November 21, 2017

Local News Matter

These days, the news cycles people take in through their tablets and Smart Phones seems to get faster and faster.  All of this can be daunting for readers who at times feel that the world is speeding up at a faster and faster pace, and that they may not be able to keep up with it all. While knowing what’s going on all across the world can be exciting, it can also be upsetting at times.

The reality is that much of the news we now experience comes from far away, in other cities and states and even in other countries. Much of what we hear about from far away is about events we have no control over. In times past, people weren’t expected to continually process details about events from cultures all over the globe, and it’s important to keep that perspective when the news gets a little too daunting to take. 

The reality is that no matter what we do, the power players in New York and Washington, D.C. will continue to do what they do, and our daily lives will likely have little impact on any of it. That’s why, for sanity’s sake, many people choose to tune out the news and reserve some time for quietly reading, talking, or getting in touch with what is happening in their local area.

Why Local News Resonates

Though local news may not always be as attention-getting as the news from the major cities, the fact is that local news has a real impact on people’s lives. For people in Southern California, local news van nuys, Studio City, Hollywood and Malibu has more real impact than what’s going on in the White House. 

A fire taking place in a nearby town will have a real impact on a person’s life, and the vote by the local school board will impact that person’s children in a real way. News about a local pumpkin patch or a Fall carnival will impact a person’s weekend plans in a big way, and on it goes. All of this is why people gravitate towards local news and take it in thoroughly. 

Ultimately, no matter how fast-paced and sophisticated the world may get, what happens on our local street will always be what really matter. So local news, reported well, does matter, and it always will. 

July 6, 2017

These Brands Make It Easy To Find The Right Figurines

If you are looking for a new way to decorate, then you may have already checked out decorative figurines. There are plenty of figurines that allow you to create various scenes or decorate for special occasions. The selection ranges from Disney characters to Precious Moments. It is best to do your research to see which brand offers the right figurines for your home.

Growing Up Girls

If you have a daughter or granddaughter, she may enjoy starting the figurine collection with the Growing Up Girls brand. The figurines celebrate the life of a young girl from birth to age 16. There are even figurines to celebrate additional milestones and her wedding. The collection features blonde and brunette figurines to match her own traits. Growing Up Girls is perfect for starting a family collection or her own collection.

Heartwood Creek by Jim Shore

Decorate for the holidays with the Heartwood Creek figurines by Jim Shore. There are figurines to represent Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. The collection ranges from the Black Cat Crossing Figurine to The North Star Express 5 Piece Mini Train Set. You can even find figurines of popular Disney Characters, from the Eeyore Personality Pose figurine to the Mickey Mouse with Candy Cane figurine. You can even find Disney figurines that resemble Easter eggs.

Precious Moments

Precious Moments has been a popular series for decades, with their adorable features and fun scenes. There are various collections within the Precious Moment series, and it starts with the baby figurines. The figurines are great for gender reveal parties or baby showers. You can find a figurine to celebrate a milestone such as a wedding, anniversary or birthday, or you can show off your favorite hobby with these adorable figurines. There are even figurines to represent your favorite Disney characters.

Willow Tree

You can find a variety of decorative figurines when you shop with the Willow Tree brand. The family, friendship and relationship figurines are great for honoring your loved ones. Celebrate a special milestone with the wedding, anniversary and baby figurines. The collection also includes love, floral, angels, nativity scenes and plaque stands.

The sky is the limit when you decorate your home with figurines. You can decorate for the holidays, celebrate a milestone or create your own scenes. It is best to shop now so you can find the figurines you want before they sell out.

March 11, 2017

Fun Activities To Do With Your Family

If you are looking for things to do with the family, you've come to the right place. Here are some popular activities that you might want to organise yourself. Here are the top 3 things to do with the family.

Host a Movie Night
Getting the family together all at the same time can be a challenge, especially when everyone has their own separate lives. However, hosting a movie night will let you enjoy each other's company. This activity has become increasingly popular over the years, with many families opting to watch a DVD with their loved ones. Many retailers sell the latest movie titles on a wide range of formats, so you can choose something that everyone wants to watch, whether it's an animated flick or big-budget Hollywood blockbuster. Catalogue companies also sell consumer electronics like DVD players and allow you spread the cost of your items over time.

Host a Game Night
A games night can be a great way to spend time with your family without the distraction of modern technology. Board games range in scope and features, with a number of games that test problem solving, trivia and teamwork. You can find these when you shop with a UK catalogue retailer and have any products you order sent directly to your door. What's more, you can spread the cost of your purchase over time and make instalments in a number of different ways.

Plan a Day Out
Why not plan a nice day trip out with the family. You could pick a nice destination and pack a picnic and go and do some activities in the area. A day trip is a great way of getting the family together for some quality time and making the most of your days off. If you are unsure on what to take in your picnic basket then there are loads of sites which can help you take all the essentials you need. 

Go for a Bike Ride
Research shows that cycling is a great way to keep fit, regardless of your age. This might be an activity that you can do with your whole family, especially if you live near a park or large green space. Not only will you all be getting exercise, but you can spend time with each other in the great outdoors. Many retailers sell bikes and bike-related equipment and can deliver these to your door.

March 8, 2017

My Baking Addiction

Since I've started to bake few years ago, I really got hooked into baking that every time I go to shops or malls, the first items that I would check are baking tools and ingredients.  Same thing is true when I go to supermarket.  Baking has since then became a passion to me.  I would admit that I turned it into business as I do accept made to order cakes and pastries but more than an earning opportunity, I consider baking as something that I really love to do.  It is where I can express myself, my style, my creativity and of patience. Yes...patience!  This is so because baking is time consuming especially if you are making elaborate designs for your cakes.  I wish I could own all the top of the line baking tools and equipment but currently I do not. I just own the basic tools and equipment which would enable me just to bake and explore things in my humble kitchen.  Sometimes, I don't even earn that much but it is my burning passion and love for baking that keeps me going. I also feel very happy every time I receive compliments from my clients. It inspires me more to develop my skills and learn more.  Because of baking, I became adventurous and want to try and experiment on almost anything.  This, apart from gardening is the one that's taking most of my time now.

Here are few of my finished products.  Definitely not perfect but at least I've done something that I get satisfied with.

I know that I still have a lot to learn when it comes to baking but I am happy enough that I could make these baked goodies even without any formal training or education.  I was hooked into my corporate job for so many years that I have not had enough time exploring things at home.  After I've resigned from my job and decided to become a freelancer and a full time Mom, this is where I begin to search for what my heart really wants.  Now, I used to cook a lot of different dishes aside from baking, gardening and crafting.  My hands are full with all my hobbies and passions and I could say that I couldn't be happy enough.

March 1, 2017

3 Ways to Save Money When Shopping for Household Appliances

From ovens to microwaves to irons, retailers often let you save money on the latest household appliances, especially if you place your order online. With so much competition out there, some companies go to great lengths to attract new customers and often entice them with special offers and promotional discounts. Here are some tips on how to save money on household appliances.

1. Use a voucher code

Voucher codes are promotions that entitle you to a wide range of benefits when you purchase a household appliance. You might, for example, be able to save money on the cost of delivery or even get a 2-for-1 offer or something similar. All you need to do is enter your code when you are asked to when paying for your item at the checkout. Have a look at the terms and conditions of your offer and make sure your code has been redeemed when you pay for your purchase, however. You can search for the latest discount codes online or by contacting retailers. If you would like to know some catalogues which offer appliances online then visit

2. Buy second hand

Buying household appliances second-hand could save you money, and provide you with the latest brands for less. There are a number of factors you will need to consider when you purchase from a second-hand website, however. Any old stock might not come with a warranty, which means you could end up paying more cash in the long run if the appliance breaks or stops working. Then there are defects on the item. Make sure you check any photos and ask the seller if there is anything wrong with the product before you make your purchase. 

3. Shop in the sales

You could pick up a household appliance like a cooker or a microwave in the sale, where many products are reduced, including appliances made from the world's biggest brands. Retailers hold sales at various points in the year, so it's always a good idea to check with your favourite websites, especially during the run-up to Christmas and in the New Year period. 

February 28, 2017

Treated My Dog Mange With Madre Cacao Leaves

I was very happy to see that the Madre Cacao cuttings which was given to us by a friend from Batangas has already thrived and looks healthy.  It was just a stick when we planted it into a pot.  At first, I was not expecting that it will survive since we've just planted it in a pot.  However, I was told that trees that are actually planted on plastic containers or pots will be dwarfed since it doesn't have enough space to grow it's roots, nonetheless these will survive as long as they receive the proper care like enough supply of water and sunlight.

My idea of growing our own Madre Cacao tree is because of our fur baby Marcus who always get skin problems like Mange.  Sometimes, he feels very itchy and would scratch his body until wounds developed.  We've been bringing him to his Vet for proper treatment but the Mange keeps on coming back.  Getting rid of dog mange is not so easy and is also very costly, so we have resorted to using herbal treatment for our little Marcus.  We were told that boiling Madre Cacao leaves and using it as a rinse for the dog during bath time will help to heal the wounds caused by Mange.  You have to let the Madre Cacao rinse dries on the dog's body.

The treatment doesn't seemed to be so easy  You need enough patience and time.  My son has been giving Marcus a Madre Cacao bath for nearly 2 months before we can see that his condition is improving.  Now, he is totally Mange free and his fur that sheds off during the treatment period has grown back. I was lucky that my son is here to look after Marcus and bathe him regularly, it's not an easy task you know.  We need to change his shirts and beddings almost everyday and that's an extra thing to do, but the best part of it was that Marcus is safe from side effects that oral medicines and injections might do to his body, not to mention that we were able to save a lot from the Vet professional fees and other medicines.

I hope that we could maintain our fur baby Marcus free from Mange as this is his problem since he was small.  Sometimes, that's the wonder of nature, what you think is useless is actually the one which could solve your problem.

February 26, 2017

Angelina Jolie Opens Up About Brad Pitt Split

She's been exceptionally quiet since splitting with her husband Brad Pitt late last year, but now mom of six Angelina Jolie is opening up about the very difficult time. The beautiful A list star is in Cambodia right now, promoting a new film with all of her kids in tow. During an interview with BBC News, she was asked about her personal life, when she became visibly upset. 'I don’t want to say very much about that, except to say it was a very difficult time and we are a family, and we will always be a family,' Angie said. 'It was very difficult,' the actress, 41, added. 'Many people find themselves in this situation. My whole family have all been through a difficult time.'

The famous couple have been involved in a very bitter custody dispute over their six children. Last September, Angelina filed for divorce after an alleged incident that went down on a plane trip from France to Los Angeles involving Brad and oldest son Maddox. The custody battle initially played out in the media, before Brad and Angie were able to seal the custody documents as they work to reach a settlement agreement. “My focus is my children, our children,' she explained to the BBC.'We are and forever will be a family and so that is how I am coping. I am coping with finding a way through to make sure that this somehow makes us stronger and closer,' she said. We are proud for Angelina for speaking out about this difficult time in her life, and we hope that she continues to find healing and comfort. 

February 23, 2017

Owning A Golden Retriever...What To Expect?

I am a person who loves gardening and I always do my best to devote even an hour everyday to tend my garden.  I picked up all the dry leaves from plant to plant and make sure everything looks neat. However, recently I am having problems with my garden as my Golden Retriever had developed the habit of digging the soil and destroying the plants in the garden.  He would also break some clay pots lined up on one side of our garage.  I have rearranged my garden several times as this very playful dog would always mess up with my plants.  I've seen other Golden Retriever pets and they behave naturally.  My GR is only 2 years old now and I was told that at the age of 4, they would start to behave and would not destroy things although their "playful ways" will still be there.

Our GR has a robust body and can easily break things especially that he is so clumsy. We bought a Golden Retriever for our pet because my son wants this kind of breed because of their sweet and playful ways but I did not really expect that their "playful ways" can go to the extent of destroying or damaging things around the house. It's too late though as I have already learned to love this breed of dog.  He could be so sweet and always flash that happy face every time you look at him which made me developed a certain level of patience on him.

Golden Retrievers are people pleasers and will do anything to be praised, however they are too sensitive to strict way of disciplining and harsh tones.  I am guilty of this sometimes as I have the tendency to raise my voice at an instant whenever I see that he had messed up on something.  Since Golden retrievers adores people and depends largely on companionship, giving them proper care and attention is a must or they will grow up to be temperamental and would develop more tendency to chew things out of anxiety.

Owning a Golden Retriever has done a lot of both good things and bad things for us but at the end of the day, we are still happy to have our dear Alonzo around as he is one of the sweetest and loving dogs that we ever had.

February 21, 2017

My Daughter and My Choco Fudge Brownies

For the past few months, I've been experimenting with my baked cakes and pastries as I wanted to offer more new things to my existing clients, majority of my customers are students and young professionals who used to buy these pastries to be given as gifts to their friends and loved ones.  it is for this reason that I'm always keen to develop more products and add some personal touches to make it different from the rest.

A lot of my daughter's friends love brownies and young people usually love anything sweet, so make my brownies appear to be more exciting, I have incorporated more designs to make these more appealing.

Here are samples of what I have baked just few days ago and they all loved these.

My daughter's friends were also at the house to do some shoots and I have prepared extra brownies for them, as well. My daughter has been doing a great job doing video editing tasks and I am just so proud of her.  She doesn't have a complete set of equipment yet and is urging me to buy one but since it comes with a hefty price, I told her to wait for a while until my major projects had been completed and we're not hard with the finances.  I also wanted her to have a nord lead, as music is also one of her passions.  As a Mom, I've always wanted to support my kids in whatever things they want to pursue.  After all, we only wanted the best for our children.  Same thing is true for my daughter, she's one of my best critics when it comes to baking and supports my passion, too.  Next to brownies, I'll be moving to cookies. 

Wish me luck. :)

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