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The Stylist Made My Mom Look Even More Beautiful

My mom went through a rough couple of years because of cancer treatments. Thankfully, she is in full remission right now. She was very weak for the last year of it, and she even spent some time in the hospital because of it. Now that she is back home and getting stronger by the day, she is ready to start returning to her normal life routines again. I wanted to give her a gift that I knew she would appreciate, which was in-home beauty service. I use the service myself, which is why I knew she would really enjoy it too.

I wanted to make the appointment with my own stylist, so I was happy to see that she was available the day my dad wanted to take my mom out on their first post-cancer date. We all know she is beautiful, but she was not feeling that way because of what she had been through. I knew that the airbrush makeup that I get done would lift her spirits up in a very positive way. I had told her I was going to do this, and she was looking forward to it all week leading up to that Saturday.

My stylist already knew about Mom’s challenges because we talk about anything and everything when she is at my house. She told me that she felt like she already knew my mom just from our talks, and that made Mom very happy. Even before she was done applying the makeup and styling Mom’s hair, they were acting like they were old buddies. Mom’s confidence went from down in the dumps to absolutely beaming when she finally looked at herself in the mirror. My dad told her she looked beautiful too, but he has been telling her that every day for the last two years too!

Trying to Have Fun in Utah

I was passing through Utah while on a road trip and had to stop because I was feeling tired. I needed to get a good night’s rest, so I booked a room at a hotel and stayed there. The next day, I decided to check out Utah for a while to see what there was to do. There was nothing there that I found particularly interesting, so I checked to see if there was a college girl escort in Utah County, because I knew that I would at least be able to have fun with an escort while being there.

I found an escort site and hooked up with one of their escorts for the evening. Continue reading

Preparing for the in Person Experience

To prepare for my trip to Las Vegas next month, I’ve been playing some casino games online. There are betting web sites where people can place bets, just like they would if they were gambling in a real life casino, and I’ve been learning a lot while playing them. I want to be able to play as well as the pros do when they go to Las Vegas. The people that I’ve been playing against have been doing a good job of preparing me for what I will be facing when I go on my trip, and I think that I can take on some of the best that Las Vegas has to offer.

I’m going to use some of the money that I’ve made from making online bets to pay for my bets in Las Vegas when I go. Continue reading

Not Alone for the Holidays

Every year, a friend of mine has a Christmas party. He invites me, and every time I go, I always stand out because I’m the only person who comes without a date. Everyone either brings their spouse, significant other, or at least someone they know, and I just come with no one on my arm. I feel like such a loser when I do and think everyone is judging me. I decided to fix that at the party that happened last winter. I contacted an agency that has Las Vegas independent escorts so that one of the escorts could be my date for the party.

As I arrived at the party with the escort, all of the guests started staring at us. The male guests were looking at my date, and the female guests were looking at the both of us in disbelief because I had finally brought someone with me. Continue reading

Someone or Something Damaged the Community

Many of the homes in my neighborhood had been vandalized during the day. There were scratches all over the doors, some of the windows had been broken, flowers had been trampled, and decorative items had been knocked over. Most people thought it was a wild bear that had roamed through the neighborhood, but I didn’t think it was. I had a feeling that it was a person or a group of people doing the vandalism. To find out for sure, I called ADT Seattle and had them install a security system with cameras in my home. I figured that whoever did the vandalizing once would be back to do it again.

I went to work like I usually do every week, as many of the other residents in the neighborhood. The next vandal attack wasn’t immediate. Nearly a week passed before it actually happened, and when it did, the cameras recorded everything. I was right about the vandalism not being caused by a bear. Continue reading

Financial Success Through Property Management

There are so many ways to make money these days, all you have to do is do a little thinking and find a couple of good friends to help you. My friend and I wanted to try our hand at managing some property that would generate a continuous stream of revenue over a few years. We came up with the idea of buying property that we could rent out to people based on their needs. We started with a property management business plan to detail how much the property would cost to rent, where the property would be located, and who would be hired to maintain the property.

Once we had all of the fine details worked out, we started making moves to find our rental property. We decided on a section of houses in a nice neighborhood that wasn’t too far from the closest major city. We chose this area because we thought it would be nice for people who were looking to start a family and wanted to still be able to access all of the shops in the city. Continue reading

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Every business person will experience challenges. This is a default setting in life – Challenges will always come. But, what separates the businesses that rise and rise, from those that experience failure after failure?

(Caveat: This is not to say that there are businesses that never fail. ALL businesses fail at some point. Some, however, rise from ashes and shine through.)

Passion, then, is the key ingredient between throwing in the towel, or getting up to fight the next round. There is a refining moment where every business owner goes through intense heat. This heat can either polish you or finish you completely but it all depends on the level of passion in the business.

To always keep your goals ahead of you is tough when everything is bursting at the seams. This is why asking questions is a survival skill.

“Why am I doing this? What works? What doesn’t? What can I do better?”

These questions tackle the level of passion you are carrying for the business. Sometimes, answering these questions may make you revisit exactly how you ended up in that business. This in turn focuses on your motivators. They are the little coals that keep your passion alive. They make going through the grime seem worthwhile even though the outlook seems bleak. As long as you keep asking these questions, you automatically take your mind to your motivators. That’s why challenges really should never worry you, but dwindling passion should ring alarm bells!

So, when passion starts to dwindle, simply repeat the questions, “Why am I doing this? What works? What doesn’t work? What can I do better?”

Once you have your mind on your motivators, the dying passion will be revived once again.

Why am I doing this? It’s the path towards achieving goal X, Y, Z…

What works? So far, what have I achieved? Am I still on my way there?

What doesn’t work? What has derailed me on this course? Is what I’m doing still viable? If I change course, what will still take me to goal X, Y, Z…?

What can I do better? What hasn’t stalled but isn’t performing well either? How can I affect the rate of growth? Do I really need more money? Can I do it differently? Can I borrow a strategy? Who has done this and it’s working for them?

When stalling, don’t resign. Ask. What you fear will always paralyze you. Once you question its power, you have a fighting chance left. Always ask. Have you ever wanted to smuggle your alcohol into music festivals or sporting events safely? Here is the perfect solution – https://www.smuggleyouralcohol.com/.

 

Heart Healthy Porridge

The recent addition to my breakfast, Yola Porridge is packed with nuts and seeds and brings a whole new dimension to healthy porridge. Lots of Breakfast cereals have wheat as the main grain. Many people do not realise that a large % of the population have an intolerance to wheat. You could be intolerant and not even know that it does not agree with your body. I myself have a slight intolerance to wheat, if I eat a lot of white bread my body would suffer gut pains. This was bad for my body and as soon as I realised that wheat was my problem. I cut out the bulk intake. My body was functioning perfectly and my pains ceased completely.

Although I had cut bread out of my diet, I found it hard to find a substitute cereal that was wheat free. It was not very hard to find wheat free Granola or Porridge but finding one that I really enjoyed was the main hardship. Till I found this great Irish produce Yola Porridge. Porridge is easy to digest Great for young or old, even great as a slow release of energy for athletes in training. Its Jumbo oat flakes and oat bran combine to ensure a hearty, Low G.I. breakfast.

Yola Porridge

The Nuts and Seeds add great flavour and texture. Almonds, Sunflower Seeds contain a host of healthful nutrients. Just a handful packs a helpful punch of vitamins, minerals and fats, all of which work together to affect your heart, your brain and your waistline. I never get those low points before lunch after having porridge for breakfast. I found myself snacking less and feel much healthier now a days.

I eat porridge for breakfast most mornings, but eating the same thing everyday can become extremely boring. There is an easy way to jazzing up regular old porridge, it’s really filling and super healthy! If you’re avoiding dairy or just want to change things up by all means use almond or soya milk instead. You can add honey, cinnamon, nuts, seeds, fruit, sugar the list is endless. So many things can be added to may porridge more palatable. My personal favourite is adding blueberries, I even arrange them to make a smiley face, which is a bit of fun for the kids too.

Easy Tips to Spice Up Your Diet

I love adding spices to my cooking. Besides some of the well-hyped health benefits, they just make food more interesting. The same ingredients from one dish can be magically transformed into something completely different just based on the spice profile. It can set apart one region’s or even one person’s cooking from another. It separates, say, East coast cuisine from the West, as well as Aunt Emma’s chili from your own concoction. Spices make all the difference.

Now, truth be told, I’m more talk than action. I have over 40 spices in my cabinet, carefully labeled and arranged alphabetically, but honestly they only get touched maybe once or twice a week. Clearly I like the idea of spices, but practically speaking I am not as committed as I let on. I hope that is about to change, both for you and for me.

Recently I had the privilege of traveling to India. Besides the wild colors, bold aromas, and beautiful antiquities, the food is an attraction in its own merit. Oh the food. I wish I could transport myself back there as I write this. The food was so rich, so colorful, so flavorful, and so fragrant. It completely engaged all the senses. You got the sense that food is vitally important. It is not an afterthought but an important and well-planned part of the day. Along with that, the use of spices for creating unique flavor profiles is paramount.

Coming back after two weeks to Seattle, I realized my own diet was really quite bland. Kale salad, while healthy, doesn’t pack any punch in the flavor or the color department. Good ol’ turkey sandwich on whole wheat bread? Pretty boring all around unless you bump it up with some heavy hitting mustard and maybe some tangy arugula and heirloom tomatoes. Even still, on the whole, our food is just drab. No wonder many Indians retain much of their familiar ways of cooking when moving here, and some have even opened Indian grocers to import traditional food items (which I think we can all say we are extremely grateful for!).

Besides taste and cultural norms, there are other reasons to value spice in your life. As I alluded to earlier, there are many health benefits to including more spice in your diet.

Number one is the anti-inflammatory benefit. Many spices have specific properties that allow them to act as potent anti-oxidants. Turmeric is one of the currently most popular and studied examples. Countless research papers have shown turmeric, and its active component curcumin, to have anti-oxidant properties. Other spices that shine as anti-oxidants stars, although far less publicized, include oregano, cloves, cinnamon, ginger, and mustard seed, among countless others.

Number two is that many spices act as anti-microbial agents. In fact, back in the day spices were highly valued due to the lack of refrigeration. Heavy use of spices could kill disease causing pathogens and keep food safe to eat. These properties also apply internally by killing off unwanted bacteria and viruses. A great reason to increase spice consumption during the winter!

Some spices also have other very specific health benefits, such as helping to reduce blood pressure, calming tense nerves, quieting nausea, or easing digestion. They can be used in appropriate doses therapeutically, however by including a wide variety in cooking you are ensuring your body benefits from a broad range of these health-supportive spices.

So returning from India and feeling quite depressed about my “boring” diet, I have become resolved to practice what I preach. I am no longer satisfied with a few dashes of chili powder here or a few shakes of Italian seasoning there. No, I want to re-create that depth and richness I so fully enjoyed abroad in my own cooking at home. Armed with a bagful of new spices (thank you Kerala spice shop and US customs for letting me cart all these goodies home!), I have found new resolve to cook more interesting dishes and significantly ramp up my intake of herbs and spices.

Are you on board with me? If so you might be wondering, how do we get started?

First of all, we need some ideas. And by ideas I mean recipes. I have very little experience with cooking these types of dishes, so recipes and instructions are my best friend. Believe me, I never whizz this stuff up off the top of my head. I am just not that talented in the culinary department.

What ideas do I have, you ask? Curry, curry, curry… for starters. There are so many amazing curry options, and contrary to popular belief, they do not have to be spicy. I have been making mild curries that my kids enjoy, many of which include various types of vegetables and lean meats. Often you can get protein, veg, and healthy fats all in one dish. Add a little rice or roti on the side and you have a complete meal.

Other cuisines to look into include African and Middle Eastern cooking. These also tend to rely heavily on many types of spices. Right now I am eyeing my Exotic Ethiopian Cooking cookbook sitting on the shelf beside me, trying to ready my brain for diving in one of these days. Gear yourself up with a variety of recipes, either from books, magazines, or the internet, and start to catalog the types of dishes you want to attempt.

Next we need ingredients, and by that I mean the actual spices. This is the tricky part! I have found that some spices are exceedingly hard to come by at local grocers. If you can, find ethnic markets in your area and explore. We are blessed with many international communities in and around Seattle, so I am planning some reconnaissance missions in the near future. Otherwise, search online if what you are seeking remains elusive.

Now, once you acquire the spices you need, I strongly suggest you invest in some spice jars and maybe even a label maker to get yourself organized. I squarely have this part down, thanks to Ikea and Amazon. I love to look at my neat rows of labeled, alphabetized jars. I just need to start using them!

Exclusively Festive Food in Festive Seasons

In colorful India we have a huge variety of foods that people consume every day, different food in different time. Starting from North to south we come across thousands of foods across the country. The most interesting part is the dishes prepared in the festive season, it’s almost every day celebrated.

The celebration season is throughout the year in India;

Sankranti it’s a Harvest festival, especial laddu of Jaggery, roasted Sesame seed and roasted peanut are mixed and blended into laddu’s.

Pongal is the South Indian version of Sankrati the first rice of this season is prepared with Jaggery and Raisins.

GudiPadva/Ugadi (Hindu new year) Crushed Neem leaves is consumed with Jaggery, it has magical effect on our belly, it’s taken in a very small portion.

Holi Festival of color, special Karanji a curved shaped Khoya (reduced dry milk) and dry fruits stuffed in a wheat dove pockets and deep fried and Malpua preparation of wheat pancakes in syrup.

Baisakhi harvesting season in Punjab Mustard leaf vegetable and Roti made from Corn flour and special Punjabi Lassi made of Yoghurt, Buttermilk and sugar.

Rakshabandhan A threads relation between Brother and Sister. In this festival sister prepare sweets according to their brother’s choice, e.g., Gulabjamun a mix of Khoya balls, fried in clarified butter and dipped in syrup.

Janmastami The Birthday of Lord Krishna a special powder is prepared by dry ginger powder with sugar powder and coriander powder are blended together and eaten this has a curative effect on our digestive system, Butter and Rock Sugar.

Ganeshchaturthi a special offering to Lord Ganesha is Modak a dry fruit mix with sugar and coconut.

Onam in Kerala it’s the main festival of harvest Aavial,Pachadi, Rassam, payasam are some main dishes.

Muharram Haleem is prepared by the Muslims in India.

Dussehra this is the festival of victory over evil a large range of menu is being prepared all over India.

Diwali is famous for recipes like Laddu, gujiya, Namkeen pare, Chivda, Shakkar pare and hundreds of recipes in this festival.

Christmas a special month of Christians and special Christmas cake and many more dishes are done in India.

The Indians wait all the yearlong to enjoy the festival and the rich food made for this occasion. The food varies from state to state and area to area, the most interesting thing is the food offered to the God is usually sweet; Lots of sweets are consumed during this period, there are some scientific reasons behind the food that are being prepared during this festive season. The climatic conditions and the food consumed are perfect blend to improve our health at festive time. Some dishes are done once in a year during the festive season, people eagerly wait for a whole year. It has great effect on our appetite and digestive system too. The whole arena is full of life and people are more excited during the festival, all castes and creeds enjoy the company of each other. It’s the time when heavenly powers are showered on you and you would not like to miss a chance.