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  January 28, 2013 For the new year it seems like our theme for the month is trees. Planting them in fact. The Lorax by…more

 

January 28, 2013

For the new year it seems like our theme for the month is trees. Planting them in fact. The Lorax by Dr. Seuss was published in the early 1970′s and most of us have a idea of what the book is about. Trees. But in the past year or so many of our customers for baby shower and birthday party favors have requested one of the Lorax poems on their cards. Since our cards are custom it is definitely possible and we have come to enjoy printing these special cards. Here are a few we would like to share:

i. “But those trees! Those trees!
Those Truffula Trees!
All my life I’d bee searching for trees such as these. The touch of their tufts was much softer than silk. Andy they had teh sweet wmell of bresh butterfly  milk..”

ii. Mister!” he said with a sawdusty sneeze, “I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees. I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.

iii“It’s a Truffula Seed. It’s the last one of all! You’re in charge of the last of the Truffula Seeds. And Truffula Trees are what everyone needs. Plant a new Truffula.Treat it with care. Give it clean water. And feed it fresh air. Grow a forest. Protect it from axes that hack. Then the Lorax and all of his friends may come back.”

Today we would like to share with you the inspiration that is The Lorax, or at least a few aspects. Children can learn about the importance of planting trees from this book and the move by the same name.

kids birthday party favors with trees

A Book about Planting Trees and Seeds

At Tree Beggings we love all the artistic and creative mothers who have gone ahead and invented ways to celebrate planting trees by incorporating , The Lorax, tree planting into their Children’s Birthday Parties. There is a great quantities of information on blogs and pictures you can find on the interenet.  We just wanted to share with you a few of our own unique tributes to THE LORAX.

Tree Seed Kits for Birthday Parties - With one of the Lorax Poems on the back of the card

lorax birthday party

Inspiration of the Lorax to plant a tree.

Tree Seed Kits for Baby Showers with The Lorax Theme
Baby Shower Games & Activities – Link to Lorax Party Ideas

tree baby shower favors

Plant a Tree for the Mother-to-Be

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Trees are the longest living organisms on the planet and one of the earth’s greatest natural resources. They keep our air supply clean, reduce noise…more

Trees are the longest living organisms on the planet and one of the earth’s greatest natural resources. They keep our air supply clean, reduce noise pollution, improve water quality, help prevent erosion, provide food and building materials, create shade, and help make our landscapes look beautiful. Here are some more thought-provoking facts and figures about our oldest citizens and living treasures…trees!

  1. Well-maintained trees and shrubs can increase property value by up to 14%.
  2. Trees properly placed around buildings can reduce air conditioning needs by 30%
  3. A mature tree removes almost 70 times more pollution than a newly planted tree.
  4. A healthy tree can have a value of up to $10,000.
  5. The shade and wind buffering provided by trees reduces annual heating and cooling costs by 2.1 billion dollars.
  6. Each average-sized tree provides an estimated $7 savings in annual environmental benefits, including energy conservation and reduced pollution.
  7. A single tree produces approximately 260 pounds of oxygen per year. That means two mature trees can supply enough oxygen annually to support a family of four!
  8. Water originating in our national forests provide drinking water for over 3400 communities, and approximately 60 million individuals.
  9. One tree can absorb as much carbon in a year as a car produces while driving 26,000 miles.
  10. Over the course its life, a single tree can absorb one ton of carbon dioxide.
  11. An average American uses about 750 pounds of paper every year, and 95% of homes are built using wood. That means each person uses the equivalent of one 100 foot tall, 16 inch diameter, tree every year for their paper and wood product needs.
  12. About one third of the United States of America is covered by forests.
  13. According to the last forest inventory, there are almost 247 billion trees over 1 inch in diameter in the U.S.
  14. The average tree in an urban/city area has a life expectancy of only 8 years.
  15. The tallest tree in the country is a Coast Redwood growing in northern California’s Redwood National Park. It is 369 feet tall and over 2000 years old!
  16. http://www.savatree.com/tree-facts.html  from this site.

                                    Colorado Blue Spruce in all its Winter Wonder

Winter Tree

Trees help our environment and evergreens look fantastic even in the winter.

We went to a tree seed meeting this January and had the honour of visiting an araucaria forest in Chile. I love trees but had no idea how this unique Monkey Puzzle Tree Forest in the mountains of Chile, near the Argentina border would affect my view of trees and how important they really are in our world.

Seeing that forest of ancient looking trees, some 1000 years old or more was one of those of life’s experiences that I will never forget. Apparently part for Jurassic Park was filmed and it is truly magnificent   place. So next time I plant a tree, I will think of all the living that will go on after I am gone and someone else will enjoy that tree I planted for many more years.

 

araucaria forest in chile

Plant a tree for yourself, plant a tree for the environment, plant a tree for futures generations, there is no good reason not to plant a tree.

January  17, 2013

Thanks for Reading.

Sheila

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Pictures of Your Seeds in Panamá! > Thought you would like to see your plants growing in Panama. > > Thanks again for all your…more

plantamemory seeds growing

growing seeds to plant a memory

Pictures of Your Seeds in Panamá! > Thought you would like to see your plants growing in Panama. > > Thanks again for all your assistance. Nailah

We love to hear from our customers, send us your seeds, trees, flowers and we will add them to our blog.
For indoor Growing:
At this time of year for indoor growing we recommend gerber daisy for flower seeds, any of the herbs and the tree seed is really popular in the winter because we send indoor and outdoor planting instructions.
For Winter planting of tree seedlings see information page:

For January 2013 we are giving away FREE Guest Books with our orders: Quantities are Limited so Place your order Early.

green wedding guest book

go green and white weddings

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9 Daily Habits That Will Make You Happier These minor changes in your daily routine will make a major difference in your life and career.…more

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Share the hope of the Season all year round.

9 Daily Habits That Will Make You Happier

These minor changes in your daily routine will make a major difference in your life and career.

Happiness is the only true measure of personal success. Making other people happy is the highest expression of success, but it’s almost impossible to make others happy if you’re not happy yourself.

With that in mind, here are nine small changes that you can make to your daily routine that, if you’re like most people, will immediately increase the amount of happiness in your life:

1. Start each day with expectation.

If there’s any big truth about life, it’s that it usually lives up to (or down to) your expectations. Therefore, when you rise from bed, make your first thought: “something wonderful is going to happen today.” Guess what? You’re probably right.

2. Take time to plan and prioritize.

The most common source of stress is the perception that you’ve got too much work to do.  Rather than obsess about it, pick one thing that, if you get it done today, will move you closer to your highest goal and purpose in life. Then do that first.

3. Give a gift to everyone you meet.

I’m not talking about a formal, wrapped-up present. Your gift can be your smile, a word of thanks or encouragement, a gesture of politeness, even a friendly nod. And never pass beggars without leaving them something. Peace of mind is worth the spare change.

4. Deflect partisan conversations.

Arguments about politics and religion never have a “right” answer but they definitely get people all riled up over things they can’t control. When such topics surface, bow out by saying something like: “Thinking about that stuff makes my head hurt.”

5. Assume people have good intentions.

Since you can’t read minds, you don’t really know the “why” behind the “what” that people do. Imputing evil motives to other people’s weird behaviors adds extra misery to life, while assuming good intentions leaves you open to reconciliation.

6. Eat high quality food slowly.

Sometimes we can’t avoid scarfing something quick to keep us up and running. Even so, at least once a day try to eat something really delicious, like a small chunk of fine cheese or an imported chocolate. Focus on it; taste it; savor it.

7. Let go of your results.

The big enemy of happiness is worry, which comes from focusing on events that are outside your control. Once you’ve taken action, there’s usually nothing more you can do. Focus on the job at hand rather than some weird fantasy of what might happen.

8. Turn off “background” TV.

Many households leave their TVs on as “background noise” while they’re doing other things. The entire point of broadcast TV is to make you dissatisfied with your life so that you’ll buy more stuff. Why subliminally program yourself to be a mindless consumer?

9. End each day with gratitude.

Just before you go to bed, write down at least one wonderful thing that happened. It might be something as small as a making a child laugh or something as huge as a million dollar deal. Whatever it is, be grateful for that day because it will never come again.

We like this article by : Geoffrey James

http://www.inc.com/geoffrey-james/9-daily-habits-that-will-make-you-happier.html?nav=pop&buffer_share=43a06&utm_source=buffer

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Almost the end of the year it seems like a time to think back on accomplishments and memorable times. This past summer my daughter and…more

Almost the end of the year it seems like a time to think back on accomplishments and memorable times.
This past summer my daughter and myself swam in the, “Women Swimmin” fundraiser here in Ithaca NY to support the Local Hospice.
http://womenswimmin.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1016969 I recommend watching the video it is very inspiring.

Quote,”…as 291 swimmers and almost 187 boaters crossed Cayuga Lake. They were met on shore by about 1000 volunteers and well wishers. Everyone enjoyed music from the Yardvarks and breakfast from Ithaca Bakery and Collegetown Bagels. A great morning to be at the Ithaca Yacht Club! ”

Wommen Swimmin is a very enthusiastic community event in support of  The Tompkins County and Palliative Care Center. I had wanted to do the across the CayugaLlake swim for several years but this year I planned on signing up early. Since it was the 9th year , the registration closed after less than 24 hours .
I recently read an article about planting leftover flower bulbs in the garden at the Hospice , I think we should do that next year, in addition to the swimming of course.

Tree Beggings supports our local businesses and always have Since 1992. We also support childrens programs and give seed to some environmental programs throughout the year.

plant a memory for children

Children love the environment

Children are the greatest among us, they are wonderful ambassadors for our environment.
Remember the Children of Newtown, Conn: Plant a Memory that will grow and remember  them forever.

contribute to the environment

Support the Environment, Plant a Tree

plant a garden to remember
Plant a Memory for the Children

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Choose to “grow memoris” with seed in eco gift boxes for holiday office gifts. Customized with you holiday message they are a unique employee gift…more

Choose to “grow memoris” with seed in eco gift boxes for holiday office gifts. Customized with you holiday message they are a unique employee gift they can bring home and grow trees, flowers or herbs . Thoughtful seeds will bring life to your homes during the holidays and well into the new year.
Plant a Memory with tree seed and grow your own Christmas tree.

holiday party office gifts

Basil seed in eco boxes for holiday party , for a touch of “green”

christmas party gifts
Everything you need to grow a tree, herbs or flowers

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November 26, 2012 Have you ever  heard of “rose colored glasses”, ” the glass is half full” , well this is the time of year…more

November 26, 2012
Have you ever  heard of “rose colored glasses”, ” the glass is half full” , well this is the time of year to look at things more positively and celebrate all the good. If you need some ideas to achieve this state, read this article.

 

christmas tree in forest

bright lights for bright life

By Joy R. Calderwood

The holidays can bring out the best or worst in people.  When in the right mood, the season can become downright festive and fun.  That is a worthy goal for anyone.  On the downside, though, threats of fun-spoiling circumstances may be lurking in the shadows ready to ruin the mood.

There’s nothing worse than feeling you need to think up an excuse for not attending an event because you want to avoid meeting up with a certain person that will be there.  Damaging events from the past can cause anyone to become self-protective.  For some, it may seem more inviting to make other plans than to risk spending long periods of time in the same room as toxic or dysfunctional family members.  So just how does a person survive family get-togethers?  How do you deck the halls and stay jolly during the holiday season?

There’s no easy answer, but here are a few tips to think about:

  1. Tell Yourself It’s Not All About You:  Sometimes being defensive is what drives      rifts in relationships or causes someone to say something they may regret      later.  Defensive feelings are often      derived from personal insecurities, unmet expectations, jealousy and even      fear of conflict.  Remember, others      have their own set of personal challenges they’re dealing with.  Get rid of the idea that the world      revolves around you.  The season is      meant to be special for everyone.       Show up and be pleasant.  If      things happen, or unkind words are said, don’t take them personally.

 

  1. Overlook the Bad: Anyone can      become cranky or angry when preparing for guests or trying to get to a      party on time only to have something interfere.  Maybe the waterline breaks, the car      fails to start, the oven quits working, the dish that took hours to      prepare falls on the floor, the cat throws up, the broccoli overcooks, and      so on.  At any moment you, can      decide if you’ll be overcome or if you’ll overcome the problem.  When bad things happen, take a step back      to relax.  Remind yourself what      really matters, brainstorm solutions, and come up with a new plan.  Focus on the idea that good can come      from any trial.  Don’t let trials      defeat you.  If your guests decide      to let the situation ruin their happiness, that is their problem to deal      with.  Accept that you’ve done your      best and move forward.
  2. Be Willing to Start Fresh:  It makes sense that if someone has hurt      your feelings or been antagonistic toward you in the past that you would      want to avoid them in the future.       Knowing how to set boundaries is important.  When meeting up again, view it as a      brand new encounter.  Don’t carry      grudges into the event.  Choose to      be confident in who you are.  Be polite      and avoid dangerous paths.  Steer      conversations away from hot topics.       Have a plan ready should you need to excuse yourself if tension is      mounting.  Casually remove yourself      if you feel a the fuse has become lit.

 

Look for the Good:  Focus on the purpose of the season or gathering instead of dissecting the relationships therein.  Enjoy the sights, sounds and scents of the season.  Look for the good in the people gathered.  Compliment a person on their cooking,

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Did you ever think you would be giving your wedding guests, Bird Seed Tree Ornaments for favors? We asked Kristin what she thought and she…more

Did you ever think you would be giving your wedding guests, Bird Seed Tree Ornaments for favors? We asked Kristin what she thought and she replied, “Never in a Million Years”. But after some major consideration this is what she chooses as favors for her Wedding guests.

Getting married in December is a daunting task. With Christmas just around the corner how do you decorate for a December Wedding?   Since she and Josh are getting married in Minneapolis on December 22nd, surrounded by friends and family, there is likely to be some snow. The wedding reception is at the local golf course, a lovely area near the outskirts of the city with lots of trees on rolling hills. The country club will be dressed up in Christmas decorations for seasonal parties so, might as well go with the flow.

With the natural world all around, hopefully blanketed by snow ,they decided to go with a “tree” theme. What a fantastic idea with the winter wonderland outside them can bring nature in with some potted trees for decorations, just like Will & Kate. Blending in with the festive wreaths, a touch of “green” will be a brilliant complement to the venue.

Colors, cake, dresses, tuxedos, food, and decorations what is next? Favors for a Wedding of this kind can be a challenge. Enter “Bird Seed Tree Ornaments”, made by hand with pride from Plantamemory.com, these  small trees are   the perfect  gift for their guests. Personalized with Kristin & Josh’s names and wedding date, they are adorable and a brilliant  keepsake  for this Holiday Season Wedding.

 

bird seed tree ornaments

From the Love Birds

Give your friends and family unique “tree” favors for a wedding in the month of December, adorable bird seed tree ornaments and help the environment, feed the birds and add a touch of “green” to your wedding day that will last long into the New Year

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We usually celebrate Thanksgiving by getting together and eating a substantial amount of food and giving thanks. Why not participate in a Turkey Trot .…more

thanksgiving

turkey trot?

We usually celebrate Thanksgiving by getting together and eating a substantial amount of food and giving thanks. Why not participate in a Turkey Trot . Gather your family, friends and neighbors, and support your local turkey trot. These  races, many of which benefit charities, promote the gratitude and family-centric celebrations of the season. Check it out in your area.  Decorate your Thanksgiving table with the natural  beauty of cones. Make a Turkey centerpiece ,
a fun activity for the entire Family.  Cones are natural accents :

They create magnificent centerpeices and additions. They are affordable and versitale products available in a multitude of sized. For more cone Choices and bulk quantities please visit: Sheffields for Decorative Cones

TIP : If you want to open the cones more for a fuller look: put them in the mircrowave for 20-30 seconds
Turkey: large pine cones, long pine cones for neck, pitch pine for head
How to make a Pine Cone Turkey: Keep it Natural!

Small Turkeys can be used for place card holders as well. It is a fun tradition and make adorable thanksgiving decorations.

November 2012 :Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Tree Beggings,

 

 


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