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Art Inspiration: Manta Ray

Flying in the

Deep blue ocean

Gliding

In and out

Of mysterious

Underwater caves

Never knowing

When and where

It will

Swerve around

And stare right

At you.

——-Chocoviv

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Reblog Feature: Hummus Pesto and Tomato Puff Pastry Tarts (Vegan GF-Option)

Flaky, puffed and delicious golden pastry tarts filled with creamy hummus, fresh pesto and lots of juicy tomatoes. These mini tarts are a simple …

Hummus Pesto and Tomato Puff Pastry Tarts (Vegan GF-Option)

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Seven Souls In The Skull Castle (Season Moon Kagen)

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Summary

The story began after the fall of the warlord, Nobunaga Oda. Hideyoshi Toyotomi was going to unify all of Japan. However, Tenmao, who was loyal to Nobunaga Oda, believed that he could revive the power of his lord with his conquers and beliefs. He believed that Nobunaga Oda’s armour had powers.

Samurais banding together and fighting for their family and friends. All rushed towards the Skull Castle to face Tenmao. But as they defeated Tenmao , they discovered that Toyotomi’s army was approaching to take over the castle….But then, Tokugawa Ieyasu arrived instead….

Conclusion

As I had read about the history of Japan, I was able to recognize quite a few of the name mentioned during this theatrical play. However, even if you didn’t know anything about the names, you could still enjoy the amazing and sometimes humorous sword-fights with the katanas. The costumes were quite beautiful, especially for the women. I found it interesting that the women at the brothel were ones who owned the machine guns…..

Special lighting and scenery settings that included water, made the background very realistic.

This theatrical production blended some history with a modern twist and a sprinkling of magic. Sometimes, I felt like I was watching an anime come to life!

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Father’s Day Card By Yenlarts

Thanks to Yenlarts, I was able to have a customized my Father’s Day card this year!

According to the website,

“There is no such thing as a ‘typical dad!’ When I was designing this series, our diverse Canadian society inspired me. Canada is a wonderful country that embraces families of all shapes and sizes in all kinds of beautiful skin tones!

Whether you are an expectant dad or a seasoned father with one or several kids, a grandfather, a stepdad or a foster dad, I want these illustrations to represent what fatherhood means to you. 

This series depicts five different stages of fatherhood with four skin tone variations (ivory, beige, honey, and espresso) to present our proud Canadian multicultural society. “

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You get to choose from five different styles and the skin tones of each figure on the card.

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To top it off, this year you also receive a special Love Multiculturalism waterproof sticker with your order!

I put mine on my coffee tumbler.

Click below to order yours now!

https://www.yenlarts.com/art-of-fatherhood

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Remembering A Beautiful Dream

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Dreams were often a place that repeated reality or when reality was less than ideal, a place to let my imagination run wild. Since the beginning of last year’s lockdowns, I had been following the ups and downs of a particular pop star and actor. I had discovered his drama series online accidentally. I did not know that he had a new series out! I had followed his other series before, so I immediately was captivated. After over 10 years, his appearance hadn’t changed much and I still found him funny (especially during outtakes).

Whenever I felt that the world was falling apart or life was so cruel, I would watch his live recordings of his daily life or his interactions online since everyone was staying home most of the time too! It would cheer me up quite a bit.

Naturally, one night, I had a beautiful and simple dream that he had finally found the love of his life after many years of being single. Yes, in the dream, it was me! What a dream!

As he was introducing me to the public, I woke up. However, I loved the feeling of being adored by this amazing person that I forced myself to go back to sleep. I was able to continue the dream until I really had to get up for the day. The warm and fuzzy feeling lingered for quite awhile.

Let’s be honest with ourselves. Life can be cruel and sometimes downright disappointing. It’s a pleasant feeling to be able to achieve the impossible sometimes.

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Book Review: Cara The Beginning (Cornelius Saga #9)

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Summary

Cara, had inherited the gift or the gene just like Matilda, from many years ago. This gene was like a curse that she thought was a blessing at times. In 1894, she was burned at the stake by the townsfolk of Newport.

She had ran away with her lover, Stephen, from her home as her secret was going to be exposed. Matilda could move things with her mind…. She was able to make a rattle snake strangle itself to save her sisters….. Their mother had to hid its body to avoid discovery…

Fortunately, Matilda and Stephen found a new home and some great neighbours too. It was a family with three children. Everything was fine until the stepfather questioned their backgrounds and past…. She also noticed there was something odd about him….

Conclusion

The witch trials and its horrendous past was the focus of this story. No matter what good the suspected woman did, made no difference to the townsfolk. The cruelty of the human heart could be extremely barbarous at times.

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Art Inspiration: Pina Colada

Frothy and creamy

Layers of coconut cream

The juice of the

Sweet pineapple

Whipped together

And shaken with

Sugarcane or molasses

Rum

To add some

Spirits

Into this creation.

——Chocoviv

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Fabfitfun Summer ‘21

This summer’s Fabfitfun box came in a smaller size box, but the items inside was a nice surprise.

Ciate London’s Watermelon Burst Setting Spray (75ml) is great to use for setting your make up.

MSRP $22

Mine Tan Body Skin’s Recovery After Sun Gel (177 ml) is vegan-friendly and contains niacinamide. Paraben and mineral oil free.

MSRP $33

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day’s dry shampoo is nice to use after workouts, and even a run outside. Rice starch is the ingredient I see at the top of the list.

MSRP $34

PMD’s Clean Smart Facial Cleansing Device is a massaging silicone brush that uses two AA batteries. The vibrations also are meant to help tone up the skin.

MSRP $99

Barefoot Scientist’s pedicure file is recommended for usage on damp heels. There’s two sides to the file.

MSRP $15

Eyeko London’s Double Act Shadow Stick in Cookies and Cream and Sharpener is a handy set to quickly update your look for the beach!

MSRP $25

Sonix’s Bluetooth Speaker is rechargeable and portable. It’s perfect for the beach!

MSRP $49

Aria Beauty’s Reusable Makeup Swabs replaces all those disposable cotton swabs that are thrown away after you use to apply that liner or eyeshadow.

MSRP $15

This is definitely another win for me!

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Series Review: True Beauty

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Summary

Ju-Kyung was the centre of attention since she was a little girl. With her thick eyebrows, round glasses and not so pretty complexion, she was the target of constant bullying from her family and classmates. Then, one day, she discovered the magic of make up. So, when she transferred back to her old neighbourhood and new high-school, she transformed from the ugly duckling to a beautiful swan in everyone’s eyes. She decided to hide her painful and embarrassing past from her new classmates.

Coincidentally, when she was still in her old high-school, she bumped into Su-Ho at the top of a building, where she contemplated suicide. One of his friend had committed suicide previously and he blames himself the whole time. He actually was a student at her new high school…. Would he recognize her and reveal her past?

Conclusion

Being made fun of how one looks and being teased about one’s weight hits close to my heart. I still am criticized for how I look and what I wear by people close to me. They believe that they are entitled to their opinions and don’t believe that being respectful of other’s choice.

Being called ugly and fat is a reality for many years. I learn to fight and to speak for the young girls, especially, that I teach at the school. I even have to stand up for my own children whenever family and friends make fun of their appearances. I get very angry when these people refuse to stop and call me sensitive.

Bullying is traumatizing for many… it’s not easy to step away and heal from years of verbal abuse from one’s closest friends and family.

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