Welcome to The Three Tomatoes Happy Hour Podcasts
Yes, we do love happy hour, and the clinking of glasses in cheers to all of you fabulous women who are fully living your lives at every age and every stage. And here’s the best news – every hour is happy hour. So whether you clink cheers with your coffee mug, or your afternoon cappuccino, remember as the song says, “It’s 5 o’clock somewhere.” Join us for some grownup fun, interesting, and stimulating conversations that will motivate, inspire, or just make you laugh. Cheers!
Season 2: Ep#32. Re-ignite Your Spark
In this week’s podcast, Cheryl Benton interviews co-host Kim Selby, who is also our SF Editor of The Three Tomatoes. And while you’ve heard her bubbly personality in her podcast interviews, we thought it was high time for you to get to know the person behind the interviews and newsletter. Kim is a bundle of energy and ideas and she is really passionate about helping other women find their passions and we’ll hear about her new venture, “Ignite Your Spark” that is poised to do just.
Season 2: Ep#31. Tiaras and feminism
Grab your tiara and join us for today’s podcast with Hilary Levey Friedman. Kim Selby, our SF Editor chats with Hilary about her new book, “Here She Is: The complicated reign of the beauty pageant in America.” Hilary is a professor in the Education department at Brown University and daughter of a former Miss America. Her book is the perfect combination of the history or “herstory” of feminism interwoven into how pageants actually empower the feminist tradition. Fun, enlightening and a delightful conversation that will change your opinion of the 100-year-old tradition of Miss America.
Season 2: Ep#30. Find Your Purpose and Passion
In this week’s podcast, Kim Selby, our SF Editor has a wonderful conversation with Genevieve Piturro, founder of the non-profit “Pajama Program” that donates new pj’s to children in shelters awaiting foster care. She shares her story of leaving corporate America and giving it all up to start a non-profit. She listened to a voice in her head and encourages us to do the same. Her delightful new book just launched, and it is perfect for this time of isolation. Purpose, Passion and Pajamas – How to transform your life, Embrace the human connection and Lead with meaning. Listen in and get some great takeaways to inspire you to do what makes your soul sing. Learn more at https://www.genevievepiturro.com/
Season 2: Ep#29. Taking Charge of Your Health
You know the maxim, knowledge is power? Well when it comes to our health, knowledge and information we can trust, is so important if you want to take charge of your health. And I’m very excited that our guest today is Beth Battaglino, the CEO of HealthyWomen, the premiere source on women’s health, which has been recognized by Forbes and Oprah Magazine as one of the top and most trusted women’s health web sites. We had a great conversation on taking care of yourself in midlife and beyond, and how to handle your health and wellness during this pandemic. Learn more at HealthyWomen.org
Season 2: Ep#28. Meet Tie Dye Fashion Sensation Amber Richele
Our guest is creator, artist, fashionista and black female entrepreneur, Amber Richele. Her Tie Dye clothing capsules took off at the beginning of the Pandemic and then when the world rallied around the BLM movement, she could barely keep up with all the orders. A true Instagram success story listen in as Amber shares how she got started with help from her family. shopamberrichele.com
Season 2: Ep#27. From George Clooney to Kim Kardashian: The Truth Behind Celebrity Do-Gooders!
Radio/TV personality, and author Cooper Lawrence discusses her just published book Celebritocracy, The Misguided Agenda of Celebrity Politics in a Postmodern Democracy, which exposes nonfictional accounts of the many instances when celebrity activism ended up causing more harm than good. This is a fascinating and eye-opening conversation of activism that goes wrong, celebrity pseudo experts (i.e., Gwyneth Paltrow) and much more. Cooperlawrence.com
Season 2: Ep#26. A Top Gynecologist Answers our Vagina Questions
We had a straightforward, no holds barred conversation with top gynecologist Dr. Alyssa Dweck, a practicing gynecologist in Westchester County, New York, about our VAGINAS, sexual health and menopause. She has co-authored three books: The Complete A-Z for your V; The Sexual Spark; and V is for Vagina. She provides care to women of all ages and has delivered thousands of babies. But these days she focuses her practice on woman of post childbearing age and female sexual health. She suggested some great online resources too. Learn more at DrDweck.com
Season 2: Ep#25. The Joys of Aging
We had a great conversation withJane Goldman, author of With No Regrets: Growing Older, Face It, Live It, Love It, (The Three Tomatoes Book Publishing) about embracing growing older. We talked about transitioning from corporate careers which once defined us, to discovering new passions and filling our soul; getting through the pandemic with a little help from our friends; and learning to love and accept ourselves. Jane’s book is available exclusively on Amazon.
Season 2. Ep #24. Are you ready to cannonball with confidence?
“Midlife is not a crisis, it’s an opportunity.” That’s the advice of our Happy Hour guest Amy Schmidt, founder of Fearlessly Facing Fifty whose mission is to empower and encourage women forty-plus to go all in and not lose their identity or become invisible. She’s also the author of Cannonball! Fearlessly Facing Midlife and Beyond (published by The Three Tomatoes Book Publishing). We had a great conversation about how to overcome the obstacles we put in our way that keep us from moving positively and with excitement into the next best phase our life.
Season 2. Ep #23. What’s your personality number?
Are you curious what your number is? And by number, we are talking about your Enneagram type and number. Listen in to this fascinating interview with Suzanne Dion, an Enneagram teacher and coach. Learn about all 9 types in this personality assessment and how to use it as a professional and personal development tool. Suzanne co-authored a book The Enneagram, Relationships, and Intimacy, Understanding one another leads to loving better and living more fully. Listen carefully and determine the answer to “What is your type”? Learn more at http://www.chaeldiongroup.com
Season 2. Ep#22. Lust, Friendships, and Second Chances
We had a fun conversation with Phyllis Melhado about lust, friendship and second changes. Those are the themes of her recently published debut novel, The Spa at Lavender Lane, and it’s a perfect summer read and a great escape which we could all use right now. Phyllis is a woman of many accomplishment. She was the Vice President of Public Relations at Estee Lauder for many years. Her writing has been published in Town & Country, and Cosmopolitan. She has also ghosted a best-selling beauty book as well as a nationally syndicated beauty column. She shares some of her beauty secrets too. Learn more at phyllismelhado.com
Season 2. Ep #21. Meet Two Ancient Semi-Enlightened Broads
It’s time for another entertaining podcast. Listen in as Kim Selby, our San Francisco Editor chats with Carole Simone and Dorthy Tyo the hosts of “Two Ancient Semi-Enlightened Broads” on YouTube. These two have backgrounds that read like a well penned novel, Simone has been a practicing mystic for over 35 years. Dorthy is the owner of The Palo Alto School of Hypnotherapy. Their combined wisdom and wit and decades of life experience brings us a delightful schmoozing conversation.
Season 2. Episode #20. Is Middle Age Different for Guys?
So listen up Tomatoes, it’s not just women who struggle with middle age and we were so excited to welcome Chris Cimino and Rick Sommers who recently launched The Middle Aged Warriors podcast. We had a fun and illuminating conversation with these two terrific guys who want to encourage guys to—get this—talk about their feelings. You can listen to Chris and Rick at Middle Age Warriors.
Season 2. Episode #19. Breaking the Stigma of Mental Illness
Did you know that one in five people live with a mental health condition, but stigma and misinformation keep many from seeking help and finding support? May is mental health awareness month and featured on this episode are two mental health advocates to help us understand the issues facing millions of Americans and the obstacles that stand in the way of recovery. Madlyn Epstein Steinhart is the author of a book of poetry called, Put Your Boots on and Dance in the Rain, and Dior Vargas is on the staff of Bring Change to Mind, founded by actress Glenn Close. Learn more at bringchange2mind.org
Season 2. Episode #18. Addicted to our Devices?
Anyone feel too attached to their devices? Technology addiction is a real thing and today’s podcast guest Doreen Dodgen-Magee, psychologist, author and speaker chats with Kim Selby, The Three Tomatoes SF Editor about how important it is to take breaks from technology to gain back some of the gray matter. Doreen’s award winning book Deviced! Balancing life and Technology in a Digital World explores the effects of technology on our brain, relationships and personal lives. Theories in her book lead to a lively discussion as we learn the art of thriving in this technology drenched pandemic world. Visit her web site.
Season 2. Episode #17. Meet Organic Chef and Restauranteur Jesse Cool
In 1976 Jesse Cool opened the first organic restaurant in the country and currently operates Flea Street Café a local favorite in Menlo Park. In these days of sheltering we want our restaurants to survive. Listen in to this week’s podcast with Three Tomatoes SF editor Kim Selby and local Bay Area Restaurateur and chef Jesse Cool as they discuss the future of the restaurant industry, the creative ways Chefs and owners are making do and how important it is to give back at this time. Jesse has authored seven cookbooks, teaches, talks and shares her passion about healthy organic cooking – she is an original farm to table advocate! Learn more at http://www.cooleatz.com
Season 2. Episode #16. Dealing with our Sadness and Grief During and after COVID19
Right now so many of us are feeling an overwhelming sadness and stress with the pandemic and many of us are grieving for loved ones we’ve lost. Here to help us deal with some of these feelings of stress, anxiety, grief, and chronic pain, is Dr. Bob Wright, “the stress relief doctor” and wellness coach. Join in the “mini vacation” exercise at the end of the podcast plus a special offer. Learn more at Stress Relief Now.
Season 2. Episode #15. Healing from Trauma
Whether or not we realize it, we are all experiencing trauma in 2020 and Ilene Smith, our podcast guest today shares methods we can employ now to reduce the effects of trauma from settling in our bodies in the future. Listen in to this timely conversation with SF Three Tomatoes Editor Kim Selby. Ilene’s book, “Moving Beyond Trauma” is a guide to helping us heal and create a life of ease and vitality. Through Somatic Experience therapy, we can all learn to heal from our past. Learn more about Ilene here.
Season 2. Episode #14. Boost Your Immunity
Wondering what supplements to take to boost your immune system? Today’s podcast features Kim Selby, our SF Editor speaking with groundbreaking nutritionist Lyn-Genet Recitas who shares valuable tips on how important it is to rid our bodies of inflammation especially in the time of Covid-19. Lyn-Genet is a bestselling author of the book “The Plan” which is an effective way to lose weight, improve health and get this, reverse aging! While we are sheltering in place, this is a great time to discover what foods may be causing inflammation in your own body. Lyn-Genet will also be a panelist at our next Renewal Summit. She joins a panel of experts on aging backwards hosted by Kim Selby. Learn more about Lyn here.
Season 2. Episode #13. Playful Mindfulness
This week’s podcast guest is Ted DesMaisions, creator of “Playful Mindfulness.” He teaches this class through Stanford’s continuing education classes, and he has authored a book of the same name. He merges meditation with the art of improvisation to help us live a more thoughtful and more rewarding life. Listen in as Kim Selby, our SF Editor chats with Ted and plays an improv game that gets them chuckling, something we all need in today’s world. Learn more at his website.
Season 2 Episode 12. Spirituality and Healing in Times of Crisis
Our guests are Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway and Rev. Victor Fuhrman, who also happen to be husband and wife. Their backgrounds are fascinating. Rev. Laurie Sue is known as the “romance” reverend and has married hundreds of couples. She is also a journalist and the former Editor-in-Chief of Playgirl Magazine. Rev. Victor was an armed forces broadcaster and is known as “Victor the Voice,” and has a radio show called, “Destination Unlimited.” He is a healer and spiritual counselor and post 9-11 he was a volunteer chaplain for the Red Cross.
Season 2. Episode 11.
Meet One of the “Glamorous Grandmas of Instagram”
Anyone out there think you are too old for social media like Instagram? Today’s fabulous podcast guest, Jan Correll, begs to differ. Kim Selby, our SF Editor spoke with Jan, whose intriguing brand is “Silver is the new Blonde.” Jan began her Instagram presence three years ago and now has over 65 thousand followers. Listen in as we find out how she was selected by the New York Times as one of the Glamorous Grandmas of Instagram! From technology sales to fashion and beauty influencer, Jan’s age positivity presence is booming, and she encourages us all to follow our dreams no matter what age. Follow her on Instagram.
Season 2. Episode 10. How to Keep from Freaking Out in Scary Times
We live in unprecedented times and with new phrases in our lexicon like “social distancing”, “self-quarantines” and shortages of things like toilet paper (!), no wonder we’re all stressed or actually freaking out. So here to help us all take a deep breath and calm down some is Dr. Robi Ludwig nationally known psychotherapist, award-winning reporter, and author.
Season 2. Episode 9. The Makeover Guy is in the House
If you’re a regular subscriber to The Three Tomatoes, Christopher Hopkins, aka “The Makeover Guy,” needs no introduction. His inspiring and transformative makeover videos have been viewed by tens of thousands of followers. Listen in to our SF editor Kim Selby’s interview with the dynamic and entertaining Christopher who truly cares about helping women feel great about themselves. Subscribe to his YouTube Channel and we promise you’ll be binge watching.
Season 2. Episode 8. The Biggest Travel Trend? Healing Getaways
Have you ever returned from a vacation feeling like you actually need another vacation? Are you feeling physically and emotionally stressed? Have you put your health and your wellbeing on a back burner? Maybe it’s time for a healing vacation. Our guest today is ANNE BIGING, CEO of Healing Hotels of the World which she founded in 2006 anticipating people’s desire to experience personal transformation towards a healthier, fulfilling lifestyle, way beyond the average wellness vacation.
Season 2. Episode 7. Be Proactive about health
Today’s podcast features a most important message for everyone! It’s about empowering yourself to take control of your health. Kim Selby talks with Joan Peckolick, Director and Founder of Self-Chec, an organization that helps save lives by raising awareness of the importance of early detection and preventative action that help keep us healthy. It’s the best gift your can give yourself and those you love. Learn more at Self Chec where you will find terrific tips and tools and things to ask your doctor.
Season 2. Episode 6. Grace and Frankie’s Designer Shares How to Get their Style
Pop your collars Tomatoes and put on your boho caftans and listen in to this very special podcast. Kim Selby interviews Allyson Fanger, the Emmy Award nominated costume designer for Grace and Frankie. Allyson talks about the style on our favorite show and the inspiration for the clothing for Grace and Frankie (Jane Fonda and Lilly Tomlin). We delve into how all of the characters’ personal development is reflected in their fashion choices (selected by Allyson of course!). Love Grace’s crisp and colorful shirts? Pour yourself a martini, listen in and get the scoop.
Season 2. Episode 5. Exercise is the Key to Vitality
If you feel like you’re losing your youthful edge, you’re in good company. At the age of 60, Jackie Kennedy sought exercise guru Joan Pagano’s help in a training program because she felt she was losing her youthful edge. Well for more than three decades, Joan has been on a mission to integrate physical fitness into her clients’ routines for them to achieve a healthy, active and productive life. We had a great conversation which will motivate you to get out from behind our computers, and off the couch, and regain your vitality! Learn more at joanpaganofitness.com.
Season 2. Episode 4. How to Look Good in the Clothes You Have
It all starts with organizing your closet! Join host Kim Selby, our San Francisco Editor, as she has a fun and informative conversation with Stylist and Three Tomatoes contributor, Paul Julch. Paul shares tips on many ways to provide self-care through your wardrobe and these two fashionistas laugh and talk about renting clothes, fast fashion vs. investment pieces and so much more. Learn more at Urbanite | Suburbanite
Season 2. Episode 3. Do Cheaters Always Win?
Pour yourself a glass of wine right now, because we’re talking about the “C” word today – Cheating. Does the very word make you a little uncomfortable? High profile cheating is all over the news these days – from Jeff Bezo’s infidelity, to the college admissions scandal, and now the latest baseball scandal – cheating is everywhere. Does everyone cheat? Is there more cheating going on now than in the past, or has our relationship to cheating changed over time? Well here to answer these provocative questions is historian and New York Times Bestselling author, J.M. Fenster, whose latest book is titled, “Cheaters Always Win, The Story of America.”
Season 2. Episode 2. Feeling Burned Out?
Feeling burnout after the Holidays or just in general? Join host Kim Selby, the SF Editor of The Three Tomatoes, as she has an in-depth conversation with author, energy healer and Holistic Registered nurse, Jennifer Marcenelle. You will learn how Jennifer healed herself from extreme burnout (a health crisis and near suicide) and turned her life around after working for many years as a critical care nurse and a top executive in a medical sales company. Jennifer also gives a quick tip on how to calm down and manage your own burn out. Her book “From Burning out to Burning Bright,” will show you ways to heal your own emotional or physical pains. Tomatoes, you will love this! Learn more here.
Season 2. Episode 1. Travel the World in 30 Minutes.
Fasten your seat belts Tomatoes, because you’re about to travel the world from Andorra to Zimbabwe in the next 30 minutes. Our guest is Lea Lane who gives new meaning to “world traveler.” Lea Lane is an award-winning travel writer and author of 9 travel books, including her latest travel memoir, “Places I Remember: Tales, Truths, Delights from 100 Countries,” (published by The Three Tomatoes Book Publishing.) You’ll be inspired to start packing your bags.