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Christmas Gifts For Our Furry Friends

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There's no doubt that our family is now extended and includes our furry friends, Lucio and Marcus.  We don't treat them as plain pets, we treat them as part of our family. Last Christmas eve, our family had our traditional exchange gifts and of course, these two cute furry friends were included in the exchanging of gifts. Our baby Marcus received treats from "Kuya Edemar" and another set of feeding bowl from his "Ate Mika". of course, I also gave him a toy (the one in blue color above) which he could play with at home.  Marcus was so excited to receive his gifts and opened everything by himself.  In fact, he opened these gifts while we are also opening our gifts. :)

The newly groomed Lucio (the reason why he is not hairy ) also received his share of gifts. You see  how excited he was opening those gifts?  Unlike Marcus, Lucio seemed like already contented after opening the first gift as he almost didn't mind the rest.  He was preoccupied with the bone fo…

Gift Hunting

On the day that I shop for our traditional exchange gifts, I was having a difficulty thinking of what gifts shall I give to my son and daughter. I don't want to give them shirts, clothes or anything to be worn as both of them already had enough of those in their closets.  I wanted to give them something different and unique but I am already running out of time.  Choosing a gift for someone is not a very easy task, as you have to consider a number of things like the recipient's wants and needs and what would best suit them.
My son is not into music so even I could save on Alexander Reeds reeds, still it wouldn't be great idea. Instead, I bought him something that he could use to organize his stuff in his room plus a set of skin care products as he is quite conscious about his looks. :)
My son and daughter who used to be small kids are now young man and woman and I knew that people on their teen age years are more concerned abut their looks more than anything else, so I bought…

MMFF Entry : "Pagpag" Siyam na Buhay

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Since it is already our tradition to watch movies every Christmas Day, we bought our tickets in advance for "Pagpag", Siyam na Buhay.  We are huge fans of horror films thus we've chosen to see this movie ahead of the other entries.  Besides my son and daughter thought that it would be best to bring my Mom on a later day to watch Vice Ganda's entry as this is a comedy film and will best suit her.
We have high expectations over "Pagpag" as this movie is well promoted and is having a good casting plus the lead stars Daniel and Kathryn have a huge following.  Overall the movie is good and entertaining, but our expectation was not really met.  In fact, we never got scared at all watching this movie.  There were even scenes where we had a good laugh.  The story has so many flaws and very ordinary.  It seemed to me that this is just a remake of past horror movies with some scenes just modified.  The trailer also didn't turn up to have a direct link to the film …

Christmas Carols

One thing that always excites me every Christmas season is hearing Christmas carols. It's really music to my ears.  I always love to hear Christmas songs.  There's a kind of special feeling which engulfs my being every time I hear Christmas songs.  Admittedly, there were even times that I felt like crying not because I'm sad but because I can feel the spirit of Christmas through these songs.  The song, Christmas in our Hearts by Jose Marie Chan has always been my favorite Christmas song as I find it very meaningful and it truly touches my heart.
We've been to the mall several times during the season ad I always feel delighted every time I watch the choir singing all those beautiful Christmas songs in the middle of the crowd.  They are playing different kinds of musical instruments and the sound is very soothing and relaxing.  When I hear Christmas songs, there's a magical feeling of calmness and peacefulness which cannot be explained.  There is no need to use new au…

Happy Birthday Lord Jesus

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As we celebrate Christmas, let us all be reminded that Jesus is the reason for the season, as this day reminds us that a saviour was born.  Christmas is a special season to celebrate as this day normally reunites the whole family.  It is nice to know that there is a special occasion each year where all people are hoping to be reunited and celebrate with the family.  This is an important day of the year where all members of the family gather together in love and unity.  
Christmas is not only about exchanging of gifts, going out on a date, eating all the sumptuous foods and decorating our homes with special Christmas decorations. While all of these are part of the celebration, the true essence of Christmas is for us to be reminded that Christ wanted us to be all united in peace and harmony and that love be always felt in our hearts despite of all difficulties and challenges.
Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ wanted us to put a smile on our faces as we keep his promise of eternal salvati…

Hiring The Best Disability Law Firm

Whether you are disabled through employment or during service in the armed forces, in most cases, you are entitled to disability benefits. Due to the difficulty in receiving the claims that are due to you, it is oftentimes necessary to hire a social security disability law firm. These firms specialize in helping disabled workers, servicemen, and servicewomen receive the Social Security benefits that are due to them. As these cases are of extreme importance and can have a significant impact on your life, it is imperative that you choose the right firm to represent you and your case.  You should try to choose a firm that encompasses all of the following qualities, which you will find only in the best disability law firms.
Level of Experience
There are few qualities more indicative of one's expertise and ability to successfully get a job done than one's level of experience. When choosing a disability law firm, it is always in your best interest to choose a firm that has been succes…

My Newly Purchased Books from Amazon

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I am much into baking and home organizing now, so it is just expected that I will be interested in purchasing books about baking and home organizing. I've been getting loads of ideas from my online researches but some useful tips and secrets can only be found on a full lenght book by well known authors.  Besides, I find storing these books in my kindle collection really useful  as I could read these books anytime even when I'm already on bed.  Another thing is that, since I still have credits left on my gift voucher which I received from a DA in one of my blogs, I might as well spend it on books as I could slowly build up my own library of books "free of charge". (lol)
I already have several books in my collection and I'm beginning to be addicted collecting books from Amazon kindle. I hope I could have more sponsors for free gift vouchers so I could purchase more. :) 

Okay guys...wish me luck on this goal! :)



Easy To Understand Tips And Advice About HVAC

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HVAC problems are one of those issues homeowners simply hate to see arise. The task of finding a qualified, affordable contractor is something that many simply dread. However, by applying the guidance that follows below, the process can actually be far easier than many might have imagined, so keep on reading.
When purchasing a new HVAC system for your home, be sure it is energy efficient. These days, most new HVAC systems are energy efficient; there is a energy star label on the equipment. However, to be sure your utility costs do not go through the roof, choose equipment that is energy efficient.

When seeking a new contractor, ask loved ones for referrals. They'll often have already had someone in for similar work and will know who to trust and who to avoid. If your family hasn't used anyone, ask co-workers or other people you trust in your community for some references. Air Conditioning Repairs in Fort Mill, SC
Ask for references and be sure to call them as well. You are dealin…

Eating Healthy Foods

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As we grow older, we begin to experience many changes in our body system.  It's either that we experience minor body pains, our body resistance getting weaker, or maybe we simply feel that our body system is not functioning efficiently as before.  I think this comes with age but surprisingly, I know a few people who are able to keep themselves in tip top shape despite their age and these people are worthy of emulation. 
Recently, I've been reading a book of Martha Stewart entitled, "Living a Good Life".  This is a very interesting book as this does not only covers topics about health and wellness, it also covers topics about how to feel good about ourselves at present and in the coming years.  This is a book which will give you a positive light about life in general and will inspire you to accept things as they are while she shows you how to keep yourself healthy, fit and capable of doing more things as you get older.


I am not done yet with the book but one thing is fo…

Are You Ready To Reduce Melancholie

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At some point in their lives, nearly every person faces the gloom of melancholy. Melancholie can control an individual having a depression that could block daily activities as well as make people want to live no longer. Although melancholy is a tough opponent, it might be defeated, as well as the advice in this article will surely help you to truly wage an effective war against it.  If you're depressed, try to focus on some thing productive for a minimum of 30-60 minutes a day. Doing absolutely nothing all day can cause a vicious circle where you not only have your own "base" melancholy symptoms, but additionally melancholy because you're unable to get anything done.

Anxiety Counseling in Woodbridge VA
Anxiety is the feeling of fear, worry, panic, or apprehension in response to overwhelming or threatening situations. Although most people feel anxious at one point or another, some people are paralyzed by symptoms of fear or worry. If you are struggling with feelings of …

My E-books and My Cakes!

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I'm so happy with my tablet which I've purchased more than 2 months ago.  I got it cheaper since I bought it from Cambodia.  Gadgets there are relatively cheaper compared to Philippines. :)
I've been storing loads of pics in my Samsung tablet and sharing photos in FB has never been this easy using this tablet  Now, there's more to that, I've been enjoying reading interesting books from Kindle Apps which I've purchased from Amazon's Kindle store.  Now, I could read my favorite books anytime...anywhere using my Samsung tablet.
Since we're into cake business now, I've been searching for cake books that we could use to improve our craft.  I love baking and I'm more determined now to improve my skills.  Learning is not that easy. It requires patience and hard work.  But the feeling of having come up with nice and tasty products is so rewarding and so fulfilling.
Here are some of our cup cake designs which were ordered and purchased from our online shop:







Alternative Uses for Soy Candles

In choosing scented candles for your home, one of the more popular choices is using a candle with soy wax. This provides you with a healthier alternative that is clean burning, biodegradable and is made from a renewable resource. Most people that use soy candles in the home are going to burn them, either for the visual effect or for the pleasant scent that may be included. What are some of the alternate uses for soy candles that you should consider?
High-quality soy candles are not only going to look great when they are burning, they will be a welcome addition to your room's decor. Many people include soy candles when decorating, as they help to liven up a room and add a splash of color. In some cases, these candles are not even purchase to be burned. They will sit on the shelf or on the table to be included as a unique feature.
When you choose a high quality scented soy candle, you also have the possibility of using it for aromatherapy. There are a number of therapeutic benefits th…

My Zalora Shopping Experience

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I was one of the lucky bloggers who was given a chance to shop for free at Zalora and I would say that I was satisfied with my shopping experience. Transaction was fast and easy and there are so many products to choose from.  I had two separate transaction with them with two batches of orders, the first order belongs to me and the second one belongs to my son and daughter. Yes, I got to share the "free shopping"with them and they were really happy to choose from the long list of products available on their site.
We got the orders delivered 5 days after we placed our order.  Delivery was smooth and easy and it's door to door, so it's really very convenient. :)


My comfy flats and flip-flops
 The accessories  I ordered are both from CLN and I love them both! :)

Since I love to roam around the mall, walking is a must so I have to choose flats and flip flops to make my feet comfortable.

My flats fits me perfectly. :)
The second package arrived the following day and both my son …

Fixing Our Bedroom

I've been fixing our master's bedroom since I arrived home last October and I have done a lot of organizing and upgrading of bedroom furniture.  I'm happy with the outcome though and I've decided to upgrade my television set inside the room as well.  I guess, it would be nicer if I could also purchase apple ipods at musicians friend. :)
I'm also done fixing my wardrobe cabinet and have created lots of storage spaces for all my personal stuff. It's a great feeling if you know that you are able to declutter and organized.  It's a great stress reliever.  It is very liberating when you know that you've accomplished a lot of things in such a short span of time.
I guess, I would continue doing this as long as I can and in fact, I have featured some of my personal projects on my two home blogs.  I will be posting more of my DIY projects at "Home Sweet Home" and "Home Fanatic".

Glad To Be Home!

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I can't believe it! It's almost 2 months already since I've decided to become a WAHM.  At first, I am not so certain on how would it be to be staying at home and turning my back on my career.  I've been in the business for more than 17 yrs and to be a WAHM is something really new to me especially that I've been staying abroad for almost 7 years.
Well, it feels great waking every day in the comfort of my own bed, having my favorite cup of coffee in  the dining room with my son and daughter and watching my favorite early morning shows while munching some cup cakes. :)  There's no place like home really.  There is that special feeling that engulfs my being every time I walk around the house, the garden and the entire yard.  I could see and appreciate where our hard work had led us to.  I turned my back on a high paying job abroad but I have no regrets as I could be in the comfort of my own home and with the people that matter most to me.... my family. :)

Christmas Spirit

Since this will be my first Christmas as a WAHM, it's pretty obvious that I am so excited to decorate our home.  I like Christmas spirit to be alive as I am staying home for good and this is a good way to start rekindling those sweet memories when I just got married and we were just starting to build our first home. But since a lot of unexpected misfortunes happened in the country and there's a lot of people out there who are truly in need, I've decided to keep everything as simple as possible. I will just decorate our home with plain and basic Christmas decors, some are even DIY decors.  Anyway, the spirit of Christmas lies in our hearts and not on any material things or possessions.  I know it would be great to put up some lovely Christmas figurines like what I saw from department 56 new england village but perhaps I could just reserve it for next year. :)
I'm loving DIY projects now and I feel more fulfilled doing some worthwhile things on my free time.  I don't …

Inspiring Decors

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I love decorating my house and it's a fact.  My family and friends could attest to that. Just this morning, I retouched the paint of our garden plant box.  I still have left over paints of different colors, so I decided to retouch the paint of the plant box.  I think it doesn't look attractive anymore. :)

Browsing online, I found this cute pillow with an inspiring message.  I think it would be a nice idea to decorate your home with something that would inspire you, get the positive vibes and gives you more energy to work around the house. I love the message in the pillow, "Winning".  Somehow, it reminds us that life is full of trials but we just have to consistently remind ourselves to fight and win every battle, every mishaps, every challenge and every difficulty that comes along our way.   I know it's hard coz I've been through a lot already in the past but the fact that I am still here, standing and moving on is enough reason to say that I won my batt…

Gift Hunting

It's less than a month ago before Christmas!  Are you excited as well?  Yes, this Christmas season is going to be very special for me because I'm now a certified WAHM. I've decided to quit my high paying job to enjoy the comforts of being at home with my family.  Sometimes, it's a bit stressful and tiring to manage the household even if I already have a house helper but there's a feeling of happiness and fulfillment that cannot be replaced with any amount of money.
One exciting activity for the family is hinting for gifts for our traditional exchange gifts every Christmas.  My kids are now young adults and choosing a gift for them is getting harder as compared to before when they were just small kids where a simple toy, a pair of shoes, shirts and dresses will do.  Now, I have to live up with their preference in things.  I always give my son a watch as a gift.  In fact, this was my gift to him on his last birthday.  he's a certified watch addict and he has alrea…

Feeling Restless

Now that I am doing an entirely different routine from what I've used to for the past six years, it seemed to me that I'm still adjusting.  Not that I'm complaining, in fact, I am enjoying my new role now as a full time home maker, a part time freelancer and a budding entrepreneur (lol).  I've always been a home maker and a mother but since I was actively working for the past 17 years, I didn't really experienced how it was to stay in the house most of the time and manage the entire household in the most detailed manner ever. :)
Sometimes, I feel that I'm so preoccupied with lots of things but I know that this will be probably be for the time being only as I'm not yet settled with all my backlogs in the house.  Once I am done with all the fixing, organizing and repairing, everything will soon be stable and back to normal.
Now, I have the chance to look after the house and my kids all the time. Despite of being a career woman for so many years, I could still s…

The Many Perks of Online Shopping

Now that the holiday season is fast approaching, many people are already on a look out for places to shop. For some, online shopping proves to be a better alternative as it can save them from lots of hassles of going to the mall, beating the crowd and more importantly, they can also save on unnecessary expenses on taxi fares and dining out while shopping. I would admit, I'm not used to online shopping before, I have the reservation to buy products online because I have the fear of not getting the merchandise on time, and I worry that the quality of the products might be compromised as we did not actually see them physically.  This notion slowly diminished until I get enough confidence in online shopping.  Also, since most of the people now are hooked on the Internet and most of their time are spent online, shopping online became every one's choice.  One of the perks of online shopping apart from getting huge discounts is to be able to shop anytime of the day and browse through…

Hygiene Kit Campaign for Typhoon Yolanda Survivors

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We are encouraging our fellow bloggers and everyone to take part in this joint effort to help Yolanda victims by donating a hygiene kit to the victims particularly those who are currently in the evacuation centers.  This donation, no matter how small it is will take a long way in helping the victims to at least cope up with their basic needs and help them protect themselves from sickness due to their uncomfortable conditions in the evacuation centers.
The devastation caused by the typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) has affected not only a few cities and houses in the Philippines but the majority of the Visayas region where the death counts has now reached thousands and number of families affected now millions.
A conscious effort is now being undertaken by the Davao Bloggers Society and Filipino Bloggers Forum to join the relief operations by raising a total of P100,000.00 to finance and produce 1,000 hygiene packs for the victims. Each kit costing to PHP100 or USD2.50 will contain toiletries and …

Multitasking

I'm already on my 25th day at home since I resigned from work last month and I must say that there's a lot of changes in my daily routine.  Back in Cambodia, I only go to the office everyday and usually go online when off from work.  When online, it's either that I watch some "Pinoy"TV series or do some online tasks and keep my blogs running.  Now, I got more responsibilities to look after as I do not only manage myself but the entire household.  I still have a house helper but the domesticated side of me wouldn't let any part of the house left unclean.  I prepare and cook meals for the family.  I occasionally go out for some grocery shopping and to buy some foods at a super market.  But, the best part of being at home is that I could manage my time well.  I could sleep and take a nap whenever I want as long as I'm done with my obligations at home.  I always watch movies on DVD with the kids and can now follow the TV series that I just used to watch on re…

Food Trip

Dining out is one of our family's favorite bonding activity next to watching movies.  We loved it so much when we get to share stories or simply pour out what's in our heart and mind during the day. This is the time where we interact with each other and share the joys and laughter no matter how simple the foods served on our table.  For us, dining our is more than savoring good foods, it is savoring happy moments together as a family.  Since, it is our habit to dine out when opportunity arises, sometimes there is the challenge of cutting down on expenses.  Since, we cannot totally avoid this, we have to find ways and means to continue this favorite bonding activity without necessarily being too harsh on our budget.  This is the reason why looking for discount coupons is necessary.  Since we love to drop by at Wendy's almost every week after we've done attending the Sunday mass, I always make it a point to look for free printable wendy's coupons.  I know that this c…

Random Thoughts on a Friday

I was looking for something to buy online when my attention was caught by some great products on sale from music stores selling various types of musical instruments.  Suddenly, I became very nostalgic as I remembered that one of my greatest dream is to be able to play a guitar.  This was my dream since childhood but unfortunately, I never got the chance to learn the craft.  Probably, music is not really in my veins (lol).
I always imagine myself playing a guitar in front of a crowd or even during parties, but now I already forget about that dream.  I guess, I'm, too old for that now. I'm happy though that my daughter fulfilled my dream when she began learning how to play guitar few years ago.  Now she can play the guitar well even without attending formal guitar lessons.  I guess, talents are inborn, although some can be developed.  My daughter learns so easily even without using a branded guitar.  I wonder if she uses a more sophisticated brand, would it make a big difference?…

Super Typhoon Yolanda

As we just have experienced a great flood last September 23, I couldn't help but have the fear for this super typhoon Yolanda.  Our region is not the center of the typhoon this time but I worry just the same for the rest of my "kababayans" in Visayas and Mindanao regions.  I knew how it is to be strongly affected by the typhoon and the discomfort that it brings to people.  
According to the latest reports, typhoon Yolanda has already made a landfall in Eastern Samar early this morning and packs maximum sustained winds of 235 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 275 kph.   Metro Manila was placed under storm signal no. 2 while 21 other areas, mostly in Visayas have been placed under storm signal no. 4.
From what I've been hearing from news updates on TV, Typhoon Yolanda might be one of the strongest storms in world history.   The President last night made an appeal to the people particularly to those who are staying on the low lying areas to take some precautionar…

Buying an Economy Car Has Benefits

People buy cars for different reasons. Your neighbor may buy a car for a completely different reason than you do. For instance, if he or she is more interested in performance than economy, they may choose to buy a sports car. If they are interested in hauling or towing often, they may buy a pickup truck or large SUV. If you are most interested in buying an economy car, then you should read this short article for more information. If you want the most bang for your buck, you should look at a used Mazda 2 in Kansas City. The Mazda 2 is a very affordable car to begin with, and by buying it used, you will save even more money. From a design standpoint, economy cars can be a difficult proposition for engineers. This is because they need to come up with a car that has safety, economy, quality, and small size. In addition, all of this needs to be incorporated into one package that can be mass produced at a low price point. In order to achieve this, engineers have to be very innovative, and us…

Hang like a local in New York City

If you’re anything like me, discovering how the locals live is the best part of travelling.  Going off the beaten path, becoming immersed in the regional way of life and getting to know the local hang outs is an exhilarating feeling.  Finding that tucked away funky bar to dance all night or meeting locals at their favourite neighbourhood deli for a 4 inch thick pastrami and coleslaw on rye makes for a memorable holiday not soon forgotten; one that’s more than just a collection of photo bombed tourist pics never to be shared – well except on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, right? 
So really, what better place to live like a local than the big apple!  Here are just some of New York’s finest local hang outs.   
Bike, Hike and Roller Blade

One of the most popular bike paths and walking trails in the U.S.A. is the Hudson River Greenway.  This 28 mile trail extends almost the full length of the island of Manhattan along its western shore with the Hudson River.  Offering easy access points to …

Clay Art

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Found this cool clay art project online and I'm thinking of doing this myself at home.  I think it's pretty easy. You just have to collect leaves and flowers of different shapes and lay them on top of the clay.  Pressed these leaves and flowers against the clay to form their shapes.  Best to use as magnets!
I haven't done any clay art yet actually but I've seen some who's much into clay art and I think it's pretty interesting.  Given a choice, I prefer to have my own art work displayed in my house rather than store brought art pieces.  I didn't have a luxury of time though and would just settle for doing some once in a while. This hobby can even help you save few bucks as art works that can be bought from shops are quite expensive.  I really like to practice frugal living.  You will reap all the fruits of your labor in the end by being frugal.  Doing things as a hobby and being able to save money out of that hobby means a lot for a home maker like me.

Halloween Sale

I've been going to the mall frequently over the past two weeks and as expected, I've been seeing lots of Halloween stuff on sale.  Halloween costumes and decors can be found anywhere and sometimes, I cannot help but recall those times when me and my kids used to attend tricks or treat.  It was really fun especially when we hunt for costumes days before the actual event.  Our company used to hold treats or tricks yearly and I always take the opportunity to buy discounted tickets for the employees. Oh my, how I missed those days. :)
I wonder if there's also a sale of musical instruments as my friend wanted to buy a guitar for her son as a birthday gift which happened to fall on October 31st.  He's been attending guitar lessons every weekend and my friend was really pleased with the outcome.  She told me that she need to get a better guitar for him this time.  I suggested her to just source it online as more often, online shops are giving big discounts especially that we a…

Why Did I Quit My Job?

I can't believe that I'm almost two weeks now at home with my kids.  I would admit that I was really very busy during this period with loads of things to do at home.  But, I hardly notice the passing of each day as I am really enjoying what I'm doing now especially that I'm doing these things with my kids.  I'm making up for the lost times and I am very seldom to go online now compared to when I was still working in Cambodia. Maybe because, I'm still catching up with lots of household chores.  My off line and online friends knew how domesticated I am.  I love to clean, I love to cook, I love to organize and I love gardening a lot.  Contrary to what my colleagues said, I have more things to do now compared to when I was still working.  I remembered one of them telling me that I might get bored if I will stay at home for good.  But I told her, "I don't think so!"  I knew it!  I would be busy more than ever. :)
Why did I quit my job?
Well, there's …

Penwortham Home Care

Deciding on the best elder-care facility for their loved one is somewhat difficult for a child to do, no matter what age they are. The amount of thought and requirements that go into this process is a lot, you want the best care possible for your elderly parents or family member. Penwortham Home Care is there to offer you just the service that you need if that is where you choose to send your loved one.
At Caring Hands, you can trust them to provide a facility that offers the best home care services that you could want for your family member. The services that they offer is just what you would provide for your loved one at home.
Their many range of services can put your mind at ease when it comes to the care of your elder, whether it is family members or friends. If you are in a position where you are unable to see to the adequate care of your loved ones. Or if you are unsure of the type of care to give to them, then Caring Hands Home Care can offer you that peace of mind that you crave…