Orchid Care 101

Orchids are beautiful flowers and need to be treated with care. Even though orchids originate in tropical climates, they don’t need to be watered at a high frequency. The typical orchid should be watered only once every 5 to 10 days. If you water an orchid more frequently than that, you’ll kill its roots. Be sure to water the orchid more frequently during the summer months and less frequently during the winter months.

There are multiple types of orchids that will require unique watering schedules. Odontoglossum, Miltonia, Cymbidium and Paphiopedilum orchids must be kept moist all the time. Don’t water them until they become soggy though. Dendrobium, Oncidium, Brassia and Cattleya orchids should be kept moist only during growth periods. Ascocenda, Phalaenopsis and Vanda orchids should be kept fairly dry in between waterings.

Orchids will require a food that is specially formulated for orchids. Always follow the fertilizer’s instructions. As a general rule of thumb, orchids should be fertilized one time per month. Orchids fertilized less than this will grow much more slowly and might not develop full flowers. Over fertilizing can also prevent full flowering and can damage the orchid’s roots. Read the rest of this entry

Looking After Hair Extensions During Summer

During summer, our skin is the first thing we look after. We’re all aware of the damage that UV rays can cause to our skin so out comes the SPF’s to protect us and after a day in the sun we moisturise to stop our skin drying out.

As well as skin, our hair needs protected during summer, especially for those who go on holiday to hot climates. Hair can be damaged and become dry from a combination of the sun, salt water, sweat and chlorine. If you wear hair extensions, you must take extra care during summer. So how do you look after hair extensions in summer? Follow these top tips to keep your hair in the best condition.

1. Avoid swimming – Salt water and chlorine can damage our own natural hair but they can be even more damaging to hair extensions as they are no longer receiving the nutrients from the scalp. Salt water from the sea will dry the extensions which is the main cause of tangles and matting. Chlorine from swimming pools will also cause damage, not to mention changing the tone of blondes.

For those of you who decide still to swim, wear a swimming cap or put your hair into a low bun or braid to reduce the risk of tangling. Rinse your hair immediately with fresh water after swimming and add a nourishing conditioner to your hair to add  moisture back into the hair.

2. Dry bonds immediately - Bonds and tape are at their weakest and most fragile when wet so you need to be extra careful. Don’t allow them to soak in water for too long and if you do get them wet, dry them immediately – you can then leave the rest of the hair to dry naturally. Try to allow your hair extensions to dry naturally as often as possible as heat from hair dryers and styling tools can also cause damage and shorten the lifespan of the hair extensions. Read the rest of this entry

You Could Be Making These Deadly Film Production Mistakes

The film industry is an unforgiving and extremely competitive industry. In this industry the slightest mistake can end up costing you big time and interestingly a lot of the mistakes are made during the film production stages. Even some of the most experienced people make these mistakes which ends up costing them their careers in some cases. Below we look at the most common mistakes and how to avoid them.

Influence of the actor

We probably hear a lot about new films when there is a big name actor associated with it and who overshadows the whole project. The problem with small film production houses or people casting big name actors is that they may be too polite to actually ask the actor to work the way they want them to. Also, some may even exhaust a fair portion of their budget on hiring a big name actor and then have to hire friends and family members that quite frankly ruin even a good idea. Your decision to hire an actor should be made on the type of story you want to tell and while the leading cast should be good the rest also need to keep things professional.

Shooting a scrip of your own

Many people who are new to film production may feel tempted to write their own scripts and then film accordingly. Some may be so committed that their script and filming is excellent that even people close by like friends and family members may be afraid to tell them that it’s a bad idea. In the film industry it is important to be critical but it can be hard to be critical if you’ve spent two months of your own time drafting a script. When most people are shooting their own script they will often detour from all the industry development processes plus conveniently avoid all the needed criticism which is not good to begin with. Yes with your own script it is possible to avoid delays and frustration but it is important that you get feedback on the screenplay or you may end up leading all the crew, cast and investors off the proverbial financial cliff. This is obviously not good for your career. Read the rest of this entry

Five Tasty Spanish Tapas Ideas

There are so many different Spanish tapas recipes that it can be hard to know where to start. There are a wide range of different nutritious options out there and they all pack as little or as much of a punch as you want them to. Spanish tapas can be tailored to your individual palate or designed to give your guests a real taste sensation. Here are five tasty Spanish tapas options for you to try out at your next get together.

Spicy Toasted Almonds

Almonds are a staple of the Spanish diet and whilst you’ll often find them on desserts they also make a fantastic regular dish. Toss them in a pan with virgin olive oil and add in a range of spices and flavours including hot paprika, thyme, salt and cayenne pepper. It’s a simple dish but it really works and you can be sure everyone will want to grab a handful. Read the rest of this entry

Infographic: DIY Projects for Your Outdoor Summer Patio

Summertime in the UK is all about running around the outdoors and having BBQ’s with your family, friends, and neighbors. What better way to celebrate your coming outside again with a fresh look in the backyard of your home? Think: a newly-tiled patio floor with brand new pallet furniture for you and your guests to enjoy. But even better, imagine if you could say that all of this was possible with the work of your own two hands. Sure, we recommend recruiting a friend or two to help. (Reward them with a really awesome BBQ afterward, and they are sure to commit!

This infographic from Trade Price Tiles tells you everything you need to know to have an amazing summertime experience, just like the one mentioned above. Contained in the graphic is: a tutorial for making your own pallet furniture, a lesson in tiling your patio, and 4 awesome recipes that are all sure to make your guests extremely grateful for coming over.

Here are a few takeaways from the graphic itself.

Pallet furniture is quite easy to make. In fact, after making a chair or two, you can apply the same principles to make all different kinds of indoor furniture too (like sofas and coffee tables). If you are painting your furniture, keep in mind the cushions you plan on using. Make sure your paint is complimentary in color. And, if you are trying to conserve on paint, only cover where the cushions aren’t covering the furniture.

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Stay Protected With These 6 iPhone Security Essentials


A majority of iPhone users have no idea they are putting themselves and their personal data at risk by ignoring iPhone security. If your iPhone is stolen, unscrupulous parties will have unfettered access to sensitive data. They can take this information and sell it on the black market – or use it themselves – stealing your identity. This can bring a wave of issues crashing down on you including financial losses, personal attacks and more.

In an attempt to reduce theft, Apple added a “kill switch” feature to iPhones that allows devices to be disabled if they are stolen. This prevents unwanted users from gaining access to the data, content and device itself – they cannot even use it. It also brickwalls thieves that might wipe the device and sell your iPhone online.

In just the first six months after the feature went live, robberies involving Apple products in New York City fell to 19 percent. Apple’s plan to reduce theft of their products is working.

Yet, that doesn’t mean iPhone users should forego securing their device and stored data. To help, we’ve compiled a list of tips you can follow to lock down your iPhone and keep potential thieves or snoopers at bay.

Always Use the Auto-Lock Feature

Auto-lock is one of the most useful security features available. It returns the iPhone to a locked state after the touchscreen display has been inactive for an extended period of time. Read the rest of this entry

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