Why I Have Decided to Take my Husband’s Last Name

Why I Have Decided to Take my Husband’s Last Name

Macky and I got married on the 18th of December 2010. Prior to the marriage, I was really uncertain especially due to all the failed marriages I have been hearing from friends and celebrities. Months before the big day, I have rigidly contemplated especially on changing my last name.

Yes, women were given a choice – and it’s legal. A woman is allowed to retain her last name, have her last name hyphenated with her husband’s last name, take her husband’s last name, or have a completely different name after marriage.

Thanks to Google, I was able to find the advantages and disadvantages I will be facing with regards to the huge step. I have weighed these factors to ensure that I will be coming up with the right decision. Will it be beneficial to me if I will just change my status and keep my last name, or will it be better if I will just follow what most people do – changing my last name according to my husband’s? Let me cite some factors as to why I have taken the huge leap – marrying the love of my life and using his last name after.

  1. Macky will love it – admit it or not, husbands love to see their wives take them wholly. That includes not just taking the ring and promising a good future in spite of all the challenges that will most likely occur, but also adapting on the change of name and using the husband’s last name on all legal documents. We are pertaining to marital harmony that will be acquired when we, wives, decide to take everything in.
  2. Lesser issues – especially with the keen eyes from the people around us. Some may say that it should never be a problem. “Why should you think about what other people think of you if you do not want to take your husband’s last name?” – a question that is being raised by women who didn’t change their last names after marriage. Admit it, a huge percentage of the society will never understand your reasons as to why would you not change your last name and if you want to stay away from such difficulty, then change it right away after marriage. Anyway, I won’t get “frowns” from my in-laws, hahahahaha!
  3. No need to prove that you are the mother of your kids especially during legal transactions. Traveling abroad will be more complicated if you will be traveling with your kids. You have to bring their birth certificates that will serve as proofs. Same thing with other legal transactions that will concern your children.
  4. Less confusion on children. Macky and I will not need to explain to our kids, Yvonne and Zach, as to why I have a different last name. Surely, my kids will be confused in the near future as to why I didn’t take their father’s. To prevent such occurrence, it is best to really just take Macky’s last name and have mine as my middle name.

These are just some few reasons as to why I have decided to change my last name. Well, it is harder here in the Philippines as I had to visit all the government agencies and organizations I am connected with to update my marital status and last name. But in UK, US and Canada, there are companies, such as I’m a Mrs., that provide name change services for married women.

Name Change Service
Name Change Service

I’m a Mrs., for example, provides legal documents that are needed to be accomplished for faster update. They have consolidated all the probable agencies that you have to visit for the change of last name. They also provide information as to how to do it, whether it’s going to be online or in person.

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Direct Mail Services

Direct Mail Services

There are a lot of good marketing strategies that may be incorporated on your website so as to improve your sales and bring you your targeted ROI. One of the many good options that you must not miss is Direct Mail Services.

Understanding Direct Mail Services

Direct Mail Service is a marketing technique where you directly mail brochures, letters, leaflets, business cards, catalogues and so on, to homeowners within your targeted area. This will give them adequate information about your offered products and services. The information may be etched on their mind, especially if you will send them out a well-designed and detailed material.
What is nice about direct mail service is that not all companies are having it done. Most companies focus on their website’s page rank, relying on what search engines may do for them, or resorting to social media marketing given that these have a lot of users. But if you want to really extend all your resources and improve your visibility on the industry you decided to be in, you have to lay all your cards and execute all probable methods for better marketing.

What should be included on your Chosen Direct Mail Services?

Companies’ offered packages vary depending on their clients’ needs. Some inclusions that should be looked after are as follow:

• Data – prospective clients’ information may be provided by your chosen company. They will give you the necessary information these clients have so as to help you figure out whether they must be included on your mailing list.

• Designing and Printing – there are companies that will handle the designs so you will only need to provide them the information that will be needed for your materials. Printing may also be included so you will not be wasting time seeking for both designers and printers as these may be included on your packages.

• Mailing – once you have figured out the prospective clients’ information and once the materials were all set, it’s now ready for mailing.

Cost of Direct Mail Services

The cost of direct mail services depends on the coverage. Will your chosen company design, print and send out your materials? Basically, most companies that offer direct mail services offer a complete package so that you won’t need to focus on it as everything will be covered and delivered efficiently to your target market.

IDRS – Your One-Stop Company for Efficient Direct Mail Services

One good company that offers direct mail services is IDRS. They offer efficient strategies that have positive results. Check out their website for all the necessary information you will have to know about their offered services so that you may be able to decide if they are the company you are looking forward to working with.

IDRS offers services to different types of companies such as:

• Non-profit organizations

• Automotive companies

• Advertising and marketing agencies

• … And a whole lot more.

Their flexible services can surely cover all your needs for direct mail services. Call them at 604-951-6855 or visit their website at http://idrs.com/ for detailed information.

The Best No Clump Mascara is a Cruelty-free Mascara

The Best No Clump Mascara is a Cruelty-free Mascara

Cruelty-Free Mascara

Have you every thought whether your favorite no clump mascara is cruelty-free mascara? Simply, I say, the best no clump mascara is also a cruelty-free mascara!

The other day, I was watching reruns of Castle Season 2, a series about a witty mystery writer, Richard Castle who found his muse and inspiration in the person of a smart and beautiful murder detective, Kate Beckett. Together and with the help of the whole police station, these two solve crazy murders in a fun, informative and engaging way. I was on the 23rd episode entitled “Overkill,” when the thought about animal testing and cosmetic companies hit me.

A man named Damian got killed by a gunshot and bludgeoning. Damian owns a cosmetic company that deals with male-centered products like a shaving cream that comes out hot from the can. During the onset of the investigation, it was portrayed that animal activist groups might be behind the murder as Damian’s company has been receiving various threats from animal rights groups because they are said to be conducting animal experiments.

It is no secret that a lot of lab rats think that animal testing is good science and is necessary to create the best no clump mascara and other cosmetic products. People will pay good money for high quality cosmetics. Personally, given that a no clump mascara is almost my best buddy, I would not care much about how it was produced as long as it does the deed. Watching the show made me question my lack of care as to whether my no clump mascara is a humane innovation.

First, companies that adhere to animal testing say that consumers feel more secure and safe if the products are first tested on animals. They said that all advancement not only in the cosmetic industry but also in the medical field is attributable to animal testing. This is not necessarily true. There is no concrete proof that by testing your no clump mascara into rabbits and guinea pigs will make them safer. Besides, there are other experiments that can be conducted to determine the level of safety of cosmetic products. Responsible companies have settled for less costly, more humane and ethical testing measures to produce cruelty-free mascaras and other products.

Second, some companies claim that the process in which they subject the animal is not really harmful. Animal rights activists will say otherwise. Rabbits, guinea pigs and other animals that are used to test the safety of products most of the time end up dead. Using cruelty-free mascaras and other cosmetics will save these little creatures from a sad fate.

A lot of nations had already realized the benefit of supporting only cruelty-free mascaras and other similar goods. The European Union already issued a banned on products that require animal testing. China and India are heading on the same direction.

Though in the end, Damian was killed because he wants to come clean with his product and his business associates could not risk losing their investments and career. Thus, it is imperative that we check on our cosmetic tools. We must not support products that are not cruelty-free even if it’s the best no clump mascara in town.

Plumper and Plusher Lips by EnvyDerm’s Lip Conditioner

Plumper and Plusher Lips by EnvyDerm’s Lip Conditioner

 

lip-conditionerVisionaries at EnvyDerm have ventured out into creating the best lip conditioner in the market. EnvyDerm’s Lip volumizing and conditioning plumper is an all-natural wonder that every woman should have. It is made from organic extracts processed to give the best lip plumping and moisturizing result.

 

 

 

EnvyDerm, one of the industry’s leading cosmetic company, has opened a lip care line to complement the highly acclaimed eyelash care merchandise they have. Guided by the same principles, experts at EnvyDerm produced a Paraben and cruelty-free lip volumizing and conditioning plumper readily available in their website.

 

 

 

With EnvyDerm’s lip conditioner, you will never have to worry of chapped and dry lips ever again. It contains about 13 natural extracts with moisture keeping and skin renewal property. Natural components such as Jojoba Seed Oil, Avocado Oil, Pomegranate Seed Oil, Grape Seed Extract, Spearmint Oil and many more are known to promote skin rejuvenation and moisture retention. Vitamins such as Vitamin E, Vitamin A and Vitamin C further reinforces their positive effects.

 

 

 

The all-organic lip conditioner comes in a variety of tints that the consumer can choose from. They rage from sheer to semi-sheer. Lip conditioner tints available are: Amour-Pearl-Rosy Pink, Belle-Pearl-Berry Pink, Cannelle-Pearl-Cinnamon Beige, Coco-Shimmer-Clear, Fleur Nue-Shimmer-Peachy Nude, Je T aime-Shimmer-Strawberry Red, Jolie–Shimmer-Peachy Pink, Lola-Shimmer-True Pink, Mauve-Shimmer-Pink Lilac and Rose Bleu-Shimmer-Blackberry Plum. You can choose the tint that will suit your skin tone and your personality. These tints can either be used in conjunction with your favorite lipstick or stand-alone.

 

 

 

Furthermore, EnvyDerm’s lip conditioner does not easily wear off. It has a lasting high shine gloss that will make your lips kissable and remarkable. Since the lip conditioner stays in your lips longer, you will save precious time allotted for touch ups and realign them into more fruitful activities.

 

 

 

EnvyDerm should also be commended, as the lip conditioner does not give a sticky feeling. Sticky lip conditioners sometimes make the user feel awkward.

 

 

 

Aside from conditioning the lips, EnvyDerm’s revolutionary lip care product is a natural lip plumper. A lip plumper is a cosmetic product that volumize the lips for a fuller and sexier look. The peptides and tripeptides infused in the formula heighten collagen production that will naturally add volume to the lips. This will cause no uncomfortable burning sensation in the lip area unlike other lip plumpers. There will be no sting or pain. EnvyDerm claims that by using the lip conditioner, your lips will be 37 percent fuller straightaway.

 

 

 

Tyler Shields said, “Lips are fingerprints of love.” It plays a lead role in intimate situations as well as in our day-to-day activities like eating and speaking. It mirrors are emotions. Keeping them healthy and sexy is a responsibility we should not neglect.

 

 

EnvyDerm’s Lengthening Mascara: A Highly Efficient Organic Eye Enhancer

EnvyDerm’s Lengthening Mascara: A Highly Efficient Organic Eye Enhancer

envyderm-mascaraCharlotte Bronte in Jane Eyre said, “The soul, fortunately, has an interpreter – often an unconscious but still a faithful interpreter – the eyes.” As the quote says, the eyes are the windows to our soul. Enhancing them will be of great benefit to our overall perspective. Use trusted eye-enhancing products such as EnvyDerm’s lengthening mascara. Its organic formulation coupled with the latest cosmetic technological innovation will help you achieve those impressive eyes.

 

In a survey conducted by BellaSugar.com, it was revealed that most women’s first choice of makeup is Mascara. EnvyDerm is known for producing cosmetic products that brings forth a harmonious balance between technology and well being. Part of the company’s acclaimed and established eyelash care product line is volumizing and lengthening mascara – the Black Volume Mascara.

 

EnvyDerm’s volumizing and lengthening mascara can make the consumer’s lashes grow thicker and longer using a combination of friendly peptides and natural extracts. With continuous exposure, EnvyDerm promises long-term eyelash beautifying effect.

 

EnvyDerm’s team of cosmetic experts had combined peptides with hydrolyzed keratin to promote growth and repair of hair follicles along the lash line in their volumizing and lengthening mascara. Peptides are bonded amino acids antecedent to protein formation, which can either be produced naturally or synthetically. Naturally produced peptides help in a variety of bodily functions by interacting with target cells. Meanwhile, cosmetic companies use synthetically produced peptides to enhance their creations. Keratins are hair-building fibers.

 

Aside from the aforementioned, EnvyDerm also takes pride in incorporating natural extracts in the volumizing and lengthening mascara. The formula contains organic components such as Moroccan Argan Oil, Beewax, Carnuba Wax, Candillia Wax, Comfrey Root, Alfalfa Extract, Arnica Extract, Honey Extract, Chamomile, Kelp Extract, Wheat Germ Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Nettle Extra, etc. EnvyDerm’s founder Nadia Smith is one of the first people to recognize the benefits of Moroccan Argan Oil, often referred as “liquid gold” in recognition of the wide-ranging benefits it provide. Sometimes, it is even used to treat hair and skin diseases. Beewax, Carnuba and Candilla help moisturize, soften and lubricate the lashes and are very hypoallergenic. Alfalfa is rich with antioxidants.

 

It also contains vitamins such as Vitamin E and Vitamin B5.  Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps prevent free radical action.

 

For short-time benefits, EnvyDerm’s lengthening mascara uses plush nylon and polymers. These fibers are left in the lashes to make them look longer. The natural waxes mentioned above helps shape the eyelashes into your desired look.

 

EnvyDerm also gave a lot of thought regarding the wand used as applicator for their volumizing and lengthening mascara. The wand has a distinctive hourglass shape designed to isolate lashes from one another for a more efficient and defined application, thus prevents clumping. It is also a little big for the tube to prevent excessive use of the formula.

 

Bat those perfect eyelashes by EnvyDerm’s Lengthening Mascara. With its organic formulation and versatile wand, you will instantly have sexy, remarkable and dreamy eyes framed by long and thick lashes. It is clump-free and a money saver.

The Search for No Clump Mascara

The Search for No Clump Mascara

No Clump Mascara

Makeups are women’s staple tools. Each one of us has our own beauty kits containing our favorite shades of eye shadow, lipstick and our ever trustworthy and maybe favorite aesthetic ammunition – the no clump mascara. A mascara is used to enhance the eye area. It creates the illusion of darker, thicker and lengthier lashes thereby giving your eyes a more expressive and luscious look.

A good no clump mascara is very hard to come by. Especially if you’re also looking for a kind which is also cruelty-free. Cruelty-free mascara is a type of mascara, which does not entail animal testing. For years a lot of activist groups have been campaigning for the production cruelty-free mascara and other cosmetic and personal care products. There are some companies who already engage in the production of a no clump, cruelty-free mascara. We just have to more alert and observant.

Should you be lucky enough to find your cruelty-free mascara, there are many ways to ensure that clumping does not occur during use.

No clump mascara includes the right brush in the package. According to makeup experts, the brush used to apply the cruelty-free mascara is essential to prevent clumping.

As we all know, there are various types of mascara brushes. Each has its own benefit. An arched brush gives the lashes an upward curl while thick and hard brushes promote even and thick coating. Whatever kind the brushes it may be, to guarantee no clump mascara application,brushes should always be cleaned before usage.

Aside from clean brushes, the size of the wand may also ensure that you have no clump mascara. Longer wands will allow more even application.

Another factor to check before using your cruelty-free mascara is the ingredients. No clump mascara usually contains silk extract and glycerin. These components make your lashes appear more defined and separated giving you that professional and clean look.

Application technique also matters. Using the long wand with perfect brushes packaged with your cruelty-free mascara, start with the base of your eyelashes; follow a zigzagging motion until you reach the tips. By following the aforementioned movement, your lashes will be separated and properly coated.

Furthermore, always remember not to over layer each coat. It is recommended to use no more than three strokes (inner, middle & outside), let it dry first then repeat if necessary and you will have a perfect, no clump mascara.

Lastly, though your perfect cruelty-free mascara might be a little costly, you should not add water or any substance for that matter whenever the tube runs low. It will pave way for bacteria growth. It is also messy and will make your mascara lose its good coloring. Buying a new cruelty-free, no clump mascara is cheaper and safer.

The combination of the right product and technique will definitely make your day.

Welcoming Markus Zachiel

Welcoming Markus Zachiel

Okay, I haven’t blogged anything for more than 3 months, and the last blog entry I have posted was even for an oDesk client. I have been very busy since I have given birth to a wonderful baby boy. Let me show you some of his pictures, and oh yes! I know he’s a cutie.

Markus ZachielMeet my 2-month-old baby, Markus Zachiel, or “Zac”. Okay, I am not a huge fan of Zac Efron. I just really find “Zac” appealing since I was preggy… 😉

I have given birth through cesarean section last July 13, 2013 at Grace General Hospital. Thanks to my ever dearest OB Gyne, Dra. Myrla Duque. Let me just tell you some amazing things about the expereince. I know this is a bit late, I am sorry. Just really had no time to do so.

Okay, so I think some of you know that I was supposed to give birth at Commonwealth Hospital and Medical Center, but due to some pregnancy complications, my husband and I decided to just move to a much nearer hospital. It was really a huge decision as Grace General Hospital is just small, not even tertiary. At first I felt sad about Zach because unlike his ate Samantha Yvonne, he will not be welcomed in a bigger and better hospital. But since I was really having a hard time travelling because of Placenta Previa, we have decided to just be confident about the choice, as Dra. Duque is among the best OB Gynecologists we know.

Dra. Myrla Duque was my bestfriend’s doctor when she had given birth to her son. I even asked her, prior to making decision, “Magaling naman, hindi ba? Hindi naman ako mamamatay, ano?” and she answered “Bakit? Namatay ba ako?” It’s not that I was belittling Dra. Duque’s capabilities. I was just really afraid given the fact that I have been handled by Dr. Aurora Quiambao, Capitol Medical Center’s top doctor during my first pregnancy.

Dra. Myrla Duque is indeed a WONDERFUL doctor. No pambobola, but she really is the nicest doctor I have ever known. When you are pregnant, you want to ask EVERYTHING to your doctor and yes, sometimes, even those “nakakahiyang” questions. But with Dra. Duque’s fun and jolly personality, every question that has bothered my mind were answered very well. Check ups were full of laughter — there were no single moment I left her clinic without smile on my face.

Apart from Placenta Previa, just like when I was pregnant to Yvonne,  I have suffered Gestational Diabetes Mellitus. It started as soon as I have entered my third trimester, thus, I was referred to Dr. Arwin David. Another cool doctor, he guided me all throughout the pregnancy journey. Because my sugar was intensely high, I had to shot insulin 3 times a day. Because my meals are not complete without rice, I also had to take in brown sugar instead of the typical one. The whole journey was indeed rough as I had to go through all of these.

Since my first born, Samantha Yvonne, was born through cesarean section, and since Dra. Duque told me that a specific bone within me blocks the baby from coming out, I had no choice but to undergo cesarean section. My mother chose as to when she likes to, and we agreed that Zach will come out on the 13th of July. A lot are quite having second thoughts as I have chosen a not-so-good date, but my mom and I think that it’s the best, according to feng shui as well. 🙂

On the night of July 12, after having dinner with the family, Macky and I went to Grace Hospital which is just a 5-minute ride from the house. We were right away led to the E.R. to do some tests. After an hour, I was transferred to their private room.

I honestly didn’t expect much from the hospital, given that it’s just a small one. But hey, here are some pictures of the private room I stayed in. The room rate is just P1150 a day, with LED TV, aircon, refrigerator, a comfy hospital bed, a couch and my own comfort room. Here are some of the pictures.

Grace General Hospital Private Room1013140_4761139440282_2080194743_nGrace General Hospital Private RoomGrace General Hospital Private RoomThese are just some of the photos I have taken inside the room. It’s definitely nice, and may be compared to high end hospitals.

The next day, around 7:30AM, as scheduled, I was taken inside the operating room for preparation as Dra. Myrla Duque will be arriving at 8AM. My anesthesiologist arrived early and we had some few chit chats. After the preparation, my OB Gyne arrived. We were discussing about the cut that should be made. I have requested to do the vertical uterine incision as I really had a hard time with the bikini cut I had when I gave birth to Yvonne.

Few minutes later, Dr. Arwin David arrived as he wanted to watch how things will turn out, as again, my blood sugar is really heightened. Together with him was the owner of Grace General Hospital, Dr. Edward Tan, as he will be Zach’s pediatrician.

The operating room was amazing. Again, since the hospital is new, their equipment are really nice. Here are some of the pictures inside the operating room while the procedure was occurring.

With my Anesthesiologist.
With my Anesthesiologist.
With nurses, Dr. Duque and Dr. David.
With nurses, Dr. Duque and Dr. David.
Wacky! Hahahaha
Wacky! Hahahaha

I was really groggy throughout the process, as requested, as I remember being too scared when I was giving birth to Yvonne. But, as per Dr. David and Dr, Duque, they were speaking to me all throughout the procedure. I guess I cannot remember any of what I have said. Hehehe.

And here are some of Zach’s pictures when he came out of my tummy. Yes, he’s such a wonderful baby!

Excuse me for the picture. My sliced tummy is visible, hahahahaha!
Excuse me for the picture. My sliced tummy is visible, hahahahaha!

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Okay, I know I look awful, but I do not mind looking ugly for as long as I have a handsome baby!
Okay, I know I look awful, but I do not mind looking ugly for as long as I have a handsome baby!

When I have learned that I am pregnant, I have checked out reviews about the doctors who will be looking after me, and I haven’t seen any, thus, I have written this blog. I honestly think that the people behind the procedure are all great and should be given 100% trust.