October 13, 2018

Simple Steps You Can Take to Keep Your House Cool

Your home should be a haven. It should be a place where you can let go of all of your stress at the end of the day and spend time with your loved ones. Sitting in a house that is too hot can turn your haven into the last-place you want to be. Here are a few simple steps you can take to keep your house cool.

One of the most simple things that you can do to make your home a more comfortable temperature is to allow cool air into the home at night and to keep hot air out of the house during the day. One of the ways that you can do this is by opening windows and doors as the temperature starts to change. As soon as the sun goes down, open all the windows in your home. You can use a fan to help move the air. Then, in the morning, close the windows to block unwanted heat.

Something else that will help with the process mentioned above is to have appropriate blinds or curtains. Heavy curtains will block the heat during the day. White or light colored blinds will block heat and will not attract the sun. Many have found that blackout curtains are helpful in areas that are especially sunny.

You likely have an air conditioning unit in your home. Make sure that it is in good condition. Take time to read the owner's manual and to learn about how to care for your unit. If necessary, hire an hvac service yorktown va to fix problems with it. If you maintain your air conditioner and keep the filters clean, you will extend the life of the unit.

For many families, cooling the entire home with the air conditioner is not necessary. Closing vents in rooms that are not used is a great way to conserve energy. Smart devices are also helpful because they will allow you to control the temperature of your home when you are away from it. This will lead to a lot of savings and ensure that your home is cool when you arrive after a long day at work.

October 7, 2018

Enjoy the Outdoors Any Time of Year

Are you the type of person that loves to be outdoors? Is your backyard a meeting place for friends and family? If you answered yes to these questions, you probably do a lot of entertaining or just relaxing in your extended living space. There are a few ways you can spend even more time in your favorite place.

Add Features to Boost Aesthetics

One of the easiest ways to enhance your backyard is to add features that create a warm and welcoming feel. There are a number of ways to do this such as adding plants, arbors, benches, and perhaps even a small pond. A pond with plants and fish provides a focal point for the backyard as well as being quite relaxing. If it is installed correctly, it can pretty much take care of itself.

Another addition that will add to the beauty and relaxing feel of your backyard is a fire. Bonfires are very popular when it comes to getting together with friends or family. A fire pit can be a good way to keep the fire contained and provide heat on chilly evenings. You may even find yourself entertaining the kids with a few ghost stories while sitting around the fire. An example of a company that offers a metal sphere fire pit is Studio Vlock.

Add an Area for the Kids

Create a space for the kids. A play area with their toys or even a free standing structure, such as a play house, will keep them entertained for hours. A tree house is another good idea. This allows your children to have their own space as well as a place to share with visiting children. If you don't have a lot of room for a playhouse, a tent will offer another option.

There are a number of ways to use your backyard as extra living space by simply adding outdoor furniture. Of course, many people choose this area for hot tubs or swimming pools. It is a matter or preference and personal style, but with just a few additions, this is extra room that you can enjoy with family and friends.

October 6, 2018

Time to Escape From Your Daily Stress! Start on #NationalPamperingDay

As a full time banker/part-time blogger, stress is really inevitable! Be there at work before 8AM and be home at 7PM! So, just imagine the 11 hours of working aside from the time that I will be spending at home with my kids and my family. Most of the time, I slept being so exhausted from my day to day basis. But still thankful at the end of the day for the strength that God gave me.

Stress is clearly unavoidable, and will really affect one's health. We need to remember that our mind and body are inherently linked. So when stress starts to feel like it's taking over our lives, we need to get rid of all the things  that stresses us out. GO OUT and take some time for YOURSELF!

For me, one way of distressing myself out from my busy work is making some ME-TIME!

Pampering myself is the ultimate way to relieve stress. To some it's a waste of time and money, but for me that's one way of setting aside a few moments out of the day to be alone with my thoughts as I indulge in a few moments of LUXURY and RELAXATION! So true, that while you are having some me-time for few hours, it will take you away from the worries of work like deadlines and some other stressful issues in life. 

Head over to Nail.a.holics  Ayala Centrio or SM CDO Downtown on October 17, 2018 for the #NationalPamperingDay.

This year you have the option to choose from a dedicated menu of #NationalPamperingDay services:

  • manicure 
  • hand spa
  • hand massage
  • foot spa
  • foot massage

You can avail any of the above services mentioned for just only P10 (Ten Pesos)  on October 17, from 10am to 2pm - the amount of which will go to Nailaholics' community partner, the La Vetna Aged Care and Dementia Village.

It may seem hard to believe that such a small shift in thinking and habits could make a world of difference for your health and psyche. But give it a try and see just what a little pampering can do for you!


Sharing you my Me-Time experience last October 1, 2018 at NailAHolics Nail and Spa and HeySugar! Thank you for that wondrous experience!!!




September 6, 2018

Crackdown on Illegal Radio Stations Pushed

The Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) and the National Telecommunications Communication (NTC) are helping each other in fighting the expected surge of illegal broadcast stations across the country in view of the coming midterm elections.

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 “This is year 2018 and there’s usually a proliferation of illegal broadcast stations leading to election day in May next year,” said Erwin V. Galang, head of the technical committee and trustee of the KBP.

Majority of the administrative cases the NTC handles under its mandate are cease and desist and show cause orders against illegal broadcast stations, and according to Deputy Commissioner Edgardo Cabarios, the NTC’s previous cooperation and coordination with the KBP has led to the crackdown of fly-by-night broadcast stations, mostly in the provinces, who had
victimized unsuspecting candidates to buy airtime for their political advertisements. These illegal broadcasters usually disappear after they received payment for the political ads.

 “Historically, we can see a steep increase in the number of cases in broadcast services in relation to unlicensed broadcasts leading to the election campaign period. What we do is we immediately issue cease-and-desist and show-cause orders against these illegal operators, forcing them to shut down their stations, while others simply disappear,” Cabarios said.

In the 2017 report by the Commission on Audit (COA, majority of the cases were administrative complaints initiated by NTC for violations of erring radio stations with almost 2,054 cases in the broadcast services division.

 According to Auditor Ma. Jocelyn Factora, COA’s 2017 resident auditor in the NTC, majority of the pending administrative cases represented cases filed by NTC against illegal broadcast stations, and not cases from telco consumers. “The pending telco-related cases from consumers are very minimal.”  
As of 31 December 2017, there are only 148 telco consumer cases pending before the NTC’s Legal Office which are now subject of review and resolution.

August 10, 2018

3 Great Ways to Comfort Friends Through Break-Ups or Losses

Losing someone takes a significant toll on an individual emotionally, and many people will have a hard time coping with that loss. If a friend is having a hard time dealing with a loss, there are three great ways to help them find themselves, achieve happiness, and reach closure.


Always Be Open and Available

Having someone to talk to and confide in is very therapeutic, especially during stressful or traumatic events. Try to be as available as possible for the individual for phone calls, texting, or even hanging out together. This role can be very demanding, but it is incredibly important and helpful for the friend. Try discussing funny, interesting, and positive topics when possible.


Showering with Gifts and Surprises

When someone goes through a loss, it's not uncommon to feel bummed out or lost. Try offering surprises and gifts such as cards, favorite candies, unique gift baskets, or even gift cards for a fun, spontaneous shopping trip. These thoughtful, fun gifts show the friend that she or he is on someone's mind, and is very important to someone else. Cute, funny notes and cards are virtually guaranteed to bring out a smile, so be sure to gift plenty of them!


Planning Fun Dates and Activities

One of the best ways to help a friend through the grieving process is to help him or her keep busy. By keeping the mind occupied, there is less time for negative feelings to manifest. Try attending local festivals, craft fairs, workshops, and even local fitness events or classes. If the individual is particularly fond of musical events, try purchasing some concert tickets as a surprise. By filling a particularly devastating time in one's life with some wonderful memories, the friend will always have some positive things to look back on as he or she continues to move on in life. At first, it may seem virtually impossible to cheer up someone who has suffered a loss; however, the friend will genuinely appreciate each and every act of kindness as he or she begins to recover.
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