Monthly Archives: September 2013

Food Favourites – Pizza Party

I’m a foodie. That’s no surprise. I enjoy food. Eating it is especially a favourite thing of mine to do. These days there are so many varieties and choices with food, it’s interesting to explore our tastes. Food means different things to each of us. We all have foods we like and don’t like. We have tastes and flavours that bring us home or evoke a memory.

Within each type of food, like pizza, there are so many variations and flavours. So here’s a little about pizza.

Pizza Man

We know Pizza to be Italian and its origins stem back to 18th century Naples when tomatoes first came to Europe. Those less fortunate started adding tomatoes to “flat” bread. Although it was once thought that tomatoes were poisonous. Nevertheless, it was a very cheap dish to make.

Pizza was first sold in streets stalls and open air markets. Raffeale Esposito, was a Neapolitan pizzamaker who created the Margherita pizza for Queen Margherita. It contained tomatoes, basil and mozzarella cheese, these flavours resembling the colours of the Italian flag.

Nowdays, pizza is a favoured part of the western diet and is found in many countries around the world. There are so many different types from classic to those influenced by other cuisines. There are chains dedicated to pizza such as Dominoes, Pizza Hut, Eagle Boys, Round Table, Crust and of course, the local pizza place which is loved by all in the family.

Pizza

What’s your favourite type of pizza? Where do you buy your pizza?

Jen xoxo

 

 

Why Women Are Worth It!

I had the opportunity to see Dr Lois Frankel recently at a Sydney Business Chicks event. She is a fantastic speaker who tells it how it is. No nonsense or dancing around the truth. She makes it crystal clear. In the two hour workshop she squeezed in many messages to a room full of 200 women. The one that really struck me was, ‘Women are worth it.’

It’s a pretty simple message but one we absolutely forget. We forget because we tend to put others before ourselves. You know, the husband, partner, kids, family, friends, work, housework, chores and the list goes on. We often get so immersed and consumed by our lives we simply forget to nurture ourselves.

We simply forget we’re ‘worth it’.

Worth it

What is ‘worth it’ anyway? Let’s look at a few things that make women, ‘worth it’:-

1)      We have amazing bodies

Okay, some of us have more to hug than others or things may not quite look how they used to. However, the female body is something to be proud of. It’s much better looking than the male body. It allows us to carry other human beings and be able to feed them. It expands and it shrinks. If we look after it, it looks after us.

2)      We are amazing multi-taskers

As women, we have the unique ability to do several things at once and even manage to have eyes at the back of our head. I always wondered how my mum knew what I was doing! Many of us work part time or full time, have families or other responsibilities and somehow we seem to accomplish so much. We juggle this while making that, we organise this and clean that. In the chaos of our lives, we often focus on what we haven’t done, rather than how much we have done.

Multitasker

3)      We are amazing nurturers

Sometimes you just need a hug or a few loving words to soothe the soul. There’s nothing better than a mum’s hug. It makes everything better. As for soothing the soul, somehow we women always find the words for any situation. We make things better. We know what to say to make someone feel loved and to soothe their soul. It’s special. It’s a gift.

4)      We are resilient

Resilience is a core part of a women’s worth. We often get knocked down and have to get right back up. We are determined when we want to be and more importantly, when we need to be. We are stronger than we ever believed. We push forward when we never knew how to or never thought we could.

5)      We are valuable

Every woman is valuable. We are valuable in all that we do, our contribution to business, communities, families and friendships. We run businesses, empires, blog, bake, bring up children, cook, clean and shop. And that list has only just begun.

Being valuable is underestimated. I looked up the word ‘valuable’ in the Collins GEM Australian English Dictionary, it read:-

“precious, worthy, capable of being valued”

Those few words say it all. As women we are precious, worthy and capable of being valued.

Whatever we do each day in our lives, we offer value to all that we do. For that, we need to be proud. For that, we are ‘worth it”.

So tell me, how are you worth it?

Jen xoxo