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Home For Hope


The Huffington post featured an article yesterday on a new collaboration that is currently in place between IKEA Furniture and Animal Shelters in both Singapore and Arizona. The project is called Home for Hope and is based on the concept that furniture helps to make our living spaces comfortable, but nothing makes a house a home like a fury best friend.

Amid the furniture in the Ikea showrooms one can now find a cardboard cut out of an adoptable dog. Each cut out has a tag that shoppers can scan to learn more about the individual animal. This is an excellent idea and a great way to show people what their home would look like with a dog in it.

All of the six animals featured in cutouts at the store in Tempe have now been adopted from the Arizona Humane Society, and more cutouts will be exhibited in the store at the end of the month. At least eight pups have been adopted in Singapore so far, according to the Home for Hope website.

What a wonderful idea, I hope that all the IKEA stores around the world will jump on board and support such a worthwhile cause.






I was given a copy of the Brainwash Project magazine today and I have to say that I am really impressed.

For those of you that have not heard of the Brainwash Project, it is one girls crusade to change the image portrayed to young impressionable girls in the glamour magazines.

Jessica Barlow who was honored at this years Australian Day awards. Started the Brainwash project in hope of making readers feel good about themselves, to encourage them to expand their mind and branch out and try new things. It is about recognizing the beauty that exists in diversity and the innate beauty that resides within each of us.

The project has seen Jessica travel far and wise spreading her message that girls don’t have to look like the models pictured in the magazines in order to be beautiful and unique.

Inside the Brainwash Project Magazine girls will read real life stories and see beautiful real girls. There is a plethora of information, advice, fashion, entertainment all of it targeted to real young ladies.

The front and back cover of the magazine is plain white with bold black writing and on the back the words ‘don’t judge by appearance’ pretty much sum it all up.

There was only a relatively small number of this magazine published, but anyone who has been lucky enough to get hold of a copy will no doubt agree that our young girls could certainly use more of these types of magazines.



The Yellow Dog Project

The Yellow Dog Project is a global movement for owners of dogs that need space. The project aims to educate the public as well as dog owners to identify dogs needing space, and to promote appropriate contact of dogs. These dogs are easily identified they will either be wearing a yellow ribbon or have something yellow on their leash.

Yellow Dogs are dogs who need space – they are not necessarily aggressive dogs but more often are dogs who have issues of fear; pain from recent surgery; are a rescue or shelter dog who has not yet had sufficient training or mastered obedience; are in training for work or service; or other reasons specific to the dog.

The Yellow Dog Project is not an excuse to avoid properly training your dog. It is not an admission guilt and it is definitely not a waiver of responsibility.

If you do see a dog with a yellow ribbon on its leash please ensure that you maintain a safe distance and do not approach this dog with your dog. Allow the owner and his dog sufficient time to move out of your way.

You too can help dogs around the world receive the space they need by spreading the word of TheYellow Dog Project.


Play Me, I’m Yours


Today we went on a little treasure hunt in Melbourne’s beautiful, bustling CBD. The treasure we were looking for, were 24 vibrantly decorated pianos that have been positioned around Melbourne CBD (Central Business District ), and surrounds, for people to play and enjoy.

Play Me, I’m Yours, is an international street piano project presented by the Arts Centre Melbourne, as part of the Betty Amsden Participation Program.

We managed to find 9 out of the 24 pianos, which I believe are all the ones located in the City. We were treated to some truly beautiful melodies performed by everyday people walking by, who had stopped to have a turn at playing a tune on these cute and quirky pianos.

Every piano has been uniquely decorated by local community artists, and has been positioned strategically around the city in various spots were they can be easily accessed and enjoyed.

My personal favourite was the one pictured above, which my sister had lots of fun playing. She may not have been the most talent performer we heard today, but she looked like a star to me.

The pianos will remain on display until the 27th of January and will then be generously donated to local community centres.