Thursday, March 5, 2015

Four Fun Holiday Activities For The Kids (And You!)

The Easter and summer holidays are not too far away so I’ve been doing some research on fun things that my family and I can do during the time off. Looking at the list I’ve come up with so far, I must admit, I’m more excited about our planned activities than the kids are!

If you are searching for holiday activity inspiration, have a look at what we’ve got in store for the break and hopefully there are a few ideas that take your fancy too.


How to Experience Barcelona on a Shoestring Budget


Like most big European cities nowadays, Barcelona is pretty expensive. The hotels can be expensive, the tourist traps can be expensive and even the food can be expensive if you’re new to the city. Barcelona is still a beautiful and diverse city though. You shouldn’t let the prices you see put you off because there’s always a way around them. It’s possible to see Barcelona on a shoestring, I’ve done it! You just have to be smart about it.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Fun Reasons to Trace Your Family History

Genealogy has become a favorite hobby for many people in recent years. It's now much easier to research your family history than it ever was in the past. With the internet, there's no need to spend hours searching through the archives at your local library, church or government office. Although you can still do that, and sometimes need to, there's a ton of information available online. If you want to start building your family tree, it's easy to begin researching your history and finding out where you come from. Here are some great reasons to take up genealogy as your next hobby.


Monday, March 2, 2015

Wonderful Ways to Improve Your Health and Comfort as You Get Older


As you get older, it’s important to make sure you look after your health and stay in shape. This can be difficult to do as you might find yourself immobile. You might even think you’re too old for that sort of thing. But don’t worry, whatever age you are there’s sure to be something on this list you’ll be able to do.

Here are some of the great ways you can improve your health and comfort:

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Simple Ways to Up Security in Your Home

Talking about home security can be tough for some people. But, the mindset of ‘it’ll never happen to me’ is often one that many homeowners think. Of course, having crossed fingers is not enough. In some circumstances, you need to make sure that you are upping your home security. Okay, so it’s best not to be paranoid about these things. You don’t have to install CCTV everywhere and a wealth of locks so that your home is akin to Fort Knox. But, having a diligent approach to your home security can save you a lot of heartache in the future.

Here are some simple ways that you can up your home security.

Windows and Doors: Check Your Locks

Windows and doors need to be secure to prevent any opportunist thieves from entering your property. It’s imperative that you are checking the locks and doors within your home to prevent any issues from arising. It’s a simple tactic to employ. If the locks are looking worn or loose, it may be time to replace them.

Put up Security Lights

Floodlights and safety lights are great for the long, dark winter evenings. But, they are the perfect deterrent for spring and summer too. After all, a burglar will operate on a covert basis. Darkens provides the perfect opportunity for them to be concealed. So, make it more difficult for thieves to go around unnoticed. A simple automatic flood light is the best kind of deterrent on the market.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Too Blessed To Be Stressed

Lately my life has become too busy yet as always I say I am too blessed to be stressed. So help me God. 

Tackling A Family Friendly Spring Clean

Spring is coming, and for most families it signifies a wake up call to sweep away the cobwebs of last year and start the new year fresh and with a positive mindset. This is also a means to do this physically as well as mentally. Sort through old belongings and decide whether to store them for next year or to throw them out or sell them. It does the whole family good for everyone to get involved in the spring cleaning. Your kids are a massive part of your family and deserve a say and to take part too.

The first thing you are going to want to do is to prioritise the rooms of your home. I would recommend leaving the garage until last, this then provides you with a area to leave items that need to find a new home or be sold. Also it can provide a good area to leave items you are unsure about. If a spring clean seems like too much hassle, check out the Lakewood properties for home inspiration. Be sentimental, but do not hold on to things for no good reason.

Lounge - Do a double check of the lounge for any lingering Xmas decorations, I know we forgot to remove a few items and ended up having to get the storage boxes out again. Also check around the coffee table for any old newspapers and magazines and recycle them. These can also be used to keep the kids busy on their holidays as they can be used for scrapbooking or even making paper mache. If you want to freshen up your living area, it can be simple. Think about moving some of your furniture around. Another idea is to move soft furnishings from one room to another; these include rugs, cushions and curtains.

Kitchen - My kitchen is filled with clutter, we have some many appliances laying around that do not even get used. If you still want them, box them up and store them. If they were a flash in the pan, then stick them on eBay and turn your junk into treasure. Remember to store old crockery and some of your larger serving dishes as these will be needed when the next big social event comes around. Moving larger appliances to clean behind them can be a real pain, this, however, can be alleviated somewhat by purchasing appliance rollers. These little rods on wheels are placed on the ground and then your appliances are placed on top. This allows the easy removal of the appliance to aid cleaning and maintenance.

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Lunch: The Ilocana Way

Yes I am a proud Ilocana and this is my idea of a happy tummy!

~Monggo with ampalaya leaves poured over warm rice and a side dish of paksiw na galunggong with lots of tomatoes and fresh onions~

"mangan tayun kakabsat!"

4 Steps to Track and Prevent Your Child’s Allergies

Tackling your child’s allergies can seem like an all consuming task. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. When it comes to making sure that your kids are happy and healthy, there are some essential steps that you can make to ensure that they allergen free. You don’t have to pump them full of medicines to keep their allergies at bay. On the contrary, there are simple ways that you can prevent allergy attacks from striking.

Step 1: Determine Why Allergy Symptoms Are Occurring

Things like seasonal allergies can be problematic. Pollen allergies are common, but they can leave you feeling under the weather. But, some allergies occur during the night times as a result of dust and bedding. Think about your child’s allergies and when they occur. Once you have identified the source, you can start making changes within the home.

Step 2: Understanding Where Allergens Can Be Found

Once you have determined the allergen cycle, it is advisable to make sure that you are getting to the source of the problem. If your child is suffering from nighttime allergies, it may be wise to vacuum their room at night before they go to bed. Opt for an HEPA filtered vacuum cleaner to ensure that you are not aggravating the problem further. The best vacuum cleaner info can be found online; it’s always best to buy one that is fit for your child’s needs. Of course, it may not be a dust issue. It may be the bedding itself. Allergen pillows and duvets can be sought if this is the case.

Allergies come in many different forms. In some instances, your pets may be the reason your child is suffering from a reaction. But, it may be that pollen is the case. By determining the source, you can start a cleaning regime to eradicate the problem.