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Growing Your Own Herbs

If you’re not the type of person that wants to spend their time managing an elaborate fruit or vegetable garden, you might consider planting and maintaining an herb garden. While the product might not seem as significant, you’ll still enjoy the constant availability of fresh, delicious herbs to flavor your meals with.

First you’ll want to choose the herbs that you’ll plant. You might have a hard time doing this because of the huge scope of herbs available. But the best way to choose is to do what I did; just look at what you have in your kitchen. By planting your own collection of these herbs, you can save money on buying them from the grocery store while having the added benefit of freshness. Some of the herbs you might start with include rosemary, sage, basil, dill, mint, chives, and parsley among others.


When choosing an area to put your herb garden, you should remember that the soil should have extremely good drainage. If the dirt gets watered and stays completely saturated, you hav…

Battling Romance Myths Part II

Sometimes holding on to the myths and old-fashioned views of relationships and marriage are all that hold couples back from having a truly wonderfully fulfilling and happy relationship. It is important to recognize your spouse and his or her own special individual with so much to offer you and your relationship if you love, support and respect your partner.

Encouraging your partner through support, understanding and appreciation are crucial to breaking through stereotypes and the myths that surround relationships between men and women. Working through and dismissing that type of information as old-fashioned, irrelevant and flat-out wrong can open doors in your marriage you didn’t even know were closed.

Read: Battling Romance Myths Part I

When things become tense between you and your partner, keep in mind some of the stereotypes you might be clinging to and work to dispel them from your psyche. For example, if one of you or both of you believe that romance is the best way to hide …

Dealing With Garden Pests

While tending to my own garden, I have found that one of the most frustrating things that can happen to a gardener is to walk outside to check on your plants. It’s just a routine walk to make sure that your garden is thriving, but you end up finding holes in all of your plants that looked fine only hours before. The explanations for some of these plant-destroying holes are garden pests. Some of the main garden pests are slugs, worms, caterpillars, birds, snails, and the occasional gopher. Although you can never wipe out these pests entirely, after all your hard work in the garden you have to do something.

Insects are one of the worst things to have in your garden; they can live under the soil, in old weeds or piles of leaves, or in a number of other places. In order to help keep insects away, always try and eliminate places in your garden and near your garden that these insects and other plant diseases could be living. Remove old leaves, weeds, or any other decaying matter that insects…

5 Tips For a Safe Online Dating Experience

It seems meeting a potential love interest in Nigeria keeps changing. In the 60s and 70s, your parents will be the one to choose a partner for you, in the 80s and 90s, there was a kind of revolution against parents choosing spouses for their children; they took up the responsibility to woo whoever they are interested in with little or no parental input. In the 2000s and today’s digital age, you don’t even need to physically meet the person to start a relationship. You only need to reach out that potential love interest on social media, dating websites and even instant messaging platforms. Before you know it, you are in love.

With the later, there are so many pitfalls with online dating as there are thousands online searching for love. If you want to get the best out of online dating, here are five tips that can help you out.

Run a name and image search Many people have pseudo online profiles. So, you have to be careful. Hence, prior to going ahead with online dating, you should sear…

5 Reasons You Should Go To a Party Alone Once In a While

There is nothing like going to a concert or party with friends. You will definitely enjoy yourself. But why don’t you try something different this weekend by ditching your friends and going alone to that pub you frequent? If you want to attempt this, here are some ideas on how to successfully pull this off.

You will meet new friends You are already used to the shenanigans of your friends. They always have your back whenever you go partying. However, when you with them, it will be difficult for you to struck new friendships. But if you go solo, there is a high possibility that you will meet someone. This may likely apply to individuals who are single.

You only have to worry about yourself When you go with friends, you have to worry about them especially if they are individuals that drink uncontrollably. At the same time, when they are drunk, you will be the one to drive them home. This is why they will always encourage them to come with them when they go partying. Not that you don’t dr…

5 Things Not To Do To a Lagos Taxi Driver

Lagos Taxi cab drivers are huge lifesavers for commuters in the city ,especially when the commuters are first-time visitors, who do not have the muscle required to navigate Lagos city via public transport systems. With the constant traffic and bustling around the city, however, the job of the taxi driver can be quite arduous and back-breaking. Considering the nature of their jobs, there are certain things they have learned to overlook…however, there are also something that they cannot just condone from passengers.

Looking to patronize a Lagos taxi driver and curious to know the things they don’t condone? Read on to discover tips on 5 things not to do to a Lagos taxi driver.

Criticize the appearance of his vehicle No matter what you do, refrain from making negative comments as regards the appearance or functionality of the driver’s vehicle while you are in it. Most of the Lagos taxis are driven by men who pride themselves in being experts when it comes to handling vehicles, and so, c…

6 Ways Nigerians Can Make Their Homes More Appealing To Visitors

Nigerians are generally hospitable people and as such, they feel excited when they find they have to host guests in their homes. Unfortunately, not all Nigerians make a big deal of setting up their homes. As such, while some guests may extend their stay in a home they find alluring and comfortable, others also leave earlier than planned and never return for another visit if they consider the home unappealing.

Basically, an inviting home not only makes visitors’ stay enjoyable and memorable, it helps them feel at home them and lingers in their minds long after they have gone. Here are six ways Nigerians can make their homes more appealing to visitors.

Have an inviting smell The way a house smells says a lot about the people that live in it and goes a long way to determine how comfortable a guest will be while visiting. Inviting smell or neutral smell is quite preferable to bad smell which is quite discouraging. To keep your homes appealing, ensure you remove dirty laundry, and always d…

Is Your Marriage A Companionship Or A Love Affair?

Every marriage is just like any relationship. They have their ups and downs, agreements and disagreements and good days and bad days. When you put two people from different backgrounds with different ideas, feelings and expectations together, you simply can’t expect everything to be wonderful all of the time! While some marriages have very serious problems that can only be solved by intense focus and even therapy, most marriages simply become ‘stale’ or uninteresting.

It is important to reflect on exactly what is causing any conflict or uneasiness in a marriage before acting on it. In a great many marriages, the excitement and ‘take my breath away’ feelings are fading or they are even gone. It doesn’t mean that the love is gone. Love sometimes needs a little stimulation in order to revisit and maintain the feelings we all crave and yearn for. That stimulation is called ‘romance.’

Many people mistake a marriage that seems to be ordinary or unexceptional as lacking love. It simply…

Creating Microclimates To Facilitate Growth

Many gardeners live in areas where almost anything can grow effortlessly. Just plant the seeds and water it for a few weeks, and you’ve got a beautifully lush plant. But if you live in somewhere like Colorado, you’ll understand what its like to have a slim selection of plants that naturally grow. It can be quite a challenge to facilitate the growth of a large variety of plants, especially when the very world you live in seems to be rooting against you.

Some people solve this problem by loading up their plants with every type of chemical and fertilizer known to man. This usually works, but to me it seems kind of unnatural to rely on man-made materials to keep your plants alive. Also, if I’m growing fruits or vegetables, I don’t feel very comfortable eating something that is entirely composed of chemicals.

A gardening theory that I have relied on in the past to grow many types of plants is that of creating a “microclimate” for each type of plant. This is when you regulate the sunlight, sh…

Gardening: Choosing And Planting Perennials

If you’ve been growing a vegetable garden for a while, you might be feeling slightly disgruntled at how plain it is to look at. I too began my gardening career with a vegetable garden, but I decided that it wasn’t quite as pleasing to look at as I would have liked. I heard from a friend that the use of perennial flowers could be a great way to liven up my garden without adding any extra work for me.

Perennial flowers are strong, local flowers that come back every year without having to replant or do any extra work. During their off seasons, the flowers and stems die back and you can hardly even tell the plant is there (rather than just dying and looking like hideous brown clumps in your garden). When it’s time to bloom, entirely new flowers shoot up where the old ones were.

Before deciding whether to put in perennials or not, you need to make sure that your soil has proper drainage. If the water stays saturated for long periods of time, you should build a raised bed. To test, dig a hole…

Choosing A Garden That Is Perfect For You

If you're thinking about starting a garden, the first thing you need to consider is what type of garden you will have. There are many different choices and often it can be hard to pick just one, but hopefully you can narrow it down. But by narrowing it down, you'll make the gardening experience easier on yourself and the plants. If all your plants are similar, then it shouldn't be very hard to care for them all. So here are some of the main garden ideas for you to choose from.

If you're just looking for something to look nice in your yard, you'll want a flower garden. These are usually filled with perennial flower. Perennial flowers are flowers which stay healthy year-round. They're basically weeds because of their hardiness, only nice looking. Different areas and climates have different flowers which are considered perennials.

If you do a quick internet search for your area, you can probably find a list of flowers that will bring your flower garden to life. T…

Battling Romance Myths Part I

The institution of marriage is surrounded by a number of myths, stories and advice freely offered by people on a daily basis. Unfortunately, many people listen to and believe these pieces of so-called wisdom to the point where it doesn’t help their marriage and it only hinders its growth.
Many of the myths regarding relationships are incredibly damaging and it is unfortunate that they are such common beliefs. Once you understand why certain bits of advice or information can be regarded as myths, you can break through what could be blocking the growth of your marriage. In fact, you may actually learn to appreciate your spouse and your role in your marriage even more.

Sensationalist television, magazines and talk radio have been key players when it comes to fueling any belief that there is a battle between the sexes happening. While there are definitively some physical and psychological differences, they are not enough to earn the term ‘battle’ as a description.
When you allow yourse…

5 People You Are Bound To Meet At A Lagos Gym

There is no denying that Lagosians are huge on fitness and dieting. It is hard to go past a district without finding at least one gym or a health shop. While these gyms vary in size, type of equipment and staff strength, one thing they have in common are the kind of people that visit the facilities. If you have ever been to a Lagos gym, you probably know what we are talking about and if you haven’t, here are the types of people at the gym you will usually see.

The confused newbie This person is just new to gyming and still has all the enthusiasm of a fresher. He or she is well equipped and has the complete outfit, from head bank to sneakers. Unfortunately, he still does not know how to use all the machines properly but would rather break an ankle on the treadmill than ask for help. Believe it or not but oftentimes you may find the most clueless people attempting to work out at the gym in Lagos.



The Irritating Uncle Basically a creep, the “ Irritating Uncle” is at the gym to look at …

5 Firm Ways To Deal With Party Gatecrashers

Hosting a party be it a wedding or birthday party is a herculean and painstaking task. You have to provide food, security and even shelter for your guests. Generally, you just want the day pass by smoothly without any hiccups. However, as typical of parties in a city like Lagos, you can scarcely host a gig without somebody gatecrashing. After all, your party is not a free for all and if you ignore them, the gatecrasher acts like a legitimate guest, eating, and drinking indiscriminately. And before you know it, foods, and drinks are all exhausted. You will be surprised that even your invited guests haven’t eaten while the gatecrasher who has eaten is carting away everything he could lay his hand on.

This can be very frustrating. Party gatecrashers must be checked. We gather five ways to firmly deal with them. Importantly, don’t judge a gatecrasher by their appearance. Nigeria is in a recession, that even a handsome looking man could be a gatecrasher. And also, not all gatecrasher necess…

7 Funny Signs You Are In A Nigerian Hospital

No one looks forward to a health crisis, but at some points in time, visits to the hospital are inevitable. For those in Nigeria, whether it is for a routine check-up, to get treatment or to volunteer and help sick people into the ward, certain experiences make a trip to the hospital unique. We share seven of the funny signs that you are in a Nigerian hospital.

1. The nurse shares her opinion on your weight In any Nigerian hospital, before you see the doctor, your temperature and blood pressure, as well as weight, is recorded. Do not be surprised when the nurse makes a bold comment as “Ah, aunty, you are too big for your height, please work on it, oh, It is not attractive” or “ Haba, you are too thin, you no dey chop”. Basically, Nigerian nurses feel they have the license to share their opinions with you and usually, you cannot argue with them.
2. The receptionist would rather watch African Magic Most hospitals in Nigeria now are starting to adopt the Electronic Paperwork system, an…