Interesting Facts About the Spring Equinox

Learn more about the Spring Equinox.

This year, the Spring Equinox fell on March 20th. Also known as the Vernal Equinox, this occasion marks the beginning of spring.  To celebrate this changing of seasons, here are some interesting facts about this annual event.

  1. The Spring Equinox coincides with the moment that the sun will be positioned directly above the equator. This happens twice a year during the Spring and Autumnal Equinoxes.
  2. In Latin, “Equinox” means “equal night.” This refers to the fact that on the Equinox, day and night are of almost equal lengths.  Due to the angle of Earth, every region of the planet will experience close to 12 hours of daylight and 12 of darkness.
  3. The Spring Equinox marks the beginning of the Persian New Year. The New Year is ushered in with a 13-day celebration known as Nowruz.
  4. There is a myth that states that it’s easier to balance an egg on its tip during the Equinox. However, this has been debunked by scientists—the amount of sunlight we receive has nothing to do with gravitational pull.  If you are skilled enough, you can balance an egg on its tip every day of the year.
  5. While the Spring Equinox is traditionally celebrated as the first day of spring, climate scientists define the first day of the season differently. According to their meteorological calendar, which is based on temperature cycles, the first day of spring falls on March 1st.

Enjoy these fun facts about yesterday’s Spring Equinox.  Are you looking for assistance with your shipping needs this spring?  If so, turn to the experts at MDS, Inc.  Located in Southern California, we’re your custom courier & mail delivery service experts for all your mail and delivery needs in Los Angeles, Long Beach, Irvine, and Orange County.  Contact us for more information today.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with This Fun Green Recipe

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day deliciously.

St. Patrick’s Day is this weekend!  Looking for a fun way to celebrate this holiday with the whole family?  Then try serving up a green-hued menu.  These tasty (and surprisingly nutritious) chicken bowls with mint pesto are a naturally green way to get into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit.

Chicken and Rice with Mint Pesto

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 4 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • fine sea salt
  • 1 cup long grain white rice
  • 1 ½ cups frozen peas
  • 2 cups packed fresh mint leaves
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • ¼ cup pine nuts
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 ½ cups shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 1 small cucumber
  • 3 scallions

Directions:

  1. In a 2-quart saucepan, bring 1 ¾ cups water, 1 tablespoon oil, and ½ teaspoon salt to a boil; add rice. Return to a boil and cover.  Reduce heat to low and simmer rice until water is absorbed, about 15 minutes.  Fluff rice with a fork; let stand, covered, for 5 minutes.  Spread on a baking sheet and let cool.
  2. Make mint pesto: In a food processor, puree ½ cup peas, mint, basil, cheese, pine nuts, lemon juice, garlic, remaining 3 tablespoons oil, and ½ teaspoon salt.
  3. In a bowl, toss together rice, remaining 1 cup peas, pesto, chicken, cucumber, and about two-thirds scallions. Transfer to a serving bowl; sprinkle with remaining scallions and mint.

This easy, delicious, and festively green recipe is sure to get your family into the St. Patrick’s Day mood.  Are you looking for assistance with your shipping needs this holiday weekend?  If so, turn to the experts at MDS, Inc.  Located in Southern California, we’re your custom courier & mail delivery service experts for all your mail and delivery needs in Los Angeles, Long Beach, Irvine, and Orange County.  Contact us for more information today.

Spring Cleaning Tips

Try out these suggestions to whip your home and car into shape this spring.

Spring is nearly here!  If you like to celebrate this change of seasons by deep cleaning your home and car, then there are some tips and tricks that you can try to make things a little easier.  Here are some of the spring cleaning hacks that you should employ this year.

For Your Home

  • Use lemon to clean your faucets and sinks. When you rub half a lemon on water stains, the citric acid will break down stubborn water spots.
  • You can also use lemon to clean out your microwave. Squeeze half a lemon into ½ cup of water and drop the rind into the mixture as well.  Microwave the lemon-water mix for three minutes and let stand for an additional five minutes with the door closed.  The steam will loosen grime, allowing you to wipe your microwave clean with little effort.
  • Use a damp dryer sheet to remove built-up residue from your stove. Place a wet dryer sheet onto your dirty stovetops and let sit for 15 minutes before using the sheet to scrub away the burnt food and grease.
  • Combine ¼ cup white vinegar, 2 cups water, and 2 teaspoons of dish soap into a spray bottle. Shake to combine and then spray onto your windows and other glass surfaces.  Use newspapers to scrub away streaks and stains and enjoy pristine windows and mirrors in your home.

For Your Car

  • Use toothpaste to clean and restore your headlights. Apply a thin layer of regular toothpaste onto your headlights and let sit for 10 minutes.  Then use a cloth to buff the toothpaste into your headlights before wiping it away with a wet cloth.  This should help you clear up foggy, dim headlights.
  • After clearing out your car’s cupholders, keep them clean for months to come by slipping in silicone cupcake liners. The liners will catch any crumbs and spills, preventing residue from building back up.  Every once in a while, simply give the liners a quick wash, and they’ll be good to go!
  • Use a hanging shoe organizer to keep your car clean and tidy. Fasten a shoe organizer on the back of your passenger seat, and use the pockets to hold essentials such as snacks, water, tissues, wet wipes, and so on.  When you have a place to store all your necessities, your car will stay much cleaner and more organized.

These are some of the suggestions that you should try when spring cleaning your home and car.  Are you looking for assistance with your shipping needs this season?  If so, turn to the experts at MDS, Inc.  Located in Southern California, we’re your custom courier & mail delivery service experts for all your mail and delivery needs in Los Angeles, Long Beach, Irvine, and Orange County.  Contact us for more information today.

Make Your Diet Heart-Healthy This February

Improve your diet this American Heart Month.

February is American Heart Month.  As the name suggests, this month is all about encouraging the American public to take better care of their cardiovascular health.  If you want an easy way to improve your heart health this month, then try incorporating some of these healthy foods into your diet.

  • Berries

Berries are a great source of polyphenols, antioxidants that fight against damaging free radicals.  Additionally, berries offer a healthy dose of fiber and Vitamin C which have both been linked to lowering the risk of stroke.  Raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries are all great fruits to work into your diet this month.

  • Salmon

Contrary to popular belief, not all fatty foods are bad for you.  The omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon actually have anti-clotting properties that help to keep your blood flowing smoothly.  In fact, eating salmon regularly can also help you lower triglycerides, a type of harmful fat that increases your chances of developing heart disease.

  • Legumes

Legumes such as beans, chickpeas, lentils, and the like are a great source of soluble fiber, which has been proven to lower your bad LDL cholesterol.  As an added bonus, legumes are a much more heart-healthy source of protein than fatty red meats and processed meat products.

These are some of the heart-healthy foods that you should load up on this American Heart Month.  Are you looking for assistance with your shipping needs this February?  If so, then turn to the team at MDS, Inc.  Located in Southern California, we’re your custom courier & mail delivery service experts for all your mail and delivery needs in Los Angeles, Long Beach, Irvine, and Orange County.  Contact us for more information today.