Monday, October 16, 2017

Get Your Holiday Cards Ready Through Minted.com

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I guess I’m one of those people who are skeptical about giving out holiday cards. I was like, “Can we just get a piece of paper, simply write “Merry Christmas!”, and then get on with our lives? I was fixated at that thought because it’s stress-free and saves me a lot of bucks. That was until I received a gift that had a holiday family card on it. I have to say it was one of the nicest gifts I received and the holiday card did give a smile on my face especially since the sender is someone close to me. Thanks to that wonderful gift and card, I now have two vital reasons why Holiday family cards are essential:
  1. It Makes Me Feel Special. Receiving a gift with a holiday card or simply just a card with a special message indeed makes me feel special and brings a smile to my face because someone actually remembered me and he/she actually took the time to write a nice message for me.
  2. Gives me an idea of what the sender currently looks like. For families, especially those who don’t see each other very often, an (updated) family Holiday photo card is a very nice touch because it gives their families and friends an idea on what you, guys, look like now especially the kids. People get to see how big they’ve grown or they get to know how many kids does your family currently have.

Where do we get these cards?

Great quality holiday cards are available in Minted.com! They’ve got some ready-made formats for you to choose from for our cards regardless of the season (e.g. Christmas, Thanksgiving, Birthday, etc.). The site also had a mini contest where readers get to vote their favorite Holiday designs and here are some of the top-voted designs that I love:

I love how this card merged the Christmas season and their wedding. So if you're getting married in Christmas or anytime during December, this is a great card to use. 

This is one Holiday photo that stood out for me in their Holiday collection. It has a warm family feeling into it thanks to the Earth-themed colour. 
You may click here to see more of  Minted's Top-Voted Holiday Card Designs

You can find the perfect holiday card by going through the website’s holiday card guide. They offer lots of card designs that will definitely suit your style. They also offer FREE recipient addressing on all cards, from their original Holiday Cards to Foil-Pressed Holiday Cards to Letterpress Holiday Cards and more. Click this link for Minted's 5"x7" Holiday Cards

You can personalize the cards you want.

Personalization options are also included in the site where you can edit pictures, fonts, colors, shapes, paper upgrades, backers & interiors and free recipient and return addressing. They offer simple tools for you to use to do the editing yourself. 

Here's a screenshot of my work trying to personalize a card 
This year, Minted.com launched a NEW service called Text Us Your Photo. You can simply text them your favorite holiday photo, and your Minted stylist will text you back your photo styled in five holiday card designs - for FREE. Here's how it works: 
  1. Text your photo to 415-31-CARD (2273) and answer a few simple questions, all from your mobile phone. 
  2. Your Minted stylist will choose cards that are perfectly suited to your hpoto, and text you back 5 choices styled with your photo, greeting, and family name - all with the exquisite, unique design that Minted is known for. 
  3. Your saved card designs will be waiting for you in your Minted account. Select your favorite design and check out!


Too busy to personalize the card now? You can buy the cards now and personalize them later!

Here's how it works:
  1. Pick a card. Browse their beautiful selection of holiday cards to find your favorite. 
  2. Personalize. Click "personalize" on the card's detail page. If you're not ready to add text, photos, or addresses, click "next until you reach the "add to cart" step. 
  3. Choose "Buy Now, Personalize Later." Choose the "Buy now, personalize later" link instead of "add to card." Complete your purchase. 
  4. Finish when you're ready. They won't print anything until you say so. Just come back to your account to finish personalizing. 

Visit Minted.com now to take advantage of their discounts + FREE shipping! 



For those who plan to make holiday cards, here are some essentials to take note to make card-making/card-giving easier: 

1. First of all, make a list of recipients on who you want to give out the cards to. They can be officemates, families, relatives, close friends, close friends you haven’t seen in a long time, or simply people you want to send a Christmas cheer to. 
2. For friends and family, it’s okay to address them casually with their first names. But for officemates or colleagues, you’re not close to especially to your seniors, it’s best to address them with their titles such as Mr., Mrs., Director, Doctor, etc. 
3. After writing their names, now comes your message. It’s best to write a short but heartfelt message to each and every one. For your friends or family, it would be nice if you would add a famous line or phrase you always use long ago or use a funny phrase that they could relate to. 
4. To close your holiday card, your signature is very important. I do get some cards that are already printed or they used stickers, and I understand completely that they use that to save the time and effort, but still, a simple signature would make a big difference to the card’s impact. 

Thanks for reading, folks! May you have a  stress-free Christmas. 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Travel Essentials

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Our family loves traveling and going to hotel staycations. Every summer, we choose a hotel in the metro on where we would want to stay to simply relax and unwind as a family. In planning your vacation, it's essential to take note of the things that we need to do or bring.

  1.  If you’re flying your way to your destination, then it’s very essential to check your passport. Before scheduling your flight, double check the expiry date of your passport. Sometimes people tend to forget to check the expiry dates of their passports and that could be a great inconvenience if you’ve already planned and booked for everything.
  2. If your passport is good to go, check some cheap flights online. Try to check at least 2 months before your desired date and you might discover cheap flights online. I do suggest checking out Malindo Airways especially if you’re going to Hong Kong, Indonesia, or other nearby countries because they do offer cheap flights.
  3. Once you have your hotel/destination, do a research if there are nearby stores or supermarkets in the area so you’d know if you’ll bring just enough diapers or milk powder for your kid.
  4. Preparing your bags. One, two, or even three travel luggage is up to you depending on how long you’re going to stay in your destination, but always bring a smaller bag or your usual carry-on bag where you will place your passports, wallet/cash, IDs, and the like. Also bring some plastic bags for dirty clothes and a separate eco bag for your toiletries.
  5. Bring just enough clothes (don’t forget your underwear!) according to the duration of your stay. Sometimes we prepare our shirts, blouses, dresses, pants, or even our pajamas, but we forget to prepare our underwear which is a funny thing. If you're going swimming, then don't forget all your swimsuits/rash guards, sun blocks, shades, and the like. Hotels usually provide you towels if you'll go swimming in their pools.
  6. Bring your deodorants, colognes/perfumes, your favorite shampoo/conditioner, toothbrush/toothpaste, mouthwash, body wash/soap, lotions (travel size as much as possible), make-ups for the girls, and other items that you use in your daily beauty regimen.
  7. For those with younger kids, don't forget to bring their diapers, milk formula & bottles, clean bottled water, rash cream, vitamins, and the like. You might need to bring extra sets of clothes for the younger ones just to be sure.
  8. Bring extra slippers. I personally recommend rubber slippers that you can use both indoors and outdoors for convenience. For the ladies, if you don't like flip-flops then bring any other shoes that's comfortable for you such as flats, light sandals, etc.
  9. Next is your essential gadgets. We don't bring heavy DSLR cameras because they're too bulky, but if you still prefer to brings yours then that’s fine. In our case, we just bring our phone cameras and their chargers.
  10. Don’t forget your emergency kit inclusive of Paracetamol for headaches and pains, and antihistamine for allergies. You can never tell if someone from your family would be needing some Betadine or alcohol for a cut or bruise. There’s also an 80% chance that you’ll get a headache from the weather or other reasons so you better have some Paracetamol. It would be a hassle if you were to go out and buy some in a drugstore while you’re having your staycation. Lastly, you can never tell when someone will have their allergy attack. It could be from the dust, from the mattress, etc., so it’s best to have an antihistamine in your bag just in case.

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Thank you for reading my list. 
May you always be safe and happy in your travels!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Lemon Water Improved My Menstruation Cycle

Over the years, most of my menstruation period had been either painful because of dysmenorrhea or gas, or sometimes irritable because of the heavy feeling in my lower abdomen like a big chunk of my menstruation is stuck inside and couldn't get out. 

I used to drink a glass Coca-cola for it to flow out of me and believe me, it does work most of the time for some reason. My "light flow" becomes a "heavy flow" whenever I drink it.  I never questioned it because drinking a glass of Coke is just like quenching my thirst. 


But just this month, I decided to drink lemon water (water + freshly squeezed lemon juice) a day before my menstruation period and wow. All that gas I'm feeling in my tummy just went out one by one eventually. All the discomfort I was having during my previous periods, I did not experience in this one. And best of all, my menstrual flow became regular - not too heavy and not too light either. It's just right. 

So based on my experience, I do recommend you try to drink lemon water if you're having menstrual problems. My lemon water was chilled because I can't drink it if it's not chilled. It hurts my throat. 




Saturday, September 30, 2017

Discover Why Chemical-Based Products for Hair Loss Might Not Work For You

Desperate times call for desperate measures. When you’re losing tufts of hair or seeing bald patches on your scalp, it’s but natural to feel the need to do something about it.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Pilaten Black Head Pore Strip Review

I've been looking for a pore strip for quite some time that could reach those tricky parts in the face such as the sides of the nose, sides of the lips, and such. I didn't give it much thought at first, but after noticing my face up close (I rarely look at the mirror up close nowadays because I'm so busy), I noticed I already got plenty of white heads! That's when I frantically started searching online for some pore strips. 

Pilaten Set of 5 for P70.00 in Lazada
Then I saw Pilaten Black Head Pore Strip in an online shopping site and I learned that it's not your conventional white pore strip that you just patch on your nose. It's a black liquid material that you can place wherever you wish to take out your black heads (on the face), so I thought to myself this is the product I was looking for. 

When the product arrived 2 days later, I tried it immediately. I simply followed the instructions written at the back of the pack: 

Directions: After cleansing, apply it evenly onto blackheads and wait about 30 minutes before tearing it off. 


While I was squeezing it out from the sachet, it was quite messy. It's just like trying to get a conditioner out of a sachet. Well, it was my first time so maybe on my second or third try, I can manage it more easily. So I simply applied it on my face like a moisturizer. 

TIP: To make it more effective, apply the Pilaten generously on your face/area you want to clean (e.g. nose, cheeks, etc.) 

After around 10 minutes, I can actually feel the liquid starting to solidify eventually becoming a mask/strip. After 40 minutes (I opt to wait for another 10 minutes to make sure it's dry enough), I peeled the black mask off slowly. This is what I found underneath the mask: 


Sorry, my camera can't get a clearer shot up close, but as you can see, the strip has gotten a hold of all disgusting stuff like white heads and some facial hairs. So I'd say the product is indeed effective. My skin also felt so smooth right after removing the mask. I had no negative/allergic reactions whatsoever. 

Conclusion: I recommend this product because it worked for me. But for those who have sensitive skin, you can try a small portion of Pilaten on a small part of your face 

Interested in getting a Pilaten Black Head Pore Strip? You can get it in Watsons Drug Stores or in Lazada.com.ph

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Prettify Creamy Matte: My Daily Lipstick


On a normal sunny day, I suddenly received a package that includes one Prettify lipstick. Prettify Cosmetics is a new and fresh brand; a fun line of natural skin care and color cosmetics, all using quality natural ingredients from Korea. 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Asian Aesthetic Center: Freeze and Melt Fat Away Permanently

Is it possible to freeze and melt fat away? 

This is one big question that we attempt to solve but first, we must understand how body fat functions in our body.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Gurbaksh Chahal's Success Story

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Success is a journey, not a destination. If anyone knows this statement better, it would be Gurbaksh Chahal. He was born in Tarn Taran Sahib in Punjab, India to Avtar Singh and Arjinder Chahal. In 1985, his parents received a visa for America through the Diversity Visa (DV) program, also known as the Green Card Lottery, and the following year, when he was four, the family settled in San Jose, California.

Upon arriving in this new world, Chahal had the spare time to work various side jobs and make thousands of dollars refurbishing printers from a local flea market for $50 and then would turn around and sell them on eBay for $200. He was able to buy low and sell high, thus beginning his passion for business. All of the money he earned, he began to a startup company called ClickAgents at the age of 16. After a few years, he sold his business, ClickAgents, for $40 million dollars!

He then began his second business, an online advertising company, BlueLithium. BlueLithium specialized in behavioral targeting of banner advertising (a process that tracks web users’ habits online in order to show ads they are most likely to respond to). On October 15, 2007, Yahoo! bought Blue Lithium for $300 million in cash( Reuters ). Chahal remained CEO of the company through the transition period.

Despite a rough and bullied childhood, Chahal found a way to give back to those in poverty, as he deeply believes the power of helping others also achieve their goals and dreams like himself, and encouraged to continue to help those who are one of the most vulnerable members of our society- children. He started his own charity which became a national movement, called The Chahal Foundation. His 5 core tenants include supporting disaster relief efforts, improving schools in third world countries, creating awareness of social causes, giving university scholarship and mentorship and building an overall awareness to eradicate child sex trafficking.


To add even more to his already filled plate, Chahal wrote a novel called The Dream: How I Learned the Risks and Rewards of Entrepreneurship and Made Millions. One of America’s most successful young internet entrepreneurs, he shares his unique and inspiring story with the world and how he can encourage those to pursue their dreams early and continue to fight for what you want out of life. A true success story, having emigrated to the United States with his Skh family, today he is now now one of the youngest executives of a multi-billion dollar NADSAQ-listed company. His novel shares that advice for future entrepreneurs to help them embrace that risk and carve out their new niches in the marketplace. He emphasizes the value of good business timing: how to execute an idea and get it to the marketplace, how to create and maintain solid business relationships, and how to stay grounded. However, most importantly, Chahal teaches yourself that failure is not an option and how to overcome it. 


So, what does it take to become extremely successful, two large multi-million dollar companies, a novel and a philanthropic foundation all under your name? Determination. Chahal’s success story from rags to riches isn’t the first that we’ve heard but one that continues to inspire anyone that meets “G” in real life or follows up with his business plans and reads his novel. Today, Chahal has various businesses under his belt and shares a motto that keeps him moving forward “ If you genuinely want something, don’t wait for it- teach yourself to be impatient.” This rings true today of those who really want something but are not going to wait around for the opportunity to come to them because anything worth wanting will not simply make its way around. 

In order to really get what you want, you need to take the initiative, waste no opportunity and create your opportunity to make it available. We can all learn so much from Chahal’s story, his fame, his philanthropic foundation and his love for helping those around him share their goals and passions so they too, can help others with their own goals in life. An inspiration to many, nothing stands in the way of Chahal’s dreams and I’m sure we’ll be seeing much more great things to come from this motivational business individual.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Regina Victoria Y. De Ocampo of Yamaha Supports Travelooza

Travelooza is the very first convergence of travel agencies and tour operators that will be launched on September 28, 2017 (9AM to 5PM) at Makati Sports Club along Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, Makati, to promote the Philippines as the premier travel destination in the world. Travelooza is a project of Asia Digital Marketing Expo celebrating its 3rd year anniversary.
 

Ms. Regina Victoria Y. De Ocampo of Yupangco Group of Companies is one of the leaders in the Philippines supporting Travelooza. She the granddaughter of the former Philippine President, Jose P. Laurel. "Supporting these kinds of events can create awareness in our beautiful country, and a destination like no other," according to her.

For this year 2017, according to the company website, after 50 years, G. A. YUPANGCO & CO., INC., through its present complement of 31 stores and 35 music school centers across the Philippines, continues to serve the needs of the Filipino musician and music enthusiast, providing the state of the art in musical instruments and sound reinforcement technology and the finest in music education while Zoomanity Group, the theme park management headed by her brother, Robert Laurel Yupangco is the number 1 theme park destination and is expanding in the Philippines.

Yupangco Group of Companies includes Yupangco Music Corporation, Yamaha Electronics, Yupangco Music Academy formerly Yamaha School of Music, Zoomanity Group, YL Finance and much more. According to Regina, her mom, Nita L. Yupangco helped her so much to appreciate more on how the Laurels are passionate for the country.

For more info and to register about Travelooza, please send inquiries to events@travelooza.asia or call 09166299381 or 02 9170213

Thursday, September 14, 2017

My Favorite Gambling Game is Bingo

Gambling has become a negative word nowadays simply because the notion involves risking and losing lots of money before you could win some resulting to violence, theft, and so on. I personally think gambling is not bad. It’s only bad if it becomes an addiction. You know what they say, “Too much of something is never a good thing.”

Gambling can be fun and clean if you know your limits. Let’s say if you have 50 bucks extra, you spend it in gambling and sadly you didn’t earn anything. Regardless of how you feel about the result, you should stop at that and walk away. 

I remember back in the 90s when my mom tried the slot machine for the very first time and she won $1,000! She was really happy.  She went home, spent some of the money in groceries, and saved the rest. She didn’t gamble again because she knows she only got lucky. She says she’ll go back again when the time is right. Until now, she still hasn’t gone back, though.

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Bingo was one of my favorite games when I was a kid. My grandma taught me how to play it just for fun and to kill time. I didn't even know at that time that Bingo was also considered as gambling. Some years later, our family  participated in our town’s Bingo events and unfortunately, we haven’t won anything yet. I was envious of my neighbours winning some appliances such as a toaster, beauty sets, and gift certificates. But nevertheless, it was still a fun bonding experience that requires little physical activity. It’s the perfect event to bring the old folks around. 

As time progressed, I’m amazed how Bingo evolved into online Bingos where you could win cash or tokens from sponsors. Apparently, they now have 2 categories; one is deposit sites, the other is non-deposit sites. I guess they’re pretty self-explanatory. One of these sites is Bingo Minions where they’re currently offering a bingo minions prize draw cash giveaway and random winners will win Bob Minions Bear. That sounds quite exciting.

There are still tons of Bingo online websites out there to be explored and it’s really tiresome to check them out one by one. Good thing that there is a website that has checked/sorted them out for you so you can decide which one best interests you. Simply go to BoomtownBingo.com and there you can find Bingo sites and other gaming sites that might interest you. Just remember to know your limits, guys. This is all just for fun.


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Make Play Areas Colorful and Safe with Wet Pour Surfacing


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A nursery play area is generally a child's favorite space either in their house or even in their schools. As people plan for making or designing a playground, they would invest on slides, swings, inflatables, or other playground equipment for children to enjoy, which is totally fine. But what most people often neglect is maximizing the floor design. 

Nursery play areas can become more visually stimulating for kids when colorful designs and decors were added on the floor. For a more creative and educational effect, animals, alphabets or even numbers can be added. Since it is believed that children learn more when they are playing outside, it would be ideal to have these designs installed. These designs may also help improve school’s Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills) ratings since they allow for kids to learn during playtime and help them improve a number of skills. I sure wished I had those in our playground when I was a kid 

So how do we install such designs on the floor? 

Soft Surfaces specializes in playground and sports facility surfacing installers. Some of the popular surfaces that they install for play areas in nurseries include wet pour, rubber mulch and artificial grass. Wet pour is an easily recognized two tier rubber specification and may also be known as rubber tarmac. It is the most popular flooring type used for playgrounds because their specifications meet the necessary safety requirements and Critical Fall Height (CFH) requirements for playgrounds, thus, making them safe for children. 

The flooring types which Soft Surface install are all permeable allowing water to pass through the drainage system appropriately and efficiently. This prevents accidents and slips which could happen if the surface wasn’t installed correctly resulting to a water build up.

Here is an example of a transformation of an old flooring turned into a colorful play area ( wet pour graphic design was installed):

Before and After 

Check out these other colorful wet pour examples used in nursery play areas by Soft Surfaces: 

Wet pour rubber graphics inserts can be installed with EPDM safety surfaces to create unique designs.

Soft Surfaces also offer flooring maintenance to ensure the facility is kept safe for young kids. They offer minor repairs, cleaning, shrinkage repair and resurfacing. It is also highly recommended to clean the surfaces regularly to ensure no moss and algae gets on the surface. 

For more information about play area surfacing, playground markings, or other types of surface installation, you may visit http://www.softsurfaces.co.uk. 



Friday, September 1, 2017

Zoomanity Group Joins Travelooza



We are all inviting you to join us at Asia Digital Marketing Expo 2017 which is on its 3rd year now and presenting TRAVELOOZA. For this year, again, Zoomanity Group joins this historical event. It's a convergence of travel operators, agencies, theme parks, resorts, hotels, and restaurants. There will be exhibitors and talks. Bring also your business permit to be accredited. 

Date: ‪September 28, 2017‬ 
Venue: Makati Sports Club 
Time: ‪9Am-5PM‬ 
Ticket Cost: Php 1000 (That includes flowing coffee, Buffet Lunch, Activities, Certificate of Attendance, Tokens, Eligibility for Raffle Prizes) 

For sponsorship. Please send your inquiries directly to grace@tagmedia.asia Please deposit your registration to BPI Checking ‪1680 0010 29‬, Tag Media and Public Relations Account Zoomanity Group is composed of different theme parks and Restaurants in the Philippines like Zoobic Safari, Zoocobia, Zoocolate Thrills, Paradizoo, Residence Inn, Misono Japanese Restaurant, Jinsei, Nanten, Midori and Yakitori Daitokyo. 

Zoomanity group is the leading company in theme park industry under the Yupangco Group of Companies. Envisioning world class, innovative and enjoyable facilities from Northern to Southern Philippines by providing the best tourist destination and nature educational experiences with the facilities that is uniquely design to provide enjoyment to visitors of all ages. For more information: www.zoomanity.com.ph and www.tagmedia.asia / 02 9170213 (Tag Media Office), 09166299381.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

The Dangers of Side Effects Presented As Main Effects

In the medical world, proper use of words is highly called for because a simple mistake could complicate things usually unwanted for the patients. Because this field has full of jargons that most are too technical to not easily be sifted and digested by the general public, putting them in a layman’s term is indeed helpful.           

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Enjoy Groupon Coupons for Bed Bath and Beyond

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It's no question that we all just love coupons because it gives us the savings that we want and deserve. Groupon is the number one source of online coupons and the only go-to place of frugal people looking for amazing deals and discounts. The good news is that they’re now offering coupons for Bed Bath and Beyond

 “50% OFF Kitchen Savings” and “50% OFF Bedding Clearance In-store and online store” are just some of the juiciest discounts they offer. As a mom, I’d definitely get those two discounts if I can, but for now, I’d grab the bedding clearance discount because our bed sheets desperately need a make-over. I think it was 5 years ago when I last bought some sheets. OMG. Changing the colors of bed sheets can really change the mood of the room and for me, I want our room to look as relaxed and clean as possible.

Here is a picture of some of the beautiful beddings/comforter set I found from Bed Bath and Beyond website with the Groupon discount: 


Groupon currently offers lots of coupons to multiple merchants such as Abe Books, 24-Hour Fitness, Babies R Us, and much more. Do check them out in their website for more amazing deals that suit your needs (and desires).

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

The Effects of Supplements on Dietary Performance

Today, more and more people are honing their athletic skills in the hope of becoming a professional athlete. It is not like just getting lean due to beauty purposes. Unlike liposuctions, plastic surgeries, butt enhancement pills, and any Korean skin care routine, it takes much more than practice to make it to the professional level, especially when you consider that competitive sports are often turned into events where athletes are expected to win at all costs. Unfortunately, for some athletes, the immense pressure to come out on top and give themselves a competitive edge can put their health at risk. In some cases, it can even jeopardize their life.

How Lifestyle Affects Athletic Performance

An athlete’s performance is largely dependent on the lifestyle he or she adopts. For optimal performance, regular exercise, a pleasant environment, healthy diet, clean air , and an ability to handle and perform under pressure are crucial. In addition, athletes are increasing turning to dietary supplements in an effort to give their performance a boost.

The Importance of Supplements

For athletes, supplements provide a variety of advantages, including improving their physical strength and power, enhancing their energy level, and burning excess fat. For example, athletes need ample muscle mass strength and size and the ability to engage in strenuous and lengthy training sessions, which leads them to take protein supplements. While athletes could choose to include more protein in their daily diet by adding fish, poultry, and dairy products, supplements are also a viable option that can also help prevent them from consuming excess fats in protein-rich foods.

Reasons for Taking Supplements

Enhanced muscle strength: Regular training and exercise, as well as a healthy diet, is necessary for muscle growth. However, protein supplements also help boost muscle strength. Unfortunately, this can give athletes unfair advantages, which is why the use of protein supplements are considered a punishable offense in some athletic communities.

Increased fat burning abilities: Athletic dietary supplements contain branch chained amino acids, which facilitate the process of building up proteins and muscles in the body. At the same time, these supplements enhance fat oxidation or burning, particularly during workouts. It’s important to note that the amino acids contained in supplements can cause a metabolic imbalance in the body, which can be dangerous.

Potential Dangers

Nutrition experts caution athletes about the use of diet supplements due to their potential dangers. They like to remind athletes that there are plenty of natural and effective ways to enhance muscle strength and get rid of excess body fat and weight, provided they have the determination and discipline to follow through. A few of the top risks associated with the use of diet supplements include:

Overall health risk: Taking supplements for an extended period of time can increase the chances of developing cardiovascular and kidney problems, such as kidney stones. They can even result in kidney failure and/ or significant heart problems.

Stomach ailments: Gastrointestinal distress is a common side effect of many dietary supplements, particularly for athletes struggling with lactose intolerance. Problems may include nausea, bloating, and stomach cramps, especially when using dairy-based proteins.

Reduced appetite: Supplements can decrease appetite. Not only can this prevent athletes from getting much needed nutrients, but it can also cause extreme fatigue.

The Key to Embracing a Healthy Athletic Lifestyle

Although there are risks and side effects associated with taking supplements, they do have a place in the everyday life of athletes and body builders. However, everyone should consult a medical professional before they add them to their daily routine. Examine, Supplement Science and Labdoor are few of the free websites by which you can rely on getting supplements information before actually committing on using one.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Using Color in Your Bedroom

Color is one of the most beautiful and versatile tools of interior decoration. With the use of paint, you can transform the darkest room into a light, bright space, or the loudest decor into a muted paradise of sophistication. Knowing how to mix and use color is crucial to the success of any interior. 

However, since color is is essentially an abstract concept, many people find it difficult and bewildering to understand. This lack of confidence is largely due to an ignorance of the basic principles of color. In color theory, as with the most things, there are certain rules and guidelines that should be followed. As your confidence grows, you can even try to break a few. 


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True moody blue is a timeless favorite. it is the supreme cool color, evoking a sense of tranquility. Blue's rich and varied tones are endless. Deep intense blues can give an energetic and fresh feel to a room, adding depth and contrast. Pale, subtle and muted shades of blue can create the feel of open, airy spaces. 
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Cool blue creates an airy quality which can be accentuated by accessories in contrasting colors. Soft pastel colors blend together for a calming environment. Color can also be applied to a divided space for interest. 
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Pink is an extraordinary color. It can range from pale candy floss, through sugar-almond pink to subtle salmon. Pink works well with turquoise, its complementary color and with the colors on either side of it on the color wheel, violet, and red. Psychologists believe that to sleep in a pink room will leave you in a good optimistic frame of mind. 

Watch out for my part two of Using Color in Your Bedroom. 

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Blogger Mail: Palmolive Products via Lazada PH

Lazada has been the online go-to shop of most Filipinos to look for almost anything. From gadgets to groceries, from clothes to cat food, almost everything is there. Best of all, they offer big discounts from time to time.

Yesterday, I was thrilled to receive a Palmolive package from Lazada with the following goodies :

1. Palmolive Naturals Intensive Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner (SRP: Php150)
2. Palmolive Naturals Healthy and Smooth Shampoo & Conditioner (SRP: Php 150)
3. Palmolive Naturals Cream Conditioner Intensive Moisture (SRP: Php85.00)
4. Palmolive Naturals Cream Conditioner Aloe Vera and Fruit Vitamins (SRP Php 85.00)
5. Palmolive Naturals Body Wash White Milk (SRP: Php 80.00)
6. Palmolive Naturals White + Milk Bar soap 


I just love Palmolive products. They all smell so good making me look forward to taking a bath.  I'm currently using the Palmolive White + Milk body wash and I just love its luxurious clean scent and my skin seems to love it, too, probably because of the moisturizers or the milk it contains. It helps me relax while taking a bath, which is nice.  It definitely beats regular bath soaps I normally use. 

Do you want to purchase Palmolive products? Click here to go to  Lazada website and have them delivered right to your home.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Yes to More Discounts with the Free VAT Campaign of Travelbook.ph!

Do you love traveling but feel that your earnings are never enough to cover the cost? Do you always feel worried about the continuous price hikes on commodities? Are you one of those who complains about the high tax rate charged in the items and services you need? It wouldn’t be surprising if you answered “yes” in any of these questions. Because among our neighboring countries, we, Filipinos, are the highest-paying taxpayers.


While well-performing ASEAN countries like Singapore and Malaysia are able to tone down Value Added Tax (VAT) charges at the minimum, the Philippines remains as the South East Asian country with the highest VAT of 12% in the ASEAN. Apart from this, the Philippines also ranks second in corporate income tax and personal income tax. Now that almost all purchases made are topped with tax, many Filipinos are struggling so hard to earn enough just to cover all their expenses.With that, Travelbook.ph, the leading online travel agent (OTA) in the country, wants to ease such burden.

 Just this July, Travelbook.ph launched its Free VAT Campaign wherein they shoulder the 12% VAT on all hotel bookings made by their customers.“Every Filipino deserves the best experience when they travel. And at Travelbook.ph, we believe that it should start at the very moment that they do their actual bookings,” says Mr. Takumi Nakazawa, General Manager of the leading OTA. All the customers have to do is to sign up at www.travelbook.ph and choose among the 3,300 affiliated hotels of Travelbook.ph for their trip. Travelers, then, will see that the VAT on their hotel bookings has been deducted from the total cost of their transaction. What’s more interesting is that on top of the deducted VAT, additional discounts may still be applied.


With all the stress and problems in life that Filipinos normally encounter, Travelbook.ph would like to give them more opportunities to travel so they can unwind and explore. “What we want to do is more of a public service instead of business. We have a heart for the customers and we do necessary actions to express that we care. That is how Free VAT campaign is born,” Mr. Nakazawa adds. With this latest offer from Travelbook.ph, everyone can now get hassle-free and pocket-friendly trips!

So book now at www.travelbook.ph to start the best travel experience you can ever have! 

This campaign might end without prior notice to the public.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Back to School Giveaway (Open to US)

Back To School Giveaway




Hosted By
~ 1 Winner~
Open to US
8/9  12am ~ 8/23 11:59pm

~Prize~
The prize pack includes:
Stuffed Backpack from Mead Five Star
(backpack, binder, folders, notebooks, etc)
Zest Shower Gel
Salon Grafix Hair Care Products
Welch's Fruit Snacks
$25 PayPal Cash

Our winner will receive the amazing products we got to review this year (backpack & contents may vary depending on colors available). 
Check out our reviews for them:
Mead Five Star - Backpack and supplies
Zest and Salon Grafix - Hair and Shower supplies
Welch's - Fruit Snacks
Find Amy & Aron's Real Life Reviews on 
Facebook, InstagramPinterest, Youtube, and Twitter

Thank you to all of the bloggers promoting this giveaway! I appreciate all of you for your hard work and helping our readers get really awesome prizes! 
Now for the fun stuff. This giveaway is open to US. There are daily bonus entries so please check back tomorrow. Share it with your family and friends, they'll want to enter to win too!!

I can't ask you to "Like" our pages but, if you see something you like, let us know so we can bring you more of it.
We LOVE it when you "LIKE" our pages.

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 If you have any questions about this giveaway,  reviews, or any of our other giveaways, please feel free to email us directly at grovesamy81@gmail.com or amy@aarlreviews.com
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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Blogger Opp Back to School Giveaway

 Blogger Opp Back To School Giveaway





1 Winner
Sponsored by:
Mead Five Star
Zest
Salon Graphix
(more are being added this week)
Hosted By
Amy & Aron's Real life Reviews
Each blogger will receive up to 3 Free links  
for posting and promoting this giveaway 
Giveaway Date
8/9 to 8/23
Open to US
 Giveaway will be 2 weeks long. Make sure if you are purchasing links they will be valid that long. We don't want blank entries.

Prizes: 
Mead Five Star Backpack with an assorted bundle of supplies
Zest shower gel
Salon Graphix hair care products and more will be added
(and more)

The more bloggers promoting ~ the bigger the results ~ the more giveaways we get to do together.

Sign Up Here or Below

Co-Hosts spots are unlimited, Co-Hosts Needed

Co-Hosts
$5 for 5 additional links (up to 8 total) plus backlink to your blog.

Custom links available:
Adding social links $1 each limit 3
 (link to specific post required)
This includes Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Youtube, etc
Daily links $2 each or 3 for $5 (Limit 3)
Daily Comments, retweets, post shares, email sign ups, secret word, etc
(link to specific post required)

Any payment needed please send to grovesamy81@gmail.com as a friend/gift, BTS in the notes

Posting will be required within 24 hours of launch.


I hope to see you there.
If you have any questions about this giveaway please email Amy at grovesamy81@gmail.com or amy@aarlreviews.com

Monday, July 31, 2017

Natural is Still Best to De-Stress Your Tress


Striking a life balance is no easy task to do. It requires hard work and dedication which sometimes can be strenuous to achieve. Can you imagine how overtaxing it is to juggle between your career and providing for your loved ones?

Studies have shown that stress is commonly caused by interrelationships, such as having to deal with work issues and family-related complications. If left unresolved over time, it could lead to immune deficiency, which later on, might cause other parts of our body to show signs of disruption like hair loss.

Many of us could attest to that. It’s like always autumnal equinox whenever we experience chronic hair fall, most especially at the prime of stress. At its peak, our white blood cells attack no less than the follicles, thus causing alopecia. What’s more, anxiety could drive your mane into a prolonged resting phase, which is called telogen effluvium.

Stress experienced by the body or beyond our coping resources could trigger hair loss symptoms, which, if not addressed properly, could result to early baldness. Worried about this? Fret no more. You can beat it simply by relaxing, eating or flexing some muscles.

Never underestimate the power of sleep. If you feel that you are over your head in dealing with anxieties, choose to rest it off for a while and recharge.

Let’s get physical to de-stress. It helps release endorphins, or what is known as the happy hormones, that can be beneficial in relieving the tension.


How about rewarding yourself? Watch the timeless story of Tony and Maria and their fateful love affair as the electrifying classic WEST SIDE STORY musical premieres at The Theatre at Solaireon August 10. Read more on http://www.novuhair.com/2017/07/novuhair-natures-answer-to-hair-loss-supports-west-side-story-musical-at-the-theatre-solaire/

Eat more fruits and veggies. Having these as a staple in your diet will bolster your immunity from disease, which in turn, knock out stress. We can all benefit from the vitamins and minerals of the healthy food we consume.

It’s best to complement these simple regimens with a topical solution that’s safe to keep your crowning glory at its robust state. NOVUHAIR, nature's answer to hair loss, is made up of 19 natural ingredients that work in synergy to help remedy stress-related hair loss and promote healthy tress and scalp.

The challenge in preventing these mane problems is to keep your locks healthy with proper care and let it grow naturally sans subjecting your hair to temporary relief with the use of harmful chemicals. Go natural.

NOVUHAIR contains natural extracts, herbal oils and essences, such as lavender that is also known to relieve stress. It also has a scent that leaves a calming effect.

NOVUHAIR is available at Mercury Drug and other leading drugstores nationwide. For more information visit www.novuhair.com, like the brand’s official Facebook Page, Novuhair Official, and follow on Twitter at @NovuhairNatural. You may also call NOVUHAIR hotlines at 4136570 and 09228830575 and order online through lazada.com.ph and regaloservice.com.
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