Friday, December 4, 2015

Organic Garden Guide to Controlling Pests for Your Vegetables (part 2 of 2)


You will often find sticky groups of insects that are invading your garden in hues of red if you have aphids in your garden. Fortunately, you can easily remedy this by spraying it with soap insecticide or any similar material. Aphids are common to almost every garden vegetable you can possibly imagine, so if you are growing vegetables, you are most likely to encounter these sticky organisms.

Cabbage Worms

Neem oil is the cabbage worms' worst enemy, so if you spray them with it, they will be out of your garden in a jiffy. The thing is, you can determine whether cabbage worm are in the garden if you find green caterpillar and holes on the leaves of your plants. You can also pick them by hand if you are more courageous or maybe spray them with insecticide if you don't have neem oil handy at the time of infestation.

Cut Worms

If you see crawling, dull caterpillars that are brown in color, then you have found cutworms invading your territory! Placing paper collars around plants after digging around the area may help prevent cutworms from taking up your precious soil and nutrients. Some chemicals may also work like insecticides, but this is a general cure. You also need to dig a lot because the cut worms have this tendency to snuggle up on your plants for shade and life.


Maggots are extremely disgusting, and they tend to make your landscape ugly if you do not try to get rid of them. Bleaching is one of the best ways to get rid of maggots. If your organic garden is also situated beside a garbage bag, you may choose to transfer your garbage bag elsewhere because leftover meals like meat tend to attract these maggots and they might decide to branch out of the garbage bin and into your garden.

There are many other kinds of pests that you can control in your garden given the right handy tools and knowledge on how to best eliminate them from your organic garden.

Organic Garden Guide to Controlling Pests for Your Vegetables (part 1 of 2)

If there is anything that prevents your organic garden from yielding the best vegetables, it will have to be the pests that invade and surround your area. Now, if you are really serious about controlling those pests and keeping them out of your garden for good, a volume of materials is readily available for you to be equipped and knowledgeable about the various types of pests that can threaten your crop.

The very hard thing about pest control is the fact that there are so many types of pests that can invade your garden; it will really be quite a challenge to recall them in one sitting, so full immersion to your gardening activities is the only surefire way to inculcate ample knowledge on pests to watch out for.

One of the tried and tested tactics for pest control is by familiarizing yourself with the famous insects and animals. These enemies of the garden will really hamper the growth of your crop only if you let them.


You have two options for beetles: manually remove them by hand or spray them with insecticide that is poisonous to them. If left untreated, beetles have the capacity to bore so much holes on your leaves and eat away at your vegetation over time, especially when their population has already burgeoned. Beetles comes in a variety of types, but the remedy for it is usually the two techniques mentioned above.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

How to Use Mineral Makeup Foundation (part 2 of 2)

For those who are not happy after applying blush to their face, you can fix this by mixing it with a bit of mineral makeup powder or by applying a second coat on top of the cheeks where the blush was applied.

Applying mineral makeup foundation and using the other stuff can be done in less than 5 minutes. You just need to practice a bit especially if you have always been traditional cosmetics.

The nice thing about mineral makeup foundation is that you don’t have to put too much on your face to get the desired effect. If it is warm, you don’t have to worry that it will run because this is one of the features of this product.

This means that you only need to apply this once a day and if you are too tired to remove this before you go to bed, don’t worry because you don’t have to do this before going to sleep.

When you buy mineral makeup foundation from the store, look at the ingredients written in the label, its volume and the price. If you think that everyone uses the same materials and sells it a little higher or lower than their counterparts, your basis of buying should be based on the net content as this will tell you how much powder is in each bottle.

If you are happy with the mineral makeup foundation of your choice, stick to it until maybe something better comes along.

How to Use Mineral Makeup Foundation (part 1 of 2)

Foundation is the most important thing to put on your face before applying lipstick or any other cosmetic. If you want to look good using mineral makeup foundation, here are the steps that you should follow.

First, get the best shade of mineral makeup foundation there is in the store. To do that, you have to choose the color that matches the color of your skin. Just to give you an idea, some brands classify their shades by fair, fair/light, light, light/medium, light medium/medium, medium, medium deep and deep.

Once you bring it home, go to the bathroom and then clean your face thoroughly using either soap or a facial cleanser. After washing, pat yourself dry with a soft towel.

Now comes the fun part. Open the mineral makeup foundation and before dipping it using your finger or a brush, tap the side of the container first. Right after, dip in the brush, swirl it a bit and then tap it on the side to remove any excess powder.

With a sufficient amount of powder in the brush, this is when you buff the mineral makeup into your skin. Do this gently in circular motions up and down your face. Put more attention under the eyes because this spot is often overlooked and when you are done, apply other makeup products so you add the finishing touches to your face.

If you are going to use some eye shadow, dip the brush into the mineral makeup powder then sweep this onto the eye from the base of the eyelashes to just beneath the brow.

You can also do the same if you are going to put on lipstick by dipping the lip brush into the powder to give a natural look when you finish.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Hawaiian Heritage: The History of Kauai Island (part 2 of 2)

In 1810, King Kamehameha took Kauai non-violently from King Kaumuali’i. He reigned over almost all the islands. In 1815, Georg Scheffer, a Russian doctor visited Kauai to hopefully establish trade privileges with King Kamehameha. The island however, was still nominally under the control of King Kaumuali’i so the doctor promised Kaumuali’i to liberate Kauai with the help of Emperor Nicholas I of Russia in exchange for cargo located in Waimea. Fort Elizabeth was then constructed on the western part of the island plus a couple more near Hanalei. Unfortunately, Scheffer was called back to his home country resulting to the fall of Fort Elizabeth into the hands of King Kamehameha.

The Kilauea Lighthouse was created in 1913 at the northernmost point of the major Hawaiian islands which featured the largest glass lens of its kind guiding sailors from the Orient. It continued to function until 1970 and is now considered as a historical landmark. Hawaiian history continued to flourish throughout the years and was well-preserved even after American colonization during the 1900s.

More Historical Sites and Museums

You will find several other historical stories, items and structures all over Kauai island such as Polihale Heiau along the Coconut Coast which is a Hawaiian temple that contains several ancient idol sites on its terraced location. The Hauola Place of Refuge used to be a sacred sanctuary if a person loses in battle or breaks the law. The Waioli Mission House features antique furnishings dating back to 1850.

Kauai Museum features some of the best in Kauai history with artifacts, exhibits and dioramas. Grove Farm Homestead Museum features the Wilcox family as well as how sugar plantations existed in 1860. Kamokila Hawaiian Village lets you experience the ancient lifestyle of the Hawaiian people complete with crafts, games and demonstrations.

Koke’e Natural History Museum boasts the rich flora and fauna of Kauai history. It is located near Koke’e State Park and Koke’e Lodge.

Hawaiian Heritage: The History of Kauai Island (part 1 of 2)

Compared to other American states and islands, Kauai history is truly unique, rich and worth remembering. The birth and development of the oldest island in Hawaii provide and involve a lot of folklore, tradition and culture. A number of popular persons can actually be credited for discovering the island. Some of the natural wonders, products and items found today can be attributed to early visitors.

The Origin

Around 400 to 500 A.D., Kauai had its first share of settlers who brought basic food products like taro which is commonly used to make poi. The Marquesans sailed from Polynesia and became the first inhabitants of the island. In 1000 A.D., Tahitians arrived and overpowered the Marquesans to settle in Kauai as well. Several of the Polynesians brought many of the plants that you can still find in Kauai today.

Westerners arrived at the scene only during the 1700s. Captain James Cook is the most famous of all western explorers who navigated Hawaiian waters and islands. The HMS Discovery and Resolution of the captain first landed in Waimea Bay, the west coastal region in 1778 resulting to trinket and food trading as well as cultural education from Hawaiian hosts. Captain Cook named the islands “Sandwich Islands” after the captain’s superior officer, the 4th Earl of Sandwich.

Cook however, attempted to kidnap a Hawaiian high chief when a boat was stolen but was killed by the islanders. James King assumed the lost position and a few years later, merchants, missionaries and diseases found their way into Kauai history. There are also undocumented reports that Gaetan, a Spanish explorer was accidentally blown off course into the island in 1542.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Kid's Birthday Party Planning Checklist (part 2 of 2)

It is also three to four weeks prior to the birthday party that parent should already be ordering the supplies needed for the party. This will include decorations, equipment, etc. Food and drinks as well as what would be included in the party menu should already be decided upon in order to complete the grocery list. Party invitations should also be made and then given out to the invitees. If there are guests that may come from far distances, early notice might even be necessary to allow them to prepare themselves.

Two Weeks Prior
Around two weeks before the birthday party, parents can also start ordering party favors that will be given out to the guests. When the games and other activities have already been planned out, buying the things needed to make them possible should also be undertaken. If the birthday party includes having a hosted program, parents should already try to search for places where things such as sound or film equipment can be rented. It may also be time to look for able volunteers that may help out during the party proper to make things go smoothly.

One Week Before Party
A week before the party is the time to do the general cleaning, if the party venue is the home. Parents should make sure to clear the living room or the backyard clear from possible hazards and obstacles. Safety is important especially if the party would involve children. Ordering the birthday cake can be done a week before the kid's birthday party.

It would also be time to buy some of the needed non-perishable food items and beverages. The candles and matches should also be made ready at about this time.