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September 2021



kids praise songs… a lifesaver in the car

I have to be honest, car journeys have become a real struggle for us with two kids in the back. They are both boisterous and like to talk and shout and argue at the best of times, and of course being stuck in the confined space of a car for extended periods magnifies that somewhat!

However, one of the helpers at our childrens’ Sunday school pointed out how much they love singing, and perhaps they might be easily distracted with some music to sing along to. It might sound like the sort of thing we should have thought of earlier, we know they love to sing and do so all the time at home. Perhaps on a subliminal level we held off the idea of having kids praise songs on in the car, because we thought they might drive us mad. The reality is though that actually we LOVE having a sing in the car. All four of us join in, including my husband who I’ll admit was reluctant to start with but he has noticed the difference it makes in our kids. It’s not hard to get them singing and once they’ve realised that they do know the song they’re listening to then they’re away.

It’s such a relief, and we love singing worship songs together now. Obviously there’s the initial improvement in our mood, not having to be verbally fighting down grumpy kids from the front, but it’s really encouraging seeing our children engage in worship songs. There are plenty out there that are really catchy, for example:

If you know the song, it will already be playing in your head I would imagine, it’s that catchy.

But there are also plenty that have really great theology, and they don’t even have to be overly simple, for example:

I hope that this little nugget of inspiration is as helpful to someone else as I found it. Kids love to sing – give them great songs to learn and they’ll sing praise songs endlessly 🙂

A Tip for Your Hydroponic Garden

If you are into gardening, and here hydroponics in particular, you may know about the problem of algae.

As soon as it gets warmer outside, your hydroponic tank with your water and nutrients may soon turn into an algae infested mess. This can clog up air pumps of your hydroponic system. Worse, if the algae problem gets out of hand it may become a real problem for your plants! The algae will take up and deplete oxygen in your nutrient solution, basically starving and choking your plants!

What can you do about this?

One of the easiest things that you can do to prevent algae buildup in your hydroponic system is to add H2O2  (peroxide) to your water. You can simply get the common 3% H202  Peroxide solution that is sold in places such as drugstores or beauty saloons.

Mix 3 mL of 3% H2O2 per 1 L of your water. If you do this, your hydroponic system and your plants will be protected from harmful algae and other microorganisms. In addition to that, the H2O2 also dechlorinates your tap water!

Just know the you should not use H202 when you grow organically or depend in any way on beneficial microorganisms for your grow.

What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a form of psychological therapy that can help you with a variety of problem such as anxiety, depression, PTSD and many more.

Just as when you’re undergoing psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy is a talking therapy but it is fundamentally different to classic psychotherapy.

Classic psychotherapy is mostly about spending a whole lot of time and effort on finding the roots for psychological problems. In cognitive behavioural therapy, it is all about directly helping a person to overcome their problems, not so much about finding the causes. The goal in cognitive behavioural therapy is therefore to help you with your problems in the most effective way.

In research and had been found that CBT can be very effective for treating mood disorders such as anxiety and depression as well as depression and anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), tics, substance abuse, eating disorders and borderline personality disorder.

At times, CBT is undergone in combination with medications for treating other conditions like depression or OCD. Today, cognitive behavioural disorder is one of the best treatment methods for many psychological disorders particular for children where it can help them with behaviour problems such as aggression or others.

What if you need CBT therapy?

If you happen to reside in UK, you have two options: you get CBT therapy via the NHS or you opt for a private CBT therapist. At CBT therapy London you can find many helpful resources about cognitive behavioural therapy and how it can help you. There is also a list of CBT therapists for London and surroundings. This way you can choose a qualified therapist that suits you rather than needing to stick with a single therapist from the NHS.

Do You Know the Singing Waiters London?

I had been at quite a lot of wedding receptions in my time but the think the best I have ever been to was  Jenna’s and Travis’ back in May in London.

This was one of the receptions where we all had an incredible fun and I think it was a big part because of The Singing Waiters which they had booked for the day. Is located in know the Singing Waiters are: I one of the best surprise entertainers that we have in the UK right now and I have to say that Jenna with a really good choice by going with them.

It all started out with the reception going a little bit slow about mid-afternoon where everyone had eaten already. All of a sudden, these water guys appear out of nowhere and they seemed to be quite busy with wanting to clean up the tables for whatever we didn’t really know.

It didn’t take long and these “guys” started to shout really loud which made as look at each other because most of us thought today you would start fighting any minute. But before they started actually used their fists to slap each other against their heads, these “waiters” all of a sudden started to sing. And this was when it dawned on us that entire thing was an act…. of course you were quite relieved when we realized that.

About the same time, the music came on and these waiters (which have now magically turned into the singing waiters) started dancing and they didn’t just do it alone but also pulled up some of the guests up on the stage.

Everyone had a blast with these guys and it was probably one of the best of the funniest performances ready fortune to see at a wedding reception. This is when I told Nancy that I definitely want these guys for Rona’s wedding next year. So if you’re still looking for some really good way to spice up your wedding, I can highly recommend that you check out the Singing Waiters in London. They are absolutely worth it!

It’s Possible: How You Can Enjoy Traveling Without Spending Too Much

Our CampervanTravel is and has always been one of my favourite things to do.

I don’t know about you, but I could spend most of my time discovering new things all around the world.

I especially like spending some weeks in the Mediterranean, whether it be Spain or Italy, both are equally great holiday destinations.

Aside of those holiday travels where I usually spend several weeks abroad, there are also those numerous smaller holidays where we might spend just a weekend, say if we go to festivals or plan to see a museum or the zoo at some place.

Now, unless you are rather wealthy, constant travel may not be a problem for you. You may book in whatever luxurious hotel and won’t have to worry about your spending. But for the majority of us who like travel but need to watch their spending, frequent holidays sure can add up quickly.

But here’s a solution that cannot only help to make your holiday travels much cheaper, it can also help with making your travel time a lot more exciting: It’s camping! (You might want to check out this list of great campsites in the United Kingdom!)

What we did is that we started with camping two years ago and I can definitely say that camping made our holidays a lot more exciting. We can see a lot more things while we travel, meet more people and so forth. Overall camping is just much better if you really want to get close and personal with the people at your favourite holiday destination.

In addition to what we save on costly hotels, camping gives us also a lot more freedom to go to places that we otherwise wouldn’t even see. In any other case you will always be dependent on your hotel’s location which is not always optimal. With a campervan you can go to the best most interesting places!

If you have never camped before and want to give it a try you should first rent a campervan. You would be surprised how luxurious those are today.

With a VW campervan hire you wil have everything you can even wish for like a small kitchen, a nice bed and many other cool things. If you then decide that you really love camping you can ultimately buy your very own campervan and got exciting travels anytime you want  without worrying about the expenses for booking rooms having to dine in overpriced restaurants.

Getting Fit in London

fitness studio in London

If you are looking to get fit in London there is no question about it that you will have plenty of options. Fitness studios can be found anywhere in the British capital.

What’s more, when compared to several years ago, the average cost for a gym membership has also significantly gone down.

Some years ago, most gyms in London required that you sign up with them for some time, like six months or a year without the possibility to cancel your membership whenever you wanted.

Today, a lot of gyms in London are going the low budget route. They charge very little money, sometimes only 5 pounds per month and most of them will allow you to cancel any time which means there’s no obligation for you at all.

But with the lower priced gyms taking over the United Kingdom recently come several disadvantages as well.

In past times it was quite normal that you got a lot of extras with a gym membership, such as the ability to use a gyms swimming pool or saunas and being able to watch TV while you did your routines with nothing out of the ordinary. With today’s super-cheap gym memberships, most of those luxuries are gone. Some gyms are now even going so far as to provide only the basic exercise equipment. In other words: you’ll get what you pay for.

Fortunately, not all of those people who want to do something for their health are just  looking at membership costs when they want to join a gym. Some realise that the quality and selection of exercise equipment  and most importantly getting competent and support when needed are equally important.

If you are looking for a quality gym in London where you don’t have to sacrifice something it can therefore be recommended that you take your time before you sign up. A good gym should allow you to give it a free test run for an hour or two. You should also check whether a gym that you are considering offers additional things such as training courses or personal trainers. You may not require those things right away, but rest assured there may come a time where you would be happy that a gym can offer you these things. Fitness classes with a qualified trainer are always better than a simple membership!

For Yoga in Hackney I recommend London Fields fitness in East London!

“Crazy” Stress Relief Tips For 2015

stress-reliefCheck this out! I found some very cool “crazy” stress relief tips that are just perfect to start out the new year!

Now is the time where most people get back to business from the long Christmas holidays.

Let’s be honest, for many of us Christmastime also meant a lot of stress.

If you’re already feeling overwhelmed with work that might have piled up over the holidays, check out those tips and learn things such as what they call “virtual venting” or how you can freeze your frustration.

The author of those stress relief tips is a professional and  she certainly knows what she’s doing!