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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Welcome 2010!

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Monday, December 28, 2009

MM - I'm Just A Kid

I'm featuring my one of my son's favorite songs "I'm Just A Kid" by Simple Plan. Happy listening!



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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas!

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Give It A New Look

Bath time is a more pleasurable experience with a neat and clutter-free space. If your bathroom cabinets are overflowing in clutter, don't you think it's about time you reorganize so it will be easier for you to find the things you need to use everyday? A few quick changes and additional bathroom furnitures or storage units can do the trick. You don't even need a major overhaul and spend so much for a new look. The key is to focus on a few quality fixtures instead of trying to buy a lot of inexpensive and put them together. You'll be surprised at how much you have saved in the end. A clean and well-organized bathroom can enhance your life beyond measure.

And if you're thinking of giving your bathroom a renewed look, now is the best time to do so. If cost is on your mind which I'm sure it is, BathroomSuite is having a stock clearance sale right now, plus you get an extra 20 percent off on tiles when purchased with a bathroom suite. I would take advantage of this great offer if I were you, why it's not every month that you get great offers like this. Visit the site now for more info.


Bathrooms As Pure As Possible

Just like your home, it is important to keep your Baths and bathrooms as pure as possible for the health of all those who use them. With toxic gases emanating from cleaning supplies and the possibility of harmful microbes on counters and other contact points, mold in little seen corners, chances are your bathroom needs a once-over. Here are some tips to make your bathroom a healthier place for all.

Closed doors trap heat and moisture from showers, so your bathrooms are prime locations for mold to grow. To help dissipate the heat and humidity, it is important to leave your exhaust fan running for 20 minutes or so after showering.

It will greatly help to have those no-touch soap dispensers that give you a quick squirt of hand wash without adding a potential contamination point.

Know what's inside those cleaners. Swap harsh anonymous cleaners for products with ingredient lists. Manufacturers of cleaning products are not required to list the contents on the bottles. If you are not sure what's inside the container, you have no idea what kind of fumes you are spreading around your house as you clean.

Consider swapping aerosol cleaners for a dry steamer. Low0moisture steamers apply hot, quick-drying steam to cleanse surfaces from chrome to tile and can zap mold before it starts to grow. Unlike chemical cleaners, these steam cleaners don't leave buildup.

Believe it or not, a clean and well-organized bathroom can enhance your life beyond measure.

Monday, December 21, 2009

MM - Fireflies

Happy Music Monday everyone! I hope you enjoy this really cute song. :)



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Saturday, December 19, 2009

DIY Skin Softener

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Having problems with your winter-weary skin? Heres an easy solution, make your own body scrub. To do: Blend 1/2 cup sea slat, 1 1/2 teaspoon olive oil, and 4 to 5 drops of lavender oil. Apply with smooth strokes and rinse. Your homemade scrub will get rid of dead skin cells. The result? Soft and smooth skin.

Monday, December 14, 2009

MM - Bella's Lullaby

Happy Music Monday everyone! I hope you enjoy this wonderful piece from the movie Twilight.



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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

For Dry and Chapped Lips

The cold weather leaves our lips dry and chapped, and many of us are unaware that the problem often lies with the usual remedy... lip balms. Certain flavorings in lip balms, like synthetic menthol can be irritating, leaving a cracked mouth feeling worse.


To soothe dry and chapped lips, try using petroleum jelly, which is free of flavorings. It is gentle on your lips and can relieve chapped lips in three days.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Cure Wind-Worn Hands




Hands take a beating in the cold months because their thin skin loses more moisture than other body parts. To cure those weather-beaten knuckles and ragged cuticles use Jojoba oil. The oil is comprised of wax esters, the same basis for sebum, our skin's natural oils. And because it so closely matches the chemical structure of sebum, it's easily absorbed into skin. But don't use it as it is, Jojoba oil is slippery. Mix a few drops of oil with hand cream, doing so ensures you are not left with a greasy feeling.


Thank You FC!!!


Meow Diaries

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Smackers' Winter Woe


The dry air of winter makes your lips starved for moisture, no wonder they get so parched. And when your smackers are dry, the first thing you do is lick them. But our saliva is drying and it creates a vicious cycle that's tough to break. Lip balms can do the trick, but be warned, many lip balms can actually intensify the problem due to ingredients like menthol, which can dry the skin in this sensitive area. When shopping for a lip balm, experts recommend buying a formula with moisture-locking vitamin E and protective ingredients such as beeswax. Both have been proven to protect skin and will leave your smackers soft and beautiful.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Sleep Deeply


Can't sleep? Here's a sweet way to get into shut-eye mode... enjoy a handful of jelly beans. According to a study done at the University of Sydney in Australia, those who ate a snack high on glycemic index like jelly beans before bed fell asleep twice as fast as those who noshed on slower-to-digest treats. This is because of the candy's ability to increase the production of trypthophan, an amino acid that boost levels of the sleep inducing hormone serotonin. Woot! Another reason to enjoy jelly beans! Buttered Popcorn is my favorite flavor, how 'bout you?


Thank You FC!!!

KARELTJE en ikke !!!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Awards from My Dear Friends

I received this lovely award from Vickie over at digivickie's word art. I have already posted this one a few weeks ago but I'm posting it again to thank Vickie for passing it on to me. Thank you dear!
~o0o~

The following awards are from Marzie over at Wishing On A Falling Star. Thanks sweetie for the lovely awards.

I'm passing these awards to the following:

Irina @ Hainute Colorate
Shaine @ Scraps of Life
Nadekcir @ Everything Has A Reason
JAS @ Surviving My Tween Girls
Tita Beng @ Beyond My Quiet Zone




Friday, November 13, 2009

Chicken Neck Out!

Don't succumb to a wardrobe of turtlenecks just because you have chicken neck. Here's a little trick to outsmart the problem neck sag. Place both hands side by side in front of your throat. Using your fingers, push the skin on your neck firmly upward to the chin and then outward toward the ears, circling down to your collarbone. Repeat twice. This motion helps increase skin-firming blood circulation and drains fluid buildup. Massaging your neck daily should result in a leaner neck in four weeks.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

RT|WW - Sunset

Wordless Wednesday

This photo was sent to me by my brother. He took the shot on his way home from work. Amazing isn't it? I've already used this photo for another meme but I'm posting it again for RT and WW.

Baby Beddings for Less

For a restful night, soft cotton sheets, a fluffy comforter and a lump-free mattress should keep you in deep slumber. And I'm sure you also want luxury Baby Bedding Sets for your baby. A comfortable baby who sleeps well at night gives you time to enjoy your zzzzz's too. And now that white sales are in full swing, you are eager to hit the stores. But wait, not because they have cut off the price tags, that means you are scoring a great deal. You better think twice about splurging on sleep essentials, not all baby beddings guarantee to keep your little ones safe and comfortable.


One myth I heard about purchasing beddings/baby beddings is buying a mismatched mattress, comforter and cotton sheets can save you as much as 50 percent. I say, buying a set is a lot cheaper and a whole lot easier. Also, when you are purchasing baby beddings, keep in mind that they might be around for a while, so look for quality products. If you have plans of using the set for some years, or you have plans of passing it down to other children, spending for higher quality baby beddings is more economical.

The nursery is a place where your little one will spend most of his or her time. So make sure it's comfortable, serene and cozy.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Beating Acne... and Warts




If you have been following my posts, I'm sure you've read about my aspirin/lemon juice tip on erasing blemishes. Now here's another one for pimples... tea tree oil. It's a chemical-free alternative that works overnight to remove blemishes. To do: Apply a drop or two of tea tree oil on pimple before before bedtime. The oil contains terpinen-4-ol, an antimicrobial that is as effective as benzoyl peroxide. And because it's chemical-free, it doesn't cause dryness or irritation. Another perk? The soothing scent can help you relax as you fall asleep. Here's more, just last night, I read that the oil also works for warts. Not as fast as with pimples though. Apparently, it would take two to three weeks for treating warts.


Thank You FC!!!

KARELTJE en ikke !!!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

RT|WW - The Pond

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Saturday, October 31, 2009

No More Oily Face




Let's face it, no matter how many times you wash your face, the unflattering shine on your T-zone is back in just a few minutes. Blame it on facial cleansers, experts say. They strip the skin of moisture, sending your oil glands into overdrive.

To put a stop to this problem, try this simple DIY solution. Combine 1/2 cup of orange juice, 1 tablespoon of cornstarch and a sprinkle of salt in a small bowl. Smooth over skin and leave on for 10 minutes, then rinse with warm water. The astringent quality of the citric acid in the juice cleanses pores, while the cornstarch and salt combo lifts oil without drying out skin. You'll have a flawless finish that lasts for hours.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

RT|WW - Dragonfly

Wordless Wednesday




Monday, October 26, 2009

Clementines For Your Skin




Clementines contain citric acid, an antimicrobial agent that eliminates blemish-causing bacteria when applied to the face. The sweet juice can also lessen fine lines and wrinkles because its vitamin C encourages cells to increase production of collagen, a protein that keeps skin smooth, toned and younger looking.

Try this beautifying mask for a perfect complexion: In a small bowl, whisk 1 egg white and juice of 1 clementine until soft peaks form. Apply to face and let sit for 15 minutes. Rinse well with warm water. Do it once or twice a week for smooth, glowing skin. :)


Thank You FC!!!


MPG

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Pain Relief Creams Alert

A lot of us are afraid to visit pain clinics and talk to a doctor when we feel something wrong with our bodies. And often times, we take those pains for granted thinking that it's nothing and it would go away quickly. Or sometimes, we're just too afraid to find out that something could really be wrong. I must admit that I think like that, I really don't give much attention to simple head aches, tummy aches, and ankle pain. For me, a little REST does the trick.

I used to be so generous when I slather pain relief creams onto my skin until I have read an article about it saying that too much can hurt. Over the counter creams should be applied thinly. An athlete, Arielle Newman died from sports cream overdose. She used large amounts of pain relieving ointments which contain methyl salicylate. Reports say, it may have interacted with other aspirin-based medicines she was using which caused her cardiac arrest.

Although this is a rare case, it is always better to be on the safe side than be sorry later on. If you think that if a little bit is good, a lot is even better, think again. This is not true when it comes to what we slather on our body. Now I make it a point to read heal-n-soothe reviews before applying them on my skin.

Here are some important rules to follow when using pain relief creams.

  • FOLLOW LABEL DIRECTIONS - always use the correct dosage.
  • NEVER COVER THE AREA - don't wrap or apply heat to your skin after putting a product on your skin unless you are following doctor's instructions. Wrapping or occlusion increases absorption.
  • ASK QUESTIONS - anytime you get a treatment at a spa or salon that involves wrapping, make sure you ask what's being applied, if there are any dangers, and how long you'll be wrapped.
  • BE CAREFUL AROUND THE SKIN - protective top layers of keratin are lacking in thin-skinned areas [armpits, groin, eyelids] and mucus membranes [nasal passages, mouth, vaginal and rectal regions], so medication have a stronger effect in these places.
  • TALK TO YOUR DOC - just because you get it over the counter doesn't mean you shouldn't tell your doctor about it.
  • CHECK FOR FDA/BFAD APPROVAL - products approved by them have been tested and are labeled with appropriate warnings and directions for use.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Long Lasting Manicure




For busy moms, getting a manicure is a "once-in-a-while" indulgence. Just think, when else do you get to sit still for 30 minutes? And I'm sure you're annoyed when your manicure chips just two days later. To ensure those tips stay tidy, ask your manicurist to sweep a light coat of polish under each nail's edge. This technique envelops the nail in polish and will minimize chipping, making your manicure last longer.

A Good and Responsible Rider

Isn't is annoying to have your mom barking at you every time you head out the door to wear your helmet before you hop on your scooter? Moms worry even at the smallest things and riding a motorbike is far more dangerous than driving a car, so put a stop to that. As a rider, I'm sure you know how important wearing a motorcycle helmet is. Wear it every time you get on that scooter, and soon she will find the topic so mundane she would stop nagging you. Let her know you are being a good and responsible rider and she will keep out of your riding business.


It won't hurt to be cautious because accidents do happen. The impact on your head is significantly reduced when you are wearing a helmet during a motorcycle accident. Motorcycle helmets are designed to cushion and protect your head from the impact of an accident. Come to think of it, it may be the only protection you have if you experience an accident while riding. Wearing a helmet does not limit your ability to hear or see what is happening around you.

And while you're out to show her you're a responsible rider, protect yourself with Leather Vests as well. A vest of good quality can protect you from the sun, wind and rain. You may also want to take a look at Motorcycle saddlebags for your belongings.

Please don't be stubborn about this, it's for your own good anyway. Stop your momma from worrying, wear the helmet!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

RT|WW - Great View

Wordless Wednesday



Friday, October 16, 2009

Softer, Smoother Feet




The cold months are here, so expect the cold dry air to leave your heels arid and cracked. But this little trick will let you wake up to smooth, super soft heels. Here's what you should do: Simply rinse your footsies with warm water and massage a dab of vegetable shortening into the problem spots. Then slip on a pair of thick cotton socks and leave them on overnight. In the morning, just wash it off in the shower. Thanks to shortening's fatty acids, it lubricates coarse, callused heels while locking in skin's own moisture.

Thank You FC!!!

It's just me... again

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

RT|WW - Wild Flower

Wordless Wednesday



Go Personal or Go Business

Do you want to have your own web page? There are so many web hosting sites on the internet that owning a website now has become so popular and easy. Whether you want it for personal use or you want to create a web site for your business, there are over a hundred companies to choose from and so many packages available. What really matters is, you choose a reliable company that offers high quality service and is not expensive.

Now, how do you do that? How do you find the best web hosting company that will give you all these? The internet provides us with so many information including reviews of the top web hosting sites. Before deciding on it, it will help a lot to research and get to know the basics and compare the different packages offered by each web host. There are free research guides to help you choose the right web host for your personal or business website. They provide you with a list of the best ones including comparison charts to help you choose the best web hosting plan most suitable for a you.

Remember, your web host will make or break your business. When your site is down most of the time, you won't be able to maximize your profits. So do your assignment before jumping in.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Outwit Cramps with Orange

Are those menstrual symptoms "cramping" your style? According to color experts, wearing something orange can help you feel better fast. Why orange? I too was wondering what the color has to do with PMS when I first saw the article, but gazing at the fiery hue causes your brain's pineal gland to release endorphins. This reduces the intensity of cramps and increases feelings of overall well being.


I have not tried it because I have never experienced PMSing, but if you do try it, please let us know if it's really effective. ^-^


Thank You FC!!!

Kia


Selling Online Soon

My sister-in-law, who owns a craft store has been offered by her thread supplier to sell their products online. She's been contemplating whether to accept or not because she is worried about not being very knowledgeable when it comes to selling online and building her own website. She knows hubs and I manage several blogs so she asked if we could help her. Of course, we are willing to help. Offers like that don't come very often and this could be her big break considering the current economic situation prevailing globally. The craft store is not doing too well, add to that the damage caused by the two typhoons that ravaged Luzon in the last two weeks. Expanding online could turn things around for her.

I've been helping her search for a hosting site that would host her online store. Looking at all those stuff she could sell, from different brands of threads, patterns and almost all kinds of arts and crafts materials, I had to consider the bandwidth. I am so sure she’ll be getting a lot of traffic and she’ll be uploading her catalog of products as well.

I'm looking at inmotion host right now. So far it's the cheapest and they provide a range of competitively priced hosting plans suitable for all types of sites, whether it's a small personal webpage or a large e-commerce business, needing huge transfer and storage quotas. Inmost will also take care of her domain registration and will help her through the process of building her website. I am just waiting for her go signal so we could start building her online store. Hubs and I are so excited for her and we are very positive this is going to be a hit.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

RT|WW - Green or Red?

Wordless Wednesday



Friday, October 2, 2009

Bring Back Natural Color




Do you have yellowish nails because of nail polish? Yeah, a deep red manicure definitely adds instant glamour to any look, but when the polish comes off, your nails are stained yellow. Here's the fix: Grab two tooth-whitening strips and cut each into five nail-size pieces. Apply them to nails and leave on for 20 minutes. Do it daily for 1 week. The tooth-bleaching agent in the strips, hydrogen peroxide, will gently restore your nails' natural hue.

My New Cookbook

My brother works for a hotel chain. From time to time, he sends me cookbooks. The last one he sent was the big fat duck cookbook. It’s one of the most successful restaurants around. Being a bookworm and a book buff, this is one book I learned to love. Not only does it present some of its recipes, it also tells of the history behind the restaurant’s rise to success. I’ve always dreamt of having my own small bistro someday and this book really inspires me.

I would highly recommend this fascinating book for anyone who loves to cook and a dreamer as well. If for some reason you are unable to get hold of this book, ebooks are available through the net. Nothing beats a book which not only informs, educates and inspire all at the same time. In fact, some of my friends like the book as well and are planning to give them as Christmas presents. It simply is so inspiring. I just can’t put this book down and I will surely try out the recipes featured in it. I may only have a dream right now but who knows, I might just pursue my dream someday.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

RT|WW - Mooncake

Wordless Wednesday

The Mooncake Festival is the third major festival of the Chinese calendar. Mooncakes are offered between friends or on family gatherings while celebrating the festival.
 
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