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Painting Problems; by Leo ST Paul

I’ve had been needing to paint my house but had no motivation. I had a few novel ideas that would light a spark. Nothing motivates you more than when you write profanities on the wall. So I took a pen auntil every wall in the house called you an asshole or had some other nasty word. It said ‘smelly arse’ if you went to the toilet. There were other random buzz words hidden around the house such as the one shown below. I knew I was going to regret the decision when the wife got home. At least I could regret it with freshly painted house. Off to paint I go. I didn’t want my six year old telling me the words she found round the house.

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It seemed like a good enough strategy to get the much needed painting done. Needless to say it wasn’t done in time and the six year old may have seen a word or two. I explained to her why daddy wrote bad words on the walls. I explained that it’s bad to say bad words. She agreed with me. I told her it would need to take it off because we don’t want guests thinking that we think they are assholes. The more bad words the quicker the wall would get painted. Off my little daughter pops to play with her friends and I carry on. Pleased with my hard work I head downstairs for a much needed cuppa only to faced with what you see in the image below. Kirsten was helping her daddy. I guess its cute in a do as I say not as I do kinda way. Trouble is that’s one of the freshly painted walls! Suppose I get what I deserve…

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The Benefits of a Toddler Group; by Karen Denis

There are many advantages why a parent, mother or father should join a toddler group,( traditionally known as mother and toddler groups.) with their child. Firstly it is a fantastic opportunity to meet other parents in similar situations as yourself. A well run group will benefit your child as it will help to teach them how share, turn take and generally get along with other children all things that will aid them later in life at pre -school groups as well as at school.

I took my own children to such groups and also attended several when I was working as a registered child minder. During this time we all benefited because the children in my care got to socialise with more children. I could have some much needed adult conversation and from a professional point of view, I gained ideas for activities to carry out at home with the children and I also acquired more work. This was because parents could see how happy and relaxed the children in my care were ( at one time I was literally over flowing with enquiries for my child minding service that I was able to pass on the details of other local child minders).

Activities at groups vary but usually there is an opportunity to paint and or do art and craft projects, group singing time which includes singing to anyone who is celebrating a birthday and a story session. Drinks and biscuits for both adults and children are provided.

Fees are usually minimal, starting at a few pounds to include a registration fee. Popular groups may well have a waiting list, so don’t delay in putting your child’s name down, often a group will allow you to go on a complimentary visit  before you commit.

Take my advice and join a toddler group, the benefits are endless.

Have fun with your children.

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Karen

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It’s time to Really Wake up and Live! by Neha Guunoo

Two-months back, I got a big break for my career – a new responsibility.
It was awesome; it was what I wanted, a new challenge so that I could push myself to being limitless.

So, I told myself that I would give my everything to learning this new role and be awesome in it..my everything…

I indulged myself into trainings and shadowing and learning everything about my new responsibilities. I was always on stress & tension because I didn’t want to screw things up. For two whole months, my work became my everything. I stopped doing my other things like writing, going on adventures; you know things that actually bring you inner happiness.
It was like this because I thought that if I dedicated my mind to something else other than this new role, this would disrupt my focus and decrease my productivity.
Eventually, as time passed by, my work took over my mind and my creative side got blocked. I felt zero connection with the universe and like my intuition stopped talking to me.
So, basically it was like my left side of my brain took over my mind and my right side got lost.
But, I said, it’s fine, the creativity will come back. This new responsibility is much more important than anything.

I kicked ass at work, I worked hard, I worked smart, for very long hours.
And, I proved myself & to everyone that it was not a bad decision to take me for this new role.

I felt good about myself that I have achieved this…for like 5 minutes. Then, I felt like complete crap.

Yups, I felt like shit 🙂

Why? Because looking back over those two-months, I saw myself grinding and working my ass off to impress the boss and not let anyone say that I wasn’t good enough for the role; which I accomplished.
But, I also lost weight because I was always skipping lunch to get the work done; I felt physically & mentally tired; I became to a point that I no longer wanted to look at my computer screen and I was waiting to the weekend to sleep..
Yeah… I became like the rest of the world.. zombies.. I had stopped living, I was only EXISTING.

Sure, I got more bucks – awesome.. getting more money is always awesome.. but, for what ?

For Fuck’s sake.. for what?

Yayyy.. I got more bucks and more responsibilities at work, but I was no longer inline with the vibration of the universe. I no longer loved myself.

That sucks.. like real bad..

I looked at some of my colleagues; when I first started working, I said – Nopes, am not gonna end up like them, people who work for the weekends. But, I did become like them..

And, all of a sudden, I didn’t like who I’ve become.. That’s not good at all..

We have to balance our life.. Work.. Career.. Money.. it’s awesome to have those in life.. But, the other aspects of our life are important too.. Health, experiences, connection, friendship, love..
What’s the use of having a little more money in life if we don’t have life experiences? If we do not have someone real to come back home to? Or, simply we neglected our health and now, we look like crap?

It’s not worth it.. 🙂

We can’t just give Only ONE aspect of our life our everything.
We have to give & receive in all aspects of our life..

Don’t say, let me work a lot this year, then next year when I have so much of money, then I’ll start living life like I want.. How do you know you gonna live till next year?

Start balancing.. Start to celebrate all your little wins, and not wait for the big ones to pop up the champagne… Go on that nature walk.. Stop saying “I have to work tonight, I’ll go out with my friends next week” and then, you never get the time & energy to actually go out.

It’s time to stop existing & really Live 

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LIL UNICORN: The Web Series

Join our lil unicorn, Kirsten, as she meets new people, travels to new places and has all kinds of fantastic adventures. A colourful series that is fun for all ages!

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Lil Unicorn: Scarecrow Festival

Today launched the new web series on Torrance TV. Our lil Unicorn (Kirsten Connelly) is learning about the Scarecrow Festival organised by Brighter Bothwell in Scotland. It looked like a fun day out. The video is informative and fun for all ages.

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Raining Bubbles

Our lil unicorn demonstrates her bubble rocket. What better way to wind down a Tuesday?

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Witches of Eastwick: A Review; by Lily Mosse

I was told by a few people that ‘The Witches of Eastwick’ was a classic for a reason. Having never read John Updike’s book before or seen the movie featuring Cher, Susan Sarandan, Michelle Pfieffer and Jack Nicholson I was intrigued. Reading the small synopsis of the story on the inside sleeve peaked my interest even more.

It is split into only three rather long chapters which really slowed the pace of the story. However, the general naughtiness of the plot made for some interesting characters. The three witches mentioned in the title were lacking compassion which is what I would expect from them but leaving them completely without any reason for the reader to find them likeable hindered the story. The other characters such as the other residents of Eastwick didn’t elicit any sympathy from the reader either. The effects of the witchcraft seem tame but that is likely to be my view as a product of my generation. Today writers are always looking to shock in bigger and more imaginative ways. Sometimes subtlety is best and although there was a lack of an explosive conclusion it was effective in leaving a lasting impression.

I can see where Hollywood would have snapped up Jack Nicholson to play ‘Darryl Van Horne’ in the movie adaptation because as I read his mannerisms and his voice simply leapt off the page at me. Darryl Van Horne – the main antagonist in the story – was written with such conviction and believability it is almost a shame he wasn’t the principle character.

John Updike had written the book from the prospective of the three women and in doing so he was portraying an understanding of women’s thinking which bordered on over compensation at times.

All in all ‘The Witches of Eastwick’ was a very daring novel for the 1980’s. It raises a lot of issues such as women’s rights and the damage gossip can cause which are topics still very relevant 30 years after its initial publishing.

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