How to clean Aloe Vera to avoid skin itching!

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Do feel that your skin is itching when you use fresh aloe vera? It is because you have not cleaned it well.

How to clean Aloe Vera to avoid skin itching?

1. Wash the Aloe Vera with clean water.

Clean your aloe vera with clean water thoroughly.

2. Peel both sides of the Aloe Vera.

Peel those parts which has like thorns on both sides.

3. Cut into chunks and soak in a clean water for few minutes.

Cut your aloe vera into chunks then soak into the water. You may wash again with clean water then soak it for few minutes.

You may also preserve your aloe vera by putting them in the refrigerator soaked in water for few days. So, you can apply each chunks for days. Then you will noticed using aloe vera without itching your skin.

If you do not have Aloe Vera plant. Aloe Vera gel are now available in the stores you can also buy them in Amazon. Check the list of organic Aloe Vera gel that you can buy from amazon!

My newly found natural-based night and day cream – from Aromacology Sensi!

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I am so excited to use this natural beauty product from Aromacology!

Years ago I had an online research task about beauty products and the rate of their hazardous effect! I was surprised that most of the products I am using and for my kids have mid to high hazard effects. In Skin Deep website these products such as soap, lotion, and others may cause cancer! I became so, meticulous reading on the content of the products I and my kids were using. There was once that I do not even use soap for my skin. I do not usually go out – I do not care about how I look like. I do not even have a mirror to look at! Then, I noticed that my skin looked unhealthy, dull and small pimples came! I only noticed them when my sisters were laughing at me:

What is happening to you?!!

Many have said, every product that we are already using is hazardous!

But, when I had that research task, I saw products that were less hazardous and safe to use. Most of these products were organic and natural products. So, I decided to begin caring for my skin with organic products.

My sister, who is a doctor, even told me – we need to take care of our skin and hydrate it while it could still absorb nutrients. As we get older our skin cannot already hold those nutrients. While wrinkles and sagging skin are not showing up yet- take care of your skin.

So, yes from that day on! I started taking care of my skin. It took me a lot of stores to visit just to get these products! I remember going to grocery store reading the content of day cream and other products ” no paraben and other hazardous content”! I ended up going home with only 1 product in my hand. Then, I found healthy options. Most of the organic products and rated safe to use were in this store! So, I started using products from Aveeno, Human Nature and I bought some in healthy options – brands that I came across in my task with products that are less hazardous to safe effect.

And because of pandemic (Covid), I wanted to buy beauty products that are safe yet affordable!

While walking in the mall, I came across this stall – Aromacology! Certified 98% natural! I was very excited to check on their products!

I asked about soap, then my favorite partner – the day and night cream! Luckily they have! I am so excited – I have been looking for an affordable organic or natural day cream and night cream that are Philippine-made! For the first time, I found it in Aromacology Sensi – made in Davao, Philippines! I bought these four products which are essential for my daily routine. For 1000 pesos, I already have the four basic skincare products. These are essential for me than makeup! Lipstick was one but because we use a face mask, my lipstick was replaced with a face mask. 🙂

I do not like a strong smell of beauty products. I do not even use perfumes! The sales lady handed me a friendly smelling lotion, soap, day cream, and night cream with free coffee! 🙂

The natural products I bought from Aromacology were:

  1. Body Butter, Papaya and Pineapple
  2. Moisture White – Night Cream
  3. Matte Finish – Day Cream
  4. Lemon and Tea Tree Soap
  5. Coffee – this is free 🙂

I took a bath with this lovely Tea Tree and Lemon Soap from Aromacology Sensi. Even it’s still 5 pm – I applied the moisture white – night cream from Aromacology Sensi in my face! Excited indeed! So, I took a photo of myself, because I saved money from buying an expensive natural product and I also feel good having met these products!

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Since this is my first day of using the product yet, I will be reviewing these products after a month! For now, I am excited about using them every day and see what it can do to my skin after a month! 🙂

The night cream it’s not really oily – like you will not feel stinky after applying. The smell is not strong. After an hour I can see some natural oil coming from my face! I haven’t been using a regular product for my night skin care except the almond oil. I think I am going to love doing my night routine because of this product! 🙂

See you in my next blogs about my natural and organic product! 🙂

You can also buy organic day cream from Amazon.

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What plants are in your working space?

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According to study release in NCBI

Interaction with indoor plants may reduce psychological and physiological stress by suppressing autonomic nervous system activity in young adults.

What Plants are in your Working Space?

  1. Snake Plants
Air Purifier and release oxygen at night

Snake Plants are natural air purifier and it releases oxygen at night! And they don’t need much of your attention. So, if you are a busy person and has no time to take care of plants as needed. You can just put this plant anywhere and it can survived with little care.

2. Lemon Grass

If mosquitoes are disturbing your productivity and you are sensitive to the smell of mosquitoe sprays. Lemongrass are a natural insect repellent and can sway that mosquitoes itchiness while you are working. In fact, lemongrass has been used in many therapeutic oils. I also love its menthol-like smell. It feels refreshing to me.

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My Brother Printer – J105 colors are not printing?

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My Brother Printer – J105 colors are not printing? After doing all the automatic cleaning through your printer’s options or checking the settings of the printer. If your brother printer was still not printing colors. It could print black but the colors were not showing. The problem might be clogged print heads. The solution is to clean up the clogged print heads.

How to clean a clogged printer head?

Materials:

  1. A syringe with needle.
  2. Alcohol
  3. Distilled Water
  4. Small containers

Procedure:

  1. Take all the cartridge from the printer then try to insert your syringe to check the hole then flush an air to the small wholes of the printer head by pushing your syringe.
  2. Make your cleaning solution: 30% alcohol and 70% distilled water. Fill the container with your cleaning solution, one container for each color. One cleaning solution in a container for your magenta, yellow, blue, purple, and black.
  3. Designate one syringe for each color to avoid mixing of colors when you do the cleaning. You may also use only one syringe but it would be time-consuming to clean a single syringe every after cleaning each color printer head. Because cleaning the clogged may not take only a minute. It might need you to do more than 3 times until it works.
  4. Take your syringe. Fill it with cleaning solution as much as you can then insert it to the hole then flush. Follow the procedure for other colors.
  5. Try printing then do automatic cleaning. If it is still not working do #4 and #5 until the color shows up. This may take time but it will work if the problem is really clogged printer head!

ASANA an online tool for your team projects.

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Managing tasks with various team members from different places in this world are difficult. I sometimes wonder how my clients do manage their teams and I came across Asana. Many of my clients use this tool to manage their teams and projects. Since I am serving multiple clients and working with a team who are also working at the comfort of their homes. I tried using Asana for our team projects and my team goals. I love using it because it can organize a large number of projects and teams. Putting some colors on the task and movable boards are relaxing from being preoccupied with multiple tasks. I feel organized when putting all my tasks in Asana and assigning team members on each task which enables me to see the progress of the task from the beginning of the process to the delivery according to the due date set.

Since many business owners have their employees work online, schools doing online classes, teachers who have a lot of projects. Asana is not just for businesses with teams working at their own working space but I believe this is also one great tool for schools who are doing online classes and teachers too, or even for individual who wants to organize their tasks.

I will walk you through some great features of Asana which I enjoyed using. For the first time users these are the answers to your questions:

1. Is Asana free?

Yes, there is a free account that I am using. The free account can let you invite up to 15 members. If you have more than 15 members you can upgrade your membership.

2. How to set up an Asana Account?

Making an Asana account is just easy. Just have an email address. If you are working with documents I prefer you to make a Gmail account since google documents can easily collaborate with Asana. But any email would do.

Then go to Asana.com login through your email account or you can sign up using your email account.

3. How to use Asana?

This is how your Asana looks like once you have created your projects. You have the project name and the people assigned to do the task. The date the task should be closed is also clickable. The sample below defaults to a “board view”. I love the board view because I wanted to move the board through the process until we deliver the project which I named “well done”.

4. How to create projects in Asana?

After signing in, you can create your team name and invite people to the team in your Asana.

At the top right most of the Asana page click on your profile picture < more < Create New Workspace. You can click on share if you wanted to share the whole project to a team member but only click invite if you only want a specific person to see his specific task. Please check below more about inviting people to your Asana. 

Then you can see many options and one of them is the New project. Click on the new project.

Fill in your “Project Name”. Choose what is your Default view it could be List or Board. Choose the privacy of the projects, if it is for the team to be viewed or private to me.

This is how the “Board” view looks like in Asana. For this sample, the project name is 42WM20..

“To Do” ( the details can be seen in #7 below) is the first step of the task when it is “In progress ” you can move the board to “In progress” when it is done, move the board to “Well Done”. You can customize your process by clicking on “add column”. When you invite a team member after he is done with the task he can also move from in progress to well done. Click complete is he is done as well.

This is how the “List” view looks like.

42WM20 is the project name.

Task 1 -twitter#pt – Personal Trainer in the UK is the task details assigned to Mae then the due date.

5. How to send invite to my project board in Asana?

You can send an invite by clicking on the invite teammates via email for them to see their tasks. They can only see the task to where you have invited them unless you have invited them to your team Asana.

6. How to invite a team member to see the whole team projects?

You can also send invite to your Asana team board by just clicking on ” Invite to Asana” at the bottom leftmost corner of your Asana page. Take note the person you have invited should also make an Asana account.

7. Where to put the details of the task in Asana?

After adding a task you can click on the board and it will show you options that can help you elaborate the details of the task. You can attach the word, excel, or video file and where the team can make comments on the task.

Asana is a productivity tool specifically designed to improve team collaboration and work management. Whether you’re a project lead, sales manager, business owner, teacher or even students working in team task and projects can benefit from it and yes its free. Mobile asana app is available in both ios and android.

Top 10 ways to motivate oneself to work when you are working at home.

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How to boost your motivation to work when your office is just your home?


When you are working at home it limits your interaction with people. According to Upwork, this has been one of the issues that freelancers were raising – the challenges of social interaction. It could be boring to stay in the four corners of your working space when you cannot go out because of the corona-virus – going out has been your way to break free from having been working at home. It is usual for you to be working at home but could be stressful feeling that you are doing things all over again in the same room and meeting the same people in the house. Thus, it could affect your motivation to work.

Here are the Top 10 ways to motivate oneself to work when you are working at home in these times of social distancing.

1. Pray

Praying is one great way to get back motivated to work. It gives you more strength and wisdom and bring back your grace to work. Praying can renew your soul and reboot your positive energy and of course knowing that there is someone powerful that will help you through and that is your God!

Here are few bible verse to boost your motivation.

1 Chronicles 28:20 –  David also said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the LORD is finished.

Proverbs 16:3 – Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.

Philippians 4:13 –  I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

More bible verse in bible study tools website.

2. See green.

Put some plants in your working table or position your working table near to the window where you can see green.

According to a study published by ACS publications, the color green can reduce physiological stress, restore attention, enhanced immune function, and can help someone feel connected socially.

3. Exercise

Include in your weekly goal the time to exercise or revitalized with physical movement. Working at home may lead you to sit for about 8-12 hours a day. It is very important to have in your to-do list, your time to exercise. You can still do an exercise even with some precautions of social distancing. Exercising at home is still possible.

Youtube have different exercise guides that works for you. Walking exercise is also wonderful to move around in your house Check here 

According to a study when we do exercise our body released endorphins which are also called happy hormones.

4. Talk to people in the house.

Talk to people in your house – to your kids, parents, or spend time talking with your husband of anything. It is one great way to divert your mind into matters which are out from your working space. It can help you relate to what is going on with other people or laugh around with others.

According to Medical News Today deeper communication with others has a positive impact on happiness and well being.

5. Listen to music.

Music has frequencies that can trigger our emotions. Our body is composed of 70% water which can vibrate sound frequencies in other parts of our body then give a positive or negative impact to your emotions. For this reason, it is very important that you should know about the kind of music you are listening to.

According to Scientific Report, heroic music can have a good impact on motivation and constructiveness.

Here are some music that can boost your motivation

6. Break free.

Working at home hooked you up of being responsible about your time and output. You tend to always think of delivery and getting more clients which sometimes hinders you to do what you wanted at a certain time. Your work is more important than anything else.

Break free sometimes, do something relaxing even if it does not cost money. You sing, play around, do some planting, cooking, cleaning the house, or sit and breath fresh air!

Break free sometimes, do something relaxing even if it does not cost money.

6. Eat healthy.

Our health is our source of wealth. The food that we eat can also impact our mental health. Here are the food that can boost your motivation.

Food boost motivation: Salmon, berries, eggs, dark chocolate, nuts, avocados, water, brown rice and mussels.

7. Set your weekly goal and imprint the output.

Some tools are available to help manage your output and things to do. Trello and Asana are one great tool to move around and check what has been going on with your tasks. Update and move the board when you accomplish something.

You can also write your goals and to-do list in the journal. A wonderful leeway of using computers. Making use of the old tools – the pen and the journal. Doing work-related activities with the use of tools which you have an emotional connection – is a great way to reboot your motivation.

Sticky notes and boards are fun to use too. Write down your goals and stick it to the board where you can move around like Trello. Make a unique stairway to your goals on a daily or weekly basis. Get motivated checking on what you have accomplished at the end of the day or week to meeting your long term goal. You can also write some motivational quotes and stick them to the wall.

8. Sleep well setting aside the worries from your home working space.

Reboot by sleeping well. You may be struggling with separating work from your home because you are already working at home. Your bed may be just next to your working space. So, you sleep when you are tired of working and wake up working again.

Train your mind to forget work when you are going to sleep. Listen to music that will help you sleep well or watch a happy movie before you sleep so that the last thoughts you have before sleeping, is not the output you need to accomplish- it is the new exciting thing you did before you go to bed. So, when you wake up, go back to the goals you have set up before the week starts.

Channel your inner yogi is also something exiting to do before sleeping.

9. Work with purpose

Knowing your great purpose of doing something is the core motivation to move forward and be productive in anything you do. 

We get motivated to move because we have a purpose.

Write down your purpose or meditate it.

10. A moment of silence.

Be quiet with yourself! A moment of silence within yourself. You got to be mindful of your thoughts, your feeling, and your goals. Then try to meditate what you want to happen. Affirm yourself with positive self-talk and prayers.

Nanay want – flowers?

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After playing outside the house my youngest Philnand got inside the room and said “nanay want some flowers? Here oh..” I was smiling and got it. Sure, thank you nak.

My kids love to give me flowers, they usually get those from the roadside or those flowers falling on the ground. My youngest even loves to see me putting those flowers on my ears.

I have kept some of those flowers they gave me in my journal which has become their journal too, these flowers were a year ago (2019)!

 

My kids’ were seven and four years old, I am enjoying watching them grow. Thank you to the idea of free working space – that I am able to be with them most of the time, while I try to grow and served several clients with their admin tasks.

I am excited to serve more clients this year and onwards because my kids are now learning to do things on their own. I also got some household support and  I work with my home office team. Mae your Back Office Support Team- the Philippines (MyBOSTP) would be very happy to grow with your team as well. We are a team of a dedicated woman, wife and a mother who are passionate in everything we do.

Comment below if you need some support with your overloaded office works!

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How to make kids behave in an online meeting.

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DSC05828 (2)When I locked the door they make more noise by knocking at it too hard with a yell ” Nanay, ooo..pen the door! ”

When they see me talking to my client online they wanted to show up and talk to them. So, I ended introducing them to my clients. My problem – they wanted to talk more especially when the client was trying to communicate with them.

There are three kinds of clients:

Client 1: They understand that you are a parent.

Scenario 1: My kids entered the room and were talking, trying to ask who am I talking to. I tried to hiddenly push them away from my camera.

Client 1: It’s ok Mae, I have kids too. You can talk to them and get back to me if you like.

Client 2: Work is work
Scenario: (My kids are calling me to go ) I hear that kids voice. I am not sure if you can do my task. My task is so demanding and you have so many things to do.

Client 3: We can make a bit of friendly talk and let’s proceed to work.
This is the client that my kids really loved. When I am having a meeting they joined with me. They even had a few small talks with my client before we start the proper meeting. My problem – they wanted to talk more especially when the client was trying to communicate with them.

Since these two little buddies of mine were like bubble gum to my tummy and to my breast. It would be very difficult to shoo them away to whatever I do. And the best thing to do is to make them quiet.

Now, my mother thought me an idea to put a note: A note near to my working table and at the door to our room.

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Was this effective? Yes, I think my eldest son understands it, he even opened the door slowly and hide from my computer when he was trying to get the toy. And because the youngest was crying he tried to let his toy be borrowed by his youngest brother and the best thing they went to the playground with their cousin. 🙂 When they get home the meeting was over and I had a new task to do. 🙂

 

 

 

Maximized your resources for your kiddy party!

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I just came home from a christening and birthday celebration of Cate. They celebrated it at once. I believe this is a great idea to save time, money and effort.

Cate was a baby girl light colors were a great color theme for her party. It was a great theme color like pastel pink, turquoise, white, orange and beige. Very refreshing to the eyes and feminine. And yes, all were the idea of a loving mother. Young and creative. Kring her mother and with the help of the siblings – conceptualized the decors. The backdrop was decorated with balloons and an accent of the green leaf. The centerpiece at the backdrop was the picture of Cate taken from a cellphone. Her dress was personally knitted by Kring from old clothes which she re-designed.

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Let’s learn from Kring how she maximized her resources to make the event successful without hiring a caterer, renting accommodation and a professional photographer.

  1. Family Support – Filipinos have a Bayanihan culture. Bayanihan culture was when relatives and friends help together in building a house or doing the harvest. Just the same concept, if there was a celebration we used to ask or relatives offering free help to make the event successful. With the support of the siblings and relatives from both sides – they have cooked the food and prepared the decors all together.

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2. Use the resources available – they availed for free the function hall of the subdivision. Her sister was a homeowner hence, they have the privilege to use it for no cost.

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3. Not so much of decors but making the backdrop attractive and colorful makes the venue so refreshing.

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4. Kring redesigns old clothes and knitted it by herself self which was Cate’s clothes during the pictorial and the party.

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5. The giveaways were not so many but enough to cater one head per family.

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6. The loot bags were made up of paper cups and inside were candies and small colored pens. Just enough to make kids happy and get busy with much tiny stuff inside.

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7. They hired a magician to entertain the kids and also the adults.

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8. Before the program started the guest were already encouraged to eat lunch then a few minutes the programs started. I believe that was a great idea to full the tummy first then enjoy the program. Thus, no need to have pica-pica.

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Of course, I volunteered to take unlimited photos. I enjoyed taking photos of the happy faces of the guest, the parents, and the celebrant. So, if you knew a friend who has an HD camera invite them and ask them to be the photographer for the event :-).

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Organizing a hands-on kiddy party was not easy between the smiles of parents, relatives and families were sleepless nights that will make it a successful and memorable event! Kudos to Kring! Taking care of a child then making all these a very creative event was a great mother job!

Birthday, Christening DIY and party Ideas!

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I went to my sister at Bagumbayan Sultan Kudarat because it’s her firstborn son’s birthday and christening celebration altogether. They have done it at once to be economical.  With their theme “Recycle and Re-use” I was amazed at how she prepared with the souvenirs and some DIY for the reception. Yes, she prepared it months before the celebration. She managed her time from the office and breastfeeding her son. She assembles the box, compiles the pictures and everything. Here are some helpful tips from her:

  1. Souveniers – It cost her less than  30 pesos. These are indoor plants in the pot, then printed a picture of the baby.  With the theme ‘recycle and re-use” I am sure many would love this idea. She bought plants from the local suppliers they are much cheaper than going to the mall.
  2. Loot Bags – She ordered the toys from shoppee, no food only cute toys inside her DIY newspaper bag. She bought bulk toys that cost less than 100 for 10-20 pcs.

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The Reception

They got a package from a hotel P40,000 the accommodation and the food. They just add Lechon and pica and add her few DIY decor ideas.

3. These Boxes with letters “NATHAN FRANZ” and the photos of her baby all were prepared by her and some support of her household. Of course, despite the many details of a wife, a supportive husband would make all these things possible.

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She prepared those framed photos.

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4. Pica-Pica

Pica pica is a variety of tiny foods that we can pick and eat while waiting for the program to start. I think it is very important to avoid headaches hahaha, and keep everybody busy with the lovely tiny food which can keep them waiting while enjoying this food. Yes, I saw how the visitors enjoyed it. My sister contacted my cousin for the pica-pica corner. If you are interested to have her service you may contact her at her facebook page Jcppartypoppers

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This is Cris you may contact her facebook for your party needs.

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