Fun Flower Facts: Vanda Orchid

Photo Credit: Flickr user, orchidgalore Vanda or Vanda Orchid is a highly prized orchid valued for its large, fragrant, and long lasting flowers that come in many rich and vibrant colours, including blue, red, pink and yellow. Flowers grow to be 1-4 inches in diameter. The flower spikes will typically carry 8-10 blooms and arise from the base of the leaves. Leaves are typically flat, broad and strap-like, while some are fleshy (succulent-like). Vanda orchids are monopodial plants, which means they ...

Trend Alert: Flower Petal Eyes!

Flowers are fashionable! They are on shoes, bags, and clothes! And now they are on faces! Literally! Attaching flower petals to your eyes is a fashion trend. I haven’t decided if this look is fashionable or just plain weird. But I must say,  they are definitely eye-catching! What do you think? Are these looks pretty or pretty weird looking? If you like these flower-inspired looks and want try this out for Halloween or something, here’s a tutorial. Have fun! from: wocmakeup2.tumblr.com from: pinterest.com photo ...

Music: Hanging With LMFAO, Far East Movement & More At Nassau Coliseum

“Give this important question 10 minutes of your time today: ‘If I were to make fun my daily spiritual practice, what would I do more of, less of, or differently?’” Robert Holden Music: Hanging With LMFAO, Far East Movement & More At Nassau Coliseum – LMFAO is Redfoo (left huge afro) and SkyBlu (right) Music: Hanging With LMFAO, Far East Movement & More At Nassau Coliseum Music: Hanging With LMFAO, Far East Movement & More At Nassau Coliseum Music: Hanging With LMFAO, Far East Movement ...

Tips and Tricks for Planting Roses

I love roses! I would like to think that no garden is complete without a rose bush or two. Roses are undeniably beautiful and vibrant! The garden seems to come alive when there are roses around! And the best part is that there are thousands of different varieties to choose from, ranging in colour, fragrances, size and form! Moreover, rose breeders are constantly  creating new varieties that are long-lasting, hardy and disease-resistant. Roses are generally available year round at local garden ...

Springtime at the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

The Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is the place to be to celebrate the colourful sights and sounds of Spring! Located in the a luxury hotel in Las Vegas, the Bellagio Botanical Gardens is a beautiful oasis featuring hundreds of seasonal plants and flowers in the 13 500 square feet of space with a 50ft glass ceiling. The Bellagio works with a team of 140 talented florists and designers to create 5 different displays each year: one of each of the ...

The Orchid that Looks like a Bee!

I spy with my little eye a bee on a flower. Or do I? Upon a second glance, that’s not a bee at all! It’s a bee orchid, a type of orchid that looks like a bee resting on a pink flower! The Bee Orchid, (Ophrys Apifera) can be identified by its bee-shaped, brown and yellow lip and the two smaller antennae-like sepals, surrounded by two pink sepals. As well, the lip of the orchid is covered in fine hairs. The plant ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Green…

“Sometimes our fate resembles a fruit tree in winter. Who would think that those branches would turn green again and blossom, but we hope it, we know it.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Weekly Photo Challenge: Green… Weekly Photo Challenge: Green… Weekly Photo Challenge: Green… Green–The symbol of growth, renewal, and the rebirth of plant life (sometimes all life) on earth; an expression of fertility, freshness, youth as well as inexperience. It is the color of paper money. Some mixtures suggest envy, jealousy, guilt, disease, ...

International Women’s Day: We’ve Come A Long Way…

“Never limit yourself because of others’ limited imagination; never limit others because of your own limited imagination.”  Mae Jemison, astronaut International Women's Day: We've Come A Long Way... The UN theme for International Women’s Day 2012 is Empower Women – End Hunger and Poverty: Women have always fought for equality in some shape or form; we’ve struggled for the right to fend for our families and contribute to society and we’ve come a long way. As we celebrate another International Women’s Day, ...

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

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

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 ...

I Want to Hear From You!!!

Usually I'm spouting off about something or other here, but I'd really like to hear from you! Now that May is over and summer has unofficially begun I thought it would be cool to go back and look at a few of your favorite things from his Spring. In the comment section below, please share with us the best book you read; movie you saw or experience you had in the few weeks - please include a few sentences why. My hope ...

Me & the Moon

Have you seen the moon lately? That luminous sphere who reflects the sun’s light; for he hasn’t a light of his own. The moon; whose presence inspires howling and kisses, floods and poetry; gazing silently earthward, spotlighting our deeds and dreams, keeping our secrets, making no judgments. Twirling, yet going no where, he is chained to his course; a muted witness whose face pales as our silent tears fall, and blushes pink with desire as lovers fold into each other’s arms, ...

12 Phrases Dads Do Not Want to Hear….

As a parent of two kids – plus another expected addition within the next few weeks – there are some things I love to hear my daughters say. Such as, “You’re the greatest dad ever” or “I love you to the moon and back” or “I’m not going to date until I’m 35 years old!!!” That’s music to my ears. However, there are some phrases that I dread to hear coming from the mouths of my children. While I haven’t heard all of these ...

I Feel Like I'm Cheating....

I've been a lifelong Steelers fan - except for today.... I've had a lifelong love affair. Every year, my fondness and love toward the object of my affection as grown stronger - not weaker. But I'm not going to lie, as with any relationship that endures and stands the test of time there are ups and downs, but I've always been unwavering loyalty. Until today. For as long as I can remember, I've been a die-hard Pittsburgh Steelers fan. If family folklore is to be believed, ...

Rediscovering the Joy of Reading

Rediscovering the Joy of Reading

  Once I became entrenched in the business of textbook publishing, I hardly ever read for fun. The 60–80 hour workweeks left little time for food and laundry, let alone reading. When at work, most of the reading I did was nonfiction–either textbook material (manuscript and proof stages) or financial and business management material. The only fiction materials were excerpts for use in reading and language arts textbooks. Since reading of any kind had become associated with work, I didn’t read for ...

NaNoWriMo Progress Report

Planning wall as of Nov. 14, 2012 (the most important item is the cat) Slogging through a swamp of too many ideas, not enough focus. Will I find my way out? In my first two successful romps with National Novel Writing Month, I was a “pantster,” one who writes by the seat of their pants. This time I’m writing as a “plotter,” working the plot and characters out ahead of time, so I’ll know how the story’s going to end before ...

A Powerful Memory Trigger of My Mom…

A Powerful Memory Trigger of My Mom...

Today's piece was inspired by a recent post I read that was written by a gifted blogger and new friend, Julie Shreve, who writes regularly at her site, The Esau Project. The specific post I'm referring to is titled Mary, Mary where Shreve writes about the impact and power of the audible word. Specifically, how a woman who was grieving the loss of a loved one, was immediately moved when she actually heard his voice again. I would encourage you to ...

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