Monday, January 27, 2020

What my Dragon fortune says about my 2020

Xin nian kuai le! Happy New Year! I feel like celebrating because I may have been sick when the Lunar New Year came in but I am still alive. So here I am with my glass of Welch's Sparkling Grape Juice to toast the new year yet again. I'm always looking for a reason to pop open a bottle of this bubbly goodness!

I'm a Fire Dragon and I can't help myself - I always check what my horoscope says. I don't believe it (the same way I don't believe in my Scorpio horoscope either) but I like to look anyway. At the end of the year, I am either disappointed or relieved when the predictions don't come true. And they never do. Last year, it was predicted that in 2019, I would earn so much money my head will spin. Well, I earned money but not in the off-the-charts scale I was promised. Oh well! 

So let's see what the heavens say my 2020 will be like! There are a lot of predictions online but I checked only two: Chinese Fortune Calendar and Your Chinese Astrology. Here's what they had to say about my:

Both sites agree Dragons are going to have great fortune in love this 2020. Well, I like that! 

Both sites say it will be a good year for my career but only because I'll have a career. I won't move up the ladder, I won't become famous. I'll just be on a steady cruise. That said I'm advised to seize career opportunities so that there's growth. Well, that sounds like good general advice, right? 

I like what Chinese Fortune Calendar says about my luck. Money will be falling like rain. Hooray! But its next sentence says, "Rain will stop eventually." Oh well. Nothing lasts forever.

To that, Your Chinese Astrology advises that I try new ways to make money. Like, join contests. Did they mean the Lotto??? Yes, yes they did: "Have a chance to win the prize in lottery activities and get a lot of unexpected wealth through gifting, winning prizes and other ways."  

Well, winning the Lotto or any contest is a game of luck. What has always worked for me is plain and simple hard work and good relationships. As long as I put in the work, make my clients happy, I will keep earning. We make our luck! For example, I'm so happy that Welch's 100% Grape Juice is sponsoring my blog again this 2020. Hooray! More opportunities for me to share with you healthy recipes and why grape juice is good for our health. Speaking of health...

Chinese Fortune Calendar says I "should have more outdoor activities in the sun," like "walking, hiking, jogging, cycling, sunbathing, gardening, picnic, bird-watching, fruit-picking, and playing ball." Rat is a water sign which isn't good for Fire Dragon me so I should watch out, especially to be careful when it comes to my heart, blood, cardiovascular system, kidneys, bladder, and the urinary system. Woah. Sounds scary. 

Your Chinese Astrology has a better outlook. Just "minor illness in daily life." But they still advise me to "put your health first in any situation." Well, that's always good advice especially since my health wasn't that great last year.

It's really my intention to prioritize my health this year. What use are a great career, lots of money, and wonderful relationships when I'm dead? I was already aware of this last year, even blogging several times that I need to take care of my health because my body was really weird. It could just be me getting old, or me super stressed at work, or me needing a kasambahay so I can sleep hehe. 

So join me this 2020, mamas, in putting our health first! Let's sleep more, give up vices, exercise, eat good food and always in moderation, and drink more water and healthy juices like Welch's 100% Grape Juice! This year, I'll be sharing with you why Welch's grape juice is good for your entire body—from your skin and bones all the way to your heart.

Welch's is available at your favorite supermarket.

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Friday, January 24, 2020

New year, new furniture finds at MY MC Home

I visited my friend Ginger Arboleda, COO of Taxumo, at BGC last week (because it's taxes time!). After our nice lunch, I decided to pass by home store MY MC Home, which is just two buildings away from Taxumo HQ. And I promptly fell in love with these dusty rose chairs!

Soooo pretty! But we don't need chairs for the living room. What I need is a chair for my work desk. Check out this beauty.

We turned the former dining area into the study area. My desk is there and so are the boys' desks. They need a lamp each. I think this blue jelly-like piece will look perfect.

It comes in sunny yellow, too!
I also want to replace our living room carpet. There are three big piles of rugs and carpets at MY MC Home. They have a lot of designs and are quite affordable.

I found this fluffy white carpet. It's sooo deep and soft! I want it I want it I want it! I want it for our bedroom. I just don't know how to keep it white when I live in a house full of little boys.

Actually, we also need more space for the kids' clothes. Now that they're bigger, their clothes are bigger, too. They don't fit in the baby closets anymore!

In the end, I remembered that what Vince really wants are new pillows. Actually, it's not a want anymore. We need new pillows! Our pillows are as old as our marriage. Sweet? Gross haha So I found these. They're just P300+! And so soft and nice!

But I bought bedsheets instead! I'll go back and buy pillows. As soon as I wash them, I'll show you our bed dressed up in our new sheets - which are on sale until supply lasts! So drop by MY MC Home now and shop!

MY MC Home has 3 branches: Level 3 MET LIVE Mall, Diosdado Macapagal Blvd, 1302 Pasay City, at MC Home Depot San Fernando Interchange, Jose Abad Santos Avenue, 2000 San Fernando, Pampanga, and at MC Home Depot BGC, Taguig. You may also find more furniture and promos on their Facebook page and Instagram

*This post is brought to you by My MC Home.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Make your own baby shower invites! Everything a mom-to-be needs to know

GUEST POST - Expectant mothers, especially those who are going to have their first baby get nervous, anxious, frightened, fatigued, and apprehensive. Their hormones are changing, and they know that their lives are going to change forever. Once a woman lets her co-partner, relatives and friends know that she is expecting, they get excited, thrilled, and become more caring and concerned. Family and friends get excited about the upcoming baby shower. A family member or close friend usually volunteers to handle the planning and organizing of the baby shower.

So as an excited soon to be mother, you can relax, start brainstorming, open your laptop, surf the internet for invitation maker apps and start making baby shower invites.

Invitation Cards

Just a while back, you had to browse through bookstores and stationery shops or find a card designer and printer to get invitation cards for any special occasion, like wedding invitations, birthday invitations, anniversary invitations, and baby shower invitations.

Nowadays, you can choose an invitation maker app and browse through what they have to offer and select the best invitation that mesmerizes you.

The beauty of using an invitation maker app is that you can make changes at will. Just think what a huge convenience this is. If you bought invitation cards from a store or got them on order and then changed your mind about them, you would be caught in a catch-22 situation. 

Since everyone now is hooked on the internet and with so many free invitation app sites to choose from, it’s suggested to have a look at ‘Invitation Maker Free, Paperless Card Creator.’ You won’t be disappointed with the amazing selection of cards and themes that are on offer.

You can install the Invitation Maker app on your Android phone, and you are on your way to designing the perfect paperless card of your choice. This invitation maker app is quite easy to use, and the choices in each category of invitation cards are quite astounding. You can make invitation cards for:

• Birthday
• Christmas
• House Warming
• New Year
• Baby Shower
• Retirements & Farewell
• Wedding
• Summer & Pool Party
• Halloween
• Anniversary

As an excited expectant mother, you might wish to make the perfect paperless invitation card for the baby shower. Select baby shower category on this app, and browse through the themes offered. Take your time to choose the right one. There’s no rush as you can do this at your own pace.

Designing The Perfect Baby Shower Invitation Cards

Too simple? Have more fun with Invitation Maker app!

Remember, you are going to celebrate the expected birth of a new life. This is one of the most exciting times of your life, especially if you are expecting your first child. So, while designing the invitation card for this special moment, you should:

Select a Theme
Selecting the right theme sets the tone for the invitation and makes it memorable. If you know beforehand if it’s going to be a boy or a girl, this makes it easier to select a theme. If you don’t know or have decided not to find out from your doctor and want to keep it a surprise, then you can find a neutral theme. Oh yes, you will be dumbfounded at the number of theme choices this invitation maker app offers.

What to Write?
What you write on the invitation card will depend on whom you are going to invite. Is it going to be a dress-up or dress-down event? You can select a poem or quotation from the selection on offer and add your thoughts to it.

If you have selected a birth registry with a store, do write that on the card. This makes it easier for the invitees to choose the right gift for the occasion. Don’t forget to mention the date and time of the occasion on the invitation. Plus, do add an RSVP, so you and your party planner will know how many people they have to cater for.

Final Thoughts

If you are inviting people who don’t use computers or smartphones, you can print out the invitations and send them through post. Lastly, don’t forget to send out the invitations in time.

Have a memorable baby shower. And, do keep the Invitation Maker app as you will enjoy using it for other occasions.

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