Little Moments : 3/52 | Learning through play

09:00

This week has been busy for us. We had one particular appointment for Blake that really stressed me out but that is definitely for a different post. 

Blake was pretty exhausted by Friday and was reluctant to go to school so we decided Saturday was to be a day of rest and relaxation for him.

We spent the day in watching a film, reading books and we decided to get out the Learning Resources Whirling Wave Reactor.

We had yet to get around to using the set after it was featured in my Christmas gift guide so decided it was the perfect time to something new together.


Inside the box as well as the bits needed to start making experiments there is a instruction manual showing 5 different experiments you can do which includie items you will most likely have in your kitchen.

We chose to do the simple extraction  experiment to reveal what Beaker Creature was in the reactor pod. Blake was absolutely loving it and we will definitely get it out again soon to try out a different experiment.


My top 5 apps for SelfCare

12:26

This year I want to be taking time out each day from technology. Instead I'll be reading, doing art or even going for a walk. With that said though we can make the most of technology and use it in a positive way. 

I've been trying out a lot more apps to help with selfcare and wanted to share my top 5. Some you may have heard of already and others you may not know about.

So let's jump in

1. CALM
Calm is an app that you have probably heard of before. It's the app I have been using the longest and can help you meditate, sleep, relax and much more.

Twitter: @calm 
Facebook: /calmdotcom







 2. Headspace
Headspace is pretty similar to Calm in my opinion. Using proven meditation and mindfulness techniques the app shows you how to train your mind for a healthier, happier, more enjoyable life.

Twitter: @Get_Headspace
 Facebook: /HeadspaceOfficial


3. YOUPER


Youper is an AI chat-bot app designed to help users identify, track, and process their thoughts and feelings. The app includes four main features: Youper the AI Chat-Bot, Journal Logs, Mood Logs, and an Emotional Health Assessment.

Twitter: @Youper_ai 
Facebook: /youper.official




A game that let's you pretend staying in bed all day. Let's cuddle with our cat, light a candle, consult our Tarot cards, collect things for our altar. Let's stay in bed. 

Twitter: @selfcaretheapp
Facebook:  /selfcaretheapp


5. My Affirmations 

My Affirmations helps to impregnate positive thoughts in your mind by giving you reminders at specified duration. You can select affirmations from different categories, which you want to show as notification. You can also create your own Affirmations too.

Facebook: My Affirmations





Packing Tips for moving home

17:39

It's almost a year now since we upped sticks and relocated. Moving was certainly a stressful time for us and it was relief once we were in our new home and boxes were unpacked.

There are definitely things you can do to make the whole experience a little less stressful.


Research moving companies
We wanted to find a cheap and efficient removal service that met our needs. We researched different ones in our area and got some quotes before deciding who to go with.


Be Organised 
Being organised is key for making the moving process run more smoothly. 
Lists will be your best friend for listing items you need for packing and for people you need to inform when you move out and who to inform of your new address. It's also handy to have a list of emergency numbers such as for a plumber and even the number for a takeaway as you wont want to be cooking moving day.

Label boxes
Labelling boxes is a must with each room and what's in them. This helps movers when you reach your new home to take boxes to the right room. It's also very helpful for when it comes to when you start unpacking. 
It's also important to label any boxes that contain fragile items in so that both you and the movers are aware for when packing up the van and moving items into your home.


Protecting items
As mentioned above it's important to label boxes with fragile items. Its also important though to make sure that when you are packing them that they are wrapped correctly. For example we made sure that photo frames were all wrapped in bubble wrap so that they didnt break.  Valuable items we chose to take with us in the car so that we knew where they were and were our responsibility. We made sure we knew where all paperwork and important documents were packed and used bin bags for items like duvets.


Packing essentials
It's a good idea when you are writing your lists to do one for a box of essentials that you will need as soon as you get there. This can include items such as toilet roll, your kettle, milk, sugar, cups, coffee and snacks. Its also a good idea to have a suitcase with clothing and items such as chargers, medication, laptops etc. If you have kids do ones for them too including favourite toys, clothes and other essentials.


When you arrive:

Make sure that you deal with essential items like having somewhere to sleep and somewhere to sit first. Then open your essentials box and enjoy a nice mug of coffee or tea.