Sensory Bottle

Being a work at home mom has always been a dream of mine! I am able to spend all day with my three-year-old son and make my own schedule. Every Monday morning my son and I pick out activities he is to do every day that week. Our activity today is making a Sensory Bottle for the first time!! Since we had never made it before, so we were both thrilled to figure out how to make one. A Sensory Bottle is good for helping a child calm down and encourage self-regulation.

If your child feels overwhelmed, anxiety, and wound up this would be a great activity for them to do. We made a mess FAST with all the glitter and small beads, so do not be alarmed. It was fast and easy to clean which makes it a great activity anyone can do.


We started with an empty bottle of water and filled it half full of cooking oil. I did it over the sink, but if you need you can use a funnel to make sure the cooking oil does not spill.Then we added some blue, green, and yellow marbles, along with decorative beads.

After that, we added a red and silver glitter to give it an extra sparkle.
After the glitter, we added blue dye and the filled the rest with water.

Once it was full I put the lid on and then tapped it making sure it would not spill. Then my son took the bottle and shock it for a good five minutes to make sure everything was good a mixed together.

My son loves his Sensory Bottle! I highly recommend everyone should make one!

Update your Resume in 2018!

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It can get to a point in life where you have been in the same job for a while and have gotten everything you can out of it. And so you become stuck in a rut where the only thing that is making you walk through the door every day is the fact that bills need to get paid. But what is really stopping you from trying something new? Maybe there’s a new area, connected to the job you already do that you can move into, or perhaps it’s just the company you work for. Maybe you need a whole new career path and begin again. However you go about shaking things up, you need to make sure your resume is up to scratch.

 

Up To Date

 

It’s a good idea to keep your resume up to date regardless of whether you’re looking for a new job or not. Even if it’s just a note stating the day you started your role, dates if any promotions, and the extra responsibilities or training you have received. That way there’s no guesswork, and you won’t miss anything out. But it’s not just your employment history you need to modify; look at your cell number, home, and email address – are they correct? Have your objectives and hobbies changed since you last edited your resume? And, if you do include an image, is it a recent one? Your resume is an outward statement of who you are now and not who you were five years ago.

 

Volunteering

 

To give your resume a boost, and to provide you with an excellent hobby that has nothing to do with work, consider volunteering. There is a whole range of things that you can do that might or might not link in with your chosen career path. Volunteering on its own shows a willingness to go beyond the basics, to spend your time helping others. It can show leadership, initiative, teamwork, and care. Which all goes a long way to an employer. If you are looking for a promotion, perhaps your volunteering invokes getting involved in new projects and spending some of your time working on them. If you’re looking to move into zoo keeping, for example, volunteering with animals at a shelter, vets or farm will work in your favor.

 

Education

 

If you have plenty of experience in the area you’re moving into, then you shouldn’t really need any more qualifications. If you do, it will quite often be something the company offers to provide. If you’re looking elsewhere, then you might need to look at adding to your education. If you want to move into public service, then doing an online criminology BA would work wonders. As would a degree in social care if you’re going to move into social services. Quite often you can find that future employers are happy to allow you to study alongside your new job, so never think that you can’t apply for something just because you haven’t finished studying. You might get lucky and have them offer to pay for your course – who knows?

 

Skills

 

Everyone has different skills to their name. However, there is a list that pertains to pretty much anyone who has held down a job, and done well in it, for more than a couple of years:

  • Team Player
  • Time Management
  • Organization
  • Time Keeping
  • Meeting Deadlines
  • Multitasking

If you have worked with money, you can add ‘money management’ to the list, if you have led a team then add ‘team leader’. They might sound simple, but a list of viable skills such as these gives any potential employer a good insight into how you work. You should also rank your skills according to what you feel is more important to the role you’re applying for. A job as a manager would need leadership and organizing right at the top, for example. If you have any critical skills with computer programs, add them to your list. And not all of your skills need to be work-related; adding that you play the violin to the list shows perseverance, hard work and that you have a hobby.

Unplugging to Camp!

Camping is a great activity that anyone can partake in. But for those new to camping, trying to figure out what to do while camping can be the hardest thing. How do you take a “plugged-in” generation, and unplug them and still have fun? It’s a difficult challenge that can actually deter potential campers because you never want anyone to not have a good time. Here are some camping tips that can ease the pain from moving a twitter-holic to the outdoors.

First, one of the biggest deterrents is leaving the comfort of one’s own bed. People hear camping and think Jim Bowie and Davy Crocket, sleeping under the stars on the ground, a stump as a pillow and a cow or deer hide as a bed. Worry not, although that sounds absolutely miserable, neither I or anyone I know have ever camped using a log as a pillow. Although there are various degrees of “extreme” that you can tell stories about, I prefer to sleep with a goose down sleeping bag, and my pillow from home. If that’s still too far removed from a bed for you, you can use an air mattress. That’s the best part about camping: you can choose the degree to which you’re wanting to go “outdoors.”

Secondly, not everyone is a hunter or fisherman. Bringing in the kill and hollering across the camp “Honey, dinner’s here!” and flopping down the kill or catch of the day is very cool, it’s not exactly the 21st century. Making sure how you and your fellow campers are going to eat can help ease people into a good time camping. Some people can enjoy the experience of cooking a steak over an open fire on a firepit grill where others would prefer that their food comes packaged and between two pieces of bread. Let your level of comfort dictate what food you bring. Start easy if it’s your first time. Bring sandwiches and pre-packed food in ice chests and just enjoy the away from the norm. If you like it and decide you want to be more adventurous the next time, bring a couple steaks, chicken, or hamburgers and cook them over the fire. Its easy and you feel more in tune with the outdoors. For those looking for true grit camping, find a place that allows you to catch or hunt your own food and go full Crocket.

The third point in getting your homebody to the outdoors in making sure there are activities that are going to hold their or your attention. During the day, the kids can play tag, hide-and-seek, or just enjoy the natural nature trails. If you’re at a camp park, you can more than likely find a jungle gym for the young kids to play on. If you have a kid who’s an animal or bug lover you can make a game out of how many different types of animals or bugs you see. My personal favorites are always the Frisbee or football.  For your more rugged campers, you can pass the time fishing, hiking, canoeing, or take part in one of the many different campsite events that can be located on the camping website. Bring simple games to play at night. My favorites are a deck of cards which are as versatile as a swiss army knife. Playing some battle, go fish, spades, or hearts is a great way to spend quality family time together. Dominos are another easy, enjoyable way to pass the time away as food is cooking. This doesn’t include the all mighty smores’ cooking that has to take place around every fire. Scary stories, or maybe just some “back in my day” wisdom can be passed on around the seamless time around a warm campfire. Enjoy your night out in your tent. Whenever my son and I  cannot camp without my puffy blanket. Find out which blankets works best for you in this Blanket Guide. I found which one works best for me tp help improve my camping, you can also!

Camping is a truly refreshing experience that can help untangle the mess of one’s plugged in life. It can be scary at first, not being in the comfort behind one’s own 4 walls and sleeping in one’s own bed. But all of these steps can ease those “I don’t want to” campers into a fun-filled, bonding experience.

Camping!!

Remember when you were a kid and one of the best things to do during the summer was to camp out at the park or back on someone’s property? I know I do. When I was in late elementary and junior high my cousins and I, along with our parents, would go out to my Uncles land and camp out for a couple days. All technology minus a cell phone was banned. Just us and nature. As kids, it was one of the best memories we created during that time. Even now, I still look back on those memories with fondness. Although I wouldn’t go the same style we did back then.

Camping technology has come a long way. First off, the tents back then were the equivalent to the child-proof items of today, impossible to work. After hours of fooling around with the tent, you might have some semblance of the tent up if you’re lucky. But today’s tents it’s so simple it’s scary. When we go camping now, we have a Coleman’s 4-Person Instant Cabin which I could put up in my sleep in less than 5 minutes. Plus, the takedown and storage are just as easy. Of course, you’d have to have something to sleep on. When I was a kid, my dad had these old small army cots that we would put sleeping bags on. It was nice to be off the ground, but I think my back is still suffering from sleeping in those. Nowadays you can buy cots, sleeping bags, or air mattresses that effectively bring the comforts of home with you into the woods. When choosing the best air mattress for camping try using Best Air Mattress for Camping. They give you great tips and pointers for the best sleep you can get while camping!!

 In our tent, we can comfortably fit an average size air mattress or 3 sleeping bags with plenty of room to have our supplies around us. Supplies like lanterns and flashlights. Make sure you have plenty of lights. I would bring at 3-4 battery lanterns and at least 1 flashlight per person. Having adequate lighting for emergencies is always important. Depending on how much into “nature” you want to be, you can take a fan or heater depending on the time of year. Personally, I know I can barely make it without my A/C so the fan is a must for those summer camping trips. Nothing will get you kicked out of a tent quicker than smelling like a grizzly bear that just ran a couple miles. Along with our tent, lanterns, or occasional fan we would always bring a hammock. The peaceful relaxation of laying in a hammock was some of my favorite parts of my day while camping. Finding a great hammock is good, however, the most important part is having the perfect straps. Best Hammack Straps have always been a good guide for my family to follow when trying to find out what straps are the best. Overall without the amazing straps, I don’t believe my camping trip would have been the same because my camping would have been ruined by a strap breaking. Thanks to Best Hammock Strap that neverhappenedd.

What camping trip isn’t complete without a fire. Probably 90% of the memories I have from growing up about camping happened around the fire. This was the one and only thing we cheated on even then. We did try and rub sticks together or have a flint rock. My dad was an outdoorsman but that was a bit extreme, even for him. We used the matches and lighter fluid. Now be careful when you’re going this route. Keep the lighter fluid far away from the fire after its lit. It also wouldn’t be a bad idea to have read up on how to control a fire and put a fire out as to not upset the environment around you. Those memories around the fire though are my favorite. Roasting marshmallows and making smores, cooking over the fire what we had caught that day out of the river, or cooking what we had brought with us because we hadn’t caught anything. The fire popcorn was always a huge hit, not because it tasted good, even though they do nowadays, but because you have expected the tin to eventually expand so far that it exploded like in the cartoons, sending popcorn everywhere. Unfortunately, (but fortunately) it never happened. Coolers always make a great seat if you didn’t bring any chairs plus they hold and keep all the beverages and food cold. Depending on where you are camping, be sure to note what the campsite rules are about wild animals and food.

Camping is a great experience to create memories with family, kids, and friends. I’d advice going technology (minus the one-off phone for emergencies) so you can truly enjoy the outdoors and deprogram yourselves from the everyday hustle and bustle. Be sure to bring bug repellant and make wise decisions so that no one gets hurt. If you do, it’s a great, enjoyable, fun time that people of all ages can appreciate.

Paul Bunyan Classic Log Cabin

During the winter it’s sometimes a tough time of year because my three-year-old son can’t spend as much time outside as he would like. If I would let him this little boy would be outside all day every day. With it being cold there is more of a chance of him getting sick, so we do 15-20 minutes outside with him toys then come inside for awhile to warm up. Not being able to be outside has led to finding creative things for him to do inside. I do not like to stick him in front of a TV so having different activities planned out is always a must for colder weather. The Paul Bunyan Classic Log Cabin is an activity that I love to have in our everyday activities.

It comes with 150 All wood pieces which your little one can create whatever your little one’s heart desires. To be exact it has 124 real wood logs, 4 redwood gables, 20 green wood roof slats, 2 redwood chimneys and a complete building manual to help build it! Today we built a log cabin with a door in it, taking turns stacking the pieces together. I love how it helps the kids learn how something is built, and how something is designed.

The colors are redwoods for the walls, with the roof slants being a bright red, and the roof is a green making it easy for the kiddos to know exactly where something goes. You can purchase the Paul Bunyan Classic Log Cabin building set for $23.95.

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