Monday, June 26, 2017

Healthy Habits: Getting Surrogacy Straight 5 Things you need to Know...

While many might fantasize about having a baby without having to carry a baby, or going through the discomfort of delivery, Gestational Surrogacy, the process where another woman carries the child for an individual or couple, is an actually a fairly uncommon practice in the world of assisted reproductive technology (ART). 
The truth of the matter is that women who choose to use a surrogate, such as Kim Kardashian, do so for reasons that are not based on convenience or comfort.  "Gestational Surrogacy, that in which the woman carrying the child has no genetic link, is legally acceptable in the United States, but is still highly regulated and not used to 'avoid' pregnancy," says Elena Trukhacheva MD, MSCI, President and Medical Director of Reproductive Medicine Institute with offices throughout Chicago (  "This differs with other countries, such as those in the European Union where surrogacy is prohibited, driving individuals and couples with a need for it to come to the US for treatment."
The major indications for gestational surrogacy include:
1) Medical conditions that would increase the risk of carrying a pregnancy.  These conditions may include severe cardiac or pulmonary disease, cancer, kidney disease, clotting disorders or other uncontrolled chronic medical illnesses.
2) Uterine factors (congenitally absent uterus, abnormalities in uterine development, ruptured uterus from a prior delivery) that cannot be repaired surgically.
3) Prior poor obstetric history (premature delivery, abnormal placentation, or complications from other pregnancies, such as peripartum cardiomyopathy)
4)  Multiple Pregnancy Losses
5) Single men or same sex male couples who desire their own genetic children through the use of donor eggs and a surrogate to carry the child.
Separate from the medical issues that result in the option of surrogacy, the vetting process for gestational surrogates is extensive, similar to that for egg donors.  In all regards, a multidisciplinary approach to surrogacy is critical - your team would include not only your fertility specialist and the surrogacy agency, but also a legal team and mental health professional.
"While an excellent, and often quite successful option for those who need it, Gestational Surrogacy involves a number of details; medical, psychological and emotional," says Dr. Trukhacheva.  "It generally is not a decision that is made lightly."

Hyperemesis Gravidarum Conference at University of Plymouth

Pregnancy sickness condition HG affects around 15,000 women each year – including, in both of her pregnancies, the Duchess of Cambridge. Now a PhD student at the University of Plymouth is leading an international conference to help improve associated treatment, in collaboration with Pregnancy Sickness Support and the British Pregnancy Advisory Service. 
For more information and to book a place, visit the conference website

Sweepstakes: SABRE Safe Is Smart Scholarship

SABRE, the number one brand of pepper spray trusted by police and consumers worldwide, is holding a scholarship Sweepstakes that will award one winner with $15,000 in scholarship funds.

The Safe Is Smart Scholarship Sweepstakes is set to run from July 1st to September 1st—just in time for the back to school season.

Recent campus safety statistics show and increased danger for students—particularly females—with up to 1 in 5 college women encountering sexual assault and nearly 10,000 students each year enduring aggravated assaults and robberies during their time in college. SABRE is working to enhance awareness of the safety steps students need to take when they get to campus. However, they also want to encourage students with the chance at winning a scholarship to apply to their studies.

“Our decision to award a scholarship was twofold,” explains SABRE CEO David Nance. “We wanted to give back to our community by helping someone with their college dream, while also teaching students and their parents about campus safety.”

SABRE has spent more than forty years in the personal safety market and partnered with elite law enforcement professionals to further their understanding of self-defense tactics.

"Our goal is to help educate as many students as possible about the importance of personal safety, and by doing so, we are sharing important tips, as well as information about our safety products that can help students escape to safety should it arise," said Nance.

SABRE is encouraging students to follow these safety tips both on and off campus.

·         Before unpacking their boxes, students should check out what free safe ride or walking services are offered by the campus.
·         Students should take a safety seminar or attend a self-defense class. Many colleges offer them free or for credit, and the techniques and strategies can be lifesaving.
·         For students moving from dorms to apartments, a personal alarm provides portable security. SABRE offers many compact options as well as a Dorm/Apartment Kit for keeping personal belongings safe.
·         Prepare themselves with pepper sprays and gels—one of the most effective ways to deter or distract an attacker, and permitted on most campuses. SABRE has the most potent and reliable options on the market.
·         Stick together—there is safety in numbers, so stay close to friends when going out or coming home late from parties.

“For parents, this time in their family’s lives are exciting—but also stressful as they are seeing their children go off on their own, often for the very first time,” said Nance. “We’re hoping to give them peace of mind by teaching their kids how to stay safe both on and off campus.”

The Safe Is Smart Scholarship Sweepstakes is open to all incoming freshmen and students enrolled in a secondary education institution.

To enter, go to: Entrants will watch a video about campus protection and the latest in personal safety, before being able to register and submit their information. 

SABRE, the no. 1 pepper spray trusted by police and consumers worldwide, is family owned and operated with four decades of experience and is the leading brand in personal safety. The company’s law enforcement grade pepper sprays provide consumers with the same superior quality chosen exclusively by the New York Police Department, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and law enforcement agencies worldwide. SABRE has trained 3,500 officers around the globe on the use of force and how to use pepper spray. SABRE also has a line of consumer personal alarms and home security systems, and is dedicated to educating its customers. SABRE’s Personal Safety Academy is available through certified instructors around the world to help teach personal safety skills to SABRE users. Learn more at, on Facebook at ‘SABRE-Security Equipment Corporation’, on Twitter @SABRERed or on Instagram @SABRESafety.

Thrifty Thinking: Understanding The 4 Basics Of Money Can Enrich Your Life

Many young people have the misconception that as they grow older and advance in their careers they will have more disposable income, giving them the freedom to do what they like and buy what they want.
But as life moves along bills add up, college loans need to be paid, mortgages need to be secured and insurance needs to be kept up to date. Throw in kids and many people find themselves living paycheck-to-paycheck much longer than they ever expected.
That type of living doesn’t leave much room to plan for retirement.
It doesn’t have to be that way, though.
Those who understand the basics of money can begin planning early in life and will be ready to retire in their 60s, says Ann Vanderslice (, president and CEO of Retirement Planning Strategies.
“Part of working toward retirement is having a plan and a strategy ahead of time,” says Vanderslice. “That begins with understanding the four basics of money.”
Those basics are:
• Earning. The secret to making money – whether you are an entrepreneur or work for a large company – is finding a solution to people’s problems. Once you understand this, Vanderslice says, the keys to success include: showing up on time, doing what you say you are going to do, finishing what you started and doing it all with a courteous attitude.
• Saving. Vanderslice says the old rule of thumb about saving 10 percent still applies. Even if your company offers matching retirement funds, she says that doesn’t give you a pass to save less. The first bill you pay each month should be one to yourself. After that 10 percent is set aside, manage your budget from what’s left. 
• Investing.  Investing should be a long-term endeavor, Vanderslice says. For example, take today’s 25-year-olds. According to the Employee Benefit Research Institute, if they want to retire with a similar lifestyle as what they have now, they need to invest 6.4 percent of their paychecks. That’s based on the stock market staying on the average path it has held for the last century.
• Distribution. Do you want to know how much you will be able to live on in retirement? A good rule of thumb is the 4 Percent Rule, which states that you should withdraw 4 percent of your retirement portfolio in the first year of retirement. Each subsequent year you should do the same while adjusting for a 3 percent inflation rate. 
“People who report having the easiest transition into retirement had a strategy,” says Vanderslice. “They don’t just wing it.
About Ann Vanderslice
Ann Vanderslice (, president and CEO of Retirement Planning Strategies, helps federal employees understand their benefits, maximize the value of their benefits and plan for retirement, as well as organize income planning and IRA distributions. Vanderslice holds the Registered Financial Consultant designation from the International Association of Registered Financial Consultants and the Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor designation from the College for Financial Planning. She is author of Fedtelligence 2.0 – The Ultimate Guide to Mastering Your Federal Benefits.

How Women In Leadership Roles Can Change The Workplace

As women have taken on greater leadership roles in the business world, it’s paid off for both them and business.
A study by the Peterson Institute for International Economics found that firms with women in the C-suite were more profitable. Meanwhile, the number of women-owned businesses grew 45 percent from 2007 to 2016 compared to just a 9 percent growth in the number of businesses overall.
But will all those women in leadership roles change the workplace culture to make it more female friendly – and does it matter?
“As a corporate anthropologist, I’m aware of the recent shift in thinking surrounding how cultures should be restructured in order for women to thrive in the workplace,” says Andi Simon, author of On the Brink: A Fresh Lens to Take Your Business to New Heights (
“This has caused me to ask: What type of culture do women really want and is it that different from what men want, too?”
The results of her research were surprising, she says. It turns out, in many ways men and women want similar things in the workplace. Both prefer a strong clan culture that emphasizes collaboration, teamwork and a focus on people.
So what lessons does that hold for women who start their own businesses or are hired or promoted into leadership positions in existing businesses?
Based on her personal experiences, and what she’s learned from female business leaders she has interviewed, Simon says some of the ways women can succeed when leading an organization and make the workplace more attentive to the needs of both men and women include:
• Create a culture that blends work and home. Simon talked with the founder of one company that intentionally took a whole-life approach and didn’t force employees to choose between work and family. “That company won all sorts of local awards for being one of the best places to work in the area,” Simon says.
• Encourage staff to be innovators. Often even the employees who think outside the box are reluctant to act outside the box for fear of repercussions if things don’t work out quite the way they hoped. But for innovation to happen, Simon says, a good leader needs to empower employees to try new ideas.
• Be an adventurer, stay curious. If you expect your employees to try new ideas, you need to be willing to do so as well. Don't worry about failing, Simon says. “Keep tinkering and trying stuff and sooner or later you'll hit upon your a-ha moment,” Simon says.
In her research, Simons says she’s finding that the women who know how to create success are not just building better businesses; they are changing the way people work.
“The corporate cultures in women-run businesses reflect the personal beliefs and values of the women leading them,” Simon says. “And those businesses tend to be highly successful.”
About Andi Simon, Ph.D.
Andi Simon, author of On the Brink: A Fresh Lens to Take Your Business to New Heights, is a corporate anthropologist and award-winning author ( She is the founder and CEO of Simon Associates Management Consultants, designed over a decade ago to help companies use the tools of anthropology to better adapt to changing times. Simon also is a public speaker and an Innovation Games facilitator and trainer. She served as a tenured professor of anthropology and American studies at Ramapo College of New Jersey, and was a visiting professor teaching entrepreneurship at Washington University in St. Louis. Simon has appeared on “Good Morning America” and has been featured in the Washington Post, Business Week and Forbes, and on Bloomberg Radio.

Healthy Habits: 5 Foods to Defy the Post-Flight ‘Dehydration Face’

Fourth of July weekend in front of us means it’s officially high summer and most people are gearing up for their vacations. For many, that will include air travel, and possibly a long haul flight.  You know the drill: they give you some peanuts, the drink cart makes a couple of rounds, they bring you your sad little tray of airplane food and then before you know it, it’s wheels down. Your flight attendant hands you a moist towlette and you hope it’ll revive your dried skin and make you look a little less haggard but it does neither, and you chastise yourself for not downing more little cups of water. But drinking water on a plane is a double-edged sword; if you don’t your entire epidermis dries up; if you do, your lower body retains the liquid. So what’s a non-ankle-swell-enthusiast to do?

Dr. Christopher Calapai DO, an anti-aging and stem cell expert and long time health advisor to the New York Rangers hockey team, tells us how to fight post-flight dehydration with foods!

1.    Watermelon
“Watermelon is one of the most hydrating foods there are,” says Dr. Calapai “I’s a great alternative to plane snacks which have large amounts of sodium, which in turn make you more dehydrated.”  Pack big thick slices in a large plastic baggie and take them in your handbag, they won’t be taken away at TSA and will help you avoid the salty peanuts.

2.    Cucumbers
“Cucumbers are about 96 percent water,” says Calapai “They also contain no saturated fat or cholesterol and are high in Vitamin B6 which helps in the production of serotonin which is the brain chemical that controls mood.” You can slice them or cube them and also bring them along in a baggie or small container. Try making small cucumber-watermelon bites, they are pretty delicious!

3.    Strawberries
When the airplane cookies come around say ‘no thanks’ and reach for some strawberries instead! “Strawberries have the highest water content of any berry, 92 percent to be exact,” shares Calapai “You can enjoy the tart-sweet flavor without consuming too much sugar.” 

4.    Soup
If you’re the type of person that needs an actual meal to feel satisfied bring along a Ramen Cup of Noodles in your favorite flavor, it’s not TSA restricted. When you’re over the snacks and are ready to have lunch/dinner ask the flight attendant for hot water and voila! Soup!

5.    Coconut Water
Ok, so you can’t totally avoid drinking liquids! “Coconut water is low in calories and high in naturally occurring hydration replenishing electrolytes, which regular water does not contain. It’s a better option than sports drinks which have artificial flavors and more calories,” advises Dr. Calapai. After you’re past security grab a bottle of coconut water from any of the airport mini-marts.

Amazing Apps: Pitch Investors Live

2UP Technology, Inc., a mobile application developer of peer-to-peer video apps, today announced the launch of “Pitch Investors Live,” a new app that connects entrepreneurs with investors using live video. The app connects entrepreneurs looking to turn their idea into a reality with angel investors who are looking to find great new companies in which to invest. The app is available for free on all iOS devices.
Pitch Investors Live is an innovative video app that helps entrepreneurs and startups find suitable funding from real investors. With this app, investors now have the convenience of using a simple and intuitive platform to quickly and easily screen entrepreneurial teams, and to watch as they are screened by other investors and experts. Additionally, entrepreneurs have the benefit of watching, learning and pitching their own endeavors.
“At Pitch Investors Live, we understand the hard work it takes to make an idea a reality,” said Matt Lally, CEO of 2UP Technology, Inc. “We created the app to truly help foster and support high-growth entrepreneurship not just across the U.S., but in other communities as well. Also, the app provides a critical opportunity for users to find like-minded entrepreneurs, as well as to network with investors.”
The intent of Pitch Investors Live is to create a lower barrier for entrepreneurs to get their elevator pitches in front of the right investors, regardless of geographic concerns. It also brings exposure to top, upcoming entrepreneurs and companies so that new angel investors have the opportunity to invest early. For angel investors, the app makes it easy to get to know the entrepreneurial team without a significant time commitment for (at least) the initial conversation.
The app’s two main objectives are: (1) lowering the barriers for both parties involved in angel investing, and (2) educating both parties so that they can make smart decisions.  Lally added, “We’re actively looking to partner with Angel Groups who wish to take part.”
Key Product Features:
  • Live real-time video pitches involving investors and entrepreneurs.
  • A live viewing audience can participate during the discussion  
  • Recieve feedback and help from other entrepreneurs
  • Directly message investors and other entrepreneurs
  • Option to have private discussions via live video or direct messages
  • Question and answer sessions with coaches, mentors and investors
The app’s first investor is Brandon Young, a serial entrepreneur and angel investor who is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University’s esteemed Wayne Huizinga School of Business. Mr. Young is also the former president and founder of the Micro Venture Capital Club, a 1200 member organization which connects investors and entrepreneurs.
“When Matt Lally first pitched me to join Pitch Investors Live, no pun intended, I jumped at the opportunity to be the first shark in the tank,” said Young. “The part that's most exciting is the ability to find new deal flow while contributing to the education and success of entrepreneurs anywhere. This type of app allows users to watch, learn, and be entertained and therefore provides an excellent opportunity for anyone to participate in the startup investment community. It’s got the appeal of Shark Tank, but on your phone and instantaneous. I love that.”
For more information regarding Pitch Investors Live, visit or check them out at the Apple App Store.
About Pitch
Developed by 2UP Technology, Inc., Pitch Investors Live connects entrepreneurs with investors using live video. It provides a practical, yet virtual environment, for entrepreneurs to better understand angel investors and investors to learn about new companies. For more information, visit

Free Spider-Man Homecoming Screening 6/27 AMC Southdale

June 27, local Minneapolis superhero Peter Pearson, a 4th grade teacher, dad and husband from Blaine, MN battling Hodgkin's Lymphoma for the third time, will be honored with a Minneapolis premiere of SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING. The premiere will be at AMC Southdale with red carpet photo opportunities and family activities starting at 6pm followed by an advance screening of SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING at 7pm.

Spider-Man Homecoming
AMC Southdale
Arrive early for family activities, red carpet photo opportunities and more!
Click on the link below for your chance to download a family-four pack of passes to the screening (while supplies last)

Friday, June 23, 2017

Casting Call: 5- and 6-year-olds

Urgent Casting Nationwide!!!

We are in search of adorable and outgoing 5 and 6 year olds with a SOUTHERN ACCENT for a fun new TV show!

We are also looking for:

5 and 6 year olds:
- with glasses
- with red hair
- that live on a farm
- with accents

Email at

Don't forget to include...

1. Your name
2. Name of your child
3. Your child's date of birth
4. A few pictures of your child
5. And lastly, tell us what makes your child special.


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