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Learn Gardening, Science and More with “A Family Guide to Terrariums for Kids”

With the increasing likelihood that more kids will be home distance learning, here’s a fun and creative means to learn about science, nature, and more.

Kids love to create, imagine, and have fun. Nothing fulfills all three of those desires quite like designing and planting a terrarium. With the step-by-step project instructions found in A Family Guide toTerrariums for Kids, the results are beautiful, inspiring, and confidence-building. Making these little landscapes develops motor skills, spatial awareness, and provides a wealth of sensory input. The science behind the art is included with quick and simple lessons on ecosystem functions, the water cycle, and plant nutrition. But for kids, it’s all about being active and building something cool!

With the terrarium plans found in A Family Guide to Terrariums for Kids, everyone in the family can tap their inner “science geek” to:

  • Use multi-colored sand and succulents to craft a desert terrarium
  • Plant, trim, and tend a terrarium bonsai tree
  • Build a peat bog filled with carnivorous plants
  • Make an aquatic terrarium, complete with a marimo moss ball “pet”
  • Design a prehistoric garden of air plants
  • Create a plant-filled habitat for a praying mantis
  • Grow a Japanese garden with living rocks

With information on selecting the best terrarium container, growing materials, decorative elements, tools, and plants, readers are primed for success that lasts long after the terrarium has been built. Terrariums combine imagination and creativity with a dash of hands-on science. And you get to play in the dirt! What could be better than that?

About the author:

Patricia Buzo is the owner and artist behind Doodle Bird Terrariums. From the age of 15, she had a successful career in fine art and mural painting, often choosing plants and nature as her preferred subject matter. Looking for a chance to work more closely with nature, Patricia founded her terrarium-making business in 2008, and through trial and error has become an expert in her craft. Both by experimentation and research, she perfected how to best create and care for planted terrariums, while at the same time using her artist background to create realistic miniature landscapes using live mosses and other tiny plant life.

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USING CRYSTALS IN YOUR INTENTION SETTING RITUAL

An intention setting practice is a powerful ritual that can help you achieve a happier and more fulfilling life. Intentions are, simply put, the things we want in our life. This can be money, deeper spiritual connection, romantic relationship, confidence,  better health, and so on.

We all want something in our life but we don’t really sit down and define it regularly. When we just keep our intentions at the back of our heads, we are telling the universe that they are not really important to us. Undefined intentions are like fragile wishes that are broken and forgotten easily. You need to make your intentions stronger so that you can achieve them.

Crystals are great visual reminders to amplify the power of your intentions. Each crystal stone imbibes different energy. Rose quartz attracts love. Amazonite inspires courage. Citrine seeks happiness. There is no need to choose a crystal based on its healing properties. Instead, let your intuition guide you.

When picking a crystal, let yourself be drawn to the color, shape, or vibration that pulls you in. Don’t overthink. We are naturally attracted to crystals containing energy we subconsciously want to invite into our lives.

During your intention setting practice, hold your crystal in your dominant hand and say your intentions out loud. You want the universe to hear you, not your neighbors. Repeat your intentions to yourself and fully attach this message with your crystal.

Every time you see your crystal, it should remind you of your intention. Place your crystal within sight or carry it in your pocket. The easiest way is to wear your crystal as a bracelet or a necklace so that you are always reminded of your intentions.

Using crystals or healing stones in your intention setting routine connects you to specific energy and guides you in your journey to self-improvement. You can use your crystals to help you get through your doubts, worries, and anxieties along the way.

Crystals draw your focus back to your intentions, magnifying your thoughts and helping them manifest quicker. They are an easy and beneficial addition to your meditation and intention setting ritual.

Karma and Luck is a spirit-centered modern lifestyle brand offering jewelry curated by intention and high-vibrational home decor inspired by timeless traditions.

Handmade in the Far East, these trees are also known as Feng Shui Trees. The particular stones on the tree help to manifest what you wish for in your life as well as help to balance areas of your home.

LOVE HARMONY FENG SHUI ROSE QUARTZ TREE

This tree sits upon an agate slice. The Love Harmony Feng Shui Agate Tree is made of hand wrapped copper wire with Rose Quartz leaves. This Tree of Life is also known as Feng Shui Tree and helps with balancing areas of your life and home. Rose Quartz is the stone of universal love. It restores trust and harmony in relationships, encouraging unconditional love. Rose Quartz purifies and opens the heart at all levels to promote love, self-love, friendship, deep inner healing and feelings of peace.

Rose Quartz Copper Tree Features:

  • Tree of Life Symbol: growth, deep grounding, fertility.
  • Size: Small – 5, Medium- 8, Large – 10 Inches Tall
  • Agate Slice Base
  • Hand wrapped Copper Wire
  • Rose Quartz Leaves

UNCONDITIONAL LOVE FENG SHUI TREE

In loving unconditionally, we discover the immense depth of our hearts. Attract only the things which represent genuine soul food with our Feng Shui tree, blossoming with lovely Red Tourmaline leaves. These mighty stones will help to enhance and nurture all the social relationships in your life and it also helps to get your thoughts in order. The delicate beauty of this Tree of Life constantly reminds you that you must find unconditional self-love before you can love anyone else.

  • Tree of Life Symbol: growth, deep grounding, fertility.
  • Red Tourmaline Leaves: self-love, positivity, strength.
  • 8 Inches Tall Feng Shui Tree of Life.
  • Hand wrapped Copper Wire.
  • Wood base.
  • Glass Casing.
  • “Manifest Your Dreams” card and envelope included.

THE LIGHT MAKER FENG SHUI TREE

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. Citrine, a powerful self-cleansing crystal, the star of our vivacious Tree of Life, is here to awaken your mind and get your creative juices flowing. A greater level of happiness and self-esteem is achieved just by looking at this magnificent Feng Shui tree, evoking the feeling of joy and attracting wealth along the way.

  • Tree of Life Symbol: growth, deep grounding, fertility.
  • Citrine Leaves: happiness, positive energy, imagination.
  • 18 Inches Tall Feng Shui Tree of Life.
  • Hand wrapped Copper Wire.
  • Citrine Stone base.
  • “Manifest Your Dreams” card and envelope included.

GUIDED BY GRACE ROSE GOLD BRACELET

We are guided by the grace of the Universe; all we have to do is listen to its messages. Our lovely Guided by Grace Rose Gold Bracelet brings an influx of joy, positivity, and love of all kinds – self-love or love of another into your life. Tourmaline will help to enhance and nurture all the social relationships in your life and it also helps to get your thoughts in order. This delicate jewelry artisan piece will not only make your experiences, connections, and virtues deeper, but it will also make them purified and strong.

  • Tourmaline Stone: unconditional love, self-reflection, balance.
  • Rose Gold Beaded Bracelet.
  • Size: Stretch 6.5″ – 7.5″
  • Culture: Handmade in the Far East.

SOUL’S COMPASS MALA

Your highest truth is your soul’s compass. Amethyst Stone and Evil Eye symbol mix is a genuine combination for your well-being. This spiritual duo facilitates easy communication and acts as a light at the end of the tunnel in tough situations. Wearing our soothing mala, your soul will be fed with nothing but calmness and tranquility. At the end of the day, gazing at a happy Daisy charm is symbolic of love.  This bright, cheery flower is a vibrant sign of life, love and simple joy.

  • Evil Eye Charm: deflect negativity.
  • Daisy Charm: innocence, playfulness, simplicity.
  • Amethyst Stone: calming energy, stress relief, health.
  • 925 Sterling Silver Mala Prayer Necklace.
  • Length: 34″

Shop with a good intention at Karma and Luck.

“Karma and Luck believes in giving back to the community by supporting social awareness. As an international brand dedicated to uniting cultures and promoting wellness, they are proud to partner up with Three Square to help feed families in their local community.”

CEO, Founder, and Spiritual Leader- Vladi Bergman

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Sandra’s Celebrates National Chicken Month While Celebrating the Earth

The chicken brand’s Upcycle campaign focuses on sustainability.

In honor of National Chicken Month this September, Sandra‘s all natural chicken brand is highlighting its commitment to sustainability.


The chicken brand launched #UpcycleWithSandras, a unique sustainability campaign designed to encourage consumers to repurpose and reuse product packaging to reduce waste. To help with ideas, the inside of Sandra‘s packaging features different printed designs of fun, reusable items like bookmarks, thought bubbles, recipe cards, coupons and patterns that can be colored to create something new.


“We value sustainability and being good stewards of the environment,” says Marketing Manager Alicia Mort. “We’ve taken something that would normally be thrown out and given consumers options to reuse it for another purpose. Whether it’s cutting out one of the mustaches to snap a fun photo or coloring in the patterns printed inside the box, the Upcycle campaign is a way to encourage thinking ‘outside of the box’ and promote sustainability.”


In conjunction with the campaign, the company that makes Sandra‘s chicken also aims to reduce waste and build a broader sustainable culture within its operations.

“Our staff is focused on identifying long-term sustainability projects that helps the company work toward its goal of becoming a zero landfill operation,” says Mort. “Sandra‘s is doing our part by encouraging consumers to think about creative reuse of the product packaging.”


During National Chicken Month, Sandra’s is also celebrating its commitment to producing chicken products with better-for-you ingredients. The brand recently introduced its premium chicken entree line featuring antibiotic-free chicken and superfoods now in five flavor varieties: Cauliflower & Chia, Quinoa & Veggie, Kale & Pepperjack, Cordon Bleu, and Broccoli & Swiss.


For more information about Sandra‘s premium stuffed chicken breast entrees and the Upcycle sustainability campaign, including an #UpcycleWithSandras contest, visit www.sandraschicken.com.


About Sandra’s:

Sandra’s is a line of all natural chicken entrée products made at Serenade Foods in Milford, Indiana. Since 1976, the family-owned company has manufactured chicken products for retail and foodservice markets. For more information, contact Sandra’s at 1-800-348-2812 or visit www.sandraschicken.com.

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Remember Steve Kramer from 93.3? He has his own show now!

Whether you’re looking for a holiday gift for moms-to-be, rounding up items for a virtual baby shower in an age of social distancing or just looking for some unique new baby items, I wanted to share the Born for the Chisme onesie with you.

This onesie is a favorite for fans of The Certified Mama’s Boy Podcast! The phrase is coined by the award-winning morning show host and podcaster Steve Kramer making it perfect for moms and mamas-to-be who love a good gossip sesh with the girls!

Chisme means “gossip” in Spanish and this 100% cotton onesie is sure to put a smile on everyone’s face whether as a gift for someone or as part of a cute outfit mom picks out for her baby on her own.

Kramer developed the apparel line in unison with his podcast earlier this year after finding his gift for vulnerability and authenticity can impact people for good, for insight, for growth. With a mission to make people, “live, laugh and love your Mom,” he called on his own mother to co-host his show.

While this onesie is one of the newest items in his collection, the host has also released “Rosé & Chisme” wine glasses, mugs and high-quality apparel for men, women and kids. 

About CERTIFIED MAMA’S BOY with Steve Kramer:

Live, Laugh, Love Your Mom – join Steve Kramer as he attempts to navigate life with the help of his mom, Nancy. Kramer’s road the last few years has been rocky, to say the least. From a hard divorce, to losing his dream job, to a weird medical diagnosis, maybe like your life, things haven’t been the easiest. But through it all, his mom has been there with some really motivational words that can help you, too. This podcast deals with daily life, relationships, marriage, divorce, the news, and whatever else goes through Kramer’s head. It’s here to make you laugh and keep going!

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New South of France Hand and Body Creams Make Moisturizing into a French Countryside Fragrance Experience

South of France Natural Body Care is launching a line of hydrating hand and body creams which combine natural ingredients with complex scents to evoke the landscapes and villages of the French countryside. Available in two scents — Climbing Wild Rose and Violet Bouquet — these super moisturizing creams, when combined with South of France cleansers, provide a unique “scentsory” experience that lingers for several hours.

South of France is one of the top-selling brands of all-natural bar soaps at grocery and health food stores because of its evocative scents and rich lather that doesn’t dry out skin,” says Katherine Jarnigo, co-owner of South of France Natural Body Care. “These new hand and body creams bring the vibrant, floral fragrances of our soaps and hand washes to the moisturizing step in your skincare regimen.”

The unique formula of the hand and body creams ensures they absorb quickly and leave skin silky to the touch, without any oil residue. Ingredients include Fair Trade Certified organic shea butter and cocoa butter, as well as coconut, sunflower and sweet almond oils.

New South of France hand and body creams are available in two scents – Climbing Wild Rose and Violet Bouquet

Thicker and richer than conventional moisturizing lotions, South of France hand and body creams require fewer applications than traditional moisturizers to leave skin soft and soothed. They are certified animal cruelty-free, non-GMO, gluten-free and vegan. They are also free of all sulfates, phthalates, paragons, EDTA and colorants.

The hand and body creams are available in 8-ounce tubes with easy-to-dispense flip top caps and 1-ounce tubes with screw caps for when you’re on-the-go. The suggested retail price for the 8-ounce product is $10.99.

About South of France Natural Body Care

South of France Natural Body Care was founded in 1999 and originally manufactured in France using a traditional Marseille recipe. Today, their products, including the triple-milled bars, hand washes, sugar polishes and hand and body creams are manufactured in the U.S. in small batches, using natural ingredients and evocative fragrance blends. South of France Natural Body Care is owned by two sisters, Molly and Katherine Oliver. As mothers with a love of Provence and a legacy in natural body care, they continue to expand the collection with affordably indulgent bath products that bring the experiences of coastal France home to the American market.

About Kirk’s Family of Natural Brands

Founded 180 years ago, Kirk’s Family of Natural Brands is one of America’s oldest, continuously-operated soap makers. Today, we proudly carry on our family’s soap-making traditions with a growing portfolio of innovative body care products. Our family of brands has grown over the past 23 years and brings Kirk’s, The Grandpa Soap Company and South of France Natural Body Care all under one roof. And with approximately 70 products ranging from bar soap, liquid soap, foaming hand wash, shampoo, conditioner, body wash and sugar polishes, we’re just getting started. We are Molly & Katherine Oliver, two sisters turned CEO-moms – with a vision driven by our desire to create high-quality natural products for both our own growing families as well as yours.

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Energy Driven Mask Launch w/ Healing Stones+5 Steps to Safe Covid Dating by an Ordained Minister

Rev. Gillian V Harris, M.S.P., a Metaphysical Consultant, Minister and Intention Coach who performs Conscious Decoupling Ceremonies, has developed achecklist for safe pandemic-era dating and launched ‘Energy Driven’ masks promoting conscious use of words, images, colors, precious gems and crystals as part of mask etiquette & wardrobeBelow are some more tid bits on her recent developments:

The Mask Diva:

Whether a mask is lined, filtered, has a wire nose bridge, just as important are the energy factors that play into the creation of our lives. Use thegems to accessorize your mask, lift your mood and assist in your manifestations.

Color, for instance: “Blue is communication, Self Expression, Safety… The darker the blue the more authoritative it and the more sterile it becomes. The lighter the blue, the warmer and more tranquil it becomes. There’s also green in the hue: a heart chakra color; compassion, gravity toward positivity while negativity is dissolved. The image of regal stature of royal blue is real. The stone Turquoise takes on these color qualities but also enhances the journey to self-realization, inner wisdom, exercising will-power and speaking one’s truth with grace and ease!”

LOVE AND RELATIONSHIPS:

  • Created a ‘Covid-19 era Coupling Agreement’ for people to use with each other to trigger quality conversation and consideration about whether sex is in the cards for them right now.
  • Launched a survey to learn how many are willing to take a chance and touch despite Covid-19.
  • List of suggestions on how to turn the tide on the growing touch deprivation happening as a result of Covid-19 and ways people are getting ahealthy amount of touch while avoiding the pandemic. 
  • 5 Steps to Safe Covid-Era Dating by an Ordained Minister with a Master’s degree in Spiritual Psychology. 

  1. Identify a covid-19 conscious person with whom you share mutual attraction 
  2. Get tested for COVID if you have not done so already.
  3. Share the results of your negative testing with your partner. When you get a covid-19 test, the information is emailed to you and you can show this to them on your phone or computer.
  4. Sign The Covid-Era Coupling Agreement
  5. Revisit agreement at 30, 90 and 180 day marks.

It is possible to connect with another one and forge an alliance that allows for touchy, maskless camaraderie throughout this Covid-19 episode. Touching is mega healthy, increases immune strength AND sex is a whole other level of touch + also has massive benefits for human health emotionally, psychologically and physiologically- a necessity for health, rather than just a pleasure Touch deprivation and its effects are real. The WAY HIGH SUICIDE rate during Covid-19 is also real. The high rate of Covidaphobia to the point of needing emergency psychological assistance/hospitalized treatment and observation is also real. What if there was a way to proceed in a healthy fashion? ENTER conscious creation of small tribes.  

For more information, please visit www.GillianHarrisWorldwide.com and themaskdiva.com 

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