Thrive App Review

Hey readers,

If you like me suffer with stress or anxiety then I have found a way that may help you and that is an app called Thrive . It is available on android and iOS.

So what is Thrive? well in a nutshell it is a service that provides helpful information and tools to reduce stress and anxiety, therefore making you thrive in life.

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When you first start the app it will go through questions on how you have felt over the past two weeks such as I have been experiencing not much enjoyment in activities. There helps give the app a baseline on your mood and also the areas that you need to improve on such as finding ways to wind down or getting more sleep.

The background of the app is a island on a beach and has soothing music to help make you feel more calmer.

Then there are three islands that you can navigate around which each having sub categories for tools for you to use to help you.

On the first island there is:

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Breathing 

Provides a step-to-step guide on how to do the breathing with you. It recommends that you do it three times a day for three minutes.

Meditation

These are guided meditation to help you relax. There are a variety of types such as sensory (focusing on sounds) to meditation in learning to not engage in worrying thoughts. There are different length meditation from five minutes to 25 minutes.

Deep Muscles

Works though all the muscles from the top to the bottom of the body and learning to untense and relax your muscles.

Self Suggestion

Using a phase like Keep calm and going through an exercise to help you relax.

Second Island consists of all things Zen like.

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Zen Garden

If you are like me and enjoy practical activities then this will be a good one for you.  Basically, it is a virtual Japanese rock garden when you focus on creating a garden that consists of calming features like water. It is practical but calming as well, as you are concentrating on the garden and design as opposed to the stress that is on your mind.

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Zen Challenge

Is a game where you have different levels to get one  bucket to another bucket. It starts of easy but does get hard.

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Final island consists of:

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Message

Where you can create a message of encouragement and in turn receive one back (I believe it is for other users of the app, I don’t know the person personally). PHOTO

Progress

Where you track how well you have been doing through the week or month.  You can revalue how you are feeling, how much times you have spent on activities giving you insight to what is working and what needs to be improved, if anything.

Mood Meter

You can analyse your mood with the mood meter. It is grey cloud at the bottom to indicate totally sadness and in contrast at the top is sunshine where everything is hunky dory.

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Wellbeing

This section looks at the concerns you raised organically when you first signed up to the app and then there is information about why for instant sleep is important. Further down there are tips and ways to help make the situation better. Such as not drinking caffeine before bed and getting blackout blinds.

Overall, I really like this app as it is practical and something you can use as much or as little as you want. You can use the tools that suit you, as everyone is different. What may work for one person doesn’t necessarily work for another. A good point about this app is it is on your phone and you can use it anywhere. So, for instance I struggle with social anxiety. If I am particularly anxious on the day of a social situation I can go to the bathroom and do a three minute breathing technique to help reduce the anxiety.  I like the fact there is more than one option giving you that choice to tailor to your needs.

I have always found through my own experience as someone suffers with mental health issues, is that doing something practical when you feel  dire really can make you feel tons better. It gives back that empowerment and seeking out some help can build your confidence when you are feeling so rubbish.

I can’t really fault the app and give it a 5* because it is important to spend time on your mental health.

Cheers for reading X

I recieved app payment in exchange of review. All opinions are entirely my own.

 

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Inspirational Christmas Gift Guide 2017

Hey readers,

I am going to say the C word as Christmas is just around corner and if you love find some inspiration for presents then look no further then in this post. I have a mixed bag of items which is a bit like me.  So let me begin with:

Bakerdays personalised Cake

I received a letterbox christmas cake by Bakerdays through the letterbox, and it really did fit through it. I opened and it was perfect, no problems and sealed. I love this concept as you can order online. Delivery there is 3 day slot which is free or alternatively there is next day delivery if you are in a rush and need it fast (£5.99 within a two day prior order of cake). You can also order and deliver to someone as a surprise. There are several different types of occasions such as birthdays, christian, Eid. So, there really is something for everyone.

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I like the presentation of the cake in a tin and sealed. It comes with a cracker and a lovely card, which is a lovely touch to the cake.

The cake itself is actually good and moist, the vanilla flavour was lovely. My sons loved it as it didn’t have cream based filling and normally they are quite fussy about cake.

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I chose a cat picture – though there are several different designs to chose from along with my personalised text, as you can see in the picture below.

There are also different size cakes to choose from and also dairy free. There several different flavours you can choose from (chocolate, vanilla, lemon drizzle etc).

The cake prices are down to the size of the cake. They start from £14.99 to £57.99.

I definitely recommend this cake as a perfect alternative idea for Christmas present or simply for yourself for Christmas.

I also did a unboxing over at my YouTube channel if you are interested, you can find the video here.

 

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Box Head Craft game for children

This idea of a Box Head Craft is basically  a box with squares where you can colour in and fun being creative. The idea is help encourage children to step away from technology and use other ways to keep themselves entertained. The product itself is a cardboard box with cubes on it and can fit onto a child’s head safely. It is a fun way to get children to use their imagination.   There are options where you can order for playdates (two boxes) and even design your own t-shirt. Another idea would be used for a party and this would be quite a calm idea when everyone is buzzing, it can help create calmness I would imagine.

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My son who has autistic tendencies really helped calm him down when he was getting overworked when at home. It is a great therapeutic tool to have if  you also have a child with additional needs.

The box it’s self cost £8.00 and comes with free delivery.

Personalised Santa Letter and Certificate.

Of course a perfect present just before Christmas are these lovely Personalised Santa letter and certificate. They have beautiful paper and a certificate to keep. The boys loved them and because they were  felt really happy because they believed that Santa had watched them. This is so much easier then the Elf on The Shelf as you just have to point them to the letter and tell them Santa is watching, naughty mummy 😉

They are delivered to you inside a brown envelope and the letters are enclosed in a white envelope with pretty colours around the edging as you can see. It is also addressed to the child, making it more realistic.

The letters themselves cost £5.99 and come with free shipping, I think it is lovely touch to add festive cheer to your hou

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I hope you have enjoyed my guide, whatever you do I hope you have fun with the lead u to Christmas.

Thank you for reading X

All items were gifted in exchange of a review. All opinions expressed are honest and entirely my own.

Paw Patrol at the cinema

Hey readers,

On Saturday me and the hubby took the boys (4 &6) to our local Showcase Cinema De Lux to watch Paw Patrol:Big Screen Tails, 60 minute special. During the week Showcase hosted 25 unique events and films celebrating art, film and music.

I normally don’t have the funds for this type of activity but due to getting free tickets and it being half term who could resist anything to entertain your little darlings.
I like this cinema (I have wrote about the cinema before here) because it is quiet due to it  being further away from the city centre.

The cinema is really clean and modern with the design. It also was not crowded or loud which helps as my eldest and myself struggle with these types of issues.
There was free face paint on the day, which my children loved.  There was no ques which makes the experience a lot more pleasant. This was a big hit for both boys and added to the enjoyment of the event.

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The screening itself was really comfortable. The film was just over an hour so having reclined seats helped settle my boys. There was plenty of room space and because it is a kid screening I think parents like myself you don’t feel self-conscious or worry about the noise.

Husband noted that the leather seats could do with a wipe with proprietary  leather treatment where the  back and seat meet because you could hear some crazy creaking from leather on leather as people adjusted their seats mid film – not a problem with family films but may be a bit off putting with a thriller.

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I liked the fact that the screening was a shorter film as both my boys struggle a bit with concentration, so that was a really positive and no arguments again added to a good time.

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The lightening of the auditorium I loved as it was not overpowering and the subtle blue lights at the side of the walls was excellent in the design aspect of the experience. Also, I found the volume of the film perfect. Normally when going to the cinema it is super loud, which worried me a bit as my eldest is really sensitive to hearing and could potentially cause a meltdown (autism).

The boys loved the experience and felt very comfortable. I definitely recommend going to go to the cinema with young children.

Cheers for reading X

I was given tickets in exchange for a review. All opinions expressed in this post are entirely my own.

#sdfiverchallenge

Hey readers,

Christmas is nearly upon us and have you ever thought about looking at SportsDirect for presents, me neither until Mumsnet challenged me to get some gifts for £5.

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pushchair £5

This will be a present for my youngest as he loves dolls. I want him to have a mix of toys and to know that he can play with whatever tickles his fancy.

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Magic Pens – £1

These magic pens are only a pound but they are perfect christmas stocking filler. My son loves quirky things and one of his favorite things to do is write. He spends a lot time at home writing or drawing. These are fun as they have a white pen that you can go over and transform the colours.

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Notebook – £1.99

As mentioned  above my eldest loves to write so he gets through a lot of notebooks. This is an A6, perfect size for taking out travelling on transport or even at a restaurant as we all kids gets bored very quickly. I like the size of the notebook as it can fit into my easy which appealed to me.

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Grafix craft box – £5

Firstly, what appealed to me about this gigantic box of craft is the price and the fact the brand is Grafix. I have previously bought stuff from Grafix and find it very good maker for children’s toys and activities.

I love the fact that the box has everything you need and is a perfect gift for them days you spend at home and need something to excite the child. The product gives you the ideas which makes my life as a parent much easier.

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Raging bull game – £5

This is a brilliant fun gift for all the family. I wanted because it was not to complicated in doing and was suited for a four and six year old. I have in the past got too easy or too hard type game but this is perfect for age and how long it takes for their needs.

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Crayola stamp set – £3

Currently half price and I find Crayola paint/ink really good for causing any nasty reactions and really quick wash. These are the kind of things I think about when I choose presents for children. It will be a brilliant children’s christmas present. What child doesn’t love a bit of stamping. I like things that are not too complicated as I have learnt it is much better way to be when you have smaller children.

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Crayola doodle magic travel pack – £5

This is such a fantastic idea. for start you can reuse it over and over again and use cloth to clean. It is doesn’t stain and keeps children entertained. It is excellent storage and kids love carrying things, making them feel more grown up. This will be super for a Christmas present as we will be travelling to relatives during the festive period. It can be used in the car when driving or at someone’s home to use.

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When looking for presents are the Sports Direct it was amazing the variety of goods and some really good brands. You can get some cracking bargains and there is an assortment for all different age groups. I really like the diverse range of products and there is some real good inspiration when I was looking around.

As someone who is on a budget, I think Sports direct is a excellent place to visit. Obviously there are not just low budget items but that being said there is plenty to chose from if you don’t have bag fulls of money to spare.

Cheers for reading X

“This post is an entry for BritMums #sdfiverchallenge Christmas Challenge, sponsored by https://www.sportsdirect.com.”

Snazaroo weekend box 

Hey readers,

Weekend Box Club have teamed up with Snazaroo to incorporate face paints to help creative imaginative and fun play. Weekend Box Club is a subscription service where you sign up and receive an activity box full of fun ideas, with all the material so you don’t have to worry about that.

The weekend box is a fun design, featuring four fun animal characters. The box is send to your child and there is nothing better for your child to open their own post.

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 Have you heard of Snazaroo, well it is a branded face paint for children.  The product is made in the UK, they are skin friendly, fragrance, paraben free and premium cosmetic ingredients to be gentle on kids skin. The facepaint is recommended for 3 years and over.

 I got asked to test out the new range of Snazaroo facepaints set which will be arriving by in shops soon.

There is the general face paint set with three colours (black, white and yellow) with a brush and sponge.

The set on the right is three face paints (red, yellow and green) with three fun stamps (cupcake, smiley face and musical symbol). Perfect for playtime or to use when it is your little one’s birthday.

I found it really easy to apply the face paint as it is water based . Though I had to be careful not to day to day much water into my sponge/brush as it did make the paint it’s water. But this was my first ever attempt and I think that is more me learning the ropes.

I can confirm it is really easy to clean off in one wash, all you need is soap and water.

Both my boys have sensitive skin and found no problems when applying and after. There was no irritation or redness.

I like the idea of having a certificate that your child can colour in to help make them feel proud of their achievements.

There are a range of step to step instuctions on Snazaroo so you can inspiration or relax and not panic about what to do.

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Below are my attempts at painting a wriggly three year old (a cheater) and the eldest asked for a camouflage/army style.

The boys really enjoyed the fun element of getting their faces painted and playing together in their characters. I found it really encouraged imagination and working together, which as a parent is always lovely to see.

There are five vibrant mini packs being released, which is the first time ever for the mini packs . The themes are summer, carnival, Halloween, Christmas and Easter, therefore covering all essential periods throughout the year. What is great about the facepaints is that there are few colours and in a handy pack so you can travel about with them. You can even put them in your bag if you’re going to a party or something. The price of the face paint packs are £2.99 but you can be sure to be able to get a lot of fun out of using them not to mention all them special dress up days at school!

Cheers for reading X

I was given the face paints in order of a review but all opinions expressed are entirely my own.