Spreading Love and Joy Amidst the Lockdown

Days are blending from one to another. It’s becoming a bit difficult nowadays to keep track of what day it is and how everyone is doing. We all feel disconnected and disjointed, and it is completely understandable. This lockdown brought about by the novel corona virus is hard on all of us. So, to cheer up your love ones who are in isolation or far away from you, here are three suggestions that you can follow and so with your kids.

Video call with a twist

Get the whole family on board the idea of putting on costumes. Any favorite character is welcome. Just make sure that it is not something scary so as not to cause anxiety to the person or persons you will be video calling.

Imagine getting a video call from Çaptain Jack Sparrow, Princess Leia, Darth Vader, or even from a Disney princess! It will be a treat, that’s for sure. Wear your costume, go into position in front of the camera, make sure you have a decent internet connection, and then, make your call.

A video call will bring a big smile to your love ones’ faces. It will also be a sure fire way for you to know that the person on the other line is well and alive.

Arts and crafts to send online

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This suggestion will be like killing two birds with one stone. It is understandable how bored everyone is right now, most especially the kids who are ordered to stay put at home. Cabin fever is setting in so to divert their attention, get them on board for an arts and crafts day!

The idea is to create something inspiring for those isolated from their love ones. Maybe, you have a relative who are alone somewhere and in need of some cheering up. Bring out pens, papers, scissors, glue, glitters, washi tapes, and anything else that will bring color to your message. You can also download a digital love svg you can print, cut and put on paper.

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My nephews have been missing their grandparents who are under a quarantine. The simple message above will be sent to their grandparents through email. We used a digital heart svg and hugs and kisses design that we downloaded from Design Bundles. There are so many more designs to choose from.

Creating art will keep the kids busy for some time and it will also be a great way to keep the spirits of your love ones up when they see what the kids made for them.

Create a video blog

It seems to be the biggest hit among people of all ages these days. Video blogging! Create a video and then upload it online for everyone to watch and enjoy.

One or a few members of the family can be on board this idea. Create a video content for the frontliners. Thank the medical workers, delivery personnel, garbage collectors, supermarket personnel, and everyone who are still outside and working for us to be able to function in the most normal way possible. A simple message will do. Or even a simple thank you and clapping will be bring a smile to those who will see the video.

There are so many other ways to spread love and joy amidst this lockdown. The three suggestions above are just the tip of the iceberg. You can surely come up with a dozen or so more ways to spread cheer in these trying times.

What’s important is for all of us to stay at home, stay healthy, and stay put so the virus will die a natural death very, very soon.

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Could You Become Accustomed To A Custom Home?

Like more big things in our life, we have an imaginary perfect home. Every detail right down to the shape of the door handles, we’ve thought about incessantly. Alas, 99% of our dream home is custom. You couldn’t find it anywhere else, except in your mind. Well, if you have money and willpower, you can create a custom home. Be warned, however, once you see how incredible your home begins to look and you feel the new attitude it takes on, you will want to have more of it. You will yearn to become accustomed to a customized home because it’s your soul that you’re living in. That’s what a perfect home is all about, living in a cocoon of your own desires.

The wonders of light

Before you begin to change large parts of your home, adhere to the wonders of light. A well-lit home brings to life corners that were previously dead, shaded areas that were melancholy and nooks that were neglected. When you enter the home, the first thing you’ll notice are the stairs, foyer, hallway and the lighting. Consider placing LED lights in the wall beside each step, so the staircase is lit up by itself. It becomes an entity on its own. Taking a few bricks out of the wall and placing a candle dome inside the gap, would spray the light of a flickering flame on your foyer and hallway. For each room, buy a side table, on which you will place LED lamps of different styles. The oriental, Persian, Victorian and oil lamp styles speak of timeless elegance.

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The Mistakes You Don’t Want To Make If You Get Into A Road Accident

We all like to think that it will probably never happen to us, but that’s simply ignoring the statistic probability. The stats say that all drivers get into at least one collision on the road and, for the majority of people, it won’t be too major to really concern you. However, there’s no point taking chances. You need to be prepared. As such, here we’re going to look at some of the most common mistakes that people make after getting involved in a car accident and what you should do instead.

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Don’t say “sorry” or accept blame

Emotions might be running high and you might be truly concerned about the safety of the individuals in the other vehicle. However, do not let that concern take over and make you say “sorry” or things like “it was my fault.” Anything you say, even in the heat of the moment, can be held against you in a claim. The other party’s insurance company will do what they can to avoid making the payout after an accident, which can include making your insurance provider payout instead. Make sure that they’re okay, but don’t put your foot in your mouth. In fact, try to keep any unnecessary discussion with the other party to a minimum just to make sure you don’t trip yourself up.

Don’t walk away from the scene

The laws differ from state to state, so you have to be sure that you’re extra careful to break any of your own state statutes. For instance, statute § 10-102 dictates that any drivers involved in an accident to stop immediately at the scene or close to the scene of the accident. Simply driving off can put you in danger of being charged with a hit and run. This can turn a simple insurance dispute into a misdemeanor or, in the event of serious damage or injury, a felony. You might want or even need to get out of there as soon as possible, but you don’t need it more than you need to avoid getting charged with a crime in the getaway.

Don’t neglect to inform those who need to know

Regardless of whether they’re going to have to pay for it, it’s important to let your insurance company know that the accident has happened. If you don’t, then that failure to inform them can be used against you later. Similarly, it is not only a bad idea to not inform the emergency services, but it may be against the law in some states. O.S. § 10-107, for instance, requires you to notify the policy, county Sherriff, or nearest State Highway Patrol as soon as possible. As mentioned, you shouldn’t leave the scene of the accident either, as you may have to be questioned. Simply put, if you get in an accident, be prepared to stay there for as long as is necessary.

Don’t talk to their insurance company alone

As mentioned, it’s important to watch what you say. This applies not only to the other party involved in the accident, but also to their insurance company. They may get you to try to enter in an unfair settlement agreement even when they know their client is at fault. A low-ball offer may be their way of cutting their own costs in dealing with the accident. As such, it can be risky to speak to their insurance company without a lawyer advising you on how to handle the case. A lawyer can help you get the chain of events straight, as you will have to recount them to the at-fault insurance company at some point. If you misspeak or agree to something they say, they may later use it against you.

Don’t neglect to take what evidence you can

After you have made sure that everyone is safe and you have notified both the emergency services and your insurance provider and made steps to get in touch with a lawyer, your next step is then to take a closer look at the scene of the accident. Be as safe as you can, not getting too close to any risk. However, if you can take pictures of the scene, they may later help support you if you were not at fault. Similarly, if there are any witnesses that have stayed around, you should consider asking them if they would be willing to give you their contact details and make a statement about what they said. Gathering evidence to support your story can lend a lot of viability to your case.

Don’t neglect to get yourself checked out

First of all, it’s important to talk to your doctor as soon as you can because even if you feel fine, there may be injuries under the surface that have yet to make themselves clear. It’s important to be as safe as possible when it comes to a car accident. Furthermore, when it comes to making a claim, you are going to need evidence that you did, in fact, sustain an injury. If injuries later appear and you try to make a claim on them, but you didn’t get checked out after the crash, this can be used to plant doubt that your grievances are legitimate or related specifically to the accident.

Don’t lose your cool

As mentioned, after an accident, tensions can be running high indeed and you might be feeling anger or disbelief. If the other driver is being non-communicative and uncooperative, that might even get you more upset. However, losing your cool can lead to a lot more harm than good. For one, your first concern should be that everyone is okay and, if not, that they get whatever help they need. The other driver might be disoriented or injured so that should be your first thought. Second of all, their emotions are likely to be running high, too. If you antagonize them in any way, it leads to a more dangerous situation. Road rage can lead to violent interactions, so it’s important to maintain your cool and follow the steps detailed here above all else.

Don’t file a lawsuit without help

Anyone has the opportunity to file a lawsuit after a car accident. You don’t necessarily need the help of a lawyer to do that. However, doing it by yourself is highly discouraged. A mistake anywhere in the process, even a small one, can result in not only having the case dismissed but could also lose you a lot of money in the process. Make sure you have the help you need.

Don’t forget to take stock

Once the accident is over and any legal issues are all dealt with, it’s important that we try to learn from the incident to prevent it from ever happening again. Even if you were at no fault, it should drill in the importance of safe driving and what risks to avoid on the road, such as drowsy or aggressive driving. Be mindful of your mental and emotional state after the accident, as well. It might take a while to manifest but a lot of people exhibit signs of stress, anxiety, and even PTSD during the recovery from a car accident. It’s important to identify when you need help and to find it.

Try to keep the above in mind and memorize it. If you do ever end up getting in an accident, then perhaps you can stop yourself from making one of the mistakes that could see you not getting the compensation you deserve or, even worse, getting the blame for it.

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Here’s How To Get Ready For A Quick Home Sale

For some people, a quick sale of their home is what they need, but how do you go about getting ready for this? It’s not always easy to achieve, but there are some things that you can do to ensure that your home sells as quickly as possible. We are going to be looking at some of these things down below, so if you are interested in finding out more, keep reading.

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Find A Buyer

The first thing that you can do is find a buyer. Now, we know that this is easier said than done, especially if your home isn’t currently in perfect condition, but some people are willing to put down an offer despite this. So, if you are going to be looking for a quick sale, then put your house on the market right away, no matter if you’ve started getting ready or not. If the integrity of the house is good, then people are going to be willing to overlook all your stuff and if the house isn’t in pristine condition.

Alternatively, you can contact a company like Gem Homes, who purchase the homes of people who are looking for a quick sale. This isn’t going to be the solution that everyone chooses, but it’s certainly something to consider if you want to shift the property quickly.

Fix It Up

Depending on how long you have before you need your home to be sold, you need to start working on fixing up the place. Make those repairs that you thought you wouldn’t have to because a lot of people are more willing to purchase a property that they aren’t going to have to work on. So, if you have any burst pipes, holes in the walls or any other damage that needs tending to, get on this right away. Remember that most people are going to order a survey to be completed on the house, so don’t think that you can hide anything.

If there is something that you can’t fix, make sure that you are upfront and honest with potential buyers. People react to honesty, and you never know, it might be something they are willing to take on as long as it isn’t a huge issue.

Lower Your Asking Price

If you want your home to sell fast, then you might not get the best price for it. You have got to be willing to accept that you might not even get market value if you are desperate for a quick sale. So, come to a number that you are willing to accept if an offer is made and stick to it. Remember to be reasonable and keep it realistic. You don’t want to have high expectations because it’s likely they won’t be met. If you had more time, then this could happen. We’re not saying that your home isn’t worth a high price, but it can take time to find the right buyer who is willing to pay it, and that’s time you don’t have.

We hope that you have found this article helpful, and now see some of the ways that you can get ready for a quick home sale. Good luck.

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Staying Safe Online And Why It Is Important

It’s quite often that we hear about safety online, and it is generally in relation to keeping our children safe online, with the app such as tick-tock in the news and concerns about children safety on the internet, we are always thinking of ways in which we can keep children safe. And we don’t always tend to think about ourselves and our use of the Internet. Unfortunately, there is a lot of money lost in online fraud these days, and being able to avoid that if possible will save you a lot of stress and strain, and of course money if you happen to be hit by this. There are many ways in which you can keep yourself safe online, and some of which you may not have even thought about before. But here are ways that you can stay safe and implement straight away.

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VPN
Every time a video visit our website, there are ways in which your details can be tracked and looked at. We don’t always know exactly who and why people are looking at our information, but there are privacy services that you can use such as TorGuard, that hide your VPN so that you can stay anonymous online. This prevents any malicious attacks happening based on your internet activity. And it’s something that many people are now turning towards when they think about their Internet safety. It is certainly something that more people are considering, and if you want to be particularly careful online then this is certainly one way you can protect yourself.

Being careful
It goes without saying That we should be particularly careful when we are browsing the Internet. Especially when we are making purchases. This is because there are so many people out there that are able to take your details and use them for criminal activity. So it is something that we should take seriously. Ultimately we have the option to double-check things before we go ahead and make purchases. If anything rings alarm bells for you then this is something that you should think about carefully. Your bank will confirm that you should always keep your pin number and password is private, and this is good practice. So making sure that this is the case, and questioning everything that you do online, is essential.

Shredding
Making sure that you shred everything that has your details on is another way of keeping safe online. It may seem a bit strange to say that your paperwork may cause you problems online, but there are many things that people can do with your discarded documentation. It is a well-known fact that people will actually go through rubbish to find information to use online to steal your identity, and commit fraud. These are things that we need to consider, and buying a shredder and investing in some items that can keep you safe, is a great idea.

Ultimately it is our responsibility to ensure our safety online. Just for ourselves and our children. So doing your research and put in some measures in place it’s always going to help.

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Is Anxiety Impacting Your Life? It’s Time to Make a Change!

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Not too long ago, mental health had a taboo or stigma attached to it. People didn’t tend to talk about their mental and emotional well-being for fear of being labelled different or unusual. But the truth is a huge percentage of the population will experience a mental health condition at some point or another during their lives. The good news is that nowadays, we are becoming increasingly aware of mental health conditions and their prevalence thanks to people being more open and more money being invested into the scientific and medical research of mental health. Anxiety is a condition that many people face. If you feel you may be suffering from its symptoms, read on. We’ll highlight the basics and give a little advice on how you can alleviate feelings of anxiety in your day to day life!

What Is Anxiety?

Anxiety is a common mental illness that causes unnecessary feelings of unease, worry, fear or dread. It’s expected that we should feel anxious when we are faced with potential threats and dangers. However, if you suffer from generalised anxiety disorder, you may experience these feelings regardless of the situations you find yourself in.

Health Concerns

Anxiety results in mental trauma, but it can also have a profound impact on your physical health too! Common physical consequences of anxiety include fatigue, weariness, weakness, dizziness, feelings of nausea, sleep problems, digestive issues and even chest pain.

Dealing with Anxiety

If you are concerned that you may be suffering from anxiety, but haven’t been officially diagnosed yet, it’s absolutely essential that you visit a medical professional. Your doctor will be able to determine your condition and refer you on to therapy or recommend medication if necessary. You can then practice self care and other methods alongside your therapy or medication to improve your quality of life. Here are some additional treatments and practices you may want to consider as supplementary care.

CBD

CBD is a natural cannabinoid that can help to alleviate or minimise your symptoms of anxiety. You can learn more about this at PearlCBD.

Exercise

Exercise can set feel good chemicals running in your body. These are generally known as endorphins and physical activity releases them, helping to reduce feelings of stress and enhance feelings of happiness or contentedness.

Take Time Off When You Need

If you are going through a difficult period of mental illness, let your employer know. You may need to take some time off to rest and recover in the same way you would from a physical illness. It’s important you take sufficient time to feel better without stress.

Talking

Talking can often make things feel a lot less scary. If you’re anxious, why not reach out to a loved one, a support group, or a helpline? Talking to people as well as your therapist can help to lift a weight from your shoulders.

It really is essential that you make steps towards feeling better if you’re experiencing anxiety. It may be hard, but there is help out there that could change your life!

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