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Gardening is rewarding both as a hobby and an economic activity. If you are looking to pick up gardening because you need an activity to decompress over the weekends after a hectic week or to add to the aesthetics of your home or feed your family fresh organic produce without the associated high costs, you are in the right place.

You don’t need to have an enormous space to start gardening. You can start your garden in pots and containers. As a beginner you need to gather as much information as you can about gardening from books and online resources like My Gardening Network. This helps you make an informed choice on which type of garden to have and the plants to grow depending on your needs and lifestyle.

Here are other gardening tips that beginners need to know.


In the planning phase you gather all the materials you need to set up your garden. This is information you can get on the web or from local government agencies.

The information you need to know include the weather patterns of your region, the garden plants that thrive under such conditions and possible risks for your plants.

You also need to come up with a budget since the seeds, gardening tools and inputs cost money.

Site selection

The site for your garden should somewhere exposed to the sunlight. This is because most plants need between 6 to 8 hours of sunlight daily in order to grow and stay healthy.

In this regard, avoid places near trees where besides fighting for nutrients with your garden plants, the trees provide a shade cover hindering sunlight from getting to your plants. On the same breathe, also avoid to the blind side of your house where the shadow falls.

Since you will need to water your plants during the dry months, the ideal site should be near a water supply to make your work easier.


Sandy and clay soil are unsuitable for gardening because they have poor drainage which affects the health of your plants. The best type of soil is loam soil with a good drainage and sufficient nutrients to support plant growth. The soil should be rich in organic matter.

Garden plants

Different plants need different conditions to grow. As such, your choice of garden plants is determined the climate of the place you stay. This is true regardless of whether you are planting a flower garden or vegetable garden.

Find out which plants grow best in your area from your neighbors or the agricultural department. If you are given a list, don’t plant everything therein. Instead go for one or two that tickle your fancy and you can always increase the size of your garden and number of your plants as you get the hang of it.

 Pest and weed control

Space your plants well to avoid pests and diseases. The right watering technique is also important in preventing the spread of diseases in your garden.

Mulch your garden to help in soil temperature regulation as well as preventing the growth of weeds.

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When you hold your fuzzy friends tight, don’t you just want to give them all the fancy things you wish for yourself?  There are so many ways to celebrate the special bond between you and your four-legged family members.  See if any of these are suitable for you.

Customized Crafts

Your pet likely already has their own bed, toys, and blankets.  How about taking it to the next level by customizing it just for them?  Monogramming their name on their bedding and food bowls is a fine way to set their things apart.  While they may not be able to read, they will know you care. They may be able to recognize themselves in pictures, so your legged friends may enjoy having their face printed on a shirt that you wear or throw pillow for the couch they love sitting on.  Portraits of your pretty pet to hang in your home are a classic choice if wearing your pet’s face seems too co-dependent.  Even if you are a crazy cat lady, not everyone has to know it.

Four-Legged Foodies

Chowhounds unite!  Gourmet treats for pets are becoming more popular with pet bakeries offering dog cupcakes and cat cookies. They look good enough to even tempt the humans and are a great way to spoil your hound or feline. If you don’t have a pet-friendly bakery in your area, the ubiquitous Starbucks offers your canine pal a puppachino, with no caffeine kick but plenty of whip cream.

Home-made treats are also a great idea. Make human recipes for the doggo by following the canine-friendly substitutions grated carrots for sugar or peanut butter.  No chocolate, but shredded beef is a better choice to add flavor.  Dogs can eat many of the same grains and vegetables that we do, cats not so much.  Notoriously finicky, treat your cat to the freshest seafood experience. See if they turn their little-whiskered noses up at sashimi grade raw fish. If you expect more for your pet, they can become foodies with a taste as refined as their owner. Read more articles on Your Pet Land if you want to learn more.

Quality Time Together

Simply being with you is a treat for your pet, so why not do something special together?  Try doing yoga together.  As a quadruped, your pet has a natural ability do to moves that are more difficult for us humans. We have much to learn from our four-legged friends. They don’t call it a downward dog for nothing! Treat your furry friend to a spa day with aromatherapy and massage.  Hire a specially trained animal masseuse to use similar relaxing techniques as on a human or go slow and gentle working those movies yourself.

Our pets do so much for us.  Dogs love to follow us and it’s only natural to spoil them.  Cats already know they deserve superior treatment.   Show your care with customized gifts, tasty treats or quality time and your animal will know they’re special.

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As every woman out there can attest, nothing can beat a strong female friendship. You can be closer than sisters, and you support each other through your ups and downs. Celebrating together, of course, is one of the highlights of your friendship, which is why you should do all you can to surprise your best friend this year with her best birthday bash yet. Follow these tips, and you can be the ultimate party planner in no time:

Coordinate with Her Friends

Unless the plan from the start is to have a celebration between just the two of you, it will always be nice to coordinate with her other friends. If you are all in the same friendship circle this will be easy, but it doesn’t have to be limited to only the people you are friends with as well. Contact her work friends or her old school friends and get them involved as well. That way not only can you surprise her with a big birthday bash, you can also surprise her with everyone that loves her.

Budget with Everyone

By budgeting with everyone who is attending you can work out what you can do to make her birthday a surprise. At the very least try to get everyone to pitch in enough or to agree to splitting the bill for the birthday girl, so that she can enjoy the day and not worry about anything. This could mean paying for her meal, or it could mean pitching in together to book a fun event. Either way, it is important to talk about this before the party so that no one feels sour when the bill comes up.

Be Creative

The biggest surprise of course would be to organize a party around something she loves, but has never thought of herself. This could be something as classic as, say, afternoon tea at a hotel, or it could be booking a slot at Escape Room Oklahoma City. The point is to surprise her with an activity that suits her perfectly that she has never done before. That way you can give her the gift of a new experience on top of whatever you wrap up.

Tips on Documenting the Big Day

We all love taking pictures. A great photo of ourselves makes us feel better in the moment, but more importantly pictures can capture moments in time. This means that even though our memories fade over time, we can simply look back over a photo and be instantly returned to the time when we first took it. That is why photos are so important, but you should aim to do more than simply take posed photos together. Take candid shots and videos and open a shared folder on Facebook or even simply through iCloud and share all your photos together. Try to balance being in the moment and capturing it.

Party planning is easy, what is more difficult is choosing the right theme. The specific event choices you make should depend on what your best friend loves, but by coordinating with her friends, budgeting in advance, and by being creative with what you choose you can throw her the best birthday yet.

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Whether you’re decorating a new space or trying to refresh outdated décor, you want to create a look that goes beyond your basic model home and says something about who you are. A great way to make an impact in any room is to add a statement piece that highlights your personality and design aesthetic. Here are five that will transform your home.

1. Chandelier

You may think of a chandelier adorning a grand entryway or illuminating a dining room table, but the right chandelier can make a statement in any room. Chandeliers are fixtures that hang down from the ceiling with lights that face upward (as opposed to pendant lights that face down), and can provide good general lighting in most rooms. Whether your style is rustic or modern, classic or eclectic, there is a chandelier that will fit your design scheme. To make a real statement, hang a chandelier in an unexpected place, like the bathroom, a baby’s nursery or reading nook.

2. Art

An oversized piece of art is a great way to display what you find beautiful or interesting, but the scale of the art will become a focal point of the room. Draw inspiration from the colors or shapes in the piece to choose the rest of the fabrics and textures in the room. If an original work of art is out of your budget, look for a framed print that speaks to you, or buy a large canvas and create something simple yourself. Not ready to commit to a work of art? An oversized, decorative mirror will have a similar effect, but with the added bonus of making a room look bigger and lighter.

3. Floor to ceiling built-in bookshelves

There is something both dramatic and warm about a wall filled with books. Beyond a library or office space, built-in bookshelves make a statement when surrounding a picture window, television, child’s room or arched doorway. Place books randomly, by color or interspersed with interesting objects.

4. Furniture

When it comes to decorating your home, there is nothing more fun than a really dramatic or unexpected piece of furniture — whether it’s a vintage coffee table; high-gloss, brightly colored dining room table; plush headboard; or a funky occasional chair. But when the statement piece you want to use is furniture, you also have to consider the other furniture in that room, so that you are complementing rather than detracting from the statement piece’s impact.

5. Wallpaper

Wallpaper can make a big impact in any room. Forget the dull flower patterns of the 80’s and check out the bold, beautiful prints of today that will catch the eye and make a statement. Wallpaper can make a statement through design, like big contrasting stripes or gorgeous leaf patterns, colors, like metallics or neons, or texture, like beading and fabric. Use wallpaper sparingly so as not to overwhelm a room or make a small room feel smaller.

The key to making a statement with your home décor is to choose one or two things in each room to highlight. Don’t be afraid to go bold with a statement piece like a chandelier, art, bookshelves, furniture or wallpaper, and create a home that speaks to you.

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The line between technology and the media is becoming more blurred all the time. From ten or twenty years ago when the media was restricted to the television and the newspapers, it has now become part of our daily lives. You can’t use Twitter or Facebook without a company trying to sell you something or tell you about an important news story. With all of this increased exposure, also comes a growing need for you to be aware of your data and where it’s going. 

Be Aware of New Trends

The best way to stay aware of new trends in technology and the digital world is to read one of the many popular websites that cover and review new technology. The more mainstream sites will give you a consumer’s eye view of new products such as cell phones and laptops. These sites are great if you want to know what new gadget you should be looking for, or if you want to know which phone upgrade to accept. They can also sometimes draw attention to new security features that can make your phone or laptop more secure. 

Take Note of New Scams

When it comes to the internet and social media, there are always sites or advertising that look official or legitimate but are there to scam innocent people. Many of these scams work hard to look like something else to give them credibility, though you will soon find accounts of people becoming affected by them. If you see an ad or a webpage that is asking for your personal information, you need to ensure that it is a legitimate site. Any site asking for personal details should use an encrypted way to store your data. If you have any doubts about it, then try searching the internet for that company. You may find accounts of others that have been the victim of their scam. 

Monitor for Viruses

There has been a lot of news and advice on the internet about protecting your data by securing your phone and computer from viruses. New viruses are developed all the time, and they are finding their way into almost all technology. It is important that you are aware of where viruses can potentially come from and have adequate protection from them. The most common way to get a virus at home is through your emails; if you find an email that you don’t recognize, it is best not to open it or any attachment that is sent with it. 

Recovering Your Lost Data

In some cases, your computer can be affected by a virus without you knowing where it originated. If you do find that you have lost data as a result of a virus, then there are ways that you can recover the data with companies like Secure Data Recovery Services. It is important to remove the virus beforehand from your computer using your anti-virus software, or your data will still be at risk. 

By staying in touch with trends on the internet and technology, you can try to protect yourself from any adverse effects.  

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Ambition is alive and well in Cincinnati. Women own 40% of businesses in “The Queen City”, and greatly contribute to the thriving economic growth. If you are setting up your own business, networking with other women in the area can help expand your company and boost profits. You canshare advice and experiencewith other business owners and get to know other female entrepreneurs in the community.

Opportunities to expand your business

Making a profit means opening up your business to new opportunities. You need to be forward-thinking in running your business and networking can help this. These opportunities might come in the form of being able to have joint ventures, meeting potential new clients, speaking opportunities at business meetings, and the sale of assets. When you’re starting a business, financing opportunities are particularly important. Networking can give you the confidence to go out and ask for what you need in order to expand and grow.

Advice on setting your company up

Making your business run in a professional manner is paramount. When you are looking at how to start an LLC, it is important that it is done correctly as the state tax laws are different in Ohio than in other states.  Networking with other women in business can help you understand how they have set up their companies and chosen a statutory agent. Cincinnati is known for business and enterprise. There are nine Fortune 500 businesses in the city, staffed and run by women. Understanding who these companies have been set up will help your own business model.

Help people to know you

Raising your profile, and advertising your services is essential to a business. Networking with other women can help them to know and understand what your work is about. This will not only help you to boost your profile in the community, but help you to build a good reputation. A good entrepreneur is open and transparent with how their business operates. Showing that you are supportive and reliable to other women in the industry will have a great positive influence. It will help people remember who you are, and why they should go to you in the future. You can demonstrate that you are a professional.

Women’s Business Networking isn’t just about who you know, it’s about supporting your community. You can make new friends with a wealth of experience. Networking is about helping other women to get a step onto the business ladder, and make the most of every opportunity.

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While some people live to travel, others have the desire to but have are nervous and anxious about it. There are many reasons why someone may feel anxious about leaving their home and going to a new place, however, you should allow these feelings of unease to deter you from how you want to live your life.

If this is you, you’re not alone, and you shouldn’t feel bad about it. All you can do is continue to learn more about traveling and start to put yourself in situations that allow you more experiences away from home. There are actions you can take that will help you feel more at ease. See four pieces of advice for the apprehensive traveler.

Plan & Prepare

Do your homework and plan ahead. The more prepared you are, the better you’ll feel about traveling. There’s a lot of information on the Internet for you to soak up, and answers to just about any questions you have regarding general travel and specific destinations. Knowing where you’re going, and what you’re doing ahead of time, will help settle any racing thoughts. Read reviews and see what other people are saying about the destination and hotel you’re going to, so you have reassurance from others that you’ll have a great time.

Additionally, make a list specifying what you need to take; especially if you have special requirements. Pack medication, whether it’s your pills or if you have special shampoo for thinning hair. If you have a prescription, then speak to your doctor. Prepare for the weather, and pack clothes appropriate to climates and cultures. If you’re unsure, always spend time researching.

Pack Light

There’s no need to overdo it when it comes to packing. Try to get your belongings in a carry-on, so you don’t have to check it or worry about losing it. It’s also easier to pull around than a large bag. Only pack the essentials, like a few items of clothing, a swimming suit and your most important toiletries, such as your shampoo and toothbrush. You can always buy any other items you forget or decide you want later.

Explore & Embrace Adventure

Even though you’re apprehensive about traveling, it’s in your best interest to let go and embrace adventure. Stay in the present moment and appreciate all of the beauty that’s around you when you arrive at your destination. Talk to the locals, eat exotic foods and go on excursions that you can’t do back home. This is your chance to get out of your comfort zone and rack up a long list of new life experiences; travel with friends or family members if it makes you feel more stress-free.

Relax & Have Fun

The most important task for you to do is to relax and have fun. After all of the planning and preparation is done, it’s time for you to enjoy your journey. Snap pictures to document your favorite moments and put a smile on your face as you explore and take in your surroundings. You’ll regret not letting yourself enjoy your travel experience if you spend the entire time worried and upset over nothing. Remain flexible, because you can’t control every occurrence.


There’s nothing to feel bad about if you’re someone who doesn’t travel a lot. If you want to give it a try, then use these tips to help you feel better about the experience. These are four pieces of advice for the apprehensive traveler.

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Health problems are common and trying to find the right support can be troublesome. You’re not the only one who’s dealing with an issue or illness, and you shouldn’t feel alone. There are people and resources out there to help you through your difficult time.

You have to keep optimistic and not feel sorry for yourself. Rather than spiral into pessimism and let your bad health affect your quality of life, you need to reach out and find help. If you don’t, then you’re never going to get better. Take charge and put your time and energy into finding ways to heal. See what to do when your health is suffering.

Talk to A Doctor

Start by making a doctor’s appointment and speaking with a health professional who can run tests and offer their best advice. It’s possible you haven’t made it to the doctor in years and are nervous. Try to overcome your fear and know that going and talking to a doctor is in your best interest. This way you can know for sure if there’s anything wrong and create a course of action to deal with what you’re facing. Medication or prescribed exercise or rehabilitation may be all it takes to improve your health and lifestyle.

Get Help

Seeing a doctor is a good first step, but it may not be the solution. You’re going to have to make decisions based on feedback from your appointment. If you’re dealing with alcohol abuse issues, then it’s in your best interest to find an excellent center to help you get clean, like the Luminance alcohol detox Orange County. When you choose Luminance Recovery, they can answer your questions and set up a personalized treatment plan to meet your unique circumstances and needs. Your choice to restore hope and empower change in yourself is courageous and will get you a step closer toward recovery.

Manage your Stress

Dealing with health issues or an illness is the perfect time to start managing your stress. If you’re in a bad job that doesn’t support your new lifestyle, then it’s time to move on and find a new one. Exercise, eat right and meditate to slow racing thoughts. Dealing with poor health is stressful enough, so don’t make it harder on yourself by refusing to take care of yourself and practice self-care. The better you can manage your worry and anxiety, the more energy you’ll have to live your life and focus on working toward a solution.

Stay Positive

There’s no room for negativity when your health is suffering. You need all of the positive vibes you can get. Read inspirational stories and connect with other people who can relate to what you’re going through. Talk through your problems and always stay focused on the positives. Practice gratitude for what you do have and keep a journal where you can release emotions and feelings that come and go throughout the process.


Whatever you do, don’t give up on yourself. Keep your thoughts positive and always be open to new treaments or lifestyle changes. This is what to do when your health is suffering.

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One way to make your life better is to pay attention to your beauty regimen. What you do or don’t do each day and night matters. Improve your health and wellness by taking care of yourself and being smart about what you put in your body. By implementing a beauty routine, you’re improving your self-confidence and mental health, as well as your outward appearance.

Changing habits isn’t always easy, so don’t feel bad if you have to start with one or two adjustments and work in the others as you go. They’re worth a try if you’re not doing them already and are looking for ways to increase your health and happiness. See beauty habits that will improve your life.

Wash your Face

Always wash your face each night and remove all of your makeup. In addition, make it a habit to apply an AHA serum that combines two of the most efficacious ingredients in modern skincare in a revolutionary new formulation. Vitamin C helps prevent and combat damage from free radicals to address many of the visible signs of aging, and when combined with a night time or morning skincare routine, you’re giving your skin the best chance to remain more youthful for longer. Make sure you wash, moisturize and exfoliate your skin every night.

Clean up your Diet

Think caffeine, sugar, tobacco and alcohol. Using these items often will eventually leave a footprint on your face and body. The better you eat, the better your mental health will be as well. Toxins wreak havoc on your health, so it’s important to be cognizant of what you’re putting in your body at any given time. Focus on cooking for yourself and eating healthy fruits, vegetables and proteins that give you energy and improve the appearance of your skin.

Brush your Teeth & Floss

Oral hygiene is not only important because your mouth looks nicer, but it promotes overall health and wellness too. Be good about brushing and flossing regularly to prevent any unwanted work on your mouth or other health complications. You’ll attract germs, cavities and infections that tend to become an issue if you forget to brush and floss on a regular basis. Make appointments with your dentist for cleanings and discuss any questions or concerns at that time.

Get your Beauty Sleep

Sleep is extremely important to your overall health and wellbeing. You won’t feel very beautiful if you’re dragging yourself around each day because you didn’t get the proper rest you require to function at your best. How much sleep you get will have a direct impact on how you look and feel each day. Imagine the amount of energy and zest you’ll have when you go to bed at a decent hour and feel rested the next day. That’s why it’s important to unplug before bed each night and read or take a bath to let your mind and eyes rest.


These are simple adjustments that are worth making to help you feel more energized and beautiful. You’ll appreciate the outcome so much that you’ll wonder why you didn’t start earlier. These are beauty habits that will improve your life.

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If you go above and beyond for your employees, you can guarantee they will go above and beyond for your business. You must therefore strive to provide a positive working environment to boost employee morale each day. Check out our top tips on how to make your employees love your company.

Trust Your Team

No employee wants to be micromanaged, as this can limit their independence in their role. Prove to your employees that you trust their knowledge and judgement by allowing them to make important decisions in the job role. The mutual respect will allow you to form a stronger bond with your team, which can improve staff retention and leadership abilities across the workplace.

Host a Party

Encourage your staff to destress by allowing them to let their hair down at an employee party, which will allow employees to have a little fun together outside the workplace. For example, corporate party rentals will prove to your staff how much you value their commitment and hard work, as you can provide everything from thrill rides and extreme attractions to obstacles courses and slide rentals. You can guarantee this is one event they will be talking about for many years to come, so your talented staff will never want to leave.

Show Your Appreciation

Employees leave managers. People stay for caring bosses. That’s why you should ensure every member of staff feels appreciated throughout their working life. Sometimes all it takes is a “thank you” or “well done” for all their hard work and efforts to make a person feel happier in their job role. Those few simple words cost nothing to say but could mean everything to an employee, so take the time to recognize your staff whenever possible.

Encourage Staff to Take a Break

Your hardest working staff probably don’t know when to go home, which is why you need to encourage them to do so. If a team member is emailing you late at night or texting first thing in the morning, they might be struggling to switch off their minds from their job. Look for signs to see if a worker is becoming a little stressed or obsessed with their job and encourage them to take a vacation, take a day’s leave, or to simply enjoy a little relaxation time once the working day is done. They’ll feel better for it and will be happier in their job role as a result.

Create a Community

The workplace doesn’t have to be formal and boring. Encourage team members to have a little fun both during and after working hours. For instance, you could create a breakout area in the office that features games, a TV, movies and a relaxing seating area. You can also provide staff with beer or wine at the end of the working week so you can all enjoy a drink together, so more people can become friends as well as colleagues.

Add Perks to the Job

Job perks will make people not only want to work for you, but they could help you to retain your talented employees. So, provide your staff with a free gym membership, corporate excursions, healthcare, dental, or an annual bonus.