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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Making It Easier to Stay At Home In Senior Years


Statistics indicate that approximately 80% of seniors experience some type of chronic health condition or illness that requires long term care. In addition to situations that require long term care, there are circumstances such as recovery periods from a fall or surgery that require temporary assistance. Millions of Americans fill the role of caregiver for a family member with Alzheimer or Dementia. Research shows that this period of caregiving can cover a period of one to four years. Caring for a family member with any type of long or short term disability can be stressful. Therefore, it's imperative for both the caregiver and the person they are caring for to utilize the services offered by in-home care agencies.

Sometimes, it's difficult to know where to start when you realize you're going to need assistance with a loved one. To get an overview of the type of services available, you can visit AdvancedHomeSupport.com. After exploring the services that are offered, you can discuss your situation with the professionals to determine the level of caregiving your loved one requires. A personalized care plan can be established that meets their immediate need. For those with a long term illness, the caregiving plan can be adjusted to accommodate your needs and your loved one's needs as time goes by.

As a caregiver, your life probably centers around the responsibilities you have. It could be a help to you to have someone relieve you of responsibilities such as medication management, taking your loved one to medical appointments and assisting with their personal care and home care duties. If you are taking care of a loved one with Alzheimer's or Dementia, the level of care, time commitment and personal challenges will increase as the disease progresses. Respite care can become an essential part of your life. Caregiver burnout is likely to occur if you attempt to bear the entire weight of caregiving alone.

It is advantageous to find an in-home caregiver service such as Advanced Home Support that can help you from the companion, non-medical caregiving level through the period of time where your loved one may need the services of a CNA, LPN, of RN. There's considerable peace of mind when you know that the agency you are comfortable working with with can help you throughout the changes your loved one will experience.

Ciinolin Swaddles and Baby Steps Review and Giveaway (ends May 15)



Swaddling has been done by mommies since the ancient times, but it was only in the early 1990’s that it became very popular. I have two grown kids and it's a shame to admit that I only learned how to swaddle properly when my twin granddaughters were born. Both of my kids were, of course, swaddled in the hospital, but I never really practiced swaddling them at home. That's because I was told that babies feel more comfortable when they sleep on their tummies and for the reason that I didn't want to restrict their movements.





In the early 1990s, health professionals started promoting back sleeping for all babies because they believe there is a link between SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) and tummy sleeping. And to help babies sleep safely and avoid getting startled from the sounds around them, swaddling was encouraged. Ordinary baby blankets were used back then to wrap babies. Nowadays, the issue of safe swaddling has been taken into consideration, so swaddling blankets are made not just to make babies feel comfortable, but to support their bodies as well. Aside from that, second generation swaddles also come in attractive designs.

I have partnered with Ciinolin (pronounced “See – no – leen”), a family team based in Asia that gives you these comfy and pretty swaddles. Cirebon and Madura Swaddles are their main products. Yin, the founder, is a former banker. She is married and now a proud mom of a baby boy. Ciinolin was founded under the very same belief that “all things grow better with love, care and diligence”. Aside from swaddles, Baby Step Cards are also available on the website. These cards will allow you to record your baby's special moments so the entire family can remember them in the years to come. Each of the cards (there are 32 cards by the way), also offer wonderful photo opportunities. Just write down the dates and snap a photo of your baby with the card. I am sure you and the whole family will have loads of fun filling up the cards.

And oh, I forgot to mention that their products support giving. For every product sold, a fixed portion of income is donated to improve the lives of less fortunate children and families around the world. They give through their partner, B1G1 Giving, a Not-for-profit society registered and regulated in Singapore. 100% of contributions are passed directly to charitable organizations.

Product Description

Our swaddles are made of 70% rayon from natural bamboo fibers and 30% cotton, 47" x 47" Asian inspired contemporary designs - e.g. Cirebon Adventure swaddles - Our playful little explorers soar in a sky filled with cloud motifs inspired by traditional Cirebon batik design, an element widely used in traditional South-East Asian fabrics.





For more information about their products, please visit the following:

Ciinolin
Facebook

Yin and I will be giving away 1 box of Cirebon Adventure swaddles (3 in a box), 1 box of Madura Merrytime Swaddles (3 in a box) and 3 boxes of Baby Step Cards to 5 lucky readers. This giveaway is open for US only, 18+ and ends on May 15, 2014. One entrant per household, please!

Enter through the giveaway link below. Good luck!



Disclosure: The owner of this blog received financial compensation to promote Ciinolin products. All opinions are 100% my own. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers. Mommy's Little Corner is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Review: LAC Taut Premium Collagen Masks


Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

One of the perks of being a beauty blogger is getting to try new and amazing products. I just received my samples of LAC Taut Premium Collagen Masks courtesy of Tomoson. I've got 2 individual collagen masks to try.




Taut Gold Standard Collagen Infusion Mask claims to moisturize, revitalize, tone and brighten facial skin. The mask is specifically formulated to target sagging, dehydrated and dull-looking skin and is suitable for all types skin; even the most sensitive ones. The proprietary blend of hydrolyzed collagen, botanical Squalene, hyaluronic acid and anti-oxidants, penetrates deeply into the skin to tone, hydrate and brighten the complexion in just 15 minutes.

My Thoughts

After I took a shower and washed my face with a cleanser, I applied the damp mask right away. It's a non-rinse off facial mask, by the way, so it's best to apply after washing your face and before hitting the sack. I like that it's damp with serum. It means all the skin on my face will get lots of love. I even used the excess liquid to rub on my neck and arms.




The soothing and cooling effect that I immediately felt on my skin is a big plus. I felt totally relaxed. Twenty minutes later, I peeled off the mask. There was a sticky feeling, but my skin felt very soft and it looked radiant. It felt smooth and soft that there's no need to apply a moisturizer anymore. I woke up with a glowing look and my skin felt taut and firm. Even the dark circles that seemed to stay permanently stay around my eyes have lightened. What's more? The firming and hydrating effect lasted for a couple of days.

Pros

The mask works great at hydrating skin and making it look fresh and healthy. It's collagen-boosting properties also work to make skin look and feel youthful.

Cons

I honestly didn't find anything I didn't like with the mask. I've used a lot of facial masks before, but this is the only one with long lasting effects. This mask is definitely a winner!

Recommendation

For quick and visible results, this facial mask is your best bet. If you want to look fab, especially for a big event, primp and prime with LAC Taut Premium Collagen Mask the night before the big day; it's a miracle worker!

So, where can you get these amazing masks? You can buy them at Fred Segal, DooBop.com and www.tautcollagen.com. A box of 5 masks complete with collagen system costs about $50.

For more information, you may also visit and like their Facebook page and follow them on Twitter.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Manage Important Projects and Store Important Documents

Trying to manage everything from your home projects, appointments and to-do lists can be daunting and confusing. Some people have closets of paperwork, including receipts, warranties, contracts, manuals and other important documents that require safekeeping. Unless you choose to shred and eliminate old and unwanted items, every year you will accumulate an enormous amount of materials. These items will eventually become lost in piles of documents, and when you need to find something that is very important to a current undertaking, like a receipt or a warranty document, you may spend hours looking for the exact item. You may also undertake small and large projects for your primary home and other properties, such as home remodeling, lawn work or installing an automation system. Setting a to-do list and keeping track of what must be completed on specific days will help you manage your projects effectively as well as have the peace of mind knowing that everything that you need to know is right at your fingertips. If you could utilize a safe and secure online project management database for your home and other properties, it will help you save on time and eliminate stress and confusion. If you’re able to upload important documents online and print them as needed, you may never need to decipher through large piles of documents to search for one or more specific items. There are ways to manage your time effectively, eliminating the possibility of being overwhelmed with your home management schedule. Companies, like Homezada offer valuable online tools to help you manage your home and all of your assets. Rather than trying to keep track of receipts, calendars and other paperwork, you have the option to simply login to your account and view your to-do list, upcoming projects, past projects and paperwork. You can store images and scan as many items as necessary to manage your home inventory. Learn more about various efficient online databases by researching the extensive opportunities that are available for homeowners, renters and real estate investors. You may no longer need a file cabinet and other manual files, requiring you to maintain ample space in your home or office for storage and upkeep of documents.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Review: Ozeri Stone Earth Pan


Yay, I got another pan from Ozeri! Last month I reviewed the Green Earth Pan, this time, I am going to review the Ozeri ZP3-26 Stone Earth Pan with 100-Percent PFOA-Free Stone Derived Nonstick Coating from Germany. I can't tell you how much I love the Green Earth pan and I'm very excited to try this other pan from them.


Product Description

- Made with STONEHENGE coating, a safe and natural stone-derived coating from Germany
- It's non-stick while remaining absolutely free of PFOA, a harmful chemical used in traditional cookware
- Durable and scratch-resistant
- Stone Earth Pan by Ozeri is made of the highest quality die-cast aluminum that allows for even cooking and fantastic browning without hot spots
- It boasts a magnetized bottom for rapid heat transfer on induction stoves and a heat resistant silicone coated handle

My Thoughts

It's a great looking pan. It looks expensive and the surface is very smooth. I tried cooking with a little oil and my fried fish still turned out perfect; crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. The skin of the fish usually sticks on pans, even if you are using a nonstick pan. With the Stone Earth pan, it didn't happen considering I only used a few drops of oil. It's easy to clean, too. Cutting back on oil and eating healthy is now easier with this pan from Ozeri.




Pros

Just like the Green Pan, it has the Greblon trademark meaning, it is 100% ultra safe. I like it a lot because it is chemical free, unlike ordinary nonstick pans that contain PFOA, a harmful chemical used in traditional cookware. PFOA can be toxic when exposed to very high heat and constant exposure to that chemical raises our risk of acquiring a disease later on. I also love that I can cook with lesser oil. Just a few drops and you're good to go. It makes me feel good that my family and I are eating healthier foods. Another feature of the pan that I love is the Stonehenge coating evenly distributes the heat, so food is cooked even faster. You save on oil and gas, plus, you get to enjoy healthier food.




Cons

None. Even the reviews I've read about this pan are all positive.

Recommendation

It's a cool-looking pan and it works well for those who are aiming to eat healthy. It's free of chemicals and is scratch resistant. It is made of durable, heavy-gauge die-cast aluminum to ensure you and your Stone Earth pan will be together for years.

To purchase the Ozeri ZP3-26 Stone Earth Pan with 100-Percent PFOA-Free Stone Derived Nonstick Coating from Germany, 10-Inch, Gray please go to their Amazon page. For more information about the pan, you may visit the Ozeri website or like and follow them on Facebook.

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed here are 100% mine and was in no way influenced by the brand or anyone. All photos used in the review were taken by myself or family. Do keep in mind that what works for me may not work for you. However, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Deprivation and Meditation: Sudden Flight Series at the Picasso Abstract Painter Chiqui Rodriguez

There'll be an art exhibit in Makati by a Filipino Abstract Painter. For more details please read the press release below.

Filipino abstract painter, Chiqui Rodriguez announces her major new series entitled SUDDEN FLIGHT, her solo show to be held in Zurich by late summer will have its preview opening in a two-man show at the Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences, hosted by Altromondo Gallery on 22 May 2014 and continuing through 18 July 2014.

The 15 selected paintings from a total of over 100 works that comprise the SUDDEN FLIGHT series, awash in vibrant color, are sure to dazzle visitors to the Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences. Chiqui’s unique approach to blending acrylic pigments on canvas creates gem-like surfaces. Peering through the surface to what is depicted below, the viewer realizes that all is not as glowing as it first appears. Chiqui is noted for her deep abstraction of complex realism.

Chiqui also explores a complex subject; her work calls attention to our culture’s thought of hardwork. Much of Chiqui’s artwork is influenced by her experience in the corporate world. Through this new body of work, she connects hardwork to social class as a form of meditation.

Says Chiqui of her SUDDEN FLIGHT series, “I was inspired by my short trip to Brussels after a show held in Berlin in 2013. I arrived with the intent of finding an artist who would be willing to collaborate with me in my upcoming projects, so I started to look around. Instead of finding an artist, I found some Filipinos who work around the city. My interaction with them in a different environment led to varied conversations about how challenging life is to be away from their love ones but nevertheless find solace knowing that their families benefit from their sacrifice. I started on my e-sketchpad and started to express my thoughts after this encounter. The title 'Sudden Flight' refers to several layers of meaning: sudden burst of happiness, excitement as reaching out lives of far-flung Filipinos extending compassion, a moment of bliss.”

The show plans to bring forward awareness on the inner thoughts of Overseas Filipino Workers.




About the Artist:
Copy of Chiqui Rodriguez Sudden Flight preview edited (1).jpg


Chiqui Rodriguez enjoys telling people how she started as an artist. It kicked-off one morning discussing the paintings she had been working on back in 2003 while having coffee with her long-time confidante.

Fearful that she did not finish a BFA degree, she was nevertheless encouraged to share her work publicly because painting has been her hobby since she was six. Through her renewed confidence and the opportunity entrusted in her, she learned that she can do anything to cultivate her art. With this experience, she believed that she can also inspire others that everything is possible if you put your heart into it. Chiqui went on to develop her signature painting style since then. The politically motivated environment of the Philippines and her adventures while traveling between Asia Pacific and Europe molded her ideals of optimism, hope and internal happiness. The first of five series from her upcoming exhibition “Sudden Flight” is now viewable through chiquirodriguez.com and Saatchi Art. While the Manila preview of the fourth series is on 29 May 2014 at the Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences hosted by Altromondo Gallery (www.altromondo.ph/artist-profiles/chiqui-rodriguez/).

Chiqui continues to research on cultural entrepreneurship in developing countries like the Philippines and remains active in various social causes.

For more information and high-resolution images contact:

Chiqui Rodriguez
chiqui@chiquirodriguez.com
http://chiquirodriguez.com

Saturday, April 12, 2014

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Soothe GI Troubles with Radish


One yummy way to ward off indigestion is to add radishes to salads, pasta and soups. The crunchy vegetable's zippy flavor comes from sulfur-rich amino acids that enhance the production of digestive enzymes and bile. According to studies, eating 2 radishes daily can ease indigestion, bloat and other intestinal ills in just seven days.

Affordable Translation Service

I may have had Spanish lessons during my college years, but those were not enough to understand the annotation at the back of the land title that my husband inherited from his uncle. It's a sensitive document and we only want to make sure that we won't have problems in the future.

We didn't know anyone who could help us understand what was written there, so I thought I'd check the language schools from around here. I was shocked with the fees. My husband suggested I try the internet, so I searched for Spanish professional translation services because he was thinking, maybe it's cheaper to get those services online than get them from a regular translation office.

Sure enough, my husband was right. I found a translation agency that can help us with the document. Their fees are way lower than the service fee the local agency here is asking. Now, why would I spend so much when I can get the service online for a minimal fee?

It's really great that the internet provides us with many other resources. People now can choose companies and compare prices. If you will just do your homework, you'll find the best deals and save a lot of money.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Keep the Big C at Bay with Pomegranate

image source: www.theicenter.org
 This super fruit helps ward off breast cancer. The credit goes to the fruit's compounds that prevent the growth of hormone-dependent breast cancer. Pomegranate's cancer-stopping power may stem from ellagic acid according to one study. Ellagic acid is an antioxidant that helps block the production of estrogen. Without estrogens, breast cancer cells can't grow.

Pursuing Higher Education Through Online Courses


Deciding to expand knowledge through online courses can be a big decision. Time and commitment are necessary to achieve a goal. Having the basic tools is not always enough to stay on track with assignments and reading. Some online higher education schools are taking a new approach to include support that leads to more motivation. When looking at signing on for courses that can further growth, always inspect different schools and what they have to offer.

Flexibility and Mobility

Blocking off a time frame and sticking to a schedule is still required with online classes. Even though working from home is a great alternative to physically attend classes at a university or college, there are times when interruptions are inevitable. Look for programs that offer the convenience of using only a web browser instead of having to download special software. Waiting on kids, sitting in a doctor's office, or even getting an oil change, can provide the perfect time to get extra study done from a laptop or tablet.

Courses that Challenge Today's Problems

The climate of the world is changing and understanding the needs in areas such as education, government and health care are becoming a major focus for many countries. Changing a mental attitude toward social and physical factors can place one far ahead of those without learning ethics. To find courses that deal with real life situations and the best way to handle the public by recognizing certain personalities and building a perception through research methods and theory.

Support from Instructors

There are many questions that always develop along the path of higher learning. Having a manual does little to explain the intimate details of a subject. Knowing that instructors are present and willing to participate in individual understanding, the learning process is easier and the feeling of loneliness is limited.

Monash University Online is an example of how some schools are changing their attitude toward the online learning process. By implementing audio, chat and video tools with trained teaching professionals, not only is help just a click away, but the personal interaction can make a significant difference in learning. Check out a school for qualifications, ratings, teachers, support and flexibility when ready to enter into the online learning arena and make the journey more profitable.
 
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