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HOW TO MAKE THE SWEETEST SUCCULENT TREE FOR CHRISTMAS 

 

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Welcome to another Wacky Workshops project – how to make a succulent tree.

One of my favourite things about Christmas is the tree. From setting it up with tiny treasures I haven’t seen in a year and enjoying the twinkling lights each night, to opening presents around it on Christmas day.

Did you know it was the Germans who thought of celebrating Christmas with a tree? They actually brought large pine branches into their homes and decorated them with cookies and candles.

These days, Christmas trees, from farm-grown pines to artificial trees, have become a booming industry.

Whatever type of tree you prefer and whether or not you celebrate Christmas, this little succulent tree is sure to put a smile on your face.

These sweet little living art forms are so much fun to make and they don’t require any special skills and only a few materials. But you will need to use a lot of plant cuttings.

 

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AWESOME GIFT GIVING – HOW TO SAVE WITH STYLE 

 

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Gift giving occasions can set off panic attacks in the toughest people.

Concerns range from how to find the perfect pressie to how to pay for it.

This can happen any time of year but reaches a peak at Christmas. It is estimated one in four Australians experience fear instead of cheer.

Here are some tips for awesome gift giving, any time of year, that won’t blow your budget.

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THE HEALTH TRAP OF SUCCESS AND HOW TO AVOID IT

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There but for the grace of God, go I.

Hard to beat that quote when it comes to putting things in perspective. Do you agree?

It’s virtually impossible to go through life without being witness to some kind of suffering.

Sometimes, we take the time to realise how lucky we are. Other times, the things we think make us more fortunate are those that stop us being truly grateful and happy.

We become so caught up in our desire to maintain what we have and build on it, that we are caught in a trap of success. It’s a trap that threatens our physical and mental health as it allows stress to be our controller.

Here’s a story that shines the light on where true happiness lies.

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6 MISTAKES TO AVOID WHEN CREATING ART WITH CHILDREN

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Children are natural creators, inventors, explorers and artists.

They do these things automatically and with confidence.

Somewhere along the line, they receive messages that make them lose that confidence and this can destroy their desire to continue creating. This can be disastrous for the world and for them.

There are a few mistakes to avoid doing if you don’t want to be one of the people transmitting those confidence sucking messages.

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HOW TO SOLVE THE KINDNESS CONUNDRUM

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You may be wondering what the kindness conundrum is. I’m wondering what the problem is with being kind.

All the evidence points to the fact being kind not only helps the receiver, but also the giver. So, why doesn’t everyone hop on board the kindness caboose?

While there are many intense areas of kindness in the world there also seems to be areas where it is nowhere to be found.

In a world that should be united to save our suffering planet, we are still facing horrendous stories of cruelty towards each other and towards nature. That is the kindness conundrum.

How do we solve it?

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HOW TO USE NATURE IN ART TO OPEN MINDS AND HEARTS

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Nature paints us the prettiest pictures day after day. So why is it artists feel compelled to create their own impressions, using nature as inspiration?

Surely, no one can imagine they can improve on the divine art forms that nature provides.

Yet, since cave man times, we have been inspired to record our stories using nature as our stimulus.

Perhaps we have always understood the deep connection between nature and art.

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FIGHTING FEAR – HOW TO RECLAIM YOUR POWER

 

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I lay on the bed, careful not to move a muscle in case it alerted the intruder to my presence.

Breathing was difficult. I wanted to take huge, terrified gulps of air, but that would have made too much noise. The trespasser was right outside the door.

My heart was beating so loudly. Could she hear it?

I was sweating, yet I was chilled to the bone.

I wanted to scream out for help. But knew that my antagoniser would get to me before anyone else. And my voice was gone.

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HOW TO AVOID FOOD WASTE – A RECIPE FOR DISASTER

 

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If food waste was a country, it would be the third largest emitter of greenhouse gasses.

In Australia, we waste about 20 per cent of the food we buy. Around half of all fruit and veggies we buy gets tossed. Around four million tonnes of food ends up in landfill.

That’s a recipe for disaster for sure.

If climate change isn’t enough incentive to avoid this waste, consider this; the estimated cost of food waste in Australia is $20 million.

The cost of food waste for EACH New South Wales household is estimated at $3,800 per year. It’s like throwing away one in every five bags of shopping you buy.

Want to save money and help save the world? It’s easy, don’t waste food.

Here are some tips and a few recipes to help you save food, money and the environment.

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CRAFTING A HAPPY LIFE – WHY KIDS NEED (AND LOVE) TO CREATE

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They file into the studio and choose their seats.

They are the latest Wacky Workshops students (aged five to 12) and they’re drawing a picture of their favourite toy.

This was the first activity in a toy making workshop. A way to keep them busy and get into a creative groove while waiting for the others to arrive.

Almost all of the students drew iPads on their sheets and began to talk to each other about their favourite games. The perfect icebreaker.

Friendships were made. The conversation was enthusiastic and joyful.

They discussed the challenges of getting through complicated stages in a game they all knew and loved.

I wondered how today’s activities would stack up against the lure of technology.

It was more curiosity than concern. I’ve never had an unhappy student.

I also knew that during that three-hour workshop, amazing things would be happening inside their brains. Things that don’t happen while in front of a screen.

 

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THINK YOU ARE NOT AN ARTIST? THIS IS WHY YOU’RE WRONG

 

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Have you ever told yourself you are not an artist?

What if I told you your very thoughts could be considered art – art that people will pay handsomely for?

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