The pool area is the place where you relax, spend time with your family and friends, or simply take a few hours for yourself and indulge in some “me time”. However you may choose to use this space, debris and bugs simply don’t match that ideal scenery. Unfortunately, I have noticed that these little buggers enjoy the water as well, and that is when I realized there must be something that can fix this problem. Of course, the pool filter and pump do work their magic by filtrating the water, but you need an additional helper for collecting the larger pieces often found in the pool. Fortunately, the solution is quite simple – I am talking about skimmer baskets. Stay with me for a more detailed explanation on what skimmer baskets are and how they work.
More than just as a way to support our pants, we wear belts to make a fashion statement. If you appreciate the western style and are looking for something aesthetically appealing but also functional as to communicate that appreciation, including a western belt in your wardrobe may be one great option. Given the fact that they are various different types of such belts, here are some details you ought to consider. Read More
Ever feel like you’re at the end of your tether, frequently dealing with stress and anxiety, as well as a restless mind and are in need of a break? It’s time to give yoga a try. There are reasons behind all the hype enough to convince you to make it part of your lifestyle. Read More
Today’s society brings people, chairs and desks closer together than ever before. Most people spend at least 8 hours at work, strapped to their chair. So, it is only natural that each worker should share a good working relationship with his/her chair. That being said, one great way for the employees to stay healthy and productive is to include ergonomic supplies in the form of chairs into the picture.
Do you feel like your outdoor space lacks a little something to set the mood? A fragrant addition to your garden can be a great way to create a pleasant ambience that will make you want to spend more time outdoors instead of in. And when it comes to scented plants, gardenias always come to mind first.
Due to their intoxicating scent, lovely, white flowers and evergreen leaves, the gardenia’s many varieties are some of the most popular shrubs. Starting from early spring, this hedge will reward you with flowers throughout the summer and into mid-fall. What more could you ask for? However, in order to enjoy this shrub in its full glory, you need to treat it right. So, here are a few tips on how to keep your gardenia happy and healthy.
Know Your Variety
While all gardenias generally have the same requirements, some varieties can have additional needs. With that being said, it’s helpful to know which variety grows in your garden. For instance, one of the most popular varieties, the Gardenia Florida can reach heights up to 1 metre, which is great if you use it as a hedge along the borders. To promote thick and bushy foliage, prune straggly growth in early spring and them prune again after flowering. On the other hand, if you want to use the Gardenia Florida as a small decorative element, you may want to prune it more often. Other popular types of gardenias are Radicans, Augusta, First Love, Mystery and Kleim’s Hardy.
Plant in the Right Spot
Gardenias have tropical origins, which means that they can handle the sun. However, they still need protection from the scorching mid-day sun. Considering this, north and east-facing spots are ideal because the plants can get a lot of morning light and some late afternoon light, but won’t be burned during the hottest part of the day. Also, make sure that your gardenia isn’t planted in a crowded spot where there are competing roots. With that being said, it’s best to place them along pathways, fences or the corners of your house.
Meet Its Water and Soil Requirements
Gardenias grow best in soil that is moist and well-drained. The trick is to keep the soil consistently damp but not soggy by watering your gardenias with 2cm of water each weak. Whenever it rains, skip one week of watering. Be careful not to overwater your plants as this can cause problems. As for the soil, in order to improve its drainage, you can apply a layer of organic mulch. Organic matter such as peat moss and manure can also provide the soil with nutrients that help improve the plants’ growth.
Safe, effective and affordable. These are the three words that best describe natural and organic makeup, and when it comes to its benefits, the fact that so many celebrities (Gisele Budchen, Cameron Diaz, and Jessica Biel to name a few) prefer natural makeup speaks a lot. Personally, I started using natural makeup five years ago when I was diagnosed with atopic dermatitis on my face. I had so many dry patches all over it and it was really frustrating, so except for using the proper therapy (prescribed by my dermatologist), I needed to get rid of all cosmetics that contain petroleum, alcohol, parabens and many other harmful ingredients. First, I ditched my face cream for an all-natural one, then I proceed with my foundation and little by little I replaced everything with organic makeup, I even invested in natural eye makeup products and lip liner. That’s how obsessed I’ve become with natural and organic makeup (chuckles). But except for a reason such as mine, many people have decided to use natural makeup for various reasons.
No Harsh Chemicals
It is needless to say that both organic body, face and natural eye makeup products contain no harsh chemicals, which in fact is one of the main reasons why so many people have switched to using them. Harmful and artificial chemicals are not listed in these products’ list, and except plant extracts, minerals for colour and some other naturally-based products, you cannot find anything else in there. Speaking precisely about beauty products, they are long-wearing, crease-proof and pigmented just like conventional beauty products, but they come with one big benefit – no skin irritation and no health-related problems. Additionally, a great number of these products contain vitamin E which helps the skin stay healthy, glowing, elastic and smooth. What a great reason to try these toxic free body and face products, right?
Prevention from Premature Ageing
Since these products are natural, organic, and contain lots of minerals, these minerals can act as the perfect sun protection which is ideal for both men and women. We all know how harmful the UV rays are, so instead of risking not wearing any sun protection or investing in some filled with chemicals, invest in some mineral-rich and organic face products that can help support healthy and good looking skin.
Except for not being tested on animals and their eco-friendliness, these products are also an affordable option. What’s more, a great number of them can be used for more than one purpose. For example, you can use a lipstick as an eyeshadow or as the perfect natural looking cheek blush.
As a horse owner, I have found that hay nets are a wise option for feeding and encouraging more natural eating habits. Let me walk you through the many benefits this type of stable products offers.
Horses are natural foragers. When in the wild, they can spend a lot of time (around 14 hours a day) eating and their digestive tract is designed accordingly. Consequently, for maintaining the healthy digestive tract of the horse, frequent and small meals are the best option. While eating, horses continually secret hydrochloric acid inside their stomachs. Saliva from chewing contains bicarbonate that buffers the acids. So, a constant source of food (like a hay net) that requires a lot of chewing will consequently increase the production of saliva, which helps in the reduction of the risk of gastric ulcers. Moreover, the small openings of the hay net provide constant but restricted access to food – this concept is closely mimicking how horses eat in the wild.
What I particularly find interesting is that out of the many stable products that are needed for smooth operation of the entire barn, the hay net is the one that reduces waste, and provides enormous health benefits for my horse at the same time. Besides being beneficial for the horse’s digestive system, the process of slow feeding is also beneficial for both over and underweight horses. Slow feeding prevents gorging and it will take the horse significantly longer time to eat the same amount of hay. And as for underweight horses, proper digestion is easier to achieve when the hay is eaten slowly. By improving digestion, the horse will increase the absorption of calories and nutrients that promote weight gain.
Now, let’s move on to which type is the best. First, you will need to consider how often you plan to change the net. If you want to fill the net to last for the most part of the day and only want to refill at breakfast and dinner, then you should get a larger capacity hay net. Second, you need to think about durability. Hay nets can be made of many different materials. From nylon, polyester to a poly/cotton blends. Out of all these, the most recommended type when it comes to sturdiness are the ones made of nylon or in some cases, polyester.
And lastly, I have found that slow feeding hay nets are also a great solution for boredom. Namely, while you are transporting your horse, it is a good idea to include a hay net in the trailer where the animal is carried in so it has something to do until you get to the destination.
Growing up, I used to have the dream of becoming a ballerina. There was a time I’d invent a dance of my own or start imitating the prima ballerinas I’d see on TV. My parents enjoyed my shows, I loved the attention I was getting, so logically I kept insisting on ballet lessons.
I still remember the first day at the ballet studio vividly, my mum taking me there, carrying my cute equipment. Instead of being afraid of the challenge like most girls there, I was all excited and couldn’t wait to start practicing.
Bringing a new kitten home is super exciting. I know the feeling very well because I have recently become the owner of a cat too. Believe me, there is nothing cuter than a cuddly, playful little furball. Without a doubt, you and your new family member will become best friends for many years to come, but you should first make sure to start this relationship right. In other words, to have all the supplies for cats you will need once your new friend arrives home.
For me, this was a quite stressful process. Since I didn’t have any experience with cats before, I found myself a little nervous about whether I was choosing the right items. However, worry not – even if you do have some experience in this you can still get confused as nowadays there really is a wide selection of supplies for cats. To make it easier for you, here is a short list of some of the basic supplies you will need when your kitten arrives home. Read More
Not all of us have the slim figure or youthful look, and that’s alright, because beauty is versatile. Of course, it takes the right clothing pieces to show off this beauty in the best way possible, even if you’re ageing and plus size.
Some of the basic and most diverse pieces of clothing every woman should make use of are the jackets because other than being the outer layer, protecting you from the weather in the colder days of the year, they’re ideal for covering your troublesome bits in a flattering way, with a stylish touch at that, year-round.
A quick search of ladies jacket designs online and you’re sure to stumble upon many options, and those timeless pieces that never go out of style make the ideal investment to complement any of your outfits, no matter whether it’s casual, classy or chic. Read More
As anyone in the food business knows, success is about adopting the right strategy backed by a great deal of planning. Though usually most people focus on the big picture, it’s the smallest details that count the most.
The perfect example for this would be in going green. There’s more to this than keeping up the pace with trends considering it has to do with the environment as well as saving up more money along the way.
Say No to Plastic
It doesn’t matter whether you have a big or small business, you can implement small changes for start, such as opting for paper drinking straws instead of plastic to make room for sustainability. What starts with the straws can continue with the bags, containers as well as food packaging as a whole.
What makes them the better options is of course how eco-friendly they are, being sustainably sourced and certified, which isn’t at the expense of style either, as they are available in a wide range of colours and patterns.
The decision to make paper drinking straws and packaging part of your business is sure to bring about another benefit too: customer loyalty and improving your brand. Choosing to stand out from the crowd and implement green solutions happens to be a great marketing tool.
Say Yes to Organic
Though you might think it’s more of an investment to buy organic, over the years it would turn out to be quite the profitable decision because more and more people are becoming aware about how processed foods affect their well-being, so the interest in organic menus is continuously rising.
Along with this, when buying organic from local farmers you support local businesses and their profits, and as a result you help reduce the chemicals that are released in the environment, protecting both the soil and the water.
Say Bye to Waste
Okay, you can’t eliminate waste altogether but you can at least find the ways to cut it down. How you manage waste has a great deal of say in your business as a whole, which is why it’s advisable to choose reusable and recyclable packaging in the first place.
Additionally, it means being more prudent with your food waste too. Other than being mindful with how you use the ingredients, throwing out less as possible, it teaches you how to preserve certain ingredients better, particularly if you buy in bulk.
It can also motivate you to come up with initiatives that would help the community like giving food to the poor and the homeless, as well as using the food scraps for creating your own compost and eventually growing your own vegetables and herbs.
A puppy wearing a colourful sweater sure looks cute, but do dogs really need clothes? After all, they already have their own natural clothes in the form of fur, right? While in many cases a dog won’t really need the extra layers, there can be very good reasons to dress up your pet. So, while putting your dog in a silly costume just for the sake of looking fashionable isn’t a great idea, dog clothes are acceptable and even preferable in the following cases. Read More