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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Lassen Volcanic National Park

Mountain Cascades @ Lassen Volcanic National Park
Lassen Volcanic National Park in Northeastern California may not be as popular as California's Yosemite National Park, but does not mean less beautiful. We went here for a vacation last summer 2009. Though most of California's National Parks would probably be filled with crowd during the summer, Lassen Volcanic National Park spoke to us beautifully in silence. We loved our stay here, and this is one of the National Parks we plan to go back some day for more hiking and exploration.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Is Megace Safe As an Appetite Stimulant?

Megace is a product that can be used to treat lack of appetite or weight loss resulting from disease. It is a man-made substance unlike Eatmor Appetite Stimulant, which is a 100% natural potent stimulant product that is available in capsule form. I take it daily as a dietary supplement and it works in my body to imitate signs of hunger.

When I use the product, I have empty feelings in my stomach, my stomach also growls, and I have increased salivation. An hour after I have taken the supplement, my throat becomes mildly warm. The best time for me to take the supplement is when my stomach is empty and the result is that I have a huge appetite and can consume more calories every day and gain weight naturally.

On the other hand, Megace is available as an oral suspension, not a capsule. The product is a progesterone hormone. It is not known how the oral suspension works in treating lack of appetite. Apart from the scanty information regarding the way the oral suspension works, there may be some possible side effects of using the product such as cushing's disease among others. However, with Eatmor from VH NUtrition, there have been no reported cases of side effects of using the product.

There is some important safety information regarding the use of Megace oral suspension are noted on VH Nutrition's Megace information page. The most common adverse effects associated with the product are impotence, flatulence, rash, hypertension, fever, decreased libido, insomnia and hyperglycemia. Breakthrough bleeding has been reported by women who used the product. Before you can consider using the product, you should tell your pharmacist or physician if the following things are applicable to you.

rhyme for sons

watching my sons at play at the farm inspired me to grab a pen
and rhyme

I want to tell you everyday

As the Lord taught us

To love your brother as yourself

Life is a series of hills and valleys

Of joy and cheers

as well as aches and tears

But sons remember

That up there in the sky is one sun

And a God who watches over us

So go and enjoy the years

Have fun playing as one

But remember to pray everyday

for life on earth may cease today

No one knows the time

So sons be good

A bread do share

to hate don't dare

For life is good

For those who would

Follow the path of sweet brotherhood

Be humble

Be meek

Be of service to those in need

My sons i have not

A penny to leave

But lots of LOVE for you to share and not just keep!

by Zen

Dental Care Tips Everyone Can Start Using Today

It can be really difficult to find a new dentist. There are many dentists out there and that can make it an impossible task. This article will give you advice for taking care of your teeth and finding a great dentist too.

Dental Preservation

Some foods cause damage to your teeth than others will. Avoid sweets or foods that contain a lot of sugar. Don't drink very cold or very hot drinks, and avoid coffee for white teeth.Drink through a straw to reduce damage on your teeth. If you are scared about going to the dentist, set up some sort of signal with your dentist. You can agree on a hand signal that will suffice. You might not need to do this, but knowing the option is there can help to ease your mind. If you frequently experience dry mouth and bad breath, consider any prescription medicines you take as a possible cause. If you aren't producing enough saliva, you are at increased risk of having dental problems. Talk to your doctor to see whether or not your medicine is determining your dry mouth. If this is the case, then talk to your doctor about switching your medication. If it isn't, a dentist can help you with cotton mouth.

Taking some fluoride supplements can also strengthen teeth. Fluoride might be useful if your teeth seem dingy or your gums are exhibiting problems. Yellow spots appear on teeth if you take too much fluoride.If this happens, take care to not consume any more fluoride.

Noticeable Results for a Superb Smile

Follow the directions on the product before brushing. Plaque and debris will show as a bright blue or pink. Only use these types of products if you have sufficient time to get rid of the traces. This is definitely something you should only use when you are in a rush. You should floss at least once per day. Flossing really does make a big difference.Place the floss in between your teeth. Use a back and forth. Avoid flossing under your gums; focus on the gum line.

If you have a tooth come out due to an accident, never throw it away. Clean it off by rinsing it. If this does not work, place the tooth in a small amount of milk and try to get to a dentist immediately. Smoking can cause a lot of problems with your gums and your teeth. If you currently see no damage, just look up some information and images about the damage smoking can do to your mouth, you should research just how much damage smoking can do. You are well advised to stop as soon as possible.Your dentist can assist you decide on the best method of quitting. For teeth whitening, you need brush more than your teeth. You need to brush underneath your gums and the gum surfaces also.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Underwater Joy

"Buoyed by water, he can fly in any direction – up, down, sideways – by merely flipping his hand. Under water, man becomes an archangel."
 - Jacques-Yves Cousteau

Monday, January 20, 2014

Outfit of the Day (OOTD) Series: Photoshooting Fun

What happens when 2 city girls who love outdoors immensely, found some time together to explore, not the wild, but the city?

We had fun photoshooting! :) Here you go.....

photo location: Grand Park, Los Angeles, CA
Jeans, Blouse and Cardigan: Banana Republic
Sandals: Tory Burch
Tote Bag: Marc Jacobs

Photo Location: Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Pants, Inner Shirt, and outer Blouse: Gap
photo location: Disney Hall, Los Angeles
Shirt: Under Armour
Jeans: Banana Republic
Sandals: Tory Burch
Tote Bag and Sunglasses: Marc Jacobs

~ time spent with friends having fun is always PRICELESS~

Warming Up Your Home

What's the best way to warm up this winter?

I am thinking of upgrading our Home Insulation, which we all know as a key to keeping the warmth in our house during winter and keeping the cool air during summer. Having an excellent home insulation is very important for us who thinks about saving the energy cost, and in the process, also saving Mother Earth's natural resources.

However, an excellent home insulation upgrade usually requires high purchase or installation cost, though in the long run, I believe it would save more money. Understanding this constraints for home owners, the UK government helps homeowners, or even business owners improve the efficiency of their homes by providing government grants for solar. The grant is not only limited to homeowners and businesses but also to tenants who have rentals. This is really a very good move for the UK government providing support to their residents in saving money and going green.

Who does not want a comfortable and warm home, anyway? One thing I am sure, it's not me.
Just thinking of home, already warms my heart, just like these tropical orchids that surely always bring joy to a home.

Thursday, January 16, 2014


 Piedras Pintadas Trail, Lake Hodges, San Diego
 Piedras Pintadas Trail, Lake Hodges, San Diego

It's still fall here in San Diego. I love the golden glow in January, not the winter white. :) Anyway, am glad for our beautiful weather, it allows us to enjoy the outdoors. Hiking and snorkeling (though swimming and snorkeling had taken a backseat now due to cooler temperature) are two of the outdoor activities we regularly do to help us stay fit. A very inexpensive and healthy activity. They not only keep us active and fit, but also give us a lot of inspiration from the lessons we learn outdoors. After all, nature is the best teacher.

Calgary, One of the Best Cities to Live

I read a feature recently featuring the best places to live in the world. One of them, is Calgary. I was not surprised knowing how beautiful, clean and green, Calgary is. It is the largest city in Alberta and the 3rd largest in Canada. Jobs abound, thus, a lot of people are moving into the city. Aside from jobs, Calgary is a haven for outdoor lovers, being near Canadian Rockies.

Calgary real eastate is divided into regions. This allows prospects to focus on certain area near their place of choice. Looking for our house of dreams can be so much hassle sometimes if we do not know where to start. Usually, of course, we start with the place nearest to our work, and if possible, also nearest to our places of interest. It is nice to know which part of the municipality our house would be in.

Sometimes, we wonder why there is so much difference in the real estate price for places that may be less than a mile apart, the reason always is the type of community or neighborhood. One can get a bigger place at a much cheaper price when the area is considered to be not as pleasant as another area. Thus, it is always a big plus to know which area the place we are looking at belong to.

I know several friends who sacrificed having a smaller home, just so they can be in a much better school district, closer to work, and in a very safe neighborhood. However, I also have a few friends who sacrificed commute so they can be in a home of their dreams, huge house with a big backyard, but the commute is more than 40 miles from work. Personally, I would prefer a smaller home in a very good neighborhood, good school district ( good school district usually = good neighborhood= higher cost of real estate), less commute, and close to all the places of my interest and needs. Though this would mean paying a lot more, but I could settle with a smaller home so I won't have to be paying a lot more. I do not need a big house if that would mean I would have long commute and so far from all my interests. But whatever our choices are, it is always good to have a site to go to, to help us search for a place of our dreams. Sites such as Calgary Real Estate resource would be our best help to find the home of our dreams in one of the best cities to live in the world.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The fun of Teaching Healthy Eating

     Meet my eating little partner! He just loves trying out new dishes! Every visit to a restaurant is an adventure with him! He would claim each time that the dish he just tried is his all time favorite. ..oh and each dish remains to be so...well until his next taste of another dish!

     He loved this Chinese noodle soup the first time he took a sip and I am glad he enjoys it because it is a complete meal in itself. The noodles provide carbohydrates for energy, the vegetables give fiber and vitamins and the pork, liver and egg are rich in protein for body building and repair.

And oh he smiled with delight eating cool mango puree in milk!

Indeed each meal is a great bonding time with our kids where we could teach them what are best to eat for a healthy body and mind!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Menu Engineering and How to Make it Work for You

Your menu can be one of your best marketing tools if used correctly. Many restaurants open their doors without fully understanding their menu’s anticipated profitability.  The menu should also be written to encourage customers to select the most profitable items.  It should draw on the customers’ emotions and expectations to create the desired results you want.

Let's talk “sweet spots”. Every menu should have them. These are not desserts, but are the areas of the menu that immediately capture your customer’s attention as soon as they open your menu. Basically, a customer will remember the first item and the last item they see, so you will want to present your high profit items in these places. Another theory is that most customers will look to upper right hand corner of the menu first before going on to the read the rest of it.
Good quality food photos of your menu items is another great way to get your customers to purchase those items. Many menus only show photos of the items that drive the most profit. The last thing you want is a photo of every single menu item, but done with control, this is an effective tactic.

Have you noticed in the past few years that menus no longer have dollar signs on them? Many also have dropped the final digit. No longer do you see a dish for 12.90, it now reads 12.9.  The perception is that when a person sees a dollar sign or the full number amount, they tend to spend less money.

Finally, and most often overlooked...words! Describe your items in a way that makes your customer feel they must try that item. A great descriptive sentence or two about your dish, the special ingredients, or how it's specially prepared, will go a long way in getting customers to order it. If you feel you are not a great writer, hire one.

The main goal of menu engineering is to encourage purchase of specific items, preferably the most profitable ones, and to discourage the purchase of the least profitable items on your menu. To achieve this, you must know the cost of all your menu items. Once you know your highest profit menu items, you can arrange them on your menu to produce the best return by working the “sweet spots”.

Once you have determined your best items and your placement of them on your menu, there are additional ways to catch the eye of your customer. Placing a bold border around a menu item will make it stand out. Stars are extremely popular on menus today. They are being used to indicate great value or a limited special. Hearts are placed on menus to point out the healthy options. Changing your type face on certain items, putting some items in bold type face or the use of color text all are helpful as well.

Not all these will work for all restaurants. Much has to do with what type of customer you have, what foods you serve, what your price-points are and so on. However, the basics of menu engineering for any type of restaurant are always the same: highlight your high profit items, downplay your low profit items and guide your customer selections to help your bottom-line. It is important your restaurant bookkeeping and POS system keep track of the results enabling you to take corrective action along the way for continued menu profitability. 

The more you give.. the more you will receive ...

“ The more you give … the more you will receive”.

What can you consider more Christ-like attitude than sharing God given talents to help people in need? It has been an amazing opportunity to be with this group of ladies whose talents in writing and photography blessed this webpage for four years. With our group effort in writing paid blogs, two kids in the Philippines are happily attending their first year in High School...

Sharing with all of you photo and letter from our scholars !

Micah and Angelo

Saturday, January 11, 2014

A Guide To Perfectly Fitting In A Prom Dress

Prom Night- Sweet music playing, perfume filling the air, the smile of your special someone drawing near, you check out your face in front of a mirror and to your horror find the spaghetti strap of your dress crooked or the lace of your gown torn! You can not let that special day in your life become a disaster! You got to pick the prom dress that suits you best in time for any adjustments before the big day comes.

Looking for the perfect prom dress could be a daunting task. All thanks to technology, ordering prom dresses online has become breezy. The tricky part though is finding a site where you could choose from a wide variety of dresses that suit your taste and perfectly fits you.

At dressfirst.com you could find a wide selection of gorgeous yet affordable prom dresses. Looking fabulous does not have to hurt your purse!

They offer A line/Princess Sweetheart floor length dresses as well as Mermaid prom dresses; Empire strapless ankle length dress; Sheath Sweetheart floor length Taffeta Tulle prom dresses and many more which could make you feel like a princess. Just looking at them is making me wish I could go back in time...

...and be Prom Queen.

Now before I become too ambitious let me share with you some of the tips I learned from DressFirst so you would perfectly fit in your ordered prom dress. These also come in handy for online purchases of other dresses.

You could opt for standard sizes based on a chart but it would be wise to have your dress customized.

It would be best to be measured by a professional tailor yet if you got no choice and you are to do it on your own be sure to do it properly otherwise you might not get that flawless fit!

The bust size I realized isn't one's bra size but the measure of the fullest part of the bust.

The waist is measured about an inch above the belly button and that the hips should be measured about seven inches from the waist. The hollow (hollow portion between the collar bones) to floor measurement is added around two inches to fit high heels.

The rest of the ordering part is easy when you know what goes well with your body and facial features.

 The color of the dress is a huge factor for looking and feeling great too so carefully browse the color chart available for each dress to find your magical hue.

The length of the dress  should also complement your height regardless of what type of shoe you will wear so before making your final order you might want to fit some of your old dresses to find the best choice for comparison.

I got a niece to aid in purchasing her prom dress and our goal is to avail of the free shipping offer at the site.

Join us catch the offer and look your best on prom night! Who knows, you just might be, the next Prom queen!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

A Day of Pink Beauty and Joy!!

A Very Special Day to Celebrate Joy In Nature and all the favorites of our Dearest Betchai!!!Love and Hugs from your TSS Family!!!


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