Saturday, December 29, 2007

Pittsburgh Innovators, PPL Interviewee, Makes TV

Lani Lazzani was part of Episode 34 on Pittsburgh Innovators on Positively Pittsburgh Live Talkcast.

You can't keep a great story down, Lani was also interviewed on December 20 on channel 4 news at 6 PM in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Positively Pittsburgh Live wishes Lani and mom, Gina, continued prosperity and success in 2008.

The Simple Sugars Story.
(As toldd by Lani Lazzari)

My name is Lani Lazzari and I am the creator and founder of Simple Sugars. I am thirteen years old and in the eighth grade.

Simple Sugars began in December of 2005, when my mom decided that we would have a homemade Christmas and insisted that my brothers and I make the holidays gifts that we wanted to give to family and friends.

Since I was a baby I have had very sensitive skin and have been prone to eczema breakouts. I have never been able to use a commercially produced product without experiencing skin irritation or a major rash. So, I decided to make an all-natural product that would be safe for very sensitive skin like mine, would be fun to use and smell great too.

The first sugar scrubs I mixed up were a simple formulation of ingredients that I found in our kitchen. I made two scents, vanilla and almond, and gave them out to friends and family. Shortly after the holidays, people started calling me telling me that they loved the scrub and asking me if I would make more and sell it to them!

In the meantime, I had been busy doing lots of research on aromatherapy and what natural ingredients were best for sensitive skin. Based on my research, I reformulated my products and tested them, and reformulated and re-tested, until I had a really great product that I thought other people would love as much as I did. (I should mention that my aunt also has very sensitive skin (psoriasis) and is another one of my “testers”.)

When I’m not doing homework (evil!), I’m making and selling sugar scrubs. Currently, the Simple Sugars team is made up of myself, my mom, my grandmother (Mimi) and my aunt. My mission is simple (no pun intended!):

• To make the best all-natural, high quality scrubs that I can.• To provide my customers with the best service that they can get anywhere.• And above all, to keep things simple!
I hope that you enjoy my products!Stay Smooth!Lani

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Pos Pitt Live Interviewee, Beth Caldwell Sends Law of Attraction, "Peace" Message

Pos Pitt Live Interviewee, Beth Caldwell, sends Law of Attraction "Peace" Message

From Beth Caldwell,

Hi Everyone,I have just finished up a 3 day retreat and I noticed something. Inmany of the windows I was browsing I saw signs for PEACE.I remembered a quote used in The Secret about Mother Theresa saying shewould never attend a war protest, but she would be happy to attend arally for peace.

I have been thinking a lot about all of the families devastated andseparated by this war. We visited the cemetery last week, and I washumbled by the number of soldiers graves there.What would happen if we all began to think about peace instead of war? If you believe in the power of positive thought, then you know what I am talking about. If you don't believe in positive thinking, then what can this hurt?

I have created a PDF for PEACE. Please print it out and hang it in thewindows of your home and office. Every person that sees it will think"Peace" if only for a momentWhat may happen?Please download the attached PDF and hang it in your window at home and at the office.

Pass it on to your families, friends, and all businesses that you knowof.

Wishing you Peaceful Holidays,Beth Caldwellwww.PositiveMoms. com412-875-5336

Find "Peace" PDF at:

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Episode 36 Positively Pittsburgh Live: Holiday Health in the Burgh,

Judy P. Masucci, Ph.D., A Mother's Boutique: Mother's Health, Suzanne Froelich, the Nexagen Weight Loss Patch, Cleansing Consultant: Annette Ziemba, Paula Franett, Meta Fitness
Tips and tricks from show notes on this outstanding show with 4 phenomenal women giving tips on Holiday Health.

About A Mother's Boutique: When it comes to nursing your baby, A Mother’s Boutique is here to help. We carry everything you need to nurse - breastfeeding clothing and bras in a range of styles and sizes as well as breast pumps and accessories. Best of all, we offer in-home visits in the greater Pittsburgh area and on-line ordering for all locations, so moms can shop from the convenience of their own home. Call or visit our on-line store to find out why our selection and service are exactly what a busy mom deserves!

About Judy Masucci, Ph.D.: Dr. Masucci received her Ph.D. in Genetics from Columbia University. After two careers – her first as a scientist and her second in Biotech Business and Marketing, she was inspired to help other new mothers with breastfeeding and has embarked on a 3rd career to do this. Dr. Masucci was inspired to help other mothers after becoming a mother herself with the birth of her son in 2005. Dr. Masucci has been a stay-at-home mother, a work-out-of-the-home mother and is now a work-at-home mother. She has published breastfeeding articles and is the owner of boutique designed to help other new mothers breastfeed their babies. Her boutique, A Mother's Boutique, was designed with busy moms in mind.

Helpful Links:
Breastfeeding Tips for new mothers:
Working and Breastfeeding: Tips for Success: vs. Bottle - a sumarry of the benefits of breastfeeding:

Judy P. Masucci, Ph.D.President/Owner/MotherA Mother's Boutique, LLCP.O. Box 219Wexford, PA 15090724-934-8795724-965-4085 (fax)judy@mothersboutique.com

From Annette Ziemba, Cleansing Consultant
To navigate the party landmines with your healthy diet intact, you need a strategy. Experts agree: Having a plan in place will help you handle night after night of eating and drinking.
"Think of your appetite as an expense account, and figure out how much you want to spend on drinks, appetizers, entrees, and dessert," advises Michelle May, MD, author of Am I Hungry? What to Do When Diets Don't Work. She suggests giving yourself permission to enjoy your favorite foods -- in sensible portions.

To help you survive the seasonal parties without packing on the pounds, WebMD consulted diet gurus across the country for their best holiday diet tips. Here are their top 10 recommendations:
1. Trim back the trimmings. Go all out and deck the halls with boughs of holly, glitter, and lights, but when it comes to holiday food, accessorize with care. To shave calories, go easy when adding nuts, cheese, cream sauces, gravy, butter, and whipped cream -- additions that don't add much to the meal, but can add plenty to your waistline. Trim calories wherever you can so you leave the party feeling satisfied, but not stuffed, recommends Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RD, author of The Dish on Eating Healthy and Being Fabulous.
2. Wear snug clothes and keep one hand busy. When you wear snug-fitting attire, chances are you'll be too busy holding in your stomach to overeat. While you stand around looking posh in your holiday finery, hold a drink in your dominant hand so it won't be so easy to grab food, recommends obesity expert Cathy Nonas, MS, RD.
3. Chew gum. When you don't want to eat, pop a piece of sugarless gum into your mouth. This works well when you're cooking or when you're trying not to dive into the buffet, says Nonas.
4. Be a food snob. If you don't love it, don't eat it, says American Dietetic Association spokeswoman Melinda Johnson, MS, RD. Scan the buffet for foods you truly treasure and skip the everyday dishes that are available all year long. And don't think it's your responsibility to sample everything on the buffet. Go ahead and indulge in your personal holiday favorites, then find a seat and, slowly and mindfully, savor every mouthful.
5. No skipping meals. Always eat normally on the day of a party. "People who skip meals to save up calories tend to overeat everything in sight once they get there," says Katherine Tallmadge, MA, RD, author of Diet Simple. "Eating sensibly throughout the day will take the edge off the appetite and empower a bit of restraint." Start with a nourishing breakfast, have a light lunch, then a small snack or salad shortly before the event.
6. Check it out. First things first. When you arrive at the party, grab a sparkling water with a twist, and wait at least 30 minutes before eating. This will give you time to relax, get comfortable in your surroundings, and survey your food choices on the buffet before diving in, says Tallmadge. A buffet is an invitation to eat all you can, and unless you carefully scrutinize it and make wise choices, you're likely to overeat.
7. Add fun and games. Cynthia Sass, MPH, MA, RD, co-author of Your Diet Is Driving Me Crazy, proposes taking the focus off food and getting family and friends more active during holiday parties. Think horseshoes, badminton, sledding, ice skating, or building snowmen. Indoors, try a spirited game of charades, or rent an instructional dance video followed by a dance-off. "The best parties include dancing, so why not make dancing after eating a new holiday tradition for a great form of fun and recreation?" asks David Katz, MD, MPH, author of The Flavor Point Diet.
8. Alternate alcohol with nonalcoholic beverages. Alcoholic drinks are loaded with calories -- especially holiday favorites like eggnog. "Cut your alcohol calories in half by alternating water or seltzer between alcoholic beverages," Katz advises.
9. Skip the appetizers. "Eschew the appetizers rather than chewing on them," says Katz. If you need a little nibble before the meal, go for the veggies, fruit, salsa, or a small handful of nuts.10. Limit the variety. Brian Wansink, PhD, author of Mindless Eating, suggests putting only two items on your plate when you go to the food table. Return as many times as you like, but only take two items each time. "Variety stimulates appetite, and if you limit your choices to just a few items and stick with these, it will be easier to control than eating a little bit of 20 different dishes," agrees Katz.
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About MetaFitness

MetaFitness is a metabolism-based fitness/health/lifestyle management company founded by Paula Franetti, MS, MES, CPT, in direct response to the growing need for reliable weight management solutions.

MetaFitness is passionate about teaching and training individuals of all ages how to successfully manage their weight and care for their bodies for a lifetime by using the most effective skills and techniques.

About Paula Franetti

Paula Franetti, MS, MES, CPT; founder and president of MetaFitness, has more than 20 years experience in healthcare as an exercise physiologist, fitness coach, rehab specialist and a wellness educator.

Ms. Franetti has a teaching degree in Health, Physical Education and Coaching; worked eleven years as a Certified Prosthetist and Orthotist; earned a Masters degree in Exercise Physiology, Cardiac Rehab; is a Certified Personal Trainer and Lifestyle & Weight Management Counselor. She holds certifications with the American Counsel on Exercise, the American Academy of Health & Fitness Professionals, and the Cooper Institute and is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine. Paula is a motivating speaker and regularly appears on television, radio, in written media and in corporate settings and has taught wellness courses for Highmark’s Health Place and Chatham University.

In addition, she has started and/or co-owned three businesses one in Orthotics & Prosthetics and two in fitness training. Paula is also a physically active baby boomer and recently represented Pennsylvania in the June 2007 Senior Games in Louisville, Kentucky where she competed in women’s basketball.


1. How do you measure someone’s metabolism?
By using the technology that was once only used in laboratories and hospitals
Will explain oxygen consumption and body heat monitoring

2. How does a person keep from gaining weight over the holidays?
Have to have a strategy
Have a way to track what you are doing and eating

3. What do I have to do to keep my metabolism going?
Understand what the metabolism is
Eat often and the proper amount
Know “how to” be physically active

4. What’s the best metabolically active exercise?
It depends on what your goal is
You want to know how to control where your body is getting the fuel for your exercise
You have to do it on a consistent basis for your metabolism to stay active

Paula M. Franetti, M.S.
Meta Fitness
1036 East End Ave
Piittsburgh, PA 15221

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

PPL Guest: Diana Fletcher Life Coach, Gifts for Yourself for the Holidays

Special Gifts for Yourself ro the Holidays!
Joanne's suggestion: Please Open Before Christmas!

Great gift ideas for yourself over the holiday season from
Life Coach Diana Fletcher.

Contact Diana at:

The Gift of Sleep: Getting enough sleep could be the best gift you give yourself this month. Most of us do not get enough. This can lead to trouble with focusing and thinking creatively. It may even make us gain weight. Studies have shown that when you deprive yourself of sleep, hormones that control your appetite cannot work properly.

The Gift of True Enjoyment: You probably have one holiday treat that you like the best. Save your calorie expenditure for that treat. Don't waste calories on other things just because they are there. Wait for that treat and totally savor it. Enjoy it and don't feel guilty.
The Gift of Quiet: Take a few minutes throughout your week to enjoy quiet. Curl up with a book, without turning on the television. Soak in the tub with a Do Not Disturb sign on the door. Just a few minutes of complete quiet can revive and rejuvenate you.

The Gift of Peace of Mind: Stay on a budget. Don't create stress for yourself when the holidays are over by overspending now. Get creative--you know you can cut back. Even a little less on each gift can help.'

The Gift of Healthy Food: Make sure that each day, you eat one meal or one snack that is healthy. No matter what else you do, your body will thank you for this small effort toward good health.

The Gift of Water: This may seem like a funny gift, but drinking enough water is so important for your health. We need to keep hydrated, especially when we are busy shopping, visiting, and running around. Sometimes we mistake thirst for hunger, so drinking enough water can keep us from overeating.

The Gift of Movement: Stretch. Start each day with some gentle stretches. Take some walks on your lunch hour or in the evening with a friend. Schedule a yoga class or take a spinning class. Be aware of your body and nurture yourself.

The Gift of Fresh Air: Get outside, even if it is just for a few minutes at a time. Breathe. Open your windows to air out your rooms for a few minutes each day. Clear out toxic air!

The Gift of Awareness: Pay attention. You won't have this time in your life ever again. Enjoy the feeling of coming into your warm home on a cold day. Savor a cup of tea as you watch the snow. Pay attention to your thoughts and what you may be attracting --positive thoughts attract positive things.

The Gift of Choice: Remember that you have a choice about how you spend your time. You do not have to accept all invitations, and you do not have to take your children everywhere they want to go. If there are gatherings that you feel you must attend, choose how long to stay. Give yourself the gift of choice and you will
not be as stressed--I guarantee it.

The Gift of Relaxation: Schedule a massage, a facial or a manicure and keep the appointment! The benefits of massage are numerous and include strengthening the immune system and relieving stress. A facial will relax you and give you a great glow for the holidays. Just taking the time to sit for a manicure or pedicure can do wonders for your energy levels. (And yes, men can do these things too!)

The Gift of Love: Remember you are important and take it easy on yourself. You need your rest, your sleep, good food and time alone. Give yourself love and do not waste time thinking about what you didn't finish or what you you didn't do. This is a season about love and that includes loving yourself and appreciating all the things you accomplish everyday.

I wish you all the best during this Holiday Season. Much love and happiness to you and your friends and family!
Sincerely,Diana FletcherDiana Fletcher Life Coaching

Sunday, December 2, 2007

PPL Guest Beth Caldwell-Pittsburgh Professional Women Offers Mostly Free Networking

Beth Caldwell is a previous guest on "Positively Pittsburgh Live" and also "Techno Granny."
Beth is a single mom with great website to help home-based mom businesses:; watch for Beth's new site:
Beth has a passion for helping women entrepreneurs and business professionals and also a great on line networking site: with over 400 women participants.

Below is a release on Beth's newest business venture, Pittsburgh Professional Women.

Pittsburgh Professional Women is an online resource for business women in Western PA. The mission is to educate and empower women in business. PPW events are held North, South, East and West, and most are free. Here are our events for December, please attend the events of your choice, and feel free to share this with other business women.

Watch for the new website announcement coming soon.
Beth Caldwell412-875-5336

Oakmont, Wednesday, December 5th at 6pm.

Women and Wealth, a free educational program for professional women, small business owners, executive women, retired and divorced women who wish to become financially empowered. Presented by Pittsburgh Professional Women. Speaker: Lori Brinker, CFP. Topic: Your Investments Can Reflect Your Values. Meeting begins at 6pm at the Oakmont Public Library, lower level in the Red Oak Room. 700 Allegheny River Blvd. Oakmont, PA 15139, followed by informal networking at a local restaurant.

Please RSVP to 724-339-5312.

Greentree, Thursday, December 6th

Holiday Open House benefiting Dress For Success Pittsburgh. 4pm-6pm. Presented by Pittsburgh Professional Women.

Join us for an open house from at Regus Executive Suites, Foster Plaza 5, 651 Holiday Drive, Suite 300, Pittsburgh, PA 15220. Food and meeting space compliments of Regus. Admission is free as long as you bring a donation for Dress For Success.

For a wish list, please email RSVP to 412-928-3227.Monroeville, Friday, December 14th at 11:30am Women in Leadership Luncheon Speaker Dr. Nancy Mramor. This lunch is presented by the Monroeville Area Chamber of Commerce and Pittsburgh Professional Women. Open to all businesswomen. Cost $20. Location: Tolerico's Restaurant, 2525 Monroeville Blvd, behind Monroeville Mall. . RSVP in advance to 856-0622. __._,_.___

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Interviewee form PPL in the News! Rebecca Lamperski, author of "Full Bloom"

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Two-fer: Rebecca Lamperski, author of "Full Bloom" and Shawne Duperon of Shawne TV

Rebecca Lamperski, Author of Full Bloom, recent interviewee on "Positively Pittsburgh Live" used lessons that she had learned at National Associaiton of Women Business Owners lst Annual NAWBO Day during Shawne Duperon's seminar on Media Relations to generate publicity for another of her organizations, National Speaker's Association.

Reprinted from "ShawneTV Guide," a free ezinethat generates amazing news stories andconversations. Subscribe at© Copyright 2007 by Shawne Duperon, ShawneTV Inc.ShawneTV29558 English WayNovi, MI48377US

Lessons Learned from an Association

Rebecca Lamperski of Full Bloom, is a growthexpert. She created some pretty amazing coveragefor her local National Speakers Association inPittsburgh, under the most unusual circumstances.She was a live guest on KDKA after pitching aspeak-a-thon for the radio. Yep, that's right,the radio! Rarely will you see TV coverage for aradio event.

Here's how she did it:"The success really came when I adjusted the announcement into an external press release tosend to the local broadcast stations, radiostations and newspapers.""Taking what I had learned from Shawne, I neededa hook - a statistic or an interesting fact totie-into. With a simple search of the internet,I found a new study about how much women talkcompared to men. I added that tie-in to my pressrelease, and it was magic!""We received a call from the local broadcaststation for an interview on their morning show -and they specifically indicated they wanted me totalk about how much women and men talk. That'show I knew it was the press release that worked!"

Great job, Rebecca.

Here's the link to her interview.