gift ideas for mother’s day

In 1870, Julia Ward Howe called for the proclamation of Mother's Day in response to the Civil War. She saw this as a way to celebrate peace and motherhood. After her death, her daughter Anna took up the cause to make Mother's Day a recognized holiday. In 1908 she petitioned her church to celebrate the day and her request was granted, so on May 10, 1908 the first official celebration of Mother's...

Non-stick griddle puzzle

If you're buying a flat iron online, it's best to be specific in your inquiry because flat irons come in all sizes and shapes, and for all sorts of different uses. Just to prove the point: The best-selling griddle on Amazon, the Calphalon 10-Inch Nonstick Griddle, is actually a crepe pan. The short, gently sloping sides give it away. It's still a great buy as a nonstick griddle, especially when...

Another great picnic menu

So you've decided to try to save some money this year by spending more time outdoors and less time in expensive restaurants. Well, we're doing the same thing, so this weekend, weather permitting, we're going to our second picnic of the season. Are you interested in the recipes for the food that will be in our wicker picnic basket on Saturday? Well here they are. 1. Grilled Banana Stuffed Peppers...

The environmental cost of American lawns

According to a recent article published by Science Daily, "Using census data, satellite imagery, aerial photography, and computer simulations, a NASA scientist estimated that turfgrass is the largest irrigated crop in the United States," raising the question of what is the environmental cost? When we use three times as much water to irrigate our lawns as we do to provide water for our corn, it's...

Natural remedies for glandular fever

Glandular fever is caused by infection with the Epstein-Barr virus, a close relative of the herpes virus. The infection often occurs in adolescents and young adults (although this is not always the case, as can be seen in the second case study below). Symptoms of glandular fever include sore throat, headache, swollen glands, and exhaustion. The condition is often preceded by a degree of stress....

How to tame a lovebird

Lovebirds are beautiful creatures and amazing pets. They add beauty and charm to your home. Just the sight of these beautiful birds is a refreshing experience. If you tame a Lovebird, the joy they bring into your life has a doubling effect. Lovebirds of any age can be tamed and trained. However, if you have hand-raised lovebirds, they are much easier to tame than the adults. Decide how many...

How to keep your mastiff inside your garden

Mastiffs are territorial dogs in some cases. However, if your mastiff is like mine, he won't display this behavior until someone invades the territory he wants to protect. I know that if you don't show them the area they're allowed in, they'll want to consider the whole place theirs to protect, which might mean going to neighbors' yards or strangers' yards to protect them too, which can be good...

Why you should add lemon to your water

When you're eating in a restaurant and you order water (especially in the south) they usually add a slice of lemon to your glass. Do you leave the lemon in your water or take it out? You should drink your water with that lemon wedge. Lemons have wonderful health benefits. Also, if you are someone who doesn't drink enough water due to its bland taste, adding a slice of lemon will enhance the...

10 Quick Tips for an Android Media Box

1) Less is more. Delete apps you don't use. This will free up valuable space on your Android Media box. 2) Clean start. Every week, turn off your box and unplug it from the main power for 10 seconds. Do the same with your internet broadband router/hub. This clears the cache and forces the box and router to make new connections, deleting old ones that weren't used, sometimes slowing down devices....

Renting toys Vs buying toys

Renting toys for children is a trend that is not very popular at the moment, but may become more and more popular in the future. How many parents have ever thought about renting toys? Well, at least one parent did, which is why we have sites like BabyPlays, BrickRental, Rent-A-Toy, ToyBox, etc. BabyPlays is a website where parents can choose from over 200 different toys for children up to 5 years...