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...
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...
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.
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
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...
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...
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
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.”