29 April 2017

Review - NuSkin AP24 Whitening Toothpaste

My teeth has always been yellowish in hue compared to my other siblings who have whiter teeth. I have tried another professional whitening product before. My teeth became lighter and coffee and tea stains have diminished. My concern on that professional whitening kit was that it was costly and a bit of cumbersome to prepare and use.

I am very glad to discover this product because it is quite easy to use. It's like brushing your teeth as you would do regularly. The NuSkin AP24 Whitening Fluoride Toothpaste is a wonder toothpaste for me!

With the natural color of my teeth, it is not expected for it to become totally white but with the use of AP24 Whitening Toothpaste, my teeth color became lighter. I haven't done any oral prophylaxis yet when I have taken these before and after photos. I have not any photo filter as well, just added the text to indicate the before and after shots.

My teeth is lighter and cleaner after using the toothpaste for 2 weeks. It's pushing 3rd week now of usage and I am really seeing good improvement.

The toothpaste is safe for kids as well as it does not have any abrasive properties. It does not contain any peroxide which other whitening kits have.

I give this product my thumbs up!!! It does make wonders to my yellowish, stained teeth. Even some of the dentists I know recommend this product. 

If you're looking for a whitening toothpaste that does not contain any peroxide, bleach-free, and non-abrasive then the AP24 Whitening Fluoride Toothpaste is for you.

You can order from me. Just leave a comment in this post. Happy smiles!

28 April 2017

Why does my toilet bubble when I run the washer?

It's not a disaster or even a serious problem really, but having your toilet bubble when you do the wash can be a curious thing. Calling a professional like the Plumbing Detectives, an experienced Sydney plumber service, may not be necessary. Find out why.

What Causes the Gurgling?

First of all, you need to understand what is going on in your plumbing. Behind the scenes, there are various levels of water and air in your pipes at all times. The whole system is under some amount of pressure as well, which changes through the day as taps are opened and the toilet is flushed. Vents are part of the system to allow air to move in and out, keeping the pressure balanced and everything running as it should.

When that pressure level is out of balance, your plumbing system can develop vacuums or pressure build-ups in unexpected places. In this particular case, that means the toilet. Air movement in the toilet drain causes the bubbling. If the air movement is strong enough, it can actually suck the water out of the toilet bowl, removing the "cap" that holds in the sewage gases that accumulate in the toilet drain. At this point, you have a more serious problem than just a few gurgles.

So this is the main root of the problem: unequal pressure in the pipes. There are two possible sources for this.


How your plumbing system is vented can be the source of your problem, though a potential blockage could be creating a temporary problem. When the toilet and the lines serving your washing machine are using the same vent, the sudden rush of water that comes with a washing machine draining will create a sizable vacuum in the system, which leads to the bubbles in the toilet. Common venting routes are not unusual even if they are not the best way to plan out your plumbing. You might want to talk to a plumber about adding extra vents or changing the pipe routes.


The other half of the system that can cause the gurgling is the drains. This is where a blockage is more likely going to be the root cause, especially if the system was running bubble-free before. Examine the drains and make sure they are clear before doing anything else. If that doesn't fix your gurgling, then there is a more fundamental problem with the pipe routes again. Sharing drains will cause pressure disruptions during the wash drain cycle that appear in your toilet bowl.


A little bubbling now and then isn't going to be a disaster and shouldn't be a cause for alarm. It's not a great situation but you should keep an eye on it. As mentioned earlier, drastic pressure changes when the washing machine drains can be enough to pull all the water out of the bowl. This is a more serious concern. That water is there for a reason, to create a fluid and flexible lid on an otherwise open pipe. Gases from inside the drain are hazardous and should not be allowed to go venting into your bathroom. If this starts to be a regular occurrence, call the plumber.

19 April 2017

My Dream Strapless Red Dress

I love dressing up when I was slimmer and younger. I used to attend parties wearing strapless red dress because I was more confident. And then I became a mother and my body changed to accommodate the growing baby inside me. Many years later, my body has evolved into a rounder built that caused me to hide in loose clothing.

I know, one's shape should not define a person's persona. Maybe I am just not used to the fact that I am rotund now than ever because my body didn't become round until I pushed 40s. I want to change that perspective about carrying myself with confidence and pride no matter my shape and size.

So, I am dreaming of a strapless red dress to be my "goal" so I can stay on the track of keeping fit and healthy.  I really want to be fit not because I want to fit in these dresses I like but also because I want to live a healthy lifestyle.

These dresses are figure flattering and to see myself wearing these will be a dream goal for this year. Besides, I have formal events to attend to early next year and by the 3rd quarter of 2018 for my daughter's graduation. I think I have to dress up to the nines for those occasions.

I started cleaning my eating habits. I seldom drink sodas now. I eat more fruits and vegetables and have started engaging in regular walks with my husband. It is a lot of effort but I suppose it is all worth the hardships as long as the end result is meeting my healthy goal.

Those are my wishlist concomitant to my healthy lifestyle goal. I know it is achievable and really doable as long as I put my heart and soul into making it happen.

17 April 2017

Tips On Getting A Rental Vehicle For Your Long Road Trip In The US and Canada

It's vacation season and are you ready for the big road trip? Many of you may have already made plans as early this year, and many may have even planned longer than that. Do you have relatives visiting from other countries like your parents or grandparents whom you want to tour around the US and Canada? As long as they their proper documentations have been secured and the required super visa insurance has been purchased to enable you to cross country then this long road trip is going to be fun for everyone!

Vehicle owners are already prepping their own vehicles but not everyone has cars or SUVs to drive around when they need too.

Vacation time will be a busy time for all types of travelers. The roads can get packed especially on weekends when some families decide to take a long drive to enjoy their break.  And during this time where most road travelers ask themselves, "is my car ready for the long road trip?" If their answer is no, then renting out a vehicle will be the logical solution to cover that concern.

Some travelers probably even own smaller cars which are not fit for the long drive. Therefore, renting a bigger SUV, camper van or a family space wagon will be a perfect idea for that kind of trip.

However, before you book your rented vehicle, make sure you consider these tips to ensure you are getting the best out of your rental deal.

Call the rental company before booking

If your plan includes a cross-country drive to or from the US and Canada, it will be ideal to call the rental company first before reserving or booking for clarifications. Some rental companies may not allow you to take the car outside the borders but some may. So, ensure you have the right information before you secure your booking.

Compare the Cost

Check out rates online as most rental car companies offer fabulous discounts and deals when you book online and for long period of time.


Make sure the rental company offers insurance to cover your trip, the passengers and the motor vehicle. You would like to have a piece of mind while you are out in the road with your loved ones and making sure that you have the right coverage for the long cross country road trip is a must. Check with the car rental company for the right type of insurance you should purchase if you are crossing the US or Canada.


Make sure you carry your driver's license, passport with you, along with any travel insurance required for the trip when you cross borders. That also includes your entire family who are traveling with you. You can purchase your travel insurance online, and in travel agencies like the snowbird travel insurance. Check from the travel agency the types of documents required to take along when you plan to cross the border so you will not face any problems during the trip.

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Choose the right vehicle

The type of car should match the kind of road trip you will undertake and the number of passengers who will travel with you.  Will you need a spacious car or a vehicle that has a large trunk for storage of bags? Will you travel in narrow roads or mostly highways? Do you like an automatic or a stick shift car which is cheaper than the former type? All these things have to be considered when you finalize your choice depending on your travel and budget. If you will travel solo or with only a partner or a buddy then a smaller car will be ideal.

Choose unlimited mileage

Although most rental companies offer unlimited mileage, it is still a wise thing to check and ensure you get the rental car with unlimited mileage so you do not have to worry about racking up mileage when you travel cross country.

Read the fine print

This part is the least one that many of us do not do. We seldom read the fine print but we should. Do not get caught off guard with other fees when you take your car after booking because you did not read the fine print.  Do not get blindsided because you did not have time to read your confirmation or have missed to print a hardcopy when you collect your vehicle. Know your rights and know what you have paid for in the car rental.

15 April 2017

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