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Air swimmers – Shark!


My aunt and uncle got such a fun Christmas present this year – a floating shark balloon that swims through the house!  It’s called an Air Swimmer and you can get a clown fish version too.

Powered by their swishing tails and a remote control, these fish-shaped balloons literally float around the room. Apparently house pets aren’t too fond of them though…

The gift of sight


Dr. Joel Hunter, one of Central Florida’s leading LASIK eye surgeons, is asking for something unexpected this Christmas… glasses.  Hunter Vision 3D LASIK is teaming up with TIME Ministries to provide donated glasses to impoverished people in the Dominican Republic.  All used and worn glasses they collect will be delivered in 2012.

Dr. Hunter, the son of Dr. Joel Hunter at Northland Church, said of this effort: “It’s a wonderful opportunity to change people’s lives. I know it seems ironic—a LASIK practice working to put people in glasses. While 3D LASIK provides an end to the inconvenience of glasses, afterwards, we’re left with pile of specs that have lost their purpose. I’m thrilled we can re-use them in this way.”

If you have an old pair of glasses tucked away that you can deliver to this cause, here are the two drop-off sites:

Hunter Vision 3D LASIK
RDV Sportsplex
8701 Maitland Summit Blvd., Orlando

Northland, A Church Distributed
530 Dog Track Road, Longwood

Make Juice…. not War


As I drink my medium Winter Blend coffee from Einstein’s, there’s a little voice reminding me of my former eating habits – the ones where I monitored more carefully what I ate, where it came from, how it would affect my mood, energy level, etc. Admittedly, I’ve gotten lazy.  So I’ve been thinking a lot about Kris Carr lately.  She’s the cancer rebel and enthusiastic author of Crazy Sexy Diet, a book about re-training your body to love and crave lush whole and raw foods, to re-energize (without caffeine) and balance the pH of the body.

In addition to the many incredible recipes and eating advice the book offers, she encourages everyone to make her favorite green juice.  It’s a mix of cucumbers, kale, sweet pea sprouts, celery, broccoli, pear or green apple (optional), and ginger.  She also recommends trying out romaine, parsley, spinach and dandelion.  Yum.

You can learn a little more about her story in this interview on ABC.  I think this might be a Merry Christmas to me pressie…..

Martin Luther Rubik-king


Ever thought about recycling something ordinary into extraordinary art? …

This incredible piece is actually fashioned from 4,242 officially licensed Rubik’s Cubes.  Weighing roughly 1000 pounds, is was formed from cubes that had been “reversed solved” or twisted so that one of the faces maps it’s nine stickers into the image of 38,178 stickers total.  Pete came up with the idea of using the cubes to create something in a dream.  Hence: “I have a dream…”

The construction process took a little over 40 hours and the final installation to about five and a half hours with 6 volunteers helping.  An organization called You Can Do The Cube rented the cubes to the artist.  It was on display during an art competition in Michigan in hopes that it would sell, but after the allotted time, it did not and was dismantled.  At least we have pictures here so we can still enjoy the process and the completion.

Listology: 1,001 Books


Apparently… these are the 1,001 books we MUST read before death do us part.

I love to read.  I’m gutted at how many great titles I passed by on here.

My list is small.

There’s 49; started 54; 86; loved 93; started 117; 134, of course; 156; 180; 218; 223; 236; 240, loved the movie; 256; 272; 293 good flick; 320; 367 oh yes…; 399 started; 404 I wanna; 437, Hear angel trumpets and devil trombones! You are invited!; 445; 456 Didn’t we all; 484 yep, but loved Dharma Bums and Japhy; 496 sorta; 529; 547; 564; 574 in French; 603 Brilliant!; 614 again and again; 685 ouch – made it through Swann’s Way….; 699; 717; 723 thought about it; 761; 780; 801; 873 great play!; 883 It was the best of times, the worst of times; 889; 897; 902; 904; 906…

Follow the Leader :)


BigEye Creative (great company!!  wink, wink) has worked with some amazing folks to create this fun commercial for our latest campaign for Arnold Palmer Hospital called “Follow the Leader”.  We are promoting the hospital’s online communities for parents and families, including a Facebook Fan page and a blog, called Illuminate.

We have some great things happening with this campaign, including a sweepstakes that you won’t want to miss!!!  Enter TODAY!!  You could win a day at the spa with shopping or 18 holes of golf with a hearty lunch!  Did I mention babysitting money and limo transportation too?  All you have to do is “Like” the Arnold Palmer Hospital Facebook fan page and click on the Sweepstakes tab to enter!



Having spent the morning at a hospital, this seems fitting…

Researchers have spent years trying to perfect an artificial heart that does not break down, wear out, or cause blood clots and infections.  Doctors have developed an artificial heart, of sorts, that seems to do the trick.  The only catch is… it isn’t a heart.  Someone with this new implant will have no pulse… they will live with no heartbeat.  What poetic and literal implications does that have in terms of being alive?

(via MedicalXpress)