Friday, August 23, 2013

School Uniform, News, from Back Home, Photos, etc..

I had a  chance to chat  with my youngest sister on FB a while ago.  It's nice to hear some news  about my Mom and other siblings.  I miss them terribly.  She posted some photos of her  on her FB wall so I grabbed some of them.
In her school uniform
She look like my Mom in this Photo
I like this effect.
With her friends.


Thursday, August 22, 2013

4 Tips: Best Wife Ever!

Wives our husbands need us to better ourselves. It doesn’t matter how good of a wife or mom we think we are there is always room for improvement and growth. As wives we are usually quick to point out our husbands mistakes but very rarely recognize our own. For the sake of our marriages we have to constantly check ourselves and look for areas that we can grow in. Here are a few ways we can better ourselves for our husbands.

Ask questions
As women we love to talk about ourselves, what’s going on in our lives, what makes us sad, what makes us happy, what we like, and what we don’t like. We love when our husbands ask us about these things because it just gives us more of a reason to talk about it. When our husbands don’t ask us these question we get defensive and think he doesn’t care. Most of the time we get so caught up in us and we forget to ask our husbands these questions. Just think how loved our husbands would feel if we intentionally asked him these types of questions to let him know that we care about what the thinks and feels.

Do what he wants to do
As wives we are guilty of dragging our husbands all around. We drag him to every store possible and make him push the cart and hold the bags. We drag him to our friends’ houses and make him awkwardly talk to their husbands. Our husbands do these things not because they like it but because they love us. Why don’t we throw him a curve ball and ask him what he wants to do and actually do it! Doing what he wants to do every once and a while will make it much easier for him when you ask him to go with you to the mall next time.

Loosen up
We nag about underwear on the floor, cups without coasters, toilet seats that are left up, pillows that are left on the ground, and just about everything else. Wouldn’t it be a nice change to just loosen up every once and a while and let those things slide? Just think about the lower level of stress it might implement to your day. If we could do this every once in a while this would show our husbands that we care more about him than all the little things that he does wrong.

Do his chores
As we go through out our days we are guilty of leaving things for our husbands to do when he gets home simply because we just don’t want to do it or we don’t want to make time to do it. Don’t you think it would be nice for our husbands to come home every once in a while and have nothing to do? Choosing to take the trash out, clean the dishes, or pick up instead of leaving it for our husband will result in one happy man when he can come home and relax.

Another great way to show your husband that you love and care about him would be to buy him a toy. Men love to tinker with gadgets and toys. A really great gift for your husband would be a top of the line home security system. I found a company called Smith Monitoring that offers some of the absolute best features. Smith security offers an app you can download on your smart phone that can be set up to control absolutely everything in your home. From the app you can control the thermostat, lights, alarm, appliances and many more.

About The Author: Katie Melendez is a writer for Smith Monitoring. Katie is also a wife, youth mentor, and a health nut. Follow her blogs for all current trends on home, health, and family.

Thinking out of the box with your interior décor

Express your creativity by choosing the lighting, colors, furniture and accessories that essentially reflect your personality

The way you handle the interior décor of your home is, in a way, a reflection of your personality. Your personality and interests are showcased through your furniture and the décor that you chose for your home. Using a little bit of creativity, you can enliven dull surroundings in a number of ways, while thinking out of the box.  Just a few of these are highlighted below. Don’t be afraid of taking the plunge; after all it’s your home you are dealing with!

Go against the grain
Most of us get our ideas online or from magazines or we ask for advice from family and friends who have also obtained theirs in the same way. If you really want to be daring and original, go against the grain when it comes to this. Tread carefully though, and stick with the basics. By all means, think outside the box, but don’t go overboard with farfetched ideas especially if you have relocation plans in the offing or if you intend, at some future date, to sell. In a situation like this you can opt for neutrals and decorate things in a way that leaves a subsequent owner with the capacity to change things around with ease.

Color your ceiling
sunroom-beat-the-heatThere’s no hard and fast rule which says your ceiling should be white. You can color your ceiling with a bright red if you so choose or even cover it with wall paper in a striking pattern which harmonizes with the walls and with rest of the décor of the room.

Concrete the countertops in your kitchen
For a unique look in your kitchen, consider installing unusual concrete countertops. These can be customized according to the availability of space and are feasible in an endless variety of colors and textures, for the simple reason that concrete can be poured into any shape. Though you can attempt to take the do-it-yourself way for this project, it is best getting professional help to do it.

Whiten and brighten your kitchen
There’s nothing like white to brighten up a room. White never goes out of style and there are few colors that do not match with it, so why not add a generous amount of white to your kitchen. Here are some of the parts of your kitchen which you can incorporate white into.

You could paint all your kitchen cabinets white, or you could cover them with white bead board wallpaper. The bead board design on the wallpaper breathes character into a bland surface and adds architectural interest as it provides texture and a classic look. Besides it is paintable, affordable and fairly simple to install. The National Kitchen & Bath Association reports that in a 2013 survey done by them, the popularity of white kitchen cabinets witnessed a 20% rise in the last two years.

If you have wooden flooring in your kitchen you can consider putting a gleaming white coat of paint to it, especially if your kitchen cabinets are dark in color. The contrast can be most attractive.

A white backsplash, coupled with creative concrete countertops can make for a unique space that will last a lifetime.

Install some creative light fixtures
With a little ingenuity, it is not too difficult to transform some everyday household objects into a work of art. Some enterprising homeowners have converted ordinary mason jars into attractive light fixtures. You can access the following link to get an idea of how it’s done.(http://www.maryjanesandgaloshes.com)

Still others have used syringes and a host of other objects to create classy chandeliers that they guarantee will spice up your home. You can go to the following website for some marvelous ideas-http://www.trendhunter.com/slideshow/curiously-classy-chandeliers.

Some other suggestions
When selecting individual pieces of furniture, look for those that are unusual, have versatility and which can multi-task.

Embellish bare walls with hand paintings (which you may have done yourself and framed). You can also frame family photographs and use a collection of these frames on your walls. Creatively arrange them to create a focal point on your living or dining room walls.
When you are creative with the designs on your wall, you can transform your room from boring to fantastic in no time at all.

Conclusion
So then, if want your home to look unique, but at the same time warm, comfortable and functional, there are heaps of ways in which you can do this. You can express your creativity by choosing the lighting, colors, furniture and accessories that essentially reflect your personality.

Reading Resources:
http://www.houselogic.com/blog/kitchens/4-projects-whiten-and-brighten-your-kitchen/
http://www.houselogic.com/blog/lighting/mason-jar-light-fixture/
http://www.atlantahomeimprovement.com/blog/2013/05/22/thinking-outside-the-box-with-your-interior-design/

About the author: Michael has a natural flair for interior and exterior home decor. He believes home improvements should not only be aesthetic but sensible and energy-efficient as well.  Michael is a freelance writer who has had 12 years of experience as an interior designer. He currently writes for Champion Window Denver

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Butterfly Ring

Snagged this photo at my  sister's  facebook page.  She is wearing the  butterfly ring that I sent her last Christmas.  Glad she liked it.

This photo of her reminds me of "Betty La Fea translated in English as "I am Betty, the Ugly".  It is a telenovela filmed in Colombia who was also  dubbed in tagalog for Filipino viewers.  The photo reminds me of that particular TV show not because my sister is ugly but because of the big eye glasses that Betty used to  wear in the show.

Just a quick update here before I  go back to my chore here at home.  Have a lovely midweek everyone!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Different Types of Protein and the Kind of Mass They Create

Protein supplements are a necessary for those who want to achieve the goal of a lean body and increased lean muscle mass. Remember that a protein supplement is excellent for the body, but like anything else, too much of a good thing is not good. Always use as directed.
There are various kinds of proteins, and each protein offers a different purpose for use with different benefits. Learn to read food, beverage, and supplement labels and become familiar with how and when each protein should be used.

Difference of proteins:
While some proteins repair muscle injuries more rapidly there are some that do not. Some proteins will help you to cut down on caloric intake, through providing a full feeling for a longer time. Some proteins add lean muscle mass, while other proteins do not function in this capacity. There are varying kinds of proteins, each having different benefits. These proteins are as follows:

Whey Protein Concentrate
  • Good protein for a beginner
  • Least expensive
  • Simplest protein
  • Some complaints of increased gas and bloating
  • Good for lactose intolerant people
  • Most popular
  • Has an abundance of leucine, isoleucine and valine that enhance lean muscle mass
  • Body digests quickly
  • Is not filling
  • Does not help to curb hunger
  • Not appropriate as a meal replacement
  • Will increase the calorie count
  • Contains up to 78 percent protein
Whey Isolate
  • Processed differently than Whey Protein
  • Contains no lipids or lactose
  • Contains 90 - 98 percent protein
  • No excess calories found in milk
  • More expensive
Whey Concentrate
  • Cost effective
  • Has more protein than an average Whey Protein supplement
  • Has a combination of Whey Isolate and Concentrates
  • Reduced number of calories
  • Cost effective
Casein Protein
  • Breaks down slower
  • Good to take before bedtime because it keeps working throughout the night supplying nutrition to the muscles
  • Offers a full feeling
  • Increases recovery from injuries
  • Increases immunity
  • Increases glutamine
  • Contains 20 percent milk protein
  • Contains 80 percent dairy protein
  • Digests slower making providing a full feeling with less hunger longer
  • Concentrated protein source
  • No extra calories
  • Builds lean muscle mass through its ingredients of casein protein, glutamine, colostrum supports lean muscle mass
  • Does not supply energy
Whey Isolates
  • Quickest absorbing protein
  • Slightly more expensive
  • Contains little to no carbohydrates and is good for people on low carbohydrate diets
  • Excellent pre and post workouts
  • Increases recovery from injuries
Hydrolysate Protein
  • Most expensive
  • Best quality of protein
  • Absorbs protein the best
  • Ease of digestion
  • Ideal for pre and post workouts
Soy Protein
  • Ideal for vegans and vegetarians
  • Good source of Glutamine •Increases recovery from injuries
  • Good source of Arginine
  • Absorbs into muscles quicker
  • Assists to bring cholesterol levels within normal limits
  • Boosts thyroid hormone output
  • Speed up metabolism assisting with weight loss
  • Used in pre and post workouts
  • Lower amount of amino acid, compared with dairy
Milk Protein Isolates
  • Contains casein, whey proteins, amino acids
  • Can be used with different types of protein
  • Not an ideal choice for a protein supplement
  • Use anytime during the day
  • Not to be used as a nighttime snack
Milk Protein Isolates
  • Contains Casein and Whey
Egg Albumin (concentrated form of egg whites)
  • Contains less fat
  • Contains less cholesterol
  • Popular
  • Offers a good amount of essential amino acids
  • No lactose
  • Contains an abundance of amino acids
  • Contains egg albumin
  • Not available in power form
  • Purchased in a carton or container and cooked
  • Egg albumin is an ingredient in many protein sources
  • No lactose
  • Not recommended to be used at night
  • Use anytime during the day
Wheat Protein
  • Low calorie
  • Popular
  • Alternative to vegan diets
  • Lactose free
  • Cholesterol free
  • Low in fat
  • Glutamic acid is high
  • Aids in muscle injury recovery
  • Lacks necessary amino acids
In concusion, all proteins have a different job with varying degrees of benefits. Proteins help to build lean muscle mass, improves strength, helps some to lose weight and helps others to gain weight. Since testosterone levels start to decrease about the late twenties, protein will help to increase testosterone levels. There should be a balance of all proteins in the daily diet.

Walter Winters operates a nutritional website assisting people with chosing the best products for them.

New Job, New Challenges, New Goals

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