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Wearing polka dot jeans, a black shirt, a patterned scarf and a pair of worn out Keds, I found myself quite out of my element at a beautiful tea luncheon this afternoon. My wonderful friend is expecting a baby girl in the fall, and to celebrate, her friends hosted a lovely celebration with scones, fancy salad, mini no-crust sandwiches, cupcakes and of course, tea. I couldn't help but think to myself that if I ever wanted to host such an event, I would be quite at a loss in terms of appropriate tableware. The teacups and saucers, antique silverware, and lunch plates were beautiful, and definitely made me a bit more aware of my table manners. Here's inspiration to start my own tea accessories collection, though clearly it won't be very traditional.
I hate being caught without my glasses, not because I can't see as well, but just because my face feels so naked. I have needed glasses ever since the 8th grade, and have felt it has become a big part of my personal style and self-confidence. Both my sisters had glasses growing up, and like with everything else, I wanted to be just like them. I would purposely sit ridiculously close to the television and then read books in dim light to ensure I would need to wear glasses. I'll never know if it was my silly antics or simply genetics that have led to my bespectacled fate. Either way, I'm glad for it 8)
Here are a few bright eyeglass cases to add a splash of color to your day!
Because it has been so ridiculously hot the past few days, we have had to wait until after sundown to take our pup out for a walk. Otherwise, our usually brisk walks turn into a slow, drudging crawl through the stifling, warm air. Although it is much more pleasant after dark, there is one downside -- the unknown creatures lurking amongst the shadows!
Last night, while on our second loop around the block, we heard a rustling noise coming from a neighbor's front yard. Our dog stopped in her tracks. So did I. I was peering through the dark and at first, I thought it was a cat. Nope, I thought, way too loud and way too big to be a cat. So then I thought maybe it was a dog. But then I noticed it was a lot more than just 4 legs -- instead, I saw 4 sets of legs! Much to my surprise, it was a family of raccoons scrambling up the tree. Three of the raccoons hurried up to the branches, but one stayed back, cemented to the base of the trunk. I thought the raccoon was preparing to come charging towards us, but instead, as we quickly scurried on our way, we saw the raccoon following us with its eyes the entire way until we were safely out of sight. I have to admit, it was a little terrifying, even though I normally think raccoons are so darn adorable!
Long story short, I am pretty sure the raccoon family we spotted was a sign -- a sign of how awesome Guardians of the Galaxy is going to be. Can't wait to see Rocket Raccoon in action :)
Get the cephalopod love started early :) Instead of teaching a toddler C is for Cat, I much prefer C is for Cephalopod! Here is a collection of cute greeting cards featuring some of the ocean's beautiful head-feet creatures, inspired by Monterey Bay Aquarium's and NPR's Science Friday Cephalopod Week celebrations.
"Between the optimist and the pessimist, the difference is droll. The optimist sees the donut, the pessimist sees the hole."
-- Oscar Wilde
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Happy National Donut Day!
Om nom nom :)
This red panda GIF perfectly captures how I am feeling after a Tuesday at work after the long weekend...
It is definitely one of those days -- but nothing like 27 more red panda GIFs to brighten the day :)
And some adorable red panda knick knacks don't hurt either.
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Just the other day, we filled our hummingbird feeder full of nectar and it is now hanging in our backyard, full of delicious sweetness. I am hoping that hummingbirds will soon discover the new feeding spot and come hovering by in large numbers. These tiny birds are adorable to watch, as they flap their wings and dart forwards, backwards and even upside down! Even though watching hummingbirds fly is mesmerizing, my absolute favorite thing to see is a hummingbird take a break from flapping its tiny wings to finally rest on a tiny branch. They are so mini and cute!
Interesting hummingbird fact...
The smallest living bird is the bee hummingbird, measuring in at just about 5 centimeters long and weighing less than a penny!
I love a patterned pant as much as the next gal / guy, but the weather is finally starting to get warm and pants will soon become a thing of the past -- at least for a few months that is. It is the perfect time to don a pair of flowered shorts instead, to celebrate the buzzing bees and blooming gardens. Flower power fashion :) Happy Spring!
It's National Pancake Day! Eat a short stack -- breakfast, lunch and / or dinner to celebrate :) I love eating pancakes on a lazy weekend morning, but nothing beats "breakfast for dinner" -- one of my favorite meals on a weeknight -- and what better way to celebrate! Blueberries, strawberries, syrup, whipped cream, bananas, nutella -- what are your favorite pancake toppings? I'll take a side of everything, please.
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"While the threats to wildlife are great, we can reduce them through our collective efforts. On this inaugural World Wildlife Day, I urge all sectors of society to end illegal wildlife trafficking and commit to trading and using wild plants and animals sustainably and equitably"
In other words, March 3, 2014 is the first annual World Wildlife Day recognized by the United Nations -- go out and hug a tree and smooch a pup; love and cherish our precious planet and all that she has to offer :) This rubber stamp collection features just a minuscule selection of the beautiful and unique fauna of our wonderful world.