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6 Simple Ways to Save Money at Home

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  With the economy being what it is, people are more conscious about their expenses. The last thing you want to be doing is spending money on things that are not essential. There are simple ways to save money at home, which can cut down your bills significantly. Use energy-efficient appliances If possible, buy energy-efficient appliances such as washing machines and dryers that have lower water and energy consumption levels. These will help save energy and thus money over time because they consume less electricity than their non-efficient counterparts do. Consider replacing your old refrigerator with an energy-efficient refrigerator. You may not be aware of the fact that your fridge is one of the biggest consumers of power in your home. An inefficient refrigerator can use up to 300 kWh per year, which is more than 10% of the total household energy bill. So, it is important to get an efficient one that uses less electricity and saves you money on your electricity bill. Use en

Track Ball Mouse

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Due to my Trigger Finger illness, I bought a Track Ball Mouse in replacement of the regular mouse. We roam around the Computer stores at the  Cyberzone of SM Fairview Mall to look for it.  Only one store is selling it, and I have only two options to choose from, the A4tech and Logitech Brands.   I have chosen the Logitech Trackman Marble, it is quite expensive, but I think it will be a good buy though.  It costs Php 1,850 ($ 44++).  Track ball mouse as recommended by most of my friends gives superior comfort for either hand you will be using with it.  Because my right hand fingers are limited in mobility at the moment, I am learning how to use it with my left hand.  I am not comfortable using the touch pad of my laptop that’s why I still prefer using a mouse by just connecting it to the usb slot. Well, I’ve been using it for a week now and I find it much comfortable to use.  

A New Blog Theme, A House Warming Gift

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For sure, you already have noticed that this blogsite is wearing her new theme/layout in the past two days. It took me also two days to write on a thank you article for I was so glued in just exploring and staring at my new theme (lol). I really love the way how it was dressed up! Merci! Mhel “BlankPixel” Ignacio J .  Mhel is the reason why I joined the blogging community.  She encouraged me to put my random thoughts into writing through intercommunicating and sharing on-line journal.  At first, I was hesitant because I fear that maybe nobody will read on my posts, except Mhel and me, ahaha. Another thing is, I know nothing about blogging, so I started to make some readings and start to learn the ins and outs.  It was May, 2009 when I started to create a blog but I was able to post only one article, due to lack of knowledge and busy schedules. November, 2010, I resume my blogging, and surprised Mhel that my blog was born and I am ready to join the blogosphere J . She was v

Trigger Finger (Flexor Tendinitis)

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I’ve been suffering from FlexorTendinitis.  In layman’s word it is called Trigger Finger.  It started two years ago on my right hand thumb and it is recurring again lately.  This time it’s not only my thumb but my right hand’s fore and middle fingers as well.  My fingers bend and lock especially at night and are very painful to straighten in the morning. Trigger finger is a type of tendinitis, develops in the tendons which bend the fingers. There are no muscles in the fingers themselves. Muscles in the forearm are connected to the finger bones by smooth, flexible strings, called tendons. The muscles pull on the tendons, which then bend the finger joints The flexor tendons are smooth, flexible, thick strings - they look a bit like clothesline rope. They work like a bicycle brake cable to bend your fingers, sliding in and out of the finger as it straightens and bends. Cause : Tendon swelling (tendinitis) results from a person's own tendency to collect fluid around their te

A Time for Reflection

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Holy Week or the Lenten Season as we call it, is the best time to quantify, to think deeply, to meditate, to reflect, to recollect and to do some mental concentration in our lives. During my younger years, we were taught to observe silence during the Lenten Season. We were required to attend more children catechism lessons in the Parish Church, read and sing the “Pasyon” (Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ)    in the  “ Pabasa” of our neighbor. “Pabasa” is an old Holy Week practice here in the Philippines that has remained well preserved particularly in the provinces where it is held continuously day and night sometimes for as long as three straight days. In recent years, the melodies of pop songs are sometimes used to make the chanting of the Biblical passages sound more interesting and lively. As kids we enjoy reading it, for we have to sing the biblical lines in the book.  Gathered together are close relatives and friends, day and night until it ends on the third day.

Air Ionizer

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The whole family is suffering from Allergic Rhinitis, the reason why we have this air ionizer at home. Air ionizers can remove microbes such as mold spores, viruses and germs from the air.  It acts as air fresheners, neutralizing odors from pets, cigarettes and even cooking smells to create a cleaner home environment. It creates ions which remove microscopic particles from the air.  The air is cleaned, helping us to breathe better.   In our case we only have one air ionizer placed in our bedroom. This small machine is really of great help to us.  It was recommended by our Allergologist years ago. Through proper care it lasted for years too.  It is still in good running condition until now. Air ionizers clean the air by sending molecular particles into the room. Those particles, also known as ions, attach to oxygen in the air to create a negative charge. Once it becomes a negative ion, the molecule attaches itself to pollen, dander, dust and odor to create a cluster. The ionizer then

Suggestions On HowTo Keep Everything In Place

The family starts to grow after a year or two of marriage.  The home begins to be much livelier and happier with kids around, but at the same time house chores becomes much difficult to manage.  We need to be systematic in keeping everything in place to keep things organized. Make a cleaning schedule and stick to it.  I posted a copy of cleaning schedule in the dirty kitchen.  A list of chores done on a daily basis, weekly and monthly, plus reminders on saving tips.  I emphasized to my househelp to keep on reading it until she memorizes it, so I won’t be always reminding her. Create purpose-driven home zones.  For instance, the bedroom is just a bedroom. No work table, no computer, except for a tv and and a dvd player. Edit your closet.  I am sick and tired of seeing disarrayed clothes and other stuffs in my children’s closet. So, in order for them to keep it tidy, I make room for their favorite clothes and new purchases.  I put away old clothes to be given to donations.  In this ca

Yahmir Got Circumcised!

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8:30 am, April 6, 2011 was Yahmir’s medical appointment for circumcision at Bernardino General Hospital , Zabarte Quezon City.  Circumcision is the surgical removal of the foreskin at the tip of the penis. As a tradition here in the Philippines , when boys reach the stage of puberty, aging 9-12 years old, they are bound to undergo this practice. Circumcision is a hygienic necessity and as much as possible should be done by a doctor to avoid infection.  Our friend doctor, Dr. Jayson Tejada did the procedure on Yahmir.  He performed a Dorsal Slit Method. It is a single incision along the upper length of the foreskin from the tip to the corona, exposing the glans without removing any tissue. As usual, I am more nervous than the patient himself (lol).  I keep on telling Yahmir to relax, the pain will only be at the beginning of the procedure which is injecting the local anaesthesia, and then afterwards, it will be numb to feel any pain. Yahmir is very cooperative and calm, he just sa

Bathroom Battles – Potty Training

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In my experience, the best time to teach kids to be independent in a potty seat is during their pre-school years.   Here are my strategies to share for your kid’s toilet training. Set a schedule.   Bring your child to the potty after every meal, before bedtime or prior to any outing. He/she learns the habit of using the comfort room, before the urge becomes uncontrollable. It is recommended also to train them with their potty seats inside your comfort room. Never scold them if the attempt is not successful. Choose your words, simply say “let’s use the potty”.  If he succeeds, I praise him by saying “Oh, You went by yourself! Good for you! Of course, there will come a time that he already pooped before reaching the potty, be patient, this will help him realize how uncomfortable it is to be soiled. Give him space to defecate, as much as possible do not stand in front of him while he is doing so.  He needs to experience the thrill of success that comes down from doing it on his own.  T

Cleaning 101: What Really Causes Clutter?

It is a fact that our habits leads clutter in our homes.   Let me cite you examples of these habits that we need to break in order for us to have a de-cluttered home. Any of these sound familiar? HABIT Being afraid to let go of items. We always thought of “I might need this someday” or “My kids might want this Someday” until it will came the time that we forgot all about it. How to Deal :   In many cases, you can repurchase the item, if it’s truly needed. HABIT Not stepping up to tasks.   Family members walk right by something left out on the counter or in one corner of the house, but unless someone takes the initiative to make sure it gets cleared, it’s unlikely to happen. How to Deal :   Assign clear responsibilities, communicate with your kids and other members of the family and give consequences when they’re not accomplished. HABIT Procrastination.   Delaying decisions about where to put things, or waiting to put them in proper places – this is the cause of all clutter! How