Used Cars - Find Great Deals Online


One of the great advantages in buying a used car is getting the best deals and, in many cases, the cars may even be relatively new. Successful used car buyers often are just as happy with their used car as new car buyers are with a new one. It is good to have an idea of what kind of car best fits your needs and budget to begin your search. BuyYourCar have simplified the process of searching for good offers on used cars to make it an enjoyable experience for the buyer. There are plenty of great deals to choose from and these cars are among them.

Financial Planning – Simple Budget Calculator without the Electronics


Times are tough. With prices of common commodities constantly on the rise, most homemakers, even those with regular jobs, find it hard to make ends meet. Planning the household budget is not an easy task but it is imperative to have a good budget plan.

I do admit that I am one of those people who have less fascination with financial management. I spend on a daily basis without keeping track of the expenditures. Now I realized the significance of having a monthly budget plan since we are earning on a monthly basis.

The planning method shared to me by a great mentor is so basic. You do not need to hire a financial planner, as this would only become an addition to your expenses. All you need are envelops! Yes, envelops each labeled with the household expenses like food, house amortization, electric bills, water bills, education, transportation allowance, groceries, etc., and the most important but the often-neglected part of the budget, savings!

If you need money to spend for the food, get it from the food envelop; pay bills from the bills envelop, and so on. If one envelop becomes empty, and the payday is yet to come, you are spending more than the budget! Squeezing a portion of another envelop not intended to the specified item would lessen the amount set aside for that need, which leads to spending a little less than the budget. This would gradually help you keep track of your spending (and overspending); and guide you in preparing for the next monthly budget.

Beautiful Blogger Award - Blog Awards Winner

I should have done this before but I guess it is not yet too late now (or is it?). Many thanks to Meretrisha for this wonderful award. I will keep up next time (if there will ever be, lol!).

Because of this award, I am now obliged to divulge seven (7) things about myself.
  • I am an acutely sensitive individual and secretive.
  • I am very private and hidden with my own likes and dislikes.
  • I can hide my emotions with utmost secret (well, almost).
  • I am too emotional and nostalgic with old memories haunting the conscience all the time.
  • I am too fragile and mentally sensitive to any situation that demands mental stability.
  • I can be very loving, caring and dedicated to people I admire (and the opposite to people I have negative vibes).
  • The seventh ... I will leave it up to you!
Now, what is left to do is to pass this award on to beautiful bloggers like Wendz, Almyr, Noldsman, Aisa, Ben, Val, Lord and Dogtik.

The rules are simple. Just simply follow this format - acknowledge the one (or the ones) who gave you the award, share seven (7) things/facts about yourself, and pass this award to other beautiful bloggers you know who deserve this award.

Ford Explorer - My Penultimate Dream

Have you imagined yourself driving a car like this?

The Ford Explorer is Ford's midsize SUV that debuted in 1990 as a 1991 model and became the best-selling SUV for 15. Ford redesigned it for 2006 with more power, cleaner emissions and advanced safety technologies. The 2010 Ford Explorer adds standard trailer sway control and a next-generation navigation system with SIRIUS Travel Link.

A common problem with Ford is coolant leaks. Running the vehicle when its coolant is low, or when there has been a cooling system failure, can cause overheating. Allowing the engine to overheat may cause damage to the cylinder head gasket. Early signs of a failing head gasket include rough running engine when you first start the vehicle after sitting overnight. The rough running generally lasts 5-15 seconds.

Get a cooling system pressure test from a reliable mechanic to check for possible head gasket problem. You may check this list of top rated Los Angeles auto repair shops and mechanics and read their reviews.

Stress Management - Reducing and Coping with Stress

If you find this photo blurry, then stress has taken you. ;-)

We cannot avoid stress totally but we could try to keep it to a minimum level. The ultimate goal is a balanced life, with time for work, relationships, relaxation, and fun, and the resilience to pressure and challenges.
  • Keep a stress journal. A stress journal can help you identify the true sources of stress in your life and the way you deal with them. It can help you process your thoughts and feelings.
  • Take a break, even for only a few minutes at a time. Use this time to relax and meditate.
  • Simplify your life. Decrease your number of activities if you are already overwhelmed. Learn to say no so you can focus on things that are more important to you.
  • End each day on a positive note by reading an inspiring book, reflecting on something positive that you did or that happened to you that day, or listen to soothing music.
  • Use aromatherapy oils like ylang-ylang to calm the mind or unwind, or peppermint and orange to invigorate and energize you.
  • Focus on the positive. Negativity can prevent you from handling stress well and thinking calmly and creatively. Being positive will bring you new opportunities and will help you find solutions to your problems.
  • Manage your time better. Poor time management can cause a lot of stress.
  • Set realistic goals. Set reasonable standards for yourself and others, and learn to be okay with "good enough."
We sometimes overlook the real cause of stress. We worry much about our work deadlines but maybe it is not the actual job demands that lead to stress but our stress-inducing thoughts, feelings and behaviors such as procrastination.

Teach your Child to Practice Good Hygiene

Teaching your child to practice good hygiene habits at a young age helps them maintain it throughout their growth. Aside from keeping them healthy, having good hygiene promotes a child’s self-esteem, sense of responsibility and good appearance.

Here are some simple tips to help you make good hygiene a lasting habit of your child’s life:

  • Teach by example. Children naturally imitate adults. If you show them you practice good hygiene habits, they would likely follow you.
  • Help your child make hygiene a habit. Make sure they do their hygiene practices regularly to the point of making them a routine.
  • Make it fun. Liven up bath time with tub toys, puppet washcloths or crayon soaps.
  • Allow them to make choices. Encourage your child to select its own shampoo, toothpaste, or toothbrush. This is fun. More importantly, this will help develop their sense of responsibility for and interest in personal hygiene.
  • Reward with words. Always compliment your child’s efforts at good hygiene, even if the results are not perfect. Positive comments will reinforce the behavior.

Charter on Demand - High Quality Entertainment Made Easy

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Charter. All opinions are 100% mine.

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As a mom, I find it important to spend some time with my kids. Since my kids are fond of movies, we spend our weekends watching movies together. I would like to share something to you, in case you may not know it, but if you have Charter digital, you have On Demand. Moreover, it is free to access.

Charter on Demand have over 6,000 movies and shows to watch anytime you want. There is definitely no waiting and no schedules. If you missed one of your favorite shows like Heroes, 30 Rock and The Office, there are many of your favorites the day after they air on TV, and you could watch them free!

They bring you all the best new release movies right to your TV without going to the video store or waiting for the DVD in the mail. They have dozens of free movies for you to choose from anytime. If you are a busy mom, having this service at your fingertips is much easier. You may want to learn more at charter.net/ondemand and check out their free movies.

Most kids probably do not understand or have the patience for TV schedules. (Fortunately, my kids now are not as demanding as they were younger.) When they want to watch their favorite shows like Dora or Spongebob, they want it right then. Charter On Demand would help you fight less and reason with your kids! You could easily turn on your TV and let them watch the shows they want.

Today's hot thing is High Definition. There are hundreds of shows available in crystal-clear High Definition and it would be great to watch HD shows more often. If you wish for more entertainment, you may get updates and fun extras on Charter’s Facebook page.

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Reminiscing Good Old Days

This is an old photo taken during our Christmas Party when I was still in Grade 4 but the date on the picture does not show the exact date of the event.

I found this photo from a friend's Facebook account. Unfortunately, we do not have digital cameras yet when this was taken. The photo could have been clearer and the images would be much more defined.

I have only but a vague memory about the things that happened on the party but I do remember the faces and names of my classmates.

Strengthen Your Family Relationships


Strengthening family relationships provides a better quality of life by enhancing health, safety, support, and a nurturing environment in which families can grow. It is therefore important for people to nurture family relationships to keep them happy and healthy.

Here are things you can do today to bond with your loved ones:
  • Brighten your loved one’s day with a smile and simple messages like "Take care!" and "I Love You!"
  • Show support on something they are interested in.
  • Send flowers! Do not wait for an occasion!
  • Compliment them even for the little things they do.
  • Listen when they talk and give your undivided attention.
  • Play a game with them.
  • Share a meal and enjoy the conversation.
  • Help your kids with their homework.
The challenge of strengthening our family life depends on our knowledge about strong and healthy families. Make family life your number one priority.

Eyeglasses – Fashionable Vision Correction Tool

Eyeglasses are not only a vision correction tools but a fashionable accessories as well. They have become a part of our personal image and expression. Our personal taste, lifestyle and look are the best guide on choosing the right eyeglasses that would provide us the most flattering look.

Purchasing eyeglasses online often is more convenient and less expensive. Online stores provide attractive bargains that would certainly meet your needs and budget. Zenni Optical has gained enough positive references as the cheapest and most reputable online store. Zenni Optical has a wide selection of fashionable prescription eyeglasses and the cheapest starts at only $8 per pair and the shipping is only $4.95 no matter how many pairs you order. Check out the great online experience of a satisfied customer who had personally made purchases at Zenni Optical.

Zenni Optical takes considerable pride in being able to deliver a very high quality product of great durability, safety and comfort at truly reasonable and affordable prices. They manufacture and distribute their own products using the latest modern materials, manufacturing and marketing systems. To place an order for prescription eyeglasses, you need to have a prescription for corrective eyeglass lenses and your pupillary distance (PD). Great vision requires accurate PD measurement and your prescribing eye doctor or an optician can take the measurement for you.

Kids Activities - Cultivating Your Child's Creativity


A child's world is filled with expressions of creativity and imagination. With a bit of encouragement from parents, most children happily paint, sing, dance, make up stories and play make-believe. They learn best when actively participating in tasks, rather than passively receiving information. Children take the complex world around them, reduce it to manageable portions by creating little stories, and pretend games.

Children are natural imitators. They can make meowing and purring sounds just like their pet cat. They can imitate their mother's expression or their father's gait. Imitations help them get the "feel" of the person or thing they are imitating.

These creative activities were once considered "mere play," but are now known to have meaning and purpose. Studies show that children who engage in creative play are likely to have larger vocabulary and greater empathy for others. They tend to be more resourceful when left on their own.

Playing with other children enhances their social development. Interacting with other children allows them to acquire social skills and to appreciate different values and perspectives. Additionally, emotional development is enhanced through play by allowing children to express their thoughts and feelings. Creative play allows for self-expression and self-confidence, the development of social and problem-solving skills, and encourages children to look at challenges in different ways.

Family Weekend – Make the Most of Your Time with Your Family

Doing things together is one of the foundations of a happy family life. Some of the things we love to do are watching movies on DVDs, going to the mall and entertainment centers, and swimming. Here are simple guidelines on planning successful family weekend activities.
  • Keep the activity simple. Choose a simple activity and relax. It does not need to be elaborate or expensive. Children need only time and attention and it does not really matter to them what you do, as long as you do it together as a family.
  • Be flexible when some things go wrong. Do not fret when things do not go according to plans. Always remember that you are doing this to have fun so just go with the flow and try to be spontaneous.
  • Schedule ahead of time taking notes of the individual schedules and set a date far ahead so everyone can block it off.
  • Prioritize your family (however hard it would be) and keep your promises. Take time off for scheduled family affairs and find ways to reschedule other appointments that suddenly pop up.
  • Gather suggestions from the other members of the family. Ask them what they like to do, or what they will enjoy most.
If you do not feel like going on an elaborate outing, you can still spend time together just "hanging out" at home. Play board games, read books, bake cookies, do some gardening (my kids love this!) or perform other activities the family is sure to enjoy.

Flatter Your Eyes This Summer


Eyeglasses have become the ultimate fashion accessory that adds just the right tweak of style for your look. Even those who do not need eyeglasses are now wearing them just to get the stylish appearance. The fashion ruling is not to just follow hot fashion trends but to express individual style. Choose a pair of eyeglasses that compliment your look and lens that flatter your eyes!

Zenni Optical believes that eyeglasses are definitely a personal fashion and style item. To that end, they strive to provide a fashionable and stylish product at the lowest possible price. They manufacture their own sunglasses using the latest modern materials to maintain its high quality and durability. Their eyeglasses are inexpensive and so affordable because they bring their own product direct from their factories to satisfied clients.

Zenni Optical takes pride in offering great deals on eyeglasses at the lowest possible prices. They give the best value for your money. Shopping for the right eyeglasses does not cause any sweat at all. You could take your orders online and they deliver the items right at your doorstep! They have certified technicians that carefully check your order for prescription accuracy and optical clarity before shipment.

Pimple Treatment Straight From the Backyard

Are you trying to get rid of your pimples?

I just learned one home remedy from Ms. K through her TV program Rated K. The treatment is so affordable and so easy. You could actually get the cure straight from your backyard (or your neighbor's, lol!). Just pound the malunggay leaves and apply the juice to the affected area. Research shows that malunggay has anti-inflammatory effect and could indeed help treat pimples!

Family Outing - Planning a Family Summer Getaway

Summer is almost here and there is no better time to bond with the whole family than summer! The kids are on vacation from school and they have all the long weekends throughout the summer months. Make this summer a memorable one by planning a family outing where everyone, especially the children, can look forward to fun activities and interesting places to visit.

It is important to have a plan however simple it may be. Raise your family’s anticipation for the outing by getting their help in deciding where to go and what to do. Involving the children in the event planning is a good training for their decision-making skills, while compromising and arriving at a common decision brings about democracy. Choose your destination considering the expenses involved and set your budget ahead. Get as much information on the place, the accessibility and available facilities especially those that will interest the kids. The children can be a great event planner and even help make an itinerary they will enjoy.

Remember, careful planning and preparation is the key to a happy family outing and spending quality time with the family is the primary reason for the vacation so make the most out of summer and enjoy!