30 September 2014

Cool Breeze Ahead

The weather is starting to become bearable now that autumn is officially on. It's a good thing to be able to stand outside and not get drenched in your own sweat even for just a minute. The breeze is inviting. It's cool and such a respite from the long, withering, summer months of the Middle East.

I am looking forward to a nice fall season this time and hopefully, winter will be ok (not that it snows here). I just miss the cold season and my winter outfits!

Welcome autumn. I will welcome winter very soon too!

29 September 2014

Don't Be A Bystander - GiveForward

It is really sad what the world is coming to. We are facing so many obstacles to survive and fight for our freedom. It seems like everyone is fighting their own battle. And we tend to get lost in the midst of all the madness. And then I ask myself, where is compassion in all these challenges that we are facing? Have we lost it all?

I believe in the kindness of humanity and I feel there is compassion in everyone, if we can only prod people to walk in the shoes of those who face life's difficulties in magnitudes we may not even understand but we can certainly try if we will not stand back and watch others suffer.

This is where GiveForward lets the magic happen by getting involved in ways that we may not think possible but it can be done.  GiveForward is a fundraising initiative of people who wants to help people, of people who do not want to be a "bystander" and just let injustice prevail and others suffer when there are things that can be done and one of that is to start a fund drive to benefit those who are affected.

What is this Bystander effect?
According to studies, the more people who see people who need help, the more chances that these people actually do not offer any. The need to give aid is inversely proportional to the number of people present in the situation.

Knowing that know, would you still like to be called one of the bystanders when a situation arise and a genuine need for assistance is requested? What will you actually do?

One of the many fundraisers started at that time was for the newlywed - Pat and Jess, who lost their legs in the bombing. Many people were outraged by the senselessness of the bombing but these people did not end to just being upset and sorry for what had happened that day. They started a fund drive to raise almost $900K for them, making sure that they would never have to worry about any of their medical expenses as they deal with their new life with prosthetic legs.

We saw it again when Jeff Martin, a Michigan State fan, read a story about the friendship between Michigan State star basketball player, Adreian Payne and 8-year-old Lacey Holsworth who was battling an arduous fight with the big C. He didn't know either of them personally, but he decided he wasn't going to be a bystander and instead started a GiveForward page for Lacey. The fundraiser raised over $100K to help with Lacey's medical bills and was again, able to prove that magic can happen when we chose to act.

And now, GiveForward wants this magic to happen for the 14 year old boy that was subjected to bullying and a disgusting prank. It breaks my heart that people can be so mean to other people. What is hard to fathom is that the victim is a young lad with autism. I have friends whose kids have autism and it pains me to see how despicable young people can be to victimize a person whose innocence and trusting nature will only be destroyed by young adults whom I pray will not become leaders of our nation! I can imagine the pain this boy endured and more so, his family. I am a mother and it pains me to see kids being subjected to cruelty at a young age. No one should ever go through life's injustices and violence. No one.

We, as human beings capable of having compassion must not stop in knowing what is happening - we should get involved.  I now in my heart that I may not make a big difference in the world but I can certainly make a difference to a certain boy who needs one. Check out Fundraiser and the campaign set up for the 14 year old boy and be counted. Share it to your social network and let others know that it's okay to help, it's okay to show compassion and it's okay to stop and eradicate bullying, violence and other injustices perpetuated by disturbed individuals.
GiveForward has already helped a great number of people whose lives were changed due to unforeseen circumstances and by the course of human nature. And GiveForward will do it again and again because we should not be alone in our battles.  There is HOPE and we should believe in it.

Review - Ozeri OW05A Prestige Electric Wine Bottle Opener with Aerating Pourer and Foil Cutter

I would like to thank Ozeri for allowing me to test this fabulous product which my husband loves. It's great to try it out because it's electronic and so easy to use.

The  Ozeri OW05A Prestige Electric Wine Bottle Opener with Aerating Pourer and Foil Cutter is a nice addition to wine connoisseurs and those who have a mini-bar at home, or even to those who doesn't have one.

This is a very convenient wine bottle opener to have and my husband tested it as soon as we finished charging the bottle opener. He liked how simple it is to operate the Ozeri OW05A Prestige Electric Wine Bottle Opener with Aerating Pourer and Foil Cutter. However, we had to charge it for 12 hours prior to initial use.  The charging dock is so elegant and from afar, it seems like a remote control or a fancy phone but upon closer look, it's an electric bottle opener.

Aside from the simplicity of its usage, it comes with an aerating wine pourer,  and foil cutter so you don't have to buy those extras separately and it will help keep your mini-bar clutter-free.

The charging dock has a small portion at the back where you can slip the foil cutter so you don't misplace it.

It is easy to operate and can open a wine bottle in few seconds compared to using the manual wine bottle opener where you have to use force.

The size is just right. I don't have any trouble holding it even if I have a smaller grip than my husband. It doesn't slip my hand too because of the ergonomic design and rubberized body.

Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 2.2 x 9.4 inches ; 1.7 pounds

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My recommendation:
I highly recommend this Ozeri OW05A Prestige Electric Wine Bottle Opener with Aerating Pourer and Foil Cutter and it is a great gift idea too for those who love wines. It's a great addition to the wine bar and nice way to open wine bottles without sweating it out.

To know more about Ozeri and the Ozeri brand, please visit their website.

I received this product complimentary from Ozeri for evaluation purposes. I only review products that I like and will use. My findings and opinion are 100% mine and may vary from yours. 

28 September 2014

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Plank Tricks To Do To Have Better Abs

I have been dreaming of getting my flat abs back no matter what it takes. I have started exercising slowly as I ease my way back to the healthy lifestyle I used to have before I got hooked to the sedentary life I have adapted.

It is hard work and really, patience play a great role to be able to go back to a healthy and active lifestyle but if you're already there and just needed some push to have better abs, or is aiming to get the abs you always wanted, here are few tricks to do to get that washboard abs.

These tips are great to help you get that nice core. Work it out!

(Photo credit: Samantha Okazaki/Today)

Plank Jacks
It's like doing a jumping jack but into a plank position on the ground. And here's how you do it: Get into a plank position on your forearms, propped up on the balls of your feet. Your abdominal wall should be engaged, your legs should be straight and your feet together. Keeping your upper body still, jump your feet about three feet apart and back together as if you’re doing jumping jacks. Do three sets of 10 reps.

Donkey Kick Planks
Get into a plank position on your forearms, propped up on the balls of your feet. Again, your abdominal wall should be engaged, your legs should be straight and your feet together. Shift your weight to one leg, bend the other leg and bring your knee in towards your chest. Then kick your foot back and up until your leg forms a perfect "L." Knee in and kick out 10 times and then switch legs.

Side Plank with Leg Raise
This will help the obliques get toned and it's a bit tough to do. You have to lie on your side and prop yourself up into a side plank by leaning on your left forearm. Keeping that elbow at a right angle, lift the entire left side of your body so that your left shoulder, left hip and left heel form a straight line. Your body weight is on the side of your left foot. Keep good form by contracting and holding your abs. Put your right hand on your right hip, elbow towards the ceiling, and then raise your right leg as high as you can and lower. Repeat 10 times and switch sides.

Good luck and keep that form and engage your core! Let's do it!

(source: Jenna Wolfe - Today.com)