Archive for January, 2010

Investors In Training

January 27, 2010

The first Investors In Training course concludes in February so we are taking the next intake for the class starting Tuesday 16th March.  If you are a Platinum member this is a free 6 class course designed to assist and educate you as to what the stock market is, how it works, and how it can be used to to take control of your investing futures.

If you are a Gold or Standard member these workshops are at a reduced rate. However, if you are not a member do not fear there is still an opportunity to reap the rewards that Brad can teach you! Just contact WIC  to find out more about signing up as a guest.

Numbers are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment!


The Organised Student: Set Your Child Up for Success

January 26, 2010

Organising Solutions have put together a number of fantastic workshops and are bringing them to the women of Discovery Bay. The first workshop starts on 24 February.

The Organised Student: Set Your Child Up for Success

This workshop consists of the following outcomes

-How to set up an ergonomically sound, well-equipped study space
– The 3 Key Areas of an Organised Family Home
-Establishing homework routines that fit your child’s learning style
-How to organise everything they bring home from school!
-Family scheduling and communication strategies
– Tips for helping kids stay focused and complete their homework

Come along to Women In Charge’s “Let’s get together .. and get organised” and listen to what Kristin has to say. If you would like more information about the workshops then  contact Organising Solutions direct.

What are you reading now?

January 23, 2010

500 Places to take your kids before they grow up

by Holly Hughes

Have you ever wondered where to go on holidays that will suit all of the family? Having 3 children of my own I know all too well how the sound of the dreaded question “Are we there yet?” over and over again whilst driving around the Australian country side can drive the most patient person crazy. Why not take some tips from the experts and head to somewhere exciting for you and your children!

Here are a few of the quirky but fun places that the author has listed.

For anybody who grew up loving the television series “Little House on the Prairie” Holly Hughes suggest that Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Homes is suitable for any child over the age of 4 she goes on to write “somehow I feel closest to Laura here, where the grown up Laura plunged back into her memories to create her timeless stories”. Why they’ll thank you: Imagine covering the distances between these homes in a covered wagon, with no superhighways.

Who hasn’t read the Da Vinci code by now? If you haven’t read it that is okay just grab the book and read it on the plane trip over to Italy. The author suggests that anybody over the age of 8 will love this trip to Milan because “The da Vinci mystique hovers here”. The book makes it so easy for you suggesting where to stay and how to get there as well as website links and phone numbers.

Borobudur: A Buddhist climb to Paradise – this magical place set in the south of Magelang, Central Java Indonesia is recommended for children ages 6 and up. Indonesia is such a beautiful place anyway but why not head over to somewhere other then Bali. She makes the adventure come alive when stating “Like the labyrinths in medieval Christian cathedrals, the walkways around each level of this stepped pyramid are an exercise in mediation; you’ll see saffron-robbed Buddhist priests pacing along, chanting as they wind around the 3km long route to the top”. Why they’ll thank you: Walking the circuit, reading the walls.

There are so many diverse places mentioned from around the world and the topics vary from rides and thrills to war and peace, so pick a type of holiday you are after and flick through the 500 odd pages of the book and you can plan your next holiday!

Book Trading Club

January 21, 2010

The Book Trading Club starts on Thursday the 11th of February.
How it works – bring along a maximum of 8 books and you will have the opportunity to trade your books with others in the community. As there is limited space in DB each month it will be hosted at a different (host’s) location.

Cost – as we are trialing this for a few months we are offering everyone the opportunity to do some good for the environment and come along and recycle your books (and grab some good reading material in return) for free!

What are you listening to at the moment?

January 20, 2010
    John Mayer

    Battle Studies


    John Mayer is an amazing artist that is on high rotation in the WIC office – especially now that it is on sale at  Buy your copy now.

    John Mayer — what a curious case. As a pop personality, the guy’s a barrel of laughs. He’s a tabloid fixture who wears his celebrity with a wink: modeling Borat’s onesie swimsuit, starring in goofy YouTube videos, and generally disarming, with wit and self-deprecation, the millions inclined to hate a starlet-shagging guitar virtuoso. But then Mayer steps into a studio, and the fun spigot claps shut. It’s as if Mayer, burdened by his status as heir apparent to the Clapton-Sting-Knopfler tradition of classy pop-rock classicism, pulls on a mask: the Furrowed Middlebrow.

    Check out the full review at Rollingstone.

Back to school – how to get your kids organized and independant

January 19, 2010

It is always hard to get the children organized once they have taken a break from school. So Danielle Ribs from Life Harmony has given us some great tips to get your children prepared and back into the swing of things!

1.     Get organized: find an agreement with your child
– on a morning routine (wake-up time, breakfast time, dress-up time)
– on an afternoon/evening routine (playdate, homework, tv/computer time, bed time)
– on the chores your child has to do and plan a reward system if needed
-> visualize if needed (mind map, time line, get creative!)
– get clothes and school bag prepared the night before going to bed

2.     Act like a coach:
– agree to remind him/her of the times to avoid unnecessary discussions (15, 10 and 5 minutes before change of activity).
– review the day before going to bed and pick one thing where your child needs your support to understand and find resources/solutions to deal with it.  – Get feedback of both sides once a week on the progress and work out adjustments to be made.

3.     Reflect: – review your day and monitor yourself on the positive comments you have made to your child. – If you have been very negative, think of a way of how you could have dealt with the situation more positively. – Try out some new strategies, be flexible, and be positive: every day is a new day!

Danielle Ribbs

Eat right for your Blood Type – Chicken Lasagne

January 18, 2010

Julie Bolduc from Cerena Health has recommended a great recipe for anybody who is blood type A (as you should avoid all red meat).

Chicken Lasagne – type A
• 1/2 cup ghee
• 1/2 cup spelt flour
• 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
• 1/2 teaspoon basil
• 3 cups chicken broth
• 2-1/2 cups cooked chicken, cubed
• 1 pint ricotta cheese
• 1 egg, slightly beaten
• 8 ounces rice lasagna noodles, cooked
• 10 ounce package frozen (or fresh) chopped spinach, thawed, well-drained
• 4 ounces mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced
• 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated (on avoids list- Take A Deflect if using)
How to make it:
1. Melt ghee in medium saucepan.
2. Blend in flour, salt and basil.
3. Stir in chicken broth and cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and comes to a boil.
4. Remove from heat.
5. Add chicken.
6. Combine ricotta cheese with egg; mix well.
7. In a greased 13×9′ baking dish, place 1/3 of chicken mixture.
8. Layer half the noodles, half the ricotta cheese mixture, half the spinach and all the mozzarella cheese.
9. Repeat, ending with the last 1/3 of chicken.
10. Top with Parmesan cheese.
11. Bake at 375 for 45 minutes. Serves 6

Feta Chicken

January 13, 2010

Kylie DeClase from Terronova has recommended a great recipe to keep you warm this winter! The recipe book can be found in the book  4 ingredients 2, check out our bookstore to purchase other items as well.

2 Chicken breasts

250g feta cheese with basil and tomato

3tbs. Macadamia nut oil

1/2 cup breadcrumbs

Gently mallet chicken to thin slightly.

Place 2 generous strips of feta in the middle of chicken breast and fold over, secure with a toothpick or two.

Coat with oil and roll in breadcrumbs.

Bake in 180C oven for 20 minutes or until meat cooked.

Optional: Use seasonal stuffing mix instead of breadcrumbs.

Twas The Month After Christmas

January 12, 2010

Twas the month after Christmas and all through the house
Nothing would fit me, not even a blouse.

The cookies I’d nibbled, the eggnog I’d taste.
All the holiday parties had gone to my waist.

When I got on the scales there arose such a number!
When I walked to the store (less a walk than a lumber).

I’d remember the marvelous meals I’d prepared;
The gravies and sauces and beef nicely rared,

The wine and the rum balls, the bread and the cheese
And the way I’d never said, “No thank you, please.”

As I dressed myself in my husband’s old shirt
And prepared once again to do battle with dirt—

I said to myself, as I only can
“You can’t spend a winter disguised as a man!”

So–away with the last of the sour cream dip,
Get rid of the fruit cake, every cracker and chip

Every last bit of food that I like must be banished
Till all the additional ounces have vanished.

I won’t have a cookie–not even a lick.
I’ll want only to chew on a long celery stick.

I won’t have hot biscuits, or corn bread, or pie,
I’ll munch on a carrot and quietly cry.

I’m hungry, I’m lonesome, and life is a bore—
But isn’t that what January is for?

Unable to giggle, no longer a riot.
Happy New Year to all and to all a good diet!

Healthy Mind, Body & Spirit

January 8, 2010

Five super health tips for the New Year from Cerena Health’s Julie Bolduc

1.  Stay Hydrated!

Hydration is necessary for all systems of the body (especially the brain) to function at optimum levels. I have had many clients with chronic illnesses such as arthritis, fatigue and digestive complaints improve their health just by drinking more water! Adults should drink 1.5 to 2 litres (8 to 12 cups) of PLAIN filtered water a day; children should be encouraged to drink 1 litre (6 cups) per day. Drinks such as coffee, black tea, alcohol and sodas have a dehydrating effect and should be consumed in moderation (in the case of soda – avoid it completely). Extra Hint: Squeeze some lemon into a glass of water before breakfast to help detox your liver.

2.  Eat Right for Your Blood Type

Many diet fads have come and gone, but this is a lifestyle diet that has been around for 40 years and scientifically proven to have a positive effect on your health. The basic premise of the diet is that the four blood types (O, A, B, AB) evolved at different points in history and are thus best suited to the lifestyles prevalent at those times. The four blood types have varying nutritional and exercise needs, pre-dispositions to different types of illnesses and react differently to various foods. If you’re trying to lose weight, lower cholesterol, eliminate allergies or digestive complaints, depression, or even trying to conceive, the blood type diet is strongly recommended. Visit Dr. D’Adamo’s website for an overview of his research work and diet at

3.  Hire a Personal Trainer

We all want to make changes in the New Year – especially when it comes to our health and well being. Exercise benefits every part of the body, including the mind. We all need a little help with exercise sometimes, whether we’re just starting out or we’ve been at it for a long time. Hiring a personal trainer who can assess your needs, help instill discipline and keep you motivated is a great idea and well worth the money. What you spend now getting into shape means spending less in the future on your healthcare. What’s your health worth to you? Interview a few trainers and ask for a trial session. (Contact Women in Charge for a list of qualified trainers in DB).

4.  The ZZZ’s of Sleep

Not getting enough sleep will cause an acceleration of the aging process, hormonal and metabolism issues and a breakdown of mental processes. I cannot stress enough to all my clients how important it is to get to bed BEFORE 11pm. The body undergoes a natural repair and recovery cycle between 11pm and 1am; it’s necessary to be sleeping before that time so that the body can heal itself. How much sleep is required? Most of us need at least 9 hours whereas some can function quite well on 7. Watching TV and/or playing video games can stimulate the brain, making it harder to fall asleep – avoid them before going to bed. Eating late at night can also disrupt sleep and cause digestive problems like hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) which manifests into hunger and sleep disturbances through the night.

5.  Emotional Detoxing – Body, Mind and Spirit

The beginning of a New Year can be the catalyst for a new makeover of the body, mind and spirit. How was last year for you?  If you had an extremely stressful one filled with anxiety, fear and sadness – its time to detox emotionally! The Chinese believe that emotions, if not processed properly, can become stored in organs of the body causing illness and disease. Anger is stored in the liver, fear in the kidneys, grief in the lungs and worry in the spleen. Fortunately there are many therapies that can help with relieving our emotional stress. Discovery Bay has a number of talented practitioners certified in Personal Lifestyle Coaching, Counseling, BodyTalk and “The Journey” who can help.

Visit or for more information, or contact Women in Charge for a list of DB-based practitioners.

Julie Bolduc RHN, CBP

Cerena Health Ltd.

Clinics in Discovery Bay and Central, Hong Kong