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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Recycled Empty Container .. Happy Earth Day!

I don't know if you will call it addiction but I don't like tossing cute containers like this.  I always think that I am helping  mother Earth by recycling this plastic  containers into something  instead of  putting them in the garbage.  This is was the container of the nail polish remover that I got from a beauty box subscription and thought of turning it into a jewelry  container.
 These are the jewelries that I got out from the  candles I reviewed so I did not have boxes for it.  Turning the  empty containers into a cute jewelry box by decorating is a great idea.  I used nail polish and  craft foam for the  decorations.  So now, those cute jewelry has their own containers.
 I don't know if it's an indication of a hoarding  problem but I am like that, I always think that there is a use for empty boxes or containers.  I think it has something to do with how my parents  raised us.  We never throw anything, we always recycled things.  We did not have much but  that's how we got by with just so little income.  I applaud my parents for doing that though.  

 Today is Earth Day and I am celebrating at home by recycling some  stuff.  I also started my compost this  month, this is my first time trying to compost for my garden so hopefully, it would turn out good.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

3 Tips for Preparing for Mother's Day

Mother's Day is a beautiful celebration of the miracle of family. For almost all of us, our families are the rocks in our lives that keep us going strong. Mother's Day helps every mother to feel that extra appreciation for everything that she has done; and it is common practice to be fully prepared for this appreciative and loving holiday.
Finding the Right Card
Cards are an important way for many people to express the feelings that they just cannot put into words. While there are a wide variety of cards available on the shelves of grocery and drug stores, it is important for one to put things into their own words as well. It could be an extra sentence at the bottom of the card, or an Academy Award worthy poem; either way, Momma will appreciate it! Try creating a card with your own two hands. Nothing puts a smile on Momma's face like a handcrafted, straight-from-the-heart card!
The Perfect Dinner Plans
Even if you line up the perfect bouquet of flowers and the prettiest Mother's Day card, it's just not going to have as much of an impact as some genuine one on one time. If you cannot schedule the entire day with her, try taking her out for a lovely dinner. If you are not sure of her favorite place to eat, take her out to a new upscale venue or ask family members. Someone is going to know what her favorite place is! If you are on a budget, try cooking her favorite meal for her while she relaxes.

Shopping for Flowers
Flowers are a hallmark gift on Mother's Day. Even the busiest of individuals find the time to purchase a bouquet of flowers and have them sent to their mothers. Others might even cut flowers fresh from the garden or from the gorgeous wild flower patches that thrive in the countryside. For online shoppers who have Melbourne-based mothers whom they cannot visit, shop online at Fresh Flowers for flower delivery Melbourne wide.
Don't Forget to Share Your Love for Your Mother!
This is one holiday everyone should remember, as every mother in the world needs to feel loved, supported, and respected; especially mothers with empty nests. After 18 years (or more) of devotion to their children, mothers suffer a heartbreak of unimaginable pain when they must finally let their children go into the world alone. If nothing else, give her a call; it will mean the world to her.



Saturday, April 18, 2015

Dream, Faith, and Hard Work

"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world."
Harriet Tubman
To dream is  free 
But to pursue a dream
You have to have faith, 
strong will and determination.
-Chubskulit Rose- 
Some people  are born with silver spoon in their mouth
For most of us, you have to do hard work 
to attain success.
-Chubskulit Rose-

Disclaimer: The first and the last quote are  taken from Brainyquote.com 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Future of Waste Disposal

Every person in America produces more than half a ton of trash each year. More than half of this is food waste or other organic material that can be used as part of a composting program. There are several methods for dealing with organic waste in a sustainable manner. The first is by reducing the amount of waste produced by throwing away less food and related waste. Another is by composting what waste is thrown away. Much like municipal recycling programs, composting requires an initial investment, but once the program is in place it runs smoothly, needing only a regular supply of one of the most abundant resources there is: garbage.

Compostable garbage is divided almost equally into three general categories: food waste, yard clippings and soiled paper that cannot be recycled. While some amount of organic waste is inevitable, the environmental impact can be greatly reduced by composting garbage so that it can be reused. Composted material can be used as a low-cost fertilizer that helps food grow while minimizing the negative impact on the environment. Fresh compost provides a steady supply of oxygen to the soil systems that feed plants, allowing them to grow quicker, healthier and with fewer diseases.
Recycled boxes
Like recycling, composting is truly the future of waste disposal and minimizing the trash footprint that is an inevitable part of living in the modern world.
The Impact Of Organic Waste

Sunday, April 12, 2015

THAT is what you Need - Egg Cartons and Green Thumbs.

After celebrating Easter with the family, we came home  and did a project I have planned for the kids.  I gathered up all our seeds, some are  left over from last year, some  I have dried up from our harvest, and there are some that were given by friends and family.  I have never stated  seedling inside the house  and thought  this is the year to try it.  
I have  been saving the  egg carton trays  to use for this project.  I used to have those small planters but since I wasn't using them, I throw them away. Anyhow, my kids enjoyed  this activity more than coloring eggs.  They always love to help me in the garden  and this is the first time we have done this so they were very happy.
 We bought a bag of garden soil and we used it to fill the egg cartons.  I used a little bit of Miracle Gro houseplant food  to water it.
 The popsicle sticks came in handy in labeling the seeds we  planted.  
 It is so funny that my daughter colored her thumb green before we started our project lol.  Between the two, our son  can easily grow just about anything that he  stick in the dirt.  Our daughter thinks a that if she color her  thumb green and said a little prayer before  burying the seed in the  soil, it will grow.  
Imagine how happy  they are to see the seeds come s to life after  few days.  Our daughter was beaming with joy because she said that her technique works lol.
 I love how pretty this red radish looks, it's a beautiful color.
 Involving the kid in this kind of activity  makes them appreciate  the  harvest even more.  They are very proud.  I think that it's a great learning experience for them to be able to  experience and witness how fruits and vegetables are being produced.
Even though it is 44 degrees today, we took advantage of the sunlight and put  the  seedlings out our porch.  I have to constantly check on it though because the birds are eyeing on it.  We have  started to prep  some part of our garden the other day and as soon as these are big enough to transplant, we  will transfer them.  How about you, did you start gardening this year  yet? Shadow Shots

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Spring Gardening

The sun is brighter, the days are longer, and your garden is calling to you. Here is a basic timeline of how to get back into the dirt throughout the season.

Spring has Sprung

·        Start Seedlings:  It may still be too cold to get much of your summer stock in the ground at this point but that doesn’t mean you can’t get your warm weather plants started. Gather all of your supplies and plant an array of seeds indoors. Early spring is ideal for getting the seedlings started so when the weather is more welcoming, the plants will be strong enough to be transported to your bed or garden plot. Make sure to store them in a place with plenty of sunlight and away from little hands or pets.

·        Prune: Get all of your fruit trees and bushes polished up and pruned. Be sure to get this done prior to seeing any buds pop out.

·        Prep the Beds and Perform Maintenance: Remove old mulch and make sure any stonework or other decorative items are cleaned and placed correctly. This is a good time to work new fertilizer into your soil.

·        Plant Cool Weather Produce: There are plenty of veggies that can survive cool spring conditions, such as onions, potatoes and various leafy greens.

Mid-Season

·        Build Flower Beds: Choose one of the warmer days and get out into the yard for light building. Create new flowerbeds and choose placements for any new shrubs you may wish to add. Brighten up the area with wrought iron metal art, which can liven up the space while waiting for the plants to begin flourishing.

·        Apply Mulch: Do a little research and add mulch that will best benefit your soil. Not only does it assist in maintaining moisture and reducing erosion, but it can also help decrease the amount of weeding you will have to do later in the season.

·        Plant Annuals: This is the time to plant your annuals as well as when to begin transplanting the seedlings you have been growing indoors. 

Late Spring

·        Deadhead and Prune: If you have bulbs whose blossoms have already come and gone, remove any that have passed their prime. Remove blossoms such as this from trees and bushes, as well.

·        Visit the Nursery: This is the time to choose your bedding plants for splashes of color throughout your landscape. If possible, choose plants that have yet to bloom.

Take spring gardening step by step to make sure you don’t do too much before the season allows. Take into account the climate in your area and tweak your schedule accordingly.

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