Friday, March 15, 2019

8 Top Tips to Save Water at Home

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Water is one of  the most important basic needs in human life.  Water is involved not only for our bodies to function but also needed to produce agricultural products, home cleaning, cooking, doing the laundry, and many more. 

With the El NiƱo phenomenon dry spell looming this first quarter of 2019 in the Philippines, more and more areas all over the country are struggling with droughts. Dams and river basins are now beginning to go below the water level that is why conserving water is more important than ever. Cutting back on water use will help conserve a precious resource and lower your water bill as well.

Lately, one of Metro Manila’s water concessionaires is already limiting its water supply, resulting in less or no water at all to some areas. So, here are top tips to save water at home.

1. Make sure to store your water in clean water containers with close lids. Position them where you can easily access when needed, like the comfort room and near the kitchen sink. Also, use a water dipper or “tabo” to get clean water.

2. Use a drinking glass or any counterpart when you brush your teeth.

3. Use a small basin to wash your dishes. If budget allows, another alternative is to use disposable plates, spoon and fork and paper cups for the meantime until water service gets back to normal.

4. Instead of car washing, use water-less car cleaners for the meantime while water is scarce.

5. Run the washing machine only in full loads. Half-loads add up to many gallons of wasted water.

6. Flush with less. To reduce water usage in flushing the toilet, use a small pail of water. When taking a bath, use “timba and tabo” or water dipper and big water bucket. Moreover, the use of a leave-on conditioner is an alternative rather than an after shampoo conditioner that needs rinsing.

7. Repurpose water. Learn to use every drop by re-using grey water. Clean waste water from baths can be used to flush the toilet. While laundry water can be used to water the plants, clean your dog kennel, home floor cleaning and other cleaning needs.

8. Capture Rain water.  It will be wise to have a rain barrel ready to harvest rainwater just in case it rains. Though it is not advisable for food cooking and hygiene usage, it will be a good way to keep your plants hydrated and for toilet flushing.

We cannot function long with no water in the house. So be vigilant, listen or watch the daily news on water interruptions and be patient to store water once it drips from the tap. Also, always remember to cover your barrels and water containers to keep mosquitoes at bay.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

The Importance Of A Family Photoshoot For Capturing Special Memories

All the special reasons why you should go along for a family photoshoot…

Whether you have been for a family photoshoot before or not, you will understand how valuable and special the images captured can be. 

Professional photographers will have plenty of experience about how to make your children smile, laugh and generally enjoy themselves, so that every picture captures a natural happy moment. 

Although nowadays we are spoilt for choice with the sheer variety of cameras and phones with high-quality cameras, the images still don’t compare to those taken in a studio. 

So, it may seem like a mammoth task to get all your family looking smart and on their best behaviour to go along to a photography studio. Once there though, you and your family will no doubt have a blast and come away with some wonderful captured memories to last a lifetime. 

Let’s have a look at some of the great reasons why booking in for a family photoshoot is definitely worth your time…

Professional pictures

First of all, although our phones these days most likely have top-of-the-range cameras capable of capturing quality pictures, they still don’t live up to the standard of professional shots. 

At a professional family photoshoot, the equipment, setting and more will be set up for you to ensure that the images are of an amazing quality and portray all your family members’ individual features well. 

Images taken quickly on a mobile phone simply cannot do the same job and, more often than not, as a parent you just don’t have time to attempt to capture the perfect photo. 

Having professional photos taken of your family is important because they are much more likely to be looked after and passed down the generations. Your kids will probably kick up a fuss when they hear they are being dragged for a family photoshoot but as they get older, they will soon realise the value of capturing their growth and childhood. 

Nousha are a London-based child and family portrait photography company. They are different from other more traditional photography studios as they place an emphasis on capturing the individual character of each family and child. All their photos are taken in black and white and they believe that encouraging families to relax and be themselves makes for the best images - we would have to agree!

Milestones and memories

As well as a family photoshoot being important for capturing high-quality photos, they are also necessary for making sure that special milestones and memories are not forgotten. 

We are all so busy these days that precious moments and phases often get lost in the abyss. Important moments often succumb to more trivial matters like what we are going to make for dinner and when our bills need to be paid by - silly things that sadly take up a lot of brain space. 

A family photoshoot is an amazing way to make sure that these milestones aren’t forgotten. Whether you have a huge immediate family or it is just you and one little one, it is important to capture all the silly phases that people go through.

Fun activity

This point is a bit different but still just as important - taking your troops along for a family photoshoot is heaps of fun! Being in a photography studio won’t be a familiar situation for anyone, so naturally, everyone will be in good spirits anyway due to the excitement. 

This, coupled with funny cues from the photographer about what to do will have the kids giggling away in no time. It is guaranteed that even the grandparents will be having fun. 

Hopefully, this post has motivated you to go off and book in for a family photoshoot - partly to capture all the funny phases your children may be going through but also simply just to have some fun together!

Thursday, February 07, 2019

How to Look Like a Diva on Your Prom

High school kids look forward to their proms for all the fun and festivity that it brings. However, girls have an extra reason to be excited and yet nervous about their proms. Proms lately has emerged as nothing less than fashion pageant where everyone wishes to look like a diva walking down the red carpet. Of course, at this stage, most of us are inspired by celebrity looks and runways but do not have access to professional stylists and designers so you have got to do your own long look. As challenging as it may sound, it is not difficult to do so if you take one baby step at a time and take care of a few things.

Early is Good

The early bird phenomena are very much relevant to your prom preparations as well. The early you start, the better deal you get and then you can plan your look without being in a rush. Prom dress can be incredibly expensive so some people do take advantage of Black Friday and other similar sale seasons to grab their prom gowns in advance for dirt-cheap prices. If you are lucky enough to stumble on something that is a perfect fit for you and is on sale, by all means, grab it. If you fail to find any ready to wear clothing, early planning also allows you enough room to get your outfit customized.

Wear Your Confidence

Regardless of what you wear and how you look, do not let anything override your confidence level. Oozing confidence and taking pride in yourself is the most important thing. Self-awareness is great but make sure you cross over the line and push yourself into self-consciousness.

Your Dress

The fashion industry in the recent past has become more diverse and welcoming to different styles at the same time rather than sticking to a single look at any given point. This is a blessing because it is a more inclusive way of being trendy that allows everyone to be on the fashion grid without having to leave their comfort zones. When picking up your prom dress make sure your outfit is in compliance with the dress code and it is something that you are comfortable to wear. Stick to a long prom dress if you are not comfortable with showing your legs, If you do not want to reveal your skin but still want to have an off shoulder feel, there are some really pretty illusion styles available in the market too.

Makeup and Accessories

Do not go overboard with your makeup and accessories especially if your dress is already very detailed. You can use some bold colors and heavy accessories if your dress is plain or a lot of bare skin is showing, but if you have a fully covered dress or a heavily embellished one, let your heavy accessories pass. If you are a fan of bold and vibrant colors on your face, use them either on the face or on the lips. Do not splatter all your face with color no matter how well you blend it.

Friday, January 18, 2019

How To Resurface Your Garage Floor Using Epoxy

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Epoxy is a formula made from a mixture of both a resin and a hardener that is commonly used for flooring and other surfaces. Unlike other popular garage floor finishes like sealants, paints, and stains, you won't need to worry about oil and grease stains, and you can easily clean your floors to help them maintain their original appearance. Here's how to apply epoxy on your own!

Perform a Moisture Test

Concrete that has too much moisture will not work with epoxy, so you will want to perform a moisture test before buying or applying any product. The ASTM-D-4263  Plastic Sheet Test is one way to perform this test.

Clean and Repair the Concrete 

Take time to clean and repair your concrete as well as you can. Clean oil stains by scrubbing floors with a cleaning solution designed for cleaning garage floors and pressure wash the surface. A simply sweep goes a long way as well. Use a concrete mixer and a trowel to fill in any holes, chips, or cracks.

Choose the Best Garage Floor Epoxy

Although more expensive, multi-layer coatings are often better quality than one coat varieties. For the best garage floor epoxy, you should invest in a coating that will last longer. You will also need to consider what finish and color you like the best.

Prepare the Floor for Epoxy

Epoxy doesn't bond well to smooth concrete, so you will need to roughen up your garage floor to get the right texture. Using a diamond grinder, shotblaster, or acid wash are some of the best options for achieving this result.

Mix The Resin and Hardener 

Follow the instructions on how to mix together the resin and hardener. A good method is to stir the resin before adding any hardener and continuing to stir until completely finished.

Apply the Epoxy

Lastly, it's time to apply the epoxy to your floors! Use a roller and paintbrush to fully cover your garage. Scatter any color chips after the epoxy is spread.

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