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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

One Small Step at a Time

Exactly a year ago, I was diagnosed with a gallstone. The doctor said it was quite big and she recommended that I have it removed, although she assured me that there is no rush as it was not an emergency case. That made me think. If there is really no rush and since it wasn't an immediate concern, I thought I could find ways to avoid surgery. Holistic healing came to mind. My mom's friend recommended a Chinese doctor who does acupuncture.

I also did some research about the foods I should eat and avoid. Fatty meat, salty food and anything fried should be avoided. It was hard during the first few months because I loved dairy and anything salty. I avoided beef and pork and turned to chicken breast, fish and vegetables. It took some getting used to, but one advantage that I was really happy about is I lost weight. Yes, finally! After years of trying to lose weight, I finally got rid of the pounds, even without exercise. I lost almost 30 pounds. It felt really great, but after a few months, I've grown tired of my diet. I know, though, that I can't go back to the way I used to eat because I still have the gallstone issue.

I have to get creative with my everyday meals and find yummy, but healthy food swaps. I still get a small dose of dairy once in a while, but I make sure I consume the light or low-fat dairies. I search the internet for healthier ways to prepare food and for healthier swaps and I am glad to discover that there are many dishes I never imagined would actually taste good.

Eating healthy is important, but you really don't have to make big changes to your diet to do this. One small step at a time; that's how you should start. As you grow more comfortable with these changes, you will be able to embrace it and finally make more substantial and permanent ones.

Friday, September 16, 2016

My favourite Activities I Do With my Baby girl!

As a mum life is nothing but juggling around with hundreds of responsibilities every day. Dealing with the stress of meeting deadlines at the workplace or the tension of what to give the kid for breakfast the next day- any situation calls for a lot of strength and perseverance on a mother’s part. But what makes my pain worth taking every time is getting a chance to see that smile on my daughter’s face.

After returning from work, every day, I make it a point to spend some absolute fun time with my daughter and do some art and craft or some fun activity which she absolutely loves! That’s in fact, the most precious time of my day as I forget all my tensions and stresses behind in minutes.

Below, I have listed 5 of my child’s favourite activities that we often do at home. Now that the holidays are about to start, you can try them too.

MAKE PAPER MACHES- Your kid can make all sorts of wonderful craft with paper mache: pinatas, masks, a globe, pencil holders. All they need is a little bit of guidance from their mummies. So that flour and water outside the kitchen territory and be ready to get your and child’s tiny hands all messy!

CREATE A COLLAGE- Collage is a technique of an art production where the artwork is created using an assemblage of different forms and shapes of different materials. These forms and shapes eventually create a whole image.

What I usually do is ask my baby girl, to gather most of the irrelevant stuff lying around the house and while I figure out what to put where to create something out of it, I let her do the actually work like cutting and pasting. Last week I and my daughter had real fun making a collage out of dried leaves and flowers which turned out really beautiful.

PLAYDOUGH- When it comes to playing dough, both me and my daughter love getting our hands dirty and colorful with this great art and craft kids activity making play dough. Smoosh it, mould it and roll it – you can create wild and wacky shapes with play dough that you and your kids made yourselves!

KNITTING- Knit with your kids! Kids need to see us being creative. They need to see the process — how long it takes us to knit things, and that we persevere, rip out stitches, pick up dropped stitches, and so forth. My daughter and I, last November made her little dollies woolen socks, all colored and warm.

PRINT ON THE OUTFITS- My child and I love making customized clothes for ourselves and our family. 

We have printed on coffee mugs and t-shirts and most of them turned out good. My daughter wanted to gift her grannie a printed top and since my mum has a huge love of bingo games, we inculcated a theme of her favorite bingo game on her tee.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Smart Shopping using Catalogues

The digital age, or the age of the Internet, has made shopping an extremely convenient and pleasurable task. Most retail industries have gone online, giving consumers the choice to shop anywhere, anytime and it has given them a boost in profits unforeseen in decades. Convenience, the ability not to physically see how much money one is actually paying or spending and the strategy of packaging goods as must-haves have all contributed to a surge of commercialism. Not that this is a bad thing. As economies grow and employment incomes thrive, studies show that the average consumer is still very much in debt. In fact, in more debt compared to the average consumer a decade ago. And yet we hear claims of people having too much stuff these days, leading to a new way of thinking called minimalism.

The thing is, shopping shouldn’t be a guiltless pleasure. It is, technically, a way for us to get our basic needs. Money is a quantifiable way to attach value to things, and shopping a method to acquire these. Shopping is a necessary way for the average consumer to get by day to day.

What people need is to be smart about shopping. A very effective way is to actually focus on our needs, not wants and turn shopping online into advantage. How?

1. Sales and wholesale buys are easier to spot when shopping online. Utilize these to stock on things you constantly need and use throughout the year.

2. Coupons are a steal. Most online stores offer different types of it every week or month, depending on their marketing strategy. Most of them offer free shipping when you reach a certain amount, while other offer coupons for bundles. As a tip, never check out from an online store without searching online (via search engines) for a coupon offering.

3. Take advantage of feedback from real customers. What is so great about the Internet is the amount of information you have access too, this includes real customer feedback. Window shopping is easier so you might tend to put more into your cart without thinking, but do checkout customer reviews. This way, it can actually save you from the headache and disappointment of receiving an item you will eventually return and ask for a refund. Most customers are actually kind enough to point you in the right direction of where to shop, and what brands are better.

4. Subscribe to catalogues. Catalogue shopping isn’t a thing of the past. In fact, it is the best way to be able to carefully plan out your shopping and easily pay. For example, Ace Catalogues has a comprehensive list of shopping sites, or catalogues, ranging from clothing, furniture and home, electronics, appliances and gifts, that you can shop from in a weekly, monthly or as-needed basis. You just have to open a credit account to be able to shop, and it allows you choose payment methods as well. Whether you choose to load up your account, pay in installment or take advantage of the Buy Now Pay Later feature, it allows you to carefully plan, compare and budget your purchases across different shopping needs.

Shopping need not be a regrettable action done impulsively. Shopping using the tactics mentioned above allows you to literally score great deals (and even a steal!) when doing it online.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Way Too Expensive

The company I recently contacted for our security system requires 8 cameras. I said, what?1? Isn't it too much? I mean this house isn't too big to have 8 cameras.


The same company also installed 2 cameras at my office and they charged me Php 17,000. I was surprised that the monitor was not included and charged me an additional Php 7,000 for it. I didn't ask for the price of the 8 cameras anymore as I'm already guessing that it's going to be too expensive. I am looking at other companies and canvassing used monitors to save money. I know my family's security is important and I'm doing my best to look for a reliable company that won't "steal" my hard earned money.

A Cool Software

Who says you have to be in a real studio to create great music? Well, you haven't heard about the ez drummer 2. With this cool software, you get top quality drum tracks in your music. No one will ever know you used a software to record your song. If you're a musician, you know how expensive it is to rent a studio and it's even more expensive to buy your own set of drums. To all the musicians out there. I recommend that you try this software.

Cute Sweater Dresses by Stylewe

Alright, we might not have the Fall season here, but I'm still excited for the approaching cooler weather because that means I can wear my favorite sweater dresses. They are warm and super comfortable!

I'm not really a fashionista, but since I started working (which was only recently), I needed more clothes to wear to the office. So, I also started shopping and found some really cool and cute dresses online. Stylewe is one of the shops that got my attention. They've got fabulous designs there and their prices are very affordable.

What's even more amazing is that you can get up to 80% off on Designers Fashions with limited supply. This event starts at noon ET every day! So, when you shop, make sure you check this first.

Here are some of my picks.

Black Sheath Casual Cotton-blend Mini Dress

Black Angora-blend Sheath Sweater Dress

Plain Long Sleeve Knitted Casual Sweater Dress

Apricot Elegant Crew Neck Plain Acrylic Sweater Dress

Navy Blue Crew Neck Frill Sleeve Knitted Sweater Dress

Black Two Piece Sweater Dress

Gray Long Sleeve Two Piece Bateau/boat Neck Sweater Dress

I also had a glimpse of the items they are offering for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. They've got lots of fabulous items there. I found this one for (would you believe?) only $49.00.

Black Buttoned Casual Midi Skirt

I'm so glad I discovered this store and I recommend you check it out too if you love chic dresses for less. For more information and updates about the Stylewe products, please visit and like their Twitter and Instagram pages.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Trading as a Stay at Home Mom

Other means of earning is what people are up to, much more if you are a stay at home mom. Good thing that there are many options to choose for and one of it is to be a forexbroker.

What’s convenient of involving ourselves to trading is that it doesn’t require a huge capital and that you can do that anytime. If you are a mom that takes care of the family, you can do day trading. So if you are planning to indulge to trading, then you better read further about trading below.

Accordingly, the greater minimum equity requirement for day trading offers the brokerage firm a cushion to satisfy any deficiencies within the account caused by day trading. Due to the increased leverage and quick returns, it can be extremely profitable. You can also use our platform to simulate how you'd have done during the last year in order to receive a challenging number of the real range for a day trading salary. Assuming you're trading with 500k, this provides you with the margin of up to 2M.

Your friends outside this trading world are not going to understand where you're coming from. Within this article, we'll focus on the way the typical person with extensive or almost no trading experience can enter the arena of trading and generating wealth. In fact, the truth of the subject is that the finest trading systems are truly the most simple.

There's also plenty of deception related to learning the company of trading. A thriving trading business needs a strategic plan which covers your true business as well as your true trading.

Let's take a gander at some frequent day trading strategies which can be used by retail traders. Then, now is the time to begin trading. Previously, day trading was reserved for financial businesses and professional investors.

Being a real day trader will not mean that you're glued to the screens all day long either. Lots of people get into day trading expecting to be triple-digit returns annually with nominal effort. There is only one catch; you must make money day trading. I thought great; this looks fairly straightforward and began trading the following day.

Should you be looking to begin a house business, highly recommended is online stock trading. The stock market can likewise be traded utilizing a CFD. Stock trading is an ideal work at the home-based business. Approaching trading for a business is critical to success because trading is a business.

The basic concept of scalping is always to benefit from market inefficiencies using speed and superior trading volume to make quick profits. More volatility means increased profit or loss. Therefore you are going to make use of the flat fee commission approach to cut down your trading costs. Expect to cope with expenses and costs along with considerations on how advanced you are in your trading knowledge to help you to do it for a living.

It's important to recognize that your trading plan isn't only an array of rules which you think will work or possibly a listing of set-ups which you are somehow fond of, of somebody else's plan. For many people, trading involves plenty of hard work before becoming successful. You can't let your emotions get in the way of earning money trading from home. So, before you conclude on turning into a self-employed day trader, make a decision as to what kind you want to become.

They may observe that a share will trade within a price tag range and watch for occasions as soon as it breaks out. In some instances, no personal capital is needed, and in other cases, a small quantity of capital will be directed to get you started as a way to confirm your commitment to trading. It's essential that you have an excellent environment as a way to manage to do trading from home.

So if you are planning to look for other means of earning, trading is definitely a good choice to choose for.
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