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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

aerobic exercises

Both my husband and I have been exercising together consistently since the first week of this month. At first, my exercise focused on weights, our stationary bike and some aerobic exercises like jumping jacks and sit-ups. I did not really like using the bike very much because it seemed to be difficult, but seldom would cause me to sweat. Recently, my exercise has improved because I have been able to go jogging as well. At first, we had a couple of days of mild weather that allowed me to run outdoors. Later, I was able to run on our treadmill, which has not been working properly. I find that I need to manipulate many buttons to get it to work, but over the last few days, I have been able to get it started. I hope that I will be able to continue using the treadmill until the weather warms-up so that I can just jog outdoors every day.

Monday, February 24, 2014

affordable health insurance

We change our health insurance when my husband quit his job two years ago and start his own law firm. I was surprised to find out how difficult it seemed to find affordable health insurance. The difficulty arose from our effort to match the coverage provided by my husband’s former employer. We realized that our former health insurance was good, but we did not fully appreciate how much it would cost on the open market without employer discounts. In light of our time in the market, we paid a lot of attention to the controversy surrounding the Supreme Court’s review of the Obama administration’s health care legislation. I now appreciate the importance of the law in ways that I did not before. Obviously, the provision about pre-existing conditions is important, but there are other aspect relating to the expansion of Medicare eligibility that are similarly important.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

building products

It seems like we have been remodeling our home ever since we purchased it in 2008. Over the years, we have managed to transform the character of our house as well as the surrounding land. Shortly after we arrived, we hired landscapers to remove trees, install and rearrange shrubs. We subsequently planted a large cherry tree, which adds some nice character to our front yard every spring season. Indoors, we started with a complete overhaul of our basement. We are currently putting in the final changes in a new lower level bedroom and newly finished laundry area. We installed crown molding throughout the main floor, which really improved the overall impact of the space. Of course, we also painted extensively. After refinishing the wood floors in our living room and dining room shortly after we moved in, we subsequently replaced the laminate floor of our family room, the ceramic tile in our kitchen, and the oak floor in our dining room with new solid Brazilin cherry flooring. The upgrade of the flooring could be the single most substantial change that we have made to our primary living space. I am still astonished at how my daughters started coming to spend time with me in the kitchen when I am cooking or cleaning. They are often content to simply lay on the floor while I work. This is something that they never even contemplated before we installed the new hardwood flooring. Although we looked into a purchasing club shortly after we purchase our home, we never found anything that looked like a good deal. Thus, I was very intrigued when I read a few BuildDirect reviews. The company sells various building products at significant discount from retail prices. Unlike some similar entities that we know of, BuildDirect is not a membership reseller. Instead, anyone can purchase their products so long as you can satisfy certain minimum purchase requirements. I wish we had learned about them 7 years ago as we might have saved lots of cash off what we paid at local big box home store. For more information about them, you can check out their Facebook page at:

Have great time making cake

Well today is a day off  of one of my friend in Canada. She said that instead of going shopping or visiting one of her close it friends in her her area she decide to bake a cake. This time she makes ube cake flavor. And as you know looking at this cake makes me buy one or bake one for myself. My friend learned how to cook cakes while she was in Portugal now she is planning to have a small coffee shop in Canada.
Another cake for today.

This is my friend and all that you see on the table is made by her.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Home Warranty

It is amazing to think that we will have been in our home 6 years later this year. When I look at old photographs of the house, I can quickly see just how much work and money we have invested in our home over the years. Even when we were deciding whether to buy, we quickly realized that the house would need a lot of work. However, overall we thought it was a good thing because we were able to purchase the house at a relatively low price and we figured that we could use the savings on the purchase price to do some much-needed renovations. We got started immediately after we bought the house. Within a few weeks of our purchase, we hired a landscaper, had our floors refinished, and painted most of the house. We also began to demolish our finished basement so that we could begin to remodel. Fortunately, the only specialized arrangements we had to make related to termite treatment and a home warranty. After looking at a number of warranty companies like Choice Home Warranty, we settled on a policy that provided rather comprehensive coverage. Fortunately, to date, we have only needed to file a couple of claims, which is good for an older home that is nearly 50 years old. One thing that has recently come to our attention is that there were cracks formed during an earthquake in our area a few years ago. No one was hurt, but the earthquake was quite strong and very scary. When it was over, we noticed that some of the molding around the ceiling looked like it had separated from the wall. Although it is not very obvious, it is something that we need to address before the cracks widen. We have also replaced almost all of the major appliances in our home. This includes our refrigerator, stove, dishwasher, washing machine, oven and microwave. We also discarded an old garbage disposal and replaced it with a beverage cooler. I know that Choice Home Warranty also insures home appliances. This is especially useful in light of the substantial investment we made for our Thermador kitchen. Anyhow, if you want more information about them, you can check their Facebook.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014


We know that motorcycle helmets are very helpful too many motorist people or to people who ride motorcycle. In addition, for that matter am debating whether I will buy bluetooth motorcycle helmets for my brother. I am just nervous to spend money at this point since my husband just started to work couple of days ago. Well maybe I will just wait until black Friday and hope that I can find great deal.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Getting ready for the summer

Like many other people reason why I exercise. It is because I want to stay healthy for my family especially to my daughters.
After I exercise this morning I decided to take picture of myself using my canon camera. 

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

modern dining tables

Why I like dark furniture’s? Well the reason why love dark furniture’s because one we have small children. Always touching rubbing stuff on the furniture’s and sometimes it’s really hard to clean up you know what I mean. I saw nice modern dining tables this morning while browsing online. I have to point the dining table that really like and I think this is the perfect dining table for us since we have small children. As you can see the picture of this dining table. The chairs is not so high or too low. Looking at this picture even my 4year old daughter can set on this dining table without any problem. This table is made in dark oak, &finish matches Jesse’s lovely sideboards. This table is also a perfect size, at 160cm. The middle extension adds another 60cm to make the table a roomy 220 cm - easily enough for 8 people, & maybe even enough for 10.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

how's your heating bill this month?

Yesterday, my husband mentioned that we had not cleaned out baseboard heating vents in a while and that he thought dust might be contributing to the poor heating that we had been experiencing in certain parts of the house. He cleaned the vent in one of our daughter's rooms, and it seemed to take a long time for him to finish. He had to remove the cover then use a brush to try to remove some of the dust and dirt. Afterwards, he went over the entire apparatus with our vacuum cleaner. It seemed to take a long time for him to finish. Thus, I was not very surprised that he stopped after working on only one room.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

biggest snowfall

We had our biggest snowfall in years earlier this January.  I believe the final count was a report of around 8 inches in our area.  After the snowfall ended, the weather got cold so it never fully melted even as we have now reached the end of the month.  I went out with my kids to enjoy the now right after it stopped snowing.  However, it was so cold that they were only interested in sledding and playing outside for about 20 minutes before they began to complain about the cold and go back inside.  We got another inch or so earlier this week, which made everything look nice and pretty again, but it appears that we have finally completed this unseasonably cold weather and the snow will likely be completely melted by the end of the weekend.