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Friday, December 31, 2010

Wake up Gorgeous

All those late-night partying are showing on your face. I'm sure,  so here's another one for puffy eyes.  Mix 1/2 teaspoon of almond oil and 1 tablespoon of yogurt in a small resealable jar.  At bedtime each night, dab a bit of the cool balm around your eyes.  The almond oil is packed with skin-nurturing vitamin D and E and is an anti-inflammatory.  And yogurt's lactic acid helps rev cell renewal to brighten discoloration in the under-eye area while you sleep.  :)

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Oh, we have gps tracking.

It's been 9 years since my brother visited from the States.  He was surprised to see how much Manila have changed.  A lot of roads and fly-overs have been added.  He only knew about the Magallanes and  the Edsa-Ortigas interchanges, now there are more scattered around the city, you'll get lost if you're not so familiar with the roads.  The funny thing is, he was asking for road maps when he borrowed the car.  Even the kids we're laughing at him saying, road maps are a thing of the past.  Well brother,  we are not so "behind" here, just like in the US, we also have gps tracking and most cars are already equipped with this small gadget.  :)

Decorative Indoor Planters

Having a small home and limited space doesn't mean you can't have plants and flowers.  That's what my friend, Irene, who's into Decorative Planters business, often tells me.  She never stopped until I agreed for her to decorate my home with indoor planters.  Well, it turned out beautiful and her pretty blooms brightened the house.  I give so much credit to her creativity and her green thumb.

Now she's itching to decorate the outside.  She wants to add window box planters because she says, my windows are boring.  That girl!  She knows so well that I love plants and I love having flowers around but window box planters are not in my budget and I can't afford to have them at this time.  So the planters will have to wait until summer sweetie.  :)

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

RT|WW - Beard Papa's Cream Puff

Wordless Wednesday

Monday, December 27, 2010


Ease it with olive oil.  The Italian staple is the only source of the antioxidant oleocanthal, an inflammation fighting compound that relieves internal swelling.  To do:  Apply and gently massage around the eyes.

Not From Him

It's not very often that I get flowers.  When I asked him why, he said, he wants to treat me differently from his past girlfriends.  So on the few occasions that I received long stemmed roses, those were from my kids.  Though he knows that I love flowers, I have accepted the fact that I'd never get anything from him. 

SEO Dallas is her secret.

My cousin has a business in Dallas. Her target market is the Dallas area.  Having a website, she would like to raise awareness on the products and services her company offers. To improve traffic, she enlisted the help of the SEO Dallas. So far, traffic has been steadily increasing and she has already have several clients. Aside from this, she also has local advertising in the print media. Both mediums are a big boost in awareness. The internet's popularity is bringing in most of the customers. She is now contemplating of widening her operations because of this. Expansion came very early for her company and that is very good for business. 

GPS Tracking Got Them

My friend owns a trucking business. Lately, he had noticed a rise in fuel consumption and cost. He investigated the matter and found out that some of his drivers have been using company vehicles for their personal errands. He wanted to have definite proof so he had all his vehicles installed with GPS tracking so he can monitor all the vehicle's locations. In just a matter of days, he was able to single out the drivers who have made unofficial trips. He confronted them and was able to impose the proper company sanctions against them. He was able to arrest the situation before it got worse.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Blog Hop

Jackie over at The Painted Veil and Sandee over at Comedy Plus are doing a blog hop (Christmas Celebration-hop). You can share whatever you like about Christmas and then enter your link so participants can visit you. myspace graphic comments

This year we are very blessed to receive a very special gift...

Baby Nicole arrived three days ago!

We thought she'd never come, but this year my brother and his second wife were blessed to have this beautiful baby.

Merry Christmas from my family to yours.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

RT|WW - My Christmas Tree

Wordless Wednesday

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Pamper Your Tootsies

Our feet absorb the shock of thousands of steps each day, which can leave them looking ugly.  A short nightly work out before tumbling into bed will make them looking good in the morning.

Here's what you should do:  Move each foot around in a circular motion from the ankle, first clockwise, then counterclockwise, eight revolutions each.  Then flex up and down and side to side eight times.  Apply a rich serum or cream to your palms (look for products with peppermint, which stimulates circulation), then take each foot in hand, and gently massage.  You'll wake up with pretty, happy feet and ready to take thousands of steps again.

Gifts For EveryOne

Are you running out of gift ideas?  Whether you are looking for a gift for your lady love, your wife, mom or daughters, I found a website that's full of wonderful gift ideas for every one.  I've always found it hard to buy a gift for mom.  She should have been the easiest because she is very easy to please.  Mom would gladly accept whatever kind of gift we, her children, give her.  But I always liked to give her something unique, after all, she really is special.  Something that she'll never expect she will receive.  Every gift that I have given her was well-thought of.

I was beginning to run out of ideas when I stumbled upon a website.  Mom is always so busy doing everything for everyone else (even for her grandkids!), and she deserves a day to herself. And since day spas are all the rage, I'm sure mom would love that.  A massage, manicure, pedicure, massage, haircut and color, and perhaps a facial would definitely make her day.

By the way, the site is full of great ideas, if you're looking for timeless gift ideas -- Christmas, birthdays, mothers day gifts, anniversary, etc --  make a click stop and you'll surely find the perfect gift for every one.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Mom's Perfect Gift

Going back to my last post, when mom heard from my daughter that I have been shopping online for gifts, she asked if I could shop for her too.  She already asked my nephew and niece what they wanted so we can just go directly on the websites and purchase them.  For the new baby though, she would like to give her a bracelet.  Every grandchild in our family got a bracelet from my parents as their first gifts.  Mai's and Joey's are kept in my jewelry box, I'm sure they would love to pass them on to their children as well, so I am taking good care of the precious jewels for them.

I found her a cute bracelet from a children's jewellery website, a good friend recommended.  It is has a pink fairy charm and I believe  it was hand painted and the slippers are in 9ct gold.   Mom didn't have second thoughts about the bracelet when she laid eyes on it.  Perfect, was the only word I heard.  Nicole (that's going to be her name, according to my brother), might not appreciate the true value and beauty of it, but I know she will treasure it when the time comes.

It's Anytime Now.

It has been a long time since we had a baby in the family.  Joey, my son, is the youngest among all the grandchildren so you can just imagine the joy in every one's face when my brother announced months ago that a new baby is coming. And it's a girl!  She is still baking in the oven ;) but is due to come out any time soon.  Mom is requesting my family to prepare all the necessary documents and renew our visas so we can all travel next year (as soon as school closes) to visit the new baby.  Oh, my kids got all excited, of course.  This is going to be their first time in the US and they're going to see their cousins whom they have not seen for years and a new cousin.  Plus, they'll get to stay there all summer long.

Shopping for holiday gifts have always been a fun event in our family but it has become more exciting now that we're also shopping for a baby.  I have been shopping online for gifts -- iPod for my niece, Nadine, car accessories for my nephew, Nigel, who just bought a new car, and baby shoes and clothes for the baby.

We used to wait for a friend or relative to leave for the US before we can send them stuff.  Now I don't need to, the gifts will soon be under their tree, in time for Christmas.  We might not be with them during the holidays but in spirit, we are.  Please be with me in praying for my SIL's quick and safe recovery.  :)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

RT|WW - You Better Watch Out

Wordless Wednesday

Sunday, December 12, 2010

At-Home Spa

No time to visit the spa?  Then turn your own shower into a spa.  :)  Before jumping into the shower, coat your face with your favorite mask or exfoliating treatment.  The shower's heat and steam open and clean out pores while your mask's nutrients seep in.  then splash your face with cold water to increase circulation and create a tight, pore-free appearance.

They're Growing Back

My mom's hair is beginning to thin.  Although she says that's perfectly alright (she turned sixty last April), I still want her to age beautifully.  I gave her an aloe vera plant, which she applies on her scalp everyday before bathing then she uses the shampoo for hair loss to help grow the hair back.  I think it's helping her because I can now see some baby hair growing.  For those of you who's been having problems with hair loss, I'd say try both tricks cause they really work.  :)

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

WW - Peace

Wordless Wednesday

Rose's Gift

Tis the season for gifts and bonuses.  Did you get your bonus already?  Rose, my store helper has been with me for 9 months.  She's a hard-worker and can be trusted with money.  She's a rare find nowadays.  I already gave her 13th month pay bonus and she's quite happy about it.  Hubs and I also purchased an affordable health insurance for her as an additional gift. It's not often that I give additional gifts because unlike the past years, the store is not doing very well.  But as I've said, Rose is a hard-worker and I appreciate her loyalty. She deserves this extra gift.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

RT|WW - Hand-Sewn Ornaments

I've been holding on these ornaments for quite a long time.  I wanted to have each of them encased in a glass but when I asked around, it's going to cost me a lot.  So I've decided to hang them as they are.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Beautiful and Shiny

What you don't need is a bad hair day especially when you're running late in the morning.  to wake up with gorgeous locks, try coconut oil.  Simply warm 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in your hands then massage into your towel-dried hair and scalp and distribute evenly with a wide-toothed comb.  Wrap your pillow with a soft fluffy towel or wear a microfiber hair turban to avoid greasing up the linens, then hit the hay.  In the morning, rinse well.  

They say the oil is great for hair because it is 50 percent lauric acid, a unique fatty acid that absorbs quickly for extreme hydration.  Lauric acid is also an antimicrobial and antifungal agent that promotes scalp health, reduces dandruff and stimulates hair growth.  Plus, coconut oil is a miracle cure for frazzled locks.

Old Ties

My dad bought a new pickup truck for our deliveries a few months ago and it came with a free insurance.  He had a dent on his bumper when another truck accidentally bumped him last month.  He was disappointed with the insurance company because his claims took more than a month.  He's been complaining a lot so I thought I'd look for number of the old, reliable insurance company we had back then.  Unfortunately they have changed the numbers and moved their office.  I tried the web -- -- and I'm glad they were on the list.  I gave the contact numbers to dad and he called then right away. Dad loves the service they’ve extended to him and for him, nothing can beat that.  Not even a free insurance.

Spread Your Word through SEO Dallas

Need your business to be more visible on the net?  Then let SEO Dallas do the job of spreading your keywords on the internet.  It's actually the easiest way to advertise -- search engine optimization experts are the one’s who will sell your service or product. How?  By putting you -- your product -- on top of all the search engines on the web.  So whenever someone searches for something in the net and types your keywords, they'll see you right away.  Come to think of  it, who would waste time searching for a product from thousands of or probably more websites?  I won't!  

It's great there's gps tracking.

My mom is a bit worried about my uncle who went to the US.  He is staying with my brother and his family but knowing how busy they are, she's afraid he might get lost somewhere if he drives or goes out on his own.  "Oh, mom," my brother said, "he is old enough and the car has gps tracking so he'll never get lost."  It's nice that we now have this gadget.  It's easier to go anywhere without having to worry on directions and it's also easy to find you should you get lost.  Mom gave a sigh of relief after hearing about gps and that my uncle is enjoying his vacation.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

WW - Arriving Very Soon

Wordless Wednesday

Can't wait!  My new niece is due to arrive on the 16th.  :)

The Dream Vacation

Oh, no winner again last night!  The pot has ballooned to 586 million, the biggest ever in the history of Philippine Lotto.  Hubs and I have been talking, what would we do if we win the jackpot.   Easy I say, 50 percent of the pot will be kept in the bank and just enjoy the monthly interest.  The other half will be shared with family, charity and will be spent on housing.  We'd buy a flat for my eldest and a car for the youngest.  

Of course, we'll go on vacation.  One of the places hubs and I would visit is the Caribbean.  It's always been our dream all inclusive vacation.   We planned to go there  for our honeymoon when we got married, but instead we went to Tokyo.  My parents gifted us with a free trip to Tokyo.  We have planned, several times, on going but luck wasn't on our side, so the all inclusive vacations never happened.

If we win the lottery we'll go right away!  Haha.  Of course, I'm not banking on it.  Win or loose, hubs and I will be spending one summer on one of those all inclusive resorts in the Caribbean, and hopefully, it's next summer.  :)

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