Benefits of Indoor Plants – Both Environmental and Emotional

Benefits of Indoor Plants – Both Environmental and Emotional

I can’t recall a time when I haven’t had indoor house plants in my home. Even when I was young and single, my sister and I had handful of plants in our apartment. Gardening outside is incredibly rewarding, but unfortunately it is very seasonal. This is why for me, having variety of indoor plants to take care of,  is very essential. There are studies and scientific research that show how houseplants can help with our environment both...

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Hummus Tahini – An Authentic Middle Eastern Side Dish Recipe

Hummus Tahini – An Authentic Middle Eastern Side Dish Recipe

Hummus is very common in every Middle Eastern home. It’s part of the traditional Meze dish that is served as a side or an appetizer. Hummus bi tahini is an Arabic word, which means chickpeas with tahini.  Tahini is crushed sesame seeds, that is turned into a paste after a process soaking and toasting the seeds. Many wonder where hummus really came from. Some claim from the Arabs, while others from Israel and then there are many other...

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Benefits of Beans + Easy Three Bean Salad

Benefits of Beans + Easy Three Bean Salad

Beans and lentils are super food and part of the Mediterranean diet. Not only are they packed with healthy nutrients, but they also are very versatile and high in fiber. It is important though to remember that some people are allergic/sensitive to some beans. The two main legumes that a lot of people react to are, soy and peanuts (yes, peanut is part of the legume family). It’s not uncommon that a person who reacts to one kind of bean, ...

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7 Ways To Fight The Winter Blues

7 Ways To Fight The Winter Blues

I have a good friend who calls the month of January, “the armpit of the year”. If that’s not true, I’m not sure what is!  Depending on where you live, the experience might be a bit different for you. In general people who live in the northern countries, or the countries north of the equator, feel the impact of the darker and colder months. I have struggled with clinical depression and anxiety my whole life, so this time...

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The Joy and Benefits of Volunteering

The Joy and Benefits of Volunteering

Sometimes it feels as though one more item on my to-do-list will for sure make me go crazy. We all have families, work and so many other responsibilities to take care of each and every day. Just thinking about stretching even further can be a very overwhelming feeling at times. Yet I believe most of us, even with limited time, have that deep desire to reach out and help people around us. In my experience with volunteering in different...

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My Definition Of Wealth (Even When You’re Broke)

My Definition Of Wealth (Even When You’re Broke)

The sun was shining really pretty thru the panels of my greenhouse yesterday. And as I sat there, my mind started to race and strong feelings came over me. Feelings of deep gratitude and of wealth. This tiny greenhouse of mine is not bigger than 80 square feet and I picked it up used from some people in nearby city. Last Winter I grew some lettuce and green onions in it. As much as I had hoped for a Winter crop again this year, the only thing...

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Simple Date Ideas For Married Couples

Simple Date Ideas For Married Couples

I used to think that people who had been married for 30 years were really old. After all, my parents celebrated their 30th three months after we got married. At the time three decades seemed like a lifetime, but today it seems only like yesterday Robert and I were married. That said, I realize that not all marriages last as long or beyond, but I know it’s possible even in this complicated world which we live in today. We started our...

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Celebrating with Light During the Darkest Months

Celebrating with Light During the Darkest Months

As a child my favorite holiday was Christmas. It wasn’t the Christmas gifts and Santa, but truly, it was the fuzzy feeling I got in preparation for the holidays. My sister and I would watch our aunt start with few traditional decorations, long before December and the decorations were really simple. Even during my elementary and middle school years, there was one tradition which I grew to love, and since then, I have tried to keep this custom...

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Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

Just in these past couple of months, I have been in touch with friends and family members, whose lives  have been turned upside down in a very short period of time. Some of them have and are going thru life changing events, while others are going thru some rough patches that hopefully will get better. Either way, these are some hard challenges such as illnesses, death, abuse, dysfunctional relationships and job loss. My heart has been broken...

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Stress Factors

Stress Factors

Not too long ago while visiting with a friend of mine, we started talking about stress. She explained to me, that stress had been a major factor in the decline of her health. This sweet friend of mine, was diagnosed with multiple health conditions at a very young age, and has since then spend a big chunk of her life in the hospitals and doctor’s offices. She has gone thru a couple of dozen surgeries and now in her early 50’s she still is a...

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