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Leave memories, not clutter, at your parents’ home

There is so much ado about moving out. Truly, it can be quite hard to uproot yourself from the only home you have ever known. But as the transfer transpires, many commit to avoid accumulating clutter in their new place. The plan is good but can come at the expense of leaving things at their parents – things that could verily remain untouched for years. Isn’t it only fair that if you no longer live in their home, most of your things shouldn’t be staying there as well? Imagine what your folks can do with a room filled with your childhood memorabilia. Do yourself, and them, a favor. Deal with your clutter and give them backspace in their home they can do wonders with. Discuss the plan with your parents. As homeowners, …

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#HubbyChores for the Weekend

Stories about husbands taking over the kitchen to prepare Sunday lunch are heartwarming. There is a sense of surprise and appreciation when the man of the house assumes house roles not traditionally associated with them. Over the years, men in our lives truly have redefined the male home role. They do their share. It can be as simple as serving the best brewed coffee for breakfast or developing special skills like braiding their daughter’s hair. Weekends offer a good window for males to do more than their usual share at home. Generally free from work and traffic-related stress, they can go above and beyond to get some chores done. Here are some suggested Saturday-Sunday tasks. 1. Give the pets a bath. We need not even consider this a chore. We see husbands …

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Joy in growing the Flowering and Foliage Begonias

Begonias are a group of interesting plants with over 2,000 species and hybrids.  They are valued primarily for their uniquely beautiful flowers and their decorative leaves that vary in shape and color.  Begonias also range in size from the tiny, ground hugging creepers to the stout-stemmed large specimen plants.  All begonias have green or colorful asymmetrical leaves, that grows alternately on its stem. Many begonias don’t require continuous direct sunlight.  This makes them particularly suitable for indoor use. Most plants produce clusters of flowers on short stalks arising from the stem or on each leaf axil.  There are separate male and female flowers on the same plant.  With these, female flowers can be pollinated to produce a capsule with seeds. The plant group is so large that it is divided into different …

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La Saga De La Sagrada Familia

The Basilica of the SagradaFamilia is one of the symbols of Barcelona and one of the famous churches in the world, partly due to its original architecture and partly because its edification reproduced the constructive time span common in the era of the great cathedrals, when raising a large Gothic church required centuries of works. In this case, now well into the 21st century, the SagradaFamilia is still under construction, when the first stone was placed in 1882. In 1892 work began on the Nativity Facade. Two years later the neo-Gothic apse was completed in which wheatears of the pinnacles and the gargoyles of amphibians and reptiles underlined the naturalist tendency of the decoration which the Nativity Facade would have. The first bell tower of this facade was completed in 1925. …

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Do-it-yourself: coffee air-freshener

Photos by Manny Llanes Coffee is known to be an energy booster drink. But unknown to most, its grounds has many uses. A few of its uses could be to exfoliate your skin, dye your wood work or as an insect repellent or be used as a natural deodorizer. And in the spirit of keeping up with the rainy season where odors at home has the tendency to cling, we’ll focus on how to easily create your own DIY coffee air-freshener with the use of used coffee grounds, old baby socks and ribbons from last season's gift giving. Step 01 With the use of a funnel, pour the used coffee grounds into the baby socks. Step 02 Tie the top end of the socks with cute ribbons. You can even make use of other gift …

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Tools of the trade

Now that the rainy season has arrived, we also have to take notice of possible roof leaks and flooding in the veranda. How much of a hassle would it be if you still had to borrow tools from your fully-equipped neighbor to fix such a dilemma? In this day and age, it’s important to be self-reliant and have these little pieces of machineries at your home. Knowledge about some basic craftsmanship wouldn’t hurt as well. Here are eight essential tools every man of the house should have: Claw hammer and nails — When shoving nails into wood and in the event of minor demolition jobs, a good, rock-hard claw hammer should do the trick. A 16-ounce hammer would suffice for some basic home repair needs without it being a burden because of …

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10 practical gift ideas for newlyweds

Upon receiving a wedding invite, we ask ourselves: What do I wear? Who do I go with? What can I give? For not only do we want to look good for a couple’s special day, we also want to be able to send them off into married life with something memorable. Practicality is a major consideration of soon-to-be married couples. Getting monetary gifts in lieu of five rice cookers are surely preferred. Funds for a honeymoon, living space, or long-term savings are always welcome. Having said that, tangible gifts are also a sign of thoughtfulness and effort. Here are 10 items to consider the next time you get an invite. Always remember that, again, if gifts are well thought of, money is never wasted.   • Lights all around. Lampshades or night lights …

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Dealing with smelly plastic containers

Plastic food containers and bottles are reusable and  convenient to use. Almost all kitchens have the much-loved reusable plastic storage container. It is available in different shapes, sizes and colors. They are usually the first thing that comes to mind when it comes to storing leftovers from dinner or for transporting delicious lunch to work the next day. But with constant wear and tear, it’s not uncommon for food stains and unpleasant smell to appear. There are, however, several ways to remove the odor in your reusable plastic containers and bottles. Cleaning tools such as pipe cleaners, bottle brushes, soft bristle toothbrushes, or standard sponges would be required. In addition, you will need cleaning solutions such as mild dish soap, baking soda and hot water, or white vinegar. Immediately wash the …

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Safe from shock

Accidents are unexpected events that can place us in stressful situations. No place is completely safe – even our homes. We face the possibility of mishaps daily, despite the safety precautions we all take. Electrical safety is an area every home owner should prioritize. As it stands, electric shock is a cause of 30,000 non-fatal accidents in the United States annually, according to the National Safety Council. In the same study, at least 600 people are said to die from electrocution each year. We are familiar with the basics of preventing electrocution such as unplugging appliances when not in use, and child-proofing electrical sockets. But experts say we can do more. • Think twice before you purchase appliances. You may appear to be paying 80 percent less for an unknown brand, but …

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Cheers to all the fathers who deserve better health

They are the ones who provide for the whole family, whether they have to break their backs or work long hours in order for them to have something to bring whenever they come home. Sometimes, this makes fathers vulnerable to sickness, since they often forget to think of themselves when they are at work. The whole family could always be there for him whenever they have to fight through his sickness, but recovering from it to live a fuller life, however, is another challenge. Living healthy practices when it comes to diet and physical regimen, if possible for those with orthopedic complaints, is an important aspect toward physical renewal. A slowly emerging practice, though, is the use of nature-based healers, the “fruits of nature,” basically plants, fruits or vegetables, through the …

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