How to raise a pet Turtle

 Turtles are pet of choice for many people especially kids.They come in a variety of colors and sizes but the most common turtle used as pet is the red eared slider known named after the red dots located on its head and face.

Turtles are able to live independently from birth. They have keen sense of smell and sight. They are low maintenance creatures and require very little living space. They should not be held in plastic containers glass containers work best with turtles. Their box should be regularly cleaned to prevent the growth and spread of bacteria. Drinking water from a tap should be boiled and allowed to sit for at least 10 hours before it is offered to a turtle.

Although turtles look like easy pets to keep, you must realize that they require time and effort to keep them well fed and healthy to improve on their life span.
Being that turtles are omnivores they eat meat and plants. Turtle hatch-lings prefer meat based diet but switch to mostly vegetarian diet in adulthood. Your turtle can be placed on a diet consisting of worms,boiled chopped carrots and fish. It is rerecorded to wash your hands before and after handling a turtle. Turtles are sensitive to chemicals avoid exposing them to any chemical rinse out their cages after washing and limit the amount of chemical used to clean their aqua-terrarium. Turtles are easily prone to infections and diseases which result mainly due to poor handling, nutrition and hygiene. If you notice your turtle has skin infection or experiences a change in mood and feeding habit, make sure to take him to a vet.

If you are wondering what is the lifespan of a turtle?I am happy to inform you that with proper care, your turtle can live until he is 100 years old. That is quite a long time to spend with this amazing creature!





Photographing Fish Tanks

Surely many of you have tried at some time to photograph fish in their natural habitat, and although it seems like a difficult task because of the continuous movement of fish or the limited lighting available in the tank, we will show you that following this series of tips makes it fun, simple and allows you to combine photography and nature.

Although at least for me, photographing fish in natural environments is more rewarding and enriching, taking pictures in an artificial environment provides us with a different perspective. Say you bought one of the best fish tanks for your pets. You will surely want to take some photos of them that will hardly ever be seen in nature. I will illustrate the article with some examples of fish that are mostly territorial, that evolved over the years to be quite diverse.

Study Fish Behavior

One of the keys to success when doing fish photography is to know their behavior. It is important because it will allow us to anticipate certain movements and is doubly important because the tank shots will depend on how good we can follow their movements.

The pictures in aquariums, as pointed out in the previous paragraph, should be adapted to the requirements of the fish species. However, we will always be able to take some photos that aren’t always perfect if the conditions of the fish tank wont allow it.

What do you need to take pics of fish?

Choosing the species to be photographed and accommodated in a natural aesthetic environment is important. You will need some top of the line camera gear. A good flash is essential, as fish tanks can get quite dark as I’m sure you know. Also to capture the movement of the faster fish species, a good tripod and lense is essential.


What are the uses of mala beads?

Mala beads are beads used in meditation. It is also called prayer beads. It is a set of
beads used traditionally in Buddhist and Hindu religions for centuries. It is a
108-bead set used during meditations to keep count of the mantras, words
chanted either aloud or silently to invoke spirituality. Other beads have
markers on the 7th and the 21st so that the beads can be
used for shorter mantras. There is also a 28-bead version, which is a wrist
mala, which needs to be repeated thrice.

wholesale malaTo begin with the mediation using the beads, the intention of the yoga practice, the mantra, and the affirmation must be clear in mind. Then in a crossed legs position,
with closed eyes, and breathing exercises, the yogi must focus on the mantra.
With the yogi’s right hand, hang the mala on middle finger and use the thumb to
count the mantra by touching the bead during the recitation. To empower the
mala and the mantra, the meditation must be practiced for 40 continuous days.

In the western culture, some yogis use malas not only as a memento of their
mantra, but also as an ornament. The beads can be made out of gemstones which
vary depending on the reason of a person’s practice. Some beads are made of
black onyx, other are quartz, turquoise, or jade. For example, rose quartz is
believed to open the heart chakra, while an amazonite is believed to help us
follow our respective dreams. Traditionally, the beads are made of Rudraksha
seeds, lotus seeds, or as simple as wood. The Rudraksha seeds are believed to
embody peace and love.

For people who are not practicing yoga, but are seeking calmer mind, body, and spirit, the mala beads also serve the purpose. You don’t have to have religious nor
spiritual practice to have one.


Upholstery and Furniture Cleaning Tips

Every mother will at some point have a problem with the furniture or upholstery.  I do all the time with my kids as they just love to make a mess.  I will go over some of the best tips that I know of for cleaning upholstery.


Always Check the Tags

This is such a simple thing that many people always forget.  You absolutely must check if your furniture needs a water based or solvent based cleaner.  If you get the wrong one it can be a disaster.  A quick rundown is that x means professional, w means water, s means water free, and ws means either water free or water based is ok.  If it happens to have the x tag then you will need to hire a professional upholstery cleaning company.

Don’t Forget to Vacuum First

Before you even think about spreading on a chemical cleaner it is imperative that you vacuum all the existing dirt off.  This is so important for the life of your furniture because if you don’t do this then the dirt will smear and rub into the furniture.

When in Doubt Test

If you are ever in doubt as to whether you should use a specific chemical or cleaner on your furniture then make sure to do a simple test first.  How you can do this is to just pick an area of the furniture that is a bit hidden and out of the way.  Then you just take the chemical and dab a bit of it on that piece of furniture.  If the result is good then you have no issues.  If the result is bad then the worst case scenario is that you ruin only a small part of the upholstery rather than the whole thing.

If you just follow these simple tips then I am confident that you will do a great job with your furniture.