Benefits of SAD Lights

For people with Seasonal Affective Disorder, the seasons with less hours of natural light bring on senses of depression, anxiety and other gloomy, discouraging feelings that can be just as debilitating as other forms of clinical depression. It isn’t merely a personal dislike of times without much sun, but an actual, medical issue.

Light therapy is one method of trying to help people burdened by SAD to live happy, normal lives during all four seasons. The lights are specially made to simulate the feel of natural light while filtering out most UV content. Supporters of light therapy feel that the SAD lights positively influence the chemicals in the brain that affect people’s moods. While they are not for everyone, nor are they generally the only treatment for SAD when used, they are worth looking into.

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Clockwise from upper right: Northern Light SunRise Alarm Clock, Verilux Happy Light Liberty 5K, Jenatzy Sunrise Light Box (All images from

SAD lights are placed in mounted boxes that are positioned at a comfortable distance from the user, usually within two feet. Brighter lights require less exposure time per use than dimmer lights. Lights are generally on stands short enough to fit on tables or desks and come in assorted shapes and sizes, including rectangular, triangular and cylindrical. Some lights are attached to alarm clocks.

Since light therapy is used for various purposes, the light therapy box for a SAD sufferer must be one that is specifically designed for SAD.

For sufferers of SAD, seasonal affective disorder light therapy may be an option. Stores such as have a wide range of lighting products.

3 Important Questions to Ask Your Renovation Contractor

There are times when renovating your home takes only a few DIY projects which do not require any special skills or technical know-how.  However, to ensure a great outcome especially for major renovations, it is best to hire a contractor.

When you hire a renovation contractor and invite this person into your home, there is a great deal of trust that must go into making such a decision. Not all contractors are created equal. In fact, they tend to vary greatly in the skills they possess, their honesty and the quality of their work. This is why it is foolish not to do your homework before you hire a contractor to renovate your home or office.

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Image by tiramisustudio /

To help you with your decision, here are some questions you should ask to evaluate prospective contractors:

1. Where is their office?

You need to make sure that the contractor you hire actually has a brick and mortar office that you can visit. This is because there are many contractors who travel around the country doing unlicensed and substandard work. Be the time the client discovers the extent of the bad work, the contractor has already left town. This makes finding the person and getting them to repair the damage almost impossible. Ideally, you should not hire a contractor unless they have worked in your area for at least two years.

2. Are they licensed and insured?

If you hire an unlicensed or uninsured contractor, you are taking a big risk. Insurance is important because it will protect you in the event the contractor damages anything in your home during the project. Ask to see the contractor’s license and proof of insurance.

3. What is their estimate for the project?

Contractor estimates can vary greatly, so talk to a minimum of five different contractors before making a decision.  Keep in mind that the lowest estimate is not always the best.  Scrutinize their cost breakdown and check which contractor gives you the best value for your money.

FREE Jack ‘n Jill Mallow Puffs at the PUFF AND POST VENDO MACHINE

Who’s going to be in the Megamall area this weekend? Here’s something you should watch out for – the PUFF AND POST VENDO MACHINE!  Read on to know how you could get FREE JACK ‘n JILL MALLOW PUFFs.

Discover Delight with Jack ‘n Jill Mallow Puff’s Vendo Machine

Jack ‘n Jill Mallow Puff recently launched their new Puff and Post Vendo Machine which accepts social currency (i.e a Facebook post) in exchange for a box of Jack ‘n Jill Mallow Puff.

Here’s how it works: All you have to do is to take a picture of yourself using the machine’s built-in camera. With its variety of stickers, you can decorate your photo and finish off with a matching caption including the hashtag of #DiscoverDelight. Once you’ve uploaded your photo on Facebook or Instagram through the machine, it will instantly dispense a box of Jack ‘n Jill Mallow Puff. Each box contains two big pieces of Mallow Puff – delicious cake topped with a dome of fluffy marshmallow and coated with rich chocolate.

The vending machine will visit various malls in Metro Manila this March, loaded with Jack ‘n Jill Mallow Puff boxes for you to enjoy. You can catch it at SM Megamall on March 7 & 8; Robinson’s Galleria, Bonifacio High Street and Robinson’s Ermita within the month.

Get a box of Mallow Puff for free by trying out the Puff and Post vendo machine available in malls around the metro this March.

Get a box of Mallow Puff for free by trying out the Puff and Post vendo machine available in malls around the metro this March.

Three Strategies For People With Marital Struggles

At some point in their lives, most married couples will experience challenges in their romantic relationships. When this time comes, it’s important that you have systems and strategies in place that will help you and your partner continue operating as a successful unit. With that idea in mind, consider the following three strategies when you’re experiencing significant marital struggles:

1. Communicate

Communication is key at any point of a relationship, but it is especially important when you’re experiencing a problem. In order to devise a viable solution, your partner needs to understand exactly how you feel about the issue. If you mask your true feelings or simply don’t talk about the issue, you’ll just perpetuate the problem and further exacerbate the tension that is already present in the relationship. In recognizing this reality, be sure that you’re keeping the lines of communication open.

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Image by Archipoch /

2. Consider Counseling

Yet another strategy you should try when experiencing a marital problem is counseling. In many cases, people do not have or develop the life skills necessary to make their marriage function successfully. And even if you have strong life skills that are relevant to the marriage realm, it’s often a good idea to get perspective and opinions from a third party who can offer you and your partner a more objective analysis of the relationship. For these reasons, seeking professional counseling services from an individual who is trained in helping people with troubled marriages is oftentimes the key to helping you and your partner move forward together.

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Image by Simon Howden /

3. Contact A Divorce Lawyer

In some cases, divorce is inevitable. Thus while you may be interested in saving your marriage, it’s important to note that simply letting it go is the most advantageous course of action in some cases. When you’ve realized that your attempts to save your marriage are not working, it’s time to contact a divorce lawyer. These days, there are a plethora of firms that can help individuals grapple with important legal issues pertaining to property, child custody, money, and much more. Cordell & Cordell is a firm you should consider if you’ve realized that divorce is unavoidable. Go here to learn more about how divorce lawyers can assist you.

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If you’re currently experiencing a substantive challenge in your marriage, it’s important to note that there are many ways to resolve your problems. By implementing one or more of the marriage strategies discussed in the previous paragraphs, you will likely find the solution that helps you start leading the healthy, happy life you deserve!

Why Do I Have To Go Through Too Much Pain

Children never ever run out of questions.  While some are easy to answer, there are those that leave us at a loss for words.

Why does this always happen to me?  Why do I have to go through too much pain?

Just what do you say to a child who asks this question when you yourself feel that a child should never even be asking that question in the first place?  No child should have to go through pain. Period.

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The calm before the storm. Waiting in the ER.

Unfortunately, my daughter had to go through so much physical pain at a very young age.  Several days ago, she was rushed to the emergency room when pain in her abdomen persisted and increased in severity.  All symptoms pointed to appendicitis and surgery was scheduled immediately.

As with all surgeries, this entailed a series of skin tests, blood extractions, and IV insertion.  I know adults who dread these so what more would you expect from a six-year-old.  The first blood extraction took ages with little Jade screaming her lungs out and refusing to extend her arm and to open her tightly closed fists.  After a lengthy talk, the next ones were successfully done much faster and with no screaming.  Still, she was in pain with each prick from the needle.  It was agonizing to see her go through those. :-(

While in the OR, her surgeon was surprised to see hemorrhage in her abdominal cavity.  The pain she felt was most likely due to that hemorrhage and not to appendicitis which was just at its onset.  Apparently, it was caused by omental torsion so she underwent both an omentectomy and an appendectomy.  Her surgery went well and we were amazed by her quick recovery.  I braced myself for plenty of crying and whining post-surgery but was so surprised to see her with a huge smile on her face while in the recovery room.  A day after surgery, she was already sitting straight and could walk a few steps.  Two days after, she was already standing straight and walking unaided!

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A pretty smile post-surgery! “I was asleep, Mama. Then I woke up and they’ve fixed me already!”

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A day after surgery. Still all smiles!

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Third day. No more IV! Yey! Here with Ate Becca who patiently encouraged her to be brave and to walk properly. <3

Still, when it was just the two of us in the hospital room, she would ask me why she had to go through all the pain.  Why it happened to her? Why she was always sick? (This wasn’t her first surgery. She had bilateral inguinal hernia repair when she was just three months old).

Why does this always happen to me? Why did God let me have this kind of pain? Why did I have to go through all of these?

What did I say to my daughter? This was the only thing I could say to her, “I don’t know why we are allowed to experience pain, but I know that God is always with us when we’re going through it.

Psalm 119:50

My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life.

I don’t know why there is suffering in the world.  I don’t know why children go through pain.  What I do know is that my dear Jade showed so much more courage than I have ever shown in my almost 40 years of life.  That my dear Jade has shown so much more faith in Jesus than I have ever shown.  I do know that prayers are powerful and that miracles do happen.  I do know that Jesus is always with our little Jade.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.