Posted by julie @ 9:07 am

I often get asked how to build a blog.

In uncertain ways, I try to explain how to build one using the free sites such as that of Google’s or WordPress, which I use with my hosted blogs. If online, this is eas9y to explain but not so much when I just describe how I do it.

There are other platforms to use aside from the two I have mentioned and there have been times when using this website builder instead of wordpress.

Blogging used to be easy when social media was not too popular. Now more and more blogger friends I’ve known since I started waaaay back in mid-2000’s have stopped blogging for different reasons but they are ones who are active in Twitter, Instagram and Facebook among others.

Here are a few tips on how to start blogging:

  • Basic skills for writing (this also covers grammatically correct sentences and if you are unsure, do write drafts in programs that lets you correct not just the spelling but subject-verb agreement as well, then copy-paste what you wrote)
  • Write interesting topics that are close to your heart or you have a bit of expertise with so that you have a certain authority about the subject matter
  • Visit other blogs
  • Post photos to make the posts interesting ( like if you are writing about a certain place, include photos)
  • Be confident but not too over confident that you sound pompous
  • if unsure on how to start, check out video or article tutorials
  • Back up your articles with links from reliable and trustworthy sites
  • Do NOT copy works of others as well as use photos taken by others
  • KISS – Keep It Short and Simple

Read this helpful article about Introduction to Blogging.


Wash Loads of Love with Electrolux Time Manager Washing Machine

Being the primary person in charge of the household chores, it is not unusual for me to feel tired at the end of the day. The kitchen duties takes a lot of time but because I made use of pre-prepared freezer meals that I cook on an induction stove, the time and effort I put to doing these tasks are almost cut in half.

The main chore that really takes up a lot of my time and energy is the washing of clothes. I love washing clothes and I am really grateful that there are washing machines to help me (and millions more!) do these tasks easier than doing the old fashion way for handwashing.

I am not too fond of ironing clothes and if there’s another thing to be grateful about, aside from a thousand other things, is having a laundry shop nearby that takes care of my ironing needs

I have devised a flow/series of actions to make washing days (two times a week) easier:

  • Three baskets for easier sorting: one for the whites which are mostly school uniforms, one for the colored tops and one for the lower body clothes.
  • Schedule two laundry days during weekend and another one at the middle of the week. The laundry cycle is scheduled to make sure there are enough uniforms to get the kids by the whole week and if possible till Monday or Tuesday the next week (the weekend wash load).
  • I use environmental-friendly bleach for the white clothes: distilled cane vinegar
  • For stubborn stains mostly on the whites around the collar and the backside parts, I use a brush to remove dirt away, gently of course, to avoid putting stress on the cloth.
  • Socks are soaked in soap and distilled cane vinegar “bleach” in a separate basin.
  • Pockets are checked for spare change, tissue papers, handkerchiefs and papers like receipts and candy wrappers.

During the wash stage, the following are the tips I do using my more than 10 year old double tub top load washing machine:

  • I put the delicates in a laundry bag.
  • After I soak in laundry soap and vinegar and wash the white tops first, I spin-dry the clothes to remove the soap suds for easier rinsing later on.
  • I repeat the process with the colored tops: spin-dry after washing with soap.
  • I then load the tub for another batch of water and soap for the bottoms clothes and then again spin-dry to remove the soap suds.

Take note though that when doing spin-drying method, do not just put the clothes in the spin-dry tub. I fold the clothes carefully to avoid creases and wrinkles because I do not iron the clothes unless these are uniforms and those that we use for work.

Here is a nice tip: if you have shirts with deodorant stains in the armpit areas, spray these areas with the distilled cane vinegar and see the difference.

  • I rinse the clothes twice without having the water spill out while the wash cycle is on to remove the suds because the suds have already been rinsed out. This way I do not use water unnecessarily. I also use fabric softener on the second load of rinsing.

Before I put the clothes on a hanger, I…

  • shake the clothes to avoid the front and back parts as well as the armpit parts to stick together thereby creating creases and wrinkles.
  • The hangers go under the tops and not through the neckline to avoid the neckline being pulled for the hanger. This way, the necklines are preserved and not looking like the tops have been used for a game of tug-o-war. Hah, I’ve seen clothes like these and not a good sight I must say.
  • colored clothes are hanged to dry turned inside out

Laundry Tips

So, with all the things I need to do when I wash our clothes, it has been a dream of mine to be able to have a washing machine that will not just make washing easier, more clothes-friendly and more convenient to use and be able to conserve time, energy and lessen the consumption of water and electricity bills.

One of the newest washing machines I think answers all the things I listed above that embodies the best one in the market would be an Electrolux Time Manager front load washing machine.

Electrolux Time Manager

How so?

  • The Electrolux Time Manager Load Sensor feature that acts like a weighing scale which serves as a guide in selecting the perfect cycle and detergent recommendation for the wash load saving time, energy and water.

Electrolux Time Manager

  • Electrolux Time Manager Washing Machine helps remove household allergens by up to 99.9% through its Vapour Action (what a big help for my son who has allergic rhinitis and also to those with babies)

Laundry Tips

  • The Electrolux Time Manager Refresh Cycle relaxes the fibers and steams out the wrinkles of the clothes which helps out in cutting down ironing (yey to this!!) No matter smelly clothes that have been left in the cabinets for months because the Refresh Cycle relaxes the creases and removes that odd smell of unused clothes.
  • The Electrolux Time Manager has easy-to-use intuitive panel called IQ Touch which makes program settings as well as instructions easy to follow (I can probably tell my young children to go wash their dirty laundry using the  Electrolux Time Manager washing machine 😉 )

Electrolux’s “Thinking of You” Philosophy is Electrolux’s way of taking care of their customers. The newly opened Electrolux Customer Service Hub is a haven for customers who want to choose and buy spare parts or consumables for their Electrolux and White Westinghouse appliances.  Spare parts and accessories for small appliances as well as major ones and air conditioners are at least 80-90% available at the Electrolux Customer Service Hub.

Not that you need to avail these spare parts for your washing machine because consumers will notice that Electrolux washing machines have longer warranty service than other brands.

The Electrolux Customer Hub is a training facility as well to those wanting to be QUESTers Or Qualified Experienced Service Technicians.

The Electrolux Customer Service Hub is located at the Grundfos Building, 5548 Osmena Highway, Brgy. San Isidro,  Makati City.

The Customer Care team can also be reached through or 845-CARE (2273).


Write in the comments section below your best laundry tip to make Laundry Time Wash Loads of Love. The best laundry tip will get the following items delivered right at your home:

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  1. Electrolux Steam Iron ESI 515


  1. IKEA Silver Laundry Basket


  1. IKEA Children’s Clothes Hangers


  1. Surf Liquid Detergent


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Posted by julie @ 8:14 am
Shelved under Anything Tech, Parenting

Parents, do you monitor the things your kids read, see and watch online?

We can’t monitor everything, yes, but we can tweak settings to avoid having them see, watch and read things that they are supposed to.


  • You can use the SafeSearch filter in the setting. This can be done with tablets and mobile gadgets too.
  • The router can be also used to block out certain sites as well as to shut down the internet connection on certain hours, especially during sleep time 😀
  • Use Chrome Nanny (this is a useful tool for you to stop peeking in your favorite social media and entertainment sites when you should be working, right?)
  • Clear your search history or surf the web incognito (this though is what the children do to avoid detection so it is better to use Safe Search filter)

Safe Search

Whether you are on the lookout for the latest stats of your favorite sports, looking at cigar magazine ipad for your fave uncle, or simply just looking online for a surprise gift for your child’s birthday next week, it is better to be cautious when using these gadgets especially if your children use the same one.


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