I decided to scrap my usual relationship/marriage article and talk about another relationship that had me stressing over the past few weeks. I consider my eight year old to be a very intelligent and smart child, however, lately he has lacked the motivation to consistently perform well in school.
One week, he would get be getting all A’s and B’s and then the other week he would just go all the way down to C’s and D’s. As parents we were puzzled by this sort of roller coaster effect with his grades, especially since he was a consistent “A & B” student.
After getting him a professional educational assessment, it came down to the matter of motivation. We had to take a closer look at what we were doing or not doing. With a lot of research and help from a private tutor, my husband and I were able to come up with some effective ways to help and motivate our son:
I love sweet potatoes, so I was thrilled when I found this recipe. This Spicy Sweet Potato and Black Bean Salad was such a hit with my family the first time around that I plan on trying it again with my personal tweaks.
It’s easy to get adventurous with this meal by using additional ingredients such as string beans, which happens to be my son’s favorite.
I also suggest putting the Jalapenos and Cajun seasoning on only half of the salad if you plan on serving it to children. On the other hand, my son is of Jamaican heritage so we love it hot and spicy!!
Happy Meatless Mondays, and don’t forget to leave a comment if you’ve tried or decide to try this recipe!
When I lived back home in Jamaica, some of my favorite places to frequent were the vegetarian or Ital restaurants. Ital cooking originated in the Jamaican Rastafarian community and traditionally excludes the use of salt, meat (especially pork), preservatives, or any artificial flavoring or colorings. The word Ital is derived from the word “vital” and refers to food that is natural, organic, fresh and pure.
This callaloo inspired recipe comes really close to my Jamaican Ital food so I just had to share! Callaloo, which is a green leafy vegetable grown in the Caribbean, can also be found at most West Indian market or as canned product in the international foods aisle at the supermarket. For this recipe, the callaloo is substituted with half spinach and half collard greens.
Let me know if you decide to try this Jamaican Callaloo inspired recipe, and check back next week for more Meatless Mondays recipe!
If planning your family vacation leaves you feeling stuck between excitement and anxiety, you’re not alone. Vacations are a time to create memories and unwind with your family. So, why is the preparation such a stressful task?
Since I’m always taking the lead on planning our family getaways, I’ve learned some simple ways to get through the stress of planning and on the beach soaking up some sun and rum.
Here are 5 tips to help you plan your next vacation with ease:
In my last post, I mentioned giving up meat for lent. Well, I’ve gone one step further. NUBIAMAG has taken the pledge to go meatless on Mondays, and we would love for you all to join us on this journey to healthier bodies and a healthier planet.
You’ve probably heard of Meatless Mondays, but did you know that it was initially launched during World War I? The government launched this national campaign to reduce consumption and help with war efforts.
The movement was revived in 2003 as a public health campaign to help reduce the risk of certain diseases such as cancer, diabetes and obesity. It’s now a global movement with over 36 countries participating and taking the pledge to go meatless.
It’s Ash Wednesday and officially the first day of lent. This year, I’m giving up meat as a religious sacrifice, and as a baby step towards possibly going vegetarian.
Of course, I also want to avoid the hassle of cooking two meals, so I’m going with recipes my whole family can enjoy. I chose this Honey Lime Tilapia meal idea because it’s easy to prepare and my son loves fish. This sweet and tangy flavor will surely cause less fussing at the dinner table and have him cleaning his plate.
I recently got a call from one of my younger girlfriends announcing that she was getting married. She was happy that he finally proposed, as they’ve been together for over three years! Personally, I don’t think three years is that long but hey, to each his own.
My younger girlfriend (10 years younger) wanted to specially thank me for all the great advice I gave her throughout her relationship. After finishing up the call, I started thinking about the advice that I gave her. Those tidbits of encouragement and forewarning came purely from my years of experience and counseling sessions.
Looking back at the guidance I gave my girlfriend, I started to wonder what words of wisdom I could have shared with myself before settling down. Here are the top 10 marriage advice I would give to my younger self before getting married:
Dessert is always my favorite part of the meal. As a matter of fact, I sometimes wish I could just skip the meal and go straight for the sweets. Chocolate, of course, is always a good choice. Not only is it a potent aphrodisiac, but it also contains serotonin which helps to naturally boost your mood.
So whether you’re looking for the perfect recipe to complete your Valentine’s Day dinner or planning ahead for your next party, these delectable Hot Chocolate Fudge Cakes will surely be a crowd-pleaser.
After 15 years of being together, my husband and I are somewhat untraditional when it comes to celebrating Valentine’s Day. Not that we’re not romantic, but romance means different things to different people and, more importantly, at different stages of our lives and relationships.
There was a time I would gush over candle light dinners and rose petals on the bed with a champagne breakfast the next morning. Nowadays, if he vacuums, washes the dishes, and makes breakfast all in one week? Bonus in the romance department! For him, romance has dwindled down to Chinese take-out with red wine and an entire season of House of Cards.
If your Valentine’s Day plans include a romantic dinner at home, these aphrodisiac recipes will surely add an extra dose of passion and love to your night.
I was drawn to these recipes because I love pomegranate, but I also discovered that Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, was credited with planting the first pomegranate tree. The pomegranate’s rich antioxidants are said to increase testosterone in both men and women, which leads to heightened moods and increased sexual desire.
Blueberries are also known to increase sexual desire in men, as their rich antioxidants helps to relax bloods vessels, lower cholesterol and improve circulation and well…you know the rest.
With that said, you might want to add some extra servings of blueberries to this Blueberry Pomegranate Salad and then wash it down with a few rounds of Pomegranate Champagne Cocktails…cheers!!