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.


Insurance


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.


Documentation


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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14 April 2017

Review - Arkon Universal Smartphone Holder with Flexi Tripod





I have been looking for a small tripod for my smartphone and digital camera that I can use when I have to record unboxing of products, record practice drills for my brush lettering, and for my travels. I owned a small tripod for my digital camera before but the legs got loose and wobbly.

I found this Arkon Universal Smartphone Holder with Flexi Tripod at MobileFun. I am happy that I did because it is such a wonderful small tripod that fits my requirements.




What I like:



  • I can take it anywhere I go!
  • It is compatible to many devices, not just for smartphones, but also for small digital cameras. For full list of all the compatible devices, you may check it at the site
  • I am not worried about my shaky hands and blurred captures anymore.
  • The screw designs of the various components of this small tripod makes it also perfect for smaller cameras.
  • The legs can be bent and are flexible enough to be wrapped around objects such as branch of a tree or a chair's arm to act as holding point for a good shot or new perspective shot.
  • The Arkon tripod is lightweight and has its own carry bag.
  • The holder that attaches to the tripod by screw has soft rubber/silicone-like guard so it doesn't scratch the smartphone.
  • The guard is also adjustable so you can use even slightly larger smartphones.
  • It can be set up quickly. 

What I don't like:

Nothing, it is the right small tripod for me and my use.





My recommendations:

If you're like me who doesn't like bulky accessories or has to fidget around to use a tripod, then the Arkon Universal Smartphone Holder with Flexi Tripod is the right one for you. I like the fact that I can wrap around branches or anywhere I can use as a handle for a new perspective or angle shot. Most tripods don't do that. This one is very flexible and it surely fits my requirements. It is definitely going with me in all my travels!


The Arkon Universal Smartphone Holder with Flexi Tripod is available at MobileFun.com. You can also check out the myriad of phone and camera accessories available in MobileFun.com.





10 April 2017

Body Clocks and Genetics: The Real Reasons You Sleep the Way You Do

Some people need a solid eight hours of sleep every night to function properly during the day. Others only need four or five and they’re ready to go as soon as their alarm clock goes off. Some people fall asleep with no problem and still, others lay awake at night, wishing sleep would come.

Whatever your sleep habits are, you can be sure that your genetic makeup has something to do with it. Your genes affect everything from the way you look to the way you act and think, so it should come as no surprise that it affects the way you sleep as well. Here’s a quick guide to genetics and sleep, and what you can do to get the best rest possible, no matter what your genes have to say about it.

Your Internal Clock

Your body has an internal clock that regulates your hormones throughout the day. It is this “biological clock” that regulates your circadian rhythm which tells your body when sleep is necessary or not.

And like all things within your body, your genes play a major role in how that internal clock works. If it’s not well-timed with your lifestyle, it may release the hormones for sleep too early or too late, resulting in a constant tiredness or the inability to fall asleep. By not being aligned with your circadian rhythm, you will miss out on the deep sleep that you need every night in order to feel refreshed and energetic the following day.

Reset Your Internal Clock

If you choose to live a lifestyle that disagrees with your internal clock, then you can probably expect to feel tired most of the time. There are, however, things you can do to try to “reset” the clock so you can get a better night’s sleep.

The main thing to do is get sunlight whenever you can. Your internal clock responds well to sunlight and if you make sure to get an hour or so every day, you may find that sleep comes easier to you at night, or that you wake up a lot easier in the morning.

Other Things You Can Do

You can also alter some of your daily habits to help you fall asleep at night.

One of the best things you can do for your health overall is to get plenty of exercise and eat right. A good combination of an increased heart rate from a workout and eating healthy fruits, vegetables, grains and low-fat proteins will benefit you in all aspects of your life, including your sleeping habits.

Also, find a set sleeping schedule. Go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time every morning (learn more here) and your internal clock may just take the hint and reset to fit your habits.


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Your sleeping habits are affected by a lot of things, including genetics. Experiment for a few weeks to find the right combination that helps you get the best sleep.


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