Cool Places to See Flowers: Dubai Miracle Park

Growing flowers in the desert is no easy feat, especially in the scorching heat and dry conditions. It must have took a miracle to created the Dubai Miracle Park, where 45 million flowers were planted! If you visit the park in person, you will see why the 721 000 sq ft outdoor recreational park has been dubbed the “World’s Most Beautiful and Biggest Natural Flower Garden.” The spectacular display of flowers and sculptures throughout the garden is just incredible! There isn’t ...

Featured Blogger: Stacey Archer – Walk in Her Shoes…

“Our lives find meaning as we view ourselves as participants inGod’s unfolding story.” ~ Anonymous Featured Blogger: Stacey Archer - Walk in her Shoes... for a little while. Featured Blogger: Stacey Archer - Walk in her Shoes... Psalm 23 project. One of the first things I noticed about Stacey when we connected online was her fascination with shoes. Shoes are in her blog name, Walk A Mile In My Shoes, a single red shoe sits on her blog masthead, and lots more are in the ...

On Fairy Tales: I Used To Think…

“Every man’s life is a fairy tale written by God’s fingers.”  Hans Christian Andersen On Fairy Tales: I Used To Think... Beauty and the Beast Peter Pan: I used to think… Peter’s fantasy was a terrific and feasible notion… but youth isn’t everlasting. Cinderella: I used to think… every undiscovered princess would find her slipper and have her moment of celebration and all evil stepmothers would live to see it happen… but not all get their chance. Beauty and the Beast: I used to ...

The Health Benefits of Passion Flower

Not only does the Passion Flower (passiflora incarnata), with its unusual, yet strikingly beautiful flowers beautify gardens everywhere, it also has health benefits! There has a long history of medicinal use. Traditionally, the flowers, leaves and stems are used in herbal medicine to treat anxiety and insomnia. Passion flower can be found in herbal and specialty stores as a tea, tincture, and tablet. Like chamomile, passion flower can be used to make a herbal that has relaxing properties. To help induce sleep, ...

The History of the Corsage

Prom Corsage from Grower Direct Fresh Cut Flowers in Sarnia, ON. It’s prom season! This, of course, means that florists will be busy making corsages and boutonnieres for high school students. Along with the shoes, the bag, hairstyle and makeup, corsages are a must-have fashion accessory for prom. Corsages can be made with a single flower or a variety of flowers including: roses, orchids, Gerbera daisies, carnations, chrysanthemums and lilies. Most will wear their corsages on their wrists, while trendsetters will wear ...

Reflections: Do You Believe In Luck?

“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” Seneca Reflections: Do you believe in Luck? Lucky Four leaf clover... Have you ever won the lottery? Have you received a special prize at an event door? Do you believe in luck? Is luck based on destiny, coincidence or sheer hard work? We often come across stories of people who have had a remarkable event occur in their lives; saved by a last minute change in plans, money won or found, help from a ...

Inspiration: My Name Is Luka…

“From small acorns, mighty oak trees grow…”   Geoffrey Chaucer’s‘Troilus and Criseyde‘ Inspiration: My Name Is Luka... Suzanne Vega – Luka My name is Luka - Lyrics via azlyrics.com  I live on the second floor I live upstairs from you Yes I think you’ve seen me before If you hear something late at night Some kind of trouble. some kind of fight Just don’t ask me what it was Just don’t ask me what it was Just don’t ask me what it was… Contd below 25 years ago today, Suzanne Vega wrote and performed a song, My Name Is ...

Reflections: When Are You Happiest…?

“One of the secrets of a happy life is continuous small treats.” Iris Murdoch Reflections: When Are You Happiest...? Being my unfettered self... Being Me. ♥ Being Myself When are you happiest? The question is NOT what makes you happy? I have been on a journey lately… It is not one that has taken me to a new or exotic land. Instead, every day, for several days, I, like many others,  gather with a dynamic group of contemplative  souls; counselors, healers, teachers, artists, ...

Cranky Cherubs

Valentines Day isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be. Sometimes I think it’s just a big set up for disappointment. I remember, as a child, passing out my hand signed Pepe Le Pew valentines, and saving the mushiest one for my eternal crush, Steven Sweet. Seriously, that was his last name. I may have been only eight, but even then I wasn’t immune to Cupids arrows. Much to my dismay, my love remained unrequited because Steven Sweet had set ...

Brief Book Summaries Hard to Find

This image is titled “Saved!” by the artist. It puts me in mind of some combination of Gone with the Wind and Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte. Recently I was hoping to be saved by finding a free source of one-paragraph summaries of classic novels to reproduce for one’s own purposes. Well, not. When Amazon or Barnes and Noble or Wikipedia or Cliff Notes, for instance, shows book summaries, either they own the copyright to the wording or the publisher does, ...

Fighting Tyranny of the Urgent….

When was the last time you went an entire day, not having to speak to anyone or spent an extended amount of time in self-imposed isolation? Personally, I can’t remember ever going a 24-hour period without talking to another person. While I’m a professional communicator and a natural chatterbox at heart, I think the issue goes deeper. The truth is that the demands of our western society require us to engage with others whether we want to or not. I only raise the ...

Me, Myself and Lies

I like to think that I’m an honest person. Unfortunately, that’s not completely the case . How Do I Lie to Me, Let Me Count the Ways… Don’t misunderstand me. I’ve never perjured myself on the witness stand. I’ve never lied to the IRS. I’ve never lied about using performance-enhancing drugs in Major League Baseball. Yet it seems that most of my lying I do – I do to myself. Selective Attention For instance, when I’m late to a meeting I’ll ignore my tardiness and tell ...

Trend Report: Tribal Patterns

It’s hard not to have noticed the recent explosion of tribal patterns in interior design, and for good reason. Nothing is quite as intriguing as the combination of bold patterns and texture in tribal textiles. The designs simply beg to be touched and add instant interest and vibrancy to any space. But just what are those patterns you’re seeing in all the stores and magazines? Here’s the scoop! Ikat started the recent trend and quickly spread everywhere, from fashion to interiors. ...

My Guest Post for Jon Acuff: 6 Things Not to Tithe

Side Hugging with Jon Acuff I’m honored to be guest posting for my friend Jon Acuff today. Jon is a best-selling author of three books, he’s working on his fourth right now and he’s a highly-sought speaker. I’ve met Jon a few times at various conferences where he’s spoken [see photo insert]. Additionally, he has one of the most popular, satirical blogs on the Internet and it’s humbling to share his platform. Here’s an excerpt from today’s guest post titled 6 Things Not to Tithe For ...

Tricks & Props

Years ago I wrote an elaborate description of the perfect writing room. I decided that I needed an antique oak writing desk placed strategically in front of a large naked window with a scenic view. I also had to have an over-stuffed chair so I could relax while conjuring breathtaking prose. I envisioned rich mahogany bookshelves bulging with volumes from all of my favorite authors. And of course I could only use a state of the art laptop (with the ...

Elegantly Repurposed & Designed

When desiring a fresh or updated look, few people can afford to purchase all new furnishings and decor. And even if you could, why would you when so many pieces can be repurposed to work with the new design? Favorite pieces or those with sentimental value are part of what makes a house a home. Plus, repurposing is good for the environment, not to mention your wallet! We recently worked with some amazing clients that had relocated to Texas from Colorado. Although ...

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Work of Art

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Work Of Art ~ Joy of collages.. I love creating collages as they help me pull together things that catch my attention and remind me to pause and inhale the beauty in my surroundings. If art is in the eyes of the beholder, then we come to it with our own perspective and vision of the surrounding world. Van Gogh’s quote made me stop and think… Why do we always allow others to …

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside In confined spaces, everything becomes pronounced, re-framed in a constrained, yet focused way. For this photo project, I decided to let the photos speak to you before I add my interpretations of what they represent. What do you see inside each shot? Where are they located? What do these shots tell you? …

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Visions from Vail

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Sometimes it’s impossible to leave work behind. And honestly, who wants to when work involves inspiring design?! Julie, our Project Manager at BGI, recently vacationed in Vail, Colorado with her family and couldn’t resist taking pictures of the town’s picturesque architecture and design. It was her first time skiing in almost 20 years and she said …

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective

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After spending the month of February contemplating the word – Perspective – for NaBloPoMo, I was nicely surprised to see it as the chosen word for this week’s photo challenge. One thing I know for sure is that 10 people can look at a painting or photograph and come away with different opinions about what they saw. I’ve always found this important point fascinating …

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned

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Even though, I take pictures of all sorts of things, I often don’t take pictures of abandoned buildings because there is usually a sadness about them. But the truth is that at different points in our lives, we move on, abandoning what no longer serves our lives … It is part of our growth process. We must learn to embrace the change. …

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Weekly Photo Challenge: The Power Of Threes

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“There are three constants in life… change, choice and principles.” Stephen Covey Weekly Photo Challenge: The Power of Threes Weekly Photo Challenge: Three Is a Trend… When I read this week’s challenge, the first thing that crossed my mind was the Holy Trinity and the power that is invested in that triangle. As I was thinking of what …

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