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Friday, 23 October 2020

FAUX / LEATHER JACKET A WARDROBE STAPLE





Another fashion related post today. I think leather / faux leather jackets are such a great fashion item and I feel it has to have a little space on my blog. Especially now that autumn is here and we are looking for a perfect jacket to tick the boxes for the season.

 I was searching for a nice leather / faux leather  jacket for ages especially because previously I found some that look too bulky for my petite size and too rocky which I wasn’t a fan of. I wanted something classy, comfy and good quality.


Faux Leather / leather jackets are always going to be a staple in any wardrobe. I feel that you can pull a lovely casual or dressed up look with a nice jacket.

There are no limits in fashion and this is true especially when it comes to leather jackets. Day dress, biker boots and leather jacket, what a great outfit to pull out when going out for coffee ( or currently just to the shops) to feel more polished.

Skinny jeans, white top and leather jacket and you got a great casual look for almost any occasion.


I have found my jacket in M&S however I have found some lovely ones online which I am going to share with you here.. Those are mixture of faux leather or leather to which ever you prefer. 

I have gone for a black classic style as I feel it goes with most of the outfits but I have to say I love the look of tan colour one too. 
There is no way you can spoil any look with adding leather jacket. 

As another lockdown approaches slowly we are limited yet again to go out, meet friends or visit places, I do like to dress up sometimes even just going to the shop as I have nowhere else to dress up to at the moment. 
Dressing up, doing my make-up makes me feel good and happy which helps my mental health and wellbeing. This is all a self care, looking after ourselves is especially important this year.






Hope you are all keeping well and healthy. Stay tuned for the next post!

Emilia
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Tuesday, 13 October 2020

HIKING BOOTS YOU WILL LOVE THIS AUTUMN

 




 We are fully submerged in the autumn season and in its cold wintery rainy days. I have to say it was hard to say goodbye to my summer wardrobe and get the warm jumpers out however I do admit I love knitted sweater weather too. 


This season I am loving biker boots which are so easily styled with practically anything you like, from jeans or leggings to dresses and skirts.

Its amazing how versatile those little beauties can be. 


Watching the online market, I can say, the best ones are selling quick which shows how popular the style is right now and you don’t have to break a bank to get a good quality pair of biker boots.


Biker boots are great for any occasion, from the school runs to look cool and stylish even though you didn’t make any effort at all, to going out shopping or coffee with girlfriends. You will spoil nothing by wearing dress with boots but the opposite and this is definitely a winner style in my eyes.

 

Biker boots have been a classic in women’s wardrobe for many years now however this little fashion piece is returning back with many new details.






 Here are some biker boots I love. The choice is yours if you prefer platform boots, chunky heel or flatter style. I found some for reasonable prices from leather to faux leather. *affiliate links
Hope you enjoyed!
Emilia 
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Sunday, 11 October 2020

HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION TIPS


 I love autumn season and this year especially as I need something special to look forward to, something that we can all celebrate regardless of the current pandemic situation.

It will be different halloween that we know but it is important to make it special not only for our sake but for the sake of our little munchkins.

I have decided that this year more then any other year I make effort to decorate more for the season and create a spooky halloween atmosphere. 

Why not? We have been feeling down and anxious for long enough this year, why not forget about the current situation and make most of the little things.


Spooky Decor

Who doesn’t like a spooky, scary halloween decor to create the atmosphere? This might depends on the age of your child as you don’t want to scare the little ones off, but you can go mad with the pumpkin decor, there is never enough pumpkins around the house.

Get your kids to cut or help you cut out the pumpkins for the tea light.

There is so much choice in the shops for the season but you don’t have to go and spend lots of money on decor. There is nothing nicer for the kids then making a halloween decor at home. Get them to cut out spiders, to stick into the window or create a spider garland.

You can find a lot of ideas on Pinterest from spooky face masks, paper bat garland, paper plate spider, spooky slime, halloween painted rocks...

I can’t wait to start creating crafts with my daughter.




HALLOWEEN FOOD

As there isn’t going to be trick-or-treat this year, I decided to create some fancy halloween snack food for the family to put on the table. Kids love finger food and even more if it looks spooky and creative.

As I was researching the ideas for the finger food I found my favourite camembert cheese with stripes of pastry around to create mummie head and eyes made with olives, OMG that looks amazing i need to try it myself.

Another great one is to melt white chocolate or in our case caramac and dip a biscuit in leaving the tip only, once dry with choc sauce make eyes and mouth to create boo-scotti. yum

Creating the party atmosphere the kids will soon forget about trick-or-treating.






PARTY TIME

Make a plan ahead with your kids to make sure they get involved.

You can do movie night, little spooky Adams Family movie to watch or Hotel Pensilvania will do the job, depending on your kids age.

Food on the table, exiting time.

Family games, you can create a good family night in with a game for everyone to enjoy.

Music time, maybe bit of dancing. You can try some scary moves too, have fun thats all you need to do.

Depending on the weather where you are, why not create a cinema party in your garden. This is very popular for some and I like the idea too however weather here isn’t so exiting in October. 




Have a Spooky Evening Walk

I love to have a walk in the evening. 

You can get the kids to see if others have a nice halloween decor out. You can have a walk and each time they find a house with halloween decor, you can add into their bag a little treat. 

They can still dress up into their spooky costumes. 


I am looking forward to this time of the year, it is important that we focus on things that we can influence and have power to change rather then being overwhelmed with a situation that is out of our hand. 

Focus on creating your home environment the most cosiest as it is where you spend most of your time right now and halloween is a great way of setting us off.

Lets not feel down that if we can’t trick-or-treat this year halloween isn’t the same. It can be better if we try a little harder this time. Kids will love that you are involved as a family.


 



Here I share some halloween decor that I like (contains *affiliate links)




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Saturday, 26 September 2020

Back To School || During Pandemic



             

Hope you are all doing well. We have been adjusting to a new routine since the school opened at the end of August.

It has been very strange time, to say the least...

So many mixed emotions, anxiety and nerves from my side at least to let my child back to school during pandemic. I was sceptical to see how long the school will stay open for but we are coming to the end of the first month and fingers crossed its still going.

I was anxious about letting my daughter out from home, from safety she was kept for the past 5 months during the lockdown to mix with other people possibly more then us parents at work. 

BUT, on the other hand I needed the routine back to our lives, I needed my daughter to have some social interaction with other kids, I needed her to have a proper education which I wasn’t able to give her so I was hoping it will all be good and believing she is safe at school off she went...

All I can say is it's going well so far. There has been some tears more from me then her on the first day, but she has also been very nervous. I had a sense of relief after the first day was over..

I don’t want to sound selfish but it was lovely to have a few hours for myself again, I didn’t know what to do with myself first but I soon found something interesting which I wasn’t able to do while little monkey was at home.

I was going to do this post as “school essentials” but changed my mind because at the moment there isn’t a book bag, or anything else allowed to be brought from home to school, all that kids need is their uniform and pack lunch if they don’t want school meals.

So I decided to write about our experience of the school during pandemic.


I have to say the school is managing the social distancing very well. They decided that only two classes each as a bubble will mix together during playtime outside so if anyone is positive for covid only the bubble classes will be closed for isolation, this way they don’t have to close the whole school.

They also scattered the drop offs and pick ups times for each year classes which means there isn’t much parents hanging around the school, no chatting away.

There is also one way entrance and one way exit which means we don’t bump into each other, it flows really well. I feel better because I think they did really well to keep the kids safe.

I am very grateful that school is doing their best to maintain social distancing and safety of the children, teachers and parents. 

We already picked up a cold which was expected when back at school after staying home for past 5 months plus the weather has changed over night to freezing at least for me...

Sadly lockdown restrictions are getting stricter again as the corona isn’t going anywhere yet. We need to stay strong, hold it there and enjoy the little things.

Hope you are all doing well, Thank You for reading.


Emilia 

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Saturday, 22 August 2020

GIRLS TALK: Menstrual Cup || Which One Is The Best || My Experience




Hi Ladies, Welcome back to my blog!

In today's post I would like to chat all about Menstrual cups. I will tell you What menstrual cup is, How to use it, Which type I preferred most and What size to choose. 
Lets get started!
  

  What is a Menstrual Cup?

Menstrual cup is a flexible bell shaped device used during menstrual cycle inserted into the vagina. Its job is to collect menstrual fluid during your cycle instead of using tampons or sanitary pads.
It comes in different sizes and as its made from silicone which means that it moulds exactly to your vagina, cupping your cervix, which ensure no leaks!

When I first heard about a menstrual cup I was disgusted to say at least. I couldn't imagine how the cup could possibly stay inside my body and do the job instead of tampons or sanitary pads. Only after watching youtube review about menstrual cup I decided to look into it. 

 

How to Use Menstrual Cup?

As I mentioned above, a menstrual cup is used instead of a usual tampon or pads during our period.
Please do not think that this method is messy because I promise it is not, its far from it!
It keeps you clean and comfortable.

When I tried it for the first time I was nervous.  I was at home all day so I could see how it works first. I also didn’t trust it not leaking.
I had to play around with the insertion a little at the start to get used to it. I watched youtube videos, read reviews to gather as much information as possible. 

You simply find the best position when inserting the cup just like you would do with tampons. You can squad, put a leg up over the bath or toilet..   You can try different positions and see what works best for you. Once you get the hang of it, it becomes second nature.

When you use the cup for the first time at the start of your menstrual cycle, put it in the boiling water to clean and sterilise before use. You then boil it again at the end of your cycle and store it away until next time. 
All the cups come with a lovely little bag where you can keep it safe and clean.

 Follow the instructions that come in the box with the cup when inserting for the first time. 
I rinse the cup under the water to wet it a little, fold the cup as the instructions demonstrate and insert it.
Each cup has a stem at the end which you can trim shorter if you find it too long and irritating. 
Once you have your cup inserted it will seal to the walls and prevent leaking. Some people insert the cup and turn it 180 degrees to ensure strong seal.
To release the seal you just need to squeeze the end of the cup and you can remove it.

Folding the cup for easier insertion 


I empty the cup twice a day, in the morning and in the evening before bath. If you have strong periods, I suggest you start with emptying three times a day to see how much it fills up first, if you see its not full leave it longer next time. 
I have medium flow periods and fill never more then half of the cup.

To remove the cup, relax sitting on the toilet, you can push slightly and the muscles will move the cup lower for you to be able to grab it. 
There was never time in two years of me using the cup that I wasn’t able to reach it. There is no way it will move in too deep. 
As it comes lower, using two fingers you grab to the end of the cup and squeeze it to release the seal, this helps to remove the cup. Then simply pull the cup out and pour the liquid into the toilet.
Wash the cup after and reinsert again.
As long as you keep your hands clean there is nothing messy about this, trust me.




Which Type Of Menstrual Cup I Use

I have used the menstrual cup for the past two years. 
I tried the Moon cup, Merula cup and Athena cup so far.

My most used was the Moon cup as it just fitted in nicely and after I trimmed the stem I felt very comfortable. I won’t show you my moon cup as it has discoloured hence how old it is.



Merula cup looked cute, however the fit didn’t work for me and the stem was too wide. Even after trimming it shorter I found the stem causing discomfort.
This cup was a no - no for me.


My latest menstrual cup I purchased after I wanted to replace the Mooncup was the Athena cup. I liked it because it was sort of same shape as the moon cup so I decided to give it a try. The stem was short so I didn’t really needed to trim that.
I would say it was thinner then the moon cup but felt very comfortable.
 

There are so many menstrual cups out there and as our bodies are all different something that suits me might not suit you. I suggest you do your research, read reviews. 

Benefits of using the cup
After getting used to the menstrual cup I would not go back to the old ways of sanitary pads or tampons.
You can use menstrual cup when swimming so thats great especially when you planned holiday and have been surprised by your monthly visitor. 
You don’t have to empty it as often as you would have to change pads or tampons.
I never got on with tampons, as those caused me big discomfort, I am so comfortable using the cup.
The best part of using the cup is that it let me forget about having a cycle completely as I don’t feel any flow at all. Just need to remember to change it in the morning and in the evening.
I also have to mention that there is not waste at all which is good for the environment, thinking about how many pads you use during the cycle...
I love that I no longer worry about staining the bed during the night which can sometimes happen as we all know.
I can also use menstrual cup with IUD, which is great. It doesn’t effect it at all, at least in my case.

What size to choose
Now I just want to mention that on the box there is sizing recommendation depending if you have had a baby before or not.
I need to say that when I was getting the Moon cup I read a lot of reviews saying that the bigger size that was recommended if you’ve had a baby was far too big, which made me think that I will first try the smaller size, and Im glad I did.

So it is not always right what the recommendation says, you really have to read reviews which helps you to make the right choice. You also know your body the best to make a decision.
I decided to go for the size that is only recommended for women who never gave birth and it was perfect for me. Our bodies are all different.
Some cups are wide shaped then others so it just depends on your preference. 

Don’t be afraid of it, just experiment and see what works best for you and your body.



Hope you enjoyed this post. Have a great day!

Emilia
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Tuesday, 4 August 2020

British Beach Staycation // Eccles On Sea



Hello everyone,
As we are in a full swing of a summer time we are all desperate for some sort of holiday or a get away to recharge our batteries.
Some might travel abroad during those strange pandemic circumstances and as long as you are save and comply with the chosen country rules I don’t see a problem however some might like to stay safe and stay nearer to home.
There had been increased numbers in purchases or rental of caravans, holiday cottages and camping holiday pitches which in no doubt will benefit economy and help lots of businesses. 
There also became shortage of bikes of all sorts as those started to sell very well during pandemic.
What holiday are you going for this year?

We decided that abroad holiday will be a no-no in near future for us, this is our choice. We prefer to stay nearer home and do something different.
I like the idea of camping, however some places don’t have toilet and shower facilities opened during pandemic, so I don’t think we can go for many days like that. But tent camping is definitely on my list for the future and I believe my daughter would love that.

My husband suggested to do day trips to different places such as family bike rides some place rural, days at the beach... Those are all very special to us especially as we only just came out of lockdown. Simple family days out to enjoy time together and have fun.

We have recently visited a beautiful sandy beach in Eccles on Sea in Norfolk which was very quiet and secluded without crowds of people. That is a priority at the moment to keep social distance but still go out and enjoy places.

Obviously this depends on what do you expect when you plan your trip, some people like visiting coast with shops and attractions but for us it was the opposite. We wanted very quiet sandy beach to spend a day playing in the sand with my daughter and bring our own lunch. She absolutely loved it. 
The water was cold to start with but once we got used to it, it was actually lovely, which is the case everywhere you go during this time.

We didn’t expect this to be Caribbean beach but it felt like one, once we were there. Especially being in the lockdown for so long, sea water, sound of the waves, sun and lovely warm sand under our feet is all we needed to forget about the current pandemic situation and just breath!
There is a caravan park right next to the beach for those who like to spend few days there.
This is a dog-friendly beach, which is great for those who want to bring their dog friends with them. We planned to take our dog Poppy with us but due to the long drive in the car and her poorly leg currently we decided to leave her home and just go for a day. 

We parked just before the beach, on the side of the path coming towards to beach which was perfect really. 
It felt as if we are on some sort of a private beach, there wasn’t many people there which meant plenty of social distancing and privacy you could possibly have.


Im going to share with you some of the pictures we took from the trip. 







Hope you enjoyed this post.
Have a lovely day.
Emilia 
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Thursday, 30 July 2020

Carob and Ceramac Muffins



Hello my lovelies,
In today’s post I want to share with you our very delicious ceramac muffins recipe.
I have been making those lovely caramac muffins for some time now and I have to admit I love them so much even though they are not one of those fancy looking cakes with cream icing over the top.
I Promise these beauties are lovely snack for the kids or a nice treat for the grown ups with a cup of tea / coffee.
Please feel free to lick the spoon from the left over mixture as it is absolutely delicious, ok thats probably just for me, I’m gross.
Lets get baking!

Ingredients:
* 170g  Butter
* 170g  Caster Sugar
* 170g  Self Raising Flour
* 3x      Large eggs
* 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
* 1tsp  Vanilla Essence 
* £tbs Carob Powder
* 3 bars of Ceramac


Preheat the oven to 160 degrees fan.

Line a muffin tray with muffin cases.

Mix together Butter and sugar until smooth.

Add eggs each at the time and continue mixing with an electric mixer.

Meanwhile mix together flour, baking powder and carob powder.

Add this slowly into the wet mixture in sections and mix until you have a smooth batter.

Chop up 2 ceramac bars to small pieces and stir those into the batter mixture.

Fill the muffin cases 3/4 up with the batter mixture and chop the last ceramac bar to sprinkle over the top.

Put in the oven and bake until for around 20 minutes. 

Remove from tray immediately after baking.


Its very easy recipe that doesn’t take you much time and the result is quiet delicious. You can go ahead and instead of the caramac add chocolate chips and instead of the carob powder add couple of tbs of coco powder or just skip the whole step thats ok too.
My daughter can’t eat coco or chocolate so we had to find a substitute or experiment with different ingredients to achieve satisfying result and I think this one is spot on.
Hope you enjoy making those and please share with me on Instagram if you tried it.
Have a lovely day!


Emilia
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Tuesday, 14 July 2020

Waxing / Shaving / Epilating // My Best Way Of Having A Smooth Skin For Summer

 
As the Summer approaches and we show our legs to the world I thought it might be a good time to share with you my favourite hair removing method. We spend a lot of time in our lives de-hairing our legs don’t we and we would love to make it as painless as possible, smoother legs that last longer. 

I have tried different options throughout my life from shaving to waxing and epilating. So I would like to share what have I landed on long term that suits me and might give you some ideas of what to try.
I am not even going to mention those waxing strips you can buy in pretty much every shop as those did nothing for me. 




SHAVING
I think we all tried shaving as that is probably the first method that we are all introduced to.
Shaving is a good, quick method for removing the growing hair. I have shaved my legs for years and would have carried on if I wasn’t too curious about other methods of removing hair.
Shaving is quick, inexpensive method however I didn’t like how quick my hair was growing back and how coarse and dark it was. We all know shaving cuts hair at the surface of the skin and cause irritation, causing dark spots and dark pores on the skin which is what have put me off.
I don’t want to say shaving isn’t good method not at all but those are the elements that I wanted to change and knowing that other methods could perhaps tick all the boxes I had to give it a go.


WAXING

I was introduced to a waxing Lady. I though I will try it out. Without any research really, which is my fault I didn’t realised how painful it would feel, maybe because it was the first ever time, ouch!  What can I say, it hurt like a b****!
I have used painkillers on my next session. It removed the hair well right from the roots and the hair grow took approximately 4 weeks If I remember well.

But I am a person who like to try to do things herself, so I purchased a waxing set from amazon.

It came with a heater for the wax, spatula to apply the wax on the skin and cotton strips to remove the wax and hair from the skin. I used this for approximately two years or maybe longer. 
I would lay a towel on the floor, drop a pot of wax into the heater to melt and follow the process required with the wax machine.
It worked, yes, however when I applied too much wax, the strip didn’t take it off properly and I had to repeat with the new strip. Also the wax sometimes caused burned, sore skin. Bits of wax were all over my legs, the stickiness and only baby oil was able to remove those afterwards.
You need to leave your hair longer otherwise it won’t remove it properly.
Overall this was far too messy and long winded process each time as the wax took long time to melt first. I also couldn’t use it for sensitive areas on my body so still used shaving for those. It wouldn’t work in creases or around my knees very well either, not sure if I was just doing it wrong. I had to do very small sections otherwise I wouldn’t be able to yank the strip off with the wax and would leave wax on the skin without removing hair. Just a messy job, not sure why I managed to continue with it for as long as I did, thinking about it now.

EPILATING 

After that I decided to purchase an epilator. This ended up being my Go-to hair removal method and I tell you why. Yes, it pinches slightly but no way as bad as waxing!! 
Its clean job, no mess allelujah after years of waxing!!
I make sure my hair isn’t too long because that hurts a little more if hair is left growing too long. Even 1mm hair length will be removed so no issues that you have to leave it grow longer. 
The epilator last several sessions before it flashes red light to signal that it needs to be charged. You just plug it into the charger for an hour and its ready to use again. It supposed to remove the hair from the root just like waxing, but I find myself using this every other week or when needed.

Another think that I love about this tool is that after the removal, the skin feels soft, and no dark pores on the skin at all. Immediately after epilating there are red pores where the hair was removed however this is all gone the next day. I don’t put anything on my skin straight after removal. I let my skin just settle from the irritation and I am good to go for days.

I love how easy it is to use the epilator. We call it angle grinder in our house!😂 
Busy mum needs all the good gadgets to make things easier for herself. I share a picture that I have put on my Instagram when I have purchased it in 2015, can’t believe its been that long. I am impressed actually how long it lasted without any issues, money well spend.





Emilia
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Saturday, 11 July 2020

Tips / How to Keep Positive Mind





Hello my lovelies,


Now is the best time to discuss and hopefully give you some tips on how to deal with anxiety. During this current difficult time anxiety is going to hit us hard. I never had anxiety in my life before, until now.
The uncertainty of this strange time and worry of the future and what else is to come is very worrying and lots of people feel anxious and concerned, which is understandable.
People loosing jobs, businesses are closing down and bills still have to be paid. Being lonely at home, not meeting your loved ones for some time, nobody to talk to is daunting. Especially who is still in the lockdown in Leicester area.

It is so important that we take each day at the time, take each day as a bonus. Here are some tips that helps me to keep positive and less anxious..


COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS

When you wake up in the morning, set yourself to a positive mind. Think about 5 things you are grateful for. Those can be small little things that you normally take for granted, such as “ Im grateful for the food that I eat each day. Im grateful that I have a roof above my head, I am grateful for my healthy body, Im grateful for my family...” and so on.
There is so much in our lives that we need to be grateful for, because, unless we loose those things, we don’t realise How much we need them and we take them for granted.
How lucky am I that during this lockdown I was able to spend time at home with my husband and my daughter. I love them so much and we are always so busy with work and school that we don’t see each other much. We normally had only ONE day off together each week and we found it very hard. We had no family time..
Now we spend every day together, doing things we enjoy even if we are not able to go out.
We have a lovely daily walks together, play in the garden with my daughter, do gardening, grow vegetables, trying to improve the house.
I get very anxious about this time and what worse could be coming but then I remember to be grateful and think of things I love, not what upsets me.


LIVE IN A MOMENT

Don’t think about the upcoming future too much, especially if it upsets you. Try to live in a present time, enjoy the moment you are in now. Laugh and be happy with your love ones. Do things that make you happy such as baking, exercises or just read a book.
Create your happy place at home where you are comfortable and relaxed.
Take each day as it comes and make most of it. Try not to think too much about the future at this time especially because it will not make you feel better trust me. Live for today...




PRIORITISE SELF-CARE

It is so important to find time for yourself and especially at this time during the lockdown. Self-care is important for all of us and always not just now. It is normal to have negative thoughts, emotions especially if we are empty, drained and don't get to do something we love and what makes us happy, something that helps to recharge the batteries. 
This could be as simple as having a relaxing bath with candles and your favourite book or going out for a walk to get some fresh air and clear your mind.
If you are able to go and spend some time in the garden, try to plant something. Believe me gardening is very relaxing and it sure clears my mind.




REGULAR EXERCISE

Exercise is so powerful when it comes to clearing your mind and helping you feel happy and positive. The endorphin boost is what you need to make you feel better. 
Running for me is so refreshing. I feel more confident, strong and powerful. I feel that I am in full control of my life.
Try to do something different, perhaps go biking, or try to do yoga at home following online videos. Im sure there is plenty on youtube.
Walking is also good exercise that helps with anxiety. Go out to the Nature, breath the fresh air in and clear your mind.





RETAIL THERAPY

I have to admit I got used to some online shopping and I am loving it. For me, there is nothing better then sit with a cup of tea and scroll through some lovely shops online. I love home accessories, clothing and also sport wear online shops to check out.
You Don’t necessary have to buy but the shopping / looking experience for me is very relaxing. I love it far too much...



COOK TASTY MEAL

Why not trying something new for dinner tonight? Check online for new recipe, try something new for a change. If I make a nice meal that all family enjoy it makes me really happy.
You could try to bake something instead, if you don't feel like making dinner. The point here is to enjoy what you are doing and keep your mind busy.




I am not an expert on what is recommended in anxiety. I only know what works for me and this is what I share. I mentioned activities that you can do during lockdown. Those are simple things that we need to appreciate and feel good doing. We are all different individuals and what works for me might not work for you. 

We all hear about benefits of meditation and I agree its great way of destress. But sometimes when we are busy or have very little time when we are actually alone specially at home with the kids what I find helpful is for few seconds when I am alone close my eyes and breath! Deep breaths! In...... and out.....! Keep repeating and while you are doing that, imagine how you breathing in clear positive air ( energy) and see your body filling up with it completely. Then when you breath out imagine the dark, negative, sad thoughts that you’ve had coming out of your body making more space for the clean fresh happy oxygen (energy). 

If you feel really down and lonely please speak to someone, contact your close family or friends and let them know how you feel. Let them support you and hopefully make you feel better or advice you what to do... To do this is absolutely ok. We all need to speak about how we feel sometimes.

Emilia 
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Friday, 29 May 2020

What We Are Up To This Summer




Hello my lovelies,
This might be a boring post for some, but I just want to write what we have been up to lately...

I have been busy for the last few days to even sit down and do some blogging. Most of my days are full of home schooling / home playing with my daughter and as the sun is out we are in the garden enjoying the weather most of the time too. 
 I got into doing some gardening.
We always enjoyed planting but just simple potatoes, tomatoes and lettuce mostly.
This year due to lockdown and that means spare time to improve the house or garden we went into growing slightly more veggies and just tidying up the garden as we spend so much time there right now.

I decided to paint my raised plant beds first that we’ve had for few years and the wood has soaked up the colour it had over time.
I chose this lovely outdoor colour Dusky Gem from Cuprinol and OMG looove it so much. Once I painted the plant beds I was so keen to paint my fence the same colour.



I should say now its not bloody easy to paint the fence, it took me a long time and and I didn’t even finish it all haha so at the moment we have grey on one side, some Ivy bush growing over the rest of the fence on the same side which saved me painting and the other side is still brown..
I used so much paint.
But the finish look where Im done is great. It was so needed, the new fresh lick of paint and that particular colour makes all the flowers and plants by the fence to stand out.
I realised that I have allowed the house to get neglected over the past year. Just a bit of paint made a big difference at least outside.
What a great weather are we having right now, I’m so grateful. There is so much plans we have in the garden but tackling one bit at the time.



The plans for selling a house and moving abroad nearer to my family is now impossible due to lockdown and the restrictions so we decided to stay here for few more years and then see how things work out...So its time to refresh the house and update the rooms again.
There is always work on the house and I am exited to get planning and slowly updating our home.

I hope you are all doing well at home, feeling positive and taking each day as it comes and making most of it.

I love that my husband has been home with me and my daughter. I have to say it will be hard for me when he get back to work. We are doing so much together right now and I am not feeling fed up with us all at home, but opposite, his presence with us at home more is making me feel so relaxed and happy...

I do feel that my daughter needs some socialising with her peers and worry how long until that will be allowed. She will not be returning back to school until September so I hope I keep her busy and happy those upcoming days. 

Well done to staying and reading the post to the end. Hope you are all staying safe.

Have a lovely day!

Emilia 
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Monday, 18 May 2020

Kids Activities During The Lockdown || Home Schooling








I hope you are all keeping it together even if just about hanging on a thin string. There are some more weeks to go until any restrictions could be lifted.
I have to say going to work for me is like a Self-Care at the moment, it just re-energise me ready for days at home with my kiddo.
I have gathered here some of the home activities that I found on few Instagram accounts and gathered together the most useful for us, those we tent to do to keep busy and get throughout the day without boredom, because we all know that bored kids means cranky kids...yea

I have got all my ideas from different Instagram accounts and put together the most suitable for my child, her age and also something that I enjoy too..

Build a House from a cardboard box
Hopefully you can find a nice box which with some of your help can be made into a fancy little dolls house.
Let your child use imagination. 
Gather together some tape, kids scissors, kids paint and start creating.
If your kids are older let them do it all but if not help your little one to set up a box, shape and tape the roof and help to cut out the windows.
Let them decorate it with some colourful tape, stickers and paint.
You can even try to create some little people that can live there from the cardboard.

Learn number place value with lego

I gathered some lego and used it to teach my child number value and this way teach the counting.
10 lego pieces used as one ten and some single ones. Use it to explain the number place value and then slowly show some examples of different numbers.
Ask your child to help you place different numbers correctly.
Once you can see that your child understand the system give them some exercises to put together different numbers.
1) How to create number 22? ( 2 tens and 2 ones) 

2) I want number 32 have I done it right? ( set some lego out but incorrectly and let your child try to work it out)

3) set a number for example 25 and ask your child to take away 15 without counting the lego, explain the number place value and see if they will remove 1 ten and 5 ones or they will need to count the lego first. Let them practice this and they will get better at it. 
They will enjoy putting lego together.


Monster dice counting

Draw a monster on the paper, around it put numbers in the bubbles up to 12 or more.
Use 2 dices if you have, I only have one so I asked my daughter to throw the dice twice.

Let your child throw a dice twice and add the numbers together, ask them to write it down on the paper if they find it easier and add it up. They need to find the result number in the bubbles and colour them up.
Continue like this until they finish all the bubbles.
My daughter loved this and spent some time with it which gave me chance to do some housework.

This idea and lots more is also from Instagram account I found @littlehomegenius , very nice and interesting for the kids to do.







Find a Missing Letter to Make a Word

Write on the paper some short words and miss the middle letter. Write the missing letters on the sticky notes and stick them all around the paper so the child can pick the correct one and stick it into the word on the line.
Make sure that the words are big and have enough space for the sticky note to fit in.

This is another very simple but lovely game for the kids.
My daughter loved it and was so proud of herself that she got all her words right.




Read the Book and Make A story

Read a book with your little one and then let them write a short story about it.
Set some criteria to meet such as: 4 sentences only, mention who, where and what...
Ask them to write it and then let you check it when its done. 

Count the Rain drops
Draw some clouds on the paper and write different add ups inside it. Make sure to leave some space underneath so your child can add up the maths inside the cloud and paint as much rain drops as they added up. They can use their fingers or paint brush..


You can find lots of school work from Twinkl website which is free at the moment and I used some of those for my child but she got bored doing those as its not interesting to her. I found that learning by playing is so much more fun and she could do it for hours. That is why I have researched some ideas online and put my favourite together. 



Add Numbers together 

Write on the paper some sums to add and write the results on the sticky pad all around the paper. Let your child add up the sums and find the correct number on the sticky pad to then place it next to it.




Ladybird adding up

Drew a ladybird and write some sums underneath to add up. Let your little one do the maths and then draw the dots into the ladybird.



Add ups in 2s

Write numbers in 2s all over the place on the paper and let your child join them in the correct order with a line.



Hope you find those activities useful as much as we did.

Emilia 
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