Saturday, August 23, 2008

3 Tips for a Fabulous Complexion

As we get older and assume more responsibilities (yikes!), sometimes our beauty regiment takes a back seat. Here are three ways you can improve your complexion, so when you have no time to apply make up you’ll still look beautiful.

I hate to repeat the obvious, but, drink water!! The more water you drink the better your skin looks and feels. Eight ounces a day is the tried and true way. Besides increasing your water intake, cut back on caffeine-especially sodas and your skin will thank you for it! Also eliminate fried, greasy foods. Read more at


I am a transitioning vegetarian. I have given up red meat, I am now working on eliminating poultry and eventually fish. However, my two year old is a carnivore to his very soul. I take the blame, of course, because I did not start him on a vegetarian diet. However, imagine my shock when my sweet prince went from eating anything you put in front of him (even Cheerios from the floor!) to becoming the most finicky eater on the planet. In my naiveté, I never imagined my son’s transition would be difficult! I mean, how do we go from eating food that has fallen on the floor to being picky?

The following are my tips to help other mommies and care providers feed your picky eaters veggies.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Simple Tips for De-Stressing Your Life

Let’s face it, stress happens! Between working, participating in civic activities, taking care of your home and family and managing to maintain some sort of social life, stress is bound to creep up some where in your day. The following tips will help you minimize stress.

Plan your day. Organizing your life and concentrating on what’s important will help keep you focused and will minimize the stress (or guilt) of not accomplishing your daily goals. Read more at

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Indian Cuisine for the transitioning vegetarian

I have been addicted to Indian cuisine since the late '80's. Now that I am on a personal quest to stop eating meat, I realize, unlike many others, that I can sacrifice meat with out sacrificing spice!

Besides the Taj Mahal, Saree's, call centers, and Bollywood movies (if you're unfamiliar run out and get a movie today!) the Indians have gifted us with their cuisine. Curry, lentils, dahl, yogurt, tandoori chicken, etc! But Indian cuisine also makes it easier for a transitioning vegetarian to enjoy meatless meals with out fore going flavor.

In my desperate search to leave garlic, curry and chili anything in my veggie dishes I ran across a gem of a dish that is fairly easy to prepare. It's called Cucumber Curry. I know for the uninitiated it seems strange but the mix of spice and the texture of cucumbers and the nuts (yes there are nuts in it) make this a must try (and love). It can be served hot or cold.

You'll need:
1/2 cup of water
4oz creamed coconut (coconut cream)
1/2 tsp ground turmeric
1tsp sugar
1 lrg cucumber
1 lrg red bell pepper, cut into small pieces
1/2 cup salted peanuts (crushed)
4 tbsp veg oil
2 dried red chillies
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp black mustard seeds
4-6 curry leaves (or 3 tbsps curry powder)
4 garlic cloves
and uncrushed peanuts to garnish


Bring water to boil in pan and add coconut, turmeric, sugar and salt. Simmer until coconut dissolves and mixture becomes a smooth sauce.

Add cucumber, red pepper, and crushed peanuts and simmer for 5 minutes; transfer to a heatproof serving dish and keep hot.

Heat oil in a Karahi, wok or frying pan. Fry chillies, cumin and mustard seeds until seeds start to pop.

Reduce heat, add curry and garlic and fry for 2 minutes. Pour over cucumber mixture and stir well. Garnish with peanuts and voila!! Meatless meal with plenty of flavor..

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Shopping Organic On a Budget

With the prices of grains, veggies and fruits on the rise, it's becoming hard to save money at the grocery store. With the tips I've picked up over the last year, you'll be able to shop organically with little cash.
The first tip is to clip coupons! Consumer Reports recently stated that the average American spends nearly $5,000 a year on groceries. With organic product sales on the rise, coupons for organic foods are more common than they were a few years ago. Online coupons from your organic food makers are another way to keep some money in your pocket. If you're looking for a list of organic manufacturers that offer coupons, visit the Organic Consumers Association Website, Read the rest at