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On Baby Strollers

Gone are the days when the only choice in strollers you had was Graco. Today is the day and age of choices, baby gadgets included.

The more famous stroller brands today are the Maclaren, Bugaboo, Chicco. My son was fortunate enough to inherit my nephew’s Aprica. It’s a lightweight stroller that fits the car trunk and has a one-hand fold-up feature. Having no yaya, my sister-in-law probably found these two features fit her situation best.

When choosing strollers, consider these:

How easily does it fold up/down? Is it lightweight? If you take public transport often, these two features are your top-most considerations. If you drive, is it compact enough for the trunk? How navigable are the wheels? Strollers with smaller wheels are more light-weight, but can be difficult to navigate. If your terrain has a lot of bump, choose a stroller with larger wheels.

Check out babyearth.com for a wide selection of strollers and other baby things.

Top 10 Diet Pills?

There’s a website that actually reviews diet pills and rates them accordingly.

The site apparently reviewed 200 slimming pills and rated them based on value, quality of ingredients, customer feedback, and safety, among other parameters. The top-rated slimming pill is Orovo, invented accidentally by a housewife who started eating 10 super-foods to reduce her wrinkles. But surprisingly, she lost not the wrinkles, but a few pounds. Wonderful accident, eh?

How did my ex-favorite slimming pill phentermine fare in the rating? It’s not even rated. I think it is because phentermine has serious issues on side effects. After giving birth to VGood 7 years ago, I started using phentermine. I lost 15 pounds in two months, if I remember right. But the side effects – dryness of mouth, palpitation, shaky hands, inability to sleep –  were all too much for me so I eventually had to stop.  When I stopped, the 15 pounds came back, along with a few more!

Using Phentermine no prescription is not advisable, especially if you have medical issues such as concurrent intake of prescription meds, hypertension, glaucoma and cardiovascular disease. Before taking any slimming pill, always consult your physician.

Weight Loss and Detox Methods

Among the many benefits of detoxification, many people employ its techniques for weight loss. Detoxification is a form of alternative medicine which utilizes natural forms such as herbs and essential oils to cleanse the body of toxins. Proponents of alternative medicine claim that by eliminating these toxins, the body’s ability to function efficiently is restored, thus making recovery from certain illnesses faster. Obesity is one such illness.

There are several ways of performing detoxification. For weight loss, the most common is by preparation of high-fiber drinks from blended organic vegetables, grains and herbs. Then there are colon cleanser tablets, used by many celebrities for weight loss and over-all health improvement. Popping the tablet, of course, is more convenient than preparing vegetable shakes.

Whatever detox method you are interested in trying, always remember to read up first. There are certain preparations that should be done prior to detoxifying.

My say on detox? Nothing beats the practice of moderate, healthy living. As my weight loss experiences taught me, the best methods to ensure long-lasting weight loss are still the basics – healthy eating and physical activity. Fad diets and pills will come and go, but these two will always remain.

Sounds like bad news to some, eh? 😛

Old-Car Care

The other day, while the kids and I were on our way to school, my 11-year old car overheated! My husband, who used the car last week, forgot to fill the radiator with water.

I’ve been using this car for over 4 years, and like a good friend, I’ve come to know its habits, sounds and quirks. Like people, older cars need more TLC.  I make sure that the radiator is regularly hydrated, the engine oil is changed and tune-ups are done periodically. Aside from regular body washes, I treat Trusty (ok, that’s his name officially, since now) to a good under-chassis wash. I also have the contact numbers of suppliers of good quality auto parts on hand for when the need arises.

Thanks to my sister-in-law, I also discovered that rubbing the dashboard and door panels with Armor-All does wonders! The inside is now looking so squeaky clean and brand-new.

Financing Your Home

Whether it’s the home you’ve always dreamed of, or you’re settling for something more affordable, most of us need financial assistance in building our homes. Banks offer home loans, but with increasing inflation, interest rates are expected to go up. Most real estate developers also offer in-house financing, some even have zero-interest rates for the first year or two. And then there are mortgage lenders which offer a varied array of services, from fixed rate loans, to FHA loans and refinancing.

When getting home loans through any of these options, the most important thing is to always read the fine print.