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Working, Schooling and Homeschooling the Twins

I have deliberately avoided writing about Coronavirus on here because I don’t want to dwell on it. There’s enough news about it everywhere else and I don’t want to add to the hysteria going on, but it is becoming more and more difficult not to talk about it. This pandemic is affecting lives all over the world. The kiddies are now homeschooling from today due to this virus. So I am now supposed to work, study and homeschool the twins all at the same time. This will take a lot of planning and determination, but I am sure we will work it all out. Health and safety comes first, and I support the powers that be in this decision.

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Working from home

I will be blogging as usual. The topics will vary as they usually do. Do not expect to see topics on Coronavirus on the confusion it is causing. I am rising above that and talking about other things no one seems to be talking about. If you need a good distraction from the current pandemic, you may find the blog posts really interesting. I will also carry on doing my other online jobs and see where the opportunities take me.

Schooling from home

Like many of you know, I started studying with The Open University last year. It has been going really well. I am self-motivated, so I do what needs to be done and I am also really enjoying studying the modules. However, it has been a lot harder to concentrate with all what is going on in the world. Luckily, I have managed to stay on top of my study and assessments somehow. This will carry on as normal.

Homeschooling the Twins

Homeschooling the twins is the biggest change. Normally, the kids are in school for a good few hours and I use those hours to get work and uni jobs done. At the moment, this is no longer the case. Schools are closed here indefinitely and I are meant to homeschool the twins. Fitted this in is the hardest part of all but it has to be done. The twins are in year 1 and are exceeding their targets, I won’t want them to fall behind. So we will be following the curriculum from home as much as possible, to keep them engaged.

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If you are stuck at home and wondering how to engage the kids, you should try out these YouTube channels below.

Cosmic Kids Yoga

This YouTube channel focuses on mindfulness, yoga and relaxation for kids. We watch the videos and they are really nice, the twins love them. The videos are adventurous and they help children build strength, balance and confidence.

Little Sports

This YouTube channel has loads of workout videos for kids. For those of us that are unable to go out as much, you can still get the title ones moving with these videos. They are also great for indoor activities on rainy days.

I usually join in with the kiddies and I enjoy the videos too! If you are stuck indoors and wondering how to spend a few minutes keeping the kids moving, you should check out these videos. Safe stay.

 

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Product Review: Palmer’s Coconut Range

*PR samples.

I recently tried Palmer’s Coconut Range and the products are really good. From the range, I tried a coconut oil body lotion, hand cream, a repairing hair conditioner, and conditioning shampoo, as well as coconut sugar body scrub. All the products are really. I am a huge fan of anything coconut, so this range was an instant hit for me.

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Palmer’s Coconut Oil Body Lotion

This body lotion is made up of high levels of naturally occurring fatty acids and proteins that are great for keeping the skin looks healthy and radiant.

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Hand Cream

This hand cream nourishes and moisturises the hands. It works great as a glove-like protective barrier, locking in moisture and softening the skin.

Palmer’s Coconut Sugar Body Scrub

The Palmer’s Coconut Sugar Body Scrub exfoliates the skin and invigorates the senses at the same time. It pampers the skin from head to toe.

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Conditioning Shampoo

This conditioning Shampoo by Palmer’s contains raw and natural ingredients that deeply hydrate and condition the hair, while cleansing it at the same time.

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Repairing Conditioner

The Palmer’s repairing conditioner with coconut oil instantly detangles the hair, leaving it silkier, shinier and easy to manage.

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Deep Conditioning Protein Pack

This deep conditioning protein pack helps deeply hydrate the hair, giving it some shine. It is a moisture intensive treatment for dry and damaged hair.

 

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PROS
  1. The body lotion is nourishing and moisturising. It locks up skin moisture for up to 24 hours, leaving the skin looking radiant.
  2. All products are free from Sulfates, Parabens, Mineral Oil, Gluten, Dyes and Phthalates.
  3. I like the packaging of the products. They look good and work great.
  4. The hand cream leaves my hands feeling and looking very moisturised. I love the texture of the hand cream a lot.
  5. I really like the body scrub. It works great on my skin, leaving it moisturised.
  6. The conditioning shampoo gently cleanses my hair without stripping it. It is a lovely hair shampoo.
  7. The repairing conditioner is another great hair care product from the coconut oil range. It detangles the hair and leaves it easier to manage.
  8. Another great product from the range is the protein pack. The intensive hair treatment is just what my hair needs after a protective style.
CONS

None.

I love all the products in this Palmer’s Coconut Oil range. The products are really good for my hair and skin. I love that they do not contain any harsh ingredients.

What do you think of these products? Have you tried any of the products in Palmer’s Coconut Range? Do you like coconut based skin and hair products? You can find out more about these products on Palmer’s website. Thanks for stopping by. Be safe.

 

Tips for starting a craft business

For many people, it is the ultimate dream – turning a hobby into a business. If you excel in a craft and enjoy doing it and have considered starting a part-time or full-time business, then here is some excellent advice to get you started. From knitting and sewing to pottery, whatever it is, there is some advice you should follow to be successful.

Before we get into all of that, if you are starting, you are selling your goods to people you need to be aware of the laws around it. Your state may have different laws around tax, licenses, and insurance, and penal codes vary.

 

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Research the market

Before you quit your job in the hopes of selling your craft, consider if the market for your product is big enough. Perhaps start trying to sell them before you commit to anything to see how successful you are.

You can research what’s out there already by going to craft shows or looking at Etsy. If your product fits into a category, then there is probably demand for it. Can you offer something different? Or is there already a lot of what you do on the market?

 Know your customers

It is essential to know who your customers are so you can display your products well and decide what events to attend. For example, if you are selling children’s clothing made out of sustainable materials, then your audience will be environmentally conscious parents. Therefore, you may want to attend family festivals and vegan markets.

Consider your name

Pick a business name that is memorable and appeals to your customers. Think about your brand potential and what you can do with a name. You should also check that no one else has your name and secure it. A good place to start is checking that no one else has the same domain name; you can do this at name cheap. An attorney can also help you to secure your business name.

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Online presence

You should have a website; it will add credibility to your business. You should also consider utilizing social media platforms to promote your business. Look at your competitor’s online activity as a good way of coming up with a plan for how you will present yourself online.

 

Make a cost analysis

Making products to sell will mean that you will need a lot more supplies. Many places offer a discount for bulk. Find your suppliers and figure out exactly how much each item is costing you. This can be difficult with craft items, but you must have a clear idea of your overheads. Also include your shipping costs, packaging, and workspace if it is separate from home.

 

Practice photography

Having good pictures of your products when selling them online can make a big difference. You may want to consider where you will take photos and keep it consistent so that it looks professional. You can also consider lighting equipment.

 

Arrange shipping

Compare prices of shipping providers and invest in good packaging materials. Good shipping will encourage people to leave you good reviews!

 

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