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LASIK: What To Expect

June 21, 2016 – 12:59 am | No Comment

In preparation for my own surgery, I have partnered with the American Refractive Surgery Council (ARSC) to do a four-part series on LASIK. In today’s post, we are reprinting a story on what you can expect when you get LASIK surgery and the proper aftercare.

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Maximize Your Productivity With Meditation

June 14, 2016 – 3:55 pm | No Comment


I met the wonderful Dina Kaplan back when she was the CEO of Blip.tv., the web platform for original series that eventually raised $20 million in venture equity. Her newest venture, The Path allows stressed out New York business owners and working people to take a meditative break. Dina says that mediation can help us be more productive in business in these five ways:

  1. To Overcome Stress – When you’re stressed, it’s hard to make good decisions. Often you can feel the tension in your body. A number of studies show that meditation can actually lower the level of cortisol (the stress hormone) in your body.
  2. Before an Important Conversation – If you’re heading into a big meeting, or an important conversation with your boss, you’ll have a clearer head- and a better conversation- if you take a few moments to meditate first.
  3. When Making a Big Decision – Our minds are so full of clutter, it’s often hard to tap into our intuition – which almost always has the right answer. To get away from living in the “should” – and towards living in the truth, I suggest sitting quietly for twenty minutes before a big decision.
  4. To Focus – Mindfulness meditation changes the brain, making it easier to focus.
  5. When Entering a Difficult Situation – Compassion meditation helps us rise above difficult situations. Before a tough conversation, I suggest spending ten minutes repeating silently to yourself.

About Dina Kaplan and The Path

The Path, is a NYC-based meditation company founded by Dina Kaplan, formerly co-founder of Blip.tv, a successful platform for original web series which raised more than $20 million in venture capital.

Kaplan was at the heart of the New York tech scene, heading up both the networking group The Founders Club, which became a quarterly invitation-only networking event that’s a must-attend for the city’s movers and shakers, as well as the Calliope Group, an organization that gathers women founders of tech companies such as Gilt Group, Rent The Runway and Paperless Post as well as senior executives from Google, Entertainment Weekly and Conde Nast.

After seven and a half years of working 24/7 in start-up mode Dina was suffering from severe burnout and — although she hid it well — felt crippled by fear. Finally, she decided she had had enough. In early November 2011, she told her surprised family that she was going to leave the company that she had worked so hard and so long to build. She bought a one-way ticket to Indonesia and left on December 21st, 2011, the start of a year-and-a-half-long trip around the globe, studying the art of meditation.

Now, back in NYC, Dina seeks to raise global consciousness and to make people more aware of themselves and their impact on others, through The Path- a thriving community of modern meditators. On a day-to-day basis, The Path’s mission is to give people the tools to build a daily meditation practice and to provide people with a transformative experience. The Path started teaching in October 2014 and thanks to companies like The Path, meditation is fast becoming a popular tool for improving your mind for big companies such as Apple, Google, Nike, HBO and more, now promoting employee meditation at the office.

Young professionals, mindful of their careers and mental health, attend weekly meditations with The Path to hone energy, focus, creativity and compassion. A growing number of ambitious young professionals – tech geniuses and executives in every industry – are quickly discovering meditation. The Path, aimed to make meditation more accessible, is one of the leaders in the mindful movement teaching a system of mental focus meant to make successful New Yorkers even more successful.

Mindful New Yorkers have been turning to The Path not just because they know they will feel good at the end of the sit, but because they network with the other people there. Every sit is followed by a tea and chat. The Path hosts group meditations with a modern, clean and beautiful aesthetic, brings meditation to corporations and hosts group sits at special events including Sundance, SXSW and NY Fashion Week.

Nuori Offers Fresh Organic Skincare

June 6, 2016 – 12:15 am | No Comment
Nuori Lip Treat

When I was twelve Pam, my best friend from violin class, was a bit of a tomboy. But her Mom kitted their bathroom out, like a spa which ignited my beauty addiction! There was an …

Last Minute Tech Gifts For Mother’s Day from Verizon Wireless!

May 6, 2016 – 1:03 pm | No Comment

With Mother’s Day just a few short days away, many are still scrambling to find the perfect gift for mom. Luckily, Verizon Wireless has compiled a list of their top tech gifts and the list has something for every type of mom! Shower your Mom with one or more of these wondrous gifts.

Get These Yummy Spicy Snacks For Cinco De Mayo

May 5, 2016 – 11:26 am | No Comment

I love to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with yummy foods and there is no better snack than spicy popcorn. My favorite brand Popcorn Indiana makes both a Sriracha and a Cheesy Jalapeño that are perfect for today and every day. On my way to Whole Foods to pick some up right now!

Spring/Summer Footwear From American Eagle

April 16, 2016 – 11:02 pm | No Comment

Last night, I was shopping American Eagle, one of my favorite online sites, when I stumbled upon a little known secret. As well as great clothes, they sell scores of supercute shoes too! Every single shoe pictured in the gallery is a shoe I wish I had and I plan to replace a lot of my footwear with some of these adorable but comfy shoes. Read on for my picks.

Celebrating Jesus Christ and His Words

March 26, 2016 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

Good Friday always makes me pensive and a bit sad at the persecution that Jesus went through all for wanting to teach the world to Love and that Life is everlasting. And it saddens me that people are still so hateful towards each other particularly in this cyber era.

#TheMOMS Host My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 Screening

March 20, 2016 – 6:59 am | No Comment

The MOMS always give the best events. A cool crowd of bloggers with great sponsors and fun activities, the Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 screening was no exception. And I even got to ask Nia Vardalos the burning question I have had for more than a decade. It was a great time had by all.

4 Spring Beauty Essentials

March 10, 2016 – 8:28 am | No Comment

With temperatures in the 60’s here in NY, it is time to jumpstart your Spring beauty routine. (Sponsored Post – Level 1- see full disclosure page for level descriptions)

Sheva Royal Thai Spa Is Heaven On Earth

March 7, 2016 – 11:16 pm | No Comment

TGATP was thrilled to visit the new Sheva Royal Thai Spa – Express at a wondrous editor event held by their PR James Campbell of What You Say NYC, which was a welcome respite from a very busy month for me. Read on for a full description of this great new spa! (Sponsored Post – Level 2- see full disclosure page for level descriptions)