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"Nan, I'm swimming! Can you see me?"
"No honey, you're on the phone. Send me a picture."
Within minutes I'm looking at my cute grandson as he laughs and splashes in the small waves of 1770 beach.
Yes, it's amazing technology- simple enough for even young children to take photos. It takes them no time at all for their little fingers to find Peppa Pig on YouTube. And, it's easy for them to expertly handle the device's controls and play the amazing games and apps.
But, in those same small hands, it's easy for those devices to bounce down stairs, drop to the floor, or sink beneath the water at the beach.
And there's nothing cute about a smashed screen.
So, it makes sense to kid-proof your device before handing it over to those eager, slightly sticky, fingers.
You might think it would be safer to armour-clad your iPhone or Samsung. But fortunately, there are some amazing options that look as good as their protection.. and they do look great!
Protection that looks a million dollars
If you're looking for something that combines a touch of elegance with excellent protection, then consider the classic good looks of genuine leather iPhone cases and covers. Rest assured that, all holes and cutouts are precisely located to allow access to all your phone's buttons, speakers and ports.
If you're heading to the beach, a high-quality, protective water-proof case is a wise choice. It means that you have peace of mind while swimming or snorkeling up to 2 metres. And, it's also shock proof, dirt proof, snow proof and scratch resistant... did I mention, kid-proof?
Plus, an anti-reflection glass means that your photos will be clear and high-quality.
Consider a screen protector
Last, a glass screen protector is worth considering, too. I haven`t actually done this but I`m thinking it would be a sensible investment in the protection of my iPhone. Rather than the older style screen protectors and their problems, (agghhh.. tell me about it) these curved edge-to-edge tempered glass protectors cover the whole screen.. and no bubbles.
When you consider the cost of these amazing pieces of daily-use technology, why take chances? When your family includes small, excitable, energetic little people, accidents happen, and happen often. A bit of added protection is certainly key to your peace of mind.
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'Variety's the very spice of life,
My Inbox has swelled with the overwhelming number of emails, this week. Sure... with Black Friday deals and other holiday offers promoted at every turn, the increased influx of emails is understandable.
But, it's been a lot to sort through. At the same time, there has been an interesting variety of ideas, resources and gifts that I've come across, too- ideas that have brightened my day and warmed my heart.
I've just highlighted four below and I hope they will interest you, too.
8 Strategies Super-Successful High Achievers Use to Prepare for the New Year
This is an incredible download...
More than 30 thought leaders, influencers, and high achievers all share their top strategies for starting the year off with a bang.
You can get the whole PDF (no cost) here:
You'll recognize many of the names as they include multiple best-selling authors, speakers, and leaders of their respected fields. People like: Tony Robbins, John Maxwell, Dave Ramsey, Marie Forleo, Andy Andrews, Jeff Walker, Amy Porterfield, Lysa TerKeurst, Andy Stanley, Chalene Johnson, Lewis Howes, (and many others)
It's all available here: http://bestyearever.me/a20579/2017ebook
Advent is hope, a reminder of a promise that has already come to pass.
This year you're invited to celebrate Advent alongside Kayla Aimee and infuse a little hope + humor into your holidays through reading An Anchored Advent.
This FREE series of short e-votionals will appear daily in your Inbox and includes free Celebration set of family conversation cards and 8x10 art prints to download and use.
You won't want to miss this opportunity and I'm sure you'll want to learn more about Kayla Aimee.
Beautiful woven bowl from Pillow Talk
These woven range of hampers and baskets include both natural textures and stylish, functional storage ideas.
But the woven bowl design is beautiful at this time of year particularly for flower and gift hampers.
With a diameter of almost half a metre, there is ample room for an amazing gift as a special presentation or as a gift for a family.
Find the pictures below of the finished gift hamper.
(I'll be providing full instructions for creating this gift in an upcoming article.)
The woven basket bowl is a wonderful container for a gift hamper or substitute another regular basket for this type of presentation.
Hullabazoo! a picture storybook for kids 3-8yrs
This is a beautiful book. The illustrations are amazing and the story is exciting... and it's in verse so the kids will really love the rhythm and meter as it's read aloud to them.
'It's a perfect day for a trip to the zoo. But Lochlan and his dad haven't counted on a cage of clever crocs and their cunning escape plan.'
It's actually been created by two sisters but this book, their first, is great!
Buy it for your kids or grandkids, but I'm sure you'll enjoy reading it yourself before you hand it over to the kids.
I hope you'll enjoy this small selection of items and, with Christmas so close to hand, perhaps you'll find them useful as gifts or as resources during this holiday season. And... I'll be presenting a new batch of interesting finds next week so don't miss it.
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Wow! This week has gone so quickly. But it's been fun, too. We've had birthday parties, family commitments, new courses to try and books to read.
How has your week been? Busy too?
Well... just in case you've missed it, I've listed just 4 fun things that I noticed and enjoyed this week. You can find the full details below but, just in summary, you'll find an interesting and helpful home app, a gratitude journal that it great for the beginner or those who regularly journal.. plus it includes doodling and drawing ideas and colouring pages.
There's a wonderful online drawing course that will teach you how to create your pet's portrait using pencils. (They look amazing!) And... last, you'll find the link to a wonderful chia pudding with grain-free granola. It's delicious and.. it's gluten-free! A real winner, in my books!
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So.... what about your week? What did you discover or enjoy?
Remember, 'Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realise they were the big things.'
Please note: I received a free pair of sunglasses to evaluate and review for this article.)
My grandson loves trying on glasses. He's not very old but once he discovered glasses, that was it! There's just something about peering through the lens of a pair of glasses that he finds irresistible.
So, if anyone thoughtlessly leaves their glasses lying around, you'll quickly discover them perched on his nose and an impish grin on his face.
Here he is wearing his mother's glasses and looking pretty pleased with himself.
Now, I don't know about you, but wearing glasses does not hold the same appeal for me. Neither do I enjoy choosing new glasses or sunglasses. Sure.. they all look great on the advertising posters with glamorous models sporting the latest designs. But, let's face it, those models would make anything look good.
But, living in Australia, my sunglasses are essential when venturing outdoors, whether it's a summer or a winter sun. I need them just walking out to the car!
At last, the secret to buying sunglasses is revealed.
I've discovered the quickest and easiest way to buy sunglasses, and prescription glasses, too. No longer do I waste time at the sunglasses counter or visiting the optometrist trying on countless pairs of sunglasses. Now, I've found a much easier way and it's actually much cheaper, too.
5 simple steps to buying your best ever sunglasses.
Step 1: First of all, I think it's really helpful to know what type of glasses or sunglasses are best for the shape of your face. You might know that already but if not, it will save you lots of time and effort when you search for the right pair of glasses.
You can find plenty of online sites that will provide you with that information but this chart will make it pretty simple and clear to work out.
Step 2: Visit GlassesShop.com where you can choose from hundreds of high quality, chic fashion frames and light, durable glasses and sunglasses. You'll have no problem finding just the right style for your face shape. And the glasses frames come in many different colours and materials.
So, step number two involves choosing either sunglasses or prescription eyeglasses. It's good to note that you can order prescription sunglasses, too. You'll need to input your latest prescription from your optometrist but that's easily obtained.
Step 3: Narrow your search. You'll find plenty of choice options at the GlassesShop.com and first is, Men - Kids- Women. It's good to note that durable, light-weight prescription glasses area available for kids because an extra pair is great to keep on-hand, as I remember well.
There are other search options available to help you quickly and easily locate the glasses best for you: frame shapes, materials, lens available (single, bi-focal and progressive), shape, lens width, colour and price range.
Step 4: Now, comes the fun part. You can take a closer look at any glasses or sunglasses style that interests you. Clicking on an image provides you with much more information but also enables you to check out how the glasses would look while wearing them. You can choose a supplied model's face and see the glasses on or... upload your own photo to see just how you would appear in the glasses before you make a final decision.
Step 5: Check out any special promotions. GlassesShop.com specialises in great deals and regular promotions so It's wise to check out any deals before you finalise your order.
With that in mind, I have a special coupon code GSHOT50 that you might like to use. This code means you can have 50% off on eyeglasses and sunglasses with free lenses (sale frames excluded).
Then, order your new glasses or sunglasses.
With the ease of ordering and the reasonable prices, you could easily order a couple of pairs of different but trendy frame glasses. For example, the Pearland Wayfarer- floral design pictured above is currently listed for $29.95. If you choose single lens, whether distance, computer or reading, the price remains the same. (Bifocal or progressive lenses incur a small additional cost.) But with a special promotional deal, you can pay even less!
I've loved my new sunglasses (see above) and was really surprised how light-weight they are.. wonderful to wear. The parcel took a little longer to arrive than I expected, but delivery times will vary according to where you live. (Australia always to seems to take longer, I've found.)
Check it out.. I'm sure you'll enjoy your new glasses or sunglasses.
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How HappyCalc Puzzles can help teach maths skills
Are you searching for quality games, toys and activities for your next grandkids' visit? Are you and the kids tired of the same old board games and puzzles?
I have grandkids whose ages range from babies to 14 years and finding quality resources for them all is not easy. Sure, there are plenty to outdoor activities and fun for everyone and the older ones tend to entertain themselves.
But I was happy to discover HappyCalc, an attractive puzzle game/activity from an Australian company, and it's great for anyone 3 years and over.
We've heard it before: 'Play is the beginning of knowledge.'
In fact, for children, play is essential for learning. So I was interested in the HappyCalc maths puzzle. It promised to provide an exciting space themed challenge for multiple ages that would encourage understanding and learning.
Bright colours and exciting illustrations create interest
So... I watched closely to see the response of the kids when I placed the puzzle box on the table.
I didn't initially give them any instructions or guidance. But the bright colours and exciting illustrations on the puzzle pieces immediately caught their interest. They laughed at the characters and space creatures. "It looks cool!"
"How do I play?"
The next question was, "What do I do?" I avoided a direct response and soon the younger ones were sorting the pieces into colours and numbers and then joining pieces together to create space craft.
There's no wrong way to play
The pieces, 138 of them, all connect so there's no right or wrong way. In fact, that was one of the comments by my older grandson. "I actually like this. What I like about this is that you can use any of the pieces. I like this a lot."
Kids can create their own maths stories
After they had played alone with the puzzle for a while, I started linking together some pieces and adding to their creations. The puzzle number pieces are different sizes so I linked a '5' and '1' next to the '4' + '4' and '8' that Dakotah had already created. Then we tried adding some other puzzle pieces to fit in her '8' story. She tried another '4' but found that she need a '2' puzzle piece to fit the space.
Once she could see how to make the number pieces in different ways, she worked on her own addition creations.
"This is such fun. I love it," she said.
My observations and review of HappyCalc?
The people at Fun Comet have worked hard to create this new and exciting resource for kids that encourages them to explore maths concepts through play. It's fun and holds their attention and interest while encouraging learning. I really like the space theme, characters, bright colours and illustrations.
And... there's no boring rote learning involved, no rules to fight over while playing, and no one to tell them they're doing it wrong.
It would be a wonderful resource for home-schooling families.
As the people from Fun Comet state: "We are passionate about teaching kids critical skills that will help them master maths in an engaging way.'
Check it out and keep a box handy for the next time your grandkids visit. They'll enjoy it. In the words of one of my grandsons, "It's a thing. Yeah, it's a thing!" Apparently, that's pretty good. :)
You can find out more and order HappyCalc online and it's currently being sold at a discounted price, so be quick!
This resource was provided for my honest review.
When my children were young, I spent many hours creating family scrapbook albums filled with photos of our family outings, events, birthdays and fun, family activities. It was a lot of fun to create and big improvement on the earlier style of characterless plastic pocket photo albums.
With the advent of the digital era of smartphones and online photo collections, cloud storage, and photo apps, photo sharing moved online.
But lately, there has been a nostalgic return to displaying our treasured family memories at home.
Here are 9 creative ways that you might like to consider yourself for displaying your family photos.
It's lovely if you have the wall space to display your treasured photos. In years' past, the walls in most homes included picture railings or galleries, providing a valuable display area for your photos.
But if you don't have a large wall space in your home for displays, you can still achieve a wonderful photo gallery.
Check out this photo wall inspiration from The Style Files.
And... at the conclusion of this article, I've added a link to a 'how-to' post that you might like to check out.
If your display area is very limited, don't despair. You still have options. Just keep reading.
This simple magnetic memo board can be made in an afternoon. Then, order some photo magnets from Sticky9 to display and regularly update for an attractive display alternative.
You'll find the instructions for this project here.
I spent a bit of time online at Sticky9 creating a family photobook. It's easy and it also makes a great gift.
Yes, I know... all your photos are easily accessible on your device. But how often do you sit down together and look at them?
And these memories make a lovely coffee table book. It's easy for visitors to flip thorough the year's highlights. Everyone will enjoy looking at the photos.
And, it's a great way to remember those special family moments.
This is a pretty special idea for displaying your family photos so I thought it was worthwhile including.
It's created with blackboard paint and washi tape. I imagine it's the sort of display that can be continually updated, which is always a wonderful idea when you have a active, growing family.
Find out just how to create one of these in your own home here...
How about some photo vases for displaying your family photos?
Can you believe it, these are made with PVC piping! The photos are decoupaged onto the piping and the whole thing is attached to a wooden base. It actually would be an attractive Mother's Day/ birthday gift.
Find the full instructions for creating these vases here..
Also from Sticky9..
These photo frames are created using square photo magnets. The magnets adhere to the frame and can be easily replaced with more recent photos.
You can find instructions and ordering information from Sticky9 here.
( I like Sticky9 as they send your order delivery free!)
I've included this idea, just because I love the design and the idea of clipping your mounted photos onto wire.
It's rather like a photo washing line.
But.... I'm afraid I haven't been able to find the original source of this idea. It's included in a number of Pinterest collections but each one links from board to board with no indication of its origin.
Sorry... try it by all means, but I can't provide you with directions.
This style of photo display is incredible. It's really covering the entire wall with your photos. Some have said that it's a depiction of your family life.
Some examples of this style involve a large bare wall that has been painstakingly decorated with photos. The included image has a little more character and places the photos around windows and other fixtures.
You can find more information and instructions about this style of design here.
Photo scrap-booking is still alive and well, though some are now creating these scrapbooks as digital versions.
But if you like a hands-on approach to creating these family treasures, you might like to do an online class. It will provide you with all the skills and information you need plus, you can benefit from the class online community.
Try the Fun & Fast scrapbooking class with Lisa Andrews
This is just a small list to get you started. If you want more ideas, you can find plenty on Pinterest.
And... this article provides some helpful hints for placing your photos artistically on your walls.
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Life as a grandma.. it's no 'quiet, restful days in the rocking-chair'. It's filled with activity, excitement and lots of family fun. Please share it with me.