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16.1.20

Things to do with kids in Javea, Spain | Collaboration

Note: this is a collaborative post

It’s that time of year where it’s cold, dark and everyone is thinking about getting their summer holidays booked and jetting off to sunnier, warmer places. We’ve been looking around at where we want to head to this year after holidaying in the U.K last year. We wanted to go somewhere nice and hot that we could get to on a plane as Pickle really wants to go on one, but we wanted somewhere that wasn’t going to be too long of a journey. After doing a lot of research we decided that Spain would be a great place to go. But where in Spain? It’s a pretty big place after all! We’ve been to a few of the typical holiday destinations such as Marbella and Costa Brava but this year we fancied something a little different. When I was looking I came across called Javea which is on the Costa Blanca between Valencia and Alicante. Thanks to the MontgĆ³ mountain barrier that surrounds this historic town, it is protected from continental winds meaning it stays mild for most of the year. In the height of summer when it can reach up to 27 degree, the town benefits from general coastal breezes to take the edge off the heat. Javea has beautiful sandy beaches, heavenly coves and historic buildings and parks just to name a few which makes it sound like the perfect destination to me. But what is there to do for kids as sometimes, as lovely as these places can be, it can be a little boring for children who just want some fun and entertainment. 

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12.1.20

Helping Yourself Happy | Blog


I want to start this post by saying that I know that mental health is a very real thing. It can be crippling, debilitating, painful and difficult to recover from. This post is about ways that you can help yourself to feel happy and positive but if you feel like you are struggling and need help then please get in touch with any of the following who can offer support and guidance no matter how bleak things may seem:
MIND: 0300 1233393 https://www.mind.org.uk/
Samaritans: 116 123  https://www.samaritans.org/
Family Lives: 0808 8002222 https://www.familylives.org.uk/

If you’ve read my blog for a while, then you will know that a few months after Smidge was born in 2018 I found myself it a bad place. Mentally I didn’t feel right and I was sad, anxious and negative. I spoke to Doctors who gave me offers of tablets and support, but I made the choice that before I went down that path I was going to try to help myself first and thankfully I was able to help myself happy again. I wasn’t sure whether or not to share this post as I didn’t want to belittle mental health problems but I think it’s important to share what I did to help myself whilst I was still able to before I got to a point where I needed medical help, in the hope that it may help some of you out there. After reading this post, if you want to ask me any questions or feel there is anything I haven’t covered then please message me, email me or comment and I will reply.

10.1.20

Five Great Hobbies for Kids | Collaboration

One of the biggest parts of life for a child is their hobbies. Hobbies are for more
than just something for personal growth. They’re fun, they’re exciting and they’re a
great way to be more social andthey are recommended by the experts! Hobbies
benefit children in so many ways, helping them to learn the value of patience, persistence and determination.

6.1.20

Healthy ways to cope with stress | Collaboration

tress is a terrible thing. It can affect your quality of life in many different ways. Too much stress, and you can start to exhibit physical symptoms. It can lead to depression and other mental health issues. Stress can affect your relationships, your performance at work, and your confidence. Your self-esteem might start to slide as you struggle to sleep and stop taking care of yourself. All because your stress levels have grown out of control

Unfortunately, this kind of stress is something that many of us experience from time to time. A little stress is a typical part of modern life, but sometimes it’s more than that. Sometimes we’re so stressed out that we feel as though we’re sinking. We can’t see a way out, we don’t know what to do for the best, we feel alone and as though we’ve got no options. This kind of stress can be suffocating, and it’s all too easy to reach for unhealthy comforts and crutches to get through. 

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