Thursday, July 18, 2019

How To Eat Healthy on a Tight Budget

We have this notion that eating healthy food is expensive. That is true for some, but there are ways that you can maximize your budget and yet, get the best quality food. You just have to stick to these rules:
  • Make a meal plan
  • Stick to your budget
  • Do substitutes
  • Cook your own food (cook in bulk quantity)
  • Pack your meals to the office or school
  • Know what is junk foods
  • Go to the flea or local market to buy produce

Fresh produce from the market which costs way cheaper than buying from the grocery. All these for $11 (Php510), I was able to buy fruits and vegetables I can use for juicing and cooking. 

All the above mentioned are all self-explanatory, food preparation is the KEY to HEALTHY EATING. This will save you money to buy other necessities at home. And, you are sure that you and your family are getting the best- nutritious food in the market. 

Below are some of my go-to nutritious drinks (smoothie and juice) that I am experimenting on for months now, and to this day I can say that I am happy with it. There are a few more recipes over at my Instagram account if you'd like to see. :) 

This is one of my favorite juice because of the citrusy and sweet taste of the pineapple combined with cucumber. :)

Chia + roasted flax seeds + kale + carrots + avocado + strawberry yogurt + yakult + milk = #breakfastsmoothie

Up to the rim #breakfastsmoothie
Beets + cucumber + spinach + carrots + flax seed + strawberry yogurt + milk + yakult. #power #powerbreakfast #smoothie #Wednesday#bitsenpieces #9thyrannivwtay

Chia seeds + roasted flax seeds + kale + blueberry yogurt + yakult + skimmed milk= #breakfastsmoothie 
#goodforthetummy #greensmoothie #bitsenpieces #tgif

I really love munching on peanuts, I decided to buy organic raw nuts and roast it at home. I combined almonds, pumpkin, sunflower, peanuts, and raisins to make my own version of trail mix, less the chocolates of course! 
Roasting nuts can consume your time but it is all worth-it knowing how clean and you can maximize the roasting time according to your preference.

Eating healthy breakfast like cereal flakes, riched in fiber, using non-fat milk and raisins as a natural sweetener. 

Chicken + cauliflower + spinach + cream + curry powder + butter + peanut oil chili flakes = hapunan #norice
TOTAL COST: Php100/ $2

Homemade organic peanut butter with roasted milled flaxseed with olive oil. 

I replaced the commercialized peanut butter we used to buy at the grocery to this homemade peanut butter. It took some time to get used to the taste but eventually we are loving it. On bread spread and even for all peanut butter sauces needed for cooking. 

Are you into eating healthy lately, any juice or smoothie recipe that you love? 

What are Essential Oils - An Introduction to Aromatherapy

"Aromatherapy is a holistic healing treatment that uses natural plant extracts to promote health and well-being. Sometimes it's called essential oil therapy. Aromatherapy uses aromatic essential oils medicinally to improve the health of the body, mind, and spirit. It enhances both physical and emotional health."
A couple of years back I was introduced to essential oil therapy by a friend, back then the notion of aromatherapy as an added wellness cure to was the least on the checklist. And, because of the widespread information, testimonials and feedbacks through social media it became more popular and the demand for essential oils skyrocketed. Amidst the demand, the pricing of essential oils varies from brands and the kind of oils placed in the market. 

So what's in essential oils that everyone has been crazy about? 

I am going to feature a brand of essential oils that is in the market today, and I was lucky to be able to test their samples. The trial kit comes with three essential oils (Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint) they also added two sachets of doTerra Deep Blue Rub and one- 2ml Deep Blue essential oil. Along with the oils, they also provided their updated and revised 2nd edition Essential Oils Simplified, with over 400+ natural remedies to common conditions. 

The Road to a Natural Lifestyle with Essential Oils
Jenni Wilson has been with doTERRA for 10 years. Both she and her husband Mike are in the medical field. Her husband is a medical doctor by profession and her on the other hand, studied natural medicine specializing in herbs and essential oil. For Jenni and Mike, using both approaches — the natural and scientific — has been working positively for their family.
Their goal from the very beginning has always been to help by educating people with the wonders of natural medicine and how it is useful in everyday lives. For one, it plays a big role in preventing illnesses that required medical attention and it is generally cheaper compared to medicines manufactured by big pharmaceutical companies. 
When she joined doTERRA during the very first years of the company, she is certain that the company’s mission and objective are always in line with her advocacy. 
doTERRA today is the largest essential oil company with $1 billion in assets and with an office in 16 countries, including the Philippines. They have a wide range of essential oils with various uses and functions. 

On Essential Oils
What we know now as essential oils generally come from plants. Many of the plants we have contain powerful compounds that are highly concentrated and potent. These compounds are the “oils” that give plants the aroma and protect them from harsh environments. 
The use of essential oils has been a long-time tradition that steamed from the many ancient civilizations. These essential oils were extracted from plants and were used as a medicine, beauty aid,  and even in food preparation. 
The process of extraction has changed throughout the years especially with the help of science. Most of the essential oils we have right now are extracted pure and free from harmful chemical ingredients. 
Using essential oils is very easy. While there are courses that teach aromatherapy and the use of essential oils, with just your interest and a basic understanding of the safety needs and application, you can basically use oils to help you in your everyday life. 

The doTERRA Way
With doTERRA, each essential oils are carefully distilled from plants that have been harvested at the perfect moment by skilled growers from around the world. Each of the oils was also carefully tested following the CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® quality protocol.
Being one of the most trusted essential oils company in the USA, doTERRA continues to expand its reach in order to educate people from around the globe with the use of essential oil. The company also has expanded in the Philippines and have been providing a lot of training to those that want to take the route to more natural living. 
Jenni, throughout the years, saw the company grow and help small farmers and growers earn by producing essential oils. She also saw many people the company helped with the use of their products. 
Jenni is helping doTERRA expand its network in the Philippines by encouraging essential oil enthusiasts, moms, and even small entrepreneurs to get to know the product and possibly build their own business out of it. 
Through this, Jennie believes, she is helping people have a stable income and at the same time, educating them on the natural methods to care for their families. She is conducting workshops for free on the use of essential oils. She is also an author, speaker, and wellness coach. 
Jenni is the published author of a collaborative book by women bloggers entitled: “Trust Your Intuition: Twenty-five “Natural Confessions” from Influential Women Who Choose Healing Remedies for Their Families” which hit #1 on Amazon in the categories of Parenting: Family Health and Alternative Remedies: Herbal Remedies.
If you are in the Philippines and interested to learn about the uses of essential oils and build your own business with doTERRA, visit Jenni’s website at and follow the Facebook page Essential Oil Philippines.
This coming weekend I added to my purchase list an oil diffuser lamp so I can put to test these essential oils I received, based on the article enclosed to get the most benefit of the oil is to diffuse it. Although, I already tested the back rub included in the package the other night and it was calming and soothing which I really like. It was easily absorbed without leaving a sticky feel. 

I will update this post once I have the diffuser. 

What is your favorite scent for an essential oil? 

Friday, July 12, 2019

Shopping for Dresses for your Occasion

Shopping can be so much fun especially when you love to mix and match those fashionable dresses. It is always a must to have a piece or two on your wardrobe a floral dress or a summer dress which you can style during this season. And, one of the most important dress to have in your closet is a bridal gown. 
Nowadays, going shopping in a physical store or online shopping can serve its purpose. 

How fun it is going to the mall and find your perfect match for a dress whether, for any occasion, for your daily wear or even as grand as bridal wedding gowns. it is always that accomplishment and rewarding feeling. 

Today, online shopping is replacing the concept of getting your pieces in mall stores. This is only the biggest competition of outlet brands that are trying to stay in business. Last week I read about an article about this footwear chain of stores who is about to close due to lack of sales because of the existence of online shopping concept. 

Nevertheless, online shopping will exist and will still be in operation as long as the digital world is evolving. 

With this online shopping trend, you need to take note of the points such as store credibility with their products offered, for a bridal gown you can check reviews like AW bridal reviews. You can access every information you need to know. You can also go directly on their website AW Bridal® to find out more. Check this AW Bridal Tiaras for accessories. 

Stores such as this have also counterparts in which offers and style can choose from, take note of Davids Bridal® USA, from dresses to elegant looking tiaras. 

What more does online shopping can provide, all the ideas and style you need to conceptualize that event you have in mind. ETSY Personal Made can be a handy tool for great and tons of ideas. One of my personal favorite site to check on. 

So, no matter what occasion you have in your calendar check for options, so you can select the best ones you will be using. 

Enjoy shopping! 

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

What is Your Favorite Costume to Wear

A costume represents a culture of a certain place, a religion and a tradition, gender and position. It is handed down through generation to generation. It is an evolving fashion of a certain place and group of people. It is called a dress, attire or a robe to wear. It can be categorized as a theatrical and national costume.

"National costume or regional costume expresses local (or exiled) identity and emphasizes a culture's unique attributes. They are often a source of national pride."
"Costume often refers to a particular style of clothing worn to portray the wearer as a character or type of character at a social event in a theatrical performance on the stage or in film or television. In combination with other aspects of stagecraft, theatrical costumes can help actors portray characters' and their contexts as well as communicate information about the historical period/era, geographic location and time of day, season or weather of the theatrical performance."

A costume can go as a colorful, elaborate and grand. Materials such as the kind of fabric being used, buttons and sequins, and color can vary and can be a factor. 

As everyday wear, the costume is always involving. Kids are always fascinated and amazed about wearing costumes for a party or just an evening pajama costume to wear. You can buy ready-to-wear costumes in the mall or even online for a mascot costume

During the olden times, costumes were hand made, a group of men and women are assigned in batches and stages in weaving and hand sewing parts of the costume. The demand for costume during that time was large in scale and needed to be produced in bulk.

A pair or two of your kids' favorite costume are always included in their closet, based on my personal experience. When my kids were little we always have their favorite costumes available. 

Typically, costumes that replicate their favorite superhero, a favorite cartoon character or their favorite animal like a tiger mascot costume are always requested. 

If you can notice too when you go to fast-food chains, a mascot wearing costume is always there as a representation of their store to attract customers especially kids. This is one of the best marketing strategies to promote their brand to the public. A familiarity of the brand through a colorful, big, moving characterized object. 

Even in sporting events, a mascot wearing a costume is very popular. 

What is your favorite costume character to wear? 

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

3 Tips to Improve Healthcare Productivity

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No business is perfect, including our healthcare system. As the patient number grows healthcare providers are now challenged with files, various inventory, appointment scheduling as well as executing bills and claims which can be extremely overwhelming. To help, many providers are embracing RPA to help alleviate these challenges. Healthcare is actually predicted to have a 36% automation potential which means more than a third of health care tasks such as office functions or managerial could be automated. This allows healthcare providers a more direct, value-based patient care with a lower cost and increased efficiency. These 3 tips to help improve your healthcare productivity will explain more in-depth. 

  1. Technology - To start, look at your technology. The tools and technology that are within your organization should help increase you're efficiency, not slow it down. The care and delivery you have your patients are essential as every second and minute count for your patients. Your company should begin to utilize a process that helps increase your productivity while also improving accuracy and direction profitability. 
Image: RoboWorx 

How is this accomplished? Simple! "Robotic Process Automation ( RPA ) is the technology which allows anyone to configure computer software or a ‘robot’ to integrate the actions of a human interacting within the digital systems. RPA robots utilize the user interface to capture data and then manipulate applications just as we as humans do. They interpret, trigger responses and communicate with other systems to perform a vast variety of tasks. They also never sleep, make zero mistakes and cost a lot less than an employee." Think of it as having the ability to have a robot save you 51 hours each day or the equivalent of six people working an eight-hour night shift! I’m sure many healthcare employees would love to never have to work a night shift again by having something like in place within their company. 

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2. Information Management - Information is key when transforming information into one system to the next. Thanks to RoboWorx, this is easily accomplished with the various systems that they offer. The RoboWorx Studio will build a robot that will watch you perform your tasks and mimic them automatically. All those mundane day-to-day tasks that would allow you to spend your time elsewhere like in the lab or researching an important topic is now being taken care of by the RoboWorx Studio. They also offer the RoboWorx Orchestrator. This is a central location where the robots are deployed and managed aka logging, auditing, reporting, and scheduling. The last feature is RoboWorx Robots. These robots execute all of your processes automatically with perfect accuracy! How simple would it be to have documents, emails, and forms don't for you so you can focus on the true care of your patient and give them the one on one they deserve from you without being distracted by these tasks? 

3. Improving Accounts Payable - There are several ways that RoboWorx can help you with your accounts payable! With the vast majority of invoices arrive as fax documents, PD email attachments or paper documents it can be overwhelming. Few are ever alike so manually handling this is extremely tedious not to mention overwhelming. With RPA, you can empower your people to automate, enabling them to focus on more meaningful work, and better serve customers. Having unstructured data is also an issue within the healthcare system. The Ap staff will manually transfer this data from the invoice format into the companies standard format. This task is extremely time-consuming and also prone to errors. Having an RPA that is capable of performing over 600 actions is the answer to allow the staff to work on more important things! 

Would this be something you’re a business would be interested in trying out?  The implementation process is completely streamlined from the initial project discovery meeting through project completion. The team will help simplify and explain every step of the process so you don’t feel overwhelmed.
As you have read, using automation to transform the way we are working in healthcare can make a huge and lasting impact not only on the employees that work there but also with the patients as well. Helping to improve your ROI and productivity with ease is key. This is something that every healthcare corporation to think about incorporating to improve their accounts payable, information management and overall, their technology and employees productivity.