Lifestyle

Organizing your child’s room is as easy as ABC

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The time will come and you would need to separate your little kids from sleeping on the same bed as you and your husband doze off. While they’ll still be living under the same roof, of course, having your child sleep alone is a thing that we fear and is most excited about at the same time. Aside from the fact that your child will now exercise a sense of independence at an early age, this is also one opportunity for you as a parent to bond with your kid in styling and decorating their future rooms, or should we dub it as kingdoms, in the most creative and quirky ways possible.

Since this is going to be your kid’s room for at least a decade, you must ensure that the room’s location fits as he/she grows old. Make sure that the fixtures inside the room are adjustable, and the space is just the right size for a growing human being. As much as possible, let your kid occupy the nearest room to yours, or to an older sibling so as when the thunder-stricken moment scared your kid again, a quick dash would be possible to carryout.

Be playful with the theme that you would want to use in your child’s bedroom. Always ask for his/her wants so that the turnout would be pegged for what he/she visualizes it to be. Stimulate your child’s imagination by picking the best of colors, the calming ones if you may, and always stick to what you both planned at the beginning. Remember that this would be their room and not yours so keep your motherly or fatherly guidelines at bay and let them drive the wheel. Encourage creativity by means of infusing elements of fantasy and let their imagination fly. Wall motifs focusing on cartoon characters, kids’ literature and the like will be a good start.

Children's room

If you picked a calm and serene wall color, be intelligent enough to splash color of the furniture that would be placed inside. Get contrasts at its highest peak. Let the upholsteries are known when the walling is in deep blue and always be fancy in putting small rugs (anti-slip tip), comfortable and huge bean bags as chairs and low-floored beds for your child’s safety.

Keeping the kids in touch with nature is also a discipline that you want to inculcate so putting plants inside the room would not be a sin. Citronella plants won’t just make the room mosquito-free; the plant’s innate smell would be effervescent inside the room, inducing visions of nature and outdoors. You might want to also let your kid treat the plant as some sort of project by caring for the plant’s growth.

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Don’t ever overcrowd the room by putting huge shelves of books that are just built for style or hundreds of photo frames scattered on the bedside table. Keep the space in the middle of the room for role-plays and possible play dates. Adorn the room with light colored curtains to imbibe a sense of freshness and relaxation at the same time. If you’re having two kids sharing one room, settle for bunk beds instead of twins.

Being organized would also be another value that you want your child to learn so teach them how to even when decorating their rooms. Set toy cabinets at bay and show them how to arrange the toys in a cramped yet organized manner. Put labels on boxes and show them what the contents are and must be. Pinpoint where a thing should be placed and be a vigilant to keep track if your child is obeying it or not.

See More:

8 Great Tips To Organize Kids’ Rooms
http://organizedhome.com/get-organized/tips-organize-kids-rooms

10 Tips for Organizing Your Child’s Room
http://www.lowes.com/projects/organize-store-and-move/organize-childs-room/project

Paul Intalan

Take a pick on these indoor air purifiers

Plants

Aside from the purpose of beautifying your home, which definitely lacks color and attitude, decorative plants are now being heralded as the best house accessory for modern dwellings.

Aside from the fact that taking care of them isn’t much of a hassle, the sheer presence of plants inside a house brings a very refreshing and shocking result as pleasers to the eye.

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Houseplants are now a trend that everyone is following as a science had backed up studies concerning its benefits in deodorising and purifying the air that’s being circulated on your premise. Truly a functional decoration, house plants is reported to decrease stress levels of those residing with indoor plants that those who don’t.

The increase in oxygen intake would definitely be more observant and you’d be treated with breathing a cleaner and fresher indoor air, thanks to these wonders. Below are some of the plants that you can choose from if you’re on the lookout of putting some green pots inside your house.

Whilst it is recommended that Aloe Vera plants should be planted outside, as it needs more sunlight, you can still put a pot in your living room due to its benefits.

Aloe Vera leaves are said to dry out when the house by where it is placed is laced of air with harmful chemicals, hence, the browning of its plump, green leaves. This plant is also said to clear out and filter are making it more breathable despite the fact that insect sprays and deodorising canisters are sprayed inside your house.

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English Ivy, on the other hand, is the best plant to absorb the harmful formaldehyde and you might be listing this as a top choice when you’ve decided to do house planting.

The ease of growing English Ivy is also a bonus point for you as this only needs moderate temperatures and medium share of sunlight.

If you want to delve into a type that’s less-maintenance, then place your bet into picking the rubber tree. Don’t fret as rubber trees are small in size, are easy to grow and are a powerful exterminator of air toxins by absorption.

English Ivy

Peace lilies might be beautiful in sight, but this seemingly innocent indoor plant has the capabilities of killing bacteria and excessive toxins in the air. Although can thrive best in cooler room temperatures, peace lilies are also known to be a majestic centerpiece for kitchen tops, dining tables and even living room shelves.

Don’t ever forget to list snake plant as one of your major picks in getting an indoor plant. Aside from the fact that snake plants are low-maintained, they would also aid you in releasing oxygen at night suitable to make your sleep more conducive and pleasing.

For a more specific detail, you must know that the bamboo palm might take up a larger-than-usual space when you’ve put them in the corner, but it is also known to be notorious in trumping out benzene and trichloroethylene.

Peace LilliesSee More:

The Best Air-Purifying Plants
http://www.healthline.com/health-slideshow/air-purifying-plants

15 houseplants for improving indoor air quality
http://www.mnn.com/health/healthy-spaces/photos/15-houseplants-for-improving-indoor-air-quality/a-breath-of-fresh-air

Paul Intalan

How to sit properly in front a Computer

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Nowadays, people’s work consists of sitting for long hours in front of the computer that gives them body aches like a stiff neck, tight shoulders, or much worst chronic back pain. The co-author of “7 Things Your Doctor Forgot To Tell You” and a chiropractic assistant, Andi Lew shared some tips and advice not just for desktop users, but for all to share the information that a few minutes of making simple ergonomic changes to your work environment and posture can help you improve and minimize the aches your feeling.

The keyboard should be the position just about your lap, in this way you can make sure that when you type your arms are just relax and close to your body. And also the elbows should just bend at 90 degrees and just at your wrists level.

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This is one of the most important tip, the position of the monitor. This should be just directly in front of the user where the computer screen should not be too low or high, and just should be at the eye level of the user to maintain the natural curve of the neck. And also make sure to relax your eyes by taking a 20 second break for every 20 minutes and just relax your eyes and look 20 feet away from the screen.

Most of us does not notice that we grip the mouse too hard, just try to use it with a light grip this will cause a lesser tension. And when moving the mouse make sure to move your arm from the elbow rather than the wrist so you can move is smoothly without any pressure.

While in using the telephone, you have to make sure to support the telephone against your ear, and alternate ears frequently every time you answer a call. Also, never put the phone in between of your ear and shoulder because this can hurt your neck.

Last but not the least makes sure to sit upright, with your bottom against the back of the chair. For extra support and comfort the user can get a towel and roll it up and place it against the arch of the back. And the chair’s height should be adjusted so that your knees are bent perfectly, with your feet touching the floor.

See More:

How to sit at a computer:
http://www.ergonomics.com.au/how-to-sit-at-a-computer/

Proper body posture to sit in front of Computer
http://www.tothepc.com/archives/body-posture-position-to-use-computer/

Trisha Mungcal

Be cooler as you age and do ballroom dancing for better health

Ballroom

Ballroom dancing is a kind of social encounter through structured and graceful moves from different variations this form of physical motion is required of its participants. Unlike the earlier years where this dance is being rampantly practiced in Latin countries, progression through the early times made it an avenue not only for socialization, but for health betterment especially for elderlies who are hooked on this type of dance.

Increasing numbers of grandparents are getting into ballroom dancing. Not only it provides improved social ties, but experts also link this activity for stronger physique. In an age where bones are usually brittle and equilibrium isn’t that good, ballroom dancing is an activity that can improve an elderly’s health. Studies show that ballroom dancing has a tendency of enhancing dwindling balance for the oldies. “To be able to see the elderly dancing and spinning with autonomy, balance and a cognitive awareness of their space and body helped us understand ways to join useful exercise with a pleasant activity,” says Eliane Gomes da Silva Borges of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro state in Rio de Janeiro. “We have to realize that the practice of physical activity is beneficial because it strengthens the musculoskeletal system and professionals (in nursing homes) can and must help,” she even added.

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Ballroom dancing improves muscle and resilience as well as motor skills. This activity is also being linked by experts to be responsible for the decreased probability of diseases in which older generation are prone.

This dance also brings positive effects on grandparents’ mental health. It is said that being engaged in repeated movements and habitual practicing of steps can lower the possibility of dementia, heart failure and Parkinson’s disease.

This activity also serves as a platform to increase memory, stabilize mood and increased positive outlook. Never again would your grandparents be grumpy and emotional because dancing is another way or producing endorphins that’s responsible for the people to feel happy and elated.

See More:

Benefits of Ballroom Dance
http://www.ballroomdancebr.com/benefits.php

The Benefits of Ballroom Dancing
http://www.meetup.com/Shall-We-Dance-Ballroom-Latin-Swing-Meetup-NeedhaMA/pages/The_Benefits_of_Ballroom_Dancing/

Aira Algado

The wonders of keeping a journal

Keeping a Journal

Keeping a journal is not obsolete. Looking through our computer or smartphones, the memos of grocery lists, accountability, to-do lists, and other things along those lines are have taken enough storage in our devices.

They are necessary to keep track of things and almost mechanical. While those are beneficial, it is not the only wonders keeping a journal entails.

A portal to creativity

Journals are our own personal closet to Narnia, our secret rabbit hole to wonderland and our very own King’s Cross Station platform nine and three-quarters. These blank pages, one can create a fantasy world, build a castle, and ride on a unicorn.

No one knows and no one will judge, thus it becomes a bubble with no boundaries except what you say would be. From simple words, and full-blown stories to little doodles and collage, your creativity can be set free here. It helps you develop what you love until you are ready to share it to the world.

Stress releaser

When you can’t release the scream building up in your throat, your journal will come in handy. No one will hear you shout and lose it releasing the stress and the frustrations in a non-destructive way.

It will also help you calm down through focusing on the task at hand where every stroke of the pen brings a moment of clarity and the tranquility of a simple act of writing will slowly lower your stress; thus, improving your well-being.

A dear friend

There are moments where life throws you curve balls better kept quiet about, yet proves to be hard when you have it weighing down on your shoulders.

A journal is a convenient friend you can turn to who will never tell those moments wrapped up in police warning tapes.

Keeps the goal clear

Even when we know what we want, one better way to keep being motivated is the constant reminder of your goals and the lists of your achievement, which brings you steps closer to your dream.

When you are striked with moments of doubts, don’t forget to take a look at your success to keep the positive feeling.

Dream-catcher

Any ideas, inspiring you suddenly or any dreams popping up suddenly, don’t forget to keep a journal beside you in order to commit them into paper before the idea slipped away.

Whether you think they are brilliant or not, keep them on paper as they will come handy in the future, especially when you’re running out of creative juices.

See More:

Why You Should Keep a Journal (and How to Start Yours)
http://lifehacker.com/why-you-should-keep-a-journal-and-how-to-start-yours-1547057185

How To Keep A Journal And Remember More
http://www.magneticmemorymethod.com/how-to-keep-a-journal-and-remember-more/

Mary Grace Valdez

Quench thy thirst with electrolytes

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It is not unusual for us to see people every day that looked tired and all haggard on our bus ride home. They are the ones who stagger out of their seat and inch by inch slowly losing their way to consciousness because of the physical and mental stress of working or studying or whatever type of activity it might be.

Humans are now known to constantly push their body limits to its brim, and we cannot deny the fact exerting more effort means more work done. True enough, those who are so pre-occupied within the whole duration of the day are the same people who don’t have the luxury to even replenish themselves of a cold glass of water.

The incessant demands of this kind of lifestyle, not only compromise your health, but also might even lose you some equally important things. And so one of the most known armor that people nowadays are using to ensure that they will not just fall into the void of sickness is through one-minute wonders for the health.

Electrolytes play an essential role in keeping the body energized and fully functioning despite the weight of activity a person would do. Normally, electrolytes are found in sports drinks, which is most known to be patronized by athletes.

Those who use physical strength in their day-to-day endeavors require a balanced meal and a constant intake of electrolytes to get the body working at its optimum level. Electrolytes are mainly comprised of sodium, calcium, hydrogen phosphate, carbonate and magnesium chloride.

These vitamins and nutrients are deemed to very beneficial to our bodies to reach our full potential. Aside from athletes, electrolytes are also vital to people who are pregnant, those who have strenuous physical activity as a daily routine and laborers in general.

Electrolytes in sports drinks might not be a quick replacement to the wonders that water intake can do, but this is an effective way of quenching your thirst and giving the necessary things the body requires.

People, being the creative lot, now have ways and means in creating electrolyte drinks just at the comfort of their very homes. Crafting your own electrolyte drink would not only save you money but you’d be surprised to know that the ingredients are just within your reach.

Aside from cost-cutting, doing your own electrolyte drinks would make you feel secure because you would know what you can put in and what you can omit. And the best part of all is that you don’t need to stay within the confinement of store-bought sports drinks because you can follow whatever your taste palate desires.

The options are limitless and you’d be delighted to realize that being healthy can never be this convenient and fun. The main composition that you’d want to consider before concocting your power electrolyte drink is the presence of cold water and salt.

You can mix in some of your favorite fruits for added nutrients such as lemon, lime, honey, cranberry, orange, coconut water, strawberries and natural sugars. Experimentation would be observed at best when you’re on the move in doing this healthy action and feel free to share this with your loved ones, too.

See More:

Electrolyte Replenishment – Why Its Important & How to Do It
http://www.hammernutrition.com/knowledge/electrolyte-replenishment-why-it-146-s-so-important-and-how-to-do-it-right.1274.html

The Benefits of Electrolytes in Water
http://www.livestrong.com/article/521215-the-benefits-of-electrolytes-in-water/

Paul Intalan

Believe in the wondrous effects of guava and guava leaves

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We all have known guava as a fruit that’s being heralded as one great source of Vitamin C and some other minerals. Normally being grown in Asian countries, guava has a respectable list of medicinal and health benefits due to its rich content of compounds such as Vitamin A, fiber, potassium and lycopene.

But little did we know that aside from the fruit bore from the guava tree; one wonder that can be harnessed from it is the powers of guava leaves. Truthfully, guava leaves are as astoundingly beneficial as the fruit and below are some of the things you’d be shocked to know about how these leaves, normally overlooked, can aid you in ways unimaginable.

One thing that you must know beforehand is that the guava leaves are not to be eaten directly. Experts have suggested that guava leaves should be sterilized in boiling water and the resulting mix must be the one that a person should intake.

If this plan won’t work, there have been readily available tablets and capsules of guava leaves which have undergone scientific laboratory tests and manufactured with high-quality standards. Some health companies put in guava leaves concentrate, in powder form, on their supplements and dietary products.

One thing that guava leaves can definitely help you out at is by losing weight. The leaves have the capacities of stopping carbohydrates from being turned into sugars. This very act would then minimize unnecessary food cravings and sugars not piling up on your body would be a good kick start in dieting, or even lower down the body’s glucose levels.

Lycopene is known to be an important component of guava and guava leaves. If so, the leaves and the fruit can easily be of aid in fighting off cancers due to the antioxidant content via lycopene. Though not strongly backed-up by a known scientific research, the sheer presence of lycopene is known to combat breast, oral and prostate cancers.

If you have a very upset stomach, or any funny feeling happening on your abdomen, seek the wonder of guava leaves to flush it all out. The strong anti-bacterial properties would create a fresh slate for your digestion and even result to better absorption of food in the long run.

Guava leaves can also be used in healing colds since it triggers the body with substances to block mucous production and slow down the spread of microbial activities which is one of the normal reasons of colds and flu.

Other benefits that you can harness from guava and guava leaves are: reduction of allergies and its side effects, soothing of skin bites, oral malfunctions and toothaches, combating acne, delaying hair loss and aging skins via skin dilapidation, eyesight improvement through the vitamin A content, diminish risks of constipation through its high-dietary fiber composition, brain health aid via the presence of vitamin B3 or Niacin, keeping your thyroid happy through copper contents and a more controlled blood pressure.

See More:

Guava Benefits & Information
http://www.herbwisdom.com/herb-guava.html

Guava Leaf Extract
http://www.guavaleafextract.com/

Paul Intalan

Auricular therapy, a treatment that lies on your ears

ear-1Also called ear acupuncture, the practice of auricular therapy and its effectiveness has been known even during the ancient age. Studies have proven favorable results to those who have tried this kind of alternative treatment.

Health practitioners pointed out the fact that the ear has a certain map of pulse points that correspond to each part of the body and that stimulating a certain area in the ear can alleviate the pain caused by an organ located in another region of the human frame.

Ear acupuncture is said to bring betterment when it comes to several health conditions such as pains, allergies, headaches and even addiction. Doctors dug deeper and the movement of understanding the role of the ears for the overall well-being has emerged. It is believed that this practice originated from an early Chinese era where the tradition of acupuncture was born.

However, it is during the 1880’s that this way of treatment has gained much interest. Western Europe has developed and expanded the study for a clearer understanding of the micro system that hides on the human ears.

Hitting the right point and pricking it with the use of a needle can track and treat the problems underlying inside the body. Stimulating the right dot on the ear can lessen the pain and other ailment manifestations.

Acupuncture experts determine a person’s state of health by assessing the texture, skin color and impression of the veins in the areas of the around the ear. Disposable needles with small beads are being used and are inserted millimeters from the surface of the skin.

Performing this can aid migraine, insomnia, indigestion and inflammation. The speed of feeling the effect of auricular therapy can vary from each patient though. Some feel relaxed while other experience light headedness.

While there are those who feel immediate improvement, some on the other hand takes a series of sessions before getting palpable results. It is important to get the help of a licensed practitioner because the treatment requires complex implementation and keen executes.

See More:

Auricular Therapy – Healing Foundations
http://www.healingfoundationschicago.com/auricular-therapies–ear-seeds/

What is Auricular Acupuncture?
http://shuswaptcm.com/services/auricular/

Aira Algado

Simple beauty tips for the summer

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Summer is just around the corner, and everyone is excited to get a tan, wear dresses and flaunt your summer bod with your favorite bikinis on the most awaited beach trip you have been planning with your friends and family this year.

But Mr. Sun can be harsh and work against these plans because it is also the sweat, sunburn, dry hair and skin season.

But do not worry, there are beauty hacks that will surely save your perfect summer below:

Put on a Sunscreen

If your dermatologists demand that you wear SPF all year, what more when it is summer where the sun is at its hottest?

That is why it is not enough to put it just once or twice, but you have to reapply all throughout the day for more protection.

Hydrate

8 glasses of water a day is good, but try to add more classes during the summer and do not forget to drink water because it can make your skin look parched and lifeless and can also cause other health issues.

So better fill your body up with fluids for a natural glow that cannot be faked by your favorite bronze.

Treat your hair

Give importance to your crowning glory by treating it with your daily conditioner or a treatment conditioner.

Treatment conditioners can instantly nourish the hair and repairs it from damage that is perfect for the summer beauty survivor of every girl.

Discover the tinted moisturizer

Experiment with the beauty “multitaskers” such as the BB or CC cream.

You can use this and can get the coverage you want without sacrificing the skin hydration you need.

Bring oil-blotting sheets

Heat makes the skin produce more oil, and oil can attract dirt and bacteria that leading and cause an acne.

Bring oil-blotting film or tissue with you wherever you go, so the only thing that’ll shine is the sun and not your T-zone.

See More:

Summer Beauty Tips and Secrets
http://www.realsimple.com/beauty-fashion/skincare/summer-beauty-tips

Best Summer Beauty Tips
http://www.prevention.com/node/72226

Trisha Mungcal

Perform massage and be closer to your pet

Pets

We know that there are different forms in which we can convey love. And this does not discount our trusted and dear pets from the equation. We all know that constant touching and fondling send out a direct message of our concern and care for them. This act in return is being compensated by their loyalty, faith to their master/human companion.

The importance and benefits of pet massage has been long pointed out even during ancient Egypt, China and even the early Romans. Just like its effects on human, massage promotes better blood circulation and reduces stress. The art of touching boosts the bond between the pet and its care provider.

There are several reasons why pets acquire stress. Sound is one of the factors that can cause stress and behavior change toward pets. As we all know, some animals possess sharp hearing that they can hear even the slightest sound made by the needle that fell on the floor.

Amazing as it may seem, this knowledge alone can make us imagine the impact of loud sound made by heavy music or intense noise made by fireworks. Another reason for stress would be lack of exercise.

Some pets that stay at home tend to be lazy and that routinely walks sometimes being ignored. This weakens the muscle and joints that affect the overall health of your animal best friend.

Focus on key areas of your pet’s physique to achieve specific results. Massaging ears and ear flaps will help your pet relax. Head area, especially that of surrounds the eyes can target your pet’s stomach and bladder.

Touch this circuit to promote better digestion and excretion. Focusing on the spine and back will alleviate any illness connected to core pains and vomiting. Do this when the pet is experiencing said conditions to deliver comfort and relief.

Leg and elbows on the other hand targets allergies your pet may or can have while back toes are your one stop area to cover most parts of the body.

Make sure to do the massage in a tender and gentle manner to prevent any type of inconvenience that might lead to your pet’s unbecoming reaction. Massaging your pet regularly will not only make its health better, it will also draw that beloved being even closer for a tighter bond and connection.

See more:

How to Give Your Pet a Massage | Pet Massage Therapy
http://www.idiotsguides.com/pets/cat-first-aid/how-to-give-your-pet-massage/

Tips for massaging your dog or cat
http://onpets.com/tips-for-massaging-your-dog-or-cat/

Aira Algado