The Inspire To Aspire Blog Awards – Nominees

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Hi All,

Just sharing some awesome good news. Here are my nominees for the Minus The Box Inspire to Aspire Blog Awards.

My Nominees:

1) Respected Roots http://respectedroots.com

What about the person and their blog inspires you?

She is a hardworking mother who is following her dream of starting her own business.

What has been their most inspiring post to date?

“Inner Peace” http://respectedroots.com/inner-peace-2/

2) Lovin’ Soap http://www.lovinsoap.com

What about the person and their blog inspires you?

I am really inspired by the work Amanda Gail is doing with the Lovin’ Soap Project. The projects “initiative is to empower women in underdeveloped countries through soap-making.”

What has been their most inspiring post to date?

“The Lovin’ Soap Project” http://www.lovinsoap.com/2013/05/the-lovin-soap-project/

3) Ron Scubadiver’s Wild Life http://ronscubadiver.wordpress.com

What about the person and their blog inspires you?

For capturing the beauty of the everyday

What has been their most inspiring post to date?

“In the belly of the bean” http://ronscubadiver.wordpress.com/#jp-carousel-17583

4) Little Moments of Beauty in the Everyday http://findingbeautyintheeveryday.wordpress.com

What about the person and their blog inspires you?

For rediscovering a love for writing

What has been their most inspiring post to date?

“Yummm” http://findingbeautyintheeveryday.wordpress.com/2014/02/16/yummm♥/ 

5) School House Frocks http://schoolhousefrocks.com

What about the person and their blog inspires you?

For highlighting emerging designers

What has been their most inspiring post to date?

http://schoolhousefrocks.com/#jp-carousel-5212

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For those of you who do not know about the awards, the information is below.

Introducing a new award for outstanding bloggers. The goal of this award is to celebrate bloggers that inspire us to be our best through their posts and stories. #MTBInspire2Aspire

Note: Nominees must NOT promote hate, bigotry, violence, or prejudice of any kind. 

The rules are simple:

1. Acknowledge and thank the person that nominated you; also include a link to their blog

2. Display the award in a new post; include the award rules and answers in the same post

3. Answer the following questions about yourself:

  • What and who inspires you?
  • If you could go anywhere in the world or universe where would it be and why?
  • What is your favorite thing about this season?
  • If your life were a book or a film, what would the title be?
  • How do you define and practice wholehearted living?

4. Nominate five other bloggers (include a link to their blog) and answer the following questions about them:

  • What about the person and their blog inspires you?
  • What has been their most inspiring post to date?

5. Let the five bloggers know that you have nominated them

6. Include #MTBInspire2Aspire in your tags

7. Let me know if you have been nominated and who you have nominated – all nominees will be listed on Minus The Box

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Delectable Sugar Spice Goat Milk Soap

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New Product: Delectable Sugar Spice Goat Milk Soap available at my Etsy Store

This artisan soap smells and feels amazing — all natural and handmade. This soothing soap is sure to leave you wanting more. Wash, lather, and moisturize all in one easy step. Gentle and delightful this item makes a great gift for yourself or for someone who deserves a little something special. Made in a location that also processes nuts.

This soap smells like a fresh-baked cake. Warm, cozy, and inviting, featuring the goodness of clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg. It smells delightful and yummy and will leave you smelling equally delicious.

Bar Size:
2 3/4″ x 2 3/4″ x 1 1/4″ (deep)

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Scrumptious Peanut Shell and Oatmeal Orange Soap

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This artisan soap smells and feels amazing — all natural and handmade. This soothing soap is sure to leave you wanting more. Wash, lather, and moisturize all in one easy step. Gentle and delightful this item makes a great gift for yourself or for someone who deserves a little something special. Made from all natural peanut shell and oatmeal with a mild orange scent, this soap is absolutely unique and one of a kind. Enjoy and Stay Glorious!

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Sold! – Handmade Knotted Scarf

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Just sold this handmade, knotted, acrylic scarf to a very lucky person. This scarf will keep you warm and fabulous during these winter months. If you are interested in getting your own one of a kind, handmade, knotted scarf, just let me know. Various colors are available. Hope this person enjoys their purchase. Enjoy and Stay Glorious! GigiSideways CurvedCurvedKnots Half Length Full Length

Pumpkin Seed Spice Body Scrub

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This artisan scrub smells amazing – one of my favorites. Perfect for the Holiday Season this Pumpkin Seed Spice Body Scrub is made with organic pumpkin seeds, vanilla bean, cloves, cinnamon, and vitamin E; this soothing scrub is sure to leave you wanting more. Gentle and delightful this item makes a great gift for yourself or someone who deserves a little something special.

Available in three sizes:
Small (4 oz) – $3.00
Medium (8 oz) – $8.00
Large (16 oz) – $18.00

Ingredients: Pumpkin Seed, Cinnamon , Anise, Clove, Organic  Sugar, Sea Salt, Epsom Salt, Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Vitamin E, Brown Sugar, and Chai Mix

Available for purchase at: Gigi’s Little Shop on Etsy

The Inspire To Aspire Blog Awards

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Originally posted on Minus The Box:

Introducing a new award for outstanding bloggers. The goal of this award is to celebrate bloggers that inspire us to be our best through their posts and stories. #MTBInspire2Aspire

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The rules are simple:

1. Acknowledge and thank the person that nominated you; also include a link to their blog

2. Display the award in a new post; include the award rules and answers in the same post

3. Answer the following questions about yourself:

  • What and who inspires you?
  • If you could go anywhere in the world or universe where would it be and why?
  • What is your favorite thing about this season?
  • If your life were a book or a film, what would the title be?
  • How do you define and practice wholehearted living?

4. Nominate three other bloggers (include a link to their blog) and answer the following questions about them:

  • What about the person and their…

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TED Talk Tuesday – Gustavo Dudamel leads El Sistema’s top youth orchestra

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Whenever I begin to feel disappointed in humanity, I simply turn to the arts for inspiration and to feel uplifted.

Here is an amazing, AMAZING youth orchestra from Venezuela. These tremendous young musicians are in high school and their talent is outstanding; I don’t even remember what I was doing in high school and I was certainty not doing anything as significant as these students. Led by renowned conductor Gustavo Dudamel enjoy this slice of musical heaven.

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Words of Wisdom from Patton Oswalt

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This well articulated commentary comes directly from Patton Oswalt via Facebook. Sympathy for all those affected by the tragedy in Boston.

Boston. Fucking horrible. 

I remember, when 9/11 went down, my reaction was, “Well, I’ve had it with humanity.”

But I was wrong. I don’t know what’s going to be revealed to be behind all of this mayhem. One human insect or a poisonous mass of broken sociopaths. 

But here’s what I DO know. If it’s one person or a HUNDRED people, that number is not even a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a percent of the population on this planet. You watch the videos of the carnage and there are people running TOWARDS the destruction to help out. (Thanks FAKE Gallery founder and owner Paul Kozlowski for pointing this out to me). This is a giant planet and we’re lucky to live on it but there…

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The Sunday Review – Cirque du Soleil: Totem

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Awaken your inner child, ignite your passion for creativity, and join the thousands that have witnessed the glory of Cirque du Soleil’s “Totem.” An amazing theatrical production, “Totem” is Cirque du Soleil at its best. Stunning acts, live music, and amazing costuming combine to create something simply unforgettable. “Totem” is an outstanding experience that must be enjoyed several times over. You will fall in love and it will be love at first sight.

Through a series of entertaining acts, “Totem” creatively explores the process of human evolution. It tracks man from amphibian, to ape, and ends with our need for astrological exploration. Along your journey you will encounter young lovers, skilled jugglers, and punk rock Neanderthals. You will be amazed by the skill and capacity of each member of this traveling show.

“Totem” begins with the illuminating spark of creation descending from the heavens. It sends a spark that lands…

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TED Talk Tuesday – Shane Koyczan: “To This Day” … for the bullied and beautiful

For the bullied, the belittled, and the beautiful…an Amazing conversation between poet and audience, but they are all amazing.There are so many great lines in this piece I cannot put them all. Stop the hate, stop the bullying, stop the criticism. We can’t see the damage it does to others but it does do damage, and long lasting, heart breaking damage. I still remember times I have been bullied, many years after the event. It can end, we can stop it, we can make the world and our lives better. May this piece remind us all to be a little kinder, a little gentler, and a little more compassionate.

 

” When I was a kid, I wanted to shave. Now, not so much. When I was eight, I wanted to be a marine biologist. When I was nine, I saw the movie “Jaws,” and thought to myself, “No, thank you.”

See, they asked me what I wanted to be, then told me what not to be. And I wasn’t the only one. We were being told that we somehow must become what we are not, sacrificing what we are to inherit the masquerade of what we will be. I was being told to accept the identity that others will give me.

” I thought to myself, “What now? Where do I turn?” Poetry. Like a boomerang, the thing I loved came back to me. One of the first lines of poetry I can remember writing was in response to a world that demanded I hate myself.From age 15 to 18, I hated myself for becoming the thing that I loathed: a bully. When I was 19, I wrote, “I will love myself despite the ease with which I lean toward the opposite.”

When I was a kid, I traded in homework assignments for friendship, then gave each friend a late slip for never showing up on time, and in most cases not at all. I gave myself a hall pass to get through each broken promise. And I remember this plan, born out of frustrationfrom a kid who kept calling me “Yogi,” then pointed at my tummy and said, “Too many picnic baskets.” Turns out it’s not that hard to trick someone, and one day before class, I said, “Yeah, you can copy my homework,” and I gave him all the wrong answers that I’d written down the night before. He got his paper back expecting a near-perfect score, and couldn’t believe it when he looked across the room at me and held up a zero. I knew I didn’t have to hold up my paper of 28 out of 30, but my satisfaction was complete when he looked at me, puzzled, and I thought to myself, “Smarter than the average bear, motherfucker.”

In grade five, they taped a sign to the front of her desk that read, “Beware of dog.” To this day, despite a loving husband, she doesn’t think she’s beautiful because of a birthmark that takes up a little less than half her face. Kids used to say, “She looks like a wrong answerthat someone tried to erase, but couldn’t quite get the job done.” And they’ll never understand that she’s raising two kids whose definition of beauty begins with the word “Mom,” because they see her heart before they see her skin, because she’s only ever always been amazing.

and if you can’t see anything beautiful about yourself,get a better mirror, look a little closer, stare a little longer, because there’s something inside you that made you keep trying despite everyone who told you to quit. You built a cast around your broken heart and signed it yourself. You signed it, “They were wrong.”

 

The Sunday Review – Cats

Originally posted on Minus The Box:

Now, I do not like cats. Never have, don’t know why people do. But this recent article from Yahoo may change my mind. Enjoy your Sunday.

Original Article: http://news.yahoo.com/pals-little-girl-tomcat-043800703–abc-news-topstories.html

Artist: Andy Prokh

Curiosity and Caution

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A girl and her cat

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Martin Luther King Jr. – “I Have A Dream”

On this day many years ago, the life of a great man was taken, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4th 1968. In honor of his life, his service, and his vision, below is his famous speech “I Have A Dream.” This video needs no introduction or explanation. May it raise you higher and keep you going. Enjoy and Stay Glorious!

 

TED Tuesday – Ron Finley: A guerilla gardener in South Central LA

When I saw this video for the first time it moved me. Ron Finley is an innovative social gardener improving his community in South Central LA. His talk is real, heartfelt, and insightful. Some of my favorite quotes below, there are just so many. Such a great talk. Enjoy and Stay Glorious!

I got tired of seeing this happening. And I was wondering, how would you feel if you had no access to healthy food, if every time you walk out your door you see the ill effects that the present food system has on your neighborhood? I see wheelchairs bought and sold like used cars. I see dialysis centers popping up like Starbucks. And I figured, this has to stop.So I figured that the problem is the solution. Food is the problem and food is the solution.Plus I got tired of driving 45 minutes round trip to get an apple that wasn’t impregnated with pesticides. So what I did, I planted a food forest in front of my house.

See, I’m an artist. Gardening is my graffiti. I grow my art. Just like a graffiti artist, where they beautify walls, me, I beautiful lawns, parkways. I use the garden, the soil, like it’s a piece of cloth, and the plants and the trees, that’s my embellishment for that cloth. You’d be surprised what the soil could do if you let it be your canvas. You just couldn’t imagine how amazing a sunflower is and how it affects people.

“ To change the community, you have to change the composition of the soil. We are the soil.

I see young people and they want to work, but they’re in this thing where they’re caught up – I see kids of color and they’re just on this track that’s designed for them, that leads them to nowhere. So with gardening, I see an opportunity where we can train these kids to take over their communities, to have a sustainable life. And when we do this, who knows? We might produce the next George Washington Carver. but if we don’t change the composition of the soil, we will never do this.

So what I want to do here, we gotta make this sexy. So I want us all to become ecolutionary renegades, gangstas, gangsta gardeners. We gotta flip the script on what a gangsta is. If you ain’t a gardener, you ain’t gangsta. Get gangsta with your shovel, okay?And let that be your weapon of choice.

 

It has been awhile: Introducing TED Talk Tuesdays

Every Tuesday I will try to post a new inspiring TED Talk. Make you share to share your favorite TED Talks in the comments below.

Today’s TED Talk comes from Dr. Sugata Mitra, winner of the 2013 TED prize. His brilliant idea is to revolutionize education through Self Organized Learning Environments (SOLE), environments where students create and lead their own learning essentially teaching themselves and each other. Dr. Sugata Mitra’s results are amazing. Visit Hole In The Wall to learn more about Dr. Mitra’s non-profit. Download the SOLE toolkit here. Learn more about Dr. Sugata Mitra here.

A tremendous talk with many interesting points.

 

Amica Italia : Liya Kebede

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Amica Italia : Liya Kebede

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Amica Italia : Liya Kebede

Amica Italia April 2013 issue :

Liya Kebede – model

Driu & Tiago – photographers

 

 

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The World’s Top 10 Most Amazing Nerd Inspired Painted Easter Eggs

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When I was little I can remember that I hated Easter. But not because my family couldn’t afford chocolate eggs because although we couldn’t we always got some off neighbours and relatives that were better off.  No, I hated it because it was that time of year I was forced by the school art teacher into painting an Easter inspired egg! News Flash!!! I have no art skill at all! Not one bit. My eggs would always be the class laughing stock. But looking back it seems I just needed to be a bit more of a nerd! Then maybe I might have been able to pull off one of these bad boys….

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From the blog-http://www.hellolucky.com

Below are instructions for your very own leaf bowl, perfect for holding your favourite scented pot-pourri.

 

 

Materials:

Craft store leaf garland, Mod Podge (matte finish), Foam Brush, Balloon, Scissors, Mixing bowl

*Tip: try to find thin, paper-like leaves for your garland. The thinner the leaves, the better they will mold to the shape of your balloon. Also, avoid any plastic-coated leaves.

How To:

1. Begin by snipping the leaves off the strand of garland. Leave about 1/8″ at the base.

2. Carefully rip the entire plastic stem (and all the veins!) off of the faux leaves (See image above). This will help the leaves mold to the shape of the balloon.

3. Fill up your balloon to size. We stuck ours inside a mixing bowl to keep it in place.

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Here is the latest Golf Boys video with Bubba Watson, Hunter Mahan, Rickie Fowler & Ben Crane | Devil Ball Golf – Yahoo! Sports

It is “hump” day people and we all need a little laugh. The first one was better but the second one is still funny. Who knew all these golf heavy weights were secretly funny. All that quietness on the course, guess they had to let their energy out somewhere. LOL such a good and funny video. Enjoy and Stay Glorious!

Here is the latest Golf Boys video with Bubba Watson, Hunter Mahan, Rickie Fowler & Ben Crane | Devil Ball Golf – Yahoo! Sports.