When i woke up this morning, i realized that my belly is getting bulgy again. I felt so down that i had to surf the net on exercises to flatten my abs. But then i stumbled upon this video.

Allow me to share it with you!

Shocking isn’t it. The fats can add up everyday. So we need to be proactive.

So what are we waiting for. Stand up and exercise and eat healthy foods.

First Aid Kit Contents

So what goes into a first aid kit?
First you need to put all these things in a bag or box so that it won’t scatter. I used a transparent plastic box with a handle so i can carry it around when needed. Also I place it in a conspicuous place where i can easily find it when needed. 

Allow me to share with you the contents of my first aid kit box.

  1. Adhesive dressings (plasters) in assorted sizes
  2. Sterile dressings ( 2 medium, 2 large and 2 extra large)
  3. Sterile Eye pads
  4. Triangular bandages
  5. Disposable gloves
  6. Non alcohol cleaning wipes
  7. Alcohol wipes
  8. Betadine Solution
  9. Cotton buds/ Cotton balls
  10. Cold Pack
  11. Hot Water bag
  12. Garamycin Ointment for wounds
  13. Eye Drops
  14. Over the counter drugs ( 3 pcs max) which are placed on sealable plastic bags and labeled accordingly:

  • Paracetamol ( Biogesic)  – for fever
  • Cold Tablet (Neozep) – for colds
  • Mefenamic Acid 500 mg ( Dolfenal) – for pain and inflammations
  • Cetirizine ( Alnix) – anti-allergy
  • Cough preparations ( Tuseran)
  • Anti-diarrhea ( Diatabs)
  • Anti-flatulent ( Kremil-S)

So why not have one today. Hurry up and make one today before its too late.

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First Aid Kits – Anyone?

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Do we have first aid kits in our homes? Have we ever wondered that this is important. Whether we have children or not, we should have one.

Do We Really Need a First Aid Kit at Home?

There are a plethora of reasons why you need to have a first aid kit at home and not one reason why you shouldn’t. Minor cuts, scrapes, bee stings and burns happen every second of the day in a home somewhere. Having a kit handy is one of those “stand by” items that you don’t fully appreciate until you need it and it’s not there.

If you have a home with children and do not have a kit then you need to obtain a quality one immediately with every essential possible item including a first aid handbook and a CPR card. Over 14,000 children in the United States alone die every year from choking and drowning at home that could have been prevented with the help of a CPR card. Children are prone to a scrape, fall or injury of some sort, sometimes daily. Additionally a great first aid kit will also have an easy to read thermometer handy which children always seem to need. Having a first aid kit in your home allows you to react to an injury quickly without having to fumble through drawers and cabinets.
Don’t have children in your home? Do you think you aren’t at risk for injury? Do you use a knife? Walk over carpets that you could trip over? Have stairs in your home? Mow the lawn or do any type of gardening? How about just clean your home with any type of household cleaner? You need a first aid kit. 1.5 million eye injuries happen in the home every year from a cleaning product splashing in the eye or debris injuring it from the lawn mower. A well stocked first aid kit will have saline solution to properly clean your eye and an eye patch handy to keep anything from irritating it. You cannot predict when an injury will happen but at some point it probably will.
The highest percentage of minor and fatal injuries happen in the home. 1 out of 17 people will experience an injury at any given minute and a fatal injury occurs every 14 minutes. Additionally, a first aid kit isn’t only for serious injury either. You can easily cut yourself preparing dinner, fall walking down your steps outside, trip over your new rug and scrape your elbow or prick your finger on those beautiful roses that were just delivered to your door.
A properly stocked first aid kit is just one of those things that you need. You need to have access to a first aid booklet if there is an injury. You need to have a CPR card handy to reference and you need to have essential items that will properly treat an injury. A first aid kit is an investment in your health.

In my next blog i will advise you what things should be inside your FIRST AID KIT.

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Letting Go

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From a cocoon, a beautiful butterfly emerges. And this butterfly soars its way up high to new places and encounters new things.
Just like our children, we nurture them, we teach them, we give them all our love and care. And when the time has come of letting them go sometimes or rather most of the time its hard.
Have you ever experienced sending off your children in a far away land and not being able to come to them when they need you because time and space does not permit it?
Let me share with you what i went through last year and again will be going through this year and then again next year.
Saying goodbye to them is pretty hard.
First i had to deal with all the college applications that they go through. Then the visas and before you know it its enrollment time. I had to get to know the school that they will be going to. The maps,places nearby, the transportation , the weather and even such things as the nearest church that they will go to and the schedule of masses during Sundays. I had it all printed out and studied how they will go about with their daily activities. I had it all mapped out but not telling them that i was doing such things so that they would do it on their own too. I also ordered on line the linens that they will need and had it delivered before we arrived.
Then i was busy telling them what to bring and what not to bring. I printed out a list of things that they should bring. I also prepared a first aid kit, complete with medicines and properly labeled as to when they will drink it. I also gave them an organized folder containing photo copies of their birth certificate, baptismal certificate, passport and visa page ( for US, a copy of the I20 and Sevis receipt). Inside that accordion folder i also placed printed copies of prayers and other religious items. Yes, i was overly concerned with things. But i needed that,not only to ensure that they will be ok but more so to affirm myself that i have given them everything that they needed as they start their new life.
But most of all i always let them feel that they are important to me and whatever, i would be doing once they call i would drop everything for them. Assuring them that I am still around eventhough distance is the problem can alleviate their fears too.
They will gain confidence when they are assured of all our love and support.
On our part, we just need to PRAY a lot that everything will be ok for them and they are always in God’s hands.

Green Juice

The Green Juice

Lately, I have been drinking this Green Juice that my friend recommended. Every morning on an empty stomach I drink this freshly squeezed juice. It’s so refreshing and it energizes me. Allow me to share with you the recipe and what the ingredients are for.
1 whole green apple pitted and seeds removed
½ stalk celery
½ cucumber 
½ green pepper
½ ampalaya (bittermelon)
Extract the juice from the veggies above and drink right away on an empty stomach, first thing in the morning.
Here’s a tip: If your juicer can’t accommodate whole fruits. How about slicing them into small pieces and placing on a plastic bag and store in the freezer. This way, it will be ready for you to extract and drink early in the morning.

Health Benefits of each ingredient:

GREEN APPLE –  Apples have a host of beneficial vitamins and nutrients, and are a source of antioxidants that aid in neutralizing free radicals and help prevent cell damage. It is believed that “A apple a day keeps the doctor away” . Apples are good for lowering blood sugar, blood pressure and gout and arthritis . The fiber content of apples helps in regulating bowel movements and reduces risk of colon cancer.
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CELERY –  The stem has lots of minerals and vitamins and oils that has a special effect on the regulation of the nervous system. It also has a calming effect. 
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CUCUMBER –  Has a good source of magnesium and potassium that helps lower blood pressure. A good source of Vitamin A and C and antioxidants which help prevent cancer. It also helps control arthritis, eczema and gout. It also reduces heartburn and an acidic stomach  
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GREEN PEPPER – This provides lots of antioxidants and supports and strengthens the cardiovascular system. It also supports healthy lungs.
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AMPALAYA OR BITTER MELON – This fruit is composed of a mixture of flavonoids and alkaloids which makes the pancreas produce insulin that controls the blood sugar levels in diabetics. It is also a good source of Vitamins A,B and C, folic acid, phosphorous and calcium. 

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We can see that there is a lot of medicinal benefits that this green juice can have. Why don’t you try it too. Be healthy and live a good life.

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College Freshman

Its School time once again and  my eldest son is now a sophomore and another son on his freshman year and another son going to college next year. Yes all three of them will be in college soon and we will be empty nesters once again. But before i dwell on that, let me share with you the things needed for your College Freshman to start a new life on his own.
Before we start crying our hearts out because they are leaving us soon. We must  concentrate first on the things that they will need as they start a new life on their own.
Here,  i will be dealing more with the things that they need to pack. Most Freshmen live in the dorm. And knowing that they do not really know what they will be bringing. Its best that we guide them.I am not spoon feeding them but guiding them on how to do things properly for them to succeed in life.
First things first. Let them pack their own bags. Give them a list of the essential things that they need to bring. never, never pack their things. Let them do it.

Allow me to list them for you.

  • Passport and other travel documents should be in his backpack not in his luggage. Make sure he has a pen in his backpack.
  • Appropriate clothes for the weather they will be in
  • Shoes, socks and slippers
  • A pack of first aid kits ( preferably label them so they know when to use them)
    • Pain Relievers
    • Cold & cough medications
    • Anti-allergy meds
    • Gauze and plaster ( Band-aid)
    • Rubbing Alcohol

Things you need to buy before move in day:

  • Bedsheets ( usually dorm beds are Twin extra long beds), pillow cases, blanket, comforter, pillows and mattress protector
  • Hand, face and Bath towels
  • Soap, shampoo, toothbrush and toothpaste, shower tote/caddy
  • Laundry basket/bag ( buy the twin pack one where you can separate the whites from the colored), Laundry soap, Fabric Softener and Fabric Softener Sheets
  • Plate, bowl, cup, spoon and fork
  • Microwavable  plates, paper plates, disposable spoons and forks and cups
  • Flashlight with a set of batteries( place them in a zip lock bag so they can come in handy)
  • Alarm Clock
  • Study Lamp
  • Hangers
  • Iron and Ironing board
  • Wastebasket
  • School supplies
  • Noodle cups, chips and other favorite food that can be stored for a long time.
  • Some double sided tapes should they need to post some stuff.

And last but not the least your unending LOVE & SUPPORT!

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