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Harmonious Living: Five Compelling Reasons to Live Together Before Tying the Knot

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“Marriage is not just about love and living together. It is much more complicated, especially when you are going to be making a family.” –Laura Schlessinger

 

Modern couples are often warned against living together before receiving the sacrament of marriage.

However, this rather archaic belief (and old-fashioned advice) that suggests couples should avoid living in sin with their significant other has been somewhat diminished by the way most people in a relationship behave nowadays. After all, if we were not so intent on holding on to antiquated notions, we would see how living together prior to marriage can actually be very beneficial to couples. In a way, it gives you an insight of what your partner really is like before you tie the knot and would ultimately help you determine whether the both of you would make a good match. Despite what statistics might suggest, there are some merits to living together without the benefit of marriage. So, if you have been thinking of moving in with your significant other—whether in a home in Kasara Urban Resort Residences or elsewhere—here are some of the most convincing reasons why it might be a good idea:

 

It gives you the full idea of what you are signing up for

When you are in a relationship, you tend to put your best foot forward in order to impress your significant other. However, when we are at home, we tend to be in our own element, let our hair down and get comfortable. More often than not, we may often have habits that our significant other might not approve of and they might have quirks which would grate on our nerves. These are all things you would not notice if you only saw each other outside of the home and casually dated. When you are living together, you would see the person for who they really are—quirks and all. In this regard, you would be able to decide whether the both of you would be a good fit or not. After all, those cute little habits might not be that cute to you after all. Best you find out now when you have not officially tied the knot yet then when the both of you are already married.

Divorce is expensive

Domestic issues are often deal breakers when it comes to marriages. Unfortunately, you would not have an idea of what these are until you have lived with a person under one roof. More often than not, they do not come to light until such time that a person lives with you in the same home and you wake up with them every single day. These home issues are rather insidious as there is no way of predicting what they are and yet, it can lead you to break up—even within just the first couple of months. If you are married, this might mean you have to resort to a nasty divorce settlement whereas living together would only mean moving out.

It gives you an idea of what married life will be like

More often than not, couples would hastily get hitched under the premise that marriage is all bliss and euphoria without paying any heed to the potential issues that may arise. Unfortunately, marriages do not always mean happy endings or perfect romances. At times, the truth is harsher and there is really no perfect life after marriage. After all, marriage is mostly about teamwork and working with each other which means moving together towards resolving your issues. Living together gives you a firsthand insight of the kind of partner your significant other would be in the long haul. It keeps your reality in check and gives you an idea whether or not you can survive to live with them forever.

Cheaper cost of living

Living separately means that both of you would be paying higher rent. More importantly, you will have expenses such as gas payments, groceries, insurance, phone and internet bills which when split into two, could really add up by a lot. Living together under one roof means that you can simply split your expenses into two. Furthermore, you would have an easier time budgeting for your needs since more often than not, the both of you would be pooling your finances and figuring out what goes which and the like. In this regard, you would be able to save by a whole lot and the monthly rental payment would be shouldered by the both of you.

It is a test, but a worthwhile one

Most couples are afraid to live together because they are afraid it might be the reason they would break up. We are not going to mince words here and say that living together will test your relationship and at the same time, would test both of you as individuals. It will show you what the boundaries of your relationship are and would let you know the kind of person you are looking to spend a lifetime with. Remember, if you cannot live together, then to simply put it: you should not live together.  After all, would you really want to find out you cannot live with your partner for eternity only after you have tied the knot? Better to know early so that you can save yourself the potential heartbreak as well as the hefty litigation fees.

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Real Estate Properties: Four Overt Signs It is Time to Sell Your Home

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“Owning a home is a keystone of wealth—both financial affluence and emotional security”-Suze Orman

 

Much like anything in life, our homes go through the normal phases of wear and tear. While we can do our best to maintain its upkeep and ensure that it remains as functional as it was before, there is no guarantee that it can serve us optimally. In this regard, we would then begin our search for our new place to call our own. With this in mind, we would then be prompted to sell our existing homes.

Selling your home is a significant step and a big deal even insomuch that it requires contemplation and forethought before pushing through. It does not matter whether this home selling endeavor is your first attempt or if you had sold homes countless times in the past before you can even ask yourself how you can sell your home, you need to reexamine your reasons for doing so and if you are ready to do so. Sure, that newly marked down condominium for sale in Quezon City might be enough reason for you to wish to sell your homes as soon as you possibly can but know that selling your home is not a decision you can make arbitrarily. It is not something you decide to do within waking up without assessing whether you need to or not. Furthermore, the state of your finances would significantly contribute as to whether or not you can afford to move on from your current place. In any case, if you have given selling your home and moving neighborhood much thought, it might be wise to go over the six ways in which you would find out whether you can already commence the process of selling your house.

 

 

When you have a plan

Having a plan is the most pivotal aspect to think about when you are thinking of selling your homes. There is always a myriad of what-ifs and you cannot always bank on the success of a sale. Remember, there is always a possibility that your homes would sit for ages before getting sold in the market. What would you do by then? In this regard, it is best to make room for contingencies, expect the unexpected and be prepared for anything. Be prepared for the multitudes of outcomes so that you would not be rendered surprised if a certain eventuality is not in your favor.

It no longer suits your needs

Our homes are primarily erected to suit our needs in such a way that it would only work for you if it is tailored according to your lifestyle. At one point, a two-bedroom flat might have been a decent place to live in, but with your family growing, you might be cramped for space. Consider what your needs are now and if your current home would still be able to meet them. Pause and reevaluate where you are in life in relation to work, family and activities right now. Does your current home adequately meet all of these head on? Or is your home where most of your frustrations and disappointments stem from? Furthermore, you should ask yourself whether or not your home is still currently making you happy. If it is not, then it might be time to put it in the real estate market.

The neighborhood does not fit

Being in a neighborhood that does not meet your needs is just as bad as having a home that is not tailored according to your lifestyle. Once you deem a neighborhood unfit to suit your lifestyle and needs, it would negatively impact how you see your home and may even affect your daily life. Take this as a sign that it might be time to sell. This scenario likely happens to people who are living in far-flung areas and would wish to live closer to the city where establishments and other commercial areas are in proximity or walking distance. Similarly, this could be the case for families with children reaching a school age and would wish to enroll their kids in a nearby school. Remember that neighborhoods play a pivotal role in how our daily routines flesh out insomuch that where we live can make our lives more convenient or aggravating. Know that each neighborhood has something different to offer. Know what you and your family need and select the best one for you.

The renovations will not provide ROI

It is inevitable that we develop an affinity for the home we are living in. We love it so much that we would consider doing renovation work to give it a better look and to help it serve our evolving lifestyles better. However, most homeowners do renovation works with the hopes of not only improving their living space but their property values as well when they would be ready to sell. Unfortunately, renovations do not always pay off. If you feel like any renovation would be fruitless in your neighborhood, you might want to think twice in pushing through your attempt. You might want to just sell your home instead.

 

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Harmonious Communities: Four Ways to be More Neighborly

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“The good neighbor looks beyond the external accidents and discerns those inner qualities that make all men human and, therefore, brothers.” –Martin Luther King

It has been widely said and believed that a good neighbor does not only make a massive difference in the quality of life but would also increase the value of your property. In this regard, it would make sense to foster a bond or even a friendship with our neighbors to cultivate a sense of community in the neighborhood.

Unfortunately, the current generation is predominantly run by millennials who have been found to lead incredibly spontaneous lives. Consequently, this means most of the homeowners nowadays have developed an affinity for cities where they can likely move around insomuch that most of their neighborhoods are merely transitory communities to them that would ultimately lead them to their next trajectory. The nomadic lifestyle might be primarily influenced by this generation’s fervent desire and endeavor to build on their careers first and capitalizing on them before wishing to settle down. However, while unpredictable lifestyles are not necessarily bad, to say the least, being in transitory neighborhoods would tend to make us overlook the importance of forming relationships with our neighbors. After all, if you treat your homes pretty much like hotels or move out fairly a lot, it would feel like there is no merit to befriending your neighbors.

Sure, an urbanized neighborhood might be teeming with people living nearby, but it is no different from living in the middle of nowhere if you failed to interact with them. You might have a lot of neighbors, but as you view your community as a transitory neighborhood, you would not really bother on getting to know your neighbors.

Regardless of how fleeting your time in a particular neighborhood might be, know that there are certain benefits to being neighborly. Statistically, your neighbors are probably very nice people, but you are not just giving them the chance to prove that to you. While you can go on about your life without ever acknowledging their presence or your need for them, your life would be so much better if you had a good relationship with them. Remember that your neighbors are the people who are so positioned to share your lives casually. In this regard, it is your duty to be as neighborly as you can be to the people living in proximity to you—whether you are living in a condominium in bgc or elsewhere. So, if you are moving to a new neighborhood or just wish to acquaint yourself with your neighbors, here are some of the ways you can do so:

 

1.) Share food

There is no better way to bond than to form a friendship over food. In fact, most neighbors would use a plate of cookies to introduce themselves to a new family that just moved into the neighborhood. So, if you have a talent for whipping up some magic in the kitchen through the form of baked goodies or pastries, bring a batch over and introduce yourselves to your neighbors. However, if you are not into cooking or baking, even some of your rotisserie chicken from the grocery store would already do the trick. Alternatively, you can also invite your neighbors for a meal at your place.

2.) Share expertise

In lieu of food and goodies, you can always opt to be neighborly by helping your neighbors with anything that might be in your line of expertise. It might be that your neighbor has virtually no idea how to set up their own Wi-Fi, might need help with setting up their computer or anything at all which you can help them with. Remember, even the slightest interaction can already go a long way, and you might not know it, your computer expertise or restaurant recommendation may already pave the way to a lasting friendship.

3.) Share contact information

Once you feel that a friendship is established between you and your neighbor, give them your contact details or their numbers. At one point in the future, you might need to ask them for help to watch your homes whenever you are out or even just check in on the kids left at home. Needless to say, it is always a good idea to share your contact information with a neighbor you can trust.

4.) Resolve disputes graciously and in person

Being passive-aggressive gets you nowhere, and it would needlessly ruffle feathers in the worst way possible. If your neighbor is behaving in a certain way that you do not like, then deal with it by taking up the concern or issue to them instead of leaving them angry notes that resolve nothing. Should they have a loud dog, no respect for your space or any issue that might irk you at all, address them personally. Remember, this is not a schoolyard fight that can be resolved with notes, so opt to be a mature person and deal with it appropriately. Sure, it might seem like leaving anonymous angry notes would give you the satisfaction you need but it also does not guarantee that the issue will be addressed. Furthermore, it would eliminate any prospect of neighborliness.

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Here’s a List of Things You Should Add to Your Bucket List Now

 

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Everyone says life is short, but do you know what is shorter? Your teenage years, your twenties, thirties and so on. When you think of it, you only have ten years for each stage of life. It can be a stretch when you count it day by day. But in reality, it’s a phase you’ll get over in a few years.

Whatever age you are now, you should start building your bucket list. Your bucket list isn’t only for those with a death sentence. It’s also for people who have always been in their comfort zone. If you’re one of those people, then it’s time for you to step out of it. You should step up your game and live your life and not just watch by the sidelines.

The list below includes some of the activities you can try. You can pick only the ones you fancy and leave out the rest. Your bucket list is entirely up to you.n

Watch a horror flick on a weekday

Since The Nun is currently playing in theaters, why not head to Vertis North cinema to watch it? Be sure to catch it during the weekday since most people are at work or school. You’ll have the theater to yourself and to a couple of brave souls who picked the same day to watch it. You’ll get to experience fear in its full glory while bingeing on chocolates and sodas because there’s no one to tell you otherwise.

Learn to cook a family recipe

You can live on chicken nuggets, deep-fried frozen meat, and canned tuna forever, but it won’t be good for your health. You can develop cancer or some deadly disease you might only find out a few years down the road. Break your habit of fried and oven-toasted food by learning how to cook. You can start by perfecting the art of recreating your grandma’s casserole or your pop’s superb pasta. Whatever it is, ask your family to teach you how to do it before they are gone.

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You may have a degree, but it’s not an assurance you’ll land your dream job after you leave school. More often than not, your first job is something you don’t want to do for the rest of your life. Sometimes, it’s not what you expect. If you’re a fresh grad and currently looking into employment opportunities, you should try retail or service jobs. These industries won’t bring in big bucks, but they’ll teach you a lot about people and how to work with them.

Find a cause and volunteer

It feels good to help people and fight for a purpose. Don’t spend all your time binge watching shows, playing video games or daydreaming about things you can’t change. Instead, use your time to find a cause you love. You can help cancer patients make their dreams come true. You can plant trees to save mountains. You can spend time at an animal shelter. It doesn’t matter what it is as long as you enjoy what you do and it pushes you to volunteer without hesitation.

List the things you discovered about yourself

Every day is a new beginning. It’s an opportunity for you to do something different from yesterday. The experiences you will have today makes you a different person tomorrow. Therefore, you should list the things you discover about yourself. Having a list is an excellent way to track your changes and how much you’ve grown in a short amount of time. You can review the list weekly or monthly to see if there are significant changes in your self.

Move to a place far from home

Think of your home as your comfort zone. The goal is to get out of the zone to see how you’ll respond in different situations. Staying at home won’t allow you to expand your roots. Therefore, it’s time you consider moving out of your hometown. You should find a place that helps you grow and succeed as a person. You won’t know which area is the right place for you if you don’t venture far from the bird’s nest.

Travel to a place you don’t understand the language

Often, language is the least of your worries. You don’t have to study a new language because everyone speaks English, right? Unfortunately, not everyone is fortunate to go to school and learn English. Some poor communities don’t even have the means to educate themselves on the local culture. You should visit a place that doesn’t speak your language. You’ll be forced to learn the local dialect and communicate with people through other means.

Be the first person to say sorry

You should start acknowledging your faults and owning up to your mistakes. Saying sorry is the same as giving credit. It benefits everyone. It makes you and the other person feel good. When you apologize, you can quickly move past the argument and sticky situation. Last but the least, saying sorry means you’re letting go of the anger that holds you back.

These are the things you should add to your bucket list. Most people neglect to do these little things, but they are often those that leave the most impact. If you wish to enrich your life, you should start creating your bucket list. Go over each item while you still have time. It’ll leave with stories to tell your future grandchildren.

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.