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This citrus lip gloss is anything but sour, but it will surely make you pucker up those kissable lips! This all-natural recipe is a result of my lip balm experimentation with different oils. While some balms are rich and buttery, this one turned out super shiny on my lips and I couldn?t love it more.All Natural Tropical Citrus Lip Gloss Recipe

I added bright citrus essential oils to uplift and sensual ylang ylang to bring on the romance. The result adds just the right amount of sparkle to a night out. Oh, and did I mention it?s all-natural? Here is how you can make it at home:

Tropical Citrus Lip Gloss Recipe


  • 1 tbsp
  • 1 tbsp
  • 1 tbsp
  • 1 tbsp
  • 1 tsp
  • 10 drops
  • 5 drops


  • Double boiler
  • Small spatula or metal spoon
  • 12 lip balm tubes


Melt all of the ingredients except the essential oils in the double boiler. When just melted, remove from heat, add essential oils, and blend well. Pour into lip balm pots and leave untouched to set.How to make all natural lip gloss - this has essential oils that make it smell like the tropics!

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Today we are joined by Renata Fossen Brown, author of the creative book, . This fun and creative book features 52 plant-related activities set into weekly lessons, beginning with learning to read maps to find your heat zone, moving through seeds, soil, composting, and then creating garden art and appreciating your natural surroundings. Today Renata shares Lab #48: how to craft up these quirky Grassy Garden Gnomes.Gardening with Kids -a Grassy Garden Gnome DIY project that grows quickly

Grassy Garden Gnomes

Patience is a virtue. One that I don?t possess. And neither do most young children. Sometimes gardening can be particularly frustrating for a 5-year-old when the seed she planted on Tuesday hasn?t done ANYTHING by Wednesday.

Enter grass seed. Grass seed sprouts quickly and this fun project is perfect for the littlest ones among us to get a little craft on, then see the grass growing within a few days. After a week, the grass is usually long enough to put into ponytails or give a buzz cut, depending on your stylistic tendencies.

These Grassy Garden Gnomes are lovely to work on in the depth of winter, when we?re all craving some greenery in our lives. They?re also perfect to do in the spring and use as Easter decorations. Summertime brings out many a grass-grower too?okay you get the point. An entertaining activity to do any time of year. Enjoy!


  • One pair knee-high nylons
  • Soil
  • Grass seed
  • Wide mouth drinking glass
  • Spoon
  • Googly eyes
  • Waterproof glue, such as Gorilla Glue
  • Small plastic or Styrofoam cups, such as Dixie cups
  • Paint pens
  • Felt or foam pieces in various colors
  • Small clay pots
  • Small bowl

Fill your garden with gnomes to help watch over it and keep you company. Your garden gnome will be extra special as it will have actual growing ?hair!?

Tip: This is a messy activity, so do this outside if you can. Otherwise spread newspaper on your work surface.

Ideas for Gardening with Kids

Dig In!

  1. Stretch one nylon stocking over the mouth of a wide drinking glass to make pouring the grass seed and soil into the nylon easy. Use a spoon to sprinkle a small handful of grass seed into the stocking.

Step 1 of making grassy garden gnomes with kids Fig. 1: Cover the mouth of a drinking glass with the nylon and sprinkle in grass seed.

  1. Pour in one to two handfuls of soil on top of the grass seed, pushing the soil all the way down to the toe. Take the nylon off of the drinking glass, and knot the nylon close to the soil to keep the soil in place. This is your gnome?s head.

Step 2 of making grassy garden gnomes with kids Fig. 2: Pour soil on top of the grass seed, then knot the nylon stocking right below the soil to make the gnome?s head.

  1. With the length of leftover nylon hanging downward, glue googly eyes on to the face area and add other facial features. Let the glue dry completely.

Step 3 of making grassy garden gnomes with kids Fig. 3: Glue googly eyes and facial features on to the face of the gnome.

  1.  Fill the bowl with water and invert the gnome?s head into it for several minutes. This wets the soil and grass seed and gets the seed growing. .

Step 4 of making grassy garden gnomes with kids Fig. 4: Invert the gnome?s head into the bowl of water.

  1. Insert a small paper cup into a clay pot and fill the cup with water, Fip the gnome?s head right side up and insert the loose end of the nylon into the cup. The nylon will act as a wick to pull water up and keep your grass seed watered.

Step 5 of making grassy garden gnomes with kids  Fig. 5: Insert the nylon ?wick? into the cup filled with water.

6. Place the gnome where it will get sunlight, and within a week watch for the seed ?hair? to sprout!

How to make these Grassy Garden Gnomes - a great project to do with kids Fig. 6: Welcome your grassy garden gnome to its garden home!

Dig Deeper: Grass Facts

  • Up to 90% of the weight of a grass plant is in its roots.
  • Grass stems are mostly hollow.
  • Grasses are classified as flowering plants.
  • Grassland biomes are found all over the world.

Reprinted with permission from Gardening Labs for Kids by Renata Brown ? 2014. Published by Quarry Books. Photography courtesy of Quarry Books.

Now wasn?t that fun? Want to see what the other 51 labs have in store? Well go grab a copy of 

Gardening Lab for Kids Book

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What?s a bumbleberry? Do they grow in bumbles? On bumble bushes? In a bumble patch?


Bumbleberry is a mixture of at least three different kinds of berries so they do grow in bushes and patches. Perhaps on trees and vines as well.

This recipe for Bumbleberry Jam comes to us from the recipe book. It has 4 different kids of berries and even some rhubarb. Now that?s a bumble I can get behind!

Bumbleberry Jam

(page 70)

Bumbleberry, or jumbleberry, is a mix of berries and other fruits, such as rhubarb or apples. Wonderful in pies and crisps, it?s also a great jam combo.

  • 1 cup crushed strawberries (250 mL)
  • 1 cup raspberries (250 mL)
  • 1 cup blueberries (250 mL)
  • 1 cup blackberries (250 mL)
  • 1 cup chopped rhubarb (250 mL), (1?2-inch/1 cm pieces)
  • 5 cups granulated sugar (1.25 L)
  • 1 pouch (3 oz/85 mL) liquid pectin

In a large, deep, heavy-bottomed pot, combine berries and rhubarb. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes or until rhubarb is softened. Add sugar in a steady stream, stirring constantly. Increase heat to high and bring to a full boil, stirring constantly to dissolve sugar. Immediately stir in pectin; return to a full boil. Boil hard for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and skim off any foam. Stir for 5 to 8 minutes to prevent floating fruit.

Ladle into sterilized jars to within 1?4 inch (0.5 cm) of rim; wipe rims. Apply prepared lids and rings; tighten rings just until fingertip-tight. Process jars in a boiling water canner for 10 minutes (see page 27). Transfer jars to a towel-lined surface and let rest at room temperature until set. Check seals; refrigerate any unsealed jars for up to 3 weeks.

Makes about five 8-ounce (250 mL) jars.

Tip: Freeze premeasured amounts of chopped rhubarb and in-season berries so you have them on hand when you have more time to make jam in the winter.

Best of Bridge Home Preserving

Courtesy of by Best of Bridge Publishing Ltd. 2014 ? www.robertrose.ca Reprinted with publisher permission.

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