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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!


Gifts: A Special Series on Out-of the-Box Love

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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!

For even more amazing inspiration, do visit Wael on Economy Horizons!

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

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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! ❤️

LAMPS SERIES, LOVE GUEST POST

LAMPS: GUEST POST OF RICHARD, BIG SKY BUCKEYE ❤️

Thank you Yeka for asking me to share some of my life lessons.  Each of these reflections comes from my journal, which is updated with thoughtful words from reading and commenting on others’ blog posts.  These are in no particular order.


1. God has much in store for the coming days, weeks, months, and years.  He feeds us with the bread of life.

2. Happiness can show up in unexpected places.

3. Love brings an avenue for a person to support another.  This is the richness of true unconditional love.

4. I can never expect to walk perfectly with Jesus, but I can work to listen to Him and abide in His teachings.

5. Young love may be filled with excitement and passion, but love that matures and blossoms like a rose is wonderfully precious.

6. Sometimes, all we need for a successful journey in life is to take that very first step.

7. Life is worth savoring precious and special moments with the people whom we love and care about.

8. We should never give in to the power that tries to muzzle us.  Yes, let us keep swinging for the fences and take our best shot.

9. Having true friends is precious!  We need to stay connected with these special relationships.

10. We all have our own identity, which allows us to leave unique footprints in the sand.

11. Humility is a word of strength to Christians.  We humbly walk with Christ just as He humbly walked with His Father.


LAMPS: A special series of Top Life Lessons and Guideposts ❤️

Thanks for your warm visit, friends!

For even brighter inspiration, do visit Richard on Big Sky Buckeye!

Till our next run, here’s embracing valuable life lessons with you! ❤️

GATES SERIES, LOVE GUEST POST

GATES: GUEST POST OF KIM, BEYOND MY LIMITATIONS ❤️

The Mind of a Champion!

I’ve learned and am learning to live a purposeful life while dealing with challenges of my disability.

Today’s blog post on how to live beyond your limitations despite living with a disability is about the purpose of this website though I shared my bouts with fear, insecurities, low self-esteem, and depression. It all stemmed from how I saw myself. I am planning great things for my website. My goal is to talk about what it takes to live and cope with a disability and still have a purposeful life.

Whether you have a physical disability or not we all face our challenges every day.  Let’s tell our stories! And, I’m not talking about a “pity party” story. I don’t want people to feel sorry for us. I want them to see a champion!

Someone who gets up every day who gets up despite the pain, suffering and discomfort.

That’s a champion in my book!

A champion is not just about receiving recognition from others. Your courage to get back up every day and fight makes you a champion. The only one who needs to recognize that is you. You need to embrace that you are a champion. We are made in the image of God; He put within us the ability to be conquerors but whether you walk in who God has called you to be is up to you.

Even in the face of these challenges, keep moving forward…


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 Kim of Beyond My Limitations! ❤️

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

KEYS SERIES, LOVE GUEST POST

KEYS: GUEST POST OF JODY, RAMBLINGS AND RUMINATIONS ❤️

The Alphabet Game of Love

One of the most common things that happens in a relationship, once the newness wears off, is either not saying, “I love you” often enough or else saying it almost as an afterthought.  Couples do tend to say, “I love you” when they are parting for some reason…heading out the door to work, even going to sleep.  But using the words often becomes a matter of routine, and while the words are true, the value is lost in the routine.
 
A great way to keep this from happening is to play what is called, “The Alphabet Game of Love.”  It requires a little bit of pre-set-up, but the real challenge is in the gameplay.Using a calendar, label each day with a corresponding letter of the alphabet, omitting Q, X, and Z (these are always difficult letters).  On the day each letter is assigned, replace the word “love” with a word that starts with the assigned letter.For example, with the letter A, substitute adore, appreciate, accept.  For the letter B, try believe in, bask in. 
 
The challenge is that the phrase cannot be used if there is not a word to replace love with the corresponding letter.  And words can’t be used more than once. Be forewarned, this is not easy!  But what it accomplishes is that it makes each person in the couple stop and think about a true feeling, sentiment or value they place upon their partner, rather than stating their love in a rote way. 
 
It also provides a sense of competition, which couples enjoy when playing against each other.  And yet, there are no losers.  Each person gets to hear something true and meaningful from the other on a daily basis, and this sharing increases their bond as they honor the other. And don’t worry if you can’t think of a word, no matter how hard you try! 
As stated, this is not easy!  It’s okay to, once in a while, throw out a funny, off-the-wall word (imagine something like ‘peacock’ for the letter P!).  It will make you both laugh, and laughing together is also a great way to increase your bond! (For more difficulty, a cup/jar/basket filled with individual pieces of paper with a letter of the alphabet can be used instead of a calendar.  A random letter is pulled out the night before to be used the next day.  This gives the couple less time to prepare ahead to think of words to use.)

Keys: A special series that unlocks the mysteries of Love

For even more love-filled inspiration, do visit Jody on Ramblings and Ruminations!

Till our next run, let’s keep pressing in to joy and opening more hearts with love!

GATES SERIES, LOVE GUEST POST

GATES: GUEST POST OF KIM, BEYOND MY LIMITATIONS ❤️

HAVE THE COURAGE TO BE DISLIKED

I saw this statement on a meme. It takes a certain amount of courage to not be bothered by being liked.

The people pleaser in me would never allow it. There were times I forced a smile or a conversation with someone who I knew didn’t like me or gave off the aura that I wasn’t worth their time. Imagine using all that time and energy trying to convince someone how much of a great person you are instead of letting them think whatever they want and going on with your day.

At one point I was fearful of being disliked by people to point where I changed my desires and thoughts. I stopped doing what I felt was right for me and my context and every decision had to be approved by someone.

Now you would think I would be past all of that, huh. Sometimes, I’m still fearful but sometimes I don’t care what you think.

Many of us worry too much of what others think of us—our worrying stems from the fear of being judged.

How do we stop being bothered by the opinions and perceptions of others?

We understand that what people think of us has no hold on our destiny and it doesn’t change what God thinks of us.


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 Kim of Beyond My Limitations! ❤️

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