5 Wonders Of The World’s Smallest Flower

Flowers, red roses
5 Wonders Of The World’s Smallest Flower
There are more than 250,000 flowering plants in the world. Each offers a beauty of their own. Red
roses are the most popular flowers that not only bring pleasure in friendship and romance, but
provide practical uses and valuable health properties. Roses are edible and contain vitamin c. They are
commonly used to make a delicious tea. Other blooms are edible as well, being used for casseroles,
soups, and salads. With all the amazing attributes that a flower has to offer, we are still yet to learn
about the remarkable qualities of plants that may cause one to marvel, including the 5 Wonders of the
world’s smallest flower, the wolffia.
1. Size
The wolffia, also known as watermeal, is the smallest flower in the world. The plant is about 1/42” long
and 1/85” wide. That is similar to the size of a sprinkle candy used on cakes. A dozen of these plants in
full bloom can easily fit on a pinhead. To see the perfect structure of this plant you would have to use a
high-definition microscope.
2. Weight
The wolffia species weighs only 1/190,000 of an ounce. That is equal to two grains of salt. If you were to
fill a thimble with the tiny plants, you would use approximately 5000 of them.
3. Produces Fruit
With the wolffia being so small, it’s hard to believe that it can produce fruit, but it does. Naturally, the
world’s smallest flower produces the world’s smallest fruit which is called a Utricle.
4. Location
Wolffia plants grow in marshes, ponds, slow-moving streams, and freshwater lakes. They have no
roots, and float on top of the water, often appearing as cornmeal. During the summer months, when
temperatures are at its warmest, these tiny plants can literally cover water surfaces like a bright green
mat. Distribution occurs when wind, ducks, muskrats or other water animals, carry it from one body
of water to another. Some records in the southeastern United States have reported wolffia being
transported by means of tornados, or the water of melted hailstones.
5. Importance
Wolffia is used for food purposes. They contain around 40 percent protein, which is as much as the
soybean. Countries such as Thailand, Laos, and Burma cultivate it, collecting it from the water and
eating it as a vegetable. Pharmaceutical companies are studying the plant due to its ability to fabricate
proteins. Wolffia provides food for various species of waterfowl and fish. India, Africa, and Southeast
Asia use these highly nutritious plants to feed their cattle and pigs.
The Wolffia produces a single pistil and stamen within a floral cavity. The roundish body of the flower
is called a thallus. The plant doesn’t commonly flower since their method of reproduction is primarily
vegetative. There are about 11 different species of wolffia in the world, in which all are distinguished but
must be identified with magnification.
Truly the wolffia is remarkable in all of its features. It is amazing that such a tiny and unique plant
can attribute so much to the world. With so many different flower varieties, there are many other
enlightening wonders to discover. By appreciating even the smallest things in life, we can recognize the
big miracles around us, and the amazing things we can accomplish each day.

Curlformers And Naturalista Cosmetics Giveaway

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I’ve joined Untrained Hair Mom for a giveaway of 3 Curlformers Styling Kit of Choice and an 8 oz Juicy Leave In Conditioner from Naturalista Cosmetics packages! Curlformers give flawless curls without the heat damage. They come in several different lengths and sizes, check out the various kits they have available.

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>>Visit the blogs listed below
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The secret phrase that is the mandatory entry into the giveaway! This giveaway is open to US residents and will run from Nov 17-Dec 1. Good luck!

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NewBeauty TestTube – The Ultimate Product Sampling Program- Fall 2012

 

Yay, yay! The Fall 2012 New Beauty Test Tube has arrived. Loaded with great products, I had a blast digging in. *Don’t know what the New Beauty Test Tube is? Pop over HERE to read my first review, where I tell you exactly how it works. I’ll wait… What do you think?Cool, huh?*

Now read on to find out about the goodies. Several full sized items, and terrific deluxe samples.

Olay Deep Wrinkle Treatment: Full size $40.00- $44.00

I’ve used this before and liked it. There are other Olay products I just don’t like but this one is good. This cream is light but rich, and absorbs quickly. Targeting the deeper wrinkles, this is drugstore option that actually works.  Will probably buy again since I have in the past. Great to get the full size.

Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask:  Deluxe Sample Size

You know how everyone always loves the after color conditioners that come in drugstore hair color boxes? This super thick mask gives you that same oh-so-soft,  touch-my-hair feeling.  It’s totally fabulous. The sample is a great big deluxe size- enough for several treatments. The scent is beautiful, too. I’d buy it.

IT Cosmetics- Bye Bye Undereye: Sample

A truly incredible concealer. It covers even the darkest circles, even covers that little vein o the side of my nose (!!!) and you only need a dab. Blends, covers, lasts. I will buy. Definitely.

dr. brandt-dark circles away: Sample

This is a nice enough eye cream, and I know it gets rave reviews, but I don’t love it. Feels a little too watery, and my make up doesn’t really apply well over it.  Probably wouldn’t buy. So it’s great to get a chance to find that out, before you lay out the cash.

Philosophy-Hope in a Jar: Sample

This is actually a moisturizer I almost always have on hand. Since I try so many products that have anti-aging and exfoliating effects, I like to take a break every now and then with my skin care regime. I use this as a nice, light but very moisturizing stand in. Very nice to get the sample, since it’s a shade spendy.  Will buy again, since I’m a regular, if sporadic,  user.  

 

Yon-Ka- Masque N*1: Full size $58.00

Wowsa. This was my first time trying anything in this line, or even knowing about it for that matter. I decided to try it after an at home microdermabrasion session. All I can say is wow. Wow. My face felt so …supple. I am head over heels and now want to try the entire line. It goes on more like a lotion than a regular mask, and I left it on overnight. I adore. Adore! Will buy as soon as I have some mad money. It’s spendy. But… well, I’m Worth It. LOL.

CellCeuticals PhotoDefense Color Radiance SPF 55+:Full size $47.50

I love everything about this. I ran out of my SPF lotion the day before the tube arrived. I was happy, happy to see this full size item, and I remember thinking “oh, please be a good one!” It is. Super light, with just a touch of sheer color to lightly brighten your face. I am obsessed with SPF because of all those baby-oil and iodine years with tin-foiled cardboard splash screens. Oh yes I did!!! I held my breath for two days waiting to see if I would break out with this formula (I never did back when I was abusing my skin…go figure!) but, luckily no blemishes. For the price, not sure if I would buy again, but I do like it very much.

Kneipp Eucalyptus Herbal Bath 

This is for a relaxing bath or a clearing bath when you feel sniffles coming on. I have actually been adding a drop or two to the water on our wood stove! It seems refreshing and invigorating combined with a few drops of lemon juice, just simmering away throuh out the day. I’ll certainly try it the next time I have a bath, too. I’d buy it.

All in all, another INCREDIBLE value- over $150.00 worth of products, for less than $30.00…plus the New Beauty magazine. Fun, fun, fun!! This would make such a great gift, folks. Christmas is almost here….

As always, you can go HERE to read what other users have to say, and you can find New Beauty on Facebook and Twitter, so you don’t miss a thing!

 

Welcoming Winter Giveaway Hop – Win A BenderBall And Workout DVD From Howard House

 

 

Welcome to the Welcoming Winter Giveaway Hop hosted by BloggerPR! Although winter won’t start until December,unless you live near me, in which case it started yesterday…Howard House and  BloggerPR wanted to make sure our readers had a few prizes delivered just in time to battle the cold weather. Each blogger participating in this event is giving away a prize valued at $20 or more, so you are going to find lots of fun giveaways! This event will run from November 6th t through 14th, which gives you plenty of time to hop down the linky list below.

Howard House is giving away  A BenderBall DVD Workout And A BenderBall. So you can combat all those Holiday calories.

Good Luck & Happy Winter!

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Gear Up Your Tots With DynoWear- GIVEAWAY

Winter is poking its nose out of hiding. Weather is getting nippier. Warm clothes are slowly resurrecting from the back of our closets. With winter on its way, we all know how our little ones will be hitting the outdoors to practice their most favoured activities. One of them being, unsurprisingly, skating. When your kiddos throw on their skates and head off to the skating rink or grab the sleigh to venture the slopes, how confident do you feel about your child’s safety? Do you ever feel a tad uneasy about a possible injury? How about gear… do your children have all the necessary gear for when they will be hitting the ice this season?

I Tried Tilth Beauty And I Liked It

 

I was recently given a chance to try two products from Tilth Beauty, namely the Anti-Aging Firming Moisture Cream and their Flawless Serum.  Verdict?  “Go get some now!!”  The End.

LOL. Really though, I’m scoring both a 9 out of 10. Read on to find why, and how you can get yours. Because, trust me, you want some. Normally I would start by telling you what Tilth Beauty offers, but this time I’m going to start by telling you what they don’t.

Tilth Beauty does NOT have:
Parabens
Phthalates
Sulfates
Petrolium based anything
Silicones
Synthetic fragrance
Artifcial coloring
GMOs
Animal Testing
Gluten

They do offer safe and effective products, that blend natural ingredients with cutting edge technology. Their packaging is green, their products are animal-friendly, they’re made in America, and there are no questionable ingredients.

Their products include:

A Flawless Serum
Anti-aging Firming Moisture Cream

Intense Restoration Moisture Cream
Resurrect Eye Cream* really want to try!
Eye Wondrous Serum* really want to try!
Sea Origin Serum
Refresh Peptide Mist
Argan-Tangerine Deep Cleansing Lotion
Rose Protection Cleansing Gel
Anti-oxidant Foaming Cleanser
Gentle Poppy Seed Exfoliator
Berry Extract Toner* really want to try!

And many more. Like I said, I tried the Anti-Aging Firming  Moisture Cream and their Flawless Serum. 

From the site:

A Flawless Serum is the flawless blend of encapsulated Retinol, Myrtle Leaf Extract and Adaptonyl® that gives skin a flawless complexion. Adaptonyl® lifts and restructures the appearance of cell barrier function, resulting in healthy younger looking skin.

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Retinol (Encapsulated) – Stable retinol to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and restore the look of UV damaged skin. Improves  the appearance of skin elasticity by 20% and the appearance of wrinkles is diminished by up to 17% after 12 weeks.

First, the serum. I am a huge fan of serums. I don’t have clue one as to how many I’ve tried, but it’s a big number.  This one is quite different, mostly in regard to how quickly I began to see results and in the feel/texture. I was initially bummed out when I put it on…where was that silky feeling? This serum has a “water-y” feel to it. It absorbs almost instantly, but it didn’t leave behind that silked up skin feeling I am used to when I think of serums. It doesn’t really have a scent either. Hmm. Well, since it’s a review,  I continued to use it, and within a few days, I was over my preconceptions about how a serum should be, and understanding more about what a serum could be. There is a noticeable difference- I am seeing results at just under 3 full weeks. I feel like my face feels more taut, with my jowl  area especially feeling firmer. Now I don’t give a flying fig about the scent, or the “silk” effect. I just love the serum and I’m excited to keep using it to see how I stand in 3 more weeks of use. And, since it absorbs so fast, I don’t need to wait before applying the Anti-Aging Firming Moisture Cream.

The cream (the site says it will help reduce the appearance of unwanted facial folds and lines) also had me unsure the first time I tried it, again, no real scent and although it is really rich- at this price point it’s shocking how luxe it is in terms of thickness, but still, after application, I wondered how can this moisturize? My skin didn’t feel dewy. Another Hmm. In fact, this cream has a “mattifying”  effect after you apply it.  As with the serum, I continued to use it, and also like with the serum, I quickly became a fan.  My skin is moisturized, it does look dewey, but not because I put something on my face that gives that appearance,  it feels like it’s coming from the inside out, now that I’ve used these a while. I am noticing so many great things between these two  products,  firmer skin,  smoother skin and an overall more taut look. I admit it took me a few days to get used the texture differences in these products compared to others, but I am converted. I have had no issues with breakouts, and it’s gentle enough for my super sensitive skin.Now,  here’s my cheapskate observation- The serum goes for $62.00, the cream for $55.00, but there is a LOT of product in the bottle and jar. A LOT. I do wish is was about $10-15.00 cheaper for each-but given the really generous size- I guess I’m okay with it- and that’s my ding. Both would be a perfect 10- if they were just a little less expensive.  I’m on a budget just like everyone else, and I would feel easier spending say… $40.00 for the cream and $50.00 for the serum. I do have a list of several other products from Tilth Beauty I’m dying to try! Mad money jar time, lol.

I receied the sample products with compliments from BeautyStat.com, but my review is my own, objective opinion.

Zents Giveaway -10 Winners!

Zents was kind enough to help up launch The Rosy Snail’s blog  Holiday Gift Guide and get into to Spirit of Giving by offering a giveaway with not 1, not 2 but 10 winners!! Each winner with win a 1oz of  body wash in Sun and Lotion in Ore. With Zents there are SO many possibilities so this is your chance to try a few scents and find your Zents Scent. I’m partnering with Allison to help spread the word. Enter to win below and Good Luck!!

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The Beauty Of Elure

 

 

As we age it’s normal to develop brown spots, called age spots, and to see the tone of our skin become uneven and hyper-pigmented. This darkening and unevenness tends to make you look older, because we associate clear looking skin with youth and vitality.  Trying to achieve an even looking complexion is why, according to the New York Times, 64% of women wear foundation!  Of course any make up artist will tell you that wearing too much foundation actually makes you look older. Great. When you need it the most, you are  supposed to wear less. Cindy Crawford recently said that she wears less makeup as she ages, to look younger and fresh. Of course if you look at Cindy’s incredibly beautiful face- her skin is even and clear and it doesn’t look as if she needs to wear anything anyway.

So what do you do? Just because it can be a normal part of aging,you don’t have to be stuck with spots and hyper-pigmentation  Even if you have sensitive skin, there is a way to even things out, fade those spots, and reclaim a glowing complexion. A product that delivers real results, and has been winner of Allure’s Best of Beauty Award for two consecutive years, Elure is an excellent choice as a solution to lighten and brighten your skin. The extra beauty benefit of Elure Advanced Skin Brightening  Technology is that it’s  all-natural and vegan, ideal for people with sensitive skin.  Elure does not contain hydroquinone, so you can feel good about applying it to your skin. Best of all, Elure does not make the skin more prone to sun damage like alternative products. In several clinical studies, Elure produced results for most subjects in just 28 days.

The Elure ADVANCED SKIN LIGHTENING LOTION is safe to use twice a day, and this would be my pick for the easiest, fastest results.

Elure also makes an ADVANCED SKIN LIGHTENING NIGHT CREAM, that you can use in conjunction with the lotion.

Both products are available at iDerma.com and can be found  here.

By fading sun damage spots, dark  areas and evening out the overall look and tone of your skin, you can skip the heavy make up and just let your natural beauty shine through.

 

"Gear Up Your Tots with Dynowear" Giveaway Opp Sign-up

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Did you hear that?!? It’s winter season knocking at our door again! Time to get our little ones ready and geared up for all those winter wonderland perks! Although, when the time comes to equip our children for those winter sports, our wallets aren’t always on the same page. Which gave me the idea of helping out a little. Making a Santa out of myself! And what better way than being generous with a giveaway event! And I would love for you to join this event like no other!

The “Gear Up Your Tots with Dynowear” giveaway is sponsored by Dynowear, a fantastic company that provides protective wear for the kiddos. Their products include cut resistant gloves, shirt with protective elbow padding, as well as pants with hip, tailbone and knee padding (as seen hereafter). I think it would be safe to say that any parent with an active child would be delighted to win such items. And that’s where this giveaway comes in! The “Gear Up Your Tots with Dynowear” Giveaway will award two winners with their very own choice between the three items, a value of up to 40$ each. The giveaway will be hosted from November 5th to the 19th and will be open to both Canadian and US residents.



With hosts S.O.S. Mom and Beth Ann & Jessica’s Helpful Savings, alongside co-hosts Mudpies & TiarasThe Howard HouseEverything by ChelseaHomeschooling Mom 4 Two, and Mommy of One & Counting, let’s all together make this giveaway a blast! Sign ups will take place from October 26th to November 2nd inclusively. As a thank you for being part of this event by posting and hosting the giveaway with the Rafflecopter form, you will be entitled to one free link between Facebook and Twitter. Want more links? No problem! You can add any other link (except for Google +) for only $1, to a maximum of three additional links. All moneys collected will go towards a second prize of a Paypal gift card. In the event where the collected funds do not suffice to sponsor a gift card, they will then be used to sponsor one of S.O.S. Mom’s next events. All entries must be paid via Paypal to melissa_campeau@hotmail.com.

On November 4th, you will be emailed the HTML and Rafflecopter codings for the giveaway. Make sure you keep your eyes peeled for an email from Melissa S.O.S. Mom Campeau (check your junk box too!). Besides posting the giveaway, you are simply asked to promote it at least 3 times weekly via the social media channels of your choice!

Join the event by signing up here.