September 2020 Issue
Issue 3 – Volume 1
Table of Contents
- What’s the Issue?
- Empowering Activity
- Color of the Month
- Drawing Prompt
- Sustainable Fashion
- Main Article
What’s the Issue?
How to Save Our Oceans and the Animals Living in Them
Our oceans are home to approximately one million different animal species however, over 18 billion tons of plastic flow into the ocean each year. Because of overfishing and pollution, over a million marine animals die each year. It’s up to us to prevent the amount of plastic that goes into the ocean.
The first way you can help is by using the browser extension OceanHero. OceanHero uses the money it makes through ad revenue to buy ocean-bound plastic through their partner, Plastic Bank. They also provide opportunities for those who are living in poverty. We use OceanHero ourselves and highly recommend it to you! Click here to install OceanHero: https://oceanhero.today
Commercial fishing is also becoming a significant problem in the decline of marine life. We read a very insightful book that does a wonderful job of explaining the threats of overfishing. The book is called World Without Fish. You can get the book here: https://www.amazon.com
Another more hands-on thing you can do to help is to bring fabric gloves and some paper bags next time you go to the beach. Then pick up any trash/ plastic that you find. If you see anything that can be recycled, wash them out and put them in a separate paper bag, and recycle it. If you see anything that can’t be recycled, put it in the other bag and throw it away in the trash.
These simple acts of kindness can really impact the populations of marine life.
Recognizing What You Love About Yourself
This activity is quick and easy but it is effective. It helps you feel calm, relaxed, and most importantly, it helps you feel better about yourself! Stand in front of a mirror. Look at yourself in the mirror and point out all the things you like about yourself whether it be your hair or your eyes or even your hands. You may find that it is difficult to point out good things about yourself. That’s totally okay. Keep pointing out things you appreciate about yourself until you feel calm and at ease. This activity helped me feel a lot better, especially when I wasn’t feeling the best. It’s always good to take a moment and appreciate what you have.
Color of the Month
The color of the month is dark pink. I decided to pair it with lime green.
Do you have any LEGOS lying around? If you do, it’s time to start crafting! You can send us pictures of your finished sculptures at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Find or draw a picture of what you are building. I decided to draw mine. Finding a reference makes building your sculpture a lot easier, especially if you are making a more detailed sculpture.
Start building! This part is where you get to be creative, use whatever colors or pieces you want! You can build a more complex sculpture too. I made a gradient heart sculpture and a sculpture of a character from a show that I like.
Take a picture of your sculpture and send it to us at email@example.com! If you send in your picture, we will have it featured on our website and in the next issue (with your permission)! We would love to see what you came up with!
Draw a Spot in Nature
It can be as abstract or as realistic as you want. You can take a picture of your drawing or draw it digitally, (I used a free app called Ibis X to make mine.) then send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
A Full Outfit Made Sustainable Items
Not only do these clothes look good, but they are also sustainable. Some of these brands even help nonprofit organizations that support civil rights! These are a few of our favorite fashion finds that you’re sure to love!
Pack of 5 Tie-Dye Masks- $25 (Made with partly recycled material. 10% of sales go to the American Civil Liberties Union, a nonprofit supporting civil rights):
Shirt- $18.00 (Made with 100% organic cotton and natural dyes):
Denim Dress- $34.99 (made with partly recycled material and organic cotton):
Cross body Bag- $38.00 (Made with recycled nylon):
Planting New Beginnings
A fun and calming activity to do during quarantine is to plant some flowers. You can observe their growth by taking photos or drawing pictures of them. We made a personality quiz below to see what flower you should plant this month. (If you plant these flowers now they will bloom in the fall.)
1. How would you describe your overall style?
a. Expressive yet simple
b. Classic and intricate
c. Bold and fun
d. Delicate and sweet
2. Which is your favorite color palette?
a. Purples and whites
b. Warm colors
c. Pinks and purples
d. Pastel pinks and whites
3. How would your friends describe you?
d. Soft spoken
4. What makes you unique?
a. I have a lot of different hobbies
b. I am very honest
c. Pretty much everything
d. I have a unique sense of fashion
5. Which of these is your favorite element?
Mostly A: Balloon Flowers- You are creative and have a wonderful sense of style. We think these flowers are sure to brighten up your fall garden!
Mostly B: Chrysanthemums- You love all things classic and timeless. You are honest and put together. We believe that you love the fall season, and these flowers are the perfect fit for you!
Mostly C: Clematis- You are unique and open-minded. You can find the beauty in everything. You love to make jokes and have fun. We’re sure that these vibrant flowers are just as pretty as you!
Mostly D: Japanese Anemone- Just like this flower, you are sweet and soft-spoken. You tend to like pastel and cute styles. These flowers are perfect for your garden!
Want us to do more quizzes? Send us feedback at email@example.com!
Stained Glass Cookies
These cookies not only look amazing but are a great snack for when you are craving something sweet!
Makes 12 cookies (Extra dough can be frozen)
- About 12 Jolly ranchers (Or any hard, clear candy)
- Cookie-cutter (I used a star)
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 stick unsalted butter (melted)
- 2 cups flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 large egg
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Mix butter and sugar until smooth. In a large bowl, mix salt, baking powder, and flour.
- Add eggs and vanilla extract the butter and sugar mix. Mix well. Gradually add in the mixture of salt, baking powder, and flour. Mix until the dough is a smooth ball-like shape.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll out dough on a flat surface and use a cookie cutter to cut out about 12 cookies.
- Cut out a hole in the middle of each cookie. I used an old metal candle holder to cut out the shape, but really anything in a small circle shape works!
- Put a Jolly Rancher (or any other hard candy you’d like) in the center of each cookie. Put the cookies in the oven for 11 to 12 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.