Thursday, May 30, 2013

I can't travel without my...?

I can't travel without my...?
Can you share with us the one specific item you just can't go without??
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Vegetable Wash

~ Vegetable Wash ~
Now I introduce you my very own vegetable wash.  A natural mixture that will sure clean your fruits and veggies, keep them fresh longer and save you $$ from buying expensive vegetable washes in the market.
Can you guess what is in it??
3 ingredients #hinthint

Oranges so good for you!

~ Oranges ~
Did you know these amazing benefits of oranges?
I recently found a new way to enjoy my orange.  If you are packing your salad to go, put a half of an orange on the side, when you are ready to eat your salad squeeze the orange juice and enjoy it as a natural citrusy light dressing!
Do you have a special recipe for your oranges?  Please share with us!
Orange-you glad I brought this up??
(laughs, rsrs)


Hello friends!!! 
I want to know what is your favorite veggie and why?
Do you have a special recipe you can put together in 5 minutes with your favorite veggie?
Are you growing veggies this summer?
Share with us! 

Meal Plan 2

~ Meal Plan 2 ~
You all know that this savvy mom here loves to plan a meal on the go.  During a recent trip I wondered what would be best to eat our home healthy meal and get on the road later on... traffic would likely to be bad later on... or get on the road, eat on the way, chances are we weren't going to find a place that would fully suit our desire to eat a healthy meal but we would be traffic... hum (think, think, think)... when it came to me I could do both!  So I made my regular dinner and packed it to go!!! GENIUS !  I even packed forks, knives and napkins in a snack size ziplock bag.  I brought a couple extra grocery bags to collect the trash...  It worked out great, which is why I want to share with you friends.  My first "Meal Plan" was such a success, I got so much positive feedback so I am only glad to this this one with you all.
Again, its all about family time, making good healthy choices, creating good habits and being good examples to our children. 
Please feel free to comment, share, ask questions.  I am always happy to hear from you.

Happy Healthy Eating!!

Ribas with Love

Going back home

I am going back home...

Dear friends, if you were born outside of your current country and you have a trip planned to go back to the place you once called "home" you are well aware of the "pros and cons" of this situation.  I have lived thru this many times and I can never figure out why I get so anxious, so stressed almost to the point where it is not enjoyable to go back (I said almost, didn't I?).  Off course there is a lot of good stuff to look forward to like seeing your family and friends, revisiting your home, schools, etc... but that sick feeling that sits in your gut doesn't seem to want to go away.

I wanted to share this information because I thought I was the only one dealing with this storm in my head until I started talking to friends about it.  I am opening a discussion for this subject ... so feel free to comment on it, ask questions, give us ideas... but most important I want to let you know that you are NOT THE ONLY ONE feeling this way!

What can you do to help yourself?  For me having a specific plan of where I am staying, the things that I want to do, how am I getting around, etc... helps me a lot because we have a certain amount of independence in our current home country and when we loose that sense of independence we can definitely feel anxious.  We have our routines, we know where to go.  We can almost know exactly what to expect from any given day and for most of us that kind of gives us a sense of control and therefore we can "breath".   I also try to remind myself (and since I have done this before) that everything will work out so enjoy the opportunity and the great experience that you are having.   Another trick I do that works for me and I hope it will work for you is to bring a few items that will, even for a second, give you a sense of "home".  Examples are: your favorite tea, that you drink every morning... keep the routine while you are away as much as possible.  The smell of the tea will instantly give you that familiar feel and it makes you feel calm.  Your favorite soap, again the smell of it will bring you a sense of home, familiarity.   A couple snacks you look forward to eating after a long day at home.  Be creative! we are all different so the trick is to find what will give YOU a sense of home.

Please feel free to share some ideas and experiences with us. 

Happy Travel!!!

Ribas with Love