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               Welcome to the 13th week of 

 

 Wake Up Wednesday “Linky” 

 

27 Blogs  -  1 Party

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Thank you so much to all those who participate in our party.

Last week we had  333 awesome linkups!   

 

 Wake Up and be happy, get excited and have fun with us! 

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The humble little Dandelion has remarkable nutritional value, being very high in vitamins A and C, with more beta carotene than carrots and more potassium than broccoli or spinach, not to mention healthy doses of iron and copper for good measure. Medicinally, Dandelions are considered very safe and effective as a general tonic that helps strengthen the liver, gallbladder, pancreas, spleen, stomach, and intestines, improving bile flow and reducing inflammation in cases of hepatitis and cirrhosis. Dandelions also help to dissipate gallstones and are believed to improve kidney function, thereby improving overall health and clearing skin problems.

My love for Sephora is well known, however I do buy a lot of my beauty must-haves

 from my constant trips to Target as well.

 

Keep Good Going – Whistle While You Work

from What’s Up Fagans

My whistling mother

My mother had faults and things that I couldn’t stand. And I often vowed to myself that I would never be like my mother. However, I am actually a lot like my mother, much to the shame of my teenage self. Not only do I look much more like my mother than my father (thank goodness!), with my long neck, oval face, thin eyebrows, weird fingernails, size eleven feet, and poor English circulation, teeth, and eyesight, but I act like her too

 

 

Buffalo Chicken Tortilla Pizza

From Lambert’s Lately

A few weeks ago, I found out about the beauty of the tortilla pizza.

It was in one of my eMeals recipe lists, and I fell in love.

How did I never know about this?  Instead of worrying with pizza dough, just slap your

ingredients on a tortilla…it makes a deliciously thin crust.  You’d never know it was a tortilla!

Big Girl Easter Baskets 

From Penny’s Vintage Home

Easter baskets come in all sizes and shapes….some are filled with pretty colored eggs,  some are filled with candy…some with cute little stuffed bunnies…but what about us “big” girls…we want an Easter basket too!

 

UpCycled Foot Stool 

from Redo It Yourself Inspirations

A thrift shop find that I actually like!  With just a few changes using leather belts and paint,

 this foot stool can have a whole new look.

5 Reasons to Strength Train

From Grace, Lace & Iron

 

Committment: This word is one that probably holds less meaning than any other word in the dictionary, to the current generation. We are a society of instant gratification. Period.We want our fast food, entertainment, and our lives to be well, uh, faster. Never mind who we hurt in the process…who cares about learning the value of people…we must get to where we’re going…AND FAST

 

Strawberries and Cream Pancake Roll 

From Curious Cuisiniere

We love wraps for a quick, portable lunch.  We’ve only successfully rolled one set of cabbage rolls; so we need a bit of training on that one before we attempted them again. Stuffed is always good.  But, we have a lot of stuffed recipes: German Stuffed Rolls, Russian Stuffed Rolls, and the Polish version of ravioli – Pierogi.

We wanted to get out of our stuffed box. (Yup. Pun intended.)

I threw out the idea for stuffed pancakes. Sure, it’s still stuffed, but at least we would move to the breakfast realm. (And, you’ll probably be seeing those make an appearance here soon, because the idea really intrigued us.) But, Tim ran the idea a few steps further and suggested a stuffed pancake roll

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Kitchen Garden a.k.a Herb Garden

Hello friends. I have been sharing my journey from a sandlot to a peaceful and serene garden over the last couple of posts. You can view it here :- Final Garden Makeover

I read somewhere ” To plant a seed is to have hope in tomorrow.”  I don’t know how long, we may stay in this house ~ but I know, if any of our trees survive, it will be a source of joy for the next tenant.  I may not be able to enjoy the fruits of the tree but atleast, its something positive and fruitful that I left in this world where greed and consumerism has been a major cause for mass deforestation.

The kitchen Garden

We have a lovely narrow patch in the backyard right behind my kitchen, part of which was being used as my DIY work area ( more like dumping ground !! ) with loads and loads of wooden planks, pallets stacked up and paint cans everywhere.

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The dead sandlot

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In all my previous homes, we grew all the herbs in pots but this year, I decided to be more adventurous ~ why adventurous ? Becoz herbs don’t survive outdoors in the summer :(  But I felt it was worth a try. We’ll see.

We bought several pots of baby plants from the nursery in Al Warsan area, which included :- Basil, coriander, Tulsi, green chilli, capsicum, aubergine, okra, green beans and tomatoes,

We also bought a few larger plants which will “hopefully” grow up to be trees such as Fig, lemon, pomergranate and Curry leaves plant.

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After clearing that patch, we decided to use the pallets, to make large rectangle frames.  Three frames were laid next to eachother with a small gap in between. We then  prepared the bed of soil and compost and later had the plants planted.

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Baby basil

 

baby coriander

Baby coriander ~ a must in almost all indian dishes

baby special chilli

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Tomatoes ~ You have to provide a trellis or a system which can support the tomato plants becoz they tend to become very heavy once they start bearing fruits.

 

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Raised bed with Pallets for cabbage and aubergine.

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My kitchen garden made with pallets :)

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Quite honestly, it has been just booming since then !! Very little maintenance and we’ve had an endless supply of tomatoes, green chillies, curry leaves and coriander leaves.  All the trees have rewarded us with their first fruits. Yippee !! All the photographs below are of almost 3 – 4 weeks after being planted.

BASIL

Basil and capsicum

 

CAPSICUM

capsicum

 

cat in camouflage

Can you spot the lemon ??

 

CAULIFLOWER and aubergine

At this point, the cabbage started having uninvited visitors ~ green caterpillars.

 

Cherry tomatoes

These cherry tomatoes were so sweet once they turned red.

 

CORIANDER

The coriander just took off ~ it grew into a bush !!

 

Curryleaves

These are curry leaves.

 

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Strawberries

 

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Can you spot the fruit ? What fruit is it ?

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FIG

I love the shape of the leaves of this fig plant.

 

green chillies

Yummy ! Green chilly

 

LEMON

Lemons

pomergranate fruit POMERGRANATE STRAWBERRY tomatoes

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tomatoes sprawling everywhere.

 

tulsi

Tulsi

And that’s where the fairy tale ends !! Ofcourse, this will not last long. Come May, the heat will dry everything out :(   We have tied a nice canopy from Ace Hardware above the tree area so that they manage to survive the summer.  In the summer, even a tiny protection from the sun goes a long way .

So from November, right uptil now, April ~ we have been happily blessed with the fruit of our small hardwork.  Not only are the tomatoes more juicy but they are so much more sweeter than the store bought ones.

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If you’re living in Dubai and even if you have only a small balcony to spare, I highly recommend that you plant a few tomatoes, green chillies and coriander in pots. Just remember to give some form of elevation to support the tomato plants. You’ll be surprised and delighted at how quickly the plants grow.

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Wake up Wednesday link party

Hello friends !!

If you were born in the 70s, then you probably knew what pen pals were ! (heard of them ?)  The world was too large for our small minds those days  (Without satellite TV, Internet etc ). Books were our only way to learn about the hidden treasures of the world.  A beautiful and perhaps the closest we could get to knowing a totally different culture and world, sitting right at home, was thru pen pals.  It was a lengthy process though, where you’d have to wait for nearly 10-15 days before your pal received your mail in a far away country and then it would take another 10-15 days before which you would receive your reply letter. Parents generally encouraged it too. Not only did it expose kids to various countries and cultures but it also enhanced their letter writing skills and vocabulary ! And to think, where those letter writing skills help us today !! I don’t EVER remember, the last time any one of my boys wrote a letter !!

There’s something very unique about writing or communicating on an informal platform with people you have never met. Your not worried about being judged or being discriminated. You can SHARE how much you decide, when you decide and why you decide, without being judged and criticized (for your flaws or inadequecies).

That is one of the most special aspects I like about the blog world today.  Making friends, (who know you from your profile) and accept you without being judgmental. I live in Dubai and I have made dear friends from the farthest corners of the world ~ They may seem like virtual but to me, they are real.  I read on a popular home and décor blog today, about how the author had undergone a lot of hardships in life while growing up being homeless and how having a “home” with her family, meant the whole world to her. These are intimate details about ones life that we share without inhibitions. Never the less, It takes a lot of courage to share our lessons in life to an unknown world.  It made me feel sad for her but also blessed for having a roof to call my own. Infact, I took a moment to revaluate some of my own priorities later.

Those are some of the friends we make along the way, in our journey, penning about our crafts or sharing our arts with eachother. I feel very fortunate having made friends like Angel thru this lovely link party called Wake up Wednesday.

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               Welcome to the 12th week of 

 

 Wake Up Wednesday “Linky” 

 

27 Blogs  -  1 Party

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Last week we had  308 awesome linkups!   

 

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Easter Pavlova with Lemon Curd and Yoghurt | www.pinkrecipebox.com

 

 

 

Usually I’m not a fan of meringue (the base of the pavlova, in case you’re unfamiliar with this dessert) but meringue is the perfect thing to make a nest-shaped Easter dessert.

 

 

 

If you whip the egg whites up into the right consistency, you can pipe the meringue into a curly-swirly nest shape like I did. If you’re out of piping bags, you can always dollop the mixture onto the tray and then use a spoon to create the delicate swirls and nest shape.

 

 

 

 

Sally Hansen Limited Edition Palm Beach Jellies from “In the Makeup Aisle”

This collection consists of 6 sheer jelly polishes that really reminded of the OPI Sheer Tints. I swear every time OPI releases a different type of polish all the brands release there version of it. I don’t think this is the last sheer jelly collection we will see this season.

DIY Easter Egg Garland | The Jenny Evolution

Don’t you just adore Easter and all of the sunny decorations that come with it? This DIY Easter Egg Garland is the perfect chance to introduce bright, cheerful colors back into your homes even while the weather outside is rainy and dreary. (Well, at least it is in Chicagoland!)

 

I have a craving for doughnuts that just won’t go away.  And since I am truly incompetent at making fried doughnuts, the three or so

times I have made doughnuts have been in the oven. Although, I confess, I have

never actually ATTEMPTED to make fried doughnuts, I doubt that me and a pot of

hot oil are a good combination under any circumstance.

Optimize Your Blog Post for Pinterest in Eight Simple Steps!

 

 

 

Optimizing your blog for Pinterest has become almost a necessity for anybody that’s serious about blogging.  I’ve picked up a few tips and tricks along the way that have really helped me get the best results from Pinterest.  I hope these help y’all too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was a fun vignette to create, using the pink gingerbread travel trailer and  spring flowers I purchased to use in the gardens. Since it is much to wet to work in the flower beds, I arranged the flowers around the little trailer and snapped away. A fun way to spend a rainy Sunday afternoon.

 

 

 

 

Google-Plus-SEO 

I love Google+! I like it sooo much better than Facebook, mostly because it doesn’t have all the drama and personal issues that are posted all over FB, at least I haven’t seen it on G+. I also find it easier to use and more visually appealing than FB with more features, no games or requests for help building or upgrading their Post Office.

 

Anise Hyssop (an herb) is an excellent addition to your garden both for the herbal benefits and for attracting butterflies.  Pollinator such as the butterfly are very important for your garden and for balancing a sometimes delicate eco-system.

Transform a Dollar Store glass plate and candlestick into a beautiful gold glitter cake stand!

 

 

Now, let me tell you something about my house. If you read this blog regularly, you know I have 3 boys. Which means I don’t get to bust out my girly side all that often. My life is way more sports and dirt than princesses and glitter.

But today, my friends, I’m embracing the glitter. And gold. And all things sparkly.

How to Make Vanilla Extract from “LittleOwlCrunchyMomma”

Vanilla extract is one of those things that you should always have on hand in your kitchen. It just adds that little bit of flavor to so many homemade goods that just make them shine. I first learned how to make my own vanilla extract from Marillyn over at just-making-noise. I pinned her recipe a long time ago, and finally got around to trying it months later.

Small Armoire Makeover from “The Interior Frugalista”

Small Armoire Makeover from bedroom to dining room

My most recent project is a Small Armoire Makeover that I’ve had since the late 70′s.  When we completed the Master Bedroom Closet Expansion we no longer needed it so I decided to give it a makeover. Now that it’s finished, I think it’s Too Pretty For A Bedroom Armoire!

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The Final Garden Makeover !

And finally, I am absolutely delighted to share with all my blog friends my lovely garden!  From a dry barren sandlot, its taken a lot of sweat, love and perseverance to bring this change into lush green :)

And I love it !!!

To see the actual transformation and tutorial of the “growing grass process” perhaps, you’d like to visit Here

A lot of garden accessories were also transformed while we waited for the grass to spread. View them Here

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This is the house plan ~ so its easy to understand where the gardens are.

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The first thing I do in the morning is peep out of my bedroom window and this is the view that welcomes my morning. (We had a rain shower this morning)

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The above tree trunks have been with us for nearly 8 years now !! Someone had dumped them on the highway and ofcourse, they needed a home ! :)

In the picture below, these solar powered lamps are available at ACE hardware.  We’ve had ours for nearly 4 years and you just need to change the battery and clean the small solar panel on the head of the lamp and your ready to go !!

Inorder to keep the grass away from the Petunia, We have placed a large plastic/rubber tube ~ this goes into the ground nearly 1 foot. But it is an expensive buy.

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These bougainvillea have also seen many years with us and although they have thrown this beautiful pink pops all over the garden, for some reason they have not given a lot of leaves this year ! hmm ~ I wonder why ??

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That’s the wheel cart, that Daddy repaired below. The whole idea was to place the smaller round pots into the open space of the cart. But I rejected that decision and let it just add an ethnic look, instead.

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Remember the concrete Mushrooms ? To view the tutorial of how I made them, please visit  here.

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Little sofu, basking in the sun :)

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All these pots mainly carry seasonal flowers except some of them are beds for Zenia and Desert Rose.

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Here are some of the seasonal plants that we planted in the pots this December.  We bought scores and scores of these bright and happy seasonal flowers from Al Warsan. Most of them cost dhs 15 – 12 per dozen. Some however are more expensive.

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Most of the seasonals can be planted by late November and will bloom till around late April/Early May.

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That’s my precious xiora.

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White bougunvilae  always look so pretty, Isnt it ?

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This purple shrubby plant is mainly leaves but they do give out lavender colored flowers between January to Feb.

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One of the best quality of the bouganvilea is that you can actually mold it into your desired shape ~ like a topiary. Doesn’t this yellow one look like a bouquet ?

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And that’s all ! Rains in Dubai are an absolute blessing so I wanted to end this post with a picture of what the front yard looks like after a lovely shower :)

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I hope you are inspired to try out alittle gardening this year. If you find so many flowers and plants overwhelming, just try out with 3 or 4 planters and some shrubs, Aloe vera or Desert rose and see how that grows ~ shrubs are resiliant and can adapt with very little water so you really cant go very wrong with them.

As for me, the real test begins now !! Now that we are looking at four awfully hot months :(   But lets not go there, just yet :(

When I was growing up, both my mom and my grandma had green thumbs so as much as I didn’t really bother about gardening or looking after plants, I guess, it came naturally once I got married :)  I am not a professional at gardening by any means, I used to read a lot of books when I had started balcony gardening, initially around 10 years back ~ kept learning by trial and error and I am thankful for all those mistakes coz it made me a wiser gardening person, today.

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Wake Up Wednesday Link Party

               Welcome to the 11th week of 

 

 Wake Up Wednesday “Linky” 

 

25 Blogs  -  1 Party

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We are so excited to have you all party with us.

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 Wake Up and be happy, get excited and have fun with us! 

We want to be inspired, entertained, laugh and have a good time!

 

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I have made cornbread and cornbread muffins in the oven before, but hadn’t yet tried a yeasted one in the breadmaker.  I tweaked the recipe and came up with a delicious version.

Cacao vs. Cocoa: What's The Difference?, cacao Pods, cacao beans, theobroma, superfood,

How delicious is chocolate? Ummmmm it’s so delicious, but there’s also a lot of confusion about chocolate—what type to eat, how much, and what types to avoid.

So I decided it was time to get educated about all the new research on chocolate.

 

Hey there!!  Have you noticed

signs of Spring?  I sure

have!  It seems that one

day it is frozen winter and the next Spring is just bursting around us.

Saturday evening I attended a really fun baby shower for a friend and fellow navy wife. Our husbands are on the same sub and work in the same division, and she’s one of the few wives from the sub that I’ve actually gotten to know. Anyhoo, she is due to have her baby on March 18th, and she’s having a girl. During our conversations I asked and listened for information about things she liked for the baby.  She mentioned ladybugs, chevrons, pink, gray, and she told me she wanted me to make a blanket. So I acted like I didn’t feel up to making a blanket, but I really was making one, of course. Originally, I wanted to make a pink, gay, black, and white chevron blanket, but I didn’t like the pattern I was using, so I went back to what I know, granny square.  So I made a 30 x 30 gray, pink, and white granny square blanket with a crochet ladybug applique.

Topped with a rich cream cheese frosting, this lovely cake will make you think of Spring. Beautifully simple with no extra add-ins: just carrots and nuts and a hint of cinnamon throughout moist, tender cake. Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting is a classic for any time of year, but is especially good for a special Easter dessert.

 

 

 

 

But this year we decided just to make our toffee because we wanted to enjoy our 2 toddler princesses running around in kitchen. Toffee is not too messy and it makes up fairly quickly into an amazing treat and we only had one pot going at once so we could switch off duties.  We even finished before my husband came home to take us out to dinner (the traditional ending of our day).  It was great!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The one thing homesteaders have in common, no matter how much land you live on, is that we are all trying to do more for ourselves. Our family for instance gardens, taps maple trees, cures meat, bakes and so on. But, because of where we live we can’t raise large livestock. And for now, that’s okay because we know people who can. We don’t have an orchard in our yard, but we know where to go to get apples. You see, we have gotten to know farmers, lots of them! What we can’t do here, we can partner with others to get done. If you have never been to a “FARM” you really should look for one, or two, or three to go visit. Visits to farms can be entertaining, educational, and think of the things you can eat!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Spring, everyone!

Sharing these cookies I made to celebrate spring though she never shows up here on our side of the pond. It was still summer the last time I checked!

5 Days of Organization for Bloggers - checklists and ideas to keep every blogger organized

Are blogging tasks keeping you from getting things done?

With a few simple rules and checklists (and a timer!) you can finish more tasks in less time.

 

Giorgio Armani Blushing Fabric #1 

Translucent Strawberry from Beyond Blush

I’ve been trying out a lot of different cream blushes over the last month or so, and my latest obsession has been Giorgio Armani’s Blushing Fabric in the shade #1 Translucent Strawberry* ($39/20 ml). This was my first time trying anything out from the brand, and I was really excited to do so! Read on to hear my full thoughts on this unique blush…

 

From I Wish to I Will from Cayla & Ashley

Here’s a reminder: you have the ability to do amazing things with your life. Dream it, believe it, do it. Focus on what matters, and don’t forget– always wear your invisible crown. 

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Middle East Film and Comic convention 2014.

Finally, after a two week spell of being under the weather ~ I was really looking forward to spending some “quality” time with the family ! Whatever THAT may mean what With 3 young boys between the age of 12-15 ~ It is rather difficult to cater to the “needs” of this particular generation.  1: they never want to leave the house. 2: Why should they, when they live in the fantasy world within the 3 screens at home. Incase your wondering ~ I mean the video games, the internet and the tv !!

And then again,  you wonder what else can be attempted to entertain this age group of boys ????  Easy answer  ~ Movies !!  Nah, They just watched The Divergent on a recent play date so that was out. The weather was being so unpredictable so we opted out from the beach plan. That left us with one of the events running in Dubai.

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MEFCC ~ short for Middle East Film and Comic convention at the World trade center. For film buffs, comic book lovers and visual arts connoisseurs ~ this was the place to be !  This was the third year of the three-day convention and strangely enough, we never knew, it existed, until just a week before.

For someone who was bought up on fairy tales and happy endings ~ It almost felt like we entered a fantasy land with creative stickers, badges, key chains being made one minute to a host of spray painting on shirts being carried out on the next ! And along the way, being greeted by a host of “Halloween-like” characters. It felt like an extraordinary and  unique experience.  From the gaming arena, the celebrity lineup for Comic Con, the Marvel Stand, the new venue, and the Geek Out Zone, everything about the convention was awesome !

Stalls displayed valuable merchandise of the superhero’s, comic books, science fiction and other fantasy genre ~ there was something for everyone from age 3 – 43.

The Dubai Culture Arts Alley was where we came across a rows and rows of stalls with scores of creators, enthusiasts, and entrepreneurs on display, giving fans the opportunity to meet or purchase some unique pop culture art. It also made me realize just how much the youngsters in Dubai dig pop art. Not only the men but even the local women were participating and displaying their talents in pop art.

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Here are a few glimpses of the lovely time had at the Comic con.

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If you were wondering what all the fuss was about ~ well, now you know !! And If you missed it this year, I hope you can attend the next one in 2015.

Have a beautiful week and stay safe.

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Social Media platforms are far and wide & as soon as I master one here comes another.  Gurvy Green has made a debut on Google+, yet still in the early phase of making connections.  I’ve added other bloggers to my circles and recently solved the daunting skill of “private messaging” someone.

from Jenn’s Random Scraps

Earlier this week we celebrated a birthday, shamrock style.  We wrapped it all up with this wonderful coconut banana chocolate chip snack cake, as requested by the birthday girl.  It’s an easy, no fuss snack cake, packed with flavour,

 

A Time to Mourn and a Time to Dance

by Vashti Quiroz-Vega

Hello everyone! Today I’ve posted Part 1 of my new short story series called A Time to Mourn and a Time to Dance. I hope you enjoy it. Please remember to leave me some feedback in the comments. I enjoy reading your opinions and ideas.

 

Wood Photo Backdrops from The Pin Junkie

When I attended the Six Sisters Build Your Blog Conference, they gave away lots of prizes.  One of them was a wood photo backdrop.  I didn’t get a good look at it, but from what I could see, I thought it looked simple enough to make my own.  In fact, I was able to make three wood backdrops and I made them for FREE!  It helps when you can get the wood for free.

 

6 Effortless Ways To Cope With Stress That You Can Do Now

from The Chill Mom

Last week’s visit from my sister and her two kids has turned me ‘un-chilled’. In fact I was stressed out. My family and friends have always seen me as a chill and calm person; my sister was surprised to see this other side of me. I was feeling tense and easily irritable.

Grow Your Own Food – Container Gardening in Small Spaces

from Driftwood Gardens

I have written a few posts about gardening recently and I’ve gotten a lot of feedback from readers who are short on space or just aren’t ready to commit to a full vegetable garden and want to  learn more about container gardening.  I love gardening in containers.  Even though I have a full raised bed vegetable garden, I still grow all my herbs in containers.

 

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