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A Food Network chef + mama obsessed with travel, and mouth watering food. I also own a gorgeous cooking school in Italy. My mission? To share the secrets of La Dolce Vita so you can create a healthy, beautiful, delicious life filled with joy!


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I’ve come full circle. 12 years ago we stayed at the Kaanapali Ali. Jade was 4 and I was watching her swim in the pool with floaties. I struck up a conversation with a man who mentioned he was an author, but I hadn’t heard of him. We chatted for 3 hours and that night I returned to the room to find 2 children’s books for Jade and one for me and Saul.⁠

Fast forward to 2016. I’d fallen into a deep depression cause my mom was in the last stages of cancer. Jade suggested reading me the kid’s books that used to make me so happy. And as she did I begin to smile. I Googled the author, only to find out that Dr. Wayne Dyer, was the author of over 40 books. 29 which were NY Times bestsellers.⁠
I was fascinated that this man I’d met in the pool was so devoid of ego when he had every reason to brag. So I read everything he ever wrote, starting with the book he gifted me in Maui. INSPIRATION. It has him on the cover with a butterfly on his finger ????. And on the last day of writing my book, he came to visit me as a ???? and bless my work.⁠

My book is dedicated to him. And his daughter’s Serena and Saje were generous enough to give me their blessing to use their editor, Alice. So before Miracles Manifested heads into the world, I wanted to come back to the magical place in Maui, where the seeds for my miracle were sown.⁠

A place where he wrote most of his books. And I can feel him everywhere. Remember there is no such thing as coincidences so keep your eyes open for the signs the universe is sending you butterfly.

And if you buy a copy of Miracles Manifested and post a review on Amazon, you are entered to win a trip to Italy valued at $7000. Good luck.

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I'm Melissa, your host & tour guide.

A Food Network chef, author, mamma, eternal optimist, wannabe-mermaid, spice mixologist, and “dough therapist” (yep, it’s a thing)—

I'm also the founder of Susina Cucina, the gorgeous, Italian cooking school I manifested into my reality. I’m obsessed with Aperol spritzes, travel, and mouthwatering food… especially pizza and pasta.

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