4 WAYS OF BREAKING YOUR CELLPHONE ADDICTION

We need our phones, don’t we? But hey, we can get totally addicted to it without even thinking so here’s a small list of ways to break the addiction:

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  1. To start, try and check your cellphone once every hour.
  2. When you don’t absolutely have to have your phone by your side, put it somewhere you can’t easily reach it.
  3. Tell yourself “Stop!”. Ever said you’re going to “just check your phone real quick” — and then an hour goes by? (No, you did not discover time travel.) You check email, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram… And by the time you’ve done all that, it’s time to check email, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram again. You may call this your “happy place.” Researchers call it a “ludic loop.” It’s what slot machines are designed to produce. > The “ludic loop” is this idea that when you’re engaged in an addictive experience, like playing slot machines, you get into this lulled state of tranquility where you just keep doing the thing over and over again. It just becomes the comfortable state for you. You don’t stop until you’re shaken out of that state by something. < So something happens and you’re shaken out of your dream state. That’s when you go, “It’s been an hour?!?!” So what you want to do is make sure you have that interruption planned ahead of time so you don’t go down the rabbit hole and spend three whole hours hanging with the rabbits.
  4. Replace the habit of using your phone for everything and try and read a book, do something else, clean something, play something… and avoid your phone as much as you can.

Enjoy your life! ♥

Credits: The Week Blog/Magazine

 

BIBLE STORIES WITH STICKERS FOR KIDS

61ioBRzqp+LMy almost 4 year-old has enjoyed so much the “My Bible Sticker Bakcpack” by Thomas Nelson. A while back, I went to the Christian bookstore to see what else can I get to keep teaching the stories from the Bible to my little daughter and found this colorful book.

Together we’ve read her Bible ♥ (“A Child’s first Bible” and “The Bible in pictures for little eyes” by Kenneth N. Taylor) almost four times now so… I decided to get a little more “crafty” and get something with stickers… yay! (over 1,000 stickers).

So that’s what I did and I have to say, we loved it… I would suggest to keep this book in a place your kids can’t reach, that way, when the time comes, they’ll get excited to actually sit for a few minutes with you, listen to the story, decorate and complete the scenes with the stickers. Have fun learning together! ♥

CHEAP CHRISTMAS SHOPPING

Don’t get me wrong, if I could, I would buy so many things for all my family and friends!… but since I cannot spend like two thousand dollars in Christmas presents! I would just like to share some cool ideas to shop wisely and also, to let others know how much you love them 🙂

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  • DIY something: Chocolate truffles, bake cookies, knit or paint something, whatever you can do with a small budget and in a short period of time.
  • Buy before December: Try and finish your Christmas shopping by Thanksgiving, otherwise you’ll find things more expensive around Christmas time.
  • Shop online: Try shopping online if you can, you’ll avoid driving too far and traffic
  • Make a list and… go Black Friday shopping: Don’t take your kids, have a small list with you with the things you want to purchase and avoid stores that would get crowded (No Best Buy, Target or Walmart, please!)
  • You don’t have to buy gifts for everybody, nor, give them too expensive presents; a pair of earrings, a Starbucks gift card or something like that would make any girl happy, right?

Do you have any suggestions? Let us know!

Happy Holidays!

BUCKETLIST FOR THE FALL

thanksgiving-fall-tableWe know there are so many things to do in the fall! It’s that time of the year where you can go drink apple cider, have chili, bake pumpkin pies and so much more… and of course, prepare for Thanksgiving and Christmas, yay!

Well, here are some ideas for the fall if you want to start having fun!

  • Apple picking at a local orchard
  • Decorate your porch with fall flair
  • Knit a fall scarve
  • Get lost in a corn maze
  • Go for a walk on a foggy morning
  • Craft with fallen leaves
  • Cook with squash
  • Master your apple pie recipe
  • Visit a local candle shop
  • Wear a hoodie
  • Eat a caramel apple
  • Visit a pumpkin patch

Enjoy!