Sunday, July 26, 2009

Third Year And Still Counting

Today is our Wedding Anniversary. We have now been married for three whole years. It is hard to believe that the time has passed by so quickly. I can't express how much my Babe Dako means so much to me. He completes my life and makes me whole. I know that I always tell my Babe Dako how much I love him. Without each other, our lives would be so empty. We're best friend and even the day we spend apart at work makes us miss each other. We both love to come home in the evening and hear how our day went. We take care each other. Words cannot express how much we need each other for the rest of our lives. Love you Babe Dako, this is only the third of many Anniversaries to come.

A Pinay to take centerstage at the Miss International 2009

The Filipina is a beautiful person, inside and out. She stands out from the crowd with her morena skin, disarming smile, deep dark brown eyes and long, silky hair. But colonial mentality has progressed in such a way that some of us see a different kind of Filipina – mestiza or fair-skinned, a lighter shade of hair and a number may have opted for physical enhancements.

But then again, beauty is in the eye of the beholder they say. And in a country where beauty pageants abound, when someone is crowned the winner, we better believe it that she’s the fairest of them all. Yet when a Filipina gets a title outside her own country, you would know that there is more to her than her winning smile or beautiful gowns. Read more article..

Saturday, July 25, 2009

What Do You Do If Your Kid Is So Tough?

Have you ever listened to parenting advice, all the while thinking, “That won’t work with my child—nothing does. He’s too difficult; no one can get through to him.” If you’ve ever felt this way, stop what you’re doing and read this article. We sat down and talked to James Lehman, who explains how to get through to “hard case” kids—and how to manage their behavior effectively. (The good news? There is hope—and there’s still room to make some real changes that work.)
Read the full article..

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Backyard Toys

My husband Babe Dako has so many nieces and nephews that come over to play that we are looking at swing sets to put in our backyard. We found a great website that has so many toys to choose from not just the swings sets. I can sit for hours and watch the kids play on the swing. We always like to put sand under the swing so the kids can play there when they are a little bit tired of the swing. This can keep them occupied for hours and hours. It is the simple toys that kids love the most.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Trapped in a Screaming Match with Your Child? Ways to Get Out Now

If yelling worked, parenting would be easy, wouldn't it? We’d simply shout, “Do it!” and our kids would comply. But here’s the truth: it doesn't work. I've told parents, “Look, if screaming at our kids was effective, I'd be out of business. You'd just be able to yell at your child and he'd change. Or you'd bring your child to my office, I'd shout at him and call him names for 45 minutes, and then he'd go home and be nice for a week.” Read the full article...

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

A Vacation Cruise

My husband Babe Dako always tells me his favorite vacation was on a cruise ship. I have never been to Europe so we think it would be awesome if we found some European cruises that would fit our budget. It would really be a dream come true for both of us. I would love to take one of the cruises up one of the rivers in Europe but I think the husband Babe Dako would like to see the Holy Land. Either way I think both of us will have so much fun.

Ways to Get KidsTo Do Thier Chores

Getting kids to do chores is one of the most common arguments families have. Who can’t relate to this picture? You’re yelling, “Why haven’t you cleaned your room yet?” while your child is on the couch watching TV, shouting back, “I’ll do it later!”

The reason kids don't like doing chores is the same reason adults don't like doing chores: household tasks are generally boring. Let’s face it; the satisfaction of getting the dishes done is not a very big reward in this day and age of video games and instant gratification. While that doesn't mean kids shouldn't do chores, it does help to partly explain why they resist them.Read the full article.

Spice Up Your Bathroom

The husband and I are always thinking about how we can improve the house. We saw a really great idea online for our bathroom. These copper sinks would really look great in our bathroom. They would really give the bathroom some flare. The craftsmanship that goes into these sinks almost makes them a conversation piece. Of course no one really comes out of the bathroom and wants to talk about the wonderful time they had in there but with your copper sink they just might tell you how nice it was in there.

Very Interesting

Maybe you have seen this Video already. It is pretty cool and interesting! What happened to those westerns and their stars? Heh.. click the video if you wanna know lol..

No Fee Auctions

Are you looking to sell something of value online but you don't just want to post it on Ebay? Then, you need to try out these free online auctions. We have some stuff that is valuable but just not sure where to go about selling it. This is a great choice to sell it and still make a nice profit. The best part is that there are no fees. How cool is that? What other website can claim to have no fees! That really can save you a bundle of money.

Saturday, July 04, 2009

U.S. declares independence

July 4: General Interest
1776 : U.S. declares independence

In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Continental Congress adopts the Declaration of Independence, which proclaims the independence of the United States of America from Great Britain and its king. The declaration came 442 days after the first volleys of the American Revolution were fired at Lexington and Concord in Massachusetts and marked an ideological expansion of the conflict that would eventually encourage France's intervention on behalf of the Patriots.

The first major American opposition to British policy came in 1765 after Parliament passed the Stamp Act, a taxation measure to raise revenues for a standing British army in America. Under the banner of "no taxation without representation," colonists convened the Stamp Act Congress in October 1765 to vocalize their opposition to the tax. With its enactment in November, most colonists called for a boycott of British goods, and some organized attacks on the customhouses and homes of tax collectors. After months of protest in the colonies, Parliament voted to repeal the Stamp Act in March 1766.

Most colonists continued to quietly accept British rule until Parliament's enactment of the Tea Act in 1773, a bill designed to save the faltering East India Company by greatly lowering its tea tax and granting it a monopoly on the American tea trade. The low tax allowed the East India Company to undercut even tea smuggled into America by Dutch traders, and many colonists viewed the act as another example of taxation tyranny. In response, militant Patriots in Massachusetts organized the "Boston Tea Party," which saw British tea valued at some 18,000 pounds dumped into Boston Harbor.

Parliament, outraged by the Boston Tea Party and other blatant acts of destruction of British property, enacted the Coercive Acts, also known as the Intolerable Acts, in 1774. The Coercive Acts closed Boston to merchant shipping, established formal British military rule in Massachusetts, made British officials immune to criminal prosecution in America, and required colonists to quarter British troops. The colonists subsequently called the first Continental Congress to consider a united American resistance to the British.

With the other colonies watching intently, Massachusetts led the resistance to the British, forming a shadow revolutionary government and establishing militias to resist the increasing British military presence across the colony. In April 1775, Thomas Gage, the British governor of Massachusetts, ordered British troops to march to Concord, Massachusetts, where a Patriot arsenal was known to be located. On April 19, 1775, the British regulars encountered a group of American militiamen at Lexington, and the first shots of the American Revolution were fired.

Initially, both the Americans and the British saw the conflict as a kind of civil war within the British Empire: To King George III it was a colonial rebellion, and to the Americans it was a struggle for their rights as British citizens. However, Parliament remained unwilling to negotiate with the American rebels and instead purchased German mercenaries to help the British army crush the rebellion. In response to Britain's continued opposition to reform, the Continental Congress began to pass measures abolishing British authority in the colonies.

In January 1776, Thomas Paine published Common Sense, an influential political pamphlet that convincingly argued for American independence and sold more than 500,000 copies in a few months. In the spring of 1776, support for independence swept the colonies, the Continental Congress called for states to form their own governments, and a five-man committee was assigned to draft a declaration.

The Declaration of Independence was largely the work of Virginian Thomas Jefferson. In justifying American independence, Jefferson drew generously from the political philosophy of John Locke, an advocate of natural rights, and from the work of other English theorists. The first section features the famous lines, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." The second part presents a long list of grievances that provided the rationale for rebellion.

On July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress voted to approve a Virginia motion calling for separation from Britain. The dramatic words of this resolution were added to the closing of the Declaration of Independence. Two days later, on July 4, the declaration was formally adopted by 12 colonies after minor revision. New York approved it on July 19. On August 2, the declaration was signed.

The American War for Independence would last for five more years. Yet to come were the Patriot triumphs at Saratoga, the bitter winter at Valley Forge, the intervention of the French, and the final victory at Yorktown in 1781. In 1783, with the signing of the Treaty of Paris with Britain, the United States formally became a free and independent nation.