Pain is Information

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“We are so afraid to change careers, to end relationships, to outgrow people or places – and that’s just growth. To me, choosing to go toward the cracking in order to keep expanding is the only way. The only way to get out of pain is to go through it. Pain is information.”
–Sophia Bush

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9 Biscuits Worth Getting Out of Bed For

What makes breakfast better? A biscuit, of course! What makes a biscuit better? Only if someone makes it for you so you can wake up to the smell of biscuits, ami right?

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I love biscuits. They’re so simple (often using just four ingredients) but taste amazing. Use them to make breakfast sandwiches, lunch sandwiches, or even as a dessert (Nutella…that’s all I’m sayin’).

From savory to sweet, these 9 biscuit recipes are sure to make your morning just a little bit better!

9 Biscuits Worth Getting Out of Bed For

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Nutella Biscuits

Sweet Cream Biscuits

Rosemary Garlic Biscuits

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Snickerdoodle Biscuits

Garlic Cheese Biscuits

Buttermilk Biscuits

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Garlic and Parmesan Biscuits

Pumpkin Biscuits

Zucchini Biscuits

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10 Happy, Simple Quotes by Roald Dahl

Yesterday we celebrated Roald Dahl’s 102nd birthday and today I just wanted to share with you some of his words of wisdom. These happy, simple quotes are great to keep in mind, no matter what your age!

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10 Happy, Simple Quotes by Roald Dahl

unlikely placesThe greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.

BOOKSHELF
So please, oh please, we beg, we pray,

Go throw your TV set away,
And in its place you can install
A lovely bookshelf on the wall.

life is good
If you are good, life is good.

magic
Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.

NOT ALONESo Matilda’s strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships on the sea. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone.

 

doubt
You should never, never doubt something that no one is sure of.

grasshopper
‘My dear young fellow,’ the Old Green Grasshopper said gently, ‘there are a whole lot of things in this world of ours you haven’t started wondering about yet.’

twinklyIt’s impossible to make your eyes twinkle if you aren’t feeling twinkly yourself.

POWER TO CHANGESomewhere, inside all of us, is the power to change the world.

music makers
We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.

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17 Scrumdiddlyumptious Fun Facts about Roald Dahl

I think it’s safe to say that almost every kid has, at one point or another, come across a Roald Dahl story…you just may not know it.

The brilliant writer behind such literary classics as Matilda, The Witches, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG, James and the Giant Peach, and Fantastic Mr. Fox (as well as You Only Live Twice – yup, the James Bond movie), Dahl has given generations of readers life-changing stories that have stayed with us for years.

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Today is Dahl’s 102nd birthday and, to celebrate, here are 17 scrumdiddlyumptious fun facts you may not know about the man who gave us Willy Wonka, Matilda, The Enormous Crocodile and so many more!

17 Scrumdiddlyumptious Fun Facts about Roald Dahl

When Dahl was just three years old, his father died of pneumonia. Dahl was so heartbroken over his father’s death that he remained speechless for days afterword, eventually catching pneumonia himself and remained sick for about a month.

Dahl was a fighter pilot – and a spy – during WWII.

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While James and the Giant Peach was Dahl’s first novel aimed at children, his story The Gremlins was actually his first piece of writing for kids. The 1984 film of the same name is loosely inspired by Dahl’s story.

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was inspired by Dahl’s time as a chocolate test-taster while he was a student at Repton. While boarding there, he and his classmates were guinea pigs for the chocolate company, Cadbury, tasting and giving feedback on new delicious creations.

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Originally Dahl wanted Spike Milligan or Peter Sellers to play the role of Wille Wonka in the 1971 film, Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

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Dahl also contributed to the invention of the modern ventricular catheter and shunt valves used in neurosurgery.

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Dahl wrote the screenplay for the James Bond film, You Only Live Twice.

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Step aside, J.K. Rowling…in his lifetime, Dahl invented more than 250 new words and character names. You can see all of them in the Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary, featuring almost 8,000 real and imaginary words used by the author in his many books and stories.

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Dahl had a ‘writing hut’ in the shed at the bottom of his garden. Many of his stories, such as Matilda and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, were penned there.

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In order to perfect his art, Dahl wrote for four hours every day, from 10 am to 12 pm, then from 4 pm to 6 pm.

All of his writing was done in an old book with pencil. He never learned to type.

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When Dahl was buried in 1990 a power drill, some chocolate bars and a few pencils were buried along with him.

Dahl was certainly a BFG, standing at about 6 foot 6 inches tall.

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In 1953, Dahl married American actress Patricia Neal. Their marriage lasted 30 years and they had five children together.

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When his eldest daughter, Olivia, was just seven years old, she passed away from the measles. The BFG is dedicated to her.

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Dahl was fluent in English, Norwegian and Swahili.

Dahl was also a writer of adult fiction. He published articles in Ladies Home Journal as well as Playboy, where his favorite topics included wife-swapping, promiscuity, suicide and adultery.

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Quidditch Necklace

Forget cricket and polo – every wizard and Muggle knows there’s only one sport worth watching on blustery fall days…

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A combination of basketball, soccer and maybe cricket (?), Quidditch is the sport of the wizarding world of Harry Potter. Played on brooms, the game involves getting balls into goal posts, all while one member of each team tries to capture the illustrious Golden Snitch, which is about the size of a plum and travels at crazy speeds. When a team captures the Snitch, the game is over and that team wins.

Featuring a Quaffle (the big red ball), two Bludgers (the brown balls) and a Golden Snitch, this necklace is a must for all Quidditch fans! The beads are made using clay then tied onto a black cord.

This is a simple and attractive statement piece that is sure to impress Harry Potter fans of all ages.

Quidditch Necklace

Materials:

  • Maroon, yellow and brown clay
  • Round ball tool (large)
  • Clay poking needle
  • Cord
  • Thin gold wire
  • Jewelry pliers
  • Jewelry wire cutters

Instructions:

First, make your large quaffle ball. For the quaffle, I used a piece of maroon clay about the size of my thumb…maybe a wee bit bigger. Roll it into a ball…it’s okay if it’s not 100% even, it gives it a well-worn look!

To try to avoid fingerprints, I put the ball on a needle as I worked. I used the large ball tool to make the indents in the ball, then used the needle tool to make the lines connecting the indents. I also used the ball tool to texture the rest of the ball…then set it aside.

For the bludgers, I tried to make the line around the ball before baking the beads, but I couldn’t get it to work…so I just made round beads, poked a hole in the center, and made the line around the balls (using a needle tool) after they had baked and cooled:

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For the snitch, I rolled a tiny piece of yellow clay into a ball. I still had a little red clay on my fingers, which gave this snitch a little red hue, which I actually really like. I baked all my beads at the same time (about 275 degrees in a toaster oven for about 5 to 10 minutes).

Once the snitch was cool, I took two pieces of jewelry wire and formed wings…then used my jewelry pliers to gently poke the wings into the bead.

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Then all you have to do is string those beads onto a cord and you’re good to go! I used wire to create a little jump ring to help thread the snitch onto the cord since I couldn’t fit the string through the hole in the bead. I also tied knots between the beads to keep them in place.

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I really like how this necklace turned out! It was super easy to make and is a fun statement piece that Harry Potter fans will love!

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Weathering the Storm

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“Once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in.”
-Haruki Murakami

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12 Better Breakfast Recipes

Sometimes it’s hard to get a good breakfast when you’re running all over the damn place trying to get ready in the morning. For those of us on the go, a quick cup of coffee and a bagel or a granola bar is about all we can down before we have time to sneak out for lunch.

Well, not any more! September is Better Breakfast Month and, to celebrate, I’ve gathered 12 tasty, easy and delicious breakfast recipes that you can make the morning of, the night before, or the weekend before to be prepped for the whole week.

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Filled with good fats, protein, and a few carbs to give you that boost of energy, here are 12 better breakfast ideas to start trying now.

12 Better Breakfast Recipes

Healthy Mexican Breakfast Salad

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Peanut Butter Toast on a Stick

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Green Morning Smoothie

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Whole Wheat Pancakes

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Healthy Blueberry Muffins

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The Best Vegan Omelette

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Freeze and Go Sausage Roll

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The Best Protein-Packed Donuts

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Chocolate Breakfast Toasts

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Prosciutto Egg Cups

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Superfood Breakfast Granola Bars

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Veggie Omelette Quesadillas

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