Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Positive Herb

The other day I was reading a book that mentioned sage and one of its multiple uses. I have always used it on pasta and butternut squash soup but never explored other uses. Have you? Well, maybe it's time to see what this versatile herb can do.


Along with rosemary, parsley and thyme, sage has been a herb of choice to distill into essential oil. This staple of Italian cooking has a savory flavor with a distinct aroma and a green-silvery color widely used in interior design.


Sage has many health benefits that include anti-oxidant thanks to its many oils, works as an anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, astringent, and boosts brain function... or course, all of these are triggered when you add sage to your past, soup, omelets, pizza, roasted chicken, tea or your favorite turkey stuffing in Thanksgiving.

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One of the most interesting things I found out about sage is that it is used in cleaning spaces of bad energy. It is mostly used with smudge sticks, where the smoke from the burning the herbs will attach to the bad energy and float away. I saw this ritual for the first time when a friend who had just moved to LA cleansed the apartment where she had just moved in... the house smell great and in my opinion, the environment felt more relaxed.


Finally, I've seen it used in boutonnieres and bridal bouquets, because they symbolize long life and wisdom. I don't know you but I think whichever way you use it, sage is a great idea! 

Have a positive day!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Something Good

Hope everyone had a great Easter surrounded by your family and loved ones! Mine was pretty quiet and somewhat rainy... you know those April showers! 


Unfortunately, those refreshing showers happened when I was far away from my reliable wellies. But it didn't keep me from fantasizing of my new finding called Joules... they say they are even favored by the royalty!


Have you even been told "you look good for you age?"... I have and then learned about microaggression, this audio piece tells you what it is and how to deal with it.


I found this article about women in media and advertising and how they have broken the stereotype and broke the glass ceiling in their professional lives.


Finally, I leave you with something delicious like this very informative post about edible flowers and a few recipes.

Have a lovely week!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Quatiere

Last week the Salone del Mobile was held in Milan, and I could not help but daydream of one day attending the fair. My favorite shots from everyone's images are those of events held at the Brera District or Quatiere.


I remember when I went to Milan and visited this neighborhood, I fell in love. It is one of those places characterized by the arts and a bohemian vibe, and some people might even call it the Milanese Montmartre. The area is more sophisticated but still holds that air of free spirit and easiness.



One of my favorite places was the Brera Art Gallery, where I found my favorite painting in the world called The Kiss by Francesco Hayez. The painting is in the style of the 1600's and it's so realistic that you sort of feel that you are interrupting a very special moment between the couple.


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At night the streets come alive with romantic restaurants, trendy bars, novelty shops and even psychic shops. Living here is pricey, but building are known to have large luxury apartments housed in buildings with imposing facades with the occasional Italian celebrity.


Somehow, I know few people who have traveled to Milan and visited this beautiful part of town. Maybe next year the stars will align and I'll be able to visit again and submerge in the creative atmosphere surrounding Brera.

Have a lovely day!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tribute

Today I'd like to pay tribute to those that were affected on the Boston Marathon last year. It is amazing to read the stories of the survivors and their spirits of not letting hatred rule their lives, as they know they are above it. These stories should inspire all of us to be better and to make sure nothing like that happens again.


Have a nice day!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Easter Monday

I have always loved Easter time with its beautiful color palettes and cheerful decorations. Also, For many it is a time for reflection and to connect spiritually. For today's weekly links I want to focus on cheerful things that fill your spirits and may add a little activity to those who live in places where this is Holy Week and have some time off... Happy Monday!


This link is for a Natural Egg Dye instead of using those with harsh chemicals. I love the idea of playing with flowers and leaves to give eggs a different feeling and one children can experiment with.


One of the beauties of Easter is that flowers are everywhere and they are an integral part of the celebration. A Floral Wreath symbolizing the seasons finest is a perfect decor element.


Kids bring so much joy to any celebration and seeing them on an egg hunt is nothing less that tons of fun. This super cute Bunny Easter Bags are easy to do and children can make them too!


Finally, no celebration is ever complete with great food and a well planned party. An Easter Hunt Brunch is a perfect way to celebrate with family a friends.

Have a lovely week!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Choices

Rarely I do personal posts about my life beyond commenting on a little craziness here and there. But today, I'll be making a bit of an exception, maybe because I'm on a path of change, an uncertain one, but it is happening all the same. So, if you prefer to skip the stories, then go to the last paragraph for a happy weekend send off...


Last week I made the decision to end a business relationship that I knew in my heart I needed to be done with, but it was not easy at all and took a lot of effort. That same day I read an article about Saying No and despite the fact that I still felt stressed about what I had to do, I was certain in the long run I had done it to save me from something more difficult along the way.

 
A couple of months ago I was talking to a friend who is going through similar things I've been going through. He had a TV show purchased by a large network, but they pulled the plug on it and he has been trying to get another deal ever since. Connecting with him and having someone understand what I was going through was cathartic, and even though we are still trying to figure things out, we thought maybe we should find a solution together instead of isolated.


I'm not big on self help books because I've always been a "deal on your own" kind of person, but then I found this book about someone who has gone through some really tough times. Then I started reading his blog, and today I'm reading the book for the second time. Why you may ask? Simply because we always need someone who understands what we go through and made it to the other side, because sometimes we do need help, and because help may come from unexpected places.


I have no idea what the outcome of all of this will be, and can't deny I've been a little anxious about what I cannot control, but at the end of the day I still have that spark of faith that tells me things will be alright. Once more, I have to thank those of you who come by to visit me, even when I go MIA, and if I don't say it enough... THANK YOU!

Have a lovely weekend!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Oldest Barrio

One of my best friends is getting married this year in Buenos Aires, which has been one of those must wanted to visit cities in my life. I still have to make plans to see if I can make it, but no doubt I have looked into what places I would visit and one of them in Bario San Telmo.


This is one of the most visited areas in Buenos Aires as well as the oldest neighborhood in the city. Its buildings are in colonial style with cobblestoned streets it used to be the city's industrial area. After years of rise and fall the neighborhood became the home to the many immigrants into the country coming from Europe.

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San Telmo acquired a bohemian flair as it attracted local artists and the Museum of Modern Art was opened and the artisan guild was funded. Today you can find the area filled with tourists and locals alike that fill the cafes and bars along with antique stores, art galleries, museums and churches.

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For what I've been told the best day to go is Sundays to revel in the antique market lining the streets of San Telmo. The whole area becomes a huge party where you find a great bargain on a vintage item, enjoy of great food and even learn a little tango. We'll see if I can make it, but thing is for sure that This is a place I must visit one day.

Have a wanderlust day!