Posts with tag "Entertaining"


Thai Food made Easy!

I love Thai food which is why these are my two favorite recipes to make at home. They are very easy to make and your kids should like them too as they don't have too many complicated flavors. Serve both with steamed rice. If bok choy isn't your thing, then serve stir fry vegetables with the chicken to complete the meal.


How to throw a last minute Oscar Party!

One of my favorite TV nights is this Sunday - The Oscars! For the last 10 years, our dear friends, Jeff and Andrew, have hosted the most amazing Oscar Soiree but this year they are taking a break, which leaves me in distress. ...continue reading the story called How to throw a last minute Oscar Party!


Make Mom feel special this Mother’s Day!

Mother's day is on May 13th and I am every excited about this day.
Why not? It's a day for being celebrated as a mom as well as celebrating your mom. It's a day of showing mom that she is loved, cherished and appreciated. It's a happy day. 
Read this post while planning for your mom and then make sure to share with your husband and kids, if you are a mom, so they can get some tips for planning your day too 🙂

So what would an ideal mother's day be?
Well, that really depends on how old the kids are....

If your kids are under the age of 5 yrs:
A little time away from them could be a nice treat since they are at a demanding age and when mom is around, they only want her. A spa treatment or a workout away could be a nice break.

If your kids are between ages 5 to 10 yrs:
One planned activity together as a family would be great. Sunday brunch or a family activity like bowling, bike ride, tennis. 

If your kids are between ages 10 to 20 yrs:
A meal and an activity together would make a nice day. It definitely gets easier by this age but the kids might not want to spend an entire day with their parents. So an early dinner or a brunch followed by a movie or some activity could be great quality time.

If your kids are over 20 years:
You could possibly spend an entire day together! That is, if you are living in the same city.

For some families, giving a gift is definitely a sign of love so here are some thoughts on how you can make your mom feel loved and special on Mother's Day.
1. If your mom is a homebody, let her sleep in. That is a true treat. And when she wakes up, make her a special breakfast, served on a nicely laid table. Make her favorite things for breakfast. Check out my post on Sunday Brunch for some egg recipes and table setting ideas. Being at home and not having to do a single think like cleaning, laundry or picking up after everyone is an indulgence for her.

2. If your mom likes spas, give her a nice body cream (I love Jo Malone Body Cream in Grapefruit) along with a gift certificate to her favorite spa. A nice touch would be to make an appointment in advance on Mother's Day. After her treatment, the whole family can have a meal together somewhere.

3. If your mom likes to workout, give her a gift certificate to her favorite workout apparel store (I love Lululemon) and schedule a family hike or bike ride for the day. Pack a special picnic and surprise her after the hike/bike.

4. If your mom likes to shop, give her a gift certificate to her favorite store (Nordstroms, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales) and maybe arrange a personal shopper to meet her there. After her shopping spree, the whole family can get together for a meal.

5. If your mom likes to cook, give her a cool apron like the one below or buy her a cook book she has been wanting along with a gift certificate for cooking classes at a favorite place. 

Plenty Cookbook

Last but not least, end the day by telling her how much you love her.


A Perfect Sunday Brunch.

I love Sunday Brunch. It's easy, fun and quite relaxing! The key to a successful brunch is to plan ahead, lay a simple yet inviting table and set a nice menu. My friend, Julie, is a pro at hosting Sunday brunches and this post is inspired by her! ...continue reading the story called A Perfect Sunday Brunch.


Time to detoxify!

An embellished life includes having a healthy lifestyle!
When you feel good, you automatically look good. And with summer around the corner and swimsuit season on the horizon, I was tempted to share some detoxifying foods compiled by reviewing multiple health websites and magazines. 
Most of us are aware of these foods but it doesn't hurt to get a quick reminder.
By incorporating these in your diet, you can increase energy, improve digestion and also lose weight!

Top 10 Detoxifying Foods

1. Lemons 

Lemon juice contains a number of alkalizing minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium. It is also rich in vitamin C, a powerful anti-oxidant that supports your immune system. Lemon juice is great for a detox because it stimulates bile production in your liver, helping your body to remove toxins more efficiently. 

2. Blueberries 

Blueberries rate very highly in antioxidant activity compared to other fruit. They contain potent antioxidants, named anthocyanins, that gives them that beautiful blue color. The anthocyanins protect your body from free radicals in your bloodstream, and can help your immune system to fight off serious diseases. Blueberries also help to stabilize blood glucose levels and can reduce belly fat. 

3. Garlic

Garlic is a powerful antiviral, antiseptic and antibiotic. The vital sulphuric compounds garlic contains makes it an essential detoxifier.

4. Green Tea

Packed full of antioxidants, green tea not only washes toxins out of the system through its liquid content, but also contains a special type of antioxidant called catechins, known to increase liver function.

5. Flaxseed

Ground flaxseeds provide a wonderful source of fibre that helps to bind and flush toxins from the intestinal tract. They're also a great source of health promoting omega 3 oils. 

6. Red Beets

Beets are full of vitamins B3, B6, C and beta-carotene. They're also a valuable source of iron, magnesium, zinc and calcium -- all necessary to promote optimal detoxification and elimination.

7. Turmeric

Curcumin is the active ingredient in the spice turmeric, which gives it its yellow color. The rate at which your detox pathways function depends on your genes, your age, lifestyle and a good supply of nutrients involved in the detox process. Curcumin is used a lot in Ayurvedic Medicine to treat liver and digestive disorders.

8. Quinoa

This simple seed is a complete protein, and also boasts high calcium and lysine contents.

9. Green, Leafy Vegetables

Lightly diuretic, leafy greens, especially watercress and arugula, work with the liver to flush out toxins while their rich mineral content keeps you strong.

10. Broccoli Sprouts

Broccoli contains important phytochemicals that are released when they're chopped, chewed, fermented, cooked or digested. The substances are released then break down into sulphorophanes, indole-3-carbinol and D-glucarate, which all have a specific effect on detoxification. 

And last but not least drink lots of water!!!!!! The rule of thumb is to drink half your body weight in ounces of water so if you weigh 140lbs, drink 70 oz of water.