I am a devoted hedonist who enjoys nice things – food, wine, fine arts, spending time with friends and family. Teaching mandarin Chinese is my life vocation, but my dream is to open a small restaurant and a patisserie. My life's motto: "Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
As little kids, we were frightened by “a big bad wolf” in fairytales like “Little red ridding hood” or “Three little pigs.” An image of a scary, evil, wild creature has been engraved in our memory so deeply that it’s hard to see different aspects this enduring animal can represent.
We all met someone who is named after a significant ancestor or a famous historical figure, right? There is nothing wrong with giving your child a name that is not very common, but it is not recommended being too avant-garde when picking one. After all, you don’t want your baby girl to be laughed at in school. The good thing is that you can find a name that is unique but still fashionable.
How important is to choose the right name for your baby is evident when you see parents fighting, negotiating and spending months debating which one to pick. Mother would like to name their baby girl after a favorite literature character, a father after a top athlete and so on.
Blind dates… Most of us claim that we would never go on one, and still most of us have listened to a persistent friend and went out with Mr. He-Is-The Right-Guy-For-You at least once in a lifetime. The real problem happens when we don’t know what to talk about with this unknown person. We are here to help.
The other day a pregnant friend of mine asked what does morning sickness feel like and how to fight it. The advice was sought because she wasn’t sure whether she is coming down with something or her body started changing because of pregnancy.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is known for its alternative medicine treatments such as acupuncture, massage, reflexology and herbal treatments. Many remedies against cold, high blood pressure, headaches etc. are made from a combination of different Chinese herbs.
A happy, fulfilled life is a goal we all try to reach. The list of things that should be done to make our dreams come true has career achievements, financial success, and a happy family pin at the top. How come that even when we can proudly say that we grasped everything we wanted, a feeling of something missing torment us? When it comes to living a complete life what is a main ingredient?
The way we live determines the way we age. Will we become a lively nanny everyone loves or a grumpy nagging woman people avoid is a matter of choice.
You are passing by a gemstone shop, and you suddenly feel drawn to a specific stone? This is not just a shopaholic crave talking, it could be that you intuitively look for something that will help in your current situation. Precious, and semi-precious, stones vibrate in the same way all the things in nature do: human beings, earth, plants etc.
Does your jewellery box have an item with a rose quartz? No? Well, it is about time to get one. This beautiful gemstone whose color varies from gentle pink to milky white is also known as a “Stone of Love.” Apart from giving a feminine air to the wearer, Rose Quartz is also used in crystal therapy and Feng Shui for it is believed to bring harmony, love and peace. Rose quartz is used in healing, both physical and spiritual. To use it properly and enjoy its benefits, the first thing you should do when you get one is to have it cleaned.
Would you like to feel better, have more energy, and a clean, soft skin? If the answer is “Yes” then it is about time to try a detox diet.
The lights are on; you are about to step forward and make a speech. You are nervous; your palms are sweating, you have a frog in your throat and you wonder if you’ll be able to utter a single word. Sounds familiar?
You woke up again with a dull pain in your head? Who doesn’t suffer from painful headaches cannot understand the feeling of despair, anxiety and even anger that overcomes you each time a new headache starts. Of course, everyone has a severe headache now and then and it is ok to treat them with pills in these cases.
Every relationship goes through different changes. Being in love with somebody makes you try harder and do your best to make it work. Leaving your partner for as long as one year is probably the hardest test two people have to pass. Separation from someone you love, even if it is for good purpose like carrier opportunity, is always hard to handle. Still, you can make the time pass quickly if you try following tips.
Stress is like spice – in the right proportion it enhances the flavour of a dish. Too little produces a bland, dull meal; too much may choke you. Donald Tubesing once said.
You’ve fell in love with a younger guy? So far everything is great; the sex, excitement, long conversations. He tells you he adores you, that you make him complete and you feel the same way too. This May-December relationship, however, worries you now and then; how long will it last, will he meet someone younger and leave you? To love and keep a younger guy, here are 5 things you should pay attention to.
Summer’s here; time to put on your denim shorts and sexy mini skirt but you avoid it because your legs are full of cellulite?? I know how you feel. Don’t hesitate; you can have the hottest legs in just a few weeks if you follow these tips.
Ahhh, flat abs, toned arms, a tight bum… If only you could motivate yourself to actually START exercising, maybe that could be you. Well, we hear ya sister! Find out how to truly get and stay motivated in 5 simple steps! Really, anyone can do this.
You are involved with a handsome, funny and intelligent guy who is obviously interested in you. Still, you’re not sure whether you are really in love with him or you just want to have a bit of fun? Here is a list of 8 things you must feel when in love to help you solve your dilemma.
Meditation is training for your mind, and just like any physical training it has many benefits. Here is a 6 step guide to meditation at home that will change your life for good.
In one of the previous articles I tried to explain how important it is to have authority when you want your child to listen. Now let’s deal with another important factor in parent-child communication – consistency.
You feel your child is ready to take the diapers off and start using a potty? Saying “farewell” to diapers is an important phase for both parents and a child. For successful potty training, prepare yourself by reading these 4 tips.
Giving up a career to take care of your family is definitely praise worthy decision and I am sure that you enjoy your role as a stay at home mother very much. So, how come you sometimes find yourself questioning your decision? Between changing diapers, cooking, running from one playgroup to another, no wonder you started asking yourself: “Is this really all I‘ll ever do?” Well, it doesn’t have to be. Check out 5 great things you can do as a staying at home mom.
When you took the pregnancy leave, the time to go back to work seemed million years away. Who could’ve known that it will pass so quickly!?
As a nanny you’re probably often trying to think about different ways to entertain kids. It is not easy to engage them in an activity for a longer period of time especially if you are in charge for more than one kid. You have to think about something that will keep their attention long enough so they wouldn’t be bored and go wild. If you have run out of ideas here are top 5 nanny games for girls that will make the babysitting hours pass quickly.
Pregnancy is a period during which most women pay special attention to their nutrition and lifestyle. Responsibility for a little creature growing inside our bodies makes the transition to healthy way of life, much easier. We are all aware that smoking, drugs and junk food are strictly forbidden, but many women wonder, if coffee is bad for pregnant women too? Here is an answer.
To organize a study room at home, you don’t need much time or money. If you have an extra room, turn it into a study that will meet the needs of your whole family; make it a place where you can quietly work from home and also a place where your kids can learn and do their homework.
Now that you’ve decorated your dorm room to fit your needs, it is time to decorate your dorm room door. Most students, especially girls, use all their creativity to make a door decoration that will leave an impression on the other students. Some college dorms even organise a competition for the best decorated dorm door, so here are 5 fun dorm door decoration ideas to make you one of the best competitors.
Graduation, either from high school or college, is a very important thing to both children and parents. It is a clear sign that your child has grown up and you’re filled with pride. No wonder you want to throw a memorable party. If you are not used to throwing a party for lots of people or your budget is a bit tight, continue reading.
May is approaching. Maybe the best month of the year; sunny, warm weather and markets packed with fresh fruits and vegetables. So why not use the opportunity and make some light, tasty desserts with fresh cherries.
It is common knowledge that sweating is a healthy and normal process through which our bodies remove toxins. This is not much of consolation when, during an important meeting or a job interview, you notice wet marks under your arms. If you are seeking for an answer to a question “Why do I sweat so much?” read on. Here is a list of most likely causes of excessive sweating and suggestions on how to stop it.
When you reach a certain age, taking care of your appearance seems to be more important than it was when you were younger. You can’t allow yourself to experiment the way you did when you were in your twenties but you can add a few changes to your hairstyle. Even a little change can refresh your whole appearance and take the years off. To inspire you, we’ve picked top 4 all-time medium hairstyles for women over 50.
You are “googling” for “do it yourself” home decorating ideas, but so far most of them seem too complicated?! Don’t give up just yet. Here are 3 easy DIY home decorating projects I’ve used to freshen up my flat. Read on. If I could do it so can you.
Spring is here and as sun rays enter your room you notice that it seems a bit shabby. You don’t dare to start thinking about redecorating; your budget is too low. Don’t despair. There are cheap decorating ideas for apartments that will bring a breath of fresh air into your flat without leaving your pockets empty. Just follow these 7 steps and soon you’ll be able to enjoy an improved living space.
You’ve finally moved into a new apartment and now you’re faced with a challenge – How to decorate it on a tight budget. Here are 6 useful ideas:
Your birthday is coming up, you have friends coming over to dinner or you just want to prepare something sweet and tasty for Sunday lunch? Here are 3 cakes for every occasion that are delicious, simple and don’t take hours to bake.
People often say that years spent in college were the best years of their life. If that is true, than it certainly isn’t because of the exams and courses they took, but most probably because of the parties they attended.
You want to organise an unforgettable girls night out? Maybe it doesn’t seem like it but it is not easy to come up with something all your friends would like. Here are 8 ideas to help you choose a perfect hen party theme.
“Don’t leave the house without breakfast; it’s the most important meal!” You heard this many times. Somewhere around noon, when your stomach starts growling and your concentration is low, it’s clear that the sentence was right.
Yoga nidra (“yoga rest” or “yoga sleep”) is a relaxation technique that has become very popular in last few years. It is used as a way of reducing stress, can help with insomnia, anxiety, migraine etc.
Your child is disobedient? Already feel like you’re losing control over him? Have you ever wondered how carefully does your child actually listen when you are talking? In the next few articles, we will try to approach this very common and complex problem and point out some of the main parenting rules that can help you in finding a solution.
Having problems with breastfeeding? So, the problem with cracked and sore nipples has been solved, you are getting more experience and confidence with breastfeeding and it seems that things are gradually getting back to it’s proper place. And then you notice a small, hard and maybe red and painful lump in one breast.
We will call them Tricolour sandwiches because they’ll be arranged to look like Italian flag. The recipe is for four persons, but you can change the quantity depending on how hungry you and your friends are. Friends are coming over to play cards or monopoly and you want to surprise them with something creative from European cuisine? Here is a recipe for 3 tasty and easy-to prepare old fashioned Italian sandwiches
You’ve changed the diapers, fed her, played with her. Still, the baby is crying constantly. You feel helpless and probably on the verge to start crying yourself. Well, you are not alone. Many parents feel the same way when faced with a baby’s cry. Before you run off to a pediatrician, try to make your baby stop crying by following our suggestions.
There are many benefits of chinese acupuncture. This is a method with a lot of history. We want to show you some of the benefits and the history of Acupuncture. Learn more about it and give it a try. It might just save your life!
You’ve met Mr. Right. For the first time in your life, you are happy with your relationship: it’s full of understanding, no one is playing games, both of you are ready to commit. You like each other’s friends, and you can swear that you have seen something resembling approval in your mother’s eye. All joking aside, how do you know that your relationship is ready to move to a higher level? Here are 5 signs that you are ready to have a baby.
We all have those days when our confidence plunders and our self esteem… wait what’s that? Exactly, it becomes non existent! Of course, that too shall pass, but just to make those times a little easier and hopefully go by a lot faster, we give you these 3 simple tips on how to boost your self esteem!
It is a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine originated in an ancient skill named “Chinese zone therapy”. Reflexology is a treatment based on a belief that zones and points on the feet, hands and ears are related to all organs, glands and body parts. Practice these 2 easy Chinese reflexology techniques anytime and you will feel the difference.