4 Mood-Boosting Activities to do During Lockdown

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It's been a tremendously challenging time at the moment  as people struggle with the realities and fears of the COVID-19 pandemic. People are not just struggling to stay safe, it;s also been a struggle to stay sane whilst stuck at home in lockdown for the next however long. 

Thousands took to social media on chat about the ways they are staying sane during this pandemic and that does seem like a good way to get some ideas about what you can do to keep yourself busy during this time. 

Music, journaling, and spending time with your pets are all science-backed ways to boost mental health during stressful times. Expressing your artistic self has profound positive impacts on your mental health too, so it's always good to try and give yourself a varied amount of stuff to do.


4 Ways To Get Your Daily Exercise

At the moment, getting out to do any form of exercise has been near on impossible. I mean, it's not like we can just pop off to the gym for a cheeky leg-day, or meet up with a personal trainer to be put through our paces. 

Exercise isn't always a way to keep fit - t can be so good for mental wellbeing, as much as fitness. And especially in these times where we're limited to out home for 24 hours a day, getting that bit of exercise can just give your brain something to focus on.

This means I've been thinking of ways to exercise, without breaking any Government conditions. And actually, there are a few ways to exercise, whilst following guidelines, and getting some much needed time out of the house. I write about our adventures quite a lot, but lately it's hard to do this, when there's no new places to visit.


Gooey Chocolate Brownies Recipe

Another day of lockdown and another recipe up on my blog. Today I've gone for something chocolatey as to be honest, who doesn't need a bit of chocolate at the moment, and these brownies are a great way to keep yourself occupied whilst stuck at home, and a treat to eat afterwards.

I've been trying out a few new recipes at the moment and one of our favourites is my gooey chocolate brownies which are squidgy in the middle with just the right amount of crunch on the edges. A wide variety of discount baking bookings are available at The Works if you want a range of bakes to try out.

If you give it a try do let me know as I'd love to hear how yours came out, or if you added any extra bits in.


9 Ways To Look After Your Hair

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If you’re looking for ways to look after your hair but you’re unsure where to begin then don’t worry, you have definitely come to the right place. Whether you’re thinking of starting a new hair care routine or you have noticed your hair is becoming more and more damaged, it’s important you’re doing all that you can to keep your hair looking strong and healthy. Whilst it may be overwhelming at first, there are lots of tips and tricks you can pick up to ensure you’re doing exactly that. From minimising the amount of heat you’re using to ditching the parabens, the more you’re doing to look after your hair the better. With that in mind, here are 9 ways to look after your hair:


Easy Peasy Rock Cakes Recipe

With the current climate, the kids being at home and having to teach them more things myself, we seem to have found ourselves baking a lot more. Not only is baking a great way to give children a treat, but it shows them how to measure, prepare and bake everything themselves. Giving them that sense of achievement when they see their creations come out of the oven. 

If you're looking for something to make with your children at the moment, then these rock cakes are an ideal starting point. They are so easy to make that T does them all on his own (apart from putting them in and out of the oven) so they are a really bake for children to learn. And they're super tasty too...


Peel Procedures to Improve You Skin

You might think having an at-home skincare routine is the key to maintaining permanently healthy skin. However, that is not necessarily true. Caring for your skin on your own is always important no matter what, but sometimes you need a little extra help to get your healthy glow back. A clinical peel procedure could provide exactly the boost you need to improve your skin. However, there are lots of different peels to pick from. Before signing up for any of them, you need to understand the benefits peels provide and what to expect from them.


Using Animals In Education At Home

The early years learning stage is an important time in a child's development, and at the moment, most children are missing out on what they would usually learn at school and nursery as they're isolating at home. But this stage is a great time to introduce topics about animals, and use them as a way to educate children in a lot of aspects of education. 

Games for Educational Purposes
You could play the mini game 'Can you guess the pixelated animal? to help keep little entertained, and teach them about endangered animals. With many parents now trying to come up with ways to keep the kids entertained, this is a great way to keep children's brains active, their eyesight interacting with their brains, and keeping them learning whilst they're not at school with the facts they also give. 

Counting Animals
Maths in early years can be hard to get right, but using animals as a way to get children counting, and adding and subtracting, is an ideal way to utilise them. Counting how many of the same animal are on a sheet, adding them together, and taking them away. I think using a subject as numbers can make it more interactive and want children to join in more. 

The Correct Usage Of Colour
Twinkl have a whole range of animal early years resources and can really benefit children. Colouring sheets are a great way to get children to practise colouring in the lines, looking up animals and making sure they're using the right colours, and even going for and abstract and changing up the colours to create their own design. 

In Stories
Books are a great way to get children's imaginations going, and there are plenty out there that have animals as their main characters. Let your child look for a book that is about their favourite animal, and then they can practise reading it, sounding out the trickier words, and learning new words too. 

Drawing Animals
You can ask your children to look at their favourite animals and think about what shapes makes up their outline - triangles for cat ears, an oval for their face etc. And then get them drawing up their chosen animal using only shapes, to see how they can improvise with shapes to create their animal. 


Pecorino Chicken Goujons with Pasta

With everything that is happening at the moment, I seem to have found my love for cooking again. I've been trying new meals every day that we've been stuck at home, and my pecorino chicken goujons are a firm favourite with adults and children alike. 

I adore Italian food and so always opt for making recipes based around Italian flavours, and one of my absolute loves is pecorino cheese. This sharp and salty flavour is ideal for grating over pasta dishes, and can be combined into any recipe to give a salty edge.


Lockdown Giveaway - Win a £20 Amazon Voucher

Every few months I like to give away an Amazon voucher. It's a great way to thank you, my readers, for sticking by me for all these years, and it gives you guys a nice little treat for the one that wins. I also opt for an Amazon voucher as then the choices are endless when it comes to what to purchase with it.

You could go for a treat for your kids, saving for something bigger, or even just some chocolates in the Pantry area. I mean, I've been running these every few months for the past year and the winners have bought some lovely things. One emailed to say she had bought her little one some books, where another emailed with a gorgeous photo of a crib she had put it towards getting.