Proof that LEGO is always happier

Sure, the Oscar nominations came out, and fans of The LEGO Movie were horrified to see it didn’t garner a nod from the committee. Everyone involved with the film could’ve sunk into despair over the slight, but—demonstrating once and for all that LEGO can make everything better—one of the movie’s directors remained undaunted.

This tweet from Philip Lord is the very embodiment of everything LEGO is about (and how one can always be happier if they’re willing to reframe):


(I’m calling it: The Oscar for best attitude goes to Philip Lord.)

Nothing says “buzz-kill” like “30-day juice cleanse”


Nothing says “buzz-kill” like “30-day juice cleanse.” But feeling all jazzed about getting started on a long-overdue health-kick doesn’t have to be an exercise in deprivation — or futility. Instead of detoxing for a month (or a day) (or an hour) with some kind of crazy juice-tea-broth regimen, cleanse your brain of unrealistic impossible health goals that have failure written all over them and replace them with these three painless ways to detox.

Oh, Kale Yeah!

Not to get all judgy, but if all you can say about kale is “It’s bitter,” then you’re doing it wrong. Everyone knows that kale has incredible nutritional value, but what’s remained a mystery is how to make it taste good enough to eat more than once a year. A little known fact is that kale actually tastes better the longer it sits tossed in dressing because the acid in the dressing neutralizes the bitterness of the kale. So make a giant kale salad, but leave it in the fridge for 24 hours before you eat it. Your delayed-kale-gratification will be worth it because once it’s had time to think about what it’s done wrong, it’ll taste like a whole new vegetable. Serve it as a side with your dinner for as many days as it lasts. Bring it for lunch (and impress your co-workers). Add it to ice cream and spoon it onto two cookies for a healthy “ice-cream kale-wich.” (Just kidding on that last one!)

Oh, Kale Yeah! Salad:

  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1½ tbsp dijon mustard
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • fresh cracked pepper to taste
  • lots of kale (stems removed)

Mix up the dressing in a blender, pour it over your kale, then wait a day! After 24 hours, add your favorite toppings for additional awesomeness. Some favorites? Dried cherries, Granny Smith apples, and a touch of blue cheese. It fancies up your kale and seriously pumps up the deliciousness factor.

Breathe in, Breath out

You’re already doing this, we know. But are you really breathing? Like, the kind of breathing that fills every cubic centimeter of your being? Taking a few super-deep cleansing breaths throughout your day is like taking a mini-vacation and recharging your molecular makeup. Picture your breath filling you up from your toes to your head; then slowly exhale and let it all go. Do this on your commute, at your desk, while you’re running errands. Your oxygen-starved cells will thank you by helping you feel more energized, refreshed, and ready for that to-do list that never gets any shorter.

The little things

A beautiful, organized home is nice, but who has time for perfection? Instead, fixing a few small things (they can be really, really small) to make your home feel less “ugh” and more “ahh” can make all the difference. Vow to fill a bud vase with one fresh flower every week. Swap a new photo in your favorite picture frame every month. Clean out that kitchen junk drawer already. Having just one element in every room that fills you with calm and happiness, even for a second, will make your house less zoo, more zen.

“826 Napkins Will Never Be Enough”


…wrote Garth Callaghan to his daughter, Emma. Callaghan has cancer (again) and is racing to write enough napkin notes — over 800 — to put into her lunches until she graduates from high school (which will likely be after he’s gone). Napkin Notes: Make Lunch Meaningful, Life Will Follow is the book, and soon there will even be a movie to inspire us to make the most out of every single precious day we have.


Watch this and maybe you’ll be moved to write a napkin note to someone you love.

Awesome Humans: Everyone Involved in Chase The Chill

awesome-humans-scarves[Image credit: Chase the Chill Winnipeg]

It’s happening again this year.

As the weather gets colder, particularly in snowy Canada, groups organize clothing and coat drives for the homeless. Not everyone in need is able to take advantage of these efforts, of course. So small, local knitting groups go rogue—and start leaving scarves around the city with “I AM NOT LOST!” tags on them. The idea is that anyone in need can grab a warm scarf and maybe find some comfort in both the item and the thoughtful intention to help out a stranger, no strings attached.

You can read a great round-up of the various Chase The Chill efforts over on Yahoo! News Canada, but it looks like the movement began in Pennsylvania in 2010, and new groups continue to spring up all over the U.S. and Canada. Wherever there is winter, and kind-hearted knitters, you just might find this “yarn-bombing with a cause.”

And that’s awesome.

“4-7-8” = Falling-Asleep Math


What if there were a simple, all-natural, non-pharmaceutical way to help you fall asleep — or fall back asleep? Unlike the New Math that none of us are smart enough to do, this sleep technique named with a sequence of numbers — 4-7-8 Breath — is simple: breathe in for 4 seconds; hold that breath for 7 seconds; then exhale that breath for 8 seconds. Taking in that extra oxygen and getting rid of the carbon dioxide slows your heart down and quickly calms your body. It’s just a fancy way of saying mindful breathing, but if you’re already confused, let Dr. Andrew Weil demonstrate how to do it.

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(H/T Alina Gonzalez, Bydie)