How to Get Started with Container Gardening

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When it comes to planting/gardening it can be intimidating at first glance, especially if you are attempting to grow your own food.  Any new gardener knows that keeping your plants alive is often the hardest part of it all! A much simpler method to gardening or growing your own food would be Container Gardening, it is super easy and gives your balcony, window or back yard a spruce of color. Here are some helpful tips on how to start your own container garden. Let’s get planting!


It can be super exciting starting your own container garden, but when people grow plants they forget about the kind of atmosphere that they live in. For example, if you live in a dryer and more humid climate like Pennsylvania you might want to think of where you place your plant to get a lot of sunlight and making sure it doesn’t dry out.  If you live in a more wet and cooler climate like Portland, Oregon you might want to consider placing your plant on your balcony a couple times a week so it can be watered and making sure it gets enough sunlight. You don’t want to over water, but sunlight can be an issue for a much wetter climate.

Kind of Plant

Before you go out and buy all of your supplies that you will be needing to start your garden, make sure you know exactly what you want to grow. When it comes to container gardening, it doesn’t really matter what kind of plant you want to grow as long as you take care of it and help it grow. So, make a list of possible ideas whether that be a succulent garden, a tomato garden, a herb garden or even a flower garden. Know what you want!


In order to start and take care of your garden, here are tools that you will be needing:

  • Gloves- to really get in there and make sure your plants are at the right place in the pot.
  • Watering Can- to make sure your plants are nice and hydrated.
  • Scissors- you can find special scissors at your local hardware store that makes it easier to trim your plants.
  • Soil- so you can place your seeds/plants in it to grow!
  • Mulch- to retain moisture and keep your plant cool.
  • Fertilizer- to help feed your plants!  
  • Pot- you can buy a pot, a wooden box or really anything that has a hole in the bottom of it so the water can drain easily.
  • Seeds or Plant- you can buy these at hardware stores or even at your local farmers market.

Start Planting

Now that you have all of the necessary tools to make your awesome container garden you can finally get to planting! Location is key, so make sure you know where you want to place your garden, whether that be the window, balcony or back yard. When planting make sure there is enough soil in the pot, you can then take your plant and tease the roots of it gently in order for it to grow out more. After you have planted everything in the exact spot you want you can water it and spread some mulch around the surrounding areas that are still exposed so it can retain moisture. A great idea for you to keep track of watering and keeping your garden healthy is to make a chart where you mark down everytime you water your garden and feed it. Now you’re all set!

Waterfield Designs – Bolt Briefcase

When one looks to purchase a bag there are a number of different considerations to make. For individuals that have a laptop a bag of a certain size is required. The overall design of the bag matters as well. For those that are active – if they are utilizing a bicycle or carrying their possessions on a train or bus – having a good amount of padding and protection for the items contained within becomes a major concern. Continue reading “Waterfield Designs – Bolt Briefcase”

Brainstream SOI Handbag / Purse Light

There are a number of problems with having a large purse. Some of these issues arise from the fact that with the larger purses it becomes difficult if not outright impossible to locate every item that is placed inside. Particularly problematic are those smaller items including lipstick and other forms of makeup but even keys can fall present to this concern.
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Therapedic Ultimate Comfort Heated Blanket

We are in the middle of winter and even with the heater on high, there are nights at our house where the temperature begins to dip, and one is required to bury themselves in a blanket. Therapedic has created the Ultimate Comfort Heated Blanket that goes and ties together a thick, cozy blanket with a tremendously powerful heating element to make for something that is not bulky but will keep one warm throughout the coldest nights of the winter.Therapedic Ultimate Comfort Heated Blanket

We received the king size version of the Ultimate Comfort Heated Blanket and the company does not skimp on the size. This blanket fit perfectly on our bed and allows for one to go and plug in one or both sides of the blanket based on what they need – I like sleeping with just the blanket while the wife likes having the heat on high. The dials on the blanket make it easy to place the blanket at whichever level of warm that they would like, meaning that somebody that might be just slightly chilly can go and place the blanket at a 1 setting while somebody that is absolutely teeth chatteringly cover up with the blanket and dial it to 9 or the maximum setting.

The Ultimate Comfort Heated Blanket warms up quickly and stays warm for as long as somebody has it plugged into an outlet the like it retails for about $240 but a durable design and smart arrangement of the power plugs means that this will be in the rotation for anyone over a number of years. For more information about the full product line that the company creates, the sizes that they have available and any sort of specials or promotions that they may be offering visit the Therapedic website. The company also offers further product updates and information at their social media account.

Rating 9.0 / 10

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Shark Rocket Powerhead

I come from a tradition where a good vacuum cleaner is heavy, difficult to move and is absolutely unwieldy. I half expected the Powerhead has to be a device that will pick up small bits and pieces off of our floors but not have much use beyond as a simple dusting apparatus. When we actually had a moment to evaluate the vacuum we were pleasantly surprised at the sheer amount of material that it picked up after a few minutes. The Shark Rocket Powerhead works equally well on carpeted floors as well as wood ones with the process of switching from one to the other simple enough as opening up the vacuum and switching out the beater heads. Continue reading “Shark Rocket Powerhead”

Diono Olympia Convertible Plus Booster Car Seat

Diono’s Olympia Convertible Plus Booster Car Seat is a perfect blend of safety, comfort, and stylish design. The Safestop harness distributes the force of braking equally across the body rather than concentrating it upon a single point, while the lower height of the Olympia has been shown to provide greater security and safety to children in the event of a crash. Continue reading “Diono Olympia Convertible Plus Booster Car Seat”

KJB SleuthGear Zone Shield Night Vision Clock Radio – SC8000


Alarm clocks are so commonplace in houses and hotels that one would not expect that a camera would be contained within. The SC8000 has a tremendous amount of functionality beyond its obvious notification mode. The camera is able to record high-quality video even in low light / darkness – the 30 frames per second level ensures that one is provided with a fluid video rather than a choppy collection of stills. The variety of recording options that are present further increase the versatility of the alarm clock, while the product price (available for around $400) makes it a no-brainer when it comes to the safety and the security of one’s possessions, family, and domicile. I personally like the inclusion of a time and date stamp on the recordings, which provide additional authority to the recording should it be utilized in a legal proceeding or as part of a report to the police or other local authorities. The capacity of the SC8000 is 32 gigabytes, which is ample enough to have hundreds of recordings contained on the device without running into the need to delete previously-recorded content.

The build quality of the SC8000 Night Vision Clock Radio is sufficient enough to take drops off of a night stand and typical amounts of wear without interfering with the operation of the device. The hidden functionality of the product is hidden well, meaning that even those individuals that look directly at the clock radio will be unable to identify the added functionality of the alarm clock.

The SC8000 can be purchased for around $400; visit the KJB Security website for more information about their 2014 product line, and all of the surveillance products that they currently offer – an added support side to the website provides ample information about the full functionality of each of the devices that KJB sells.

Rating: 9.3/10

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Wahl Lighted Detailer Lithium Power


Many of the extra tools that come with household shavers attempt to allow individuals to detail their nose, eyebrows, and neckline. However, I feel that Wahl’s Lighted Detailer is able to have a single, unitary focus and succeeds at providing individuals with shapely necklines, brows, and sideburns at a very approachable price (the detailer is available online for around $15-20).The detailer is powered through one AA battery, and has a slew of different heads to allow individuals the greatest ability to form and otherwise obliterate some of the more pesky hair growths that may have cropped up.

The rotary head demolishes nose hair, while the included light provides the ability to properly denude the nostrils. The detail head is incredibly sharp and will remove hair indiscriminately – make sure to utilize the eyebrow guide to provide some form and direction. The reciprocating head is a solid inclusion, as it provides adequate sharpness to deal with unibrow and toe/knuckle hair issues. The battery life ensures that one will be able to conduct all their grooming for an ample amount of time before having to swap out batteries. Visit the Wahl website for more information about the company’s product offerings, to register the Wahl products that you have purchased, and a listing of all of the promotions which the company is currently offering. The Wahl Lighted Detailer would be a perfect holiday or birthday purchase for anyone that prides themselves on a sharp look – the product will last for years before one would even have to consider replacing it.

Rating: 9.5/10

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