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Funny Faces and Nasty Tastes

Sometimes the most beautiful things in life are the very things that make you smile, or better yet, laugh.  We can all do some real-life "lol-ing." I'm trying to clear out my computer for some much-needed storage space and came across an old video I never edited/uploaded to YouTube this evening: The BeanBoozled Challenge with my sister.  I got it edited and uploaded it. While watching the clips, I laughed so hard - a good belly laugh from the gut - enough to startle my cat, to be honest. It's amazing to me how many goofy faces we can make in one 15-minute period. Even if this video got 0 views in its lifetime, I wouldn't care. It's treasured time with my sister as she moved to Arizona at the end of last summer - and a reminder of how silly we are when we're together.   Here's the video for your viewing pleasure: I hope that you enjoyed this as much as I did. Let me know if you end up doing the challenge too! Em

The Many, Many Faces of Ernie-cat

Happy Friday, and if you're a Seahawks fan, (Go 'HAWKS!) then it will be happy BLUE FRIDAY to you!  I was going through some pictures on my phone recently and came across a series of pictures that made me at first snicker, and then bust up with a full gutsy laugh as I continued swiping through. I created a collage out of the best ones, which are featured below.  Meet Ernie-cat, my lovable, fluffy, orange tabby whose adorable face is plastered as my wallpaper on my work computer. His aim: to make you laugh. How? By showing off his incredibly silly derpy expression: Granted, he doesn't make this face all the time - only when we're playing and I've just about tuckered him out.  What do you think? Has this been a great start to your weekend? Let me know which of these pictures is your favorite.  Until to-meow-row, Em

Coloring Our World

Once upon a time... back to the days of childhood, there were colorless books of simple black and white images. These images inspired children everywhere to fill in the blank spaces with vivid and imaginative bright colors. These books were known everywhere as coloring books - a wonderful tool that parents and educators used to calm and quiet children all while encouraging artistry and imagination. Back to the present day: almost every book store you visit now has some form of coloring books for adults. It is now widely known and accepted as a way to calm ones spirit and reduce stress. In essence, coloring isn't just for kids anymore. Publishers and artists everywhere have stepped up the game and have created everything from mandalas to fairy tale stories that require some coloration. These are more intricately designed books, which I am completely obsessed with. Take the two beautiful gold-embossed coloring books I recently acquired:   The Time Garden by Daria Song

Literally Escaping to Days Gone By

One of the goals that I set for myself this year was to read more often - and because that isn't detailed enough, I told myself that it would be at least two books per month.  My literary comfort zone generally lies with old English literature - literature penned by the Bronte sisters, Jane Austen, Lewis Carroll, and so on. I also greatly appreciate post-Civil War American literature as well - in fact, I remember fondly one of the Lit courses I took back in college studying just that. And, if you can believe, I still have those text books. Okay, yes, I'll admit to being a little bit of a nerd there. No shame! The first book of 2016 is Anne Bronte's Agnes Grey, a story about a young educated woman who paves her way through society as a governess. I'm only on Chapter 3 now, but so far I find it enjoyable. It reminds me of the summer several years ago where I was a nanny for a young girl, thankfully without the sadistic tendencies described as the traits one of

In Remembrance

I've been sitting here in front of my laptop, determined to write a blog post. I have my schedule of blog posts in my weekly planner, and for a very good reason, I don't feel like writing about today's scheduled topic. I'll save it for later. At some point, staring out into space and pretending as though I'm somewhere else will not end in productivity, so I must find something else to write about. Something with substance. What I do feel like writing about right now is hope. Back in the good ole days of 2010 and 2011, when I really started to dive into blogging and YouTube, I created a blog called Insights . It was a place for eclectic writings and any random musings I cared to explore. Eventually, it evolved into writings about a spiritual journey I was on. I talked about relentlessly seeking joy and finding happiness and beauty in everything. Sound somewhat familiar? BDV is all about finding the beauty in life - it was really birthed from Insights. The bl

The First Frost of the Winter

El Ni ño is supposed to bring us a rough winter with colder temperatures and a lot of snow this year - or at least that's what I keep hearing. Every morning, as I'm trekking out to my car, I am made aware of how accurate this seems as I shiver and stutter as I start my car and wait for the heat to kick in.  A couple of months ago - I believe that it was early November - I took my mom to Semiahmoo Beach in northern Washington where we stood and watched the sunset and took in the beautiful clear sky. Don't let the brightness of the sun fool you into believing it was a summery day though, when instead it was frosty and chill. Below, you'll see images of our first experience with the brisk temperatures while on the beach: A glowy sunset in the distance and a sparkly glow of frost in the foreground. Sunshine reflecting off the crystallized frost on a log on the beach. The frost is crystallized and looks almost like fur growing out of the softening

Remembering the Holiday Magic

Now that the last of the holidays are over, things seem to be slowing down and are beginning to feel a tad bit normal again. I still haven't taken down my Christmas decorations yet, but that will come this weekend. To be honest, I'm a bit sad. I love Christmastime and wish it could have lasted just a tad bit longer. However, I cannot complain as I've had a wonderful holiday season jam-packed with almost everything that I wanted to enjoy this season. I wanted to share some of my favorite pictures from the holiday season with you: If you follow me on Instagram, then you would have seen this hideous creation right after I glued on the very last sequin and was finished pinning on these battery-operated lights. Did I win the contest? No, apparently someone else had an uglier sweater, but at least I can't say that I didn't try! My mom came down twice in December to spend time with me. The first time, she and I baked up a storm - between the eggnog bread, sugar c