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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Play Time: The Balance Of Digital And Analog


As a parent, you often have to make difficult decisions which will affect your child for years to come. For example, a lot of parents struggle to keep a healthy diet in place for their kids. Whereas, others might find it harder to enforce homework completion. Any issues like this have resolutions, though, and they’re not too hard to deal with. To help you out, this post will be going through one of the biggest challenges a parent can face in the modern world. Should your child be playing video games and using the computer to have fun? Or, is it better for them to play with more basic toys? Let’s find out!

To start, let’s think about the more popular option for modern parents; digital entertainment. Television, social media, and video games can provide a good amount of varied entertainment to a child. Video games stimulate their brain, forcing them to complete challenges and goals. Television helps to broaden their imagination, and social media helps to keep them in touch with friends. Of course, though, some argue that too much exposure to blue light from screens can be bad for your eyes. This sort of effect is debatable, though, so it’s worth talking to a doctor if you have these sorts of concerns when you’re kids are using devices like this. 

A lot of parents argue that analog means are much better for your kids. Toys which don’t require any electronics, instead relying on the child’s imagination, are becoming more and more popular. These sorts of toys have to be bought with age and gender in mind, though. Some toys like this will have small parts which could hurt your child. And, others might not fit the theme of the play you want your child to engage in. Of course, you have loads of options to choose from, so this shouldn’t be too much of an issue. Playing with physical toys is supposedly one of the best ways to stimulate a child’s imagination, helping them to unlock their creativity. They have to use their mind to create their play, instead of relying on a computer to do it for them.

In reality, both of these methods of play can be damaging, if they’re not used in the right way. Instead of blocking out either one, relying on the other for all of their entertainment, you should be aiming to give your child a balance. You can shop online for kids toys with Bubbalove and loads of other companies. This should help you to find loads of analog options. For their digital toys, though, you might have to talk to the child. Options like Nintendo's Switch and Sony’s PS4 are very different. Giving your child the wrong one could isolate them and make it harder for them to play with friends.

Hopefully, this post will give you everything you need to make an informed choice about your kid’s play. A lot of parents fail to consider these areas when they’re choosing a play for their children. But, it’s worth making sure your child isn’t getting too much of one thing.

Conservatory Conversion: How To Create The Playroom You've Always Wanted

If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that we could use more space in our homes. This is especially true when you have kids. There are toys everywhere and no space left where you can just relax. You can’t even sit on the sofa for mess a lot of the time. If only you could take control of your house by relegating those toys to a playroom. But, who has the room? Space is tight as it is, and there’s no chance of moving anytime soon.

Which US State Should You Visit Next?

When you want to go traveling, one thing you usually want is variety. Even if you only have one destination in mind, you probably want to get as many different experiences in that place as you possibly can. The world is full of fascinating and unique destination spots, and choosing your next is always something of a mission. But there are certain countries which really do offer it all, and the US has to be one of them. Being as it is spread over such a huge range of space, with so many different kinds of places to visit, the US can pretty much provide it all to whoever wishes to go. But which states are likely to provide you with the best traveling experience? Let’s take a look at some of the top choices for travelers now.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Household Issues To Leave To The Experts: When Not To DIY

In a busy, family home; there will always be issues that crop up that need sorting out and fixing as soon as possible (kids wait for no mom). It’s often tempting to try and resolve a problem yourself or ask a family member to fix it, to save time and money. However, there are some areas of the house that should be left to qualified professionals, so that nobody is putting themselves at risk and no further damage is caused. Unless you’re trained in a specific area of household repair (aside from the huge list of mom duties); know when to call in an expert and avoid DIY.

A Quieter Life - Learning To Cope With Hearing Loss

Even minor chronic conditions and changes in health can require a transformation in your lifestyle. So, it’s no surprise that a lot of people who go through hearing loss, whether partial or complete, face some big changes. Thankfully, there’s a lot of information, support, and assistance on how to make the transition into a life better suited for you. Here are a few bits of wisdom shared on learning to accommodate hearing loss.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Cheers: All The Napkin You Need Everyday!

They say that first-time moms are very meticulous. And, I couldn't agree more! I became one when I became a first-time mom myself. I'm very particular about details and you'd always see me cleaning up every now and then. I became even more so when I became a stay at home full-time mom. However, things changed when I started to work again. Sad to say but, I spend less time at home and less time with my kids. That's why whenever it's my rest day, as much as possible, I see to it that I stay home to do some cleaning and spend quality time with the kids. And for this, I've found an ally in products that make everyday life easier for on the go moms like me. 

Let me share with you some of our most used items at home right now, Kitchen and Paper Towels from Cheers! 


  • Cheers Kitchen Towel Roll: Jumbo Solo 80 pulls
  • Cheers Table Napkins: Flat Napkins – 100 sheets
  • Cheers Interfolded Paper Towels: Pull Paper Towels – 2 Ply 150 sheets
  • Cheers Table Napkins: Folded Party Napkins – 50 sheets
  • Cheers Table Napkins: Pull Napkins – 2 Ply 200 sheets

Aside from Napkins, Cheers has other party or get-together needs such as starch-based cutleries and trash bags.
  • Cheers Cutlery: 12 Spoons and 12 Forks
  • Cheers Trash Bags Large: 10 pieces 
Cheers is a brand of quality hygienic napkins, kitchen, and paper towels. It comes in a range of napkin configurations, that are useful for all types of everyday needs and occasions, thus avoiding paper wastage. It also comes in different print designs that are colorful and festive!

Having little kids means a messy house. Just imagine, toys scattered all over the house, food crumbs, and spills. I find Cheers Napkins very useful in managing their messes. 


Cheers Folded Party Napkins comes with a box container and is available in 50 sheets with 2 different print designs inside. This makes things extra special for the kids.


Mealtime gets pretty messy with this little cutie. Instead of using cloth bibs or handkerchief and worry about washing it after being stained, I use Cheers. I use either the Cheers  Flat Napkins or the Cheers Folder Party Napkins. I just tuck it in their shirts or place it on their laps to catch the spills then throw it away afterward. 


I also use the Cheers Folded Party Table Napkins to wrap the kids, baon for school then they use it to wipe their mouth after eating. Kids are really fond of the prints!

Cheers Table Napkins: Flat Napkins – 100 sheets
Cheers Kitchen Towel Roll: Jumbo Solo 80 pulls
The Cheers Flat Napkins and Towel Roll could also be used for wrapping their baon or as bibs. I also use them for draining excess oil from fried foods, drying my hands and the dishes, and wiping off surfaces.



Cheers Pull Napkins are always readily available in the dining area for minor spillage. I also place some of it in the kids' lunch bags so they can use it to wipe off their mouth after eating instead of using their handkerchief. Jaear and I also do the same.

The Cheers cutlery is also very useful especially in times when I am too lazy to wash the dishes. Let's admit it, mommies, we all have lazy days haha! Cheers cutleries are eco-friendly and biodegradable thus it's very safe to use. It's also oil resistant and heat resistant up to 110°C. 



Cheers indeed have all the napkins I need every day. It makes my life easier as it offers quick fixes on some of my kitchen dilemmas. Above it all, what I like about Cheers is that it has 100% Virgin Pulp that is made for every possible tissue/napkin. It contains no artificial whiteners and elemental chlorine which makes it truly hygienic. The print designs use food grade water soluble ink so it's totally safe to use!

As a mom, I totally recommend Cheers! Make sure to check it out, it's available in leading groceries nationwide.

You may also follow Cheers Facebook Page for more information and updates.

Driving Test Success: Overcoming Nerves and Anxiety

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Even the most cool, calm and collected person can buckle under the pressure when it comes to their driving test. It’s not a particularly nice experience for anyone, and after months (sometimes years!) of practice, it all comes down to a short period of time in the car with the examiner. While a little bit of nerves can be helpful, as heightened adrenaline can help you perform better, the dry mouth, sweaty palms, knotted stomach and racing thoughts aren’t going to be doing you too many favors. If you suffer from anxiety disorders and feel this way a lot of the time for no apparent reason, it’s important to go and speak to your GP so you can get the right treatment. But if you’re feeling this way in response to stress such as your driving test, here are a few ways we can overcome the situation. 

Practice Grounding Techniques

When you feel like your thoughts are racing ahead, grounding techniques can help to bring your focus back to the current moment. This can help to promote feelings of calmness. When there’s something stressful like a driving test on the horizon, it’s easy to get caught up in your own thoughts. Anticipation, stress and worry can quickly spiral out of control, you might find yourself thinking ‘I can’t do it’ or even thinking of ways that you can get away from the situation. You might start thinking the worst or picturing failure in your mind. If you just focus on bringing your thoughts to the here and now, it can help to calm the physical symptoms of anxiety. You will maintain a much better state of mind, and can go into the test feeling more relaxed and more confident. Meditation works well as a grounding technique, you could also ask yourself questions such as ‘where am I’ or ‘what is the date?’. You could focus on your breathing, or name things in the room you can see around you. It’s very simple but really does work. 

Practice Positive Thinking

Our state of mind really is everything. If you feel happy and positive about life, you’ll find you will come across more opportunities. If you feel down and are always looking for the worst (you may be doing this subconsciously without realizing) chances are you will find the worst. The difference between an opportunity and a challenge is just the way you look at a situation. Being more positive can help put you in the best state of mind, and if you do happen to fail, you will bounce back more quickly. Practice visualising success. Tell yourself ‘I can do it’- find a mantra or positive quote that resonates with you and repeat it daily. When negative thoughts creep in, do your best to push them away and focus on the positive. 

Use a Herbal Remedy

Products such as Kalms and Rescue Remedy are safe herbal remedies which can be bought over the counter, and can help promote relaxation and calm. Herbs such as lavender have also been shown to be effective. You could drop some essential oils into your bath in the week leading up to the test, or make up a pillow spray and use it to help you drift off to sleep. While herbal remedies alone won’t completely stop your anxiety, coupled with positive thinking and other techniques to change your thinking they can be very effective. 

Get Enough Food and Sleep

Anxiety can really do a number on your body. It can lead to sleeplessness, and let’s face it- everything always feels worse when you’re exhausted. Feelings of nausea might mean you don’t want to eat, and without the right sustenance, you will never be performing at your best potential. Practising the above techniques will help you to reduce your levels of stress so you can eat and sleep well. The morning before your test, have a healthy breakfast that will fuel your body and brain, and help to set you up for success. 

Remind Yourself That It’s Not The End of the World

Finally, the great thing about driving tests is if you fail you can just come back and try again. Be sure to remind yourself of this when you’re having a major panic! It’s not a life or death situation, no one is going to die if you fail and nothing bad is going to happen. It’s not like school exams where you have to worry about your future. If you pass right away, that’s fantastic! If you don’t, pick yourself up and go again. Failure feels awful at the time, but actually, it can make you all the more determined and also more grateful when you finally do get your licence. There’s always a lesson to be learned in failure so use it as experience and you’ll know where to do better next time. 

Why You Need Fresh Flowers In Your Home


If you love flowers but don't have any inside your home - why haven't you? You shouldn't have to wait for your other half to buy you a bouquet - there's nothing wrong with buying flowers for yourself, as technically, they're for your home, so it doesn't count.

Don't you want to get that lovely warm feeling every time you walk into a room? Plus flowers don't cost a lot. You can easily buy a bunch once a week without it making an impact on your bank account, but such a little thing can go a long way.

Here are all the benefits or having fresh flowers in your home.

Flowers refresh memories

Have you ever been out somewhere and smelt some food as you walk by a restaurant, and been pulled into a fond memory of when your Grandmother used to make you her special dish? Well, flowers can have the same effect, by releasing certain smells that may be familiar to you, triggering some of your favorite memories. So choose flowers that remind you of the happy moments in your life, and then they'll be with you every day.

Flowers stimulate creativity

If you have children, take them to the store and tell them that they can each choose a small bouquet of flowers for their room. They will not only look appealing, but they may spark your children's creativity due to the vivid colors and interesting form. Not only that but it will also encourage responsibility, as you can put them in charge of watering and feeding the flowers when need be. This also applies to you, get some flowers for your desk at work and see if they inspire you.

Flowers make great decoration

If you have a boring looking table in your living room and aren't too sure what to do with it - flowers are just the thing you need, introducing the space with some pretty colors of your choice. Pair them up with a stunning vase from MERS Goodwill, and you'll have the perfect feature. Plus, your money will have been put towards a great cause.

Flowers improve your mood

Whether you have just got back from work after a long hard day, or you've been running errands and now you just want to relax at home, think of how uplifted you'll feel when you walk into a room and see a lovely bouquet of flowers smiling back. Seeing something visually appealing will take your mind off the negative things, and refocus you to see the beautiful things in life.

Flowers are inviting

What better way to welcome guests into your home than with a warm, vibrant essence of nature and life - flowers. You can decide on what emotion and atmosphere they bring to a room by the breed and color of the flowers. For example, if you are looking for something quite passionate and romantic, red roses are just the thing, whereas white roses give off more of a regal and pure feel. While an array of different colored lilies will not only smell incredible but show a playful and daring side to your home.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Common Mistakes Women Make When Buying Shoes!

Most women have complained that their feet hurt at least 100 times in their lifetime, if not more! Of course, we reason with ourselves: no pain, no gain, right? Wrong! You don’t need to be in pain in order for your feet to look fabulous. In fact, if you avoid the mistakes mentioned below, you can ensure your feet don’t hurt again.

Beware Of The 5 Unhealthy Habits You Develop In College

Everyone has little quirks that they know they shouldn’t do. Little things that you know are not the best side of you. It’s likely that you’ve developed bad habits during your life. And surprisingly enough, most of your bad habits tend to come from your experience in college. Don’t worry, though, everyone starts to get used to the freedom of college life and accidentally indulges in the odd bad habit – or maybe a couple of them. It doesn’t mean that you’re now stuck for the rest of your life with dealing with your college habits. You can break out of them easily if you begin aware of what they are. After all, a habit is only a way of behaving. It’s never written in stone, as you are the one in control of your behavior. Here are the 5 worst college habits that you might have kept. 

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Personalized Gift Ideas Perfect for Baby Shower

A baby is one of the cutest blessing every couple could ever receive. When expectant parents share the news to their friends and love ones, everyone seems to be excited and happy for them. And, what better way to celebrate this blessing than by hosting a Baby Shower! I'm sure expectant parents, especially the mommy would be very happy to receive gifts for her and the baby.

To be honest, I never got to have my own baby shower. We never really thought about it before. Nevertheless, each of my 3 pregnancies were special in different ways. There were friends and relatives who would give us gifts for the baby especially after finding out the gender despite not having a baby shower. But of course, If ever we get pregnant again (not sooner though haha!), we'll definitely host our own baby shower. Imagine all the gifts we'll be getting! 

As a mom, I already have several items on my list that I wish to receive and would probably gift the same items to my expectant mommy friends. Just recently, as I was browsing online, I bumped into this new gifting website. What caught my attention is their cute and personalized mommy and baby items perfect for baby shower gifting

Check out my Top Picks below:

HOME FROM HOSPITAL GIFT SET - PINK
Out of all the many cute items there is, this definitely is my favorite! It includes softer-than-soft pink star blanket along with a cuter-than-cute bear fleece onesie for snuggly daytimes. The set is completed with our delightful bunny comforter in matching pink. This is a perfect treat for new parents!

BUMP TO BIRTHDAY - PREGNANCY & FIRST YEAR JOURNAL
Bump to Birthday provides week-by-week information on the developing bump with prompts to enable parents to tell their own remarkable story and record unique, unrepeatable experiences. With spaces for photos and scan images, the journal records the pregnancy journey, hopes and dreams, the birthing experience, and all the special moments with the new baby – from first movements to first smile, first Christmas to first birthday. A wonderful way to record all those joyous moments that are so easily forgotten.
MESSAGES FOR YOU - WHILE YOU GROW
Messages For You is a hardback book full of hand-illustrated envelopes and notepaper ready to be filled with heartfelt messages for a precious child. A wonderful way to capture thoughts and memories for your child, grandchild, godchild or any precious child as they grow filling the 16 envelopes in this book with messages and more. 
PERSONALIZED BABY SHOWER PHOTO ALBUM
While everything gets digital nowadays, it's always good to store all the precious memories of out little one’s first years in an album. Bound in a solid card cover with a smattering of stars, this makes an ideal present to take to your best friend or family member’s baby shower. The silver badge on the front can be personalized with a unique message anticipating the little one’s arrival, whilst the inside has enough room for up to 80 photos. Silky ribbon ties help keep the contents as safe and snug as you-know-who will be when they arrive.

PERSONALISED SMALL LULU LOCKET NECKLACE
Here's another one for the mommy which she can give to he baby when he/she grows up. This classic and oh so stylish Small Lulu Locket Necklace will keep cherished memories close to her heart. All jewelry arrives with luxury gift wrap which includes a silk pouch, jewelry box, swing bag and ribbons.

Aren't they lovely? The best part about it is that all items can be personalized at no extra cost! They also offer free delivery to Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and the U.S! 

Other than baby items, they also have wide range of cool and personalized gift ideas for all occasions. Make sure to check them out at http://giftslessordinary.com/.

Enjoy shopping!



Top Tips For Cleaning Your Bathroom

Cleaning your bathroom is one of those chores that you either love or hate. You might love it because you love having a clean bathroom, or you’ll hate it because cleaning a bathroom is a lot of work and involve dealing with all sorts of gross things. Getting your bathroom clean is also one of those things that can be difficult to do, with some messes needing a little bit more than elbow grease. Check out these top tips for cleaning your bathroom to make it a breeze.

Before you get started

Cleaning your bathroom requires quite a few tools and products to make sure all bases are covered. Perhaps more so than other rooms in your home, you’ll need a selection of sponges, etc. to get the job done. If you intend to reuse any of your cleaning textiles, you should make sure you put them in the washing machine straight after cleaning.

Get your gloves on

Cleaning a bathroom is a messy business. There are all sorts of germs and bacteria lurking around that you won’t want to touch with your bare hands. Cleaning products can be abrasive as well, so it’s better for your skin that you keep your hands covered and take care with your clothing and other exposed skin. If you’re allergic to latex, there are some other alternatives you can use that will allow you to clean without having your allergy flare up.

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Start by putting everything away

Getting rid of the bathroom clutter will make it easier to clean, and will also help you work out which products have run out, so you can throw them away (and recycle the ones you’re able to) and replenish as needed. De-cluttering the counters and the area around the shower and bath will help you see the real extent of the mess so that you can see how much work it is. If you have several bottles of almost-empty shampoo or shower gel, prioritize using them ones to help you get rid of them quicker and revert your bathroom to its clutter-free state.

Use natural cleaning products to reduce the number of chemicals in your home

Some of the best cleaning products are the ones that are more natural and use no chemical ingredients. Use them to clean your surfaces and areas like the sink and shower to freshen them up and get rid of any dust and grime. You’ll find some great recipe ideas for homemade bathroom cleaners that you can make with many items you’ll find around the home. The other bonus of homemade cleaning products is that they will smell great too for a more fragrant bathroom. In some areas, using bleach cleaners is inevitable, but if you can go through the day to day cleaning using just natural products, your home will be much better off.

Use magic erasers on your shower doors

Glass surfaces in your bathroom can be difficult to clean, even after scrubbing away you might find that some residue still remains. One way to really clean your glass doors is to use a magic eraser - they are tough on getting rid of bathroom dirt and grime and don’t need any chemicals to use them effectively. You can cut them to size, wash them, reuse them and use them to get rid of marks on the wall and other nuisance bathroom products, making them a cleaning essential. 

Invest in some microfiber cloths

Microfiber cloths are a real life saver in the bathroom. They can pick up all sorts of dust that can get spread around by other types of cloth and sponge and are especially great at cleaning your bathroom mirrors. You can wet the cloth a little bit if there are some stubborn marks on it. Remember to wash your cloths regularly to prevent bacteria from having a place to breed in your bathroom.

Do the bath first

Your bath is likely to be one of the dirtiest parts of your bathroom, but you can make it easier by spraying your bathroom cleaner around the edge and leaving it to settle while you clean the rest of the bathroom. By the time you come back to the bath, the dirt and grime will have begun to move and dissolve, meaning it takes far less effort to clean than it would have if you’d gone straight in and scrubbed away. You can also do this for the sink and the surfaces which can all benefit from a pre-soak before you really get to cleaning them. 

Make the most of your bathroom equipment

You can make life a bit easier for yourself by making the most of the equipment that’s in your bathroom to make it easier to clean. Your shower head or even your bidet attachments (check out some great ones here: http://www.toiletbidet.com/brondell-bidet-attachments.php) could help you by giving you a supply of water in hard to reach areas and to help you get every bit of your bathroom. Remember to give these a good clean too.

Try a steam cleaner

Steam cleaners are a popular tool for cleaning bathrooms, especially stubborn tile areas which can take a long time to clean. You can buy some great steam cleaners with different attachments, including tile brushes which will make the normally long, tough jobs super quick. Steam cleaners are also chemical-free, so if you’re looking to be more environmentally friendly in the bathroom, you’ll do well with a steam cleaner.

Clean your toilet regularly

To avoid the unpleasantness of having to deep clean your toilet, clean it regularly instead. Tackling it every couple of days with bleach or a toilet cleaner will save you the hassle of having to clean harder when you get to doing your overall bathroom.

Use old toothbrushes to get into tricky corners

Some bits of your bathroom can be difficult to clean, such as around the taps or in between tiles. Your old toothbrushes can actually find a new purpose by being used to clean all of those tricky bits. Just don’t confuse them with your current toothbrush - maybe label them so that you don’t get confused.

Make your towels fluffy again

Everybody wants their towels to be fluffy and dry like they were when they were first bought or like hotel towels. You might think that the key to getting fluffy towels is to use plenty of fabric softener, but the opposite is true. For really fluffy towels, you’ll want to wash them in warm but not hot water, with minimal detergent. You can even use baking soda as a way to really open up the fibers and get them clean. The internet is full of good advice on keeping your towels fluffy. One great tip people use is to put a tennis ball in the dryer when they’re trying to get their towels fluffy as the ball moves around and knocks the bumps and lumps out of the towels that can stop them being fluffy.

Don’t neglect your bath mat

Your bath mat is probably covered in bacteria that it picks up through a lack of thorough drying and having lots of different feet stand on it before and after they get out of the bath/shower. Wash your bath mat (and pedestal if you have one) on a high setting to kill the germs, and you can put it on to dry too to make sure it’s completely fresh the next time you use it.
Make sure the air vent is cleaned out regularly

Cleaning out your air vent is a job you can do by yourself, but you might want to have a specialist cleaner or even a handyman come to look at it to save you the trouble. This job shouldn’t need doing very often, so hiring someone else to do it won’t be such a drain on your bank balance.

Fix a dirty shower head

The shower head can become gross pretty quickly, and isn’t an easy job to fix. A good tip is to put a solution of water and vinegar into some sort of secure bag, like a sandwich bag, freezer bag or something small enough you can tie around the top. This will help dissolve all of the grime and without making a mess.

How to deal with bathroom mold

If you live in an apartment, in particular, you’ll notice how moldy a bathroom can be if it isn’t ventilated regularly through a window. Mold spots need to be tackled quickly, and there are fast acting bleach cleaners that can work quickly to get rid of it. You’ll need to set aside some time for this to work as the fumes can be strong, so do it first thing in the morning before you go to work and open the windows and doors to air it out. 

Bathroom cleaning is a tough business, but hopefully, some of the tips above will save you time or make it easier for you to clean more regularly. Cleaning your bathroom could form a part of a deep clean weekend that all the family can join in to make the workload a bit lighter for everyone. It’s not a fun job but is one that will help keep you and your family happy and healthy in one of the most used rooms of the day.

Friday, July 14, 2017

When Roles Reverse: Taking Care Of Elderly Parents

There usually comes a point in your life when the roles reverse and, as well as or instead of looking after your own children and relying on your parents for support, you will have to look after them and support them. This can often be as a result of ill health, but generally old age can be to blame for most of the ailments that come along. There’s no escaping it, and while some cope with the additional pressure pretty well, it can be hard to know how to deal with the responsibility and pressures that it may bring. 

What You Can Do When A Parent Is Gravely Ill


While there is no one single way to deal with this, when you have a loved one, like a parent who is going through the final stages of their life, it's undeniably difficult. And we all find ways of trying to deal with this stress, but when we are attempting to support a parent who has been diagnosed with a terminal illness, you feel like you need to be Superwoman to get through the issues. And while we all deal with our mortality in different ways, some of us go on a major health kick and encourage our children and other family members to do the same, this might be the symptom of something much deeper. And it's important to recognize what you are going through as well as the person you care deeply about.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Dinner Parties: Creating A Stress Free Menu


When it comes to planning your next dinner party, you need to create as little stress for yourself as possible. There is so much to remember, from preparing the dinner table to arranging the seating plan. Of course, it is the food that needs to take priority, as you don’t want your guests leaving your home with an empty or unsatisfied stomach.

To help you, here are some tops tips for planning your dinner party, with some examples of food that may go down a treat with your guests.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Let’s Keep Our Kids Healthy with Nutrawell!


With school back in session, kids are more likely to get ill. Just recently, Athena and Brianna was admitted to the hospital, thus they have to miss school and Emergency Leave for me and Jaear. That's why we have to take extra effort to keep our kids healthy. This extra care will help them maintain their energy to perform in school and excel in their chosen passions. A great way to do that is by giving them the right Nutraceuticals every day. 

A week ago, Generika Drugstore sent me a wellness bag for the kids. It includes Nutrawell Probiotics and Actimed Ascorbic Acid. Exclusively available at any Generika Drugstore near you, these food supplements can help boost your kids’ wellness.


Nutrawell Probiotics for Kids contains 5 Billion Colony Forming Units (CFUs) of 7 safe and effective strains of active lactobacillus. A grape flavored powder mix with more strains compared to other probiotic brands, it can be mixed with your kid's favorite drink. With its fruity flavor, your kids can even take their daily dose straight from the sachet too. Regular doses will help restore the good bacteria in the digestive system, helping the body improve its defenses against disease.


Actimed Ascorbic Acid is a potent antioxidant and vitamin that serves an important role in many of the body’s functions. An overall immune booster, it assists in the repair of blood cells, tissues, and bones. This vitamin also helps in the proper absorption of iron and aids in the speedy healing of cuts and wounds. Nutrawell Sodium Ascorbate provides the same benefits without the potential side effect of gastric irritation. Both food supplements come in syrup form.

To make the most out of Nutrawell Nutraceuticals by Generika Drugstore, it’s best to keep your kids on a healthy regimen. Make sure they get ample time for rest while having enough time for sports and other physical activities. Shifting your household menu towards more fruits, vegetables, and lean meats also helps – so that your kids develop a preference for healthy food over processed options.

Visit a Generika Drugstore near you to discover safe, effective, and affordable medications and nutraceutical products. Starting this school year, give your kids the gift that lasts a lifetime – their good health! To learn more about Generika Drugstore, simply visit their official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Generika.com.ph.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Addressing Different Skin Problems

Problem skin can be hell - especially if you’re struggling to keep it under control. As we age, have babies and experience different lifestyle changes, our skin types can change, causing misery as we learn to deal with them. Knowing how to tackle different skin issues will mean you’re ready for anything and will help you get your skin back under control. Take a look at the following tips for tackling different skin issues.

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Stop Letting These Rooms Go To Waste!

If there's one mistake that a lot of people tend to make when it comes to their home, it's this: they simply aren't using every room to its full potential. That might sound like a rather odd thing to say, but it's true. After all, you can probably think of rooms that you use much more often than others, right? The living room, kitchen, and bedroom are the rooms that you find yourself spending most of your time in and, of course, you're going to need to use the bathroom no matter what. However, those aren't the only rooms in the house, and if you're ignoring the others, then your home is never really going to feel right. With that in mind, here are some rooms in your home that you might be letting go to waste.

Dining room


For a lot of people, the dining room ends up being somewhat pointless. After all, so many of us eat our meals on our laps in front of the TV. But this means that you're missing out on one of the best things about the dining, that it's a communal space for your family to get together and just spend some time with each other. There's something wonderful about everyone sitting down for a meal at the dining room table without any distractions from the TV or phones getting in the way. Not only that but the dining room can be the place where you and your family play games, make things and spend a lot of quality time together.

Office


Many people set up an office in their home with some really good intentions. It will be a dedicated space for them to work without being disturbed so that they can be as productive as possible. However, in reality, what ends up happening is that they do any work that needs doing on the couch and their office ends up basically being a dumping ground for things that they don't have room for anywhere else in the house. If you have work that you need to do at home, then you should make sure that you're always using your office for it. You'll be able to focus much better, and you'll end up being much more productive because of it.

Attic


In the vast majority of homes, the attic really is nothing more than a glorified storage closet. It's the place to dump boxes, old furniture, and anything else that you simply don't have a place for. However, this is a real waste. Not only does it encourage people never to throw anything away but it means that you're not taking advantage of a potentially fantastic space in your home. Instead of just dumping stuff in it, why not convert your attic into a spare room? Sure, it will take a little bit of work, but your kids will love having a special secret place where they can spend their time away from the world, playing and keeping themselves entertained. Plus, it gives you somewhere to put guests up when they come to visit, making your home a much more inviting place for friends and family.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Finding The Tonic For A Toxic Relationship


There is no rulebook as to how you should maintain the perfect relationship, as no relationship is perfect. However, there are smart and not-so-smart ways to work through problems as a couple. If you feel as if you and your partner have been opting for the latter whenever you come across an obstacle then here are some ideas which might help you to resolve your problems.

Is Staying In The New Going Out? Great Date Ideas

If you’ve been with your partner for a long time, you have kids, or you have a busy schedule, the opportunity to plan nights out may not come around very often. The good news is that many people are embracing the notion that staying in is the new going out. Since when did you have to leave the house to have fun? If you’re keen to spend some quality time together without blowing the budget or trying to get your head around the logistics, here are some great date ideas.

Movie night

If you usually go to the movies when you have an evening free, why not switch things up a bit and watch a movie at home instead? You can save money on tickets, choose your own snacks, and watch the film in your favorite comfy clothes. You could watch a movie you already own, hire a DVD or rent a film through your digital TV provider. If it’s warm outside, you could even set up a screen and a projector and host your own al fresco screening. If it’s cool, grab some blankets and cushions and cozy up on the sofa. 


Games night


Do you love playing games? Are you and your partner ultra competitive? Whether you enjoy board games or you’re avid fans of the latest console or PC releases, you can set up a games night in seconds. Choose a game and see who comes out on top, or plan a tournament to see who is the ultimate champion. Click here for ideas for live games or check out reviews of the latest offerings for your console in gaming magazines. Stock up on snacks, get comfy and make sure you’ve got everything you need to hand. You can play online, boot up your PC and enjoy the old platform games or try something new. 

Dinner date

If you’re a foodie and you love nothing more than going out to eat why not celebrate your culinary skills and treat your partner to a homemade feast? You can recreate some old classics or go through some recipe books and search for inspiration for a new menu. Keep things simple, so you don’t have too much to do, and you can enjoy the evening. If you opt for cold starters and desserts you can prepare in advance, you’ll save yourself time and stress when it comes to putting everything together at dinner time. Set the table, add some flowers and candles, put some music on, and dim the lights. If you’re not a good cook, but you’d rather stay in and chill out than going out, you could always look into booking a chef for the evening or ordering a takeout. 

Do you find it difficult to get out or are you conscious of spending money? It can be difficult to find the time and the money to plan dates, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy your partner’s company. Being together and having fun doesn’t always mean going out. Hopefully, these ideas have given you some food for thought, and they’ll allow you to enjoy date nights more often.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Let Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa Take You to London

We all need pampering once in a while. And, what if I tell you that pampering yourself could even get you a chance to visit the Western World. Growing up in the Pacific gives one an unrelenting desire to explore a European city even just for once in their lives and this yearning is something that does not go away even when they grow older. With Europe’s most beautiful cities waiting to be visited, a top European destination seems to make it on everyone’s travel bucket list – and that is no other than the beautiful city of London.


Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa pinned London as the perfect destination for relaxation and pampering with their “Escape to London” promo. “It is our top priority to provide the best and real pampering experience to our customers. We want to show how we value them and in an effort to show our appreciation and gratitude for their support and loyalty. Last year we gave out a Maldives getaway and this year, we are going further and treat them with a chance to win a free trip to the enchanting city of London” said Lorraine Baterina, Brand Manager of Nailaholics.

Being Europe’s third biggest city, London is home to some of the world’s best attractions and activities. Wandering through one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, one cannot help but gush in awe and admiration with what this city presents. Experience a place that is sprawling with enriching galleries and museums which everyone can visit for free. Hop on London’s famous double-decker bus for an effortless sight-seeing tour and for a more thrilling way to view this splendid city, hover above while in the London Eye. With all that there is to see in this majestic city, one cannot miss out the striking Big Ben and Nelson’s Column – landmarks that almost complete a London trip but there is still so much more to discover. These and more are in store for the loyal customers of the country’s number one nail salon and pampering destination.


By simply availing any of Nailaholics’ pampering packages starting from June 1 to September 30, 2017, a customer is entitled to a raffle entry for a chance to win a getaway vacation of 5 days and 4 nights to London for two” added Baterina.

It’s time to grab the chance to walk the streets of London with your mate in exchange of a genuine pampering experience. Watch out for more exciting and rewarding promotions from Nailaholics by visiting its website at http://nailaholics.com/ and Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/nailaholics/.

Top Tips To Get Your Kids Off The Couch

Do you struggle to convince your kids to get off the couch and put the consoles and tablets down even when it’s warm and sunny outside? If you’re keen to be more active this summer, there are loads of ways you can make exercise fun and encourage your children to spend more time in the great outdoors. 

Making your garden child-friendly

When there are blue skies, and the sun is beating down, you want to be able to make the most of those long summer days and enjoy some quality time together. If your garden is more of an adult oasis or it needs some TLC, take steps to make it more appealing to your children. If the backyard is a child-friendly area, your kids are much more likely to want to swap the living room for the open air. You don’t have to sacrifice your own space to make your garden more versatile. Use fences, structures, or different materials, such as decking, bark chippings, and flagstones to create distinctive areas that are geared towards different members of the family. If you have young kids, they’ll love playing in a sand pit or taking on a mini obstacle course made from logs, stepping stones, and slides. If you’ve got older children, set up some soccer goals or place a basketball hoop on the wall. 


Encouraging friendly competition

Even if you don’t think you’re the most competitive person in the world, we all have that competitive spirit. If there’s something up for grabs or somebody to beat, we’re likely to try harder and enjoy the process more. If you’re keen to get your kids to be more active this summer, why not have a look online for trophies and medals, and plan a competition based on the mini leagues or the Olympics? You can find out more by shopping around online and get some ideas for games from the video games your kids play and the kinds of activities they participate in at school. Create a score sheet, set a time frame, and reward the winner and the runner-up at the end of the event. 

Plan some active days out

If your days out usually involve going to the movies or visiting museums and galleries, try and introduce some more active adventures. Dust down your bikes and go on a ride through the hills or visit a national park and hire some kayaks. Go for a walk along the beach on the weekends or take a frisbee, a football or a cricket set to the park. Go ice skating or rollerblading or visit the local outdoor pool if the weather is nice. 

Summer is the perfect time of year to make it your mission to be more active as a family. If you’ve got kids who are glued to a screen in their free time, or you’re eager to get out and about more, there are loads of fun activities you can try. Spend time together in the garden, get competitive, and plan some outdoor adventures.

Keeping Your Business As Secure As Your Home


Recently, I posted about recovering from a break-in on your home, but what about your business? It’s fair to say that these days it can seem as though, with fantastic tech resources, companies and businesses are safer than ever. If you’re working from home, you can keep all your files secure on a digital server. In the office, there is plenty of tech security add-ons for commercial addresses like CCTV and even personal ID systems. But a break in or theft can still be a problem for businesses, and that’s why owners need to know how to protect their properties inside and out. 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Getting Back To Normal: How Can You Feel Safe After A Break-In?


There is no doubt that a break-in is by far one of the most horrible and traumatic things that you and your family could possibly go through. It's the kind of thing that can have some seriously long lasting effects on you and your kids. Sure, there's the initial horror of realizing that valuable things have been taken, but things can be replaced. What tends to have the strongest impact of all is the feeling of discomfort and fear that comes from knowing that someone else was able to invade your most private and personal space without you ever knowing. Your home is meant to be your sanctuary. It's the place where you feel the safest and most secure in the world. So when that safety and security is violated, it's pretty understandable that many people find it incredibly difficult to deal with. However, you can't spend your life living in fear, especially when you have a family. Because of that, here are some things that you can do to help you and your family feel safe again after a break in.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Doing Away With Digestive Problems


The likes of constipation and diarrhea affect us all. Such digestive problems can disrupt our day to day life either by causing pain or discomfort or keeping us glued to the toilet seat. Fortunately, there are many remedies to get your gut back in good shape. Here are a few methods to try out next time your bowels decide to bother you.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Keep Your Home Cool During Summer without AC

During the summertime everybody wants to feel and revel in the heat that the sun provides… but not all the time. Everybody wants to get their fix of Vitamin D and give their tan a little bit of a top up… but not the whole summer long. As much as we may love it when the sun appears for the year, we do need a break from it from time to time. But where’s the best place to get this break? Where’s the best place to seek shelter from the sun? The answer is, our homes. And because our homes offer us the best protection from the heat of the sun outside, we don’t want to feel stifled and too hot within them. If your home is your shelter from the sun make sure to read on to find out how you can keep it cool the whole summer long… without having to rack up your electricity bill by using air conditioning.

The first thing you should do in this venture is target your windows. Specifically, you should target the 30 percent of unwanted heat in your home that they let in. Yes, your windows are one of the biggest contributors of heat in your home; so, you need to target them. And the first thing you should do when targeting them in this fashion is to invest in a good pair of blinds, and keep them closed. By utilising shades, curtains and blinds in this way you can find that the indoor temperature you have to contend with is lowered by up to 20 degrees. So, if you don’t want your home to feel like a greenhouse, keep those windows covered!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

BACK TO SCHOOL EASY PHA-MAX WHEATGRASS RECIPES

School days is upon us! Got a back-to-school picky eater? Let these nutritionist-dietitian approved lunch-box recipes inspire you to cook something deliciously hearty, homemade and healthy. With this Wheatgrass Easy Pha-max infused recipes that help to cleanse, alkalize, and nourish the body, your kids are guaranteed to enjoy highly nutritious school meals. Contains carbohydrates, proteins, fatty acids, 17 amino acids, 12 vitamins, 10 minerals, more than 100 types of enzymes, chlorophyll and phytochemicals, Easy Pha-max Wheatgrass will also help to fuel your little one’s mind and provide energy throughout the school season. So skip the processed food, opt for wholesome homemade options with these easy-to- make recipes that you, your kids, and the whole family will love!

Tips to Ensure Kids Stay Cool!

There are plenty of places in this world where the summer heat and humidity can get a little uncomfortable, the Philippines being one of them. But as adults we know to go get a cold drink, take a shower, or even rest for a while. Unfortunately, kids don't always know what to do when the temperature rises. That is why you have to guide them and put things in place that will help. So to ensure you kids stay cool, no matter what the weather, read on for some advice. 

Cold drinks

The easiest way to keep the kids as cool as possible it to always ensure you have plenty of cold drinks to hand. This means keeping the fridge stocked at home as well as having some available when you are an out and about. 

Monday, June 19, 2017

A How-To Guide: One Weekend Home Deep Clean




Cleaning. We know we have to do it, but wow, is it something we’d rather not be wasting our time on. It’s a chore and it feels like one, especially when you’ve had a long day at work and just want to be zoned out on the sofa. 

The general advice when it comes to cleaning is that you should do it on a little-and-often basis. Sweep a floor here; wipe down a sink there - that’s how we should all be cleaning, a little bit at a time. This belief stems from the idea that if you’re constantly doing a little bit, nothing ever mounts up and you always feel the home is at least somewhat clean. 

However… how about we fly in the face of common knowledge? Rather than spreading the misery throughout our every day, is it possible to condense a major deep clean into a single weekend? 

It is - and it’s worth trying, especially during the summer months when you’d rather be spending time with your kids. While you’ll still need to do the basics of daily cleaning, you can skip over anything more intensive and let it build up. Then, you can blast it in all in a single weekend. 

Amway Earns Safer Choice Award for the Manufacturing of Environmentally Safe Products

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – Amway has been named a 2017 Safer Choice Partner of the Year Award winner by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The award recognizes Amway for its outstanding achievement in the formulation and manufacturing of products with ingredients that are safer for families, workplaces, communities, and the environment.

“Amway is committed to creating high-performing home cleaning products that are safe and environmentally friendly,” said George Calvert, vice president of supply chain and R&D. “This award is testament to the commitment and dedication of our Amway scientists and staff. We are indeed honored by this award from the U.S. EPA and look forward to a long-term partnership with them.”

Products that meet the EPA’s Safer Choice Standard may print and promote the Safer Choice label on packaging and promotions.

More than 40 Amway laundry, surface, and dish care products have qualified for the Safer Choice seal by the EPA.

When the Safer Choice label appears on a product, it means that the EPA has evaluated each ingredient in the product for potential human health and environmental effects and that the product contains only those ingredients that pose the least concern among chemicals in their class.

Selection of Partner of the Year Awards winners is based on activities that increase awareness of the Safer Choice program, including Safer Choice-labeled products, and promotion of the program’s mission to help safeguard human and environmental health through safer chemistry and safer products.

The Safer Choice Partner of the Year Awards recognize stakeholder organizations from five broad categories. Amway was acknowledged in the Formulators/Product Manufacturers category.

Partner of the Year Award Winners represent a wide variety of leadership organizations, including Fortune 500 companies as well as small- and medium-sized businesses.

For more about the Safer Choice program, visit www.epa.gov/saferchoice

More on the 2017 Safer Choice Partner of the Year award winners can be found at www.epa.gov/saferchoice/safer-choice- partner-year- awards

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Top Up Your Mobile Credits Online Via Lazada Philippines

Have you experienced running out of load in the middle of the night? What a hassle right? Well, worry no more as the biggest online shopping and selling destination, Lazada Philippines, is now offering e-load!

Lazada now offers its customers effortless loading for all smartphones in seconds. Call your loved ones, surf the internet and chat with your friends all day and all night with the newest online mobile recharge from Lazada Philippines.

Mobile phones have been around for years, helping people connect and communicate effectively and conveniently. As it evolved over the years, some have already turned to postpaid, while others still prefer the use of prepaid which allows them to personally manage the use of their phones and monitor their mobile load.

The Lazada mobile recharge offers a quick top-up for all its customers pushing for a quick reload. Reload in three easy steps! Simply input your mobile number on the page, select the amount and pay using your credit card!

This online prepaid loading is accessible via your PC, tablet or mobile device, giving you reloading capabilities while even on the go.

Visit www.lazada.com.ph or download the mobile app for free! http://www.lazada.com.ph/mobilerecharge/

Friday, June 16, 2017

How to Cope Up when there's Injury In Your Family?

It’s difficult coping with an injury in your family unit. You work to keep things happy and harmonious; then an accident shatters your efforts. It’s horrible no matter who the injured party is. From a parenting perspective, though, having an injured partner is a nightmare. You and your man support a family between you. The burden feels less because it’s shared. But, when one of you is out of action, things get tougher. Instead of going into panic mode, we’re going to look at a few things you can do to be there for your man. 

The Complete Guide To Finding The Right Overseas Apartment For Your Family

Relocating overseas when you have a young family is both exciting and terrifying. Your children will get to experience a new country, state or neighborhood and you get to put your stamp on a new apartment. Older kids don’t have to miss out on what is happening back home! With modern messaging apps such as Whatsapp and social media, they can keep in touch with all of their old friends. They really can have the best of both worlds. 

Now all you have to do is find a lovely place for you to live. Here is your complete guide to finding an apartment when you move overseas with your family.


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