Thursday, April 28, 2011

Elk Playing in Puddle (video) | Care2 Healthy & Green Living

This is really cool.
Elk Playing in Puddle (video) | Care2 Healthy & Green Living

Top 10 Cat-Friendly Small Do : Small & In Charge : Animal Planet

My dogs and cats get along great! They even play together. We have a Great Pyrenees and two Pit Bull mixes. Through the years we've taught all our dogs they had to get along with our pet cats. I think it boils down to socializing them to each other. At first under very watched conditions and also demonstrating how you make the decisions and direct how your household is going to run.

How does it work in your house?


Top 10 Cat-Friendly Small Do : Small & In Charge : Animal Planet

5 Homemade Small Dog Treats : Small & In Charge : Animal Planet

My dogs love homemade dog biscuits!

5 Homemade Small Dog Treats : Small & In Charge : Animal Planet

Friday, April 22, 2011

Happy Earth Day!




















In honor of mother Earth on Earth Day 2011 I would like to thank her for...
  • Nourishing my soul with endless landscapes; from the mountains to the seas.
  • Providing me a playground to grow, learn, expand and express myself.
  • For plenty of fresh air to fill my lungs.
  • Abundance of fertile ground to grow my food.
  • A special thank you for all your magnificent creatures great and small.
  • For the oceans, lakes and streams that provide us with a bounty of choices.
  • Most of all for shaking things up a bit when we become stagnant or disconnected.
Photo courtesy of 


Helpful Ways To Teach Children How To Connect With Nature.

  1. Take your child for a walk around your local park or out in the woods, stroll along a creekside, stream or river.
  2. Collect rocks or other earthly items and encourage learning about the mineral, animal and plant kingdoms.
  3. Every region has different kinds of animals. Pick up a book from your local library to explore the animals that live in your state. Learn what their tracks and scat look like.
  4. Talk about the importance of insects, bees and pollination.
  5. Collect wildflowers when they are in bloom. Make a wildflower book by collecting and drying flowers. Glue flowers on a blank piece of paper. Identify each flower and write notes about where you found them, possibly add a personal picture of your child picking the flower. Laminate and  place each laminated page into a plastic sleeve and them gather together in a binder for many years of use.
  6. Visit a natural museum.
Earth Day Every Day Tips:


  • Write congress - support clean energy and clean air initiatives. Your voice matters.
  • Reduce what you buy. Think about your purchases before you shop. Is your purchase going to increase or reduce your planetary impact. Questions to ask yourself.
  1. Do I really need this item? Am going to use it, pass it on or is it destined to collect dust or end up in the landfill?
  2. Am I adding to the landfill or can I recycle the packaging?
  • Reuse: Buy in bulk when you can to reduce the amount of packaging tossed into the trash over time ending up at the landfill. It is not out of sight out of mind. All trash must go somewhere and be disposed of. Landfills are piling up. Toxins are being washed into our creeks, streams and rivers and eventually into our water supply. 
  • Recycle: We all know the traditional ways of recycling our glass, plastic, aluminum cans, tin cans and newspaper, but what about household items? One of my favorite things to recycle is empty glass candle holders. After I've used my candle up. I warm up the left over wax by placing the glass candle holder on top of the stove while i'm baking. I pour out the left over wax and then wash my empty jar a few times until the candle smell is gone. Fill up your jar with a little soapy water and vinegar and let soak a few days if need be. Once your jar is clean and dry use it to store, nuts, popcorn, barley or another kitchen item. 
  • Donate your used or unused bicycle to your local freecycle group.
  • Purge your closets every six months and donate to your local thrift store or Good Will. Herberger's has a yearly clothing exchange sale. You bring in a used piece of clothing in exchange for a percentage off a new purchase.
  • Take your used unwanted blankets to your local homeless shelter, half way house or Humane Society.
  • Use cloth napkins instead of paper. They take up very little space in the washer with your other laundry.
  • Run your dishwasher with a full load to save on energy, soap and water.
  • Use nontoxic cleaning products. What goes down the drain ends up in our soil and in our water supplies.
  • Have you heard of Genetically Modified Organisms? The effects of GMO's can have negative effects on your families health and our environment. 
Final Tip: Spread joy around. Focus on what makes you happy. Happiness spreads like a baby's laugh permeating and dispersing negativity. When people are happy they are more connected to themselves, healthier and and in the end they become more connected to the planet and each other.



Written By: Carol Lawrence


Thursday, April 21, 2011

Hello everyone, I would like to invite you to a special live author chat TONIGHT 4-21st



Live chat with Odysseus all the way from the Greek Island Kos in my Intentional Parenting Community! I would love to have you join us.
Odysseus is the author of Papa's Tribal Cafe: A Single Parent's Guide To Nurturing Rainbow Warriors.
 
This remarkable book is a deeply insightful and supportive living tool for single parents pursuing an integral path dedicated to the nurturing of courageous, compassionate children who are strong, loving and adaptable enough to lead others during a time of exponential change.
Perfect timing for the challenge at hand as we shift and move together with our planet into a new way of being!
Topics covered: Teaching children how to control their dreams, the benefits of conscious breathing, techniques for parents and children on how to balance their energy so they are healthy, flexible, receptive and focused.Single parenting, taking back control of our food supply, GMO's, the difference between Kos and USA, creativity, cultivating a harmonious relationship with the Earth and so much more. 
This book is perfect for any family wanting to raise their children on a conscious path.
Date: Tonight Thursday April 21
Time: 9 PM Eastern, 8 PM Central, 7 PM Mountain & 6 PM Pacific
Fun and Prizes!

Tips: First of all bookmark the live chat page in case you get lost. Sign into our Blogfrog community ahead of time, if you want to update your profile, add your picture. (I don't want to scare you, it really is quite easy to join our live chat)
Chat will become live a few minutes before 9 PM Eastern.
If you have any problems feel free to email Carol at intunedparenting@gmail.com
Learn more about Odysseus at his blog

Monday, April 18, 2011

I woke up this morning to a Robin serenade


I woke up this morning to a beautiful serenade by a robin sitting in my large cotton wood tree in the front yard.

Here's a few Robin facts:
  1. Robins are very friendly birds. I can have conversations with them and they'll happily answer back.
  2. They are a migratory bird. They leave us here in Montana every Fall and return in the Spring. We know when the Robins are back, Spring has sprung.
  3. Robins have different sounds of communicating. Variances depend on if they are singing, talking to another Robin or if they feel threatened. 
  4. Robins love to eat insects and worms. They will hop around the yard, listen and then pounce and pull up a worm from the grass. This is one reason I never spray my grass with chemicals because I know it's also a food source.
  5. They also eat fruits and berries. 
  6. The mama Robin will toss out the shells after the babies have hatched to keep her nest tidy and provide more room.
I just created my brand new Interactive Incredible Creatures Blogfrog Community. 
Come on over and share your favorite animal stories, pet tips, green living techniques, sustainability ideas and awesome animal videos! Introduce yourself, leave your links and start a conversation.

Thank you for reading Incredible Creatures!

Written By: Carol Lawrence


Exciting news!


Hello everyone, I recently created an Incredible Creatures BlogFrog Community.
What is a BlogFrog community you say? Well it's a new social media spot on the web that has over 60,000 members and is growing like weeds in a garden every day. Holly one of the busy BlogFrog leaders was recently featured in Forbes magazine.


Blogfrog communities are niche communities that cover all kinds of topics: Animals, parenting, nature, cooking, military wives, depression, etc.





This is a bear that decided 
to hang out in a tree with 
her three cubs here in town
until her human admirers moved
on.






My Incredible Creatures BlogFrog Community will be an extension of my blog. A place where you all can come and join in on the fun. Start new conversations, share your gardening, sustainability or pet tips. Post your pictures. The sky's the limit. I really hope you'll come and check it out. If you have a blog or website this is the perfect place to share your talent and gain new readers.


Sunday, April 17, 2011

Columbine

Columbine by Ken Bondy
Columbine, a photo by Ken Bondy on Flickr.

I love Ken's work! Relish in the beauty of this flower.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

  1. Looking for a special gift for the animal lover in your life?
  2. Do you have a friend that has everything?
  3. Do you know someone who collects cookie jars and has every cookie jar imaginable?
  4. Want a specialized gift? Look no further!

Debby Carman is a Laguna Beach California artist, author, and cartoonist.
She is noted for the most beautiful porcelain hand crafted dog and cat bowls and treat jars.
Her pet bowls and treat jars are unique, and superbly detailed.
What makes them so unique and special is that she hand paints your pets right onto your own treat jar in a cartoony fashion.

Here is what my personalized pet treat jar looks like.

                                         

Look how she captured my silly cats and my dogs Marv and  Ghost!

To learn more check out her website






                                                  
Debby offers:


  • Cookie Jars
  • Pet Treat Jars
  • Pussy Cat Bowls 
  • Dog Bowls 
  • Art and Ceramics
  • Pet trophies
  • Pet awards
  • Pet Supplies
  • Dog products by breed
  • Children's books
  • Pet Urns
  • Pet Paintings
  • She has a really cool Leo Tigre Collection







Written by: Carol Lawrence
http://www.creatorscreatures.blogspot.com

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

What's the future of our food? Teaching children the importance of gardening/sustainability.

Returning to source:

 "We have to get back to basics on an individual basis first, and as a community second."

"Prior to the existence of patented seeds, since the dawn of agriculture, until ten years ago, farmers collected seed from their harvests and replanted without having to purchase them annually, otherwise they are liable for patent infringement." 
~ Odysseus

Papa's Tribal Cafe': A Single Parent's Guide To Nurturing Rainbow Warriors

Free Live Online Chat With Odysseus April 21st. 9 PM Eastern, 8 PM Central, 
7 PM Mountain, 6 PM Pacific! Prizes!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Review: Papa's Tribal Cafe': A Single Parent's Guide To Nurturing Rainbow Warriors



Papa's Tribal Cafe' is a very timely published manual for our ever evolving world. 


Odysseus shares his spiritual journey raising his son as a single parent. He profoundly provides parents the tools to raise and nurture their rainbow warriors.


Odysseus shares empowering techniques and in depth wisdom on how to instill within the children a deep connection to our planet, each other, the purpose and importance of growing nutritious food, ideas on teaching the expansion of self through dreams, dance, exercise, journaling, artwork and most importantly learning the importance of being able to trust the process of life.


Powerful quotes & words of wisdom permeate throughout Papa's Tribal Cafe'


If your parenting goals include teaching your children about:
  • Honesty, honor and truth
  • Learning how to trust an inner knowing that help is always on the way
  • The power of our breath
  • The future of our food, GMO's and how to take back control of our food supply
  • Helping your child balance their energy so that they are healthy, flexible, receptive and focused
Then this is the parenting book for you!

Papa's Tribal Cafe': A Single Parent's Guide To Nurturing Rainbow Warriors is a must read for everyone raising children in these ever changing, turbulent, magnificent times!
Odysseus's personal dolphin encounter will shower your soul with gratitude!

Odysseus's blog Conscious Parenting/Nurturing Rainbow Warriors



If you have any questions about our blog, our blogfrog community, our live chats,
send us an email. intunedparenting@gmail.com

Thanks for reading our blog.




Hi Everyone, I wanted to share a contest that's giving away a Kindle 3!




Hello everyone, over at Countrylife4me they have decided it’s time to give away to one of their readers something special, they are  giving away a Kindle 3 to one of you, and they are are also giving a second prize to another reader. $50 Cash via Paypal. Yes you read this right! Cash!


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