Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Burger of the Week #214

If you aren't on Instagram yet, get there—it's my favorite social media—because it's full of pretty pictures! Like this one from Modcloth...

The burger is part of the lipbalm set from Modcloth.

Monday, May 25, 2015

#HappinessHunting at the Spring/Summer 2016 Cushe Brand Conference

Just wrapping up another Cushe conference, which means I'm delighted to be returning to part time this week!
All 15 Wolverine Worldwide brands set up booths inside the Devos Convention Center for another week, showcasing their SS16 lines to reps, distributors and licensees. Cushe used their repurposed shipping container booth as their store front.
The highlight of the conference, by far, was collaborating with Erica Lang of Woosah Outfitters on an original wood cut, that she screen printed live at the event onto t-shirts. See a time-lapse of the carving process and printing process on Cushe's Instagram.
Woosah Outfitters and Printshop is a naturally inspired print and apparel brand based in Grand Rapids. Erica's outdoor inspired woodcuts are meant to inspire an inner peace and calmness—what she refers to as Woosah 

Woosah will be opening a storefront at the Avenue of the Arts on Division next month. You can see the Cushe booth set-up and follow the amazing work of Woosah on Instagram.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Breakfast Undead

Hey remember the Skull-a-Day guy? Do you think this is what he has for breakfast every morning?

*Skull-A-Day is an ongoing online art project/blog created by artist Noah Scalin. For the first year, the project consisted of daily skull art creations created by Scalin. Now he continues to add fan submissions to the site. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Burger of the Week #213

"This burger probably couldn't be more American unless it was cooked by bald eagles and delivered with a side of apple pie."

The Most American Thickburger will go on sale at Hardee's and Carl's Jr on May 20. The beef patty is topped with a split hot dog, and rests upon a Lay's potato chip foundation. 

Monday, May 11, 2015

Bringing Back the Bees

Wild Mitten, a honey co-op in West Michigan, is working to bring Grand Rapids' their first Community Apiary/Honey Bee Garden. The Apiary will be located 15 minutes north of Grand Rapids at The Izaak Walton League nature preserve.

The co-op was started by Joshua Kruis and Teresa DeJager in 2014 after Joshua was hired to do hive removal. Joshua was astounded by the intelligence of the bees and he brought home a swarm of bees he removed from a music festival and started a hive. The co-op arose out of people's genuine concern for colony collapse and the lives of the bees when they were having bees removed from a site. 
You can read more about their story on their website. You can also join the efforts of co-op (and enjoy the honey they produce) by purchasing a honey subscription or by becoming a virtual bee-keeper and sponsoring a hive.

Bees are a crucial part of our food landscape. Without the hives to pollinate the plants, agriculture would cease. To learn more about the rapidly vanishing bee population, you can watch Vanishing of the Bees on Netflix.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Burger of the Week #212

Planning a BBQ this summer? Hobby Lobby has got all your burger serving needs covered....
As usually HL proves to be the perfect place to shop if you love throwing a theme party!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Coloring... Inside, Outside, All Over the Lines.

When telling people about my job, I often find it's easier to just say, "I color all day."

But now adults are invited to do just that! With new studies showing that play benefits adults and stimulates brain activity, Johanna Basford is topping the best-sellers list with her adult coloring books, Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest (adult as in for adults... not as in X-rated).
According to recent research, play benefits adults immensely, as a de-stressing technique and a method for preventing darken moods. Coloring uses brain areas related to motor skills and the senses, triggering both logic and creativity. According to psychologists, The relaxation coloring provides lowers the activity of the amygdala, a part of our brain involved in controlling emotion affected by stress."In simplest terms, coloring has a de-stressing effect because when we focus on a particular activity, we focus on it and not on our worries."
Coloring is just one play-centered activity that is becoming popular for adults. Businesses and products supporting activities encouraging laughter are capitalizing on this trend. Read more here.