Friday, December 4, 2015

Organic Vegetable Gardening Can Be Done Using Containers (part 2 of 2)

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The best organic vegetable gardening containers are those made from clay, plastic or wood. The length of the roots and its width is the deciding factor when choosing what size you will buy from the store. For instance, if your vegetable happens to have 6 inches of roots and grows to about 10 inches wide, it is best to get a container that measures 8 inches deep and 10 to 12 inches wide. You must always give room for allowance as this may grow bigger.

We mentioned earlier that one of the advantages of the organic container is that you don’t have to deal with insects. But sometimes, bugs like the hookworm manage to get to your plant. If this happens, just bring the container to the sink and wash the leaves. Should there be slugs, get rid of them by sprinkling diatomaceous earth on the soil.

If there are aphids on your vegetables, fight fire with fire by getting other insects to do the dirty work. A pack of ladybugs will do the trick without causing any collateral damage.

The use of organic vegetables containers makes it people without a backyard the chance to plant their own crops at home. This is ideal for residents living in condos and apartments so they can save money to pay for rent or buy other things when the sustenance they need is just sitting by the balcony or window.

If you want to try it, go ahead and ask someone at the gardening store for some help to get you started.

Organic Vegetable Gardening Can Be Done Using Containers (part 1 of 2)

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Organic gardening isn’t only for farmers or people who have backyards. This is because it can be do using containers.

Organic vegetable gardening containers have advantages. You can use it d├ęcor every time you decide to let it get some sunlight when you place it by the balcony or patio. If the weather gets too cold outside, you can bring it indoors. But best of all, you don’t have to deal with certain threats that can only happen outdoors like weeds, insects or soil borne diseases.

Organic vegetable gardening containers do not use soil. You need to use potting mix that is much lighter and provides excellent drainage. You need to use organic fertilizer though to help it grow. An example of this is mulch that can be made from chipped bark, garden compost, leaf moulds and manure which helps prevent it from drying out.

Another thing the plants inside these containers need is a lot of water. Ideally, you should put these in small amounts at least 30 minutes after an initial watering because putting in too much could drown your plant.

The containers can be hung aside from just putting these on the ground. If the container that you purchased does not have any holes, make a few.

By now you may be asking, “What are the ideal vegetables to be planted in these containers?” To give you can idea, these are bush beans, capsicum, carrots, eggplant, lettuce, onions, peas, radishes, spinach and tomatoes.

You know that organically grown vegetables need sunlight. If you have a lot of these containers and it is getting pretty windy outside, you can protect them from falling by grouping these together with the taller ones with these as your walls.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Mineral Makeup and other Organic Cosmetics (part 2 of 2)

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When buying organic cosmetic be aware that there are some companies which adds the words “derived from” to make and impression that the ingredients are natural.  Be careful of the labeling.  Some organic health experts would say that if it is good enough to eat then it can be used.

In relation to organic mineral-based makeup, it also does not mean that the product is totally safe. Jus take note of the ingredients and avoid putting or using minerals which show high toxic levels.  You can check the material safety data sheets and check the safety level of the materials in your mineral makeup.

Also, since mineral makeup is loose powder, you need to ensure that the vanity or sink area for the makeup is dust free. It the makeup area has the mineral makeup scattered the dust can still be an irritant.

But organic and mineral-based makeup lists a lot of benefits which would be good for your body and health.  These benefits would be:

• Ingredients are not only natural, they can also nurture and heal your skin.

• Mineral foundation evens out the tone of your skin and covers the facial flaws while letting the skin to breathe.

• There are no oil fillers which can block or clog your pore leading to different skin problems.

• There us no talc.  Talc can lead to dryness of your skin and even emphasize the face’s fine lines.

Organic and mineral makeup both displays benefits which should be taken advantage by women and cosmetic users.  It is about time we focus on our health and not just on beauty alone.

Mineral Makeup and other Organic Cosmetics (part 1 of 2)

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The cosmetic industry is capitalizing on the health trend.  More and more women and cosmetic users are becoming health conscious.  They are now paying attention on what they put on their faces and if they are detrimental to health.  This is why cosmetic lines and brands focusing on organic and mineral makeup manufacturing is increasing.

When we say organic makeup, it can come from several materials.  There are organic makeup which is made from plant materials and also from minerals. Since they are organic, plants used are not exposed to pesticides.

So, all organic makeup can be healthy?  The answer, is no.

Not all organic makeup is safe.  Plants can have toxins and carcinogens which can produce harmful effects to the body.  This would be the same for mineral makeup.  To a certain level, minerals can contain high toxic content.  Japanese geisha used white powder to make their  faces patsy white, this powder unfortunately has high lead content which can lead to poisoning.

So, if they are still unsafe why recommend it?  The point in identifying that organic materials can be unsafe is that we should be cautious of the content of organic and mineral makeup.  When choosing these kinds of makeup, it is necessary that we know if they still carry toxins and carcinogens.  Here are some ingredients that you do not want to see on your organic makeup:

• Sodium laurel sulfate – this can lead to skin allergies

• Paraben- this is a common preservative used in traditional makeup

• Hydrosols – it has water which is often unpurified and has chemicals  included

• Diethanolamine (DEA), cocamide DEA and triethanolamine (TEA)- these chemicals or cosmetic ingredients are known to cause cancer

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Hawaiian Travel Guide: Your Ultimate Kauai Plan (part 2 of 2)

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The temperature in Kauai generally averages at a comfortable 78 degrees Fahrenheit regardless if you’re visiting in the summer or winter months. The hottest and coldest seasons will only cause temperature to rise or drop by 5 to 6 degrees. Water temperature ranges between 74 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperature does tend to drop early in the morning and in the evenings.

Kauai plan should include rain as well since there is a lot of it in the island. From December to March, expect hard rain showers so hiking and other water activities can be affected. You can enjoy better weather in the summer. The northeast side of the island is the one most affected by rain so you might enjoy the weather more on other ends. Heavy showers however, provide the advantage of having bigger and better flowing waterfalls and healthier vegetation.

What to Bring in Kauai

Include some of the most essential items in your Kauai plan to ensure a comfortable visit. Sunscreen or sunblock lotion is important preferably waterproof ones with an SPF of at least 25 to 30 since the sun can be intense at the beach. Bring sunglasses as well to protect your eyes from UV rays. Don’t forget a camera with a lot of memory or film to capture fun moments and captivating sights. Temperature does not go into the extremes in the island so bring comfortable clothes which you can readily hit the water in.

Other important items include a Kauai map that reveals the important highways and bypasses as well as popular tourist attractions. Bring a water jug when hiking and going deep into the island since rivers and streams may not always be safe to drink from. Mosquito repellents, hiking boots, beach games and water sports gear will keep the whole Kauai plan complete and enjoyable too.

Hawaiian Travel Guide: Your Ultimate Kauai Plan (part 1 of 2)

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Although the biggest island in Hawaii promises you great weather and beautiful beaches all-year-round, there are still some points to consider ensuring that your Kauai plan stays perfect. Finer details can be attained by finding out the best time to go, what to bring as well as contacting the right persons. Your vacation will be much smoother if you map out everything ahead and create a sound schedule.

The Best Time to Visit

Your Kauai plan should merge into the busy tourist season or work around it. Generally, most tourists flock to the island 2 times every year from middle of June to Labor Day and from the middle of December to Easter. Visitor centers tend to crowd during Christmas and in August so you may have to book hotel reservations, car rentals, park tours and other attraction entrances earlier.

If you buy tickets and make reservations on the spot, expect to pay more since prices usually soar during these periods. Traffic congestion is also more common during peak seasons. It will help a lot to ask help from travel agents. Package deals that provide discounts and reserving months in advance will help reduce costs.

If you’re planning to relax and enjoy the attractions, events and sceneries more, you may want to visit Kauai during the off-season. Prices are cheaper, there are fewer people so you can get the best deals and spots on different major locations and you will not have any problems when it comes to making hotel and restaurant reservations.

The temperature in Kauai generally averages at a comfortable 78 degrees Fahrenheit regardless if you’re visiting in the summer or winter months. The hottest and coldest seasons will only cause temperature to rise or drop by 5 to 6 degrees. Water temperature ranges between 74 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperature does tend to drop early in the morning and in the evenings.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Kid's Birthday Party Tips (part 2 of 2)

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It is also important for parents to consider the length of the party. Birthday parties for kids should not extend longer than the maximum two hours or so. That would be enough time to give the kids for some fun and enjoyable activities. Doing the  party longer than  that and parents risk facing kids who may have become restless and bored. Over stimulation can also lead youngsters to have tantrums that may be a cause to a ruined party.

At the birthday party itself, parents should try to create a program where the kids would have the time to enjoy and have fun. The younger the age of the kids, the more important this task would be. Prior to the start of the party, parents should try to provide the kids with something to do. Have them do some kind of quiet activity such as drawing, coloring books as well as with toys they can play while sitting. This can help keep them well occupied while the other guests arrive.

One other thing to bear in mind is that the kids at kid's birthday parties care more about the fun and the activities rather than the decorations and the food. Play is the most important part of the party for them. That is why the party program should include having fun and exciting games that the kids can play and participate in. it can be as simple as Musical Chairs or a Bring Me type of game.

What the kids will be looking for is a time to have fun with other kids and have the time of their lives.