5 Ways to Get Followers on Twitter for Your Vending Business

Online marketing can be beneficial for just about any business. Although your vending cart may be small, using sites like Twitter can be advantageous to drive interest. You can easily connect to those in your local area on the social media hub and possibly boost your sales.

Regular Tweets

Many professionals attest to regular social engagement being one of the keys to developing a following. Tweeting about your current locations not only informs people of where you are, but it can be one of those regular occurrences that drive interest to your account. Some of the most popular and active accounts on Twitter will post something at least five to ten times a day.


When posting your current vending position, use hashtags. This can help get your comments placed in certain conversations. Twitter will often post what is trending in your area. If you can use that to your advantage to engage local consumers, you can spark interest in your small business.

Graphic Appeal

On the side of your beverage cart or mall kiosk, have a large print-out of your Twitter account for everyone to see. Many people will take to their phones and follow the account, which may lead to additional sales at a later date. The more people that are following the account, the more likely those individuals will share your post with their own friends and family.

Respond to Comments

It’s not enough to merely have an account where you post your current position on Twitter. Responding to comments from others can show the account as being live and engaging. This can improve your online reputation while keeping potential customers interested in your product. You need to socialize if you want social marketing to work properly.


According to statistics, tweets that have images are more likely to be engaged than just mere text. Taking a picture of key points of interested near your vending business can be engaging as well as descriptive about where your cart is currently located. This can all be done within 60 seconds while using your smartphone or tablet.

Social media is a free method that can get people interested about your business. While you can pay for advertising, the initial development of your profile doesn’t cost a dime on most of these sites. Just because you have a small mobile cart, it doesn’t mean you don’t need some kind of marketing plan to boost income.

Transform Your Garden Into a Haven

What’s your dream house like? Back when my age was but a single digit, I dreamed of living in a castle surrounded with acres of gardens teeming with flowers and fruit trees. I’m sure many of you once shared the same dream.  Alas, fairy tale dreams are eventually awakened by reality. Now, my ideal home is more attainable than that Disney castle of my childhood. Aside from being comfortable and cozy, my dream house should have a little Zen garden to retreat into when I need some mom me-time and a quaint landscaped garden where the entire family can enjoy Sunday breakfasts or weekend barbeques. 

However, our current lodging has limited space (much like most lodgings in the metro today) and the only place we can create a semblance of a garden is the roof deck. Fortunately, I found some great ideas on how to transform our roof deck into a relaxing garden from these landscape architects here.  I found their infographic on 11 Ways To Transform Your Garden very useful.


11 Ways to Transform Your Garden

From Visually.


Of the 11 ways listed, three will do wonders to our small roof deck – Decking, Planting, and Garden Lighting.

Decking can provide a wonderful focal point to our outdoor living area.  Aside from this, it can also create a usable area in our roof deck.  With a few furnishings, this can become a great place for Sunday breakfasts with the kids, afternoon teas with friends, and maybe even romantic dinners with my husband.

Planting flowering plants and herbs in pots and shallow planters may not make for the perfect garden but it’ll have to do for our roof deck.  Now I just need to check out which plants can thrive in roof decks. If you have suggestions, please do share them with me. :-)

Garden Lighting is another inexpensive way of sprucing up any space.  Even just one lamp can change the vibe of any garden. I remember my husband telling me something about solar-powered lamps that absorb light energy during the day and automatically turn on at dusk and turn off at dawn. Perhaps we can use those for our garden lights.

"Home Gardening" by winnond / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

“Home Gardening” by winnond / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

These three are fairly inexpensive ways to transform a space of less than 50 square meters into a relaxing garden nook.  If you’re living in a small space in the city, you may think it impossible to create your own garden, but these easy ways to transform your garden can make the seemingly impossible possible. :-)

FIRST Robotics: Raising Visionaries and Innovators

Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg – they are the digital visionaries of our generation.  Aside from being successful innovators in the field of technology and being among the world’s most famous billionaires, they all have another thing in common – All of them were trained through STEM(Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Education.

STEM Education is what FIRST Robotics wants to emphasize in its programs that focus on robotics literacy.  FIRST Robotics is the country’s pioneering center in the field of robotics.   It uses state-of-the-art materials that allow children to design, build, and program robots.  Children as young as 4 learn to be creative and resourceful in a fun learning environment.

Age-Appropriate Programs for Future Innovators

FIRST Robotics has age-appropriate programs that enhance skills, encourage learning, and foster hard work.

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Kids age 4 – 6 are taught basic building concepts that develop their fine motor skills and enhance their creativity.  At FIRST Robotics, they also discover how people, animals, and things move then they learn how to build their own models of these.   For this age group, LEGO Duplo is used.

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For kids age 7 – 8, LEGO WeDo is used to introduce young kids to information and control technology (ICT).  They learn how to make inanimate objects move using basic visual programming.  They build models of animals and things using sensors and other mechanical parts then use a drag-and-drop software to make their models react to stimuli and move.

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More advance concepts are taught to kids age 9 and older using LEGO MindStorms.  At this stage, kids are not only able to build their own robots but are also able to design their own programs to control the robot’s movements. They are given the challenge of designing, building, and programming robots that perform specific functions such as going through various obstacle courses or doing useful tasks.

Make Dreams Come True

Most of us have had grand dreams when we were very young. We dreamed of becoming astronauts, scientists, and inventors. Unfortunately, not all of us are given the resources to put these dreams into reality, especially those of my generation when technology was still limited.

Fortunately, there are now plenty of opportunities for our children that aid them in fulfilling their own dreams.  As parents, we must strive to provide them the means to grab these opportunities and to encourage them to work hard for their dreams to come true.

Make your little one’s dreams come true and bring them to  the place

“where fun learning rules”!

For more information about the programs being offered by FIRST Robotics, visit their website at www.FIRSTRobotics.ph or check out their Facebook page at First Robotics Learning Center.

To read about my kids’ fun learning day at FIRST Robotics, visit Taking Legos to The Next Level at First Robotics.

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Taking Legos to the Next Level at FIRST Robotics

Books, building blocks, musical toys, board games, and sports equipment – these are the only things my children are allowed to play with during weekdays.  Call me old-fashioned but I’d rather my kids play with the games I used to play than spend all their spare time with their faces plastered on digital screens. Among those I’ve mentioned, books and building blocks are their most favorite.  They can spend hours reading a book or building whatever their imagination wills them to.

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4-year-old Jakei fascinated with the pulley we built together. :-)

This is also why I signed up for the FIRST Robotics event organized by the Mommy Bloggers of the Philippines last August (yes, this is a superduper late post! wondermama was not so wonder-y the past weeks).  What better way to spend the weekend than learning how to build robots!  So cool!

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Upon arriving, we were ushered to the waiting area for kids.  In here, kids can play with LEGOs while waiting for their classes to start.  There’s a separate waiting area for parents in the lobby but since we were there to learn more about FIRST Robotics, we were allowed to stay inside the rooms.

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Before the trial classes began, we were given a short presentation about what First Robotics has to offer. Read all about it at FIRST Robotics: Raising Visionaries and InnovatorsAfter the briefing, we were led to the different rooms.  Each age group has its own room where age-appropriate materials are provided. Those age 4 – 6 use LEGO Duplo to develop their fine motor skills. Age 7 – 8 kids learn how to use basic visual programming using LEGO WeDo. Those who are age 9 and older are taught how to create their own functional robots using LEGO MindStorm.

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Although they were only one year apart, my two kids belonged to different age brackets and had to stay in different rooms. I chose to stay with Jakei knowing that Jade would be able to manage on her own. So off Jade went to the World of Science and Technology room while Jakei and I went to the World of Adventures and Inventions.

Jakei’s FIRST Moving Lego Robot

Since Jakei has been very adept at building LEGO models on his own at home, I didn’t assist him that much during his class.  Their lesson started with a short story about two friends who were playing hockey and who needed another player for their team.  Building this players became the task of Jakei and the other kids. They had to build a hockey player that had a movable arm for hitting the puck into the goal.

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After successfully building their robots, the kids tested them out through a fun competitive game of hockey.

My Jakei had fun during the game and, thankfully, did not throw a fit when he lost. I think having been able to build a robot with moving parts made him a winner already.

Jade’s FIRST Shot at Programming

After Jakei’s game, I checked on Jade in the 7-8 class.  They were almost finished with their robots when I came.  I was amazed that the kids were able to build their robots with minimal supervision. They were using the LEGO WeDo software that provided step-by-step instructions.  What was even more amazing was that they were able to program their robots using basic visual programming.

Watching my daughter’s eyes sparkle with excitement when her crocodile moved and made a sound was such a sight to behold.

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Free Trial Classes at FIRST Robotics

Lego + Robots + Kids = FUN FUN FUN!  

We definitely loved our experience at FIRST Robotics!  What’s not to love with learning being so much fun?! If you have kids age 4 to 16, I encourage you to enrol them in one of the programs at FIRST Robotics. Call (02)696-3333 to schedule a free trial class or visit their website at http://www.firstrobotics.ph/ for more information.

In FIRST Robotics, children become leaders not followers, problem solvers not whiners, and builders not daydreamers. And what parent wouldn’t want their children to become those. 😉

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To know more about First Robotics, read FIRST Robotics: Raising Visionaries and Innovators.


How Can I Take My Home From Good To Great?

Residential property owners who want their homes to shine should know that realizing the goal doesn’t have to be complex or complicated. In fact, there are a plethora of home improvement strategies you can use to take your home from good to great with lightning speed. Here are three:

1. Shop For Products Online.

Oftentimes, homeowners fail to optimize the aesthetic appeal and functionality of their homes because of a lack of time. Indeed, fighting traffic and standing in long lines at furniture stores can be time-consuming and energy-zapping. However, the rise of internet shopping now makes it fast and simple for you to find and purchase the furniture products you want. Once you start searching for the ideal online shopping venues, consider the professionals of The Foam Factory. You can find a wide range of excellent products from their website, including but not limited to

2. Invest In Light Colors.

In addition to shopping online for the home furniture that you want, make sure that you are investing in light colors. Light colors can enhance the aesthetic appeal of your living space, and they are also known to brighten moods. There are numerous ways that you can start incorporating brighter colors into your living space, such as replacing dark curtains with a beautiful pearl shade. You can also replace dark comforters with white shades that give your bedroom a lively look and feel. 

3. Be More Eco-Friendly.

One final strategy you should implement to take your home from good to great is to be more eco-friendly. This step is important because it can save you money while doing less harm to the natural environment. There are several measures you can incorporate to make your home more eco-friendly. One of them is to replace your traditional bulbs with LED bulbs. You can also open up your windows to let more natural lighting into your home. In addition to giving your home a very organic look, this strategy will help you attain valuable nutrients from the sun.


If you’re ready to make your home the masterpiece you’ve always wanted it to be, try incorporating the tips listed here. By shopping for products online, investing in light colors, and being more eco-friendly, you’ll likely find that your house becomes more visually appealing and functional.