Thursday, January 31, 2013

5 Tips To Beat The Coldest Class of Winter For Clarus Members

It’s that time of year again. Before you can cuddle up with your Valentine, January’s harsh drops in temperature can make the winter seem unbearable. Need some help keeping the cold outside? Don’t hide at home and bundle up in boring blankets. Even though you’re stuck in Seattle and can’t afford to take a vacation in San Diego, CA, there are many ways to feel the heat, cut down on heating costs and even have some fun. Here are a few helpful tips to keep you warm during the coldest time of this season:

1. Dress in layers. Here’s your chance to show off that new hat or sweater you got for Christmas! Adding layers to every outfit is an easy go to for quick warmth in the chilly winter weather. Do it in style with fashionable accessories. Make old, neutral colored jackets and coats come alive with patterned scarves or gloves with pops of color. The head, chest, and face are extremely sensitive to temperature change, so cover up! Tired of ears turning red and numb while listening to your favorite song? Accessorize by buying ear muffs or cozy hats with built in headphones. Not too crazy about spending? Consider this insider’s hint: shop online and find clubs or sites that offer free shipping rebates. Websites like those owned by Clarus Marketing Group offer up to 20% off on fashion items through coupon codes and discounts. Not only will you save cash, you won’t even have to go out in the bitter cold to get what you need, it will be delivered right to your doorstep for free!

2. Turn up the space heater and lower the bills. People often head straight for the thermostat, but heating up the immediate space surrounding your body first (instead of the entire house or apartment) can save a ton of energy and money. If you’re struggling to keep your hands off the thermostat, consider getting a programmable edition that can lower the heat when you’re sleeping or not home. This will decrease the daily percentage of heat used in the home and subsequently lower your energy costs).

3. Don’t hesitate to bundle up even indoors. Insulating clothes keep the heat – and your money – from escaping your body. Your feet are also sensitive to severe weather changes. A chilly floor (whether it’s bathroom tiles or hardwood) can change the way your body feels in a matter of seconds. Learn to love socks – wearing them can make a huge difference! When going out, add an insulated insole or foam lining to your boots to keep your feet toasty. You can easily find these items for sale anywhere during winter but if you are too cold and lazy to go to the store and get them, why don’t you just order them online? Make sure to use coupon codes while you’re at it – you can probably even save up to $15 off and get free shipping.

4. Healthy alternatives to heat you up. The cold weather provides plenty of opportunities to work on that New Year’s resolution you seem to always forget: losing weight and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Exercise is one of the easiest ways to boost up your body heat and keep that promise of going to the gym. Don't sit still for too long. Keep moving! The winter can easily turn sour if you get sick or depressed. Make sure you get the proper amount of water, vitamins, social activity, and sunshine daily to keep you going strong. Hungry for a hearty snack? Foods high in legitimate, healthy fat (like nuts and avocados) can help regulate core body temperature and promote a well balanced diet with plenty of nutrition.

5. Keep cozy in the kitchen. Looking for a low key night without the wind chill? Have some fun even if you settle on staying in on a weekend. Invite some friends and family over for a casual get together. Hang out in your kitchen and kick the heat up by using the oven. Bake a tasty snack (in fairness, who can say no to cookies?) or a simple meal to heat up the house without hearing the thermostat – and the bills – go up. Serve a warm beverage, like hot chocolate (coffee or tea, if your guests are craving some caffeine) to raise your body temperature while you wait for the timer to go off.

Whether you’re staying in or going out for the night, there are plenty of ways to stay warm without breaking the bank in 2013. Don’t let winter scam you out of enjoying time with friends and family. Follow these tips and you’ll surely notice a difference!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Poinsettia, Dew and Childhood Memories

Summertime when I was little, my mom would send me to the province to have a vacation with my uncles and cousins. I remember that I was an early riser because I love to watch the sunrise. My uncle lives in Bukidnon, Philippines and this place is fabulous. Cool weather, fresh air, farm lands and beautiful scenic view. In the morning, my cousins and I love to hang out in the yard. My inquisitive minds would start to wander around the area fascinated with everything such as insects, plants, and yeah, including the grasses and the dew. I live in the city so; these stuffs are fascinating. I would touch the grass and the dew would make my hands wet. Dew is water in the form of droplets. Seeing my poinsettia with dew brings back my childhood memories.
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I bought Poinsettia as Christmas decoration and when the holiday is over, I planted them in the backyard. I always love this plant. Did you know that in Mexico this plant is called "Noche Buena", meaning Christmas Eve? They have a legend about a young girl who was too poor to give a present for Jesus birthday. She was inspired by an angel to gather weeds from the roadside and place them in the altar. The seeds sprouted and blossoms which now called as poinsettias. What a nice story huh? They said that the star-shaped leaf pattern symbolizes the Star of Bethlehem, and the red color represents the blood sacrifice through the crucifixion of Jesus. I read it online that here in the US, December 12 is National Poinsettia Day. Interesting isn’t it?

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Business Practices on Pinterest

There are several ways in which a business can market themselves today to the world. The Internet has allowed a business to reach several consumer markets in which they never thought possible. In addition, of all the sites available on the Internet, most people find the use of social media sites to be the reason why they are able to reach so many new consumers each month or year they are on these. Pinterest is the newest social media site to hit the Internet, and it is causing major interest among businesses who utilize social media to reach new consumers. Pinterest is a site, which allows businesses and people in general, to post pictures and captions to the site in order to allow for followers to see what they have done. It is a great way to reach new consumers and also maintain relationships with consumers who have utilized the business for years.
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Rules for Businesses on Pinterest

There are several rules the business needs to keep in mind when they are using Instagram for the first time. First off, this is not a site in which the person can simply post sales and the like of their products or services. They are encouraged to post information in which becomes helpful to the consumer. For example, several businesses post pictorial guides on Pinterest in order to teach their followers new information. For those businesses that worry about gaining followers, they can buy Instagram followers, which helps to increase the exposure the business gets.

Secondly, a business should remember they are going to want to participate in the community. This can mean posting new and breaking news for all to see, or simply following others to show an interest. The idea is that it makes the business look more comfortable and more desirable to the consumers who are interested.

What to Avoid

Those businesses on Pinterest are going to want to avoid doing anything, which could be seen as being derogatory or offensive. For example, posting a picture in which this is something people could take offense to could get the business kicked off the site. There are moderators, which check for such images, and they are going to dismiss the business who is using images, which are causing problems. In addition, this can be done, as many businesses through the use of other social media sites have discovered.

Another aspect the business will want to avoid is just using this site as a place to post every now and then. This is not mean to be a site in which the person opens and leaves. It does require the person put in the time to make this work. This may mean posting images every day or posting more than once a day to maintain the consumer interest in the site.

Overall, a business who enters into Pinterest with the right intentions will find it to be helpful. They are going to discover that as they work on this site, they will become better at what to do in order to gain more attention.

This article was provided by Steve of

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Your Shape Fitness

Do you have a wellness goal this year? Are you trying to lose weight to live a healthy life? If you have no time to go to a fitness center, you can set your goal and do fitness at home with the help of this game. I used it everyday and for the past weeks, I enjoyed my 30 minutes workout. The game starts with a body scan and have a full body diagnosis. Based on the specific diagnosis, the game is able to recommend the program best suited to your body shape and fitness level.  You can also add your own priorities and preferences. With the help of the camera in Your Shape , the unique Body Tracking Technology follows every move in real time.
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The unique camera tracking technology has a real time feedback on the quality of the execution and if you do not do it right, you will be alerted. This game is fun and easy to follow. My personal favorite is Yoga. Check it out!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Palmolive Fresh Fusion

I guess I was lucky the other day because I was not expecting to receive any parcel. I got these products from Palmolive when I did a survey about two weeks ago. I thought it was another bogus survey but, for real ... here is the proof.
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I remember that I spent few minutes and it was a quick survey about the household items that I used in the house. Palmolive has ongoing Palmolive® Fresh Infusions™ program and I was chosen to receive a sample of their amazing products. I tested the lemon and I love the scent. It is like washing the dishes with fresh lemon zest. I used it right away and hid the old dishwashing gel under the sink, LOL. For sure, I will be buying these products in the future.
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The survey I made beore was so easy in fact, I just click my choices and submit. I was not really expecting something awesome but, these products paid off. My husband gets the chance to use it first and he likes it a lot. I noticed that the lemon dishwashing gel is so gentle in my hands. The dishes smells lemony especially the squeaky clean glasses. I like Palmolive Fresh Fusion products and I recommend it to all of you. Check #PalmoliveFreshInfusion topic in Twitter and please don't forget to follow @Influenster in Twitter as well.

Please be informed that I did not receive any monetary compensation for this post. All opinions are my own. These products are given complimentary for testing purposes from

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Palawan's Hidden Hills Getaway Giveaway

Hidden Hills is your exotic vacation home in the Philippines, situated in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. The exclusive villa is a lovely rustic chalet which sits on top of the hill with an additional loft built downhill to accommodate additional guests.
The whole villa is a masterpiece and truly a place to enjoy a quiet time, to de-stress and marvel at Mother Nature's best!
The Prize:

1 winner will be chosen to avail the 2 nights/3 days free accommodation. The prize is for 2 persons in one accommodation.

Prize includes:

  • Accommodations : Exclusive use of the entire property 
  • Welcome Drinks 
  • Welcome Pack / Fruit Basket 
  • Daily Freshly Picked Flowers From the Garden FREE 
  • Unlimited Coffee or Tea&nbsp
  • Mineral Drinking Water 
  • Eat-All-U-Can Fruits & Veggies in season whatever grows in the farm FREE!!! 
  • Cutleries & beddings / towels/ flip-flops / rain boots / beach mats provided for use 
  • ONE BOTTLE OF WINE (Seasonal Welcome Compliments) 
  • Cleaning services (daily) 
  • Cooking Assistance

NOT INCLUDED: Transport. The winner will shoulder his/her plane/boat/land fare and visa for a foreigner winner must be the sole responsibility of the winner.

Important notes:
  • The dates chosen by the winner will have to be discussed with the owner of the Hidden Hills for the availability.
  • The prize is NOT convertible to cash and is valid for a year upon winning
  • The winner is responsible for his/her plane/boat fare, if applicable. Visa formalities, if required, will be the sole responsibility of the winner.
This will run from 15 January to 15 February 2013 (12:00 a.m. Dubai, UAE local time or +4 GMT and close at 11:59 p.m.), and a single winner will be chosen via after all the entries have been verified.
This giveaway is open WORLD WIDE.

Join now and next thing you know, you may just find yourself relaxing in Hidden Hills!


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The prize will be awarded by the owner of Hidden Hills as soon as the entries are verified.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Women's Tone-ups Fitness - Flex

When I was little, my mother would give us cash as Christmas presents. My brother will then buy name brand footwear or name brand apparel. I prefer quantity, LOL. My brother finished shopping in an hour and as for me, it would take me hours scouting for good deals. I am not particular with brands. I go for comfort and affordability. Up to now, I scout for good deals. The only difference now is that, I scout for good deals in name brand products. I don't buy the original price coz' it's a pain in my wallet, LOL. I scout for coupons, discounts, free shipping and deal-breaker offers.
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This Women's Tone-ups Fitness - Flex is very comfortable. This product is made of Synthetic and mesh fabric upper in a light flexible training shoe. It is ultra-lightweight and the midsole material utilizes memory retention for responsive shock absorption and dynamic rebound. I used it when I do my walking around the neighborhood every morning. 
It has a multi flex design outsole with deep grooves to allow freedom of forward and lateral movement. The breezy mesh fabric upper is intended for cooling airflow effect.  The side metallic stripe design with S logo detail looks really nice.
It has a clear side panel with thin contrast stripe accents. It has a removable cushioned comfort insole and has the upper flexible rubber traction outsole. I love these shoes. Oh, wondering for the price? The original price is $69.00 but, I bought it in for only $29. Great deal? Oh yeah because it is very comfortable and the fit is perfect!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Re-arranging my Closet for New Year's Resolution

After arriving home from our short road trip today, I was in the mood of re-arranging my closet. I am finishing up arranging my footwear as well. I usually fold my jeans to save some space but this time, I hang my Levis Jeans in pair. I moved one drawer and transferred it to the garage. I don't need it and besides, it takes so much space. Now, I can dance inside my closet, LOL. It is so good to see a tidy and well-organized closet right? Honestly, I made a list for New Year's Resolution and this is my first time just to challenge myself. Organizing my clothes and shoes are top on my list. I always neglected my closet and now, I feel so much better. Anyway, as I took out the drawer from the closet, I saw the Levis Jeans sitting in one corner still in the bag. I was looking for this for so long because I bought it for my brother.
Finding it is just the right time. I will be sending my "Balikbayan Box" next week and I can include. For now, I am still scouting for online clothing store that offers on sale products and big discount items. Just like G and L Clothing store, they offer free delivery if you purchase $100 or more. That is great savings right? Check it out! Once you place your order, you can track it easily. If you have returns, rest assured that it will be hassle-free. If you are looking for quality name brands such as Carhartt, Levis, Dickies, Timberland, and laCrosse, G and L has it all.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

GE Triple Crock Round Slow Cooker

I bet most of us spent days window shopping during the Christmas Holiday and spent hours buying those good deals huh? That's what hubby and I did. We are not impulsive buyer so; when we saw this item few weeks ago, we waited for the price-dropped! On New Year's Eve, this item was sold for $29 so; we bought it.
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This Round Triple Slow Cooker features three removable 1.5-quart stoneware inserts. It features individual heat settings, has glass lids and lid holder. This item is colored black and stainless steel. It features Non-skid feet and spoon rests. We like this product. Meal preparation is so much easier. I recommend this product and you can check it out in Wal-Mart.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Managing Water From Storms

We have come pretty far as a species. We have managed to learn about all sorts of things, and we have managed to learn how to control all sorts of things too. One thing that we have not learned how to control is the weather, and there is a good reason that we have not learned how to control the weather. It is something that is better left alone. In trying to deal with the weather, we have learned a few key things. Even though we can't control the amount of rain that comes pouring out of the clouds, we have learned to control the water once it hits the Earth. This is called storm water management, and it has helped prevent countless flooding problems.

A world without storm water management would be very wet. There is a very good chance that your neighborhood would be underwater when it rained. With storm water management, we can channel the water away from homes and buildings. By setting up a series of channels, we can control where the water goes. We can also control how much of the water goes to certain places. For the most part this works really well, There are a couple of times when there may be a problem or two. If it rains too much, there is a slight chance that the storm water will become unmanageable. When this happens, there could be floods.

Complex systems have been created to help control the flow of water from storms. These complex systems may use things like float controls to keep track of the amount of water that is being held, or they may use something a little more advanced like a liquid level control setup. Either way, the water gets controlled when it rains.

There are some storm water controls that work based on gravity. A series of channels help move the water from one area to another based on the power of gravity. These systems works really well in elevated areas, but they can also be easily over run with water if a really bad storm settles over an area.

Controlling and managing storm water is a serious business. Most people don't realize how important this concept is until there is some sort of problem like water flooding into their home. This is a very important part of water conservation and this is one area where accuracy is vital.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

No nonsense Leggings and Tights

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of No nonsense. All opinions are 100% mine.

I am all excited when winter comes and it is not because of snow since we do not have it in Florida. We have a beautiful,cool and awesome weather here during the holidays. There were days that we need to bundle up, and wearing leggings or tights paired with boots were an exciting wardrobe to select from. I received No nonsense tights and leggings last Christmas and I was so thrilled to put it on when we have a temperature down in the 30's. Wearing sweater and leggings keep me warm when the weather is cooler. I received this camel corduroy leggings and it is very comfortable and stylish.

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You can find No nonsense tights and leggings at food and drug stores in your area as well as in mass retail stores. The photo above was taken at Fort Christmas in Florida. It was breezy and the temperature was in 40's so; wearing this yellow tights kept me warm all day. You should check out this product because it is comfortable and affordable.

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