Category: Lifestyle

The Top Skywatching Events To Look For This Summer

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Greetings Breezles,

Summer nights are here and whether you are enjoying dinner on the patio, seeing a concert or spending time with friends outside it can be nice to look up at the nights sky to do some star gazing.  After seeing the strawberry moon yesterday I thought it would be interesting to know what other astronomical events we have in store for us this summer, so I did some research and a few of the top celestial events happening in the next few months are below.

What is your favorite constellation to look for when star gazing?

, E

July 28th-29th: Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower

This shower can average up to 20 meteors an hour when see from dark locations.  It will reach it’s peak late at night on the 28th and early in the morning on the 29th.

August 12th-13th: Perseid Meteor Shower

Producing up to 60 meteors an hour the Perseid Meteor Shower is one of the brightest meteor showers of the year!  It occurs every year between July 17th and August 24th, but will peak the night of August 12th and the morning of August 13th.

August 16th: Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation

On August 16th  Mercury will reach it’s furthest elongation from the sun.  This is the best time to see it with the naked eye because it will be at its highest point above the horizon in the evening sky.

August 27th: Conjunction and Jupiter and Venus

Look to the western sky just after sunset to see these two neighboring planets appear to be touching even though they are actually several millions of miles apart.

September 1st: Annual Solar Eclipse

Lucky oberservers in parts of Africa will be able to enjoy the annual solar eclipse. A solar eclipse happens when the moon is too far from the earth, so it  doesn’t completely cover the disc of the sun which causes a ring of light around the darkened moon.

September 2nd: Neptune at Opposition

Neptune will be at its closest to earth and will be visible for most of the night with a telescope.

September 16th: Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

On this day the will Moon pass through the Earth’s outer shadow which will darken the moon slightly.  This celestial event will be seen througout most of eastern Europe, eastern Africa, Asia and western Australia.

 

 

 

 

 

10 Of My Favorite Graduation Movies

Greetings Breezles,

The school year is coming to a close, which means millions of college and high school students will be graduatng. In honor of graduation season I rounded up 10 of my favorite coming of age movies for all of those you are entering the “real world” or for those who want to reminisce about the “good ole days”.

What is your favorite movie about graduation?

, E

1.The Graduate

2. Dazed and Confused

3.Legally Blonde

 

4. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

5. Grease

 

6. Can’t Hardly Wait

7. Say Anything

8. SuperBad

 

 

9. American Pie

10. Into the Wild

 

10 Pieces of Inspirational Jewelry

Greetings Breezles,

  Are you trying to find the perfect little something for your new graduate?  I rounded up 10 pieces of jewelry she will always remember you by and inspire her to fulfill her dreams every time she wears it.

What do you like to give new graduates?

, E

She Believed Necklace // Graduation Cap Charm Bangle // Unlock Your Potential Necklace // Live Your Dream Cuff // Lotus Necklace // Thrive Necklace // As Good As Gold Bangle // Charm Cluster Necklace // Reach For The Moon Necklace // Enjoy the Journey Cuff

13 Must Have Items For Your Memorial Day Packing List

Greetings Breezles,

I like to make a list of items I will need when I leave town.  Whether it’s short weekend getaway or a long excursion it is always good to be prepared.  Below is my list of 13 must have items for the long weekend ahead or for any summer weekend after that.

What is on your summer weekend packing list?

, E

Oversized Sunglasses // Denim Shorts // Swimsuit // Weekender Bag // Metallic Sandals // Perfect Tee // Hair Resort Spray // Off Shoulder Dress // Packable Straw Hat // Striped Sweater // Sunscreen // White Jeans // Classic Sneakers

10 Gardening Necessities

Greetings Breezles,

I am planning on finally getting to my garden this weekend!  I am still a beginner when it comes to gardening, so I asked the manager at my favorite nursery what her top 10 gardening necessities are.  Her list is below, but I would love to hear what you like to take with you when you are gardening.

, E

 

Waterproof Boots // Hand Cultivator and Loop Hoe // Garden Cart // Hand Trowel // Garden Hose // Kneeling Pad // Sun Hat // Watering Can // Work Gloves // Pruning Shears

5 Gardening Tips From A Professional Gardener

gardenGreetings Breezles,

  It’s the time of year to start gardening and thinking about what we need to do to get our yards ready for Summer.  I am a novice when it comes to yard maintenance, so I spoke to my favorite gardener, Maureen Matejcik and asked her what tips she could give me when I am planting this Spring.  Her tips are below, but I would love to hear what tips you have for beginning gardeners.

, E

1. When deciding what plants you want in your garden make sure to read the labels. Some plants need lots of sun, like shade, and/or don’t need much water. Most labels will identify what each plant desires which will help you make an informed decision.

2. When planting a plant or an herb, make sure the hole isn’t too deep. You want it to be flush with where the dirt meets the plant, not higher or lower.

3.  Laying out plants while they are still in their containers is a great way to get a visual of what they will look like when planted.  Most plants enjoy their same kind and it will look better if you have more than one in the same area. Three is usually a good number.

4. Make sure all of your plants have enough room around them. If they are planted too close to one another they can get lost in other plants and potentially die. Shrubs especially will grow, so don’t place them too close together.

5. Before planting a plant in the location you want, loosen the roots so they will enjoy and take faster in their new home by pinching the bottom a couple of times.

I hope this helps and happy gardening 

A Sweet and Spicy Margarita Recipe

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Happy Cinco de Mayo Breezles,

  Are you celebrating Cinco de Mayo this weekend? Whether you are hanging at home with a couple friends or you are throwing a full on fiesta, a fun margarita recipe is a must.  Below is an easy recipe with a perfect amount of sweet and spice.

How do you like your margarita?

, E

Ingredients for two margaritas:

6 oz tequila

4 oz lime juice

1 cup ice cubes

1 cup fresh raspberries

2 oz sparkling water

2 oz jalapeno syrup

    1 cup water

    1 cup sugar

    1 jalapeno

Method for jalapeno syrup:

Slice a jalapeno in half

Heat the water and sugar over medium heat until the water is dissolved

Add the sliced jalapeno, bring it to a simmer, turn heat to low and cook on low heat for 15 minutes

Remove from heat and let it steep for 20 minutes

Strain the syrup through a fine mesh sieve and store in the refrigerator until serving

Method for non blended margarita:

Muddle raspberries

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice

Add tequila, lime juice, sparkling water and jalapeno syrup

Cover and shake for about 30 seconds

Strain into a glass

Add muddled raspberries and enjoy

Method for blended margarita:

Place tequila, lime juice, raspberries, sparkling water and jalapeno syrup into a blender

Blend until smooth

Add ice, push it to the bottom and blend until smooth

Pour into a glass and enjoy

5 Ways To Be More Green

photo (10)Greetings Breezles,

Going green doesn’t have to be an all or nothing proposition.  Little things we do in our daily life can make a big impact. I have been wanting to add some additional green habits to my daily routine and I didn’t know where to start, so I did some research to find out what others are doing to improve their green habits.   After searching I found some wonderful tips from  James Oseland,  the former editor in chief for Organic Life Magazine.  All of the suggestions he makes are very easy to add to any routine and are very cost effective. My favorite ideas form Mr. Oseland are below.

What do you do to lead a green lifestyle?

, E

1. Eat local and in season produce and start meatless Mondays

Eating local is fresher, therefore making it more nutritious.  Meatless Mondays helps reduce 20% of the greenhouse emissions caused by the meat industry.  If you are looking for some great meatless meals Jessica Seinfeld has a recipe every Monday  http://www.doitdelicious.com/

2. Start making your own household cleaners

When it comes to cleaning, vinegar and water is almost as effective as supermarket household cleaners.  When making it use 9 parts fresh water and 1 part distilled white vinegar.  It is natural and doesn’t cost as much as the cleaners in the store.

3. Reduce the amount of junk mail

Americans receive close to 80 billion pieces of junk mail every year and most of us don’t even look at it.  You can reduce the amount of junk mail crowding your mail box by registering at www.DMAchoice.org or download the paperkarma ap.

4. Purchase a house plant

Air pollution levels in our home can be about 100 times what they are outside.  The pollutants come from carpet, paint, furniture, etc and they build up over time.  House plants have the ability to filter the air and clean it.  If you don’t know what plant to get, Josh Oseland said Ficus plants are considered to be the superheroes in the plant world and will be the most effective.

5. Reduce shower time

Reducing shower time by 4 minutes a day can save over 4,000 gallons of water a year!  I know taking long, hot showers can be very relaxing, but cutting back a little can do a lot.

National Park Week

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Greetings Breezles,

There are so many ways to celebrate Mother Earth and the National Park Service is making it easier to enjoy the outdoors by offering free admission to everyone from April 16th-April 24th 2016.  They are doing this to celebrate their 100th birthday and they are calling it National Park Week.  In honor of National Park Week I put together a list of 5 facts you may not have known about our National Park Service.

What is your favorite National Park?

♥, E

  1.  There are 59 National Parks in the United States.
  2.  The National Park Service turns 100 this year! It was established by an act signed by President Woodrow Wilson on August 25, 1816.
  3. Yellowstone National Park was the nation’s first national park.  It was created by an act signed by President Ulysses S, Grant on March 1,1872.
  4. California has the most national parks (9), followed by Alaska (8) and then Utah (5).
  5. According to the National Park Service the top 10 most visited National Parks in 2015 were:
    1. Great Smoky Mountains National Park                                 10,712,674 Recreational Visits
    2. Grand Canyon National Park                                               5,520,736 Recreational Visits
    3. Rocky Mountain National Park                                                4,155,916 Recreational Visits
    4. Yosemite National Park                                                          4,150,217 Recreational Visits
    5. Yellowstone National Park                                                      4,097,710 Recreational Visits
    6. Zion National Park                                                                  3,648,846 Recreational Visits
    7. Olympic National Park                                                         3,263,761 Recreational Visits
    8. Grand Teton National Park                                                     3,149,921 Recreational Visits
    9. Acadia National Park                                                           2,811,184 Recreational Visits
    10. Glacier National Park                                                          2,366,056 Recreational Visits

5 Can’t Miss Shows at Coachella 2016

Greetings Breezles,

  Many of my friends are in the music industry and are headed to the desert to enjoy the Coachella Music Festival this weekend.  Most of them go every year and I like to hear which bands they are most excited to see.  A list of 5 of the can’t miss shows for Coachella 2016 they could all agree on are below.  If you can’t make it to Coachella or don’t want to be in the crowds you can still watch the majority of the shows on YouTube.  You Tube will start streaming Coachella performances on April 15 at 6:30 pm, so if you aren’t able to get to Palm Springs you can have your own dance party in the comforts of your own home.

Do you like to go to music festivals or would you rather watch them at home?

 ♥, E

LCD Soundsystem

Guns N’ Roses

CHVRCHES

Beach House

Joey Bada$$