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Thumbs UP for a candle making video! Let’s make a DIY Christmas Crackle Candle! This is a perfect DIY candle that is both easy to make and works great! The holidays are coming up and this is a great how to project that both you and your friends and family can make together! Create a memorable moment with some candle making. This would also make a perfect Christmas or other holiday gift! I love these crackle candles because of the soothing fireplace sound it makes when the wick burns. I will be uploading a new DIY project each week, so make sure to click the thumbs up and comment below what other DIY ideas you would like for me to make!
I use this DIY Lavender Cuticle Balm on my nails to help soften the cuticles. This is also our family lotion recipe:) Give it a try and say goodbye to lotion and balms FOREVER!!!
RECIPE: 1/2 cup of coconut oil to every 5-10 drops of essential oil..THAT’S IT!!!
Have fun with your family without breaking your budget. There’s lots of fun to be had at parks, pools, beaches, libraries, and even at home. Enjoy the simple things in life… Little things are the big things
Christmas Crafts – Homemade Christmas Decorations
Minimalist Christmas Decor Ideas
Beautiful Handmade Christmas Ornaments
Adorn your Christmas tree with beautiful handmade Christmas ornaments made by you! Hang these easy ornaments on your tree, give them as gifts to friends, amp up your Christmas wrapping ideas, or use them as easy Christmas decorations around the house.
Recipe can also be found here –
Frugal, easy DIY daily shower cleaner! Spray it on after every shower and you’ll be scrubbing down that shower/tub a whole lot less! Two simple ingredients are all you need! And you probably have them both right now. Quick and easy cleaning is what I’m talking about!
The simplest definition of aquaponics is that it is the joining of raising fish and the soil-less growing of plants in a shared environment.
Monitoring the individual needs of the garden plant is a quandary for most people. There are issues of
Customary hydroponics depend on mixtures of costly, synthetic nutrients that are a chemical cocktail with added salts and trace elements.
(In aquaponics your fish are fed inexpensive fish feed, food scraps, and food from your garden.)
The strength of this chemical cocktail and pH is consistently controlled, with expensive equipment made solely for this purpose.
(In aquaponics, you watch your system carefully for the first month, to establish a foundation then you just check pH and ammonia levels once a week unless you notice a problem.)
The salts and chemicals build up in the hydroponic system, which becomes toxic to the plants and needs replacing. This creates the issue of the disposal location of this toxic wastewater and the cost of setting up gallons of fresh chemically balanced water for your plants.
(In aquaponics, you only add water as it evaporates.)
Plants in hydroponic systems are prone to root rot.
(Root rot is almost non-existent in aquaponics.)
Plants grown with hydroponics are not organic, which in my mind undermines one of the primary purposes of growing your food.
(Aquaponics is organic and relatively hands-free.)
10 to 20% of the water in your aquaculture tank will have to be replaced each day to keep down the ammonia caused by the fish waste, to prevent diseases that are often treated with medicines and antibiotics that we are avoiding with raising our fish.
Removing this water and replacing it uses a tremendous amount of water, which is not at all conservative of this resource. When this water is pumped into open streams, it pollutes and destroys the ecosystem.
(With an aquaponics, you don’t ever have to replace dirty water, just top off what evaporates. Fish illness is seldom seen in aquaponics.)
Aquaponic gardens are usually built up so that the gardener doesn’t have to worry about bending down or small animals getting into the garden. Another plus is this method is almost weed free leaving the occasional windblown seed as a variable.
By using the almost perpetual motion of the aquaponics to feed the plants and clean the water for the fish, there is no harmful runoff to the environment that there is with hydroponics or aquaculture.
Watering is central to an aquaponics system. While you can’t under-water or over-water an aquaponic garden, aquaponics uses only 1/10th of the water of soil-based gardening and much less water than hydroponics or aquaculture.
Fertilizing is also vital to an aquaponics system. Because the system takes care of fertilizing itself, you can sit back and know that Nature is taking care of it.
The aquaponics gardener can focus on the pleasing tasks of feeding the fish and tending and harvesting the plants. Gardening chores are mostly nonexistent with this method.
Instead of using dirt or toxic chemical solutions to grow plants, aquaponics uses the highly nutritious fish waste that has all the necessary nutrients for ideal plant growth to feed the plants. Instead of discharging and replacing water, aquaponics uses the plants and the media in which they grow to clean and purify the water. The aerated fresh water is then returned to the fish tank. This water is recycled indefinitely. The gardener will only need to replenish water is lost through transpiration and evaporation.
This system uses a foam raft that is floating in a container filled with fish wastewater that has been through filtration to remove solid particles. The raft has holes that the plants are set into allowing the roots to float in the water. This method works best for growing fast growing, relatively low-nutrient plants such as salad greens.
In this way, plants are grown in passive planting media such as gravel, expanded clay pellets, or coir (a natural fiber extracted from the husk of the coconut ). The media naturally filters the ammonia and the solid fish waste fertilizing the plants and returning fresh water to the fish. This type of system produces large fruiting plants very successfully.
This hybrid is a combination of the two before mentioned methods. The media beds become the pre-filter for the solid waste before the water flows through the rafts. This hybrid system offers planting versatility, high yield, and low maintenance.
Aquaponics has become greatly attractive worldwide both to backyard Do-It-Yourselfers, with just a small setup to grow food for the family; and huge commercial farms producing massive amounts of vegetables, fruits, and fish using aquaponics.
This article will give you all that you need to make an informed decision.
The vegetables you grow with your aquaponics system are fresher, healthier and taste better than you can buy from the store. Most commercially grown produce has chemicals sprayed on it to ward off bugs, and fungus as well as artificial supplements to make the plants grow bigger. Your harvest grown with aquaponics, however, will be organic and naturally healthier. Not to mention, the pride that you will feel at having made such a significant contribution to your and your family’s well being.
Aquaponics has been proven to make plants grow far more quickly than traditional soil based gardening or even hydroponics. It has been reported that plants grow as much as twice as fast and the yield can be 10 to 20 times more produce per plant than with traditional gardening.
You save time, space, money and effort with aquaponics due to the perpetual nature of the system once in place. The cycling water only needs to be topped off periodically as it evaporates or splashes out of the container. Additionally, nutrients and fertilizers are not needed, due to the fish waste. You will also save money if you construct the system from scratch by yourself.
There is an excellent video course here that will guide you in setting up an aquaponics system quickly, easily and cheaply.
This is the number one reason most people choose aquaponics. Unlike traditional gardening with daily watering, weeding, hoeing and mulching, aquaponics is a relatively hands off system. The raised beds are a gardener’s dream as well!
The only part that is a little work is constructing the system and getting everything in place. Once set up, the rest is a piece of cake. Taking your time with the setup will prevent future problems.
You will only need to keep an eye on your fish and keep up the pH level of the water stable at a range of 6.8 to 7.0.
Varieties of fish thrive in this type of environment; among them are bluegills, trout, catfish, and tilapia. Just from that list, you can see that there is an excellent assortment. As a rule of thumb, you can have three 1-pound fish per 10-gallons of water. By adding a few each week as you eat them, you will always have fresh, chemical-free fish on your plate with those lovely organic veggies.
Here is an example of a fish harvest to give you some idea of the scope of this type of project.
These reasons are enough to make most people decide to set up an aquaponics system in their backyard. Providing food for oneself can be a very rewarding experience in so many ways.
Minimalist living allows more living for less… Let me explain. When you look around you, do you see more or less? As a rule, MORE comes with debt, upkeep, responsibility and often clutter that leads to mental clutter and depression. Meanwhile, LESS comes with not having to care for ‘things’ creating more time for relationships, allows for less mental clutter, along with the freedom of being debt-free and saving money for your future.
So, having MORE ‘stuff’ allows you less time for the things that truly matter in life. Having LESS things allows for more time to enjoy the things that truly matter in life. Thereby, less is more and more is less.
Are you still with me? I seemed to have had a Dr. Seuss moment there…
Looking at the minimalist lifestyle for the first time there is a tendency to go into shopper’s panic rejecting the thought of not having all the latest and greatest fads in our closets and snacks in our pantry. That is not at all how the minimalist lifestyle works. In a nutshell, minimalist living is having the very best that you can afford of the things that you use everyday; plus the things you use seasonally and your most cherished sentimental items.
The conditioning of our current society is that if you are a person of influence you must own a lot of stuff, live in an over-sized home and drive new cars. Not only does this raise the questions, ‘Why do we think this?’ and ‘Why would we want to go into debt to put on this charade?’ but, how does debt-ladened consumerism benefit us?
Recently I overheard a mother and daughter in their last moments together at the airport. Standing near the security gate, they hugged and the mother said “I love you and I wish you enough.” The daughter replied, “Mom, our life together has been more than enough. Your love is all I ever needed. I wish you enough, too, Mom.” They kissed and the daughter left.
The mother walked over to the window where I was seated. I asked her, “When you were saying good-bye, I heard you say ‘I wish you enough’. May I ask what that means?” She began to smile. “That’s a wish that has been handed down from other generations. My parents used to say it to everyone”.
She paused a moment and looked up as if trying to remember it in detail and she smiled even more. “When we said ‘I wish you enough’ we were wanting the other person to have a life filled with just enough good things to sustain them”. Then turning toward me she shared the following as if she were reciting it from memory:
I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright.
I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.
I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive.
I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger.
I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final good-bye.
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