How To Stay Productive All Day

In today’s article, I’m going to share some amazing tips with you that I have picked up in my journey to stop our biggest enemy; procrastination. It’s not easy to win, but if you strive and battle it out, you’ll eventually come out a victor. In simple words; you’ll get more work done by organizing your thoughts and schedule.

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We’re all distracted by one thing or the other. Be it family, friends, pets, or just laziness. However, since the world has become fast-paced, with more and more people pushing us unto deadlines, we might lose our focus quickly and abruptly and end up doing a lot less work than we had intended to achieve.

Nowadays, we’re all so attached to social media platforms that we forget our main work. A true businessman/woman avoids procrastination at all costs and focuses more on how they can achieve their goal. With these simple tips, you too can walk on their path and become a productive person.

So without further ado, let’s get right into it!

Eat Breakfast!

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Eating a good and hearty breakfast which consists of protein, vitamins, and calcium will boost your mind and make you active. It will help you work more because if you begin work before eating anything, your brain will go like, ‘where is my food?’, ‘Let’s work later and sleep for a little bit…’ 

We don’t want that, do we? Therefore, eating breakfast will energize you, wake you up fully, and boost your brainpower so that you can easily complete your tasks! They don’t just say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s crucial for your body to get its nutrients as soon as you wake up and not starve it. 

Create A To-Do List!

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A To-Do list can help you sort out and organize your thoughts and tasks. It will help you become less anxious and you can schedule your plans around the tasks you have at hand. By making a To-Do list, you can know what to do and when or if you have any appointments or urgent meetings that you have to attend to. 

You can make a To-Do list before going to bed or while eating your breakfast and sipping your hot cup of joe. 

Pro tip: It’s always good to carry a small notebook and pen around with you so that you can jot down your ideas, thoughts, and reminders on it. I usually prefer using books rather than the phone because a phone’s battery can easily run out but a paper’s battery never runs out! 😉 (sorry, that was a bad joke!)

Learn To Prioritize Your Work

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In the entire day, you’re sure to have many distractions such as your sister calling you to watch Netflix with her, or your friends calling you to hang out with them, or even your pet wagging its tail to pet it or play ball with it. But, what you need to do is place your palm in front of them all and shake your head. 

That’s because you have more important work to do than binge-watch on your favorite shows (also did you know that Sugar Rush Season 3 has come out?! I’m already on the fourth episode haha) You need to prioritize your work and get more done in a short period of time, but if you keep on distracting yourself–even if it’s for a short period of time–you will lose your productivity.

So, it’s better to say NO than to regret the unchecked tasks at the end of the day.

Take Short Breaks

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I use the 60-10 method where I work for 60 minutes and then take a 10-minute break. It’s a useful method that will surely help you finish your tasks at hand in no time. In your 10 minute break, you can either talk to your friends or family members, you can do breathing exercises, listen to podcasts or you can just watch a funny clip on YouTube or something just to get your mind distracted for that small stretch of time. 

Once you get back to work, you’ll be surprised at how fast you can work! If you’re a beginner, you can start from 30 minutes and then prolong the minutes as you go on and study more. 

This way, you won’t be stressed and you’ll always have a lot more breaks. 

Jot Down Your Notes And Ideas

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The internet has a plethora of easy to use and free tools that can help you achieve productivity in no time. Tools such as Evernote, Google Drive, One Drive, Trello, and Slack can help you organize your thoughts and notes in no time.

Avoid Checking Your Mail 

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When you’re at work, avoid opening your mails or even scrolling through them. This will break the barrier you have created for your productivity and may result in exhaustion, stress, and laziness.

Avoid Multi-Tasking

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This is one of the most and vital points you need to keep in mind. Multi-tasking will exhaust you quickly as if you’ve just run on a treadmill and you have no water to hydrate yourself! It will stress you out, make you anxious, and may even slow your brain from functioning well.

Therefore, if you avoid multi-tasking and do each task one by one by giving it your entire attention, then you’ll most likely get the job done instead of keeping it at the ‘In Process’ stage. 

So these were some of the tips and you can either use all of them or use any one of them; nevertheless, your productivity is guaranteed! 

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Until then, peace neighbors,

See you in my next post.

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How To Simplify Your Life?

How do we live a simple life? That’s what we all must ask ourselves. You need to take a step back and learn to simplify your life because, without it, you’ll always be tired of yourself and the things you loved to do. By simplifying your life, you can enjoy even the tiniest things and be in control of your life.

Life can be hard and exhausting sometimes. It’s never easy for anyone but we strive to make the best of our day. However, we’re always looking for things that make us happy. Things that make our life more enjoyable.

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Sure, you have work; a lot of it at that, but that doesn’t mean you will give up the things that make you happy. That you will just work your butt off, earn, and feed your family, and then repeat the cycle as if you’re a robot.

No, we’re not robots which is why we must also work hard on keeping ourselves happy and sane. God created us not only to work but also to enjoy the pleasures of life which he has bestowed upon us and to be close to our relatives as well.

If you want to be happy, stress-free, and always be surrounded by tranquility and choices you can easily make, then continue to read on because today, I’m going to share with you some amazing tips that can help you simplify your life for the better.

11 Ways To Simplify Your Life!

 

  • Set Monthly Goals

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    When you set monthly goals, you get this motivation that yes, you have to fulfill/complete what you started. This way you can break your bad habits, change your lifestyle, and even complete goals you had a hard time finishing.

  • Reduce The Time You Watch T.V

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    Television can and is a big distractor. It can pull you away from your goals, make you lazy, make you forget things, and even make you crazy! (no offense to all those binge-watchers!) There’s no harm in watching one episode a day, but five-six episodes mean using 5-6 hours of your day….just down the drain!

    That’s not how we should live life. You can do SO MUCH in those precious 5-6 years instead of watching television or Netflix. Yes, I know that you have your excuses such as ‘I can’t stop watching because it’s freaking interesting!’ and ‘I wanted to know what happens in the next episode!’ but you need to put a limit to your inquisitiveness and start doing something that will help you be proud of yourself and your life.

  • Declutter Your Closet

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    We all have so man clothes but nothing to wear, right? (lol, I know you get me) but yeah, it’s time we get into our closet and pull out all the clothes we don’t need and give them in charity (to someone who actually needs) Trust me, you will feel good and your closet will look neat and tidy too! It’s two birds with one stone, girl!

  • Follow A Morning Routine

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    Sometimes, when you wake up, you might get a little confused as to what to first; should you check your emails? eat and then work out? or workout and then eat? Or wait…should you drink coffee first? All of these things may make you hazy and crazy and you might end up sleeping your morning off! And now that it’s lockdown season and we’re all always in our homes, this could be a big problem. However, if you make and follow a specific morning routine that works according to your needs; then you can get up every morning knowing what to do and when. This way you won’t feel as if there’s too much work to do and you can do it step by step.

  • Pay Off Your Debt

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    Being a middle-class family, I know how debt can jeopardize your family. I am saying this through my personal experience and believe me when I say that paying off debts is one way to have a simple life. You don’t want the people you are indebted to, calling you every single day, or the bank to come to your house to ask for money. It’s a harsh and cruel world out there and being in debt is gonna make it worse.

  • Stop Being Negative

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    Negativity can ruin your life. Yes, I’m going to say it once again; it’s going to ruin your life and by the time you’re at the bed of the ocean, you will be filled with regret and guilt knowing that all this time, if only you could have thought positively then maybe things could have been changed for the better. Think negativity as your enemy, as your bully, and you need to fight this bully so that you can control your own life instead of letting someone or something tell you what to do. Also, you’re just wasting your time thinking negative thoughts when you could have opened up your laptop and started your own blog!

  • Use Less Social Media

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    Ladies, Gentlemen, and pretty non-binary people out there, we have another enemy among us and that is Social Media. Yes, we waste our time on social media and also hope to get things done! That doesn’t work at all! If you want to get somewhere in your life, then you have to put down that damn phone, close your Instagram (by the way, follow me! it’s @writernxtdoor), and start working on who you want to be! Instead, what you can do is learn new courses such as Blogging, How to become a voice-over artist, and more through Fiverr Learn! 

  • Make A List Of Priorities

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    This way, you can have an organized mind and clarity of what really matters most in your life. It can be either taking a course on Udemy or starting a Fiverr account where you can sell your creative services to others who are in need of it.

  • Woah, There…Slow Down

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    Take a deep breath and don’t try to think of anything for a while. Just close your eyes and maybe think of cute sea turtles, kittens or baby hamsters! Chill bro, your work isn’t going to go anywhere and neither is your laptop. Now, once you have taken a few minutes off of your screen, you can now eat a fruit or a piece of chocolate and get back to work. Your mind will feel refreshed and you will become more productive.

  • Avoid Multi-Tasking

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    Multitasking can make you feel anxious and hyper. It’s like, you need to complete whatever tasks you have in hand even though you could have done it one by one and finished it quicker. Avoid multitasking and try to keep only one-two tabs open on your laptop. It’s good to work one project at a time instead of being all over the computer screen as if you’re playing the piano!

  • Write To-Do List

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    The best way to stay organized and have a clear mind in the morning is to make your to-do list right before you go to sleep. This way, you can know what to prioritize and what to keep aside.

I hope this simple guide on how to simplify your life has helped you (don’t know about you, but it has helped me a lot!) and if you ever feel as if you’re too tired and just want to lie down; do that, please, because you need to take care of your body and your mind too.

Times can be stressful but with a bit of organizing and maybe a couple of deep breaths, you can definitely make it work!

Thank you for reading and I hope to see you in my next article!
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How To Fix A Sedentary Lifestyle

*Disclaimer – The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice.* 

A sedentary lifestyle means having little to no body movements. It means not being active or productive enough. Due to this lockdown and to people now being at home more than ever because of COVID-19, people have become more inactive and lazier; which is not a bad thing but not a good thing either.

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Are you one of those people? Are you having a hard time getting up from the couch just to go to the bathroom or make yourself some dinner? Are you on your electronic device the entire day and only get up to brush your teeth and sleep?

Well, if you are, then it’s time you fix your lifestyle because this type of lifestyle is unhealthy for you and for your body. As honest as I can be, you’re ruining your body and your body isn’t happy either. You might be gaining weight, getting red eyes or dark circles, you might even have been getting pimples or headaches. 

Research also confirmed several health risks that are associated with a sedentary lifestyle such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, cancer, early death, and cardiovascular disease. It also impacts mental health disorders, loss of appetite, and depression.

Today, I’m going to share with you several tips that can help you get back on track and have a healthy lifestyle which will not only make you feel good about yourself but will make and keep you productive throughout the day.

Physical Activity 

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Any sort of physical activity such as running, cycling, swimming, or even brisk walking can reduce the above-mentioned health risks. It’s reported that those people who exercised had lower health and mental health problems than those who did not. So you better start buying those gym clothes now because you’re going to need it! 

*It’s best to combine cardio with weight and strength training which will help you in weight-loss and to build lean muscles.

Avoid Being Sedentary 

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Some steps you can do to avoid being sedentary is by: 

  • walking to the desired destination if it’s just a few blocks away.
  • by standing on public transport
  • talking leisure walks
  • doing house-chores
  • Gardening
  • Keeping your phone charger away from where you usually sit.
  • Playing outdoor games with friends such as basketball, tennis, or even cycling.
  • Taking the stairs
  • Stretching a little between breaks while you’re working

Doing these little things can go a long way for you to have a healthy lifestyle. Because nowadays life has become easier due to various technologies, we mustn’t get tempted by it and try to be as active as possible.

A sedentary lifestyle isn’t a healthy lifestyle. 

Keep that in mind and with that, I wish you all the best!
Stay safe and stay active.

Source: Medical News Today

 

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50 THINGS TO DO ON YOUR BUCKETLIST AFTER LOCKDOWN | 2020

This pandemic has kept us all on our toes, hasn’t it? It stripped us all of our happiness because we aren’t able to explore the places we thought we would this year, we aren’t able to meet our friends and check-off all those amazing restaurants and cuisines we thought we would try, and we surely can’t even meet our family because apparently, we can’t risk them getting sick just because we’re in need of some picnic or adventure.

However, things are slowly beginning to settle in and I think slowly, the flights and other means of transportations will open soon too. Meaning, there’s still hope for us to complete our bucket list but of course, it wouldn’t be the same. There will always be the masks, the gloves, the sanitization, and the six or twelve feet distance. 

But that’s okay. At least you will be able to relax your nerves and give some beauty to your eyes, right? It’s really been so long so here I am today with a bucket list for everyone to use or to give you all an idea if you’re thinking what to do after the lockdown is over. (hopefully)

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  1. Go on a hike.
  2. Swim under a waterfall.
  3. Go on a boat/Kayak.
  4. Sleep under the stars and watch the sunrise.
  5. Go to a botanical garden.
  6. Go horseback riding. 
  7. Go scuba diving.
  8. Go skydiving.
  9. Go to a festival (it can anything! Just try something new)
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  10. Travel to a new country/city/state.
  11. Go to an amusement park with your friends/family/beloved one.
  12. Go on a road trip!
  13. Explore an Island.
  14. Go to a snowy place (but if snow falls in your country, then just tick this right off!) 
  15. Visit a rainforest.
  16. Learn a new language.
  17. Try Yoga. 
  18. Go to a spa.
  19. Get haircut and hair color done. (Be a different you this year!)

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  20. Try new dishes and drinks.
  21. Bake at home! 
  22. Go to wine/cheese tastings.
  23. Take a cooking class.
  24. Decorate/re-decorate your house.
  25. Grow plants! 
  26. Buy new furniture, clean your house and organize it.
  27. Develop a good habit.
  28. Give up a band habit.
  29. Read 2 books (you can read even more but if you’re just starting out, try with 2 and then move up a notch)

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  30. Make a new friend (be it online or IRL)
  31. Write a postcard to the one you love and send it to them with a bouquet of flowers.
  32. Donate to an organization.
  33. Help the needy.
  34. Learn about new religions (I recommend Islam, it’s such a beautiful and calming religion. Don’t listen to what the Anti-Islam people say. Trust me, I’m a Muslim, and learning about Islam will surely show you the right and wrong path. However, I’m just recommending and not forcing it upon anyone. It’s absolutely up to you, I’m just here as a recommender haha) 
  35. Plant a tree.
  36. Paint. 
  37. Learn an online course.
  38. Dance and sing your heart out!
  39. Go to a costume party!

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  40. Donate things you no longer use.
  41. Learn to play an instrument.
  42. Learn how to snowboard. 
  43. Complete a 30-day workout.
  44. Volunteer.
  45. Eat healthy food meaning more greens.
  46. Write in a journal. 
  47. Go to Chernobyl (I think it’s really interesting but be careful!) 
  48. Learn sign language.
  49. Learn self-defense (Because this is what we really need right now)
  50. Complete the bucket-list and treat yourself once you do with your favorite dessert.

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Let me know what all things you want to do after the lockdown ends and if you’ve already started doing it. You can also tag me on Instagram with #My2020BucketListWithWND and I shall repost it! 

Related: The Sister Bucket List!

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How To Wind Down On Sunday Night For A Great Start To The Week?

Your week has been busy. You cracked your neck and knuckles and you worked your butt off; be it as a 9-5 worker or a freelancer. You worked and your worked and now, your body is sour as if you have worked out for hours and your mind is fried; which as a result led you to apply the jam first instead of peanut butter (I don’t know how many of you encountered that situation but if you did, then girl, you seriously need to wind down)

What you need is a bit of a break and that can only happen once a week. So why not make that one day count? Why not make it special and all about YOU so that you can get your brain working again for the next week? Yes, you have work, I understand. We all do but trust me, doing these things which I’m going to list down will improve your productivity, make you less lazy, make you more focused, and maybe even make you a better cook! Just kidding, us writers are one of the best chefs you can find out there and all we read are recipe books, watched anime, or binge-watched on Zumbo’s just desserts!

Anyway, back to the point. Our brain needs to rest too and we should take care of it just as we take care of our pets. Our brain is our pet and I might sound crazy to you but believe me, you’ll be thanking me at the end of the post because this article will change your Sundays into fun and stress-free days!

Go To Sleep Early:

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This way, you can feel more energetic throughout the day and get more work done. 

Cut Out Caffeine:

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Believe it or not, caffeinated drinks are our biggest enemy. Sure, it keeps our brain active but it also messes with our sleep pattern, preventing us from getting the 6-7 hours sleep which we desperately need for our minds to clog smoothly.

Set Up An Alarm:

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Even if you’re not an alarm person, it’s better to set up a time and wake up at the first one or two rings instead of hitting snooze. It will also be a good habit for you in the future.

Enjoy A Meal:

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With you being busy during the entire week, you’ll feel good to make a meal and enjoy it with your family. You can try making new dishes or help your family in the kitchen or maybe even go out to a restaurant and just forget about your work for a while.

Workout:

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Working out is proven to make you feel less stressed so take out at least 15-20 minutes of your time to get your stiff body stretching and sweating!

Relax:

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You can take a warm bath, go for a spa, or get your nails done. You can even just put on some music and dance your stress off in your bedroom (if you’re too shy) or enjoy a movie time alone, with your significant other or with your family! Sundays are supposed to be all about you so even if you think you have work, just remember that this day won’t come again.

You can even light up scented candles and read a book for a while with a cup of your favorite tea or coffee. You will feel really good and since you’re distracting your mind from working and being all lazy, you can get more work done starting next week.

Set Up Your Weekly Plan:

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Take some time out to write down whatever you need to do during the entire week so that you won’t get stressed when a new week starts. This way you can also get more things done and check out all the stuff that you thought you didn’t have time for! Make sure to note down your errands, social events, appointments, and activities.

Doing the abovementioned things can help you start your week with a boost and positivity. You can be ready to jump at work without any worries and you will also be able to more productive and prevent yourself from procrastination.

You know there is one other thing you can do on Sundays and that is to head to my Etsy shop, PoetNextDoor, and buy a digital poetry print that you can hang in any part of your house! 

So what are the things that you like to do on Sundays to start the week off right? Let me know in the comments! 

Next: 5 Tips On How You Can Change Your Life!

How To Wind Down On Sunday Night For A Great Start To The Week?

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7 Activities To Do With Kids Amidst Lockdown

If you’re a parent and you’re tired of playing hide and seek, board games or tea parties with your child, then fret not, because you’ve come at the right place. Today, I’m going to share with you some activities which you can do with your kids and all the more enjoy the time together.

It’s going to be fun, crafty and your kids will love you for it! I know, parenting is hard and it takes a lot to make a child happy but trust me on this, these activities will keep them busy and in a way, it’s a good way to develop their brains and the friendship and love between you, the parent and the child.

Cardboard House

You and your kid can team up and make a cardboard house with delivery boxes! You can paint it, decorate it and shape it however you want. You can even leave the imagination to your child and see how his/her dream house would be like.

Cardboard castle
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Glow Stick Balloons!

For this amazing and fun activity that will bring giggles and smiles to your child’s face, all you need are mini glow sticks and a pack of balloons. Just put the glow sticks inside the balloon and blow them as big as you can. Then switch off the lights and enjoy a disco night!

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Straw Necklaces

Just grab a bunch of straws, some string and, scissors (make sure not to give the scissors to your little ones) and create a straw necklace that will make your kid look fashionable (maybe?) but joyful as ever! It will also keep them busy so this is the right time to head to the kitchen to prepare your meals or do the laundry.

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Messy Art Project

Who doesn’t love paints, right? For this activity, just grab a bunch of white papers and several boxes of paints to create a fun but absolutely messy art project that mostly involves bare hands and maybe even legs!

*Spoiler Alert!* It will make your floor messy so make sure to put a large newspaper or an unused/old sheet on the floor before beginning the activity.

Messy Art Project
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Living Room Fort

You and your kids can gather colorful blanket and make a fort of your own! You can decorate it however you want, play board games and even read them storybooks.

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Popsicle Stick Crafts

I used to do this activity so much when I was a kid. It’s fun, playful and your kids would love it, trust me! All you need is a bag of popsicle sticks, paper, and glue. You can create so many shapes and scenes with it. The ideas are limitless!

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Vegetable Stamping

This activity here is another of my favorite since all you need is some paints, paper, and vegetables that are cut in various shapes and sizes! Just dip the veggies in the paint and stamp it on the paper. However, make sure that your kid doesn’t take the veggie in his mouth!

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I hope you liked this article and will try some of these activities with your kids as well! In a way, this lockdown has given us a chance to spend some quality time with our family so let’s utilize every second of it and make it memorable.

Peace neighbors,

See you in my next post~

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