Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Top 5 Germ-Carrying Items in Your Home

Many items in your home could be swarming with germs and bacteria. This fact is hard to undo entirely. The best way to be proactive about fighting germs is to know what items in your home are most likely to harbour germs. With this knowledge, you can more easily tackle spreading germs at the source. Here are the top five germ carrying items in your home.

1. Remote Controls and Videogame Controllers

Remote controls and game controllers are easy places for germs to build up. Many people touch these common items throughout the day, spreading food, dust, skin oils, and other germs to and from them. With multiple people touching and transferring germs all day, you can imagine what is lurking on the buttons that you cannot see. Be conscious about wiping down remotes and controllers and getting in between each space.

2. Office Supplies

The office is a place where many different people come together to share time, ideas, conversations… and germs. Yes, your workplace could be spreading foreign germs into your home by via any supplies you take home – pens, paper, files, your work bag, or even just your uniform. To reduce this happening, you can take steps to improve your office’s hygiene practices, such as making sure your company uses a corporate cleaning specialist, such as AMC Cleaning, on a regular basis.

3. Sponges

Sponges are the perfect place for germs to lurk. The soft and wet surface holds the germs and,as you wipe down counters and wash dishes, the germs simply transfer from one space to another. Dish towels are just as bad when you use a dirty one to wipe down the counters. Try to swap out your rags and sponges for new ones routinely. Before using sponges, wet them and then place them in the microwave for a few minutes to get rid of any germs that may be loitering.

4. Doorknobs

Doorknobs and handles hold and transfer a lot of bacteria. People come in and out and open and close doors without washing their hands and without realising that their hands now have more germs than before. Doorknobs into the house and into rooms are not the only worry though; handles to drawers, pantries, and the refrigerator harbour just as many germs. Be certain to wipe down these areas with disinfecting spray when you clean in order to eliminate the further spread of germs.

5. Toothbrushes

Toothbrushes hold all the germs from your mouth and everything from the air as they wait for the next use. You are cleaning your teeth, but the previous wash’s bacteria may still be lurking. Bacteria from your toothbrush are unlikely to make you sick, but you should still take precautions. Buy a new toothbrush every few months. Keep your toothbrush in a place that is as far from the toilet as it can be. Clean the holder regularly.

Your home houses not just you and your family, but germs as well. Be proactive and eliminate the spread of germs as much as you can to keep you and your family safe from diseases.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Two Essential Services for the New Pet Owner

The first time you adopt a cat or dog, you may wonder just what needs to happen to ensure your new pet's health and happiness. Sure, everybody knows you will need to give the animal food and water and make sure it receives exercise and vet care, but the fine details of pet care are often just assumed to be obvious. If you're a new pet owner, here are two services nearly every pet will probably need at some point in their life.

A Boarding Facility

You never know when a relative out of town will fall ill or your job may request you attend a conference in another city. Who will care for your pet? While some people leave their pet to be looked after by a neighbor, this can be a disaster if your pet grows anxious and begins to destroy the house or bark incessantly. Sign up with a boarding facility nearby after you take a tour to verify you like the place. That way, you are already on file as a client if you suddenly need to board your pet.

A Groomer

Even if you're comfortable scrubbing Fido down in the bathtub or clipping Mr Paws' claws, you will still want to take you pet to be groomed at least once so he or she will be comfortable with it should it become necessary. For example, if you are ever hurt or need surgery, your pet should be comfortable with someone else doing the grooming sometimes. You can learn more about groomers in your area by reading reviews online. Some will also allow you to watch, which can help lower your pet's anxiety.

A good boarding facility and groomer are excellent resources to have in your back pocket. If you're new to the pet scene, make sure you have these folks available in case you need them.

Rooms for Rent

I am looking for a place to stay outside because I have to move outstation for new job opportunities. I have to move away from home in order to get nearer to better job opportunities because my house is very far from the city area and there were not much jobs around my area. It is also not possible for me to travel from home to the city everyday because the distance is too far. I actually found a company which I have been looking forward to work already. However, they only gave me locations of suitable places to stay and I had to find my own place to stay. It was very troublesome for me. My brother helped me out by searching for rooms online.

After some time, he gave me a website which I could find for rooms to rent. He told me that I could find for my rooms from Manila Bedspaces . Things became to turn around and things became easier that time because from there I could narrow down my search and specify the places I prefer to stay as well as the type of rooms that I want. Not only was that convenient enough for me, I could also see the prices of the rooms so that I do not rent a room which will be over my budget. Moreover, from that website, I get to know all the details of the room that I want because the owners usually state the condition of the rooms, facilities and cleanliness of the room can be seen from the pictures available. It is really very convenient and I advice everyone who wants to look for a room like I do to check it out.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

My Little Musician

Last Christmas, my son bought his dream acoustic guitar. I thought that after buying the guitar, he won’t asks money again, but it didn’t stop right there. He asked money because he wanted to buy a pick guitar, and then another accessory for his guitar. Fortunately, he didn’t know my credit card information; otherwise he will surely shop online for his guitar’s accessories. Anyway, I am glad that every day, he has an improvement on strumming the guitar. Nobody teaches him on how to play the guitar. He just watches a video on one of the best guitarists in China on Youtube.

Fitness Center in the Neighborhood

How and Why You Should Switch Up Your Fitness Routine

Many people who begin a fitness regimen become bored, burned out, or hit a wall and then end up stopping before they are able to see any real results. In order to stay motivated and wanting to keep going back to the gym, it’s important to switch up your routine every once in a while. Not only will making a few changes keep you from getting board, but it can also help you see an increase of results. The following are some reasons why you should and how you can switch up your fitness routine.  

The Human Body Adapts

One of the most amazing things that the human body can do is adapt to almost any situation. When it comes to working out, however, this can be a little bit annoying. When you are doing the same workouts over and over your body is learning to adapt and stop responding to the work you are doing. Lifting the same weights or running the same distances will only benefit you for a while, because soon it won’t be difficult enough for your body to grow or burn calories at the same rate.

Increase Your Intensity

In order to battle your body’s tendency to adapt, try upping the intensity of your workouts. If you are a weight lifter, try lifting heavier weights with fewer rests in between. If you are a runner, try adding in hills, speed work, or longer distances. Changing your routine – even just a little bit – will give your muscles more of a challenge and you will probably see results happening once again. Don’t think that you have to increase your intensity so much that you will burn yourself out. Just remind yourself to get out of your rut and try something new.  

You’re Bored

It is human nature to get bored of doing the same things over and over. Some people thrive on routine and repetition, but others need a little bit more variety to keep them interested. Sticking with the same old routine at the gym can be mind numbing, especially if you use the same machines in the same spot every time you go. Getting to the gym is hard enough, but when you find yourself dreading a workout or counting down the minutes until you can stop running, it’s time to make a switch so that you can enjoy in a fitness center in your area.  

Beat Boredom

Sometimes even the smallest changes can help keep you from being bored with your workout. If you usually run on a treadmill, try taking your next run outside on a new route that you’ve never tried. If you go to a kickboxing class every week and can’t stand the thought of another hour of punching the air, put on a pair of gloves and try sparring at a real boxing gym. Sometimes something as simple as creating a new playlist can get you out of your workout funk enough to make you excited again.  

Be Flexible

Sometimes it can seem that any change in a fitness routine will through everything out of wack and you’ll have to start over. Just remember that switching things up is good for both your body and your mind and can help you get the results that you really want, but have been missing out on.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Are you trying to get pregnant?

Some people think that infertility only applies to women. This is not always the case. According to, in an infertility case, 30% is caused by male infertility. This only means that your man also has to take care of himself to make sure he’s producing good sperm quality. He has to make sure he avoids things that can damage his fertility. Hot places like saunas, hot tubs and Jacuzzis are known to be great sperm killers as is putting the laptop on his lap for so long. Regular exercise and healthy diet can improve man’s sperm quality. Foods that are also rich in Omega-3 fatty acids like salmon, mackerels and sardines as well as and Zinc-enriched foods like Oysters, beef and lamb, are known to also improve male fertility.

By the way, here’s how to keep the bedroom sizzling. A candle here, music there, some flowers, all these small changes make it feel like a whole new experience. Nothing says let’s make love better than satin sheets. Luxurious, soft, and sexy, these silky sheets transform a plain old bedroom into an exotic locale. If you are tired in your bedroom, rent a hotel room or get away for the weekend and make love in an entirely new setting.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

3 Quick Ways to Increase the Value of Your Home before Selling

When you decide to list your house on the market, you also need to have a think about how you can get the best sale price possible without over capitalising. No matter how modern or well-maintained your home is, there will be some quick and easy – and even low cost – ways that you can add value before you sell.

1. See What’s Trending Now

Take a visit to some display homes in your area and see what the latest home trends are. You’ll be able to get a good understanding of this season’s textures, colours and decorator touches that you can incorporate into your own home improvements and styling. Home builders like Coral Homes open their display homes seven days a week so you can stroll through on a Saturday morning and spend the rest of the weekend putting the inspiration into action.

2. Refresh And Rejuvenate Key Features

Updating the interior paint in a room can generally be done in a day and is relatively inexpensive if you do the work yourself. Never underestimate the impact that attention to detail on the little things can have – even something as simple as updating the tap ware in the bathroom can really lift the space and make it seem more appealing to buys. Have a look around and see what is looking grubby or aged. Any niggling things you’ve been ignoring like a dripping tap or creaky door should be sorted out before your first open house. Something as simple as having the carpets steam cleaned or the power points and light switches changed can make a big difference to buyers’ perception – it shows that maintenance was a priority for you which makes them feel more confident about making an offer.

3. Create Street Appeal

First impressions count so make sure your home is selling itself with a little bit of street appeal. Before you list the property, throw down some lawn seed and fertiliser to fill in any gaps in your grass and mulch the garden beds. Give the gardens a good prune and buy some cheap, colourful plants from your local nursery if there’s any bare patches. If you can, try to pressure wash your front path, driveway and the exterior of the house. Make sure your street number is prominently displayed – people may do drive by viewings once the property is listed with the real estate.

Dust, clutter and obvious signs of neglect are huge turn offs for buyers and may affect how much they’re willing to offer for your home. Presenting a clean, tidy and well maintained property is crucial to securing a good sale result. Even if your home is showing its age and has a dated interior, a simple tidy up and maintenance focus can sometimes do just as much work for you as a renovated room when it comes to sell.

How would you add value to a home before listing it for sale?

Monday, January 5, 2015

Grocery Shopping

I was at the grocery store this afternoon. As usual, with food prices going up, budgeting has become even tougher these days. There are times when I end up giving up some items on my grocery list. But that doesn't mean I have to sacrifice the good nutrition that my family needs to keep up with the demands of this fast-changing world. So, here are some food items that are packed with healthy goodness but are light on the pocket.


Jump-start your mornings with a good bowl of cereals. Not only are they easy to prepare (just add milk), they provide you with energy and fiber. So why not brighten up your kids' morning with a bowl of KOKO KRUNCH (my son's favorite), which is high in iron and B vitamins.

Canned tuna

Tuna is rich in brain-boosting omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 is good not just for the brain but for the heart, too. Tuna makes it easy for you and your family to enjoy the benefits of Omega-3 and it's easy to add to your sandwiches, pastas, canap├ęs, and more.