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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Important Information About Asbestos and Mesothelioma

Just in time for the Asbestos Awareness week, here are some shocking information about asbestos and ways to protect yourself from harmful exposure. Asbestos is the one and only hazardous material that directly causes mesothelioma. 


Sunday, March 29, 2015

Find Your Bold at Dinner Time

Nothing makes every dinner time more precious than having a good conversation with your family while enjoying great food. It brings you closer to your loved ones and you get updated with the day to day happenings. Bold flavors, like Ore-Ida Bold & Crispy fries will make meal times more fun. #FINDYOURBOLD AT DINNER TIME and join below for a chance to win one (1) of five (5) $100 Amazon Gift Cards.



Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Rx for Sore and Achy Feet

Those new boots look stunning, but running errands in them all day can leave your tootsies aching and smelling a tad less than fresh. The fix? Pour a cold beer into a shallow bowl and soak feet for 10 minutes. The carbonation and cool temperature will relieve pain while the hops kill odor-causing bacteria. 


Lace Wedding Dresses


I was either growing old or it's just the time of the year for weddings. Everyone around me are in the middle of releasing prenup pictures and choosing caterers. Of course, in social media websites, my lady friends who are about to get married are in crisis because of the fact that they have yet to find the perfect wedding gown.

Don't get me wrong, I'd be in crisis too. Of course, all women want to wear the perfect gown on their wedding day. The gown that would defy trends and still look as fabulous in photos as it did on the day itself twenty years from now.

When it comes to choosing wedding gowns, though, I find that lace wedding dresses are the most classy, elegant, and glamorous of them all, although I have to admit that the A line wedding dresses, cheap dresses for women, a line dresses for women and cheap lace dresses I saw in my favorite wedding website are pretty as well. The material itself screams royalty. And what woman wouldn't want to feel like a princess during their big day, right?





Lace wedding dresses, make it easier for brides to match accessories and find the perfect shoes too. The simplicity of lace wedding dresses makes room for the bride's need to accessorize.

Oh, thinking about weddings and wedding gowns just makes my imagination go wild.


Benefits of Installing Curtains


If you do not consider curtains as an essential part of home decoration, below are some of the benefits of installing curtains that might change your mind.

Installing curtains affects the overall look of your interior. It adds beauty to any room and most of the time, curtains dictate the mood. Light colored curtains, i. e. Plaid curtains, polka dot curtains, striped curtains, floral curtains and nautical curtains dictate a happy mood; while the dark colored ones dictate a more serious or romantic mood.





Curtains are an essential accessory in our homes. Aside from beautifying our home, drapes are great window coverings that keep away direct sunlight from entering the rooms. Having curtains on your windows can prevent the heat from getting in and provide better insulation. They serve the same purpose during the cold months.

Privacy is another major reason why people choose to install curtains. Curtains prevent neighbors and passersby to peep in. You don't want other people looking or staring at you when you are resting comfortably in your home, right? Curtains prevent intruders from peeping into your personal life.

Convinced? If you are ready to shop for curtains, spend your time wisely in choosing the right designs and colors. The things you should take note of are durability, comfort, and of course, your budget. Choosing the perfect curtains may be a little tricky, but once you find the curtains that work for you, your home would be more comfortable, and friendly with enhanced privacy.


Thick and Full Lashes




Want to know the secret to lush lashes? Simply dip a cotton swab in baby powder and tap off any excess. Then apply a coat of mascara to your lashes and while they are still wet, close your eyes and lightly sweep the baby powder over the mascara before finishing with another coat. The powder provides extra particles for the mascara to stick to, so your lashes would appear thick and full.

Orange you glad it's Friday?



Glass noodles with shrimp and garlic leaves.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Mel's Wedding


With only a couple of months away from her wedding, my cousin Mel is panicking because she hasn't found the perfect wedding dress. Oh believe me, she has seen and tried a lot already, but she still can't decide. I already told her to check the stunning A-Line Wedding Dresses that I saw online because I just knew this type of dress would suit her figure well. Although the site offers a lot of other designs such as cheap A-Line Wedding Dresses, beautiful ball gown wedding dresses, princess ball gown wedding dresses, and Ball Gown Wedding Dresses, she's petite and very slim and I've seen how an A-line dress looked perfect on her.





But, oh well. She insists she wants to look at the Ball Gown Wedding Dresses for a change. Well, I have nothing against this type of wedding dress. Princess ball gown wedding dresses are actually very pretty. I, for one wore a beautiful ball gown wedding dress when I got married. It's just that she looks stunning in A-line dresses. But then again, it's her wedding, so ball gown wedding dresses we will check.

We are all hoping though, that she'll find the dress. Time is running out and if she is that meticulous, we are all afraid, she might not have enough time.

This is probably the most stressful family wedding we will ever have. Mel is very indecisive and that makes all of us, her cousins, very nervous, too.


Pretty Kids Curtains


The pretty kids curtains I found at the department store, today would make the twins' eyes grow wide. At the age of three, these two girls are so mesmerized with the Disney princesses. Even when we shop for clothes, they would choose dresses, shirts and pajamas with Cinderella, Snow White, Aurora, Ariel, Jasmine, Rapunzel, Elsa and Anna prints.

I was out to buy some grocery items when I chanced upon the Lace Curtains sale. I wasn't actually intending to buy, but I thought I should check them out. Well, it was a good thing I did because, there I found several princesses curtains, Country Curtains, Kids Curtains and Shabby Chic Curtains. And who am I to resist a good sale? Curtains at 50 percent off? Certainly not me. So, off I went to the check out counter and had several printed and Modern Curtains wrapped for the girls.




I am very sure the girls will be surprised to find them hanging in their room when they arrive from school. Oh princess fever. I don't know if these girls will ever get tired of you.


Saturday, March 14, 2015

Derma Roller by Diva d'or Review


Have you ever used a Derma Roller before? Don't let those needles intimidate you because those needles actually help to reduce the signs of aging. Today's review is about the Derma Roller by Diva d'or.




Product Description

Get the results and those benefits of Diva D'or Derma Roller:

- Stimulates collagen formation.
- Tightens skin and restores elasticity.
- Softens fine lines.
- Reduces the appearance of scarring.
- Reduces cellulite.
- Reduces pigmentation and sun damage.
- Improves the skin's ability to absorb topical serums, gels and creams.

My Thoughts

The needles may feel a little uncomfortable at first. They hurt, but just a little. As soon as your skin gets used to the micro needles, you won't feel any pain. If you will be following up with a toner, make sure you use a product that doesn't sting. You are making tiny holes in your face when you use the Derma Roller and applying a toner with cooling effect might hurt your skin.



I'm not sure if it's just me, but my skin felt incredibly soft after using the tool. I've been using it nightly for a week now and I can already notice some improvements. Dark spots and enlarged pores are my main problems. I can see the dark spots getting lighter and pores getting smaller.

As for the fine lines, it is too early to tell, but judging from the results I am getting and how it makes my skin feel soft and smooth, I am positive that the Derma Roller will continue to amaze me in the weeks to come.

Overall, I like the Derma Roller. If you are looking for a product to combat the signs of aging and improve your skin's ability to absorb anti aging products, this is worth investing in.

Where to buy?

You can purchase the Derma Roller through Amazon. It's fairly priced at $18.75.

Disclosure: I received a sample of this product free of charge for the purpose of this review. All opinions expressed here are 100% my own and was in no way influenced by anyone or the brand.


Friday, March 13, 2015

Ultimate Party Giveaway from Birthday Express


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Sunday, March 8, 2015

Find the Top Influencers Using the Finder Technology #BuzzooleFinder


Have you ever heard of Finder? It's an influencer search engine that was recently launched by Buzzoole. Finder is a software specifically designed for brands and agencies to search for potential brand ambassadors for your products. There are 2 billion online social users and if you are to find experts using regular search engines, it might take you eons to find the top influencers. You know that one of the best ways to promote your products online is through social media and the Finder technology works to identify online users who have a better following based on specific search parameters.



Finder searches influencers by topic, location and skill. It will search all Facebook profiles, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, blogs and personal websites and a classification based on the specific audience detected on the selected topic. So, if for example, you are looking for top influencers in the field of travel; Finder will classify its search according to social users in that field. That way, finding out who your target audience is a cinch.

As soon as your search is through, you will be given a list where you can have the opportunity to communicate with the users that will generate word of mouth and help you promote your brand. This technology will also ensure that when you create a buzz marketing campaign for your brand, you start out with the right influencers. Influencers that will easily spread the word about your products and possibly generate sales.

The images below will give you an idea how Finder works.

1. SEARCH 


To begin the search for the best influencers for your brand simply login and write your category in the search bar (i.e. cuisine, fashion, photography, tourism).
For an even more accurate search you can use the "Advanced Search" options.
Language: this allows you to search for influencers who speak specific languagesSuggest influencers: gives you the opportunity to suggest reference influencers for your research

2. PREVIEW


After having input the topic in the search bar, such as filmmakers, you will see a preview of the report with just 5 results.
At this stage it is possible to eliminate any results that aren't relevant or interesting and see the entire report by clicking "Create a report".

3. REPORT


With the report complete, it is possible to view all of the results by topic and interact (mention, follow, etc.) with the social profiles of the resulting influencers, (Twitter, Facebook, blog, website).
To continue to have access to the Finder report, even offline, it is possible to download it in PDF or Excel format.

4. FILTERS


To help you identify influencers that are most tailored to the needs of your brand we’ve equipped Finder with a filtration and organization system that includes the following:

  • Max Followers: filters the influencers based on the maximum number of followers they have
  • Gender: filters the influencers according to gender (male, female, both)
  • Skills: filters the influencers based on their skills and skill level Organization levels:
  • Leaders: organizes influencers who have the most followers in your identified cluster from top to bottom or most to least
  • Lovers: shows the users who follow the leading influencer in the identified topic at the top of the list
  • Connectors: puts the influencers who have the highest number of relationships and connections among themselves at the top of the list
  • Emerging: shows the users who in the last 3 months have gained importance and have begun to influence their followers in your specific topic at the top of the list Research on favorites:
  • Favorites: These are your favorite influencers, who you can choose in the research stage by clicking on the star
I am not so techie myself, but I did find it easy to use. If you are looking for an easy and effective way to promote your brand, then you have to try Finder. 






Friday, March 6, 2015

Counterspace Concerns: Blenders Vs. Juicers


Deciding which appliances to take to college can be tough. Not only do you need to stay within budget, but you also need to consider how much space will be available in your college kitchen. Although you are probably brimming with dorm room ideas, space limitations will force you to make some compromises, such as deciding between a juicer and a blender, as you can't fit both in a small space.

Why Juice?

Juicing is a great way to increase your intake of fruit and vegetables. The CDC recommends that an 18-year-old female should eat around 1.5 cups of fruit and 2.5 cups of vegetables. If that amount seems overwhelming, then juicing could be an easy way for you to increase your daily veggie intake, without needing to spend time cooking.

Do You Need a Juicer?

The problem with juicers is that they take up a huge amount of counterspace. If you try to install a juicer in your shared student kitchen, your dorm-mates might not thank you for taking up all the available space. Also, juicers typically have high price points that are way outside of most college students' budgets.

If you want to juice at college, you need to look at alternatives to juicers, as that top-of-the-range, big and bulky juicing machine probably won't fit into either your budget or your dorm-mates' decorating ideas. Fortunately, there is a fantastic juicer alternative that has been hanging out on most countertops for years: the humble blender. Blenders actually have several advantages over juicers, besides just saving space.

Nutritional Benefits of Blending Vs Juicing

A high-powered blender breaks up fruits and vegetables, but it doesn't remove the fibrous pulp, like some juicers do. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, fruit pulp contains most of the healthy fiber contained in the fruit. Juicing using a blender means that you can create thick and tasty juices that contain all the healthy fiber that fruits and vegetables have to offer.

Blenders Offer Versatility

A high-powered blender is not only useful for creating tasty juices; you can also use it to create sauces, salsas, hummus, or soup. You can also make your own peanut butter by blending up peanuts. Or try out more interesting alternatives, such as almond, cashew, hazelnut or walnut butter, which are not as easy to find in grocery stores.

Budget Concerns: Blenders Vs Juicers

Cost is often front-of-mind for college students who are looking to equip their new home. In general, blenders are less expensive than juicers. Depending on the type of juices you want to make, you might need to choose a blender that costs a little more than the bargain-basement models, as tough vegetables like broccoli require a strong blending action to reduce them to a smooth pulp. However, you can get a good blender without spending a fortune. You will also get to enjoy the other benefits of a blender, such as the ability to make other delicious recipes.

During your pre-college shopping trip, the smart move is to bypass the expensive juicing machines and head straight for the blender section of the store. Find a model that you like, and one that can cope with juicing all your favorite fruits and vegetables to help you stay healthy during college.

Gloria Hart is a retired home decorator and avid blogger. She likes to inspire others by posting on the web. You can find her helpful articles on a variety of websites and blogs.


Learn Spanish the Easy Way with Wlingua! #SpanishCourseWlingua


I used to struggle in Spanish back when I was in college. Yup, back here the language is usually learned during college, although there are some schools that offer it for grade and high school students. I learned the basics, but since I have not used it for eons, I had forgotten it. I can only remember a few Spanish words.

While I was going through my emails, I was invited to download and review Wlingua. It's a FREE app that you can download to your Android or iOS device. You can learn different language through the app, but I chose Spanish.





I was prompted to register as soon as I opened the application. As soon as I was logged in, I was asked to choose the level I want. I chose to skip it since I will be back to square one. Oh yes, learning from the beginning. Wlingua already has the course set up for Castilian Spanish, the Spanish from Spain. But if you prefer learning Spanish Mexico, you only need to click the change button and you're all set.

Lesson 1 is learning about nouns, the gender of nouns, articles, adjectives, plural, Ser (naming ourselves and its uses), demonstratives and basic sentences like saying hello and introducing yourself.

There are 42 lessons offered and by the time you get to the last lesson, I'm sure you have already learned a lot.

My Thoughts

The graphics are very clear and the voice that prompts you to learn is very clear and easy to understand. I like that you will not only learn the Spanish words, but you will learn the correct pronunciation as well. And because it's an app that you have on your smartphone or tablet, you can go back to each lesson as often as you want.

How I wish we had this when I was still in school. Learning Spanish would have been a lot easier and quicker.

Recommendation

Overall, I had fun with Wlingua. It's very easy to use and understand. If you are looking for an application to learn Spanish the easy way or you want to refresh what you have already learned, this app is what you need. The photos are very clear and the voice prompts are easy to understand. Another good thing about the app is you can also study using your laptop. I highly recommend this.

Click the badges below to download Wlingua for free. #SpanishCourseWlingua

 


Disclosure: I downloaded the app FREE of charge for the purpose of this review. All opinions are 100% my own. However, I only recommend products that I have used and believe to be good for my readers.


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Wordless Wednesday



Posting for Wordless Wednesday. Have a great day!

For Music Mixing Enthusiasts

For someone who has a passion for DJing and mixing, the Gold DDJ-SX would be a perfect gift. The Gold DDj-SX is a limited edition controller that features 2 CDJ-type jog wheels with LCD displays, 16 touch-responsive pads for triggering samples, and an integrated 4-channel mixer with 2 mic inputs, XLR master out, TRS booth out, and a built-in 24-bit sound card. Surely, anyone who loves mixing music will have loads of fun with this state of the art gadget.

VIRGIN ARGAN OIL by NorthCoast Products Review


Ever since I've discovered about the wonderful benefits of Argan Oil, I've been using it for my hair, skin and nails. Today, I am reviewing the Virgin Argan oil by NorthCoast Products.



Product Description

Pamper your skin/hair/nails with 100% Pure Virgin Organic Argan Oil! Feel the difference of using this rare, ancient, and natural solution to create beautiful, soft, shiny skin & hair. Used for centuries in ancient Morocco, this precious oil is now available to help show your natural beauty and radiance! You'll be amazed at how well it absorbs into your hair and skin! Use consistently for best results. NorthCoast Products Argan Oil only has one ingredient: Argania Spinosa (Organic Argan Oil). All natural, with no preservatives. Certified organic by Ecocert ICO / USDA. Shipped and produced with the highest quality standards. Imported from Morroco, bottled in the USA.



My Thoughts

I like to apply a couple of drops on my hair right after shampooing while it's still damp. It keeps my hair soft and shiny and frizz free. I used to condition my hair daily, but now I only do it once or twice a week. The Virgin Argan oil leaves my hair soft and tamed. It's also a lot easier to style. Modeling for me is my brother. See how the oil added shine to his hair.




It was only recently that I discovered that Argan oil can also help with eczema. Our twin girls suffer from it, so when the Argan oil arrived last week, I started applying a few drops after taking a bath, just before toweling off. I was very surprised that their eczema is starting to clear up and they've stopped scratching it. It works better than their hydrocortisone cream!

Overall, we love the oil and all the wonderful benefits that it delivers. If you are looking for a product to combat signs of aging, moisturize hair and cure eczema, this is a great product to try.

Where to buy?

You can purchase the Virgin Argan Oil through Amazon. It's fairly priced at $23.97.

Disclosure: I received a sample of this product free of charge for the purpose of this review. All opinions expressed here are 100% my own and was in no way influenced by anyone or the brand.



Nursing Home Considerations


When families have loved ones who are nearing the point in their lives when they will no longer be able to safely take care of themselves, placing them in the care of a nursing home is a good option. This will ensure that they always receive the best quality of care, whenever they need it. However, all nursing homes are not created equal. There are stories in the news all the time about nursing homes who regularly mistreat and neglect their elderly residents. Therefore, how can you ensure that your loved one is placed in a nursing home that has the highest standards in terms of patient care? You can learn valuable information about nursing homes by reading the Yosef Meystel blog. Let's take a look at some of the most important questions you should ask the management of nursing homes you are considering:

1. What are the basic rules of the facility?

Before you place your elderly loved one on a nursing home, you need to find out what is allowed and what is not. When you are thinking of what questions to ask, consider the things you would want to know if you were moving into a nursing home. Here are a few of the questions you will need to cover:

- Are residents allowed to smoke?
- What approach is taken towards the treatment of behavioral problems?
- Can residents choose their own roommates?
- When are visiting hours?
- Can pets live in the facility? If not, can they visit?
- Can residents have a TV or phone in their room?

2. What are the safety and security measures?

Along with the quality of care your loved one is going to receive, you should also be thinking about what plans are in place at the facility in the event of a fire. Are there enough sprinklers in the facility? Can residents be evacuated from the building in a fast and safe manner? How often are fire drills practiced? If your loved one requires a medical machine for their survival, you will also need to inquire about whether or not the facility has a back-up power generator.

Ask if the nursing home is able to transport residents to the hospital themselves if they require emergency treatment. If they do not provide transportation, how long does it usually take for an ambulance to get to the facility?

If you’re loved one is suffering from Alzheimer's disease or dementia, are their guards at the facility to prevent him or her from wandering off the grounds?

How are the belongings of the residents protected? Are safe deposit boxes available? Can they have a safe in their room? Does the facility have security guards to prevent break-ins?

3. Is the nursing home accredited and certified?

The Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) certifies, accredits and inspects health care facilities in the U.S. If a nursing home has received JCAHO accreditation, this means it has complied with safety and quality control guidelines, including the managing of medication and prevention of infection.

All facilities that have been successfully accredited by the JCAHO will have a gold seal decal prominently displayed in various places. If you will be depending on Medicare to pay some or all of the bills, you should also make sure the facility is certified by Medicare.


 
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