Pacquiao wins by KO!

It's the talk of the town! Our people's champ Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao won the fight against Mexican-American David "Dangerous" Diaz. Pacquiao made another boxing history, he is the first Filipino ever to win in four boxing divisions. He now holds the lightweight championship crown, aside from his super bantamweight, junior lightweight, and super featherweight championships. He has definitely proved to everyone that he's the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world.

Congratulations Manny we are truly proud of you!




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I Signed up for PPP!

I've discovered that i can make money through my blog. My online friend shared this information to me. I am very interested in this money-making programs so when I learned about PayPerPost, I immediately registered for this exciting pay per post program and yesterday i got the good news my blog was approved!

I've studied the in and out of this program and i have learned that once approved, i can immediately start making money online. Just by browsing through available writing opportunities in their website all i have to do is to grab that opportunity and start writing for advertisers. But
based on what I've read on their terms and conditions bloggers are not obliged to endorsed their products or services. The bloggers just need to mention the product or advertiser's names or just place a banner in their blog, so that the readers or visitors of their blog will notice the products or services being advertised in their blog posts. Payperpost's instructions are very easy to follow and understand, i'm sure bloggers will love this money making site. This is great opportunity for everybody because aside from doing their passion on writing, bloggers will get extra income out of it.

By the way payment for every approved posts is via PayPal. Finally my Paypal account will get it's first deposit, my first ever online earning. I'm very thankful for this opportunity, hopefully i will be given lots of tasks. This is indeed a blessing for us.

Register now it's fast and easy and start earning with your blogs!


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Weekly Fest #5: First Day School Blues



June 10, 2008, first day of school classes how can i forget this day? I woke up at 4:00 am, it was 2 hours earlier than my regular wake up time. It was sooo hard to get out of bed and take a cold shower! Ok forget about me, this is about my kids' first day in school.
It's Alyana's first day in high school, and since she's a transferee everything will be her firsts in that school. I was a bit worried about her, she's a shy type person and i can't help but think on how she's going to cope with her new surroundings and to the people around her.With Marco, it was also his first time to go to his school without his sister with him. Although he's been in the same school for 2 years, i can sense that he's a little bit nervous now that his sister has transferred and no longer around to guide him.

We arrived at my son's school quite early, only few students and teachers were around, so i accompanied him to his new classroom and told him to just wait for his teacher and classmates
, we need to leave at once to get to her ate's school on time. Although he agreed, i 'm a bit anxious on leaving our "bunso" alone. But i can't stay there my daughter also needs my company.

On our way naman to Alyana's school, we were surprised at the heavy traffic near the perimeter of the school. We thought it was too early and we'll be ahead of the others. My daughter began to worry and I was worried too for her! We still need to find her room number in the School Bulletin Board.We know
the place is already crowded with mothers and students looking for their own class section and room numbers. While in the midst of the traffic, i told my husband that we'll just get off the car and take a walk rather than waiting. But he didn't allow us, he said it's dangerous especially for me because of my disability. So we just waited.. and prayed.
Upon arrival we rushed into the school's entrance gate but the guard stopped me and told me that the parents are not allowed to used that gate, i was redirected to the other gate. I was separated from my daughter and i began to worry again for her. I rushed to the other gate so i could meet her fast inside! I met her at the school's lobby, we immediately find our way through the crowd to look for her room number. Luckily we made it! around 3 or 4 minutes before the bell, we were able to locate Alyana's room. I accompanied her to her classroom and stayed for a while to make sure she's fine and settled before i leave.
At the office, i can't help but think of my son the whole day. If only i can split myself into two so i can attend to both of them at the same time. Gosh! i only have two kids, i wonder how mothers of three or more children feel at times like this?




This post is for PMC's Weekly Fest. I invite you to join because Mommy Joann is giving away free book for 2 lucky bloggers. I also invite you to join Pinay Mommies Community. Click here for details.



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Travel to 7 Continents

This tag was shared to me by Pinaymama. Thanks friend for sharing this meme with me.

The goal of this tag is to reach bloggers from different parts of the world and see how far we can get. We know that there are lots of bloggers around the world so let's do this challenge, and have this meme "Travel to 7 continents."

Counting start begin...............

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Rules :

1. Start Copy from "Begin Copy" until "End Copy".
2. Put your blog's name and url write in which continent you live, add the country you live in. Example : My Imaginary Travels (Netherlands)
3. Leave your url post in here and I'll add you to the Master List.
4. Please help spread this tag by tagging your friends as much as you can.
5. Don't play unfair! If you have more than 1 blog, you can participate all your blogs for this tag. BUT you will have to post this tag to all your blogs as well. So, please. Don't cheat!
6. Please come back again to copy the update of the master list, often. This process will help new participants to get the same gains as the first participants.
7. Don't forget to use the banner at your post, you can save as or you can just copy the code in here.

Master List :

A. Asia : 1. Moms... Check Nyo (Philippines) 2. Aeirin's Collections (Philippines) 3. Jenny and Belle(Philippines) 4. Hailey's Beats and Bits (Philippines) 5. Appleofmyeyes(Saudi Arabia) 6. Deranged Insanity (Philippines) 7. PROJECT HEAVY TRAFFIC (Singapore) 8. Rooms of My Heart (Indonesia) 9. Blessings and Beyond (Philippines) 10. lancerlord (Singapore) 11. allinkorea (Korea) 12. kimchiland (Korea) 13. korean food (Korea) 14. idealpinkrose (Korea) 15. Pinay Mommy Online (Philippines) 16. Momhood Moments (Philippines) 17. Business Mars (Philippines) 18. Maiylah’s Snippets (Philippines) 19. Picture Clusters (Philippines) 20. My Wanderings (Philippines) 21. Hit-or-Miss (Philippines) 22. Life Quest (Philippines) 23. FunFierceFabulous (Phils) 24. and Life Goes On for... (Philippines) 25. Moments of Colours (Philippines) 26. Making sense… (somehow) (Philippines) 27. Day To Day (Philippines) 28. My Happy Place 29. Me and Mine (Japan) 30. Little Peanut (Japan) 31. Creative In Me (Japan) 32. Pea in a Pod (Japan) 33. A Slice of Life (Phils) 34. Jenny Said So (Phils) 35. Live it Up... (Philippines) 36. A Sweet Taste Of Life (Philippines) 37. Through The Rain (Philippines) 38. Sugarmagnolias (Japan) 39. ParentZine育兒好好玩 (Singapore) 40. We are Family (PH) 41. Reference Notes (Hong Kong) 42. The Sweet Life 43. A Great Pleasure (Malaysia) 44. Lalaine's World ( Thailand) 45. Proud Mommy (Philippines) 46. Petty Ramblings of a Petty Queen(Malaysia) 47. The Real Deal (Malaysia) 48. My Sweet Escape (Malaysia) 49. Mommy Earns Money Online (Philippines) 50. Pexlinks Triple Love (Philippines) 51. OnlineBiz and Resources (Philippines) 52. LadyJava's Lounge (Malaysia) 53. LadyJava Life's Pages (Malaysia) 54. Being Woman (Malaysia), 55. Cat Tales (Malaysia) 56. Make Money Online (Malaysia) 57. LadyJava's Food Paradise (Malaysia) 58. Lourdes' Mia (Philippines) 59. Miss Write (Philippines) 60. Me, Myself+2 (Phils) 61. Moments of My Life 62. My Deepest & Honest Thoughts (Malaysia) 63. Crissy's Haven 64. Strangely Out of Place (Philippines) 65. Frozen Moments (India) 66. NER: Never Ending Resolve (Philippines) 67. Mindjuice in Full Throttle 68. Straight from the Heart 69. Creative Thoughts (Philippines) 70. Emila’s Illustrated Blog 71. WilStop (Philippines), 72. Alanzain-home decor world (Malaysia) 73. Let's talk-everything in one space (Malaysia) 74. Tiklaton (Pilipinas) 75. Digiscraptology (Philippines) 76. A Life in Bloom (Philippines) 77. Because Life is a Blessing (Philippines) 78. Day to Day Miracles 79. Budget Traveler 80. The Success (Indonesia) 81. Lets Travel Philippines (Philippines) 82. your turn

B. Australia : 1. Reflexes (Australia) 2. Emcee 3. Outback-Pinay 4. Collect and Connect (Australia) 5. your turn

C. Afrika : 1. Doudy Sketche Watercolor Paintings 2. Optimizing for Search Engines 3. Painting Artworks 4. your turn
D. North Amerika : 1. Simple Life, Simply Me (USA) 2. Pinaymama's Diary (USA) 3. 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires (United States) 4.Traipsey Turvey (USA) 5. Dabawenyako (USA) 6. Icelog (USA) 6. The Misadventures of an Ordinary Housewife (USA) 7. It Is Nap Time (US) 8.A Mother's Journal (USA) 9. Journey And Journal [USA] 10. Life is good and beautiful (USA) 11. Tasteful Voyage (USA) 12. Jenny's Wandering Thoughts (USA) 13. Mom Knows Everything (Canada) 14. Filipino love stories (USA) 15. A Mom's Note (USA) 16. Life with the Two Crazy Dogs 17. BLOGSILOG (USA) 18. Juliana’s World ( New York, USA) 19. My Daily Discourse (USA) 20. My Point Of View 21. My Blog Entry (USA) 22. This Side of Eternity (MI, USA) 23. The Paper Vision (USA) 24.Beyond Being A Mom(USA) 25.My So called life(USA) your turn
E. South Amerika : 1. your turn
F. Europe : 1. My Imaginary Travels (Netherlands) 2. Juliana's Site (Netherlands) 3. Picturing of Life (Netherlands) 4. SuperMae (Portugal) 5. The Callalily Space (The Netherlands) 6. Portia (UK) 7. Daily Grind (Germany) 8. Amel's Realm (Finland) 9. Mummy Diaries (England) 10. your turn
G. Antarctica : 1. your turn

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I want to share this meme to;
Avee
Gel
Fel
Hulagirl
Francine
Mari
Leila


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Balance Work and Motherhood

During the day I focus on my work, but when I go home, it's all about my children. I make sure that we spend "Mommy time" together. After dinner, i assist my kids in doing their homeworks, this is also our bonding time together. Marco and Alyana usually tell stories about their experiences and adventures in school. Most of them are funny stories that's why i really enjoy spending time with them. Other bonding moments for us is watching their favorite cartoons and movies together. My son loves to watch Pokemon and Sponge Bob, while my daughter is addicted to High School Musical. But if you're going to ask my children what bonding moment they would really enjoy.. they will both say--"a day at the Mall while eating our favorite pizza !" I remember my daughter even took some pictures of the pizza we bought one time. She says, "In loving memory of our PiZZa." hehe =)





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Call on Him

The Bible tells us that God Almighty Himself, with arms open wide, is welcoming His people into a life of prayer. Prayer is an invitation into God's boundlessness. God is saying, "Come experience My limitless Self." Jeremiah 33:3 says, "Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not." That's an invitation into God's limitless being. When you begin to pray, you move into eternity.




“Cast your cares on the LORD
and he will sustain you;
he will never let the righteous fall.” Psalm 55:22

Let us all pray for the victims of typhoon Frank, especially those people died in MV Princess of the Stars, and lift up their survivors of this tragic incident.


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The Storms of Life

You seem to turn the calendar pages with more and more frequency, and the storms of life may feel as if they rise ever higher. Newscasts and periodicals are little more than accounts of disasters and horrors.
There are hurricanes in several regions, mudslides in others, and even volcanoes. earthquakes strike almost daily in diverse places, coming so often that if the Richter Scale doesn't read six or higher, we no longer pay attention.

Those events occur in the realm beyond man's control. In places man can influence, it's even worse. Our courts, prisons, hospital, and schools testify of our struggles, and many feel they've nowhere to turn, no hope to clutch.

But from the book of Psalms we'll find hope. Psalm 46:1-3 says, "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its water roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging."

God is as near as a bended knee. He loves a humble and contrite spirit, and he has promised never to forsake you. When the storms of life rage, remember your only real refuge. He is always there standing on the firmest ground, offering the ultimate life preserver in His Son, Jesus Christ. All efforts except those performed in the shadow of Calvary are in vain.

"Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I wll be exalted in the earth."--Psalm 46:10


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Passing on the Flame

I've been tagged again this time by Mommy Ruby of PMO. My friends online is indeed increasing! And i really want to have more so i grab this tag and ready to keep the flame burning =)



The Flame of Friendship.
A symbol of spirit of unity.
The burning icon of love.
Undying picture of hope.
The hot symbol of oneness.
The Flame of Friendship.

And now it’s your turn to flame yourself!

Meet new friends. Discover friendship. Make bonds.
Copy this post starting from the PICTURE ABOVE to the end
and add your blog on the list below.
Let’s start FLAMING!
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The People Who Accepted The Flame of Friendship
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Tiklaton: We are the witness.
Janeth Vicy’s Life Journey.
A Simple Life.
Hailey's Domain
Hailey's Beats and Bits
MOMEMO
Pinay Mommy Online
Straight from the Heart
(now, you follow!)
OOOPSS!! Don’t forget to invite your friends!

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I am now passing this flame of friendship to

Adie
Charm
Denise
Enday
Joy
Jane
Toni




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Typhoon's Wrath

Typhoon Frank left at least 118 dead yesterday but the toll is expected to rise dramatically when the dead from a sunken ferry boat are counted as the typhoon slowly drifted to the Pacific Ocean but not after leaving a wide swath of destruction in a two-day rampage that left the country battered and helpless.

Metro Manilans awoke to howling winds, rattling windows, flying rooftops and without power yesterday morning as Frank lashed the metropolis and several Luzon provinces from early morning till evening.

The death toll from the sunken MV Princess of the Stars might reach as high as 700 as rescuers found almost no survivors from the capsized ferry which carried as many as 800 listed passengers on its manifest.

Some of the dead from the sunken ship were washed ashore by afternoon Sunday. Rescue operations were hampered by the swollen and angry sea, the fate of the passengers left at the mercy of the elements.

Radio reports said at least 10 bodies had been found while three survivors pulled ashore and told tales of horror, heroism and survival.

One of the survivors, Renato Lenario, told rescuers during a radio interview that they were having lunch at around 11:45 a.m. Saturday when the boat started listing and orders were barked to abandon ship.

He said he was lucky to survive after drifting aimlessly at sea in a capsized life raft. Two other companions who were in the same raft dropped away when a huge wave hit them, he said.

The typhoon caught many Metro residents sleeping as the storm, which a day earlier rampaged in the Visayas and Bicol, made an unexpected -- and deadly -- turn toward the country’s capital hitting it at dawn.

As day broke, transportation was paralyzed, many billboards down and nearly all domestic and international flights cancelled. Thousands of passengers were stranded. It was not until evening when international flights were allowed to leave.

That the typhoon came on a Sunday probably helped reduce casualties. Residents were mostly in their homes and looking forward to a day of rest.

But the rest turned to panic for many. They spent most of the day trying to protect their homes, property and lives as the typhoon pummelled the city with a force unmatched since 2006 when typhoon Millenyo ravaged the city with over 200-kph winds and brought it to its knees.

Metro Manila was not the only one which bore the brunt of the typhoon’s wrath yesterday.

The swath of destruction covered central Visayas and nearly the entire Luzon as the typhoon trudged slowly like a massive invading army leaving death and destruction behind.

There was suffering in Romblon, Mindoro, the Bicol provinces of Camarines and Albay and also Quezon, Batangas, Laguna and Cavite.

PAGASA said the typhoon will also most likely hit the northern provinces of Northern Luzon.

Authorities have estimated that millions worth of property, crops and infrastructure have been damaged.

The amount of damage is expected to rise, and with it, the death toll as reports come in from various parts of the country some of which have been isolated by power outage, floods and landslides.

President Arroyo, who left Sunday for a state visit to the United States as the typhoon was heading towards the country, called the National Disaster Coordinating Council yesterday morning and was surprised to learn that the sea tragedy may been caused by negligence on the part of the Coast Guard.

She scolded Coast Guard Commander Wilfredo Tamayo during a conference call during which she asked why a ship was allowed to leave when they knew a typhoon was approaching.

The Princess of the Stars, with 800 on board, 45 of them children, sunk on the way to Cebu hours after leaving the port of Manila.

Tamayo said the order to call off all trips from the port of Manila was issued at 11 p.m. Friday. By then, the Princess of the Stars owned by Sulpicio Lines was already out to sea for three hours having left at 8 p.m.

Coast Guard officials said the ship developed engine trouble and as a result was practically helpless against the strong waves generated by Typhoon Frank.

The Philippine Red Cross has also mobilized relief efforts.

Adding to the citizens’ woes, power outage was reported in many parts of the country.

In Metro Manila, power interruption was recorded in all the major cities as early as 3 a.m. Gradually, power was restored and by evening, the metropolis was alight and slowly returning to normal.

Signal No. 3, which covered the city and nearby Cavite, Laguna Batangas, Bulacan Pampanga and Tarlac, was downgraded to No. 2 by evening and should be No. 1 by Monday morning or afternoon.

PAGASA expects weather to return to normal by Wednesday although rains are still due today and tomorrow.

Classes in many cities will be suspended today.

A rescue ship battling huge waves and strong winds reached the MV Princess of Stars, one end jutting out of the water upside-down, more than 24 hours after it lost radio contact Saturday

``They haven’t seen anyone. They’re scouring the area. They’re studying the direction of the waves to determine where survivors may have drifted,’’ coast guard spokesman Lt. Senior Grade Arman Balilo said.

Villagers found four bodies _ including a man and a woman who bound themselves together _ along with children’s slippers and life jackets that washed ashore nearby.

The death toll included 59 people who drowned in the central province of Iloilo, with another 40 missing, Gov. Neil Tupaz said.

``Almost all the towns are covered by water. It’s like an ocean,’’ Tupaz said, adding thousands have been displaced in the province that is home to 1.7 million people.

TV footage showed rescuers using a long rope across raging floodwaters in an Iloilo village to pluck three residents to safety from atop a partly engulfed van. In a nearby village, residents pulled a body from a muddy field then laid it beside another they found earlier.

The ferry initially ran aground a few miles (kilometers) off central Sibuyan island Saturday, then capsized, said Mayor Nanette Tansingco of Sibuyan’s San Fernando.

At least three survivors were found in Sibuyan’s Mabini village and police were ordered to go there. But all the roads to the village, where many houses were washed away by huge waves, were blocked by toppled trees, Tansingco told DZBB radio.

She appealed for food, medicine and formalin to embalm bodies, apparently expecting many deaths in her town. The upturned ferry could be seen from her town, she said.

Packing sustained winds of 74 miles (120 kilometers) per hour and gusts of up to 93 mph (150 kph), the typhoon shifted course Sunday to the northwest and battered Manila at dawn.

President Arroyo directed the defense department and local governments to be on standby for relief and rescue missions before she left for the United States late Saturday.

Ferries are the main form of inter-island transportation in the sprawling Philippine archipelago, site of the world’s worst peacetime maritime disaster when the ferry MV Dona Paz sank in 1987, killing more than 4,341 people.

In southern Maguindanao province, at least 14 people drowned in flash floods Saturday, including 10 swept away from riverside homes, said provincial administrator Norie Unas. Five others were missing.

A man and his 10-year-old grandson were killed when a landslide buried their hillside shanty in Cotabato city Saturday, Mayor Muslimin Sema said.

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Go grab it!

Finally i have my own exchange link banner courtesy of Mommy Ruby. I'd like to thank her for her generosity, she always have a helping hand to a newbie like me.
To all my blog buddies i hope you grab my banner. And to my first time visitors who would like to exchange link with me please grab my banner and leave a message or comment here so i can add your link as well.






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A Walk A Day

An apple a day is still good sense to keep the doctor away,but a walk a day may reduce the risk of colds by up to 23 percent! As winter temps settle in, many people curl up under a warm blanket. Instead, bundle up against the chill factor and take yourself for a daily walk, or up your cardio time in the gym. Keep it movin' and that cold will have a harder time catching you, according to studies at the University of South California and University of Massachusetts.

To make your walk effective, do it each day as if you were ten minute late to catch a plane taking you on an all-expenses-paid trip to paradise with the love of your life and a pocketful of cash awaiting on the plane for you!


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Postural Exercises for Women

Desk jobs, wearing high heels, constantly trying to pull in our tummies, standing too long in lines and poor self-image all can contribute to bad posture. In a lifetime these add up causing many women to develop poor posture and muscular imbalances that not only inhibit graceful movement but also cause pain. Two of the most common problems are forward head posture and slumping shoulders.

These exercises can't guarantee you'll never develop a "dowager's" hump but they can go a long ways in correcting the imbalances and strengthening the muscles that will help you hold and maintain correct posture.

Posture is a habit and like any habit, it can be learned. Sometimes the unlearning takes more time than the learning. Posture experts suggest you try the 9-12-3-6 method. At each quarter of your 12-hour day take a posture check and be sure that your head is back, neck over your shoulders, shoulders over your hips and hips over your feet. It also helps to think royally:imagine your head with a heavy crown that you must walk with! It really works!


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The Measure of Our Worth

Last week i received a text message from a high school friend. She said we have a class reunion in one of our classmates' house. At first i was excited, i decided to come because i haven't seen them for a long time. But the next day I've changed my mind, i felt i'm not ready to face them. I know most of them are successful now in their careers and businesses. Me? I'm just an ordinary employee working 9-10 hours a day in the office and an extended hours at home.

This morning in my devotion, i realized i was wrong. I have measured my value with the wrong standards! God doesn't think more or less of us based on our job, our bank account, our home. Our worth and dignity are rooted in the fact that God created us and that His Son died for us. What's important to Him is our degree of trust and our service done for His sake.

"Many who are first will be last, and the last first." --Matt. 19:30


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Scents and Fragrances

Important things to know about scents and fragrances
Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the difference between eau de parfum, eau de toilette, and eau de cologne?

The difference is in the amount or concentration of essences in the product. The highest concentration is in eau de parfum at 15% to 25%, then eau de toilette at 6% to 14%, and finally eau de cologne at 3% to 5%. Put simply, the higher the concentration of essences the stronger the perfume and the longer it will last.

Why do some fragrances last much longer than others?

The first consideration is the strength of the fragrance. This will make a difference to how long it lasts. As a guide, the following normally applies: colognes last 3 to 4 hours, eau de toilette 5 to 6 hours and eau de parfum 7 to 8 hours. However, people with dry skin usually find that a fragrance's holding time is shorter on their skin than it would be on somebody with oily skin. This is because oily skin has more natural moisture to hold in a fragrance.

Why do some fragrances smell different on my skin when compared with my friend's?

This is because pH levels (the amount of acidity in our skin) varies from person to person. Our individual levels of pH will determine how each ingredient in a fragrance will react on our skins which in turn impacts on the smell.

How can I keep my fragrance from going off?

Keep your fragrances in a cool, dry and dark area as sunlight can unbalance the various ingredients. An opened bottle should be kept in its box to ensure a longer shelf life.

How should I or where should I apply fragrance?

Fragrance should be applied to pulse points. This is where the blood vessels are closest to the skin giving off more heat and acting like mini fragrance pumps. Pulse points are the wrist, behind the ear, crook of the arm and knee, base of the throat. Also, for long lasting fragrance spray at the ankles, it allows the fragrance to blossom up.


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My "raket"

I want to show you the products i formulate for my client. I offer my services as a Chemist/Consultant to aspiring entrepreneurs who would like to start their own business on personal care.

Below are the perfumes i formulate, I used imported oil scents for these products, their fragrance are similar to the scent of popular designer perfumes like Victoria's Secret, Lacoste, Hugo Boss, CK, Gucci, Estee Lauder, Escada, etc.


perfumes in 10 ml glass bottle

perfumes for women

perfumes for men


Thinking of your own business? :)


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Guide to Buying Used Exercise Machine

Newspaper classifieds and online auctions are full of ads for “slightly used” treadmills, stationary bikes and the like. But what do you need to know before you pick up a deal at a yard sale or on eBay? Here are few guidelines from the experts:

Do your research. Before you buy secondhand, do some digging, says Mike May, director of communications at the Sporting Goods Manufacturer’s Association in North Palm Beach, Florida. Start by talking to salespeople at a store specializing in new fitness equipment. Ask what brands are best, try them out and ask about warranties that come with the equipment you’re considering. That’s an easy way to find out what parts are most likely to need replacing and will tell you what to look for on a used machine too. A treadmill, for example, is likely to have separate warranties for the motors and for parts and labor. If you’re not picky about how you get your cardio, opt for machine with the fewest moving parts; a bike for example has one motor, while a treadmill has two.

Test it out. If you’re not buying online, get on the equipment and use it like you would during normal workout. Consoles should read properly. Elliptical trainers that work the upper and lower body should have sufficient resistance. Treadmill belts shouldn’t slip. If the used equipment isn’t in good condition, find out what the problem is and what it will cost to fix it.

Check for recalls. Log on to US Consumer Product Safety Commission’s site, recalls.gov before you bring anything home, recommends commission spokeswoman Kim Dulic. The site lets you search to see if a product or one of its parts has been recalled and can alert you to potential repairs.

Consider a refurbished machine. Companies that specialize in sprucing up used equipment abound online. You’ll typically pay 30-50 percent less than if you bought it new. Check to see if the company offers a warranty on refurbished equipment.


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Momhood Moments

I thank Joy for sharing this meme with me.. Being a working mom is quite difficult, trying to balance everything. But i'm happy and grateful for being a mother, i will cherish all the moments i had with my kids forever.





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Instructions:
1. Copy and paste this tag from "Start Here" to "End Here". (don't forget the image)
2. Place your blog's name with your URL at the end of the tag. If you have more than one blog, please add them too! Just make sure that you post this tag in all of your blogs.
3. Tag 5 blogs that is not yet in this post (just to avoid duplications ^_^ )
4. This is the twist... Go to the 5 blogs that you tagged and comment on any of their posts. Why? So that search engines can crawl to your site. ^_^
5. Return to the Momhood Moments blog and leave a comment saying that you joined the tag together with the URL of the tag. I'll be checking on it and add you in the master list.

Momhood Moments Tags You List:

1. Momhood Moments 2. Business Mars 3. Concealed Mind 4. http://www.ritzie.info/ 5. Vhiel's Corner 6. Anything and Everything in Between 7. Can of Thoughts 8. Pinay dot US 9. My Blog Entry 10. Byaheng Pinay 11. A Mother's Journal 12. Straight from the Heart 13. you're next

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I want to forward this meme to;
♦ Tricia
♦Mariz
Charm
♦Zriz
Lis


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Happy Father's Day




Happy Father's Day to my Tatay! Thank you so much for everything. I pray that God will continue to bless you with long life, good health, happiness, and fulfillment of your dreams. We love you!



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Exchange Link

If you want to exchange link in my blogs, please leave me a comment with your URL and the title of your blog or the name you want for it to appear.

Please add my link as Straight from the Heart -- http://www.mommyelvz.com


Thanks!





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What to do when your kids are whining

Is there anything more annoying than whining? Are you troubled by your kids behavior? It is important that we understand our kids and know how to handle them when such a situation happen.

Ginger Plowman, author of the book No More Whining: Three Easy Steps to Whine-Free Living, children who whine in an attempt to get what they want lack healthy communication skills. Parents mustn’t blame the child for this behavior. Rather, they must understand that children whine simply because they are allowed to whine. Moms and dads who permit their children to whine (by ignoring or giving in) hinder them from learning to communicate appropriately, in a way that pleases God and brings happiness to all involved.

Children who use demanding forms of communication to express their wants and needs are in bondage to their emotions and lack of self-control. An enslaving addiction to whining does not make for a happy child. However, children who learn to communicate properly learn that self-control is a prerequisite for contentment, joy, and good living.

While parents agree that whining is an annoying and inappropriate form of communication, many simply do not know how to address it.

Wrong Ways to Handle Whining

Scolding. According to the Bible, scolding is an angry response that will stir anger in the heart of your child: “A gentle answer turns away wrath but a harsh word stirs up anger” (Proverbs 15:1). A mom who responds to whining by yelling, “Stop that whining right now or you’re going to get it!” is training in anger and not modeling the self-control that she so desperately desires her child to learn. Correcting wrong behavior should never be an “I’ll show you” or a “Boy, you’re going to get it now” mentality. It should be given with an attitude of “I love you too much to allow you to live an undisciplined life.”

Ignoring and/or Giving In. Parents have a responsibility to train their children in wisdom for daily living. When children whine, it should be viewed as a precious opportunity to train them in self-control, not as a frustrating moment of inconvenience for mom or dad. To ignore them is to shirk your responsibility to train them. To give in by granting them what they whine for, is to reward and reinforce wrong behavior.

So, what’s a parent to do?

The Bible teaches that wrong behavior is merely the outward manifestation of the real problem, which is the heart: “For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:34b). A wise parent will reach past the outward behavior and address the issue of the heart, which in the case of whining, is self-control. The Bible also teaches that parents are to bring their children up in the “training and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4). This requires that we not only correct them for wrong behavior, but that we instruct them in right behavior. Therefore, we must take it a step further than merely telling them not to whine. We must teach them to communicate with self-control.

Three-Step Plan to Whine-Free Living!

Step One. Ask your child if he is speaking with a self-controlled voice. You might ask, “Sweetheart, are you asking Mommy for juice with a self-controlled voice?” You might add, “Mommy will never give you what you want when you whine. God wants you to use self-control, even with your voice.”

Step Two. Explain that it is love that motivates you to train him. You might say, “Honey, I love you too much to allow you to speak foolishly. Here’s what Mommy is going to do to help you learn self-control. You may wear the 'No Whine Watch', and when the buzzer goes off in three minutes, you may come back and ask for juice the right way.”

Step Three. Follow through. When the buzzer goes off, have the child come back and ask for juice with a self-controlled voice. It may be necessary to demonstrate the correct way to speak to help your child along. In doing this you are correcting him for wrong, and more important, training him in what is right.

Avoid Power Struggles

If the child refuses to come back and ask the right way, perhaps deciding that he doesn’t want the juice after all, don’t force him to come back when the buzzer goes off, as that can encourage a power struggle. Simply don’t offer the juice and let it go. However, the next time he does ask for juice (or something else) in a whiney voice, repeat steps one through three again.

Be consistent in training, never give in to whining, and follow through with this plan each and every time an opportunity presents itself, and you’ll have a whine-free life (and a more joyful, self-controlled child) before you know it!


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Cutie Pets

Last December my kids had an educational tour at Bio Research Pet Hypermart in Manila. They have what they call 101 Destination Points which caters to the needs of hobbyists, petshop owners and pet breeders. Here you can find different animals such as rabbit, dog, cat, hamster, fish, bird, and a lot more. At Bio Research you can also buy the accessories needed for the pets like the fish bowl, fish meal, sunflower seeds and cages for the hamster.

They were so cute! so when my kids asked their dad to buy them fish and hamsters he just can't resist. Kaya tuloy naubos ang baon nilang pera nakalimutan na nila ang pasalubong nila para sa kin! lol Anyway the pets are worth keeping, my kids were happy and that makes me happy as well.

We are clueless about how to take care of the hamster so I did some research and here's what i found at Wikipedia:

Hamsters are rodents belonging to the subfamily Cricetinae. The subfamily contains about 18 species, classified in six or seven genera. Because they are easy to breed in captivity, hamsters are often used as lab animals and kept as pets in more economically developed countries. Recently hamsters have become established as popular small family pets.

Their diet contains a variety of foods both in the wild and when kept as a pets including dried food, berries and nuts. Fresh fruits and vegetables are also an integral part of their diet. Behavior can vary depending on their environment, genetics, and interaction with people.

Hamsters are stout-bodied, with tails much shorter than body length and have small furry ears, short stocky legs, and wide feet. Their thick, silky fur, which can be long or short, can be black, grey, white, brown, buff, yellow, "sapphire" or red depending on the species, or a mix of any of those colors. Underparts vary in color from white to shades of gray and black. The tail is often difficult to see; usually it is not very long, and on a long haired hamster it is barely visible. Hamsters are very flexible; and their bones are somewhat fragile.

Like all pets, hamsters need exercise and entertainment to maintain their physical and mental health. "Exercise wheels" allow hamsters to run full speed, and are a common fixture in pet hamsters' enclosures. Avoid using wheels with individual rungs or bars but rather select those with a solid base for comfortable running. This is because a hamster may trip and its legs may get caught on the rungs of the wheel while using it. It is also important that the wheel is big enough for the full adult size of the hamster, so a Syrian would require a wheel at least 8 inches in diameter.


Hamsters groom itself after a dust bath. Hamsters can not be given water baths, it can stress them out and cause wet tail, and it also increases the risk of them catching pneumonia.

Hamsters become fertile at different ages dependent on their species, but this can be from one month to three months of age. Male hamsters remain fertile for the rest of their lives, though females do not. Females are in heat approximately every four days.

They're so sweet together =)

Sleeping like a baby..

According to Feng Shui, it's nice to have pets that belong to the rat family because it's the Year of the Rat. I hope it's true! we certainly need lots of good luck this year! lol


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Guarana Seed: Dieter's Decaf?

Guarana seed extract is increasingly recognized as one of the most effective ingredients in supplements designed to help the user lose weight. It is an extract from the seed kernel of a South American tropical plant (Paullinia cupana var. sorbilis guaran), and its use as a medicinal herb dates back to 1669. Over the centuries it has been used to ward off headaches, to relieve cramps and fever and more recently as a commercial flavoring in soft drinks.

Guarana contains a compound (tetra methylxanthine) that is almost identical to caffeine. Like other nuts and seeds, the guarana seed is fatty. When ground into powder, it is not readily water soluble and therefore not as quickly absorbed by the body as the caffeine from your morning cup of coffee. The stimulant effect of guarana is released slowly, over as much as six hours. Compared to a double jolt of espresso, 50 mg. of guarana seed extract might be looked at as decaf!

Ephedra: A Different Cup of Tea

Guarana seed extract is not related to ephedrine or a ma huang, the powerful nerve stimulant linked with several high-profile deaths before coming under the regulatory eye of the FDA. Ephedrine is the salt of an alkaloid and is very soluble in water. Previously, ephedrine was often combined with caffeine and guarana seed extract, but it is a separate and distinct compound.

Read Labels Carefully

Always read labels carefully. Caffeine and guarana seed extract can be powerful adjuncts to help you burn more calories during your workouts. Use them in combination with your workouts for the greatest effect. Make certain your supplement does not contain more than 100 mg. of caffeine in a six hour period, and adjust your intake of other caffeinated drinks accordingly.

Safe Use of Caffeine

We're all familiar with caffeine. Whether you're sipping a latte at your favorite Starbucks or squatting around a tribal fire in the Amazon rain forest, caffeine is the stimulant most widely used by humans. It is contained in the leaves, seeds r fruits of more than 60 plants, and because its use is so widespread, it is a well-studied component of the food chain.

Caffeine can speed up reaction time and enhance the ability to carry out various demanding tasks. Many people find caffeine helps them stay alert to finish their work. caffeine also has thermogenic and mild appetite suppression effect, which explains why it is a common ingredient in diet supplements. The average soft drink contains 40 mg. of caffeine, and the average cup of coffee contains 100 mg.

The American Medical Association's official statement on caffeine's safety is that "Moderate tea or coffee drinkers probably have no concern for their health relative to their caffeine consumption provided other lifestyle habits (diet, alcohol consumption) are moderate as well."

Most experts agree that moderate caffeine consumption is 300 mg. a day, the equivalent to three cups of coffee, but this depends on the individual. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has stated that caffeine does not adversely affect reproduction in humans, although the agency continues to advise pregnant and lactating women to avoid caffeine.


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Slow Down


When stress starts interfering with your life physically and emotionally, take action with these quick tips.


1. Road trip. Put a pretty postcard of a place you'd like to visit or a souvenir from your last vacation on the sun visor of your car. While you're stuck in traffic, look at the image and imagine your cares melting away.

2. Take five. Zone out of stressful situations at work by taking a break for a few minutes of quiet time or prayer.

3. Make a note. Keep a pen and paper by your bedside to jot down whatever worries are keeping you awake. If you have the issue in writing, you're assured you won't forget it so you can relax and fall asleep.

4. Check it off. Create a "procrastination list" of four things you've been meaning to do. Pick things that are hanging over your head and causing stress. Over the next month, eliminate one each week.


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100 Helpful Web Tools for Every Kind of Learner

I was blog hopping today when i stumble on this article by Christina Laun. I thought of sharing this everyone

For those unfamiliar with the term, a learning style is a way in which an individual approaches learning. Many people understand material much better when it is presented in one format, for example a lab experiment, than when it is presented in another, like an audio presentation. Determining how you best learn and using materials that cater to this style can be a great way to make school and the entire process of acquiring new information easier and much more intuitive. Here are some great tools that you can use to cater to your individual learning style, no matter what that is.

Visual Learners

Visual learners learn through seeing and retain more information when it’s presented in the form of pictures, diagrams, visual presentations, textbooks, handouts and videos. Here are some Web resources that cater to those needs.

Mind Mapping

Get your ideas charted out in a visual format with these easy-to-use online brainstorming and organizational tools.

  1. Bubbl.us: This flash-based mind mapping tools allows you to chart out your thoughts in a colorful format, share them with friends or embed them in blogs, websites and emails.
  2. Free Mind: Mind mapping is easy and free with this Java tool. You’ll be able to manage your notes, lay out a paper and more completely online.
  3. WiseMapping: You can access your mind maps from anywhere with this online tool. You can lay out words, pictures, ideas and more easily with WiseMapping.
  4. Mindomo: Premium versions of this mind mapping tool come at a cost, but you can get access to the basic version for free. It allows you to add links, pictures and text to mind maps and share them over the net.
  5. DeepMehta: This mind mapping tool is built around the idea of knowledge management and cognitive psychology. The open source tool allows sharing, emailing and even contains an embedded calendar.
  6. MindMeister: Collaborate with your classmates on mind maps with this great online tool. The basic version is free and comes complete with the ability to create, share, import and export maps.
  7. Mind42: The name of this tool represents "for two", and is indicative of the collaborative nature of this mapping tool. It can make it easy to keep track of your ideas, share them with friends and teachers and take them with you no matter where you are.
  8. RecallPlus: Students can organize their notes, create flashcards, make use of 3D tools and more in this great mind mapping tool.
  9. Mapul: This mind mapping program has basic and premium levels and allows users to map not only text but images and hyperlinks as well.
  10. DebateMapper: If you’re struggling to understand a debate for your classes try creating a visual representation with this great mapping tool.
  11. CMapTools: CMapTools is free for students to use and allows them to create and share all kinds of knowledge maps.
  12. Thinkature: This site allows real-time collaboration on flow charts, diagrams and mind maps with features that include color organization and freehand drawing.

Charting and Diagrams

Love to put information into charts and diagrams? These tools can help you do that.

  1. Gliffy: Gliffy makes it easy to lay out ideas in flow charts and diagrams or to create floor plans and technical drawings to help you better visually understand information.
  2. FlowChart: Create great flow charts for your classes using this online tool, which comes complete with drawing tools and objects as well as collaborative tools.
  3. DrawAnywhere: This online program allows you to create diagrams and flow charts to represent all kinds of information. Best of all, you can log in from anywhere to get access to your diagrams.
  4. AjaxSketch: This web-based drawing tool makes it easy to not only create flow charts and diagrams but to do freehand drawing as well and you can use it right from Firefox.
  5. XML/SWF Charts: Those familiar with XML will be able to turn their data into colorful and useful charts with this downloadable tool.
  6. yEd: Is a very powerful graph editor and creation tool that can be used to quickly and effectively generate drawings and to create easily read and laid out graphs and diagrams.
  7. Graphviz: If you’ve got a lot of information about the structure of a website or anything else for that matter, this tool can help you to easy map it out into a graph or network.
  8. Kivio: Kivio easy to use diagramming and flowcharting application that is part of the KOffice suite of programs. It comes with features to network diagrams, create organization charts, build flowcharts and more.
  9. Project Draw: This program is a feature-rich web-based vector drawing application that will allow you to create diagrams and graphs of any kind of information as well as making a variety of other kinds of drawings.
  10. Best 4C: This Web-based tool allows you to create and share charts from anywhere, making it easier than ever to diagram and draw your ideas.
  11. LovelyCharts: Charts created through this tool really can be lovely with full color capabilities and loads of graphics.

Videos and Photos

Find everything you’ll need to learn through videos and pictures with these tools.

  1. Google Video: Google Video is chock full of educational videos that can help explain everything from how to use Second Life to learn to explanations of psychological illnesses.
  2. YouTube College: Sign up with your individual college and share videos with fellow students on this College-based version of YouTube. You can post your own visual notes and slides or look at those of others.
  3. Picasa: Picasa is Google’s answer to photo sharing and you can upload images from an art history or anatomy class and study them from anywhere on the Web.
  4. Flickr: This social networking and photo posting site can be a great way to share images from a class with your classmates or look for images to back up your notes.
  5. Scooch: Scooch is a Web-based slide show program that will allow you to post photos and make slide shows that you can share with others over the Web.
  6. Perseus Digital Library: In need of visual representations of manuscripts or sculptures from ancient Rome and Greece? You can find tens of thousands on this online library and database.
  7. Teachertube: Teachertube is a great place to find instructional videos on just about everything. You can learn about the formation of mountains, world history and economics on this useful educational site.
  8. Screencast-o-Matic: Create a video or photo of your screen with this helpful online tool. It can be a great way to remember how to do tasks on the computer or just to share images online.
  9. Jing Project: This tool allows you to snap a photo of your desktop, make recordings of your activities and email or IM them to anyone.
  10. Visuwords: Text dictionaries don’t always give visual learners the explanations they need. This dictionary is graphically based, making it easy to see what concepts or ideas are represented.
  11. KartOO: Along those same lines, Kartoo is a visual search engine, giving you results laid out in a networked chart so it’s easy to see how topics relate.

Auditory Learners

Auditory learners do best in classes where listening is a main concern. These learners prefer verbal lectures and discussions. Auditory learners can get a leg up on their learning with these Web tools.

Podcasts

Get all kind of supplementary education materials through these great podcast tools.

  1. ProfCasts: Turn a PowerPoint presentation into a useful and portable podcast using this tool. It can be a great way to put class materials into a format you can bring with you anywhere.
  2. Moodle: Post and share podcasts with an interactive online community using Moodle. You can not only post your own podcasts but get access to those of others that could provide educational value to you.
  3. First Class: This collaboration and communication software offers a podcast publishing feature that can be great for educational purposes.
  4. Podomatic: Find, share and publish your podcasts through Podomatic. You can search for existing podcasts that may cover topics you’re researching or that are relevant to your classes.
  5. Podcast.net: Podcast.net provides a huge listing of podcasts from all over the Web. You’ll be able to find just about anything you need in an easy, audio format.
  6. Educational Podcast Network: Narrow your search for podcasts down to those dedicated to education. You can learn about everything from math to dance right on your iPod.
  7. PoducateMe: Don’t know the first thing about podcasting or how you can use it to make education a little easier? This site has all the information you need.

Presentation Tools

Put your notes or classroom information into an audio format with these handy apps.

  1. Zoho Show: This great online tool allows you to create, edit and share presentations online making it easy to create interactive homework assignments or to organize your notes in an audio-visual format.
  2. Eyespot: Users can create video mixes online and share them with others on this site and can even add effects to their graphics and music.
  3. Thumbstacks: Thumbstacks allows users to create a web-based presentation or slide show and then share it with others.
  4. SlideShare: This site takes more of a networked approach to creating presentations allowing you to post your presentations and browse those of other users.
  5. Empressr: You can access your organized class materials or projects from anywhere with this tool and share them with friends and other classmates easily.
  6. ThinkFree Show: If you are using PowerPoint to organize your class notes into a more visual and audio conducive format then you can take advantage of this site which makes it easy to take them to the Web.
  7. AuthorStream: Another PowerPoint centered program, AuthorStream makes it simple to upload and share your presentations.
  8. Toufee: If Flash is more your style you can use this online tool which gives you the tools needed to publish and play flash presentations and movies.
  9. PhotoStory 3: Make your slides for class a little more interesting with this free program from Microsoft. You can add special effects or your own voice narration.

Audio Tools

Listen and edit your sounds and music with these tools.

  1. Jamglue: Mix and edit your audio clips with this online tool and when you’re done, share the finished product with other online visitors in a YouTube like format.
  2. Audacity: One of the most popular free audio editors out there, audacity is multi-featured and allows users to record and edit in all kinds of formats.
  3. Wave Surfer: Visualize and manipulate sounds with this free and customizable tool.
  4. Looplab: Create and manipulate short loops and phrases with this great sound editing tool.
  5. LAME: This open source tool makes it easy to encode and manipulate MP3s.

Text Readers

Understand material better when it’s read out loud? These Web tools can do that for you.

  1. Adobe Acrobat Reader: You may not know this, but Adobe Reader has a feature that will allow the contents of the document to be read out loud. It can be a great way for the more auditorially inclined to get through readings.
  2. Read Please: Cut and paste text or type it directly into the input form on this site and the program will read it to you. It can be a very useful tool for making sure essays and projects are written correctly.
  3. Text Reader: Here you’ll find a tool that will give you audio for any text you feed into it.
  4. Expressivo: This simple text reader will give you a variety of audio readings when you paste or type text into the entry form.
  5. ItCanSay: This site has a great online text reader and can also give you some help pronouncing difficult words that aren’t said like they’re spelt.
  6. Midomi: While not quite a text reader, this tool couldn’t be left out of this list. It’s a search engine that is based on sound rather than text. It can be a more intuitive way to find things if you respond better to sounds.

Audio Books

Those who have trouble retaining information from printed words can listen to their assigned reading instead with help from these sites.

  1. LibriVox: This site provides free audiobooks for books in the public domain and has numerous titles. If you don’t find what you want, see if you can volunteer to create a recording of the book yourself.
  2. History and Politics Out Loud: Here you’ll find speeches, historical information and more in an audio format, making it easier to take in and absorb for the auditory learner.
  3. Audible: This subscription site allows visitors to download from thousands of audio books, both best sellers and classics making it easy to find what you need for class.
  4. Project Gutenburg: Books that are no longer under copyright can be found here and there is a special section for audio books, both read by computers and by humans.
  5. Free Books.org: If your class is reading an older text you may be able to find a free version of it to listen to on this site. It contains recordings of numerous out of copyright books.

Kinesthetic Learners

Kinesthetic learners do best when they interact and touch things. They prefer a hands-on approach to learning and enjoy interacting with classroom materials and those around them. These tools can help keep these inquisitive learners busy.

Note Taking Tools

No matter what you’re reading or watching you can make it more interactive by taking notes and these tools can help.

  1. MyNoteIT: This great tool allows students to take and store their notes online, edit them with the help of classmates, look up words or terms you don’t understand and keep track of things you need to do.
  2. Google Docs: With this program from Google you can take notes online, save them, and even send them to your peers for collaboration.
  3. Notely: Keep your class notes, to-do lists and more organized and easy to access with this site.
  4. NoteMesh: This site allows students from the same class to share notes by creating a wiki, making it easy and practical to work together.
  5. Stu.dicio.us: Here, students are able to actively organize their class materials, take and store notes, share information and even link to online reference sites.
  6. ShortText: This is a very simple tool for taking notes online. Simply enter your text, hit save, and you’ve got an online note you can revisit anytime you like.
  7. YourDraft: Take notes with this rich text editor and share and save them online.
  8. Stickkit: Get an intelligent sticky note with this great online program. It looks at the text on your notes and can recognize important dates, bookmarks, emails and more, organizing them for you and making it easy to stay on top of everything.
  9. SyncNotes: If you use a PDA this can be a great way to keep your notes accessible on both your main computer and your portable device.
  10. JotCloud: If you’re the type that loves to put sticky notes all over everything then you’ll enjoy this online note taking tool. It allows you to create clouds of stickies anywhere you need them.
  11. NoteCentric: Store and share your classroom notes with this innovative site. It keeps your notes organized so you can reference them later and you can easily access it through a Facebook account.

Bookmarking

Mark references for later while you’re researching with these tools.

  1. del.icio.us: This online tool makes it easy to mark sites you find interesting to use for later research or to send to friends and project partners.
  2. Clipmarks: Don’t waste time searching through webpages you’ve already read to find the content you needed. Instead, clip it out this this tool. You can clip and email bits to yourself as you go making online research more active.
  3. Wizlite: Don’t just save online material for later, highlight and tag it just like you would a real book with this great online tool.
  4. i-Lighter: Help make online reading a little more hands on with this highlighting program. It allows you to mark parts of online text you found interesting or want to revisit later.
  5. Web-Chops: Web-Chops allows you to clip out any part of a webpage then save and share these clips. It can be a great way to study for tests or prepare for papers in a more interactive fashion.
  6. Furl: This social bookmarking site makes it easy to keep track of webpages you were interested in, share them with classmates and keep them organized for research.
  7. Ma.gnolia: Search through sites others have bookmarked as interesting or use the site to highlight your own information from the Web and keep it in an easy to find place.
  8. Blinklist: Make lists of sites that are relevant to whatever you’re working on with Blinklist. If you have a blog, you can even have the links appear automatically on it, making them super easy to access later.

Interaction

Get involved with the material with these online applications.

  1. Flash Card Machine: This site allows you to create web-based flash cards to study the information you have for class using text and pictures.
  2. Quia: With Quia, you’ll be able to create your own online quizzes and educational games to help you study your materials in a more interactive fashion.
  3. Quizlet: Quizlet makes it easy to study things like vocabulary words with it’s online study tools. You can make quizzes, use your friend’s or browse existing flashcards on the site.
  4. Pauker: This open source program will test your short and long term memory with a system that makes it easy to create and reuse flashcards and quizzes.
  5. Learner.org Interactives: Need a more interactive explanation of a concept from class? You’ll find dozens of educational ones here that can help explain geology, chemistry, math and more.

Collaboration

These chatting and networking tools can make it easy to interact with classmates and friends.

  1. Meebo: This website allows students to IM from anywhere, even computers without the software installations for major programs like AIM, Yahoo!, MSN and more.
  2. Campfire: Here students can create password protected chat rooms to discuss their assignments, collaborate on projects or just chat. Best of all, you won’t need to install a thing.
  3. CollegeRuled: Students can set up class message boards, create to-do lists and interact with classmates on this site.
  4. Campusbug: This site provides a social learning network where students can interact and chat with each other while asking questions and getting answers about class materials.
  5. Facebook: One of the most popular social network sites for students, Facebook provides a place where classmates can come together to chat about assignments, keep up with their lives and post links to sites, videos and photos.
  6. Backpack: Backpack allows students to organize their notes, to-do lists and calendars while sharing information and working with classmates.
  7. The Campus Center: Students can get together and network on this site and also have access to note taking and spreadsheet programs.
  8. JotSpot: Working in a group just became easier with this online wiki tool that allows students to share notes, project ideas and information in an easily accessible format.
  9. WebBrush: Collaborate in a fun and creative way with this tool that lets students send drawings and graphics to one another.
  10. Grouptivity: This site allows students to use email to start a group discussion about class projects and assignments or just to complain about their professors.


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