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 Find the Right Car for You

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Whether you’re buying a car for the first time, or finally trading in a vehicle you’ve been trundling around in for years on end, the car-buying process can be a little bit intimidating. It’s the most major purchase many of us make in our lifetimes (with the exception of your house), and there’s extra pressure to make the right call.

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What do you need?

Before making any purchase of this sort, it’s vital to take stock of just what you’re after. Are you going to be frequently carrying passengers? What kind of surfaces are you going to be driving on? Will you be performing short urban commutes, or travelling great distances over motorways? Do you have a boat or a caravan that needs towing?

The answers to all of these questions will exert a massive influence on your ultimate choice of vehicle. But if you’re going to be driving this new car frequently, it’s also worth considering the driving experience – if a car is a pain to drive, then you’ll probably come to resent it.

What can you afford?

Having an idea of your budget at the outset will help to prevent you from entering into a burdensome agreement. You don’t want to be crippled by debt repayments for months on end, after all. If you’re in a comfortable financial position, then you might elect to pay for the entire vehicle outright. This will end up cheaper in the long term, as you won’t have to worry about interest. For everyone else, financing makes a sound investment. As a general rule, you’ll want to restrict the amount your spend on your car to around 20% of your overall outgoings, and ideally less than that.

Your financial circumstances will influence your decision; if you’re working a zero-hours contract, or you’re self-employed, then you might prefer the financial security that comes with lower payments.

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Shopping around

If you’re based in Belfast and you’re in the market for a Rav4, then looking at every Toyota dealer Northern Ireland has to offer might be impractical. Still, it’s worth examining your options and looking to see what kind of aftercare is offered at each dealership.

To lease or to buy

Leasing a car provides many advantages over buying one. To begin with, you’ll be driving a more expensive car than you otherwise would. Moreover, you’ll be able to easily upgrade every few years without the hassle of a trade-in. However, you’ll tend to spend less money overall if you opt to buy, and you’ll have the luxury of being able to modify it to suit your particular tastes.

 

The Healing Power of Vitamin C

With all the pandemic talk going on, it is a lot more important to take good care of our health. I am usually not a fan of supplements in general but I ensure I take them on daily basis because I know they help maintain a healthy lifestyle. Vitamin C is one important supplement to take everyday. It is s an essential vitamin, because the body can’t produce it. However, it has many roles and amazing health benefits. The healing power of Vitamin C can’t be overemphasised. Which is why I make sure I take my daily Vitamin C supplement alongside a good balanced diet. Vitamin C can be found in many fruits and vegetables – sweet potato, mango, oranges, strawberries, kiwi fruit, bell peppers, broccoli, kale, spinach, papaya and guava. The daily intake recommended for Vitamin C is 75 mg for women and 90 mg for men. It is best to get the required recommendation from foods, but taking supplements also help.

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The benefits of Vitamin C

The benefits of Vitamin C are too numerous to mention, but here are some of the benefits –

  • Protection against immune system deficiencies
  • Helps relieve cold/flu symptoms
  • Protection against cardiovascular disease
  • Vitamin C helps fight against prenatal health problems
  • Protection against eye disease  and even skin wrinkling.
What happens when you don’t take the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C

Not taking the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C causes Scurvy, which affects the body’s systems. Scurvy symptoms range from fatigue, and weakness, to red and swollen gums. This is why we have to ensure we take the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C to stay healthy and boost our immunity.

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I try to take as many fruits and vegetables I can take, but I must confess I do rely on my vitamin supplements. They help me take in the recommended amounts and keep me feeling healthy.

What do you think of the healing power of Vitamin C?

 

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