DIY Valentines Gifts For Classmates

Since starting school, my focus on craft projects has been restricted by homework. However, with Valentine’s Day around the corner, I’ve been getting back to my crafting roots for a much-needed relief. Although I’m focusing less on crafts with my blog, unless it’s repurposing or upcycling, I’ve wanted to share the spirit of love with some DIY projects I found for Valentine’s Day. At first, I didn’t think there would be many ideas out there for classmates, Pinterest definitely proved me wrong. To see what I’ve come up with for my graduate school classmates, see what I’ve crafted below. Continue Reading ›

Father’s Day Around the World

When you think of Dad, a few things probably come to mind: sports, outdoors and maybe a science fiction or action flick.  In terms of my dad, I always think of baseball, fishing and watching old classic Hitchcock films, western movies or Twilight Zone episodes.  Everyone has a different take on the iconic man in their life who taught them to never throw in the towel, get up again when you are hurt and gave them great advice (even when they didn’t want to hear it).  As it turns out, Fathers are celebrated throughout the world in many different ways.  To see how others recognize their Dads, take a look at a few events from around the world. Continue Reading ›

March 2016 Book List

This month brought in plenty of changes and the random moments of snow and rain were only the beginning.  To start, March began the kick off for family weddings that will continue throughout the summer, contained numerous adventures in Costa Rica and saw the start of new jobs along with the possibility of starting graduate school in the coming fall.  With lots to balance and facilitate, March developed into a month of only taking on one book.  With Easter at the end of the month, what better choice than one related to religion, spirituality and humor?  Rather than indulge in multiple books, I found it better to savor one book and take in every word.  What book could I be talking about?  None other than . . . Continue Reading ›

Valentine’s Day Around the World

Valentine’s Day is a time that gets two opposite reactions: Love or disgust. Although I enjoyed celebrating with packages of candies and Hello Kitty cards, not everyone shared my sentiments. I’d always hear, “Happy Singles Awareness Day!” or shouts of “Happy VD!” Whether you celebrate with chocolates covered in red and pink foil or groan and roll your eyes at this day, it’s still enjoyed throughout the world. As February 14th approaches, I’m taking time to enjoy and take a look at how other countries participate in the festivities of love and singlehood and perhaps inspire you to look at this day of love in a different light. Continue Reading ›

Christmas at Bellagio

Las Vegas probably seems like an unusual place to spend the holidays, but before I headed home to my family, I made a pit stop here and found the city to be sparkling with its usual elaborate decoration.  Walking with my dad along the Strip, no visit would be complete without some time at Bellagio.  Previously, my visits to their Conservatory and Botanical Gardens have transported me to Japan, but tonight, their annual Christmas display is up for show.  While the glass flowers in the lobby ceiling are another impressive arrangement from Dale Chihuly, whose work I’ve also admired in Denver and Seattle, you shouldn’t miss out on any floral display from this hotel in the Nevada desert.  A few photos from my visit will show you exactly why the Bellagio’s Conservatory and Botanical Gardens should be on your list for a future trip to Las Vegas: Continue Reading ›