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Monday, November 30, 2020

A Pond for Everyone

Nothing may be as relaxing as sitting by a pond. Whether there is water trickling down rocks, wildlife humming around plants, or large peaceful koi fish swimming under the surface, ponds are therapeutic. But they are also a lot of work. Before you start adding different types of fish and plants, it is important to plan out what type of pond you want. Plants and fish need to complement each other in order to build a healthy ecosystem. If you want to attract wildlife, like birds and turtles, then pond management is key. Deciding on the type of pond you want is your first decision. 

Water Garden Pond

If you want to gaze on beautiful water lilies and sky-high flowers, then a water garden is for you. Water gardens need lots of sunshine. They can be small and do best with a depth of 18 to 24 inches. You should stick to aquatic plants that are native to the area, so they do not affect the local wildlife or surrounding plant life. Keep in mind that some types of fish may eat your plants, or attract birds who will destroy your flowers. However, a few goldfish usually don't hurt. 

Koi Pond

Koi ponds are a popular option if you are interested in watching fish. They are beautiful, hardy fish who do well in backyard ponds. Koi fish need at least 3 feet of water to be happy. If you are in a cooler climate, then the pond needs to be deep enough that your koi can swim comfortably under a layer of ice in the winter. Koi fish eat plants, so don't plant anything you are attached to. These types of ponds require some shade, a pump and a filter. These will prevent the growth of algae, which will limit you from seeing your koi fish. 

Wildlife Pond

If you want to observe frogs, dragonflies and snakes, then build a wildlife pond. There are certain features that you should incorporate into your pond to attract wildlife. Slopped banks and small ledges will make it easy for small amphibians to get in and out of the water. Make sure you have some shade and some sun for the animals. Moving water will deter mosquitos and keep the water more clear. You may want to add fish to your pond. Keep in mind that fish eat dragonflies and tadpoles. Also, fish attract larger birds that may destroy your pond. If you want to add fish, stick to something small and native to the area. 

Whichever type of pond you choose, do your research, and plan out every addition. This will lead to less work for you and happier inhabitants of the pond. 

Early Childhood Development Stages & Beyond

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Early Childhood Development Stages and Beyond

Thursday, October 29, 2020

3 Benefits of Being a Doctor

Do you love helping people, have a heart for others and always want to assist friends and families if they're sick? These may seem like common qualities, but they could be the perfect qualities to shape a career in medicine. If you have these qualities and are considering medical school, you could become a doctor in which Rachel Tobin Yale, a teaching professional, can help you navigate and understand the process of getting into medical programs. Going to med school and becoming a doctor is no easy task, but it's a very rewarding and beneficial career. Here are three positive aspects of choosing a career in medicine.

1. Stability

A lot of stresses in society stem from financial strains if you can't pay your bills. These financial hardships can break up families and make every day a struggle because you don't know if you'll make enough money to put food on the table. However, if you pursue a profession as a doctor, you won't have to worry about monetary issues. Being a doctor is a very lucrative field and has a lot of job stability as well as financial security. Take a look at how much doctors make here.

2. Impact 

A special perk of being a doctor is the fact that you work with people you may never have met otherwise and help them overcome an ailment in their life. It's very rewarding to see someone come into your office who's sick and injured, and you help them leave rejuvenated and healthier from surgeries or treatments you administered. In addition, if you have a heart to work overseas, you could even utilize your skills helping people who may not be able to even afford surgery or may have never seen a doctor. There are many programs doctors can join where you can go into a struggling country and help people get serious help through medicine. Not much would compare to the smile you'd see from a patient who had their life saved by something you did. 

3. Hard Work

A doctor genuinely knows what it means to work hard and achieve a goal. From med school to residency and every day's difficult decisions, you'll garnish a lot of respect for yourself because of the work ethic and characteristics you'll develop. 

With any career, you have to analyze the pros and cons that accompany the job. While being a doctor isn't easy by any means, it's filled with a lot of positive aspects, too. 

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

5 Ingredient No Bake Energy Bites

5 Ingredient No Bake Energy Bites. Loaded with old fashioned oats, peanut butter and flax. A healthy protein packed breakfast or snack!

Kids are back in school and they are HUNGRIER than ever!
These no bake energy bites are PERFECT for breakfast (my kids eat them with a banana) or for after school snacks. These kids are just always hungry!

5 ingredients
Super Easy

1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup ground flax seeds
1 cup old fashioned oats
2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
2 tbsp honey or maple syrup

Mix it all together in a bowl and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, then roll into balls! 
These store in the refrigerator for a week or the freezer for up to 3 months!

EASY PEASY! Will you be making these?

Thursday, September 3, 2020

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