It's spring: Let's get growing
Whether you are growing a human or some herbs, here are some goodies to help you on your path.
Pacific NW associate editor
Whether you are growing a Jacob or a Sophia or a Mason or an Isabella (the most-popular baby names du jour) or tomato starts in an egg carton, spring is about to, well, spring! It is the season of growing things. And we at Goddess HQ intend to grow with the flow.
Sure, there's that pregnancy glow everybody always talks about, but sometimes you might not feel oh-so pretty while you are growing a human. Got ya covered. Clarins Pregnancy Kit "Beautiful Beginnings."
Kit includes goos to soften, firm, tone and improve elasticity and, here's the important part, reinforce skin's resistance to stretch marks and stress: Smoothing Body Scrub; Beauty Flash Balm; Tonic Body Treatment Oil; and the all-important Stretch Mark Control. Also comes with baby blanket and Clarins beauty guide with ways to adopt and maintain healthy beauty habits and to prepare your body for pregnancy and afterward. Guide was written by Clarins kahoona, founder Jacques Courtin-Clarins and Dr. Olivier Courtin, managing director. Marketing types tell Goddess the kit's worth $80, but is selling for $60 at www.clarinsusa.com and Clarins counters nationwide.
And now for the dad
Gotta suit up, Dad, for all the big events — labor, delivery and beyond. How about some comfy "I'm the Daddy" DaddyScrubs in lovely navy, green or khaki? ($44.95).
DaddyScrubs is one-stop shopping for daddy gear created by one Robert Nickell, who did not want to endure the pains of wearing uncomfortable street clothes while in the delivery room with his wife. Plus, scrubs were a natural, Mr. Nickell being a pharmacist.
For dads loud and proud there are "I'm the Daddy" long-sleeved T-shirts ($29.95) and hoodies ($53.95).
And so that Dad can join in on the diaper-changing fun anywhere anytime, there is the new Daddy Diaper Pack ($59.95) featuring a "sleek and sporty design carried like a backpack." Hats and coffee mugs, too. It's a whole world of Dad over there at DaddyScrubs.com.
Gardening gone to (electronic) pot
For bringing up actual seedlings there is the Click & Grow electronic smartpot. Grows plants without watering or fertilizing (just batteries!). (Watering and fertilizing are all that has ever kept Goddess from being one of our nation's great gardeners.)
Next part stands to reason: "No gardening knowledge is necessary." Click & Grow comes with own knowledge: doses water, fertilizer and air according to the plant's needs. Plant comes in a cartridge. A cartridge? Indeed, containing seeds, nutrients and software for growing plant.
"What's awesome is that the flowerpot and the cartridge work together just like a printer and a toner. Just like you can change the empty printer cartridge, you can change the plant cartridge in the Click & Grow pot. If the plant's natural life cycle ends, you can remove the old plant cartridge (13 plants offered) and insert a new one. Immediately the flowerpot will start to grow a new plant."
The smartpot, of simple and modern design, is made of ABS plastic and includes a processor, microchip, battery vault, pump, water reservoir and sensor. Price: $69.99 (starter kit), $19.99 (additional plant cartridge). Find at www.clickandgrow.com and www.amazon.com.