Friday, July 12, 2019

How Does CBD Help Veterans?

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Veterans are growing increasingly interested in CBD and cannabis reform. In fact, many veterans are vocal advocates for these kinds of products and are leading the charge for legalization in many states. Since the Veterans Affair (VA) system is notoriously challenging, it makes sense that vets would turn elsewhere to find assistance for war-related injuries, anxiety, and PTSD. For many, that means relying on CBD and similar products to find the relief they need. 

What is CBD?

CBD, also referred to as cannabidiol, is a compound derived from hemp. Unlike THC, which is derived from marijuana plans, CBD doesn’t have heady psychoactive properties, nor does it alter your mental state. For many, it is considered a “cannabis light,” and while that isn’t a wholly dishonest description, it isn’t quite accurate, either. Instead, CBD is its own component entirely. It’s also a great alternative since both congress and the VA are able to deny benefits if a vet is found using medicinal cannabis, even in a legal state. 

For many, CBD is the natural preference over waiting for untimely assistance provided by this country’s legal bodies. Not only that, but many veterans also believe that CBD is more effective and safer than many of the services offered by the VA, which is largely enforced by anecdotal experiences but has been detailed time and time again. It’s telling that, in a study conducted by the American Legion, over 82 percent of veterans support completely legalized medicinal marijuana in all states across the country. So why, exactly, is CBD such a hit amongst vets? 

Benefits of CBD for veterans

CBD provides numerous notable benefits by targeting your nervous system’s ECS, or endocannabinoid system. The ECS provides support to your immune system, helps to regulate anxiety and depression, affects your pain receptors, and can even help you get a better night’s sleep. For many veterans, products by brands like Receptra Naturals are seen as the smart choice over waiting for a backed-up organization’s assistance, especially in cases of chronic pain from a war injury. 

While it’s still a topic of debate for many, there’s growing support to the notion that cannabis could be a key component in the treatment of PTSD. It’s thought that cannabinoids are able to trigger the release of neurotransmitters that promote increased happiness and pleasure. CBD is also thought to prevent the retrieval of the mind’s underlying traumas. It helps to deter traumatic memories, nightmares, and flashbacks. On top of that, veterans with PTSD often experience general anxiety and insomnia, both of which CBD is known to help alleviate. 

While THC also has benefits for veterans, it’s still an issue of the possession of cannabis, even in legal states, interfering with their benefits. On top of this, many states are facing an uphill battle towards legalization. While it’s gained steam in many parts of the country, there are plenty of others that stand in direct opposition to legalization. Compared to THC, which has psychoactive properties, CBD isn’t as heavily regulated and is even legal over-the-counter in some states.

A natural fit

With all the information on hand, the research underway, and the clinical trials on the positive effects of CBD, it’s natural that so many veterans are expressing interest. Indeed, it often sounds like too perfect of a solution which is why further research is needed. As it stands, however, removing regulations and pushing towards wider legalization could be just the thing that veterans need to feel that they’re in greater control of their lives and their conditions.  

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Monday, July 8, 2019

Mother's Day 2019

I know, it's almost 2 months na after the Mother's Day. But as I always say, it's better late than never, haha.

Seriously, I have so many stories to tell na minsan nakakalimutan na kasi super busy but I will not let this passed. So let me share lang our Mother's Day kwento.

Before Mother's Day, we had a simple dinner.

We actually went to the grocery because the nest day, which is Mother's Day, we needed to bring Matthew to our in-laws at wala kami kasama sa bahay. 

After our grocery, we had our picture taken here sa Mother's Day booth ng Walter Mart. 
Walter Mart

Walter Mart has a special promo with minimum purchase yata ng 1,000 pesos (not sure though kasi matagal na, haha) you will get a I❤Mom mug with your printed photo.

Walter Mart, I love mug

As I said, we needed to bring Matthew to our in-laws again because we have no househelp and we have a trip to Cebu for the Philippine Chemistry Congress. Early that Mother's Day morning, we went to Nueva Ecija.

Doon na syempre kami nagbreakfast since our little boy slept throughout the trip. Comfy na comfy sya na nakahiga inside our van. That's one of the reasons why we chose a van as our family vehicle.

We decided not to go out anymore because we knew na restaurants and food chains will be jam packed on that day. So we had lunch at Daddy's home too.

I don't know what kind of fish was that but it looked like tuna. We just grilled it. Masarap naman.

Then after lunch syempre siesta na so we slept until 4 in the afternoon yata. We went to Nanay's place kasi sakto hindi na ganun kainit. I missed her terribly in occasions like this. So if you still have your mom, you are very lucky. Take care and love them the best that you can.

Dahil pinanindigan na namin ang hindi paglabas, we had our dinner at home with Daddy A's sister and her family.

No cake kasi naubos na daw sa Red Ribbon. 

The best part is this. Haha. Just kidding! I didn't expect anything that day but Daddy A gave me this perfume.

Matthew naman gave me this. Sabi nya bili daw ako ng gusto ko and iawas daw sa savings nya. He also said when he finished his studies and have work, he will buy me all the shoes I want. I am speechless, he loves mommy so much!

Parisian, Sandals, SM

My little boy is so thoughtful, he also gifted her lola a Maybelline  lipstick.

Maybelline, Matte Lipstick

And this is my gift to my self. Mura lang yan pero ang cute e.

By the way, that day, we also cooked sauteed alamang or shrimp paste. Yes, we are selling alamang too. Kumikitang kabuhayan lang, hehe.

Sauteed Alamang, Shrimp Paste

Seriously, Daddy A and I are exploring all the options of earning money, be it passive. If you are reading my post regularly, we can't find a house help. Not that really but my son refuses to hire a house help. That's another story to tell and one day I will share how we are surviving the no househelp set up.

So that's for more now, next kwento ko Father's Day and Matthew's 9th birthday naman. Stay tune lang ha.
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Saturday, June 22, 2019

My 38th Birthday

Years have gone so fast. I am now 38, a wife and a mother.

I started my day with a yummy breakfast with my family of course.

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Unlike my 37th birthday, I was able to spend my birthday with my little boy. My in-laws where here to celebrate with me. I wish next year naman my siblings will also be here to celebrate with me.

Since they don't want going to the mall or restaurant, we had our lunch celebration at home. We had grilled pork chop.

pork chop, inihaw

Chicken gising-gising.

chicken, gising-gising

One thing I like about celebrating at home is you can eat good food without spending much. SO for merienda/snack we had vegetable bowl and pancit malabon.

Pancit malabon is my favorite next to spaghetti.

pinoy food, pancit

Daddy A make this yummy Mango Cheesecake.

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My life is not perfect but I still thankful that I almost have everything I need. There are so much to be thankful for.

I have a family.

Before I make drama, I also have another celebration at work.

Our little boy is with us that's why I am thankful for our company for letting us bring this boy to work. Wala na kasi kami helper but that's another story to tell.

Goldilocks cake

Thankful for these people who make my work easier.

To this man, even though we are going through tough times now. Thank you for not giving up. Let's just look at this as a test to make us stronger. It makes our relationship more challenging. I love you and will support you all throughout. I just hope you will understand me more because what we went through is not easy.

And to my self. Learn to love your self more. You have been through so much yet you are still standing. Be kind to yourself. You are doing great remember that. Don't let worries kill your faith. You are blessed and God loves you.

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Friday, June 21, 2019

Summer Fun on a Budget: Splurge vs. Save

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For those in the northern hemisphere, summer has arrived — and with it comes days of brilliant sunshine and bountiful fresh air. Are you protecting your skin? How about your budget?

We all know how easy it can be to overspend on summer fun. You’ve been sheltered inside for months, and now that all signs of snow have finally vanished, you’re ready for fun. Summer temptations are calling your name: beach vacations, trips to the pool, weekend getaways, outdoor concerts, new dining adventures.

This time of year brings nearly-endless ways to spend money—and yet, your funds aren’t endless. The good news is that financial stress doesn’t need to be a part of your solstice this year.

With just a little thought and some well-laid plans, it’s easier than ever to save money on all your essential summer experiences​.

SPLURGE: Invest in Good Sunscreen

A sunburn can quickly ruin even the best days. Make sure you shield your kids—and yourself— from sun damage with an​ ​effective sunscreen​ option. This is one area where cheaper isn’t always best. 

Whether you’re looking for an option that plays double-duty as a moisturizer and sun guard or a more natural sunscreen that doesn’t contain chemicals, there are a few constants to keep in mind.

1.​ Always look for the words “broad spectrum:” this means that your sunscreen will keep out the largest spectrum of harmful UVB and UVA rays.

2.​ Always, always stick to at least SPF 30, and don’t be afraid to take it up higher. The​ ​FDA is in talks​ to raise the label limit to SPF 60 (right now it’s at 50), but SPF 60 filters out twice as many rays as its half-aged cousin. Know your skin, and be prepared whenever you step outside.

SAVE: Summer Fun & Eating Out

Chances are good that your local community likes to live it up in the summertime as much as you and your family. In fact, many cities host regular free events like street festivals and outdoor live music to get you outside and socializing.
Even if every event isn’t free, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to​ ​score great deals​ on your favorite local activities this summer. Check nearby water parks and pools for promotional deals or discounted admission prices before you go, especially if you’re bringing the whole family. Or, if eating out is more your style, you can look for dining coupons or new summer happy hours at your favorite places. Everyone’s schedule is a little different in the summer, and some restaurants offer special deals to bring in more customers during less-busy hours.

SPLURGE ​AND ​ SAVE Vacation on the Brain 

When it comes to summer vacations, turns out you CAN have your cake and eat it, too.

Going somewhere exotic? Flights, hotels and rental cars can get expensive, but that doesn’t mean you can’t​ ​save a few dollars​ on your travel. Many airlines run summer specials, and if you avoid flying on Friday (the most expensive day of the week for flights), you can keep costs a little lower.

Check your hotel, too. Some hotels offer a free night if you book 3 or more nights. For an even more affordable trip, try sites like​ ​Airbnb​ or​ ​VRBO​. Summer trips can be some of the most memorable experiences, but your bank account doesn’t have to suffer.

And if traveling isn’t in the cards for you this year, try a staycation! Sometimes, it can be just as fun to stay home, take a few days off, and try some new things in your local area. After all: summer fun happens wherever you make it happen.
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Saturday, June 15, 2019

Easy Ways to Keep Your Home Pests Free this Summer

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Rainy days has started in this part of the world where I live. But in the Northern hemisphere, it's summer. So if you are wondering why days are longer, it's because of the summer solstice.

Speaking of summer, did you know that the population of insects and other pests is greater in the warmer, muggier weather? Cockroaches, rodents and spiders become increasingly active especially indoors during summer, but these 5 easy ways to keep these creepy crawlies out of your home.

1. Get rid of damp

Damp areas are breeding ground for pests like cockroaches. Open the windows regularly to keep your home, especially the kitchen and bathroom, ventilated. This will prevent any bug breeding grounds.

2. Invest in a good vacuum cleaner

bed bugs
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Bedbugs love to travel and are good hitchhikers. You can transport them into your home on clothing and luggage. They are are hard and difficult to displace once they are inside your home. Vacuuming is not 100% effective, but will help capture bed bugs. Keep areas under and around beds clean. Vacuum regularly the skirting boards and sleeping areas with a powerful vacuum cleaner.

3. Avoid stamping on them

You maybe tempted to stomp on cockroaches but hey, don't because this will spread their eggs and there are between 16-30 nymphs inside every egg case. Instead,  use an insecticide spray.

4. Obstruct cracks and holes

Cockroaches love to hide in dark, damp gaps during the day and wander into your home at night. Seal up the gaps around doors, windows and where utility lines enter your home to prevent these unwelcome guests from entering your home. Similarly, block up gaps beneath and on top of the sink because this will be used as access to water source by many pests.

5. Trim your trees and shrubs

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If there are tree branches and shrubs touching your house, this will be a bridge for many pests to enter your home. Trim the trees and shrubs touching your house's perimeter.

6. Drive away spiders with strong smells 

Spiders are mostly harmless but they look terrifying right? Good thing, strong scents can drive away spiders. There are many natural spider repellents like turmeric, citrus peels, and peppermints. Just apply turmeric paste to cotton balls and put them in areas prone to spiders. In same places, you can rub down the citrus peels.

7. Keep your kitchen clean

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Ants, cockroaches, moths, rodents and slugs are being attracted by food debris. That's why clearing any potential food sources is important for keeping your home pests free. Wipe down kitchen counters, store food in tight containers, wash dirty dishes immediately and empty garbage cans regularly.

8. Get a cat or a dog

If you hate pests, get a pet, a cat or a dog, because any animal presence can prevent mice and other mammalian home invaders.

9. Beware of pests on your pets

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If get a cat or a dog, watch out from the pests from these pets. The most common house flea are cat fleas, but dogs and birds also pick up these biting bugs. Make sure to regularly treat your pet with a flea treatment because flea bites on humans are horribly itchy and can lead to eczema. Also vacuum the areas used by pets with a strong suction vacuum cleaner. Shake out and wash your bed bedding regularly.

10. Be on the lookout early

Prevention is better than cure and with that, it's best to call an expert for some tips to help reduce or completely prevent the most common pests infestation in your home. Check out this Guide to Prepping for Summer Pests for more information.

Those are the easy ways to keep your home pests free this summer. Hope the above tips will help you have a pests free home this summer.
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