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  • (RT2/WW) Ruby Fire Hydrant

    Posted on August 28, 2012 @ 12:30 am

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    Rekindle Your Bond with Siblings with Simple yet Fun Weekend Activities

    Posted on August 25, 2012 @ 12:25 am

    Sustaining healthy relationship with peers is very important, but nourishing the bond with siblings shouldn’t be forgotten. In fact, before we even exchanged friendship bracelets with our childhood best buds, most of us have our brothers and sisters as confidantes.

    But as time change and we start to pursue different interests, our interactions with siblings decline as well. In most cases, when we grow up and start to leave the house due to school or work commitments, it’s hard to find time to reconnect and do activities together.

    So when rare moments come and you and your siblings have some spare time, be the one to initiate activities that will invigorate the connection you all have for each other. For starters, you can start with some of these listed suggestions:

    1.     DVD marathons

    Whether it’s catching up with the family’s favorite series or satisfying the chick flick cravings of your sister, sitting in front of the television is one of the most favorite bonding hobbies of family members. And to make it more exciting, take turns with your parents and siblings to pick what you’re all going to watch on certain weekends. In addition, horror films are perfect choices to spice up the family’s movie nights.

    2.     Slumber party

    No person is too old for slumber parties, especially if it’s all about having a great time. However, guys’ slumber parties will be equivalent to bonding over beers, tasty spare ribs, and basketball. Female siblings, on the other hand, are likely to engage in activities like fixing each other’s hair and nails, sharing personal stories, and exchanging beauty and fashion tips.

    3.     Board games

    If in the past you always lose the game of Monopoly to your siblings, then maybe this is the time to redeem yourself. Invite your brothers and sisters to several rounds of board game. And if luck is still not on your side, who cares? It’s not about winning after all, but the time you enjoyed being with them.

    4.     Cooking

    Nothing is more enticing than to bond over food, and more food. And if you’re the type who loves to cook, you can easily lure your siblings to hangout even more. But if you’re one of those kitchen noobs who only have deep appreciation for eating, dining out or pizza delivery can be enough for now.

    5.     Exercise

    It may not be as leisurely as the others but physical activities like swimming in the clubhouse’s pool or walking the dogs or biking around the village are actual things you will look forward to when done in groups, especially with people you love.

    This is a guest post by Ciel. She is a photography enthusiast and is fascinated by how words can be expressed through images. She hopes to travel the world someday and show it through photographs. Her current writing task is for elektriker.

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    Skiing Holiday

    Posted on August 24, 2012 @ 3:27 pm

    After more than a week of torrential rains, the warm weather is back.  For four days now the sun had been out and shining with all its might.  I know I shouldn’t be complaining because the torrential rains brought massive flooding and there were a lot of damages, but the heat is just unbearable.  Is it too much to ask for a dry weather that isn’t too hot?

    These are the days that I wish my family and I are on a skiing holiday.  I see a lot of luxury ski deals online that are very tempting.  If my youngest is not in school right now; we would have left for a few days of skiing fun already.

    The last time we spent a winter holiday in Japan was ages ago. Hmm, maybe it’s about time hubs and I make plans to visit my siblings in North America.  My brother says Beaver Creek is just a two hour-drive from their place.  I’ve seen this elegant and secluded resort in Colorado online but I didn’t know that a weekend stay there is very affordable.  The kids will be thrilled to see lots of snow once again and I’m sure they will have tons of fun learning how to ski.  I’ll have to talk to hubs later about this; meanwhile, I’ll make his favorite lasagna so it will be harder for him to say no.

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    The Best Dog-Friendly Hotels in Orlando

    Posted on August 23, 2012 @ 3:59 pm

    A family vacation can only be truly enjoyed if the whole family comes along and for most of us; our dogs are part of the family. Leaving our pets behind when we go on vacation can be very emotional for some but if you are planning a trip to Orlando, there is no reason for you to worry about leaving your dog behind because in Orlando, there are more than 160 hotels that are pet friendly. It is easy to find the best Orlando hotels to take your dog on a vacation by visiting blogs and websites that are dedicated to hotels and lodgings where our dogs and other pets are welcome.

    Most pet-friendly hotels accept pets for a fee. The fees start at $10 a day and can go up to as high as $75.00. Then again, some hotels do not charge pet fees at all. Some charge a cleaning fee for rooms with pets while others don’t. These cleaning fees may be charged on a daily basis or on a weekly basis. Their pet policies differ from one hotel to the next. For example, some may allow two dogs to a room as long as both fall within their weight limits. For some, the weight limit is 50 lbs. For others, it is 80 lbs per dog. It is wise to check on the hotel’s pet policy before making a reservation.

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    (RT2/WW) Gorgeous Episcia

    Posted on August 22, 2012 @ 12:30 am

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    Getting Your Child Ready for Pre-School

    Posted on @ 12:15 am

    Education is one of the most precious gift that parents can give to their children; it is after all a basic right for every child. Preparing your child for school starts at an early age. Remember that kindergarten is the first step and setting a good foundation is a vital key towards a bright future for your child. So how do you prepare your child for school?

    Start by doing your own research prior to choosing a school. Find a primary school that is best for your child. As a parent, it is your responsibility to ensure that your child’s knowledge and potential are developed in an environment that is conducive to learning. Do not hesitate to ask other parents for their comments and feedback. You can also contact the school and schedule an appointment where you can ask questions and see how classes are being conducted. Most schools would also allow your kid to sit in and join and you can see from here if your child feels comfortable being in that environment.

    Preparing your child for the first day in school can be quite tough and this is a common problems for parents. Remember that separation anxiety could happen and it might take time before your child can fully adjust in his new environment. Also keep in mind that your actions will not be able to hide your emotions. Your child can feel if you are nervous and anxious about this as well. Assure them that school is a good place where they’ll learn new things. Being a parent and seeing your child on the first day of school could give you mixed emotions but be strong and happy for your child as this is an important milestone in his life.

    Karen is a freelance content writer and topics with regards to home and parenting are among her interests. She is currently busy working for a voice over project and hopes to share more information to readers soon.

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    Finding My BFF

    Posted on @ 12:00 am

    It’s great to know that the internet is providing us with so many opportunities to locate people online.  I mean, yeah there is Facebook and it is popular but you don’t always find the people you are looking for there.  I have a few friends that I can’t find there.  I’ve been trying to look for an old friend for years but she doesn’t seem to have a Facebook account.

    So I didn’t limit myself on FB alone.  I tried other People search services.  I have already tried a handful before I stumbled upon MyLife.com.  All my other searches were unsuccessful but I was able to find her in this people search service.

    Jam is my high school best friend and we lost contact when she moved to Los Angeles after we graduated from high school.  It was good finding her again and knowing what happened to her after high school.  She is now a Chemical Engineer and she works in a perfume lab.  Jam is married with two kids and they have plans of coming home this year.  That’s great news because our class is planning to have a reunion by the end of the year.  She says she was too overwhelmed with FB so she decided to choose another social network.  Well, what’s really important is I found her and we’ll be seeing each other soon.

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    Smile File!

    Posted on August 18, 2012 @ 8:19 pm

    You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.
    ~Franklin P. Jones~

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    Sleek, Elegant and Relentless

    Posted on @ 8:17 pm

    For David’s 16th birthday, he got a Mahindra XUV500.  David is a very good son and he’s got good grades as well.  He is in his last year in high school so his dad thought a good car like Mahindra will be a perfect birthday and graduation gift.

    Oh, the surprise in David’s eyes when he saw the silver XUV500 parked in the garage with a large red bow.  He knew that it’s for him.  He already had an idea that he’s going to get a car for his birthday but he never thought he’d get a car as sleek as the Mahindra.  He has seen this baby in the streets and he dreamed of owning one of these someday.  Well, that someday is now, his dad thought.  Being a good and obedient son; David truly deserves a car like this one.

    The design is unmistakable according to David.  It is easy to drive and easy on the eyes as well.  It’s agile and fierce but it can also be a gentle baby.  David truly loves his first car.  It may look a little intimidating but it is very stylish and elegant.  I too, would love to have one of these relentless babies.

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    Blessed with Baby Girls

    Posted on August 17, 2012 @ 7:26 pm

    Our family is being blessed with baby girls. Last year, my daughter gave birth to twin girls. The adorable twins celebrated their first birthday last June. Then last month, we were again blessed with two lovely baby girls; one from my cousin Lotus and the other one was from cousin Michelle. Both cousins thanked me for the mommy to be gifts that I sent them during their baby showers. We’ve only seen their babies in photos because both cousins are too far away from us. Lotus lives in Tokyo while Michelle is in Connecticut. We have plans of visiting my siblings and other relatives in CT next year. We might make a stopover to Tokyo to see Lotus and her family as well.

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