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Water Beads Are Not Just for Tables Anymore!

Ask any home decorator and they will tell you: It is the little details that make a difference in home decor. And people who love their homes will say that a little pop of color takes any drab ‘ho-hum’ room to a room that makes a statement. But sometimes infusing color into a room can be expensive, laborious, or difficult.

Ta Dah! Enter Crystal Water Beads! Use this great pop of color throughout any room and look as if you have hired a personal decorator. You might think that water beads are limited to the living room or boudoir. Au contraire, mon cher! These little powerhouses are great in your bathroom, kitchen or any room of the house. They are inexpensive, reusable, and give you more bang for your buck than a new set of throw pillows (and much easier to store!)

So give me some ideas, you say. Of course you can use them as a floral centerpiece. But get a little creative. Choose your bead color to match the flower color. Or better yet, pick a shade from the opposite end of the color wheel to make that arrangement pop. And don’t leave centerpieces confined to the dining table. How about on the mantle, the dresser, or even on the bathroom sink?

And water beads don’t just have to nestle with your flowers. Nest candles in a clear bowl to make a beautiful colorful display. Take them to the patio for that family barbeque or pool party. And if you are having overnight guests, use water beads in his/her favorite colors throughout the guest room.

A beautiful eye-catching display can also be made by positioning three clear jars or vases of different heights and shapes together with different colors of water beads in each. And parties, celebrations, and meetings are made all the more festive by using water beads strategically in the space.

So think outside the vase! Contact us for a great assortment at an awesome price!

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Flower Arranging 1.0 With Water Beads For Vases

Flower arranging is one of the easiest, most creative expressions in which people can participate. It also brings us the added bonus of beautifying our homes. A beautiful arrangement will always draw your eye and create a sense of peace in the viewer as it invariably reminds us of green meadows, full of wildflowers softly swaying in a summer breeze. The art of flower arranging is a useful course in creating peace and tranquility in our day-to-day lives.

Here are some basic guidelines to get you started:
Decide on a color scheme or decide to have none at all.
Choose a vase and fill it with the appropriate colored water beads.
Flowers that grow along one stalk give the arrangement height and balance.
Flowers that will be your focal point will be those that add mass such as Chrysanthemums, Carnations or Tulips.
Flowers with many small blooms can be used to round out the arrangements. These include: Aster, Baby’s Breath or Heather.
Of course any of these flowers can be beautiful alone in a bouquet, especially when placed in a vase filled with a complimentary color of water beads for vases. Water beads can also help insure that your flowers remain vibrant and healthy much longer then with water alone.

A recent article on states:

The presence of flowers triggers happy emotions, heightens feelings of life satisfaction and affects social behavior in a positive manner far beyond what is normally believed.

With that in mind, we would like to invite you to explore the world of flower arranging and we hope that it brings you as much happiness as it does us. If we can offer any more ideas or answer any questions, please contact us.

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Gardening Permaculture Style with Crystal Water Beads

If you haven’t considered growing your own food, now may be the time. The latest estimates are that U.S. food prices will rise as much as 4% next year due to this season’s extreme drought. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could plant a new garden that would sustain itself for years without fertilizing, tilling, or heavy watering? That’s the beauty of permaculture.

Though commonly thought of as a gardening technique, permaculture is a methodology and framework for creating a sustainable way of life. Permaculture seeks to develop community and encourage people to carefully consider their resources. The goal is using resources wisely and ecologically so that you use less to get more. Permaculture is about cooperating with nature rather than forcing it to do your will. Basic permaculture actions might be doing an energy audit on your home to use less electricity, finding new ways to recycle or upcycle used items, using non-toxic or homemade cleaners, or redesigning your garden to use less water and produce more food.

If you are interested in growing your own food while using less water, Crystal Water Beads Hydro Grow can help you do that. Hydro Grow is a soil conditioner that helps maintain water retention over longer periods of time. Hydro Grow can help reduce plant watering by as much as 50% and can be used in a wide range of situations: potted plants, vegetable gardens, or industrial crop production. The product is biodegradable and nontoxic. One package covers 3 gallon-size potted plants for up to 8 years. Hydro Grow is a simple way to reduce your water consumption while increasing your produce yield: using less to get more. Contact us to learn more or to place an order.

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Water Beads For Plants & Flowers That Are Grown From “Seed Bombs” – The Kids Will Love This!

The next time you are out and about in your neighborhood with your children, have a look around at any vacant lots or neglected spaces you see. Take this time to discuss beautification of one’s environment and how we can contribute in a meaningful, but not expensive, way. One way that the kids could find some fun while planting seeds is to introduce them to “seed bombing”. You could take this opportunity to discuss the environment of your neighborhood and identify plants currently growing while also thinking about other plants or flowers that would add to the biodiversity.

Tell your children about how the forest service deals with those large burn areas that are completely devoid of plant life. Explain the idea of “seed bombs”, which are an effective way of re-planting those devastated areas. Usually the “bombs” are dropped from airplanes but you could suggest that the children could hide their bombs from potential enemy spies. A successful “bombing” will occur when the seeds begin to sprout.

Creating seed bombs is very easy and all you need are seeds, clay (like pottery clay) and potting soil. Combining the potting soil and the clay with some water to make everything moist but not soaked. You want to be able to form a ball shape and have it hold together. Next you will push the seeds into the mixture, use quite a few to insure successful planting. Allow for some drying (or hide the bombs while still moist) and then let your children plant the bombs in those bare and neglected patches. All you need to add is water. Springtime is the best time for seed bombing in most areas. Imagine their delight as your family walks become “missions” where you are checking to see if the bombs have “detonated”.

Once you have successful growth and can even cut some flowers, you should add to the beauty of your child’s “creation” by placing them in a beautiful vase filled with water beads. These amazing and beautiful water-holding beads will add a magical touch to the vase of flowers while insuring that they are receiving sufficient water to stay fresh. If you would like to hear more ideas for family fun, or if you want to learn more about water beads please contact us and let us know.

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Water Beads Can Make Your Centerpiece Decorations Pop!

People have been using flowers as decoration since 3000 B.C. when Egyptians first started to adorn their banquet tables with colorful wreaths & bouquets. But after so many years of use, how do you come up with a floral arrangement that is new, exciting, and appropriate for the 21st century? The answer is water beads! Water beads come in every color of the rainbow, so no matter what your color scheme is, we have you covered. Plus, with a variety of sizes and shapes to choose from, you can be sure that water beads will fit into any décor.

It’s as easy as one, two, three to use water beads to brighten up your centerpiece decorations:

1. Place the beads in a large bowl of room temperature purified water

2. Let them sit overnight.

3. Create amazing, beautiful centerpieces!

A more detailed set of instructions can be found here!

Water beads not only look stunning, they actually provide all the water needed for flowers and plants to flourish. Originally designed for farmers with hydration in mind, water beads absorb a vast amount of moisture and then disperse it to the surrounding plants as needed. That means no more checking the water level in your vases, and no more time spent lugging a watering can around the house. Plus, because water beads never release more water than your fresh-cut flowers need, the unpleasant odors caused by leaf and stem rot are a thing of the past!

So, have you made the switch to water beads yet? With our 100% satisfaction guarantee and price match promise what is there to lose? Start simplifying your life – contact us and make the switch to water beads today!

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