The Year of the Rooster
The Chinese animal zodiac is shengxiao in Chinese and means “born resembling”. It is a repeating cycle of 12 years, with each year being represented by an animal and its corresponding attributes. There are many stories about how these animals came to fruition, but common belief is the animals simply represented dates on the calendar. It is said the Jade Emperor created a race of animals and the first twelve to win the race would be chosen. Prior to the race, the cat and rat were best friends. The rat promised to awaken the cat so they could arrive at the race early. The rat forgot and ran into the tiger, horse, ox and other animals that ran much faster. So the rat offered to sing for the ox if the ox would carry him across the river. The ox agreed assuming he would automatically win the race. The rat slid of the ox at the end and ran ahead to become the first lucky winner of the race. The other animals arrived and that is why they follow the rat on the zodiac calendar in the order of Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Rooster, Rooster, Dog, Pig. The cat overslept and was too late to participate and hated the rat from then on. This is why every time they meet, the cat will chase the rat.
One of the biggest obstacles to traveling is money. When planning a trip, the costs can start to add up and it can be discouraging. We are no strangers to this and have done a lot of things to save up some extra cash for our trips. We also are on the lookout for things we can do for free so we don’t have to spend a lot or any money either at home or while on our trip. Every little bit helps! It helps to have a game plan when starting to save for travel. Here are 50 tips that we compiled that can help you get started saving up for your next trip.
Trip to Italy 2017- The Neopolitan Experience
You may remember a previous post where we introduced you to our longtime family friend Carol D’Anca and her website Food Not Meds and books she has written on living a healthy, plant-based lifestyle. Carol also takes people on trips to Italy and she has a trip coming up in May 2017! Of course we wanted to share this with you because Italy is all about the food and culture. Carol’s family origins are in Naples and this trip will take you through Naples and the Amalfi Coast. You will get to experience Italy from a local perspective and enjoy all of the fresh foods and wine. Can’t forget the wine!
The trip is 4 nights in Naples and 4 nights on the Amalfi Coast staying at 4-star hotels. You will get to see all the sights as well as meet local people. A highlight of the trip is the cooking class with the trained Neopolitan chefs at your hotel. There will be plenty of time for shopping as well!
For more information on the trip to Italy you can take a look at the flyers below or contact Carol at firstname.lastname@example.org
Italy 2017 Trip Poster
Italy 2017 Trip Detail
Even if you are unable to go on this trip, be sure to check out Carol’s books on how eating healthy can prevent and even reverse some illnesses. She also has some fabulous recipes that you can try!
We are not receiving any type of payment or commission from this. We just really support and believe in what Carol is doing and want to share it with you! Thank you!
Brown Rice and Lentil Stuffed Tomatoes
This stuffed tomatoes recipe uses brown rice and lentils making it super healthy. It is delicious, easy to make, and can be used as the main course or as an appetizer. It is certainly filling enough to have for dinner!