I Dare Anyone Who's Overwhelmed To Literally Stop And Smell The Flowers

I Dare Anyone Who's Overwhelmed To Literally Stop And Smell The Flowers

"I started comparing my amazement to the astonishment I had as a little girl and boy has it elevated. "

Hello everyone! It is good to be sitting here in front of my computer screen today because I am feeling extra inspired this week. A couple of days ago, I went to the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden with my mom. I am going to share my experience with you guys because it was definitely one to remember!

When I was younger, I remember coming to this place not really caring much about what it has to offer. The first time I attended was in elementary school for a field trip. I got to see the gardens and run around with all of my friends. I had such a fun time with them but I think I was missing the point of the garden.

Whenever I stepped foot into the Dallas Arboretum, my breath was taken away. A gasp left my body and I stood there in shock as I gazed around at the thousands of colorful, beautiful flowers. There were all kinds! Every flower I could think of was within 400 feet of my viewing and it was honestly exciting. I sound like some flower nerd but I promise you I am not. Well, I guess I am and you know what? I am proud to be!

I started comparing my amazement to the astonishment I had as a little girl, and boy has it elevated. Every flower was beautiful in its own little special way and my eyes wandered forever on every single one of them. My mom was just as shaken up as I was and I asked her if it was normal.

She said as you grow older, the more beautiful nature becomes. We grow with it.

That inspired me into writing this article because it is true! Nature DOES become more and more beautiful as you grow older. I know and have learned this myself because I hardly paid any attention to those flowers as a little one in comparison to the other day.

Something about seeing and smelling the freshness that was in the atmosphere was refreshing. With being constantly busy and studying my tail off in college, this was a perfect little getaway from reality. It is hard for me to describe the exact feeling I got from seeing the sun shine down on God's creations. It was a moment to remember, that is for sure!

Sometimes, I feel like God is guiding me to his exact creation, reminding me to be grateful for what I have and those around me. The flowers at the Dallas Arboretum assured me that God in fact was there with us at that exact moment, which was such a cool feeling.

Then my mom reminded me of my grandmother. If you know my grandmother, you know she is obsessed with all kinds of plants. She has them scattered all throughout her front and backyard for she has so much love for them. They are important to her and I am sure she considers them as a part of her. She appreciates nature more than anyone else I know and to me that is remarkable.

Maybe she sees God through her plants and maybe that is why they are so special to her. Who knows? It could be just the beauty of them too, heck it could be lots of things! If there is one thing I am sure of though, it is that in her 92 years of age, she does not take dry, unwatered plants lightly!

I wouldn't say that I am as obsessed with flowers as much as my grandmother is but I can say I know a little bit about the feeling she gets when seeing those flowers bloom and thrive. Going to the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden during spring break was the perfect decision. Literally stopping and smelling the flowerers was definitely worth it too!

Cover Image Credit: Belinda Moreno

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45 Things Day Care Workers Say All Too Often

Toddlers are pretty much tiny, drunk people.

Being the keeper of tiny humans can be a very interesting job. You are constantly breaking up arguments, cleaning up messes, trying to keep them safe, and telling them not to do things that are well, sometimes pretty weird. They do and say the strangest things that'll make you wonder what is really going on in their little heads.

1. "No no no, don't do *something crashes to the floor* ....that."

2. "Bubbles in your mouths every body!"

3. "No, we don't eat our friend's snack."

4. "Hands to yourself."

5. "Get off of the table before you hurt yourself."

6. "Why do we even give them spoons?"

7. "We don't put toys in our mouths"

8. "Did you wash your hands?"

9. "Where do we run? Where are we right now?"

10. "Where are your shoes?"

11. "We don't talk like that here."

12. "Go tell them you're sorry"

13. "Get your finger out of your nose"

14. "Inside voices please!"

15. "Every one find a buddy."

16. "Ew ew ew, some body get me a tissue!"

17. "How did your shoes untie already? I just tied them five minutes ago."

18. "We do nice with our hands."

19. "Oh god, it's spaghetti day."

20. "Please, do not put noodles in your hair."

21. "Hold hands until we are on the play ground!"

22. "5 little monkeys jumping on the bed, one fell off and bumped his head..."

23. "Do you have to poop?"

24. "Well you should at least try."

25. "Why didn't you go to the potty before we went outside."

26. "If I hear "Let it go" one more time..."

27. "Hot dog, hot dog, hot diggity dog.."

28. "Mommy and Daddy will come back, I promise."

29. "No, no biting!"

30. "She had it first, you'll just have to wait until she's done."

31. "Ew, why are you dipping everything in applesauce?"

32. "Now, are you going to eat the vegetable with the ranch or just the ranch?"

33. "Then why did you say you weren't eating snack?"

34. "Put your arms back in your sleeves."

35. *Five minutes before closing* "Where are your parents??"

36. "I finally got him to sleep, everyone be quiet."

37. *You see one eye open* "Oh no..."

38. "Wow, all your kids are still sleeping!?" (We wish we said this more often)

39. "Don't eat that, it was on the floor!"

40. "Glue the google eyes on here." *puts the eyes anywhere but there*

41. "Stop fighting over who's going to turn off the lights, you'll get a turn tomorrow."

42. "Don't shove so much food in your mouth at once, you'll choke!"

43. "Chew and swallow your food before you get up."

45. "Don't touch anything until we wash your hands!"

As weird as these small people are, they are some of the sweetest beings on the planet. And although they drive you crazy, at the end of the day, they make you love your job.

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5 Ways We Can Help Protect Marine Life That Will Make You Say 'Shell-Yeah'

It is serious!


Marine mammals such as dolphins, whales, and seals have captured the hearts of millions of people all over the world. But if we're not careful about how we treat their environment, they may not be around for much longer.

Here are some ways you can help protect our marine life friends!

1. Be beach-friendly. 

Whether you are at the beach to surf, swim, or just relax, always clean up after yourself. Explore and appreciate the ocean without interfering with wildlife or removing rocks or coral. If you really want to make a difference, start patrolling the beach area, and help pick up any trash you see lying around. Maybe even see if you can gather a group of people who will do it with you!

Also, don't take wild fish or hermit crabs away from their homes! They're not likely to live very long if they're taken away from their natural habitat. Also, never release any aquarium fish into the ocean or other bodies of water- a practice that can be very harmful to them.

2. Use fewer plastic products. 

Plastic can end up as ocean debris, which contributes to habitat destruction and entangles and kills tens of thousands of marine animals each year.

Many marine animals (such as sea turtles) mistake plastic waste for a viable food source, sometimes causing blockages in their digestive system. Though the declining sea turtle populations in oceans are due to a variety of reasons, plastic pollution plays a significant role. They eat things like jellyfish and are very likely to mistake a plastic straw for a jellyfish snack.

Also, don't ever release balloons- just pop them and throw them out. If you release them, they are a danger to marine wildlife who can accidentally swallow them because they mistook them for food.

3. Limit activities that can alter an animal's environment. 

Worldwide, dolphins face a variety of impacts that threaten their very existence- most of which are impacts of human activities. In recent history, the Yangtze river dolphin was declared extinct due to its river habitat being obstructed by the building of dams and the invasion of boat traffic.

When you are in the animals' natural habitat, be careful not to leave behind or do anything that could cause serious harm to their environment. Clean up after yourselves, and don't leave behind fishing wires, hooks, trash, or anything else.

4. Advocate for oil spill clean-up. 

Going along with the above statement, oil spills can be caused not only by equipment breaking down but also by people making mistakes or just being careless. Oil spills into rivers, oceans, and bays are often caused by accidents involving tankers, pipelines, storage facilities, drilling rigs, refineries, and barges.

Most oils float, so the animals most affected sea otters and sea birds that are found on the sea surface or on shorelines if the oil comes ashore. During most oil spills, seabirds are harmed and killed in greater numbers than any other kinds of creatures. If heavy oils get into the feathers of birds, they may die of hypothermia for losing their ability to keep themselves warm. This same effect is observed with sea otters. Sea otters can easily be harmed by oil since their ability to stay warm depends on their fur remaining clean. When oil remains on the beach for a while, other creatures, such as snails, clams, and terrestrial animals may suffer too.

Many light oils, such as gasoline and diesel, are considered to be toxic. They can kill animals or plants and they are also dangerous to humans who breathe their fumes or get it on their skin.

Go online to learn more about oil spills, and what you can do to help!

5. Lesson your carbon footprint. 

Because of ocean acidification, global warming has been a hot topic in the ocean world. When acidity of the ocean increases, it can cause devastating impacts on marine life, including plankton, corals, shellfish, and the animals that eat them.

The vast majority of the air we breathe comes from the oceans. That's why we say "if the oceans die, we die."

Marine mammals like the vaquita dolphin (only 30 left in existence due to illegal fishing in the Gulf of California) are not much different than humans. They know when they are in trouble, and they get scared.

Start researching online today to see how you can help!

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