A Beautiful Front Porch Thanks To Christmas Lights

There is going to be lots of Christmas parties and reunions this year. One of these events is most likely going to occur inside your humble abode. Because of that, not only do you need to plan the party ahead of time, you should also take care to welcome your guests properly. Since the front porch is one of the places the visitors will see first, you have to focus your attention there. Here is how to do it.

Decorating the Front Porch

The Pillar Of Beauty ~ You may not be paying attention, but your front porch contains a column. Use it to your advantage. Hang the Christmas Lights you bought from www.christmaslightsetc.com/christmas-lights.htm there however you wish to. It can be parallel to the ground, or in a circular manner. You can even use different colored lights to make a statement. All of these will entrance the guests when they gaze upon it.

Colorful Poinsettia ~ Poinsettia’s are a thing of beauty. They are considered indoor plants, but you can easily put one in your front porch by using an artificial model. You can buy these on the mall which are widely sold during Christmas season. Hang the Poinsettia around the doorway and decorate it with Christmas Lights to make it more noticeable.

Hello Icicle Lights ~ Aside from the twinkly lights and cascading lights that you often use, you can also go for icicle Christmas Lights. They are white in color and simulate the feeling of having snow in your front porch. This is perfect if it does not snow on your place, but it can also be a good contrast to real snow, so you can always use it even if your whole neighborhood is coated with the stuff.

Ho Ho Ho Santa ~Who better to greet the guests than Santa? If you have a model Santa in your home, take it outside and put Christmas Lights all around it.

Be the star this Christmas by decorating your front porch with Christmas Lights. The presentation and decoration in a party is as important as the food and entertainment so do not leave this out.

Jared Quips

These sure are nifty tips on how you can decorate your porch and transform it into one thing of beauty that is sure to serve as a great welcome to your visitors and guests. We do not have a porch, but in lieu  of it, we have this welcoming Merry Christmas decor in our front door as our way to greet those who are thoughtful enough to visit, I think that will do.

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5 ways to donate to typhoon yolanda victims

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we have been watching the news everyday to get updates on what’s going on in the areas that was greatly affected by typhoon yolanda {haiyan}. personally, i do not want to watch anymore as i do not want to see images of children hurting, hungry and crying ~ it is really disheartening! 🙁

mum said we can do something to help these children and their families + have went on to rummage our closet for outgrown clothes to donate. we have also included those tee that we have not worn in a while. mum washed these clothes the other day so that the people can readily wear them when they got  them. we are also emptying my coinbank + will be using my savings to buy a number of items from the grocery later on to be sent to people in tacloban.

anyone can do his share + it does not matter what or how much you give for donation, i am sure it will go a long way in helping all those who are suffering now in the typhoon-destroyed areas. we have list down a number of ways in which you can help:

1. donate to world vision

  • account name: World Vision Development Foundation, Inc.
  • BPI account: 4251-0024-15 {swift code: BOPIPHMM}
  • BDO account: 000-27000-4341-1 {swift code: BOPBPHMM}
  • Metrobank account: 060-7060-5176-41 {swift code: MBTCPHMM}
  • PSBank account: 038-33200013-8 {swift code: PHSBPHMM}
  • you can also donate online at www.worldvision.org.ph or simply click the image above

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2. donate to unicef

  • account name: UNICEF
  • BDO account: S/A 002-08016364-3
  • Metrobank account: C/A 066-706631209-3
  • Land Bank account: C/A 0052-1393-17
  • BPI account: S/A 001-50100335-9
  • PNB account: S/A 531-10730001-3
  • donate online at http://donate.unicef.ph
  • for in-kind or cash donation pick-ups, you may call the UNICEF Hotlines 758-1000, 758-1442
  • send your donations through any SM Bills Payment Counter or Bayad Center nationwide
  • you may also send donations through Paypal to psfrmanila@unicef.org
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School Children and the Health Issues They Face

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with my teacher + playschool classmates

During their school years, children’s immune systems are put to the ultimate test. The school is often a place where huge groups of children gather. This makes it a large breeding ground for bacteria and other disease-causing organisms. Although most illnesses can be considered as minor issues, there are major diseases and contagious health problems that occur.

Here are some of the most common health issues that school-aged kids face along with how you, as a parent or guardian, can help your child avoid them.

Head Lice

Head lice are little crawling insects that nourish themselves by sucking human blood from the scalp. They thrive and multiply in human hair and their eggs are usually attached to the shafts of the hair behind the ears or at the back of the head. Although lice only cause discomfort and not a major health risk, they are still considered a risk because theyare easily spread from one child to another. This means, if left untreated, it doesn’t take long for an entire school to become infested.

Treating lice can be a bit complicated because although physicians can prescribe an anti-lice shampoo, some lice have become resistant to the pesticide. Lice can definitely be removed, however, by properly using a prescribed treatment or seeking help from a professional lice removal in Orange County. To prevent the spread of lice in schools, parents must be willing to notify the school if their child has lice so that the teachers can take the necessary measures to help your child and any others that have been in close contact, get the treatment they require.

Fifth Disease

A mild rash is a common symptom of Fifth disease but it is also characterized by sore throat, body ache, slight fever and headache. The distinctive red rash on the body can last for a few days. Since it comes only with a mild fever, children often do not feel unwell when they develop a rash. However, one important thing to remember about Fifth disease is its linkage to stillbirth and miscarriages. This means that when a student is suspected to suffer from Fifth disease, the female members of staff, especially the pregnant ones, should be notified immediately so that they can take precautions.

Chicken Pox

Chicken pox is yet another viral illness that is common among school-aged children. This disease, caused by the varicella-zoster virus, is characterized by itchy red spots,which usually appear all over the body and face. To avoid the spread of this disease in school, a child with chicken pox should not be allowed to go to school for at least a week after the rash first appeared. The child is safe toreturn to school once all the blisters have dried and crusted over.

Your childs health must be of the utmost importance now that they are attending school. They spend most of their time there and although teachers and the school try to ensure that all children learn in a safe and secured environment, health issues may still occur. To help prevent this, parents need to make sure that their children get good nutrition and care to limit the risk of their child catching a contagious illness.

Jared Quips

It sure is difficult to maintain a child’s health especially when one goes to school where there are many other children to get ailment + diseases from, that is why it is a must that mums put stock on our health, by making sure we have up-to-date vaccinations, a healthy eating habit + administering vitamins + other food supplement. Trust our mums to rest on nothing to make sure that we are always in the pink of health!

This article was written by freelance writer and mother of three, Kathryn Thompson.  Follow her on Twitter: @katht35

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dressing to the nines

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It might probably take a few more years before you see me dress to the nines. If I would have my way I’d rather be dressed in my favorite ensemble of a comfy tee and a shorts, with my worn-out pair of trainers, to boot!

Of course, special occasions later on in life might leave me with no other option but to put one of those uncomfortable dress shirt or that 3-piece suit, for example, on. Some of these occasions include  school graduations, my first communion, or, I don’t know, a wedding or two, perhaps. I might have to be forced to put on my Sunday best just so I won’t look under-dressed or out-of-place in a place teeming with beautifully-dressed people.

I thought weddings are always a good excuse to dress up. I was the ring-bearer to my tita‘s wedding and even when I had to wear this itchy barong for several hours, I absolutely enjoyed the experience + the thrill of walking down the aisle with my family. It was a very traditional Filipino wedding ceremony, now I wonder how Malay weddings go?

If you think about it, it probably isn’t a bad idea to dress up when the situation calls for it. A button-down long-sleeved shirt paired with a nice slacks in darker shade will probably do the trick. Add a pair of loafers {or a dark slip-ons, if I can pull it off!} + I shall be all set!

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a lovely wedding dress am sure mum will love

Dressing up for girls, on the other hand, can be rather complicated. I know that apart from taking too long to choose which dress to try out first + buy, they have quite a number of things to take into consideration, like the color and style of the dresses that would best suit their complexion + their body type, or which pieces of jewelry to go with that dress, for instance. It will be quite an episode am sure. + we have not even talked about shoes!

Anyways, I think the key to dressing to the nines successfully is simply to choose the items that not only look good on you, but those that make you the most comfortable, too. Add to that just the right amount of self-confidence + you’ll be good to go!

images via Pixabay

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got a new haircut from peppermint kid salon

we went to sm aura to visit a recently opened salon, peppermint kid salon and spa boutique. mum won a slot for a spa party at the place in one of the blog giveaways she joined. it sure is one cool place to visit + one great kid salon to have a haircut.

it has all the ingredients of one salon every kid will enjoy, just check out the cool christmas decor, those huge gifts + the other display. they even had a stack of legos for the little ones to tinker on while waiting for their turn to be served. there is also a lovely nook behind the main salon area for mums + dads to have some pampering of their own while their little ones get groomed.

what caught my attention + what drove me to volunteer to have a haircut is this  cool airplane barber chair. i did have a wonderful time sitting on it while the friendly kuya give my hair some tlc.

apart from a haircut, they also offer manicure and pedicure services for the kids, as well as lice treatments. if you happen to be anywhere near the vicinity, i hope you check out peppermint salon a visit. i enjoyed my experience there too much, am giving this kid salon two thumbs up! 😉

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