Leslie Smith

Paddle-to-the-Sea Lessons

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  The children’s book turned film, Paddle-to-the-Sea was written in 1941 by Holling Clancy Holling. In 1966 it was turned into an educational adventure film by award-winning Canadian director and photographer Bill Mason. Presented for the National Film Board of Canada, it is a narrative tale of a handmade traveling canoe and its passenger voyaging through the waterways of Lake Superior, the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean. The story highlights the wonder of the sun and water systems, and how the environment is affected by them. The seasons and their changing cycles are played out on page and on screen in… read more

Your Emotional Roller Coaster Has A Purpose

Your Emotional Roller Coaster Has A Purpose

Ecopsychology, which examines human interactions with the natural world, often looks at the emotional connections that exist between them. Emotions are kind of strange when you think about them. As humans, we have a range of emotions that run through us at any given point in the day – anxiety, excitement, anger, sadness and happiness. Some of our more negative emotions at times seem to wantonly circle around us as we swat at them, curse how we feel because of them and wish them away. Occasionally we may feel we are in an ever reaching grasp, just trying to get ahold… read more

Dark Chocolate Dips Give Snacks A Kick

Dark Chocolate Dips Give Snacks A Kick

The benefits of dark chocolate consumption are widely known, and many foods are favorite go-tos for coating in it. However, beyond the chocolate dipped strawberry and other popular choices, there are a few deliciously strange recipes floating around that offer an unexpected twist. Below are some interesting ideas for unusual things to try dipping in chocolate that will make snack time an experience for the taste-testing palate. After dipping, place items on parchment or wax paper laid out on a platter. Chill in the refrigerator or freeze for a few minutes until the chocolate is set. Spicy chocolate dipped pineapples… read more

Mismatched In Style

Mismatched In Style

Are you plagued with a home of mismatched items? Hand-me-downs, thrift shop finds and other pieces pulled from here and there? A barrage of different styles can actually be transformed into a uniform, yet individualized space. Below are a roundup of rooms that have done just this. By bringing in a blend of objects, these residences show how to display the chaos in several sophisticated ways. This entire apartment is made up of various bits and pieces, but polished and organized it looks clean and composed. And this living space has numerous textures and salvaged furniture pieces mixed in with… read more

You’ll Want To Check Out The Library Home

You’ll Want To Check Out The Library Home

Remember libraries? This home from Khosla Associates – Architecture + Interiors certainly does. It brings back a fondness for libraries to the front of the line with all the fervor of a book hungry individual, several decades ago before the endless supply of digital words were available with just the click of a button. Called the Library Home, this family house located in Bangalore, India was a client-centered project, meeting specific needs and requests. The residents reportedly wanted a blend of an old city feel along with modern touches. According to the architects, the family of readers had an expanding… read more

Getting Outdoors

Getting Outdoors

You don’t have to be an avid camper to appreciate the idea of escaping the tethers of modern day life – clocks and alarms, ringing, beeping and message alerts. Getting away from it all is something we all crave, especially when the weather outside is welcoming. These transportable homes made just for traveling bring up a case of wanderlust. For water adventures, this houseboat designed by Sascha Akkermann is a space that was created to provide all of the amenities of a land dwelling, just with changeable views. A stay in a studio houseboat like this one would certainly make… read more

Have Kids? DIY – Don’t Buy These 3 Springtime Toys

Have Kids? DIY - Don’t Buy These 3 Springtime Toys

Make them. Bubbles, play dough and chalk are mainstays of a child’s imagination diet, and a great recipe for outdoor fun. They are also easy to make at home, and kids can help with the recipes. Bubbles, mostly sold in retail-land in plastic containers, are completely simple to make at home. Using generous drops of dish soap, water and a reusable container you can stir up a batch of your own. Check out the National Wildlife Federation for a list of fun bubble recipes. Save wands from other bubble container inserts or make it a game and have kids hunt for… read more

A Parade Of Spring Green

A Parade Of Spring Green

Hints or vibrant displays of color on an exterior or inside of a room can bring it to life. Green is a perfect color choice for adding cues from nature and energy in a space. The following are a lineup of homes and rooms that feature colorful green hues. This glass wall in a master suite accents the outdoor landscape, which nests 2 huge oak trees that have resided on the property long before the home. The energy efficient build was actually constructed around the natural monuments, which provide great shading indoors and out. Selecting a few items to paint a cheerful green… read more

A Water Bottle You Can Eat

A Water Bottle You Can Eat

Move over plastic water bottles – there’s a new blob in town. Ooho! is an innovative concept design for holding liquids from Rodrigo García González, Pierre Paslier and Guillaume Couche that surfaced last year and has been getting a lot of attention at design competitions. It is a completely edible, biodegradable container capable of holding water without leaking. This award winning idea yields an all-natural, fully consumable product that is not only inexpensive to produce, but could possibly eliminate the whole concept formed around plastic packaging. Intended as an alternative to the plastic water bottle, it is a membrane-like object that… read more

Plant a Tree on Arbor Day

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The recognition of Arbor Day began in 1872 by J. Sterling Morton. The intent of this day was to create awareness of the importance of planting trees. 100 years later, the Arbor Day Foundation was started. This not for profit organization has a focus on conservation, environmental education and the significant role that tree planting plays in both. Trees help to reduce carbon dioxide and promote oxygen in the air. By increasing tree growth where it can be helpful instead of continually cutting down these natural resources, a positive ecological boost is created. The foundation encourages tree planting and inspires… read more