Wednesday, December 31, 2008

New Year Greetings!



Happy New year

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Salon Job Center

Are you in the beauty industry and have salon jobs to be advertised? You can go to this website salonchannel.com. This website will enable you to post beauty jobs for only $29 per job and it will stay online for 3 days. This is a good way of inviting diverse applications looking for esthetician jobs. You can also publish your business which is a good way of marketing your business. I browsed the website and they have a lot of information when it comes to beauty jobs. Their web design aim followers and viewers to learn about different salon jobs, news, information, advance training skills and many others. It will greatly help not only for the business owners but also job seeker as well. Check the site now and see what are in store for you.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Snow is Melting

I am very glad that the snow is already melting. When we were hit of that snow storm, the snow, slush and everything were almost up to our knee. We are seeing white landscape for two weeks and now I already see greens. Oh I am just so happy that all these snowing have ended for now. I said for now because we are still in winter season. I am sure we will still have another round of snowing. But hopefully it will not as heavy as what we had two weeks ago.

This snow storm that passed really raised havoc not only here in the Northwest but also in Northeast and Midwest. We heard airports canceled numerous flights, people stranded in the airports on the holidays, stranded in their own houses, and accidents. Here in our county, there were carports and roofs collapsed due to the strain of too much snow. Even a retirement home was vacated because of the sagging roof. Now the problem of flooding and flash flooding needs to be watched out for. So to those that have been affected with the snow storm should ensure your drainage is not blocked because it can cause flooding when the melted snow cannot freely flow.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Face Painting

Do you know how to face paint? On Halloween we were at the mall and there was this kiosk that does face painting. I wanted to have our daughter's face painted but she was still small so I told hubby maybe when she is old enough. I am fascinated by this talent because I know it takes a lot of practice and skills in order to perfect it. I found a great resource that will enable you to learn face painting and this is through the Aesthetic Video Source wherein they sell a step by step instructional DVD for face painting. They also have different face painting designs that you can follow; from animals, masquerade, Halloween designs, and more. If you want to know more about it, check out the video below.

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Birthdays

Month of December is really a busy month for my family back in the Philippines. My deceased brother was born on December 24; my older sister was born on December 25 as well as my niece Karen; on December 26 is my niece Sweet's birthday; and on January 1st is my father's birthday. The celebration is overlapping as all of them celebrates their birthdays. For the rest of the family, we can't forget their natal days.

This year, the celebration is being held in different places. My sister and her family went to her in-laws and my nieces in their Grandparents home. For my niece Sweet, her birthday is kinda sad one because her Grandfather, father side, passed away. She don't want to have a celebration like they used in the midst of her Grandfather's wake. Those that celebrates their birthdays on the 25th of December is really lucky because the whole world celebrates with them, isn't it? :-)

Cord Blood Banking

When we decided to have a child, we talked about it extensively because we know how life-changing it is. There are many things a couple has to consider before deciding to have a child. There are the surmountable responsibilities that needs to be addressed to once you have a child; not only with the monetary aspect of it but also the possibilities of having an offspring with special needs or difficult medical conditions, which can challenge emotions and well-being.

One thing that I regret to plan ahead when we got pregnant was to have our baby's cord blood preserved. I remember I asked my Pediatrician about it and she highly recommended it to me. I talked to my husband about it but I guess it flew off our minds. I wish I was able to do it. I already had the form from Cryo-Cell , the leader in family cord blood banking, but I totally forgot to fill it up and wasn't able to start the process. If I get pregnant again, I will definitely do it. The preservation of stem cells of the umbilical cord of our babies are known to treat about 70 diseases and have been used in 8,000 transplants or over worldwide. This

If you are pregnant right now and expecting you need to consider cord blood banking because this can help save life as protecting our child's future. I know we are dealing with economic crisis but Cryo-Cell is helping families by offering a big discount of $725 once you enroll online using the promotional code D995. You only have to pay $995 for processing, testing and first year of storage plus they will waive the cancellation fee in addition to it. So, for Moms to be and those who are planning to have kids, this is a chance to start protecting your child's future.
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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merrry Christmas!!!

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas from our Family to Yours!!!

Remembering Christmas as the day our Savior was born. It is also the time of giving, sharing, and cheer. I wish to spend this Christmas with my family back in the Philippines but the distance does not permit us to. Four Christmas holidays that I haven't seen my family. Although I am happy to celebrate it with my now own family, there is still something lacking deep in my heart. So for this Christmas, just like the previous three Christmases, I have to be contented with talking to them over the phone. This is better than nothing at all :-)

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Pregnancy Massage

When I got pregnant of our DD I was looking online for a service like Pregnancy Massage in our area. Unfortunately I wasn't able to find one. What I found was a pregnancy massage DVD that instructs different techniques in massage therapy for expectant mothers. I talked to my OB-GYN about it and she said I can definitely have it if I wanted to. Although I wasn't able to buy the DVD but according to a friend who have it, it is really soothing and very nurturing. The pregnancy massage techniques are very subtle and it will really create a relaxing effect.

If you are expecting and you wanted to have more relaxation through pregnancy massage, you can check out Aesthetic VideoSource’s new Nurturing Pregnancy Massage Techniques instructional DVD. This is a step by step instruction of different massage technique. You can check this DVD and order by calling 1-800-414-2434 or visiting www.VideoShelf.com. The complete set can be purchased for $84.00, at a savings of 20%.

Family Get Together

I called my family back in the Philippines earlier and I got to talk to all of them. My brother came home already after many months working overseas as a seaman. Unfortunately, another tragedy happened to our family. My brother-in-law's father died early Monday morning. I call him Grandpa and him and his wife are very wonderful people. He died of complication and also of old age. His wife, Grandma, is also in her 80s. I talked to my BIL and he said his Mom is also sick and just had knee surgery.

It is very frustrating when things like this happened and you are in far away place. I am so wanting to be there but the distance just won't permit us to. My parents and the rest of my brother and sisters along with their families will join my sister's family in Davao to assist my BIL's loss. I also extended our condolences and prayers to him and to Grandma.

We Need a Winter Escape

If you live here in the Northwest or Midwest and somewhere in the East where the winter storm hit, you will really need a winter escape. For two weeks now we are bombarded with the nasty weather and snow storm. A lot of people are stranded in their own houses because it is just dangerous to go out. As for us here, although we braved the heavy downpour of snow so we can go out and do our errands but I really wish we have a vacation outside the northwest, like going to Missouri where we can stay at the grandiose Hilton Promenade at Branson Landing, where you don't have to worry of driving going to shops and entertainment places.

I knew of a winter escape package to stay in either Hilton Promenade at Branson Landing or Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel. This package will enable you stay in either of these hotels in a very reasonable price. If ever I have the chance I will definitely check out the 3rd Annual Ice Carving and the exciting 2009 Polar Plunge. There are also live entertainments and theaters in commemoration of the 2nd Anniversary of the Hilton Promenade. These are only few of the very exciting events while on this great escape. I told my husband that we have to check this place out when time and money permit us to. If we only have known about this winter storm earlier, like a month or two ago, I would have agreed for his plan to have a Christmas vacation. With our weather now, I felt that we should have taken a winter escape.

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Wrapping Gifts

I am all set when it comes to my gift wrapping. All the kids have their gifts and the three kids in Hawaii will get theirs tomorrow as it will be delivered there through USPS. I had a hard time getting my gift for hubby. I ordered some online but until now I did not received it yet. I think it got stuck because of the snow storm as well. But I also bought two things for him from Sears when we went to the mall. I told him that we have to part ways so I can buy him something without him knowing what it is. I was at the counter and I have to tell the checker to hurry and put it in the gift box right away since he is somewhere in the store. The guy was laughing at me. I was glad that I already had it wrapped when him and our DD showed up. This is a problem when you are always together when you go out. You will have a hard time getting one for him since he is around.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Weight Gain on Holidays

As we are heading to Christmas we know that we are going to feast as well. I am telling you that right now I gained a little bit of weight from Thanksgiving celebration. My husband is also dealing with a bit of weight gain too. I told him that we may not cook much for Christmas because friends are inviting us to their houses. I don't want to end up looking for diet pills to curb down the weight we gained :-) I have written in my other blog that I tried to counsel my nieces to follow a healthy lifestyle and here I am not in control of what I put in my mouth. How ironic, right? But as long as I know my limitation and I can discipline myself, then I will be okay. I have to double my effort though since at this time of the year, winter, exercising is usually going to the backseat. We need to be more motivated in order to sweat out and shed off all the extra calories consumed during this holiday.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Eye Problem

When I woke up Friday morning I felt a searing pain in my right eye. I can't open it for long because it hurt so bad. It seemed like my lacrimal gland did not stop producing tears because my eyes kept tearing. I was still in bed in our DD's room. When hubby came in I asked him if my eyes are red. He told me a little bit. I wanted to go back to sleep hoping the pain will go away but unfortunately did not. I even asked Recel on YM about her symptoms because I knew she recently went to her eye doctor for check-up.

The whole day of Saturday was really a bad day for me. I even shunned away from the computer because I may have strained my eye muscles from always facing the computer. I only checked emails and did a little of blog hopping. To ease the pain, I did cold compress on my eye and it did helped a little bit. I decided to go to sleep early also hoping it will help more. Fortunately when I woke up this morning the pain is gone and I can open my eyes without tears already. Thank God it is not worst as I thought it was. I guess my eyes just need to rest away from the computer to recuperate. I still have to schedule an eye exam soon to make sure I don't have eye problem at all.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Multi-Media Social Network

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Have you heard about Kerchoonz? This is a new multi-media social network where artists and music fans can go to enjoy music streams and downloads. They provide these streams and download for free but they will pay the artists and labels. If you are a fan or just a listener you can also make money by referring bands and artists to register and use the site to promote their music. This is really cool! I register an account and initially browsed the site. I was able to play music that I love and I had fun with the ABC word games. My highest score was 49 :-). Aside from the things I mentioned, you can also send instant messages to your friends who are also registered at Kerchoonz.

I think the creator of this site is really making a new multi-media revolution combining technology, music, advertising, entertainment, and social networking. This is also a good way in phasing out piracy, hopefully, because they will pay the artist when somebody downloads or uses their music which is only fair to do so. So, if you want to experience how Kerchoonz work, you can register now for free. I am sure you will be hooked into this especially if you love playing games and downloading music. If you are already registered, don't forget to tell your friends to register as well.


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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Deep Freeze


My car parked in the parking lot without cover was coated with snow and the plant near our window is almost buried.

I wrote previously that snow is coming up and indeed it came and it's a lot. According to the forecast, we will experience deep freeze in the coming days. The weekend weather shows cloudy but sunny but it will be very cold. Then come next week, snow is coming back. Last night we went out to get some stuff at the store and hubby went to his workplace. Tonight we are planning to go out also but due to the ugly weather we just decided to stay at home. Hubby cooked our dinner and when he went out to throw our trash I asked him to take pictures of the outside. I did not dare to go out with our DD because it's very cold and the snow are still pouring.


At the front of the management's office. The stone fountain is covered with ice/snow

Wish for Christmas

Seven more days and it will be Christmas. I know some are already done with shopping and others are still completing the wish list shopping. All of us have wishes to get this holiday season. Even I myself got a wish, not a material thing but the hope to see my family back in the Philippines. Although it will not be this Christmas but hopefully before Christmas of next year :-) I talked again to my parents earlier and my Dad was saying he misses us so very much. I asked him aside from us, what else he wants for Christmas. He said that hopefully I can send lots of pictures to them especially of our little one.

This got me an idea of sending them a CEIVA Digital Photo Frame with all our pictures in it. I saw this cool gadget at sitonsantaslap.com. If you visit the site, you can experience how cool this photo frame is. You can upload pictures into it anywhere you are in the US. I tried uploading mine through the site and instantly my picture appeared in the photo frame. It's very amazing! I am pretty sure my parents will love it. So check sit on Santa's lap now and get this wonderful gift idea. You can also enter the got a wish sweepstakes and have the chance of winning $500.

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4 Years and Counting

Wow, time flies so fast indeed! It is the same day of the month but only four years ago that we celebrate our union together as husband and wife. Looking back, it was a short, simple, solemn exchange of wedding vows with just few of my husband's relatives as witnesses. Despite it's simpleness, the emotion that we both felt was overpowering that we both shed tears.

Now, four years after, I am proud to say that we still have the passion and the love we have for each other is even more stronger. I am very thankful to God that He continually bless us with patience, kindness, understanding, and more love that keep us strong. Ever since, we don't forget to tell each other 'i love you' and we vowed to say it until we are old and gray. We are very grateful to God for having each other. We are praying everyday that God will keep us strong strengthen our faith and keep us healthy so we can see our kids grow up.

Vacations To Go

Before we got married my husband already book for a Caribbean cruise for our honeymoon. He was doing it to surprise me. Unfortunately, after I got here and we got married my visa will not allow me to travel outside the US unless I have to apply for a permit that will takes out that restriction. So that was really a disappointment. We just had it changed and went to Hawaii instead, which was equally great as well.

Since then, I told hubby that one of these days we will still pursue it. I know that cruises and vacations will still be available anytime. If ever we are ready, I can check out this great site Vacations To Go. If you have not heard of it, they are a great site to check out for any last minute plan of your cruises and vacations. As the name, Vacations To Go, infers they have best prices of cruises even at an eleventh hour booking.

At Vacations To Go, you can find cruises of up to 75% off of the original price. They have this 90-Day Ticker tool that will give you idea of what cruise packages are being marked down. Their website is also designed for clients to be able to search for bargain or discounted cruises by regions, dates, and ships. My husband sometimes decides for a getaway at the last minute. So now I know where to go to get the best deals.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Got Bad News

I called my Mom earlier and she got my call while they're in our farm. My parents are in their 70s already, Dad will be 75 this January 1st (New Year's day) and Mom will be 70 in July of next year, but they are still very active going to our farm walking for 30 minutes one way. So, she said they're at the farm doing some work and checking for fallen coconuts. Then she told me about the bad news. Our neighbor's son, whom I consider to be like my brother, died in a motorcycle accident the other night. He is the son of my 3rd grade teacher and his sister is one of my childhood bestfriends. I really felt the loss because he is very respectful to us and consider him us one of the family. Their family is our close friend being our house next to each other. 

The accident was a result of teenage drunk driving. Both him and his friend, the driver, died in the said accident. During the accident he was with my nephew, my sister's son. My nephew was driving another motorcycle and was following them. The driver probably drove fast and hit the rotunda with grills around it in our town. The impact was so hard the driver was killed instantly. My nephew brought them both to the hospital but the other one was pronounced dead. He was still brought to the biggest hospital in another city but after few hours he passed away.

Now my nephew is in a state of shock. I think he was really traumatized of what happened because he was there when it happened and when his friends died. It really served a lesson to him not to drink and drive. I was told he wasn't drunk but his friends were. I will talk to my sister and have him talk to a counselor or somebody that can supervise him because it can really create a trauma psychologically. For our dear friend who passed away, he may rest in peace and my prayers and thoughts are with his family that are left behind.

Branding for Your Business

Branding is very important in order to promote business. If you don't have proper branding of whatever product you have more likely your business will not prosper. Consumers nowadays will look into the type of products and what it is made of. Some will even be attracted with the packaging. If you have a nice packaging of your products, consumers will notice it more than the others. It is part of the marketing strategy so your products will be patronized. There are people who are really good in marketing and merchandising. Some of them are called branding gurus.

If you have business and you want to promote it well in the market, you need to ask the help of experts like marketing strategist or branding gurus. You can visit brandidentityguru.com to find more information and even check with them if you have a strong branding for your products or if your business is viable. They have experts that will help you in determining how to improve the marketing of your business. Branding products is what they are expert of and they will give you the best return of your investment if you seek their expertise. Check their site now and learn how you can improve your business and take it to the next level.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Dinner is Served

Sometimes I really become lazy to prepare dinner. I cook rice everyday though but there are times I have to wait for hubby to come home to let him prepare food other than rice. Our DD have different food so I always take care of it.

Last weekend, I marinated the beef steak and waited for hubby to toss it in the grill. He found out that our grill wasn't cleaned from the last time he used it. So he ended up cleaning it first thoroughly before grilling the steak. It took him almost two hours to do the task :-) When you are consumed with the cooking, washing the dishes will become another load so hubby used our disposable dishes as you can see the picture on the side :-) After eating, he just threw the disposables and washed those that aren't.

Along with the grilled steak, he toasted the frozen garlic bread, blanched green veggies and opened a can of baked beans. Our weekend dinner was served and it sure made us full satisfied :-)

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

It Pays to be Prepared

Now that I am already married and have a child, my priorities have changed. Before I am only thinking of myself and even if I help my family out, I still did not foresee the future. When I got married I learned a lot of things that I thought I should not be concerned of; one of which is getting a term life insurance. It intensified when we got pregnant and have a kid. Questions like what if something happened to me who will take care of my kids, how they are going to pay for everything, and all the what ifs I can think about. It really pays to be prepared on this kind of things. We are going to pass this world but once and we need to make sure that we know what will happen to those that we left behind. How about you? What are the things that you can suggest to prepare us when the inevitable happen? Hope you can share.

Snow Coming Up

This picture was taken early this year when flurries was still hitting our town even if it was almost spring time. But this fall-winter season our first snow forecast to hit our town will be this coming weekend. We already experienced freezing temperature but no sign of snow yet except at the passes and the mountain areas.

I know in some part of the country in east coast, they already experienced thick snow. My husband asked me if I do like to go skiing. Of course I wanted to try it in my lifetime. He may bring us to one of the ski resort here in Washington. Even if we don't go skiing yet but just for us to experience being in a ski resort. Honestly I haven't tried playing in a thick snow covered yard. Maybe this year we will be able to experience it with our DD :-) I am very excited.

Furniture for Less

One of our goals for next year is to replace some of our furniture. Our furniture right now is all second hand and although it is still in good condition but you can see that it has seen better days. When we are going to replace it by next year we are sure to get discount furniture. We've seen furniture for less both in stores and online and it will just depend on how much we have to shell out for particular items, then we will decide which store to go to. I already bookmarked different sites that I know we can go to once we are ready. I was telling my husband that we will get the items one at a time so we will not breaking our budget plan.

Fall Qurater Has Ended

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Wow, this quarter passed by so quick. All my finals are done and I can already relax, though in all honesty I have been relax with my classes :-) I did crammed with studying but thankfully the results are all great.

When we, me and hubby, enrolled for classes I was concerned if we both can handle the schedule. Fortunately, we did great and although there are glitches and some discussions between us, we were able to finish the quarter positively. It was my first quarter back in school after I gave birth. Our schedules complemented rightfully.

This winter quarter we have a problem with schedules. Hubby will have two months of training in different places. One month in California and one month here in Washington but in different place. It is a live-in training for a month. This means I have to check for online classes. I will have to call my adviser what class I can take online and register for it. If none, then I have to wait until spring quarter to register.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Christmas Village





Part of the display inside Seattle Center is the Christmas village. I took some pictures but did not really take a picture of the whole village. I was in a hurry and forgot that I can go up on the elevated area to get a good shot. Maybe when we go back there I will try to take a good one of the whole village. It was also displayed last Christmas and my digital camera that time was an old 2pixel one lols, the shots are not really nice so to speak. Next time I will make sure to get a good angle and a good shot :-)

Auto Insurance Renewed

Every November we are renewing our auto insurance. I am really particular about it so I keep reminding my husband to make sure we are up to date with it. My husband told me that our insurance is up a little because we are now in different state. They have different rates depending on what state you are living. It was up $10 per month. I must say that our insurance right now is better than what we have 3 years ago. I am glad my husband changed insurance company. If you want to learn more about insurance industry, you can check it here at insurancebureau.com.

One Final Exam Down

On Saturday I finally submitted my final exam for my Medical Insurance Billing and Coding class. Our instructor gave it to us since November 22nd. But I was able to do it on Friday night. I always put it off and crammed at the end. Hubby was reminding me about it and told him I will do it. So since I did it late I am not really confident if I did it well.

Even if we have books to look at, still it is different. It is application of what we were taught in class. Our test was to submit an insurance claim and make sure we filled up the form correctly so the insurance company will not reject it. I will know what will be my grade in two weeks. I hope it will be a good grade :-) My finals for my Medical Law, Ethics and Bioethics class will be on Tuesday.

Get Insurance Quotes at Wholesale Insurance

My insurance billing class instructor taught us to shop for insurance, may it be term life, health and other pre-need plans, before getting one. I also agreed to the idea because it is a must to check for low cost term life insurance rates and other insurance rates before having one. You can check with wholesaleinsurance.net for quotes. You can also check with them different articles that will help you explain what insurance is best to get in different situation. I was reluctant before to get a secondary insurance, but after I took my class I was enlightened and is now trying to check different insurance companies that will give me a good deal for a supplement insurance.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Me at the Space Needle

I really don't like taking my very own picture but since I have been here at the Space Needle thrice but no picture of my own so I asked hubby to take one. I was standing beside one of the info kiosk. It is a touch screen kiosk where you can check different statistical information regarding the space needle and the areas around it. This is only one among the many kiosks you can find in there. The Space Needle is a must see when you happen to visit Seattle. Every time this landmark is shown at the famous Grey's Anatomy tv show hubby will always say, we have been there.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Affordable Television

I was really shocked when I saw the prices of television in stores. It is really affordable now than before. When we got our 32 inches flat screen television last year, the price was over $700. Now the same brand television is only around $400 and there are other brands that are less than $400. It was reported that there is a decrease of those who are buying electronics including television. So, I think it is best to buy television at this time because the prices are low. My cousin planned of getting a pop up tv stand for their brand new plasma tv that they bought last week. They got the television at a very good deal. It will be perfect in their place for sure.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Our Tree is Up

On Friday we were supposed to go to Seattle to watch the Macy's parade and see the lighting of Christmas tree and lights at Westlake Center. The parade was started so early so we were not able to go. Me and our DD woke up around 11am and it feels like a tiring day. Hubby had a plan then and that is to put up our Christmas tree. He already cleaned up the area where the Christmas tree should stand. So while I was feeding our daughter he was busy taking out the Christmas decor from the storage.

I was thinking it is a bad idea to have our tree up this early because our DD is very hyper. Fortunately, ever since we had the tree up she did not touch or grab any of the balls and decors we have. At first she got curious and when her Daddy saw her about to touch the decor he told her not to do it or she will hurt her feelings. I think she understood it well and I am proud of her for being so behave. She just love watching herself in the glass balls but not daring to touch it.
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