Saturday, December 26, 2015

January 2019 With The Full Wolf Moon Comes A Spectacular Total Lunar Eclipse!

We Start this New Year with a Full Wolf Moon Surprise. A Total Eclipse on January 20 and 21.

According to the full moon of January, called the Wolf Moon, will occur in the U.S. just after midnight on the night of January 20-21, and viewers in the Americas, northwestern Europe and even the Arctic will be treated to a lunar eclipse

January's full moon in the sign of Leo at 0 Degrees.  Times vary depending where you live.  Complete viewing list can be found here The Ancient Full moon names for January are the Ice Moon, Rainbow Moon, Winter Moon, Blood Moon, Fish Moon, Cold Moon, Cooking Moon, Wolf Moon, and the Moon of the Terrible.

Everything you need to know to view an eclipse safely

Go here for a complete list of full moon names and the cultures that named them. 

Learn more about the Full Moon Names,  Moon Phases and Moon Facts at Planetpals!Go here to learn about Moon Phases.
Fun Feb full moon, full moon names, full moon phases, full moon facts
Happy Viewing!

Monday, December 21, 2015

What Would Santa's Carbon Footprint Be?

According to this infographic, Santa may be jolly but he is certainly not green. 

Ethical Ocean took a look at Santa’s environmental impact, and tried to see if they could help him run a slightly more eco-friendly operation.
Meant only as a bit of holiday cheer.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

The Ugly Christmas Sweater A Pretty Fun Recycle Idea

So many ways to recycle and make an UGLY Christmas SWEATER

It seems all the rage, the ugly Christmas sweater, but it's really a great lesson on recycling! An old sweater (tshirt, vest or sweatshirt), some decorations, baubles and beads magically transform to a holiday fashion statement. Not crafty? Then scout out one that's ready made. Find a vintage Christmas sweater, once fashionbable, now refashion able. 

This year my friends had an ugly sweater party, as did thousands of kitchy friends across the country.  A time to spread some holiday cheer, pointing and  laughter. Whether you look like santa, an elf or your 1980's mother; the holiday sweater party is here to stay.

So, roll up those sleeves and join us in celebrating a few ugly sweater parties. Then get out a pen and start scribbling invitations to your own party next year

When you finish with your pretty ugly holiday sweater make sure you recycle it, donate it to a thrift or consignment for someone else to find and wear another year!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Peace on Earth Coloring Book Card From Your Pals For Your Pals

A PEACE of LOVE to you this holiday.

Let Peace Pal teach you to love everyone on Earth everyday in every way.  Peace, Love, Harmony and Hope for the New Year.

Just download the free coloring book holiday card from Planetpals, Print, Color, Send to a friend. 

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Monday, November 9, 2015

Little Things You Can Do To Make Kids A Big Part of Holiday Decorating, Preparation and Gift Giving

How?  Simple!

Get kids involved!  Whether you are preparing a dish to bring to a friends house, decorating the tree or bringing a gift to grandparents, kids can pitch in. It makes it more memorable and meaningful.  Go a step further and teach them to be green: Try to incorporate earth friendly ingredients or recycled as well as reusable items.
Here are some small ideas that will make a big difference for your kids this holiday: 
  • Have the kids make gifts for one and other or help you.They will learn the joy of gift giving as well as learn new skills! 
  • Make cards from craft supplies or make cards from last year’s cards and wrap.
  • Make cards from homemade paper and envelopes
  • Make homemade cookies or breads and decorate them or fun food art
  • Grow plants or herbs from seeds starting early!
  • Plant small seedlings in hand painted pots or recycled pots
  • Make ornaments from paper mache or lint clay and hand paint them (See for the best paper mache recipes ever including lint dryer clay and play clay).
  • Make origami ornaments
  • Print gift wrap, using nontoxic paints and dyes on recycled (and recyclable) craft paper. Use potato prints or rubber stamps.
  • Kids love making a good old-fashioned popcorn balls or popcorn tinseland it can be yummy!
  • A no cost solution: Have them write a poem or story and illustrate it! Use a recycled frame, home made frame and frame it!
  • Make boxes for their gifts from cereal boxes and other cardboard
  • Lastly, make a Planetpals ornament for your home or tree. It's got an eco friendly theme. Free Download to print and assemble

    Happy Holidays from your Pals at!

    Wednesday, October 28, 2015

    What To Do With Surplus Greeting Cards

    What to do with Surplus Greeting Cards.  Got Leftovers?  Send Some Love!
    As a licensed card designer, I am often given large amounts of samples of my recent card designs.  That's always great, but after a while I find I have too many left over and no one to give them to anymore.  Then there are the cards I buy in the store.  Holidays. Everyday. Too many cards just sitting around going to waste.

    I know that everyone buys cards and has left overs.  It's nice to know you can put them to good use. But where?

    A few years ago I found a great way to share these unused greeting cards by donating them to groups that send them to soldiers.  It's such a simple idea and so meaningful.   They use them to attach to gift baskets, in pen pal programs or just to send greetings and support to servicemen worldwide. That means that new unused greeting cards of many themes are often welcome.  Many times these organizations have local groups will even pick the cards up or have a local drop off.

    What about used greeting cards?  Don't forget that St. Judes Greeting Card Program takes all of your used cards for any occasion and they create new ones!

    Here is a list of soldier organizations worldwide: 
    Check with their website or call and see what their policy is.

    American Citizens Encouraging Support
    We provide a variety of troop support, from cards, letters, care packages, seeing them off and welcoming them home and much more. 

    A Million Thanks
    A Million Thanks is a year-round campaign to show our appreciation to our U.S. Military Men and Women, past and present for their sacrifices, dedication, and service to our country through our letters, emails, cards, and prayers. 

    Caring Kids Cards
    Caring Kids Cards (TM) makes and sends cards to the military in London, Germany, Bangkok, Moscow, Korea, Afghanistan and Iraq. Others are given to orphans, firefighters and police, and senior homes. Their goal is to give out over 10,000 cards, notebooks, school supplies, meals, or gifts by the time they are teenagers. If you make cards or have any questions email or visit

    Heartillery Group​
    Heartillery Group is a non-profit organization who's mission is to show support, love and gratitude to our troops overseas in simple ways. Heartillery Group collects cards from all over the world showing love and gratitude to help boost soldier spirits. We send cards to troops who are stationed throughout the globe. 

    Holiday Mail for Heroes Campaign (Christmas Letters)
    Each year the American Red Cross provides assistance to more than 2 million service members and many of our nation’s 24 million veterans. We support military families, military and veterans hospitals and provide emergency communications across the globe. And once a year, we get the joy of delivering holiday cards to veterans, military families and active-duty service members at hospitals and installations around the world.

    The cards and personal messages, sent by tens of thousands of Americans, provide a welcome “touch of home” for our troops during the holiday season. 

    Hugs for Soldiers
    Our program is dedicated to offering comforts from home and brightening a Soldier’s day with a care package, card or letter of encouragement. Our “adopted” troops, who are deployed thousands of miles away from home, need to be reassured that America cares about them. We appreciate the great sacrifices they are making, and we will do all we can to boost their morale and lift their spirits during this difficult time. We have been supporting the troops since 2003.

    Kidz 4 Troops
    Kidz4Troops connects you directly to the men and women in our military. We take your words of encouragement and pass them along.

    Letters to the Troops (Flags Across the Nation)
    Parents, teachers, children and patriots of all ages, write letters and we will send them to our troops. Download the template - it's ok to reproduce.
    • For children: color the American Flag and write your thoughts.
    • For older children and adults: write letters about yourself, poetry, words of praise, words of wisdom, words of friendship.

    Letters to Soldiers
    Letters To Soldiers is a volunteer crew sending letters, care packages and support to our troops in Iraq. Your donation will help us ship what soldiers need most - messages from home. Help us send letters and packages, or organize letter-writing in your area!

    Mail For Heroes American Red Cross

    The 2015 Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign continues to be conducted in local communities across the U.S. There is no longer a national Holiday Mail for Heroes P.O. Box to which cards are sent. Local Red Cross offices will collect, sort, and distributing the holiday cards using an events-based approach in their local communities.

    Military Moms in Action
    Our mission is to reach out and touch the lives of as many U.S. soldiers with support and encouragement as we can. We do this by sending them boxes of goodies and letters "monthly" wherever they are around the world. We especially want to encourage those not receiving any or little support from home. We desire to lift them up giving them hope and the knowledge that someone cares.

    Mollys Adopt A Sailor
    Molly's Adopt a Sailor Project, a broad based, collaborative and community initiative to support deployed United States Military Personnel by way of cards, letters, and care packages filled with love, support, and necessities from home.

    Operation Appreciation (Blue Star Families)
    Write a card for a parent, spouse, child of a servicemember (or a veteran). This is your chance to let America's military community know how much you appreciate all that they have sacrificed in order to keep our country safe.

    Operation Gratitude
    Our troops tell us the most cherished items in the packages are the personal letters of appreciation from Americans. We welcome as many letters as you can provide. We accept letters year-round. It will only take 5 minutes out of your day to write a letter, but it will bring joy to our troops that will last a lifetime.

    Operation Helping Hand/American Angels
    Operation Helping Hand Afghanistan was started in 2004 and is made up of volunteer Mom's, Dad's Veterans, Friends and Active Duty service members through out the United States. We want to reassure all members of the armed Forces that they are not forgotten by procuring support through mail, emails and care boxes and displaying continuous Patriotic standards in our city, towns and communities.

    Operation Post Card (Blue Star Moms)
    There is nothing like a letter or postcard from the home front to let a Soldier, Sailor, Marine or Airman know that he or she is supported and their service is appreciated. Don't underestimate the value of your greeting!

    Operation Tarjeta De Navidad (Esposas Militares Hispanas USA)
    Sends cards and letters to deployed military personnel and to Hispanic military families!

    Este projecto nos permite enviarle tarjetas de navidad a todos los miembros del grupo y a los esposos(as) de militares que esten desplegados "deploy", en training, companias, TDY y/o fuera de la casa, etc.
    Si deseas recibir una tarjeta de navidad de nosotros o deseas que le enviemos una a algun militar que va a estar solito dirante la navidad, envianos tu direccion a 

    Soldiers' Angels
    The Cards Plus Team is dedicated to supporting service members, their families, and even Angels with encouraging or celebratory cards and notes. Cards can be requested for deployed soldiers for: birthday, encouragement, thinking of you/get well, anniversary, new baby, welcome home. 

    Tell Them Thanks
    Our mission is to support our military heroes who are deployed abroad.  We want every Soldier, Marine, Airman, Sailor and Guardsman to hear their names called at mail call.  Our dedicated members “adopt” one or more servicemembers and then support them for the length of their deployment. Our members are required to send at least one letter a month, but many of them write more often and send care packages as well.

    Treasure our Troops
    Treasure Our Troops was started when the founders nephews were deployed to Afghanistan in January of 2009. Finding out that a lot of our soldiers have no one to write to them, send them care packages Treasure our Troops was formed! Our mission is to send as many care packages and written letters as possible to our deployed soldiers overseas as well as our wounded soldiers in the local hospitals.

    Monday, October 26, 2015

    October Full Moon Fun Facts Frightfully Fun!

    October Full Moon Oct 27, 2015

    This full moon is at 3 degrees Taurus, at 8:05 AM.with only 3 days to go until Halloween! That means a waning moon ("shrinking" or decreasing in illumination) will light All Hallows Eve.

    October full moon names are: Harvest Moon, Hunter's Moon, Kindly Moon, Blackberry Moon, Raven Moon, and Moon when quilting and beading is done. Go here for a complete list of full moon names and the cultures that named them. Learn more about the Full Moon Names,  Moon Phases and Moon Facts at Planetpals!

    It's the full moon again Pals!