Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Gibson Guitar Brand

When it comes to guitar one thing that will come to my mind is the gibson brand. I don't know, but this one is the most popular for me that I've known. I guess because ever since I was introduced to playing the guitar, this brand is the one that I've always used. My friends back in college who played guitar too talks about it and so it sticks to my mind like a glue. And when it comes to checking out different guitars or gibson guitar for that matter, gibson advanced jumbo at musicians friend comes to my mind as well. For those that loves acoustic guitars, this brand and style may be something to think about and worth to check out.

Tuesday at the Pool | Summer Fun Time

Yesterday, instead of taking the kids to the park for our usual park day Tuesday, we brought them to the pool on post. During weekdays, the recreational swimming for the Kimbro pool will be at 1pm until 3pm unless there's no swimming lessons then it will be until 7pm. 

The kids were very excited. It was our girls first time to go to this pool because in the past when we get there it's either closed for swimming lesson or not yet open until later, which I can't wait due to other appointments. So finally, the girls wished came through and they're hoping we can go back there again. Hopefully this Friday we can go back there again coz they are going to close until 7pm, we will have more time wade at the pool.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Eco-friendly Carpet Cleaning

Carpet cleaning is very important because you don't know how it can accumulate dusts, food particles, stains from beverages and other dirt and germ sources. When you have little kids, the cleaning will be almost everyday, especially in areas where there is heavy traffic and kids always play at. We have more carpet areas in the house than the hardwood floors. The only hardwood area we have is in the kitchen and the breakfast nook. The downstairs family room and formal dining and living areas are carpeted as well as the upstairs, except the bathrooms and laundry room. 

My husband will do the steam carpet cleaning all the time and for frequent vacuuming, I do it anytime of the day and when it is deemed necessary. When our youngest was still crawling, I vacuumed every single day. We use different cleaners for the carpet before, but now I make sure to use eco-friendly carpet cleaners. Eco-friendly carpet cleaning is very important. We often heard on the news how those cleaners with hazardous chemicals can spoil the environment and also hazardous to our health. 

The most safe and eco-friendly carpet cleaning process known is through steam cleaning. You only need water and no added chemicals for this. There are for sure carpet cleaning services that offers this and at home, if you have steam carpet cleaner then it is a good thing. This is why I am planning to invest on one so we will not rent a steamer anymore. There are vacuum cleaners with steaming capabilities that are in the market to choose from. This is going to be my next project to purchase before this coming spring. 

Park By the Lake | Summer Fun Time

I told my kids that this summer we will try to go to different parks in the area for them to enjoy. At least in a week we can visit one park if the weather permits. So for last week our park hopping ended at the Shoreline beach park. I did not know there was a park by the lake until our daughter told me she saw kids swinging at the park. Indeed, on the hillside area where the lake is at is where the park is located. It is overlooking to both sides of the lake. It is a good size park and is fairly new. After the lake was done at the lake and changed, we brought them to the park for a few minutes. I also took pictures of the kids with the other side of the lake as a view. 

This is what I like here because even at an apartment community there is a park that is being built in anticipation of families with children that lives. So you can certainly find parks and park hopping won't be that hard. It is fun for the kids and its free.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

The 90's are Where It's At This Summer!

If you were a child (or teenager) growing up in the 90's, you probably remember the fashion of the times. Fashion in the 90's was quite diverse, ranging from the supremely cool 90's grunge era (think Courtney Love, Kurt Cobain, long hair, floral tea dresses and Doctor Martens boots) to the shell suits and mood tie-dye tees of the late 90's. Obviously, some trends were cooler than others, but the 90's is coming back with a vengeance this summer, so here's how to perfect the 90's trend for yourself!

Work the Laid Back Look 

When we were younger, we all wanted to be Angela from My So Called Life. Most of us wanted her red hair, although some of us loved the way Rayanne dressed. Others longed to look like Angel from Home & Away, with her funky, hippy surfer girl vibe. Key to all these looks was a laid back attitude. Work long, beach wavy hair with a floral tee dress, given a tougher edge with chunky ankle or knee high boots. Toughen up a floral skirt and tee combo with a leather biker jacket. Torn, ripped jeans or jackets don't need mending - they're a key part of the 90's grunge look! Floral prints were hot in the 90's, but try to go for small to medium florals rather than big bold blooms. Men's fashions were, well, manly - think loose fitting or straight leg jeans with a cool faded band tee or jumper. If you fancy channeling some Kurt Cobain, grow your hair and wear it loose and wavy. Finish off your look with a cool 90's styled backpack or oversized handbag for the perfect casual style. 

90's Sportswear 

Sportswear was hot in the 90's too, although if you try to work the full-shellsuit look today, there's a good chance you might be stopped for crimes against fashion! Instead, channel some of the easier to wear 90's sportswear trends by opting for a tie-dye dress - ombre dip dye is hot right now. Or pair a dip-dye crop top with shorts and trainers. Don't forget to get your backpacks and bags online here- a sporty rucksack is the perfect addition to your sporty 90's look. Men can channel the look with a pair of jogging bottoms (opt for polyester rather than the jersey styles favoured nowadays) and team with your favourite band tee - ideally something cool from the 90's! 

There's no denying that the 90's were a cool time for fashion - look at the popular styles throughout the decade and it's easy to find something that you can add to your look today! Start small with funky 90's jewellery and accessories such as bags and shoes and gradually work your way towards a complete 90's style. For those afraid of looking too retro, the grunge look seems to make its way back into fashion every year, so you'll never look dated. 

Alice Wilkes is a freelance fashion blogger and self confessed shopping addict. She has over 50 pairs of shoes but lives in her Doctor Martens and 90's grunge is most definitely her look of choice. She recommends that anyone looking for funky 90's accessories should buy their backpacks and bags online here!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Beach Time at American Lake | Summer Fun Time

Yesterday was another beautiful day here in our state. The weather was sunny, maybe around the 70's, so we decided to head out to the beach side at American Lake. This lake is inside Joint Base Lewis McChord in North Forth. It is not as crowded because you can only enter if you are a member of the armed forces; veterans, reserved, and active duty family or dependents; or anybody who has military ID to enter the base. 

We went to the Shoreline Beach Park in the afternoon when the sun is not as scorching anymore. The kids love to play in the water so I made sure I was at arm's length when they're in. Good thing there are life guards around the beach area as well as those that are doing the rounds, boating on the lake. 

There's a buoy or marker/line also indicating where you can wade in the water and area where it is allowed to swim and dive as well as for fishing. There are pedal boats, kayaks and skis that you can rent out too for those who want to have more fun at the lake. We are planning, along with some friends, to have camping by the lake next month when weather permits, so we'll see if that one will be pushed through. I told the kids about it and they are more excited of the plan.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Harassment in the Workplace

It is not uncommon that you hear news about harassment in the workplace. Just recently, I heard about news in the military wherein more and more cases are coming out in the open about sexual harassment. This is a big problem that needs to be addressed.

Harassment in any form can really create big impact to the victim. It affects the victim's well-being, can cause stress and devastating emotions, helplessness, embarrassment, and being uncomfortable when at work because of fear of having to happen again. 

If ever you are in a situation such as this and you live in San Diego area, click here for sexual harassment attorney San Diego. And for anyone that is a victim of harassment, seek legal help. There are good lawyers that advocate for this and can surely give you the right legal support. 

I am glad that so far in my work experiences, I haven't experience any harassment, prejudice or discrimination. As a minority and having English as my second language, I always have that apprehension. I may just be lucky that all companies that I've worked with do not tolerate any form of prejudices or harassment. 

Monday, July 15, 2013

Having Fun at Point Defiance

When weather is nice and we don't have much to do at home, we love to drive around and do some sightseeing in our community or the neighboring places. One Saturday afternoon we don't have much to do at home so we decided to walk around Point Defiance park. We've been to this place ample of times but we still love to go do there to have some fresh air and just commune with nature. It is one cost-less sightseeing that the kids love as well. Below are some pics that we took during our leisure walk at Point Defiance park.

If we wanted to not spend money for weekend or day trips, we just go to parks and do some walking/hiking and bring some snacks and we are good to go. It is the best way to show our kids too that we don't have to spend much to have bonding time as family. 

Creating the perfect 'princess bedroom' - top tips

As any fans of the classic children's book will know, every girl is a princess. Modern girls might be thinking more along the lines of Disney's Cinderella than Frances Hodgson Burnett's Little Princess Sara Crewe, but the message definitely still holds true. If your miniature monarch requires a suitable sanctuary, follow these top tips for creating the perfect princess bedroom. 

When buying your kids bedroom furniture there are many different types of childrens beds, the big challenge is striking a balance between practicality and imagination. To create a fairy-tale castle in your home without spending a fortune, a little imagination is required, and the best person for that is none other than the princess herself. Have a long talk with your little girl about the kind of room she imagines, with absolutely nothing off the table. Once you know what she's dreaming of, you can start bringing it back to reality with a bit of clever shopping and a lot of invention. 

For the classic 'princess in a castle' theme, start with basics like a beautiful white chest of drawers. Drape sheer tulle curtains from the ceiling above the bed to create illusion of a four poster, and pin up fairy lights to give the room a twinkling, magical feel. Stencil butterflies onto the walls, or invest in some wall stickers of tall trees to evoke Sleeping Beauty trapped in the enchanted forest. You can build a window seat by attaching cushions to the top of a wooden chest: the perfect perch to sit and read a book, or gaze dramatically out of the window.

If your princess is less of a damsel in distress and more an action hero in her own right, take inspiration from Disney's Brave with a deep purple and turquoise colour scheme. Princess Merida is an archer and an expert horse-rider, and a rough and tumble princess needs a room to match. You can spray paint bed posts a metallic gold for a touch of mediaeval glamour, and go for dark wooden furniture for a traditional Scottish look. Here again you can create a four-poster bed with sheer curtains, but remember to leave plenty of floor space for practising rolls, swordplay and planning adventures. 

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Compression Tights

If you suffer from poor circulation, sore arms or any other condition that impacts your limbs, you can wear compression tights to help relieve your pain. These tights are made from quality materials designed to offer a snug and comfortable fit wherever they are worn. These tights can make it easier to get through a day at work, a night out with friends or whatever else your day may bring. 

When you are free from pain, you will be happier, independent and live a more productive life. The best part is that your tights can be colored to blend in with your clothing if you don't want people to know what you are wearing. Wearing your compression garment can help you find a job because you are going to be able to get through the day without having to take a lot of breaks due to pain. Relationships are going to be easier to maintain when you don't have to cancel group outings on a regular basis. Having the ability to get to your kid's soccer or baseball game will make you happy while also making your child happy that you could be there to cheer him or her on.

Freedom Fest 2013 at JBLM

In celebration of the 237th year of the United States of America, JBLM had the Freedom Fest 2013 celebration as well. They have this yearly and as usual there will be lots of games, music, food, carnival, shows, and many other fun stuffs. We got to the Cowan stadium where all the fun happened passed 1pm. Good thing it was not that hot as the weather temperature was only about the 70's. It was a perfect day. In order to get into the rides, you need to buy tickets. The ticket is .50 cents each. We bought 40 tickets for $20. The rides of course have height limit and unfortunately our DD2 did not reach the height requirements for all the rides that her sister got on. She was really sad. The only ride she did was the pony ride before we head home. 

DD1 enjoyed the rides and games at the carnival. 
Ate told her little sister she will play for the heavy hitter so she can give the price to her.
Pony ride

Knowing Your State Laws Regarding Bankruptcy

When dealing with finances and there is nothing one can do but to resort to bankruptcy, it is best to seek for the right information. Accordingly, the process of bankruptcy is almost the same in all state as this is governed by federal government. But it is best to know your individual state's laws regarding bankruptcy as there are also laws that are unique to whichever state you are filing bankruptcy from. 

There are bankruptcy consultations you can find in your state, like for example pennsylvania bankruptcy laws, you can check about them online or ask your lawyer about specific laws that affect your filing for bankruptcy. It is best to understand these laws so that it will ensure success in your proceedings and you get all the vital information and understanding about what you are dealing with to have a debt relief.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Heat Wave | How to Beat the Heat?

Monday was really hot and our temperature was in the upper 80's. What best way to beat the heat that day than to be in the water with friends to cool off. Yes, we went to Long Lake park near us. We set it as playdate for the kids. 

This lake is one of the fine swimming beaches here in our county and is only about 5 to 10 minutes away from our house depending on traffic. We got there passed 1pm and the park area was already full of people lounging on the grassy hillside, overlooking the lake, basking under the heat of the sun. There were too many people just sitting on the dock and more in the water cooling off. Good thing our friends who got there first were able to put up a tent near the water so when the kids are playing they are just a stone throw away. 

The water was cold, but it feels good when you dip in because the heat of the sun that day was so overwhelming. I forgot to bring the kids their floaties and the good thing is that there are life vests that you can borrow if you need one at no cost provided by the park and recreation services. For sure and for safety purposes, I borrowed one each for my girls. There were also lifeguards deployed along the beaches and on the dock. 

In times of this very hot summer weather, the best way to spend it with if you like the outdoors is in or near the water. Just make sure to take all the necessary precautions as drowning is a silent killer. If you are in the water boating, make sure all the passengers have the correct life vest and no drinking while operating the boat. When going swimming, please be mindful of the water's current and do not leave the kids in the water without supervision. Life vest is good but close supervision is still important for their safety. 

We may go back there one of these hot summer days and I will take a good picture of the lake view as I did not have the chance this day. The kids were so excited to be in the water and I can't leave to get my phone or use my phone while in the water for fear of it to fall. 

Monday, July 1, 2013

Manufacturing and Industrial Job for my Husband

My husband is in the process of going through a retirement preparation. They have in the military what they call ACAP which prepares them for the civilian life. Going through courses in ACAP enables him to know more about different companies that hires veterans, going through classes and even registering to manufacturing classes and workshops for preparation if they wanted to have a career in manufacturing.

My husband went through an industrial manufacturing class/workshop. After the classroom instructions, they were toured to different manufacturing companies. One thing that caught his attention was the company that manufactures different industrial parts. They were showed the process of how those industrial parts being made and washing those parts using a very big industrial part washers.

He told me with fascination the things he saw at the manufacturing plant. He got interested how those big washers do a great job that he checked and researched those washers online. He found out that AEC Systems manufactures those big custom aqueous industrial washers. This company has been in the business for many decades and for sure they do have the experience in developing the best industrial part washers.

I am not sure though if my husband will continue to have a career path in manufacturing industry. But he said he won't mind working there and learn the job some more. He even encouraged me to attend the workshop next time with him as it also allows military dependents to register.

Summer Fair and Carnival

During summer there will be lots of fun for the kids to do. Good thing is that the community also have different programs that caters to children. Although some of them you have to pay for the program but some, like water park, playground parks, and other outdoor and nature trails are good for the family to enjoy. Last month there was a mini carnival in our area and we brought the kids there. They were very much happy and enjoyed the rides especially our eldest daughter. But sad to say our little girl, who is not tall enough, did not enjoy and was crying every time she can't ride. 

Our eldest was very brave in trying out this giant slide. I and hubby were scared for her, but she just said and even assured us that she will be fine. When it comes to this she is determined, but if she sees little insects, ants or anything that crawls she will really freak out. 

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