Thankful Thursday: Of Gratitude + Life

The attitude of gratitude enriches our lives in more ways than we can ever imagine. It turns around an otherwise uneventful or boring day and makes an interesting day even more beautiful. Continuing on to be grateful might be a little difficult, especially when things aren’t particularly going your way, but notice how a day full of disappointments turns into one full of joy and wonders if only we learn to always focus on the good and count our blessings. Indeed, more often than not, the way our day, and our lives, would turn out depends largely on what we focus on. We do have the power to turn things around, with a single positive thought at a time.

This week I am grateful for:

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Infertility Awareness 2017: Facts, Myths, + Treatments For Infertility


It was an afternoon of new learnings and renewed hope {especially for those who are suffering from infertility} at Merck’s Fertility Awareness 2017: Bridging Baby Steps event held at the Garden Ballroom Hal 3 and 4 of Edsa Shangri-la Manila last 21 October. It was also interesting as we were joined not only by couples seeking to increase their knowledge about infertility and looking for ways to combat it, but also by a couple who have waited for 16 years to conceive a child, tried In-Vitro Fertilization, and was blessed with a set of twins!

Infertility Facts

According to Dr. Leonardo Almeda, infertility is the inability to achieve pregnancy after one year of adequate cohabitation or after 6 months if the woman is older than 35.  The term describes a man who cannot get a woman pregnant and a woman who cannot get pregnant or carry a pregnancy to term and one out of 10 Filipinos is suffering from this condition.  Among the factors that can contribute to infertility include health conditions, behaviors, age, and genetics.

Generally, as age increases so does the likelihood of infertility. Older men produce fewer and lower-quality sperm in the same manner that older women have fewer and lower-quality eggs. The risk of some health conditions associated with infertility increases with age. Age-related declines in sperm and egg quality also increase the risk of health conditions such as Down Syndrome, autism, and schizophrenia in future generations.

During the event mums are asked to take the Fertility Quiz and I was relieved to find out that my results indicated that I do not need to see a reproduction specialist. Although my little man is more than a handful, it will be awesome to have another baby so he can have a playmate and a best friend.

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6 Secret Ways You Invite Dust Into You Home

Combating dust in your home can be one of the most frustrating parts of cleaning. Sometimes, no matter how much you clean your home, the dust seems to accumulate more rapidly than you can keep up with it. The truth is you may be finding more dust in your home for reasons you may not even realize. If you want to stay on top of dust and find ways to help maintain a clean home learn about the six secret ways that you may actually be inviting dust into your home.

Not Vacuuming Enough

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Carpets are a wonderful hiding place for dirt. For those who have allergies to dust, having as little carpet in your home would be the best option. To minimize this hidden dirt and debris be sure to vacuum your carpets and floors routinely using a good vacuum that is emptied out regularly.

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