Friday, December 4, 2015

Organic Vegetable Garden Basics (part 2 of 2)

Pests are the biggest threat to your organic garden. To fight them, you can use birds, frogs or other insects. You don’t have these creatures to fend off other insects. You simply have to create the ideal environment by putting a bird house or a small pond. Once they are in place, they will do the rest by patrolling your garden and eating those who seek to eat your crops.

Putting up a few barriers can also help. Row covers are known to prevent moths from landing and laying eggs. You can also use sticky traps and foil collars to stop pests and borers.

There are also organic pesticides around but some of them can only kill one or two kinds of pests. So before you buy them, make sure you know what you are dealing with.

Crop rotation is the best way to preserve the fertility of the soil. This is done after you harvest the vegetables so it is ready for planting once again. For this to work, you have to plant in the same area a different vegetable.

Anyone can learn organic vegetable gardening basics and soon have their own little farm in their backyard. It is fresh and you can pick this anytime you want which is very convenient as these are only a few feet from your home.

Should everyone get into organic vegetable gardening? Perhaps because there is a food shortage right now and most of the vegetables imported do not use this technique. The government for its part has given incentives to farmers here to shift to this method but its going to take more effort to persuade countries that do business with the US to do the same thing.

Organic Vegetable Garden Basics (part 1 of 2)

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to plant vegetables. But if you want to do this the old fashioned way which has been proven to be very effective, you should know the organic vegetable gardening basics.

The first thing you have to know is what is organic vegetable gardening? It is simply a way of farming that does not use any synthetic products which includes fertilizers and pesticides. In short, you work with nature to get what you want.

When choosing the right vegetable to plant is knowing which of these are suitable to the soil and the climate. If you live in an area that experiences droughts, buy those that do not consume that much water.

Before you drop seeds into the soil, make sure the land is ready by tilling the land so it is clear both of rocks and weeds.

The next step will be to add compost, bone meal or rock phosphate and greensand to the soil to supply it with nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium. If the pH level of the soil is too high, add lime or sulphur to adjust it.

One more thing you have to do before planting the seeds is putting in organic fertilizer. You can use recycled leaves, grass clippings, coffee grounds, eggshells and kitchen waste which should be applied a month before planting begins.

Then it is time to plant the seeds. Each seed must be spaced by a certain distance the roots do not fight for water. In between each of the vegetables, you can plant other things as well because the tighter the space, the lesser the chances that weeds will grow.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Mineral Makeup Allergies (part 2 of 2)

The downside is that bismuth oxycloride tends to enter the skin pores and block these pores.   This would cause skin irritation.  That is why some women who use mineral makeup complains that they end up with itchy and blotchy red face.  Since this mineral is similar to crystals it can be itchy whenever applied.

Carmine, which is also a mineral used in mineral based cosmetics, can also cause allergies.  If you have sensitive skin and you noticed that carmine is a part of the ingredient list,  then it would be better to consider another product.  Carmine came from the shells of cochineal beetles.  The shells are crushed and there would be red pigment.   This red pigment is used to provide color in cosmetics.

When exposed to allergens, the skin breaks down.  The outside skin gets injured resulting to allergic symptoms like itchy patch of skin, scaly skin, or sometimes even bumps on the skin.  There are studies showing that there are 10 percent of the population showing allergic reactions to cosmetics.  Allergic reaction to cosmetics often occurs in women, most likely because women use cosmetic products than men.

Once you have noticed that you have an allergic reaction, stop using all the mineral makeup that you have.  Then after the allergy has subsided, try using them one by one.  By doing this, you would identify which of your makeup is triggering the reaction.  If the symptoms would not go away even if you have stopped using the product, then it would be for the best to consult a dermatologist or your doctor.

Mineral Makeup Allergies (part 1 of 2)

Nowadays, it seems possible to get allergic reaction from anything.  There are women who get allergies from a certain kind of makeup.  With this increasing sensitivity about what we put into our body, women are trying to look for alternative cosmetics that would not provoke an allergic reaction.  That is why most women are opting for mineral makeup.

But even if mineral makeup are chemical and preservative free, it does not mean that users are safe from any allergic reactions.  It is true that there are dermatologists who recommend mineral-based makeup to their patients with skin problems acne, sensitive skin, rosacea and oiliness.  But this is not an assurance that all patients would respond to mineral cosmetics well.

The reason why dermatologists recommend mineral makeup for those with sensitive skin is that is has zinc oxide which is a natural anti-inflammatory drug.  This calms the skin making the skin look refreshed.  Titanium dioxide is also present which protects the skin against the dangerous ultraviolet rays.  Also mineral makeup contains than moisture in the skin, that is why it is talc-free.  Keeping the moisture in makes the skin hydrated and maintain a healthy glow.

With all the benefits and good things you can get from  mineral makeup you should still be conscious when picking out the cosmetic that you would use.  When you are choosing mineral makeup, take notice of the ingredient list.  If the label does not have this information, then research it by talking to a personnel or visiting the company website.

Common cases  of allergies attributed to mineral makeup is almost always connected to bismuth oxycholoride.  This mineral is a product of lead, copper and other metals.  This kind mineral is uncommon.  What is its purpose?  They are included in the makeup because they provide a certain shine.  Bismuth oxychloride is important since it can cover the fine lines and wrinkles customers are trying to hide.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Hawaiian Holidays: Experience Unforgettable Kauai Festivals (part 2 of 2)

The Coconut Coast area was a strategic area for growing rice, pineapple, sugarcane and coconut when the Western explorers discovered the island. Groves of coconut trees were planted and cultivated along the coast to produce copra or dried coconut meat that produces oil. You can still see old plantations along Kuhio Highway. Activities to enjoy in the Kauai festival include cooking demonstrations, food, games, shopping and contests.

The Solo Auana Hula Award Finale is a cultural festival in Lihue founded by Nathan Kalama wherein solo hula dancers compete for the ultimate award. The event starts at 12:00 noon and it is recommended to buy tickets in advance due to seating reservations.

This is an indoor program featuring contemporary Hawaiian culture, music and hula. The festival actually lasts one whole week with great highlights like the Kauai Composers Contest & Concert, workshops and other live performances. There are 3 evenings of hula competition plus a special honor given to cultural contributions by important Hawaiian figures.

More Fun Festivals

The Kauai All Girls Rodeo is a sporting event in Poipu held at CJM Country Stables starting at 10:00 a.m. You get to see the finest cowgirls on the island compete in various horse-related activities like horseback riding, team roping and barrel racing. Competitors’ ages can be anywhere from elementary kids to grandmothers. There is a large parking area, free admission with open air bleacher seating arrangement and shops where you can buy food, logo t-shirts and other souvenir items.

Kauai Powwow – Honoring the Drum is a cultural Kauai festival featuring great traditional songs from all areas of Hawaii. The event is held at Kapa’a beach park where you get to see live drum entertainment, food and gift booths, hula and other fun games and activities.

Hawaiian Holidays: Experience Unforgettable Kauai Festivals (part 1 of 2)

Hawaii is one state bustling with tradition, history and culture dating back thousands of years even before the United States was discovered. Since Kauai is the oldest of all major islands, it has a lot of practices and events handed down from generation to generation. Kauai festivals offer you the experience of a lifetime unmatched by any other in the Pacific. Find out the best places and schedules.

Frequent Kauai Festivals

Every tourist can expect to witness at least one festival while visiting Kauai. The Waimea Historic Walking Tour at West Kauai Visitor Center is a weekly event held every Monday starting at 9:30 a.m. This is an outdoor occasion requiring individuals to register to participate and avail of special group tours. You walk through some great landscapes and structures that define the early lifestyle of Kauai villagers.

You get to see the exact spot where Captain James Cook first landed in the 1700s as well as agricultural landscapes featuring corn, rice and taro plantations and a sophisticated ditch system. You also get to learn about some great Hawaiian kings, citizens and foreign missionaries including a number of landmarks that these important people of the past left behind. The entire tour lasts about 2 hours.

The annual Kauai Coconut Festival started in 1996 presented by Bob Bartolo from KBA or the Kapa’a Business Association. The main mission of this grand event is to promote, preserve and enhanced the quality of life and business along the Royal Coconut Coast. The association aims for people to have a new respect for a very important fruit in Hawaii’s history.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Kids’ Birthday Party Themes (part 2 of 2)

If you plan to conduct the party at home, make room to decorate it with items or backdrops related to the character or theme of the party.  For dining utensils, party packages like dining utensils, hats, costumes, decoration items and novelty items are available from party stores, which you can use for the party.

If possible, you can also ask guests to come wearing costumes related to the theme, this will add a more exciting and fun atmosphere for the party.

Always make sure to plan ahead for the party, there are no fast or hard rules for  kid’s birthday parties, all you may ever want to consider is have fun.

However, you may yet enjoy the fun as long as you conduct the party well-prepared. Also make sure to set a budget for your kid’s birthday party since you need to be careful not to overspend and fell bad about the party.

You do not have to spend so much on things you need for the themed party, since you can innovate the theme by making use of common household items or have a friend to ask you to make the party decorations and backdrops. Lastly, you can try to prepare some of the food you hope to prepare, especially if you want to save money.

You can bake cookies, cupcakes, pizza slices, tortilla or nacho chips, anything you can make on your own to help defray costs of catering or costly party fare.

After all, your primary aim is to have fun so try out kid’s birthday party themes for a change and enjoy the party.