Prince Harry is Engaged with Actress Meghan Markle

There is a news that surfaced on Facebook today of Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle make their first public appearance after announcing their engagement. They are planning a spring wedding. Well, guess what? Good for him. Lucky is the girl he chose, she’ll be included in the Royal family will become more popular for she is now involved in one of the Royal sons. Congratulations!

Photo embedded is not mine. It was shared on Fox and embedded it here.

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Tips for Saving Money on Your Upcoming Move

Moving is already stressful enough as it is without the added expense of the endeavor. What makes it worse is that moving can be more expensive than you originally planned. While you’re working with Austin insurance agents to change your policies over to your new address and make any necessary adjustments to your coverage, take out some time to learn a few tips for reducing the overall expense of your upcoming move.

Map Out a Budget

Rather than getting a general idea of the cost of moving, know for a fact what exact costs you’ll incur. Sit down and create a budget for moving truck rentals, final utility payments, cleaning costs, moving supplies, meals if you’re waiting to buy groceries again until you move into your new space and gas for making trips back and forth from your old place to your new place. It’s even better if you overestimate the cost.

Try Not to Buy Boxes

Chances are good there are free moving boxes in your area. Ask your friends and family if any of them have recently moved and have some boxes they’d like to get rid of. Social media is another good source for finding free moving boxes. If you need smaller boxes, hit up local liquor stores to see what they have for you. Liquor store boxes are strong enough for hefty glass bottles, which means they’re sturdy enough for moving.

Shop Around for Movers

If you have to hire movers to help you out, do your research before hiring anyone. Gather quotes from at least three companies, and see which company has the best reputation. Know that while it might seem less expensive to handle your move on your own, doing so might actually cost you more in the long run, and you also have to think about the fact that experienced movers know the best techniques to use to protect your belongings and furniture so you don’t damage them and have to replace them once you’re settled in your new place.

Don’t Forget to Budget for After Your Move

Once you’ve moved into your new place, you might not be done spending money. For instance, you could need a few odds and ends for your new residence. You might also have to pay activation fees for utilities. Did you move out of an apartment? Not only is there a chance you won’t be getting your deposit back, you might owe more money to cover your move-out fees. Additionally, your insurance rates might be more expensive in your new neighborhood, which is something else you’ll need to account for.

Get Rid of Old Items

Now is a great time to go through your belongings to figure out what you want to keep and what you want to throw away, donate or sell. Remember: the less you have, the less you have to move, which could result in some serious savings. Have a yard sale before your move to make some extra cash, and donate any items leftover for the tax write-off.

Talk With Your Accountant About Moving Deductions

Depending on the criteria surrounding the move and your employment situation, there’s a chance you could get a tax deduction for your move. For this reason, you’ll want to keep close and careful track of all your moving expenses and share them with your accountant.

Extra Insurance Might Come in Handy

Imagine breaking your TV, a prized vase or an expensive piece of furniture during your move. You might have renters or homeowners insurance, but filing a claim between moves could be tricky. Look into insurance specifically designed for moves. Paying a few extra dollars could keep you from spending a few hundred dollars to replace your broken or damaged items.

Be sure to put these suggestions to good use to save on your upcoming move.

 

Rachel Peters Philippines’ Miss Universe Representative 2017

I watched the Miss Universe beauty pageant live on Fox last night and I had a great time as usual. My two girls watched it with me too which I am glad, it’s a girl thing you know. Who knows one of my girls will be encouraged to become a beauty queen when they grow older. Would really be proud if I have a beauty queen child, haha. Wishful thinking.

Anyway, Rachel Peters is this years Miss Universe contestant representing the Philippines. She is pretty and as usual, half white. Maybe that’s what is the norm these days. They no longer pick someone of pure blooded Filipina to represent the country.

I was rooting for her the entire time, of course. We were happy she got included in the top 16 and 10. But wasn’t able to get in the top 5, which is okay. I still feel proud of her.

Miss South Africa became the Miss Universe 2017, Colombia was first runner up.


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Knowing the Kind of Car Best Suited for Your Family

This is a sponsored post written by me.

Granted, there are so many vehicle models and types out there, it is easier to know what to buy when you are single. You just have to know what you want and the style appropriate for your lifestyle. However, when you are married and your family starts to grow, anticipating for a newborn to come will tremendously change everything! A four-door sedan might be okay at first but as the baby grows, the need for more space in the car to fit everything from stroller, diaper bags, groceries and luggage when you all decide to go out of town requires a much bigger trunk space.

Then, sooner you will have to think about upgrading your car to an SUV or minivan. Yes, right a bigger SUV to ensure it meets the criteria for the needs of your growing family. Take a look at this beautiful SUVs on Car.com. I love this website for it provides an information a buyer should know before making a purchase. On their site alone, a potential buyer can watch videos and reviews, do an intensive research about cars and the prices of the new or used vehicles or he can very well have a choice to sell his current car to a dealer or sell it himself. Not only that, he can also find out his car’s worth.

There’s just so much good information about this website when it comes to cars that I highly recommend it to those who are looking to buy, sell or just want to know more about cars.

As for our family, we are now having a medium-sized SUV for our family and there is no regret we bought it because traveling 3-6 hours to the country or vice versa is so much easier and comfortable. Everybody is liking it and I am happy to share a picture to you all of our family vehicle below.


This is a picture of the late model Volkswagen Tiguan with 16 5-star reviews on it on Cars.com. Pretty isn’t it?
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Then here’s our 2006 Lexus RX 330, we bought it used three years ago and we are still appreciating its comfort it gives us during our long road trip.
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Filipino Christmas Songs to Remember How We Celebrate Christmas in the Philippines

In past Christmases I avoided listening to Filipino Christmas songs for I know how they would affect me emotionally. They make me homesick and there is no cure to that except buying a ticket and visit home. While I may not have a problem for tickets but I just can’t do it in December, my kids are in school and I wouldn’t be happy leaving them while I enjoy my days in the Philippines. They like it there too and want to bring them with me, only not in December though.

Anyway, I am braving myself to listen to these songs these days, as expected it touched me and how I wish I could be with my little siblings this Christmas. While the songs touch me emotionally, at the same time they bring back lots of memories of my life while growing up poor. These songs used to be played over many times on radio stations when I was a child, they sure are soothing and relaxing to listen to.

One of the memories I have when I was  a child, I really believed that Santa was real and that he would come in our house one night. So, I hung my white sock outside the window and hopeful it will be loaded with sweet goodies when I wake up in the morning. But to my dismay, it was EMPTY! Like it was untouched in the same place exactly where I hung it that night. I was so disappointed and from then on, I did not ever wish to have a gift or someone would really give me something nice ever again.

Instead, I become a giver to my family and some relatives years later after I got married to my husband. It sure feels nice to give and see those children’s faces when I handed them candies/chocolates. Looking forward to going home next summer and see my little brother and sister again and hopefully visit my cousins in the province to hand out candies.

Classic or Electronic: Which Drum Set is Right for the Style of Music You Want to Play

Investing in a drum set is a big decision to make so you want to make sure you get one that’s perfect for you. Once you’ve decided this is your instrument of choice, the first dilemma you will be confronted with is picking between electronic and classic or acoustic drums. The type of music you want to place, the location in which you will be playing and the amount of space you have will all influence your decision.

Traditional vs electronic drums

But first, let’s distinguish between the two types of drum sets. As professional drummer and drum educator Simon DasGupta explains, acoustic drums are the traditional set wood shells and metal cymbals. Snare drums would have metal shells. On the other hand, electronic drums are pads, with rubber, plastic, or mesh drumheads. A small box called a sound module produces the sound and you can hear it through a headset or an amplifier.

Advantages and disadvantages of acoustic drums

The traditional drum kit is of course the most realistic in terms of sound and feel. Acoustic sets allow you to better perform drum rolls, buzz rolls, cymbal swells, hi-hat technique and cross stick. The superior stands of acoustic kits also allow for a greater range of adjustment. You are therefore able to get the angle and height that’s perfect for you.

It should be noted that acoustic drum kits are naturally loud and this can be a problem for neighbours or even the people you live with. Silencer pads will lower the volume drastically but the feel and sound will also be significantly diminished. Your housemates will thank you but you may not enjoy your jam session as much. Traditional drums will need head replacements occasionally and this can be quite costly. They also need to be tuned and you may need to get a professional to do the job. You should also bear in mind that acoustic drum kits can be heavy and they take up a lot of space.

Advantages and disadvantages of electric drums


Electric drums have a number of built-in tools which are perfect for beginners. These include metronomes and drum kit sounds which are ideal for experimenting with style and sound. If you’re in the market, check out an
electronic drums buying guide to help you make the best decision. Contrary to traditional drums, you can turn down the volume or practise quietly with headphones or ear phones. This may be what you need if you have noise-sensitive housemates or neighbours. It is also worth noting that you will never have to tune an electronic drum kit and they generally take up less space than their traditional counterparts.


On the downside, electric drums don’t feel or sound the same as acoustic ones, despite advances in technology. Maintenance can also be expensive since the kits eventually need replacement parts. You should pay attention to the fact that some electric drum kits can’t be fully adjusted in terms of height and positioning and may therefore be uncomfortable to use.

As you can see, there are both electronic and acoustic drum sets have their selling points and drawbacks. Ultimately, you’ll have the choose the one that’s best based on your circumstances and musical needs.

Have Those Girls Tested

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A year ago, my friends and I got together for a mini-reunion. We went to college together and promised to stay in touch through adulthood, but you know life happens. We finally got to clear our schedules and agreed for a meet-up to catch up with all the gossip.

The first several hours were spent gossiping and catching up, and then as we sobered up and settled into our meal, Mary, one of us and an excellent science tutor, broke some shocking news. She had undergone surgery two years ago. Mastectomy, no less. We all gasped, knowing that she was pretty young. We were all in our mid-twenties, so why would such a young fall victim to a disease reserved for much older women? Well, Mary’s mom was only 32 when she died of breast cancer, and it turns out she was genetically predisposed to the disease.

It’s Never Too Soon

Every October the reserved breast cancer awareness month, we are reminded to check the girls for nodes and lumps. Well, that is a regular thing, but it naturally we could miss some things through this method of checking. When should you start going for mammograms?

When you are genetically predisposed to breast or ovarian cancer, you are more susceptible than a person who has no history of either. Genetic susceptibility comes from having a close relative being diagnosed with a particular disease and especially at a young age. It does not automatically mean you will get it, but your chances will increase tenfold.

Certain mutations in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes expose you to breast and ovarian cancer, and so you are safer starting those mammograms as early as in your twenties. Regular screening will help catch the disease early if you ever get it. Additionally, knowing your susceptibility levels helps you make changes to your lifestyle soon enough.

While mammograms are the more popular test, MRI scans are said to be more effective for women under 40 years who are highly susceptible to breast cancer. Naturally, no want ants to spend their twenties (selfish years) thinking about breast cancer risks. Also, a mammogram or MRI scan at that age feels like such a heavy burden to carry for a party girl, but it could save a life. And a breast, or a pair.

MRI scans are not painful, and neither are they as scary as they sound. They get to the root showing everything that the doctor needs to know about your susceptibility level. For those not genetically predisposed, the risk of breast cancer begins at 50 or after menopause. So you should book that appointment too if you fall in that age group.

Naturally, the news of Mary’s diagnosis dampened our day, but her charm reassured us. She is in remission, and she will keep going for annual checks to ensure that she stays in this safe state. Every day above the sun is a good day, right? As I head drove home that day, I made a mental note to book an MRI. I am not genetically predisposed, but caution never hurt anyone.

Beautiful in White is Stuck in My Head

We cannot help it sometimes there is a song we just heard or is commonly played over and over again in airwaves and somehow it got stuck in our mind all day. All we gotta do is keep singing it, play the song and let it out in our mind! Though it is not a very bad thing to happen, it is indeed frustrating at times.

Beautiful in White revival by Shane Filan (one of the members of popular 90’s boy band, Westlife) is soothing. First time I heard this song when someone on my Facebook list posted a live video of Shane having a concert in their area and I got hooked by how he sung the song on stage.

So I went and bought Shane’s entire album called, “Love Always”. Now, I can listen to this wedding song as long as I like without worrying about losing it since it is stored in both ipod and iphone phone in my possession.

A lyrics for you all so you can sing along if you search the song on Youtube.
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Not sure if you know this
But when we first met
I got so nervous
I couldn’t speak
In that very moment
I found the one and
My life had found its
Missing piece
So as long as I live I love you
Will have and hold you
You look so beautiful in white
And from now ’til my very last breath
This day I’ll cherish
You look so beautiful in white
Tonight
What we have is timeless
My love is endless
And with this ring, I
Say to the world
You’re my every reason
You’re all that I believe in
With all my heart, I
Mean every word
So as long as I live I love you
Will have and hold you
You look so beautiful in white
And from now ’til my very last breath
This day I’ll cherish
You look so beautiful in white
Tonight
And if a daughter’s
what our future holds
I hope she has your eyes
Finds love like you and I did, yeah
But when she falls in love we’ll let her go
I’ll walk her down the ailse
She’ll look so beautiful in white
You look so beautiful in white
So as long as I live I love you
Will have and hold you
You look so beautiful in white
And from now ’til my very last breath
This day I’ll cherish
You look so beautiful in white
Tonight
You look so beautiful in white
Tonight

Crochet Braids for a New Look

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Wigs have become popular in the entertainment and showbiz industry simply because artists can choose their look every performance they do. Imagine if you don’t have many options of wigs and all you have is wear the same boring hairstyle you currently have?

With divatress, you have thousands of wigs and hair care products to choose from. One of the best you can look at are
crochet braids. So many styles to look at from teeny curl, weezy curl and so many to mention. Length sizes vary with corresponding prices as well.

Not only people who appear on tv and concerts are so into wigs but also common people nowadays opted to wear wigs. Why? Women want to look their best going to work, mothers who are out for a group date with other mothers, students who want to feel confident in their presentation at school or those that go to night event and want to stand out in the dance floor.

Gladly companies like divatress exists to cater women’s needs for wigs. If you are looking for one and don’t know which style or color you should get, I would suggest to visit them on the link provided above and start searching according to category, featured items, clearance or on the top menu to narrow your search. Enjoy and be glad you find this awesome site for wigs.

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I Got My Girls Hooked Into Twilight Saga

Twilight Saga is now in our household. It is an old movie way back when I was still new here in the US. Me and my friends watched the first movie and we all liked it, since then we looked forward when the new movie came out until we all finished all four. This was back before we had children, this brings back a lot of memories in our early years here in Texas.

Fast forward five years later or more, Twilight first movie became available on Netflix. I told my girls how nice this movie is and I want them to watch it, they had no interest at first but played it in front of them anyway. Little did I know, they got hooked with it and they felt disappointed knowing the second release isn’t available on Netflix yet so, I bought them the entire collection from Amazon!

Now that we have this, we all enjoy it and watch a movie each Saturday night. The set includes the Complete Saga and is worth ten hours of watching all the blu ray and digital features that’s in it.

These girls are lucky. During those times when I was addicted to this Saga, I did not even think of buying myself the dvds.

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