Keeping the kids busy during rainy days

No typhoon but Low Pressure Area (LPA) is making the week until weekend raining non-stop. Two days in a row that classes were suspended and you know how it is for parents like us, with kids around the house, chaos and riot, lol. They can’t get out of the house because of the rain and we know how restless they can be, haha. They will play in a while and later will get tired and will try to find something to keep them busy again. They can watch TV or play with their gadgets, but of course we can injected something constructive to tap some of their hidden talents. Like playing musical instruments as guitar from tyler tx or practice singing via videoke machine. So many talented singers without any formal singing lesson were discovered because of this.

photo credit: rabotavuk.com

photo credit: rabotavuk.com

Artworks to keep them busy too. Anyways, back to the kids, always make their free time worthwhile and it will be both beneficial for them and for us parents too.

A low pressure system has lower pressure at its center than the areas around it. Winds blow towards the low pressure, and the air rises in the atmosphere where they meet. As the air rises, the water vapor within it condenses forming clouds and often precipitation too.  source: scied.ucar.edu/shortcontent/highs-and-lows-air-pressure

Tips on picking the right contractors for home remodeling

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Renovating a home is a big emotional and financial investment. You may have to invest long hours in your project if you are personally involved in decision-making. Having knowledge of what to expect will help you become well prepared before the project begins. Here are tips on how to pick the right home remodeling contractors.

1. What is our schedule?
A functioning schedule should include chores and timing to give you a better view of targets and progress for things like countertops and tiles. Setting a schedule provides a point of reference for you to know when things are going wrong. Plans for baths and kitchens must have a schedule. Make sure you have a schedule that indicates the days and times your workers will be working.

2. Who will be here every day?
Many renovators use top carpenter system where superintendents work daily on site. The size and organization of the company you employ will determine who will be on site every day. Your contractor should inform you of who will be in charge of opening and closing, supervising sub-contractors, and who to communicate with on daily basis in case you want to make inquiries.

3. How will you protect my property?
This should be one the first questions to ask before hiring a home remodeling contractor. Your remodeling contractor should provide a plan on how the area to be renovated will be accessed and protected from damage. Consider taking away all books, drapes, furniture, paintings, and delicate vases from the renovation site.

4. How will you communicate with me?
Make sure you agree on the means of information that you and your contractor will use. Consider scheduling meetings with your contractor to meet them personally and get answers to your questions.

5. What will happen if there is a change order?
The best way of filing a change order is through writing. Changes in work schedule and costs should be recorded in writing and signed by you and the contractor. Ensure you have a plan for managing changes in work schedule or costs.

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Make sure you have copies of inspection reports, marked-up plans, lien releases, and other end-of-project paperwork once the renovation project has been completed. In addition, ask the contractor for operating manuals for installed equipment, a list of subcontractors and their contact information, and a well-marked electrical panel. These documents will be invaluable for future reference.

Citronella plant as mosquito repellent

Citronella looks like an ordinary grass plant, but did you know that it can repel mosquitoes that bring Dengue and other diseases? Yes it does according to studies, mosquitoes hate its smell and is also used as ingredient in some insect spray product.

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Rainy season have started and of course, this is the time when mosquitoes breed often due to stagnant waters left by the rains, even if we clean the surroundings, we are not 100 percent sure that we can get rid of this pest. So we have to be vigilant in protecting our loved ones from these dreaded disease-carrying mosquitoes.

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And a safe and effective shield is the citronella plant, a do-it-yourself repellent you can make at home like what I did. My niece sent me these citronella cuttings from Palawan, hubby planted it and now have grown leaves that I cut to make citronella spray.

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I only use water and boil it until the leaves wither and water changed color with the citronella extract. I strained it and put in a spray bottle. I haven’t tried to make a citronella oil as it’s not safe to use directly on skin, though got the recipe online, here it is:

using 1 cup olive oil and citronella leaves and stems, cook in slow heat of up to 4-8 hours, add more leaves and stems to reach the desired scent. Using cheese cloth or strainer, strain the mixture and put in a spray bottle or dark bottle.

After placing the concoction in the bottle, I sprayed some of the dark areas in our house to make sure the mosquitoes will smell the scent and leave the place, hubby also use spray some on his skin and so far no mosquito bites nor skin allergy as he manned our shop while searching for some musical instrument accessories from musicians friens online store. It is safe because it is natural and no harmful chemical added.

Momma Helps with a Positive Stand Point on Phone Monitor App

 

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You must be aware of the importance of using laptops and tabs for various online activities. In fact, because most stay-at-home moms are not just taking care of the house and the kids but running online businesses too, they need to be familiar with the latest gears in the tech world. I recently published a short comparison of laptops and tabs and I wrote about protecting computers from viruses, but now I want to share an important opinion about employer moms using a phone monitor app to keep track of business.

Managing Home and Business

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Managing both home and work can be quite a hassle; however, with the right phone monitoring app, you can multitask with ease. Women are generally famous for being able to multitask better than men are, but using apps makes things even better. You may have uses the ShiftPlanner to make sure your team that is out in the field follows the schedule as you’ve planned it. It does offer enough peace of mind, but sometimes, not knowing if they are faking their dedication to work can cause serious anxiety and lead to trust issues.

You might consider using an app that allows GPS tracking, for example–Vismo, which helps you know exactly where a target device is at any given time. However, this doesn’t mean that you can be too sure of the loyalties of your employee. What are they using your vehicle for a personal run and have they left their cell phone somewhere so that you think they are within the precincts you’ve specified?

You Need a ‘Phone Monitor App with Comprehensive Features

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In order to be able to make sure that the employees you have in the field are working diligently and are reliable, you can use apps that offer other monitoring features. In fact, finding something that is an all-in-one solution is a better approach to managing your business. Such apps offer you the ability to know if the target employee is cheating you by allowing you access to all kinds of activities via the cell phone.

You can take screen shots to keep tabs on various activities via the cell phone you’ve issued. If you feel that there is the need to pull the person back and ask for accountability, you can use the screenshots to back you up. With access to SMS and IM chats, you can read entire threads of the conversations to make sure that the employee is not sharing sensitive details about your business. In fact, you can make sure of the target employees’ loyalties to you through remote access to conversations.

Interestingly, Xnspy and similar apps in this category of “phone monitor software”, come with the ability to do all this, and they allow users to listen to calls that the target person makes. Not just that, but users can remotely turn on the recorder to listen to conversations in the background of the target device. This allows you to make sure the employees are not hiding things you should know while they are out in the field. You can see all conversations, call logs, and multimedia received via internet messengers like WhatsApp, Skype, Viber, Kik, and Line. You can also access all incoming and outgoing emails with such apps.

Interestingly, some of the phone monitor app, including XNSPY,comes with the Geofencing feature along with GPS tracking. It allows users to watch listplaces so that whenever workers in the field go to no-go zones, the app alerts them and they can call them back.

Better Management and Accountability

Because this app also allow you to access the calendar on the target cell phone, you can see the schedules of the target employee. This way, whenever you notice a missing schedule, you can call the person up and remind him or her of an important task.

Overall, these features can make it so much easier to manage both athome and at work for moms who are employers at the same time. Instead of using multiple apps, why not use a single app that offers everything you need? Unless you try something new, you wouldn’t be too sure if it works, try something new.

Rescued little birdie

 

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When my two grandkids were biking inside the village, they found this little birdie hopping on the grass, they think it could have fallen from a nest on a tree somewhere. They called my husband to catch the bird for it might be eaten by some stray cats or some kids caught it  and turn the poor guy into play-toy (you know some kids do that) and die.

My grandson got this cage from their house, while hubby made an improvised nest out of fresh grass for the little bird to settle in in case it wants to sleep, lol but it stayed most of the time hanging on the stick. We put water and chicken feed (crushed corn and rice) for its food. From time to time, we put it outside the cage to see if it’s ready to fly and go home, but still it can’t fly yet and just hopped around. There were big birds of his kind, flying outside sometimes they will stay in electric cable on the post or on roofs nearby and make sounds as if calling the little bird which answers back.

On the third day, hubby decided to let go of the little bird and let it loose from the cage, sadly it can’t fly yet and just hopped from one grass to another, now we don’t know if it has survived and flew with the flock or was eaten by some stray cats. My grandkids were asking where the little guy was when they saw the empty cage, I told them what happened and they were sad, we just hoped he is now with his family and not at the stomach of a cat. 🙁 Anyways, I’m glad the kids have a compassionate heart for other creatures on earth other than humans.