24 May, 2010

Give Yourself A Relaxing Foot Spa

 I often do my Home Foot Spa especially after a tiring stroll in the mall with the kids. I sometimes grab my husband so he wouldn't miss out on happy feet.

What you need:
- a tub to soak your feet
- pumice or foot file
- foor scrub (optional, but very beneficial)
- moisturizer

1. Soak your feet in warm water for at least 15 minutes. This is the time to just sit back and say "ah". I use an old dish drainer that I picked up at a mall's sale. To help reduce swelling in your feet and ankles, add a quarter or so of epsom salts into your water or splurge on a great foot soak. I bought mine at Watson's at a very affordable price. Swirl around with your feet until it dissolves.

2. Exfoliate your skin, concentrating on the calluses. This is the time you really want to concentrate on. There are many different options when it comes to exfoliating tools. Use a damp pumice stone or foot file to scrub down your entire foot. Using a foot scrub makes blasting away dead skin ten times easier. Rub the foot scrub on your feet to get a basic exfoliation all over and then scrub over your calluses with the foot file. Rinse and dry your feet.

3. Moisturize with an intense moisturizer. You can use your favorite moisturizer or get something specifically for your feet. My best choice is peppermint lotion. After soaking in warm water, the cooling sensation of peppermint lasts long after your soak. Make sure you moisturize not only your feet, but your ankles and legs, too.

Tips:
- After your foot spa, make sure you clean and bleach your foot tub and foot file.
- Make a foot spa night once a week.
- Store all your products in your soaking tub so it will be easy for you to grab your foot spa kit


21 May, 2010

Education is the Key to Success

Last March of this year, I was filled with joy and happiness when I stare at my daughter as she went up the stage to receive her Diploma, for completing her secondary education. I was taking pictures of her but my mind was picturing scenes of myself, reminiscing my own graduation. How time flies.

Two weeks after the said event, my daughter, and I, agreed that she will have her Tertiary Education to a University situated in Manila. It isn't a private school, it is managed by the government and is one of the best schools in the country. It produces highly-competitive students as it is proven by well-known personalities and critics as well.

A famous quote says, "Education is the key to success". I highly agree to that. But how come it took us almost two months trying our luck to be admitted in the said school? She really, really wanted to go to college. We have completed all the required documents. She also passed the entrace exam and the medical tests and have paid all the fees. Over and above, have spent a significant amount of money like transportation in going to and from the school; bought snacks for two, if we were caught and trapped in the middle of the long line during lunch breaks; and so on and so forth.

Just this week, I became conscious of what we were doing.. "Oh my, I forgot, this school is managed by the government. Students and parents should bleed first before making their success to enter the school."

So, what I did, I talked to several people, contacted old friends and colleagues, that somehow they may know someone that has a connection in the school administration that could probably help us. Finally, after two long months, I successfully enrolled my daughter in exchange for a lunch treat. I hope you get my point.

If you want something and you can't get it the conventional way, seek other ways. Although, I know it's unfair for the other students and parents, and felt guilty about it... well, life is tough, I need to save my ass first.

01 May, 2010

Chocolate for a Woman's Heart

"Chocolate for a Woman's Heart" by Kay Allenbaugh.

I would like to share some of its inspiring quotes:

The heart that breaks open can contain the universe. Your heart is that large. Trust it. Keep breathing. -- Joanna Macy

You block your dream when you allow your fear to grow bigger than your faith -- Mary Manin Morrissey

Women never have young minds. They are born three thousand years old. -- Shelagh Delany

Change doesn't happen in the middle. It only happens when we venture over to the edge and take one small step after another. -- Karen Sheridan

Like yourself now. Be ten years ahead of your friends -- Jennifer James

There's no power on earth that can withstand the power of love. By loving our enemies, we turn them into friends. -- Stella Terrill Mann

I think the one lesson I have learned is that there is no substitute for paying attention -- Diane Sawyer

Love is a fruit in season at all times and within reach of every hand. -- Mother Theresa

If we won't feel our emptiness, we won't find the depths of love available to us. --Deborah Olive

Whoever lives true life will love true love. -- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Whatever you do to find a relationship, you must continue doing to keep a relationship. -- Susan Bradley

At times, all we have to do in life is show up, be present, and allow the magic to unfold. -- Yitta Halberstam and Judith Leventhal

As a dreamer, you will be laughed at.. Thank them! -- Unknown

Imagine the best day of your life. Now imagine living that way 365 days a year. -- Unknown

Hell would be if God were to show me things I could have accomplished if only I had believed in myself. -- Unknown

Dream passionate dreams. Design their reality. -- Candis Fancher

Taking care of yourself does not require a lot of time, just meticulous timing. -- Unknown

The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience. -- Emily Dickinson

A workable measure of your progress is how fast you can get free when you are stuck and how many ways you knew to get free. -- Kathlyn Hendricks

You and I can live in a world of enchantment, but only when we feed and care for our soul. -- Deborah Olive

Truth is the only safe ground to stand upon. -- Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Stress is when your mouth says yes and your gut says no. -- Unknown

The naked truth is always better than the best-dressed lie. -- Ann Landers

To love what you do and feel that it matters, how could anything be more fun? -- Katharine Graham

The search of my mother's garden, I found my own. -- Alice Walker

Surround yourself with people who respect you and treat you well. -- Claudia Black

No animal should ever jump up on the dining room furniture unless absolutely certain that [she] can hold [her] own in the conversation. -- Fran Lebowitz

To keep something, you must care for it; more, you must understand what kind of care it requires. -- Dorothy Parker

Dogs' lives are too short. Their only fault, really. -- Agnes Sligh Turnbull

Dogs will come when called. Cats will take a message and get back to you. -- Missy Dizick and Mary Bly

When you feel really lousy, puppy therapy is indicated. -- Sara Paretsky

Too much of a good thing is wonderful. -- Mae West

What would you do if you knew could not fail? -- Unknown

Some days there won't be a song in your heart. Sing anyway. -- Emory Austin

A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person. -- Mignon McLughlin

Time will outweigh the moment. -- Demi Moore

If someone makes me laugh, I'm [her] slave for life. -- Bette Midler

I base most of my fashion taste on what doesn't itch. -- Gilda Radner