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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Is It Goodbye?

... for my son's Zenfone Live mobile phone that was bought 5th of this month. You might be asking what is with my blog tittle because the phone is barely new. Well, accident do happen and most of the time it happen when you least expect it. Just like when my son put his phone on the hook mounted in our comfort room door.

The broken side

The screen protector and LCD cracked

The son needs to use the comfort room and because we have schedule power interuption that time he decided to use the tourch in his phone. So that the reason why he put the phone on the hook and fall it on the floor as soon as he left the phone. I was furious when I found out that it is not just the screen protector that is  broken but also the LCD. The side of the phone is also broken.

I dont know if bringing the phone to repair shop is still worth. But I have to check how much it will cost us.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Own A Small Business? Here’s Some Essential Tips To Becoming More Efficient

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If you run your own business, you will know how important it is to be on top of the game, (or at least try!) There is so much competition out there that it makes standing out very, very hard. Essentially, you're competing in one of the biggest industries, within an industry, within an industry - and so on. So being efficient is a very important skill to have, and if done correctly, may even put you on top.

It's all about making the most out of what you have, and learning how to use every possible opportunity to your advantage, especially when you're a small business, because you may not have the resources a large business will have, in terms of equipment, finances, and an already high fan base. Being efficient will help with lots of different things, like time management, and creating the best customer service possible - all key features that will help you to run a successful business.

Here are all the tips you will need to know in order to run an efficient business. If you start adding these bit by bit every day, you will see a big difference in no time.So get to work!

Create a business plan. 

You need to be organised if you expect to run a business successfully, and this all starts by having a business plan. It's a way of being able to highlight all of your goals and objectives, ensuring you grow your company the way you have always dreamed. The way you plan is all down to how your brain works, so what you may find perfect, may be the total opposite to what another business does - that's fine. As long as you understand it, that's all that counts. You may decide to base the plans on your big end goal, and then write up how you intend on reaching it. Or, you may prefer to plan week by week, adding and taking away as you go.

Network as much as possible.

Networking is how you get the word around about your business, and you should take every opportunity you get to promote yourself. Join forums, pair up with other businesses, and contact online bloggers - these are all different ways that you can help yourself, and boost your audience by a big shot. The same goes for social media - you're living in the year 2017, and social media is how people learn about what's going on in the world, the hottest trends, and helpful services. So if you want to engage with more potential consumers - get yourself online, post about your business, and attract people with your eye-catching brand. - Don't be afraid to put yourself out there - it's all part of the game.

Use the power of websites.

Having a website is one of the best marketing tools to have for your business, and if for any reason you don't already have one (although that can't be possible!) then you need one -now! Websites aren't just used as a way of informing people about your business and offering a service - they are so much more than that nowadays. Not only can you sell your products online, but you can advertise your other business links, along with writing blogs to promote your services, and earn a little extra money along the way by advertising for other businesses along the way. You can get IT support to help you apply all the right techniques to make sure that you are using your website correctly, and attracting the right audience.

Create a technology plan.

Everyone knows how technology can be used as your secret weapon, but that's part of the problem - everyone knows the power it holds. Go over your business objectives, and see what things you can cross off your list with the help of technology. - Just how you made your business plan, you should do the same with technology. Figure out all the ways you can use it to your advantage, and apply them into your daily routine.

Used the automated process.

Also known as BPA (Business Process Automation), this is a way businesses use to automate all the different processes for dealing with money. It includes using software applications within your company to improve the activity. You will most likely need to invest in the right software first, and this may be a little pricey, but it will speed up the way you run your business in the long run, and your employees will be a lot more efficient when doing their job too.

 Get in extra pairs of hands.

 Don't assume that you can do everything yourself, because no matter how good you are at your job - you're not a magician, unfortunately. Think about it; payments, accounting, administration, marketing, human resources - let alone owning your own business. So hire some help if you haven't already, but make sure that everyone has the right training and requirements for the job; otherwise you'll be in exactly the same position anyway. Whether you get outside help from companies that specialise in giving employees the appropriate training, or you hand pick professionals to do what needs to be done. Just make sure that they fit into your brand, because although your customers may never see them, they are still representing your business.

Regularly track your productivity.

A great way to be efficient is by keeping track of everything that is going on within your business. This means how your sales are going, how much you're earning every month, the feedback you're getting off customers, and so on. This is very good to see if there are certain areas you need to improve on, and also makes you aware of the little things, like what your most popular day for sales is. - Knowing this, and then figuring out why, can give you a lot of knowledge that is so easy to overlook.

Reach out to customers on social media.

Customers are the most important thing when it comes to owning a business. No customers, means no money, no success, and no business to begin with. Your main goal should be to make your consumers feel as happy as possible, because then they will want to come back again and again, as well as mention you to their friends, and that's how the word gets out about you and more interest is created.

Social media is the perfect tool for reaching out to your customers and giving them updates about any changes that you plan on having within the company. A great way to build stronger relationships is by getting people involved, like throwing competitions that encourage your customers to take part to win a prize. This could be a free product or a 50% discount off their next purchase. - You don't lose anything from this, but you will be gaining a lot out of it.

Focus on the core activities.

Core activities are all down to your business strategy, and this includes things like marketing, customer service, product design, and so on. You will want to focus on all these areas if you want to be efficient and have an advantage over your competitors. It's common knowledge that small businesses don't have anywhere near the same resources when it comes to time and money. That's why it's even more important for you to use all the available resources that you have at hand. So when thinking about areas to invest in your business - go for the things that will benefit you the most, like marketing, or developing new products (or figure out ways of improving what you already have.)

Improve your communication skills. 

Communication is the absolute key to success, and although that's such a common phrase - it's true. Every single relationship that you make, whether that be with your employees, your consumers, or your business partners - it’s all down to your communication with them. Anything that can tarnish this, like conflicts within your workplace, or issues with the way you deal with your customers - your business isn't going to do very well, let alone be a nice environment to work in amongst your staff.

It's important to remember that there are many different types of communication, meaning how you communicate to a consumer via email, will be completely different to how you speak to business partners over the phone, and the same goes for having a conversation with someone face to face. The way you speak to people is so important, and being aware of how you sound is very helpful. So record yourself having a professional phone call, listen back to it, and see if anything needs improving.

Bottom line. 

As long as you familiarise yourself with everything that has been mentioned, you should be on the road to owning a better business, that now knows exactly how to work efficiently, saving you precious time, money, and a lot of effort. Not only for you, but everyone involved in your company too, like your employees, business partners and customers.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

3 Tips for Getting Your Home Ready for Summer Entertaining

The long, warm days of summer mean more time spent outdoors and more time spent entertaining. If you're lucky, you can look forward to holiday barbecues, hanging out on your porch or patio, and cool summer evenings with family and friends. Don't let the relaxing season lull you into complacency, however, or your summer party plans will suffer. Instead, get your home ready for summer entertaining with a few smart actions that will save you stress in the long run. Here are three key steps to take before hosting a summer bash this season.

First, make any making repairs that need to be done. You don't want to be hosting a backyard barbecue and have your roof cave in or fence blow over. Don't try to do it yourself, either. Instead, find a reliable, local contractor that has a good reputation and history. For example, if you need roof repair Massachusetts, contact a well-known company like Southshore Roofers to take care of the problem before it gets out of hand. Repairs are especially important when safety may be at risk, as with uneven landscaping, insecure patios, or pools.

Next, make your home inviting by cleaning and repairing any outdoor furniture and seating. Over time, anything left outdoors will accumulate dirt, mold, mildew, and stains. Use an environmentally safe cleaner so that you don't damage your lawn, trees, flowers, or gardens. Power wash your deck and patio to remove unsightly debris and staining. While the summer is not the ideal time for painting in more humid locations, people who live in areas that enjoy dry summer heat may also want to paint their outdoor decks and patios at this time.

Finally, add beauty and relaxation by improving your landscaping. Don't settle for a boring lawn and all of the hard work and misery that comes with it. Instead, find native plants that will work in your environment with little effort and look amazing year after year. Add edibles, either in a raised vegetable bed or in a berry patch, for a delightful summer treat. Plant cheery flowers like sunflowers to brighten up your space and attract desired wildlife. The summer is the perfect time to grow your own herbs, vegetables, and flowers.

This summer, your friends and family will love visiting your home. A little effort outside goes a long way.

Three Signs You Need a New Roof

Depending on the material used in your roof, a new roof can last from around 10 to 15 years to more than three decades. Some roofs will last for 50 years or even longer too. When you buy a new home though, you may not know how old the roof is or how much time it has left. Even with a full inspection, you may not know everything you need to know about that roof. As you settle in and begin living in your new home, you can keep an eye out for some signs that you need a new one.

Bare Patches

It's almost impossible to see the condition of your roof without actually getting up there, but you can get an idea of its condition from your front lawn. Wind, rain, hail and other weather conditions can rip some of the shingles from your roof and send those materials flying through the air. When you stand on the sidewalk and look at your roof, you may see some bare patches left behind by those missing shingles. Some will even see shingles hanging down from the roof or laying in the yard.

Cracks

You should always keep an eye out for any cracks that might form on your ceiling or in the corners of any rooms. Roofs have a surface covered in tar or another material that keeps the roof safe when exposed to water. If there are any rips, cracks or holes in that surface, water can drip through and keep moving down through the layers of your house. This build up of water can eventually cause bubbles to form in your home that form cracks after breaking open.

Stains

Before you call a professional residential roofing NYC company to ask about the cost of a new roof, you can look around your home for any stains. These stains are often dark brown in color but can look off-white, yellow or feature other shades. Darker stains can indicate the presence of mold growing inside the walls because of leaks coming from the roof. Missing shingles and damage to the roof surface can let more water come through than is structurally safe. Don't ignore the stains, cracks and missing shingles that you need. Call professionals to find out what it will take to get a new roof on your home and how much it will cost.

I'll Be Raising A Teeneger

Raising a child is the most fullfilling job that anyone can have but at the same time it is challenging and scary, most especially if you are raising your child alone like me. Being a single mom has its ups and down when it comes to raising a child. I am quite sure some of the single parents out there will agree.

My son with his Aunt during the Grand Stacruzan

Anyway, before I give birth to my son when I was 25 I have been playing as a mother to my nephew when I was 20. My nephew is now a teeneger. There are times that I felt I did some mistakes on the way I raised my nephew. As early as 16 years old I found out that he is starting to have bad vices like drinking and smoking. I just hope it ends there.


Right now I am a little bit scared because my little budle of joy is in his teenage stage. I am afraid I might do the same mistake that I did on my nephew. Of course there are lots of techiques you can read on the books and online on how to raise a child. But we all know raising a child is not about reading and knowing what you've read. Though I believe it help a lot. I still believe that experience is the best way to learn. Yes, you may encounter a lot of struggle but at the end of day it will help you to get better.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Online Shopping: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

These days, you can buy pretty much anything online. It’s a handy tool for people that can’t get out of the house, but it also can make us very lazy. Whatever happened to going out and buying things from the shops? Shopping used to be something that people looked forward to (apart from the dreaded grocery store), and now we seem to all be doing it from our couches. However, it is an amazing thing, and if someone would have said we’d be doing this 30 years ago, we’d have not believed it!

You can now search and buy your entire vacation from the comfort of your home through sites like Thomson so that you needn’t even step foot out of your house. You can also download and print your plane tickets at home now too.

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Another item that you can buy online is engagement and wedding rings. Tacori engagement rings from Whiteflash have made it so easy to just click and buy. As mentioned earlier, this is perfect for people that can’t make it out of the house, and of course, returns are available if it’s not right for you.

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It’s now possible to buy a brand new car online. Whether you’re going finance or you’re buying outright, in just a few clicks you can order yourself a brand new car. Most companies even offer home delivery so that you don’t have to worry about getting yourself to the dealership to pick your new car up. If you’ve already got a car, sometimes the company will take it away as part exchange, giving you the advantage and taking a little bit off the cost of your new car.

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Your grocery shop is another thing that you can do entirely online. It can be a blessing in disguise because hauling around busy stores is most people’s least favorite task of the week. The only downside to ordering your food online is that you don’t get to pick it out yourself. Vegetables and meat, for example, are both items that I’d rather see a feel before I buy.

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One more reason that we often choose to shop online is when Christmas rolls around, and the stores start getting busier; it’s harder to concentrate on what you’re buying. When you’re at home, however, you can browse for gifts for everyone, and shopping online offers better deals than stores sometimes. The goods will be delivered to your door, and some online stores will even offer to gift wrap it for you!

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Even though the internet has taken the fun out of going shopping a little bit, it has also made life much easier for those of us that either do not have enough time, can’t get out or don’t want to hustle in busy crowds. Stores for now though shouldn’t be at risk of going out of business, as many people still prefer to go to a mall and see things before they buy them.Do you like online shopping or do you prefer to go out and take on the crowds?

Friday, July 14, 2017

How To Achieve Your Dream House

Have you ever looked around and wondered why your house isn’t quite the dream house you’d always hoped for? Yes, the neighborhood is good and it has all the basics, like a working kitchen and bathroom, but honestly, you know it has so much potential that’s unrealized. So what do you do, move? Buying a new house with all the desired amenities would be completely out of reach financially, so you just have to settle for what you have, right? Well, no.

There is a way to achieve the house of your dreams, and that’s by taking the initiative and doing a remodel. Yes, it sounds scary, but by teaming in with an experienced general contractor, that dream house can become a reality. With a low interest refinancing loan, a remodel can be paid for without major budget pain. If the remodel is done well, and stays on budget, the improvements in the house can bring up its value, making it a win-win project the whole way.

Finding a Contractor

For many women, the thought of finding a general contractor to work on the remodel can be daunting. Today, however, there are many websites that offer listings of general contractor leads so can see who is available to work on your project. These sites offer contact information as well as background on the contractor’s work history, so you can get a sense of their work, and see their recommendations. All of this makes the job of finding the right person much easier.

Once you’ve had a chance to review the list of local contractors who seem like a good match, contact a few and set up a free phone consultation. During your conversation, you can explain what you are looking for in your “dream house” remodel, and get a sense of what’s doable and how much it might cost. Once you’ve talked to a few contractors, you’ll be able to decide which one to hire so you can get that spa bathroom or master bedroom of your dreams.

Yes, planning a remodel takes work and planning, but isn’t have the home of your dreams ultimately worth it?

Create a Functioning and Beautiful Backyard

The backyard is an important part of any home. This is where you can gather with friends and family, allow your children to play, or simply enjoy some quiet time. This area should be treated like any other part of the home. It needs attention and care to create a beautiful space that everyone can enjoy.

The Children’s Play Space 

Whether your yard is large or small you can always find ways to make this space suitable for children. Set up boundaries with hedges that add privacy or a fence that contains both the kids and pets. If you are looking for trustworthy fence companies St Petersburg FL has many to pick from such as Family Fence Company. Once the boundaries are in place you can add a swing set or sand box. Even if space is tight, you can always put a bin of outside toys in the corner of the yard.

Entertaining

Reserve an area of the backyard for entertaining. If you already have a deck or patio this would be ideal. If not, use square garden tiles to create a spot where you can place a table and chairs for having outdoor dinner parties. You could also choose a more casual arrangement with outdoor seating set in a circular shape to create a conversation space. Use small tables for drinks and snacks. A fire pit would be a wonderful addition to this area. Candles and solar lighting will help you create ambience.

A Place to Relax

Everyone needs a place to go and unwind. For a busy Mom this needs to be close to home. Reserve one small corner of the backyard for yourself. Set up a lounge chair with a small table next to it. An umbrella could provide shade on hot days while still being able to retract when you feel like getting a little sun. Set aside a few minutes each day to come to this spot to read, relax, or catch a quick nap. With these few simple tips and tricks you can have a backyard that everyone enjoys. It will provide a safe place for the kids to play, an area where you can relax, and the perfect spot for entertaining.

Power Outage!

Its been a week since we lost our electricity after a magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck the province of Leyte last Thursday afternoon, July 6 2017. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the quake hit off Jaro, Leyte at 4:03 pm. Having no electric power for long now I fell that we were back on time when Leyte was badly hit by the Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) that struck in November 2013, bringing torrential rains and storm surges. Leaving thousands of casualties and injured.

I am still grateful although it will take time before we will have the electricity back because we are all safe and the quake did not bring havoc to our town unlike Super Typhoon Yolanda. People can avail free charging in our municipal town hall and in the plaza. Main street lights was also lighted using generators. What we are experiencing right now it too far of what we have experience after Yolanda.

My prayers to does badly hitted town and its people. And of course that everybody will be safe and away from danger all the time.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

5 Reasons Your Gut Isn’t Happy

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Got an unhappy gut and want to get to the bottom of the cause? Here are just a few reasons you may be having bowel problems and what you can do about it.

Food intolerance 

A food intolerance can develop at any point in someone’s life. Two of the most common food allergies are lactose intolerance (allergy to milk) and celiac (allergy to wheat). Both of these can cause stomach cramps, constipation or diarrhoea. If you’re getting regular problems, make a record of which foods you were eating each time beforehand. Often the only course of action is to eliminate these triggers from your diet.

IBS

Experts still aren’t sure as to the cause of IBS. It’s thought to be a faulty communication between the brain and digestive tract that then leads to random bowel movements. IBS can be extremely uncomfortable but can be eased by removing triggers from one’s diet such as alcohol, caffeine, spicy foods and high fat foods. Companies such as ibsrelief.com have medicines that can restore bowel order. Probiotic foods such as yoghurts are also proven to help. It’s best to get a diagnosis from a doctor who may be able to advise on the next course action given that this is a permanent and ongoing condition.

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Stress and anxiety

Stress can sometimes be the cause of an unhappy gut. When we’re stressed, our bodies go into ‘fight or flight mode’ and any bodily functions that aren’t necessary for short term survival (e.g. sex drive, healing, digestion) are shut off. As a result, many people can get constipation or diarrhoea when stressed as the gut is no longer working to break down food effectively. Various herbal medicines and relaxation therapy techniques can ease stress. Getting a good night’s sleep is also recommended.

Lack of exercise

Being inactive can also make our digestive systems lazy. Taking up more exercise can help to keep foods moving through our gut and can also increase antibodies improving our immunity to bugs and viruses that could be the cause of an upset stomach. Those that overweight often experience more digestive problems than those of a healthy weight. Take steps to be more active and you could see your bowel problems disappearing.

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A bad diet 

Many different kinds of foods and drinks can lead to a bad stomach and an unhealthy gut. High fat foods, particularly processed fats, are some of the worst offenders. Too much sugar is also bad for our digestive system. Sugar feeds bad bacteria in our intestines leading to inflammation and a leaky gut. Soft drinks such as cola and lemonade are particular bad for this. And in case you thought you were safe by opting for ‘diet’ soda drinks, artificial sweeteners aren’t much better. In fact, the gut has such a hard time breaking dowgn these artificial sugars that it can often end up turning the remnants into a formaldehyde substance, which is essentially a plastic glue – not something you want coating your insides. Redbookmag.com lists some of the worst foods for your gut.

How Often Do You Need To Perform These Cat Care Tasks?

When you’re considering getting a cat, you probably didn’t think that it would ever come to the point where you’re considering keeping a diary just for cat related needs. However, it can make sense to do so, because cat care is often spread throughout the year. If you forget to keep track of when a particular task needs doing, you could find yourself doing it too often - or not at all.


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When you have got your diary, you next need to know how to schedule everything that your cat needs. Obviously, there are some basics that you don’t need to note down; feeding, providing fresh water, playing, and just hanging out with your furry friend. Not that you’d need a reminder to do those anyway - most cats are more than happy to let you know if they think that you have forgotten something!

Everything else, however, could probably do with some scheduling to make sure it goes off without a hitch.

Trimming Claws 

File claw trimming under monthly, unless you have reason to notice it might need doing more often. If you cat is making a “clicking” sound when walking on hard flooring, then it’s worth moving the date up as and when needed - but for the most part,monthly will suffice.

Remember: always try to use specially designed claw clippers for this task. You might think you can make do with human nail clippers or just plain old scissors; while these might work in some ways, they do have more of a risk of splintering the claw. Specially designed clippers don’t carry this risk, and they’re usually fairly cheap to buy.

Flea Treatment

When it comes to getting flea meds for cats right, you have to think about their lifestyle. Indoor cats can be treated less often than outdoor cats, but both should be treated on a monthly basis. Just make sure that you keep an eye on outdoor cats towards the end of the month, as they might pick fleas up as their protection begins to wane. While not impossible, this is less likely with indoor cats.

Worms Treatment

This depends very much on the type of treatment you choose. Spot-on treatment will generally wear off faster, and thus will need to be renewed on a monthly jbasis. Tablet forms can last up to three months. So check the packaging and make the right decision based on the recommendation you see, then note it down in your diary so you don’t forget.

Vet Appointments

Obviously, some vet appointments will happen ad hoc, in response to concerns of health and well-being. If your cat has otherwise had a healthy time of it, then you should still be taking them up for a check up on an annual basis. For cats over the age of seven years, it’s worth running blood tests at the same time just to ensure that all is as it should be. It makes sense to schedule this check up appointment at the same time as your cat’s vaccination boosters - the fewer vet trips they have to endure, the better!

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

On Having Music Studio

I came across this video futuring the beautiful house of one the famous singer in the country. If there is one thing I would say about the house is that it has a high end entertainment room. There is no doubt that the house is own by someone who loves music. I also noticed the studio monitor stands installed and some stand for music instrument. I really admire how the singer arrange all her music stuff.

Silent!

While typing this blog post I can feel the serine atmosphere at home. My son, nephew and niece are off to school already and soon my Mom will be off to somewhere for an hour. So I will be left alone which makes me want to grab a quick nap since I woke up before 5 am to prepare breakfast and lunch for my nephew and niece.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

3 Reasons Why Love is the Answer to the World’s Problems

Love is often an indefinable emotion. And it has many different forms and meanings, all of which vary from one person to another. From love psychics, to African witch doctors, everyone is finding their own brand of that potent emotion. However, the fact that this article argues is that love can heal and help the world’s problems. Because, from love comes compassion, kindness, and genuine care for others.

Love is a Healing Element

When most people think of love, they think of romance and passion. But love is a varied term to describe so many relationships. Mothers love their sons, spouses love each other, siblings love their sisters and brothers, friends develop love for one another, and the list goes on. Love can come in many different forms and niches, but it is all around a healing element. When someone that you love hugs you, there is a rush of good feelings and positive vibes that heal you for that moment of embrace.

Being Loved and Loving Releases Natural Endorphins

Happiness is the ideal. Everyone simply wants to be happy, whether for selfish reasons or selfless reasons. And happiness is subjective, because every person in the world has their own idea of what being happy would mean to them. However, the feelings that initially come from love of any kind are linear. Everyone gets butterflies, good feelings, and those rush of endorphins that signal positive change. While love in and of itself is also subjective, the natural release of happiness hormones is universal.

Caring for Others Promotes Compassion and Kindness

Learning to love and be loved starts from an incredibly young age. Some would debate infancy because of the bond between a mother and child. While others think that toddlers are more capable of conscious love of their families. Whatever you think, love helps develop natural compassion and kindness. When you have experienced love in any form, you have experienced someone opening their heart to you. Therefore, you want to care for others and open your heart to them.

Everyone deserves love. You might bring up people that were historically terrible, but even they deserved love at one time. Maybe, if someone had loved them wholly, they would have been better people. Acceptance and love, no matter who you are, is well-deserved. It is one of the most basic emotions, traced back to the dawn of mankind. So, if you ever have doubts that love can heal and produce positive change, love someone else for a while and see for yourself.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Stuck At Home Bored? Keep Busy With These Ideas!

Whether you’re off work sick, aren’t working at the moment, are on annual leave from work, or it’s a rainy weekend, the chances are that you’re feeling a little bored stuck at home. The fact is that being stuck at home constantly soon gets boring, or at least it can do if you don’t find a way to keep yourself occupied. The good news is that being stuck at home doesn’t have to mean being bored, as there are plenty of ways that you can keep yourself busy. For ideas for keeping yourself occupied when stuck at home, read on.

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Do some cooking

Do you enjoy cooking? Then why not spend your time at home doing some cooking? Whether that’s preparing meals ahead of next week, testing out new recipe ideas, or simply baking your favorite cookies, it doesn’t matter. Cooking can be a great way to pass the time when you are feeling bored, especially if you take steps to challenge yourself.

Go online

If you’ve got access to the internet, then why not spend your time off online? The internet offers so many interesting things to do, from browsing all of your favorite fashion stores to playing games online, there’s plenty to keep you occupied. Whether you opt to play a tactical game of poker or choose to give online dot to dot painting a try, you can easily keep yourself busy online. There’s so much on offer for you to do, you shouldn’t end up feeling bored.

Read a book

Okay, so reading a book might not seem like the most exciting of activities, but just think for a moment, when was the last time you sat down and read a book cover to cover? The chances are that it was the last time you were on vacation, or maybe even before that! So why not use the time that you have to sit back and relax with a good book? Surely there is something that you’ve been wanting to read? Don’t fancy reading a whole book? How about a stack of your favorite magazines then? Or, what about binging on your favorite blog?

Find a new hobby

Bored of everything that you would usually do? Well then, why don’t you find a new hobby? Have you tried adult coloring? It's highly therapeutic and a whole lot of fun, there’s even an app for it, so you can do it without having to buy a coloring book and pencils. If you fancy starting a new hobby, a good place to start could be in the app store, to have a look at what apps there are that link to hobbies, such as an app for crocheting, for instance, which is a highly popular hobby at the moment.

The fact is that being stuck at home for whatever reason is never fun, it’s just downright boring. However, by taking note of the suggestions above, hopefully, you can make your time stuck at home a little less boring and a little more enjoyable.

Creating a Beautiful Dining Room Oasis

Every mom needs at least one grown-up place in the home where they can find peace and tranquility. They also need an area where they can entertain family and friends without feeling like they are in the middle of a child’s day care. The dining room can easily be transformed into just such a space.

 Clear the Clutter

The dining room tends to be a catch all for toys, half-finished projects, and all sorts of clutter. The first thing you need to do is clear it out. Put toys back into the children’s bedroom, store projects in the garage in plastic totes, and throw away useless items.

Dress Up the Walls

It is nice to follow the latest trends, but use what makes you happy when decorating the walls. A fresh coat of paint is an affordable way to brighten any room while wallpaper can create a certain theme. Use borders and coordinating colors to further embellish this space.

Window Treatments

Window treatments offer you a terrific way to add a pop of color, coordinate the room’s decor, and provide privacy. Sheers, window blinds, and drapes all keep others from seeing in while a pretty valance at the top adds interest without blocking the view of the great outdoors.

Functional Furniture

You may already have a dining set that works perfectly or could be painted to fit in with the new look you are trying to achieve. Otherwise you can purchase new pieces. If this doesn’t fit into your budget, check local thrift stores and online auctions for excellent deals.

Shed Some Light on It

The lighting is the last, and most important, feature in your newly decorated dining room. Task lighting includes a chandelier over the table and lamps on the buffet. Accent lighting includes small, decorative lamps as well as traditional candle holders from online stores like Lamps and More. You will find that tranquility and peace you need and deserve by creating a beautiful dining room that you, your friends, and family can enjoy. When you are not entertaining, use this room to relax in. It can be the perfect space for reading, crafting, or simply enjoying a little quiet time.

Friday, June 2, 2017

The Renovations That Will Add Value To Your Home

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When most people move into a new house, there is usually a huge list of things that need to be changed, renovated, or improved. But when it comes to making home improvements, it’s important to remember one particular thing: what renovations will actually add value to your home?

Sure, you can change anything you like when it comes to making home improvements - it’s your house now, after all. But the reality is that you could be wasting money if you spend on things that people won’t care about when the time comes to sell up and move on.

With this in mind, here is a list of the key areas and improvements you can make that will add value, and turn your spending into an investment.

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The kitchen

According to http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/property/buying-selling-moving, the vast majority of people look at the kitchen when they are deciding to buy a new house. And it’s not much o a surprise. After all, the kitchen is the hub of family life, and it is also expensive to replace. And the key thing to remember is that you don’t have to spend a fortune on the most magnificent kitchen out there - as long as it is clean, modern, and attractive, it will add value.

The bathroom

For obvious reasons, a good, clean, modern bathroom will add more value to your home than a dark, dirty, and dingy one. As you see from http://www.bathroomtakeaway.co.uk/bathroom-suites, a good bathroom suite should last you ten years or so, but when it comes to selling your home, you don’t really want to be at the end of this period. But again, you don’t have to spend a fortune. Don’t forget that your postcode is the biggest influence on your house price, so if you splurge £60,000 on a new bathroom, it won’t necessarily add the same amount of value to your home.

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The living room

The living room is only recently becoming a major factor in people’s home buying decisions. Again, we shouldn’t be too surprised, as these days we spend a lot more time in the living room as families than we have at any other point in history. Space is necessary, of course, but so is shape - a living room where everyone can sit around and chat with each other is more appealing to buyers than something that is an odd shape, or that doesn’t feel relaxing.

A loft conversion

Loft conversions are not cheap and require significant investment. But when you consider that they could give you as much as an extra two bedrooms plus a bathroom, you can see how much it can bump up your home’s value. One thing to consider, however, is that if you invest in a loft conversion, you will also need to invest in alternative storage options around the home. Nothing turns off prospective buyers more than a house that lacks storage and is full of clutter. Hope this helps - feel free to share your thoughts!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Hi June!

Month of May is indeed memorable at ny end. I had a chance to traveled out of town with my friend and cousin. I also attended summer olympics in our barangay. In fact there are lots of activities happened last month. Hopefully I will not be lazy to make a blog post.

Anyway, its the first day of June. Summer break is almost over. Are you ready for the opening of classes coming Monday? As for me, I havent shop for the school supplies. I am still waiting for the list of what I need to buy. I don't to buy something that is not needed.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Finding the Best Counseling Services

Is your marriage falling apart? Are there some issues in your life that you are having great difficulty coping with on a daily basis? If this is the case, you would be wise to seek out the guidance of a professional counselor. However, you should never schedule an appointment with the first counselor that you come across. You need to look into the background of any counselor you are thinking about going to for help. You need to be totally certain that he or she has a great reputation. Here is what you need to know to find a counselor who can help you.

1. Where did the counselor receive his or her training?

This is a crucial issue that you need to seriously look into before you agree to receive counseling from an individual. Basically, you need to see if a counselor has the correct qualifications. Find out the schools the person graduated from. How much training has the counselor received? This will give you a better idea of the counselor's level of skill.

2. How much experience does the counselor have?

The counselor's training is not the only thing you need to look into. The amount of experience that the counselor has is also something that you will need to take into consideration. Ideally, you should not receive your counseling from a person who has less than three years of full-time experience. Anything less than this should not be acceptable to you.

3. What type of counseling does the therapist specialize in?

There are many different types of counseling for a wide range of problems. You should seek out a therapist who has spent many years specializing in the area you need help with. This will help to ensure that you have good results. For example, you might need premarital therapy or couples sex therapy. Whatever the case may be, the person you are getting counseling from should primarily focus in the area they are giving you help with.

4. What do the therapist's previous patients have to say?

It would be smart to take a look at some of the online reviews that have been written by previous patients about any therapist you are considering. You will be able to gather some valuable info that will help you determine the therapist you will make an appointment with. Read as many reviews as possible.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Use an Authorized Service Technician for Your Brand7

Tips for Appliance Repair Once Your Warranty Expires It would be preferred to have problems with an appliance before the warranty runs out, but it is often not the case. Refrigerators, stoves, washers, dryers, microwaves and dishwashers seem to conk out right after the warranty paper expires. Below are a few tips to get you going in the right direction towards a proper fix that will not cost you a fortune.

Does the Store You Purchased the Appliance At Offer Repair Services?

It is nice if you can hire a service technician from the same store that you originally bought the appliance. Sears is one example of a retailer that also offers repair services. They will be familiar with all of the brands that are sold, including the one you are now having problems with.

Can You Purchase an Extended Warranty? 

An extended warranty will cost extra money, but they can save your finances if an expensive repair is necessary. Find out how long the extended warranty will last and what is covered. Are certain parts and labor free, or are there limitations and exceptions? The more you know, the better you can make the decision to seek additional warranty coverage. It can be a slight gamble, if the repair needed is cheap. The payoff for you is when the repair costs hundreds of dollars.

Use an Authorized Service Technician for Your Brand

You do not want any repairman working on your appliance. They may state that they can work on your brand, but they may not the extensive training needed to accurately diagnose and fix the problem. Look specifically for service technicians that are authorized by the maker of your appliance. This means they have taken additional training each year to keep up on repair techniques. They will be able to handle any type of repair needed.

Call a Few Repair Services for Price Comparisons

As with any other monetary expenditure, check with numerous repair services to make sure you are getting the best price. No one will fault you for trying to save a few dollars. The price can vary widely, especially if there is a lot of competition in your area for repair services.

Contact appliance specialists like Sub Zero Repair Centers Fl and make an appointment for quality Sub Zero repair service right away!

Simple Ways to Keep the Family Bond Strong

Every parent wants their family to be tight knit, but with today’s hectic schedules, this can be hard to do. That is why it is so important to schedule time together. Spending just a few significant moments as a family will help your kids in many ways. It gives them an opportunity to talk to you without any distractions as well as provide time to make memories.

Dinner

Dinner together as a family can be very beneficial. It is a time to gather together and tell stories, talk about problems, and most importantly, laugh and have fun. Get the kids involved by asking them to help prepare the meal. Encourage children to join in the conversation by asking them about their friends, school, and any activities they enjoy. Let them know how your day went as well. Don’t feel bad if you can’t do this every evening. Even a few meals together are better than nothing.

Family Outings

One of the best ways to connect to your children is by planning a family outing. Make the destination age appropriate and fun for all. Young children love zoos while older kids might enjoy go-karting or miniature golf. The activity isn’t as important as getting away from the daily work and school routine. Go were your focus is on the family. Children with behavioral issues may find outings to be stressful, but help can be found. If you are looking for a behavioral health center Tallahasseehas the Engage Behavioral Health Center available.

Annual Vacations

An annual vacation can do the entire family good. It is always nice to get away where you can relax without the day to day worries you deal with at home. Remember that the planning is half the fun. Buy guide books and visit websites together with your children. Let them pick out a few of the activities and places to visit. They’ll enjoy it much more, and it will build self-esteem. Once you implement these few strategies into your busy schedule, you and your children will begin to see the benefits. They will know that they can count on those times together, and you will find that the family bond will grow stronger every day.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Three Beauty Optimization Techniques That Can Keep You Looking Lovely

There's nothing quite like loving the way you look. In addition to helping you maintain high self-esteem, feeling good about your appearance can enhance your social life by ensuring that you don't constantly worry about whether you're attractive. Unfortunately, many people lack confidence in their physical appearance and don't know how to optimize it. Luckily, there are numerous simple beauty optimization techniques you can use to ensure that you look lovely. Here are three of them:

1. Take Care Of Your Teeth.

A beautiful smile makes your entire face more appealing. However, many people fail to implement the dental hygiene strategies necessary to keep their teeth in optimal condition. But you should, especially since practicing good oral hygiene is not a difficult enterprise. Some of the things you can do to take great care of your teeth include brushing and flossing twice daily and having a dental professional clean your pearly whites at least once annually. If you find yourself in search of the ideal  dental hygiene Charlotte company, the professionals of Charlotte Dental Partners can assist you.

2. Implement An Exercise Routine.

In addition to taking care of your teeth, make sure that you implement an exercise routine. Doing so will benefit you in numerous ways. First, it will boost your metabolism, thereby enhancing the weight management and weight loss processes. Second, exercise will improve your posture, thereby giving you a leaner look. Another beauty benefit of regular exercise is more youthful-looking skin. There are numerous types of exercise you may want to engage in to attain these beauty benefits. Some of them include:

• tae-bo
• yoga
• pilates
• jump rope
• cycling

3. Focus On Your Food.

One final technique you can implement to optimize your physical appearance is focusing on your food. This strategy is important because there are numerous foods that help make you more physically attractive. An example is kidney beans. The protein in kidney beans helps you grow longer, stronger hair. Also note that carrots contain properties that reduce the redness in your face. Some other foods that are linked to optimizing your appearance include broccoli, tomatoes, and okra. There are numerous ways that you can incorporate these foods into your diet. One is by having a huge green salad for dinner every night.

Start Using These Beauty Techniques Immediately!

There are many strategies you can use to optimize your physical appearance. Three of them include taking care of your teeth, exercising regularly, and focusing on your food. Start using these beauty techniques now to ensure that you can look and feel your best.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Another Summer Getaway

How is your summer doing so far? Mine is magnificient! I have been to the beach twice already and roam around Cebu with my family. I thank my boyfriend for financing our summer getaway. Everybody had a great time during our trip.

In less than two weeks I am going to another beach trip with my friend and cousin. Last year's plan of going to one of the famous summer destination in the province will happen this time. I cannot contain how excited I am. I will certainly share some photos when I get home from the trip. 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Stretching The Savings

As a parent, it can be hard to manage your finances. As a single parent, this responsibility can stretch even further. Knowing where to put your money, what to do with it and learning the difference between want and need in terms of whether you should purchase something can be both confusing and daunting. Unless you have a form a stability with your finances, being aware of what you can do with what you’ve got, how far you can stretch it and where to invest it are all things which are mind boggling to say the least.

   
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 Know Your Rights - And Learn Them Inside Out 

It’s not so much rights per se, but more what you’re entitled to. As parents, we are subject to certain tax breaks. There are things which may affect exactly what you can get, so if you have wondered things like "how do structured settlements affect taxes? +” or “could I get more a break being a single parent than as part of a married couple?”, these are things that are worth researching - you may just be surprised by the answer that you get. There are so many people who are struggling due to not doing a simple bit of research. The breaks that they are looking for aren’t displayed out for everybody to see - you have to dig a little bit to find them out.

Put Away Savings

There are a lot of places that you can invest your money, but simply putting them away into a bank account with a good rate of interest will suffice. It doesn’t matter if you’ve got a little or a lot to put away, and nor does it matter how often you’re doing it. As long as the intent is there and you know that you have at least a little bit of money to fall back on when things get tough, that’s all that you need. Don’t make yourself live through hard times just to be able to put something away each month. If you can’t afford it at the time, wait until you can.

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Think About Necessities 

We are living in quite an exciting age in terms of actually having stuff around us that is accessible. By ‘stuff’ this means literally anything; clothes, food, technology. It’s all available to us via various different communities - whether they’re online or in person - and charities which are willing to help. If you need something that is genuinely a necessity that you can’t afford, ask around for it. If you know that you can wait for it, then do so - but never reject help that is being offered to you. There is a certain amount of pride that a) has to be put to one side and b) isn’t even being recognised anymore … you’re not the first and you certainly won’t be the last to recognise when you need an extra helping hand. Hopefully, if this applies to you, you’ll be in a position in the future where you can give the help back.

Monday, April 10, 2017

My Way Of Relaxing!

Being a single mother is indeed tiring most of the time most especially if your child is a toddler and you are raising him/her alone without the help of anyone. I am a single mom but gladly I did not raise my child alone because my family was with me all the time and I have a very supportive boyfriend that support me in anyway he can financially. So I am one of the lucky single mom on the whole wide world. I will be thankful for that all my life. But we all know that life is full of surprises, may it be a good one or a bad one. And when things get rough at my end at always feel exhausted although I have all the help I can get from my loved one. At the end of the day I always want to have a good rest and take break.

Cleaning

Cleaning the house and our back yard is on top of my list. I can be tiring but seeing the house and back yard clean gives me the peace I need.

Shopping

Going to the mall alone makes me feel good. Looking at those fashionable clothes, bags and shoes are priceless. For sure all the ladies out there feels the same feeling I have every time I am in the mall. Checking what is on sale and discounted items is what I love most. But because I usually don’t have extra money for shopping I end up window shopping instead of buying the clothes I want.

Watching Movie

Whenever I fell down and exhausted you will see me lurking in movie houses. However, you will not see me watching those romantic movies because I am into action and science fiction movies. So yeah! You can call me wierd. They say watching movies alone is not safe but I disagree because I always do it alone and I always go out from the movie house safe and sound.

Soaking in a Tub

I may not experience this kind of relaxation so I am taking my boyfriends story. He told me countless of times that soaking in a hot tub is priceless. It give him the tranquility and peace he needs. Having this said by my boyfriend I feel like having the chance of soaking in my own hot tub is great. But of course I shall not forget that to have a tub entails a lot of planning. The space should be well taken cared of. Hopefully when I and the boyfriend start building  our dream house our budget will allow us to have our own tub. Imagine soaking in your own inflatable hot tub at home with your loved ones and friends the feeling is certainly priceless.

Sleeping

Most of time I end up taking this way. Simply because I cannot go out to shop or watch movie because of financial difficulties. And also because I do not own a hot tub, just yet.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Graduation Gift

As I mentioned in my previous post summer break is fast approaching. But before the summer break starts, Moving Up and Graduation Ceremony is being held. It is this time that some of the graduate if not all expect to get something from thier loved ones. For musically inclined person giving her/him something about music is a great idea. Like for example, guitar. As we all know guitar is being used by teenegers nowadays. And when it comes to guitar there is no other perfect place to checkout but online if you are busy checking it in traditional store. The orange block is one of the available instrument in the online store I bumped recently. Should you want to know more, you can click the link anytime. 9

Summer Break!

No doubt the little big tot is excited foe the summer break. Why not? He will have more time playing and watching TV.  Well, I guess its not only the kids who are execited because I admit I am as excited as the little big tot. The reason- I dont need to get up early to prepare breakfast. I am certain that all momshies out there is also excited to take a break from waking up very early on weekdays.

Anyways, this summer I am hoping for an out of town trip. I don't have plan on where to go just yet because I shall save first before starting to plan. Haist! If money is not a problem going somewhere is easier.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

When a Home Can Benefit Most From a Kitchen Renovation

There are affordable kitchen renovation projects that can be done right away to help increase the attractiveness, function and value of you home. Below are a few of the signs you need to start making plans to update and upgrade your kitchen space.


Placing the House On the Market

A complete kitchen renovation and upgrade is one sure way to get the maximum price for your home, if and when you decide to sell. No one wants to end up buying a house that will need a ton of upgrades. Adding contemporary cabinetry, appliances and providing plenty of storage make your home a much more attractive option.


Outdated Appliances

Mismatched colors with appliances and knowing they were purchased in the 1990's might signal that you need to consider updating to a more modern look. New appliances are all designed to be more energy-efficient than ever before. Over the life of owning the house, an investment in modern appliances will pay off huge in savings and performance.


Shabby Cabinetry

Cabinets that have missing doors, broken hardware and are worn and scratched can make the kitchen look ugly and uninviting. There are times that the cabinets are too far gone to simply slap a layer of new paint on and call it a day. There are cabinet sets that are easy to install and will completely change the look and function of your kitchen.


Lack of Storage

A kitchen can look and feel cluttered if there is a serious lack of storage space. There are many ways to incorporate more storage areas that are recessed, pull-out and in other ways out-of-the-way. You can add full pull-out pantries to stock food for an entire family, but not have it right under foot and in the way.


Outdated Electrical

If your plugs are cracked, broken, covers missing and old, you should replace them. Plugging items in to an older electrical outlet that is damaged can be a fire hazard. If having more than one or two things plugged kicks off the breaker, you might need a deeper electrical fix and upgrade.


Counters

Older counters that are bizarre colors, scratched and burned can drastically reduce the value of your home. You can go with a more contemporary stone that is durable and offers more space than what you have now.

Contact home imporvement specialists like www.renovationexperts.com/startproject.asp and begin planning affordable kitchen renovations.


Thursday, March 9, 2017

Company Growth 101: Simple Techniques That Can Optimize Success

If company growth is your objective for 2017, now is the time to implement simple techniques that will generate the desired outcome. Below you'll find just three of many strategies you can implement to make ongoing expansion a reality for your company:

1. Utilize Sales Services.

If you're serious about making your company increasingly successful, you should get serious about using professional sales services. By hiring manufacturers representatives from companies such as Saleslink, you can have a team of industry experts provide you with a wide range of dynamic services that optimize your conversion rates. There are typically a wide range of customized services that a sales firm might offer. Some of them could include field sales support and key account management. Before you hire a firm, be sure to do research on their background to ensure that they have a history of obtaining tangible results on behalf of their clients.

2. Optimize Your Internet Presence.

Another strategy you can implement to optimize your success with the company growth process is enhancing your internet presence. This strategy is beneficial for numerous reasons. First, it can help you obtain a global audience. Second, it will empower you to interface with your prospective clients in an immediate, organic way that will keep the public up to date regarding all of your important brand developments. Also keep in mind that there are likely many members of your target market who have not been exposed to your brand through your traditional advertising methodologies. By utilizing digital advertising techniques, you will likely be able to connect with people that haven't heard of your product line in the offline realm.

The best way to develop or optimize your internet presence is by hiring a team of diligent, dedicated, dynamic digital specialists. These people will be able to implement multiple marketing techniques in tandem to ensure that your online image is appealing and eye-catching!

3. Read More Business Books. One final technique that can facilitate optimal company growth is reading more business . This strategy will ensure that you're continually accessing new ideas and strategies regarding how to increase sales, improve retention rates, etc. Some of the books you may want to consider reading include:
 Good To Great Who Moved My Cheese?
The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People

Don't Delay: Implement These Company Optimization Techniques Today!

If you're  ready to make success happen for your company in 2017, know that thinking strategically can help you realize your objective of ongoing expansion. Three techniques that can work wonders for you include utilizing sales services, optimizing your internet presence, and reading more business books!

Feeling Blessed!

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Life has been so good to me and I truly could not ask for more. But since it my special day I am entitled to make a wish 😆😜, I wish to have an enduring spirit to surpass whatever life has to offer 👍💪👊, good health and a family of my own (ain't too late to wish for it..)👅😆😜 I thank the Almighty God for the give of life and all the blessings bestowed upon me. My family and friends for being with me through thick and thin. And of course to my ever supportive boyfriend for rocking my world 😍💘💋 I love you to the moon and back.. For all my family and friend who sent their birthday greetings through FB, messenger and sms thank you...thank you.. thank you... from the buttom of my heart.
I posted my thank you message in my facebook profile a day after my thank you. I may not have everything I wish for but I am thankful for everything I have.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Dog Owners Who Went To Extremes To Show Their Pets They Care

Practically everybody who owns a dog falls in love with them. Perhaps it’s their big, watery eyes that stare up at you lovingly all day long. Or maybe it’s the fact that they are loyal, almost to a fault. Whatever it is, there’s nothing we wouldn’t do for our dogs.

But for some people. Just taking care of a dog and making sure it has a nice life isn’t enough. They want to make their dogs into little Cleopatras, with all the pomp and ceremony that goes with it.

Daniela Forshaw

One dog owner living in Britain went to extreme measures to show her dog she cared. Daniela Forshaw a salon owner from a small town in Essex, decided that she was going to use her salon techniques on her dog, a poodle called Millan. Her dog is named after the world famous dog whisperer, Mexican-born, Cesar Millan. And now she has made pampering her dog a part of her daily routine.

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The first thing she did was set up a shed in her back garden that doubled as a dog beauty salon. She kitted it out with things like hair dryers, clothing racks, and grooming mirrors. Over time, she realized that she might be able to sell salon services to other dog owners and start up another business. Her idea worked, and now dozens of people visit her dog salon with their dogs every week to get them looking their best.

According to Nigel Baker, the CEO of the Pet Industry Foundation, pet grooming has really taken off. It’s now a multi-million dollar industry, and one that is growing and more and more people groom their dogs. It’s the sort of thing, he says, that is really taking off in certain hot spots and areas of the country, especially in places with newly wealthy people. Gayle Pruitt Gayle Pruitt is a nutritionist by trade. Like many people, she’s spent years trying to figure out what constitutes a healthy diet. But after getting a dog, she realized that very little attention had been paid to what makes dogs healthy. What's the best dog food, she wondered? According to an article in the NY Daily News, Pruitt began experimenting by preparing different meals for her dog. She soon found out that dogs actually have taste buds that are very similar to humans, meaning that what tastes good to us is usually what tastes good to dogs.

With this in mind, she began constructing a diet for her pet pooch. At first, she made food separately from her dog. But she soon realized that her dog would probably want to eat what she was eating anyway, and so she prepared meals for them to eat together. Now she eats real food with her dog every night of the week, and she doesn’t think there’s anything weird about it. According to Pruitt, this is always how humans and dogs have lived together. In the past dogs ate with their human owners - it was why they stuck around rather than finding food in the wild.

Now Pruitt has developed a range of recipes she thinks that dogs will love.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Ultimate Guidelines For Growing Your Own Veggies

Creating a vegetable garden and growing edibles outside and inside your home is a great activity for many different reasons.

It saves you money, first and foremost, and it’s a much healthier way of eating vegetables because you will be avoiding the chemicals and fertilizers that are present in store-bought goods.

Plus, it’s a fantastic activity to enjoy with the kids, who will marvel as they watch their veggies turn from seeds into edible treats. And for any mom who worries about their children being fussy eaters, growing vegetables can help with that, too.

The big question is, what’s the best way to get started? And how can busy moms with little time for anything manage to grow vegetables successfully? Read on to find out more as I reveal everything you need to know about growing veggies.

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Getting started

First of all, anyone can start growing veggies, and you don’t need to have a big garden to create a patch. In fact, you can even grow vegetables indoors, and things like tomatoes and herbs can thrive in the warmth of the home. And you’ll also give young seedlings a better chance of survival if you start their lives in a greenhouse or on a windowsill. Just remember one thing if you do plan on growing veggies indoors, it's the overall quality of the grow lights you use that can often make the difference if you don’t live in a warm climate. The idea is to reproduce the balance of the natural solar spectrum; tricking the veggies into thinking they are outside.

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What to grow

Some vegetables are much easier to grow than others, so when you are just starting out, it’s probably best to stick with the basics. Carrots, beets, onions and garlic are all relatively straightforward - and grow quickly indoors and out. Tomatoes are another great example, and when you are feeling a little more confident, you can move onto lettuces and spinach.

How much work is involved?

While you can grow many of the basics pretty much anywhere, there might be a little prep work involved before you get started. For example, if you have thin soil - less than a spade’s blade deep - it’s likely you will need to consider creating a raised bed just so your veggies can grow deep enough into the ground. Weeding is another big task, but again, it’s all about the prep. Pull out the weeds, and dig up their roots, and ensure a clean plot and clear garden before planting your veg. Finally, there will be some work protecting your plants from slugs and snails - the perennial enemy of many a gardener. Keep your ploy clean and tidy, and ensure you veggies are well away from long grasses or tall, dense plants that are likely to harbor mollusks. Finally, use slug pellets - most mollusks will avoid these like the plague, and it will stop them entering the vegetable patch.

So there you have it - an easy way to get started with growing veggies indoors and out. As with everything in life, it’s all about the preparation - get that right, and the growing part will be simple. Good luck with the veggies!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Choosing The Right Home Office Furniture

Selecting furniture such as office desks for home depends on what you consider the most suitable for your work area. Believe it or not, the right furniture plays a role in your outlook and satisfaction when working in your own business or for someone else.

However, before you put too much energy in the appearance, there are other things to consider. Space, your budget and how much time you plan to spend in the office each day will determine what you choose. Although separate, each one is directly related to having the perfect home office.

Determine How Much Space You Have

An empty room looks bigger than it does when you begin adding furniture. Measure the space before buying pieces. Draw a diagram of where you would like to place each piece of office furniture. Overestimating or underestimating how much space you actually have will not help you find furniture that fits.

Additionally, measure the width of the doorway. Your office furniture will need to fit through the doorways. Some pieces, particularly desks, can be quite large.

Know How Much You Can Spend

Along with proper measurements for the space you have and the furniture you need, you should also decide on a budget before you go shopping online or at a local office furniture store. Think reasonable based on initial research on the average costs of furnishing a home office.

If you have a small amount to spend, focus on buying essentials for now. You can always add more pieces later as your budget allows. Essential furniture in most offices are a desk and chair. Look for high-quality pieces that will last.

Consider How Much Time You Will Spend in the Office

As you decide on a reasonable amount of money to spend, think about how much time you will actually spend in your new work space. If your business requires you meeting clients and you only expect to be in the office one or two hours a day, you may choose furniture that is stylish over comfortable.

This decision could change your budget because you may not want to spend too much money on furniture that is not used that often. If, however, you will be in the office for at least five hours every day, comfort and ease of use should be your guide in making furniture selections.

Working from home means you are working, so you want your environment to be as pleasant as possible. Make furniture choices that offers the style you want and the workspace you need to be productive.

Happy Valentines!

While other celebrating Valentines with thier boyfriend/girlfriend and husband/wife I on the other hand was with my mom, son, and nephew. The boyfriend is miles away so he wired some money for me to buy something for myself (not flower) and dine out. So I was not expecting anything on Valentines Day, because I know the boyfriend wont buy flower online that is why I get some cash instead.

But because I have the sweetest son in the universe I still get a simple gift fo remind me that I am loved. I was expecting it! No wonder I was almost crying when my son handed me the stuff toy with a heart. Hahaha! No doubt I am a proud mother.

I will try to upload the picture soon. My internet connection is too slow as of this typing.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Reasons You Might Need to Have Your Basement Waterproofed

You have probably heard people talk about having their basement waterproofed. However, you have not felt the need to have it done up to this point. Perhaps you felt that it was not necessary. However, you might start to develop problems in the future as a result of having a basement that has not been professionally waterproofed. These problems could end up costing you a considerable amount of money to repair. It would be much easier for you to simply be proactive and prevent those problems from occurring in the first place. Here are some of the key indicators that you should strongly consider investing in having your basement waterproofed.

1. You notice some of the cement on your basement walls has started to fall apart.

This is a very common problem in basements that have not received waterproofing treatment. The constant exposure to moisture day after day will eventually cause chunks of cement to break off from your basement walls and foundation. Needless to say, this can eventually turn into a dangerous problem if nothing is done to fix it. You would be wise to call a company that specializes in foundation repair Cleveland Ohio if you notice this problem in your home. The structural integrity of your entire home could be compromised if you allow this problem to go unresolved.

2. Mold and fungus have started to grow in large quantities in your basement.

Mold and fungus love areas that are dark and damp. They are able to thrive in this sort of environment. Therefore, most basements are ideal places for mold and fungus to grow because they fit this description perfectly. Many people have small amounts of water leaking into their basements that they do not notice because it occurs in inconspicuous areas. Mold or fungus will begin to grow without the homeowner's knowledge. This could cause allergy problems for residents of the house.

3. The floor in your basement could be damaged because of constant exposure to moisture.

Floors are frequently the victim of moisture that seeps into basements that have not been professionally waterproofed. The damage that the water does to the floor can vary greatly. It all depends on the length of time the floor has been exposed to the moisture and the amount of water there is. Waterproofing your basement can keep your floor looking perfect.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Creating the first aquarium for your family

Plenty of people have started keeping aquariums in their home. While aquariums are aesthetically pleasing, their health benefits are also plenty. From relieving stress to calming hyperactive children, it is no wonder that creating an aquarium is on the bucket list of a lot of people.

Building an aquarium isn’t something that requires a lot of dedication or hard work, therefore if you are up for it you can easily build it. However, whilst setting up new aquariums or fish tanks, there are a few things that you should consider like the type of fish it will comprise of, the size of the tank and the kind of equipment you will need.

So without further ado here is a guide on how you can create an aquarium for your family home:

Choosing the right fish:
People often don’t realize how important it is to pick the right kind of fish for your aquarium. And as an result fish often end up dying and the aquarium doesn’t thrive. 

There is a wide range of fish available – 25,000 species to be exact. So in order to pick the perfect match for your aquarium, you need to be vigilant whilst you decide on which fish to bring home. There are questions that you need to ask yourself.

Questions like:
Is the tank perfect for the fish?
How big can the fish really get?
Is it high maintenance?
Would you be able to afford it?
Would you be able to provide it with the food it eats?

When you have decided on which fish you are going to get, it will help you in knowing the equipment you need to build them a home. One thing that you should keep in mind before creating an aquarium is to decide on the fish beforehand because it’s always better to pick a fish and then build an aquarium according to the requirements of the fish and not the other way around.

If it is your first time building an aquarium then ideally you should go for species which is easily manageable because otherwise for a newbie it could get frustrating.

Picking the right aquarium:
The next step, after you have picked a fish, is to select an aquarium for it. Depending upon its size and how large it could get in the future you’d be able to select an aquarium. It is ideal for the fish to live in an aquarium which is big enough for it to thrive. The larger the aquarium, the better. The minimum size of the aquarium should be larger than the size of the fish.

Size of the aquarium is an important factor to keep in mind; however that is not the only thing that should determine the kind of aquarium you choose.

There are different materials of aquariums which you can choose from. For example there is glass and acrylic. Glass is usually scratch resistant but it isn’t durable whereas, acrylic is less forgiving for the scratch marks but it lasts longer. So depending upon your needs you can pick either acrylic or glass material for your aquarium.

Picking the right equipment: 
For an aquarium, you need equipment that helps in making it work perfectly. Nowadays, it is very convenient to get equipment for your aquarium with the abundance of suppliers. Typically, the equipment an aquarium owner needs is lighting, filters, food for the fish, pumps, algae controllers, conditioners, etc.

So depending upon the need of your aquarium, stock up on equipment, so that you are ready to deal with any problems that come your way.

Setting up the aquarium: 
After you have created the perfect aquarium for your home, you need to strategically place it. Just like humans need space, aquariums need it too to stay clean and maintained. So set up your aquarium where there is room to breathe and enough air to keep it refreshed.

To make sure the light and the pump works, place the aquarium near a socket so that you can connect the plug to it and make it work.

Also, make sure you have placed your aquarium where you can easily manage to supply water for it so that a chore like that doesn’t become a major inconvenience for you.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Smart Shopping 101

Whenever a sale comes around, it’s very easy to get distracted and buy out anything with a loud label that screams 80% off. But do you ever stop to ask yourself, why is that on sale? Why is this product that looks amazing and sounds great on such a large discount deal? Smart shopping isn’t just about getting the best deals and finding a bargain, it’s also about knowing where your items come from and how you can improve the way you shop overall.

If you want to feel great about getting the latest deals and saving a tonne of money in the process, here are some essential shopping tips handed to you by some of the world’s smartest shoppers.

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Read the reviews...

When we shop on a website such as Amazon or if we have our eye on something, it’s a good idea to look at the reviews not just on the website we’re buying from, but to also research it and look for blogs, reviews and videos about it. If you go in blind and simply buy a product without doing research, then chances are you could end up with an item that has a crippling flaw or has horrible quality.

...but don’t always trust them

Let’s face it, not every reviewer has a great opinion. Something seen as a flaw by someone could be a positive for you. You have to read the reviews and take into consideration what the reviewer’s tone is. If they keep mentioning how they hate the brand, then perhaps they just have a vendetta against that company. If someone mentions they “don’t have much experience” with a type of product, then chances are that person has no idea what a good quality product is.

Smart spending If we see something that’s on sale but still out of our price range, then there’s no harm in financing the item and spreading the cost over several months or applying for an online personal loan such as Credit24. As long as the interest rates are low enough, you might even be able to pay less than the original price of the item even after you take interest into account. There are even some great zero-interest deals for some retailers, so keep these options in mind when something is out of your budget.

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Consider secondhand and refurbished 

The latest phones, tablet devices and computers can be incredibly expensive, and there are times that we cannot justify the price for what we receive. Luckily, there are many places where you can buy secondhand or used products that work just as well and even have extended warranties. Refurbished items have been fitted with new parts and are always tested before being sold, so you can get some great details if you aren’t concerned about buying something that has been used before.

Look for alternatives 

If you have your eyes on an iPhone or Samsung Phone, then chances are the only thing holding you back is the price. However, did you know that there are hundreds of alternatives that work just as well, have the same technical specifications and in some cases, work better? If you look up budget smartphones, you’ll get tonnes of alternatives to these brands. Just remember that if you buy from a big-name retailer, you’re paying a huge premium for the name itself and not only the hardware.