Sunday 31 March 2019

4 Ideas For Creative Hobbies To Pursue*

It seems like we’re all busier than ever before, yet, while we do indeed have many obligations, most of us have more time than we think. It’s just that we’re spending the time on things like social media, watching Netflix shows, and other passive activities. They can be fun, but only up to a point. One of the most underrated ways to spend your time is to get creative. It’s an inherently rewarding activity; it doesn’t matter if you don’t end up making money from it. The pleasure is in the creating. Below, we take a look at four creative pursuits anyone can try!


Writing it Down
You’ve got a laptop just sitting there. Why not disconnect the wifi and get to writing? It doesn’t matter whether you’re writing fiction, non-fiction, a screenplay, or anything else. Once you get going, you’ll find that there’s much joy to be had in getting into the flow of writing. It’s a way to flesh out thoughts, feelings, and ideas that you’ve had, and to present them in an interesting way. There are a million directions you can head in, too -- it’s a lifelong hobby.

On the Screen
Once upon a time, if you wanted to make a video, you’d have to do, well, too much work. A spark of curiosity wasn’t enough -- you had to be reasonably committed if you were going to invest. The rise of personal computers changed all that way. Now, anyone with a laptop can try their hand at creating videos, though it’s easiest if you have a Mac or other Apple computer. If the idea of visual expression sounds interesting to you, read more about how you can get started. Whether you make videos by yourself or as part of a group, you’ll find that it’s a creative pursuit that is a lot of fun.

With Your Hands
Computers and information technology have been great for some hobbies, but has blindsided some people into thinking that it’s the only source when it comes to creative hobbies. This is not the case! Over the past few years, there has been a rise in people starting more traditional hobbies, such as woodworking and textiles. Once you’ve got the basics of both, you’ll be able to create a whole range of products, which you can then sell.

The Joys of Living
There are some things in life that just make you happy to be alive. Dancing is one such thing. People tend to stiffen up when they hit the dancefloor, but they’re missing out on something that can be super fun! Not that you can blame them. It can be difficult to know what to do when a beat starts. So why not learn? You can understand -- and put into practice -- the basics of dancing pretty quickly. From there, it’s all about refining your style. You’ll love doing it, and you might just end up impressing some people when you’re next invited to a party and your favourite track starts up.

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Saturday 30 March 2019

Picture Perfect | March

I've been trying to take more pictures this year, but I'm still failing at it! However, I've managed to get a few snaps in since the middle of January, so here is what I've been up to since then!

What have you enjoyed about this year so far? Let me know! Hope you have a great day and keep safe :)

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Thursday 21 March 2019

3 Reasons To Love The New Captain Marvel Movie*

If you thought all things Marvel had come to an end after the finger-snapping events of Avengers: Infinity War, one of our favourite movies of 2018,then think again. Sure, many of our heroes were sent into dust-scattered oblivion thanks to hissable baddie Thanos - boo! - but if you stuck around for the end credits sequence (probably because you were too stunned by the movie's end to leave your seat), then you would have seen Nick Fury send a call-out to Marvel's latest hero (and probable saviour of the Avengers) Captain Marvel!

And now here she is, kicking ass on our cinema screens (at the time of writing), and if you're a Marvel fan, you have probably seen the film already. It's had a slightly mixed reception from the critics, but it's still better than many of the so-called blockbuster movies filling up our cinemas.

Here are three good reasons as to why you might love the film.

#1: It's the MCU's first female superhero-led film

There are plenty of female superheroes in the Marvel Universe, some of whom we have seen on our screens - Scarlet Witch, Gamora, Black Widow - and some we are still desperate to see - She-Hulk, Spider-Woman - but none have led a movie until now. But what about Elektra, we hear you cry. Okay, well that is the exception, but the movie was awful, and despite being a Marvel character, it's not officially part of the MCU universe. And neither is Wonder Woman (she's from DC), in case you were going to bring up that recent example. Hoorah then for Captain Marvel, the first official leading lady in the MCU, and from what we see in the film, she is a match for any guy in a super suit!

#: 2: There is a wonderful tribute to Stan Lee

Stan Lee passed away in late 2018, and as the news was heard, a billion Marvel fans cried out in pain. You see, without this great man, there would have been no Captain Marvel, no Spiderman, and let's be honest, no MCU. He didn't found Marvel comics, but he did create some of the greatest superheroes that still exist in the public consciousness today. He has made a cameo in nearly every Marvel movie since 1989, and thankfully for us, makes a similar appearance in Captain Marvel. But before his appearance, there is a wonderful tribute in the opening credits sequence, where, instead of the usual montage of MCU heroes flashing up on our screens, there is a montage of Stan Lee in all his forms, both on and off screen. You will shed a tear! Excelsior!!

#3: The film is a nostalgia-fest

The film is a prequel to Infinity War  and is set predominantly in the '90s. The film is jam-packed with nostalgia from the time, alongside relics of the past. For those of you with a VHS recorder still in your attic, you will send out a wistful sigh when Captain Marvel crash lands into a Blockbuster store (remember them?),lined with movie video cassettes of the time. If you spend more time playing classic arcade games on your console than recent releases and have a virtual arcade pinball machine in your games room, then you will get a thrill at the perfect replicas of both a classic Space invaders arcade cabinet and pinball machine, fittingly located (bizarrely) in an alien spaceship. And then there are Troll dolls, Koosh balls, pagers, and with surprising significance in the movie, a Happy Days lunchbox, with the Fonz plastered all over it. See how many other relics from the past you can spot in the movie.

Not only but also…

There are more reasons to love the film, of course. There's some kick-ass action for a start, alongside some amazing special effects. You get to see Agent Coulson and Nick Fury at the start of their careers, and finally learn the truth about Fury's missing eye. Brie Larson is amazing (as always) in the lead, and she is joined by Jude Law, Ben Mendelsohn, and erm… a cat who isn't really a cat. And the film brings us hope, tying into the present day and the current events of the MCU. Captain Marvel will save the day, we promise!

In short, go and see the film. We think you will love it!

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Friday 15 March 2019

How Can Kids Make Money With Online Games?*

As the world becomes more accustomed to the game playing society which is developing, more and more people are starting to realise the benefits which are associated with playing online games.

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There is a vast array of games available; from the free online games for boys and girls, which are available to the more elaborate and popular games, such as Call of Duty, which are suited to adults and contain extended storylines and levels. You also have different genres of games, for example, driving games and sports games. These games all contain their different benefits; from entertainment purposes to increasing one’s computer literacy.

Nevertheless, there are also some unexpected advantages associated with online gaming as well. And, one of these is the way in which kids’ games can help them in order to make money. There may be several games which allow your children to make money literally, however, this article is more related to the way in which games can turn your children into budding entrepreneurs.

Collecting coins
As mentioned, the wealth of games available on the Internet today is massive. A lot of these games incorporate something which is related to money, even if this relates to merely collecting coins when playing on each level. This is a great way to get your children accustomed to money from a young age. They will learn the value of money, what currency looks like and how to add it up effectively. This may sound like the basic stuff, and it is, but every young one has to start somewhere and thus games provide them with the perfect platform to get going.

Management games
Management games have really boomed in popularity over the past few years. Whether you are managing a football team or you are managing a restaurant, these games provide children with a great amount of fun. They will be able to embark on the creative side, such as decorate their own restaurant or fill their football team with their favourite players. Nevertheless, finance is something which is heavily incorporated. For instance, when managing their own restaurant they will have to make sure they meet their revenue targets and that they spend their money wisely on the right ingredients and enhancing the image of their restaurant. Moreover, when it comes to football games your child will have to ensure they stay within the transfer budget and the wage budget set to them by the chairman. Thus, these games allow children to learn all about profit and loss and the mechanics of owning your own business. It goes without saying that they are thus highly beneficial.

Economic and finance based games
The Internet is also the home to a wealth of educational games. These are great because they specifically teach businesses about maths, economics, finances and the accountancy. These are highly beneficial because you can ensure your child is learning whilst also having fun. Of course, these do not only help with entrepreneurship, but there is also a whole host of different subject topics available and thus educational based games are beneficial for many different reasons.

Using the Internet to help your children learn is something which is certainly recommended. There are lots of games which can get your children in the right mind frame so that they have a better chance of earning money in the future.
Let me know! Hope you have a great day and keep safe :)

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Thursday 7 March 2019

March Playlist & I'm Sort Of Back!

Oh hey there! Bet you thought I'd done a runner and abandoned the blog? Well, not quite.

I always find that this time of year my S.A.D gets really shitty, and honestly all my blog mojo has been gone since Christmas came around. I'm so busy with work and trying to keep myself in check that my blog has, and will be taking a backseat for a little while.

I'll still be coming out with a new post now and then, but until the end of May when I'll be sharing my Florida holiday diaries with you again, I'm not likely to post a great deal. And even then I won't make any promises. I'm not going to have a schedule anymore, or be posting weekly. It will be on a 'when my mental health allows it' basis.

Work has been getting uber stressful of late, so all my free time is now trying to unwind with my Erin Condren planner, making a YouTube video, seeing friends, or just sprawled on the bed with a movie! So I'm sorry if I vanish from time to time, but I'm still about and okay! Promise.

Anway, on with todays blog post, which is an oldie but goldie - a playlist!

I've been listening to a lot of music over the past few months, so here is a little list of all the songs I m loving right now. If you fancy checking any of them out, then click any of the titles to get taken to a YouTube video!. Hope you like them.

Had another month of being obsessed with all of these songs!! Like any of the songs above? Let me know! Hope you have a great day and keep safe :)

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