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DIY Squash Recipe for Baby Food

It is no news that we love our babies, as they are our bundles of joy. When they come along, we can’t help but always want to take care of them. That includes feeding them healthy baby food.

We have put together a list of squash recipes for babies for you to try.

Rice with Butternut Squash Purée and Apple Recipe

This is great for those who are at least six months old. This squash recipe for babies is something that you should consider trying out.

Ingredients:

  • 1 squash
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • ½ cup applesauce

Directions:

  • Start by cutting up your squash into two, then take out the seeds.
  • Put the halves in a pan that has water in it, and they should be face down. 
  • Have them baked in an oven of 400 degrees for 40 minutes.
  • Put the squash into a food mixer for pureeing.
  • Put in your applesauce and cooked rice, then blend them.
  • Mix in water, if necessary, to get a smooth, thin consistency.

You could also add in Nordic NaturalsBaby’s Nordic Flora Probiotic Powder, as it offers additional nutritional needs.

Baby’s Acorn Squash & Apple Bake Recipe

This is great for toddlers.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Acorn squash
  • 3 Macintosh apples
  • A pinch of cinnamon

Directions:

  • Start by peeling your apples and dicing them.
  • Have your acorn squash cut up into two, then remove the seeds.
  • Put them in a pan that has water, and ensure that they are face down.
  • Put your apples in the squash “holes” from where the seeds were scooped.
  • Put cinnamon.
  • Add water on the apples to ensure that the water gets into the squash holes. Have your pan covered with foil.
  • Put it in an oven with a 400 degree for about 40 minutes.
  • Put them in a blender to puree; you can add water if need be. 

Baked Acorn Squash Bowl Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 Acorn squash
  • 2 tbsp applesauce
  • Raisins
  • Cinnamon
  • Ginger
  • Nutmeg

Directions:

  • Have your squash cut into two and remove the seeds. Use olive oil to wipe inside it, before you add the applesauce and raisins.
  • Put two inches of water in a baking pan. Put your halves in the water, with them facing up.
  • Put in an oven for 40 minutes with a temperature of 400 degrees.
  • You can mash it.

Squash & Rice “Soup” (for Age 6 Months+) Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cooked mashed butternut squash
  • Dollop whole milk yogurt (optional for 8 months+)
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/4 cup cooked of brown rice

Directions:

  • Have your squash master in a blender with water. Add the cooked brown rice slowly.
  • Ensure that you blend them into consistency. Add your yogurt. 

Which DIY squash recipe for baby is your favorite?

What is the World’s Best-Selling Musical Instrument (and How Do You Play It?)

When the question, “What is the world’s best-selling musical instrument?” is asked, most people’s minds wander towards the guitar, piano, or drums. To them, these musical instruments are quite popular, meaning that they are played and sold out constantly.

What if we told you that those aren’t the answers to the question, “What is the world’s best-selling musical instrument?” It’s actually the harmonica! You read that right. Keep reading to learn more!

A Brief History of the Harmonica

You see, that tiny musical instrument called the harmonica happens to be the world’s best-selling musical instrument. It came into existence in Europe in the early 1800s. Its popularity shot through the roof in the U.S. during the 1920s. This was not far from the fact that this musical instrument was utilized in the recording of blues. From the time it was created to 1986, Hohner, the renowned harmonica maker had made a billion harmonicas. 

Types of Harmonicas

Like everything known to man, the harmonicas come in different types.

Diatonic: This type is quite common and simple to use. This is the type novices usually start with. It possesses 10 holes and can play the main diatonic scale. You can play extra notes if you wish by the art of bending. You could get different scales by playing the instrument in different positions.

Chromatic: This type of harmonica comes with a tiny button at the side. Immediately you touch this button, the note you are playing goes up by half a step. This permits the player to easily play different notes in the scale called a chromatic scale.

This is versatile, but it isn’t easy to play. You can’t bend with this, hence it isn’t great for blues.

Tremolo and Octave Harmonicas: This harmonica comes with two rolls of holes. When you are using the tremolo, you can tune the notes a bit differently, giving off the “tremolo” vibrating effect.

When you are playing the octave harmonica, you tune the notes an octave apart, giving off the fuller sound. 

Playing Techniques

If you want to play the harmonica, there are two methods out there that you can try.

Pucker method: Begin this method by keeping your lips in a relaxed state. When you inhale or exhale, you should be able to hear various notes. Move your lips to an outward manner like you are about to kiss someone. Repeat this process until you have a single, clear note.

Tongue method: Have your mouth relaxed in such a way that it covers various holes. Close the ones you won’t use with your tongue. Using this method splits the notes.

Billiards Training Aids: What You Need to Play Better Pool

One thing every pool player wants is to be better at their game. It becomes easy for you to win a ton of money if you know how to play a good game. Add this article to your other general billiards training aids to help you shoot better the next time you are playing pool. So, if you are a novice to pool, here you have some billiards training aids to build your standard and put you on a winning frame.

7 Billiard Training Aids & Tips

Check Your Grip On Your Cue

When practicing to be better at your pool game, you must choose a good pool cue. A good cue is easy to navigate. Also, know that it is wrong to hold your grip too tightly. You may naturally think that a tight grip would give you a precise shot, but that is not true. A tight grip may raise the butt of the cue when you shoot, which may increase the chances of the ball jumping off. You should practice more with a light and loose grip. A straight and lightly gripped cue will help you to maintain control.

The Chalk

Always chalk your cue before a shot; let the chalk move and not the cue when applying. You don’t want to end up having a miscue; an annoying clicking sounds when the ball slips off the cue tip. A miscue can foil your intended shot or even result in a foul, which may give two shots away to your opponent. However, this can be avoided if you use your chalk constantly.

Master a Pro Stance

Get yourself into a complete pro stance while you hit the cue ball with your cue tip to build your focus on getting very close to the ball at address. Keep your stance cue tip less than the width of the pool chalk from the ball, then play satisfactorily. This is because the width of cue chalk is almost the width of the cue ball, so you have enough time to miss the target you planned on the cue ball in the final stroke.

Work on Your Bridges

Your bridges are some important aspects you need to focus on to get perfect with your pool game. Your good grip and well-mastered stance won’t matter if your bridge is inconsistent or clumsy. So, ensure that you practice securing your bridge hand. The two basic types of bridges are an open or closed bridge. The open bridge is the most suitable type; it is suitable for softer, but powerful shots. The closed bridge is used by advanced players with more spins on the cue ball and harder shots.

Practice Your Body Alignment

Body alignment is important for accurate shooting. Every other thing comes when you can put your body in a good position. Keep your head low and square to the line; level your eyes, and keep your sightline in alignment with the cue.

Move Around

You need to move around to assess the cue ball from different angles and levels. This will help you know how to align your body and how to shoot.

Practice Your Pre-Shot Routine

A good pre-shot routine is a good billiard training aid, which involves a player’s pacing between each shot in a game. A pre-shot routine involves a quick survey of the table, chalking the cue, targeting the pockets, determining your aiming line, targeting an alignment vision, etc.

How to Create a Window Sill Garden

If you are seeking a way to beautify your apartment or house, a window sill garden won’t be a bad idea. All you need are herbs or other plants, small pots, and a great attitude to take care of the plants.

Apart from growing edible herbs on your own, having a window sill garden also adds extra cleansing air to your home. In addition, it adds texture and color to the room.

In the summer, the temperature is high and too much direct sun may threaten the plants. In winter, not enough light may be the culprit. Keep reading to find out how to grow our own window sill garden successfully.

6 Tips to Create a Window Sill Garden

Go for the Right Spot

It is important that you go for the window sill in your home that is the sunniest with the best coverage. You can go for southern or eastern exposure, as it works the trick. If you use western-facing windows, your plants will face intense afternoon heat, which would affect them negatively. Most herbs need about 6 hours of sunlight (or you can use special growing lamps.)

Check the Soil

According to the Urban Farming Guide, “use potting soil, not gardening mix, and non–terracotta containers that have drainage holes.”

Watering Plants

There is hardly any plant that can survive without regular water. You should use distilled room temperature water. Do not flood the soil with water. Put your finger in the soil, and if you notice that it is dry, you need to add water. If you notice that it is wet, don’t add water. If you add excess water, you may have to deal with a lot of fungi or dead plants. The best soil is moist but not soggy.

Misting Plants

It won’t be a bad idea to spray your plants regularly. When the weather is dry, the plants start to suffer. It could lead to the outbreak of spider mites or the forming of brown tips. This is why you should spray a bit of water.

Rotate Plants

Have your plants been rotated? When you rotate your plants, every part of them gets access to sunlight. This allows your plants to grow evenly.

Rinse

It won’t be a bad idea to rinse off your plants from time to time. Vegetable plants tend to face attacks from mites, aphids, as well as whiteflies. This is why you should give your indoor plants an intense rinse at least twice a month.

You can do this beneath your kitchen faucet, or outside your home. Look under the leaves to see if every bug has been rinsed off. Your plants will thank you for this. 

Computer Technology 101: How to Connect to a Wired Network

Many homes and offices are now switching to wired networks. A wired network is preferred when you want to perform some activities requiring a fast connection. People would often switch to a wired network to make the transfer of large files easy. Gamers also prefer to use a wired network, because of its reliable service. A wired network connection will give you quick streaming and crystal clear HD on movie sites like Netflix and Hulu.

People would choose a wired network for everything that requires a fast network. Fortunately, connecting your computers to a wired network is not hard, so you don’t need a technician. This article will teach you how to connect to a wired network by yourself.

Things You Need To Connect To A Wired Network

Router: A router helps to connect all your machines. It serves as a glue to hold your internet and your machine all in one connection. A router is easy to use. All you have to do is plug your modem into the port on your router using an Ethernet cable and then to your machines.

Switches: Switches helps to direct traffic within ports.

Hubs: Hubs are similar to switches, only that they direct traffic in one lane. They are cheaper than switches and are only useful for servers receiving data from multiple machines.

Cable: After getting the router and ports for your devices, you will need to use cables to connect them up. 

(Read this to understand the difference between a hub, aswitch, and a router.)

Stringing Up Your Connection

There’s nothing compared to the internet speed you get from connecting your router with an Ethernet cable. If your device is in a different room, maybe an adjacent room, you can run the cable beneath your carpet or rug or behind the furniture. Also, you can have the wires displayed creatively if you have a thing for the craft.

Connecting Your PC to a Wired Network

You have chosen the fastest internet option if you have set up your connection with an Ethernet cable and have an Ethernet port on your PC. Now, you need to plug in a network cable to set up a wired network. There is a wired network icon with three dots on the top bar of your PC. This icon disappears when you are connected to a wired network.

If the icon doesn’t disappear, you should check your network cable to ensure it is plugged in. One end of the cable goes into the rectangular network (Ethernet) port on your computer, while the other goes into a router, socket, or switch. You should also check for a light beside the Ethernet port as this indicates that the cable is plugged in and active.

Now turn on your computer to completely reboot. Acknowledge any networking message on your screen if your computer was already on. If the connection doesn’t happen automatically on your computer, configure a network connection on it with the Ethernet cable plugged in. Right-click “My Network” on your desktop, select TCP/IP adapter > properties > IP Address > obtain an IP address automatically > and click “OK”.

If you use an Apple Macintosh, click on the Apple logo > System Preferences > Network > Ethernet adapter on the left list > Advanced > TCP/IP > select Using DHCP from the drop list.

Your computer should be connected to your wired connection after these steps.

How to Call a Radio Station to Request a Song (or Win a Contest!)

It’s common to see radio stations ask listeners to call in and request for a song; either a favorite song or one to be dedicated to their boyfriend/husband or girlfriend/wife. Some radio stations also hold contests or give out gifts to callers. However, getting to put a call through isn’t completely easy, as there’s usually a lot of people trying the radio lines at once. Calling in is usually a contest in which only one person wins at a time.

Calling in and winning a contest on the radio is a matter of luck, but a good knowledge of how to call a radio station can increase your chances. If you have been trying to get into a radio contest to no avail, this article will be of great help to claim those prizes.

6 Tips on How to Call a Radio Station

Listen to Listen to Radio Stations and Learn the Odds

You need to take time out to listen to several radio stations so you can get to know their patterns and learn the odds you have on each. Listen enough to know when they air their request show or when they are likely to hold giveaways (e.g when the song of the day is announced).

Listen to several radio stations to choose a few you’d like to interact with. Write down the times for their request show or giveaway.

Add the Radio Station Phone Numbers to Your Speed Dial

Most radio stations have the same number for their request shows and giveaways. You can make calling easier by adding their numbers to your speed dial (such as on an iPhone or an Android phone); this will prevent you from waiting to get the number each time. You will dial more quickly this way and you will be less prone to dialing the wrong number. It may, however, be necessary to cross-check the number to be sure they aren’t using a different line.

Use Continuous Redial

The goal is to be able to reach the radio station line as quickly as possible. This you can achieve by putting your phone on continuous redial to reduce the time it takes for you to dial again. If your phone has a redial button, using it will boost your chances of calling in.

Land Lines Ring Faster

It takes lesser time for a landline to ring compared to cell phones. So, don’t hesitate to use a landline if you have one. Using a landline can improve your chances of calling in to request a song or win a contest.

Learn Your Phone Delay

It takes about 5 seconds for a call to start, so you should time your call to be around this time. This information can help you to be the first caller on a request show.

Recruit an Extra Phone

You can also dial the radio station line on your extra phone. You don’t have to buy an extra phone if you don’t have one, you can easily use a friend’s phone.

Conclusively, if you are concerned about how to call a radio station,  you should also know what you are requesting or answers to the question already to avoid being dropped from the call.

Celebrating Earth Day, Every Day; Planet Earth Crafts For Kids

Earth Day is an annual holiday set aside for us to honor and respect the planet Earth on which we live. April 22 is used to celebrate Earth Day, however, we believe that the Earth should be celebrated every day. Celebrating the Earth every day will help educate our youth to help protect our planet, making it better to live on. It’s good to join in and have fun on Earth Day, but the calendar shouldn’t stop you from celebrating Earth Day every day.

Earth Day gives parents and teachers a good opportunity to educate kids about the importance of caring for Mother Earth every day. Activities about the importance of recycling, reusing, reducing, and sustainability through planet Earth craft projects can help to encourage kids to build a personal connection with nature.

For the Earth Day celebration, kids should be engaged in projects involving planet Earth crafts to explore recycling, reusing, and all other ways to care for Mother Earth. Here are some fun Earth Day crafts for kids.

6 Planet Earth Crafts for Kids

Bottle Planter

This Earth Day craft teaches the kids the importance of planting and how it can save our ecosystem. It’s a very easy and fun craft for kids. All you have to do is get the kids to collect transparent jars or bottles; get some soil; get grass seed as well, and plant. They can go ahead and decorate the jars or bottles with color pencils. The bottle planter is a great conversation starter about why we need trees around us.

Earth Day Paper Plate Weaving

Paper plate weaving is a beautiful craft to discuss the stewardship of the Earth with the kids. It can also encourage individualistic creativity. The weaving should be done with earthy colors, and you should also encourage kids to maximize their creativity.

Earth Day Cookies

Join the kids in making colorful Earth Day cookies to celebrate Earth Day and start a budding conversation on the need to honor the earth.

Painting with Recycled Objects

Recycling is a major part of caring for the Earth. This craft is a great conversation starter to teach the kids the benefits of recycling. Let the kids use recycled materials for painting the alphabet. Examples of recycled items kids can use for this craft include a key, zipper, paper tube, straw, comb, wine cork, etc.

Paper Plate Handprint-Footprint

Kids love this because it is simple and fun. Get the kids to celebrate Mother Earth by printing their hands and feet on paper plates. All you have to do to achieve this is to get your paper plates and colors together.

Paper Mache

Paper Mache is a fun and creative craft that teaches kids the importance of reusing. Old newspapers can be made into art rather than burning or dumping them out. Get the kids to make different animals and objects with old papers. Although this could be a long process, it’s one of the most creative and beautiful planet earth crafts for kids.

Earth-Friendly Brands

When looking for eco-friendly brands, be sure to look for an eco-safe seal. Some safe, Earth-friend;y companies we recommend are Flip & Tumble and Stasher. These eco-friendly brands will help you to celebrate Earth Day every day. Eco-friendly products to use in your home include Flip & Tumble’s Reusable Produce Bags and Stasher’s Reusable Silicone Sandwich Bag

Earth Day should be celebrated every day, so do your best to respect and honor the planet every day.

Jewelers Polishing Tools You Need and How to Use Them at Home

Jewelers polishing tools are a great way to have your jewelry looking bright and clean – almost like new! Cleaning your precious gems and family jewelry yourself cuts down on the time and cost it takes to go to the jeweler’s shop to get it done. But you’ll need the proper jewelers polishing tools to get the job done right! Keep reading to learn more.

Jewelers Polishing Tools: What to Include in Your Cleaning and Repair Kit

Generally, the tools for making jewelry can be divided into different categories. Some of the most common jewelers polishing tools you can use at home include the following.

  • Magnifying glass
  • Utility lamp
  • Safety goggles
  • Measuring tools
  • Pliers
  • Tweezers
  • Polishing cloth
  • Hammer
  • Soldering equipment
  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar
  • Water
  • Spare jewelry pieces (such as earring backs and necklace latches)

All these tools can be bought at a crafts and hobby store. Although different tools have various prices, they are worth the investment in the long run.

If you want to get involved in polishing or cleaning your jewelry, you will need abrasive wheels for your jewelry finishing. These abrasives are usually placed on a flex or lathe shaft machine and they can easily remove scratches for used jewelry. However, for most people, a simple polishing cloth will do just fine.

With these tools, you are sure to have your jewelry looking as nice as it once did without fear of damage. Although visiting a professional jeweler is advised in some cases, cleaning and polishing your pieces of jewelry can be done in the comfort of your own home.

Practice makes perfect, and before you know, you may be polishing jewelry for friends and family as well. So why not get your jewelers polishing tools today?

How to Use Essential Oils for Complete Health and Happiness

Essential oils are some of the most important ingredients to have in your home for so many reasons. They can be used for soaps, bath bombs, creams, and even body butter, as well as diffused into the air to help calm and relax or invigorate you. They also can be used for the skin and hair to make it shiny, long and healthy. This is because essential oils are beneficial for the complete health and happiness of the human body. Keep reading to learn how!

How Do Essential Oils Work?

Essential oils are usually inhaled via an aromatherapeutic diffuser or used topically manner on the skin. When used on the skin, it is easily absorbed as the skin takes in the active organic chemicals present in the oil. This is usually promoted by massaging the area before application to promote circulation. Be sure to only use a couple drops of essential oil and blend it with a carrier oil like jojoba oil or coconut oil, because these plant-based essences are very potent!

When inhaled through aromatherapy, the essential oils tend to interact with your olfactory system. The inhalation process allows molecules to affect your brain as it interacts with the limbic system. This system is in charge of controlling different primary functions of the body, including the blood pressure, breathing, heart rate, and also hormone balance. In this way, essential oils may help balance your mood.

The Many Uses and Benefits of Essential Oils

Essential oils are used for different conditions, both physical and mental, such as anxiety, depression, pain, and sleeping problems. A simple smell of rose water and lavender is enough to calm you down if you are feeling anxious.

Here is a list of some of the most common essential oils and their uses.

6 Common Essential Oils Used for Complete Health and Happiness

  • Eucalyptus – Used as a pain reliever when applied topically, it may help with respiratory infections.
  • Lavender – This is used in calming your body and promoting better sleep.
  • Lemon – This oil can be used as a household natural cleanser and disinfectant.
  • Bergamot – It is used for healing the skin and reducing anxiety.
  • Frankincense – It helps in lower stress levels and also helps balance your mood.
  • Rosemary – This can be used in improving the skin, hair, and overall health. It is also good with joint pain.

Other Uses of Essential Oils

Essential oils can be used for a whole lot of other things. For one, tea tree oil is a good antiviral and anti-inflammatory oil that is used in the killing of bacteria and helping with dandruff on the scalp. It can also kill the influenza virus and can be used in treating acne.

Other essential oils are great for therapeutic use and are sometimes used in the clearing of chest colds. A good example is cinnamon essential oil, which is usually applied topically to help with aches and pains.

One of the reasons essential oils are recommended in giving you complete health and happiness is because they are not just potent and efficient, but they are also affordable and accessible. You can make use of these essential oils in boosting your energy level, calming your nerves, relieving headaches, retaining your focus, reducing stress, and so much more. They also give you glowing skin and longer, stronger, and shinier hair.

To get started using essential oils, experiment with various essential oil blends by Plant Therapy and Simplers Botanicals. These brands are natural and safe to use.

What fragrance of essential oil will you try first?

What is Adobe Lightroom? — A Brief Introduction

Adobe Lightroom is a photography desktop application which became probably the most commonly used application by professional photographers. The ease of having the ability to handle and process images from one app is a significant part of the reason why professional photographers love it, and it is also a big reason you ought to be using it, too, even when you’ve got no plans to make a career out of photography.

Lightroom is based on a catalog system and will automatically creates and manage folders in several places, even on hard disk drive, without losing track of your pictures. This makes it an incredibly powerful editing tool. Basically, you import your pictures and Lightroom makes it simple to edit and find them again. Among the ways it does this is through a strong search function and the use of keywords which you may add to your pictures whenever you import them into the program. 

Its search capability exceeds text-based searches. As a result of facial recognition, Lightroom is able to assist you in finding pictures of specific individuals. This allows you to tag faces and assign a name to them. As soon as you’ve marked a certain person several times, the program will start to suggest facial tags on faces it thinks matches with a face you’ve already tagged. So when you’re having to find an image of your son or daughter, you can just open Lightroom and look for them by name, assuming you did the leg work first and tagged their faces. 

The most crucial step in using Lightroom is currently giving it a few pictures to work with. You might have thousands of images somewhere on your computer or phone already, so go for it! Lightroom can work with those in addition to any new ones you take. Lightroom has a ton of presets you can set as well. David Molnar has an excellent tutorial on how to use Lightroom presets. I will be writing more about Lightroom in the coming months as well, so stay tuned! I hope you found this brief overview helpful.

Once you’ve mastered Adobe Lightroom, be sure to read about our essential oils guide to complete health and happiness!