It pays to be a good host or hostess. You must know how to care for your guests whenever they visit for a few hours or when they decide to stay over the weekend. For some people, preparation comes easy when they have people come over. However, others still struggle and feel stressed once they find out a childhood friend or a few relatives fly over to spend the holidays. They are at a loss on how to prepare their home.
Fortunately, you don’t have to fuss over the details of what to prepare when guests arrive. Whether you live in a condo or staying at a house and lot for sale in Cavite, here are some of the ways on how to make guests feel welcome whenever they stay over.
1. Prepare for an outdoor gathering
There’s only so much you can do accomplish your home. Eventually, your guests will get bored and look for ways to entertain themselves. If you don’t have anything to do, why not bring the fun outdoors? You can get some outdoor chairs to gather around a low table or a firepit. The table can hold your food and snacks while the firepit can keep you warm during chilly nights. Having an outdoor gathering spot also gives you a place to hang out when drinking coffee or taking evening cocktails.
2. Prepare your meals ahead of time
Spend less time in the kitchen by chopping vegetables and gathering ingredients before you need them. You can store them in containers so you can quickly retrieve them when you need them. You can do the same with appetizers and other snacks.
3. Make it easy to get breakfast
Try not to make breakfast a hassle for everyone. Instead of preparing toast of getting your hands full with a full with preparing a full English, you should go for doughnuts, bagels, and pastries from bakeries or groceries. You can also get single-serving cereals and spreads. These alternatives are perfect for guests who stay up late.
4. Serve lunch buffet style
If you’re having special meals or planning a dinner out, you should simplify your lunch by laying out an assortment of loaves of bread, cheese, and thin slices of meat. Pair it fresh slices of fruits, salads, and small servings of dessert. It’s light but enough to limit your time in the kitchen. Afterward, let your guests help themselves to get their fill.
5. Keep guests satisfied in between activities
You should offer chips and dips, a fruit platter, or a crudite to keep the crowd happy and satisfied. You can set them on a plate or your kitchen counter for easy access. For the health conscious, you can serve oatmeal cookies, oven-baked carrot fries, nuts, and other vegan substitutes. Don’t forget to have a supply of water nearby. It’s best to have bottled water so they can get them on the go.
6. Allow your guests to explore the kitchen
Don’t limit your guests to what’s available. You should let them explore what’s in the kitchen. To make things easy, you can make a list of where to find items in the kitchen. You should also point out where to find plates and glasses. It makes them familiar with your place while having access to your supplies.
7. Set a meetup point
If you are housing a big group or always heading in a different direction, you should set a time and a place where everyone can meet each night to catch up or grab an appetizer before your meal. It gives a chance for other people to meet with other members of the party. Establishing a meetup point is a great way to meet others even when your schedules aren’t in sync.
8. Schedule group activities
Ensure you have activities prepared for everyone. You should have activities lined up for different age groups and the weather. You can schedule a game night if you want to unwind and spend time indoors. You can play badminton, soccer or frisbee if you have enough space in your lawn. If it’s raining or freezing outside, you can exchange stories by the fireplace, solve puzzles, or bring out a big puzzle. Don’t forget to bring out munchies and other snacks that are easy to pass within a group.
9. Be their local tour guide
Always keep everyone within the loop by writing the day’s events and weather forecasts someplace everyone can see. If you have a chalkboard, you should use to write your plans for the day. If guests spend their time by themselves, you should have a spare key ready for them to go as they please. Also, don’t forget to hand out brochures and a map that shows the instructions on how to go back to your home. Still, you can always accompany them wherever they go and show them the must-see sites in your area.
These are the ways on how to make your guests feel at home. You should always ensure they feel comfortable and at ease with your home. Playing a good host or hostess is reasonably easy as long as you follow these tips.
“A new baby is like the beginning of all things—wonder, hope and a dream of possibilities.”-Eda J. LeShan
Welcoming your newborn back to your home is an exciting and thrilling prospect.
However, it would also entail a myriad of responsibilities. For one, you need to ensure that your home is safe enough to accommodate little feet roaming around about it as your newborn progressively grows. In this regard, you need to ensure that every nook and cranny in your home is fit for a growing child to freely roam in. Sure, while you are pregnant, this might seem like a thing you are not likely to look into as it can be a tad overwhelming at times. While that is understandable, it is recommended that you start right away and do not procrastinate. Take note: The bigger your stomach grows, the faster that delivery date is to come. Start slowly but surely and never delay these tasks. The sooner you start on them, the earlier you will finish.
So, whether you live in a single story flat or in an empire east condo, it is recommended that you prime your homes for your newest family member’s arrival. Here are the ways to do it:
Survey your home and give it a safety exam
As an adult, you might overlook some safety hazards in your home. However, when you are expecting, this can all change. Sure, having a baby that can crawl into the kitchen and access toxic chemicals might seem ages away but sooner or later, your baby will inevitably start crawling. Prepare now while you are still able and rational enough to do so than doing it when the newborn arrives(and you are too sleep-deprived to think straight). Make sure that medications are stored somewhere out of reach or better yet in cabinets that require a key. Similarly, you might want to stow away toxic chemicals such as detergents out of the reach of small children.
Prepare for visitors
More often than not, your relatives and friends would want to send their heartfelt felicitations personally when you have just delivered a baby. Some of them who have not been able to do so while you are in the hospital might want to do so once you are home. With this in mind, it is best to prepare your homes to accommodate them—especially if they intend to stay the night. After all, you would be grateful that you took care of this right away than waiting at the last minute to scramble for bed sheets, towels and the like.
Zero in on the dirtiest places
Before welcoming a newborn into your home, it is recommended that you do your routine cleaning. However, for optimal results and for a better environment for your kid to potentially crawl around in, go beyond your regular cleaning routine and have a professional do a deep cleanse. The dirtiest areas in your homes are not your doorknobs and light switches but it is actually the things that you will find in your kitchen. This would include things like your stove knobs, dish rags, kitchen sinks, cutting boards and the like. Be sure to bring your baby home to an immaculate place that does not have places harboring any germs. In the same vein, you might want to keep sanitizing wipes near these five salient places to wipe them on a regular basis.
Have room in your fridge
While you think you have an infinite food resource in the form of breast milk, your baby would still need formulas to drink. As the months go by, you would also need to dedicate some space in your fridge for baby food. All that in addition to all the food you already have plus the food your well-wishers and visitors would be bringing when they pay your kid a visit would take up serious space in your fridge. Prepare for it beforehand by emptying it out of spoiled and unnecessary food and then do a good cleaning. Discard anything that might be expired or food you no longer recognize then wipe it with a warm sponge. In any case, keep your fridges clean and ensure it has more than enough space to accommodate extra food.
The students just started this school year, and our ever-hard-working laborers are still working year-round, as usual. For many of us, travel going back and forth to our school and work is such a hassle. Imagine being stuck in traffic and you have a class at 8 in the morning, or have a meeting at 1 in the afternoon. You might have left your house three or four hours earlier, but it just won’t do. Unlike the people who are in a condo for rent in Makati, they don’t seem to have any problem if their school or workplace is just near their place.
To give you more of the mentioned above, here are some of the perks if you are residing near your school or work:
You are well-rested
It means no alarm four of five hours before you need to leave home. Thus you have extra time to sleep. You can do many things at home after school or work. You may be tired, but you still have a lot of time to do whatever you want or gain energy thru having a good rest. Isn’t it lovely?
Less time on the road
Given that the traffic in the Metro, well actually everywhere in the Philippines, brings out the worst in us, you will do anything just to get out of that trap. Having less time on the road is just pure nirvana we are all aiming for. Moreover, you are saving a lot of money and energy if you just live a few blocks away from school or work. You can walk for a few minutes or go bike, a workout that you can do in your daily life.
You can go back and forth to your place quickly
If you accidentally left something at home, you can get it and be back at your school or workplace in a jiffy. You can also spend long breaks at home, be at ease knowing that you can get no traffic. Hooray!
Feel free to invite friends and colleagues to come at your place
If you need to do projects or merely for bonding, you can have your friends and colleagues to come at home. It will be very easy for your group to go since it’s just around your area (school or office). It is also economical to hang out or spend your vacant in a house than renting a hotel, go out to eat at a fancy resto, etc. You can have your people swim (ask permission or sign them as guests) in your condo’s pool and cook scrumptious food at home. Having quality time with friends and at the same time being practical with your choices have never been this easy.
If there’s any emergency at home, you can easily storm your way
You get to your school or office around 10 to 15 minutes of walk, and if there’s an emergency, you could surely fly your way for like 5 minutes or less. Might be exaggerated but the fact the whenever someone needs your help or the like, you can quickly excuse yourself (and it’s reasonable).
More time for yourself and family
Given that you are just a few blocks away, you have less time on the road and more with your family, and to yourself of course. Work-life balance seems easier to do if you choose to live near your workplace or school, or vice versa.
Does it speak to you on a personal level? Well, it’s either a calling that you should consider moving somewhere near your current school or workplace or affirmation that your decision to live in a condo in Makati is an excellent choice. Whatever it is, I hope I was able to showcase the little perks you can have if you reside near your school or workplace.
Whether you realize it or not, there will always be a beauty in a big blank and clean wall. Agree? Of course, this is the time when you can actively and creatively imagine what things to put to fill in your big empty wall. For some, this is one of the common problems they faced especially when they don’t know anything about decorating at all. However, when you know what you are going to do with your wall, then a wall décor challenge is just a piece of cake.
It does not matter if you are living in a real estate Cebu, decorating your wall is one of the things you can do to make your wall look good. Well, if you don’t have any idea at all on what you’re supposed to do aside from the typical paintings we have on our wall, then below are some simple and doable examples you can apply.
Build a bookshelf
If you have a lot of things or books yet you don’t have enough space in your home, then you might want to have a bookshelf installed on your wall. Instead of having or putting decorations, make the bookshelf as part of the decorations you have on your wall. With that, you’re not just saving up more space but also, you just made a great and stylish way to have a bookshelf.
Installation of bookshelf may be hard on your part. Of course, you also have to make sure that the shelves are properly installed on the wall to have a good and durable base.
Aside from the pictures and paintings, you can also have statement art on your wall. Installing a striking piece of statement art can be eye-catching to the viewers. Moreover, isn’t it nice to wake up in the morning with a piece of interesting piece of art on your wall? Well, hanging one or two statement arts on your wall would be enough.
One of the struggles most homeowners have is that they don’t have anything to decorate at all. Perhaps, they are one of those homeowners who invest in a property with no furniture to fill the empty spaces yet. Well, you can go with wall coverings or wallpapers. Fret not! Wallpapers are easy to install on your walls. You just have to make sure that there will be no lumps on the surface.
There are a lot of styles when it comes to wallpapers. And it will always be up to you on what style of wallpaper you want to use.
The gallery wall
If you are a kind of person who likes to take pictures or paintings, then the gallery wall might suit your taste. You can have your wall combined with your photos and paintings with different sizes and color and framed or unframed artwork. You can also fill your wall with textiles and other wall decals. Of course, it is also important for you to consider mix matching your decals on the paintings of your wall. Make sure that the color and shapes, sizes can go along with your wall.
If you are not sure about the color combinations, then you can go neutral yet bold, sophisticated and creative in many ways.
Decorating your wall will always depend on what you want to do or have on your wall. Before you can decide on what kind of decorations you want for your wall, you also have to consider about whether your wall and the decorations are incorporated or not. If not, then you have to find ways on how you can mix and match your decals to your walls without compromising its quality.
“I think millennials are a generation, unlike anything we have ever seen on this planet.” –Chelsea Krost
Without a doubt, the rise of the millennials has contributed to the upsurge of real estate developments devoted to solitary living. Although Filipinos still staunchly stand by the ingrained tradition of having children live at home until their married, many of the Millennials today are doing otherwise. This is because millennials, much unlike their preceding generations, have elected to live an entirely independent lifestyle that the demand for affordable and adequate living spaces has seen a rise in the last decade.
It is precisely this phenomenon that we can attribute the recent proliferation of many real estate developments to. In fact, most developers have been erecting condominium towers in almost every nook and cranny in major cities. But, what sets apart a condominium unit from an array of residential living selections? What makes it so appropriate for millennial living and millennials themselves? Well, if you are looking for a good place of your own, you might want to take a gander at the reasons for buying your condo below. This especially rings true for individuals who are in their twenties or thirties.
1.) Meeting new people
The majority of millennials are incredibly social creatures and living in a condo would appeal to them as it gives them an avenue to meet new people. In most cases, condo living means that only a wall would be separating you from your neighbor and unlike most home residential developments, you would be living in proximity to them. Additionally, when all of the units are sold, you will have a lot of new neighbors and a lot of new people to meet. Apart from that, condominium towers are built near business districts and entertainment hubs that it would be easy to find individuals milling about that it would be easy to find individuals who share the same interests as you. Condominiums are also known to have social gatherings for special occasions such as Halloween, Christmas and New Year as a way for residents to gather and mingle.
2.) Enjoy a great lifestyle
Living in a condo practically means you do not need extraneous memberships to a pool club or the gym. Book buffs and skin care enthusiasts are not left out either as many condominiums nowadays come with library and spa facilities. Each condominium development would have something unique to offer each, and it is only a matter of selecting which one is most appropriate for you.
3.) Save more money
Contrary to popular belief, owning your condo unit is not more expensive than renting. It may be not readily apparent at first glance, but if you think of the long-time returns, you will eventually realize that investing in your own space is more cost-efficient than paying rent. Your monthly rental could actually serve as monthly mortgage payments for a condominium unit you would eventually own. Today, there are a lot of condominium developers offering flexible payment schemes that are friendly to your budget.
4.) Have security
Your safety and security are of paramount concern to the condominium developers which is precisely why you do not have to worry much when you have to leave your home. Condominiums have a stringent security policy and would have roving guards patrolling from time to time. Apart from that, most condominiums would even require visitors to leave an ID when visiting. All these so that you can rest easy knowing you are in safe and secure hands while you are at home or not.
So, if you are looking for your own condo space, take a look at some of the units offered in the high street south block, and you might just find a condominium that suits your lifestyle perfectly.
“Of all place, why to choose to move in Quezon City?” Perhaps, some of you here might be wondering and asking about such matter. Right? You can be one of them too! Well generally, Quezon City was once the seat of power of Metro Manila. Nowadays, vestiges of the city’s old grandeur are still there. That means, there are still a lot of different establishments for the people to use and enjoy.
If you are planning to invest a property, there are actually a lot of affordable condo for sale in Quezon City available for you. It basically doesn’t matter what condo unit you want to purchase, for as long as you are satisfied with the property, then you will definitely achieve what you want in life. However, if you are one of those people who just don’t have any idea why to choose Quezon City as their new home. Here’s why:
1. MRT-7 is now in the works
For most commuters, this is one of the things they tend to look forward. Of course, it is definitely hard for them to go to their work when there is no enough transportation for them to use. Well, fret no! San Miguel Corporation (SMC) recently broke ground for the Metro Rail Transit Line 7. This will connect to MRT-3 which runs from North Avenue Station until Taft station in Pasay City. MRT-7 will serve 28,000 per house, per direction during peak hours. It also aims to cut down the travel time for most commuters who take the congested Commonwealth Avenue.
2. It is eyed to be the next gaming and leisure hub
If you are a kind of person who usually go for gaming and leisure hub, then investing in a property in Quezon City might be on your taste. In there, you will definitely have fun and enjoy the game you are playing. Quezon City is planning to have a mixed-use development that will be similar to Solaire resort and Casino in Paranaque, Bloomberry’s first venture into the gaming industry. Moreover, when boredom strikes, you need not worry since there are actually a lot and different games for you to try and enjoy.
3. More residential projects are coming in
This is one of the common reasons why people tend to choose to live or invest a property in Quezon City. Because of the vast variety of properties that are developed in that particular place, you will also get the chance to choose what kind of property you want to invest. Of course, you can definitely have the property of your choice. Moreover, real estate developers have foreseen Quezon City’s resurgence. That means, there will be more residential projects are on the horizon which will provide homeowners a wide range of real estate options.
4. Tech and BPO firms are looking alternative locations
It is undeniable that more and more business establishments that are already developed for people to have their jobs. And one factor that most people consider is the location of their work. That is why Quezon City is becoming a sought-after location for technology and business process outsourcing companies. That means, there will be more and more people who can have the chance to have their job in their desired location. Moreover, this is also one way that people would not have to worry about going to their work since residences in Quezon City are just near their working place.
Generally, there are actually a lot of advantages when you invest in a property in Quezon City. Of course, for as long as you know what and what not to do when it comes to real estate investments, then you will definitely achieve and have the property or condo unit that you wanted.
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. Couples all over the world are excited to celebrate that special day with their loved ones. Most of the couples would celebrate Valentines in fine dining restaurants, and others would prefer celebrating it in their condo Philippines.
There are a lot of things that comes to our mind. What will we both do on that special day? What will I give to him or her? I hope there will be no fights on that very special day. These questions usually bother most couples, especially when they are into a romantic way of showing their love for each other.
With these questions bugging, most couples tend to forget that there will always be surprises even when you do it in a simple and heartwarming way. Your partner will definitely not mind what gift or surprises you give for as long as he or she can feel the love in it.
Now if you really are doing special things to your partner, you might want to apply these simple yet heartwarming tips.
Decorate your walls with pictures of both of you
We all know couples usually have pictures of their moments together, taking selfies here and there with your partner is one of the things they mostly do.
You might want to make a wall decoration out of those pictures. You just have to select the pictures that you want, gather it and place it on the wall. You can also do some decorations out of it. Be creative. Place it in a way you think your partner will love it.
It is easy for you to do it on your own since all you have to do is to select pictures that are fun, gather, and place it on the wall, and you don’t need to bother about the cost because it’s cheap. And to make it more romantic, you can have some add-ons like candles, etc. Whatever you like.
Give him/her a love letter
Who says writing a love letter is not an in anymore? Yes, it may be an old school thing but, don’t you know your partners would definitely want to read your letter over and over again?!
There will always be the perks of writing a love letter. There are couples who are not that showy enough on their love for each other; and that they prefer writing it down. Writing love letters to your partner is also helpful, especially when you want to be cheesy in telling him or her about what you feel in which you find it awkward telling it in person.
Be sweet. Even though he or she already knows that you love him or her, tell them again. Write it down and tell them again and again how much you love them. It is ok to be cheesy.
Let me just remind you, communication is always important. Even though you usually write love letters to him or her, there will be no better understanding through good communication. You can do both actually, impress your partner. Make and effort and they will surely love and appreciate it.
A surprise bouquet of flowers and chocolates
Saying “I love you”, and giving of a bouquet of flowers and chocolates are one of the sweetest things one can give and receive. It will never be old enough to give these sweetest things to your partner. Like giving a love letter, your partner will also love to receive these simple gifts of yours.
Well, you must also be careful about the things she likes for you to impress her more. Like, what kind of flower she particularly wants, the color, the smell and the taste of the chocolate. If you are on a budget tight, a simple flower will do. And another thing is knowing her dislikes to avoid giving or doing the things that she hates.
Actually, you don’t need to buy her costly things, impress her with your effort. Remember Jennifer Lopez’s song, “My Love Don’t cost a Thing”? That is the beauty of the true meaning of love.
Simply be with him or her
There is no more comforting thing to have than to be with your partner’s side. Sometimes, you don’t need to do something just to impress your partner, they just want to be with you for a day or two is already enough for them. Letting them feel that you are always there beside them whenever they need you is enough to make them feel loved.
You can both do a lot of things together; helping in the kitchen is one. You can also have wine and spend the time chatting, or one can massage his or her back. It is just a simple act, but it means a lot to your partner.