February 14, 2017

The best gifts are always homemade! Try your hand at these crafts for your sweetheart this Valentine's Day.      

Picture Frame Message Board: Super simple and you might even have the materials on hand! Turn a standing picture frame into a custom message board for you and your loved one to write notes, reminders, and special messages! Place a piece of scrapbook paper behind the glass for an added touch. You can write a permanent message behind the glass or keep it blank. Make it personal by decorating the frame as well! The last piece to this gift is velcroing a dry erase marker to the frame so you always have something to write with.

Homemade Candles: Candles are easy to make if you have beeswax on hand. You can also buy a kit with instructions for melting and pouring. The best part about making homemade candles are the customizable options! You can customize the color, scent, and holder. Try teacups, mason jars, or other sturdy containers that can withstand heat.


February 10, 2017

These structures tower over the rest! Learn about some of the tallest, biggest, and longest structures around the world.

The World’s Tallest Skyscraper: Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

This skyscraper was built in 2010 and has broken several structural height records. The building reaches to over 2,700 feet at the very tip. The structure consists of apartments, restaurants, swimming pools, and boasts an astounding 58 elevators. The design of the structure uses several techniques to make it sturdy and secure as it towers above. While this building is currently the tallest, it will be surpassed by The Kingdom Tower in Saudi Arabia which is projected to be completed in 2019.

The World’s Longest Bridge: Danyang-Kunshan Grand Bridge in East China

The bridge is over 100 miles and would take over one and half hours to cross the bridge by car. The bridge is used by the Beijing-Shanghai High-Speed Railway and runs parallel to the Yangtze River. The structure opened in 2011 after four ye...

February 7, 2017

Art has been known to be therapeutic in many different ways. Some find comfort in viewing art that has been created by others or creating their own. You do not have to be a professional artist to find comfort in both appreciating or creating art.

Improving Emotional Health: Studies have shown that looking at visual art stimulates the emotional processing areas of the brain. Viewing art triggers your brain to contemplate and make connections, even if you are not consciously aware. Individuals feel rewarded and receive pleasure from viewing art. Whether the response to the art is melancholy, pensive, or cheerful, it is healthy to process emotions and art can be instrumental in this process.

Making Connections: Art inspires connections to occur within the brain. It also is a great way for people to connect with those around them through a common source of discussion. Viewing art in museums or galleries has been a pastime for many years. People gather to experience the visual stimulus in sol...

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