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Great Gift ideas for Kids

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My twins turn 6 in the next few weeks and I have been busy browsing the web for great gift ideas for kids. They are in year 1 now and are growing really fast, so I wanted gifts they would find entertaining for longer. My kids get bored quite quickly, so getting the right sort of birthday presents was a mission. I recently came across BrightMinds; a website that stocks over 2,000 quality toys and games for kids, and I was intrigued by the items they had on their website. There are all sorts of toys for 6 year old kids available on BrightMinds, you are sure to find exciting products for your children.

Here are some of the amazing children’s toys that caught my attention –

 

Fairy Light Garden £29.99

 

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This Fairy Light Garden is a great gift idea for the little ones. This is the sort of thing my daughter would like, which is why it caught my eye straight away. It is an excellent little toy for a child’s room and also works as a stunning night light. This Fairy Light Garden is an enchanted fairy mushroom home with glass seeds. It is great for children 4 years and over.

 

My Design Portfolio Fashion Studio £14.99

 

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If your little one is into fashion, this My Design Portfolio Fashion Studio would make a great gift. My daughter is a fashion lover already and she goes on and on about being a fashion designer and having her own fashion show. So I know this My Design Portfolio Fashion Studio would be perfect for her. This kit allows you design more than 200 fashion styles. It will definitely keep you little fashionista busy. A great gift idea for children 5 years and over.

 

Large Blue Sand Timer 5 Minute £12.99

 

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This Large Blue Sand Timer 5 Minute is another great idea. My son would love this for sure. He is into all sorts of timers at the moment. Timers work great for time related activates like homework, brushing the teeth, screen time, and so on. It is a lovely way of getting children interested in the concept of time. I love the size of this and the colour is pretty.

 

 

Desktop Arcade Machine £24.99

 

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This retro Desktop Arcade Machine is another great gift idea for kids. It is preloaded with 240 16-bit games of the 80s. It has an 8-way control joystick, 2.5″ TFT screen as well as a  built-in speaker. This is a lovely gift idea for children 6 years and over. I love it!

 

What do you think of these great gift ideas for kids? Did any catch your eye?

 

 

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My Encounter with a Facebook Scammer

There are so many scammers around now, it is super scary. I hear about social media scammers taking over social media accounts and demanding money, especially on Instagram. Luckily my Instagram is safe and secure so no issues there. However, I had an interesting encounter with a scammer on Facebook yesterday.

It started off with the scammer sending me a message on my Facebook page offering me $1500 every week in advance. All he said I needed to do was to publish 2 articles on my Facebook page every week for $1,500. As soon as I read his messages, my alarm bells went off!

 

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First his approach was off! Brands hardly ever contact you first on social media, and if they do, that usually happens on Twitter, not Facebook. Message a blog is such an informal approach, so I am always cautious when I get messages on social media. Secondly, his grammar was all over the place and his Facebook profile didn’t match or refer to the website he was supposedly working for. Also, he mentioned he wasn’t trying to take over my Facebook page from the blues. I never accused him of that or even thought of it. All these made me super alert but the biggest giveaway was the amount he offered. No one ever offers $1,500 for 2 Facebook posts and opts to pay in advance. The offer was just too good to be true and you know what they say about offers like that.

I decided to play along with him and see where it goes. I accepted his offer and mentioned I took payment via Paypal. He was happy to pay via Paypal but first I needed to register on his Facebook page and that required me putting in my Facebook password. That was the end of our conversation. I declined and reported his profile and page to Facebook, while I was busy doing that, he quickly blocked me.

 

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It looks like the scammers are after bloggers with established social media platforms. I have heard quite a few similar stories in the last few weeks and some of the scammers were unfortunately. What they do is take over the social media account once you put in your password on a website they send to you, and then try to sell the platform and threaten to delete your entire page if you don’t pay up. It is so pathetic and scary but these scammers are out there so we all have to be vigilant.

The lesson here is simple, when a deal looks too good to be true, it is. Best to take your time and make sure it is legit. Also, don’t click or put in your social media passwords into any website you are not 100% sure about. If in doubt, don’t do it.

I hope my experience with this Facebook scammer helps others who may come across people like the idiot I came across yesterday. Keep your eyes open while you are online. Scammers are everywhere now.

Have a good one.

Which essential oils are good for sleep?

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Nobody wants to stay up late tossing from one side of the bed to the other. Lack of sleep can be a torture and it can affect your level of concentration, mood as well as your energy levels. To be able to perform various tasks you require ample and sufficient sleep. Instead of taking sleeping pills, essential oils are a great alternative if you have a problem sleeping. The scent of most essential oils is used in aromatherapy to help with body and mind practices.

 

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You also need to know which ones to use and how to effectively use them. The equipment used is a diffuser and there is a wide selection of essential oil diffusers. Choose the best essential oil diffusers on https://cozyhousetoday.com/best-essential-oil-diffuser-large-space/. Whether you’ll want to use the essential oils as a daily and nightly routine, it’s up to you. Below is a list of the essentials that are good for sleep to avoid you being overwhelmed with what’s in the market.

Vanilla

Vanilla is known for its sweet scent and though some people use it for culinary purposes, it can also be used for relaxation and stress relief. The sedative effects of vanilla can reduce restlessness, promote hyperactivity and also lower blood pressure. It’s also quite effective for those suffering from depression since it helps relax the body, mind, and soul and has a soothing effect.

Lavender

When it comes to essential oils used to improve sleep and boost relaxation, lavender is one of the most commonly used. Its soothing scent allows you to relax enabling you to sleep better. It’s also used to relieve anxiety, depression, reduce as well as pain.

Valerian

The oil of the valerian plant can be used as an ingredient in herbal teas to aid with sleep. Its roots can also be used as a sleep supplement.

Sandalwood

The woody sandalwood scent comes with a lot of benefits, especially if you have problems sleeping. Sandalwood which has an earthy scent is used for relaxation purposes. Those suffering from anxiety can also use it for anxiety relief after studies conducted showed that it relieves anxiety symptoms. Its sedative effects increase your levels of non-REM sleep allowing you to sleep comfortably. But due to these effects, some people might react differently since people react differently. Some experience wakefulness and attentive relaxation instead. If you experience wakefulness, don’t use sandalwood at night.

Jasmine

Jasmines’ floral scent aids in promoting sleep. If you experience restless sleeping or require daytime alertness its oil can be quite beneficial for you. It also helps to lower anxiety.

Try out different essential oils to determine which scents work best to boost your sleep and relaxation. From enhancing your mood, helping you sleep soundly to relieving migraines, essential oils are great for the body and mind relaxation. Reduce insomnia and drift off to sleep like a baby without having to wake up tired and exhausted.

One more thing to point out is that essential oils are good and safe to use, but it’s always best to consult your doctor, especially if you have severe insomnia. They will help by recommending the best essential oils and any lifestyle changes that you might need to make to get a good night’s sleep.

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