Wednesday, 18 January 2017

WHY HOME GARDENING FOR YOUR FAMILY IS A HEALTHY CHOICE




What if you could create an oasis of calm in your own backyard? Mother Nature has blessed us with trees, grass, flowers and many interesting and exotic plants that can add beauty, tranquility and serenity to your yard. 

There is something about being surrounded by nature and living plants that soothes the soul and relaxes the mind. Start small and choose a few plants that complement your yard, then start building your own private oasis to access any time you want.

Key to any garden activity is using the right tools. While having a shovel is essential, so are other tools that work best with your garden size. 

For smaller gardens, short handled tools work best, for larger gardens longer handled hoes and spades work better. Make sure you keep a sharp edge on your tools for easier work.

Plant in the shade. All plants need light to survive, but not all of them need brilliant sunshine. Plants native to woodland areas are happy when they get protection from the sun's rays. 

There are many plants that will thrive in a shady garden, including Hosta, Cyclamen, Foxglove, Helleborus, Japanese Anemone, and Ajuga. By planting these, you will have a year-round display of color in even the shadiest of gardens.

Think about leaving some areas of your lawn uncut. Long grass provides a great habitat for beetles, young amphibians and grasshoppers. 

Grass is also an important food source for some butterflies and caterpillars. Gardens without wildlife would be very sterile environments, and most plants can't reproduce without the help of wildlife.

If you want something fun to do that will benefit you in the kitchen, try growing some herbs in your window. Some herbs may not take kindly to this, but many will! In this way you have some herbs always fresh and handy, and they add a nice touch to the house.

Get the most out of garden space by growing compatible crops. When growing a crop like tomatoes, plant lettuce and spinach in between to grow in the shade of the taller plants. 

This will maximize the space used in the garden. Also, grow plants which mature at different times alongside each other like carrots and radishes. The radishes will be ready in only thirty days while it takes much longer for the carrots to mature.


That's all there is to it. Just follow the tips above and you will be able to enhance your existing garden or start a new garden from scratch. You may want to add garden accessories as well, but whatever you do -- creating your own garden space creates an instant getaway that you can indulge in any time you feel the need.

Monday, 22 August 2016

NEVER SKIP BREAKFAST. WHY YOU NEED IT ?


Do you have any experience of  feeling hunger at  11.00 am because you have not eat anything in the morning. I do and I feel that most of us does  feel it and can’t wait until lunch time. Take your breakfast and that will make your day for meaningful until you gonna take your lunch.

Take your breakfast , a healthy one and it can save you from cravings and by the time you want to take your lunch, your effort in loosing some excess weight is done as you has been burning  it during your activities in the first half day.

As the world develop and keep changing into a faster phase many of us has forgo the need for  breakfast due to their busy schedule which has already started in the early morning especially during the weekday. 

Our head is burden with work problems coupled with the demanding day ahead and this had put the importance of  breakfast as secondary even-though we still squeezing for a cup of milk or even a bowl of cereals which is still not enough for burning the body fuel.

The demanding life need you to be a superhero , managing your multiple careers but  do not neglect your own daily food intake. Your body is what you need to continue perform all the tasks you want and as such it is timely that you need to place the importance of providing it with enough nutrition.

Ask many people out there , what is their secret to good health and they will say that its the first meal that they take in the morning , a healthy breakfast. I do agree to it.

Again, the same question. Why breakfast so important that it take priority than the lunch or dinner. When we sleep, our body continue to work thus consuming whatever resources that we have. When we awake in the morning, our metabolism still at its slow rate and our body usually need enough time to return to its normal state and we can expedite it by taking our breakfast.

A healthy breakfast will end the calorie conservation period and will help you in increase your metabolism to normal level. You can feel the difference ie when you take your breakfast , you can feel that your energy level has increase and your body is ready to carry the daily tasks.

Taking a healthy breakfast means avoiding simple carbs and take more on complex carbs , healthy fats and lean proteins. White meats, cereals, whole wheat bread , vegetables and fruits are tremendous breakfast chain of choices.

It is better to eat small portions throughout the day but do not exclude breakfast from your nutritional plan.  Keep with  the tips and you can feel more energetic by waking up much earlier and still having enough energy to spare by end of the day . Have a fitter and healthier all day long.


Friday, 15 July 2016

What To Do Before Travel


Vacations are the most exciting moment when you enjoy most with your family leaving behind tensions, stress and work at home. There is a great saying, ‘travel is like a giant blank canvas and the painting on canvas is only limited by one’s imagination’.

It means until and unless you will not travel, you will be unaware about the beauty of the world. But as everything in life is done in a systematic way, preparation for vacation should also be done properly so that you can enjoy your travelling with more fun.

In this article you will get some important travel tips.

When preparing for travel trip  put down out all your clothes and money. Then take half of the clothes and double  the money. It is not necessary to carry two or three bags full of clothes. Try to make sure that you will be  carrying  fewer luggage with you while travelling. It is better to do some research about the weather of the place where you are going and take your clothes accordingly.

A special advice for all mums especially those who have small babies , you must always carry all the  kid’s stuff like blanket, things for entertainment because children usually get  bored on long trips and  the most important thing is their  medication and food.

Travel does not mean that you are a free bird and you neglect your health. Don’t do that because there are more chances of getting sick while travelling. Always carry light and healthy food items for your travel and try to avoid outside food.

Book your hotel in advance so that you will not struggle in searching for hotel and look at the brochure of the hotel, about its decorum, its location, its food and  in short try to look for best hotel and when you reach your destination have lot of fun with your family.


These are some of basic but important travel tips which are generally avoided.

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

How To Make Your Kids Enjoy Home Gardening

How To Make Your Kids Enjoy Home Gardening

Almost every kids love being dirty and making home gardening as part of their activities will give them some fun. Let them pick whatever plant that they want to grow and for sure this will excite them.

Here are some tips on how you can make your kids become interested in home gardening :-

Choose the right plants

Those plants and flowers with bright colors are most likely to be choosed by them. Get more varity of plants and flowers for them to choose. Among the bright flowers are zinnias and cosmos as these will keep your kids fascinated. Always include the sunflowers . Make sure that your kids does not allergic to any of those plants.

Start seeding

Let your children do the seeding. Their tiny fingers are suitable for those seeds which are  too small in nature.

Make a  memoir for their home gardening

Kids can get bored easily but you can keep their enthusiasm until the plant grow by making a journal for their home gardening. With this journal , they will sketch what plants that they would imagine of and begin to write their gardening activities stages from when they place the seeds until when they witness the sprout pushing up.

The home gardening place must be visible to the kids

Pick a spot where the kids often play or walk by as they can easily observe how the plant grow each time they see and pass by their garden.

 Get them to dirt playing

Our kids are fond to playing dirt or mud. They can help you in making ready the soil although it is just a stomp on the clumps. Provide them with kid-sized tools so that they can joint you with fun.

Make the garden belong to your kids

Make a picture of each of the plants so that your kids can foresee what the flowers are look like. Make a placard and put your child’s name on it so that everybody can see that it’s their garden and that will make them proud of what they are doing.

Playing with water !

Playing with dirt means playing with water too for home gardening. Give them a small watering can so that they can water their garden. Show them how to let the water  go right to the roots of the plant. Don’t give hoses as it is too big for little hands to handle.

Have a sense of forgiving

We, adults are sometimes impatient and make mistake too. Let the kids have full control of the garden. They mess it up, let it be. It’s their own garden and let them get the pleasure from it. The only thing that you can involve is by telling them to clean up the mess.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Kitchen Gadget - I Can't Live Without It


If you are just starting to cook, or are moving in on your own, chances are, you don't have much in terms of cooking equipment. Here is what we recommend for you to get, as you are starting out. As times goes by, you will, of course, get more kitchen gadgets. 

But here are five that we recommend starting out with:

 - Chopping board. This is something very basic, as you can't chop anything without having a chopping board. It is very versatile, as you can chop pretty much anything on it - onions, potatoes, tomatoes, meat, herbs, etc.

Some people prefer to get separate chopping boards to meat, dairy items, vegetables, etc. Others get differently sized chopping boards, and use them depending on the volume of things they need to chop. Start out with one, and see what else you need.

- A knife. Again, this is very basic, but you will not be able to chop or cook anything without a knife. A good, sharp knife goes a long way to help you prepare food. You can go to some stores, and hold the knives in your hand, so that you know which one you are comfortable with.

- A big pot. You need a pot for pretty much anything - from boiling pastas to making soups to stewing to pretty much anything else. Some pots come with colander inserts, which makes it easier to cook pasta. Or, you may get a colander separately, and use that.

- A saute pan. We love saute pans, and use them all the time. Again, they are very versatile, and we recommend getting ones without wooden handles, so that you can put the saute in the oven as well.

Use the saute pan for preparing stir fries, sauteing meat and fish, cooking vegetables and much, much more.

- Roasting Pan. These are perfect for preparing things in the oven. From roast to roasted chicken to roasted vegetables, a roasted pan can help you cook your favorite dishes in the oven.

Don't be scared - cooking is fun. Start getting a few things that we recommended, and add to your collection of kitchen equipment as time goes.


Saturday, 23 April 2016

Why Organic Food Is Better For You


You may have by now have heard about the organic food  where the organic food are healthier to consume.  There are people whom are not sure whether to switch to organic foods. If you are one of them, you may find  some reasons of why you should switch to organic foods.  One common question that people ask is , why organic foods are better?.

Here are the answer :-

Organic  foods are truly healthy. 

Organic  food could not be made by anyone.   Any companies that produce organic foods must be certified by the Quality Assurance International group (QAI) . Their produce must undergo rigorous tests and must meet a very high standards.  Those foods that passed the tests will be stamped with a Certified  Organic by QAI sticker or label.  Such certification  is  a proof to the quality  of the organic foods.

Organic Foods taste better.  

This will make you and other  eaters  prone to eat more organic foods , stick to it  and will start  fully an organic diet.  This will  improve your health.  Why I said that? Because  those vegetables and fruits are grown without the involvement of pesticides and other potential harmful chemicals.  Growing organic foods require green soil, thus  will likely produce better results and better  taste.

 It  is said that  organic foods can help  in lowering the risk of cancer.  While some pesticides that farmers use are considered safe,  it still has some risks and this include the risk of cancer.  Many are not aware of this which is at alarming stage. Although the weed killers and insect killers revealed many chemicals as shown by EPA which is considered dangerous, it is still being used in many foods especially vegetables and fruits that are sold until today.   But with organic foods , you  don’t have to worry  as it is not going through the same process as the above. That is why many claims that organic foods can reduce the chances of cancer.

Many of us are aware that  the benefits of organic foods  is about health and wellness, but what their concern is the cost.  Organic foods cost more than ordinary foods but it is worth the money.  Our health are priceless and we will spend more on medical expenses which is high when we are strike by serious sickness such as cancer.

Although the cost of  buying organic foods is high , we still can save our money by  using organic food coupons  or  search for organic food sales and  stock up  when there is sales. Organic food coupons can be found  in newspaper inserts on weekend or search from online.

You  may be  start thinking of moving  to organic foods since there are a number of benefits in it. Organic food is sold online and locally.  At local point, there will be a section selling organic foods  at your supermarket  or you can get it  at a special organic food stores.


Thursday, 7 April 2016

How To Success In Organic Gardening


If you have been long enough in doing research on growing organic garden, you must have by now much information with how things are done in the process. Despite that, you must still continue learning on the topic of organic gardens to enable you to venture into this successfully.

Keep updating yourself of how things are done . Mix with local gardeners in your area so that you can share any knowledge or information pertaining to organic gardening.

Organic gardening means the use of whatever natural resources and veer away with synthetic materials. Use only what can be found on the ground and the environment around you.

Take example in fertilizers, make your own compost. It is not easy as it will take a lot of effort and time. How to do it? Firstly, gather all dried leaves, certain animal manure, vegetables peel in a compost bag. Periodically attend to it by adding moisture once in a while and make sure you are doing it right.

Another method is all those materials need to be piled-up on the ground. All these pile up must be done at a space that you want to allocate the compost. Leave them there and let nature take it from there to turn it into compost materials. Then you can use it as fertilizers for your garden. Be careful as you need to select only those not infested with the pests. Otherwise, your garden will turn into problems.

As the second method is on open ground, you can regulate and control it. When this happen, there are elements that will be accommodated into the pile which could cause harmful to your garden.  If you want to use this method, make sure you check the compost very closely so that your garden will remain healthy and beauty.

Not all plants can grow well in any location. You have to be choosy in your plants. Check with local garden supplier what type of plants that can grow easily on your location. You must not choose what you like but it does not survive the ground’s condition . You will get frustrated.

Learn how about mulching. Mulches are materials placed over the soil surface to maintain moisture and improve soil conditions. This has to be done periodically at your garden beds. Mulches will kill the growing seeds. You can also monitor easily any unnecessary pests and get rid of them. The temperatures of the soil can also be moderated. Mulching can prevent soil erosion.

It is an advantage if you can plant variety of the growing as it will attract many beneficial insects. These insects are the types that will attack the pests as their feeding . Thus your garden will be saved from pests.

In organic gardening, make friend with your plants, that is important. Get familiar with them and understand fully their do’s and don’ts. By doing this , you have the idea of what to do if your plant got into problem and no one to help you.