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I Got A Job

As you all know, I’ve been job hunting over the past couple of months. But I’ve also been very picky with where I apply and where I work. I didn’t want to just work anywhere and for the sake of money; I wanted to find an employer where I could be happy, where there was ample room for growth and where I could build a career.

After my clinical training in a long-term care facility, I was definite that I didn’t want to work in that environment. The caregiver to patient ratio is absolutely devastating. I understand that many people or their family’s cannot afford private care, but it depresses me to see one PSW working with 10, 11 or 12, 13, etc. patients.; its unfair to the patients and to the caregivers/PSWs. It’s physically draining for the PSW and the patient doesn’t get all the time, affection or compassion they need and deserve.

Don’t get me wrong, many of the PSW’s that work in long-term care are extremely compassionate and loving but when you have 10 or 11 patients that require you to do nearly everything for them and you’re on time restrictions to get everything done in time for breakfast, lunch, dinner or activities; it makes it hard to spend the time time comfort or reassure the patients.

Long-term care homes break my heart and when I think about why I got into this profession, I cannot make myself want to work like that, even if the money is better than in other places.

So, I searched for retirement homes that were hiring and reached out to friends in the industry to see if they knew anywhere that was hiring and hold behold, a friend came through and submitted my resume at his workplace.

I began interviewing before the holidays at this luxurious retirement home; I call it luxurious because it is so beautifully built and kept, it looks better than many five-star hotels. As the new year began, I was losing hope because I hadn’t heard back from the hiring manager; which was strange because the interviews went so well. Even one of my former office managers whom I used as a referral told me the hiring manager was thrilled by the feedback she gave her. So, why wasn’t the call coming?

The holidays and busyness leading up to them got her schedule completely full and she wasn’t able to get back to me until after the break. Thankfully though, I got the call and was hired as a permanent part-time resident care partner (RCP), it’s a fancier word for Personal Support Worker. But I’m happy with the title and position.

I started working a couple of weeks ago picking up causal shifts here and there and will officially start on my permanent shift starting this Sunday. I’m a little nervous but have faith that I will excel and be one of the best care providers that I can be.

Wish me luck and send me your blessings so that I may provide the best compassionate care to my residents and succeed in the vision I have of myself doing this job.

Xoxo ~ Tamana

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Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Love Day, my lovelies!

I’m celebrating my evening with my mini-me and hubby with a home cooked dinner, red velvet cupcakes, and chocolate hearts and kisses. Mini me and I are going to get dressed up, set the table and be all dolled up for when daddy/my hubby get home. I’m super excited. Mini me even had her nails painted yesterday and has a special Valentine for us.

How are you celebrating your Valentine’s Day?

Hope your day is filled with love, happiness, laughter and joy.

❌⭕️❌⭕️ ~ Tamana

Winter Remedy: Honey Yogurt Turmeric Mask

I love the cold winter weather. I’m not a fan of the snow on the roads, but the cold never phases me; I guess, living in Canada for the past 30 years will do that to you.

The cold, fresh air in the winter makes my skin glow and my makeup stays put all day. But it does make my face extremely dry. I’ve bought expensive creams and serums to aid with the dry skin; nothing seems to work as good as my household remedies. So here, I’m giving you my best tested home remedy to soothe winter skin.

This is a quick and easy remedy that will allow you to conveniently find all the ingredients right in your fridge/cupboard or local grocery store.

The first and most important of all: honey. Honey has tons of healing properties. It’s known as a natural antibiotic and can be used as an anti-inflammatory and moisturizing miracle worker.

Yogurt has lactic acid in it; which will help dissolve dead skin and tighten pores. It’s also cool and applying yogurt on your face just gives your skin a refreshing feeling.

Turmeric will help fight acne and heal scars. This ingredient also has anti-inflammatory properties which will target pores and calm redness in skin.

Mix the three ingredients together and you’ve got a magic mask to deal with all the cold, windy days of winter. Plus, you’re skin will feel refreshed, smooth and soft and love you for this magic potion.

Yogurt-Honey Mask

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 tbsp yogurt
  • 1-2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder

Directions:

  1. Mix ingredients together
  2. Apply with a brush or fingers evenly on face and neck. You can even apply the mixture to your hair if you have time to wash your hair; otherwise stick to applying it to your face only.
  3. Leave on for 20-25 minutes or until mixture dries on your skin

To Remove:

  1. Wet hands with lukewarm water and rub on face in a circular motion for 2-3 minutes. This will give your skin a good massage and exfoliate dead skin. Make sure to use gentle circular motions as you don’t want to aggravate the skin.
  2. Rinse off with cool water
  3. Apply a light moisturizer, if needed. I personally don’t need it after this mask as it leaves my skin feeling hydrated and smooth.
  4. The next morning, I apply Vaseline to my t-zone and lips and my moisturizer on the rest of my face. The Vaseline creates a barrier for my sensitive area against the cold winter air. Plus, applying a light coat of Vaseline helps my makeup go on smoother.

Try this mask at least once or twice a week depending on how much healing and refreshing your skin needs.

Don’t forget to let me know how amazing your skin feels after trying this or share your remedies with me and get featured on my blog (I’m always looking for new people to feature).

Xoxo ~ Tamana

Recipe of the Month: Potato Bread Pakora

I’ve been experimenting with recipes and textures for the past few weeks and retried a recipe from my childhood. Every time I visited India when I was younger, one of my aunts would bring up a batch of these bread pakoras with a hot cup of masala chai. I called her a few weeks ago and asked her how to make them and I have to say they were absolutely delicious and savoury.

Here’s the recipe for all of you to try with your evening tea:

Ingredients:

  • White bread slices (5-10)
  • 2-3 large potatoes
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 tsp amchur masala (dry mango powder)
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • Cumin seeds
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp red pepper powder
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped ginger
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped garlic
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • Hand-full of coriander finely chopped
  • 1 green chilli finely chopped
  • Oil to deep fry pakoras
  • 1-2 cups water in a bowl
  • 1/2 tsp chaat masala

Preparing Potato Masala/Stuffing:

  1. Boil potatoes until completely cooked (you can add a teaspoon of salt to the water to quicken the boiling process)
  2. Once potatoes are boiled and peeled, mash them until there are almost no clumps. Set aside until later
  3. Heat vegetable oil in a wok or kardai, add cumin seeds and let sizzle until seeds become golden brown in colour
  4. Add onions, ginger, garlic and green chillies; cook until onions are golden brown
  5. Add dry masalas (powders and seasoning) and mix well until the oil begins to separate from the masala
  6. Add frozen peas and cook for 4-5 minutes or until peas are soft and easily crushed
  7. Add potatoes and sauté until all ingredients are completely mixed
  8. Add coriander leaves and mix masala together
  9. Cook on low heat for 3-4 minutes
  10. Remove potato mixture from heat and allow to cool

Preparing & Cooking Bread Rolls:

  1. Remove edges from bread slices
  2. In a flat dish or plate add water, dip bread slice into water and remove it immediately, as you don’t want to over-soak the bread
  3. Squeeze out the excessive water from the slice of bread and lay it flat on a dry plate or the palm of your hand
  4. Scoop 1 tsp of potato stuffing (masala) onto the bread slice and begin rolling it into an oval ball shape, carefully ensuring that all the mixture is secured within the bread
  5. Repeat the process for the rest of the bread pieces
  6. Heat oil on medium flame in the wok/kardai; make sure oil is fully heated before placing bread roll in it, as cold oil will force bread to soak up a lot of the oil and the bread rolls will be unevenly cooked
  7. Once bread rolls are golden brown in colour, remove from oil onto a plate lined with paper-towels
  8. Sprinkle with chaat masala and serve hot with ketchup or your favourite green (mint-coriander) chutney (if you don’t have a dhaniya-pudinay ki chutney, you can make your own by following the recipe from HERE)
  9. Bon appetite!

Bell Let’s Talk Day: Mental Health Awareness

For the last eight years on January 31st, Bell Let’s Talk Day has opened up the conversation of mental health. It was an initiative to remove the stigma around mental illness.

In my culture and community, mental illness is still a taboo. We don’t openly speak about depression or mental health issues; you’d be quickly labeled as mental or retarded (for a lack of better word). Which is why the Bell Let’s Talk Day is so important for me.

It’s no secret that I’ve battle with depression and mental instability over the years. Anyone that’s read my blog or knows me personally knows what I’ve gone through and how I’ve struggled to overcome my depression. So for me a day to openly admit and discuss how mental illness affects my life is a day I can’t take for granted.

Mental illness is not a bad thing. Each one of us faces some sort of mental illness throughout our lives. It is now time we speak about it openly and stop hiding behind the masks that everything is okay and that if we speak about our mental struggles people will label or judge us.

Today, let’s check in with our loved ones and open up the conversation for mental health. Every text, tweet or social media conversation with hashtag #BellLetsTalk 5 cents will be donated towards mental health initiatives. Open up the conversation and do your part to make sure you and your loved ones have the support they need when they are struggling.

~Tamana

Miracles – A Mother’s Love

No matter what has happened in my life. No matter what challenge or struggle I may be going through. No matter how hard life has beaten me down. There has, is and always will be one person that stands firm beside me to raise me back up.

She’s been my strength when I couldn’t get up on my own. She’s been my guide when I was lost. She’s been my inspiration when I was scared. She’s been my wisdom when I was confused. She’s even been my banker when I was broke.

She’s my mother.

We take for granted the love our mothers give us and feel for us. But their love is nothing less than a miracle in disguise. My mother is a my miracle. She’s the blessing that has stood by my side since before I could even understand the importance of her love and strength.

Even now, she continues to hold my hand through my difficult times and struggles.

So, I’m honouring her today, as I do everyday. But I called her today to say thank you for everything she is and does for me.

Have you said thank you to your mom recently? Maybe it’s time to give her a call and let her know how special she is to you. You’ll be surprised how emotional and happy she will be.

~Tamana

Quick Update: My Days

Happy Thursday! I hope all of you are having a good week. My week is going by, as are my days. I’m a full blown house-wife these days and part of me is enjoying the lack of commitment to get up in the morning and go to work. But the other part of me is also bored of being home all day, cooking and cleaning. Don’t get me wrong, all the power to all the stay-at-home moms/dads and housewives. But it’s just a bit frustrating for me and boring. I start getting depressed throughout the day and try to keep myself busy but end up procrastinating to do anything meaningful, aside from the daily chores.

I have been applying to jobs; however, secretly am also hoping to win the lottery, so I don’t have to work at all. Ridiculous, isn’t it! To be honest, I enjoyed going back to college last year and having to only worry about getting my assignments done and good marks. But its tough studying and living on a single income; which is why I need to find a job as soon as possible.

Aside from the job hunt, nothing else exciting to tell all of you. As you’ve noticed I’ve started posting more consistently these days; that was one of my resolutions/goals this year: to deliver more regular content, more frequently. I will post the one off stuff, as I always do. However, I will be writing more about the topics I am passionate about, more frequently: mommy stuff, recipes, current life status’, restaurant diaries and beauty/life hacks.

So, stay tuned for more consistent content and if there is anything you guys or gals want me to write about, please let me know in the comments below! Until then, have a blessed week and stay warm.

Xoxo ~ Tamana