February 26, 2010
Growing certain indoor house plants that purify air came as a surprise to me. It does make sense when you come to think about it. Trees do the same thing for the environment. They say the jungle in South America near the Amazon are the lungs of the earth.
Research from NASA (National Aeronautics & Space Admin.) found that certain house plants act as natural air filters to clean and purify air. Toxic substances such as formaldehyde, benzene (cigarette smoke,) air mold spores, and allergens, that cause allergies and asthma, are prevalent in our homes. These toxins can be greatly reduced by having certain air purifying plants in your surroundings.
If you have the space, there are several indoor palm plants that are at the top of the list for purifying air in your home or office. However, if your space is limited, there are smaller plants like English Ivy and Boston Fern that are very effective for reducing air mold spores and formaldehyde.
Even the hardy Heart Phiodendrom and Peace Lily are on the chart for being air purifying house plants. (I love a Peace Lily because if I neglect it, beautiful blooms still appear.) The easy to grow Spider Plant is a dandy for reducing Carbon Monoxide and Nitrogen Dioxide.
Here is a chart suggesting which house plants purify the air.
If you’re interested in having one of these handy charts so you can refer back to it when you go shopping… simply fill in your information below and I’ll send you a download link.
P.S. Well, my favorite natural indoor plant purifier is the Boston Fern, and the Peace Lily… so I’m going to keep my eye open for a good deal.
February 22, 2010
Happy Birthday George Washington… You are 282 years old today… Congratulations!
In the past several years, I have become very interested in American history and the lives of our Founding Fathers. (Now why couldn’t I have been this passionate about American history when I was in school?) Anyway… I am amazed at the dedication and brilliance of George Washington.
He was born in 1732 and was educated at home by his father. (One of the first models of home schooling ?)
At the age of 20 years old he was a major in the Virginia Militia. He became one of the largest tobacco plantation owners in Virginia owning over 6,600 acres of land and owning over 100 slaves… which he eventually freed.
After Massachusetts was attacked by the British in 1775, Washington appeared at the second Continental Congress dress in Military attire. He accepted a commission to lead a Continental Army against the British in order to protect the citizens of Massachusetts.
He was one of the members of the Continental Congress who signed the Declaration of Independence.
After the Declaration of Independence was signed, he continued as the the General of Revolution until it ended in 1783. He was 51 years old when the war ended.
He was elected President of the United States by 100% of the Electoral votes but declined his salary of $25,000 per year. He served eight years and could have stayed in his position for a lifetime. He set the precedent of leaving office after two terms.
He feared that if a President served longer than two terms, he would gain too much power and become a monarch.
During his farewell address he warn about getting involved in foreign wars. He also
warned against failing moral values and said religion that aspired values would be our only saving grace.
I found this Interesting information from his papers.
Head Quarters, New York, August 3rd 1776.
Parole Uxbridge. Countersign Virginia
That the Troops may have an opportunity of attending public worship, as well as take some rest after the great fatigue they have gone through; The General in future excuses them from fatigue duty on Sundays (except at the Ship Yards, or special occasions) until further orders. The General is sorry to be informed that the foolish, and wicked practice, of profane cursing and swearing (a Vice heretofore little known in an American Army) is growing into fashion; he hopes the officers will, by example, as well as influence, endeavor to check it, and that both they, and the men will reflect, that we can have little hopes of the blessing of Heaven on our Arms, if we insult it by our impiety, and folly; added to this, it is a vice so mean and low, without any temptation, that every man of sense, and character, detests and despises it.
Boy, have things changed. Do you think Washington is turning over in his grave?
Washington was an amazing man and was one of the most prolific writers if his time. Many of the enactments of government were initiated because if his pen.
He was a man of impeccable integrity.
Happy Birthday Mr. President.
P.S. My other favorite founding fathers are John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. Abraham Lincoln is another President that I admire.
February 22, 2010
Make family meals a part of your dining routine. Planning family meals together can reap great rewards for you and your loved ones.
Because of the hectic lives we seem to lead these days, getting the family together in the same place at the same time can be difficult. Between work schedules, errands, and running the kids around after school we seem to have less and less time.
Owing to the fact that we are so busy, it’s hard to get together for a family meal. Sometimes it’s just easier to stop for fast food on our way home from work. Even then, when we get home… the family has a tendency to eat on the fly.
Studies show that families who have sit-down meals, that have been prepared at home, benefit in several ways:
Healthy Family Meals:
Meals that are prepared at home are more likely to be balanced and nutritious. Eating nutritious meals enhances the immune system so families ward off illness.
Children and parents have less obesity problems when they eat more family meals at home, rather than at fast food establishments and restaurants.
Family Bonding And Sharing Time:
Sitting down to a meal gives parents and children an opportunity to find out more about each other and be involved with the everyday events of each others lives.
Dad has the opportunity to share his day and plans with the entire family, rather than sharing it with mom only.
Mom can tell the family about her day at work and some of the new things she’s learned and people she’s met. If she’s a mom who stays at home, she can share the cute things the baby did… or a new thing she has learned at the class she is taking.
Children have the chance to tell their family members about school, sports, and friends.
Young kids get so excited when it’s their turn to share. Older kids may not show their enthusiasm, but they want to share just the same.
Opportunity To Teach:
It’s a great time to discuss current events or new ideas. Family values can be strengthened though positive discussions.
Resolve or Prevent Potential Problems
When parents sit down to the table with their kids and discuss the events of the day… they have the opportunity to become mindful of concerns and problems their children may have. It’s also a good time to become aware of potential problems their kids may be facing.
It’s not advisable to discuss serious issues at the table because you child may not feel safe in discussing them in front of others. For some matters, keep the conversation in mind and help your child at a later time.
Bottom Line: Set aside time for at least one sit-down meal per week. It can make a remarkable difference in your relationships with your kids.
P.S. Often we become over-whelmed with meal planning…. I know I do. I checked into to this Meal Planning Service several months ago and found it to be a wonderful program. I’m proud to be an affiliate. It’s really worth your while to check into it.