May 29, 2020

Benefits of Pre-K Programs

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Families with young children are eager to set their little ones up for bright and happy futures. Data shows that children who attend pre-kindergarten programs experience greater success in academics, and gain life skills that help them well into adulthood. Research-based programs can provide the type of pre-K Tampa children need.

Academic Readiness
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Children who attend pre-k programs are generally better prepared for learning. They demonstrate significant gains in print awareness, math and vocabulary, all of which build the foundation for future success in school.

Closing the Gaps
While all children can benefit from pre-k, it is especially beneficial to disadvantaged students and to English language learners. These children gain exposure to literacy-rich environments, a diverse group of friends, and opportunities to engage in music, visual arts, and creative play. This helps close the learning gaps between them and their economically advantaged peers. 

Social Skill Development
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Students in pre-k programs have opportunities to share and cooperate with others. They learn to resolve conflicts and express their feelings in age-appropriate ways under the guidance of trained and qualified teachers. Social-emotional skill development is essential for future success in school and for building healthy and lasting friendships.

Long-Term Success
Studies show that the long-term benefits of preschool and pre-k programs go far beyond academics. Children who attend pre-k are more likely to finish high school and tend to have better employment prospects as adults. They are less likely to commit violent crimes than peers who did not attend pre-k, and they experience greater economic stability.

A well-rounded, nurturing pre-k program benefits children from all backgrounds, both in the short term and in the future. Early exposure to academics and peer groups sets them up for greater success in reading and math, and in life. it is a worthwhile investment of time for parents and their children.
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May 27, 2020

3 Tips for Your Business Trip to Anchorage, Alaska

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There are a few states that upon arrival you feel you've landed in a different country. Alaska is one of them. If you are on business and visiting Alaska for the first time, here are some tips to help you through your journey.

Purchase Commercial Insurance
Driving in Alaska is not like driving in the continental United States. Alaska has permafrost forests and glaciers because it is cold. It also has hazardous road conditions. You'll want to rent a car to get around, so be sure you purchase commercial auto insurance Anchorage AK to protect you from risk. You never know what type of road conditions you may encounter during your travels.

Prepare for Harsh Temperatures
Prior to your trip, you'll want to pack wisely, especially if you are traveling in winter. While the summers can be cool, and you'll want to at least pack a light jacket, the winters are long, and in some areas are even considered arctic in climate. If you don't have a heavy-duty winter coat, gloves, scarf and hat, now is the time to purchase all three. After spending any amount of time in the outdoors, you'll be glad you did.

Bring Extra Cash
Alaska is perhaps the most mysterious state in the union. You'll get to watch the sun set over the glaciers during the evening, and if you're lucky you'll get to watch the Aurora Borealis dance through the sky after dusk. There is no doubt you'll want to remember your trip. Anchorage offers many small coffee shops with souvenirs, as well as art galleries with paintings and trinkets created by locals.

You may be visiting Alaska on business, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't enjoy this adventure that for many people is once in a lifetime. Once you've made arrangements to travel safely and dress warm, be sure to have a little fun, too.
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What Are the Benefits of Short-Term Loans?


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Economic times and tough and many individuals and families are wondering how they are going to make ends meet. One option that people might not have thought about is a short-term loan. Applying for short term loans Mississippi can cover the cost of numerous unexpected expenses. Furthermore, short-term loans are often much easier to qualify for than a typical loan. With this in mind, for what purposes can people use short-term loans?

Cover an Unexpected Medical Expense
A large percentage of people who have to file for bankruptcy do so because of unexpected medical expenses. Few people plan on getting sick and while health insurance can cover the cost of some of these medical expenses, issues such as co-insurance, deductibles, and lifetime maximums can saddle someone with a tremendous amount of debt. To prevent this from happening, individuals can apply for short-term loans and use them to cover the cost of these medical expenses. This could cover the cost of a hospitalization, a surgical procedure, or even a stay in the intensive care unit (ICU).

Help Pay for the Cost of a Major Repair
In addition, short-term loans can be used to cover the cost of a repair. Machines break from time to time and this can place people in a serious bind. This could include a home repair or a car repair. Those who are looking for ways to cover the cost of these repairs can apply for a short-term loan.

Apply for Short-Term Loans Today
These are only a few of the many ways that someone could use short-term loans. While applying for a typical loan from a bank or credit union can be slow and arduous, the application process for short-term loans is much easier. Therefore, anyone who needs cash quickly should consider applying for short-term loans.
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Urban Gardening - Another Update

Remember that I started building our small urban vegetable garden at home just before the Enhanced Community Quarantine took effect.

Since then, I harvested lots of veggies like string beans, tomatoes, and eggplants. Here is a short update on our urban garden.

Eggplants
Before, I only have two pots of eggplants.

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Eggplants in large pails.
I added four more pots and now they are matured and started flowering. Growing eggplants is simple using indirect seeding.  
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Eggplants' flower
 Lettuce

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Lettuce: Ready to harvest.
After several tries, I finally succeed in growing lettuce
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Harvested lettuce.
Instead of harvesting by pulling the entire plant, I do pruning matured leaves and let it grow continuously until next harvest. I already harvested 3 times.
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Lettuce after prunning

Okra
There are pots of okra plants.
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Okra plants
They are starting to bear flower. After a few weeks, I will be picking the fruits from them.
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Okra: Starting to bloom.
Ampalaya
The ampalaya is getting better now and starting bearing fruits. 
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Ampalaya, continuously growing.
Aside from the fruits, leaves were also collected.

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Ampalaya: Waiting to be harvested. 
Aside from using it in ginisang munggo, pruning the leaves makes the plant healthier and bear more fruits.

Corn
I had difficulty in growing corn. Once the sprout comes out of the soil, something is burrowing it getting the cotyledon.

Instead of growing it directly, I used the indirect seeding method. After two months, I noticed flowers on one of them. The ears will soon appear on the stem.

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Corn's flower
I planted more corn and they are starting to grow.
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Corn
Tomatoes
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Tomatoes
Tomatoes do not last long and need to be replaced. Before the first batch started to wilt, I started germinating seeds collected from the kitchen and now they are growing in soil mixed with papers.

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Tomatoes growing in soil mixed with paper.
I am also germinating cherry tomatoes. Once ready for transplanting, they will be joining with the other tomatoes too.

Bell Peppers
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Bell peppers
Like the tomatoes, bell peppers are already transplanted and started to grow healthy on soil mixed with paper.
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1 week after transplanting bell peppers.
Squash
There are only two squash in the garden and they are crawling on the floor.
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Squash with kankong growing using old tires.

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Cucumber
The cucumber is already growing in the old tires.
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Cucumber seedlings.
Sweet Potato or Kamote and Kangkong
Growing these plants is easy. 
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Sweet potato or kamote.
Just insert the cutting into the soil and sprouts will be observed growing after a few days.  
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Kankong in old tires.
I am collecting the taps every week and cook it directly in the kitchen.

Calamansi and Lemon
I have one calamansi and two lemons grown in a large pail separately.
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Lemon
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Calamansi with corn.
These are all grafted and hopefully bear fruits soon.

By the way, here is my new garden buddy.
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That’s all for now and I will keep updating about urban gardening.
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May 22, 2020

It's Time To Focus on the Those Home Upgrades

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In the past two months, a few things are certain. You've worn pajamas regularly throughout the entire day, and you've crafted a list of all of the things annoying you in your home. In fact, starting at the old worn out floor or chipped paint is probably driving you crazy, distracting you from work assignments. Take action. Several states are opening back up, allowing for businesses to get back to work. One of those essential areas is construction. So, while you may not quite be back at the office yet, it's possible to tackle some of your dream renovations. I will share some home renovation ideas, and you may also visit https://kitchensacramento.com/ultimate-home-remodeling-renovation-guide/ for other home remodeling ideas.

Spruce Up The Kitchen
Restaurants are open, but you're probably cooking most of your meals at the house. Smooth out the timing by getting it organized and functional; you can find what you need without a hassle. Research online, looking into custom cabinets bergen county. Check out various styles. An open design allows you to see everything quickly. White cabinets open up the room, brightening the atmosphere.

Change Out The Floors
Have you really looked closely at what you're walking on all day? Is it stained? Has the color faded? A new lush carpet feel cozy to your toes. Vinyl plank is popular at the moment and is likely to provide additional durability and easy cleanup. If you have kids, you'll find it easier to wipe up those spills.

Enhance Your Office
The kitchen table is getting a bit old as your new desk. Start to seek out a space that could give you some quiet and focus. This might be an alcove or small closet; honestly, at this point, you could probably make do with the garage. After you've located a spot, consider various desk designs that work with the area, allowing you to store your belongings and get a bit of peace. This could be simple throw together set or something pieced from wood panels. Focus on ease and structure.

Eventually, you'll be back at the main building In the meantime, this is an opportunity to tackle those challenging projects.

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May 21, 2020

Urban Gardening - How to Grow Lettuce


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Leaf Lettuce
One of the plant in our mini-urban garden is the lettuce.

There are different types or classification of lettuce: leaf, cos or romaine, crisphead, butterhead, and stem.

Leaf lettuce or also called loose-leaf lettuce has a loosely arranged leaves in stalk while the cos or romaine lettuce forms an upright and elongated head.

Butterhead varieties are small, loose-heading types with tender, soft and buttery-textured leaves exhibiting a mild, sweet, and succulent taste.

Crisphead lettuce or iceberg lettuce are round, compact with overlapping leaves. The outer leaves are greener compared to the inner leaves.  It is denser compared to butterhead lettuce. 

Stem lettuce are grown mainly for their thick stems and widely used in stews and creamy Chinese dishes. These variety are also called celtuce, asparagus lettuce, or celery lettuce.


Lettuce is a good source of nutrients like Vitamin K, Vitamin A, folate, and iron.

Is it difficult to grow lettuce?
Let me share with you how I grow a leaf lettuce in our garden.

At first, I tried growing lettuce from the stalk.
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Growing lettuce from stalk
After a few days, new leaves started to grow but after a week, the stalk became rotten. With this, I decided to grow lettuce from seeds. I bought a pack of seeds from the supermarket.

Since lettuce seeds are tiny, I planted lettuce through indirect seeding. Instead of a seedbox, I used small pots as their temporary growing media.

The seeds are sprinkled over the soil, cover it with a thin layer of garden soil, then water with slow stream ensuring that the seeds do not wash away.
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Lettuce Seedlings
Maintain moisture of the water by misting the seedbox with water daily. Germination of seeds will take from 7 to 20 days.

While waiting for the seeds to germinate and ready for transplanting, find for a place where the plants will get enough sunlight for at least 4 to 6 hours. It does not need to be in direct sunlight.

Next is the time to make your hands dirty. Prepare the soil where you are going to transfer the seedlings. I used ordinary soil mixed with sawdust. This will make your growing media moist all the time.
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Soil mixed with sawdust
Preparing the soil one week before transplanting is recommended.

Once the seedlings have already developed 4 to 6 leaves, they are ready to be transplanted.
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Transplanted lettuce seedlings

Dig holes of about 1 to 2 inches deep on the soil with about 4 to 6 inches apart. Transfer the lettuce seedlings in each hole. Having this spacing, when the leaves are fully grown, will cover the soil making the water retention longer.

Press the soil around the seedlings and water gently.

After several days, the leaves will start and continue to grow.
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One of the important thing in planting lettuce is water. Keeping the soil moist especially during hot weather is good for the plant. Mulch the soil with sawdust or rice hull will help.
21 days
30 days
And after about 45 days, the lettuce is ready to harvest. 
One of the important thing in planting lettuce is water. Keeping the soil moist especially during hot weather is good for the plant. Mulch the soil with sawdust or rice hull will help.
45 days
Harvesting can be done by pruning the matured leaves and saving the stalk and let it grow continuously.
One of the important thing in planting lettuce is water. Keeping the soil moist especially during hot weather is good for the plant. Mulch the soil with sawdust or rice hull will help.
First Harvest
After two weeks, another set of leaves can be harvested from the same stalk.
One of the important thing in planting lettuce is water. Keeping the soil moist especially during hot weather is good for the plant. Mulch the soil with sawdust or rice hull will help.
2 weeks after the pruning the leaves
Lettuce is disease and pest free plant but aphids, slugs, snails, and caterpillars love lettuce. Homemade insecticide can help control insects. Putting dry ash around the plant will help inhibit snail attacks.

Another condition that lettuce may encounter is tipburn. This is where the leaves started to brown and curl due to inconsistent moisture. To save the plant from tipburn, remove the browned leaves, and start watering consistently.
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