May 032018
 

The 5 best vegetables to grow at home

Fruit and veg is expensive to buy from the shops these days, not to mention that some produce will have been covered with pesticides, chemicals and goodness knows what else.

Thankfully, there is a relatively cheap way to ensure that you and your family are getting good, organic, fresh fruit and veg in their diet – growing your own.

A small vegetable patch can fit in the corner of the smallest backyard and there is no better feeling than knowing the meal you are about to eat has been crafted with your own sweat. It will taste all the better simply from the fact that you know you’ve put your life and soul into it.

Not sure where to start? Here are five of the best vegetables to grow at home.

Tomatoes

Fresh, home grown tomatoes are the reason that many vegetable gardeners got into gardening in the first place. Very little in the vegetable world compares to picking a ripe tomato off the plant and biting into it on a warm, summers day. They grow in pots with one plant per pot and depending on what type you are growing will determine how deep the pot needs to be.

Peas

The tender sweetness of a snap pea plucked straight from the vine is unlike anything else you can buy in a store. They are relatively easy to grow, requiring only a pot that is at least 10 inches deep and some support to climb up. You’ll want to sow the peas about two inches apart with early spring and summer being the best times to grow them – they don’t deal well with heat.

Potatoes

Civilizations have risen and fallen because of the humble potato. There is so much you can do with them as well –roast them, boil them, turn them into jackets, mash them. They keep as well – you probably never knew the answer to Can You Freeze Mashed Potatoes is yes, did you? It’s best to start planting them at the start of Spring and you can grow several batches over the course of the spring and summer, harvesting them anywhere between 10-20 weeks after planting.

Beets

Beets are great for growing because they effectively give you two different produces to harvest at the end – the roots of course give us beetroot, but you can also harvest and eat the greens as well. What can you do with beet greens? Loads of stuff, although they are best served in a salad. Just remember that beets are at their best when harvested small, between one and two inches across. At that size, they are both sweet and tender.

Carrots

Carrots are at their best when they are harvested straight from the garden, so they are a must-have for any backyard vegetable patch. Just like beets, you’ll want to harvest them small while leaving them in the ground for too long can lead to hard, woody carrots. Once they are ready, just pick them out the ground, wash them off and eat away.

 

 

 

May 022018
 

Gardening is great hobby to pick to keep yourself occupied during your leisure time. You get to learn and develop new skills, spend some time outdoors and gardening is an activity everyone can take part in and therefore a great way to spend some quality family time together. Picking up gardening as a hobby can be as confusing as it is exciting, what with the many gardening books and websites filled with technical jargons that require some level of expertise to understand. Gardening doesn’t have to be that complex. Here are the Gardening Tips to get started and have an enjoyable experience in your new hobby.

Get started

Don’t spend a lot time fretting over a suitable location for your garden. If there is insufficient space in your backyard, you can still start a container garden which can be set up in any available space including the balcony. Each set up has its own pros and cons. For instance, a container garden is easy to manage since you control the soil type and fertility and they are not as vulnerable to weeds and pests like an outdoor garden but it’s time-consuming since you have to water the plants and put them in the direction of the sun. An outdoor garden, on the other hand, benefits from the direct sunlight which many plants need in order to grow and stay healthy. Plus it gives you the liberty to plant a variety of flowers and vegetables which may not be possible in a container.

Small beginnings

Too much enthusiasm may lead you to start a big garden which may overwhelm you in maintaining. In gardening tips for beginners, you are advised to start small and gradually grow your garden as yolu get the hang of it. Plant one or two species as you start out. You can increase the number of species and the size of your garden as you learn more about gardening and the requirements of each individual plant species. More importantly, know the right timings to do your planting. Different plants thrive under different conditions and it is important get the timing right if you don’t want your plants to wilt and die.

Soil treatment

Plants need suitable soil conditions to grow. The type of soil in your area determines the kind of plants you can have in your garden although you can always import the suitable type of soil for your container gardens. Generally, most plants need good drainage and this is why you will seldom find plants growing in sandy or clay soil because they leak too much water and are waterlogged respectively. Improve the fertility of your garden soil by adding compost and organic fertilizer, and mulching to regulate soil temperatures.

Water your plants right

A common mistake among gardening newbies is wetting the plants’ leaves while watering them. This is wrong and usually leads to rotting of the leaves and spread of diseases. The proper way to water plants is direct the nozzle at the roots which makes it easier for the plants to absorb the water.

Apr 262018
 

Have you just recently splurged and gone ahead and bought yourself a brand-new computer? Turning it on for the first time is always a satisfying feeling as everything is fresh, new, and works like a dream. New computers are always fast to load, feel sleek and modern, and are just enjoyable to use. Now just like with any investment, it’s always a good idea to take a look at how you can protect it. Sure, you may have gone ahead and purchased an extended warranty, but even with that you aren’t protected from everything.

In order to extend the lifespan of your brand-new computer and ensure it works great for as long as possible, here are some tips you can use.

Keep Food and Drinks Away from the Computer

It can be really tempting to place a snack or drink next to your keyboard, but let’s face it, accidents happen. Spilling liquid on any part of your computer can lead to some very expensive repairs, and a build-up of crumbs and food is no better. It’s best to play it safe and keep these at a distance.

Allow for Proper Airflow

Here’s something people don’t always think about but is extremely important to your computer’s well-being. The longer your computer is turned on, the hotter it gets, which is why it has a fan to help cool it down. In order for this fan to work properly, it needs airflow on all sides of it. This means you want to pull it out from the wall a bit, and allow airflow on either side of the computer as well.

Get Rid of Unnecessary Files and Programs

You will also want to stay on top of the files/programs that you have and delete any you don’t use. These just use up resources and may even be running in the background, so if they aren’t needed, why put the computer through that added stress?

Perform Software Updates When Offered

Also, you will want to go ahead with software updates whenever they are offered. These help to ensure your computer is operating at its optimum level and that it is well protected.

What If You Suspect You Have a Virus?

Even with all your best efforts to keep your computer safe and secure, things can still happen, and you may end up with a virus. Viruses are not only frustrating, but they can end up destroying your entire hard drive and leaving your computer as nothing more than an expensive paper weight. Virus protection software is an excellent way to help prevent this from happening, but unfortunately with new viruses being created on a daily basis, there is still no guarantee.

If you suspect you may have a virus, such as the common Trojan virus, then you may want to look online for instructions on how to get rid of these viruses and other malware.

Prolonging Its Lifespan

Prolonging the lifespan of your computer is all about protecting your investment and taking a few steps to help ensure it stays in good working condition.

Apr 172018
 

Lately one of my favorite things to do is journal.  It is a way I can relax and express my creative side.  The good thing is that there are many different types of journals and Fox Chapel Publishing has a lot to choose from.  One of my favorites is this one – My Faith Journey. My Faith Journey offers a full year of spiritual activities, designed to help the reader grow with God week by week. Ready-to-color line drawings, based on Scripture verses and uplifting messages, are accompanied by insightful prompts on the meaning of faith, with plenty of room to write and reflect.

Description: Keep moving forward on your personal faith journey with this inspiring new devotional journal. Inside My Faith Journey you’ll discover a full year of spiritual activities, designed to help you to grow with God week by week. Gifted artist Robin Pickens provides 52 beautiful line drawings, based on Scripture verses and uplifting messages, ready to color with markers, gel pens, colored pencils, or watercolors. Each illustration is accompanied by insightful prompts that will guide you to reflect on what faith means to you, and the role that God plays in your life. You’ll find plenty of lined space to write, and opportunities to pray, in this finely crafted journal.

Another one of the Journal I have that I really like is My Prayer Journal.  This faith-based guided journal will encourage readers to seek God’s plan through prayer every day, with thoughtful prompts, beautiful color illustrations, and plenty of space for reflective writing.

Description: Seek the presence of God every day with this inspiring new guided journal. My Prayer Journal is designed to help you develop a more intimate relationship with our loving heavenly Father, through prayers of comfort, courage, and hope. Each page presents thoughtful questions to stimulate reflective thinking and writing about your spiritual communion with God. Bestselling author and award-winning designer Joanne Fink provides beautiful color illustrations throughout the book, based on uplifting thoughts and Scripture passages. Attractively designed and made of the highest quality materials, this finely crafted journal offers plenty of lined space to write, as you focus your mind on living God’s plan today.

Fox Chapel Publishing has a wide variety of journals so that you can find one that you like. Some fun ones are from a line called TangleEasy.  One that I have is the TangleEasy Lined Journal Parrot.  It is filled with exquisite animal illustrations by visionary artist Ben Kwok, a.k.a. BioWorkZ, this finely crafted journal offers plenty of lined writing space to document your ideas, inspirations, hopes, and dreams.

Description: Inspire your journal writing with magnificent animal art from visionary artist Ben Kwok, a.k.a. BioWorkZ. Packed with Ben’s hyper-detailed and exquisitely rendered animal illustrations, TangleEasy Lined Journal Parrot offers plenty of writing space to document your world. Attractively designed and made of the highest quality materials, this finely crafted journal is your stress-relieving vehicle for personal exploration.

If you are looking for a journal for yourself or someone else I am sure you will find one or two you like from Fox Chapel Publishing.  Along with journals they offer a large range of books for crafting, cooking, children’s book and much more.  You can start shopping HERE.

 

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Apr 122018
 

I love to try new products and recently I tried these Sano Silk Mask.  One of my favorite things is that they are individually wrapped, they are the perfect size for one use and because they are separate it helps keep bacteria or germs from growing in them.  They are also easy to travel with.

The award-winning Korean beauty mask is all natural and takes years off your skin’s look and feel. Made for women and men of all ages to ensure your skin is functioning at peak performance, this spa-like beauty mask is the only one you will ever need. It competes with Keihls and Aveda but does so much more.

They are so easy to use – you just brush on to your face and let dry.  Then with warm water you wash it away.  Afterwards I noticed that my face felt softer and reduced the size of pores.  My skin felt tighter and looked radiant.  This is a product I would use again and again. With continued they will help fight the sign of ageing and make my skin look younger and brighter! If you would like to try them you can go HERE to purchase them.

 

“Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Mar 082018
 

Everything you eat has the potential to impact your body positively or negatively. By working with a virtual nutritionist, you can learn how to eat in a healthy way. There are various ways that a nutritionist can assist you. The questions you have about your nutrition can finally be answered.

Overcome Health Problems
If you have been experiencing health problems, such as chronic fatigue, gastrointestinal issues, or even managing your blood sugar, a nutritionist can work with you. It’s possible to learn more about the foods that will provide you with the necessary nutrients. You may find that it’s easier to overcome various problems simply by making different choices about what you eat.

Lose Weight
Losing weight is not always easy, especially for certain individuals. Depending on your metabolism and your level of activity, what works for one person may not work for you. Nutrition counseling can help you to answer some of the more fundamental health questions so that you can lose weight more effectively. If you feel like you have tried everything, it might be time to talk to a professional.

Deal with Food Sensitivities
Now more than ever, people of all ages seem to be dealing with food sensitivities. This doesn’t necessarily mean a food allergy. However, there may be foods that you are simply sensitive to. This can include dairy products, gluten, and other foods. If you have a sensitivity to them, you can learn about various substitutions as well as supplements that will help you to eat healthier and avoid the foods that are bothering you.

Perhaps the biggest benefit of working with a nutritionist virtually is that you can seek the help of a professional who will focus on your needs. You won’t have to depend on websites and the advice will be customized for you.

Mar 082018
 

If you run your own hair salon, then you know how important it is to keep your salon stocked with hair care products. Here are five brands you should use in your salon.

1. 4 Naturals

Every customer is different, and this brand offers products for all hair types. The products contain healthy ingredients such as nutrients, vitamins and organic moisturizers. Stock up on shampoo, conditioner and daily treatment products for your salon.

2. Ampro

You cannot run a salon without stocking up on different styling products. Styling products keep the hair in place throughout the day, and some products protect their scalp and hair during the relaxing process. The styling products include pre-creme, pressing oil and styling gel.

3. Crown Quality Products

Brushes are essential to running a beauty salon, and you can find a variety of brushes with this brand. The brushes come with soft and medium bristles to fit each hair type. You can purchase a compact or full-size brush to fit your needs. The brand also offers a wooden master comb that is designed for combing through beards.

4. Krest Product

What is a salon without styling combs? It is best to add a variety of combs to your inventory, such as space teeth, medium-coarse teeth and all-purpose combs. The styles also include rat tail, steel pin and rake handles. It is easier to find the right comb for a specific hair style when you stock up on different products.

5. Sta-Rite

You are going to be creating a variety of hairstyles in your salon, so it is important to stock up on products designed for sectioning, holding and styling hair. Bobby pins, rubber bands and rollers may seem like simple products, but they go a long way when creating a specific style. This brand also offers hair and sleep nets to make managing a style easier for your customers.

The key to running a successful salon is stocking up on products that meet the needs of each customer. When you offer professional service with quality products, your casual visitors are sure to turn into loyal customers of your salon.

Feb 142018
 

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

I have been looking at washers because mine is going out – It makes a terrible noise when it spins.  So one of the places we have looked at is Best Buy.  I am really happy with the selection of products they have.

Washers have come a long way since I bought my last one.  One that I really like is the  LG Twin Wash system.  You can do a large load on top and a small one on the bottom.  You can even use both at the same time!  It is discretely styled with a concealed control panel. The small washer on the bottom is called the LG SideKick. Here is what makes me think this might be the washer form me.

Features of the LG SideKick:

  • 1.0 cu. ft. capacity – just right for doing a small load
  • Perfect for delicates – they get the special care they deserve
  • The motor has fewer moving parts for better efficiency – and has a 10-year warranty
  • It raises your front-loading washer to a comfortable height

Features of the top washer:

  • Turbo Wash 2.0 feature saves up to 30 minutes on large loads – and still has great cleaning performance
  • TurboSteam technology deeply penetrates fabrics for the best cleaning power

The combo of both of these makes it the perfect washer for any family. I can see using both of these washers a lot.  I often have just a few things to throw in the washer but hold off on them until I have a full load so using the LG SideKick would be a great option. Then when it is time to wash bedding you have plenty of room in the top washer.  With this set I can tackle any size of load.  They are energy efficient while giving the best cleaning performance.

Best of all from 1/11-4/25 receive up to $500 off a LG laundry solution for your home at Best Buy. Start your shopping HERE.

Feb 132018
 

So, you’ve got your partner’s birthday coming up, and you want to do something special for them? Celebrate their birthday by showing them you care and perhaps try this year to think further outside the box than you did last year; this helps to show your partner that you care and you want to make them happy with an added element of surprise. There’s likely to be some gifts that are old favorites and reliable present ideas, so stick with those too but incorporate a new element to gifting and excite your partner on their special day. Whether you’re throwing a party or keeping the day a small and intimate affair, take note and begin preparing for your partner’s upcoming birthday.

Prepare Nice And Early

The secret to pulling off a great party is in the organization and the good timing, so take advantage of any time you have in the run-up to your partner’s birthday and begin sourcing materials for the party you might be having. You can also circulate the invitations ahead of time, and wrap the presents in good time so that you do not have to worry closer to the big day. If you have food at the party, then sort the catering weeks in advance too, this way you’ll take the stress out of the equation, and you can relax in the knowledge that the food will be sorted. You’ll then be free to concern yourself with others matters like finding the perfect gift or experience to give your partner.

Personification

Gifts that are personalized always feel special, and they show that you went that little bit further when considering a gift. Instead of choosing a generic card that says “Happy Birthday,” look online to personalize the card you send to your partner. Or you could make a card that communicates your love for your partner and personalizes it with their name. Perhaps something special and unique to your relationship, you could use an image of the two of you together as a backdrop, for example. Gifts that have inscriptions, like photo frames, are a tasteful and romantic gesture and idea for a meaningful gift. You could have the photo frame engraved with the date of your anniversary, or perhaps even an abbreviation of something relevant to your relationship; if the two of you have pet names, then you could abbreviate the name on the pen so that only you two understand what it refers to.

Check The Date

Always, always double check the dates of your planned party to ensure that there are no mishaps on the day, and you find yourself canceling at short notice to attend a work commitment that had been organized months before deciding to throw your partner a birthday party. To be extra careful, plan the party on the weekend and let your boss know you’re having a party just in case they wanted to rope you into some late notice work. The task of decorating the venue, which may be your own house or garden, may fall on you, so plan how you’d like it to look in advance and start a Pinterest board of all the ideas you have for making it look just the way you want it to.

Jan 242018
 

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The New Year is here, which means one thing: getting fit. Over Christmas, people put on weight thanks to the overindulgence of fatty foods and alcohol. So, a new start is a great excuse to stick to a resolution which will positively impact your lifestyle. The problem is that losing weight is very difficult. Indeed, it isn’t uncommon for people to go for the surgical option such as a gastric band or a tummy tuck. Each to their own, but it’s usually best to avoid going under the knife. Here are the reasons why. Hopefully, they will contain issues you haven’t thought about before.

Money

The price of a procedure is astronomical these days. Everything which involves cosmetic surgery is going to cost an average person a small fortune. And, you don’t need a personal loan payment calculator to tell you that you can’t afford it. Surgery isn’t the only pricey part of shedding the pounds unnaturally. Diet pills and “miracle” supplements often carry a hefty price tag. After all, losing weight is in demand and people will try anything to get their beach body back. Typically, the extra cost leads to lifestyle problems such as mounting debt, which isn’t worth the stress.

Health

Everyone understands the dangers of going under the knife. However, people aren’t as savvy when it comes to nutrients. It’s amazing what a person will put in their mouth when it claims to help shed the stones. Pharmaceutical companies are not known for their research, and lots of ingredients are properly investigated. As such, it’s not rare to hear of creams and pills which have bad side-effects. Also, it’s impossible to trace the source if the product is online. Just think that a person with no experience could put anything in a tablet to make money.

Effectiveness

How many times do you read about a new nutrient which is going to revolutionise weight loss? There is a breaking news story every week, yet nothing ever happens. As a rule, the ingredients in diet pills and supplements are either unfounded or naturally occurring. And, they suddenly turn your metabolism into a growing monster that can’t be filled. Sadly, there’s a good chance the pills won’t work, and the same goes for the surgery. In the end, you could spend thousands on a procedure that puts your finances and health at risk.

Pride

Now, this might sound corny to a lot of people, but it’s true. There aren’t many better feelings than looking in the mirror and thinking ‘I did that!’ One of the amazing parts of getting into shape is the journey. In the beginning, you think it’s impossible and that you will never lose an ounce. Then, you stick with it through thick and thin. Finally, the hard work pays off and you are immensely proud of your body and how you managed to stick to the script. Confidence in your abilities can have an impact in every aspect of life, which is why it’s crucial to prove a point.

It’s a personal decision, but losing weight naturally has excellent advantages.