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Combat-wounded veteran anglers celebrated at 2021 War Heroes on Water sportfishing tournament awards ceremony

Ret. Marine Corporal Larry Draughn, a double amputee, takes top honors with the 2021 Ron Ashimine Award and Team Tenacious takes eight awards, including Top Boat

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One by one, WHOW Tournament Founder and loanDepot Founder and CEO Anthony Hsieh personally sent off each of the 38 participating WHOW yachts from his dock in preparation for the 2021 WHOW Tournament. And, as the tournament concluded, once again, one by one, he personally saluted each yacht and its team, this time from the water, as he charged alongside the plus-mile-long yacht formation in his boat’s skiff, thanking everyone for their dedication and support.

The WHOW Tournament is scored in such a way that every team can develop their own unique strategy for making it to the podium. (photo credit: Pepper Ailor)

“As I see the smiles on all of our veterans’ faces, I am simply overcome with emotion. What an incredible year; what an incredible event,” he shared across his loudspeaker. The event’s annual flyover, a fan favorite, would be delayed due to storm conditions, causing the teams to disperse, with a nearly one-third of the fleet lining up once again, this time to bring in their tournament qualifying catch to be weighed on the city of Avalon’s iconic green pleasure pier.

For the next three hours, tourists, Avalon locals, and WHOW veterans and crews laughed, cheered and celebrated as 12 yachts brought forth 21 bluefin tuna from their holds—eight of which weighed more than 200 pounds—and the largest weighing in at 245 lbs. Excited onlookers shouted weight estimates as Tournament Director Rod Halperin manned the storied fish scale. 

“What an event,” he exclaimed. “More than two tons of fish—that’s plus-4,000 lbs.—made it to the tournament qualifying weight score sheets. The teams ran hard and worked hard, and, in the end, we caught a lot of fish in this tournament. And, to get a qualifier and get to take a picture with the board and the team on this pier, well that’s the holy grail.”

The tournament “catch” included Calico Bass, Rockfish, Halibut, Yellowtail and Dorado, along with the star of the night—the Bluefin tuna. And, while the catches were big, the smiles from the veterans were bigger. The next evening, during the event’s awards ceremony, there were whoops and cheers as the trophies were handed out, but the star of the night remained the stories and experiences the veterans had collectively shared.

“As I see the smiles on all of our veterans’ faces, I am simply overcome with emotion. What an incredible year; what an incredible event.”

Anthony Hsieh, Tournament Founder and loanDepot CEO

As he received the first of what would turn out to be five awards at the awards ceremony, Ret. Marine Corporal Larry Draughn, a veteran who lost both legs while deployed to Afghanistan, choked up as he shared his perspective on the event, “Meeting new veteran buddies and spending time on the water has been very healing to me. This tournament enabled me to check something off my bucket list: to strap in and bring in a fish with my prosthetics. I wanted to see if it was even possible. And it was. I was able to fight a fish standing on my prosthetics and it was amazing. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

Later, as he returned to the podium to receive the evening’s highest honor, the Ron Ashimine Award for Top Angler, Larry added, “I’m happy to have new brothers and sisters in arms and a new avenue if I’m struggling, and I hope everyone else here feels the same as I do. This tournament has brought us together and enabled us to be in each other’s lives and fill a void. The outdoors saves lives, the outdoors saved my life, and there are a lot of other veterans struggling and if we can all save one life, it’s worth it.”

Veteran Jason Walker, on Team Tangler, enjoyed the opportunity to get out on the open ocean. He added,“Being able to get out in nature, with my restrictions, is comforting.”

The Ron Ashimine Award is especially poignant as it is named for a Vietnam veteran and close friend of tournament founder Anthony Hsieh. Together, Anthony and Ron had spent more than 800 days at sea, fishing around the world. Ron participated in the first WHOW tournament, held in 2018, but passed away in 2019.

Kaleb Weakley, three-time tournament participant and the first (2019) Ron Ashimine award winner, shared, “My first year in this tournament I had the privilege to fish with Ron (Ashimine). Ron was an inspiration, and while talking with Anthony during this year’s tournament, I shared stories Ron had told me about his time in Vietnam that Anthony had never heard. Ron and I had truly connected, and for me to be moving forward and take on Ron’s memory truly means the world to me. It’s burned into my heart.”

While the event—and the awards ceremony itself—was epic, all in attendance echoed one sentiment: this event provides a singular opportunity for veterans from across the country to form deep and genuine bonds with one another, as well as with the WHOW fleet captains and crews, creating an enduring safety net and long-term support system. Set against the calming backdrop of the Pacific Ocean, WHOW allows these veterans to forge new relationships, open up to each other and bond over similar experiences and feelings, allowing for much needed healing to occur. 

Said Daniel McCarty, a retired USMC Master Sergeant, “The ocean is really where I find my sanity. That’s really the only time I feel at peace, when I’m completely focused on what I’m doing and in that moment and I’m trying to get that next fish on the line. Everything else that I have to deal with in life when I’m back home, whatever worries I have, they’re completely gone in that moment.”

Added Jason Walker, who served six years in the Marines and six years in the Army, “Being able to get out in nature, with my restrictions, is comforting.”

“This has been one of the best experiences of my life,” said Alhahjie Fofana, a retired Marine Staff Sergeant. “I’m so happy for the opportunity. I didn’t serve with the members of my team, but now that I’ve met them, we’re going to be lifelong friends.”

A total of 18 awards were handed out during the awards celebration, including trophies for species, qualifying points, weight points, overall points and top boat. Species winners included: Phillip T., Calico Bass; Jose C., Rockfish; James J., Halibut; Larry D., Yellowtail; Eduardo S., Dorado; Shane L., Bluefin. Top qualifying points winners were: James J., third place; Monty T., second place, and Larry D., first place. Top weight points winners were: Shane L., third place; Larry D., second place; and Anthony M., first place. Top boat honors were awarded to: Showtime, third place; Ramble on Rose, second place; and Tenacious, first place. Top Angler awards were given to: Anthony M., third place; Shane L., second place; and Larry D., first place.

Other honorable mentions included yet another tournament first, as one of the event’s first all-female teams, Vanessa Brown and Mea Peterson, came in sixth and seventh place, respectively, for total overall points, each catching a +100 lb. bluefin tuna.

Said Josh Miles, Director of Military & Charitable Programs for Freedom Alliance, “For all of our combat-wounded veterans, just being here affects so many people throughout the world. All the participants, donors and volunteers made a difference. And, for all of our veterans, you made a difference for one other.”

About War Heroes on Water
War Heroes on Water (WHOW) is an annual sportfishing tournament of unprecedented scale that supports combat-wounded veterans’ programs. It was created in 2018 by loanDepot Founder and CEO Anthony Hsieh, who is also the owner and leader of Team Bad Company, a world-class, record-holding competitive sportfishing fleet. Through Hsieh’s deep connections with the Southern California sportfishing and business communities, WHOW has grown exponentially over four years and is now the largest nonprofit sportfishing tournament in the US. Learn more about WHOW at or follow WHOW on Facebook and Instagram.

About Freedom Alliance
Freedom Alliance is a charitable organization which provides help and support to wounded troops and military families. Freedom Alliance has awarded more than $18 million in college scholarships to the children of military heroes killed or disabled in military service and has spent millions more helping injured veterans and military families with outdoor recreational therapy trips, Heroes Vacations, care packages for deployed troops, mortgage-free homes, all-terrain wheelchairs and much more. To learn more, visit or

SOURCE War Heroes on Water

Get into the Spirit and Support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals with the Ferrero 31 Days of Halloween Campaign

Make a donation to the children’s nonprofit for a chance to win a limited-edition Halloween countdown calendar featuring your favorite Ferrero Halloween treats

The Ferrero 31 Days of Halloween campaign is back and this year it’s also giving back to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®. Ferrero, the company known for Nutella® and Tic Tac®, created the Ferrero 31 Days of Halloween Countdown Calendar to help get families excited leading up to Halloween while raising money for children’s hospitals.

Consumers who make a donation to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals now through September 10, 2021 at will get a chance to win a limited-edition Ferrero 31 Days of Halloween Countdown Calendar. Five hundred Halloween boxes, each with 31 compartments featuring Ferrero Halloween favorites, including Butterfinger®, CRUNCH®, Baby Ruth®, 100Grand®, Kinder Bueno®, Kinder Joy®, Tic Tac® and Nutella® &GO!, will be given away. Ferrero is kicking off the campaign with a $25,000 donation to the nonprofit.

“Halloween is a special time for kids and we know not all celebrations look the same. So, we are especially excited to partner with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to help us create surprises and spark joy for as many kids as possible this Halloween,” said Mark Wakefield, Senior Vice President Marketing, Nutella and Chocolate Snacks, Ferrero North America.

The Ferrero 31 Days of Halloween Countdown Calendars will also help Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals raise money through the charity’s Extra Life platform on Tabletop Appreciation Weekend, August 21-22 and on Child Health Day on October 4.

“We know when we fund children’s hospitals, we can change kids’ health and change the future,” said Teri Nestel, President and CEO of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. “Ferrero has been a great partner finding creative ways to engage our supporters and raise critical funds that help provide programs and services for local member hospitals.”

This program builds upon the $350,000 recently raised for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals through the CRUNCH, Butterfinger and Baby Ruth “Raising the ‘Bar’ to Help Kids” campaign and the Final Fantasy streaming event for gamers that Butterfinger hosted with Extra Life.  

Additionally, the Ferrero 31 Days of Halloween Pinterest Board will be returning this year to inspire consumers to celebrate Halloween every day of the month. The board will include 31 fun and spooky ideas to generate excitement, including Halloween recipes, DIY demonstrations and family activities, along with links on where to buy Halloween essentials.

Recent research from the National Confectioners Association (NCA) found that 82% of people plan to celebrate Halloween this year, including 93% of Millennial parents. Families can find fun, creative, and safe ideas for how to enjoy the 2021 Halloween season at

About Ferrero
For over 70 years, Ferrero has created products loved by generations. We’ve grown from a bakery in Alba, Italy into the third largest confectionery company in the world. Ferrero entered the North American market in 1969 and continues to spread joy with Ferrero Rocher®, Nutella®, Kinder®, Tic Tac® and Fannie May® chocolates. Ferrero Group expanded its portfolio in 2018 with the addition of Butterfinger®, CRUNCH®, Baby Ruth®, 100Grand® and other legendary chocolate brands.

We’re proud to be a family-owned company with 3,000 employees in eight offices and ten plants and warehouses in North America, including a cocoa processing plant in Brantford, Ontario and a planned chocolate processing factory in Bloomington, Illinois. Instilled in every aspect of our business is the entrepreneurial spirit of our founders, and their passion for quality, creativity, and innovation.  Follow @FerreroNACorp on Twitter and @FerreroNACorp on Instagram.

About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds for 170 children’s hospitals that support the health of 10 million kids each year across the U.S. and Canada. Donations go to local hospitals to fund critical life-saving treatments and healthcare services, along with innovative research, vital pediatric medical equipment, child life services that put kids’ and families’ minds at ease during difficult hospital stays and financial assistance for families who could not otherwise afford these health services. When we improve the health of all children and allow them the opportunity to reach their full potential, we also improve our communities for years to come. Together, we can change kids’ health. Together, we can change the future. Visit

A Shift in the Direction of “You”

Find the version of YOU that you’ve always been looking for.

Practice self-care. We here this a lot, but do you actually know what it means? Do you know how to put it in to practice?

Self-care doesn’t mean self-indulgent. It doesn’t mean being selfish. What it means, is you need to take time to fill your own cup. Unfortunately, we tend to think that means, especially as women, an occasional weekend away or a mental health day. It’s actually so much simpler and so much deeper than that.

Here’s an example. Try this simple 30 minute exercise for two weeks.

Take the first thirty minutes after waking to do one or more of the following:

  • Sit quietly and sip coffee, juice or water
  • Meditate
  • Journal – write down your thoughts
  • Listen to an inspirational podcast
  • Practice Yoga
  • Eat a healthy breakfast

This means not touching your phone when you first wake, not checking social media or your emails. Do not turn on the radio or television, do not talk to Alexa. Simply wake and be.

This is the first post and broadcast in our the integration of wellbeing and alignment series. Please check back each week as we interview health and wellness professionals and bring in experts for guest posts and talks.

As we break for this week, ask yourself the following questions:

  • What is your mission? What do you want to bring the world?
  • Your Passion? What do you love?
  • Your Vocation? What are you good at?
  • Your Profession? What can you get paid for? Because there may be a change on the horizon.

Stay tuned. And please email me at with questions and/or comments.

Reap the Healthy Goodness of What You SOW

Benexia Launches Seeds of Wellness: The Leading Line of High-Quality Sustainable Chia Seed Products in the World

Seeds of Wellness

Many have heard of chia seeds, but no other brand delivers high-quality, diverse, and sustainable chia products like Seeds of Wellness. Seeds of Wellness (SOW) is a new line from the largest producer of high-quality chia seeds in the world, Benexia, which harnesses the nutritional properties of chia in its seeds, oils, pastas, alternative milks, and flour. Benexia believes chia can be incorporated into every diet, which is why they are launching this new product lineup through SOW. While there’s a general awareness about the benefits of chia, SOW is amplifying the way they’re used as the only chia-based brand that covers the alternative milk, pasta and oil categories. These delicious products can be found at healthy markets nationwide such as Sprouts and Albertsons Market.

What are the powerful benefits of Chia Seeds?

Chia is the perfect food. It’s an ancient grain, nutrient-dense superfood, rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants, and good-for-you fats. Chia’s superpower is its high concentration of omega-3 fatty acids, which helps with gut, immune, heart and brain health. These properties work together to make chia one of the most beneficial nutrition sources to improve your health, fight, and even prevent chronic disease.

“This tiny but mighty seed is packed with healthy fat, fiber, protein, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that impart quite a number of health benefits. And because of its neutral taste, you can add them to almost anything! Just two tablespoons of chia seeds provide 11g of fiber, which is almost a third of what we need in a day,” said Leigh-Anne Wooten, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND, LSS BB.

Benexia Launches Seeds of Wellness: The Leading Line of High-Quality Sustainable Chia Seed Products in the World

Seeds of Wellness products provide healthy and versatile alternatives to replace wonderful products that can be used day-to-day. SOW products are vegan, non-GMO, gluten-free, soy-free, and sodium-free. SOW’s diverse range of chia-based products include:

  • Chia Beverage (Milk Alternative): SOW created the first non-dairy chia beverage made from the ancient grain, and the only milk alternative that has protein, fiber, and omegas. This new plant-based beverage is smooth, naturally creamy and satisfying. Delicious on its own, tasty poured into cereal, exquisite as a coffee creamer, and useful for adding to recipes as a milk alternative.
  • Chia Pasta: SOW gluten-free pastas are made from only three ingredients: Chia, corn, and rice flour. Together, they create the delicious consistency of regular pasta (and has a texture that no other pasta alternative has because of the gumminess of chia) with incredible nutrition. Chia Pasta is non-GMO and rich in omega-3 which is great for cardiovascular health. The line is available in Spaghetti, Penne, Elbows and Fusilli.
  • Chia Oil: Chia Oil is easy to love and easier to use. Just add it to your salads, rice, vegetables, dressings, vinaigrettes or any recipe as a finishing touch, to get its benefits. Seeds of Wellness Chia cold-pressed Oil is great for cardiovascular health as it reduces blood cholesterol concentrations and also attenuates inflammatory reactions. It contains 63% of omega-3, an ideal balance of omega-3, omega-6 fatty acids and it’s rich in important bioactive substances: tocopherols, polyphenols, and phytosterols.
  • Chia Seeds: SOW’s Chia Seeds line is available in White Chia Seeds, Black Chia Seeds, and Black Toasted Chia Seeds. They are ready to be included in all your recipes and are easy to add to every type of preparation; smoothies, salads, yogurt, egg, rice, muffins, cakes, pancakes, and oatmeal.

Good for you, Good for the Planet

SOW is a brand of the Benexia group, a company that was born in the fields of people passionate about chia seeds and concerned about nature, people and life. With a methodology “from the field to your plate,” SOW controls the entire process from the chia they plant to how it is cleaned, processed, and how the products are packaged and distributed. With a state-of-the-art extraction plant in South America, SOW produces high-quality ingredients – chia oil, powders and extracts – under the highest standards for the food and nutraceutical industries. Concerned about delivering a better world to future generations, they actively participate in the production and challenges of a sustainable supply of chia seeds in Latin America.

For more on Seeds of Wellness, visit, and follow on Facebook and Instagram.

SOURCE Seeds of Wellness

Indigenous Educator to Lead First Ever Coast Salish-Owned Charitable Foundation

The newly-formed Kw’umut Lelum Foundation, created by Kw’umut Lelum Child and Family Services, today announced the hiring of Sharon Hobenshield, Ha-Youly, as Executive Director.

Dr. Sharon Hobenshield is the new Executive Director of the Kw’umut Lelum Foundation (CNW Group/Kw’umut Lelum)

“I am excited to be part of this new Foundation that is breaking new ground in self-determination,” said Dr. Hobenshield. “I really believe in Indigenous community-led organization and change. It’s the direction First Nations are going and an opportunity for the country to show their support to create a better future for our children and our Nations. I look forward to leading with the values handed down to me by my Gitxsan grandfather who always told me ‘To be good is to do good’.”

Ms. Hobenshield has worked with the Coast Salish communities on Vancouver Island for more than 25 years, most recently as Director of Indigenous Education and Engagement at Vancouver Island University.

“We welcome Sharon’s leadership as we move forward toward investing in the futures of our children and communities.  The Kw’umut Lelum Foundation is a response to the call for Indigenous self-determination and independence from government funding. It will open new opportunities for education and well-being for our people,” says John Elliot, Thỏlmen, Chair of the Kw’umut Lelum Foundation. “Sharon’s history of collaboration and partnership with our Coast Salish Nations, and her dedication to Indigenous education and success made her a clear choice to guide the Foundation.”

The Kw’umut Lelum Foundation is one of the first of its kind in Canada – a wholly First Nation-owned and led organization whose purpose is to collaborate with private and public philanthropists to invest in Indigenous youth and communities, ensuring equity of access to support programs, positive outcomes in education, and increased community wellbeing.  It will build on the work of Kw’umut Lelum, whose 25 year history providing child and family services on Vancouver Island has resulted in decreased numbers of Indigenous children entering foster care and many more children remaining connected to their families and culture.  Kw’umut Lelum welcomes inquiries from individuals and organizations who are interested in investing in the community-based work of the new KL Foundation.

“Kw’umut Lelum has been providing culturally-informed supports and services to our member Nations for over 25 years, pushing against the colonial systems that saw our Indigenous children removed from their families and denied their culture,” says William Yoachim, Sqwulutsutun, Executive Director of Kw’umut Lelum. “We believe in working with our Nations to pursue new and innovative approaches to change. This new Foundation is another important step towards ensuring our children are provided the best possible opportunities in life, in a way that honours their Coast Salish culture.”

“We look forward to sharing more on this story in the near future” – Karie Engels, Managing Editor


Kw’umut Lelum is a Delegated Aboriginal Agency on Vancouver Island delivering a full range of coordinated, culturally informed child safety and family wellness services to address the unique needs of Indigenous families and communities.  Our approach is informed and guided by Coast Salish values, laws and teachings.  Our Member Nations include: Halalt, Lyackson, Malahat, Penelakut, Qualicum, Snaw-Naw-As, Snuneymuxw, Stz’uminus and Ts’uubaa-asatx.

Sharon Hobenshield – Brief Biography

Sharon Hobenshield’s traditional name is Ha-Youly. She belongs to the Wilp Malii from the Gitxsan First Nation on her mother’s side and is of German ancestry on her father’s side. Sharon has 25 years’ experience working on Coast Salish Territory as a social worker and educator and has worked at Vancouver Island University in a leadership role since 2006 as the Director of Indigenous Education and Engagement. She believes strongly in Indigenous led and controlled programs and services to ensure authenticity of spirit and culture and to uphold the self-determining rights of Indigenous people. 

Sharon has a Bachelor of Social Work, Master’s in Education and Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy. Her dissertation, Haq wil la hlo is sim: Walk Slowly on the Breath of your Ancestors, was an examination of gift-giving within Post-Secondary Education and inspired by her Grandfather’s teachings. Sharon is a proud mother of twin girls and makes her home in Nanoose Bay with her partner and mother.

SOURCE Kw’umut Lelum

Quick Bites – 10 Tips to Prepare Pets before Storms and Wildfires Hit

With wildfires raging and a busier-than-usual hurricane season predicted, pet owners should begin preparing now for emergency situations. Dr. Jose Arce, President-Elect of the American Veterinary Medical Association, is a native of San Juan, Puerto Rico who has been through hurricanes with pets, both as an owner and a veterinarian. He says there are three key steps to being ready for a disaster: making a plan, building an emergency kit, and staying up to date on the latest news and storm-related developments in your area.

Dr. Arce’s 10 Pet Preparedness Tips:

When preparing for emergency situations like hurricanes and wildfires, don’t forget to plan for your pet. Visit for pet care information and news.
  1. Get your pet microchipped. If a pet gets lost or needs a place to ride out the storm, he or she will get back to you.
  2. Have evacuation plans mapped out before emergency situations arise.
  3. Contact friends or neighbors to coordinate safe travel plans.
  4. Have back-up care for your pets ready in the case you can’t make it home.
  5. Put together a pet emergency go-bag with several days’ food, medicines, first aid kit and grooming items.
  6. Make sure your pet has all their tags and IDs in case you have to evacuate.
  7. Practice finding a safe place at home with your pet, such as a basement or interior room, in case of tornados or high winds.
  8. Keep a handful of items – such as a leash, water dish, and blanket – in your car at all times in case you have to move quickly.
  9. Tune into the latest news/weather reports to be forewarned of any imminent danger.
  10. Contact your veterinarian if you need more clarity on how to prepare.

“Emergency situations are unpredictable,” said Arce. “Being prepared early will help you, your family, and pet have the best chance at avoiding disaster.”

Log on to for more valuable information about pets and pet care.

SOURCE American Veterinary Medical Association

take control of your diet with these healthy shopping tips

By Elizabeth DeRosa of Finding The Way Integrative Nutrition Health Coach & Author

Tips to Help You Navigate the Grocery Store

stock photo veggiesTrying to choose healthy foods while navigating the grocery store can be confusing and overwhelming. Here are my top 10 tips for a successful trip. Eating healthier “whole” foods increases your intake of necessary vitamins, minerals, and other disease-fighting antioxidants.

  1. Shop in the outer perimeter of the store. This is where you will find the fresh and perishable food choices.
  2. Read labels and know where your food comes from. Watch out for sneaky ingredients and beware of fortified foods. The shorter the ingredient list the better.
  3. Reduce packaged and processed foods that contain added sugars and many synthetic chemicals. Avoid the center aisles of the store.
  4. Download the Environmental Working Group’s phone App that highlights the yearly list of the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen produce to buy and stay away from. Try one or two new veggies a week.
  5. Purchase organic and/or pastured raised meats.
  6. Purchase wild caught fish instead of farm raised fish.
  7. Reduce products that contain “white” flour (breads, cereals, pastas, bagels, etc.)
  8. Increase the purchasing of healthier foods including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, beans, and healthy oils.
  9. Be suspicious of the labeling of food as “natural”. You often see this label on many food items. There is no legal regulation or oversight for companies to mislead consumers.
  10. Purchase organic milk which is free from synthetic hormones, antibiotic residue, a grain-fed diet, and overall more humane treatment of the animal. Organic milk is lower in Omega 6’s and higher in Omega 3’s.

Elizabeth DeRosa Author, activist, public speaker, MOM and Holistic Health Coach

BSW and MSW in social work and Holistic Health Coach From The Institute Of Integrative Nutrition


January Cleaning with Limoneira Citrus

Use Limoneira citrus to revitalize and clean any home – without any of the harmful chemicals found in many store-bought cleaners

It’s not quite spring yet, but a bit of “pre-spring” cleaning wouldn’t hurt. It’s no secret that store-bought cleaning agents can be full of hidden and harmful chemicals that are best left outside the home. Therefore, this month Limoneira spokesperson and founder of Healthy Grocery Girl Megan Roosevelt has put together a bevy of cleaning tips and easily assembled DIY methods for keeping the home sparkling and fresh year round.

For a demonstration, you can view Megan detail her fresh Spring Cleaning tips and recipes here on the Limoneira YouTube channel. Don’t forget to subscribe – videos with more wonderful tips and tricks not detailed in this release will be added to the channel each Friday throughout the month.

Beginning this past January and continuing throughout 2017, Megan produced weekly videos that demonstrated fun, easy and healthy tips to make the most out of your year.

Limoneira has also linked with additional global cleaning experts that share their knowledge with the customers of our grocery and food service partners around the world. Their biographies can be found on Limoneira’s website.

Take a look at some great new examples below.

Grapefruit Multi-Purpose Cleaner – Multi-purpose cleaner is the answer to keeping the home looking and smelling fresh. Follow these easy steps for a DIY solution that skips chemicals in store-bought cleaners!

grapefruitYou’ll need:

  • Peels from multiple grapefruits
  • Small glass jar with lid
  • White vinegar
  • Empty spray bottle

Directions: Separate the peel from the grapefruit (or the citrus peel of your choice). Using a small glass jar, place the peel inside, packing as tightly as possible. Fill jar to the brim with white vinegar. Cover jar with lid, and let sit for two weeks. When the infused vinegar is ready, fill a spray bottle with equal parts filtered water and grapefruit-infused vinegar.

Citrus Pan Scrubber – Fun fact: orange halves can be miracle workers for getting stains off of kitchen pans.


  • Orange or lemon halves
  • Coarse table salt

Directions: Once the pan in question has cooled, add a few tablespoons of coarse salt. Take citrus halves (for added usefulness, juice them first and use the juice as you wish) and scrub away. Since this cleaner is completely non-toxic, simply wipe off or rinse with water after cleaning.

Lemon Microwave Cleaner – Microwaves can be a hotbed for unsavory smells… and worse. Lemons are here to help.


  • One lemon, halved
  • Microwave safe bowl
  • 2 cups water

Directions: Place water and lemon halves in a microwave safe bowl. Cook on high in microwave for 3 minutes. The hot lemon steam will coat the inside of the microwave, and allow for easy removal of debris and food remnants by wiping with a damp cloth.

Each month, Megan will be featuring another wonderful facet of citrus living. Subscribe to Limoneira’s Youtube channel for more information on the many ways this endlessly versatile fruit can improve life inside the home and beyond.

About Limoneira®
The Limoneira Company was founded in Ventura County, California in 1893. Today, Limoneira has evolved into a global company whose mission is to preserve and promote its tradition, heritage and legacy in agriculture and community development.   With 11,000 acres of agricultural production, Limoneira is the largest provider of lemons and avocados in the United States. In addition to agriculture, Limoneira has a long history of community building. Finally, sustainability has been woven into Limoneira’s fabric for over a century with strategic investments in water, solar, soil, and integrated pest management.  For more information, visit Limoneira®

About Megan Roosevelt and Healthy Grocery Girl ® 
Megan Roosevelt is an internationally published author, cooking show host and producer as well as a nutrition expert for regional and national television and magazines. In addition to being a plant-based Registered Dietitian, Roosevelt through Healthy Grocery Girl® provides her extensive audience with on-line cooking videos and says “I love helping people get healthy in ways that are realistic and fun”.

Roosevelt is the spokesperson for Limoneira’s Lemons for Life™ campaign and says “As one of the largest growers of lemons in the United States, the partnership with Limoneira made a great deal of sense”, she said. “It’s synergistic. We all know that lemons are among the healthiest products people can integrate into their diets”. Lemons for Life ™ highlights a variety of ways that lemons can be integrated into consumer’s lives. These include recipes, natural cleaning, beauty and health tips as well as lifestyle applications.

GoatHouse Brewing Co

November 2017  By Elizabeth Smith

One of my first weekend trips to Placer County, California, included a stop at GoatHouse Brewing, which recently celebrating four years in business.

A few visits later, after their Farm Yoga experience, I caught up with co-owner, Catherine Johnson, about what it’s like to live the dream: owning a craft brewery which produces its own hops and raises its own goats, far removed from her past life living in the San Francisco Bay Area.

FullSizeRender (3)How did GoatHouse Brewing come about? Why goats and beer?

Michael and I were in the Bay Area rat race and knew we wanted something different for our life and young family. We met and fell in love over beer, and Michael has brewed since before he was old enough to buy (now over 30 years)! We knew we wanted space and a great community to raise our family. Being connected to where our food (or beer in this case) comes from has always been important — food or beer just doesn’t magically appear in the grocery store. I make cheese, so goats were the obvious choice. Hops are needed as beer isn’t beer without hops, and thus, the dream began!

Why Placer County/Lincoln, California?

We looked all over the state of California and we fell in love with the schools, community, and competitive landscape around us. We wanted rural farmland, yet close enough to city comforts and school sports, etc. The farmland around us is rich with mandarins, lavender farms, wineries, and many other innovative uses.

Why did you decide to offer farm yoga with the goats? Has it been successful? In what ways?

Farm Yoga evolved because we have tons of goats and beer! A good friend was recently certified as a yoga instructor, we got to talking (and maybe having a cold one), and the idea took shape. Farm Yoga at GoatHouse has been very well received and hopefully people enjoy it as much as we do! Animals don’t fake affection — when they choose to spend time with you, enjoying a rub, nibbling on edge of shirt, enhancing a stretch, etc. — it is genuine.

FullSizeRenderApproximately much and how many different beers do you produce annually?

GoatHouse Brewing is a 3BBL nano-brewery. We grow 20 different varieties of hops. We brew small-batch seasonal beer as a farm brewery based in agriculture. We use 90% of the hops we grow onsite, bringing in only those that are proprietary and patented. We also use seasonal fruit from our orchard such as mandarins. Most years, we brew 40-50 different styles, with only one being on tap 100% of the time, Darkside, our stout, our favorite to drink and brew! The rest comes and goes with the season.

How do you come up with the names of your beers, such as Wet N’ EZ, Honey Baby, Jackin’ Jill, Amberillo, Philip D’Glass, and Dirtbag Red?

Songs, life, kids, inside jokes, nicknames, family, riffs on just about anything. Typically, it starts a bit inappropriate, some vetoing that goes on, then we lock in and go!

We are craft beer manufacturers and hop farmers, so at least two businesses rolled into one, but beer helps make the world go around!

Do you have children and are they involved in the business?

We have two kids, Nolan, 14 and Amelia, 11. They help with Farm Yoga and most of the critter care on the farm. Nolan is on a USA swim team and he’s thankfully strong to haul hay bales. Amelia has no fear and can wrangle a goat like no one’s business (might be from her competitive soccer playing skills). They also grow pumpkins and have a farm stand in the brewery where they pick fruit from the onsite orchard, or veggies from our large garden to sell. They save their money to buy new seeds for the next year or something special.

IMG_1452Tell me more about the goats. What kind of goats, etc.?  Do you produce (or sell) any goat products such as milk and cheese?

The goats are all dairy goats. The plan was to open a small-batch dairy, but currently the regulations are hundreds of thousands of dollars and price prohibitive, so we are not licensed, nor do we sell any milk products. All hope is not lost, but development is currently on pause. In the meantime, we eat a lot of cheese with our beer! Our daughter has three Nigerian dwarf goats from 4H and their milk is like heavy cream. Alpines and La Manchas make up the bulk of the herd and their milk is sweet and plentiful – no funky aftertaste. Despite their reputation, our goats are very picky eaters and VERY spoiled.

What are the challenges you face as a local craft brewer?

Being one of the only true farm-to-tap breweries in the State of California – where the farming and brewing happen on the same land – has been challenging as the government isn’t really set up for innovation or the unknown. Being tenacious and the first to market has been character building as my mother says! We are craft beer manufacturers and hop farmers, so at least two businesses rolled into one, but beer helps make the world go around!

 Do you sell your beers only at the brewery?

The majority, yes. Since we are based in agriculture, production is limited. The old farming model was that the farms brought food to the people. Today, people like to come to the farms to see where everything is produced. It’s a connection that has been lost in society that we are hoping to rebuild. People don’t know how hops grow, so it’s a bonus to share the knowledge while they are enjoying a beer on the farm.

What other events do you offer at the brewery?

We are starting to work on some beer pairing events with local farmers and a fantastic farm-to-table chef. More to come, so stay tuned!

Is GoatHouse Brewing everything you dreamed it would be?

GoatHouse Brewing is exactly and more than what we planned extensively for and dreamed of. Our unique business model, as the first in the state, has been very well received and our passion and love for what we do, we hope, shines through. With all the planning we did, the one thing that surprised us, and continues to surprise us, is the outpouring of love and support from our customers. It is truly staggering and we are honored to be part of so many celebrations: engagements on a regular day in the brewery, baby showers, and birthday parties for the young and old.

600 Wise Road, Lincoln CA | |

Michael and Catherine Johnson  |  Tasting Room open Thurs, Fri, Sat & Sun


Elizabeth Smith HSElizabeth Smith is a French and Spanish professor turned wine professional. In 2013, her part-time role as executive assistant to a wine broker and importer became her stepping stone into the wine business. She moved to the Napa Valley from Virginia in January 2014 to begin her new full-time winery career. Elizabeth holds a doctoral degree in community college education from George Mason University as well as Wine & Spirit Education Trust’s advanced wine certification. She is currently the wine club and social media manager at Ehlers Estate and writes about wine tourism and wine for various online media outlets, usually while sipping wine with her cat, Einstein, by her side.
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The Bon-Vivant Girls’ Tips and Tricks to Enjoy Eating Out

by Nathalie Botros

We all know how to lose weight: “eat less and healthier, exercise more”. So how come we keep failing?

_G9A0396It isn’t because of lack of strength and determination, but because we try to lose the weight with a “diet”. The minute we say the word “diet”, our brain translates it to “restriction”. Which means we are forbidden to eat what we want. In human psychology, when we are forbidden to do something, we right away want to do it. Remember Adam and Eve; God told them they could eat from any tree, except one. And of course, Eve ate the forbidden fruit from that tree…

Until ten years old, I lived in Turkey; I was on a Mediterranean diet. Then my parents sent me to a boarding school in Switzerland; I was on cheese and chocolate diet. After finishing my studies and working in Switzerland, I moved to Italy; I was on pasta and pizza diet. Finally, I moved to the United States; the fast food, delivery and TV ads diet.

Although I started dieting at an early age, I became a professional dieter when I moved to the United States and gained 40 pounds. I have tried all the good ones, the bad ones, the trendy ones and the desperate ones: low carb, high protein, low calorie, vegetarian, and alkaline just to name few. I have even tried the controversial HCG diet, where you inject yourself with HCG hormones which are pregnancy hormones.

Some worked for a little while, some others not at all. I have even gained weight with some. Depressed, angry and desperate, I have decided to stop the diet and start the lifestyle. A “diet” means “restriction”; a “lifestyle” means “the way we live”. It was the birth of The Bon-Vivant Girl.

Translated from French, “bon-vivant” means “well-living”. The Bon-Vivant Girl’s lifestyle is all about living to our fullest potential, being happy and healthy and losing weight without a diet and our appetite for life. Instead of asking you to stay home cutting or counting your food intake, this lifestyle encourages you to go out and socialize.

Nathalie BotrosSome people “eat to live”, some others “live to eat”. I am the happiest when I am around a table with friends and family. To incorporate my philosophy, I have created some tips to follow at a restaurant without feeling restricted. You can follow most of these tips at home as well.

–    Choose the right restaurant:

Always opt for a spot where you can enjoy your lunch or dinner. Not a fast food restaurant, where everything happens in 10 -15 minutes, served by an unhappy person, who cooked your food with no joy. This is your time of pleasure, so why to spend it eating miserable food prepared by unhappy people.

–    Check the menu before you go:

We all have access to restaurants’ menus nowadays, why not take advantage of that. It is a good way to have an idea about the food you will eat. You can prepare yourself accordingly. For example, if you have chosen an Italian restaurant for dinner, and the pasta dishes looks amazing; don’t eat pasta for lunch.

–    Share your food:

Sometimes we are attracted to more than one dish on the menu, so why to not share our food with the others so we can order more options. It is an excellent way to taste more dishes and not feel obliged to finish our plate as someone will be helping us.

–    Don’t order all your dishes at once:

Why hurry and order everything at once, when you are out to enjoy your time? Don’t place all your orders at once, order your appetizers; once done, decide your entrees. It is a great trick to avoid ordering too much food and making the wrong choices. After each course, you can see if your table is still hungry and what you are craving for.

–    Start your meal with a “less naughty” dish:

You can order everything, no restriction. Although, if you start with a healthy choice, you have chances to fill fuller before you get into the “naughty one”. For example, if you start with a salad as it contains a lot of water, you will feel satiated faster.

–    Take your time to eat:

Remember, you are not eating fast food, so you can take your time to enjoy every bite. Eating slowly will reduce the amount you eat, making it better for digestion you’ll feel satiated faster. In other words, give time to your body to send “I am full signal” to your brain.

–    Ask always for the sauce or dressing on the side:

It won’t change the taste of your food. You can always pour it into your dish or salad. But having them on the side will automatically make you eat less of that rich sauce or dressing.

–    Taste your food before adding salt:

Restaurants are supposed to have the right amount of salt on the dishes, so try your food first. I am sure it has enough salt. You might lose few seconds, but you avoid eating too salty.

–    Add ice to your drink:

It works very well with champagne and white wine, and it is fashionable in St Tropez. It is called “piscine”, which means “pool”. It works so well that some champagne companies created bottles, especially for that purpose. If you feel like a cocktail, ask without sugar. And don’t forget: For each glass of alcohol, you need to drink at least one glass of water.

The most important tip when you are eating out is to enjoy your lunch or dinner with no guilt!!!

You can find more tips and tricks on the Bon-Vivant Girl’s book: If you are what you eat, should I eat a skinny girl?

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