Mommy Music Cravings: An Honest Music Download Site Review

Back in the day, I was an mp3 junkie.  I used to spend hours downloading songs from the now extinct Napster.  In between doing research for my college thesis, I’d squeeze in some time to download Madonna and A-Ha songs.  My reason for getting an internet service provider then was more for music downloads than for schoolwork, I must admit.

Fast forward to today, I am a single mom with cellulite-laden thighs and an undying love for music.  Yes, the years may have taken their toll on my formerly dreamy body, but my burning desire for songs of various genres is still alive.  Napster may have died an untimely death, but it’s good to know that there is MP3Mixx.

MP3Mixx.com is an mp3 download site with a huge selection of music to choose from.  It’s always updated with the latest songs from your favorite artists.  My daughter is a major fan of Lady Gaga, and she’s only too happy to know that I am able to download her favorite songs from this site.  They go straight from the laptop to her mp3 player.

What’s nice about MP3Mixx is the interface isn’t intimidating.  It’s really easy to navigate and find the songs I want.  I can get pretty impatient, so it’s really convenient that this website is able to come up with search results quickly.

Another thing, if the song you’re looking for is not on their website, they’ll offer you suggestions of other songs by the same artist.  If you’re searching for a Beatles song, don’t worry, they won’t fill your screen with a list of songs by Pink.

If you’re not sure about a particular song, this website allows you to preview the mp3 before downloading it.  Don’t worry about the poor sound quality of the preview.  The actual mp3 sounds far better, and you can choose its bitrate prior to downloading.

Since I’m a mom, price is of the utmost importance.  MP3Mixx agrees with me, as the prices of its tracks come at a cheap 15 cents each.  Wow, you could get an entire album for only a few dollars!

MP3Mixx is now my go-to place to satisfy my cravings for music ranging from the 70’s to the present day.  Listening and dancing to music of all kinds is something my daughter and I enjoy doing together.  Who would’ve thought that an mp3 downloads site can keep that maternal bond ever so tight?

Why Tunics Work at Work

A single mom’s life is riddled with much anxiety.  Since there is a lot of uncertainty about my daughter marrying a wealthy prince in the future, I have to make sure that I provide for all her needs, so she doesn’t have to worry about finances as she grows up.  I constantly devise ways to earn an extra buck here and there, with the fervent desire to eventually put up my own business.  And, one of the businesses I have in mind is a beauty salon.

There’s just something about a beauty salon which attracts its usual denizens.   Be it the casual banter going on between hairdresser and client, or the promise of a stunning manicure, beauty salons never fail to have a steady stream of customers flowing in and out of their premises.

I have also noticed how beauty salon workers look more professional and dignified in their beauty tunics.  If and when I do put up my own beauty salon, I will make my staff wear tunics.   That way, customers can clearly identify a salon worker from a wannabe.   It makes the staff feel competent at what they do, thus compelling them to give customers better service.

What’s good about beauty tunics is they are both functional and fashionable.  They were made to withstand the tough stains they are susceptible to inside the salon.  At the same time, they come in various designs which are a far cry from the drab salon uniforms of centuries past.  They are also more form-fitting now, without constricting freedom to move about.

As I surfed the net for a good enough beauty tunic for women, I was surprised at the treasure trove of cheapbeauty tunics out there.  I never knew there was a wide range of salon tunics and uniforms to choose from.  The beauty tunic cotton industry seems to be in full swing with the huge selection of salon wear.

Salon tunics will definitely be part of my priorities list when I do manage to establish myself in the beauty salon industry. I can dream, can’t I?

Ich Liebe Blog Awards

I’m not one to brag about my accomplishments, not only because they are few and far between, but because I’m not really comfortable having the limelight to myself.   But since I am clothed in the shadows of my blog, I can safely boast that back in college- and I mean waaay baaack!- I used to be at the top of my German class.    But although I aced almost every quiz and exam, I don’t remember ever coming across the word “liebster”- until now.

I am deeply grateful to Taylor of TaylorCares for honoring The Pepperrific Life with the Liebster Blog Award.  I was pleasantly surprised and flattered to have been given this recognition.

Liebster is a German word which means “dearest” or “beloved”, but can also mean “favorite”.  The aim of the Liebster  Blog Award is to draw more attention to blogs with 300 or less followers.

If you happen to be a recipient of this award, you must do the following:

Show your thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them

Share your top 5 picks for the award and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog

Post the award on your blog

Hope your recipients pass the award to their 5 favorite blogs to keep the love flowing

So, here are the five bloggers who I wish to present the Liebster Blog Award to:

Anne- Green Eggs and Moms

Tat – Mum in search

Natalie- From Corporate to Domestic

Cari- Bubble Gum on My Shoe

Sie- A Life’s Journey

Resolutions, Resolutions…

It’s only too tempting to go without a post about the New Year, but for lack of any worthwhile topic to write about, I will succumb to pressure and write something about the New Year, just like everyone else already has.

Resolutions, shmesolutions.   I was never one to make them, sorry.  I’ve always thought that resolutions are like your ex-husband: useless and unreliable.
For a time, I tried making a few resolutions to ring in the new year, but I think I broke them as soon as I made them.  It is true, old habits die hard, and it’s much more comfortable to keep doing what you always have.  Change is stressful, and fear of the unknown is the most dreadful.
Don’t get me wrong, though.  I have nothing against those who make new year’s resolutions.  I think it’s admirable for them to come up with a list of goals and stick to them.  I guess that’s what’s wrong with me: I don’t have the guts to stick to them, let alone make them. 
Anyway, I don’t want to start the new year on a negative note, so I’ll just stop right now.  Ok, maybe I’ll resolve to be a little more optimistic this year.   Cheers, everyone!  Have a happy 2012.

Why Worrying is Worthless

I am definitely no historian but I can say with conviction that never in the history of humankind has anyone ever benefited from worry. Sure you know what worry is. It’s that emotion Lindsay Lohan didn’t feel a bit of when she posed for the January 2012 issue of Playboy.

We don’t gain anything from worry, yet it’s something we do all too often. We worry over little things and big things. Your worries range from thinking about your kid’s future, to getting that last square in Party Bingo, to fretting over the fact that you’ve missed 2 issues from your subscription to Single Moms Gone Wild- Biweekly Edition.

I, for one, am admittedly a helpless worrywart. I worry about every single thing. And when things are going ok, I worry that I have nothing to worry about. It’s a vicious cycle that just kills me.

Worry is paralyzing. When we obsess about what has yet to happen, we lose whatever opportunities for happiness the present has to offer. Instead of merrily brushing the mane of your daughter’s My Little Pony, your mind has floated away to your office boardroom. Worry simply zaps the life out of you.

My cousin advised me to remember my “circle of control”. The things which belong to that circle are the ones which I have control over. Anything outside of that is simply beyond me, and I’ll just have to learn to trust God with those. It’s up to us, then, to identify those which we can control, and the things we can’t.

A friend once said that “worry is an insult to God”. Right. When we worry, it’s akin to thinking that God is not in charge. Even if things don’t go as planned, we should know better to believe that in the grander scheme of things, it’s all for the best.

It’s only a few days until Christmas, and this would be the perfect time to be in the “no-worry” zone. Have a truly Merry Christmas, everyone!

Invisalign Wishes and Caviar Dreams

Love, they say, is lovelier the second time around.  I’m not quite so sure about love, but what I do know is that getting braces is sweeter the second time around.  I have had the (un)fortunate fate of needing to wear braces twice in this lifetime, and although I had to go through its ups and downs- and lefts and rights- once more, it was all worth it.

My metal-mouthed saga began some 20 years ago, when my insecurity got the better of me.  I was in high school then, feeling helplessly self-conscious of my crooked front teeth.  Of all the teeth which could possibly be misaligned, it just had to be my front teeth.  All my photos showed me with a tight-lipped smile.  I looked like a freak with a bad collagen lip injection.

I finally got my mom to get me braces, despite the cost.  Anyone who’s ever had to wear braces would know what I’m talking about when I say that the initial pain was almost too much to bear.  I couldn’t eat, let alone touch my teeth with my tongue without feeling a shooting pain.  I had to eat mashed bananas and have everything go straight from mouth down to throat.

After a year of religious visits to the orthodontist, my teeth showed remarkable improvement, as I was finally able to show off my pearly whites in a confident prom-picture-worthy smile.  I threw caution to the wind and barely wore the retainer.  Years later, my teeth went back to their crooked glory.

There was no use crying over spilt milk, so I resolved to undertake another tooth-straightening venture.  This time, I was going to do it right and not put all the money and effort to waste.  So, once more, I found myself with steely brackets and bands.

With the advent of more inconspicuous teeth-straightening technology, we adults can straighten our teeth without others even noticing.  If I knew then what I know now, I would’ve pooled my resources and immediately booked an appointment with a dentist from Invisalign NYC.  I would’ve been a more self-assured adult who didn’t have to worry about food lodged in between brackets while in the middle of a corporate meeting.

Even if I didn’t get to experience 21st century teeth-straightening technology first-hand, I’m still happy that I’m finally wearing the smile that I’ve always dreamed of.  The braces are off, and the dazzling smile is on!

 

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Top 5 Halloween Costumes for Girls

Plump orange pumpkins, a storm of candies, and trick or treat. These are the things which come to mind when one mentions the word Halloween. Much better images than that of Freddy Kruger or Chucky from the scary movie Child’s Play, if I may add.

Kids do look forward to Halloween parties, and no party will be complete without costumes. This is the perfect time for little girls to live out their princess or fairy fantasies- much to the delight of their doting parents.

If you’re looking around for costumes to get your girl for Halloween, here are the top Halloween costumes for girls based on amazon.com sales:

  1. Strawberry Shortcake Deluxe Costume
  2. Harry Potter Gryffindor Robe
  3. Pink Ranger Samurai Classic Costume
  4. Monster High Frankie Stein Costume
  5. Disney’s Long Blonde Princess   Tangled Rapunzel Wig – Child

 

While you’re at it, why not get yourself a Halloween costume too? After all, you’re never too old to be Tinkerbell even for one night.

Single Moms and Car Repairs

Being without a man in your life does have its pitfalls.  You hit bumps in the road, literally, and you get your car battery inevitably jiggled out of its consoles.  That’s what happened to me just recently, and I have to admit, I was as clueless as a nun in a strip club.  If I had a husband or boyfriend on call, the problem would’ve been diagnosed and fixed in a jiffy, but such is not the case with me.

Going back to the jiggled battery incident, it turns out that was the reason my car just wouldn’t start on that fateful morning on my way to work.  I had to resort to taking public transport that day, and later that evening, contacted my male cousin to have a look at the problem.  It didn’t take long for him to see what was wrong.  That saved me a trip to the car mechanic.

About a week after, I noticed that my car AC system was no longer blowing cold air.  I thought, I was the only one HOT, but so was my car.  Anyway, I drove around, looking for a somewhat reliable car shop which specialized in car air-conditioning.  Lo and behold, I found one nearby, and just boldly drove up there.  One of the guys said to first test something, and that might mean having to change a part.  I didn’t have the faintest idea of what he was saying, but I just played along, pretending I understood.   So, I comfortably seated myself in a corner of their shop as two men worked away on my car.  It took a good 3 hours before they told me everything was ok.  We tested the AC, and it felt good to have cold air blowing in my face again.

I have always been baffled by the concept of car repairs.  Yes, I do know how to turn on the ignition and drive, but that’s about all I know about automobiles.  When I look under the hood, it’s almost as if I’m looking at an entirely different quadrant of the galaxy.

My advice to women out there:  Ask around for referrals for car repair shops.  If you have the time, try to educate yourself on the topic.  There are a number of websites on car systems and repair which can make you more confident when it comes to the various facets of car care.

 

Top Ten Emerging Influential Blogs for 2011: My Picks

Blogs are a dime a dozen, but only a handful deserve to be labeled the distinction “influential”.  These are the blogs which make us keep coming back because of their ability to influence the way we think, feel, and even the way we do number 2 in the toilet.

This is the first time I’m joining Janette Toral’s writing project, and I couldn’t be more excited!  Drumroll, please… now, here are my picks for the Top Ten Emerging Influential Blogs for 2011:

The Tottering Mama– Parenting blogs are sprouting like mushrooms in cyberspace, but this blog begs to differ.  It gives new life to parenting as the author dishes out advice based on her experience in raising two toddlers.  This blog proves to be a helpful resource to parents who choose to homeschool their kids.

My Painted Lips– I cannot even begin to fathom how the author of this blog manages to juggle so many things in the air: raising her four kids and maintaining numerous blogs.  More than keeping her house spic and span, she manages to pull it off with a sexy body to boot!  Her blog spans more than just lipsticks.  She inspires other work-at-home-moms to keep looking fab even at home.

LEVYousa– One look at her blog header, and I already feel like levitating.  This blog is all about the author’s views on life and basically everything that goes on around her.  She seeks to inspire through her chronicles, and she manages to do just that.  After I read her posts, I’m always left with a smile on my face (which I can’t easily wipe off), and my soul feels a great deal lighter.

Notepad Corner– What was initially intended to simply be a personal blog has now turned into a rich resource of information which can be applied to everyday life.  From useful insights on the profound to practical housekeeping advice, I found them all in the Notepad Corner.

Mom Writes– Anyone can write, but only a few can successfully tug at the readers’ heartstrings.  The author’s posts leave me inspired and always thankful to God for all my blessings.  She helps me see life through rose-colored glasses.

Certified Foodies– I love to eat out, but I’m often at a loss as to where to go for good food.  This blog is heaven sent, as the authors suggest various restaurants which are worth visiting.  They’ve also got everything covered… from cheese to alcohol.  Reading their blog never fails to leave me hungry and laughing at the same time.

The Bloggers Journal– Needless to say, this blog has helped me in so many ways.  Being a newbie, I definitely need all the help I can get when it comes to blogging.  The author gives out advice on everything about blogging, from the simple to complex.

My Green Living Ideas– I haven’t really been an advocate of protecting the environment, but this blog has somewhat changed the way I view Mother Earth.  The author offers tangible tips on caring for the environment, in a way that isn’t preachy.

Mommy Survival– The author couldn’t be closer to the truth when she says that motherhood is a tough job.  Reading her blog has helped me handle things more easily, what with me raising a kid alone.  She has virtually carried me through motherhood’s most trying moments with her writing.

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Photography Tip: How to Shoot Jump Shots

Any bona fide camera-whore would tell you that no photography buff would pass up an opportunity to take a perfect jump shot. No, I’m not talking about shooting hoops with a ball here. I’m referring to pictures of people, kids most especially, jumping in the air. You don’t necessarily have to rob a bank just to get a high-end DSLR. Even with a simple point-and-shoot camera, you should be able to capture that moment when your subjects are in midair. [Read more…]