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Half Term with Hasbro

It is holiday time for us. The kiddies are on half term this week and it has been interesting so far. We are off for a mini vacation later this week and I can’t wait. It has busy here with us planning for our trip and keeping the twins busy. It is their first half term at Big School, so they are still getting used to the fact that there won’t be any school this week. Thankfully, they have been busy this half term with Hasbro. Hasbro kindly sent the kiddies  a backpack each full of Hasbro goodies, and that has kept them very busy.

 

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Hasbro Half Term Goodies

The backpacks are really pretty. I love the simple design and colours they got. The backpacks came personalised as well (that bit has been photoshopped out for various reasons) which I think makes them even more special. Each backpack included a personalised pencil-case and notepad, pens, markers, erasers,  YELLIES, Lost Kitties, Lock Stars and my daughter got My Little Pony Cutie Mark Crew. These items have been a life saver this half term.

 

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The Secret Diaries and YELLIES

These items have kept the kiddies very busy this week. They love reading and writing, so they have been spending time writing in their little cute notepads. My daughter calls it her secret diary.

The YELLIES toys have also kept them very busy. My son got the  YELLIES  Klutzers while my daughter got the YELLIES Flufferpuff. Their YELLIES collection is growing quite quickly and they are so fascinated by them. If you have started shopping for Christmas presents, I recommend you check out YELLIES. The Kiddies had the opportunity to take a toy each to school the other day, to share with their friends as an incentive, and they went for their YELLIES. I heard it was a hit with all the kids in their Reception class.

 

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My Little Pony Surprise Mini Figure & More YELLIES

My Little Pony Surprise Mini Figure was one of my daughter’s favourite items in the backpack. She is a true My Little Pony fan, and keeps collecting the ponies. Her collection is continuously growing bigger and bigger. And she was so happy to get this mini pony. The pack included a figure, accessory, case, and collector card.

 

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The Lock Stars

The Lock Stars is also a hit with the kiddies. They find them very fascinating and were able to unlock the padlocks and decorate their backpacks themselves. It was fun to watch them find the right keys! These lockable surprise toys are a hit in our house now. I like how colourful and pretty the Lock Stars are. We will definitely be shopping for some more of them.

 

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The Lost Kittens

With the Lost Kittens, the kiddies enjoyed digging for the hidden treasures and they were pleased with what they found. A Lost Kitties figure and 3 more surprises were hiding inside each pack.

 

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These Hasbro goodies are definitely going to keep the kiddies very busy this half term. With the miserable weather outside, we are spending most of the week indoors before jetting off for our holiday, so I am pleased they are loving these items. They are definitely great half term survival items and we are thankful Hasbro sent them over.

What do you think of these items? How are you spending the half term?

 

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How to Get Paid What You Deserve

In the workplace, there are all sorts of little details that contribute to your overall job satisfaction but one of the biggest is, without a doubt, salary. If you feel underpaid, not only does it affect your mood at work, but it can lower your quality of life in general. Which will make you increasingly bitter towards your employer.

This is only made worse if you ask your manager into a meeting, request a pay rise and are denied. So, to try to help you avoid this situation, here’s a quick guide on how to ensure that when you’re asking for a pay rise or looking for a new job with a good salary, you’re successful.

 

 

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Do Salary Research

If there’s one thing to take away from this post, it’s this – research. Research, knowledge and preparation are what will help you make sure that you’re successful when trying to obtain a pay rise or achieve a good starting salary at a new workplace.

When employers are deciding on what to pay their staff, they use salary surveys to find out what the industry standard is. By taking part in a salary survey, a business can compare their own pay systems and structures to industry competitors or associates. This will allow them pick out where they are underpaying staff and change their approach (to find out more about salary surveys, click here).

If employers are doing it, why shouldn’t you? Whilst salary surveys offer a much more specialised and targeted approach to salary research, there are plenty of free services out there through which you can get an estimation of the average salary for your job role. Websites like LinkedIn and Glassdoor are great places to start.

Salary research is important because you need to know what you should be getting paid for your job role. It’s no good simply plucking a number out of thin-air and deciding that’s what you should be getting paid because you could be miles off the average. Instead, research, refine and pick out a range that you feel you fit into. During negotiations, talk about your research and your skills to indicate what you should be getting paid and why. It’s entirely possible that your employer hasn’t done effective salary research and so may be completely unaware, don’t be afraid to politely educate them.

 

Look at the Full Package

Particularly for more senior roles, discovering an average salary is much more difficult because of the benefits bolted onto the payment package. For example, one Store Manager may get paid £24,000 per year, whilst another Store Manager may get paid £22,000 a year but receive free private health insurance. These kinds of perks and benefits are difficult to quantify in monetary terms, so it’s important to think about them when you’re deciding what pay you deserve.

Similarly, you might be willing to sacrifice some of your salary for other workplace perks like flexible work hours, increased holiday or a different job title. If you’re looking for a new role completely, consider these same benefits when negotiating your contract.

 

 

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Positivity and Patience

Finally, no matter what type of salary discussion you’re engaging in, remember to stay positive and patient. Emphasise that you enjoy what you’re doing (or want the job you’re applying for) but are looking for slightly more pay. Avoid sounding desperate or angry at your manager or potential employer as this will not make them want to help you, instead, try to focus on the things you like. Similarly, don’t be dismissive if the answer you get is, “Well, we only have so much budget.” Or “We feel that the pay being offered is fair.”

Neither of those answers is an outright no. Don’t be afraid to (kindly) give the individual a target figure and ask them to consider your request, more often than not it will be taken away and addressed with a senior manager. Even if you don’t get your target figure, there’s a good chance that you will get some form of increase because employers know that satisfied employees are better workers.

With these tips in mind, you should be able to get that pay rise or that dream salary without a hitch. Remember, the first step is always research – do the preparation before entering the lion’s den.

 

What do you think of these tips? Do you have tips of your own to share? Please sound off in the comments section below.

 

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How to Cure Jet Lag

Flying into a totally different time zone can make your internal clock go haywire. This will make you end up feeling extremely tired when you arrive at your destination. But don’t worry, it’s just jet lag.  Your body is trying to find its foot in the new time zone.

Although I love travelling, nothing destabilizes my day like jet lag. When I have jet lag I feel tired all the time and my routine goes out of balance.

Over the years I was able to discover new ways to shake off the jet lag and carry on with my day in peace. So, for all the travelers out there, here are some of my handy tried and tested tips that will help you get over jet lag.

 

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Tip #1: Prep Your Mind

As you fly into a new time zone you need to make sure that you are consciously prepared for the change in time zone. This will help your body ease into the time zone and trick your mind into thinking that it has always been in the same time zone.

When I’m on the plane, the first thing I do is to adjust my watch to the time zone of the country I’m traveling to. What this does is to make me conscious of the time zone of the country I’m going to.

So when I look at my watch and see that it’s sleeping time, I immediately start preparing myself to sleep on the plane. This gets my body in tune with its normal routine. I end up feeling less tired that way.

 

Tip #2: Mind the kind of food you eat on the plane

Since jet lag makes you very tired, then you should help your body by eating the right kind of food that will help your body adjust to the change in time zone.

Before you order your food on the plane check your watch. Is it getting dark where you’re going to? Then tuck into a carbohydrate rich meal. Carbs make you fall asleep faster. But if it’s still bright where you’re headed, then avoid food that will make you sleepy. Opt for a protein rich meal on the plane so that you’ll have more energy and stay awake longer.

 

Tip #3: Connect with the earth

This is by far one of the strangest cures to jet lag I’ve ever heard. However, as strange as it might seem, many travelers swear by its efficacy. And I assure you it works.

When you’re experiencing jet lag, take off your shoes and place your feet on the earth (grass in the yard, sand on the beach, etc). Just connect with the earth.

What this does is to discharge the positive electrons in your body with the negative electrons in the earth. This method is called “earthing”. Since you spend a lot of time in the air when traveling, the healing properties of the earth will miraculously wipe out the jet lag from your system.

 

How do you cure jet lag?

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