Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Lowering My Costs

     Twice every year my auto insurance premiums come due, and I always view those dates with trepidation.  First, I wonder if there will be a rate increase this year, and second, I wonder if the money will be available to pay for the premiums.  I really have not had much of a rate increase over the last five years, but I still always fear the worst.  My driving record has been excellent, so my rates should not increase, but I do live in a high risk area.  In the present economy, the need to keep costs to a minimum is a high priority.

     Dropping some of my coverage now I that my car is older would seem to be a good option.  Collision is no longer a necessity now that my car has been paid off, but I still hesitate to drop it just yet.  I have thought of shopping around for better car insurance rates, but I have not had the time to do so.   I may have trouble finding lower rates because of the discounts I currently have: a discount for having no accidents or tickets, a discount for having auto and home insurance with the same company and a discount for loyalty, being with the same company for thirty plus years.  Despite all of this, I suppose it would be prudent to shop around a bit.  Oh yes!  I guess it would be prudent to limit my drivers too.


Saturday, November 26, 2011

My Uncle Arsenio


Yesterday we celebrated Thanksgiving here in the United States, and I was reminded once again of all the ways in which God has blessed me. One of those blessings was my Uncle Arsenio. I can remember as a child Uncle's attention, love and kindness to the children. I was struck once again by those traits when I came back to the Philippines recently with my son Everett. He was truly delighted to see Everett. Uncle Arsenio was also a man who stood out in my mind as someone who was always ready to help the downtrodden. His goal was to help the barrio become a better place for everyone to live.

However, Uncle Arsenio was not just a man who showered people with love. I will always remember him as a man of great courage, uncompromising in the face of danger, and a man of principle. He would never yield to outside pressure to cave in to injustice. Perhaps this is the reason for the cowardly attack upon his life. However, while the cowards may have snuffed out Uncle's life, they cannot extinguish the light from the memory of a truly great man. Today Uncle Arsenio is in a much better place, but the memories of him will remain with us who are left behind.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Education by Country

     Having a husband in education, I was attracted by the comparisons made on this page between the educational systems in the United States and a few other countries. I believe the facts illustrate some of the difficulties facing educators today.

Interesting History of Blood Typing

Since I will be entering the medical field, I am interested in what is going on in different areas of research and practices in medicine. I found this fascinating site on Japanese blood typing.  It is interesting that such an important concept in the medical field today began with invalid concepts and even contributed to a misuse of this knowledge.  Despite this, no one can deny the importance of blood typing in medicine today.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A Secure Child Is a Happy Child

       When our boys were babies, they loved to be carried in a baby carrier.  While they were younger, we used a baby front carrier to tote them all over the place.  As they became older and grew larger, we used the baby backpack carrier which made carrying the extra weight easier.  Carrying them all over Washington D.C. on our visits there, we found the baby front carrier to be a great way to have them enjoy the excursion.  Later, we found that the backpack carrier was wonderful when we hiked and cl;imbed in the mountains of Virginia.  For convenience and safety, the baby carrier is a fantastic way of traveling with you young child.  After graduating from the carrier, our boys then wanted to be carried around on my husband's shoulders.  Today they have almost graduated from that stage although they occasionally beg to be put up for a ride.

     Research has shown that differing cultures prefer different placement in the carrier, and that placement can be important to a baby's later health.  For example, many of the Eastern cultures prefer to place the child facing inward emphasizing the closeness of family while Western cultures prefer to have their children facing away allowing them more freedom.  Personally, we used both positions from time to time and found that it was simply nice to have our child close.  As they have grown, our boys have developed into more adventurous boys and now love to roam ahead and be the "leader" when we go hiking.  However, they are extremely happy and well adjusted little boys who are very close to each other and their parents something we attributed to them feeling secure as a baby.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Clothes Make the Difference!

     No woman enjoys walking around looking as though she has a watermelon stuffed inside her clothes during pregnancy; however, most women would concur that the right clothes can raise a woman's esteem during a time when her comfort level in public is at its lowest point. Finding the clothes that will accentuate her natural beauty will enable her to feel good about herself.  Once again she can feel beautiful and self assured because of the clothes she is wearing.  For large women, plus size maternity clothes, which will make them look gorgeous, are available online.

     Now a woman can find beautiful clothes that both fit perfectly and also give her the special look that will make her feel more comfortable in going out in public regardless of size.  Fashionable clothes are available for all in all sizes, allowing the expectant mother to enjoy herself in public without feeling self conscious.  Whether she feels more comfortable in skirts, dresses, tops and bottoms, pantsuits or denim, there is something for all women at One Stop Plus online.  With clothes that make a woman feel as though she just stepped out of a fashion show, One Stop Plus can meet one's greatest expectations.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Clean-up Time!

    If you are like me, junk and unwanted items just seem to accumulate over a period of time creating clutter and frustration for the homeowner.  For the homeowner living in Houston and areas west of Houston, there is now an easy to solution to this problem.  Getting rid of your trash and unwanted items is now as easy as making a phone call to The Woodlands Junk removal or booking an appointment online.   Both thorough and reliable, this trash removal company specializes in speedy and complete removal of trash while safeguarding the environment. 

     Let  the experts haul away your trash and dispose of it safely, preventing environmental disasters from happening. Additionally, your trash will be recycled or reused whenever possible. Not only can it be a good decision for the environment though, it can also be beneficial for the health of your back.  Many appliances are extremely heavy, and moving them can cause serious back injuries.  This company has  trained experts who can safely move even your heaviest unwanted items.  Items that your trash removal company may not take will also be removed and disposed of safely. Your property will be thoroughly cleaned up leaving no debris behind.  

Stimulate Your Child's Mind

     Most parents are concerned with giving their children every advantage possible as they grow up today.  In a world that is becoming ever more competitive, an early beginning to education allowing the child to get off to a good start is extremely important.  Children can discover at an early age that learning can be a fun adventure through their playthings.  Finding playthings that are both fun and stimulating to the mind then is of great importance.  Whether it be sturdy puzzles, software that can be used to teach while entertaining the children, interactive games, dramatic play kits, programs to introduce reading and math skills or just colorful, interesting books to read, one can find many alternatives to parking his child in front of the TV all day.

     One problem with acquiring these many items is finding space for storage.  Sturdy cubby storage can provide the answer to this problem, allowing one to keep things organized while protecting them at the same time.  Cubbies to store children's playthings as well as units to stack puzzles are available.  Staying organized by having the proper storage will teach a child important lessons about the value of caring for his possessions while reducing parents' frustrations at having playthings scattered haphazardly around the house.

Friday, November 18, 2011

A Vacation to Remember

     Take the opportunity to create a fantastic set of memories while getting away from the stress of daily routine by visiting the Pocono Mountains this winter.  The Poconos Family Resorts provide a great setting for a wonderful winter vacation.  Offering a variety of attractions and activities for the family, the Poconos is a wonderful place to vacation.  Buckhill Falls provides great scenic beauty while Alpine Mountain offers ski slopes for everyone in the family.  However, the crowning attraction, whether in winter or summer, is Great Wolf Lodge.

     Great Wolf Lodge offers great entertainment for the children and wonderful opportunities for the adults to relax in a tranquil setting.  With a spa that provides both a wide variety of services and a peaceful setting, this Pocono resort enables the adults to enjoy a time away from the stress of daily life. A fitness room rounds out a perfect experience of relaxation and enjoyment for the adults, A fantastic water park with all kinds of thrills will keep the children entertained while visiting the resort.  From past experience, I know that my children would be thrilled to visit the water park there.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Selecting the Ring

     One of the most important days of a young man's life is the day that he gets down on one knee and proposes to the love of his life.  Frequently this is also one of the most stressful days of his life although it does not have to be that way.  Fearing the high cost of a diamond ring, a young man adds to the stress of finding the perfect ring with which to propose. With the proper research and the help of experts in the field however, choosing that special ring can be a pleasure with very little anxiety attached to it. 

     Cheap engagement rings that are of excellent quality but low in price may be found online.  Not only is the price right, but expert advice is also available, removing much of the uncertainty in selecting the perfect ring.  Whether advice is needed on the cut of the diamond, the setting desired, or the type of metal of the ring, one is assured of answers to these questions. With a wide selection of rings and expert advice available, one will have no problem finding the one that will please that someone special.

Puppies vs. Babies

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Puppies vs. Babies for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

     There is really no contest here.  In the Puppies vs. Babies online contest, my baby wins hands down.  Every time I pick my baby up, he snuggles up against me giving the love which only a child could give, and I am reminded by his sweet smell of what a blessing he is to me.  Those little hands tracing down my cheeks send a thrill of excitement and love down my spine.  Then I gaze down into those eyes, dark, sparking pools expressing an intelligence far beyond anything found in any puppy.  Then he looks up at me and smiles and coos, and my heart swells realizing that this little boy is a part of me.

     Now what puppy have you ever seen that has an adorable dimpled smile that attracts comments wherever you go?  Those dimples give my son a cute, mischievous smile endearing him to all.  Or what puppy will you find that will curl up on your shoulders and go to sleep there while you are walking through the grocery store?   While puppies can be annoying with their antics, a baby is simply adorable.  Babies don't shed hair, have bad breath, or tear up cushions on the sofa  .Babies win the Puppies vs. Babies contest.


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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Plus Size Maternity Clothing


     One of the greatest times in a woman's life is when she is carrying a child.  There seems to be a glow emanating from the face of those women who are carrying a child; however, it can also be a time of great awkwardness.    For some, especially those women who are bigger, finding the right clothes to bring out their beauty can be extremely difficult.  However, there is really good news for those women now.  At The Woman Within, one can now find extremely attractive plus size maternity clothing for the expectant mother.  An added benefit is that they can do all their shopping online without leaving the house.

    Whether the expectant mother is in need of dresses, tops, pants or sweaters, she can find great fashions to fit at The Woman Within online.  Now she can find fashions to fit the plus size mother that will enhance that natural glow that betrays her as anticipating the birth of a child.  It is no longer necessary to accept second best just because a woman is plus size and expectant.  Now fine fashions are available in all sizes allowing expectant mothers to look great and feel great about their wardrobes.
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