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Thursday, December 31, 2009

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

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Wordless Wednesday

Help On The Road

Has it ever happened to you while you are traveling alone along the highway, your car suddenly stops and there's no one else to help you? Hmmm, that could be tragic and scary and I'm so sure you wouldn't want to spend hours on the road waiting for help to come. That is one of my fears and I'm glad hubs always make sure our roadside assistance service subscription is always updated. Don't wait until you experience a roadside breakdown before you realize you really need one, it pays to know that there is someone to help you right away in case of emergency.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Mellow Yellow Monday #37

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Happy Mellow Yellow Monday!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

For Body-Wide Health Benefits

You know how important it is for us to supplement with the best vitamins and minerals. Getting regular supplies of the vitamins we need daily not only strengthens our body but it helps fight inflammation-causing diseases as well. You may not be aware of it but the best vitamins continue to surprise you with body-wide health benefits.

Just take vitamin D for example. I have always thought that exposure to sunlight is bad because it raises your risk on skin cancer and is the cause of premature aging. But I recently learned that taking Vitamin D can really slow down the aging process by up to 5 years. Just 20 minutes of exposure to sunlight a week is enough to supply us with our daily D requirements, cutting down DNA damage that triggers age-related diseases like cancer and heart ailments. Here's more of what this vitamin can do to you:

BRAIN - Cuts stroke risk; may help prevent depression
EYES - Lowers risk of macular degeneration
MOUTH - Decreases risk of gum disease
HEART - Lowers chances of cardiovascular disease
LUNGS - May reduce lung cancer risk
BREAST - Cuts chances of breast cancer
BACK - Lessens likelihood of chronic pain
LEGS - Fights age-related weaknesses
CALVES - Lowers risk of blocked leg arteries

Multiple studies are still being done on what other health benefits we can get from the best vitamins on the market. Still, it's important to consult your doctor before you decide to take these.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

For The Meantime

The economy is in a slump and so many jobs are lost everyday. But despite this, there are other options to earn. I have observed that there is a substantial rise in openings for sales jobs which comes as no surprise. Many of the specialized jobs have been filled up and skills training has become lucrative. But sales is still the way to go as it drives the economy. It's a good alternative instead of waiting around for your dream job. Sales actually opens more doors for progress and opportunity. There will always be a market for something.

Safety First

Hubby always emphasizes safety. He's a DIY man and uses power tools when he works. This is why he had collected so many safety products through the years. From safety goggles to gloves, he has them all. Even when working on simple repairs, he still would wear protective gloves or eye wear. He doesn't believe that getting your hands dirty means sacrificing your wellbeing. With all the possible accidents waiting to happen and contaminants around, safety first before anything else has always been his motto..

Monday, December 21, 2009

Mellow Yellow Monday #36

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Happy Mellow Yellow Monday!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Looking at the sky on Friday (31)

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Happy sky watching!

Stop Cold Weather Cravings

Fatigue-inducing blood sugar swings are common during cold months, when weak sunlight dampen our body's production of glucose-regulating serotonin. But you can easily outsmart cold weather cravings by consuming 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon daily. The spice can offset this effect by stowing the body's absorption of carbohydrates, improving blood sugar control. Try sprinkling it to your favorite food like toast, oatmeal, and yogurt.

Drug Rehab

Drugs and alcohol are very addictive, and for a long time, it's been our society's problem. Usually, the addiction roots from experimentation and it never chooses its victims, (young or old.) When one becomes an addict, he starts gambling with his life, his personality, and his future. This problem is treatable. If you know of someone who's addicted to drugs, having him admitted to a drug rehab center is your best move to help the person. Addiction is destructive, it doesn't only hurt the victim but also those who deeply love and care about them.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Mellow Yellow Monday #35

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Yes, those are giant bananas and it's longer than my knife! Found it at the grocery store and bought 1 piece to try. I still like the smaller ones. They are sweeter and softer.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Looking at the sky on Friday (30)

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This is just one of our early morning views at the back of our home, taken while preparing breakfast for my kids.

Happy sky watching!

My Thoughts On Homeschooling

Recent studies showed that many American parents consider homeschooling rather than sending their children to traditional schools. They seriously consider this because it's a different way of educating their children. My kids are grown now but if I had to go back in time, I would have homeschooled them considering the amount of money you have to spend for education. I'm a work-at-home mom anyway and I can focus on their studies. I wish homeschooling curriculum online was already available back then. Here in the Philippines, putting your children in a decent school would cost you a fortune. Education here is now more of a privilege rather than a necessity. It's a sad fact but it's true.

Homeschooling do not only help you save money, but it allows your kids to be educated at home free from the daily school assignments, school projects and pressure. And the best thing is, it also allows more bonding time between you and your child, fostering closer relationships. This will greatly strengthen your relationship and your child's self-esteem and self-confidence will improve a lot. Another important reason why some parents consider homeschooling is because this shields their children from bad habits due to peer influence - smoking, drinking alcohol, gambling, sex, drugs and violence.

Although not everyone can do it, you don't need to be an expert to homeschool your child because the net is steaming with information that would surely help you and your child. You can find a homeschooling curriculum that best suits your child's needs and even customize it for appropriate subject grade level.

If you are seriously considering it, take the time to think about it before deciding whether or not home schooling is right for you and for your kids.


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Timing Is The Key

When we are under stress, our body releases cortisol, a hormone that helps the body survive in times of dangers. Sadly, this "automatic response" comes with an unwelcome side effect... belly fat! That's because cortisol sends calories straight to the tummy so the liver can access them quickly for emergency fuel. Plus, cortisol spikes can trigger overeating. We have the tendency to reach for snacks when we are stressed. I recently read that with a few timing tricks, you can easily outsmart fat-causing cortisol swings. Here they are...

Eat breakfast within an hour of waking. Our body is producing just enough cortisol to keep us alert when we wake up in the morning. And from there, cortisol levels rise, putting us at risk of overeating. Experts recommend consuming a protein-packed bite within an hour of waking. A healthy, satisfying fare can ward off overwhelming cravings later.

Snack three hours after lunch. Cortisol levels naturally begin to fall around 3 pm. But when a busy day keeps cortisol at a continual high, the cortisol drop registers as a full-blown crash, draining energy. This is what makes us crave for sugar for a quick way to recharge, experts say. To outsmart this, have a filling snack a few hours after lunch before fatigue sets in.

According to them, this simple timing tricks can help ward off cravings. The result? A slimmer you!

Clean Air Act

A lot of us take for granted maintaining the quality of air we breathe at home. This could greatly affect our health (especially the kids) if not given attention. It's one of the leading causes allergies and other bronchial complications. Allergies and bronchial complications could easily be prevented. Take time to check and change your furnace filters. Doing so will ensure a perfectly functioning furnace and clean air. It always helps to be cautious and preventive rather than be sorry and shell out a ton of cash for treatments.

The Perfect Month for Weddings

This is the time of the year that I receive a lot of wedding invitations. December last year, hubs and I attended three weddings and for this year, we have four wedding invites. Most Filipinos now prefer to get married in December. June used to be the most popular month for weddings but because of typhoons, December is definitely better. How about you? Would you prefer to be a June bride or a December bride?

Monday, December 7, 2009

Mellow Yellow Monday #34

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Hope everyone of you had a wonderful weekend. Happy MYM!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Looking at the sky on Friday (29)

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This was taken two weeks ago when we went to Tiendesitas. It was such a bright day and I couldn't resist taking a snap of the fluffy clouds.

Happy sky watching!

Bye-bye Pounds

I lost 12 pounds over the first two months of my weight loss plan, and I need to drop 20 more. I've been working out for 30 minutes every day, and losing those 12 pounds seemed really easy in the beginning. But dropping pounds now seems to get harder and I'm afraid I will have a hard time with the remaining 20. I'm beginning to feel frustrated. I know I shouldn't because that will only make it harder for me to meet my target weight. When I started the plan, I brushed aside the idea of taking the best weight loss supplements. But now I'm having second thoughts. With my very slow metabolism, simply working out won't do the trick. I need something to rev it up and end my hunger pangs.

Accidents Do Happen

About a month ago, my uncle was up on the ladder cleaning his car. One wrong move made him fell and injured his right leg. Good thing my sister was home when the accident happened so she brought him to the hospital. My uncle is alright but he is still recovering and was not able to work since the accident. The doctor said it might take a couple of months more before he could work again. His disability claim was denied at the initial application level so my aunt hired a lawyer to help them on his disability appeal. The lawyer told them that my uncle's chances of winning benefits is substantially high, which is great news because they are now down with one income and you know how costly treatments and medications are.
 
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