Handling My Budget Wisely

This post brought to you by Straight Talk. All opinions are 100% mine.

I'm sure you guys are all aware about our suffering economy. Global financial crisis is indeed a serious issue and something we should not ignore. We are greatly affected by it especially those small businesses that are  threatened  for possible  bankruptcy in the future because of this global phenomena.

As a guy who work and earn an average monthly salary, spending my money wisely is more like a major necessity in order to survive any financial problems in the future. I have to spend my money wisely or else i will end up drowning myself into so much debts and that is something i really don't want to happen. Sometimes, we have to sacrifice and take all our personal leisure away for the sake of our family.

When it comes to budget, mom knows best indeed that's why i used to asked her advise to help me handle my expenses effectively. My bills just arrived yesterday .Image Hosted by ImageShack.us
The first one is the monthly bill from my Internet Service Provider. It's not really shocking as my Electric Bill since my ISP bills were fixed in a certain given amount, however, the Electric Bill is a Jaw dropping one. I really don't know what happened and why we end up with such a high electric bill knowing that we do not consume that much. Anyway, i don't have any choice and I don't have the right to complain so i have to pay them both.

Now what really makes me worry is my upcoming phone bill for this month. I am crossing my fingers now that it will not be as jaw-dropping as my electric bill. I am registered or subscribed under a postpaid plan because i thought i can save much money from her but I'm starting to realized now that i just made a wrong decision. I should have chosen a prepaid phone plan instead. Well, it's not too late, I am planning to quit my postpaid plan and switch to a much better phone plan. Straight Talk offers are pretty impressive and I'm really interested to avail their service especially their Unlimited plan which can be availed for us low as $45 per month. The plan includes everything you need such us calls, text, picture messaging, and web.

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Milzon's First Drawing Using GIMP Paint Tool

Believe it or not, my desktop wall paper is an art from my little brother. I'm really impressed how creative he is and I'm pretty surprised that he came up with this very amazing drawing.
He used to draw using the Microsoft Paint but when i introduced him GIMP, a software program similar to Adobe Photoshop, he began to explore the software and asked me every details on how to use this and how to use that and so on and so fort.
He's really a fast learner if you asked me and as a matter of fact, he discovered some tools that I'm not really aware of all by himself.
First of all, i would like to clarify that this is not a sponsored post, GIMP is such an amazing software. Well, SAI Paint tool is a nice one but it requires a lot of understandings and you really need the skill so that you can sketch your drawings using only your mouse.
GIMP is a FREE software (you can visit them at their website , just google them)
I will show you more of his drawings using GIMP and SAI Paint tool soon

Clay Crafts Theme

Our Little Corners is all set for brand new art crafts this month. I'm sure most of you have noticed that we are not so active in making crafts these past few weeks but we're going to catch things up. It just so happened that I broke my camera so we can't feature any crafts that time and now that my camera is working already, expect bunch of art crafts to come! We had a very successful Cosplay craft last June and thank you guys for your support. Now, for the months of August and September, we will feature another set of crafts, focusing to a specific medium which is clay.Clay is one of my favorite medium because it will give you an opportunity to bring your imagination to live. Here's a promotion banner for our upcoming "Clay Art" theme.
My auntie went to visit us yesterday and she saw some of our crafts and she was pretty impressed with our works. She told me that i should sell some of them online. It was very flattering to hear such compliment from her but i'm not sure if i will be very effective on that hehe.
But I remember when we hit a "Tiyange" (our local term for Bazaar or expo), we saw some stalls selling toy crafts. Well, instead of the typical molding clay, they make use of Polymers. Polymers are clay-like material that can be mold and can be hardened by putting them inside the oven. You can make personalized keychains, earrings and more from it.
Maybe we can start a business like that too. The Tiyange is an annual event and it usually starts around September and October. This is a perfect opportunity to grab. We should register now as early as possible.
We should start buying materials for our trade show booths or better yet use an inexpensive yet very appealing portable displays to attract more buyers. I know it sounds a bit ambitious but we're just after the experience. If it turned out well, then i might take this business seriously. What do yah think?

Selling Gold Jewelries

If you have lots of old jewelry in your house and if you do not use them anymore then maybe it is the right time for you to sell them. My mom is not really fond of jewelry so we really have no golds to sell right now but if she has, I'm sure she will end up selling them too since she's not really into it.
These gold jewelries and those gold coins or bullion are considered as a great investment because their value are quite high compare to other properties and commodities and they are quite stable too since they are not mainly relying on the so called economic status.
The value of your gold depends on its purity. You have to know what is the real value of your gold so that if ever you sell them in the near future, you now how much it worth.
Now if you're going to sell gold, make sure that you deal with a reputable company. We can also sell our precious metals online. The process are actually very simple, all you have to do it is to fill up their online form, communicate with them and send your items via courier. And then it's up to you if you will agree to their offer or not. If not, then they will give the item back to you.
Browse and list down all the reputable companies online and after you listing them down, it's time for you to choose the company that will offer a much greater deal.
The Silver and Gold Exchange is probably one of the most trusted websites where you can sell your gold and silver commodities.
They can pay you six times higher than the other companies too.
If you have gold jewelries or gold coins that you wish to sell, better visit The Silver and Gold Exchange at http://www.silverandgoldexchange.com/

Before and After You Buy A Car

There are so many things that you have to consider before and after buying a car.
Of course, you have to choose first the right car and the right car dealer. You have to consider your budget as well. You have to choose a car that will suit your style and taste.
In buying a car, we must choose the right one for us. We must determine whether we want a powerful car which is more often than not a gas guzzler or a car with high fuel efficiency.
And now, once you have the car, it is now your turn to make it your own by personalizing it either by upgrading its parts or installing some cool gadgets inside. We all want the best for our car right?
But these upgrades or these cool gadgets will be useless if you're car can't perform well.
Engine failures is more like a common scenario that each and every car owner is facing today. We will all come to a point that we will encounter series of car troubles that's why it is really advisable that you look for a reliable Auto Repair Shop.
Make sure that you communicate with them and let them discuss the issue and ask them things that you can do to prevent it from happening again.
There are so many Auto repair shops out there but not all of them will give you honest and competent service so you really have to choose the right one.
Get recommendations from others or search them through yellow pages or use your computer and search them online.
If you're looking for a reputable Auto Repair Beaverton service in Oregon, then Chaz Auto is definitely the right place for you. Visit them at their official web page at http://www.chazauto.net/ for more information.

Celebrities With most number of Divorce

I just saw a very interesting topic about divorce last night. Oh well, I know divorce itself is not an interesting topic to discuss on the first place but the fact that they compiled all those celebrities who got the most number of divorce is something really catchy isn't it? Imagine how many times they got married and how many times they got divorced. I think that is something not complimenting right? It's more of a negative thing if you asked me or maybe that's just how a celebrity life works, maybe there's no such thing as permanent marriage for them. Anyway, to make the story short, here are few of the notable personalities with the most number of divorce.
Billy Bob Thorton - Has been married and divorced 5 times, most notably his relationship with Angelina Jolie. Oh God, let's just wish the Brangelina couple will not end up in divorce too.
Danielle Steel - One of the most loved Romance Novelist has been married and divorced five times too.
Robert Evans- Has been married and divorced 7 times including the relationship that last only for 9 nine days. What? That Fast? He shouldn't have married that girl on the first place.
Larry King- ties with Robert Evans for being married and divorced 7 times. Actually, his current relationship almost ended up in divorce but was able to reconcile.
Zsa Zsa Gabor - she has been married and divorced 7 times. Err, don't know much about her.
Elizabeth Taylor- the award winning Elizabeth Taylor has been married and divorced 7 times as well. Two of them are from his co star Richard Burton.
Lana Turner- Our top spotter is no other than Lana Turner who has been married and divorced 8 times.
Divorce is not an over night decision to make. You have to think of its pros and cons before doing such thing. It should be a mutual decision too between you and your partner and if ever you decide to divorce your marriage, then better deal with a well trusted divorce attorney to settle all your rights and obligations if any.
If you are looking for a well trusted divorce attorney phoenix service in Arizona, then better check Attorney John P Moore and see how he can help you . Visit him at http://www.divorceattorneyjpm.com/.

Despite of the Bad Credit

Being the breadwinner has never been an easy task. My dad suffered from stroke way back 2001, making half of his body almost paralyzed which made him unable to work. Well, since I am the eldest, i took all his responsibilities in supporting my family when it comes to their financial needs. I started working at the age of 17. I am a working student for 3 years now and I can tell you that it's never been easy to me.
There were shortcomings sometimes especially if there are unexpected expenses like hospitalization bills and more but I was able to manage them all through loans.
Well, luckily, despite of those continuous loans application, i managed not to have any bad credit history and that is something I am really proud of.
But if you have Bad credit history, you have nothing to worry since we now have Loans For People With Bad Credit. We all know that having a bad credit history will badly affect us and we will have hard time in applying for another financial loan to cover up our suffering budget that's why it is very interesting to have these companies that are willing to lend money despite of your bad credit history.
If you are interested, you can check http://www.capitalfinanceweb.com/ and see how you can avail such loan.

Installing Carpet Properly

They said that "carpet Installation" can be a "Do It Yourself" activity, however, it has never been an easy task. It is quite risky too especially if you do not have enough skills and experience about carpet installation, you might end up drowning yourself into frustration because you can't install the carpet properly.
Keep in mind that when it comes to carpet installation, the measurement plays a vital role. A single mistake will ruined everything. This is the reason why you have to make a plan before laying out the carpet.
You also need the right equipment to perform this task. You need a carpet knife and you should know how to use it properly or else you will commit big mistakes. Better take it carefully for better result.
But if you don't have the guts to do the installation properly as it should be, then much better to hire experts and professional Carpet Installation service like that Carpet Portland Installation services offered by A-1 Carpet and Tile company in Oregon.
If you're interested, just visit them at their official web page at http://www.a-1carpetandtile.com and see what else they have to offer for your house.

Clay Craft # 6 : Pink Flower

This is another clay craft. A 2D flower. Sorry guys if We can't showcase much crafts this month because i lost my camera again and we can't make a craft without it. Sorry again, i promise to do more crafts soon. thanks

Signs of Plumbing Problems

Plumbing Problems is more like a disease because it comes up with symptoms that will help you identify if you have plumbing problems or not.
Just to help you out, here are some common signs that will tell you that something is wrong in your plumbing system.
LOW WATER PRESSURE: If the water that comes out from the faucet has a low pressure then most likely there must be a leakage somewhere and it has to be fixed immediately.
►FAUCET LEAKAGE: Is the faucet still leaking no matter how hard you close it? Then the faucet itself is probably the main cause. You should buy a new one a replace the defective faucet.
BLOCKED DRAINAGE: As what the term connotes, there must be something that blocks the drainage. Most of the time, it comes up with a weird gurgling sound too. Removing the blockage requires the hands of an expert plumber.
DARK SPOTS: If the tiled floor or walls have dark spots on them, then something is wrong with the drainage and has to be checked.
►BAD SMELL: Unwanted Smell is probably the most common sign a plumbing problem. It should not be ignored.
Of course, if you experience any of these signs then better contact a professional Plumber immediately. Hire someone from a reputable company for better and faster service.

Finding the Right Auto Repair Shop

When it comes to taking your car to an auto repair shop, what is the first thing that you are looking for? Here are some guidelines and I hope you find it helpful too.
FACILITY: Of course Just like when we visit other houses, we can judge the owner by looking at the appearance of their house. Is it Organized or is it Messy? Same thing goes with an Auto repair shop. Observe the orderliness of the place. The cleaner it gets, the better.
EQUIPMENTS: We want the best and we deserve the best. After all, that's the reason why we pay for the service. Equipments is one of the most important thing to consider especially if you are aiming for a faster repair. Check if the shop is offering modern equipments. Some modern equipments can diagnose the issue in no time and they can repair the car satisfactorily.
PRICING: We need an honest and competent shop so when it comes to pricing, make sure that they price you fairly. Some shop are taking advantage of their costumer so better observe properly.
QUALITY: Better get recommendations from other and ask them about the quality of service that the shop has offered to them. The quality is what really matters most and we should take this as a top priority in searching for the right auto repair shop.
If you're in Oregon, then ICR , a reputable Auto Body Repair Portland shop offers all these qualities so you might want to check their site at http://icrautobody.com/

Clay Craft # 4 : Pink Cake

My Clay Craft for today is a miniature 2 layered Cake. I learned this one fro YouTube.


Remodeling Will Keep All the Boredom Away

Sometimes, staying in your house can be boring especially if you keep on seeing the same room and the same place everyday. I have read a magazine before about home improvement, they said that house remodel should be considered to make your house more fascinating and this will help you too to keep all the boredom away.
Why don't you start with your kitchen? If you're that typical mom who spend most of her time in the kitchen, then why not do something to treat yourself. Remodel the kitchen, change the color of your wall into something more energizing. Rearranging the furniture can be very helpful so as changing the curtains. But if your budget will allow you, you can also remodel either your kitchen countertops to provide a new look and to give a more exciting ambiance inside your kitchen. Aside from the appearance, make sure also that the quality of the materials used are above the standards. That's what really matters most when it comes to any construction.
What's amazing about remodeling is that, you can use your creativity to come up with some stylish designs. But of course, if you don't have the skill then better ask someone to do it for you.
It is advisable to make use of granite as the main material for your kitchen countertops. Granite has been extensively used as flooring tiles in buildings and monuments. Granite was more durable than any other materials. No wonder why granite is also a popular choice for kitchen countertops due to its high durability and aesthetic qualities.
If you're looking for high quality countertops in Washington, then better visit FLORFORM at http://www.floform.com/ and see what else the company has to offer for you.

Golf is a Challeging Sport

If you think that Golf is not a challenging sport, then think again. This sport is more than just hitting the golf ball with your golf club and trying your best to shoot it inside the hole. Oh well, yes that's your main goal but take note that reaching the hole will not be that easy since you have to pass through several obstacles including the so called water hazards, the bunkers and the sand dunes. These are just few of the challenges that you can face in this game.
It is also not just a mental game since it requires a proper body coordination and a perfect posture to establish a perfect swing.
It is very enjoyable indeed but if you want to have that ultimate gaming experience, then you should work hard on it by doing some effective training. Training will improve you golf swing. Yup! This game is obviously dealing with proper golf swing. It is the only way to play this game more effectively. Instruction, lessons, and tips will help improve golf swing efficiency, accuracy and lower your golf score. Golf is like a mind twisting game, it will measure your creative thinking ability and will test how great your strategies are.
Of course you need a constant practice to improve your performance and if you think you have the guts already, then why not try those professional golf course, something similar to those Golf Courses Portland in Oregon. Lake Oswego offers courses for both beginners and professional.
If you're interested, you can check their site at http://golfcoursesportland.com/. They got some cool deals and packages out there.

Clay Craft # 4 : Fruits and Basket

Here's my fourth clay craft. Want some fruits? hehe My personal fab would be the bananas.
Oh the basket is made out of clay too. This time no need for Acrylic paint and needles.
Have fun!

Finding the Right Electrician

Looking for an Electrician is like looking for a lawyer or a doctor. Of course, the first thing that we have to consider is their skill and their capability. We want nothing but the best service right? So what we need are the best Electricians too. We want a reputable, honest and competent one but how are we going to find one? Where should we start looking?
Well, first, ask your friends or your relatives and get recommendations from them. Make sure that they have tested their service before hiring them. As much as possible aim to build a long term relationship with that Electrician knowing that you might encounter the same issue over and over again. If you failed to get recommendations, then better search it through yellow pages, you can have a lot of options there. If you have computer at home, you can also search for an Electrician or a company online.
Well, let say you have the Electrician already, how can you prove that he's a good one? Well take note that a good electrician will not simply proceed to repairing your equipment or performing any job that needs to be done. Instead, the electrician will explain to you what the problem is, how the problem may be resolved then wait for your approval before proceeding. (Just compare it with the doctor, they will not proceed to any surgery or medical operation without proper diagnosing)
If you find all the qualities that you're looking for an Electrician, then consider hiring him again in case you need his service. From that. he'll know that you give your trust to him and he will do his best in return.

Clay Craft # 3 : Ash Ketchum

Here's another clay craft i made. It's no other than Ash Ketchum of Pokemon. Same thing with Agnes of Despicable Me, i used Acrylic paint for his eyes and needles to help him stand. I have 2 more clay crafts to show.
have a great day and Happy blogging

Dislocated Pelvic Bone

Last week, i was just complaining about my aching lower back (along side with cold sweat and stiff neck) which made me decided to consult our family doctor. I have been complaining about that lower back pain for weeks. I thought i could manage to bear the pain but I just can't take it anymore and I'm really not feeling well about it.
And so after the X-ray, i was diagnosed to have a pelvic bone dislocation. Well, i'm happy that they were able to find out the real reason behind that lower back pain and I'm glad that i was able to confront them immediately before making my condition worst.
At first I thought it has something to deal with my kidney, making me so worried because we all know how fatal it could be when it comes to kidney.
I failed to asked the details about my dislocated pelvic bone but i suspect that it's all because of my work. I've been sitting the whole day in front of my computer and I'm lacking of proper exercise. Oh well, the doctor advised to contact a Physical Therapist or a Chiropractor for my immediate recovery.
He told me that there will be a tendency that this condition will go back if i keep doing the same routine that's why he strongly advised to contact a PT or a chiropractor.
I'm having a regular session now with a PT. I go there every Saturday for a massage though i might consider taking a chiropractic therapy like the one being offered by Chiropractors Olympia in Washington. I have heard so many good things about the service so i might take such therapy soon.

Moments with Kool-Aid

This post brought to you by Kool Aid. All opinions are 100% mine.

I am not a critic here but i can tell you that we used to choose Kool-Aid over any other brands. Of course I'm not against the other brands here but it's just that we've been drinking Kool-Aid since i was a kid and we get used to it already and it's more like a part of our everyday life already, having Kool-Aid every meal is more like a normal thing to us. Kool-Aid were able to produced a total of 44 delighting and refreshing flavors over the years and my personal pick would be the Strawberry and that's my all time favorite flavor whether it's Ice cream or milk shakes, strawberry flavor never failed to entice me. I know some of you will prefer to have natural fruit drinks but just think of the hours of preparation that you will use for it, I don't think a busy man like me will exert some efforts for it. And besides you can still have that natural-tasting flavors through instant powder juice drink like Kool-Aid. It's refreshing and fun.

Yes! It's fun indeed. I remember the Kool-Aid Magic Twist before (i'm not sure if the flavors still exist) where in the color of the powdered juice will change as soon as you mixed them with water.  Even Milzon enjoyed Kool-Aid a lot and used to make fun of his dyed tongue after drinking Kool-Aid. We prepare Kool-Aid the normal way but sometimes we put some twist on it like mixing 2 or 3 different flavors. We used to make "Ice candy" out of Kool-Aid too.

Here's a Lemonade Kool-Aid Ice candy. Ice Candy is one of the usual summer treats here in our country and they are made especially for kids. It's more of a frozen juice or shaked fruits in little ice bags and it's a perfect refresher. But if you are really aiming for a nice twist, simply check those amazing Kool-Aid recipes online.

Speaking of Online, you better grab this opportunity to visit the official Kool-Aid Facebook fan page and check their latest "Noches de PeliKoola". You'll get a chance to play Bingo, discover some cool Kool-Aid recipes and enjoy Movies in the park with your family (visit the fan page to chec the upcoming movie schedules).

By the way, while writing this article, i told Milzon to make something about Kool-Aid Man and he drew this on his laptop.

It's him, The Kool-Aid Man and Spongebob. I wonder what his up to hehehe.

Have a great day guys and happy blogging to all.

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