September 7, 2018

Your Guide to Creating a Project Blog to Share Your Ideas



You’ve been considering that big project for a long time. Really digging in and making some changes. You’re so excited about it that you want to share it with everyone you meet, or even more people than that. And when you finish, you might even want to keep coming up with new ideas to share.

You’ve been reading the various websites and blogs, looking at other people’s projects and ideas, and it finally struck you, “Why can’t I do this too? Why don’t I start a blog?” It’s not that difficult, and it can be a great outlet to share your ideas, and get new ones, so there’s nothing stopping you from doing it. To help you start your blog, consider the following ideas to make sure you get off to a great start.

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Create a  Focus

A key factor in starting a successful blog is a sense of focus. Pick a single aspect to concentrate on. You can expand into more areas later, but initially having a specific niche where you specialize can help bring you readers and establish your expertise. You can choose from a number of different types of focus. You can zoom in on step by step projects, posting photographs of each day’s work, or you can concentrate on a single type of project, showing different aspects of kitchen remodeling, for example.

You could pick a theme or a style, Colonial Farmhouse perhaps or Art Deco, and talk about how to achieve that look in a variety of projects. But picking a single area to excel makes your site a favored destination for people interested in it, helping you establish that critical core readership.

Pick a Name

Once you have a focus in mind, you’ll need to choose a domain name that evokes that focus. If it can be clever and memorable, so much the better, but don’t obsess over this. Set aside a few hours to choose your name, not a few days. One tactic is to generate a quick list, one after the other for twenty or thirty minutes. If you have trouble thinking of some, throw in one named after you or anything else distinctive about you personally.

Silly, made up words are okay as well. Many well-known companies have names that were unknown in their field before they came along, like Google or Bing. Once you have that list, cut all the ones that really don’t work. Then spend a few minutes ranking the rest. Try combining a few, or adding other words to improve them, then take your top five and check to see if they are taken. You’ve spent less than an hour and have a name that’s perfect for your new blog.

Choose a Host

This is a research task, and will require some effort and time. You need to find an inexpensive web hosting service that has a good reputation for reliability, ease of use, and good customer service. There are a number of them, and there are usually deals where you can get discounts for the first several months or even a year. Some offer free domain names in addition, so be sure to factor that into the cost.

Install a Platform

Unless you have some technical background or some other good reason to choose otherwise, I would recommend WordPress to design your blog. It’s the big name in blog platforms and many hosts have extra support for it, like one click installation. It’s easy to use, powerful, there’s a ton of support information about it on the web, and it’s free! Wordpress does offer some premium items you may want to consider as your blog grows:  a premium framework designed for an image heavy blog is a good investment, and very affordable, as is a good selection of plugins to make your work even easier.

Set a Schedule

One of the things that kills many new blogs is an irregular update schedule. People don’t know when to expect the next post, so they stop coming back to check. Set a schedule from the start, and let your readers know your post schedule in your intro blog post. You can change it later but try to stick to it as much as possible. Make it as frequent as you can, but don’t over commit. You don’t ever want to miss a post, so keep it reasonable, no more than three or so per week. This also gives you a deadline to meet, which can help some people stay on track and stay committed to their project.

Add Some Illustration

If you are doing projects, the best way to showcase your work to your readers is with pictures to compliment your text. Don’t try to make do with photos from your smartphone; invest in a mid-range priced camera and study basic photography if you don’t already have the skills. You want your pictures to be clear, well composed, and impressive. Get the skills and equipment to make that happen. You don’t need to be a professional, but sloppy photos won’t gain you readers. Also, see if you can incorporate video into your blog as well. A virtual tour of a project can really be impressive.

Craft a Memorable Logo

Your site should have some flair, with a logo that’s quickly recognizable for your readers. If you’re not familiar or comfortable with design work, consider consulting a graphic designer. This doesn’t have to cost hundreds of dollars; sites like Fiverr can get you a simple and stylish logo at an affordable rate.

Write a Post

You’ve got all the pieces in place, it’s time to pick your project and write your first post. Your writing ‘voice’ will mature over time, but you might have to give it a little more thought before you start. Will you be chatty? Professional? Technical? Will it be from your point of view or will you only talk about the projects? Most bloggers recommend a relaxed style with a lot of your personality in your posts. People want to know who you are through your writing, so put your personality into your posts. Talk about your opinions, your experience, and your choices.

Now that you have your first post up, stick to your schedule, work on projects related to your focus, and get people involved using interesting pictures and video. Watch your comments and interact with your readers. You’ll start to form a little community, and you’re sure to get suggestions on what to do next or what they would like to find out more about. Always listen to suggestions, but remember, it is your blog - you get to decide what to work on next. So choose what you love, enjoy yourself, and share the joy of your work with others!
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August 23, 2018

How to Customize Wedding Invitation Cards


Getting married is not really cheap. But there are many ways to cut down your expenses and still have your dream wedding. By planning your wedding, saving for it and setting a budget, you can keep your wedding expenses getting out of hand.

Aside from those above, you can be your own wedding planner and make your wedding personalized. If you have time, you can personally buy your wedding supplies, needs and souvenir or make a do it yourself wedding souvenir.

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Also, you can make your own wedding invitation cards online. There are websites like Basic Invite that offers a variety of wedding invitations card designs, which you can customize.

Basic Invite is a mobile friendly website that is very easy to use. It is one of the few websites that allows customers to choose over 180 different color options with previews online. What sets Basic Invite apart from almost any other stationery company is that they make sure you can have your card exactly the way you want.

In addition to wedding invitation cards, Basic Invite offers over 40 different colors of peel and seal envelopes that can be quickly and securely closed. Or you can have a Seal and Send Wedding Invitations, their newest collection available in over 30 designs. Seal and Send Wedding Invitations are all-in-one wedding invitation with a tear-off RSVP postcard, which make extra special with printed guests' addresses on tits front so you don't need an envelope.

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Basic Invite also has over 900 wedding invitation sets that include save the dates, wedding invitation, enclosure cards, wedding menus, wedding programs and thank you cards as well. 

How to customize wedding invitation cards at Basic Invite? Just easy. You just need to upload all your wedding details, photos and even a direction map for your guests. Choose colors and design to match your wedding theme.

What is more really exciting is that you can order a printed sample of your actual invitation so you can see before hand how it is printed as well as its paper quality before placing your final order.

You can also use their free address collection service to request your addresses with just three easy steps: share a link, collect addresses, and get free envelope printing.

Sounds great savings right? Both money and time. So when planning a wedding, add your to your checklist these customized wedding invitation cards.
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August 19, 2018

What I Found Out About Companies Like Testclear


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Are you into smoking the big MJ? Better read this!

Okay. I know I just sounded like an infomercial that advocates a clean, weed-free lifestyle, but really, I’m not. If anything I’m pro-weed. Medicinal marijuana, that is. It helped me a lot with chronic pain when it hit me at its worst (It’s researched!). It helped improve my appetite, my mood, and everything else I could not think of at the moment. All I know is that marijuana has done more good than bad. I think the only bad thing that happened to me ever since I started using it, is the fact that I get hippie stares whenever I get on a bus smelling like a joint. I know, sometimes, perfume just doesn’t work.

Anyway, I’m not here to tell you to stop using the cognitive enhancer because it risks tumors or anything, I’m actually here to help you with a common problem marijuana users like us usually have.

Can you take a guess? Yep, I’m talking about those darnable drug tests.

In some states, the lucky ones as I’d like to call them, the use of marijuana is 100% legal. This makes me (and you, probably) really envious of how they can freely use the medicinal plant to their hearts desire. Trust me, I’m no dependent. I just find it a real hassle to hide away from the public’s eye whenever I find a need (and I do mean a literal need) to take a dose. I could be in pain and be like “Oh shoot! I need to get to a secluded, seldom-used toilet to relieve myself from pain.” Sometimes, I even hold in the pain, take a couple Tylenol – that really doesn’t do much for me – and wait for my 8-hour shift to end just to brew some Mary Jane tea peacefully at home.

This much, I can actually live with. But then random drug tests would start happening in the company I work for, and it would scare the hell out of me. And questions like these start boggling me out of my mind:

What if I get found out?

Will I lose my job?

Will I become an actual hippie?

How am I going to pay for my meds?

And the list goes on. Nothing really scared me more than drug tests back then. But note that I’m talking in past tense “scared” and “back then.” This means that things are a whole lot better now. Did my company stop doing random employee drug exams? Well, no. It’s actually more rampant now than ever. “Did I stop taking marijuana because I fear getting found out too much?” Not really. I’m not that soft. Simply put, I just found a better solution to end my woes. I have found a good routine to looking clean – inside and out. Here’s what I do:

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It’s Time You Believe In Detox

Detoxing is a surefire way to escape the public eye. It typically takes two to three days to get all the tetrahydrocannabinol or THC toxins out of your system – that is, if you’re NOT A CHRONIC USER. This means that you only use it occasionally, like in my case. However, if you are a chronic user (which I definitely don’t have any problem with; to each his own, after all), it may take a while longer to get all the residues and traces of THC out of your system – about a week or so. I would advise that you also eat healthy at this time and get enough sleep. Your body will recuperate and return to its normal state much faster if you help it.

There Are Other Ways

Of course, you can’t detox when you’re scheduled for a drug test in two days – even if you’re an infrequent user. After all, even if the toxins are mostly out of your body, you can never be sure about what remains. In this case, I use another method which I like to call “instant cleanse.” I use THC flushing products that are guaranteed to help you pass urine, blood, hair, and saliva drug tests. There are many reliable brands you can order online. But for me I get these from TestClear. You can visit their website if you want (http://www.clearthedrugtest.com/ ). And I’ve never failed a drug test since.

Use these two methods together and I guarantee you, you’ll never have to go into hiding again.

*This is a guest post.

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August 11, 2018

Kid Friendly Polvoron Recipe


Hello everyone! It's been a long while since we've posted recipe here. Yes, we - Daddy Allan and I, are the one's updating this blog. And soon our little boy, Matthew Andrei, will join us so it will really call "our family blogs". 

Oops so sorry for a long introduction. Let me go straight with my agenda for today. One weekend, my little boy asked me to make a polvoron. I was surprised that he already like polvoron because he really don't like it. Kaya naman pala he tasted one during their Nutrition Month celebration so maybe he liked the taste.

So here's the very kid friendly polvoron recipe.

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My little boy happily assisted me and was so happy when I called him a little chef.  I will not be surprised if he will love cooking because his Daddy loves to cook too. He also has his own version polvoron recipe.


Watch our Intagram stories to see how my little boy had so much fun making this very kid friendly polvoron.
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August 10, 2018

4 Cost Cutting Measures Your Family Won't Mind



If your family is like most others, chances are that you are set in your ways and habits, especially as far as spending behavior goes. Changing you and your family’s spending habits and cutting cost doesn’t have to be difficult, however. Today we will be taking a look at cost-cutting measure that your family will find easy and fun to take.

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Make Your Own Household Products

Getting your kids on board to make your own cleaning supplies and personal products can save a ton of money. With ingredients such as vinegar, borax, coconut oil, and baking soda, you and your family can produce a wide range of products that you use every day.

This can make a big difference to your shopping costs and, as an added benefit, it will reduce your household’s plastic output which is eco-friendly. Remember to make the products in glass bottles or containers that you already have in the house so that it isn’t necessary to go out and buy containers. You will also be able to reuse the bottles. You will be able to find recipes for cleaning products online that are affordable and effective.

Get rid of Cable

Your cable subscription costs a ton of money and, because of on-demand streaming services, you are not getting the best value possible. By buying a Fire TV as an online streaming device, you can subscribe to almost any streaming service there is. With your Fire TV Stick, you will also receive a remote that will make navigation and search for content just as easy as changing the channel on your cable tv.

Pairing your Firestick remote is easy and quick and it will allow you access to high-quality content at the fraction of the cost you are currently paying for cable. You can also add Kodi to your Firestick to gain access to content-rich add-ons.

Prepare your Food at Home

When trying to save money, you and your family should refrain from eating and buying take away food as this typically is one of the biggest expenses in a household. This does not mean, however, that you can’t have enjoyable and bonding dining experiences. By making an occasion of preparing food at home, you can inspire your kids to love cooking, or you can invite friends over for dinner parties and game night. Occasions like these will not cost you nearly as much as a night out at a restaurant, but it can be just as enjoyable and memorable.

You can also prepare your family’s lunch at home to save money. Buying lunch during the day can also hike your monthly expenses. By preparing your entire family’s lunch at school, you will be able to save a lot of money in the long-run.

Planning is key when you want to get into the habit of preparing food at home. Do an online search to find recipes for healthy, affordable, and tasty meals. Then, plan your grocery shopping list accordingly.

Couponing

Couponing is a hobby that your family can collectively take part in. Although extreme couponing is a new trend, you don’t have to go so far to save money. By simply opting in for companies’ emails and keeping your eyes open, you will be able to find enough coupons that you can redeem for products or services. Do an online search to find out more about the perks and benefits of couponing.

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