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1 Nov

Eat, Play, Love

Happy Halloween! I know we promised the recipe for the Cuban black beans and rice, but we’re not going to post that today. That’s the trick. But don’t worry, we have a treat in store instead – Pumpkin French Toast with Apple Cider Syrup. And yes, this latest challenger for our French Toast Madness, is as good as it sounds.

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Fall magic

1 Nov

“I cannot endure to waste anything as precious as autumn sunshine by staying in the house. So I spend almost all the daylight hours in the open air.” ~~Nathaniel Hawthorne

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7 Jun

L&L Photography

Photo of the Day – June 7, 2012

Life is the flower for which love is the honey.
~ Victor Hugo

The One,” Hillsboro, Oregon

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Walking Through Central Park

6 Jun

It’s beautiful 🙂 Walking is my ultimate motivation ..

ZAJAC iMAGES

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Healthy-living reminder (and note to self): walk. Walk. WALK!

6 Jun

Teresa Young

Yep, in concert with the yin and yang of all things, the minute I write about something like I’ve got it handled, the endless balancing act that is modern life tips a bit too far in some direction and suddenly I don’t! So then what does one do? Simple: begin again. And by the way, your form matters!

In addition to the “proper walking techniques” in the accompanying image (thanks to the Mayo Foundation), don’t coast along in your habitual walking style, with your mind driving your body around like a car, mentally just getting through the physical exercise ’til it’s over while thinking of everything you need to do after. Get your consciousness down into your body: engage your thighs and butt muscles and make sure they’re working as the engine that’s propelling you forward. Keep your knees flexed and stay light on your feet. Feel your…

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Walking is my ultimate motivation

5 Jun

“All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

I walk…because I feel this is the best way I could appreciate Mother Nature and her Natural beauty…"Sunflower" I walk….because I want my mind and body to connect and talk to each other in a very special language called “silence.”

"Beautiful flowers"

I walk because…It is safe, simple and doesn’t require practice…it is as natural as breathing. "Mother Nature" I walk…because it takes my mind off everyday stress and uplifts my spirits."Texas bluebonnets" “Walking in the morning takes you to beautiful places where light and shade make love.” ― Prof. Mohamed Shareef "Texas wildflowers"

I walk because there is so much beauty all around me to see and appreciate every bit of it. 

"Rose"

I walk…because flowers are Nature’s masterpiece and I want to capture them through my lens in every way, shape and form. That to me is real joy and cherishing life’s simple pleasures.

"Texas flowers"

We travel the world hunting for special destinations…sometimes it is right there in our own backyard. I walk…because I feel lucky to be able to see and appreciate things that are often unseen!

"Texas sunflower"

YES…walking is my ultimate motivation… 🙂

How to reduce Stress

1 Jun

Stress Management:

With life becoming so fast, competitive people often do not find time for themselves. This results in stress accumulation which can lead to various health issues. For many people, stress is so commonplace that it has become a way of life. Some stress is normal and even useful. Stress can help if you need to work hard or react quickly but when you’re constantly running in emergency mode, your mind and body pay the price. Constant stress can have bad effects. It can be linked to headaches, an upset stomachback pain, hair loss, acid reflux and trouble sleeping.

Causes of stress:

There are two types of Stress – Short term and Long term. We all experience short-term stress in our daily lives however long-term stress can lead to many health problems 😦 The situations and pressures that cause stress are known as stressors. We usually think of stressors as being negative, however, anything that puts high demands on you or forces you to adjust can be stressful.

The most common causes of stress are:

  • Bereavement
  • Family problems
  • Financial matters
  • Illness
  • Moving home
  • Relationships
  • Pollution
  • Over Crowding
  • Too much Traffic
  • Obesity
  • Long work hours

Avoiding Stress:

  • Time Management: Learn better ways to manage your time. You may get more done with less stress if you make a schedule. Think about which things are most important, and do those first. May be…automatic payment of bills will reduce your stress. Do not hesitate in spending some money to lower down stress in your life. After all, nothing is more important than happiness and health in life 🙂 
  • Healthy Diet: Take good care of yourself. Get plenty of rest. Eat well. Don’t smoke. Limit how much alcohol you drink.
  • Exercise: For many people exercise is an extremely effective stress buster. You do not have to spend hours in exercise, even 15 minutes of exercise can reduce or even eliminate stress
  • Breathing – there are some effective breathing techniques which will slow down your system and help you relax.
  • Yoga: Yoga is another great way of reducing stress in life. Early morning is the best time for yoga.
  • Common Sense: My mantra of leading a stress free life is very simple – “live and let live.” We don’t need to criticize, judge, or condemn others. So, use your common sense and take it easy 🙂

Do not let stress come rule your life. It is time for action. If you like my blog please comment in the section below.

Life is too short – Good Luck and keep 🙂


Two most colorful festivals

1 Jun HOLI

Are you ready to celebrate two most colorful festivals in the world:

  1. La Tomatina in Buñol, Spain celebrated during the last Wednesday in August.The world’s largest food fight. Each year some 30,000 people (including locals and many visitors) fill this town’s main square to hurl locally grown tomatoes at each other.  La Tomatina is a week-long festival featuring music, parades, dancing, fireworks, and a paella-cooking contest the night before the big fight.

Rules of the Fight:

A cannon is fired to signal the beginning and end of the tomato-throwing. According to the official La Tomatina website, there are just five rules:

  • You must not bring bottles or other objects that could cause an accident or injury.
  • You must not tear or throw t-shirts.
  • To avoid hurting people, you must squish tomatoes before they are thrown.
  • You must be careful around any trucks or vans.
  • After hearing the second shot, you must stop throwing tomatoes

La Tomatina

La Tomatina

La Tomatina

 2.   Holi:

Holi is a religious spring festival celebrated by Hindus. Holi is also called ‘The Festival of Colours’, and people celebrate the festival by smearing each other with paint, and throwing coloured powder and dye around in an atmosphere of great good humor.

Rules of the Fight:

No Rules, just have fun..

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HOLI

HOLI

So, if you get a chance do not miss out on these festivals. If you like my post please post comments in the section below.

Free iPhone Apps

15 May

Must have FREE legendary iPhone apps:

"Free iphone apps"

Category – Corresponding free app

  1. Security – Find my iPhone 
  2. Organisation – Evernote
  3. Photo sharing – Instagram, Adobe Photoshop Express, CamWow
  4. Social – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, WordPress, Foursquare, Google+, Via.me
  5. Free US/Canada Calling – MagicJack
  6. Reading – AppleiBooks
  7. Radio – Pandora, TuneIn Radio
  8. Bollywood Music – Desi Radio
  9. Language – Google Translate
  10. File Sharing – SugarSync
  11. Airport/Flights – Gateguru
  12. Bar code Scanner / QR Code Reader – RedLaser, QR Reader for iPhone
  13. Fitness – Runkeeper
  14. Local Business/Reviews Search – Yelp
  15. Collage sharing – PicCollage
  16. Messenger – Skype, Viber, Kik, Tango, Textfree, imo
  17. Emoticons – Emoji
  18. Daily Deals – Groupon
  19. Social GPS – Waze
  20. Gas Prices – GasBuddy – Find cheap Gas
  21. Panoramic photos – PhotoSynth
  22. Dictionary – Dictionary.com
  23. Currency Converter – XE Currency
  24. Speech to text converter – Dragon Dictation
  25. Social Network Messenger Integration – IM+
  26. Access to BEST talks – TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design)
  27. Mobile Scanner – Scan Pages
  28. Grocery – Grocery iQ
  29. High Definition Photos – HDR Foto
  30. Movies & Entertainment – IMDB, Crackle
  31. Financial – PayPal, Bloomberg, Mint.com

If you know of any other killer FREE iPhone app, Please do share by leaving a comment.

Why I run…

3 May

Fitness Motivation – the Nature Way!

The Adventures of Mona

I don’t run for medals. I don’t run for racing shirts or fancy gear. I don’t run for PRs. I don’t run for weight loss. I don’t run for popularity or recognition.  I don’t even run for fitness. I’ll tell you why I do run though…

I run because there is no sweeter taste than that of fresh air

I run because nature paints colors that beat out any 3D movie or HDR photo

I run because when the breeze hits my face I feel peaceful and free

I run to be the only moving thing in a landscape of stillness

I run because it makes the smallest moments last an eternity

I run to sightsee

I run because there is nothing that calms me more than miles of open country roads

I run for that moment when the sun comes up and all of the world awakens

I run for…

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