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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year!!!

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May your home be blessed...
your love be rewarded...
and your life enriched by GOD
to whom we give thanks for all we have.

From my family to your family... HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Books for Sale

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I was able to get the Nursing Calculations book and The Student Nurse Handbook that my cousin have been looking for for only 9.99 pounds. She has searched the local bookstores for those books but both books were not available in our area. She was so thankful that I discovered Borders because the site lists thousands of nursing books. Now she knows where to buy reference books the next time she needs them. I also found some fitness and diet books but I'm still thinking which one will work best for me. I want to start the new year right and this time I am going to stick to my resolution, to diet.

If you're a book lover or you want to give them as gifts, drop by their web site and you're sure to find so a lot of interesting items.


Monday, December 29, 2008

Junk Sleep

Have you been having "junk sleep" lately? You know, sleep that lacks quality the body needs to recharge. It's the reason why you have low energy, mood swings and brain fog. Even sleeping for eight hours every night does not mean you're getting high-quality sleep.

I've read that one surprising cause of junk sleep is wearing form-fitting sleep wears. Studies have shown that women who slept in snug pajamas and tight-fitting undergarments experienced a 50 percent plunge in levels of melatonin. The tight garments block the escape of body heat and suppresses melatonin production and can lead to deficits in restorative slow-wave phases of sleep. To sidestep this, wear comfortable loose-fitting pajamas.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Breast Cancer: Facts and Fiction

I should have posted this one last October during the Breast Cancer Awareness Month but there were so many things in my mind that I have totally forgotten about it. Anyway, it's better late than never.

Here are some facts and fiction about the dreaded disease that we all should know about...

FICTION - all breast lumps are cancerous.
FACT - 80% of lumps are caused by benign or non-cancerous changes in the breast. According to experts, this percentage tends to fluctuate with age. For young women, more than 80% of breast lumps are benign as a woman ages, her risk of developing breast cancer increases.

FICTION - Breast cancer is mainly a genetic disease.
FACT - Only a small percentage of breast cancer cases are thought to be due to abnormal genes. A mutated breast cancer gene is only one of the risk factors for developing breast cancer. 80% of women who get breast cancer have no clear risk factors.

FICTION - Small breasted women cannot get breast cancer.
FACT - the amount of breast tissue a woman has does not affect her risk of developing breast cancer. Breast size is certainly not a significant risk factor for breast cancer.

FICTION - Underwire bras cause breast cancer.
FACT - There has been reports that underwire bras can constrict the body's lymph node system, causing breast cancer. But this link is completely inaccurate. There are other factors like genetic and environmental that contribute to breast cancer.

So, there you have it. Don't just believe what you hear. It's better to have regular check-ups and mammograms at least once a year.

MS Project Server 2009

Have you heard of the MS Project Server 2007? It is an application specifically designed for you and your organization to manage you projects. First, let me explain to you what it is all about. This application allows you to do so many things easily. It allows you to save a lot of time and therefore maximize your profits. I know this may sound too familiar to you guys and you probably have this kind of application already.

But, what makes the Microsoft Project Manager so different from other project servers is it enables you to manage your re-schedule uncompleted work, assign a deadline to a task, assign formulas and graphical indicators, you will be equipped with tools (like Gantt Charts, time keeping, document storage, and version control) to make it easy for you to stay on track and deliver, cost resources, material resources, and many more. You can actually customize everything to suit your needs. And all these great features are offered for only $54.99.

The MS Project web access will help make your business better. If it doesn't, Phase 2 International will give you a full refund. Click on the links and know more about this new software.

Smile Award

I got another award! This one came from Lynne of The Sewing mom. I have to agree with her that this one is pretty special. Thanks Lynne, I truly appreciate it.


Here are the qualifications to receive this award:

A. Display a cheerful attitude.
B. Love one another.
C. Make mistakes.
D. Learn from others.
E. Be a positive contributor to the blog world.
F. Love life.
G. Love kids.

The Rules:
1. Please link back!
2. Post the rules
3. Choose 5 people to give it to
4. Recipients must fill the characteristics above
5. Create a post to share this
6. Thank the winners

And now for the 5 people I'm sharing this award with: Polly, Mize, Adie, Cheryl, Enchie

Sunday, December 21, 2008

New Salts

I heard from a friend that she's been using potassium-sodium salt blends as a way to manage her weight. According to her, these new salt blends are lower in sodium and rich in potassium, a mineral that helps regulate the water balance in the body to fight bloat. But I recently came across an article saying that the new salts do not really promote weight loss. The experts suggest that if you really want to fight fat, try experimenting with slimming spices like cayenne, ginger, pepper, mustard and cinnamon. These are all metabolism boosters and offer many benefits like pain relief and blood sugar control. I already told my friend about it, all the while she thought she's losing fats, so she's giving up on the salt blends.

What are you wishing for this Christmas?

I happened to pass by a web site where you can engage in the Sit on Santa's Lap Experience using the Ceiva Share's photo frame to upload your photos. I found it interesting and thought of putting my kids' photos there but I remembered my nephew's photo which I took the other day while we were at the mall. It was his first encounter with The Bearded Man and he cried so loud when Santa got him to sit on his lap, he was terrified. Well, not all kids are happy to see Santa, my kids were all smiles with their first encounter. I found my nephew's photo cute and I thought it would be a nice surprise to her mom once she sees this one.

If you happen to live in the US, the web site is holding a contest. Everyone of us has got a wish so just upload your photo like what I did here. Then leave your name and your wish. It's fairly easy and that's all you need to do, then Santa and the elves will have to check if you have been naughty or nice. If the elves give you a thumbs up, you're in. Each day, 1 random entry will be selected and the prize? $500!!! Hurry now and take advantage of this easy contest.



The Marie-Antoinette Award


A very thoughtful friend, Ria of It's my party (and I'll cry if I want to) never forgets me when it comes to giving awards. Thank you Ria. ^-^



Here are the rules for the award:

1. Please put the logo on your blog.

2. Place a link to the person from whom you received the award.

3. Nominate at least 7 or more blogs.

4. Put links of those blogs on your blog.

5. Leave a message on their blogs to tell them.

I am sharing this with:

Adie @ Under One Roof
Marzie @ Wishing On A Falling Star
Max @ Max
Babette @ Definitely Maybe!
Carol @ A Second Cup
Sam @ Show me your interest
Seeker @ Curiously Awesome

Menopause, change of life

Menopause is not something I look forward to but since I am in now in my forties and will soon be approaching menopause, I want to be ready when it comes. I have heard stories from my mom and other women about hot flashes, mood swings, falling levels of the female sex hormones and the many physical and psychological changes when they reached that stage. They say hot flashes disrupted their days and night sweats kept them up so they were moody and tired the next day.

I've been doing several readings about it and taking notes on what and what not to do during this stage. There were articles about what food to eat and what supplements to take. Just like my mom and my mom-in-law, most women reach the menopause without seeking medical advice and taking any supplements. But to some, menopause can be severe or distressing, in that case, treatments are available.

I found a web site about bioidentical hormone replacement therapy which puts an end to hot flashes, night sweats, memory loss, weight gain, mood swings, vaginal dryness and low libido. Taking into consideration that not all women are the same, their anti-aging physicians design individualized programs for each woman who suffers from early menopause symptoms, perimenopause, menopause, hormonal imbalance and severe PMS. Their hormone therapy and individualized treatment plan may include a combination of creams, gels, pills, patches, self-injections or pellet therapy. By the way, hormone therapy is also applicable for men experiencing male menopause.

If you are about to start your menopausal or post-menopausal years, being able to prepare for it can help you deal with this stage with grace, serenity and style. It is also important to have a talk with your doctor, so you both can decide which is best for you.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

DIY Mask

Pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger and brown sugar. That's all you need to bring back that glow from your dull skin. I have not tried it yet but I've read that this mask is used by spa experts and is proven effective to bring back the glow, so why spend so much on spas when you can do it at home?

The winning combination of pumpkin and brown sugar's large granules slough off dead skin cells and reveal fresh skin underneath. The ginger will help reduce redness because of its anti-inflammatory compounds, while the natural warming properties of cinnamon open pores so the other ingredients can penetrate skin more easily.

Here's the recipe for the mask:

Mix 1/2 cup of canned pumpkin, 1/4 cup of sliced ginger, 1 tsp of cinnamon and 1/4 cup of brown sugar. Apply to face and leave on for 10 minutes, then rinse with warm water.

Games for his XBox

My son Joey, is so excited because he is finally getting two new XBox 360 Games this Christmas. He's been aching to have that Activision Guitar Hero 3: Legends of Rock for so long so we made a deal. I promised him that if saves some of his allowance, I will match his savings. He seemed pretty determined and was able to save for the game. And since I promised to match it, he's getting two new games.

We were surfing the internet last night and have been comparing prices from different sites. The lowest we found was at Smart Shopping and the price includes vat and shipping. For the other game, he chose the THQ WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2009. We have already ordered the games and they're due to arrive in a day or two.

If you are also looking for the newest games, this site is well worth a look. They offer a lot of games, not just for XBox 360 but Nintendo DS Games, PS2 Games, Sega Games, Nintendo Wii Games, PSP Games, Gameboy Games and a whole lot more. The prices are a lot cheaper here compared to the other web sites we have checked. If you're not convinced, you can check the items on ebay first so you'll see the price difference.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Apple juice or Orange juice?


OJ is the better choice. An 8 oz glass of 100 % natural juice has more than twice the amount of vitamin C recommended for kids. The vitamin C found in orange juice is six times more the amount found in an equal serving of apple juice. Even if your child drinks just a small amount of OJ, you know he gets his daily fix. Experts say that regular consumption of orange or orange juice may lessen the risk of childhood leukemia.

payday loans

Last week I was short of cash due to some unexpected expenses. So little money was left and I needed to pay for my utility bills. I was expecting money from my debit card but I had to settle the past due bills immediately so I thought of borrowing from a friend. I called and texted her but I got no response. I felt bad because she totally ignored me. I would understand if she can't lend me money, at least she should have told me. I felt so small, borrowing money from friends is not always a good idea.
I tried my luck with payday loans and prayed that I get an approval because I really needed the money. I was so surprised when they responded so quickly. I never thought that applying for a payday loan and getting an approval could be so easy.
What’s best about it is they did not even ask me to fax any documents and there was no credit checking. The fact that I have a business and a bank account were enough to get approved. The very next day, my emergency cash was immediately credited in my checking account. I was able to settle the bills and felt good that I didn't owe money from anyone.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

One-day cleansing

If you are trying a 24-hour cleanse, I have read that drinking only lemon water is not recommended. Lemon water alone does not support balanced blood sugar. It will only increase your cravings for bread and sweets.

You can safely flush up to 15 pounds of water weight with a one-day juice detox by drinking a mixture of orange juice, cranberry juice, lemon/calamansi juice, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. The exact recipe was not given so I assume you would only be using a few slices of ginger and a dash each of nutmeg and cinnamon.

The organic acids in cranberries will stimulate liver detoxification while the ascorbic acid in citrus fruits helps deactivate free radicals, heightening the liver's ability to excrete fat and toxins.

The Master of Cleanliness

I know a lot of people who are obsessive compulsive, some of them have a mild case of 'oc-ness' and some are severe that you'd think they are over-acting. My husband is obssessive-compulsive. He won't allow you to sit on the bed if you just got home and still have not changed to your house dress. He always carries a bottle of alcohol or hand sanitizer. He doesn't like the maid preparing his food, paranoid that her hands are not clean.

We call him the master of cleanliness. He likes everything in order and he's very meticulous with his clothes. His car is always kept clean inside and out. One time he came home and the house was an absolute disaster. The kids and I had a pillow fight. It looks like a storm had hit. He didn't get angry but he tried to pick up everything and started cleaning.

He likes to clean a lot but he doesn't like touching the garbage bins. I had to buy several brabantia bins for the kitchen and bathrooms so he and the kids won't have to touch it when they throw something. Actually, it was his idea to get the ones with sensor. He just have to wave his hand above the special sensor and the lid pops open. They are a bit pricey but they're more hygeinic.

So, you see that's how OC he is and my son is taking up on him. But I believe each one of us has this certain obsessive-compulsive behavior and I have read that display of such traits doesn't mean you have OCD.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

When it's too hot...

One of the quickest ways to dry out your skin is taking a long, hot shower. The hot water sucks your skin's oils from the body. According to experts, the right temperature should be below 90 degrees. Judge by how quickly your mirror steams up. If it's fully fogged in 60 minutes or less, the water is too hot. It will also help to limit your showers to 5 minutes, then apply body oil or slather a moisturizer while skin is still damp to lock in the water.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

More Awards

This one came from Sasha and Charm. Thank you ladies! ^.^

I'm passing this to: 1stopmom, Jodi's Journey, Ana, Chica & Pumuckl, Random Thoughts

~oOo~

The following awards were given by Mariuca. Thanks Marzie!








I'm sharing all these wonderful awards to all of you in my blogroll. Feel free to grab them all.

Tooth Bleaching Methods

A lot of people have heard something about teeth whitening but they don't know all the facts about it. This keeps them from possibly benefiting by whitening their teeth. In regard to teeth whitening, here are a number of facts you need to know.

1. Lots of people do not realize that there are teeth whitening methods at various cost levels. You don't have to continue being embarrassed because of your stained or discolored teeth. The choices for teeth whitening range from the easy and affordable dental strips to the very costly treatments of dental whitening. With a bit of research, you should be able to find a method that you can afford and that you have time for in your schedule.

2. If you have concerns regarding safety, you will be happy to learn that the teeth whitening methods used most often, such as the ones that use peroxide, are quite safe. In some instances, temporary discomfort may occur, including gum irritation or sensitive teeth. The cause of gum irritation is usually a poorly fitting tray and not the whitening procedure itself. Above all, any pain will only last a little while and you will soon feel better. Its effectiveness and safety is also recognized by the American Dental Association.

3. In case you are wondering whether teeth whitening is worth the cost and inconvenience, let me assure you that there are many benefits. Perhaps the most important benefit is the instant effect on a person's social confidence. Experience has shown that people who previously had stained or discolored teeth became greatly more self-confident. In addition, it is also beneficial for those who think their ugly smiles cause them to be less attractive to people of the opposite sex. A bit of discomfort and expense are small prices to pay for being able to smile without embarrassment.

4. It is true that a few people might be uncomfortable after a basic teeth whitening process. Minimizing this discomfort is quite possible. If you have a problem with teeth sensitivity, then the best thing you can do is take a break in between procedures. However, if you are still having a certain amount of sensitivity, you might try using toothpaste that is made for sensitive teeth. If you are continuing to have pain because of the tray, then you should wear it for shorter amounts of time. Although it will increase the time for the completion of the procedure, it will decrease the amount of discomfort.

5. You can obtain results with home treatments that are similar to results obtained in dental office treatments. It has been proven that you will get the same results whether you have your teeth whitened at a dentist's office or you use the teeth whitening kit at home. The main difference will be the amount of time required to achieve the results. By going to the dentist, you can see good results within one or two visits, while using the home whitening kit will normally take 1 or 2 weeks before you see any results. But performing a home treatment is much more cost effective than the professional treatment.

6. Sadly, teeth whitening will not last for ever. Results usually last from 6 months to a year; following this time period, you must have more treatments if you want your teeth to remain white. The amount of time it will last will totally depend on your personal habits, such as smoking, chewing tobacco, etc. The effects of the dental office teeth whitening treatment will last a lot longer than the dental whitening strips or other cheaper treatments. However a lot people save money with home treatment whitening kits because once they have the tray, they only have to purchase the gel.

7. Many people believe that they can maintain white teeth if they scrub very hard with a hard bristled toothbrush. This does not work at all. In fact, it can actually harm your teeth by wearing away the enamel on your teeth. The layer below the enamel is known as dentin and is usually yellow or brown; this is not the color that you want your teeth to be!

8. The toothpastes claiming they can whiten your teeth are barely effective. They have mild abrasive and polishing agents which will help to remove the surface stains and thereby lighten your teeth one shade. They do nothing for severely stained or discolored teeth. The whitening claim is mainly hype.

9. A lot of teeth staining occurs because of some food products such as soy sauce that have dark pigments. Cherries and other berries can also stain the teeth. Coffee, tea, cola, and cranberry juice are some of the beverages that can stain the teeth. A very good way to keep your teeth from being stained is to use a straw when you drink any kind of staining beverage and brush your teeth as soon as possible.

10. You should be very careful of home teeth whitening remedies which others have recommended. Check these out in depth before giving them a try. Although they might be natural, using acidic products can cause the calcium in teeth to be eaten away. Some believe if you rub lemon juice or lemon peels on your teeth it will help to whiten them. The acid in the lemon can pull the calcium from the teeth and cause tooth decay to occur much faster.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Dark Chocolate, how good is it?


There are numerous studies showing us the reasons why we should enjoy dark chocolate more. One benefit is, it is good for the heart. Flavonol, the main ingredient in chocolate has a positive effect on the heart. The flavonoids, which gives chocolate the bitter taste, act as antioxidants and fight free radicals which causes damage that leads to heart disease.

It is actually the bitter taste that is important but most of the time that bitter taste is almost removed during processing to make chocolate yummier. When flavonoids are present, it can help keep your heart and cardiovascular system functioning well.

However, it is hard to tell if the chocolate bar you're buying still contains flavonoids by merely looking at it. Check the label and see if it has 70 percent cocoa content and try to find out also if it has been processed with alkali. Alkali removes the flavonoids.

Some experts say that a small bar everyday should be enough to reap the benefits but other studies show that you need just an ounce (sometimes even less). But the real problem lies on how to stop, it is so hard to stop once you had a bite. As I have mentioned in my other posts about chocolate, here and here, the only drawback is it is packed with calories. Just an ounce yields about 150 calories.

To sum it up, go ahead and enjoy it but don't overindulge. Flavonol is not only found in chocolate, fruits like apples and vegetables and beans are also rich in flavonol.

source: Food
photo credit: chocolate.org

Sunday, December 7, 2008

The Spirit of BEAR-iuca

The Genie Princess has invited me to join Bear-iuca on an amazing journey around the globe. The bear brings lots of luck and cheers and I hope you'll join us too.




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Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, there lived a powerful Genie Princess named Mariuca who was known throughout the land as the friendliest, most popular blogger in the blogosphere kingdom. Adored and admired by international visitors and commentators from around the world, the Genie Princess travels the blogosphere on her magical flying carpet, always looking for ways to share her good fortune with others.

Over the past two years of blogging, Mariuca has met so many new people, from all walks of life and all over the world, each one bringing a little of their culture and lifestyle when they visit and comment on Mariuca’s two sites. So on her 2nd Blog Anniversary, Mariuca wanted to celebrate with all of her international blogosphere buddies by hosting a bear-naming contests at Wishing On A Falling Star and Mariuca’s Perfume Gallery and to pass her two lucky, cuddly teddy bears along to the winners who came up with the best names.

On the opposite side of the world, from the moment Roxy (the prolific Roxiticus Desperate Housewives blogger) and her sweet daughters London and Maddie saw the teddy in his personalized t-shirt and blue muffler at Wishing On A Falling Star, they knew that he needed to come to live with their family in Mendham, NJ. The three New Jersey girls named him immediately and burst into a wonderful song for BEAR-iuca:

BEAR-iuca, BEAR-iuca, amazing teddy cheer.
BEAR-iuca, BEAR-iuca, we’d love you to come live here!

Mariuca received 16 possible names for the Mariuca Teddy Bear, making it hard for the Genie Princess to choose just one…then Alakazam! A bolt of lightning delivered the perfect way to share BEAR-iuca’s good fortune to bloggers around the globe. While the soft, stuffed, cuddly BEAR-iuca is on his way to live with Roxy, London, Maddie and Rex in the Roxiticus Valley, the Spirit of BEAR-iuca is racing through the blogosphere to bring happiness, holiday cheer, and beary best wishes to everyone who welcomes him into their online home and passes along the BEAR-iuca good luck charm to ten friends.

Please play along with us by following a few important rules:

1. Add your site(s) to the list once you have received the Spirit of BEAR-iuca badge of teddy bear cheer.
2. Pass along the Spirit of BEAR-iuca and his cheery badge to as many people as you like.
3. Leave a comment HERE once you’ve passed on the Spirit of BEAR-iuca.
4. Once Roxy and the Genie Princess have visited your site to make sure your links are complete and proper, you will then be added to the Master List.
4. To ensure everyone receives equal link benefit, please UPDATE your list regularly!

BEAR-iuca LOVES
1. Mariuca 2. Roxiticus Desperate Housewives 3. Mariuca’s Perfume Gallery 4. Roxy’s Best Of... 5. Bay Head Blog 6. Roxiticus Best Blogs 7. Emila's Illustrated Blog 8. Metz - Empty Streets 9. The Spirit of Blogging 10. Speedcat Hollydale Page 11. Snapshot 12. purplefrogcat 13. Turn-u-Off 14. Simple Life 15. A Little Girl Talk 16. Life in the Lapadula House 17. Spicybugz World 18. The Mom With Brownies 19. Our High School Homeschool 20. Our Five Dangerous Boys 21. The Big Dog 22. LadyJava's Lounge 23. Moments of My Life 24. Life is too short to be ordinary 25. A Great Pleasure 26. Time Goes By 27. Life According To Me 28. Laketrees 29. This is a miracle 30. Porcelain Doll 31. Moms...CheckNyo 32. Wonderful Things In Life 33. Sweet Nothings 34. Hot Shit Form Here 35. Not Just a Mom Site 36. The Life of a Mom 37. Wiehanne Lounge 38. The Painted Veil 39. My Crossroads 40. Little Mermaid 41. LOVE's Haven 42. Also Mommy 43. The Journey 44. Comedy Plus 45. Making sense...(somehow) 46. The Modern Mom 47. Stay At Home Mom 48. Picture Clusters 49. Maiylah's Snippets 50. Sweety tots 51. My Discoveries 52. A Life to Remember 53. Rekha 54. Crissy's Haven 55. Crissy's Library 56. Crissy's Zone 57. Shopping Blog 58. Crafts and cooking 59. Asian Mutt International 60. A Simple Life 61. I AM KCAT 62. A Girl For All Status 63. Berry Blog 64. Carnation 65. Pinaymama's Diary 66. Life's sweets and spices 67. The Callalily Space 68. Butchay 69. Blessings in Life 70. Pinay Mommy Online 71. The Ruby Posts 72. Day Break 73. R...E...B...E...L?!? 74. VDAY CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY 75. Just the Tip of the Iceberg 76. Honeysweet Learning Center 77. Vsk8shop 78. A Diva's Hammer 79. Arlene - Joys in Life 80. Listening..Learning..Living 81. Mommy's Little Corner 82. YOU Next!


Friends I'd like to see on board:

Hailey @ Hailey's Beats and Bits
Carmie @ Hearts and Mind Whispers
Charm @ The Journey
Mai @ Rainbow Colored Me
Enchie @ Sweet Nothings

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Mystery of Metabolism

"Why can some people stay thin even though they indulge in french fries and pie, while others gain weight eating far less? Blame it on their genes. A hormonal or metabolic defect makes some folks ultrasensitive to carbohydrates and insulin and much more susceptible to weight gain. That's one reason doctors have long noticed that being fat- or lean-runs in families. But only by eating carbs will susceptible people trigger the "fatness" gene."

This is so true because I limit myself to half a cup of rice each meal. A little more than that would mean EXTRA POUNDS. My sister, on the other hand, can finish 2 cups in one sitting and yet, she is so slim. She can gobble up anything she likes and still maintain her weight. Life could be unfair sometimes you know. :(

It's probably because of the genes I got from my mom, they are more on the heavy side, while she got hers from my dad. How I wish it was the other way around.

source: Home Journal

Better Be Prepared

Spending long hours at the store gives me a lot of time to talk to my customers. Since the news about the Lehman Brothers, many are complaining about how tight their budgets have become. I, for one, find it difficult to keep on top of my finances these days. News about big companies that are either closing down or laying off some of their workers, are quite alarming. The most practical thing to do right now is to save and avoid spending on things that we don’t really need because we don’t know how long this global crisis would last. Some say it would only take a year but others say it would take about five years.

I'm just worried that my savings won't be enough in case an emergency happens because unexpected expenses keep on coming. It's good that payday loans are available online, at least I have a fall back in case I need to have fast cash. I have a steady income and an active bank account and I know I can easily qualify for a loan. I'm just preparing for the worst and it's better to have more options than none.

Fashion Tip #3


Wearing casual clothes is comfortable and convenient, but if you take it too far, you might end up looking sloppy. If you have to go casual, make sure you stay polished with neat hair, very light makeup and a piece of jewelry. You'd still look your best even if you're wearing jeans and shirt.

photo credit: Catwalk Queen

Short of Cash

Lately, I'm always short of cash. Sales from my store have dramatically dropped because of the recession we are experiencing right now. I have past due bills that need immediate payments and other list of items that I need to buy for the kids. I don't want to be borrowing money from my relatives because I know they are in need of cash too.

I was beginning to panic when a friend called me a while ago. I told her my dilemma and she recommended cash advance . I didn't have the slightest idea what it was all about but she patiently explained it to me. She said, if you need cash fast, there is a website which provides borrowers cash advance loans from $100 to $2500. Upon approval, cash is electronically deposited to your bank account overnight. They require no documents and since I have an income and a checking account I can easily qualify for a cash advance loan.

It sounds okay to me, so right after I post this, I'm off to check Pacific Advance.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Can't stop eating?

Well, you are not alone. A lot of women who are under stress or facing a problem turn to food to feel better. According to experts, consuming carbs during times of stress increases levels of stress-reducing chemical serotonin.

But you don't have to deny yourself of these food indulgences because it will help regulate stress hormones. Instead of munching carbs, go for whole-grains and remember to eat slowly. Whole-grains will also make you feel better, plus, you won't pack on pounds because it has fewer calories.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Increase your fiber intake

Consuming fiber helps your body get rid of chemicals that make fat-storing enzymes overactive. The nutrient also slows down the rate at which sugars from food enter the bloodstream, reducing your cravings from sugar and increasing your sense of satiety. Based on the article I've read, we need 35 grams of fiber each day and fruits, veggies, whole-grain breads, and cereals are the top sources of fiber so make sure you include them in your diet. These foods will help us feel full for a longer time and curb our cravings.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

MCN's Top Droppers

Hey guys! Can you see the moving widget on my left side bar? Those are my top droppers and I've decided to put it up as my way of saying thanks to them for coming here every single day. I don't think one post is enough for their support to MCN. You will see them here for one whole month. So, if you'd like to be featured there, keep on coming and drop that card.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Facial Sag

One side effect of losing weight is making the skin on the face and neck look saggy. According to spa experts, rubbing can nix facial sag. Here's how to do it...

Apply a facial toner to a cotton ball. Starting at the collarbone move your way up and around the neck, quickly press the cotton ball onto skin and release. Work your way up toward your eye area, pressing along crow's feet or other fine lines.


After you've done this, your skin will instantly look lifted, almost as if the lines are being filled in.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Awards, awards!

I got three awards from Polly of Random Ramblings. You are right, the web has produced very kind and supportive bloggers, and you are one of them. Thank you Polly for sharing these awards with me ;)



I'm passing all three to the following:

Fit 4 All
Angels On Your Shoulder
Queenmadison's World
On The Verge
Green Rose

Easy Tote Soccer Nets

If you're looking to buy portable soccer goals and equipment for your kids, I found this web site selling soccer training equipment. These equipments are great for kids who love to play and would want to improve their game. The site offers soccer goals and Soccer Nets that are perfect for backyard practice, tryouts, and small-sided games. There are so many items to choose from, aside from soccer goals and soccer nets they have rebounders, portable soccer goals, pop-up goals, metal street, hockey goals and large portable soccer goals.

What's great about these goals and nets are, your kids can bring them anywhere they want because these soccer equipments, are lightweight and adjustable, portable, rebounding, and easy to carry. Your little players can bring it down in a jiffy for easy toting and assembly to any field. Goals and nets come with PE goal netting and peg hooks to secure it firmly to the ground. They are really great for practicing soccer and other net-goal sports. You and your kids can even plan a backyard tournament during weekends. And during summer, they can bring it on picnics, your parents’ yard, or at the beach. They are lightweight and are specially designed to fit into your car or van,and best of all, they can also be converted from outdoor to indoor.

These goals and nets are available in a wide variety of sizes and are guaranteed safe for children to set up and take down. Visit the site now and place your orders, your soccer fanatic will be happy to get one this Christmas.

Green Tea for Gorgeous Hair

Green tea lovers would be happy to hear that their favorite beverage is not only good the skin. I'm sure you already know that the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory action of the brew heals skin damage and erase fine lines. But experts believe that another benefit is it can also strengthen hair and nails.

Baseball Training Gear

Christmas is less than a month away, have you finished shopping for gifts? Me? I haven't started, but I'm not panicking because I will do my shopping online. For this year I've decided not to go through all the troubles of traditional shopping and join the Christmas rush. I can find everything in the internet at a much lower price. Aahhh, the wonders of technology.
I have already bookmarked several sites and I was just over at Kidsportsinc. My son and nephews are baseball fanatics, and the web site specializes in sports equipment for kids, plus they offer a lot of gift ideas for toddlers, tykes and little leaguers. They are having a Christmas special and you might want to drop by their web site and check their baseball merchandise. Starting at $19.99, you can get a complete teeball set, 5 in 1 table games, Baseball Gloves, pitch machine, batting gloves, baseball equipment bags, portable batting cages and a whole lot more.
If you have kids who love baseball, you can show them your support by giving them these items. I'm sure your little leaguers would love to get a set of their cute pitching machine. It can help your child improve on his game while he practice on your backyard. Visit the site to know more.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Finger It!!!

One of the best ways to relieve stress is to use your fingers. Simple reflexology moves can lower heart rate and the stress hormone cortisol. But hey, you don't need to go to a spa to get a calming massage, you can do it on your own as long as you know where to press. Here are the top spots...

EAR LOBES - using your thumb and index finger, gently pull down and out along the edge of your lobe starting at mid-ear, working your way down to the bottom. According to the experts, each of our ears have 126 acupressure points and pressing the lobes activates many of them, releasing anxiety-reducing endorphines.

HANDS - When you are stressed and you feel a headache coming on, squeeze the groove between the thumb and index finger of your left hand with the thumb and index finger of your right hand for 1 minute; then switch hands and repeat.

FEET - Pressing down with your thumb where your heel ends and your arch begins for 60 seconds will relieve lower-back strain. Experts say, touching this spot, which marks the end of the sciatic nerve, helps ease related back and leg pain.

source: Health.com

Are you Ready to Move?

Are you moving to another place? Moving or relocating to a new location can be both exciting and troublesome especially if you have to bring with you a lot of things. Packing all your things can take longer. Take the worry out of your move and let the professionals help you. Humboldt Storage and Moving is a reliable moving company that is dedicated to help you meet your relocation needs. When you're talking of packing, storing, moving and unpacking, call on Humboldt. They have well-trained teams of movers and drivers to help you have a smooth transition. It is never too easy to move a household and it requires a lot of time and effort. More so if you are moving from one state to another. And just think about all the task if you are to move in another country.
Packing and unpacking are the tasks that almost everyone dread, the easiest way to move is to seek professional help, let them handle all these for you. It can go smoothly and quickly with a reliable moving company and one of them is Boston Movers, they have been in this business for years so you are sure they'll put extra special care on your things. Their moving rates are incrediblt affordable so don't worry too much about the expenses. With their thoughtful planning and organization of your moving tasks, you'll be able to move with ease and have a peace of mind. Click on the link to know more.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

The foods we love so much

Dieters, you'll be happy with what you are about to read. I got this from Healthy Living's diet update. Their most recent study shows that the foods we love so much but believe to be diet no-no's possess properties that can actually help us get slim. Here they are...

ICE CREAM. A lot of people love this yummy treat but dieters stay away from it because of its high fat content and sugar. Swedish researchers are saying that it is ok to consume ice cream because the higher fat content keeps the food longer in your tummy than a fat-free yogurt would. Women who indulge in one serving a day of whole-fat dairy, gained less weight than those who didn't.

EGG. I used to believe that you should stay away from eggs if you are dieting, but according to them, overweight women who eat eggs for breakfast lose twice as much as those who start their day with bread. Eggs digest more slowly that carb-heavy foods and make you feel full for a longer time.

PEANUT BUTTER is high in monounsaturated fat and it activates the release of a hormone responsible for sending signals of fullness to the brain. They found out that dieters who who ate 2 tablespoons a day kept their weight.

Surprising news, isn't it? If there's an urge to indulge in these foods, GO AHEAD and enjoy them, they're not bad after all.

Join the IDug Contest

Great news for XML Developers, would you like to be called the Asean XML Superstar? The search for the next XML Superstar is on, IDug is holding a series of contests and is open to all students, professionals, hobbyists and even to those who have no knowledge about XML. The purpose of this IDUG contest is to help anyone to learn more about open source, XML and database management and encourage them to enrich their knowledge about XML.

Participants will be asked to take a quick quiz be fore they can proceed to the given contest categories:

1) Video Contest - you will upload a creative video using XML or DB2. The video will be judged by the community and prizes are awarded monthly.

2) Gadget Contest - you will create a small widget or gadget, again using XML or DB2. Prizes are also awarded monthly.

3) XQueary Chellenge - in this track, you will need to answer a series of questions by developing queries in XQuery. Each correct answer is entered to win larger prizes.

4) Port an Application - Port or modify an existing application using XML, DB2 or XQuery. Participants will be judged by a panel of judges.

5) Develop an Application - in this track, you need to develop a brand new application, but same as #4, participants will be judged by a panel of judges.

There are lots of prizes to be given away but nothing surpasses the title of "The Ultimate XML Superstar."

Beauty Tip # 4

Here's another great tip I found to give our favorite cream a twist. We can customize it by adding a few drops of lemon juice to help brighten our skin or a few drops of eucalyptus oil to improve circulation.

The Right Stuff

If you have been looking for clear and quality audio books, consider your search over. Borders is your online resource for digital books on tape. You can shop by category, they have fiction, non-fiction, children and education, DVDs, music, stationery, magazine subscriptions and Audio books. The site has a list of thousands of titles including fabulous new releases, bestsellers, hot titles and the most recommended. For a minimal fee, fabulous music and audio books are yours to enjoy.
Here's another great news, as an early Christmas bonus, Borders have slashed off their regular prices to half. Don't go nuts thinking of the best gifts for your friends or loved ones, you don't have to buy expensive pieces even for people with expensive tastes. You can impress them with these fabulous audio books and albums without hurting your pocket. In these hard times, there is no need to go overboard. As long as your gift is interesting and it suits the recipient, that's fair enough. At Borders, there is something for everybody.
Visit the site now and avail of these huge discounts, if you pre-order J.K. Rowling's The Tales of Beedle The Bard, you get two amazing books for free. Plus, if you happen to live in UK, shipping is free on all orders. Get the right stuff for the tricky people on your list at Borders.

Best Mom Award

I got another award! Thank you so much Babette, I love this one ;) You can visit her at One a Time. Babette maintains several blogs, all of them are great sites.





I am giving this award to the following who I know are the BEST MOMs around. :o) You can get the animated banner HERE.

I'm sharing this to my beautiful mom blogger friends:

Heidi @ Health Nut Wannabee Mom
Jackie @ The Painted Veil
Cherry @ a {GIRL} for all status
Ria @ It's My Party (and I'll cry if I want to)
ECL @ Eastcoastlife
Mize @ Nightclicks
Laane @ Laane on the World

Rubber Stamp Champ

For all your rubber stamp needs, you can make a click stop at Rubber Stamp Champ dot com. The web site has launched a new web design but of course, they are still offering the great stamps you've always loved.

I have just ordered several custom rubber stamps for Christmas. My daughter and I are thinking of making our own Christmas wrappers from plain paper instead of buying expensive wrapping papers. It's a great way to economize especially now that we are on a tight budget. The site's design wizard will help you customize your own rubber stamps in whatever size, shape and color you want. Whether you want text only stamps, signature stamps, logos or you want to make your own design, all these can be done with just a few clicks. Here's more, click on SPECIAL and you'll find over a dozen rubber stamps slashed, half the price, and shipping is FREE!

Together with the launching of their new web design, Rubber Stamp Champ also launched the most recent addition to their line of products, the Go Green. These stamps are made from 78% recycled materials and they are laser engraved pre-inked so you won't be needing rubber stamp pads and makes over 100,000 clear impressions before you need to re-ink. Click on the links to know more.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Excessive Sweating

Sweating excessively can be embarrassing, but don't be alarmed because it's not as bad as you think. It can be genetic or caused by a medical condition like antidepressants, drugs or an overactive thyroid. To get relief from excessive sweating, look for an antiperspirant that is 12% aluminum chloride or ask your doc for a prescription formula that's 20%. This will help plug the ducts and stop the problem.

For sweat stains on your clothes, you can get rid of it by sprinkling the areas with 1 teaspoon dry meat tenderizer. Scrub the area with a toothbrush until a paste forms. Let it sit for 1 hour, then launder in the hottest water that is safe for the fabric. The papain in meat tenderizer will help break down the chemical bond that forms when acid (from perspiration) touches salt (from the aluminum in deodorant).

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

I made a boo boo!

I was over at Confessions of a Fitness Diva to drop my entrecard and I read her most recent post, Cookie Burn! She got a blister from the hot oven and I made a comment. I was typing too fast and typed "ouch! i hope it leaves a scar" instead of "ouch! i hope it doesn't leave a scar." She alerted me and I know she got mad and told me that she deleted the comment.

To fitness diva, I deeply apologize, I didn't mean to type it that way. Thanks for deleting the comment and I learned a lesson today, "always re-read what you type before hitting submit."

A Beautiful Mother Poem

This poem came from my beautiful friend Ria of It's my party (and I'll cry if I want to...). Thank you Ria for sharing this beautiful mommy poem with me. :D



MOTHER

This is a truly BEAUTIFUL piece.
Please read this at a slow pace,
digesting every word and in leisure...
Do not hurry....this is a treasure...

For those lucky to still be blessed with your Mom,
this is beautiful.
For those of us who aren't,
this is even more beautiful.
For those who are moms,
you'll love this.

The young mother set her foot
on the path of life.
'Is this the long way?' she asked.
And the guide said: 'Yes,
and the way is hard
And you will be old before
you reach the end of it..
But the end will be better
than the beginning.'

But the young mother was happy,
and she would not believe
that anything could be better
than these years.
So she played with her children,
and gathered flowers for them along the way,
and bathed them in the clear streams;
and the sun shone on them,
and the young Mother cried,
'Nothing will ever be lovelier than this.'

Then the night came,
and the storm, and the path was dark,

and the children shook with fear and cold,
and the mother drew them close
and covered them with her mantle,
and the children said,
'Mother, we are not afraid,
for you are near, and no harm can come.'

And the morning came,
and there was a hill ahead,
and the children climbed and grew weary,
and the mother was weary.
But at all times she said to the children,
'A little patience and we are there.'
So the children climbed,
and when they reached the top they said,
'Mother, we would not have done it without you.'

And the mother, when she lay down at night
looked up at the stars and said,
'This is a better day than the last,
for my children have learned fortitude
in the face of hardness.
Yesterday I gave them courage.
Today, I've given them strength.'

And the next day came strange clouds
which darkened the earth,
clouds of war and hate and evil,
and the children groped and stumbled,
and the mother said: '
Look up. Lift your eyes to the light.'
And the children looked and saw
above the clouds an everlasting glory,
and it guided them beyond the darkness.
And that night the Mother said,
'This is the=2 0best day of all,
for I have shown my children God.'

And the days went on,
and the weeks and the months and the years,
and the mother grew old
and she was little and bent.
But her children were tall and strong,
and walked with courage.
And when the way was rough,
they lifted her, for she was as light as a feather;
and at last they came to a hill,
and beyond they could see a shining road
and golden gates flung wide.
And mother said,
'I have reached the end of my journey.
And now I know the end
is better than the beginning,
for my children can walk alone,
and their children after them.'

And the children said,
'You will always walk with us, Mother,
even when you have gone through the gates.'
And they stood and watched her
as she went on alone,
and the gates closed after her.
And they said:
'We cannot see her but she is with us still.
A Mother like ours is more than a memory.
She is a living presence.......'

Your Mother is always with you....
She's the whisper of the leaves
as you walk down the street;
she's the smell of bleach
in your freshly laundered socks;
she's the cool hand on your brow
when you're not well.
Your Mother lives inside your laughter.
And she's crystallized in every tear drop.
She's the place you came from,
your first home;
and she's the map you follow
with every step you take.
She's your first love and your first heartbreak,
and nothing on earth can separate you.

Not time, not space... not even death!

Beautiful Mom Award started by Posh Post.

This poem goes out to my beautiful mommy friends:

Lynn @ The Sewing Mom
Tina @ Mummy Diaries
Vhiel @ Vhiel's Corner
Sandi @ Pregnant with Cancer
Carmie @ Heart and Mind Whispers
Raquel @ Memories Frozen in Time

Greening the Planet

There is more to greening our lives than just separating plastic and paper in our garbage. Recycling is great and making use of what we already have can help us save a lot of money and avoid throwing too much trash.

Big companies too have resorted to environment-friendly materials especially in the industrial sector. They have been using Solvent Recyclers to clean solvents back to their original purity. As to why they get services from a Solvent Recyler management company is both for the environment and to cut back from the costs for disposal of used solvents. Solvents usually contain volatile organic compounds that evaporate quickly and can form into smog or contaminate water. A Solvent Recycler does the job of distilling solvent from its contaminants so it will be safe to used again.

It doesn't really take much effort to do our part to save the planet, in fact, many of us have started to adopt a greener lifestyle. Whether we do something big or small to save the environment, we can all make a difference.

Monday, November 17, 2008

French Fries/Cancer link

Rumor has it that our favorite French fries can cause breast cancer. But don't be sad if you're a lover of French fries. While it is true that acrylamide [a chemical formed during baking and frying] that is considered a potential carcinogen, new research shows that there is not link between foods with acrylamide and breast cancer risk. Based on their study, the amounts of acrylamide you consume with french fries is far too low than the amount that causes cancer.

So if you love eating fries, go ahead and have some, it's not as bad as you think. But keep in mind that fries are also packed with calories, so eat in moderation. :D

Things to consider when applying for a card

If choosing which of the major credit card companies will give you the best rates sounds confusing, then the best option will be to Compare Credit Cards. I'm sure you're wondering which credit card offers the best services. It is not wrong to be meticulous when it comes to choosing cards. They can be very tempting, testy and there's always this feeling that you want to splurge whenever you're at the mall. Add to that the popularity of online shopping, these plastics are so convenient you never have to leave home to get what you need.

The web site I found specializes in informing applicants about the latest credit card offers and guides them on how to use their cards wisely. There are over a dozen of credit cards out there. And most of these cards have been offering very good services like, 0% interest on featured items, 6% gas rebates, no annual fees, and many more. There are credit cards for different uses. Just tell them what kind of card you are looking for and a very friendly staff will assist and guide you on your online application.

But before you apply for one, I have some tips for you. The first thing you must consider when applying for a credit card is the interest rates each company offers. Second is how fast can you get an approval and how easy it is to apply. And last, but not the least is, of course, the rewards. Choose a credit card that offers the best rewards for its cardholders. You also have to make sure that it is backed by one of the more solid financial institutions. Credit cards have become an essential tool to the everyday life of the modern man. Choose wisely. It always pay to be prudent than regretting in the end.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

The Winning Snooze



Here's great news for those who love taking their siestas. Taking a nap can reduce your risk of death from heart disease for up to 47%. The experts believe it's because taking a nap reduces stress. So, if catching a snooze in the middle of the afternoon seems impossible, try adjusting your schedule. You can squeeze in a nap during your lunch break or when you get home from work.

Safe and Secured Parking

It's not only the Americans who are jockeying for parking spaces in highly commercialized cities of America. Londoners too are having problems in the ever crowing city of London. These poor motorists are being robbed with the high rates of parking. And what's even worse, their cars are never safe from careless drivers and car nappers. It's not as bad if you end up with only a few scratches or a dent, but losing your shiny possession could mean a lot.

Londoners, you can now throw those worries away. Someone out there has the solution to your problems. Stop paying those exorbitant hourly rates with Parklet's Rent Garages. They have over 15000 parking spaces and garages currently available for monthly rental.

They offer flexible terms and have secured and safe parking to suit your needs. You can rent your worry-free garage for fives days, seven days or even on a monthly basis. Plus, their rates are a lot cheaper than your ordinary parking lot or even the bigger storage companies. Your daily search for exact changes is over. The terms are negotiable and handled by a highly professional staff that would cater to your every need. Just think about how you can save.

Let Parklet do all the works for you, searching for a parking space is daunting. They will also be the one to negotiate on your behalf with garage owners. Now you can have a secure parking space twenty four hours a day.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Youthful with Orange

Did you know that you can uncover brighter and younger skin with oranges? The combination of dry heat inside your home and the cold weather outside can make your complexion look flaky and ashy. And when you're a busy mom, it will take forever before you can get a full facial. :D

Here's what you should do, squeeze the juice of one ripe orange into a bowl. Dip a cotton ball in the juice and use it to pat your cheeks, chin, forehead and neck. Let it dry for at least 10 minutes, then rinse. The citric acid in orange sloughs off dead skin cells and cleanses pores while the vitamin C firms and tightens them to give you an instantly youthful glow.

Should you trust your doc...

... if you know that he is just hopping on the beautification bandwagon? If your General Practitioner tells you that he is adding cosmetic procedures to his practice, wouldn't you hesitate to see him about your droopy lids?

More and more women are becoming too conscious of their looks that is why cosmetic surgery has become a very lucrative business. And because of this, there is a rise in doctors who are working outside their fields of expertise. This boom is quite alarming because when it comes to looking good, women are willing to pay more. Try to picture this, when a patient comes in for botox rather than a yeast infection, it's alright to pay a higher fee, and she pays for it on the spot!

If you are considering a cosmetic surgery, it's always best to have a specialist in this field do the job. Complications may occur and if you doc is not very experienced, you might end up looking not as you expected. And the worst, the result can be fatal. Dr. Andres Bustillo of plastic surgery in Newyork is well-known for his expertise in cosmetic surgery. And since most of you are willing to pay when it comes to beautification, why not choose the best? This doctor is dedicated to providing his clients the most advanced and time-proven techniques available today in facial plastic surgery. You need an expert who can handle the unexpected, not a "quack" who overpromises.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Beauty Tip # 3

You had a long day and is feeling very tired. You definitely want to relax, and what better way to do that than a nice warm soak on the tub. When you mix a calming lavender-scented bath with a grapefruit body lotion, the result can be stimulating. So if you want to optimize your relaxing bath try to stay within the same scent.

The Best Bingo Sites

There was a slump in opps the past few days, and with nothing much to do, I had time to surf the web. I was enjoying my hunt for Christmas give aways when I stumbled upon a Bingo web site. I have to be honest with you and admit that I enjoyed playing their free games. I'm not really into gambling but since the top bingo sites on their list are offering free downloads of the flash software, I thought I'd give it a try. I had fun playing and I discovered that there are so many women playing this game. Some sites even have live and moderated chat rooms where all the ladies can chat while playing.

If you're looking for safe bingo sites, this one is well worth a look. It lists top bingo sites that are all properly licensed and regulated. All offering a unique and entertaining overall bingo package. Plus, these top sites have been loaded with freebies and large bonuses. You have the option to open a "fun money" free account or a "real money" account. All bingo sites have been fully reviewed and has excellent track records, and round the clock chat games are there for you to enjoy. Click on the link to know more.

Alcohol to Women

A little alcohol can be good for your heart after menopause, but too much can be dangerous. Based on the article that I've read, it slightly increases breast cancer risk while heavy drinking may up your osteoporosis risk.

Women are more vulnerable to the effects of alcohol than men, so we are more likely to have more serious problems such as liver disease and alcohol-induced brain damage. If you are used to drinking wine everyday, try to lessen your intake slowly. ;)

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The Great Spears



Since early times, asparagus has been used both as a vegetable and medicine. Believed to also have aphrodisiac properties, these yummy spears contain asparagine, an amino acid that increases urine flow to flush excess bodily fluids. When you feel bloated, try adding the succulent spears in your diet and you can say goodbye to bloat immediately.

Best Buy Slots

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This web site does not only provide you the Best Casino sites with very good bonuses, it also lists categories like: casinos by software, online slots, bonus guide, tips, news, banking options, plus, their ever friendly customer service. The casino bonus portal also list the hottest site in real-time. It also gives you the latest on online casino news. You can always come back from time to time to check this page to keep you updated on which sites offer the best bonuses.

It's really great to know that to enjoy your favorite online casino game should not cost you a penny. It becomes more enjoyable knowing you can avail of these large bonuses. So don't just sit there, make a click stop at Best Buy Slots now.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

What is Rosacea?

Do you suffer from a flushed, red face or have lumpy red spots or thread veins? It may be caused by rosacea. It is not normally painful or dangerous so don't be alarmed if you have it. No one knows what causes it and sadly, there are no permanent cure. On a lighter note, the symptoms can be treated.

Sunlight is thought to aggravate the symptoms so use a high protection sunblock. Alcohol, strenuous exercise, heat, spicy food and stress may worsen the flushing, while antibiotics can reduce skin inflammation and clear spots.

Beauty Tip #3

Skin loses a lot of its natural hydration with each shower, so try to make each shower quick. We get wrinkled skin for staying too long in the water. I'm sure you've noticed that when you're swimming. Slather your body with body oil, ideally when skin is still damp to help lock moisture.

Sharing Interests

A lot of people, once they're married, find it all too easy to give up their career and the activities that once excited them. They make their spouses and kids their sole source of entertainment. I have nothing against this, in fact, I am one of those women who gave up everything for my family. But after a few years of being married, everything became a routine. I'm sure I'm not the only one who felt this way. Hubs and I were fast enough to detect this problem early on.

Although we find time to hang out with our friends, we rarely do. He would rather stay home than go out on a drinking spree with his friends. He taught me a lot of things that I never imagined I would enjoy. Who would have thought I would learn to paint 135 scale miniature military models? We even tried building a diorama of World War II soldiers resting.

We did a lot of things that we both enjoy. I guess it's one secret why we've lasted this long. Part of a relationship is trying out what your partner's passions are. If he loves watching action movies and sports, sit beside him while he's watching. If he likes playing at Online Casinos, join him. Get interested in his hobbies, who knows you might end up enjoying it too. Any marriage will be better off if you cultivate outside interests. It's a great way to nourish yourself and recharge your batteries.

Varicose Veins

These unsightly and upsetting veins affect one in three people. Sclerotherapy is the traditional treatment for small veins where a chemical is injected that cause vein wall to stick together and close off. For larger veins, phlebectomy surgery is performed to strip out the veins. Scientists have developed new approaches that aim to reduce bruising and discomfort and improve recovery times for this procedure.

Here Comes the Bride...

When the wedding date is decided, it is quite natural that you set your mind to an outfit which you dream to wear on that day. Most of the brides wish to stand out from the crowd on their wedding day. Many of them know what they want and how to look like on the due day. Apart from your overall personality, the dress that you plan to wear can bring all the difference.
If you have an idea about your dress, then it is not much trouble getting the perfect dress for the occasion. In any case a designer wedding dress can really be the one of those kinds which you want. You have the liberty to get your dress stitched as per your dreams; fittings and style. Getting the outfit tailored helps you to add your own creativity into it.
Before you go to finalize the dream dress, you must keep certain things in mind. First of all keep the style and place of wedding in your mind. If the marriage is planned in a Celtic style then the dress must match well with the traditional style. You can combine the modern style with the old one and present yourself in entirely new look. Further the place of marriage and season too is important to note. The material you select should suit the climate and place so that you are comfortable during the whole affair.
Instead of just bumping into any shop for your bridal dress, you are advised to do a little research for this purpose. Technology has now provided with lots of options on the net where you can search the shop of your choice. Not only this, you can also have an idea about the dress so as which design will suit to your kind of personality and stature.
McCall's, Simplicity Patterns, Vogue Patterns are some places where you can have readymade designer dresses and also a wide variety of dress material. Wear an exclusive dress which is designed well according to your taste and comfort and make a style statement for all to see.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Night-eating Syndrome

...is a little known eating disorder that is characterized by underlying depression, and one in five people with a serious weight problem could be suffering from it. Night eaters eat lots of carbs and sugary foods. If you do have this syndrome and pretty concerned about it, it's best to talk with your doctor about it.

My thoughts on franchising

What would you do with your money if you had a sizable saving stashed away? Or if you have recently retired, would you like to use your retirement to own a business of your own? A Franchise Opportunity would be a good and viable option. With a reliable franchising company backing you up like Florida franchise, you can never go wrong. Aside from a sound management, you will have the much needed support for your business.

We all know how hard times are up ahead and like any other families, hubs and I are also looking for other means to earn money. We were discussing about this just a while ago. We think a small business opportunity is a good start. Hubs will be getting his share from the sale of our apartment and while waiting for that, my job is to look for a franchise industry that will suit our budget.

I'm thinking of a rent-to-own business. It's a lucrative business while providing your customers the things they need. As I've mentioned earlier, times are hard and many people would rather look for other means than simply shelling out cash or acquiring more debts. That's where rent-to-own comes in. With a minimal cost, it is definitely better than getting a loan with a huge interest attached to it. Plus of course the warranty attached to it is another thing to consider. I'll be discussing this with hubs later and ask him what he thinks. I'm sure he'll agree with me.

Your 1st Name Tells A Lot About Who You Are

This is really fun! I was tagged by Gagay at Walking Newspaper and it's all about the meaning of my name. You don't have to be tagged by me to join the fun, just grab it and enjoy.

Rules:

Link the person who tags you; Repost the tag with the title "Your 1st Name Tells a lot Bout Who You Are"; Tag as many as you can.

Have a good time knowing the meaning of your name!

♥*♥*♥*♥*♥*♥*♥*♥*♥*♥*♥*♥*♥*
M: Handsome/Beautiful
A: Best Gf/Bf any one could have
R: You love to kiss
I: People love you
A: Best Gf/Bf any one could have

L: AWESOME KISSER
I: People love you
Z: Never good enough...
A: Best Gf/Bf any one could have

♥*♥*♥*♥* *♥*♥*♥*♥*♥*♥*♥*♥*
A: Best Gf/Bf any one could have
B: You love a certain someone
C: People cant help but check u out
D: You are really lovable
E: You Are Great Kisser
F: Easy to fall in love with
G: You never let people tell you what to do
H: You have a very good personality and good looks
I: People love you
J: People Adore you
K: You're wild and crazy
L: AWESOME KISSER
M: Handsome/Beautiful
N: Easy to fall in love with
O: Best kisser ever
P: You are popular with all types of people
Q: You are a hypocrite
R: You love to kiss
S: You are Freaking CRAZY!
T: You are loyal to the ones you love
U: You really like to chill
V :your not judgmental
W: You are popular
X: You never let people tell you
Y: Sexiest bitch alive
Z: Never good enough...

Tagging: Simply Moi, Rainbow Colored Me, My Own Utopia, Heart and Mind Whispers

Learning the Basics

Do you like throwing dice and betting on casinos? If you frequent online casino sites or you will be playing for the first time, it wouldn't hurt to pay Max Jordan a visit. The guy is your aid for all things about casinos, both the real world and online Casinos. His site is loaded with useful tips and tutorials and I am sure you can pick up a lot of things, from learning the basics of classic casino games to improving an already effective strategy.

He's got daily updates on casino news, activities, tournaments, the latest on bonuses and the most recent happenings from around the casino world. You will also find comprehensive reviews of the hottest places to try your luck online. You can learn more about your favorite games like blackjack, craps, poker and the slots. Read on his "sure to win" tips and you're guaranteed to became an improved player. Plus, the site has a special page for blackjack and craps, showing you how to build an odds based strategy for traditional blackjack. And if you can't fully understand the game of craps, learn it from Max.

You can learn everything here before really playing online so be sure to drop by the site.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Pelvic Floor Muscles

Did you know that a woman's body is not designed to walk upright? According to Jeanette Haslam, a physiotherapist specializing in women's health, "If women walked on four legs, they'd have fewer pelvic floor problems."

In women's bodies, the pelvic floor muscles have a lot of work to do. There's the weight of the bladder and the strain of pregnancy and childbirth. It is the only area of the body that undergoes such stresses.

Ms. Haslam says that the way to tighten the muscles around the back passage, vagina and front passage is to pull up inside as if you're trying to stop passing urine. It should feel like a lift and squeeze up inside. Do ten quick pull-ups and ten slow, holding in for four seconds, three times daily. Do as many as you can and build up gradually.

A Useful Advice

For those of you who likes to play at online casinos, there is a web site that could be very useful for you. There are thousand of online gambling sites out there, mostly offering you reviews, rules, news and strategies. What makes this one different is that the site not only provides you with the latest updates but their experts tell you more about the games, give you guidelines and show you how to maximize your bonuses.

Like many other online casino sites, InternetCasinoAdvice also features comprehensive reviews on top sites. You can also find gambling tips and guidelines from top casino players to help you win real money. Everything you need to know about online gambling, especially if you're a newbie can be found on the side bar, all you need to do is click on the game and a page with all the necessary info will open. The Internet Casino Advice has been loaded with useful tips, gambling guides, casino reviews, free games, tips for each game, advice and tutorials.

Before you go and start betting on your favorite games, I would advice you to check the site first. There are many fraudulent casino sites out there and it pays to be cautious.

Fashion Tip #2

Here's an easy on the go fix for buttons with a loop or shank on the back. Slide a safety pin through the shank and fasten to your garment. Not only does this mend your button in a blink but it's an easy way to customize your clothing.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Life, In Chocolate


Can you just imagine the world without chocolate? That would be doomsday! Like me, I'm sure many of you live on chocolates and it has been your emotional cure-all. The yummy treat not only brings satisfaction to everyone, young or old, we get a lot of benefits from it. It's a good source of copper, folic acid and magnesium. It contains powerful antioxidants that help protect the body against the damaging effects caused by stress, processed foods and pollution. And contrary to old beliefs, chocolate is not to be blamed for zits. There is no scientific proof that pimples are related to chocolate consumption. And while it is true that chocolate has high sugar content, it also contains minerals that inhibit the growth of tooth decay, so don't blame it for cavities. It is even marketed in some countries as a health food.

Delicious christmas chocolate gifts will definitely leave your sweetheart smitten. Whatever form it takes, easy or elegant, indulgent or restrained, chocolate remains an all time favorite that will definitely set hearts aflutter. What has been greatly prized in ancient times remains a great favorite to many today. The only drawback is that it's loaded with calories, so remember to eat them in moderation.
 
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