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  • Peppermint Power

    Posted on February 25, 2009 @ 1:55 pm

    Did you know that a whiff of peppermint may help you shed pounds?  The aroma may increase alertness, so you are less likely to eat out of fatigue or boredom.  In a study made by researchers at the University of Virginia, they monitored volunteers for two 3-day periods and found that those who wafted peppermint oil under their nose for 2 hours ate almost 350 fewer calories a day than those who did not.  This is great news to those who just can’t stop eating (like me, hehe)  Thay also added that chewing mint leaves or a stick of mint-flavored gum may also do the trick.

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    Going away again

    Posted on @ 1:46 pm

    Having to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner in the school’s mess hall, my neighbor’s son, who’s a PMAer (a cadet), was thrilled to go home last Christmas vacation.  He missed his mother’s cooking so much.  Everyday, after taking a shower in the luxury of his own bathroom, that I helped her mother furnish prior to his going home (we replaced the old tub and installed Kohler faucet), he’d go down and enjoy his favorite meals.  The night before he’s headed back to Baguio, he said to his mom, “I’m going to miss this great home cooking.”  That made his mother cry all night.

    As a mom, I feel for her.  Sometimes it’s just so hard to see our kids go, even if it’s just temporary.

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    Hubs’ not-so perfect day

    Posted on February 22, 2009 @ 8:10 am

    parkingYesterday, hubs and I attended my son’s Family Day celebration in school.  We went there early to attend the mass, then watched the children perform.  Unlike the past years, this year’s celebration was simple.  But I like it that way because the teachers made sure the children made use of what they already have.  At least we did not have to shell out extra cash for costumes.  It was successful and more parents attended this time.

    Before going home we went to a mall to have lunch and do some grocery shopping.  Hubs dropped us off at the entrance and drove off to look for a parking.  You know what?  It took him more than an hour to park the car.  All the parking areas were full!  Hubs was pissed and hungry.  What started off as a perfect day for hubs became a disaster because of parking problems.  Parking has become a real problem here and I wish mall owners would upgrade their parking areas with car lifts so their customers won’t have to wait for an hour just to park the car.

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    Say no only if you must

    Posted on February 20, 2009 @ 3:47 pm

    assertiveDo you often say “NO” to your kids when they want something or they have done something that is not to your liking?  Saying “no” is often a parent’s reaction because we are tired or distracted with what we are doing, and “no” comes out easily.  Instead of explaining why he is not allowed to have it or why he can’t do what he wants, it is easier to say “no”.  NO often leaves our kids confused, if you have to say it to your kid make sure you explain why it’s a “no” for him.  Say it only if you must, think creatively and don’t shoot down your child’s ideas too fast.

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    The Wooden Swing

    Posted on @ 3:28 pm

    wooden-swingMy MIL has a passion for wooden furniture.  Just recently, she had her house renovated and bought wooden furnitures to replace the old ones.  She also bought wooden benches and a wooden swing for the patio.   Her steel garden swing has become rusty, she told my FIL, but actually it was just her excuse because I know she wanted the wooden swing so much.  I also fell in love with it the first time I saw it.  But caring for those would not be easy especially during the rainy season.  I’m getting her the patio furniture covers I saw on the internet for her birthday. I’m sure she’ll be very pleased. 🙂

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    Vegas with Grandpa

    Posted on February 15, 2009 @ 12:43 pm

    My grandfather visited Las Vegas five years ago to see my uncle and he loved the place so much.  This year he’s planning to take another one of those Vegas vacations but since he is quite old now, he is asking my husband to accompany him.  But hubs is having second thoughts about going, he might not enjoy his trip because he said he might end up taking care of the old man. Bad hubby! Lol.  But I’m sure he’ll do it  because I’ve been tickling his conscience.

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    Frugal Tip #1

    Posted on February 13, 2009 @ 2:43 pm

    I used to spend a lot on clothes for my kids, while the ones that no longer fit and the ones that are still new but they don’t want to wear anymore kept piling up.  A garage sale is not for me, I don’t have time to organize one.  And since I share the same sentiments with some relatives, we’ve agreed to meet up every few months to swap clothes.  This is such a great idea because now we save a lot on clothes.  Ask your friends and relatives to create a swap party once every few months and you’ll be surprised at how much you’ll save on clothes.

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    Needing a new router

    Posted on @ 2:33 pm

    For the last three days, I’ve been having problems with this computer.  I’ve checked the speed of my internet connection and it says that I’m getting the maximum speed.  The pages are taking a lot longer to open and what pisses me more is that everything works perfectly well with hubs’ and daughter’s computers. I think there’s something wrong with my router.  I have a lot of work to do and I’m not getting things done with this slow connection.  Perhaps I should get a new one so I can go back to my normal pace.  There’s a sale at buy.com so I’m heading over there to check their routers.

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    The Good Dirt

    Posted on February 11, 2009 @ 2:29 pm

    I am so sure that like me, you’re freaking out every time your kids go home with dingy fingernails after playing outside.  You may not believe it but I have read that playing in the dirt is surprisingly healthy.  Dirt under their nails contain rich stores of Mycobacterium vaccae.  In a recent study, researchers found out that regular exposure to these bacterium can speed our kids’ brain function and boost their moods as effectively as some prescription antidepressants.

    Apparently, Mycobacterium vaccae targets the brain.  It ups the production of mood-boosting serotonin, as well as brain-stimulating proteins called cytokines.  What freaks us out is really no cause for alarm.  It’s alright to let our kids play in the dirt because exposure is vital to our kids’ immune development (just make sure they wash up thoroughly after playing).

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    Cheap Prescription Eyeglasses

    Posted on @ 2:11 pm

    glasses-3When my last pair of eyeglasses broke, I cringed – a three figure worth of new frames was not in my budget.  But while I was surfing the web the other day,  I realized something when I saw Zenni Optical in the New York Times?! I could buy a pair of Prescription eyeglasses for only $8! Now, I don’t have to wait for my new eyeglasses to break, at $8, Seeing Straight Without Breaking Bank is just a click of a mouse away.

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