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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year!!!

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I pray that happiness be at your door. May it knock early, stay late and leave the gift of God's peace, love, joy and good health behind. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

taking a break

I've been really busy this holiday season and although I'm excited for our New Year's eve celebration, I'm glad that it will be over soon. Shhh, it's not that I'm complaining but if you were to do all the grocery shopping, cooking and entertaining, I'm sure you'll get tired too.

Day after tomorrow, I'm back to my old schedule and that means more blogging time for me, hehe. That should give me enough time to shop for the bridal lingerie for my cousin's bridal shower next week.

I'll be signing off now, I just took a short break and my lasagna should be done by now. Happy New Year to all and see you next year. ^.^

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Noblesse oblige award

I got a very special award from Polly of Random Ramblings. There are so many blogs with that title but Polly's is my favorite. She writes about a wide variety of topics and she is so thoughtful I think she's the only one who remembered to thank the people who worked doubly hard last Christmas. Read The Royal Mail and you'll know what I'm talking about.

There are quite a few rules that come with this award, these are:
This Award is presented to bloggers who display consistency in any one or a combination of these conditions:
1. The Blogger manifests exemplary attitude, respecting the nuances that pervades amongst different cultures and beliefs. 2. The Blog contents inspire; strives to encourage and offers solutions. 3. There is a clear purpose at the Blog; one that fosters a better understanding on Social, Political, Economic, the Arts, Culture and Sciences and Beliefs. 4. The Blog is refreshing and creative. 5. The Blogger promotes friendship and positive thinking.
The Blogger who receives this award will need to perform the following steps:
1. Create a Post with a mention and link to the person who presented the Noblesse Oblige Award. 2. The Award Conditions must be displayed at the Post. 3. Write a short article about what the Blog has thus far achieved – preferably citing one or more older Post to support. 4. The Blogger must present the Noblesse Oblige Award in concurrence with the Award conditions. 5. The Blogger must display the Award at any location at the Blog.
I would like to pass this award onto the following very special blogs:

E-Tools Specials

Hi guys! In case you are interested, E-Tools is having after Christmas Specials. For great deals on power tools, air tools, compressor nailers, industrial wire bushes and many more, the site offers almost 50% cut back on prices. If you've been longing to have these branded power tools such as Ingersoll-Rand and Milwaukee, now is the best time to get them.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Curly Orange Peel

Need curly peels to garnish your desserts? Use a paring knife to peel orange strips, then wrap it to a straw and lock it with a pin. Place it in ice water for 20 to 30 minutes, the curls will be garnish-ready by then.

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After Christmas Sale

Are you looking to buy secure digital sd cards? Memory Supply offers these sd cards for your digital cameras at incredibly low prices. They have 8GB SDHC, 4GB and 2GB with 60 day money back guarantee and free shipping. All sd cards are of high quality and you can store all your MP3 music files, high resolution photos, and video clips. Hurry and take advantage of their after Christmas Sale and get discount of up to 25% and get a free gift [2GB USB Flash Drive] for orders exceeding $50.

under the weather

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas celebration with your friends and loved ones. We had a blast but I think I got too tired with all the shopping, preparation, cooking and entertaining. The day after Christmas, influenza got me down. For two days all I did was sleep, sleep and sleep. I have to give credits to my daughter who did all the EC drops for me. I feel a lot better now and I 'll be dropping by your blogs to return the comments. Happy Monday!!!

term life insurance quote

My friend and I have been discussing earlier about life insurance. I told her that I'm a strong believer of life insurance. She's been contemplating on whether to get an insurance for their family or not. I told her that in these times, everyone should have one. I had to tell her about my term life insurance quote, my coverage can help us pay off a loan and at the same time provide extra life insurance protection while we are raising our kids. Hubs and I purchased term life insurance because we are on a limited budget and the initial premium fits our budget. I think I was able to convince her because she's now on her way to get her quotes.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Happy Holidays!


Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Dots, Flecks & Spots

During these hard times, we all aim for value for our money without, of course, discounting the nutrition we get from the foods we buy for our family. Many of us are not aware that we get more nutrition from fruits and vegetables with dots, flecks and spots than the perfect ones. Here's the secret money-saving tips for picking fruits and veggies that are packed with more nutrition.

The dark dots on green peppers do not indicate that they are past their prime. Dark spots mean the bell peppers are sweeter and less acidic than those without blemishes. Japanese researchers say, they have 120 percent more vitamins. Consuming them increases resilience to stress, enhances facial-skin elasticity and lessens allergy attacks.

Choose a tomato with healed-over [dry] cracks near its stems, it is not old. It grew in dry conditions that made it twice as high in vitamin B complex than spotless ones. More B complex means better focus and memory, balanced blood sugar and improved sleep.

Bananas that are yellow with tiny brown specks are 170 percent richer in magnesium than the flawless bananas. And more magnesium means relief from migraines and muscle aches, better ability to maintain healthy blood pressure and less belly bloat.

The small oval brown marks on a papaya reveal that the fruit is tastier, sweeter and healthier. It contains 400 percent more of the antioxidant lycopene than the flawless one. Spotted papayas give you stronger bones and natural protection from UV rays and lower cholesterol.

So there you have them, the next time you're buying fruits and veggies, it's alright to choose the not-so perfect ones. Remember that you'll be getting more nutrition from them plus, they are usually cheaper than the perfect ones.

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Location is #1

If you're thinking about opening a business, any business for that matter, it is of high importance to find the best location. Your business thrives on people, if you're going to put up your business in an out of the way location, you better think twice. Do you think it would prosper or would it close down in a month? Think about the money and the time you will invest in it. If you need assistance in finding the best commercial real estate seek help from the experts, they can provide you with adequate information. Click on the link to know more.

Sunflower Seeds

Recent studies have shown that sunflower seeds can prevent brain fog. The seeds contain folic acids that reduce levels of homocysteine, an inflammatory amino acid that have been shown to disrupt neuronal communication in the hypothalamus [the brain's memory center]. A handful of this seeds can fight brain fog.

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the faucet outlet

Are you looking to buy high quality faucets? Make a click stop at Faucet Outlet, the site offers branded faucets like Kohler, Delta Faucet, Moen, Danze, Grohe, and many more at very affordable prices. All the faucets come with full warranty and shipping is free if your order exceeds $99. Hurry and take advantage of this great value. An opportunity like this doesn't come often.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Cooking Tip #3

To prolong the life of the "other half" of bell pepper when a recipe calls for only half, slice it from the bottom and leave the top intact. The top houses the seeds and holds moisture. The bell pepper will not wrinkle and stay fresh for up to four days.

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home theater seating

My husband have always dreamed of having our very own home theater seating. It would be nice to relax on those seats while we watch our favorite shows and movies, but the problem is we don't have space for that right now. We're still figuring out where to put all the stuff in the spare room if we are going to convert it to an entertainment room. If all things work out well, I'm sure that's the first thing he's gonna buy.

The Wilted Lettuce

Ever wondered why lettuce wilts after it has been frozen? It's because lettuce have a higher water content than meat. The cells crystalize and this stops the chemical activity when fruits and veggies are frozen which makes them go bad. To add, the water crystals can also puncture the cell structure, making the veggies lose its crispness.

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playing video games

Playing computer games like wii and playstation 3 is not such a bad habit after all. For as long as these computer games don't affect our kids' studies, it's alright to let them them play a few hours a week. I have read that these video games teach our children to have sharper minds. They learn to strategize and solve problems.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

My Blog is Cool!

Thanks Ria for bestowing upon me this wonderful award. Ria is the author of It's my party (and I'll cry if I want to). I am truly honored to receive this and it's great to know that my blog is cool. It's good to know you and I'm looking forward to seeing you again. ^.^

Here is what you have to do:

  • Put the logo on your blog.

  • Add a link to the person who awarded you.

  • Nominate 10 other blogs.

  • Add links to those blogs on yours

  • Leave a message for your nominees on their blogs.
I know I'm supposed to pass this to 10 people but I really can't think of someone right now. I've passing around too many awards lately, so I'll just leave it for a while.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Allergies, Restless Nights & Muscle Aches

If you feel like you're running empty and you still have tons of things to do, you can fix it with specific breathing techniques. According to Vasanthi Bhat, author of The Power of Conscious Breathing in Hatha Yoga, the techniques are proven to instantly revitalize body systems.

Follow these techniques:

For allergies, what you need is a histamine-regulating breath. Deep breathing activates the hypothalamus and prevents allergy symptoms like headaches, congestion and sneezing. Inhale deeply through your nose, relaxing your stomach and letting your belly round out. Hold the breath for one second, then exhale through your mouth. Do this in the morning, then twice more during the day.

A brain revving breath for restless nights. You can prevent next-day sluggishness and brain fog with right-nostril breathing. Block your left nostril with your thumb and inhale through your right nostril, filling your stomach with air, then your lungs. Pull your navel in toward the spine to force out air as you exhale. Repeat 25 times. Do this sequence whenever you need a pick me up. This technique activates the sympathetic nervous system, a group of nerves that supercharges the body.

For muscle aches, a body-relaxing breath. Inhale deeply through your nose for a count of four, then exhale through your mouth for a count of four. Do this twice, then lengthen each breath by one count until you are inhaling for a count of seven. The technique doubles the circulation of wam blood to the muscles, which provides healing oxygen.

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Back-on-track plan

During the holiday season, we get so used to eating a lot of goodies that our bodies become so used to high calorie fare. Many of us, including me, derail from our normal diets which results to wider waistlines, bloat and cravings. It's so hard to say no to all those yummy goodies, and if i don't stop overeating, I might end up 10 to 15 pounds bigger. I need to look for some safe diet pills now for my back-on-track plan.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Move Cookshop

Are you looking for the best deals this holiday season? Move Cookshop is well worth a look, they are offering free delivery on everything and reduced VAT prices. They have a variety of kitchen accessories ranging from cookware to garbage bins and the prices have been reduced to as much as 34 percent. The web site showcases a lot of popular kitchen brands like infinit circulon, KitchenAid, Le Creuset, Mauviel Copper, Mermaid Cookware, brabantia bins and many more. Most of these brands are known to be expensive so it's the best time to take advantage of these great offers.

I like investing on quality kitchen tools. I have been married for 21 years and the cook wares I purchased when my kids were still young are still in top working conditions. Baking is not just a hobby for me, I earn from it. My KitchenAid mixer, which have been with me for more than 10 years, gave me a lot of income. When I was just starting out, hubs used to ask me why I choose to buy the expensive equipments, but over the years he had seen how durable these equipments are, so he stopped complaining. They are expensive alright, but I got my money's worth.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Pain in the Neck

Working long hours on my computer often gives me neck pain the next day. It was such a relief when I read that the pain is usually not an indication of anything serious. What I do whenever I feel pain is rotate my head around on both sides to relax the muscles. It turns out that what I was doing was right.

Here are some more remedies that can help alleviate neck pain:

TAKE A SHOWER. A hot [as hot as you can stand it] shower can help relax the muscles.

MASSAGE. Using the fingertips of your index and middle fingers, find the most painful area on your neck and slowly increase the pressure as you breath deeply for 20 seconds. The pressure makes the muscles relax.

LIGHTEN YOUR LOAD. Don't carry heavy bags/purses until your neck gets better.

source: bhg

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Saturday, December 6, 2008

Kitchen Secret Weapon

Every household should have this one. Hubs know I love to cook and collect recipe books, so when we had our first pc, hubs gave it to me. It has over 1000 recipes plus I can add my original recipes. I have also created a custom cookbook of my family's favorites. What I like about it most is that I can check out the nutritional analysis of the recipe. It's kinda old already because I've had this for more than 10 years but I'm sure you can still get a copy of this, or maybe they have new versions.

Fun with Poker

A game loved by a lot of people, poker is not only played online and in casinos but also at home. Coming from a very large family, expect that the poker table will be out during family gatherings. And although no one in my family is into real gambling and betting, my titos and titas love to pass time playing the game. We, on the other hand love to watch them laughing and having a lot of fun. They may not be playing for big bucks but the enjoyment they get out of it is priceless.

Playing poker has become a regular during special occasions that my titos and titas decided to chip in to purchase a table. They found a Poker Tables web site and purchased the one with folding legs. My uncles and aunts are getting really excited because the table is due to arrive anytime soon. I'm sure they can't wait until the next family gathering which is about 20 days from now.

If you are also looking to buy a table, you may want to visit the web site. They have nice and quality tables at affordable prices, plus, shipping is free. My uncle got the poker table for only $290.00.

Monday, December 1, 2008

The C that fends off wrinkles

Not only does it fight cancer, heart disease and memory loss but it can actually prevent WRINKLES. Most beauty products boast of antioxidants, and the C is an antioxidant that can help turn back the time.

In a chemical study, experts discovered that people who consumed foods rich in vitamin C had fewer wrinkles and less age-related dry skin than those who took only small amounts of vitamin C. It helps smooth fine lines and wrinkles because the C helps form collagen. So there... if you want to have younger looking skin, use a topical vitamin C treatment daily after washing your face and before you slather on moisturizer or sun-screen so it penetrates skin.

source: Health Magazine

Safety First

One of the most important components of an automobile is its steering mechanism. My husband makes sure that our car is always well-maintained. He checks everything from ball lock pins to ordinary nuts and bolts. Any little twitch the front end makes is enough for him to get his suspension aligned. To lose your steering while driving can lead to a very dangerous situation, so make sure you always check on them.

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