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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

Notepad Corner’s First Annual Report, 2011

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photo from the web Whoa! It has been a year now that I’ve been spending much longer hours infront of my laptop. I enjoyed every minute of what I am doing, the reason why I always lost track of time once I began to sit on my desk. Multi-tasking - writing posts, answering blog comments, blog hopping, reading web based articles about tips and tutorials to improve my blogging ability, answering emails, etc. etc. As the year ends, we always tend to look back on the things that happened throughout the entire year, so here I would like to share you a recap of what transpired in my blogging career for the year 2011. I began to open Notepad Corner in public last November 9, 2010.  At first, I was so anxious, thinking of nobody might be interested to read on my page, fearful that I may not be able to maintain it with my daily hectic schedule.  But, thankfully through my dear friend Mhel“Blankpixels” patience, constant guidance and help, I slowly developed the confidence to write

A Christmas greeting from my family to yours

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Christmas, the time of the year to celebrate, to give, to share and to make golden memories of tomorrow. May your hearts be filled with unconditional love, happiness and peace not only for the holidays but in the next days and years to come. Me and my family wishes you a blessed and meaningful Christmas. May we remember to make merry not only this season but all throughout the year. May the love you share with others return to you in countless ways. God bless you a thousandfold. Merry Christmas!

Shopping Business Casual on a Budget

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Most people have heard the term “business casual” as it concerns work-dress codes. Generally, the term refers to clothing which allows you to work comfortably, but still project a professional image. For many new employees, the words business casual are cringe-inducing. Indeed, the thought of spending hundreds of dollars to meet wardrobe requirements can kill any joy being felt from landing a new job. However, there are several ways to shop for the proper clothing without going broke in the process. Thrift Stores and Online Shopping There are high-quality, second-hand clothing available now more than ever. The popularity of thrift-store chains like Goodwill have made it easy for people to unload clothing they no longer use and buy lightly worn clothing, all in one place. There are all sorts of reasons for people to get rid of clothing that still has life to it. For some people, gains or losses in weight result in wardrobe overhauls. Thrift stores make it easy to clear clos

10 Tips for Setting Up a Study Area for Your Child

Providing your child with an adequate place to study can help him complete his school work in an efficient manner. When your child has everything he needs to get his work done, he will feel more organized and be able to finish it in less time, giving your child more time to have fun. 1. Get Everything Together Assemble all of the tools your child needs to complete his homework assignments. In most cases, you will need paper, pencils, a ruler, scissors and a pack of crayons. If your child runs into other items he needs, keep those in the same place for the future. 2. Choose A Well Lit Spot A place close to a window is best, but directly under a light can work as well. Being able to see clearly is important for completing homework assignments. This also reduces the strain on his eyes, which can help prevent damage to his eyes. 3. See What Your Kid Thinks You want your child to be comfortable while he does his homework. Therefore, his input on the matter is important. Let him pi

Sharing the Christmas Spirit with the Sendong Victims

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Another devastating storm hit my beloved country, the Philippines. Tropical Storm Sendong a very devastating disaster brought a lot of fatalities and homeless people in the Mindanao area, specifically in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan City. As of this writing, Undersecretary Benito Ramos, chairman of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), said that a total of 1,002 people have been confirmed dead, including 650 in Cagayan de Oro City and an additional 283 in Iligan City. More fatalities are assumed and expected to arise in the next days to come as retrieval and rescue operations are still on-going for more people are still reported missing. Most people killed from the flashfloods were helpless children. Houses were washed away; thousands are homeless as of this time, meager of food, potable drinking water, clothing and shelter. I personally would like to make an appeal for your help, be in goods, in kind or monetary contribution. To share, to reach ou

Make Sure Your Window Blinds are Safe

Window treatments are not the most obvious danger in your home, but unfortunately data showed 495 children in the US have been injured or killed by blinds in the last few decades. Most of these incidents are caused by the child getting tangled in the control cords and strangling. Fortunately there are a few simple steps which can ensure that your blinds are safe. Cordless Blinds and Curtains The simplest step is rather than using Venetian blinds or vertical blinds use window treatments such as curtains, roller blinds or cellular shades that often come with very short or even no cords at all. In addition many blinds come with alternative control systems such as plastic wands. With all of these products it is also vital that secure them strongly enough that they can resist a child pulling down on them. You don’t want them falling on your child. Buy a cord tidy If you already have blinds and don’t want to buy new ones then a simple but effective measure is to buy or make

Ways to review during exams

Third Quarter examinations is usually held before the Christmas break in my youngest kid’s school.  This year, it was scheduled on December 14, 15 and 16. December 17 will be their Christmas party. In this way, pupils and students will get to enjoy the Christmas break. Are you also hands-on in tutoring your kids? Daily school homeworks and weekly quizzes may come easy with our kids but what about quarterly tests? Reviews during quarterly examinations really need time and effort because the lesson scopes usually are long and that they will be reviewing for 10 subjects in the elementary level.  Math, Computer, Science, Civics (Sibika), EPP/HELE (Home Economics and Livelihood Education), MAPE (Music, Arts and PE), Reading, Language, Filipino and CLE/GMRC (Christian Living and Good manners and Right Conduct) I did not have a hard time with quarterly reviews with my eldest son during his school days, but with my youngest son, well he always has plenty of alibis in order to skip his review

Fujidenso products, a perfect Christmas gift idea

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Are you looking for an ultimate gift for your parents, sisters, friends or a great prize for your company’s raffle this Christmas? Fujidenzo will surely bring its recipients a grateful smile and cheer. A gift of love for your loved ones that would last. Fujidenzo has made a name for itself for its world-class products designed to give quality performance at the most consumer-friendly prices. Due to its reasonable price, it assures affordability to the average Filipino family. Corporate employees will surely enjoy the enormous raffle prize giveaways at the same time won’t drastically break the financial giveaway allocation of your company. It’s a win-win situation for you, whether you’re the giver or the receiver. Fujidenzo’s product line-up includes refrigerators, washers and dryers, microwave ovens, and cooking ranges.   There are also appliances that can be used for businesses such as chest and upright freezers, chillers, bar fridges, and wine coolers. Small A

Help a child become an “e.Studyante” with P&G

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This is a press release wherein our group Pinay Mommies Community (PMC) supports the P&G e.Studyante Program School children in the Philippines face many challenges; sometimes, even the simple walk to school in the morning can be an arduous journey.  Students cross rivers, traverse mountain peaks, even go through battlegrounds just to go to school. And when they arrive, they are faced with meager resources – overcrowded classrooms, the lack of books and school supplies – which all make for an uninspiring learning environment. That is why starting on its 76th year, Procter and Gamble (P&G) Philippines is setting out to make these students’ journey more worthwhile. Taking its commitment to education to the next level, P&G will provide technology and connectivity to Filipino students nationwide with its e.Studyante program. Along with partner Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart)  and Synergeia Foundation, the e.Studyante program will provide kids from sel

Tips for helping your child get a good night's sleep

Many mums and dads lack a good night’s sleep. Not because they aren’t exhausted but because their children are having a difficult time sleeping. It’s at these times that parents begin looking for solutions. Children sleep better when they have an established routine and consistent schedule. Following these tips will help not only children, but parents, sleep better at night. Blackout Curtains When rooms have an excessive amount of light, be it from a street lamp, headlights, late evening or early morning sun, it can be difficult for children to sleep. Hanging   blackout curtains will stop light from coming through the window and help children sleep more soundly. Daytime Preparation When children have a full day of homework, sports, playing or tagging along with mum and dad on the high street, they have a more difficult time falling asleep. The calmer a child’s day, the more likely they are to sleep well at night. Children who are incredibly busy during the day should be g