Maintaining a beautiful and healthy yard in an earth-friendly way may seem like a difficult task, however, there are a few things you can do to make the job easier. There are ways to keep your yard flourishing and green, with minimal bug interruption, without punishing the earth with harmful chemicals.

Earth Approved Methods…
Save yourself some money and give the earth a hug by using compost and mulch, instead of chemical rich fertilizer. Your lawn will thank you by growing up green and lush. If you still want to use fertilizer, look for organic slow release varieties. Organic fertilizers will not introduce harmful chemicals into the soil, also, slow release fertilizers will penetrate the soil deeply and evenly, adding valuable nutrients at the roots. Quick release fertilizers rest on top of the soil and don’t penetrate the soil as deeply and evenly. You will have fewer problems with pests, weeds, and diseases the more healthy and nutrient rich the soil is.

Bugs…Friend or Foe?
Believe it or not, some bugs are actually good for your yard, while others spell trouble. However, help is on the way in the form of natural pesticides. Natural pesticides work by either repelling unwanted bugs or by ingestion, which kills them. Combined with a pest management system, which includes trapping both pests and beneficial insects which help control pests during the developmental stages.

Ponds and Other Water Sources…
Those that have water sources in their yards know that these bodies of water require some maintenance. Many people have their ponds serviced by companies that provide detention pond maintenance marietta georgia. These services help with the overall health of the pond by maintaining healthy flora and pH levels, not to mention other things.

However, if you are a DIY type, there are things you can do on your own. You can keep your pond happy and healthy by using pond dye and aerating to diminish algae growth, buying products to control bacteria growth, and using plants to filter the water and reduce unwanted nutrients.

Maintaining an earth friendly happy yard is not hard. It just takes a little TLC to keep soil nutrient rich and healthy, reduce unwanted pests, and, for ponds or any other body of water, the use of key treatments. The earth will hug you for maintaining a beautiful yard that does not harm the environment.

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Busy moms who are looking to get back into shape, or staying there, have a really hard time. Between juggling work, home, kids, lunch, and a bunch of other obligations, it’s sometimes near impossible to find time for themselves, hit the gym or work out at home.

Dieting is also a huge problem, especially when knowing that food is more important to your overall fitness and health than the workout process itself.

So how does a busy mom keep energized, healthy, fit and happy? By drinking juices, of course! Juices are a great way to add all those necessary vitamins, minerals, proteins and fat. They are fast to make, you can freeze them for storage and later use, and carry around in a shaker.

They are easily consumable, can be taken to your daily commute, and with a bunch of different options, you can go for weeks, months even, without ever tasting the same juice twice. All you need is a bunch of ingredients, and a quality juicer. You can start searching for the best one by reading Green Star Elite juicer reviews.

If you’re a busy mom who’d love to give this diet a try, we’ve compiled some of our favorite recipes, for a 7-day plan. By drinking one in the morning, and one before bed time, you can detoxify your body, consume all the necessary vitamins and minerals, and quickly get back into shape.

Day 1:

Tropical Mint

One of our favorite recipes is one which is refreshing, light and detoxifying. The ingredients are:

  • Half a lemon
  • One cup pineapple
  • Two cups of spinach
  • Half a cucumber
  • Three cups of mint leaves
  • Two stalks of celery

Place into the blender, mix it up and leave in the refrigerator to cool down. Serve chilled.

Day 2

Pineapple Express

  • One cup of spinach
  • Two apples
  • One slice of cucumber
  • A slice of lime
  • A quarter of pineapple
  • Half a celery stick
  • A quarter of avocado

You can also add ice cubes for extra density and refreshment, or you can put it in a freezer. Serve chilled.

Day 3:

Carrot cleaner

  • Half a cup of sprouts
  • Half a cup of parsley
  • One kiwi
  • Half a lemon
  • Two stalks of celery
  • Half a cucumber
  • Four carrots

Day 4

Green power

  • One cup of parsley
  • One cup of watercress
  • One cup of spinach
  • One stick of celery
  • Two apples
  • A quarter of cucumber

Day 5

Gingers have souls

  • Half an inch of ginger
  • Half a cup of parsley
  • Two stalks of celery
  • Half a cucumber
  • Half a lemon
  • One green apple
  • Ice cubes

Day 6

The fitness monster

  • One apple
  • A quarter of pineapple
  • A quarter of banana
  • One cup of yoghurt

Day 7

The mass gainer

This one is for the fitness freaks, and probably the biggest, baddest of the bunch. It comes in four servings, and should be drunk half in the morning, and half just before bedtime:

  • One cup of milk (preferably rice, coconut or hazelnut)
  • Two scoops of oats
  • One banana
  • A scoop of protein powder
  • A spoon of honey
  • A small spoon of cinnamon

With these juices, you can get back into shape, stay there, be energized and healthy, and still find the time for yourself, your kids, your home and other activities. Good luck!

Are you Ready to Have a Baby?

For some women, having a child is not on top of their life goals. There are so many reasons and most of it are valid although some would never really understand. But when the time comes that you start catching yourself thinking about baby names and you start checking out those cute baby clothes while you’re out shopping, then you are ready to have your own mini-me! Parenthood is something that you should seriously want so don’t allow social or family pressure push you, the decision should be made wholeheartedly. Keep in mind that having a child means that there will also be major changes in your lifestyle and you have to be open to all of it.

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Wireless fence systems are a great way to keep your dog safely inside your yard, and also keep him unrestrained from the inhumane chaining. However, you’ll hear it from many sources how these things are not really effective, that they’re a waste of time and money, basically that they’re – useless.

But the truth is – they’re EXTREMELY effective. It’s just that you have to make it right. Just as with anything else related to dogs – you need to train them properly.

A poor (or non-existent) training routine can render the wireless fence system useless and then, indeed, it will be a waste of money.

The lucky thing is – dogs are intelligent creatures, and it doesn’t take them long to understand the concept of the fence, and what they should, and should not be doing. From my personal experience, as well as after reading a bunch of reviews online, I can safely assume that it takes approximately two weeks of moderate to extensive training for the dog to be completely trained.

Keep in mind that this does vary from dog to dog – some will catch on after just a few days, others will take longer. This is nothing more than an average value.

That being said, here are the basic steps you need to take in order to train your dog:

Mark the boundaries

The first thing you need to do is set up visible marks of the fence. You can use flags to mark the corners, or something similar. Leash your dog and walk him around, let him smell and learn the new boundaries.

Activate the fencing

After a few days of getting accustomed to the new fence, such as the Petsafe Stay and Play, let him go to where the warning beep sounds, but pull him back when he gets there. Continue doing this for about a week. After that, leave him be, but leash him so that he can only reach the beep area.

Teach him consequences

The next step is to unleash him completely. Keep an eye out. If he moves into the beep area, call him back. If he returns, reward him with treats. And don’t save on praise! After that, let him get shocked a few times, just so that he learns the consequences of his actions. Call him again a few times, rewarding him each time he returns in the right moment.


Distractions are a dog’s worst enemy. If he sees a ball, a child, or a squirrel run around, he might ignore the fence and just run for it. You need to train him to ignore the distractions when they’re on the other side of the fence. You can do that by throwing toys and other things on the other side of the fence, but never letting him get there. If he listens to you, and moves back, reward and praise him.

And don’t forget – some dogs will pick up on this knowledge faster than others. Some will never learn, no matter how hard you try. If everything else fails, you can always consult a professional dog trainer.

Everyone looks forward to summer. It is a time associated with warm weather, barbecues, vacations, and fun. It is also a time of year when kids are out of school. On the one hand, this means that there is more time to relax and to enjoy family fun. On the other hand, it means that parents need to think ahead about how to keep their kids busy during the summer months.

On the hottest summer days, it may be a good idea for you to organize indoor activities that your children will enjoy. The indoor activities need to be appropriate for the age of your children. You you can come up with some craft ideas. Visiting a local craft store will allow you to purchase paper, coloring books, ceramic fiber textiles, and a wide variety of items that can be used to put together craft items. Look online for some ideas of fun things that your kids will enjoy making. You may want to have them make a couple of scrapbook pages of their summer vacation so far. Or you may help them learn how to do something new, like crochet or knit. No matter what, find something that is age-appropriate and that will keep their attention for a long period of time.

Another indoor activity you can plan is playing board games. If you already have a closet full of board games, dust them off and pull them out. Or purchase some new ones that the kids can enjoy while they are stuck inside on hot days. Board games are a great way for everyone in the family to spend time together, to learn new skills, and to have a little bit of fun.

Summer would simply not be summer if no one got to go outside and run around. Make sure the activities you plan for your children are safe. Any time swimming pools are involved, even a very shallow ones, make sure to monitor your children. You can purchase fun outdoor activities sets, or you can take the kids to a local lake. Outdoor opportunities are almost endless during the summer. Planning a day hike at a picnic will allow everyone to get some exercise, enjoy nature, and have fun together. Going on a camping trip for a couple of days is also a fun way to experience the great outdoors.

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