Sunday, December 16, 2018

December 13 - My Holiday Wish for the World

Day 13 - Write a letter explaining what your holiday wish is for the world



Be the change you want to see in the world. - Mahatma Ghandi - 

Everything starts from ourselves. We are inclined to blame governments and world leaders in world problems and there's truth in that. 

But if we just stop and wait for them to make changes, we may live all our lives nagging and judging. 

We can make a difference (no matter how small) and we can start today.

Dear World

If I could write my wish for the world it would look like this


I wish that people (including me) could understand that it's high time we made decisions to make you

. a greener place ( stop deforestation)

. a cleaner place ( waste management and recycling)

. a safer place (plastic-free, pollution- free)

. a healthier place ( no GMO foods, additives, preservatives, hormones)


I wish people (including me) would

. waste less food 

. donate  more clothes  and toys to poor and those in need

. care for the animals and stop killing them for food

. plant more trees and save more energy

. stop wars


I'm leaving you with the biggest humanitarian Michael Jackson with his song " Man in the Mirror"




What about you? What are your wishes for the world? 

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Saturday, December 15, 2018

December 12 - I'm dreaming of a White Christmas

Day 12 - Share your idea of a perfect winter day and include a poem you wrote or a poem you love


I was born and used to live in Armenia where we had 3 or 4 severe and cold winter months with too much snow and sleets and blizzards. 

We had fun as kids enjoying the snowball fights and building snowmen and tasting icicles. We would spend hours outside sledding and ice skating and would come home frozen and wet but extremely happy.


However, our parents had a hard time trying to keep both ends meet while keeping the house warm and paying for electricity and wood logs, thawing frozen water every day. 


But one thing was undoubtedly the same, everyone was thrilled when it snowed on Christmas or New Year's Eve.



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After I moved to Lebanon after my marriage, it was hard to feel the Christmas spirit with 20 degrees around while listening to "Let it Snow". 
It was fine for the beginning until I recently started terribly missing the snow days and dreaming of my perfect winter day.


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So this is what my perfect winter day would look like...

I would be back in Armenia in our house with my family. 

It would be December 31, New Year's Eve.
It would start snowing just before the clock struck 12.
We would gather around the festive table and celebrate the New Year.
Then we would cuddle under soft blankets around the fireplace and drink some red wine.
In the morning we would wake up and look out the windows to find everything covered in white snow. 
We would go out in the snow and have some fun catching snowflakes, making snow angels, snowball fighting or just running.
Then we would head back to the house to be treated to my mother's delicious dishes and some hot tea or coffee. We would spend the rest of the day watching Christmas concerts and movies.


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What would your Winter Wonderland be like?

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

December 11 - My Playlist of Songs in 2018


Where words fail, music speaks. - Hans Christian Andersen -

Music comes to help especially when I am alone and there is silence around.

My favorite songs differ greatly depending on my mood but one thing is for sure, the music should be relaxing and uplifting.


Let me get back to the songs that I downloaded and kept listening in 2018. 

Most of them are oldies and movie soundtracks.



My 12 Favorite songs in 2018 



1. Charles Aznavour - Emmenez Moi 

 


2. La La Land Soundtrack - Epilogue (Justin Hurwitz)



3. Gardel - Por una cabeza



4. Katie Melua - Wonderful Life




5. Rodge feat Gary Pine - It Starts with Love




6. Sting - Shape of My Heart 




7. Aretha Franklin - Say a Little Prayer




8. Michael Jackson - Earth Song





9. Rasmussen - Higher Ground




10. Ray Carniff & The Singers - The Windmills of My Mind




11. Sade - Flower of the Universe




12. Madame  Monsieur - Merci




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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

December 10 - My Blogging Experience in 2018

Day 10 - Write a post to other bloggers giving them your best advice from your blogging experience in 2018

When I first started my blog back in 2013, I just wanted an online space to post about my interests and hobbies (mainly photography) as well as to connect with the other amazing bloggers in the same niche. 

I had no idea about monetization and it took me a whole year to make the decision to sign up for AdSense.

After I had my second child, I left my blog for a couple of years and this summer I was back to discover many changes in the blogging world.

So, what I learned from my blogging Experience in 2018




. Take it seriously
Blogging is slowly becoming a part-time and sometimes a full-time job so if you really want to make money, you should take it seriously and dedicate your time and efforts to give quality content. 

. Social Media is key 
If you want to grow your audience make sure you are active on all the online platforms, especially Pinterest which can drive the most traffic.

. Subscribe to online blogging Courses. 
There are lots of free courses teaching about Affiliate Marketing and SEO. They can give you strategies on how to gain more followers and increase your audience. 
(I still need to read all the course lessons I get daily on my e-mail)

. Begin with the end in mind. 
Do you want to start blogging as a pastime or you really intend to gradually monetize your blog in the future? 
If you want to earn money, you'd better invest some money first and self-host. It makes it much easier for your blog to grow. ( I still need to make up my mind on this yet:)

. Connect with fellow bloggers in the same niche. Read their blog posts, leave comments, ask questions and share. The best way to find them is to join Blogging Groups on Facebook.

And finally, keep reading and learning every day. 
And what is most important, enjoy what you are doing.

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December 9 - My dreams for my kids

Day 9 - Write a letter to your children telling them something that you want them to know about your dreams for them


The hardest job one may have is to be a parent.

 It's a 24-hour work where you will be put in any possible situations where you need to keep your cool and be consistent and be fair.
Many times you will want to grab your coffee and run away from the noise and the mess and the fights pretending that you don't see anything.

But one minute...

Wasn't I supposed to write about my dreams for my children?

Maybe the biggest dream that I can have for my kids is to be a better parent than I was.


My dear children


1 - Don't be afraid to be different. It's ok to stand out from the crowd. 
Wrong is wrong even if everyone is doing it. Right is right even if no one is doing it. Don't be afraid to say no if you don't want or don't like anything.

2. Be kind. 
It costs you nothing to show kindness to someone through your words or your actions.

3. Be responsible
Always think twice before doing something. Remember that you are free to do what you want but you are not free from the consequences of your actions.

4. Love and care for yourself. 
Read books, travel more, make your lifestyle to eat healthily and exercise. Nurture your body and your mind.

5. And finally. Always support and backup each other. 
Brotherhood is sacred, never lose the bond and always be there for each other.



Though I was left behind I am still keeping up with the 31- Day Blog Challenge hosted by Linda Jean from Witte's World Blog. Go to her blog to find out more about the daily challenges.



Monday, December 10, 2018

December 8 - Christmas Presents I would Buy if Money was no Object

Day 8 - Write a list of all the Christmas presents you would buy if money were no object

Are you also trying to declutter your house of toys and unnecessary staff?
Are you also trying to live a minimalistic way of life and buy less?
Are you also thinking of Christmas presents that are not toys or things?

If I wanted to write down my ideal Christmas Wishlist, it would include

tickets
tickets
tickets...




For kids - a ticket to Disney Land, to Discovery World,

For husband - a ticket to his favorite football club

For Family - a ticket to visit a close relative abroad

For Myself - at least 4 - 5 plane tickets to my favorite destinations, including a long stay in my homeland




I am trying to catch up with December Challenges hosted by Linda Jean from Witte's World Blog.
If you wanna play along, go to her website to check the daily challenges.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

December 7 - Favorite Holiday Dessert Recipe

Day 7 - Create a recipe post on your favorite holiday dessert

Sweet Eclaires - the queen of our holiday table

I immediately grabbed my cooking book and opened my Instagram account where I post everything I cook or bake under the hashtag #lusomade
And this is what I found (ugh)



The photo could be much better, but no worries. I will update this post with a better and more appetizing one as soon as I make them over the holidays. 
So here we go.

Mom's recipe



Dough

Pour 1 cup of water in the pot and put on a stove until it starts boiling. 
Add 100 grams of butter, let it melt while stirring. 
Sift 1 cup of flour and mix well until you have a smooth and sticky dough. 
Turn off the stove, let the dough cool down a little.
Add an egg one by one and blend with a mixer after each egg. 
With the help of a spoon and your hand, pour the dough on the baking tray and bake. 
Watch carefully while baking. When the dough rises and doubles in size (appr. 15 minutes)turn down the heat and continue baking for appr.30 more minutes.

Cream

Mix 1 egg with 1 cup of sugar.
Add 1,5 cup of milk and 2 tablespoons of flour. 
Put on the stove and stir until the mixture thickens. 
Turn off the stove and add  50 grams of butter and a little vanilla and stir well.


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Friday, December 7, 2018

December 6 - Favorite Holiday Movie

Day 6 - Write a review of your favorite holiday movie

One of my favorite pastimes during the Christmas holidays is watching Christmas TV programs and movies. 

As I mentioned in my previous post about My Favorite Holiday Memories, it's a favorite tradition for me to sleep on the couch in front of the TV while watching a program or a movie.

What about my Favorite Holiday Movie?

I would like to talk about the one that I keep watching with my kids during the Christmastime every year. 


How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)





I love the moral behind all Dr Seuss' books. The Grinch has a lovely moral for children what Christmas is really all about. 

It's a movie that all the family can watch together and at the same time is a heartwarming tale for adults.



The movie is set in Whoville where everyone loves and celebrates Christmas with joy and excitement with the exception of the Grinch who lives atop a mountain and detests Christmas. 
The 7-year-old Cindy Lou Who meets the Grinch and tries to make him love Christmas after she discovers about his tragic past when he was humiliated by his classmates for his green and hairy appearance.
She invites him to the Christmas party and her plan almost works but the Grinch is once again upset by what is happening around him and he decides to steal the Christmas away. 
He thinks that the Whos celebrate Christmas only because of their extravagant gifts so he steals all the decorations and presents while they are asleep. 
But when he hears the joyful singing of the Whos instead of their cries, he realizes that Christmas is not about "material gifts" but it is about being together. 
The Grinch is deeply touched by this. He returns everything he has stolen, apologizes for his past deeds and is welcomed into the community once more and turns himself the Whoville police.



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Thursday, December 6, 2018

December 5 - About Me (Meet the Blogger)

December 5 - Revive your favorite post from 2018  - Check it over- can you add new links? Images? Tags? Change the wording? Then share on social media.




It is not a post but my About Me page that I want to make some changes to. Here we go.


Age: 34

Bed size: Queen


Chore you hate: Ironing


Drink of choice: black coffee


Essential start to your day item: my mobile 


Favorite color: navy blue


Gold or silver: used to be silver now both


Height: 170 cm


Instrument(s) you play:  violin (used to)


Job: teacher


Kids: a boy (9 years old) & a girl (3 years old)


Living arrangements: a two-bedroom apartment


Mom's name: Varduhi


Nicknames: Vicky


Overnight hospital stay other than birth:  nose surgery 


Pet Peeve:  people showing off


Quote from a movie: ''No measure of time with you is long enough, but let's start with forever" Twilight"


Right or left handed: Right


Siblings: Two older sisters


Time you wake up: 6: 00 am


Underwear: Always

Vegetable you hate: onions


What makes you run late: I don't like to wait


Xrays you've had: thyroid glands


Yummy food you make: whatever I love to eat, check the hashtag #lusomade to find the pictures on my Instagram


Zoo favorite: bears






















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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

December 4 - My Favorite Holiday Traditions

December 4 - Tell a story about your favorite holiday memory

New Year and Christmas (as we celebrate it on January 6) are my all-time absolute favorite holidays no matter how old I am. 

Now when I am over 30, Christmas to me is about slowing down to spend some quality time with my family and close friends, lots of pajama days with traditional dishes and sweets, watching favorite TV programs, more buying than receiving gifts. 

But when I was younger, it was about spending more time with friends than family and sleepovers were my most favorite part about it.

But in reality, it is now that I realize that Christmastime is so special because of my childhood. Now when I'm away from home in another country and I recall our family gatherings, Christmas and New Year traditions are my favorite holiday memories. 






. Cooking and baking and decorating

. seeing lots of relatives and neighbors

.  the festive table all set for a few days

. some special dishes and sweets made only at  
  Christmastime

. sleeping on the couch in front of the TV 

. snow to make it more magical (if  lucky)




In order to fight the holiday blues away from family, I am trying my best to still keep these traditions while adopting some new traditions from the country I currently live in.

What about you? What are your favorite holiday memories? Do you have any holiday traditions?


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