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Yep–that’s me, at the stroke of midnight last year, eating 12 grapes… one for every stroke of the clock. Why?! I was told it was good luck!!

Each New Year’s, revelers around the world chow down on specific foods to summon good luck for the next 365 days. While some traditions call for noodles and others call for fruit, all the edibles connote forward movement, prosperity and health. I love the idea!

Whether or not you’re superstitious, try one of these common celebratory eats. If no luck comes your way, at least you’ll go into the new year with a full belly!!

** Long Noodles: Popular in China, Japan and other Asian countries, you eat long noodles for longetivity!

** Pork: In Cuba, Spain, Portugal, Hungary and Austria, pigs symbolize progress. Some say it’s because the pig never move backward, while others believe it’s all in their feeding habits (they push their snouts forward along the ground when rooting for food). For you non-bacon eaters, it’s not limited to pork—foods shaped like pigs (think cutout cookies) count, too!!!!

** Round Fruits: the number of pieces varies by region, but eating any round fruit is a common New Year’s tradition. In the Philippines, the custom calls for 13, considered a lucky number; in Europe and North America, it calls for 12, which represents the months in a year (I thought it was the strokes of the clock!!).

** Greens: From the coastal American South to Europe, people eat green leafy veggies—including kale, collards and cabbage—on New Year’s Day because of their color and appearance, which resembles paper cash. Belief has it, the more you eat, the more prosperous you’ll be (and the healthier, too!).

** Pomegranate: In Turkey, pomegranates represent good luck for many reasons: their red color, which represents the human heart, denotes life and fertility; their medicinal properties represent health; and their abundant, round seeds represent prosperity—all things everyone hopes for in any fresh start.

** Black Eyed Peas / Lentils: Considered good luck due to their penny-like appearance and abundance! Deeper into the myth: When cooked, lentils plump with water, symbolizing growing wealth. BEP are popular in the States, while lentils are considered good luck maily in Hungary & Italy.

** Corn bread: cornbread is especially venerated as a New Year’s treat in the southern United States. Why? Its color resembles that of gold. To ensure extra luck, some people add extra corn kernels, which are emblematic of golden nuggets.

Now for the ones you won’t see me eating!! Can I say yucky!! haha

** Whole Fish: the Chinese word for “fish” sounds like the word for “abundance,” one of the many reasons fish has become a go-to good luck food. Also, it’s apparently important for the fish to be served with the head and tail intact to ensure a good year, from start to finish.

** Pickled Herring: In Germany, Poland and Scandinavia, it’s believed that eating herring at the stroke of midnight will ensure a year of bounty. Also, their silvery color resembles that of coins, a good omen for future fortune.

May it be pickled herring or a handful of grapes, I hope and wish you the best for the start of 2011! See you in the new year!

Kim 😉

Thanks womansday.com for the list!

I think I found my new best friend! God knows I like keeping my wine glass close by, but I am also the kodak kid of the party and that girl who talks a lot with her hands — two hard feats while holding a glass of wine!
 
My problem has just been solved with the Wine Glass Holder Necklace! Brilliant, no?!
 

It’s a clever little silicone sling that leaves your hands free for all kinds of gestures and activities and holds a regular-size stemmed wine glass to your chest, giving you the freedom to snack and socialize as you sip! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!

Santa — please put this on next year’s list!

Kim 😉

How bad can it be?! You know your beloved’s (or ex-beloved’s) password — or you know you can guess it — you just want to know the truth… You’re already hurt so you think that what you will read won’t hurt more…  so you go ahead and read the stuff that is in their personal email. You’re not the first person who has done it… So how bad can it be?!
 
Bad enough for 5 years in jail!!!
 

Leon Walker, a Michigan man suspicious of his wife’s behavior, used his spouse’s password to access her email on what he said was a shared computer in the home because he was worried his wife’s lover was abusive toward her around the couple’s young children.

He is now facing five years in jail under a state statute that prohibits unlawful access to a computer system, program or network in order to acquire, alter, damage, delete, or destroy property (a law typically targeted at malicious hackers).

I am not pro snooping, but I do think that this is taking it a bit far… The defendant’s lawyer is expected to argue that because the computer is considered shared property, the law should not apply to domestic snooping, and therefore, not a case. I don’t think that this is right either as it was her PERSONAL email… This is a tough one!

What do you think?! Is the sentence fair or unfair?!

I guess this legal precedent about to be set will compel you not to type in that password!! Moral of the day: don’t snoop!

Kim 😉

So you think Canadians enjoy nothing more than watching hockey?! You’re wrong!

A new study has found that YouTube is also a major source of pleasure among Canadians! Actually, Canada leads the world when it comes to watching content on YouTube, beating out even the United States where per capita consumption is concerned.

According to comScore, around 21 million Canadians use YouTube every month and watch an average of 147 clips while perusing the site. In terms of demographic spread, the 18-to-24 age group builds the most monthly YouTube time, watching 244 clips while logging an average total time of 18.25 hours.

Not just riding high on YouTube usage, Canada also boasts the world’s highest penetration of Internet access, with around 68 percent of the total population online—which compares to 62 percent in the United Kingdom, 60 percent in Germany, 59 percent in the United States and 57 percent in Japan.

That, in turn, feeds into the revelation that connected Canadians are racking up more than 2,500 online minutes (42 hours) each month, a leading figure that beats out the 2,300 minutes amassed by users in Israel.

We are so cool & connected!!

Kim 😉

You can eat it!!! 

Fans of Apple’s iPhone who just can’t get enough of the popular gadget can now gobble up a tasty iCookie — but you’ll have to travel to Japan to do so!

A small countryside bakery in western Japan has enjoyed a surprise hit with its “iPhone cookie”, a handmade chocolate biscuit decorated with colourful, edible application icons. The cookie started as a tasty treat for someone’s birthday but thanks to a photo tweet, it gained nationwide fame in Japan. It’s now a hot must-have item for tech-geeks!

I hope it’s tasty, as the hand-made iCookie doesn’t come cheap at 2,730 yen (33 dollars)! Plus, that plane ticket to Japan (as it is only available by order and inside Japan). Don’t rush, book your ticket for March — the waiting time to snap up one of the biscuits has been as long as two months!!

Mmmmm picture perfect hand-made chocolate cookies!!! Yummy! Why didn’t I think of that!

Kim 😉
So I got all excited when I saw the title of this article in Cosmo: Lose Weight While Watching TV” — now that’s my kind of weight loss!!
 
Once I started to read the article, I was less excited as exercise is actually involved (haha), but I thought it was still good enough to share!
 
Here you go… How to lose weight watching TV:
 

1. Jump rope for two-minute intervals. Repeat four times. (111 calories)

2. Run up and down the stairs of your apartment building or house during a commercial break. (42 calories)

3. Stand in front of your couch, squat until your butt is just above the seat cushions, and hold that position for one minute. Repeat four times. (80 calories)

4. Lie down on the floor on your side and do leg lifts for five minutes. (50 calories)

5. Do arm circles for one minute. Repeat two more times. (20 calories)

6. Sprint to the bathroom, hover over the toilet seat while you pee, and sprint back. (30 calories)

7. Grab three-pound weights or two soup cans and do one minute each of lifting for your triceps (put your hands behind your head, with your elbows at your ears and lift the weight up and down). Do three sets. (17 calories)

8. Sit on an exercise ball and do one minute of ab curls. Repeat four times. (50 calories)

9. If you’re not down with that, work your core by simply sitting on the ball for an hour. (38 calories)

10. Stand approximately five feet away from the TV and do lunges for five minutes. (37 calories)

11. Lie down in front of the TV and hold yourself in the plank position for one minute. Repeat two times. (35 calories)

12. Lie down on your couch and scoot around until your back is on the cushions and your legs are resting on the seat back, at a 90 degree angle to your waist. Curl your torso up towards your legs in a crunch and release. Keep doing them for an entire commercial break. (30 calories)

SOURCES: Nutritionist Heather Bauer, founder of Nu-Train nutrition counseling center in Manhattan; dietician Tanya Zuckerbrot, creator of the F-Factor Diet; personal trainer Brooke Maronne, founder of Brooke Maronne Fitness

I love the idea… it takes time, patience and a cooperative child, but what a great idea!
 
Natalie’s father took a picture of her nearly every day (at least he tried to!) for 10 years. The result? As he calls it, “Stop motion human growth!”
Here is the link to the video:
 
Too cool! I just love the idea!
 
Kim 😉

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