Get in Control of Your Child's Buying Tantrums

Budget-conscious moms are aware that bringing along a child (especially toddlers) in a grocery or department stores, they face the dilemma of  having to buy items mostly expensive toys or even costly chocolates that are not on the allocated budget for the week or month before the next payday.

How to Remove Candle "Meltings" on Clothes

Yes, you do not need to throw clothes or table cloth in case candle "droppings" stick on it.  Others tried to scrape it off, I did that the first time I had this same problem.  But, you have got to try this and it surely works.

      You will need:

10 Tips for Gifts that will Make Everybody Happy and Thankful

 Here are some considerations when shopping for gifts for family and friends:
1.  Age Appropriate

      The gifts we have to give must be age-appropriate.  This is very important if the recipient is  young or old. Why young -if your recipient is a toddler who always chew on things, it is very dangerous to give toys with small parts that can choke or those made of poisonous plastic materials.

     For older people, alright a book is not a bad gift at all if your grandma's eyesight is still as good as yours. 

Education: A Child's "Life Insurance"

Most of my fellow Filipino countrymen are well-aware of the importance of child education.  The government has also allotted generous funds to run the education system -we are now adapting the  K-12 Program most other countries are implementing and of course, there is a lot of modifications alongside.  Education is a universal tool any where in the world you are.

To be employed is to have a diploma, sometimes an experience is required too. Lining with the hundreds of applicants for a position in a well-known high-paying company needs the "paper"- the HR manager will shorten the list and one to consider is educational background.  I must say that graduates from reputable universities have the advantage but as soon they get to know the applicant in an interview - that is the only chance even an honored graduate from a province is noticed what more if undergrad?

Investing on our children's schooling is just maybe a 75% guarantee of their success with employment in the future but at least we provide them the help they needed.  Sacrifice on the budget for leisure, clothing and other not so important things but not with the children's education.

Being a child of well-off family does not guarantee an established future when the business-minded parents die and leave the fortune to a brat that did not even tried to acquire some education or knowledge in running the business empire.  I am not against those who have gained success without the diploma but for some reason the child will be more competitive in their career of choice when educated and will not be left-out.

For families with meager income scholarship abound; from politicians, NGO's and companies (some companies advise what course to take and sponsors a student and hire them after graduation).  University workers - teacher aides, library assistants etc. were given full-tuition scholarship from the first to the last year of study.  Other grants provide allowances.  

Students who are very eager to finished course whose average are below the accepted ceiling for scholarship grants, opt to part-time work to sustain schooling.  

Some get an educational loan. There are "study now-pay later plans" from government insurance companies and banks. 

For responsible parents, educational plans are considered from the birth of their child. Some bank a portion of their money for it.

I was just disgusted to see children beggars from the streets wiping car windows till the light goes green, what if a car hit them?  This is exaggeration but a real scenario every parent's nightmare.  Do you agree folks?  Share your saving tips with us dear readers -for your child's future..thanks for taking time to read :)

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Tips on Interior Decoration

My personal tips as an ordinary homemaker - I have got no formal schooling on design to share with you but these are based on my design instinct.

As the title suggests, remove clutter.  The things that are of no use anymore keeps your space disorganized when they hang around.  It is made first on my list to lessen the burden of adding them on your workload while decorating.

Broken appliances:
 -have it repaired or sell to a junk shop. If can not be fixed, nor brought to a junk shop right away, keep in a storage room (where all your unneeded stuff are kept). 

Before throwing things:
 - check if it still can be used like toys of grown-up children; can be donated to beggars on the street or in daycare houses. Wash it first and perfume it.
 - unused or old clothes can be re-cycled for a bag, or be donated, again wash them first so it will not smell hidden in the "caves".
 - since, surplus e-shops/websites are now available, sell the items you donot like anymore.

Put everything in place. There must be a rack/plastic basket or drawer for every little thing so as not to find it lurking on top of the tv, ref or lounging on table or chair.  Shoe rack is advisable. Laundry hamper too.  There must also be a an open rod-standing hanger for nice-clothes for laundry.  The hamper can sometimes be a prey to rodents that might chew on our favorite clothes-the clothes inside must be folded.  It is an eye-sore to see a mountain-like dump of laundry.

Have a Color Scheme

Color coordination matters.  My style is for example, the flower on my vase is orange, I put an orange accent on some part of the house to connect that side to the whole block. A figurine or a table cloth will give the needed connection.

One of my designs, home in Inaclagan. A mother's taste.

For me, good curtains does not clash with your wall paint. It matches the  furniture perfectly and most important of  all in choosing curtains is the function - if the area where you will put it, needs a sun blocker in the noon, thick and heavy curtains would be great.

How to Find Out a Scam Website Company

These are just few tips I learned while looking for part-time earning opportunities:

Tip #1

The site does not have a LOCK icon/image on the left-side corner of the URL address.  I learned that the sites that lack the said "lock image" is unverified by Google because they have not provided a location or address.

Tip #2
The site asks you to pay before you can start working.

Tip #3
The site is not using actual photos in their office or workplace.

Tip #4
Excessive pictures of  "money" enticing you.

10 Tips on Raising Responsible Kids

If your child always answer you "later mom.." or with a yes but no work done it is the time to get worried.  That is not just an annoying scenario but a real cause for alarm.  The youngster might grew-up irresponsible if this is kept longer. What to do now?

Angel Reign is now cooking rice for our meals

Wedding Checklist & Step by Step Guide

These are the things an engaged couple must consider and prepare for a stress-free wedding day: 

A. Prepare for the things you will need one by one every pay day. 
If you are going to compute the receipts of these little things you will see it will cost you a LOT! 

a. Bride’s/grooms’ shoes/ bride’s purse/handker attire chief/casual
You might find this ridiculous but a signature shoes or lady’s purse might cost you your whole salary for a month especially, clothes to change-on when you are at the wedding reception. Some choose not to take-off the wedding attires but there are still others who feel comfortable changing, it depends on your personal preference. Handkerchief is a must! You might cry and got nothing to wipe on…just ask your groom to bring one for you and for him in his pocket you may return it afterwards, you will not want a hanky to hold while taking pictures!!! 

b. Bride’s accessories (head dress, gloves (optional), stockings, changing robe) 
You will need the robe while doing the make-up. A pair of necklace and earrings will do. Pearls always do the magic, just a suggestion.

c. Wedding Mementos/souvenirs 
 Some prefer to buy materials and make the souvenirs themselves for a matter of sentimental value, a personal touch. Others, the maid of honor shoulder the expenses and the acquisition of the souvenirs with of course the opinion of the bride. It should look special and appealing. 

d. Bridal Car 
If you do not own wheels, try to borrow from a friend or if your budget fits, look for a rent-a-car ahead of time. A wise client would not settle on the first shop, will always compare prices and services provided as well as time limitations and the like. 

e. Gowns and suits (the secondary sponsors) 
Some just buy the cloth to keep the motif and let the participants bring it to a dress shop on their own expense depends on your understanding (could be of any design or as agreed by the secondary sponsors/bride’s maids themselves). Others will rent on one shop so the design and color match, the bill as agreed; maybe shouldered by the couple. In the Filipino tradition, the Godparents (ninongs and ninangs) mind themselves whatever they wanted to wear as long as it is not against the church’s policies. 

Getting the Older Child Ready for the New Baby

Diaper stocks? Delayed breastmilk? Hospital bills?  Are these all the problems we need to face on birthing our second child?  Well, my dear friends - we are forgetting about our first born's feelings and confusions.  

On the firsts months of pregnancy, from then, we must start preparing our first born to the arrival of a sibling.  Communication, more bonding time and getting her involved in the preparation for the baby's arrival will give her a positive idea of  becoming an older sister or brother.

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