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Coin sorting activity using herb jars.

For the last few weeks I have been searching for various activities that involve learning about money, something that was suitable for a preschooler but found it quite difficult to find a hands on activity that my son would find fun and engaging.

I created a money pack where my son had to cut and paste pennies into purses but this didn’t seem to interest him so much. I then created a penny counting game which he found a bit more exciting as he was now handling physical money.

While I was cooking I noticed a number of empty herb jars had been left in the corner waiting to be recycled and the hoarder in me just had to take them as a precaution as I knew I would find them useful for something. And because I am so adamant that I want my son to learn the basics of money I created a coin recognition and sorting activity using the following:

Herb jars

Cello tape

Money (coins and notes)

Money clip art

Envelopes (for notes)

All my son had to do was match the coins that I left in a small pile with the image of the coin on the herb jar. Simple. This activity is also great for shape recognition and differentiation and also helps develop their fine motor skills and critical thinking.

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Mathlink cubes pattern recognition

This simple activity was not only easy to create but it’s also very versatile.

The aim of the activity was to analyse the cube patterns on the laminated cards and my son would then have to match them using his mathlink cubes.

Depending on the child you can start with a very simple pattern ranging from 3-6 cubes then increasing the cubes as the child becomes confident completing the task independently.

Materials needed:

  • Mathlink cubes
  • Laptop/computer (word)
  • Printer
  • Paper,laminator (optional)

This activity will help your child develop their:

  1. Observational skills
  2. Fine motor skills
  3. Colour recognition
  4. Counting

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Homemade and inexpensive activity to support fine motor skills for toddlers.

What are fine motor skills and why are they important?

Fine motor skills involve the use of smaller muscles in the hand to carry out activities such as using scissors, holding a pencil, construction tasks with building blocks, doing up buttons and so on.

Fine motor skills are not only essential for academic skills but are necessary in order to perform everyday skills such as getting dressed, brushing their teeth, and doing the buttons up on their coat. It is also an important skills to develop prior to your child attending school so that their play options aren’t limited this in turn can effect peer relationships and the child self esteem if they are unable to be involved with class room activities.


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I created an inexpensive activity for my son using the following materials:

  • A shoe box
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Paper
  • Crayons
  • hole puncher, cello tape
  • Scissors
  • Optional: Laminating sheets and laminator, printer



I simply pierced holes into the shoe box and asked my son to choose a number of pipe cleaners to pierce through the holes. This requires patience and focus from the toddler as I intentionally made the holes quite small. I simply printed off some circles, coloured them in using crayons and pierced a small hole in each using a hole puncher. This then turned into a colour matching activity where my son had to stack each circle to the corresponding coloured pipe cleaner.



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Can Antioxidants Slow Down The Ageing Process? – The Truth Revealed!

Who knew that antioxidants are associated with aging? Well, it was proven that the antioxidants found in tea, grapes, blue berries, coffee, wine, and some vegetables and fruits can prevent aging and boost your lifespan. As a person ages, the cell division as well as replacement of the damaged or dead cells slows down. The antioxidants may speed up the processes of cell replacement and cell division that can help slow the overall aging effects and prevent any age-related diseases.

Antioxidants Neutralize Free Radicals

The antioxidants can neutralize free radicals in the body, which can be harmful as these cause some serious life threatening or serious diseases and health issues such as degenerative brain disorders, diabetes, immune dysfunction, cancer, and heart disease. Free radicals exist everywhere in the environment, yet they’re concentrated in chemicals, sunshine, unhealthy foods, drugs, alcohol, pesticides, radiation, and pollution. The antioxidants can help keep one’s cells youthful and healthy, which may prevent some age-related illnesses, improve your lifespan, and relieve stress.

Foods Rich in Antioxidants Will Keep You Youthful and Healthy

Antioxidants found in the food sources commonly include vitamin C, zinc, selenium, beta carotene, and vitamin A. Beta-carotene belongs to the family of nutrients known as carotenoids. Such antioxidants are responsible for an orange pigment seen in carrots, sweet potatoes, and cantaloupe. They’re renowned to boost one’s immunity. Generally, the richer the vegetable’s or fruit’s color, the more amount of antioxidants it has. According to laboratory studies, it was also found out that the lycopene is a powerful carotenoid in terms of fighting against particular kinds of free radicals.

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Antioxidants May Prevent Particular Age-Related Diseases and Aging

There are some particular ways that antioxidants could prevent age-related diseases and aging and boost your life span and these include:

Through targeting cancerous, unhealthy cells and destroying them, the antioxidants are being studied as a cancer treatment in combination with the radiation. It’s also believed that antioxidant reservatrol might minimize the resistance of pancreatic cancer to chemotherapy.

Through keeping the cells healthy, antioxidants may help you feel and look young while preventing particular kinds of diabetes and cancer. Healthy and youthful cells also give more immunity to viruses, infections, and flues.

Through minimizing the unhealthy cholesterol’s oxidation and relaxing your blood vessels, the antioxidants may keep you feeling energetic and youthful while minimizing your risk of strokes and heart attack.

Add Some Antioxidants to Your Life

It is easy to increase your intake of the antioxidants. Through eating vegetables and fruits that are dark-colored and drinking green, oolong or black tea daily, you’ll be consuming healthy antioxidants each day.

Coffee lovers who drink up to 2 cups of coffee daily may also get some antioxidants, regardless if it’s caffeinated or not. Drinking a glass of wine daily will improve your intake of antioxidants that would keep you feeling youthful and young and boost your lifespan.

There might be no way for everyone to stop the process of aging. But, with the use of antioxidants properly, you can work to stop the damaging effects, which free radicals caused on your skin so that you can preserve more youthful and much younger skin for a long period of time.


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Best Quick Tips to Boost Self Esteem After Pregnancy

In a study, there’s interesting news about women, after their pregnancies, were found that their self-esteem fluctuates. It reduces during the thirtieth week of the pregnancy period and rises until the kid is 6 months old and declines at least the next 2 ½ years. But, the good news is that maternal self-esteem can be recovered.

According to experts, what women should do to boost their self-esteem after pregnancy is to follow these tips:

Keep Communication Lines Wide Open – One of the things that was discovered in the study was that self-esteem and relationship satisfaction are linked. The self-esteem of a woman is better if the romantic relationship is better. Relationship mentoring can be advantageous for women after pregnancy as the relationship between parents may change a lot once there’s a baby, especially when it comes to being intimate. There could also be some complicated conversations, making the situations for women more challenging. So, the best solution is to keep communication lines wide open with your partner and taking some time to talk about important things to avoid decreased level of self-esteem.

Set Some Filters – People want to provide women with so much advice. It is frequently one person states this and that and there’s a lot of feelings judged. It could make the most confident women doubt about themselves and their choices. So, creating filters can make mothers avoid conflicting advice.

Do the Things That Make You Feel Great – Some people don’t like the term self-care for the mothers for the reason that they think mothers much be a bit more cared for by some people instead of admonished to do-it-yourself, yet the fact remains that it is much easier to fall into the downward spiral of the actual harm and self-neglect.

According to experts, they know when women are stressed and exhausted, they easily neglect their emotional and physical health and that it’s essential to find time for the small moments of pleasure. So, look for something that would make you feel great about yourself and try prioritizing some time for this, whether it is a daily walk, exercise, or pedicure or something that would help you keep hold of that part of you until you have more time.

All of those measures can be helpful for women who lose their self-esteem after pregnancy. It’s normal to have doubts, yet there’s nothing to be ashamed of. It’s okay to experience a combination of feelings, but always focus on the bright side of the situation. Losing self-esteem after pregnancy may have negative effects not just to yourself, but also to your child as you will neglect the importance of being healthy. Since you are too focused on the problems or concerns you have in mind, you might forget about your baby’s well-being. So, if you don’t want this to happen, keep those tips mentioned above and see the difference of having a good level of self-esteem to the overall health of yourself and your baby.

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Whats the best make-up for oily skin?

What’s the Best Make Up For Oily Skin? Here’s How to Pull Off a Fresh Makeup Look

If you have oily skin, you know how nightmarish it is to wear makeup. Making your makeup last throughout the day, preventing the much dreaded shine on midday, and ensuring you don’t get breakouts can all be a hassle. However, it doesn’t mean that you can no longer wear makeup at all. Yes, make up for oily skin is still very much possible when you know how to do it right.

Shop for the Best Make Up for Oily Skin

The best makeup for oily skin must give you a flawless finish through the day without causing clogging on your pores. Here are some of the products you have to look for when buying your new makeup:

Oil free – The oil free formulations have the tendency to last longer on oily skin. Such products have the tendency to be a bit thicker formulation which makes it possible to use them sparingly.

Matte finishes If you are looking for base products such as foundation, the matte finishes will be able to help in controlling shine all day long while lasting longer as well.

Non-comodogenic – It means that this formula will not cause clogging on your pores. Many base products are going to claim that they are non-comodogenic for your skin to stay blemish free.

How to Prepare Your Oily Skin Before You Apply Makeup

Taking care of your skin prior to makeup application can help improve its look and the length of time it stays on your skin. Follow these simple tips before you touch that foundation brush:

Exfoliate Through eliminating dead skin cells, you will be able to even out the texture of your skin for a much smoother finish. Stay away from anything too harsh or abrasive as this can irritate your oily skin. You can also maintain the good condition of your skin with the use of a good exfoliator at least once every week.

Moisturize – Never listen to myths saying that people who have oily skin don’t have to moisturize. When you let your skin dry out, this will react through increasing its oil production. Try keeping the production of your natural oil under control by ensuring that your skin gets the nourishment it requires.

Be patient – Allow your skincare products to sink into your skin before you apply makeup. Wait for 10 minutes between moisturizing and putting on your makeup.

Steps for Makeup Application on Oily Skin

Use a primer to smooth out your skin for a more flawless finish and ensure that your makeup will last longer on your skin. Use one with Silica for additional matte effect.

Use a big buffing brush to apply your foundation in several light layers to make it last longer.

When applying your foundation, allow it to set before putting on powder. It can do wonders if you leave it for 5 to 10 minutes to bond to your skin.

Don’t over powder during the day as it will just give your makeup a cake appearance and encourage more oil production from the pores. You can use blotting papers for quick touchups throughout the day.


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Balance your hormones naturally

Balance Your Hormones Naturally to Be Healthier and Feel Better

Deficiencies, excesses, and fluctuations in hormones can cause changes in your physical body, mind, and emotions. When you balance your hormones naturally, you can think clearly, sleep well, feel good, become emotionally steady, and have better chances of staying healthy. If your hormones are not in balance, there are several symptoms that might arise, such as rage, low energy, weight gain, depression, fibroids, hair loss, loss of sexual drive, and even cancer.

To keep your hormones in check, here are several ways you can follow for you to feel better and stay healthier:

Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Sleep is the best time when your body recovers from the imbalances it suffered during the day. When you lack enough sleep, your hormones swing to overdrive. Make sure you get at least  8 hours of good sleep each night.

Reduce Your Stress Levels

Studies revealed that people who engage daily yoga or meditation have lesser hormonal swings compared to those who don’t meditate stress in any way. Also, it is important to get enough rest. Most people today have hectic schedules that their body has very little time to readjust from the demands of life. It can disrupt the body’s natural hormones cycle. Look for small ways to relax and rest all day long.

Follow a Healthy Diet

Add more fresh and organic vegetables and fruits to your diet together with more seeds and raw nuts. Foods like processed carbohydrates, soft drinks, fried foods, processed vegetable oil, soy products, and enriched flour can all affect hormonal balance. Stay away from non-organic dairy items that often contain dangerous bovine growth hormones, antibiotics, and steroids. All of these can wreak havoc on your body.



Add Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Such fats act to produce healthy and responsive cell membranes that allow hormones to easily adhere to cells. Omega 3 fatty acids can also help your body in keeping its cellular receptor sites in optimal condition and repaired. You can try to eat foods that contain omega 3 or you can also take 500 mg of organic oil of high quality such as olive, flaxseed, or hempseed oil.

Forget Caffeine

It has been revealed that stimulants like caffeine can lead to over production of hormones in the adrenal gland. Try to cut out or cut down your daily caffeine intake.

Get a Dose of Sunshine

You will be able to stabilize hormones when you give your body a good amount of full spectrum light from the sun. I know we dont get much sun here in Britain but take advantage when the sun decides to make an experience by taking a stroll whenever possible. It can help you get your much needed exercise and the sunshine needed by your body.

Exercise Regularly

Make sure you incorporate a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise thrice a week to your routine. Create a schedule that you will be able to follow on a regular basis.

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Take Herbal Supplements

There are certain herbal supplements known to help in balancing hormones, such as wild yam, blessed thistle, dandelion, motherwort, and saw palmetto. and red clover.


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