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Lilacs & Greensleeves: New Year’s Day Fun from Care4You



1. Ecuador has a unique New Year’s Eve tradition, the burning of “old years” in public places. What are they?

2. In the United States, the coming of the New Year is celebrated by the lowering of a gigantic crystal ball. Where does this event take place?

3. To ring in the New Year in Spain, it is traditional to do what on each chime of the clock?

4. In many places, the coming of the new year is celebrated by singing the traditional Scottish song “Auld Lang Syne”. What does “auld lang syne” mean?

5. In Italy, what do people do on New Year’s Day to bring good luck in the coming year?

6. How is the new year festival of Songkran celebrated in Thailand?

7. What determines the date of the Chinese New Year?

8. In the Jewish New Year celebration, what is eaten to symbolize a sweet new year?

9. What is the Jewish New Year called?

10. Why do the Chinese celebrate the New Year by letting off firecrackers?

11. Under which of the following calendars is New Year’s Day observed on January 1?

Click here to take this fun and ‘mind stimulating’ quiz!

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank.

We are going to put words on them ourselves.

The book is called “Opportunity”

and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.”

~Edith Lovejoy Pierce


Care4You wishes all of you a safe new year filled with…

Love, Good Health, Peace and Happiness!

Lilacs & Greensleeves: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

  • Posted On January 8, 2015
  • Categorized In Awareness
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“Each year on the third Monday of January, America honors the birth, life and dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

It is a time to remember the injustices that Dr. King fought. A time to remember his fight for the freedom, equality, and dignity of all races and peoples through nonviolence.

Dr. King was an American clergyman and civil-rights leader. He became minister of the Dexter Ave. Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama in 1954. He led the black boycott of segregated city bus lines in 1956 and gained a major victory as a civil-rights leader when Montgomery buses began to operate on a desegregated basis.

King organized the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), which provided a base to pursue further civil-rights activities, in the South and later nationwide. His philosophy of nonviolent resistance resulted in his arrest on numerous occasions in the 1950s and 60s.

His 1963 protest in Birmingham, Alabama earned him worldwide attention. He brought together more than 200,000 people on the March on Washington in August 1963 where he delivered his famous “ I Have a Dream” speech. In 1964, at the age of 35, he was the youngest man and the third black man to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.”

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Lilacs & Greensleeves: Coffee Shop Oatmeal To Go

  • Posted On January 8, 2015
  • Categorized In Recipes
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(One Serving)

2/3 cup quick cooking oats
1/2 cup mixed nuts (I used pecans, sunflower seeds and chia seeds)
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon sugar, brown sugar or honey*
2/3 cup milk

“Combine all the ingredients, besides milk, in a heat proof mug or small bowl. Steam the milk until piping hot. I did this using the steaming wand of my espresso machine, but you can also easily do this on the stove in a small pot. Whisk the milk as it heats up, incorporating air into the milk so you can get that latte foam. Foam makes this oatmeal seem more like a coffee shop. 🙂 Pour the milk into the oatmeal mixture, give it a stir and allow it to soak and soften for 4-5 minutes.” ~ Emma

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Lilacs & Greensleeves: Cinnamon and Vanilla Walnuts

  • Posted On December 9, 2014
  • Categorized In Recipes
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1 egg white
2 teaspoons of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 teaspoon of salt
1/3 cup of rapadura, sucanat, maple sugar, or palm/coconut sugar
2 1/2 cups of walnuts

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees (the rack should be in the middle of the oven). And either lightly coat a cookie pan with coconut oil or butter or cover with parchment paper.

1)Lightly beat the egg white with a whisk (just until a bit foamy). Add the cinnamon, vanilla, salt and sugar. Stir in the walnuts, coat the walnuts well.

2) Remove the walnuts with a slotted spoon (allowing extra coating to drip out), and place on the cookie sheet. Spread out on the cookie sheet so that the nuts aren’t touching for the most part. Place in the oven for 25 minutes.

3) Remove from the oven and cool for 20 minutes. Serve or store in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

Lilacs & Greensleeves: Community Partner CAVVD


CAVVD: California Vein Vascular and Diagnostics, Inc.

Edwin Kendrick, M.D., M.B.A., R.P.V.I., the founder of CAVVD, is a University of Maryland Medical Center fellowship-trained vascular surgeon. He is skilled and certified in the interpretation of vascular ultrasounds and vascular physiologic studies. His vascular research has included venous disease, lymphatic disease, lower extremity arterial graft infections, abdominal aortic aneurysm infections, and aorto-ureteral fistula diagnosis and management.

Dr. Kendrick was honored as an Olympic torchbearer and Community Hero during the 1996 Olympic Games. As a board member of the Foster and Banks Walk in Faith Foundation, he may be found creating ways to inspire youth, improving the conditions of his surrounding communities, and collaborating with varied community service organizations.

Services offered by Dr. Kendrick:

Varicose, spider, and perforator vein management

Peripheral arterial disease management

Limb salvage

Abdominal aortic aneurysm repair and management

Hemodialysis access

Lymphedema Management

Non-healing leg ulceration management

Infected diabetic foot management

Wound care management

Deep vein thrombosis management

Health and wellness initiatives

Diagnostic Studies:

Venous and Arterial Ultrasounds

Doppler Studies

You can visit Dr. Kendrick’s office at 2120 Foothill Blvd., Suite 103, La Verne, CA. 91750 or visit his website at:

Free initial vein consultations are being offered for a limited time, for more information please call (626) 623-6040.

Lilacs & Greensleeves: New Years Eve Welcome 2015


Happy New Year


H appiness depends upon your outlook on life. – Find the good in all situations
A ttitude is just as important as ability.- Keep your attitude positive
P assion find yours this year! – Do what you love and you will never work
P ositive thoughts make everything easier.- Stay focused and stay positive
Y ou are unique, with special gifts, use them. – Never forget you have talent

N ew beginnings with a new year.
E nthusiasm a true secret of success.
W ishes may they turn into goals.

Y ears go by to quickly, enjoy them.- Wisdom from your elders, listen
E nergy may you have lots of it. – Take care of yourself
A ppreciation of life, don’t take it for granted. – Live each day
R elax take the time to relax in this coming year.- Keep a balance in your life

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Care for you wishes everyone a safe and Happy New Year’s Eve and a wonderful 2015!

Lilacs & Greensleeves: About Christmas


More ‘Fun Facts:’

In Germany there are many different characters for Christmas. Nikolaus comes on December 5th and on December 24th when the actual opening of the gifts is happening ,they have been brought either by Knecht Ruprecht, Weihnachtsmann, or the Christkindl, (Christ child) wich is an angelic child dressed in a white and or golden dress much like a long nightgown. It has wings, and has usually a small horse or a donkey as a companion.

In Germany and some other western European countries, St. Nicholas , or Nikolaus comes on the night from the 5th to the 6th of Decemer, where children have their boots all shined and clean in front of a door or window. He will leave toys, nuts oranges, apples and chocolate for the good children. The bad child gets a branch to be used by the parents to punish the child.

Guatemalan adults do not exchange Christmas gifts until New Year’s Day. Children get theirs (from the Christ Child) on Christmas morning.

In North America, children put stockings out at Christmas time. Their Dutch counterparts use shoes.

The poinsettia, a traditional Christmas flower, originally grew in Mexico, where it is also known as the ‘Flower of the Holy Night’. Joel Poinsett first brought it to America in 1829.

When visiting Finland, Santa leaves his sleigh behind and rides on a goat named Ukko. Finnish folklore has it that Ukko is made of straw, but is strong enough to carry Santa Claus anyway.

Even more ‘Fun Facts’ here!




Care4You wishes everyone celebrating the joy of this special day, a safe and blessed Christmas!!


Lilacs & Greensleeves: Safe Toys and Gifts

  • Posted On December 9, 2014
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December is ‘Safe Toys and Gifts Month.’

“As the holiday season marches ahead, so does toy shopping for the special children in our lives. There are thousands of toys to choose from and selecting the right one can be a challenge, especially as new toys appear on the shelves every year. Toys are intended to be fun and enjoyable for children, but they can pose serious health risks if they are not properly made and designed.

In 2011, an estimated 262,300 toy-related injuries were treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments — 72 percent of which happened to children 15 years old or younger. Sometimes, choosing the right toy can be difficult, and a typical toy store can easily overwhelm even the shrewdest shopper.

When evaluating what toys to buy this year, consider the following:

Children under three years old tend to put everything in their mouths, so avoid buying toys that have small parts and may pose a choking danger. Look for quality in design and construction, and follow age and safety recommendations on labels.

Consider purchasing a small parts tester to determine whether small toys for children under the age of three might present a choking hazard.

Toys with strings, straps, or cords longer than seven inches may pose a risk of strangulation.

Toys that are constructed with thin, brittle plastic might easily break into small pieces or leave jagged edges.

Avoid cap guns because the caps can be ignited by the slightest friction and cause serious burns.

Avoid toys with sharp points or edges, toys that produce loud sounds, or projectiles (such as dart and firing rockets).

If you buy a bicycle for a child, buy a helmet too and make sure the child wears it.

Make recommendations to family members and friends about gifts that you feel are appropriate for your child.

Inspect all toys as much as possible before taking them out of the box. Once opened, go through each part of the toy to make sure there are no small parts that could be choking hazards.”

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Lilacs & Greensleeves: Holiday Blues – Depression and the Elderly

  • Posted On December 9, 2014
  • Categorized In Awareness
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Symptoms to look for:

Depressed or irritable mood

Feelings of worthlessness or sadness

Expressions of helplessness


Loss of interest in daily activities

Loss of appetite

Weight loss

Lack of attention to personal care and hygiene


Difficulty concentrating

Irresponsible behavior

Obsessive thoughts about death and suicide

Read more here!

Lilacs & Greensleeves: Thanksgiving, the gift of kindness.


November is here and in just several short weeks many of us will be celebrating a day of ‘Thanksgiving’ for all of the people that touch our lives each and every day. Here at Care4You, we are very grateful to our clients and their families and friends who allow us to give our best during their loved one’s time of need.

Care4You wishes to extend to all of you a very safe and blessed Thanksgiving!