Walking down the “white” carpet with a smile on my face and a handsome young man on my arm, I spied a dozen cameras pointed at me. For a fleeting moment, in my pretty dress and sparkling shoes, I felt like a celebrity. I wasn’t a celebrity, but I was something better – a very happy mother-of-the-groom being escorted down the aisle by the best man, my charming oldest son!
#1 – Taking Better Videos on your Smartphone
If someone was taking a video of the wedding processional using their smartphone, I hope they read “How Can I Shoot Better Video On My Smartphone?” first. Whether you’re a paparazzi or a parent or a grandparent trying to record special moments, you’ll benefit from these helpful tips provided in this Lifehacker article.
#2 – Those Deceiving Snacks!
It’s easy to be confused about which snacks are healthy and which ones are not. Most snacks start out with a healthy ingredient, but become unhealthy as other ingredients are added and processing takes over. Here’s a list of 50 Seemingly Healthy Foods That Are Bad for You from Shape Magazine. To whet your interest, I offer you the first dozen offenders on the list:
1. Microwave Popcorn
2. Light Salad Dressing
3. Trail Mix
5. Artichoke Spinach Dip
6. Flavored Fat-Free Yogurt
7. Dried Fruit
8. Flavored Soy Milk
9. Energy Drinks
11. Turkey Sandwich
#3 – Creative Billboards
Creativity knows no bounds, as is illustrated in these billboards from around the world.
#4 – Food to Go or Go to Food?
Every month, somewhere in this world, there’s a food show, food competition, or food festival being held. If you like to travel and if you like to eat good food, you may want to arrange your travels around food festivals. Here are just a few on my food “bucket” list:
January – Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie (World Pastry Cup), Lyon, France
February – Salon du Chocolat (in French), Marseille, France
March – Paris Cookbook Fair, Paris, France
April – The Great American Pie Festival, Celebration, Florida
May – International Biscuit Festival, Knoxville, Tennessee
June – Arcata Bay Oyster Festival, Arcata, California
July – Garlic Festival, Gilroy, California
August – Maine Lobster Festival, Rockland, Maine
September – Ludlow Food Festival, England
October – Truffle Festival, Alba, Italy
November – Kona Coffee Cultural Festival, Kona, Hawaii
December – Baker’s Market, Vancouver, BC
For a more comprehensive list of food festivals all year long, go to foodreference.com
#5 – I Believe
“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.”
― Audrey Hepburn
Have an unbelievably great weekend!