How a Carpet Cleaning Professional Can Help With Bed Bugs

My mom is a neat freak. When she’s staying with us for a few days, she makes sure that Natalie sleeps in a clean and insect free mattress, so bed bugs have no place in our room.

Bed bugs are one of the worst insect problems you can ever have in your home, and they can be very difficult to get rid of. Unlike other insects, bed bugs can only survive a few feet from a person, because people are their food source. For this reason, they are commonly found in beds, box springs, and nearby rugs and furniture.

Naturally, the first thought a person has is to start spraying insecticide everywhere, but the truth is that in order to kill these bugs, you will need to spray everywhere around your sleeping area, and this can be dangerous to you and your baby’s health. There are chemicals that are safe to use, but this is only because they are weak and will only kill bed bugs on contact. Because bed bugs are great at hiding, you may not be able to find all of them, and your bed bug problem will persist. With this in mind, what is the solution to this problem? The place to start is with a professional carpet cleaner.

Cleaning your mattress
A good carpet cleaner will also offer the service of mattress cleaning. By using steam cleaning equipment, your mattress is cleaned thoroughly as the hot steam penetrates deep into the mattress. Bed bugs cannot survive much heat, and a steam cleaning will kill them easily. After the mattress is cleaned, you can use a mattress bag to completely enclose the mattress and protect it from any further attacks by bed bugs or other insects such as dust mites.

Cleaning everything else
Of course, you don’t have to clean your mattress. If it is old and you are ready for a new one, you can simply throw out the old mattress and replace it. Before you put your new mattress in your room, you must first thoroughly clean the area where you sleep. Any furniture nearby such as a night stand must be removed and cleaned. A lamp, including the lamp shade, also needs to be cleaned. Most importantly, you need to clean the carpet or nearby rug, and the best way to do this is by hiring a professional carpet cleaner.

Always keep in mind, that pesticides that kill beg bugs can be dangerous, and it has limitations. The fundamental approach to solving a bed bug problem is by cleaning and destroying the bugs as well as any and all eggs. Both the mattress and the rugs can be cleaned by professional carpet cleaners. You need to use a company that offers cleaning services for mattresses as well as carpets. Green Choice Carpet is one example of this type of company.

How often do you clean your mattress?
Did you ever have to deal with bed bugs?

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Why Companies Should Give Back to the Community

I mentioned a few posts ago that we are venturing into a new business soon. I’m very excited to share with you more details in the coming weeks! It is my hope that someday the business will grow and somehow be able to give back to the community.

There are many companies that reap large benefits from the communities they do business in. Every once in a while, it is important for companies of all sizes give back to these same communities. Companies such as Palmco are known for their various charitable endeavors. Here are a few of the reasons why businesses should give back.

1. Employees can forge better relationships

Even when a business is not very large, it is often hard for all employees to get to know each other. When a company volunteers to help a community with a specific project, employees who have never interacted with each other will be working together. This will allow them to combine forces on a task that is not at all related to their daily activities. This will help to create a stronger sense of unity throughout the entire organization.

2. Increased visibility

It is okay if helping your community is not completely selfless. After all, you are running a business. If you sponsor a charitable program, you can use this as an opportunity to get the word out about what your company does and raise the public’s awareness regarding your products or services. You can advertise your business at the same time you are promoting the charitable event you are sponsoring. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that.

3. Helping others

At the end of the day, it just feels good to help others who are less fortunate than you. By giving back to the community where you conduct your business, you are helping your customers. These are the people you depend on every day to support your business. By helping the community, you are actually helping your business at the same time.

4. Public approval

People always love to see a business do charitable work of any kind. It goes without saying that the general public naturally gravitates towards companies who show their charitable sides. With so many news reports about greedy financial companies, people are just waiting to embrace a company with good moral vales that shows it actually cares about people.

5. You can support a cause you believe in

With so many charities to choose from, there must be at least one cause that you are passionate about. For example, if you have always liked the work that the United Way has done, you can sponsor an activity that benefits the local branch of the United Way in your area.

How else do you think companies can give back to the community?

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Babyled Weaning Overview and Tips

You must be thinking that Baby led weaning is an approach where baby initiates the end of breastfeeding. Uhm, not really. In fact, it has nothing to do with that! Blame the British and American English! Haha.. Anyway, Babyled weaning (for those who haven’t heard of it) is a conventional way of introducing solids to your baby. Instead of purees or mashed vegetables, Babyled weaning encourages the baby to eat real food! Finger foods like broccoli, etc. Say what??? Not just that, prepare for a big mess because you will allow your baby to feed herself. You will just be there to assist her but not feed. This is new to me and probably to most of you. That is why I invited a fellow momma to share with us some tips and tricks on how to go about this method. Please make room for Mommy Gracie! Clap clap! Hihi…

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Is it time for HELLO Solid Foods to your little one? Sharing with you, one of my discoveries as a newbie mom.

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Many moms are trying this new method of introducing solid foods to their babies.

It is called “BABY LED WEANING” (BLW)”, which is simply introducing solid foods to your baby and letting him feed himself. Not forcing him to eat, but by simply offering a plate of nutritious food and allowing your baby to get on his own. No need to puree and no spoon needed too.

Tips & Discoveries in Baby Led Weaning:

  • Make sure your baby can sit upright already - We started introducing solid food to Zee when he was 6 months and 3 weeks old, because he can’t sit upright when he was exactly six months old. As Moms, we know our babies better; we can feel it when he is ready for the solid food.
  • Choose a comfortable chair - We bought a booster seat instead of a high chair because our house is quite small (it’s a space saver!). You can also start by placing your baby in your lap. (I heard Ikea High Chair is the best)
  • Have a good bib and floor mat - It was too late when I’ve discovered that there’s such an invention like a giant place mat that can be placed under your baby’s chair. That invention should have saved me a lot of time sweeping the floor and picking up food spills hehe. Also, invest on a good bib, a water-proof type – easier to clean and less prone to stains. Most of Zee’s top are now stained and can no longer be used because we didn’t have a good bib before :( (Life Hack: You can use Manila Paper as floormat. It’s more tipid!)
  • Offer food in stick-like cut (thick, about the size of the index finger) - Start with veggies and fruits. My hubby and I adjusted to Zee’s menu, not Zee adjusting to our diet, In short, we became healthy eaters. We are now Fishetarian and Veggie Lovers hehe.
  • Know your baby’s mood - It is important to time it when baby is happy and not sleepy. So he will enjoy his meal time. We usually eat with Zee and I think Zee loves it when we eat as a whole family. I normally breastfeed Zee before his meal time and it works. He seems to be more interested in his food.
  • Don’t leave your baby alone- Yes, we are training our babies to be independent but we shouldn’t leave our babies alone and unattended. It is a good idea to eat with your baby — a good training I guess for “eating time”. I heard babies love routines and schedule.
  • Anti-choke Training – Some moms suggest attending a training for Anti-Choking First Aid at Red Cross PH. But what’s good about BLW, it trains the baby to naturally chew his food. (Zee up to now has no record of choking)
  • Have a support group/community – Having a support group will make your journey happier and easier, moms can share their experiences, tips, recipes, frustrations and successes. Check out: Baby Led Weaning PH I also love this site http://www.babyledweaning.com/

What I love about Baby Led Weaning:

  • It promotes Independence and Confidence - I can see the result now to Zee. He is now 21 months old and can eat on his own and drinks from a glass.
  • Messy Eaters are Smarter - Since we do not offer purees and mashed foods in BLW, babies can feel the texture, see the colors and shapes. This article is also a good-read: Messy Eaters are Fast Learners20150227-083238.jpg
  • Less Mealtime Battles - Zee eats almost everything, but his favorite are Squash in Coconut Milk and Fish.
  • Happy Eater- Zee loves to eat. Foods are no alien to him hehe.
  • Cute Photos- For me, Zee’s messy moments = cutie happy moments (I am thankful I was able to capture his first grip, first smash, first chew)

Whether you spoon-feed your child or practice Baby Led Weaning, I suggest you talk to your pediatrician before starting solid foods to your baby.

Happy Eating!

All the best,

20150227-083340.jpgGracie Miranda-Maulion is happily married to her long-time boyfriend and a newbie mom to Zee. She’s a social entrepreneur that supports a livelihood group of stay at home moms, individuals and out of school youth for her garment business. She also blog about business tips at www.missnegosyante.com and about her life in between being a mom+preneur at www.graciousmom.wordpress.com. Her advocacy is to celebrate Life, because everyday is specially made by God (Psalm 118:21).

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Depression is Real

A few days ago, I came across a eulogy written for a friend. I got curious because the girl he was giving that message to was very young. I wonder what happened to her so I researched her name on google.

Amanda Hsieh.

I had goosebumps. =( Her parents had been going thru financial crisis and felt like ending their lives (the whole family) would be the answer. Her mom cooked for them and put poison on it. She served it to her children first. When the 3 kids (all teenagers) have died, both her mom and dad committed suicide. The parents were probably thinking that if only the father and the mom died, their children would suffer so might as well die together.

I know it’s cruel. What in the world were they thinking???

That. That is what people think about when someone is committing suicide. Judgment. But you guys don’t know what it’s like to be in their shoes and to be totally hopeless everyday. I’m not saying what they did was right. It’s wrong. What I’m saying is that people around us are hurting. People get depressed. Depression is real.

Did you know that even Prophet Jonah was suicidal? Jeremiah wanted to curse the day he was born. Elijah was deeply distressed that he wanted God to just kill him! Depression is real.

Did you know that in Japan, there are 100 people committing suicide everyday?? 100. Yes 100. I lost a childhood friend to suicide many years ago. When I was in Singapore, I saw this news about a lady who committed suicide because her boyfriend broke off their engagement. What she did was she wore her wedding dress and hanged herself. I still have her image in my mind. I have a friend who saw a guy jump off a building. Of course he died instantly. I have a student who had a classmate who committed suicide when she was in grade 4. Wow, grade 4. Guys, depression is real.

If you have a friend going thru depression, please pray for them everyday. Every single day. It’s so tempting to take the easy way out. They need us. They need us.

If you are reading this and you are going thru depression, please know that there is hope. I know that sounds far fetched. You will get better if you allow yourself to heal. Just take it one day at a time. If you would like me to pray for you or if you simply need someone to talk to, please send me an email. Please please please… Remember there is hope, ok? There is hope.

This is not an easy post for me to write. I don’t even know the Hsieh family. But it pains me. It hurts me every time I hear people taking things into their own hands. If we can just be more sensitive and vigilant, we can help save lives.

Have you ever been depressed? How did you overcome it?
How have you helped a friend get thru depression?

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My Love-Hate Relationship With Being a Fulltime Mommy

God probably knew I will NOT submit to my husband if he tells me to be a stay-at-home momma. So God made sure I start being almost a stay-at-home wife two years before giving us a baby. Little did I know, this was God’s way of preparing me for motherhood.

Do I like being a fulltime mom?

Sometimes I love being a fulltime mom.

1. Nothing is more fulfilling than taking care of Natalie 24/7. Teaching her, reading with her, capturing each moment, seeing her grow — it feels amazing!

2. I feel more at ease. Since I’m a bit paranoid, I can’t leave her with a yaya coz I don’t know what she’ll do to her when I’m not around. I’m her mom and I love her so much but I still lose my patience once in a while. What more a yaya who doesn’t love her the way I do?

3. No stress of looking for a yaya. Most of my friends would either complain about their house helper or would be eternally yaya hunting because they left without a word! I’m at least free from that stress.

4. It provides an opportunity to teamwork with hubby. I don’t do all the work. Hubby helps me a lot!

5. Natalie smiles at mommy’s first sight. I’m happy we have a mommy-baby bonding each day. Some of my friends tell me their daughter hardly recognizes them when they come home from work and would rather be held by their yaya than their own mom. That hurts a lot! And I understand it’s just impossible to live on one income so they don’t have a choice but to work.

5. It’s an opportunity to fully trust God on our finances. Only God knows how we manage to have a comfortable life with Hubby solely shouldering all our expenses. All I can say is that God provides. Also, it opened up an opportunity for me to start an online business. It’s still in process but I’ll tell you more about it next time!

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Sometimes I hate being a fulltime mom.

1. Since she wants no one else but mama, it’s hard for me to have real rest morning and evening. She just wants to be by my side all the time!

2. Having a date night with Hubby became an impossibility at this point. My mom doesn’t want to take care of Natalie without me around. She cries within 5 minutes if she doesn’t see or smell me!

3. I can’t go back to work. I have been doing freelance wedding hosting for the past several years and to be honest, it’s a lucrative career! Since I can’t leave home, I had to painfully say goodbye to the job I love most.

Everyday is different. Some days, I just want out! Some days, I can’t be any happier. Yeah, I’m schizophrenic like that! Lol… But I’m so glad I made a choice to follow God’s call for me to be a stay-at-home mom! Yes, it’s challenging but it is also fulfilling!

Are you a fulltime mom? What do you love most about it?
If you are workng, would you consider being a stay-at-home mom?

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