Show your five and wear colourful gloves

It’s the middle of winter where I live, well a little less than a month of winter to go and while I much prefer this cooler weather than our sweltering hot summers, we’ve had some freezing mornings. At first I absolutely hated the idea of wearing gloves and I refused to wear them unless they looked nice. With gloves on it’s virtually impossible to feel things or use your phone, (today I accidentally ended up deleting my聽 entire list from my phone because I had my gloves on which were supposed to have the thumb and index finger tips made from a special material which works on phones but with the gloves on I misjudged and pushed the delete button). 馃槮 , they’re germy and I felt out of place and embarrassed wearing them but my fingers have been so cold that I have been forced to wear gloves.聽 For those of you who live with an autoimmune condition or a condition which affects your circulation you will know what I mean.聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 So when I finally set my eyes upon a set of colourful gloves I was so happy and I have actually started to wear gloves and so I decided to come up with my own initiative. We have World Coloured Socks day held in March to raise Awareness for Autism, Odd Socks Day in October to break down the stigma on mental health and stand4 socks which raises money to provide assistance in developing countries so why not have a colourful gloves day?

So what can you do to support me and this new initiative?

  1. Wear colourful gloves or black or blue if you prefer, (no by gloves I don’t mean the ones which have the fingers open, I mean full gloves), show your five聽 and take a photo of yourself wearing them, then share your photos on your blogs or other social media but be sure to mention the show your five and wear colourful gloves initiative and please share them with me and I will share them on my page. I am hoping to have a # link where you can post them up on Twitter in the future but for now they will just be on a gallery on my page.
  2. Spread the word of this new initiative through re-blogging this blog, blogging about it on your pages or posting it up on other social media you may use and please make sure to link your posts back to this original blog post of mine and acknowledge me as the founder of this initiative.
  3. We have fun runs, marathons and stepathons all to raise money for something or the other but not all of us are able to participate in these. Well next year I am hoping to organise something every winter where you can all wear your colourful gloves every day during winter and get people to sponsor you with 50% of funds raised going towards research of connective tissue disease and autoimmune conditions.
  4. For all the children out there who may be reading this blog,聽 if have children or grandchildren who go to school or if you’re a teacher you can organise a colourful gloves day at school where children bring a gold coin donation and wear colourful gloves to support people living with connective tissue disease and autoimmune conditions. You can even have a competition for who is wearing the best gloves.聽 You can contact me for further information on this as I have not identified聽 a charity for the funds to go to as yet but it will probably be different in every country. In 2019 I hope this to be a worldwide initiative.
  5. Good at knitting? Why not knit your own pair of gloves.聽 You could even attend a local knitting club if there is one in your area to knit gloves or organise a knitting day with your friends and put your knitting needles to a cause. You can then sell the gloves and next year I am hoping this to become an annual fundraiser for connective tissue disease and other autoimmune conditions.

I hope you will all join me in wearing colourful gloves and showing your five this winter wherever you may be,spreading the word and raising awareness for connective tissues disease and other autoimmune conditions.

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Crayon Books

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Today is the final day of Book Week and to end I’m wondering what is this book all about? I’d never actually heard of it till now and I’d like to know whether any of you, particularly those with young children or grandchildren or even younger brothers or sisters, cousins etc have read it and know what it’s all about? If you do can you please tell me as all I know is that it’s about a boy called Duncan who finds his crayons don’t want to do what he wants them

There seems to be a whole series of them and they’re all about different coloured crayons and one called The day the Crayons Came Home.

DIY Volacano Eruption

Guess what peeps? It’s also National Science week which I am a little late in posting for, it actually ends today but if you feel like getting a bit messy and watching a mini eruption take place from the comfort of your聽 own home I’ve got the perfect little experiment. Please don’t forget to send me pics if you do try this or if you’ve done this before. 馃檪

Mini volcano eruption

You will need:

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路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Coloured paper or masking tape and

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路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Red food colouring

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Baking Soda

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Salt

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Dishwashing Liquid

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Vinegar

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Newspaper to put underneath as it gets very messy!

Step 1. Remove the lid from the drink bottle and either cover the outside with brown coloured paper or cover it with layers of masking tape, then paint over it with brown paint. You can make it as creative and realistic as you want, but make sure you don鈥檛 cover the hole.

Step 2. Put two tablespoons of baking soda and 陆 a teaspoon of salt into the drink bottle.

Step 3. Add a few drops of red food colouring and mix together.

Step 4. Add a few squirts of dishwashing liquid.

Step 5. 聽Pour in the vinegar until the volcano erupts and watch it explode!

It鈥檚 as easy as that!

Here鈥檚 the link to the聽 You Tube video聽 if you want to watch it for yourself. I hope you all have an awesome and relaxing weekend!

PBS Parents. (2014, August 13). DIY Volcano | Science Crafts for Kids| PBS Parents [Video file]. Retrieved from

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgqebizvwNk

 

Book Week

It’s Book Week from the 18th-24th August and this year to celebrate I’m going to share some of my recommendations.

Lets start with the younger children. For me you can’t go past

Possum Magic

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whether you’re a child or like myself a child at heart and

Guess how much I love you

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If it’s primary school aged then Roald Dahl is sure to give you some laughs, whether it’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, George’s Marvelous Medicine, James and the Giant Peach, Fantastic Mr Fox, Matilda, which personally is one of my favourites and many other gobblefunk, whizbanger books.

Speaking of weird words. I’d love to have a competition as to who can make up the weirdest word with the best definition. To start off I’ll start by sharing my weird word… vovered.

Vovered is when you’re covered in a tinkerbell mess. aka. Glitter. I actually discovered it by accident when I made a typo instead of the word covered I wrote vovered.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

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or the equivalent for girls is Dork Diaries. Not that you can’t read the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series if you’re a girl. I’ve read the whole series and they’re great!

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My pick for young adults is Wonder, especially for my chronic illness followers who all agree we all need to show kindness if we want to make the world a better place.

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Wonder is the inspirational story of聽 Auggie Pullman, a boy born with a facial deformity. For those of you who read my previous blog post earlier this year Kids Flix https://coolncreative.wordpress.com/2018/01/ you might know what I’m talking about. And if you’re聽 hungry for more, then there’s Auggie and Me which tells the story from three different perspectives, Christopher,聽 Julian and聽 Charlotte.

And if you’re into Sci-fi (I’ve never personally read Sci-fi), you might want to check out聽 these reviews of Nyxia and Failsafe聽 written by my blogging friend Dannie at Chronicallydannie.

https://chronicallydannie.wordpress.com/2017/10/24/september-october-goodreads-reading-wrap-up-the-finale/聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 https://chronicallydannie.wordpress.com/2018/05/08/review-failsafe-by-anela-deen/

There are so many more I could list but I don’t have the space to fit all of them but I will definitely write up some more recommendations next year. So what are your favourite reads for both children and adults? I’d love to hear from you.聽If your children have ever had to dress up as a character for book week, I’d also love to see photos.

Happy Reading!

 

Art and Recreation

Following Caz’s post from聽 InvisiblyMe a couple of weeks ago on Adult Colouring book聽 I was reminded of when the craze first came out almost three years ago when I first posted about it, though not in this blog and I thought I’d share the benefits of colouring in from an OT point of view which you probably never thought about and also share another one of my picks. Colouring in is is not just for children although if you are a child or have a child it is a great tool for developing fine motor skills prior to writing and colour recognition. Growing up with both of my grandparents as artists, art has always been something which relaxes me and I think this is such a wonderful therapy.

Whether you love it or hate it.

  1. It allows you to wind down and relax, especially if you choose a cool colour palette, encourages creativity and each individual movement of the pencil as you colour can be calming. Does anyone else find the sound of a freshly sharpened pencil against a clean whit paper relaxing?
  2. If you don’t think about it too much, although if you’re a bit of a perfectionist like me, colouring in can be quiete tedious, it聽 allows you to focus on the present聽 moment because focusing on the page you are colouring in and the patterns distracts you from other thoughts and promotes concentration.
  3. Colouring in reduces stress and anxiety by allowing the amygdala and hypothalamus to relax. The amygdala is the part in your brain responsible for regulating emotions and the feeling of fear and the stress response.
  4. It聽 strengthens hand muscles and fine motor skills.
  5. It utilities both the left and right hemispheres of the brain. This is particularly good for people living with neurological conditions as you can use colouring in to re-train the brain.
  6. It brings us back to memories of our childhood. Remember the smell of a fresh pack of crayons or sitting in your prep classroom not having to worry of anything?
  7. 聽You can do it on your own or with friends.聽 The next time you have an opportunity聽 to catch up with your friends and you don’t feel like doing something to high key, why not sit back with a warm cup of tea pr chocolate, or if it’s summer a nice cold milkshake or ice drink (with ice cream of course) and colour in. If like me you don’t have many friends don’t worry, you can do it on your own. You can even carry one along with you.
  8. You don’t have to be good at art to enjoy them and once finished them you can use them to decorate a room to brighten it up or tear them out and stick them onto your books etc.

So I did say I’d share my picks which are not already mentioned and here they are.

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  • Colour Me Inspired by Kristina Webb

It contains positive quotes for each day as well as tear out cards you can colour in and give out to people.聽 Although I can’t seem to find the one I found in the shops three years ago which was a diary for the year with a different picture and positive quote for every day. Speaking of diary’s stay tuned for an upcoming post on the best diary’s for 2019.

You can purchase via this link on Amazon.

https://www.amazon.com/Adult-Coloring-Journal-Inspirational-Quotes/dp/B01E63HED2

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  • I often find myself in the art and craft aisles of $2 shops and so another awesome little colouring book I came across is The Little Book of Colouring In Bloom. Peace in Your Pocket. It鈥檚 the perfect pocket size travel colouring in book, making it ideal to carry around with you and has quotes in them like 鈥淪miles can make even the darkest days look brighter. 聽Be generous with them and 鈥淭oday and every day, do one small thing that makes you happy, and your happiness will grow every day.鈥

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  • Jess Volinkski Notebook Doodles

The reason I like this series of colouring in books is because of the quotes. I am a POSITIVE person and I find the quotes in these pages to be uplifting when I鈥檓 having a bad day, my favourite one being the one in the picture, Colourful Inspirations. It contains quotes like 鈥淵our wings already exist, all you have to do is fly鈥 and 鈥淲e are cups, constantly 聽and quietly being filled. The tip is knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out.鈥 – Ray Bradbury 聽I know you will like this one Alyssa.

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  • Birds by Ben Kwok

If you鈥檙e a bird lover like me then this one is for you. It contains quotes about birds, flying and wings like 鈥淲hat if I fall. Oh but darling what if I fly鈥濃 Erin Hanson, 鈥 If you want to fly you have to give up everything that weighs you down鈥 and 聽You won’t know your limitations until you soar high and give it a try.鈥 聽-Virkrmn

  • And finally Good Vibes Colouring Book by Thaneeya McArdle which I am not allowed to put a picture of in my blog due to Copyright.

Now I’m not sure how to add a poll to my post so for anyone reading this you’ll have to add your answers to the bottom of the page but I’d love to know how many of you have already been doing adult colouring in and find it therapeutic and what are your thoughts on this?

And what other things do you like to聽 do to relax?

I hope you are able to colour your way through the day.