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First impressions of this flower might be: prickly, exotic, and tropical. In actuality, this safflower is soft, familiar, and grown in areas with long dry seasons. The lesson here is that first impressions can be deceiving. Frequently, first impressions are instinctual, emotional, and based on uninformed beliefs. To try to live our lives with more open minds, we need to challenge our first impressions and our long-held beliefs.

#1 –  Life In Chains
How can seemingly cold metal chain evoke such depths of emotion? Korean Artist Seo Young Deok tells stories of emotion by creating realistic human figures out of chains, welding each sculpture link-by-link. His stories are told by the poses of his pieces, the rawness of his materials, and the feeling of incompleteness.

#2 – Small Changes, Big Differences
Have your taste buds ever been unwittingly tricked into believing you’re eating something sinful only to find out that you’ve been eating something healthier? Here’s a list from Greatist of 80 handy and healthy substitutions for you to try in recipes. For example, try substituting meringue for frosting on your cupcakes or crushed flax or fiber cereal for bread crumbs.

#3 – Happy Feet
Some shoes look really comfortable, but when you wear them they hurt. I’m not taking any chances. Even though my son’s wedding is four months away, I’m already breaking in my new pair of high heels. Thanks to The Beauty Department, I learned a few more ways to break in my shoes.

#4 – Must-Have Photography Apps
I can’t tell you how many times in the past I’ve wanted to take a photo of something and then realized I didn’t have my camera with me. Thankfully, I now have a smartphone with a camera and have downloaded some camera-enhancing apps. Which camera apps are the best? Check out “25 Must-Have Apps For Your Smartphone” from Online Photography Colleges to see which camera apps suit your needs.

#5 – Point of View
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view . . . until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”
Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

Have a great weekend!

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Are you so busy making lists and checking them twice that you can’t fully enjoy the holidays? With so much to do and so little time, it’s very easy to turn into a holiday robot. Let’s all try to make more time to get out and be with the people we care about and not let time-hoggers, such as shopping and decorating, get in our way. Let’s make it the season where less is more!

#1 – Holiday Shopping Made Easier
With the help of your smartphone and some great apps, you can make your holiday shopping easier and have more time to spend with your friends. Check out this Yahoo! News review of apps and see which ones will make your life easier. Some of them are even free!

#2 – Words That Rhyme
“Twas the night before Christmas and all through our house, not a person was snoring, not even my spouse . . . .”  Whether you’re penning your own words to a classic Christmas jingle for your holiday newsletter or writing a love poem for Valentine’s Day, you’ll be pleased to know that there’s a site that can help you rhyme your words. Just type your text into the box, option-click on a specific word, and Write Rhymes will provide you with a list of rhyming words. How easy-peasey is that?!

#3 – Free Holiday Printables
Another year, another link to free holiday printables. With these downloadable printables, anything goes! Save time and shopping trips by printing up gift tags, cards, decorative paper, gift boxes, place cards, jar labels, wish lists, etc., all from the comfort of your home.

Check out these sites:
Sprik Space
Two Twenty One
Living Locurto
Mint Printables
Crafty Carnival
All Things Christmas
Noella Designs

#4 – Words to Live By
The holiday season provides many opportunities to eat sweet and delicious foods, but take time to ingest some food for thought, too. Watch this one-minute video of the Holstee Manifesto:

#5 – Sense of Self
“Figure out who you are separate from your family, and the man or woman you’re in a relationship with. Find who you are in this world and what you need to feel good alone. I think that’s the most important thing in life. Find a sense of self because with that, you can do anything else.” Angelina Jolie

Enjoy your weekend!

Note: Inspirational photo was made by using one of my own photos and iPiccy.

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