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Diana Craig Sparks

Diana Sparks

Diana Craig Sparks is an Accredited Member of the International Society of Appraisers with a specialty in Antiques & Residential Contents.

Involved in fashion history for over 12 years, she is the owner of Belle à Coeur Treasure Trove Vintage.

Belle à Coeur Treasure Trove Vintage is home to such niceties as delicate antique dresses,

to early 1900s styles, to mid-century fashions,

as well as hats, purses and other accessories as well fabulous vintage jewelry.

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Lauren Fix: The Car Coach

Lauren Fix

About Lauren Fix: The Car Coach®

• Seen and heard coast to coast on major TV, print,web and radio.            
• Winning professional race car driver and alpha mom.
• Educational background in engineering and marketing.
• Award winning Automotive and Lifestyle Expert
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Paula D'Amico


Paula D’Amico is on a mission to bring hope and healing into people's lives.

She is a Wife, Mother, TV-Producer, Lightworker, Life Gardener,

and owner/creator of Blessings by Nature®.


Besides a rich background in Communications, Paula has a deep history in horticulture that dates back to her childhood when she worked side by side, deep in the dirt with her father, a graduate of Cornell University’s School of Horticulture.

In the past several years, Paula has studied under several local and international experts uncovering the power of plants and how the simple placement of plants and the use of Feng Shui in conjunction with her deep religious roots can transform one’s life.

Blessings by Nature® creations help heal hearts, lift spirits, re-ignite energy, and celebrate life simply by using the power of plants, herbs, and words.

Creations include a variety of sachets, glass vessels, and custom order baskets filled with a unique combination of gifts, organic herbs, and words helping to restore balance, bring clarity, and deliver positive energy into your life.

Blessings by Nature® also offers “Plant Power” workshops.

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Angie R. Lucarini

Angie is a wife, and mother of 5 children. She has written countless articles over the years that have been published in the Niagara Gazette. While I have a BS in Elementary Education, and an MS in Educational Foundations, I have always had a passion for writing.
After teaching for many years, I took time off to raise my children, yet I continued to write. In addition to writing articles, I also authored two books, and was keynote motivational speaker at several women's conferences. Later on, I went on to produce, edit, & co-host my own local television show for two years.

Paulette Krakowski, Artist

Paulette Krakowski


Paulette Krakowski is an Artist and the Art Gallery owner of  Enjoy The Journey Art Gallery in West Seneca.  The facility offers monthly art exhibits and openings for local artists, a gift shop and art classes. The gallery is working with many local artists, the two local high school art academies as well as raising funds for scholarships and local charities. The gallery has extended holiday hours for the one-of a kind gifts.

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Dori Montini-Kotzin

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Cherry Blosssom Diaries - A Must Read This Summer!

DECIDING WHAT TO READ NEXT?Cherry Blossom Diaries , an upbeat elegant read of a controversial subject. Somewhere between Shade's of Grey (E.L. James) and Etiquette (Emily Post)  The kind of book I would want all my girlfriends to read! - Dori Montini-Kotzin


Cherry Blossom Diaries - Buffalo to Washington 1942-1945 by Buffalo Author Mary Mullett-Flynn

Certainly we've all been taught not to read any other person's diary.  Never even think of it! Well, Buffalo Author Mary Mullett-Flynn has, and in her revealing adventures of the handed down diaries of the family's "matron aunt" Deborah Peters, Mary gives us a riveting book based on a true story of a relative moving from Buffalo to Washington during one of America's bleakest eras.  Mary draws readers in with an introduction of how these particular diaries ended up in her possession, and the remarkable story of one young ladies captivating diary entries of intense politics, romance, a Pentagon affair and first love of her life with Col. Munton.

"Robert and I worked late tonight. These days are so exciting and full to the brim of life.  This Washington experience, I wouldn't trade for assured security for the rest of my life."- Deborah Peters

Deborah has all the best things in life, but she also has Jake, and much more to learn of "This Washington experience!"


Balloons Soaring



A little boy walking in the park with bright yellow curls and the bluest eyes I have ever seen tells his mommy he wants a balloon. He says, "Mommy I want the yellow one, it is so bright and beautiful." And as they walk away I remember a scene with my own children and my husband. We decided to let a bright red balloon filled with helium launch from our home. We tied tightly a note so if anyone did find our balloon they would call.

As we stood there ready for the launch, I could see on my daughters’ faces that they expected a call. And my husband and I looked at each other with a chuckle knowing that as soon as the balloon was out of sight that would be the end of that.

On that day I thought that I knew about life pretty well; the way of the world, the way things are and a belief in something magical periodically! Well that balloon stayed intact and landed about 500 miles away in Canada. And I did receive a call from a woman named Joy. And joyful she was, almost magical, sending me a picture of herself and the red balloon. I enjoy telling the story of joyful and magical moments in life because they are frequent and wondrous.

You may or may not believe in miracles, magical happenings or that happiness is internal, but you can make your own fun times; filling your days with magical moments. Get back to that place where you are child-like again. Remember who you are and know that when you release your red balloon it will soar into the sky bouncing and swaying in musical and healing waves of energy. Begin finding yourself right now. Go to that place that brings you some good feelings of love, balance and harmony.

Soar high like a balloon


Just Sayin’…..It is Time to Make Your Choice to Move Forward!

I’ve been writing for many years and noticeably my articles, my books and most of my Workshops and Presentations tend to focus on making choices in our lives to move ourselves forward.  So many people do sleepwalk through life—yet they do not have to.  Many people are totally unaware that each choice they make today will impact their tomorrows. Many people go through life unable to embrace themselves---to see their worth, their beauty, their value.

This begs the question….Why?  Why should I want to move forward?  Why should I increase my awareness, and not fall into the sleepwalking mindset?

Why should I want to live by design instead of by default? Why should I want to believe in myself and have high confidence in myself? So that you don’t get stuck on an endless merry-go-round, and end up asking yourself, someday, “Is This All There Is?”

Nora Roberts answers this well:

“If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it.

If you don’t ask, the answer is always no.

If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.”

Here’s to continuing to move forward with your Lights On!

And here are two links to help you do that.  First, a link to a publication that will help you move forward dependent on your choice of words.  Yes, the very words that you choose to say can make a huge difference, positive or negative in the way your life moves forward…(just sayin’).

Next, a short video about moving forward by being able to recognize your own inner and outer beauty, embracing yourself, being aware of your true value. )

Move Forward….with YOUR Lights On!

Claire Knowles is a 2-time Amazon best-selling author, in-demand Speaker and Business Leadership Consultant, helping Leaders (especially women leaders) and their Teams become the most effective they can be at accomplishing their goals (together).



Being Happy is a Choice

I remember back when I began my first day of training to be a server at a Hotel Restaurant. Stunned, I stood observing as a table of customers verbally abused my trainer, over food she didn't prepare. Yet, she continued to smile and appear unmoved by their rudeness. Turning to me after, she said, "Angie, always remain calm and don't take anything they say personally, keep smiling in spite of your customers. That's the best advice I can give you!" And you know something, that was INDEED the greatest wisdom she could've given me, in order to not only commence what was to become a seven and a half year long job;  but also to act as a recipe or cornerstone for being happy.

You see, I believe that being happy is a choice. Just as we choose what clothes to put on each day, we must choose to be happy. We can NOT depend on, or expect others to make us happy. It is not their responsibility and we will be disappointed quite often, "if" that's the way we operate. Rather, as my trainer chose to keep smiling even though she was being mistreated, we need to make a decision to keep smiling, laughing, and doing things that make us happy, regardless of what negative circumstances life may throw at us. 

I realize this isn't always the simplest thing to do. Nevertheless, doing so will reap winning benefits nearly every time. Let me give you an example, I once had a woman who was down right nasty. Nothing that I did could satisfy the customer. However, I kept my cool, remaining sweet as pie, even writing on the back, "Have a great day! Hope u feel better!", signing my name with a smiley face at the end. Upon returning to the table, I found that the woman was gone, and she left behind a very large tip, which was double the size of her bill. Along with the tip, was a note saying, "Thank you for your kindness and patience with me. I recently lost my husband and I've been miserable for awhile. Please accept my apology, for taking it out on you. Thanks for making me smile!" 

In addition to humbling me at the time, that situation serves to remind me of how a few kind words spoken at the right time, in the right way, can be exactly what it takes to snap somebody on the receiving end, out of their misery. Furthermore, we know not what the other person is going through at that moment in life. In other words, whenever given a choice, it is always better to choose kindness, to use patience, to take the high road, because in the end these paths, while not always the easiest to take, will ultimately lead to a place of happiness.

Happiness is a CHOICE. Choose TODAY, to BE HAPPY. Avoid being around negative people, as much as you can help it. Begin to limit or remove the consumption of unhealthy foods. Pick up positive reading material, which will enrich your life. If you watch television, watch a comedy or something which will leave you feeling good. Wear clothing which is flattering to your figure. If you have any clothing that you bulge out of, because it's several sizes too small, throw them out. They only make you look worse. Choose items that fit you comfortably and leave you smiling when you look in the mirror. What you DON'T want, are clothes that leave you upset and wishing you were way skinnier than you are. When you get there, then buy the clothing. Until then, face reality and wear clothing that will look great on the figure you have now. Wear colors that look awesome on you. Spend more time with those people who tend to be more positive; the type of friends who will encourage you to pursue your dreams and never give up.

And so Friends, I encourage You to Choose to be Happy Today, paying attention to the decisions you make. From what you put on, what you watch, listen to, eat, wear, and who you surround yourself with most often. Start slowly at first, yet the more precise your decisions, the greater your return of Happiness will be. It's all up to you. Even in the times when the person on the other end isn't pleasant, you'll still have the reward of knowing you did the right thing.


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Claire Knowles is a retired human resources and labor relations manager,

certified in coaching and mediation. She is a partner in Richard N. Knowles & Associates, Inc.

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Doris Richardson-Edsell is a retired registered nurse who worked as a counselor and group therapist at the Buffalo Psychiatric Center for over 25 years. She has an MS in Professional Leadership from St. Bonaventure University.

Since her retirement, Doris now works on her passions; teaching  yoga at Southtowns Fitness in Hamburg, NY, and volunteering time and paid work for her former employer teaching yoga and meditation.
"I love to write and post a daily health tip on my website called Body-Mind Health-" Recently, with the help of Amazon, Doris turned her blog posts into books. Her focus is on providing others with healthy mind, body and soulful tips.

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