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By: Admin    December 07 2017 , 01:15 pm
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Category: Seasons , DIY
Christmas gifts are a wonderful opportunity to show your appreciation for loved ones, but why not show your appreciation for the environment as well?Here are some nifty eco-friendly ideas to wrap your gifts that will not cause needless waste this holiday season!Fabric for the Win – Japanese FuroshikiA Japanese style of wrapping utilizes fabric for an environmentally friendly gift wrap!Furushiki is an art form in Japan in which cloth is used to transport goods. Furushiki means “bath spread” because the cloths originated as mats in bath houses and were used to carry supplies. Despite leveling off in use with the arrival of plastic bags, there has been a renewed interest in the art of cloth wrapping with the increased awareness in environmental issues. This has gradually made its way into Western culture as a creative and artistic way to gift wrap items.There are many different types of wrap st...
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By: Admin    December 05 2017 , 03:28 pm
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Category: Seasons , DIY
Choosing and cutting a live Christmas tree is a beautiful holiday tradition for many families across the world. Here is a helpful guide to help you find the perfect Christmas tree and get the best out of this tradition!Selecting Your TreeIt is important to have a few ideas of what you are looking for before heading to the Christmas tree farm. Consider basic measurements, such as how much space the Christmas tree room in your home will accommodate and how high your ceiling is. Taking into account the assortment and number of ornaments you have is helpful as well. Do you have just a few, light ornaments, or many heavy ones? Have these questions answered to make choosing your tree a smooth and stream-lined process.Many cut-your-own Christmas tree farms are far-removed from urban areas, so you might need to be prepared for a longer drive into the countryside. This is a great excuse to have dedicated f...
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By: Admin    December 05 2017 , 02:09 pm
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Category: Seasons , DIY
Proper preparations for winter can protect your bees during the frigid months to come. Beekeepers can protect their hives with some proactive planning to keep them alive and thriving over the winter.Why Do Bees Die in the Winter?Whether it is freezing temperatures, lack of food stores, or deadly diseases, bees have a hard time during the colder months. There are numerous reasons hives will suffer over the winter. Rapid drops in temperature can kill bees before they make it back to the safety of their warm cluster in their hives. Excess moisture in hives can collect and drip down on the bees, and when temperatures get cold enough, the damp bees will freeze to death. Bees' food stores can dwindle, mice can invade the hives, and deadly diseases or pests such as varroa mites or small hive beetles can infest a hive. Luckily there are ways to protect your hive from these nuisances that can endanger your...
Tag: bees , winter , pests
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By: Admin    November 27 2017 , 08:41 pm
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Category: Outdoors , Nature
There is no doubt that spending time out in nature improves a person’s mental and physical health. This is not a new discovery: studies have been performed for years proving nature’s positive impact. We have been told ever since we were little that “fresh air will do you good.” Why exactly is fresh air a good thing and how does it affect our mental and physical states? Even more, if it is so beneficial, then what are some good ideas and suggestions on how to spend time outdoors? This article will explore answers to these questions and hopefully shed some light on the wonders of nature.Nature’s HealthinessNature is healthy for a number of reasons:Oxygen – Fresh air brings about more oxygen. Oxygen is like the food for a happy body. The body’s cells and brain need oxygen to stay healthy and thrive. Plus, oxygen is known to increase serotonin levels in the brain, strengthen the immune system...
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By: Admin    November 25 2017 , 08:18 pm
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Category: Sustainability , Garden
Besides being a great way to grow healthy food, gardening has many benefits for one’s mental and physical health. This applies not only to gardeners on earth, but also to astronauts in outer space! A recent study investigates whether growing plants in space could significantly improve astronauts’ moods and help them with stress management. It would appear that gardening in space has helped some astronauts fight the blues already. An article from Geek.com interviewed astronaut Peggy Whitson: “It was surprising to me how great [six] soybean plants looked,” Peggy Whitson wrote in an email, describing her reaction to an agricultural experiment aboard the ISS in 2002. “I guess seeing something green for the first time in a month and a half had a real effect,” she continued. “From a psychological perspective, I think it’s interesting that the reaction was as dramatic as it was.” NASA ha...
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