Let Cut Flowers Enrich the Context of Your Life
Apr06

Let Cut Flowers Enrich the Context of Your Life

  The stunning beauty of fresh flowers can enchant visitors, making them gravitate towards the loveliest sections of a garden display. Human beings seem naturally drawn to sweet-smelling, dramatic colourful blossoms, delicate natural structures that embody the enduring power of life and regeneration within their fragile petals. Whether you prefer to raise annuals that often re-seed themselves every year, or perennials, or a combination of the two, you likely understand the incredible power of lovely planted flower beds in captivating attention and inspiring happy sentiments. Well-cared for gardens make design statements fully as powerful as those of buildings and other permanent structures. The eye-catching beauty of Spring plantings pushing towards the surface offers a fun hobby and a way to share the joyful abundance of nature with others. Perhaps the symbolic value of cut flowers adds to this meaning. Even though the blossoms will eventually fade away, to be replaced by others, their glorious beauty helps transform surroundings in remarkably effective ways. Adding a vase of freshly cut roses to a hallway table can enliven an entrance in a distinctive, gracious way. A tasteful floral display on a kitchen table helps place household members in a good mood when they gather to share a meal. Bright irises, lilies or daisies adorning a bedside table in a guest room brings cheer, sending a welcoming message to...

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Fun Idea for the Season of Romance
Mar02

Fun Idea for the Season of Romance

  With Valentine’s Day past us, people prepare for other romantic, festive holidays that occur during springtime, a wonderful season for romance. Here is an unusual, fun idea that you can use to spice up your love life during this wonderful, rejuvenating time of year. Let fresh flowers and gifts open your significant other’s eyes to your better qualities. You don’t need to spend a fortune when you order online; but sharing a token of your affection with someone you are dating can enliven a romance any time of the year. (It works with a spouse, too.) You can ignite some special attention during this season in particular. With Easter a month away, plus Mother’s Day and Father’s Day right around the corner, planning your special romantic occasion a little bit in advance never hurts.Let the fresh flowers of springtime, those lovely red Roses, delicate Gerberas and sweet smelling Lilies, pave the way for some hugs and kisses for you this season! You will love the results when you take the extra time and effort to plan a romantic, festive breakfast for two on a sunny spring morning. Also few symbols express romance like flowers! When you consider ordering gifts for someone you are dating, your significant other or the soul mate spouse in your life, don’t forget that blossoms often symbolise deep love. Hugs and fresh flowers can work miracles as you contemplate a fun breakfast date...

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Monday Blues: 7 Tips to Getting Unstuck
Feb23

Monday Blues: 7 Tips to Getting Unstuck

The Monday blues. You’ve had a great weekend visiting friends, doing sports, being outdoors or just plain relaxing, but now the alarm goes off and you’re back in the office. For people who love their job this is when they launch into a great new week, full of promise of what can be accomplished. So much to do and a full week to do it in! However, if you are not thrilled with your current work, Monday’s may come to represent a harsh reminder that you are not making a living doing what you love. If you fall into the latter category the following seven tips can help you to get unstuck and move toward achieving your career goals. 1. Use the frustration No one likes to be stuck. But if you focus on the feeling of being stuck, the frustration can give you energy. Take in how frustrated you are with where you are, you’ll be more likely to use it to make a fresh start, and truly put it behind you. 2. Give up the victimhood Everyone is a victim at some point in their life, and there is no doubt that terrible things may have happened to you that were unfair. But seeing yourself as a victim is being focused on the past. Instead, look forward to who you can be today, master of your own destiny. 3. Expand your self perception Many times, the problem with being fixated on yesterday is that you see yourself a certain way, as being a certain way. Sometimes, you can get beyond this problem simply by realising that...

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6 steps to live simply and be happy
Feb15

6 steps to live simply and be happy

Pets are capable of amazing a joie de vivre, a complete abandonment to the fun of the moment. The ability to savour every moment and the capability to find intense joy in the simple things in life. A ball. Snow. Getting let out of the house. Playing. All very simple things that us humans can learn from. Following are some ways for us to live simple and in doing so to enjoy life more. 1. Savor every moment To be in the moment is to live in the moment. Too often we are thinking ahead or looking ahead to the next event or circumstance, not appreciating the “here and now.” When you savor every moment, you are savoring the happiness in your life. 2. Find your calling Some find meaning in religion or spirituality while others find purpose in their work or relationships. Finding your calling may be much more than accomplishing one simple thing for increasing your happiness, but having a sense of purpose – of feeling like you are here for a reason – can bring the greatest happiness of all. 3. Forget regret We all make mistakes – always have and always will. Leave your mistakes and regrets in the past. These bumps don’t define your value or purpose in life, then or now. When you stay in the past you become stuck and unable to move forward. To begin learning how to put these experiences behind you – by letting them go, you can begin to live in the here and now. 4. Learn from failure Learning from failure and having regret...

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4 types of friendship attraction
Feb09

4 types of friendship attraction

Can real friendship exist between the sexes? Many people have a very close friend who is of the opposite sex and find the relationship worthwhile despite potential issues. Research into relationships reveals a four different types of relationships between the close other-sex friends. Dr. Heidi Reeder, an associate professor in the Department of Communication at Boise State University, has analyzed hundreds of interview transcripts and surveys of men and women reflecting on their closest other-sex friend. While these can change over time, and there may be grey areas, according to Dr. Reeder the 4 types of attraction are: 1. Friendship attraction 2. Romantic attraction 3. Subjective physical/sexual attraction 4. Objective physical/sexual attraction She defines these types of relationships as per the following: Friendship attraction is not romantic or sexual in nature, but is the kind of attraction you feel when drawn to someone because you like that person and enjoy being with him or her. It’s the type of attraction that most heterosexuals presumably feel for their same-sex friends. This was by far the most common type of attraction between cross-sex friends in our survey. Nearly all the respondents, 96 percent, said they currently feel friendship attraction for their friend, and over two-thirds said that their friendship attraction has increased over time. Next is romantic attraction. It’s important not...

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Kindness never wasted
Feb06

Kindness never wasted

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Favourite ever
Feb06

Favourite ever

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Children of nature
Jan27

Children of nature

“Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair and let us huddle together as darkness takes over. We are at home amidst the birds and the trees, for we are children of nature.” – Susan Polis Schutz Being outdoors was in intrinsic part of growing up for many of us who are now big kids. Unfortunately many children today are not experiencing the same wonder and joy of nature we were blessed to have had. Following is an observation of this trend and some frightening numbers. We all have those memories from childhood: jumping into a cool lake on a hot summer day, intently watching ants on the march or spending hours just laying back and looking at clouds. And whether we realized it or not, those moments in the outdoors helped shaped our views on the world around us. But those kinds of memories are fading fast for many young people today. The statistics are alarming: in a typical week, only 6 percent of children ages 9-13 play outside on their own (1) and kids 8 to 18 spend an overwhelming 53 hours a week using entertainment media (2). …via Kids in Nature | The National Conservancy The National Conservancy is just one of many organisations that have programmes to get children back in touch with nature. There is a list of the top five American programmes from One Green Planet and here is a list of nine programmes in Australia from Children & Nature. However, a quick Google search will hopefully...

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Scent of a secret
Jan20

Scent of a secret

What is it about secrets? Possibly the allure is simply being part of a small group who “know” bolsters one’s ego. But why have secrets in the first place. People keep secrets for a variety of reasons, however the following excerpt from an article on the  psychology of secrets shows three key motivations for secrets: There are many reasons that people keep secrets, and many of them are unique to the specific situation and individuals involved. However, many times the motivations can be tracked to one of three specific reasons- Personal guilt, concern for others, or fear of retaliation. When someone does something considered “bad”, a common reaction is to feel guilty about your action. Many people think that they can suppress the event in their subconscious mind and possibly even forget it completely. The guilt may make them feel that people will never forgive them if they are honest about their actions. Many people keep secrets because they think the truth will cause harm to someone else. These secrets are originally made with good intentions, but many times, the truth comes out later and causes more pain to the individual they are trying to protect. Concern for others can lead to increased stress of having to maintain the secret while going along with life as if nothing has happened. Others try to use secrets as a way to reduce the level of harm they cause. For instance, if they do something that...

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Sunday, don’t leave me!
Jan18

Sunday, don’t leave me!

This lovely little guys is enjoying the Sakura (cherry blossoms) and wistfully saying goodbye to Sunday. We hope you’ve all enjoyed your weekend. While getting back to work tomorrow may be the last thing you want to think about right now, we have something to brighten your thoughts: the Happy Mondays!

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Cats knocking stuff over
Jan13

Cats knocking stuff over

In keeping with our post yesterday about match made in heaven that is cats and the internet, here is a Huffington Comedy compilation video featuring cats doing what they do best: knocking stuff over. Seriously. Regarding this irritating tendency is an excerpt from a post on cat behaviour: Aarrgh! If you’re a cat owner, you know about the infuriating habit many kitties have of knocking things over around the house with their naughty paws. But even though it might seem like your cat is purposefully trying to annoy you, that’s not the case, says Jackson Galaxy, host of Animal Planet’s feline rehabilitation show, My Cat From Hell. Why does my cat constantly knocks things off the table or shelf? “Your cat is curious, not purposefully aggravating. And, depending on how you look at it, bored! Think about a toddler who has been given crayons, but no paper. Hello, bedroom wall mural! Ask yourself, ‘Do we have enough cat toys?’ If the answer is yes, would he still rather bat a cup off the table? If so, it’s time to get new toys!” via Why Do Cats Knock Things Over?! My Cat From Hell’s Jackson Galaxy Answers 10 Feline Questions | Community Table While Mr. Galaxy might be a cat expert, we have cats and think they just choose to clear their space. It is their form of decluttering the place....

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Cat humour
Jan12

Cat humour

Cats and the internet go together. Actually just about any cute animal doing something cute and you have internet click bait. However, as the popular blog BuzzFeed.com reports, their cat stories routinely attract an average of 9,000 views, versus those featuring dogs, which only get around 5000. Preferences in cuteness species aside, why are we so fascinated by cute pets on the internet? The founder and CEO of Buzzfeed, Jonah Peretti, has a theory that it is just part of our humanity and we would have to agree. The following is his take on having hard hitting journalism next to cute pets: “People are getting news and information from Facebook and from Twitter. And if you look at your Facebook news feed, it has the cute animal next to the long-form journalism next to your friend getting drunk.” Peretti fiercely defended why BuzzFeed can publish a scoop about President Barack Obama’s secret trip to Afghanistan alongside a story such as, “33 Animals who are extremely disappointed in you.” His answer was that publishing has become like a Paris café. You show up with a copy of Le Monde and start reading. Then there is usually a dog under a table. Bending down to pet the dog doesn’t make you stupid. It makes you human. “So we (at BuzzFeed) said, ‘Let’s embrace everything that makes us human, even if that is sometimes diverse and contradictory content,” Peretti continued. “Social media has already created that Paris café...

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Alphabet pooches
Jan10

Alphabet pooches

Heaven knows how he gets them to behave so well in front of a camera, but photographer William Wegman is famous for his prolific photos of furry friends. For many years his work has featured prominently on Seasame Street, creating a generation or three of dog lovers. While Wegman’s Wikipedia page and his website have longer biographies and lists of his many books, his Facebook page succinctly says this about him: A pioneer video artist, conceptualist, photographer, painter, and writer, William Wegman moves fluidly among various media: from conceptual works to commissioned magazine shots; videos shown in museums to television segments made for Sesame Street and Saturday Night Live; artists’ books portraying 19th-century naturalist studies to children’s books revealing tongue-in-cheek portraits of town and country life; and from photographic “landscapes” employing his weimaraner muses to his most recent cycle of landscapes combining found scenic souvenir postcards with drawing, collage, and painting.  To see more of his amazing work with dogs you can visit his website here. Now, we’re just trying to think of a good use for the amazing living font in the...

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Faithfulness
Jan09

Faithfulness

Inspired by Oscar Wilde’s quote “If you are not too long, I will wait for you all my life”, we ponder the meaning of faithfulness? There is the famous story of Hachiko, the loyal Akita who kept up his daily routine of going to Shibuya station in Tokyo to meet his owner for over nine years after the man had passed away. Then there is the faithfulness one might have toward the God of your understanding. However, we’re more interested in faithfulness in a relationship. A romantic faithfulness, or lack thereof, has been the fodder of song lyrics for ages. To that end, the following post regarding the band Journey’s song ‘Faithfully‘ says it all. Faithfulness is always romantic. The story is a common one in Rock n’ Roll. The band  goes on a grueling road trip, and we get to hear how difficult it is (particularly on the lead singer). But this song is not about how difficult the road is on Steve Perry, rather it is about the toll “being a music man” takes on his wife and family. To talk about being faithful while you’re in a rock n’ roll band is not the coolest thing that a rocker can talk about, but it is certainly one of the more romantic things. Unfaithfulness is the easy way, while faithfulness takes valor and courage. At any rate, his focus is on what this is doing to his wife. The song is in many ways an ode of gratitude to her for sticking it...

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Noble souls
Jan06

Noble souls

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