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Why we don’t celebrate Halloween

Today is Halloween and the excitement is definitely in the air for many. We are on holiday as it is half term here in the UK, and the kiddies are having an amazing time. It is great to unwind and take a break from our regular routine. This is the last holiday we have until Christmas, so we are making the most of it. I will be writing about our half term fun and all what we got up to in a bit, but for now, it is all about why we don’t celebrate Halloween. The twins get excited about Halloween because they hear about it from the world somehow and they get to see houses decorated. So naturally they have asked questions about Halloween and why we don’t get to celebrate it.

 

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No right or wrong

There is nothing right or wrong about celebrating Halloween. It is a pagan holiday – All Hallow’s Eve (Nov. 1), that has now become quite popular in the western part of the world, and brands have cashed in on the popularity. However, I don’t believe in celebrating a holiday for the sake of it. It should have a meaning and I have to believe in the meaning to celebrate it. The meaning of Halloween is pointless to us  and we don’t see why we should take part in it. Which is why we don’t celebrate Halloween. I could work with brands on Halloween related collaborations like I have done in the past if I believe in the message and if it is fun to do, but it is not a celebration I acknowledge. If I have to do jobs like that, I put my on spin on it and I do it as long as it does not affect me personally. So no pumpkins here, no Halloween decorations or trick or treat. It is just a normal day for us.

The twins have come to understand that and they no longer question why we don’t celebrate Halloween. Being around people crazy about October 31 can be draining sometimes, but it is not something they question anymore. I have nothing against Halloween or people who celebrate the day. There’s no right or wrong way of looking at it. It is just down to my personal taste and choice.

Do you celebrate Halloween? Do sound off in the comments section below and have fun celebrating or not celebrating the day.

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Beauty Muse – Merle Dandridge

If you are a Netflix lover like me, this face may be familiar to you. Merle Dandridge plays the role of Grace Greenleaf on the hit Netflix series – Greenleaf, and she is a Beauty Muse. I love everything about this woman, she is definitely a stunner and my beauty goals. Her skin is so smooth and spotless.She is blessed with a natural beauty with or without makeup. I also like the fact that she wears minimal makeup on the series. The kind of makeup that is hardly ever there, and she looks fab every time. Do you watch Greenleaf? The new season starts in November and I can’t wait to watch my favourite cast again.

 

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When it comes to beauty muses, I like to go for women with lovely facial features. The more natural beauty, the better. I also like featuring confident women, women doing big things with their lives and careers. Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, and for me beauty is a lot more than how you look on the outside. Having a pretty face helps, but I look at the complete package. I love seeing beautiful independent women with great careers, especially when they are mothers as well. They inspire me to aim for the starts and pursue all my goals. This Beauty Muse right here is one of those women.

 

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Merle Dandridge was born in Okinawa, Japan, some 44 years ago, to a Korean mother and an African American father. She has lived in many cities/countries throughout her life, and started her acting career in Chicago theatre productions, before appearing in Criminal Minds, The Newsroom, 24, Drop Dead Diva, and more. Dandridge is a beautiful breath of fresh air and she is definitely a beauty muse.

What do you think of Dandridge? Will you call her your beauty muse? Please sound off in the comments section below.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a good one.

Protecting Your Family From Digital Dangers

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Today’s kids are growing up in a digital world. While digital technology can often have its benefits, it’s important to also be wary of the dangers it can pose to your family. Here are just some of the biggest digital dangers and how you can protect your family from them.

 

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Addiction

It’s easy to become addicted to digital technology – especially now that phones, TVs and games consoles all of internet access. Some families can spend all their time staring at screens and never really socialising with each other. This can have a major impact on family relationships as well as leading to depression and anxiety.

There are also physical health problems that can develop from spending too much time using digital technology. The idea that people get ‘square eyes’ is an old wives’ tale, however a lot of people can get eye strain and headaches from staring at a screen for too long, as well as finding it hard to get to sleep (staring at a bright screen before bed can sometimes trick our brains into thinking that it’s still daytime, preventing us from producing melatonin).

Limiting screen time is the best way to prevent addiction. If the whole family spends a lot of their time staring at screens, it could be time to introduce a screen-free hour each day. This could help to encourage time spent together as a family or time spent pursuing other interests that don’t involve digital technology.

Some kids may protest to this, in which case you may have to take measures such as turning off the wi-fi for an hour per day or even confiscating devices. Alternatively, you may be able to use parental controls on devices to put a limit on screen time. If you don’t feel such measures are needed you could simply set rewards for not spending so much time on devices.

Digital addiction is something that can often be prevented in kids by taking action early. Many of us are guilty of giving out kids a smartphone or tablet as a distraction tool, but this shouldn’t become a regular habit to the point that screens replace toys. You may also want to be careful of giving kids their own phone or tablet too early – or only letting them have these devices an hour or two a day at first.

 

Fraud and theft

Digital technology has also become a new tool for criminals. While most criminals target businesses, everyday people and homes can also get targeted. Using details acquired online, criminals can hack into accounts or even plan burglaries. Such details can often be given away by kids who are generally less wary of the consequences.

The importance of online privacy is something that should be taught to kids – especially as they start buying things online themselves or using social media. Teach kids what they should and shouldn’t share on online (i.e. no financial details or passwords) and teach them to use privacy settings. You should also encourage them to only use only trusted websites (there are security programmes that can alert you when a site is not trusted).

The likes of this Borgata online privacy guide could be worth reading if you’re not sure yourself of what measures you should be taking. Many people for instance are unaware of certain fundamentals like cookies and SSL certificates.

 

Bullying

Bullying has now also moved online and can be a big danger to kids – particularly teenagers who are old enough to use social media. Online bullying tactics can include posting horrible comments about people, sharing embarrassing photos or videos or constantly harassing people on messenger platforms.

Not all kids are victims of online bullying and it can be hard to prevent, however you may be able to warn kids about it simply by talking about it and by teaching them how to react when it starts to take place. This could include immediately telling parents or teachers about a bullying problem or blocking people on social media platforms.

The threat of online bullying can also be reduced by discouraging addiction of digital technology. It’s much easier for kids to get away from online bullying if they’re able to turn off from it, whether it be not going on social media or not using certain devices.

The likes of this Understood online bullying guide are worth reading for more strategies on how to spot online bullying and stop it. You can also find many counselling services online for kids that are being bullied online and for the parents dealing with this issue.

 

Online predators

The web has also unfortunately become a common place for sexual predators to locate and target children. If your kids are going to use digital devices without your supervision, it’s important that you warn them about predators and how to prevent contact with them.

A good lesson to teach – which applies to the real world too – is to not talk to strangers. Predators will often try to connect to children through online games and apps, so try to persuade your kids not to talk to strangers on these platforms. As for when your kids start using social media, tell them to never accept friend requests from people they don’t know. Alternatively, you could teach your kids to come to you if a stranger is sending them messages – this way you can check the messages to determine whether you think they are worthy of concern.

This Bark guide could be worth reading for more information on how to protect your kids from online predators. Parental controls on some devices may be able to help prevent contact with these individuals as well as preventing your kids from accessing graphic content.

 

 

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