Car donations isn't really popular where I'm at, but I think it's a wonderful idea! There's this organization where they have a program called Donate My Car. It's great since they help at risk youths and the homeless get back their lives in order. With a car donation, they can also send uplifting and spiritual books to prisons, as well as make dvds for children. That might not sound much to some, but what matters is that someone is doing something about it.
Touching lives and making them feel alive and worthy again is actually more than payment enough for what a car donation can do. I believe this is a worthy cause, and at the same time help us with the clutter we have around our homes. Don't you think so? :)
2 Heaping cups of patience
1 Heart full of love
2 Hands full of generosity
Dash of laughter
1 Head full of understanding
Sprinkle generously with kindness
Add plenty of faith and mix well.
Spread over a period of a lifetime
And serve everyone you meet.
I really like this recipe ... food for the soul. :)
Every now and then, reading stuffs like this makes me feel lighter ... like some loads has been lifted off my back. Life is good. :)
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Affiliates are welcome, too. Banners can be found on the site for those interested to join. They offer high pay-outs as explained here.
Interested to earn additional money? Go check them out! I know I will! :)
Look what arrived today!!!! :)
I got this really cool journal from Leah of Mga Muni-Muni (Thoughts and Reflection).
I guessed where she was in an old photo that she posted. Actually, I haven't met Leah yet, so I just took the clues that she wrote, including the ones by those who commented. I was lucky enough to have given the right answer, and won this cool journal! :)
It was such a pleasant surprise seeing my shots on the cover, too. Cool ... :)
THANK YOU SO MUCH, LEAH!!!
ps. She's got another blog, too: Cool and Composed
I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed---and gazed---but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:
For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.
That's a yellow hibiscus flower, shot at a university garden.
What I really liked about the flower was that even if the petals were torn (by some insect, most probably, since it was too high up to be done by passer-bys), it still looked beautiful. Well, to me, at least. :)
I love the different colors of this plant type ... red, violet/bluish, white, yellow ... and so many varieties! My sister has planted the violet/bluish variety in her garden, but it didn't seem to be thriving too well. Kind of spindly and the aphids are so attracted to it. Occasionally it blooms, though. :)
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There has been some controversy regarding the state's permission for "BP to release “significantly more” ammonia and sludge into Lake Michigan from its refinery in Whiting." That statement alone could cause environmentalists to protest, but as continued in this Editorial article from News-Sentinel.com, BP and Lake Michigan, there is more to that story. The editors have written down some fair and factual news regarding the situation.
An article from Chicagotribune.com, BP gets break on dumping in lake, however, doesn't sound too good. But that doesn't really cover all of the story. The article made by News-Sentinel.com seems to have covered more grounds about the topic. Cheaper fuel, no harm to the people or the environment, more jobs to be generated, and continuous improvement are some of the issues to be considered also.
Here's a link to the BP Refinary Factsheet, and what and where they stand regarding environmental issues: http://whiting.bp.com/go/doc/1550/165356
To learn more about the company: http://www.bp.com/modularhome.do?categoryId=4700&contentId=7009119
Technological advancements and environmental issues almost always are together; sometimes we do need to evaluate what will happen in the long run. Reaching an educated decision means we have to be fair and see both sides of the story, and from there see which would be more beneficial, not only to us humans, but also to the living environment.
Blast from the past ... :)
Actually, i wasn't born yet when they did this ... lol.
Here's what Funky770 (from YouTube, who posted this music video) wrote:
From 1967, here's America's Sweethearts, The Lennon Sisters with their rendition of Frank and Nancy Sinatra's hit song, "Something Stupid".
Don't you just love it when you go shopping at those places where you really love (and use) the products, and then you get discounts for your purchases? That would definitely make me want to go back there again!
Ecouponcodes.com is such a site where you can get lots of discounts while purchasing products from their feature merchant stores, like Alibris (where you can get used, new, and hard-to-find books, movies, and music), Things Remembered (where you'll find great personalized gifts for whatever occasions), Petsmart ( products, services and solutions for your pet's needs), and for your clothing needs, at Gap. They have other featured merchants on their list, and really worth checking out.
Of course, they also have discount coupon codes for other stores like HSN (which offers around 25,000 products on their lines), GotFruit.com (they pack and deliver premium fruits and gourmet gifts), Zirh (shaving and skin care products for men of all skin types), Vermont Teddy Bear (their teddy bears are really beautiful and would be perfect as gifts for friends, or for yourself!), and a whole lot of other equally interesting stores which I know we all shopped once (or twice) before, or are familiar to us.
Ecouponcodes.com is really wonderful, since you can do your shopping in a relatively stress-free situation (at home), and aside from that, you will also avail of the online shopping coupons on the products of your choice! Now that's a great deal!
Peter Belisi, the founder and creater of Belisi, has such elegantly designed fashion accessories, it's really worth the look (or clicks). Not only that, he also has Belisi Radio where his compilation of music is all about sophistication, classics, and beauty. Quite an interesting list!
The Designer Handbags Collection from Belisi will be available soon. To be updated and to receive their product reviews from their luxury handbags line, head on over to their contact page and sign up. It's absolutely free!
There's this site, Hockeysfuture.com, an nhl draft and hockey prospect magazine online, where you can get your hockey fix in a snap! It has loads of information about the different teams and their recent going-ons, and it also has a forum site where you can discuss hockey matters with other members.
I was really amazed at the beautiful sunset that day ... that we just had to slow down while we were in the highway. I never thought i'd see a sunset like this here in the Philippines, and am so glad I had the chance to take this picture. Nature is truly amazing!
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Honestly, this is the first time I've heard of soy candles, and I'm loving them already! Imagine your house being decorated with these all-natural premium soy candles... the scents am sure would be heavenly!
Unlike other scented candles, soy candles will have that natural aroma that you can only get using natural ingredients, and there will be less soot since they will burn cleaner. Compared to traditional paraffin candles, they burn cooler, so that means they burn longer, too!
Caterpillarscandles.com offers their soy candles in different packages, and you can choose by style, scent, and color (it should complement your room decor, after all). So if you want to know where you can get the best soy candles in the internet, don't forget to check out caterpillarscandles.com!
... and while you're ordering, use coupon code FREE5 and save 5% off your order. :)
When wisps of white
Sail across the sky
When the breeze blows warm
And the days grow long
From somewhere in the distance
You can hear my song
Coo-ooo, Coo-ooo Coo-oooo
When mangoes ripen
In the dark green trees
And hovering around
Are busy buzzy bees
Right over the wall
You can hear my call
Coo-o, Coo-oo, Cooo-ooo
When plump wild figs
Go squish under your feet
And juicy purple jamuns
Are munched by parakeets
From somewhere up high
You can hear my tuneful cry
Coo-ooo, Coo-oo, Coo-oo-oo-oo
When from dawn to dusk
You must indoors stay
When all else is quiet
In the middle of the day
You can hear me sing
Coo-ooo, Coo-oooo, Coo-oooo
Gone are the days when wireless phones are big, clumsy, and oh-so-boring! The cell phones of today are more sleek, colorful (you can even change their colors depending on your mood!), and functions not just as a "simple phone". Emailing, recording, and web-surfing are just some of the features available. Really a far cry from the first big and clumsy cell phones!
To get your dose of cell phones, visit Wirefly, the internet's leading seller of cell phones and wireless plans. They offer more carriers (like verizon wireless, sprint, AT&T, and many more), more phones, and the best wireless plans suited for you and for your family.
Their site is easy to browse and very informative. What's also great is that they have this resources page where you can research for the phone that you want, compare it with the other available phones, and once you've decided which one you wanted, you can purchase the new cell phones online. If you're not sure which plan to take, the Wirefly Wizard can help, and even save you up to 40% on your wireless monthly bill!
Wirefly is definitely the site to go to when you want to check out the latest and best offers for wireless phones and plans, no doubt about that! :)
On a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 being highest) how much do enjoy watching sports on television?
am not so much into sports ... so i'd say ... a "4".
If you could completely memorize any one work of fiction, which one would you pick?
oh my ... still deciding ...
What is your favorite breakfast food?
eggs, tuyo (fried salted fish), longganiza (sausage) and steaming rice with hot choco! :)
(too much calories, i know ... tsk.tsk.tsk.)
Name something fun you can do for less than $10.00.
How long does it usually take you to fall asleep?
depends ... but if i'm really tired, after a minute i'm off to neverland! :)
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This is clip above is from a Japanese anime title "Naruto"
Have to admit, I am a fan of the anime. lol
It is certainly a different approach to Madonna's song "This Used To Be My Playground"
from "A League Of Their Own" (below).
Love them both!
By Venu Arora; Illustration by Kusum Chamoli; From the collection "Mire", first published by Writer's Workshop, Calcutta.
Is it funny
Would it be strange
To see a young girl
Go dancing around
the market place
Or climb trees by the highway
Or flick an orange from a cart
Or sing to the silent nightingale
Or smile at the nodding flowers
Or rush to hug you
When you'd rather think
a casual Hullo! would do
Or talk to the stars
and splash in the puddles
made by rain
Would it be strange
if she never grew up
and chose to remain the same.
Sunflower, sunflower, I love you
You look so gay and bright
Sunflower, sunflower, I love you
You make me think of light
When I see your cheerful face
I want to dance and sing
Sunflower, sunflower I love you
An alternative health lifestyle to eating your organic food is by drinking it. Yes, you read that right: drink my daily veggies. There's this alternative vegetable supplement, which you can drink, called My Daily Veggies.
Now no more feeling guilty if you won't be able to go to the green foods market to get your daily vegetables. You can try a seven days supply of MyDaily Veggies for free, a $10 value pack. A 30-packet box (worth $39.95 plus $3.95 S&H each time) will be automatically delivered to you every month, after three weeks. You can always have the option to cancel, if you want. But I assure you, this is definitely an inexpensive marketing-guilt laden purchase for those healthy-consciouse people out there. :)
By Tripta Batra; Illustrations by Kusum Chamoli
What a time the summer brings
Heat and sweat and iced up drinks
Some fruit sour and some so sweet
Things made up to meet the heat Mangoes from the north and south
A mango to fill each waiting mouth
Apricots, cherries and juicy litchees
Melons, berries and lovely peaches Out of the heat, away from the sun
Play, swim, splash - oh water's fun
Short dark nights and bright long days
Such are some of summer's ways
OOhhh, don't you just love that picture? Well, if you are a pug lover -like me (I really do think they're so cute!)- then you'll absolute love this site, Puggie.com!
Puggie.com is a site owned by a mom/puggie team living in New York City. This is where you'll find the neatest pug merchandise ever; and what's really great about this site is that what you'll find here are all-original and fun products!
They have these cute merchandise all with pictures of pugs, like mousepads (trust me, you'll like the original designs!), tote bags (to put all those puggie stuffs in!), tile boxes (really cute!), mugs and drinkware (love that ceramic stein!), and even ones for baby! But that's not all! They still have lots to offer.
So, if you're a pug lover (or just basically a dog lover, like me!) or if you know of any pug-lovers out there, check out Puggie.com and see for yourself their wonderful products! You might even want to get their free wallpaper or send a free ePuggieCard to a grateful friend. :)
1. Her comforting presence
2. Her soulful eyes
3. Her fierce loyalty
4. Her very loud barks
5. Her cold and wet nose
6. Her head tilting in a certain angle when i talk to her
7. Her sleeping form beside my bed
8. The "runs" we used to play together
9. Buying treats for her
10. When I had my son she was also protective of him ... she wouldn't let just anyone come near him; a few times, even the nanny!
11. Giving her baths, which she dreaded (LOL)
12. Touching and hugging her black form
13. Those days when I tried teaching her tricks, but ... I think it was the other way around. :)
Thank you all, for dropping by!
Do comment, so that I can visit your posts, too! :)
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Over at Fitnessdates.com you will encounter lots of fitness personals, with the same deep interest in staying fit like you do. Signing up is free and easy, and once you're already a member you have the option to browse through the profiles of other same-minded fitness personals, as well as add your own profile for others to check out.
Whether you just want friendship or romance, finding and meeting other same minded individuals through Fitnessdates.com would be one of the the rewards you'll be getting. Who knows, you might even find that "perfect" someone here! :)
wouldn't mind having this
(ice cream with marshmallows)
know what the flavors are?
that's mango (the yellow part),
chocolate (of course, the brown part),
and ube (or purple yam -yup, the purple part).
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I Am Thankful
I am thankful for everything I have experienced
In this life of mine
For in all I have found
That in His Word-the answers I find
I am thankful for all the tears I have cried
For they have taught me to appreciate laughter
They have given me the ability to see the
The joy that comes after
Through my tears I have come to know
His Holy Spirit in my life
How He is always there
And comforts through the strife
I am thankful for the storms I have encountered
Knowing that the rainbow is at the end
Realization that they are only temporal
That with time all will mend
I have learned that I don’t need to be strong
For Yahshua supplies the strength for me
He shoulders my burdens
Regardless of what the circumstance may be
I am thankful for all the relationships
For the good and yes, for the bad
For they have given life to my emotions
An appreciation of what I have had
My most valuable relationship
Is that with Yahweh, my Father
I know that I can trust Him
As I can trust no other
I am thankful for the pain I have known
It has given a compassion for the suffering
An ability to reach out to others
An appreciation of little things
I understand the greatness of Yahshuas love
And the pain He has suffered for me
How He endured all things
So that I could be set free
I am thankful for the hunger and thirst
That I have had to go through
I appreciate having food before me
And sharing it with others too
He has given himself as my food and drink
To make sure that I was fed
His Blood shed for my drink
And His Body broken for my bread
Most of all, I am thankful for His Grace
For the provisions that it brings
How it has provided for
Me in all things
Kathleen Shelton Poulson
Anyway, i told her about this online dining sets located over at Furniturefromhome.com. She was skeptical at first when I told her about it and how I came to know about the site. She mentioned that she wanted to redo her kitchen first, and when I mentioned that they have this fantastic selection of bar stools, swivel bar stool, and wrought iron bar stool, she was ecstatic, because she plans to have a bar, too, if her budget permits. I told her it's a good thing, they deliver for free!
When my friend tried browsing through the site, she said that she really liked the furnitures being featured, and kept telling me about this country wood dining room dinette set. She thinks it's so cute and different. She absolutely loves the smooth finish and the color. She also mentioned a beautiful country style counter height set, and I have to admit, I also liked that one. So much to choose from!
The next items that she had a hard time choosing were the bar stools and tall chairs. They were all exquisitely designed that she said she wasn't sure which one that she wanted. However, she wanted one that would compliment her other pieces. She was really glad that the website was user-friendly and the lay-out wonderful. She particularly enjoyed browsing and looking for the one that she really wanted, since it was all being categorized in an orderly fashion.
For now, she and her family are still here, but they plan to travel before classes starts. She wants her kids to be prepared when they go and live in another country. Her kids have to deal with going to a new shool, having new classmates, and living in another country with a different culture. That's why she wants their new house not to be too different from their house here ... and some of the furnitures being featured at Furniturefromhome.com definitely looks similar to some of her treasured furnitures. What a wonderful find! :)
this is going to be quite a long read ... but i have recieved this email countless of times already.
never fails to get me teary-eyed all the time.
The Wooden Bowl
I guarantee you will remember the tale of the Wooden Bowl tomorrow, a week from now, a month from now, a year from now.
A frail old man went to live with his son, daughter-in- law, and four-year old grandson. The old man's hands trembled, his eyesight was blurred, and his step faltered. The family ate together at the table.
But the elderly grandfather' s shaky hands and failing sight made eating difficult. Peas rolled off his spoon onto the floor. When he grasped the glass, milk spilled on the tablecloth.
The son and daughter-in- law became irritated with the mess. "We must do something about father," said the son. "I've had enough of his spilled milk, noisy eating, and food on the floor."
So the husband and wife set a small table in the corner. There, Grandfather ate alone while the rest of the family enjoyed dinner. Since Grandfather had broken a dish or two, his food was served in a wooden bowl!
When the family glanced in Grandfather' s direction, sometime he had a tear in his eye as he sat alone. Still, the only words the couple had for him were sharp admonitions when he dropped a fork or spilled food.
The four-year-old watched it all in silence. One evening before supper, the father noticed his son playing with wood scraps on the floor. He asked the child sweetly, "What are you making?"Just as sweetly, the boy responded, "Oh, I am making a little bowl for you and Mama to eat your food in when I grow up." The four-year-old smiled and went back to work .
The words so struck the parents so that they were speechless. Then tears started to stream down their cheeks. Though no word was spoken, both knew what must be done.
That evening the husband took Grandfather' s hand and gently led him back to the family table. For the remainder of his days he ate every meal with the family. And for some reason, neither husband nor wife seemed to care any longer when a fork was dropped, milk spilled, or the tablecloth soiled.
On a positive note, I've learned that, no matter what happens, how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.
I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she
handles four things: a rainy day, the elderly, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.
I've learned that, regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life.
I've learned that making a "living" is not the same thing as making a "life.."
I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.
I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back.
I've learned that if you pursue happiness, it will elude you. But if you focus on your family, your friends, the needs of others, your work and doing the very best you can, happiness will find you.
I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.
I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one.
I've learned that every day, you should reach out and touch someone.
People love that human touch -- holding hands, a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.
I've learned that I still have a lot to learn.!
I've learned that you should pass this on to everyone you care about.
I just did.
NOTICE AT THE END, THE DATE
THE CANDLE WAS STARTED.
GONNA GIVE YOU GOOSE BUMPS.
I am not going to be the one who
lets it die. I found it believable --
angels have walked beside me
all my life--and they still do.
This is to all of you who mean something to me,
I pray for your happiness.
The Candle Of Love, Hope & Friendship
This candle was lit on the
15th of September, 1998.
Someone who loves you has helped
keep it alive by sending it to you.
Don't let The Candle of Love, Hope
and Friendship die! Pass It On To All
Of Your Friends and Everyone You Love!
May God richly bless you!
Please keep this candle alive
Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don't walk behind me, I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend.
Well, I found this site, Alive Web Directory, a complete family friendly internet resource directory, where you can submit your link without the fear of getting spam mails. Their site is well organized and browsing is easy. There are no extra frills to clutter the site, and everything is presented in a well-thought of lay-out.
However, it isn't free. You have to pay a minimum of $34.95 per year for regular listing; while the highest you pay for permanent featured pricing (with 5 additional links), is at $299.95. These might look and sound stiff at the moment, but for those businesses out there who are just starting and want their websites easily searched by the search engines, submitting links to sites like these could be beneficial. Think of all the possible links you might get, including the valuable exposure your site might be enjoying.
So for those who are thinking of submitting their sites to a friendly internet resource directory, do check out Alive Web Directory. A number of sites are already listed there, and I'm sure they're already reaping the benefits that they're getting just by submitting their links to be listed at that site.
"Corporate jokes" such as this, i would have really enjoyed ... while i was still "there". Yeah, am happy to say, I'm no longer "there". hahaha. Well, it has also it's benefits ... like travelling, different experiences ... and satisfaction after having your work praised by both colleagues and peers.
But, i have no regrets of not following what most of my former classmates are doing ... being a SAHM has it's corresponding rewards, too. In fact, too many to mention here! LOL
Well, no need to trouble your head about that. If you're going to Gatwick Airport and have no idea where to park your car, try Gatwick Parking. At their website, you can evaluate airport parking spaces located around all UK major airports.
Getting the best value car parking is as easy as six steps :
1. Pre-book online, and enter the departure and return dates.
2. Choose a carpark
3. Guarantee a space
4. Pay securely
5. Receive voucher
6. Give to attendant
Now that sounds easy enough! Going to the airport and getting back won't be a problem anymore. Just visit Gatwick Parking and check out what other services they offer; am sure you'll find their site full of information. Oh, their Fun Stuff page is ok, too! :)
I remember when I was still quite young (yeah, i really was! ;p) and a classmate had lots of this Charlie Brown books ... we would exchange books every so often; she with her Charlie Brown, and me with our fairy tale books. lol. Now does that sound like a fair exchange?
We weren't thinking then that what we were doing would help us share this love for books. Up until she left for another country, we were constantly exchanging books, and other goodies. She had the most unusual goodies to show me! Well, i guess because she was constantly travelling wherever her dad was going, and that included going abroad.
Come to think of it ... haven't thought about her for ages. I miss her ....
What I really like about that bed is that you can store lots of things underneath it, and even on the header! Now for those who really are into reading before getting to sleep, this is the perfect choice, the queen storage book case bed. Plenty of additional space within the bed frame, where you can store more of your books, or other reading materials; a greatly sought after design for book lovers. Since I do a bit of reading before I go to sleep, the name alone is enticing. The color and material (oak), including the finish really stands out, and calls for your attention.
Their site is easy enough to browse, and one wonderful feature that I liked is that they have this beautiful shots of the featured furnitures, including their sale items. You can also shop depending on what item it is you're looking for; by room, style, or color. I really like that "by color" part. :)