Flourish is a company founded by Cristina Ferrare and her daughters Arianna & Alex Thomopoulos committed to helping you flourish: body mind soul with healing foods and eco-friendly products that embody a healthy balanced lifestyle.
“Your faith is flourishing and your love for one another is growing”
2 Thessalonians 1:3
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At the early age of sixteen, Cristina started a career with Ford modeling agency in New York. Max Factor put her under contract as their spokesperson while still a teenager. During that time her career took off as she graced the covers and pages of every major fashion magazine including Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, Ladies Home Journal and traveled the world as a sought after international cover girl and commercial spokesperson.
Her career as a super model spanned over twenty-five years.
In the early 80’s, Cristina co-hosted “AM Los Angeles,” which became the #1 rated morning television show during her five year tenure. Between many TV appearances, she has hosted her own shows: “Cristina and Friends”, and a two hour live show from Universal Studios the original “Home and Family”.
Cristina was a substitute co-host on “Good Morning America” and co-hosted numerous times with Regis Philbins as his permanent substitute co-host on “Live with Regis and Kathie Lee.”
Her primetime series for CBS, “Shame on You,” was one of the first magazine format shows that featured consumer fraud and awareness. It set the stage for other prime time magazine formats that followed.
For NBC, she co-hosted “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus” with Dr. Drew Pinsky.
At one time, Cristina had three shows on the air at the same time, “AM Los Angeles,” “The Home Show,” and the primetime series “Incredible Sunday” all for ABC.
In feature films, she starred opposite David Niven in “The Impossible Years” and the critically acclaimed “J.W. Coop” with Oscar winner, Cliff Robertson.
Cristina is an accomplished author, with her New York Times bestseller, Okay, So I Don’t Have a Headache, and bestseller Cristina Ferrare’s Family Entertainment, Cristina Ferrare Style and Realistically Ever After, a humorous view of finding happiness when he’s not Prince Charming, you’re not Snow White and life is not a fairy tale.
Her fifth book “A Big Bowl of Love”, received rave reviews from bloggers across the country. Oprah Winfrey highly endorsed the book and gave her a cooking show on her newly launched OWN network using the same name.
Cristina completed a series of Kellogg commercials for OWN and appeared with her Kellogg recipes and image on over 20 million Kellogg cereal boxes. Though she appeared on hundreds of covers for fashion magazines she said having her picture on the back cover of the Kellogg’s box wash her very favorite cover and highlight for her.
Her best selling sixth cook book, “Food for Thought” was released in the fall of 2018 and quickly became the #1 best selling cook book on “Brain Health”!
She joined forces with Maria Shriver on the importance of brain and body health through food. This is a project that is extremely close to their hearts. Both Maria and Cristina lost a parent to Alzheimer”s Disease. A portion of the proceeds of this book go to The Women’s Alzheimr’sMovement, an organization Maria founded that seeks to understand why two-thirds of all the brains diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in America belong to women.
Cristina and Maria do “facebooklive” addressing those issues and it has been a huge success right out of the box. It attracts millions of viewers who turn in to see what the two are cooking up along with up to date research.
Her latest project is her new food company, “FLOURISH” a company committed to the health of Body, Mind, and Soul with organic foods lovingly prepared from her personal recipes and introducing environmentally eco-friendly products to enhance your personal style and home.
Her first line of food products, 4 different Organic Granola Cereals will be in stores early February, 2019.
In 2016, she was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, cancer of the plasma of the blood. Today after intense treatment she is in remission.
Her focus and goal is to continue to work to help with the fight against Alzheimer’s through food and nutrition and the Multiple Myeloma Foundation to help raise awareness and funds.
Cristina writes weekly blogs for her own web site, www.flourishbms.com, and shares many or her own recipes, great finds, cooking tips including latest finding on health, decorating, table settings, floral arrangements and money saving ideas!
Cristina lives in Westlake Village with her husband, entertainment executive Tony Thomopoulos. They have seven children and 4 grandchildren.
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Dealing with a lifetime of chronic and severe stomach and intestinal issues my health journey has been a long and difficult one at that. Endless visits to the ER and countless doctor appointments, I could never fully get an answer. Medication after medication, nothing seemed to help that was until I learned the power of food and it’s healing properties.
I learned through watching my mother “heal” herself in her battle with Multiple Myeloma. Although it is a type of cancer that isn’t curable, it is manageable, now her cancer isn’t even detectable. I was if you can say fortunate enough to be able to move back in with my parents during the toughest parts of her treatment to help make this new normal tanganable. On days when she felt better, I would watch her religiously research the power of foods and their health benefits, creating recipes that heeled not only the soul but tasted delicious. This quest lead her to writing her latest cookbook “Food For Thought” and to create Cristina Ferrare’s, FLOURISH Company.
This sparked my thirst to learn more for myself, my fiance/ husband (depending on when you are reading this) truly helped me keep the ball rolling. Someone who has valued his health his entire life, he helped make the change in our pantries and refrigerator super easy and packed with nutrients! Since, we moved in with each other my symptoms seemed to have lessened and lessened throughout the years. I know live with little to NO symptoms at all simply by changing the way I eat and the products I use in my home.
Thinking back to when I saw the change it was instantaneous to changing up the way I ate so it is safe to say that my health journey jump started my passion in sharing with others how on THEMODERNDAYGIRLFRIEND.COM, how much better you can feel implementing little to large life changes from switching up your diet to changing the products you use within your home!
I’m a firm believer that every body is different so what may work for me, might not work for you but FEELING BETTER AND DOING BETTER for the world we leave behind is important to ourselves and the ones we love!
This change isn’t as hard as you might think, it all starts with baby steps, that’s how it all began for me. Trust me eating and living with intention isn’t bland or boring rather colorful and bright so color in the pages of your life!
AriannaThomopoulos ( Founder & Blogger at themoderndaygirlfriend.com) COO of Flourish.
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Private Chef / TV Personality
Chef and Host Alex Thomopoulos’ passion for food and laughter is infectious. Her spontaneous, quirky and honest personality is something that makes her a unique talent both in her writing and on camera.
She is an accomplished chef and culinarian, a stand up comedian and experienced on camera host. Her honest personality and passion for food and people shine through in everything she does.
Her unique, flavor packed cooking style has led to growing success for her and her business. As a humanitarian, she is passionate about the environment, health, hunger initiatives and sustainability. Her goal is to have a positive impact and bring joy to those around her one meal at a time.
In 2017 she took the role of Head Chef at the new Venice beach café/restaurant Great White designing a balanced menu filled with indulgent cravings and healthy fare. Served up with no ego attached, and bright straight forwards flavors, her cooking style stands out amongst the heavy competition.
Other notable facts:
Alex graduated from The Second City Hollywood as well as studied at The Groundlings, and Upright Citizen Brigade.
In addition to hosting her own cooking shows “Bites and Booze; Gluten Free” and “Gluten Free with Alex T” on YouTube’s HUNGRY channel, joined forces with Graham Elliot on Bravo’s “Going off the Menu.” Most recently, she appeared on PBS’ Moveable Feast and Food Networks Summer BBQ Cookoff Championship.
Social Media: @AlexTCooks