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Embrace the Change

Hello Gardeners!

This school year may be starting off much differently than previous years, so today we've got a few tips to help us all (parents, kids and teachers) stay positive and embrace the change. Plus, we've got some fun crafts to get you excited about being back in the classroom from making your own journal to back to school book covers (whether it's virtual or not!).

1. Set intentions

A great way to celebrate a new adventure in your life is by setting new intentions. We've got two simple ways to create your own homemade journal - pick your favorite and set some intentions for the new school year! We recommend picking a day out of the week or month to write down your intentions to help stay consistent. It is a wonderful way to keep track of your progress and achievements.

Click this Link to Learn How to Make: Rubber band journal, or

Click this Link to learn how to make: Popsicle stick journal

2. We're all in this together

Approach your teachers and classmates with openness and empathy! Given all the new changes, everyone is in the same boat. Lead by example and spread seeds of love, kindness and patience!

3. Be gentle with yourself

Know that this is uncharted territory for all of us - don't hesitate to ask for help, be flexible, adjust as needed, and take time to decompress. Maybe that means taking a walk as a family, reading a book together or digging into a fun and creative project. We love making our own custom flower book covers! It is a wonderful way to make your mark and add a personal touch to your reading materials and textbooks for this new school year!

Here is what you'll need:

Brown paper (paper shopping bags or lunch bags work great!)

Toilet paper roll


A book to cover!

First find a piece of paper big enough to cover your book. Take your toilet paper roll and cut 1 inch wide strips on one side of the roll. Bend the strips back so you form a flower shape.

Place the frayed side into the paint and stamp multiple times on your brown paper, creating a floral pattern. Set your paper aside until your paint dries.

Once dry, place the painted side down and center book you'd like to cover on top. Crease the paper on the top edge and the bottom edge of the book so you know where to fold. Fold your paper so it is the correct height of your book.

Fold one edge of your paper inwards - give yourself about 2 inches. Slip the front cover of your book inside the pocket you created with your last fold. Wrap the printed paper around the binding of your book and cut the paper two inches past the back cover. Fold and then slip the cover inside of the pocket.

You are welcome to secure with tape, but it's not necessary if your don't want to! Enjoy your protected, newly decorated books, and feel free to make them your own!

We would love to see your pictures of your custom book covers!

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