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Nov 20, 2008

The Lover Role

Today's hectic life style requires us, the parents, to carry many roles with their countless different responsibilities attached: Parent, businessperson, friend, lover, son/daughter, sister/brother are the first ones that came to my mind.  
We switch from the parent role to businessperson role, then simultaneously to friend role, then to another role... and this switching between roles goes on and on...
SO what is the one role we play mostly?  
When our kids are young it's the parent role...  Our businessperson role requires at least 8 hours a day, 5 days a week... How about our role of being a "lover"?
Today I would like to remind you the importance of remembering our roles as lovers!  
Can you compare the difference in amount:  before having your first child and after having your first child!
"Playing, fulfilling and living" the lover role is as important to an adult as the parent role after having children!
When was the last REALLY romantic time/date you had?
Can you go out with your partner and have a romantic date at least once a week?
I know that many women's magazines mention this as a relationship saver or just something you need to do to make your partner happy (especially the father/husband/the man in your life)!!!
However, I would like to remind you the importance of playing the 'lover' role on your soul!  Regardless of gender, we all need intimacy!  And we need to spend some romantic time...  
IN BRIEF, to remind ourselves that we are not just parents...  but adults with many different roles who live life to its fullest extent!!!  
WHOLENESS includes all aspects of life!  Let's try to increase our time in the 'lover' role...  Here are some suggestions:
1 Have a set date night every week 
2 Start writing little love notes to your partner (send e-mail, phone messages, little post-it notes on the refrigerator, etc.)
3 Get some little surprise gifts for your partner (flowers, cards...)
4 Spend at least 15 minutes alone with your partner, giving 100% of your attention to him/her
5 Grooming yourself will help you to switch to the "lover" role effortlessly... (shave, have a manicure/pedicure, dress up, wear some perfume...)
6 Have fun...  sharing a laugh together will put you in the mood...


Nov 4, 2008

10 Easy,Healthy and Tasty Snacks for Kids

"You are what you eat!"

"What you eat affects how you feel and how you act!"

Have you heard the above sentences before?  We have all become quite conscious about our diets.  Cholesterol, calorie counts, blood sugar, good and bad carbs have become our daily conversation topics.  
Above all we have become more careful about our children's diet.  
Here are 10 healthy snack ideas for your kids (for 3 year olds and up):
  1. Carrot sticks or baby carrots with plain yogurt dip
  2. Dried apricots with walnuts
  3. Baked crackers with cheese
  4. Grated cheese melt in tortilla with mild salsa dip
  5. Granny Smith Apples grated and slightly cooked with cinnamon... Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream...  could be topped with some chopped walnuts.
  6. Frozen (pre-washed and rinsed) fresh grapes (do not serve this to young children) 
  7. Raisins with Macadamia nuts
  8. Banana and berry shakes (half a banana, a handful of berries and a cup of milk processed in blender)
  9. Cheese cubes topped with walnuts
  10. Boiled eggs with toasted whole bread