Summer Skin All-year Round

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Some of us probably favor light complexion.  Some pale-skinned people, on the other hand, wanto have darker skin.

If you’re among those who would rather have a slight tan, thre’s a natural way of getting it.  you can make your own tanning lotion.   Before you proceed, amake sure yhour skin is not sensitive to any of the ingredients.

 

What you need:

¾ cup pure water

2 black tea bags

¼ cup lanolin

¼ cup sesame oil

Blender kettle

 

What to do:

1.   Boil the water.  Be careful not to scald yourself.

2.   Brew the teabags in the boiled water.

3.   Pour one-fourth cup of tea, one-fourth cup of lanolin, and one-fourth cup of sesame oil in the blender.  Replace the lid and set the speed to low.

4.   Gradually add the remaining tea while the blender motor is still running.  (Exercise caution when using a blender that is on.  Don’t place your head too close as you could get the liquid in your eyes.  Never stick your gingers in the pitcher.)

5.   Apply the mixture on a hidden spot of your skin to check whether you like the shade.

 

Use sparingly.

The brew will add color to your skin and the minerals in it will make the skin soft and healthy.  Although the tan will not last forever, at least you had fun doing it.

Sources:

► Debra Lynn Dadd.  Debra’s Guide to Choosing Natural Sun Protection.  http://www.care2.com/channels/solutions/self/2859

http://www.hormel.com/images/glossary/o/oil_sesame.jpg

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DIY: Homemade Fertilizers

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Unlike man, plants don’t need a set RDA (recommended dietary allowance).  This does not mean, however, that plants do not have nutritional needs.  While some gardeners prefer commercial organic fertilizers to keep their gardens in tip-top shape, healthier and cost-efficient alternatives are available and provide balanced nutrition for plants.  One is the homemade organic, fertilizer.

A variety of materials can be used for making organic fertilizer.  In here, you will see three fertilizer recipes you can easily make right in the comfort of your kitchen or backyard. 

Coffee Fertilizer

What you need:

●  Used coffee round

●  Metal tray

●  Used newspaper

What you will do:

1.   Line the metal tray with newspaper.

2.   Spread used coffee ground over the paper and air-dry.

3.   Sprinkle the air-dried coffee grounds on the soil surface.

4.   You may also water your plants with leftover coffee.  A solution of one part coffee to four parts water is deemed by gardening experts as ideal for watering plants.

Milk Fertilizer

What you need:

●  Milk

●  Water

What you need:

1.   Mix one part milk to four parts water.

2.   Use once a week for best result.

Vinegar Fertilizer

What you need:

●  Vinegar

●  Water

What you will do:

1.   Add 0.5 liter of white distilled vinegar to 8 L of water.

2.   Use every three months, especially during the growing season.

3.   You may also use 1 tablespoon of apple vinegar to 4 L of water.  This solution is ideal for houseplants as it lowers the pH and contains as many as 50 trace minerals.

Sources

► Homemade Fertilizers.  http://www.hgtv.ocm/hgtv/gl_soil_water_fertilizer/article/0,,HGTV_3633_1378204,00.html

► Homemade Fertilizers for Outdoor Plants.  http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/51810/homemade_fertilizer_for_outdoor_palnts.html

Dried Mango

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Dried Mango

One of the methods of preserving fruits is by drying.  Through this method, we can now enjoy the goodness of mangoes even on seasons when they are scarce.

There are three ways of drying for food preservation:

a.   By sunlight—the material is sliced and spread on a surface exposed to sunlight.

b.   By artificial light—the materials are dried by exposure to hot air in an over or in a specially-constructed drier.

c.   By air blast—the food is dried by means of a fan powered by electricity, kerosene or alcohol.  This method requires about 24 hours of drying.

Procedure:

1.    Wash and clean the mangoes to remove dirt and other foreign substances.

2.   Cut into quarters or halves and remove the seeds.

3.   Dip the slices into a 2 percent salt solution to improve its flavor and color.

4.   Place on trays

5.   Dry under the sun.

6.   Turn the mangoes every two hours during the first phase of drying.  As the mangoes become drier, turn the mangoes more often say every 30 minutes, until completed dry.

Melon Rind Preserves

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Many Filipinos refer to the muskmelon simply as “melon.”  Flesh and juice from the muskmelon fruit are popular ingredients for a variety of refreshments and desserts.  The rinds are usually discarded.  But we can make something out of it.  we can use it to make melon rind preserves.

Ingredients: 

6 cups melon rinds

Lime water

2 cups sugar

1 cup water

Lemon juice

Procedure:

1.   Soak small pieces of melon rinds in lime water for 3 hours.

2.   Dispose of lime water after soaking and rinse rinds with fresh water several times.

3.   Boil rinds in water for 30 minutes or until tender.

4.   Prepare syrup using 2 cups sugar and 1 cup water with a little amount of lemon juice.

5.   Boil rinds in syrup for an hour.

6.   Continue cooking until rinds are transparent and the syrup is thick.  Flavoring may be added.

Source:  Agriscope

Milky Way Night-light

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Bedtime is time for quiet and rest, but that doesn’t mean that it has to be boring.  Put some fun and learning into bedtime by making customized and themed night-lights.

What you will need:

Lamp

Blue construction paper

Star punchers

Star chart or star map

Glitter glue

Needles of different sizes

Tape

Glue

What you will do:

1.  Pick your favorite constellation and look for its star chart.  Have your star chart or star map photocopied.

2.  Lay the copy of your star chart on top of the blue construction paper.  Tape the ends to make sure it doesn’t move around.

3.  With your needles, punch holes onto the construction paper.  You can use bigger needles for the bigger stars.  Poke some random homes onto the construction paper to represent other stars.

4.  You can accessorize the construction paper by punching out star shapes in some areas and decorating it with glitter glue.

5.  Wrap the construction paper around the lampshade.  Cut the extra flaps of construction paper.

6.  Secure the construction paper onto the lampshade with glue or tape.

7.  When you turn the lights on, you can see the pattern reflect on your bedroom walls.

REMEMBER!

Remember that light bulbs emit heat, so make sure that the lampshade is safely spaced away from the bulb.  Do not completely cover the lamp to make sure that there is sufficient ventilation.  Also, consider using cooler, neon bulbs to further increase safety.

Sources

http://familyfun.go.com/arts-and-crafts/cutpaste/feature/famf0303milkjug/famf0303milkjug3.html

►www.instructables.com/id/Star-and-constellation-night-lamp/

http://home.howstuffworks.com/science-projects-for kids-the-incredible-universe1.htm

►www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/5063.html

 

Homemade Ink

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Homemade Inck

Writing is an essential part of our everyday lives.  We write to pay our bills, list our grocery items, and leave notes for our loved ones.  Much of the communication that goes on between people are done through writing.   Because of this, the pen and ink are indispensible tools to man.

Pen and ink are available commercially.  But the ink can also be done at home.  Here’s how to do it.

Materials:

Iron nails, carbon tetrachloride, white vinegar, tea leaves, glue, container

Procedure:

1.   Iron acetate and tannic acid can easily be prepared at home.  To make an iron compound, soak some iron nails in carbon tetrachloride.  This will remove the grease coating from the nails.

2.   Let the nails soak in white vinegar for two days.  You have now made a solution of iron acetate.

3.   To make tannic acid, boil three tablespoons of tea leaves in half a cup of water.

4.   Combine equal amounts of iron acetate and tannic acid.  Mix small amount of glue to make the solution thicker.

5.   Test your ink.  You might only see what you wrote after a day.  add a soluble dye to add color to your solution. – Bato Balani