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Monday, March 21, 2016

Plant Milkweed to Help the Monarch Butterfly

Monarch butterfly resting on a flower.

Monarch butterfly populations have decreased dramatically over the past 20 years. The butterflies are migratory and winter in Mexico. Their migration includes multiple generations and requires sufficient habitat along the entire route. Habitat reduction and pesticide use has diminished the species. In 1997, roughly a billion monarchs wintered in Mexico. By 2013, the number plummeted to 33 million. This year, the population appears to be slightly up. However, an uncommon snowstorm in their winter location in Mexico may have had an impact on the population.

In recent years, conservation efforts to help the monarch have stepped up. It is too soon to tell which has helped but there is indication that many of those efforts have been bolstering the population. One effort we can all contribute to is adding more milkweed to our yards. Milkweed is the ONLY plant on which monarchs will lay their eggs. Additionally, milkweed is the primary food source for larvae. There are many efforts across the country to add more milkweed to the landscape. The effort is one that anyone can easily become part of and make a difference--simply by adding more milkweed to your yard!

One local conservation group, the Citizens For Conservation, will be holding a Native Plant Sale May 7-8, 2016 where you can buy native plants including milkweed. In an effort to further supplement the number of milkweed plants added to gardens, the group has reduced the price of milkweed. Pre-ordering by April 15, 2016 is suggested to ensure availability. We hope you can join in this effort!~

Further reading:

Monarch Butterfly Population Soars, Thanks To Conservation Efforts by Elyse Wanshel
Monarch Butterfly's Reign Threatened by Milkweed Decline by Lindsay N. Smith
It's a Good Year for Monarchs but more Butterflies Are On the Brink by Jason Bittel

Monday, February 1, 2016

Valentine's Day Dessert Ideas



Valentine's Day is a little less than two weeks away! If you are scrambling to put together some sweet surprises, we have a few dessert ideas for you! Nothing says "I love you!" quite like a surprise made from the heart!

http://artfulparent.com/2013/02/cherry-hand-pies-for-valentines-day-or-anyday.html

Cherry Hand Pies have love written all over them! The Artful Parent's Recipe looks easy enough while sure to wow!

http://www.createcraftlove.com/red-velvet-cake-truffles/


Looking for a no bake yet romantic solution? Create, Craft, Love's Red Velvet Cake Truffles are just what you are looking for!

http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/2016/01/chocolate-peanut-butter-lava-cakes.html

Peanut butter and chocolate! The perfectly decadent marriage! Lemon Tree Dwelling's Chocolate Peanut Butter Lava Cakes will surely impress on Valentine's Day!

http://cakescottage.com/2015/12/14/hersheys-secret-kisses-cookies/

For a 'secret surprise,' try Hershey's Kisses Secret Cookies by Cakes Cottage!

What are your ideas for a Valentine's Day dessert? Any favorites?

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Monday, December 14, 2015

10 Quotes for Christmas Time


At Christmas time we relish in giving our loved ones that little something extra. A little something special to show our appreciation. One simple way to add that personal touch is to inscribe your own Christmas card! We have collected a few quotes to help you add this special touch to your holiday gifts:

A Christmas candle is a lovely thing; It makes no noise at all, But softly gives itself away; While quite unselfish, it grows small. ~Eva K. Logue

A little smile, a word of cheer, A bit of love from someone near, A little gift from one held dear, Best wishes for the coming year… These make a
Merry Christmas! ~John Greenleaf Whittier
Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it's Christmas. ~Dale Evans Rogers
Keeping Christmas is good, but sharing it with others is even better.
The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other ~Burton Hillis
A joy that is shared is a joy made double. ~ John Roy
Christmas is a spark that ignites in someone's heart.
At Christmas, all roads lead home. ~ Marjorie Holmes
 
Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a special day spent in the warm circle of family and friends. ~ Margaret Thatcher
 Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone. ~ Charles Schulz 
At loss for cards? We have a wide selection of boxed and single cards made here in the U.S.A!
http://nortonsusa.com/Cards_c99.htm

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Spooktacular Halloween Craft Ideas

Looking for some inspiration to add a little more craftiness to your Halloween fun? Here are some of our favorite discoveries:

Ghost Frames:

http://www.bhg.com/halloween/indoor-decorating/diy-ghost-projects/?sssdmh=dm17.555132&esrc=nwcu101811&email=3603614000#page=1

Make your own little ghost family picture gallery with this simple ghost frame craft idea from Better Homes and Gardens!

Shocking Silhouettes:

http://www.bhg.com/halloween/indoor-decorating/diy-ghost-projects/?sssdmh=dm17.555132&esrc=nwcu101811&email=3603614000#page=1

Set a shocking scene with these frightening candlelit creations by Martha Stewart.

Halloween Garage Door Silhouettes:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Halloween-Garage-Door-Silhouette/


This illuminated spooky Halloween scene over at the Instructables is the way to welcome little ghosts and gobblins!

Chickenwire Ghosts:

chicken wire ghost

How about creating some specters to walk across your yard? Love this craft by Slim Jim from Wacky Archives!

These ideas will help you set a Spooktacular Scene!

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