Thursday, December 29, 2011

Notepad Corner’s First Annual Report, 2011

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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 on a regular basis. The page talks about life, family. parenting, home and housekeeping, home improvement and anything that could be of essence to one’s daily living.

I first tried to create a blog on May 5, 2009 but I was not able to pursue with it due to lack of time.  March 18, 2011 I revived my old blog and Joy’s Flair was born. A blog which addresses lifestyle, fashion, beauty and reviews.

Because we are a family who loves to eat, I also thought of creating a food blog, so March 28, 2011, I bring forth Delectable Ideas.

Mhel had given my Notepad Corner domain as a birthday gift on January, 2011, and as her support continuous, she once again gave me a house warming gift as she dressed-up my main blog with a new theme/layout that I dearly loved and cherished.  I am so grateful to you Mhel, your countless ways of support made me a blogging addict ahaha.

July, 2011, was my first blogging accomplishment as my Notepad Corner blog garnered a Page Rank 2 on Google Page Rank update. Hurray! That was really a big bang! My Joy’s Flair earned a PR1 and as of this writing Delectable Ideas is already PR2.

Another overwhelming blogging achievement came my way when MomCenter Philippines became a Blog Partner of Notepad Corner in July, 2011

Come September 2011, Notepad Corner was recognized, attained the fifth (5th) rank in the Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs 2011.

October 9, 2011, I brought a health, beauty, fitness and wellness blog into existence as I launched Fit and Sound.

The year 2011 is indeed a good year as it gave me an overwhelming happiness as I achieved merits in blogging and gained so many friends from the blogging world with PMC Mommies as special mention. From the first day up to this time I still consider myself a greenapple, I still need to learn a lot like more knowledge on blogging techniques, gaining more blog traffic, SEO and others. As I slowly learn the bits and pieces I look forward for a better blogger in me as I welcome 2012.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

A Christmas greeting from my family to yours

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

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 closet space and sell old clothing, leaving consumers like you with the opportunity to buy these clothes at a fraction of the original price.

Similarly, online auction sites, like eBay or, make it easy to buy previously worn clothing. Clothes are available in slightly used condition—not to mention greatly discounted—unlike those brand new, mass-produced garments from department stores. In addition, online retailers often set up their own shops. It's very likely you can find multiple items from one seller and save on shipping to further cut your clothing costs.

Use Discount Chains

Many consumers are simply not comfortable wearing previously worn clothing. New clothing is expensive, and in an emergency, cash from sites like can come in handy. Buying new clothes however does not have to mean buying expensive. Discount chains are in cities all across the country and offer great deals on brand new clothing. These chains can afford to see clothes for cheap as they typically cut deals with large manufacturers on clothes that are out of style or being pushed aside for a new line.

Be on the lookout for any obvious clothes defects that could prove problematic before making a purchase.

Buy Clothing in Individual Pieces

Purchasing the pieces of an outfit is cheaper than buying all pieces together. Instead of buying an entire suit or matching outfit, try buying pieces you can mix and match. To meet this goal, stay consistent in the colors of your clothing. For instance, sticking to dark colors like black, dark blue, or brown, will help result in a wardrobe where you can build different shirt-pants combinations that look great. Try to envision the different ensembles you could do with your existing wardrobe before purchasing those new pants or tops.

No matter how fancy your clothes are or how good they look on you, if you do not accessorize your garb with confidence, it will go from yay to nay. So stand tall, strut your stuff, and rock that business outfit!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

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 pick the area within reason and allow him to help get everything set up. Children often like to help. If he helps you set up the area, he will feel proud of it and will want to work there.

4. Reduce The Distractions

Keep the study area away from busy areas of the home where other members of the household are doing other tasks. It is especially important to keep a study area away from the television. If you can't avoid being near the television, make sure it stays off while your child is working. If your child has a cell phone or video game system, keep them away from the study area. Distractions can prevent your child from completing his homework and doing it well.

5. Keep The Area Neat And Organized

Avoid allowing clutter, such as old papers, to pile up in the area and make it difficult to find a place to do his work. Install a corkboard in the area so you can pin important papers up to keep them out of the way, yet visible. Clean the area on a regular basis to remove anything that is no longer needed.

6. Let Your Child Use A Computer

Provide your child with access to a computer. With advances in technology, many students must use a computer to complete their homework. If you have a laptop in your home, keep it in the homework area so your child can use it. If you have a desktop, create the study area close by, if possible.

7. Give Plenty Of Space

Your child will often need to spread out a textbook and a notebook to work with. However, if he must also use a computer, he will need even more space. Set up the work area where your child will have plenty of space to spread out everything he needs to more efficiently complete his work.

8. Work Together

If you have more than one child or you work from your home, set up the homework area where more than one person can work together. It can help your child to know that he isn't the only one who has work to do. If you can make time to sit with him, he will appreciate that you are close by to help if needed.

9. Use A Permanent Location

Having a set place for your child to complete his homework will help him focus on his homework. If you don't have the room for a permanent set-up, choose a spot where it is easy to place the items and clean them up afterward.

10. Get Into A Routine

Pick a time for homework, such as right after school or after dinner. When your child knows what time to do his homework, it will make the routine go smoothly. Having a set time also helps you ensure everything is ready at the right time.

Setting up a good place for your child to do homework and study can help ensure his success at school. When your child has everything he needs with no distractions, he will be able to complete his school work quickly and get it done well to succeed in school.

Working for a printer cartridge website, James works with HP inkjet cartridges, among other things.

Note: This article is a guest post from James.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Sharing the Christmas Spirit with the Sendong Victims

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 out and to give something for the victims of Sendong.

Christmas is just three days away. May we share the spirit of Christmas through giving. It would really be of great help to these victims who are in dire need as of the moment.

Even a little of what you can share is counted and highly appreciated; it will bring love that will greatly help at this time of urgent need. You can directly send in your donations on the following:

Donate Right Now~


to 2899 (Globe) or 4143 (Smart)

You can donate these amounts:
Globe: 5, 25, 100, 300, 500 or 1000
Smart: 10, 25, 50, 100, 300, 500 or 1000

Thank you very much for your kindness and generosity. May God bless you a thousandfold.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

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 a cord tidy to ensure that your children can’t reach the control cords. These can be as simple as a cleat hook or as sophisticated as a ratchet locking system. (A rotating drum with the cords attached insuring allowing you to open or close your blinds by turning the handle). In general the ratchet system is safer as there isn’t the possibility of forgetting and leaving the cords free. It worth noting that unless you know what you are doing shortening the control cords is risky as you might break the blinds.

Be careful with cribs and chairs

Children love to climb so avoid placing cribs, chairs or any other raised surfaces near the windows. This will not only help to ensure that they don’t climb up and get caught in the cords, but will also help to prevent them falling out of or into the window. There have also been some unlucky cases where the cords from a blind have fallen into a crib, and the child has then been caught up in them, so cribs and beds in particular should be kept away from the windows.


Far less of a risk, but important to remember is that if your child has asthma or another respiratory disease then window treatments can be refuge for dust mites and other allergens. To lower this risk you should clean them regularly. Fabric blinds and curtains can either be vacuumed with the curtain attachment of a vacuum cleaner or cleaned more thoroughly by putting them in a bath tub with a little detergent and swirling them around for five to ten minutes. Plastic, wooden and aluminium blinds should be dusted regularly with a damp cloth.

I hope this advice has been helpful and can help you and your child prevent any accidents.

Monday, December 12, 2011

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 reviews.  So, I keep on changing strategies to allure him to study.  As I already mentioned in one of my previous posts, my youngest son is dealing with ADHD, he does not want repetition, has tantrums, forgetful and is easily distracted. Can you imagine how much patience do I need to handle him? It is not easy I tell you. Yahmir is an intelligent kid but he tends to forget and be careless.

Here are the ways on how I review him during quarterly exams

  • I taught him to make a habit of highlighting the important words, phrases or sentences in his books in every lesson.  It will be much easier for him to review once all important part of the lessons in the book are stressed with a textliner.
  • I ask him to bring home his quiz notebooks a week before the exams, to look back on his quizzes, usually, some of what is given in the quizzes will also be included in the quarterly exams so as with seatworks, homeworks and lectures in the notebook.
  • I give him a timetable to study; I see to it that the weekend before the exams, he would start on studying the subjects that needs memorization like Civics and Science. I let him start reviewing one week ahead to avoid cramming.
  • The weekend before the examination week, is the time for me to sit down beside him and ask questions based on the pointers to review given by their subject teachers. I give emphasis on the lessons where he does not fully understand, explain and site examples based also on what I’ve read in his books and lectures. I also see to it that he spells the answers correctly.

So far, he is doing well. As he is already on the sixth grade, I am teaching him how to study on his own. I am happy that he is already getting used to it. 

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Fujidenso products, a perfect Christmas gift idea

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 Appliances are also available for company giveaways

Through its balance of quality and affordability, every Fujidenzo appliance will surely be treasured and loved since it has a useful purpose in every home. They also come in a sleek and modern design that can match any kind of kitchen design.

So this holiday season, give the perfect Christmas present.  Give a Fujidenzo product today.

Monday, December 05, 2011

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

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 selected schools with an XO Laptop from the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) Association. The XO laptop is a rugged, low-power, connected laptop especially designed to make learning more engaging and more fun for students.

Students can use their laptops not just to learn but to share and connect with each other, with their communities and with the world - helping them all become an “e.Studyante.”

The goal is simple:  Give out 1,000,000 laptops in time for P&G’s 100th year.  And you can help.

“For children all over the country, the challenge of education begins even before they step into the classroom. Some have to wake up at the crack of dawn and walk miles through unpaved roads, through woods and rivers, just to get to school. We are doing this for these students. We want to make this journey worthwhile for them by giving them the tool that will place the world’s knowledge at their fingertips – through a laptop and internet connectivity,” said Chad Sotelo, e.Studyante Country Marketing Manager.  

“But it’s not something we can do alone,” Sotelo added.  “To help us reach our goal of 1,000,000 students, we would like to invite moms all over the country to support the e.Studyante program by buying P&G promo packs.”

Through the “e.Studyante” program, you can help give a child a laptop by buying specially marked P&G promo packs available nationwide. You not only save up to 40%  on your favorite P&G products but you also help provide a child with a world of educational materials and fun activities that will inspire them to learn and achieve even more. 

Participating brands include Safeguard, Tide, Pampers, Downy, Ariel, Pantene, Head & Shoulders, Joy, Rejoice, Whisper, Olay, Gillette, Vicks and Ambi-Pur.

Helping those in need has never been easier. You can help make each child’s journey to school more worthwhile. Support the e.Studyante program and help gift each student with a brighter future! Isang laptop, mas malawak na kaalaman, mas magandang bukas.

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Friday, December 02, 2011

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 given the opportunity for quiet time, an opportunity to calm down, before bed.


Even though children may fight for a ‘later’ bed time, a consistent schedule will help them sleep better at night. Establishing a set bed time for children is one of the first steps in helping them get a good night’s sleep. While every child is different, an average child needs between eight and ten hours of sleep per night to be able to function properly during the day. If a child has to wake up at 7:00am, for instance, they should have a bed time of no later than 10:00pm. The time can, of course, be adjusted to the individual child.

Bed Time Routines

Like adults, children fall asleep better when they have an established bed time routine. Whether it is a hot bath, a cup of tea or a bed time book, a routine will give the child mental cues that it will soon be time for bed. Parents should choose a bed time activity that can be realistically accomplished every night.


It has been found that some people sleep better when there is noise in the room rather than in a completely silent environment. White noise, such as a fan or air conditioner, or soft, nature music may help some children fall asleep more quickly than lying in bed listening to the sounds of the house. Sleep radios that play these sounds can be purchased as can applications for smart phones and Apple devices.

Sleeping soundly through the night is not an easy task for some children. Blackout curtains, consistency and routine can help when parents find that their children are restless at bed time. While it may take a bit of trial and error to find what helps a child sleep, finding the right combination is not only helpful to the child but to parents as well.