30.6.12

Alberta Mother Nature

We are so very fortunate for the beauty Mother Nature has given us! Having an attitude of gratitude we create blessings.

27.6.12

Wrapped Up In Love Silk Scarves


Wrapped Up In Love Silk Scarves Lisa Kubik

Having been in radio and behind the microphone for 20 years, there's one routine that I faithfully follow.  And that's "to look my best everyday"!  People always say to me, but you're in radio, no one ever sees you.  No, your right... but they hear me, and if I don't feel like I look my best, I don't perform my best.  
Wrapped Up In Love Silk Scarves by Lisa Kubik
But it's not just about looking my best, adding colour to my wardrobe is a must! Whether it's a pop of colour on my shoes, a bright purse or an elegant scarf to make me feel as happy. Why do you think I picked such a bright, beautiful tree for The Brighter Side?  You can't help but smile when you see it. 

That same smile came to me when I saw Wrapped Up In Love hand painted scarves by Lisa Kubuik.

Wrapped Up In Love
by Lisa Kubik
Her artistic creations are all unique and hand painted.  Lisa has a studio set up in her home (right smack in the middle of her dining room), where she masters up these beautiful silk scarves.  At first I thought, she must paint a design then photograph it some how and then she has it printed on the scarf.  No!  Not so!.  Lisa will spend, sometimes, up to 16 hours painting just one scarf.
I had to see this for myself.  I'm always in awe of someones unique talent, especially when it involves passion, love and colour.  Lisa conducts not only her life, but also her work through heart, intuition and compassion.  She takes on a spiritual talent to create each scarf as not only a work of art, but healing therapy through colour.  Each piece is meaningful and mesmerizing creations of beauty.  

On her website, she walks you through the colour energy.  Suggesting that colour energy can be the catalyst for the healing process and encourages normal and healthy workings of the body.  Now that's a way to go to work!  Just imagine the positive energy you'll exude in the office!  

Wrapped Up In Love by Lisa Kubik
Wrapped Up In Love iPhone cover
Each hand painted silk scarf is unique and is a true piece of wearable art.  The art is created by a woman who too shines a bright light of passion, happiness and love to each masterpiece.  


Not only can you get Wrapped Up In Love, but she can also dress your cell phone with covers, decorate your coffee table with table art and fill your walls with unforgettable colour.




I don't just like this, I love it! And now I can feel even more confident, vibrant and beautiful everyday, Wrapped Up In Love.


Wrapped Up in Love hand painted silk scarves
by Lisa Kubik





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19.6.12

Great People - Even GREATER Causes by Katipult

GREAT PEOPLE, EVEN GREATER CAUSES! 
by Katipult ~ Tameeza Mitha



As a Calgarian, I have always been interested in philanthropic efforts in and around the city. Something I am striving to work on is creating awareness for non profit and charitable organizations that bring meaning and hope to the lives of others. Luckily for me, my job allows me to meet amazing people with extraordinary stories, all who want to make a difference.

The premise behind Katipult has always been to give back. Through crowd funding, a growing trend that “for profit” companies have been using to gain funding from individuals, non profits can also raise funds from people who are compelled to their cause. 

As an employee here, I find myself becoming more aware of the organizations in the city that share a common goal, but aren’t getting the recognition they deserve.  As of 2003, there were approximately 160,000 incorporated nonprofit and voluntary organizations operating in Canada. In Alberta specifically, there were 19, 356. Many of these charities are volunteer based and need funding to be able to continue to help others in need.

Launched in October 2011, the first project to successfully raise funds in the Katipult Community is JOI to the World. This foundation raised $12,000, which was $2,000 above their target goal. 

The following 4 organizations have recently launched onto Katipult.com, and hope to raise funds for each of their individual initiatives:

A Song for Africa Scholarship Fund is a campaign sponsoring young people living in Kibera, Kenya.  These young individuals are given the opportunity to complete their education.  funding raised also helps to provide career development workshops for the recipients and other children from the community.  These workshops are intended to motivate Kibera's youth in aiming to further their education.


      Going Blue 4 U started in 2011. The first campaign spanned across Canada and included participants dyeing their hair blue to raise funds for Crisis Lines and build awareness for the almost 7 million Canadians impacted by mental illness. The initiative this year is to create a bigger and better campaign encouraging conversation around mental illness, sharing the important message “YOU are not alone”.

·     We Did it! is a charitable organization that was created to respond to the growing needs for quality and affordable programs that take place in an educational environment. We Did It provides children with a safe and nurturing environment encouraging them to learn new skills while exposing them to unique opportunities.

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      H(OM)E is a charity focused to raise funds for the Om Disable Child Care home in Kathmandu, Nepal. The "Om Disable Child Care" home was an orphanage started by Ratna, a mother of a mentally handicapped child. It was intended to be a day home for children with similar conditions but eventually people began to drop the children off and never come back for them. The home became an orphanage. This mother currently has 14 mentally and/or physically handicapped children living at the home and only 3 care givers. There is no government aid and the only financial assistance comes from local volunteer agencies.


For more information on these projects, or to start a project of your own, visit Katipult.com or contact tmitha@katipult.com

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13.6.12

Busy as a Bee by Marlana Prowal

Busy as a Bee
by Marlana Prowal
All my life, I've gone through bouts of lethargy coming out of the winter months.  I have tried so many things to keep me alert and active.  (My love affair with black, strong coffee has been a crutch during these times.) But while some sugary foods and drugs like caffeine kept me awake, there were other problems to factor in as side-effects.  
Now that summer is practically here, I had hoped my winter fog would have burned away by now, but it hadn't - until now.  All these mornings I wanted to wake up feeling brighter and ready to take on the day were first met with a hot cup of coffee... or two... or three.  I would eat foods to give me a quick buzz that had too much fructose or glucose.  In the end, I was not getting a restful sleep, and my craving for sugar foods never decreased.  I was going through the same cycle every day.

On a recent visit to a bee farm in the Okanagan, I began to do a bit of research on a supplement called Royal Jelly.  Royal Jelly is secreted from worker bees to feed their larvae.  Then left-over Royal Jelly is primarily fed to a developing queen bee.  Since the honey bee produce an abundance of Royal Jelly, it is then collected, preserved, and manufactured in to a supplement that is rich in B vitamins, vitamin C, as well as minerals, enzymes, amino acids, and protein.


After reading more about Royal Jelly online, I read many testimonials about the benefits of taking Royal Jelly daily.  It's been described as a "youth" supplement, as it can have positive affects to one's appearance.  Skin and hair may appear more radiant.  Also, its antibiotic-mimicking properties, cholesterol-lowering, and preventatives to ailments were good enough for me to try it out for myself.  

Within days, I felt not only more alert and active, but my metabolism turned up a notch, and my appetite for junk food was whittling away. 

The benefits of bee products such as bee pollen, and of course honey, are all over the Internet.  Suggesting, having a cup of tea before bed with some honey added goes to work to aid the liver while you sleep.  


You can bet I've added this to my routine as well.  I'll take Royal Jelly in the morning to start my day, and end my night with a cup of tea (preferably lavender tea, or any herbal tea) with honey added.

PLEASE DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH, OR TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR IF TAKING ANY OF THESE PRODUCTS IS RIGHT FOR YOU, AS SOME INFORMATION ONLINE WILL INDICATE THAT THOSE PRONE TO ALLERGIES WILL LIKELY FIND AN ALLERGY IN ROYAL JELLY AS WELL.

Honey bees really are amazing creatures.  If they can tirelessly work throughout the day without a coffee break, then obviously the secrets they keep in their honeycombs might just be the key (to me) to giving us humans a boost to our daily routine as well.  

Read more from Marlana Prowal at www.marlanaprowal.com

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5.6.12

Attitude of Gratitude

A blessing is born the moment we're thankful for all the wonderful things in our lives. 
By having an attitude of gratitude, you can create these amazing blessings. 

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