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Author: Donna Lisa Murray

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Anything and Everything with Donna Lisa is a weekly advice podcast where I discuss various topics about business, entertainment, wellness, society and design. Join me each week as I interview special guests who have made an impact in my life and can possibly impact yours.
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This week, we chat with Chef Amy about getting her start as a private chef and her journey to launching her  hot sauce line - Saucy.  Chef Amy has worked in the restaurant industry since the age of 14.  She graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and have worked in kitchens all over the US for the past 12 years.  Saucy was born from a love of travel, exotic foods, and making dinnertime easy for busy families with a commitment to collaboration over competition, mentoring women in culinary arts, and community involvement.  Saucy uses fresh ingredients for faraway flavors that make simple meals extra flavorful. Chef Amy recently placed 4th out of 35k contestants on Favorite Chef.  She was able to raise over $1 million dollars to help feed America!
This week, we chat with Jessica Castillo, podcast host and founder of Coffee Dates with Jess.  Listen to her story on how she got started with her podcast, where it's going,  and how she turns her passion for yoga and children into her new project - Blooming Minds in Bloom.  Jessica has been working with children for over 4 years and is studying to get a degree in psychology. Her goal is to  give children a voice and bring awareness to kids' mental health, education and self development.  Jessica believes kids have a strong voice and we all should listen and nourish their voices. 
This week see a more casual side of Donna Lisa as she does a wine tasting episode with her close friend and Catering Manager, Renee Watwood.  They taste and compare clean-crafted wines that are free from chemical additives, synthetic pesticides and sweeteners. Donna Lisa and Renee share their thoughts on the different wines they taste and discuss other topics that good friends bring up in conversation over a great glass of wine and food.
This week we chat with these Fab five DJ Wives in Las Vegas - @thabev @LadyT_co1 @J1nky10 @define1lady @Kcmarie10 .  These Fab five hosts talk about starting their podcast, their lives as dj wives,  and their future plans with the show.  Each week, they feature special guests, Vegas eats, and giveaways.  DJ Wives LV is a new Vegas podcast with amazing women who share fun facts and nostalgic stories about being a dj wife.  Tune in each week at www.djwiveslv.com to see a new special guest and live episodes. 
This week, we chat with young Momprenuer, Marina Madrid on how she started her natural wellness journey shortly after the birth of her first son. After facing hard labor and birth she began looking for a community of women who had faced the same, she found that it was almost rare to find successful natural birth stories. This sparked her interest in natural and holistic wellness and seeking out doctors who could offer her the approach to care she hoped for. Through this she found essential oils and her current company, Young Living. She launched her essential oil business one month before the global pandemic hit and has found a way to successfully grow online. She is now expecting her second child and planning an all natural home birth with the assistance of her midwife team and doula. She continues to share her love for natural healing and a new perspective with us today. 
Lauren Tieru, owner of Paige & Rye,  tells us about her journey into entrepreneurship and opening up her brick and mortar as her young family continued to grow.  Shortly after leaving the special events world, Lauren decided she wanted to open a boutique store, Paige & Rye.  Paige & Rye is a boutique home décor and gifts store, catering to the family community in suburban Las Vegas. What makes their storefront unique is an event space to host showers, parties, pop-ups and other special events. The space can be used as a trendy common space for people to gather.Guests will have the opportunity to shop, host a group or, do both simultaneously in a fashionable setting. Their primary focus is on home goods, and decorative knick-knacks! They look for local artists wanting to sell out of a storefront, and stock items not easily found in chain stores. Paige & Rye sets out to have a schedule available of workshops, classes, and other social gatherings. Also presented are Styling services; in-home decor advice and styling with shop products.Our emphasis is to provide on trend home décor and accessories with ability to gather and socialize!  You can shop online and view all their speciality decor items at paigeandrye.com .
Patrick Peel gets personal about his journey to health and wellness the past year and how he continues to stay busy with his passion for design. He talks about following your passion and believing in yourself.  A dancer and designer by trade, Patrick has shifted his focus during the pandemic to become a certified yoga instructor at TruFusion and looks to bring his newfound passion into his design world.  A trend setter in a lifestyle setting Peel is described as a creative visionary, Patrick is an international award-winning designerwhose work has been recognized by Special Event Magazine, International Live Events Association, World Market Design Center and the El Cortez Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas just toname a few. A former professional dancer, he knows the stage very well and the creative process whether it be dance and / or a grand event. His professional background is both broad anddeep, and it includes extensive experience with theming, décor, lighting, props, and entertainment. With his vast experience Peel has shared his leadership and design with the Las Vegasspecial event community by serving as the local chapter president for the International Live Events Association (ILEA). Devoted to the special events design community he also shares his knowledge with students who attend The InternationalSchool of Hospitality (TISOH) in design and production. Originally from Texas, he is a graduate of San Francisco State University with an AA in Business Management and a BA in Performance and Choreography. Patrick enjoys working onprojects of all sizes, but he specializes in creating large-scale events. He is inspired by this motto: “Love what you do, put your heart into it and you will be rewarded."
Ivar started in the Hospitality business in Las Vegas in 1997 at Eagle Canyon Airlines - as International Sales Manager.  He continued in as Int'l Sales Manager for Scenic Airlines from 1999-2004.Ivar eventually joined the Aladdin Resort and Casino in 2004 which became the first Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino as Int'l Leisure Sales Manager for 5 years. He moved into International wholesale distribution in 2010 and have worked for 4 different companies in this capacity as Product Development Director on the West Coast.In 2020, while working on a rotating furlough basis for MPNA with one month on and one month off, Ivar decided to get his NV Mortgage Loan Originator license and to join his friend and Broker at Diamond Home Loans.Ivar is currently working in both businesses as well as doing Handyman jobs on the weekends.  You can contact him at Ivar@diamondlendinggroup.com 
This week, we chat with Mandi Graziano on how she adjusted her business during the pandemic and how she continued to stay busy with her clients.  Hear about her future plans to publish her new book - Sales Tales.In the early days, Facetime Coaching Company was Mandi's "side hustle" while she worked for hotels. Since 2010, her Coaching, Speaking, &  Writing have grown and become a very equal part of her world.  In 2010, Mandi went to “the other side” of the hotel business and joined her long time hotel client, HPN Global, a full service meeting management company. Here she finds hotels and venues for her clients all over the world, negotiates pricing & contracts while consulting her clients in all aspects of managing their meetings, conferences and conventions. Mandi runs both businesses in tandem with vigor, balance and excitement.  It’s important to Mandi that fun ensues in all her professional endeavors, even in the most serious of situations. Whether she is coaching your team to close deals OR scouting out the perfect location for your meeting, there will always be laughs and excitement.
Tune in this week as we chat with entrepreneur and baker, Alexis Pascual on her young start in the bakery business as a young child and hear about what inspires her to create one of a kind cakes. Rolling In Dough is family owned and operated in Las Vegas, NV. They are a custom order bakery specialized in providing cakes and treats for every occasion.
Joe Flano is a licensed barber, educator for Major League Barber, Inc., host and MC of beauty and barber competitions and tradeshows across the country such as Americas Beauty Show, International Beauty Show, ISSE Long Beach, Bronner Bros ATL, San Juan Beauty Show, Premiere Birmingham, and Premiere Orlando.Joe has been involved in the hair and beauty industry since the age of 16. Inspired by his Great Aunt Matilda (Aunt Tillie) Walker, the first barber in the family, Joe grew up with fond memories of her cutting hair at her shop on the south side of Chicago.As a former Team Barber for the Marquette University college basketball team, Joe’s client list is anything from average. During his career, Joe has cut the hair of Maurice Acker, Jerel Mcneal, Chicago Bulls Forward Jimmy Butler, Dallas Mavericks Guard Wesley Matthews, Brooklyn Nets Deron Williams and Jeremy Pargo. And his musical clientele is just as impressive with Rockie Fresh of MMG Record Label, Rotimi of FrontRoSeat, the hit Starz Series “BOSS” also featured in Keyshia Cole’s music video “Trust and Believe” and lastly, former WGCI’S Radio DJ and host, DJ A-OH and WGCI’s current Radio DJ, DJ Milehigh.
Tune in this week as I chat with award winning CEO, Jodi Harris.  In 1994, Jodi left California to open Sight & Sound Events in Las Vegas with her husband, Patrick. Today Sight & Sound Events with their team of DJs, live entertainers, photographers and videographers produce over 300 fun and memorable events a year.  You’ll find Sight & Sound on the preferred partner list of many of the biggest Las Vegas hotels.Jodi is a well respected special events industry professional and has won 4 National NACE (National Association of Catering and Event Professionals) awards.  Two for corporate event production of year.  One for team event production of the year and one for bar mitzvah event of the year.  She is also the past President for the Las Vegas Wedding Chamber for two years.  Jodi has been awarded 2017 Las Vegas Wedding Professional of the year and 2018 Las Vegas Event Professional of the year. You can find more details on Jodi and Sight and Sound Events at https://www.jodiharris.online
Tune in as I talk to my brother, Darrell Que, the Financial Barber, on how he got his start in the barber game and branched out to add financial planning services to his portfolio. Darrell has been a licensed barber in the state of Hawaii for almost 28 years and managed the family business.  Darrell talks about stepping away from the family business to build his own personal brand. In this episode, we share stories about managing our family business right out of high school and learning to apply our management and sales skills into other industries. Darrell talks about the keys to success and how building relationships is an essential part of growing your business.
Joey Miceli is born and raised in Las Vegas and has been writing songs and singing since he was five years old. He has over half a million total streams on Spotify, over 100,000 streams on Apple Music, and over 100,000 views on YouTube.   His most recent record " Serendipity", is a journey through his guilt, heartache, insecurities and desires.  His goal is to help people, connect to people, guide them through complex feelings of their own, make people feel understood, and be someone they can look to tell their stories, as they relate to one another. *************************************************************************************     Born and raised in the city of Las Vegas, Santino Cardinale is a 22 year old singer, songwriter, and producer has created a deviceful and catchy R&B style, with elements of a pop influence. He currently has 11 singles out and released his first EP "W A V E" in July of 2020. He as a producer ( Stone Cold) has produced over 50 songs and counting.  He is continuing his pursuit of production and is looking to make much more music in the upcoming year. More projects like Nu-Disco, R&B, Dancehall, and Hip-Hop are expected to drop in 2021. 
Founder and President of Lip Smacking Food Tours, Donald Contursi talks about his award winning culinary walking tour in Las Vegas.  In just a short amount of time, he's won impressive honors, including his most recent "Best of Las Vegas" awards by the Las Vegas Review Journal 5 years in a row. This Chicago Native earned his bachelor's degree in business management from the University of Nevada and has spent a decade working in Las Vegas' highly demanding hospitality industry at the finest restaurants on the Las Vegas Strip, including STK Las Vegas, Gordon Ramsay Steak and Social House. Contursi immediately recognized how attractive the tours would be not only to locals and tourists, but corporate clients.  A Certified Incentive Specialist (CIS), he regularly works with meeting planners to show how Lip Smacking Foodie Tours offers an enticing, entertaining, and all-encompassing alternative to mere high-end restaurant meal.  For his efforts, Contursi was named 2018 Meetings Trendsetter by Meetings Today, Connect Corporate magazine's 2019 "40 under 40", and Vegas Inc magazine's 2020 "40 under 40".
Tune in as we listen to this entrepreneur, dreamer, optimist and happy boss babe talk about her journey to becoming a successful tile business serving the Coachella Valley and beyond. Tile Designs by Fina has been the source for unique tile and hard surface products that have graced some of the most beautiful homes in the area and been featured on HGTV Desert Flippers and Bravo's Shah's of Sunset.  Fina's hands on approach and her eye for design has helped grow her business over the years. Fina can interpret her client's ideas into reality and her direct approach has won her fans who appreciate that she will always be honest with them to achieve their mutual goals. Tune in as we listen to her talk about balancing family life and work life with a young family and how she continues to motivate her design team. 
This week's episode gets personal with dating queen, Daniella Coradini.  She talks about taking her heartbreak from from dating and turning her healing process into a brand. Her brand, Dating Millennial, is a podcast & blog that shares stories about the good, bad, and ugly parts of dating in the modern day. Daniella loves to enjoy delicious food, live music and exploring nature. If you ever need dating advice, she is your girl! 
This week's episode we chat with Marissa Hawkins, owner and operator of 7 Massage Envy locations in the Las Vegas valley. On top of being a business owner, she's a mother, a wife who loves to give back to her local community.  Marissa talks to us about the importance of self care during the pandemic and also tells us how she connects with her team members who have seen how COVID-19 has affected their clients and close family members.  
This episode discusses Robin Slonina's start in her art career as a graduate of the School of Art Institute in Chicago. Hear how her travels around the world brought her to Las Vegas, where she eventually made it her home. Robin is the Founder of Skin City Body Painting and has been featured as a producer and judge on the television show Skin Wars.  Robin always looks for opportunities to get her art noticed in the local art community and has recently started online classes for adults and children.
Award winning Event Producer and Entrepreneur, Brit Bertino talks about how now is a perfect time to diversify your career by having a side hustle. Hear about how she got started in special events and how she's expanded her portfolio to add other businesses to continue to build her brand. 
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