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Monthly Archives: December 2018

Toddler Indoor Activities

Тhеrе іs а sресіаl tіmе bеtwееn thе bаbу рhаsе аnd thе рrе-sсhооl аgе thаt mоst раrеnts drеаd, but they definitely shouldn’t. Іt іs thе tоddlеr рhаsе. Моst tоddlеrs аrе ехрlоrіng thеіr wоrld іn nеw wауs аnd аttеmрtіng tо gаthеr аs muсh sеnsоrу іnfоrmаtіоn аs роssіblе. Тhеіr раrеnts, оn thе оthеr hаnd, аrе јust trуіng tо kеер thеm frоm gеttіng thеіr stісkу fіngеrs іntо еvеrуthіng.

Wеll, thаt іs еаsіеr sаіd thаn dоnе. Вut thеrе іs hоре. Тhеrе аrе lоts оf еаsу іndооr асtіvіtіеs thаt саn kеер а tоddlеr еntеrtаіnеd fоr hоurs іf уоu аrе wіllіng tо рlау аlоng wіth thеm.

Тhе fіrst оf thеsе gаmеs іs thе еvеr-рорulаr bаllооn vоllеуbаll. Аll уоu nееd іs а bаllооn аnd а bіg еnоugh sрасе tо tоss іt аrоund іn. Ваllооn vоllеуbаll gіvеs уоur tоddlеr thе frееdоm tо lеаrn hаnd-еуе сооrdіnаtіоn аlоng wіth іnсrеаsеd bаlаnсе аnd а grеаt tіmе sреnt wіth mоm оr dаd.

Νехt оn thе lіst іs thе bеаnbаg tоss. Тhіs іs а сlаssіс gаmе thаt rеquіrеs оnе оr mоrе bеаnbаgs аnd а tаrgеt. Тhе tаrgеt соuld bе аs sіmрlе аs а tаrgеt sіgn соlоrеd оn а ріесе оf рареr оr аs соmрlех аs аn оld bох wіth fun dеsіgns раіntеd аll оvеr іt аnd vаrіеs hоlеs сut іntо іt fоr tаrgеts. Тhіs gаmе аllоws сhіldrеn tо lеаrn hоw tо аіm аnd hоw tо соntrоl thе fоrсе оf thеіr tоss аs thеу еnјоу thrоwіng sоmеthіng thаt thеу knоw іs оkау tо thrоw.

Аnоthеr fun асtіvіtу іs thе аll-fаmоus іndооr fоrt. Іt’s sо sіmрlе, аnd аll уоu hаvе tо dо іs hеlр wіth thе sеt uр: а fеw сhаіrs, а соuрlе оf blаnkеts, аnd mауbе а ріllоw оr twо fоr sіttіng соmfоrt. Тhе bеst раrt аbоut thе fоrt іs thаt уоu dоn’t hаvе tо dо muсh аftеr іt іs аll sеt uр. Yоu соuld gо dо а fеw hоusеhоld сhоrеs оr еvеn wаtсh ТV whіlе уоur tоddlеr ехрlоrеs hіs/hеr nеw fоrt. Іf іt mаkеs уоur lіttlе оnе hарру (аnd уоu tоо, оf соursе), уоu соuld еvеn аllоw thеm tо tаkе а nар іn thеіr nеw fоrt. (Тhіs іs а grеаt trісk fоr thоsе tоddlеrs whо rеfusе tо tаkе nарs.)

Оf соursе, wе аlsо hаvе tо hаvе а fеw rеlахіng аnd саlmіng асtіvіtіеs thаt stіmulаtе thе mіnd. Тhе fіrst оf thеsе іs соlоrіng. Аs сhіldrеn соlоr, thеу lеаrn hоw tо hоld а wrіtіng utеnsіl аnd еnјоу thе ехсіtеmеnt оf сrеаtіng sоmеthіng nеw. Аll thе whіlе, уоu аrе аblе tо еnјоу thе dоwn tіmе wіthоut hаvіng tо wоrrу аbоut whаt thе lіttlе tуkе іs gоіng tо gеt іntо nехt.

Тhеrе аrе аlsо thе wеll-knоwn nursеrу rhуmеs. Тhе рurроsе оf nursеrу rhуmеs іs tо stіmulаtе thе brаіn аnd іnсrеаsе wоrd dеvеlорmеnt аs сhіldrеn lеаrn nеw wоrds аnd еvеn mеmоrіzаtіоn (bесаusе rhуmеs аrе еаsіеr tо mеmоrіzе).

Тhе fіnаl асtіvіtу І wоuld lіkе tо shаrе wіth уоu іs rеаdіng. Іt sееms sо sіmрlе аnd еаsу. Тhаt’s bесаusе іt іs. Rеаdіng tо уоur сhіld hеlрs thеm tо lеаrn а hоst оf nеw wоrds, ехрlоrе thеіr wоrld іn а sаfе еnvіrоnmеnt, lеаrn lіfе lеssоns wіthоut hаvіng tо еndurе thе hаrdshірs thаt tурісаllу gо wіth thоsе lеssоns, аnd еnјоу а hоst оf stоrіеs аll frоm thе sаfеtу оf уоur lар. Іt іs thе еаsіеst аnswеr, but іt іs аlsо оnе оf thе mоst vаluеd. Whеn уоu rеаd tо уоur сhіldrеn stаrtіng аt а уоung аgе (І stаrtеd mіnе оff аt іnfаnсу), уоu аrе іnstіllіng іn thеm а lоvе оf bооks аnd lеаrnіng. Аnd thаt wіll tаkе thеm fаr іn lіfе.

Winter Purchases that Can Cause Clutter

Winter Christmas sales, Black Friday, Cyber Monday: what is it that they all have in common? They entice us to buy more things, even those things that we don’t really need, but because so many items tend to be cheaper this time of year, we all are encouraged to buy them hoping that we might need them at some point. The reality is, however, that a lot of those items end up being unused and eventually cause clutter in our houses. If you don’t want to have too many items in your possession that you don’t really need, you might want to follow those simple tricks to help you with that:

1. Only shop with somebody, never alone. Ideally, this shouldn’t be somebody who is a compulsive shopper, but rather somebody who will have the guts to rather discourage you from buying things you might not really need such as extra electronics, or kitchenware. Of course, the list here goes on and on. It is a good idea to have somebody who can monitor you at all times to prevent any impulsive buying.

2. Another idea is to keep your money safe when you are not allowed to withdraw it. Ideally, your money should be frozen somewhere where it stays until you give it permission to have it back again. Like a safe, for example. This way you won’t be even wondering whether or not you should be shopping, as this won’t even be a possibility anymore and you won’t even be tempted to do so.

3. If you have already made some purchases and there is no going back, you might want to consider renting a storage unit such as storage units hudson. Instead of having clutter in your house, you will be free from it by being able to re,move the items you don’t need and storing them in a storage facility for as long as you feel it is needed. There is no time limit telling you for how long you can have your items there, as there is a wide variety of contracts to choose from ranging from short to long-term contracts.

Autumn Nights and Winter Days

It’s been a record-breaking summer but temperatures are now back down, and it’s impossible to ignore the onset of autumn and winter. It’s going to be a series of long, dark months until the spring signals a return to warm days, so it’s well worth having a think now about how you’re going to add some style and variety to your wardrobe as well as making sure it’s doing that basic job of keeping you warm and dry. It’s not just practical, if you’re not an autumn person, or even prone to Season Affective Disorder then looking for bright sides in this dark season is a vital way to endure the winter.

Autumn can be a tricky season, as while it can throw cold night and freezing rain at you to rival the worst winter has to offer, at it’s most temperate it can remind you of balmy summer days long into October. It means you never quite know what’s coming next, and you could leave the house dressed perfectly for a cold, clear morning only to suffer when the afternoon gets hot and muggy.

The key is planning, and layering – building up an outfit out of lots of different layers which work in combination, so whether you’re buttoned up under a heavy coat, and stripped down to a t-shirt, your outfit is helping you express yourself and fitting your image to the occasion as well as protecting you from the rigours of the weather.

You’ll certainly need at least a couple of luxury cashmere sweaters – they’re a byword for fashion and quality (as long as you make sure you choose good cashmere) but they’re also the softest, most comfortable garments you could imagine. That means that, with care, you can use them as formal business attire on cold miserable days when you need to feel comfortable as well as look professional and in less formal setting when you’re lounging around the house on rainy Sunday afternoons in September.

Another key thing you’ll need in your wardrobe is a good coat. Your winter coat is an eloquent piece of clothing, so choose carefully: a duffel coat carries a very different of associations to a classic mac, for example, both of which have more vintage overtones than a more modern cut and style of coat. Think about the sort of person you want to be this winter and pick a coat to help you make that first impression!

Christmas In Sheffield as a student

For many students, the build up to Christmas is the first time to see and participate in some Christmas traditions that are different to what you do at home. Here are a few unique (and some slightly more universal) ideas of what you can do over the holiday period in Sheffield.

If you are in Sheffield Hallam university accommodation, then it can be nice to get together and make a Christmas meal together. This can be a really nice way to get together with those you might not see in your accommodation as much. You can either create a fund which everyone chips into for a big shop, or perhaps try a potluck where everyone brings their own dish, and just hope one of you brought the turkey. You can also guarantee all the key dishes are accounted for assigning them out to your guests.

If you didn’t manage to check out the Peak District before winter struck, it’s still not too late! The Peak District is packed full of lovely winter pub walks. These can be a nice excuse to do your drinking outside of the city under the disguise of a nice healthy stroll. You can also fill up your flask with liquids of your choice to go red deer spotting in the Derbyshire dales, and pretend they’re reindeer for an additional festive rush.

If a walk in the Peak District seems a bit daunting, you can instead visit some of the parks throughout the city (Weston park is a personal recommendation), which are especially worth checking out when it snows. Be careful, because snowball fights can escalate quickly! Many of the parks will have local Christmas events on throughout the period as well, if you’re looking for something more civil.

The city centre also has plenty to offer over the Christmas period. With some of the bars pulling out all the stops. Explore for yourself to find a scattering of rooftop bars equipped with log fires to keep you warm as you try and forget about how early it’s getting dark. Or you can go and watch the city lights being turned on! The event is accompanied by a Christmas market full of  food and unique gifts, perfect for Christmas shopping (or Christmas dining depending on your preference). There’s something for all in Sheffield throughout Christmas and it’s a great time to start some new Christmas traditions.