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DIY Valentine’s Day Cards with Seed Paper

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It can get pretty expensive buying your children favors and cards for each of their classmates whenever a holiday rolls around. As Valentine’s Day approaches, the shops are overrun with red, pink, white, and purple propaganda convincing you to show your love through how much money you can spend. We here at Bloomin’ believe there is more to a gift than how much you have spent on it, which is why we have put together a DIY for making custom Valentine’s Day cards with handmade seed paper.

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Step 1: After acquiring your seed paper, decide which artistic medium is right for you (or your child). Inks will affect the seeds more than crayon or pencil, but may also be brighter and easier to read.

Step 2: Decide the shape of your seed paper card. The shape you choose will help to convey your message. Cutting seed paper into various shapes is a cute way to create a truly custom card. You can also fold the seed paper in half and create a fully plantable greeting card!

Step 3: Write a heartfelt message. If you are working on this project with a child, it may be nice to cycle through a few of the same phrases, so as not to create tension and perceived favoritism amongst the classmates. If you are creating this for a loved one or friend add a personal anecdote or memory.

Step 4: Hand it Over! One of the hardest parts about Valentine’s Day is getting up the courage to show your affections for someone. However, this is the perfect day to own your vulnerability and take a chance on love. Help your child hand deliver these messages and expose them to true, direct connection.

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                Handwritten cards are a lost art in the age of iPhones and Social Media, evoking an air of creative mystery around a handmade Valentine’s Day card or letter to a secret admirer. There is no better symbolism to represent the sprouting of new love than with the sprouts themselves! This Valentine’s Day, choose green. 

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            Friday, February 5th is the 13th National Wear Red Day. Since 2003 the American Heart Association has been promoting this national movement to wear red on the first Friday of every February to raise money and awareness for the rampant issue of Heart Disease and Strokes in women. Despite the enormous success of this campaign, 1 in every 3 women are affected by Heart Disease and Strokes each year, more than all types of cancer combined.

 

National Wear Red Day was created to raise awareness of the specifically high levels in women across the globe by raising funds for scientific research through individuals and larger groups, as well as Go Red Clothing and Accessories for purchase, providing free educational material on Heart Health, and offering various ways to get involved with the larger movement, such as corporate sponsorship and involvement in local events.

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So, the dazzle of the engagement has worn off, and it has finally hit you: You have to plan a huge wedding in the span of 12 months! What are you going to do? You’ve never planned a wedding before! You’re the first of your friends or family to get married, and things have certainly changed since your mother planned her wedding. This can add some extremely unecessary stress to what is supposed to be a huge celebration of your love. That’s why we at Bloomin’ have decided to put together a Wedding Timeline to guide you towards a smooth, stress-free wedding day...

 

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February is considered (endearingly of course) the darkness before the dawn, the period of time right before the snow begins to melt, the cold breaks, and flowers begin to bloom. Out here in Colorado the Rocky Mountains are covered in blankets of snow and speckled with Evergreen trees, reminiscent of sprinkles on a frozen yogurt swirl. 

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How To Write a Truly Heartfelt Thank You Note

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I remember the disdain that rushed through me after every birthday party, the knowledge that my mom would soon sit me down, put a pen in my hand, and make me write those dreaded Thank You Notes. It didn’t occur to me until I was older that those thank you notes are not only a nice touch, but they are often times expected. This can lead to a drab, generic note that doesn’t go much farther than a literal thank you for the gift, or thank you for coming. There are ways to avoid the nonspecific Thank You Note trap, and in honor of National Thank You Month this January here are 8 ways to write a perfect thank you note:

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As 2015 comes to a close, we are surrounded (here in Colorado) by the grays of winter and the promise of a new year. Although New Years Eve. is one of the most popular holidays to host a big celebration, it is not usually considered a desireable wedding date.

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Eight Great Ways to Go Green this NYE

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New Years is a time to celebrate the oncoming birth of a new year, a clean slate in which we can carve the goals of the next 12 months into. 2015 was quite the year for environmental accomplishments, including Obama cancelling the Arctic Drilling lease sales and the Paris Climate talks. In honor of the strides we as a global community have made towards protecting the earth, and the anticipated momentum of this movement in 2016, let’s start the new year off right with 8 ways to go green this New Years Eve

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Christmas Fun with Seed Bombs

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Winter weddings are all about capturing the mysticism and iridescence surrounding that first snowfall. In honor of our first official snowfall of the season in Boulder, CO, we have decided to put together a winter color pallet highlighting Bloomin’s favorite Original colors. 

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Vermiculture: How to Raise Worms and Cultivate Soil

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Have you been looking into starting a compost bin, but are wary of keeping a box of rotting food in your home? For those of us without a back or front yard, the idea of a compost bin is seemingly impossible without incurring an invasion of insects or rotting smells. Have no fear- Vermiculture is here!

Vermiculture (or vermicomposting) is a method of using Red Wiggler worms (Eisenia Foetida) or Red Earthworms (Lumbricus Rubellus), along with companion bacteria and microbes, to break down existing compost into fresh fertilizer in a more timely manner than that of traditional compost methods.

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Whether used for wedding invitations, greeting cards, social stationery, or promotions, our all-natural seed paper makes its most meaningful impact when planted—the garden it grows can be enjoyed year after year, adding a little more beauty to our world.

Whether used for greeting cards, social stationery, wedding invitations, or promotions, our all-natural seed paper makes its most meaningful impact when planted—the garden it grows can be enjoyed year after year, adding a little more beauty to our world.