How Professionals are Better Friends that “Friends”

Life has always been a bittersweet. At times when you think that everything is going good and is going great, something is always bound to happen that would somehow remind you again that this is a roller coaster ride. We will never be always on top and we will never be always just happy and worry-free.

As a mother, I have accepted this fact for a long time now. Life has always been fun for someone who grew up in a family that is loving, caring, happy and above all, financially-able. This meant that I get what I wanted and needed, plus more.

Thus, when it was my turn to be that person who took care of the finances of the household, I was very much unprepared to handle it.

I was always went over the budget, thinking that it was OK since there is a steady income flow. I also was always too kind to the neighbors and friends who went to me for financial help. I found it too difficult to say no or to even negotiate with people because I feel like once I declined their call for help, I am an evil person.

It was really a struggle at first, until the time came when I was the one in need of help and nobody from the people I lend a hand to were able to help me. The incident made me realize that if they had the audacity to say “no” to me, then why can’t I do the same and save myself from fixing their troubles?

To paint a clearer picture, what happened was that our house unexpectedly gave in to the winds of a storm. We have been living in our home since we had the kids and it has never undergone any repair and maintenance. Hence, it was such a shock that I had to experience water damage, leaks and broken ceilings because of the storm.

While trying to figure out what to do, I had my kids move to my parents until the situation was taken over. I asked help from the people I have previously helped.

Do not get me wrong, I did not help them in order to have the leverage to demand for help when I needed it. I  went to them for help simply because I thought they were good people willing to extend help as much as help was extended to them. I expected them to help me not because I helped them, because that is how a decent human being should behave.

But then again, the situation reminded me that life is truly bittersweet and not everyone are willing to go the extra mile for you, as much as you would for them. Hence, I had to figure out how to solve the problem on my own.

Thankfully, I have some friends who are roofing specialists, who were in touch with one of the best water damage Tucson could offer.

They were very effective in dealing with the damages and even went ahead to perform some mold remediation techniques that was going to protect me and my family from the dangers of molds brought about by water damage.

If I made myself get affected by the inaction of others, I would not have had the issues resolved by professionals. But what the incident really taught me is that there should be a limit to the extent we help others, especially if it places us in great stress.

The Nuisance that is Headache

Since I was young I have been very active. That is until about four years ago when I started having trouble with bad headaches and neck pain. It seems that I could only get one or two good days a week without terrible upper back pain and really bad headaches. They had over time become so intense that I couldn’t do my job as well as I could before. Sometimes I would go to play with my two year old son and end up just laying on the floor because it was a position in which I could get some relief. I couldn’t spend my life laying down.

In the beginning I took Advil. I did that until it ate holes in my stomach. The doctor said I had four ulcers cause by NSAIDS weakening the lining of my stomach. So I knocked the daily dosage down from 1600 mg to 200 mg and just dealt the pain. This wasn’t going to work and I started doing some research on the topic. I found this page that describes an awesome method for dealing with a type of sinus infection that cause headaches and even neck pain that actually did help me. It was the middle of winter and I did have a sinus infection that his method cleared up.

There are many pockets in your sinuses and when you have a cold or allergies you will also have inflammation and swelling. When your sinuses swell these pockets close up and infection sets in. After a while you will feel pressure that can really bring you down. If it gets bad enough you will not be able to function.

The article I read about clearing up a bad sinus infection was really focused on a sinus infection in a specific sinus cavity called the sphenoid but the method works very well and is the best way to clear up any type of sinus infection and stop the headaches.

The main thing I notice is a headache at base of skull and I never did even think of the possibility that it could be sinus infection neck pain. Instead of feeling like a headache that focuses on a single point it actually makes your head hurt from the back where your head and neck meet all the way forward to your eyebrows. Some people describe it as skull pain. When I went to find information I typed headache base of skull in Google and found a ton of information.

If your interested in trying the same thing I did to get rid of your headaches and neck pain visit this webpage at this link headache at base of skull. It is very descriptive and very easy. Heck you get to lay on your back for 15 minutes. Give it a shot I guarantee it will work.

If this method does not work for you then check out this article on stopping the pain of Occipital Neuralgia. It covers another cause of this type of pain with the same symptoms. It is not very well known but affects many people.

Must Haves For New Parents

Today’s post has been long overdue and some readers have indicated multiple times that they would like to get some tips for new parents on what should be on their shopping list. First, I would say that this is not an exhaustive list and I will probably put together a downloadable spreadsheet once I think I have made this list more complete.

Secondly, this list is currently what I believe to be the most important things you will need from the day that your baby is born. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get all this ready. Anyway, now for my top tips.



The most important things you will need are:

  • a cot with a high quality mattress
  • a baby changing station with storage for diapers and wipes, etc.
  • a second small lightweight crib to conveniently let you baby rest anywhere ein the house.

These really are essentials and are not only designed for your convenience. You will save yourself agony through bad posture during diaper changing and your baby will sleep so much more comfortably.



You will need a lot of baby clothing and do yourself a favor and avoid the branded products. Yes it’s nice to have a few going out outfits but by and large you will find that all the clothing is constantly messed up with all sorts of things that babies are good at (no need for details here).

No matter where you go, always make sure you have a full change of clothes with you including vests and socks. The last thing you want to have happen is being somewhere with baby covered in puke and no way to clean things up.



You should really not take this decision lightly. Buying the wrong baby stroller can cost you dearly once you get to the stage where you need to replace it. There are many different types and really is down to a personal preference. For the sporty types there are jogging strollers which will allow you to go for a run with your baby (can be very convenient).

Check out some of these great value double strollers if you already have a baby or toddler and will need to account for more than one seat. Even if your toddler is already walking, the last thing you want face is carrying one child while pushing the other.



This usually excites the dad’s most but there really isn’t much that is really exciting. The most high tech device you can get is probably the baby monitor and I would strongly advise on getting one with camera and/or built in apnea-alarm that monitors your baby’s breathing. This will give you a lot of peace of mind especially if this is your first baby.

One area to do a lot of research is on the car safety seat. Do not try and save money here as you really want to get something that is extremely safe and comfortable. If you spend any length of time in a car you really need to make a good investment here.

There are also lots of add-ons you can get for your car and stroller, ranging from mirrors to toys and simple cup holders. You will very quickly find out that two hands are not enough, so having convenient holders and bags will make your life easier.

Do I Really have to go to a Philadelphia Dentist?

Do I Really have to go to a Philadelphia Dentist?

Those of you who have any kids know that there is never a dull moment. There seems like there is always something to clean up  or somewhere you have to be. It seems like the only time, us parents have any peace, is at night. That is because everyone is so exhausted from the day’s events. I love having a family and kids and I would not change any of it for the world. But sometimes it would be nice to sit around and just read a book in peace.

It being fall is always so busy. We have all kids doing some sport this time of the year. Summer is actually a little easier on us. I am at the doctor’s office with one when I get the phone call from my oldest son’s coach. He said that he had a little accident during practice, but it was not serious at all. Being a vet in the business, I did not worry. I knew once I got him then we could fix whatever happened. I was the only one who was available to get him. So it was about another hour before I got to the practice field.

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When I pulled up and saw my son I was shocked! He has 3 teeth cracked and they looked awful! I knew it was time to go to They are the best Philadelphia dentist around for sure. They know us all too well there. So all it took was one phone call and they had us in at no time. I have to admit the way his teeth looked I was a little worried. I just did not know how his teeth would look. I mean he was missing chunks of teeth. It was not like filling a cavity. This looked much more serious. The work they do there is great quality.

It only took around an hour until the job was done. I tell you they did a wonderful job! You cannot even tell that anything happened to his teeth at all. It was perfect. If I was worried I know he was worried. He is at that age where his looks matter to him now. He too was happy with the results and was amazed. I know where we are always going for our dental needs!

The Necessity of Good Vacuum Cleaner

Being a parent is probably one of the greatest things I have ever done. I know having all my little ones around can be very chaotic, messy, and stressful. A lot of times it is really hard to find time just for me. I have figured out through the years of being a mom that is very important. If you do not take time out of your day for yourself, you are eventually going to go crazy! I know all this by experience. You can just ask my wonderful husband that has been with me throughout the years. Well, he probably would not agree, but I know in his head he is thinking YES! It really does not matter what it is that you do for you. It can be simply taking a long bath at night with candles all around. I tried that and it was not for me. I am sure that you already know what you can do for relaxation. I know what I love to do many people find  to be ludicrous. I love doing housework. 

It is just something to always having a clean house. I absolutely love it. When I come in from a long day and the house is already clean, there is nothing better. There are certain chores that I like to do better, though. My favorite is vacuuming. I fell in love doing that when I was just a kid. My mother was always nice enough to let me do it, or so I thought. I just put in my earphones and get to work. When my husband and I first got married he figured out quickly not to ask to help with vacuuming the house. He knew that was the job that I enjoyed the most so he would do other things to help around.

I know many other moms have asked me what was my vacuum cleaner  of choice. I have two favorites actually. They are top vacuum brands like Dyson and Shark. If you get any of those I am sure that you will not be disappointed at all. Both of those brands I have fallen in love with. It is really hard for me to decided which one is my favorite. I normally switch between brands whenever it is time for a new one. Dyson and Shark consistently receive top ratings from Consumer Reports and I trust them for everything I buy.

Always in a Rush!

Have you ever had one of those days? Or weeks? If you have a family you know what I am talking about. There is always something to do, somewhere to go, or something to clean up. I just feel like there is never any time for me. But I really would not trade it for the world. Having a family has been my greatest achievement in life. Even though sometimes I feel rundown with all the going. In the end it is always worth it to me.

One thing about kids today is that they have so many distractions now. It can be watching something on the television. There are so many different channels now that show cartoons 24/7. So it is really easy for kids to find something to watch on TV. I always try to limit their time. I would much rather them be running around outside than sitting on the couch watching something.

Something else that distracts kids these days are video games. It is not like it was in the 80s. These games they have now look amazing. Plus you can just play them at home. Now I have gotten onto my kids so many times about playing video games. There is this one game they all loved that actually caught my interest. It is Minecraft. I saw them playing it one day and just sat down and watched. It seemed really fun. So when the kids went to bed one evening I figured that I would try it out for a little bit. That is when the addiction began. I know that my kids love that enjoy playing Minecraft. Now it is something that we do together as a family. We started playing so much that we had to get our own Minecraft hosting. We use After many searches on the internet they won me over. I have never had any problems with them. Which means our gaming experience has never skipped a beat! I love my Minecraft playing family!!

When It All Began

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Let me back track just a little and talk about the very first baby of my life. Let me share how it was when it was just beginning (not knowing it can turn crazy fun in the next years to come).

When I found out that I was going to have a baby, I was excited beyond anything else I have ever felt in my entire life. My husband and I have been trying to have a baby for years since our marriage and we have been consulting different doctors to help us make it a reality. Finally, after years of trying and waiting, we are blessed to have the angel we have all been waiting for.

I was so excited when I heard the news that every day since then, we have been buying baby stuffs and we have been planning on the look and feel of the nursery room for the baby. Our house had three rooms in it and we plan to convert one into the nursery room while the other one is our room and the third the guest room. We were having a baby girl and so I was even happier to design the room for her.

Excitement was the only thing painted across my face. We have waited long enough and now that it was coming, I was the happiest woman alive.

Having a baby is the greatest gift that a woman could ever have, and I am thankful that after years of attempts to have this blessing, it finally came through. My baby can be sure that she will have the best, as long as I live to love and nurture her.

Well, that was back when I thought I was only having 1 angel. I never really thought we would reach 9! How crazy time flew!

The second baby was still a dear, the third, a little surprise, the fourth, adorable, the fifth, was scary because I am a bit old already to be bearing a child. But then, the sixth, seventh, eight and ninth all managed to pull through and now our house might just be the noisiest house in the subdivision.

I know not a lot of people envy me, thinking that 9 children are just too much. But hey, all I think of now is to get them through life and let them learn how to grow in age and in wisdom, so that one day, when I am definitely old, I can be sure that there will be my children to take care of me. There are so many of them, I know I won’t worry when I need them to take care of me.

Having Babies And Toddlers

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It is not new knowledge that babies are still incapable of doing things on their own. They do not even have the capacity to speak just yet. Their bodies are very much reliable on their instincts and these are not even that honed yet. It is for this reason that parents should take extra efforts to guide their babies throughout this entire stage. They are highly dependent on adults and as parents; it is our responsibility to make sure that no harm comes to our babies. Eyes and ears should be set for our babies all the time, even as they sleep.

This innocence in their actions and cries and tears is what makes our babies very charming and adorable, however, it is also what makes them very fragile and susceptible to harm and health hazards.

As parents, it is our responsibility to keep them from getting into danger. There are several ways where we can ensure that nothing very damaging ever happens to our little angels.

For one, we could keep the house in best condition. The home is the best and safest place that your child will ever be. It is the place where they should be most safe. For this reason, you should make sure that the house is in good condition. When you have other children in the house and a baby, you have to make sure that they too, understand how fragile their baby brother or sister is, so that they can also be taught to be responsible in their actions towards the baby. You can ask them to keep their toys away from the baby, and to make sure that when they cuddle the baby, they have washed their hands and are clean.

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This is a very difficult stage because you have other toddlers to take care of while making sure you do not lose sight of your baby and what it needs. Technique? Just be genuinely concerned about all their well-beings so that all the tasks at home are easier to take.

Another way to keep your baby in a safer condition is to make sure that she gets constant check-ups from his or her pediatrician. This means you have to go to the clinic, even when your baby seems fine. Again, babies cannot speak for themselves just yet and at times they are experiencing things that even they could not communicate properly even through their cries. Visiting the pediatrician on a regular basis is also a great way to keep track of the progress of your baby, adjusting vitamins and other supplements, whenever necessary. Also, vaccinations should be done in a timeframe and pediatricians will help you through it all.

There are a lot of ways to keep your baby safe. The most important thing is to always show them love and make them feel that their existence is a gift that you treasure dearly. This way, the baby will grow to be healthy and full of positive energy, something that no parent should ever neglect, ever.