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How to make the most of your garden during lockdown

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If you are lucky enough to have a garden, then you should make the most of it during this lockdown. Getting fresh air and some sunshine is very important for the state of mind and overall health, so we should be spending some time outdoors as much as possible. If your house comes with a garden space, then this can be easily done. If you garden space is not in a good shape, this is the best time to sort it out so you can put it to good use.

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Here are some ways you could make the most of your garden during this lockdown and after –

Picnic in the garden

Having regular picnics in the garden is another great way to spend some more time outdoors. The weather has been so amazing here, and most people have been spending more and more time in their gardens. Having your lunch in the garden is a good way to spend time outside. It is a lot easier to have a picnic in your garden when you have artificial grass. You don’t need to worry about mowing the lawn or getting rid of the annoying weeds. All you need is your packed lunch and a picnic mat, and you are good to go. This is just another reason to have artificial grass. They look amazing and are so easy to maintain. You can shop around for cheap artificial grass for your garden to make the most of your outdoor space.

Garden toys for the kids

If you are feeling overwhelm with the kids, spending time in the garden with garden toys is a good way to let them run around while you relax watching. There are cheap garden toys available in most online stores, depending on the type of children’s toys you are after. Trampolines, slides, swings, inflatable pools are some of the most popular garden toys for kids. Get your hands on a couple of garden toys to keep the children entertained.

Gardening

Gardening is another hobby you could get into this lockdown if you haven’t done so already. It is super relaxing and easy to start up once you have the space and the tools. If you new to gardening, it is better to start small and see how you get on. Investing in a plant pot, garden gloves, and some seeds should be enough to start off.

How are you making the most of your garden this lockdown?

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How to show your appreciation for your loved ones from afar

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Right now, the whole world is going through a tough time. Since Coronavirus was declared a global pandemic, we have all been put on lockdown, meaning that we have been unable to travel to see our loved ones – no matter whether they live in the same town or a completely different country. One way we can all make this process easier is by being kind to one another and showing each other how much we care. If you haven’t yet gone out of your way to let your family or friends know that you are thinking about them, here are some things you can consider doing to show how much you appreciate the special people in your life.

Share daily positive news

Do you have friends that are anxious during this time? If so, why not send them examples of good news stories that can help to take their minds off the negative situation? The Happy Newspaper was created to celebrate all that’s good in the world, so go ahead and call your friend up to share some lovely stories that you’ve read – it’ll make you both feel better.

Send tasty treats

If one of your loved ones has to spend their birthday in lockdown, don’t forget to send them a sweet treat such as some delicious toffee to let them know that you’ve remembered their special day.

Encourage them to stay active

Exercise helps to clear the mind, and that is particularly important when many of us are sat home worrying every day. If you have completed any feel-good fitness sessions recently, such as high intensity online classes from the likes of Joe Wicks on YouTube, forward the link on to your friends and family, so that they can try it out too. After they have done their first session, they’ll feel re-energised, and ready to do another one the following day!

Plan group calls

Do you have friends all over the world that you haven’t seen in months? Then why not arrange a group video call? During lockdown, many people have been getting together virtually, creating their own quizzes and taking part in fun activities such as charades. It’s the perfect way to unwind and forget about everything that is going on in the world for the evening.

How have you been showing your appreciation for your loved ones during this time?

Music is like food to my soul

I am a huge music lover. You can easily catch me listening to some of the greatest hits on my Spotify playlist. I listen to music everyday and with the current pandemic worldwide, music is like food to my soul. It literally feeds me. I listen to many different types of music, from gospel to rhythm and blues, rock to pop. As long as the beat is good and the lyrics make sense, I would listen to it.

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Here are some of the jams I have been listening to these past few days –

Whitney Houston – I Didn’t Know My Own Strength

I love Whitney Houston so much. Her voice gives me the chills every time I hear it. This song is one of my favourite. Her voice wasn’t as good on the track but the lyrics are amazing. They literally spoke to me and it felt like she was singing my story. It is such a lovely song.

Idina Menzel – Into the Unknown

This track is one of the songs from Frozen 2. If you have seen the movie, you would know all about this amazing song. My kids love it, I love it even more. The lyrics are amazing and Idina Menzel’s voice is just amazing. It is one of my favourite songs at the moment.

Sia – Rainbow

This is another song loved by the kiddies and me. I am a huge fan of SIA. Her voice is just out of this world. I love the lyrics of the song and the beat is quite catchy. I bet the My Little Pony fans love this song.

Luther Vandross – Dance With My Father

Dance With My Father by Luther Vandross is one of my favourite songs ever. I have been listening to it a lot for some weeks now. Luther Vandross has such a lovely voice and the song’s lyrics are so meaningful.

Boyz 2 Men – The Colour of Love

The Colour of Love is such a beautiful song. It is one song I always find myself singing along to even though my voice sounds nothing like theirs. This song is always on my go-to playlist.

Tim Godfrey and Travis Greene – Nara

This gospel song is simply beautiful. I love everything it so much. It has lifted me from all sorts of low vibes and energy. I think Tim Godfrey and Travis Greene did a great job with this song.

Mercy Chinwo – Chinedum

Mercy Chinwo’s voice is perfect! I love her songs and this Chinedum is now one of my favourites. The lyrics resonate with my soul and the beat has a great vibe.

Robbie Williams – Angels

This song speaks to my soul. I love the lyrics and Robbie Williams has an amazing voice. He did a wonderful job with this track. It is one of my favourite tracks ever!

I listen to all these songs on my Spotify, so you can download them on their if you have the app. The links here are to the YouTube videos for reference but I don’t watch music videos much.

What do you think of these songs? Is your favourite on the list? I bet you can see how music is like food to my soul.

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