6 Days in Paradise: French Polynesia

6 Days in Paradise: French Polynesia

It is dark when we finally arrive in Bora Bora. We spent the previous night in the sky, flying from LAX to Papeete, and then the entire morning and afternoon shaking off the jet lag on one of Archipels Croisières’ luxurious catamarans, sailing and snorkeling in the lagoon off the island of Raiatea, just a short commuter flight from the airport in Tahiti. Not a bad way to jump start our trip to French Polynesia.

Once on the catamaran, we are refreshed with ice-cold Tahitian beer and a delicious lunch of exotic fruits and freshly prepared Poisson Cru, French Polynesia’s national dish, a tasty concoction of fresh raw tuna, marinated in citrus juice and coconut milk and tossed with diced vegetables—usually cucumber tossed with a variation of scallions, peppers and tomatoes, depending on the chef. Lunch is followed by a leisurely nap, a welcome reprieve from a long night and day of traveling. We are awestruck by the luminous turquoise water and the views of the surrounding atoll—it would be a shame to miss a second of the breathtaking view—but sated from the delicious meal and lulled by the gentle waves, an hour nap on the boat’s bow is irresistible. We awake for another quick snorkel with the sting rays and then a tour of a small vanilla farm on nearby Taha’a where we buy jumbo-sized vanilla pods to take home, visions of homemade vanilla vodka brewing in our heads.

The IEP and You

The IEP and You

The Individualized Education Program, or IEP, is one of the most difficult educational tasks that parents of children with special educational needs may undertake.

Each year, thousands of first-time parents who are already carrying the heavy psychological and financial weight of their child’s diagnosis, walk unsuspectingly into their first IEP under the impression that they will dictate the outcome. Unfortunately, that is usually not the case.

Although parents can influence the outcome and services offered, ultimately, the IEP is based on what the school officials and their experts recommend. Now, that doesn’t mean that you have no say. You most certainly do! And if you disagree with the IEP, argue your point.

Helping your child get the most out of school by ensuring he or she gets the services he/she needs can only happen if YOU take charge of the IEP.

Tips on Proper Travel Tipping

Tips on Proper Travel Tipping

A helpful guide to ensure you don’t over or under tip when you travel. By Diane Gottsman Skycap at the airport: $1–$2 per bag, additional for curbside check-in. Flight attendant: Do not tip, even when ordering an alcoholic beverage in flight. Taxi driver: 15–20% of total bill. Limo driver: 15–20% of total bill, unless gratuity […]

The Happiness Syndrome

The Happiness Syndrome

Most people in your life don’t ask you to be yourself. They tell you that it’s important to find where you fit, to get the right job, the right relationship, the right kids, house, car and dog. You are taught that in life, having the answers is important. You are taught that being loved and approved of by those around you is valuable, and that if you get it right, the people you care about will validate, and everyone will live happily ever after.

Fifteen years ago, I had just about everything in life that was supposed to make you happy: I lived in Santa Barbara, I had my own Chiropractic clinic and a beautiful fiancée that everyone said was perfect for me. But I was not happy—far from it in fact. I wondered what was wrong with me that I couldn’t seem to find what I was seeking and be satisfied with my life as it was. I looked for something, anything that would create lasting happiness. I tried just about every modality known to man to find a sense of joy and inner peace, sometimes with limited success, but it seemed that the feeling never lasted. The weight of the world somehow always found me and settled back on my shoulders again.

Finally, about 15 years ago, I got to the point where I’d had enough. I gave the universe 6 months. I said, “Universe, either my whole life changes, or I am out of here,

Indian for Everyone

Indian for Everyone

Spice up your dinner table and cook up these simple and delicious favorites from Anupy Singla’s INDIAN FOR EVERYONE. Mango Lassi Yield: 8 servings Tools: You’ll need a powerful blender. Note: You can also make this lassi an “adult” drink by adding 2 to 3 ounces / 60 to 90 mL of vodka or rum. […]

Giving Tree Montessori School

Giving Tree Montessori School

Our classrooms feature an ordered arrangement of learning materials in a warm, non-competitive environment. GIVING TREE MONTESSORI SCHOOL provides a challenging, innovative educational program designed to foster self-esteem, independence, creativity and a love of learning in an exceptionally clean, safe and warm environment. Our curriculum is enhanced by the teachings of Dr. Maria Montessori, a world-renowned […]

No More Broken Hearts

No More Broken Hearts

By Victoria Dupuy Broken hearts can be prevented with early detection When her beloved husband died in September 2013 from plaque that ruptured in his heart while playing hockey, Victoria immersed herself in learning all that she could about heart disease, plaque, non-invasive test available and much more. In her findings and sharing what she […]