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A green step at a time for a healthier environment

From heat temperature indices that rise every summer to increasingly heavier rains during monsoon season, people are feeling and contending with the effects of climate change every day. With every person making small, practical changes that minimize their own environmental footprints, we can still help in minimizing the impact of climate change. Staying and living green may seem overwhelming at first, but by choosing eco-friendly choices that are already available, it becomes easier to do. In the long term, small steps provide doable ways to make meaningful contributions to minimizing human impact on the environment. “We believe that if given the chance, people would like to do their part to help save the environment,” said Raul Joseph Concepcion, Chairman of Concepcion Industrial Corporation (CIC) and President of Concepcion-Carrier Air Conditioning Company (CCAC), …

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Bathroom call

Is the bathroom your sanctuary at home? People can spend hours in it from answering Nature’s call, or even reading books or browsing their social networks. More spacious ones have become extensions of our bedroom – a place to pamper ourselves and relax in. Truly, when kept clutter-free, the bathroom can be a restful haven from the hustle and bustle of the world, according to The Organized Life author Stephanie Denton. “Just because others don’t see (it), doesn’t mean it’s okay to neglect (your bathroom). In a sense, (it) is more important to organize well because (it is one of the) first places you see in the morning and last you see at night.” Denton continues that some simple actions to maintain its orderliness include putting away clothes or returning the …

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Guests for the Holidays

By Samantha Nicole Alarilla There’s less than sixty days before Christmas and for most people that means blasting Mariah Carey’s rendition of Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town twenty-four-seven, early gift shopping, and planning outings and parties with friends and loved ones. But for some, it means counting the days until family members and friends from all over the world return home for the holidays. For this coming season, those who are expecting guests may already be busy decluttering and decorating their homes, giving it a warm, festive atmosphere fit for the Yuletide season. But when we think of our friends and loved ones walking through our doors, stepping inside for the first time in what feels like forever, we instantly want to make sure their stay with us is as happy …

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Viva La Evolution

Would you like to travel in time to peek inside houses? Old family photos are infinitely fascinating in part because we see how homes from yesteryear looked like, and how our elders lived.We begin asking our grandparents if the printed table cloth in the picture is still around (and if we can have it). At the same time, movies and magazines divine and suggest how tomorrow’s homes will look. If you could walk into bedrooms, dining areas, and bathrooms of houses of the past, present, and future, would you? What do think you’d find? Well, the graduating students of the Philippine School of Interior Design (PSID) hazard educated guesses in an exhibit called Evolution. Twenty-four different “rooms” are housed at the Greenfield District in Mandaluyong until October 31 – each affording …

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High-risk chores

There are days when we just want to be done with all our chores quickly. We skip steps and feel good when short cuts save us time. In the process, we may sometimes “cheat” by not putting on protective gear like gloves or a face mask, or even cut corners because it’s quicker. It might seem like a good idea – until you see rashes on your hands, have difficulty breathing, or worse. We often realize the price we have to pay for being reckless at home when it affects our health and wellbeing. There are chores that are hazardous, if not done properly. Fully knowing the risks to your life and limb is key.Take extra caution when getting the following done. Truly, better safe than sorry. Moving heavy furniture. Changing the location …

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A home remedy

By  Samantha Nicole Alarilla Quick! Kuya Mon was cooking lunch, his hand slipped while he was using the knife, and now there’s blood everywhere! You rush to your medicine cabinet in search of antiseptics, bandages, and possibly some painkillers – but you find it devoid of anything of use except for some cobwebs and expired vitamins. Why is that? Every home should be equipped with a well-stocked medicine cabinet just in case medical emergencies – such as mishaps with a kitchen knife – arise. We all have to be prepared for any worst-case scenarios by having the means to alleviate pain or ailments until they can be properly treated or looked at by professionals. The ideal location of our medicine cabinets should be in a communal location where all family members can …

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Growing the tropical bleeding heart

One of the small flowering vine suited for beginners and ideal as a houseplant is the two colored white and red Bleeding Heart.  The Tropical Bleeding Heart vine, or scientifically known as Clerodendrum thomsoniae is a species of flowering plant in the genus Clerodendrum of the family Verbenaceae, a native to tropical west Africa from Cameroon west to Senegal.  It is an evergreen liana or forest vine growing to  about 4 meters tall, with ovate to oblong leaves  at about 8–17 centimeters long. The flowers are produced in cymes of 8-20 blooms altogether, with each flower having a pure white to pale purple five-lobed calyx  about 2.5 cm in diameter, and a red five-lobed corolla 2 cm long and in diameter.  This attractive  white and red floral color is one …

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Cook up some color and class for your kitchen

Yes, you should realize a better-looking kitchen! When we think of ways to reward ourselves at home, we almost never think of this busy part of our home. We want a bigger television for the den, or a new mattress to sleep on. The couch can look livelier with a new set of pillows.  It usually takes years (and some chipping and major scratching) to make us contemplate a kitchen update. Different factors contribute to this neglect. Renovating the kitchen is not easy on the pocket and, unlike purchasing new throw pillows, it takes longer to accomplish. Having new cabinets or flooring installed can sound costly; but what about paint?  Or how about a dash of color for a makeover? Choosing the right hues for your kitchen will change its overall …

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Make healthy food in an instant

In this fast-paced world, many people want everything in an instant, and that also includes food. However, instant food is more often than not, unhealthy to our bodies. Still, there are ways you can prepare healthy food in an instant, according to Chef Louise Mabulo, ambassador of BREVILLE. Chef Louise, a 17-year-old cook who has already made a name for herself as a Finalist for Pinoy Junior Master Chef, shares that growing your own produce in your backyard is the first step to healthy living. Not only can you cook with freshly picked ingredients, it is also very economical since you just need to pluck ingredients from your own backyard. Plus, you can also relieve stress while planting your own herbs, spices, vegetables and fruits. “My earliest memory of cooking was when …

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8 Garden tools every gardener should have

By  Christian Abe Garcia For a garden enthusiast, gardening is one of the most satisfying chores. It can alleviate stress by simply working on beautiful plants or by just admiring the garden from a distance. While some may find gardening to be quite tedious, there's nothing more enjoyable than seeing a seed slowly turn into a magnificent tree or shrub in your own garden. A lot of people want to start a garden but have little knowledge about it. While choosing the right seeds to plant is vital, it is also important to have the basic garden tools you need to properly maintain a garden. Here are 8 gardening tools that every gardener needs in their arsenal. 1. Shovel One of the most iconic garden tools, the shovel is used to dig holes where you …

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