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Alma Vega - My Little Home

Tiny House - Is your house too big and simply too much work? Have you considered downsizing? In case you haven’t noticed there is a growing trend for tiny house living that’s blooming into an overall small house movement. Tiny houses remind us that home design isn’t just about appearance. It’s about utilizing space in a way that helps homeowners maintain an easy lifestyle. Some people think tiny houses are just for those who seek a drastic lifestyle change, but anyone can benefit from understanding how to manage their possessions. Having less means having more, in a very palpable way, especially if you’re a closet hoarder. Your design for a small house gets to showcase what’s really important to you. How will you utilise the limited space you have in an optimum way? One obvious solution: just look up. Use vertical space wherever you can and this can apply to where you sleep. Loft beds and bunk beds have come a long way. With the right linens and fabric choices, they can be downright luxurious. When furbishing your home (tiny or otherwise) foldaway furniture can increase the multifunctional atmosphere you want to cultivate. For example, you should make sure something that doubles as both an office desk and a kitchen table is made out of material that is durable and easy to clean. Sustainability is another factor to consider when choosing materials for your home. Small houses tend to be ecologically friendly and at the same time much easier when it comes to maintenance. Some people have engineered very…

Photo : Alma Vega December 11, 2014

Dave Walsh - Wish Blog

Big Land, Big Hearts - Often times it is our wish children and families boarding the plane, but this time it was our turn. Two of our team members, Director, Edie Newton, and Wish Coordinator, Dianne Butt, were off for big, beautiful Labrador. They had two very important meetings with Connor and Nicholas. One whose wish is about to granted, and the other who will receive word that he will be receiving a wish. The trip is also a wonderful opportunity to connect with wish families & volunteers. Children’s Wish Foundation is so grateful to Provincial Airlines (PAL) for their support in helping us get there. We couldn’t manage the annual trip without their support! Children’s Wish has two volunteer led subchapters in Labrador who help us with everything from raising funds and hosting events, to meeting with wish families to deliver on wishes. If you would like to volunteer with us in Labrador, you can contact: In Lab West, Ron Barron (709)-282-3766. Or in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Louise Parsons (709)-896-9164. In Lab West, the volunteers hosted a lovely reception for Connor. Connor was to receive his travel package and all the goodies that come along with it (shirts, buttons, autograph book, digital camarea) as the excitement builds for his Disney Cruise Wish, which you can read all about in a lovely article by Ty Dunham, here. This past September, Provincial Airlines raised $10,000 through Exile Island, a children’s wish event, to grant Connor’s wish. Steve Short from PAL was on hand to present Connor with his wish trip package.…

Photo : Dave Walsh January 20, 2015

Joshua Dawson - Memoirs of a Genie

The Oprah Effect - Do you believe in magic? Before my father passed almost 10 years ago, my answer would have been “NO.” And I certainly wouldn't have believed it if you told me I'd be sitting in front of the VP of Programming for the Oprah Winfrey Network dressed as a Genie. Connecting on a deep spiritual level talking about an inspirational TV show that has the potential to help many, many people around the globe. As I move through life, I’ve come to accept the Heraclitus quote The only thing that is constant is change.” And my, oh my, how times have changed. Last week's peak moment at the Oprah Winfrey Network was preceded and triggered by many not so exciting magical moments. That perfect walk in the forest on a crisp fall day. Looking at my boys and Ingrid before suddenly being overcome by their inner beauty. A beautiful moment of love, least expected, that fills you up. Brimming then overflowing into moistened eyes. A glimpse of beauty in the mundane. Two becoming one, all equal but seemingly forever fleeting. Moments so few and far between as to almost discount their magical existence? Why? Your mind helps solve the riddle. Much like a Las Vegas magician, it's the ultimate trickster. An illusionist crowding and distracting the truth with thoughts. Look over here it screams! Ponder this problem. Solve me! A seemingly never ending stream of habitual thought taught to us by our loved ones. Best intentions in the name of safety. And why not? We are…

Photo : Joshua Dawson October 13, 2014