Saturday, December 29, 2012

Forgiveness...


Sometimes we spend time asking who is responsible or who to blame, whether in a relationship, in a job or with the people we know. We miss out some warmth in human relationship in giving each other support. After all, shouldn't forgiving someone we love be the easiest thing in the world to do? Treasure what you have. Don't multiply pain, anguish and suffering by holding on to forgiveness. This however does not mean that the wrong doer is to take it lightly and think that it is easier to get forgiveness than permission in doing wrong.

Holding grudges will consume your emotional energy...if you let it.  Holding grudges uses a lot of emotional energy. And, when your emotional energy is tied up in a grudge, it holds you in the past. Grudges hold you hostage and it's not until you forgive that your energy can be restored. Think of forgiveness as something you do for yourself. Think of it as something that makes you stronger, not weaker. The physical feeling of relief and the energy restored will be well worth it. When you forgive someone, you suddenly feel lighter....for the past is heavy, and when you let go of it, you're weightless.

Forgiveness is the only way to heal your emotional wounds. Forgive those who hurt you no matter what they've done because you do not want to hurt yourself every time you remember what they did. When you can touch a wound and it doesn't hurt, then you know you have truly forgiven.

If everyone can look at life with this kind of perspective, there would be much fewer problems in the world. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unwillingness to forgive, selfishness, and fears and you will find things are actually not as difficult as you think.

FORGIVENESS is not something we do for other people. We do it for ourselves.
FORGIVE TODAY....GET WELL and MOVE ON.









Sunday, December 23, 2012

Short Fuse and Temper




Do you have a short fuse and temper? Consider going for anger management programs as an important option before you ruin your relationships with others beyond repair.

Realize that no one likes to be around people who get angry easily and act abusive. The only way you can change the situation is by starting with yourself. 

Think about the good things that person has done for you. What bad have you done to them? Chances are, you've done at least something to them to make them resentful towards you. Make sure you have a clear conscience - then speak.

Temper can ruin anybody's life. When your eyes are opened it might be too late, so try to control your anger and follow a few simple anger management tips. It will definitely get you away from tension.


Thursday, December 20, 2012

Just my thoughts today after morning prayer.




Stress and Depression are so common these days. In fact, everyone goes through it at some point in their life. Some of us go through mild attacks and some of us have it really bad. Is it the processed food we eat, the fast paced life we lead, the demands put on us in our daily lives both at work and home, bad life circumstances or a combination of all of the above?

The pharmaceutical companies are making a bomb from the sale of anti depressants and sleeping pills. Some Doctors and councillors tell us to share, write down or talk about our problems to release the heavy burden from our hearts, minds and body because it can be very lethal to bottle up everything. Many ignorant people however think its a cry for attention when someone tries to release their emotional pain through words written, or spoken. Truth be told, most times the ones going through this would rather suffer in silence till they slowly rot inside, completely break or bounce back like nothing ever happened all on their own because they feel no one really wants to know or care and then there is also that thing called pride and the fear of SHAME. They feel it's No point in making a fool of themselves. They know No one can really help them....only God and they themselves can change how they feel. It's easily said than done though...sometimes we lack happy hormones greatly, sometimes emotional abuse and/or damage is deep and extreme, most times a person feels like they are all alone in this world even though they are surrounded by people all the time.

Blessed are those with family and friends that genuinely care and UNDERSTAND, but many do not have this blessing. Everyone only wants to see the surface and superficialities and do not care about what's really happening on the inside. The tough survive, the weak break and then there are the ones who are borderline.... struggling and fighting to remain sane, actually appearing strong on the outside but suffering so much on the inside.

There should be more therapy groups formed to bring such people together to share and to release their mental and emotional pains. Only people who undergo the same can actually understand. Someone who listens and genuinely understands can be such great help. The bonding of these human beings on a regular basis can create and bring back a sense of worth and peace.

I am wondering if there are such groups in Malaysia and where. There are times I feel like I need to bond with such people ...people with no hidden agendas, no judgment, no gossip....just pure of heart and genuine transparency with the need to share and communicate....to feel a sense of belonging, a sense of worth and most of all...a sense of PEACE! Are you transparent and honest with yourself to admit that you are this person at times too or are you the one who is too ashamed to admit that you too have experienced this ugly disease of the 21st century? :)


By Nur Diyanah Magness




Friday, November 16, 2012

Things to look for when choosing a Life Partner.


I am no expert at this and definitely made a lot of mistakes with my past relationships….but these points make a lot of sense and I wish I had such information and guidance during my teen years. It most definitely would have helped me avoid a lot of heartache, hurt and pain, giving me a better perspective of what to look for before choosing a partner. I am sharing this here in hopes that it will help others to make the right choice and to have a healthy and good relationship with their partners. I know the phrase "Love is all that matters" will come to your mind…but trust me….that is not enough to make a relationship work well. A lot of factors are involved and people do change with time. 

Choosing a spouse no doubt is a very crucial decision in everyone’s life, it is not at all easy nor does it have a manual. However, there are some guidelines to steer us in the right direction. Marriage is not just a man and a woman; it is more about an entity called a family that needs constant physical and emotional nourishment to keep going in a healthy way.

 People differ in their perception of what is right and what is wrong. Apart from religion, different communities have different traditions and values like dress code and relationships with the opposite sex within the family or with friends and outsiders. Try to find a spouse who is similar to you, with the same values and morals….not very far from where you stand….. for this will help you avoid much stress and complications.

Being different is not a problem, the question is how different you are ....to what degree...and whether the both of you have the motivation and the ability to come closer or not? Find a suitable candidate fulfilling classic requirements. Compatibility is a very important point to take into consideration, however, it should be accompanied with emotional and sexual attraction. Just being compatible without having the emotional or sexual attraction will eventually make your bond weak and the enthusiasm of a marriage fade away gradually. 



Good Looking
Some people go to an extreme and say appearance is not important, however, appearance plays a key role for most people, even in forming a good or bad impression.  You don’t have to marry an impressively good looking person. You should rather feel comfortable. You should feel that you can get along emotionally and sexually well with him/her.

Religion
Getting married to a true religious person is a blessing, but, you should first know that being pious is not about how he/she looks, it’s more about how he/she behaves and treats people. Being religious will make him/her a forgiving, generous, and understanding person, and more important, will make him/her understand the aim of marriage and how to preserve the family ties.

Harmony
This doesn’t mean being completely identical in likes and dislikes. What a couple needs is a satisfactory degree of common interests. Think of your future spouse as a potential roommate, will you go along with each other with minimal problems? It is very important to be able to live together without having different opinions about many details. Couples should agree about lifestyle issues, eating habits, entertainment, going out, etc. Nevertheless, every one of them should respect the other’s hobbies and interests, and help him/her practice and excel in whatever they like.

Conservativeness
 People differ in their perception of what is right and what is wrong. Apart from religion, different communities have different traditions and  values like  dress code and relationships with the opposite sex within the family or with friends and outsiders. Try to find a spouse who is similar to you, with the same values and morals….not very far from where you stand….. for this will help you avoid much stress and complications.

Ambition
This might seem a bit weird, but the whole family should have a common dream, not necessarily to be an exact thing, but rather a place the family sees it should reach in a given time. For example, it will be very difficult for an ambitious wife who wants her kids to learn different languages and skills to put up with a husband whose understanding of human development is very limited to just going to school!

Similarly, it would be a great challenge for a husband who decides to travel to study or work in a better position if his wife cannot depart her comfort zone of being at her home in her homeland. One should always keep in mind that everyone has been living in another home for more than twenty years, raised in a certain way, and has ties he/she cannot abandon. Considering this fact is very important to be able to deal with the other without trying to change him/her to be you. The change can happen after discussions and patience but it will never be an absolute change. However, talking about important issues that will influence your relationship in the future is highly recommended.

Children
How many kids you’d like to have, which will be then subjected to change according to the wife’s health, family finance or other factors that might come up. You should also discuss how you will raise your children, what upraising strategies you think efficient, which type of schools you’d put the kids at, will you leave them to a nanny? What will you use as punishment,..etc. You should not under mind each other's authority once a punishment has been set for the kids if they have done wrong. You need to respect your partner's decision. Never argue or discuss matters in front of the kids ...because this will only give them an upper hand to make parents take sides and this will inevitably cause fights between husband and wife.

Who is responsible for what.
This is a very important question that should be taken seriously. Financial, households, and kids’ responsibilities are among the most important responsibilities that should be very clear from the beginning.

Finance
How will you finance households, will you both work? Do you have financial burdens and how you will work it out,.etc Also, try to talk about how you will spend money; are you going to save money? Or you prefer to have a rather luxurious life?

Commitment and Loyalty
Marriage is all about commitment and loyalty. If at all that has been broken even when there are no problems or issues in the marriage....then things will start to go downhill. God Willing it can work out....both parties must have the wish to want it to work....and they have to work at it constantly to not make the same mistake after being given a second chance. A family with faith in God and with the right perspective of what is right and wrong....can and will thrive. 

Trust and believe in your partner. If that trust has been broken by either one…then the one who broke that trust will have to constantly work at it to prove their worthiness again…..and the one whose trust was broken….if you want your marriage to work out…. forgive. To forget would be near to impossible but constantly try to work at nurturing the bond.



Taking all the precautions and checking the list doesn’t mean you won’t have fights or misunderstandings throughout your marriage, simply because you are human…and no human is without mistakes or flaws. It is all about forgiveness and how well you make up after the arguments or do you go on for days with a cold war….both with a load of ego and pride not wanting to say sorry and make up?  Don't let things fizzle out on their own….and above all..do NOT let third parties like family members or friends intervene to make things worse. Be the better person to make that move to mend things….at the end of the day….it is your mate…your life partner….and you both deserve the right to be happy and to make each other happy. 

Do NOT ever take your partner for granted.  Remember…marriage is a partnership…it takes two to make it happen. It will help you decrease the number and extent of those disagreements or problems to have a better life.  Always remind and voice out your love to each other….do little things that touch your partner's heart. Keep your marriage ALIVE. 










Wednesday, October 24, 2012

15 Natural Remedies from around the World.



  1. In Sri Lanka: coconuts battle the bulge
  2. In Austria: yoga erases insomnia
  3. In Indonesia: ginger tames triglycerides
  4. In India: turmeric steadies blood sugar
  5. In Japan: mushrooms control cholesterol
  6. In England: mustard baths quell muscle pain
  7. In Germany: chamomile tea beats bloating
  8. In Russia: Garlic Fights Viral Invasions
  9. In China: Acupressure Prevents Headaches
  10. In Finland: Coffee Beats Depression
  11. In Egypt: Coriander Fights Food Poisoning
  12. In New Zealand: Honey Prevents Sinus and Throat Infections
  13. In Mexico: Aloe Vera Smooths Rashy Skin
  14. In Russia: Kefir (a yogurt like drink) Soothes Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  15. In Greece: Arnica ( a flower) Prevents Unsightly Bruises

Read further on each remedy at IVillage.com







Monday, October 15, 2012

Thoughts are powerful...


Your Thoughts and Emotions Create Your Vibration and Circumstances In Your Life, Including Illness.
Everything in this world that you see manifested as form and phenomena, including things like electricity, sound waves coming to your ears as music and speech, everything is vibrations. This includes your health or illness.
We often hear it said, “I get good vibes from so and so person”, or perhaps, “I get bad vibes from such and such place”. What is really being said is that different types of vibrations are being picked up by the individuals.
Every type of energy has a different vibrational frequency. For example, water has one, and when it turns to ice, it has a different vibration. When it turns to vapor, the vibration changes again. Electricity as we know it on earth is the grossest form of energy. Sound waves have their own frequency of vibration. Of all these, thought vibration is the strongest. Most of our thoughts we turn into words — spoken words — and these words we put into action. Action when repeated again and again, form our habits, is it not? And our very nature, our character, is determined by our habits. Every tomorrow that we wake up is then determined by our nature and character.
If you can recall that old poem “For the sake of a nail a kingdom was lost…” you will understand the important of what might ordinarily be called a simple, small thought.
Because we are not taught the importance and power of thought, we have never consciously been in control of them, with the result that when unpleasant things enter our life, we do not realize the connection between the thought-vibration and the effect it has on us. Uplifting thoughts allow us to elevate our consciousness and awareness; non-inspiring thoughts tend to drag us down.
It should come as no surprise to anyone that every part of our physical body vibrates at a precise frequency. Thoughts that are not in harmony or in “sync” with our body cause impedance to our health. All organs, all tissues, membranes, glands, cells, vibrate in precise frequencies in a healthy body. All positive, inspiring, loving and kind thoughts are in harmony with those physical vibrations and help to continue to keep the body in perfect health, with the circulation of the blood going to all the necessary parts of the body, with the digestion working perfectly and the body able to correctly and easily eliminate toxins and waste matter, also allowing proper refreshing sleep to the body.
This is one of the reasons for the power of prayer. Because the thought vibrations would be in harmony with the spoken word, thereby adding tremendous force to the prayer, making the energy of the prayer even more powerful.
In a very real sense, good thoughts, good words and good deeds are the foundation of Practical Spirituality.


By Dr Kaity Cama, Prevent Disease

Friday, October 12, 2012

Vitamin F ...


This was sent to me by an old school friend via email and it is just too good to not share with everyone. Please take some time to read it. I too, thank those of you who have been my Vitamins.



Vitamin F......

I love this and want to share it with you...

Why do I have a variety of friends who are all so different in character? How can I get along with them all? I think that each one helps to bring out a "different" part of me.

With one of them I am polite. With another, I joke. I sit down and talk about serious matters with one. With another I laugh a lot. I listen to one friend's problems.Then I listen to another one's advice for me.

My friends are like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. When completed, they form a treasure box. A treasure of friends! They are my friends who understand me better than I understand myself.

They're friends who support me through good days and bad. We all pray together and for each other.

Real Age doctors tell us that friends are good for our health. Dr. Oz calls them Vitamin F (for Friends) and counts the benefits of friends as essential to our well being. Research shows that people in strong social circles have less risk of depression and terminal strokes.

If you enjoy Vitamin F constantly you can be up to 30 years younger than your real age. The warmth of friendship stops stress and even in your most intense moments, it decreases the chance of a cardiac arrest or stroke by 50%.

I'm so happy that I have a stock of Vitamin F!

In summary, we should value our friends and keep in touch with them. We should try to see the funny side of things and laugh together and pray for each other in the tough moments


Thank you for being one of my Vitamins!




Thursday, October 11, 2012

Pink Ribbon Awareness - AntiCancer Food -

Prevention is the best Protection.
Source from the Official Pink Ribbon Website. 


As our section on an "Anticancer environment" concludes, certain foods in the western world are carcinogenic. As a result, it is suggested that an "anticancer diet" should be followed. As Dr. Servan-Schreiber indicates in his book (Anticancer,  a new way of life), the anticancer diet is principally composed of vegetables (and legumes) accompanied by olive (or canola, or flaxseed) oil, or organic butter, garlic, herbs and spices. Meat or eggs are also optional. We have inserted the following image which depicts the "anticancer plate", which can be found in the "everything you need to know pocket guide".

Aside from the "anticancer plate" there is also a list of recommended foods that can help prevent and fight cancer:

Green Tea - Reduces the growth of the new vessels needed for tumor growth and metastases. Japanese green tea (Sencha, Gyokuro, Matcha, etc.) is more effective than Chinese green tea.

Tumeric and Curry - the most powerful natural anti-inflammatory identified today. It also helps stimulate apoptosis in cancer cells and inhibits angiogenesis. In laboratory, it enhances the effectiveness of chemotherapy and reduces tumor growth. note: to be assimilated by the body, tumeric must be mixed with black powder (not simply with peppers). Ideally it must also be dissolved in oil (olive, canola or linseed oil).

Ginger - acts as a powerful anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant. It also helps reduce the creation of new blood vessels. A ginger infusion also helps alleviate nausea from chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

Cruciform Vegetables - Cabbages (Brussels sprouts, bok choi, Chinese cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, etc.) contain anticancer molecules which are capable of detoxifying certain carcinogenic substances. They prevent pre-cancerous cells from developing into malignant tumors. They also promote the suicide of cancer cells and block angiogenesis.

Garlic, onions, leeks, shallots, chives - The sulfur compounds of this family reduce the carcinogenic effects of nitrosamines and n-nitroso compounds, which are created in over-grilled meat and ring tobacco combustion. They promote cell death in colon, breast, lung, and prostate cancer, as well as in leukemia.

Vegetables and Fruits Rich in Carotenoids - Carrots, yams, sweet potatoes, squash, pumpkin, certain varieties of potimarron squash (also known as Hokkaido squash), tomatoes, persimmons, apricots, beetroot and all the bright-colored fruits and vegetables (orange, red, yellow, green) contain vitamin A and lycopene, which have the proven capacity to inhibit the growth of cells of several cancer lines, some of which are particularly aggressive (such as brain gliomas).

Tomatoes - It has been proven that lycopene in tomatoes leas to longer survival from prostate cancer in men who consumed tomato sauce in at least two meals a week. note: tomatoes must be cooked in order to release their lycopene. Moreover, olive oil improves its assimilation.

Soy - Soy isoflavones (including genistein, daidzein and glycitein) block the simulation of cancer cells by sex hormones (such as oestrogens and testosterone). They also intervene by blocking angiogenesis. note: Isoflavone supplements (in pill form) have been associated with an aggravation of certain breast cancers, but not soy taken in as food. Furthermore, in many areas of the world today, soy is grown from genetically modified  organisms (GMOs). The impact of these genetically-modified plants on cancer growth is unknown.

Mushrooms - Shiitake, maitake, enoki, crimini, portabello, oyster mushroom and thistle oyster mushrooms, and trametes (coriolus) all contain polysaccharides and lentinian, which stimulate the reproduction and the activity of immune cells. These mushrooms are often used in Japan as a complement to chemotherapy to support the immune system.

Herbs and Spices - Herbs such as rosemary, thyme, oregano, basil and mint promote apoptosis in cancer cells and reduce their speed by blocking the enzymes they need to invade neighboring tissues. Carnosol in rosemary is also a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Its capacity to enhance the effectiveness of certain chemotherapies has been demonstrated. Parsley and celery contain apigenin, an anti-inflammatory that promotes apoptosis and blocks angiogenesis using a mechanism similar to Gleevec's.

Seaweed - Several varieties of seaweed commonly eaten in Asia contain molecules that slow cancer growth, especially breast, prostate, skin and colon cancer.

Omega-3s - Long-chain omega-3s found in fatty fish reduce inflammation. In cell cultures, they reduce cancer cell growth in a large number of tumors (lung, breast, colon, prostate, kidney, etc.). They also act to reduce the spread of tumors in the form of metastases.

Foods rich in Selenium - Selenium is an oligoelement found in the soil. Vegetables and cereals grown organically  also contain large quantities of selenium. Selenium stimulates immune cells and particularly NK cells.

Vitamin D - It has recently been shown that a significant supply of vitamin D reduces considerably the risk of several different cancers. Skin cells produce vitamin D when exposed directly to the sun, but can also be obtained through vitamin pills.

Berries - Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, and cranberries contain ellagic acid and a large number of polyphenols. They stimulate the mechanisms of elimination of carcinogenic substances and inhibit angiogenesis. Anthocyanidines and proanthocyanidines also promote apoptosis in cancer cells.

Citrus Fruit - Oranges, tangerines, lemons, and grapefruit contain anti-inflammatory flavonoids. They also stimulate the detoxification of carcinogens by the liver. It has even been shown that flavonoids in the skin of tangerines - tangeritin and nobiletin - penetrate brain cancer cells for invading neighbouring tissues.

Dark chocolate - Dark chocolate (more than 70% cocoa) contains a number of antioxidants, proanthocyanidines and many polyphenols. These molecules slow the growth of cancer cells and limit angiogenesis. note: mixing dairy products with chocolate cancels the beneficial effects of the molecules of cocoa. Avoid milk chocolate.

For more anti cancer food....continue reading from the Official Pink Ribbon Site here : 

http://www.pinkribbon.org/Anticancer/AnticancerFoodsContinued/tabid/478/Default.aspx



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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

What makes us happy?



"We act as though comfort and luxury are the chief requirements of life. All that we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about. -- Albert Einstein. "

Quite true, but the comforts of life, varying in degrees with each individual, is one of the most basic criteria for being content, which is in itself...a cause for happiness. I feel that being content is being happy to an extent. Apart from Love and Family .....security, the comforts of a beautiful home and some travel are inspirations for a happy life.....but then again...is that not the basic of what everyone seeks?

Sometimes though....a person can have everything that money can buy and yet feel so empty and bored, feel unhappy....simply because the heart has no freedom.


Friday, October 5, 2012

Linguini with Pesto Sauce and Shrimp.



I was so inspired with Food Network Asia yesterday on channel 727 (Astro), that I just had to cook up what I watched but of course with improvisions to suit my taste.....and it was SO Easy and yummmilicious!. Tested it out on my girls and it was a hit ...a total clean out. This was my first attemp on making home made pesto sauce.....but something different from the conventional pesto recipe...it had a nur's touch to it :D

Pesto Sauce

First...I roasted 15 garlic pods and same number of cherry tomatoes drowned in olive oil. (Place the garlic pods and cherry tomatoes in an oven proof bowl and cover it with olive oil). Oven temp. set at 375C for 25 minutes. The garlic and tomato infused olive oil had a really good flavour and aroma. 

In a blender, add :
1. the roasted tomatoes and garlic with enough of the olive oil. (save some for the salad dressing)
2. a small packet parmeson cheese
3. half a can of cream of mushroom 
4. 3 table spoons of Tomato paste.
5. Some Fresh parsley and Bay leaves 
5. salt and pepper

Footnote : If you are the type that prefers your sauce a little watery, then you may add just a little water in the blender.

Blend all ingredients and set aside. 

Boil the linguini till al dente (add some salt and olive oil in the pot of water before boiling).
While it boils ....just saute some large shrimp/prawns in butter and set aside. Do not over cook so it remains nice and succulent. 

Heat the sauce over the stove for aprox. 3 minutes and turn the heat off.

You have a choice of adding the buttered shrimp in the sauce before topping the Linguini OR add it separately on top of the linguini topped with the sauce. 

Salad.


Shitake or Champignon mushrooms - remove stems and slice thick
Baby asparagus - cut into 2" lengths
Baby carrots - cut into halves
snow peas (the bulby crunchy type, not the flat ones)
Yellow Bell pepper - slice
green pea sprouts
some almond flakes
some bits of dried fruit (raisins, cranberries etc)

  1. Saute the mushrooms in butter till a little brown - set aside in a salad bowl.
  2. Saute asparagus and bell pepper in butter for only 2 minutes - place in same bowl.
  3. Boil baby carrots just a few minutes to maintain it's crunchiness and Blanch the snow peas for about a minute till it's green color comes out fully. Add both the above vegetables to an ice bath (cold water and ice in a bowl) to stop the cooking and to maintain it's fresh color and crunchiness. Toss and add to the Salad bowl.
  4. Add all other ingredients

Tangy Salad Dressing
  1. In a bowl place the balance of the garlic infused olive oil. 
  2. Add some promeganate/date/balsamic vinegar
  3. Add 1 tabsp sugar
  4. Add salt and pepper
  5. Mix the mixture with a hand whisk and pour it over the Salad.




Enjoy!


xoxoxoxo

Nur








You get what you give....so Give Good



It's about Love, it's about Compassion, It's about Kindness and Faith. It has nothing to do with Luck...You Get what you Give...So give Good. 


Real Friends

So true....love this.



Real friends walk in when the rest of the world walks out....they are the ones who are going to be by your side in bad and painful times even when you tell them to leave. They are the only ones who never get tired of listening to your pointless dramas over and over again. 

True friendship is not about whom you have known the longest, it's about who came and never left your side. True friends are the ones who have nice things to say about you behind your back. The Older you get, the more you realise it is less important to have lots of friends and more important to have real ones. 





Friends ask why you're crying.....Best Friends already have the shovel ready to bury the loser that made you cry.








Thursday, October 4, 2012

Ruffled Tower Cake -



A Pretty Pastel Delectable Share....so simple and great for ANY event. 

Directions:
Trim bottom layers; stack on cake round, with 3/4 cup buttercream spread over top of each. Add top layer; spread 1 cup buttercream over entire cake. Refrigerate 40 minutes until firm. Tint half remaining buttercream pink.

Place cake on rotating stand. Lay flat a 12-inch pastry bag with #103 tip. Fill half of bag from tip to top with pink buttercream, other half with white. Hold bag vertically, slot of tip perpendicular to cake; use swift back-and-forth motion 1 inch wide to make ruffle, pulling tip up side.


Turn cake stand slowly, piping circular ruffle over top.




Ruffled Tower Cake inspired from Martha Stewart. Make your favourite Cake and Frosting Recipes or  get the recipes from here.


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Health is the Ultimate Prize.




One of the things I come back to again and again in my conversations with family and friends is that there should never be a price set on health.  
If you can spend your money on one thing in this life, Spend it on health….on GOOD NUTRITION….because with good nutrition you have a healthy body, healthy mind and beautiful skin. People fail to understand that when they compromise on a complete and wholesome nutrition, they only end up paying out more and more money for doctors fees and medication/drugs for all kinds of health problems. Now…after 4 months, I am confident enough to say that Herbalife is the nutrition for me....it really works. My skin looks better…my aches and pains of years have all improved tremendously and best of all…no more insomnia. I sleep like a baby now and feel well rested when I wake. Even the most negative member of the family is now taking it :-) after seeing the amazing results it has on the other family members.  Health is, in a sense, the ultimate prize.

If you have any questions at all.....please do not hesitate to contact me ...I would be more than happy to share with others. My email is sweetsharings@gmail.com.


xxoxoxo
Nur

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Be Brave and Smile... it's Contagious -



Good day everyone :-) . 
Even if life is a turmoil and filled with pain and tears, even if you feel depressed, try to put on a brave smile. Your shared smile is contagious and it could brighten up someone's day. A smile releases endorphins, brain chemicals that relieve pain and increase your feelings of contentment and improve your happiness ….and the ultimate reward is knowing that you made someone else happy. Pretend and act as if you were happy, and you will be happy. SMILE for the sake of happiness. :-)

xoxoxox

Nur


Friday, August 3, 2012

Life in Abundance -



Do not take anyone for granted and do not allow yourself to be taken for granted either. In order to have goodness and positive abundance in life, always keep a positive frame of mind. Share what you know to be good with others and avoid negative people and negative situations because these are what bring you down and in turn bring you a chain of negativities in your life. I know this for a fact because I am speaking out of experience. 


Have a wonderful positive day.


xoxoxo 


Nur Diyanah

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Give to Receive :



The fastest way to receive is to give, because giving starts the reciprocal action of receiving. We all receive according to how much we give. Give the best of you everywhere you go. Give a smile. Give Thanks. Give kindness. Give Love.

Your giving should be giving without expectation - a giving for the sheer joy of it. 



Monday, July 9, 2012

I feel GOOD, I feel HAPPY!

We only have one Body and One Life.  Keep both Healthy and Happy!


We are what we think...and we are what we eat! For years I was slowly poisoning my body with the wrong choice of foods and  being depressed due to negative thoughts. Why depressed and why wrong eating habits to the point of getting ailments and putting on so much weight? This is what happens when we are sad, having life's problems and being de motivated...but for many people, it is simply that they  LOVE food and Love to eat :)...and in the process gain unnecessary extra pounds. It is easy to blame others or situations but the real fault lies within us....we are the ones who allow bad situations to bring ourselves down...the truth of it all is that happiness, being healthy and being positive all come from within the person itself. It is a choice! The past is the past....if it was good, Praise be to God and if it was bad...it should be left just where it is....in the past, and we should not look back. It is good though to use our bad experiences and sad past as a stepping stone and challenge to bring ourselves back stronger than ever. We only have One Body and only One Life....and we owe it to ourselves to keep our bodies Healthy....and to have a Happy Life!

The past weekend has been the start of great change in my life...and the past 3 weeks have been an amazing period and it will be a wonderful journey of Health, Happiness, Motivation and yes, who knows...even a bonus of Wealth! Health is Wealth anyway, right? There should not be a priced set on health. Without Health we end up getting sick with all kinds of illnesses and in fact paying a huge sum of money on Doctors and Hospital visits. I have been Obese for simply too many years and I gained even more weight when I was in Europe. I could not enter a number of my clothes after returning home. It's just a start but I lost 2kg in the first week and 1.6 kg in the second week...this gradual Weight Loss is really amazing because I can now enter my old clothes and I will gradually but surely move towards my desired goal and target of weight loss and the bonus of it all is that my ailments also have improved tremendously. I feel GOOD physically and emotionally. I have tried so many things in the past 20 years and nothing worked but now, I finally found a nutrition which really works to keep me healthy with guaranteed weight loss and the bonus of it all is that it keeps me Happy and motivated without having to starve and without even exercising! The amazing thing is that it has all the right balanced nutrients in it and with that it somehow has given me ENERGY, some effect on my happy hormones to keep me motivated and uplifted too. What's even more amazing is that after 3 years of Insomnia and unable to have proper rest and sleep, I am able to have a restful and complete full sleep of 6 to 8 hours a day now...YAY!!!

I am soooo thankful to my daughter Nur Sabrina for bringing this Nutrient to my attention. At first I was Sceptical but after 1 week of results...I became a believer! Now even my 77 year old Diabetic mum takes it and she is totally hooked on it because it has kept her sugar levels at a balance and also removed all her leg swellings. I will post my progress regularly in my blog as a documented journal of results and I will have to start taking before and after photos too.  Have a great day everyone!  :) xoxoxoxo.... - Nur



Friday, June 8, 2012

Bright Ideas : Heart Shaped Egg.



Win friends at breakfast with this heart-shaped egg tutorial. 
Soooo cute and simple!


Source from : 9gag.com







Thursday, April 12, 2012

Illusion of Individual Conciousness :

Do we think of ourselves as separate from others because of our limited view and how does this limitation affect our creativity, knowledge, wisdom, health, success, and happiness? Humanity is at a pivotal point in history and the choices we make right now will affect us for a very long time. It’s imperative that we expand our consciousness and move into its higher frequencies. As we build an alignment with higher frequencies of consciousness, we will be able to utilize the energy, knowledge, and creativity available through the interconnectedness of all things.

With practice, we can attune with our Higher Self, which is always in rapport with the higher frequencies of consciousness, in order to acquire new knowledge and wisdom. The progressive integration of, and ability to manifest these higher frequencies of consciousness will eventuate in self mastery.

Conscious alignment with our Higher Self allows us to utilize the energy, knowledge, and creativity available through the interconnectedness of all things. The more focused and conscious our attunement, the greater can be the energies of the transformative frequencies realized, and that which is needed will be magnetically drawn to us. Each transformation in consciousness leverages another and then another until a critical mass is achieved that sets into motion a paradigm or even a quantum shift in consciousness.

Together, as a group of conscious servers, we can choose be the impetus that sets into motion a transformation that supports, uplifts, and sustains the progression of all individuals towards more exalted frequencies of consciousness.



Source : IFGT

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Mediterranean Tuna Spaghetti :

Mediterranean tuna spaghetti. 
This Mediterranean tuna spaghetti recipe features a quick tomato sauce that bursts with flavor. 
Serves 4 Portions of Mediterranean Tuna Spaghetti.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves minced garlic (The more the better..)
  • 2 large tomatoes chopped 
  • Red bell pepper chopped (optional)
  • red pepper flakes or pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon anchovy paste or some pounded *Fried ikan bilis*
  • 1 can (7 ounces) tuna (I used 2 small cans of 190gm each)
  • 3 cups tomato sauce (I used 1 can tomato soup)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar and salt to taste.
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley or spring onions
  • some mixed dried herbs
  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • shredded parmeson or other cheese.

Preparation:

Add the olive oil, garlic, to a large saucepan, and turn on the heat to medium. When the garlic begins to sizzle, add the tuna and stir for 2 minutes then the canned soup till just before it starts to simmer.

Stir in the red pepper, tomatoes, anchovy, sugar, and parsley/mixed herbs. Bring to a simmer, and turn heat to low. Stir occasionally. 
Boil the spaghetti according to the directions on the package. Drain, but do not rinse.

Add the spaghetti back to the pot in which it was cooked, and pour over the tuna sauce. Toss with tongs to coat the pasta with the sauce. Cover and let sit for 3 minutes to absorb the sauce. Serve hot.
** I served the sauce separately.....topped on spaghetti with some chopped spring onions and shredded cheese.
Enjoy!
xoxoxo
Nur

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Start Living instead of Existing :



 Motivation of the week. - This is your Life, Do what you love. 
The above graphic says it all.
This Is Your Life,  a British biographical television documentary, based on the 1952 American show of the same name



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