Next Level Blogging with LadyBossBlogger

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I began my blogging journey seven years ago. What started as a fun hobby gradually transformed into a keen passion. That passion ignited a desire for a career in writing. 

I moved my blog from a free blogging site to a paid one. And I considered monetizing it. My big WHY, to earn a living working remotely from anywhere in the world and enjoy doing it, motivated me.

Eighteen months ago, I took my blogging down the path of monetization. Everything in my life shifted, in positive and exciting ways. There’s no stopping the momentum now, nor do I want to. 

In fact, I’m ready to go next level blogging with LadyBossBlogger and explore making more money as an influencer. In particular, through this amazing online course, I’m learning how to better create content on Instagram and connect with my audience there.

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LadyBossBlogger Origins

Elaine Rau is the lady boss behind LadyBossBlogger. After launching a successful blog for female entrepreneurs, that quickly garnered more than 200,000 followers, Elaine created her own unique brand. She began teaching others how to make money as bloggers, influencers, and entrepreneurs through her online classes at LadyBossBloggerCourses.com.

How to Make Money as an Influencer

One thing that I learned quickly last year, as I expanded my blogging knowledge and abilities, is the importance of social media.

While Google plays a crucial role in driving traffic to a blog, social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram provide a highly visible place to promote and market the blog. 

I’ve worked very diligently providing great content and connecting with my audience and with brands I love. As growth occurs on those social media platforms, growth follows on the blog. And, opportunities arrive.

One such opportunity came through LadyBossBlogger and the online course, How to Make Money as an Instagram Influencer. I’m thrilled to experience this course and learn new techniques for expanding my reach. 

I am so excited that I’m sharing what I’ve learned thus far in this sneak peek post and offering an amazing giveaway, in partnership with LadyBossBlogger. See the details at the end of the post.

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Next level blogging with LadyBossBlogger. I’ve already taken 11 pages of notes during this module!

What’s in the Make Money as an Instagram Influencer Course?

The course is divided into nine modules with multiple lessons in each:

  • Introduction – course overview and expectations
  • Branding –  all about creating a personal brand on Instagram
  • Content – the foundation of an Instagram post, great content
  • Pitching – creating the perfect pitch to brands
  • Brands – how to find brands to work with
  • Money – creating income as an influencer
  • Legal – all you need to know about the legal side of blogging and influencing
  • Conclusion – becoming an affiliate
  • Bonus – there are 12 INCREDIBLE exclusive bonuses at the end of the course, including checklists and how-to’s.

The lessons are well designed with high-quality content that is easy to understand. The modules build on each other, so that you can implement what you learn as you go.

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Taking it to the next level blogging with LadyBossBlogger.

What I’m Learning Through LadyBossBlogger

I’m loving this course. I’ve completed 25% of the material and I’m learning valuable tools for improving my Instagram account.

In the Branding Module, I am discovering how to better build my own personal brand, and why that matters. Part of that is creating an Instagram feed that beautifully represents who I am, what I do and what I offer to others.

I’m taking lots of notes as a way to highlight areas I intend to improve on or change. Information in the lesson “Costly Mistakes Everyone Makes with Their Bio” helped me to create a bio that tells more about what I offer to others.

I appreciate the wealth of information, tips and suggestions in this course. I’m serious about my blogging and committed to investing in myself.

After I complete the entire course, I’ll write another post. I’m excited to share more insights and results from implementing what I’m learning.

LadyBossBlogger Giveaway

Right now, I’m excited to share about a giveaway for a LadyBossBlogger blogging or influencer course! The contest runs until July 14, 2020.

One Instagram reader will win the course of her choice by following these simple rules:

  1. Follow me on Instagram @CindyLauderdaleMoore
  2. Follow @LadyBossBlogger
  3. And follow @ElaineRau
  4. Like this photo on Instagram and tag a friend
  5. Earn extra entries by tagging more friends

More details on the Instagram post. I look forward to awarding the winner on July 14!

40% OFF Any LadyBossBlogger Course

If you don’t want to wait for the giveaway, I have a great deal for you. Use my promo code: CINDYMOORE to receive 40% off the price of the course. 

Or click HERE to order your course at an incredible price. 

It will arrive in your email inbox and you can work through the modules and lessons at your own pace. Two month and six month payment plans are available.

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Investing in myself and my business.

Invest in Yourself and Your Business

For years into my blogging journey, I traveled alone. As best I could, I figured things out for myself and built my blog and readership step by slow step. 

Don’t do that. There’s no reason to. It’s not noble… it’s time-consuming and mistakes get made.

The best thing I ever did for my blogging business was to invest in it by learning from others. Classes not only brought info and awareness, but they also introduced me to other amazing bloggers, who now journey alongside me.

Is it time for you to invest in yourself and your business? 

Are you ready to go next level blogging with LadyBossBlogger? 

You won’t regret such a powerful commitment to your blogging… and influencing… future.

 

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The Bridge of Sighs

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Ponte dei Sospiri…the Bridge of Sighs…just saying the name evokes emotions.

This bridge is one of many such structures that spans Venice’s canals. There are, in fact, 400 plus bridges crossing more than 150 canals in this unique city. Venice, Italy is a collection of tiny islands, connected by canals.

The oft photographed Bridge of Sighs draws a multitude of visitors each year. I enjoyed experiencing the beautiful and sorrowful covered bridge on a visit to Venice in 2017.

Discover the history of this iconic structure and learn how it received its name.

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The History of the Bridge of Sighs

Built by Antonio Contin between 1600 and 1603, the Bridge of Sighs spans Rio di Palazzo. This baroque style, marble and Istrian stone bridge connects the inquisitor’s offices in the Doge’s Palace to the “New Prison”, a building designed specifically for detention.

Doge (Italian word for duke) Marino Grimani, whose family coat-of-arms occupies the center of the facade, commissioned the bridge.

While Ponte dei Sospiri attracts couples, who enjoy sharing a kiss near the covered bridge, it’s not romantic sighs that begat the name.

The name arose because prisoners stopped on the bridge and sighed at their last glimpse of beautiful Venice before entering the prison. The damp, cold, challenging conditions of the small cells often resulted in the deaths of the prisoners.

Peering out through the stone lattice windows, those escaping sighs surely carried regret, fear and grief.

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The stone latticed windows in the Bridge of Sighs.

Stories About the Bridge of Sighs

Back to those romantic couples. The tale told is that if a couple kisses beneath the bridge, while riding in a gondola, their love will endure throughout eternity and they will know happiness. Some versions add that the couple must kiss at sunset, while drifting under the bridge, as the bells of St Mark’s Campanile ring out. As you can imagine, this is a busy route for gondolas.

The exterior of the bridge’s arch is adorned with faces on each side. A Venetian lion graces the middle, while ten other faces express anger or sadness. These grim faces supposedly scare evil spirits away. One happy face stands out. It is thought to represent the bridge’s guardian.

The bridge design is intentional, matching the style of the two buildings it connects. The Doge’s Palace, a huge, elegant palace overlooking St Mark’s Square, was the primary residence of the supreme authority of the former Republic of Venice, and the location of the city prison. The palace occupies the site of a former fortress that burned in the 10th century.

The Bridge of Sighs remains the only covered bridge in the entire city. Its passageway is topped by stone, with four windows looking out toward the San Giorgio Maggiore Island and the Lagoon. Very little light passes through the windows to brighten the dim, cool interior.

The Bridge of Sighs canal
The covered bridge spanning the canal.

Visiting the Bridge of Sighs

Views of the bridge are limited. See one of Venice’s most famous landmarks from these vantage points.

  • Admire the bridge from one of two nearby bridges. The Ponte della Paglia is located near the Doge’s Palace, as you stand with your back to the lagoon. The other bridge is the Ponte della Canonica at the other end of the canal.
  •  Enjoy a gondola ride that travels beneath the Bridge of Sighs.
  • Take a tour of the Doge’s Palace. The Bridge of Sighs is included in the tour and you get to walk across it and view the prison located on the other side.

Otherwise, the bridge is not open to the public. While it can be viewed from gondolas and the above mentioned bridges, the only opportunity to step inside the bridge is via the palace tour.

The Doge’s Palace is gorgeous and well worth a visit.

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A room in the Doge’s Palace.

My Experience Crossing the Bridge

My daughter, grandson and I were part of a travel group touring Italy. Our group enjoyed wandering through the Doge’s Palace with a guide. From an interior room, I got my first up close peek at the covered bridge and snapped a photo.

As we quietly entered the Bridge of Sighs, the energy within settled thickly around my head, shoulders and upper back, sending tingles down my spine.

It’s difficult to see much through the windows, however I paused there to reflect. Over the centuries, many, many prisoners walked this bridge and paused to sigh with despair. The bridge interior is actually divided by a wall down its middle, creating two corridors. That way, prisoners coming into the prison or going back to the courtroom for trial did not meet.

The atmosphere within the bridge felt very heavy to me, weighed down by those breathy final sighs. Sadness tinged with the fear of uncertainty surrounded me. The prison cells in the attached building were just as gloomy.

I’m grateful for the redemption of the bridge through its exterior beauty and the promise of romance beneath its splendid arch.

Have you visited the Bridge of Sighs in Venice? I intend to explore this unique city again one day!

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Decorating for Summer with Decocrated

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Can you believe summer is here? This out of the ordinary year just keeps counting down, day by day.

I love that as the seasons change, a new box from Decocrated arrives at my front door, to help me create fresh looks in my house. It’s fun, mixing in pieces from previous boxes and my own decor, showcasing my unique style.

Check out what I did, decorating for summer with Decocrated!

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The Decocrated Summer Home

The Decocrated staff works year around, researching trends, watching HGTV and scrolling through Pinterest, curating the best in home decor so that their clients look like decorating pros. Subscription boxes ship out at the beginning of each season, offering fresh decor pieces to incorporate into any decorating style.

The summer collection is built around a palette of sunshine yellow and clear blue, with accent colors of gray, cream, black and gold. The decor in this box combines light natural wood and gold finishes with homey textiles.

The featured artists for summer are Kate Aurelia and Kasey Free. This duo met in college and combine their talents to create art inspired by nature and travels. They work with a mixture of techniques, from traditional paintings to collage to digital art.

Decocrated Featured Artists Kate and Kasey
Featured Artists Kate and Kasey

Decorating for Summer with Decocrated

Check out the fun unboxing video below if you want the surprise element before seeing how I used the pieces.

Shelf Top

I use the top shelf on this bookcase for seasonal decor. Except for Christmas, when the whole bookcase gets a makeover, I simply swap out a piece or two to reflect the new season.

I changed the runner on the shelf from a blue one to a red one. Leaving the framed print from the Decocrated spring box and my wooden inspire sign in place, I focused on the wood and metal tray, set on its side.

The fun trio of faux succulents nestle into a corner of the tray, sharing space with a cute print from Walmart. From the spring box as well, the gold canister holds another artificial succulent.

The vignette is playful and colorful and simple. It makes me smile!

Decorating for Summer with Decocrated shelf top
Decorating for Summer with Decocrated – shelf top
Colorful Succulents
Colorful Succulents

Two Vignettes

I love that so far, each seasonal box contains pillow covers for standard 18″x18″ pillows. It’s so easy to switch the covers on the two pillows I own.

Initially I created a fresh summer vignette on the vintage wooden chair near my armoire, using a mix of items from THREE Decocrated boxes. The pillows, in their sunny yellow covers, rest nearby in a vintage army trunk that belonged to my grandfather.

The mirror from the summer box features a natural light wood frame and has a metal chain for hanging. I decided to stand it up instead and include it in a vignette.

The gold tray and canisters arrived in the spring box. I tucked another faux succulent in one canister and added tiny artificial lemons and a yellow flower to the shorter one. The table top sign from the winter box rests easily on the round tray.

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Decorating for Summer with Decocrated – chair vignette and pillows

I loved the overall look. However, one of the fun elements of decorating is playing with what you have and moving things around.

I moved the chair vignette to the entry way table, recreating the look atop a yellow checkered cloth. That’s where the vignette stayed. I love that the mirror reflects filtered sunlight coming in through the window across the room and the greenery there.

Which location do you like best?

Table Top Vignette
Decorating for Summer with Decocrated – table top vignette

Dining Room Table

Finally, I shifted my attention to my round dining table. Confession. I never eat at the dining room table. Instead, I decorate it, creating seasonal vignettes. I prefer walking by the table and receiving joy from the decor there.

As soon as I saw the two tray stand in the summer box, I envisioned my tea pot and cups on it. How fun to create a tea themed vignette on the stand, adding a sugar and creamer set along with a matching bowl full of more lemons. A votive candle holder and a couple of yellow flowers complete the look.

Tiered Stand
Tiered Stand with Two Trays

That tray is so versatile. I’ll use if for real tea times or to hold healthy snacks. And I’ll certainly decorate it for each season. It makes a cute coffee center or a receptacle for a variety of collections. The possibilities are endless.

The gold planter from the summer box is versatile as well. Hang it on the wall and add real or artificial plants or note cards and pens or art supplies. I chose to set it on the table next to the tiered tray. Different faux succulents fill one side of the planter while the other end holds lemons.  A gold canister from the spring box holds another succulent.

Gold Planter
Decorating for Summer with Decocrated – gold planter

Completing the vignette is the artist print from the summer box, tucked within a white frame with a cream and gold mat. The whole vignette rests atop the blue and white summer rug. I’m using it as a table runner.

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Decorating for Summer with Decocrated – table vignette

Get the Decocrated Summer Box

These high quality subscription boxes are so fun! I look forward to the arrival of each box.

Not knowing what’s inside is part of the anticipation. I’ve already learned that I enjoy using whatever arrives, in many different ways. I love how Decocrated pieces are freshening up my decor and firing up my creativity.

Click this link for the Decocrated Summer Box, and use this discount code for $10 off the price of your first box:  CINDYLAUDERDALEMOORE10 

Or use CINDYLAUDERDALEMOORE30 to receive $30 off a yearly subscription. Once you are a member, there are additional items that can be purchased from the online shop, and special boxes available too, like Halloween!

What will you do with your Decocrated decor?

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The roomy bag from the spring box held my picnic lunch recently, on a road trip! The summer rug made the perfect table cover.

 

 

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Philbrook Museum Gardens

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One thing that I confirmed, while staying home more due to the pandemic, is that I REALLY want to travel. Feeling the itch to travel, during a time when travel as we know it isn’t possible, presented unique opportunities.

Since I can’t hop on a plane to somewhere, I channeled my desire to travel into other ventures.

I’m taking an online travel blogging course. And as a result, I’m writing weekly travel posts, based on past trips. Check out this example, The Tower of London Ravens. Today happened to be Take a Road Trip Day. Inspired, I set out on a road trip to Tulsa, Oklahoma and the Philbrook Museum Gardens. Childhood memories of the museum drew me back to explore the gardens, which just reopened Wednesday. The museum is not yet open again to the public.

The Philbrook Museum Gardens were everything I remembered them to be…and more.

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History of the Philbrook Museum of Art

The original museum is a former 1920s Italian Renaissance villa, owned by pioneer Waite Phillips and his wife Genevieve. Kansas City architect Edward Buehler Delk designed Villa Philbrook. Construction began in 1926 and the house was completed the following year.

A stucco and ground marble exterior covers a reinforced steel and concrete framework. Kasota limestone, quarried in Minnesota, forms the corners and decorates doors and windows. At the rear of the house a spacious loggia with Corinthian columns overlooks the spectacular gardens.

The original villa featured 72 interior rooms, decorated with travertine and marble fireplaces and fountains, teak, walnut and oak floors and ornate ceilings.

In 1938 Phillips donated Villa Philbrook to the City of Tulsa, for use as a cultural and art center. Although the rooms on the main floor remain as they were, the rest of the villa received extensive remodeling for use as a public museum. In 1990 another wing expanded the museum, adding 70,000 square feet of space.

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Looking through the informal and formal gardens, to the former Villa Philbrook.
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Philbrook Museum gardens – grand fountain and the loggia

The Philbrook Museum Gardens

Although I enjoy wandering through the former villa, imagining it as it was back when the family lived there, it is the gardens that appeal most to me.

The museum sits on 25 acres of formal and informal gardens. Originally designed by Hare & Hare, Philbrook’s gardens drew inspiration from Villa Lante, an Italian estate north of Rome.

Behind the museum, the original gardens extend through an expanse of formal gardens, pools of water and informal gardens to a classical tempietto, a stone structure similar to a large gazebo.

The gardens that extend to the summerhouse feature native Oklahoma plants and a nearby creek. This project completed in 2004.

Philbrook Museum Loggia
Looking from the loggia to the tempietto. It was the perfect spot for Ferni’s first travel photo.
Philbrook Museum Gardens tempietto
Looking across the pools to the tempietto. The far pool once served as the family swimming pool. Koi swim there now.
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Another pool in the informal gardens.

Take a Tour with Me

Come with me on a photo tour of the Philbrook Museum Gardens. My desire is just to stir your curiosity. These gardens must be experienced, to fully appreciate them.

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The Italian influence is seen in the main gardens.

Sculptures

There are 16 sculptures scattered throughout the gardens. They range from classical styles to contemporary. Here are three of them.

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Philbrook Museum Gardens sculptures – Nymph Holding Pluto
Philbrook Museum Gardens sculpture
Native American
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Tree sculptures in a wooded area. The orange leaves are made of glass.

Garden Cats and Wildlife

The garden is home to two cats, Cleome, a black and white, and Perilla, a calico. We saw Cleome, wandering about near the upper pond. She seemed intent on stalking something near the water. She reminded me of Rilynn, my garden cat!

And Greg and I spotted a variety of wildlife, including red squirrels, rabbits, a heron and several species of birds. The gardens are home to turtles, water snakes, foxes and beavers as well.

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Cleome the Philbrook Museum Garden cat.
Wildlife at Philbrook
Heron in Crow Brook

Summerhouse Formal Garden

This area south of the museum underwent changes throughout the years. Officially completed after the family donated the property to Tulsa, this formal garden leads to a summerhouse. There are swings and benches along the pretty avenue.

Restrooms are located near the summerhouse. Greg gave the restrooms a five star rating! They are very clean. I posed on a rope swing in the little wooded area, From there steps descend to the path below.

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Summerhouse formal gardens
Greg carrying our picnic lunch
Greg carrying our picnic lunch in my Decocrated bag.
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Swinging in the Philbrook Museum Gardens

Picnic in the Park

Multiple picnic areas exist in the park. Tables, benches, grottos and expanses of grass offer pretty spots to pause for lunch or a snack. We chose to stop for a picnic near the cabin next to the vegetable garden. The cabin is created from repurposed materials, including colorful t-shirts stiffened with resin for the roof.

Picnic time
Picnic time in the gardens. Bag from Decocrated spring box. Rug from Decocrated summer box. Watch for a review post of the summer box Monday.
Picnic lunch
Simple, healthy picnic lunch. Gluten free crackers, hummus, an assortment of pickles and olives, grapes, cherries and KIND nut clusters with almonds and coconut.
Philbrook Museum Gardens cabin
Cabin made from repurposed materials. Note the t-shirt roof!

Tiny Doors

As we wandered the grounds, looking for tiny doors attached to some of the trees, became a fun game. Fortunately, small green flags indicate where the doors are. Local artists created the little works of art and each door is unique.

Kids would enjoy this tiny door scavenger hunt.

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Looking for tiny doors in the Philbrook Museum Gardens.
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One of at least a dozen tiny doors in the Philbrook Museum Gardens.

First Road Trip…But Not the Last

What a wonderful morning spent at Philbrook Museum Gardens. It’s uncertain when the main museum will open again, although special exhibits are opening July 1. However the gardens are available and well worth a visit. Purchase tickets online, selecting a date and time of entry. Masks are recommended, especially when entering the garden, talking to a staff member or encountering other visitors.

We found the park easily accommodated the number of visitors today.  People and staff were courteous and respectful of social distancing.

This was my first Road Trip Friday…but not my last. I may not be able to travel far, however, I can enjoy day road trips. My intention is one road trip, within 150 miles of Joplin, a month. My little VW Van will accompany me. Her name is Ferni, pronounced fairn-ee, from the German word fernweh, which means “longing for far off places”.

Beauty speaks to the heart and soul, I believe. And the Philbrook gardens spoke clearly today, soothing my spirit and reminding me of joys I experienced there as a child. In fact, I see Philbrook’s strong influence on my own desire to create a backyard paradise.

I even found a park bench that perfectly captures who I am now, inscribed with these words from Thomas Arthur Manhart:

“Learning something new everyday is what life is really all about.”

I left the gardens with a smile on my face and joy in my heart.

Philbrook Museum Gardens path to the museum
I can’t get enough of this view…

Visit Philbrook Museum Gardens

Philbrook Museum is located at 2727 S Rockford Road, Tulsa, Oklahoms.

Hop on their website HERE to order tickets, which are $6.00 for adults, $5.00 for seniors and free for children 17 and under.

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Smartr Skin Vitamin C Serum

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THis is a collaboration with SMARTR SKIN, who sent ME PRODUCT FOR REVIEW PURPOSES. ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN.

 

Almost two months ago, Smartr Skin sent me a couple of their products to experience. The Eye Treatment and Moisturizer impressed me greatly.  I use simple routines and practices to care for my skin. Smartr Skin is a perfect fit for me. The company produces products that are vegan, cruelty free and paraban and phthalate free as well. Plus, they include natural ingredients that deeply nourish the skin.

I continue to use the eye treatment and the moisturizer and love them.

So when Smartr Skin offered to let me try another of their products, I enthusiastically agreed. To my delight, the company sent me their Smartr Skin Vitamin C Serum.

This is my first experience with a vitamin C serum. After using it daily for about a month, here are my results and my honest opinion.

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A Better Idea for Skin Care

Smartr Skin is a physician created line of skin care products. The company embraces a whole-person view of health. They believe that feeling healthy and confident is a result of caring for the whole self…body, mind and spirit.

They also believe that smarter, higher quality ingredients lead to better results. Therefore, they’ve created custom formulations from clean ingredients that nourish the skin, from the inside out.

 

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Smartr Skin Vitamin C Serum – product

Smartr Skin Vitamin C Serum

This luxurious enriched serum smooths easily onto the skin of the face, neck and chest. Just a few drops is all that it takes.

The vitamin C serum contains skin supporting ingredients such as aloe, vitamins C and E, MSM, botanical hyaluronic acid, witch hazel, jojoba oil and horsetail, dandelion and geranium extracts.

The hyaluronic acid helps create new collagen, restoring the elasticity and structure of skin damaged over the years by the sun and harsh elements in the environment.

Smartr Skin Vitamin C Serum may be used twice a day, morning and evening. Check out my routine below.

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Smartr Skin Vitamin C Serum – a dropperful, but you only need a few drops

Benefits of Vitamin C Serum

Regularly using vitamin C serum brings the following benefits:

  • moisturizes and regenerates skin
  • protects against sun damage
  • soothes sunburns and irritations
  • speeds the healing of acne and helps prevent scarring
  • lightens dark spots on skin
  • brightens and smooths complexion
  • minimizes pores and fine lines
  • tones and tightens skin

People with sensitive skin should test vitamin C serum on a small area of skin. Occasionally those with sensitive skin experience mild irritation. Use only a few drops and if applying during the day, finish with a SPF 50 or higher sunscreen.

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Smartr Skin Vitamin C Serum – just a few drops

 

Applying Vitamin C Serum

I added the serum to my daily skin care routine. At this time, I’m only using it in the evenings.

After washing my face with a gentle foaming micellar cleanser and applying micellar solution as a toner, I add four drops of the vitamin C serum to the palm of my hand.

Beginning with the delicate under eye area, I smooth the serum gently beneath both eyes and over the lids and then down the bridge and sides of my nose. Using my fingertips I apply a small amount of serum to my forehead. Next I focus on the area around my mouth, including the tip of the nose. And finally, I apply serum to both checks and my lower face, including the chin and jawline.

I smooth any remaining serum over my neck and upper chest.

Truly, a small amount of serum goes a long way! It absorbs quickly into my skin without leaving an oily feeling or residue.

After the serum dries, I apply Smartr Skin Moisturizer over my entire face. That’s it for my evening routine. In the mornings, I skip the serum and apply Smartr Skin Eye Treatment over my whole face. Then I apply makeup.

You may use the vitamin C serum in the mornings too. Just make sure you apply sunscreen as well.

Smartr Skin Trio
Smartr Skin Trio

My Results

I love this addition to my skin care routine.

I’d already noticed improved smoothness, softness and clarity using the Eye Treatment and Moisturizer. Including the serum, my skin responded by becoming firmer.

My skin texture is better and my pores, which are large, are so much smaller. Fine lines are disappearing. Overall, my skin is brighter, more toned and elastic, and my complexion has evened out.

I’m thrilled with the results and the company’s high standards of quality. I just placed another order.

If you’d like to see how your skin responds to such nurturing and pampering, hop over to the Smartr Skin website. Use my special discount code CINDYM20OFF to save 20% off of your order. And please, let me see photos of your radiant skin!

Smartr Skin Vitamin C Serum results
Smartr Skin Vitamin C Serum – results

 

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The Tower of London Ravens

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Located in central London, snug against the northern bank of the Thames River, the Tower of London is full of intriguing surprises. During its long history, the Tower has served as an armory, a treasury, a menagerie, the location of the Royal Mint, a public record office, the royal palace and prison and home to a number of ravens.

The Tower of London ravens continue to delight visitors. Accustomed to people, the ravens flit about the grounds and seem to enjoy attention. Discover the ravens’ story and why it’s considered important that they remain at the Tower.

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The Tower of London

My first surprise, visiting the Tower, is that it isn’t a single tower! The Tower consists of multiple towers. It’s a fortress, a complex. How did I not know this? Our girls’ group spent several hours exploring this fascinating place, rich in history and tales of royalty, executions, murder and intrigue, during the 2017 UK trip.

William the Conqueror built the White Tower that is now in the center of the complex, in 1078. That tower, considered a symbol of oppression against London by the Norman ruler, served as a prison from 1100 until 1952. However, the primary purpose of the complex was as a royal residence early in its history. Learn more about the Tower in this post.

The earliest known reference to the Tower of London ravens dates back to the time of Charles II, who reigned between 1660 and 1685.

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One tower among many in the complex, and what I thought the Tower of London looked like.
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The Tower of London complex – what it actually looks like. Officially it is titled Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress of the Tower of London. (Photo from the Tower of London website.)

The Tower of London Ravens

A group of at least six captive ravens remain in residence at the Tower at all times. The legend goes that their presence protects the Tower and the Crown.

“If the Tower of London Ravens are lost or fly away, the Crown will fall and Britain with it.”

Historically, wild ravens lived throughout Britain, occupying towns within their territories. Very few remain in London today. The Tower ravens exist with official support, receiving appointments by the Crown. The ravens are considered enlisted soldiers of the kingdom and issued attestation cards, just like regular soldiers. Interestingly, they are also subject to dismissal for unsatisfactory conduct.

The Ravenmaster of the Yeoman Warders cares for the birds. They cannot fly far because the Ravenmaster slightly clips the flight feathers on one wing so that they can only fly short distances.

Their diet consists of fresh meat, boiled eggs in the shell and bird biscuits soaked in blood. Occasionally rabbits with the fur intact are included for roughage.

Each raven is tagged with a colored band on one leg. Currently seven reside at the Tower…the required six plus a spare. Their names are Jubilee, Harris, Gripp, Rocky, Erin, Poppy and Merlina. In captivity, the life expectancy is 40 or more years.

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The ravens enjoy hanging out near the White Tower at the center of the complex
Card from the gift shop
Card from the gift shop

Origins of the Ravens

Several legends exists, telling how the ravens came to live at the Tower.

The earliest involves a war against the Irish leader Matholwch. Bran, King of the Britons, ordered his countrymen to cut off his head and bury it beneath the White Hill, upon which the Tower stands. The face pointed toward France to protect Britain against invaders.

The legend originates from Wales. Bran is the Welsh word for raven. Bran’s head beneath the hill and ravens residing in the Tower served as magical symbols of protection.

Another tale attributes the arrival of the ravens to the Great Fire of London in 1666. After the fire, survivors killed ravens in London to prevent scavenging. When Charles II heard that killing ravens was a bad omen and that the kingdom would not outlive the last killed raven, he ordered six birds kept at the Tower.

And another story suggests the ravens came to the Tower because of executions carried out there. Hint…ravens are scavenger birds.

Whatever the reason for their initial introduction to the Tower, the legend eventually became tradition.

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Ancient ruins within the complex. The raven aviaries are near the ruins. See them in the lower left corner.
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The Tower of London ravens – aviaries for roosting

Raven Stories

During WWII, ravens served as unofficial spotters for enemy bombers. During the Blitz in July of 1944, all but one of the ravens died, from bombings and stress. Winston Churchill ordered more ravens to bring the flock back to the correct size.

One of the ravens surprised Russian president Vladimir Putin in 2003. A bird called Thor greeted each person accompanying Putin with a cheerful “good morning”.

During the global pandemic of bird flu, in 2006, special aviaries constructed indoors protected the ravens from the virus.

The raven named Jubilee arrived as a gift for the Queen, during her Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

The birds can fall out of favor due to inappropriate behavior. Raven George retired to Wales in 1986 after destroying TV antennas in the complex. A decree issued read:

“On Saturday 13th September 1986, Raven George, enlisted 1975, was posted to the Welsh Mountain Zoo. Conduct unsatisfactory, service no longer required.”

In 1990 Chaplain Hood died in his rooms on Tower grounds. The ravens gathered on the Tower Green, near the chapel, called out and then waited there quietly, as if paying their respects. Ravens reportedly mourn their dead and cluster around a deceased bird in silent respect.

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One of the streets within the Tower of London
The Tower of London Ravens
The Tower of London Ravens – note the bands on the legs

Viewing the Tower of London Ravens

The ravens freely wander within the Tower complex during the day and roost in their aviaries at night. Although they are comfortable with people and appear to show off for visitors and pose for photos, don’t approach one too closely or attempt to feed one or touch it.

The birds are territorial and preside over four different territories within the complex. Ravens may bite if they feel threatened in their territory.

As we walked along the battlements that circle the fortress and link the towers together, two of the ravens flew up to perch on the rail right next to us. People carefully edged nearer, thrilled to see the ravens up close.

The birds squawked and preened and strutted up and down the rail, cocking an eye toward us to see if we continued to watch. We felt honored that the ravens chose that moment to appear and provide a photo opportunity.

Look for the aviaries near the Wakefield Tower. And watch for the ravens on the green outside the White Tower, as that is a favorite territory. Or, as we discovered, they just might put on an impromptu show on the battlements.

Although the Tower of London is currently closed, due to the COVID pandemic, watch this post for a reopening date. In the meantime, enjoy this brief video of the Tower of London ravens!

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Movie Review Emma

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Just before movie theaters shut down in March, across the US, I anticipated seeing the new theatrical release Emma. I love this story by Jane Austen  and I’ve enjoyed previous film adaptations. In fact, the 1996 version with Gwyneth Paltrow in the title role is one of my favorite movies.

Imagine my disappointment when the theater closed the same week I intended to view this fresh version of Emma. Although I appreciate so much the big screen experience with new releases, I’m grateful for streaming services such as Amazon Prime Video. This weekend I settled in for an afternoon of entertainment, watching this film at last.

How did it compare with the 1996 version?

Here it is, my Movie Review Emma.

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Cast and Characters of Emma

Emma stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Johnny Flynn, Mia Goth, Bill Nighy, Gemma Whelan, Rupert Graves, Miranda Hart, Josh O’Connor, Amber Anderson, Callum Turner and Tanya Reynolds.

Autumn de Wilde directed this period piece romantic comedy. And Eleanor Catton wrote the screenplay, based on the novel by Jane Austen. Emma carries a PG rating for brief nudity and has a run time of 2 hours and 4 minutes.

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Movie review Emma – friends

Emma the Matchmaker

Set in the early 19th century, in the little town of Highbury, England, the story focuses on Emma Woodhouse (Taylor-Joy), the precocious younger daughter of Mr. Woodhouse (Nighy).

Emma is handsome, clever and rich, with a comfortable home and a happy disposition. And she had lived nearly 21 years in the world with very little to distress or vex her.

She is also spoiled, stubborn and meddlesome, although she’s motivated by kindness and people are willing to indulge her whims. Content to never marry, Emma nonetheless believes herself an excellent matchmaker. After all, she successfully brought together her former governess, Miss Taylor (Whelan) and the widower Mr. Weston (Graves).

Encouraged by that happy union, Emma decides to make another match, this time with her new friend Harriet (Goth) and the town’s vicar, Mr. Elton (O’Connor).

Emma’s closest friend and confidante, the moody Mr. Knightley (Flynn) warns the headstrong girl to beware meddling in affairs of the heart. She pays him no heed.

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Movie Review Emma – Mr. Woodhouse

Emma’s Mismatches

What pursues are hilarious misadventures as Emma’s carefully thought out plans falter.

Harriet, a sweet girl of unknown parentage, is wooed by a young man who farms in the area. Although he is kind and intelligent, Emma persuades Harriet that he is beneath her. She convinces Harriet to refuse the farmer’s attentions and set her sights higher. While she pushes Harriet toward Mr. Elton, the vicar is actually hoping to impress Emma.

Meanwhile, Emma looks forward to meeting Mr. Weston’s handsome and mysterious son, Frank (Turner). When he finally appears, he leads Emma on, but it turns out he is secretly engaged to Jane Fairfax (Anderson) the beautifully sad niece of the tiresome spinster, Miss Bates (Hart).

After an astounded Emma refuses a marriage proposal from Mr. Elton, the vicar snubs Harriet by marrying a snobbish woman he barely knows. She becomes the new Mrs. Elton (Reynolds). Harriet then turns her romantic attention to Mr. Knightley, much to Emma’s consternation.

Emma’s matchmaking creates a tangled mess of emotions until she does what Mr. Knightley urged her to do all along. When she steps back, and allows people to follow their own hearts, true love draws people together naturally.

And Emma discovers that love is waiting there for her too, if she will only open her own heart.

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Movie Review Emma – the ball

My Thoughts on Emma

It’s interesting watching a new adaptation of this classic story. I’m so familiar with the dialogue, which is lifted from the novel, that I can quote portions of it as the actors say their lines.

However, I enjoyed the freshness of this version. The scenes are slightly different to very different from the 1996 film. And the actors brings their unique perspectives to the roles.

I loved Bill Nighy as Mr. Woodhouse. He is an amazing actor and his performances make me smile, or in this film, laugh outright. His delivery style is perfect for the role of the solemn, fretful Mr. Woodhouse. Hands down, he is my favorite as this character.

Anya Taylor-Joy shines as Emma. It’s hard for me to see anyone but Gwyneth in the role, however Anya conveys the good-hearted if spoiled Emma perfectly. She’s excellent at allowing her expressions to speak volumes while she remains silent.

And I never thought I’d appreciate anyone as much as I appreciate Jeremy Northam in the role of Mr. Knightley. However, Johnny Flynn, whom I enjoyed as Albert Einstein in the Genius Series, won my approval. He’s mastered that stern, brooding look. When he turns it on Emma, she listens. And so do I.

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Movie Review Emma – Mr. Knightley

Emma Delights

If you enjoy period piece films or romantic comedies, catch this one on Prime Video. I love that the roles of novel author, screenplay writer and director are all filled by talented women. It’s incredibly fitting for a film about a woman with strong qualities and values.

And, I appreciate the opportunity to actually see this movie. I’m currently very concerned about the future of movie theaters. The impact of COVID19 is keenly felt in the film industry as it is in so many other areas.

I’m grateful for services such as Prime Video and Netflix, that offer an amazing assortment of films worth watching. However, I’m not ready to give up seeing movies as they are intended to be viewed…on a big screen in a darkened theater. Movies have greatly shaped my life. I’m holding hope in my heart that the industry will continue on for many years.

Have you seen the newest Emma? Rent it HERE and let me know if you enjoyed it!

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Movie Review Emma – Miss Woodhouse

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Greyfriars Bobby World’s Most Loyal Dog

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When I visited Edinburgh, Scotland in 2017, along with my mother, sisters and niece, one site we all wanted to visit was Greyfriars Kirkyard and a nearby monument.

The monument honors a small Skye Terrier, Greyfriars Bobby. This little dog displayed an incredible level of faithfulness to his owner, earning him the title “World’s Most Loyal Dog”.

Learn his story, in this Tales from Scotland post, and discover visit-worthy sites in the area.

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Greyfriars Kirk

Located in Edinburgh’s Old Town, Greyfriars Kirk is a parish kirk (church). It stands on the site of a pre-reformation establishment of the Franciscan Order, the Grey Friars.

Built in 1612, the kirk is located south of Grassmarket and east of George Heriot’s School.

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Greyfriars Bobby, world’s most loyal dog – Greyfriars Kirk

Greyfriars Kirkyard

The kirkyard is the cemetery surrounding the church. A number of notable Edinburgh residents rest there.

The kirkyard is moody, in a gothic sort of way, and fascinating to wander through. Elaborate mural monuments along the east and west walls of the oldest burial section feature intriguing symbols of mortality and immortality.

Many graves are protected with stone walls, iron railings or ironwork cages called mortsafes, to protect against grave robbing. In the early 19th century, resurrection men supplied Edinburgh Medical College with corpses for dissection, in exchange for fees. The common practice of plundering graveyards provided those bodies.

And, J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books, drew inspiration from the kirkyard for character names in her stories. You can find burial sites for people with the names McGonagall, Moodie, Scrymgeour and Potter. Check out the grave of Thomas Riddell, whose name inspired one of the most terrifying villains in literature. In the Harry Potter series, Tom Riddle becomes Lord Voldemort.

Near the entrance to the kirkyard is a gravestone for John Gray, an Edinburgh City nightwatchman. And not far from that grave is another, marked with a similar headstone, for the dog known as Greyfriars Bobby.

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Greyfriars Bobby World’s Most Loyal Dog – John Gray’s grave

Greyfriars Bobby

Although slightly different versions of Greyfriars Bobby exists, the most commonly told tale is the following.

Bobby belonged to John Gray, the nightwatchman. For two years they went everywhere together. When John died of tuberculosis 15 February 1858, burial took place in Greyfriars Kirkyard. The dog earned the nickname Greyfriars Bobby because from that time forward, until his own death in 1872, the faithful companion stayed near John’s grave. In spite of various weather conditions and frequent shooing away by the kirkyard caretaker, Bobby refused to leave.

Residents of Edinburgh felt compassion for the dog. They adopted Bobby, feeding him and caring for him. Each afternoon, at the firing of the 1:00 gun at Edinburgh Castle, Bobby trotted to a nearby cafe for a meal and then returned to the kirkyard. Although not officially allowed, kind people even built a small shelter for him near John’s grave.

Sir William Chambers, Lord Provost of Edinburgh and director of the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, paid for Bobby’s license and provided a collar for him. That collar is on display in the Museum of Edinburgh.

Bobby remained vigilant near John’s grave for 14 years. After his death, the city buried him in the kirkyard, near his owner. The stone is red marble, like John’s. Inscribed are the words: “Greyfriars Bobby – Died 14 January 1872 – Aged 16 Years. Let his loyalty and devotion be a lesson to us all.”

Visitors leave sticks, for Bobby to fetch, on his grave and John’s. Occasionally dog toys and flowers adorn the graves as well.

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The grave of Greyfriars Bobby World’s Most Loyal Dog

The Greyfriars Bobby Monument

A year after Bobby’s death, the Baroness Burdett-Coutts, moved by the story, paid for a memorial monument. William Brodie created it as a drinking fountain with an upper basin for humans and a lower one for dogs. A statue of Bobby adorned the top.

The city filled in the basins with concrete in 1957, due to a city-wide health scare. After damage by a car in 1985, the base is newly created, however it copies the original exactly. An attached plaque reads:

“A tribute to the affectionate fidelity of Greyfriars Bobby. In 1858, this faithful dog followed the remains of his master to Greyfriars Churchyard and lingered near the spot until his death in 1872. With permission erected by the Baroness Burdett-Coutts.”

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Greyfriars Bobby Monument

Inscribed on the statue is “Greyfriars Bobby, from the life just before his death.” W.H. Brodie Sc RSA 1872

Greyfriars Bobby is a popular destination spot in Edinburgh. People gather around the monument, taking photos. And as attested by the shiny spot on the statue, they reach up to rub Bobby’s nose for good luck. Such superstitions necessitated two nose restorations for Bobby!

The Greyfriars Bobby monument stands near the entrance to the kirkyard. The pub behind it, affectionately known as Bobby’s Bar, is a popular tourist spot. You can find postcards, toys and works of art commemorating Bobby throughout Edinburgh. Additionally, Walt Disney created a film about him in 1961.

 

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Greyfriars Pub – also known as Bobby’s Bar

Other Sites to Visit Near Greyfriars Bobby

These nearby sites are all within walking distance from the monument:

  • Greyfriars Kirkyard
  • George Heriot’s School, the inspiration for Hogwarts in Harry Potter
  • Grassmarket, pubs and shops, and a rich history. This STORY took place near here.
  • Victoria Street, full of shops and cafes
  • The Elephant House, cafe/pub where J.K. Rowling wrote the first chapters of Harry Potter
  • National Museum of Scotland
  • The Royal Mile, containing many shops, attractions, cafes and museums
  • Edinburgh Castle, at the top of the Royal Mile

I hope you’ve enjoyed Bobby’s story. His loyalty and devotion tugs at the heart. If you see Bobby, the entrance to the kirkyard with his grave and John’s is right there to the left. It’s free to wander about the cemetery and well worth a visit.

Have you seen Greyfriars Bobby World’s Most Loyal Dog or the kirk and kirkyard? Share your experiences in the comments!

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Standing in the Greyfriars kirkyard

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Companion Gardening Plants that Thrive Together

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We all appreciate companions in our lives, people who journey alongside, encouraging and supporting us. Plants, it turns out, enjoy a form of companionship as well.

Companion gardening is the practice of planting specific plants close together, for the mutual benefit of both. Our grandparents and great grandparents understood that plants thrive better when certain combinations are tucked into the ground together. I’m learning more about this helpful process.

Companion gardening, plants that thrive together, offers a list to try out in your own backyard or garden space.

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The Benefits of Companion Gardening

Tom Maloney, horticulture educator for Penn State Extension, says

“The theory behind companion planting is that certain plants may help each other take up nutrients, improve pest management, or attract pollinators.”

Flowering herbs and plants attract pollinators such as butterflies, bees, wasps and birds that improve the growth and yield of certain vegetables. Other strong smelling flowers or herbs help to deter pests such as beetles or aphids. Large leafy vegetables provide shade for smaller plants or give climbers support. While sprawling plants like okra or squash help keep weeds from springing up.

Try the following companion gardening plants that thrive together.

Cabbage and Chamomile

What a surprise this pairing presents! The flowering herb, known for its relaxing properties as a tea, draws beneficial insects to the cabbage plant.

In the fall, chop up any remaining chamomile, if you can bear to part with it yourself, and scatter the pieces over the vegetable garden to enrich the soil.

Tomatoes and Basil

This is a classic companion gardening combo and for good reason.

Basil and tomato plants share nutrients in the soil. The fragrant herb improves the flavor of the tomato plant and its strong scent, which I absolutely love, keeps pests away. Plus, experienced vegetable gardeners swear that they harvest more tomatoes when they companion plant them with basil.

Let some of the basil plants flower, to bring in those important pollinators.

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Companion gardening plants that thrive together – tomatoes and basil

Tomatoes and Lettuce

Extend their growing season by planting lettuce crops, which prefer cooler temperatures, among taller tomato plants. The tomato plants shade the lettuce and help to protect them from too much sunlight.

Lettuce and Chives or Garlic

Those pesky aphids don’t like strongly scented herbs such as chives or garlic. Interplant chives or garlic with lettuce to protect their tender leaves. Consider adding the flower alyssum as well. It’s tiny white flowers attract beneficial insects. Or allow the chives to flower.

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Companion gardening plants that thrive together – lettuce and garlic

Radishes and Carrots

Since both of these are root vegetables, you’d think that they might compete for the same nutrients. However, radishes mature quickly and don’t grow as deeply in the soil.

Carrots mature more slowly and put down a longer taproot, drawing their nutrients from a different space.

Corn and Pole Beans and Squash or Pumpkins

This method of companion planting originated with Native Americans, who called it the Three Sisters.

Corn provides a framework for the beans to climb on. Beans convert nitrogen in the air into a form the plants use in the soil. And the squash or pumpkins sprawl out with their large leaves, preventing weeds from springing up and competing for nutrients.

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Companion gardening plants that thrive together – corn, beans and squash

Melons and Flowering Herbs

Melons need pollinators to produce their fruit. Plant flowering herbs nearby to draw them in. Great herb choices include dill, fennel, thyme, mint or parsley. Provide a framework for melons to climb upon or give them plenty of space for the vines to sprawl naturally.

Broccoli and Calendula

The calendula plants produce a sticky substance on their stems that attract aphids and trap them. Planting the flowers near broccoli and related plants such as cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale and collards, keeps aphids under control.

Plus, ladybugs are attracted to the calendula flowers. And they love to dine on aphids.

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Companion gardening plants that thrive together – broccoli and calendula

Cucumbers and Nasturtium

Grow cucumbers up a trellis or platform and plant colorful nasturtium beneath them.

The scent of the flowers repels damaging insects while the colorful flowers attract pollinators.

Summer Squash and Marigolds

Similarly, planting nasturtium or marigolds with summer squashes such as yellow squash or zucchini helps protect those plants. Aphids and beetles are repelled by the unique scents of these flowers.

Marigolds enhance the growth of other garden favorites such as basil, broccoli, cabbage, cucumbers, eggplant, gourds, kale, potatoes, squash and tomatoes. Or pair them with melons as a way to deter beetles. Do not plant marigolds near beans.

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Companion gardening plants that thrive together – squash and nasturtium

Flowers that Pair Well Together

If you love flowers like I do, you might enjoy pairing these flowers together, in containers or your garden space.

  • black eyed Susans with garden phlox or coneflowers
  • daylilies with yarrow or lavendar
  • bee balm with Russian sage
  • daffodils with irises
  • shasta daisies with coneflowers

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I hope you discovered fresh ideas for companion gardening! We all like a win/win situation. Flowers, herbs and vegetables benefit from such favorable arrangements as well.

Have you tried companion gardening? What pairings benefited your plants the most?

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