Happy New Year!

Last year I went with two outfits for New Year’s Eve, even though I stayed at home…by myself. This year I have The Man with me so I decided to opt out of the whole “outfit” thing and opt for simple and scientific (thanks to my business partner). I even curled my hair. Just an old lady enjoying slacking off for the day. 😉 Wish I could a better pic of the t-shirt, but when your arms are short, like a t rex, you can only do so much LOL. Pay no attention to the blank wall. That’s my one New Year’s resolution….to fill it up again after I took almost everything down.

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How to prevent hangovers

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For those of you who haven’t started celebrating yet, I’ve got a few tips to help you avoid the hangover. These images are hints. I will tell you to start with a heavy meal and a lot of protein. The rest you’ll have to click through to find out. I’ve laid it all out for you, with a little help from science.

And here’s a little inspiration from me to you. Happy New Year!
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Love, Lola

random things

Working on my latest Branches piece, cutting out words for the “tree” part of it. Tossed some words down and wasn’t paying attention. Woah.

ENJOY 001 copyIt’s funny really. This image represents something that will never be in its original form ever again.

These words will be forcibly glued for all eternity to a twig coated in paper mache and then attached to a tiny canvas covered in crazy colors.

I still kinda dig it though. Well, maybe some of it is the glue. Have you people ever used Mod Podge?! Damn!

Ask questions to stick to New Year’s resolutions

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Credit: Pixabay

The following is an excerpt from an article written by my colleague Rayshell Clapper

It is that time of the year again when people all across the US and the world make their New Year’s resolutions. However, many people end up breaking their resolutions or forgetting them altogether within the first month.

So how can more people keep to their resolutions. Researchers looked into this and have a suggestion: Ask questions instead of making declarations.

Instead of making declarative statements like “I will exercise every day,” or “I’m going to quit smoking this year,” or “I’m going to spend more me-time,” try framing it in the form of a question.

By posing a question, we cause a psychological response that often influences behavior. This is particularly true of positive resolutions.

So, this year, instead of declaring a resolution or demanding it, ask it as a question: “Will I ____________________ in 2016?” See what happens.

Continue reading for all the details and to see of list of this year’s most popular resolutions.

Cosmic Wonders – The Orion Nebula

The Orion Nebula is one of astronomy’s most dramatic and photogenic celestial objects.

This scientific visualization takes the viewer across interstellar space and into a 3D model of the Orion Nebula. Seven individual shots of about ten seconds each are cross-faded together to form the sequence. After traversing among the stars, the camera descends through Orion’s veil of bluish gas, down the valley carved by winds and high energy radiation, and past the bright stars of the trapezium in the core of the nebula. The 3D model combines astronomical knowledge, scientific intuition, and artistic interpretation to create an awe-inspiring journey into the star forming cloud.

Learn more about this cosmic wonder here.

The next big superfood?

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Credit: Pixabay

Berries are awesome! Not only do they taste delicious and fresh, but they’re chock full of health benefits.

A new study from Europe has found that there’s a new berry bucking for top spot in the superfoods market: the European black raspberry.

For their study, the researchers measured the content of phenolics and anthocyanins in black raspberries, red raspberries and blackberries in order to assess their antioxidant potential and health benefits.

The amount of antioxidants in black raspberries was found to be three times higher than the other fruits under investigation. The numbers were even higher for phenolics or the amount of anthocyanines — with black raspberries topping their humble cousins by over 1000%!

Most interestingly, black raspberries seem to be characterized by a higher content of secondary metabolites, which have been proved beneficial for human health.

Click here to learn more about the study. I’ve even included a few handy tips on telling the difference between black raspberries and blackberries.

Now I’m feeling snackish! Pass the berries please!