Ooh, my favorite!

Animal Camouflage
December 20, 2011, 6:53 am
Filed under: Nature, Simply Amazing

Flickr user Hopefoote, Ambassador of the Wow has captured the most interesting photos of the Camouflaged Looper, a caterpillar that decorates its back with the petals of the flower it eats. The image above has three caterpillars, but if you look at her images below you can see single ones. I have never seen anything like this and if you look through the comments on each of the photos it’s just as fun to see her and everyone else geeking out over this great find. So impressive, amazing work!




[All images are the work of Hopefoote, Ambassador of the Wow, via The Conservation Report]

May 31, 2011, 10:50 am
Filed under: Compassion, Simply Amazing, Videos

It’s been a long time since I just sat and watched. After the perfect walk on a perfect Seattle night, I came home last night and just looked out my big living room window. In the most not creepy way possible, I watched the people across the way to see how they lived, I looked up at the stars for the first time in a long time. No TV, no laptop, no phone. Just my trusty Chopin station on Pandora and the light coming from the streetlight below. It was relaxing and therapeutic. This video by Dominic Boudreault sums it all up for me. So beautiful.

[Video by Dominic Boudreault. Music is “Time” by Hans Zimmer. (Gorgeous!)]

“well…happy…free from suffering”
April 12, 2011, 9:10 am
Filed under: Compassion, Health, Simply Amazing

To keep me sane and help deal with all of the changes in my life I have started listening to guided meditations from Bodhipaksa, Guided Meditations: For Calmness, Awareness, and Love.  I’m still only a few days in, but I was genuinely stunned at how effective and euphoric meditation is. I’ve always had a hard time turning my brain off at night, and I thought I lacked the discipline to make meditation worth trying, but listening to Bodhipaksa’s soothing voice and instructions made it so easy and relaxing. As a former skeptic (on my part, not on the practice overall) I just thought I’d share with you in case you were looking to feel centered.

[Available on iTunes and Amazon. Image via Amazon.]


March 25, 2011, 12:46 pm
Filed under: Movies, Nostalgia, Simply Amazing

I’m feeling completely overwhelmed and a bit lost today so I think a Liz movie marathon may be in order for the weekend. I’ve always loved old movies, and for as long as I can remember I have been captivated by Elizabeth Taylor. I recall being mesmerized by her jet black curls and china doll skin when I first saw her small role in Jane Eyre. Did you know that a genetic “mutation” gifted her with two rows of eye lashes? Perhaps the last of the real movie stars and a true humanitarian, she was truly one of a kind.

I hope you have lovely plans ahead of you. Sending lots of positive thoughts and love to anyone that needs a little extra. Happy weekend!

[image via tumblr user Queen Ashley]

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
March 9, 2011, 11:52 am
Filed under: Simply Amazing, Travel

This is what happens when a hotel restaurant dining room celebrates its fifth anniversary. The Ithaa restaurant at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island switched from dining room to luxury suite at 16-feet below the surface of the Indian Ocean. The suite is only available for one night of a guests stay, but comes with champagne dinner and breakfast in bed. Gorgeous!

[via Luxury Travel Advisor]

Happy Weekend!
March 4, 2011, 2:01 pm
Filed under: Art and Design, Simply Amazing

It’s Friday, my brain is fried, and I’m just plain beat. I’ve got some really exciting things ahead but since I can’t share anything quite yet I’ll leave you with the master of camouflage Liu Bolin. Really cool stuff.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

[More on him here at Mighty Optical Illusions.]



February 24, 2011, 6:27 am
Filed under: Compassion, Green, Nature, Simply Amazing, Videos

Uncontacted Amazon Tribe: First ever aerial footage from Survival International on Vimeo.

I have been consumed by this video since I saw it last week, and it only becomes more haunting and sinking when you realize that it’s not a movie trailer, but an attempt to save some of the last uncontacted tribes in the world. This new footage was shot to convince the Peruvian government that uncontacted tribes do, in fact, exist and are in danger of losing everything because of illegal logging and mining. Captured by a high-powered lens from 1 km away, Jose Carlos Meirelles hopes to use this footage to show Peru’s president that these tribes are not made up and are in need of preservation.

“They should be free to choose whether to make contact or not.”

Amazing work by Mr. Meirelles of FUNAI, a government agency that works to protect indigenous people of Brazil.

Visit http://www.uncontactedtribes.org

So much better
February 3, 2011, 3:26 pm
Filed under: Personal, Simply Amazing
Olly Moss

Been light on posting this week, but I am indeed still alive. After a traumatic day last week, and a weekend of deep thinking, plenty of naps, and a marathon of The Office I came out okay in the end. In fact, after a few days I came out even better than before. In the midst of my humiliation revelation I came across this lovely print and it actually made me feel better.

More great prints here.

[via Black Eiffel] Did provide some solace knowing I wasn’t the only one that had a terrible day.

Today I am one
January 27, 2011, 6:20 am
Filed under: Simply Amazing, Smile, Yes please

One year ago I had just returned from Seattle with a cold and was dreading the thought of going back to a job I absolutely hated. I remember suddenly feeling overcome with the need to start a project, if only to avoid a Jerry McGuire moment in the office. I figured if I created a place where I could collect all of my favorites (with a few rants), it could only result in good things. So here I am, 250 posts and a year later in a whole new place. Long gone is the job from hell, and I’m left with only the best pieces of a year gone by; looking back through my archives, I am happy.

I love sharing the fun and interesting content I find and the occasional recipe I attempt, but I often struggle with the best way to share my often intense thoughts on living a healthy life while being mindful of our impacts on things big and small. I know that sometimes it’s not the most entertaining or easy thing to read, but I hope you’ll continue to visit me not just for the fun and carefree, but for the anti-cancer and sustainable.

Last I heard there were around 144 million blogs in existence. That’s more than a lot of competition, so the thought of you here visiting means the world to me; and really, I don’t know how to express how truly humbled and thankful I am. If only you knew how my heart raced with each new view or thoughtful message. I love my little corner of the world here and I am so excited to share with you another year of favorites!


In case you were curious, here are your favorite posts from the past year!

–  Jok Thai-Style Rice Porridge (the winner by a long shot!)

–  Cardboard Cuteness (Anton Tang’s little box people)

–  Holiday 2010 Gift Guide (fun stuff!)

–  Animal Camouflage (one of my faves too)

–  Roasted pork loin with cabbage slaw (try the cabbage slaw!)

–  Larb Gai (secret family recipe)

And while not all of these are as sexy as your favorites, here are some of my personal faves:

–  Guilty on All Counts (or why I am not not a sushi pro)

–  Dirty Water (let’s know our water)

–  J-Pop! (or my trip to the toy store)

–  Thai Garlic Chili Oil (you’ll want this)

–  Come Back GT Dave (Kombucha withdrawals)

–  Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium (zen!)

–  Happy Earth Day! (good stuff here)

–  Diamonds are a dragonfly’s best friend (gorgeous macro photo)

Late Summer Succotash (Sweet corn. That is all.)

–  Home (or Dad’s crazy bird-catching contraption)

[balloon image by flickr user brooksbos, via bringyourdreamstolife]

Hugs and happy thoughts.



Aidan’s Monsters
October 20, 2010, 4:41 pm
Filed under: Art and Design, Compassion, Simply Amazing



Five year old Aidan is battling Leukemia and undergoing chemotherapy, but he’s also quite the artist and has an Etsy shop filled with pictures of his monster drawings. Purchasing one of his pictures helps contribute money toward his medical bills!

I’m glad to see there’s a note on his page that deliveries will take 6-8 weeks, due to the response.

Sweet, Aidan. Sending lots of love and monster-inspiration your way!

–  Visit his Etsy shop.

–  Visit his Zazzle page. (I’m loving the purple monster tee!)

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