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March 22, 2011

Potential Risks of Social Networking Sites in Modern Society

Social networking has created a new path to connect and share information.  Millions of people today are turning to social networking websites making it a part of everyday life.  Networking indeed is important to most people who share interest and activities or delve into the interests and activities of others as well.  Social networking…It’s the way the 21st century communicates today and people are taking advantage of what this technology brings.  Although it gives us many new opportunities but there are also potential danger issues which some people might not be aware of.

Most social networking sites have minimum age limit and parents with children under age 13 should supervise their kids in using the internet.   Most children today are hook on the internet and it is easy for them to fool or fake their age.  I guess parents should be there to guide them by not entering too much private data.  Scam is everywhere so be careful with your personal information that can be used in potential crime like identity theft and fraud.

While having fun on our social network often we forget that almost anybody can see what we are doing.  There’s a danger of it especially for employees but good for you if your employer and supervisors are not so very strict. It’s happening now in many offices wherein most employees are using their office hours tagging pictures on what they did over the weekend or updating their walls in Facebook and so on. There are offices which imposed certain policies with regards to the use of internet for personal purposes and many of these offices adhere to this policy. It could cost you your job especially if someone sees you.

Businesses have found a place in most of these social media’s especially for those who have an internet business.  Social network is one way to market certain products and services online.  Business owners take advantage of this available medium to connect with customers in an informal manner.  Basically it creates awareness and online presence.  But, there is a possibility for your company or business susceptible to hackers and critics to generate negative comments that could destroy the reputation of your business.  However, this kind of situation could be avoided or controlled with social media marketing strategies.  Prior to your launching of any business be sure to know the guidelines and the steps in formulating your social media marketing strategies.  Just browse the web for there are many sites which offers tips on how to do it.

Social networks can be used to gain followers of your site or your business, gain more friends and even find romance.  You can stay connected with your loved ones anytime but just put in mind these sites can also be exploited and we need to take care of our reputation.  Remember in life there are opportunities and there are risks too.  Be a giver but don’t give everything in public.

March 11, 2011

Best Educational Toys for Children

Filed under: Babies,Parenting — analuz @ 1:21 PM
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We all know what a toy is and every kids love it.  A toy may not all be battery operated or expensive for your child to enjoy.  There are many available toys in the market today but give your child a quality educational toys like jigsaw puzzle, wood blocks, Arts and crafts. These are just few of the educational toys that will help stimulate the mind of your child.

A Jigsaw Puzzle consist of small tiles designed to be fitted together to be able to make an image or structure.  A three dimensional Jigsaw puzzles can be used to make replica’s of building, boxes or different shapes. Wood blocks on the other hand are usually cheap.  Colored wood blocks could be a great tool to teach your child to identify colors or sort the blocks according to colors. There are also blocks with printed alphabets which you can use in teaching your child to learn the ABC’s. Since most children likes to build houses, towers, a wood blocks could be a great help too. Arts and crafts include crayons, finger paints, chalk, water crayons and coloring books. Choose products that are non-toxic.

Children are precious gifts to us, their childhood comes only once. Learning is part of childhood we parents should help our child development by giving them educational toys.

 

March 9, 2011

Ash Wednesday: Why Ashes Are Applied in The Forehead

Filed under: Feature,Uncategorized — analuz @ 11:58 AM
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Today is Ash Wednesday the first day of the season of Lent.   Christians are invited to the altar to receive the imposition of ashes.  Ashes are applied on the forehead in the form of a cross.  Imposition of ashes reminds penitent of their sins and the good news that through Jesus Christ crucified there is forgiveness for all sins.

Ashes remain in the foreheads throughout the day not for any other reasons but Christians do it as a witness that all people are sinners and needs repentance.  That through faith and Jesus Christ all sins are forgiven.  The Imposition of ashes like any other similar traditional Christian practices is meaningless unless there is inner repentance and change of behaviour.  Christians however are free to observe or not to observe it.

Though this is recommended for Christians as a great opportunity for repentance and spiritual renewal with the support of confession and forgiveness.

A blessed Ash Wednesday observance to all!

 

March 3, 2011

Maqui Berry The new King of Super fruits

Filed under: Health Guide — analuz @ 12:12 PM
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The Acai berry from Brazil and Wolfberry (Gouji) from China, these two nutritious and super fruits were previously reported and known to have contain the highest antioxidants. Today, the maqui berry was introduced as the new king of super fruits.

It originates from Patagonia highlands in Chile.  Maqui berry is a deep purpled berry with the highest antioxidants strength among all berries on earth.  The antioxidant power of maqui berry surpasses Acai berry, wolfberry, mangosteen, pomegranate, noni and all other super fruits. The maqui berry is high in Anthocyanins and polyphenols the powerful antioxidants that gives berries a dark purple color. These two powerful components are strongly anti- inflammatory, reduce allergic reactions, and reduce LDL (bad) Cholesterol. Scientific studies have already shown the beneficial effects of maqui berry to human body.  It promotes healthy joint function, ensures normal cell growth in the colon, pancreas, breast tissue, and other organs.

Many people from all over the world are now discovering maqui berry to be one of the best natural supplements.  It eradicates toxins in your body like unhealthy fats and other toxic materials.  Taking this natural additive will make you strong enough to fight illness and gaining weight.

We all know how important antioxidants in our body, we need powerful antioxidants every day to protect us from free radical damages. Proper amount of physical activity and maqui berry everyday can be helpful in your diet and efforts of losing weight.  It is available in concentrated juice extract, capsules, and powdered drink pre- mix.  This berry juice blend is so strong and you only need to consume 15 ml a day. It is proven to be beneficial aid in weight control, fights many diseases and help improve your immune system.

February 28, 2011

A Look at the Two Waterfalls

Filed under: Feature — analuz @ 12:50 PM
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Niagara falls

There are many water falls in the world and one of the most popular is Niagara falls located right on the border between Canada and America.  Both surrounded by twin cities, Niagara Falls, Ontario and Niagara Falls New York.  Declared to be a favorite and famous tourist attraction in the world and honeymoon destination.  Geologist believed that the falls formed through erosion from Niagara River, exposed old marine rocks from many years ago including melted glaciers.  It has three separate waterfalls the Horseshoe Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and American falls.  Six million cubic feet of water spill over the falls every minute, majority coming from Horseshoe Falls.  Water falls from high up to 170 ft.

Tinuy-an Falls

In the Philippines there are also known waterfalls.  One is the Tinuy-and falls, in fact it was advertised as Niagara Falls in the Philippines.  It is the main tourist attraction in the Booming city by the bay, Bislig city, Surigao Del Sur.  Tinuy-an falls is one of the best waterfalls in the Philippines just like Niagara Falls the water also flows from three different levels.  It is 55 meters or 180 ft high 95meters wide.  Rainbow is known to appear every morning from 9:0o am to 11:00 am.

Nice falls isn’t it? I’ve never been to this place although I have seen most of it on TV and ads. I am hoping to get there anytime soon.  The water seems so cool and clean.  I always like rainbow too ever since, it is nice to look at and soothing to the eyes…there is a feeling of relief every time i see a rainbow. I guess it would be a different feeling watching rainbow in a cool morning beside a waterfalls.

February 24, 2011

Gateway EC13N A Handy Netbook for Every Season

Unemployment is one of the problems today and because of this more people especially the youth choose to become a young entrepreneur.  Since online business is the trend now a lot of people take advantage of the power of the internet.  If you are a web enthusiasts there are many ways to earn online.  But, definitely for a newbie it will not make you instantly rich. Just like any other normal employees you still have to work hard and continue to develop your skills for your online business to survive.

Among many choices of online business today blogging is becoming popular and a lot of people are jumping into the bandwagon.  Many people take blogging as a sideline to earn additional income.  For some people they like blogging simply because they get to work while in the comforts of their home.  It gives equal opportunities for full time moms like me to earn during their spare time at home.   Many WAHM (Working At Home Mom) today enjoy their part time/full time jobs online as Virtual Assistant or Article Writer aside from blogging.  These are just few examples of the many available jobs online which are open for everybody.

I am into blogging for quite some time now. I am also enjoying my other online job as an article writer. But, being a WAHM there are times when I missed some of my opportunities in my own blog especially when I am away from home. Times like this I realized I need a handy netbook. I guess EC13N is perfect.  If you are a mobile entrepreneur, a traveller, a web enthusiast, a blogger who wants to share your thoughts on your latest adventures, photos, etc., with the power of the internet it is easy to make a post through your handy netbook.  The Gateway EC13N is a technology wonder.  It’s a great companion for everybody anytime, anywhere.

Why netbook? Gateway EC13N is perfectly built for your daily blogging habits with notable display screen. A perfect partner for a person on-the-go, ultimate solution for keeping files, and very handy.  This handy netbook is equipped with: AthlonII, 2MB L2 Cache, 800 MHz FSB, 12W.  Wireless LAN : 802.11b/g/n WiFi certified network connection with an impressive dimension 285Wx204Dx25/28.9H mm.  1.35kg 2.98lbs. The display screen is 11.6″HD 1366x 768 (WXGA) pixel resolutions, high brightness (220-nit), Ultrabright LED-backlit TFT LCD. The Gateway EC12N is built with 2GB DDR3 memory, 320GB SATA HDD hard drive. It is also built with AMD Athlon II Neo Dual-core processor K235.

Gateway EC13N is a savvy partner of a blogging adventurer and giving everyone the power and style to blog anytime, anywhere…Come on guys grab your handy netbook now and enjoy blogging!

February 23, 2011

Important Things To Know About Insomnia

There are times in our life that we sometimes experience difficulty sleeping. A healthy sleep is essential to the human body and significant for the optimal functioning of the brain and other organs. Most people who experience difficulty sleeping and getting poor sleep might be suffering from a disorder commonly called insomnia.  There are three types of insomnia:

Transient or mild insomnia in this case a person may experience difficulty sleeping that last for a few days with no significant evidence of mood disturbances during the day.

A short term or moderate insomnia usually last for less than a month and display a mild mood disturbance together with feelings of irritability and fatigue.

Chronic or severe insomnia sleep difficulties that last for more than a month that severely spoil the normal functioning of a person during the day.  A person with this kind of insomnia feels restless, irritable, may also feel anxiety and fatigue.

There are several causes of insomnia these includes psychologicalphysical and temporary events or Factors. Anxiety falls under psychological cause in which a person feels increased tension, helpless, fear, worry and uncertainty.  Another psychological cause is stress, a factor that needs response or change. It is how a person cope with any physical, social and economic problems. The last one is depression, a mood disturbance associated with feelings of sadness, despair and discouragement.

Physical Cause includes hormonal changes in women, decreased melatonin, medical conditions, pain, genetics and other sleep disorder like sleep apnea. The third cause is temporary events or factors such as: Adjustment sleep disorder, a reaction to change or stress. A person working the night shifts or long shifts, jet lag, medications, overuse of caffeine and alcohol, environmental noise, extreme temperatures, or a change in person’s surrounding environment.

How is insomnia treated?  Many experts considered sleeping pills to be overused, dangerous and can lead to addiction, non medicine option is suggested. Some helpful ideas to combat insomnia are physical relaxation, mental relaxation. Other techniques to try includes yoga or meditation, exercise, reading while lying in a relax position, listening to good music, having a bath or shower before bed time, massage especially the neck, shoulder and leg muscles.

Insomnia can be a sign of an undiagnosed medical or psychological disorder. If you suspect to have this kind of disorder, do not take this for granted and untreated its best to see your doctor.

February 20, 2011

Live Life To The Fullest: Eat Less Sugar

Sugar is used to add sweetness to foods or drinks. We love sweets even if we don’t have sweet tooth.  But, too much sugar is bad for our health.

How much sugar should I consume each day?  There are three different types of carbohydrate: fiber, starch and sugar.  According to experts there is no required consumption for sugar but there is a minimum needed carbohydrate in our body which is 130 grams each day for male and female including adults and children.  But majority consumed more than the minimum requirement.

Sugar has a stimulating taste and too much intake of it promotes overeating.  Too much calorie intake (calorie comes from eating food high in sugar content) may lead to diabetes, obesity which may cause health risk and other problems like heart disease and certain types of cancer mainly pancreatic cancer.

However, everything can be eaten moderately.  There are also available alternatives for sugar in your diet.  The naturally occurring sugars from fruits and vegetables also are a great source of carbohydrate and enough to meet the needed carbohydrate supply in the body.  Don’t starve yourself by not eating anymore your favorite goodies.   If you always love coffee, brew your morning coffee with a cinnamon stick which can be found in groceries and supermarkets.  For pancakes, waffles and oatmeal you can add fresh fruit or fruit purees.  On your favorite baked foods like cakes, cookies and macaroons try with a little less of the sweet stuff by cutting the amount of sugar.

As usual it’s all about balance.  Inspire yourself to reach your health goals.  Choose the right food and exercise regularly. Everyday is a great day to live life to the fullest!

February 16, 2011

Ways To Detect A Scam Online

Filed under: Technology — analuz @ 11:24 PM
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Everybody works hard to earn a living and to have a decent life.  Even people who are employed are still looking for other possibilities to earn additional income.  More and more people entertain the thought of putting up a business and some became successful entrepreneurs.  Internet business is becoming a trend today.  While many enjoy and get rewarded for working online, beware for there are also scams proliferating on the web.   Remember money does not come easily, you have to work hard in order to earn from the internet.

Maybe you experience receiving emails coming from someone regarding websites offering how to earn money online with too good to be true testimonials.  Even if you see that the site seems to be legitimate be sure to investigate it first, make a research on it.

Never give out your information quickly.  Most of us have the tendency to grab immediately whatever comes our way.  Sometimes we register right away and divulge some other important personal information, which ideally should not be.  There are lots of “get rich” online scheme most of them very fraudulent; Big scams. Beware of them.   Here are some tips to know if those websites are scam sites.

Search about the website preferably in Google. Type the website domain name and space then the word scam example:  “money.com scam fraud”, you will know immediately the site’s activities.  Check if the site runs an active forum where issues related to site’s activities are discussed.  You will get an idea from the forum itself based on experiences of members.  Another tip to detect if the site is scam is to know if they run an active support system.  If you find one try to ask questions and inquiries and see if they respond quickly.  You will know if it is a scam if they don’t respond to support ticket submitted.  When making a payment on any form be sure the website starts with https://” and not http:// and has a security certificate.

Lastly, go to website “siteadvisor.com” provided by MacAfee. Paste the website address ex. Earn.com then click GO.  You will be provided with the needed analysis on the website.  Try also “whois.com” where you can get the registered owner/s, addresses and phone numbers.  Scammers normally change addresses.  Legitimate websites normally don’t ask you for a fee.  Choose the free membership website’s available until you are not yet sure of the site.

February 13, 2011

Something You Should Know About Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is a special day around the world and every country has its unique way of celebrating it. Valentines Day is a day of lovers irrespective of age.  It is celebrated with much interest and gusto. People of all ages celebrate this day exchanging love messages and honor St. Valentine the patron saint of lovers.  Lovers give passionate gifts, flowers, cards and chocolates and are commonly seen in various hot spots like restaurants, cinemas, and so on.  Others organize a party just to make this day alive.

Different ideas emerged as to the history of Valentine’s Day.  There are also many versions of valentine’s story.  Experts said it begin from a Roman named St. Valentine who refused to gave up Christianity and was a sacrificial victim and died on February 14, 269 A.D.  Folk tale declared he had become friend with the jailer’s daughter and eventually left a fare well note for her which says “From Your Valentine”.  Another story said he was a priest at the temple during the reign ofEmperor Claudius who jailed him for disobedience. Pope Gelasius in 496 A.D. declared February 14 to honour St. Valentine.  It was then in 1800’s when commercial valentine’s card was first introduced.

There are many ways and different traditions in celebrating Valentine’s Day.  In Wales hearts, keys and keyholes are favorite decorations in carved spoons as gift. It is interesting to know that in Japan ladies buy chocolates for men.  Then after a month (March 14) they call “The white Day” the men will give white chocolate in return to ladies who remembered them on this special day.  In Britain Magazines and tabloids publish poems and verses to commemorate this day. It has also been a long time tradition in Austria and Germany for men to buy flowers for their sweethearts on this special day but have to make sure their sweethearts like the color and fragrance of the flower.

Different gifts, different traditions and giving of flowers surely add romance and excitement to the occasion.  No matter where you are and what traditions you believed in as we celebrate valentine’s day let your loved ones know how much you appreciate them, express your feelings freely and let them know  how much they mean to you.

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