Song from a Mom’s Heart

Mommy Moment’s theme is ” Song from a Mom’s Heart”. When RJ was still inside my tummy, I used to play CD’s of Mozart. When she was born, I was still playing the CD and hubby bought CD of lullabies. Then a friend gave us this song book of nursery rhymes and lullabies that has all the lyrics and chords of the songs from the CD that hubby bought. What a coincidence! I forgot the CD’s title for I handed it down to a nephew long time ago but the book title is “Nursery Rhymes and Lullabies” by Pamela Conn Beall and Susan Hagen Nipp.

The CD has 15 charming and gentle lullabies but what I like to sing for RJ the most is Mozart’s Lullaby…

Sleep little one, go to sleep
so peaceful the birds and the sheep.
Quiet are meadow and the trees,
even the buzz of the bees.
The silvery moon beams so bright
down through the window give light
oe’r you the moon beams will creep.
Sleep little one go to sleep,
good night, good night.

This song enchanted RJ as she snuggles down to sleep.

Property Management

Investing in real estate like apartments and condominiums is a very wise decision. However, managing and running a day to day task like dealing with the renters or leasers, keeping up with maintenance, accepting rents, managing the accounts and finances, can be a stressful task especially if you are just new to the business and have no experience in managing rental yourself. 

You should be familiar with fair housing and landlord/tenant laws in the jurisdiction(s) where your property is located and legal process to deal with non-paying tenants. You must also have a reliable means to determine fair market rent and returns on your investment property. Yes, managing a rental property can be a time consuming process.

But do you know that there are companies that can help you manage your properties? Chandler property management will do all the work for you including the acquisition, control, accountability, maintenance, utilization, and disposition. They can also participate in or initiate litigation with tenants, contractors and insurance agencies. Their role is much akin to the role of management in any business.

Most property managers charge a percentage of the monthly rental rate which can range anywhere from 6-10%. This is actually quite nominal when compared to all the services they can provide plus the fact that they can serve as buffer for those landlords desiring to distance themselves from their tenants.

By hiring a property manager, you can focus on your other investment or career by having extra personal time.

Breakfast in Bed

Last Valentine’s Day, we started the day with a breakfast in bed. I prepared pancakes, buttered corn and fried some hotdogs.

Sleepy RJ staring at the food. 

It is taboo to eat in the bedroom. We don’t want ants in our bedroom that is why. But last Valentine’s Day was an exemption. It was our first time in fact to have breakfast in bed (for Couple’s Corner sake, lol!).

Hubby and RJ enjoyed it. I didn’t enjoy it much maybe because I was the one who prepared the breakfast. I guess I will enjoy it more if hubby will surprise me with a breakfast in bed.

How about you? Share us your breakfast in bed experiences or even pictures at…

My Eyes Got Tired

I was not active online for a week because I took a short break. My eyes got strained for I was in front of the computer the whole day for almost everyday. My eyes got tired from intense use. I had sore and burning eyes. It was very irritating and a little painful. 

Asthenopia (aesthenopia) or eye strain is an ophthalmological condition that occurs when you over-use your eye muscles. Any muscle held in one position too long will cause fatigue, pain in or around the eyes, blurred vision, headache and occasional double vision. This type of stress on the visual system can also cause body fatigue and reduced efficiency at work. Symptoms often occur after reading, computer work, or other close activities that involve tiresome visual tasks. More than 50 percent of computer users experience eyestrain, headaches, blurred vision and other visual symptoms caused by persistent use of the computer.

Signs and Symptoms include:
• sore, tired, burning or itching eyes
• watery or dry eyes
• irritated and/or dry eyes
• occasional doubling or blurring of vision
• increased sensitivity to light
• headache

Computer Stress Symptoms
• all of the above symptoms plus…
• neck and shoulder muscle tensions and pains
• pain in wrists and arms

Eye strain does not have severe or long term consequences. It can be cured with rest and simple techniques. However, there can also be underlying problems that causes eye strain that may need possible medication. Any prolonged concern or problems should always be discussed with your Optometrist or Optician.


Things to Consider When Looking for an Apartment

Looking for an apartment may not as easy as you think. There are lots of things to be considered before you can find the right apartment. First and foremost, you have to consider your budget if you are able to afford the place and the additional expenses that may arise. Decide what amenities you can and can’t live without. Do you really need a pool and fitness center? Remember, the more amenities there are the higher is the rent.

It is also important to consider the environment. Aren’t there gangsters around? Is the area secure? How far is the nearest police station and fire department? Also, if you have children, the school should be accessible. For example if you are living in Arizona, you may consider the University of Arizona Apartments. Security and accessibility is essential because the safety and comfort of our family is our major concern.

Just because the apartment looks good doesn’t mean it’s the right choice. Do not be deceived by the wall papers, tiles or carpets. Turn on the faucets and showers to check the water pressure. Check the locks, lights and other fixtures if they are really working. Cupboards should be clean and free from insects. Take measurements also to find out if your furniture and appliances will fit in the rooms. You might want to take some photos before you move in to clear of any liabilities in the future.

You may also want to consider the landlord or superintendent. You will be dealing with them during your stay in the apartment. An approachable and accommodating landlord especially when viewing the place means harmonious relationship and easy solution to your would be problems in the apartment.

Looking for an apartment might be stressful but once you find the right place, it is worth your effort and time.