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What to Expect When You’re Expecting: Four Ways to Prepare Your Home for a Newborn

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“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.

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Aesthetic Homes: Four Common Kitchen Renovation Mistakes You Might be Making

 

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“Kitchens should be designed around what is truly important—fun, food and life.”-Daniel Boulud

Kitchen (kich-uhn) – noun: a gathering place for friends and family and a place where memories are homemade and seasoned with love

 

The kitchen has always been thought to be the heart of the home. It is that one definitive place that brings families together in the form of sharing a meal.

In this regard, many might consider the kitchen as solely the most important place in the home. However, as the kitchen sees more activity than the rest of the areas in your home (and consequently more foot traffic as well), its wear and tear would be rapid. Similarly, it would also more susceptible to disrepair than any of the other parts of your home—especially if it sees regular heavy usage. In this regard, many homeowners would be constrained to renovating their kitchens for either of these reasons: To accommodate more appliances, have it function optimally through various kitchen repairs or to address a space and storage issue.

If you are anything like most homeowners, the prospect of a kitchen renovation would often bring a myriad of kitchen upgrade ideas and scenarios to your head. Unfortunately, while all of these are great, albeit a little farfetched at times, some of them can be impractical and can fall beyond your budget—particularly the ones that were inspired by Pinterest. In conceptualizing a kitchen renovation, know that a realistic approach works best for this endeavor. Not only would this mitigate the likelihood of frustrations stemmed from unmet expectations, but it would also reduce the possibility of you straying away from your projected budget. As a homeowner with dreams of a kitchen renovation in the horizon, whether that may be a unit condominium in Pasig or elsewhere, it is best to be aware of the common mistakes are in order to avoid them.
Below is a list of what these kitchen upgrade mistakes are to better aid you in your efforts of creating a better and more functional scullery:

1.) Designing without considering your work style

The only way you can optimally function in the kitchen is if it is designed around your work style. You can do as many upgrades and renovations as you wish and it would all be for naught if it takes too much effort to use or would not meet your functional needs. In this regard, your kitchen sections must be divided according to the way you use it. Keep in mind that the three areas that see the most work are the stove, fridge, and sink which means they should be near to each other without being too close that they would result in overcrowding when all three are being used.

2.) Not considering appliance sizes first

Before you get carried away with your fantasies of having a granite countertop style, make sure that it would fit the kind of appliances you need first. Before you plan on a kitchen overhaul, it is best to start selecting the appropriate appliances that would fall within your budget first. From there, you can now incorporate your dream countertops and cupboards to accommodate them rather than doing it the other way around.

3.) Downsizing everything—including storage!

Sure, you might want a smaller and more efficient kitchen instead of having a spacious one that would require too much cleaning, but that does not mean that you should cut down on storage space as well! Remember, you can opt for a smaller kitchen but never make the oversight of cutting down on storage as well. You might overlook the extra space now and think that you do not need it, but eventually and inevitably you will. You are going to accumulate stuff, and you would definitely need the extra space these storage spaces would provide. Keep in mind that there are always clever solutions that would allow you to have a diminutive kitchen without compromising storage space. Be on the lookout for them instead of ruling out the need for storage space completely.

4.) Forgetting countertops

Some homeowners make the mistake of overlooking countertop space in favor of maximizing space. In this regard, they would fill it with all sorts of appliances and kitchen essentials possible. However, for optimal functioning, it is best to leave some surfaces idle. Sure, it might seem counterintuitive to you, but this is not the case in kitchens. In fact, your kitchen would need as many unused spaces as possible and believe us when we say that you will thank yourself for it later. Remember, cooking requires a lot of countertop space, and you are going to be grateful that you left some of yours open instead of having them all occupied.

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You Don’t Have to Skip The Mall When You’re Broke

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It’s easy to get in a financial rut once in a while when you’re starting your career or launching a new business. When you’re young, you can get sucked into the vortex of the capitalist culture. You have to buy stuff to fill your home or be identified. It’s no wonder that people get into debt or end up with no money because they’ve spent it in buying stuff they don’t need.

You might think that the solution to your problem is to skip the mall altogether. However, there are other things you can do so you won’t end up losing all your money in shopping. Exercising control or finding an alternative activity are few of the things you can do to fill your day besides visiting the shops at Vertis North.

Find out how you can spend a day at the mall without going broke. The tips below will be the solution to manage your money properly.

  1. Opt for experiences and not add-ons

Don’t go to the mall with the mindset of “wanting to have something.” Instead, think about what you wish to achieve or experience while there. Consider all the things you and your friends can do when you’re together. You can window shop and create a mental list of all the stores with high-quality swimwear. That way, you don’t have to worry about getting your next summer outfit. You can also visit cafeterias and ice cream parlors to find which has the best tasting iced coffee or gelato. If you’re with kids, you can visit the arcade and children’s booths. Some booths offer free trial or admission to activities.

  1. Put your needs first

If you think about it, you can take care of your needs by shopping. You have to drop by the grocery store to get fruits, veggies and other produce. You need to visit boutiques and stores to get new clothes whenever what you have are too worn out or ill-fitting. But, there are other needs you’re neglecting when you only think about these things. You forget about your emotional well-being. You also need to breathe and think clearly. Shopping sprees won’t help you achieve that. A day at the spa, a hike, or time at a local shelter are some things you can substitute for shopping.

  1. Don’t stop walking

Use your time at the mall to exercise. Walking helps you burn calories while straying your mind away from buying something you don’t need. Whenever you feel the urge to enter a store to purchase an item, you should walk towards the next floor. It’ll change the view and help you think about other stuff besides shopping.

  1. Choose the right shopping partners

If your weaning on shopping or plan to change your spending habits, then you should also think about the people who shop with you. There’s a phenomenon called “group-level consideration” that happens when you are with others. The people you spend time with or are with you at the moment of buying can influence your decisions. If you’re friends or mom doesn’t have a grasp of your financial health, you can end up with a credit card bill you can’t afford to pay especially if they’re reckless shoppers.

  1. Skip freebies

Malls are fond of selling items in bulk or offering gift certificates to their customers. However, it comes with a price. You have to buy a regular priced item or reach a certain amount to avail the freebie. Don’t fall these seemingly money-saving tactics. They only encourage you to spend more or increase the quantity of the items you have in your cart. The next you face a similar situation, always think of your choices. You always have the option to walk away.

  1. Be confident

Shopping can be a form of therapy. Some people even get a confidence boost after a day of shopping. That’s because they think they bought the right items that makes them smarter, sexier, or much prettier than they are. Unfortunately, feeling bad about yourself can only drown you in shopping bags. Once the glamour of shopping fades, you are left with yourself. It’s time you acknowledge yourself for who you are. Learn to love your strengths and weakness as clothes, makeup and makeovers can change the way you see yourself.

  1. Survey the aisles

Before you settle on a can of tuna or a loaf of bread, you should first look for alternatives. You might find a less expensive tuna with the same size or a can that’s is more costly but weighs more. Furthermore, it can feature better quality than the product you’re used to buying. Always look at each aisle to see if you’re getting the best deal out of your shopping trip.

  1. Don’t fall into a store’s trap

Marketers and business owners set up stores to encourage mall goers to linger to the store and spend more. They trick your senses to remain enchanted with the products on display. Clothing stores blast feel-good music, makeup and skin care shops have a good-looking staff to show the effectivity of their products, and jewelry stores install high-wattage halogen lights to bring out more sparkle to their watches and other displays.

  1. Wait for sale season

The easiest way to maintain money in your wallet is to sit out the spending sprees you have during ordinary days and wait for sale season to come. Don’t worry about items going out of stock. The store is sure to go all out during the end of the season. You’ll still be able to see that pair of boots or oversized sweater and get them half the price during a sale.

  1. Look for items at the back of the store

Most stores, including high-end ones, place their new releases and pricy items in the middle of the store. These stores aren’t thrilled to put out the things on sale so they usually stash them at the back. Be patient and always watch out for major steals placed at the sides or the back of the store.

The mall is an exciting place to be but not so much when you’re broke. It can make you feel small and insignificant because you don’t have enough cash to buy the things you want or eat at the latest food joint. Fortunately, you don’t have to skip the mall altogether when your balance is running low. These tips show you how to survive a day at the mall without cashing out.

8 Tips For Condo Living With Children

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Living with children is fun. Their noise can bring life to a new yet empty condo in the city. However, they like running around and touching different stuff in the room. Most of all, they end up making a mess of things even if they did not mean to do it.

Thus, you must know how to live with your children in a condo. If you plan to get two bedroom condominium at Ayala Vertis North, it is not enough to know how to decorate your home. You must know how to make a childproof area. Below are ten tips you can follow for a harmonious condo living with children.

1. Use a dark upholstered couch.

Small spaces constantly use their furniture. Thus, you must use a dark colored sofa to fill your living room. The living room is a busy area as your friends occasionally drop by, children eat and spill drinks, and you and your partner eat dinner and catch up.

With all these activities, the couch can easily get worn. Buy a sofa made of durable material. Canvas, leather, and velvet are some decorative textiles that can take the pressure of daily use. These textiles in dark color are perfect for concealing stains and making the sofa stand out in a small space.

2. Be smart about room assignment.

The largest room at home must be assigned to the kids especially if they have a lot of stuff. Your kids can share the master bedroom while you and your partner can stay in another room. Your children will have more space to play in if they have a room with a wide floor area. Their toys do not have to occupy the place once they realize they have the space they need.

When your stuff and the children’s stuff are in one space, clean up is easier and faster than before. You to switch or transfer from room to room so you can gather all the stuff and place them in their proper storages.

3. Declutter ruthlessly.

A small space can easily get cluttered if you do not purge once in a while. To keep your home in order, you must throw things away. Try not to keep all your children’s artwork. It is not a great idea to store too much paper and other materials in your attic.

If you find it challenging to declutter ruthlessly, you can create a few rules for yourself. You can keep a thing or two per month. Stash only your most special pieces. If you have a keepsake box, go through it every year and reevaluate which are important to you and your family.

4. Lend and donate.

If you do not want to throw away your stuff, you can loan it to a friend or donate it to charity and other organizations that accept donations in kind. Give away the books, clothing, and toys your children outgrew. They no longer need these things.

It is also time to give the infant car seat if your baby is now a full-grown child. Even if you plan to have another baby, it is not a reason for you to stuff your things in the attic. Lend it to a friend with a baby or a neighbor who needs more than you need it.

5. Consider your limitations.

If your space is limited, do not waste it by acquiring the things the things that are not necessary. Do not purchase furniture and fixtures especially if they are not a need. Do not hoard several pairs of shoes if you have a small storage space.

Take note of you and your home’s limitations. If you cannot afford a lot of stuff, then do not purchase the items you will only use once. Spend more time and resources on investment pieces. That way, you maximize your home’s size and space.

6. Opt for chill birthday parties.

Do not buy several items for your child’s celebration. They do not mind the decorations. Instead of spending time and effort on filling your home, use them to focus on the small things such as gifts and food.

Small spaces like condos also are not noise resistant. Avoid ruckus and sounds reaching next-door neighbors by inviting few people as possible. It will minimize the noise from your home as well as the number of guests who will contribute to the chatter.

7. Ensure each item has a storage space.

An organized home has a place and storage for everything. It does not matter how large or small your home is. It stays organized as long as each item has part of a storage solution.

Your things must be in a basket, container, or shelf that serves as its home. It makes clean up much easier during moments of decluttering. It also avoids stacking up or misplacing items during moments of laziness. If there is no room for containers, then you need to get rid of something.

8. Use the outdoor space.

If there’s no space indoors, you can use your balcony. You can use it to store outdoor gear and boots to keep them from clogging your limited indoor space. Utilizing every nook and cranny of your home keeps clutter out of sight.

Life in a condo with children is exciting. Condo living can be stressful at times due to clutter and noise, but you begin to enjoy your home life once you learn to deal with both. Since a condo has limited space, it is best for you to learn how to deal with living in a small area. That way, you can enjoy your life with your children at Vertis North.

 

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15 Must-Do To Be Successful in Your Career

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There is no shortcut to success. There is also no exact definition of success. Each person has a concept of success towards various aspects of their life. Career is one aspect of being important to adults. It is closely tied to money, fame, business, and time. People juggle these elements to reach the goal concerning the career aspect of their life.

Of course, success in career is always an individual journey. Progress is up to each individual. How each deals with the daily work-related situation at Vertis results in a future action. Thus, the key to being successful in your career depends on the activities and choices you take.

There are some things you must go through to reach your career goals in an office in Quezon City. Below is a list of must-do you must undergo to be a success in the career aspect of your life.

1. Reach out to inspiring yet intimidating people.

It’s time to call the person who has something to offer you. Don’t put off reaching out to people who can help you improve and become a better version of yourself. They can help unlock your abilities and offer opportunities which were ones out of reach.

2. Get out of bed earlier than usual.

You must your sleeping habits, so you can wake up before your usual waking time. Rising early gives you more time to accomplish things within the day. Early risers have more time to prepare breakfast and eat nutritious meals while basking in the sun. The morning is the time to be exercise and be proactive by planning activities for the rest of the day or the week.

3. Give more than you get.

Return the act of kindness. Give back to people who help you rise. Help your mentors and people who pick you up along the way. Good karma follows those who practice it.

4. Move towards where you want to be.

Though it’s essential to look towards the future, you must always go to the path leading you to what you want. Your position or promotion may be comfortable and enough for the moment or the next three years. However, it’s not the same as being in the industry you to be. Always grind towards the thing you wish to achieve.

5. Accept accountability for actions especially when things go wrong.

Accountability is empowering. It’s a form of acceptance which encourages positive and negative outcome. It’s the ingredient for self-correction as it pushes you to take responsibility for tasks and your goals. Hence, it helps you set realistic expectations and build trust in yourself.

6. Deliver results within unreasonable deadlines.

The corporate world is cutthroat. It’s like an entirely different world when in the arena. It’s full of people with the same ambition and drive as you. Several people are also vying for your position at work whether it’s an entry-level position or senior management. Since you are part of an organization, you must do your best to deliver results within deadlines.

7. Try over and over even in the face of failure.

Quitting is never the answer. Even if you look like an idiot in front of everyone, it won’t matter if your mind is set on a goal. Prioritizing your dream must weigh more than your appearance and how society thinks of you. Continue to prove yourself otherwise.

8. Look beyond the “facts.”

Change is the only permanent thing in the world, and not even facts can argue with that. When someone presents an argument, challenge it. Look into the case. Back up your version of facts to verify which proves a solid case. Don’t settle until your satisfied.

9. Choose results over excuses.

Strive to work hard and be radical. Always aim for results as they are physical representations of your effort. Prove naysayers wrong by providing more than you are capable. If there’s a block along the way, try not to give in to excuses. Don’t rely on your negative inner voice to save you from the stressful situation. Face them by immersing yourself in work.

10. Find humility in the lack of knowledge.

Not having the answers or not knowing the next set of steps to take will make look different from others. You may look like a fool while searching for answers you don’t have. At this time, it’s best to be humble, accept the current struggle, and find faith in the journey.

11. Invest in yourself.

Improve your strength, build your skill set and expand your knowledge about the industry, current events, and relevant information about the job. Take classes, go to the gym, buy supplies in the shops at Vertis North and immerse in a project. Take time to discover other passion helping you improve as a person. That way, you can effectively add value to any organization.

12. Stand up and fight for what you believe.

Getting in an organization can kill your spirit. The competitive environment can strip you away from your dreams and kill your ambition. Always stick to your values and belief system even when a culture already exists in the organization. It will make you stand out. Be authentic, and discern what’s right from what’s acceptable.

13. Endure the uncomfortable feelings.

The time will come when you feel safe and insecure because you have to play it safe. It may be uncomfortable, but dwelling on it teaches you how to carve a path of your own, rise from the adversity, and challenge your self to come up with better and viable solutions.

14. Stop wasting time and energy.

Complaining is a time-waster. It’s also an energy zapper. It’s a negative activity and utterly unproductive which is the opposite of what you want to achieve. To succeed, you must exercise control and cut out the pursuits not contributing to growth or value to your career.

15. Practice gratitude.

Make it a habit to be grateful for each day. A new workday brings an opportunity to learn something new on the job, explore an idea and contribute to a community with individuals with the same goals and vision. Gratitude empowers the mind as it turns on the positive side of the brain. When you practice finding the good and be thankful for it, you begin to enjoy the gifts of life and the fruits of your labor.

It is part of man’s DNA to strive for greatness. It is also part of each person to dream and have ambition. However, greatness only comes after hard work and a few challenges. If you want a successful career, you must go and do these fifteen things to move mountains and reach for the stars.

 

5 Pieces of Furniture to Add in a Teen Condo Bedroom

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Teenagers of today are design-conscious and up-to-date with the latest trends. Whether its fashion, graphic design or interior decorating, they back up their knowledge through research. They may act as if they know everything there is to know, but they are living in childhood and adulthood. Some of them aren’t ready to give up their toys or collectibles from the past. As their parent or guardian, you can help them transform their bedroom into a polished and sophisticated sleeping quarter at Arbor Lanes.

Teen bedrooms must include features specific to their age without sacrificing design. It must be vibrant and full of energy. It must allow movement while providing an escape from the demands of the world. A functional bedroom must have the basics – bed, study desk, bookshelf, vanity, and storage units. Your teen’s bedroom becomes ten times better when it has a few pieces of furniture that would contribute to its look. You can add the five pieces of furniture below to improve the style of your teen’s room.

1. Armchair/Bean Bags/Couch

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Other than the chair for the desk, there must be additional places for sitting. Teenage years is the decade when friends and classmates come over to hang out. These children have limited cash and a strict curfew. Thus, they would instead crash in your child’s room or chill in the family room. When that happens, you’ll need an extra couch or couple of bean bags to keep your guests comfy.

If you want to add a pair of bean bags in your teen’s room, you must select a chair with removable and washable cover. The bean bag will last longer when you can throw its cover in the wash. Washing does a better job at cleaning than spot cleaning. You must also select a chair with the right filling. Polystyrene bead fill is light but breaks over time. It’s best to look for an eco-fill that is safe and non-carcinogenic. The bean bag must also be big enough to support the user and provide a comfortable seating position.

Beanbags are perfect in a laidback bedroom theme. Teens who wish to achieve a chic and elegant bedroom can opt for armchairs. Armchairs have different varieties and styles. There are curved armrests and boxy seating. It also uses various fabrics and patterns for upholstery. An armchair with a neutral cover is versatile but avoid using white if you want minimal upkeep. Armchairs and bean bags will work on small spaces and extensive floor areas with heavy pieces of furniture. If there’s extra space in the room, you can go for a couch. Sofa beds are great for slumber parties or group school work the teens need to rush.

2. Dresser

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When talking about dressers, it’s critical to know about design, quality, finish, and construction. Keep in mind you can customize its pulls and handles. Focus on the material, the number of its drawers and size as well as material. There are different types of wood used in making chests, and they differ in price points. High-quality dressers have a shiny finish, wood-on-wood glides, and center-rail support. Again, measure the width, height, and depth it will accommodate.

3. Full-length Mirror

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Since teens are conscious of their appearance, a full-length mirror can reassure if their outfit is up to par. The mirror provides a breath of fresh air into your space. It reflects light so small rooms will benefit from the extra shine and brightness. Shape, size, and style are the most important things to look into when buying a mirror.

The shape of the mirror can dictate the mood of the room and accentuate the features of the area. A long horizontal mirror emphasizes width while a tall vertical reflector accentuates height. Boxy shapes give a sense of order while rounded and curved frames soften the visual environment and add a whimsical look. A carved or ornate frame is best for traditional bedroom themes. Still, it is an excellent contrast to modern elements of design. Simple frames and those made of unusual materials suit casual bedroom while whimsical frames and distressed looks complement country and whimsical rooms.

4. Ottoman

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An ottoman is an understated piece of furniture. It is a padded upholstered seat. It resembles a bench without the arms. It can be square or round and used as stools or footrest. Homeowners often neglect the advantage of having one in the bedroom. A square-shaped ottoman enables you to extend the size of your coach. Meanwhile, round and rectangular ottomans are great coffee tables and centerpieces.

You can also purchase ottomans depending on their function. Cocktail and storage ottomans are elevating the room’s overall appearance.

5. Side Table

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If you are looking for pieces of furniture to fill the sides of your bed, you can add a pair of side tables. It’s crucial to think of the height of the item next to it. The table must be equal or below the furniture next to it. It creates a seamless visual flow and makes it easy to reach items on the table. Similar to armchairs, mirrors, and ottomans, side tables also come in several shapes and sizes. You can use your side table to contrast the existing furniture in the area to offset harsh lines, soft textures, or bold colors.

Some side tables have drawers and open shelves for extra storage. Having these features will depend on how you plan to use it.

Armchairs, bean bags, dresser, full-length mirror, ottomans, and side tables are few of the pieces of furniture to add in a teen condo bedroom. A teen’s bedroom is similar to a self-contained apartment. They don’t mind its size as long as it has everything they need. They have space to invite their friends over, finish their homework, and sleep. The right style, shape, size, and color will help reflect their personality and complete the design of their room.

 

Six Simple Engagement Ideas to Celebrate Love

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Love grows and expands. It is the only thing that you give away but never diminishes. Once you fall and accept the person as they are, you are entirely captivated by the person. The time when you want to enter the next level of your relationship.

Long-term relationships past the dating stage are ready for the next step, marriage. But before they go hunting for rings in shops at Vertis North. Their partner must get to the proposal. Asking the question is dreadful as there is no assurance of any affirmation. Also, they want the best for their partner, so they want everything to go off without a hitch.

A simple engagement often completes the moment. Gathering family and a close-knit circle of friend to witness the once-in-a-lifetime moment completes the occasion. But if you still want to execute a unique proposal for your loved one, try one the ideas below.

1. The Surprise Homecoming

If your partner is a jet-setter because of her job, you can use this opportunity to give her a warm welcome at the airport. The next time he or she comes home from a long trip, you can propose on the spot upon embarkment. You can hold up a huge handwritten sign saying “Will you marry me?” or you can meet your partner halfway to get on your knee and hold out the ring box. If you wish to go with the sign, asking help from family members and friends to hold the signs will place the last word – “me” – in your hands.

2. Fine Dining

A lot of people propose in public places. Most end up restaurants for its comfort. You have the meal and the luxurious setting in one place. What more can you ask?

If you wish to propose in a restaurant, inform the establishment beforehand. Know if they have arrangements regarding wedding proposals. That way, you can plan the flow of your date night. You can also ask them for advice on the best way to have the engagement. You can have your proposal written on a plate as the waiter delivers the ring with the dessert or entree.

3. Completing the Puzzle

Want something unique? Create a customized jigsaw puzzle! Write the words on the pieces and allow your partner solve the picture. You can create the puzzle pieces through CreateJigsawPuzzles, Piczzle, Printer Studio, and, Portrait Puzzles.

4. Going Back in Time

Take your sweetie to the place your story began. It can be the theme park you had your first date or the restaurant you spent your first anniversary. Drop some lines during an intimate moment. It can go something like this, “We’ve had an amazing journey these past years. I think we are ready to take the next step in our journey. I hope you pick me as your partner in life.” Try to be as smooth as possible. To make it seem natural, add some lines or humor that brings out your personality.

5. Skywriting

Superman isn’t hiding behind the clouds in the sky. They are digital skywriting planes high above the ground doing advertising and writing messages. Take your engagement off the surface of the Earth by setting up a personal note to an aerial advertising company. It’s one way of showing your love to the world. Tying a banner with the proposal and flying the plane over your town is a cool way to spread the news.

6. Watching Your Silver Screen Moment

It doesn’t matter whether you are the creative type or not. You can come up with a montage or compiled video clips with the someone’s help. Recording your travel moments, holidays, and other activities while narrating how they are special to you will bring tears to your partner’s eyes. You can play the short movie at home before starting your favorite TV show. You can also show it to your family and friends as a surprise during a luncheon or a dinner. If you want to go big, you may show it at a local movie theater. Have it running before the usual Vertis North cinema schedule.

Marriage proposals, without extra effort and elaborate motions, are unforgettable. They are one of life’s milestones as you accept your partner to be part of your remaining life on Earth. Though acts of grandeur are unnecessary, paying attention to what your partner needs show how your love and affection. These six simple proposals are sure to get the affirmation you wish to hear.

Etiquette: Unsolicited Advice from Life’s Experts

Scratch that. Nobody is an expert on the facts of life. There are only people with experiences. These people are around long enough to know the difference between what works and what doesn’t. They know how to deal with people and work with the bumps along the way. Most of all, they are self-assured. They know enough to help the lost and young on the questions they had when they were at the same age.

When advice is put into action, it becomes a part of etiquette. Instilling manners into your system does not only benefit yourself. It also helps the community and the society once everyone gets going with the trend. You get to score points with your neighbors at your condo in Nuvali. You live a long life as you fill yourself with confidence and love.

However, a twenty-something may still be unaware of how to accomplish these things. Most of them recently got their diplomas, on their first job or serious relationship. Some of them think they have it all under control when they absolutely have no idea what to do. They face problems head-on and apply solutions that only smack them in the face. Stumbles will always be part of life, but they become fewer as one learns how to face the hurdles.

Experienced Humans: Fifty-Somethings

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Below are some bits of advice from experienced humans, in this case, fifty-somethings that will help you through life. These people already spent half their life on Earth. Hence, they don’t mess around when talking about life.

Actively work on identifying what job will make you feel like you don’t work in a 9-to-5 setup. Pursue it with all the energy you can manage. Nothing says demise than daily routine. Clocking in and out at the office, sending and replying to e-mails, and accomplishing the same ad-hoc tasks is a surefire way to kill the spirit. Instead, ignite the passion inside of you. Dance, draw, paint, read, sing, write, or travel if that’s what you wish to do. You can immerse in various pursuits throughout your lifetime. Doing them brings you closer to what works for you.

No one wins or loses in the game of life. It’s the journey that counts. The material wealth you have – cash, automobiles, electronics, and other luxury items – have the same value as the generic ones. A Chanel bag is still a bag. A Bentley is still a car. It all boils down to perspective. Switching to newer and better versions of the former will result in the same way it was before after six months.

Consequently, do not put stuff above people when making priority lists. They are never as important as the people you love. Cherish the memories and time you have with each person in your life. Family and friends are the ones there for you at a time of crisis. Not your iPhone.

Major life decisions are for you to decide. Other people exist to encourage and provide support. They must not be the one running the show. Thus, don’t make decisions to please others. Live for yourself. Remember, there is no one else to support you and your dreams but you.

If you don’t have confidence, fake it. Pretend as if you do. Going through the motions will trick your brain into believing. Eventually, you will gain it, and everything will fall into place.

These five pieces of advice target the self. Change starts within a person the spreads to others once they are sure of themselves. Twenty-somethings are in a period of insecurity due to the unstable footing and lack of knowledge in the world. Having a guide, mentor or someone who is wise beyond their years are the people who give out nuggets of wisdom.

The Joys of Being Alone: Becoming Financially Stable

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Financially stability is probably every Millenial’s dream. Born in a world of economic meltdowns, fiscal and monetary policy, these individuals often look forward to easing their worries regarding finances.

They start early – they look for jobs and side hustles, build empires and turn their passion into business ventures. Of course, the path to these isn’t easy. It can be a breeze when you know where to start.

To help you get started, here are some hacks to financial stability.

1. Build your emergency fund.

There’s no other solution during difficult times than to establish a sizeable amount of emergency funding. Each day unexpected events happen to each one. What’s worse, the outcomes are unpredictable. Some events result in greatness while others result in depression (not the illness).

These events not only happen to us. They also occur to people close to us – parents, siblings, and children. When these occur, you must be ready to buffer against the hardship. A sudden layoff, sickness, and death entail costs that can eat up your operating expenses. An emergency fund will help you sail through them.

If you’re a regular employee with a monthly salary, it helps to save six months’ worth of expenses. Entrepreneurs, people on commission and those without a fixed income must save a year’s worth for their expenditures.

2. Expand your income base.

It will take you awhile before you reach the ideal amount for an emergency fund if you have a meager paycheck. A minimum wage will only get you so far – utilities, food, other necessities, and the remaining for savings. You won’t have enough for investment which is crucial to make your money grow over time.

Thus, you must get creative and bust some move to gain some moolah. Some people get a side hustle on top of their 9-to-5 job. Others explore their passion until they start making something out of it. There are guides and tutorials on the Internet that can guide you and become your inspiration to grow your money.

3. Explore community services.

Privatization and exclusivity may be convenient and fancy, but it’s highly expensive. An Uber ride to work is double the amount of your daily train fare. Therefore, commuting is highly sustainable compared to other modes of transportation. Exploring the travel route from Trinoma to Vertis North saves you a couple of bills while doing good to the Earth.

The same goes for biking and walking. It doesn’t only decrease your expenses. It also minimizes your carbon footprint. Besides commuting, common areas like public parks, museums, and libraries are sources of culture and entertainment. Most of these establishments offer a small fee (often the entrance fee) to maintain their operation.

TL, DR: You can be part of something without spending a ton of money just because of exclusivity.

4. Set a partition on your utilities.

Scheduling bill payment twice a month between both paychecks is a life hack. It spreads out your money and extends your budget. To do this, include electricity and water bills in the first half of the month. The other half covers the remaining expenses such as cable, Internet and other payables.

You can throw in other expenses such as groceries and household expenses in the mix. You can do grocery shopping twice per cutoff. That way, you can easily track where the bulk of your money goes.

5. Use budgeting apps.

There’s an app for everything. There’s an application for budgeting for sure. Hence, use the power of technology to cultivate lasting financial habits. If budgeting and monay management isn’t your cup of tea, you can rely on apps to balance accounts and compute your expenses for you. All you have to do in input the complete details to arrive at an accurate computation of your payments and net income.

Maintaining a savings account and paying off a loan is easy when you don’t have obligations. Family members can add to the bulk of expenses without contributing to income. Thus, use these tips and hacks to maximize your earnings. Once you have enough, start growing your passive income. Being financially stable is based on a having a fixed passive income.

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Five Ways to Be A Good Neighbor

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“A bad neighbor is a misfortune, as much as a good one is a great blessing.” -Hesiod

 

A Chinese proverb once said that a good neighbor is a priceless treasure and indeed they are. Although it is an often overlooked aspect when it comes to looking for a prospective house, it should be an integral element when it comes to looking for the right neighborhood. After all, a good neighbor does not only foster a community of helpful friendliness and comfortable living; it cultivates a good relationship among all the members of the society as well. However, it is not only enough that your neighbors are good, but you also need to be an excellent neighbor to them as well. After all, these are the people you live in proximity with so it is only right that you establish a good relationship with them. So, if you have just moved into a new neighborhood or are seeking to make new friends with the neighbors who have just moved in (whether you may be living in a condominium in Manila or elsewhere), here are ways you can be an exemplary neighbor:

1.) Be welcoming

It might be a little awkward to start up a conversation with a neighbor who is new to the community and even harder if you have lived next to them for months or years, but it can be done. Break the ice by introducing yourself as soon as they move in or if they have been around for quite some time, talk to them. Inviting them to a delicious meal or giving them some of your homemade cookies would not hurt either.

2.) Strike up a conversation

One of the easiest ways to establish a relationship with your neighbor is to strike up a conversation whenever you see them. Instead of just smiling and waving, ask them how their day went and do some small talk. In this way, you can get to know your neighbor better. Remember, try not to broach on topics that are too personal—well not until at least you know your neighbor fairly well and have established a close relationship with them.

3.) Do not snoop on your neighbor’s business

If you have been invited into your neighbor’s home, do not snoop around. Wait for him or her to give you a guided tour and if he or she does not, do not wander. Simply stay where he has invited you. Furthermore, do not try and pry into your neighbor’s personal life as this might make them feel like their privacy or personal space is invaded. Wait for your neighbor to open up to you in his or her own time and if they do not, do not pressure them into doing so.

4.) Be responsible for your pets

Be a little considerate of your neighbors if you have furry friends about. Make sure that your dog does not bark in the wee hours of the morning and also, do not let them leave their waste in your neighbor’s yard as this is one way to ruffle their feathers. Be responsible for your pets, and your neighbors will thank you for that.

5.) Do not be noisy

Should you be throwing a party or hosting an event in your house, let your neighbors know in advance—especially if,, you expect it to be a little rowdy. However, should your event last way into the night, try to at least tone it down and keep your voices down. Warn your guests not to get too uproariously noisy as this is a guarantee that your neighbors would be irked. Or worse, they might even call the cops on you.

 

Remember, if you want a good relationship with your neighbor, it has to start with you as well. Be a good neighbor yourself and maybe that is all you would need to make a difference. You might never know, but the neighbor you have been living next to for years might just be someone you can consider as a close friend.

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