Hi guys 👋🏽, It’s been a minute or two! Hope you’re all good. I was so busy, leading up to the holidays that there was no time to blog. By the time my calendar cleared a bit, I’d been away for so long that it was hard to drag myself back.
Never mind that now as I’m back 😊. I thought it would be untoward not to blog before we end this year 2019. 2019 was good to me, it was a milestone year for me on different fronts – 10 years wedding anniversary, 40 years birthday (😱), I published my first book 😚 etc. Hope it was great for you too?
Remember last year I did a post on my favourite things (bought or gifts). Here are my favourite things for 2019…
2019 favorite things.
Breville Blend Active ColourMix Family: This product is amazing as it allows you to make smoothies easily and what more, you can make for more people as it comes with four bottles. It works perfectly for my family as we are four and the lids come in different colours so everyone knows which is theirs. It’s fast, effective, makes smoothie making easy and saves on cleaning 😚.
Bike cushion/pads: Anyone who spins or cycles will attest to how uncomfortable the saddle of those bikes can be. I spin – not that I enjoy it, but I find it very effective 😋. It was a struggle for a while, because of the discomfort. I was advised to buy padded cycling shorts but before I could purchase one, I discovered the saddle pads! It has been a game-changer for me since then. What more, they’re all over the place, I even found one at the pound store, oh yes only a pound! Thank me later 😊.
Fairy/elf lights: Last Christmas, I got elf and Santa lights to decorate the boys’ room. It uses batteries and if you put a good quality one, it can last for a while. This elf lights have become my boys’ night light 😊. We used it the whole year and we’re still using it. It works very well and the boys really like it.
Oral-B Professional Care 600 Crossaction Electric Toothbrush: My husband’s dentist recommended an electric toothbrush to him 2 years ago. He started using it and couldn’t stop gushing about how effective it was and how I needed one. Stingy ‘me’ refused to budge, cause they’re quite pricey and I didn’t see anything wrong in using my normal toothbrush since they got the job done 🤷🏽♀️. So, early 2009, my husband picked it up as it was on sale! Oh my word! He was right all along, electronic toothbrushes are worth every dime you spend on them. They really get down to do the job and can get anywhere in your mouth. A good charge can give you a weeks’ use too. You can take advantage of the huge sales going on in most stores and grab yourself one, it’ll change your brushing game, trust me 😉.
Santa gift sacks: My Boys got this from their Aunty at Christmas and I think I was more excited about it than they were! *they were more interested in what was inside 😄. I’d actually tried to get them sacks and had previously searched on-line but was so spoilt for choice that I ended up not buying any😬. You see, I’m over wrapping papers, I mean they’re ripped off without any thoughts for the care used in picking it not to talk about the amount you pay for it! Moreover, we should all be conscious of the environment 😏. Even when gifting now, I go with gift bags as they can be re-used, I also always try not to write on the bags – yes, I’m that considerate 😏. The bags are big and can hold a lot of pressies, they’re attractive and can be personalized! No more Christmas present wrapping for me, ever! 😎
Some factors we can’t modify, for example we can’t do anything about our age, sex, genetic-makeup ( eg family health history )and constitutional make up ( eg height ) : all these have non modifiable effects on our health but we can make little adjustments to other modifiable areas that can impact on our health .
The factors which are modifiable are :
What’s on the table ? Diet
How are we moving ? Exercise
Our waist line ? Weight
Our habits. ? Smoking /excessive alcohol use
Any downtime ? Relaxation
What’s on upstairs ? Mental health ?
Perfection is not possible but little positive changes in these aspects above can help maintain health , prevent ill health, improve current health problems , reduce the chance of adverse health outcomes and sustain the mind positively with improvement in overall well being .
Best of luck 😊
Tis the season to be jolly, and for some people, tis the season to be on the road, or air, or rail 😊.
It’s the time of the year that some people travel. Some run away from their cold abode to a warmer clime, some travel to spend the festive holiday with family, some travel cause that’s the only time they can get away from work…
People travel a lot at Christmas and a lot of people travel with their family. I’m going to share my tips for traveling with Children.
Personally, I prefer traveling during the Spring /Easter Holiday. The weather is usually perfect for me, not too cold and certainly not hot! The queues at holiday spots are not too long (unlike summer 🙄) even the airport doesn’t seem too choked…
So here are my holiday tips for parents traveling with Lil Humans, please feel free to share your tips in the comment section.
Tips for traveling with children
My first tip is pre-travel, this is for when booking the tickets. I’m sure we all know it is wise to book long before your travel date to get a good deal/ticket fare. But most importantly, get sleeper/good night tickets. I know there are some journeys you have no choice as nights flights are unavailable. But whenever that’s not the case, it’s always wise to get sleeper tickets especially if it’s a long journey. This will add to your lifespan, trust me 😜.
Matching/Uniform Clothing: I’m aware some people are not fans of matching clothes. If you find yourself in that group there’s no better time to put aside your dislike of matching clothing than when traveling with young children. It’s easier to identify or describe children in matching clothes just in case someone becomes a little too adventurous and strays from the pack😗. It doesn’t even have to be exactly the same, you can dress them in very similar clothing. This of course can be anything from tops, dresses, coats, jackets etc.
Bright Clothing: Children can also be dressed in bright colours to make it easy to identify or describe them. People tend to notice bright colours easier, you can just turn around and your lil one is not beside you as they should be, people around can easily spot them. I’ve witnessed a case where a stranger spotted a wandering child by his outfit.oh, ‘a lil boy in an orange shirt just ran past me’, she said to the panicked mum. It really is just easier and colors are usually fun for children anyway so it’s a win-win 😊.
Backpacks: It’s always a good idea to pack a personal bag for your child/ren. They always want to enjoy every part of the traveling adventure which of-course includes pulling their own carry all or carrying their own little backpack. I prefer the latter because it’s easier to carry around and less likely to forget.
Activity books: Coloring, drawing, puzzle, crosswords, word searches, brain games, quiz books, story books etc. The list is endless. These can be taken along for the children. It’s important to take books that they actually like, in their bags. One or two of them will do so the bag is not too heavy.
Tablets and Devices: I know some super mums don’t like their children spending too much time on their electronic devices. This is the one time you could let them have a go at it for as long as they want. Indulge them for your peace of mind as well as that of your neighbours🤐.
Wipes, wipes, and more wipes: I always say whoever invented wipes deserves a Nobel peace prize for this great gift to humanity 😊. You can’t travel with enough wipes, one in your handbag (face and hand wipes), and one in the children’s bag. It doesn’t have to be the big brands, I buy the store brands now, cheaper and they do the job. Make sure you have more than enough wipes on you at all times during your travel,
Sanitisers: Kids are always touching things, more so during travel. they’re exploring, touching the clear glass walls, the panels, seats etc. They are also always nibbling on something so please remember the sanitiser, let’s keep the germs away as much as we can.
Food and Drinks: You need to pack enough snacks in your bag as well as the children’s bags. Sandwiches, biscuits etc. Try to make it as healthy as you can, especially with the drinks as a sugar high will make for a dreadful journey. Also, remember not to buy the drinks till after going through airport security. This is because the liquid allowance is 100ml.
Same coloured suitcases: If you can, it helps to have similar suitcases. But not all of us have suitcases from the same brand, I’m still aspiring to that 🤔. A lovely string or bow can be tied around the handle to make for easy identification. Some may think it’s not necessary but it does save a little time. You’ll be amazed at the number of people that have the same suitcase as you do.
Sweets, lollipops and gums: Regardless of what seat you’re in, First, Club or even luggage storage 😛 ear discomfort is common to all during air travel. This is caused by the change in air pressure. This altitude change disturbs children a lot more as they don’t know to deal with it. Swallowing solves it, and we adults usually just swallow but to help younger children, a lollipop or candy will do the trick. Drinking also helps, so nursing mothers can choose this time to breast or bottle feed their babies. The sweets or gums will help older children, you can buy sweets with reduced sugar or fruit sweets.
Extra Clothing: Ensure that you have one or two extra clothes for the children. You never know when there’ll be a toilet accident, food/drink stain. There should also be one for yourself especially if you’re a nursing mum.
Do not forget your travel insurance and internet data. You never know when you’ll need google map 😉. And the less drink the less toilet run, I’m sure we all dread plane toilets, too tight and always busy 😂.
I hope I did not leave out any important tip. Please, let us hear from you if you have a good tip to share
Also pls be nice to your neigbours, I always apologise in advance😊.