Monday, May 15, 2017

Custom Embroidery

Think back to the businesses you have visited in the last few weeks. Or, consider the products which you have purchased. Have you noticed their use of embroidery and how it made everything from welcome mats to company shirts look that much better? As opposed to iron-ons and decals, embroidered products have that extra splash to them.

Think about this in the terms of weather as well. For example, consider custom embroidery in Florida where humidity, the sun, and salt water can fade and erode other forms of design. Yes, a product which is embroidered can certainly get wet, but the logo or product name remains clear and sharp. In many cases, what is embroidered into the product lasts longer than the product itself.

So, if this is intriguing, what do you need to do to choose your custom embroidering? First, look at a site like Creative Images Embroidery to see what is offered. In some cases, what the company sees as custom may be slight adjustments to their existing templates.

Next, determine how they are handling the embroidering process. This practice was done by hand before the age of computers and automated machines. While hand-embroidery may seem like a good idea, it won't help you if you need to order 50 shirts for an event. Find out what they're using and how quick they can turnaround product.

Another item to review is the business' inspection process. You don't want any hoop marks to be seen on your product. Thus, check to see if the company steams their embroidered products to remove these marks and inspects them afterward to check for any burned areas.

Lastly, determine how they ship the products. Bagging the items keeps them from wrinkling; however, you may not wish to have chemicals of the plastic bags permeate the products. Also, look into the company's flexibility when it comes to delivery. In other words, they may have the option of using their own delivery companies or your shipping organizations and discounts. Should the products show defects, make sure the company's return policy allows for no-fee returns and a full refund or total replacement of the product.

When you're ready to promote your business, don't go the cheap way. Definitely look into embroidery to give the items the extra sheen of professionalism.

Busy Bee

Oh dear. ... it's been a one busy summer here for me.

I've been taking some vacation with friends and relatives here and there and I'm loving it. My sis in law and I went to Boracay in April and our family swimming was just the other week. My skin is darker but I don;t mind that anyway since it's summer and obviously staying under the sun  with sunblock on is a must during summer right?.

It's pretty hot here the whole day and it is around 36-37C with heat factor as much as 40 and humidity as well... yay.. Summer..

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Summer Vacation

It's summer vacation here in my side of the world and everyone is heading to the beach or pool. I just had a 4-day beach escapade with my sister in law and we had a blast. Actually, I just planned it 2 months ago and thankfully it became a reality to be in Boracay.

Summer vacation means no school for the kids so they need to be pre-occupied for they will get bored easily. Enroll them on swimming lessons (i just did wooo!), enroll them on art school where they can show their creativity. It's not also too late to enroll them to music school if they want to learn how to sing, dance and even play musical instruments. If your kids are into drums, encourage them to study hard and practice more. Who knows you might get them a gift at musiciansfriend.com electric drum set if they do good.

Encourage and support your children on what they want to do this summer break. Let them explore and learn new things. Keep them away from using too much gadgets for they can interact more with other kids and people when they go out of the house. It will encourage them to be more expressive and sociable unlike when they are just at home stuck with their gadgets.

Go to a place where you have not been before and  savor the memories as a family. Have a great summer vacation everyone!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Homeowners Find Value in Contractor Choice

There are many great contractors out there today that have shown enormous skill in helping people create the homes they've always dreamed about. Whether a person is looking to improve a home to put it on the market or they're just looking to create something they can enjoy living in, contractors play a pivotal role in the process. Most people are not handy enough to take on a major renovation project, and even if they were, they do not have the time to do it. Contractors free these people up to live their lives. When it comes to choosing the right one, where do people turn? Being able to find the best free contractor leads is critical to getting the job done right.

Some contractors have great skill at doing kitchens. They know how to design a modern look and they work with the best granite or tile guys. Others are great at doing bathrooms. Others still can do full home renovations because they have a large enough staff and enough money to make it happen. What home owners are figuring out is that not every job is perfect for every contractor. Finding a contractor that fits with the details of the job is critical to that job's success.

Luckily for people in need of contractors, the Internet has made it easier than ever to get what they are looking for. When you go online, you can find reviews and listings of people who have completed hundreds of jobs. What this allows is more certainty and security in who you choose. You'll know from the beginning that the contractor has demonstrated plenty of skill over the long run to give you what you need. While there is no guarantee that your renovation project is going to turn out great, putting in this kind of due diligence is a good first step in the process.

When you have plenty of contractor leads, you can conduct interviews and otherwise assess the qualities of the candidates for the job. You will no longer have to go with the first option your friend told you about just because you don't know anyone else. With the help of the Internet, you can retain a renovation expert who will help add value to your home, create the space you've been dreaming about and take some of the stress off of your shoulders.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

A Little Update

Oh well hello again. Wow, it's been 3 months already since I have updated this blog. I have been very busy for the 1st quarter of 2017 and it's really good. Time flies really fast eh, One day I woke up at new year and now we are about to end the 1st quarter of the year. Summer vacation in our part of the world is really just around the corner. Most of the school kids are now on vacation.

Just a little update, my sister and family went home for a vacay last holiday and last January we went to Cebu and Palawan for 2 weeks .. yey 2 weeks of pure vacation and fun. I still can't get over the fun that we had in Cebu and most especially in El Nido and Puetro Princesa where we go island hopping and snorkeling. Ahhh.. love it!

Work wise, I have made about 15-20 new digital papers and cliparts that are now selling at my ETSY, Creative Market, The Hungry Jpeg, and TPT stores. I am currently working on some new designs as well.

My friends and I also went wake boarding this month and it was something that I never imagined that I will ever do and can do. It was something new for me and loved it as well. 

And you know what, I enrolled on a swimming lessons this week and I'm making progress. My coach is really taking time to teach me the good breathing and some techniques so I can swim properly.

I'm a changed woman lol/.... Making  and trying new things that can improve my personality and experiences.

I'm just loving and living my life to the fullest now.

Friday, December 9, 2016

No Cook Overnight Oatmeal Chia Honey Breakfast Pudding

Few years back, I used to eat rice with egg or hotdog for breakfast then shifted to cereals with milk. The rice was too heavy for a breakfast for me so I stopped eating them.. then cereals came to the picture. I love honey and Oats by Kellogs with low fat milk almost everyday but sometimes i eat bread with spread.

I later found out a new delicious and healthy breakfast that was taught by my online friend. This no-cook oatmeal with chia and honey breakfast pudding was sooooo good that I have been eating it for over 2 weeks now almost everyday. I just changed the fruits that I use and oh boy it is really good. You need to try this.

Preparing it is just so simple. No need to cook and the ratio really depends on you .. no exact measurement. You just need to combine all of them, put in the fridge overnight and voila you'll have a filling breakfast the next day. The oats and chia seeds will absorb the milk and the concoction will turn to a pudding like consistency in the morning.

Ingredients:
whole rolled oats
chia seeds- you can also use flax seeds
fruits that you like
milk ( low fat- almond, soya or coconut milk whatever you prefer)
honey - or maple syrup (but this can be skipped as most fruits are already sweet)


I usually put mine on mason jar but you can use any glass bottle you have.
 
I already made using grapes, banana, apple and mango, which is my fave.
You need to try this because it is so delicious and healthy!

FYI:
Health benefits of OATS

  • rich in fiber, 
  • regulates bowel movement
  • good for the heart
  • controls blood sugar 
  • lower risk of hypertension
Health benefits of CHIA SEEDS
  • rich in fiber
  • helps treat diabetes
  • rich in antioxidants

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Home Preparation Tips For a Worry-Free Vacation

Let's face it, a vacation can be a stressful event if you don't make plans and reservations in advance. You might want to leave your itinerary flexible so as not to stifle your spirit of adventure, but you don't want to experience stress when it comes to things like finding a place to stay, renting a car or having tickets for events you want to attend. In order for your vacation to be a pleasurable experience, you also need to make preparations around your home. You can't fully enjoy your vacation experience if you're worried about your home or pets.

Home preparation
There are a few simple steps you can take to help eliminate worries about your home and make your return a more pleasant experience. Before you leave for vacation, unplug as many electronics as possible. Remove food from the refrigerator that will spoil before you return. A thorough cleaning of your home prior to leaving will assure that you won't have a lengthy chore list when you get home. You should also mow the lawn before you leave.

Home security
You can help assure that your home and its contents remain safe while you're are away by stopping newspaper and mail delivery and putting lights on a timer. Install motion sensor lights outside your home. A security system is a great way to protect your home while you're on vacation and anytime you're away from home. Leave your car in the garage. Ask a neighbor to park in your driveway occasionally so that it appears there is activity going on and someone is home. Ask a neighbor to keep an eye on your home and to inform you or the proper authorities of any unusual activity.

Pets
Leaving pets behind can be stressful. When you're making those travel plans in advance, add "find luxury cat boarding facilities" to your list of things to do. A boarding facility that lets you customize your cat's meal plan and provide extra perks such as private play time, special treats and toys for your cat is ideal. If your cat is extra playful, a little laid back or a curious kitty that would love a room with a view, knowing that you have made boarding arrangements that match their personality will give you peace of mind while you're away.

It is well worth the investment of time and possibly some extra expense to make home and pet care preparations that will enable you to enjoy your vacation without worrying about things at home. Returning home from vacation to find a clean home and a satisfied cat is a bonus feature to your vacation.

Slowly Healing "Murdered" Toenail

It's always feel great when you have clean nails on your hand and feet but when your pedicurist hurts you then it's another story arghhh..

My vacationing niece from Sydney asked me to accompany her to the nail salon to get her much needed manicure. So we went to this nail salon at the nearby mall, at first i told her to have her nails done at the other salon but she insisted it there.. Ok fine.... the salon is clean and cozy anyway.

Not wanting to wait for her for about an hour or so, I decided to have foot spa with pedicure while my niece got a relaxing hand massage with manicure. The foot spa was nice as well especially when the warm water where my feet are dipped is making my feet relaxed. I have few dead feet skin as what the pedicurist told me. Awesome! She didn't have troubles in my feet i guess.. haha..


I picked a nice red nailpolish for my toenails and it makes my feet look nice. The cleaning at first was ok, she is even asking me if it hurts and I said no. When the cleaning was on my big toe on my right foot, she accidentally hurt it and I blurted out that it hurts.. arghhhh.. She continued to clean it or cut the sides of the nails and oh God it hurts more. After the session, the toe is not hurting much but after a week, the toenail become swollen and pus are accumulating already wahhh.. OUCH!

I decided to put some betadine on my wound and asked my doctor friend to prescribe an antibiotic for me to drink. She prescribed this Dalacin C  (Clindamycin) 300 mg  2/day for 7 days. It is quite expensive, costs P 95.25 each since it is branded. I guess it's much cheaper if I got the generic one.

Anway, i have been drinking this for 3 days now and thankfully, my wound is starting to heal. There is less pain and swelling and the pus are coming out slowly. At first, I have no intention of drinking antibiotic but the swelling is becoming so uncomfortable already so I had to take them now.

Lesson learned. I will not have my nails done for now at the salon. I will just do it by myself now. For sure it will take me years to have it done by someone since this experience is just so unbearable.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Three Technology Strategies That Will Push Your Business Forward

These days, business owners who are interested in moving their companies forward are realizing that they can do so by implementing technology-based strategies. However, many of these corporate leaders don't know which techniques and systems will be most helpful in helping them realize forms of success like an enhanced bottom line or increasing levels of industry authority. If you're interested in accomplishing these types of business-building outcomes, the strategies listed below can help you realize the goal:

1. Update Your Wireless Phone.


One great way to help push your business forward is by updating your wireless phone. This strategy will empower you to ensure that you can communicate effectively with your staff, business partners, current clientele, and prospective customers. If you're in need of new products such as the sierra wirless gx450 modem, you can obtain them from organizations like Wireless Phone Gallery.

2. Implement Digital Marketing Strategies.

One of the business owner's greatest technological tools is digital-based marketing. However, many corporate leaders have yet to implement the online advertising strategies that would help them take their level of Internet visibility and conversion from good to great. If you're ready to step into a new dimension of industry authority while also ensuring that your brand maintains a cutting edge image, be sure to take the world of digital marketing seriously. By hiring the right online advertising firm, you can obtain some or all of the following business-building services:

• Branding
• Social Media Optimization
• Direct Marketing
• Web Design And Development
• Content Development
• Market Research
• Content Management
• Mobile Apps
• Interactive Design
• Mobile Development
• Software Development
• Motion Graphics
• Search Engine Optimization

3. Utilize Cloud Services.


One final technology-based strategy you can implement to push your business forward is utilizing cloud services. This technique is important because it will enable you to work on office-related documents from any location where Internet access is available.

Additionally, cloud services will empower you and your employees to work on documents simultaneously rather than having to pass them around from individual to individual via e-mail. In the end, the use of cloud services tends to save business owners time, thereby enabling them to focus on other company-related projects that will generate revenue or optimize the brand recognition process.

Don't Delay: Begin Pushing Your Business Forward Today!

Business owners who want to push their companies forward should not delay the growth process. Rather, they should implement some or all of the aforementioned business-building techniques now to ensure that they can start seeing big results!

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Creative Artworks of my Niece

Arts and crafts talent really run in our family. My 2 older brothers are into visual arts and both have won national competitions. Older brother is into oil painting and photography and his talents have earned him some national titles. My other brother can also paint using oil paint but recently he loves wood sculpture and he have won awards for that too. I have blogged about this before but I think it's on my other blog.

My 13-yr old niece got her talent obviously from his dad and is evident on her drawings. Her fingers started to make beautiful drawing probably around when she was 2 or 3. Up to now you can see her ALL the time drawing on paper and even on computer. She's been using a program on her pc and she's also like to use photoshop soon but she's tinkering with it for a while. A wacom tablet for drawing is her dream gift so she can draw easily on the computer. She will definitely become a good graphic artist because I saw how passionate she was on this hobby of hers.

She's a self taught artist and Youtube became her companion while working on some of her fave characters. I believe she watches tutorials on how to draw and with her magical skills and hands she's able to execute her ideas on her canvas. Wish I can do that as well.. oh well I'll just stick to my graphics designing of digital papers and some cliparts.

Anyway, here are just some of the drawings that she made a couple of months ago and as I was writing this post she saw her drawings and I told her that I'm posting them on my blog. She immediately told me that she still has some new drawings that she did and I was in awe when I saw it.