Simple Life, Happy Earth!!!
|Posted on 23 April, 2018 at 6:10||comments (0)|
She’s the best, most beautiful, most selfless, smartest, most patient, and kindest! We’ll never run out of superlatives to describe mothers. From carrying a baby in the womb and giving birth to nurturing, teaching, and guiding their children so they’ll have a healthy, happy, and beautiful life, mothers are truly amazing, powerful, and special.
There’s nothing more fitting than saying that our mothers are a big blessing and they absolutely deserve to be celebrated and pampered. Here are some ways to make your mum feel special at any given time of the day:
1. Lend Her a Helping Hand
Mums have a long list of things to do – cooking and preparing meals, cleaning the house, washing the dishes, doing the laundry, grocery shopping, playtime with kids and helping them with homework, and others. You can jump in and help her out with daily chores. Let her worry less and relax even for a few hours.
2. Spend Quality Time with Her
Are you too busy with work or school that you no longer spend time with your mum? She misses you, for sure! Why not schedule a time with her and be sure to make it count. Take her out for lunch or dinner, invite her to see a play or movie, or simply stroll and have a picnic in the park with her. Any activity with you would mean a lot to her.
3. Confide in Her/Make her Feel She’s Needed
As you grow older, you become more independent and probably need less help from your mother. To make your mum feel special, make sure she knows that you still need her and let her know that her help and opinion matter. Confide in her, share an important news with her, and let her put her two cents in a decision you have to make.
4. Compliment Her
Show your mum that she is special and that you appreciate her by giving her compliments and praising her for everything she does for you and the whole family. Tell her that she is beautiful inside and out, strong, and inspiring. Add that she looks young! You can also leave a note telling her that the food she cooked is delicious. Text her when you see a photo she posted online and tell her that you think her dress, hair, and make-up were stunning!
5. Throw a Party for Her
Is your mum the type of person who loves surprises? Most people are probably okay with such gimmick, anyway, because it somehow makes you feel important and special. Why not throw a surprise party for your mum on Mother’s Day or her birthday? It doesn’t have to be grand. Even a simple surprise get-together with the family and her closest friends will make her feel that she is the most special and important person in the world. Complete the party with balloons and decors and her favourite foods. It would be a bonus if you also shower her with gifts that can make her feel even more special.
It’s your turn to give back and make your mum feel special. No matter how big or small your gesture is, it will surely be appreciated. These are just a few of the many expressions of love that you can do for her. Start now and bring happiness to that very special woman in your life you call mum!
|Posted on 15 April, 2018 at 20:25||comments (0)|
Culture, race, gender, and economic status are just some of the factors that make any community diverse. But despite diversity, each individual with his own unique talents, skills, and resources can unite and collaborate with others to make their community a better place for everyone.
Because “community” cannot be spelled without “unity,” connecting, building good relationships, and working together with other community members should be encouraged. Here are a few activities that you can all participate in and do together to promote unity:
Food and Crafts Fair
Promoting unity in the community through food and the arts is a brilliant idea! Organize or be part of a fair showcasing the delicacies in your area and food specialties of the finest home chefs and bakers in the community. A BBQ cook-off or a hotdog eating contest could be exciting. Everyone will likely enjoy booths of various crafts and DIY or homemade products such as soaps and candles too. There could also be an art contest for kids or a collective exhibition of artworks by local artists at the fair.
A weekend of friendly, healthy competition with loads of fun can bring the whole community together. So why not hold a regular community Olympics, where families can join different sports events and win not only trophies, but also friends? Whether it’s relay race, basketball, duathlon, or any other type of sport or physical activity, it will surely encourage unity.
Holidays, turning of seasons, and important events should be celebrated. And celebrating with families and friends from the neighbourhood makes them more special. Your town or community hall could be witness to memorable galas, kids’ talent shows, and Christmas presentations. Everyone can also gather at the park to watch fireworks on New Year’s Eve, enjoy outdoor film showings during Spring break, or listen to different bands during Memorial or Independence Day music festival.
Environmental Conservation Initiatives
Activities that have to do with environmental awareness, conservation, and protection are also a great way of uniting members of the community. Everyone can join tree planting, beach or river clean-up, farming, and recycling activities. These are not only good for the environment. They are also good for every resident of the community.
Community Enhancement Projects
Having a good and beautiful community is in your hands. This is why projects that can enhance the various places and structures in the community are always welcome. Residents can collaborate in painting park benches and museum fences, work together to rehabilitate a run-down playground, or join forces to install solar-powered lamps on the streets.
Unity in the community should be valued, promoted, and maintained. When everyone works together for a common goal, then that goal will be easier to achieve. Be one with your neighbours through these activities and start building a happy and prosperous communit
|Posted on 8 April, 2018 at 18:20||comments (0)|
Caring for the society comes in many forms. Starting with the community, you can show your care for your neighbourhood (including your friendly neighbours) by giving donations. Monetary donations may be the most common and useful kind, but there are other things aside from cash that could help improve your community and make everybody that’s part of it happy.
Making your trash somebody else’s treasure and sharing with others something that you create with love and hard work are truly inspiring. Here are 5 useful things that you can donate to your community:
Do you love to bake or cook and make DIY craft projects? Your products make great contributions to your community. You can donate them to your local charities, give them for free during community fairs, or distribute them as souvenirs when there are meetings or gatherings.
Old Clothes and Blankets
Don’t let those old clothes, blankets, and other items just sit unforgotten in your stock room. Gather them and organize a drive where other people from your neighbourhood can get them for free! Other families from the area can also join and bring their old stuff in. Another option is to give them to a charity centre or any organisation that can distribute these things to people in need.
Spread the love of reading and learning in your community by donating some of your pre-loved books. They could be a good addition to your local library. Perhaps you also have neighbours who teach kids or hold reading sessions regularly? Then they’ll most likely find your old books very useful.
Do you have an old working computer, mobile phone, tablet, or any other gadget that you no longer use? Someone might be in need of one. You can check with the community government or local organisations if they have programs or drives where they accept these gadgets and donate them to other members of the community.
Plants and Seeds
Maintaining a clean, healthy, and beautiful environment is another way of showing that you care for your community. Why not donate plants or seeds (vegetables, flowers, etc.) to your local government or environmental groups from your area? These will not only promote clean air and sustainable living, but also make your community look fresh and inviting.
You can make a difference in your community in your own little way. Start donating any or all of the five things we mentioned and make your community a much better and happier place!
|Posted on 3 March, 2018 at 5:10||comments (0)|
Many of us regard gift-giving as a symbol of love and care. Spending money and buying nice presents for our loved ones is definitely a good way of showing them that we care about them. But there are a lot of other thoughtful and practical ways that you can do to show your loved ones how special they are to you without giving gifts.
How about doing acts of service for them? This is possibly the simplest and most inexpensive, yet most meaningful present that you can give your loved ones. Take a look at these 5 acts of service ideas:
1. Cook Meals or Bake Sweet Treats
What better way to show your loved ones how much you care for them than to say it with food? You may not be an excellent chef or the world’s greatest baker, but your loved ones will surely appreciate it if you cook meals or bake pastries for them. Even the simplest dishes and recipes will turn out the most delicious if you prepare them with all your heart.
2. Call or Send a Message
Thanks to technology, you can show your loved ones that you care by texting, calling, or sending them a message online. It’s a simple way of telling them that you’re thinking of them, asking them how they are doing, and wishing them that they are having a good day.
3. Be the Errand Boy/Girl
Is your spouse swamped with work, but still needs to do grocery shopping? Do your parents need a ride to the event they have to go to? You can volunteer to run errands on their behalf. Do the shopping, pay the bills, pick up the laundry, or deliver the orders for them. You can also be their designated driver while they attend to their commitments in different places.
4. Massage and Pamper
Help your partner de-stress after a long, tiring day by giving him a massage or running her a relaxing bubble bath. You can even turn your room into an aromatic home spa complete with burning soy candles and soothing music in the background.
5. Sing or Play a Song
Give your loved ones the gift of music, but the non-material kind. Cheer up a sad loved one or simply add more color and fun to their day by singing a song to them. Although it’s much better if you know how to play the guitar or any other musical instrument, the sentiment behind “it’s the thought that counts” matters more amidst off-keys and wrong lyrics. This will certainly make them feel important and cared for no matter how good (or bad) you are as a singer or musician.
No amount of material gifts can top the simple service you are willing to give your loved ones whole-heartedly. Try doing these five acts of service and show your loved ones that you truly care!
|Posted on 21 January, 2018 at 17:55||comments (0)|
Taking care of ourselves and living a healthy and happy life is not only about keeping a healthy diet and staying physically active. It is also essential to nurture our emotional well-being to be completely healthy.
Emotionally healthy people are happy people. They feel good about themselves because they are aware of and are able to manage their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. It is also easier for them to cope with life’s challenges – no matter how small or big they are.
Do you want to feel good and happy? Keep your emotions in check and your emotional health balanced. Check out these tips and steps that you can follow to be emotionally healthy:
Accept and Love Yourself
Start your emotional wellness journey by loving and accepting yourself. You may not be perfect, but you have admirable qualities and skills that you should feel good about. You will be happier and more willing to accept and love other people if you accept and love yourself first.
Find Your Purpose
Discover what makes your life more meaningful. Focus on these things and areas – whether it’s your family, career, charity work, environmental advocacy, and others – to be emotionally healthy and happy.
Express Your Feelings
Keeping your emotions bottled-up is not good. Let other people know what you feel, especially if you’re sad or angry. But make sure you do it appropriately to avoid any misunderstanding or trouble in your relationships.
Build Loving and Supportive Relationships
The relationships you build and keep have a great effect on your emotional well-being.
Surround yourself with positive and happy people and stay connected with those who give you love, care, and support.
Make Time for Some “Me Time”
While it is important for us to socialize, we should also enjoy some alone time. Read, hang out at the park, or go to the coffee shop alone. Solitude is good for your soul.
Relaxation or mindfulness practices, such as meditation, yoga, and deep breathing can help improve your focus and emotional health. You’ll also likely gain peace of mind and renewed energy when you do so.
Explore Your Creativity
Discover your passions and hobbies and keep your creative juices flowing. Spending time doing what you love will make you feel good and happy. And that’s what emotional health and wellness is.
Look After Your Physical Health
Remember to take care of your physical health if you want to be emotionally healthy. Get enough sleep, eat healthy foods, exercise regularly, and avoid bad habits and vices.
Live happily and handle whatever life throws at you in a much better way. Consider the tips we’ve shared and start taking the path toward emotional h
|Posted on 21 January, 2018 at 17:50||comments (0)|
We now live in a busy, fast-paced society that juggling responsibilities has now become natural for us. But no matter how hectic our schedule is, maintaining an active lifestyle should still be a priority. It’s simply one way of taking care of ourselves to stay healthy physically and mentally.
Injecting an exercise routine or even a simple physical activity to your busy schedule may seem impossible, but it can actually be done. Take a look at these five easy exercises that you can do anywhere even on a busy day.
Stretching is a form of exercise that you can do anytime, anywhere. As soon as you get out of bed in the morning (or even while you’re still in bed), stretch your arms and legs to revitalize your body. Sitting for a long time – whether on your workstation, in the conference room, or even at the cinema – is not good for you. Take quick breaks by doing easy stretches to get your blood flowing and boost your energy.
Are you too busy chatting on the phone, reading a long document, or even binge-watching Netflix? Well, you can still do arm circle exercises to stay physically active. Just extend your arms out to the sides and slowly rotate them forward/backward, making small circles. Not only will you feel energized, you’ll also have strong and toned arms.
It’s the easiest form exercise, yet it offers tremendous physical and mental benefits. Walking can help strengthen your bones and muscles, improve your balance, improve your mood, and prevent or manage various health problems. So even if you lead a busy life, take a walk to reap these benefits. Instead of driving your car or taking the bus or cab, just walk going to work, the mall, restaurant, or every time you do errands.
Climbing up and down the stairs is an easy exercise that’s so effective at burning calories and strengthening your core muscles. Whether at home, in the office building, at the mall, or just about anywhere with stairs, conquer those steps and be active.
Squats and Lunges
Do you have a 9-to-5 desk job? Are you attending a whole-day seminar? Busy watching over the kids at home? Make sure you take a break once in a while and try to do lunges and squats. You can do walking lunges from your desk to the office pantry or from the kitchen to the backyard. You can also do a few squats during seminar breaks. Not only will you burn fat and build muscle. You will also stay awake and energized for the remaining activities for the day.
Being too busy shouldn’t be an excuse for not doing your exercise routine. It doesn’t have to be long, complicated, too challenging, or equipment-dependent. By doing the easy exercises above everyday, you’re already taking care of yourself. These small steps can keep you right on track toward an active, healthy, and happy lifestyle.
|Posted on 21 January, 2018 at 17:45||comments (0)|
It’s a brand new year and a great time for a fresh start. If you think you haven’t been taking care of yourself as much as you need to, then now is your chance to make things right. And establishing healthy habits is the perfect thing for you to do.
The journey to a healthy lifestyle may not be that easy. But you can start and stick to habits that are good for your body, mind, and soul if you really wish to. Here are 10 healthy habits that you can include in your resolutions list so you can live a healthier life this year:
Get Quality Sleep
Get enough good quality sleep if you want to kick start a healthier lifestyle. Eight hours is the recommended average sleep range. Develop a consistent sleep routine and stick to a bedtime and wake up time schedule.
Drink More Water
Water is essential, so keep yourself hydrated. Start your day by drinking a glass of water and carry a bottle of water every time you go out, especially if the weather is hot. The right amount of water intake is different for everyone. But if you try the pee test and find that your urine is pale yellow, then you are likely hydrated enough.
You are what you eat. This year, try to shift to a healthier diet. Eat more fruits and vegetables and avoid too much sweets and salty foods. Also, go for organically- or naturally-produced foods and stay away from the packaged or processed ones as much as you can.
Be physically active! Start an exercise routine for a healthy body and mind. A 30-minute jog in the park twice a week, walking, dancing, and even taking the stairs instead of the elevator are simple yet good physical activities that you can do to be healthier this year.
Rest, Relax, and Rejuvenate
Stress is everywhere in today’s busy, fast-paced world. But you need to learn to cope and beat the everyday stressors for health and longevity. No matter how busy your life is, make sure you have time for rest and recreation. Schedule a spa massage or take a relaxing vacation once in a while.
Avoid Toxic Substances
This year, lessen the toxins you intake by using organic or natural products - from your personal care items to home products. Doing so is good for your and your family’s health, as well as for the environment.
Meditation brings a lot of benefits to your overall health and well-being, so include it in your healthy habits list this year. Spend just a few minutes of your time each day to breathe, de-clutter your mind, and meditate to improve your life.
Quit Bad Habits
Replace your bad habits and vices with good ones. If you smoke, drink too much soda or alcohol, or usually stay up too late, then now is the perfect time to change, quit the habit, and focus on wellness.
Find A Hobby
Discover your passion and interests and pursue them – whether it’s reading, crafting, doing sports, and others. This habit will help you stay creative, smart, and happy, which is important if you want to live a healthier life.
They say laughter is the best medicine, and yes, it’s free! Be with people who make you laugh. Watch hilarious videos. Read funny blogs and articles. Laugh more this year – it’s good for your soul.
Start your 2018 right! Make this year a year of your transformation. Take small, easy steps to building and keeping these healthy habits and you’ll be on your way to having a healthy lifestyle that will last a lifetime.
|Posted on 7 December, 2017 at 21:30||comments (0)|
The holiday season is here again. Everyone’s busy shopping and decorating their houses with Christmas ornaments. For most of us, the bigger and more colorful decors, the merrier, right? But while it’s great to join in on the celebrations, it’s important that we should also be aware of how we spend and what we use to imbibe the holiday spirit.
Several researches have revealed that the holiday season is the most wasteful season of the year. But we can all do something to reduce waste during the holidays. Choosing green home décors can still make Christmas merry and bright! Here are some inspiring ideas worth trying:
1. Go for energy-efficient lighting
Christmas tree lights and other lighting displays definitely (and literally) make the season bright. For an environmentally-friendly option, choose LED lights and reduce the number of strings and size of the lighting display outside your house. Make sure to turn them off, too, at bedtime to save energy and money.
2. Choose handmade or homemade
Buying handmade or homemade Christmas home décor products from local artisans is a green act. Not only will you have unique décors, you’ll also save money if you support them.
3. Opt for durable ornaments
No matter your theme or motif, it’s best if you choose durable ornaments as you can use them for a longer period of time. Just make some tweaks and you’ll not only have new decors every year. You’ll also have bigger savings.
4. Recycle empty bottles and jars
Old bottles or jars make nice candle holders. Just wrap them with wrapping paper, put lace, tie a pretty ribbon, or add twines and pine cones and you’ll have attractive and eco-friendly dining table pieces or console décors.
5. Repurpose old greeting cards and boxes
If you have old greeting cards and gift boxes piling in your stock room, it’s time to take them out and turn them into something more useful this Christmas. Why not make a wreath made out of those cards or cut and design boxes that you can use as ornaments for your garland? Make this a fun and rewarding bonding activity for the whole family.
6. Decorate with fresh fruits and herbs
A home décor made from fresh fruits and herbs looks and smells amazing. Pick some plants, herbs, and flowers from your garden and arrange them into a wreath that you can hang on your front door. A garland adorned with orange slices and cinnamon dough is also an amazing idea.
7. Make a Christmas-themed bird feeder
Bird feeders are good for the environment. This holiday season, let the birds join the festivities! Hang sunflower seed bird feeders shaped as Christmas trees or stars on your window or lamp post.
8. Keep things simple
Less and simple is more and better, even during the holidays. Cluttered decorations are not attractive, so make sure you don’t overdo it. Your family, guests, and Mother Earth will thank you for keeping things simple and nice.
Enjoying the holiday celebrations while taking care of our environment is possible. Consider these green décor ideas and you’ll make your Christmas this year the most wonderful and eco-friendly time of the year.
|Posted on 15 November, 2017 at 0:00||comments (0)|
DIY is fitting for sustainability and environmental awareness efforts. Since more people are becoming interested in going green, we are now increasingly conscious of how we can make our lifestyle more environment-friendly. Creating, modifying, repairing, and recycling things are some of the things we can do to shift to a sustainable lifestyle.
Doing DIY projects – no matter how small or big they are – is not just fun. It is also rewarding. Take a look these sustainable products that you can do on your own!
1 Skin care products
Minimize the toxins your skin absorbs by making your own skin care products. You can nourish your hand and body with a lotion that’s made from shea butter, essential oils, and aloe vera juice. Say goodbye to dry skin and stress by applying body butter made from coconut oil, shea butter, and magnesium to your skin.
2. Beauty items and treatments
Staying pretty while going green is easy! You can make a DIY lip gloss by combining coconut oil, a dab of your old lipstick, and beeswax. You also make your own alcohol-free hairspray using just water, sugar, and essential oils as ingredients.
3. Furniture and home decors
Are you looking to redesign your home the sustainable way? Upcycling or repurposing things is the way to go! You can turn empty milk cans into planters. Just paint and design them as you please. Why not make coasters out of wine bottle corks and old cds wrapped in printed fabrics or non-slip paper? If you have pieces of reclaimed wood, you can also turn them into a console, coffee table, or bench for that rustic home vibe.
Accessorising using sustainable materials is an excellent idea. Gather fabric scraps, beads, and thin chains that have long been stashed in your drawer and make a ruffled fabric necklace. You can also transform your old oversized denim jeans into a unique and funky tote bag.
5. Herbal medicine
Most people who choose to have a green lifestyle also opt to stay away from pharmaceutical drugs or medicines. Instead, they turn to herbal remedies to cure illnesses or for first aid treatments.
One great example for this would be a ginger honey syrup. This easy-to-make concoction can cure cough. You can also mix extra virgin oil or coconut oil with essential oils such as eucalyptus and lavender to make a good homemade decongestant vapour rub.
Composting is one of the best examples of green living. Do you need a fertilizer for your plants? You can turn your food scraps and other decomposed organic matter into fertilizer! Now plant those seeds and enjoy the beauty of nature in your own backyard.
The products above are only a few examples proving that sustainability and DIY go hand in hand. Making different things while taking care of the environment is certainly possible. So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and start that green DIY project you have in mind!
|Posted on 7 November, 2017 at 23:50||comments (0)|
Living an eco-friendly lifestyle could be the one of the best and wisest decisions we can ever make these days. And opting to use sustainable home products is one great example of our conscious effort to take care of Mother Earth.
Contrary to what some people think, going green doesn’t really require a lot of time, effort, and money. Switching to environment-safe products for the house can be simple, fun, and easy! Here are the amazing benefits of using sustainable home products:
Having a green home helps a lot in reducing the contamination of our natural resources. If we use sustainable home products, we don’t contribute to pollution. Our environment thus becomes cleaner and healthier.
Improve air quality
Eco-friendly home products improve the air quality inside the house. Using them to clean different places and things inside your home means you and your loved ones will be able to breathe in good-quality air that’s free from strong chemical odours.
Effective and safe to use
Unlike conventional cleaning products, sustainable or environmentally-friendly home cleaning products do not contain harmful chemicals and other toxins that are bad for our health. By using them, you lessen the risk of experiencing chemical burn to your eyes and skin. You or your loved ones are also less likely to develop asthma and other more serious health problems.
Do it yourself
Some simple home cleaning products can be made or formulated using common household items. Vinegar, olive oil, and baking soda are just some of the ingredients that you can use to clean the floors, couches, kitchen tiles, bathroom, and other areas and things in the house.
Less expensive for bigger savings
Since some cleaning ingredients can easily be found inside the house, you can cut your costs on cleaning products. You can now remove certain items from your grocery list especially if you can DIY them.
Going green at home is a simple act that can bring immense benefits. Whether you make and use your own eco-friendly home products or use the ones sold in stores, you are still doing your part in saving the environment. Sustainable living doesn’t require major changes. It can start with minor shifts in product use and even daily habits. Share with us what steps you will be taking today!