I’ve just joined the 2014 Mamavation #2weekchallenge with @mrbookieboo and @mamavation‘s Leah Segedie! We met through the #SMGirlfriends community and just love all that she has accomplished with both her blog and her life. I’ve chosen the ‘beginner’ work-out. Why? Because I’m not fit. I’m not fat either. I’m simply lazy. Tired. Overwhelmed. I have all the motivation one needs to find the vodka and amaretto, or the hidden chocolate bar in my nightstand. I am not, however, motivated to ‘work out’. I’m old and crackly. My bones hurt. My muscles hurt. And that’s just getting out of bed! (buh dum bum). (more…)
Each year in America, approximately 1% of the births occur in home settings. In Illinois in 1992, 1,218 families filed birth certificates that reflected a homebirth. Approximately one-third of the births occurred to Black families. Wisconsin had 591 recorded homebirths for the same year of which 22 were to Black families. 1 It is probable that many more Illinois homebirths actually took place but weren’t recorded due to a discriminatory birth registration practice that places the responsibility for registering midwife-attended homebirths on the parents and requires a different mechanism than is used for any other occurring births. (more…)
Gluten-free challah represents a bit of a ‘Holy Grail’ for #GF Jews. There’s no obvious substitute for tearing apart and sharing bread with your friends and family, and for many who are gluten intolerant, it becomes painfully obvious each Friday at sundown when they must hover for Shabbat prayers around a cutting board bearing a hot, delicious braided challah.
One writer stated, “The first time I had to sing the hamotzi over a rice cracker while everyone else ripped apart the bread, I cried.”
Edited to add: I was recently ‘schooled’ on my #GF flours – and spelt is a TYPE OF WHEAT!!! Leave it to the non-GF girlfriend to blow it! So it is NOT GF! (more…)
My dear friend, Stephanie Arnold and her doctors can now look back on her “ominous feeling” before labor as an early warning sign. It was supposed to be one of the happiest times of her life. The love my friend Stephanie and her husband Jonathan share is undeniable. The way they dote on their daughter, the love they shower on all who know them is a blessing unto itself. And frankly, knowing that they were adding a young man to the mix was just the icing on the cake to their perfect lives. (more…)
The world today is getting increasingly more fast paced by the minute. Everyone appears to be very busy and does not even stop for a moment when they are on the move. Being like that makes someone ignore other little things, and either lose a bit or fully forget time for themselves. One good example is preparing food for themselves, particularly when living alone. However, along with innovations in gadgets and other things,there has been alternatives in enjoying quality food that’s fit for a good meal in a fine dining restaurant – in the actual comfort of your home or office.
People have been hiring their personal or private chefs – and it has been an excellent alternative in going to fancy restaurants, fast food, or instant meals. Still Hungry?
We devour our food first with senses other than taste before we actually try a dish. So I’m fair certain I don’t have to tell you how important it is to take great food photos, particularly if you are writing a foodie blog. I know I eat first with my eyes and it’s much harder to get me all hot and bothered over a dish if an unappetizing photo sits next to it. Just like in a restaurant – if the dish presented looks incredible you begin salivating before lifting your fork – you want to photograph it to remember its perfection and when you look back at that photo on your iPhone, you hope the lighting is able to show your friends just how good the dish actually was.
I know tons of blog writers feel that they don’t have the time or perhaps even, the proper resources to accomplish beautiful food or product photographs, but I’m telling you that if I can do it, so can you. And I learn something new every single day that helps my pictures get better and better! I hope you’ll agree and share your tips with us in the comments! Learn More
Joel D, on the birth of his daughter:
“The idea of being a parent is exciting but it’s a little scary; what if you get it wrong? There’s so much you have to know and so many things you have to decide.”
Parents’ lives change when a child is born. Right from the start they need to make decisions: bottle or breast feeding; carriage or stroller; nanny or day care, work or stay at home; and the list goes on. As children grow older, the decisions don’t stop; they change — school, meals, allowances, after-school activities, friendships, holidays. Although solutions to these individual daily dilemmas are important, it’s the parents’ overall style and attitude that count as they influence, teach and socialize their children. Keep Reading
Many professional athletes take every possible step to reach their optimum level of health and to maximize the intake of the proper vitamins and minerals that the body needs to operate at a high level day in and day out. However as people become more in tune with the improvements that a good diet can have on ones health dietitians and personal chef services become increasingly sought after. The increase in this focus on diet as an improvement on total health is three fold. It increases the human bodies ability to sustain energy over long periods of time, lowers the overall effects of stress on the body and allows faster recovery. Many times a diet can and will be personalized and changed and chef’s may be directed differently depending on the specific situations or goals that the person has in mind. Nutritionists and trained personal chef’s alike can be key in helping a person prepare the right food accordingly and keeping meals exciting. (more…)
Are you interested in starting a job as a Personal Chef? Would you like to discover more about the culinary industry, but don’t know where to start? Have you considered culinary school? All of these questions have led you here to this article on becoming a personal chef, where you can discover helpful suggestions to help you make a few vital decisions about your future career in the culinary industry. Get Your Chef On!
Being a personal chef in Hawaii I have had first hand experience working with both good and bad chefs. Many of my clients are world-wide travelers and have told me that they wished they had some insider tips to finding a reputable and trust worthy chef while on vacation. I have put together a list of 3 steps on how to find a personal chef that you can trust and full-fills all your service needs and expectations while on vacation. Hungry For More?