Every holiday season I am on the look out for a new spin on the Christmas centerpiece.
Here are a few of my favorites this year. I cannot take credit for any of them, but I do applaud the designers who made them. A note to any who attempt to construct some of these arrangements.
1. Cranberries float, so if you want to add them to water, make sure you have a lot of them.
2. A vase inside another vase is the trick to most of these. Make sure there's a space for your candy or fruit.
3. Place a large rubber band on a cylinder vase and then stick candy canes that have a bit of double sided sticky tape wrapped around their centers, under it. (this works with pencils, twigs, green beans, anything long and skinny) Tie a ribbon with a bow over the rubber band to hide it. Hot glue the candy canes to a plastic vase is another option. This is not an arrangement you want to pick up and walk around with unless those candy canes are stuck on good.
This simply put video opened up my eyes to a reality that was sad, but true.
I was spending my extra time buying stuff and it never seemed to fill my happiness void.
Watch it now if you haven't yet. It's great and I'm sure it will make you think of things, like where did the stuff come from and where does it go when we throw it away, plus why does our stuff break so fast?
Then I watched the Story of Cosmetics and was blown away at all of the harmful ingredients I use everyday. It is no wonder so many people get cancer, even the children. The video helped to educate the public and the Safe Cosmetic Act of 2010 was created, click here to help and to find safe cosmetics.
My eyes were opening to issues that are extremely important. I felt informed and I felt angry too. I wanted to do something, so I shared this with you and my friends and chunked out a bunch of stuff that was actually harmful to me, my family and my enviorment. I loved these videos and I wanted more. I was feeling empowered in my own life and wanted to learn more so I watched The Story of Bottled Water.
I didn't even know what that was, but thought, as a concerned citizen of the USA, I need to get informed on the important issues of our planet, since it is the only one we have.
I just couldn't believe how big corporations do business at the expense of our planet. You would think that they would realize that they have to live on it too. I know now, by their actions, that the way big corporations think and the average person are extremely different, it is pretty much incomprehensible.
Which led me to the last video available to watch. The Story of Citizens United v. FEC.
(just a little note here:Citizens United is an extension of the Koch Brothers a.k.a. BIG OIL)
Well, the Koch Brothers, I mean Citizens United won and now big corporations can donate any amount of money to elections. We are now calling them Presidential Auctions I hear.
This sounds like all doom and gloom, but there is hope. There is one more video. It officially airs on November 8, 2011 and I will post it I promise. It is The Story of Broke. Here is the teaser.
For the past 3 years, all I have wanted to do is to move to Australia because I did not trust our government and I felt like a lab rat, with all of the toxic chemicals in our food, our homes and in our products. I felt like I had no control or say, I felt like I needed to move my family far away to a safer place. Now I am seeing that this really is not just our country but our whole world and even if I did move, I would face similar if not the same problems I am dealing with now. The rules have changed. Before, powers came from countries, now they come from giant corporations. I believe in the saying that you have to be the change you wish to see in the world. So.......let's do it. Here are a couple small videos from Annie herself, sharing more of what we can do to be that change. Thank you Annie, you are a modern day Super Woman.
I love you guys and thanks for taking the time to read and watch, I promise it is for the good, the light the positive. Lets let our lights shine bright. Inform, share, awaken, open your mind and love...love....love. Love always, Heidi