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Friday, August 31, 2012

Butter Mask

Dry skin?  It needs extra care and nourishment to bring back its soft and smooth texture. A well-nourished skin helps delay the signs of aging so take care of your dry skin and treat it with a butter mask.  To do: Blend 1 teaspoon of softened butter with 1 teaspoon of water, apply it to your skin, and leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse off the mask with warm water.

James' Dream

James knows that he needed to have some skills to be able to work in a court room.  Ever since he was small, he had dreamed of becoming a criminal lawyer but because his parents cannot afford to send him to a law school; James had to find ways to achieve his dream.

A friend has an uncle who works as a court reporter.  He's the one who encouraged James to become one.  Apparently, there is a shortage on court reporters so there is a great chance James would be hired immediately.  From his savings, he decided to attend training and get licensed.  Pretty soon he will have all the skills he needs to start a career in court reporting.  He still works in the store while attending classes so he can support himself.  James is a very determined child; this will help him reach his dream of becoming a lawyer.  The path he leads may not be as easy but with his hard work; he will be rewarded.

After getting his license, James will work with his friend's uncle right away.  This is only the beginning for him and this will be his stepping stone to become a criminal lawyer.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Big and Tall

Big or not, I'm sure you want to look your prettiest in the clothes you wear.  Well, it's a good thing that designers are now seeing the potential of plus size clothing for men and women and they are now adding them to their creations. It used to be so hard then to buy bigger clothes.  Most of the time, the plus-sized need to have their own clothes made because there were no specialty stores for them and the shops that do carry bigger clothing, don't have enough styles and designs.

Now, bigger men and women will not find it hard to shop for fashionable and stylish clothes anymore.  I found a cool, fab shop that carries all types of clothing -- regular, big and even tall;  You may be on the heavier side but you can still look gorgeous and sexy with plus size clothing because these clothes are especially designed to hide the unwanted pounds.  You may be too tall but there are clothes for you to make you appear not too tall.  Any size, style or design you are looking for; you'd definitely find it in that store.  So who says you can't be fashionable when you big or tall?  Not me!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

RT2/WW - Red Hibiscus

Wordless Wednesday

Speedy Slimming

Two years of hard work and nothing to show for it.  Well, yeah I've lost 8 pounds but it's still frustrating isn't it?  That's how long I have been dieting and working out and I only lost a few pounds.  Oh, I have menopause and quitting smoking to blame but still, two years are too long a wait.  What only kept me going during those two long years was the fact that exercise will be good for my health.  I was almost resigned to the fact that I am going to be heavy forever.  Almost!  Than I saw an old friend who told me about her diet.  No, I didn't give up exercising because of that but that's when I decided to say hello to my friend's raspberry ketone supplement diet program. 

In addition to shedding steady weight, I also noticed that I got more energy since I took the supplement.  Even my sleeping pattern has changed; I am sleeping better now and I always wake up feeling fresh and energized. 

I'm not one who tries out something new right away.  I usually wait until the product is proven effective before I take the plunge.  But, I was easily convinced with all the positive reviews I have read about raspberry ketone.  When I found out that there are no side effects, I ordered for a bottle.  Sure enough, I have shed another six pounds within a month's use with the help of exercise, of course.  And yes, there are no side effects. 

Some of you may think it isn't too much but coming from a person who struggled to lose weight for 2 years; that's already more than enough.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

What Comprises a Good Deep Hydrating Mask

A deep hydrating mask is specifically designed to provide the skin with a hydrating boost. This helps not only to rejuvenate and replenish the lost moisture of our skin but also prevent premature skin aging. It is best to choose one that is transparent so that you need not walk around with a green face while the mask is on.  You wouldn't want to scare your kids with mudpacks!  ;)

A good deep hydrating mask is made of a blend of vitamins and natural ingredients plus acids and essential oils that our skin needs. It should contain ingredients that are known to regenerate skin and stimulate skin cell growth. It should also fit the face perfectly. When should you apply it?  It's best used a good half hour before going to bed so that the skin has the whole night to absorb all the good nutrients contained in the mask. Do this and there is no doubt you will wake up with a fully hydrated face and healthy looking skin.

Practical Money Saving Tips to Orlando

First time travelers to the sunshine state of Florida can be guided by some great money saving travel tips we can offer. One great idea is to visit Wal-Mart when you arrive and stock up on snacks and sunscreen. Choose sunscreen lotions instead of the spray-on type as they are less expensive and lasts longer. It is also wise to bring refillable water bottles as it can be expensive to keep on buying bottled water on your expeditions to local tourist spots and theme parks. Fill your refillable water bottles with ice so that you can keep your water chilled.  

Do pick up leaflets being offered all over Orlando. Have your kids browse through them so you can plan your itinerary for each day. Planning ahead not only saves time but can effectively cut transportation costs as you are able to research on the less expensive modes of travel as you go around Orlando’s tourist attractions. These leaflets also contain discount coupons for restaurants and smaller attractions in Orlando. Keep these coupons in your bag so they are ready for use when you suddenly decide to patronize one during your expedition. If you decide to go shopping at Millennia Mall, bear in mind that the Macy’s and Bloomingdale stores there give 11% discount to visitors so don’t forget to ask for it.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

RT2/WW - Skittles

Wordless Wednesday

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Smooth Rough Feet

Do rough, dry, and cracked feet prevent you from wearing sandals?  Here's the fix.  Scrub it with Peppermint Patty Foot Scrub regularly to keep it soft and caressable again.  To do:  Soak your feet in warm water first for 10 to 15 minutes. Use a pumice stone or a foot file if the calluses are too thick.  Once you feel the skin is soft, massage the scrub in circular motion, making sure you concentrate on the roughest areas.  Rinse off with warm water, pat dry, then apply a rich foot cream.  You can also more olive or coconut oil instead of foot cream.  Slip on a pair of old socks to lock in the moisture.

Peppermint Patty Foot Scrub
  • 1 cup coarse sea salt
  • 5 tablespoons olive or coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint, minced
  • 3 drops peppermint essential oil (optional)

The abrasive sea salt is perfect for eliminating dead skin off your feet, while the olive or coconut oil helps soften calluses and repair cracks.

A Surprise for Francis

For Francis, the day of his graduation from college will forever be etched in his memory as one of the happiest days of his life. He graduated at the top of his class earning the title of Summa cum laude for 2012. His parents were crying copiously as they took to the stage to pin his medal on him. He could see the utter joy and pride in their eyes for his achievement. And Francis was mentally giving himself a pat on the back for making his parents happy. They deserved it because they had worked hard to send him to the best university in the country.
After the ceremony, they all trooped to a hotel nearby where his parents had reserved the ballroom where they could celebrate the special moment with family and friends. His siblings had been dropping hints all day that their mom and dad had prepared a wonderful surprise for Francis on his graduation. As the doors of the ballroom flew open, Francis could see that in the center was a big, circular space surrounded by lavish curtains in gold and crimson. The lights suddenly dimmed as he entered except for a single bright light illuminating the circular space in the center of the room. When he got to the center, two men in waistcoats drew the curtains apart and what was inside made his heart skip a beat. There stood in dolphin grey was the SUV he had been dreaming of for months, the XUV500 in the shiniest grey imaginable. His father appeared by his side and handed him the key and for the first time in his life, Francis was speechless.

Friday, August 17, 2012

He Learned a Lesson

Accidents do happen so you better take extra precautions especially when you are riding the bike. After hearing the sad news the other day about the vehicular accident that happened that morning involving an owner type jeep and two motorcycles, my uncle ordered for himself a HJC IS-Max helmet. Apparently, the driver of the jeep was driving under the influence of alcohol and as he reached the intersection, he sped up instead of slowing down, hitting the two motorcycles that are crossing. One of the riders died on the spot and the other one is still in the hospital; paralyzed. According to witnesses, both helmets were broken after they flew meters away from where the jeep hit them. This served as a lesson to my uncle who likes to ride his bike without a helmet.

Clothes for our twins

I'm a sucker for baby stuff. Even when my kids were already big, I'd always pass by the baby section in the department store just to browse at cute baby stuff. So you can just imagine my excitement when Mai announced that she was expecting twins... twin girls! As soon as I heard, I already started shopping for them. I was also a frequent visitor at online baby clothing and baby bedding boutiques. Even before Sophie and Soleil were born, they already had too many clothes. Well you can say all you want but it's been a long time since we had babies in the family; I'm only spoiling them with clothes anyway. :)

MIL's Bamboo Rug

My MIL contemplated for a long time for the kind of rug to put up in her living room.  She spent a long time at the carpet shop and had a hard time choosing between a Jute Rug and a Bamboo Rug.  Saturdays at my parents-in-laws' are like a family reunion.  All of us visit her and FIL and stay there the whole day. She would prepare lunch and dinner cooking our favorite foods.  We usually order the snacks because the kids love to nosh on burgers and pizzas. 

We love to spend time and laze around the living room, chatting or sometimes having dvd marathons.  It's actually everyone's favorite place in the house.  You can just imagine how crowded her living room gets on Saturdays with all her kids and grandchildren.  With a rug, the kids can sit or lie on them while watching or playing.

It was I who suggested the bamboo rug because I thinks it's easier to clean.  MIL is already old and is out of house help.  At least with this rug, she can easily lift it and clean the floor.  It is lightweight and she can clean it often.  My pick turned out to be a great idea because even the adults love to sit and lie on it.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

RT2/WW - Lazy way to eat an apple

Wordless Wednesday

Sunday, August 12, 2012


Nosh on watermelon.  Eating 2 cups daily of this juicy fruit can slash your risk of sunburn by up to 36 percent and cut your recovery time in half if you do get sunburned.  Watermelon is rich in lycopene, a tissue-healing antioxidant that acts like sunscreen.

Motivate Your Employees Through Employee Engagement

They say that "learning should be fun," and why not with work as well?  When your employees are bored, they tend to be less productive, this could be bad and greatly affect your business.  In order to encourage and motivate them to work harder and be more productive, some bosses use an Employee Engagement solution.  This helps them create a more effective environment for their workers and improve communication as well.  Employees feel a lot better when they are able to communicate well with their superiors because they feel that they can easily tell them the problems at work so they can be addressed immediately.

Unsecured Business Line of Credit for Mary's Mean Machine

It's going to be a tough move but Mary believes that her printing business would grow if she buys a new printing machine.  She is carefully considering borrowing from unsecured business line of credit to buy a new printing machine.  The one she uses now is outdated and often busted while her competitors have the latest state-of-the-art printers.  Her printing service is cheaper compared to them but clients go for quality of course.  Borrowing money is out of her league but she has to take this step to be able to move forward.  Mary is one tough woman and with her new ideas, I'm sure she'll be able to get ahead of her competitors once her new machine arrives.

Wedding Decorations Makes A Wedding

I've been to so many weddings and the first thing I look at are the wedding decorations. They actually make or break a wedding. Out of place decorations are a big no-no. Some tend to even overdo it that it takes the limelight of the couple and directs it to the decorations. They should be subtle but complementary. They should never be the centerpiece of such a solemn event. I have attended several that really make a wedding. Simple yet elegant, these decorations make the celebration perfect. You can be lavish yet simple. A wedding I went to had small decorations that made everything look great. They did not overshadow the the real stars of the ceremony but brought them out more. The one who chose these decorations must have a very keen sense of taste.  

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Gorgeous Club Wear

The first time I heard of the words club wear, I already made up my mind that these aren't for me. Inside my head, I was thinking these are the skimpy, sexy, and (worst!) extra small-sized dresses. I've never worn sexy and revealing dresses in my life and I don't think I can now. But curiosity got me visiting the website. I might not be able to wear them but who says I can't look? 

So there I was scanning the pages of their apparel. Hey, it's not bad. I mean, they are not as revealing as I thought. The dresses are actually gorgeous; and as I searched longer, I actually some dresses that I like and actually can wear. And believe it or not, I shopped! Prices are not bad as well. I got the Waterfall Wonder Black Dress for $26 and a summer top also for $26. 

The shoes they offer are gorgeous as well. I got a beautiful pair of flats for $19.00. Their pumps and wedges are all fabulous but I have to admit that these aren't for me anymore. My daughter loved them. She bought a pair of Panel Peep Toe Wedge Bootie and she says she'll be back for the Strappy Open Toe Chunky Heel. 

If you like club wear and you're looking for reasonable prices, I'd say head on to the site and take advantage of their 40% off sale.

For Puffiness and Under Eye Circles

I'm sure you already know that drinking green tea delivers numerous health benefits.  What you probably didn't know is you can also put used tea bags to good use as well. Once the tea is brewed, refrigerate or put them pouches in the freezer for a few minutes, and then apply to eyes. This little trick will help reduce puffiness and under eye circles.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Younger-Looking Hands

Do you have creepy, wrinkly skin on your hands?  That means the collagen layer is starting to get thin.  Don't let your wrinkly hands add years to your appearance. You can easily boost skin's collagen by slathering on a hand cream rich with retinol.  This will easily smooth your skin's texture and make your hands look young.

Perfect Therapeutic Environment

Maybe this is what Eugene really needs; a therapeutic environment for addressing his drug rehabilitation.  Sunshine Summit Lodge is near Northern San Diego County, just a couple of hours drive from their home.

Eugene is the brother of a very good friend and my family have known all of them for quite a long time already.  His dependence to drugs started during his late teen years, when uncle Henry succumbed to cancer.  He took it too hard and found it difficult to accept that his dad is gone.  I have also seen her family suffer, especially aunt Sue, his mom, because of what happened to her youngest son. 

They tried to help him recover.  In fact, they have been to several drug rehab centers already.  Eugene will get well and leave drugs for a while but then he'll come back.  It has always been like that that aunt Sue is almost about to give up.  She didn't know what to do anymore because his son is not trying to help himself. 

Last week, aunt Sue found new hope in Eugene.  He came to her and finally admitted that he needs help.  If it came from him, then it's a good sign.  That means he is pretty serious in addressing his drug problems.  Sunshine Summit Lodge is what aunt Sue found for him.

On The Same Page With Event Management Software

My husband's PR consultancy firm handles all kinds of events. Not only do they handle product launches, they also handle marketing and promotions for different companies. They can do several events at the same time. To keep everything organized and everybody on the same page, an event management software handles the preparation and scheduling side of the business. This way, persons assigned to specific events can be updated and events don't get mixed up. Everything runs smoothly and problems can easily be foreseen. Success all depends on meeting the deadline and making sure that the client gets what he wants and a few extra treats. My husband's firm has clients coming back. I suppose they're doing the job right.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Personal Word Of Mouth Marketing Is Still Advertisement

Businesses in the food and service industry spend thousands of dollars in marketing and advertisement. They use the the print, radio and television media to sell their wares. My husband is a marketing consultant for several restaurants and service oriented establishments. He makes it a point to maintain the quality of the food and the professional service of these establishments.  That's because he strongly believes that personal word of mouth marketing is still the best advertising tool. Even if you pour millions of dollars in other forms of advertising, if you have lousy food and service, it will all be a waste of company resources.  When you serve great food; trust that word of mouth will bring you lots of income.

Midland Texas Auto Loans Saves The Day

My friend moved to Texas a few weeks ago to seek greener pastures. Recently divorced, it's also a way for her to move on. She needed personal transportation to look for work and midland texas auto loans helped her with her problem. Accommodating and very personal, the agent who assisted her also referred her to some companies that she could work for. She had ample savings that helped her get a semi-furnished apartment in a very nice and quiet neighborhood. She got her car after a couple of days which was good. She set out to look for work and was quickly hired as an executive assistant in one of the companies her agent referred her to. It is quite rare nowadays for people to help total strangers. It is amazing that there are still businesses who deal with their clients with a personal touch. 

Fine Wedding Decorations

I recently attended a simple but very elegant wedding. The wedding decorations were so elegant that it made the ceremony very classy. I was told that the bride and groom personally picked the decorations that were used. Every table had a vase full of blue roses. The chairs had small doves tied to them. The walls of the hall were also beautifully decorated and the aisle was lavishly decorated as well. Flowers and balloons filled every nook and cranny of the hall. The guests all noticed this and complemented the couple for their fine taste. Of course, the food was great too. And all the desserts served were heavenly.  All that wonderful decorations and the scrumptious food made the wedding even more beautiful.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

RT2/WW - Plain or with nuts?

Wordless Wednesday

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Carbs Can Affect Your Skin

We all love carbs because they taste delicious and they are an important source of energy, but they can also wreak havoc on our skin because carbohydrates can trigger acne and other skin conditions. Consuming too much carbs can rev up blood sugar levels, which can trigger oil production and worsen acne.  Worse, high blood sugar can lead to premature aging!

To avoid this, go for whole-grain products.  Whole-grains can be digested more slowly and won't lead to sharp spikes in your blood sugar level.  Sink experts also suggest adding proteins like chicken to your rice or pasta or peanut butter to your toast.


My Wedding Decorations

As I was cleaning up an old cabinet to purge and throw away stuff that I won't be needing anymore, I saw our wedding albums.  Hubs and I have been married for 25 years and we celebrated our anniversary last year.  I sat down and looked at the pictures.  I was still so young and thin.  It seems like only yesterday when I was walking the aisle with my dad, in a simple wedding dress.  The church were full of beautiful wedding decorations made of Sampaguita flowers and peach roses.  It was my MIL's friend who was behind all the beautiful decorations and the church was so beautiful that the next couple to be wed after us asked us not to remove the decorations.  Of course, we agreed!

The "New" Patio

My uncle's boss had decided to renovate and change all their furniture.  Instead of throwing away the garden set of his boss, my uncle asked if he could just have them.  Most of them are still in great condition except for the garden set.  These furniture sets are expensive and my uncle naturally felt that it's a waste to throw them away.  His boss told him to take anything that he likes and throw away the stuff he doesn't need.  Oh he took all of it, even the garden set with the broken seat.  There is a repair outdoor furniture shop near his house and he is sure that they can easily repair the chair.

He didn't spend much with the repair.  He even got the whole garden set repainted so it will look like new.  The furniture that they have in their patio before his boss decided to renovate were given to my cousin who recently bought her own apartment.  When my uncle posted pictures of his "new" patio, every one was jealous.  The furniture looked like new and they blended well in his patio and it also looked like they too, had a major renovation.  Of course, it's only us who knew that they were from his boss.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Beautiy Secret (7)

Noshing on apples can help eliminate cellulite.  The fruit's malic acid binds to and breaks down fat deposits that cause puckering beneath the skin, so they can be flushed from the body.

Unique Wedding Decorations

Now that Bel and Matt are already engaged, they now have the wedding to prepare for.  They plan to tie the knot in December and because they only have a few months left, every one in the family volunteered to help Bel.  My cousin Lyn and I will be in charge of the wedding decorations and wedding favors; Bel's best friend will design the wedding invites; her mom will bake the wedding cake; and Matt's cousin is a couturier so she'll be in charge of the wedding dress.  We're still waiting for Bel's theme so we can start hunting for unique wedding decorations.  It's been awhile since we had a wedding in the family so every one is really excited about this.  I am hoping to lose at least five pounds more so I can look gorgeous in her wedding.

A Guitar for Lui

The clean look and affordable price of the epiphone les paul studio electric guitar is what made it really attractive. I bought it as a gift to my godson who will be celebrating his birthday next week. He has a band and they are performing weekly at one of the best bars here in our area. I asked his mom if the one I bought will be of use to him and she said yes. He was actually eying that particular guitar.

Wise Mommy

It's back to school so my sister in law is busy shopping for her kids' things. I saw some cute and affordable rolling book bags online so I told her to check it out. Back here, school starts in June so I'm way past her shopping woes. And I only have one child left to shop for so it's easier for me. SIL is learning how to do things right; she mentioned that she is now taking advantage of the coupons she found in the newspaper so she can save money. Wise mom!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

An Engagement Ring for My Nephew's Princess

As a young boy, my nephew always told us that the right time for him to marry is at age 30. He will be turning 30 in a couple of months so he decided that it was time he proposed to the girl he had been with for three years, his princess, his Diana.

When he told my sister-in-law that he was going to propose to Diana on his birthday, she cried. He understood her tears. They were not tears of sadness, he was sure. They were tears of joy more than anything else. But her tears soon turned to excitement when she asked my nephew about the engagement ring. She knew she would be the one to help him choose it. The next day, she was gushing about the engagement ring site she found. Well, she did not really find it. It was our cousin Alex who led her to it. She also had me visiting within a few days of checking out the site herself.

My nephew warned her that he was in no hurry to make his decision. He promised to check out the site and see for himself what she was gushing about. My sister-in-law is known for her love for jewelry and we are sure that if she was this excited, then the website definitely had a lot more to offer than the thousands of other jewelry sites on the web. If the collection they had to offer impressed my SIL, then surely the website had only the best to offer because she has exquisite taste in jewelry and she has a most impressive collection that is the envy of our other cousins and those within her circle of friends.

When my nephew entered the site, he was immediately impressed. They offered ready-made engagement rings but they also offered custom-made jewelry. He can simply choose the setting he wants and then ask their experienced team to help him find the right stone or stones for it. He preferred the more traditional tiffany solitaire engagement ring for his princess. The exquisite Tiffany setting made famous by the prominent jewelry house was originally designed for a princess so it would only be fitting that his princess would sport one herself.

My ever-efficient sister-in-law had come up with a shortlist of the designs she in the tiffany solitaire style that she found most attractive and he was hard put to find the one particular style he favored more than the rest. She also showed him a few three-stone settings she fancied but they reminded him too much of her engagement ring so he opted to shy away from the style. That style was for her alone, my nephew thought as she is the queen of his heart.

When he saw the collection of wedding sets the site had to offer, he knew that his initial preference for the tiffany solitaire engagement ring had been displaced by the equally fabulous styles of wedding set settings the site had to offer. He was especially drawn to the wedding sets because his princess’ engagement ring would fit perfectly to what would eventually be their wedding bands. When he presented his princess with her engagement ring, tears welled in her eyes. But when he showed her the wedding bands that were designed to go with it, the tears came pouring down and he knew I had hit the jackpot with my choice.
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