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I'm bored with my blog. I want to redesign it. I want a new title for it, one without Giorgia's full name in it. It could be something random, fun, with "G", Gigi, or Giorgi in it or no name at all.

I want it to reflect life with Giorgia....

(LifeWithGiorgi is a contender)


I'm taking suggestions...


Help me....

G Diapers... Hmmmm

They are an interesting concept but more than twice the price of disposable diapers but more environmentally friendly. I just LOVE the "g" on them. I wonder if I buy some of "g" covers they'll fit over a regular plain diaper. Very cute.

Thoughts anyone?

You can read all about them on their website.

Orange Mandarin Chicken

I just found this on another blog...here. I have to agree with her, this does seems easy! I must try it!!
From Cooking Light

Serve with Asian noodles - such as soba, somen, or udon - and steamed snow peas.
2 teaspoons dark sesame oil
4 (4-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
1 (11-ounce) can mandarin oranges in light syrup, un-drained
½ cup chopped green onions
1 tablespoon finely chopped seeded jalapeño pepper (needless to say, I don't do this)
1 teaspoon bottled minced garlic
½ cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
2 teaspoons cornstarch

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper.

Add chicken to pan; cook 4 minutes on each side or until browned.

While chicken cooks, drain oranges in a colander over a bowl, reserving 2 tablespoons liquid. Add oranges, 2 tablespoons liquid, onions, jalapeño, and garlic to pan. Reduce heat; simmer 2 minutes.
Combine broth, soy sauce, and cornstarch; add to pan. Bring to a boil; cook 1 minute or until slightly thickened.

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 chicken breast half and 6 tablespoons sauce)
Robin Vitetta-Miller Cooking Light, JULY 2002



Gifts needed for China

Gifts are tokens of appreciation and it’s largely ceremonial. The gift itself is quite secondary to the act of giving. Don’t a make the gifts too extravagant, you don’t want it to look like a bribe. Look for gift’s that are NOT “Made in China” and nothing Political or Religious.
I read this somewhere and I thought it was interesting info on gift giving.

"...I wanted to share something I learned from our guide that I'd never read here before. She said that every time she goes to an orphanage the nanny’s pull her aside and show her a large pile of gifts that they don't know what to do with. She said usually these are lotions and they want her to translate the bottles for them.

Because they can't read the English on the bottle, they don't know what to do with them. Makes sense! If someone handed us a bottle of something white or pink and creamy and it was all written in Chinese we wouldn't know if it was body lotion or face lotion or soap for the shower. She had us all give her our gifts and she separated them into bags and labeled them so the nanny’s would know what they were.

She said the three most-appreciated gifts are: chocolate, cigarettes and perfume..."
another AP said...

"We put a note on each gift bag, with our name, our child's Chinese name and referral picture and "Thank You" in Mandarin on each bag so that they knew who it was from. We found that they (orphanage workers) seemed to like cosmetics and nice body lotions (enough small samples for 10-12 people)-they did not seem to like cigarettes as a gift and chocolate melted (we travel in the summer and it was hot and humid). All our gifts went to the orphanage workers, we gave no gifts to "officials" and were told not to."

I also read this too...

"The only thing I would caution about up front is, don't give or buy cheap items (I've been told that some people give samples of AVON lipsticks, or the free giveaways of perfume from department stores as gifts... which shows a disregard for the SWI directors and caregivers... they have taken care of your child for the last "X" number of months/years - and now is the time to actually show your appreciation of their care. Items they would appreciate:

American Ginseng
Cd's of current popular (hip hop, popular, country, or classical)
NICE cosmetics chapstick, lipstick, nailpolish, makeup,
DO NOT give samples or cheap cosmetics.
College logo (t-shirts, nice ink pens & refills, good stationery, etc.)
Hometown items
Nice soaps and fragrant lotions. The Chinese Love fragrance...
Nice perfume/cologne.
Very nice costume jewelry, such as Trifari, Monet, Napier, etc.
Nice Chocolates or Candy

Some DON'T's are:
NO sample sizes - considered to be insulting.
NO green hat to a man - signifies his wife is having an affair.
NO clocks or watches - represents death
NO candles - signifies a wish that their home will burn down.
NO gift that is white or black in color. These colors have negative connotations (such as white is the color worn at funerals)."
Cut Flowers

Some people that you want to consider giving gifts to:
Orphanage Director
Person in Charge of Children’s section
Adoption Logistics person
Adoption Registration Official
Chinese Notary
NO gifts needed for American Consulate Officials

-:¦:- Stephe -:¦:-

My Problems... CLUTTER

Sometimes people save things "just in case." A good rule of thumb is: If you haven’t used an item in a year or two, let it go.
(Easier said than done. ~Stephe)
Let your mantra be: Do it NOW!
Deal with things promptly while the task is still easy.
MAINTENANCE is much easier done in small doses.
(Easier said than done. ~Stephe)

This is a subset of procrastination. If a person is unsure of what action to take, they DELAY.
Try setting a DEADLINE. If the task isn’t completed by the deadline, it indicates a lack of interest.
(Deadline's do help. My deadline was my referral at "6 months" Ha. Ha. So 24 months later...FULL BLOWN PROCRASTINATION ~Stephe)

Every day, there is a full scale assault on each and every one of us to BUY.
It’s easy to fall VICTIM to advertising.
As Will Rogers said: "Quit buying things you do not need, with money you do not have, to impress people you do not like."
(I know for sure that I don't buy to impress people... ~Stephe)

It’s easier to avoid making unplanned purchases if you isolate your personal TRIGGER.
When shopping, pay attention to your MOODS.
(I only go shopping when I'm in the MOOD for shopping...see my dilema? ~Stephe)

Use the one-in-one-out rule. Which simply means if you bring something into the house, you need to take something else OUT. Once you’ve decided what will stay, give every single item that you own a place to REST. If it doesn’t have a place, it will end up resting on a counter somewhere, or under a pile in the corner. Create a specific place that is easily accessible for all of your possessions.
(I NEED a bigger house to do this! Trust me, if it has a home, I can put it away otherwise it goes from pile, to pile to pile!!!~Stephe)
I still have a lot of work to do! It's a slow process. I'm willing to take anyone's advice at this point!

This were some highlights from this article, here.

Nursery Question

This is for Kim...
This is one of the three pieces of furniture that I got for free. My boss gave it to me in hopes that I could do something with it. The pieces are around 27 years old and needed some sprucing up. I wanted pottery barn furniture but cannot afford it. So, after some demo of two drawers, plywood, trim, aspirin and a couple coats of paint...FAUX POTTERY BARN. Cost for refurninshing including crystal hardware...$31.

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