Musings of a Slimming World target member | #2

Musings of a Slimming World target member #2

It’s been a while since I wrote my first musings post; almost six months, in fact! I thought now was about the right time to get my thoughts down again. Since that last post, I haven’t found staying at target much easier. I still haven’t managed to get back to “bang on” target, so I obviously haven’t managed to get back to where I was before Christmas either. I would have felt like a fraud writing this before, as I’ve been out of target for the past month; but I finally got back into it this week.

If I’m being honest – and I always am on here – my head just hasn’t been 100% in the game. It’s not that I’ve completely lost my love of Slimming World; I think if I was following any other plan then I would be the same. We’ve been having problems with Jacob and it’s really been taking a toll on how I’ve been eating. Read more

Our July favourites | The foodie edition!

Well, July meant the beginning of the summer holidays for the boys, so we’ve been trying to have lots of fun! We’ve had a few days out, dog walks; but one thing we haven’t been doing is playing outside a lot. What is the weather all about this summer?! It’s bloody miserable, I think we’ve had rain on more days than not; we’ve not even had the paddling pool out yet, or the bouncy castle. Hopefully sometime before we go on holiday we’ll be able to, as we get back three days before the boys go back to school.

I’ve decided from now on, not to just limit our monthly favourites to five things in the round up post. I’ll just include as little or as many favourites as we’ve enjoyed. July is more of a foodie edition, as we had quite a few products for review last month, and had a great foodie (adult!) evening out.
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My festival bucket list

Festival bucket list

When it comes to the summer season, there are so many festivals happening. Music festivals, food festivals, art festivals; or festivals that have everything going on! Often these are really family or children focused and can last for a whole weekend.

As a family we’ve only actually attended one festival, which was a local food festival at a country park. A food festival is my idea of heaven, especially when there are dozens of samples waiting to be tasted! As you may have seen, I love discovering new brands and trying new foods. I could manage to spend a whole load of money on produce too, to feast on at home. Read more

5 Website Tips for a Summer Boost

5 Website Tips for a Summer Boost

Despite the urge to spend as much time outside as possible this summer, it doesn’t mean you should slack off when it comes to your website. There are a few ways to give your site a boost this summer, from web hosting to seasonal content.

With summer in the UK in full swing, it’s just about safe to go outside without a jumper on. And although you’ll be looking for any opportunity to enjoy the sunshine, there should always a conscious effort to work on your website. The summertime has the potential to be a successful season in regards to producing content and gaining more traffic. Here are five top tips to give your site a boost this summer.

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Our June favourites | Racing, snails, horses, and waffles

Our June favourites

July already – so we’re over half way through the year now, crazy stuff! I’ve been a bit slacking on the blog front recently; I just haven’t really been in the zone as my mind has been on other things, then last week Jacob was home from school with chickenpox so I couldn’t work like I usually do when both boys aren’t here. I’m just hoping Noah skips them – no sign of any so far, so fingers crossed.

Both boys break up for the summer next week anyway, meaning I won’t be able to work during the day at all. So I know what my evenings will be taken up with!
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20 facts about me | Stacey in the Sticks

20 facts about me

Why do people like reading blogs? Admit it, one reason is because we are nosy, isn’t it? We like to delve into other people’s lives, find out what makes them tick. I don’t share as much of mine and my family’s lives as I used to before I changed blog direction, but I still have that little voice in my head that tells me to sometimes. That’s where posts like this come into it!

I was recently tagged by Rachel at Coffee, Cake, Kids to share 20 random facts about me. At first I thought, well I’m not sure if I can think of that many as I think I’m pretty boring, but let’s see! Read more

Keeping my Focus in check

Keeping my Focus in check

It’s the time of the year where I’ve had to renew my car insurance and road tax for the first time, which means it’s just over a year since I purchased my first car. Though I don’t think I revealed her name so drumroll please…. Frances the Focus – Fanny for short! Since I passed my driving test in October we’ve been on a lot of journeys; the freedom has been amazing and I really do wish I’d done it sooner. Although The Husband has driven longer distances when we’ve been on mini road trips as I’m not that brave yet! I should get around to it really… In a couple of months though, Fanny will be going on her first longer journey when we go on our annual family holiday to Norfolk. Read more

5 Conditions Fidget Cubes Could Help Treat

5 conditions fidget cubes could help treat

Are fidget gadgets just a new fad in the market or do they really work? The answer is quite obvious and the curiosity related to it has been stirred up by different controversies associated with fidget cubes and spinners.

The science behind fidget cubes is still misunderstood by many people, who believe it to be merely a children’s toy. However, the success-driven results of fidget spinners and cubes have led them to become the top fidget tools in the market today.

The small size of fidget cubes means you can carry them wherever you go. Fidget cubes and spinners are also effective for treating a variety of psychological disorders.

We will discuss five conditions which fidget cubes can help treat, but before that let’s have a look at how these cubes work.

How do Fidget Cubes Work?


Also known as a fidget box or stress cube, a fidget cube looks like a rolling dice and has six sides. At each side, a small sensory tool is attached. Each sensory tool is different in shape and size from others. Fidget cubes were initially created to distract people from stress. Two brothers, Mark and Matthew McLachlan, created the first fidget cube in a Kick-starter campaign in August 2016, which ultimately proved to be one of the most successful campaigns.

In December 2016, the first line of fidget cubes was released and the response was so overwhelming that researchers started studying the effect of this fidget tool on human minds.

A fidget cube may contain an on/off switch button, rolling ball, spinning disc, gears, joy stick or anything that can be used to keep yourself busy. FidgetCircle have a great guide entitled Fidget Cubes: What are They and Which Cube is For You? Which will give you more information on these handy gadgets and the different models available.

The fidget cube has been launched in the digital age of smartphones, tablets, smart watches etc. Researchers have found that fidget cubes help relieve a large variety of psychological problems that are triggered by stress. Fidget cubes reduce stress by distracting your mind and relaxing stress triggers. Your body relaxes when stress triggers become less effective.

According to The Daily Mail which covered the story of The Fidget Cube Kick-starter campaign, researchers have found a link between keeping our hands busy and creativity. According to the publication, mild thumb-twiddling and toe-tapping can help reduce the risk of diseases caused by stress. It was also suggested that the effect of fidget cubes on our body is similar to the calming effect of clicking a pen.

Fidget Cubes Can Help Treat 5 Medical Conditions

The fidget cube is a highly effective tool to relieve your stress. You can carry it with you anywhere you want, or keep it on your office desk. As fidget cubes target stress directly, it can be used to help treat the following five medical conditions.

ADHD

A study conducted in February 2017 revealed surprising facts about ADHD in the UK. According to the study, around 3.62% boys and 1.5% girls, aging 5–15 years have ADHD. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder can affect personal, social and professional performance. This disorder is treated with a combination treatment which includes medicines or stimulants, psychotherapies and behavioural training.

Fidget cubes can be effectively used to reduce the symptoms of ADHD. They can be used in behavioural training, psychotherapies and anger management. Many ADHD centres use yoga, meditation and other stress-relieving exercises and techniques to reduce the symptoms of ADHD. Similarly, fidget cubes can be effectively used to relieve stress and anger and for managing the symptoms of ADHD.

Anxiety& Stress

Fidget buttons are designed to stimulate frequent movement, such as gliding, switching on/off or rolling. Fidgeting is often seen as an unprofessional or non-intellectual behaviour; however, fidgeting is an action that stabilises your thought process, improves concentration, reduces stress and boosts creativity. This way, a fidget cube can divert your attention from negative thoughts to positive ones, and reduces stress and anxiety.

Cardiovascular Diseases

Fidget cubes cannot treat cardiovascular diseases directly, but can be used in the treatment of such diseases. Fidget cubes reduce stress and anxiety which is crucial for improved cardiovascular health.

Autism

According to the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, the symptoms of ADHD and Autism can be reduced by increasing physical movement which can boost focus. Fidget cubes do not improve the performance of children with Autism; however, these cubes can reduce stress and divert the attention of autistic children away from problematic behaviour.

Bipolar Personality Disorder

Bipolar personality disorder is not caused due to stress; however, stress is one of its most common symptoms. Fidget cubes help reduce stress and relax muscle tension by diverting attention away from stressful thoughts.

According to researchers fidgeting can have a positive effect in the treatment of different medical conditions such as ADHD, stress, anxiety and autism. Hence, fidget cubes are one of the best tools for relieving the symptoms of these mental health issues as they provide many features for fidgeting.

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Our May favourites | Parties, LEGO, and fish

Our May - Parties, LEGO and fish

I can’t quite believe we’re now almost half way through the year – it seems to have gone seriously quick. I think probably because J has been at school and I’ve only had one child to contend with during the day. Apart from the mornings he is at pre school too, of course 🙂

Anyway, what did we get up to during May? Looking back, it was a busy one!
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Dreaming of a book-cake cafe | Lottoland Review

Dreaming of a book-cake cafe Lottoland review

It’s been years since I’ve played the National Lottery here in the UK, and even then I was just an occasional player. The most I ever won was £10, but it’s still a thrill when you do get those winning numbers! My in-laws played every week for years, and not long before he passed away, my father-in-law was quite lucky and managed to bag a five figure sum! The Husband and I were reminiscing recently and said how we should start playing again; you never know when you could actually win big. Read more