Changing environment, learning new language and new culture,being a wife and a mother, living far away from families and friends, I have come to share my views, thoughts, feelings, ideas on so many things that I cherish.

September 12, 2014

Welcome To The Weekend Blog Hop


Welcome to the Weekend Blog Hop where you can link up your favorite post of the week. Thank you for joining us and linking up. We are happy you are here and hope you will always come around. We have had a great week and now it's time for us to increase our followers by Blog Hopping all through the Weekend. Come and make new friends and find some interesting blogs to follow. You are free to link up to 3 different post or just your main blog. Happy Hopping.

August 08, 2014

Welcome To The Weekend Blog Hop


Welcome to the Weekend Blog Hop where you can link up your favorite post of the week. Thank you for joining us and linking up. We are happy you are here and hope you will always come around. We have had a great week and now it's time for us to increase our followers by Blog Hopping all through the Weekend. Come and make new friends and find some interesting blogs to follow. You are free to link up to 3 different post or just your main blog. Happy Hopping.

August Food Fun


Welcome to Fresh Ideas! August is here and that means the end of summer countdown has begun. Take the easy road to the start of another school year by starting your school needs list early and saving some time for end of summer family fun. Include a few more picnics and outdoor adventures on your to do list. It's not over yet!

This month's issue highlights an event that is near and dear to us, National Breastfeeding Month. We also have some great lunch box ideas and tips for keeping things simple in the kitchen. And what would a hot August day be without a yummy popsicle? Our fan offer will make it so easy for you to serve up these cool treats.


AUGUST FOOD FUN
  
 

National Breastfeeding Month: Breastfeeding is a great way to enjoy being a woman and a new mom. During pregnancy, your body gets you ready to breast feed your newborn baby. While your body is getting you physically ready, you may want to do some preparation to ensure breastfeeding is an enjoyable experience. Read Preparing to Breastfeed for some third trimester tips to help you prepare for the big day!

Check out our tip sheets Breastfeeding Tips and Breast Milk Storage Tips. They are also great resources for breastfeeding moms.


National Sandwich Month: Build your sandwich as a MyPlate meal and fill your kid's back to school lunch box with healthy foods. For ideas on including whole grains, vegetables, fruits, proteins, and dairy on your next sandwich, read our Build a MyPlate Sandwich Tip Sheet and celebrate back to school and the wonderful sandwich.

Tips to building a better sandwich:
  • Start with whole grain bread
  • Pile on the fruits and vegetables
  • Add a slice of cheese
  • Choose lean proteins 

Simplify Your Life Week- August 1-7: Take some time this week to lighten a crazy busy schedule by simplifying shopping and meal prep. Cutting corners and simplifying does not mean more fast food runs or unhealthy meal options. Read Keep it Simple At the Market and In The Kitchen for some great tips to keep your family healthy while keeping your stress level down.

Here are a few tips to that will get you started simplifying family meal time:
Shopping:
  1. Plan your menus
  2. Make a grocery list
  3. Keep the pantry stocked
Prep Time:
  1. Recruit and train helpers (a.k.a. your kids)
  2. Think Salads
  3. Make extra for leftovers 
  
 
What's In Season: The freshest summer fruits and vegetables include apples, apricots, bananas, beets, bell peppers, blackberries, blueberries, carrots, cantaloupe, celery, cherries, collard greens, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, green beans, honeydew melon, kiwifruit, lima beans, mangoes, nectarines, okra, peaches, plums, raspberries, strawberries, summer squash & zucchini, tomatillos, tomatoes, and watermelon.

 Celebrate National Farmer's Market Week during the week of August 4 by paying a visit to your local market. Many farmers' markets will celebrate this week by providing fun activities such as festivals, contests, and activities for the kids. Download our Farmer's Market Tip Sheetfor ways to include your children in your farmer's market trip and help them learn about the origins of the food they eat.

July 25, 2014

Welcome To The Weekend Blog Hop


Welcome to the Weekend Blog Hop where you can link up your favorite post of the week. Thank you for joining us and linking up. We are happy you are here and hope you will always come around. We have had a great week and now it's time for us to increase our followers by Blog Hopping all through the Weekend. Come and make new friends and find some interesting blogs to follow. You are free to link up to 3 different post or just your main blog. Happy Hopping.

July 23, 2014

The Strength of A Woman

Wednesday Reflections:

This brought tears to my eyes and I coundn't resist sharing it with you wonderful women out there. You are so beautifully and wonderfully made.
   
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When God created woman he was working late on the 6th day..

An angel came by and asked." Why spend so much time on her ?".
  

The lord answered. " Have you seen all the specifications I have to meet to shape her?".....

" She must be washable but not made of plastic, ..
have more than 200 moving parts which must be replaceable

she must function on all kinds of foods, ...

she must be able to embrace several kids at the same time,

give a hug that can heal anything from a bruised knee to a broken heart ,

she must do all this with only two hands,.."

She cures herself when sick and can work 18 hours a day".... ...
THE ANGEL was impressed. .." Just two hands.....impossible !" ..

And this is the standard model ? ! ...."

The Angel came closer and touched the woman"...... ..

." But you have made her so soft, Lord".....

." She is soft", said the Lord,

" But I have made her strong. You can't imagine what she can endure and overcome "...

."Can she think?" The Angel asked...

The Lord answered. " Not only can she think, she can reason and negotiate" ...
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The Angel touched her cheeks.....

" Lord, it seems this creation is leaking ! You have put too many burdens on her. " ...

."She is not leaking...it is a tear" The Lord corrected the Angel...

" What's it for?" Asked the Angel..... .
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The Lord said. " Tears are her way of expressing
her grief,
her doubts,
her love,
her loneliness,
her suffering and
her pride."...

THIS made a big impression on the Angel,

" Lord, you are genius.
You thought of everything.
A woman is indeed marvellous !".... ...
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Lord said." Indeed she is.

She has strength that amazes a man.

She can handle trouble and carry heavy burdens.

She holds happiness, love and opinions.

She smiles when she feels like screaming.

She sings when she feels like crying,
cries when happy and
laughs when afraid.

She fights for what she believes in.

Her love is unconditional.

Her heart is broken when a next-of-kin or a friend dies

but she finds strength to get on with life." ..

The Angel asked : So she is a perfect ?

The lord replied : No. She has just one drawback

" She often forgets what she is worth".



Source:  IdleHearts

July 17, 2014

The Heart Of Forgiveness

Thoughtful Thursday - A Teenager Who Lost Both Legs Forgives Step Mum For A Deliberate Arson Attack Which Killed Her Dad.

Josefina who was severely burned beyond recognition by her step mum who deliberately set fire that killed her dad said she has forgiven her. She thankfully and in tears appreciate the firemen that saved her life and that of her sisters.
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Josefina Vilela lost both of her legs below the knee and part of her left arm after the fire at her home in Walsall, West Midlands in 2011.The blaze – which left Josefina with 60 per cent burns and killed her father Carlos – was started by her stepmother, Georgina Vilela, who has since been jailed for murder.


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Josefina, who was just 14 years old when the fire took place, spent 18 months in hospital and has since learned to walk again using two prosthetic legs. But despite the horrific events which tore the teenager’s life apart, she told this week how she has now forgiven her father’s killer.

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Josefina told how of her forgiveness on the day she was reunited with the fire crew who saved her from the burning building. The inspirational teenager wept as she was given a bouquet of flowers by firefighters at Walsall Fire Station earlier this week during a visit organized. She said: ‘I’ve been wanting to meet these men ever since the night of the fire to tell them how amazing they are. They saved my life. They are my heroes.’

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Stepmother Georgina is currently serving a minimum 23-year jail term for murder and arson with intent to endanger life. She poured petrol over Carlos as he lay in bed and the resulting fire quickly engulfed the house where then-14-year-old Josefina and her three sisters were asleep.


Culled From Dailymail

July 04, 2014

Women Can't Have It All

PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi: No, Women Can't Have It All

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Have you heard of Indra Nooyi?

She’s the Chair­man and CEO of Pep­sico and she’s also an incred­i­ble role model for work­ing women.
Why?
Not only is she one of the most suc­cess­ful busi­ness lead­ers, but she’s fun, warm hearted, orig­i­nal  and a humanist.
While top­ping Forbes.com’s list of the 100 most pow­er­ful women in the world, Indra Nooyi has a very irrev­er­ent per­sonal style…
At Pepsi Co, she has long been known for patrolling the office bare­foot, singing in the halls.
 
 In an unusually frank interview, PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi said she doesn't think that women can "have it all," adding that a career requires women to sacrifice some aspects of motherhood.
 
 "If you ask our daughters," she said in a frank interview on work-life balance, "I'm not sure they will say that I've been a good mom." 
 
 "I don't think women can have it all. I just don't think so," she told David Bradley, owner of the Atlantic Media Company, at the Aspen Ideas Festival earlier this week. "We pretend we have it all. We pretend we can have it all," Nooyi, who has been married 34 years and has two daughters, said.
 
She Continued:
And every day you have to make a decision about whether you are going to be a wife or a mother; in fact, many times during the day you have to make those decisions. And you have to co-opt a lot of people to help you. We co-opted our families to help us. We plan our lives meticulously so we can be decent parents. But if you ask our daughters, I'm not sure they will say that I've been a good mom. I'm not sure. And I try all kinds of coping mechanisms.
As an example, Nooyi explained she had to usually skip a Wednesday morning class coffee with other mothers at her daughter's Catholic school.
My daughter would come home and she would list off all the mothers that were there and say, "You were not there, mom."
The first few times, I would die with guilt. But I developed coping mechanisms. I called the school and I said, "Give me a list of mothers that are not there." So when she came home in the evening she said, "You were not there, you were not there."
And I said, "Ah ha, Mrs. Redd wasn't there, Mrs. So-and-so wasn't there. So I'm not the only bad mother."

Despite such coping mechanisms, Nooyi says there's no way to square a high-pressure career with raising kids. 

"My observation, David, is that the biological clock and the career clock are in total conflict with each other. Total, complete conflict. When you have to have kids, you have to build your career. Just as you're rising to middle management, your kids need you because they're teenagers, they need you for the teenage years," she said. 

One of Nooyi's solutions was to enlist her employees for help. When her daughter was young and wanted to play Nintendo, for instance, she would call Nooyi's office. A receptionist would run her through a list of questions, including, "Have you finished your homework?" If her daughter said yes, the receptionist would give her permission to play Nintendo for 30 minutes. 

In addition to discussing parenting, Nooyi also relayed an anecdote about her own mother. When Nooyi found out she would be named president of PepsiCo in, she says she headed home early — at 10 p.m., instead of midnight — to share the news.
I got home about 10, got into the garage, and my mother was waiting at the top of the stairs. And I said, "Mom, I've got great news for you." She said, "Let the news wait. Can you go out and get some milk?"
I looked in the garage and it looked like my husband was home. I said, "What time did he get home?" She said, "8:00." I said, "Why didn't you ask him to buy the milk?" "He's tired." [...] She said, just get the milk. We need it for the morning. So like a dutiful daughter, I went out and got the milk and came back.
I banged it on the counter and I said, "I had great news for you. I've just been told that I'm going to be president on the Board of Directors. And all that you want me to do is go out and get the milk, what kind of a mom are you?"
And she said to me, "Let me explain something to you. You might be president of PepsiCo. You might be on the Board of Directors. But when you enter this house, you're the wife, you're the daughter, you're the daughter-in-law, you're the mother. You're all of that. Nobody else can take that place. So leave that damned crown in the garage. And don't bring it into the house. You know I've never seen that crown."

 

 

 

 

 

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