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Kids… It’s The Start of the Holidays! We are visiting……

25 Nov

It’s that time of the year again!  Time to visit, have dinner, share gifts and catching up!   This is when YOUR children are told to be on their best behavior!  This is where you try to get out of your mind; that you know your kids are absolutely crazy and how dare you let them out of their world; into the crazy world of having Thanksgiving dinner with other people!  The ones that don’t live with you, but they have asked throughout the year – “How’s things going?”

The truth is it’s chaotic!  Your busy with the day to day stuff; that you can’t do everything – even though you think you are Super Mom or Super Dad!  So the Thanksgiving Holiday is finally here and you now have keep your  word on the dish you said you’ll bring and start prepping…your children!   “Guys lets set some guidelines for dinner!”

“Be respectful, say PLEASE and say that little thing like Thank You…..a lot! And no fighting!!!”  You are hoping by the time you reach your destination, that your military tactic of running the guidelines will some how stick!  Only to remind yourself that these are little people and it’s probably going to be a bust within 20 minutes of your arrival; maybe 10 minutes!

Then you also decide perhaps to give yourself a mental pep talk! Yes, you will be saying “Sorry” more than often that not, demand time outs throughout the entire day and hope your little prayers are answered for that favorite inappropriate word that you giggle about at home………… isn’t said! 🙂

Nevertheless, you are going to have a good time and it’s about family, friends, family and all the food you like!  For those next visits…….I have a little help for you!Delia Ephron, Author

You remember the book “The Sisters of Travelling Pants”, written by the beautiful Delia Ephron?

Well here’s another great book she has written called “Do I Have to Say Hello?  Aunt Delia’s Manners Quiz for Kids and Their Grown Ups”  

It has a quiz for you and your children, just to see what things to brush up on when venturing out amongst the world!

This delightful book shares her encounters with her nephew shown with funny illustration depictions by the famous Edward Koren; cartoonist for The New Yorker magazine.

The book doves into many scenarios; such as bubble gum, a bathroom wait, the playground and how to handle that horrible thing on a dinner plate!

The book is so much fun and can be easily shared with children.  It’s doesn’t feel like a lesson; giving you a resource to have some really good results! You may find this may also be good for some grownups as well <you probably are thinking of a few people, right now!>.

Well I have to head back to the kitchen! Wishing everyone the best during the holidays!  Happy Thanksgiving!! Enjoy!!!!

Table Manners Copyrighted Material (c)

Table Manners Copyrighted Material (c)

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Delia Ephron the daughter of screenwriters Phoebe and Henry Ephron. Her movies include You’ve Got Mail (starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan), The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Hanging Up (based on her novel), and Michael. She has written novels for adults (Hanging Up and the recent The Lion Is In) and teenagers (Frannie in Pieces and The Girl with the Mermaid Hair), books of humor, (How to Eat Like a Child), and essays. Her journalism has appeared in The New York Times, O the Oprah Magazine, Vogue and More, The Wall Street Journal, and The Huffington Post. In 2011 Ephron won an Athena Film Festival award for creativity and panache as a screenwriter.

Edward Koren has lifetime freelance relationship between Koren and The New Yorker. The magazine has published thousands of his cartoons and illustrations, including dozens of full-color drawings published on the magazine’s cover. He has also contributed to many other publications, including The New York Times, Newsweek, Time, GQ, Esquire, Sports Illustrated, Vogue, Fortune, Vanity Fair, The Nation and The Boston Globe.

All illustrations copyrighted Material  / Copyright © 2015 Delia Ephron. All rights reserved.  Incredibles Dinner scene All rights belong to Pixar and Disney.

Votre Dans Mes Prieres Paris

13 Nov

When you hurt, we hurt!  I’m so heartbroken! Love to all Parisians at this time! 

  

“Faced with terror, France has to be strong, she has to be grand. We also need to call everyone to be responsible. If these terrorists want to make us afraid, to fill us with fear. But while we are facing fear we are a nation that knows how to defend itself. We have not finished these operations. At this very moment the special forces have launched their attack on a place in Paris”.

Letia ❤️

Breast Cancer Awareness Month – Breast 1 on 1 Tips

13 Oct

Breast cancer is an illness!  It should not be used to define a woman’s body and spirit!! The two words are absolutely terrifying to hear!

Some woman are so afraid to talk about it and because of this fear; October has been designated as Breast Cancer Awareness month to make it easier, educate, support and take care of ourselves better! There is nothing more beautiful, than being a breast cancer survivor!

To begin a conversation with a family member or friend, here are a few Breast 1 on 1 tips:

  • Get properly fitted for a bra, every six months.  The right cup size is important.
  • Your breast should have supple skin.  Any area that swollen, thickened or inflamed – please see your doctor for a breast examination.
  • Self breast examinations should be performed a week after your period ends.
  • Schedule your appointments to see a your gynecologist and internal medicine physician, six months apart.  This will allow a clinical breast exam every six months.  Remember a breast examination should be performed, if not.. ask for it!
  • Obesity amongst woman is high and the risks of breast cancer are increased, due to the tumors may be harder to feel.  So this an incentive to begin shedding some pounds and scheduling annual mammograms to be more proactive.
  • Don’t skip your mammogram this year! Yes.. self breast examinations should be performed, DO NOT STOP.  A mammogram should be scheduled every year.
  • When performing your monthly self breast examination, if you feel something different; don’t ignore it.  Yes, fear sets in, push back the panic and get checked out!  It may be benign, fibrocystic due to hormonal changes – a professional exam should be scheduled because every lump should be evaluated.
  • If you have a bloody, pink or brown discharge from the breast, see your doctor immediately.
  • If you are called back for a second mammogram, GO! It may be a scar tissue or a calcification which showed on the film!
  • If a lump is detected, know your options.  Women often automatically opt for a mastectomy.  A less invasive surgery or avoid surgery altogether if a cancerous tumor shrinks presurgery via chemotherapy called the neoadjuvant treatment.  It’s possible to change a mastectomy to lumpectomy if the treatment is successful.
  • Breast reconstruction is an option too, don’t assume that is only for the rich and famous, a luxury item beyond budget.  It is not considered cosmetic surgery, it’s restoration of a woman as close to her precancerous as possible; not just to remove the cancer.  There are health insurance benefits who will cover, a check with your provider to ask these important questions, including the percentage that will be covered for the surgery.
  • Remember…You always have the option to push for a second opinions or discuss reconstruction options when initially diagnosed.
  • Often a breast cancer patient refuses to let family members or close friends know they have cancer.  It is very important that support is provided and with all the visits, treatments and psychological emotions which will occur, the patient should not go through it alone.

For additional information on Breast Cancer Awareness and a slew of information, please click the icon to be brought to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure® site!  

Letia 🙂

Information provided by Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Ctr and Susan G. Komen for the Cure® 

Mika Brzezinski! All Things At Once!

9 Aug

mika-brzezinski-21Continuing with my summer book list; it’s about an extraordinary woman!  Mika Brzezinski!  I have a few favorite morning shows and MSNBC’s Morning Joe is one of them, because of this lady!

There’s nothing like being up early in the morning at 5 AM and seeing this beautiful woman, ready and able!   The chemistry between her and her co-host Joe Scarborough is amusing; but yet wonderful to see the respect that they have for one another!

For those tough questions that have to be asked or perhaps when Mika is not satisfied with the answer provided –  I can always count on her to say exactly what I would say; she’s on it!  Or even those times when perhaps she makes me take a few minutes to let it marinate what was said among the round table of guests; ends up transcending to some valid points!

All At Once by Mika Brzezinski

All Things at Once by Mika Brzezinski

This left me wanting to know more about Mika Brzezinski and I didn’t want it from any newspaper clippings, someone’s interpretation or an opinion based on 10 minute segment!  So I decided to hear it from her!

She made it very simple, I read her first memoir!  Who best to tell…. than her!

While sitting on my balcony, with a beautiful summer breeze – I’d finished the last chapter of her book called All Things at Once <very honest and vivid!)>  So vivid, at times I could actually be put right in the scenes she was foretelling of her life.  Her life of humble beginnings and how we sometimes want to separate the things that we do – as if we do it separately.  But in all actuality we do it all the same time!

Although being the daughter of former national security adviser, Zbigniew Brzezinski can open a few doors for you; it was up to Mika to make sure she held her own ground.

We always hear, that you can have it all and then you come to realize; having it all sometimes is not what it seems.  There is a juggling act and since there is only one of you, something or someone is going to be disappointed!  It might be even you, most of the time.

Mika explained how her life involves so many roles and the challenges.  A wife, a mother and person who gives it all in her job.  In many instances, questioning your decisions and often more that not feeling guilty; remembering all that glitters is not gold.  There are so many lessons in this book, where she says it has shaped her into the woman that she is today.

“I may have been woefully unprepared for that assignment, but my biggest mistake was taking it on at all.  Ultimately, that was the greatest lesson: be honest.  It doesn’t matter what kind of work you do, or what level you’re at.  Know your limitations. Know that it is okay to tell your bosses when you are over your head…they don’t teach you this type of thing in college.  It’s a trial by fire sort of lesson: the only way to get it right is to get it wrong first.”

As you read this book, there will be excerpts that you can relate to and have you thinking; everyone has their challenges.  It is so wonderful to get know the woman up early in the morning like I am!

Mika Brzenzinski

Mika Brzezinski

All Things at Once is such a wonderful read. Published over six years ago; any avid reader would know a book is always available for your fingertips and time to escape; anytime!

As long as Mika keeps writing; I am interested in what she has to say; as well as listening to her in the morning!   Two more books to go and with my wish list; to attend one of her “Know Your Value” women conferences for 2016!

Bravo Mika… Thank You!

 

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In 2011, Mika Brzezinski also published another book named Knowing Your Value: Women, Money and Getting What You’re Worth (Weinstein Books 2011). Also told as her personal story, the book discussed women and financial negotiations. It included tips for negotiating salaries and compensation packages. Made the New York Times Best Selling Author list!  

Then a followup came in 2013, with Obsessed: America’s Food Addiction – and My Own by Mika Brzezinski another life chapter which she shares, her evolving relationship with food. Being always honest discusses her unhealthy food obsession, battles with bulimia, binge eating and lifelong struggle to be “model thin”.  Besides given a larger perspective on our obsession with food; taking on food manufacturers, advertisers, the media and the government.   MorningMika for Twitter

The Awesome DKNY Aliza Licht – Aliza Licht’s Brilliant Guide “Leave Your Mark”!

21 Jun

IMG_2811While visiting my brother in Indiana, I’d finished the next book on my summer book list!

You ever wanted to know what is the best way to land a job?  How about making an assessment of your co-workers and your work environment?

How about not to pat yourself on the back too soon, you have to wait in line for that promotion.  There’s proper etiquette when sending an e-mail!  Or, how do you know when it is time to move on?

All can be found in candid stories and inspirational experiences in this delightful book called Leave Your Mark – Land Your Dream Job.  Kill It in Your Career.  Rock Social Media; written by the beautiful Aliza Licht, SVP of Global Communications for Fashion’s international designer powerhouse – Donna Karan.

You don’t have to be in the Fashion industry; this book can be useful in any field or genre – when it comes to job hunting, being resourceful and working hard is the common denominator.   I’d found myself laughing out loud on how Aliza Licht’s mistakes kind of matched my own job mistakes.  Where I too just wanted to show that I was so resourceful and the pressure was on – only ending up wanting to hide under a rock when I got it all wrong!

Aliza Licht shares her choice of making a hard decision to leave the field that did not make her happy to work in a field that she absolutely and completely loves.  Although the decision involved a lot of soul-searching; her story allows the reader to relate and take a moment to ask the same question!  Reading the book, you will love how she tells the inside scoop on how she captured a 500k Twitter following brilliantly orchestrated for thee @DKNY PR Girl.  Just genius!

She also shares the importance of social media and how/what you post impacts your brand, with warnings on why it should be used responsibly.  No one ever wants to hear that you failed, however Aliza Licht reassures the reader how those failures are so critical in the learning process and can be used in the future to make important decisions correctly.

“In any industry, how you are perceived weighs heavily on your ability to succeed.  If clients don’t like to work with you, you’re not going to get that promotion! Your reputation always precedes you; but the company you work for also contributes to that reputation.  The companies listed on your resume are like badges.  People judge you not only for your skills, but also where you have worked.”

I had the pleasure of meeting Aliza Licht a few months ago at an inspiring luncheon in Manhattan hosted by Lyss Stern, Mom Moguls Breakfast 2015.  Aliza’s book was about to be launched later that evening and here she was just as gracious in sharing about her personal life on being a mother first, work and launching her book.  She was amazing!!

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I don’t want to give too much away about the book!  Please add Leave Your Mark by Aliza Licht to your summer read; you won’t be disappointed at all.  It can also be a nice gift to a person who would needs guidance in today’s job hunting.  And I might add, it’s the #1 New Release by Amazon.com! 🙂

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Want to follow Aliza Licht, her Twitter page is @AlizaLicht. Aliza Licht taxi photo

Photos by Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design LLC ® Aliza Licht and DKNY Taxi photo by Teen Vogue  Next book on Letia’s book list stars Mika Brzezinski!

A Wonderful Book by Miko Branch with Tiki Branch, Miss Jessie’s * * * Creating A Successful Business from Scratch – Naturally

25 May

Always there is a story that compels you and captivates you to know and want to know more.   During a mini-break from it all; I have been indulging in reading again.  The joy of having a hard book in my hand, having my favorite cup of tea and taking the time to engage in each and every word outlined for me to divulge myself and take part of the story being told.

Here I was on a Thursday morning, reading Miss Jessie’s – Creating a Successful Business from Scratch – Naturally by Miko Branch with her late sister Tiki Branch.  Those who are familiar with Miko Branch, co-founder and CEO of Miss Jessie’s; would believe it’s all about the business with her sister, Tiki Branch. No that is not all true; however it is so much more.

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It is about finding relatable instances in a story and being open to the story the author is conveying to the reader in mind.  It also can be very therapeutic to the author, finally giving answers to the questions asked of throughout the years.  This book is a beautiful family memoir and dedication to her sister, Tiki Branch.

Miss Jessie’s – Creating a Successful Business from Scratch – Naturally is such a wonderful opportunity for those who are searching for encouragement from a woman who is raising a child, a entrepreneur guidance tool, a how did you do that experiences and also sharing uncomfortable personal experiences with such thought; it is very hard to put this book down of the candid and delightful stories being told.

Miko and Tiki Branch - childhoodMiki and Tit Branch Grandmother miss JessieFor myself, I found so many similarities – for I also grew up in New York City where the sisters also did – the borough of Queens; in the area called Hollis.

Miko’s childhood depiction of that time period in the 70’s and 80’s were made very vivid to me! I often found myself laughing out loud while reading in pure enjoyment.

Then you will find the humble and loving experiences with their inspirational grandmother, Miss Jessie making me also understand the importance of it all.  Agreeing that those childhood times and experiences definitely shape your decisions in future.

Those decisions lead to the tenacity and drive of a mere idea for two sisters to establish a successful business in the hair care industry.  The thing that I loved about this book; is the honesty.

Miko Branch writes about the good times and not so good times.  Being vulnerable at times and then getting strength to overcome some pretty tough obstacles in the path to having a successful business.  Even if you are not trying to start up a business, there are so many life lessons shared in the book it can encourage those to get pushing in everyday life.

“But here’s the thing about success – you can never assume it’s going to continue.  An entrepreneur’s life is complex and full of moving parts that include bot the personal and the professional, especially when family is involved.  Just when things seem to be going well; other pieces can fall out of sync.  Working hard every day to expand the bottom line can lead to neglecting your happiness and a healthy life balance.  It can lead to bad decision making.  Ultimately it can be resolved….”

Miss Jessie’s – Creating a Successful Business from Scratch – Naturally is also a guide to become familiar with their products, various terminologies used and helpful key definitions in the business world.

If you looking for a great summer read to get back to taking up reading again, I recommend this book; it’s a page turner.  You won’t be disappointed!  Available at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com.

Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design Thank  you  Ms. Miko for sharing, 

Letia

Miss Jessie’s – Creating a Successful Business from Scratch – Naturally is published by Amistad, an Imprint of Harper Collins Publishers.  During the week of April 23, 2015, the book made number #10 under the U.S. Best Seller’s List under Non-Fiction.

Miss Jessie’s curly hair products are well-known throughout the hair care industry and are considered the leader in kinks, curly hair and waves. They have been featured in numerous popular publications including O, The Oprah Magazine, Allure, Essence, Lucky, Marie Claire, WWD and Elle, in addition to appearing on NBC’s The Today Show.  www.missjessies.com Miss Jessies's

 Photos and book excerpt by Miss Jessie’s, © 2013 Miss Jessie’s, LLC. All Right Reserved.   Photo of book with tea cup; by Letia Mitchell LifeStyle and Design®

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

Kelly Rutherford ©www.heidigreen.com

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.*    Wonderful Update: 05/26/2015Kelly Rutherford Custody Battle WIN!

* 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.  ❤

 

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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.

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