Do you still have the original color of your hair? Do you dye your hair? In what color, black, brown or blond?
Dyeing hair is already normal to our day to day living. There are many reasons why men and women changed the color of their hair. Women tend to dye their hair more often than men. Some women change the color of their hair when they think something has to change especially if something is bothering their minds. May it be their relationships with their partners or they just want to try what it would be like to have blond or brown hair. Some women dye their hair because they don´t like to see themselves old, having gray hair.
I dye my hair black. As black as it was before. I did it twice to three times a year. It depends on how many gray hair I have seen on my head when combing them. Gladfully, most of my gray hair are behind my back that I could not see them. It doesn´t matter anyway as long as I am healthy. The few gray hair that I have in front are taken care of by brushing black mascara when I am in a hurry. Yes, this is the trick I learned through watching you tube videos. It´s very practical and an easy treatment on the go. It will get off in the next hair washing anyway. Now the problem is, the stain that is left on the sink or in my bath tub.
I have dyed my hair an hour ago and I made a lot of black stains on the sink that I had a hard time getting them off. At first I used the normal bathroom cleaner but I was not contented. There were still shadows of the hair dye. I kept on thinking what to do and I thought of my nail color remover that was in my manicure box. If my nail color was removed by this nail remover, why not a hair dye stain? Well, I got the aceton nail remover from the box and I tried getting off the hair dye on the sink and voila! The stains were gone after scrubbing them with aceton on the cotton balls.
I know some of you changed the color of your hair every now and then. What did you do to get rid of the stain on the sink?
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Posted in Beauty and Skin Care, Expat Life, Health, Tips and How To and tagged beauty treatment, expat life, hair color, hair dye by TAlberts with 14 comments.
Do you know something about German beddings? Have you slept under a cosy and warm Federbett when you were in a hotel in Germany or in other European countries? German bedding is very different to British or Irish beddings. I think it is also different to American style of beddings.
Federbett is a German word for a down comforter duvet which is traditionally made from feathers. It looks like a rectangular huge cushion covered with a cotton or satin fabric made into huge “pillow”. It is a warm bedding which is very cosy to snuggle especially in winter.
I am writing about this German beddings as I realised how good it was to have them in bed. We are no longer using this traditional German beddings as we have bought a bed comforter from Ireland when we lived there and brought it with us to Germany. A few weeks ago, we slept in a hotel in Stuttgart and we slept under a Federbett, a so called down comforter that laid on top of the double bed mattresses. Funny to think of how I have missed this kind of duvet.
A German bed consists of Lattenrost (slated frame) with a spring feathered frame and a matress. A double bed has 2 Lattenrost with 2 spring feathered frames and 2 mattresses. The bedsheets are in different sizes depending on how big the bed and mattresses are. The duvets are all in single sizes that every person in a double bed has its own duvet to use.
Benefits of having a German duvet beddings:
- You have your own fluffy snuggy duvet and you can use it however you want.
- No “war” about yanking and pulling of the shared duvet.
- You can’t smell the farting of your partner as the smell stays inside his / her duvet. That is if he / she doesn’t open his beddings.?
- No top sheet that will disturb you when it’s untuck from the bed.
How To Fold The German Duvet:
Folding the German duvet is very easy. You just have to fold it crosswise like in the photo above or fold it twice if you want to. You don’t have to cover it with a bed comforter. Just let the duvets stay on the bed and the fresh air can always “wipe away” the smell of the sweat.
Anyway, I like to know what kind of beddings you have fellow Blogjobbers. American, British or German style? Thanks for reading. Good night!!!
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Posted in Expat Life, Home and Appliances, Tips and How To and tagged Federbett, German comforter, German duvet by TAlberts with 10 comments.
Easter season is a hunting season not only for the adults but most especially for the kids. Do you do Easter hunting with your kids? Do you know that as an adult, you can do Easter hunting as well? Have you tried that as a kid or as an adult? Did you love it? Too many questions that only you can answer.
Here in Germany, the resurrection of Christ from the dead is more celebrated than the Karfreitag (Good Friday), the day Jesus Christ was crucified. The Easter Sunday is the resurrection day but Easter Monday is also celebrated. The time to bond with the family and to rejoice the resurrection of Christ. The time for Easter eggs and Easter hunting at home, in the park and some other families do it in the forest.
The last time I have done my Easter hunting was when I was in my home country Philippines, 2 years ago. It was me who introduced this fun activity to my relatives especially to my small nieces and nephews. I did not color the eggs though I organized Easter hunting in my tropical garden. As I did not have Easter eggs bought from the supermarkets (nobody sold Easter eggs in our place in the Philippines), I was creative and bought some small sachets of candies, chocolates and other small size packed snacks Pinoy kids were fond of eating. It was the first time my small relatives experienced Easter hunting and I saw in their faces how happy they were. It was worth my effort to see their happy faces.
Where To Hide Easter Eggs At Home:
- In the living room: (a) inside the writing desk drawer (b) in between the books (c) on the flower pots camouflage in the color of the soil (d) behind the stereo sound system (e) behind the sofa or couch (f)behind your computer (g) inside the flower vase covered with some knitting materials
- In the kitchen: (a) in the fridge inside the vegetable compartment (b) in some cooking pots c) on the herb pots covered with the leaves of the herbs (d) inside the rice storage e)inside the cold oven or microwave ( f) inside or hidden in the kitchen utensils holder
- In the bedroom: (a) clothes cupboard (b) inside the pillows (c) behind the flower pots on the windowsill
- In the hallway: (a) inside the umbrella holder (b) inside your shoes and shoes cupboards (c) hang it on the key holder
These are only some of the hiding places in your home. You can either hide chocolates, colored boiled eggs, painted eggs, Easter candies, Easter bunnies and any Easter toys your kids might love. DON´T FORGET! Remember where you hide the chocolates. You might forget it until the next Easter season. Enjoy Easter hunting!
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Posted in Celebration / Feastivity, Easter Celebration, Expat Life, Food, Tips and How To and tagged easter eggs, easter hiding places, easter hunting by TAlberts with 10 comments.
Are you fond of traveling? I do but not always as it costs money to travel. We have a wedding to attend to and the place of the wedding with the reception is around 6 hours drive from where we live. Though it costs a lot of money and time, this event is still worth a visit as most of our friends will be there and we have not seen the bride for more than 10 years.
Before this event, plans were made and a long list of what to do and bring for the weekend travel. Here are some important things needed for traveling inside the country. Well for me, it´s inside Germany.
Important Papers / Documentary / things to bring:
- Identification card or ID
- Bank Card, Visa or Cash money
- Cellphone and charger
- Tickets for the train, bus or plane.
- If you travel by car, don´t forget your driving license.
- A navigation gadget or a road map if you travel by car.
- Writing pad and a pen
- Camera, video camera with charger
- Medicine you need for the travel
- Clothes—such as dress, pants, sweater, underwears, undershirts, stockings and socks if you travel to a cold place like I do. Comfortable shoes or sandals.
Bathroom things such as:
- Shampoo and conditioner
- toothbrush and toothpaste
- hairbrush / comb
- cosmetics like day cream, night cream, body lotion and hand cream.
- Wet towels for cleaning hands while traveling.
- Toilet paper just in case you need it on the road.
I include soap in the list as I have already experienced that in some parts of Germany, the hotels, guest houses or B&B´s were not including this in their bathrooms “must have”.
Food and drink if you travel by car:
- hard boiled eggs
- cookies or dry cakes like banana cake
Traveling is a wonderful adventure for me as I will see a lot of places. Places that I will soon share with you. Good night! Time to go to sleep in our hotel room. Thanks for reading.
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Posted in Expat Life, Tips and How To, Traveling and tagged tips for traveler, traveling tips, weekend travel tips by TAlberts with 4 comments.
Maybe this is not the first time you have read about saving money from our everyday lives. “Tips” and “How To Save” are abundant online yet everyone has his own version on how to save. I have my own, too.
Before when I was still a plain housewife and hometaker, I was not thinking of saving by buying cheap clothes or food. I was not looking for a bargain or thinking how I can save something from buying lesser expensive things. I just bought what I liked and sometimes what I did not really needed. Maybe because I was not earning hard for the money. My hubby did that for me and for our family and I was not thinking about it. I found it normal. Thanks to my other half. I appreciate what he has done.
Anyway, since I have experienced working hard to earn the money, I didn´t like shopping anymore. I didn´t like to spend anymore. I started asking myself 1. why do I have to buy this? 2. do I need this? and 3. wait for the sale. Then I found a goal why I have to save. I save for my travel to the Philippines. That is if I can save enough for my ticket.
Tips on how to save money:
- Food—-some supermarkets have weekly sale on some products. Sometimes meat as well. You can freeze meat and vegetables for a few months. When it´s summer, you can freeze fruits for your desserts and cakes for winter. Example freezing strawberries when it´s abundant in summer.
- Clothes–ask the 3 questions above first if you really have to buy clothes. Maybe your wardrobe is still full. Sell some clothes (in Ebay) you have if they are still good and buy a new one from the money you get. If you have some party dresses which you have worn twice only, why not sell it? Buying some clothes in cheap shops is not always good as most of them are not in good quality. After washing twice or trice, the blouse for example is already worn out.
- Walking or cycling instead of driving a car to your work. If it is only 30 minutes walk to your work, why not walk. It´s not only good for your wallet but also for your health.
- Newspaper—-do you need it? You can read the news online or hear and see it in the TV.
- Drinks—-well it depends what you drink. Water is still the best. Coffee and tea are ok. What about alcohol? Do you have to drink beer and other alcohol drinks? Think if what you drink is really good for your health.
- Traveling—find a travel agency who can give you a package deal for your travel to any places in Asia, America or Europe. You don´t have to travel far. Start with the places in your country worth visiting for.
I hope this blog is not too long for you to read. I still have a lot more tips in my mind but I see that I have already 529 word counts. Thanks for reading.
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Posted in Expat Life, Shopping, Tips and How To and tagged how to save, saving money tips by TAlberts with 10 comments.