Saturday, September 13, 2014

How Do You Budget Your Money

Budgeting can be stressful! It is truly hard to live according to our means but, if we sacrifice and do just that, greater glory comes at the end. How do you budget your hard-earned income? I will not pretend to be good at this but, let's just remind ourselves that when we do this, we eventually get out from being broke and feeling miserable every payday. Before I forget, try to listen to The Dave Ramsay Show on the radio. When it comes to money, this guy talks sensible. After all, he is the trusted money expert in America. Well, I listen to him once in a while and I thought ... you should to.

On Pay Day, there's two things that you should do:

1. Save- Right before you budget your money, make sure you set aside an X amount of money and deposit it to your savings account. Even if the budgeting is too tight, there is nothing could go wrong when you set aside a certain amount on your savings account.
2. Budget - I am sure you already know what to pay for the whole month. For example, bills for water, electric, food, gas company, phone and TV company, and so on. You basically know what to pay so; even if the due date is in two weeks time, pay them anyway. That saves a lot of your worries and besides, you will not use the money intended for that bill payment.
Shopping and dining out should not be frequent especially when the budget is too tight for the month. Buy groceries instead that would last for two weeks. If you have an extra money, save it for rainy days or spend it on special occasions.
Good luck!

Friday, September 12, 2014

#AminoAcids : Branch Chain Amino Acids #Review

When was the last time that you went to the hospital? Either you went there for a general check up or visited someone, hospitals are not a pleasant place to go to. Unless you went there to celebrate the birth of a newborn baby, hospitals are dreaded by many. Most of the time, we go to hospitals because we are sick and that's not pleasant! For me, I don't like to see the agonizing pain of the patients and the sight of family members who worry the financial aspects of the situation. I can only sigh! We don't want to get sick that is why; we strive to be healthy.

I believe that when we and our loved-ones are healthy, happiness will flow right through it. It's worry-free! As best as we can, we strive to live healthy, eat healthy food and if there is a need to take a dietary supplement, we need to because it is part of practicing a healthy living lifestyle.

Two weeks ago, I was given the opportunity to try the #BCAA dietary supplement. BCAA stands for
Branch Chain Amino Acids which are the building blocks of protein. This dietary supplement supports the muscle growth. I am not a dietary supplement dependent but I take it when I am sold with the product. I see to it that it’s what I need. What I like most of this BCAA is that; it is a veggie capsule and no other ingredients added to it. To live healthy is to have a balance diet and when I can't get enough proteins from the food that I eat daily, I take dietary supplement. Check out the recommended dietary allowance below:
The following statements are what #BCAA claimed for:

1. Enhances Muscle Protein Synthesis
2. Equalize Muscle Building Between Young and Old
3. Increases Fat Burning and Supports Fat Loss
4. Supports Hormone Balance During Intense Training
5. May Improve Strength Development with Training
6. Enhances Endurance Performance and Decreases Fatigue
7. Decreases Muscle Soreness & DOMS for Greater Training Frequency
8. Prevents Muscle Loss During Long Duration Exercise
9. Improves Insulin Health and May Reduce Diabetes Risk
10. Correlate with Longevity and Are Therapeutic.

I can't tell if I experience those upon taking the dietary supplement for few days but this I know, amino acids are important to our health. Amino Acids in the form of proteins make up our body weight. Since there are over a dozen of amino acids and categorized into Essential and Non-essential, our body MUST have the right combination of both and other nutrients for protein maintenance. Amino Acids are essential in our body because it also helps repair the tissues and they form antibodies to combat viruses and .... many more.

I am glad that I tried this dietary supplement. By the way, the shipping and handling in this particular product is satisfactory. I can't blame the company/seller though because when I receive the product, it was packed together with my other orders. Since I have an Amazon Prime, the shipping was free. It was not wrap in a bubble so; the bottle was smashed but the capsules were fine.

To order this product, check out #BCAApromotion in Amazon.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

#ProductReview : Propresser Professional #GarlicPress in Stainless Steel

I am truly delighted to have this product for free. Thank you #Orblue for this opportunity. The product arrived in excellent condition with in two days. So, when it comes to shipping and handling, I am very pleased to receiving it.

I was not really expecting how my new Garlic Press would look like once I receive it but I tell you what, I was impressed. It looks exactly as how it is in the picture, great looking and in high quality standard. I saw it advertised in a video and I told to myself, I want one! I am one of those who dreaded to peel and mince garlic. I know that's an exaggerated word but, there's truth to it! As much as possible when I prep, I don't want to slice or touch it because it is sticky and the smell would linger in my hand for quiet sometime. Therefore, using a garlic presser is truly a great helper in my kitchen!

Quality Product - The moment I used it, I can tell that this garlic press is very durable. Every detail is quality made and very sturdy when I hold it. It looks elegant too considering this product is made of 100% solid stainless steel. It is solidly built as well as easy and simple to use so; I think this product is made to last for a long time.

Minced unpeeled cloves- I love the fact that when I want a minced garlic, it will be ready in seconds and I don't have to peel. Time saver right? Well, I tried both ways and each time, minced garlic comes out easily. The skin of the garlic was left in the basket when I used the unpeeled clove. This product is good because one clove yielded enough as what I expected which means, no garlic is left in the side of the basket. Nothing is wasted. Every minced garlic comes out is on my small dish. It is fine enough the way I like it. Effortless- that's how I feel every time I used this garlic press.

Easy to Clean- After using, I just rinse it and all the tiny pieces inside the basket (if there's any) came off easily. It is a time saver because I don't have to struggle to clean it.

The minced garlic that comes out in the garlic presser is pretty much in the same size so; when I used it in my dish, the garlic flavor spreads out well because the garlic sautéed evenly. No big chunks and no tiny bits of pieces that when it is sautéed too long have the bitter taste to it, nothing like that. All in all, I am happy with this pretty garlic presser. Check out the short video that I took using my Instagram.

To see how this works, you can watch the video HERE.
You may order the Propresser Garlic Press Stainless Steel in Amazon.
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I received this product for free. Regardless, I only recommend the product that I used personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am not compensated with this post. All opinions are my own

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Hang-out by the Poolside

The other day, I feel like singing so; I plugged my magic sing and started selecting my songs ... alone, LOL. Well, the husband was trying to steal my microphone away just messing up with me. As much as possible, I don't want him to hold the microphone or else, neighbors will start complaining, LOL.

Our neighborhood is cool. No one bothers anyone even if the music they played were loud. Well, I know .. it's loud but didn't disturb the peace and tranquility of the neighborhood since everyone loves to listen the music especially by the backyard. 
Most of us have swimming pools and loves to hang out by the poolside with music on the air. My next-door neighbor has a retro synth and when the children were home, they played it all day long. The good thing was, they play it so well and when they sing, it's a harmony. Awesome to listen really!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Is It Fall Yet ?

I can't believe that it's September already. One thing for sure, it means Christmas is less than 120 days away. Oh I am so excited for the holidays you know. I love to see the streets decorated with Christmas lanterns and Christmas lights. There's something about Christmas that makes me feel more jolly and happy. Do you feel the same way too? But before all that joyful excitement, I can't deny the fact that fall should come first. That means backyard nightmare! Back where we live in the Space Coast, I only have to endure raking the leaves from the one big tree at the front yard.

Every other day I have to rake and gather the leaves around the base of the tree or put them inside the 40 lb construction bag. Whewww! That was tiring! But then again, it became part of my exercise routine and 'twas a stress reliever than a pain in a butt. Besides, the cardinals and the love birds love to hang out by the yard right after I am done raking. Check out the bird bath.

After doing the backyard chores, I go for a ride around the neighborhood. Since I am not an expert rider, I need to stop for every passing cars. The good thing was, there's few of them really so; bicycling is fun around here. I usually made 3 rounds around the 3 blocks so; I was truly exhausted after but, in a good healthy way.

After taking a break, I water my roses at the front yard. What a refreshing sight.

Fall is sure lovely in places up north and other places but, in Florida, it's mostly dry. Fall is lovely when I see the leaves of the trees are changing in gorgeous colors. I saw that when we travel to Missouri. I can still remember how lovely are the mountains in Tennessee. What a wonderful place!
So, are you excited for the fall? Are you planning to play and cover your pets under those pile of thick leaves?

Thursday, August 28, 2014

House Cleaning and Curb Appeal

If only we can buy a magic wand and command it to tidy the mess in our house, we could have bought one right? In that case, we will have more free time to relax and lounge in our favorite couch and watch our favorite TV show. A wishful thinking, I know. So, back to reality now!

Home owners do beyond just house cleaning. Though the inside of our home is usually the main focus when we clean, landscaping is equally important and should not be ignored! The façade of the property speaks volume and reflects the kind of people living in the property. It is important that we do something about the curb appeal of our property. Do it!

Backyard Chores

I can't believe that August is almost over and we live here in our new home for 3 months. I neglected the backyard for almost a month now so today, I decided to rake the leaves along the side of the house. I was able to load dry leaves to 7 of the 40 lb construction bags. Imagine that! It was a great exercise for me. Bending, squatting, pulling, pushing .... etcetera and etcetera LOL.

Oh my goodness, That's about 2% of the property and my backyard chores has just started! Anyway, I took a snap of these blooms by the poolside, gorgeous isn't it?

10 Tips to make your Website More Inviting

Your website dictates you. It gives you (and/or your business) a face and a personality. Having an attractive and inviting website will help maintain your audience and keep them clicking through your pages. Are you new to the whole website design thing? Not to worry, many companies, like The Print Group, specialize in website development. To get started on your own, however, below are 10 helpful tips to help make your website more inviting.

1. Pick a theme

The theme of a website can be of anything! Choose one theme and stick to it.

2. Choose an Appropriate Colour Scheme

Ensure that it suits your content, and is easy on the eyes.

3. Make the Website Easy to Navigate

Use simple and clear headers. If your website is confusing and people cannot easily find what they are looking for, they might get deterred and find the information elsewhere.

4. Choose interesting images and graphics

Using pictures to break up long sections of text gives the reader a rest. Pictures can also often provide a more detailed illustration of your point than a paragraph. Many Internet users need to see it in a picture to understand it. These images should also match the theme of the site.

5. Provide a Space for Success Stories or Testimonials

Customers love talking about their experiences and themselves; by posting success stories, you are showing evidence that backs up your claims and website content. Customers also love hearing what other people like them have to say.

6. Include Contact Information

Audiences can therefore provide feedback or ask questions. This allows your customers to get in touch with you on a more personal level and makes them feel as though their opinion counts.

7. Allow for Sharing to Social Media

Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Twitter - A lot of times, users to a website find something of interest and want to tell their friends about it. Allowing for sharing across social media platforms creates more promotion opportunities for your website.

8. Provide links to external sites

These shouldn’t be just any old external sites. They should contain similar content, or further information of relevance. If your site has information on a subject, customers may easily navigate away from your page to find out more. By providing links that you endorse, you are servicing the customer, while also directing website traffic.

9. Post links to Relevant News Content for You/Your Business

Customers like to see where you, or the business has been before. News articles and media releases also showcase a level of credibility.

10. Be Personal

Audiences want to know that there is a person on the other end of the content, not just a computer; use a combination of formal and informal language to put the audience at ease and make them feel more comfortable.

Whether you are using your website for personal use, or for business needs, keeping it simple and clear is important. Audiences usually know what they are looking for and where to find content on websites. If your website is too confusing, it is likely that customers will not come back. Knowing what the customer wants to see will help to transform your website and make it more inviting.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Me : Early 40's

It's not #tbt but, I feel like posting these photos. These were taken this year. I am already in my early 40's and honestly, I don't feel old. I gain weight ... I am now 105 lbs hehehe . Come on, it is a big accomplishment for me. I was like size 0 and now, I am size 3 and I like it. I am trying to maintain less than 110 lbs but lately, I love eating cupcakes. What's with that craving?

Look at my hair, I did not go to the parlor since this photo was taken. Now, my hair is long and I think this week, I am ready to have it trim.

This was taken on my birthday. I am not a big fan of selfie but, the mirror was huge and the bathroom was cozy so; I did it anyway LOL. Early 40's is fun but, I don't know ... 50's is different. I am getting there in few years.

I don't feel old because I did not accomplish much. Hoping before I reach 50, I will be halfway done with my bucket list.
How about you? Do you think you accomplish a lot?

Thursday, August 21, 2014

#KidsAcademy : Fun and Educational Kids App

In this generation of technology, our children learns faster through online. It is our job as parents to supply them with educational learning materials that will sharpen their cognitive skills as well as the affective skills. Well, by using their hand to manipulate the games is under psychomotor skills so; there goes the balance of learning. Of course, going out to the museum , to the parks and other physical activities are equally important too. For now, I will share with you the apps that I found helpful, fun and educational for children.

I was a school teacher and I know when an app is fun and educational for the little ones. This app is colorful which for sure kids will be drawn to the game easily. The voice used is very natural, enthusiastic, and engaging therefore, kids will be jolly to do the tasks in this game. I like the idea that this app promotes values of patience and the willingness to learn. Aiming to gather more fireflies will make the kids to do the task right and even try harder. Tracing is easy if it is done right. Once the kid trace the number correctly, there are praises at the end of every task which is a good motivation. I like the idea that it promotes a reward system. Do it right, more fireflies plus word of encouragement. I love this app.

This app is easy for the kids too. Parents will be there to guide their children. In this particular game, the puzzle is challenging but, parents should not underestimate the skills of their children. Kids learn fast. If the kids are attentive enough, this puzzle is easy to solve.

Learning the Alphabet should be fun and interesting. I like to see the eyes of my students lit up every time they learn, say, trace and write a letter. The excitement is a joy to my heart. It means that they are open to know more and their inquisitive minds are ready to strike. This game is not only fun but educational as well. The app uses common things that kids easily recognized such as the bee and bus in the letter B. I like the idea that the app also introduced the sound of the alphabet and phonics. Pre-school children can easily manipulate the game thus making the game enjoyable and fun.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kid's Academy. I only recommend products I used personally and believed will be good for my readers. All opinions are my own.


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