De-stress instantly in 3 minutes!

 

Do it at the your own comfort zone!
Stress is an everyday story. Trying to juggle between work, home and kids can all leave you feeling anxious and stressed out. In such case, it becomes important to de-stress and feel free and relaxed to continue with a happy life.

 

Which is why, we’ve got an instant 3-minute solution that will help you de-stress in a fun way.

 

Its online bingo!!

 

Online bingo is a game that you will love to play. We say an instant 3-minute solution because that’s what it is! Bingo is a game that will help you de-stress and it’s a proven fact. According to researches, playing bingo releases happy hormones that in turn helps relieve stress.

 

Online bingo UK is a game of luck, where prime importance is given to the social aspect and winning or losing becomes the secondary part of the game. Sites like GameVillage have an amazing social community that let’s people share everyday things and life stories with one other across the world.

 

Coming to the games, an online bingo game session is just about 3 minutes and that is where instant gratification comes from! You can find as many as 5 bingo variants on sites like Bingo Magix that you can choose from and play. All you need to do is buy the tickets and let the auto-daub feature do its job for the next 3 minutes. In the meantime, you can relax with a cup of tea or just try out slot games alongside the bingo session you’re on!

 

Its a fun and entertaining way to de-stress yourself. So, you now know where to head to to relax yourself.

On Monday, I usually shout out loud about my bargain finds.

This week, I am taking a different slant.

Due to various house repairs and unexpected expenditure, we needed to rein in my spend, spend, spend attitude to charity and Netmums shopping.

Of course, sod’s law means this is when the good stuff comes up.

I have always fancied a chaise longue ever since I saw one for the first time in my brother’s flat in Kensington years ago.  For those of you who don’t know, my eldest brother is a success story.  He has a taste for the finer things in life and despite only having 1 O-Level to his name has amassed enough cash to afford them.

So I got all excited when I saw a chaise longue advertised for £25 especially as there was an antique dressing table and chest of drawers going with it.

Unfortunately, due to us living in the wrong area and various other practical issues around vehicles and so on, we missed out as the woman was moving at the weekend and needed it gone pronto.

Boo hoo!  Sob!! That type of thing.

It is payday tomorrow so I am hoping to report some big spending of the £3.50 variety next week.

In the meantime, I am tempted by a Christian Dior compact.  Should I?

Also, I was intrigued to see Guinea Pig Nuggets advertised on Netmums.  Now I know time are tight but even I wouldn’t feed that to my children!

Looking forward to checking out other folks’ finds over on the Me and My Shadow blog http://missielizzie-meandmyshadow.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/magpie-monday-slim-pickings.html

I am over the moon to let you know that I am a finalist in the Brilliance in Blogging Awards in the Change Category.

It has given me joy in my heart and reminds me that my late Mum was a wise woman as she was the one who advised me to start a blog in the first place.

Having seen the very wonderful other blogs in the category, I think I am best advised to give my thank you speech now.

Thank you to my Mum for having faith in me and my ability to write. Thanks for showing me that one person can make a difference in their community. Even with terminal cancer, you carried on helping to raise funds for good causes. Some folks say I am inspirational but they should have met you. In your final year, you got me on the absolute right track for me and I thank you for that.

Thank you to my Dad who asks so many questions every day about blogging and social media so that he can get to grips with it and understand what I keep banging on about. He is 84 now and I love every single day with him.

Thanks to my husband who is never surprised when I hear news like this. He reckons it is just people waking up to how wonderful I am. His words, not mine.

Thank you to my children who make me eligible for the awards in the first place and provide a ready stream of ideas for blog posts.

Thank you to old school-friends C, H and L who encourage me far more than I think they realise.

Thanks to college peer, R, who makes me think which has to be a very good thing.

Thank you to all the people who have supported my blogging by reading, commenting, taking part in blog hops and so on. Even those who are not officially groovy mums are very groovy to me.

Obviously, a huge shout-out goes to those who took time out of their busy days to nominate me and vote for me. It really touches me that people would do that.

Thanks for all the advice received from more expert bloggers than myself. The ones who taught me about the technology bits and the bells and whistles even though I acknowedge I still have huge amounts to learn. Kat and Nickie spring to mind but there are loads more too.

Thanks to BritMums for setting up the network and the awards in the first place.

Remember if you are a blogger who shares your joys, sadnesses and passions with the world, you are a winner already no matter what your statistics or profile are like. It is a journey this whole blogging lark and a fascinating one at that.
For a long time, I blogged with tiny statistics, did not promote actively and just relished every single comment I received. I imagine many of the finalists on the Brilliance in Blogging list can give a similar story.

Finally, it seems appropriate to celebrate in some way so I am offering free slots for charities on my blog throughout June 2012. I will be looking for around 500 words on who the charity it, where they are based, what they do, who they help together with a weblink if possible and a charity registration number if possible. Contact me on kateonthinice@gmail.com if this is of interest.

Well done to all the other finalists. See you in June.

How do I start a post when I am still a little in shock from yesterday’s events?

For those who missed it, we held a Twitter party using the hashtag #groovymums.  If you are a #groovymums you are officially on trend according to Twitter.

The original idea was to acknowledge that the Groovy Mums blog hop and online support network established in September 2011 was 6 months old.

I thought most of the participants of the groovy mums blog hop would take part and maybe a few interested observers.  I was amazed to see loads of people joining in and some very interesting debates and chats taking place.

At some point in the party and yes I was sober but my head was still spinning, people started to tell me that #groovymums was trending at number 2 on Twitter.  This still seems very surreal to me but does at least show the power of mums when we get together and tell our stories.

Topics covered included ..

How to combat the isolation many mums feel

How to still have your own identity when you become a mum

How powerful or powerless mums are in society

How peer support can help mums move forwards in their lives

How media images and the celebrity culture affect how mums feel about themselves

What things get left behind when you become a mum and whether you can recover some of them

The hopes, dreams and aspirations of mums

How to increase energy levels and feel better physically

How to tackle mental health issues including post-natal depression and where to access support

Mums’ self-image

How to get involved in volunteering and how it might benefit mums

How to get back to work or into self-employment

How to get involved in learning

How mums can carve out me time and what mechanisms help them to do so

Whether partners and children can benefit when a mum puts herself first sometimes.

As you can see, it was an awful lot to get through in one hour.

I would like to thank so many people but if feels like the Oscars where I could end up writing for ages as so many people helped.  Particular thanks go to the parenting and blogging networks (Tots 100, Britmums, Love All Blogs, Mumsnet, Netmums).  None of this would have happened without those women in the last 6 months who have joined in with the Groovy Mums blog hop.  Personally, huge thanks go to Hayley, Louise, Caroline and Kat who are always there to put me back together again when I need it.  Finally, to each and every person who promoted or took part in or get in touch about the Groovy Mums Twitter Party.

Now for some more questions so please leave a comment, contact me on kateonthinice@gmail.com or tweet me @kateonthinice

1. Should we have another party or regular parties?  If so how often and what time suits people best?

2. Do you have any particular topics you would like to see covered via Groovy Mums?

3. Do you think you might link up blog posts to the Groovy Mums blog hop?

4. Would you like to take on a new role with Groovy Mums?  It will be unpaid but might be rewarding in other ways or enhance your blog profile.  If you are interested in this, please email me and I will be in touch by the end of the week with more information.

5. If you are an organisation or business, would you like to link up or partner with Groovy Mums in some way?  I am very open to ideas so drop me an email.  It would be lovely, for example, to see some prizes offered to participants at the next party.

Groovy Mums continues to evolve so all ideas and feedback are most welcome.

In them meantime, if you have a blog or website, you are most welcome to use the Groovy Mums badge which you will find in the sidebar.

If you think that the party was inspiring, changed things and/or stood out, you might want to consider voting in the Brilliance in Blogging Awards using the bright pink buttons on the right.  Thank you.

 

Do you like bargain-hunting?  Looking for second-hand finds in all manner of places?  Will it be the charity shop or ebay?  Are you a member of freegle where you can get all sorts of items for free?  With the sunshine finally showing up, the new Sunday cult of car-boot sales provides yet more opportunity to fill up you home with life’s little essentials and more.

I used to link up with the lovely Liz’s Magpie Monday blog hop every week.  It is still one of my absolute favourites.  I am still bargain-hunting and yet all too often I am failing to link up.  I blame the fact that it is Dad’s pension day so we go off to town for various adventures.  Also life is getting fuller and busier which has to be a good thing.  However, I miss my Monday ritual and checking in with the magpies.

So without further ado, here are my recent finds.

1. A stylish computer desk and chair and chest of drawers all from a Netmums member.  Total price was £25.  All the items were in as new condition.  The computer desk is very popular with the children and has served many purposes.  In fact, the only one it has not served yet is to hold a computer but that will come.

2. On my Friday visit to town, I saw a lovely item in the window of the charity shop.  I go in regularly so the manager knew what I was going to ask about before I even opened my mouth.  The price was £7.50 which I thought was very reasonable.  However, I foolishly had no cash on me.  I emailed Him Indoors as he was due in town just before 5 to pick up the children from an after-school club.  I said could he get it but only if he was back in time.  Him Indoors got major Brownie points when he emailed back to say he had telephoned the shop and reserved it.  The manager said lots of people had looked at it so I think I may well have missed out if Him Indoors had not made the call.  So what was it?

It is in a silver colour with gold detailing.  It is a mother with a baby and two children.  I have 3 children and it just seemed right somehow.

I am sure the magpies and others can tell me more about it but I have never seen anything quite like it before.

Now scurry over to the Me and My Shadow blog to check out all manner of beautiful and quirky things not least of which is the hostess with the mostest Liz.

Oh and if you think this blog is inspiring, leads to change or stands out, do click on the shiny pink buttons on the sidebar and vote for me in the Britmums Brilliance in Blogging Awards.  Thank you.