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TJ Tells All Ep. 1 – Cize Dance Workout

Tara Johnson, @TJWagginherTail, features a brand new segment this week on Periscope and dishes out the latest scoop on her favorite products, beauty supplies, fitness crazes, you name it! After working on Words, Wine and Women, Tara has had the chance to review two amazing products:

  • Kegel Exercisers – A product designed to exercise your kegel muscles! It’s been tested, tucked and squeezed.
  • Still Standing Spray – The revolutionary topical product that stops “Stiletto Suffering” BEFORE it starts!

This week on #TJtellsAll Tara talks fitness. As a huge fan of Tai bo, Jilian Michaels, Bob Harper, Insanity, P90X3 and T25, Tara discussed the newest exercise craze to hit the market – Cize Dance Workout by Shaun T.

This amazing fitness routine is a lot less exercise and a lot more fun and dancing! It teaches you how to dance while burning some serious calories – all while having FUN! Yes, FUN!

Forget about exercise, this is the end of ExerCIZE as you know it! In about 30-40 minutes you’ll dance up an AMAZING flow that makes you feel like you’ve actually worked out for hours after you’re finished! Watch the full review here:

Cize Dance Workout gives you SIX completely exhilarating, calorie-scorching dance courses, each with fresh moves and music. They break down each routine, step-by-step, move-by-move, slowly building up to a full combination. By the end of the program, you’ll be totally confident in your incredible dance skills and lean body!

Interested in Cize Dance Workout for yourself? Buy it at Beachbody.com  for just 3 monthly payments of $19.95 (+$12.95 s&h) or on Amazon.com. Cize also makes the perfect Christmas or gift for the holidays!

Tara will be back next Wednesday, December 23 for another #TJtellsAll.

Got an idea for a product you’d like Tara to try out and review on #TJtellsAll? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter!

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BLAB #2 – Calling All Shoe Lovers

Words, Wine and Women hosted their second BLAB on Tuesday December 15th at 6pm PST. This discussion was all about the holidays, relationships, and of course SHOES!

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#StillStandingParty Instagram Giveaway

After we were introduced to Still Standing® Spray, we knew that this revolutionary topical product that stops “Stiletto Suffering” BEFORE it starts should be an essential of every heel loving fashionista! This week, we’re sharing the love with our awesome fans so you can try Still Standing® Spray too!

Words, Wine and Women is proud to present the Still Standing® Instagram Giveaway. Join our #StillStandingParty on Instagram for a chance to win some AWESOME daily prizes!

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The Game’s a Foot – Jacque is in a Play!

The Game's A Foot Play
It’s a funny Sherlock Holmes holiday murder mystery play (yes, you heard that right, it’s a murder mystery AND it’s funny AND it has Sherlock Holmes AND it’s snowing outside (and Jacque gives a Christmas present to someone on stage, so that counts as a “holiday play”)!) Buy your tickets NOW here!

November 20 – December 20, 2015
Friday, Saturday 8:00 PM
Sunday 2:30pm

7242 Owensmouth Ave.
Canoga Park, CA 91303

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Words, Wine and Women Blab! With Tara and Beth

Words, Wine and Women host their first blab session. Beth and Tara jump on and talk live with other guests! We have a wine roll call before every discussion, of course. Tara had her Chateau Ste. Michelle, her favorite Reisling, Beth was with Chateau Bonnet Bordeaux, a delicious sauvignon blanc. Guests checked in with Maker’s Mark, Menage Trois Midnight and others. Then it was off to the discussion. Tara brought up Senator Clare McCaskill’s PSA on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert and the discussion began about the reaction to telling a “man to shut up”. Women losing their voices and of course dating had to be topics on the first blab session with the ladies.

Want a chance to meet with the hosts and talk about the topics that interest you? Make sure you are following us on twitter @WordsWineWomen and subscribe on blab.im

Blab is an apple only app now. Don’t have an iphone or ipad, that’s ok. You can use blab.im through your Google chrome browser. See you in our next Blab!

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Ride-Sharing When Drinking

Since our series features wine tasting, I thought it would be important to discuss responsible drinking habits. We enjoy our wine, but the wine tasting portion happens at the end of a long day of filming. I thought, with the rise of ride-sharing companies like Uber, that drunk driving was less of a common occurrence but then, a few weeks ago, a co-worker of mine was in a vehicle that was struck by a drunk driver. He and his family were very lucky to escape their demolished car, but this is not always the case with such collisions. Ten years ago, I lost a dear cousin of mine to a drunk driving accident and I want to encourage our viewers to use public transportation, ride-sharing companies, or taxis after a night out with friends.

My cousin was one of my best friends. She was fun to be around and could always make me laugh. She lit up a room with her enthusiasm and humor. The last time I saw her was when we went on an epic road trip together. I was in a dark place in my life and her willingness to drop everything to spend some time with me helped me immensely. The last card I sent her, a thank you note reminding her of our fun road trip, never reached her. My aunt and uncle saved it for me and I put it in her coffin.

While this happened over 10 years ago, it still affects me today. I find myself wondering what my cousin would think of certain things or wanting to tell her something. On the night she died, my cousin, who lived in Chicago, was at a bar with a group of friends celebrating her 21st birthday. The friends had picked a designated driver who did drive them a certain potion of the way home. This driver exited the vehicle when he reached his home and one of the intoxicated passengers drove the group the rest of the way. This driver flew off the highway and the car landed upside down in a nearby embankment. The driver was able to walk away, two other passengers needed several surgeries (one for a spinal injury, the other to repair a shattered face), and my cousin, who was not wearing a seat belt, died instantly. All of these people’s lives were changed forever because of this one moment.

The city I live in, Los Angeles, largely lacks a reliable public transportation system so Uber use has been on the rise. Uber offers affordable prices (which includes their very economic Uber pool option) and they also offer the option to split fares if you ride with friends. I’m only endorsing  Uber because I have personally used it, but there are other ride-sharing companies as well, such as Lyft.


Written by Jacque B.

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Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling Review

Sometimes when you finally make it home from the day, all you want to do is sit down and relax with a great glass of wine.

Chateau reislingSince creating “Words, Wine and Women”, I have shared several things about myself but none of my favorite wine choices. I know. I think that is strange also so let’s rectify that today. I’m no sommelier or wine expert but here is one of my favorite go-to “everyday” wines. I recently caught the movie, “Somm” on Netflix. It is the story of four sommeliers attempting to pass the Prestigious Master Sommelier Exam (highly recommend it). Let’s see if I learned anything.

As I open a bottle of Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling (click for tasting notes) from Washington’s Columbia Valley and sniff, thoughts of my home state of Georgia flood my mind as hints of peach and sweet lime hit my nose. Sips of the wine compliment the smell as the taste of other fruit – apple, pear, melon and even hints of floral start to make an appearance. What might sound strange but I guarantee you is really tasty is the subtle mineral taste that lingers after a sip. (Believe me, it is great.) And like Lay’s Potato Chips, you can’t have just one sip.

The Chateau Ste. Michelle website (https://www.ste-michelle.com/) states that the wine pairs well with fish, chicken, cheeses as even Mediterranean dishes. I say it goes great with everything because it is less than $10 per bottle (YES SIR!!!). I grabbed a bottle (okay, several) at Trader Joe’s for $6.99.

So give it a try. I would love to know what you think!


From the desk of Tara Johnson

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Leading for Change Hosted by Beth Gonzales

Beth Gonzales with Mayor Nutter and Lisa Nutter

Beth Gonzales with Mayor Nutter and Lisa Nutter

The Leading for Change Fellowship presents:
Leading with Hope and Conviction, Leading on Empty:
The Power of a Leader’s Support Networks

October 21, 2015, 6pm-9pm
Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

Our host, Beth Gonzales, put on an event that brought emerging Philadelphia leaders together to talk about leadership on October 21, 2015 at Drexel University. Guest speakers were Philadelphia Mayor, Michael Nutter and CEO of Philadelphia Academies, Lisa Nutter.

Beth is the Director, Public Service Leadership Development at Drexel University. Find out more about Leading for Change Fellowship Program in Philadelphia, PA.

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When You Become a Parent, You Become a Leader

Tick tock. Tick tock. Goes the clock.

They say timing is everything. From seizing opportunities, winning the lottery, and falling in love to business success, landing your ideal job, and becoming a parent. Whatever it is… there seems to be such a thing as timing.

They also say time management is critical to being successful.

I’ve always thought of myself as a good time manager. In the sense of delegating my time to “get things done” (not being on time—I still struggle with that). Yet, and still since becoming a mother, timing and my time management skills have been tested and I’m determined to find ways to make life a little easier. For my daughter’s sake. For my sake.

As a leadership development professional, I’ve met with many CEOs and discussed the importance of making time to think, assess and develop a strategy for their organizations. Over and over again I’ve witnessed that successful organizations typically have leaders who spend significant periods of diligent, focused time “thinking.” This is essential so an organization stays aligned with its mission, doesn’t lose focus or spend time putting out fires rather than seizing opportunities, fulfilling strategic aspirations, understanding why they do things the way they do and knowing what they do great.

As a single mother of a 4 year old, settling into a new job, new city, and new home, I admit that I haven’t found my rhythm yet. I often feel overwhelmed, scared and tired. Overwhelmed with all of the things I know Zoe needs to know to survive in this world; scared that I won’t be able to raise her to be the awesome person she is and show her the world, while simultaneously trying to pursue my creative/entrepreneurial projects, career, relationships and life goals. Tired, from the constant juggling, constant hustling.

Laundry. Cleaning. Grocery Shopping. Hair. Daycare. Gym. Church. “Zoe and me” time. “me” time. Family time. Bills. Work. Show. Writing. Sleep. More bills. The list goes on and on.

I’ve come to realize that I can’t just rely on my time management skills to raise my daughter and “hope” we maximize life’s experiences. Why? Because when you become a parent, you become a leader.

While management and leadership share commonalities, their functions differ.

Managing is about efficiency. Leading is about effectiveness. Managing is about how. Leading is about what and why.

Looking at parenthood through a leadership paradigm and applying leadership principles to parenthood suddenly makes sense to me. I don’t want my parenting experience to be status quo. Meaning, I don’t want to just “go through the motions,” “get by,” “hope,” “fly by the seat of my pants” and “pray it all works out.” I want more! I want to be the best mom I can be! I want to make the most out of time!

You see, just like nature, music, jumping double-dutch, or great sex, there is a rhythm to timing; and getting your timing right is important!

Tick tock. Tick tock. Goes the clock.

As Zoe transitioned from a newborn to an infant, I simply adapted and enjoyed her growth and development. But now, as she transitions from a toddler to a preschooler, and becomes more aware of the world and her place in it, I am finding myself recalibrating (often) and finding it critical to be more intentional, more strategic with my time.

So, I’ve decided that I’m going to become a successful CEO of parenthood!
Beth Gonzales-Host Words, Wine and Women
Over the next several weeks, I’m going to focus on the leadership concept of “thinking.” I am going to block time out of my schedule to think. Think about what kind of parent I want to be, think about my strategy of how to be the best parent I can be, how I want to spend my time with my daughter, how and what I want to teach her, how I want to develop her morale compass, confidence, talents and abilities….the list goes on and on. Doing this, I believe, will make my parenting experience better, more fulfilling and more focused. And ultimately, I think this will help me find my rhythm as a parent, and make me feel comfortable with that timing as Zoe grows.

Remember, successful organizations usually have leaders who spend significant periods of diligent, focused time thinking…so I’m going to do just that–take time to think, assess and strategize about what I want and need from my parenthood experience…which is the first step towards helping me become a leader who recognizes good timing and makes the most of the circumstances time presents me as a parent.

Tick tock. Tick tock. Goes the clock.

Parents, have you taken time out to think?

Until next time, Beth Gonzales

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Official Selection-International Online Web Fest 2015

Words, Wine and Women have been given the Laurel for official selection in the International Online Web Fest of 2015!
The categories that Words, Wine and Women are entitled to participate in are:

  • Best WebSeries
  • Best Directing;
  • Best Screenplay;
  • Best Leading Male Role;
  • Best Leading Female Role;
  • Best Cinematography;
  • Best Editing;
  • Best Special and Visual Effects;
  • Best Original Soundtrack;
  • Best Sound Design;
  • Best Art Directing;

As more details emerge with the #IOWF2015, we will continue to update you on this exciting news!

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Feminism: Defining or Dividing

“I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat, or a prostitute.”
Rebecca West, Young Rebecca: Writings, 1911-1917

You might laugh when you read Rebecca West’s quote but I understand exactly what she means. A quick Google search of “I’m not a feminist” will garner thousands of results of women going back and forth surrounding the use of this word.

Recently, Meryl Streep, Shailene Woodley, and Marion Cotillard, all announced that they are not feminists and the backlash from those statements was significant.

In a recent HuffPost article, the author attempts to define the word, “feminist” for everyone and even says, “if you believe in basic gender equality, SURPRISE, you’re probably a feminist!”

What I suggest, what I am proposing, what I am urging is that the use of the word really doesn’t matter. Does it really matter if I use the word, “feminist” as long as I love my larger than size zero body, work my a** off in a male-dominated industry of entertainment to prove everyday that I deserve every penny that a man will earn without even asking and produce a web series about female empowerment and women having a voice and using that voice?

I think not.

Where there is no unity, there is no progress. And my momma always told me, “Actions speak louder than words”.

I think we have to be careful that this “word” (that is suppose to unify us and give us strength) doesn’t completely tear us apart. I so often feel we are in a battle of the “feminists” vs. the “non-feminists”; and, if we are spending our time fighting internally and attempting to define each other with one word, then who is fighting the real fight?

And if we lose that fight, “men” don’t win. Future generations of women to come will lose. Now I ask you — is an 8-letter word really worth all of that?

From the Desk of Tara Johnson


Hashimoto’s, What is That? – Shannon’s Story

Hair loss. Check. Fatigue. Check. Weight gain. Check!

All the signs pointed to a thyroid issue. According to Google I was dealing with hypothyroidism. I called my mom that day to vent about feeling so tired and not my usual self. This had gone beyond the usual stressful week or month. It had been such a long struggle that I was starting to feel depressed. My mom said, “It must be your thyroid! You need to go to the doctor.” I struggled with symptoms for almost a year before I finally went to a specialist to get my thyroid checked. Thyroid issues run in my family so I wasn’t in disbelief that this could be the case. After running several blood tests and doing a full-body wellness assessment with a specialist it was confirmed. “You have Hashimoto’s.” My facial expression must have been priceless. All I could think of was, “What is that and is it serious?!” The doctor informed me that Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is an autoimmune disease that causes your immune system to attack your thyroid. The treatment was to manage the condition and that it wasn’t curable. My lifestyle would drastically have to change or else I could be at risk for other health issues. I was relieved on one hand to finally know what was wrong and why I felt the way I did. On the other hand, I was scared about the management of such a mysterious condition with no known cause or cure.

Stress? Oh stress. Yes. I feel like this word has always been a part of my life. I’ve worked hard as long as I could remember. In the past four years I had completed a postdoctoral fellowship, started a new job, moved out of state and back, started my own business, got married, and bought a house. Stressed? Who me?! The doctor’s first order was to stress less. Every time I experienced stress my immune system would start attacking my body. It was stress that triggered this disease and it was stressing less that was going to change my life. The more I researched Hashimoto’s I found that it is a condition that impacts mostly women. In fact, women are seven times more likely than men to get it. I also learned that it impacts your hormones on a serious level causing everything from painful periods to infertility. I felt as if my life had changed for a reason. Was this the universe telling me to slow down and relax? Whatever the message I was hearing it loud and clear. My plan was to take control of this condition and to make positive changes that would improve my mental and physical health.

Shannon-ThycaMost thyroid conditions require careful diet and exercise. I chose to go on the Autoimmune Paleo-Protocol, which required eliminating foods that could irritate the gut and cause inflammation activating the immune response. Goodbye gluten, grains, sugars, nuts, seeds….. and many other yummy and delicious foods. I also started doing acupuncture, mind-body medicine, yoga, meditation, and relaxing self-care including massages, visits to the beach, leisure reading (non-work related), and adopting a dog. Every day is a process and I must remember that attitude is everything. I have really benefited from the support of other women. It’s amazing to hear about other women’s stories with thyroid conditions. I feel supported and validated. I was recently in a group for business development and opened up about my struggles with Hashimoto’s. It turned out that three of the six members were dealing with it in different stages! My mission is to talk about it and to help spread awareness about the importance of thyroid health. I am so thrilled that Words, Wine, and Women have teamed up with ThyCA: Thyroid Cancer Survivor’s Association. It is an opportunity to get the word out there to check your thyroid and educate yourself about thyroid conditions that affect women.

Written by Dr. Shannon Chavez

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