Inspiration: The Danger of Constant Comparisons…

“Jealousy lives upon doubts. It becomes madness or ceases entirely as soon as we pass from doubt to certainty.” François de la Rochefoucauld Inspiration: The Danger of Constant Comparisons... the story of the jealous duck Inspiration: The Danger of Constant Comparisons... the swan Have you ever envied the good fortune of another person or been jealous of someone’s perceived advantage? Have you wondered how/why someone you believed had no talent got ahead? Do you constantly compare yourself to others? If we are honest ...

Happy New Year: Join the 365 Day Blogging Challenge for 2011!

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Lao-Tzu, author,Tao Te Ching ♫♥☼♪ ♫♪♫ Happy New Year To All! ♫♥♫ ♫☼♫ Happy New Year To You! ♫♥♫ ♫☼♫ Happy New Year To All! ♫♪♫ ♫♥☼♪ Happy New Year: Plant a Seed. Learn a Skill. Grow! I plan to post something inspirational every day in 2011! I’ve decided to join the WordPress challenge … by posting daily on this 2-year-old blog.  Rather than just thinking about doing it, I’m starting right now. I will be posting on ...

Inspiration: Happily In Service…

“In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.”  Acts 20:35 Recently, I connected with a group of bloggers committed to addressing issues of poverty in a compassionate way. Each month, a topic is shared  to write on and contemplate. This month, the topic is about Service and the questions: Which bible ...

Tips for Growing Peonies

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Musings: Play Like No One Is Watching…

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” Plato Musings: Play Like No One Is Watching... Play & Dance with joy and abandon When was the last time you let your hair down and played with abandon? When was the last time you tapped into your inner child and invited him/her out to play? When was the last time your childlike spirit made you sing out loud in a supermarket or do ...

Musings: Making Choices…

“To live is to choose. But to choose well, you must know who you are and what you stand for, where you want to go and why you want to get there.” Kofi Annan Musings: Making Choices... The Farmer and The Viper... Choose Wisely How do you make choices? Do you find yourself choosing easy outs over tough decisions? What got me thinking about the choices we make were the two questions you see here: This one from Plinky -Would you rather ...

Happiness: The Beauty of Simplicity…

“Simplicity, clarity, singleness: These are the attributes that give our lives power and vividness and joy as they are also the marks of great art. They seem to be the purpose of God for his whole creation.” Richard Holloway Happiness: The Beauty of Simplicity... The single pink rose... Not long after our snow storm, I was walking up the driveway to my home when something pink caught my eye. I was surprised when I took a closer look, and saw that it ...

Moment: A Smart Innovation For Mobile Photography

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Wedded BlissTors – Part 5: Vacation Blues – Funny Movie Short

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Here is part 5 of my Wedded BlissTors animated, movie shorts. The premise of these cartoons is that marriage is bliss, but couples often experience blisters (or "bliss-tors") along the way. Now that summer is here, this 2-minute episode deals with the different expectations that can accompany a family vacation and the great lengths that must sometimes be taken to avoid skin cancer. If you liked this episode, check out the links to the rest of the series which are linked below: Wedded BlissTors #1: Guys ...

Chicken Soup + Harley Motorcycles = Golden Insight

Me and bestselling author Jack Canfield I’ve had the opportunity to get to know bestselling author Jack Canfield [see photo insert] who co-wrote the wildly popular Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Today, Jack is embarking on a new journey with the launch of his latest book The Golden Motorcycle Gang. Jack’s newest work is part autobiography, part motorcycle road trip and part spiritual journey. Jack asserts that humanity is at a tipping point – that humanity is about to experience a new ...

Live Bold: A Leadership Guest Post

Today’s guest post comes courtesy of an online writing acquaintance of mine, Joseph Iregbu. Joseph has a passion for “intentional leadership” and is driven to help identify and raise up the next generation of leaders through his coaching and mentoring work. He’s also authored a book titled Even in the Well. If you’d like to submit a guest post yourself, here are the guidelines. The Power of Choice You have two options in life: you can either be scared all your life or you can live bold. Either requires a choice ...

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Most kids are back to school this week. That means they’re getting a healthy dose of reading, writing and arithmetic. It also means that they’re probably getting exposed to an unhealthy amount of texting and/or sex texting (a.k.a. sexting). As I’ve written before, one of the biggest gaps in my knowledge as a parent happens to be texting phrases and instant messaging (IM) shortcuts that teens and preteens are using these days. While neither of our school-age daughters (10 and eight respectively) currently ...

Just Another Puzzle

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4 Tips to Beat the Honey Do List

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September 30, 2012, 9:16 am

Best Plants for Dorm Rooms

Life as a student can be stressful, particularly if they are living on their own.  Dorms are often small and cramped. But growing plants in the dorm rooms can help make the school year more pleasant. Plants add life and positive energy to any space, including small spaces.  Plants can improve the air quality, especially since dorms aren’t known to be airy and spacious. They can also help relieve stress and create a calming and relaxing environment.

Students don’t need to have a “green thumb” to be able to grow these plants. Here are some plants that are affordable, low-maintenance and easy to grow.

LavenderLavender

Every dorm room show grow lavender! Lavender is easy to grow and care for.  The fragrance will freshen up the room and it will even deter mice and other unwanted pests. In addition, lavender has been known to relieve anxiety and stress-ideal during exam times. Lavender plants need sun and well-drained, sandy soil to thrive. Place near the window.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera, a succulent plant,  is a popular indoor plant grown for its medicinal properties.  The gel inside the fleshy leaves can heal minor cuts, burns and other skin irritations. Good for accident-prone students or students learning to cook for the first time! It is also ideal for busy students.  You can pretty  much leave the plant alone. It’s low maintenance; it doesn’t need regular watering or much sunlight.

African Violets african violet

African violets will add colour and life to the room. The plant will produce flowers all year round. Plus, they are also known to clear the air of pollutants. They will thrive in any light condition, including artificial, fluorescent lights. But don’t put the plant under direct sunlight. Keep soil moist.

Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

The spider plant is another easy plant to grow. It has a nice green-white foliage and blooms pretty little white flowers.  It’s low maintenance and very resilient. It will even survive neglect and doesn’t require much watering. And as a bonus, the spider plant even clears the air of indoor pollutants, like beneze, formaldehyde and carbon monoxide.

lucky bambooLucky Bamboo (Dracaena Sanderana)

Adding positive energy to the room, the lucky bamboo has become one of the most popular plants to grow. Probably because bamboo is said to bring good luck and fortune (hence the nickname).  Moreover, it’s easy to care for and doesn’t require much attention. The plant does well in low light environments and doesn’t need soil to grow. Just place the bamboo in water and change it every 2-3 weeks.

All of these plants are readily available at any retailer. Start growing something today! It’s easy and it will be good for you!

Lesley - Fun Flower Facts

Lesley - Fun Flower Facts

I love flowers! I enjoy growing them, learning about them and I love creating bouquets of freshly cut flowers. In our climate where it’s winter most of the time the growing season is way to short, so I have started this blog to get my fix all winter!

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