Keeping those Holiday Pounds Off

It’s all in the planning!! We had a great discussion with Elizabeth DiMeo supporting what we’ve heard all our lives – Eat everything in moderation!! And, yes we have to make choices to keep the pounds off. Keys to making the right choices at parties: 1. Don’t skip a meal before a party – or you’ll overeat 2. Alcohol vs dessert – choose one not both 3. Choose greens whenever possible 4. Try to exercise. Truly informative and inspirational – visit www.nutrition-therapies.com or 413-446-6722 for more information. Serene and Carole are both signing up to have Elizabeth coach us to better health and nutrition and hopefully better bodies!Yippee!!

Guest(s) included: Elizabeth DiMEo, MS,CNS,LDN Interactive Clinical Nutrition- Supporting Lifestyle Change.

Winter Beauty Secrets

Don’t we all struggle with the drying heat of the winter – it wreaks havoc on skin, hair and nails. A top beauty PR expert, Joanna Roche gave her tips on websites to visit and brands to use. Her advice -it’s all about the ingredients. So whenever possible use Indie Brands (Independent) which are made in smaller batches and have expiration dates, hence no preservatives!! Suggested Brands include Revive Facial moisturizer, Ojon restorative treatment for hair and body treatments such as butters by Korres and Environ. We also hosted a skin care specialist from Seven Salon Spa, Missy Ketchum who deals with these complaints daily and strongly urges the use of protective sun screen and frequesnt facials. Great websites: totalbeauty.com, makeup.com, dermstore.com and for the dirty dozen bad products – organicdivas.com.

Guest(s) included: Joanna Roche, Consultant for many beauty brands and luxury goods – 413-637-0640 and Missy Ketchum, Skin Care Specialist at Seven Salon Spa – www.SevenSalonSpa.com 413-298-0117.

Eat Locally Grown Food this Thanksgiving

….and everyday for that matter. It’s a simple but often overlooked pleasure – eating locally grown food. And the Berkshires has a very active farming community with Berkshire Grown (www.berkshiregrown.org) helping make the connections from farmer to restaurant and to consumer. Its “mapalicous” feature on their website shows where the farmers are and what’s fresh and available – what a resource!! And go directly to the farms by joining a CSA (community supported agriculture) and enjoy your share weekly from June through November. We had fun chatting with Berkshire Grown’s Executive Director about Berkshire Grown and with Laura Meister, owner/farmer of Farm Girl Farm – a CSA and produce supplier to local restaurants – INSPIRATIONAL. Laura stumped Serene with celeriac and kole rabi – we urge all to add some celeriac to your mashed potatoes – you won’t be disappointed!! Gobble Gobble!!

Guest(s) included: Barbara Zheutlin, Executive DIrector of Berkshire Grown and Laura Meister, owner/farmer of Farm Girl Farm.

Cyber Bullying and Our Children

Carole and Serene interview Dede Bartlett, one of the founders of the National Teen Dating Abuse Hotline (www.loveisrespect.org) and Rich Colangelo, Sr Asst State Attorney in Southern CT, and get an eye-opening jolt of facts impacting our kids. Dede shared a staggering report that cell phones are used to control other kids – using the anonymity of the phone and internet to bully other kids. Rich recommends programs in the schools that focus parents on the fact that these communication tools are used too much and for the wrong purposes. Kids take pictures of other kids in the locker room and then send it and post it on Facebook or other sites – if it’s inappropriate – it’s child porn. It’s hard to parent the internet – it’s easy to parent our children. Pay attention to how much time your kid uses their phones and IM’s. There’s a growing problem out there and we need to face it!!

Guest(s) included: Dede Bartlett, one of the founders of the Narional Teen Dating Abuse Hotline,Rich Colangelo, Sr Asst State Attorney in Southern CT.

How’s your financial health?

Serene and Carole interview Sheila Keator, a wealth management expert with over 30 years of experience. Sheila’s resounding advice – “Never live beyond your income.” If you use this as your mantra, you will never be buried in debt. Sheila reminds us that the market is generally driven by either fear or greed. Fear is gripping the market right now. Sheila likes stocks as a hedge against inflation. Her common sense approach was calming. I’m ready to cut up my credit cards!!

Guest(s) included: Sheila Keator of the Keator Group in Lenox, MA.

Getting Out to Vote – Women and Voting

Wm. Smitty Pigntelli, Fourth Berkshire District MA State Representative shares his perspective on issues facing voters today and to vote based on your personal values. We also discussed the Palin perspective, the media and the different standards for men and women pursuing office.

Guest(s) included: Wm. Smitty Pigntelli, Fourth Berkshire District MA State Representative.

Who Are YOU Voting For?

Join Serene Mastrianni and guest cohost Suzi Henry as they hold a debate between a McCain Palin “Hockey Mom” and a Obama Bidden “Soccer Mom”. What is important to women as Election Day closes in. What impact has Palin had on women on either side of the polical fence? If you are still undecided don’t miss a minute of this show.

Guest(s) included: Julie Daniel, Commercial Real Estate Attorney and Annie Okerstrom-Lang, Small Business Owner.

Lay of the Land – Real Estate in 2008

Join Serene and special guest co-host Chris Mastrianni as they examine the ever changing universe of buying and selling a home. Listen and learn more about what to expect from your real estate agent, the perfect price, how to get your real estate license and many other useful tips that you need to know whether you’re a buyer or a seller! To learn more log on to www.boulderwoodgroup.com

Guest(s) included: Carole Murko-Creator, Boulderwood Group.

Let the healing begin!

How often do you get the opportunity to help put a smile on the face of a child? Would you actually follow through? Join host Serene Mastrianni as she discovers how a group of dedicated men and women are doing just that for children around the world. Medical Missions for Children, Inc. provides free surgical and dental care to underprivileged children. Listen in to learn how you can help. To find out more about Medical Missions for Children, log on to www.mmfc.org and let the healing begin.

Guest(s) included: Dr. H. Dennis Synder, Founder of Medical Missions for Children, Inc.

The joys of fish

Jan’s tackling the wide underwater world of fish as pets this week. Her guide, Stu Berkowitz, is the owner of Fin and Feather Pet Shop in Pittsfield and he maintains many of the restaurant aquariums in the county. We’re not talking goldfish today! If you ever wanted to know how to make your beta happy, how fish keep themselves and their water clean, and what fish might be more trouble than you’re bargaining for before you buy, than you’ll want to listen to this show.

Guest(s) included: Stu Berkowitz, “the fish guy,” owner of Fin and Feather Pet Shop in Pittsfield.