Sunday, February 27, 2011

Switching to an All-Natural Solution ? Try Organic Skin Care Products!



photos from www.beyond-bath.com

I came across this product line when I was reading Female Network online.  My curiosity then drove me to research online.  I was long searching for hair and skin care products that are "all natural" and "organic".  Sometimes going to supermarkets and shops drove me crazy as I cannot decide what to pick from bountiful display of beauty products that all promise "good results".  Oftentimes, I spend countless hours choosing and reading the labels just to understand what this product has to offer but more often, I was caught confused with those ingredients mentioned which I don't understand at all.  I'm also worried coz I'm having a skin type which is prone to allergies.  So I should really be careful on what products should I use for my skin care.  Until I came across these products and tried to study the ingredients and I'm amazed to discover that these products are alcohol, paraben and mineral oil free.  No harsh ingredients and are naturally organic.  I think these products will best work for those having sensitive skin and the good news is that these products are easy to find as these are available at all Watson outlets.  And the price... yes the price is really affordable.

I also learned that these product lines are being used at the Manila Hotel Spa and knowing the standard of said spa, for sure they will not settle for anything less.  With these Beyond Bath organic products introduced in the market, the fear of going over those "expensive" organic products which are difficult to find will be addressed.  

Perhaps, this will be one of my best buys when I go back to Philippines.  I will surely equipped myself with enough stock before I go back to work.  :)

   

Friday, February 25, 2011

Light Af the End Of A Tunnel ...

Weeks ago, someone had told me... "There is always a  light at the end of a tunnel!"... What a simple phrase but the message is very inspiring! I could relate this phrase to one of the best lessons I've learned in this life.  Yes...from long years of working, one best thing that I've learned is persistence.  Not to give up too soon because before you knew it, the solutions to all your problems might just be right there in front of you.  I also would like to add that by being patient, we should not easily be swayed by the negative things around us nor be attracted to some things that are "too good to be true".  Everything has it's perfect timing and we just have to wait and believe...things will fall into proper places at the right time.

We shouldn't be in a hurry with everything....just like eating our favorite foods, we have to enjoy every bite.  I remember what Pastor Ed Lapiz had written on one of his books, according to him we should avoid sleeping when traveling. We have to capture every beautiful scene along the way.  We have to take time out to appreciate God's bountiful creations and the best news is... yes! this comes for free....  

Now, I want to teach my kids not to be in a hurry to grow up.  They are still very young and they have to enjoy their youth.  They have to enjoy a life free from worries and problems because they are going to have more of these when they grow up.  I love to see them playing, enjoying ice creams and watching their favorite shows on TV.   I myself is doing these things until now...I would eat ice cream on every opportunity that I have.  This reminds me of my youth and how simple a child's life could be.  I had a good laugh when I received a text message from my daughter weeks back...actually this is a joke but I guess, it's very true.... the text message goes something like this....

"I cannot understand our parents especially our Moms, when we are small, they would forced us to sleep.  Now that we're older, they would scold us for not waking up early even if we're still very sleepy.  When we are small, they would forced us to eat a lot...now that we grew up, they would scold us if we eat all the foods on the table. When we are small, they would teach us how to walk...now that we grew up, they will scold us for always going out....why parents are like this?  Are they addict?"

I know this is a joke...but it's true isn't it?  That's how smart kids are, they know how to analyze things to make these to their advantage (lol).. :)

But the bottom line is...we have to enjoy life to the fullest... live simply, laugh out loud and savor every bit of thing on every bit of moment that we have.  Don't rush things... no matter how we rush things...life will take it's due course...

Happy Week end!

   

Sunday, February 20, 2011

"Facing Life ....... One Step at a Time!"

It's been a week since my last post... I guess I was kind of busy! I would admit, my mind was so preoccupied with so many things that I cannot simply get the focus to blog. Yes, I have so many goals that I'm in a hurry to accomplish that's why I'd been restless quite lately.  The result?? I cannot settle anything completely!

This is what I realized, going through all these... Something cannot be achieved successfully if you do it altogether at once.  Yeah...you just tend to lose your focus and your thoughts are coming randomly.  So what I realized through this process is, "Facing Life, One Step At A Time!" Things should be done in order of priority, as you successfully completed one, all the rest will follow through smoothly.  You might be surprised also that the process is also a sort of chain reaction.  That is, one goal is dependent on the other at times.

Currently...my projects are all pending....waiting for the right timing and when things are like this... I feel pressured and stressed out.  But there were so many things that I learned lately, after I go through my difficult times.  One thing that I'm always lacking of... yeah ... it's patience.  Now...I learned my lesson....to accept things as they are and wait for the right timing to get myself back to where I wanted to.

I'm hoping that after I do things one step at a time now... everything will get back to me smoothly...

I hope!!!


Monday, February 14, 2011

Strategies of Successful Savers!

photo credit : istockphoto.com

Recently, I've been reading books a lot and today, I had the chance to go over my previous readings which are of interest to me.  The particular reading that caught my attention is the second chapter of the Good Housekeeping Magazine's free edition entitled Got Money Wise.  This is actually a cute pocket book that comes free with my purchase of Good Housekeeping Magazine from way way back.  It's so handy with only 57 pages but I found it very useful and worth reading.

Chapter 2, "Save Every Centavo" - Strategies of Successful Savers talks about practical advises on saving money.  The following are the 7 strategies mentioned from the said chapter which I tried to put my personal insights to:

1.) Start Young

The question of when do we actually have to start saving was answered here.  I guess, this could be as early as teenage years or even younger for as long as kids already receive a fixed allowance from their parents.  This has actually inspired me to open up an individual savings account for both my son and daughter few years ago and I'm happy with the results.  After putting up an initial amount, I encouraged both of them to continue saving from their allowance and extra money and watch their savings grow.  So far, everything is going on fine and I'm happy that although I wasn't able to do it myself during my younger years, at least I'm able to let my kids go through with it.   

2.)  Set Goals

Setting goals will keep us inspired to work towards achieving such goals.  One idea shared by someone in this book was that, we have to establish what really our goals are and a certain amount involved.  There should be a time frame for every goal and goals must be set based on order of priorities. 

3.) Make It A Family Effort

The importance of saving money for the future must be emphasized to every members of the family.  Everybody must work hard to achieve the set goals.  Even the kids can contribute to the realization of these dreams by being watchful on their spending.

4.) Curb Spending

Again, we can be successful in this by avoiding unnecessary splurges.  All expenses at home must be carefully reviewed.  Each member of the family should be able to differentiate between "needs" and "wants".
5.) Develop Good Spending Habits

One practical advise shared by Monique Lecaros from this book is to develop a spending habit conducive to saving.  According to her, going easy with credit cards is a good start.  Another thing is applying the "stop and think" mode.  When hit with a strong urge to splurge, ask yourself, "Would I be less of a person if I didn't buy this?" Monique said this system really works for her.

6.)  Believe In The Power of Saving
Saving should be a way of life.  This should be a part of our monthly routine.  A portion of our earnings should be set aside for savings.  Whatever is left is what we have to budget for our monthly expenses.  It's such a great feeling having our savings and watch it grows.

7.) Believe In The Strength of Your Dreams

Working towards your dream is not always an easy task.  We have to exert double efforts to achieve our goals.  We should be in constant look out for some earning opportunities and we shall continue to educate ourselves for all the possible opportunities to earn extra money.

With all these tips on hand, it is certainly not impossible for us to achieve our dreams.  This can only materialize if we continue to strive for the best and apply these strategies... and become "successful savers".   

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Chocolate Sweetheart Cakes



Photo Credit :  www.pinoy recipe.net

Today, as I browse through my inbox from yahoo mail, I came across this special valentine recipe from www.pinoyrecipe.net.  Called Chocolate Sweetheart Cakes, this special valentine treat is a perfect gift this Valentine's Day.  I find the ingredients easy and not so difficult to find and are probably readily available in your kitchen.  Because of it's simple preparations and cooking instructions, perhaps even the students can very well prepare this for their families, friends or even teachers.  I'm sure they will be delighted to receive this on Valentine's Day!  just make a perfect packaging with sweet notes and voila! " a pleasant surprise" ready to be delivered to your loved ones....

 Following are the ingredients:  

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons HERSHEY’S Cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 
CHOCOLATE FROSTING:
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon HERSHEY’S Cocoa
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
To see the entire recipe, please log on to www.pinoyrecipe.net

Happy Baking!!

    Monday, February 7, 2011

    Thank You Luca!!




    Pardon me for this simple blog post!  I would just like to take this day to say thank you to Luca.  

    Well..Luca is the cute black dog in the picture.  She has been our pet dog for 2 years.  Why am I thanking her??  Well.. every time  I  text my daughter Mikz and asked her what she is doing back home, she would normally reply me, " I am playing with Luca!"  Mikz is really fond of dogs.  When free from school and home works, she would always take time out to play with Luca, bathe her or walk with her around the village.  If not for Luca's friendship with Mikz, perhaps my daughter would always be missing me that much.  I don't want her to be sad...so having Luca around somehow makes her occupied.  Luca is really sweet to her and always give her company.  So I would like to take this time out, to really thank her for making my dear daughter happy and entertained.  Actually Mikz long wanted to have a shitzu puppy but I always tell her that it's quite expensive and not a priority at this time.  Maybe if someone can recommend an affordable one, I would love to get one for her.

    But for now, Luca has been doing a good job.... 

    "Thank you Luca!" You never knew how much I appreciate you!!!...

    Life's Reflections....

    "Sometimes you have to fall from the mountain to realize what you are climbing for.  Obstacles were put in our way to see if what we want is worth fighting for.  From every wound, there is a scar, and every scar has a story, a story that says....I survived!"

     photo credit :  www.motifake.com

    This is an inspiring text message that I received and upon reflecting on this message, I was able to collect all the memories from my past experiences...at home, at school, at work, and every place that I've been through.  If I have to count literally, my fingers are not enough to quantify how much difficulties I have gone through this life.  From my younger days when I'm still beneath my parents wings up to the time I'm able to live on my own ...I couldn't count the tears that I shed from my eyes and the pains that I have gone through.  There were various reasons,  circumstances, events that had contributed to all these.  Getting to where I am now and what I am now had never been a smooth road to travel.  There were so many obstacles along the way.  The fact that I am emotionally weak had made things more unbearable for me.  I'd been through tough times where my only outlet was crying and praying.  But who cares? We are humans and a part of it is being emotional.


    We are living in a judgmental world where everyone is waiting for your mistakes.  But I guess,  there is only one credible Judge whom we will be facing at the end of our life on earth...GOD.

    So we should stop trying to throw our best efforts to please others as man by nature has no contentment.  I really like these lines from a book that I recently reviewed from my previous post, written by Will Rogers: "Too many people spend money they haven't earned, to buy things they don't want, to impress people they don't like".....

    It's really true and I guess this is applicable to many.  perhaps this has something to do with our "ego".  People by nature feel proud if they know that others feel envious of them.  Perhaps, being frugal is one of the hardest thing to do especially in this modern age where we live in the midst of technological advancement.  When you get the latest gadget, you are one step ahead from the rest and this gives you a sense of fulfillment.  I remember one of my colleagues who would always throw a comment about my hand phone.  He is wondering why I never upgrade my hand phone.  It's true my hand phone had already celebrated it's 5th anniversary and in fact, I never bought it.  It was given to me by a close relative as a birthday present.  It actually deserves some kind of rest.  But I told my colleague, "why should I change it if it is still operational and not giving me any problem whatsoever?'"  It's such a waste of money to replace something which is not really worn out.  Again, we need to change it for what? To please other people and show them that we can afford to buy one?  I told myself, I would buy a new one if I think that that decision would make me happy and not simply to impress other people.

    Well...I wouldn't blame them...majority of people equates success with material possession.  But is that really the measure of success?  Perhaps the answer to this varies from person to person.  It actually depends on each individual's preferences. As for me, if I'm able to live my life fully...going through each stage of life normally and derived happiness from it, then I would say that I succeed with life. I have to ask the following questions:
    Did I enjoyed my youth? Was I able to finish my studies and land a good job? Was I able to spend quality time with family and friends? Was I able to enjoy life's simple pleasures? Did I laugh and cry? Was I able to stand up from pains? Was I able to have a family of my own and bear children whom I enjoyed life with?  Was I able to raise them well to become better persons?  If the answer to all these questions is "yes", I guess, I'm able to live my life one step at a time.  I'm only halfway through down the lane of life, whatever will be the outcome of the next half is still yet to be seen....

    How about you? 

    Have a blessed day! Thanks for hopping by!

    Friday, February 4, 2011

    Business Opportunity Series From My Great Food Club!

    As I open my yahoo mail box today, I happened to see this invitation from My Great Food Club from which I was an "inactive" member for years (he-he-he) : ), yeah, of course, I was not in the Philippines most of the time so I don't have the opportunity to attend some of their interesting seminars even I feel like I very loved to.  Anyway, for the benefit of those who are in the Philippines right now especially, those boring Moms out there!  Here is a very interesting business opportunity series from My Great Food Club.  For a minimal price of P1,000, you can attend either of the two series they are offering this February.  I was just thinking that if I'm in the Philippines now, I would love to attend the second one.  I am very Filipino because I love giving and receiving "pasalubongs". :) So learning about this thing will be such a great pleasure for me.  Anyway, I hope there will be next time, though.


    It's a good treat for all Moms and those who are interested to have a small home based business.  So log on to their website for more information and details about the seminar.

    Good Luck!


    Tuesday, February 1, 2011

    Foods for Stress!

    It's been weeks now since I've been suffering from stress.  This thing is not new to me as I used to get it when I was still working in the Philippines.  In fact, I used to suffer then from extreme migraine attacks.  A lot of factors caused stress : pressures at work, emotional problems, family budget, health problems, work related problems, never ending demands from your family, and so on and so forth.... things are endless, but as the saying goes, "We cannot avoid stress but we can manage it".



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    As I browse and read online magazines, I was delighted and thrilled to see that there are actually foods that help reduce stress.   These are readily available and not so difficult to find.  This is a good news if you are a  busy "workaholic" and exercising is not a common thing for you.  At least having some of these foods always available at home will be such  a great help.  I myself will begin to be mindful of the foods that I have to buy and stock at home in times of stress.

    The following are extracted from Female Network's article by Ms. Stephanie Castillo

    15 Healthy Foods that Reduce Stress

    1.)  Apple  -  Apples are rich in phosphorous and iron, which help boost cell regeneration that is negatively affected in times of stress.
    2.)  Avocados - Avocados are rich in mono saturated fats, as well as potassium, which both help decrease blood pressure levels.
    3.)  Bananas - Bananas are good source of potassium, which fights fatigue, insomnia, and low blood sugar, as well as carbohydrates which produce the natural sedative serotonin.
    4.)  Dark Chocolate - Dark Chocolate lessens emotional stress.  It contains magnesium which helps tranquilize tension.  
    5.)  Dried Apricots  -  Dried Apricots contain magnesium, which is a natural stress releiver and muscle relaxant.
    6.)  Green vegetables like brocolli, kale and swiss chard contain potassium and B vitamins like folic acid which soothe the nerves and alleviate stress.
    7.)  Herbs  -  Herbs like chamomile, passion flower and dandelion are effective stress relievers because they relax your mind and the muscles in your body.
    8.)  Nuts  -  Nuts like pistachios, walnuts, and almonds help bring down blood pressure and boost immune system.
    9.)  Oranges  -  Oranges are rich in Vitamin C which boost your immune system and reduces it's susceptibility to virus.  Vitamin C reduces anxiety by bringing down blood pressure after a stressful situation.
    10.)  Salmon  -  Omega 3 fatty acids in salmon, tuna and other fish prevent stress hormones from escalating.
    11.)  Spinach  -  It is rich in magnesium and heps fight fatigue and migraines.
    12.)  Sweet Potatoes  -  Packed with fiber, beta carotene, and other immunity boosting vitamins.
    13.)  Turkey  -  Turkey is full of tryptophan  which helps trigger serotonin, a chemical that produces a calming effect on the body that induces sleep and relaxation.
    14.)  Whole Grains  -  Whole grains like brown rice, oats and whole wheat are chock full of B vitamins and the chemical serotonin which calm the nerves and put your body in state of relaxation.
    15.)  Yogurt  -  is full of calcium which helps regulate our nerves.  It is also a great acid neutralizer for those of you who are hyper acidic or have ulcers due to stress.

    Having known all these, managing stress would perhaps be a lot easier.  It only takes a bit of knowledge, discipline and determination.  But most importantly... the love, prayers and caring that we get from our family and loved ones will get us go through the difficult times with ease.

    Have a stress and worry free day!!

     



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