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, ...

Random Acts of Flowers

In amidst of all the negativity in our world today, it’s always a breath of fresh air to hear about the good things people are doing to make the world a more positive place to live. Sometimes, it is as simple as giving away flowers. And as we all know, flowers do make us happy. Plus, studies have shown that flowers can help improve moods and overall health. Larsen Jay (pictured above) knows firsthand the power of flowers. He was confined ...

Our Favourite Flower Quotes

Here at Fun Flower Facts, a humble flower blog, we love flowers and what they represent! These beauties are definitely a source of inspiration and happiness. Not only do fresh flowers bring beauty and brighten up our homes and workplaces, they make us feel better during tough times. Flowers can cheer up the sick and the lonely, as well as making loved ones feel loved and appreciated. That being said, quotes about flowers remind us of the beauty and carefree nature of ...

Fashion Friday: Pretty Flower Braid Updo

  Here at Fun Flower Facts, we love flowers! If you haven’t figured it out already, we blog about everything related to flowers, from floral art to fun flower facts to gardening tips and home decor. And today, we’re talking hair and how you can transform your long, luscious locks into a beautiful flower. Are you ready to give this style a try?  get some hairpins and a comb ready! It is not as complicated as it looks. If you know how ...

The Health Benefits and Uses of Echinacea

Not only do their showy, daisy-like flowers bring colour and cheer to gardens everywhere, echinacea is also one of the most popular herbal supplements in the market today. Historically, Native North Americans used the herb to treat a variety of ailments. It was considered the “cure-all” herb. Echinacea is available at most pharmacies, health shops and supermarkets as a tea, liquid extract, dried herb or capsule. The E. purpurea (Purple Coneflower) is the most popular species used in herbal supplements. Both ...

Music: Soulful Saturday Sounds…

“Nothing exists without music, for the universe itself is said to have been framed by a kind of harmony of sounds, and the heaven itself revolves under the tone of that harmony.” – Isidore of Seville Music: Soulful Saturday Sounds... India Arie... India Arie – Strength, Courage & Wisdom Music: Soulful Saturday Sounds... Jay Sean... Jay Sean ft. Pitbull – I’m All Yours I’ve never met anyone who didn’t have an appreciation for some type of music. While our tastes and interest in music might vary, we can all find sounds and songs ...

Mandala: The Sacred Circle & Divine Art…

“I knew that in finding the mandala as an expression of the self I had attained what was for me the ultimate.” – C. G. Jung Mandala: The Sacred Circle & Divine Art... May all attract abundance... Mandala: The Sacred Circle & Divine Art... Mandala: The Sacred Circle & Divine Art... Mandala is the Sanskrit word for sacred circle, and they are concentric circles imbued with prayers and divine intentions which makes them a form of sacred art. I came across my first mandala ...

Fun Flower Facts: Glory in the Snow (Chionodoxa)

Can’t wait for the spring flowers to bloom? You may not have to wait much longer, if you have glory in the snow in your garden! Glory in the Snow (Chionodoxa) is one of the earliest blooming flowers in the spring and they will even bloom through the snow, hence the name. Glory in the snow is a bulbous plant that produces small, dainty star-shaped flowers. Blue is the most common colour, but some are available in pink and white, with ...

Eating Life Raw - You Tube Tuesday

I'm doing something a little different today. I've decided to participate in You Tube Tuesday, adopted from Josh at It’s Tiger Time This is a day set aside for sharing your favorite video. Feel free to join in each week and see how creative we bloggers can be. Please remember to leave your link on his site in the linky-tool so that we can all visit your blog. Each month, Josh will highlight a selected video and present the winner with ...

5 Delivery Room Survival Rules For Dads

My blogging buddy and mentor Michelle Shaeffer told me about this great, free site called Piktochart that enables non-PhotoShop mortals like me to generate cool infographics. An infographic is a graphical representation of information in a highly-visible, easily digestible format. Given that we’re about to have our third child, I thought I’d share five rules to help expectant dads survive and navigate the newborn experience. With that, here’s the world premiere of my first infographic – Baby Delivery: 101. Question: What’s a topic you’d like ...

7 Mistaken and Misused Baby Phrases

Parents with newborns speak a language with baby phrases all their own during the first few months of the babies’ life. Conversations surrounding the baby phrases such as gestational age or bilirubin levels or the wonder of simethicone drops are fairly common among new parents. However, there are some aspects of Newborn ParentSpeak that are flat out wrong. Here are seven inaccurate baby phrases that misrepresent the actual activity or meaning they convey. 7. Fussing – this particular term almost sounds like a playful board ...

Fabulous Finds: Valentine’s Day Decor and Gifts

Life may be like “a box of chocolates,” as Forrest Gump would say. But that doesn’t mean everyone wants one for Valentine’s Day. If you want to give your loved one something that lasts longer than a sweet confection, check out these fabulous finds. Each one is sure to put a smile on their face. Smith & Hawken Cream Curved Wood Wreath; 21.25″. Priced at $33.99; Red Foil Ceramic Bowl. Priced at $34.95; Go Home Venice Candlesticks; pack of two. ...

Celebrating Labor Day With Cleverbot...

A few months ago I discovered Cleverbot, which is a web-based Artificial Intelligence (AI) application that learns to speak by conversing with humans via an instant messaging platform. While it's a stretch to say that Cleverbot is intelligent, interacting with this particular learning software can be mildly entertaining. Here's the most recent interview I had with Cleverbot last month: Interview with Cleverbot Since today was Labor Day, I thought it would be interesting to get Cleverbot's take on this holiday.  Here's the unedited ...

We’ve Learned the Sex of Our Baby…

For my wife and I, parenting is the  most important job we have in this life. Meeting the basic physical needs of our kids is merely the “table stakes” of good parenting, we seek to do more than that by also meeting (and exceeding) their emotional, creative, intellectual and spiritual needs as well. We’re not perfect parents by any stretch, but we are proactively and lovingly engaged in every aspect of their lives as we nurture them toward maturity. One of the lessons ...

Reader Favorites 2011: #7 – Black Friday Blues

Through January 3rd, 2012 I’m going to share with you the 10 most popular posts as determined by readers of this blog. I hope you enjoy these and find them to be interesting and worthwhile. With that, here’s the 7th most popular post from The Daily Retort for 2011: a funny video short I created titled Black Friday Blues originally posted in November.This video is part of my “Wedded Blisster Series” of animated movie shorts. Marriage is bliss, but these mini-movies I make ...

Gift Giving to Self

I’m looking forward to letting you know, dear readers, what I am giving as books this year. I cannot say now because the recipients may see! In the meantime, I wish for you all a wonderful holiday week, whatever you have planned. For my part, today, I have given myself a couple of gifts: (1) I’m starting to read Stephen King’s highly touted 11/22/63, which I would call a guilty pleasure if he didn’t also keep teaching me how to write ...

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