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Do I really need to fast? August 8, 2017 - In short, yes...and maybe. A cleanse (or fast, as I’ll refer to it from here on out) is an important part of many cultures, for the spiritual and physical effects.  Extended fasts are typically done during a season change, allowing the body to rest and fully be in tune with nature.  At the return to […]
Nutritional Wellness FREE Library Event July 5, 2017 - Nutritional Wellness Free Library Event July 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm, Central Islip Public Library What is wellness? For me personally, wellness is something we strive for with the whole of our being—it’s not just the pursuit of healing the mind, body or spirit individually.  I also believe we have a skewed sense of […]
Pandora’s Lunchbox – weekly menu 06/19/17 January 28, 2017 - Who: Do you want to lose weight?  Do you have little to no time to cook healthy?  Are you are confused about what healthy food even is? Do you hate cooking? Have you just started out with plant-based food, or are just curious about it?  Have you been plant-based so long that you just need […]
Food Flix Cinema designs meals to match movie scenes October 20, 2016 - Updated October 14, 2016 2:20 PM By David J. Criblez  david.criblez@newsday.com Clockwise from left, David Jarmula from East Patchogue, Victor and Deborah Urbach from Huntington and Kara Sdraley from East Patchogue enjoy dinner and a movie, Food Flix dinner and movie night, Cyrus Chai & Coffee Company, Bayshore, Sept. 24, 2016. (Credit: Yvonne Albinowski) Dinner […]
Compassionate Catering 2016 October 9, 2016 - As the world becomes more aware of the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle, I am forever in debt to those who have served before me, and continue to pass along the messages of Hope, Grace & Ancient Wisdom.  Stay tuned for early bird discounts on this Compassionate Catering menu, or contact me at by emailing […]
October ’16 Events and links for more details: September 27, 2016 - It's my favourite season, and it's starting off with a real bang with all these October events!  Join me for some amazing ways to "Fall Into Wellness!" *October 1: Fall Festival 2016 Phoenix Eastern Medical Center, Farmingdale—11am-3pm. Food and Family Fun - Free Massages, Free Yoga Classes, Martial Arts Show, Face Painting, Raffles, organic skincare […]
September ’16 Events and details August 31, 2016 - Please click the title of each September event to be directed to further information on Facebook, as well as RSVP links.  Thank you as always, for your interest in Holistic Wellness! *September 10: YOGA OPEN HOUSE Celebration Kundalini Yoga of Long Island, Northport—11am-3pm. FREE CLASSES ~ RAFFLES ~ FUN ~ GONG ~organic skincare ~plant-based snacks […]
It’s a wrap! July 27, 2016 - Here's a little known fact... I hate getting wraps or burrito's that are messy, or uneven.  I worked for a Mexican fast food chain for 4-1/2 years, in my teenage years (I'm sure you can guess which one!), and was highly-trained in wrapping burritos.  Yes, one can be "highly-trained" in such a skill - or […]
August ’16 Events and links for more details July 27, 2016 - August 4: Alive After Five, Patchogue (in front of Roast Coffee)—5-9:30pm. For our 3rd year, join Pam as she offers mini tarot readings throughout this 4-night event. I'll have samples of my organic skincare products, with specials you won't find anywhere else! If you want to learn more about a spiritual practice or how to […]
Dinner and a Movie? #FFC July 14, 2016 - In case you didn't know, my husband and I started a side project together, called Food Flix Cinema (#FFC).  We've combined our love of movies and food (respectively), hosting monthly events at Cyrus: Chai & Coffee Company in Bay Shore.  We were fortunate enough to have an article published about it, just 4 months into […]
Why use chemical powders when you can make your own? July 14, 2016 - It’s hot.  There’s no denying the fact that we are well into summer, and we’re all feeling the heat.  I’ve always wanted a cooling, TRULY natural baby powder that could help with runner’s chafing, baby diaper freshening, or just something to use when you get out of the shower.  If you’re with me on that […]
July ’16 Events and details June 30, 2016 - July 7: Alive After Five, Patchogue (in front of Roast Coffee)—5-9:30pm. For our 3rd year, join Pam as she offers mini tarot readings throughout this 4-night event. I'll have samples of my organic skincare products, with specials you won't find anywhere else! If you want to learn more about a spiritual practice or how to […]
How far does your Compassion extend? June 16, 2016 - compassion: sympathetic consciousness of others' distress together with a desire to alleviate it. “No one likes a reformed _____” (one of my favorite quotes to pose to people in workshops); in this instance, insert omnivore.  Every cause has militant supporters who border on the side of unhealthy levels of attachments to their belief system (if you haven’t […]
Are you committed? June 12, 2016 - Are you the type of person who doesn't commit to events or (worse yet) cancels, once you've made an appointment? Do you linger in paying people what you owe? Over the last week or so, I've had multiple conversations with those who've experienced the above dilemmas.  I can only assume people don't know how they […]
June 2016 Events June 1, 2016 - June 3: Wellness Satsang ~ Awareness and Compassion A Jewel in the Lotus, Islip – 7-9 pm.  In this workshop, we will discuss *Awareness and self-trust, *A balanced nutritional lifestyle, *Slowing down, *Love and compassion, *Growing your own, *Feeding our planet. $15 exchange or $10 for previous YTT’s of Jewel. June 11: Learn and Play […]
Strictly Business & Recipe! May 5, 2016 - This past Tuesday, I was graciously invited to sample some of my food products at the Miller Business Center “Strictly Business” event, located at Middle Country Public Library. When I walked in to set up, I noticed I was next to a major fast food corporation that had just opened on the island. I actually […]
May Events April 27, 2016 - Here's what's happening in the month of May - we hope to see you at one or more of these events, which focus on various aspects of healing (mental, physical and spiritual).  For more details and to RSVP, please click the name of the workshop, and a new page will open. May 3: Strictly Business […]
5 Reasons to Love Library Workshops… April 21, 2016 - After teaching Tuesday eve at Middle Country Public Library, I felt it necessary to extend my gratitude... For those of you who don't know, I'm a right-brained Introvert (it feels good to finally admit it and begin to understand how important we are in the world...say it with me, if you’re one of the 1 […]
What to look for in an aftercare company April 16, 2016 - (After all, that IS our best-selling product line, and how we started on this venture!) Hint: you should look for the same qualities in an aftercare product, as you do in a tattoo artist Someone who believes in their art, and considers what they do AS an art form. An aftercare product should be made […]
April Events March 29, 2016 - April 1: Wellness Satsang ~ DIEts A Jewel in the Lotus, Islip – 7-9 pm.  In this workshop, we will discuss: **Staple foods for a plant-based diet, to keep optimal levels of protein, iron, vitB.  **Healthy greens without overdoing it-overcooking or over eating?  **GF, Dairy-free, nightshade free…the difference b/w allergies and sensitivities and is elimination truly […]
March Events March 3, 2016 - March 4: Wellness Satsang ~ Ayurveda Basics  A Jewel in the Lotus, Islip – 7-9 pm.  This satsang will focus on the "cliff notes" of Ayurveda, the Indian medicine system that is the sister-science of yoga. You will learn about: - the seasons - the doshas - the qualities of each dosha - There will be […]
Winter Detox 2016 update! January 28, 2016 - Since some people may have questions about the recent cleanse we recently offered, we thought we’d break it down into a blog for you, and include some pics!  Here was the initial info we sent out, with a summary of the program (each client received a packet of info for the detox, with specific instructions […]
February Events and links for details January 26, 2016 - February 3: Enlightened Bodies 90-day challenge A Jewel in the Lotus, Islip, Wednesday’s - 2/3-4/27. Are you looking for more information about the Foundations of Yoga? Are you looking for interactive support, during your New Year’s health resolution? Would you like new recipes, meal plans, cooking tips, and plant-based health information? Would you like to […]
Ongoing Series / Workshops for 2016 January 14, 2016 - Since there are a few different programs you may wish to know about ahead of time or may have questions about, this is an easy way to keep up with ongoing programs being offered this year.  These events are included in our monthly events list as well, but please note these are special engagements that […]
Enlightened Bodies 90-Day Challenge – Li Ninjutsu Centers of East Islip January 12, 2016 - ♥ Are you looking for more information about the Foundations of Yoga? ♥ Are you looking for interactive support, during your New Year’s health resolution? ♥ Would you like new recipes, meal plans, cooking tips, and plant-based health information? ♥ Would you like to use your breath to influence your mind and body? Join Samantha […]
Enlightened Bodies 90-Day Challenge – A Jewel in the Lotus Yoga December 31, 2015 - ♥ Are you looking for more information about the Foundations of Yoga? ♥ Are you looking for interactive support, during your New Year’s health resolution? ♥ Would you like new recipes, meal plans, cooking tips, and plant-based health information? ♥ Would you like to use your breath to influence your mind and body? Join Samantha […]
January 2016 Events (Happy New Year!) December 29, 2015 - As we enter the year of 2016, we here at Pandora's Products, Inc. and Pandora's Lunchbox, pledge to be more compassionate to all beings…we challenge you to do the same!  This year will host a new lineup of events and challenges that will explain the different aspects of Compassion.  As always, these workshops are based on […]
December Events December 1, 2015 - Please keep an eye out for our free events at local libraries! (Please click on the event link for more details) *December 4: Nourishing the outside in Satsang,  A Jewel in the Lotus, Islip – 7-9 pm.  Join us for an evening of learning the art of self-massage, as well as the benefits of organic […]
Compassionate Holiday Catering November 27, 2015 - If you're stuck on what to bring to all those holiday parties and gatherings, we can help!  Order from our Compassionate Holiday Menu by December 12, and get 10% off your order!  Previous clients take an additional 5% off the pricing below.  We can help you stay on track with your health through the holiday […]
November Events and links for more details November 5, 2015 - Please keep an eye out for our free events at local libraries! *November 2: Lunch & Astrology with Alicia & Lonni, Green Earth Natural Foods, Riverhead – 11:30-1:30 pm.  Lonni will be with Alicia between 11:30am-1:30 PM, to celebrate that we now have a Vegan /Raw/Plant Based Food Chef in Riverhead. She will of­fer a free […]
October is non-GMO month October 22, 2015 - GMO's and organics can be quite confusing...we stumbled across a lovely article a friend gave us, which makes it easy to understand.  Enjoy! (Courtesy of Taste for Life magazine) GMO info October 15
October Events September 25, 2015 - Please note our free events at local libraries, starting in October! *October 1: Fifteenth Annual Women’s EXPO, Middle Country Library, Centereach – 11-6 pm. The Women’s EXPO is a showcase and a marketplace for Long Island women entrepreneurs: artisans, importers, designers and distributors of products such as jewelry, clothing, fine art, pottery and wood, metal, […]
Are you allergic to your food? September 24, 2015 - There’s always a lot of hype about allergies, sensitivities, gluten-free fascism, dairy-free, soy-free, food-free.  Let me clarify it all as easily and *quickly* as possible, and you can be the judge of what you read and hear! PROCESS OF AN ALLERGY: Only 4% of the population actually has a food allergy.  here's what happens when […]
8 Steps to Brainstorming… September 17, 2015 - Thinking relies on three energy input sources: sensing, eating and breathing.  The brain's function is to transform energy; it is constantly receiving information from things we see, hear, etc. and transforms this into thoughts.  We store some of it, and some of it is filed away for later use (or possibly never).  Our sleep quality […]
September Events and links for more details: September 1, 2015 - Stay tuned for upcoming free events at local libraries that are starting very soon! *September 4: Wellness Thru Mindful Nutrition Satsang, A Jewel in the Lotus, Islip – 7-9pm. In this workshop, we will learn staple foods for a plant-based diet to keep optimal levels of protein, iron and vitamin B, healthy greens without overdoing […]
Living Wild… August 27, 2015 - Some of you may know I’m *slightly* obsessed with Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes’s book, “Women Who Run with the Wolves " (or WWRWTW, as a friend and I lovingly call it),  ever since my herbal/spiritual mentor gave me a copy of it last year.   Reading a chapter a month has been quite an eye-opener, and has caused […]
6 steps to catering… August 18, 2015 - I’m not sure many people understand what goes into catering, so there’s often a sense of haggling prices, or thinking you’re not getting what you pay for.  So I’d like to run through the 6 *basic* steps I go through, when catering.  I will guarantee not all catering companies do this, and  this is not a complete […]
Plant-based meal delivery? August 10, 2015 - We recently went public with our plant-based meals.  We figured it was time to share a bit more with you, in case you wanna stay tuned for our weekly menu that we’ll be sending you, and you're not hooked up to one of our social media platforms. Who: Do you want to lose weight?  Do […]
Pandora’s Lunchbox Mission Statement August 10, 2015 - Quotable statements: *Food with a purpose…created specifically for your needs! (Nutritional, spiritual, allergies, health, etc.) *Healing the planet, one meal at a time… *Healthy internationally-inspired plant-based cuisine *We are more than just a menu. How about nutritional workshops, catering, cooking classes? *Feeding your mind, body & soul What we believe: *Food should be as close […]
Tattoo Artist Peeves July 28, 2015 - As a lot of people know, my company originally came from my line of Real Heal tattoo aftercare.  In case you don’t know the history, when I started diving into the world of being a tattoo enthusiast, I started having reactions to Aquaphor, Neosporin, and A&D ointment.  My tattoos would scab, I’d often have small […]