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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.

 

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

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‘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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The Good Girl Book Review

Mia Dennett is just like every other girl…she goes to work, she buys groceries, she hangs out at the bar with her friends. But what Mia doesn’t know is that someone is following her…someone who knows her route to work, the name of her on-again, off-again boyfriend, the color of her eyes…and he’s about to change Mia’s life forever.

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The Good Girl was hailed as a book that fans of Gone Girl would love. A page-turning thriller with a twist ending…a story full of complex characters that you can’t trust…It’s a missing person story (like Gone Girl) with a somewhat untrustworthy family (like Gone Girl) and a heroine who seems a little off-kilter (like Gone Girl). Are we noticing a theme?

Now I loved Gone Girl. I thought it was intense and riveting and I loved every twist and turn along the way…so, needless to say, I really wanted to like The Good Girl. It had all the parts to make it a great story…but arranged in an order that made it seem a little too familiar.

Told from the perspectives of Mia’s mom, the detective investigating her case, and Mia’s own captor, The Good Girl – while slightly formulaic – is an entertaining read. There are good twists and turns, though for a lover of mystery fiction, they’re easy to spot a mile away. I actually found myself more engrossed in the romantic plotlines that become the focus of the second half of the book…and found the shocking (not really) ending appropriately emotional, bittersweet, and honestly kind of heart-breaking.

As a fan of Gone Girl, did I LOVE this book? No, not really. But I did enjoy it. It delivered a twisting story that would make a great beach read, but it wasn’t unique enough to haunt me like that blasted bitch, Amy Dunne.

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17 Happy Little Facts about Bob Ross

If you were a kid in the 90s, chances are you saw a kind, gentle, big-haired man painting “happy little trees” on PBS when you got home from school. With his calming voice and constant flood of positivity, the entire world found calm and solstice with Bob Ross and his long-running program, The Joy of Painting.

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From winter landscapes to serene lakes and cabins in the woods, Bob Ross took us on more than 400 adventures through the magic of the paint brush. His happy little trees filled us with joy…and even his mistakes turned into “happy accidents”. This was no ordinary human.

Ross was only 52 when he lost his life to lymphoma. Though he’s not here painting anymore, you can still marathon The Joy of Painting on Netflix or YouTube.

In honor of this gifted artist and genuine human being, here are 17 Happy Little Facts about Bob Ross.

17 Happy Little Facts about Bob Ross

Not surprisingly, Ross was a life-long animal lover. He kept an alligator in his bathtub as a kid and an epileptic squirrel in his empty Jacuzzi.

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Before he became the gentle painter we all know and love, Ross spent 20 years in the US Air Force as a Master Sergeant.

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While he was stationed in Alaska in the Air Force, Ross would paint his happy little trees on the backs of gold pans. He’d sell them for $25 a piece…but now these little paintings could fetch as much as $7,500 at market.

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His signature perm was done as an economical choice so he wouldn’t have to spend money on haircuts. Though his style has become a part of his fame, he actually hated the hair cut.

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One of Ross’s students, Annette Kowalski, was the one who actually “discovered” him. After taking one of his five-day courses, she became enamored with is calming voice and positivity. She became his manager and helped him broker the deal for The Joy of Painting and his line of art supplies.

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The Joy of Painting ran on PBS from 1983 to 1994…and Ross did every episode for free. His company sold art supplies, tapes, classes and courses, which is how he made his money.

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How did he do all those shows for free? Well, he would easily tape an entire season in about two days. That freed him up to teach classes, where he made his real income.

Though the viewing audience loved him, Ross wasn’t as well received with his fellow painters. Several called his art “formulaic” and “non-expressive”…and several art stores would hide his supplies near the back of the store so as to “not offend” other artists.

Ross rarely painted people in his art. Kowalski has said that none of the cabins Ross painted on his show had chimneys because chimneys represent people, and he didn’t want any sign of a person in his paintings.

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Though The Joy of Painting was intended to be instructional, only 10% of viewers actually painted along with him.

Ross really did love trees. In 2014, a statistical breakdown of Ross’s work on The Joy of Painting found that 91% of his pictures included at least one tree…and if he painted one, there was a 93% chance he would give that little tree “a friend” (another tree).

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There were three paintings done of each picture shown on The Joy of Painting. One was done and completed before shooting and kept off camera so Ross had a reference, the other was done on screen, then the final third painting was done after filming for photography, which would be used in his how-to books.

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Ross never sold his paintings that he did on The Joy of Painting, but did donate them to PBS to auction or display.

In the early 90s, Ross was looking to branch out from art and had an idea for a kids show called Bob’s World, where he planned to go out into nature and teach kids about wildlife.

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Two Inch Brush, a site named after Ross’s brush of choice, is the official database that organizes all 403 paintings from The Joy of Painting.

Ross once did an entire painting in greyscale because a color-blind fan wrote in, saying he wouldn’t be able to paint along with him because he couldn’t see color. Ross wanted to show him that he could create something magical even if it’s just in black and white.

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Ross was only 52 when he passed away from lymphoma, but his reruns are on so frequently that Bob Ross Inc and PBS still get calls asking about him.

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Where the Wild Things Are Picture

Usually I’m not one to cut up old books, but when I found this torn-up copy of one of my favorite books, Where the Wild Things Are, I couldn’t help but find a way to put it to use.

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A cute addition to a boy’s bedroom or nursery, this little 8 x 10 canvas is super easy to make and you can do it with any picture book you’d like!

Without further ado, let the wild rumpus start!

Where the Wild Things Are Picture

Materials:

  • 8 x 10 in. canvas
  • Where the Wild Things Are book, or book of your choice
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • 3D Scrapbooking Stickers
  • White Cardstock
  • Black Sharpie Marker
  • Embellishments, as desired

Instructions:

First, find the image you’d like to use for the background. I chose this one of Max. Using Mod Podge, glue the page to the canvas. Set aside to dry completely.

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While that dried, I cut out my monster and glued him to a piece of cardboard for added stability.

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I added a layer of Mod Podge to the front of the monster, too…so set that aside to dry. In the meantime…

I added this cute embellishment to the canvas, using a picture that was hung up in Max’s room in the book:

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I also added a coat of gold glitter paint to the border of the canvas, as well as the outer edge of the page:

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Once the paint was dry, I added my monster. I covered the back with 3D scrapbooking stickers to give the monster a little dimension and let him jump off the side of the picture a bit:

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Once my monster was placed, I got to working on the quote. I wrote “We’ll eat you up we love you so” on white cardstock, then ripped out the letters individually and placed them on the canvas to make sure everything fit:

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Once the letters were placed, I used 3D stickers to attach them to the canvas.

And there ya go! A cute picture to decorate your reading room or nursery!

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You Remember That?

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“I remember everything.”
Dawson’s Creek

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11 Cauliflower Recipes You’re Gonna Love

My love of cauliflower is a recent development…I actually spent the first 20 years or so of my life never having tasted it. I know, I know…BLAME MY PARENTS! 😉

In the last few years, I’ve actually come to love cauliflower and all the amazing things you can do with it. I’ve had it in mac n’ cheese, as a mashed potato substitute, and just roasted with garlic and salt (YOU GUYS IT’S SO GOOD).

In an effort to eat healthier and cut out unnecessary carbs, I’ve been looking for more cauliflower recipes…and I thought I’d share a few of my faves! From spicy snacks to amazing pasta dishes, here are 11 cauliflower recipes you’re gonna love!

11 Cauliflower Recipes You’re Gonna Love

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  1. Cauliflower Pasta with Tahini Sauce
  2. Cauliflower Rice
  3. Cauliflower Potato Salad
  4. Cauliflower Bread
  5. Baked Cauliflower Bites
  6. Cauliflower Pizza Crust
  7. Cauliflower Tacos
  8. Spicy Roasted Cauliflower
  9. Low Carb Cauliflower Hummus
  10. Cauliflower Tater Tots
  11. Cheesy Cauliflower Fritters

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