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Raw Box Organics, bringing healthy options to Tampa

Long time readers or even the newer, avid ones know that I have been juicing for several years now and that Tanya decided to get into it shortly after she moved here. In fact, in June she released her first book, Faces of Juicing, Visual Juicing Recipes. As a result of our marketing of her book we became aware of other health related businesses that belonged to friends of ours, one of which is Raw Box Organics, out of Tampa, FL.

Raw Box Organics delivers fresh organic produce each week from their truck to your home; getting all of their products from the harvests of local farms. Keeping it local not only supports the local community but it also ensures that the produce is as fresh as humanly possible. In order to guarantee freshness they only deliver in the Tampa–St. Petersburg–Clearwater areas. They do not ship.

As owner Morten Due explained, “Raw Box Organics was founded based on the principle that organic food is the key to good health. The body has an amazing ability to heal itself if fueled with the right food. We strive to make eating healthier easy by delivering fresh produce to homes and offices weekly.” To make it easy for any budget, Raw Box Organics offers a variety of sizes, including Fruit Boxes, Vegetable Boxes, Mixed Produce Boxes, Juicing Boxes, Office Boxes and Kids Snack Boxes. Continue reading

A DNA Reunion Follow-up – Tim meets his sister

My regular readers will likely recall that a couple weeks ago I did an article about my friend, Tim, who was adopted at birth and learned this at the age of 7. About 15 years ago he started working in earnest to discover who his birth mother was. He was not having much luck until last December when he learned about 23andme.com, a center that does genetic testing for health, disease and ancestry through a DNA test done with your saliva. On December 19, he sent in saliva samples from him and his daughter. A few weeks later he received his results. Although the test results did not provide any information about his natural birth mother, it did provide him with enough leads that he eventually found a Yahoo DNA group which was designed for people that were adopted or had put children up for adoption to discuss their DNA results. It was there that Tim met his search angel, Diana.

In what must have seemed like a whirlwind of events, Tim’s search angel, Diana, soon notified him that she had discovered Tim’s birth mother and a sister, Debby. After reaching out via Facebook, Tim and Debbie started talking and it was not long before Tim and his mother arranged a meeting for the end of January when she flew out to meet her son and granddaughter. Two weeks later, on Friday night, Debby flew to Los Angeles with her husband to meet Tim and his daughter. I was again invited to come out and photograph the meeting which you will find below. As you can see in the photos, everyone was happy to finally meet. Continue reading

1st Annual Rocktoberfest at LA Live, benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project

Back in April, when I made my first visit to Rock & Brews, I was walking around checking out the artwork decorating the place, I could not but help notice among all the rock and roll images was a lone banner on the center of the main wall. On it was the image of one soldier carrying another, obviously wounded soldier, with the words, “Wounded Warrior Project” below. Upon closer inspection I could see that it had been signed by many people from different branches of the armed forces. I made a mental note to investigate the Wounded Warrior Project and see if there was some way I could get involved.

Wounded Warrior Project

Wounded Warrior Project banner at Rock & Brews, El Segundo

Last weekend, while at BAM Fest, I saw that Rock & Brews had a booth and they were using it to promote an upcoming event; Rocktoberfest at LA Live, with a fund raising event kicking it off to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. I went over to talk to them about it and after an email or two it was decided that GotBaddog.com would photograph their opening night, Charity Gala, this Monday, October 15 at LA Live. Continue reading

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