Is Going Green While Remodeling Worth It?

Remodeling is always a great thing for homeowners to do. However, there is even more benefit to remodeling when one of the purposes of remodeling is to make everything in your home greener. Tax credits are one incentive to go green, and there are many other good things that are an important part of green renovations.

Some Common Areas for Improvement

One of the primary things that many homeowners are concerned with is making sure that they correct existing problems that may affect their home's efficiency. Doors and windows, if not already energy-efficient, can make your home lose a lot of energy. If possible, install doors that don't feature windows in order to prevent extra air from escaping. All your doors and windows should have good weather stripping, and doors should feature adjustable sweeps.
Paint and Flooring Considerations
Many homeowners don't realize how many eco-friendly options are available for both paint and flooring. These products easily compare to traditional options in their versatility and convenience. You'll be surprised, in a good way, with the unique decorating options that are available for both types of products.

Paint and Wallcovering Options

Many of the options for decorating walls are very effective but largely unknown to non-environmentalists. Eco-friendly wall plaster is one option that many homeowners have started to rediscover. If you want a unique vintage look, consider using colorful ceramic or glass tile. Bamboo wall flats make a good alternative to wallpaper. When using paint, consider either low or VOC-free paint, as well as milk paint.

Several Exciting Flooring Options
Reclaimed or recycled hardwood provides the beautiful look of natural hardwood, without damage to environmentally-sensitive areas. Cork and bamboo are two types of sustainable wood that have a good track record for durability. You will also find that natural linoleum offers many of the advantages of its traditional counterpart, while also resisting germs and bacteria. carpeting constructed from recycled plastics is another great option that many enjoy using.

Do You Want to Take More Drastic Steps?

Remodeling is a good time to consider whether you want to take more drastic steps, such as installing solar panels or heaters powered using alternative energy. Cost will be a major factor in such decisions, although you will see decreased energy costs. However, options like solar panels are flexible and allow you to start off small. Every small step you can take will make a good impact on your home, so you will want to get quotes now.

Enjoy Freebies and Prizes on These Sites

Though I consider myself a technophobic, I can’t deny the fact that modern advancements opened doors of opportunities for me.  For one, I get to receive a decent paycheck by doing stuff for online marketing.  I believe that people who spend so many hours in front of the computer should realize that the World Wide Web and social media are gold mines. With the right knowledge and skills, one can earn money through it and gets freebies and prizes too.
I would like to share that I received freebies from these sites:

EverydayMe This site gives out samples of Procter and Gamble products such as Olay, Safeguard, Ariel, Downy, and many others. One needs to be vigilant though because the samples run out pretty fast.

Nestle Club I simply signed up to this and aside from the cooking recipes and home organizing tips on the site, I have received cool samples and freebies here. I am usually informed of the promos I can avail through the super cool e-newsletters they send.

A1 Online Surveys  For those with extra time and don’t mind answering surveys, this site is for you. Not everyone is eligible to answer a survey and points will not go up overnight so patience is a virtue. I have received a couple of Sodexo GC’s from doing this.

Putting Your Overhead Bridge Cranes First

When you work with overhead bridge cranes, you carry a big weight on your shoulders. You have a hefty responsibility ahead of you with each job that you take on. You commit yourself to sticking to a schedule to deliver for your client. If you run into trouble with a malfunction or breakdown, it can bring all of your efforts to a grinding halt. You need a dependable source for parts to get your equipment back on track. Turn to the ProservCrane Group to find the parts that you need.

Because Time Equals Money
The team at the ProservCrane Group understands that your time is valuable. There is not a minute to waste when you need parts for your disabled crane. You'll find a comprehensive listing of makes and models, ensuring that your vital parts are available. At the touch of a button, you'll have access to the parts that will help you to hold up your end of the bargain on your current project. If you can't find what you are looking for, representatives are available to make the process go smoothly. Your parts will be shipped as soon as possible to fulfill your demand.

An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure
You've been in this business long enough to understand wear and tear. You know your equipment is going to need regular maintenance to ensure optimal performance. Let the ProservCrane Group help you to stock up on parts. You'll be prepared when you see a part on its way out. Take care of your cranes, give them the attention they deserve, and you'll get the most out of your machines. Team up with the ProservCrane Group to make sure you are ready for the road ahead.

Take Advantage of a Host of Services
In addition to an extensive parts catalog, the ProservCrane Group can assist you in various ways. Whether you need help with installation, your maintenance, refurbishing, or inspection, you'll find that the ProservCrane Group is a valuable resource. Safety training courses are also offered by the experts at the ProservCrane Group. Keep your cranes in top form and protect your employees. The ProservCrane Group is your go-to source when it comes to overhead cranes. Don't let a malfunction put you out of commission. Let the ProservCrane Group get the parts in your hands so you can get back to business as usual.

Birthday Greetings and Mary Grace Cakes

My birthday month is about to end so I want to finish this blog post now. So what did I do for my birthday? Well first, I celebrated it a week in advance at the office. We had no task that day and nothing to do after lunch and while we are thinking of dessert, the idea to eat at Mary Grace came up. I am scheduled to treat them for my birthday so I relented when they asked if I can do it in advance.

I am not too fond of sweets but would not turn down an offer to eat at Mary Grace Cafe anytime. I love the warm rustic ambiance that is calming and soothing. The place is very charming with tiny flower vases out of mason jars, tea candles, and handwritten messages. They also play music from classic plays like Les Miserables that one of my officemates joked that we are actually in Paris.  

Of course, the cakes are heavenly too. It is thick and rich and yummy, but not too sweet. We requested for water and the water they served has refreshing lemon slices which is perfect for sweets because it takes away the “umay” taste. The cake is a bit pricey though and the fee includes service charge but it is a good experience to eat here. I would definitely come back.

Earthly Senses Spa Experience

My husband and I badly need some rest and relaxation so I purchased two vouchers for 1-hour body scrub and massage in a group buying site.
Reservation is a must so hubby called right away but it was not so easy since the spa has full schedule on weekends. So I thought, if the place is always that jampacked, then their services might be good.
So on our scheduled date, we arrived at Earthly Senses Spa located along San Miguel Avenue in Ortigas, Pasig early. The girl at the reception welcomed us to inform that we availed the 30-minute body scrub and 30-minute massage but if we want to extend the massage to make it an hour, we only need to add P160. We considered it for a while but opted to decline since it doesn't sound worth it.

Anyway, this spa in Ortigas seems strict when it comes to reservations, yet we were accommodated about 15 minutes later than our supposed sched.
The therapist led us into the massage room which got me a bit bothered because they have no changing room.  They did not give us any towel or robe too. It's great that I am with my husband, but what if I am with a casual friend -undressing may become awkward and uncomfortable.  Another point- they don’t have a locker, a small cabinet, or perhaps even a small table where I can put my things.Sadly, my bag ended up on the floor.  I also find the room too bright for comfort and the instrumental music on the background a bit distracting. I wish they would just turn it off.

I don’t want to sound too whiny here so I must say that generally, the scrub and massage went well although I think they put too little of that cream for me to feel lathered and fresh. Can I also say that I feel so exposed the entire session because while the therapist massages my arms for example, my other body parts are not covered with blanket. When my body was scrubbed with a wet towel, I felt cold because there was a ceiling fan. I also wish they made us shower first because scrubbing right away seems unsanitary. The sheets and the towels don’t look so clean too.

For good points, this spa center can boast of a good location and they do have that relaxing ambiance in the lobby. Nevertheless, it wouldn’t hurt to scout other spa centers which can give better services. 

That Thing Called Tadhana I Want to Watch

There are all kinds of love in this world, but never the same love twice.- F. Scott Fitzgerald

It was early Friday and I just arrived from the office when I received a chat from a friend about this latest movie offering from Star Cinema . My former officemate who is a guy by the way is raving about how good the movie, That Thing Called Tadhana is. I believed him right away because prior to his feedback, I have been reading good reviews in Twitter, Facebook, and other online sites.
This movie that stars Angelica Panganiban and JM de Guzman tells the story of two heartbroken individuals who are struggling to be healed and move on.  According to my officemate, it is at par with quality Japanese love stories. He also commends the great acting skills of the lead actors.

Naturally, his infectious enthusiasm got me so curious so I wanted to watch it ASAP. 

Make Your Valentines Happy w/ a Free Movie Date

It’s that time of the year again and people are clamoring to make their loved ones feel extra special. For those who are looking for something fun to do on valentine’s day, you may want to check out the free movie event at Gateway Mall in Araneta, Cubao. 
I got aware of this through their e-newsletter and just sharing it here. 

Araneta Center will hold a free film showing at the Roof Deck Garden, 5th floor of Gateway Tower on February 14, 2015 at 6PM, featuring well-received Pinoy romantic films “One More Chance” and “My Amnesia Girl”.

Happy V-Day!
Enjoy a free movie date on February 14
The Araneta Center is holding a free film showing at the Roof Deck Garden, 5th floor of Gateway Tower at 6PM, featuring well-received Pinoy romantic films“One More Chance” and “My Amnesia Girl”.
Bring your significant other or if there's none, ask your friends or family to watch the films that will surely melt your heart away. See you on Valentine's Day!
Share your photos online and use the hashtag#DiscoverLoveAndLuck 
Post pictures to get a chance to win an instant prize!
Present this coupon to get a FREE POPCORN and DRINK!
Before the movie, visit the Gateway Gallery located also at the 5th floor.


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