Is Love All That Really Matters?

The recent shooting in Florida gave me so much sadness and I cried every day I watch the news, the sadness of losing one’s child is the greatest sadness there is.  I have 2 kids myself and I will never want them to go to school and never come back home. I didn't just cry for the senseless killing I also shed tears of joy when I saw the way the community came together to support one another, to me that's love. It was a sad day but it was amazing to see people of different color, beliefs, religion come together in unity to help one another grief. This is not the first time I've witnessed this show of love after a tragedy, but every time it happens I am in tears for the most part of the day. It is just sad that it takes a tragedy to see so much love and support in the community.

This is February and it is the month of love, it is the time most people believe should be spent with their spouse, fiance(e) or girlfriend which is ok. Celebrating Valentine is not my thing, but I do believe it is a time better spent with loved ones or people with no one to show them love. "Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone's face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come." - Henri Nouwen. What if we all love each other? Don't you think the world will be a better place? If we all love one another despite the difference in color or religion or beliefs. What if we practice the 'live and let's live' rule. How about we learn to embrace our diversity, see it as a strength and not let it tear us apart.

When there is love, it will be hard to think of hurting one another, because you love everyone around you and care about how they feel. No need to steal from others because when you love someone you ask for it and when they love you too they will give you unconditionally. With love, there is absolutely no need to kill or take a life of someone in your community, remember if love goes both ways there is no need for jealousy or envy or revenge. Love is strong and deep, it is what can bring everyone together without consequences.

Spread love not hate, the minute you start to see others like you see yourself. The instant you begin to care about how your neighbors are doing, The moment you are concerned if kids of other parents are doing well in school, these are the moments that you experience real love. “ I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.”-  Robert Fulghum

Change your thoughts and it will change your life. Think of others as you think about yourself, the world is lonely when you have no one to love or have no one that loves you. Let’s change the world together one step at a time, show love to your neighbors then spread it to your community. Together we can make the world a better place, remember 'Love is all that matters'.

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Amazing Beauty Benefits of Baking Soda

I know there are a lot of people like me, who hardly think of using baking soda for anything else except baking. When it comes to baking that delicious cookies, one of the ingredients that come to mind is baking soda. Now, when I have beauty issues one of the ingredients that come to my mind is baking soda! I have recently learned a few things about how amazing baking soda is for the skin, so I decided to share the knowledge with my lovely readers.

Baking soda is cheap and always readily available at home, I am sharing 5 easy and effective ways you can use it in your beauty routine.

Bath Soak :

Baking soda is effective in clearing away impurities from the skin, To get rid of irritations or just clear toxins out of your skin, run water in your bathtub and add ½ cup of baking soda.  relax in the bathtub and let it sink into your skin to get rid of all the impurities, this should give you a clear skin and also relax your body. Doing this once a week will make your skin feel better and clearer.

Face Wash :

Clean your face with warm water first, then mix 1 tablespoon of raw honey and 1 teaspoon of baking soda in a bowl. Apply the mixture gently on your face, wash off with warm water after 15 minutes. This will not only give you a clean face, it also exfoliates your skin. Exfoliation takes away dead skin and makes you look younger. It will also help reduce blackheads and brighten up dull skin as well, try this out before investing in that expensive cleanser or facial wash

Skin Reliever:

Baking soda can help relieve your skin from sunburn or when your skin is too dry or itchy. Add ½ cup of baking soda to your warm bathing water and take your bath like you normally would, this will make your skin soft and smooth.

Hair Wash :

Baking soda is perfect for taking off all the build ups in your hair, from all the styling treatment you’ve used. Mix baking soda with your favorite shampoo and apply like you normally do. It cleanses up your hair better and also helps in getting rid of dandruff.


Pamper your feets without going to the spa. Add warm water to a big bowl and ½  cup of baking soda and soak your feet in it. Leave for 15-30 mins in the water, then scrub off with a pumice stone to reveal a clean and smooth foot. Apply a little moisturizer to your whole feet to avoid dryness.

Do you use baking soda in your beauty routine in a way I have not listed above, share them with me in the comment box!

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9 Simple Tips To Make You A Happy Person

Life is full of ups and downs, there are times we just don't feel happy for a number of reasons. Remember life itself is a rollercoaster, you have to roll with it and adjust accordingly. How you feel inside is usually demonstrated in your character and day to day activities. It’s hard to hide unhappiness, and this can possibly ruin relationships or people might perceive you the wrong way.
Now the question is how do you become happy and stay happy?  You have to be open to change, it all starts with your ability to improve your thinking and striving to get better day in day out

 Here are 9 simple tips to help you become and stay happy :

1. Take Breaks and do something for yourself; Work, Kids, Social Media, and a lot of other things always keep us busy for too long. When these things are done for a long period of time, we get tired of it at one point. Breathe in, and take a break every now and then. Take a break from social media and notice the world around you,  after working all through the week, do something for yourself by the weekend, go window shopping, go watch a movie or stay home and try a new recipe or watch a movie, or go out and see a friend. Whatever it is that is tying you down, just take a break.   As a mom, When I am feeling down, I usually leave my kids with my spouse for few hours and go for a walk or window shopping in the nearby mall.

2. Think positively and leave your negative thoughts behind: Negative thoughts occurs when things are not going as planned. When things happen, don't let your negative thoughts take over. Access your situation and try to see some positivity in it. If the negativity becomes persistent, look for something to shift your mood. Any form of distraction will help in a situation like this, You can just flip through old pictures on your phone or go for a short walk for few minutes and breathe in fresh air.  Look for something to hope for, to kill off your negative thoughts. Every day cannot be good, but there is a good in every day.

3. Exercise or Fitness: To keep a sharp mind it is important to stay fit, find the perfect exercise that works for you. You are not after losing or gaining weight, just keep fit and keep the blood flowing in your body properly. You will feel a lot better after an exercise because exercising releases good mood endorphins. You don’t necessarily have to register in a gym, there a lot of youtube videos that can help you. Going for a long walk is also a good option.

4. Document the things you are grateful for: it can’t all be bad, there is always something to be grateful for. Make a list no matter how little they are and feel positive about yourself, The only people that can’t be grateful for anything are the dead. so search your soul, look around and find something to be grateful for that will always bring a smile to your face. When I feel down, sometimes I just go through my kid's old pictures and it surely brings that beautiful smile to my face.

5. Sleep Well: Not sleeping well will make you grumpy and keep you in a bad mood for the most part of the day. Just like the popular song goes “early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise”, It is hard to stay happy when you don't have enough sleep, go to bed as early as possible to make the next day a better day for you.

6. Help others and expect nothing in return: You don’t need to have a lot of money to help others, you could do as little as open the door for an elderly person. You can also help people with disabilities, or if you have some free time you can volunteer as little as an hour a week where your help is needed in your community. Information is power, you can help others by passing across important information, just in case they are not aware already. The smile on the face of people you’ve helped will surely lift you up, and the feeling of being in the position to help others can also go a long way to make you feel alive and happy.

7. Ask For help; There is nothing wrong in asking for help, talking to someone for a minute might light up your day for weeks to come. When things are totally upside down, remember one thing, if you never ask the answer is always no. Beware of people that are critical of your every move and won’t be willing to help. Check out friends that have invited you for a coffee in the past, or someone that always seems ready to have a chat with you. There is nothing bad in asking, sometimes we have to rely on others so we can fly.

8. Eat Healthily: In as much as we all love to eat what we want, you need to remember that a healthy body means a healthy mind. There is nothing wrong with giving in to your sweet tooth once in a while, but remember to eat more healthy meals. People fall ill for different reasons, but don't let your eating habits be one. Keep yourself happy with good health, Eat well, Eat healthily!

9. Love yourself: There is no way to become or remain happy if you don’t love yourself. Take yourself the way you are and stop comparing yourself to others. Nothing beats self-love, it also shows in you when people meet you. Stop competing with someone else, compete with yourself to be better than you were yesterday. You can only be happy when you are happy with yourself, if you don’t like something about yourself, change it!. Take up the challenge, become better, you deserve it!

All the above-listed tips are easy and effective, the main key is consistency. Hopefully, this can help you become happy and stay happy. Cheers!

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How To Incorporate Avocado Into Your Meals

Being a mom, I am always looking for ways to get my kids to eat healthy meals and I also end up eating them too. Kids hate green fruits or vegetables, but I have to find ways to incorporate these healthy foods into our daily meals. This post is all about avocado which in my opinion, is the superfood for adults and kids.

Avocado is one of my favorite fruits to eat as snacks or add to food recipes, it has a creamy texture and tastes delicious. Avocado is from a tree called Persea Americana, it is said to have originated from South Central Mexico. It is high in fatty acids but low in calories, it gives you close to 20 vitamins. There are many types of avocado, but the most popular one found in the market or grocery store is called Hass Avocado.

When choosing your avocado, avoid the ones that are too soft or has dark spots on it. Choose the green ones if you won't be consuming it soon, they will get ripen at home. For immediate use, choose the avocado that is a bit soft to the touch. The regular consumption of avocado is very beneficial to your health and it's also very easy to include in your meals.

Health Benefit of Avocado

1. Nutritious:
Avocado is full of nutrients that are very beneficial to your health. it contains a good amount of Vitamin C, E, K, B5, B6, Folate. It also contains a small percentage of Iron, Zinc, Magnesium, Copper, Vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, and Phosphorous. These vitamins are essential for a healthy body, and can all be consumed naturally from avocado.

2. Digestion and Detoxification:
Avocado is high in fiber, which helps to allow regular bowel movements. With regular bowel movements, you can get rid of toxins in the body and prevent constipation which will make your digestive tracts healthy.

3. Lower Cholesterol Levels:
The consumption of beta-sitosterol has been known to help lower cholesterol, and this can be found in Avocado. There are studies that have been done and proved that regular eating of avocado can reduce LDL cholesterol and also reduce heart disease risk.

4. Eyes Protection:
Lutein and zeaxanthin are the 2 nutrients that help with great vision, and it can be found in avocado. Eating avocado can help reduce the risk of cataracts and protect your eye's health for a long time.

5. Healthy Pregnancy:
Avocado is rich in folate, which is required to reduce the risk of neural tube defects. Folate is highly essential to have a healthy baby, eating avocado regularly during pregnancy can provide natural folate needed.

How to incorporate avocado into your meals.

1. Bread or Sandwich spread

You can replace butter or mayonnaise with avocado to spread on your toast or sandwich. It is soft and creamy, mash it and you can sprinkle one or more seasoning like salt, cayenne pepper, olive oil or lemon juice.

2. Scrambled Egg

Add avocado to your egg when its half done on the stove or add it when the egg is done, if you don't like your avocado warm. When the egg is done, add shredded cheese, salt, and pepper.

3. Smoothies

Adding avocado to your smoothie does not only make it creamy, it also gives it a delicious taste. You can surely add up any fruits(bananas, pineapple, mango, berries etc) to make your smoothie, you can also add green vegetables like spinach. Mix up your smoothie with yogurt, milk or protein powder.

4. Ice Cream

Use avocado to make a nutritious ice cream at home, it's healthier and easy to make. Mash up peeled avocado, add honey, almond or coconut milk and lime juice. Mix it up and freeze.

5. Pancakes

Pancake is delicious but high in carbs, make it nutrient dense by adding avocado for extra vitamins. Mash up peeled avocado and mix up with pancake mix, the pancake will have a touch of green when done.

6. Salad Dressing

Making your own avocado salad dressing is not only creamy and tasty, it is also healthy than store bought dressings that is high in calories and lots of sugar. To make your own dressing, add avocado with lime, salt, black pepper, garlic and greek yogurt. You can add water to improve the consistency the way you want it.

7. Toppings

Avocado is a healthy option to add as a topping for your pizzas and burgers. If you replace other toppings with avocado, you can cut the number of calories and increase the number of nutrients in your meal.

8. Grilled Avocado

If you are thinking of something healthy to snack on, try grilling avocado. Slice your avocado, brush it with olive oil and sprinkle some lime juice on it. You can then grill for 3 minutes, then season it with salt and pepper when it's done.

9. Sushi

Have more fun with avocado and include it in your sushi recipes, it will give it a creamy taste and combines well with other ingredients.

10. Dips

Make your own dips at home with avocado, you can whip up guacamole or just mash peeled avocado with honey, salt, and a little black pepper for a dip. It is creamy and delicious!
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5 Places Where Your Child Can Play For Free

Kids get bored easily when they stay at home for a long period of time, they love to explore and visit new places. It is important to give them change of scenery every now and then. If you are looking for ideas on where your kids can play for free, read on.

Learning center :

Here in Ontario Canada, we have a learning center we call 'The Early Years Center'. They have various programs for kids between the age 0month to 6years old. I take my kids to programs tailored to their age group. They do have a program for infants but I started taking my son when he was 3 months old. They also have drop-in programs called family times, this is when you can bring your child in to play and explore the various toys, writing materials, craft materials, painting and so on. This center also gives you the opportunity to meet new moms and make new friends too. Check your area to see if you have something like this in your community.

Local Library :

You can take your child to your local library to take a look at books, even if they can't read yet or they don't listen to you when you read. Most kids are attracted to pictures, so taking them to the library to explore picture books is surely an interesting way to keep your little one busy. Some libraries have a reading program for kids, be sure to ask the attendants when you visit.

Playground / Kid's Park :

This is the most popular free place to entertain your kids, there are quite a lot of equipment to play with at the playground. There are swings, slides and other equipment that will keep your toddler busy for a while. This is the best place for your kids to burn out their energy and get a good nap afterward. A playground is a good option for kids from 8months upwards, there is hardly anything for infants, but most parks have swings specifically for babies

The Mall :

Kids don't really like going to the mall, especially toddlers. They are not interested in shopping or buying anything except toys. But most malls do have play areas for kids to play, it is usually situated in 2 or 3 locations in the mall. I usually take my toddler out to the play areas in the mall every now and then just for a change of scenery.

Street Walk :

Kids like exploring, and it's a lot of fun to take them out to take in the fresh air. Just going out for a  short street walk is always fun for the little ones. During winter they get to play with snow, fall season they play with leaves, and during summer and spring they get to feel the sun and also feel the green areas in your community.

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7 Tips To Help Achieve New Year Resolutions

New year resolutions are easy to write down, it's not really hard to list your goals or what you want to achieve this new year. Now the real problem is achieving these goals, while some might get to achieve their goals a bit easier, others will find it a lot harder to achieve even one goal on their list.

Here are 7 tips to help you achieve your new year resolutions:

1. Make it your own goal: Don't just make new year resolutions because everyone else is making one. Think thoroughly, what do you want to change or improve on? don't live someone else's dream. Your goals should not really be based on someone else's definition of you except it is what you really want too. Some people draw up their goals based on their friend's goals or because they just want to meet up with someone else expectations. These goals are likely to fail because there is nothing personal about your goals. Make the goals personal, make it your goals!

2. Document your goals: Its easier to say, I want to do this, achieve that when a new year arrives, but it will never work out that way. You need to either write it down or type and print it out, whichever works for you best. Put this list where you can see it every day, it could be in front of your fridge, your dresser or get a note board and put them on it.

3. Keep It Simple: This is important for people that find it really hard to achieve any of their resolutions when your goal is too big it might be scary to start or you might give up easily because your result looks smaller to your goals after a long time of trying. Keep it simple but measurable so it's easy to keep track of what you've achieved and where you are not doing well. Break down your list by weeks or months, for instance, if your goal is to stop smoking, you can say by January you will smoke one stick per day, February 4 sticks per week and so on.

4. Motivation: Even if you write down these goals, keep it simple and still don't have anything to motivate you, your goals will remain a decoration until the end of the year. A goal example is if you decide to cut your expenses so that you can save money for a new car, getting a picture of the car you want should motivate you. Now keep this picture on the board so you can see it on your way out daily. You don't have to go with my example, look inside you and create something that motivates you personally.

5. Accountability Partner: You need someone or something to track your progress or keep a tab on you. This could be your spouse, your coach, your best friend, just anyone you feel comfortable sharing your goals, success, and failure with. The person you choose needs to be critical but not negative, if you can't find anyone to do this with, you can search for apps to keep track of your goals for you. Samsung Health is an app on Samsung phones that keeps track of the number of steps you take in a day, water intake, heart rate and so on, this is perfect if you are working on improving a healthy lifestyle, if not look for something similar that tracks your achievement.

6. Setbacks: Setbacks or failure would surely come up while trying to achieve your goals, this might be a mistake on your part or just unavoidable occurrence. This is not the time to give up, its the time to buckle up, work harder and get things done. Remember no pain no gain, talk to your accountability partner or go through your app. Know your mistakes and move forward improving on it.

7. Celebrate your small achievements: You don't need to achieve big goals before you celebrate yourself, its hard work to achieve any goal, so celebrate but keep it moderate. Don't deviate from your goals though, just think of something you will be happy to do, that doesn't necessarily affect your goals or take you backward.

These 7 tips should help you achieve your goals but expect to put in hard work and you are likely to experience setbacks every now and then. Shake it off, and keep moving remember you have 12 months to get it right and get better. Wishing you a blessed year 2018! cheers!!!

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