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As a little girl I mixed up shampoos and lotions in my laboratory, trying to improve on the toiletries we had. I never came up with anything worth mentioning, but I did once get scolded for spilling my mom's shampoo all over the bathroom rug. A friend of mine told me about the "laboratory" she'd had at age 12, in which she created, among other things, the cure for AIDs.
I n my last post I discussed dumping out my ‘Coffee Cup Challenge” bin due to excess moisture levels in the bottom of the bin. That same day I started preparing the empty bin for my next round of worm composting As always, I started the process by focusing on bedding. I had plenty of options here since I tend to stockpile lots of cardboard and paper for this very purpose. My favourite type of cardboard for worm bins is the kind used for egg cartons and drink holders (from fast food restaurants and coffee shops), but I also like to mix things up a little and add a variety of different cardboard/paper types.
Very simple to make and very, very cheap! Perfect for bathrooms or closets. Will last around a month. The instructions for this will depend on the type of gelatin or pectin you use. What you'll need: plain, unflavored gelatin or pectin water for preparing gelatin food coloring (optional, just for added flair) essential oils small glass jars or bowls (I filled three with 2 cups of finished gelatin) 1 tablespoon salt (prevents mold) To make this, place 1-2 drops of food coloring in each of your glass jars or bowls, and then prepare the gelatin according to the package directions, adding the salt during boiling.
April 28, 2009 at 4:04 PM by Michael de Jong | "If you want to gather honey, don't kick over the beehive." ~ Dale Carnegie We all have hair -- some more, some less. (Some of us even have it where we don't want it!) Fine, medium, coarse, light blonde, copper-brown, honey-red, ginger-twist, sun-kissed, winter wheat or ash -- no matter, it's all hair. And maybe that color is even naturally yours (yeah, right!)
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25 Reasons Why You Should Consider Earth Sheltered Living 1. Abundant Natural Light Your home will have more natural lighting than a conventional home.
It is time the human race had a new name. The old one, Homo sapiens – wise or thinking man – has been around since 1758 and is no longer a fitting description for the creature we have become. When the Swedish father of taxonomy Carl Linnaeus first bestowed it i , humanity no doubt seemed wise when compared with what scientists of the day knew about both humans and other animals. We have since learned our behaviour is not as wise as we like to imagine – while some animals are quite intelligent. In short it is a name which is both inaccurate and which promotes a dangerous self-delusion.
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While we’re not quite to the point where machines are under the control of the artificial intelligence of Skynet and sending Terminators through time, a new study from MIT that was originally presented at an IEEE conference suggests the real-time price fluctuation of smart meters could cause consumers to radically adjust usage habits that could damage the smart grid . We recently reported that smart meters are rolling out in the millions worldwide , and that in at least one Houston, Texas trial, the majority of customers changed their usage habits after interacting with the technology. And in California , the state has adopted guidelines that require utility companies to disclose variable rate data (in the image below, the color changes in the map reflect the changes in rates over a period of just five minutes), including wholesale information, to ratepayers so that they can take advantage of off-peak prices. image via Mardavij Roozbehani
In the late 1980s, NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America studied houseplants as a way to purify the air in space facilities. They found several plants that filter out common volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Lucky for us the plants can also help clean indoor air on Earth, which is typically far more polluted than outdoor air. Other studies have since been published in the Journal of American Society of Horticultural Science further proving the science . Here's our handy of list of the best air-filtering plants. (Plus, at the bottom of this story, you'll find links about plants that are good for the air and also safe for your pets.)
White distilled vinegar provides many safe and natural ways to protect and enhance your garden and gardening tools. Not only will you feel good about keeping children and pets (and you!) away from pesticides and other chemicals, you’ll feel great about the low cost of vinegar compared to those other products. Kill weeds and grass growing in unwanted places by pouring full-strength white distilled vinegar on them. This works especially well in crevices and cracks of walkways and driveways.