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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Pumpkin

I did not  plant pumpkin this year but two just  came back from last year's  seeds on the garden.  I haven't seen any fruit yet.  Well, I did see a couple but they did not mature so I don't know if this will give me fruit or not.  I hope that I can get some pumpkin before Halloween comes  for us to carve.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Children Deserves a Pristine Planet

Weekend is always busy at my end because I do a lot of cleaning and laundry. I was particularly excited to do the laundry last weekend because I wanted to try how this Soap Nuts Liquid that Green Virgin Products sent me to try and review.  I love that it is  available in HE washers (high efficiency) because that is what we have at home. 
I was a bit skeptic how this little of a bottle can do  120 loads, I thought there is no way. When it arrived, I was very curious so I used it  with my  weekend laundry. See how small the bottle is compared to my other  laundry products?
The package came with a pump. A regular load of laundry needs two pumps of this non-toxic and hypoallergenic laundry detergent called Soap Nuts Liquid. So what is soap nuts liquid made of? According to their description, soap nuts are the  fruit of the Chinese Soap Berry Tree that has high saponin content.  Saponin is the natural soap content found in the shell of this berry that has cleaning ability.
This is highly concentrated that's why you only need two pumps for a regular load.  This small bottle costs 18.95 and it it is god for   120 wash  loads  and  another  great thing is, you don't need a fabric conditioner when you use this detergent.  so not only that you are saving money in using this non-toxic and eco-friendly laundry detergent but you are also saving  Mother Nature by not using non-toxic  products. 
I did four loads yesterday so  should have  16 loads left in this 8 ounces bottle of soap nuts laundry detergent.   With my first experience of using this soap, I can say that the clothes are so soft. I would probably buy this again just because it is eco-friendly and our children deserves a pristine planet and that's what Green Virgin Products aimed for.

Disclaimer: The author of this blog was NOT financially compensated to write this review. Opinions expressed is not in anyway influenced by other factors. The product/s mentioned above was provided for FREE for evaluation purposes.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Black Eyed Susan's Beauty

Black-Eyed Susan is one of the common   plants that I have in my garden.  They are so easy to  maintain and they come back every year.  My husband isn't very fond of these plants but  am the gardener so I decide which goes and which stays lol. I say, the B-E-S stays!     
Here's how it lok on the early stages of  bloom.
Here's the fully bloom ones.   The bes agred with me, black-eyed-susan should stay hehehe.
Isn't it pretty?  When I look at it, I see between  zinias and sunflower.  

iPhone 4S Camera

I take photos everyday and most of the times, I plan on posting them in my blogs but just did not have the time and forget about it. Here are some of the photos that I took some time ago which I told myself to post here but wasn't able to. Now that I am thinking about it, I better do it before I forgot again, sigh.
Those photos were al taken using my   iPhone 4S. I love that it is portable and I can  take photos anywhere I go without having to carry a bulky camera but I don't really like it's resolution.  I mean they are not bad but they are not great either.  

Tomatoes

Nothing can beat the feeling of satisfaction when you start ti harvest what you have planted in your garden. My  tomatoes are starting to  ripe now.  I was going to wait till they are fully ripe to pick them but the strong wind knocked some of my  tomatoes already, sigh.   We have been enjoying a fresh tomato salsa  now.  My  daughter loves it when I chop some tomatoes, and ad  soy sauce in it.
I have different kinds of tomatoes, roma, big boy, cherry tomatoes, and other kinds.

Bees and Mint

This is the first time that I've sen my mint bloomed.  I think the bees love it's flowers as I've seen a couple of them feasting on it.
I love incorporating mint leaves in my coking and in my smoothies.  It is so god  together with  fresh cucumbers and some ice when blended.
Come to think of it, I will have to make some again tomorrow. It might help ease the pain I am having with dysmenorrhea.  We will see.

Twin Cucumbers

I picked some more cucumbers this morning to give to a friend who is craving for some.   I got one that is very unusual, it's a twin cucumber hehehe.
A friend of mine asked me if she can buy some of my veggies from the garden but I told her that I will give her some after all, she is preggy and she's a friend so why sell. To bad, I did not have any more beans so I can only give her tomatoes and cucumbers.
If I harvest  more tomatoes, I will  have to make me some  home made tomato sauce again. It is great to cook with homemade sauce.
If only I know how to make pickle, I would pickle  the cucumber because  the only cucumber plant that I have is giving me so much fruit.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Summer Job for Kids

Our neighbor went for a two-week vacation last month  so she hired our kids to water her plants while she was gone.  She also  hired them last year when she went for a vacation.  She has a big vegetable garden which is plenty of fruits.  She asked us to pick some of her vegetable that are ready
I love to watch my kids work in the garden and I love the fact that they love what they do!
I told the kids that  if she try to pay them that they should tell her she doesn't have to but she insisted  to pay them $30.  My daughter's share went to her savings  and my son went to his wallet.  He said that he is saving for something hehehe.

When I was a kid, I used to look for something that I could do during summer time when I am off from school.  Mist of the times, I helped my Mom cook some snacks and sell it to our neighbors.  

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Great Business

When we were  down in Maryland, one of our favorite  refreshment was lemonade. You can buy one big cup for $5 and it's really good to drink  especially after a long walk in the  park.  Took a shot of this  inside vendor at Jolly Roger Park. Most of the    employees are students who are   doing some summer jobs in the Park . I think that lemonade stand is a great business during summer time.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Butterflies

Aside from  my kids, another favorite subject of mine  in photography  are butterflies.  Seeing them fly around  flower to flower  somehow relaxes me and give me that satisfaction if calmness and joy.   I am glad that there are plenty of them this year.  Last year, there's not very many of them that I saw.  Here are some of the  pictures I took this year. Photos were taken  using an iPhone 4S
The last shot was captured by my DSLR.  Such a big difference in the resolution.  I mean, I like using the iPhone because it is handy but I am not satisfied with the resolution of the photos.

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