Musings from Raspberry Moon – June 2016 Newsletter

Happy Father’s Day!

Father's Day Gift IdeasIt’s time to say “Thank You!” to the guys in our lives who have made a difference to us. Whether it’s your dad, granddad, uncle, or another important man in your life, be sure to tell them Happy Father’s Day.

We have some fun items for dear old Dad:

  • Man of the Hour Skincare Treatment – Dads need to take care of their skin too!
  • Brush on Block Sunscreen – Way better than lotion and we want to keep Dad from getting skin cancer. See more info below in our new products section.
  • Poo-Pourri in our most manly scents and in several different sizes – I think why Dad needs this is pretty self-explanatory. :)
  • New Seeds of Happiness Froggies!

Being a Dad has nothing to do with who your “donor” is, it is about being there for you and about showing love and support. I lost my Grandfather a year ago, he has been the strongest male influence in my life and was until the day he died. I miss him a lot. So Happy Father’s Day Shoopy and Watch the Ice!

Love,

Nicole, and the two punk cats, Embers and Smokey


National Pollinator Week – June 20-26, 2016

After the US Senate’s unanimous approval 9 years ago, “National Pollinator Week” has grown into an International movement celebrating the value of bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles.

Monarch ButterflyAs some of my blog posts have talked about, the importance of pollinators can’t be stressed enough. If we don’t have pollinators we don’t have a food chain! Did you know a tiny fly (a “midge”) no bigger than a pinhead is responsible for the world’s supply of chocolate?!

To help support the pollinators, Raspberry Moon is giving everyone who comes in for a service in June a COMPLIMENTARY packet of Pollinator Habitat Wildflower Seed Collection from American Meadows. (Little late getting the seeds in BUT if you missed it in June I will save you a pack for July.) The mixture contains Pollinator Mix, Butterfly & Hummingbird Mix, Bee Mix and Beneficial Bug Mix, so we have all of your pollinators covered!

HoneybeeNot only will you be helping the dwindling pollinator population by planting this easy-to-pollinate collection, but you’ll also enjoy a rainbow of blooms starting in just weeks and coming back year after year. All of the seed at American Meadows is non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free and guaranteed to grow.

*For the month of June only, American Meadows will donate $1 for every plant and pound of seed sold on this page, as well as $.50 for every social media post using the hashtag #AMIPollinators, up to $2,500.

Still not convinced that you need to help the pollinators? One out of every three mouthfuls of food we eat is delivered to us by pollinators!

According to Pollinator.org, here are somethings you can do to help:

  • Watch for pollinators – Get connected with nature. Take a walk, experience the landscape and look for pollinators midday in sunny, planted areas.
  • Reduce your impact – Reduce or eliminate your pesticide use, increase green spaces, and minimize urbanization. Pollution and climate change affect pollinators, too!
  • Plant for pollinators – Create pollinator -friendly habitat with native flowering plants that supply pollinators with nectar, pollen, and homes.

How to Create a Pollinator-Friendly Garden

Create a pollinator friendly gardenCreate a pollinator-friendly garden habitat in just a few simple steps.

  • Design your garden so that there is a continuous succession of plants flowering from spring through fall. Check for the species or cultivars best suited to your area and gradually replace lawn grass with flower beds.
  • Plant native plants for your region that provide nectar for adults plus food for insect larvae, such as milkweed for monarchs.
  • Select old-fashioned varieties of flowers whenever possible because breeding has caused some modern blooms to lose their fragrance and/or the nectar/pollen needed to attract and feed pollinators.
  • Install ‘houses’ for bats and native bees. For example, use wood blocks with holes or small open patches of mud. As little as 12” across is sufficient for some bees. (Might be a fun summer project with the kids.)
  • Avoid pesticides, even so called “natural” ones such as Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt). If you must use them, use the most selective and least toxic ones and apply them at night when most pollinators aren’t active.
  • Supply water for all wildlife. A dripping faucet or a suspended milk carton with a pinhole in the bottom is sufficient for some insects. Other wildlife need a small container of water.
  • Provide water for butterflies without letting it become a mosquito breeding area. Refill containers daily or bury a shallow plant saucer to its rim in a sunny area, fill it with coarse pine bark or stones and fill to overflowing with water.
  • Why not get the kids involved? There are fun ideas at http://pollinator.org/npw_fun.htm – let them help you save our pollinators!

Not sure what plants to use? Here are some resources:

http://pollinator.org/npw_gardens.htm – they even have a mobile app that you can use to help pick plants for your region.

http://www.americanmeadows.com/save-the-pollinators – My friend Jaidra recommends this company and that’s who I bought the pollinator seed mix from.

http://www.heavenlyseed.net/ – is a local seed company in Anderson. Tina has gotten seeds from them before and she really likes them.

http://scnps.org/ – The SC Native Plant Society.

https://www.wildflower.org/  – not local but a great site and has kid activities.


Win a Bee Smart Pollinator Kit for Your School

Bee Smart LogoWe believe in the importance of pollinators so much we’re putting our money where our mouth is. We’re holding a contest for the month of June. Raspberry Moon will purchase a Bee Smart School Garden Kit for the winner’s school for the upcoming school year.

The Bee Smart School Garden Kit Includes:

  • Pre- and post-tests
  • 10 lesson plans with accompanying reproducible worksheets
  • Materials for lesson plan activities
  • Reproducible handouts
  • New bee test tube
  • Access to additional Bee Smart™ School Garden Kit materials on our website.
  • Kit contents are subject to change based on current curriculum and available materials.

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Teachers you can enter this contest for your class and kids you can enter the contest for your new classroom for this fall.

Here is how you enter:

  1. Draw me a picture; Take a Photo; Build a Habitat for a Pollinator; or Write a Little Story about a Pollinator – whatever works best for you.
  2. Like Raspberry Moon Facebook and Post your entry on our Facebook page by June 30th with the hashtags #RaspMoonContest and #PollinatorsRock
  3. Be sure and share the contest with your friends – make it a group effort if you want.
  4. Winner will be chosen on July 5th.

I can’t wait to see how creative the kiddos (and teachers) will be for this!

Teachers or Parents wanting to keep the kids entertained this summer – http://pollinator.org/beesmart_about.htm has all sorts of different things listed.


Introducing Two Great New Products – No3urish and Brush On Block

We have 2 great new products in stock:

No3urish – Ozonated Anti-Aging Moisturizer

No3urish Moisturizing CreamI have been using this cream all winter and love it. Love those bees!

Features and Benefits:

  • Jojoba oil is almost identical to your skin’s natural oils, so it’s easy to absorb and doesn’t clog pores
  • Ozone or Activated oxygen – is produced by adding an electrical charge to pure oxygen. Ozone is actually nature’s way of cleansing. The cream an oxygen-rich moisturizer and a power house of healing
  • Nutrient-dense bee pollen – nourishes cells and tissues and prevents premature aging
  • Beeswax – forms a protective barrier against irritants while allowing skin to breathe

Ingredients:

Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil*. Beeswax from Mountain Rose Herbs. Bee Pollen from HiveMind. Fractionated cocos nucifera (coconut) oil**. Activated oxygen (ozone).

*Organic **Wild-crafted

How to use:

Apply a thin layer as needed. Store below 80°F/26°C. For long-term storage, keep refrigerated.

$39

Brush on Block Mineral Sunscreen

Brush on Block Mineral SunscreenSPF30 Mineral Sun Screen that is translucent. I actually tried this out on a client with dark skin and it was totally clear within a few seconds.

For all of my Vegan Peeps – BRUSH ON BLOCK is vegan-friendly and is made of synthetic hairs and the mineral powder contains no animal by-products.

BRUSH ON BLOCK can safely be applied to children 6 months of age and older and is easier than many leading lotions, sprays or sticks. For children under 6 months, please check with your doctor. I still mostly use minerals for my face, neck, ears, scalp and maybe décolleté area. I use spray sunscreen for everything else.

Active Ingredients:

Titanium Dioxide (15%) and Zinc Oxide (12%)

Inactive Ingredients:

Alumina, Boron Nitride, Chamomile Flower Extract, Green Tea Extract, Honeysuckle Flower Extract, Iron Oxides, Mica, Rice Lipids, Rice Starch, Safflower Oil, Silica, Stearic Acid, Triethoxycaprylsilane

$32


Appointments and Online Booking

Did you know that we now have an online booking system? Check it out at www.RaspberryMoonST.com (click the Book Your Appointment button on the right). This system enables us to send appointment confirmations, reminders, and allows you to change your appointment.

I do my best to get everyone in at their preferred times. If for any reason you are unable to make your appointment please let me know a minimum of 2 days beforehand. You will receive an email when you book your appointment and should also receive your appointment reminders via email 2 days beforehand.  Please be sure to check your spam folder and add us to your safe list! Remember this is a courtesy reminder, not reading your emails is not a good reason for missing your appointments. If you do not show up for your appointment you will be charged the full service or if cancel with less than 24 hour notice you will be charged a $25 fee. I understand emergencies happen but we all need to respect each other’s time.

Out of the office:

  • June 25 – July 1 – in Boston with Mom and Niece
  • July 17-19 and 22 – Mom is here
  • December 23-26/27 – in PA (yes I know that’s a long way off but it will be here before you know it!)

Sundays I will be working the next few months:

  • June 12
  • July 10
  • August 14
  • Sept 11
  • Oct?
  • Nov?
  • Dec 18

 

 

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