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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.
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The Most Inspirational Books

Are you looking for some literature to help strike a chord in you and lift you up to greater heights? Here are some of the most inspirational books.
  • “The Power of Positive Thinking” – “The Power of Positive Thinking” is the "granddaddy" of the self-help movement. Written by Rev. Norman Vincent Peale in the 1950s, it has become a classic as it has helping millions overcome their problems and lead happy lives. Rev. Peale combines Christianity and modern psychology to offer guidelines for dealing with a host of problems. Peale teaches that by having faith in both yourself and God, you can break out of negative emotional and behavioral habits and lead happy, peaceful, and successful lives.
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  • “The Giving Tree” – “The Giving Tree,” written by Shel Silverstein, is a poetic and moving parable with beautiful illustrations and words that deeply resonate with the reader. It follows the story of boy and a tree that keeps on giving everything he ever asks for, such as an apple, branches for making wood, or the trunk to use as a slide. The tree keeps giving and giving until the boy eventually turns into an old man, and all that is left is a trunk to sit on. While much of the meaning of the book is left open for interpretation, something that the reader can take home from the book are important lessons on unconditional love and acceptance.
  • “The Art of Happiness” – The Dalai Lama, Nobel Peace Prize winner and spiritual and political head of Tibetan people, has written many inspirational books over the course of his lifetime. “The Art of Happiness” is the first book that was written for a wider audience. Psychologist Howard C. Cutler interviews the Dalai Lama on the subject of happiness and what it takes to lead a happy life. In a fusion of Buddhism and modern psychology, the Dalai Lama offers tips on reducing negative emotions such as anger, jealousy, and greed, while nurturing positive emotions, such as love, compassion, empathy, and forgiveness.
  • “No Greater Love” – “No Greater Love” is a collection of writings from Mother Theresa, the Nobel Peace Prize honored Catholic nun who did much charity work in Calcutta, India. While Mother Theresa is credited with many great writings, “No Greater Love” contains some of her most inspirational and intimate writings. In it she shares messages of love, forgiveness, faith, hope, and service.

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