Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Midnight Mercato Food Market comes to Late Night Wednesdays

Are you looking for a place to indulge your late night food cravings on a Wednesday night? Or you can’t wait until the weekend to visit your favorite late night food markets?

Then Midnight Mercato, Metro Manila’s premiere late night weekend food market, will be open on Wednesday nights starting February 29 to answer your foodie call!

Indulge in the Midnight Mercato experience and enjoy an extensive selection of foodie favorites - steamed cheeseburgers, crunchy pork belly, wagyu steak on a sticks, deep dish pizzas, authentic Vigan empanadas, ice-cream filled mochi balls, specialty milk teas, dark lager beer cheesecakes – straight from the kitchens of home-based and specialty chefs, while enjoying live acoustic performances and free wi-fi. Wednesday Midnight Mercato is perfect way to celebrate the middle of the week!

Midnght Mercato is open from 10:00pm to 3:00am every Friday, Saturday and Wednesday (starting February 29) and Mercato Centrale is open every Saturday and Sunday from 7:00am to 2:00pm. Midnight Mercato is located at the corner of 34th street and 8th avenue beside MC Home Depot in Bonifacio Global City.

For more information, please visit their website www.midnightmercato.com or their Facebook account www.facebook.com/mercatocentrale.  For vendor booth rental or venue rental inquiries, please email admin@mercatocentrale.ph or text 09178401152.

Advantages of Selling your Family Car Online

Keeping a vehicle is a good form of investment for the family.  Aside from the comfort and convenience it brings for travel, it is also a decent domestic asset. Because cars have a constant market demand, you will be able to sell it anytime you like.

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Two reasons why we sell our family car are: to augment our immediate financial needs in times of emergencies and to supplement the budget when buying a new model to replace the old one. You may opt to vend it through interested friends, prospective neighborhood buyers or may decide to sell your BMW online.

However, we should consider keen planning before we put it up for sale. Good condition and maintenance of the vehicle plus showing off its best features are the keys to guarantee a good deal. It is also essential to be very careful in transacting with prospective clients. Selling your family car online is a fast and comfortable way to carry out a trade. We do not have to go for meet-ups that might endanger our safety. Nevertheless, we need to be cautious also in selecting the best car site, as legitimate online site buyers never require long processing. Be ready to bargain hard too as the estimated price offer will be based on the details of your vehicle and its present condition. Be wary of the personnel whom you transact with too, since they do not require meet ups. Honesty in giving out details including the age of the car, mileage or if there are scratches and dents will help you to make a good deal.

This article was brought to you by We Will Buy Your Car.

Indoor Family Games for Drizzly Days

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It’s raining outside and the kids can’t get out and play their favorite ball game.

We all know that the gloomy weather can also affect and swing their moods. We can cheer them up and boost their spirits initially by cooking and serving them delectable cupcakes or cookies together with their favorite juice flavors. The aroma of home baked goodies will put a smile on their faces.

We can entice them to play indoor games and do other inside activities. We have to find different great rainy-day play-offs that will keep them pre-occupied. Toddlers and pre-schoolers will enjoy indoor dens, hand puppets and newspaper golf or watching their favorite cartoon characters on DVDs. Young boys can have fun with board games like chess, Chinese checkers and lively activities like pillow fights and balancing board while daddy is busy clicking with on Foxy Bingo.

Young girls and pre-teens can get pleasure from memory games, dressing up their Barbie dolls, reading pocketbooks, singing and listening to their favorite music. While puzzles like Sudoku, Crosswords, Anagrams, Doublets, Riddles, Trivia and card games can be interesting to young adults.

Adult games may include the use of computers, our grandmas and grandpas may find it fascinating to play Online Bingo once in awhile, a kind of board game that they used to play during their younger days which was then played by the use of board cards. Unavailability of bingo cards will be of no problem for they can be entertained by playing it online.

No matter what the age is, stormy weather will not hinder exciting and amusing activities that can be best enjoyed inside the comforts of our homes.

The Key Features of Industrial Flooring

If your industrial setting requires new flooring, you may think it is as simple as finding the cheapest floor from your nearest provider; on the contrary, getting the right industrial flooring requires an understanding of all it should be able to provide. Those unsure of exactly what an industrial floor should be able to offer your setting are recommended to read on and discover these key features.

Simple Installation

When you are responsible for ensuring operations run as smoothly as possible it is highly important that a floor complete with simple installation is chosen. This will ensure that downtime within the setting is reduced, even if it is a factory in operation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Remember that it is not just you and your workforce that will see the flooring, potential clients are often eager to see the hub of a business which is often the factory floor. You will need to make sure your flooring is modern and smart to make that all important right first impression.

Slip Resistance

No installation at your industrial setting should ever compromise the safety of staff members, therefore taking the time to ensure the flooring you choose is slip resistant is of extremely high importance. It is a sad fact that many injure themselves in the work place through avoidable accidents, so do your bit to reduce this through appropriate flooring.


Flooring often correlates with a certain area, therefore if you decide to change the layout of the premises you will need to make sure the flooring can move with it so as to avoid confusion. Areas are often colour coded for safety reasons so this really is something you will need to take into consideration in order to avoid the costs of new flooring with each move around.


Insulation is something you will need to make sure the flooring you choose offers as large industrial settings can often be cold. Low temperatures can not only affect the productivity of the workforce, they can also have a detrimental impact on parts within essential machinery, leading to costly repairs or even replacement.

Whether you have just purchased a large industrial property or you are simply looking to rejuvenate your existing space, industrial flooring is one area where you really shouldn’t be cutting corners so make sure the company you choose offers flooring that provides all of the above.

Sophie understands the importance of high quality industrial flooring, having encountered first-hand the problems that can arise through substandard flooring within a busy setting. 

Note: This is a guest post from Sophie

Friday, February 24, 2012

Basic Thrift Guide

Home budgeting is becoming more difficult to manage nowadays. Paying the monthly consumption fees in electricity, water, telephone, dsl, and cable will already create a hole in our pockets. Not yet to mention the daily food we need to buy to sustain the family’s health plus other commodities, supplies, daily expenses and necessities in our homes.

Gasoline hike and basic commodity prices had climbed up recently, while salaries and wages stay put. We need to do extreme care in spending money that is to allocate it wisely. I already implemented an austerity program in our home to economize electric and water consumption. Economical management plays an important role to trim down excess costs.

Let me share you some of the Basic Thrift Guide I put into practice to help lower down our monthly expenses.
  • Unplug appliances when not in use
  • Laptop usage for my online tasks, as it consumes less power than the desktop
  • Buying kitchen and laundry supplies in bulk for a two-week replenishment.
  • Schedule the laundry twice a week instead of every other day.
  • Watering the plants with the used water in rinsing clothes
  • Iron clothes in the morning
  • Utilize the time feature of the air conditioning unit
  • Turn off the lights if  day lighting is sufficient
  • Defrost the refrigerator weekly
  • Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs as it only use about 25% of normal bulbs and would last ten times longer
  • If there’s a call for a furniture or home appliance replacement, opt for a repair at the moment while waiting for discounted bargain sale.

I would be very glad to hear your added ideas to my Thrift Guide list. Speak your minds; together we help each other in learning the economical management in our humble abodes.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

More finds for less with Coupon Codes

Keeping up with a tight budget and yet there’s a call to buy things for your home? There’s no more need for a long wait on mall bargain sale as you can also save with Endless coupons . Coupon code is one of the best approaches to budget shopping money as you can find more for less.

Online purchasing gives us the advantage to enjoy shopping without sweating, unlike going to garage auctions and mall deals wherein you have to brush shoulders with other sale seekers just to buy what you need and most often, in the end you will come to realize that you spent more than what you have expected.

In order not to burn a hole in your pocket at the same time get pleasure from your bargain hunting adventure visit websites like couponcodes4u and start buying for coupons that will fit your intended budget. It will definitely help you maintain your financial plans as you will only be spending your allocated funds.

You can find many bits and pieces for your home improvement as well as other high quality stuffs like gadgets, software and electronics or even toys for our young ones. For family getaways, family vacation packages are also available to choose from. You may prefer discounts, promotional codes or printable vouchers if you would like to go shop personally to the store.

Another best part of online commerce is we can even get free shipping on all the orders we made. So, why spend more if we can avail the biggest savings and discounts for our favorite brands that will give our homes a classy look.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Teaching Kid’s Hygiene

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“People will make judgments before you even speak based on the way you look. Most definitely your physical appearance matters. The way you dress, your hygiene - it all matters”. – This is one of the best quotes from Jonathan Adler that I best agree.

Being the light of the house, we mothers are the ones responsible in honing our children to good manners and right conduct. Coaching our little ones of the proper behavior is very much important to develop a pleasing personality, likewise training them with the right and proper hygiene counts a lot in their growth.  

When is the right time to start teaching our kids their personal hygiene? Well, in my opinion and through experience, the earlier the better.  At age 1, I already began informing my two sons the significance of washing their hands before eating and brushing their teeth.

As my children grow older I continuously instill the knowledge and polish them of the effects brought by maintaining cleanliness and sanitation. Allow me to give you a list of the basic personal hygiene a child must learn.
  • Hand washing specially before eating
  • Proper brushing of teeth
  • Use of own face towel and bath towel
  • Wearing of clean clothes and underwear
  • Daily bath
  • Use of own comb and face powder – for school boys and girls
  • Regular nail trimming
  • Cleaning of ears – we should assist them in cleaning their ears until such time they know how to clean it by themselves without injuring their ears.
  • During the puberty stage – explain to them the need of using an underarm deodorant, as hormonal changes takes place during this stage.
  • Appropriate cleanliness for girls during the first onset of menstruation should also be exercised.
  • Habitual cleaning of school shoes before wearing them

We just have to be patient in directing them and constantly remind them the benefits of a healthful living.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Cream Chargers for easy Home-made Cocktails and Desserts

Having a hard time making perfect foams for your coffee and desserts? Do your home-made cocktails and liquors lack flavor? Cream chargers used in a cream dispenser is the perfect solution to end this predicament. We do not have to be a professional chef to bring out exciting flavors that will give our dishes an up-to-date edge. Having it as a part of your kitchen tools will give color and exciting taste to your daily dishes and your occasional menus extraordinary.

Cream chargers

Foams, bread batter, creams, desserts, cocktails, liquors or other flavorful infusions are made easy in just a matter of minutes and you may serve it hot or cold in assorted textures.

cream on coffee
According to Wikipedia a whipped cream charger (also called whippits, whippets, nossies, or nangs) is a steel cylinder or cartridge filled with nitrous oxide (N2O) that is used as a whipping agent in a whipped cream dispenser. Nitrous oxide is used for culinary purposes because it migrates easily into the cream, and does not cause the cream to oxidize while it is in the can. Although these cylinders are non refillable, they are 100% recyclable. It is used together with the dispenser which is considered as a fast and inexpensive way in enhancing or creating unique tang.

The ideal cream dispenser is a competent tool for coffee shops too, as it is perfect for easy preparation of fresh whipped cream and other cold applications. It produces up to twice the quantity of whipped cream in comparison to other whipping approach.

cream dispenser
The cream charger together with the cream dispenser is another high-tech kitchen aid that will boost our interest in cooking, no-sweat in creating different essences and surprising cuisines to serve our family. 

Friday, February 17, 2012

Cleaning 101: How often do you Dust?

Dusting is one of my regular house chores. I usually dust on a daily basis, however when I stopped availing the services of a househelp, I do it on a bi-weekly or sometimes on a weekly basis as it consumes time and I have other everyday jobs to attend to.

Dingy furnitures and dirty electronics such as electric fans and air conditioning unit filters trigger allergy and breathing problems. So in order for me not to get tired of taking off the grime every now and then I opt to keep our windows closed. As I am all alone during the day, keeping the windows closed will also keep me safe. I only open it when it is raining as there is less dirt to come in when outside grounds are wet. I also put on entrance mats at each door entrance to lessen the filth coming in from the shoes or slippers. I also use slipcovers on our upholstery, so I just have to shake it out instead of vacuuming the entire sofa.

My best dusting buddies are the microfiber cloth and static duster.

A microfiber cloth is my best choice for wiping up because they grab and hold loads of dust without releasing and spreading it into the air. It is also safe to use for it will not scratch furniture. The cloth is soft and easy to wash afterwards.

Microfiber cloth
For difficult to reach areas like ceiling fans, behind shelves or under the fridge, I use static dusters with flexible heads that can bend into any position.  Just like the microfiber cloth, a static duster attracts dirt and it clings to it. To clean a static duster, a shake will do and it is set to do another cleaning job.

Static Dusters

Dusting frequency depends on where your home is located. If your abode is situated on a busy street, then dusts are bound to accumulate faster, thus needs for a frequent clean up. 

So, what about you, how often do you dust?

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Benefits of a Massage Chair for Your Home

Perhaps you have enjoyed unwinding in a soothing massage chair while having a pedicure, in an upscale hotel room or even after a long day of shopping at your local mall. You may not have considered purchasing one for your home, though. Many massage chairs are available to the public and are increasingly popular with consumers just like you. Learn about the advantages of these relaxing, attractive furnishings; you might just be tempted to get one yourself. 

For people who suffer from chronic or recurring pain, massage chairs can mean the difference between enduring aches or discomfort and finding some much-needed relief. A quality chair can relax tight muscles, increase blood flow to injured or damaged areas and even encourage your body to release more endorphins, which are a natural substance that attach to cell receptors in your brain much the way morphine does, eliminating pain in the process. 

image via www.relaxationstation.com.au

As mentioned, massage chairs help improve blood flow. Increasing your circulation helps your body heal more quickly, improves the appearance and texture of your skin and can even improve your blood pressure. For people with specific diseases or disorders, such as diabetes or HIV, this can even help prevent peripheral neuropathy and other conditions. 

If you have ever experienced a professional massage, you know that it is an incredible way to lessen stress, diminish anxiety and simply relax. Quality massage chairs found in Relaxation Station produce the same effect. You can choose between a chair that offers Shiatsu-style massage, which is used to amend any energy imbalances your body might be experiencing using rolling, brushing and vibration techniques, or Swedish massage, which kneads, taps and rubs in specific strokes against your major muscles. Determining which method is more relaxing is a personal choice, but both offer mental and emotional health benefits. 

Another advantage is that the increase in circulation and decrease in pain and stress have additional effects. As your blood flow improves and your pain and tension decrease, you will feel more energetic and less fatigued. With regular use, you are likely to sleep sounder and more deeply as well, which will result in higher energy during your waking hours. 

Admittedly, massage chairs for the home do require an initial investment. However, when you consider that professional massages can cost hundreds of dollars and improving your overall health can prevent doctor visits, loss of work and sheer quality of life, it may seem like an investment worth making.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Significance of a Wedding Invitation

Some soon to be married couples take wedding invitations for granted considering it as an added cost to their ceremonial budget. In my own perspective this small piece of paper plays a very significant role as it will give your guests an insight into what the nuptial will be. You can learn to make wedding invitations with these online classes. Handing out printed invites to your friends and relatives will let them feel that you want them to become a part of this substantial event in your life.

There are a lot of wedding invitations to choose from which are available in the market today. I find the Peacock wedding invitation elegant. It offers a special meaning.  It demonstrates a classy and more formal kind of ritual. It is more often used in Royal and extravagant weddings showing a flashy showcase of personality.

Peacock wedding invitation
The type and style of an invitation depends on the budget and the theme. You may also opt for a flexible digital printing where you can choose from a variety of designs and colors from the collection of Luxury Wedding Invitations that will fit, match and reflect your lifestyle, personality, as well as the theme. You may perhaps consider whether you decide on a formal or a simple informal invitation with or without a separate RSVP card.  One essential tip to remember is that the card must achieve a first good impression. It will also look impressive, unique and sophisticated if you can personalize or customize the wordings on your own.

Letterpress Wedding Invitation

Whichever is your choice, be it Luxury wedding invitations or the Peacock wedding invitation, just the same it will be a cherished keepsake, a memorable reminder of what took place when you say I do, as tying the knot is one of most valuable occasion in our lives,

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Hale and Hearty Sleep with a Memory Foam Mattress

After a long and tiring day we usually seek the comfort of our beds. Our body needs a sound sleep to be well rested  to function well again the next day. However, there are times that no matter how long we sleep; we wake up having body pains. My husband experiences sweating during his sleep due to the accumulated heat in the uratex bed, thus aside from covering our cushion with an extra linen and comforter before the bed sheet itself, he usually places a big and long towel to lie on to eliminate the heat. I, on the other hand need to find a good lying position in order to obtain sensible forty winks. When sleeping, the mattresses we lie on are supposed to alleviate stress in our body, perk up the flow of blood circulation and eliminate the sinking feeling that frequently results to body aches upon waking up. The use of comfortable memory foam mattress offsets the heat buildup, no more tossing and turning in finding the best sleeping position and guarantees a refreshing slumber. Health wise owning it is a wise investment for our homes. We do not have to turn and rotate it regularly for even wear correction, as we always do with our regular beddings.

We already changed our colorful mattresses twice, but the results were just the same. The culprit is none other than the kind of bedstead we’ve been using. Recently, I just found the answer to our dilemmas. Upon researching and reading, I found out that memory foam mattress play a vital role to obtain a healthy sleep. A bed with a bamboo cover will keep you cool and dry while you sleep. The structure and material composition should also be considered. Buying and using the finest mattresses that will assure us of a complete and relaxed snooze.

It is also best for people who have orthopedic injuries or correction. My Mom, who’s been operated with slipped discs on her lumbar 4 and 5 will definitely find comfort in lying on this restful and relaxing memory foam mattress instead of the standard type she’s been using. I am now thinking of replacing ours and my mom’s too.  These comfy mattresses are sturdy, environment friendly and of best quality. I will be saving for it, surely it will be a little bit more expensive than the regular ones available in the market, but surely it will bring superior relief and comfort our families will enjoy for a long period of time.

Monday, February 06, 2012

Ways to invest Quality Time together with our Kids

We have to invest time in order to build intense association, relationship and rapport with our children.  Relationships with our children are not built instantly. Quality moments occur when we seek and spend precious time with our kids adapting to their interests and needs. We should start early and don't give up even when it will become progressively tough or complicated. With Guide to Career Education you can get your degree in early childhood development. Usually, adolescents and teens find it hard to exhibit their own appreciation, but most of the time; they don't ignore nor forget the unique occasions, specifically the actual one-on-one instances and time that you simply spent with them.

Allow me to share you the ways on how to get top quality moments with kids based on my personal experience. 
  • Try to plan a weekend for the whole family, go for a picnic or go see a film or any other routines that may provide an exciting activity for the whole family. 
  • Encourage your kid to do jobs with each other like preparing or cooking food, which is my youngest son’s interest. I see it as good quality precious time.
  • It is essential to bear in mind that despite the fact that each of our children are getting close to maturity, they will nevertheless need parental participation.  Opening the channels of communication is the best way for them not to be shy to discuss anything under the sun with you. In our family, we practice the no-holds barred, there is freedom of speech.  We listen and let our children speak out their minds. We do not interrupt when they speak, so they can freely express themselves without fear.
  • Make dinner an enjoyable family time to talk over what transpired during the day. In this way, we can also monitor our children’s daily activities. Keep the conversation light; avoid arguing with them in front of the meal.
  • Do the morning exercise together with your kids, brisk walk or jog with them, encourage them for a talk. Talking about the day’s activity schedule can open up the dialogue.
  • Tutoring or helping them with their homeworks after school will also give you and your youngsters a chance to talk more about their class standing and how do they get well with their friends and classmates.
  • Open conversations about their crushes at school or a recent girlfriend, explain in a careful manner the do’s and don’ts, learn how to reach out to their emotional side without getting them upset. 
  • Plan a family getaway once in awhile, an out of town vacation or adventure that will create more family bonding.
  • Discuss about their favorite music and movies. Though sometimes we are not interested in their choice of music but take time out to know why in particular they like it.
  • Accompany them in buying their clothes or do the shopping together, and then go for a snack to chat.
  • Make sure that you see them before they sleep at night, praying together then followed with a small talk and a goodnight kiss. 
  • Play board games or online games with them once in a while.

In my opinion, quality time can be spent in numerous ways, communication and understanding is the key. Just as long as you and your kid talk and enjoy doing something together, that is already quality time.  Spending precious moments with our kids be it hours or just minutes does not matter, instilling and teaching them values will at the same time train them in the way they should, and when they grow old, they will not depart from it.

Just always remember that there’s no place like home and home is where the heart is.

Saturday, February 04, 2012

Adding some Class to that Den

We have all dreamed of having a stately manor with a den that is the envy of all of our friends. A carefully tended fire crackles behind a fireplace mantle carved from beautiful marble which sits beneath a masterfully painted image of the family in their finest clothing. Maybe not quite that extreme, but we can create an elegant feeling without moving to a country estate. 

The walls are the first point of interest for this kind of redesign. Off white eggshell walls are not classy. They ring of apartment buildings and bland living spaces. A vermillion hue of some kind or perhaps a royal blue would work beautifully to illicit that feeling of regal design. 

The fireplace mantle is next. The fireplace is the centerpiece of any good den and, if you don’t have one, you can buy a realistic faux fireplace. At that point you can build fireplace mantles around these faux fires to complete the illusion. If you don’t have the skills to build one yourself then you can buy one of the pre-fabricated options on the market but they will charge you and arm and a leg. You don’t need to buy full fireplace mantles though. Because there is no actual fore, you can buy a fake one at the end of the Halloween season for cheap and paint it to look less spooky.

If you really want to make the fire look realistic then you can go with a higher end fire effect. Lately, there have been some fire effects that hit the market which are based on theatrical special effects. They use a kind of light smoke machine to make very realistic flames and smoke with just a little fog juice, a fan and the right kind of lights. 

From here you need to think about your furniture. I suggest using hardwood and leather whenever possible. Just make sure to learn about how to care for such nice furniture so that it outlasts you and your den by a few generations. It’s not hard at all and you’ll have a beautiful den to invite your friends into.

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Protect your kids from fireplace dangers

Although a fireplace is more an aesthetic structure in modern homes with central heating, it can still be a common necessity for homeowners living in places with cold weather. More often, it’s used as the focal point in the home where families and friends sit around during a cold day. Many home owners opt for a marble fireplace as its elegance easily blends with most settings. But for homes with small children, fireplaces pose many potential dangers.

a marble fireplace

Help safeguard your children around a fireplace by considering these safety tips.
  • Educate your children that the fireplace is not a toy. Inform them that they can get hurt, injured or burned by playing with it.
  • As much as possible make the fireplace area a child-free room.
  • Install safety barriers around the fireplace, use a metal mesh screen if your fireplace doesn’t have a glass door.
  • Fireplace tools should be kept out of children’s reach.
  • If you have a traditional fireplace, don’t let your children get near it while you start a fire, never use gasoline or other flammable liquids when starting a fire. Seasoned hardwoods are best recommended for use.
  • Never leave your children unattended, keep them away from the fireplace. Never allow them to play near it while it is lit or still hot.
  • If your home is installed with electric fires mounted on the walls, never ask children to plug it into the power outlet.
  • Do not allow your children to throw papers or other combustible things into the fireplace.
  • Make sure the fire is completely out before leaving it.
  • Have a fire extinguisher beside or near the fireplace.
  • Install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
  • Have your fireplace and chimney checked and inspected regularly.
wall mounted electric fires