Author: Angela Yegyayan

Did You Know Hummus Had A Day?

Oh hummus, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways! Including the countless number of ways you can be prepared! See recipes below. Also Mother’s Day this year, May 13th is International Hummus Day. International Hummus Day is a relatively new holiday. It was started in 2012 by a young entrepreneur named Ben Lang, with the goal of creating “a holiday around food that could bring people together from around the globe”. Hummus comes from the Arabic word meaning “chickpeas” and the complete name of the prepared spread in Arabic is hummus bi tahina which means “chickpeas with tahini”. Long enjoyed in Middle Eastern and North African countries, hummus has really grown in popularity in the US in recent years. In 2006 hummus was present in only 12 percent of American households and today it’s estimated that nearly 67 percent of US households consume hummus regularly. We eat hummus around my house fairly often. My husband is Armenian (born in Lebanon) and pretty much grew up eating hummus. So is hummus good for …

Coming To Terms With My Aging Skin

Ugh… This is a tough one to write about, but it has been haunting me and I thought I should share in case anyone else out there is feeling the same way as I am. Kind of a “misery loves company” kind of thing. It isn’t easy to share your insecurities with others or draw attention to your “flaws”. I was wondering if it was just best to keep this to myself. But then I thought, maybe, just maybe, this post would reach somebody out there and let them know that they are not alone. Or maybe, just maybe, someone out there would let me know that I am not alone! So, here goes… I am 46 years old. I eat pretty good (I’m not a fan of sweets, I abstain from gluten products, and I incorporate a lot of fruits and veggies on a daily basis) I drink a lot of water, and I work out several times or more a week and am fairly toned. Up until now I felt pretty good about …

2018 Design Trends: Kitchen

Once upon a time kitchens were often hidden from sight. A place only to prepare meals and wash dishes. Now, and in recent years, kitchens have become an extension of our living spaces. Kitchens are a major gathering spot. Kitchens are a room to be adorned and showcased! Who doesn’t want a chic, swoon-worthy kitchen! Think Terrazzo, concealed vent hoods, and statement stoves, just to name a few. Most of these trends are carrying over from 2017, but are gathering steam and really taking off in 2018. Whether you implement just one or several, let these upcoming trends serve as design ideas for your 2018 kitchen renovation or new home construction. Herringbone Floors: Herringbone floors add an instant air of European refinement to any space and the kitchen is no exception. No Upper Cabinets: Still trending in 2018 is the lack of upper cabinets. Removing upper cabinets really opens up the kitchen visually and makes the kitchen appear much bigger and brighter. And, it allows you to utilize the countertop space more effectively. Turn your open spaces …

Feng Shui Colors to Create The Best Energy In Your Home

Do you Feng Shui? Sounds kind of kinky, doesn’t it! While you may have applied some Feng Shui to your home by bed placement, moving mirrors, or clearing clutter, have you thought about the colors you use? When we look to feng shui to create a healthy environment and to cultivate the right energy in our home, we often only consider layout and furniture placement. But there are much more ways feng shui can help shape the look and feel of your home. One of the easiest ways to transform your home’s energy—without moving a single piece of furniture—is through color. In feng shui, there are five elements that are expressed through color. Working these feng shui color palettes into your home will help set the intention of the space and draw in those specific lines of energy. New seasons call for a refresh in décor, so why not make the most of it by planning out a color scheme that channels the energy you wish to bring into each room? Whether it’s bringing forth a …

Luck Of The Irish: Going Green in Interior Design

Is green really the color of luck? ” In the Middle Ages, it was believed that green was the color of fairies and other “little people” who didn’t like the idea of sharing it with mere mortals. In Ireland, leprechauns notwithstanding, green is considered the luckiest of colors. It is also a lucky color for those born under the signs of Aquarius and Capricorn. Green signifies a positive change, good health, growth, healing, hope, vigor, vitality, peace, and serenity. Green is also symbolic of ones strive to gain recognition and establish ones independence. Money, wealth and jealousy are often associated with this color. Light green symbolizes brilliance.” St. Patrick’s Day 2018 occurs on Saturday, March 17, in observance of the death of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. What began as a religious feast day in the 17th century has evolved into a variety of festivals across the globe celebrating Irish culture with parades, special foods, music, dancing, and a whole lot of green! Since I love interior design, in honor of St. Patrick’s …

Sunday Post: 5 Finds From Around The Internet

Happy Sunday everybody! Hope you enjoy this week’s finds from around the Internet! Is your olive oil the real deal? I just love a good olive oil! And it so good for you with health benefits like protecting against strokes and heart disease, providing large amounts of antioxidants, and possibly protecting you from Alzheimers, just to name a few. However, there are many “fake” olive oils being sold! Possibly over 60% of olive oils on the market are in fact not pure olive oil! Check out this article  at Mind Body Green that explains a 3-second trick to finding out if your favorite olive oil is indeed real. A few weeks ago my stomach got really bloated and uncomfortable and it lasted for several days. It was really annoying, to say the least. I couldn’t contribute it to one particular thing so I do as I often do – I searched the Internet. I am pretty sure I found the culprit. Garlic!! I had been consuming a lot of roasted garlic trying to beef up …

11 Ways To Comfort Someone During A Difficult Time

Recently I have had 2 different people in my life going through very trying times as their spouses have had to deal with health problems. One is a family member and the other a mom friend from my kid’s school. Obviously, my relationship to each of them is completely different. Nonetheless, I want to reach out and comfort both of them in some way. It got me to thinking about just how do you comfort someone going through a tough time? Despite best intentions, it isn’t always easy to comfort someone. And for some of us, supporting people going through a difficult time can be confusing or awkward, no matter how much we want to be present for them. Below are some suggestions that might be helpful. Not all of these will apply to every situation, so use them only if they feel appropriate. And, I believe there will be some differences as well as similarities based on the level of your relationship with the person going through a crisis, but mostly similarities. (1) Make contact. …

Sunday Post: 4 Finds From Around The Internet This Week

Hi friends! Welcome to another addition of The Sunday Post! How’s the weather where you are? It’s been a roller coaster of temperatures here in Houston, and quite a bit of rain. Yesterday was  in the low 70’s and now today the temps will be in the 40’s all day long with clouds. Later this week they say we will be approaching 80! The frequent changes in weather doesnt’t seem to bode well for our immune systems. Maybe it’s just an old wive’s tale, but it seems that the continually changing weather just keeps the flu roaming around. Which brings me to my first “find” this week. Getting the flu sucks! And sometimes there is just no way around not getting it. Especially when you live with multiple people in your house. The chances go up! But there are some natural  things that you can do to lessen your chances of going down and out. Check out 12 Natural Flu Remedies over at Dr. Axe. Oh L’amor! Valentine’s Day is almost here. How about making …

Gift Ideas For Your Galentine!

Yes, it’s actually Valentine’s Day! But that doesn’t mean we can’t show a little love to the “girlfriends” in our lives – our Galentines! Besides, our girlfriends mean a lot to us! Do they not? In my 40’s I find that my girlfriends mean even more to me now than they did in my 30’s. I guess because in my 30’s I was birthing little people and caught up in diapers and bottles! In my 20’s of course my girlfriends meant a lot, but in a different way…The kind of “thanks for getting me away from that creepy guy at the club and driving my ass home” kind of way 🙄 Don’t get me wrong, some of these gals are still some of my closest friends and always will be! I’m pretty sure that as the years pass from here on out my girlfriends will continue to hold a very special and important place in my life. After all, our kiddos are getting older, wrinkles are starting to appear, and the dreaded menopause is looming …

Are You Ready For Some Football? Party Foods That Is…

The big game is almost here! The Super Bowl. Heard of it 😉 Whether your team is in the big game or not, whether you are a fan of football or not, or whether your just interested in the commercials, it’s very likely  you may need to make food for guests coming over or take a dish to share at a party. Get your shopping list ready! Here are a few of my favorites from around the web to get you thinking, and salivating: For you Patriots fans how about some Lobster Rolls! Who doesn’t love a lobster roll? These look and sound delish! This recipe comes from Chow Hound. Rooting for the Eagles? How about these Philly Cheese Steak Sliders from Cooking and Beer! When I was pregnant with my first child I crave Philly Cheese Steak sandwiches. I could have gobbled up several of these bad boys in one sitting 🙂 Maple Bacon Popcorn from Grandbaby Cakes – Oh so decadent and AMAZING! Thank you Jocelyn for creating this tantalizing treat for the …