Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Collectible Gifts for Your Friends

Do you have some people in your life who are collectible fanatics? If this is the case, you will need to do some serious research the next time their birthdays or Christmas rolls around again. There are certainly many types of collectibles to choose from. Before you can even think about starting your shopping for collectible gifts for your friends, you need to know the exact type of collectibles they are interested in. In other words, you would not give a baseball card to a person who only collects comic books. Once you know what to look for, you can begin your search. Here are some great collectible gift ideas.

1. An autographed football helmet

Do you have a friend or relative who is a huge football fan? People who love football would appreciate a gift that they can display proudly for everyone to see. A great gift that certainly fits into that category is an autographed football helmet. Buying an authentic helmet can be quite expensive. However, there are now NFL replica helmets available for a fraction of the price of the real thing. There are also stores that sell these helmets with autographs of some of the biggest stars on football. Find out who your friend's favorite player is and see if you can find a helmet autographed by that player.

2. A professionally graded comic book

Nowadays, if a comic book has not been professionally graded, it is very difficult to sell for a decent price. There are several professional grading companies who will examine every aspect of a comic book. After doing this, they give the book a number grade, 10 being a flawless book. The comic is them placed in a case to protect it. If you know a comic book issue that your friend or relative has always wanted to own, you can go online and try to find it for him. A professionally graded book is a great gift because the case provides protection, it is easy to put on display and it is easy to resell in the future.

3. A game-worn jersey

Over the past decade, the popularity of game-worn jerseys has exploded in the collectible market. Having an autographed jersey of your favorite athlete is nice, but having a jersey that is actually worn in a game is even better. Getting an autographed game-worn jersey is as good as it gets.


Monday, March 23, 2015

How to Have Your Cake and Diet Too

Who doesn’t like cake? Shows like “Ace of Cakes” and Cupcake Wars have introduced this ancient culinary art form to a new generation, and it’s now just as hip to flaunt the “cupcake diet” as it is to play up your allegiance to the “Paleo diet.” But there’s a difference between liking your favorite food and believing that it’s actually good for you. Or is there? An emerging body of culinary research — both in the test kitchen and the laboratory — suggests that diet-friendly cakes might be a partial answer to that age-old question: what to eat on a diet?

A Gluten-Free Cake Recipe?
While the gluten-free craze is now undeniably mainstream, many people are skeptical that a gluten-free cake can possibly exist — let alone taste good. But this gluten-free cake recipe gives that sentiment the lie.

First, use cornmeal. It’s lighter than buckwheat, which can become dense and gummy without care, and lighter than rice flour, which may leave you wanting more. Cornmeal has a rough, pleasant texture that mimics whole wheat and adds a bit of roughage to what’s normally a low-fiber treat.

To flesh out your cake and keep it from collapsing in on itself, mix the cornmeal with a decent amount of cornstarch and a lighter gluten-free flour, such as rice flour or sorghum flour. To hold everything together, use butter or, if you’ve got a real sweet tooth, caramel plus butter. (Yes, we said caramel.) Oh, and don’t forget the xanthan gum! You only need a tiny bit to tie the cake’s component flavors together and avoid the dryness that so often bedevils cornmeal cakes.

Not What You Eat, But When You Eat
Whether you’re gluten-free or not, the timing of your indulgence could have a big effect on its overall healthiness. Although it needs to be corroborated with additional evidence and shouldn’t be taken as a be-all-end-all pronouncement, a new study suggests that eating cake (and other calorie-dense treats) in the morning may actually be better for you than eating later in the day. That’s because an early-morning meal can jump-start your metabolism and give you more time to burn off calories as you go about your daily routine. By the time you settle down for the night, that morning indulgence could be a distant memory for your body.

All About Balance
As much as we’d like to eat cake for breakfast, lunch and dinner, no one is suggesting that’s a good idea. Eating, like so many other things in life, is about balance. Stop when you feel full, get plenty of vitamins and minerals, and make sure you’re not investing too much in any one part of the food pyramid. (Do they still use that thing, anyway?) Cake can be a surprisingly healthy piece of that puzzle — but it’s just a piece. Or, in this case, a slice.


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Common Pump Failures For Sewers

In order to keep the septic system working at your home or a business, there needs to be sewage pumps. There could be one or two pumps or several depending on the size of the system. There are some common problems that can arise with the pumps. These issues can be easily resolved by calling a septic company, or you can try to fix the problem on your own by using a few tools. 

One of the most common problems that is discovered is a backup in the tank. This happens when the pumps can't work like they should. There is likely too much toilet paper in the system that the pumps can't get through. One solution is to have a septic company come to pump the system out so that there is more room for the water and waste to flow. Another solution is to add a product to the toilet that will get flushed through the system. These products have bacteria in them that will eat away at the debris that is in the tank. Prevention is the best way to prevent septic pump failures. Don't flush solid objects, like toilet paper rolls, down the toilet, and avoid pouring grease down sinks as this can clog the pumps as well.


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Benefits of Learning Music

I love to browse over great deals, coupons and shopping sites that my kids became familiar with varied sites that offer what we need. This is the reason why they always visit musician friend when they want to look and search for the musical instruments that they need. From time to time they check the latest prices on guitars, keyboards, microphones and accessories. 

They love music and they can play varied instruments as I enroll them in basic music class when we can afford and if there’s time. Well my youngest is just lucky that it’s one of their extracurricular activities in the school. They were offered music classes of their likings. They get to learn playing keyboards, lyres, guitars, violins and drum sets and earn extra grades as well. It has a lot of benefits especially for kids with so much flair in music like my own. It also drives them away from vices.


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Never Say No to Nubia

ZTE together with Lazada.com.ph to hold its flash sale for the Nubia Z5 S Mini this February 12 at exactly 12 noon!

If you are looking for more value out of your money coupled with an impeccable design and packed with intuitive features, be sure to log on to www.lazada.com.ph/zte/ this February 12 at exactly 12 noon as the ZTE together with the Philippines’ Biggest Online Shopping Mall – Lazada.com.ph will be staging another anticipated flash sale for this game-changing phone which will be carrying a price tag of PhP 8,990 during the flash sale.

Hailing from its original price tag of PhP 16,790, the Nubia Z5 S Mini will be on a flash sale at PhP 8,990 giving the lucky flash sale shoppers a discount of more than 45%
For those people on the go, you can definitely still get the chance of being part of the flash sale simply by shopping via your Lazada Mobile App – which is available for both iOS and Android phone users.
If you are still unsure of what to expect on the Nubia Z5 S Mini, well its pretty simple: the Nubia Z5 S Mini is a smartphone with a personality.

Make a statement and reveal your personality with the nubia Z5 S Mini. It’s the world’s first smartphone to pack a 13 inch front camera that incorporates the control and photographic fidelity of a DSLR camera and lightning-speed 4G support.

While Nubia Z5 S Mini looks stunning, its cameras are head turners of their own. The 13 megapixel front camera, equipped with 5-piece sapphire precision optical lens and Exmor RS sensor religiously retains image sharpness and authentic details. They’re also hard enough to resist scratches that come with snapping pictures on the go. In intense light, the blue glass composite IR filter delivers a remarkable balance of glare and clarity to give you vibrant images with stunning colors while the BSI image sensor and F2.2 aperture captures smooth, stunning images even in the dark.

The rear camera comes with pro, fun, and auto shooting modes to give you the best pictures whatever the condition, or your mood is. The Pro mode is equipped independent controls for focus, lighting and white balance while fun mode gives you more ways to get creative with your photos, with features including multi-exposure, animated video, moving object removal, time-lapse, panorama, special effects and movement tracking. The auto-mode detects shooting conditions and snaps the shot you want. It also comes HDR and Self-timer options.

Say goodbye to dark, blurry selfies with the whopping 5 megapixel front camera, equipped with a BSI sensor and F2.2 aperture to retain details and true-to life colors. The front camera also comes with a smile recognition feature for easy, auto selfies. Enhance the quality of your selfies with the built in photo editor with skin rendering and scale adjustment features for upload ready shots.

The Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 400 processor’s all-in-one design makes way for efficient multitasking, extending the 2000 mAh battery's power for longer. It also powers the cutting edge Sharp IGZO OGS display technology that delivers clear, crisp images and exceptional power efficiency. The 4.7 inch 720x1280p HD screen brings images to life with 16.7M colors, rendering an astonishing range of deep, intense colors, gentle hues and daubs of light. From simple pictures to high definition videos and graphic heavy games, details stand out and image clarity is crisp. Nubia Z5 S mini’s 1.2 GHz Quad-Core processor has a maximum clock speed of 1.2 Ghz, backed by 1 GB RAM and 16 GB ROM, expandable up to 32 GB via Micro SD storage.

Housed in a premium shell with matte finish, the Nubia Z5 S Mini feels smooth and good to hold. At only 7.6 mm thick, it joins the ranks of slim and sleek designed models in the market. The seamless sides elegantly extend to the meticulously curved edges. Overall, it's a fusion of style and function, with the buttons ergonomically positioned just within the tips of the fingers for ease of use. For all the sophistication, the Nubia Z5 S mini only weights at 120g.
With built in 3G support, Nubia Z5 S mini is designed for the fast paced lifestyle. Say goodbye to lags as it supports faster data transfer, excellent network response and seamless connectivity. Share your captured moments, listen to music and stream high definition videos without a hitch. Download files with speeds of up to 150 Mbps and be entertained on the move.

About Lazada
Lazada (www.lazada.com.ph) is Philippines’ largest online shopping mall and is pioneering e-commerce by providing a fast, convenient and secure online shopping experience combined with an extensive product offering in categories ranging from mobiles & tablets and consumer electronics to household goods, toys, fashion and sports equipment. Lazada is continuously striving to offer its customers the best possible shopping experience with multiple payment methods including cash on delivery, extensive warranty commitments and free returns. Lazada mobile applications for Android, iPhone and iPad provide additional convenience to its consumers’ allowing them to shop anywhere, anytime.

For more information, please visit http://www.lazada.com.ph. For updates on Lazada’s latest innovations, as well as activities, contests and promotions, connect with us via Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/LazadaPhilippines).


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Good Wellness Technology for Health Issues

Lately I’ve been having problems with the severe pain I have on my back and it has not given me decent sleep last week. I resorted to back massage for 5 consecutive days and it worked but not completely so I’m really searching on ways on how to cure it through healthy options or something that will not make me drink medicine or make me succumb to daily maintenance of supplements. 

Since already I’ve tried massage I might as well try out some other kind of therapy which led me to learn about magnetic bracelets for therapy which offers the kind of treatment I want not just for me but to my Mom as well. Well I’m into studying and researching stage and who knows it might be able to solve my health problem. I’m glad that technology is not only for solving communications and office problems but health issues as well.


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Camera Cleaning Kit

I love gadgets especially digicams which I use every day of my life capturing my kids' special moments and the things around me.  My favorite theme to shot are skies, flowers, foodies, recipes and faces aside from any activity that my kids are participating to.

Well my first digicam had its lens replaced already and now on its second replacement had I brought it to repair shop.  When I learned that the cost is half a new simple digicam I declined and just use it for videos.

Now I'm at my best in protecting digital cameras as I don't want another repair for the current camera I'm using.  Aside from the extra care and I want to have extra cleaning too and found this camera cleaning kit in cdrking.com where I buy my regular accessories for gadgets, phones and computers.

The cleaning kit for camera includes:
  • With brush w/ air blower it cleans even the small places
  • Cleaning cloth with cleaning solution to remove finger flints and marks
  • Cotton tips for cleaning buttons
  • Lens tissue to remove dust and small particles
Package Content

  • Cleaning solution
  • Cleaning cloth
  • 10 pcs cotton buds
  • Brush with air blower
  • 10 pcs cleaning tissue
This one sells at PhP150 only.  


Thursday, December 11, 2014

What is a BBT?

Some helpful gadgets and devices can help you with your goal of being pregnant once again. It’s vital to know your body temperature because it will define your body’s pattern for a great chance of conceiving. If we’re really serious about our goal we should consider all possibilities.

Have you hear about the Basal body thermometer (BBT)? This is a tool that women can use to detect their ovulation, and I’m telling you, this is not your usual thermometer. A basal body thermometer is more sensitive compared to a regular thermometer. It can detect even the slightest change of your temperature. If you are planning to use a BBT thermometer to pinpoint your ovulation, all you need is the thermometer and the chart that comes along with it. Take your temperature twice every day, one in the morning after wake-up and one in the evening before going to bed.

Within a month or two of charting your temperature, you’ll be able to know your body’s pattern. When you see a drop in your temperature, it can be an indication that you are ovulating. So if you see that, it’s the perfect time to baby dance for more chances of conceiving. The BBT thermometer can either be taken orally, vaginally or rectally, whichever you like. BBT thermometer can be purchased over the counter or at a drug store. Don’t worry about the price, they’re not very expensive. For more tips on how to track your ovulation, visit http://www.pregnancytips.org.


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Family Safety and Family Life

Most of the people have two main goals in their lives: to create a family and to live on a decent level. Those two ideas are somehow connected with each other, but they can be reached separately. There are no doubts that having family is something magical. Living in the group of people that care and support each other is very important and helps the group members. Family may consist of not only the relatives. Very often humans find their family among the very close friends. In both cases the relationships can differ very much. We cannot choose the blood line family so sometimes living together with relatives very often requires a lot of patience and flexibility. In this article I would like to focus on the family in terms of husband, wife and children. 

Security of the family members is important for the whole group. Living together means taking responsibility for each member and care about it. Concerning family as a whole, there are many ways to protect it in different dimensions.


Insurance policy is the basic form of taking care of the closest, however it gives only the financial security is case of the accidents. It doesn’t anyhow prevent from the accidents. There are so many types and areas that can be insured, that we can cover whole our family members and almost all our assets. Things like cars, houses and even the electronic devices can be under the insurance policy. In such cases we have to carefully read the contract and all conditions. Usually the most important and tricky rules are written the smallest font at the end of the page.

Safety in the Internet

The next area in which we should seriously think about the safety of our family is the Internet. First thing is our privacy. Because of lack of experience our privacy can be easily shared through the social media platforms. We should care about it especially when we have got small kids. There plenty of people with bad intensions lurking in the web in order to find potential victims of kidnapping. The privacy issues are the most dangerous as far using the Internet by kids is concerned. This group of computer users has the least experience in this matter. That’s why they are so willing to share their private data and are so easy to manipulate. Another serious threat coming from the Internet are sexual predators. 

Those people are surfing the net in order to find kids who could became their potential victims. Consequences of the successes of the sexual offenders are obvious and are dramatic. It is totally parents’ duty to guarantee their kids safety. In order to achieve it, parents can install the specialist software on the computer. Parental control software is a great tool, thanks to which parents are able to set up total control over their kids’ activity in the Internet. They have got insight into the children activity on the computer and in the Internet, can create a list of websites that are blocked or set up filters on the email box. In this type of software, very interesting is also the ability to create a time table in which kids are allowed to use the computer at all.

It is easy quite easy to understand why keeping family members is so important. The more we know about the available methods, the more we are aware about the threats. 

If you are interested in the topic of parental control on the computer, feel free to enter http://www.pcwebcontrol.com/ and check our product. PCWebControl is third-party software that can be successfully used to control computer users at households, public and private companies.


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Technology and Environmental Safety

Innovations in technology give us an edge in using modern equipment to simplify our work and household chores. We have automatic washing machine to free us from the tiring task of washing our clothes because with the automatic equipment it’s easier and quicker to have our washing done. We also have advanced machines in our kitchen to give us convenience in cooking and cleaning equipment to do our chores around the house with ease. But as we say it has its pros and cons as well because using modern day equipment has disadvantages too like the pce contamination that they found in dry cleaner shop.

In dry cleaning business they use chemicals instead of water to complete the cleaning process of your clothes and belongings that need to be cleaned carefully without using water. And though I can recommend having your stuff toys, suits, gowns and other delicate clothes dry cleaned you can also try to see if your dry cleaning shops follow Environmental-friendly procedures. As they regularly use certain chemicals to deliver quality cleaning services its best that they know the standard procedures in administering and storing such chemicals.

These chemicals can be a source of toxins and contaminants in your place which can be transmitted through soil contamination like the perc contaminants discovered in Bloomington Cleaners where the owner himself had his shop’s flooring and parking grounds reported and excavated for possible contamination of soil. It’s good that he became aware of environment and learned that exposure to contamination can cause liver diseases. With the help of Enviroforensics you can have your place subjected and checked for soil/groundwater investigation and remediation, vapor intrusion assessment and mitigation.


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