Thursday, December 26, 2013

Christmas Gifts For Our Furry Friends

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 food treat that I gave him that he already forgot his other gifts.

It's so funny how we can treat these dogs as humans. lol  We celebrate their birthdays, too!

Oh, next month will be Marcus 1st birthday.  I wonder what could we prepare for him on that special day.

Stay tune!  :)

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 things that they could use for that purpose. lol

I am pleased that they are both happy with what they got and I think I have made the right decision on what gifts should I give them both. :)

MMFF Entry : "Pagpag" Siyam na Buhay

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 as a whole.  

I'm not saying that the movie is not really worth our time though, actors and actresses in this film were all good. The only problem was that I was not really satisfied with the story line.  Overall, because of Daniel and Kathryn, watching this movie is just okay for all of us especially for my daughter who is a great fan of Daniel.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

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 audio technica bphs1 at Musicians Friend, just to feel the beauty and serenity of the songs. Actually, the message behind the songs we hear every Christmas season is enough for us to appreciate the beauty of the song regardless of the artist who sang it.

Christmas is truly magical as we always find a special feeling in our hearts during this season, not only through songs but also through our prayers and through giving and sharing.  I think that's the essence of Christmas.   

Happy Birthday Lord Jesus

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 salvation.  He wanted us to remain stable and happy as there is always a promise of hope for a better tomorrow. 

Marry Christmas from our home to yours!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

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 successfully helping individuals receive the social security benefits that they deserve over a long period of time. This enables you to view a consistent and proven track record of success and rest assured that you are being represented by experienced professionals.


Choosing the best social security disability law firms means selecting a firm that is an expert in the field. You should choose a firm that is highly knowledgeable in Social Security disability law and is aware of all its intricacies, because in doing so, you are increasing the chances that your case will be successful. In addition, law firms with a greater level of expertise also have more experience, which makes them more qualified to handle a more diverse range of disability cases.

Attention to Detail

Social Security disability law is extremely complicated, which requires the law firm to be perfect in its attention to detail. Every single element of a case is important, and only the best firms understand that nothing should be overlooked. The best firms are impeccable in their analysis of your case and are able to synthesize all the details in order to provide you with a successful outcome.

Winning Track Record

The final and perhaps most important quality of a winning law firm is its track record. The greatest law firms will have a track record that is representative of their level of experience, expertise, and attention to detail. You want to choose a firm that will not only tell you that it is the best in the field; you want that firm to show you how great it is through a proven record of success in winning cases.

At, all the information that you need to make this critical decision is available. You will be able to browse through what this firm has to offer, the kinds of cases that they have won over twenty years of representing clients, view summaries about the expert and professional attorneys at the firm, and even see which medical conditions are most commonly represented. 

Article by Brittany Ewing

Friday, December 20, 2013

My Newly Purchased Books from Amazon

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

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.
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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 dealing with a high ticket item here, so you'll want to do your due diligence to make sure you are getting the best for your money. Ask for references, but don't stop there. Call each reference to check. A lot of people don't take that important last step.

If you have a window air conditioner without a timer, use a regular outlet timer to control when it is on or off. These are the same ones you use for holiday lights, so all you have to do is plug your air conditioner into the timer and set it to cool you during the day.

As you compare new HVAC system, be sure to look at the energy ratings for each unit. The higher they are, the better they will be. Efficiency will not only get your home comfortable faster, but it will save you on your energy bills when you are running your new unit.

When you are looking for a service provider to perform service on your HVAC system, look for a company that stands behind their work. This is especially important if your compressor or condenser is being repaired. Repairs to these two things are extremely expensive, so you want to ensure that the service provider warranties their work.

Manage the heat flow into your home with window coverings to help out your HVAC system. In the warmer months, use drapes, curtains and blinds to block out sunward facing windows to keep heat from building up through the greenhouse effect. Alternatively, make sure that sunlit windows are letting light and warmth in during the colder months.

Outer coils can be cleaned with a regular outdoor hose before you turn the unit on for the season. That said, interior coils should be taken care of by a professional so that you don't do any damage as you attempt to clean them. Bring someone in to complete a check up.

Nobody wants to face issues with their home HVAC system. Suffering through a cold night or a sweltering afternoon because repairs to or replacement of existing equipment is necessary is something nobody wants to deal with. Fortunately, the information presented above can help demystify the process and help readers get the assistance they need.

We also offer upfront pricing with our $79 service calls. As a licensed, bonded and insured company, our main goal is to ensure your overall satisfaction. Air conditioning repairs should be handled by a professional, and our company has over 48 years of combined experience! Our quality of service is unmatched. If your AC system has completely stopped working or won't release air properly, contact us right away. We are available 24/7 to meet your needs.

Eating Healthy Foods

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 for sure, I am very pleased with Ms. Martha's looks and how she manage to enjoy life despite of approaching the old age. She's a very successful writer, entrepreneur, mother, teacher, social worker and a well known author of many best selling books about life and home.

Reading that book, I get more inspiration to be more cautious about the foods I eat.  No doubt that I am gifted with a fast metabolism and this enables me to keep my body slim and fit for many years.  But now, I am not only concern about having a good figure, I am more interested on how could I maintain my health and feel energetic as there are still tons of things that I'd love to do which will only be possible if I could keep myself healthy.  Now, I try to balance the foods I eat.  I am making sure that I'm getting a serving of fruits and vegetables each day.  I still eat meat but it's not as often as before.  I also take natural food supplements to help get rid of sickness and to maintain a healthy skin.  When we look good, we also feel good, so we have to make it a point that we're taking care of ourselves inside and out. :)  My health habits now also includes drinking more water as I want myself to get hydrated all the time.  They say this is necessary to maintain a healthy skin.

I am more determined to continue with my health habits for the years to come and I hope that I could share some of my health tips in my future posts.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

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 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 anxiety, contact Milgrim & Associates, P.C. for anxiety counseling in Woodbridge and servicing Manassas, VA.

Because feelings of anxiety are often distressing, it is normal to want to avoid addressing these feelings. However, if you ignore these feelings, you may miss out on learning how to deal with these stressful situations that are often unavoidable.

In Woodbridge, anxiety therapy is often an effective approach to assess the degree of your anxiety and identify situations that may trigger these overwhelming feelings.

Our anxiety counselor in Woodbridge can help you make changes that can reduce the symptoms of anxiety and help alleviate your symptoms. These coping strategies often include:

Daily Exercise

A Nutritious, Well-Balanced Diet
An Adequate Amount of Sleep
Focusing on Positive Aspects of Life

Establishing Realistic Goals
Limiting Caffeine Intake
Reduce or Eliminate the Use of Alcohol

Balance your diet plan to control your melancholy. Should you go too long between dishes, you'll find yourself tired and irritable, which makes your depression worse. Eating a lot of, nevertheless, will make you feel sluggish and guilty. Eat tiny meals on regular times to keep your energy up and also your brain operating in its peak.  A simple walk around your block may be a excellent mood elevator as well as a way to get those happy endorphins working to your edge. If you have forgotten the delight of walking, subsequently take your dog (or borrow one from a neighbour) and concentrate on his pleasure and jokes for just a few minutes. Getting out inside your community keeps you in touch with what is going on around you and makes it possible to take the emphasis off yourself for awhile.

Cease rewarding poor behavior. Many occasions somebody who is depressed will wallow in self-pity, permitting others to coddle them and deal with their duties. Others misuse substances, booze, sex, and food being an easy way to feel better briefly. Most of these behaviours usually do not help the melancholy in just about any way aside from a temporary repair. Take away the rewards along with the despondent person can focus on the root of the melancholy.  Among the greatest methods to battle melancholy would eat a wholesome, well-balanced diet and avoid psychological eating. Individuals commonly times tend to overeat as a means to escape their melancholy and avoid dealing with uneasy inner feelings. By overeating, you're only putting off feelings that need to be coped with and, in the long term, making your depression worse.

One of the best things you can-do if you often suffer from melancholy is to work on fixing personal problems that you experienced. Break down big, complex issues into small targets you can easily achieve. Work at only a couple of targets at a time plus you may be surprised by how quickly you will be in a position to fix your problems and create a better life for yourself.  There are many causes for melancholy, therefore it is better to find just what the origin is of your depression so you can deal with it efficiently. When you have a general sense of what's causing the trouble, you can either start eliminating the cause or handle them in a different way.

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Conquer melancholy by acquiring your interests. Melancholie robs us by dampening our want to pursue activities we used ot love. Tasks and respective interests are vital to maintaining a happy, satisfied frame of mind. Melancholie, stress, anger, anxiety as well as other negative emotions can be released through activities, especially in case you do them whenever you feel lousy.


Make sure to get a sufficient quantity of slumber if you suffer from melancholy. Sleeping too-little or very much can effect your mood and the way that you just think. Attempt to set a specific time to go to sleep every night and try to wake up at once everyday.  Should you live in your own house, you should try to decorate it into an exceedingly cheerful, happy fashion. It will help you feel much more up-beat and happy yourself.

Almost everyone combats depression at some point in their lives. Melancholie can get daily activities come into a grinding halt, and living existence a difficult endeavor as people confront unbearable depression. No matter how awful you feel, picture the light at the conclusion of the tunnel. Even if you think applying these hints is a waste of time - let them have a try. When you start to feel even a small number of improvement, you will feel inspired to keep going. You'll be able to break out another side!

Contact Milgrim & Associates, P.C. to schedule an appointment for anxiety counseling in Woodbridge. We are located in Woodbridge, Virginia, less than one mile from Routes 123 and 95, Occoquan and Tackett's Mill. We proudly serve Woodbridge, Dumfries, Lorton, Fairfax Station, and Manassas, VA.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

My E-books and My Cakes!

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:

I've found some good books from Amazon Kindle store which I think could be of great use in our cake business.  That's the reward of getting e-books.  You'll get to purchase them immediately and delivered in your kindle fast and easy.  You can now read your newly purchased book soon after you made your purchase.  Easy!

I gotta go now, I'll be browsing my new book at Kindle. :)

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 that are available when the right scents are used. For example, eucalyptus may help to relieve mental fatigue, headaches and open the bronchial passages. Lavender can lift the spirits and peppermint can help you to be more alert.

One final alternative use for soy candles is to combine the relaxing effect of aromatherapy with the pleasant visual effects of a burning candle. This can help you to relax even further and is a welcome addition to bath time or for sitting in a quiet room to prepare yourself for a restful night’s sleep.

Julie Roth is a wedding/ private event planner in Seattle. She often incorporates scented soy candles from The Soi Company into her displays.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

My Zalora Shopping Experience

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 and daughter were pleased with the quality of their order.  The shoes look exactly how it was seen on pictures and they were very happy with their "free gifts" from Zalora.

Thank you Zalora for these wonderful gifts! :)

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

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!

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. :)

What to Look for in a Home Caregiver

If you have a loved one who needs constant care, then you likely understand the important role that an at-home caregiver plays in their lif...