The Art and Class of Autumn de Forest


This summer, we are honored to be featuring the artwork of child prodigy artist Autumn de Forest on our blog and social media sites.  The Converse High Top Sneakers featured on our sites were part of a special project.  Chuck Taylor All-Star “Cherish” High Top Sneaker was a Limited Edition Series created for Nordstrom’s.  The work of young artists like Autumn was replicated on Converse shoes for kids.

Autumn’s father first discovered her budding gift at the age of 5.  Her work is bright, bold and full of energy.  Autumn often blends styles and influences to create unique compositions that are truly her own. 

Not only is Autumn a talented artist, she is also an emerging philanthropist.  Her charitable efforts include raising funds for musical instruments for underprivileged kids and Opportunity Village an organization serving people with intellectual disabilities. After the disasters in Haiti and Japan, Autumn donated proceeds from her work to assist the victims in each country. She has designed yoga mats for Bent On Learning, a foundation that teaches yoga to NYC public school children and created a special tribute painting with proceeds going to the Hurricane Sandy NJ Relief Fund.  The list continues.

At the tender age of 15, Autumn has had many great honors but two are particularly noteworthy. She is the recipient of the Giuseppe Sciacca Award for Arts and Culture given by the Vatican. She was one of a handful of young people selected who are changing the world for the better.  Autumn went to Rome, accepted the award, met with Pope Francis and presented a painting to him call “Resurrection”.  


She also works with the President’s Committee on Arts and Humanities going to underprivileged schools to work and paint with the kids. Autumn is not only a gifted artist but a compassionate humanitarian. Although still very young, she is an example and a role model for people of all ages. We are delighted to be able to share this amazing young woman and her work with our audience.

For more information about Autumn and her work visit or follow her on Facebook.

Disclosure:  The author of this blog Barbara Goldstein and Autumn’s mother, Katherine de Forest are friends and have known each other since 1972.




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What is diabetes? This is diabetes.


November is American Diabetes Month!  Every year the American Diabetes Association has a campaign to help build awareness and understanding of this serious health concern.  This year the campaign is called #Thisisdiabetes.  All month, Neoteric Diabetic Advanced Healing products will be participating and helping to promote this meaningful campaign.  We will share stories and examples posted by the American Diabetes Association and some of our own as well.

What is diabetes? This is diabetes.  The need to check blood glucose levels several times daily, shutterstock_175596047an unwavering commitment to a brisk walk every morning, learning to eat differently orshutterstock_89703592 adapting family activities to be less focused on food, all reflect the daily reality of the disease.  Diabetes affects so many people in different ways.  The American Diabetes Association campaign is an opportunity to experience their challenges.

This month you will see that many of our posts include the hashtag #Thisisdiabetes.  We want to help educate more Americans about the warning signs, effects and treatments available. Awareness and understanding will help those currently living with the disease and may help to prevent the onset in others.


We hope you will join us by sharing information created in the #Thisisdiabetes campaign with friends and loved ones.  For more information and resources visit the American Diabetes Association.  For information on our diabetic skin care products visit Neoteric Cosmetics. 




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Diabetes and the VA Canteens


There are 21.8 million veterans living in America today.  One in four or nearly 5.5 million of them are living with diabetes. Diabetes can often lead to additional health concerns like gum disease, poor vision and poor circulation.  Poor circulation is one of the most common concerns and may cause extremely dry, damaged skin on extremities, especially lower legs and feet.  Severely dry skin can result in wounds and sores that do not heal and become aggravated and inflamed. Left untreated, wounds and sores may worsen and, in some cases can lead to the amputation of toes and feet.

Prevention is the best ways to avoid excessively dry skin due to diabetes.  Neoteric Diabetic Advanced Healing Cream soothes rough dry skin, improves circulation and increases blood flow when applied to the skin.

On Your FeetClinically proven and patented, an oxygenated oil is the key ingredient.  Oxygen helps increase blood flow to affected areas.  Increased blood flow helps to promote healing and the rich formula soothes rough, dry damaged skin.

Now available in Veteran Canteens nationwide, Neoteric Diabetic Advanced Healing Cream costs less than $10 and can be the difference between pain and relief for those living with extremely dry skin due to diabetes.  As we enter fall and cold dry winter days lie ahead, now is a great time to start a preventive care program.  FB_Noeterictube

Look for Neoteric Diabetic Advanced Healing Cream the next time you or a loved one are at the VA Canteen. Visit for more information

Neoteric Diabetic products would like to thank the millions who have served and their families for their time, dedication and sacrifices they have made to protect this great country.


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Have You Fallen In a Diet Trap?


It’s a new year, and that means resolution time. Weight loss seems to be the #1 goal for many of us. Instead of focusing on dropping the lbs, why not resolve to make a healthier lifestyle change, gradually?

Have you noticed how most resolutions are broken before January even ends? Becoming healthier does not happen over night, it takes time and motivation. That is why it is important to set realistic goals that can be kept throughout the entire year.

Plan ahead! Scheduling annual appointments, such as visiting the dentist, will help you 0c3e4a36-2036-418b-975c-5faa4ef9bc02stick to your goals to living a healthy lifestyle all year. Doctor’s visits should also become a part of your routine to maintain a good sense of well-being. Staying on top of these appointments throughout the year is a small step to reaching your goals.


B7KTulSCQAATcriA smarter and healthier lifestyle also includes incorporating a nutritious diet. Clean eating has numerous benefits, including blood sugar control, which can improve your wellness from the inside out. Trying a few new veggie inspired recipes is a great way you can eat better in 2015.


Figure out what motivates you to get more active. Maybe having a support group will keep you motivated to stick to your plan. Get friends and family to go to a new exercise class or plan a themed dinner party to help you keep up healthy habits.

Once these goals become a part of your daily routine, the sooner they will become lifelong habits. Don’t fall into a diet trap, take steps to a healthier lifestyle by setting realistic goals that happen gradually over the course of the new year!

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Tasty Tip Tuesday: Traditional Pizza!

Craving pizza, but think you can’t have a slice? Today, we are sharing a healthier version of the classic pizza recipe!




  • 1 7 – inch whole wheat pizza crust, such as Mama Mary’s brand
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 cup fresh baby spinach
  • 1 roma tomato, sliced
  • 2 ounces shredded cooked turkey or chicken breast
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese (1 ounce), such as Alouette brand
  • 2 tablespoons snipped fresh basil


  1. Brush pizza crust with oil. Top with spinach, tomato, turkey, red onion, and goat cheese. Bake following directions on crust package.
  2. To serve, sprinkle with basil.

For more information on America Gets Cooking to Stop Diabetes visit the American Diabetes Association at

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Get Moving Monday Tip: 10 minutes of physical activity!

shutterstock_170540282Find it difficult to get moving on Mondays? Well, just 10 minutes of physical activity, like a brisk walk, can be beneficial! How will you get moving today?


For more information on America Gets Cooking to Stop Diabetes visit the American Diabetes Association at

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Walk to Stop Diabetes


Find a walk near you to get involved in Step Out 2014! Today, there is one in Fairfax, Virginia!

For more information on America Gets Cooking to Stop Diabetes visit the American Diabetes Association at

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Walk to Stop Diabetes


Weekends are an opportunity to get active! Step Out Walks are happening every weekend in November, all over the country! Charlotte, North Carolina is one city holding a walk to kick off the beginning of the month!

For more information on America Gets Cooking to Stop Diabetes visit the American Diabetes Association at

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November is American Diabetes Month! 


This year, the theme of the American Diabetes Association campaign is America Gets Cooking to Stop Diabetes. In support of the American Diabetes Association, we will providing daily information and posts that mirror that support their campaign.  Each week you will find the following daily topics during the month of November.  We will also include links and resources that we think will help those living with diabetes.  We hope you will take a quick look each day and show your support!

Get Moving Monday– Easy tips each to help you get moving and keep up an active lifestyle all week.shutterstock_106217900

Tasty Tip Tuesdays – Taking a traditional recipe and substitute certain ingredients for healthier options without losing the taste.

What’s Cooking Wednesdays – Sharing recipes that represent a healthy side dish, appetizer or dessert that can be part of a holiday meal.

Get Together Thursdays – Encouraging people to get together with your friends and family around healthy cooking activities.

Fact Check Friday – Post a question to test what you know and encourage you to share it with their friends, family and/or co-workers.

Weekend Challenge to Stop Diabetes – Using the weekend as an opportunity to get active and help raise funds to Stop Diabetes.



America, let’s gets cooking to stop diabetes!

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Wish You Were Here!

shutterstock_192421106Are you planning on going on a trip? Maybe you are visiting a local treasure or entering new territory across the country or around the world! No matter the destination, your diabetes should not prevent you from traveling! With a little planning that focuses on maintaining a healthy lifestyle while visiting new places, you can ensure to have a wonderful time!

shutterstock_192421478They say less is more, but when it comes to your meds, over-pack! Bring at least twice as much as you’ll need for good measure. Be prepared for the unexpected, like travel delays or misplacing your medication. In addition, be sure to keep those medications and other supplies handy, whether traveling by car or plane. Stash away some snacks for your journey! In case of delays on the highway or runway, you can quickly treat low blood sugar. This is a good idea in case you cannot get a snack or your flight does not serve food. Staying hydrated is also very important, especially if traveling during the summer months. Carrying a water bottle with you is not a bad idea to help stay hydrated!

Keep in mind time differences while traveling, especially if you take insulin shots! Crossing time zones is confusing, so remember eastward travel means a shorter day, while westward travel means a longer day. Be sure to keep track of shots as well as meals while traveling.

Go wherever your heart desires! Keep in mind, you take your diabetes with you wherever you go, so take your self-care too.  Hopefully, these helpful tips will aid in having a fun experience wherever your travels take you! traveling-withdiabetes_large[1]  

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