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Plans For Our Future Home


My husband received a call from the real estate developer of the house and lot we purchased in Cavite to inform him that we can already move into the house next month. We only need to submit a few more documents and sign some papers then we are free to do what we want with it. We are glad about this news although moving in is not our priority as of the moment. Our first plan is for the construction of our home to further improve it. There are a lot of work to do and of course we need lots of funds too (lol).

We have many plans for the house like my husband wants two bathrooms while I want a nice cozy living room. A terrace would also be a welcome addition. I also want a big and inviting kitchen with stainless sinks because it looks clean and gorgeous. I recommend this kind of sink to all who are currently constructing or renovating their kitchen areas because using it has many advantages such as being more affordable and durable. It also matches well with almost all kitchen decor styles. Good thing that undermount stainless steel kitchen sinks and bar sinks are readily available at http://www.sinksusa.com

Ways to Beat Stress


Lately, I noticed that I am more stressed out and being quite mean to my husband. I really feel guilty when I do that and since I find myself regretting my actions later on, I always vow to be more patient next time.

It is probably due to the fact that I am now in my third trimester of pregnancy and feeling more uncomfortable everyday because my tummy seems to get heavier and heavier. But as much as possible, I don’t want to give myself any excuse for being mean so I really need to de-stress, relax and control my reactions.If you are in the same boat as I am, let me share some of the things one can do to relax and beat stress:

• List your blessings. Make a mental list of five things you are grateful of and focus on that. It is an instant mood lifter.

• Take a deep breath. Catch your shoulders up by your ears, breathe in slowly then relax and exhale.

• Sing. Be it in the shower, your bedroom or just about anywhere, it stimulates the release of endorphins, mood boosting, and brain chemicals.

• Make a tight fist then open your hand and focus on the physical sensation of releasing tension. Tune into other tense body parts such as neck, shoulders, brow and jaw and replicate the sensation of tension release through muscle relaxation.

• Laugh it off. Recall a ridiculous thing your friend did and mentally relive the incident and allow yourself a hearty chuckle.

• List down your worries to neatly organized your concerns. It helps restore a sense of calm in your life.

About Car Accessories


For me one of the best things about traveling via car or any other owned vehicle is the fact that the passenger is protected by dust and pollution. Of course, you can’t close the windows of the car or you can but it would be extremely uncomfortable if it doesn’t have an air con. The air con of my brother’s car was broken once and I remember how terrible the feeling is when we used it to go somewhere under the intense summer heat.

This proves the importance of car maintenance and that means ensuring that all diesel parts of the car are of the best quality. The good thing is that that there are online stores that offer quality diesel parts at affordable prices. One of them is Diesel Parts Pros. Among their products are Turbochargers, Diesel Fuel Pumps, Diesel Injectors, and Glow Plugs and much more. Visit their online store now to get all the car parts you need!

A New Part Time Job



In spite of me being pregnant and all, I decided to accept a part time writing job. Well I jus saw this job advertisement in one site and decided to submit an application letter, a resume and a few sample works. To my surprise, I received a reply the day after. The offer seemed fair and doable that it only takes a few email exchanges and negotiation before I agreed to accept the first writing assignments.

Part time job is not a new thing to me. I used to do lots of academic writing before and I kind of missed it- not the writing assignments really but the extra money I get from it (lol). This time I am required to write reviews for some products and I think I can do it. The pay is pretty good and I am given two weeks to finish 6 articles so there is no need for me to feel so stressed out. I hope I will be able to do my job well.


Taking It Easy



I am absent at work for four whole days this month including this Monday. I have used up all of my sick and vacation leaves and even offset privileges so that would mean four whole days without pay- almost a week’s worth of work to be deducted from my salary. I am quite upset because that is so far the most number of days that I missed work since I became an employee. I also hate missing work because I always find myself loaded with more task upon coming back at the office,

Well, there are various reasons why I had to miss work- the bad weather, me feeling so tired and sleepy in the morning and inability to hire a taxicab to take us to work. Some taxi drivers can be so choosy and demanding. So we really hope we can buy a car soon.

Anyway, on second thought maybe the days to rest are a blessing in disguise. At least for this month, I am able to take it easy. This is also probably good for my baby so I want to stop getting upset about it anymore.

Facebook Quizzes


One of the reasons why many people are drawn to Facebook are the interesting quizzes one can take there. They are excellent stress booster so whenever I feel bored and exhausted from too much researching via net, I take a Facebook quiz to unwind. Anyway I tried two quizzes recently and want to post it here because I love the results. Want to believe the results are true and accurate (laughs).

Mela took the How old do you look? quiz and the result is much younger



Mela took the IQ Test? quiz and the result is 140+ IQ!

Two Great Movies


I spent last weekend at home just watching movies via DVD. I wanted to go malling and watch in a cinema but my husband wants me to rest. Anyway, I saw two great films: Crash and North Country. I was hesitant to watch them at first because I wanted something light and funny. But since there isn’t any new dvd’s at home, I settled on what’s available and fortunately I wasn’t disappointed. True enough, the two movies have serious themes but confronts real issues in society. I recommend these two flicks because both are eye openers and after watching it, you’ll find yourself more aware of yourself, your fellowmen and the society you live in.

Crash

This movie deals with racial discrimination and how our failure to see each other as equals affect our judgment and decisions. With Sandra Bullock, Brendan Fraser, Ryan Phillipe, etc. the movie boast of a powerhouse cast.



North Country

Based on a true story, it deals with gender related issues specifically in the workplace. It shows the abuse and disadvantages women experience if placed in a territory that men dominates. Great acting from Charlize Thezron.

Get More From Your Cars!


Me and my husband are saving up for a car and hopefully we can buy one, even a second hand one this year. If that happens, then I think my husband and I would really make and effort to take care of our car.

He used to work as an accountant for a car repair shop so he is quite knowledgeable win the ins and outs of car maintenance., I am sure he will be interested to learn about a site that offers car owners the best value for their money. That is Turbochargerpros.com, a company that has the best Turborcharger available and offers solutions to all your air induction needs.

Turbochargerpros.com caters to various car models such as Audi and VW. So if you need to replace your VW Turbo and wants to make sure that you’ll get the best quality at the best price, then check out Turbochargerpros.com. You’ll surely get the most out of your car!

Prayer for a Safe and Happy Delivery


I am over 7 months pregnant now and will be giving birth soon. My belly has grown bigger that friends say it looks like it is about to explode (lol) and well moving around is becoming increasingly uncomfortable each day.

But alas, it seems like there is still so many things I need to prepare. Sometimes it is hard to find the time as I am constantly tired my husband and I are both working. Would you believe that up to this day, I am yet to decide on a name for my baby.

Yet I know that the most important thing is to ask for God’s guidance. Here is a prayer for giving birth I found on the net:

For a Happy Delivery

Lord Jesus Christ, who said, “Allow the little children to come to me, for the kingdom of heaven is for such,” I thank you with all my heart for the great and holy privilege you have granted me in calling me to present you with a little child, so precious in your sight. I praise and bless your divine goodness which has conferred this supreme favor on me, and I acknowledge myself altogether unworthy of this holy gift.

I bless you, too, your divine goodness for giving me such a sweet and holy patroness and protectress in your mother, the model and exaltation of all Christian motherhood.

Dear Jesus, I beg you to be mindful of the prayers and intercession of your immaculate mother in my behalf; heed her petitions for me and, as you have so blessed me in this pregnancy, mercifully grant the happy delivery which I now ask through her, my patroness, our Lady of Happy Delivery. Amen.



Prayer for a Safe Delivery


O great Saint Gerard, beloved servant of Jesus Christ, perfect imitator of your meek and humble Savior, and devoted child of Mother of God, enkindle within my heart one spark of that heavenly fire of charity which glowed in your heart and made you an angel of love.

O glorious Saint Gerard, because when falsely accused of crime, you did bear, like your Divine Master, without murmur or complaint, the calumnies of wicked men, you have been raised up by God as the patron and protector of expectant mothers.

Preserve me from danger and from the excessive pains accompanying childbirth, and shield the child which I now carry, that it may see the light of day and receive the purifying and life-giving waters of baptism through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Marking My Calendars



Time does fly even if one is waiting for something or someone. One minute the day you’ve been waiting for seems ages then all too suddenly it’s over. I think such is also the case when one is pregnant. I can’t believe that I am now in my third trimester and my pregnancy days would soon be over. Well I still have about 2 months to go before giving birth but I am sure the days would pas by like a flash.


My baby’s kicks and movements are getting stronger and more frequent now especially at night. My husband and I think that she is already playing inside. Also according to my OB, the earliest date I can give birth is August 22 though that is unlikely to happen. From her calculations, the most likely date for me to give birth is September 5. So I have put a large circle on September 5 on my calendar. Knowing myself, I would probably be a little paranoid when that day arrives. I plan to take a leave on August 28 but my doctor advised me not to take a maternity leave too soon as being active would help to ease the pain of labor.


Anyway, me, my husband and my whole family is eagerly anticipating the arrival of our princess. My husband and I are excited and ready to take on the challenges of parenthood. With God’s help, we hope to be the best parents for our child.

Get the Best Offer on Direct TV


Television is still the cheapest way to get entertained nowadays. A world without TV seemed unthinkable because it has become a part of our daily lives. Though relatively cheap, we still want to get more from it. We want more channels and better TV programs. Here in the Philippines, one will probably think of cable television to enjoy better TV experience. But in America, satellite television is the in thing nowadays. So if you or someone you know is in America, don’t forget to recommend to them the Dish Network. It can be that they are being left behind by their neighbors because almost all household in US nowadays are using DirecTV.

With DirectTV, they can be sure that hey will get the best value for their money because they are not only the best when it comes to customer service, they also offer more variety in programming and pricing than any other.

Abdominal and Back Pains


I don’t feel so good at the office right now- it is because of this intense burning pain in my upper abdomen. This has been bothering me for weeks now. The weight of my belly is also giving me backaches that make even sitting uncomfortable. I also have numerous tasks to finish and a meeting to attend to later.

I am just so uncomfortable right now- that I find myself counting the hours until I am out of here again. Just like in my first trimester- I can’t wait to go home and rest.

Well I try to relax by procrastinating a little. I googled upper abdominal back pain during pregnancy and got some insights. Some comforted me while most stressed me out-some say it is caused by a stretching ligament, or may be a symptom of eclampsia or appendicitis, etc.

Well, what’s clear is that it is not something I should ignore. I need rest so I am going to sleep early tonight and will consult this with my OB on my next visit this Saturday. By the way, here’s a link to an interesting blg post and discussion I found no the net about upper abdominal back pain during pregnancy:

http://intuitivewoman.blogspot.com/2007/01/pregnant-with-pain-in-upper-abdominal.html

Home Insurance Is A Must

My husband and I are excited to move to the new house and lot we have purchased at Cavite next year. We have purchase it via Pag-ibig housing loan and part of our monthly payment is allotted for the house insurance. We really do not mind paying the extra amount as long as we know that our property is protected from any thing unexpected that might happen like fires and other natural calamity. That gives us an assurance and peace of mind. I believe home insurance offers huge advantage for homeowners

If you or someone you know is living in Houston America, they can also get the advantage of protection through Houston home insurance. Be aware that not all insurance polices are the same when it comes to the services they offer so it is best that you research about it. At the Houston home insurance policy though, you can be sure that you get the most out of your money because Houston Home Insurance covers the following: your personal possessions, and also covers you against lawsuits. You can also get discounts and save some money by going through their online insurance quote services So go ahead and check out Houston home insurance now to get the protection you need.

Fetal Kick Count Chart Starts Today


My OB said that one way to know that my baby is healthy and fine inside my womb is to take note of the movements. She said movements indicate that she is doing fine.

Apparently there are two common ways to record fetal kicks. One is Cardiff Count to Ten Method. This is an 8 to 12 hour period that records at least ten of your baby’s movement. The time you choose depends on when you think your baby is most active. The baby can be more active in the evening or a few hours after a meal. If your baby has 10 movements within a 12 hour period, then baby is in good health. One must chart at the same time everyday.

Second, is the One to Two Hours Method. This is done while lying down on your left side for 30 minutes after eating without distractions. After an evening meal might be ideal time to record. Baby should move 10 times within an hour to 75 minutes.

Here are some tips on counting fetal kicks:
• Wait until 28 weeks before beginning this testing.
• Prepare your chart = time of day on the left and days of the week on top.
• Choose a time of day your baby is most active.
• Ask your doctor or midwife for variations of testing.

Using the 1-2 hour method, I am starting to record fetal kicks today and I am using this chart:

My Personality Revealed!


Dee passed me this fun personality quiz tag. I agree with most of the results here.


Here are the rules:


1. Open this website: Personality Test.

2. Take the Personality Quiz.

3.Copy and paste the result on your blog.

4.Tag as many friends as you can and link to the friend who tagged you.


Here are the results of my Personality Test.


Your view on yourself:

You are down-to-earth and people like you because you are so straightforward. You are an efficient problem solver because you will listen to both sides of an argument before making a decision that usually appeals to both parties.


The type of girlfriend/boyfriend you are looking for:

You are not looking merely for a girl/boyfriend - you are looking for your life partner. Perhaps you should be more open-minded about who you spend time with. The person you are looking for might hide their charm under their exterior.


Your readiness to commit to a relationship:

You prefer to get to know a person very well before deciding whether you will commit to the relationship.


The seriousness of your love:

You are very serious about relationships and aren't interested in wasting time with people you don't really like. If you meet the right person, you will fall deeply and beautifully in love.


Your views on education

Education is very important in life. You want to study hard and learn as much as you can.

The right job for you:

You're a practical person and will choose a secure job with a steady income. Knowing what you like to do is important. Find a regular job doing just that and you'll be set for life.


How do you view success:

You are afraid of failure and scared to have a go at the career you would like to have in case you don't succeed. Don't give up when you haven't yet even started! Be courageous.


What are you most afraid of:

You are afraid of things that you cannot control. Sometimes you show your anger to cover up how you feel.


Who is your true self:

You are mature, reasonable, honest and give good advice. People ask for your comments on all sorts of different issues. Sometimes you might find yourself in a dilemma when trapped with a problem, which your heart rather than your head needs to solve.


I am passing this tag to my blogger friends Eden, Andy and Weena and Ivy

Happy Birthday Honey!


My husband is celebrating his birthday today. We both have work so we will celebrate it tomorrow at home. I was a little worried these past few days because I don’t know how I can give him a gift. You see, he is always with me now wherever I go so I have no way to go to a mall secretly and purchased him a gift. Good thing is that an officemate offered me an avon brochure and that is where I chose a gift for him—a hand massager. It is a simple gift and I will give it to him later. Hope he likes it.

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