DIY Pineapple Cups

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Craving that island getaway feeling? Try making a diy pineapple cup for a little fun in the sun feeling!

1.  Purchase a pineapple at your local supermarket

2.  Cut off the top in an even slice

3.  Use a pineapple corer to scoop out the inside

4.  Add your favorite summer drink, and a straw and your ready to go!

Turkey Announces It Will Aid Kurdish forces fighting the ISIS in Syria

On Monday, the Turkish foreign minister announced that Turkey would aid the Iraqi Kuridish forces, also known as the pesh merga, that are fighting militants from the Islamic State. The Islamic State, known as the ISIS or ISIL, has sieged and attacked the Syrian town of Kobani for over a month. This was an important decision because it shows that the Turkish government has shifted their decision to ban fighters or weapons from crossing its border. In a news conference, the Turkish foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, said that the Turkish government was “helping the pesh merga cross over to Kobani.” This announcement, as well as the Unites States’ decision to airdrop weapons and supplies to the Iraqi Kurdish forces, shows the mounting international pressure to push back the Islamic State militants. US Secretary of State John Kerry said, “We have undertaken a coalition effort to degrade and destroy ISIL, and ISIL is presenting itself in major numbers in this place called Kobani.” Polat Can, a spokesman for the Kurdish fighters in Syria, said that the Kurdish forces were anticipating more airdrops in the next week.

#favoriteplaceintheworld

442718_dce0a0120c3941579ae28ad2cb7b93f5.png_srz_538_537_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_png_srzAs a kid my grandparent’s house was my favorite place in the world. I love everything about it; the smell of food cooking in the kitchen, the feel of their old leather couches, the run down red barn where my childhood horse lives. It was the most perfect place to me. Even though I have grown up a lot, the memories of my grandparent’s house will always make the place very special to me. What’s your favorite place?
@courtphoto: Something about the being in Paris just makes me happy. Even if I can’t stay here 😦 #favoriteplaceintheworld

@cassieb_24: Countdown: 25 days.. #newyork #favoriteplaceintheworld

@xo_LoveTricia: Miami next weekend . . #FavoritePlaceInTheWorld ..

@Annie_Merz15: Nothing else matters now because I AM HOME! There is no better feeling than walking into your own home. #favoriteplaceintheworld

@viccarmouche: Definitely living in Colorado when I’m older❄️⛄️🎿🏂 #favoriteplaceintheworld

@erin_lucia: can i please just live in colorado? #favoriteplaceintheworld

@JoeSalome Officially checking out and heading to @SanibelIslandca ! 1st trip since honeymoon we are by ourselves. #favoriteplaceintheworld #beach

@callieorizotti: So excited to go to Montana next week #favoriteplaceintheworld

@tmeganelizabeth: I feel like I’m in Prague, take me back now please #favoriteplaceintheworld (@ Little Bohemia)

@AnnaKlar: Up north #favoriteplaceintheworld

‏@k_armstrong13: Rhode Island sunset #favoriteplaceintheworld

@BreDerp: I wish I could stay in Yellowstone forever 😍 #favoriteplaceintheworld

‏@AdamBogie: Only 16 days until I’ll be here.. #favoriteplaceintheworld #Honduras

@thewanginator: See ya later America, Taiwan bound for the summer! ✌✈☀ #favoriteplaceintheworld

@Allison_Holt_: Can I stay forever? #favoriteplaceintheworld #californialife

@malejandro2186: We’re on top of the world!!! #parcguell #españa #spain #barcelona #favoriteplaceintheworld #complete…

@MarissaGrimsley: Springboro makes me remember what it was like to be carefree and happy.. #favoriteplaceintheworld

Farm Stands are THE Best Part of Fall

imageIf your looking for a fun fall activity without traveling far from home, check out your local farm stand.  Farms stands have fresh locally produced vegetables, baked goods, apple cider, and of course pumpkins.  Heading to your local farm stand is a great way to kick of fall and get a little inspiration.  There is so much to look at and enjoy.  Plus it’s a great place to stock up on fresh, homemade, tasty treats!

The Vatican Indicates a More Tolerant Attitude Towards Gays and Divorcees

Bishops gathered in Vatican City to discuss the “positive aspects of civil unions and cohabitation” and other matters involving the modern family. The meeting was called by Pope Francis and signals the more tolerant direction he has chosen to take the church. The bishops said, “The Church turns respectfully to those who participate in her life in an incomplete and imperfect way, appreciating the positive values they contain rather than their limitations and shortcoming.” The meeting indicates a possible easing of the church’s outlook on homosexuality and divorce. The church is urging its’ congregation to be more tolerant and to look for the good in people rather than discriminate against them. The bishops will issue a final document next week, and I look forward to hearing what they will say.

Be Brave & Be Kind

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It is a simple phrase but for me it holds power. Kindness and bravery are underrated. Although we are taught kindness as at a young age it is often forgotten as we grow older. Doing what is right isn’t always easy or clear. Showing kindness can often be mistaken as a weakness. However, being kind for no reason at all has so many benefits. There is no greater feeling than doing something good for someone else. So, be true to yourself; be true to what is good in the world. Stand up for what you know to be right. Prove others wrong. Be brave and be kind!

Experience Oktoberfest

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Oktoberfest is a festival celebrated throughout the world. It began in Germany in 1810, when Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese. The couple invited the citizens of Munich to celebrate the festivities. The tradition continues to this day, and millions of visitors from all over the world gather in Munich to celebrate Oktoberfest each year. If you can’t experience Oktoberfest in Germany, plenty of towns across America hold their own festivals to celebrate the end of summer and welcome in fall.

Man tests positive for Ebola in Dallas

On Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that Thomas E. Duncan, who traveled from Liberia to Dallas, tested positive for Ebola. Director of the C.D.C., Dr. Thomas R, Frieden, reported that the odds of contracting Ebola in the US are still extremely low. Health officials say that they are confident that the current protocol for controlling infectious diseases would contain Ebola.

Ebola is spread through direct contact with body fluids. People are only infectious if they have symptoms of the disease, and there is no risk of transmission from people who have been exposed but don’t show symptoms.

Since March, more than 7,400 people have contracted Ebola. Ebola has a fatality rate of 50 to 90 percent, and more than 3,400 people have died from the disease. The World Health Organization says this is the biggest outbreak on record since the discovery of the disease in 1976.

Love Locks

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“Love locks” have gained notoriety worldwide as symbols of love and romance. The Pont des Arts in Paris, has become famous because of its adornment with thousands of these locks. “Love locks” are padlocks that couples attach to bridges and public fixtures to declare their love for one another. The padlocks often have names and engravings on them. This ritual, which began in Hungary during the 19th century, began gaining popularity and spread to cities all over the world in the early 2000s. The tradition took hold of Paris in 2008 starting on the Pont des Arts and has since extended to the Pont de l’Archevêché and the Passerelle Simone de Beauvoir. Couples attach their locks to these Parisian bridges, and then throw the key into the Seine River. While visiting Paris, I snapped this photo of a couple meeting on the Pont des Arts. I believe that it captures the romance and timelessness of this beautiful tradition and place.