Trained at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, SoCal Health Coach founder Melissa Eben helps clients set—and achieve—health and weight-loss goals. She draws on knowledge of more than 100 dietary theories, lifestyle-management techniques, and coaching methods to create health-coaching plans that are customized to each client's body, lifestyle, preferences, and goals. The personalized plans, which include ample encouragement and support, are designed to help reduce stress and achieve life balance while helping busy individuals and families learn how to live a healthier lifestyle.
It's a big leap from the bustle of an athletic field to the solitude of a darkroom, but Calumet Photographic made the transition seamlessly more than 70 years ago. From its origins as a Chicago sporting-goods store, the company evolved into a one-stop shop for cameras and darkroom equipment and eventually into an innovator of photographic technology. In the 1960s, Calumet's most brilliant minds were behind the development of the Caltar large-format-lens line and nitrogen burst film.
Today, Calumet Photographic continues to manufacture and sell professional photographic products and software across the globe, boasting more than 25 retail stores throughout the US and Europe. Their shops abound with both new and used high-quality cameras and equipment, rental gear, and knowledgeable technicians eager to help customers find the right equipment for the job. The company’s extensive online catalog enables shoppers to purchase equipment from around the world and have it shipped directly to their home, studio, or mall photo booth they’ve claimed as a studio.
Liberty Tax Service has numerous LA-area locations, but this Groupon is valid for six (see sidebar). Each location is staffed with professional refund hounds who can chase away the burden and stress of tax season and sniff out your maximum allowable refund. Unless you can find the square root of a tuber and divide it by half the value of zero, like Liberty's staff can, then you won't get the biggest refund possible. In order to get your full refund, bring a comprehensive selection of forms and reciepts, including your 1040s, W-2s, 560Zs, 2345Exs, and T-1000s.
H.A.D.I. stands for "Hope. Achieve. Develop. Inspire."—and it's also Hadi Yassin's first name. The Certified Professional Coach and psychology graduate student is the man behind H.A.D.I., through which he leads life coaching sessions for children, new parents, and couples. Yassin has a child-development emphasis in his psychology studies, and he uses his learned skills as a life coach to help children develop problem-solving, decision-making, and socialization skills. He also calls on these studies to inform his coaching sessions with families of autistic children and new parents, which help prepare them for the challenges of raising a family. Finally, Yassin works with couples to help strengthen their bond and develop tools for navigating a marriage's rocky moments. And as an immigrant scholar, Yassin is in tune with the complexities immigrant families face in the United States, and he can tailor his services to these needs.
Since she was a child, Pla Schneider dreamed of writing and illustrating her own children's book. She earned a degree in visual communications and exhibited some of her work in boutiques and galleries, but she couldn't find that spark of inspiration. She was able to find a muse in her daughter, who inspired Pla's first book, Sassy Cassie A True Little Princess. At Sugar-n-Spice Studios, Schneider helps art students circumvent creative blocks by guiding them step-by-step in a fun, playful environment. Patrons dab acrylic paints onto stretched canvases, rendering images of flower-filled parks, technicolor giraffes, or mermaids swimming alongside seahorses and other imaginary animals.