I need help with a contest. I love to win and I need just 3 more new people to shop at alex+von before June 30th to win a contest. If you help me win (by shopping with me, it can be any amount from any alex+von brand for instance there is a bath sponge made from recycled plastic that is only $4.00!) then you will be entered to win a Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream!
Keep in mind though that any order from any one brand over $50.00 gets free shipping! Click the link to shop now and be entered to win!
reblogging for my personal blog. Help me win! I wanna be a winner! Then I can be like Charlie Sheen <— totally my goal in life! (I kid!=)
I couldn't get the reply button to work on your post -- but have you seen the Story of Cosmetics? It is what started my search for better cosmetics. Maybe it would help you explain it to people? Tumblr won't let me paste the link, but it should be the first result on Google.
I haven’t seen it, but am googling now!! See this is why I love you people! Thanks for the tip sweet lady!
Well it is summertime and the girls are both home with me which is enough to keep anyone busy. For instance tomorrow I have to go travel 3 hours to Mississippi State to pick up a bunch of girls from cheerleading camp and then drive 3 hours back. Long day!
I also work three days a week with my parents, two of those days I drag the girls with me. Not fun for them but what do you do! And in the middle of it all I am feverishly trying to get my alex+von business up and running. That is what I am doing most of my free time and why I haven’t been around here as much. I really want to get this up off the ground and running - and not for the I want to succeed/make money part of it. That is just a bonus (and a great one mind you). But I just want so bad to help people - to show them that there are good, healthy, organic products for all of your daily needs that work just as well if not much better then those synthetic, chemical ridden ones about everyone is using. I want to help so much that it is frustrating to me!
For instance, I am having the best month (sales wise) that I have had so far with this company and I could care less. Why? Because I only got 3 new people to order from me. In a month, I only helped three people switch some of their products which could be effecting their health negatively to a healthier alternative. That is a fail for me. I know not everyone is going to be like me and when they find out that their current products are loaded with cancer causing carcinogens - just go around the house with a trash bag and throw them all out and replace them (yes, I really did that and yes it was really expensive! But for my health and the health of my family - it was worth it! =) But even just starting out light - switch shampoo/condition - or switch your soap or shower gel. Most people don’t even realize that the organic, natural face creams/eye creams etc cost less then the chemical laden ones and they work better. I just for some reason can’t get this message across to enough people. And I am just frustrated because I want to help people get healthy with products that are not only good for them but eco-friendly too. Saving your health and saving the environment all at the same time - yep that is right up my eco-friendly health ally! Sigh - one day soon - people will start listening, people will care that the products they put on their body get absorbed directly into their bloodline and they will start watching what they put on their skin. When they do - you can bet I will be there to help! =)
If any of you ladies are looking for some new make-up brushes now is the time! From now until 2PM PST tomorrow 100% Pure is offering 50% off on ALL of their make-up brushes. 100% Pure uses only synthetic fibers (anti-bacterial plastic) which are 100% cruelty free and work just as well as – and even better than animal fur makeup brushes since the fibers are anti-bacterial (whereas animal fur attracts bacteria easily).
The link will take you to all of their brushes. No code needed that discount is marked in red. Orders must be placed by June 9th at 2PM PST.
Here’s an interesting article on how to how to identify Beneficial Insects!
Some gardeners may get the urge to zap any insect they may see in the vegetable garden. Before ridding the insect from your garden, you may want to do some research – the critter just might be helping your vegetable garden. There are some insects that defend your precious vegetables by eating or infecting the naughty bugs that are out to destroy all your hard work. These beneficial insects are the unsung heroes of the vegetable garden. The great thing about having beneficial insects in the vegetable garden is they are the best form of pesticides. Imploring practices to lure beneficial insects into your vegetable garden is a natural method of battling pests without having to buy expensive and harmful chemicals, keeping your organic garden organic. Let’s identify some of the most common beneficial insects you may find in your garden.The next post will describe ways to attract these great vegetable garden helpers.
Ladybugs, also called lady beetles or ladybird beetles, are probably the most commonly found beneficial insect. They are the natural enemies of aphids, scale bugs, and other sap feeding insects. Adult ladybugs have hemispherical bodies that can be orange, pink, red, yellow, or black with distinctive spots. Do not get ladybugs confused with cucumber beetles. They look very similar to ladybugs, but cucumber beetles have longer antennae and are a bright yellow in color.
Adult female ladybugs usually lay clusters of eggs underneath leaves in the vicinity of prey insects. The alligator-looking larvae are also pest eaters, and can typically devour more insects than an adult. The larvae are spiny and black with bright spots. Although they look dangerous, they are harmless to humans.
The assassin bug is very interesting insect that is a great warrior of the vegetable garden. There are many different species of the assassin bugs including the millipede assassin bug, the ant assassin bug, or the milkweed assassin bug. Some assassin bugs look similar to stink bugs while others may resemble a spider. Assassin bugs sneak up on their prey and attack using a three-segmented beak. They use this beak to puncture the prey insect and induce a toxic fluid. The toxic fluid breaks down the tissue of the prey insect and the assassin bug then sucks the fluid out.
Assassin bugs vary in color and can be black, brown, yellow, gray, green and some species have other very bright markings. They have long antennae and long, skinny legs. The assassin bug’s head has a long neck with the beak or sucker part underneath.
Try not to handle an assassin bug as they can have a very painful bite. The bite can cause some infections and has been known to spread disease in South America and other tropical regions. Lacewings
Lacewings are a very delicate looking insect that usually measures about 15-22 mm long as adults with transparent, lacey-looking wings. These wings are where the lacewing get their name. Lacewings are either green or brown in color, with the brown types being the most predatory. Lacewings snack on aphids, mites, scale bugs, and many other garden pests. Ground Beetle
The ground beetle makes up one of the largest families of beetles in the country, with over 220 different species. Most ground beetles are black and shiny with hard, ridged wing covers on the back. They also have short antennae and a small head. Ground beetles are easily confused with some cockroaches because they have a similar shape and size, but beetles have hardened front wings where as the roach has leathery wings. Most ground beetle species do not use their wings but will fly to lights at night from time to time.
Adult ground beetles are active at night, and mostly hide under objects during the day. The ground beetles come out at night to feast on unsuspecting insects. They feed on caterpillars, root maggots, snails, slugs, grubs, and other soft bodied insects. Ground beetle larvae are also important predators, since they feed on below ground pests.
The praying mantis is one of the most popular and intriguing insects in the garden. They are either brown or green in color, have a very long, stick-like body, and a triangular shaped head. The insects holds its front two legs in a bent position, and resembles a praying position – hence the name praying mantis.
The praying mantis will lie in hiding, using its color as camouflage, and ambush approaching insects for a quick meal. The down side to having praying mantis in the garden is that they will also eat other beneficial insects. The praying mantis will devour just about any insect it can get a hold of. Parasitic Wasp
The Parasitic wasp doesn’t really eat bad bugs like the previously mentioned critters – they use the insects as nurseries for their young. Generally the parasitic wasp will lay its eggs in or on an insect so the baby wasps have food when they hatch. Having this wasp in the garden is a great solution for controlling caterpillars, weevils, cutworms, and hornworms. The parasitic wasp pulls double duty as well by being a good pollinator.
Parasitic wasp are very small and can be anywhere from 1/4-inch to 3/4-inch long with long, thread-like antennae. You will usually see the work of a parasitic wasp before you actually see the insect itself. Parasitic wasps have a wide range of colors from black to yellow and red.
This is just a handful of the beneficial insects you may find working hard in your vegetable garden. If you come across an insect that you are unsure of its identity, you can collect it in a jar and take it to a local nursery. The fine people there might be able to identify it. You could also buy an insect field guide to help identify the beneficial insects from the bad insects. There are also some very good online resources such as bugguide.net, and whatsthatbug.com. Both of these websites are invaluable for identifying beneficial insects. Now that we have covered how to identify some common beneficial insects, next we’ll find out how to attract these vegetable garden soldiers!
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