Monthly Archives: March 2016

Bougainvillea against the backdrop of the Santa Rosa Mountains in Indian Wells, CA.

Camera Shy | Indian Wells, CA

  I’ve been debating whether or not I should write this post. One of my favorite things to do in my free time is scroll through photos on Pinterest and blogs, especially travel photos. Photos filled with movement, color, and emotion. In other words, the kind of photos I wish I could take. Photography is one of those talents that I really want to develop but am a little overwhelmed by all the technical skills involved. Plus I guess you could say I get a bit camera shy when I take photos because I feel it’s so obvious I have no […]

Celebrating the Festival of Colors.

DIY Festival of Colors Party

It’s time for the main event! Tomorrow is the largest Festival of Colors celebration in the Western Hemisphere (at the Krishna Temple in Spanish Fork, Utah). So it’s time to put on an old white t-shirt, pull out the color powders, and herald in spring with an exhilarating color extravaganza.  

A fresh mango lassi surrounded by mangoes.

Mango Lassi

The Festival of Colors is also a time for enjoying street food and sweet treats. This mango lassi is sweet, creamy, and colorful. Lassi is a traditional yogurt-based drink that originates from the Punjab region of India and Pakistan. Traditional or salted lassi is made from yogurt blended with water, sugar or salt, and spices. Other variations of lassi include rosewater, fruit juices, saffron, and even butter. Lassi is a popular beverage during Holi, and this mango version is sure to satisfy any kid’s (or adult’s) sweet tooth.

A plate of potato and zucchini curry with rice and naan.

Potato and Zucchini Curry

This week is Holi, more commonly known as the the Festival of Colors. Holi is a Hindu festival that celebrates the victory of good over evil and the arrival of spring. It’s also a day of joy and fun meant to bring everyone together. The festival falls on a different day each year, usually the day after the full moon in March or February, depending on the Hindu calendar. This year it happens to fall on March 23rd. This week’s posts will help you gear up to celebrate this joyous festival. So to kick off the week of celebration, here is a […]

A cup of tea surrounded by tea packets.

My Top 5 Stress Relief Teas

“Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world revolves–slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future. Live the actual moment. This moment in life.” -Thich Nhat Hanh   Tea: a time-honored tradition in countries and civilizations throughout time. A warm cup of tea is synonymous with taking a break, momentarily withdrawing from the troubles of the world. It’s that withdrawal that makes tea a great stress management technique. Taking just a few minutes focus solely a cup of tea, its warmth and flavor, can halt the stress response and improve your mood. Here are […]

A line of nesting dolls.

Around the World Party | Russia

It’s time for another Around the World Party. This week we’re heading to Russia to explore its rich history and culture. From the vibrant domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral to the fairytale forests of Russia’s countryside, there’s so much to explore in this vast country. Poydem (let’s go)!