Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Kinetic Sand: Mess Free Play with the beach sand kingdom

Build amazing sandcastles anywhere with the Kinetic Sand Beach Sand Kingdom! Today I am sharing with you my thoughts on the set and why we love it. So what is Kinetic Sand? Kinetic Sand is a mouldable sand that looks and feels like wet beach sand, however works in a different way as it kind of sticks together. It's easy to shape, mould and clean up. Although the sand feels wet it isn't and best of all it flows through your hands without sticking. 

Blake loves anything sensory and the sand at pre-school is one of his favourite outdoor activities. Living in a flat with no garden means we wanted to find an alternative and the Kinetic Sand Beach Sand kingdom set is perfect for us! 

Although I don't know fully the ingredients used I know that real sand is part of it and that the sand is wheat, gluten and casein free. The sand also doesn't dry out either so can be used again and again and again....

You can find a wide range of different Kinetic Sand sets that include different coloured sand ( we also own a green set) with different styles of tools and moulds. This set though includes :

- 3lbs of beach sand 
- 8 castle themed tools and moulds 
-  A sand box 

The six castle themed moulds can be used to create walls, bridges, towers and more. Whilst the two tools can be used to cut,dig, rake and shovel the Kinetic Sand. The box doubles up as the sand box to keep everything contained which we find extremely handy.  Once finished playing all you need to do is pop it in an air tight container to be used again. 

 We love that the set gives us a chance to have mess free fun indoors. There is enough sand to be able to fit in the sand box when squished down flat. The tools and moulds make it so much fun for Blake to use his imagination when building digging etc. I definitely think its a great way to bring sand into your home without the mess of real sand.

I love that the box can be used as the sand pit. Although its good at keeping most of the sand contained in the box Blake does tend to love throwing sand and pushing the sand out of the box. Because of this we will be also getting the tuff tray out next time  to pop the box in just to keep it a little more contained. 

Overall the Kinetic Sand Beach Sand Kingdom Set is a hit in our household and not just with Blake either as I've found it to be quite therapeutic.  The set retails at £19.99 on Amazon and is suitable for children 3 years and over.


Tuesday, 18 September 2018

5 tips to make moving home easier with kids

Moving home can be a stressful time. Stuart and I know, we have after all moved around quite a bit in the 10 years we have been together. However add children into the mix and the idea of moving doesn't seem appealing at all. Both Stuart and I want to move from our current home for various reasons, so eventually we know its going to happen. So with this in mind I've come up with ways to make moving with your child/ren a bit more easier. 

Involve them more
Let them know in advance that you will be moving. Show them the area they are moving to such as shops, parks and school. Also take them to visit their new home so they can see their new bedroom. Giving children some control such as choosing paint or decor for the new home is another way of keeping them involved and aware what is going on.

Don't show you are stressed
This is a big one for me as I get stressed easily and so by using a house removals company to have one less thing to worry about would be a good idea! If your child/ren see you stressed they may see moving as a negative thing. 

Make moving fun!
Let kids play with the boxes and let their imagination run wild.

Time the move right
If your child/ren are of school age the best time to move will be during the summer holidays; this will make the transition easier. If your child will be staying at the same school though then moving during term time maybe an option you want to consider so you can be organised and moved into your new home without having them under your feet.

Stick to a routine

Children love routine and struggle with change.  By continuing your routine once you have moved into your new home you are making them feel safe with not too much changing at once and see it as they have changed house rather than lost a home.

*This is a collaborative post 

Friday, 14 September 2018

Anxiety Diary: My first appointment with the mental health nurse

So I've opened up on here quite a bit about my struggles with anxiety and feeling low. Well after waiting about a month or so today I had an appointment with the in house mental health nurse that my GP refered me too. Anxiety for me at the moment is something that comes and goes and when its here its a bitch. I honestly want it gone  as its certainly not the normal type of anxiety that most people will go through as I feel it so intense. 

At the appointment I had today was just me and the mental health nurse Sarah who was really lovely.  She explained that my appointment was an hour long , she would ask me various questions and that everything was confidential. She also explained that she's not a counceller but is there to give advice and find out the type of help that I need and to work out the best options for me and what steps to take next.

Her first question was for me to explain about my anxiety which I found tricky to answer but I put across how I'm feeling in the best way I could explain it. After going through her questions she had an idea of when my anxiety started and had a more clearer picture of why. 

We discussed about the local well-being service that's available and so once I got home I decided to self refer. However at the appointment I was also told about some free courses that are available in my local area that specialise in mental health so she has put me down  for 3 courses one about facing fears, another about improving sleep and last of all about managing my worries. They are all courses she felt would benefit me and help me to manage my anxiety and are each only 2 hours long. Luckily for me as I font drive they are in reasonable walking distance from town so very handy.

Another resource she reccomended is the self help app that you can find on the play store and you can download a range of leaflets about different areas of mental health such as anxiety,  PTSD, postnatal depression, sleep problems, stress and much more. The leaflets all have sections to fill in to get you thinking about your mental health.

 I honestly believe that the app and the courses should be more known about especially with some places having such long waiting lists for threapy. My husband has only got his first appointment coming up on Monday after being on a waiting list for well over a year. Knowing these courses and self help info are available could be really beneficial for those that need some kind of help in the meantime before threapy starts. 

I'm hoping that now I've got options in place that I'll be able to be less of a worrier and be able to start controlling my anxiety and how it affects me.