Monday, October 14, 2019

What's Happening in October in Stuttgart?

We are already halfway through the month of October, but it still has lots to offer for both young and old. Here are some events and activities that the City of Stuttgart and its neighboring cities has to offer this fall season:

1. Kürbisaustellung (Pumpkin Festival) at Blühendes Barock in Ludwigsburg
The annual pumpking festival runs until November 03, 2019. This year's theme: The Fantastic World of Fairytales. If you grew up enjoying the tales of the Grimm Brothers for example, then the giant pumpkin exhibit is a must! Lots of activities are in store for visitors: halloween pumpkin carving, music, story telling, pumpkin gourmet creations, and lots more. Entrance fees: 9,00€ for adults, and 4,50€ for children from 4-15 years old.

Giant pumpkin sculture of Peter Pan and Tinkerbelle. Sculpture by Pit Ruge.
Photo taken from Blühendes Barock website.

2. Culmination of the Remstal Garden Show:
For 164 days the Remstal became a unique experience, opening up new paths, testing new formats and making new encounters possible. With it, the communities and cities around the Remstal became closer more than ever. To culminate, an inter-community closing ceremony will take place in Waiblingen on 20.10.2019. In the evening, Waiblingen lights up, with the city center bathed in a colorful sea of lights. A fireworks display forms the brilliant finale of the event and the Remstal Garden Show 2019.

3. Halloween at the Wilhelma: 
It is Halloween at the Zoo on 31.10.2019! Children and teenagers until 18 years old in costumes have free entrance to the park. Wilhelma transforms into a Halloween town with spooky lights, a dim atmosphere, scary silhouettes and creepy decorations. Special Halloween program from 11:00 - 20:00. 

These are just some of the things that you can do with your family this month of October in Stuttgart. I wish you lots of fun and enjoyment with the whole family! 

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Safety Tips for Aging Loved Ones

More and more seniors are deciding that they want to grow old in the comfort of their own home. As your loved one ages, however, safety becomes a major concern. If your parents or other loved one has decided to remain in their Denver home, here’s how you can ensure their safety.

Reduce the Injury Risk
Older adults are at an increased risk for falls, which can result in serious injuries or death. Make some adjustments to the home to help reduce the risk. For instance, you can install grab bars and non-slip mats in the bathroom, convert the bath into a walk-in shower, and place a bench by the front door. Also make sure that the driveway, walkways, and porch are free from potential hazards.

Improve the Lighting
Many seniors have a harder time seeing, which can increase the risk of accidents. Ensure that your loved one’s home is outfitted with proper lighting. Install additional lighting in halls and stairways. To help your loved one find light switches, you can install plates that glow in the dark.

Install Locks and Security
You want to make sure that your loved one is secure in their home. Install quality locks on their doors and windows. You may also want to consider a security system and a way for your loved one to easily call for help if they need it.

Check In
Check in frequently with your loved one. Visit when you can. Call often. If you can’t be there to check on your loved one yourself, look into memory care denver. This way, you can ensure that your loved one is being looked after when you aren’t able to be there yourself.

Just because your loved one is getting older, that doesn’t mean they can’t do so at home. With just a few simple adjustments, you can help to ensure their safety and your peace of mind.

Ramen 8: Japanese Ramen Bar

The days and nights are getting colder, and what better way to ward off the cold than filling your tummies with the hot, savory goodness of Japanese Ramen. It is not easy to find a ramen shop in Stuttgart, especially if you are looking for authentic Japanese ramen. Thankfully, Ramen 8 finally opened its doors in Stuttgart.

S was very happy with her Ramen. Here, she was almost finished with her bowl...
We were too excited to eat we forgot to take a photo of the served ramen! :) 
Located along the Bohnenviertel in Eberhardstrasse, this unassuming ramen shop serves different ramen soup bases served with hand-made wheat noodles, a choice of tenderly cooked, roasted pork (Chasu), chicken fillet, or tempura or just vegetables for the Vegetarians. There are also various side dishes that you can add to your meal like gyoza (dumplings with vegetables), yakitori (chicken barbecue on a stick), tempura (deep-fried shrimps) among others.

They also serve Japanese beer, best paired with edamame (blanched soy beans), as well as genmaicha, which is a green tea preparation with roasted brown rice.

So, if you are in the mood for some Japanese comfort food, head on over to Ramen 8! A plus: the staff always has a smile, makes sure everything is okay, and very nice! 

Location: Eberhardstrasse 47, Stuttgart Mitte
Opening times: Monday to Friday, 11:30 - 15:30 and 17:30 - 22:30 and Saturday, 11:30 - 22:30.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Preparing Yourself To Welcome a New Baby

Finding out that you are expecting a child for the first time is a moment unlike any other. You may be filled with wonder and dread, excitement and concern all at the same time. It's fun to buy baby clothes, set up the nursery and get ready for baby to come, but consider some of these tips taking care of you as well.

Medical Care
You might be amazed to learn that there is are many women never visit a doctor or midwife during their pregnancies. Whatever their reasons, it is essential to get early and regular care during your pregnancy, not only for the baby, but also to ensure a healthy mommy during and after delivery. Things like high blood pressure and water retention can alert your midwife to potential problems early, allowing time to correct the situation.

Choose a Facility
The staff at any given facility are the first humans your baby will come in contact with and the ones who will help you deal with any pain and nervousness you may have as you go into birth mode. Visit the midwives at the pregnancy care center Tampa FL residents rely on for a good birth experience to see how they can help you when your time comes.

Care and Feeding
The importance of caring for yourself while you are expecting a child cannot be over emphasized. Getting adequate amounts of quality sleep including naps will help you cope better emotionally and allow your body the reserves it needs to do the hard work of growing a child. Fresh fruits and vegetables and plenty of good clean water are essential to provide vitamins, nutrients, and energy needed during pregnancy. Exercise or stretches according to what your midwife feels is safe for you can improve blood flow, reduce swelling, and can stimulate a feeling of well-being.

Don't take this time for granted. Growing a child takes a lot of work and effort on your body's part. Take care of yourself and you will feel healthier and happier when the big day arrives.

Suki Is Two!

It's already fall... The leaves are beginning to fall and she loves the fragrance of the autumn air.
Our little Suki just turned two last Sunday, and oh my, aren't we sooo glad that she came into our lives! Who would have thought that this wild ball of fur would turn our lives update down. We couldn't even imagine our life without her now...

Just cuddling and hanging out with family.

She is one ball of happy, wild, slimy, sweet, needy, cuddly, adorable FUR! She drools when she wants a piece of what you are eating and gives you her look that you can't resist. She loves to fart especially when you are beside her and it just STINKS A LOT! She is a springer - she would jump at you just because. She hates it when it rains and doesn't want her paws to get wet, so she could be stubborn if you force to go out for a walk on a cold rainy day. She sheds a lot, it doesn't matter what season. She snores very loud, louder even than the husband, that he can't sleep too when Suki sleeps with us. Hihi! But despite all these, we are not complaining. 

Getting a bite of her favorite snack: carrots, anyone?
She is one sweet dog - she is content to just sleep beside us whenever we hang out in the living room. She is family to us, and I am her Mama. Imagine having little kids at home who would follow you around, even to the bathroom? Suki does that too! Suki is our french bulldog. She is our family pet, but she is more than that. I guess you can say that she is our 2nd baby. And we thank God she is in our lives. May we get to spend more years with her.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

What to Do If Your Loved One Can No Longer Live Independently

As your parents get older, it can be difficult for them to accomplish tasks that once came easily. If you think that your parent or loved one needs a bit of help living on their own, here are some strategies to try.

Consider Moving Back Home
Sometimes it is best for your parent to have a child living with them to assist with day-to-day chores and errands. This way, your parent can still maintain his or her freedom while having some help from a family member, and you are also less likely to disrupt their schedule or lifestyle. Moving home might seem like a drastic step, but it can be hugely beneficial for your parent and your relationship.

Look Into Home Care
Older folks with more persistent or complex health problems might require a level of care that you are unable to provide. If this is the case, hiring a home care worker might be a better option. To find home care workers in your area, simply do an internet search to see reviews and cost breakdowns. For example, if you reside in Washington, D.C., search for "home care washington dc" to find agencies near you.

Research Retirement Communities
A retirement community can be a wonderful choice for seniors who need some help or companionship, but also want to maintain a relatively independent lifestyle. As people age, they still need to surround themselves with a community of friends and family. Finding a retirement community where your loved one can engage in group activities and have on-hand assistance may be a perfect middle ground between living on their own and types of full-time care that is more hands-on.

Depending on the amount of assistance they require, it may be frustrating to think about living accommodations for your parent or loved one. However, with these tips, you are sure to find the situation that works best for everyone involved.

e-Scooters / e-Rollers in the City

e-Scooters from lime parked near the tram stop in Zuffenhausen-Kelterplatz.
I have been noticing e-Rollers parked just about anywhere around the city. It started I think last month, when the first few of these battery-operated scooters for rent can be spotted in the city center. The e-Scooters or e-Rollers are operated by lime, a US-company.

Could this be the start of the mobility revolution in Stuttgart? These e-scooters are not meant to compete with the public transportation like buses, trams and trains but as a supplement to it. These e-scooters are said to run up to a speed of 20 km/h. Oh my, is that fast!

To protect it from robbers, it has anti-theft features: it alarms so loud like a car alarm system when someone tries to use it by force. The e-scooters can be activated via a smartphone app, where you have to be a registered user to be able to rent, locate available e-scooters and pay.

The e-scooters may be used by anyone aged 14 years old and above. They may only be used on the bike lanes or cycle paths; driving along the Königstrasse is tabu. Helmets are not required when using them but it is recommended for your own safety.

Have you ever tried using an e-scooter? Would you rent an e-Scooter yourself? Let me know how your experience was by leaving your comments below.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Three Things to Consider When Choosing a Natural Birth

Women today have so many options when it comes to giving birth. Choosing natural childbirth is becoming a more popular selection with many mothers-to-be these days. However, it's important to keep in mind that natural birth takes planning and preparation in order to be successful. If you've made the choice to go this route, here are three things to consider to make your pregnancy and delivery a positive experience.

Receive Your Prenatal Care From a Certified Midwife
Choosing to make your prenatal appointments with a licensed midwife tampa rather than an OBGYN could help better prepare you for a natural childbirth. Licensed midwives are qualified to perform all of the necessary checkups and procedures during pregnancy, as well as deliver a baby during childbirth. Midwives specialize in the natural approach, so they will be able to offer sound advice and tips for dealing with common pregnancy woes and pain during labor and delivery.

Hire a Doula for Preparation for and Help Through Labor
Labor, especially with your first child, is a very challenging process. A doula can help prepare you for what to expect by sharing wisdom and advice from past experiences. Not only can they help you prepare your body and environment for the event, they can also provide peace of mind and coaching during active labor to help ease anxiety and make contractions more manageable and productive.

Choose the Right Hospital or Birthing Center
Some hospitals aren't very supportive of natural childbirth and are more focused on speed and efficiency. An exhausted and overwhelmed mother may not have the strength and endurance to stand strong in her wishes for a natural birth. Do your research and find a hospital or birthing center with a history of supporting this approach. Ask if they have midwives on staff, whether or not they allow remote monitoring and if they provide birthing balls or tubs for expectant mothers.

It takes a lot of help and preparation to prepare for a successful natural delivery. With the right tools and support, you can experience a beautiful natural birth.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Day 2 in Salzburger Lungau: Hiking Day to Rotgueldensee

Rotgueldensee is considered as one of the most notable and beautiful mountain lakes in Salzburger Lungau. It is located in Murtal (Mur Valley), within the National Part Hohe Tauern.

From our apartment, we drove about half an hour to Hintermuhr and started our hike from there. Tagging along with us is of course our french bulldog Suki. We started our hike from the parking area of the Arsenhouse, following the road going up the mountain, passing through a number of informative natural trail about the mountain and its Flora and Fauna.

The family on the way up to mountain lake, Rotgüldensee.
The hike normally takes about an hour for regular hikers, but it took us longer as we needed to take more short water breaks for our Suki due to the hot weather. It rained hard halfway through the hike and we were all wet when we reached the lower Rotgüldensee and the Rotgüldensee-Hütte. Although cloudy and gray, it was a sight to behold. The lake water was calm and silvery-gray due to the clouds hovering above. We took a rest at the cabin, where we ordered some hot beverages to help ward off the cold. 

This beautiful lake greeted us, with the foggy Großer Hafner further up.

Later, the sky cleared up, revealing the lake's beautiful almost turkish blue water. Further up, one can see the waterfalls coming from the upper Rotgüldensee and the shimmering ice-cold beauty of the Großer Hafner, a partly-glaciated mountain, up ahead.

The sky cleared up a bit revealing the cold beauty of Großer Hafner
and of course, the lower lake's turquoise water.

We wanted to take the challenge of going up to the upper Rotgüldensee but decided otherewise due to the weather condition and the fitness level of our group which includes a french bulldog, a complaining-not-quite-a-teenager daughter, and me, whose fitness level is close to null. The only fit person in our group is my husband. Hehe! :)

The hike back was quicker and more pleasant for our Suki because the temperature has cooled down. 

It was a beautiful day still, one that we will forever cherish.

How to Add More Natural Elements to Your Home

No matter your style, every home can be made more welcoming and comforting with some additional natural elements. You could choose to replace your flooring with a hardwood like Monarch Plank Windsor Collection, or you could simply add features here and there around your house. Whatever you decide, you don't have to spend a lot of money to do it. Try repurposing old items or using found objects from trips or even around your property.

One of the easiest and healthiest ways to bring nature indoors is with plants. Ones like pathos, ivy and ficus act as natural air purifiers as they can filter dangerous chemicals and toxins from the air. You can also do double-duty with herbs as accents to your decor as well as to your food. If you feel that your thumbs are more brown than green, try cactus or succulents. They require little water or attention and are excellent choices for those who may forget to water other plants regularly.

Accent Walls
For a more dramatic effect, try an accent wall. Techniques could vary from covering a wall using repurposed wood planks to creating a wood-framed showcase of art or photographs. You could also add a living wall. Succulents planted in a vertical planter can be a showstopping look while adding the health benefits of living plants to your space.

Do you love to travel? Use the natural bounty around you. Bring back the beautiful sea glass or seashell you found at the beach. Maybe you found an unusual piece of driftwood that would make a unique holder for tealight candles. Keep strange rocks from your excursions and display them on a shelf or windowsill. You'll have a personal remembrance of your trip along with the warmth that natural elements add to your home.

Friday, August 23, 2019

3 Alternatives To Traditional Labor and Delivery in Texas

Pregnancy and birth can be an intimidating process, especially if it's your first time. You may not have considered additions or alternatives to a hospital stay during labor and delivery. Three are some options to optimize your experience.

Go Natural
If you would like a more natural experience you should consider water birth san antonio. It is exactly what it sounds like- you would be in a bath full of warm water during labor and also during delivery if you wish. It is established as being very safe and soothing. Some hospitals even offer this, if you don't want to seek out a separate facility. You could also stay at home instead of rushing to a delivery room. Midwives are certified to provide care during labor and delivery as well as obstetric care, during and after the pregnancy. Just imagine how much less stress you would feel in the familiarity and privacy of your own home.

Get a Doula
A doula is someone who can guide you and your family through the pregnancy and birthing process to make it the best experience possible. With the complicated healthcare process and seemingly endless advice books, it can lift a lot of weight off of your shoulders to have a certified expert steering you in the right direction. They can provide informational, physical and even emotional support.

Go To a Birthing Center
Another way to avoid the hospital is at a birthing center. These are health care facilities specifically focused on childbirth and abide by the codes of midwifery. They emphasize helping women make decisions about the labor and delivery process according to their own values and beliefs. They are set up to look like large bedrooms and living areas, to give a feeling of home. Services also include educational programs, postpartum care and breastfeeding services.

Your future child deserves the best, so don't skimp when it comes to your health and well-being. Be sure to research everything that is available to you so you can make informed decisions regarding your care.

Summer Roadtrip 2019 - 1st Stop: St. Michael in Lungau, Austria

We started off our summer roadtrip one rainy Saturday. First stop of this trip: St. Michael in Lungau, Austria. St. Michael in Lungau is Salzburg's vacation paradise, surrounded with lush mountains offering a variety of hiking opportunities for families, and deep-blue idyllic mountain lakes. 

We stayed at a family run apartment in St. Martin, with a view of the mountains and just very near the Sonnenbahn.  The Sonnenbahn will take you up to 2,0000 meters above sea level, a great starting point to explore the Speiereck mountain on foot or see the mountain lakes in the area.

Good hiking shoes are needed if you want to go further but sports shoes will suffice if you just want to take a leisurely walk, see the alpine cows lazily grazing on the mountains. There is a restaurant and alpine hut called the Peterbaueralm where you can enjoy traditional Austrian food or stay the night if you somehow ended up still in the mountains and it has already gotten dark.

On our first full day in St. Michael, we went up Speiereck. It was very foggy when we got there but the skies cleared up while we were hiking. It was amazing how the mountains would clear up one moment and then with just a gust of wind be all covered up in fog the next. We brought our french bulldog with us of course and she had a lot of fun up in the mountains. Dogs need of course to always be kept on the leash since there are alpine cows in the area. The cows were very calm creatures but if they see other animals, they might see them as a threat and could then pose a danger to people.

It was a great day up, taking in the breathtaking view of the mountain, with its fresh and cool mountain air, a wonderful experience for the entire family. It was tiring but we all had a wonderful time. Another adventure awaits on the next day.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Try These Easy Pest Prevention Tips

Summer is the perfect time for picnics and cookouts. Everyone gathers around the grill eager to gulp down hamburgers and hot dogs. Laughter and music fill the air and cold drinks keep things chill, even when temperatures are high. It’s idyllic, at least until your guests start bugging out. Apparently, friends and family aren’t the only ones invited to the party. Insects invade by land and air only to crawl across the food, and worse, your company. Your next cookout doesn’t need to turn into a scene from Creepshow, however. Here are four easy tips for a bug-free barbecue.

Oil is Essential
Essential oils offer therapeutic benefits, but many people are surprised to learn they also provide pest protection. Spiders steer clear of decks and outdoor furniture when sprayed with a solution of peppermint oil, dish soap and water. Citrus and lavender oils are other effective deterrents.

Muscle Up Your Mulch
If ants, beetles, moths or termites are a problem, add cedar chips to your mulch. It’s perfectly safe for people, animals and birds, yet emits a toxic aroma for many insects. Additionally, spreading chopped citrus peels is particularly effective against mosquitos and roaches. You also may want to use one of the all natural tick and mosquito control products available on the market.

A Penny for Your Thoughts
It turns out those pennies you picked up off the street will come in handy at your next outdoor party. Place several pennies in a clear bag, fill it with water and then hang it in an area where it will catch sunlight. Flies will keep away due to the reflections cast.

Wasps Aren’t Welcome
If you’ve got fresh fruit or soda at your cookout, chances are you’ll also have wasps. These stingers may love sugar but they sure hate hornets. Stuff a brown lunch bag full of plastic bags, rags or cotton balls. Tie it at the top and hang it so it resembles a hornet’s nest. Wasps will stay away.

Don’t let bugs ruin your summer fun. Bite back with these four tips.

A Family Roadtrip for the Summer of 2019

School is officially out and six weeks of "doing nothing", as the daughter likes to call it, is in! But no, it will not be six long boring weeks because there will be things other than school stuff to do. Plus, this family will be going again on a roadtrip this summer, this time for the first time with our adorable french bully Suki. Yay!!!

It has been quite a while since our last roadtrip as a family and we sure could use a vacation for a number of reasons: 

1. We need to take a break and get our minds off work, hence this much deserved holiday.
2. Our "little girl" did very well at school and this milestone has to be celebrated with the family.
3. We didn't get to spend our summer with Suki last year since we flew back to the Philippines so we are spending this summer with her. She was still happy last year though because she spent it at Pino's Hundehotel with other dogs.

So where to this year? We initially wanted to drive through France and then Spain and back but because it would be too hot in Spain in the summer, we decided to drive to central Europe, where the summer weather will hopefully be milder and more friendly to our frenchie. Thank God for Google maps, I was able to map out our route that will take us through St. Michael in Lungau, Austria, Heviz and Budapest in Hungary, Bratislava in Slovakia,  and back to Germany.

Our route has been set and our dog-friendly accommodations have already been booked weeks ago. What is left is to research on what we will be doing in each country that are foremost "dog-friendly"and family friendly too. If you know of any dog-friendly destinations or activities in these areas, be sure to drop a word or two in the comment section below! It would surely be very helpful and is much appreciated!

I will be writing another entry in the coming days so be sure to drop by every now and then. Thanks!

How To Package Your Dangerous Goods

Whether you are starting a business or sending a present through the mail, it is important to know if anything you ship is considered dangerous and how you need to package it. There are relevant government and international agencies which have their own guidelines for how things are packed and shipped.

Packages and Testing
Anytime you want to sell a product, you will need to make sure that it is packaged correctly and that the package has competent authority approval. This means that it has been tested and approved by someone certified in that field. You can find competent authorities to approve your dangerous goods packaging by going online or contacting the relevant government agencies.

It is a good idea to make sure that you are using approved packaging materials and that they are durable enough for the bumps and bangs of transportation. The materials also need to be rated for the things that you are putting into them. For example, corrosives can eat through metal containers in a violent reaction that can cause injury to people and damage to transportation.

Laws and Regulations
The laws and regulations are different if you are shipping the packages by air than if you are transporting them by truck and can be different for local versus national or international shipments. It is a good idea to check with relevant governing bodies before talking to a package tester to make sure that you are getting the right kinds of approval. There also may be specific regulations involving part of a package but not another. For example, most batteries will need to be shipped separate from the items they go to.

Shipping and packaging your dangerous goods can be easier than you think. You will need to research the best materials for your packages and ensure that they are tested by a competent authority certified in that area. You will also need to know the relevant laws and regulations to know which shipping methods you will need to use.

What You Should Know When Sending The Balikbayan Box

If you are an expat like me, chances are high that you have at least once in your expat life sent gifts to all your loved ones packed in a box - the Balikbayan Box. They are called as such because Filipinos working abroad usually send these boxes ahead of their planned date of homecoming, hence the words "balik" (return) and "bayan" (country). The box would be filled with lots of items for loved ones as gifts for those missed milestones and occassions such as birthdays and anniversarries, for a job well done at school, for achieving something or just because.

Some also send these boxes back home when they finally decide to retire back to their home country for good. These boxes usually travel by sea because they are much cheaper than when you have them carried via air freight. 

But one cannot just put anything in the box. Before you go packing, here are some things that you need to know:

Declare the Contents of the Box Properly
Just like any other cargo, the contents must be declared properly and should not exceed the amount allowed by customs otherwise you would be charged accordingly. Goods are considered by customs as a commodity if the package contains 12 or more items of the same kind. If you declare your items properly, the German customs will have no reason to hold you package. If there are discrepancies, they would hold your package or the entire container. So it is better to declare each item than to be sorry.

No Prohibited Items!
There are also goods that are not allowed to be placed inside the box such as firearms and explosive weapons, hazardous materials, prohibited drugs, dismantled automobile parts, alcoholic beverages, used clothing of commercial quantity, meat and poultry products, and other prohibited materials. LBC has a comprehensive list of prohibited items that should not be placed in the box. You may also contact your local forwarder for support more information.

Pack and Label the Box Properly 
Your box must also be packed properly and should not bulge and can be sealed properly. A box that is too bulky as if it is about to explode might not be accepted for shipment since it would not fit properly into the container or the box itself would no longer be able to hold its contents and disintegrate. So pack your items carefully and well to avoid damages. Most cargo services offer insurance but it is only up to a maximum of €300,00 per box depending on the company. Properly label your box. Write down the name, address and recipient of the recipient properly. That way, your box will find its way to the correct destination and intended recipient.

So there... I hope I am able to help you pack your balikbayan box properly. Do you also use the balikbayan box for sending gifts to your loved ones back home? Which service are you using and why? Be sure to share them in the comments! 

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Three Reasons to Upgrade Your Garage Door

Replacing your old garage door may not be on the top of your to-do list; however, it’s surprising how much a new door can change the look of your home. There are several reasons to upgrade your garage door including function and style. Here are three great reasons to take the plunge and replace your garage door today.

One of the most important reasons to replace your old garage door is safety. If your current door doesn’t close all the way, gets jammed when operating, or has any other faulty symptoms, it’s definitely time to get a new door. Your garage keeps costly possessions safe including vehicles, tools, and bikes. Don’t procrastinate replacing your door any longer. A new garage door that securely protects your valuables is incalculable. 

Curb Appeal Another great reason to install a new garage door is curb appeal. Based on size, your garage door likely demands a lot of attention at the front of your home. If your door is bent or faded, your home tends to look worn and outdated. Garage door sales Denton TX have numerous options to fit any budget and style. A professional company can help you select and install a door that properly fits and complements the style of your home.

Awesome Accessories 
A third reason to update your garage door is accessories. In past years, if the power went out you were left having to manually open your garage door. Newer garage doors have battery back-up built in to them so you’re not left in a bind. Some models of garage door openers even allow you to use your smartphone to operate the door from any location. The safety and convenience of newer garage doors simply makes the cost of installation worth it.

Safety, curb appeal and awesome accessories are three reasons you should consider updating your garage door.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Are Spiders Dangerous?

While there’s no doubt that spiders are feared by many, are these small eight-legged creatures actually dangerous? Everyone has heard horror stories of people who have suffered serious effects from spider bites, and there it’s no secret that many types of spiders release venom any time they sink their fangs into their prey. Here is some useful information on the spiders you might encounter in your home and whether or not you need to be worried. 

Venomous Spiders 
One of the first questions people ask when spotting a spider nearby is whether or not it is venomous. The reality is that except for a few unique species of spiders, almost all spiders have venom. However, very few spiders have venom strong enough to hurt humans or even cause any pain. Additionally, many spider species are very docile and will only attack a predator, such as a human, if they feel threatened. It’s unlikely that a spider will try to bite you unless you are trying to move it from your home, which is why it can be helpful to have a spider pest control company do it for you. It is also smart to be especially cautious around spiders if you have a known allergy to spiders, have very young children, or are ill. 

Dangerous Species 
While bites from common species such as the hobo spider or wolf spider can cause minor pain and swelling, they hardly warrant a trip to the emergency room and will heal rather quickly. In America, the only two types of potentially dangerous spider species to look out for is the brown recluse and the black widow. The black widow is easily identifiable by the red dot or hourglass on the back of its black body. A brown recluse can range in color from a light tan to a very dark brown or gray. It has markings that resemble a violin.

Why June Weddings Are So Popular

To be a June bride is something that a woman may have dreamed of becoming. There must be something in the month of June that makes many couples want to marry in this month. But did you know that marrying in June traditionally goes way back into the Roman times?

Juno, The Goddess of Marriage
Yes, you read it right: the Roman era. It is believed that the goddess Juno, for which the month name June is derived from, protects women throughout their lives, that includes of course (!) marriage and childbirth, two important milestones in a woman's life.

Floral Scents Cover the Stench
Ever wonder what the bouquet of flowers is for? In the Medieval times, hygiene is not practiced in the way we know it now and bath soaps are a luxury that is difficult to have. There were only annual baths where one gets to thoroughly bathe. This is usually done in May or June, which means brides are still relatively fresh in the month of June. They carry along with them a bouquet of flowers, which are thankfully abundant in the month of June, to mask their body odor just in case.

Beautiful Weather
Practically speaking, for those of us living in the northern hemisphere, June is a perfect time to get married because it is the time when summertime kicks in. You have a higher chance of getting a beautiful weather. Add to that the longer days in June, which means you can also utilize outdoor space to the fullest.

So these are some reasons why many tend to marry in June. Do you know any other reasons? Be sure to add them in the comment section!

Thursday, June 20, 2019

How To Protect Your Oriental Rug

Oriental rugs represent an investment much like antiques. Like a fine wine, these rugs get better and tend to hold or increase their value over time. Most Oriental rugs are made from durable wool fibers, and a good quality rug will last a lifetime if taken care of properly.

Whether you opt to grace your floors with Nepal bamboo silk or handmade Pakistani rugs, the uniqueness of Oriental rugs can add a touch of cozy elegance to any home. They do require some maintenance, though.

Clean It
To refresh your rug’s surface, use a sponge or cloth and cold water to wipe it down. This helps remove surface dust and restores the fabric. If you have a spill, spot clean at once. Use a dry cloth to dab the stained area. Avoid using soap or other cleaning products at all times. They can damage the rug’s fabric.

Rotate It
If your rug is positioned in an area that gets a lot of traffic, you should rotate it regularly to avoid excessive wear and tear. Rotating your rug can also prevent fading in spots receiving direct sunlight.

Flip It
The fringes on most rugs can easily tangle. If this happens, do not comb out the fringes. This can damage natural fibers. Simply flip over and shake the rug to naturally straighten out the fringe.

Vacuum It
Regularly vacuum your rug. This not only cleans the rug but keeps the fabric from packing down in areas that get a lot of walking. A good vacuuming will restore the rug’s luster.

Hang It
Mold and mildew can form when moisture builds up on your rug. To help prevent this build-up, hang your rug outside for a few hours to let it air out. This also reduces odors that might latch on to the rug. You should do this a couple of times a year.

Oriental rugs are a big investment and should be treated as such. Proper care will help ensure your rug keeps its value over time.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Occasions When Clocks Make a Great Gift

Milestones and rites of passage are the perfect opportunities to give something meaningful and symbolic to someone important in your life. When given as a gift, a clock can be deeply sentimental and become a cherished heirloom in someone’s life.

First Wedding Anniversary

Tradition calls for paper-themed gifts on your first wedding anniversary. Modern choices are changing traditions, though, and clocks are the choice for younger couples. Symbolic of time passing and promising eternity, the gift of a clock to your spouse is a sweet and romantic gesture to celebrate a year of marriage.
  • PenduLux clocks are beautiful, handcrafted pieces that both genders will appreciate. With so many options and styles to choose from, there is sure to be something to suit your spouse’s taste.


High school, college, even kindergarten graduations are a big deal. Celebrate the success of the special student in your life by giving them a watch. These are practical and heartfelt gifts that can be personalized to fit the graduate.
  • For the very young graduate, look into watches for small wrists with flexible bands. Little ones love seeing their favorite princess or superhero on the watch face!
  • A pocket watch makes a more adult statement for the older graduate. Have it engraved with their name and graduation year, or choose an inspirational quote to help inspire them.

Groomsman Gifts

Honor your friends for being there for you all those years, including the day of your wedding. Give them a special gift to mark your friendship.
  • Whether you choose a pocket watch or a wristwatch, either choice can be tailored to fit you and your friends’ personalities. There are pop culture choices, specialty engraving and ways to make this good gift a fantastic one.
Time will always march on, but it seems to slow down just a little bit during those special moments in life. Mark these moments with a meaningful gift to serve as a reminder.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Reasons to Buy A Horse

Anyone who has ever spent time around a horse knows how wonderful they are. The decision to buy your own horse can be a difficult one. Horses can be very expensive and require a lot of time, attention and money to properly care for. If you are on the fence about whether or not to get a horse for you and your family, below are some reasons why you should consider it. When buying items for your horse, be sure you buy things such as horse show jumps from reputable sellers like the one found at

Keeps You Fit

One great reason to consider buying a horse is that it can help keep you in shape. Anyone who regularly rides a horse can attest that riding can be an excellent physical activity. Aside from riding a horse, the time and energy necessary to care for your horse will keep you physically active as well.

Good For Mental Health

Horses are known to be great stress relievers. Taking a long ride through the woods on your horse can be a great way to forget your worries about work, school and money. Your horse can also make a great friend and therapist. Your horse will listen to anything you have to say without judgment.

Horse Riding Is A Great Social Activity

If you board your horse at a local barn, you will get to meet other horse lovers while there. Your horse can give you a great opportunity to socialize with like-minded individuals. You can make plans to meet up at the barn and ride trails together.

Gain Confidence

Another great benefit of owning a horse is that it can be great for boosting confidence. As you begin to improve your riding skills and bond with your horse, your confidence will get stronger.
A horse can be an expensive investment. However, as you can see, the benefits of owning a horse are vast. The money you spend purchasing and taking care of your horse will be returned tenfold with the love and fun they offer.Reasons To Buy A Horse
Anyone who has ever spent time around a horse knows how wonderful they are. The decision to buy your own horse can be a difficult one. Horses can be very expensive and require a lot of time, attention and money to properly care for. If you are on the fence about whether or not to get a horse for you and your family, below are some reasons why you should consider it. When buying items for your horse, be sure you buy things such as horse show jumps from reputable sellers like the one found at

Keeps You Fit

One great reason to consider buying a horse is that it can help keep you in shape. Anyone who regularly rides a horse can attest that riding can be an excellent physical activity. Aside from riding a horse, the time and energy necessary to care for your horse will keep you physically active as well.

Good For Mental Health

Horses are known to be great stress relievers. Taking a long ride through the woods on your horse can be a great way to forget your worries about work, school and money. Your horse can also make a great friend and therapist. Your horse will listen to anything you have to say without judgment.

Horse Riding Is A Great Social Activity

If you board your horse at a local barn, you will get to meet other horse lovers while there. Your horse can give you a great opportunity to socialize with like-minded individuals. You can make plans to meet up at the barn and ride trails together.

Gain Confidence

Another great benefit of owning a horse is that it can be great for boosting confidence. As you begin to improve your riding skills and bond with your horse, your confidence will get stronger.
A horse can be an expensive investment. However, as you can see, the benefits of owning a horse are vast. The money you spend purchasing and taking care of your horse will be returned tenfold with the love and fun they offer.

Friday, April 19, 2019

The Benefits of Private Schools

Choosing the school your children will attend is a big decision. What are the teachers and administrators like? What is the curriculum? What kind of extracurriculars do they offer? These are all questions to consider, so keep an open mind and possibly look into private schools as an option. Here are some of the benefits of a private school education Tampa Florida.

Smaller Class Sizes
Private schools generally have fewer attendees than other schools. This prevents students from getting lost in the crowd. If a child has trouble socializing with their classmates or speaking up in class, a smaller class size might be less intimidating for them. Teachers can also spend more time individually with each student. They would take note of any child struggling and be sure to encourage them to participate during class discussion.

Personalized Education
Every child deserves the same amount of attention and care, but sometimes it takes the right kind of attention and care. Private schools will not let any student fall through the cracks. Teachers and administrators are more than willing to take more time outside of the classroom for those students who need extra guidance and one-on-one teaching to grasp the material. With the help and support from their teachers and family and the student's commitment to learning, a failing grade can become a stellar score by the end of the term.

Religious Values
Some private schools incorporate religion. Whether that means teachings of Christianity, Buddism, Hinduism, or others, some families prefer this type of curriculum. These institutions normally provide opportunities to volunteer and assist the less fortunate so that students really come to understand what it means to serve. If those are values you also believe in, then a religious based private school may be the ideal place for your student.

Private schools exist to give options to parents and students. Personalized attention and curriculum, as well as a structured environment, are just a few of the many benefits that come with private school education.

Visita Iglesia

If you are a pious Roman Catholic,  the Visita Iglesia or the Seven Churches Visitation during the lenten season is one of the traditions that you look forward to. Traditionally, the seven churches visitation is done on Maundy Thursday after the Mass of the Last Supper. The main altar and most side altars are stripped, the crosses removed or covered. The Blessed Sacrament is then placed in a Tabernacle on the Altar of Repose so that the faithful can pray before it. It is usually a time for silent adoration.

In the Philippines, the general practice is to visit seven or fourteen churches on Maundy Thursday or Good Friday. The faithful however may also perform this during the Holy Week or Kuwaresma. The more pious would bring a cross to these churches. People walk or take a ride from one church to the next depending on its proximity, and one or two stations of the cross are recited at each church. Most of the Churches are usually open until midnight to accommodate the faithful. Offerings are also made at each church as a form of almsgiving to the poor. 

Things To Consider Before Purchasing A Home

Buying a house is a big decision. There are many factors to consider before purchasing a new home, but making a list and knowing what you want can help ease the process.

You've probably heard that when it comes to real estate, location can make all the difference. That's why homes for sale Spring TX are going to cost significantly less than the same sized house in San Fransisco. There are many things to consider when it comes to location though. If you have children, you probably want to factor the school district into your decision. Are you willing to commute to work, or are you looking to find something close by your office? Before you buy a house, make sure to think about all of these things carefully, and make a list of what is most important to you when it comes to location.

Finding the right real estate agent for you is essential. You want to find someone who is reputable and has your best interests in mind. Do your research before you jump in. Buying a house is a huge investment, so it is crucial to take your time and find someone who can guide you through the process. Ask around for recommendations, and look online at reviews.

How much square footage you buy is based on your needs and wants. If you have a large family, or are planning to, you'll want to make sure you have enough space to accommodate everyone. Something to consider before you choose a house is that it is always easier to remodel rooms in a house than it is to add them on. If having enough space for your family is important to you, don't sacrifice square footage for a more modern look. That can always be fixed later.

The home buying process can be overwhelming, but remember to take your time. Do plenty of research before you make any decisions. Plan for the future, and understand what you can afford before you buy.

A Place to Call Our Own

It is every family's dream to have their own home one day. Many of us wish for a dream home with a backyard garden, or a house with a large kitchen and lots of extra room to accommodate additional family members and visiting relatives and friends. Others wish for a house with a garage, where they can work on or tinker on their cars at the comfort of home. 

Others take into consideration the location of the property - is it conveniently located near schools, or shopping markets, or maybe near a bus or tram stop? Is it in the suburbs, on the border of the city, in the city center, near parks? Is the house or property in an exclusive subdivision or located in an urban development area?

Whatever kind of a home it is, an important aspect to consider is your finances. Can you finance the house? What are your financial resources and options for financial support? How long will you have to pay the mortgage? It is important to plan with a foresight so that things will work out. 

Indeed there are lots of things to consider when looking for or building your dream home. It takes a lot of effort, planning and sound decision making. But once it is built or finished, you are able to breath a sigh of relief and find comfort in the thought that your family now has its own roof on their heads. There is, after all, no place like home.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Things That Cause Air Pollution - Stop These Things To Maintain High Indoor Air Quality

Air quality refers to the purity of air that people breathe. The quality of air is usually at its lowest in big cities that engage in lots of manufacturing. Air quality is also made worse by the exhaust of motor vehicles and the release of harmful gases not related to manufacturing into the atmosphere. Although homes generally have a better air quality than the outdoors, residences still find themselves guilty of harboring not-so-great air.

Smoking tobacco, cannabis, and other substance is bad for air quality
One of the worst parts of tobacco consumption is the process of inhaling smoke - the type of smoke doesn't really matter - into the precious human lungs. Although not as bad as tobacco, cannabis smoke can also be held responsible for reducing the air quality in homes. Other things that put out smoke, such as incense, are also not good for homes' average air quality readings.

Pets are notorious for pumping out lots of hair and dander
Dander refers to tiny particles that dogs, cats, and other pets release into their environments. Many people who have allergies are allergic to cat or dog dander. Even though pets are oh-so-fun to have around, you should be aware of their potential to make the air around your home harder to breathe. One way to reduce the amount of dander in your home's aerial environment is to filter through it with an HVAC filter.

Not having ample ventilation is also a common culprit to blame for low air quality
The point of ventilation is to pump old, stale air out of homes. Residences that don't have enough working equipment to properly ventilate homes, they often suffer from low air quality as a result of their ventilation problems. Check around your home to see if its vents are open, not clogged, and pulling enough air through them. Simply moving debris around is all this step takes to be completed. If you want to start breathing better air, look no further than the help of hvac technician harris county tx, who is great at what he does.

Spring and Easter Home Decorating

We often hear the song "it's the most wonderful time of the year" whenever it is the winter and Christmas season, but SPRING can be considered the most wonderful time of the year too! 

Whenever I think of spring, I think of HOPE, and LIFE, and yes, EASTER! It is that time of the year when everything sprouts and springs back to life - birds singing, trees budding, flowers beginning to bloom. It is also that time of the year when everything seems painted in the soft hues of pastel colors and one is just in the mood to clean every corner and redecorate the house in all the glory of spring and easter!

Decorative pieces like vase, candle holders and candles, 
that when mixed and matched,
create a beautiful and romantic atmosphere.
When it comes to decors, one of my favorite go to stores is DEPOT. I just love their fresh ideas and trendy designs, and the endless possibilities of creative decorating that one can do by mixing and matching items. Plus, you can get lots of advice and decorating ideas in their blog "Schön bei Dir". Be it the living room, kitchen, dining table, bedroom, outdoor garden - you can find a lot of stuff to be inspired when you enter this store. They offer free brochures in-store that customers can take home, too so you can pre-select and organize your shopping list for when you drop by the next time. Their online shop allows you to shop 24/7 at the comfort of home.

DIY Idea: "A string of home-made bunting for festive occasions and everyday 'hygge'."
Photo from Sostrene Grene website. 
Another store that me and my daughter recently discovered is SOSTRENE GRENE. It is a Scandinavian chain of stores with headquarters in Denmark that provides its customers with a refined and innovative product range but still with a Nordic feeling to it. They always have something new every week, with some products available only at a limited period, so you will always be surprised each time you visit. The "DIY Corner" section of their website is something every craft-person must visit for those do-it-yourself ideas ranging from the simplest and easiest as making cardboard bugs with kids to more complicated projects like making a stunning lampshade. They don't have an online shop but the catalogues published monthly online are very helpful to plan ahead what you would like to purchase. If you love the feminine and Scandinavian touch like I do, then this store is a must visit. A visit at one of their stores is guaranteed to be a happy experience. :)

So if you want to liven up and redo your home decor for spring and easter, have a look at the assortment at these two stores mentioned. Wonderful surprises await you.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Four Tips for Going Green

Are you ready to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle? You don't have to live in the woods and trade all of your clothes for hemp. There are plenty of small, everyday changes that you can make to reduce your carbon footprint while still enjoying the conveniences of modern living. Here are just four examples!

1. Change Your Light Bulbs
A compact florescent light (CFL) is much better for the environment than a traditional halogen bulb. As a bonus, it will give off the same amount of illumination; you won't even notice the difference once it's screwed into place. All that you have to do is fork over a few more dollars for a CFL rather than a generic bulb.

2. Use Less Water
Do you like drinking cold water? Instead of running the tap for several minutes to get it nice and chilly, keep a plastic water bottle in the freezer. You can add regular water to the container whenever you want, and the cold sides will act like ice. As a bonus, you won't waste water at the faucet.

3. Invest in Solar Power
Solar power is often misunderstood as something that takes a lot of time and money to harness. In truth, you can start using solar power with nothing more than a few photovoltaic panels in your yard or on your roof! Do some research into solar power New Jersey to learn more.

4. Donate Your Belongings
Did you know that just about everything can be recycled? Most people think of papers and plastics when they think about recycling plants, but the truth is that fabrics, metals and even electronics can be repurposed for other things. The next time that you're cleaning out your closet, consider donating your goods instead of adding them to landfills.

These are just a few things to keep in mind if you're trying to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle. As you can see, there's a lot more to the process than simply recycling your plastics! You have to make a commitment to a better life. Good luck!

Why Drink Bottled Water?

Water is essential for our health. It is the only beverage that has no calories and no sugar, that while keeping us hydrated. We are always reminded to drink at least two liters of water per day to ensure that our body is well-hydrated, which helps regulate our body temperature and maintain our bodily functions. Wherever we are - at work, home, school or outdoors, bottled water within our reach ensures the availability of this naturally hydrating beverage. Because it is available in a variety of formats (sparkling or still) and sizes, we can choose whatever suits our needs. 

Also, bottled water have strict safety and quality standards to follow, ensuring consumers that they get a high quality product. Moreover, the sources of these natural mineral and spring waters are protected to keep it sustainable. The bottled water producers go to great lengths to protect these natural resources and continuously find ways to keep environmental impacts at a minimum.

When calamities or emergencies arise, or when water supply is cut off in a municipality due to contamination or drought for example, bottled water provides a steady and safe supply. It can be easily and readily distributed to these affected areas, ensuring that the populace is kept hydrated.

Water really is life. It is the healthiest drink there is. I just hope that everyone will have access to it. And that we will all be responsible in recycling and disposing of our used water bottles - be it plastic or glass.

Monday, March 11, 2019

3 Great Reasons to Choose Blinds for Your Home

If you're thinking about sprucing up your home, start thinking about picking up window blinds Los Angeles. There are so many great reasons to choose blinds when thinking about redecorating your living space.

1. Everyone Loves a Little Privacy
Windows are a great way to see the world around you, be it the gorgeous California landscape or bustling Los Angeles city life. There are times when we all just need to have some time away from the world. With custom blinds, you can easily get just the right privacy with multiple angles. Adjustments made using blinds can easily block views from specific directions while still allowing a good deal of natural sunlight to enter a room.

2. Easy to Maintain and Keep Clean
When you have drapes or curtains, cleaning consists of taking them down and washing them in a machine, dry clean, or some other method. With custom blinds, you don't have to worry about the hassle of washing and possibly ruining the fabric. Instead, care and maintenance is a breeze. This keeps your home looking it's best, but it also helps keep allergy-causing and irritating dust and dirt from lying around in fabric.

3. Cost-Effective and Money-Saving 
Custom blinds that fit your windows perfectly can actually help keep the cold out in the winter months and keep the sun low in the hot summer months. The sun can also do damage to your furniture and other household goods. This is a cost-effective way to help reduce energy costs and protect your furniture as blinds are easily installed and maintained. Blinds come in a variety of styles. It's easy to find something that fits with your tastes or decor. Consider a set of custom blinds next time you decide to change things up.

Bilingual Classes in Stuttgart's "High Schools"

Most of us would say that English is the universal language and that it is important to be fluent in it from an international standpoint. Coming from a country where English is the second "mother tongue", I would say that being fluent in English indeed has its advantages. 

However, being in a country where English is otherwise the native language, it could be a challenge.  To help my daughter to be more confident in using english, we expose her to different movies shown in english, books written in english and communicating at times in english. Thankfully too, there are schools offering bilingual english classes so that students get to speak, discuss, write and read more english. 

In Stuttgart, there are about eleven Gymnasiums offering bilingual classes in English in their curriculum. These are:
  1. Ferdinand Porsche Gymnasium
  2. Königin Olga Stift
  3. Dillmann Gymnasium
  4. Paracelsus Gymnasium
  5. Zeppelin Gymnasium
  6. Leibniz-Gymnasium
  7. Königin Charlotte Gymnasium
  8. Fanny Leicht Gymnasium
  9. Geschwister Scholl Gymnasium
  10. Johannes Kepler Gymnasium
  11. Eschbach Gymnasium (new, from school year 2019/2020)
What does this mean? 
This means that students get more English classes beginning in the fifth grade to prepare them for the subjects that will be taught in english in the later years (beginning 7th grade). This is however, not for every student. It is therefore recommended for parents to get advise from primary school teachers before deciding, as they could very well assess whether a child would be suited in such a class. A prerequisite for admission into the bilingual program is a generally good grade in the 1st half of the school year in the 6th grade. In particular, good performance in the main subjects German, English and Mathematics is expected.

Which subjects are taught in English?
The following subjects are taught in English from the 7th grade:
  • Grade 7: Geography
  • Grade 8: Geography + History
  • Grade 9: Biology
  • Grade 10: Biology + History or Geography or Social Studies
Do you live in a country where English is not the official language. Which programs do the educational institutions offer so that students become more proficient in the english language? 

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