Oh I love That Look


Afro hairstyle is one of the most iconic looks of all time. From Diana Ross, Janet Jackson to Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Halle Berry, Naomi Campbell, Rihanna, and Willow Smith are just few of the many who through the years have sported this gorgeous look. In particular, a full-fat voluminous afro do is a personal favorite. It is wild and carefree. It exudes a certain kind of swag. It is cool. It is beautiful.

Get that look… How?

Thanks to crochet braids, you could rock this afro look any day you want.

What is crochet braid?

Crochet braid or latch hook is a quick, inexpensive, yet protective way to change hairstyle.
The extension must be looped through your natural hair which is braided beforehand. Once done, you can experiment with your crochet braid which does not only allow you to have the iconic afro look you love, but it also gives you freedom to experiment in terms of color, length, and texture. So you can style all you want while keeping your natural hair safe and undamaged.

Constant hairstyling may give the satisfaction of having the kind of look you desire. However in the long run, your natural crowning glory would surely take the heavy toll from hairstyling products. And in some cases, hair loss could be the worst scenario possible no one dreams of experiencing.

So it is wise to use crochet braid.  It is economical. It is easy to use, and gives you that afro look that has been here like forever. Wigging it could be another great idea.

What is your favorite afro look?

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5 Reasons Moms Should Wig It Out

Why not,  right?

A wig should be a must in any Mom’s wardrobe.  We’re not talking about clown-like wigs. We’re talking about wigs that actually look and feel like they’re your own hair. Yep they have gotten so advanced these days, thanks to modern technology. These beautiful,  fashionable accessory is popular among top Hollywood celebrities like Gwen Stefani,  Beyonce,  Kylie Jenner,  and of course Lady Gaga. It’s nothing new for fashion models  as well. Coco Rocha, Kendall Jenner, and Gigi Hadid are just few of them.

Now Mommies, here are reasons why we need this in our wardrobe.

Protection for our natural locks.  As hair is definitely our crowning glory,  keeping it healthy is important. So protect them from all sorts of chemicals and stress. Whenever a need arises to get your hair done, and especially if it involves putting on hairsprays, styling gel, or whatnot, pause and get that crowning glory in a box instead.

Let’s give our natural hair a break.  Is there a mom here who has not had hair waxing,  hair rebonding,  hair curling, hair stretching, hair oil treatment,or even a simple trip to the salon to get her hair done in one point in her life?  Probably, none.  I had been blessed with strong,  thick,  jet black hair but with all those fuss about hair-rebonding and waxing,  well,  I gave in and had them once.  My hair has never been the same again.  And aside from this, age,  stress,  and neglect have taken its toll. If you and I are on the same boat, subjecting our hair to further stress is way too much.  Let it rest and rejuvenate,  and wig it out instead.

They’re easy and affordable.  Putting on a wig is easy peazy.  While it takes hours to go to the salon (well because of terrible traffic), and another few hours of excessive shampooing and conditioning,  and chemical-inundated hairstyling, it only takes minutes to put on a wig.  So you’d still have more time to do some other important Mommy stuff.  And also,  wigs are affordable,  some are even cheap.  That one time hair rebonding I had cost me $60, while wig online although some could cost you over a $100 there are many which costs as low as $10 only, and mind you these can be worn again and again whenever you feel like it.

Luxury of choosing the perfect style.  One issue I oftentimes encounter in the salon is the incompetence of some hairstylists to get it done accordingly and properly.  On the other hand, wigs are perfectly cut, colored,  or styled.  So, wigging it is the perfect solution.

Lastly, Moms can be fashionable too.  The taboo on wearing wigs is simply gone,  gone for good. Individuals of all walks of life are into wigs.  The reasons for wearing could vary but whatever the reasons are,  wearing a wig is just simply the new in thing nowadays.  If they are in, why can’t we?

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This is one fashion trend that Moms ought to have.  It is safe,  saves us time,  and could boosts our confidence without hurting our hair and our pockets.

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The Uke

Ukeleles are string instruments specifically of the lute family.  A ukulele generally has four nylon strings that run along the entire sound table and through the neck that’s either fretted or unfretted.  A uke is very much similar to a guitar with parts like headstock, neck, and a body.

This mini guitar-like instrument has been the latest craze among music enthusiast kiddos, my children included. Most are right handed but there are also left handed ukuleles. The vibrant colors of the vividly painted bodies attract kids all the more.  This Portuguese machete inspired instrument is also famous among the young at heart music lovers, which make them even cooler to look at. Ukelele is an interesting musical instrument.

Do you know anyone who’s into ukelele?

My kids have already broken one, imitating a guitar rock star play.

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Every Musician’s Friend

As a musician moving from one place to another is quite a hassle especially when you move faraway from your trusty music shop.  Instrument selection may sound easy but in reality it takes a long term relationship and a ton of trial and error before you can find a place that you can truly trust. Stores that sell all the things that you need or want and most especially stores that sell them at the right price are pretty difficult to find. But not in my case, instrument selection has become as easy as 1-2-3 for they have everything every musician could ever need. From electric guitars to classical guitars or bass guitars name it they have it. As a musician who just moved to a new place this is a huge help for me. Now I have a place where I can buy all my musical necessities.

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What musical instrument do you have?

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Take the Gym Outside

A change in lifestyle is definitely in order especially when ones health is at stake. People who suddenly find themselves in this situation tend to scour the internet looking for immediate solution to their problems.

Eating a balanced diet is important, so is having plenty of sleep but of course having a regular exercise is just as important. You can never do away with exercise.

When it comes to exercise there are different avenues to accommodate the likes and dislikes of every individual. There some people who like to exercise at home in the safety and convenience of their abode. Some would like to be in the gym and have the  full functionality of the gym equipment and the convenience of having a gym instructor. Some may want the outdoors and breathe the fresh air as they jog around a park. But there will be those people who like to have both the equipment and the outdoorsy feel.

Take the gym outside is just the right thing. You’d get to experience the best of both worlds. Outdoor gyms are built outside in public parks. They are designed to withstand the harsh weather of the outdoor.  They have the feel of a children’s playground as they are painted in bright colors and modeled on playground equipment. Parks and visitors may have different requirements and needs, nevertheless there are variety of outdoor gym equipment to choose from. I’m glad in our community we have these.

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These outdoor exercise equipment are so fun, that kids even like them. Outdoor gym concept is gaining world-wide popularity as it has many benefits which include accessibility, environment-friendly, exciting, and refreshing.

Have you checked out your local parks lately for the latest outdoor exercise equipment?

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Ice Cream Maker for Summer

Ice cream maker toy is one of the many awesome toys marketed in Youtube nowadays. What makes this really awesome is that, it gives children the feel of making a real ice cream.  The ice cream set comes with play dough in 4 different colors, ice lolly molders, several colorful popsicles, and the ice cream maker itself which needs to be assembled.

I think it is a great toy for the following reasons.

1.  It promotes fine motor movements and coordination.

2. It promotes creativity and artistry.

3. It fires up her imagination.

 

There are two points I want to stress here.  When it comes to buying toys parents should also take into consideration the materials the toy is made from.  For plastic toys, always make sure that they are BPA and phthalates free.  Personally (if I could help it), I would still go for wooden toys over plastic ones.

Anyway…

Summer is definitely having a blast. She has been wanting this toy the first time she saw it in Youtube, and finally she got one!

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What is your little angel’s favorite toy?

 

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Summer’s My Little Pony Dolls

Summer has been bugging me about My Little Pony Dolls for months.  All her friends in school have these very cute dollies.  But my husband and I work from sunrise to sundown.  Our schedules are quite tight. So it took us months before we were able to give her these. Summer watches my little pony in Youtube during her free time, that is after doing her homework.  The theme is appropriate for young people.  She picks up additional English vocabularies, and is trying to imitate some of the characters. I have a link below, try to see if you would like your kids to watch it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgMrXJmS0Hs

 

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These are Princess Celestia and Pinkie Pie.  Summer likes Princess Celestia because she is a princess, and she possesses great powers.  Pinkie Pie has a happy, boisterous character, reason why Summer does not like her.  But she imitates how Pinkie Pie laughs, giggles, or screams.

 

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This is Rainbow Dash.  Summer adores her.  I even like her character too.  She has this rainbow colored hair, and very powerful wings.  I guess the idea of being able to  fly gives us a sense of freedom and power.  Something that every human being desires.

 

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Summer and her favorite Rainbow Dash.  I just hope she won’t think of copying Rainbow Dash’s colorful hair.

 

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Summer and the gang.

 

I realized that I could shop online with almost anything we need at home, not just children toys.  This would certainly give me more extra time to spend with my kids, go out with my husband on a date which we have not done for ages, or just simply hang out with my girlfriends.

I have Summer’s insistence on buying these Little Pony dolls to thank for.  Otherwise, I would still be juggling my schedule just to fit all I need to do in twenty-four hours, which by the way is not enough.

Times, indeed,  have become complicated and hectic.  But there are ways and means to make things simple and leisurely.  We just need to be creative and resourceful, taking advantage of the many conveniences modern times have to offer.

 

Do you have similar realizations/discoveries  lately? Do share

 

 

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Treat Bicycles Like They Matter

In movies we often see bicycles being left anywhere after the movie character has majestically disembarked from it.  But in reality if you do that, you would be lucky if it is still in the spot where you left it.

Nowadays bicycles have become an essential alternative transportation. People from different walks of life have embraced this mode of transportation with varying personal reasons. Be it for health purposes, financial, or just for the sheer fun of riding it out.

Over the years, since eighteenth century, bicycle engineering has improved tremendously from an almost entirely wood-built body to modern steel, aluminium, titanium and carbon fiber frame.  Today bicycles are fast, light, durable, and fashionable not to mention they are also getting more expensive and valuable.

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More and more people the world over are enticed to using bicycles.  It is but proper for every country to look into its safety standards for cyclists.  The United Kingdom among other bicycle-friendly countries has clear regulations in terms of bike safety and security.  Bike shelter UK suffices item #70 of the country’s rules for cyclists.  This, and other cycling infrastructure are important things countries that are currently promoting cycling as a mode of transport should look into.

 

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Cyclists, like any other vehicle driver have every right to a comfortable and safe parking.  Bicycles already being  considered an important part of the transportation sector needs protection like what other vehicles are getting.  Gone are the days when one can just park it at the corner and still see it there when you get back.  It is already far too important to be ignored like that.  It should be treated however any other vehicle is treated.

 

Is bicycling widely practiced in your country? What  are the different safety and security measures implemented by your government?

 

 

 

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Is It Time To Get a New Car?

It took us a long time to decide whether to buy a new car or not.  I love cars. But I think between my husband and I, he is better informed. So in this post he will be sharing with you some of the factors we took into consideration when we bought our new car.

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Is it time to get a new car?

I can still clearly remember a few months back  my wife and I would always go into this in depth discussion of getting a new car. We always talked about the pros and cons, the ifs and buts. At times we would end up frustrated and argue about the whole idea. Contrary to what our relatives back home believe we do not have an abundant cash reserve so we can’t afford to get a car in cash. Our only option was to have it on an installment plan which is downright scary for us since we do not have security of tenure here in Thailand.

The discussions we would be having revolves around living with the old car which we have already paid for against having a new one which we will be paying big every month for years. I explained to my wife the benefits of having a new car and how it weighs against sticking to the old car.

1. Modern cars are safer –  Well it may not be true to all new generation cars but since the standards of modern cars have been raised quite  a few notch above the old tech cars, it is safe to assume that they are safer than the older ones. (Choose your car brands and car models wisely.) Nowadays there are certain safety features that come in standard even for low end vehicles. A long time ago seatbelts, power steering, electronic brake assist were special features, now these features have beocme standards. ABS and SRS airbags have also become safety standards for new generation cars. You can pay  extra and go for the cars with Vehicle Stability Control, parking sensors, backing cameras and whatnot’s.

Contrary to a lot of beliefs that the older cars with thicker metal sheets wrapped around it are stronger and safer than the new age cars that have flimsy metal body that dents the moment someone leans on it … ugh… it is very difficult to explain so watch the link to know what i mean. (http://youtu.be/emtLLvXrrFs ).

2. Fuel Economy – is the thing that me and my wife agreed with congruence.  Our choice for the new car was greatly influenced with this criterion. It should be the most fuel efficient in its category.

The plus factor that we got with the new car was the  “Fuel Flexibility”.   This came as a very big surprise to us since we knew nothing of it until one of the gas pump boys told us about it.    Well sort of . We did a research when we got back home. With the old car we used two types of fuel only. Benzene the standard gasoline and the Gasohol a nature hugging fuel. We normally go for the Gasohol because of that. ^_^ No not really… we go for gasohol because it is a lot cheaper than the standard gasoline. With the new car the pump boys at the station told us that we could use the E-20. It is the cheapest fuel that can be used on the car. It is even cheaper than the tree hugging gasohol fuel.

So aside from the savings we got from the new car’s frugality we also saved up a bit with the new option for fuel. something we would have not experienced with the old car.

3. Ride with confidence – Being in a new car surely gives you that certain confidence that you don’t get in an old car. You just simply drive knowing you are road worthy. In an old car you would always be thinking of it breaking down. That is a very stressful thought especially if you are on a road trip.

4. Blending in-  Finally, with the new car we won’t stand out from the crowd. LOL! Most especially in the parking areas of malls and other establishments. It is quite the opposite of where i grew up where people who have new cars really stand out from the lot. Here when you have an aging car it would be quite noticeable. ^_^

 

* Side note: Don’t get me wrong. Not all people in Thailand are rich people but even the middle class and the financially challenged families are given the opportunity to own a brand new vehicles. Thailand has this government program that grants any Thai family, from all walks of life, a loan to buy a brand new vehicle of their choice. So do not be surprised, if you happen to be in Thailand especially in the south, to see brand new pickup trucks  used to carry rubber, logs, or converted into songthaews (jeepney in the philippines). For those who are in doubt the link below is an English advertising of the said program ^_^. cheers!

Well i could have said more in this article but my wife says it already too long. ^_^

http://www.bangkokbank.com/BangkokBank/PersonalBanking/DailyBanking/Loans/OtherLoans/Pages/firstcar.aspx

 

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Summer and Derick both love motorbike rides.  My husband drives both of them around the village every afternoon for a joy ride.

They love it.  Most especially Derick.  It is a new experience for him.  I can see the excitement and enthusiasm in his eyes every time he rides with his dad.

So we bought them toy bikes/trikes that they can use indoors.  The first one is a glider type.  It doesn’t have a dynamo.  It is propelled by swinging the steering handles left to right. The second one runs on a motor powered by a rechargeable a battery.

 

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Please just don’t mind the clutter and writings on the wall, all courtesy of  Summer and Derick ^_^.  We don’t have a “help or a housekeeper” at home. Working parents find it very difficult maintaining a tidy place with kids around. ^_^ Cheers!

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