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5 Tips For Creating a Romantic Night and Fun Dinner at Home

Valentines Day is just around the corner and maybe you're already thinking how to make this occasion really special. Here are some ideas for a romantic and fun dinner at home either for several couples or just for two.
Sensual Scents
Whether planning for one guest or several couples, let robust spices (think cloves, canela, cardamom and black pepper) help set the mood with the help of a standard frying pan. Toast the spices just to their smoking point, and the room will fill with an inviting--and delicious--bouquet.
Pairing Is Caring
When prepping for a perfect evening, pairings are a fun way to turn any meal into a special occasion and spice up the fun. Plan three courses and pair each with a small cocktail. A fun and easy way is to use one base spirit in three different ways.
Make It A Group Effort Let your guests in the kitchen and encourage them to enjoy the tactile sensation of the food as it is prepared. Start the party early and enjoy cocktails as you cook.
Forget the Utensils Feed…

De-stressing anytime anywhere

Office works plus responsibilities at home equals stress! Yes i'm so stressed and we all know that too much stress is bad for us, and have heard the long litany of ailments associated with it- high blood pressure obesity and cancer, to name just a few. Usually our family or our doctor's advice is to find way to relax, but sometimes instead of doing this what we do to cope with stress are eating comfort food and smoking. Sometimes finding time to meditate to relieve from stress or taking a vacation has become its own stress reducer. Are there solutions to relieve stress that we can do anytime and anywhere? Read this real life solutions i found, these are ways we can effortlessly do even in our hectic routine.

BEFORE YOU LEAVE WORK
1. Prepare for tomorrow, nothing is more stressful than being unprepared. Get organized so you're ready for the next day, taking a few minutes to make a to-do list and clean up before you leave. Knowing you've got everything covered means you'll be less likely to fret about work in the evenings. When you come in the next morning, you'll have the sense that you're in control of the situation and can handle it. This sets a positive tone for the day, which can help you get more accomplished.

BEFORE YOU LEAVE THE HOUSE
2. Arm yourself with snacks. According to APA survey, more women than men turn to comfort food such as ice cream and cookies to ease stress. It's common for women to deny themselves favorite foods because they're trying to lose weight. But under stress, the urge for them becomes even stronger. Researchers confirmed that dieters are more likely than nondieters to overeat under pressure, bingeing on the very same high-fat foods they normally try to avoid. But the key is not to deprive yourself, keep three or four snacks on hand that you know you'll probably want: peanuts if you like salty, a small piece of chocolate for something sweet, in this way you'll not be tempted to binge.

WHEN YOU ONLY HAVE 5 MINUTES
3. Try a repeat performance. Doing almost any routine, repetitive activity ( like cooking, shredding paper or knitting), or reciting a word that represents how you wish you felt, like the word "calm" is a quick way to achieve a Zen-like state. Studies show the effects-lower blood pressure and slower heart rate and breathing, and decreased muscle tension. The crucial elements are to focus on a word, your breathing or a movement and to bring your attention back to your task if your mind wanders or negative thoughts intrude.

IN THE BATHROOM
4. Wash your hands. When you're under pressure, you're more susceptible to cold viruses and other germs because your immune system is suppressed. Hand washing is your best defence. Lather up with soap and warm water for 10-20 seconds.

IN YOU CAR
5. Turn on some tunes. According to a recent study slow or meditative music such as Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 is a proven stress buster, so set your dial to a soothing station during your commute. And if you're stuck in a traffic jam, sneak in this quick exercise.Grab your steering wheel and clench the muscles in you fingers, arms, shoulders, and back. Do this until your muscles begin to tremble about 4-5 seconds, then release. You'll produce a wave of relief your upper neck and arms all the way down to your fingers. Just make sure your foot's on the brake when you let go of the wheel!

ON WEEKEND ERRANDS
6. Use the ATM -once. Limiting your cash withdrawals to once a week is a quick, easy way to monitor you spending habits. Multiple trips to the ATM make it harder to track your money. If you put yourself in an allowance and pay cash for everything, you're more aware of what you're spending and more careful about what you buy. And while thinking about your finances may be enough to send you over the edge, it turns out that getting them under control eases tension in the long run.

AT THE GYM
7. Hit the poll. You'll beat the heat ans squelch stress.A new Swedish study published in the INternational Journal of Stress Management found that floating in water triggers the body's relaxation response, helping lower stress-hormone levels.Even better, nearly 80 percent of the subjects showed improvements such as feeling tense and depressed.

AT HOME IN THE EVENINGS
8. Give your thumbs a rest. Thanks to e-mail, cell phones, it seems like your job never ends. The increasingly blurry boundaries between work and home life leave us with less than ever before." Advances in technology are a leading source of chronic stress, putting many of us in a constant state of alert. Not to mention it draws our attention away from our families: A recent study published in the Journal of Marriage and Family found a link between the use of cell phones and pagers at home and increased stress, which spills over into family life. To make technology work for you, limit your cell phone and e-mail use to working hours only. Set a regular time you'll check it in the evening (say, after dinner), so you're not constantly disrupting home life to keep tabs on work.

Now are you ready to de-stress?

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