Author Archives: Robyn

ABOUT ME

Hi, I’m Robyn.

I’m a hard-working, fun- loving, get-it-done sort of gal. I like to move with efficiency and a bit of style, while motivating and inspiring. I have a proven record of identifying marketing techniques that work. I love launching new businesses and programs, and I love promoting those programs through original digital and print campaigns, creative communications initiatives, and authentic public relations strategies. 

I’m obsessed with checking boxes and doing things right, and I was made for long hair, high-heels, and fast cars. 

I’m focused on cooperative and meaningful work that fulfills my human obligation to better my community and planet. I’ve been fortunate to work with some amazing brands and launch some really cool programs.

I believe branding is more than just the way a business looks. It’s more than a logo, a website, or an advertising campaign (all of which I can do by-the-way, just sayin’), but it’s a living, breathing body. It’s all the
tiny gestures done repeatedly, over-time, by you and your people. 

I love to build meaningful brands and help promote their message to the world.

Check out some of my work and let’s connect! Shoot me an email at sugahware@gmail.com or visit one of my social media links.

WHY SUGAHWARE?

Sugahware

(add a little HEALTH to your sugar!)

 

Thanks for clicking around my website. I’m happy you’re here!

I’m just your average American woman who occasionally gets too consumed with my waistline, the size of my butt, and the jiggle in my thighs. Let’s be real – many women suffer from a regular weight fluctuation of 3-7 pounds, which is why we rotate through our “skinny” and “fat” jeans so often.

One day I found myself overweight, always sick, and miserable. I rarely enjoyed food. I was either starving or plagued with guilt because I actually ate something substantial. I decided it was time to take control of my body and the food I ate.

I realized the problem wasn’t me, or with my body. The problem is that we’ve been brainwashed into believing the foods we eat are safe and healthy when in fact, most of the food we eat is toxic. The American food system is corrupt and much of the food we eat is banned and deemed unsafe in other countries. The food that’s supposed to be making us healthy is actually making us fat and sick. Processed food is linked to a host of chronic health conditions, like thyroid disease, obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Even worse, we’ve come to accept these diseases as normal. We’re literally eating ourselves to death, slowly, and racking up a pile of medical bills in the process.

These days I work to avoid all the processed, packaged, canned, and frozen stuff as much as possible. I meal prep and cook. I make my own coffee and tea, I tote around my own healthy meals, and I avoid the glazed, cream-filled, salted and fried stuff in the break room. I make every effort to shop local and support organic farmers, and I have a home garden year around.

I work hard to make sure my meat is grass-fed, free-range, wild-caught, sustainably raised, organic, humane – you get the idea. I make a conscious choice about how I spend my money. If I go to a big “non-food” store, I give my hard-earned cash to brands I trust.

I honor my body and the people I love by spending time to create delicious, wholesome meals. I eat slower, I savor my food, and I love every minute of it.

Guess what? My weight has been been mostly stable for about 2-years now – I wear the same size pants every day of the week! I don’t obsess about what I’m going to eat today, or feel guilty about my choices tomorrow. I have more energy. I’m more creative. I’m more confident. I’m healthy!

Sure, it’s a lot of work, but it’s worth it. And it can be affordable too, I promise.

Yes, life is busy, and hectic, and sometimes overwhelmingly hard, but you can live healthy, eat well, and resonate energy and light. Eat better and you’ll feel better!

Join me on my journey to health and wellness! Subscribe to my blog on the right or follow me through one of the social media links.


SUGAHWARE’S TENETS:

  • I’m a lover and believer in growing real food, right in the dirt, with organic and sustainable methods. Imagine if backyard gardens were as common as microwaves!
  • I love food and sharing my kitchen creations with others. 
  • I believe in cooking with whole, real, ingredients using as few boxes and cans as possible.
  • I’m devoted to helping others cook real food and helping them find ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle with a busy lifestyle.
  • I’m a little sweet and a little sassy but always striving to shine bright.

 

 


So … I’m Sugah and these are my Wares

 

DIVE DEEPER INTO SOME OF MY MOST POPULAR RECIPES

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JUST BE COOL

A much COOLER website is coming soon!

 

I’m getting everything in order to launch my new site in a few months! I’m busy preparing photoshoots and more portfolio pieces, and I’ll be unveiling some awesome new projects.

For now, click around my Portfolio Page for a quick preview of some cool accomplishments, or visit my Projects Page for a deeper look at a some of the interesting projects I’ve helped develop.

So just be cool and relax! …

Go to the beach, walk your dogs, cook something healthy, and subscribe through the social media links.

 

Xoxo

Sugah

Hero Project TV Commercial

Be Inspired. Live Happy. Be a Hero


We launched the Hero Project in August 2014 with a small team of people dedicated to improving health and education outcomes in Lake County. We garnered overwhelming community support and raised enough capital to launch a full-scale, county-wide, digital and print advertising campaign that is utilized in every single PreK and Elementary School throughout Lake County. I came on board soon after the program launched, and took over as Director a few short months later. This parent-engagement program is structured for parents of children aged 0-8 and works to inspire them to become heroes to their children.

This is a 30-second TV commercial (and yes, that IS my voice you hear!).


 

Learn more about the Hero Project, and check out some of our cool and creative projects on my Hero Project page.

NAPAWOUNDHEALING.COM

www.napawoundhealing.com

The Napa Wound Healing Institute opened its doors on July 6, 2015.

Under my direction, this custom WordPress website was launched soon after the clinic opened:

  • Contract negotiations and budget tracking
  • Layout and design
  • Navigation and usability
  • Content development
  • Photography, image processing and placement
  • “Go live”
  • Internal staff training
  • Ongoing maintenance

Visit the Napa Wound Healing Institute website


View my complete website portfolio by visiting my Website Project Management page.

Hero Project on the Road to Wellville

The Hero Project, led by Director Robyn Bera, is a hugely visible and highly impactful program. It encourages parents of children ages 0-8 to be their kids’ heroes through monthly challenges and free, monthly “Hullabaloo” and “Minibaloo” events.

“We are real people making real, positive change in our communities,” Bera said during her presentation. Although less than a year old, the Hero Project already has 1,300 registrants — representing the parents of more than 50 percent of children under age 8 in Lake County — an incredible accomplishment in such a short amount of time. The Hero Project shows no signs of slowing down, and Bera and her cohorts are eager to partner with and promote the Wellville challenge.”


 

100 days on the Way to Wellville
Hubs, Heroes and ‘Hot Fun in the Summertime’
Tuesday, May 5, 2015

LAKEPORT >>By now you may have heard of Wellville — a five year challenge to improve the health and wellbeing of Lake County. But what does that mean?

If you aren’t sure, you aren’t alone. It’s difficult to talk about something that hasn’t really been defined, and any new, big idea takes time to define. That’s why Wellville’s early adopters decided to try a 100-day implementation plan. By limiting it to 100 days, they were able to shorten the gap from planning to action, focus on a few key steps to kick the project into gear and begin determining long-term goals.

Those 100 days ended on Thursday with a meeting at Yuba College, Clear Lake Campus, attended by more than 50 people. Most of them had spent the last 100 days working toward specific goals in areas like communication, vision, mission, and metrics.

At the helm of the 100 day plan was retired Lake County Superintendent of Schools Wally Holbrook.

“It’s really incredible to think about everything that has happened in 100 days,” said Holbrook during the meeting. “This is a time to review all the work that has happened, plan for the next 100 days and think about where we go beyond that.”

One big piece of the puzzle for the next 100 days is getting the word out about Wellville. According to Lake County’s Health Leadership Network Director Susan Jen, Wellville is not a standalone project; it’s an opportunity to connect and build on what’s already happening in the community.

“Wellville is here to support, promote and encourage everything we’re already doing,” Jen said. “It will help us align existing efforts to have an even greater impact.”

The meeting included presentations on the Hero Project and the Hubs, two exciting projects already having major impact across Lake County.

The Hero Project, led by Director Robyn Bera, is a hugely visible and highly impactful program. It encourages parents of children ages 0-8 to be their kids’ heroes through monthly challenges and free, monthly “Hullabaloo” and “Minibaloo” events.

“We are real people making real, positive change in our communities,” Bera said during her presentation. Although less than a year old, the Hero Project already has 1,300 registrants — representing the parents of more than 50 percent of children under age 8 in Lake County — an incredible accomplishment in such a short amount of time. The Hero Project shows no signs of slowing down, and Bera and her cohorts are eager to partner with and promote the Wellville challenge…


Learn more about the Hero Project, and check out some of our cool and creative projects on my Hero Project page.


URL: http://www.recordbee.com/lifestyle/20150505/100daysonthewaytowellville
© 2016 Lake County RecordBee (http://www.recordbee.com)

Lake County Office of Education Annual Report

View the 2014/15 Annual Report here

Provided direction and oversight for this annual publication.

Responsibilities included:

  • Layout and design
  • Content gathering and generation
  • Photography and imagery
  • Print and digital versions
  • Distribution/publication
  • Final board and district presentations

While I don’t claim to be a graphic designer, I certainly know my way around Creative Cloud! I designed this report, created all the content, and had a blast doing so!

Guy Fieri Visits Hero Project!


Celebrity chef Guy Fieri visited the Hero Project’s SuperheroScramble Obstacle Course! Pretty cool – AmIRite? He even took a moment for a photo op with ME! This is proof that if you work hard and do great things for others, people (even celebrities) take notice. Now, if we can just figure out how to get him cooking for us next time….


 

guy-fieri

 


Learn more about the Hero Project, and check out some of our cool and creative projects on my Hero Project page.

Lake Co-op, Local & Organic

“It’s never been easier to get locally grown and produced organic products,” said Manager, Robyn Bera.  “Our model supports everyone — our producers, customers and owners. And it keeps our dollars more local.”


Co-op Offers Local Organic Farmers’ Market Option

At a time when farmers’ markets around Lake County are in full swing, Lake Co-op Manager, Robyn Bera, wants to remind the public that Lake Co-op offers farmers’ market fresh Lake County produce and other grocery items through their weekly online ordering website at Lake.coop. Lake Co-op continues to expand their products and now include health and beauty products produced locally, as well as imported exotic teas and spices, bananas, avocados, and mushrooms for their customers…

Lake Co-op has 12 easily accessible pick up points around Lake County, offers home/office delivery and also has a “pop up” store with overage and other local delectables in downtown Lakeport at the Lake Made store next to Watershed Books, at 307 N. Main Street, on Thursdays from 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm.

Lake Co-op is California’s only cooperatively owned online food ordering system and seeks to strengthen Lake County’s local food system through congregating organic products of local and regional producers, including fresh produce, value-added foods such as rice, beans, flour, cheeses, oils, and baked goods … Lake Co-op offers its customers convenient online or telephone ordering, home or office delivery, and owner discounts.

“You’ll see some of the same products available at the local markets this time of year, but we have an expanded variety of items and even produce from some of our local farmers’ who don’t vend at the local farmers’ markets,” Bera said. “Fresh raspberries, chard, collards, kale, radishes, turnips, lettuce, baby rainbow carrots, cabbage (green and Napa), flats of wheat grass, walnuts and more are available this time of year, in addition to the value-added products such as local olive oils, breads, wheat flour and vegan mushroom fudges.”


“Robyn is our fearless leader, a bright spirit matches that bright dress!”

URL: http://www.lakeconews.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=37180:co-op-offers-local-organic-farmers-market-option
© 2016 Lake County News (www.lakeconews.com)

Educator of the Year Awards Ceremony

Excellence in Education Awards Ceremony
By Robyn Bera
11/19/2014

In recognition of their outstanding teachers, staff, and programs within Lake County schools, the annual Educator of the Year and Excellence in Education awards ceremony was held on Saturday November 16at the Soper Reese Theatre. The annual event honored educators and community members who inspire and teach with passion, innovation, and a commitment to excellence.

County Superintendant of Schools Brock Falkenberg adds, “The evening is a chance to recognize the great capacity that exists within Lake County schools to support the educational needs of our children.”

The evening concluded with a short video presentation which highlighted photos of each award winner.

“The classroom is a really special place,” adds Falkenberg. “It’s important that we take time each year to honor those passionate and committed to excellence in education. For every educator honored tonight, there are many more that go unrecognized for their hard work. Teaching takes effort. Thanks to all of those that continue to make the effort each and every day.”


Putting on a dress and heels is fun and all, but getting a byline on a press release is way cooler! I have a pretty heavy stack of published articles to account for, but that stack certainly always has room to grow.

Did I mention? I’ve hosted tons of events like this – from elegant awards ceremonies to fancy dinners to giant family carnivals and summer activities. I’m a fantastic Events Coordinator! I know how to throw a party, keep to a schedule, get a crowd moving, and have a great time.

 


URL: http://www.lakecoe.org/news/details/excellence_in_education_awards_ceremony
© 2016 Lake County Office of Education(www.lakecoe.org)

 

Hero Project Superhero Scramble Obstacle Course

At the Hero Project we believe that every child needs a hero,” said Hero Project Director Robyn Bera. “Our goal is to strengthen families by reminding parents that they have the power to be that very hero to their children. We’re delighted to be providing a free, fun, family-friendly, physical activity for families this year in the Red Barn/Fiesta Park area and, we’re grateful to our sponsors, allies, and volunteers for making it all possible.


 

Hero Project Offers Young Children’s Area
Thursday, September 3, 2015

LAKEPORT >> The Lake County Hero Project is hosting a new young children’s area featuring a Superhero Scramble Obstacle Course at the Red Barn during the Lake County Fair. All activities within the children’s area will be free for families with children under age 10. Free Hero Project registration will be required at the Red Barn before entering the play area.

Free backpacks, bracelets, sunglasses and coloring books will be provided to all children under age 10, while supplies last.

The Hero Project has partnered with Xtreme Envisions and is offering a Superhero Scramble Obstacle Course complete with a tunnel, tires and a maze. Bob Rider Photography will provide free superhero family photos. The Game Hub will provide a gaming area with quickplay games that are perfect for young families. Head Start will host a small watertable play area. Activities will be idea for parents and their children under age 10.

“At the Hero Project we believe that every child needs a hero,” said Hero Project Director Robyn Bera. “Our goal is to strengthen families by reminding parents that they have the power to be that very hero to their children. We’re delighted to be providing a free, fun, family-friendly, physical activity for families this year in the Red Barn/Fiesta Park area and, we’re grateful to our sponsors, allies, and volunteers for making it all possible.”

Any family with a child under age 8 can register for the Hero Project online for free. All Challenge Champions win free prizes. Learn more, register and get involved at www.lakecountyheroproject.com. Call Hero Project Headquarters at 707-262-4134 for more information.


Learn more about the Hero Project, and check out some of our cool and creative projects on my Hero Project page.


http://www.recordbee.com/lifestyle/20150903/heroprojectoffersyoungchildrensarea
© 2016 Lake County RecordBee (http://www.recordbee.com)

Lake Co-op Now Offering Locally Raised Chicken

Lake Co-op Manager Robyn Bera announced that they will begin offering organic-raised whole chicken fryers from local farmer, Red Neck Chickens, beginning June 29.


Co-op Offers Locally Raised Chicken
06/21/2014

LAKEPORT, Calif.>>The fryers will be available through Lake Co-op’s weekly online ordering Web site at www.lake.coop .

Red Neck Chickens of Kelseyville are offering the Transylvania Naked Neck breed chicken that are known for their “superior meat texture and very thin skin which crisps to perfection when roasted, smoked, or barbecued,” said owner/farmer Ken Bouche.

“We look forward to offering more delivery options soon, but for now they’re only available in Lakeport and through home delivery. This is to ensure the smoothest and safest process for our customers,” explained Bera.

Lake Co-op has 12 easily accessible pick up points around Lake County, offers home/office delivery for a small fee and also has a “pop up” store with overage and other local delectables in downtown Lakeport at the Lake Made store next to Watershed Books, at 307 N. Main St., on Thursdays from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

“It’s never been easier to get locally grown and produced organic products. We’re expanding our product line all the time,” Bera said. “Our model supports everyone – our producers, customers and owners. And it keeps our dollars more local.”


URL: http://www.lakeconews.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=37309:co-op-offers-locally-raised-organic-chicken
© 2016 Lake County News (http://www.lakeconews.com/)