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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

5 Things To Remember When Decluttering

Decluttering is one of the dreadful tasks that we have to do at home. Some of us feel daunted with just the prospect of letting go of our items that have been sitting on the shelf and collecting dust. Whenever I declutter my home I always keep a few things in mind so that I don't feel overwhelmed.


Here are my five tips on how you can declutter your home efficiently.

1. Plan in advance

Setting a dedicated time and date for decluttering will help you get more things done. It makes sense as you will be able to prioritize what part of your home needs the most decluttering. Having a plan means that you can also prepare cleaning and sanitizing items on hand. Also if you will be having a massive decluttering, you will have to deal with the garbage afterward. Eagle Dumpster Rental can help you with just that. You can also adjust accordingly how much time you can allot to each task on hand. 

2. Start small

You don't have to tackle the whole task immediately you. You can start even by just removing broken and unnecessary items that are in your junk drawer. You might be surprised how much clutter is just lying around and not being used. There are a few ways on how you can declutter, KonMari Method is one of them. 

3. Identify your problem areas

There are just places that need the most decluttering, it might be your kitchen or maybe your bedroom with piles of clothing everywhere. Decluttering is a big task on its own but you need to remember that you only have so much time in a day. So focus your energy on areas that you know you can easily let go of items that you don't need. 

4. Segregate your items to keep, donate and garbage piles.

It's much more efficient to segregate things first before the final cull. Knowing the things that you love and use all the time is really important, you also need to be careful to not let go of seasonal items such as winter or summer clothing. Items that you don't use but are still in good shape could still be donated for a good cause so it doesn't go to the landfill. For the garbage disposal make sure that you apply segregation to avoid unnecessary mixups. It's also good to use labels so you don't accidentally discard anything by mistake. 

5. Keep things clean and in order.

We tend to collect things because we think we need them. Even if its duplicates of the same item or maybe an impulse purchase that we don't think much about. Keeping the items you already own in good shape will make you shop less which saves you money and you don't need to devote a longer cleaning regiment in the long run. 

Decluttering shouldn't be hard. Doing it one step at a time will definitely be a rewarding experience for you and your family and less time cleaning in the future with unnecessary knick-knacks out of the way. What are your tips on decluttering efficiently? Comment down below!

xoxo,
Therese



Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Family Feud No More: 5 Ways to Resolve a Probate Dispute

When a loved one leaves a will and estate, it may have to go through probate first before the possessions are distributed. Probate disputes are one of the most common ways to tear a family apart, so it is important to resolve them quickly and peacefully.

There are multiple different reasons someone might dispute an estate or a trust, but regardless of the dispute, they can turn into a costly and drawn-out legal battle. Here are 5 ways to resolve a probate dispute before it happens.


5 Probate Fixes to Avoid a Family Feud

1. Proper planning is the best fix.

The best fix of all is to prepare ahead with proper estate planning. Common reasons that wills are disputed can include an outdated document or the decedent’s mental state at the time it was written.

The only way to come to a full resolution, in this case, is to prove that the will is valid in probate court. If the will is written by an estate planner, like those at AnnArborProbate.com, many of these disputes can be avoided.

2. Consider potential changes in assets and liabilities. 

While it is smart to complete estate planning ahead, these documents can’t be completed, set aside, and forgotten about. When that happens, the estate as it was when the plan was created may be completely different than it is at the time the will is distributed.

Assets that are not named specifically may be fought over by family members. To solve this, a mediator may step in to avoid court. If a compromise can’t be reached, the probate court will have to settle the discrepancy. Periodic reviews of your estate can limit this concern ahead of the need.

3. Hire a neutral legal expert to help write your estate. 

When unfortunate surprises occur at the reading of a will, many times people will accuse the beneficiary of somehow influencing the deceased into making changes in the will. A probate court judge may agree with them if they have sufficient evidence and a compelling argument, and then some or all of the will could be invalidated.

If the will is written by an attorney, the documents can be completed with the right steps to ensure that these types of disputes are avoided.

4. Communicate with your family ahead of time. 

In many families, sensitive topics like death and asset disbursement are difficult subjects to tackle. However, when you talk to your family ahead of time about what they can expect after you pass, it makes it easier for them to deal with while they are grieving and surprises - and disputes - can be prevented.

5. Cover all of your assets. 

In the event that someone passes and no will is provided, or some assets are not allocated, the probate court must decide who is entitled to them. If more than one person claims an asset, there may be a dispute.

Sometimes the entity claiming the right to an asset is a debtor. When more than one party requests an asset, the court decides who it goes to. Be sure that all of your assets are included in your estate planning to prevent this dispute.

Estate Planning and Dispute Resolution Requires Legal Knowledge

Whether you are planning your estate and want to avoid any possible familial disputes, or whether you yourself are involved in a probate dispute, it is important to speak to a lawyer who knows the laws regarding wills, trusts, and estates.


They can help you avoid future problems or get the assets that you are legally entitled to as quickly as possible so you can move on with your life or your grieving process.
Saturday, November 17, 2018

Traveling with Confidence: 7 Handy Items to Take with You on a Camping Trip

 Spending some alone time with friends and family on, say, holidays such as Christmas is an amazing experience you can ever have. And camping is one of the most common events you can do to get away from the basics. You’ll need to choose your favorite camping spot depending on your lifestyle and preferences. But there are items that if you forget to take, you may not have a good time out there. But don’t worry. Here, we’ve compiled a list of 7 handy items to take with you on your trip. Please read on.



Essential Electronics

To ensure that you enjoy your time with friends and family, you should avoid high-tech distractions such as your tablet or personal computer as much as possible. You’ll need to get updates on the weather forecast and important information going on. Which is why having a good portable radio will save you the hassle of having to constantly check your phone for such updates. Also, take binoculars and a camera with you to capture most of the amazing features and moments.

First Aid Kit

This is one of the most important camping necessity that you should bring with you on a camping trip. Remember, you’re going to camp and anything can happen, say, when having fun. Bumps, scratches, cuts, or burns could be inevitable and this is where a first aid kit would come in handy. So, ensure to add this to your checklist.

Sleeping Pad

Going out to camp doesn’t mean you won’t need to have some sleep. In fact, having enough good sleep will be an assurance that you’ll have a good time. And you can agree with me that sleeping on bare hard and rocky ground is very uncomfortable. Plus, the ground tends to get cold and wet at night and you’ll wake up with a groggy and sore back. So, make sure you carry a comfortable sleeping pad with decent cushioning.

Food and Drinks

You’re going into the woods. Chances are you’ll hardly find some sit-down restaurants, yet you need to eat. Unless you’re going for a religious fasting session, you’ll need to carry a portable kitchen with you. Carry items like lightweight, reusable towel and water bottle, utensils, fueled camping stove, food, and cookware.

Lantern, Headlamp, or Flashlight

You need to always take a flashlight, lantern, or a headlamp with you every time you go camping. These will be very useful when you’re walking in the dark and when you need to light up the place. Perhaps you’ll be interested in having a midnight snack and you’ll need some source of light. Just ensure that the source is located somewhere you can easily reach when needed.

Navigation Tools

Having GPS system on your phone and, perhaps, installed on your car can often make you see no need of having your navigation necessities like maps, compass, pen, and two-way radios for a larger group. After all, you’ll just use your phone, right? But what about when you’re deep into the forest where your GPS will be less reliable? Don’t risk this, ensure to carry all the navigation tools you can so you won’t experience some hassle when in remote camping spots.

Changing Clothes

Of course, you’ll need to change when in the camp depending on the situation at hand. Which is why it’s very important that carry some changing clothes with. You should, however, concentrate on carrying lightweight fabrics that won’t cause some inconvenience carrying around. Have some sunglasses, swimsuit, water shoes, packable waterproof and breathable jacket, long pants and long-sleeved shirts, and wool socks among other essential clothing.

Conclusion

Forgetting some of the most important items can deny you the fun and good times you ought to have enjoyed while camping. But lucky for you, you now know most of the basic necessities that you need to carry when going for a camp. Also look out for relevant themed blogs for more information about useful items to take with you when traveling.

Monday, November 12, 2018

The Right Way of Getting in Shape: A Side-By-Side Comparison of 6 Popular Low-Carb Diets

If you’re looking to lose weight quickly as well as enjoying a range of other important health benefits, such as improved digestive functions, better exercise workouts, higher energy levels and less bloating during and after meals, a low-carb diet could be exactly what you’re looking for.


However, just not eating a lot of carbs doesn’t really mean you’re on a low-carb diet. In fact, there are plenty of different plans out there to choose from, each with their own benefits and purposes.

To help you choose which one is right for you, today we’re going to explore six of the most popular low-carb diets, detailing all you need to know to make the best decision regarding your health and diet,

#1 - The Bulletproof Diet

Invented in 2014, the Bulletproof Diet is the creation of health blogger Dave Asprey. This is a heavily workout inspired diet that aims to boost energy levels and improve both your physical and mental performance without having to count calories or weigh your food.

#2 - A Ketogenic Diet

This is perhaps one of the most popular diets currently spreading the nation. While the dietary requirements of this diet are fairly strict, and you won’t be able to eat a lot of variety, the results are clear, and hundreds of thousands of people have found it to work.

If you’re interested in trying a Keto diet yourself; try signing up for the KetoLogic The Keto 30 Challenge!

#3 - The Paleo Diet

Regarding ‘cavemen’ from the Paleo era of human history, the Paleo diet refines everything back to only eating foods that were seemingly available to our caveman ancestors. This is designed to help us boost energy levels, lean up our muscle mass and improve your immune system.

There are no official macros to this diet.

#4 - The Atkins Diet

The Atkins Diet was hugely popular several years back, and in fact was one once one of the most simultaneously practiced diets in the US. Curated back in 1972 by Dr. Robert Atkins, there’s a 20 and 40 version; the 40 allowing you more carbs if you want them; each referring to how many pounds you’ll be able to lose.

There are four phases to the Atkins Diet lasting several weeks and varying what you eat and the amount you eat. However, there is some controversy to this diet, so be sure to check with your doctor first.

#5 - The Zone Diet

First released to the world back in 1999, the Zone Diet has been endorsed by many celebrities, including the likes of Madonna, which helped to boost its popularity around the world. This low-carb diet aims to reduce inflammation around the body and is more of a lifestyle change than a strict diet.

#6 - The Scandinavian Low Carb Diet

Perhaps surprisingly, Sweden was one of the first countries to drop low-fat diets that are renowned around the world, and switch over to low-carb, high-fat diets, which is what this is based on. There are no official macros to this diet, but this refers more to a lifestyle change and making the right decisions, rather than restricting and analyzing you’re eating patterns and choices.

Summary

As you can see, there are plenty of low-carb diets out there for you to choose from. It’s vital that you research each diet beforehand and speak to your doctor to make sure you’re choosing a diet that’s going to be beneficial and healthy for you.
Thursday, October 25, 2018

5 Things I Learned in Creating Instagramable Photos Workshop.

Instagram is a great platform in showcasing your products and services nowadays. A lot of sellers make sure that they have pleasing if not attractive images that represent their brand to convert their following into a sale. I for one struggle in taking decent images that are at least instagram worthy and i dont know how to carefully curate my account. Good thing I attended Manila Workshops product photography workshop which I really enjoyed.


Today Im here to share 5 things I loved about the workshop!

1. The speaker is very knowledgeable and entertains a lot of questions!

Mr Keith Dador had projects with big brands like McDonalds and does magazine photography as well. He shared his wealth of knowledge to us and everyone was really attentive when he does his set up and demos.



2. Lighting is a big factor to great pictures.

Even if you have a good camera or a very nice subject, lighting will make or break the image output of your session. I learned that soft and hard lighting can be used in different ways and also making light bounce a little to accentuate the product itself. Its quite technical but its very useful for product photography

3. Flatlay VS Angular photos

When everyone started using flat lay I got really confused as im the person that couldnt bear to take images with that style. I learned that you should do it depending on the product or what mood you are trying to achieve. It seems like even flat lay took over angular images are still good especially for food photography. As my products are handmade i might mix both styles in the future.



4. Composition will depend on your personal taste.

Personally I prefer a minimalist approach when it comes to product photography. But in the workshop example there was one that was a maximalist and to be honest i couldnt focus on the product itself. There are also a triangle that was rather pleasing to the eye but that really depends on the subject.

5. Textures and background go hand in hand.

Backgrounds and textures play a key role in creating a good photo. If textures clash and the products just blend in with the background its not gonna stand out as much as you wanted it to be. selection should be made by your own judgement and how it looks like in the images.

Image from Mr Keith Dador

Final thoughts

I must say that this was such a info filled workshop that its kinda impossible to not apply what we learned. I definitely recommend attending the workshop as it helps in creating or setting the tone for your social media presence. There are a ton of examples and demos in the workshop and also he told us of alternatives that we can use in doing our own product photography . He explain technical things in layman's terms and lets us get upclose to the setup that we have that day. All in all its definitely worth the money and time to attend to!

xoxo,
Therese
Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Top 5 Things I Learned from Engaging Brand Video Workshop

Video branding and promotion is important nowadays for your business. Its critical that you know how to use it and lead the market towards your brand. With this I recently attended Engaging Brand Videos by Manila Workshop held at Villa Virtual in Makati and learned quite a bit of things to help businesses create a video that represents their brand and promoting it effectively.



Im here today to share with you 5 things I learned during the workshop.

1. Videos are great for storytelling while promoting your brand

Some brands nowadays are using video to not just sell but also to promote their advocacy and remain on top of their game. It seems like having the best video in the market doesn't matter as some companies want to have a video that seems to be taken by an amateur to relate more towards the masses. I was also said that having a video that was overly produces is not the best to use in social media, unless it was intended to be a commercial



2. There are types of videos you can create depending on your business needs.

With this said there are actually 4 levels to gauge what type of video your brand needs.
Awareness- used for getting attention towards your brand.
Consideration- Educating the leads about your brand and how can you solve their problems with the products/services that you offer
Conversion- convincing the leads to buy your product though testimonials or product videos
Retention- is a level to which brands make the users aware of their value in their lives via culture videos or feature launches.

3. Most people are driven to purchase by emotion.

Videos are typically a good way of tugging heartstrings and make people empathize with your brand that will lead them to purchase. I thought before that only good product gets bought but apparently even you have a bad product people will buy it if they are emotionally driven. I just hope people will not do it that way.

4. Having a target audience is also a key to a successful video conversion.

Not everyone will like your video. So its important that you know your target market and how you can reach them through the digital media.



5. Interviews is a great way in promoting advocacy driven brands.

For brands that are driven by advocacy having a video that explains your brand is a good way in promoting and putting your advocacy in a good light. Depending on how the questions are framed and how good the interviewer is of course.

Image credit to mr dennis abad

These are just some of the things that i learned from the workshop. Its just 4 hours and we actually had to go on overtime because we had quite a bit of fun when we did our interview segment which was so much fun.

Final thoughts

I thinks the workshop is geared towards more of the theoretical aspects as per what to shoot and how to select the right video for your business.  Since its more on a theoretical side i wasn't really expecting a lot when it comes to the hands on.  As this is not a video editing workshop I actually picked up quite a bit of technique as to how to set moods and do storytelling or how to film/video a product or creating the output you desire. All in all i was impressed with the lecture and will definitely apply it the next time i create a video for my business.

xoxo,
Therese
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

Link: http://manilaworkshops.com/events/engaging-brand-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

Link: http://manilaworkshops.com/events/product-photography-workshop

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!

xoxo,
Therese