Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Parenting an Inquisitive Child

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*Does your child ask so many questions that you are at a loss on what to answer?  The following post was shared by Sandra McAubre on how to parent an inquisitive child. Original post can be found here.

A high level of inquisitiveness is one of the more common signs that your child is gifted, which is a blessing for most parents. Still, the never-ending flow of questions from a curious child’s mouth can be a challenge at times. Learning how to deal with the special needs of an inquisitive child without squelching her natural curiosity isn’t always easy, but it is possible with a bit of dedicated attention.

Encourage Her Natural Curiosity

It can be tempting to lay ground rules regarding how many questions your child can ask, and it’s easy to even become so frustrated with the constant requests for information that you shut down completely. It’s important to keep in mind that if the special needs of your child aren’t met, she could begin to shut down altogether and fail to realize her full potential. Nurturing the thirst for knowledge will increase your workload as a parent, but it’s also one of the best ways to ensure that she stays engaged and eager to learn. Rather than discouraging your child from asking so many questions, look for ways that you can nurture her inquisitive nature.

Talk About Privacy and Respecting Boundaries

Curious kids just want to know more about the world around them, and they’re not always burdened by the knowledge of social mores. As a result, it’s not uncommon to find yourself making apologies for hurtful or rude questions that your inquisitive child asks without realizing that she’s violating the social contract. Making sure that you take time to discuss the importance of respecting others’ right to privacy and maintaining some boundaries can help cut down on these embarrassing situations. Letting your child know that it’s okay to ask touchy questions when it’s just the two of you will satisfy her urge to discover new things without subjecting unwitting friends and loved ones to a barrage of delicate questions.

Find Toys and Games that Fuel Her Inquisitive Nature

The technological advances in the toy industry aren’t restricted to shoot-’em-up video games. There’s a wide selection of toys and games designed to foster learning and knowledge in kids that can help encourage a habit of independent learning. When your child is able to find some of the answers to her questions or access new information on her own she’ll be able to take pride in her accomplishments while you escape at least a few of her questions about the world.

Make a Habit of Looking Up Answers Together

It’s embarrassing to admit that you don’t know the answer to a child’s question, especially if it happens on a regular basis. Rather than becoming frustrated as a result of your humiliation or offering an incorrect answer as a means of buying some silence, why not make a habit of finding the answers to her questions together? You’ll be able to make sure that the information your child finds is accurate, she’ll begin to learn the basics of independent research and you’ll be able to learn a few things in the process.

Keep Answers Age-Appropriate

When a child wants to know everything that happens around her, she’ll naturally stumble on a subject or two that’s beyond her maturity level. Whether you’re concerned about the ability of her young mind being able to grasp more complex concepts or you simply want to shield her from certain realities about the world, there will be questions that you won’t quite know how to answer. Rather than shutting your child down with a simple “let’s talk about it later,” think about the best ways to offer an age-appropriate answer. Remember, it’s okay to tell your child that you need to think about the right way to answer a question. There’s no rule stating that you have to present the unvarnished truth immediately upon being asked a question, so take your time in formulating a response. In some cases, your child’s quick mind and short attention span may mean that she’s forgotten all about her question by the time you find an answer that’s suitable for her developmental and maturity level and you won’t have to foist heavy knowledge onto small shoulders at a moment’s notice.

No one knows your child as well as you, so you may find that there are individual solutions unique to your child that will do the trick when sticky questions are asked. In the end, it’s important to make every effort to support her curious nature, even when the stream of questions is beginning to wear on your nerves. Remember that she’s still learning about everything around her and that the answers to even simple questions aren’t always so obvious to little eyes.

Your Oral Health Affects Your Overall Health

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A growing body of research indicates that the health of your teeth, gums and mouth has a large effect on your overall health and well being. Yes, it is true.  Your smile reflects your health! Imagine how your well-being and self-confidence would be if you have a missing tooth!  Thankfully, gone are the days when dentures are the only solution to avoiding that toothless smile.  Implants like those of dental implants montreal are so well crafted they look like the real thing.

People now have easier access to dental services, ranging from check-ups to cosmetic dental procedures, orthodontics, restorative dentistry and tooth extraction.  Our grandparents' solution to their crooked teeth is having them extracted and replaced with dentures.  Today, you can choose to have braces or opt for invisalign montreal.  Invisalign is a set of removable aligners designed to straighten your teeth without the nasty metal wires and brackets. With the advent of modern dental equipment   and procedures, there is no reason your dental care should be taken for granted.  
Your Mouth Reflects Your Health

Your mouth can serve as a mirror of your overall health.  Diseases like the following may be detected by the health professional examining your mouth:  
  • Cancers of the mouth, throat, throat or tongue
  • Eating disorders
  • Diabetes
  • Anemia
  • Autoimmune and immune deficiency disorders.
Total Wellness Requires Good Oral Health

Think of good dental care as a component of your overall health care.  We take good care of our body by working out and eating the right food.  There is no reason why we should neglect our oral health.   Boost your overall health by cutting down on your risk of tooth decay, periodontal disease and oral cancer.  Maintaining good oral health is easy, and important for your total wellness:

  • Early detection of periodontal disease is critical! Visit your dentist regularly.
  • Brush and floss everyday.  Plaque is constantly forming on your teeth and this is unavoidable.  However, proper regular cleaning removes most plaque, significantly reducing your chances of developing periodontal disease.
  • Check with your dentist to ensure you are receiving the right amount of flouride and dental sealants, if needed.
  • If you use tobacco products, quit.
  • Tell your dentist about medical conditions and medications because they may affect your oral health.
  • Finally, eat an orally and nutritionally balanced diet.

Monday, April 29, 2013

How To Compute Your Holiday Pay in the Philippines

Overworked Employee by Michal Marcol via freedigitalphotos.net

** Update:  The following is a list of holidays for 2014, declared by virtue of Proclamation No. 655, s. 2013:

January 1, 2014, Wednesday – New Year’s Day (Regular Holiday)
January 31, 2014, Friday – Chinese New Year (Special non-working day)
February 25, 2014, Tuesday – EDSA Revolution anniversary (Holiday for all schools)
April 9, 2014, Wednesday – Araw ng Kagitingan (Regular Holiday)
April 17, 2014 – Maundy Thursday (Regular Holiday)
April 18, 2014 – Good Friday (Regular Holiday)
April 19, 2014 – Black Saturday (Special non-working day)
May 1, 2014, Thursday – Labor Day (Regular Holiday)
June 12, 2014, Thursday – Independence Day (Regular Holiday)
August 21, 2014, Thursday – Ninoy Aquino Day (Special non-working day)
August 25, 2014, Monday – National Heroes Day (Regular Holiday)
November 1, 2014, Saturday – All Saints Day (Special non-working day)
November 30, 2014, Sunday – Bonifacio Day (Regular Holiday)
December 24, 2014, Wednesday – Additional special non-working day (Special non-working day)
December 25, 2014, Thursday – Christmas Day (Regular Holiday)
December 26, 2014, Friday – Additional special non-working day (Special non-working day)
December 30, 2014, Tuesday – Rizal Day (Regular Holiday)
December 31, 2014, Wednesday – Last day of the year (Special non-working day)
*Separate proclamations will be issued for the observance of Eid’l Fitr and Eidul Adha

Labor Day in the Philippines will be celebrated on May 1, 2013.  A lot of you most probably would be enjoying this holiday, including me who will start a day earlier by being on leave tomorrow.  Others prefer to work, though.  If you do, do you know how to compute your holiday pay in the Philippines?

And do you know that if you are a MINIMUM WAGE EARNER, you are exempt from paying income tax on your taxable income, including your holiday pay, night shift differential pay and hazard pay.  Are you a minimum wage earner?  Find out here.

First off, the following are the regular holidays, special non-working holidays and specials holiday for schools in the Philippines for 2013 as contained in Proclamation No. 459 signed by President Aquino on August 16, 2012:

Regular Holidays

  1. New Year’s Day:          January 1 (Tuesday)
  2. Maundy Thursday:       March 28
  3. Good Friday:               March 29
  4. Araw ng Kagitingan:     April 9 (Tuesday)
  5. Labor Day                   May 1 (Wednesday)
  6. Independence Day       June 12 (Wednesday)
  7. National Heroes Day     August 26 (Last Monday of August)
  8. Bonifacio Day              November 30 (Saturday)
  9. Christmas Day             December 25 (Wednesday)
  10. Rizal Day                     December 30 (Monday)

Special Non-Working Days

  1. Black Saturday             March 30
  2. Ninoy Aquino Day          August 21 (Wednesday)
  3. All Saints Day               November 1 (Friday)

Additional Special Non-Working Days
  1. December 24 (Tuesday)
  2. December 31 (Tuesday)

Special Holiday for all schools

  1. EDSA Revolution Anniversary   February 25 (Monday)

Holiday Pay is the payment of your regular daily wage for any unworked regular holiday.  Not all employees can have their holiday pay, though.  Holiday Pay in the Philippines does not apply to:

  1. Government employees
  2. Retail and service establishments regularly employing less than ten (10) workers
  3. Househelpers and persons in the personal service of another
  4. Managerial employees provided they meet the conditions under the Labor Code
  5. Officers or members of a managerial staff provided they meet the conditions under the Labor Code
  6. Field personnel and other employees whose time and performance are unsupervised by the employer, including those who are engaged on task or contract basis, purely commission basis or those who are paid a fixed amount for performing work irrespective of the time consumed in its performance.

The Department of Labor and Employment has issued Memorandum Circular No. 1 on March 8, 2004 for the computation of your holiday pay when you do decide to work, instead of hit the beach, on a holiday:

Computation of Holiday Pay for Regular Holiday

A. If it is your regular workday:
1.   If unworked – 100%
2.   If worked – 1st 8 hours – 200%
-      Excess of 8 hours – plus 30% of hourly rate on said day
B. If it is your rest day:
1.   If unworked – 100%
2.   If worked – 1st 8 hours – plus 30% of 200%
-      Excess of 8 hours –plus 30% of hourly rate on said day

Computation of Holiday Pay for declared Special Non-Working Day:

A. If it is your regular workday:
1.   If unworked – No pay, unless there is a favorable company policy, practice or Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) granting payment of wages on special days even if unworked.
2.   If worked – 1st 8 hours – plus 30% of the daily rate of 100% while excess of 8 hours – plus 30% of hourly rate on said day
B. If it is your rest day:
1.    If unworked – No pay, unless there is a favorable company policy, practice or Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) granting payment of wages on special days even if unworked.
2.   If worked – 1st 8 hours – plus 50% of the daily rate of 100% while excess of 8 hours – plus 30% of hourly rate on said day.

For those declared as special working holidays, for work performed, an employee is entitled only to his basic rate.  No premium pay is required since work performed on said days is considered work on ordinary working days.

Taxability of Holiday Pay:

Holiday pay is included in your taxable compensation income and is subject to withholding tax.  However, if you are a minimum wage earner*, you are exempt from the payment of income on your taxable income, including your holiday pay, overtime pay, night shift differential pay and hazard pay.  

Minimum Wage Earner - a worker in the private sector paid the statutory minimum wage, or an employee in the public sector with compensation income of not more than the statutory minimum wage in the non-agricultural sector.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

The New Haipad Anaconda A13 Tablet

I was watching ANC’s Money Talk a couple of days ago and one of the questions went something like this:  “My son keeps using my iPad.  Is it ok if I get him his own iPad using my credit card which is almost maxed?” 

Of course, you can guess the answer. 

However, if she wants the tablet badly for her kid, at a fraction of that gadget’s cost, she should have just checked out Lazada ’s  New Haipad Anaconda Edition 7” Android 4.0 Dual Cam 4 GB with Wifi tablet. 

New Haipad Anaconda Edition 7” Android 4.0 Dual Cam 4 GB with Wifi tablet

Priced originally at P5,499.00, you can now bring home this new Haipad Anaconda tablet at P3,189.00!

Isn’t that a steal?

Especially since you can surf the web, store and read your e-books , download and play lots of bangin’ game apps, play media files, chat, upload photos to your social media accounts like Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, and watch your favorite midday tele-serye (and swoon when the Sir Chief would finally say “I Love You”)!

And I love that it comes in semi-gloss finish of colors like black, lilac, blue, red, and – you guessed it-pink.

TheNew Haipad Anaconda A13 tablet’s general specifications are the following:

  • Runs on Android 4.0 Operating System (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • Features a 7-inch capacitative multi-touch screen, allowing you to tap, glide and let your fingers dance to world of endless interactive opportunities.
  • Has a 2 MP rear camera and a 0.3 MP front camera   
  • Has a 4 GB internal storage capacity and supports a microSD card easily expandable up to 32 GB
  • 1.2 GHz Processor

Users raved at the crisp photos and videos. Expanding the memory allows you to play and download practically any game you like, play any genre of music you love and store your important files.  Its memory can expand and grow along with your numerous pictures.  Indeed, it is memory storing your priceless memories!  The tablet can also easily be lugged around anywhere and tucked easily and safely  in your bag. 

Get the New Haipad Anaconda Edition 7” Android 4.0 Dual Cam 4 GB with Wifi now at Lazada Philippines and avail of free shipping anywhere in the Philippines.   

Thursday, April 25, 2013

25 Rules For Mothers of Daughters


(Note: This was originally posted here.)

This was posted on a high school friend's facebook and I can sooo relate.  So, for all you mommies of daughters, these 25 rules are for you!  

1. Paint her nails. Then let her scratch it off and dirty them up. Teach her to care about her appearance, and then quickly remind her that living and having fun is most important.

2. Let her put on your makeup, even if it means bright-red-smudged lips and streaked-blue eyes. Let her experiment in her attempts to be like you…then let her be herself.

3. Let her be wild. She may want to stay home and read books on the couch, or she may want to hop on the back of a motorcycle-gasp. She may be a homebody or a traveler. She may fall in love with the wrong boy, or meet Mr. Right at age 5. Try to remember that you were her age once. Everyone makes mistakes, let her make her own.

4. Be present. Be there for her at her Kindergarten performances, her dance recitals, her soccer games…her everyday-little-moments. When she looks through the crowds of people, she will be looking for your smile and pride. Show it to her as often as possible.

5. Encourage her to try on your shoes and play dress-up. If she would rather wear her brother’s superman cape with high heals, allow it. If she wants to wear a tutu or dinosaur costume to the grocery store, why stop her? She needs to decide who she is and be confident in her decision.

6. Teach her to be independent. Show her by example that woman can be strong. Find and follow your own passions. Search for outlets of expression and enjoyment for yourself- not just your husband or children. Define yourself by your own attributes, not by what others expect you to be. Know who you are as a person, and help your daughter find out who she is.

7. Pick flowers with her. Put them in her hair. There is nothing more beautiful than a girl and a flower.

8. Let her get messy. Get messy with her, no matter how much it makes you cringe inside. Splash in the puddles, throw snowballs, make mud pies, finger paint the walls: just let it happen. The most wonderful of memories are often the messy ones.

9. Give her good role models- you being one of them. Introduce her to successful woman- friends, co-workers, doctors, astronauts, or authors. Read to her about influential woman- Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, Marie Curie. Read her the words of inspirational woman- Jane Austen, Sylvia Plath, Emily Dickinson. She should know that anything is possible.

10. Show her affection. Daughters will mimic the compassion of their mother. “I love yous” and Eskimo kisses go a long way.

11. Hold her hand. Whether she is 3 years-old in the parking lot or sixteen years old in the mall, hold on to her always- this will teach her to be confident in herself and proud of her family.

12. Believe in her. It is the moments that she does not believe in herself that she will need you to believe enough for both of you. Whether it is a spelling test in the first grade, a big game or recital, a first date, or the first day of college…remind her of the independent and capable woman you have taught her to be.

13. Tell her how beautiful she is. Whether it is her first day of Kindergarten, immediately after a soccer game where she is grass-stained and sweaty, or her wedding day. She needs your reminders. She needs your pride. She needs your reassurance. She is only human.

14. Love her father. Teach her to love a good man, like him. One who lets her be herself…she is after all wonderful.

15. Make forts with boxes and blankets. Help her to find magic in the ordinary, to imagine, to create and to believe in fairy tales. Someday she will make her 5 by 5 dorm-room her home with magic touches and inspiration. And she will fall in love with a boy and believe him to be Prince Charming.

16. Read to her. Read her Dr. Seuss and Eric Carle. But also remember the power of Sylvia Plath and Robert Frost. Show her the beauty of words on a page and let her see you enjoy them. Words can be simply written and simply spoken, yet can harvest so much meaning. Help her to find their meaning.

17. Teach her how to love- with passion and kisses. Love her passionately. Love her father passionately and her siblings passionately. Express your love. Show her how to love with no restraint. Let her get her heart broken and try again. Let her cry, and gush, giggle and scream. She will love like you love or hate like you hate. So, choose love for both you and her.

18. Encourage her to dance and sing. Dance and sing with her- even if it sounds or looks horrible. Let her wiggle to nursery rhymes. Let her dance on her daddy's feet and spin in your arms. Then later, let her blast noise and headbang in her bedroom with her door shut if she wants. Or karaoke to Tom Petty in the living room if she would rather. Introduce her to the classics- like The Beatles- and listen to her latest favorite- like Taylor Swift. Share the magic of music together, it will bring you closer- or at least create a soundtrack to your life together.

19. Share secrets together. Communicate. Talk. Talk about anything. Let her tell you about boys, friends, school. Listen. Ask questions. Share dreams, hopes, concerns. She is not only your daughter, you are not only her mother. Be her friend too.

20. Teach her manners. Because sometimes you have to be her mother, not just her friend. The world is a happier place when made up of polite words and smiles.

21. Teach her when to stand-up and when to walk away. Whether she has classmates who tease her because of her glasses, or a boyfriend who tells her she is too fat - let her know she does not have to listen. Make sure she knows how to demand respect - she is worthy of it. It does not mean she has to fight back with fists or words, because sometimes you say more with silence. Also make sure she knows which battles are worth fighting. Remind her that some people can be mean and nasty because of jealousy, or other personal reasons. Help her to understand when to shut her mouth and walk-away. Teach her to be the better person.

22. Let her choose who she loves. Even when you see through the charming boy she thinks he is, let her love him without your disapproving words; she will anyway. When he breaks her heart, be there for her with words of support rather than I told-you-so. Let her mess up again and again until she finds the one. And when she finds the one, tell her.

23. Mother her. Being a mother - to her - is undoubtedly one of your greatest accomplishments. Share with her the joys of motherhood, so one day she will want to be a mother too. Remind her over and over again with words and kisses that no one will ever love her like you love her. No one can replace or replicate a mother's love for their children.

24. Comfort her. Because sometimes you just need your mommy. When she is sick, rub her back, make her soup and cover her in blankets - no matter how old she is. Someday, if she is giving birth to her own child, push her hair out of her face, encourage her, and tell her how beautiful she is. These are the moments she will remember you for. And someday when her husband rubs her back in attempt to comfort her...she may just whisper, "I need my mommy."

25. Be home. When she is sick with a cold or broken heart, she will come to you; welcome her. When she is engaged or pregnant, she will run to you to share her news; embrace her. When she is lost or confused, she will search for you; find her. When she needs advice on boys, schools, friends or an outfit; tell her. She is your daughter and will always need a safe harbor - where she can turn a key to see comforting eyes and a familiar smile; be home.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

KidsEmail.org: Safe E-mail For Your kids

“Mom, Slender Man is real! It said so on YouTube! And I hope he haunts Ate Nicole because she is being mean to me!!
(And I wanted to kick myself for letting him use my netbook-unsupervised-because I wanted to finish my laundry.)

I was never wary of the world wide web.  I embraced it years ago when DSL was just a concept (I guess) and dial-up Internet access using a modem was still the thing.  I reveled in the technology so much that my kids were introduced to the computer when they were merely toddlers (okay, they were around three).

But their computer use was heavily supervised, with a heavy emphasis on educational websites like Starfall and Jumpstart. My two girls were never allowed to have their e-mail addresses until they were thirteen, when the school required them to have their own e-mail addresses for school announcements and homeworks.  Before that, they had to use my e-mail account, and although I promised I would never read their mail, I did take a peek ;)

So when Adrian, my seven year old, asked me a month ago, literally begged actually, if he can have his own e-mail address, because his classmate Seth has one and he wanted to get in touch with him this summer vacation, I was very hesitant.  As in really hesitant (His sisters were claiming he should get his when he turns thirteen, too). 

Coincidentally, I was given a chance to try KidsEmail.org.  

KidsEmail.org is an e-mail service for kids and teens (an option which made my teen girls stop complaining about how the little boy is getting his own e-mail add six years earlier than they did) with the aim of providing safe email accounts for kids and teens while granting parents access (depending on the settings chosen) and supervision.

“You supervise your children when they go outside to play.  Do you know who is contacting your child inside your home?”

In recent years, our eyes were opened to the dark side of the web - stalkers, online bullying, pornography, dangerous persons chatting with your kids and pretending to be their age.  And in all honesty, we parents have a difficult time keeping abreast with our tech-savvy children.  KidsEmail.org is one of those amazing tools that will help you keep your children safe from any online communication dangers.

Setting up after registration is so easy!  Just add your children, create their KidsEmail.org accounts then finally, set their e-mail safety settings. 

Your child can then sign in using his username and password.

Once your child has signed in, he can go to settings and choose a background for his page.  There are a lot of backgrounds, like this one for a boy:

and these ones for your teen:

One of the options which I chose for my younger kid is having every message he is sending and receiving e-mailed to my address.  That is not snooping, I hope.  This is a seven year old’s e-mail account.  It is a comfort that I am able to monitor what he is up to.  I promise to lighten on the options when he gets older.

There are also options to limit messaging only to those people who are in his contact list and to block attachments, audio files and photos.

What I love about it:

Aside from the piece of mind this site gives me, KidsEmail.org actually helped in making my son turn into a good writer.  He has been e-mailing me stories he made up and almost every day, I receive an update of how was his day (even after he has told me personally about it!)

What I don’t like about it:

Practically nothing.  Even if my son is asking everyone – as in everyone -what is his/her e-mail address and “Can I please add them to my contact list?” , I am not complaining.  I love receiving his daily updates and relatives are enjoying his updates as well.

And oh, you can also embark on a safe world wide web journey with your kid by trying it now FREE!

{LSS} Gwiyomi

I am trying to work.
But I can’t seem to get this Korean song, Gwiyomi, (and its cutesy gestures) out of my mind!
And I can’t even understand the lyrics!
Like Psy’s “Oppa Gangnam Style” which became so big Madonna and MC Hammer were dancing to it, this Gwiyomi craze is hitting the meme scene, with practically every YouTube celebrity wanna-bes doing a version of it.
I tried to look up what this song’s lyrics mean (because I sure don’t want to be singing songs with sleazy lyrics!), and some sites say gwiyomi is Korean slang for cute, with the lyrics about a pinky promise of a girl and a boy in love.
This song by Hari didn’t take off until Jihoon of the K-pop group BtoB created some cutesy gestures for the song.

And the rest is, what can I say, history.
Here is the cutest Gwiyomi interpretation I have ever seen:

Now, excuse me before somebody would throw his coffee mug at me (Some swear this song has a violent effect on some people-especially those who abhor cuteness).

Monday, April 22, 2013

{New Book Release} Elemental by Brandon Ax

Anyone who knows me know that I read a lot.  And since J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter, I have been reading a whole lot of Young Adult fiction, not just  because I can only read something for a little while before I am interrupted by a “Mom, I need my chocolate drink. Now.”, or an “Omigod, Nicole left her lunchbox” or a "Hon, where are my socks?", but also because I immensely, honestly enjoy it a lot.  I love witches (now called “Casters” in the “Caster Chronicles”), magic, zombies, werewolves, and I swear I have been searching for a copy of Naermyth by Karen Francisco, a story about post-apocalyptic Philippines, which includes creatures of Filipino folklore like the tikbalang, the kapre, and the aswang

And yes, I am happy to announce to all of you people that Brandon Ax over at baxwriting.blogspot.com  has just recently released a book in the genre I so love (Young Adult Fiction, Urban Fantasy).

Presenting "Elemental"!!!

What is Elemental About?  

Sophia's mother disappeared when she was six, leaving behind a broken father and sleep disturbed by silent terrors. Now twelve years later, the nightmares that plagued her youth have suddenly returned.

With dark creatures occupying her nights and a sense of restlessness consuming her days, all she wants is to finish school and get out of her small town as fast as possible. Everything changes when she is confronted with the realization that the shadowy beings from her dreams are real. The truth of this reality hits hard when someone she loves is killed. It would seem that anyone in their way is disposable.

A mysterious boy named Aiden enters her life bringing with him all sorts of complications. They're drawn to each other, but their connection brings Aiden right into the path of her half-demon nightmares. With her father and several new friends put in the cross-hairs, Sophia must decide whether to let the shadows take her or stand her ground and fight. As the school year steadily moves closer to an end her decision may come with the cost of her life or worse—the lives of those she cares about. 

Brandon says that “The story in itself is one about finding acceptance of yourself and where you belong in life, painted behind a colorful backdrop of demons and elementals.  I enjoyed writing this book immensely and hope you enjoy reading it.
You can check out the book here for the Kindle version and here for the paperback!

And oh, if you head over to Amazon, the first two chapters are available for a sneak preview!

Have fun reading!

Happy Earth Day!

 "The theme of Earth Day 2013 is The Face of Climate Change. This campaign seeks to harness the power of Earth Day to personalize the massive challenge that climate change presents, while uniting people around the globe into a powerful call to action. Earth Day Network is collecting images of people, animals, and places affected by climate change as well as images of people doing their part in the fight against climate change. On and around Earth Day (April 22), an interactive digital display of all the images will be shown at thousands of events around the world — from schools to parks to government buildings. The display will also be made available online to anyone who wants to view or show it. Learn more and upload your photos at earthday.org/2013"

Help build a global mosaic and upload your photos and be part of "The Face of Climate Change"!  (Seriously considering a photo of SM-Baguio, by the way, for wanting to cut 182 trees-there term is "earthball", an excuse that they are not actually cutting the trees, but transferring them.)

Here is a link to a video of our HOME...

"We are living in exceptional times. Scientists tell us that we have 10 years to change the way we live, avert the depletion of natural resources and the catastrophic evolution of the Earth's climate.

The stakes are high for us and our children. Everyone should take part in the effort, and HOME has been conceived to take a message of mobilization out to every human being.

For this purpose, HOME needs to be free."