BlogHer ’13 – My Arrival in Chi-town

Today, I left Toronto for Chicago with a caravan of wonderful fellow Canadian bloggers to attend BlogHer – one of the largest blogging conferences out there! BlogHer’s mission is to “create opportunities for women who blog to pursue exposure, education, community, and economic empowerment.”

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As a BlogHer newbie, I’m looking forward to the educational sessions, the networking, the exchange of creative ideas and of course, deep dish pizza – Chicago’s well-known delicacy.

After a long car ride with amazing discussions, bonding and fun playlists to sing along to with my blogging friends, I have arrived in the windy city.

Check back in tomorrow – I will have plenty of updates on my first full day at BlogHer13!

A Lucky Catch… of a Bouquet.

A bouquet. Who would think that a collection of flowers in one arrangement could have so much meaning?

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It became more apparent to me two weeks ago, when I attended my friend’s wedding. During the evening, I found myself admiring the beautiful florals and remembering special times in my life.

As I looked at the pink roses, I remembered receiving 12 pink roses after performing in one of my many dance recitals. As I looked at the white roses and orchids, I pictured my high school sweetheart putting a corsage on my wrist at the prom with those same flowers.

When my beautiful bridal buddy threw her bouquet, I was the lucky one to catch it. I admit it, I laughed at the typical cliché of being the next one to be wed attached to that tossed bouquet after I caught it. However, another friend told me about a positive theory about the wedding bouquet…

According to French traditions, a woman who catches a wedding bouquet receives good luck and that luck will lead her to the love of her life in the next year.

Even though this idea is corny, it made me smile so I wanted to share it. Hopeful notions are wonderful.

So, the next time that you receive flowers or is the charmed one to catch that wedding bouquet, hold onto that moment in your mind. It can be a memory that will warm your heart or bring you luck beyond your imagination.

 

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DIY – Flower Keepsake Box

A lot of us have knick-knacks lying around the bedroom or bathroom, so I have come up with a cute project to help you organize your items in a fun way. I call it the Flower Keepsake Box!

Floral Box

For this VERY simple DIY craft project, you will need the following things:

– 1 small two-piece box with a slightly over-sized lid in a colour of your choice (Get the box covered with fabric – easier for the glue)

– 1 bag of silk flower heads of your choice (preferably colours that work well with the shade of the box)

– A glue gun OR a glue with a strong adhesive

All you have to do is glue on the silk flower heads onto the top and sides of the lid. Once the lid is fully covered, leave it in a safe place to dry overnight.

After the overnight dry, fill the box up with notes and little items, put on the pretty lid and place on top of the dresser, bathroom counter or shelf.  An inexpensive, super cute craft to do that helps you stay organized and looks pretty too!

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Friday Flick – Hotel Rwanda

What:  Hotel Rwanda hotel-rwanda-poster

When:  2004

Who:  Don Cheadle, Sophie Okonedo, Joaquin Phoenix and Nick Nolte

What’s the story:  Based on true events, Hotel Rwanda tells the tale of hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina, who heroically puts his life and family at risk to rescue his fellow citizens – who are Tutsi tribe people – from the Rwandan Genocide during the spring of 1994. With access to his hotel, Rusesabagina houses more than one thousand refugees on the resort grounds as they attempt to stay safe and remain alive in the midst of the Hutu tribe revolt during the genocide.

Where:  Republic of Rwanda, which is a state in central and east Africa.

Why it’s amazing:  Hotel Rwanda is a riveting film because it takes you right into the hands of the state’s conflict as you watch. It is a truly captivating experience because it combines a real life world conflict with a courageous true story. One significant thing that Hotel Rwanda did was push the Rwandan Genocide to the forefront. This was important and still remains important because this tragic event was not a widely publicized world issue, which is expressed right in the opening scene of the film. Hotel Rwanda reminds us that history needs to be taught and expressed so it does not occur again.

What is bad about it:  The movie itself is incredible. The only thing I wonder about is the movie’s rating. There are a few scenes that are extremely violent, so the original plan to have it as an R rated film could have been a good idea.

Wonderful scene in the movie:  When Paul and his family are reunited with his two young nieces at the end of the movie.

Fun Fact:  During casting, Denzel Washington, Wesley Snipes, Mekhi Phifer and Will Smith were considered for the role of Paul before Don Cheadle was finalized as the lead.

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To see the previous Friday Flick feature on Philadelphia, CLICK HERE