Photographs and Memories

When I was just a high school student, I was aleady fond of taking pictures. In fact, I was the unofficial class photographer. I had copies of our school activities and outings. Perhaps, even while I was still young, I already wanted to preserve memories by capturing photos.

No wonder now that the digital age has arrived, I loved taking photos of my family. I even have them printed out because I love looking at old photos and flipping through photo albums since it brings back so many wonderful and precious memories.  I remember that I used to spend countless hours in front of the computer Scouting Camera Reviews so I can buy the best camera. After reading all those reviews , I did get a Canon DSLR and an iPhone  eventually.

Someday, when I am old and gray, I would have nothing but all these memories and thankfully, when my memory isn’t as sharp, all these photos will help me remember as I look back at my life.

The ‘Worst Winter in Decades’: Will We Handle It Any Better?

The clocks have gone back, the Halloween sweets have all been eaten and the shops are already filling with Christmas goodies, all of which signals one thing: winter is coming, and according to the papers it’s going to be a cold one. The media are well known for their dramatic headlines and they’re already promising heavy snowfall, which is even less welcome with the rising energy costs. This impending cold snap will supposedly be as severe as the brutal winter of 2010, which was the coldest since 1979. Three years on, have we learned any lessons about how to deal with the snow?

With much of Britain used to a generally snow-free climate, the recent spate of long, cold and eternally white winters has seen the government and public struggle to handle this new breed of weather. As many as 5,000 schools in England and Wales were closed as a result of heavy snow in January this year, with some staying shut for the entire week. This meant parents having to take the day off or work from home, but even those who struggled into their wellies and cosy women’s coats to make it into work were faced with major delays and deadlocks on the roads and trains.

These problems came three years after that record-breaking cold spell, when the government was criticised for not stocking up on enough grit for roads and for failing to deal with potholes. Experts estimated that issues such as school closures and transport problems contributed to the British economy losing £470m a day during the snowy weather earlier this year, suggesting that while we might be expecting a white winter, we’re still unprepared.

Many in the south of England experienced a practise run recently in the aftermath of the St Jude storm. Although damage was not as bad as it was first feared, some homes were left without power for days and rail companies were compelled to suspend services until lines were cleared. A few offered partial refunds to season ticket holders, but the incident has surely reinforced our total inability to cope with anything worse than a bit of drizzle.

If this all seems somewhat dismal, take heart in the fact that us Brits are not necessarily that far behind other, much snowier countries. Heavy snowfall in Sweden saw chaos ensue on the trains, with people stuck for days. Some councils have recognised the need to improve their services, ordering in extra grit to treat the roads. However, they’re still warning drivers to be wary of ice and only make necessary journeys. The Met Office has also launched a blog entitled ‘Get ready for winter’, offering advice on staying warm, travelling in snow and protecting your home.

It’s likely that these efforts won’t reassure those who are used to vague promises and massive delays. Whether we see flakes, flurries or blizzards, only time will tell if we’ve finally cracked the code to handling winter weather.

Discount Perfumes

Perfume has existed for centuries, and its pleasant aroma has pervaded the senses of numerous cultures and civilisations throughout time. Ancient perfumery often consisted of a blend of essential oils, herbal tinctures, and even the barks of trees and the honeycombs to honeybees. Modern perfumery took prominence in the 19th century, and contained a standard making process that is still in practice today. With the industry currently producing thousands of different brands and scents, there is no sign that the perfume industry will every come to a standstill. In fact, consumers continue to demand more scents and more designer perfumes than ever before.

Designer perfumes, however, can become pricy, especially if it is connected to a particular celebrity or popular name brand. These perfumes are often valued by the majority of the public, and are equally priced to match that value. The Internet has opened up a new avenue in which perfume can be delivered to customers. Some websites have gone to great lengths to reach customers by offering discount perfumes. Although the same designer perfume often found at most department stores, more and more websites, like the discount perfumes from FragranceVilla.com, are cropping up all over the web to offer customers the scent they enjoy at a reasonable price.

Today’s modern perfumes often consist of a mixture of natural and chemical constituents, all to help achieve a desired scent. Some scents can be floral in nature, and may call for essential oils of jasmine, rose, or lilac. Other scents are stronger in their aroma, and will call for artificial scents to achieve a strong and bold effect. Many clothing brands have started carrying their own perfumes, designed specifically for their brand. These perfumes are often high in price, namely for the brand they are associated with.

Perfumes may also act as an aphrodisiac by inducing a state of relaxation. Some perfumes utilize animal materials, making them unsafe for some people with allergies to fur or similar items. Vegan perfumes exist on the market today to satisfy allergic and animal friendly individuals. Even gluten-free perfume has come into being, with more and more people being allergic to the trace amounts of gluten found in many beauty care products. Many websites and stores are starting to carry more of these items in their stores, and manufacturers of these scents are starting to respond to these demands by creating more allergy-friendly products.

eBooks Are Here To Stay

A good book can send you to a magical world where you can fly, marry a princess or save the world. In some cases, you can do all three in a single book. Although paperbacks were all the rage back in the day, eBooks have become a popular product in recent years. This is because they are cheap, easy to produce and can be read almost anywhere.

An eBook is a great way to get your name out there because there is a wide audience of people eager for great content. Those who are looking to get ahead in the business world can submit a 10 page book about how to write a resume or increase your Internet marketing skills. If people find that advice useful, the author can become a leading figure in his or her niche for years to come.

Buying eBooks in bulk requires nothing more than a need for content and a credit card. Content can be requested through several different providers in minutes. The orders can be delivered to your eBook reader in a few minutes if the content has already been written or in as little as a day if it still needs to be written down.

5 Years of Blogging

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When I started blogging 5 years ago, I didn’t have a clue what I was doing. I knew I just wanted to start a blog to record the memories I had of my children growing up and to connect with other stay at home moms. What started to be a personal journey became a host to Mommy Moments, a weekly meme where moms from all walks of life connected and shared their own motherhood adventures. It was great as I got to meet various moms online and shared our stories and learned from each other.

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But as they say, all things do come to an end. When Mommy Moments finally bid goodbye, it was also the time that I had my site redesigned and refocused. Intentional parenting became the heart of this blog. We began to chronicle our homeschool adventure as a family, product reviews which greatly helped our homeschool and homeschool helps for other homeschool families in the Philippines.

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I pray that may this blog serve as an inspiration to families out there. As we continue on this journey of parenting together, may God guide us and help us to be faithful in fulfilling our roles as parents.