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8 Activities Expectant Mothers Can Do

Pregnancy is a waiting game, and although you’re really happy you’re expecting, it can be both stressful and boring. Carrying a growing person inside you can be a little restricting when it comes to doing activities, but that doesn’t mean you have to be idle. There are activities you can do while having a bun in the oven. Additionally, there are activities that you can only do when you’re pregnant.

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Everyone who has been through it knows that, once the child comes, it will be sleepless nights and having an infant attached at the hip. This is a perfect time to enjoy fun stuff before the baby arrives. You could also use this time to bond with your partner before the baby is here.

Here are some activities that expectant mothers can do.

Do Gentle Exercises


Who says pregnant women can’t exercise? They can, and it’s actually recommended by doctors. The key here is to do gentle exercises like yoga, running, or swimming. Going for nature walks is okay too.

There are exercises that are specially designed for pregnant women. In fact in pregnancy yoga, there are poses that are suited for pregnant women to help strengthen certain muscles that will help ease childbirth. The breathing exercises will also help with pain management during labor and when it’s time to push.

An early-morning run is always beneficial for everybody, especially pregnant women. However, you need to consult with your health-care provider to see if this kind of exercise is allowed for your condition. Always remember to wear proper footwear and regularly drink water when doing exercises.

Move Your Body with Dance


Dancing is a great form of exercise, but it can be entertaining too. Pregnant dance classes have been popular over the recent years, so check your city if there are any available near you. If you can’t find specific classes for it, you can stream or find a DVD of it and dance your heart out at home.

Have a Baby Shower


It is a good idea to throw the shower in the last trimester of your pregnancy so it’s neither too early nor too late. Typically by then, you’d know the gender of your baby, and a shower is the most opportune time to surprise everyone with it. Before you throw a baby shower, you must first pick an exciting theme, such as these cute baby boy shower themes if you’re expecting a male one.

Having a baby can be kind of scary, so it is a good time to have the support and love from family and friends. A baby shower is typically organized by a relative or close friend, but times have changed. If you like party-planning or if everyone else is busy, you can actually throw it yourself. It’s a great use of your maternity leave and a good way to occupy your time.

There are many themes and motifs out there, so it is best to single out the one you like best. To make your baby shower more cohesive, make sure to match the decorations, favors, and even cake. A popular way to go about this is to pick a color and even a complementary one and apply it to everything. If you have a lot of relatives and friends but can only invite a few, prepare invitation cards, and have your guests RSVP so you will know how many to expect.

Read for Fun


To prepare for the baby, you’ve probably read all the baby books you’ve been given or bought. If you’re an avid bookworm, you can use this time to catch up on all the books you enjoy reading. It is a good way to spend your time and make your mind active even if your body cannot.

Maternity Shopping Spree


This is one of those activities that you can only do when you’re expecting. Besides, who says no to a shopping spree? Your body is changing, so you’ll need new maternity-appropriate clothes for yourself. Comfortable clothing is a must during pregnancy because, as your body grows to accommodate changes, you should be free to move around.

You will also need stuff for your baby. In addition to both of your clothing, you’ll also be needing other items like bottles, diapers, milk formula, bedding, and even toys. You don’t have to shop for everything at once as it can be expensive.


Bond with Your Partner


It is important to take the time to communicate and bond with your partner especially during the course of your pregnancy. You will need all the emotional and physical support you can get. they are great to be around when hormones are high. Plus, the cuddling is relaxing too.

Spa and Massage


Get relaxed and pampered by treating yourself to a day at the spa. It can be safe for your baby as long as you stay away from treatments that use harsh chemicals, like dyeing your hair, manicure, and even pedicure. It’s also a no-no to go to the sauna when pregnant because it may raise your body temperature.

There are spas that offer facials and body treatments that are all-natural, so go for those. When getting a massage, you should get a trained therapist for prenatal massage because there are certain pressure points that should be avoided when pregnant. If you have spas that have treatments for pregnant women, definitely go for those. 

Get Creative


If you’re looking for ways to pass time, then get creative. If you’re good at painting but haven’t been able to hold a brush and easel for a long time, then it is great time to do so.

If you’re good at writing or journaling, you can chronicle your everyday life, happenings, and events in a journal. If you’re great at arts and crafts, you can go online and see what you can do with materials you already have around the house.

Always Consult Your Health-Care Provider


Not everyone has the same kind of pregnancy; there are some who are healthy and normal, and there are some who come with risks. The best way to know what kind of term you have is to always be in touch with your health-care provider. Always ask or consult before starting any activity especially for things that require you to move.

What were your favorite things to do when you were pregnant? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below.



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Pasta in Pesto with Uni-Pak Sardines (FREE Easy Recipe)

Here's a confession: I don't know how to cook. Everyone in my family has outstanding cooking skills, so many of them are wondering why I ended up being different. In our family, I am considered as the only person whose ability is to taste whatever is served on our table. You can only see me on the dining table, but never in the kitchen where all the magic happens. The truth is that I never had a passion for cooking meals or preparing dishes. I kept on saying that I'm too busy to do it...

However, just recently, I became interested in learning how to cook. For me, it is a beautiful art that I need to master. We all know that good food is often associated with great mood and happiness. Fortunately, a lot of people have been helping me in the process of acquiring some cooking skills. As a beginner, I have to start with something simple such as a pasta dish. According to my mom, I can never go wrong with pasta as long as I follow the proper procedure.

Over the weekend, my mom and I spent some bonding time in the kitchen to learn how to cook Pasta in Pesto. We added a twist to our dish with Uni-Pak Sardines in Spicy Oil. It was such a delight to know that I got to cook it right! Allow me to share the recipe in this post. (Giveaway alert: Make sure to check the last part of this post for a chance to win a gift pack from Uni-Pak!).

Free Recipe


Ingredients:

  • 300g pasta of your choice
  • 150g bacon
  • 1 cup cream
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 tablespoon pesto
  • 2 cans of Uni-Pak sardines in spicy oil
  • 1/2 cup onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
  • Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling water. Be sure to check the label for the specific time to bring it to boil. Drain when done.
  • In a separate pan, heat the butter in medium low heat. Sautée the onion and garlic, then add the pesto together with salt and pepper. Cook the bacon with Uni-Pak Sardines in Spicy Oil. When everything is done, add the cream.
  • Mix the pasta with the sauce. Optional: serve it with cheese.



Clean Production, Safe to Eat


Do you wonder how Uni-Pak sardines being produced? Let us learn more by watching Kris Aquino's video on her tour in the Uni-Pak plant in Navotas City, Metro Manila.

   

Of course, I believe that all Uni-Pak products are cleanly produced and safe to consume, especially for my loved ones.

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REX’s Pre-LEX Reviewer Is All You Need To Accomplish One Goal This 2018

Summertime is over, and the back-to-school vibe is now in full swing. While the majority of students are now planning their career paths and shifting their focus for the school year 2018-2019, a good number of graduates or even professionals and industry specialists may be looking at taking a different kind of challenge as they plan to go back to campus -- this time, to study law. 


The Fourth Industrial Revolution brings disruption through evolving technology that poses both a challenge and opportunity to everyone. Law, being one of the cornerstones of every nation, is no exception. With the different disputes and challenges that rattle society, from talks of privacy, cyber attacks, political shifts and other issues that plague the country, not to mention the ever-changing global landscape -- legal education has become more and more important and in demand. Current times require better strategies for finding and protecting the truth to ensure that respect and equality are maintained within societies.

Pass the Philippine Law School Admission Test (PhiLSAT)


To shortlist the best candidates and assess the preparedness of aspiring law students for their chosen career path, the country’s Legal Education Board prepared an entrance exam called the Philippine Law School Admission Test (PhiLSAT). PhiLSAT is a standardized aptitude test that is created to measure the academic potential of those who wish to enter law school. Under the "Legal Education Reform Act of 1993" (Republic Act No. 7662),  PhiLSAT has now become a requirement for admission for every law school in the country. 


Prepare for the Exam


Preparation is key to gain confidence in passing standardized exams like PhiLSAT.  To aid in one’s study, it is important to have a reviewer that would not only help train students with critical thinking but also provide a thorough assessment of one’s possible performance in the exam. REX Institute for Student Excellence (RISE), a group established under Rex Book Store, aimed at assisting educational institutions and teachers in the use of assessment and research tools toward the achievement of students' learning goals, created a tailor-fit reviewer to do just that. 

Use The Right Material



The Preparation for Law School Entrance Examinations or Pre-LEX Reviewer follows the same content and format of PhiLSAT. It helps put focus on topics that needs to be reviewed by aspiring law students including communication and language proficiency, critical thinking, verbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning. It contains a full-length mock exam designed to simulate the PhiLSAT with answer keys and explanations for all the items included. The Pre-LEX Reviewer also includes an accompanying scoring rubric that can help assess how an aspiring law student may fair with the upcoming exams. Pre-LEX Reviewer provides learners a definitive way to succeed.  

This reviewer is also designed and developed by renowned and respected contributors in the education industry who shares the same vision as REX. As a bonus, bar topnotcher and San Beda Law valedictorian Attorney Reinier R. Yebra wrote the foreword and introduction, with a provision on useful tips and strategies to pass the entrance exams and do well in law school. The Pre-LEX Reviewer is also aligned with the UP Law Aptitude Examination (UPLAE) and other law school entrance exam for those applying to other institutions with additional screening 

REX Book Store is one of the known pillars of Philippine education whose first published works include law books. Through initiatives such as the Pre-LEX Reviewer, the company aims to help hone and inspire learners to be law practitioners with the heart for nation-building. By providing them tools to prepare for their journey, REX hopes to educate the future protectors of justice in the country. 

The Pre-LEX Reviewer is now available at REX Book Store as well as National Book Store branches, and online through the REX E-Store. You may visit this link for more information: www.prelex.rexestore.com.

I Fell In Love With "Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again"

Spoiler Alert: This article may contain some spoilers from the movie. You've been warned :) 

"Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again" is the type of movie that will leave you smiling at the end of the film. It was such a happy movie that my heart was absolutely high for the entire duration of the film. I was there at the cinema, feeling giddy and excited about how the movie would turn out. At first, I was kind of disappointed because I expected more from this sequel. Shame on me, because towards the end of the film, everything became more interesting. The songs started to sound more familiar and the scenes became more interesting. Most importantly, I was moved by the courage and dedication of Donna Sheridan - played by Lily James (young) and Meryl Streep (old). The truth is that my heart right now is overflowing with joy. "Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again" is such a relief. It was a breath of fresh air. I will definitely watch it over and over again (just like what I did with the first installation).


If you are a constant reader of this blog, then you are aware that the next part of this article would talk about how the movie touched me. I have so many things to say about this film, and I don’t even know where to start. So allow me to just randomly tell you about the top five thoughts I have for the film:

1. I wish I were as courageous as the character of Donna. She left everything behind to follow her heart. It may not have ended the way she wanted it to be, but she sure was happy. Being pregnant with Sophie was never in her plans. When it happened, her world turned upside down, and she was able to handle it on her own. Instead of being bitter, she held her head up and moved on to better tomorrows. She is an inspiration to all the women out there. Sometimes, all we need is to believe in ourselves to achieve pure bliss. Happiness is not something that knocks on our door. It’s always in our life. We just need to figure out how to reach out to it. Remember this line from her:



2. The part where Cher showed up is one of my favorite scenes. She is so amazing. She was so great in rendering her own version of “Fernando.” I have to say that her short appearance is significant in helping the film become iconic. Plus, there were fireworks everywhere, which makes the scene more dramatic. I have seen the trailer for the film so I thought that Cher would only sing one song. Mamma Mia surprised the viewers again when Cher started singing the first few lines of “Super Trouper”. You can check this out:


3. The movie did not focus on the love story of Sophie and Sky. We knew that there was a conflict in the relationship, but it was not really highlighted because the attention was focused on the re-opening of the hotel. However, if you would look closely at the scenes, some songs were about the problems between the couple. Will they survive the long distance relationship? Are they going to give up their dreams just to stay with each other? Who has bigger dreams between the two of them? If there is one thing that the movie reminded us, it is this: we must never allow someone to dictate the course of our lives. We all know what we want and we have to get it for our own satisfaction and happiness. 

4. Another valuable lesson I learned from the film is to be fearless. It is essential always to do what sets our souls on fire. It may not be easy, but it is necessary if we want to live happily. We will keep on making mistakes, and this is completely okay. What matters most is how we pick all the broken pieces to move forward.

5. OKAY. I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS FILM. THE FIRST MOVIE WAS WAY BETTER THAN THE SECOND BUT WHO CARES? I LOVE THEM BOTH.


Have you seen the movie? Let me know what you think about it!



5 Ways Personal Loans Can Be Used

Personal loans are a great way to help you when your finances need a boost. Life can be expensive sometimes, so getting a personal loan could be just what you need to get back on your financial track. Finding a lender that you can trust takes research, so don’t be afraid to ask questions. Your lender will get you the best possible rate based on your credit history and set up an easy repayment plan. 

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There are many ways to use your personal loan once you get it, but here are five ways to get you started: 

Debt Repayment 

What if you could pay off all your credit cards at once instead of trying to remember due dates? Paying off credit cards or other debts with a personal loan has many benefits such as wiping out high finance rates, raising your credit score, and making it easy on yourself by paying a single monthly payment on your personal loan. It’s a great way to simplify your finances and regain control of your budget. You can use the cash to pay off personal loans from friends, family, utility companies, collections accounts, and anyone else that you might owe money to. 

Home Improvements 

It all seems to happen at once, right? The washer dies, you need a new roof, and the driveway needs repaving. Your home is your biggest asset and you owe it to yourself to keep it in tip-top shape. Even if your house is in good condition, it could be time to put in a second bathroom or maybe that swimming pool you’ve been talking about. A personal loan can make your dream a reality

Education 

Getting a higher education is one of the best reasons for taking out a personal loan. If you’re going to a public university, you know that the federal loan limits can be maxed out quickly. Here’s where a lender can help with a loan to help you complete your degree. Many private institutions don’t accept federally funded loans, so a personal loan can help provide the financial assistance that you’ll need to get a great education. 

Special Events 

Your life should be full of adventures and unforgettable moments. There are once in a lifetime events like weddings, 50th anniversaries, special birthdays, and religious events that you will want to celebrate in style. Don’t forget about personal goals like a trip around the world or climbing Mount Everest. You can make it happen with a personal loan. 

Everything Else 

If you’ve ever had an unexpected medical event, lost a job, or got thrown one of life’s curve balls, you know that it can be hard to get back on your feet. You can use your personal loan to cover a variety of expenses like getting a new car (or refurbishing a classic), donating money to your favorite non-profit, or medical expenses that your insurance won’t cover like plastic surgery. Find a trusted lending institution today to take care of all your financial needs.


Rex Bookstore: Empowering Holistic Learning

Whenever a discovery or breakthrough in technology or process creates an impact on how we go about our daily lives, we often hear people say the phrase -- "a new era has arrived." This could be the simplest description to explain an Industrial Revolution - the emergence of an innovation that introduces a new way of living. 

Marking of Four Industrial Revolutions 


There have been four industrial revolutions that created an impact on economies, lifestyles and social landscapes.



The First Industrial Revolution was marked by the discovery of steam and water which led to the construction of machines replacing manual labor by humans and animals. The Second Industrial Revolution is where electricity and internal combustion emerged, a breakthrough that led to the development of convenient modes of transportation like cars and airplanes. It also made possible communication via radio and telephone and opened the gates for mass production in manufacturing. 

Electronics, the internet, and information technology helped improved speed and productivity which marked the Third Industrial Revolution. It is referred to as the early onset of the digital revolution as we shift from analog and electronic to digital technologies. The Fourth Industrial Revolution has built on this innovation and brought in a disruption that blurred the lines between physical, biological and industrial. Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence, robotics, 3D printing are just some of the words passed around today as part of the daily convo. While entering a fully automated world creates a myriad of opportunities packed with great excitement, it also poses a more significant challenge for us all to face. 

New Trends, New Opportunities, New Challenges 




Connectivity vs. Privacy 

Connectivity and collaboration have now defied space, beyond physical relationships. Communities may be formed virtually, and data gathered without answering paper-printed surveys. Some would question when are we crossing the line of privacy? When does connectivity through technology invade rather than benefit parties involved in virtual relations?

Machines vs. Humans 

The never-ending debate as to whether machines would replace humans is a hot topic since the third industrial revolution and was further intensified with the discoveries of the fourth revolution. With intelligent systems and robots bringing accuracy, precision and high productivity rate in different businesses, the question is would humans be outdated soon? 

New Skill Sets vs. Traditional Value Systems

Current landscapes demand more than hard work and perseverance to win a job. While positive attitude and basic ethics can get you hired, sustaining a career involves specific skill sets, one that may go beyond the usual comfort zones of tradition. While some jobs may be extinct, new career opportunities would also open for professionals to enter. The question is, are we ready? 

Learning To Embrace The Change 

It is without a doubt that education is the cornerstone that prepares communities to face the changes brought about by era shifts. Instead of competing against the inevitable, education systems should be equipped with the tools and assets to enhance the human potential to work and compliment technological changes instead of fighting against it. REX Book Store has acknowledged this fact. Being one of the pillars of education in the Philippines since the 1950s, the company has already conquered several eras of disruption. REX is familiar with the drill of innovating to evolve and give better support in grooming learners so they can take advantage of the opportunities that the fourth industrial revolution offers. 

Today, learning goes beyond the four corners of the classroom. REX, through continuous enhancement of its symphony of learning solutions, made it its mission to empower families, communities and partner industries to provide a solid foundation for learners. Assessment tools are enhanced as the company seeks to prepare students to face the future. Through working with its stakeholders to build the "classroom of the future", REX aims to ensure that every Filipino learner is healthy, safe, supported, engaged, and challenged.

How about you, how do you envision the classroom of the future? Join the conversation. Know more about the fourth industrial revolution and let us know how you can contribute to the empowerment of learners by visiting www.industrialrevolution.rexbookstore.ph.

Do You Want To Know The “13 Reasons Why”?

I never thought that "13 Reasons Why" would have an impact on me. I feel for all the characters in this intriguing TV series from Netflix. When I started watching Season 1, I got attached to Hannah Baker who is the protagonist of the show. The first season revolved around the 13 tapes she made before killing herself. All these tapes contained her secrets and confessions, basically her side of the story. She narrated how difficult her life was and revealed the persons who made her decided to commit suicide. 

In the second season, things remained the same because obviously Hannah Baker is still dead. However, this time, the plot revolved around the individual stories of the people mentioned on the tapes. These students from Liberty High (well, most of them) shared their own stories in relation to Hannah Baker's tapes. 


Well, we all know that 13 Reasons Why is a product of an imaginative mind. Everything is pure fiction. But we also know that every episode contains several lessons that we need to remind ourselves on a regular basis. In my case, allow me to share what I learned from the first two seasons of "13 Reasons Why".

Suicide is a serious issue that needs attention.


It is time to start talking about mental health concerns. The sad reality in the modern world is that we still consider suicide as a taboo. Whenever someone opens up about killing himself, the natural reaction of many people is to criticise that person, to laugh at him or to shrug it away. This is why I’m glad that "13 Reasons Why" made suicide as a significant part of the show’s plot. The TV series is a great reminder that we must learn how to discuss suicide as well as the ways on how to prevent them. We have to remember that some people has tendencies to end their lives, especially when they are hurting too much.

Communication is everything. 


The first season of the show highlighted how Hannah Baker’s life fell apart and how she kept everything to herself. She may have expressed her emotions through poetry, but her friends, classmates, and even parents, failed to take the hint. No one knew that she wanted everything to stop by killing herself. After watching the two seasons, it made me realize that engaging in effective communication with others is important. We must learn not only how to express our feelings but also how to listen to others, most especially when they need it the most. Come to think of this: If only Hannah Baker had open up to Clay Jensen or her parents, things would have been different.

Bullying comes in many forms, and anyone can be a victim of it. 


Another significant part of the show is the issue on bullying. "13 Reasons Why" showed the viewers that there are many kinds of bullying and these hurtful acts can take place anywhere. The TV series also presented how bullying can affect the victim. It made me wonder what a bully can get from making another person's life miserable. Does it make him happy? Is it what he needs to feel satisfaction and contentment? Is he doing it to cover up a hurtful past or traumatic experience? I wish that bullies would stop antagonizing their victims. On the other hand, I wish that the bullied persons could get the help they need as soon as possible.

High school teachers and administrators must give more attention to the welfare of their students. 


At this point, it is essential to emphasize that adolescent age is the time when teenagers discover who they are and who they want to become. High school is where their dreams are made and where their aspirations are also lost. Anything can happen in high school and each one has certain consequences. Some of these can affect the future of the students. For this reason, the teachers and school administrators are expected to look out for the teens. They have to offer help, guidance and support to help the teenage students stay at the right path. 

Victim-shaming needs to stop when it comes to sexual assault cases. 


Unfortunately, there are still people who blame the girl victims whenever they are raped or assaulted sexually. Many of them would say that it was the victims’ fault for wearing skimpy clothes, for getting drunk with the boys or for acting flirty in social encounters. These are the types of individuals who would say “She was asking for it.” Well, here’s the important thing to learn: NO, SHE DID NOT ASK FOR IT. No one wants to have sex without her consent. No one wants to be molested because she likes the other person. No one wants to be raped just because she has a reputation for being a slut. No one.

There are still a lot of things to pick up from 13 Reasons Why. But for now, let me leave you with these five thought-provoking lessons that I learned after completing the two seasons. I hope that the other viewers also enjoyed the TV show. For me, it changed the way I look at things. And now, I’m excited for the Season 3. How about you? 

Gifts for the Fashion Forward Guy Who Has it All

A gift often reveals what we think about someone. Not merely that we admire or like them, but how we understand who they are. We generally give gifts for two reasons: we want the other person to have something or we think they want something they don’t have. The first one is an expression of affection or appreciation. The second is a sense of wanting to fill a need or desire in their lives. 

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Both reasons are appropriate and should be considered when buying gifts. Some people seem to eliminate the second category, however, by having everything, hence the expression the gift for the man who has everything. For these men, it is sensible to do something custom, heartfelt and meaningful, but don’t give up too easily. They often have needs which can be unearthed with a little digging. That effort will also be noticed. Whichever category you choose to operate in, here are some gift ideas for the fashion forward guy who has it all. 

Liquor 


Liquor doesn’t mean just another bottle of booze. Anyone can give anybody such a gift. A fashion forward man isn’t interested in stocking his shelf with an additional bottle of Jack Daniel’s. However, no man, no matter how rich, has enough Pappy Van Winkle bourbon or Dalmore scotch. 

A good bottle of liquor is not only a great gift for the man with everything, it creates a social opportunity. He will probably share some with you and you can enjoy a moment. This can also be an opportunity to give him a custom accessory, like an engraved flask or a set of glasses. By themselves, these items are underwhelming, but coupled with a quality bottle and you’ve hit homerun. 

Accessories


According to Olympia Dukakis in Steel Magnolias, “What separates us from the animals is our ability to accessorize.” This classic line couples well with the fashion forward man’s need to accessorize well with their outfits. Wearing a great suit becomes meaningless if you wear the wrong shoes or a bad belt, cufflinks or braces (not suspenders, look it up). 

Even things like fashionable sunglasses and phone covers are now essential to the ensemble and are considered accessories. These items are very important from a fashion standpoint.

Custom Orders


Custom made stuff can be tricky. On one hand, it is always considered thoughtful, which makes it good. On the other hand, if the quality of the gift is substandard, it can have the opposite effect as intended. However, if you are skilled at making something meaningful and valuable, nothing is better. 

It doesn’t always have to require tremendous skill. For example, a photo album compiled of pictures that trigger fond memories can be priceless. Be careful of trying to knit a sweater unless you are a pro, though. 

High End Sports Apparel


Some men wear sports apparel in an oafish manner that looks sloppy.  However, many fashion forward men also love sports and enjoy repping their alma mater or favorite team’s colors. The key here is to keep the apparel fashionable, well fitted and high quality. Sometimes the team’s apparel includes highly fashionable items, but they are priced in a way that they aren’t common. 

Those are the items to get. This is also a good way to leverage nostalgia. We often associate good times with our college experiences or times we went to games. The sports apparel can be a way to open those memories up and become more than merely a fashionable statement about his team. 

Cutting Edge Tech

One thing that is certain: technology changes fast. It is almost impossible to stay cutting edge with technology. Not only is it expensive to constantly swap out your phone every few months, it is a hassle. People don’t like changing their technology as fast as technology changes. 

However, the fashion forward guy does like being on the cutting edge once that decision has been made to upgrade. This creates an opportunity. Sometimes the tech itself can be a great gift. Other times, it is the accessories for the newly acquired tech. Both are welcome and appreciated. 

Something Completely Out of Character 


We all enjoy doing something out of character from time to time. The problem is, it’s out of character, so we don’t prepare for it. Therefore, buying a fashion forward man a loud paisley shirt that he would never buy for himself, or a funky hat or socks with cartoon characters could secretly become favorites, even if reserved for special occasions. But this doesn’t have to be reserved for a once a year occasion. 

It is always fun to give someone a gift they appreciate. And some people are hard to discern what they would love. For those men, particularly the fashion forward guy, the above list is a good start in figuring out how to give to them. Even if they are always gracious, by doing the little things that show you know them makes their gift worth giving. And after all, isn’t that what we want? 

Customizing Everything Is Always Fun At Basic Invite

One of the things that I enjoy doing is planning for events. It makes me giddy and excited whenever I have to complete tasks for parties or get-togethers. As you probably know by now, there are tons of to-do's when it comes to organizing an event. Each task is crucial, which is why they have to be made with care or precision. A good example of this is sending out invitations to people whom you want to show up for the party. The invites must contain not only the essential information about the event but it must also have a neat and pretty design.

There is a high tendency that people would forget to send invites, especially when they are too busy with other activities. In this digital age, some individuals prefer to send cards and invitations using text messages or electronic mails. While this has become a custom for everyone, it is still best to have printed forms for these items. Doing this can make the recipient feel more valued or important. As a result, the likelihood that he or she will attend the party will increase. Fortunately, there is one website that allows us to customize cards and invitations.



Just recently, I came across Basic Invite (www.basicinvite.com) and I have to say that I fell in love with it right away. There are so many reasons why it has become my go-to site whenever I have to print out cards or invites. I'm sure that you are gonna love it too because of these:

There are many color options to choose from.


The best part about this site is that it allows customers to choose from a wide range of color options. The selection is almost unlimited! The first thing that you need to do is to select a design for the item that you want to send out to friends or family members. After choosing the design, you can now change the color of each element on the card or invite. There are approximately 180 different color options available. Take note that colors can make or break the overall look of your printed material.

Check these samples of college graduation party invitations in different colors:




Customers can request for a custom sample.


One of the fears of many customers is receiving a copy of an invitation which looks completely different from what they placed online. Unfortunately, expectations are not met. Basic Invite understands this common dilemma which is why it gives the customers the ability to order for a printed sample of their actual invitation. This is great because it allows you to review your order before requesting for mass printing. As such, you have the chance to review the design when printed as well as the type of paper used.


Colorful envelopes are available per order.


What septs Basic Invite apart from other printing companies is that it also has a collection of over 40 different colors of envelopes. Customers can choose that color they like for the envelopes to make their invites stand out before it is opened. Whether you like it or not, first impression is really important in sending out invitations. This is why you must always see to it to select the perfect color for your envelopes so that your recipients would feel excitement upon seeing the invite. 

Here is a sample of a thank you card graduation with a beautiful envelope:


What are you waiting for? Be sure to bookmark www.basicinvite.com and check the site for all your printing needs (cards or invitations). Right now Basic Invite is offering 15% off with coupon code: *15FF51*.

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Foodpanda Is About To Paint Davao Pink

With all the recent advancements in the field of technology, it now becomes easy for all of us to get what we want in an instant. Nowadays, it is already possible to order food from our favorite restaurants even at the comforts of our own home. We no longer need to dress up and go to the restaurant before we can satisfy our food cravings. All that we need to do is to order online and wait for the delivery man to knock on our doors.

If you are the type of person who wants a fast and worry-free food delivery, then you will surely love the coming of a new food delivery service in Davao. In just a few days, the leading and on-demand food delivery company will paint the city pink. With the coming of foodpanda, we can start to enjoy some delicious meals from over forty restaurants or food establishments. A fleet of pink riders will delivery the online order directly to customer's doors.


Gone are the days where food lovers need to memorize the delivery numbers of their favorite restos. With the foodpanda app, users can easily check the available restaurants within 7-kilometers from their current location. After selecting the restaurant, users will be redirected to a page containing all the available dishes served by the restaurant. Fortunately, any Dabawenyo will soon have a chance to enjoy his or her favorite international cuisines, be it American, Italian or Asian! Everything can be delivered right at the doorstep!


According to the CEO of foodpanda, Mr. Lacopo Rovere, they are excited to include Davao to the list of cities where they have full operations. He stated: "Davao is a city with a great potential for food delivery, especualy with its very colorful and tasty food culture. As always, we intend to bring out the best experience in food delivery to our customers -- we look forward to see eager and encouraging feedback from current and potential partner restaurants and customers."

There are two ways to order food via foodpanda -- through its website or via the app. The app is available in both the Appstore and Good Play. A delivery fee of PHP 59 will apply for every online order. Take note that this amount is fixed for all food deliveries. Customers can pay the amount of the total order through cash on delivery, credit card or Paypal. Do not worry about making online transactions with foodpanda because it has a secured platform.

Use the coupon code PANDAVAO! for a FREE delivery on your FIRST order.