Friday, July 31, 2009
Once I got to the Palomar, I stepped onto the elevator with a few other folks. As the Elevator fills, We casually nod to each other. Each one quietly involved in their own thoughts, enjoying the soothing sounds of a cross between Caribbean and easy listening music. Then breaking the peace, This man says in a VERY loud voice "WHO HAS ON PATCHOULI? WHO IS WEARING PATCHOULI?" Everyone including myself is startled. since he is speaking loudly in a small space. (maybe he had a few drinks from the bar) I then boldly speak up acknowledging that it was I. Curious that this (at least 15 yr my senior) man knew what Patchouli was I asked him "what do you know about that?" LOL! What did I say that for? He tells me "oooohhh whoooo, mmm mmm! YOU need to be getting off on the same floor as me!" I stood there amused and in amazement at his frankness and chuckled to myself, while mentally Poppin' my colla. All the while holding back from screaming out the elevator door as he exited on his floor "That's the power of Patchouli, Baby!"
*Here is some inside info for those of you who may not be familiar with Patchouli essential oil.*
Patchouli is known for it's many medicinal properties. It has the ability to help with skin inflammation, fungal infections, Acne, Eczema to name a few. However it has also been used for hundreds of years as a great aphrodisiac. Patchouli Oil has been good for treating sexual problems such as impotency, loss of libido and interest in sex, erectile problems, frigidity etc. Most people reactions to it's scent are one of two choices, love it or hate it.
If I had to make a wild guess, I'm thinking the older gentleman in the elevator LOVED it! Hehehehehe guess I better be careful the next time I wear it, never know who I may meet in the elevator!
Just because I think it's funny, check out the pine sol commercial I found on Youtube that this experience reminded me of
Thursday, July 23, 2009
I know that I have many great talents and abilities and because of them I refuse to give up on my entrepreneurial spirit. So, I continue to look for more pathways to aid me in staying focused. I must admit, reading blogs from other women like myself (small business owners and WAHM) I get energized and inspired to continue pushing through with my own plans. If they can do it, then so can I. So, thanks to all the blogs and women out there who unknowingly inspire me to keep it going! Some of the networking sites that make me Think I Can are: www.mompreneurcafe.com , www.momtv.com , and www.twitter.com where I meet many inspiring women entrepreneurs focused on reaching their goals and having fun while doing it.
Currently I am working on some new projects, and trying to revive some oldie but goodies too. I am excited about them, and most importantly I am focused on it (well at least I'm trying to be).
So, that's all for now...
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Fast forward 7 days later. I can't take my mind off IT, I keep craving IT. Finally I breakdown, and knock on the door of the owner of this dish and shamelessly begged for the recipe. She was even so kind as to give me some of the ingredients fresh from her garden. Oh happy, happy, joy, joy! I went home with a song in my heart and a skip in my step. I got the recipe to make this delicious dish and IT's MINE! ALL MINE!...Well, now it's yours too, hehehe
5 yellow squash cut up into small chunks / slices
One onion diced or sliced
1/2 stick of butter
One Potato sliced thin
In a skillet melt the butter on medium to low heat
Add the squash and onions
Next layer, the potato slices and then the rest of the squash.
Cover with a lid and let simmer for about 30 minutes or so.
Once the Potatoes are tender, add slices of Velveeta (about 4 oz. or more if you like a lot of cheese)
when the cheese is melted the dish is ready to be served! Enjoy!
I bet once you try this you'll be singing the same tune..."Your just too good to be true can't take my eyes off of you......"
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Do you remember the song you heard when you first fell in love? Or the song that was playing when you went out on that special first date? I do, and it seems like lately I've been hearing "our songs" alot.
It just strikes at a totally unexpected time, I'm in my car minding my own business and bing! I hear it, and in comes the warm and fuzzies like a flood. Then the butterflies start up right on Que, just like it was yesterday. My mind takes me back through 18 years when I was just a senior in highschool...Wow! Oh the fun times, the joy of feeling like nothing else even mattered but he and I. The late night phone calls only to hang up and call each other again as soon as we woke. Finding any and every excuse to be together and sometimes it felt like even that wasn't enough. I know, sickening right? Hehehehe.
Well, recently after going down memory lane musically, I thought to myself "what would the soundtrack of our happiest moments be like?" From that thought came a play list that I created based on the songs that I thought my hubby and I shared a common sentiment about.
Wanna hear it? Here it go:
Creating the soundtrack of your love is very romantic, and is a great way to "stir it up" with your #1. I've shown you my soundtrack of love, what songs would you add to your own soundtrack?
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
The follow up text:
My reply (trying to be cool and tough)
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
This morning I made a simple breakfast that consisted of Feta cheese, eggs, fresh spinach, fresh tomatoes, and onions. It is not my original recipe, but I love it just the same. It provides a little bit of everything (protein, dairy, vegetables). I am still on my vegetarian voyage, and so this was right up my alley, my daughter "hates anything green" but with a little prodding from me even she ate this dish. The verdict? Luvs it! She even asked for seconds. I think I found a winner here.
The dish is easy to make:
diced onions, the amount is up to personal taste. ( i love lots of onions)
a hand full of fresh spinach, cut or whole pieces
dice a quarter of a tomato
two table spoons of Low fat Feta
*Double the ingredients for more servings*
Pour into a heated pan, lightly oiled with olive oil and scramble. Serve hot and enjoy.
* be creative, add mushrooms, sprouts, red, green, yellow peppers and even add a side of baked or grilled salmon.*
Monday, July 6, 2009
When I gave birth to both of my children, one of my first thoughts and first words were; "is the baby healthy?" I was concerned about their little bodies functioning properly, and like any mother in the labor and delivery room I was relieved to hear the doctor give the children a clean bill of health.
Imagine my fears though, when my 2 month old daughter began to display what looked to me like signs of a vision problem. I tried to push my fears aside, telling myself it was just my imagination, but my husband and I could no longer keep those thoughts at bay after a well care checkup with her pediatrician revealed similar concerns. After a follow up visit, it appeared that my daughter's symptoms began to dissipate and she no longer concerned the doctor and therefore did not require any further testing. What a relief!
Reflecting on my own personal experience in dealing with a possible vision problem in the past with my infant, it is no wonder that I felt it was a privilege to help spread the word about the ENFANT PEDIATRIC VEP VISION TESTING SYSTEM.
The ENFANT PEDIATRIC VEP VISION TESTING SYSTEM is a unique and non-invasive pediatric vision test that can be given to children as young as 6 months! With the utilization of the Enfant system, Doctors are able to test for various vision problems such as amblyopia(commonly known as lazy eye), optic nerve disorders, and refractive errors. Which I believe is wonderful, considering the fact that vision disorders are the fourth most common disability among children in the U.S., according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
Although this device can be used on children of all ages, the recommendation by the American Academy of Pediatrics is that "Children should have routine vision screenings starting at six months of age" ( I know, I was surprised to learn that as well). I bet you are wondering, "how can my baby, who cannot speak be tested for vision deficits?" This is what I think is so cool about this device! It uses Visual Evoked Potential to discover the deficits. This is done by evaluating the child's response to an external stimulus along the entire visual pathway from the lens of the eye to the visual cortex of the brain, thereby not requiring a verbal response. Click HERE to see a video on this.
Here is a list of some important facts regarding the ENFANT PEDIATRIC VEP VISION TESTING SYSTEM:
- Utilizes clinically proven, FDA- approved technology
- Delivers a 97% sensitivity in detecting visual deficits where and when they exist.
- Provides immediate, on-site test results in simple, pass/fail format
- Requires no dilation or sedation for maximum patient safety.
- Features child-friendly animated characters and graphics accompanied by music.
- Can be completed in five to seven minutes, contributing to a more than 90% test completion rate.
- Is currently utilized by more than 250 pediatric practices, and is easily Incorporated into a child's regular well care visit.
- Stimulates the vision system with a specific pattern to elicit electrical signals to the visual cortex of the brain.
- Uses objective, statistical analysis to assess the child's neurological response to the stimuli, and compares the two eyes to determine if asymmetries are present.
- If asymmetries are present, the patient is referred to an eye care specialist for further evaluation.
To learn about some of the more subtle warning signs of vision problems in young children, an online vision assessment quiz has been created at http://www.freevisionquiz.com/ . The quiz is simple and only takes a few minutes (really) to complete. I took the quiz and I would like to encourage you to take it too. If after taking this brief quiz, you have been made aware that there are areas in which there is a potential vision problem with your child please know further assistance is not out of reach. There are 21 states from which you may locate a pediatric office performing the VEP testing. Go to http://www.enfantvision.com/ to find your local office.
So, if you are a concerned parent (and I know you are), remember that early intervention and detection is vital for healthy vision. Help spread the word!