March 8th – International Women’s Day

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I read today that “The first International Women’s Day was held in 1911 and is celebrated annually on 8 March with thousands of events across the world.

It was honored for the first time in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland on 19 March, where more than one million men and women attended rallies campaigning for women’s rights to work, vote, be trained, to hold public office and end discrimination.” 

What a wonderful day to celebrate my mom, who is an inspiration to me every day, my daughter, who I aspire to inspire for the rest of her life and my sister, who reminds me to stay inspired each day and live a youthful life. I love you and all my female friends out there and wish you a very Happy International Women’s Day !

Katharine Hepburn
“I have not lived as a woman. I have lived as a man. I’ve just done what I damn well wanted to, and I’ve made enough money to support myself, and ain’t afraid of being alone”

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Design your own life plan…

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“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” ~Jim Rohn

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Discovering Texas Wine at Bernhardt Winery, Plantersville Texas

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Spring is in the Air … and this beautiful February 2014 afternoon we had a nice family day trip to Plantersville Texas, discovering Texas Wine at Bernhardt Winery.

We’ll definitely be back for more wine tasting … if you enjoy wine pairing, you might want to read my blog post about how to

    “Spice up your Roasted Pork Tenderloin with LAVENDER SEASONING RUB and learn about wine along the way…”

Cheers!

King Cakes at Rao’s Bakery

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This morning while having a cappuccino at my favorite bakery in Spring TX, Rao’s Bakery, I came across some beautiful King Cakes. While reading up on the tradition, I had no idea how many countries celebrate a similar version of Mardi Gras or Carnival.

From Wiki:

The “king cake” takes its name from the biblical three kings. In Catholic liturgical tradition, the Solemnity of Epiphany – commemorated on January 6 – celebrates the visit of the Magi to the Christ Child. The Eve of Epiphany (the night of January 5) is popularly known as Twelfth Night (the Twelve Days of Christmas are counted from Christmas Eve until this night). The season for king cake extends from the end of the Twelve Days of Christmas (Twelfth Night and Epiphany Day), up until Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday;” the day before the start of Lent. Some organizations or groups of friends may have “king cake parties” every week through the Carnival season. In Portugal and France, whoever gets the King cake trinket is expected to buy the next cake for these get-togethers.
It is a popular food item during the Christmas season (Christmas Eve to Epiphany) in Belgium, France, Quebec and Switzerland (galette or gâteau des Rois or galette des rois), Portugal (bolo rei), Spain, and Spanish America (roscón or rosca de reyes and tortell in Catalonia), Greece and Cyprus (vasilopita) and Bulgaria (banitsa). In the United States, Carnival is traditionally observed in the Southeastern region of the country, particularly in New Orleans, Mobile, Pensacola, Galveston, and other towns and cities of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. In this region, the king cake is closely associated with Mardi Gras traditions and is served throughout the Carnival season, which lasts from Epiphany Eve to Fat Tuesday.

This year Fat Tuesday falls on March 4th, 2014.

Missing out on thousands of potential buyers for your home?

Missing out on thousands of potential buyers for your home?

Design and Real Estate Blog By Lacrima Cosnean

I ran across this article and had a smile on my face when I was thinking about our Winter here in Texas this year…we actually had a little snow and freeze ourselves and can feel the ‘Spring in the Air’ already …

The MESSAGE of this article is that “If you’re considering selling and your home  and it is not yet online, then every day you’re missing out on thousands (or even millions) of potential buyers viewing your home.”

Call me if you are considering selling and would like a FREE CMA (Comparative Market Analysis) for your HOME.

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Want to Sell Your Home? The Spring Selling Season May Be Coming Early This Year…

For the full article click here

We love Romania

I came across two cool things on the web today…

One, is this video , called ‘we are HAPPY in BUCHAREST Romania’,, that is just so upbeat and makes me want to jump and dance…

Two, is this cool Travel Site that offers tours in many beautiful places, including Romania which is a must see…http://www.perfect-tour.com

Also, while there make sure you stay at The Country Hotel near Brasov in Transylvania, Romania.

Ciocanesti village in Bucovina has been elected „Romania’s cultural village – 2014”

I just read this on Fivestar Hospitality:
“The Association– the most beautiful villages from Romania, AFSR, announced recently that Ciocanesti village from Suceava county located in the historical destination of Bucovina, has been selected as the winner of the first edition of the competition „ Romania’s cultural village – 2014”. During 2014 there will be a series of events and festivals that will promote this village both on a national and international level.

The nominations for the final round of the competition were: Cumpana from Constanta county, Izvoarele from Prahova county, Bezdead from Dambovita county, Poiana Stampei from Suceava and the mentioned winner Ciocanesti from Suceava county.
Sursa: InfoTravelRomania [13.02.2014], Mediafax [13.02.2014]”

Also, I read on Fivestar Hospitality that:

In 2008 Fivestar Hospitality has started collaboration with HORWATH HTL South-East Europe, becoming soon the strategic partner for Romania and Moldova. In Horwath HTL organization, the Zagreb office is responsible for the hotel tourism & leisure consulting markets of Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, FYR Macedonia and Bulgaria. This partnership extends the responsibility area of this office over Romania and Moldova.

More about Romania and Bucovina…and travel packages by Axa Traveland Uncover Romania

Exciting!