New music video: ‘Echo’ by Monti and co-written by Josh Stevens (LMFAO, Calvin Harris, The Game)

Echo music video produced by Monti and Josh Stevens

Have you seen the new inspiring visuals by Los Angeles based artist Monti produced and co-written by Josh Stevens (LMFAO, Calvin Harris, The Game)? It’s worth the watch.

Monti’s music is empowering and lyrically thought-provoking. She sings about overcoming a life of hardships, including her experience in an abusive broken home filled with drugs and alcoholism. Monti has escaped a life of gangs, mental hospitals, groups homes… you name it. But she’s a survivor and her turbulent past is brilliantly conveyed in her debut song ‘Echo’ with moody synths and electro pop. Watch here:
 

Echo (Official Visual Video) Back Story:

 
Reggie Snowden is an aspiring fashion design student from Los Angeles, California.

 

After meeting and designing outfits for Josh Stevens, Reggie opened up about how he had to travel to and from school, up early mornings each day to take buses and trains from Inglewood to North Hollywood, Ca. All the while still juggling graveyard night shifts for work each evening.
 
Josh thought it was an inspiring and fascinating story. So he and Echo video director Matt Champagin gave Reggie a $50 budget and a camera, the Echo video is the result of Reggie’s story and truly beautiful perspective. It gives a raw up close look at Los Angeles.
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Now available from ProudPour: New vintages with organic certification

 About Berlin Kelly and her organic wine company ProudPour
A new year calls for trying new things, including quality wine … organic wine! As of January 2018 ProudPour, an organic wine supplier, Sauvignon Blanc has helped restored over 7.5 million oysters, which are cleaning over 220 million gallons of water per day. The company’s Pinot Noir has helped plant over 8 million wildflowers for native bee species.
ProudPour also has new vintages with organic certification, and have dramatically redesigned their labels to be clearer about the mission of ProudPour. See below:
ProudPour Pinot redesigned bottle (red wine)
Redesign of ProudPour's white wine bottles
You can learn more about their community give back by reading ‘ The Best of Vegan Wine Pairings with ProudPour Wine’. ProudPour is one of our favorite ethical entrepreneurs, watch the video below to learn why:

Here is Fromgirltogirl’s thoughts on the Organic Oregon Pinot from ProudPour:

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Now playing: ‘Neon Colors’ by Amaris Wenceslas | new music

Neon Colors available now on iTunes, Spotify and many more👽 bassnblues #outnow

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Every month Fromgirltogirl likes to try something new, including new music. In doing so, we discovered Swiss electro-pop artist Amaris’s album ‘Neon Colors.’ It features 11 tracks. When compared to other musicians, Amaris has a similar voice to Annie Lennox, Lorde, Lily Allen and Björk. Neon Colors released together with the new Geiko album ‘The Hollow’ November 2017.

You can listen to the album via the Neon Colors Spotify playlist. Highly recommend this album to those interested in female electronic dance music. Amaris is a fresh face with a great vibe.

About music artist Amaris Wenceslas

Amaris was born 1999 in Switzerland. She is not only a singer but also an author and actress – trained in drama, dance and classical singing. Follow her on Facebook to learn more.

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Now playing ‘Wish’ by Saycille | New Music

Be your own drug if you want to feel alive, start living. By the way, berating is not living.

Fromgirltogirl.com is checking out new music this year and couldn’t help but share the song ‘Wish’ by Saycille.

What we like about the song ‘Wish’

We like the upbeat music and the catchiness of the song. The music video is also beautiful… it is a peaceful bike ride and really makes one watching think of pleasant days and hope.

“I want to express whats in my heart, to make way for what’s in other
peoples hearts, where I believe we all share the same love for life
itself and our beautiful planet.” – Saycille said.

Watch wish now and let Fromgirltogirl know your thoughts:


You may also be interested in following Saycille on Facebook.

About Saycille

Born in a small town near Amsterdam in 1964, Saycille worked at various
jobs. After, at the age of 52, she lost her job at the home healthcare where a lot of clients felt isolated and alone, she worked as a volunteer at Tijd voor Meedoen (TvM) at the community centre, a project to enhance the self supportiveness of a community.

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New report: cheaters won’t stop cheating in 2018 . Here’s why.

Cheating for cheaters

Whether you are a cheater or been cheated on,  cheaters won’t stop cheating in 2018. In a new report, Ashley Madison, the #1 website worldwide for married dating and affairs, polled 4,000 of its users to identify the top New Year’s resolutions among those with extramarital partners. Here are the top-3:

  • 34% say increasing the amount of new experiences with their extramarital partner
  • 31% say being healthier by eating better and exercising
  • 13% say spending more time with their extramarital partner

    Findings

    Bottom line:  The Ashley Madison data reveals that cheaters are planning more adulterous fun in the New Year.  At the end of the day cheaters are quite content with how their relationships (well, at least one of their relationships) are going and don’t need a resolution because of it. In this survey, 65% of respondents say they are either having an affair or pursuing an affair, of which 73% already have one extramarital partner, with 27% having multiple partners now.

Planning a New Year’s resolution is something that people do when they want to make a positive change in their lives, a change to make them happier, says Isabella Mise, Director of Communications for Ashley Madison. Our members are showing us that they are already happy or on a pathway to finding happiness and that’s why they don’t feel the need to make a New Year’s resolution.

Check out more information at AshleyMadison.com.

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52% of cheaters say spouse not fit, motivation to cheat

Infidelity at the gym ... cheating
Ashley Madison data reveals that infidelity motivates higher levels of personal fitness.

Is getting into shape one of your new year’s resolutions? Don’t give up. Getting in shape is a big resolution each year and Ashley Madison , the world’s leading married dating website, surveyed its members to find out if their extramarital relationships motivated them to live a healthier lifestyle by exercising. The survey results show that cheaters are more likely to stay in shape while in an extramarital relationship.Here are key takeaways from their study:

  • 52% say their spouse isn’t fit and 58% say they wish their spouse exercised more
  • 70% say that their extramarital relationships actually motivate them to stay fit
  • 12% of women (vs. 9 % of men) use the excuse of ‘going to the gym’ to meet their extramarital partner

The findings also go into the top exercises that turn people on (male vs. female) and much more. Check it out below:

Nearly half (41%) of respondents exercise 2-5 times per week and 80% consider themselves to have an average level of physical fitness. But it’s not the new year’s resolutions that are keeping cheaters fit, 70% of survey respondents say it’s their extramarital relationships that motivate them. This goes both ways as 71% consider their extramarital partner to be fit and/or seek an extramarital partner that is fit. Not surprising because let’s face it, healthy is sexy.

But if they’re in search of someone who is fit, does this mean their spouse doesn’t fall into this category? The answer is yes with 52% saying they don’t consider their spouse to be fit and 58% saying they wish their spouse exercised more often.

Working out or “Working out”?

Gyms are noticeably busier in January, bringing new people together and more wandering eyes. In a previous survey of Ashley Madison members, going to the gym was the fifth most common excuse for men (9%) and women (12%) when planning to meet with their extramarital partner. However, in a recent survey done of Ashley Madison members, when cheaters do go to the gym 73% say they are there strictly to exercise and not to seek an extramarital partner. Moreover, 72% are not likely to exercise with their spouse or their secret partner.

Even though they aren’t consciously seeking an affair at the gym, it doesn’t mean there aren’t certain exercises that work as a turn on for gym goers. The top exercise that turns people on most is yoga/stretching (51%), followed by squats (19%).

Top exercises that turn people on the most when someone else performs them

  • Yoga/stretching – 51%
  • Squats – 19%
  • Other – 13%
  • Bicep curls – 6%
  • Stationary bike – 3%

 

Female

  • Other – 26%
  • Yoga/stretching – 22%
  • Bicep curls – 19%
  • Squats – 16%
  • Tricep pull-down -7%
  • Jump rope – 5%
  • Stationary bike – 3%
  • Lunges – 2%
  • Pilates Machine – 1%

Male

  • Yoga/stretching – 59%
  • Squats – 20%
  • Other – 9%
  • Stationary bike -3%
  • Lunges – 3%
  • Jump rope – 2%
  • Bicep curls – 2%
  • Tricep pull-down – 1%
  • Pilates machine – 1%

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*Survey of 1,112 members of Ashley Madison between January 3, 2018 – January 4, 2018.

** Survey of 1,491 members of Ashley Madison between October 4, 2017- October 13, 2017.

 

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The best and worst states to raise a family in 2018

best and worst cites to raise a family according to a WalletHub 2018 report. Picture shows a family of four smiling at each other in bed.

Starting a family or have a growing family? The new year is a good time to find how much it will cost to keep your family healthy and happy. In a new report by the personal-finance website WalletHub, 2018’s Best & Worst States to Raise a Family. People are optimistic about growth in hiring and single-family home starts.

Best and worst states to raise a family

To compose the list of best states to put down family roots, WalletHub compared the 50 states across 42 key indicators of family friendliness. In the report, the data set ranges from median family salary to housing affordability to unemployment. See below:

Best States for Families Worst States for Families
1 Massachusetts 41 Nevada
2 Minnesota 42 Georgia
3 New Hampshire 43 Arkansas
4 North Dakota 44 South Carolina
5 Vermont 45 Oklahoma
6 Wisconsin 46 Louisiana
7 New York 47 West Virginia
8 Iowa 48 Alabama
9 Nebraska 49 Mississippi
10 California 50 New Mexico

Highlights from the report

  • Minnesota has the highest median family annual income (adjusted for cost of living), $80,399, which is 1.8 times higher than in Hawaii, where it is lowest at $44,295.
  • Utah has the lowest divorce rate, 16.18 percent, which is 1.6 times lower than in Nevada, where it is highest at 26.57 percent.
  • New Hampshire has the lowest share of families living below the poverty level, 5.3 percent, which is 3.3 times lower than in Mississippi, where it is highest at 17.4 percent.
  • Mississippi has the lowest average annual cost of early childcare (adjusted for median family income), 6.15 percent, which is 2.3 times lower than in the New York, where it is highest at 14.12 percent.
  • New Hampshire has the lowest infant-mortality rate, 4.18 percent, which is 2.2 times lower than in Mississippi, where it is highest at 9.27 percent.
  • Maine has the fewest violent crimes (per 1,000 residents), 1.24, which is 6.5 times fewer than in Alaska, the state with the most at 8.04.

View the full report and your state’s rank now for more information, including:

  • Most affordable housing
  • Lowest childcare costs
  • Most families with young kids
  • Most violent crimes per capita
  • Lowest percent of families in poverty
  • Lowest divorce rate

 

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Israeli government bans 26 activists groups for Palestinian Rights worldwide

On Sunday, January 7, 2018, the Israeli government released a list of six US organizations and 20 organizations worldwide whose activists will be barred from entering the Israel because of their support for the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement (BDS) in favor of Palestinian rights. What can we do about it?

Join us in calling on influential Senators Chuck Schumer and Ben Cardin to denounce this outrageous ban and tell Israel to lift it immediately.

As Americans, we have the right to voice against repressive Israeli policies because Israel gets over $3 billion of our tax dollars every year.

The six banned US groups are:

  • American Friends Service Committee
  • American Muslims for Palestine
  • CODEPINK
  • Jewish Voice for Peace
  • National Students for Justice in Palestine
  • US Campaign for Palestinian Rights

Stop the oppression and violations of international law against the people of Palestine. Challenge Israeli policies of occupation and apartheid.

You may also be interested in learning about…

The Persecution of African Migrants in the Holy Land of Israel

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What is the No. 1 most commonly broken New Year’s resolution? Read here. | Fitness

Do you know the “lose weight and exercise more,” is the No. 1 most commonly broken New Year’s resolution? 60 percent of gym memberships bought in January are never used, which means a great amount of money and opportunity is wasted. The personal-finance website WalletHub took an in-depth look at  2018’s Best & Worst Cities for an Active Lifestyle.

If you made the same New Year’s resolution, don’t feel bad. This year Fromgirltogirl is attempting to lose weight and focus on strength training, see clips below and follow on Instagram:

Look where I ended up… where ended up. #chrisbrown / #Fitness

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To determine where Americans have the best chance of balancing a healthy diet with ample physical activity, WalletHub compared the 100 biggest U.S. cities across 34 key metrics. The data set ranges from average monthly fitness-club fee to bike score to share of physically inactive adults.

Best Cities for an Active Lifestyle Worst Cities for an Active Lifestyle
1 Chicago, IL 91 Jersey City, NJ
2 Portland, OR 92 Memphis, TN
3 San Francisco, CA 93 Garland, TX
4 San Diego, CA 94 Laredo, TX
5 Seattle, WA 95 Arlington, TX
6 Madison, WI 96 Newark, NJ
7 New York, NY 97 Bakersfield, CA
8 Denver, CO 98 Irving, TX
9 Boise, ID 99 North Las Vegas, NV
10 Minneapolis, MN 100 Hialeah, FL

Best vs. Worst Cities for an Active Lifestyle

  • New York has the most sporting-goods stores (per square root of population), 0.4500, which is 16.6 times more than in North Las Vegas, Nevada, the city with the fewest at 0.0271.
  • Scottsdale, Arizona has the most public golf courses (per square root of population), 0.0599, which is 37.4 times more than in Cleveland, the city with the fewest at 0.0016.
  • Lincoln, Nebraska has the most fitness trainers and aerobics instructors per 100,000 residents, 185, which is 6 times more than in Bakersfield, California the city with the fewest at 31.
  • San Francisco has the highest number of dance schools (per square root of population), 0.0510, which is 36.4 times higher than in Fresno, California, the city with the lowest at 0.0014.
  • New York has the most playgrounds (per square root of population), 0.5737, which is 17.4 times more than in Hialeah, Florida, the city with the fewest at 0.0330.

View the full report and your city’s rank now.

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Now playing: Daep by Yaysh | Hip Hop

It’s a New Year and a great time to update music playlists with fresh tracks. A single for your listen is ‘Daep’ from pop/ hip hop artist Yaysh who themes her song on self-belief, sexuality, swag, and spiritual depth. In addition to the new single, she plans to release a series of singles, videos, and EPs in 2018 – Fromgirltogirl will definitely keep an eye out on this musical chameleon and LGBTQ rights advocate.

Her new single, “Daep” means beautiful in Vietnamese and consist of a low tempo dance song created from a freestyle. Daep is available now on Spotify. Yaysh sounds like Nicki Minaj, Missy Elliot, Pink, Fergie,and Iggy Azaelea.

About Yaysh

Whether you are a hip hop head, a pop snob or a LGBTQ adovocate, you will fall in love with Yaysh’s style. Not only does she sing and rap, but she also has a message: Society is basically good.

Asked to describe herself she replied with a grin: “Well..if Kanye West and Adele had a baby…I would be that baby..and Drake would be my cousin.”

Coining herself as a hybrid artist, she is both meditation yogi and music artist. She writes all her own music and is genuine to who she is. Yaysh is an avid meditation practitioner and student in Shambhala Buddhism and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.

Hailing from Colorado, Yaysh mainly grew up in Denver as a rebellious youth. Later she went to explore the world of music and freestyle on her lonesome as the music provided a way for her to express her angst and emotional depth as well as process her previous life of rebellion, moving to LA to work with a few music producers that lead to her main Troy “R8dio” Johnson (credits: Solange, Chris Brown, Why Don’t We).

“R8dio and I had a vibe. That is all I gotta say. That man is talented and he is also my friend. I am so thankful that we met. We are both spiritual people who live in this worldly world and we both make amazing music. Combined we are incredible.” From there the story continues.

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