Picture This: Moments In The Snow…

“Advice is like snow; the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into, the mind.”  Samuel Taylor Coleridge Picture this: Captured Snowy Moments via eof Picture this: Captured Moments in the Snow #1 via eof The call came at 5:30am one morning, school will be closed and the kids can stay home and indulge in whatever their hearts desired. “Can they come stay at your house for a change?” Phina asked the recorded female voice… “I mean, with all the school ...

Reasons to Grow Succulents

Succulents are one of the hottest trends in gardening now, beautifying both indoor and outdoor spaces. If you don’t know what they are, succulents (sometimes called fat plants) are plants, like the hens and chicks plant, that have thick, fleshy leaves and stems that help them retain water in dry climates. Succulents come in a wide variety of unusual, yet striking shapes and a magnitude of stunning colours, including blue-green, purple, orange, pink, yellow, and white. You might have seen them ...

Earth Day 2011: Ten Things To Do…

“Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money.” Cree Indian Proverb Earth Day 2011: Ten Things To Do... First Earth Day Poster Happy Earth Day all! The last several weeks have been incredibly hectic on my end. We’ve spent time traveling with our college bound twins to make final visits to various accepted student dates and on each visit, I was reminded of the ...

Playing With Food

I was driving home from the grocery store yesterday and the deejay on the radio was spinning moldy oldies and asking trivia questions. One of the questions was: “What was the first toy or game advertised directly to children on television?” I’m terrible at trivia and usually rely on Mrs. C. to fill me in on the Zeitgeist, but I couldn’t help shouting out answers. The Hula Hoop! Play-Doh! Cootie! “Wrong,” said the deejay when listeners phoned in these answers. I’ll pause ...

Guest Post: Best Oxygen-Producing Indoor Plants

Depending on the type of home you have, you may greatly benefit from some great plant life around it. A lot of plants can be great at filtering toxins, such as toluene, xylene and formaldehyde among others, allowing you to keep your air free of them. They can not only produce a lot of oxygen, cleaning your air, but it can also be a wonderful weapon against depression. The following plants will make your home a much better place with a little ...

India Farmers Face Water Crisis – Now Growing Flowers

Many Farmers in Malur, Karnataka, India have been suffering through a drought that has been killing off their crops. Attempts at irrigation have been unsuccessful; the solution? Grow flowers! Button roses and Dutch roses are cultivated in an area of 472 hectares, the maximum in the taluk. Chendu mallige (a jasmine variety with a thick bud) is grown in an area of 334 hectares. Abdul Rauf, a farmer from Lakkur, says that he has been cultivating Dutch roses for the last three years. “There is ...

Chrysanthemum Festivals from Around the World

Chrysanthemums are special! As November’s flower, it represents the month well adding vibrant colour and beauty to the fall landscape. In addition, these fall flowers are long-lasting and hardy; they will continue to bloom even when other flowers have already faded into obscurity. Plus, they make a tasty floral tea, which will warm you up during those chilly fall days/nights. And if that wasn’t enough to convince you that chrysanthemums are special, there are festivals around the world, where these flowers ...

Heart Matters: National Wear Red Day

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” Ralph Waldo Emerson National Wear Red Day – Raising Awareness About Heart Disease General statistics Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined. Heart disease causes 1 in 3 women’s deaths each year, killing approximately one woman every minute. An estimated 43 million women in the U.S. are affected by heart disease. Ninety percent of women have one or more ...

3 Newfangled Newborn Practices

This past Sunday my wife and I took a tour of the birthing center at the Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville, MD where we’ll soon deliver our third child and first son in approximately six weeks. Even though we’ve been through this process before, it’s been seven years since our last birthing experience and felt a preliminary refresher was in order – hence the hospital tour. While the facilities and amenities seemed very up-to-date there were three aspects of the birthing ...

7 Questions With an Author: Josh Hinds

Author and motivational speaker – Josh Hinds This post marks another installment of my “7 Questions With an Author…” series, where I ask published authors an unchanging set of questions and share their responses here. Today’s featured author is Josh Hinds. Josh is an entrepreneur, author, trainer and motivational speaker. Diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome at the age of eight years old, Josh has been facing and overcoming adversity and challenges his entire life. He’s a firm believer that no matter what circumstance life or business reveals, there ...

Are We There Yet?

As I walk, my path narrows, pinpointing my destination—a lofty target with margins that vanish into infinity. I wonder as I tread; what does this path hold for me? For if life is indeed a journey, and this trail is to get me there, you’d think I would be more certain about outcomes. I’ve traveled many a road and found that up usually leads to down—and down to up. The climax becomes the foreplay, offering intimacies and secrets for new adventures, ...

The $5.37 “Caption This” Contest: Vol. 12

Welcome to another edition of the lowest-cash-award-for-a-photo-caption-contest on the Internet, the $5.37 Caption This Contest! Thanks to everyone who entered the most recent iteration of the contest  two weeks ago. Once again the entries were over-the-top funny. But one entry stood out by “Bryan” with his genius, cultural-melding of Psy’s Gangnam Style reference with Cinco de Mayo – check out his awesome caption below. Piñata gangnam style Congratulations to the victor – who can message me at Facebook or on Twitter with an appropriate email address. That will allow me to ...

A Witch Hunt on Childhood?

My magical little niece Ember This post isn’t going to be one of my usual esoteric romps. This one is more of a rant, but if I don’t let out I just might explode. I’m really grateful that I got to be a kid back in the 1960’s before society turned into a neurotic knot of fear. Much of my childhood wasn’t easy, but nevertheless I keep finding more and more sentimental old war stories to brag about, like being force-fed cod ...

My Manuscript Is In Shambles

You know how, when you’re doing a major housecleaning, there comes a moment when you look around and see everything in shambles? You think your place will never be nice again. But you keep at it, and the next time you look around (it seems), everything is gorgeous. Well, that’s where I’m at with my novel, Great Wharf. The reason it’s in shambles is that I hired a former Random House editor to take a look and give me some feedback. ...

The Greatest Freedom???

In most of our minds, the term "freedom" is synonymous with "America." Because we embrace that general, overarching ideal of freedom, it's easy to sometimes forget that the large concept of freedom we enjoy in this country is comprised of many important yet seemingly "smaller freedoms" that make up the whole. This morning I went to a web site that lists the Bill of Rights - the first 10 amendments to the Constitution. These were omissions to the original document that were deemed so ...

A Tribute to Moms….

I don’t usually like being manipulated by commercials, but this one is pretty incredible. The folks at Proctor & Gamble have woven together a two minute tapestry that includes the heart strings of patriotism, perseverance and motherhood. The only thing this amazing video is missing is a basketful of rollicking puppies, yet it still manages to leave my cheeks a little wet from tears rather than puppy saliva. You don’t have to be a fan of P&G products to enjoy this amazing video ...

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December 12, 2012, 9:40 am

Christmas Wreath Ideas!

It’s that time of the year! Time to deck the halls! Or if you are way too busy to go all out, the least you could do is hang a wreath over your door. A wreath is an easy way to add colour and holiday cheer to your home. They come in all shapes, sizes, colour and styles. You can either make your own or buy one. In any case, here are some beautiful Christmas wreaths to give you some inspiration!

Poinsettia Wreath

Christmas wreath made from poinsettia

Photo credit: vanessachristenson.com

Succulent Wreath

Christmas wreath made from succulents

Photo Credit: bhg.com

Square Moss Wreath

Wreaths don’t have to be predictably round. Made of moss, this squared-shaped wreath is chic and unexpected.

square-shaped moss christmas wreath

Photo credit: bhg.com

Fragrant Wreath

It smells as good as it looks!

This  holiday wreath is made with fragrant lavender and heather and is accented with berries and pine cones.

christmas wreath ideas

Photo credit: goodhousekeeping.com

Holiday Greetings Wreath

This is a wreath you can buy conveniently online from Grower Direct Fresh Cut Flowers.

Holiday wreath from Grower Direct Fresh Cut Flowers

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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