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GPW Turns 30 To-Do List

Good Parsi Wife

My “birthday week” has officially begun (the period between my Persian Calendar and standard calendar birthdays). I’m turning 30 and sometimes I feel that all I do these days is take care of the kids, the house, cook, clean, garden, kids activities, kids birthday parties, and go to work. I often tell the GPHubby that I’m going through my pre-mid life crisis! I see many of my friends travelling, going for parties, binge watching TV shows all night, eating out at restaurants all the time, and often I think that I’m missing out on all that. However, I’ve realised that I often need to stand back, be grateful for all that I have now, and realise that this difficult young child phase will pass. We will be able to achieve more things very soon as the kids become more independent...

I’ve been thinking about the bucket list concept, and thought I should put together my ‘GPW Turns 30 To Do’ list. I know that you need to visualise your goals, and with hardwork and dedication one can achieve their dreams! So, here are a few things I wish to achieve over the next few years: 

BALLET

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 I learned ballet when I was a toddler, but never took it up during my teens. It’s such a beautiful genre of dance and something I’ve always wanted to do. While my body may not bend and flex enough initially, I’m sure with proper training and hard work I’d be able to perform a routine on stage. 

THEATRE

Wicked Photo from this webpage.

Wicked Photo from this webpage.

I simply love musicals and love going to the theatre. Some of my favourites are The Producers, Chicago, Hello Dolly, Wicked and Singing in the Rain. I never took the opportunity to perform in plays at high school, so I would love to perform in a local community musical one day. 

BUSINESS

I love project management and taking on leadership roles on committees and in clubs, and so I would love to oversee my own business one day. Whether it be food, engineering or child related, it’s something that’s always at the back of my head. I have grown up with a risk averse attitude, but one day I hope to stop worrying and pursue all these business ideas that float around in my head. 

IRAN

Perseoplis photo from this webpage.

Perseoplis photo from this webpage.

Visiting the ancient Zoroastrian cities and fire temples in Iran is something most Zoroastrians hope to do during their life. Iran was our original home hundreds of years ago before persecution, and it would be absolutely amazing to take a guided tour to visit the ruins and fire temples from generations ago. 

TV SHOW TOURS

Outlander photo from this webpage.

Outlander photo from this webpage.

As some of you may know, I am a complete Outlander and Game of Thrones fan and would love to go on a guided tour of filming locations in Scotland and Europe. It would be amazing to watch either of these being filmed as well. 

BLACK BELT

I took Tae Kwan Do and Shotokan martial arts classes when younger but stopped before I was a teenager. Martial arts is so good for mental discipline and physical exercise and I would love to train again to achieve a black belt, which I never did as a child. When living in South Korea, I was unable to attend TKD classes as I was pregnant and didn’t stay long enough. Many of the Mums did attain black belt there so I am motivated to one day do this too. 

COOKING COMPETITION

My friends at uni told me I should have applied for Masterchef when the show started airing on TV. Back then my excuse was university study, then it was graduate work, then planning my wedding, then building our house, then pregnant, then one kid, then pregnant, then two kids… There may never an ideal time to apply, but now that the kids are older and potentially able to manage without me if I were to make it to later rounds of a competition, it’s something that I’m seriously considering.  

SINGAPORE

Singapore photo from this webpage.

Singapore photo from this webpage.

I've always told the GPHubby that if he was ever offered a job in Singapore, not to ask me, but to just start packing! I love the city and would love to spend a few years abroad living there.

So, I better get my act together from now on - lots to do and lots to look forward to!

Cheers! GPW

 

 

Winter is coming...

Good Parsi Wife

And that means so are the colds, coughs, infections and fevers! We prefer using natural supplements and cooking healthy broths/drinks to keep our bodies fighting fit and ready to ward off any nasties, so here are my top 5 tips for attempting to stay healthy during winter:

1. Chicken Soup

Chicken Soup is thought to be extremely effective in reducing the severity of colds and flus. My Basic Chicken Stock recipe is the first thing I make upon seeing/hearing a sniffle, and can be consumed as a tasty hot drink, or used in my cooking for added flavour and health benefits. On days when the boys refuse to drink it straight, I use it religiously while preparing their meals (especially when boiling their rice, pasta or potatoes).

2. Hot herbal/natural teas

There’s nothing better than sipping on a nice hot cup of tea when you have a cold. I love to make my own using natural ingredients and a few of my favourite combinations added to boiling water are:

  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder + 1 tsp jaggery/honey 
  • Green tea (optional) + ½ tsp freshly grated ginger + fresh squeeze of lemon + 1 tsp honey 
  • Black tea + ½ tsp freshly frated ginger + 1 tsp honey

3. Oil pulling

Many believe ayurvedic oil pulling to be effective in drawing bacteria from the body through the mouth by swishing oil in your mouth, first thing in the morning. A few people are sceptical, but this was one thing I stuck with last year when I was pretty sick, and I personally believe it helped. I’ve been doing this again during the last fortnight and so far so good (touchwood)!

4. Natural supplements

We find Triple strength Garlic C + Horseradish tablets extremely effective in preventing colds and flus. I was advised not to take any Horseradish while pregnant or breastfeeding, so pure garlic tablets were also pretty effective.

5. REST!

Lack of sleep is the biggest thing affecting my health at the moment. When I have a few bad nights thanks to the kiddos, not only am I in a terrible mood, but a few autoimmune issues I have flare up.  Resting while you’re ill is one of the best ways for your body to heal, and by staying at home, the spread of viral colds and flus may also be reduced (although your kids may go crazy with boredom!).

Good luck, and may the force be with you to evade coughs and colds this winter season!

GPW

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Now I know why parents drink...

Good Parsi Wife

I met a lady while travelling in Singapore a few months ago. She had three children, close in age and so we had a bit of a chat - as Mum's love to do. The one thing I remember from this discussion was that she said the hardest time she ever had was when #1 was three years old, and #2 was one year old.  She was right. My 'Threenager's' irrational and illogical tantrums, constant need to defy, and obsessive compulsive behaviour, combined with my almost one year old's teething, severe attachment issues, and inability to give me more than 3 hours continual sleep at night, is driving me UP THE WALL! Now I know why so many parents have 'Wine O'Clock' once the kids are in bed.

After a terrible day yesterday, leaving me feeling frazzled and just wanting to sleep, I decided that I can either be the grown up and make changes, or I can have a cry and throw a tanty myself, which wouldn't really help the situation. So, here are a few things I am striving to improve on, and some tips for anyone in the same boat:

1. CHOOSE YOUR BATTLES WISELY. I don't like to cave in when making threats, so will try to come up with more reasonable and child friendly options like, "Eat this last mouthful and we can go build an ONZ (a big block tower)", as opposed to, "IF YOU DON'T EAT THIS LAST MOUTHFUL SO HELP ME GOD I WILL LEAVE YOU ALL AND RUN AWAY!", which doesn't go down too well with a three year old. #2 is my 'strong willed' child as they say, so when he's a bit older, I'll have reassess my threat technique, because he doesn't even bat and eyelid when I try to discipline him now. I just get the "And what are you going to do about me throwing food off my highchair?" glare as he throws some more food off his highchair. Sometimes you have to decide what's more important - sticking to your guns and fighting, or to, as Elsa sings, Let it Go.

2. SLEEP. One night I spent 3 am to 4 am battling to keep #2 in his cot, during five months of so called 'sleep training'. I made the Grouch on Sesame Street look like an angel the next day, and took it out on #1 who was a good boy, and has been sleeping through the night since 14 months. So shoot me if I bring #2 to the bed in the middle of the night because he'll stop wailing and let us sleep for a few hours. Sleep deprivation is a terrible thing, and can lead to all sorts of health and social issues. Until #2 sleeps through the night, I'm getting whatever sleep I can, however I can.

3. WALK AWAY AND ACCEPT HELP. Having the 'I'm an engineer, I can do it all' attitude with #1, I found myself going crazy dealing with everything by myself, and found #1 would feed off my unhealthy state of mind and behaviour. Now I've learned that if constant crying is making me want to throw my pillows across the room, I just walk out and send someone else in.  They say kids are something like 8 times worse when Mum is in the room, so often it helps when Mum is out of the room, and taking deep breaths in another room (and maybe drinking wine).

4. HAVE MORE 'ME TIME'. I'm guilty of saying I spend all my time feeding, washing, cleaning up after and getting the kids to sleep/nap - claiming to have no spare time to do anything for myself. At one point in my life I was working full time, studying two final units of my double degree, running the Social Club at work, planning a wedding, catching up with friends, visiting the families for dinner, building a house, painting, cooking and dancing twice a week after work. I'm pretty sure I can spend some time each day to do yoga/gardening/watch Suits/work on GPW (the things that make me happy and relaxed). The happier I am, the happier everything and everyone else in the house is - I can't take care of my family properly when I'm a not in a healthy frame of mind.

5. "DON'T PUT OFF TILL TOMORROW, WHAT YOU CAN DO TODAY". I find that whenever I plan to do something tomorrow, something else happens and I cant, leaving me irritated and complaining about it all day. So now if I have a free moment during child free/nap times, I will wash those dishes, hang those clothes, pick those clothes up off the floor, cook whatever I can, pay those bills, pull out those weeds, send that email, send that WhatsApp message I keep forgetting to send, etc etc.  You never know what could happen tomorrow, when you have kids - fevers and illness love to make themselves at home when you really don't have the time.

6. EXERCISE AND HEALTHY EATING. I've started tap dancing one night a week after almost four years. I sleep slightly better (#2 still wakes up several times a night, of course), feel rejuvenated, relaxed and much more patient with the family the next day. Fresh air and sunlight can also make all the difference. After #2's birth I found I have many vitamin deficiencies from not eating properly in the day (claiming to have no time) and from 11 months of breastfeeding. So it's really important to have a balanced diet, eat three proper meals, and for me, to take supplements on a short term basis (if you really need to - consult with your doctor on this point, don't take my word for it!).

7. TRY TO SAY 'NO' LESS, AND STOP YELLING. My hubby and I have a no yelling policy in our house (to me, a raised voice is yelling, ha), however I find myself screaming and saying no all the time to #1. Yelling 'NO' without an explanation as to why sitting on one's brother's head is not very nice, and hurts, doesn't make much sense for kids under 3 years old. Even though we think they behave like teenagers at times, their brains are not developed enough to understand many things which seem logical/common sense to us.

8. KEEP THINGS TIDY. Dealing with crying and tantrums all day can be mentally exhausting. I am trying to do myself a favour and at least have some breathing space walking around in a neat house. I know that things get trashed shortly after I tidy/clean, but it really does make a difference. As much as I hate spending hours on cleaning the house, this is one big change I'm trying to implement on a daily basis, to make things easier for me in the long run.

So, I can either be a crazy, sleep deprived, "NO" machine, or I can have a hilarious discussions, cuddles, kisses, play time with my kids and THOROUGHLY enjoy this precious time which everyone says goes in the blink of an eye. The choice is mine.

GPW