Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy Father's Day

If Mother's day is celebrated in May, never forget Father's day is today. This year lets make your Father's day special. Here in a poster printable that I created especially for the occasion so you can download, print and present to the most influential man in your life. Have a great Father's Day!

Father's Day Poster
This is a lovely quote for your dad : "A father is neither an anchor to hold us back, nor a sail to take us there, but a guiding light whose love shows us the way ". Print and convert into a gift card, table top or frame as wall poster and see what he thinks about this thoughtful gift.

Happy Father's Day to the man who gave your life meaning.



Saturday, June 14, 2014

17 Plants You Grow from Kitchen Scraps

I always wondered about recreating plants from kitchen scraps and then I came by this article from in5d.com that discusses ways to convert kitchen scraps into a full fledged vegetable garden in your own backyard. If you are a hardcore gardener, here is a nice project that you can work on this summer. The result is your very own organic garden that includes leeks, spring onions, lemon grass, bok choy, celery and lettuce, ginger and fennel among several others. 

Depending on the available space you have to grow these plants, please read this article for more details and ideas. 

Happy gardening.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Summer Essentials Checklist

Summer time is fun time.It is when temperatures rule and define what you can and cannot wear or where perspiration is a major obstacle. It is time for you to drop the boring and bring out some bright colors and frisky designs. 

Grab that sunscreen and some of the following extras to make this summer one epic memory.

Lets begin with the obvious. Sunglasses are the first thing you reach out to on hot summer days. The fashion market is boasting of shades in all shapes, sizes and color. Wear your style and make it trendy. 

Good summer dresses in a wonderful summer hues are must haves.Lightweight cool and loose is how you must define a summer dress preferable in linen or cotton. Wear them short or long, maxis or minis, Modcloth features some very pretty and totally cute summer dresses.

Totes are a must have/carry on for the summer. Here are some awesome ones that you can carry anywhere you go.

Head up your outfit with the perfect structured summery accessory that bring out the chic in you. Fedora hats are in trend and can be worn with jeans, skirts or dresses. Grab one from Banana Republic for the summer.

Flip Flops & Leather Sandals spell summer.Summer is incomplete without flip flops for sure. These breathable footwear are apt for the beach or brunch. If you need something delicate but as comfy as a flip flop,leather sandals make your feet look stylish. These are the best options for your feet to keep it feeling and looking cool.

So here are the five essentials that you should have on your checklist. Obviously there are more things to add to the basics above so go ahead and sport them. Have a fun summer,

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Turmeric Cinnamon Milk

Healthy drinks are really appealing and easy to ingest. The most powerful spice in the world is turmeric. It is a spice used since ages to cure ailments and boost immunity. Turmeric is an intimidating spice, do not be fooled by the sunshine yellow as this spice is pretty powerful to the senses. But the power of this spice is overwhelmingly good for you and must be stored in your pantry at all times.

There is this one power boosting drink that I have to rejuvenate my senses especially my skin. Here is the best recipe I could find that you should try to incorporate in your daily diet. The taste of this drink is earthy warm and cozy with a tinge of sweetness and delight. The ingredients in this recipe fuse to form a drink that is beneficial and power packed.

Here it is (adapted from bustle.com)


1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp grated ginger
1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
a pinch of black pepper
1 teaspoon honey (the good kind)
1 cup milk

Procedure :
Heat all ingredients in a saucepan over low heat. Bring the milk to boil and immediately turn off the heat.

Stir and drink while warm.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Guide to Healthy Nuts

Here is a must read article for all you diet conscious people out there. Nuts are healthy power booster with healthy power perks. It is one of natures gift to human health in bite-size portions. These nutrional powerhouses are packed with essential heart healthy fats, proteins, vitamins and minerals. 

Read more from cookinglight.com to know the benefits of these crunchy power boosters.




Saturday, June 7, 2014

Freebie : Funky in Polka Desktop Wallpaper

Taken inspiration from an array of filled circles that constitutes what is defined as a polka pattern and gave it a modern outlook. I just love polka dots and this is the season to spice it up and bring it to life. 

You may sport polka trends this summer, I just thought I would extend your style and share this custom made desktop wallpaper for you to deck your systems.

Go ahead and download this freebie for your personal use. Enjoy and watch out for more to come.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Freebies: Free Printable Strawberry Gift Wrap

I got creative again and this time I decided to create a fantastically gorgeous gift wrapping paper that you could tie up in pretty colors for the summer. Since I love strawberries, I decided to design this particular gift wrap in strawberry prints. Simple and gorgeous isn't it? So what are you waiting for? Here is my freebie for your convenience.

You can download the PDF right here and print it on your home printer. Or, if you want a larger size you could take this to your local copy shop and they could print a big version for you. This freebie is for personal use. Simple and quick for that last minute party wrapping! Wrap it up pretty and your all set. Hope you like it.




Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Summer Time Madness

Summer time involves a lot of travel. New places to see, new sites to visit and new cultures to explore. I am always open to new experiences and if there is a trip on the cards, I just need the below essentials to get going. All of us must be having specific list of items to carry at hand. Hand luggage need not be stressful and boring. It can be peppy and essential. 

Here's a look at the items I usually carry as my hand luggage for any trip. I cannot live without some of them in this bag. See for yourself:

  • Adidas Pink Sports Backpack is so bright and peppy, spells out my excitement for sure.
  • Ralph by Ralph Lauren rectangle Sunglasses is a must for some good eye protection.
  • Canon Powershot camera that I cannot live without , handy to make good memories.
  • A water bottle to stay hydrated always.
  • BOSE headphones to keep me occupied.
  • IPOD touch that is loaded with my favorite Itunes and videos that drive boredom away.
  • My passport case with my travel documents and miscellaneous papers.
  • My makeup Case which basically houses one moisturizer, a high SPF lip balm, towelettes, dental kit, my reading glasses and some breath mints.
  • Nokia Lumia 630, my latest crush to stay connected.
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet that is my best travel buddy, I need to have this with me at all times (yea its crazy)I store maps, tickets, hotel info, guides every bit of information that I would need for the trip is on it.
  • LV wallet with shopping cash and credit cards.


There you go, keeping it light, chic and casual so I don't feel the weight of over packing. 

Have a great summer and enjoy your travels. 


Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Do's & Don't Of Makeup

Worried about how your wearing your makeup? Are you sure about the way you look and satisfied with the results? Many questions cross your mind when you begin to apply makeup, so read this article to get your basics right and apply the right kind of makeup to enhance your already gorgeous self. Read more...

10 Makeup Tricks Every Woman Needs to Know

Are you applying your products correctly?




Monday, June 2, 2014

Healthy Summer Salads Specials

Summer is all about eating a well balanced diet to stay hydrated and fresh. Salads are great summer specials that can be whipped up in matter of seconds provided you have all the essentials in your pantry. I rounded up four of my favorite salads from Pinterest for this summer , so here are my favorites that you can make for your family. 

I guarantee healthy and super quick from make to serve.



Healthy Chicken Chickpea Chopped Salad

Ingredients
2 large romaine hearts, washed and chopped
1 cup pulled cooked chicken breast
1 (15.5 oz) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 cup grape tomatoes, sliced in half
3/4 cup sweet corn (I grilled mine)
1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese
1/3 cup cilantro, washed and chopped
1 small avocado, diced
1/2 cup BBQ dressing, if desired

Instructions
In a large bowl add lettuce, top with all ingredients except for avocado and BBQ dressing. Toss salad gently.
Place into cold salad bowls. Garnish with diced avocado and drizzle with BBQ dressing if desired. Serve with low-fat corn tortilla strips.


Tuscan Kale Salad with Oranges, Currants and Feta

Ingredients
1 large head of Tuscan kale, stems removed, washed and torn into bite sized pieces
2 large naval oranges peeled with sections removed from white membrane, or 3 blood oranges
2 medium sized purple or maroon carrots peels left one, washed, trimmed and cut into thin slices
1/2 cup shelled roasted pistachio nuts roughly chopped
½ cup currants
¾ cup crumbled feta cheese
For the dressing:
3 tablespoons lemon juice
Zest from half a lemon
2 tablespoons shallot finely minced
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper

Instructions
Place kale, orange segments, carrot slices, chopped pistachios and currants in a large bowl. Hold feta until the end.
In a small bowl, mix lemon juice, lemon zest, shallots, mustard, oil, salt and pepper and pour over salad and toss.
Top with feta cheese and serve.


Mixed Greens with Pears, Goat Cheese, Dried Cranberries and Spiced Pecans

Ingredients
1 5-ounce bag mixed baby greens
2 ripe Bartlett pears
¾ cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup very thinly sliced red onion
Our Favorite Vinaigrette (see recipe) or other salad dressing of your choice such as a balsamic vinaigrette
¾ cup Spiced Pecans (see recipe)
¾ cup crumbled goat cheese (blue cheese may also be substituted)

Instructions
Place the mixed baby greens in a large bowl.
Peel the pears and cut into thin slices, removing the core and any seeds.
Add the pear slices, cranberries and sliced red onion to the bowl with the greens. Toss with enough Favorite Vinaigrette to lightly coat everything in the bowl.
Sprinkle the Spiced Pecans and the goat cheese over the top of the tossed salad.
Serve immediately.

Chopped Thai Chicken Salad


INGREDIENTS
Salad
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 small head green or white cabbage (2 cups shredded)
1 large carrot (1½ cups shredded)
1 green papaya (1½ cups shredded)
½ cup fresh cilantro
½ cup green onions
½ cup chopped peanuts
Dressing
2 cloves garlic
3 bird's eye chili peppers (sub ½ teaspoon minced hot pepper)
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon oil
½ teaspoon fish sauce
¼ cup peanut butter
¼ cup water

INSTRUCTIONS
Bring a large pot of water to boil. Add the chicken breasts, cover, and cook for 15-20 minutes. When the chicken is done, remove from heat, drain water, let cool, and shred with two forks.
Chop the cabbage into very thin pieces, like it would be for coleslaw. I did this by rolling up several leaves together and making thin vertical slices across the roll and then chopping them once horizontally. Peel and grate the carrots. Cut off the skin, remove the seeds, and grate the papaya. Roughly chop the cilantro and green onions. Toss the chicken and vegetables in a large bowl and keep chilled.
Mince the garlic and chili peppers. Place garlic and peppers in a small mixing bowl with the soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, lime juice, oil, and fish sauce. Whisk until smooth. Add the peanut butter and water and whisk again until smooth and creamy.
Toss the salad with the dressing. Add the crushed peanuts. Serve chilled. Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to one day. For best results, keep the leftover salad and dressing separate until ready to serve.

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