31 Dec 2010

My 2011 Wishes... A Happy Me in God’s Resolution...

This year I’ve decided to leave everything in the hands of God. The past year taught me one important lesson: God’s plans are the best. The past year I managed to do most of the things I set as my year resolution thanks to the Almighty!

However, I believe that God listens to our prayers therefore one have to be prepared and pray for the best-good things from Him. He knows most of what is on my heart. I will work hard for that and God will resolve to let me achieve it.

I pray for:
1. Innermost Peace - meditation, yoga and pilates!

2. A fulfilled, revival, happy life with my Husband!

3. Myself and to love who I am - always!

4. A healthy baby for my Husband and Myself!

5. Healthy-happy life with my family!

6. My writing career - to write at least 500wds a day for each one my of stories!

7. My Blogging skills without compromising my offline life!

8. Letting go of negative thoughts, so that I can enjoy each day in 2011!

9. Letting go of bad friendships!

10. Surrounding myself with positive people!

11. A happy smile on my loved ones face - ALWAYS!

12 Love AND live with all that come with!

God has always known my heart desires and I can say HE has never failed me. I LOVE HIM so much and I feel precious thanks to my LORD. He has given me many things on my heart and even more... He will always do whatever you ask him to do but only in the right time for your life.

My life is in his hands. I pray for health, happiness and love for both my Husband, myself and our extended family. Health, happiness and love for EVERYONE that come my way and beyond!

I am going to live 2011 second by second, minute by minute, hour by hour and day by day. I will not think too much about the future. Instead I will treat the present as a bee on honey. And my honey is 2011!
I want to cherish what God is giving to my Husband and I. The gift He has promised will come to fruition in the right time!

TO A GREAT and HAPPY 2011!
Amen!

A Toast To My Tribe: - )Readers :-)... Goodbye 2010!



We all like comments and getting followers, but the comments that make me happy are those which bring my readers to my heart. Getting to know my readers fill me with great happiness. This year I came to know some of you, and my heart bounce up and down for joy at the thought of you reading what I write. I just adore you... and I wish we can build our relationship in 2011, a friendship that goes beyond a blog. You made me feel good when I feel down and happier when I am happy! I really appreciate you girls, from Annette throughout to YUMMommy, you know who you are. Your presence and comments on this blog make me want to write better and share more with you. Together I want to build up our tribe.

Once again, thank you for your time and the support you’ve been giving me since last year. Thanks for sticking with me in this journey, I have some exciting topics and features coming up
!

To a great 2011, may happiness and success come our way!

Happy 2011 together as women-bloggers!

Note: If you are new on this blog please leave a comment to say hello and I will stop by yours. I like reading new life oriented blogs!


30 Dec 2010

My Review of 30 cm Crêpe Pan Set in Matt Black

Follow my blog with bloglovinAfter my trip in Paris, I couldn't take my mind off the many crepes I ate whilst there. That's the reason I decided to use CSN online Store to purchase myself a crepe maker. I opted for the Chasseur Crepe Pan because it looked professional, yet affordable.

The delivery time was excellent, it took only couple of days to get my order through my door. As soon as I received it I decided to try it on the oven. My first crepe came out close to the ones I ate in Paris and I was happy about that. Therefore I decided to share my point of view of the particular product I purchase and to confirm that CSN online Stores are worth the try.

Originally submitted at CSN Stores.co.uk

Features:

  • Set includes: Crêpe pan with cast handle and wooden tools
  • Colour: Matt Black
  • Premium quality, solid cast iron
  • Double enameled for added durability and easier cleaning
  • Excellent heat retention
  • 10 years manufacturer's gu...

The best Crepe Maker

By MsBabyPlan from London, UK on 12/30/2010
4out of 5

The Chasseur crepe pan is one of the crepe makers that can be compared to a professional crepe maker used in some of the best France creperies.
It is easy to use, plus the wooden paddle and spatula help achieve perfect finish crepes; so, although one is a crepe maker novice there is low chance to fail. Even if you make a mess it is easy to clean it. Another great thing about this product is its multi use purpose. One can use it for preparing an omelette, roti or chapati bread.

The only down side of the crepe pan is the weight. Because Chasseur products are made in 100% cast iron, it makes this pan heavy to move around.

My First Crepe

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Note: To be able to do this review I was supply with a gift voucher to facilitate the purchase of the products. No other compensation was provided. All the above words are the honest opinion of the reviewer.

IF YOU WOULD BE INTERESTED IN DOING ANY REVIEW PLEASE CONTACT ME ON msbabyplan [@at] gmail [dot] com.



29 Dec 2010

My Personal 2010 Review...

1st January 2010... like a five years old girl blowing off her birthday candles I made my year wishes with my heart full of hope and naivety.

29th December 2010, if you ask me how my year went I would irrationally answer “Awful, I hated it...!” but then I would backtrack because analysing each wish the little girl, naively, made on 1st January 2010, I realise that 2010 was FABULOUSLY and is still going strong. There was a fraction of sadness in some months, but thanks to the Lord I have good health, a wonderful

Husband and a great family.

On 1st January 2010 I wrote:

It might be the way the numbers remind of smoothness but I feel so good being in 2010. My plan is going to be in the full action. I need to write my 2010 resolution to remember my plan every time I open my blog. Keeping a blog, I believe, is a very good way to be organise in our modern lives.

I had 18 points in my 2010 new resolution - the pink section is my 1st January wish, the blue section is my current review of that wish.


1. Cook and eat healthy food - more fruits and veggies...
I managed to do that until June 2010. I wanted to be health before my summer holidays in Italy. I wanted to show off my flat stomach and I managed to do that :D (I sound sooo shallow, but I am not that really, I'm only proud to be able to show what I managed to do with my determination and enthusiasm)

2.
Be active, be fit, love my body – always...
I religiously worked o
ut until after my holidays in Italy. Since September I've joined the gym and I improved my rollerblading and swimming :D. However, my travels haven't allowed me to be so deligent since the summer :P!


3. Do more yoga
I managed to keep up from October 2009 until May 2010, because I left university - I used to combine studies and going to the yoga classes :(!


4. Visit Paris with my hubby
At the time when I was writing this wish I didn’t think it was going to happen. But my husband surprised me with a birthday trip to Paris in November ;D. I was over the moon the whole time.
I felt soooo lucky and blessed :D!


5. Finish uinversity with good grades.
I wanted to get
1st class or minimum 2:1, so I guess getting 2:1 was fairly great result! Initially I was hard on myself because I got 2:1, but in the end I realised that Higher Second Class is a very good grade which will secure me any position in a work place :D!


6. Do a girlie’s beach holiday

I didn’t go to the beach but I had a nice summer at swimming pool with my sister-in-law R and my friend N.


7. Keep loving blogging and update my blog - often
.
I really enjoyed reading many blog posts and writing my own blog posts. But the best part was interacting with many of you through comments session :D! I enjoy reading each one of them and at times they were great soul lifting. Thank you!


8.
Read more books about healthy living
I didn’t succeed here :(, but I read some nice books :)!


9.
Learn one of the Akan languages
I tried
to perfect my Twi (one of the Ghanaian languages), but there is still loads of room for improvement :)


10. Make a list of what to do before my 30
I haven’t done it and I don’t thing I want to do it because I want to take each day of
like life as it comes with all the hopes the future can hold...
I don’t want to look forward to the future and let the present pass me by without being a bee :D

11. Thank and praise the Lord more often
This one is still in my heart as I write. Lord is sooooo, soooo, sooo good to me and I
want to devote my soul and breath to praise his name on daily basis.


12. Love the mature me - love myself more than ever
Ohhh, I did very well in wishing for this wish! I suddenly grew after the summer holidays and although it was very painful, I was glad it happened before having children. I've always been wise - if I may say so myself ;)- but now I love who I am and I don’t want to change for nothing in this world. I want to be a jolly woman even when I am pregnant and with babies. I want to be able to talk sense, yet laugh at my silliness. I want to view the glass as always half full. Whatever happens in your life if it doesn’t kill you it does just make you stronger :D!


13. Love my husband more than ever...

They said be careful what you wish for... I LOVE my husband sooo much is hurts sometimes. I really feel like Bella, from Twilight, bewitched by the person of Edward. I am bewitched by my Husband and I can't help it even though it can be too much. But then I think at the saying Never be afraid to love TOO MUCH!


14. Love my family more than ever...

I love my family but this year I got even closer to my extended family. I opened up my heart to them..., thus my love! :) I feel very vulnerable in this position.


15. Contact my friends more often
I started to talk regularly to my childhood friends, and I recently found one of my friends that I haven't spoke to since 2000 because she moved away from my neighbourhood. I am still in contact with them. I will keep up the good work :)


16. Be a good wife ... and begin the journey to motherhood.

I am a good wife and I am still proving that I am a good wife.... we started our journey towards parenthood since April 2010 and we are enjoying it. This journey has brought us even closer and all we hope for is for the bean to happily stay in the ‘oven’ thus our dream to become happy, loving and understanding parents turn into reality! :D


17.
Make 2010 a wonderful, enjoyable year in everything...
Although the evil tried to ruin 2010 for me, God stood by my
side in the hard times and
helped my husband and I come out happier and stronger. The Almighty truly put the evil into shame! We worked together to make our 2010 a wonderful and enjoyable year. :). So, yes I made 2010 a wonderful, enjoyable in everything...


18.
HAPPY 2010 to everyone... love to the world!!!
I hope my happy 2010 wishes to everyone truly reached you all. I don’t
know if love went to the world but my dream-self hope it did :)


After putting everything into perspective 2010 wasn't bad, but I am happy 2010 is about to close. I can feel great things happening in my next chapter of life – only great things have happened into my life up to day, if I may say so ;)! But right now, as I write this post, I have a smile on my face because I can read the symbols of new joyful beginnings. January will bring a new born into our family – one of my husband’s sisters is giving birth. Then more happy news follow every month. Next year will be great and WHATEVER HAPPEN IT WILL BE AMAZING and JOYFUL, God and I will make it happen!

How was your 2010?

Please link up your thoughts about 2010.

Note: this is the last Thoughtful Wednesday post for 2010 and the last Thoughtful Wednesday Blog Hop for good.



28 Dec 2010

iLove Tuesday Tunes: The Noughties Top Songs

This week I am doing a countdown of my favourite noughties music (2000-2009). There are some songs that take me back in time without forcing myself too much.
Hope you enjoy it.

2000
It was the year Destiny's Child entered into my vision.

2001
This the first CD my Hubby bought for me whilst dating! I just felt in love even more. I was digging Outkast and I didn't know my love was paying such attention :)!

2002
My girl Aaliyah died tragically prematurely, but she is still, for me and many other women of my age, More Than a Woman. I really wanted to know her in real life and normally I am not a celebrity stalker.

2003
I shaked, shaked and shaked like a polaroid picture to this tune ;)! I am shaking to it even after seven years! Outkast rocks!

2004
She proved that to allow your sexiness to show at 20something is not that bad!

2005

I listened to the song the previous months before getting married. It like Hubby asked Mario to sing the song to me. At the same time I wanted to sing this song back to him and tell him that I wanted to love him even more than the way I already loved him because he deserves the best. We both deserve each other! I was happy to be getting married to him and I am HAPPY to be his wife!

2006
Another classic now.
Mariah returned with this SUPER ballad and everyone reconsidered the fact that she's lost the diva style. The lyrics and video was a show stopper. Plus my eyes was caught by that yummy Scorfield :)! Who didn't watch
Prison Break in the end? :P!

2007
This was the year I heard the voice of Amy Winehouse. I loved the whole album but Back To Black together with Rehab was the number ones! Her vintage voice and her music genre which is major in the soul-jazz thing :) were great combination! I really love the album.

2007
They came back to rule the world with their beautiful music after the group broke up in early 2000. They are even better than before and now the complete 5 people whom formed Take That are back together.

2008
King of Leon made rock and roll sexy!

2009
Lady Gaga came to shock, like Madonna did in the 80s, but with with more effect! Her video clips are short-films for us to watch and gasp! She reinforced pop-culture and she opened the door for musicians to go wild with their creativity.

MY TOP OUT OF THE TOP TEN:
Angelic, romantic, classic...! I dedicate it to my Husband and my future child/children!

Well this is the last iLove Tuesday Tunes before 2011.
Which music did you enjoy listening in the noughties?

25 Dec 2010

Sunday Boxing Day

Artistic Christmas Tree - Museum de Young - San Francisco


HAPPY BOXING DAY FROM UK!

Merry Christmas to You all... and Happy Blog Anniversary to Me...

MERRY CHRISTMAS to EVERYONE...

...and happy blog anniversary to me!


Today I celebrate my 1 year in the blogsphere. Yip yip hurray! Yip yip hurray!
I am soooo happy to be able to combine Christmas

with my blog anniversary celebration.

I started this blog last year with the plan to finish my degree in May 2010 and while focusing on my health and fitness pursue pregnancy. After five years of marriage Hubby and I felt read to start building up our little family with babies. But life is unpredictable - I had rough rides, and conceiving didn't come easily.

Thanks to the Almighty the rough rides didn't last long and I came back full of joy. Hope came to my life again thanks to many encouraging words from you - my readers! I would like to thank you, thank you SOOO much for making this blog a real place to de-stress and refresh my thoughts! In the course of blogging I've learned so much about myself and about life in general.

Thanks for your patience and for your support when I most needed it.

The Baby Plan (TBP) is still dedicated to my plan to become pregnant. But TBP is my little space on the net to de-stress so, like my mind works in various way, I write about different topics. I have a super active mind and as this year proved I need this blog for my sanity. I hope you will be patience and still here when

the great news will come our way ;)

I wish you a MERRY-MERRY-MERRY CHRISTMAS

and a fabulous festivities from my heart to you all!


23 Dec 2010

I Dream About Christmas...

Disclaimer: If like me you were brought up not knowing about Father Christmas then please read on. But if you do believe in Father Christmas then read with caution, I don't want to ruin your fairy tale.

Two days to go until we celebrate Christmas 2010 and I wish I celebrate it in the same way I used to when I was a kid. Don’t get me wrong, I still like celebrating Christmas, but I get nostalgic during this period. A part of me goes back to my last Christmas... Ghana hot Christmas 1991. The memories are fuzzy but I remember something...

Up to 1991, Christmas was more about getting together as a family. The children were allowed to go at their neighbours' door for sweets – not only at Halloween. Christmas was about laughing together will my loved ones – my mother was in Italy, but I had my granny, my aunties and my elder brothers with me during the festivities.

Those were happy days.

In those days I never saw one of my uncles dressed up like a weird man called Father Christmas and to be honest I preferred that. I believe I was happier in that way than most children, because most of their childhood they have to live the good and bad if not mamma-papa-Christmas might not give him or her the favourite present advertised on television...

What I think mattered most to me were the little actions and they are still the most memorable of gifts...

I remember preparing paper chains which were used to decorate the living room and the hall. The excitement I felt when, standing some feet away, I watched one of my elder brothers slaughter the chicken which became the meat for the stew my auntie cooked.

Since 1991 I haven’t smelled the same chicken stew my auntie prepared for that Christmas day. The chicken stew, the jasmine perfumed rice and the Ghanaian fanta filled my stomach with butterflies’ sensation. After meal we listened to music and danced to Christmas songs.

And those are the type of Christmas I long for.

Why am I writing this?

I believe celebrating Christmas has become commercial and some adults are reducing the real meaning of Christmas to money and gifts. For instance few years ago on the day of Christmas one of my nephews, when he received one of his gifts from his second auntie, said "Is this all you got me?"
That was heartbreaking for the auntie who took the time and love to buy what she could afford.

Also children are deceived in believing that there is Father Christmas, though we all know that at one stage the tale of Father Christmas will fade away leaving them in some ways betrayed.

My ideal Christmas would be...
... wake up early morning on 25th December, after placing few, essential, gifts under the golden, green, yellow and red decorated tree start cooking and then go give something to those in need for warm food and maybe a warm blanket.

Once back home I would wake up the children and bath them and cloth them in a nice elegant outfit. At midday together with all our family members sit down for Christmas lunch – which will be turkey and chicken stew with potatoes and rice.

After the meal we will open up our Christmas gifts, then we would narrate the story of Christ’s birth to the children. To finish we would sing Christmas songs and dance. I wish the time together would be more precious than the gifts everyone receives.

I would like my future children to learn the true meaning of Christmas. For me Christmas is giving back without expecting anything in return. But most importantly to be together with family and God, as opposed to the materialistic.

Why do you celebrate Christmas? Do you think children should believe in Father Christmas? What is your ideal Christmas? Do you think that modern children are losing the spiritual meaning of Christmas?

21 Dec 2010

Thoughtful Wednesday: Fresh Air Children Fund





Thoughtful Wednesday is about sharing posts that doesn't sit comfortable on our skin :).
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Today's Thoughtful Wednesday is dedicated to a charity agency based in New York: The Fresh Air Fund.

This is a not-for-profit agency which provide free summer experiences to more than 1.7 million New York City children from disadvantaged communities. Since 1877 the agency has been helping children enjoy their summer in a way that they might not have the possibility to do if they are not offered a free day out.

Fresh Air children is involved, excited and forward-thinking throughout the year and although the summer is over they still need people's help. NYC children are currently participating in Fresh Air programs, from weekly tutoring sessions to job shadowings to weekend retreats at Fund camps in upstate New York! Their Career Awareness Program serves more than 300 youngsters in middle and high school. They also have new leadership programs for young women to develop their “can-do” attitudes! Please read more here.

This post is written to raise awareness about the charity.

Disclaimer: The blogger didn't receive any payment or gift from the cited charity.



Back To London

I am happy to say that our flight managed to land today.
It was nice sightseeing San Francisco and Calgary, but nowhere is like home and our own bed :).
We are happy to be back in our flat :D!
I have to thank everyone who stopped by my blog throughout my journey.
I was on the road but I felt at home, because I had Hubby and my readers ;)!

Season Greetings from London!

20 Dec 2010

iLove Tuesday Tunes: P Square

This week I want to share with you a Nigerian music I like. The song is romantic yet al tempo with the sense of celebration of life and joy.


Hope you enjoy it.

Stranded In Calgary...

...our flight back to London didn't make it way home due to snow. But we are not despairing about it. As I see it we are together and it is just an excuse to have an unplanned holiday in Calgary.

I am SOOOO thankful to the Lord because we are together in this wonderful place. If I was in London and he was here I would be worried sick, but God worked in a way that it is not that way...

Few pictures:

My love looking through the tower.
The girl must eat...

Don't laugh, I know I look ridiculous but it was too cold for my liking, brrrrrrrrrrrr!Season Greetings!

16 Dec 2010

The June 2010 Picture of The July 2005 Wedding Dress

Okay, okay... I couldn't resist.

I love Faith's @ Life.Love&Marriage, she is real and bubbly. Her post make we want to know her better. And we seem to have so much in common. OMG, blogging can be exciting.

Yesterday she wrote a letter to her wedding dress. It is hilarious!


To that post I commented:
How sweet to write a letter to your wedding dress ;).

You looked fab, 100% Queen in that dress. You are so beautiful!

I really love my wedding dress too. I drew the designed and it was the only thing that I took 100% charge of whilst planning my wedding.

As soon as the wedding day was over I sent it to the dry cleaner. It came out refreshed but the grass stain was still at the end of the hem.

Now the dress in a clear dress bag under a pile of other clothes. I hope one day my daughter will wear it for her own wedding – or if I can’t wait that long, I might turn it into a short dress for my children christening – crazy eheh!

In June, whilst packing our stuff for our future move, I tried on my dress. It still fit but not as loose as it was on my wedding day. On 30th July 2005 I had to wear two bras to have my bust look fuller, LOL (I really hope I will write all about my wedding in the near future). Now my bust is so full that I had to wear one tight bra to fit into the dress, LOL! Hilarious.

Ohhh, I want to post pictures of my wedding dress on my blog. I have to put together posts about my wedding (I promise I will write about my wedding one of these days)...

Okay, I can’t resist I am posting a pic of when I tried it on in June... :).

So this is... a picture of my wedding dress - I will post about the wedding one of these days :D - I get the goosebumps when I think about it!

What do you think about the dress?

15 Dec 2010

Thoughtful Wednesday: The Two Spectrum of San Francisco





Thoughtful Wednesday is about sharing posts that doesn't sit comfortable on our skin :).
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San Francisco brings mix feelings.

On one hand I am over the moon for the Christmas decorations you find around the city. Looking around I feel the holiday atmosphere: songs, the big Christmas tree in the Union Square is super and the many children ice skating on the ring in the square bring pure joy. In the evening, the lucky ones dress up and go to see the Nutcraker Ballet or Shrek musical. Last night, on our way home from our dinner, I saw two mothers probably taking their little girls to watch the show.

On the other hand I can't stop thinking about those people sitting on the sidewalk near the Union Square earn nothing. Their house hold income is lower than I can imagine. For instance, one guy was sitting in front of a posh shop with a sign reading MY MOTHER DIED, PLEASE HELP ME GO TO THE FUNERAL. That was sad, but if it was not true then it was a bad, bad way to get money from tourists.

Last year I was shocked about the poverty you find few blocks away from the rich Union Square. This year I came prepared. I am enjoying myself better but I still wish people could have a nice Christmas as the lucky ones will have.

Do you think some people can use fake pretence to get money? Do you think the two spectrum of society is more accentuated during Christmas period?

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