Friday, September 22, 2017

Why You Need to Understand the Different Types of Loans Available to You Before Putting Pen to Paper

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Almost every mother has experienced hard times, when cash is running low and you end up emptying the piggy bank to tide you and your little ones through to the next paycheck. Many of us turn to lending in times of need, which can be an extremely beneficial decision, or can backfire and become something that we regret. To avoid complications and problems, you need to ensure that you are completely aware of what you are signing up for before you put your pen to paper and sign for the loan. Here’s how to ensure that you fall into the first category when it comes to borrowing money, no matter how large or small the amount.

Understanding Different Types of Loans 

There are numerous types of loans available out there, and it’s essential that you can differentiate between one form and another. What’s available to you will largely depend on your financial position and history. If you have a good credit score, you may be able to access lower interest rates and certain perks and deals. If you have a negative credit score, you will have to go with options that have higher interest rates and larger minimum payments. Keep an eye out for a (otherwise known as a character loan or good faith loan), as this will simply require a signature and can often be approved online with an e-signature. If possible, try to avoid payday loans as they have astounding interest rates and can be extremely difficult to clear. numbers-money-calculating-calculation.jpg
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Managing Repayments

Once we’ve received the money and are back on our own two feet, it can be easy to forget that you need to repay the full amount back plus interest. A large percent of the time, people will slip back into their old habits when really they should be cutting back on non-essentials in order to have the spare cash to repay their dues. So, once your wages do come in, budget. Work out how much you need for necessities. Cut back on nonessential items and put the rest of your disposable income towards paying off what you owe. If you miss repayments, you will be charged fees and fines and your credit score will also be negatively affected, discouraging lenders from helping you out in the future. If you find that you are struggling to meet repayments, don’t bury your head in the sand. Contact your lender and they may be able to reduce your minimum payments or even offer lower interest rates. You should also alert your lender to any changes in your personal circumstances that could potentially affect your repayments. If they are unaware of difficulties, they can’t offer assistance.

Once you have cleared your debt, there are plenty of ways to avoid finding yourself in such a difficult situation in the future. The first? Effective money management. Create a budget and stick to it. Be of the mindset that if you can’t afford something, you can’t have it or will have to wait until you can afford it yourself. You can also start a savings account. Depositing even small amounts in this from one paycheck to the next will result in a slowly growing source of funds that can be used in times of emergency or saved for a rainy day later down the line.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Debt: The Biggest Problems You'll Face


Just hearing the word debt is enough to get most people nervously clutching their purses and double-checking their bank balance. It’s something none of us ever want to be in and is one of the worst financial positions you can fall into.

No one likes the idea of debt as it pushes them closer towards to b-word bankruptcy. It’s everyone’s greatest fear that they take on too much debt, can’t pay it all back, lose all their money, all their assets, and end up bankrupt with nothing.

Alongside this, being in debt is just a very bad experience as well. There are lots of aspects of being in debt that are really hard, which is why it’s difficult to get out of the situation. In this article, I’ll talk to you about some of the hardest things about being in debt.

Having Too Many Payments To Make

Loads of people end up in debt to various people or organizations. They could have student debt, credit card debt, and be in debt to another lender too. When you’re fighting multiple debt battles, it’s very hard to keep up with all the payments. As it mentions on the best solution to this is getting a loan to consolidate all your debts. This is one big fat loan that pays off all your individual debts and moves them into one debt that you can pay off over time in a more manageable fashion.

Owing More And More

A huge problem with debt is that you start to owe more and more the longer you’re in it. This is largely down to interest rates. The longer it takes for you to pay off your debts, the higher the interest rates can rise for your particular debt. As such, your debt continues to grow, which makes it even harder to pay off. It means you take longer and longer to pay it off, which means the interest can grow even higher!! As you can see, it’s a bad cycle to fall into.

Losing Your Assets

At the extreme end of the scale, we have people that are in so much debt they lose some of their assets. If you got a secured loan, and you’re struggling to pay it back, the lender can take whatever it was you used to secure the loan in the first place. This could be your house, car, etc. I wrote about secured loans vs. unsecured loans here if you want to check it out. Obviously, being in a position where your personal belongings are taken away from you is not great at all, and incredibly stressful.

Don’t let debt rear its ugly head at you and tear through your finances. Be smart whenever you’re borrowing money for whatever reason. Always ensure you can pay back what you borrow, and avoid borrowing unless it’s absolutely essential. There are times in life where you’ll have to get a loan and owe someone money - buying a house and getting a mortgage is a good example. But, if borrow for no reason, this is when you start owing lots of people lots of money and can end up in serious debt.

Unboxing: Althea X Withshyan_Nail It Haul

FYI! This is an over due post. 

I have been aiming to make this blog post for two months already. I know its way too lateeee... but as the saying goes "better late than never" hahaha... 

But seriously, I should have posted this post few days after I recieved the package. But for some reason, well just one honestly and its me being lazy or better say, me hybernating that I always forget it and I remember it again when I am about to use the nail polish.  I even dont have a decent photo of my nails wearing one of the nail polish in the box. 

Anyway, for this blog post I will be sharing photos while I am unboxing the product. I am only confident on sharing photos not video. 


Thats me unboxing the package. I took me almost three minutes to unbox the package. It is indeed well pack. 

What is inside the box?

Since I need to take a decent photo of the nail polish and other items inside the box I will make another post for it.

But over all my first experience in Althea is worth my money. I am happy with the product.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Understand the True Value of Home Upgrades

Many homeowners opt to upgrade certain aspects of their home with the idea that the upgrade will increase the value of the home. While there are a lot of different upgrades that can increase the value of a home and make it more appealing to potential buyers, it is important for a homeowner to really consider the true value of a home upgrade before they decide to go ahead with it.

It is important for a homeowner to consider the costs associated with a particular upgrade. They need to do their research to be sure that the upgrade is really going to increase the value of the home. If a person is doing the upgrade simply to increase the value of the home, it is extremely important for them to really crunch the numbers to make sure that they will earn a profit if they put their home on the market soon. This is one area where a homeowner needs to exercise caution. The last thing they want to do is spend a fortune on an upgrade only to find out that the value of the home barely increased or didn't increase it all. Some homeowners have actually found that the thing that they thought was going to make their home more appealing to potential buyers actually causes some buyers to quickly say no to the house.

One thing that can be very helpful when a homeowner is making a decision on doing an upgrade to their home is to think about how much they are actually going to enjoy the upgrade. If it is something that is very useful for their family at the current time, even if the value of the upgrade does not dramatically increase the home's value, it may be worth it. For example, if a family spends a lot of time together outside during the warm months barbecuing and enjoying other activities, deck installation Odenton MD may be the best choice for them. A deck will increase the value of the home. And it is also something that the family will be able to enjoy while they are still living in the home.

Take time to do research before deciding if an upgrade is really right for you and your home. Calculate the costs for the materials and the labor. Talk to real estate agents and others who will be able to help you to determine if certain things will really increase the value of your home.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Finishing Touches to Get Your Garden Party Ready

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The garden is undoubtedly the best part of your property to hold a party in. There’s lots of space, fewer possessions to get damaged, and when the weather's good, well being outdoors just feels great.

If you’ve taken the time to transform your garden, with patios and outdoor entertainment rooms, and by investing in good garden furniture, not to mention pruning your trees and mowing the lawn, all that remains to set the scene for your next garden party are the finishing touches…

A Chalkboard

Chalkboards, like the ones at, aren’t just for the classroom or playroom; they make for a fantastic finishing touch in the garden too. Write down a welcome message for your guests, or a colorful itinerary for the day/evening’s events, and it will get your friends and family psyched for your next garden party, as well as adding a unique touch to the decor.

Fairy Lights

These tiny, twinkling lights are perfect for turning your garden into an enchanted party paradise. Wrap them around tree trunks, fences and garden furniture, string them between trees and line the driveway with them to create a party atmosphere and ensure that your guests aren’t left in the dark when the sun goes down.

Hang a Banner 

Colorful banners, bunting, and flags add a touch of color and fun to the proceedings. They’re particularly good for children’s garden parties, but you can find classier examples, like this tassel garland:, which wouldn’t look amiss at your swanky cocktail parties or afternoon teas. The key is to choose your banner to match your theme.

A Fire Pit

No great garden party should be without a fire pit, especially if it’ll be taking place in the evening or a chilly time of the year. The fire pit provides a perfect focal point around which all of your guests can gather to shoot the breeze, toast marshmallows and have a drink or two.


Of course, a great grill is an essential element of every garden party. Eating outdoors is somehow more pleasing that eating inside, and the barbecue grill helps to produce the perfect outdoors foods, like smoky sausages, juicy burgers and sweet corn on the cob, with minimal effort, so you can enjoy the party instead of slaving away over a hot stove.

A Roof

If you have money to spare, one thing that can really ramp up your outdoor entertaining efforts is having a roof or awning installed over your patio or seating area. As you can see at a good roof will keep the rain away and provide enough shade to keep all your guests comfortable. This means you can more easily throw a garden party at any time of the year.

Throwing a garden party is a lot of fun, and with the above finishing touches, you can guarantee that your guests will be blown away by your efforts, and your future garden parties will be amongst the best.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Anniversary Gifting: Ideas For Making His Day!

Whether you’ve been together for a year, a few years, or ten years, when it comes to anniversaries, it’s natural that you should want to make your partner’s day special. Of course, it’s often the case that every anniversary is the same; with similar gifts and similar plans each year. If you want to ensure that this year’s anniversary goes off with a bang and is one to remember, then you may need to get a little more creative with your gifting. To ensure that your upcoming anniversary is a memorable one, it’s vital that you get creative and find some unique gift ideas. This isn’t always an easy task, so below are some ideas and suggestions to take note of, to make finding that perfect present for your significant other a little bit easier.

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Create a pamper basket 

Who said pampering was just for us girls? Believe it or not, men need pampering too. So why not create your partner a pamper basket, packed full of a range of different products that can be used to pamper him. From male grooming products and massage oil that you can use to treat him to a massage to a bottle of his favorite Kikori whiskey and a selection of sweet treats, there’s a lot of different options for what to include in his pamper basket. You want to pick products that you know he will like and appreciate, and that will help him to relax and unwind.

Treat him to an activity day 

Forget giving him a gift he can unwrap, what about treating him to an activity day? Book an activity day for your anniversary and plan to do the activity together as a couple. Whether it’s tree top climbing, race car driving, or caving, it doesn’t matter, all that matters is that you pick an activity that he will love and that you can do together. What’s more memorable than doing an activity together as a couple? Just think how much fun you will have and how enjoyable the day would be.

Cook him his favorite meal (and dessert) 

Is there a meal that your partner loves? Then why not make that for him as his gift? It might not be something that he can unwrap, but if it will put a smile on his face, then it could be the ideal gift. Whether he’s a steak lover, is mad about tapas, or loves Greek food, you can plan a whole night themed around his favorite meal. As well as planning a meal consider planning something for afterwards, such as a movie night or games evening. You want to make the evening as memorable as possible, which is why combining a meal and another activity, such as cocktail making, for instance, could be ideal.

There you have it, some ideas and suggestions for ensuring that your partner has the most amazing time on your anniversary. Take note of the ideas above and implement them, and you can ensure that your next anniversary is wonderfully memorable.

Banish The Stress When Moving House

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Moving home can be a wonderful experience. Finally, you’ll have the space that you crave, you’ll be moving to your dream neighbourhood, and you can put down roots and settle. In an ideal world, moving home would be calm and simple. In reality, moving home can be one of the most stressful experiences of your life. There are solicitors, real estate agents, the removals company and your mortgage to consider, not to mention packing up all of your belongings and organising the kids ready for moving day. You could find yourself tearing your hair out before you’ve even made an offer on a property. As with anything, you can lessen the stress by being organised. Take a look at these handy tips to make your next house move as stress-free as possible.


Before you even begin to look at potential new homes, you need to know what you can afford. Hop online and use one of the many mortgage calculators available. By inputting your household income, current outgoings, and debt, you can get a fair indication of what you may be able to borrow and what your repayments could be.

Ensure that you have all of your finances in order and that you don’t use your overdraft in the months preceding a house move. It’s vital that you have a sound credit history to show off your credentials as a responsible borrower. By checking out The Ultimate Guide to Credit Scores you’ll find a wealth of information to help you improve your credit history if yours looks a little patchy. By nurturing a positive credit score, you’ll be able to borrow more and have a greater variety of mortgage products available to you.

Time Management

Don’t leave everything until the last minute. Ensure that you sign and return any paperwork or documentation from your conveyancer or mortgage company as you receive it. Don’t let it build up. Be prompt otherwise you risk losing your dream home because of your tardiness.

Arrange your removals company as soon as you have your completion date. There’s nothing worse than leaving it until a week before you move to find that there are no reputable removals firms available in your local area and you have to pay more to source one from further away. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to pack up your house. It always takes longer than you think when hunting for the brown tape, trying to find a marker pen that works and discovering that it takes nearly an hour to bubble wrap that beautiful yet awkwardly shaped mirror your mother in law gave you.

The Box

It pays to pack up one special box that won’t be going with the removals company but that you’ll be keeping in the car with you. In it, you should have your kettle, some snacks, a game to occupy the kids and anything that your pets might need.

As soon as you arrive at your new home and the removals guys are unloading your stuff, you can open your box, put the kettle on, have the kids out of your hair and relax safe in the knowledge that your planning and organisation has paid off resulting in a (relatively) stress-free moving experience.

Christmas Coundown Is On

For Filipinos Christmas Season starts as soon as the first day of September hit the calendar. Christmas songs is being aired and christmas decorations are already available in some stores.

Two weeks ago I saw this Christmas decoration displayed in the mall. I felt excited and giddy knowing that Christmas is just three months away. Christmas is my favorite time of the year. It makes everybody happy.

It is also the time of the year where I can shop and by stuff for my family.

Monday, September 4, 2017

The Child Becomes The Parent: Looking After Your Mom and Dad into Old Age

It’s not easy transitioning into middle age. We have our jobs and money to earn. We need to look after our children and make sure they have everything they need to excel in life. When we have any spare time, it’s spent catching up with our neglected hobbies and finally getting around to seeing our friends. It can be tough to juggle all these important aspects of a fulfilling life. But there’s something else that’s happening at the same time: our parents are getting older. It can be a bit of a shock to suddenly realize this, especially as we’ve always looked up to them. The time is approaching when they begin to need their children more, in ways that they don’t fully understand themselves. Below, we take a look at how you can navigate this challenging aspect of life.


What Do They Want? 

When we see our parents grow older, the natural reaction is to try to help them as much as we can. But this wish to help can be misguided just because we’ve suddenly realized that we could do more for our parents, it doesn’t mean that our aid is suddenly wanted. Don’t rush into doing everything for them: first, find out what they actually want. It might be that, although they’re looking older, they’re enjoying life to the full. Give them space to air what they want from you before you go off deciding what you should be doing.

Easy Transition

Having said that, while it’s important to listen to what your parents have to say, also remember that losing a sense of autonomy is one of the toughest things a person can go through. Even if they did need help doing some things, it’s unlikely that they’ll come right out and say it. You can’t force your parents to let you do things for them, but you can lay the groundwork for taking more responsibility. Start helping more around the house and in day to day life more regularly. If you’re in the shop, pick up some easy to prepare meals, so you know that they have some healthy food in the fridge. It’s best to start with small gestures and let your parents get used to you helping out more. Do it stealthily and they won’t even realize you are helping!

Living Arrangements 

Of all the tasks that can annoy the children of aging parents, none are as infuriating as the parent's commitment to the family home. It is understandable that they would want to stay in a property where they raised their family, but family homes generally aren’t suitable for people who are growing older. They’re too big and require too much upkeep. Rather than insisting that your parents sell up, try to make other living arrangements look more appealing. You can show them  affordable condos for rent and speak of the many benefits of this type of accommodations they’ll have a spacious place of their own, in well-maintained grounds, and they’ll have other people on site to socialize with. There may come a time when they need to go into assisted living quarters, but this shouldn’t be proposed straight away - or indeed until it’s necessary.

Beware the Common Complaints 

Life is never too easy at the best of times, but it’s especially difficult when we’re approaching our later years. People can easily lose their sense of self, and become isolated, depressed, or otherwise not take care of themselves. Older people are less likely to complain about these things openly, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not happening. That’s why it’s important that you keep a watchful eye on how your parents are getting on. You can do this in subtle ways, such as asking where they’ve been recently or which friends they’ve spoken to. If they have nothing to offer by way of reply, then it’s probable that they’re feeling a bit lonely: it would only be natural.

Getting Them Involved 

More than anything, parents just want to be involved. They want to feel like they’re part of the world, part of other people’s lives. This is one of the simplest things you can do: it takes nothing to invite your parents if you’re going for a fun family day out with the children. Of course, you won’t always be doing things that you can invite your parents to. In those cases, a simple phone call to keep them up to date with that’s going on in your world will suffice. Also, instead of always popping around to see them, invite them over to your home: it’ll do them a world of good.

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New Experiences

Everyone’s guilty of getting stuck in their ways. We all throw ourselves into the world to a degree, and then we quickly shut most of it out. However, most of us have enough going on in our lives to keep life interesting. Aging people aren’t like this: if anything, they’re finding that the things they used to like doing, they can no longer do. But this doesn’t mean they can’t find new hobbies and experiences to enjoy. Encourage your parents to get out of the house and try new things. They’ll be reluctant, but they’ll quickly discover that there’s much fun to be had from picking up a new activity and meeting new people.

Accepting Who They Are 

Of course, there is an aspect of older people that is hard to overlook: they can be stubborn, and difficult to be around. They think they know all the answers and won’t accept what people are trying to do for them. While this can be frustrating, you have to see it from their point of view, and ultimately just accept it. Feeling like everyone is trying to change them is a common complaint aging parents have, so try to be sympathetic.

Helping Financially 

The cost of retirement is getting more expensive all the time, and the sad truth is that many older people are finding it difficult to get by. While it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to cover all their bills, you can help out wherever you can. Failing that, you can help them manage their money and create a budget that they can stick to. Selling the family and moving into a rented property, as we suggested above, would also free up some of their equity, which they will appreciate more in their later years.

A Nudge Towards Help 

Just as older people can be stuck in their ways, they can also be reluctant to seek medical help, even though they’re at the age when they need it most. There’s no magic bullet to get people to visit a doctor you just need to keep an eye on their health conditions. If you think you’ve spotted a medical problem they need to get checked out, do so in a relaxed, non-alarmist manner. People’s fear of hospitals and visiting the doctor isn’t irrational, remember that.

Let Them Know You’re There 

Above all, the best thing you can do when you’re dealing with aging parents is to let them know that you're there for them. It won’t always be a pleasant or fun journey, but they’ll know that if they need something or someone, then you’ll be on hand to help them. It’s these little things that can bring comfort in later years. With support, guidance, and a watchful eye, you can make sure that your parents’ later years are just as enjoyable as the rest of their life was.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Mog Vs. Dog: Which Would You Choose?

Having an animal as an additional family member is a great way to make your home feel more lively and to add something different to your life. The companionship a pet can bring is wonderful, often providing people with joy they didn’t know they can have. But, of course, choosing the right animal for you could be a challenge. Not a lot of people know what they are looking for in their pet until they have it. By that point, though, it could be too late. To help you with this, this post will be going through two of the most popular pets around; dogs and cats. By comparing the two, it should help you to start comparing other species, as well, resulting in the perfect pet find.

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A lot of people like to have cats as pets because they are incredibly easy to look after. Unlike dogs, cats can be left to themselves for large parts of the day without getting depressed, and will happily get by on their own. This makes them good for busy people. But, cats can also be great for emotional people. Cats display an emotional range much greater than other animals, making it easy to understand their behavior.

Of course, though, cats are also far too aloof for some people. If you want a pet which will give you love and attention, a cat might not be the best one to choose. Some cats are very huggy, but most will prefer to have their own space most of the time. Along with this, they can also be very volatile if they’re unhappy. This makes it hard to make sure your family is safe if your cat is high-strung.

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Dogs take a lot more work than cats to keep fit, healthy and entertained. But, in return for this labor, they will reward you with love and loyalty in spades. Dogs are pack animals, giving them excellent communication skills, even with humans. This makes it nice and easy to understand your dog. Along with this, dogs are great with kids, as they are easily disciplined and will understand when they’re doing something wrong.

The amount of work that comes with owning a dog will be enough to put a lot of people off. From the daily walks to the frequent vet trips, dogs can be very hard to manage, taking up loads of their owner’s time. They can also be very destructive when they get bored or annoyed. This makes it hard to leave your dog for long periods without any interactions.

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Which Is Better? 

Deciding which pet is better for you is really just a matter of doing some research and thinking about it. With all pets, you will have to do loads of work to make sure that they’re happy and healthy. You can learn more about pet care for issues like fleas and ticks everywhere online. But, you will also have to talk to a vet if you want to get the very best advice for your pet. Whatever you choose, you have to make sure that you’re prepared for the work which will come with it.

Hopefully, this post will help you to make the hard choice between a cat or a dog as your next pet. A lot of people don’t realize how different life can be with the various pet options they have. This makes it critical to spend loads of time thinking about this choice, long before you’re very ready to make it.

Healthy Training Routines For You and Your Dog

We all love spending time with our pets; it’s both fun and relaxing. However, there are certain ways to maximize on your time together. Consider your daily routine when it comes to walking a dog and being outside with them, is their routine healthy? If you have the time, getting into an exercise routine with a dog works wonders for the both of you when it comes to health. Exercise is something we all need more of! If you have a pet, take them along with you on your journey to perfect health. Below are a few tips on keeping routines healthy for dogs and you at the same time.

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Try some gentle and moderate exercise 

Running is always a strong contender in this, and is best for a busy schedule. Going for a light jog and having your dog with you means they have all the exercise they need for the day and can settle down better as you do your work at home.

Your dog knows what it wants to do when it comes to big field opportunities, so a lot of the time you can follow their example. This can also help you to push yourself as four legs are a lot faster than two! This is particularly good for your muscle strength training and their stamina, making your dog more playful in the daytime and sociable around others.

If you have a lot of energy to burn that day, you can also set up an obstacle course and teach your dogs some new tricks at the same time. You never know, this could be the gateway to participating in some world championships.

Keep healthy treats on hand 

Having healthy and natural treats on hand like the brand Betsy Farms is a guilt free way to reward your dog and keep them on their toes. Rewarding your dog for a job well done can often be overdone, and thus having natural treats if you tend to do this is much, much better than cheap synthetic chews you can find in pet stores.

Be careful not to bloat your dog with rewards after exercise however. If it’s time for their proper feed in the morning, make sure you give it to them at least an hour after your exercise is over. You can also bring a dog water bottle to make sure the morning sun doesn’t get too much for them, and have a quick break under some shade.

When it comes to human food, fruit is one of the best products to have on hand after a run. Do this in the first half hour after you’ve finished exercising to better soothe your aching muscles. Protein is the best contender here as well, so try some egg based products with a hint of carbs.

Having fun with your dog whilst keeping them healthy is essential. Keep playing with them to show them how much you love them, and be casual with what you put your pet through.

Pasaka Festival A Success- Part 2

I will be sharing some photos during the Pasaka Festival 2017.

Photo opp with Tribu Pundok Nagkaurusa nga Magbarantay Pasaka Queen.

Photos taken during the Street Dancing

Tribu Karasikas Champion 

No doubt that each year Pasaka Festival is improving. It is getting more grand and color each year. I look forward for next year celebration.

Monday, August 21, 2017

5 Alternative Uses for Your Wine Cooler

Wine coolers are the perfect solution for keeping all of your favorite wines cold, but there are a few other useful things you can employ this appliance to do without much effort. Below are five alternative uses for your wine cooler that you may not have considered before.

Olive Oil Preservation

Olive oil is optimally preserved at 57 degrees Fahrenheit, which makes a wine cooler one of the best alternative storage areas possible, barring the use of a wine cellar. Olive oil serves many useful purposes for health, healing and flavorful cooking. Keep this product at the right temperature for long life and potency.

Fruits and Snack Vegetables

Fruit does not have to stay at the recommended refrigerator temperature of 40 degrees Fahrenheit. The slightly warmer temperature of a wine cooler will preserve the fruit longer, but make it more palatable to eat straight from the cooler. You can cut up fresh vegetables into snack size portions and store them as well. Place the wine cooler in an area that makes it easy for the entire family to grab a healthier snack any time of the day or night.

Extend the Life of Cheese

Cheese of all types is a nutritious snack packed with protein and vitamins. It can be used for quick energy. The problem with refrigerator storage is that it is almost too cool for cheese. It will eventually stunt the flavor and resulting taste. Use the wine cooler to store blocks or cubed cheeses to satisfy immediate snack cravings.

Soda and Bottled Water

One noticeable problem with storing soda cans in the refrigerator is the uncomfortable burn that accompanies popping the top and taking the first drink. The mixture of cold and soda fizz can bring on a headache. The slightly more elevated temperature of the wine cooler over the refrigerator will make drinking the soda a better experience. You can also keep bottled water at a comfortably chilled temperature for a quick grab during the day.

Chill Glasses Before Serving

Adding wine and other beverages to a room temperature glass will cause it to lose some of the cooled effects. The drink will become room temperature in no time. You can extend the cooling by chilling the serving glasses in the wine cooler a few hours before serving your guests.

Contact wine cooler experts like Sub Zero Service Center Miami for all of your Miami Sub Zero wine cooler repair needs today!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Qualities to Demand From an Electrician

Hiring an electrician can often be tough because there are so many of them to choose from. You read their ads in the phone book and all of them say that they are the best electrician in the area. How can you possibly know which ones are the best? There is no question that looking for a good electrician can be a bit confusing. You just need to find out as much as you can about the electricians in your area. Educating yourself will be a huge benefit. Here are a few of the qualities that you should insist that your electrician possesses.

1. It is essential that the electrician you hire show up at your house at the scheduled time of the appointment.

Being on time comes down to being professional and taking pride in your work. You should only do business with an electrician who will not waste your time by being late. Some electricians have earned a bad reputation for their lateness. Avoid these people at all costs.

2. Only hire an electrician who has an outstanding rating with the Better Business Bureau (BBB).

The BBB site can tell you a vast amount of info about any electrician you are thinking about hiring. It would be a foolish decision on your part to avoid taking a look at all of the info they have compiled. It can only help your search for a good electrician. You will be able to see if the electrician has ever been sued or had his license suspended.

3. The electrician you hire should have a spotless safety record.

Performing electrical repairs can be a very dangerous business. Therefore, it is essential that the electrician you hire does not have a history of mishaps while he is working. You need to be sure that the guy you hire takes all the necessary precautions to ensure that everyone in the home is safe.

4. The electrician should know how to perform a wide variety of tasks.

You need an electrician who is highly skilled and understands how to fix many different things. For example, you might need to find an electrician who is able to perform electrical panel installation Jacksonville. Call the electrician and verify that he will be able to do what you need him to. This will prevent you from wasting his time and your own.

Pasaka Festival 2017 A Success!

Pasaka Festival is the main attraction whenever the 14th of August hit the calendar. Preparing for this kind of event is not easy as 1,2,3. It entails a lot of preparation and effort both to the Local Government Unit down to the volunters. This years, Pasaka Fesfival is a success. For now I will be sharing the float for each contigent during the Pasaka Festival held last 14th of August 2017.

Later I will sharing more photos and stories.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Walking Worries: Rural Dog Walking Golden Rules

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Taking your dog for a walk is one of life’s simple pleasures. Especially around this time of year, as summer fades into fall, and you head off into the countryside to explore with your best friend by your side - it’s pretty much the ideal, isn’t it? As wonderful as dog walks can be, they are not without their issues. It’s rarely as simple as put a leash on and everything is perfect and picturesque from that point. Dogs like to explore; they like to get dirty; and walking can be inherently hazardous. So before you head off exploring, it’s always worth ensuring you’re abiding by the golden rules to keep country walks enjoyable for both you and your pooch.

Bites and Stings: Prevention Rather Than Reaction 

If your dog is going to be bounding along through a natural trail, then there’s a good chance some creepy-crawlie on the ground is going to take one look at them and think: “ooh, yum!”Ticks, fleas, and various other insects that most of us like to pretend don’t exist, are all liable to see your dog’s soft underside as their chance for a quick snack. By far the best way of dealing with this threat is through being proactive rather than reactionary.

Ensure your furry friend is safeguarded with Pet-Lock best flea and tick treatment for dogs. While this might not prevent an opportunistic critter from having a snack, at least the consequences won’t be felt for weeks to come. If you’re going to be walking through particularly dense brush, then it’s worth considering a coat for your dog to help protect their skin, too.

Distraction Dangers: Wary Of Off-Leash

Some dogs have a tendency to wander; i.e. if they’re let off the leash, they’re not going to be too inclined to stick close to their owners. Instead, they will take off whenever they see something that intrigues them - and there’s a strong possibility that will intrigue them if you’re going for a rural walk. The only reason way to deal with this is to use long, flexible leashes that still allow your dog the freedom to roam, but with a limit. This might feel like you’re stifling their fun, but really, you’re protecting them. It helps to know your dog as well; if they have a tendency to wander, then this might be a step you need to take. Other breeds and personalities are more likely to stick to your heels - leash or no - so use your judgement on this one.

Clean Up: Be Prepared

If you’re going to be taking your dog on a rural walk, then bear in mind that dogs have a staggering ability to get themselves filthy in a relatively short period of time. If they’re going to be getting back into the car to go home, you’re going to need quick methods of cleaning them up - for the moment - before the big wash when you get home.

To that end, always pack a few bottles of water, some towels you don’t mind getting rid of, and paper towels. It might not be the most thorough wash, but it’ll do until you can get them home and into the bath! Happy walking!
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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Aesthetic Optimization 101: Strategies That Will Make You More Beautiful

Many people view themselves as average in the looks department. While obsessing about one's appearance is unhealthy, being concerned about one's aesthetic appeal is not. The more confident you are about the way you look, the more likely you are to have high self-esteem and develop healthy relationships. As such, focusing on aesthetic optimization is always a good idea. Below you'll find three of many strategies that you can implement to make yourself more beautiful:

1. Develop A Yoga Practice.

People who are serious about getting gorgeous should know that developing a yoga practice is a wonderful way to realize the objective. One of the reasons is that yoga increases the circulation of blood throughout the body. Once this happens, more oxygen will reach the cells within your body, thereby making your face glow. Another beauty benefit that results from yoga is detoxification. The improved blood circulation that results from yoga engenders the removal of toxins from the body, thereby contributing to more youthful-looking skin.

2. Don't Let Yourself Get Dehydrated.

Dehydration is a big problem in America, and the end result is reduced aesthetic appeal. This is the case for numerous reasons. First, failing to drink enough water can lead to overeating, with this factor leading to weight gain. Dehydration can also cause constipation and the storage of toxins within the body, thereby leading to problems like an extended belly and lackluster skin. There are several strategies you can implement to ensure that you're getting enough H2O each day. One is placing a large water bottle at your bedside and drinking the contents every morning as soon as you wake up!

3. Take Great Care Of Your Teeth.

Your face is the most visible section of your entire body, and your smile is a large component of this region. As such, you want to keep your pearly whites in optimal condition. Doing so will contribute to your overall physical appearance. There are now several at-home tooth products that can help you improve the appearance of your pearly whites. An example would be teeth whitening products. Also note that attaining assistance from industry experts can take the appeal of your teeth from average to amazing. If you're looking for a prosthodontics Quincy representative, note that the professionals of Premier Dental at Quincy can assist you.

Get Gorgeous Now!

Amazing beauty can be yours if you consistently implement proven beauty strategies such as those outlined above. Start using these aesthetic optimization techniques immediately so you can start seeing results!

Staying Updated on the Latest Industry News

As a medical professional, you probably understand that your entire career will involve learning about the newest industry trends and inventions.  Your learning does not stop once you graduate from medical school.

As much as you may want to stay abreast of the latest changes to your profession, however, you may not have time to travel to seminars or enroll in workshops where you can see the newest inventions and technology in person.  Rather than take time away from your busy schedule, you can stay informed by subscribing to print resources like an industry newsletter, a dental journal, or magazines that will be delivered to you on a regular basis.

The Perks of Subscribing Today

You may wonder why you should bother signing up and paying for a journal.  The journal is designed to give you the newest details about technology, inventions, and more that can help you maintain a successful dental practice.  Most if not all of what you need to learn can be found in the articles that the journal publishes on a monthly basis.

The articles are written by your peers in the dental industry, in fact.  They divulge details about practices and products that they themselves have used in their own practices.  Based on what they describe to you in their articles, you can decide whether or not you want to incorporate the same products and services in your own practice.

Contributing What You Know

The journal is written by your peers in the dental profession.  All of the articles are written by dentists who have the same level of experience treating patients as you.

As such, you may have information that you want to contribute to the profession and to your peers.  You can write and submit your own articles to the journal using the editorial guidelines found on the website. If the journal approves of your article, it may print it in the next edition.

Signing up for the subscription can be done entirely online.  You can follow the subscribing process and remit payment to start receiving the journal next month.

As a dentist, you must always keep on the latest industry news and technology to better treat your patients.  You can keep the learning process simple and convenient by subscribing to the journal online today.  You can also make your own contributions to the journal by writing articles.

Town Fiesta!!

Pasaka Festival 2013

There is no doubt that fiesta is the most celebrated and one of the most awaited occasion in our country the Philippines. The first thing that comes on your mind every time you heard the word fiesta is the mouth watering foods that is set on the table, meeting your family and friends that living in another place, going the plaza to watch the nighty shows, sports like basketball , volleyball, tennis and most especially the religious activities.

Pasaka Festival 2013

Fiesta is mostly coincide with the feast of Jesus, Joseph, Mary or other Saints. Our town cebrate the feast of  Our Lady of Assumption every 15 of August. Celebrating fiesta is our way of thanking the Patron Saint for the bountiful blessing through out the year and for keeping us safe always.

Pre-Pageant Ms Tanauan Pasaka 2017 @Robinsons Tacloban

Along the activities I have mention earlier the celebration of town festival which is Pasaka Festival. A street dancing compitation followed by ritual dance compitation in the morning on Vesper Day which is tomorrow.

Last night the coronation of Ms Tanauan Pasaka 2017 was held. The candidate of my cousin won the compitation. It was a back to back when since the Ms Tanauan Pasaka 2016 is the older sister of the newly crown Ms Tanauan Pasaka.

Tonight is the Local Government Unit night where they invited Sam Concepcion as one of their guest. 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

How A Pet Dog Can Teach Responsibility To Your Children

Children can often take things for granted, whether it is a mobile phone, a new toy, or even their bedrooms and places that they sleep. It is up to us as parents to show them the value of things, and that money doesn’t grow on trees. Things are not just bought and paid for out of thin air. But, there are other life lessons we need to teach our children, and one of those is being responsible for things. Whether that is for another person, another living thing, or even being responsible for themselves and their own actions. This is why something like a family pet dog can be a worthwhile addition to the family. I thought I would share with you some of the ways having a pet dog can teach your children responsibility.

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They learn about what to feed them and when 

A pet dog requires feeding, that may be obvious. But while the first week may mean you have enthusiastic children, that enthusiasm can dwindle as time goes on. Being responsible for a family means it is every day, and as parents, we choose to ensure our kid’s well-being is of the utmost importance. So teaching that to children through a pet dog is a great way to instill that into them for their future. Feeding a dog regularly, ensuring they have the right treats and care is a great place to start. They may want to consider the best dog dental chews to combat their bad breath and keep their teeth healthy. They could even make a point of helping to choose the right dog food for the breed and size of their pet dog. These decisions give children a sense of responsibility, while still sharing that same enthusiasm for their new pet.

They are responsible for their exercise 

Dogs need to be walked, and during the warmer days, this may feel like a great activity for the children. But what happens when it gets a little colder, and the rain starts? The enthusiasm deflates. Again a dog isn’t just for the nice days, and so children will become aware of their duties and responsibilities for their pet dog. They know that exercise is important, and they begin to start thinking of another living thing as well as their own needs and wants.

Source from Pixabay 

They become aware of the health of their pet dog 

Being responsible for a dog means they get to know their personalities, so when their dog starts to act a little strange, perhaps more tired or not as energetic, then the children become responsible by sharing their concerns with you and even a vet if you think it is necessary.

They become accountable for cleaning up after something else 

Finally, dogs can make a mess. That might be pet hair on the floors, a dog's mess in the garden, or even leaving their toys around. Just like children can. So looking after the dog means a child becomes responsible for the mess they create, which can encourage them to be more considerate with their own items around the home. VI hope this has made you more aware of some of the great possibilities and lessons that can be learned from having a pet dog.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Are You Sleep Deprived?

If you're not getting enough sleep, you may be suffering from sleep deprivation. Although you may think it's nothing to be concerned about, chronic fatigue and sleep deprivation is linked to a variety of health problems.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, seven to nine hours of sleep each night is recommended for healthy physical and mental function, but many people fall short. Missing a few hours of sleep here and there will leave you feeling fatigued the next day, but it's not likely to cause health problems. However, missing sleep each night for a period of time can cause chronic fatigue and sleep deprivation, a known cause of various health problems. Do you have signs of sleep deprivation?


According to Neurology research, sleep deprivation deprives the brain of energy. People who are sleep deprived often overeat to replace the energy lost from lack of sleep. This increases the production of ghrelin, a hunger hormone that makes you crave sugary and fatty foods.

Weight Gain

Sleep deprivation slows down your metabolism, so the more you overeat, the more weight you gain. Studies show that lack of sleep lowers the ability of your fat cells to  properly regulate insulin in your body. If you sleep four or five hours each night for one week, your fat cells' ability to regulate energy is reduced by 30 percent.

Sick More Often

If you're not getting enough sleep, you may find that you're sick more often. Sleep deprivation lowers your immune system, so it's harder to fight off illness and infections. Research shows that people who get less than seven hours of sleep each night on a good mattress mesa az are three times more likely to catch a cold than people who sleep eight or more hours every night.

Difficulty Making Decisions

Sleep deprivation affects cognitive skills, so making decisions and managing day to day tasks becomes more difficult. Lack of sleep can lower your decision making skills by as much as five percent. This can have a major impact on your ability to function at each day at work and at home.

Skin Problems

Not getting enough sleep impacts the hormone balance and elevates estrogen levels in your body. When you're asleep, your skin works to repair damaged cells and produce collagen that increases skin firmness and reduces wrinkles. If you're sleep deprived, you can expect more blemishes and older looking skin. They don't call it “beauty sleep” for no reason!

8 Awesome Outdoor Children's Party Ideas For The Summer

If you have a summer birthday on your house or are just looking for an excuse to throw a party for the kids, then summer time is the best for it. The reason? You can throw the party outside in summer! With the sunshine and blue skies as your backdrop, you’re sure to have an outdoor party that will be the envy of the neighborhood. Not sure where to start with it all, though? Here are some outdoor children’s party ideas. Hopefully, you’ll find one that will work for you!

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Cowboys & Cowgirls Party

A wild west themed party is always a winner, and an excuse to wear your cowboy boots. A miniature petting zoo or pony rides could make this party even more awesome too.

Flowers Party

A party themed around flowers would be a great theme for any birthday girl. It makes decorations easy, right? As you can just use what mother nature has on offer. Pretty cupcakes with floral icing is a good dessert, and you could do a scavenger hunt or flower pressing, as well as party games.

Detective Party

If you have a budding super sleuth, then a party to hone their detective skills could be just the thing. While a murder mystery isn’t ideal for a child’s party, how about making it into a scavenger hunt to find ‘clues’ from all over the yard?

Ghostbusters Party

With the new Ghostbuster film last year, it has opened the franchise up to a whole new group of children. Think slime making and silly string fights, as well as making proton packs for all of the guests to wear. It could get a little messy, so keep it outside. If it rains, you could look at steel building systems to see about getting a barn put together. Then you don’t have to have the mess inside your house!

Alice in Wonderland Party

If there was ever a story or a movie that was suited to a summer party, then it is Alice in Wonderland. A tea party is the perfect setting for the main event, as well as pin the tail on the white rabbit or pin the smile on the Cheshire cat. There are endless possibilities with this theme.

image from flickr

Wet and Wild Party

Who needs to go to a water park when you can create the fun at home? Make a slip and slide with a plastic tarp and soapy water, get plenty of water balloons for water balloon volleyball, as well as pool noodles or inflatables for other water fun games.

Angry Birds Party

All you need is some blocks and balls, and you can create your own angry birds game. Cake pops or cake with the characters would work well, as well as playing bowling with homemade skittles and pink balls with the pig’s faces on. Lots of fun with this theme for sure.

Pirate Party

Shiver me timbers! A pirate party works really well over summer. You could use a paddling pool to form part of the ship and create different games around walking the plank. You could hunt for chocolate coins (treasure) in the yard, and then enjoy some pirate treats like popcorn and hotdogs.

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

Max Pixel

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.


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.


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.