Tuesday Top 5 – After School Activities

So, the children are back at school after the long summer break, but there’s always that time after school that you need to fill, between them finishing school, and them having their dinner. I don’t know about you but I always seem to struggle to entertain them, to keep them, busy to stop them from arguing etc. before dinner. So I’ve come up with five activities, you can do to Entertain your children, for a couple of hours after school.

  1. Conker hunting – I don’t know about you but as a child I used to absolutely love collecting conkers and to be honest nothing has changed! Wrap up warm, grab a bag or a bucket, and go in search of some conker trees. I know there are lots near us, so we are quite lucky. If you don’t know where there are any conker trees, maybe ask your neighbours, or your friends, or family, and see if they know where there are any conquer trees and enjoy. On another day you could do something crafty with the conkers – conker caterpillars or conker people etc.
     

 

2. Lavender Play-Doh – you probably find the children usually come home from school they are extremely tired, hyped up or argumentative, and you just want them to stop arguing and calm down. Why not try some lavender Play-Dough the lavender will have a nice calming affect and smells amazing. I’ve found a lovely recipe from The Imagination Tree – here

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3. Teddy bears picnic – instead of waiting for dinner time to arrive, why not have an early dinner, and have a teddy bears picnic.  If it’s a nice night you could take the children to the park, take some teddies, take a picnic, and they can sit and have their dinner, play and have fun, when you get home you won’t have to worry about getting dinner and you can stay out longer because they will have already eaten, and they can just get ready for bed when they get home.  If it’s raining and windy, you could make a den with the children and have a picnic in the den.

 

 

4. Board games – another idea is to have a family games night and play various different boardgames there are so many to choose from and some of them are quite short so you could play a few in one night and keep the children entertained for as longus you need to. Some ideas of board games include: (I’ve linked each game to where they can be bought) :
Pie Face
Frustration
UNO
Connect 4
Chess

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5. Fruit painting – last but no means least I’ve chosen fruit painting, you can choose different types of fruits including; apples, pears, grapes, star fruit, and oranges etc. You can experiment with different fruits, different paints and different colours and create some lovely pictures; you could even turn the pictures into wrapping paper.

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Four Years of Chloivia

Gosh where have the last four years gone? Chloivia was four years old on the 23rd of August. It’s been such an inspirational four years.

I thought I’d write a blog to reflect back over the last four years.

Things I’ve learned over the last four years are;

  • There are a lot of creative and talented people in the world
  • Being passionate and creative doesn’t guarantee business success, this requires a different scale altogether.
  • There will always be negative voices around you.
  • I’ve learnt how to build a website. (www.chloivia.biz) Shameless plug 😉
  • I’ve learnt and I’m still learning about social media, it’s a minefield out there!
  • Everyone is busy! Some just know how to be more productive weather with that time.
  • Over the last four years My business has grown from making and sewing just hair accessories to making and selling a wide variety of crafts, creating craft workshops and parties and now launching craft membership boxes.
  • I’ve also learnt how to network and become a networking host for Bizmums Stafford.
  • I’m looking forward to the future of Chloivia and hopefully it will continue to grow over the years to come.Best wishes
    Becky

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Tuesdays top five – top five tips for selling online…

What? Where? When? How? Why?

What?

There are a lot of what’s when it comes to selling online; what is your product? What is your niche? What is your price range? Etc…

You need to decide what you are going to sell? Have you found something unique that isn’t already on the market? Or have you found a gap in the market for something? You need to find something that is exciting, and something that will make you money. Once you have found what you are going to sell you will need to decide what your price range is.

Some people know exactly what their niche is.  For others it’s a little bit more work to discover exactly what space you’re trying to fill (what value you’re providing) with your product or service, and who your target audience is. Finding your niche is an important step in building and growing a successful business.

Where?

So you’ve decided what you’re going to sell, and what your niche is, and what your price ranges are.  Now you need to decide where are you going to sell your products.? Are you going to sell them online at craft fairs in shops at markets?

How?

To try and market your products, you will need to come up with a solution of how your products can solve problems.  I know this may seem a bit strange but it does work.   A solution for one of my products is, the Button Art and Butterfly Canvases I sell, solve the problem of a bare wall – it transforms plain wall into A beautiful feature wall!

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How are you going to market your product? Are you going to produce leaflets, Newspaper article produce a newsletter or use social media? When using social media you will need to be consistent with your posts. I newsletter would help to build a customer base.

 

When?

When are you going to market your product? If you’re thinking social media, there are ways to find out what time of day will give you the most optimal results for your posts.

Why?

Why have you decided to start selling what is the reason behind it because if you don’t know why there will be no passion and no reason for you to keep on going with your new venture.

Tuesday’s Top 5

Top 5 Tips For YouTube

 

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YouTube has billions of visitors daily. Many of these visitors are children or teenagers.

Unfortunately some of the content on YouTube is not safe for children to view.

I have created a list of my top five tips to keep your children safe on YouTube.

  • Download YouTube kids I’ve put it in the secure and restricted mode.

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  • Create a Google account that can be used by the whole family.

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  • If your children create videos, make sure they’re signed into the family account and the videos are private.

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  • Subscribe to family friendly YouTube channels.

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  • Disable the comments – this is the start any nasty comments from trolls.

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This Too Will Pass!

So currently 2018 has had its ups and downs – Unfortunately more downs than ups.

At the beginning of this year I ended my marriage for reasons that I won’t go into. This was my choice, but I couldn’t carry on being unhappy. Thankfully the divorce is fairly straightforward and not too stressful but still a stress on the last.

Both girls have had several bouts of tonsillitis, Chloe has had around 10 in the last 12 months! Another stress for all of us! Thankfully Chloe has been given the go-ahead to have a tonsillectomy a huge relief but scary at the same time.

So now a single mum comes the task of juggling more than ever! School runs, business, work, Bizmums mums, blogging, after-school clubs, swimming, brownies, slimming world, cooking, cleaning, dog walking, working, laundry, gardening, days out, and other mummy duties… The list is endless, and has started to take its toll.

As some of you are probably aware, I suffer with depression and anxiety and have done for a number of years. Some days I feel absolutely fine, other days I can barely get out of bed.

Mental health illnesses are wide and varied, and sufferers have a broad spectrum of symptoms.

There is a lot of misconception that surrounds depression, depression isn’t feeling down for an hour, depression is a scale of one extreme to another. You’re either high with happiness, or so down you doubt the world will ever have colour again.

Depression isn’t just feeling a bit sad at home, it can hit you at any point; at work, out shopping, on the school run, at a party, etc – sometimes there’s no particular reason at all.

Somedays you’re as high as a kite, you think you’re better, you think you don’t need to take your medication any more. Don’t be fooled by this and never stop your medication without the advice of a doctor. One small trigger can take you right back to square one.

I find that I am a great listener, I can offer help and advice, but I’m rubbish at listening to my own advice.

I am also great at putting on a smile and pretending everything is okay, but inside I’m breaking. There’s only so long you can struggle on with this act, trust me at some point you will break. Only a Couple of weeks ago, I came home from work and I cried for hours. Nothing had happened, there was no reason for it, but there I was sobbing! It’s okay to cry though. It doesn’t make you weak.

My circle of friends at Conscious cr have been invaluable. I was offered a lot of support and kind words. One person gave me a quote to remember “this too will pass”.

I have another friend is also invaluable I’m not going to name her, but she knows who she is. We’ve been through thick and thin together and always come out of the other side, we both know we’re at the other end of the phone for each other – thank you!

I’ve gone the long way round to say it but what I’m basically trying to say is it’s okay not to be okay, what you need to do is make sure you have a support network around you. If you don’t, there are charities or groups that can help or speak to your GP.

What I need to do is listen to my own advice re-read this blog over and over again!

This too will pass!

I’m Back…..

I’ve decided to make a comeback to blogging- not that I really got going to begin with!!
I took a break to work on my craft business, and now I understand what I’m doing with my online shops (I think!) – I’m able to make some time for blogging. I’ve now researched blogging more, and have a better understanding of what is involved.

I’ve also got my little notebook with my blogging ideas, product review ideas and blogs already jotted down; so this time it won’t be a case of writing 1 blog and not writing another one for months! This time I will hopefully be more organised!!

Oh and I think I may have caught the blogging bug 😉