Thursday, December 30, 2010

Delicious Paula Deen Snow Cream

Guest post written by Heather Blevins

I never was one much for cooking or baking until I started watching Paula Deen and everything that she cooked just looked so amazing that I decided to just bit the bullet and get one of her cookbooks. Now, I don't cook every single day, but the cookbook definitely gets used at my house now. A lot of her stuff just reminds me of the amazing stuff that my grandmother would cook, with no concern for how fattening or how many calories something had in it.

But that woman really knows how to make her desserts. Those are my favorite things to fix of hers and I'm always using our clear wireless internet service to find new desserts of hers to fix for my family.

When it snowed here a few weeks ago, I fixed my family some Paula Deen snow cream and it was better than just adding stuff in randomly to taste like I've normally done in the past. I'm not sure if my family really noticed the difference, but I'm going to keep using Paula's recipe.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

A Season of Traditions

Guest post written by Barb Watson

Every year, my husband Tom and I have our little traditions as we get into the holiday spirit. We start to play some of our old holiday albums, and we bring out the old decorations that we've saved in the attic over the years. We also brainstorm the kind of holiday goodies we want to both buy and make for when our family members come to visit. It's a very fun and fulfilling time of the year for us, and we love the little traditions that we've had together. It really makes things special. Also, while we love all the holiday classics we always start the season off with It's a wonderful life and Miracle on 34Th Street. After purchasing new hearing aids from Miracle Ear, we won't need to watch the movies in closed captioning this time around haha!.

We've been getting in the Christmas spirit for several weeks now, and we've fully enjoyed our time together. There really isn't any other time of the year quite like Christmas time, and Tom and I love the little things that we do every year to make the holiday season special.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Last Minute Christmas Shopping

Today is Christmas Eve already and tomorrow we're gonna have a small party here in the house with my husband's kids and family. I thought I am done with shopping but no I was wrong I have to buy few stuff for Jamie and maybe for her husband. My husband has to buy gift for his son since he decided to come over on the last minute so we haven't get anything for him yet. So we're talking of another $200 or more for all of them. As I've said before I can't wait for this holiday to be over with..

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Low-carb Christmas Cookies

Guest post written by Andrea Lukas

I've been working really hard in 2010 to lose some extra pounds and get healthier. I've actually kept up all of that for the whole year and I swore to myself that I wouldn't let myself go when the holidays came around. Already it's been so tempting, but I've been exercising a few more minutes during every workout to help offset all the stuff that I've been eating. I also looked up a bunch of holiday recipes that fit in with my diet.

Christmas cookies are a huge weakness of mine, so I used my Clearinternet to look up some healthier versions of them. I found lots of them, but some of them just didn't sound like they were going to be very good. There's no sense in fixing and eating cookies that aren't good, though.

I decided to bake some low-carb Christmas cookies, which actually ended up being very good. My husband, who normally hates diet things, ate several of them even though I made some that were strictly for him and the kids and non-diet versions.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

A Christmas Story

The article written by Alonso Kramer

I love when Christmas rolls around. Not only does it mean getting a plethora of gifts and giving just as many back, but it also means cookies and decorating. I love decorating the tree every year and I make sure to have everything handy beforehand. While decorating, I always put on A Christmas Story to get me in the holiday spirit. My boyfriend says that he's never jolly unless A Christmas Story is playing on our satellite television. A few weeks ago, we made sure to set up the entire tree and have a really amazing time decorating and watching our favorite holiday movie.

My mom loves this movie too. And when I'm done decorating the tree in my apartment, I go over to my mom's house and decorate hers' while watching the same movie. The movie is really great and is considered a classic among holiday treats. It's about a boy named Ralphie who wants nothing more than a BB gun for Christmas. To make a long story short, he eventually gets it. I can't believe how many people know about this movie. It was created in the 1980's, however, it has a 50's feel to it. It's just the perfect movie to brighten your spirits during the holidays. I think my DVD is worn, which is why I try to catch it on Satellite TV all the time now.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Why Santa is So Scary?

When I was a kid, I had no experience of meeting Santa Claus, sitting on his lap for picture at the Mall. We only see Santa Claus on TV or pictures. This time of the year Santa Claus is so busy. You see him everywhere in the Mall. Parents bring their kids to see Santa and have them sit on his lap for a picture. But, kids cry when they sit on the lap of a man dressed Santa. Why do you think?
Part of me is sad because I didn't get the privilege or opportunity to met Santa when I was a kid but if I was a kid, part of me won't be looking forward to sit on Santa's lap because of his terrifying look. No wonder why kids cry when they see Santa, because he's so scary and creepy looking :-)

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Can't Wait for Christmas

Okay, honestly I can't wait for this Christmas to be over. This whole thing just stressed me out. From buying gifts to Christmas dinner planning. Though, I don't mind buying gifts for Christmas. In fact I bought everybody in the family who will join with us on Christmas day here in the house. But I am not sure if I bought enough since they don't give us a list of what they want. They just say, you can buy this or you can buy that, or a gift card would be good. But I don't want them to say something if we didn't give enough for each of them. One thing that pisses me off is my husband. He told me that he bought some gift already and he is hiding them so I could not see. But he has not started wrapping his gifts so he can put under the tree. So I told him, if he would not help me decorating or giving ideas of what we gonna do this Christmas, that we would escape Christmas next year, or just between him and I. It's just a lot of work for me.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

A Small Tree

Guest post by Gerard Mcdaniel

We had this old man that ran a tree lot every year in the parking lot of our grocery store. We have been visiting him for years, and were so sad when we pulled up this year and did not see him. After talking to the worker, I found out that it was his son taking over and we once again felt great about spending our time picking out a tree from him. I loved how he offered the personal touch to our process of picking out the perfect tree, and always spent the time trimming every branch I asked to be trimmed. I think it's the little things around the holiday that really make the holiday experience that much more enjoyable. That is why I always set the security alarm from on the home, lock up tight, and drive to the same guy every year for our Christmas tree. Their lot offers that personal touch that makes the buying experience that much more worth the tree. This year, we had to buy several small trees instead of our large one and he was so patient letting me pick out the perfect sized trees. I might have stretched the buying experience a little too long because I was enjoying it so much, but the results were the same. I got my trees and enjoyed every moment of picking them out.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Southern Santa

I appreciate the guest post, Jewel Rodgers

When people think of Christmas, they think of cold weather, snow games, and of course Santa Claus. A proper Santa should have a genuine white beard, wear wire rim glasses, and display a properly buttoned red suit over his rather large belly. While this typical Santa delights children in his fanciful sleigh pulled by Rudolph at Strip Malls and Shopping Centers across the States, my Santa rides a tractor.

In central Florida, we have no fir trees to chop down or White Christmas illusions of sledding in the snow. So, instead of giving the local kids a picture of a winter wonderland that most will never leave the area to see, we do Christmas the Southern Way.

Every year the town hosts a Christmas party. We set up hay mazes, various games, baked goods tables, and outdoor lights around the Jameson's Barn. Every family brings a dish along and parties into the night. The Jameson's are a local family in their own right. Mr. Jameson, Bill, puts on Red-Overalls, and a jolly Cowboy Hat. Since he already sports a nice long white beard, the picture is complete. Watching his accent onto the Christmas Tractor with Rudolph by his side is always worth a laugh or two. Of course, the Christmas Tractor is just the regular tractor decorated with ornaments, lights, and Holly and Rudolph is a lovely bird dog with real antlers attached to his head.

Pictures are taken of the little ones on Santa's lap, riding the tractor, which will later pull a hay ride for carolers. After telling their wishes to Santa, who since knowing their parents has amazing accuracy in delivery, the children get a treat from Mrs. Claus.

It may not be the classic sight of visiting Santa, but after setting the home security alarm (Atlanta ADT home alarm prices), and joining the neighbors, this is our perfect Southern Christmas

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Shopping for Nothing

So we went to the Rivertown Mall yesterday and we supposed to have our Christmas shopping done by then but no I ended up buying a jewelry set for myself at Macy's. And hubby bought 2 things only. The mall was packed. I think the people went shopping yesterday doubled from its regular day so I didn't get a chance to look and buy what I wanted. We went to Kohl's there to look for a gift for Caleb but the one that I saw on their website is different from the one there. It looks like it's not suited for a f or 5yr old. It's a mini-net book toy. I was gonna bought it for him for $49.99 but it was inappropriate for his age so we decided to get one for him at Meijers here in the town. But Rick was able to purchased a gift card at a sporting good so I think it was still okay since that store is not here on a town. So we just went their to eat and ' shopped a little. We spent our time walking and walking.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Favorite Holiday

Christmas is one of my favorite holiday. Seeing those Christmas decorations and Christmas lights makes me feel alive. This year is going to be my 5th Christmas here in the United States and away from my family and love ones. It's hard to be away with your family on this holiday. Christmas celebration here is different in the Philippines. For me, as what I had observed for the past 5 yrs. Christmas here is all about gifts. Everyone is busy buying Christmas presents and making sure everyone in the family has gifts. I know there's nothing wrong with that. But with this economy it's getting harder and harder. When I was a kid I can't remember if I got Christmas presents. Christmas for us is all about family gatherings' food and luncheon. Christmas is not complete without Christmas carols. During Christmas Eve, before 12 midnight kids are everywhere,singing Christmas songs in the neighborhood. The owner of house sometimes gives money or food as treat for carolling, then by morning when everyone decided to stop singing, kids divide the money they have collected and share the foods they have. That's our tradition that we've been following throughout the years.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Handmade garland to last

Guest post written by Katy Hicks

I love making crafts, but a lot of the times they just don't last all that long. Especially if they're holiday themed decorations. But not this year. I've decided that if I'm putting the time and effort into making something for Christmas, I should be able to use it during future Christmases too.

I went online to try and find some ideas for lasting crafts when I came across the website and read through it. After that I chose to order one of the packages for my internet service at home.

I went out and bought some of those cheap sheets of felt and used all kinds of craft and fabric scraps that I already had to make the handmade garland. It looks really cute and homey looking. I think that I really did a great job of using the craft scraps in ways so that it kind of matches everything that's already in my living room, which is where I hung it up. I think this is going to last me for quite a while.

Office Gifts

I know some of you are not done their Christmas Shopping. And I know that Christmas Shopping can be so hard especially if you don't know what the person want. But I have some couple of ideas. If you work in an office, like an assistant secretary. You can give a personalized calendar or a pen for your boss. A personalized gift where you can have your boss names or the name of the office be engraved . Also, mugs and mouse pads are good office gifts. Anyway, there are a lot of Office Gifts you can give you just to take time to shop online to get more ideas.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Wedding At The Park

The Author of this post is Mae Sweet

One of the nicest weddings I have ever gone to was for a friend that I had known for years. The location of the wedding was beautiful, since it was at a park, near a stream and everything was done outside. The groomsmen arrived on quads and were followed by the youngest rider was the ring bearer who arrived on a battery operated quad of his own. A huge tree located in the park offered the perfect shaded place for the bride and the groom to exchange their vows, and the creek next to it, provided a tranquil feeling.

Since the surrounding community knew of the wedding, we made sure before we left to go to the wedding that the home alarm system from was set. The food wasn't catered, but was instead, brought by family members to help keep the cost of the wedding to a minimum. A DJ provided music that went well into the night time hours and a rented tent was used for the dining area and then later used the dance floor. The whole park offered beautiful places to take pictures of the bride and groom, family members and guests who were there. It was a great way to have a wedding on a thin budget, but I have to say, it was the most beautiful wedding I have ever seen.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Michael C Hall

Thanks for the post from Al Mills

Michael C Hall is an American actor known for his role on Six Feet Under, an HBO series, and perhaps even better known for his lead role as Dexter Morgan in the Showtime television series Dexter. He has won several awards for both of these series, and has become very popular because of this. He has recently won a battle with cancer, Hodgkin's lymphoma to be more specific. He is also married to one of his co stars Jennifer Carpenter, who plays his adopted sister on Dexter.

The Showtime drama Dexter is one of, if not my favorite show on television at the moment. Michael C Hall does an amazing job portraying a serial killer. I never miss an episode, I watch it every Sunday on DirectStarTV. In my opinion there isn't another show on television that is so original, or so suspenseful. Dexter is about a man who went through a very dramatic incident when he was a small child. He watched his mother murdered. Later in life this gave Dexter urges to kill. His foster father, who was a policeman, learned this and taught him that if he was going to give into his urges to kill, he must only kill those who deserve it. Dexter uses his job at a Miami police department as a blood analyst, to find other murders who "deserve" to die. This is a very good show with a very good lead actor in Michael C Hall.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Nursing Scrubs

When you go to your doctors office and hospitals, you would noticed that medical workers are wearing scrubs uniforms. Nursing scrubs is not just a uniform. Health care workers wore scrubs because they make them look and feel the way they deserve. If you have friends that wear scrubs as their uniform, tell them that the best place to buy fashion scrubs is Blue Sky Scrubs. If they need nursing scrubs, medical scrubs, or medical uniforms, Blue Sky Scrubs is the premiere provider of nurse scrubs to the medical uniforms. Their medical scrub tops and scrub bottoms for women are slimming and fashionable, example is the low rise scrub pants.

Medical scrub sets and lab coat uniforms by blue sky scrubs are made using the highest quality fabric. Their scrub line is designed to be stylish, even flattering, on anybody. blue sky scrubs are some of the only handmade scrubs available online that are manufactured in the USA

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

World's Smallest Car

British constructor Perry Watkins sits in his 'Wind Up' mini car on a street Essen, Germany, Monday, Nov. 8, 2010. It was listed in the Guiness Book of World Records as the World Smallest Car with license to drive on public streets. The mini car was reported to have a measurement of 41 inches high, 51 inches long and 26 inches wide. It has a 150CC cart engine.

Monday, November 29, 2010

DIY gifts for my niece and nephew

Guest post written by Patty Lowry

I don't have any kids, yet, so I like to spoil my sister's two kids and spend lots of time with them. I'm definitely their cool aunt and love taking them to the movies and stuff like that. I've always been good with kids so I also don't mind babysitting either. But because of that, I also want to make sure to find them the best gifts possible.

I found some really great ideas for some DIY gifts for them and so excited about them! I was looking online to get some inspiration for their presents not too long ago when I saw some info about a new internet service in our area and after some consideration, decided to change over my internet service to it.

I found all kinds of ideas for DIY kids gifts, most of which had to do with making play things for them. They both love dressing up for make believe, so IÕm going to make them some outfits for that, which I think will be a pretty big hit.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Thanksgiving: Parades, Good Food and Family

The article written by Jan Gallagher

I live for Thanksgiving. I know some people say that Christmas is their favorite holiday. The gift giving, the endless supply of cookies and the peace on earth are all enough to make even the bah humbuggiest person smile. I can agree with that philosophy but I just prefer to cook. I make enough food for a small army and then have my entire family fall asleep on the sofa shortly after consuming it. I usually cook over eleven side dishes plus the turkey and three or four desserts. I enjoy getting up in the pre-dawn hours to get started. I start my morning with coffee and the Thanksgiving parades. It doesn't really matter to me which parade I watch; I get so many on the satellite TV we got after finding this DirecTV comparison on the internet. I start with the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade and then branch out to whichever one has the hosts that I like best. I like listening to them while I quietly prepare the day's feast in the kitchen. My children slowly get up and wander downstairs. I usually have some calorie-laden, homemade baked good for them to nimble on while they watch the parades with me. I take breaks to snuggle on the sofa with them and admire a marching band here and a float of Mickey Mouse there. I can't think of a better way to spend a Thanksgiving morning.

Holiday Online Shopping

Stores are packed up this time of the year because of holidays. Some people are done with their Christmas shopping but some have not started yet. Christmas is just around the corner so everyone is very busy shopping for presents. The other day on Black Friday I went to Victoria Secret Store hoping to to get the free tote if I bbuy 60$ worth but when I went there there nothing left.. So I decided to to s browse online and I was happy to see that the tote is still available. So I decided to buy wo 2 gift set and lotions worth $70 total and yes I will have the free tote in the mail in couple of days. Shopping online this holiday is easier. You don't have to deal with the crowds and not to mention the slow check out. I also bought 2 pair of boots from other store online. I expect both of my orders to be in my house next week. One pairof boots is going to be my Christmas present to Jamie. Hopefully she'll like it. The other pair would be for myself. I don't really need another pair of boots but that one was only $29.99 which has the original price of $100. So it was really a big savings, so I decided to ordered it. Anyway, I still have more shopping to do for my husband,for Jamie's husband and for Caleb. Maybe and hopefully I will get done shopping next week. I really love Christmas. I love to buy Christmas gift.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Black Friday Shopping

Black Friday is the Friday following Thanksgiving Day in the United States, traditionally the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. It's a very special day for most Americans. On this day, many believed that they can get a big deal when they go shopping this day. Some people would fall in line early before the stores open. Doorbusters, major discounts and big savings are what the crazy rush of Black Friday is all about. Most stores open at 4am on Black Friday and thousands of thousand of shoppers get up early .

Sunday, November 21, 2010

The Biggest Softball Test

The Author of this post is Herman Barry

I'm about to play in the biggest softball tournament of my life. It's being held at Cherry Park in Rock Hill, South Carolina. In case you're not familiar with this complex, it's not only gorgeous, but the most competitive softball arena in the south. If you have never played here, it would be difficult to comprehend what goes on. Everyone is a stellar athlete, all the bats are shaved to the high heavens, juiced balls are used, and there is a ton of trash talking. This is not a place for the average recreational player. You must show up with incredible focus. On offense, you must be prepared for short pitching. The pitchers are so good that they will put it right on the border of a strike and a ball at your feet. This means it's tough to hit, but if you don't swing, you will either fall behind in the count or be called out on strikes. On defense, you better be on your toes. Balls are hit like rockets. Playing infield here is dangerous. And playing outfield requires an excellent first step.

That morning is going to be interesting. I'm going to eat a healthy breakfast, set my home security alarm from, and drive to the game with no music. I want to be 100% focused. These tournaments are the ultimate test for softball reputations. I'm hoping to at least pass.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Preparing for Winter

Guest post written by my buddy Fidel Hernandez

It is that time of the year again for us to start bundling up in warm clothes and preparing both our homes and our bodies for the cold winter months. There are lots of things that our family does every year in preparation for the winter months. Most of these are not only to keep us warm, but also to save us money on our energy bills!

A few of the things we check off of our list each year are having the chimney cleaned, clearing the gutters of leaves, ensuring that our windows and doors are sealed from the bitter cold outdoor air, and having our furnace serviced. We also routinely switch out the clothes in our closet replacing tank tops, sun dresses and flip flops with sweaters, jeans, and boots. It is quite a daunting task to get our home and our closets ready for winter, but it can be fun when we make it a family activity and dedicate an entire weekend for it.

After all the hard work, our reward is to light a fire in our newly cleaned fireplace, warm up some hot cocoa and popcorn, and relax by the satellite television we got though some satellite tv deals to enjoy a Sunday afternoon movie. All in all, it's worth it to be able to enjoy the winter by doing all the hard work in one weekend. Bring on the cold weather!

Payday Loans

Personally, I don't recommend choosing payday loans because it can wreak on person's financial life. This kind of loans carries a high interest rate and has extreme penalties if you missed or late your payments. There's other way to loan money without being ripped off from high APRs, like for example, getting a loan from your employer. I've learned that some large companies offer low interest cash advance one or twice a year. Some banks also offer cash advance to their customers. Cash advance usually is cheaper than payday loan. You can check in your bank on how cash advance works. Some article that I read claimed that for cash advance through your bank, you take out cash from your bank and pay it back next time there's a direct deposit in your account. So you can never forget paying it because it's automatically taken from your account once you have money there.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

American classic for Thanksgiving dessert

Guest post written by Fiona Baugass

My family are such sticklers for having everything exactly like they like it and expect it to be. I don't dare even pick up anything in my mom's house to look at it if it's on a shelf becuase she'll know if I touched it, even if I try to put it back perfectly. That means that my kids can't get anything by Grandma, but being afraid of authority can be healthy for kids anyway.
When I was emailing my parents about our Thanksgiving plans with them a few weeks ago and asking what I wanted to bring, I came across the web site and thought that it would be good for us to change over our internet service to it.

In the email I got back from my dad about the plans he told me to make sure and bring some good old fashioned apple pie and not any of those exotic desserts like I did last year. When he said that he was actually referrign to the German chocolate cake that I brought last year and her turned up his nose at.

Monday, November 8, 2010

How to Spend a Weekend

Thanks for the post from Margie Kline

This weekend, our family will be going furniture shopping to pick out some new pieces for our living room and dining room. We're looking for a new sofa and loveseat, along with a coffee table and entertainment center. We may also purchase a new dining set, as it would be helpful to have a couple extra chairs. As there are so many styles to choose from, my husband and I decided it would be best to take the whole family, so that everyone can see what they like.

Though we'll be making a joint decision, I'm hoping to persuade everyone into a particular living room set that I saw, that comes in a soft beige suede material. The set comes with a sofa, loveseat, coffee table, two end tables, and several lamps, and would be a great addition to our home. The furniture pieces look really comfortable, and the color would coordinate well with the walls and decorative art we have in the living room.

Furniture shopping is always a fun experience for us, so I'm really looking forward to the trip. After we're done at the store, we'll all head out to a big family dinner, and then come home to watch some satellite tv from before heading to bed. It'll be a productive weekend, and a great trip for family bonding with the kids.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Flood Damaged Restoration

Heavy rains can cause flood, and flood can cause the damaged to your house and property. Cleaning up after a flood is no fun. The water can wreck the structure of the house. It's hard to clean up the house without it being professionally done. After a flood, you have to make sure you file a flood damage insurance claim so your property loss will be compensated. Then, you can start cleaning up the mess but don't forget to hire The Steam Team to help your carpet cleaning. They also do hardwood floor cleaning service austin, so if you have hardwood floor that have been damaged by flood, they can clean them up so it would last forever. The Steam Team uses a sandless hardwood floor refinishing process. They have over two decades of cleaning and maintaining commercial and residential flooring, green upholstery cleaning austin, air ducting, tile and many more. So contact The Steam Team, Austin's carpet cleaning service and total restoration service today for a quote or to schedule an appointment. Don't wait for tomorrow. Call now!

"Spring Forward, Fall Back"

Yup, last Spring we turned our clocks forward to begin with the Daylight Savings Time. And right now, at 2:00am ET Daylight Savings Time ends. And we are going to have our clocks forward for 1 hr. Meaning you'll get 1 hr extra sleep and I don't get one coz I had to work. So for us who are working tonight for the time change we work extra hour but we though get an hour overtime. I'm not sure if it's worth it but I'm sure we'll be tired by 6am or 7. Well that's how it goes.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Yankee Stadium:Undefeated

Written by Don Gregory

I've been in the old Yankee Stadium before and it still feels odd to me that I need to call it “old” Yankee Stadium. Stadiums like that should never be old; they should be eternal. It was in 1998 when I was there, the year they won 114 games and the World Series. Of course, the game I went to, they lost to Albert Belle's Cleveland Indians but there's something about actually going to the storied place where your favorite team has made such history. They are the best team in baseball's history and I was in the place that they made such a monument to the sport; there's little to top that. Even better, the game I went to was on Old Timer's Day, one of the last that the great Joe Dimaggio attended before his death. You could feel the stadium's ghosts in full force that day.
I still watch my Yankees on the channels we get through direct tv package deals, but not even that can compare to seeing a game in the House That Ruth Built or the House Steinbrenner Rebuilt. As I watch them this year, I see them defending their World Series title, trying to maintain the new Yankee Stadium's World Series win streak, establishing it as the only stadium in baseball that has never seen a team that did not win that year's World Series. Of course, nothing is eternal and the rationalist in me knows it, but the fan in me still wants to believe it may yet be true.

Going To An IMAX Theater

Written by my friend Markus Sanford

One of the neatest experiences I've had with going to a theater is when I went to the St. Louis Science Center to see a movie at the IMAX theater. The first thing you notice when going into one of these theaters is the shape of the screen. It's a bit rounded, and I'm told it enhances the field of vision to help the viewer feel as if they are really inside the movie. The stadium seating also plays a part in how you see the screen. As if that weren't enough, when the actual movie begins to play it feels as if you have been sucked inside of the show itself. Crystal clear clarity on the screen together with high definition surround sound makes for a once in a lifetime experience. We saw the IMAX movie "Hubble 3D." It was a really endearing look into the lives of astronauts who set out to repair the Hubble telescope. The movie was narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio which I really enjoyed since he has an amazing voice. The 3D effects were really top notch and I was totally immersed in the film. I didn't realize that when I set my home security alarm (more info) and headed to the Science Center that day that I'd be on my way to one of the best theater experiences of my life.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Election Day

Today, Nov 2nd is the governatorial race here in the United States. Here in Michigan, we will be electing a new Governor in the office since the current Governor, Gov. Granholm finish her term this year. This election would be a challenge to the Democratic Party . I hope everyone would get out and vote so their voice will be heard.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

It's Yankee Time Again

Guest post from: Winston Stewart

It's October. Fall is setting in. You can feel summer leaving and the chill of fall. That must mean one thing. It's time of Yankee playoff baseball. Every year they seem to be in the pennant race. They always put together a great team that is a threat to win the World Series. They just won it all last year and look like the favorite to win it this year.
There is nothing like watching New York Yankee baseball. The storied history is just on thing that makes you feel part of something great. The other thing is that they are pretty good right now and you can tell your grandchildren how you watched a great team make its championship run.
I really love it when I'm watching it and the Yankees make a late inning rally and comeback for the win. I love the feeling of having our team steal the victory from opponents when defeat seemed so certain. My satellite tv from is always tuned in to Yankees baseball when they are playing. I can't get enough of it. And of course, October and the World Series is the best part of Yankees baseball.

Iron Man Costumes

Guest written by our friend Mason Abbott

I'm really looking forward to this upcoming Halloween as I'm going as my favorite superhero of all time. My brother and I always go as an ensemble and this year we are going trick or treating as Iron Man and War Machine. In the past, I've foregone Iron Man costumes because of the shoddy quality of the costumes. As a die hard fan, I just felt the quality of those costumes didn't do Iron Man justice.

Thanks to the Iron Man 2 movie, they've finally come out with a Halloween costume that really looks like an Iron Man suit. Of course with quality comes higher prices and I was a little taken aback by just how much each costume cost. I'm definitely going to try and get my money's worth and attend as many Halloween parties in costume as I possibly can. My little brother also wants to do a little trick or treating, so I'll probably take him around the neighborhood to pick up some candy. In exchange for getting to be Iron Man, I've agreed to give all of the candy I receive to him. Hopefully, I won't have be too tired after I get off of work at the grocery store that day. I'm definitely going to kick up my legs and watch some Direct tv TV after the night is finally done.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Visit to Frankenmuth

I haven't been to Frankenmuth, Michigan. I heard that it's nice over there where Christmas everyday. They also have outlet mall where you can branded stuff for a cheaper price compared to the store. So' this weekend, the 30th we're planning on going there. Hopefully we can make it and hoping the weather is nice.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Nascar in California

Thanks for the article from Antone Medina

Heading out to Fontana, California for the Auto Club (California) Speedway has become a tradition for me and my family. Usually a bunch of my relatives from back east fly out here to Cali for an annual family barbeque. All of us have a good time barbequeing the day before and getting a good nights rest. The next day we pile up in some rented vans, set thehome security sytems and head out to Fontana for a day of racing. We usually sit at the grandstand and start our day there just behind it at the midway. There we go shopping for nick knacks at the retail stores and catch a show at the entertainment stage before heading off to the Wolfgang Puck restaurant for some lunch grubbing. Afterward, we chill in the shade and lounge area letting our food digest, before heading out to catch the end of the races. I love the smell of car engines and asphalt that permeate throughout the race track. You get to see all the action from the racing around in circles, the crashes and the pit stops - nothing beats that adrenaline rush you get watching cars whip around at over 200 mph. The 4 turns that this speedway features makes it even more exciting. I seriously cannot wait till the next time we head out for a day of racing and fun!

Nascar in California

Thanks for the article from Antone Medina

Heading out to Fontana, California for the Auto Club (California) Speedway has become a tradition for me and my family. Usually a bunch of my relatives from back east fly out here to Cali for an annual family barbeque. All of us have a good time barbequeing the day before and getting a good nights rest. The next day we pile up in some rented vans, set thehome security sytems and head out to Fontana for a day of racing. We usually sit at the grandstand and start our day there just behind it at the midway. There we go shopping for nick knacks at the retail stores and catch a show at the entertainment stage before heading off to the Wolfgang Puck restaurant for some lunch grubbing. Afterward, we chill in the shade and lounge area letting our food digest, before heading out to catch the end of the races. I love the smell of car engines and asphalt that permeate throughout the race track. You get to see all the action from the racing around in circles, the crashes and the pit stops - nothing beats that adrenaline rush you get watching cars whip around at over 200 mph. The 4 turns that this speedway features makes it even more exciting. I seriously cannot wait till the next time we head out for a day of racing and fun!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Landscaping In The Fall

Contributed by Alec Bates

Most people feel as though they have to landscape in the spring. This is supposedly the best time to get your home looking immaculate for late spring, summer, and possibly fall. But the spring season is often too late to get your lawn and home to look the best it possibly can. Plus, the weather in the spring is extremely erratic. One day it's freezing, the next day it's raining, and the next day it's gorgeous. You can't establish any type of continuity in these conditions. That's why I like to do the majority of my landscaping in the fall. The temperature is perfect and it's an opportunity to get a head start on the neighbors. Not only is it the perfect time to seed and aerate the lawn, but it's perfect for pulling weeds, building anything new, cleaning out the garage, and more. For example, this fall I'm going to put new wood chips around our two front trees. My wife says this makes no sense, but it makes perfect sense to me. We live in South Carolina. Our lawn is going to be covered in snow over the winter. I want to make it look as good as possible now. That will mean less work in the spring, which is when we like to travel. If a rainy day happens to come along over a weekend in the fall, no sweat, I look at it as a reward to relax and watch satellite tv from all day.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Leaves Crafts

Guest post written by Danielle Stamper

I'm always coming up with new kinds of projects and crafts to do. But even I run out of ideas sometimes, just no matter how creative I am. So I'm always looking for inspiration elsewhere.

Right now I'm trying to come up with some seasonal stuff that will be great for right now. But I'm also wanting to come up with some ideas for Christmas to give to people and also to decorate my own apartment with.

I got an idea from a craft blog that i found with my direct tv internet to melt down some crayons and then use cookie cutters to cut out cute shapes with them. I saw it done in the shape of leaves, but I think that I'm going to melt some other ones down and make some snowflake and snow men ones for Christmas tree ornaments. I just think that ornaments are so much cooler when theyÕre homemade and have a nice personal touch to them. If that doesnÕt work I just might hang the shapes up in the window though.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Rescued Chile Miners

After spending 69 days underground after the mine collapsed, the 25 Chile Miners (as of this writing) has been rescued out of 33 miners total.
" The rescue was planned with extreme care. The miners were monitored by video on the way up for any sign of panic. They had oxygen masks, dark glasses to protect their eyes from unfamiliar light and sweaters for the jarring transition from subterranean swelter to chilly desert air."

The first man out was Florencio Avalos, who emerged from the missile-like chamber and hugged his sobbing 7-year-old son, his wife and the Chilean president.

I have been following of this news. Hopefully the remaining miners underground will be rescued soon without any problems.

Curb Appeal

Posted by Winford Tillman

HGTV's Curb Appeal is a classic real estate based reality TV show. I watch it every chance I get on satellite TV from I swear it's the best show ever! Every week the crew finds a place that looks blander than bland on the outside and spruce it up with some crafty designing and landscaping. The demolition is wicked cool and I love the designs. I'm a design major myself and I can tell these guys are really good! Plus they even get the house owners to help with the renovation! I love that because it gives them a chance to explain things in layman's terms step by step while throwing in some tips from their years of experience.

Curb Appeal features 4 hosts, actor Dan Schachner, Rick Spence, Bill Duggan and Sasha Andreev. Rick's my fave, he really makes the show fun. Love how they continuously interview the owners because the reactions after the demolition is priceless and it's always funny when one of them isn't exactly feeling the new look. They say all the right things, but their apprehension is written all over their face. Another thing is that they interview neighbors and get their impressions on the before and after. I'm always surprised by what they come up with and enjoy all the ideas they give to solve different types of landscaping problems.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Staying Active

Guest post written by Clarice Hairsey

I'm a firm believer in staying active. You're only as old as you feel, and even though I'm 68, I'd swear I'm not a day over 45. At least, that's what my body says. I've made a concerted effort to keep active even though I'm retired, so I can keep up with my grandkids, the little rascals. So what I do is take a stroll around Central Park every day.

What's the point of having this great big park in the middle of the city if you don't go enjoy it? I think the city-planners thought the same thing, because they put in the most gorgeous walking paths. My favorite goes right by the paddleboat lake, since it's great to be by the water. Since I've been doing this walking more avidly these days, I'm thinking about investing in miracle ear hearing aids.

My sister recently got them and swears by them, so I'm thinking about giving them a spin so I can enjoy my walks even more. I think tomorrow I'll swap the routine, though, and going down to battery park at the very tip of the island. It's beautiful there--you can see the Statue of Liberty and everything. It's good to be a New Yorker.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Going to Michigan Football Game

Guest post written by Arnoldo Acevedo

Going to a Michigan football game is one of the greatest football experiences that a person can have. It is a treat to go watch the Maize and Blue play in the largest football stadium in the country.

The Big House is just that. Located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the Big House holds over 110,000 people every time the Wolverines play there. It has been just newly renovated to make it the largest football stadium in the country, college or pro. Even if you cant make the trip there its always great to watch the game on your tv from

The head coach, Rich Rodriguez, is in his third year of leading the Wolverines. They have a dynamic player in quarterback Denard Robinson, who is a sophmore. Denard is the most exciting college football player in the country by running over 100 yards and throwing for over 100 yards in each of the three games he has played in this year. He is the leading candidate at this time for the Heisman trophy.

The Wolverines gear at the concessions stand is incredible. No where in the country can you get a selection of Wolverine football gear than right at the Big House. Going to the games is great fun when you go with a friend, and even more fun, with a group of friends to share in one of the greatest sporting events in the country, Michigan football.

2010 Noble Peace Prize Winner

Liu Xiaobo wins the Nobel Peace Prize this year. The award carries a cash award of 10 million Swedish kronor (about $1.5 million). Last year it was Pres. Obama who won the Nobel Prize. Liu is a dissidents of China . He was sentenced last year to 11 years in prison for subversion.

According to yahoo news, " This year's peace prize followed a long tradition of honoring dissidents around the world and was the first Nobel for China's dissident community since it resurfaced after the Communists launched economic but not political reforms three decades ago."

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

College Football Season Is Amazing

Guest post written by Mikel Trevino

I love almost every sport, but college football is one that I just cannot get enough of. I prefer to see the game in person, but like most fans, that is just not always possible. It would be great if I could buy a big RV and travel around seeing my team, the Tennessee Volunteers, in person at every game, but until I retire it just isn't an option.

When I can't see the game in person, I watch it on satellite TV from, because I have more coverage than any other type of television. I will say that one of the things I like about college football may surprise people. It's not just the game, the talent, the trick plays or the college atmosphere.

I love the stadiums. Watching the game played on a clear day, either in the late summer or into the Fall, is just amazing. It makes me feel like I'm actually out there, watching the game in person and enjoying the sun and weather. Even the cold games are great, it takes me back to when I was younger and my dad would take me to football games. I don't know if it has the same effect on other fans, but for me, it's like getting to see my dad every weekend.

Of course, I love the games, too, especially when an upstart team wins.

Monday, October 4, 2010

New Tire Chains

In couple months winter will be here. Not many of us like winter season, because most of us hates snow especially if you live in winter wonderland. Last year was my first time driving in the snow and I hated it. I wish all year long is summer. Driving on ice and snow can be difficult because of the lose of traction. But if your car tires have tire chains it is easier to be controlled. It helps hold your tires from losing its traction. Tire Chains is available for passenger vehicles, truck & commercial vehicles. It is also available for tractors and equipment.

You can purchase these tire chains at Easy Trekking. They offer products from the manufacturer of the best chains in the world. All Pewag models of tire chains are made either out of Nickel Manganese or Nickel Manganese Alloy.Another nice thing about the Pewag brand is that they are not cheap steel alloy chains from the highly polluting factories of China

Friday, October 1, 2010

Fall and Halloween

Fall is finally here. And by the end of this month we will see children with their parents go around the neighborhood trick treating with their beautiful halloween outfits. Kids loves Halloween. It's one of their favorite holiday. Last year we had couple kids knocked on our door. It was cold out but kids still loved it.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

My Brother's Big News

Guest post written by John Goodlaw

My brother James called me today to tell me two exciting things: One, he and his wife were planning a trip to come see me and my wife the next weekend. He had reservations for us all to go on a trip to the mountains at Hanging Rock, where he’d booked us all an amazing cabin to celebrate our retirements.

The second thing he had to tell me: He’d just been fitted with new Miracle Ear hearing aids, and they’d improved his hearing by about 100 percent. Now, I hadn’t realized at the time that he’d been having trouble with his hearing—but apparently, neither did he.

He said he went by the doctor for a routine check-up when the doc told him that his hearing was a bit low, and that he should consider getting hearing aids. Well, after looking at themiracle ear cost online, he was sold and went to get his the next day.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

International Travel

Posted by Heriberto Fuentes

While watching the travel show on the channels I get with Illinois DIRECTTV Deals, I happened to see the ruins of Athens, Greece. I phoned my travel agent who does international travel and was pleasantly surprised to see that round trip tickets to Athen, Greece were about as expensive as round trip tickets to anywhere in Florida. My travel agent booked my flight with Olympic Airways which I got out of Boston, Mass.
The flight was nine hours and my time on board the jumbo jet was spent watching movies, eating and being told when to sleep and when to waken. We landed in Athens and got through customs without a hitch. My American passport was very valuable going through customs.

From the airport we took a taxi to a beautiful hotel in the center of Athens. Out of my balcony was the magnificent site of the acropolis. The hotel also had a restaurant with one wall of total glass that showcased the acropolis beautifully. From the hotel we booked various side trips throughout the suburbs of Athens and even took a few trips by boat to a few of the islands that are found close to mainland Greece like Aigena.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Hiking is Great in Alaska

Guest post written by my buddy Aldo Mays

Alaska is a great place to go hiking in. There are countless trails in the woods around the main cities that are great for this. If people wish they can also go and travel to the countless mountain ranges in the state that offer massive amounts of hiking experiences. There is nothing better then packing up for a trip, setting the home security devices, and then embarking out on a journey for a day or more.

Flattop is a mountain that is very famous in Alaska not only for its popularity with hiking, but because the top of it is completely flat. This mountain is so famous here that sometimes events are held at the top of it for certain things such as concerts or special occasion. There have also been times when fireworks were set off safely on the mountain.

Camping on Flattop is something very fun to do as well because it gives an excellent view of the entire city of Anchorage and the surrounding area. The ocean seems vast when looked upon from Flattop, and the city of Anchorage itself seems very small, but beautiful. This is a very popular spot for tourists who visit Anchorage because it is one of the easier hikes and there are many places to rest along the way. Even when raining outside, this mountain is a very fun place to go.

Elmo and Katy Perry

Katy Perry is a famous pop star. She sang the hit song " I Kissed the Girl". She had the chanced to meet Elmo on Sesame Street. But when parents found out and saw the video clip in you tube , they were complaning. If you have seen the video, I'm sure you would agree with the parents. Katy Perry was wearing a sexy dress that shows her cleavage. And it's very inappropriate because little kids are watching on that show. Parents took their complains to Sesame Street. So Sesame Street decided to pull Katy on the show.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Looking forward to The Defenders

This guest post from Werner Rogers

The Defenders will air starting on Wednesday, September 22. One thing I like about this series is the cast, with people like Jim Belushi and Jerry O' Connell, and puts a spin on the traditional gritty crime drama, being much lighter in tone. Most people are used to shows that feature the grand speech like given by a sports coach right before a big game, but what makes it exciting is this show is so much more mellow and more for the average person that's not going for a law degree. Most people put up with boring business types from 8:30 to 5:00 every day, why should they be subjected to another Law and Order clone?

Of course, everyone sees the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas, and the idea that what happens there stays there is a good one, but when you need legal representation, you want someone that you can relate to. The idea that these lawyers tell it like it is to their clients, yet still mean business is an interesting one in my opinion. I also like the idea that they are struggling in their personal lives, because no one in this economy wants to hear about a lawyer making more in a day than they're making in a month.

I wholly plan to be watching this show Wednesday nights on satellite TV hd in California.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Gilmore Girls is Great!

Guest post from: Denver Stephens

I always enjoy watching the TV series Gilmore Girls. Now that they are no longer making new episodes, it is fun to watch reruns on DirecTV.
Gilmore Girls is mainly about Rory Gilmore, a young high school student, and her mother Lorelai Gilmore. The two of them are very close, since Rory was solely raised by her mother. Rory is an amazing student who has the ultimate goal of going to Harvard. Later this goal changes to Yale. Rory wants all the things is life that her mother ran away from. Her mom was raised privilaged and had opportunity but wanted to do things on her own. Lorelai Gilmore is very independent. In the meantime, Rory would like to explore the world her mother left behind. A life of privilage, high society, and of course higher eduction.
Even though the series is mainly about their day to day life. It mimics reality and day to day life so well that it is very easy to relate to and relaxing to watch. The story takes place in a small town. I currently live in a small rural town and enjoy the quiet and peace that comes with that. While some find the small town living scene to be boring, I find it tranquil and in Gilmore Girls it is portrayed the same pleasant way.

Apple Picking

Apple is always good for you especially if you eat it fresh. But some people say, it would not be considered as a weight loss food/fruit. According to the US Consumer, in order to get the full nutritional benefits with eating apple, you should only eat one fresh apple a day. I didn't know this, so last year I had been eating apple a lot. I'm talking about 4 apple a day. And I guessed that was not right. Apple could be expensive depends on the season. But this time of the year, we could pick apple at someone's farm for a cheaper price compared to the retail store. Last year we spent around $20. But we picked a lot. In fact we were able to baked some apple pie and shared some to my husband's daughter.
Anyway, earlier this month I saw an ad from our local paper about "U-Pick Apple". And later today if my hubby would get up on time, we would be heading to the farm to pick some apple. I am excited in some way because it's nice to see fresh apple that you could pick right from the tree.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Gone Fishing

Thanks for the guest post by Dave Myers
One of my hobbies is going fishing. I prefer to go saltwater fishing, as I can eat what I catch. It's a personal opinion, but I think that saltwater fish taste better than freshwater fish.

We get up early on the weekends, get our fishing poles, bait and cooler packed. Then we set our home security systems as we are leaving and we are on our way to the marina.
My family has a boat that we like to use when we go fishing. My husband, son, daughter and I all go out. We usually head out from Bradley Creek down towards Carolina Beach, N.C. There is a "special spot" that my husband has found where we can catch some flounder, our preferred catch.

My son usually throws the cast net and catches some live bait to use. Then we throw our lines out and wait for the fish to come bite. Most times we catch at least an average of one fish per person.

Then we make our way back to the marina, clean our boat and make our way home. I know that our home is safe because I set my home security alarm prior to going fishing. Then we arrive home and clean our fish. Another successful fishing trip.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Bourbon Street Reunion

Guest post written by Keith Mathers

I went to college in New Orleans and had some great times there. So me and my buddies from my fraternity were devastated when we heard about Hurricane Katrina.

But we decided to help boost the city's economy while it's still recovering from it by having a reunion there this summer. All of us are spread out over the country so it had been a long time since we'd been together in one room. I wanted to have as much fun as possible before I went so went to a miracle ear hearing center miami fl and got some hearing aids.

The first night we were there we were at a Bourbon Street bar and I was telling them about that when one of the brothers told me that he got some hearing aids DETROIT and another said that he bought hearing aids HOUSTON too. After that I'm not sure how much was still clear. But what I know is that we had a great time and I can't wait to do it again soon!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

5 Ways That the Internet Will Save Your Bank Account

Guest post written by my buddy Aldo Mays

I never realized until I began making a list of how the internet changes people's lives. For me, the internet has saved me thousands of dollars . When we first got satellite internet, I wasn't sure if it was really necessary. Compiling this tip list has helped me realize how wrong I was.
We use the internet to buy all of our tickets to concerts and football games. Instead of having to pay ridiculous scalper fees because we couldn't get to the stadium ourselves, we are able to sit in the comfort of our home and purchase tickets right as they become available. This allows us to save almost 50-100 percent costwise, as scalpers just jack up the prices.

We use hughes internet Kansas instead of having a cable plan. Many websites now allow you to watch new TV shows as they air. This has saved us around $40 a month. It really adds up.
The Internet has become our newspaper. We don't need to find out news every morning when we can find out news when it happens online. You can find more and more sources as well, so you feel like you are getting a more broad view of the world.
We use our internet connection to talk to our daughter at college. Instead of paying long distance fees, we just use instant messenger and video chat functions.
The internet has completely changed how we spend our money!

Football Season is Finally Here

If you are a football fan, local or NFL, I'm sure you are glad that football season is finally here. Sooner or later parents would be able to watch their kids playing football games. Though, some of the scheduled games would interfere on other family activities, but I can see how proud it would be for the parents watching their kids playing.Football is an Autumn sports. It is one of the leading sports here in America. It is a favorite sports to most college and high school students. Everyone watched football games on their television.

But, there is nothing that can beat when you watch your favorite team with your friends and family through Direct TV specially on Sundays. It is because every Sundays, you can watch the game in high definition. Watching in a HD screen makes you closer to the game. In order to experience this you have to have the so called "NFL SUNDAY TICKET". To know more about this, you can visit for more information.

So it's time to switch to LocalTV-Satellite which the partner of Direct TV because they have more sports, more movies and more local channels.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Fall Handbags

From structured and ladylike satchels, to buttery leather hobos, the handbag trends you’ll see this season are elegant and fabulous. This statuesque satchel suspended from two rolled handles is crafted from buttery-soft leather and trimmed with dual-tone branded metallic hardware.
This is a B. Makowsky 'Lincoln' Leather Satchel Handbags. You can buy them product online.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Date Night at the Movies

Guest post written by my buddy Bernardo Graham

As Ive gotten older, my idea of a perfect night out on the town has drastically changed. I used to think that going home before midnight equaled a failed night or that simply going out to dinner was a nice relaxing night. I now realize that some of the best nights out are simply spent at places like the movies or at dinner. My new idea of a perfect night out is seeing a really good movie and getting ice cream afterwards. I have to say, I never thought that would be the case. Getting to spend time at the movies and dinner with my husband is the perfect date night for us. It's simple, easy and fun.

Most of our night at the movies start with a simple conversation about what movie both of us would actually agree on seeing. There is usually very little planning involved in these nights. Before leaving the house we set our home alarm system and then head out to dinner. We usually end up getting to the movies way ahead of time to make sure we get perfect seats in the middle of the theatre. While we hardly ever agree on rather a movie is good or not, we definitely agree that this is one of the best ways to spend time together

Fashion Fall Boots

Fall will not officially start around after halloween, but it does not start if you don't have a new fall boots. Pictured above is a low western-inspired boots. Inspired by music festivals like the see-and-be-seen crowd at Coachella, these hip boots are what all the cool kids will be wearing come fall. Use the boots to rough up your girly dresses, or go more casual and pair with your favorite jeggings. This new fashion boots cost around $50.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Online Games

Social networking is very in today. People spent most of their times at any social sites. Most of them spent playing online. Online games are receiving specially if you make money out of it. But it's a waste of your time if you are playing online for nothing. So if you are bored, instead of playing the social networks game,the best thing to do is find an online hobby you are interested In this way, you make your playing time away from social media and replace it with something more productive. You can play online casino games.
Playing online gives you even more excitement and profits than what you get from any real casinos. Thanks to the rapid advance of the higher technology we have today, because it is possible for you to play your favorite online casino games. Some online players could win millions of dollar and you could be the one.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Designer Nursing Scrubs

Working in the health care field is one of the most secured jobs. I've been working as a nurse assistant for four years now. Of my four years, I've learned so many things. Dealing with residents could be stressful mentally, specially when your dealing with residents who have dementia or Alzheimer's. There were ups and downs. There were times that I wanted to cry but most of the times they made me laugh and made my day. Working in a nursing home, you get to know the family of the residents. That's why I always make sure I present myself professionally by wearing medical clothing scrubs with my name badge so they would recognized me. I have so many scrubs uniforms. Some of them are fashion scrubs that I bought online.

Last time I checked, I have more than ten medical scrub sets . I wear different sets every day. I am planning on buying two more sets when I get a chance. Good thing, that I can buy them online now on my convenient time. I just checked BlueSkyScrubs, and I am considering on buying medical uniforms later. Besides scrubs uniforms, they also sell medical accessories and medical coats.

Mad Men

Mad Men wins for the 2010 Emmy Awards for the most outstanding series.

Mad Men is an American dramatic television series created and produced by Matthew Weiner. The show is broadcast on the American cable network AMC. They earned its third consecutive best drama series trophy.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

#14 Tony "Smoke" Stewart

This guest post from Doris Dillon

Every Sunday from early February through late November, unless something comes up unexpectedly, you'll find me watching NASCAR on directv choice package, cheering on my man, Tony Stewart. When Tony's #14 Office Depot/Old Spice Chevrolet is doing well, so am I.
Tony is the first and only driver to have won championships in stock cars (Sprint Cup in 2002 and 2005), Indy cars (1997) and open-wheel Midget (1994 and 1995), Sprint (1995) and Silver Crown cars (1995). No matter what racing series, what kind of car or track, Tony's proven that he's as capable and as likely to be successful as any driver in history. Since NASCAR began the Chase for the Cup Series in 2004, Tony, Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon are the only drivers to have qualified for the Chase each season.

Until Tony formed his own team in 2009, (Stewart-Haas Racing) he demonstrated his consistency and loyalty by having the same team, sponsor and crew chief for 10 seasons, a NASCAR record almost certain to never be matched in today's era of drivers and sponsors switching constantly from one season to the next.
Tony currently sits in 8th place in NASCAR's points standings and barring an unforeseen collapse, is a lock for his seventh consecutive Sprint Cup Chase. Only six drivers have won two or more championships, and I'm hoping when the 2010 season concludes, my man Tony Stewart will become the seventh.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Miss Universe 2010

Congratulation to Miss Mexico for winning the Miss Universe 2010 held at the Mandalay Bay Resort, Las Vegas . The pageant aired at NBC. But I am more proud of my country's representative for Miss Universe for winning the 4th place. Congratulation Miss Venus Raj, you make us very more proud. Good Luck to your journey!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Mailbox and Home Decor

It is nice to see our house to have home decoration . It's makes our house more attractive and feel like home to us. When you go to other houses, you can see different decorations , indoor or outdoors. When we used to lived out in the country we have a big yard. Our outdoor decorations were hanging all over the yard. We used to have so many bird feeders and it's beautiful to see different types of birds especially during summer.

Some of the outdoor decorations we have are address plaques & address signs, residential mailboxes or personalized home accents and garden decor. All these kind of home decor can purchased at Mailbox and Beyond. They have quality products and custom painted mailboxes, address plaque , they also have personalized doormats, birdbaths and many more.
It is not quite easy to find the most suitable mailboxe to match your home styles. Sometimes you have to customize in order to find one. Mailbox and Beyond offer a very large variety of Whitehall Products, house as address plaques, address signs, and any outdoor decorations like birdbaths,bird feeders, patio furnitures and any other garder decorations.
So shop now and start decorating you home.

Children and Allergies

If your child has had a severe allergic reaction in the past, you know how frightening it can be. Symptoms of breathing difficulty, itching, and swelling can come on quickly and become life-threatening. Giving your child an epinephrine shot can slow down or stop an allergic reaction. That's why it is important to have an allergy kit containing an epinephrine shot with you at all times and to know the right way to use it. It could save your child's life someday. But always consult your doctor before taking any medicines.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

2010 Fantasy Football Setup

This guest post from Margaret Mills

With the NFL season right around the corner we now two things are for sure. First, the fall is coming and it will be getting colder soon. Second, that fantasy football will be talked about for the next five months. With that in mind it is useful to know how to set up a league.
The first thing you need is hughes wireless. If you do not have access to cable, like in my area, use satellite internet service instead. After this you can go to any of the various sports websites and click on the icon that allows you to form a league. Do not click on join a league since your goal is to build one from scratch.
Most leagues are set up with 10 - 14 teams, so be sure to have a list of friends ready to email. They should all be informed of when the draft will be since it is hard to get everyone on the same schedule. Also, make sure they are aware of any fees or charges in competing in the league. The goal is not to surprise anyone and have them want to drop out of your league.

Finally, after you have a draft you can modify and set up divisions, update rosters, and get ready for the season to start.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Make Your Dorm Feel More Like Home

This guest post from Werner Rogers

When leaving for college it is hard to leave all of the comforts of home behind but there are a few things I always make sure to have with me. All of those late night study sessions can leave you exhausted so crawling into a comfy bed is always a must for me. I make sure to get a very comfy pillow and a warm soft blanket, and extra long twin bed sheets. I can't focus if I didn't get decent rest.
Another thing that I bring along is my lap top. This is of course necessary for school work but I also use it to keep in touch with friends and family from home. I make sure to have Directv amd 4g internet bundle for communicating and also so that I can take a course or two online.
Since most dorms do not have private bathrooms I always bring a robe that keeps me warm and covered as I walk back to my room. Flip flops for the shower are important too as you certainly don't want to shower bare footed.

My ultimate luxury item that I make sure to have is a mini fridge. Not having to leave my room for a quick snack or cold beverage while I study keeps me from getting distracted. It makes my room feel just a bit more like home.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

New 7" Mini Netbook Laptop

This new 7" Mini Netbook Laptop Wifi Windows 2GB HD is out of the market for $99 only. It is designed based on advance micro “Windows on Chip” technology, with a weight of less than 1.6 Lbs. It is ideal for business people on the go, students, children and home users. You can surf the net, send emails, instant messaging, study, compose documents, manage accounts and spreadsheets, view PowerPoint presentations and lots of other work. You can watch movies and listen to music on the SD card or the Flash Drive. Perfect in college to take notes and do online assignments. It easily fits in a bookbag or purse and it is the lightest netbook available. Websites with a lot of photos and detailed content take a little bit of time to load up all the way, but any website that is mainly text, loads in a matter of seconds. You can use this netbook to check email. You can pull it out anywhere there is a wifi hotspot and check your messages, send an email or just browse the web.

Boardroom Leadership

Guest post written by Edward Roberts

Many would say that a career can be made in a board room – and I would agree with them.
I’ve worked in business since I graduated from college and am highly conscious of how to come off in a board room to demand respect of your colleagues, employees and supervisors. I’ve personally made so many quick judgments on people from how they’ve reacted in the board room and in meetings that after one meeting in which I was having trouble hearing one person speak, I made the decision to look at miracle ear hearing aids prices.

I found some that I could settle on and started doing a lot of research on the industry, the best models and how exactly these devices work. I made an appointment and got fitted with some digital hearing aids that were supposed to fit my specific hearing loss needs.

I was glad that I was proactive about my hearing problems before others took notice – or at least brought it to my attention. I’m more confident than ever in meetings and don’t feel like younger colleagues have an advantage over me simple because of their age.

Friday, August 6, 2010

The Importance of The Halftime Report

Content by Mitch Osborne

When most people hear the phrase 'The Halftime Report,' they're going to think it refers to halftime in a football game. This is not always the case. My favorite daytime television show is The Halftime Report and it has absolutely nothing to do with football. It does have to do with important numbers, though. That's because the halftime report is a daily report on the stock market. This might include what earnings were reported in the morning, what economic indicators are projected for the following morning, what CEOs are coming and going, and what the overall pulse of the consumer is. These are all important factors when it comes to the state of the economy.
These days, the most important common topic on The Halftime Report is government stimulus. People are very worried that once the stimulus runs out, the economy will fall into deflation, which would lead to a double-dip recession. I happen to believe this will happen, which is all the more reason I'm sure to watch The Halftime Report on the channels I get with direct tv best deals every single day. By keeping up with what's going on, I can adjust my investments accordingly. The only thing I don't like about the show is when someone who works for an investment brokerage firm comes on and lies through his teeth because he has a vested interest in how the market - and his company's stock - will perform. The Halftime Report is still my favorite show, though. It has to be.

Thursday, August 5, 2010


Contribution by Jacques Carr

Every Friday night, I get the kids ready and my husband sets the adt security alarm. We load up in the car to visit our favorite restaurant, which is International House of Pancakes, also known as IHOP. My kids love eating here. They are so nice to the kids that come to eat. The workers make you feel like you are a part of their family. They serve pancakes all day, and they also have a full lunch and dinner menu. They have chicken tender basket with fries that are out of this world! There are several different flavors of pancakes with about any flavor of syrup you can imagine. The kids can have them for lunch, dinner, or even as a side dish with another meal. The service is awesome. The staff is very friendly. It is a casual restaurant that we love because you do not have to dress up really nice to have dinner there. Sometimes we have office lunch meetings at IHOP, the service is great. You will never have better service in a restaurant. If you have never been to IHOP, you are missing out. Just try it once and I guarantee it will become one of your favorite spots to eat.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Back to School Sale

Most schools begins next week here in America. Parents and kids are busy shopping for school supplies and dorm stuffs. In fact, when we went to the grocery store today there are a lot of schools supplies that are on sale right now. I am planning on buying some for my nephews and niece back home for next school year. I'm sure it will be on sale until the end of the week.
According to the National Retailer Federation, the average family will spend $606 on back-to-school shopping for K-12 students this year, up from $549 last year. In fact, back-to-school is the second-biggest consumer spending event for retailers, behind the winter holidays. So, it is always a good idea to look for sales and coupons before buying school supplies and clothes.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

One Tree Hill Reruns on Soat Net

Thanks for the article from Maxine Taylor

I loved seasons 1-4 of One Tree Hill. I feel like the later seasons aren't as good, especially season seven. They play reruns of One Tree Hill on Soap Net. Most weekends they have something called Breakfast in Bed where they show One Tree Hill and Beverly Hills 90210 back to back. Three seasons ago, I got one of my co-workers hooked on One Tree Hill. Since I had my satellite tv installation in North Carolina sometimes my friend comes over to watch the reruns with me on my new setup.
My favorite character on One Tree Hill is Haley. She is funny and smart. I also like that Haley doesn't start as much drama as the other characters. She's a down-to-earth character who watches out for her friends and family. She also gives good advice.

I hated Peyton Sawyer when she was on the show. She was too whiny. I also hated how things always magically worked out for her. She stole Lucas from Brooke twice and then got to keep them both in the end. Brooke continued to be Peyton's friend, and Lucas actually married Peyton! Yuck. I also feel that the show heavily favored Peyton and tried too hard to make us like her. We had to constantly hear about how cool and pretty and great she was. Most storylines revolved around her. It was annoying. Thank God she left Tree Hill.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Tips For Summer Safety For Kids

Thanks for the article from Jared Whitaker

Simple steps can ensure that your children will have a safe, healthy, and fun time during the summer months. Here are the things you need to know for a safe summer for your kids!

* Preventing sunburn during the summer is one of the biggest concerns for parents. You can help prevent sunburn by limiting the time spent outdoors. When children are outdoors, cover them up with sunglasses and a hat, and always apply sunscreen!
*If your child will ever be left home by themselves, make sure to activate the alarm monitoring service and instruct the children not to answer the door. Your chidren should know safety precautions to take in case of an emergency, including how to call 9-1-1.
*Keep children hydrated by offering plenty to drink, especially while they are outdoors. Water is always the best to quinch your thirst and prevent dehydration, but a sports drink is acceptable on occassion.
*Keep the children cool by dressing them in light-colored clothing that is also lightweight. Shorts are a summer time favorite. Do not layer clothing in the summer, and change sweat saturated shirts as soon as possible.
*When small children are present, install a gate around swimming pools so there not accessible to them. Never allow children to be in the swimming pool alone, not even for a couple of minutes.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Happy Birthday to Me:)

Today was my birthday but we celebrated it yesterday with some close friends. I cooked pancit &bihon, asadong baboy and cassava cake for dessert. Everyone brought a dish to pass so the table was full of different dishes. We started eating around 2pm then we had a dance party here in the house. It was very fun. Then we got tired so we decided to go to the beach and enjoy the rest of the day. The temperature was'nt bad so it was right for swimming, not too hot, not too cold.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

President Obama signs Unemployment Bill

Today, Thursday, the President sign the unemployment bill into law that allows the restoration of unemployment benefits for people who have been out of work for six months or more. 2 and a half million of people who have been unable to work after the deep recession. I am hoping that these unemployed individuals will be monitored if they are actively looking for jobs and not take advantage the benefits. Because I know many that are not taking jobs if the amount they will get every two weeks is lesser from the unemployment check. I hope the goverment is aware of this.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Deal or No Deal

Thanks for the post from Irving Ayala

I would love to be on the show Deal or No Deal. I'd absolutely love to be a contestant but I'd settle for being one of the gorgeous models with the sole job of opening the cases. Either way I think I'd get to be on TV and make far more than I do at my nine to five job now.

I was flipping through the channels I get with my satellite TV packages and it was right in the middle of Deal or No Deal. The guy had an offer of over $200,000 and was debating over it. I love that show because I personally do not have to take the risks these people are taking. I'm such a sucker that I'd take the first offer over $50,000 which usually happens right away. At least I'd be happy with what I walked away with rather than having all that money go down after I opened the big cases.

The guy ended up winning $8,000 and his wife looked pretty upset. That show is absolutely heart breaking but you can't seem to look away. I don't know how the host can give away so much money every day on the show. I know he makes good money but I don't think he can make the million in one day.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Directions for a wearable masterpiece

Guest post written by Margaret Darren
One day while I was checking out some books from the library I noticed a flier advertising a jewelry making class. I thought what the heck, I’m retired, I might as well sign up.
So I did and went to the first class with my supplies in a tote bag, ready to make some masterpieces. I sat down, got my supplies out and made some new friends. Once it was time for the class to start I got even more excited. But then after introductions I noticed that I was having trouble hearing the instructor’s directions. I watched what my neighbors did but got behind and needed some help.
I still made a beautiful bracelet that day but as soon as I got home that day I decided to look up some miracle ear locations to see if they could help me hear better. I went to one of them and they shared miracle ear hearing aids prices with me and helped me pick one out.
I’ve been wearing it to my jewelry-making class ever since and my work has been about the same. But I’m having a lot of fun!

Fun Summer

So far, it has been a fun summer for us. Unlike last year,we have been going to most get togethers and party of the group. Just last Saturday, July 17 Rick & I had a blast. It was also the first time that I learned to swim. I can't believed it. I was able to fight my fear from swimming on deep waters. I'm so thankful to one of our friends who reassured me that he's going to save me if I sink(lol) I know that sounds silly but that was my biggest fear. Eventhough I grew up near the coast before I came here to America I still don't know how to swim because of fear. And I think I'm the only one of the family and my Dad that don't know how to swim.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Mortgage Lending

If you are in financial trouble right now, it is never to late to refinance your mortgage. As a matter of fact, a lot of people has take advantage of the significant savings that they can get by refinancing a mortgage to get a lower interest rate.
Whether you have bad credit , you can still find a mortgage the suits your needs. Advantage Home Rates can help you find to refinance your home mortgage. Though, rates for those with bad credit are higher, but with some research, you will be able to find decent mortgages that help you rebuild your credit, not put you further into debt with the help of AdvantageHomeRates. You can get a fixed rate mortgage which is the most common loan type. With a fixed rate mortgage, you lock-in an interest rate when you apply for your loan. This becomes the interest rate that is charged throughout the length of your mortgage. So, if you are planning to refinance your home mortgage, apply now at AdvantageHomeRates . All you have to do first is to fill up the mortgage inquiry form that can be found on their website. One of their mortgage associates will then contact you by email and telephone to begin the application process. While waiting for their associates to contact you, read all the faqs for home loan tutorials and mortgage help for a detailed loan modification process.

Friday, July 16, 2010

The President was here in town

President Obama was here in Holland,Michigan yesterday around 1:30pm. And I was one of the luckiest person to see our President despite of all the tight security. My husband was able to take a picture of the President on his way to the Tulip City Airport after visiting the new LG battery plant here in Holland. That was the reason of his visit to promote jobs during the construction of the plant. It is expected to open on 2012 and people here in Holland are looking forward of the new jobs tha can be created .

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Running to lose weight

I know running is inexpensive, a great way to lose weight and one of the best stress-busters around. I wish I have a friend that lives closer to my house so we can run together. I hate running early in the morning by myself since hubby has weak legs and can not run. I just need motivation to keep going on trying to lose weight.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Up - A Great Animated Family Movie

This was written by guest blogger Mark Looms

Up is a great animated movie that I recently watched on one of our cable tv special offers channels. Unlike a lot of animated films that I have seen recently, it had a great plot and I never lost interest.

The story is all about Carl Fredricksen, a man who has lived his life wanting adventure but has been to scared to make any changes. When his wife passes away, he decides to attach hundreds of balloons to his house and go in search of a town called Paradise Falls. Unknowingly, a little boy named Russell becomes part of his journey. On the way there they find many obstacles and differences of opinion.

The parts that I found so touching were the scenes where Carl flashed back loving to memories of his late wife. It was moving and made me a little teary eyed at one point.

The story has a great message. You should not live your life in fear of adventure or change. Good things could be around the bend or even bad things. In the end, the journey is the important thing, not necessarily the destination.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Chicago Trip

We had a long day yesterday. Yesterday, July 9th was my oath taking ceremony for my Dual Citizenship. We left the house around 8am, then we went to my brother-in laws house. Spent, half hour there, then we went to the Shipping Express to drop off my balikbayan box. It was around noon when we went to the "Little Quiapo Restaurant" only 12 minutes from his house. I had buffet, my husband and his brother had chicken terriyaki. The food was good, just like a home made filipino food so I loved it. Though my appointment was 3pm, we left and hour early because of the traffic. I was a little bit late and my friend Remelyn was there already. The ceremony took only half hour. After my oath taking, my brother-in law tour us on downtown Chicago. We went to the Millennium Park and few other parks and landmarks. I'm not sure how far we walked but I'm sure it's a little more than 10 miles. I was wearing flip flops but a different kind not a rubber one, so I had blisters on my right foot. I should know better. I should wear sneakers or a regular flip flops but I can't believed I walked that far. Eventhough, it was too hot, we had a blast. I've been to Chicago a couple times before but we haven't had a chance to tour around because of the limited time, and not to mention the traffic. It's hard to find for parking space closest to the Consulate so we parked a couple blocks away so that's why I had blisters. Chicago is only 3 hrs from Michigan, so it is convenient for us to go there. I love Chicago. I love the buildings, and the scenery. If time permits, we are hoping to come back there in the middle of August to take some pictures of the navy ship.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Satellite TV Makes for a Better Summer

This was written by guest blogger Karl Logan

When compared to other sources for television, satellite tv from BestChoiceTV.comis by far the leader. Don't listen to those complaining of weather interference. There are other sources for your television that you must call many times to fix the situation, even in good weather. Satellite is installed by experts and you go a longer time between service calls.
Baseball, the perennial summer sport is enjoyable to watch with some refreshments and air-conditioning surrounding you. It is after all the national pastime and I can see why. Sports is more enjoyable when you have a wider choice of sports. Once in a while you want a change of pace from baseball. With this superior system, you can find many other sports to give you a break, before returning to watching baseball.
When based on price and service a Satellite reception system is preferable. After all, no one wants to be interrupted during a game by something not coming through correctly because of an unprofessional setup. This system is for the real sports fan who does not want to miss a minute of the action.


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