Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Send Affordable Flowers in the Philippines

"Make Me Blush" flowers. I got them at 50% OFF! 
It was my sister's 41st birthday last August and I wanted to give something special to her. Instead of buying a mug that she already has a large collection of, I decided to simply give her flowers instead. I remember from a movie that I saw on TV one time that people would send flowers to their departed loved ones, and then the narrator said:

"What good will the flowers do if they're already dead? 
They can no longer smell its fresh fragrance and you can no longer see the smile on their face as you give it to them." 

So that's when I started searching for some affordable yet good quality flowers to give to my sister who turned 41 years old. I figured it's best to give flowers to a person who's still healthy and at the prime of her life so she could appreciate it more. 

So when I started searching online, I found FlowerStore.ph. There were a lot of local flower stores online, but this is the only one that I found reasonably priced that also offers seasonal promos. They also offer same day delivery for your loved ones if you order before 5 PM (Manila time) from Monday to Friday or before 2 PM for Saturday and Sunday, and there's no additional cost for it! 

Here are some of the flowers I liked during last season's sale: 

A bouquet of flowers for P999 ($20) only! Wow!

Flowers, cake, and a balloon! Perfect for Valentines or simply sending your love to your special someone for P1,899 ($38)

There's still a lot of flowers to choose from. Go to FlowerStore.ph and use my code: SOUTHBOUNDMOM to get P50 OFF your purchase!


Monday, September 16, 2019

Discover What’s Standing Between You and Your Success in Preventing Hair Loss


There comes a time in your life that you have to stand up and say, “Enough is enough.” And that’s the day when you decide to change your life for the better. Who doesn’t want to become accomplished? Even the “gifted” and brilliant ones have to pay the price so as to realize their goals in life.
When we fail to eat on time, get enough exercise or sleep between seven to nine hours a day, we’re compromising our health and wellness as we reduce the maximum extent that our body must function. Consequently, the effects in our body may extend and manifest as early warning signs of hair loss.
Take it from celebrity beauty and salon expert Fanny “TF” Serrano, who once personally experienced such an ordeal.  For him, avoiding harsh synthetic solutions and choosing to use the right products with natural ingredients is a must and still the best way to deal with mane problems like losing or thinning of the hair. 

With this in mind, embracing natural healthy lifestyle is so important to achieve optimal health, best physical condition and healthy full head of hair. Health products made out of natural ingredients are way effective for better healing and maintaining our body’s lifelong function than those of synthetic ones. Rather than investing in those branded shampoos or other hair treatments, there’s a natural way to help arrest hair loss and help remedy its four early symptoms, namely, excessive hair shedding, thinning hair, receding hair line, and bald patches.This is none other than NOVUHAIR, nature’s answer to hair loss.



Sunday, September 15, 2019

National Eye Awareness Month


Social responsibility is at the heart of the 2019
National Eye Care Awareness Month

Love Your Eyes

#EyeCAN - Join myREDvolution is the centerpiece of this year’s National Eye Care Awareness Month (NECAM), which encourages Filipinos to advocate for meaningful change in the society.

Spearheaded by Eye Mo, the leading eye drop brand in the country, #EyeCAN - JOIN myREDvolution inspires Filipino millennials to embrace their social responsibilities through a series of activities anchored on four pillars: education and health, environment, community and the arts, and charity. These activities complement Eye Mo’s advocacy for proper eye education and eye care, which are crucial to a person’s overall health.

#EyeCan or “I can Change A Nation” is part of its flagship campaign “Eyes Mo, Care Mo,” which is now running on its third year. “We launched the first eye care awareness campaign in 2017 to educate Filipinos on the importance of healthy eyesight. Every year, we want to build on what we have achieved, so that we can reach out to more people and educate them on proper eye care. This year, we are spreading the advocacy further by taking it to communities, through a series of CSR initiatives that can help push the message forward and inspire millennials to promote social awareness and positive change.” said Earl Jayona, Head of Marketing for Eye Mo Philippines.

The #EyeCan - Join myREDvolution campaign builds on the successes of the 2018 campaign called #REDVolution, which focused on the millennials and which encourages them to pay it forward through their active participation in community activities. The campaign kicks off this month and will run until the end of 2019.

To spread greater awareness on the importance of eye health, a series of eye care lectures will be held, and free hygiene kits will be distributed. There will also be free eye checks. The nationwide campaign highlights Eye Mo’s strong commitment to spreading eye care awareness by combating the five signs of eye irritation, namely, sore, itchy, red, watery, and dry eyes. It also continues to advocate for proper eye education and eye care.

Eye Mo launches NECAM through school and university invasion

Recognizing the importance of proper eye care among the youth, NECAM will visit schools and universities via concert tours, latching onto the power of music to spread the importance of eye health, bringing it to thousands of students across the Philippines. As part of the NECAM campaign, a short documentary film will be launched featuring five outstanding millennials who have contributed positively to society. The short documentary film aims to open people’s eyes on what they can do so that they can contribute to changing the nation for the better.



CSR Activities: #EyeCan movement go into high gear

The #EyeCan - Join myREDvolution campaign also aims to address eyesores in the community by working with youth groups in cleaning these up. On August 31, executives and volunteers from Eye Mo with the support of Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Barangay Health Workers from Barangay Baseco, and Pasig River Rehabilitation (PRRC) have done tree planting and clean-up drive at the Baseco Beach, Manila. It also partnered with TV5’s Alagang Kapatid Foundation and held a feeding program to kids at the Baseco Compound. Various NGOs such as Nestle Philippines and i2i New York also joined hands with Eye Mo Philippines through giving out protective sunglasses for adults and  packed milk to kids. A talk on proper eye care, free eye-check ups, consultations, and Eye Mo products were also given to adults in the community.

Eye Mo has also tied up with numerous communities in Metro Manila to effect visible change in the environment. As part of this, volunteers from school organizations and SK groups will also be tapped to do wall mural paintings to beautify the communities.

The #EyeCan - Join myREDvolution movement is a call out for millennials and Filipinos alike to learn and embrace their social responsibilities and bring visible change to their communities.

For more information, please visit www.eyemoph.com or check out @EyeMoPH on Facebook.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Customer Success and Its Importance to Business

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Businesses nowadays give importance to customer satisfaction because, to put it simply, if you have happy customers then customers will continue buying your product in the long term. Small businesses can easily see and check if their customers are satisfied. For example, if you have a food stand and people line up to buy your food on a daily basis, then it’s a clear image that you keep your customers happy. But what about medium to big businesses? How do they know that their customers are satisfied with the service or product that they purchased? This is where customer success software comes in. 

First of all, let's start with customer success. Customer success, in fact, is becoming one of the most important factors across all types business—the difference between a company going broke and achieving mega-growth. To explain further, according to Wikipedia, customer success is the business methodology of ensuring customers achieve their desired outcomes while using your product or service. Customer Success is relationship-focused client management, that aligns client and vendor goals for mutually beneficial outcomes. Effective Customer Success strategy typically results in decreased customer churn and increased up-sell opportunities.

To understand what that means, let me share this with you: I overheard once from a client I handled before that he accidentally poured coffee on this laptop. He took it to a service center where he was accommodated by a repair guy. The repair guy checked his laptop and explained what need to be fixed with the item. The repair guy further suggested that after they fix the laptop, they were also willing to give him a discount if he would purchase an accessory for the laptop such as headphones, wireless mouse, etc.  Since this old client of mine was happy with his laptop and thought he needs a keyboard for it, he gladly purchased a wireless keyboard because sometimes he would prefer to type using an external keyboard than on the laptop’s keyboard. So in the end, it was easy for the repair guy to up –sell to his customer because he was happy with his laptop’s performance and buying another product would further improve his satisfaction with the laptop. So that’s one example of customer success strategy thanks to the laptop’s performance that initially made the customer happy.

Now that you have a better picture of what customer success means, did you know that there is a software for it? You guessed it right. It’s called a customer success software. Customer success is every essential to business nowadays and they definitely need a program to check it. According to an article from the Customer Success Association , businesses are going to need a suite of effective tools that will power your Customer Success group and enable it to scale as your customer base grows.  This is not something you can do with your sales automation system and a few spreadsheets. 

Aside from customer success software, there’s also customer success con events. Customer Success conferences are the best places for direct in-person networking with other Customer Success professionals.  The entire conference is designed to facilitate executive connections and knowledge-sharing both during and long after the day.


Monday, August 12, 2019

Switching from Employed to Self Employment


Are you tired of your current job in a company and thinking of having your own business? I’m definitely sure you’re not the first one thinking that. I myself underwent that road. I was a secretary in a real estate company , got burned out, switched to a home based job of transcribing files. Until now, I am still self-employed and never went back to corporate. I’ve been self-employed since 2007.

Photo by Andrew Neel on Unsplash
Before anything else, let’s define what self employment means. According to Investopedia, a self-employed individual does not work for a specific employer who pays them a consistent salary or wage. Self-employed individuals, or independent contractors, earn income by contracting with a trade or business directly.

The main thing that stopped me from going back to the corporate world is that I have complete power over my daily schedule. I can do my work any time I please as long as I follow the deadline. As a wife and mom of 2, that is very important because I can tend to my family first and my job second. I can even start working once my kids are already sleeping. My son, who was a toddler at the time, who suffers from allergic rhinitis needs to be tended most of the time. Thanks to allergists like Dr. Summit Shah who has a website about allergies, I can get some tidbits and information about it online.  Working at home does have its ups and downs, but having total control of my time is something I don’t want to let go of.

You do have options when you want to pursue self-employment. Like me, you can offer your services to people online be it consulting services, food, or other services. You also can opt to start your own business like what my old boss did. She used to be a tax lawyer in the same real estate company I worked in and then later on, she decided to start her own firm.
 Am I earning enough for myself? Well, currently, I am earning as much as the amount I was paid for during my starting years as a secretary so I guess I am earning just enough – enough to sustain my family’s every day needs. My husband also helps to pay other bills.

Being self-employed means you have also have to take care of your taxes and your insurance personally. When it comes to loans, I haven’t yet personally applied for any self-employment loans, but I did apply for one when I was still employed. All it took was to open a checking account, an employment certificate, and a photocopy of our company’s ID. For self employed loans, I think it’s not that too hard also nowadays because one of my closest relatives was able to apply for a self-employment loan with minimal requirements (2 Valid IDs), but this isn’t from a bank, but from Home Credit, a local lending app. I’m just happy to know that there are plenty of lending institutions that are easy to talk to when you are in need of cash regardless of your reason.

I can talk forever about being self-employed, but I have to end this article right here. If you still have doubts about your current working situation, reflect on this question: Do you see yourself working in the same company in 5 or 10 years later?

For questions/comments, please feel free to ask them at the comment section below.    

Sunday, August 11, 2019

When To File A Personal Injury Claim

Photo by Takahiro Taguchi on Unsplash 
One of the worst things that can happen to you or to someone you love is having an accident, and to be specific, personal injury. Thankfully, I haven't yet experienced this and hopefully will never will. But whenever I hear this topic, the movie, "Erin Brockovich" comes to mind because the movie basically starts with the protagonist (Erin) having involved in a road accident and then a law suit followed. 

So since I used Erin Brockovich's road accident as an example, let's focus on that topic. Before you go to court, what do you do when you get a personal injury? 

First of all, you have to ask yourself, "Am I hurt? Is someone else hurt after the accident?" If there was no one hurt, or there was no damage to you (no broken bones or potentially lingering injuries that cause you to miss more than a couple days of work), then it may not be worthwhile pursuing a personal injury claim. But if you are inside the vehicle at the time of accident, be sure to go to the doctor to have you checked up and hear from the doctor himself/herself that you are fine and clear of any risk. 

On the other hand, if one or more of the following happens to you, then it's time to look for an attorney: 


  • Broken bones/hospital stay/long-term health affected
  • Someone died in the accident
  • Expensive medical treatment costing more than a couple thousand dollars
  • Missing more than a couple days work, school, or normal activities due to the accident
  • Non-economic losses like emotional trauma, pain and suffering, loss of companionship
  • There is dispute over whose fault the accident was (which what happened in the EB movie)
  • Multiple people were harmed in the accident
  • The accident took place in a construction zone or other questionable areas
  • The paperwork does not look accurate (police report, insurance communications, etc.)
  • Details are complicated (technical, legal, medical, etc.)
  • The insurance company is making life difficult for you or not playing nice.

  • So you've decided to hire an attorney for your personal injury claim, what will happen next?

    According to an article from Kinney, Fernandez & Boire's website, once the client finds the right lawyer, they should meet to discuss their case, after which it will be time to file the lawsuit. Doing so involves submitting paperwork and paying specific court fees. Additionally, the client will work with their attorney to determine the compensation that they are pursuing in their lawsuit. Establishing a number should be based on the facts of the case, and help set realistic expectations. For instance, suing someone for $1 million in damages due to a personal injury caused by another person’s negligence is sensible if the facts support such an estimate.

    Are there other instances where personal injury claim falls under?

    Yes and another instance would be allergies, which covers the food and beverage industry (e.g. restaurants). For example, you are allergic to peanuts. You decided to eat in a restaurant and you ordered a tuna sandwich because the menu didn't say that it has peanuts in it or there weren't any allergen warnings.  If you had an allergic reaction after eating the sandwich you ordered, then it's time to look for an attorney to help you with the case. In some cases, you may also need an allergy specialist for a consult and Dr. Summit Shah is a well-known allergist in the Ohio state. You may also check ACAAI's website to look for an allergist near your area. 




    Saturday, August 10, 2019

    Drinking Beer Can Be Good For You

    Photo by Paloma A. on Unsplash
    Back in the early days, whenever I hear the word, beer, or any alcoholic beverages, it was always marked in my mind that "beer" is always associated with something negative like gambling, smoking, and the like. But as I grew older (like at the age of 23) and started working in the office, workmates would invite me to after-office gatherings where beer was present. Then I realized beer wasn't as bad as I thought. It's only bad when you had too much of it. As long as you drink it in moderation, the party can be fun and the conversation can be more interesting. 

    According to Wikipedia, beer is one of the oldest drinks humans have produced, dating back to at least the 5th millennium BC in Iraq, and was recorded in the written history of ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia and spread throughout the world. Throughout the years, it has evolved into different types and different flavors, which is probably why it's still existent today. 

    Benefits of Beer


    Not only did I realize that drinking moderately can do no harm to you, but beer can also be good for you according to recent studies. According to an article from Everydayhealth.com, here some benefits of beer: 

    1. Beer helps fight inflammation. Inflammation in the body is the underlying cause behind many diseases, and hops (an essential ingredient in beer) has anti-inflammatory properties. The researchers (Molecular Nutrition and Food Research.) compared the anti-inflammatory effect of different hops and found that the consumption of hops in beer form interfered with inflammation causing compounds. I personally am not sure if this is true because I get skin flushing whenever I drink beer, but my husband apparently is totally fine so I guess it just depends on people's alcohol tolerance. 

    2. Beer Aids Digestion. Bitter acids in beer may also improve digestion.  The more bitter acids a brew contained, the greater the response. Gastric acid is key for both digesting food in the stomach and controlling the growth of dangerous gut bacteria. To my personal experience, my stomach does feel a little lighter whenever I drink beer after eating a heavy meal, usually during gatherings or parties. It also comes with frequent visits to the restroom to pee. 

    3. Beer is Good for the Heart. Many studies have found a 25 percent lower risk of heart disease in people who drink from one-half to two drinks daily, compared to abstainers. And alcoholic beverages that are rich in polyphenols (like beer)  may be especially good for the heart. I did try drinking a bottle of beer before sleeping and it does help me relax and gives me a good night's sleep. When I wake up, I literally feel like I slept like a baby.
    Due to the benefits of beer and how it makes its consumers happy, the beer industry continues to boom over time. Thanks to social awareness, beer giants like Asia Brewery and Melvin Brewing, just to name a few, also gives back to society by offering scholarships to students who need financial assistance. So I guess another benefit of drinking beer if you purchase from the mentioned companies is that you also help students with their financing. It's a win-win for all of us! 

    Just remember, beer does have its benefits, but it also has its cons, so the best way to solve it is to drink moderately, and don't drink and drive! 


    Tuesday, August 6, 2019

    FastJobs Hosts a Mini Job Fair and Free Seminar "For The Riders"

    As the partner of every blue-collar worker, FastJobs Philippines’ fastest growing online jobs portal - held a mini job fair and free seminar “For the Riders,” last June 28, 2019, at the San Juan Gymnasium.



    “For the Riders” provided an avenue for delivery service providers (riders) to seek new job opportunities, especially those affected by the suspension of one of the on-demand groceries startup in the Philippines.

    Saturday, July 27, 2019

    The Importance of Having a Hobby


    I am currently 38 years old, married with 2 young kids. I am also very busy with my home-based work so I barely have time to do anything for myself. When people ask me what are my hobbies, I simply say, “Sleep. I love sleeping.” Of course, it’s a joke, but at the same time, there is seriousness that follows it because I am deprived of sleep and I believe a lot of people can relate to this. But kidding aside, is it that important to have a hobby in your life even with middle aged women like me?



    Why is a Hobby Important? 

    According to an article from C & T Publishing, having a hobby is a remedy that help improve one’s mental health. Hobbies can get your mind active, and get you social—but the real benefit to most people is the boost to overall mental wellness. No matter what sort of mental issue you’re struggling with, there’s a good chance that throwing yourself into a hobby—such as quilting—will have a positive effect. In my case, if I don't get that stress or anger out, I might take it out on my family which I really want to avoid. I might scream at my kids or scream at my husband which is the worst thing I could do actually, so having a hobby can help avoid that. 

    In this day of age, people are trying to boost the awareness of the importance of mental health.  Nowadays, stress is one of the leading causes of mental health problems. According to Mayo Clinic, stress symptoms can affect your body, your thoughts and feelings, and your behavior. Being able to recognize common stress symptoms can help you manage them. Stress that's left unchecked can contribute to many health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes.

    What Hobbies Are Available Out There

    Now that we have tackled the importance of mental health and how a hobby can help improve it, the next question is what hobbies are available for us to do. I mean what are the choices out there? I have browsed through the internet and here are some hobbies that I thought were very interesting:

    Outdoors
    -          Bowling
    -          Camping
    -          Photography

    Indoors
    -          Blogging/Writing
    -          Caligraphy
    -          Knitting
    -          Having a collection
    -          Painting

    The mentioned hobbies were a bit on the lighter side because I don’t have an active lifestyle. But for those who love it hardcore, then I found the following hobbies for you:

    Outdoors
    -          Fun run / marathons
    -          Swimming
    -          Tennis
    -          Basketball/Volleyball

    Indoors
    -          Badminton
    -          Karate-do

    The list is, of course, too short for you to explore. There are sites that you can check out so you can have a broader idea of what hobbies are available for you such as Hobby Jam.

    Blogging/Writing is My Hobby

    As for me, I wasn’t aware that blogging was considered a hobby so I guess I can safely say that whenever someone asks me what my hobbies are, I can simply answer blogging. Blogging helps me clear my head and helps me express myself in a positive way. Whenever I’m stressed from work or from home, I get that eagerness to write about something. Sometimes, when I know that what I wrote about is all negative, I simply don’t publish it. I simply just let all my anger out, write all the things I want to say, and then delete it afterwards. It really helps for me. I tried saving a file or two  and then I read some of them again, and you know what? It was all meaningless. Sometimes I can’t even form a decent sentence because I was just too angry.  I would think, “Did I write this? What the hell was wrong with me?” So that’s when I decided that after I write stuff like those, would simply delete them so I don’t have to think about the why’s and how’s of it.

    Thursday, July 18, 2019

    HIS and HERS: Good Things Come in Pairs

    There’s a thin line between the idea of being thoughtful and practical when choosing the perfect gift for couples. Striking a balance can be a real challenge. You have to consider their shared interests and make sure that you pick up something neither of them owns. Novuhair is here to help you decide and make the process simpler. 

    Introducing 2 gift ideas that fit couples of all forms and are guaranteed to be loved and used by your favorite duo. These gifts are perfect for couples who share the same passion to couples celebrating major milestones together such as engagement, housewarming, and anniversary to name a few.



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    *NOVUHAIR TRAVEL KIT SRP: Php 4,220 (Save Php 202.25)


    Two of the country’s leading brands packed in one travel kit exclusively available at participating Watsons stores nationwide and online: 
    •   NOVUHAIR, nature’s answer to hair loss, the No.1 hair loss treatment brand in the Philippines 
    •  NAFLORA, made delicate for your generation, the No.1 most prescribed feminine hygiene wash in the Philippines   

    HIS: Experience nature’s makeover at home 

    NOVUHAIR 2-IN-1 PACK contains one 200ml. bottle each of the Topical Scalp Lotion and Herbal Shampoo, highly recommended if HE is –

    • experiencing hair loss - excessive hair shedding, thinning hair, receding hairline and bald patches
    • in need of a natural solution to help prevent hair loss, keep healthy hair and scalp, and stimulate hair growth
    •  opting to regain hair luster and vibrancy
    •  looking for a natural alternative solution to help prevent dandruff and scalp
    • itchiness
    •  in need of scalp cleansing and detoxification
    NOVUHAIR TOPICAL SCALP LOTION has a unique combination of 19 natural ingredients that work in synergy to help prevent hair loss and is clinically proven safe and effective. 

    NOVUHAIR HERBAL SHAMPOO cleanses and prepares the scalp in an optimal way prior to the application of NOVUHAIR topical scalp lotion and helps enhance the effect of the topical scalp lotion. HERS: Experience a special protection made for your delicate flora 

    NAFLORA PROTECT is a feminine wash formulated for women of reproductive age and in need of special care to help maintain and protect their natural flora during monthly periods and everyday use. It is formulated with antimicrobial ingredients that help prevent vaginal irritations and infections. To order 


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    Herbal Conditioner has been formulated specially to complement the use of NOVUHAIR Topical Scalp Lotion and NOVUHAIR Herbal Shampoo. Regular use of NOVUHAIR Herbal Conditioner and NOVUHAIR Herbal Shampoo helps prepare the scalp for the application of NOVUHAIR Topical Scalp Lotion in order to maximize its effect, improve the overall cosmetic qualities of the hair, giving it a shinier, softer and supple look. 

    HIS: NOVUHAIR Herbal Shampoo (free) Chemical-based shampoos contain ingredients that may seem to clean the hair but does not preserve its natural texture. These harsh chemicals strip off the hair’s natural protective layer making it more prone to damage. A good herbal shampoo like NOVUHAIR herbal shampoo may help leave a stronger, healthier-looking hair and aid in preventing excessive hair shedding which may lead to hair loss. This will be a healthier alternative for him. 

    NOVUHAIR 3-IN-1 PLUS 1 PROMO PACK contains one 200mL. Bottle each of the Topical Scalp Lotion, Herbal Shampoo and Herbal Conditioner plus another extra 200ml. bottle of NOVUHAIR Herbal Shampoo for FREE exclusively available at participating Mercury Drug stores nationwide. Without being too cheesy, these couple gifts are fun and surprising, a perfect way to express how much you value their gift of friendship - a gift that may keep them both well-groomed and well-protected. It may not be the best gift in the world but it’s the thought that really counts, agree? Anyways, that’s what friends are for. 

    To learn more about NOVUHAIR, visit www.novuhair.com #nothingtolose #choosenatural #choosenovuhair

    Friday, July 12, 2019

    When Do I Know It's Time for an Exterior Home Improvement

    Photo by rawpixel.com from Pexels

    Have you been living in your house for more than 5, 10, or even 15 years already? Do you feel like your house already needs a renovation, but you just keep telling yourself that maybe it’s not the right time yet because you just don’t have the free time yet for it or you don’t have the budget yet, or maybe your significant other says it’s too early yet?

    First of all, for those who are confused on what home improvement means, according to Wikipedia, the concept of home improvement, home renovation, or remodeling is the process of renovating or making additions to one's home. Home improvement can consist of projects that upgrade an existing home interior (such as electrical and plumbing), exterior (masonry, concrete, siding, roofing), or other improvements to the property (i.e. garden work or garage maintenance/additions).

    Check The Roof

    The roof is on fire! Just kidding! One of the most common exterior renovations that I see in our neighborhood is the roofing. Checking our roof once in a while is very important and it is advisable to check it especially before the rainy season. Because if you’re not careful, one rainy night, you might find some leaks on your ceiling which is unpleasant and inconvenient.

    Before you call your friendly neighbor and ask him a favor to fix your roof, the first thing to look at is your documentation. Do you have all of the paperwork you need because maybe your roof still reaches the warranty period so you don't have to pay much. Do you have the names and contact numbers of the companies that have been involved with the roof’s installation such as previous inspectors, roofing contractors, architects, manufacturer technical services? You should have a copy of all the repair orders and the results of the repairs made. Finally, there should be a roof plan, drawn to scale, that not only shows all the equipment on the roof, but also the locations of any leaks and any repairs made. 

    Aside from the roof, the walls and glazing should not be overlooked. Most often, leaks from wall, sealant and window failures are disguised as "roof" leaks. Look for cracks and water stains that may be symptomatic of problems in these areas. The worst offenders are pipes, conduit and other penetrations through the walls. Too often these are left unsealed, especially when they are installed as retrofits.

    Check the Walls

    Okay, I don’t want to focus on the roofing too much. Let’s talk about the exterior walls. Sometimes, it’s easier to spot imperfections on your exterior walls because they’re too obvious. But do we really have to wait and see for the imperfections such as cracks and stains before we can repaint our walls? How often do we have to repaint our walls? According to wow1day.com, there is no timeline for all, since every home is different. There are some rough guidelines you can follow, but there are several factors that can change the timing pretty drastically. For example, for wood siding, it’s every 3 to 7 years, or every 4 years if it’s stained. If the wood itself seems insecure, then it’s time to call the lumber company like the Decks & Docks Lumber Company and get some fresh new wood. 

    Exterior painting is a pretty big job, so it’s always best to hire professional painters. I know it’s an expensive task, but if you can afford it, see it as an investment for  having a great home.  It’s the best way to ensure you’ll get a quality paint job that will last for years.

    I think even a book is not enough to discuss things about home improvement so I’ll just end it here for now. If you have further questions/suggestions/comments, please leave them in the comments section below.

                                               

    Wednesday, July 10, 2019

    Wedding Dresses and More



    A woman’s wedding is a very significant day to a woman’s life. It is the time when one person is about to share her life to someone special to her. That is why wedding ceremonies takes a long time to prepare. Most of the time, couples would hire a wedding coordinator because wedding arrangements could be really stressful; minding table arrangements, the food, the place,  the priest, and a whole lot more.

    But one thing that a bride-to-be would take her time to choose and spend time with is choosing her wedding dress. Since it’s a very special occasion to her, choosing her special wedding dress is both fun and stressful at the same time. But once she finds the right dress, every time and money spent is worth it.

    Since everything is online already, I did some canvassing about wedding dresses and one online shop that caught my attention is AW Bridal® USA. The website offers a vast variety of wedding dresses,  bridesmaid's gowns, and more - everything you need to a wedding (clothing-wise). Customers also left some positive feedback in the AW bridal review so it's really worth checking out.

    Wedding veils by Mori Lee
    If you already have a dress, but is missing a veil, AW Bridal Veils for dresses is also available. Designers like Mori Lee® has also placed their beautiful veils on the site. See? They really thought of everything. Some brides would use their mom or grandma's wedding dresses and sometimes the veil needs to be replaced already due to age, so you can browse at the said website for wedding veils or you can also search in Amazon

    Aside from wedding dresses, the site also offers beautiful clothes for the mother of the bride, cocktail dresses, prom dresses, evening dresses, and more. So if you're looking for a nice dress for a special occasion, do check it out and you might find something that you're looking for. 

    Friday, July 5, 2019

    Best Software for Small Businesses



    Small businesses have been booming worldwide most especially with housewives or stay-at-home moms. Gone are the days that the husband or the wife will stay at home to take of their child and wait for their significant other to give them their salary. Although I have to admit this is not totally gone, but it is encouraged that both husband and wife find a way to earn money to support each other and their family.

    Platforms That Would Help you Sell Your Items/Services

    Let’s start with a simple example. If I want to sell clothes online, I would want an application that would help me sell them by exposing me to a larger audience who’s also online. That’s where online apps like Facebook, Instagram, Lazada, and Shopee comes in. I personally have an experience selling my used clothes and items on Facebook and it really went well. I got to sell them in a week’s time. I also saw people who has an online business that sells clothes and bags, and they do a Facebook Live to sell their items, then whoever wants to buy the items they featured can comment on that video and say they’d like to buy it. It’s more like an interactive purchase because the seller can see your comments in real time and can talk on the video. A lot of people are doing this nowadays which I think really helps tremendously in selling. I haven’t tried it yet myself, but I believe I will do it someday probably when I have lots of items to sell.

    Accounting Time

    Another subject to consider when you have a small business is accounting. Accounting never goes away because it is essential for a business to know if the business itself is earning money or losing money. Some people hire accountants and some people or business owners would enroll themselves to study basic accounting so they can do it themselves. Thanks to technology, there are also a lot of applications that can help you do your accounting. According to Hubspot.com, among the top accounting business software are the following :

    Intuit QuickBooks Online
    FreshBooks
    Wave
    Sage 50cloud
    Xero
    Zoho Books
    GoDaddy Bookkeeping
    Kashoo

    Most people would also use the enterprise version of the said software such as QuickBooks Enterprise to get the whole package which includes point-of-sale system, inventory, and more.

    Customer Feedback 

    Once you’ve set up your system and your business is up and running, what remains now is customer feedback. As a business owner, you definitely would want your customers to keep coming back so you have to earn user/customerloyalty.  Some customers would say upfront if they have a question or a negative comment about the product or service they got from you. Others would simply decide to stay quiet and never return. Then it leaves you wondering what happened or what have you done wrong that prevents them from coming back. Sometimes, customers would just say they don’t feel like it or they just don’t want to try your service anymore just because. Best way to bring out their thoughts in a more relaxed way is through surveys or simply give them your business’ email address so they can send it to you directly.

    Got anything to add? Write them down on the comments below. 

    Friday, June 28, 2019

    What is Pest Control Software



    As a mom myself who works from home, things aren’t easier for me compared to those who work from the office. I am still bombarded with work deadlines, household bills, grocery lists, and at the same time, I am also distracted by my kids who need my attention and help on their homework or their chores. Well, I really don’t mind helping my kids, but for the rest of my tasks, I wish someone or something can help me with them.

    Wednesday, June 12, 2019

    Fashionable Summer Shoes, Sandals, and More


    Shoes are important and very close to a woman’s (and probably man’s) heart. Especially with working women, shoes are an important factor to one’s overall style or one’s outfit of the day (OOTD).  There are times you have to change your outfit just because your shoes doesn’t look good with them or sometimes we have to change our bags because our shoes don’t look match the style or color.

    Fashion Shoes

    I have to say there are a lot of shoe stores around and even online, so sometimes I ask which shoe store is worth browsing to. I’ve also seen dozens and dozens of shoe selections online and for me, they all offer the same thing. One common problem I always find is whenever I see the shoes that I like, there are no available sizes for me. Oh, by the way, I happen to have a big shoe size. My shoe size is size 11 (US).  I really thought when you’re past 30 years old, your feet would stop getting bigger, but I was wrong. From size 10, my feet even became a size 11.

    So my problem is where do I find the shoes that fits me. That’s where FSJ Shoes come in. They offer customized shoe service for their customers. They can make any kind of shoes from classic shoes, to summer sandals, to formal shoes, and more. Instructions on how to order your customized shoes are found on their website.

    Since summer is not yet over here in our country and we’re set to go to the beach by the end of the month, I was browsing for their summer sandals and I found some good ones. Here are some my favorite designs:

    Fashion Summer Sandals
    Green Python Jeweled Thong Sandals Flat Clear Summer Beach Sandals
     I really love how the "gems" just glow on these sandals. I also like the mermaid-ish color. It's really a great summer pair to wear at the beach.
    Sexy Summer Sandals
    Black Velvet Women's Slide Sandals Summer Flat Rhinestone Slides Shoes
    These sexy black sandals are great for casual or semi-casual occasions. I would love to have a pair of these because I'm sure I'd wear it during dates or other special occasions. 

    Well, in the end, it doesn't matter what you wear, what matters is you're comfortable with your style and you're confident with what you have. 

    Saturday, February 9, 2019

    Tips for Driving Safe in the Rain

    Photo by takahiro taguchi on Unsplash

    One of the things that drivers detest most besides having to get the best speeding ticket lawyer to help them is adverse weather conditions while they are driving on the road.  When confronted with less than ideal weather conditions and your trip is not absolutely necessary, the safest choice you can make may be to cancel or delay your trip until conditions improve and the roads are safer. When you must drive in less than ideal weather conditions, there are a number of safety measures you should know how to execute. Your goal is to safely arrive at your destination.

    Heavy rain is one of the most common adverse weather conditions that drivers face. From torrential downpours that result in flooded streets or heavy rain that blocks visibility, here are a few safety tips for driving in the rain.

    Tips For Driving Safely In the Rain

    Increase your following distance. 

    Wet roads are slick surfaces that require special attention when driving on them. When the road is wet, it will take your vehicle a little bit more time to come to a complete stop. Practice safe driving by putting more distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. The average reaction time for drivers is 3⁄4 of a second. Allow yourself enough time to identify the hazard and a plan of avoidance. In the event a collision occurs because of wet road condition, stay calm. A police report needs to be made.When the storm has calmed, you may need to google for traffic lawyers near me to get a good traffic lawyer to help you.


    Reduce your speed.

    Speed limits are set for ideal weather conditions, not wet and slippery roadways. Speeding and over-confidence in adverse conditions can lead to accidents, sometimes fatal. If you do get into the inevitable situation of having your driving license suspended due to honest and careless mistakes, worry not and look for suspended license reinstatement ca for assistance.


    Brake smoothly. 

    You should never slam on the brakes, but this is especially true when driving on wet roads. Apply the brake slowly, smoothly and early. Try to avoid changing lanes abruptly.


    Avoid standing water.

    At night this can prove to be a bit more challenging to spot standing water clearly. A general rule of thumb is to scan ahead and anticipate where water might be accumulating.


    Turn your headlights on
    Day or night, keep your headlights on while driving in the rain.

    Extra precautions might help ease the anxiety associated with driving in the rain, making it safer for everyone. If a crash does happen, make sure you know the steps to take after a crash.

    Wednesday, January 9, 2019

    Avoiding Addiction

    Addiction can happen to anyone regardless of social status - rich, poor, man, woman, teen, or adult are very susceptible to it. It is also one of parents' greatest nightmares that might happen to their kids or in their family. 

    In a study that compared the brains of cocaine addicts with the brains of their non-addicted siblings, researchers at Cambridge University found that both had abnormalities in a region of the brain that controls behavior, suggesting that some people are “hard-wired” for addiction.

    Factors for Addiction

    So does your biology mean you’re destined to become an addict? Not necessarily. In the Cambridge study, siblings who shared the same brain abnormalities turned out dramatically different. This is because biology is just one component of addiction. Like other chronic diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease, there is also a behavioral component to addiction. Thus, a genetic predisposition to addiction does not spell destiny. Your upbringing, personality, life experiences and other factors all contribute to your likelihood of becoming addicted.

    Although science is a long way off from performing brain scans of every individual to determine their vulnerability to addiction, you can make a general assessment of your risk. Do you have a blood relative, such as a parent or sibling, who has struggled with addiction? Did you grow up with a parent who was addicted, abusive or uninvolved? Do you have depression, anxiety or other mental health issues?

    Steps to Prevent Addiction

    Here are a few precautions you can take to avoid a lifelong struggle with addiction:

    1. Just Say No – Prevention is better than cure, so just say no. It may sound simple, but there are a lot of factors that a person may choose the other path. Such factors may 

    2. Delay Alcohol Consumption – According to research, alcoholism is more prevalent among those who begin drinking at an early age. Delaying alcohol use until age 21 or later may reduce the risk of alcohol-related problems in adulthood.

    3. Surround Yourself With Positive Influence – adolescents and adults are heavily influenced by their peers and their desire to fit in. Associating with people who abuse drugs or alcohol or who have accepting attitudes toward substance abuse increases the likelihood of drug abuse.

    To know more steps on how to stop or prevent addiction, here are some helpful resources :

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