present!  It was very pleasing!  Walking on the side of the home; it was important for me to take my time – I was afraid that I would miss something.  You definitely could see the detail;  it was very thoughtful and it is expressed quite lovely all the features that a garden should have.   Jade succulents, a damask “Leda” tree,  a fig tree and a tree peony waiting to bloom!  Potted herbs of citrus and rosemary.

Then greeted by a wonderful lionhead fountain and a hidden secret of a wood burning brick oven – with a nice sun ray design.  Then you notice the checkerboard garden of beautiful phlox plants!  Even a beautiful Belgian espalier of apples and pears.  Upon turning, you are taken in by the all the little details that add to the garden’s charm; like the stack of books with Shobha’s name, glass bells aligned catching the sun or the airplane swing made of wood!

Upon looking back, there is a meadow of flowers and a greenhouse.  Then suddenly; you notice a tree house!  Instantly saying to myself, this garden has had a lot of good times and love!

There was a very cool breeze, as I walked through the meadow – I turned back to look at the home and a noticed there were many visitors.  Proving this three year old garden s the talk of Chappaqua indeed!  Shobha and Murali even provided classical music to play in the background!  Not the radio or a CD, but classical violinists who were all so escatic to climb the tree house and play music throughout the day of the opening!

The garden was open from 10 am – 4 pm; where I found myself staying to the end!  The day ended with Shobha and Murali’s beautiful moment…… both dancing lovingly in the meadow.

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Seeds of Design LLC provides innovative garden designs and strategies to clients, so they can become their own gardeners.  continuously work with clients and plan for the long-term, because gardens must continue to evolve. 

Do what’s good for the environment, promote stewardship of land for succeeding generations. Combine form, function, beauty, color and fragrance in ways that personally suit the clientFor more information email, seedsofdesign@verizon.net  Also the website and Facebook page is available to see what’s happening in their gardening world ( Seeds of Design LLC or Facebook page).

The Garden Conservancy saves and shares outstanding American gardens for the education and inspiration of the public.  To learn more about our opportunities and programs; please go to http://www.gardenconservancy.org .

All photos by Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design LLC®

DIY – Neat Candle Holder Idea!

26 Apr

Recycle…..with style in mind!

After your store brought candles burn out, keep the glass holder!  It can be kept to do many things! Use warm water to remove any wax residue, followed by a soap clean up!

Then take the kids and go for a walk and look for twigs!  Yes twigs!  You’ll have fun, then you can do the next step in this little project!

Get a glue gun and glue three areas of the twig and adhere to the glass holder, in any design!

Once completed, you have a very stylish and rustic candle holder!

Add your tea light candle.  Tea candle?  They are small and don’t have a high flame.  This DIY idea can be used for rope too!

The glass holders can be used for many other things, before discarding…take a moment and think…what can I use this for!  :)

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Apple Watching! The Apple Watch!

24 Apr

The Apple Watch is making news!  iPad, iPod, iPhone, Apple TV, iPad Air, iPad mini…it’s all in the family!

The watch is in many styles and just in time <no pun intended >, to make you think you have to have one!

No matter if you get one or just say not for me; you have to give it to Apple…they are always pushing to be innovative for sure!

 

Will I be getting one?

Let’s say I’m have all the Apple Rockettes and I am still learning features on my iPhone!

Learn more about the Apple watch, go to Apple.com.

I have also providing two YouTube videos which were helpful for me in learning a little bit more about this Smart watch.

I hope it is helpful in that decision on whether you are ready to purchase one!  :)

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It’s here Spring!!

19 Apr

Cherry BlossomsHello!!!!

Where have I have been?  I know…missing in action!

I know every area of the United States have had their weather issues, but I’m located on the East Coast!

So my issue was the SNOW!  Snow and more snow!

I can finally stop talking about it!  It was one of the worst winters ever!  EVER!!!!  All I have to say is Boston, 103 inches of snow and you can get my agony; for I didn’t get as much – but 35 inches of snow was enough for me!

With the course of Mother Nature given her spin on things; due to the weather you really couldn’t go anywhere because you couldn’t get there!!

Then Daylight Savings being early this year, that one hour lost was always being chased to come back…still can’t find it!  Basically for me it was a lot of event cancellations, saving energy in the hopes of not having power lines down and staying safe; all because of the weather!

I was only able to attend only one Fashion Week event (prior post) and go to the Architectural Design’s Home Show held this past March!

So it’s really been about catching up on family, friends and focusing! In the beginning of the year, I wrote five things down that I thought I could stick with for my year’s goals.  They were, one…taking one better care of myself, two..do more reading, three…cooking, four….learn a different language and five…work with my travel agent, Abrir to travel somewhere different this year!  If you look at my Instagram page or Facebook page, you can see that I’m dipping and dabbing in some of them already and more!

I was able to see cherry blossoms bloom last week and this past Saturday; the weather is really finally showing Spring!  It was 68 degrees! The birds are chirping away and a saw an earthworm <I know, it didn’t take much to get me happy >!  So these are signs, which has gotten everyone’s mood to change!

So with that, Spring forward!!  I will be sharing with you some of my upcoming events, the enjoyable things I love best and those crazy – had to be there moments!  Also.. thank you for those “where are you” e-mails; they were truly appreciated!  I even got a kick out of the stories you guys were telling me!  Very entertaining reading; indeed!

And as always, wishing you the best!

And Oh!  For my Bostonian neighbors, the Boston Marathon is this week! Thinking of you ALL and sending prayers of encouragement this week! Boston Strong!

Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design Letia

Winnie Harlow! Proud of the Skin She’s In…..NYFW Excitement Indeed!

16 Feb

Yes, she was on America’s Next Top Model!  However, it is so much more than that! WinnieHarlowAMTM

Canadian model Winnie Harlow has risen above of all critics that fashion cannot change!  Or ONE cannot be accepted!

I am so happy that the door has been open even wider for this beautiful lady.  Her skin condition Vitiligo is not stopping her; its the one thing that makes her beautifully unique!

Winnie Harlow Presented as New Desigual Face for the Spring-Summer 2015 Campaign "Say Something Nice"An encouragement to young girls, that the stigma to go under a microscope of certain beauty and size rules don’t always apply.  So the box “are you different?” can be checked proudly!

Winnie shares that her childhood consisted of ridicule and bullying.  Her resilience persevered, where today you have a stronger, more confident 19 year old young lady!

Winnie’s Instragram followers are proof, displaying photos of her everyday life…that it is OK to be different and shares to the those unaware to look beyond the  Vitiligo. Her thoughts below in her YouTube video.

Desigual has gotten it right!  Winnie Harlow is part of their SS 2015 campaign and setting the bar high!

You may recall Michael Jackson had the skin disease and Tamar Braxton, who also has it – often talks about it on her show, The Real.  We are seeing examples of it with everyday people.

As we become more educated, we will become more conscious of our reaction.  Winnie has been inspirational in that change!  She was on the NYFW runway this week!  Doing her thing and looking absolutely FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I would love to see Winnie in a Dove Campaign and show the industry even more that uniqueness is so beautiful <hint>!  I would love to hear what you think?

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To see more beautiful photos of Winnie and her day to day ……..or just to be so inspired like me, go to her Instagram page:  WinnieHarlow

Healthy Smoothies! I’m Hooked!

9 Feb

Hello everyone!  Hope your year is going well!  For me, my focus has been on taking care of myself – by eating right and doing exercise on regular basis.   So lately, I have been trying to find ways to eat correctly, including getting my nutrients.

So I’ve heard about having a smoothie daily with all your favorite vegetables and fruit; it can be a wonderful experience; but you have to be dedicated!  I always thought that it would be a lot of work!

smoothielfmWith my Costco® shopping list; I started last week and I am definitely hooked!  I know you may say  “Where have you been?” Well, I am saying I am here now! OK! :)

I do see a difference, I’m no longer craving for snack foods.  I’m making healthy smoothies every other day, for lunch and sometimes dinner; all based on YouTube guru, Michelle’s great ideas.

She inspired me to also make the most beautiful looking and very tasty smoothies.  Here are some of the veggies and fruits that I have used so far:

Avocado – Banana –  Blueberries – Broccoli –  Cantaloupe – Chia Seeds –  Grapes – Honey – Kale – Strawberries –  Spinach –  Pears  – Pumpkin Seeds –  Almond Milk – Cranberries – Coconut and Yogurt.

A smoothie is a blended and sometimes sweetened beverage made from fresh fruit, vegetables and in special cases can also contain chocolate or peanut butter. 

In addition to fruit, a smoothie can have crushed ice, frozen fruit, honey or contain syrup and ice ingredients.  People love the  milkshake-like consistency because it is thicker than juicing – by adding also milk, yogurt or ice cream. 

However, for the health conscious person these items can be used: Soy milk, coconut water, almond milk, coconut milk, whey powder, green tea, herbal supplements, or nutritional supplement mixes.  The calorie count can be high, so it is suggested to be a meal replacement.

Next is smoothie bowls….?…watch her video; with so many, many ideas!  Thanks Michelle for the delicious looking video!  If you have any great recipes, please share!


Here’s other suggested Instagram sites for smoothie ideas!   http://instagram.com/smooth… – http://instagram.com/simple …  –  http://instagram.com/befits… http://instagram.com/befits…

http://instagram.com/livera…  –  http://instagram.com/drinkt…

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Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design  Be well! :)

 

 

Michelle has been on YouTube since 2-4-2012 with 1,500 subscribers!! If you would like to contact her, her e-mail address is invisiblechyrsalis@yahoo.com and her Instagram: http://instagram.com/anneem83/

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