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Flower Power 🌸

Hello Gardeners!

With the end of summer approaching and the beginning of a new and incredibly unique school year ahead of us, we've found that with every day comes new emotions. Somedays we feel hopeful and motivated, others we feel stressed or overwhelmed - whatever you are feeling, don't be afraid to talk to your family members about it!

This time has really made us reflect on one of our many mottos, "choose joy." We recently came across a quote from Laura Pedersen of the Choose Joy Foundation. She said,

"The most important

word in 'choose joy'

isn't 'joy' - it is 'choose'."

Choice assumes perspective, seeing and understanding your options and picking which way you will go. If this uncertain time has given us anything, it's perspective! CHOOSE to be the brightness on a dull day - help lift those who are having a hard time!

We've got a fun and festive activity - perfect for making those video chats, virtual birthday parties, or even the first day of home school EXTRA special! We are making Flower Paper Chains to reframe our space!

Here is what you'll need:

Colored paper


Tape OR a stapler

To make the paper chains, cut your paper into think strips, bend them into a circle, and secure with tape or a staple. Thread the next paper strip through the previous circle before securing to add links to the chain!

We like to cut up all of our materials first - be sure to cut out some circles to make your paper chain's flowers!

To make the flowers, take 5 strips of paper and bring the two ends together to make a teardrop shape and secure with tape or a staple. Arrange the 5 "petals" around your center circle and staple in place. Use two circles, one on top and one below to cover the ends of your petals!

Then just loop through one of the petals to continue your paper chain!

Hang your chain around your favorite inspirational saying, in your bedroom, or as a background for your next video chat! Guaranteed to inspire smiles and joy to all!

Keep pulling your weeds and enjoying the beauty of your gardens! Shower yourself and others with kindness and care, and make a habit to #ChooseJoy when you can! Take care, gardeners : )


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