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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Where Should You Buy Wooden Furniture?

You might be in a situation where you need to replace all of your current furniture because it is very old and falling apart. If this is the case, you will need to do some investigating in order to find a good place to buy some new furniture that will last for a very long time. There are many furniture retailers that you can choose from. However, you should never assume that these retailers are basically the same. You will discover that some are much better than others after you start shopping. Here are some of the most crucial things that you will need to keep in mind when you are in need of some new wooden furniture.

1. What sort of selection does the store have? 

Furniture stores come in all sizes. This means that some will have inventories that are much bigger than others. You should never buy new furniture that you are not crazy about just because the store you are doing your shopping at has a very lackluster selection. You need to remain patient and not be in a hurry to buy your furniture. Keep looking until you find a furniture store with a huge inventory that will offer you the choices you want. You should never settle for anything less than the exact furniture you are looking for.

2. Do you know anybody who has recently bought some wooden furniture?

It would be in your best interests to take a survey of the people you know to determine if any of them has bought some wooden furniture in the past year or two. You might just get lucky. One or more of these people might be able to recommend a fabulous furniture retailer that you never knew existed before. Ask the people who have recently bought furniture where they bought it and how much they paid for it. Are they happy with the quality of it? These people might give you a line on where to pick up some quality ranch style furniture in Austin.

3. Can the store make custom furniture according to your specific needs?

You might see a wooden table that you really like. However, it is too big to fit in the room where you want to put it. Try to find a furniture store that is able to make custom size alterations for you.



A Tribute to My Boss

This is the first time that I would write something about my former Boss. He was my Boss for the past 10 years. Before I entered DepEd, I came to see him face to face during some of our BAC meetings and the best one was during the year-end assessment exactly 7 years ago at Dahilayan and Mountain Pines Bukidnon. 

Many described him as a visionary man. A man of integrity and authority. A man who is firm with his decision. He is a father to some, a brother to many, and a husband to only one. Indeed, he is your kind of man- strict but real. Spiderman is famous with his "great power comes with great responsibility", so does my Boss. He is so pre-occupied in the academic management because that was part of his GREAT RESPONSIBILITY. His accomplishment was indeed very evident. The transformation of my beloved alma mater was materialized under his leadership. By the time he assumed the presidency- vertical and horizontal development were being implemented. God knows how the university was being transformed. It is not only the MUST, now USTP that he attended to- he has all the state colleges and universities under his care. That's how big the scope is that he has to mind every day. He has so many plans on his mind- HOWEVER, with his great responsibility- enemies were created. Those who were opposed to him, those who were jealous of him, those who were offended by him- as if they were creating such a great alliance that they plotted to KILL him. He had death threats before (as shared by his family)- yet he remained as calm as he is- no body guards- only a personal driver with limited fighting skills, I supposed. His enemies succeeded- this month started with a gloomy news of him being killed with multiple gunshots right in front of his residence. The academe world were all shocked after knowing his plight. That fateful dawn of the 2nd of December ended the dream of a visionary man. It was ended by some cold-blooded animal who were hired by some BIG FISH- one of his ENEMIES. 

He does not deserve such kind of death- it is so difficult for everyone to accept what had happened to him yet it happened. I felt so sorry for his family- and most of all- his little children. If it is painful for those people who were under his commands- how much more for his wife and children as well as for his other immediate families. The people are now crying for JUSTICE- for his very untimely and undeserved kind of death. And for his killer- and its mastermind- they may be rejoicing right now. But their joy won't last forever- God will avenge my Boss and that's for sure. The mastermind should pray to his god that such thing will not happen also to him or to any of his immediate family, otherwise, he may experienced that excruciating pain that he caused to the family of my Boss.
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My Boss, standing from right in blue shirt

Sir, I know you won't be able to read this. But thank you. Thank you for not signing my papers for plantilla items as Admin Aide IV because you knew that I won't be earning enough for my family. Have you signed it right away by the time it was handed to you- I may not be able to enjoy what I have enjoyed under DepEd right now. Thank you for your wisdom which I misunderstood 4 years ago. Lastly, thank you for your legacy- it will surely remain in everyone's heart forever. We will be proud to relate to our children that once upon a time, there was a University President who turns an ordinary thing into something- and that is my beloved alma mater.






Thursday, December 7, 2017

Rooms For Function

Changing the appearance or the size of your home can be overwhelming at times. If you aren't sure where to begin, then consider talking to a contractor that specializes in remodeling and room additions before you take on any kind of work on your own. Determine what kind of room you need for the home, such as an extra bathroom or another bedroom if you plan to have more children or if you want another bedroom for guests. Talk to the contractor about the best location to put a room addition or the materials and time that it will take in completing a remodeling project so that you can plan ahead for the inconveniences that might be presented.

If you want to stick with something that is simple, then consider a bedroom or bathroom. The bedroom that you design can be used for any age, which is a benefit of this type of addition. Use neutral colors for the flooring and the walls to make it even easier to change the design of the room at any time. A bathroom is another simple addition that anyone in the home can benefit from using. When you add a bathroom to the home, you need to ensure that all of the plumbing is done correctly so that it flows with the rest of the house. 

A family room is an addition that offers more space to enjoy time with everyone in the home as well as any outside family members or friends who visit. Picture windows and French doors allow for more natural light in the room and provide a modern touch instead of standard windows that might keep the room darker. Exposed beams on the ceiling can create the illusion that the room is larger than it is along with neutral colors on the walls and the floor. The room addition that you decide on should be one that you can budget for and that will be functional for the entire family. If you're remodeling a room in the home, maintain a basic appearance so that it can be changed in the future if needed. 



Thursday, November 16, 2017

Unknown Stress

While complying one task after the other, I was brought back to my memory lane. Those days that I am still young, carefree and happy. Oops am not saying that things have been changing differently these days. But when I tried to look back to my younger years, those years are indeed full of vigor, energy and enthusiasm! I may have known stress but not that much.

As of now, I am happy because I've got three adorable kids who completed my day. But then I have this unnecessary worries that keeps on bugging me and I know this is common to not-so-old mothers out there who faced some kind of premid-life crisis (sorry for the premid word, I just made it up). I am not afraid with all these responsibilities laid down before me- I am just not sure if I could really make it happen up to my last breath. I have so many apprehensions. I tried to be calm but sometimes, I just cannot avoid the fact that my kids are growing and so do I-only older.

I could only pray to God that He would continue to strengthen me and enlighten me always that I should learn to develop that unwavering faith in HIM.



Saturday, November 11, 2017

Helping Your Child Overcome Milestone Obstacles


Children all grow and learn at different paces.  However, they are expected to reach developmental milestones by certain ages.  

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When your child has yet to reach these important stages, your pediatrician may suggest that you have your child undergo special intervention services.  When you want to safeguard your child's physical, emotional, and behavioral health Tampa FL parents like you may enroll your son or daughter in programs designed to help your child reach milestones and overcome obstacles.


Learning through Play

Children do not respond well to typical therapy designed for adults.  Adults can sit for an hour or longer and talk about their feelings.  They can respond to auditory input without having to interact with dimensional stimuli like pictures or toys.  They may overcome their emotional, mental, and behavioral issues through individual or group counseling.

Kids are not like adults and instead need that sensory stimulation to learn and grow.  They cannot sit and talk to a therapist.  They need to engage in a more meaningful way with therapists and counselors who are there to help them learn.

When you visit the facility's website, you can find out how the programs are designed to teach children through play.  Your son or daughter will learn what he or she needs to know by playing with toys, listening to music, looking at pictures, being told stories, and with other age-appropriate methods.  

The sessions will not be merely sitting in a chair while talking to a therapist.  Your child will play and learn at the same time.


Discovering the Healthcare Professionals on Staff

Your child may be the center of your world, which is why you want to entrust his or her care to people who are highly trained and have the experience needed to help your son or daughter.  You can put your own mind at ease by using the links on the website to learn more about the staff at the facility.

You can read up on the staff's professional qualifications and what educational training they have.  If you feel comfortable with them, you can use the links online to make an initial appointment.  You have total control over your child's treatments and therapy through the facility's online patient portals.


When your child has yet to reach milestones expected for his or her age, you may enroll him or her in therapeutic programs.  You can learn more and make the first appointment by going online today.



Professional Stress?

While multi-tasking, this phrase pop on my mind. But is there such thing as professional stress? I knew I just made it up but if I were to explain about the origin of that phrase- it boils down to one thing- STRESS-RELATED WORK, thus the word Professional. 

I've been through a very hectic week. Recording outputs, computing grades,making card entries, and on top of that are the classes, meetings and other assigned tasks specifically given to me. Indeed, it was very stressful. I was even confused on what to do first. Good thing I was able to manage it, but of course with some compromises. I learned to decline politely to my School Head's request because I have to finish writing entries to my student's report card which was to be given to their parents on Friday! She asked me to attend to the schools' Monitoring data for online submission which was due on the same day also. 

Personally, I do not complain on taking tasks that were assigned to me as long as I can do it and as long as it is not URGENT. I really don't like to do task that is time bounded along with other urgent tasks. It would be okay if that's the only thing that I have to attend to. The stress was indeed overwhelming! There are tasks that supposedly not on my concern but was delegated to me because I was the "only" one who can do it. Well, I am not really complaining but it was just so draining on my part.  


Relieve Stress While Creating More Time

Today’s busy world leaves many people feeling overwhelmed and stressed. There are simply never enough hours in the day to accomplish all that needs to be done. Bedtime then becomes a moment of regret rather than a relaxing time of day to recoup for tomorrow. By changing the following three things, you can actually create more time for yourself and relieve a little of that stress. 

Household Chores

There are some instances where splurging on hiring some help can be greatly rewarding. Having a house cleaning service come in once a week can be just enough of a help that you will find it well worth the cost. The same is true for hiring a gardener to take care of the lawn and flower beds. Snow storms can wreak havoc on a work day morning. Consider the snow removal Mars PA has to offer like that from Professional Landscape Service, Inc. to help save you time and frustration.

Meals

Meal time can be crazy when it should actually be a relaxing time of day. Planning ahead can take a lot of the stress out of the daily dinner. Think about making larger meals on your day off. This will allow you to have plenty of left overs for busy weeknights. Crockpot meals are another terrific solution. Place the ingredients for several dinners in a marked freezer bags. In the morning you can simply pick which meal to have, and pop it in the slow cooker.

Bedtime

Adults need a bedtime routine just as much as the children do. Turn off all electronics and TVs an hour before lying down. Unwind by taking a bath or reading part of a good book. Once you actually crawl into bed, turn off all bright lights. If the quiet feels like too much, use a fan or noise machine to lull you to sleep. Getting a regular amount of sleep each night will leave you feeling much more relaxed and ready to take on the new day.

Passing a few of the household chores on to others as well as planning for meals ahead of time will free up many hours throughout the week. Add a good night’s sleep to this new outlook on life, and you will feel the stress melting away.



Monday, October 30, 2017

Online Job

I was told long before that online jobs are not reliable. It won't last that long. But I didn't listen because I know there has to be away. When one goes down another opportunity will submerge. I was into blogging only, Period. I know nothing about other online opportunities. I tried having a fixed job with upwork but to no avail. I tried applying as Virtual Assistant but my time schedule won't allow me. So right now I only have blogging who relied much on opportunities from BravoMark and ValuedVoice in order to survive. However, the season is so dry that my month ends empty handed-no opportunities at all. 

Sigh. Hoping November would be promising enough.

*Crossed finger*



Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Days for Girls International Is Coming to our School

Macasandig National High School, The school where I belong, is privileged enough to be one of the recipient of the "Days for Girls" kit. I just learned about this organization's existence today. The said kit contain items for feminine hygiene and one of their advocacy is the giving of washable sanitary pads. Well, haven't tried this one before. But we are so glad that the Days for Girls International was able to come here in the Philippines, and in our city, and in our school! They will be coming on the 20th of October, that's Friday! For sure all of our female students would be excited for this. They will also be giving under wears! And what's more exciting of this event is that, it will be graced by no less that the Miss Earth beauties!

I'll keep you posted once the event will be done. I just hope I could document the whole event!

My thanks to the city government, DepEd Region X, DepEd CDO Division, MinPRA, Rotary Club of Burwood (the main sponsor, I guess) and the Miss Earth Organization!

Kudos!




Friday, October 6, 2017

A Teacher's Creed

Just in case, my fellow teachers, we forgot why do we became a teacher in the first place, let's have a review to the Teacher's Creed: 


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I believe I have been called by God to teach.
I believe in children...young and old...black and white...rich and poor....each in need of learning.
I believe in blackboards, chalk dust, textbooks, and computers for each has a part in imparting knowledge.
I believe the love I give to my students will someday be reflected in their lives.
I believe the gift of teaching is not measured simply by marks, enrollment, or the end of the school year.
It is in the witness I give and the fullness of the life lived by those I teach.
I believe I have the power to lead those in need of learning to the threshold of their own minds.
I believe in my giftedness to use each of the tools available no matter how new or old..for the light of knowledge in the eyes of another is my goal.
I believe teaching is more than tests, diplomas, paperwork, and fundraising.
It is the values I breathe daily into another...slowly.
It is in the faith I share in Jesus...ever changing and growing...never ending.
I believe my success today goes unnoticed...until those I teach and touch can stand alone and say "in my life I have learned..."
I believe if I have taught and touched one person...in God's name...I have used my gift to me justly..and can humbly say...
I believe in teaching....
I AM A TEACHER!!

~by Julie McClellan






Thursday, October 5, 2017

To All The Teachers In the World

Nobody is perfect. Even teachers with the noblest profession bound to commit mistakes. But regardless of that blatant fact, teacher plays a vital role in the development of every individual. Teachers molded us to become the person that we should be. They are our second parent. They taught us valuable lessons in life, they opened our eyes to the realities in the world, some teachers inspired us, others also discouraged us for some reasons. But nevertheless, a teacher will leave a footprints in our heart. 

You will never knew what it takes to be a teacher until you become one. When I had this profession more than a decade ago, I was motivated to do my best because when I was still a student, I do have a bunch of very competent teachers who inspired me a lot. But mind you, being a teacher is not as easy as teaching the A-B-C. It requires lots and lots of patience. It is my personality who easily got discouraged, but this profession taught me how to extend my patience more than I could imagine. Every school semester/year, you'll be facing different students coming from all walks of life. I have experienced crying in desperation, walking out from my class, losing my temper but the following morning- you need to face the same group of students who caused you so much headache and frustrations. But the good part there is that, these group of students have their way of making it up to you. They can be the cause of your headache but sweet at the same time. Indeed, the life of a teacher is so colorful.

I do have great respect to all the teachers in the world. Especially those who really did their job accordingly. But my heart sank for those teachers who somehow have lost their profession because of some problems and complications of their own doing. I pity those teachers who were imprisoned for misconduct and other violations. Maybe they were just lost in track but I knew they have learned their lesson well, though they learned it the hard way.



SO, to all the teachers in the world, especially my former teachers from primary to tertiary level_ THANK YOU VERY MUCH!




Monday, October 2, 2017

Thank God September Is Over

It's my birth month. Yes. But, for this year, the month of September is very toxic for me. I invest much of my time, effort and health on things that really consumed all  my energy, invaded my personal time, and made my whole month a total mess. In return, this month ends with a hard cough, severe head and body ache. What could I ask for more?

On the brighter side, this month, however, gave me the opportunity to renew my commitment at church. It's been awhile that I haven't gone to church regularly. And I was able to attend a small Bible Study group just in time before I will completely lost my sanity (exaggeration though). Indeed, God will never leave me nor forsake me because He will keep on using other people to reach me out when I almost forget who I am for Him in the first place. (I'm God's precious daughter)

I could only hope that this month of October will be a whole lot kinder to me (Oh please!)



Friday, September 8, 2017

The Truth About Justice in America

It is hardly a secret that in this country there are thousands of people who do not have access to the justice system. One of the most egregious displays of sentencing laws is that of mandatory minimums. For those of you who think that mandatory minimum sentencing laws make a positive change in regards to crimes, here are some interesting statistical facts which prove otherwise.

1. One reason that America has the largest prison populations in the world is due to Congress creating mandatory sentencing minimums for drug crimes back in the 1980s. These laws have ballooned the prison population from an estimated 24,000 prisoners to over 214,000 prisoners.

2. For every 31 adults in America, one is either in prison, on probation, or on parole. 

3. If a prisoner is in the Federal prison system, they have no chance of parole. They are required by law to serve a minimum of 85% of their sentences.

4. 95% of all persons convicted of a drug crime, including first-time non-violent offenders, received a prison sentence.

5. 77% of Americans, including those who support groups such as www.gji.org, support the elimination of mandatory minimum sentencing laws used on first-time offenders who have committed non-violent crimes.

6. In an odd reverse display of funding, the United States government has cut funding for state and local law enforcement agencies by nearly half. At the same time, they have increased the funding for Federal prisons by almost 50%. It is things like this which show where the priorities lie.

7. The cost of a single inmate to taxpayers equals almost $84 per day. This is over $30,000 per year. 

8. On an annual basis, United States taxpayers shell out $50 billion in the name of state prisons.

9. When it comes to offenders who are considered low-risk, those who spend the least amount of time in prison actually have a 4% less chance of committing a crime than do those who spend more time in prison.

Hopefully, these facts can help to change the mind of those who consider mandatory minimum sentencing laws as a way to positively affect crime and those who commit it.



I'll Say GoodBye For The Two Of Us









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How Important Is Making improvements and Additions Outside the Home

Home improvements and renovations are becoming increasingly popular activities as more and more homeowners are electing to stay right where they're at, making the most of what they've got. As the housing market still struggles in many areas to make a full post-recession recovery, many people remain wary of getting into the housing market right now. Improvements and additions to their current residence can make living conditions much more comfortable, and if done in the right manner, can be a fiscally wise move. Making some changes can ultimately result in adding considerably to the home's resale value, so investments now can possibly pay off handsomely in the future.

As important as improving living conditions inside the home are, homeowners find that making improvements and additions outside the home are important as well, and for a number of very valid reasons.


The addition of metal barns, metal garages, metal sheds, metal carports and RV covers provide homeowners with several options in how to utilize their new structures, all the while making a new and very aesthetically pleasing addition to their property, subsequently adding to the home's overall value.

Structures made of metal are more durable than those made with wood. Able to withstand all types of weather conditions very well, they are very low maintenance and don't have the problems wood structures face with rotting, termite infestation, and are a considerably lower fire risk.

Homeowners that may be considering adding a new metal structure to their property would be wise to look into leading companies in the industry, ones like New Deal Metal Buildings, that specialize in the sales of durable, prefabricated metal buildings and structures.

The company that can best serve customers will feature an extensive array of building sizes and design options to choose from in each structure. If customers should have any special needs, that company should provide the capability and willingness to work with the customer on coming up with a custom-built structure that will suit all the customer's needs.

New metal outbuildings and carports, coming in a variety of attractive colors, can provide tremendous areas for additional storage. Storage within durable new metal structures will enable vehicles, equipment, and other items to be safe from harsh weather conditions that occur everywhere. From the beating down heat and intensity of the sun that can fade paint and interiors, to harsh rain, sleet, hail, storms, and snowfall, everything can be protected in a durable metal building.



If the feeling is gone by Ella Mae Saison

Why this song?
This could be the most appropriate song to play right now.
Enjoy! 












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Steps to Take After an Electrical Fire

An electrical fire can break out because of an overloaded circuit breaker or because of faulty wiring. Though you may notice some symptoms of an electrical fire like sparks coming from an outlet or a burning odor when you plug in certain things, these fires can happen with little to no warning. Once you get your family out of the house and to a safe place and call 911 to have the fire put out, you can take some other steps to make your home safer for your family.

Contact Your Insurer

Make your very first call one to your insurer or the company responsible for your home insurance policy. This company will request a copy of the fire report to make sure that the fire was electrical in nature and not caused by you or someone in your home. If you had a smaller fire and put it out on your own, the insurer will likely send an adjuster to your home. The adjuster will determine the cause of the fire and make a report that shows the work needed as well as how much the company will pay out on those repairs.

Block Off Access

Depending on the severity of the fire, you may want to block off access or limit access to the room. Younger children are fascinated with changes and may want to poke things in the socket or try to plug things into other outlets in the room. It's best to completely block access to the room until you finish making any necessary repairs. If this is not possible, you can use tarps with heavy weights to bricks to block off the damaged areas of the room.

Call an Electrician

Ask your insurer for a Ponte Vedra electrician to find someone you can trust to repair your home. The electrician will need to get inside the walls to find the cause of the fire. He or she may need to strip out the old wiring before installing any new wiring and then upgrade your circuit breaker to ensure that it can handle all the appliances and devices that your home runs. Electricians can also inspect other areas of your home to find any other problems that might lead to a future fire. Though an electrical fire might scare you, you can take steps to keep those fires from breaking out.


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Patience, Where Art Thou?

There are some point in our lives where we lost our patience and we got things out of hand. This is so normal. Especially if you are in a situation wherein you tried to understand everything. You tried to be sensible. However, patience became an issue. Patience could just slipped away if you got the feeling of being fed up, being sick and tired because you just cannot handle the situation anymore.
Can you blame yourself? Once you started to blame yourself, regrets would follow. Yes, there is so much regrets for the bad decisions in the past and that bad decisions was once the best decisions you thought  you ever had.
You could only wish that changing mind could be as easy as changing your clothes. But there are just some factors that despite of your deepest regrets, you cannot just simply let go because some important people in your lives will be affected. You might have lost your patience but you need to go on. You need to forget how you feel. You need to be blind because you have no other choice. It may be against your will but you have to sacrifice. Patience was gone but you just don't have the guts yet to follow your mind. No, not yet. Maybe some other time.



Start Cultivating A Life Of Wellness With These Strategies

If you've recently made the mind/body connection or simply grown tired of feeling lackluster, you may have given thought to implementing health strategies that will help you think clearly, boost immunity, sleep better, maintain mood stability, or accomplish some other great wellness outcome. If you're really serious about attaining some or all of these results, this is the article for you. Read on to learn more about how you can start cultivating a life of wellness: 

1. Think About Health As A Holistic Enterprise.

One mistake many people make when they begin their journey into greater health is failing to think of wellness as a holistic enterprise. Don't commit this error. Instead, recognize that the mental, physical, and spiritual elements of your personhood are always intertwined in a manner that enables them to impact one another profoundly. When you think about your body as one composite unit comprised of multiple parts that all require attention and care for the whole system to function correctly, you begin to understand the concept of holistic health. 


Another concept to keep in mind as you begin to pursue holistic health is that all of our body parts are connected. As such, each individual part can contribute to or detract from overall health. For example, if you neglect your teeth by practicing poor oral hygiene, you can make yourself vulnerable to not only gum disease, but heart disease, osteoporosis, and gum disease. With this idea in mind, make sure that you and your children are taking good care of the teeth at all times. If you're in search of a great pediatric dentist Quincy residents can rely on to offer effective care, know that the professionals of Premier Dental of Quincy can assist you. 

2. Learn More About Physical Fitness. 

In addition to thinking about your health in holistic terms, make sure that you begin learning more about physical fitness. Getting serious about the field of exercise is important because it will empower you to learn about ways that you can move your body for the purpose of attaining great outcomes like enhanced cardiovascular function, boosted metabolism, and improved posture. One book you may want to refer to as you start gaining more knowledge about fitness is Baron Baptiste's Journey Into Power. This book offers incredibly helpful information regarding how you can use the practice of yoga to attain great outcomes like stronger, leaner muscles, laserlike focus, and inner calm. 

Ready, Set, Get Healthy!

There's no time like the present to step out of normality and into the world of greatness that wellness has for you. Start making the lifestyle changes listed above now so you can begin to cultivate an incredibly healthy mind and body! 



Sunday, August 20, 2017

mama AVP@60

She's now officially 60, yet still young and gorgeous! Love you Mother Earth to the Andromeda Galaxy and back! I miss you sooooo much. Hope you'll be home soon!












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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Ideas For A Baby Boy

Airplane RockerIf you know someone who is having a boy, you might not know exactly what to get except for the generic diapers or blue clothing. There are a few newborn boy gifts that are functional for the parents and that are a bit more adorable than ordinary blue and yellow gifts that you might think about. A picture frame with the materials to make hand prints and footprints of the baby is a good gift for someone who already has diapers, wipes, and other items. This is a gift that can be cherished for years to come as it's a personal symbol of the baby from the time he's born. 

The baby is going to begin eating baby food at some point, so why not make feeding time fun with bibs that look like bandanas? These adorable bibs come in a variety of designs but look more like a bandana instead of a traditional bib with a curved edge. You can usually get packs of at least three or more so that the parents have a variety of bibs. 

You might not think of gowns for a baby boy, but a swaddling blanket is an option for keeping the baby warm. It's also easy to change the diaper as all you have to do is open the blanket to expose the clothes underneath and the diaper. A soft book with different textures can be a learning tool for when the baby starts holding things in his hands. Personalized newborn blankets are an option if you aren't sure what to get and can include the name of the baby as well as the date of birth, weight, length and time. 

A gift basket is also an idea if you want to get something that the parents can use but want to include a few different things together. Get a blue or white basket with a baby boy balloon attached to the handle. Get sleepers, washcloths, towels and other items that are blue, yellow or green in color. Other items that you can include for a boy are a small tractor or a car that he can play with when he's older or puppy stuffed animals that are blue and brown. 



THROWBACK SATURDAY: LEARNING HOW TO READ

THIS IS HOW IT ALL BEGAN.

My son at five now is already a good reader Thanks to his Reading Teacher, Teacher Ems









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Friday, August 11, 2017

Three Reasons to Cancel Your Timeshare Contract


Very few people purchase a timeshare without thinking it through or without ensuring that it's something they really want and need. When you buy a timeshare, you essentially become a part-time owner of that property. The payment that you make every year gives you the right to visit the property at least once a year. You and your kids will enjoy staying in the same place each year and taking part in all the local activities that you love. As much as you love that timeshare though, there are three reasons why you might decide to terminate your contract.

Loss of Income

A common reason why many owners terminate their contracts is because of changes to their incomes. When you first buy a timeshare, you might make a large sum of money and have little outgoing expenses. Once you have kids, buy a home or purchase a new car, you may find that you have less free cash each month. Ending your lease lets you save some money, which you can put back towards a more affordable vacation for your family.

Too Many Rules

Many people do not realize that timeshare resorts often have a large number of rules that they must follow. There are even some resorts that will not let owners bring their kids with them because these resorts cater only to adults. Other rules may relate to whether you can bring in outside food with you, the type of clothing that you can wear in shared areas and even whether your friends and family can come with you. You may face rules regarding when you can visit and how to pick the dates of your stay too. If the property has too many rules, you can opt for a timeshare cancellation.

Changes in Area

Another reason to cancel your timeshare contract is when the area near or around that timeshare goes through a number of changes. As you come back year after year, you may find that the number of things you can do on your vacation drops because local companies shut down or change owners. The area may go through some economic problems that leave you feeling nervous about staying there. Canceling your contract lets you walk away from that timeshare. Though you likely had good intentions when you bought your timeshare, there are times when you'll want to cancel your contract.



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Unique Ways to Bolster Productivity in the Workplace

It's no secret that the key to any successful workplace lies in creating an environment that is both productive and efficient. As true as this may be though, that doesn't necessarily mean that it's an easy task. What compounds the problem even further is that a successful workplace isn't even necessarily one that has a lot of money poured into it. With that in mind, some of the best ways to improve productivity involve considerable thinking outside of the box. If you're interested in applying some creative solutions to your own workplace, then look no further. This guide will aim to take a look at several unique methods for improving workplace productivity. 

Improve the Environment (Literally)

ART NEWSOME INC.One of the most overlooked areas of any workplace office is the environment itself. How is the air flow? Is your office prepared for shifts in the climate? If people don't feel comfortable, then it can have a noticeable impact on their productivity, regardless of whether they realize it or not. For that reason, it's worth investing in services that are primarily aimed at ensuring the office is well prepared for any external circumstances. In fact, companies like ANI regularly perform HVAC jobs in Hampton roads to help businesses prepare for both the summer and winter. If your company takes noticeable hits in specific seasons, then it might be time to take a look at your heating and air conditioning systems. 

Improve Communication 

Aside from ensuring the office is well-supplied, the next biggest concern might be the employees themselves. While it's easy to think that automation and digital services are the key to improving productivity in any workplace, the truth is that oftentimes you can make just as much progress by communicating with employees directly. Establish a hierarchy that employees trust to report issues with, so that you can respond to them in a timely and appropriate manner. If people feel like they have somewhere they can go to report issues, and have them actually responded to, then they'll spend less time worrying about them while at work. Perhaps most importantly, reviewing and implementing an improved communications system requires little outside investment, and is thus a creative and affordable solution to many productivity concerns. 

While these ideas won't necessarily revolutionize your entire business, they can certainly help it to become a more effective and well run machine. If you're interested in improving your productivity, then hopefully you'll consider these ideas and maybe even think of some creative ones of your own.



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Seeking Your Spiritual Side

If you've reached a point in your life when you just aren't sure which direction to turn, then consider spiritual guidance. When you reach out to a higher power, it can sometimes help calm the body and the mind. There are a few tips to keep in mind so that you receive the most benefits from the guidance that you receive. This type of guidance offers a way for you to shed the things in life that you're doing wrong while discovering an inner awakening. It can lead to a life that is free of anxiety and fear. 

One way that you can grow spiritually is to read books. There are numerous spiritual books that are uplifting and that can give you the guidance that you need on your schedule. You can read a few chapters a day or even read a few verses in the Bible if you're looking for a voice from a higher being. Another way to relax the mind so that the words that you read and hear can be absorbed is to meditate. About 15 minutes is an adequate length of time to spend listening to soothing music or to spend sitting in a quiet room of the home. 

When you can see that you're a spirit with a physical body, then you can begin to change your attitude toward some of the things that you experience in life. You'll begin to look at relationships and minor situations in a way that doesn't play as harshly on the mind. When you seek guidance, you're able to look inside yourself to determine who you really are compared to the person who you think that you are or who others have declared you to be in life. You can start living in a manner that is freeing and that you enjoy. Your happiness can be explored instead of abiding by what others ask you to do or following what others are doing. Approach situations in a positive manner. Avoid thinking negatively about issues in life as this can impact the mind in numerous ways as well as the body. 



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