Friday, December 4, 2015

Steps to Success with Organic Gardening (part 2 of 2)

The latter method will take longer. And because it is open and you cannot regulate it, certain elements can be accommodated into the pile which may be harmful to your garden. So when you are already using that, you still have to check very closely so that you will retain your garden's health and beauty.

You have to remember that you must be picky with your plants. Ask a local dealer what plants will grow easily on your location. You must not opt for something you like that will not survive the site's conditions.

Learn the art of mulching. You have to do this periodically in your garden beds. This will kill the growing weeds. You'll be able to monitor the unnecessary pests and get rid of them. This also moderates the temperature of the soil. And by mulching it, you'll prevent the soil from eroding.

Have a variety of plants in your garden. This way, you will be able to attract beneficial insects. These are the types that would feed on the pests that your garden may incur.

And the most important thing to do in organic gardening is to befriend your plants. You must know all them fully well. This way, you will have an idea as to what to do in cases where a problem struck and you have no one to help you.

Steps to Success with Organic Gardening (part 1 of 2)

If you have long been curious about organic gardening, you may now be familiar with how things are being done in this process. But even so, you must not tire out from learning new things to help you with this venture.

It is important to keep yourself updated with how things are being done. You should be in tuned with the local gardeners in your area so that you can talk things out with enthusiasts like you. If your goal in going organic in terms of gardening is to help nature, then you are on the right track. For sure, nature itself will find ways to help you out and for you to be able see solutions to your problems just around the corner.

This is how generous nature is. And this is also the basic idea of the organic process of gardening. It is to give back to nature what nature has bestowed you with. In gardening, you will have to veer away with synthetic materials. You only have to use what can be found on the ground or the environment around you.

For example, in fertilizers, you have the option to make your own compost. But this is no easy task. Doing so will take a lot of effort and time on your part. The first method to go about this is to gather dried leaves, certain animal manure, vegetable peels and the likes on a compost bag. You have to attend to it periodically to add moisture once in a while and to make sure that you are doing things right.

The second method is to pile up the materials that you have gathered on the ground. Pile those up in a space that you will allocate for your compost. You just leave them there and let nature takes its course through those materials. Through time, years even, that pile will be turned into compost materials that you can also use as fertilizers for your garden. But you've got to be careful to choose only the part that is not infested with pests. If not, you'll have bigger problems with your garden.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Mineral Makeup History (part 2 of 2)

Greek women would use honey and olive oil to keep their skin’s moisture.  Olive oil is also a part of their eye enhancement make-up along with charcoal.  Lipstick are from mixture of redding and bees wax.  This primitive lipstick evolved in ochre clay and red iron, making it a little bit harder and easier to apply to their lips

In the east, Chinese and Japanese were also applying makeup to their faces.  Japanese geisha would paint their faces white and outline their eyebrows with charcoal.  Actually, this did not happen in Asia only.  In Europe, aristocrats would put powders in their faces.  The idea is that this would separate them from the common, working class.

The 19th century signalled a different approach to cosmetics.  Since pale complexion is a symbol of aristocracy, more men and women are trying to look pale.  They would use hydroxide carbonate which unfortunately,  has negative and toxic effects on the body.  Later on , zinc oxide replaced the toxic substance.

Aside from class distinction, makeup was started to be used to get a younger look.  This helped them deceive people of their true age.  Powdered paper became popular.  They were used with the same purpose of current powders, they were used to remove the shine.

World War II slowed the manufacturing and development of makeup.  There are more important things that these items.  But after the war, the cosmetic industry started to recover and never looked back.  More and more women, and also men, started to purchase cosmetics to improve and enhance their physical features.

During the 1970s, a different trend started to materialize.  Mineral makeup which consists pure and fine minerals were applied straight to the face.  This mineral makeup did not undergo any chemical process which would inject chemicals and preservatives.  Until now, this industry is continually growing.

Mineral Makeup History (part 1 of 2)

Mineral makeup did not just appear out of nowhere or is just a recent discovery.   Although, mineral makeup is still not mass produced, it is increasingly getting popular among women.  Since most people nowadays are paying more attention to their chemical intake and its effects on the body, there is now a trend on healthy lifestyle.

Actually, the use of minerals can be traced back into the time of ancient Egyptians.  Egyptians take pride on their appearance.  For them to be close to their gods, they need to be beautiful.

What kind of mineral do they use for their makeup?

Their eye makeup was mostly consisted of malachite, green ore of copper and kohl.  Galena is also used for the eyes.  This eye makeup also served as eye protectors from the hot and reflective rays of the sun in the desert.  Their red lips would come from the red ochre.  The same minerals are used for giving color to the cheeks.  Each mineral used would come from a different place.  Malachite came from the Nile valley, while galena would come from upper Egypt and the Red Sea.

Early Egyptians also believed that makeup is not only means of attaining higher spirituality, they are also used for practical reasons.  Malachite and galena are both used as eye protectors.  While there are others used for their ability to repel insects and help the body adapt to climate changes. Aside from this, ancient Egyptians believed that black makeup can drive evil sprits away.

Romans did not associate physical appearance to their religious beliefs.  But they were already using makeup like lipstick and blush for the cheeks.

Ancient Greeks also used mineral makeup because they wanted to be close to the gods.  In Greece, ancient women who belong in the high class rarely go out and get exposed to the sun.  That is why women with pale skin are regarded highly, so they started using makeup to make the skin appear pale.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Nature at Its Best: The Famous Kauai Trails (part 2 of 2)

Kauai Kukui Trail is more challenging which winds down 2000 feet into the Waimea Canyon floor. You get to see a lot of unique landscapes and views in the first 1.5 miles such as dramatic canyon formations, mountain goats and plants.

Choose the forest and brush paths if you’re up for a tough hike. Expect the trails to be slippery during dry days and make sure you have enough energy since you still need to hike back up. The end of the trail is at the Wiliwili campsite and Waimea River. You can also walk to nearby Waimea town through the canyon.

Beautiful Isolated Walks

Kauai Nounou West Trail is located about a mile from Opaekaa Falls. You climb the mountain known as “Sleeping Giant” leading to a sheltered picnic area on the giant’s chest. Some magnificent views include Wailua River, Mt. Waialeale and the ocean. Mt. Waialeale will provide you the same view similar to the remake of the movie “King Kong”. It takes about an hour and a half to reach to total elevation of about 1000 feet from the base to the head.

Kuamoo Trail is another fairly easy isolated route that starts half a mile past Opaekaa Falls. The first mile features a few Hawaiian homes and green canopies. You also get to see a wooden bridge and the river feeding Opaekaa Falls.

Total Kauan trail is about 2 miles long with lots of ferns, vegetation and mud. The destination is in a pine tree grove at the intersection of the Nounou West Trail.

Nature at Its Best: The Famous Kauai Trails (part 1 of 2)

Going on feet never seemed more exhilarating, fun and enjoyable with the several Kauai trails. You get to enjoy scenic tropical views like uncharted rainforests, waterfalls, secret caves, oceanfront cliffs, beaches, canyons and valleys. Many tourists all over the globe flock to experience the pacific paradise and get a feel of the 97% uninhabited conserved natural treasures of the oldest island in Hawaii.

The Great Hikes

The Kauai Kalalau Trail Na Pali Coastline is one of the ultimate hikes in the island which takes about 2 days to finish. The trail starts at the end of the road at Kee Beach. Many hikers hike for 11 miles and upon reaching the end at Kalalau Beach, get picked up by a tour bus. From the starting point, you work the incline up to the Na Pali Coastline.

The first 25 minutes of the trail is fairly mudde, steep and rocky although you get to see a great view of Kee Beach. Views of the coastline will come and go as you continue on the trail. Hanakapi’ai Beach is just 2 miles from the starting point but you get to go through streams, boulders, caves and cliffs along the way.

You may choose to stop at Hanakapi’ai Beach. If you go 2 more miles inland, you get to see the 300-foot majestic waterfall where you can enjoy a quick dip. It takes about 8 hours back and forth if you pick Hanakapi’ai Falls as your destination spot.

For families and beginners, the Kauai Kuilau Ridge Trail is good. Drive past Opaekaa Falls to the end of the road just before reaching Keahua Arboretum and the first stream crossing to find the starting point on the right. The first mile has an asphalt base path which slowly rises to a picnic area on top of a valley. Views include Mt. Wai’ale’ale, rolling hills and the ocean. There is a wooden bridge that leads to the end of the trail as well as the starting point of Moalepe Trail. Most find this an easy and relaxing hike.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Preparing For A Kid's Birthday Party (part 2 of 2)

Set out every thing that is needed for the party in a single allocated area. Things such as game and activity materials should be arranged in an organized manner to make them easier to locate and use during the party proper. If flowers are needed, the floral arrangements can be made and ordered a day prior to the party. If the party involves having a caterer, confirmation of the schedule should also be made to clear things up.

Hours Before Party
The early hours prior to the party can be made by giving the checklist another run. After that, the next things to prepare would be keeping everything well organized and confirmed. It is usually just several hours before the party that ordered balloons, cake and ice for the birthday party can be picked up. Considering that these are easily perishable goods make it a wise idea to get them on the day of the party itself.

If the setting in on the outdoors, decorations for the party are usually made also hours before on the day of the kid's birthday party. The party area should be set up as well as the other allocated activity areas such as the place where the kids would be playing their games. If there are pets in the house, it would also be a good idea to have them well secured in a safe area to avoid possible pet-induced confusion and chaos later on.

If there is time left, a second and final look at the checklist would allow parents to make sure that everything is ok. The last thing to do prior to the kid's birthday party is to wear a smile and enjoy the festivities.