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How to Design Your Own Fresh Flower Arrangement at Home

October 16, 2014 10:02 am

Flowers brighten up any room and give it that sleek, interior designer look. Not only do they look great, a blossoming flower arrangement will make your room smell wonderful, too. Here are a few professional tips for making an attractive floral arrangement at home.

  1. Gather your supplies. Use a vase or even an old jar as the base for your arrangement and be sure to have sharp scissors or shears on hand. You’ll also need a variety of flowers, which depend on your personal tastes.
  2. Add some foliage. To create a space-filler for your arrangement, add some lush green foliage. Cut it so that the sides are shorter and the middle is taller to create dimension, but be sure to leave room for the flowers.
  3. Place large flowers throughout. Next, add larger faced flowers like roses or peonies. Cut some stems longer and other stems shorter, then scatter them throughout the arrangement.
  4. Disperse wispy accents. Weave vines, smaller ferns, or even delicate flowers throughout the rest of the arrangement to create texture. Let some shoot outward from the sides for a multidimensional look.
  5. Make final adjustments. Once all of your flowers are in place, be sure to arrange them a bit more. Stand back and admire your handiwork to see which flowers need to be moved, and don’t worry if there are a few imperfections; that gives your arrangement character!

How to Create Perfect Floral Arrangements [Sunset]
Elegant, Exquisite, Easy Floral Arrangements [Real Simple]
Flower Arranging 101 [Martha Stewart]

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The Grammy Museum: Explore and Celebrate Music

October 8, 2014 9:01 am

One of Los Angeles's most unique cultural establishments, The Grammy Museum combines dynamic audio-visual exhibits celebrating the history of music in America with top-notch educational programming that encourages kids to both understand and make music themselves.

Museum visitors will enjoy exhibits explaining how the technology of recorded sound has changed over the years, from the dusty 19th-century cylinders and phonograph to the crisp, modern surround sound that fully envelopes the listener. You'll also go behind the scenes and learn what it's like to be backstage at the Grammies award show, while in yet another area of the museum you'll get to act as the sound engineer and create a piece of music that you mix yourself.

The museum also periodically hosts intimate performances by legendary artists like Brian Wilson, Annie Lennox, John Mayer, and Yoko Ono, as well as performances by new, local musicians who are just starting out.

The Grammy Museum
800 West Olympic Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 765-6800

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Check Out These Fun Facts About Flax Seeds

September 24, 2014 9:02 am

Flax seeds have been buzzed about quite a bit lately among healthy eating communities, but most people don’t know much about these tiny superfoods.

Here are a few interesting facts about flax seeds if you're considering adding them to your diet:

  1. Flax seeds are full of beneficial nutrients. They're loaded with a laundry list of good-for-you nutrients, including healthy fats, fiber, protein, and omega 3s. They’re also full of vitamins, magnesium, potassium, and lignans, which can help to prevent against cancer.
  2. You may notice that your grocery store carries both golden and brown flax seeds, but both contain the same nutritional benefits. Which type you choose depends on your own taste.
  3. Like many other foods in Mediterranean diets, flax seeds may help to prevent against many chronic diseases. They may reduce the risk of heart disease, as well as the risk of hormone-dependent cancers.
  4. There are many ways to eat flax seeds. Whether you add ground flax seeds to your baked goods, sprinkle them on your salads or use them to top your yogurts, you can incorporate them into your diet without much effort.

Frequently Asked About Flax [Ameriflax]
What's New and Beneficial About Flaxseeds [The World’s Healthiest Foods]
Flaxseeds [Vegetarian Times]
Cooking with Flax [Flax Council of Canada]

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