GUEST LOVE POST

GIFTS: GUEST POST OF BIJEAN, SCIENCE LION MEDIA

For the Love of Pineapples

Hey everybody! Firstly, I want to send a huge thanks to YBP for providing me with her platform to reach you all. It’s really a pleasure to be here!


Now, one thing I can tell you about myself is that I absolutely LOVE gardening, and more specifically, practicing horticulture! Recently, I wrote a piece documenting my journey of growing a pineapple from a pineapple crown for the first time (you can follow my experience here), and considering that I’ve been nurturing this plant for over 2 years now, I have really grown attached to it! 

Yes, THAT attached haha.

After making sure it didn’t get too dry, feeding it regularly, and sheltering it from the cold when winter rolled around, the sentimental value of this plant grew tremendously. And as a result, which I showcased in my previous article, my plant gifted me with a fresh, new pineapple! But I have a confession that I failed to reveal in that post…

That’s not my only pineapple plant! 😀 

So, by request, I’m here to introduce you to my “growing” pineapple family 😉

It’s now November, and the temperatures have become suboptimal for my little beauties, so I’ve brought them inside to stay warm and comfortable. For my first guests, please meet the pineapple version of the Jackson 5, whom I dub the Piña 5! (Piña is Spanish for pineapple) 😀 Which one do you think is the “Piña” version of Michael Jackson? 

The Pina 5! They are 3 to 4 months in and looking great!

To continue with my musician-naming parody, next up is Ike Piña! ☺ 

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Ike is my oldest pineapple in the family, by a couple months. Earlier this summer, I had applied some foliar fertilizer that unfortunately was mixed at too high a concentration – not doing that again! Subsequently, the leaves experienced some burning which I had to prune off, and that may have stressed the plant out too much to consider producing a fruit this year. However, after bouncing back stronger than ever, I’m looking forward to next summer being its time to shine. *Fingers crossed*

Lastly, we have our main event…*drum roll please*…Tina Piña! 😀 

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Tina has really stolen the show this year, as she conceived a baby pineapple back in August and is still nurturing it to maturity. There are still at least a couple more months of growing left in her baby, so I’ll have to wait a little longer before sampling its organic goodness (yes, I grew it and all my other pineapples organically, while hand-picking any weedlings that sprouted). And in the midst of all this excitement, Tina had an additional surprise for us…can you see it from this picture? If not, let me help you out…

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Now, can you see that little pineapple sucker poking its head through the foliage? That, my friends, is the newest edition to the family! Maybe you all can help me with some prospective names, as it grows into its own plant! ☺

See, what I have grown to learn and love about pineapples is that they are gifts that keep on giving, as long as you give them love! Pineapples, in my opinion, are a microcosm of how the universe works which dictates that what you put in, is what you get out of it. Although admittedly pineapples are so resilient, they don’t require much attention at all to perform well!

I will be continuing to track the progress of the Piñas, supplementing them with grow lights and a stable climate to keep them happy through the winter, so be sure to subscribe to our page at Science Lion Media so you can receive notification of my updated harvest post in a few months. Additionally, I plan on conducting different growing experiments over the upcoming years to optimize the quality of my harvested pineapples, so stay tuned!

That’s going to do it for me on this post, but make sure to try growing your own pineapple(s); you won’t regret it, at all. Much love everyone!

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Ike and Tina Piña stepping in the name of love, under the grow lights!


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GUEST LOVE POST, MIRRORS SERIES

MIRRORS: GUEST POST OF WAEL, ECONOMY HORIZONS ❤️

Yes , our energies combine to form synergies …
Near or far , just keep shining like a star…
God is in everyone and everything,
After the winter comes the spring,
Birds start to sing ,
Blessings all would bring ,
Life is a wonderful and mysterious thing …


MIRRORS: A special series of Reflections on Life and Love ❤️

Thanks for your wonderful visit, friends!

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Till our next run, looking forward to gazing at more lovely Mirrors with you! ❤️

GATES SERIES, GUEST LOVE POST

GATES: GUEST POST FROM RETHINKING SCRIPTURE ❤️

I would like to say “Thank You” to Yeka for giving me the honor of writing this Guest Post.


We go through life taking care of our personal medical, sometimes spiritual, but when it comes to our mental health we give little regard to it, until we come face to face with a crisis. A crisis that overtakes us without warning.  It can be triggered by a sudden death of a loved one, a tragedy within the family unit.

My first experience with a mental health crisis was with a family member experiencing signs of schizophrenia. It seemed to come out of the blue without any warning.

The next crisis would be my own, attempted suicide via an overdose of sleeping pills. The trigger was total burnout, and a crisis of faith.  Things that I just couldn’t espouse any more.

I would experience several more episodes, then diagnosed bi-polar.  With help from a psychiatrist and proper medications I am stable. I have learned through all this how to recognize the start of panic attacks, with learned coping skills I can avert a full blown attack.

My advice to the reader is to take time to deal with stress whether it be at work, school, or at home. 

Never go to bed angry, learn skills to release the anger in a healthy manner.

Have a proper intake of nutrition, we are what we eat.

Be thankful not only for the big things, but, for the tiniest.

You only have one mind, it matters what you do with it!


GATES: A special series that focuses on healthy self-love, self-value, self-care, self-nurturing, and self-empowerment. ❤️

For even more powerful reminders and inspiration, do visit Rethinking Scripture! ❤️

Till our next run, may we live boldly and courageously knowing that we have the power to be the best version of ourselves! ❤️

GUEST LOVE POST, MIRRORS SERIES

MIRRORS: GUEST POST OF WAEL, ECONOMY HORIZONS ❤️

Through both joy and pain ,
You transcend , grow and gain,
Angels with you  remain ,
Nothing you give goes in vain,
Your blessings and miracles start to rain ,
Your love and spirit , they all contain ,
You move with the flow of life
Again , again and again…


MIRRORS: A special series of Reflections on Life and Love ❤️

Thanks for your wonderful visit, friends!

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Till our next run, looking forward to gazing at more lovely Mirrors with you! ❤️

GUEST LOVE POST, MAPS SERIES

MAPS: GUEST POST OF FRITZIE, LIFE TRAVEL SOUL ❤️

BURLINGTON, VERMONT: LAKE CHAMPLAIN CRUISE

Sunny skies, calm and clear blue waters…

It was a lovely day for a cruise at Lake Champlain in Burlington, Vermont. We arrived a little early for the boat ride, so my hubby and I walked around the waterfront and reveled in the beauty that surrounds us.

The Spirit of Ethan Allen started boarding, we were welcomed by a friendly crew who gave us directions to our table. Music was playing, champagne glasses were clinking, the buffet was waiting!

The food was delicious! My favorites were the Vermont Maple Sausage and the Brunch Potato Gratin (sliced potatoes baked with cheddar, smoked gouda and Vermont cream). We were torn between getting more food or taking photos of the lake. The boat will only cruise for 90 minutes, and we already spent half the time eating. So, we decided to have one more dessert before we headed to the upper deck.

I felt the cold wind on my face when I got into the open-air deck. I was glad that we bundled up for this fall weather. We were able to stay outside and enjoy the view of Lake Champlain – nestled between the Adirondack Mountains of New York and the Green Mountains of Vermont.

It was a smooth and relaxing ride. The cruise is definitely a “must-do” for anyone visiting Burlington, Vermont for the first time. It’s a fabulous way to learn a bit about its history, drink a glass of champagne, chill, and enjoy being out on the beautiful lake. 

My hubby and I had a wonderful time aboard the Spirit of Ethan Allen. For more info about the various cruises at Lake Champlain, click here.

Thank you so much for reading. Have a great day!


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Till our next run, let’s wear our happy adventure caps and enjoy even more explorations together! ❤️

GATES SERIES, GUEST LOVE POST

GATES: GUEST POST OF POOJA, LIFESFINEWHINE❤️

How To Maintain Balance In Your Life While At University

University is one of those things where if you let it, it can really consume all your time. It’s easy to fall into a pattern of only focusing on work and putting all the other important things in your life on the back burner. However, this is not exactly healthy because you need to have balance in your life because if you don’t have balance it’s easy to get exhausted, suffer from mental health problems and even physical problems. Here are some ways that can help you bring balance to your life while at university:

  1. Plan everything/keep a schedule– I would highly recommend getting a planner or scheduling your time in other ways. It will help to organise your time so that you don’t end up spending too much time on one thing and not enough on another. 
  2. Take some “me” time– I know it can be overwhelming with all the work you get from university but it’s also important to take some time off to focus on yourself and just relax. Whether it’s reading, sleeping, watching TV, yoga, meditation or pretty much anything just remember to breathe. 
  3. Mental health is important– your mental health should be your priority especially when you are at university because it’s easy to forget about it and end up being totally mentally exhausted due to stress and overworking. It helps to not leave assignments till the last minute because it can get very stressful to do everything at the last moment. Remember to seek help if you feel really overwhelmed.
  4. Don’t try to do everything– even though balance is good don’t overstretch yourself by trying to do too much. It’s okay to not be perfect all the time, it’s okay to not do everything at once and it’s also okay to spend some time doing absolutely nothing.  

I want to thank Yeka for giving me the opportunity to post on her blog and I really hope everyone enjoys this post!


GATES: A special series that focuses on healthy self-love, self-value, self-care, self-nurturing, and self-empowerment. ❤️

For even more powerful inspiration, do visit Pooja on Lifesfinewhine!❤️

Till our next run, may we live boldly and courageously knowing that we have the power to be the best version of ourselves! ❤️

CARDS SERIES, GUEST LOVE POST

CARDS: GUEST POST OF KEVIN, WHAT WORDS MAY COME ❤️

Deeply honored to share this beautiful poem written by our dear fellow blogger Kevin from What Words May Come. This is lovingly dedicated to his sweet daughter Tara.


DOORS FOR TARA 

Ever does the new moon rise

Yet black in the clearest autumn skies

Undaunted by earth’s rotation abound 

Creeping ever so slowly above the soft ground

As early the glory of morning sleeps tight

The day brings it refuge to open with light

But only to fall back to sleep once again

Brings closure to dream of a new morning’s grin

The heart on its journey can be quite the same

To open and close with emotional aim

While we wonder throughout our life in a daze

It’s a challenge we face walking through life’s maze

And doors have their hinges that swing to a stance

They’re open or closed as they move in the dance

We all are like doors if we look at our lives

We open and close like husbands and wives

While some of us never quite reach our crest

Like the moon we shine full when we are at our best

Relationships often take the same road

Making too much of one thing to carry a load

But when that load becomes too much to bare

We wane like the moon and start not to care

It happens as mortals for that’s what we do

We wax and we wane in relationships too

So, keep your heart light and look to the stars

For you never quite know what might create scars

Yet scars are a sign that you truly did live

And for that be thankful that your heart can still give


CARDS: A special series that features Love Letters and sweetest expressions of love

For even more beautiful inspiration, do visit Kevin on What Words May Come!

Till our next run, let’s continue to embrace all whom we cherish and sprinkle their day with love!