My Summer Smoothie Recipe!

 As the summer weather creeps in I have a recipe for a smoothie that I think everyone can enjoy! It’s refreshing, but not for those who are afraid of a little spice! It includes cantaloupe, honey, milk, yogurt, and cardamom.

I’m sure most readers of my blog are familiar with heyl (cardomom), for those of you who aren’t it’s a seed that most Arabs, East and North Africans, and South Asians use with tea or coffee and sometimes dessert!

For this smoothie depending on your taste you can grind the cardamom seeds for more impact or just drop in the seeds. Mind you, might get seeds in your drink that way. For someone who has never had cardamom seeds it might be a bit overwhelming.

Blend cantaloupe, cardamom, honey, milk, and yogurt for about 3 minutes and voila you have a tasty treat!

Be sure to take seeds out of the cantaloupe when cut into. And you can save whatever you don’t use in your fridge.

Enjoy!

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Text Tricks

1. Remember Your Appointments and Schedule New Ones
10 Killer Texting Tricks // Google Calendar -- add events via your phone; Google Calendar lets you add new events straight from your phone, and it understands English. (© PC World)

Can’t remember what time your next meeting takes place? If you’re a Google Calendar user, you can find out in a flash: Just send a message with the word “next” to GVENT (dial 48368) and you’ll get back the time and details of your next scheduled event. Send “day” for a full list of today’s appointments and “nday” for tomorrow’s.

Google Calendar also lets you add new events via SMS — and you can use plain English to do it. For example: “Lunch with Joe at Panera Bread tomorrow at noon.” Shoot a message like that to GVENT, and Google will add it to your calendar with all the appropriate details.

Finally, you can configure Google Calendar to send automatic reminders in advance of an event. For any existing entry, click Edit Event Details, then Add a Reminder. Choose SMS from the list of options, and then specify how far in advance of the event the notification should arrive.
Before you can leverage Google Calendar’s SMS features, you have to configure it for use with your phone. In your Web browser, open Google Calendar and click the Settings link, then choose Mobile Setup. Follow the simple cues to enable cell-phone notifications, and you’re all set.
Of course, Google Calendar isn’t the only game in cyberspace. Services like PingMe and Sandy can deliver notifications to your phone and process new reminders that you send from it. And Kwiry helps you remember things you’re supposed to do by routing text messages created on your phone to your e-mail inbox.
2. Track Packages, Calories and Cash
A number of Web services now offer alerting and information options via SMS to help keep you in the loop. For example, are you dying to know when your newly ordered MacBook Air will arrive? Forward your delivery-confirmation e-mail to TrackMyShipments.com, and you’ll subsequently receive SMS updates on your package’s status, location and delays (if any). You can also monitor your own shipments by sending its tracking number to a special e-mail address.
10 Killer Texting Tricks // Diet.com SMS; Curious about calories? Text any restaurant menu item to Diet.com and you'll get all the details in a text-message reply. (© PC World)

If you’re watching your weight, Diet.com can help you count your calories. Text any major restaurant chain’s name and menu item to DIET1 (dial 34381) and Diet.com will shoot you back the nutrition stats: calories, fat, carbs and protein.

Quicken Online can send you a text-message reminder when a bill is due, so you won’t have to worry about racking up late fees. Other Web-based money managers like Buxfer and Mint offer even more SMS-alert options: They can notify you of low balances, unusual spending and large deposits (such as a paycheck). You can even record transactions (great for tracking expenses on the run) or request an account balance.

3. Compose Text Messages with Your Voice
10 Killer Texting Tricks // The BlackBerry Curve and its keyboard; The RIM BlackBerry Curve is the kind of phone that makes text messaging easy on the thumbs, thanks to its spacious QWERTY keyboard. (© PC World)

Most people who hate text messaging do so for the simple reason that it’s such a hassle to compose messages using a cell-phone keypad. You could always upgrade to a keyboard-equipped phone like the AT&T Tilt, LG Voyager or RIM BlackBerry Curve, but even those models are “all thumbs” when it comes to text input. Plus, it probably seems excessive to spend hundreds of dollars on a new phone just for the sake of easier text messaging.

Instead, let your voice do the legwork — or fingerwork. A free service called Jott will transcribe your spoken message into text and deliver it via SMS to anyone in your contact list (which you have to set up in advance on the Jott site). Just speed-dial Jott from your cell phone, say the name of the person you want to contact, and then start talking. (Remember to keep it short: Text messages can’t be longer than a few sentences.) This is also a much safer way to send a message while you’re at the wheel. (Note, however, that some states ban or discourage using the phone while driving, or are considering laws against it.)

4. Get Driving Directions
If your phone lacks GPS and you need to find your way between points A and B, let SMS be your guide. Before you hit the road, head to MapQuest in your desktop browser and input your destination. Once the site generates the driving directions, click the Send to Cell option and enter your cell number. In seconds you’ll receive a text message containing a link to turn-by-turn directions for your route.
10 Killer Texting Tricks // Get directions from Google via SMS; If you need help finding your way, text your starting location and destination to Google SMS, and you'll receive turn-by-turn directions in a return message. (© PC World)

If you’re away from your PC, tap Google SMS for on-the-fly navigation. Create a new message with your starting point and destination, then send it to GOOGLE (dial 466453). In return, you’ll receive Google Maps directions in one or more text messages (depending on the length of the route). You can also get an actual map by texting “map” and your location.

Need directions but don’t want to take your hands off the wheel? Dial 800-FREE-411, 800-GOOG-411 or DIRECTIONS (dial 347-328-4667) for voice-prompted assistance. State your starting address and where you want to go; all three services will whip up directions and shoot them to your phone via SMS. Best of all, they’re free. You pay only standard calling and text-message charges.

5. Search Google From the Road
Google SMS offers more than just driving directions: You can text your way to stock quotes, movie show times, currency conversions and much more. The trick lies in remembering the proper syntax to receive the information you want. To access Google’s glossary, for instance, your message should read “Define” and then the word. Looking for a particular business in your area? Send the business name (or category, such as “pizza”) and the Zip code or the city and state. If you can’t remember the proper format for a particular inquiry, just send “help” or “tips” to Google SMS (dial 466453), and the service will send you a cheat sheet.
10 Killer Texting Tricks // 4INFO SMS; You can fetch all kinds of info from 4INFO -- everything from sports scores to drink recipes. (© PC World)

4INFO offers a similar batch of SMS services, but adds helpful extras like package tracking and a Wi-Fi hotspot finder. You’ll find fun stuff, too, such as jokes, drink recipes and pickup lines. You can also sign up for text-message alerts: 4INFO will send you the game scores for your favorite teams, educate you with a word of the day, and even deliver Craigslist ad updates (so you can swoop in the moment playoff tickets go on sale).

6. Keep Tabs on Flights …
10 Killer Texting Tricks // Flight status via Google SMS; Among other information, Google SMS can provide flight status for almost any airline. (© PC World)

Jet-setters can also tap Google SMS and 4INFO for flight information. Just text your airline and flight number to receive up-to-the-minute arrival and departure times. If you’d rather have flight updates pushed to your phone, head to FlightStats, sign up for a free account, and then set up some Flight Alerts. The site will send you a status report up to three hours before departure, notifications of any flight delays or cancellations, and a notification when the flight lands (helpful if you’re on airport-pickup detail).

7. … And Keep Tabs on Friends
Their updates will arrive on your phone. (© PC World)

Fans of Twitter, the micro-blogging service that lets others know what you’re doing at this very minute, will find SMS virtually indispensable for sending and receiving updates. Start by configuring your Twitter account to support text messaging: Click the Settings link and then click Phone & IM. Follow the instructions to enable your phone, then set Device Updates to “on.” (While you’re at it, click the Notices option and set “sleep” hours so you’re not bothered by new messages all through the night.)

To receive text-message updates from your friends and family, click the Following link in your profile and set Device Updates to “on” for each person. To broadcast your own updates straight from your phone, text your messages to 40404.

8. Transfer Files to Your Phone
Savvy users know that the easiest way to move a file between PCs is to e-mail it to yourself. So why not take the same approach for transferring a file to your phone? Unfortunately, it’s not always that easy: Many phones balk at e-mail file attachments due to size or format. And what if your phone isn’t set up to fetch e-mail anyway? Your only option is a traditional PC-to-phone connection, which usually requires a special cable or a complicated Bluetooth configuration.
10 Killer Texting Tricks // Beam It Up Scotty; Looking for an easy way to copy a file to your phone? Beam It Up Scotty handles all file types and can even optimize audio and video for mobile devices. (© PC World)

Enter Beam It Up Scotty, a free Web-based service that leverages SMS to send just about any kind of file to your phone. Just browse your hard drive for the desired file — document, photo, MP3, movie or whatever — and then choose a compression setting. Beam It Up Scotty can automatically optimize video and audio files for mobile-phone playback and can compress other kinds of files for speedier transfer.

Finally, enter your cell-phone number. Within a few minutes you’ll receive a text message containing a link to download the file straight to your phone.

9. Send Text Messages From Your PC
Suppose a text message arrives on your phone while you’re sitting at your desk. Do you really have to peck out the reply on the phone’s tiny keypad? Not if you know the recipient’s phone number and carrier. Just fire up Outlook or any other mail client and compose your reply like an ordinary e-mail. The trick lies in knowing the proper way to address the message.
For example, e-mails sent to phones on the Sprint network must be formatted like this: phonenumber@messaging.sprintpcs.com. To send e-mail-via-SMS to a Verizon customer, use phonenumber@vtext.com. You can find a full list of carriers and their text-message addresses at SMS 411.
If you don’t know the recipient’s carrier or can’t remember all those different suffixes, take a shortcut: Send your e-mail to phonenumber@teleflip.com. The free Teleflip service does the legwork for you, routing your message to the appropriate carrier. Whatever method you use, keep in mind that replies will come to your e-mail inbox, not to your cell phone — which can be a good thing if you’re spending the day at your desk anyway.
10. Archive Your Messages
Need to save an important message for posterity (or a pending court case)? In an ideal world, you’d simply connect your phone to your PC and copy the messages to your hard drive. Few phones can do that out of the box, however. But the free utility BitPim makes this possible for many models from LG, Motorola, Samsung and Sanyo. You’ll also need a USB cable that’s compatible with your phone; check with the manufacturer (or eBay) to hunt down the proper cable.
10 Killer Texting Tricks // Save text messages; Forward any text message to Treasuremytext and you can save it indefinitely. The service lets you organize messages into folders and add notes to them. (© PC World)

To preserve only a select few messages (and avoid the hassles of software and cables), check out Treasuremytext. This free Web service archives and manages all messages forwarded from your phone. Later, you can visit the Treasuremytext site to review your messages, add notes and organize them in custom folders.

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I got a cold, ugh!

I’ve been sick almost the whole weekend and last night I came to an all time low looking for ways to get rid of cold fast…lol

I got some of the best advice that people tend to overlook…

Read for yourself below…

by Frederic Patenaude

Everyone wants to know what’s the best way to get rid of a cold, and it seems everybody has her own remedy for it. In this article, you will learn how to eliminate a nasty cold the PURE HEALTH way, which is Nature’s Way.

I probably won’t be very popular for saying this, but the truth is that “there is no cure for the common cold.” That’s right. Even modern medicine is aware of this.

All of the remedies sold, at the drugstore or from your health food store, only alleviate the symptoms of a problem that shouldn’t be stopped in the first place!

Let Your Body Heal

Here’s a little known truth: all attempts to “cure” the common cold are completely futile, since the cold isn’t something that should be fought or stopped in the first place. The common cold is a *symptom* that the body is undergoing a healing crisis. The body is trying to get well!

Whether you can “catch” a cold is another subject of controversy, but without even going into that, only the body’s own powers are able to take this healing crisis to a favorable conclusion.

The common cold is believed to be viral in nature, and there is no treatment that directly fights the virus. In fact, there are hundreds of those viruses, with new ones being discovered all the time!

The more you interfere in the process, either by taking a drug or making some sort of herbal concoction, the more you add on to the body’s stress of dealing with the situation. You might be able to get rid of the symptoms, but the root problem is still there. Is that what you want?

Instead, get rid of a cold the Pure Health Way, in 2 easy steps:

Sleep It Off

The main problem people have when they get a cold is that it interferes with their already busy life. How are you supposed to work if you feel like crap? So you take drugs or even just herbal medicines to alleviate the symptoms, and you continue working like crazing, staying up late, going out, eating out, and *never giving your body the chance to heal.*

When you get a cold, you should do this opposite. Think to yourself, “Great! A cold! That’s my opportunity to catch up on the rest I desperately need, and my chance to let my body heal itself!”

What you’ll need to do is start spending long hours in bed. Rest as much as possible. Cancel those appointments that are not urgent, those nights out, and other activities. Stop your exercise program for a few days, and rest as much as possible.

If that’s not possible, at least take it really easy, and go to bed super-early. Give your body a chance to heal and it will do an amazing job at it, I promise.

Eat Properly

95% of people I’ve met still think that there’s some kind of food they should eat that could “increase their immunity” or “boost their metabolism” and help them “fight” the cold better.

They still haven’t realized that *the common cold isn’t something that should be fought or stopped!*

Here is however a few recommendations that will definitely help you recover from a cold in the shortest time possible.

- Eat only fruits and vegetables. Those are the easiest foods to digest. Avoid protein foods or fat, or starch.
- Drink plenty of warm water.
- Eat a very simple diet. Smoothies, fresh juices, raw fruits in vegetables. No cooked foods except at the most, steamed vegetables.
- Eat according to hunger and if not hungry skip a few meals. There’s no harm and only good in doing that.

Eating a simple raw food diet (such as the one I described in my book “The Raw Secrets”) when you have a cold will help you recover in the shortest time possible, without doing any harm to the body. A short fast is also advisable (2-3 days max).

Combine that with plenty of rest, and you’ll have a winning formula to getting rid of that nasty cold.

By learning proper nutrition habits, you’ll also make sure that you stay healthy all the time and never have to go through that again!

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Fake Craigslist Ads

Diane Siddons got the call from Brandie Darnell in the middle of the day. Darnell had seen Siddons’ house advertised for rent on Craigslist and thought it was a smokin’ deal: $800 a month for a five bedroom house in a Tampa Bay, Fla., suburb.

Only one problem: Siddons’ house wasn’t for rent. She hadn’t placed any advertisement on Craigslist. Instead, a con artist had lifted photos of her home and placed them on the site as bait.

The ad made the home sound perfect for a small family, with 2.5 baths and a nice yard. Even cable TV was included. The price wasn’t completely out of line, so Darnell got the address from the alleged seller and drove by to see the place. She spotted a “for sale” sign with a real estate agent’s phone number on it and, after a brief phone call, learned she had been caught in an attempted scam.

Put Siddons on a small but growing list of Internet crime victims who never face the prospect of losing money. Instead their property or identity is borrowed for use in a ruse.

The con is simple. The alleged renter lures an apartment seeker with a realistic-looking ad — so realistic that the pictures match the address, so the ad will pass a drive-by test. But when the home-seeker contacts the renter, there’s no way to get inside the home. The renter supposedly is traveling, or on a two-year assignment in some distant place. “Send a deposit,” the con artists writes, “and I’ll send the keys.”

“It was really unnerving,” Siddons said. “We were concerned that someone would knock on my door and say, ‘Hey, we just rented this place, get out!’”

No one knows how many people are victimized by faux Craigslist ads – the firm says it’s a tiny fraction of 30 million monthly posts – but clearly, fake ads are hitting some people hard.

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Guilty Pleasure – MTV/The Hills

If you are like me …then you have a weak spot for the undeniably addictive show: The Hills.

Just so you know the season premiere was last Monday night…

My post, however, isn’t about the show, It’s about one of the characters who actually will be leaving Teen Vogue magazine this season…

With all the cattiness and drama during the show I mainly watch it for Whitney Port, she is an editor at Teen Vogue and is refreshingly down to earth, and can I say…oh so stylish…

Read below about her style!

Who are your favorite designers?
When I’m going out I like to wear Phillip Lim, Robert Rodriguez, Chloe, and vintage. During the day I like J Brand jeans, but it always varies. It seems like everything I wear is either a different designer or no designer at all! Some of the names I have in my closet: London Sole flats, JL Marks dresses, Bellabumbum bras, and Hanky Panky underwear.

Where are your favorite places to shop?
Vionnet, Diavolina, Planet Blue, Bleu on La Brea, JL Marks, Shareen Vintage (for vintage dresses), American Rag, Calypso, Scoop, Intermix, Holiday, Only Hearts (for gifts, accessories, and lingerie), and Shopbop.

Who is your style icon?
Catherine Deneuve.

What are your favorite new trends?
I love bell bottom/wide legged jeans and high-waisted trousers.

What are some trends you’re over?
Vests, labels, fedoras, big beaded necklaces, skulls, and headbands.

What are you coveting right now?
I love wearing mini-dresses with vintage heels and my grandmother’s vintage beaded clutches. Also, bell bottom jeans from J Brand.

What are some of your style secrets?
I like wearing delicate gold chain necklaces and gold bracelets high up on my arm.

Whose closet would you most like to raid?
Ashley Olsen, Victoria Beckham, and Jennifer Lopez.

Do you have any beauty tips for our readers?
I always use a gentler cleanser on my face (like Cetaphil) because I have sensitive skin. I love Stila Sun in Sun 1 and layer Nars blush over the bronzer. Depending on my mood, I’ll either use Deep Throat for a peachy shimmer or their Angelika blush for a bright pink shimmer. My mascara is by Fresh, for a nude lip I like Nars Lip Lacquer in Chelsea Girls, and I always get my eyebrows done at Anastasia.

Whitney’s Little Black Book:


Vionnet: 310.289.9202
Diavolina: 310.550.1341
Planet Blue: 310.317.8566
Bleu: 323.939.2228, bleuclothing.com
JL Marks: 323.655.4111, jlmarks.com
Shareen Vintage: 323.276.6226 shareenvintage.com
American Rag: 323.935.3154 amrag.com
Calypso: 310.652.4454, calypso-celle.com
Scoop: 877.SCOOP.77, scoopnyc.com
Intermix: 212.966.5303, intermixonline.com
Holiday: 310.434.9274holidayboutique.net
Only Hearts: 310.393.3088 onlyhearts.com
Shopbop shopbop.com

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ROCK THE VOTE – OHIO

Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama at the debate in Cleveland, Ohio on Feb. 26With two presidential candidates so close that the lead between competitors is virtually indeterminable….I had to ask myself what could make the difference between winning over Ohio and not?

I visited this website: http://www.somaliohio.org/ and got substantial information on what just might make a difference.

Ohio is home to over 45,000 Somalis, and 15 percent of these Somalis have become United States citizens.  I wonder how many of these citizens are registered to vote, and how many will, indeed vote?

I urge all Somalian and Djiboutian citizens to get out there this season and vote!

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Catwalk To Closet


 

I was just searching the web as usual and came across this uber-chic site. It’s called: Catwalk to Closet

Here is a little about them…

CatwalkToCloset.com is an on-line designer sample sale offering the most wanted international runway collections at sample sale prices.

Attracting over 40,000 visitors a month and a world wide customer base we offer carefully edited collections from designers direct and boutiques.

We often find exciting, hard to find pieces sourced from press or buyer samples, these items have detailed descriptions of their use.

Sample sales allow designers and stores to clear their garments and accessories used by the fashion press, stylists and retail buyers. These can include waiting list items which cannot be sold through traditional channels because they have been handled.

CatwalkToCloset.com works with designers and boutiques to sell sample stock as well as over produced stock, order cancellations and occasionally pieces with minor manufacturing or handling imperfections.

Just like a regular on-line boutique. However, we may have many of one item or we may have only one, we may have limited sizes and colours – and when they’re gone they’re gone. Be the first to know when new stock hits the website by registering with us. All handled pieces or imperfections are clearly photographed and described.

If you are a designer or retailer and would like information on how we work with our suppliers please call or send an e-mail to honorriley@CatwalkToCloset.com.

Be sure to check them out. I know I will be in the future.

Happy weekend to all!!! 

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