Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Benefits and Risks of Home Replacement Therapy

Hormone replacement therapy is a treatment that is specifically geared towards women who have already gone through menopause. With this type of treatment, the female hormones and estrogen that are no longer produced are replaced through regular medication. Women who experience hot flashes, vaginal dryness and bone loss are often prescribed a hormone replacement therapy course of treatment. While there are a wide range of benefits pertinent to hormone replacement therapy, there are some risks as well. 

Systemic hormone therapy comes in the form of a cream, spray, pill, patch or gel. This type of hormone therapy helps the most with night sweats, hot flashes and the discomfort that comes from having vaginal dryness. Systemic therapy utilizes large doses of estrogen. An increase in estrogen can reduce the risk of heart disease, osteoporosis and colon cancer.

Low-dose vaginal estrogen products come in a cream, ring or tablet form. These products offer minimal absorption by the body, and they treat vaginal and urinary-related symptoms associated with menopause. These types of products also help with night sweats, mood swings and hot flashes. If you have not had your uterus removed, your doctor will likely prescribe a course of treatment that combines estrogen and progesterone. Estrogen alone can trigger growth in the uterine lining; this can lead to uterine cancer. Progesterone prevents this from happening. 

Hormone replacement therapy for women does have some potential side effects. Many of the possible side effects become a greater issue if you have a family history of certain conditions. If you have a family history of heart disease, certain cancers, blood clots or stroke, you should work with your doctor to determine the best hormone replacement therapy option. Osteoporosis, anxiety and depression and heart disease are potential side effects of hormone replacement therapy. If you have a history of blood clots, liver disease or breast cancer, you should avoid hormone replacement therapy. If you minimize the other medications you take, limit your stress, exercise regularly, eat a healthy and well-balanced diet and visit your doctor regularly, you can greatly minimize many of the side effects of hormone replacement therapy.

There's No Place Like Home

The day that we have long been waiting for has finally come! After the Friday rush from work (which I so dread but expected), all the last minute packing, and saying goodbye to all the stress, we are now on vacation mode!

Waiting for boarding at the gate at Z├╝rich Airport, Switzerland's largest airport.
In-flight meal from Singapore Airlines en-route to Singapore. Yum!
Transit in Singapore. We had to change from Terminal 3 to Terminal 1.
Arrived last Sunday with my sissies and bro picking us up from the airport and having a typical Filipino meal. It was also my Papa's birthday, which made our home coming even more special. Cousins, also the ones who I haven't seen for years, came to visit and celebrate with us. It is a great feeling to be back home again and tasting my Mama's home cooking meals again! And to see my nephews and nieces who have grown a lot since I last saw them.

All is well and good... and we are now exploring the different islands my home country has to offer. First on the list - Cebu and it's islands! But that folks is another story...


Small Business Start-up?

There’s no question that starting up a small business venture that is essentially an entrepreneurial enterprise can be both incredibly exciting and utterly daunting. Yes, it’s amazing to throw yourself into your passion and pursue it wholeheartedly. The daunting aspect, however, is the realization that you’ll have to take care of every important aspect of running the business on your own, at least at first.

Once a new small business gets up and running, the owner can start to get a sense of what’s working and what isn’t, and start making adjustments along the way. When things begin to run smoothly, it may be wise for the business owner to consider bringing in an assistant to take on some of the business duties, and then to look for other outside resources that can help lighten the workload.

Help With Product Fulfillment

One very important aspect of a small business that creates products for shipping is order fulfillment. Getting products ready for sale and then taking orders and shipping them out to customers is a crucial part of business for these kinds of companies, but product fulfillment is a big, time-consuming job. All of this is why some small businesses turn to mailbox companies in order to facilitate their shipping fulfillment services. Many mailbox outlets do offer these services, along with warehouse space to store products until they are shipped out. These services are offered at affordable rates, and they go a long way towards freeing up a business owner’s time so they can focus on other key aspects of their business.

As the saying goes, time is money, which is why delegating some crucial business duties and using outside resources can be a critical part of running a small business successfully. If you value your time as a business person, start exploring ways you can delegate out some of your work today.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Convenient HVAC Installation and Repair

Before It's Too Late

Considering the almost insane temperatures that have been occurring lately, you may be thinking about finally installing an HVAC unit. It's always better late than never. Not only will you experience actual cool temperatures in your home, but if you ever plan to sell your house, buyers tend to prefer homes with HVAC units already installed in them. Indeed, some reports have indicated that especially among the Millenial generation of homebuyers--those who will soon be the only ones in the market looking to buy a home--they have been selecting homes that come equipped with what is considered staple amenities. Among the chief of those is a working HVAC system. So, you can leave those kitchen and bathroom renovations to the side and instead pool your money towards installing a unit instead.

Those With A Plan

Unless you went to school for wiring and electrical work, it's likely that you're not going to know the first thing about the installation of an HVAC unit. Thankfully, Chrismon Heating and Cooling have experts just waiting for your call. They are experts in installation and Greensboro furnace repair. Their dedicated and trained team can take a look at your home, determine its needs and areas where heating and air conditioning can do the most work, and then set up a plan to see it done. They bring the tools, knowledge, and equipment to transform your house from a den of discomfort to one of comfortable coziness.

If one of the reasons why you chose not to install an HVAC unit was because of the increased cost in your energy bill, your worries can be reduced. The experts at Chrismon Heating and Cooling know what air conditioning units provide the best service without draining the power. They can also make sure that your house is receiving the most that it can, so your HVAC unit doesn't have to work all day and night. Trust in them to bring your house into modernity.

Where is Suki?

So the family is on the road for some much needed vacation. It has been months since our last family break and since it's the school break of our daughter, we might as well spend it in our home country. And because getting there in our Heimat requires long hours of flying, our Suki is not allowed to be with us on board.

Flying her through a special transport service for the four weeks that we will be away is out of the question. Aside from it being too expensive, something that this family cannot afford just yet, it would also be very risky considering her breed and all the health risks that go with it.

Spending the afternoon at the park while our girl is having her ballet classes.

So where is Suki now? She is in the good hands of Pino in his dog pension in Ludwigsburg. Suki enjoys it there I think. She loves to be in the company of other dogs too although she loves it best to be cuddled by us and being the center of our attention.

But for the 4 weeks that we will be away, she will be vacationing too! - with Pino at Pinos Hundehotel Paradiso in Ludwigsburg in the company of dogs with from different households whose owner friends are away on vacation too. We will be missing our four-legged friend, I mean we are missing her already. But we are assured that she in good hands, in the able hands and care of Pino.

How Important is Regularly Scheduled Maintenance for Your AC System?

During the summer months, temperatures can become extremely uncomfortable, if it were not for air conditioning. Often people tend to forget just how much they depend on their AC systems. Scheduling regular maintenance checkups is important to ensure that your air conditioning does not go out when you need it the most.

When to Schedule Service

Since most people have HVAC systems that heat and cool their home, it should be serviced in the fall before the weather becomes cold and again before summer. This will help to make certain there are not problems waiting to happen. The technician can make sure your filters are in good shape. This is something that you should do regularly anyway, but they can replace them if they are dirty.

What Do Service Technicians Check?

A technician can check the compressor and clean it, if necessary. He or she will make sure the ducts are open and working as they should. Ducts that are dirty make the perfect breeding ground for mold and bacteria. The technician can make sure your filters are in good shape. Another thing that will be inspected is the outside unit to make sure it is not blocked by plants, shrubs, or debris.

The service technician will also check the electrical components of your system. They will make sure refrigerant levels are correct so the air will be cool. Motors need lubrication, so this is another aspect that is part of the preventative maintenance performed by air conditioning technicians. Even with maintenance, air conditioning units can experience problems. This is why companies such as Penguin Air provide air conditioning repair in Naples FL.

Thermostats should also be part of the maintenance checkup. They can cease to work correctly, particularly if they are older. Digital thermostats are preferable and a technician can install one to help keep your home at the temperature you select.

If you have recently moved to your home or have not had to hire an air conditioning service technician in the past, do the research to find the right one. They should be licensed, insured, and bonded. Recommendations from family, friends, or co-workers can be helpful. You will want to make certain the company you choose is established and reliable.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Exciting Ways To Spend Your Next Vacation

A vacation is something that should create lifelong memories. For some families, going to the same spot each year is the ideal vacation. But some people want a different kind of excitement each year, and that means trying new activities and going to new places to make things interesting.

An Overland Adventure
Overland trips are excursions done far off the beaten path to destinations you have probably never seen before. These are the types of adventures where you will truly see something you have never seen before, but you should always have a professional guide with you to make everything safe. You can buy overland excursion packages from tour companies that will give you an adventure you will never forget.

A Safari
Perhaps the pinnacle of vacation adventures is to go into the lowlands of the African continent for a genuine safari. While a safari can be exciting, there is a bit of danger involved. But when you use the services of a professional safari tour company, you can rest easy knowing that you will be able to enjoy all of the adventure Africa has to offer.

Cave Tours
While many thousands of miles of caves in the United States remain unexplored, there are still plenty of exciting places people can go to safely explore caves. The rock formations and other features of caves make them the kind of place people go when they want an adventure. When you go to a cave tour, you will be outfitted with the gear you will need and you will be able to have the experience of a lifetime

The idea of vacationing in the same spot each year gives some people a much needed sense of security. But every once in a while, it is good to try something exciting and different. When you are planning your next vacation, be sure to think a little outside the box and look for something that will give you a whole new set of lifelong memories.

Summer Holiday Plans and Then Some

This family is over excited because summer is just around the corner! Last day of school for our daughter is Wednesday next week. Then we are off to our home country in August for that much needed vacation.

We have lots of travel plans when we get back home - we will mostly be travelling to different islands, visiting friends and family along the way. Our itinerary has been drafted and we have a rough schedule already. All flights have been booked and hopefully there won't be cancelled, delayed or rescheduled flights. There are only a few accommodations left that need to be booked. 

But before that day comes, we would still need to work our butts off. Hehe! 

I still need to make a packing list and buy little gifts for family back home. And I still need to pack our stuff. My Mum even asked me if I'm done packing already. How I wish! So it would be quite stressful and hectic around here in the next couple of weeks - the house needs to be clean so that we can come home to a clean house, our Suki needs to be ready and well adapted at the dog pension house before we leave, and the list goes on.... Hahaha! I know I am stressing out already. There are still a million things that need to be done before I can relax and have fun under the sun!

But yeah, it will hopefully be a fun and memorable family holiday. We need it and we deserve it. :)

4 Tips for Enjoying North Carolina

Are you headed to North Carolina? It's a wonderful place to visit, especially if you're going with loved ones. You'll have lots of opportunities to fill up a scrapbook! Here are just a few tips for making the most out of your trip.

1. Plan Your Schedule
This is especially important if you're traveling for work and needing to squish your recreational sightseeing into weekends or afternoons. While some attractions in North Carolina are always open, others will have visiting hours or peak visitor times that you should avoid for fear of crowds. If there's a landmark or location that you definitely want to see, check dates and times before you go.

2. Be Careful With Accommodation
Before you sign up with a random company offering North Carolina beachfront rentals, make sure to do your research on their brand. The same goes for hotels, resorts, cabins, villas and bed-and-breakfast locations. Do they have good reviews? Do they respond to emails promptly? Are there image galleries that you can browse on their website? Be fully confident in your choice before you book.

3. Eat Your Fill
North Carolina is known for its amazing food, so don't be shy about undoing the top button of your jeans as you take a seat at one of its many eateries. You'll need plenty of room in your stomach to enjoy its cuisine! Whether you're looking for five-star restaurants or hip little bistros, North Carolina can provide.

4. Mind the Weather
The weather in North Carolina is generally mild, but you might want to double-check the forecast before you go on your vacation or honeymoon. Sudden rains can put a damper on travel, and unexpectedly chilly days have been known to sweep the state during the winter. You might need to change your itinerary if you have a lot of outdoor activities planned during a stormy season.

These are just a few tips for enjoying yourself the next time that you're in North Carolina. Whether you're traveling for work, business, family or another reason entirely, use these suggestions to have a great time!

It Is Important For Residents Of Washington, D.C. To Have A Clean Chimney

Having a chimney that is dirty or a chimney that needs to be repaired is a serious situation. This type of chimney can cause many problems for the walls in the home and the room, and, even worse, it can also start an unseen fire in the house. However, there are a few steps you can take to make sure your chimney is clean and correct at all times.

Have Your Chimney Looked At Twice A Year 
Whether it is by a neighbor or a professional, it is important for you to have your chimney looked at approximately twice a year. This is especially true for people who utilize traditional fireplaces. Fireplaces get dirtier a lot quicker than people think, and this can quickly deteriorate the value of a home. Private contractors usually charge a small fee to examine a chimney, but this fee is definitely worth it.

Seek The World Wide Web 
Companies that can clean your chimney can easily be found on the Internet. However, it is extremely important to contact a company that people in the local community recommend. A great example of this in the Washington, D.C. area is 301Chimney, which has won several different awards for being the best dc chimney sweep company. This company does nothing but clean and restore chimneys. All of their employees have received a quality education regarding chimneys, and they are always ready to take on any job.

Your chimney is one of the most important parts of your home because it keeps your home together. Many people look over their chimney or forget about it. However, you should pay attention to your chimney now before it causes you to pay attention to massive problems.

Finally A Kitchen!

I have always wanted to live in a house with a kitchen that I personally "designed" and decided on. By design, I mean the possibility to choose the design, color, layout, something that I can call a kitchen of my own. There is a sense of ownership when you are involved in planning the kitchen, from the measurements, to the layout, and the choosing the color and built-appliances.

The size of our present kitchen is fixed so I can't have a large kitchen or an island kitchen, but hey, who says everything should be perfect? What's important is that one is able to maximize and optimize what one presently has. :)

I wanted a kitchen that has lots of storage space and easy to clean. The one we got has lots of drawers and shelves a glossy finish so it is easier to wipe off dirt and grime. The cooking hob is also just big enough to cook 4 different pots or pans at a time. There's also a built-in oven for baking and / or roasting and microwave to heat up food pronto! There is also a dishwasher - helps me save a lot on water consumption and time! The built-in fridge unfortunately doesn't have a freezer so I can't stock on frozen goods [no ice cream! :(] and the one I have in our basement is not functioning. But anyway, as I said, one cannot have anything.

We got the kitchen at a very low price, so there's no complaining about the price since it came from Nolte K├╝chen, a very reputable kitchen company based here in Germany. But anyway, I am happy with the way it looks, with the functionality and how I am able to cook faster and more efficiently. That's what counts the most.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

The Loss Of Family

When a loved one passes away, there are some difficult decisions that you have to make. One of them is what funeral home to use for the funeral service and the casket. Sometimes, family owned funeral homes Brookfield IL offers are a bit more pleasant to work with instead of larger businesses. The prices associated with a funeral are sometimes lower, and you will usually be able to talk to someone at all times while receiving exceptional customer care.

Many family funeral homes have several members of the same family working there. You will receive a compassionate touch to the services that are offered as well as the personal touches that some of the larger homes aren't able to provide because they are busier. Each person who works in a funeral home owned by a family tends to work to the greater good to deliver the best service possible and wants to try to offer services that are a bit more detailed. They will often take the time to explain the options that you have whether you decide on a traditional burial or cremation. They can also talk to you about the options that you have available with the service. Many funeral homes are willing to let you borrow a casket for a memorial service if your loved one is cremated as well as flowers and other items that will give the feeling of a funeral.

Family members who work in a funeral home often spend time away from the business as well. This means that they talk to each other and are better adapted to communicating with those who are dealing with the death of a loved one. If you are seeking the assistance of a funeral home, then consider everything that one has to offer instead of only the basics as you want to develop a relationship for years to come.

Graduation Party for my Daughter's Class

Summer break is fast approaching here in Germany. My daughter is also about to end her grade school days and will move on to another school where she will start a new and more challenging journey. As a fourth grade parent, it means that it is time to prepare for the graduation party. From where I came from, there's always the conventional recognition and graduation ceremonies at school where the children go on stage and are presented with medals and ribbons as recognition for all their efforts. Here, it is quite different. There are no ceremonies in school, only graduation parties with the class and the teachers.

As planned with the other parents, we will be celebrating it at a sports grounds near the school and will organize a small tournament for the kids. Because it will be beautiful outside, it will be grill party. Everyone will bring something to grill and drink. We will also prepare something for their homeroom teacher and assistant teacher, which the class speaker will present. A photobooth will also be made available so that everyone can have their photos taken, whether solo or with their group of friends. Instead of printing it on site, we will be sharing the digital files to all class members so they have the option to choose and print the ones they like.

There will also be a blank framed canvas with a tree trunk where each class member will print his / her thumbmark on the branches as leaves. After everyone has printed their thumbmarks, this will be given to the homeroom teacher too as a gift.

I am excited for Friday. We hope that the teachers will feel how thankful we are for their patience in teaching our children. Will post how it went in my upcoming posts. 

What are some other good graduation party ideas for grade school children do you have? Be sure to share them in the comments! Thanks!

Light Up Your World

Whether it's simple candles or hanging lights, there are numerous ideas to consider for illuminating your yard on a budget. Contact an outdoor lighting Kansas City company to find out what you can or should use when installing the lights so that they aren't damaged and so that the cords and accessories are hidden from view. If you have a birdbath or another type of water source in your yard, then use floating candles to illuminate the water with a gentle glow. You can also put votives in glass holders so that they don't tip over or get wet if you want more of a permanent solution. 

Another idea for outdoor lighting is to create a wreath of lights in different colors or in various shades of white. You can use a frosted spray to cover some of the bulbs that you use as well as spray paint if you can't find colored bulbs. This lighting design is one that you can use throughout the year. Use colors associated with holidays and seasons to deliver a bit of charm to the front door of your home or one of your windows. If you have an outdoor area for entertaining with a table and chairs, then make a chandelier with branches and a few bulbs. Another option is to string lights along the edges of a patio room for a delicate appearance while you're eating outside or while you're spending time enjoying the sights and sounds of nature. 

Display a word made of lights that reveals a hobby you like, the family name, or another word that describes your family. An idea to consider would be positioning the lights near a pool so that the word reflects in the water. You can also take this design and create images on an exterior wall of your home or on your front porch. 

Friday, June 22, 2018

How To Light The Yard

If you're looking for a way to add beauty to the exterior of your home or if you want better security, then consider outdoor lighting. There are numerous options available, such as floodlights at the corners of your home or lights that are positioned to illuminate trees and bushes. However, there are a few common mistakes that can be made that you can avoid by working with a landscape lighting Overland Park company. 

One of the mistakes that you might not even think that you're making is not adding lighting to your landscape in the first place. After spending a lot of time and money getting your landscaping just right, it's often best to install some kind of lighting so that you can accent the hard work that you've done at all times. Sometimes, not using outdoor lighting can decrease the value of your home, especially if you live in a neighborhood where other homes have this type of lighting and you don't. 

When you install outdoor lighting, the focus needs to be on the thing that you're illuminating instead of on the fixture. You don't want people to pay too much attention to a light that is beside a tree when they are supposed to be looking at the tree itself. However, if you use artistic light sources, such as butterfly lights or mirror balls, then you might want people to pay attention to the light source as well as the focal point. Avoid putting too many lights in one area of the yard. There will be too much emphasis on one detail, and you can sometimes make the rest of the yard seem too dark. Scatter smaller lights at various points, such as in front of a flower bed or in front of a small bush that you want to highlight.

Ways to Protect Yourself from Mosquitoes

When most people think about dangerous animals, animals like alligators, lions, or bears come to mind. And it is true that these animals can hurt humans. However, one of the most dangerous animals on the planet is the mosquito. It is very small, but the diseases it can deliver are deadly. Mankind has been battling with yellow fever, dengue, and malaria for many years. Newer diseases, like Zika, are also delivering some serious blows. Here are ways that you can protect yourself against mosquitoes.

You want to create an environment in your home where mosquitoes will not be able to access your family and where they will not be able to breed. First, check your yard and other places around your home where water collects. Dump out buckets, old tires, and other receptacles that may be collecting water after it rains. Next, take steps to stop mosquitoes from entering your home. If it is possible, put screens on your windows and doors. Or you may use screen enclosures in Jacksonville to just make certain areas mosquito free. Using a mosquito net over the bed at night will protect you while you were sleeping.

You want to wear protective clothing to prevent bites. Mosquitoes like dark colors, so it is better to wear light-colored clothing when you know mosquitoes are going to be the most active. Wearing light color pants and long sleeve shirts is helpful. Socks are are also beneficial to protect your ankles and the top of your feet.

There are a variety of different repellents you can use in order to protect yourself from mosquito bites. Some of these use harsh chemicals, while others use natural ingredients. Take time to research the options that are available to find out which ones really work against mosquitoes and which ones will not have potential health risks.

Getting medical treatment as soon as possible after contracting a mosquito borne illness is extremely important. However, when it comes to mosquito bites, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. If you can protect your family from mosquito bites, you can avoid a lot of uncomfortable symptoms and even long-term health problems.

3 Benefits of Yacht Ownership

If you are the type of person that loves the feel of the open water, you have probably spent more than your share of time on a boat or yacht. Having everything you need right at the tip of your hands is certainly advantageous, as is being able to navigate the seas and enjoy a day or night out on the water. In fact, you might even want to set sail for a few days, not even touching land until you are good and ready. For these reasons and more, you should consider the following three benefits associated with yacht ownership. 

Never Make a Reservation Again
Little can be more frustrating than finding time to go on a yacht trip, only to discover that no boats are available for the days that you have free. Making a reservation is a cumbersome and often difficult process. However, this headache is eliminated when you own your yacht. Just take a look at some of the Sabre yachts for sale and you will quickly realize that this is a path you definitely want to pursue. 

Enjoy the Personal Touches
When you rent a boat, it just will not seem like home no matter how many personal amenities come with it. When you have your own yacht, you will be able to add the personal touches that make you feel comfortable. From artwork to your own bed, everything will be extra comfortable each and every time you set sail. 

Customize Your Ship
Renting a boat may have some advantages, but you will rarely get a yacht that has all of the features you personally desire. Owning your own yacht takes care of this problem. Customize it the way you want and you sure to be much happier in the end. 

These three benefits alone illustrate some of the many reasons why yacht ownership is coveted. If you love getting out on a boat, you will want to consider owning a boat in order to have it accessible wheneever you want. It is a complete addition to your lifestyle that you are sure to enjoy for years to come. 

Customizing the Look for Your Kitchen

When you remodel your kitchen, you may not want to use fixtures that are mass produced and sold at big box stores and home improvement retailers. You may end up with a kitchen that looks like everyone else's if you choose this option.

Instead, when you want a totally unique kitchen that is unlike any other found in the neighborhood, you might want to custom order important fixtures like the cabinets and counters.  You can find out what your options are for custom ordered cabinetry, flooring, and granite countertops in Bradenton FL by going online today.

Checking Out Your Color Options
Materials like granite are typically available in an assortment of colors.  You can find it in slate gray, glossy black, and pearl white.  You can also find it in patterns that include flecks of different colors that add to its beauty and dimension.

You may not even realize how many options you have for this material until you visit the company's website.  When you want to get a better idea of what colors you can choose, you can click on the client gallery link at the top of the page.  It will take you to photos that show you what the materials look like, in what colors they are available, and what the finished result may appear like in your own kitchen.

By looking at the pictures, you can select a look for your house that you can take pride in and be happy with now and in the years to come.  You may decide that the material is a worthwhile investment that will give you a good return on your money.

If you are not someone who trusts your own gut instinct, you could be convinced that you made a good decision by reading the testimonials of clients who have used the service.  You can read about how happy they were with the work done in their homes.  Their reviews may convince you that you are making a good choice by customizing your cabinets and cupboards rather than buying mass produced items.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

How To Make The Most Of Your New York Vacation

New York is one of the most exciting cities on planet earth. When you go on a New York City vacation, it seems like there isn't enough time to explore everything that this bustling metropolis has to offer. While you might not be able to take in all of Manhattan on a single vacation, you can definitely make the most out of your vacation to the city that never sleeps. Here's how to do it.

Pack Wisely
Too many people worry about how they look instead of how they'll feel when they visit New York. While it's understandable that you want to look stylish in the most fashionable city on the planet, remember that New York vacations involve a lot of walking. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes.

Take In The Entertainment
New York is arguably the best place in the world to experience live theater. From NY cabaret to Broadway shows, there's no better place to take in a breathtaking live performance. Start shopping for deals on tickets before you arrive in New York in order to ensure that you can see some great shows for reasonable prices.

Watch Out For Your Safety
While New York city is a lot safer than it was a few decades ago, any large city still poses some safety concerns. Watch out for anyone who seems too eager to talk to you, as they might be out to scam tourists. You should also always keep your belongings close to you, as petty theft is unfortunately common. However, don't believe anyone who tells you that New York is extremely dangerous. While you should definitely be alert and practice personal safety, New York is actually a lot safer than many similar-sized cities.

A New York City vacation is a great way to broaden your personal horizons and experience a place that so many people dream of visiting for yourself. Seeing New York in person is an experience unlike any other and everyone should visit the city at least once in their lifetime.

Suki's Visit at the Vet

Yesterday we had to skip my daughter's ballett class to bring our Suki to the vet for a follow up check up. She was always scratching her ears and shaking her head some 3 weeks ago that she can't sleep very well (and of course, the human mommy too). And because our Suki is such a sweet dog, she has no qualms going to the clinic.

Suki with my daughter at the examination room while waiting for the vet.

She would patiently wait in the waiting room, sniffing and greeting the other patients, and would not hesitate to get inside the examination room when it was our turn (no pushing and begging her to come) and would always greet the vet with joy and delight, happy face and all (no wagging tails though as she almost doesn't have one ­čśŐ).

What she dislikes though is having her ears checked. It was difficult the last time we went there, with frenchies having herculean strength when needed. But we didn't want to force her or endanger the vet nurse by being accidentally bitten. So we tried another trick this time, getting her calmed down first and giving her carrot treats while the vet examines her ears. Thank goodness it worked. And thankfully, the ear infection is gone.

That was such a relief, for all of us, for Suki most especially. And that is why it is always important to regularly dog's ears to keep the earwax in check, because as the adage says, "too much of something is not good."

Friday, June 15, 2018

What to Consider When Choosing Horse Insurance Companies

What are the best horse insurance companies? While many no doubt offer competitive rates, there is more to consider than just the cost. As you evaluate your options, take into account these considerations:

Do not settle for newcomers to the game. The best companies have a vast amount of experience, which is very important. After all, you can't afford to take risks when it comes to your horse. Look for an insurance company with a proven track record.

It may well be that you have other prized livestock that you would like to insure. Whether you are caring for cattle, dogs, horses, or other animals, having one insurance company that serves your needs for all of them can come in handy.

You want a company that can search for the best policy options for you. Instead of settling for the first one available, the right insurance provider will search diligently and give you a variety of options from which to choose.

Since you are no doubt very busy, you need an insurance company that is available when you are. Look for one with flexible hours and availability when you need them.

The horse industry has many complex factors that need to be taken into account. The right insurance provider will bring a deep working knowledge of this industry to the table, enabling you to trust that they know what they are doing in serving your needs.

Genuine Concern
Your livestock means a lot to you, and it should mean a lot to your insurance provider, too. Do not settle for a provider that treats you and your livestock as a mere business relationship. Rather, look for one that genuinely cares about the people and animals involved. This genuine concern will carry over into all aspects of the service that is provided to you.

The Eselsm├╝hle in Siebenm├╝hlental

The Siebenm├╝hlental, roughly translated as "seven mills valley", is a hiking area between Leinfelden-Echterdingen and Waldenbuch in Baden-W├╝rttemberg. The name does not really correspond to the number of mills because instead of 7, it has a total of 11 mills, of which only one remains operational - the Eselsm├╝hle.

The Eselsm├╝hle has a beautiful history to it and today one can still take a look at the original mill wheel still intact. A visit to the Eselsm├╝hle is a great idea to escape the humdrums and stress in the city. They also produce Demeter-quality breads and baked goods in the bakery using wood-fired ovens. 

There is also a Kaufladen (store) that sells organic and natural products and of course, animals that greeted the guests, both big and small. 

Another attraction: pony riding for the children. They usually make a short tour around the area (around 15 minutes), much to the delight of the kids. In the photos is my little girl, when she had her pony ride some 3 years ago.

 And when you get tired from all the sightseeing and hiking, you can always take a break at the Cafe. They serve organic food and beverages. Yum! It was very good!

After all that eating and drinking, you can continue on the way to explore the rest of the other mills or continue on one of the hiking trails around the Siebenm├╝hlental. :)

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Decorate Your Home With These Beautiful Figurines

If you are looking for a fun way to decorate your home, there are many brands that offer beautiful figurines. One brand that is popular among families is the Jim Shore collection. Every figurine is hand painted with rich colors to create a gorgeous piece. You can use the figurines to create a scene or represent an occasion. Here are three collections of Jim Shore figurines to consider for your home.

Disney Traditions: Turn your home into the happiest place on earth with Disney figurines. The figurines feature all your favorite Disney characters, including Mickey Mouse, Jiminy Cricket and Snow White. You can also find Disney holiday collections, such as the Mickey Mouse with Candy Cane and Tinker Bell with Gift figurines. If you are decorating for Easter, you are sure to love the Miss Bunny, Minnie Mouse and Winnie the Pooh Easter eggs.

Fall Decor: Jim Shore offers figurines that are perfect for the fall season. Are you decorating for the Halloween season? The collection includes the Black Cat Crossing and Every Witch Way figurines, and you cannot forget the Welcome Great Pumpkin 50th Anniversary figurine. When you are ready to decorate for Thanksgiving, you can turn the We Are Blessed figurine into a festive centerpiece for dinner.

Christmas Collection: It is always fun to decorate your home for the holiday season, and Jim Shore offers a variety of Christmas figurines. The collection is broken down into different themes to help you celebrate in your own way, and this ranges from the 12 Days of Christmas Santa figurine to the Holy Family with Bethlehem Scene figurine. You are sure to love The North Star Express 5 Piece Mini Train Set, which features a gingerbread house, reindeer, snowman, Christmas tree and Santa Clause himself.

Jim Shore works hard to create figurines that reflect your favorite characters and seasons. The careful details bring characters such as Mickey Mouse and Santa Clause to life right in your own home. The figurines are perfect for children and adults who want to decorate for that special occasion.

Balcony Decorating Ideas

It is that time of the year again when we like to spend our afternoons lounging outside the balcony - be it to enjoy the warm sun, letting go of the day's stress, catching up with family members or on reading, or just relaxing. Thanks to the longer and warmer days that spring brings, our bodies and spirits seem more relaxed and our dispositions more enthusiastic.

It is always a challenge to make the balcony a relaxing place to retreat into so I gathered some ideas I found on Pinterest that would help on how to create that ambiance you want while making good use of limited space.

Choose compact and functional yet comfortable garden furniture. If the space is small, opt for sleek designs and foldable ones.

Add potted plants to your balcony, but not just any plant. Choose those that are suitable for your balcony. Consider what kind of plants you want (greens, blooms or herbs), how much sun, shade or wind your balcony gets.

Color schemes and patterns help keep things together. Natural outdoor textiles like pillows, blankets and outdoor rugs ensures comfort.

Light always add to the ambiance - candles, warm fairy lights, lampions and lanterns add warmth and helps create the mood. 

Do you have other decorating ideas for the balcony?

How to Experience God

Building a relationship with God is a beautiful opportunity to get to know the Creator of the Universe and develop a personal bond. It's one thing to talk about how good God is. It's another thing to actually experience it. Consider these four tips and learn how to connect with God.

1. Study the Word.
When you study the Word of God, you're able to learn more about his character, laws and desires for his children. Be intentional about reading every day. You can download a Bible app and receive notifications with new scriptures on a daily basis. You can even start a challenge where you read the entire Bible in one year. Just make sure to absorb the information and learn.

2. Pray.
Prayer is the opportunity to communicate with God. Many people suggest that meditation is when God communicates back to you. Open the channels of your heart and mind and be transparent with God. Let him know that you need him. Talk to him about how much you love him. Pray for your friends, family and community. Talk to him about your desires and ask him to reveal his purpose for your life. Start by waking up in the morning and immediately pray. As you go throughout your day, continue to silently pray and ask God to lead you in the right direction.

3. Express gratitude.
If you give a little child a gift and they take it without saying thank you, you'd be less likely to want to give them another gift. Why? There's something really special about letting someone know that you appreciate what you've done for them. Granted, God's goodness is based on yours. However, it is important to express gratitude and let God know that you're thankful for all He has done in your life. Whether you choose to share it through singing a praise & worship song or sharing a testimony with a friend, always make sure to talk about how good God is and express gratitude for all he's done.

4. Commit to growth.
It can be really challenging to grow in your relationship with God because it's a refining process. When you first pull gold out of the ground, it has to go through the fire and get molded. Once it's molded and perfected, it's so beautiful and desirable. As a Christian, you're going to go through situations that will feel terrible. The pressure of negative situations will help you mold your character and become a better person. Commit to the process because it's all working for your improvement.

Suki's First Family Trip in Belgium

We had our first family roadtrip with Suki last Easter weekend. Hubby had a bike race last March 31, the Tour of Flanders, and since it was a long weekend, we decided to tag along. 

Suki was sleeping most of the time on our way to Antwerp.
While hubby was toiling and pedalling away in this historic bike race known for its classic cobbled tracks, which started in Antwerp and ended in Oudenarde, we opted to explore the sights in the city.

The hotel we were staying in was pet-friendly and was just across Antwerp Central Station so we decided to start exploring from there. And was Antwerp Central Station very grand as you can see from the photos! Our Suki enjoyed her day out too, or should I say day inside the train station. Hihi!

It was cold when we went to Antwerp - with overcast skies, chilly wind and rain shower every now and then. So our Suki was out with her pink "adidog" pullover. Isn't she just adorable in it? People we would meet along the way say so too. :)

That's all for now. More stories about our little Suki in the next posts.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

How to Simplify a Move

It has been said that one of the most stressful activities in your life will be a move. There are several ways for you to overcome the stress. By working with moving companies North Jerseymoving companies New Jersey residents are able to enjoy a move considerably more.

Get Help with Packing
You don’t have to do all of the packing on your own. Consider the fact that you need to have everything placed in the boxes by the time moving day arrives. This means emptying cabinets, bookcases, drawers, and everything else in every room of your home. This is an overwhelming prospect.

If you could have professionals come over to pack everything for you, it reduces your stress. You can focus on other aspects of moving without having to worry about setting up boxes, packaging everything properly, and labeling the boxes based on contents.

Work with Professionals
There are a lot of different responsibilities with moving. This includes loading everything onto a truck, driving it to your new home, and then unloading the contents. Working with professional movers will ensure that all of these aspects are taken care of for you. You don’t have to drive a truck and you don’t have to do any heavy lifting. Instead, you can stand by and simply point to where you want everything.

Have Your Vehicles Moved
Especially if you are planning a long-distance move, you may not want to pack your family and any pets into a vehicle and drive hundreds of miles in order to get to your new home. The easier solution may be for you to fly (or even take a train). As for your vehicles, they can be moved by the moving company to save you some added stress.

Moving is as easy or as stressful as you make it out to be. If you want to make it easier, a professional moving company should be called.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Where Can You Buy High Quality Furniture?

Are you looking to completely refurnish your apartment or home? If this is the case, you will need to seek out high quality furniture in order to replace all of your old furnishings. The amount of places you can buy furniture is quite overwhelming. Where should you begin your search? You should keep in mind that you do not only need to rely on furniture stores in your local area. You can also buy furniture online. In fact, online retailers will usually have bigger inventories than brick and mortar stores. Here are a few ideas about where you will be able to find great furniture.

1. Talk to some people you work with to see if they can recommend any good furniture retailers to you.

You might have some success by talking to your coworkers about the experiences they have had buying furniture. These people have probably bought furniture many times in their lives. Therefore, the chances are very good that you will be able to get a few good references that will be useful to you in the future. Make sure that you ask these people what type of furniture they bought and how much they paid for it. You might also want to consider asking your neighbors if they know of any good furniture stores in Mesa AZ.

2. Go to some home and garden shows in your area.

Furniture retailers will often have displays set up at home and garden shows. You will be able to try out their furniture in order to see if you like it. You can check online or in your local newspaper for the dates of the home and garden shows that will be coming to your city.

3. Take some time searching various online furniture retailers.

You will be able to find a very large selection of furniture when you shop online. You just need to be patient and compare prices to get the best deal. You should also be certain that a long warranty is included with every piece of furniture that you buy.


Hello everyone! Meet the new member of our family - Suki!

She just loves her red little squeaky ball.
Suki is our five-month old french bulldog. She is one handful puppy - she loves to play, bounce about the house and sleep on our couch. She has invaded and claimed our couch for her own just a few weeks after she arrived in our house.

My not so little girl and Suki cuddling after getting home from school.
So why the name Suki? It is a Japanese word which means "to like". Everything about her is just adorable and who wouldn't like, or even love, this little creature? She is our little princess and our daughter just loves her. It is actually her dog since she has been saving up for a dog since she turned six. We finally decided on getting one because we thought that it would help her how to take responsibility for another living being.

Suki is our little bouncy four-legged family member. I must admit it is a lot of work cleaning up after her, but it is all worth it. All the stress and exhaustion from work would all go away whenever I come home and see her all so happy and excited to see me arrive. :) She still has a lot to learn and we still have a lot to teach her. We hope that she will be with us for many years to come. 

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