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Monday, May 19, 2014

Armpit Stain Remover

My husband uses white shirt under his work uniform. Whenever I wash his white shirts, I always make sure to pre-treat it because if I don't, the armpit stains remain.  The product I am using so far works in removing the armpit stains.  I was given a chance to  try a small bottle of this Raise Armpit Stain Remover.  
It was a very small bottle so I was only able to use it in three shirts.  Now, it says on the direction  that it works best for those  that aren't treated with bleach yet but most of my husband's shirt are all treated with product with bleach.  I went ahead and used it anyway, who knows it might work, you never know.
The verdict is, the stain was not totally removed but it does work a little bit.  I think that if I could have used it in the shirt  that wasn't treated with bleach yet, it would really work.

UPDATE:
I received  another bottle, a bigger one ( 355 ml) and used it the right way and it did worked perfectly on a shirt that wasn't treated with bleach yet.  
I used it in my husband's Doodle4Google shirt and the armpit stain that was there  came right of after treating it with Raise before  washing it.

So thank you once again Raise Armpit Stain Remover for  sending me another bottle to use.  I would consider this buying in the future especially  when I buy my husband's new white shirts next time.

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.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Lily of the Valley

It has been raining here since yesterday. We even had big pieces of hail yesterday. They were bigger than ice cubes! We were worried that it would crack our car's wind shield but luckily, it did not.
We had a very rough Winter and I am sad that  a lot of the plants that I love did not come back this year just like the  yellow rose.  It was one of my favorites  as it smells so good when it blooms but now it's dead.  
The white flower blooms that you see are the  lily of the valley blooms.  I love their smell.  They belong to the asparagus family.  Its scientific name is convallaria majalis.  They comes back every year so they are very good to have.
My clematis are getting ready to bloom as well.
Most of my lilies came back so I am happy!
The photos above were taken by my Samsung Galaxy phone a couple of days ago after  my morning run.  Most of those were   gone now because our rabbit decided to mow them to the ground wahhh.  Our bunny, Wubzy, love to eat all the  leaves of my  plants in the garden.  I was just starting to grow the radishes that is mainly for him but he already  ate them grrr.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Google Doodles

During the special assembly that the school and Google have put together, we've learned  things about Google and how Doodle4Google have started.  The Google representatives  have prepared a presentation for the students.  
 This pretty much summarize what the representatives have explained to us.
 When we think about the word Google, the first thing that come to mind is the word "search" right?  The QUEST of finding an answer to something that we are looking for online.  Well, they said that Google does so much  things aside from search and stuff.
 They asked the student to make a guess which of the four below  is the very first  Google Doodle that they came up with.    The answer is the first one.
 Since then, a bunch of  Google Doodles have been made like the ones below.
Then they  started a contest called Doodle4Google which gives k-12 student from  50 states  a chance to win a scholarship.  Every year, there is a specific theme.
 Here's the winner for 2011 by Matteo Lopez, a seven year old student from South San Francisco California.  This  design is created based from the theme "What I’d like to do someday...”.  Lopez wants to be an astronaut someday.  He won a $15,000 scholarship for this design and his school received $25,000  grant.
 The winner  for Doodle 4 Google in  2012  is Dylan Hoffman from New York City.  The theme for  this was "If I could travel in time, I'd visit..."
2013 Winner was Sabrina Brady from Wisconsin.  The designed was conceptualized  from the theme the "Best Day Ever".  She said that when she was ten years old, her came home from the war and it was her best day ever.  This is just a very touching concept.
My daughter is the state of West Virginia's winner this year.  Her entry was about creating a cure for cancer as we lost love ones from this dreaded and killer C. Below is her essay.
The world would be a much better place  if we could stop cancer from taking so many lives each year.  Technology has made it easier to detect  and treat but  we still have a long way to go.  One life lost is one too many.
Her entry was inspired of the fact that my husband's family have lost lives of love ones  from cancer-related  diseases.  She's sad that she did not get to meet her grandmother (my husband's Mom) and she also witnessed how hard it was for her Uncle Dave to go through the cancer treatment which eventually led to his demise.  

Please help our daughter realize her dream  of  hopefully winning the contest.  It is a shot in the dark but  with your help,  it is possible.  The 50 designs from each state finalist are displayed on Google homepage for public voting since April 29 until May 9th.


Thursday, May 8, 2014

Trekking Destinations To Explore In Kerala

Trekking, an adventurous journey any voyager craves for. When it comes to exploring Kerala, traveller’s favourite tourist destination, the options are plenty to pick. Kerala is blessed with its mesmerizing beauty, be it backwaters, magical waterfalls, wildlife bios, pristine lakes, hills, beaches, rocky terrains; what a feast it will be if this enchanting nature escorts you up the trekking trails! For the trekking lovers out there, God’s own country has more to offer you with the best hide-outs to discover. Go frolicking!

Anamudi Peak

The famous peak located in Idukki district, Munnar. The hill town Munnar is the hub to this beautiful trekking destination. Anamudi Peak is the highest peak in the Western Ghats and South India, at an altitude of 2695m. Nestles by the striking attraction of the hills, green plantations, Anamudi is an ideal spot for trekking fans. From Anamudi, you can get the fabulous view of Neela Kurinji flowers (rare flowers which blooms once in 12 years) and it will be times exciting if you climb the hills during the blooming season. A photographic location any backpacker would love to visit. Prior to trekking, you need to get permission from the Forest Department.

Peeru Hills

It is located in Idukki district, 4km away from Kuttikanam. The serene hill station is a feast for eyes as well as a desired destination for trekkers and tourists. The trekking spot offers a soothing experience; cool breezy atmosphere, incredible view of hills, mountains, etc. Peer hills, was named after Peer Mohammed (the Sufi saint) who lived his last days at Peeru.

Agasthyarkoodam Peak

Agasthyarkoodam peak is located in Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary and Western Ghats of South India, in the district of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram and districts of Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu. Agasthya peak, the historic residence of saint Agasthya, stands majestically at an altitude of 1868m above sea level. The second largest peak of Western Ghats not only provides a haunt for trekkers, but an adventurous spot to meander! Thepanoramic view from atop the hill is mind-blowing, Arabian Sea on one side and huge mountain ranges on the other side. Way up the hill, you get to see a small waterfall, Bona waterfall and plethora of rare medicinal plants (2000 species). With prior permission from the Forest Department you can enjoy the thrilling journey along the wilderness, surrounded by dense greenery.

Chimmini

Chimmini, the wildlife national park is located in Thrissur district, along the Western Ghats. This is an ideal hideout for birdwatchers and explorers. The wildlife sanctuary is rich in flora and faura, adorned with the scenic beauty beyond imagination. Trekkers and birdwatchers can stroll and trek along borders of the park and even through the thick forest with prior permission. Chimmini is an exquisite hideout for avid birdwatchers, butterfly watchers, trekkers and campers.  Elephants, sloth bears, varieties of birds, sambars, etc are seen in the sanctuary. The Forest Department offers bamboo rafting for travellers along the Chimminilake, in and around the wildlife park.

Ponmudi
Ponmudi, the Golden peak is a well-known tourist destination located in Thiruvananthapuram district, at an altitude of 1100m above sea level. The climate surrounding the hill station is amazing throughout the year, and serves as a favourite place for camping and trekking. Trekkers get to see rare butterflies, flowers, rivulets and the expanse of natural beauty. Out of the many peaks, Motta Peak is famous for trekking. The place has cool hill resorts and tea plantations. The road connecting the peak to Thiruvananthapuram city has 22 hairpins with scenic splendours; misty mountains, greenery –a worth tourist attraction to add to the bucketlist. The Golden peak is blessed with a carpet of lush green tropical forest up to its foot, enriched by small streams, variety of flowers and plants. Along the Golden Peak is the Golden Valley, connects to the Kallar river-stretching through the wilderness to the village.Meenmutty Falls, deer park, Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary are other attractions.

This article is authored by Sooraj Kumar who is one of the authors of the blog Ayurveda, you can find him at Google+

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