Soft Skin Scrub

Published September 27, 2016 by Maryanne

sam_1359Soft Skin Scrub

Winter is on it’s way and now is a great time to start prepping. You can make your skin super soft with this wonderful recipe.

Mix the following:

Two cups sea salt

10 drops Orange Young Living Oil

Base of one cup coconut oil

Rub in circular motions all over your skin. Shower.

You’ll feel super fresh, clean, and your skin will be its softest ever!

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is a writer and public speaker. She gives many lectures on health in libraries throughout New Jersey. She is also a Young Living distributor. Contact Maryanne at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com 

Congratulations to Ashley & Mitchell

Published September 25, 2016 by Maryanne

sam_1304I was honored to officiate the wedding of Ashley and Mitchell Patino

Yesterday I was so touched to join two beautiful souls together — Ashley and Mitchell.

Officiating weddings is not something I do, but Ashley had asked me to, so I got my certificate. Ashley and I have been friends about two years and she is like a sister to me.

And this is the story of how I came to be the officiant at their most beautiful day.

The precious thing about life is that you’ll never know what a new day can bring. Pure magic can happen in a split second. Two years ago I was doing one of my first book signings ever. Ashley and Mitchell were there, in the audience. I did not yet know them. And it was one of their first dates.

While I was reading, from my own memoir, with my own love story, I noticed Ashley looking wide-eyed and attentive. We spoke after the reading and found out we had a lot in common, even though I was 26-years-older than her! We both loved the music of HIM, poetry, reading, and animals. We remained friends and saw each other from time to time.

It was earlier this summer that I received a call from Ashley, asking if I’d officiate her wedding. I was honored.

Between the rehearsal dinner on Friday night, and the actual wedding day, I can honestly say I have never seen so much love! Ashley and Mitchell both have the greatest family and the greatest friends. My husband and I had the time of our life! From start to finish, it was incredible. Hearing music by HIM, David Bowie, and The Cure. The gothic theme, with pumpkins along the aisle, Edgar Allen Poe and ravens set up at the reception area. The DJ and two percussionists that had the party going full hilt. And the food, especially the chocolate mousse dessert. It was the first time I had sugar in months!

It was certainly a day and night I’ll never forget. Wow. Just wow!❤

All the happiness to Ashley and Mitchell as their FOREVER has just begun!

I’m sharing just two more photos below, but feel free to check out my Facebook page to see the rest: https://www.facebook.com/maryanne.christianomistretta.1/media_set?set=a.1778705042351466.1073741903.100006359623422&type=3&pnref=story

sam_1357Maryanne (left) with Ashley — I love this girl!! sam_1326The cake! 

Teens and Twenties in the ’80s!

Published September 19, 2016 by Maryanne

1980-punk-rocker1980 – 16-year-old punk rocker

1980 was a great time to be alive — and young! So much great music was exploding on the scene. In fact, so much that I’m still catching up on the more obscure stuff.

At 16 I was really into The Clash. I was lucky to see them at The Capitol Theatre, in Passaic, NJ. The earrings I’m wearing in this picture I scored at Trash & Vaudeville in NYC.

1981-18-the-clashAge 18, 1981

The end of 1981, I was still loving punk rock. Now I had my hair bleached blonde in honor of the blonde beauties of the day like Debbie Harry and Nancy Spungeon.

1982-cosmo19 in 1982

In 1982 I was trying for the new romantic look, though I never quite nailed it.

19851985, me to the right … Hair is getting bigger in The Bahamas

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1986, me on the right

The above shot was taken at a nightclub in NYC. We were part of the stage show for 1980s glam rock legends Pharoah. Sibel (middle) and I are still friends to this day!

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1987, at a NYC nightclub … I just had to introduce myself to the legendary Tiny Tim! 

1988

1988 modeling

1989-goth1989 and so begins my gothic years

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is the author of “Love Cats” — an erotic fiction love story that takes place in the 1980s. “Love Cats” is available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions:  https://www.amazon.com/Love-Cats-Maryanne-Christiano-Mistretta/dp/1681020513

I’m Sold!

Published September 18, 2016 by Maryanne

darlene-foster-pictureThe Picnic, Photograph by Darlene Foster

I’ve shared, several times on this blog photographs by Darlene Foster (http://www.darlenefoster.com/) that I’ve modeled for. October 2010, we spent the day together taking a series of photographs during an 8-hour period, with a long break for lunch. An interesting side note is that prior to the modeling session I got into a minor car accident. I was still able to drive to Darlene’s home, but during the session I was seeing stars. After the session I went for acupuncture treatments for several weeks.

Nevertheless, we made some great art together.

The Picnic was Darlene’s latest creation and it sold yesterday at The River Queen Artisans Gallery in Lambertville!

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is the author of “Love Cats” available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions. https://www.amazon.com/Love-Cats-Maryanne-Christiano-Mistretta/dp/1681020513

 

Herman’s Hermits/Gary Lewis and The Playboys Show 9-9-2016

Published September 10, 2016 by Maryanne

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Peter Noone autographed album to me and my husband

A super fabulous show was put on last night at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey. (Note, while I love the shows that are put on at this venue, I am truly disgusted with PNC Bank Arts Center. The workers there behave like ex-cons pushing their weight around and yelling at people, telling them not to dance. Hello!!!!! This was an “oldies” show and most of the people there were seniors; this was not a Marilyn Manson concert — no need for the over-obsessive “security”!! Imagine such behavior from so-called professionals. And at the end of the show, I was innocently waiting at a table in the concession area while my husband was in the bathroom. All the lights were still on, which meant that it was still OPEN. One ugly bitch who worked there told me that I had to LEAVE. She was completely out of line! Even my husband, who is the most mellow person on the planet was pissed about her attitude towards me. SHAME ON PNC BANK ARTS CENTER!) 

But, back to the show, hosted by radio DJ favorite, Cousin Brucie, who always does a great job as emcee to these shows each year. The Cousin Brucie theme song was done by The Four Seasons and was played during Cousin Brucie’s time onstage.

First up was Gary Lewis and the Playboys! Gary Lewis is the son of comedian Jerry Lewis, who is now 90-years-old. The band was excellent. They did their hits, plus hits from other artists of the 1960s. Interesting side note “This Diamond Ring” was co-written by the late Irwin Levine who was a NJ resident.

Gary Lewis is 70-years-old and looked incredible. He was very high-energy, as was the rest of the band.

Lewis opened up with Freddie “Boom Boom” Cannon’s “Palisades Park” and did such a great job, he seemed to own it.

It was one great hit after another and my absolute favorite song was “Green Grass.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtMbgt2zzno

Next up was Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone. This was the third time I saw Peter Noone perform and the best of all! Noone was incredibly entertaining doing a comedy routine in-between songs, imitating Mick Jagger and Johnny Cash (which was incredible). He also joked a lot about New Jersey.  It’s wild that he knows our area so well, making jokes about Sussex County, the Newark Airport, Hackensack and so on. He had the audience in stitches.

My favorite songs of the set were “Mrs. Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter” and “There’s a Kind of Hush.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79-dAhFu9vE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frTD7txjdds

Peter Noone still sounded like a teenager — and ran around the stadium like a teenager, shaking hands with fans. I shook his hand twice during the show and once afterwards when my husband and I met him after the show. We scored the “Blaze” album which Noone autographed for us.

It was an honor meeting an artist I listened to when I was a little girl — “Mrs. Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter” on a 45-RPM record. In the early 1970s I was only 9-years-old and had a much younger cousin who was wise beyond her years. She said that song was “sad.” I never thought of it as being sad at the time, I just loved the melody. Then last night, listening as an older woman, it choked me up a bit — yes, it is a beautiful, sad song.❤

For more information on Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone, visit: https://peternoone.com/

For more information on Gary Lewis visit: http://www.garylewisandtheplayboys.com/ 

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is the author of “On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist” available in paperback only on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Guest-List-Adventures-Music-Journalist/dp/162903908X

Natural Relief for Peripheral Neuropathy

Published September 9, 2016 by Maryanne

sam_1086Healthy at 53

DISCLAIMER: Do not try any of this without first consulting your doctor.

Much earlier this summer, about a month before my 53rd birthday my feet started feeling very cold. I’d say to my husband, “Feel my feet, they are so cold.”

He said they weren’t cold, that they felt normal. But to me they felt cold.

This went on for a few days. I went to my acupuncturist and told him my feet were cold. He started treating me for circulation, which included some Chinese herbs. Then he went on vacation for two weeks. During that time, my feet felt less cold, but very tender. When I walked it felt like I had cotton stuck between my toes. Whether I was barefoot or in flats I felt this. (I had temporarily given up on heels). Then the pain started going up my legs, like a sciatica pain, and finally in between my fingers. When I exercised, I couldn’t feel my feet. And bike riding made the pain worse.

I got scared and went to a medical doctor — something that is so out of the ordinary for me. I mean, this all came on so fast, without warning. I was terrified. I was taking such good care of myself, how could this happen?

The only medical doctor I trusted was the one my husband went to. He was honest and wasn’t what one would call a “pill pusher.” I had gone to him several years ago when I had a very mild case of chicken pox. In fact, so mild, the doctor said it was the most mild case he had ever seen. I attribute that to my very healthy lifestyle, even though back then I wasn’t nearly as health conscious as I am today. I eat nothing artificial. I do not drink alcoholic beverages. I exercise daily. And I avoid breads and only consume brown rice on occasion.

The doctor felt my feet and said my circulation was good and that I had “Peripheral Neuropathy.” And even though I am in my 50s, the doctor said he didn’t want to put me on medication because I was “too young.”

For that, I am forever grateful.

Instead he gave me a cream to use. I also asked if I could use something from a health food store. He said, “Yes.” And that’s the kind of medical doctor you want.

That night I tried the cream on my feet. The pain went away instantly, but since it had chemicals in it and my body isn’t used to chemicals, I had a reaction. My heart was racing.

I did some internet research and then went to the health food store the next day. I purchased a product that was specifically for peripheral neuropathy pain. It took the edge off, but I still wasn’t comfortable.

I struggled with the pain for a few weeks because I was insanely busy with my career and social life. I walked around in a fog for weeks. My quality of life was at an all-time low. I’d go to bed sad and wake up sad, as I was in so much pain. I wondered if my nutritionist/chiropractor could help? I held off making an appointment because during the summer he was off on Saturdays and my weeks were so busy, it was nearly impossible to fit him in. But then I finally was able to squeeze him in.

After one adjustment, the pain was 75 percent gone. He also gave me some natural supplements to relieve joint stiffness, tissue repair, nervous system function, etc.

Then my acupuncturist was back from vacation and after one session, the pain subsided even more. By now I was 80 percent pain-free.

And I did more research.

I found that there were four key items to relieve the pain of peripheral neuropathy. In no particular order: 1. Brewer’s Yeast; 2. Hemp seed oil; 3. Cod liver oil; 4. Magnesium.

The next day I went back to the health food store to get those items. And with those items I created a recipe that helped relieve my pain within two hours!

Recipe for Pain Relief of Peripheral Neuropathy

Blend:
1 cup coconut water 
1 cup frozen organic blueberries
1 heaping tablespoon Brewer’s Yeast 
1 tablespoon Hemp seed oil
1 tablespoon of lemon flavored cod liver oil (you can’t even taste it!)
1 packet of Calm’s Magnesium (raspberry and lemon flavor)

I started doing this over a week ago and most days my pain is 100 percent GONE! Other days I will have minimal pain in the morning, but it goes away as soon as I have my drink.

And I can wear high heels again!

I make this drink every morning. Sometimes for variety, I’ll try something other than coconut water, like maple water, or just plain water.

Since I was doing so much for my health, I’m not sure if it was the drink that helped me so much, or a combination of natural herbs and supplements, acupuncture adjustments and chiropractic adjustments. Or perhaps a lot of prayer and creative visualization.

All I know is that I feel so blessed to have found the right natural care practitioners, the right health food store that had product, and even the right medical doctor who did not steer me wrong.

After suffering from mid-July to nearly the end of August, I am back to my healthy, happy self again. I was scared, but I was persistent. I share my story because I would love to be able to help someone else.

DISCLAIMER: Consult your doctor or health care practitioner before trying the recipe. 

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is an author and public speaker. She is currently writing her first health book. To hire her for a public speaking engagement, contact her at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com for pricing and availability. 

The Rip Chords, 1910 Fruitgum Company, and Ron Dante at Jonathan Dayton High, Springfield, NJ

Published August 17, 2016 by Maryanne

SAM_0928Ron Dante

Monday, Aug. 15, 2016, Jonathan Dayton High School, Springfield, New Jersey, hosted a five-star musical extravaganza featuring The Rip Chords, 1910 Fruitgum Company, and Ron Dante.

The Rip Chords (http://www.theripchords.net/) — starring Richie Rotkin, Arnie Marcus, Mitch Schecter, Amy Lynne, Tony Tuttle, Mike Kelly and Randy Dance — were first up and wowed the audience with their classic surf/hot rod sounds. They performed their hits “Hey Little Cobra,” and “409” as well as a bunch of tunes from other artists of their era including a stand-out performance of Amy Lynne singing “Vacation.”

Original member Richie Rotkin was an exciting front man, showing off his groovin’ dance moves and later going into the audience shaking hands with fans. All members played instruments exclusive to the era, including the amps, creating an authentic sound.

Next up was The 1910 Fruitgum Company (http://www.1910fruitgumcompany.com/) with line-up: Frank Jeckell (original guitarist), Mick Mansueto, Glenn Lewis, Bob Brescia, and Keith Crane.

This is one of my favorite live bands of all-time. I started seeing them about 15 years ago when they first reunited and still had original  drummer Floyd Marcus in the band at Tierney’s in Montclair, New Jersey. Since then, I must have seen them at least 10 more times and it never gets old. I had their records when I was a little girl and to this day my favorite songs are “Simple Simon” and “1-2-3 Red Light” which they do at every show. Other tunes in their set include: “Kicks” and “Midnight Confessions.” This band is just so much fun and so full of life. You’ll always be greatly entertained.

Finally the legendary Ron Dante was up (http://www.rondante.com/). He’s best known for singing for The Archies and The Cuff Links.

The 1910 Fruitgum Company stayed onstage to back Dante up, which was a perfect fit. Last month I saw Ron Dante perform two songs at an outdoor concert before the show got rained out (though I was thrilled to dance to “Sugar Sugar” in the rain!) This time fans got to see the full show and it was amazing. In addition to “Sugar Sugar,” Dante performed his hit “Tracy,” a song that always sent chills up my spine; it’s just an adorable love song. Dante also sang some of the jingles he wrote, like the theme for Almond Joy. Finally, he brought the house down with the grand finale of “Johnny B. Good.” His vocals sounded just as pristine as the records; a true class act.

With three great acts, the night ended way too soon.

After the show all band members stuck around for a meet and greet. It was my honor to get to meet all these legends; some for the first time and others again. When you’re in the company of musicians you loved since you were a kid, it’s always fun and magic!

SAM_0938From left: Frank Jeckell, Ron Dante, Me, Mick Mansueto, and Keith Crane

Thanks to Mick for arranging this magical spur of the moment shot! 

SAM_0916Richie Rotkin and Me — He’s awesome! 

SAM_0941Two handsome fellows; my husband Dennis and Ron Dante.

Thanks Ron for signing these rarities! 

Check out their websites for upcoming shows — these acts are not to be missed! — and background information, as this is all the REAL DEAL!❤

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is the author of “On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist” available on Amazon in paperback only: https://www.amazon.com/Guest-List-Adventures-Music-Journalist/dp/162903908X