This weekend was absolutely non-stop and filled with awesome moments that I will never forget. I started by eating at one of my favorite restaurants Lulu’s Local Eatery, one of St. Louis’ premier vegan restaurant. My husband and I enjoyed this place at least one a week and it never fails to deliver on totally delectable food.

Afterwards we headed to a Juice Plus conference where we had to privilege to meet one of the South Bronx true heroes, Mr. Stephen Ritz. He spoke about his many successes in teaching under-privileged, nutrition-deprived junior high and high school students how gardens create commerce and provide career opportunities. Students changed their eating patterns to add more plant-based food to their diets and fed their minds to achieve academic performance, while changing the landscape of the Bronx. The Green Bronx Machine even used the harvest from their gardens in lunch menus, as well as afforded children the opportunity to take home food. The whole community got involved from grandparents to corporate sponsors to even the Disney Channel. Mr. Ritz’s story is remarkable to say the least.

Ritz’s high energy and charismatic presentation was highlighted with the term C.A.N. (Changing Attitudes Now). This resonated with me on so many levels. All in all, I truly loved the experience. I was introduced to the Tower Garden, a remarkable way to grow our own greens vertically without taking up a lot of space. More information can be found on

In addition to all the “veggie love,” I was excited to find out that a health conscious supporter (thanks, mom) purchased some of the botanical based, vegan make-up from my Arbonne site. Then I got the opportunity to party at an auspicious Mathews-Dickey Boys’ & Girls’ Club fund-raising event that my husband plans, the Clifton Davis Say Amen Gala. On the one year anniversary of Mike Brown incident and Ferguson unrest, it was inspiring to see funds awarded to renovate a park in North County, youth/volunteers recognized for entrepreneurship, advocacy, literacy and more. To say I am grateful for and inspired by the whole day would be an understatement.

Which brings me to the desire to give back to all my SoundCloud Soldiers a musical pick to start off the week. My SoundCloud Sunday pick is “Falling” by SiR. It features supreme raspy vocals backed by hi-hat and steady bass line that enhance this grove.

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