Friday, December 4, 2015

The Principles of Organic Vegetable Gardening (part 2 of 2)

Organic garden is challenging since you have to deal with unwanted guests. Some of these pests include armyworms, crickets, gypsy moth caterpillars, slugs and squash bugs. Before, people used fertilizer to kill them but in an organic setting, the best weapon is the toad that is known to eat more almost every type of insect. If you have caterpillars or spiders lurking in the garden, get a bird because this is not in the toad’s diet.

In some cases, you don’t have to buy a toad or a bird from the pet store. They may come in to your home as long as you set the ideal environment for them. You can put up a bird house or a small pond. Within days, you will have some new occupants protecting your garden.

Other insect killers which you can get to do the job include the preying mantis and the ladybug because they mark their territory and eat anything that dares enter their domain.

Plants can also be used to protect your vegetables. For example, the rosemary, sage or thyme is an effective deterrent against butterflies. Marigolds on the other hand are effective against nematodes.

But despite all the flowers and creatures that nature has to offer, crop rotation is seen as the best way to keep the soil fertile. If you planted this kind of vegetable for this season, change it with another and the return to the first after this one is harvested.

The principles behind organic gardening are very simple. You just have to be practice it so you can harvest the vegetables you have planted weeks ago.

The Principles of Organic Vegetable Gardening (part 1 of 2)

More farmers are getting into organic vegetable gardening because it is cost effective and they are able to produce almost the same yield of crops. You to can do this at home but first, you have to understand the principles of organic vegetable gardening.

First, organic vegetable gardening does not use any fertilizers, nutrients or pesticides. Nature is your partner here because you will be using two things to make it all work namely sunlight and water. We don’t produce these ourselves but you have to find the ideal area and provide adequate drainage.

Aside from sunlight and water, you can help the crops grow by using compost heap from leftover food, chipped bark, garden compost, leaf moulds and manure. You can mix these all together and then spread this throughout your garden.

A lot of people are grossed about by manure. You don’t have to scoop this from the toilet because this is sold in stores. If you have a dog, put on some gloves and put it there. Chickens are also great to have. Just let them roam around in the garden.

Some people use dead animals or meat products. You don’t put these in the soil but leave it for a couple of weeks in the bin because maggots will soon appear and this is what you use to help fertilize your garden.

Another helpful creature is the earthworm because it digs deep into the ground and aerates the soil bringing various minerals to the surface which also provides better drainage. This long pink colored creature also leaves casting behind that experts say is five times as rich in nitrogen phosphorous and potassium. Again, this can be purchased from the gardening store.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Some Vital Notes on Mineral Makeup Application Technique (part 2 of 2)

Less is more is the principle that is being implemented with this kind of makeup. It may cost much more than the regular types of cosmetics. But because you don't need to apply a lot on the course of your routine, you will be able to save up the makeup as well as the money you have spent on it in the long run.

Here are some techniques that you can follow, especially if you are only trying it out. Through this, there will be lesser chances for you to waste the cosmetics while utilizing them on yourself the best you can.

1. You must first start with the application of your foundation. For makeup that contains minerals, you have to buy a specific kind of brush to be able to apply it on your face. The brush is usually large and has rounded edge. This will suffice for usual applications. If the problem area that has to be concealed is major, you better rely on a sponge for such purpose.

If you have dry skin, you can use a moisturizer to even out your makeup. Whereas if you have oily skin, you can use some finishing powder after you have applied your makeup.

2. After the foundation, the second thing that you have to take note regarding the mineral makeup application technique is to apply a blush-on for a more defined and natural look. You must use a brush with more narrow edges for this purpose. Apply the blush with an upward stroke and create a letter C on your cheekbones.

Some Vital Notes on Mineral Makeup Application Technique (part 1 of 2)

If you are trying to find out the best mineral makeup application technique, you can start your quest by finding out the suitable brand that will fit your skin type. Not because this is the fad these days, you will hastily buy the newest products on the shelves that claim to have natural ingredients. When it comes to your skin, you cannot go with the flow and buy whatever you think is in. You have to test various brands and ask the experts if you will benefit from the products or not.

There are many cosmetics available and continue to be developed as time passes by. There are many reasons for such occurrence. And one vital fact that cannot be ignored is that people want to look pretty and made up for whatever purposes they have in mind. But even though makeup helps in achieving this state, you must be very careful with what you put on your face. You may have to go through a trial and error process with such advent. Or you can also consult a skin expert depending on the type of skin you have. This way, you will be sure that you will retain a vibrant skin even without makeup.

How to Apply the Makeup

Is there a difference with the way you apply the regular ones from the kinds of makeup that claim to contain minerals? You do not have to be skeptic about the topic because the answer is there really is. Unlike the regular ones wherein you have to apply thick coating and various layers of makeup to achieve a desired result, this is not the case with mineral makeup. With the latter, you only need to apply a thin layer on your skin. That will be enough to hide the blemishes and other imperfections that you are maybe bothered with.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

The Great Kauai Tour: Interesting Facts in the Pacific (part 2 of 2)

Kauai tours continue to be popular since more than 70 Hollywood movies and television shows have been shot in the island. Included in the list are the musical South Pacific, Jurassic Park which was filmed at Waimea Canyon in 1993, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Six Days Seven Nights, the King Kong remake, Donovan’s Reef in 1963, Blue Hawaii, Disney’s Lilo & Stitch and South Pacific wherein some scenes were filmed in Hanalei. You can also find the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility or “Barking Sands” on the western shore of Kauai.

Kauai used to have the distinct dialect of the Hawaiian language although it became extinct and was replaced with standard language based on the dialect of Hawai’i island. Still, Kauai dialect usually pronounces “k” as “t” just like old pan-Polynesia. Today, some places are still referred to in “t” such as Tapa’a for Kapa’a and Tauai’i for Kaua’i. Majority of Hawaiians know how to speak English.

More Culture and Experiences

Aside from its melodic language, Kauai features the best of Hawaiian music using a variety of instruments like the ukulele and slack-key guitar. The hula is a very famous dance used as a means of worship, storytelling through chants or “mele” and entertainment. Hula is actually for both men and women including children featuring the popular grass skirts. The most prestigious hula school used to be located in Kauai. Modern music is also starting to evolve such as Hawaiian reggae and hip hop.

Millions of people look forward to a Kauai tour with the lei which are colorful fragrant garlands made of ilima, carnation and plumeria. Anise-scented mokihana lei which are made of Kauai berries are also placed around the neck of visitors occasionally.

Hula dancers used to place lei made of green maile leaves at the altars of Laka, the hula goddess.

The Great Kauai Tour: Interesting Facts in the Pacific (part 1 of 2)

Hawaii is brimming with culture and traditions which is why millions of visitors flock to the islands from all over the world every year. A Kauai tour is one of the best experiences since you get to enjoy the tranquil scenes, beautiful people and fun-filled activities that make it a very unique place. The island has been the site of many interesting events and holds tales that most individuals only thought were myths.

Good Things to Know

Most areas of Kauai are part of Kaua’i County particularly the city of Lihu’e which is the seat at the southeast coast of the island. Lihu’e is the 2nd biggest city on the island although Kapa’a on the “Coconut Coast” which is situated about 6 miles north has 2 times more people with a population of around 10,000. Waimea at the southwest region used to be the capital of Kauai and was the first island visited by Captain James Cook in 1778. The town of Waimea is found at the mouth of Waimea River which formed Waimea Canyon or “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific” which measures 3,000 feet deep.

Although Hawaii is abundant in both animal and plant species, there is a unique presence of feral chickens in Kauai. Experts speculate that indirect changes in the ecosystem particularly in wild roosters and hens occurred due to Hurricane Iniki in 1992.

A chicken farm was said to be destroyed or sugarcane plantation laborers brought and raised so many chickens resulting to free-roaming chickens today. In the evening, you may notice wild roosters crowing. Huge numbers of Kauai chickens however, are dying most probably because of bacterial infection from overpopulation.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Things You Should Know When Planning Your Baby’s First Year Party (part 2 of 2)

Do you have to think of a theme for your first birthday party? Not really but if you want to, there is no harm in choosing one. If you have nephews and nieces, try to find out what is the trend these days among kids so you are still in touch with their generation.

From there, you can already source the materials you will need like party hats, invitations, souvenir cards, prizes and a host of other things for the party.

The smaller the kid is, the more presents they get. If you don’t think this is true, try and remember the last time you ever received a load of presents? When your kid is opening each present, give them some time to look at each one before moving on to the next. A great idea will be to open these in batches so your kid is not stressed out.

Your kid will only celebrate their first birthday once so be sure to take lots of pictures and video. If you are tied up with other things, delegate the task so you can review it when the party is over. Also, have a memory page for your guests to write on. That way, your kid can look back at their first party even if they don’t remember what happened that day.

Now that you more or less know what do for your infant’s first kiddie birthday party, you won’t have to worry about how much it costs, what is the theme, when and where it should take place and the time that this will be done.

If you need help, ask your other family members because they will be more than happy to help you make this celebration a memorable one.