Friday, June 28, 2013

quick background checks for safety and advantage

When you need to hire someone right away, chances are that you are likely to rely on your instincts and skip through the process of making a background check on your nearly-qualified prospect. I say "nearly qualified" because of the fact that a background check on a candidate for employment is not something that should be overlooked lest you go through the risk and dangers of getting someone on board with a questionable character. Whether you are hiring corporate employees or just someone to watch over your kid while you are out to make some money, running that quick and easy background checks on your prospects/candidates should be to your safety and advantage.

a challenge is up

My 30-day personal challenge has long started but I have not even started yet. I am 13 days short of time to meet my goal of getting 25 articles approved in Ezine within 30 days. Waaaaaa. I hope I don't get too busy this weekend as I really need to get this personal challenge to work for me. No excuses this time. :-)




Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Preschool - The Benefits of Snack Time

One of the many things that kids in preschool look forward to do is to eat their snacks. Snack time gives them the break that they need especially after listening to their teacher for quite awhile and after trying to absorb everything that has been discussed. After all, kids have shorter attention span than adults. They tend to become impatient and restless when it feels like they've been sitting too long in their chairs. Teachers cannot expect them to just be sitting for the rest of their class schedule. Snack time should be a great breather for them. But what should they be eating? If you ask me, I think she's getting bored with her usual biscuits that she would sometimes end up not finishing them. Unfortunately, she doesn't like to eat sandwiches as well. Bread is not her thing. I'm almost running out of ideas until http://www.snackwarehouse.com unique pretzels caught my daughter's fancy as we were browsing online. I don't know if we can get her exactly the same thing but Yes, she would love to eat pretzels, too! The chocolate as well as the strawberry-coated pretzels taste better than the usual biscuits that we always get her. These should help her re-charge her energy when paired with her favorite chocolate drink or juice.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

woke up to the sound of the girl

I woke up a few hours earlier than I intentionally planned today. No, let me correct that. A few minutes before 4AM today, someone woke me up because she needed to attend to the call of nature. I checked our watch and it's still an hour before I would have wakened up to the sound of the alarm clock. Anyway, I love the sound of my daughter waking me up for an urgent need to pee better than that annoying alarm clock. And I also love it that even at an unusually early hour of the day, she had remembered what I told her before that she should tell us any time she feels like going to the bathroom to answer the call of nature. In fact, I am so glad that we never had to put so much effort with potty training. It was like she just realized one day she didn't want to wear diapers anymore or that she thinks she's old enough to wear one. I also realized just how quickly the time has gone by just seeing her getting back to sleep today. Ah, she is getting bigger and taller! Now, I already have a preschooler. She is such a wonderful, wonderful blessing to husband and me. I am just thankful to God for everything - then, now and the future.

Good morning. It is going to be a great day today.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

it's husband appreciation day for me

Today is husband appreciation day for me and I have got to say it here - my husband is a rare find! These days, hardly do we find a guy who doesn't drink or smoke. Well, he would drink beer on rare occasions with family but he certainly knows his limits. In fact, most of the time he cannot go beyond two bottles of beer/pale pilsen. Also, with cigar prices soaring high lately due to the implementation of "sin" taxes in our country, any wife like me would appreciate a husband like him who doesn't smoke at all. He said he already knew the negative consequences of being a smoker; so, why should he cultivate smoking as a vice? For that and more, I am so grateful to God for bringing him to me.

a belated Father's Day post

Lately, I guess I am not really that good enough at keeping my posts up to date especially when it comes to special occasions. This special day didn't go by, though, without celebrating it with hubby and my little girl. I also didn't forget to call dad on this day. I was able to greet father-in-law the day before that. Glad we were able to talk a day ahead because I learned their telephone line needed fixing after that.

We had a simple celebration of Father's Day last week at home. We grilled one big fish that we had bought from the market. Aside from that, we also had some clams. It was gastronomically satisfying. Unfortunately, I forgot to take some pictures. I'll have to remember to do that next time.

As for my gift for husband, he insisted to have it postponed. Indeed, as of now, we'll do well financially when we put other planned expenses aside. So, I gave him another gift that money can't buy. :-)

Friday, June 14, 2013

the perfect gift for husband

My husband has been planning on making kitchen cabinet but he keeps on postponing it because of his busy schedule. Besides, his collection of tools is not enough to build the cabinet. He just found that out when he was browsing some DIY website on the internet. He got almost all the tools mentioned on that particular website except for those drill press accessories which he finds really important to be able to finish the job neatly and efficiently. Since father's day is approaching, I just realized that this would be the perfect gift I can give to him and maybe he can no longer find excuses not to build that cabinet.

the wedding of the year

I don't usually write about celebrities here but I got really inspired when Richard Poon and Maricar Reyes got married this month. Wow.. I like these two people for many reasons. I really love it that they ended up together. They don't know me but I am one of their biggest fans - individually and as a couple. Both of them have definitely inspired all the others who are longing to find the right person for them. Anyhow, they still have a long way to go. It is just a start of their new life together. I wish them all the best in their married life.





Prior to the wedding, they were serenaded by ASAP Sessionistas on ABS-CBN. Isn't it just wonderful to see two people who are in love? You know, love is contagious.


Friday, June 7, 2013

how would you like your bills sent?

We nearly lost our internet connection today because we were still catching up with paying our bill. This started when I relied on the prompt delivery of our first bill. I know this was partly my fault because I didn't care to get in touch with our provider to inquire about the bill. By the time I finally decided to follow-up on it, we were already due for 2 months. Naturally, we can't pay the entire amount at one time considering that we have a budget to follow. Good thing, I also have a credit limit that's worth a month. Actually, the bill never made it to our doorstep and this left me with no choice but to immediately enroll my account to paperless billing so I will know the due date. While it's good that they are capable of sending the bill electronically, I also feel like it is also important that clients are given the freedom to really choose if they want to go paperless with their bills or not. Nonetheless, it's really not too expensive to send hard copies of the bills. In fact, it is already easy for any company or organization to find cheap envelope printing nowadays. Suppliers practically give huge discounts when clients are buying wholesale or in large quantities.

Even though most clients have already elected to receive their bills electronically, it is still a good idea for businesses and companies to send printed bills once in a while so they can include flyers and other forms of marketing related to the  product or service they are offering. The physical bill that we usually put on the refrigerator wall should serve as a visual reminder of what we need to pay at a certain date.

3 Ways to Motivate Employees in the Workplace

Having a workforce that are motivated enough to deliver what is expected of them is one of the keys to having a successful business. As such, it is important for business and company owners to find ways to make sure that there is always motivation in the workplace.

1. Recognizing Well-Deserved Employees. Employers must never overlook their employees' good performance. A pat in the back often sends a message that their efforts didn't go unnoticed. More importantly, employees will be encouraged to do their best in the job if they see someone getting recognized or promoted for good performance. After all, nobody wants to get stuck or stagnate in their careers, right? Letting employees know that they are providing incentives for outstanding performers is also one way to motivate them to do even more than what is required of them.

2. Find the Time to Talk to Low-Performers Without Embarrassing Them. While having low-performers in the team can be hugely irritating for employers, it does not give them the right to insult or embarrass them in front of their co-employees. It is always important to deal with the situation in a professional manner. Scheduling a meeting to discuss poor performance with the concerned person should be done. It's good to find out what causes the person to slack in his or her job. Discuss the consequence of poor quality work and what needs to be done to improve it.

3. Establish a Friendly Atmosphere. Maintaining a friendly atmosphere in the workplace is one way to make employees look forward to promptly come to work each day. Once in a while, it is also good to organize a team-building activity for them as this can help create or develop that friendly rapport among them. Team-building activities can be in the form of simple coffee sessions, beach outings, outdoor seminars or office tournaments.

The goals of a business or company are often met because, among other things, they have what it takes to succeed – employees with the right drive and motivation to do things right in the workplace.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

it came close to chronic hypertension

After learning that my side of the family has a history of hypertension, my husband began to worry for me. He reminded me to keep my weight down and to avoid eating anything that would eventually trigger high blood pressure. In fact, I remembered how nervous he got when I had hypertension after giving birth to Dippy. He and I really thought that was the start of my long battle with hypertension. Thankfully, it was just classified as postpartum hypertension and it went away a few months later. Luckily, I didn't have to buy my own blood pressure BP monitor at that time. Well, there was really a time when I had thought of using my earnings to buy the digital type. After all, I knew I should be checking my blood pressure because I was told that there's a big chance that a postpartum hypertension could advance into chronic hypertension. Incidentally, I found a few medical equipment suppliers that are selling the brand that I like. However, dad had let me use my late mom's digital blood pressure monitor. It is still with me until now and I love it because it's a whole lot easier to use than a sphygmometer.
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