Monday, December 27, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
“When it snows, you have two choices: shovel or make snow angels”..as for me, I did the latter;)
The first snow falls on the first day of December. Brrrrrr…it’s really freezing cold. Aside from the coat I am wearing, I still have to put on three to four clothes just to keep myself warm. There was a snowstorm last Sunday and all the while it's going to be a boring day but I was wrong. While my housemates were busy shoveling the snow I preferred to make a snow angel. It was really cold lying down and keeping my body flat in the snow but I enjoyed it most especially when I am brushing my arms between my head and waist in a sweeping motion, and moving my legs apart as far. It was like doing a jumping jack while lying on my back. I felt I had my Sunday snow at its best when I saw how pretty my snow angel was.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Pier 1 Imports. All opinions are 100% mine.
Howdy Folks! Have you been looking for stylish and affordable items for the upcoming holiday season? Well, visit Pier 1 and check out the only store that speaks to you, be it in entertaining your guests, giving gifts, or decorating. We cannot deny the fact that the Yuletide season is officially upon us. So, to get started, let me share with you some of my favorite ways or preparations to get in the Christmas spirit.
When I am browsing the site, I have seen the following “must haves” for the holiday season. First are the holiday gifts I am planning to give to my friends. You know how hard it is to think what gift to give to bff, love ones, or even the employer. Good thing Pier 1 has the Zodiac Gift Guide. The Zodiac Gift Guide provides tips on how to choose the right gift through zodiac sign. Then, I want a new set of dinnerware that I can use for Christmas’ Eve and New Year’s Eve. The dinnerware comes in solid and pattern designs. As for me, I want to get the ruby red Spice Route Dinnerware. Last of my “must have is to complete my décor. Right after the Thanksgiving Day, I started putting up Christmas décor, and my décor would be completed once I have the following stuffs I have seen in Pier 1: stocking stuffers Christmas Bath Puffs in snowman, reindeer, and gingerbread designs; a green and red miniature stocking stuffers with bubble bath and lotion. Well, as you have noticed, those decors are for the restroom because that’s the part of the house which I always forgot to put up Christmas décor.
Of course, I deserve to have a gift, right? If my friends or a special someone would buy me a gift, I would like to receive any of the following: Short Crystal Pearl necklace which is silver plated and handcrafted of glass and beads for, a pearlescent Spiral Bracelets, and/or a Papasan Chair and Stool with a cushion. What’s more exciting about the Pier 1 is the clearance sale. Items are as low as $ 1.98. Now, If you still do not have any other clue what give to gift in different occasions like weddings or birthdays, all you have to do is go to The Idea Room and you will find tips and wide selections of gifts to choose from. Also, you can find a Re-do, not a to-do Home Gallery designs.
Yuletide season is a time of giving. During November and December, clients or customers are welcome to support Pier 1 gift giving project “Toys for Tots”. Just drop off an unwrapped toy and/or make cash donations at the register. Let us continue spreading the holiday cheer and one way is by liking Pier 1 Imports on Facebook. Every new fan is a $1 for Toys for Tots.
Saturday, December 4, 2010
If you want to live a healthy lifestyle, be mindful of your eating habits, hydrate yourself with the right beverages, exercise, quit your bad habits, keep a positive outlook on life, and invest in a hobby.
A healthy lifestyle will help define and improve the quality of your life. If you live your life in a healthy way, you will have a reduced risk of getting serious medical problems such as high blood pressure and obesity. There are many habits and routines that you can practice in order live a healthy lifestyle. Additionally, there are vitamins and supplement products like GenF20 Plus that offer many health benefits. Here are additional habits that can help you live a healthy lifestyle.
Be mindful of your eating habits
The food that you eat will have an effect on your body. Follow a healthy diet composed of the right amount of nutrients. Additionally, learn to watch your eating habits and monitor the type of food that you eat every day. Check the labels on food that you buy in the supermarket, and consider how you prepare and cook your food. Steamed and grilled foods have fewer calories and are generally better for you than foods that are fried.
Hydrate yourself with the right beverages
It is important to drink about 6 to 8 glasses of water every day, and hydrate yourself after a strenuous physical activity. This habit will help you replenish water lost and detoxify your body. However, it is important that you also watch what beverages you take in. As much as possible, reduce drinking soda, caffeinated beverages and other artificial drinks.
Exercise is a great way to stay in shape and unwind from stress. Exercise will also help increase blood circulation, tone and strengthen muscles, and increase the body’s oxygen level. If you are unfamiliar with any exercise routines, you can start slowly with simpler physical activities such as brisk walking, jogging, swimming and bicycling. If you prefer having someone coach you, you can enroll yourself in regular workout classes at a gym. If you engage in exercise activities with your family or a friend, you not only improve your physical condition but your social skills and relationships as well.
Quit your bad habits
Developing good and healthy habits are not enough. You should also tackle the other side of the equation, which are your bad habits. If you smoke or drink alcohol, you will be doing your body a great favor by quitting these addictive behaviors. If you have trouble breaking your addictions, you can ask a close friend or family member to help you make these lifestyle changes or seek professional help.
Keep a positive outlook on life
Your mood and general outlook on life will affect how you go about your daily routines and activities. Try your best to have and maintain a positive outlook on life, and surround yourself with people who have a positive influence. Don’t dwell on your problems.
Invest in a hobby
A hobby will be helpful in stimulating your mind and will be a great outlet when you find yourself stressed out. Invest in a hobby that you like. It doesn’t have to be expensive but only something that you are passionate about.
Having a healthy lifestyle will help you enjoy and get the most out of your life.
Thursday, December 2, 2010
This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of LG. All opinions are 100% mine.
My phone contract is about to end this December and I am thinking of getting a new phone. I am considering more features and I want whole new experiences of mobile life. Guess it was just right in time because a new phone was released for the global market. The LG Optimus 7 the first Windows Phone 7 device that offers people to do more in fewer steps.
The Optimus 7 has a 3.8 inch WVGA display, with 720p HD video recording and playback and 5MP camera. According to LG, a user doesn’t have to dig through the menus in sharing multimedia files. Just access on the picture, video, or music “hubs” and files can be shared wirelessly with other digital devices.
What more, with its 16GB internal memory, I can be able to MP3 files, applications and hours of videos as much as I want. I love taking pictures using my phone. So, Optimus 7 is really a good deal for me. The camera has Intelligent Shot that I can take the photo perfectly without adjusting the camera settings and Panoramic Mode.
Another good thing on this phone is this allows me to finish my shopping, banking and other daily duties while I’m out running around doing errands. This allows me to get more work done in a shorter amount of time. The Optimus 7 has voice control interface. Its voice-to-text allows the user to update social network like facebook and tweeter or sending emails and memos. I just have to say the word, speak up and I can be heard. User can also have direct access to their favorite games and music using the Xbox Live and Zune services.
Folks, get a fantastic cell phone with a lot of everyday enjoyment in one little phone.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
There are 3 easy methods to teach your child effective time management. These are: by teaching your child how to tell time; by teaching your child how to set priorities; and by showing your child that managing time is fun.
We’ve all been children before, so we know that some hardcore beliefs that we’ve decided to keep our entire lifetime had been passed on to us by our parents at an early age in our lives. We might even have forgotten when they actually first started telling us this and that, but we’re sure they’ve been doing so for as long as we can remember. Time management skills might just be what he needs to cope better in life when he’s grown. So how can you effectively teach your child this skill?
By teaching your child how to tell time
Teach your child early on to tell time. If you want your child to learn how to manage time, then this is the first step. Other than the advantage of being introduced early to numbers as well, your child will become more responsible and disciplined when he knows how to tell time and why it’s important. Use a clock with the three hands rather than a digital clock because your child might be bored with the latter. Choose a large one with attractive designs to make it more fun. For example, when your child asks for ice cream, tell him he can have one at four o’clock. Then show him the numbers where the hands should point at this time (You’ll also be teaching him patience through this.). As he asks for more things, he’ll have the idea that activities are done at different times during the day.
By teaching your child how to set priorities
As is always said, there are always more things to do than there is enough time to do all of them. This can be true even for a child. By teaching your child how to set his priorities, he’ll know how to divide his time among his different activities; he’ll know where to spend more time on, and where to spend little. You can teach your child this by using the reward principle. If he finishes his home work first, he will have the remaining time before bedtime entirely for television. But if he wants television first, he would have to watch only until a certain time, regardless if he’s watching a favorite show. Sometimes also, you might find your child having a dilemma between doing two school projects. Ask him which one he finds more difficult and advise him to do that one first. This way, he won’t dread doing the second project because he’ll know it’ll be easier. Always make your child see the advantages of wise choices; he’ll carry this skill until the time he starts making decisions for himself.
By showing your child that managing time means fun
You should never left this part out. If you allow sufficient time to be allotted for playing, entertainment, and doing the things your child enjoys, this will ensure that he knows you mean well and that you’re not simply making his childhood miserable. This is true for all the other things you want to teach your child; if you want your child to really accept the lessons you’re teaching him, it is always imperative that you let him see the fun part of it. Also, this is important for your child to learn how to balance responsibility and relaxation, which will ultimately make him the well-rounded individual that you want him to be.
As a parent, consulting a time management e-book might help in further honing your kid’s time management skills.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
In times of recession, it is still rewarding to think that a person can shop designer brands at exclusive prices. Most especially if you do not even have to hit the traffic and you can even save gas just by private shopping and picking up quality piece at a deep discount. Well, get listed and join an International Shopping Club Beyond the Rack and save up to 70%. This Shopping Club offers weekly sales features. So you had better not miss the limited-time events for any every special deal they have.
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Tuesday, November 9, 2010
When you want to buy a GSM phone and SIM card, you need to know the required features and the best sources to make use of your equipment.
Just like Asia, Europe has adopted and begun to use the GSM standard for its mobile communications. Unlike the US, which relies on different mobile companies to create their standard that are often incompatible among the various networks, European and Asian GSM phone users can their phones wherever they need to. While that is a convenient thing for many, there are some important things to understand about GSM phones and SIM cards before buying them.
When making calls when you are in Europe, you will need a SIM card with a dual band unlocked GSM phone. European countries use dual frequencies, which are 900-1800. The US, on the other hand, uses 850-900. Selecting a quad-band GSM phone is most suitable for you if you intend to use it in Europe and in the US. Having an unlocked phone allows the user to use his SIM card so long as the frequency available qualifies for the given need. Make sure you buy a SIM card intended for the country where you are going to use it. So, if you are in Spain, use a Spain SIM card since call charges and available services will vary depending on the country. Definitely, when you are in a specific country for travel purposes only, a prepaid SIM is just what you need. Postpaid SIM normally requires a long-term contract and monthly bills to pay that fluctuate according to your usage. \
Unlocked GSM phones can be acquired from many sources. You have the option of buying them on eBay or on Amazon. Most companies that rent unlocked phones also have items for sale. When purchasing your phone, check that it is recommended for use in the specified country where you will need it. You also need to buy a multi-voltage charger for your phone. Oftentimes, you can use your SIM card with your GSM phone, too. It is not necessary to buy the phone and the SIM card at the same time. Generally, it is now easy to purchase SIM cards for nearly all countries right in your country of origin.
Friday, November 5, 2010
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Monday, November 1, 2010
As we noticed, these leaves turning to yellow are in the lower area of a plant. When nature re-captures the nutrients from the older leaves into the main plant then the leaf color becomes yellow.Thanks to DrowseyMonkey for this meme.
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Google’s logo features Scooby Doo’s Scary Scene. Halloween that is annually celebrated on October 31 is surely one of the most favorite holidays primarily in the United States, Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. For this post, I wanted to share what I read on some safety precautions to take in common activities for Halloween. Thanks for News and Tribune.com for these tips.
See and Be Seen
• For greater visibility during dusk and darkness, decorate or trim costumes with reflective tape that will glow in the beam of a car’s headlights. Bags or sacks should also be light colored or decorated with reflective tape.
• To easily see and be seen, children should also carry flashlights.
• Teach children to never assume they are seen by a vehicle. Small children may be especially difficult to spot in the dark.
• Remind children to look both ways before crossing the street.
Trick or Treating
• Due to the number of children out on the street on Halloween evening, motorists should be especially careful driving along city streets, especially in neighborhoods, during designated trick-or-treat hours.
• Trick-or-treaters should use sidewalks instead of the street whenever possible and always cross at crosswalks.
• Young children should always be accompanied by an adult or an older, responsible child.
• Make sure older children trick-or-treat with friends and carry a cell phone for quick communication.
• Children and their parents should be cautioned about accepting unwrapped treats.
• When purchasing costumes, masks, beards and wigs, make sure the label says “flame resistant.” While this doesn’t ensure these items won’t catch fire, it does indicate the items will resist burning and should extinguish quickly.
• To minimize the risk of contact with candles or other sources of ignition, avoid costumes made with flimsy materials and outfits with big, baggy sleeves or billowing skirts.
• Apply a natural mask of cosmetics rather than have a child wear a loose-fitting mask that might restrict breathing or obscure vision. If a mask is used, make sure it fits securely and has eyeholes large enough to allow full vision.
• Swords, knives and similar costume accessories should be of soft and flexible material.
• Children should never carve pumpkins.
• Children can draw a face with markers. Then an adult can do the cutting.
• People expecting trick-or-treaters should remove anything that could be an obstacle from lawns, steps and porches.
• Check outdoor lights and replace burned-out bulbs.
• Wet leaves should be swept from sidewalks and steps to avoid slips.
Friday, October 29, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
An award-winning science fair project possesses the following qualities: It clearly presents the proper use of the scientific method; it exhibits creativity; it shows clarity; it reveals mastery of the topic; it possesses great display quality; and it reveals good technical skills.
If you want your science project to win the big event, you need to put on some hard work and apply the right techniques. Your project should possess qualities that judges and spectators are looking for. Here are the most important features that your project should have to make it award-winning:
It clearly presents the proper use of the scientific method
Following the steps of the scientific method is the foremost quality that judges look for in a science project. See to it that you have clearly identified your question or your problem. Make sure that you have done a thorough research and you have conducted the experiments in the right manner, considering the different variables involved. The data you present must also be accurate and clearly evident in your written report. Finally, your conclusion must be able to answer your problem and is supported by the data you presented.
It exhibits creativity
The backbone of award-winning science fair projects is creativity. Judges will see how creative, resourceful, and practical you are in gathering your data as well as in your experimentation, most especially with the equipment used. It is also very important for your project to be original and unique from among others.
It shows clarity
A great science project must also possess clarity in every aspect, starting from the statement of the problem down to the display. You must be able to clearly state and organize your problem, hypothesis, data, and solution in a logical manner. Your display must also be able to clearly convey its message to the spectators, even to those who are not acquainted with the subject matter of your project.
It reveals mastery of the topic
Every science project involves interview from the judges and some questions from the spectators. It is very important that you master every detail of your project. Be ready for certain questions that involve changing some variables in your experiment, so make it a point that you truly comprehend the nature of your project. You must also be able to thoroughly understand and explain your display and how it plays an important role in conveying your message to the spectators.
It possesses great display quality
Your display need not be too showy to make it to the top spot. All you need to do is to make it neat and organized, as well as uniquely creative and appealing to your audience. Make sure all the relevant details are emphasized in your display. All the headings, labels, tables, pictures, and charts in your display and your written report must be simple and clear, but not boring, to make it pleasing to the eyes.
It reveals good technical skills
Award-winning science projects also possess great technical skills. Your display must be strong and sturdy. Reports must be well-written with careful consideration to spelling, grammar, and sentence construction. Ideas must be presented straight to the point without much flowery words. It is also important that you do majority of the project by yourself or your group. If assistance was given, it must be properly acknowledged.
Getting your project to win the science fair is not an easy task. You need the right motivation by choosing a topic that interests you most and by focusing on your goal, which is to win. As long as you have the right attitude and the right techniques, you are sure to make it to the top spot.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
Is this how zombies were born? Well they could not even sing the kiddy song “I have two hands the left and the right “or cannot even clap using one hand, lol. Yet when they hear a rapper says, “Put your hands in the air,” for sure zombies would reply, “Put your hands up for Halloween.”
Have a happy preparation for the Halloween;)
Thanks Drowsey Monkey for this meme.
Monday, October 18, 2010
Ok, folks, let us have some girlalu talk this time. Most women are crazy on manicure and pedicure. Even in the times of earliest civilization, women used various forms of colors or dyes to decorate their nails. In the last couple of years, a new method of decorating the nails comes into being. Wonderful creativities are coming out in varieties of nail décor, which is known as Nail Arts. As we see, there are different nail arts available at any beauty supply store or any mall.
When I was in the Philippines, I am hiring somebody to have my nail done, although it was just a plain manicure and pedicure. Yet sometimes I had one manicurist who has a little talent in art so she would put designs whenever she had to do my nails. I really loved it whenever she would use a glittering heart or star shapes for design. Now, I am in the USA and everything is expensive, especially if you still have that hangover of comparing the price from dollar to peso… ;) I cannot spend money every two weeks to pay a nail technician or artist to paint nail designs of my choice. More so, I do not have the nice finger shape, mine is short and crooked. Having all the nail arts and readymade nails with stunningly different designs I thought of pampering my own nails and let out a little artist in me. I just cannot have my fingernails longer because it would be hard for me to play the guitar, hahahaha. Well, for these past two months, I already made three dots designs and gave name to each one of them.
Blue Flower in Pink
So, how about you, what designs have you been making for your nails?
Have a happy Tuesday;)
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Geeez….thank God bees are not big as this flower. It will be very scary being bitten by a bee. Bee stings are painful and at other times, it is deadly. It depends if the person is allergic to the venom. So, it is best to remove the bee stinger right away to reduce any reaction to the bee venom.
Friday, October 15, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Howdy fellas, guess what gift I received this month. A good and caring friend of mine bought me an FG700s Yamaha Guitar from an online guitar store. Actually, I still have my old one which we bought at Gibraltar for 20$ only. Are you thinking if I am good in playing the guitar? Nah…honestly, I do not play well. I just love picking up a guitar and play few songs that I love to sing on my own beat. I just really love playing the guitar and having fun while doing it. It gives me the feeling of being outside of the world. It is so peaceful and relaxing while expressing myself by strumming and singing.
I was in sixth grade when I started to get interested in learning how to play the guitar. From then on, I have been always amazed to those who were good in playing guitar. I grew up seeing my cousins and his friends jamming every night in the front yard and at the front porch, what we call “hagdan na bato.” My cousin “Kuya Boyet” serves as my inspiration in playing guitar. Aside from being super good in this music, he is a good painter as well. So, like my cousin’s buddies pastime, my friends and I did the same thing. Chie, one of my friends, is blessed with this talent. She would be our guitarist whenever we were jamming. “A Horse with No Name”, “Hard Day’s Night”, “and Teach Your Children” were our top three songs that time. Most of all, I could not forget the Christmas carol nights that we had. We received 5peso to 10peso from each house. We were so happy because we were earning more money as the nights went on. Then on Christmas Eve, we would count how much money we earned and we would divide the total amount to each one of us.
I am still trying. I have always loved playing guitar although guitar does not like me much, lol. I cannot even learn finger styling. During my free time, I would watch free lessons online and I even subscribed so I can learn more. Yet, one thing I am sure of now. With my first Yamaha guitar, I will enjoy more while playing, strumming, and singing my favorite gospel songs, worship songs, love songs, and country songs.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
One day, a Genie appeared to a woman and said, “This is your lucky day! I will give you 3 wishes.”
“Yeheey!” the woman squealed.
“But on one condition,” said the Genie, “Whatever you ask for, your husband will receive 3 times more.”
The woman frowned, “What? But I hate my husband! He’s a despicable man!”
The Genie shook his head. “I’m sorry. I’m the Love Genie. I repeat: What you ask for, your husband will receive 3 times more.”
The woman said, “Oh, okay. My first wish: Make me very rich. I want $1 Million.”
The Genie asked, “Are you sure? Your husband will have $3 Million.”
She says, “Oh, never mind. What is his is mine and what is mine is his.”
“Very well then!” the Genie said, and with a wave of his hand, and “Poof!” the woman had $1 Million—and her husband had $3 Million.
“My second request is that I want to be very beautiful.”
The Genie asked, “Are you sure? Your husband will look like Piolo Pascual and Sam Milby and John Lloyd put together. This is very dangerous. The girls will flock to him.”
The woman said, “Just as long as I’ll be beautiful.”
And with the wave of his hand, “Poof!”, and she became utterly beautiful and the husband three times more handsome.
The woman then said, “For the third wish, I would like to have a very mild heart attack.”
Lesson: Whatever you give to yourself, you give to others more. If you like yourself, you’ll like others too. If you dislike yourself, you’ll dislike others too. Because life is a mirror. What you see in others is a reflection of what you see in yourself.
Today’s Read & Pass the WORD was taken from Bo Sanchez.Ph: Practical Soul Food for Successful People http://bosanchez.ph/do-you-like-yourself-a-lot/
Monday, October 11, 2010
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Time flies so fast. This date was the first day I set my foot in the U.S. of A. I can still remember the feelings of excitement I had that day. My port of entry was in Los Angeles. Me along with the two Filipina teachers rode a cab going to the hotel that we were about to stay in overnight. The next day, Monday, we went to the Social Security Office to apply for our SS number but to our surprise, the office is closed. Why? We did not know that it was Columbus Day. It is one of the country’s national holidays. At the middle of the day, we had to leave L.A. California and flew to our assigned destiny-àLouisiana. We reached Baton Rouge Airport almost late at night. Our principal and his mom were there to meet us at the airport. Ms. Dolly, our principal’s mom drove us to our dwelling place, which she owned. We cannot forget that night. The fridge is full of foods, wow; Ms. Dolly might have been thinking we were starving, lol. The first night we stayed had some funny stories to tell. We just had our dinner and while getting ready for bed we thought that the earth was shaking. We were so afraid because “Katrina” and “Gustav” was still fresh in our minds that time. Yet thank God, it was a false alarm. The place we stayed in was a mobile house and just a half-mile away from the railroad. It was a train that passed by in its nightly hour. The next day and the rest of the days were another full-mixed emotion and more stories to tell.