Read Carol’s Examiner article to learn about the Spa for a Cause effort at Ronald MacDonald House NYC, get involved!

On Wednesday, Jan 27, with Image Skincare and The Wizard of Spa sponsoring, practitioners, estheticians, and business owners were invited to tour the beautiful Ronald MacDonald House New York

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Read Carol’s Examiner article about the amazing Ronald McDonald House Spa effort

The Ronald McDonald House of New York at 405 East 73rd Street in New York City is a haven for families and their beloved children who are literally fighting to

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Why To Use Eco-Friendly Products

Industry has introduced innovative creations that are meant to make stressful lives easier. In making of the products, cocktails of chemicals and ingredients were introduced for recipes that were supposed to add ease to lives. People are now discovering that many of these modern cleaners have actually had an harmful impact on the health and wellbeing of the folks using them and living inside the cocoons that the cleaners have manufactured.

Everything old becomes new again. Concerns for health become more widespread. Folks are becoming more conscious of the use of harsh cleaning chemicals having adverse effects on health and living. With products that were originally manufactured to make life easier now doing harm, people are looking to return to nature and the past to look for green ways to clean.

Two top green cleaning experts share the benefits of using eco-friendly products when cleaning.

Leslie Reichert, “The Cleaning Coach”, a nationally recognized expert in green cleaning and owner of The Back Door, invites people to share in her love of green cleaning with helpful tips. As owner of a cleaning service for over 20 years Reichert began by using the harsh chemicals to clean with and eventually realized the impact that they were having on her own health.

Sara Snow is a Green Living Expert, TV Host (Discovery Networks, CNN) and the author of “Sara Snow’s Fresh Living.” As a child raised by eco-conscience parents, Sara followed their appreciation of the Earth. After graduating with degrees in theater performance and telecommunications in 1998 she started out working as a producer for ESPN. Sara has now married her production talents and her passion to live a natural lifestyle in order to send her green living expertise to the world.

An interview with Leslie Reichert revealed her six thoughts on why one should be cleaning green.clean green talk logo

Reichert’s moment of clarity came with the passing of her Great Grandmother stirring up memories of the old fashioned type of cleaning from a lifetime long ago. She took those memories of how her Great Grandmother cleaned and created old fashioned cleaning recipes compiled in her book “Joy of Green Cleaning.”

  1. Health

The largest benefit that is received by green cleaning is that no longer will there be chemicals absorbed into the skin or breathed in by the person cleaning. Added health benefits reach further to family members who are no longer breathing in the harmful after effects of the cleaners lingering in the air and sitting on surfaces.

  1. Environment

By green cleaning no longer are harmful chemicals being released into the environment.

  1. Aromatherapy

Making one’s own green cleaners can be a pleasurable task. By adding natural essential oils Leslie calls it her “aromatherapy” that she looks forward to doing.

  1. Pet Safety

Pets are largely effected by chemicals used seeping into their skin and paws. By green cleaning one prevents the health of their pet from being compromised.

  1. Air Quality

No more stench of strong chemical odors, the home will be filled with pleasant smells from the green cleaning products.

  1. Knowledge

The government does not require ingredients to be listed on any cleaning products. Leslie is a strong advocate for one making their own green cleaning products to know exactly what the ingredients are the cleaning recipes one is using.

In an interview Sara Snow offered her six reasons to use environmentally friendly cleaning products.Sarah Snow

Sharing her message of attainable sustainable living, Snow is a frequent public speaker and media contributor. She has been seen on “Good Morning America”, “The Early Show”, “New York Times”, “Lucky Magazine”, “Better Homes and Gardens” and more.

  1. Reduces the risk of asthma

Asthma today is the most common chronic illness and the leading cause of school absences due to chronic illness across the country.  A number of home and commercial cleaning products have ingredients that contribute to a higher risk of asthma.  Green cleaning products don’t contain asthmagens (chemicals that cause asthma) and have limits on ingredients that trigger asthma in people with an existing condition.

  1. Better For the Earth

The use of green or environmentally friendly cleaning products helps reduce pollution to our waterways (think aquatic life) and the air and it minimizes your impact on ozone depletion and global climate change with fewer smog producing chemicals.

  1. Safer For the Cleaner

Conventional cleaning products pose risks such as chemical burns to the cleaner’s skin and eyes.  Green cleaners are not corrosive to the skin or eyes and they meet strict standards regarding inhalation toxicity, combustibility and skin absorption.

  1. Minimizes Waste

Green cleaning products are often sold in recyclable packaging, or packaging that is made from recycled materials.  Use of environmentally friendly cleaners also minimizes your toxic products that require special disposal methods.

  1. Less Costly

For home cleaning, vinegar, olive oil, lemon juice etc. can do the trick for pennies on the dollar compared to buying conventional cleaning products.  For commercial spaces, the cost of environmentally friendly cleaning products has become much more competitive while cleaning in an environmentally sound way reduces the risk of sick days for employees and the risk of fires and chemical spills, all resulting in higher operational costs.

  1. Less Antibacterials

We’re now told by the FDA that washing with antibacterial soaps isn’t any better than regular soaps. The AMA says that the frequent use of antibacterial ingredients can promote bacterial resistance to antibiotics.  Triclosan, a common antibacterial agent found in many soaps, can mess with your hormonal system and thyroid.  Most green or environmentally friendly cleaning products don’t’ contain antibacterial agents.


Though many years have passed, it seems like yesterday that the world would forever be changed. This Sept 11, 2015 marks 14 years since that day that began in New York with a beyond beautiful clear September morning. In a moment the sun and clear blue sky was replaced by smoke fire and a day that would never be forgotten. After a full day of rain and the mention of rain for this day of remembrance, it was as if on cue that the skies knew not to rain upon this day of remembrance. The sun shone down revealing a beautiful day as if to say “We will never forget and we will persevere “.

Reflecting back on that fateful day shock filled those near Ground Zero and spread around the world.

Driving to work like any other day, I remarked to myself just how crisp and clear this September morning seemed to be. The sun could not be shining brighter, The sky was the perfect shade of blue with just a smidgen of puffy clouds hanging as if ready for a photo op. As with every day that I drove to my job the planes would fly over my car in their decent to JFK Airport. In a split second that perfect picture would forever be shattered. News came on the car radio that the North World Trade Tower was hit by a plane. My first thought “Must be a small private plane with an inexperienced pilot”. When the second plane hit we knew we were being attacked. The world was at war is what first came to mind! I walked into my office with my portable radio.

News reports confirmed the horrors reporting more shocking news, that an airplane hit the Pentagon. Suicide terrorists were taking over U.S. planes hijacking them to purposely turn them into giant bombs. A fourth plane was kept from attacking the U.S. taken down by the brave souls who happened to be aboard and gave their lives to fight the terrorists aboard as that plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. A short 25 miles from home was Ground Zero and war. Work and lives were never to be the same again. I simply stated to everyone “We are at war! I have to go get my daughter!”

I rushed home in disbelief and shock. As with other parents my first instinct was to go to my young six year old daughter’s school to find her. No one knew what was to happen next. Immediately the United States became a no flight zone. For days we would only see fighter jets flying overhead as we watched from the viewpoint of the beach on the north shore of Nassau County the smoke rise from Ground Zero. Even the stench of war from the smoke of destruction filled the air.

Marking this 9/11 anniversary as a new military mother.

That six year old little girl of mine that I rushed to put my arms around 14 years ago on 9/11 literally marked her twentieth birthday this year by being accepted into an elite Navy program. Although still in college she was sought out and courted by the Navy for her strong academic accomplishments and her leadership abilities. Upon graduation in two years my little girl will be entering into a job that is aimed to protect America and the world.

I never imagined that I would ever be a military mom. Perhaps if 9/11 had never happened my daughter would be working with whales and dolphins as she had dreamed as a little girl. Instead she felt a calling and a need to be part of a solution to gain world peace. As my initial shock wore off we discussed the future. Popop would be proud of his great granddaughter following in his footsteps, as he proudly served himself in the Navy during World War I. It occurred to me that in this strange new twisted world perhaps the safest place for my child would be working in the Navy. With attacks by terrorists in cities around the world and terrorists bombing the Boston Marathon who knew where it was safe and where it was not.IMG_2562

In the rain of the night before I traveled by water past the new One World Trade Center towering building proudly climbing to the sky and into the misty clouds as if in defiance of anyone who would dare attempt to attack again. The rain was cleansing as we drifted by Ground Zero looking out at the beautifully lit city. Lady Liberty stood tall in guard of the city and the country. A moment of a hush filled the boat as “America the Beautiful” played to honor the peace that the Statue of Liberty stands for.

“O Beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam,
Undimmed by human tears!
America! America! God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!”

The new One World Trade Center stands tall this year newly open and welcoming to all to visit and share in remembering those lost as well as a look towards a peaceful future ahead. Along with the 9/11 memorial and the continued growth of New York City’s downtown in the wake of such tragedy, 9/11 will forever be a day that surely we will never forget. As generations move forward so will the remembrance of 9/11. Life will never be the same again as before that day. Hopefully peace for the world will be found one day and there will be no need for the word prejudice; for all people of all ethnicities, beliefs, genders and religions all bleed the same color when cut.

Never be afraid to dance and to live life to help others and add peace to the world; may we never forget!

Read Carol’s Examiner article about the exciting proposed McWhopper. Will the two giants call a cease fire for Peace Day with this joint burger effort?

Burger King asked McDonald’s to participate in a one-day collaboration to benefit Peace One Day. And thus, the McWhopper was born.

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Read Carol’s Examiner article to see the beautiful slideshow of art from the masters of the 20th Century modern art movement

Say hello to summertime with the intriguing collections of modern art presented in the Nassau County Museum of Art among the lovely Frick Estate grounds in Roslyn, NY

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Read Carol’s Examiner article to learn how to play this hot new game

Just launched on July 6, the “Battle for Wall Street” is the hot new game you are looking for.

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