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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Cook 'Em Right

How we prepare vegetables can have a big impact on how much vitamins and minerals end up in our body. Boiling produce for example, often leaches out micronutrients, so when you eat them, only a little of the essentials is left on the veggies. To guide you on what's best for produce, here's a lits of the best cooking methods for some of our favorites:

The best way to cook spinach is through boiling, It reduces oxalic acid which is a good thing because this compound can interfere with calcium absorption.

Tomatoes are best sauteed. Lycopene ( a cancer-fighting antioxidant), is absorbed when you eat healthy fats like olive oil at the same time.

Potatoes are best unpeeled and baked (or microwaved). The tuber's high fiber count, plus its potassium-rich skin, help reduce cholesterol and heart disease risk.

Steam carrots. They will hold on to more nutrients if they're prepared in a small amount of water rather than a pot of boiling water.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Mellow Yellow Monday #3


I find Mini Coopers really cute so I had to stop and make a snap when I spotted this along the way.

If you'd like to see more yellow entries, please click on the button above. Happy MYM to all!

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Naturally Beat The Blues

We all know that fish oil capsules play a big role in protecting our heart but you probably don't know that it can also boost your mood. Researchers combined their findings from 10 investigations and they found that omega3 fatty acid supplements were 30% more effective than placebo pills at lifting symptoms of depression. What they still have to determine though, is the optimum dosage and the best combination of the different types of omega3s. If you don't feel feel like taking the pills, you can also have your dose in tastier form, from fatty fish like salmon.

Thanks Jean!

My blog is Over The Top?!? Yeehah! Jean over at A Great Pleasure surprised me with this. Thank you so much sweetie, I love it!!!

To receive this award your blog must be exceptional in design and content; presenting us with new knowledge, a sense of style, or at times just giving us a smile!

Each recipient of the award will acknowledge the person who honored them with the award and then go to to copy/paste the award : Your Blog is Over The Top. (located on the right sidebar, scroll down)

I'm passing this on to my wonderful friends whose blogs I think are Over The Top!

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Monday, April 20, 2009

Mellow Yellow Monday #2


It was scorching hot yesterday and this creamy cheese ice cream cooled us down. Click the button for more MYM entries. Have a great week everyone!

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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Natural Options

If the lotions you have been using for your complexion problems only make the condition worse, try going natural and try one of these plant-based solutions.

Aloe vera gel works best for irritation and inflammation. Just cut a leaf from the plant and squeeze some of the liquid onto your fingers, then apply it directly to your skin. Research proves that when aloe vera was applied to UV burns, it eased inflammation better than a 1 % hydrocortisone gel.

Hazel nut oil is great for dry and scaly skin. For best results, massage onto skin right before bed to allow it to soak in overnight. It's similar to the skin's natural oil.

Tea tree oil works best for acne and blemishes, just put a drop or two on a cotton swab, then apply to affected areas. The oil helps reduce acne as effectively as a 5 % benzoyl peroxide lotion with fewer side effects.

Days Long Gone

When my siblings and I were younger, summer means a vacation in our ancestral home in the province. Every morning, my lola would prepare breakfast - fresh eggs from the farm, fresh carabao's milk, fried dried fish, tapa and sinangag. After that, my siblings would run to the fields and play, while I would go with my grandmother back to the farm. We would feed the animals and take a rest under the big mango tree while we watch the caretakers scrub the feeders in the farmhouse sinks. After that, lola and I would pick out fruits and vegetables from her garden and head back home. Evenings were spent in the living room listening to lolo's and lola's stories. Sigh, I really miss those days.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Cut The Risk

It has been recently found that people who eat the most garlic and onions have the lowest incidence of several kinds of cancer. According to researchers, having seven or more servings of onion a week cuts the risk of colon cancer by 56 percent, while eating lots of garlic lowers risk by 27 percent, They still can't figure though exactly what substances are responsible for the good effects but a lab study suggests that the sulfur compounds that give the veggies their bite may also be cancer fighters. So try to include as much onion and garlic in your daily meals, some of you may not like their taste but they're big time in cutting your cancer risk.

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Sail Away

Whether your family's summer vacation style is laid-back or full of activities, there is a European getaway just for you. Find out which one will suit you best and how to have a great time on board. Choose among these European cruises offered at Europe Cruises and let you family experience a luxurious vacation they will never forget. Visit the site to know more.

Easy Move

To avoid stress and worries, the easiest way to move is to seek professional help. Packing and unpacking are the tasks that many of us dread. But it can go smoothly and quickly with a reliable moving company. U-Pack has been known to be the most reliable when we talk about movers, so you are sure they’ll put extra special care of your things. Plus, you don't have to worry about moving trucks being reweighed after you've loaded your belongings and be surprised with extra charges. The rates they offer are incredibly affordable. With their thoughtful planning and organization of your moving tasks, you’ll be able to move with ease and have a peace of mind.

Lighting Your Home Office

When lighting up your new home office, know and plan your lighting and electrical requirements. There is nothing worse than having several electrical cords and outlets sticking out from every corner. Be strategic in placing your gadgets according to your requirements and work style, it can help you keep organized. And for the lighting, make sure it's available directly above work surfaces.

Friday, April 17, 2009

a busy mom

It has been three weeks without a maid and I think I'm getting used to doing all the houseworks. I have pretty much gotten used to the routine - doing the laundry in the morning, preparing meals, attending to the store, cleaning the rooms, washing the dishes, ironing and all. But I'm quite disappointed that with all these, my weight has not changed! Thought I could forget about the best diet pills on the market my friends have been raving about. Do you think I should go for it or should I wait another week?

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Don't take a day off

Did you know that skipping calcium supplement every now and then means you could be missing out on its big benefits? When researchers reviewed 17 studies, they found that people who consistently took calcium reduced their risk of bone fractures by 24%. But those who missed doses more than 20 % of the time, they cut the payoff by half. To get the most protection, experts recommend taking at least 1200 milligrams of calcium daily.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Mellow Yellow Monday #1


Santan Flowers

Snapped this from my neighbor's garden.

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Sunday, April 12, 2009

Thank You

It was a sad weekend for all of us, hubs' aunt passed away on Good Friday at 6 am. Nanay Ats, 74, succumbed to breast cancer. The news of cancer came as a shock because all the while (for 2 years) we thought she was suffering from osteoporosis. That's what we have been told by her doctors and there were screenings and examinations that supported their diagnosis. She even had a general physical examination a few months back and a bone marrow test last month. We brought her to 6 different doctors, all of them were consistent in saying that Nanay Ats had osteoporosis. We still can't believe that none of her tests showed signs of the killer C.

Two Fridays ago, she was rushed to the hospital because she wasn't eating anymore. The next day, we were informed that she has breast cancer, stage four already and that she has only about a week left. Thursday, she asked to be brought home. It's as if that was what she was waiting for, to rest at home. The next morning, she came home with the Lord.

Nay, I know you are happy wherever you are and we're all glad that your sufferings has come to an end. We love and miss you.

Once again, our family would like to express our sincere thanks to all of you who shared their love, their prayers and their experiences with us.

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Friday, April 10, 2009

She's Gone Home......

At 6:00 AM, Good Friday,April 10, Nanay Ats finally bade us farewell. She peacefully passed away in her sleep. My MIL was by her side, holding her hands. As she took her last breath, a procession was passing by their place. The procession stopped and took a moment of silence to pray for her soul. Five priests blessed her. Nanay was a friend to all. Those in the procession knew her well. She was kind and helpful to all their neighbors.

As per her request, she was cremated. Since it was Good Friday, her ashes could not be interned. Friends and relatives went to her house instead to pay their last respects. Our dear Nanay Ats is finally home.

Our family would like to express our sincere thanks to all who shared their love, their prayers and their experiences with us.

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We need your prayers... (Update)

April 07, 2009

Not many of you know that Joel of Big Boys Have Toys Too and Life's A Pizza Pie is my husband. We both would like to ask for your prayers, his aunt was rushed to the hospital last Friday, she was diagnosed with breast cancer, stage four. This is really sad news for us as she was like a mother to my husband. Nanay Ats is 74, she's never been married and has no kids of her own. This morning my MIL informed us that she had a fever and that she's not conscious anymore. Her doctor said, she could leave us anytime. Please pray for her, that she won't suffer much and if is she has to go and join our Creator, that she goes in peace.

Thanks to all of you.


April 08, 2009

Her condition remains the same, she's been going in and out of consciousness. Her doctor have placed a machine to ease her pain and she's no longer taking in food. All we are waiting for is time.


April 10, 2009

Her condition has worsened. She asked to be brought home. Her doctor has informed the family that she has barely a week left. Her breathing is shallow and reduced to gasps. She cannot recognize us anymore and she often lapses into unconsciousness. She no longer speaks and can only move her hands. We have accepted her fate and it is just a matter of time before she leaves us. We're praying that she goes peacefully.

Joel and I would like to thank all of you who have shared your prayers and love.

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The Sign of Spring

Spring is seen as a time of growth, renewal, and of new life (plants and animals) being born. If you have perennials in your garden, the emerging buds are a sure sign of spring. What's great about having perennials is that you need to plant them only once. During winter, the plants tend to die back to the ground but rest assured they will come back every spring. If you're looking for these type of plants, Nature Hills Nursery have a variety ranging from low growing plants to tall growing plants. These beautiful and colorful blooms will surely liven up your garden.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

March Top Droppers

Appreciation and link love to friends who dropped by the most for the month of March. I also want to take the time to thank everyone who visited, left comments and dropped their cards but did not make it to the top ten. Thanks to all of you, your support is very much appreciated.

Please take time to visit my top ten droppers. All have great sites, they are deeply committed and dead serious droppers. ^.^

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