Friday, May 20, 2016

Taste of Chicago Celebrity Chef du Jour Tickets On Sale Today! (Chicago,IL)



The Dinner Party with Elysabeth Alfano>>Dr. Travis ("The Doctors"), Blair Tindall ("Mozart in the Jungle"), Former White House Chef Sam Kass & POTUS

Thursday, May 19, 2016

A Stunning Coloring Book for Women to Relax, Recharge, and Unleash their Creativity

It's been a long time since I picked up a coloring book.I'd say at least 9 Presidents ago to be almost exact.
I had some down time backing up my computer and deciding to step away from social media for a few days.Perfect timing to receive a copy of,"Inkspirations for Women: Color Your World Happy – Inspiring Designs to Nourish Your
Heart and Renew Your Spirit" by  Marci Shimoff, #1 NY Times Bestselling Author,
With original art by Judy Clement Wall.

Crayons didn't come with my copy but I had a box left over from a photo shoot several years ago.
I enjoyed reading the quotes on the opposite page and letting out my inner 5 year old to take a play date.What did I come away with? About as good of a relaxation session as meditation and  a few new ideas of things I'd like to do.
So,if your looking to kick start a mind-body relaxation technique,this coloring book just might be the key that opens your creative door.

  Celebrating millions of women worldwide, Inkspirations for Women (HCI Books -- $10.95) encourages women to leave the demands of the day behind for a much-needed boost of happiness, creativity, and relaxation. As the largest audience for adult coloring books, women are uplifted in Inkspirations for Women. This adult coloring book helps women unwind and rediscover their inner artist with an eclectic mix of gorgeous designs to color and customize.

Believe it or not, scientists have studied coloring, and they've found that it quiets your mind, calms your thoughts, reduces stress, and allows you to simply be. Research shows that coloring can induce a kind of 'flow,' or active meditation, during which you lose your sense of time and your brain waves fall into a calming rhythm. As a result, worries fade away and creative blocks can become wellsprings of ideas.

Inkspirations for Women offers:

•    Inspiring quotes and motivating mantras from the New York Times bestselling author and happiness expert Marci Shimoff on love, hope, gratitude, dreaming big, and more.

•    More than 30 intricate designs from illustrator Judy Clement Wall, everything from flowers and fauna to meditative mandalas and more.

•    How-to section by artist that guides readers in how to customize the art or to take their interest further by doodling or patterning within the pages.

•    Thick stock paper, allowing readers to use colored pencils, markers or watercolors, and perforated pages encourage framing or sharing finished pieces.

•    Perforated pages for easy tearing and sharing.

The readers of Inkspirations for Women are invited to take a break from the busyness of life with this book's captivating collection of exquisite original art.  After spending a moment with this adult coloring book, women will come to see the world is their canvas to make some beautiful marks!

About the Authors:  

Marci Shimoff is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, a world-renowned transformational teacher, and an expert on happiness, success and unconditional love. She's authored the international bestsellers, Love for No Reason and Happy for No Reason, co-authored six titles in the Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul series, and is a featured teacher in The Secret. She currently co-leads a global online program called Your Year of Miracles to help people live more miraculous lives. Please visit:

Judy Clement Wall is a freelance artist/illustrator, writer, and intrepid doodler. In addition to her commissioned artwork and illustrations, Judy creates unique cards and original artwork that celebrates life and inspires creativity. To see more of her art and read her published work, visit her web site at:

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Available wherever books are sold or to order directly from the publisher:
or (800) 441-5569
Inkspirations for Women
Color Your World Happy—30 Inspiring Designs to Nourish Your Heart and Renew Your Spirit
By Marci Shimoff
Judy Clement Wall (illustrator)
ISBN: 9780757319235
$10.95 – March 2016

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

CineYouth Winners Announced - $2,500 in Prizes, Scholarships


The Conservation Center>>May at The Center: Displaying Waterbodies, Japanese Screen Cleaning, and Yosegaki Hinomaru