Feb 152017
 

Are you having trouble sleeping at night or just wanna improve your sleep quality? Then read this article and find out how.

1. Jasmine

The Wheeling Jesuit University conducted a study that has proven the efficacy of jasmine as a natural sleeping aid. Positive effects include the quality of sleep one gets, decreasing anxiety and improved mood upon wakening. Jasmine plant can also bolster the features of your bedroom, with its sweeping vines and collectives of tiny trumpet-shaped flowers. Jasminum Polyanthum in particular, does not always blossom but is very easy to look after compared to other houseplants, plus it smells fantastic.

2. Lavender

Lavender is one of man’s common natural remedies for many things, it is used as a fragrance for soaps, scented clothes and shampoos. It is also a great cleaning agent but the powers do not stop there, lavender plant can actually help treat insomnia and anxiety. Researchers recognise that inhaling its scent can unleash soothing, sedating effects when we breathe in the fragrance from lavender plants.

3. Gardenia

Gardenia jamsinoides, often referred to as Cape jasmine, apparently has the ability to induce sleep as much as prescribed sleeping tablets. A German study revealed that after testing on mice, these flowers had the same effects as valium on a neurotransmitter known as GABA. The mice that were kept in a cage with high purity of the fragrance were less active and sat relaxed in the corner. This could yield the same results on humans and help you drift off to wonderland.

4. Snake plant

Fantastically nicknamed Mother-in-Law’s Tongue, the Snake Plant is recommended as a great way to improve oxygen purity in your home. They are perfect for the bedroom with low maintenance and cost. This plant has even been saluted by a study carried out by NASA that listed 12 air improving plants. Science conquers all and for NASA’s recommendation alone we have to include this on the list.

5. Aloe Plant

This is another of nature’s healers that is great for soothing inflammation, scars and burned skin. It can also detoxify the body but there is more to Aloe plants than that, aloe can help eradicate polluting chemicals found in cleaning agents, thus purifying your air in the bedroom and the rest of your house. When harmful chemicals are at a high level in your home, the plant will develop brown spots, keeping you well informed of the situation.

6. English Ivy

NASA also included English Ivy as the number one best air-purifying plant. This is due to it being the most efficient plant when absorbing formaldehyde. English ivy is easy to grow also and survives in moderate temperatures and medium sun light exposure. English Ivy appears to be the best bedroom plant to help you sleep in terms of efficiency and ease.

7.Red Edged Dracaena

Visually pleasing and rather large, making it great for filling empty spaces or providing decorative purpose to your boudoir. The Red Edged dracaena can remove toxins like formaldehyde, xylene and trichloroethylene. These plants can grow up to 15ft and need adequate sunlight for optimal growth, one should consider these facts before purchasing.

8. Golden Pothos

The Golden Pothos is last but not least on our list, this one also made the NASA list for an exceptional ability to purify air- meaning a better night’s sleep for you. Golden Pothos makes a great hanging plant as the leaves drapes down in cascading vines. They require little nurturing and need low levels of sun light so can be the perfect choice for those with a busy schedule.

Jan 152017
 

The holidays are officially over. It’s time to sweat out the weight we gained with all the feasts from last year and the new year celebrations. Here’s a simpleworkout video below that you can add to your current workout routine.

Jan 012017
 

It’s a new year everyone and the hunt for new calendars is on. We stumbled upon iMom’s cute printable 2017 calendar and thought we’d share them with you. Below are the months of the year and the pdf link to print each.

cute printable calendar

Download: http://www.imom.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/01-january-2017.pdf

cute printable calendar

Download: http://www.imom.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/02-february-2017.pdf

cute printable calendar

Download: http://www.imom.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/03-march-2017.pdf

cute printable calendar

Download: http://www.imom.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/04-april-2017-correct.pdf

cute printable calendar

Download: http://www.imom.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/05-may-2017.pdf

cute printable calendar

Download: http://www.imom.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/06-june-2017.pdf

cute printable calendar

Download: http://www.imom.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/07-july-2017.pdf

cute printable calendar

Download: http://www.imom.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/08-august-2017.pdf

cute printable calendar

Download: http://www.imom.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/09-september-2017.pdf

cute printable calendar

Download: http://www.imom.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/10-october-2017.pdf

cute printable calendar

Download: http://www.imom.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/11-november-2017.pdf

cute printable calendar

Download: http://www.imom.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/12-december-2017.pdf

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Now go and own 2017, gurl! ;)

Dec 012016
 

Christmas is just around the corner and here at Money4Invest, we’re always looking for ways to do things the way you like them to at a cheaper cost.

So  if you’re wanting to buy some snowglobes for the holidays, maybe you should check out this DIY tutorial first and get some  inspiration to make your own globes.

Easy DIY Snowglobes!

Nov 152016
 

Korea is the land of all thing cute, of oppas, of adorable cafes and beauty loots. This country gives you all sorts of touristy spots from palaces to the beautiful Nami island but traveling  here can be expensive. Good thing Chedric Angeles from TripZilla shared how he managed to wisely tour South Korea for 7 days with just $335 in his pockets. Read on to know more about this.

budget travel

Airfare

Thanks to the birth and proliferation of low-cost carriers, travelling to the K-Pop nation is not anymore an option, it’s a must! I booked 9 months before my flight and luckily opened the web browser with a surprise. Without any hesitation, I reserved my ticket to South Korea via Cebu Pacific.

Cost: ₱6,510.31/$138.34 (inclusive of round-trip meals on-board, 20-kg baggage allowance, seat selection, terminal fee, Fly Me Next privilege)

Quick tip:

The technique doesn’t change at all. Scoring a wallet-friendly airline ticket fare entails a simple effort; make it part of your daily or weekly grind. Always check! Or better yet, subscribe to their newsletter!

Accommodation

In my post about Hostel Maru, I mentioned all the inclusions of a ₱441/$9 per night stay. To cite some, an unlimited American breakfast, high-speed Wi-Fi, showers, etc. Book it to stay cheap and stay hip!

Cost: ₱3,085.00/$65.55 for 7 days

Quick tip:

I discovered that when reserving your accommodation, booking late is a good thing this time. Which contradicts the hack in booking an airline ticket. Based on my experience, I booked my stay 2 days before the check-in date. It was by accident when I realized that most of the hostels I was browsing through the previous weeks, obviously cheapen their prices to almost 70%-80%! I was then indecisive of which guesthouse to stay at, which brought me to a late but cheaper reservation. Cool right?

Food

With a budget of ₱400/$8.5 per day, surely you can find a decent and delicious meal without getting your wallet run on empty. You can opt for store-brought ramyun, cheap meals in subway stations, restaurants like the Food Cafè, and of course, street food!

Cost: ₱2800/$42 for 7 days

Quick tip: 

Since breakfast is the most important meal of the day, always do a run through the inclusions when booking your hostel/guesthouse. It’s best when there’s free breakfast; it’ll save you up a bunch of money. Plus you can bring with you whatever breakfast is served, placed in a plastic container. That’s what I did and trust me, it’s the best tip ever.

Transportation

As I’ve mentioned in my previous post, the fastest way to get you to your favoured tourist attractions is through subway. Upon arrival at the airport, you can already purchase your T-money card. Convenience stores, all subway stations, and other dealers (with the T-money logo) sell these cards as well.

Costs:

  • T-money card –  ₱1,566.10/$33.11 (loaded up with ₩40,000, good for 7 days)
  • Bus – ₱236.04/$5.02 (Gapyeong shuttle bus that will take you to Nami Island and Petite France)
  • Ferry – P314.73/$6.7 (ferry to Nami Island)

Quick tip:

The advantages that the T-money card can be overwhelming; it can also be used when riding a bus, some taxi cabs, public telephones, and when making a purchase at convenience stores and vending machines. Works just like your debit card!

Activities and admission fees

korea winter budget travelGyeongbokgung | Image credit: Makoto Nakashima

Listed here are the fees to different attractions in my DIY 7-day Itinerary.

Costs:

  • Gyeongbokgung Palace – ₱118.02/$2.5
  • Deoksugung Palace – ₱39.34/$0.83
  • Namsan Seoul Tower (one-way cable car) – ₱236.06/$5.02
  • Trickeye Museum – ₱590.15/$12.56
  • Petite France – ₱314.70/$6.7

Quick tip:

Don’t consider going to Nami Island and Petite France on a Sunday, these two places are a bit touristy. Another thing, the four major palaces in Seoul (Changdeokgung Palace, Changgyeonggung Palace, Deoksugung Palace, Gyeongbokgung Palace) have an Integrated Palace Ticket for ₩10,000/₱392.87/$8.35 valid for 1 month of unlimited use.

Visa processing

Fortunately, the Philippines is given a lenient process in terms of visa application. On top of that, 59-day tourist visa can be availed for free!

Quick tip:

It’s better to include your roundtrip itinerary receipt (if you’ve booked already) for a higher chance of getting your visa application approved; although that’s not listed as one of the requirements. It will serve as a strong supporting document. The price of visa processing through a travel agency ranges from ₱800-₱1,000.

To sum it all up, here’s the breakdown of expenses:

  • Airfare – ₱6,510.31
  • Accommodation – ₱3,085.00
  • Food – ₱2,800.00
  • Transportation– ₱2,124.47
  • Activities and additional fees – ₱1,298.27
  • Visa processing – Free of Charge
  • TOTAL – ₱15,818.05 / $335

Click this for more details.

Article written by Chedric Angeles and posted in TripZilla
Nov 012016
 

Maybe you’re like us who don’t wanna hit the gym because (1) other people can see you panting, (2) you have to drive to get there which can make you lazy and opt not to go,  and (3) gym fees. So if you wanna sweat and get some abs without going to the gym or paying for anything, then watch this video below.

Perfect Home Friendly Exercises

Sep 152016
 

We get how much space hoarding books can eat and how messy it can look if not controlled. So to keep your growing library in order, here are 20 amazing bookshelf designs that you can either recreate, have it done or just buy from stores. At least you now have an idea what you want.

1. Stained Plywood Book Display Case

Stained Plywood Book Display Case

2. Book Rack in Wenge

3. Bookshelf Staircase

4. Hugging Bookcase

5. Maze Bookcase

6. Dimensional Shelves

7. Tatic

8. CTline

9. Bookseat

10. K Workstation

11. Booktree

12. Malagana: Equilibrium Bookcase

13. Invisible Bookshelf

14. Pallet Bookshelf

Another Example of a Wooden Pallet Bookshelf

Wooden Pallet Bookshelves

15. Wallpapered Bookshelves

Wallpapered Bookshelves

16. BoxShelves

Box Shelves from Ikea, Connected with Ordinary Office Binder Clips

17. Pipe and Wood Bookshelf

Pipe + Wood Bookshelf

18. Wine Crate Wall Shelves

Wine Crate Wall Shelves

19. Stacked Benches

Stacked Antique Benches

20. Rope Bookshelf

Rope Bookshelf

Aug 152016
 

The iOS 10 GM release is almost here, but for those who wants to be ahead of the crowd and get a feel  of the new update before everyone else, then this one’s for  you.

EverythingApplePro  reviewed the iOS 10 beta version 5 for us. He has gone into great detail to show us what’s new and how we can access all the new features. Click the video below to see just how awesome the new apple software update really is.

If you wish to download this beta version, EverythingApplePro will walk you through how to do so here:

Aug 012016
 

Pokemon Go has taken the world by storm. Kids and kids-at-heart are all glued to their mobile phones trying to catch ‘em all! And with these mobile wallpapers, you can be constantly reminded of which pokemon is your next target.

Now you’re ready to go and discover the world with Pokemon Go.

 

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