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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Tomlinson Run


This was taken when we went to Tomlinson Run to catch some fish, unfortunately we did not get any so we just enjoyed the nature hehehe. My daughter was 2 years old in this photo.

Originally published on  December 20, 2009

Monday, May 27, 2013

Reasons Why Conditioner Is Beneficial For Your Hair

If you only wash your hair with shampoo, you are not doing enough for it. If you want your hair to look and feel its best, you have to also condition it. Conditioning your hair at least two to three times a week will make it healthy and strong. Here are some reasons why women's conditioner is beneficial for your hair.

Conditioner Helps Detangle Your Hair

One of the greatest benefits of conditioner is that it helps detangle your hair. If you apply conditioner to the ends of your hair, they will be much softer and more manageable. Combing through your hair after your shower will be so much easier if you apply conditioner to your hair.

Conditioner Strengthens Your Hair

If you often use heat styling tools or highlight your hair every couple of months, you have probably weakened your hair a little bit. An easy way to strengthen your hair is to condition it. There are certain conditioners that are specifically made for damaged hair. If you use a conditioner that contains extra proteins, your hair will get stronger in no time.

Conditioner Makes Your Hair Silkier and Shinier

Shampoo might remove the dirt and oil from your hair, but it does not add anything to it. Conditioner, on the other hand, adds silkiness and shine to your hair. After you wash the conditioner out of your hair, it will instantly look shinier and softer. When people see your hair, they will be telling you how great it looks.

Conditioner Prevents Damage

Conditioner can actually protect your hair against damage. If you condition your hair, it will protect it against heat styling products like blow dryers and flat irons. If you want to give your hair even more protection, apply a leave-in conditioner to your hair after you get finished washing it.

As you can see, conditioning your hair is very important. If you start conditioning your hair more often, it will start looking a lot healthier. It is important to use a conditioner that is appropriate for your hair type. For example, if you have very fine hair, you should not use a very moisturizing conditioner because it will just weigh your hair down. It is best to use a volumizing conditioner because it is lightweight. If you color your hair often, you will want to choose a conditioner that is specifically made for color-treated hair. In addition, do not think that you have to purchase a very expensive conditioner to see great results. There are plenty of good quality conditioners that you can buy at the drugstore. Do not be afraid to try out several different conditioners until you find one that is right for your hair.

Author Bio: Sarah is a hairdresser by trade and has been for the past 5 years. She loves cutting hair and making her clients feel good about themselves, by writing these blogs she hopes that it may help give some people confidence with her beauty tips and tricks.

Shopping Deals

I found this Daring Rose Plaid at JC Penny, I rarely find an X-Small size  with this kind of  so I grabbed one and it was on sale for $10 and the Sound Girl  jeans for $4.  I was wearing the shoes  that I got as birthday present last year from a dear friend and the outfit that I found looks perfect for the shoes so I bought them.
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Another deal I got  is this USPA or polo shirts at Sears.  They were originally  $28 but I got them with 60% off.

I like finding great deals like this.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Buying my House

Guest post by Gerard Mcdaniel

 I have to admit, I may have gotten into this home ownership thing way before I was ready. I had a hard enough time getting used to working again right out of college and now that I’m 26 and I own my own condo I’m thinking it may have been a bit too much at once. Oh, and I bought a new car last year, too. That’s what happens when you give a 25 year old a job making too much money! Anyway, I had to get my mom to come down and go through all the steps with me – from looking through paint samples to dealing with the under-sink plumbing issues to finding out What is the Dallas Utility? I am ashamed to say I didn’t even know what utilities needed to be set up and paid at the new place since in college my roommate dealt with all the utilities. I really wish I had a better understanding of what it meant to own before I bought this place but here I am, worrying about the dishwasher and whether or not the gardeners are going to come this week or if my sidewalks going to be wet from the sprinklers again. 

I love having room for Terry, my Golden Lab, to run around in while I’m at work during the day but I do NOT love having to constantly be on the hook for broken stuff. I guess I should have bought new or started doing some of my own repairs at the apartment I rented in college – I would call the landlord when a light bulb was out! My mom was really helpful but she did not have me under any misconception that the next few years would be easy. When I started talking about renovating  the bathroom she was the first one to tell me it probably wasn’t the right time to jump into something totally new. She’s right, of course, because she always is, but part of me wants to do it just because I’m an adult and can do what I want!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Say Goodbye to Cotton Swabs

My children always wonders how this Wax Vac works whenever they see the  commercial on TV.  Well, the PR manager from Hampton Direct asked me if I would like to review  the Wax Vac.  I thought that it would be worth a try.

Getting out of the shower or swimming pool, there is always a chance that water is trapped in your ears.  Cotton swabs  doesn't always do the job in getting out the water from your ear  but Wax Vac does.  We tried this last night when our kids got out from the shower and they were both giggling as I was cleaning their ears.  The sound  and  a bit of vibration tickled them.  I can say that it works really well.  The WaxVac is a perfect solution in cleaning the water out of your ears.

The WaxVac  uses two  double A battery.  The kit includes 8 reusable  silicone tips  and a cleaning brush.  It is very safe and easy to use.  It also features an examining light.  So are you ready to  say goodbye to your cotton swabs?  You can purchase WaxVac at www.waxvac.com for $10.


WaxVac is a gentle and effective ear cleaner because it gently draws moisture and debris from ears.  You do not have to worry about the safety in using it because the silicone tips does the job and the safety guard  prevents the tip from entering too far  into the ear.
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Disclaimer:  Product mentioned above was received for FREE in exchange of a fair review.  No Monetary compensation was received in facilitating the review.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Is a Financial Planner Right for You

Making the decision to see a financial planner can seriously change the way you view your money. There are a range of great benefits that come from getting professional advice, and this can significantly improve your financial outlook. To see if you would benefit from these services, here are a few quick things to keep in mind when considering if a financial planner is right for you.

Analysing Your Budget

Budgeting isn’t always easy, and sometimes it can help to have an outside person review your finances to see where you could make some worthwhile changes. A financial planner will be able to work with you to create a budget that meets all of your expenses, payment obligations and still allows you to save towards your goals. A service such as this can save you hundreds of dollars a month, making it a sound investment towards your financial future.

Maximising Your Savings

By working through your budget and analysing your spending habits, a financial planner can ensure that you are getting the most out of your savings. Their expertise in the financial field allows them to make recommendations that can seriously increase your savings potential.

Strategies to Reduce Your Debt

Dealing with debt can be frustrating and leave you with feelings of helplessness, however having a professional give you guidance and advice can make it a much less painful experience. A financial planner can give you great strategies on how to reduce your debts and get ahead with your payments. Consulting a professional who specialises in debt solutions is a great way to regain control over your finances, and work towards being debt free for good.

Implement Better Financial Practices

It’s not just about budgeting and debt reduction, a financial planner addresses every aspect of your finances and works with you to achieve the best possible outcome. Due to their personalised approach, financial planners can give you strategies that are far more detailed and relevant than any general advice you may seek elsewhere. With this help, you can work towards implementing a range of great financial practices that will help you to stay on track over the long term. A financial planner isn’t a quick fix, it’s an investment into the stability of your finances in the future.

If you’re interested in finding out more about financial assistance services, check out http://www.foxsymes.com.au/. Fox Symes has helped thousands of Australians to achieve their goals and take control of their finances thanks to their extensive expertise and highly professional approach.
If these points all seem like things that you want to achieve, then consider consulting a professional financial planner. For more information on reducing your debt, reaching your goals and better budgeting, contact the qualified team at Fox Symes. Make the most out of your financial situation by allowing a financial planner to help you maximise your money today.

About the Author

Kate has had a turbulent past with her finances and, since seeking professional help, has now become an active blogger on the topic to motivate others to do the same

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Amplify Shirts

We did a little shopping on Mother's day.  My husband found some good deals on T-shirts so we bought him some as he need ones to wear this summer.  I also found some good deals on  women's clothes and for the kids as well.  The shirts were on sale for $7.99 each at Sears.

Josiah Hawley from The Voice

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Do you watch the television show, "The Voice"?  One of my favorite  contestant is  Josiah Hawley from Team Usher.  He is a model turned musician who can play guitar really good.  My husband teases me that I like him  because he is handsome lol.  Another favorites of mine is  Sasha Allen, Michelle Chamuel, Judith Hill, and Kris Thomas.

Below is the video of Josiah Hawley's  performance last night.  He sang the song "The Man Who Can't be Moved."  It was a beautiful rendition. 

Friday, May 3, 2013

Quaint Umbrella

I  love this  kind of Chinese umbrellas.  They are just so quaint.  I took a snap of this  during the Festival of Nation in Downtown Weirton.  It was one of the  main display of the Chinese.  Very pretty isn't it?

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Modern Snuff Bottle



Image 1 : American Bisque Herman & Katnip Ceramic Cookie Jar
Are you into collecting  antiques?  I admire people who collect  neat stuff specially antiques and other collectibles.  Collecting something is a good hobby that  can be advantageous and could also be disadvantageous to an individual.  It is an advantage if the things you collects are really valuable.  It is a disadvantage if you collect things that  doesn't have any value at all and it is just cluttering your  property.  

Image 1 : Chinese 20th century/modern Snuff BottleThis Brush  Pottery Formal Pig with Green Coat Ceramic  Cookie is one of the Victorian Casino Antique that you can see  and find at Victorian Casino Antique Auction site, the iCollector.  I have seen some rare coins or medallions from the site. They also have different kinds  of Asian vases  which is  my favorite items to browse.  I love this Modern Snuff Bottle, it's starting bid is $135.  Auction site is   a nice place  to look for things that are rare, you can buy them sometimes for  a very cheap price. They have a  Bronze Sculpture Ornate Urn there that I really like  but the  starting bid for it is already $700.  

If you would like to see beautiful antique products, check out the site and browse their items.  I enjoyed browsing all their collections.  

Hot Buns

My daughter  love to have her   hair done in a bun style so we bought this Hot Buns, a simple styling solution to do it.  You just roll, snap and wrap it and voila.  I do this every morning to her hair when she goes to school.  

Moving Back from Overseas

Moving is something that somewhat exciting and at the same time very stressful if you do not have a professional mover working with you.  It's funny when my husband and I are talking of moving somewhere else, our children  would immediately object to the idea.  They love  the school where they go to and we all love the neighbors that we have here so moving for us would be very hard.  If circumstances would  require us to move, then I would not mind  it at all.  I like to experience living in different places  as long as all of us are together.  What makes our conversation funny is that, my son in particular would ask "What I going to do with my toys?"  My husband would say "We will be bringing some of them and giveaway some".    That makes my son sad as he love all his toys.  

Having too much stuff is a problem especially when your house is small and you do not have the space to place all of them.  This is where storage areas comes in.   There are  different storage facilities that that you could rent to  put your extra stuff that you do not want scattering around your home.  This is usually  occupied by the people who have big stuff  but there is no  place to  put them in their home.  I remember when we were in Korea, one of my husband's colleague mentioned that he  left  most of their valuables in a storage unit while they are away.  Luckily for us,  somebody was  living at our home so we  left most of our stuff here.  We had a lot of stuff coming back here though  because  we bought some  things while we were overseas.  

Our overseas  move  in going back here was a smooth one because the company that the  government hire to do  our households were very good.  We did not have anything broken and we  were very satisfied of their services.

Coastal Woods Candle

This is the recent candle that I bought from the store.  I was going to get the Spring Scent but my husband love Coastal Wood  scent.  When you lit this candle, you can smell and feel like you are living in a country side with the fresh scent of the woods.  I love it's earthiness and mild scent.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Bankruptcy Attorney

Filing a bankruptcy can be very stressful but if you have a support from a professional who knows what to do, it can be  less stressful.  The creditor rights bankruptcy attorney raleigh nc is a  good option to check out when you need a lawyer to  help you with the process.    It is always of your best interest if you consult  some lawyers before doing anything   with bankruptcy matters.  I hope that I wouldn't have to go through that process or be in that situation, I don't think I could handle the stress! 

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Quantum Finish Power Gel

We used to buy Cascade for our dishwasher  then we switched to  Great Value .  The latter   leaves  white residue on the dishes so we  switched again but this time we  tried the Finish Power Gel from Quantum.
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I like this Finish Quantum as it really cleans the dishes and it's shiny when you take them out from the dishwasher.

Fire Fighter

It's funny to think that even at a young age, our children  are already thinking of what they want to become when they grow up. As a parent, it makes me feel good  knowing that we are doing what we think is best to guide our kids.   It is very important to  encourage the children to talk about what they  think  about certain  topics that would matter when they grow up.  

Anyhow, the photo of my Burritos was taken when we went to a charity sale  at one of our churches in our area.  My son saw a firefighter hat and since he wants to be a firefighter,  I got it for him.  The lady actually just gave it to him for free when my son told her that she wants to be a firefighter.
 
Sometimes when I am alone at home and my kids are in school, I wonder if my son would really  become a fireman someday.  If that happen then I would  be  looking at the selection of fire fighting equipment edmonton or any store that sells   equipment and gears  for firefighters.  Encouragement is one key factor to  boost your child's  dream.  It is important that parents  get  involve  with  their children's  activities to be able to guide them along their adulthood.

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Victorious Smile!

She won an international smile contest for the month of October 2009. This contest was sponsored by Division of Pediatric Dentistry, Department of Oral Health Sciences, University of British Columbia, Canada.

God bless y'all!