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Monday, October 15, 2018

Learn, Create, Sell : Learn how to create Engaging Brand Videos and Product Photography

Promoting your brand is hard in the digital age when you dont have the skill set of a pro. I personally struggle on how I can improve my photography and film making skills so I can sell my products to the masses. Now that I just started my small handmade business learning is a must to cope up with marketing in social media.

Good thing that there are organizations that offer these kinds of services like Manila Workshops so small business can have a leg up in creating great and engaging content. Speaking of which, there are two workshops that will happen back to back this coming Saturday, October 20th. Check out the details below!

Delectable Videos (Creating Engaging Videos for Your Business)
8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Instructed by Mr. Dennis Abad

What you Will Learn:
1. Introduction (15 minutes)
2. Important Videos for Every Stage of your buyer’s journey (15 minutes)
3. What makes for awesome videos for your Business


Product Photography (Creating Instagramable Photos)
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Instructed by Mr Keith Dador

What you Will Learn:
1. Determining the look of the product: Style, Texture, Form, Features and many more
2. Qualities of light and usage, Soft vs hard lighting, Light Modification,light sources.
3. What equipment, accessories, and props to use, plus other essentials


Who should attend?

– Business owners with physical product to sell
– Digital marketing agency staff
– PR practitioners
– Video producers who want to market their clients products online
– Content publishers

– Or anyone using video to sell or raise awareness of a product

You can learn more and also sign up when you click the link

Both workshops will be held at Villa Virtual in Makati City and all participants will get a certificate after the workshop they chose to attend and also meet like minded people within the industry.

As a startup business owner, I find these workshops as an essential to improve my instagram game and video capabilities. I mean who doesnt want to make a sale right? So if you are a startup like myself, in the marketing industry or a blogger, I urge you to check out the links above and improve your skills.

See you all on October 20th!


Going Your Separate Ways: 5 Strategies to Cope with Divorce and Live a Happy Life

Divorce can be difficult to deal with. This can be the case even when you were the party who filed to end your marriage. There are lots of emotions involved, property to wrangle over and sometimes children who get hurt. There may also be social fallout since friends tend to side with one spouse. The good news is that there are ways to cope with the difficulties and be happy once again.

Take care of yourself

Once you engage a divorce attorney to handle your legal affairs, try to see after your physical and mental health. Instead of sitting at home and worrying about the future, get active. Exercise, eat properly and take time to relax. Keep up your usual spa, nail or hair appointments since looking fabulous can help you to feel better.  If you’re religious or spiritual, see how your faith and beliefs can help you to heal.

Do the things you love or always wanted to try

Maybe you really like hiking but your former spouse was never interested. Maybe there’s a class you always wanted to take. Whatever it is, now is the time to explore your interests, meet new people and learn a little more about yourself. It will take some time to adjust to your new life. Why not begin by investing in yourself? Join service clubs or volunteer in the community. These things will help you to focus on the present and the future instead of revisiting the past.

Talk to a therapist

You may have many conflicting thoughts and feelings. Your friends or loved ones may mean well but they aren’t always the best people to help you during this period. They are far from unbiased and sometimes you need the advice and support of a neutral party. Consider seeing a therapist to help you work through your problems.  You may also benefit from joining a support group. Talking to others who have also been through a divorce can be very helpful.

Work through the practical things

Divorce doesn’t only bring about emotional changes. Chores around the house still need to be taken care of and bills have to be paid. You may need to change your address or your last name with utility companies and financial institutions.  These can all be stressful, especially when you think about them all at the same time. You will need to prioritize and handle the most urgent matters first. Ask for help if you need it.

Avoid dangerous or vindictive behaviors

You may be lonely, but you shouldn’t jump right into a new relationship. Give yourself time to grieve and heal. You may be angry, but you should call your ex and leave angry messages or confront their new partner. Don’t seek revenge against them. Resist the temptation to turn to unhealthy foods, drugs or alcohol. You should also avoid making any big decisions until you calm down and you’re thinking clearly.

Divorce can be very upsetting. Draw on all the help you to make the process more bearable. It may take time but you can return to living a happy life.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

The Mississippi River - Historic sites that are not to be missed

The Mississippi River is one of the greatest waterways in the world. It runs through a diverse range of American states, which are home to some of the most historic sites in the country. Stop anywhere along the river and you can see how US history helped to create the world we live in today, as well as admiring the beauty of nature along the banks of the great river.

One of the best ways to embrace the history of the Mississippi is to take an American Queen Steamboat Company trip. You get to spend time on a traditional steamboat where you can relax onboard, or maybe spend time at one of the historic sites that the river passes close to.

Fort Crawford Museum

Fort Crawford was built to protect the area of Prairie du Chien in Wisconsin, and it did so from 1816 until 1856. The fort was offered up as a venue at which to train Union soldiers at the time of the American Civil War. Today, the Fort Crawford Museum is open to visitors from May through October and private tours are available at other times of year. Visitors can see what life at the fort was like when it was still in use and get a better understanding of how it protected the city.

Effigy Mounds National Monument

There are more than 200 American Indian mounds at the Effigy Mounds National Monument in Iowa. The mounds are considered to be sacred by many American citizens and their splendor is awe inspiring as is the beauty of the area which surrounds them.

Black Hawk State Historic Site 

This site, in Rock Island Illinois, has been home to American Indians and 19th century settlers. Its most close association is with the Sauk nation. The site is named after Black Hawk, the Sauk Nation leader. Today the site is known for its natural beauty, a great attraction to visitors.

Mark Twain's Boyhood Home 

Mark Twain is one of the most famous and well-respected American writers. He is closely associated with the Mississippi River which featured in many of his novels. Twain's childhood home, in Hannibal, Missouri, is now a museum which is dedicated to helping people appreciate the writer and how his stories still have relevance in today's world.

Poverty Point World Heritage Site

The Poverty Point World Heritage Site in Louisiana is a mysterious place. It was built at the same time as the Ancient Egyptians were creating monuments and temples. Poverty Point was built by hand, by American Indians, and consists of a massive mound surrounded by concentric circles. It's original use has never been definitively identified.

The Mississippi is a powerful and beautiful river which runs through a multitude of attractive surroundings. Its banks are home to some of the most historic sites in the US and you can pay them a visit if you take a trip along the river. 
Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Mind matters: What you eat is affecting your brain

Does your diet affect your brain? The answer to this question that dates back to the early nineteenth century would be affirmative because nutrition does play an important role in determining how our brain functions. In fact, with the drastic change in our lifestyle and an increasing number of neurological researches over the past few decades, this connection has become quite obvious. Our dietary choices do bring about a direct and long-lasting effect on our brain.

Studies reveal that the brain is the most powerful organ in the human body that functions all the time and never goes to rest.  It works even when you are asleep, which means that it requires a constant fuel supply.  And obviously, it will function best when it gets premium, high-quality fuel.

MeikeVernooij, a professor in epidemiology and radiology at Erasmus University Medical Center in the Netherlands, conducted a study to understand the relationship between food and brain. They questioned more than 4000 adults living in the Netherlands about their diet and analyzed their brain scans over ten years. People who consumed more fruits, vegetables and low volumes of red meat had a larger net brain volume as compared to the ones that consumed junk and greasy foods.

Hence proved, eating well has a direct connection to your mental well-being.

How food ties up with mood?

There is a close relationship between your brain and gastrointestinal tract, which is often termed to be the “second brain” of the human body. Billions of bacteria exist in this GI tract. These bacteria control the production of neurotransmitters (a chemical substance), which transfer messages from the gut to the brain. 

Intake of healthy food triggers the growth of good bacteria. This, in turn, boosts the production of neurotransmitters.

On the other hand, if a person eats more junk and unhealthy food items, their GI tract ends up with inflammation that obstructs the production of good bacteria. The positive state of neurotransmitter production reflects upon your mood; you feel lively and at comfort. However, as the production slows down, you face unreasonable mood swings.

Sugar, in particular, is the major cause of inflammation. It supplies food to the bad bacteria in the GI tract. Although consumption of sugar in small quantities is not harmful, most of us are eating too much of it. According to WHO, only 5 percent of daily caloric intake should come from sugar, but the typical American diet comprises 13 percent calories from sugar.

“Many Americans eat about five times the amount of sugar they should consume,” says NatasaJanicic-Kahric, an associate professor of medicine at Georgetown University Hospital.
 When you adapt to a healthy diet, you face fewer mood fluctuations. It is important to be aware that a diet including junk, greasy and sugary products is not only bad for our waistlines, but it poses an equal amount of trouble for our brain function and emotional state as well. In addition to that, several brain tests conclude that a healthy diet can slow down dementia and help recover from anxiety.

Food for a good mental state

The science of food and mood makes us wonder what we should eat. Mentioned ahead is a list of some food items that you should add in your list of meals. Use a different combination of these foods as per your taste.

Whole foods
The intake of preservatives and food colorings may cause severe depression. On the other hand, if you consume raw fruits and vegetables, you’ll notice an overall happier outlook and an improved ability to stay focused.

Foods that come via plants greatly facilitate with the absorption of blood sugars. The fiber-rich food items include not only fruits and vegetables but also the nutrient-filled items like beans and whole grains. Several dementiatests also endorse the positive impact of fibers on brain tissues.

Fatty acids
According to the research of University of Maryland Medical Center, to prevent degenerative brain conditions, individuals must increase their intake of nuts, seeds, and fish as these substances have a high amount of fatty acids.

Omega-3 is a fatty acid that plays a crucial role in brain development. Therefore, an added supply of these slows down the age-related mental decline and also help to ward off Alzheimer’s disease.

Vitamin D
Well-known for being the inflammation fighter, you can obtain this vitamin by exposure to the sun. Nonetheless, if a patient lacks this vitamin, they are recommended supplements by their physician.

It is an essential mineral that brings a notable impact on mental stability and mood of a person. Deficiency of magnesium can hurt the bacteria in your gut and trigger bouts of depression or anxiety. Therefore, ensure that your diet includes almonds, cashews, dark chocolate, spinach, beans, and bananas.

All set to take the wheel?
The first step is to prepare yourself. Are you fed up of your constant mood swings? Do you wish to have a content state of mind? Are you willing to get over the laze and be done with the pending chores? It starts with changing what you have on your plate.

Adding these food items may not be as simple as it sounds. It will take some extra effort at first but the results you will notice will encourage you to stay persistent. Replace small chunks at first such as trading white rice with brown ones. When you are having those sudden pangs of hunger, choose to have a salad of nuts or seeds instead of eating a bag of chips. It boosts up the fiber content in your body that aids digestion process.

For an overall nutritional balance, you must follow the basic rules. That means you’d keep your body hydrated, stay mindful of your caffeine intake and avoid skipping meals. It is quite natural that you won’t be able to make a change all of a sudden. However, you may find it easier if you start step by step. For example, you can add vegetables to your diet at first, then after a few days work on cutting down the sugar intake.

Over time, you will begin to notice the change in your mood that comes from a good diet. And, as your body starts to respond favorably, you’ll find it easier to sustain your energy and increase your focus level throughout the day.

ABOUT Alycia Gordan
Alycia Gordan is a freelance writer who loves to read and write articles on healthcare technology, fitness and lifestyle. She is a tech junkie and divides her time between travel and writing. You can find her on Twitter: @meetalycia

Friday, August 24, 2018

How to increase storage space in a small apartment?

With house prices constantly rising, it’s becoming more difficult than ever to get onto the housing market. In fact, people are waiting now until they are in their 30’s before they make their first purchase. And due to the rising prices, a lot of first time buyers are now choosing to buy an apartment. As discussed in this article from the Independent, they are much cheaper when it comes to bills and maintenance. And you often feel a lot safer and benefit from a brilliant view when it comes to apartment living. However, there is a downfall to buying a small apartment, and that is the lack of space. A lot of apartment owners struggle to find space for all their belongings as there is low storage space. In fact, they end up having to sell items as they just don’t have the room for them. However, it doesn’t have to be the end for your items if you are lacking in space. Here is how to increase storage space in a small apartment.

Make the most of your balcony

One of the top benefits of owning an apartment is the balcony that comes with your new home. However, a lot of people don’t think about using their balcony as a storage area. In fact, they just use it for entertaining. But the balcony is a great area for storage space. For instance, you could consider getting a rattan storage box for your balcony. Not only will this have plenty of space for your items, but it could also be a bench for guests when you’re entertaining. You could also go for a great shelving unit on your balcony. That way, you can store items in boxes and then place them on the shelves. It’s a great idea for those small items that you can’t find homes for. Even though you have storage items on your balcony, you can still make it look beautiful by altering the features of your juliet balcony such as attractive glass clamps from Balustrade Components which will make it an ideal area for dining while being a great storage area at the same time.

Opt for furniture with hidden storage

When it comes to choosing furniture for your apartment, you should go for items which have hidden storage. For instance, if you are choosing a new sofa for your place, you should pick one which has drawers underneath the sofa. That way, you can pull these out when you need them and fill them up with necessities such as DVDs and books which you might need in the room. That way, you have increased storage without having to do any major changes in the room. You can also get individual chairs which have hideaway storage in the sides or underneath the cushions. It’s not just the lounge where you can place multi-purpose furniture. You can go for a bed which pulls up to give you a ton of storage space underneath. That way, you can fill the area with sheets, nightwear and towels that you can have easy access to. It’s a great way to have storage without having to buy extra furniture for the room. A lot of students go for these beds as it’s a great place for all their essential study items. The headboard can also be a surprising storage area as you can see in this article by Huffington Post. As you can see in the picture, it has been hollowed out to create a great area for all your books and magazines. That way, you can have a read before you hit the land of nod.

Use the vertical space in your flat

When it comes to storage in your flat, you need to think upwards rather than just using the floor space. After all, you will find you can get a lot of extra storage space by using the walls in your small apartment. As this article from Life Storage describes, shelves are a cheap idea which will give you a lot of extra room for your belongings. You can add these in the bedroom above the main bed to put your items. Or you could even place them in your bathroom above the door trim so you have a great amount of space for towels and all your body products. Using the wall space leaves you that essential space you need for the big items in your flat. 

Monday, August 20, 2018

Protective Motorcycle Gear for Women

There are various women who indulge in motorcycle riding as a sport or just for fun. In this case, whether a beginner or a professional motorcycle rider, protective gear is a must-have factor in both cases. There are various benefits that come with having protective gear such as to help avoid sustaining serious injuries during an accident, all-season jackets that help with body temperature regulation, enabling riders to become visible to other motorists and avoid a collision. Thus, as a motorcycle rider, ensures that they have the sufficient requirements for maximum safety. 

But how do you select the best riding gear?

Women have different body shapes and sizes. So, knowing your body’s figure is the first step in determining the right protective gear. This is especially important in riding jackets and pants.

The next thing involves checking the quality of the gear and even more so, the ratings of the seller. This enables you to purchase quality products.

Finally, check on your preference to a seller and the comfort and reliability of the wholesome package, Comfort and reliability allowing you to navigate through with your motorcycle at great speeds without worrying about any serious wounds in the case of an accident.

Types of women’s riding gears

There are various categories in the riding gear for women. These include items such as helmets, jackets, and boots, riding pants, gloves, suits, armor and more.

1. Helmets
In some countries, riding without a helmet is a form of crime and is illegal. In America, riders are even required to have a DOT-approved sticker on their helmets. Find a helmet that fits the shape and size of your head perfectly. You can find here the best motorcycle helmets for women.

Helmets are offered at affordable prices can be found at cheap motorcycle helmets.

2. Jackets
Jackets act as a type of shield over vulnerable areas such as the arms, ribs, organs and the back. Thus, riders choose their riding jacket based on safety and comfort. They can either be leather or textile. See motorcycle jackets for women.

3. Pants
There is a significant difference between using a pair of jeans and a pair of riding pants. Riding pants are also found in the form of leather or textile.

Riding boots offer a better support for the sole and thus are suitable as they prevent twisting.

5. Gloves
In motorcycle gloves, the gloves should fully cover the buyer’s hands and fingers all the way to the top.

These are some of the types of women riding gear that are most necessary for a safe and enjoyable motorcycle riding.

To wrap it up, many women are joining the motorcycle world and enjoying riding in and out of their towns. The benefits of riding a motorcycle are numerous. It is also a fun activity thus, finding the right gear items for you can be accomplished on the suggested stores for quality and affordable purchases.
Wednesday, August 15, 2018

How do You Maintain Your Finances When You’ve Been Injured?

When you suffer an injury, it can be hard to know where to turn or what to do. You know that you
need to recover and take time to get back to full strength. But at the same time, you need to look
after yourself from a financial point of view. If you don’t do both of those things, you will most likely
suffer repercussions. So how can you maintain your finances and stay on track when you’ve been
injured? It’s time to find out so read on now.

Step Back and Gain Perspective

First of all, you need to take a step back and be realistic about the situation you find yourself. What
you don’t want to do is succumb to is panicking because things aren’t going your way. Yes, this is a
very difficult situation to find yourself in, but if you panic about it, you’re only going to make life
harder for yourself than it already is, and that would be as huge mistake that you shouldn’t want to

Take Legal Action and Seek Compensation

This is something that you most definitely need to look into if you feel that you were injured as a
result of someone else’s fault. They could be responsible for what happened to you, and if that’s the
case, you are perfectly within your rights to take legal action and seek compensation. The Derrick Law Firm will be able to help you with that sort of thing, so talk to them about your options.

Know What You’re Entitled To

You might be entitled to some sort of sick pay or benefits that can help you to stay on top of things
from a financial point of view while you’re recovering from all this. It’s something that you’ll definitely
want to think about because there’s no sense in failing to benefit from something that you know
you’re entitled to. It only makes like more difficult for you if you don’t.

Find Ways to Work at Home if You Can

Working from home while you recover could be one option to really consider while you recover
from your injury. It’s not a solution that’s going to be ideal for everyone out there, but if you can make
it work well for you, you will be able to put yourself in a position where you’re still able to do your
work and earn your money, which is obviously really important.

Cut Back and Live Simply for a Little While

Living a simpler life could be exactly what you need while you recover from your injury. You probably
don’t need to be living the most expensive and luxurious lifestyle possible when you’re trying to
recover from your injury. It’s simply not sustainable to do that, and it won’t help you to really achieve
anything, so cut back and save some money while you can.

You can’t let your injury hold you back and stop you from achieving all the things you know you’re
capable of achieving. Your finances can handle this hit, even if it seems like it’s going to be tough.
Just be sure to make the most of all the tips and ideas that we’ve mentioned here.