Sunday, December 29, 2013

Yahmir’s day with the Animé

The world of Animé, an abbreviated pronunciation of Animation in Japanese has been an instant hit to the younger generation nowadays. Anime shows, books and manga fall into a number of existing genres such as comedy, sci-fi, action-adventure, drama and so on which are usually featured via hand-drawn or computer animated characters.

My youngest son, Yahmir is a big fan of animé.  My husband, his elder brother and I fully support him in his present interest.  He occasionally joins cosplay events and contests due to his academic schedule.  However, we make sure that he can still watch and attend such events during school break.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Online Buying Guide for Moms

We moms take advantage of the best deals offered during the holiday season. As Christmas bonuses and 13th month pay has been received, extra budget is on hand. Thus, this is the time when we schedule replacements and buying of new home appliances. Instead of hopping from one appliance store to another, we can find quality and best products through online purchase. Online buying will not only spare our feet to sore but save our precious time as we can find plenty of options and best deals by just browsing and navigating from one appliance website to another. Here are some suggestions and guide for buying appliances online.

Quality Products at low Prices

When it comes to the appliances in your home, you want to accessorize them with the latest and greatest in accessories. In the end, the accessories are what make the home appliance, such as a washer or dryer, work to its full potential. In order to get quality products, you can visit the Frigidaire online store. Once you are on the home page of the company, you are able to browse through the many selections that you can choose from for any of your home appliances.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Holiday Greetings from Notepad Corner

“It's true, Christmas can feel like a lot of work, particularly for mothers. But when you look back on all the Christmases in your life, you'll find you've created family traditions and lasting memories. Those memories, good and bad, are really what help to keep a family together over the long haul.” - Caroline Kennedy

How time flies! As 2013 is on its tail end, festive mood can be felt in the air.  Christmastime is here! Time to celebrate and to share, time to reflect on the wonderful moments shared with our family and friends and to give thanks for all the blessings received throughout the year.

I would like to take this opportunity to extend my sincerest gratitude to all of you who made this year great for Notepad Corner.  It has been my honour and pleasure to share with you my thoughts, my views, my opinions and information essential to one’s daily living.

In behalf of my family, we wish you a Blessed Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year ahead filled with treasured joy, memories, prosperity and good health.

May 2014 be your best year yet!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Adding a personal touch to Christmas 2013

As Christmas fast approaches, many of us are looking for ways to get a little more festive. When the big day finally arrives, we’ll need a selection of activities to keep our loved ones entertained – snoozing in front of the TV simply won’t do! In this post, we’ll show how you can add a quirky, personal touch to your festivities that are guaranteed to make this Christmas the best yet.

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When it comes to celebrating Christmas, badges may not instantly spring to mind, but they can be a really nice touch to the day.

Get some personalised badges printed with some festive nicknames on. Choose names like ‘Scrooge’, ‘Santa’s Little Helper’ or ‘Frosty the Snowman’ and let your guests select which name best suits them. It’ll be a great icebreaker and will get your guests mingling and talking with one another. 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Bathroom Essentials You Just Might Forget

It is human nature to make mistakes, especially when one is undertaking something as overwhelming as a wholesale home redecoration or renovation project. This can be anything from taking a sledgehammer to the wrong wall to choosing the wrong curtains – they can be catastrophic or cosmetic, although to some people the latter might well equate to the former! It tends to be the smaller things – in size, not necessarily function – that escape notice. This is because the bigger, centrepiece items will be foremost in your eyes both literally and figuratively, as they draw the attention. But you ignore these things at your peril, as with just a little more attention you can get seriously increased functionality and style in your bathroom.

Tap Out

Now, you are well within your rights to say taps are taps, and that’s the end of it. How much complication can you introduce to an item of such straightforward utility? Well, as in most things, it’s the details that matter. I am shocked that many people still buy taps that use rubber washers. This is the same as using a mangle when we have washing machines (sort of). Ceramic washers are the very best option here as they do not wear out anywhere near as quickly, eliminating those annoying leaks. For extra elegance, why not try a waterfall taps, whose flow imitates that of the natural phenomenon it is named after. Something different,anyway.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Getting Your Car Ready for the Winter

As the winter approaches drivers are constantly told to take care on the roads and to ensure they are as safe as possible whilst driving. This is not something that should be ignored; it really can be the difference between life and death. No one wants to be involved in an accident especially when it is through ignoring advice.

Experts know what they are talking about which is why they are so keen for drivers to really understand what it is they are saying. This is exactly why an infographic on being prepared for winter driving has been created to help drivers stay safe whilst tackling some of the worst possible driving conditions.

Your car needs to be prepared in the best possible way including having the correct tread on tyres and making sure you have topped up the vehicle with anti-freeze.

Dr Who anniversary: time to get excited!

The 50th anniversary of the world’s best-loved time travelling Gallifreyan is soon to descend on Britain, invading not only our televisions but also our cinema screens in full 3D on the 23rd of November. Here are five reasons fans are getting excited for this historic moment.

'The Day of the Doctor' 

The feature length episode 'The Day of the Doctor' will not only see the return of David Tennant, recently voted Whovians' favourite Doctor, but will also feature John Hurt as a mysterious prior incarnation that spawned after Paul McGann but before Christopher Eccleston’s version. Confused? Don’t worry; it’s all just wibbly wobbly, time-y wimey… stuff! With so many doctors and a few assistants popping up in one episode, it's sure to be unmissable. The cinema screenings have proven so popular that over 200 theatres around the country are taking part, recently adding more show times when the original allocation sold out! 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Family Health Card: Keeping Your Future Secured

They say, health is wealth, and so is our family. Many individuals get insurance coverage as well as family health cards to protect themselves and their families from future health-related expenses. Family health insurance is a great way to take care of the family. It is similar to other insurances wherein the family medical expenses are covered. With this, your loved ones can get quality services from trusted health care providers and top of the line hospital care services.

You can get a family health card and insurance as an additional premium to the coverage provided by your employer. There are businesses and companies that will require you to pay for some of the premiums if you elect to have additional coverage for your family members. You can also avail of a family health insurance for the whole family if you are self-employed. 

While some people put health care services and insurance on the bottom of their list, you should always think of the future and be prepared of the unexpected medical expenses which can drain out your meager savings. People without any health insurance coverage easily put their health and their finances at risk. If you seek medical services when it is an emergency, you will be shocked and even become more ill due to its expensive costs!

Are you suffering from hearing loss?

Hearing loss can impact your life negatively on many levels, and on the lives of your family and friends. If you suffer from a loss of hearing, you’re far from alone. More than 30 million Americans suffer some form of hearing loss, and that includes teenagers. If your hearing has been damaged, it is likely you deal with frustrations big and small on a daily basis. These frustrations can range from not being able to hear at the dinner table to not being able to fully appreciate a piano concert.

The people you live with also get frustrated because they have to repeat virtually everything they say, or they have to endure loud volumes on the TV or radio because you can’t hear programs at a normal decibel level. A “yes” answer to the following questions means you most probably have hearing loss:

  • Do you constantly ask people to repeat what they have said?
  • Do family members complain that you have the volume on the TV too high?
  • Do you have a problem following conversations at the dinner table, in a restaurant, or any other venue that has a lot of background noise?

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Anti-Ageing Skincare Tips for Moms

The other day, my son and I were buried in his Science homework, talking about the different types of textures.  When we were on the topic of “roughness”, he jokingly held up a sheet of sandpaper against my face and said, “Mom, you know, sometimes the skin on your face feels like this!”  Since when did my son grow up to be annoyingly cute?  At that moment, I wasn’t quite sure whether I wanted to smother him with kisses or kick him to the curb!

With the countless responsibilities we moms are faced with, day in and day out, it comes as no surprise that we often neglect the things we shouldn’t.  Like our skin, for example.  Before we know it, our kids are making fun of us in the name of science.

If you’re starting to notice that your skin isn’t as glowing or supple as it was when you used to be a carefree woman of the world, take action.  Here are some anti-ageing skin care tips for moms:

Ban the Sun

How many times has your grandmother told you to never forget to put on your sunblock before going out under the sun?  She didn’t say that just to get on your nerves.  Not since the wise counsel of the sages from centuries past has there been a sounder piece of advice passed on to us.  The sun is a major culprit when it comes to skin ageing, so it makes perfect sense to stay away from it as much as possible.  If you must put yourself under the sun’s torture, be sure to slather on some sunscreen to filter out the sun’s harmful UV rays. Wear a hat or bring an umbrella.

Monday, December 02, 2013

How to Find the Right Colour Scheme for Your Home

Choosing the right colour scheme for your home can be a challenge, but it is also a very powerful tool to spruce up your interior and let your personality shine. You should never make a half-hearted decision when it comes to colour. Make sure that you think long and hard about which palette will be right for you and right for your home.

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Have Fun

When choosing colours for your home, don’t feel as if you need to follow any rules or predetermined techniques. You can do absolutely anything that you choose. Be creative and experiment with colours and ideas that are quirky and out there. You’re never going to know which scheme is right for you unless you try as many options as possible. Keep your mind open and your colour senses tingling.

Think About Your Furniture

One of the biggest mistakes you can make when choosing a colour scheme for your home is to forget to consider the way it will look with your furniture. Nobody wants colours that clash or look tacky. So be sure to take all of this into consideration. Try moving your furniture around to see if you can create contrasting or interesting tones. Remember that you don’t want to be reorganising your furniture down the track to find that your new layout completely clashes with your palette.