Keeping the kids engaged this summer

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The summer holidays are usually long and it is not an easy feat to keep young kids engaged and busy. This summer 2020, it is even harder to keep the little ones engaged and busy with all that we have going on. It feels like it’s been a long year but we only just started the second half of the year some weeks ago. I have been working from home and homeschooling the kiddies since March. It has not been an easy job but I choose to make the most of the time we spend together. Luckily, I rounded up university work early April, so that was one thing off the list of things to do. And I could focus fully on work and the twins. We closed for the term some weeks ago and are now just taking each day as it comes.

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Keeping the kids engaged this summer

With us not being able to go on holiday and do much outdoors really, we have had to really think outside the box. Our summer days look a lot like these –

Long walks

We try to leave the house every day (weather permitting) to go for long walks around our estate. We make our walks fun by talking about what we seeing. The kids are forever looking out for bees, snails, and the likes. Our walks sometimes turn to runs when we get to our local park. It is nice and quiet and the twins enjoy running around there while I catch my breath.

Trampoline

Having a trampoline along with other garden toys is a good investment. My little ones could jump around in the trampoline all day if I let them. Having swings, slides, pools, and other garden toys are also great ways of keeping the children entertained for some time. I know a family that completely transform their garden space every sunny day. They have artificial grass and they make the most of it. Their little one is so lucky, she gets a huge tent and lots of toys out when the weather is nice. The garden looks like a soft play on sunny days; a beauty to behold.

Board games

We have recently gotten into board games as a family. I played lots of board games growing up and I am happy to see my twins are really into them now. They love playing Ludo, Snakes and Ladders, Monopoly and Scrabble. Playing board games is a great way to spend time engaged as a family and sometimes the kiddies enjoy playing on their own. I got this portable board set below and it has changed our free time for the better.

These are just some of the ways we are spending our summer days. It has been fun and the extra time with no planned holiday has allowed us to be more creative with what we have around us. How are you keeping the little ones engaged this summer? Please sound off in the comments section below.

 

How to make indoor exercise work

It can be a bit tricky to exercise indoors. You may have to deal with issues with space and distractions. I have dealt with all of these and I know how hard it can be to get motivated enough to exercise every day but once there’s a will, there is a way. You will need a lot of persistence and determination to exercise indoors. The trick is to keep at it on a daily basis until it becomes second nature. I exercise in the mornings for about 30 minutes. My weekly target is to exercise for about 150 minutes a week and that includes walking, running, cycling, gardening, doing chores, and the likes. 150 minutes sounds like a lot but it is doable when you exercise for around 30 minutes on a daily basis.

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I create my own workout session

When it comes to indoor exercise, I like to just go with the flow and do my own thing. Half the time, I find guided fitness videos do not really inspire me, so I have had to create my own workout moves that keep me inspired and get me to exercise every day. I usually start with stretches, yoga, dancing, and different moves.

The benefits of exercising indoors

Here are some of the amazing benefits of exercising indoors –

You don’t have to deal with the gyms

I have never been into gyms. There are always overcrowded and with the current state of things, I cannot imagine working out in a gym now. So being able to work out from the comfort of my home is a blessing. Plus you don’t have to pay for the pricey gym membership.

You can get the best of both worlds – indoor and outdoor

Exercising at home doesn’t mean you have to be indoors. If you take the workout outside and get the best of both worlds. This is a great idea, especially in the summer months.

You have a dedicated space for workout

You don’t have to worry about sharing your workout space with complete strangers, and spending minutes wiping every equipment.

You can go at your pace

When you work out on your own, indoors and outdoors, you don’t have to keep up with anyone else. You can work out at your pace.

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At the end of the day, it makes sense to do what is best for you. We are different and so are our needs. There is no one rule that fits everyone’s fitness needs. You have to play around with different ways of getting your workout done to find the best way for you.

 

 

 

How to Luxuriously Upgrade Your Home

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Home is where the heart is and everyone dreams about having a luxury home. While an enormous mansion may be out of reach, there are a few upgrades that you can make to your home to bring some luxury into your life and this could make a big difference to your life as well as add a significant amount of value to the property.

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Wine Cellar

A wine cellar is always a great way to impress your guests and a nice addition to the home (especially for wine lovers!). A wine cellar is seen to be a luxury feature of a home but it is actually one of the easiest and affordable upgrades that you can make – often it is the wine which is the real expense! You can, of course, make this a stylish space but the most important is having suitable storage for the wine and ensuring that it is stored at the right temperature.

 

Walk-In Wardrobe

Having a walk-in wardrobe from somewhere like Hammonds is a stylish upgrade and one which can make a big difference to your life. People often have their clothes crammed into tiny wardrobes and drawers, but having a spacious and open area where you can easily keep all of your clothes will make it much easier to get ready each day, showcase your fashion sense and add some luxury to your home.

Hot Tub

When people think about luxury, they often think about a hot tub so this is a great addition to your home. A hot tub can actually make a big difference to your life as it is good for unwinding and reducing stress, which could have both physical and mental health benefits so it is a smart investment to make, plus they do not require any construction and are easy to obtain.

Underfloor Heating

Underfloor heating is a lovely feature to have for the winter months of the year where you no longer have to worry about freezing cold feet when you walk in the bathroom. This can actually make a big difference to your mood and is a great way to add some value to your property.

If you want to bring some luxury into your home and life then these are all good options to consider. You do not necessarily have to have an enormous mansion or a huge amount of money to enjoy the finer things in life and you will find that these are all luxurious upgrades that could also add value to your home.

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