Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Home Improvements: When Should You Call in the Experts?

If you are looking for ways to improve your home, it can be very satisfying to make some changes and repairs. It can be nice to do a lot of these things yourself. Quite often it is cheaper, and you get things just as you want them. Sometimes, though, there are instances when it is better to call in the experts. Here are some tips and advice for knowing what you could do yourself and when you should get a professional.

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Pest Control
There comes a point in your life that you might get some bugs, rodents or other pests, trying to make a home in your home. Some pests are easier to get rid of than others. If you have rodents that have chosen to move in, it is a little easier to get rid of yourself. You could look up how to get rid of rats and mice and set some traps. Keeping a clean home is a good way to stop them from coming back too. If for instance, though, you have a wasps nest in your roof or loft area, it is much safer to call in a professional. They have all of the right equipment to keep the area safe and keep anyone else from getting hurt.

Electrical Improvements

If you have moved into a home that needs to be rewired, it is a must to call in a professional. There are a few reasons why, when it comes to electronics. First of all, there are legal requirements when it comes to electrics and plug sockets. A professional will know what these are, to make sure that your home complies. There is also a safety aspect when it comes to electrics. So if you don’t know what to do with electrics; call in an expert.
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Roof Repairs

A lot of the time, having a professional do the job means that they have all of the right equipment for the job. If you needed to repair something on the roof, you would need long, sturdy ladders. In some cases, it might even require scaffolding. So quite often it will be cheaper to hire a professional, as they will have this type of thing already. If you don’t have the right equipment, don’t attempt it. You could hurt yourself and do a lot of damage. So don’t even risk it!

The bottom line is, if there is the chance of getting injured, then you should call in someone else to do the job. If someone does the task day in and day out, they will be better to deal with it and will reduce the risk of getting injured. If there are smaller jobs around the home, then give them a go yourself. Quite often smaller repairs, like filling holes in the wall, or replastering small areas, are easy to do yourself. They are low risk, and there isn’t a big disaster if it goes slightly wrong. Just get some advice or look online for tutorials, if you aren’t sure what to do.

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Friday, July 8, 2016

Caring for Your Parents

If you are forced to divide your time between caring for your children and caring for your elderly parent, you know how hard it is. This is especially true for single mothers. There is no shame in admitting that there is not enough time for you to take care of all of your parent’s needs and still care for your children and yourself. The key to getting help with your loved one is knowing where to look and what to ask for.

Keep a daily planner with details of appointments and commitment. Don’t allow anyone to coerce you into overscheduling. Time is a valuable resource, and it is also a limited resource. You should also keep a financial ledger detailing the expenses you cover for your parent. When you run out of time or money, your planner or ledger will tell you exactly what you need to ask for from other family members.

You may be overlooking sources of help. Assigning even a few small tasks to others will ease the burden on you. For example, ask a child to read to Grandma for a half hour while you prepare dinner, or ask your sister to pick up your father’s prescriptions on her way home from work. When you get the opportunity to delegate bigger jobs, take advantage of it.

Utilize Resources
Find out what resources your community offers for elderly or disabled adults. Community centers, free meal delivery, and no-cost medical transportation programs can make your life much easier. Don’t ignore other resources, such as cleaning services, paid companions, and special transportation designed for seniors. Finally, make use of special equipment and furnishings. Lift chairs, scooters, adjustable beds, walk-in showers, and ramps allow seniors to be more independent. New innovations are constantly being developed. For example, Acorn Stairlifts New York, NY even has a stair lift that will safely climb spiral or other oddly configured stairs.

Take Care of Yourself Too
With all of your duties and responsibilities, it’s very easy to forget to take care of yourself. It’s important to remember, however, that if your health declines you could end up unable to care for anyone at all. Take a few moments each day to take a hot bath, work in your garden, meditate, or read a good book. Try to arrange for a few hours each week to spend doing something you enjoy.

Caring for children and parents at the same time is a difficult task, especially without a partner’s to help. That doesn’t mean you have to let your family commitments grind you down. Determine that you are going to create your own support system and then follow through on your plan.

Disclamer: Guest post, all ideas and information is not mine.


Wednesday, July 6, 2016

5 Ways To Turn Online Traffic Into Local Sales

Despite the dominance of online shopping, consumers are still very much reliant on stores. That doesn’t mean one is better than the other - far from it! Rather, you should be using both of them in tandem, as complements to each other.

Businesses that focus on the online space without neglecting retail are becoming the most successful. This is because not every consumer is ready to abandon the high street yet - are all senior really shopping on Amazon?

No, they aren’t, and millions of customers still want to visit you in person. So give them a reason to! Here are five easy ways to convert online traffic into local sales.

1. Advertise an ‘in-store only’ special offer

Customers love special offers and discounts - whether online, or indeed, local. By placing these offers front and center on all your online pages you’re enticing people in the simplest, most effective way.

And as an added bonus, you may even receive extra sales that are tied to that offer. The offer gets them into the store, but while they’re browsing your stock, they may pick up something else they like too.

2. Optimize your SEO strategy for your product

Don’t focus too much on the name of your business. That’s not what most people will search for. Instead, optimize your SEO strategy to target a specific product. That way, when people search for ‘selfie sticks’ they’ll be hit with local stores that sell selfie sticks.

There are several ways to go about this. Make sure you include these keywords in your site’s meta description, image tags and titles/headers. Social media pages are ranked by search engines too, so make use of that keyword space. Outsourced SEO services could help you here if you’re struggling, so carefully assess how effective your strategy is.

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3. Provide directions and opening times

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve not visited a store because I can’t find out what time it opens. What if I get there and it’s shut? It would be annoying, and even though it’s not directly the business’s fault, it would reflect badly on them.

So, at all costs, provide plenty of information! Include directions by train, bus, car and legs. Inform people about the parking situation and even tell them about local toilets. Whack these details on your site, social media and any Google business listings that are related to you.

4. Build a virtual tour

A virtual tour acts as a full-3D, free-to-access digital tour of your business. By outsourcing the creation of one of these, people can look around your store from the comfort of their couch. And, if they like what they see, it can build a desire to visit in person.

5. Offer something the online space can’t

This could literally be a thousand things, so pick a couple. Stores that are just that - stores - aren’t giving the customer reason to turn off the laptop and come on down. The most successful stores have cafes, seating areas, vending machines and even kids play areas. Use the space to your advantage!

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Monday, July 4, 2016

Saturdate With My Son

I and the little big boy had our mother and son bonding. It was unplanned but I feel like I need to make it up to him. As a mother I know what will make him happy and that is watching a nice movie of his choice.

Few weeks ago, the little big boy made me promised that we are going to watch The Legend of Tarzan after he saw the movie trailer in television. Since, I have been going out alone I more feel that I owe him a movie date. Well, not literally alone because I am always with my cousin.

Imagine from IMDB site
Movie Synopsis: Tarzan, having acclimated to life in London, is called back to his former home in the jungle to investigate the activities at a mining encampment.

So Saturday came, I told the little big boy that we going to the city. He knows that we are going to watch a movie. But before we left home I told him that I need to run few errands before we proceed to our date date. :-D Gladly he didn't complain. When we are about to buy the ticket around 1:30 pm we were told the we cannot go inside because there are no seats available. With that, we need to wait for two hours. So we bought our tickets and opt to have have our grocery picked, first.
While on queue to go inside the movie house
Us inside the movie house
His point of view when he saw the last photo is that we both have an oily face. I guess I agree with him. Hahahaha!


How To Train A Horse?

Horse training programs have different effects on horses. Various forms of horse training regimen are designed to have specific outcomes. However, one of the most common goals of horse training programs is to make the horse a great riding companion. Horse training is meant to make the horse either submissive or tame.

Human Training
This is one of the most important components of horse training. It involves spending as much time as possible with a new horse and grooming it regularly to help the horse get used to its environment and human contact. This training helps to make the horse comfortable around people and its surroundings. Imprint training is another well-known horse training method that involves making contact immediately after the birth of a foal.

Ground Training
This form of training continues for the duration of the horse's life. A horse is taught to respect its owner and how to walk on the lead without refusing or pulling back. Halter and showmanship represent the quality of ground training an animal receives. Riders showcase the horse’s showmanship abilities while halters train the horse to conform to certain behaviors.

Basic Training
Basic training occurs after human and ground training. Training the horse to accept a rider is the most important part of this training. The training enables the horse to understand the bit, trot, walk, and lope commands. It learns to control its gait and yield when commanded. This training helps the horse to understand slowing down, halting, speeding up commands.

English Discipline Training
This is an endurance training method that also conditions the horse to understand show jumping and dressage commands. A trainer may choose to train the horse in more than one category. This training may last a whole year.

Western Discipline Training
It has various sub-categories as well. In the span of a year, the rider can train the horse various riding techniques including pole bending, team penning, roping, trail riding, western pleasure, cutting, and ranching.

Safety Considerations Always use safety equipment when working with a horse. If the horse is agitated, ask for help. It is important to know that horse training should be handed by an expert to avoid harm to others or even spectators. Nutrition is an important part of horse training. Therefore, stock up on supplements such as cetyl m for horses. In addition, ensure you have medical supplies and access to a horse doctor.

Disclamer: Guest post, all ideas and information is not mine.


Saturday, June 25, 2016

Why Wedding Invitations Are So Important

They might only be a few pieces of fancy card and paper. But wedding invites are a vital element to a wedding day. They help your guests get prepared and offer a glimpse into what your big day is going to be like. Unfortunately, many couples are disregarding the importance of wedding invitations. This is often because they see them as an unnecessary expense. It’s easier than ever to send an email inviting all of your guests, and it’s free too. But while traditional invitations can be expensive and time-consuming to make, they are worth every penny. Here are some fantastic reasons why wedding invites are still necessary and important for your wedding.


They provide vital information

Obviously, one of the main reasons why invites are so essential is because they provide vital information. They tell your guests the date, time, and location of your wedding ceremony and reception. While also telling them what to wear, where to find accommodation and how to RSVP. You might even want to include directions, maps and menus too. This is crucial information will help your guests plan ahead and get prepared for your big day. This might entail hiring child care, buying an outfit or getting time off work. Knowing your wedding details will also help them establish whether they can attend or not. This can then go on to help you plan how much food, drink and seating is needed throughout.

They set a tone

As well as providing information relating to your big day, invitations set the tone for the day too. They should showcase your theme and offer a quick look into what your day will involve. If you’re planning on using a vintage theme, for example, your invites should portray this clearly. If you decide to use a sleek and modern design instead, this will just confuse your guests. It will also show that little thought and care has been put into the design of your invitations. So whether you choose cheap laser cut wedding invitations or expensive custom made ones, make sure they set the perfect tone. That way your guests will know exactly what to expect.

They create excitement

While sending an email invite is convenient, it doesn’t evoke the same emotion as a traditional invitation. The joy that comes from receiving an invitation through the mail is unrivaled and cannot be replicated. Your guests will love to open the envelope and read through the details included. This will fill them with immense anticipation, and they can start looking forward to taking part in your celebrations. The invite allows your guests to share in your excitement and start counting down the days until your big day arrives. If you’ve given the design of your invitations plenty of thought and consideration, your guests will also feel more inclined to keep it. This can be a wonderful keepsake which they can look back on and treasure.

So while sending an electronic invitation may save you some money, it won’t give your big day the impact it deserves. So start designing beautiful invitations that provide your guests with a fantastic first impression.

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Fiesta Mode 101

I happen to visit the city of Tacloban yesterday. The city is getting colorful and busier. I was riding a public utility vehicle, I noticed lot of stores sprouting in the street. It only happen during fiesta celebration.

Banderitas all over the street. Behind is the Sto Niño Church
Sangyaw Festival and Parade of light history:

  • The city of Tacloban is celebrating two festivals. The Sangyaw Festival and Pintados Festival. The word Sangyaw means “to announce or herald a news” in the local dialect./li>
  • It was created by the former First Lady Imelda Marcos in 1976.
  • Sangyaw was abolished when the late President Corazon “Cory” Aquino was elected on 1986. It was however revived by Mayor Alfred Romualdez, a nephew of the former first lady, on June 29, 2008.
  • Sangyaw festival showcases the rich cultural and religious heritage of the natives of Tacloban and the province it belongs to.
  • Every year, warriors painted in colourful costumes, women performing elaborate rituals and the incorporation of Christianity are just few of the performers and activity to watch out for during Sangyaw.
  • The devotion to Sto. Niño, patron of Tacloban City, is the main attraction of the festival.
  • The Sangyaw is based on a popular belief that the statue of Sto. Nino miraculously survived a shipwreck around 1880’s. This was after the original icon, brought by the Spaniards in 1888, has to be back to Manila for reconstruction and refitting. On its way back to Tacloban, the steamer “Luzon” which was its carrier caught in a disastrous fire and sank. The patron was recovered in June 30, 1889 when the Governor of Leyte received a letter from Military Governor Jose Gil de Avalle of Mindoro stating that Barrio Lieutenant of Barrio Semirara in Mindoro sighted a box labelled “Santo Niño, Patron han Tacloban.” Following the recovery of Sto. Niño, thousands of devotees joined the “salubong” in Balyuan Tower, near the Sto. Nino parish.
  • Currently, the Sangyaw Festival is a co-celebration of that popular belief by adjoining with other localities from all over the Philippines to showcase their rich cultural heritage thru dances and religious belief.
  • Beautiful floats of landmarks all over the region, traditions and even famous people and cartoon characters are decorated with different lights
    • Sangyaw Parade of Light 2013
      with the little big tot Sangyaw Parade of Light 2013
      Sangyaw Festival 2011 with the dancers 

    Pintados Festival History

  • The Pintados Festival is a cultural-religious celebration in Tacloban based on the body-painting traditions of the ancient tattooed "pintados" warriors.
  • In 1986, the Pintados Foundation, Inc. was formed by the people of Tacloban to organize this festival in honor of Sr. Santo Niño.
  • Different Festivals from all over the region showcasing their talent and dancing and religious belief.
  • Years later, it was merged with the Kasadyaan Festival which is always held on June 29.
with Ms Pintados 2015 4th runner Ma. Aila Nicole Pacle
Candidates of Ms Tacloban 2016, introducing herself is Ma. Aila Nicole Pacle

Aside from two festival beauty pageant is also one of the highlights of the fiesta celebration. Its Ms Tacloban, Ms Pintados and Ms Teen Pintados.


Kids Summer Activities: It's Not as Difficult as You Think

Summer is now upon us in most parts of the world, including here in the US. And that means that we’re fast approaching that time of year when school’s out. It’s all great news for kids, of course. Finally, they’ve got a long break where they can enjoy things besides school work. But for us moms, it can be a nightmare figuring out what to do with our kids. Here’s the good news: it’s not as difficult as you think. There are plenty of ways to entertain the kids and to make sure that the summer holidays doesn’t turn into a bore fest. Here’s how.

Treasure Hunting

Treasure hunting has been a favorite pastime of children from time immemorial. Nothing quite evokes a sense of adventure more than going on a journey, looking for buried loot. But here’s where you can make it even better. You can design your own treasure map, full of cryptic clues, or you can make one with your child and get them to be creative. Whatever you choose, there are infinite options. Perhaps you could start your treasure hunt by giving each child a list of things that you want them to find in the garden. Maybe they could look for something shiny, something round or something blue. Perhaps you could send them out looking for different flowers, like daisies, dandelions and buttercups. If you are feeling very adventurous, you could come up with a riddle that would lead them to some buried treasure. Whatever you choose, treasure hunts are a great way to keep kids entertained for hours, if not days.

Get Them Reading 

The summer is a great chance for children to get away from the drudgery of their school work and to start reading for pleasure. Reading is one of those essential life skills. And now that we live in the information age, it’s becoming even more so. But too many children fall behind because they’re uninspired by the reading they do in school. Here’s your chance to shine as a parent. Grab a few books and introduce them to the world of fiction. It could be fiction on any subject. Perhaps sci-fi, perhaps fantasy, maybe crime even. Whatever it is, make sure that it strikes a chord with your child. They’re not resistant to reading because they don’t like doing it in general. They’re resistant because of the way that they have been forced to do it against their will. But, as their mom, you’re the one who knows them best. And so you’ll have a good idea what sort of book they’d be interested in reading, and what they wouldn’t.


Nothing smacks of summer more than kids playing baseball in the park. It’s the quintessential summer activity. But why only do something that is unstructured, like a play a game down the park? Why not keep them busy over the summer enrolling them on a summer baseball course?

Of course, if you decide to go down that route, you’ll have to get them the right equipment. Sites like do baseball bat reviews. Just make sure that you choose a bat that's the right size for your kid and avert disappointment.


Do you remember when you first saw one of those ring frisbees flying through the air? It was a sort of magical sight, seeing something fly so fast and so far. It’s this kind of thing that kids find enchanting. Frisbee is an exciting sport, and there’s a lot that kids need to master before they get good.

It’s also a highly physical sport, in a fun way. Playing frisbee will exercise your children like nothing else as they charge as fast as they can to catch it. It is also good for developing coordination, something largely forgotten in today’s digital world. The sport isn’t just for kids either. It’s become a serious adult pursuit too, and there are hundreds of clubs up and down the country dedicated to the sport.


The great thing about water fights is that the fun never seems to end. Kids will happily soak each other for hours on hot summer days. What’s so cool about kids’ water fights are all the little rules that emerge. It may look like complete chaos, but kids are great at applying their own unique structure to the event.

You don’t have to rely on expensive water pistols, of course. Hoses, wet sponges and buckets should do the trick.

Summer Courses

The summer is the one time of the year that kids really get to explore new things, outside of school. And so as moms, it can be an opportunity for us to help them find new interests. Right now, there are hundreds of potential summer courses that they could go on. Perhaps you have a very academic child who loves languages. Here’s their chance to learn something new, like Mandarin. Or perhaps your child is keen to find out more about nature and wildlife. There are all sorts of kids camps available for them to stretch their eco-warrior legs. As sites like point out, there are plenty of options.

The great thing about summer courses is just how much time they take up. Here’s an excellent way to get the kids to do what they want while giving you a break too. Most courses will put the kids up overnight, either in hostels or camping. And so you can grab at least a couple of weeks during the summer break for yourself.

Bottle Bowling

Kids love crafts. And so should moms. They’re an excellent way to spend a sunny summer’s afternoon. But you don’t have to stop at just doing crafts. Why not turn crafts into a game? This is where bottle bowling comes into play. Grab some empty plastic drinks bottles. Don’t worry if they’re different sizes; that just adds to the fun. Then start painting the outside. You might want to paint different scores, but you can really do whatever you like. Then fill them with sand and viola, you’ve got your own set of bowling pins. 

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