International Women’s Day

images[8]Hello my dear, especial, remarkable and gorgeous women of the world. Today is our day. Its meaning cannot be lost and become similar to Mother’s Day or Valentine’s. It must be both a day to celebrate and a day to draw attention to the challenges that remain before gender equality is truly realised. And to add some fun to the discussion, I want to share some famous people’s quotes on the subject:

Rudyard Kipling, Author
A woman’s guess is much more accurate than a man’s certainty.

Sigmund Freud
Despite my thirty years of research into the feminine soul, I have not yet been able to answer the great question that has never been answered:What does a woman want?

Helen Rowland
To be happy with a man you must understand him a lot and love him a little. To be happy with a woman you must love her a lot and not try to understand her at all.

Farrah Fawcett                                                                                                                     God gave women intuition and femininity. Used properly, the combination easily jumbles the brain of any man I’ve ever met.

Ogden Nash
I have an idea that the phrase “weaker sex” was coined by some woman to disarm some man she was preparing to overwhelm.

Margaret Thatcher                                                                                                                                If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.

Dear ladies…keep shining and smiling!!! kisses. Renata.

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Natural disasters

I have seen recently in the breaking news, a series of natural disasters around the globe. Mother Nature has not shown mercy. Earthquakes in Haiti and New Zealand killing thousands of people and destroying buildings and houses. Flooding in Brazil and Australia causing landslides and devastating cities, leaving families homeless. Blizzards in the USA and Europe,… hurricanes in  the Bahamas,… a volcanic eruption of Eyjafjallajokull in Iceland considered a climate anomaly last year, tsunamis in Indonesia…hailstorms, tornados, twisters,… everywhere all we hear about is the incredibly large number of victims. Despite the experts different opinions concerning the human race being or not guilty for the Earth tremendous change of mood, I believe this is the loudest wake up call ever. Pay attention to details. Ask yourself what you are doing or what you are not doing in order to have a “better place for you and for me and the entire human race” (Michael Jackson’s Heal the World). Let’s definitely be environmentally friendly. Green your house, your office. Go paperless, recycle, reuse, reduce. Keep this in mind. Start today! Make the difference! kisses. Renata.

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Resolutions for 2011- Eating healthfully

                                                                                 Common New Year’s resolutions usually include the desire of starting a new diet, joining a gym to exercise more, getting fit, eating and drinking more healthfully, and as a consequence of all the effort, we want to shed weight and  enter the plan Me minus 10 pounds. So what are your  plans? You need a plan. What about being more aware of what you eat: bread for example. A good idea would be to keep your refined sugar and starch intake as low as possible. You can put more whole grains into your diet. One more, we could be avoiding snacking. Eating fruit between meals would be much better. Getting more vegetable servings  and including quinoa the super food  everybody is talking about. I know it’s hard and I am including myself in this. But these things are not for New Year’s Day. It’s for Jan 10th. Ok? I’ll give it a try. kisses. Renata.

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Happy Holidays!


Ladies and gentlemen, it’s officially that time of year. The holidays are upon us!

I want to wish you and yours a very happy, safe and healthy festive season.

This is the time to recognize and appreciate all we have and all we’ve achieved.

And remember, this is also the time of year to:

· Forgive old resentments

· Say “I love you” too much

· Eat until it hurts

· Forget about work

· Laugh over nothing

· Take too many pictures

· Appreciate old memories

· Enjoy the smells from the kitchen

· Treasure every moment with family and friends

May you cherish all the season has to offer! And should your plans take you away from home, I wish you safe, comfortable travels.

Merry Christmas!!!

All the best, kisses

Teacher Renata

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Christmas is upon us!!!

Hi there! The holidays are here again. It’s that time of  year we often freak out. The fact: so many things we still have to do and the  time we actually don’t have. Scaring? It really is. Ops! We did it again! Last year we promised we wouldn’t let that happen! We trully believe we will be able to deliver all our projects  on time. It’s the same old story. Year after year. What happened to the time? Where did it go? We keep putting off small things we could have done some weeks ago. But the two-minute rule, some experts in time management teach us, is not always put into practice. Maybe next year we will remember all the stress we went through. Maybe not. As time goes by, we grow older and we make the same mistakes.  We should try to avoid them. Life would be easier, especially at the end of each year. Make a plan and stick to it. Prioritize. We won’t get back lost time. 2011 is the new opportunity we have been given. It’s our Christmas gift. Make good use. Start fresh. I will give it a try. Join me. Shall we? Have a good and productive day! Kisses. Renata.

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Thanksgiving Day

The Englishmen (pilgrims), who sailed to US  aboard the Mayflower to escape religious persecution in England and settled in the “New World”, had to deal with a lot of difficulties. These early pioneers had neither farming nor fishing or hunting skills. Their first winter was brutal and devastating. Luckily, thanks in large part to the friendship and guidance of an Abnaki Indian named Squanto; the pilgrims were taught how to survive off the land, plowing, planting, and developing fishing and hunting skills, by the Wampanoag, a friendly tribe. The first good harvest was celebrated with a big feast. They invited their Indian friends to sit down together, say thanks and celebrate their bountiful harvest. It also featured games, races, bow and arrow competitions and it lasted three days in Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts in December of 1621. Since then, every year, on the fourth Thursday of November, many people on this four-day long weekend gather around a table and enjoy a delicious meal with friends and family to say thanks for all good things they have. Two interesting events also happen on Thanksgiving holiday. One is the  Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade which traditionally takes place in New York City. Millions of people line on the streets or tune into TV to watch the giants balloons, one-of-a-kind floats, the country’s best marching bands, hundreds of clowns and celebrities. The other event is called Black Friday. It is the Friday following Thanksgiving Day which marks the opening of the Christmas shopping season. Today it is associated with special sales and deeply discounted items.                                                                                                                                                                                 But on Thanksgiving Day, I would like to thank you all. I hope that you are blessed on this special occasion with peace, love and happiness and that you have wonderful moments and beautiful memories filled with joy and health to share… All these and many more are my wishes for you!!! Happy Thanksgiving Day!!

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Weddings and wedding collocations

imagesCAZ8Q6AI Hi guys! It’s been an incredibly fast week and two weddings on the weekend. So, I had this idea to give you some wedding-based  vocabulary.  First off: Brides want dream wedding dresses. Also called gowns. We can describe them as: classic, romantic, modern, bohemian, glamorous and beach style wedding dresses. Secondly, the fabric these dresses are made of are: lace, organza, satin, silk, taffeta and tulle. Thirdly the silhouettes they are designed: A-line, mermaid, princess, ball gown and sheath. Fourthly, necklines: asymmetric (one-shoulder), strapless, off-the-shoulder, halter (fastens behind the neck and back), v-neck, boat-neck(bateau), scoop, high –neck, square and sweetheart. The wedding dress of every bride’s dream is not only the floor-length princess dress. In fact, some brides may opt for a tea-length instead, which is a  dress below the knee, also appropriate as a second wedding dress. Nevertheless mini, ankle and knee length dresses are options as well. Planning a wedding is one of the most exciting and most stressful things a woman will ever do. It can quickly become overwhelming. Bridesmaids, maid of honor, flower girl and ring bearer, wedding rehearsal and rehearsal dinner (  an informal pre-wedding ceremony), catering, and choosing the reception venue are part of a bride’s concern. What about the groom’s role in all this? Choosing the best man and his groomsmen? Is that all??? Of course not!!! Buying the engagement ring, paying the honey moon and picking up his tuxedo,  sharing some bills can be as stressful as the whole wedding planning. Finally after all this, the bride and groom have no more duties as such, and can spend the rest of the evening mingling, dancing and chatting. Bye. Hope you are having a good long weekend! Kisses. Renata.

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