Restaurant Guide: How to Boost Your Delivery Sales

>> Friday, September 19, 2014

Running a restaurant is one of the most difficult things you can do in the business world. After all, even if you have a great concept and out of this world food, you may not be able to sustain business, practically just because of customer whims. However, there are some things you can do to improve your restaurant’s chances of survival – things like adding delivery service. Use this guide to help you boost your overall sales through delivery and help your business stay afloat even when times are tough.

1. Avoid charging hefty delivery fees to your customers if they’re somewhat nearby. Within a range of 1 to 2 miles, you shouldn’t charge delivery fees at all when you’re trying to attract new business. If you must, keep them as low as possible.

2. Have reasonable delivery hours and consider having late night delivery service if you live in a busy or metropolitan area. You don’t even have to keep your restaurant open, so you can limit your staff to only those involved in cooking, taking orders and delivering to customers.

3. Make sure you use high-quality supplies like food containers and hot delivery bags so that your food gets to customers in the best shape possible. Since food has to sit during the delivery process, food delivery bags are essential for making sure the food is restaurant quality by the time your customers eat it. If it isn’t, they won’t call back and order from you again.



Light The Room

>> Monday, September 01, 2014

Instead of updating the furniture and large areas of the home, consider changing the lighting to something that's a little more modern. This is an easy way to bring new environment into the home without changing all of the furnishings. There are several designs to choose from, and you can add the light fixtures in any room of the home.

A beautiful chandelier placed above a dining table can add an elegance to the room. Bath fixtures now come in shapes other than the typical round and square designs that you find in most homes. Some of them are in the shape of a waterfall, blending with the overall plumbing them of the bathroom. When you choose a modern light fixture, you are getting more than just a new light. You are getting something that can bring life into the home. Outdoor lighting can provide a sense of security as well as give the outside of the home a touch of contemporary design when you choose a modern piece. Wall sconces are another option to add a modern touch. Many of the modern lighting fixtures now are in bold designs like waves or something that is abstract to the eye, making it something that people will talk about while in the room.



Happy Labor Day!

Happy Labor Day everyone!

It wasn’t so happy here in Michigan today for Labor Day, it’s been rainy and cloudy the whole day. Our barbecue/picnic plan was ruined because of it. We were thinking about it yesterday that we are going to the metro beach for the day, yet the rain is here to ruin everything! Well, it is not as bad though since the rain stopped somehow. My husband and I decided to just have some grilling at home. I made some homemade burger for him and some homemade fries as well. I made myself some grilled salmon with lobster, and some sweet potato fries. It was delicious! I never thought I could make something like this, just like what I always love to eat at TGI Fridays restaurant.

Anyway, tomorrow is exciting! Finally school is back! My son kind of excited about it but I doubt the idea of waking up so early. He needs to wake up early morning tomorrow than his usual routine of waking up at 8:30 in the morning because his dad will be dropping him off to school. He will be upset about it. He hates waking up early, just like me!

Well, it was also a good thing for me. He is back to school and it means I only have one kid at home now. Yay, not so bad.



5 Tips for Buying Cushion Foam

>> Friday, August 29, 2014

Buying the right kind of foam can make all the difference in the comfort and longevity of your chairs, beds and window seats. But how do you know what "the right kind" really is? Here are just five considerations to make when purchasing cushion foam.

1: Choose Your Material Type

Are you trying to re-stuff your couch cushions or build yourself a whole new mattress? Poly foam is the softest. Or maybe you need your foam to be waterproof and scratch-resistant for outdoor use? Look for dryfast foam, which will shake off moisture just as quickly as the name suggests. You can also customize your foam material with things like fiberfill wraps for even greater durability.

2: Think About Support

Generally speaking, a foam's density is a good indication of how much support it will offer its buyer. If you're looking for foam to build up kids chairs or foot furniture that doesn't take a lot of weight, you won't need anything with a thickness of more than three inches. On the other hand, if you require something more suitable for adults of 100lbs or more, you'll want foam of at least six inches.

3: Consider Your Comfort

The most comfortable chairs have the softest foam, but be careful not to go too far in the other direction and create something limp and lifeless. You'll need arch support for your back to keep yourself from developing aches later. Incidentally, this is where those fiberfill wraps can really come in handy!

4: Invest in Durability

High-quality, high-density foam is the kind that will last for years without losing its shape. However, it can cost quite a bit more than low-density foam, especially if you're buying a large quantity to fill up an office or board room. You might want to buy the low-density kind if you're looking for the most cost-effective option on the market.

5: Add A Little Flair

Foam can be cut in a myriad of shapes and sizes, so don't afraid to try something new for a change in interior design! They can be ordered in circles, squares and rectangles; they can be shaped into large Ls or rounded Ts; they can even be cut into truly bizarre figures for ergonomic desk chairs or unconventional window seats.
These are just five things to consider when buying foam for your next DIY project. You only thought foam would be the easy part!



Curriculum Night at Josh's School

Last Wednesday, we went to my son’s Joshua’s curriculum night. It was exciting since this time, our son will be in first grade. He was excited about it. And the surprising thing is that, he will be having the same teacher. The
teacher is teaching first grade now. For some reason, his school were having all changes and I think it is good since the teacher already knew what to do in regards on him. I was excited about him as well.

Another thing that changed was, this time he will be riding a bus. His dad will drop him off to school early in the morning. And he will be staying in the day care for a while before the school starts. Then, he will ride a bus home and I will be waiting for him. I think that’s a good idea. And it will be three times a day though since his caregiver will be picking up him at school twice a week. So, I think it will not be as bad.

It is just that I have a nightmare last two years ago of him riding a bus. There’s a bad event that took place which somehow none was doing something about it, especially on the school and bus premises. I was so mad about it but of course, there’s nothing I could do but to take my kids out of taking a school bus. He was slapped by other student and when he came home, his face were all red.

Good thing, there were no bruises, or else, I’m badly going to do something about it and maybe slap the kid as well. But, of course, I’m an educated person and I understand what’s going on. But sometimes my mother instinct sometimes gets through me. And I knew who it was. And I’m still disappointed about of school not doing anything about it. But of course, he’s not on that school anymore. We moved him away. Now I hope these terrible incident will not happen again.

The event was doing great. I got all the packet information,new things that come along the way. Pretty much the same from last year. New room for Joshua and he met some old and new faces of his classmates too.

Anyway, my son’s school will not start until September 2nd, and he was totally not so excited about it. But, every time he sees his new backpack, he can’t wait! So funny. And I can’t wait too! Few days more to go!



Stylish New Furniture For Your Finished Basement

>> Monday, August 25, 2014

When families finish their basement, they are hoping to utilize more space in their home. The basement can become an entertainment center, a workshop or a game room. However, the basement cannot do anything substantial without the right furniture. If someone were to click here to visit Living Edge or a similar company, they would find a large selection of furniture that will look perfect in their basement. Consider what the finished basement should look like, choose a color scheme and buy some furniture.

The Game Room

A game room is a lovely place for kids and adults to spend a free afternoon, but the game room must be appointed properly. A family should get a comfortable couch, some nice chairs and an entertainment center. The furniture in the basement does not have to match the rest of the house, or the family can purchase furniture that looks very similar to what they have in the rest of the home.

The Sitting Room

A sitting room is a place where people can rest, read or drink coffee and tea. These rooms are a great place to retreat before or after dinner, an
d these rooms are a lovely place for the people in the family to relax. A sitting room should feature a writing desk, a small loveseat or a comfortable chair and beautiful wall furnishings.

Making the sitting room look its best requires the family to invest in several pieces of furniture, but the family can also get furnishings to match their furniture pieces. The money that is saved on furniture can be invested in the wall furnishings that will complete the room.

Multiple Bedrooms

Many finished basements work well as bedrooms for extra guests. When the family converts the basement into several bedrooms, they will find that they need beds and suites for every room. All the bedrooms in the basement can be furnished in different ways, or the bedrooms can all carry the same theme.

Just one bedroom is easy to outfit with a dresser, chair, nightstand and the bed. A small suite is inexpensive for the family, and the bedrooms can all carry a fashionable line of furniture. The furniture will impress the guests in the house, and each room will look lovely.

A Home Workshop

Every workshop is different, and most people prefer to be in a workshop where they can rest and relax after working. The workshop is a place where people are buried in their work, and the workshop is also a place where people can rest while someone in the family works. There is nothing wrong with putting a chair and couch in the workshop, but the family can also invest in a table to work on.

Kitchen cabinets and counter tops are also useful in the workshop so the craftsman can work comfortably. Creating a workshop is akin to creating a place where the family can create things or rest.

There are many things the family can do with their finished basement, and the furniture that is used in the basement is something that will make the house look even better. The family can increase the value of their home by making it look nicer, and they can live more comfortably when they have appointed their finished basement for its new purpose.



Sharing A Room

Last weekend was a major makeover in our house. Well, I’m probably just exaggerating but my husband and I were doing some makeover. We decided to do some re-arrangements in our bedroom and our kid’s bedroom. Because our youngest child had been sleeping in our bed for three years now.

We decided to finally kick her out of our bedroom. I think it’s time for her to sleep on her big brother’s bedroom, they have to share by necessity. Hubby was not really fond of the idea of putting them together in one bed. But for me, I don’t mind at all.

Growing up not really fortunate, my siblings and I actually shared one king sized bed, in one room too. In my country (Philippines) family members do not get their own rooms. So we have family beds where everyone sleeps together.  But, there's no malice at all. I think we were still sharing until my brother moved out and got married. And only me and sister were left until she moved out and settled down as well. I was left alone and the big bed? It's all mine! LOL!

But, still hubby disagrees...

Until one day, we watched a movie where the family together with their kids, a boy and a girl actually shared one bedroom, yet sleeping in a separate bed, though. And that’s where I told my husband, that there’s nothing wrong with it. And even when they’re old enough, I think they can still share. But still, I don’t see anything wrong with that. We only have two bedroom right now, and having two kids, wasn’t really a plan at all. And since it’s unplanned, well, we have to find a way. But not too soon.

Honestly, we’ve been thinking about it. We even talked about moving our bed room to our basement. But, it’s seemed like awkward. So, we finally decided to put our daughter to her brother’s room for a while until we find a bigger house, I guess.  We have too much in our hands but finally we did it. And we lots of  more room now in our bedroom!And we were happy about it. We will take it a day at a time.

And by Sunday, we just did some minor things and also do some relaxing. Mostly, we spent doing things in our house. Everything looks good compared to the old arrangements we had before. I like it this way.  And it's very good that we did this before school starts soon.



Why Fix Your Damaged Ottawa Foundation?

>> Tuesday, August 19, 2014

When the foundation to a house is cracked or letting in water, immediate action needs to be taken to ensure that the foundation is fixed. Otherwise, it could lead to expensive repairs in the future or a home that needs to be condemned. Water can lead to a sinking home if the foundation becomes destabilized or serve as a incubation spot for mold, insects and other spores.

Someone who is buying a home should have the foundation checked before the purchase is completed. If there are any issues with the foundation, the home owner should have to take care of them before the sale is completed. To ensure that the job is done right, an Ottawa foundation repair expert should be called in to do the work.

This person should be licensed, bonded and have a track record of providing quality work on budget and finished in a timely manner. While your foundation waterproofing Ottawa project may run into delays or cost overruns, a good contractor will let you know about them ahead of time. Doing so enables the owner of the home decide how far to go when making a repair on their property.

A cracked or leaking foundation can lead to many issues for anyone living in the home. If the foundation shifts or the home slides off of the foundation, it could lead to serious injury to loved ones or friends as well as the high cost of fixing the damage.



Effective Tools for Successful Business Solutions

One of the best effective tools to introduce your product to the market is through the use of media advertising. When I was in college, I took a class in marketing and advertising and one of the things I learned is that there are other things you can use to eventually get more clients/consumers to buy your products or services. Some tools that have been known for a few years now are TV and radio advertising, known to be commercials.

This is the most effective tool where you can able to talk to people directly right at the comfort of their homes, or even at their work. Another thing is through the use of Internet which recently had been a division in advertising. The last thing is through printing advertising which is for me, the most unequivocal due to its steadiness to deliver the message even through the uncivilized areas or even people who have no TV or computer/internet.

Therefore, for me if I have a business and wanted to sell my product and services, I would definitely do and prioritize hiring professional printing services to help my business reach its potential success in the near future. With this idea, I could able to reach even the plausible situation to reach with the Internet, TV or radio signal. With printing, it’s all possible. There are ways of how to make creative when doing printing advertising, there are a lot of option to do it. Such example is catalog, direct mail, poster, banner, labels and whole lot more.

Also, when it comes to shipping hazardous materials to areas that are out of jurisdiction, well, there are some other means as well to make everything easy and fast, to ensure preserved and quick delivery that comes with customer satisfaction is through the use of software that will make these things a brisk.



An Easy Way to Keep Carpet Clean

Are you getting ready for a party, trying to stage your home or just can't stand the smell of your carpet anymore? If that sounds like you, it may be time to look into having your carpet professionally cleaned. Professional carpet cleaners have tools that can clean deep into the fibers of the carpet and have it looking and smelling like a new carpet.

When done properly, a commercial carpet cleaning Toronto may be able to extend the life of your carpet. In addition, it may be possible to make the carpet less susceptible to becoming a breeding ground for mold or bugs that could spread disease and unsanitary air throughout the house.

If you have kids or pets, a carpet cleaning could be considered as an investment in their health. Instead of worrying that your children could get sick while playing in the living room, you can rest assured that your child is not going to have an asthma attack or come into contact with mold.

Ajax carpet cleaning and other s
uch companies may be able to provide professional carpet cleaning services at a reasonable price. It may also be possible to make appointments for regular service, which can help a busy professional or concerned parent keep their homes and their families free from dirt.



Birthday Dinner

Last August 3rd, my family went to The Cheesecake Factory in Novi, MI, about 45 minutes away, to celebrate my husband’s birthday. It was just a small dinner for just me and my husband with our two kids. It was also our first time to be at The Cheesecake Factory. I haven’t been there since I came here in US, and I would say, I love the place. The food is great and the only problem I had is the place is always in a long waiting line. We arrived in Novi at 3pm but never had a chance to sit on yet until an hour and 30 minutes later. That sucks!

Anyway, when we finally were on our dining table, we ordered right away. Thankful that while waiting, we already checked on their menu online, so we know what to get. And also we also indulged ourselves with their famous cheesecake, of course. It was delicious! The best absolutely. My daughter loved it too. She definitely has a sweet tooth. No wonder since my husband’s family totally desert lovers. And I also had a chance to try their mango smoothie. The best I ever had. That is why, my daughter wanted some too.

Here are some of the pictures of us together, sharing the smoothies. By the way, my husband’s birthday was memorable. We had a good time and thankful as well for another healthy and blessed year for him, together with us.



Drama-Filled Life

>> Friday, July 25, 2014

If your child likes acting on stage, then a theater camp might be a fun idea. A camp like Standing Ovations Theatre Camp will help children get over their fear of being on stage. It is also something that teenagers might enjoy. Some high school students might want to attend the camp before going to college if they want to major in drama. It's a way for high school students to get a feel for what it's like to be on a bigger stage than their school might have. The lessons learned while at the camp can be taken to college so that students can explore further opportunities in large cities or on television and in movies.

A theater camp would be something fun for a child who likes to dress up and be in plays. There is usually a large play that is performed at the end of the camp that features all of the campers. Some of the campers might have speaking parts, and there are some who might get to see what it's like to work behind the scenes. These children might work with the lighting or help with pulling the curtains. There is a little fun for everyone involved in camps like this, and they are usually offered for a week at a time.



Fun Times at Chuck E. Cheese

Last first week of July, my sister and her son, Zac came to visit us for a week from Connecticut. I was so excited and happy because finally I was able to see my nephew again. The last time I saw him was when he was only 9 months old. And now when I see him again, he's now 4. It was sad, my sister and I never seen each other for almost three years and it was awful. I was she loved closer to me. But, thankful that finally we were able to see each other again. Also, it was my sister's first time seeing my daughter too. It was a wonderful moment.

During her stay, we had so much fun! We've been eating and eating a lot of Filipino food! Now, I gained some weight again, LOL. But, it was memorable and I missed it!

We also had a chance to visit Chuck E. Cheese nearby and have the kids enjoy everything in there! I knew that there are a lot of things to do at Chuck e Cheese but sometimes, I don't want to spend money. I rather bring my kids at the nearest playground to save money, but sometimes, it's a good thing that once in a while my kids will have the fun that only can be found at Chuck E. Cheese.

Now, I'm looking forward though to go back there so my kids can have some fun again. My nephew is very fun, he is very talkative, I never had any dull moments with him. He also loves to play with his cousins when he was here. And so as my kids had fun as well.



Looking The Same

Uniforms are an ideal way for employees to stand apart from management and from the customers. Each employee can wear a different color during the week in order to make it easier for them to know what to wear to work that day. Management can wear a different color than the employees. Managers can also wear a tie or suit jacket as part of the uniform instead of just a shirt and apron.

A uniform from Averill's Sharper Uniforms doesn't have to be used in a restaurant setting. They can be worn by those in housekeeping at a hotel so that all of the staff looks the same. This also makes it easy for workers to clean rooms without getting their own clothes dirty. Another option for uniforms is in a doctor's office or hospital. Each department can wear uniforms that relate to that department, such as animals for children. When you have uniforms at a business, it puts everyone on a similar level when it comes to the kind of clothes that employees wear. No one judges anyone else because they all wear the same thing. This can help production because workers are concentrating on the job instead of material possessions.



Josh's Little Sister turning 3!

Last July 1st is my daughter's 3rd birthday! I can't believe how days and months went by so fast. I still remember when she was still a newborn and vulnerable.  And she's definitely loved her brother too. Although, they have some moments together, but I understand it. It's pretty normal, I guess. And also they're best friends. They loved to play together as well.

Now, she's one of the terrible toddler I've never met! No just kidding! My daughter is the sweetest and cutest baby girl ever! Actually, I'm so lucky to be her mother! I could never ask for more.

On her birthday, my husband and I bought her a cake. She loved it! I bought her a frozen ice cream cake from grocery store. The celebration were only celebrated with just us. Since her party is not until last July 6th. So, now we just have her a small cake to enjoy!

And she had a blast! She's been singing happy birthday to herself every time she thinks about cake. Well, she didn't really get the concept, but I'm so overjoyed when she got so excited on her cake. After we sang a birthday song, she blew her candle and she started diving into her cake. Good thing, I was quick to grab and make us to have some slice of cake.

 Well, she's getting so big and very funny for a typical three year old!



Staining A Deck

A deck is a wonderful addition to any home. You can build it in various sizes depending on the size of the house and how you will use the deck. Companies that sell materials to build decks usually have supplies that you can use to paint or stain them. Staining a deck is often less expensive than using gallons of paint to cover the area. There are different colors of stains that you can use ranging from a light color that looks natural to darker colors that create an elegant look. Most stains that you can use on decks treat the wood to prevent damage caused by the sun and the rain.

Stain on a deck will give a shine that paint usually won't give. Before staining the deck, you can sand the wood so that it is smooth in touch and appearance. Most species of wood will accept stain treatments. When you use paint, there are some types of wood that won't soak the paint into the grain. This will cause a mottled look in some areas, something that you won't get with a stain. You can either get the materials to build the deck yourself, or you can hire a company to build and treat the deck for you. Look here for more information on the types of wood used when building decks.



Introducing A New Arrival-Daddy's Health & Skincare

When it comes to our kids, my husband and I were always looking for something that are good for them, specifically when it comes to bath soaps and shampoos. My husband was born with sensitive skin, unfortunately, my daughter inherit it. Therefore, after a couple of trying several bubble bath soap, body soap and shampoo, we find the one that we love.

Thanks to Daddy & Company for giving me an opportunity to try their newest Daddy’s Health & Skincare products such as Daddy's All Natural Baby Lotion ($12.95), Daddy's All Natural Baby Shampoo & Body Wash in Calming Lavender ($12.95) and the Daddy's All Natural Baby Bubble Bath Healthy Child Healthy World ($12.95). The first time I used these products, I already seen a huge difference and results. My daughter skin is softer and smoother. And no redness at all after bath which she usually gets when using regular bubble bath soap.

At first I thought that the water might be too hot for her, but it is not. In fact, the water were even cold and my daughter were still itchy. I'm glad I had a chance to try Daddy & Company's because these works wonders. Now, my daughter can have the best bubble baths she wanted without discomfort because of the extra gentle moisturizing formula which helped my daughter's skin stay smooth and pampered as she soak and play. The best thing about it is that, it's detergent free, no wonder after a bath my daughter's skin stayed moisturized and smooth. It has no harsh bubbling agents, paraben & sulfate free, hypoallergenic, and free of dyes.

The Daddy's Baby Shampoo & Body Wash is amazing too! My daughter has a curly, frizzy hair and this gentle formula makes her hair soft, manageable and shiny ( as you can see on the pic). And, it's free from paraben & sulfate. It's hypoallergenic, and free of dyes. Lastly, the Daddy’s All Natural Baby Lotion is also made with the finest natural ingredients, specifically formulated for sensitive skin to moisturize, protect, and nourish; leaving my daughter's skin smooth and cuddly soft. And it smells good as well. Therefore, my husband approved it!

All of their products were also toxin free, gentle, and soothing lotion after bath time! So, if you want to try their products, you can buy it at Daddy & Co. Also, don't forget to Check out Daddy & Co. on Facebook, Twitter (@DaddyScrubs), Pinterest and Instagram.

 (I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review/ endorsement purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience in accordance with the FTC guidelines in regards of product endorsements and affirmation in terms of advertising.)



Choosing a Therapeutic Boarding School for Your Child

>> Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Making the decision to send your child to a therapeutic boarding school isn't an easy one, especially if your child is young, or has severe emotional or developmental problems. However, this type of boarding school is a viable option when all other therapeutic attempts have failed. If your home and family life has become so disrupted and chaotic despite utilizing all other possible non-invasive interventions, then choosing an educational residential facility for your child may be in the best interest of everyone in your family - most especially for your child.

A therapeutic boarding school is usually for middle school or high school students, though there are specialty schools for younger children. These schools offer comprehensive, 'round-the-clock educational and emotional support for children who simply cannot function in a typical home and school environments. Whether the issue is low self esteem, problematic behaviors, or severe emotional or neurological disturbances, choosing this type of boarding school can do wonders for a child who is struggling, and not benefiting from traditional therapies.

When looking over potential therapeutic boarding schools for boys, make sure you are not potentially eliminating schools due to their physical distance. Sometimes the best placement for your child will not be close to your home. The ideal placement for your child may end up being a few hours or even a few states away. While having your child so far away from you will undoubtedly be difficult on all family members involved, it's important to keep long-term goals and ideals in mind.

If you do choose to send your child to a therapeutic boarding school, keep in mind that such a school is not a magical solution to your child's problems. Medical-based therapies such as prescribed medication and regular meetings with a psychologist are essential. Just as importantly, the child's family needs to be willing to adapt and make recommended changes, and be a constant source of unconditional love and support. While your child is enrolled in the boarding school's program, he or she will be expected to follow all rules and guidelines, and participate in any provided therapies and activities. You, as the child's parents, will be expected to meet regularly with school staff to discuss your child's progress and treatment.



Fun Ideas for Kids to Enjoy!

>> Thursday, June 26, 2014

Summer is finally here! What families love about summer is enjoying all the fun outdoor activities, such as grilling and eating outside on the patio, swimming, and lawn games. My kids love to be outside in the summer time. If they could spend the whole day outside, they would. But, since our backyard doesn't have fences, it is a requirement for me to be outside with them. So, whenever we're outside, we are always looking for new ways to amuse ourselves. It would be great to make the back yard more interesting and fun for my kids. There are actually plenty of ideas to make back

yard summer time more fun, and exciting for the whole family.

Make a Hanging Hideaway.

My kids love to play hide and seek. It's their favorite game to play outside. So, a hanging hideaway is the perfect, fun craft for kids, and is made of inexpensive material. And, while my kids are enjoying playing hide and seek, and other games such as secret clubs, or tea parties, I can watch them while relaxing and enjoying the warm weather in my hammock.

Make the kids Play Dirty.

Every kid enjoys playing in sandboxes, or dirt, and my kids are no exception. The thing about dirt is that it can be easily turned into mud, which can be sculpted like clay, and be very fun for kids. In order to make it more exciting, get a truckload of screened topsoil or loam dumped in the yard. Let your kids play in the pile for a couple of weeks before raking it into your garden. And, while they are having the time of their lives, you can enjoy the time outside, too, while sitting on an unbelievably comfortable adirondack chair from YardEnvy.com.

Cook up Some Fun!

If you have an old cabinet or wardrobe you want to get rid of, instead of putting it in a garage sale, bring it outside and make it a play kitchen for your little chefs. My kids love helping me cook food. One great idea for kids who like to play cook is to have them pretend to cook up some bird food for the birds. If we only had a few Squirrel Proof Bird Feeders, then many birds could come to our yard and enjoy a homemade meal. All we need is to get one, and this summer will be another memorable one.

Encouraging your kids to do fun, imaginative activities and crafts can definitely make your summer time more interesting and unforgettable. Doing these exciting and inspiring ideas will turn your summer into something extra special, and even make your yard more enjoyable for your whole family - a yard that all the neighbors will envy for sure!



Culture of Accountability

My son has ADHD, a common disorder where children were very hyper and absolutely a problem of not being able to focus, being overactive, not being able control behavior, or a combination of these. However, he was sometimes manageable. He can be tame and it's just there are times that he is over the board. I know it is important to create a culture of accountability in my family involves developing a desire and willingness to hold my children accountable for their actions by implementing reasonable, respectful consequences.

There are times when my son when he became frustrated on things, when he stumble on the floor, hit his elbow or hands on something, he always have the tendency to get mad. I know it was frustrating, but he always screamed and gets mad because it hurts. I know I need to approach a discipline that letting my son to experience both negative and positive consequences of their actions and choices and his behaviors towards it.

As a parent, holding my children to be accountable for their actions is one on the most loving things I can do. To set limits, showing that I care for them as well. I think to be able to make the culture of accountability to be a simple process, I need to give my children a choice and allow them to experience negative and positive consequences that flow from those choices. I am positive that my children, especially my son to learn as much as from the consequence as they can from me. I hope eventually they can learn from the results they produce. And by helping them experience the direct relationship between cause and effect they will eventually become more empowered and view themselves as both capable and responsible. 



Hearing for the First Time: How Hearing Aids Changed My Life

My husband was born partially deaf. As a result, the first 18 years of his life were very difficult. Fortunately, his life changed drastically after he was fitted for his first hearing aid. Not only was he able to hear for the first time, other aspects of his life began to improve as well.

Although peoples’ experiences with hearing aids vary, here are a few of the more common ways hearing aids can change your life.


Many people do not realize how dangerous having a hearing loss can be. For example, a person with hearing loss may not hear a siren, a car or a train coming. Hearing aids allow you to become aware of hazards earlier, helping to keep you safe in the event of an emergency.

Better Relationships with Your Loved Ones

Hearing loss not only affects you, it affects your loved ones as well. When you have hearing loss, communicating with your friends and loved ones can often be difficult. Thankfully, hearing aids can help put you in the center of the conversation again. In fact, a recent study by audiohearingcenter.com states that 56 percent of hearing aid users noticed an improvement in their social relationships after they got a hearing aid, and 66 percent of family members stated that their relationship with the person with hearing loss also improved.

Social Life

Before my husband got his hearing aids he told me he went out as little as possible. He even shied away from hanging out with his close friends. It makes sense; according to Miracle-Ear, social isolation is a common effect of untreated hearing loss.  However, after he was fitted for a hearing aid, his social life skyrocketed. He said it was a bit embarrassing at first, but he soon realized that the benefits of being able to hear more clearly far outweighed any embarrassment he had about wearing a hearing aid.

Easier Time Getting a Job

Even though employers are not supposed to discriminate based on a person’s disability, people who have a hearing loss often have trouble finding a job. Phone calls can be especially difficult, as most people with hearing loss often have more trouble hearing over the phone. With hearing aids, you’ll help give yourself a much-needed boost of self-confidence. You’ll also have an easier time understanding those stressful interview calls.

Improved Self-Esteem

Self-esteem issues can be a common theme when you have hearing loss. Sometimes it’s easier to stay out of a friendly conversation than try to follow along. But, instead of merely sitting out in conversations because they’re too hard to follow, having a hearing aid will help you follow along during various social settings, which can drastically improve your self-esteem.

A hearing aid can do a lot more than just improve your hearing; it can change your life for the better by opening you up to a new world of sound.  A new hearing aid can help you have less trouble fitting in, can help you have a more active social life, and can help you effectively communicate.



Experience Can Be Messy!

A few days ago, when I did some household errands, I noticed a sudden quietness of my kids. I noticed my son was so into watching his favorite show on TV, and yet made me wonder where could had been my daughter. And that's where I found her in the kitchen area. Does it mean that women really naturally born to be on the kitchen? But hold on! She made a mess!

And that's how I found her. She got the pancake mix off the pantry, and it is absolutely everywhere on the floor. Of course, I ended up cleaning it up. Another day, she made a huge mess again. She found a box of pasta noodles and thought it's a "pick-up-stick"! I know mess happens. Having a children and more children means more mess is possible. I thought I will get used to it from my first child but I have to understand that it's just the way it is! I know my choice lies in how I view it. I can view as an awful, terrible, and disgusting. Or I could choose to see it as wonderful, helpful and exciting!

On choosing how to see mess is important because it is my perception of it to determine my behavior. If I see mess as awful, I will likely to do everything to prevent it from happening, get angry at my kids if they make a mess, keep everything neat and tidy, and create stress of myself when messes appear.

I know it's hard but I have to see a mess as helpful. I will construct a work area appropriate for my kids to make a mess. I think this way, they will learn the importance of cleanup and hold them accountable for cleaning up their own mess. I think experience is indeed messy.

As a parent, I have to choose the degree of mess that I am willing to tolerate. I know that at the same time I am choosing the range of depth of life experience in which my kids will engage, by recognizing that experience can be messy for sure. 



Use a Direct Mail Specialist for Loan Products

>> Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Regardless of your product, when you focus on a market that is characterized by credit ratings, it is best to use a professional service for a direct mail campaign. The ability to deliver your company’s message through the mail and directly into the hands of a prospective customer is the most effective way to sell a product.

The key to success is the ability to identify these prospective customers. Sending a direct mail to a large number of people based upon any other primary characteristic than a credit rating is a waste of time. If your product is aimed at those who are in need of sub-prime lending, then those with credit ratings that qualify for loans and mortgages with more attractive rates are simply going to throw your advertising in the trash.

There are direct mail services available that can focus your advertising directly at those who have the credit ratings that will qualify for your financial products and will also be the most interested. These direct mail services companies will have access to data from all three credit agencies and be able to produce a mailing list th
at is specific to your product. This type of custom made direct mail service is the best way to maximize the efficiency of a direct mail campaign.

There are several companies that can be found online that do this type of work. To learn more, you can contact one of them by phone or email. One example of this type of company is the Credit Mail Experts.



Data Analytics Reaction and Thoughts

Last night, I was reading an article entitled Data Analytics: Marrying Compliance and Strategy by Pamela Tabar. It simply discusses the intention of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to improve the quality of care of all healthcare facilities, and sharing of patient data beyond its limitation by bridging the gaps and inconsistencies between hospitals and long term or post acute care facilities. When it comes to delivery of care, using the new generation of data analytic technology for the transition could help the most standardized assessments for any complex regulations in nursing homes (Tabar, 2012). Under the transition of care, the data will be electronic and shareable to impede all red flags, hidden opportunities, and negative effects, such as hospital re-admissions, because healthcare facilities will be better able to gather information while finding new ways to use the data for the benefit of patients health.

She also brings up the importance and relevance of data analytics in terms of a financial system. The system is designed to assess the positive and negative impacts of a facility's core business and service lines, because with data analytics, coding compliance to equipment use can be analyzed to protect any liability costs. Data analytics not only manage the organization's most crucial financial aspects, but also delivers safety and risk management. For instance, when a facility uses a multi-featured pressure-sensitive pad to monitor changes in a patient's bed positioning, the pad can actually trigger health issues such as UTI. Data analytics help to spot potential problems like these early (Tabar, 2012). It also opens up the possibility of video-based analytics, which in year 2014 has already been implemented in some long term care facilities to ensure higher quality monitoring to residents/patients.

Therefore, with new innovations making data more discoverable and effectually powerful, communications among health care facilities can be analyzed more efficiently than ever before, resulting in a more meaningful use of clinical decision support systems, and preventing re-admission, which can occur too often in local nursing homes. The promise of analytics lies in its ability to transform healthcare into a truly data-driven culture, offering greater intelligence and insight into more efficient and truly preventive healthcare.


Tabar, P. (2012, July). Data analytics: marrying compliance and strategy: the key to your future data-sharing compliance may already be within your own daily data. Long-Term Living, 61(7), 66+. Retrieved from http://go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?id=GALE%7CA301789398&v=2.1&u=lom_falconbaker &it=r&p=PPNU&sw=w&asid=09f3561911a0dccc3fea360999349bf6. May 21, 2014.



Baseball Display Cases

>> Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Sports collectibles are some of the nicest things people can keep in their homes. When someone has spent the time and energy to amass a large collection of sports memorabilia, they should make sure they have the right cases to display these items. A baseball display case must allow the item to be seen easily, but the display case must also be easy to clean.

When people are truly concerned about safety they can make sure that the case has a locking collar. The lock on the case will make it easy for people to protect their collectibles. This is especially good for people who prefer to display their items at shows or for sale.

The Size

There are many cases that are useful for people who have a large collection of signed balls. The many balls that someone has need to have their own space inside the case. Also, the case must be tall enough to allow for the small stand the ball will sit on. Other cases will come with small divots that make it easy for the balls to sit in place. Also, the case will allow for the ball to be positioned in any way the owner prefers.

The Glass or Plastic

There are many cases that are made of glass, but many others are many of plastics that will stand up to immense force or pressure. This helps the owner to make sure no one can steal their items from them by breaking the case. If there is a rule about display cases at a show, the person who is displaying merchandise must make sure that they have the right kind of case before they make their way to the show.

Displaying collectibles is something that many people prefer to do because they have spent years amassing a large set of items that required autographs and a lot of spending. There are many times when these cases prevent damage to collectibles, and protect the collectibles from theft. The best case keeps items safe, is the right size and locks up each item tight for display purposes.



Health Information Management: Organizing and Managing of Health Data

I'm a stay at home mom of two and also a part time student. I decided to go back to school for the sake of working in a field of health care. And since I'm on my time now of taking some of my major HIT classes, one of the classes that really interests me is the Organization and Managing of Heath Data. Very interesting indeed. Healthcare Delivery System is a broad and depth field of study that relates to Health Information Management and Healthcare Delivery Systems which made this course very interesting and yet very challenging.

Based on the book, "Delivering Health Care in America, " I learned that to identify the professional traits and behavior of HIM in healthcare is very essential for success on HIT field. I also learned that HIT profession is not limited at all, rather, there are various fields, great opportunities and career options that are open to HIT professionals which absolutely makes me get so interested to develop my pursuit on HIT profession. I also enjoyed the benefits of being a member of AHIMA and how these organization reflects the structure of health care hospitals, outpatient, primary care system, long term care and also develop HIT students and professionals for being organized and credentialed by providing CEU's and also helpful information for all HIT professionals/students. I also learned about the roles of health care team members and how patients were designated to various aspects of health care. I also grasp the idea of distinguishing the structure and function of health care departments as well as how the Federal Government's rules and regulations overview in regards with health care reimbursement, including the DRG, PPS, MCO's plans and integrated organizations.

Aside from all of these outcomes, I also learn the importance of patient health records and know more about the aspect of it and its importance to the health care system. Though, I still need to know more about health information management and more other health and government laws, but I have full knowledge that there is a liability. And by applying this course with integrity and morality, I know I will be able to exercise my responsibility with high quality care, by keeping in mind the relevance of laws, standards and implementation guides as many situations as possible.



Dressing Your Little Fashionistas

One of the fun parts of being a parent, grandparent or aunt and uncle is the joy you get from buying cute clothing for the little ones in your life. There are many options when it comes to both boys and girls clothing in a variety of sizes, from newborn to preteen. Whether you are looking to buy kids shoes online or a closet full of outfits, here are some things to remember when you are shopping for your little fashionista.

The size of clothing you need for your child is important to know before you buy. Because sizes for smaller children are standard, it is important to know what they are currently wearing and whether you need to buy a size bigger for the clothing to last a little longer. Because all kids grow at different rates, it may not be easy to choose which size they are according to age, such as 18 months or 24 months. However, sizing up usually works well in these smaller sizes because they will eventually grow into them. Older children can be measured to better pinpoint their size.

Dressing for the Season
Another aspect of shopping for kids to remember is that you will want to dress them for the proper seasons. If you live in an area that has four distinct seasons, you will want to make sure they have plenty of warm clothing for fall and winter while they can have bright, thinner clothing for the spring and summer months. Because kids grow quickly, it is important to make sure you will get the right size for the right season.

Don't Forget the Accessories
Even babies need to accessorize their cutest outfits. Accessories for babies and toddlers can include hair bows, headbands or hats. As children get a little older, additional accessories for their fabulous outfits can include matching purses, belts, suspenders and more. The best part about adding accessories to an outfit is that you can change it up to create even more outfits from just a few great pieces.

Kids are fun to shop for, so as long as you remember to take into consideration the size, the season and what accessories are age-appropriate for who you are shopping for, you can put together a fun, fashionable outfit for any child.



Inexpensive Way for Kids to Play

Last weekend, my family went to my sister in law's house for me and my husband to get a haircut. Since she's the hairstylist in the family, we always go to her to get our hair maintenance met. And it was really nice and sweet of her doing it for all of us. And during that time, she was also waiting for her new washing machine to arrived. And once it was hooked up, my kids ended up playing outside her home with the washing machine box which their cousin made for them to play with. My kids had a blast! And they loved the fact that all of a sudden they have this box house to play with the entire time. They drew stuff out of it and it was just the best time of their lives, I guess.

Anyway, it reminds me when I was little too. I used to play outside our house all the time with my friends at the neighborhood. We always have play pretend "house" all the time and I still remember when I used to cook a real rice and vegetables, using my mother's kitchen stuff.

One time, my friends and I also uses candy wrappers to be our money, since it came out from different colors, and Philippine money were the same, so we always matches it to what color, its currency were. It was fun and I couldn't forget that a bottle cap is what we used for coins. It was the best time of my life too. I think if there's no nice, expensive toys, kids can tend to be creative on their own way. I think that's what kids should do right now, then as parents, we can able to save money from buying expensive toys. What do you think?

Anyway, it was just a thought! And so I took some of the pictures of my kids playing at the cardboard house. They sure love the idea. Well, just a simple and yet inexpensive way for kids to play.



Search for Reasonable and Reliable Air Conditioning Repair

Air conditioning is an important amenity for homeowners. With increasingly unpredictable weather patterns, you need to make sure your home's heating and cooling are always ready for any situation. Finding AC service Lexington KY residents love is essential to keeping happy and well-rested people all over town.

Whether you are looking for air conditioning installation and repair or Lexington KY plumbing, you will find a business to suit you and your needs. One example of a company that wants to make sure you don't spend one day sweating unnecessarily is LexPro. With this company and others like them, enjoy the convenience of finding a local air conditioning repair company that features well-trained, certified and professional technicians who are ready and happy to help you get back online for cool air.

Some of the other characteristics you might seek when you are searching for the right company to call on for help with air conditioning, heating, plumbing and more, include a company that devotes itself to your satisfaction. Companies that make sure your satisfaction is guaranteed are really critical in this type of business. Another great benefit a reliable company offers is a written warranty that states that they believe in the value of their work and are willing to stake additional time to that assertion.

You might also check in with the Better Business Bureau and your area's local Chamber of Commerce to find out what type of company you plan to use to get your cooling system back online.




It is just a small rant of mine but I wanted to share it because what happened really pisses me off. When my kids and I went to the outdoor mall for them to play at the play ground area of fruit shape climbing toys that all of a sudden, I smell a cigar smoke. I looked around and there these guy, smoking, I was so pissed and totally irritated. Does he know how to read? Or just playing dumb? Excuse me for my language here but it's so out of sense. There's a sign in the playground area, " NO Smoking", but then he chooses to. And another pisses me off is that the sign is even too small to be read. Hello! I hate cigar smoke and smoking with children is beyond imaginable.

Last semester, I took an oral communication class and last topic I wrote about on my persuasive speech is to stop cigar smoking. Cigar smoking is unhealthy habit that needs to be broken. A second-hand smoke and even third hand smoke is fatal. These are some of the reasons why you must quit the habit of smoking for good.

Smoking not only affects yourself, but affects the lives of many others personally whether smoking or non-smoking. You must quit smoking because stop for a minute and think about how your future is going to be if you continue to smoke time after time. We need to learn to see that cigarettes not as the friend or buddy we can't live without, but as the horrific killers they truly are. How will you deal with the consequences of struggling to stop smoking? How would this whole issue affect you, your family, and your friends?

Most importantly, will you even live as long to try and quit smoking? Otherwise, it will be costly on your very own life. Once again, the time is now. The bottom line: SMOKING KILLS. It is up to you to take action and join the cause for what it is worth living for, and give it all by easily stating: “Don’t Smoke.”



Make Home Improvements with Reliable Contractors

If you are looking for ways to spruce up your home's exterior appearance, you might want to start by considering your roofing and siding needs. If your home is older and still features slats or another material, siding contractors Calgary can help you make a quick and relatively inexpensive change to alter the complete appearance of your home, bringing a modern feel to it.

One example of a company that you can check out for this project includes siding in Calgary by Tony William Roofing. This company, as well as others like it, wants to make sure your home's exterior pleases you and helps you feel more comfortable in your neighborhood. While you don't have to keep up with the neighbors on every front, keeping with the general appearance of the neighborhood helps everyone feel better about where they live.

Find a company whose reputation exudes professionalism, reliability, experience, dedication and the use of the best products available. You want all of these characteristics so you can feel confident when you make this large investment into your home and its appearance, as well as its equity and how it helps increase value in your neighborhood.

Your siding company should focus on customer service and customer satisfaction so you are completely happy with the final result of their work. With a fully trained and certified team, a devotion to customer service and following through and leaving your home in beautiful condition, you will love your experience with professional siding and trim experts in Calgary.



Health Records and its Importance

As a result of my taken health records class couple of weeks ago, I was able to know more about the importance of electronic health records and its advantages to the providers such as medical offices, hospitals, dental office, etc. because it will make it easier for them to manage their patients EHR by the use of computer, and with its relevance, I also understand better about the different types of electronic health records and their features and benefits that somehow enabled the providers to deliver medical services to its patients by all encompassing assistance. And how it is important to benefit both providers and patients/customers to overall enjoyed the management of medical records and to keep it private.

In fact, with all of these exciting and fun Neehrperfect.com's scavenger assignments, I was able to discover myself that I am more skilled at navigating the site as I explored. It could be the use of computer on my daily living play a big part of me being able to use the computer easily. And with the new objectives of these course, I was able to effectively demonstrate the coded and non-coded data entry in the EHR, I was also able to identify the differences between coded and non-coded data entry and also to be able to evaluate the clinical implications of coded versus non-coded data entry in the EHR which somehow I was able to relate the use of coded data to meet the objectives of the Meaningful Use effort for implementation of electronic health records and also to know more about the health factors.

 Overall, as what I have learn, I will apply the importance of government standards and regulations and the ethics of HIPAA as well. Since these are all the foundation of quality service and better management system to health care.



Need a Fixer Upper?

>> Wednesday, June 18, 2014

During the summer season is where I find mostly bikers, motorcycles are around the corner. Mostly, everyday, I find two or more riding around, just enjoying the heat of the summer! Who have not enjoying this blissful, nice weather, after a long ten winter months? I'm sure a lot of Michigan residents are dying to get out of their house and enjoy and celebrate the summer season.

But, I guess not for those who have no luck because of a need of fixer upper for a motorcycle for good. Well, hold your horses because I find a website where you can able to find some motorcycle parts online which I think is what you needed to get that motorcycle of yours to get back on the road.

To learn more, you can click the link above and explore Mr. Cycles has to offer. Don't wait too long and make this summer season extra special!



On Father's Day....

Last weekend was Father's day! My husband were seemed so exciting to go and enjoy the day with us. Without him knowing, I got him something for this special day for dadas! It was a day before, when my husband and kids were at the playground, I decided to go and get some groceries, but also have some plan to get him something for Father's day and that's where I got him a new pair of shoes for the summer!

Haha! I know all I can think of that is not expensive to spend on him. Though he insisted that he doesn't need anything because we got him a Verismo system for making espresso and coffee drinks. But, I need something to give him a gift. Just a thankful gift for being a good father, a dad who always have time to spend on his kids when our kids wanted to go out and wanted to go to the playground.

A pair of new shoes, I think is a very sweet, thoughtful gift. For a father who always work so hard for his family, even though his feet is too fast and sometimes hard to see, but he is always there to walk slow with us, to keep up and to make us happy despite busy working hours! We love him so much and I'm glad he did love his Father's day gift!



The History of the Buck Knife

Buck knives call Kansas their home, as that is where they were first created in the early 1900s. During this time, it was the innovative ideas of a 13 year old blacksmith apprentice named Hoyt Buck that led to the creation of a knife that would retain its sharp edge for longer than other knives of the time - and thus the buck knife was born.

From its humble beginnings, the buck knife has been used for many different purposes. While not all of today's buck knives Canada are fashioned by hand as they once were, all buck knives serve the same basic purpose: they offer a sharp cutting edge that does not need to be sharpened as often as other knives' blades do. Buck knives may have wooden or metal handles, and some may even feature blades that offer both straight and serrated blades.

Buck knives are designed with ease of use and portability in mind. Varying sizes offer the user many different choices, while having the pick of any folding knives Canada ensures convenience and comfortable as well as secure carrying. The blade folds into the handle much life a pocket knife, and while buck knives may be a bit bigger, they are nevertheless an excellent choice for hunting, or simply as an all-purpose outdoor tool.



Snack 'n Drink in One Cup!

During summer time, my family loves to go outside and explore. One of the things we love to do is going to the park, strolling and biking when we had a chance to, and one of the fondest thing so far for my kids to do, is being at the beach! My kids loves swimming and playing in the sand, therefore once they're done, they get so hungry and thirsty! Luckily, I had a chance to try one of the best invention when it comes to having a snack and drink all in one. Thank you Snackeez! in because we definitely fell in love with it! I love the orange and purple color too!

So, when I say all in one, you might be wondering what I was talking about! At first, when I saw this product on a TV commercial. I was amazed by the idea, too. I thought that was the product that I was looking for and needed for my kids when it's time for them to have some drinks and snacks in the car. My kids always, always love snacking, that is why, Snackeez! is the best choice when it comes to snacking solution for me.

Snackeez!-- a colorful cup and a snack bowl in one is absolutely a brilliant idea! The cup holds 16 ounce beverage and 4 ounces of whatever snack I might have in mind for my kids. The best thing about it is that the bowl fits in to the cup and twists it on for a solid seal, so no spill and mess, plus it's very convenient. The bowl has a flip top lid which is great to keep and bugs stay out of my kid's snacks especially when we were at the park, and they're not ready to munch yet.

Absolutely, the best snacking product that every parent, nanny, grannies, should have. It's ideal for breakfast time as well which mostly I used for my two year old, when it's time to go and no time for her to have some breakfast. With a cup of milk and some cereal, she's good to go.

Snackeez! are very easy to clean because it's top-rack dishwasher safe, it's durable, and BPA free. So, next time you grab a snack, make it easy for your kids and for you as well. It's available in four cool colors at Bed Bath and Beyond, Walmart, Walgreens, CVS Pharmacy, Rite Aid and more for only $9.99! Now, I wanted to get the whole colors for the everyone in my family!

(I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review/ endorsement purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience in accordance with the FTC guidelines in regards of product endorsements and affirmation in terms of advertising.) 


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