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VASSY – Artist & Humanitarian!

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FMG Network celebrates Indie Artist, R&B Singer/Songwriter Vassy
as featured artist of the month! 

assy is creating the fizzy dance, pop music she’s always envisioned. The 13 songs on Beautiful Day — cut over an eight-week period late last year with producers Tim Myers (OneRepublic), Jacques Brautbar (Phantom Planet), John Ernst & Skylar “EXC” Mones, Charlie Midnight (James Brown, Christina Aguilera, Hilary Duff), Richard Vission (Madonna, Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga) and Denny Weston (The Kooks) — Vassy says are in honor of the material she’s had placed on TV programs and in films.

Vassy grew up in a remote town in northern Australia, the daughter of first-generation Greek immigrants. After winning a radio songwriting contest, she was signed to Warner Bros. Australia. A successful string of singles and song placements with Hilton Hotels, Grey’s Anatomy, and Ugly Betty followed.

As well as being a talented singer/songwriter, Vassy has a BIG heart and is a humanitarian, volunteering her time teaching music composition at a residential center and special education high school for abused and neglected adolescent girls in Los Angeles.  In addition, Vassy is always working on projects to help those in need – one coming up is a campaign with Cyndi Lauper with a major celebrity charity event to benefit homeless LGBT teens.

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This music video by Vassy – History

Vassy said, “I wrote it about a past relationship. It’s about having the courage and strength to walk away from a situation that’s not healthy for you, letting go and moving forward, feeling empowered in that decision! Taking control! Hence ”History’ being the title, taking a past experience and making it a story, your story, my history!”

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I had the honor to interview Vassy about her life and her music
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Natural Mosquito Repellent

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There is nothing more annoying than being awakened in the middle of the night by the unnerving sound or itch of a pesky mosquito bite. It may be tempting to slather on the insect repellant but please before you do, read on.

here are plenty of natural alternatives out there so avoid the poison stuff and try these safe and natural alternatives.

As my mother would say “All good Italians eat garlic”. Well you don’t have to be Italian to know that eating enough garlic will keep the mosquitos, vampires and your loved ones away! The problem is the ladder of that statement, so here are some sweeter smelling alternatives.

[pullquote_right]Duke University Medical Center did a study on diethyl-meta-toluamide (DEET) which is used in many repellants and found that applying it directly to the skin can be very dangerous. In fact, it has been linked to brain damage and as with all pesticides; it affects children and infants more severely. So take caution when dashing into your local drugstore and grabbing those adorably packaged repellents; they should come with a cross and bones on the label.[/pullquote_right]

Citronella, that old standby your grandmother told you about, really is an effective insect repellant. Most commercial products containing citronella actually contain fragrance oil and not real essential oils, which is what you want. Fragrance oil is ineffective as a repellant and is potentially dangerous.

Be sure to purchase a good quality essential oil and never apply directly to the skin. Add a few drops per tablespoon to a carrier oil such as olive oil, almond oil, sesame seed oil, or soybean oil and apply liberally.

Other essential oils known to be effective mosquito repellants include catnip, lemon eucalyptus, regular eucalyptus, cinnamon, and lavender essential oils. Dilute these essential oils just as you would dilute citronella in a carrier oil and apply liberally to your skin.

Neem seed oil is derived from the fruits and seeds of the neem tree of India. Researchers in India claim that it’s powerful insect repelling properties are far more effective than DEET. The US National Research Council and the Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association both concur with these findings.

Soybean oil is probably the best choice for a carrier oil as The New England Journal of Medicine published a study claiming that soybean oil-based mosquito repellents are just as effective as DEET-containing repellents.

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Make Life Delicious,

Chef Tina Jo

 

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12 Natural Alternatives to Sugar

Sugar Natural Alternatives

taying away from processed white sugar and using alternative natural sweeteners is one way to create foods that support good health. However, “natural” doesn’t mean that these sweeteners can’t be as detrimental to our good health as that white stuff. Being aware of the glycemic index and how these natural sweeteners affect our sugar levels is key to optimal health.

When choosing a sweetener for a recipe, be mindful of who you’ll be serving it to (diabetics or those sensitive to fructose or children) and look at the sweeteners characteristics (color, texture and flavor); is it a good fit with the other ingredients in your recipe. Being aware of how sugars affect both your health and a specific recipe, will keep you on the healthiest and sweetest road possible!


Agave nectar: Agave nectar is a natural vegan sweetener made from the liquid in the bulb of the agave cactus. There is presently much debate as to whether or not it’s raw and if it is nutritious. The consensus is that the darker version is unfiltered and contains higher concentrations of naturally occurring minerals. I still use a bit of agave here and there, but I only use the Ojio agave from Ultimate Superfoods because it’s raw and absolutely delicious. Agave is high in fructose so use sparingly or in combination with other sweeteners.
Coconut nectar: Coconut nectar is a 100% natural raw vegan sweetener made from pure fresh coconut sap. It has a light, yet rich sweet flavor reminiscent of the coconut fruit. Low in fructose and low on the glycemic index, coconut nectar makes a perfect substitute for agave nectar. Some companies boil the nectar before bottling and although vegan, it is obviously not raw thus losing some of its nutritional value. Read the label and make sure your product is minimally evaporated at low temperatures never exceeding 115 degrees F to insure it’s raw.


Coconut Sugar: Coconut Sugar is made from coconut palm sugar blossoms. It’s low on the glycemic index, loaded with minerals and B vitamins and although vegan, is not a raw product.
Date Paste: Date Paste is made from dates that have been soaked in water, then blended to form a paste that is a whole food. I like to add a squeeze of lemon to my paste too. Dates are high in natural sugars so they’re a high glycemic food. Be aware of your guests sugar tolerances when serving up goodies made from this sweet treat!
Honey: Honey has antibacterial, antiviral and antibiotic properties. When using honey source out local, unprocessed, unheated raw honey. This is not a vegan product, is high on the glycemic index, high in calories and raises blood-sugars levels more quickly than white sugar. I don’t recommend its use for infants and children because of its pollen.

Lakanto:  Lakanto is a zero calorie sweetener that has absolutely no influence on blood sugar and the release of insulin. It’s a fermented sweetener made from a sugar alcohol naturally found in grapes, pears, mushrooms, soy sauce, cheese, wine and beer called erythritol and an extract from a super sweet Asian fruit called luohanguo.

Maple Syrup:  Maple syrup is made from the boiled sap from maple trees. It’s higher on the glycemic index, but has fewer calories and more minerals then honey. Using only the darker grade B maple syrups will ensure you maximum mineralization and richer flavor then the other versions.


Maple Sugar: is a higher concentrated version of the syrup.

Molasses: This slightly sweet, intensely rich flavored syrup is a byproduct of processing cane and beet sugars. First press molasses is light in color and flavor. Repeated boiling results in the dark, blackstrap molasses. Although high on the glycemic level, molasses contains measurable amounts of iron, calcium, magnesium and potassium, making it more nutritious than many other sweeteners.


Rapadura: Rapadura is simply unrefined evaporated cane juice. Because it is minimally processed it retains all the nutritional value lost in the processing of the white stuff. Rapadura is a good source of potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorous, and vitamin A.

Stevia: Stevia is a super sweet sweetener made from the leaves of the stevia plant, a perennial shrub native to Brazil and Paraguay. Stevia is sold in powder or liquid form and is zero on the glycemic index. The liquid comes in a plethora of flavors which can enhance many recipes. A little goes a long way with this product; Stevia is 200-300 times sweeter than sugar.

Yacon Syrup: Yacon syrup is made from the tubular roots of the yacon plant.  There are so many reasons to love this stuff; it’s raw vegan, low on the glycemic index, low in calories and it’s a pre-biotic (non-digestible carbohydrate that help the good bacteria in our guts thrive). The deeply rich flavor is reminiscent of molasses, maple syrup, or honey and it makes a great substitute for the aforementioned in your recipes. Yacon syrup is about twice as sweet as sugar so you need less of it which is a good thing considering it is a bit pricey!
So as you can see there’s no need for that white processed stuff. Get busy and get creative using your new found knowledge on natural sweeteners.
Make Life Delicious,
Chef Tina Jo

Four Simple Principles

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hese principles keep me on course and facilitate every business and social interaction I have. They free me to be creative and productive. They enable me to see and take advantage of opportunities. They are the first thing I share with my management team in every company I manage and form the basis of our working relationship. When the team follows these practical principles, the flow of communication is smooth; productivity and morale are high. These four simple principles are the most powerful, readily adoptable tool I’ve used in my career and in my life. I want to share them with you over the course of the next month.

Check back every Monday to learn more about each guiding principle.

1. Tell the Truth All the Time

It’s less confusing. You don’t have to remember what you said and to whom. And you won’t trip over conflicting remarks. This one is very basic and also very hard to do at times. Oftentimes, we say what we think others want to hear to keep them happy. When the truth comes out later, everyone is unhappy. More importantly, there is less time to fix whatever you were afraid to say in the first place.

Telling the truth all the time keeps your mind clear of the clutter and reduces the stress of having to remember the various versions of the “truth.” Whatever problem you’re trying to avoid will be resolved much sooner if you tell the truth and deal with it immediately. Letting the skeletons multiply in the closet only makes things worse. The reach of technology today means that sooner or later, whether it is deleted computer files or missed financial payments, the truth will come out. Deal with the issue when it appears and you’ll not only sleep better, but you’ll learn more quickly and ensure that you keep moving forward.

Featured Artist – VASSY

Indie Artist VASSY

assy grew up in a remote town in northern Australia, the daughter of first-generation Greek immigrants. After winning a radio songwriting contest through Australian (Triple J) Unearthed radio, Vassy quickly began to receive recognition in Australia for her vocal talent and style, and was signed to Warner Bros. Australia.

As a youngster, her choir teacher had kicked her out of the group after telling her she couldn’t sing. “As a kid you’re like, ‘Oh my God,’” she says in recollection. In reality though, this only fueled Vassy’s passion for her craft and made it far sweeter when the young girl with her own sense of sass and swagger went on to win a national songwriting contest for Australia’s Triple J radio, jumpstarting her music career. “My heart was always in music,” she says.

After being signed to Warner Bros. in Australia following her contest victory, and subsequently having a string of successful singles, Vassy set her sights on moving to America. She visited New York City and made a string of connections in the music business, only to go back to Australia thinking nothing of it. A month later however, she got an email informing her that one of her songs was going to be used for a Hilton Hotels campaign. In quick order she found more of her music being placed on TV shows the likes of Grey’s Anatomy and Ugly Betty. “All of a sudden I’m like – is this for real?'” she says recalling her disbelief.

With several of her songs now in rotation on US television programs, Vassy officially made the move to the United States. She was also free of her Warner Bros. contract so she quickly signed with Ultra Records and soon found herself working with some of the world’s top dance producers. But she quickly began aching to “grow more as an artist.” As such, she eventually cut ties with Ultra.

[box_light]Now, Vassy is on her own. She’s finally free to create the fizzy dance, pop music she’s always envisioned. The 13 songs on Beautiful Day — cut over an eight-week period late last year with producers Tim Myers (OneRepublic), Jacques Brautbar (Phantom Planet), John Ernst & Skylar “EXC” Mones, Charlie Midnight (James Brown, Christina Aguilera, Hilary Duff), Richard Vission (Madonna, Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga) and Denny Weston (The Kooks) — Vassy says are in honor of the material she’s had placed on TV programs and in films.

Listen to Vassy – “Could This Be Love”

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What Vassy has to offer is an endless supply of pop hooks, percussive melodies and singsong verses. Listening to Beautiful Day one can vividly make out a young woman allowing years’ worth of jangly rhyme patterns and whirring rhythms to explode into song. “The album is quirky, it’s very uplifting,” Vassy explains, adding that it has a very tropical, almost-exotic sound. “There’s a brightness to these records,” she says.

Vassy’s music is in the same realm of boundary-pushing artists like M.I.A. and Santigold, with the soulfulness of Amy Winehouse, but is quick to add that her sound is distinctively her own. And that makes sense. Because really, it’s what Vassy’s been aching to do for as long as she can remember: be herself. “It’s very me,” she says proudly of Beautiful Day. “It’s very Vassy.”

 

TV/RADIO/FILM PLACEMENTS:

2006 & 2007

GLOBAL ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN FOR HILTON HOTELS
CORPORAITON (RADIO, TV, ONLINE & ALL HILTON HOTELS INHOUSE TV)

2008

FIFA & SIMS VIDEO GAMES
NATIONAL ADVERTISING FOR DIET SPRITE RADIO CAMPAIGN-USA
GREY’S ANATOMY- ABC
UGLY BETTY- NBC
NOTES FROM AN UNDERBELLY- WARNER BROS TELEVISION
LAST HOLIDAY- PARAMOUNT PICTURES
WINDFALL-NBC

2011

CHEVROLET CAMPAIGN
KRAFT CAMPAIGN
THE LADDERS CAMPAIGN
HUMAN TARGET (FOX)
GREY’S ANATOMY (ABC)
CABIN IN THE WOODS (METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER) (MGM)

2012

GOOGLE CAMPAIGN
VICTORIA SECRET CAMPAIGN

To connect with Vassy visit:
http://facebook.com/vassyfans
http://twitter.com/vassy
http://www.kissmyvassy.com
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 We will featuring VASSY for the entire month of August with interviews, videos and music! Stay Tuned!!!

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Rid Yourself Of Unwanted Weight

Rid Yourself Of Unwanted Weight

et’s just get down to the nuts and bolts of how to rid yourself of unwanted weight, which for many of you is quite easy.  The phantom puzzle piece that keeps eluding you is the piece on maintaining the results.

Maintaining the results is not so easy if you don’t know what to do. You may fall prey to the crazy ads and claims that feed off your emotions and not upon your ability to rationalize and determine for yourself what makes sense and what doesn’t.

What saddens me is not the tons of money being lost but the loss of self respect, confidence, and ability to know what is best for yourself in the perpetual effort to “lose weight now.”

As a lifestyle fitness coach, I know how important it is for you to maintain a healthy weight.  And as a woman, I know how important it is to feel confident and sexy within yourself, how your appearance reflects who you really are.  To stop hiding and bodaciously express yourself as if you were you nail color.  (I love that quote by Mary Foley)

So how are you going to find that phantom puzzle piece and finally place it in your weight loss/fitness puzzle to achieve your bodacious figure?

I have the solution!

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It is important that you realize that doing just one thing rarely works for achieving lasting weight loss results.  It usually takes a combined effort of putting just the right puzzle pieces in place to get rid of unwanted weight and live a healthy, joyful lifestyle.  This isn’t rocket science, you probably familiar with a few of these but all you need is some tweaking.

A weight loss program needs to combine supportive mindful nutrition, focused daily exercise, a strong mental foundation, and an inner sparkle that ignites your motivation.

Something that most women rarely do.  Believe it will happen!  When I interview women who have lost 50, 60, 80 pounds there is one common factor I see. They started believing in themselves, and visualizing themselves as a fitter, healthier, and happier woman.  Taking one pound at a time and celebrating their successes.

Visualize yourself doing the things you love as the new you.  Start taking positive action that reflects who you really are.  Prevent yourself getting caught up in guilt, discouragement, worry, and frustration.  This always sabotages your efforts.

Watch your language!  “We are of what we speak” If you keeping speaking about how fat you are, you subconsciously sabotage your efforts and keep yourself fat.  I know…doesn’t that sound absolutely ridiculous!  But never under estimate the power of your thoughts, language and subconscious mind.  If you keep telling yourself how much you hate your fat thighs you must change your language.  Start expressing gratitude for all your thighs have done for you.  “My thighs are getting stronger and toner through my exercise efforts.  They allow me to glide effortlessly through the shopping mall or while I cross country ski and they help me lift my groceries out of the mini van.”

Switch your thinking so that the language comes through in a more positive, uplifting compassionate way. Do this every day in conversation and inner self talk.

Look at your past diets and how they effected you not only physically but also emotionally and spiritually.  Most diets cause a backlash of intense emotions that drive women to binge after depriving themselves of what society calls “bad food.”  Diets cause a complete disconnection to the body and mind.  A person learns a mindless form of eating through exposure to one diet after another.  Diets alone have taught us not to live in the now but always look into the future.  As you diet, you look forward to the time when you can eat normally again.  Diets become an outside source of what to eat, when to eat, and how much.  Mindful eating on the other hand has been proven to have an 85% success rate because you learn to honor your hunger and reconnect body and mind to eat when hungry until satisfied.  This is normal eating, watch any two year old eat.  They will leave a half of an Oreo cookie on the counter and be totally content with one bite. How about you?

Reconnect your body and mind with food and listen to your inner biological cues for hunger and satisfaction.  Enjoy the chocolate chip cookie, taste it, smell it, swish it around in your mouth and enjoy the pleasure and feeling of it go down your throat.  You  just may notice that a couple bites are all you need.

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Living Her Dream – Mermaiding!

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ana Marie Richardson, best known around the shoreline as Dana Mermaid, swims with sea life in oceans all over the world, including Hawaii, Tahiti, New Zealand and the Bahamas.

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Dana also helps with humpback whale research in the winter time, and can free dive to 90 feet without a mask on a single breath of air.

She is a marine mammal naturalist, a boat captain, an underwater photographer and a professional MERMAID.

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Residing in Kona, HI, Dana spends her time free diving with the dolphins and other marine mammals. Dana strives to learn as much as possible about these underwater mammals in order to protect them and their ocean home. By following her heart she is living her dream in Hawaii, and is now able to educate and inspire others through her true passion — Mermaiding.

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Dana Mermaid Took a Break From Her Sea Duties For This Interview.
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Learn more about Dana’s Mermaiding adventures, swim school and Ocean Conservation and Awareness at:

 

 

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Sensuality of Joy

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ensuality can be defined as gratification of the senses. We experience sensuality through sensation in the body. Therefore, the mind must become somewhat quiet to become aware of sensation. It is through this awareness of body sensation that we can navigate a balanced expression of sensuality; not being too constricted and missing out on pleasure, but not being too indulgent and losing one’s self in obsession either.

[box_light]We generally think of sensuality as the 5 physical senses; taste, touch, sound, smell and sight. Researchers are now also discovering that we probably have several more senses based on the scientific definition of the senses where there are specialized cells and brain reception for a specific signal to be interpreted. This includes such things as a sense of balance, a sense of time and sensing electromagnetic energy. Who knows, maybe we will eventually discover the biologic pathway for a sense of trust or a sense of intuition.[/box_light]

Other cultures have recognized the more elusive senses for thousands of years. In my Ojibway heritage, the Megis shell, also known as the Cowrie shell, is a symbol used to represent this more subtle aspect of life. We are taught to run our fingers up and down the ridges on the underside of the shell to remind us of all the senses available to us. The ridges curl into the opening of the shell, representing the opening to the womb of Mother Earth and her Mystery; just like the awareness of deeper senses brings us into a deeper acceptance of life’s mystery.

For me, there is one sensation in particular that seems to be the source for all others. This is the sensation of my own life force, also called prana or chi. Many spiritual traditions have ancient practices to cultivate this connection, such as yoga, tai chi, meditation, breathing, fasting, chanting and dancing. All of these activities quiet the chatter of the mind while increasing the sensation of prana.
I find that as I cultivate my awareness of my own life force that I can naturally stay in balance with my 5 physical senses of pleasure as well as cultivating the more subtle senses, such as intuition and healing. Prana, or life force energy is considered by many spiritual masters to be the most powerful and most healing energy there is.

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Message From Onani On Sensuality of Joy
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As I write this, I am just now noticing the pleasures of all my 5 senses here at my kitchen counter; the beautiful colors of sunrise, the many birds singing, the bright green trees, the fresh, cool breeze and the damp air of Ohio summer. And now I notice a few more subtle sensations; a sense of gratitude and a sense of peace. I think there really is a biologic pathway for these senses, with specialized cells and brain reception that interprets these sensations. I feel it in my heart and throughout my body; it can bring tears to my eyes. A connection to my prana brings feelings of peace and contentment, feelings of misery and pain reflect a disconnection to my own life force. That is proof enough for me of this dynamic force I can tap into anywhere, anytime. This is the sensuality of joy.

How To Make A Mermaid Tail

How to Make a Mermaid Tail

his week on FMG Magazine is Ocean week, and for our “Learn” section, keeping with the Ocean and Mermaid theme we have going, I wanted to share with you a very well done, informative video on how to create your own Mermaid Tail.  With your tail, you will be able to gracefully swim amongst the Sea creatures and enjoy the world under our amazing Ocean.

Merlissa is your host…Enjoy!

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Additional videos for your Mermaid Tail from Melissa Thomas:

Basic Zipper Tutorial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hs0v3a2IqJk
Basic Elastic Tutorial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3fIIxogwJc
How to Paint Mermaid Flukes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZxFpmP1G-U

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“Special thanks to my mother who did all the sewing (since she doesn’t trust me around her machines yet. ;) ) I’d also like to thank Molly, Awena, and Coraline for supervising different aspects of the making of the tail and my fiancé for always believing in me and supporting my strange hobbies.” ~ Melissa Thomas

THE CARE AND USE OF YOUR NEW MERMAID TAIL:

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To care for your tail so it lasts a long time, make sure you clean it. In some public pools there is a chlorine neutralizer rinse next to their water aerobics equipment. I have had no problem dipping my tail in these rinse buckets. This will help get rid of that smell as well.

If you have no rinse buckets at your pool, cleaning is still simple. Remove the monofin from the fluke and wash the tail by hand. So far I have used laundry soap on it and it was just fine. Hang the tail to dry. Do NOT put it in the dryer. Heat on the mermaid tail is a big NO-NO since it can ruin the fabric and cause shrinkage and color fading.

When you are not swimming in your tail and need to store it, simply take the fin out and hang it on a hanger in the closet. Be sure to keep the fin nearby so you will always know where it is.

Taking your tail to the coast, to the lake, or on a family vacation is a lot of fun. My black tail went across the country with me to the east coast and then up and down it. If you are traveling by plane, make sure your monofin will fit in your suitcase. The monofin is flexible and will bend a little, but you will not want to bend it too far or for too long. My monofin was bent slightly for about 8 hours for my trip to the east coast. However, when I got there, I took it out of the suitcase and let it ‘breathe,’ even placing objects on the fin to help it get flat again.  It is also wise to take with you a seal-able plastic bag that will hold your tail. Chances are if you are on the road, and especially if you are hotel hopping, you will need something to store your wet tail in so it doesn’t get everything else all wet. Hanging it to dry overnight may not always completely dry it out.

Swimming with a tail can be a feat to master. Do not swim alone when in your tail, especially if you are new to the experience. Most people are a little weirded out the first time they swim with their legs bound together. The monofin alone will make you swim faster, but you swim speed will slow down to a little above normal, normal, or even slower than normal with the tail on because of drag. How much drag you experience depends on how elaborate the tail is, what materials it’s made of, and how many layers are involved.

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We would love to see any pictures or videos of your Mermaid Tail you create, inspired by this incredible video by Melissa!  Visit http://fmgmagazine.com/submitarticle for submission information.

Be sure to visit Melissa’s site for more Mermaid Videos!

 

Mermaid Magic Thru Wyland’s Lens

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n this beautiful video, join artist Wyland under the Sea off the shores of the Big Island of Hawaii, as he and Fasano Underwater Productions film the graceful, underwater movements of the Kona Mermaids.

[box_light]Dana Mermaid, Doreen Virtue, Susan Knight, and Kariel, are known as the Kona Mermaids, swimming under the ocean with their handmade Mermaid tails, no masks or tanks, and diving to the depths of 90 feet.[/box_light]

On February 4th and 5th of this year, 2012, The Kona Mermaids were photographed as well as video’d for this documentary showing behind-the-scenes footage, as well as interviews with The Kona Mermaids.

For some-more information, visit: fasanounderwater.com, wyland.com danamermaid.com, susanknightstudios.com and doreenvirtue.com

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