Year: 2012

safeguarding our children in light of sandy hook

Not since 911 have I stayed glued to the television set for hours on end, while I try to work through mostly the why’s of what has happened in Newtown, Connecticut. Could this have been prevented is one question that  kept me up most of the night and what can we do to ease the pain of the families and the community of Newton, Connecticut was another. I suppose it’s too soon to fathom the reasons behind why any human being would want to hurt another, let alone children, but I guess no matter what their reasonings are, it isn’t good enough for me. I tossed around the idea of  not voicing my thoughts about this traumatic event which occurred  11 days before Christmas, but the fact, I am at the moment consumed with pain and anger, I felt I needed to let it out. There is no doubt the nation will not heal from all this, slowly and eventually, but for now, we have to stop what we are doing and  unite so we …

interior decor: red, white and black

You know how they say, interior decor inspirations come from nature, well mostly that is. In my opinion, the ideas could come from almost anything and anywhere. The first time I visited Disneyland, I have to say I was completely mesmerized by Mickey and Mickey mouse’s color choices and since then I have always be infatuated with any decor which remind me of that period in my life. Can you see it below?

traditional holiday gift wrapping

To me Christmas time is all about keeping tradition and although we’ve been now conditioned to shop online or have the gifts wrapped by someone from the store, I think it’s always nice to, along with putting some thought into buying a creative gift, to gift wrap them yourself. Here are some of my favorite unique gift wraps which also border line eco friendliness.

healthy snacking: pumpkin granola – seasonal

Since I’ve been on this healthy diet and eating kick, I am always searching for ways to create a better version of what I can buy processed from a grocery store.  Here’s one, which, I think I can either use as a snack or eat it with my almond milk as cereal. Pumpkin Granola: 2 cups Rolled Oats (scoop this up from the bulk aisle! Bonus: these are gluten-free!) 1/3 cup Pure Pumpkin Puree 1/2 Agave Nectar or Pure Maple Syrup 1/2 cup Coconut Oil- melted (Place open jar on top of stove while preheating oven!) 1/2 cup chopped Pecans 1/2 cup chopped Pistachios 1/4 cup Sunflower Seeds 1/3 cup Coconut Flakes 1/2 cup Golden Raisins Preheat oven to 350. In a bowl, bring all ingredients together and mix thoroughly. Evenly spread mixture out on a baking sheet, and bake for 20 minutes until golden-browning occurs. A good gage is to look at the color of your raisins, for they cook fast. If they look really dark like the way mine did- you’re done. Your …