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Christmas holidays

I was recently asked by a friend living in the UK: "Do expats still take holidays and if so where?" What a strange question and one I’d never considered! So what's the deal with expats and holidays? Do you return to your homeland to visit family and friends, explore your new country or are you still tempted to travel to foreign shores? Some expats, having fulfilled their dream of moving abroad, may prefer to "holiday at home" - a perfect opportunity to explore ...

BGI Relocates!

We’ve been feeling a little like Christmas elves lately - dashing around to get things done. And that’s because we’ve moved! 4950 Westgrove Drive, Suite 120, Dallas We have relocated our offices to a larger design space directly off the Dallas North Tollway to better serve you. Our new offices are located at 4950 Westgrove Drive, Suite 120, in Dallas and house extensive product samples for your design or renovation project. Everything we need to design fabulous rooms and furniture for you is right ...

Edible Flower Desserts for Valentine’s Day

What’s sweeter than a beautiful bouquet for Valentine’s Day? Sweet desserts made of edible flowers! Flowers aren’t just for garnishes to make dishes look pretty! Cookies, cakes, puddings, and ice creams can be enhanced with a bit of floral flavour! Roses, hibiscus, lavender, lilacs, carnations, pansies are just some of the flowers that are edible. To make today extra special and meaningful, surprise your sweetheart with one of these delicious desserts featuring edible flowers! Click on title or image to get ...

On Blogging: Something To Think About This Summer

“What message am I delivering to myself? When I deliver truth and love to myself, I am happier, and just by being happier, the people around me benefit. My effort is really for everyone, because my joy, my happiness, my heaven are contagious.”  Don Miguel Ruiz On Blogging: Something To Think About This Summer... Bhutan-Haa Valley; the happiest place in the world Even though summer officially starts on June 21st, we can already feel the shift in the blogging community and, perhaps, ...

A Mixed Bag Of Tricks

I finally finished that macro flower. It's bold and kind of daring in coloration. I darkened the shadows and brightened the highlights until it matched what was in my head. In other words, I used my artistic eye to flesh out the details instead of just following what the photograph "told" me. I'm trying to develop my artistic eye and allow myself the freedom to interpret what I see, not just try and copy a photo of a subject. It's ...

Reflections: Riding The London Bus To Cheapside…

“When all is said, its atmosphere (England’s) still contains fewer germs of aggression and brutality per cubic foot in a crowded bus, pub or queue than in any other country in which I have lived.” Arthur Koestler Reflections: Riding The Bus To Cheapside... The 13 Bus from Golders Green... Reflections: Riding The Bus To Cheapside... Underground on The Tube... Piccadilly Line The London Underground or  the Tube/the Underground was my favorite mode of transportation during school holidays. Sure, we took the occasional cabbie ...

Parashat Shemini - Kosher Korner

This week we read Parashat Shemini, found in the Book of Leviticus.  Our health certainly guides what we put in our mouths.  For some, eating is just a need…they’re hungry, so they eat. This week’s Parashat teaches us what we should eat and what we shouldn’t, and that how we feed ourselves is sacred and relevant to our identity and our community. Kashrut gives us an opportunity to eat with holiness, and to transform ourselves. It tells us to pay attention ...

Regress, re-program, repent

My son’s teacher emailed me this morning to ask if there was anything unusual going on at home because today he engaged in some behavior that was way, way, way over and done with, so far away in the past when he was a power-struggling three-year-old, and now he’s almost five, and growing in leaps and bounds…. And… he is screaming? hitting? freaking out at preschool? WHAT is going on? No, there’s nothing unusual going on at home. In fact, it’s been a great week at ...

The 5 Best Air Purifying Plants to Grow in Your Home

You cannot see them, but your home is full of health hazardous pollutants.  They can be found in paints, household insulation, tobacco, plastic, rubber and detergents. Pollutants can cause headaches, dizziness, and anemia. They can also irritate the skin and eyes. The best and the easiest way to get rid of the pollutants is to purchase some air purifying houseplants. Plants provide a natural way to clean indoor air. All plants remove carbon dioxide form the air and release oxygen, ...

How to Make Your Own Floral Perfume

Wearing perfume makes us smell good and feel extra pretty. But the problem is that store bought perfumes are expensive and full of chemicals that are bad for your health. Fortunately, you don’t have to quit wearing perfume. You can just make your own!  Making your own perfume is an easy, fun and inexpensive alternative. And it’s all natural! Flowers that are commonly used in perfumes include: roses, jasmine, violets, lavender, orange blossoms, and lilies.  You can use one type of ...

A Beginner’s Guide to Planting Fall Bulbs For Spring

A field of yellow daffodils Like the name implies, fall bulbs, including daffodils, tulips, crocuses and hyacinths, are planted in the fall. Unlike other flowers, these need a period of dormancy in the garden soil before they can bloom in the spring. And then in the spring, gardeners can look forward to the wonderful display of colour! Planting fall bulbs is fast and rewarding. And it’s easy to do, even if you have never picked up a shovel before! Fall bulbs are ...

Portugal: Growing Fruit and Vegetables in Pots – June

My monthly garden diary continues with my ongoing attempts to grow fruit and vegetables in pots and various containers.  After various gardening disasters in May I learned some valuable lessons such as a basic understanding of soil nutrients, watering (under and over) and the size of the pots I should be using to name a few! Growing Peppers in pots Bell red peppers growing in containers The red bell pepper plug plants planted in March are just beginning to ripen but, the orange ...

Portugal: Growing Fruit and Vegetables in March

The monthly diary of growing my own fruit and veg continues… - What grows well (God grant me the serenity to accept dispite my best efforts SOME vegetables will not grow well in my garden) - What to plant and when. (Next year I must leave space for broad and green beans and NOT fill the whole plot with cabbages and leeks). - Quantities (I need to stagger planting times) - How quickly I can harvest.(I’m impatient and short of space) - Crop rotation? (I ...

Weird & Wacky Plant Products!

The world is full of wonderfully wacky things.  Here are some of the weirdest and wackiest products that plant lovers (and non-plant lovers) would find amusing! Living Dress aka the Sprinkle Want to be seen? Wear green! Italian artist/designer Linda Schailon created the Living Dress, a show-stopping one of a kind masterpiece! The garden-wire skirt is spruced up with yogurt-cup planters filled with living, breathing plants. And for those that want to buy this dress, sorry to inform you that this dress ...

Author Archive: Leah Griffith - Eating Life Raw

My name is Leah Griffith, I was raised in the northeast, and then migrated to Hawaii, St. Croix, North Carolina, and now sunny Florida. Enjoy observing life, and laughing at it, particularly when it catches me off guard. I've completed my first novel and am currentlly seeking representation. I love writing, and reading, but mostly I love life.

The Kid Got to Me

milkylegs

When she told me that she wanted to write books I knew that she had suffered. Only the scarred would dare to write, to make sense of, or at least to look at, the entrails of life. I wanted to pry, to find out why this perfect little prom princess would want to write books. What had happened to make her look inwardly, away from the rockets and the blistering pink of youth? …

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Run Like Hell!

yikes

Humans can be porcupinish in nature. You get too close and their adrenaline kicks in, triggering a panicky spray of barbed quills, homing in on your most vulnerable places, usually the face and eyes. And why would one place their face so close to a human? Because of love and friendship of course. Because someone has to take the risk, step in deep, show their soul, and because one is willing to believe the best, for the conflict exists only within …

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I Left a Hot Pot of Coffee for This?

carfog

It’s early, and eerie, and I’m getting goose flesh as my morning walk leads me into some really dense fog. I have to push myself across the threshold of hesitation, for who knows what lurks in this heavy haze? And to think, I left a hot pot of coffee for this. Each day is a gamble, …

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Cupid Must Think I’m Stupid!

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Valentine’s schmalentine’s, who gives a crap? Is this day just for daters and maters or for the general population? I’ve been married 35 years and I’ve yet to get a valentine gift. Of course I’m not the type to make a fuss. I like to silently seethe. Actually, I come from Worcester County, which happens to …

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A Soft Surrender

goldsky

I was taking my usual walk when I noticed a fallen leaf on the grassy path ahead. I couldn’t help but feel a pinch of pity wondering if this leaf knew that it was dying. I paused waiting for the rise and fall a faint pulse but the leaf remained motionless staring into the dappled underbelly of a former life. Could it see the …

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2014, Come as You Are

2014

I thought the year 2012 would kill me, but I made it through, entering 2013 with steady eyes and heightened expectations—silly silly girl. Turns out 2013 had its own plans for Leah, taking the opportunity to teach me some real stunners. I’m not talking cliché quips, or token phrases, but cut out my heart and …

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