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. 


Gift ideas for Harry Potter fans

It doesn’t matter how old kids (or you!) are, if you love Harry Potter, you will naturally want to own as much of the merchandise as possible and luckily enough, there is a huge selection to choose from, but what are the best choices for keeping true Potterheads happy?

There are different approaches to consider, such as buying house-specific goodies, though this will require your particular Potter fanatic to have already been sorted! Or perhaps you could simply focus in on treats that are specific to a favourite character? The possibilities are endless, but I've put together a list of absolute must-haves for any Harry Potter fans, so you can rest easy for a few Christmases and birthdays!

No Harry Potter fan’s collection will be complete without a character wand! All of the main stars’ wands have been faithfully recreated and are available to buy, from the Warner Brothers Studio Tour online shop For an extra touch of fun…did you know that you can take a quiz online, to discover what kind of wand would choose you in Ollivanders? So cool!
Hogwarts house scarves.
Any true fans of the wizarding world will have been sorted online, to discover which house they would be placed in, were they to attend Hogwarts. It’s just a fact. If you know which hose somebody is in, that will afford you endless possibilities, in terms of gifts, but I wholeheartedly recommend a house scarf. An understated piece of merchandise, only fellow Potterheads will know what the coloured stripes actually symbolise and there’s nothing wrong with a little house pride! Just don’t get it wrong, as a Slytherin will NEVER forgive you for buying them a Gryffindor scarf. The horror!
Fluffy pets.
Every Harry Potter fan has thought about what pet they would take with them to Hogwarts. Ron has his rat Scabbers, Hermione has Crookshanks, a very grumpy cat and Harry, of course, has Hedwig, a stunning white owl. Living in the dorm rooms at Hogwarts, these familiars are steadfast friends to the students and there are endless plush soft toy versions available to buy. You can even buy a fluffy version of Fang, Hagrid’s beloved slobbery pooch who shares his hut with him!

Sweet treats.
Who can forget the moment when Harry bought the entire sweet cart on the Hogwarts Express? It’s the stuff that kid’s dreams are made of , so why not consider buying a few magical morsels for the Potterhead in your life? You might be shocked to discover that Chocolate Frogs, complete with holographic collectors card, can actually be bought, as can Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans. Just be careful not to go too overboard, or you’ll think you accidentally bought some Weasley Puking Pastilles!
Pin badges.
This is actually my favourite suggestion, as there are so many badges to choose from that you could start a collection, buying a new one for each birthday. The pins aren’t just house-specific, so there are plenty to consider, but if you do know a little smartypants, why not start with a house prefect badge? Ravenclaws, in particular, will love them, as they pride themselves on their intelligence.
Something extra special.
If you aren’t as obsessed with Harry Potter as some, you might think that it’s a little gimmicky to indulge in endless Potter-related gifts, but never underestimate the impact the franchise has had on children and adults alike. Speaking of adults, how about something a little more exclusive and upmarket for the grown up Hogwarts wannabe in your life, in the form of some elegant and collectible jewellery? Anyone would love a Deathly Hallows necklace or horcrux ring, but for something a little more classic, there is a wonderful selection of watches to choose from as well.
So there you have it! Regardless of age or Hogwarts house, there are more gift possibilities than you can shake a wand at, available either during the warner Brothers Studio Tour or online. Oh, and don’t forget that for a magical festive touch, you can buy beautiful glass baubles, decorated with house colours or the Hogwarts' crest. If nothing else, you’ll be tempted by one of these for yourself!