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Here’s 5 Things Anyone Can Do When They Are Bored

Here’s 5 Things Anyone Can Do When They Are Bored

Play Sudoku – Don’t sleep on Sudoku puzzles. It has become one of the games that I play, which makes the time go by fast. It really is a fun game, but I must warn you, you will get hooked.

Sudoku is one of the most popular puzzle games of all time. The goal of Sudoku is to fill a 9×9 grid with numbers so that each row, column and 3×3 section contain all the digits between 1 and 9. As a logic puzzle, Sudoku is also an excellent brain game. If you play Sudoku daily, you will soon start to see improvements in your concentration and overall brain power

The popular Japanese puzzle game Sudoku is based on the logical placement of numbers. An online game of logic, Sudoku doesn’t require any calculation nor special math skills; all that is needed are brains and concentration.

If you have an iPhone, there are three games I would recommend when sitting in hospital waiting areas or hair and nail salons, waiting for your number to be called. 8-Ball, 9-Ball, Anagrams and Word Hunt. For the same reason of jump starting and getting that blood to flow, word hunt and anagram is great.

8-Ball is real entertaining, if you do not really know how to play pool. It’s an uncomplicated way to learn, as its electronic and allows you to line up your cue and bank any shot. Well, with a few misses of course, but after a few games, you’ll get the hang of it.

Send a Post Gram – Who doesn’t love a greeting card, just because. You can download the Postgram App  for convenience, and after creating and customizing a post card to send to family, friends, and/or business associates, to remind them that you are still in business, Post Grams by Sincerely Inc. sends to U.S. Canada and Europe.

I worked as a Realtor for 10 years in Texas. During this time and even today, post cards were the number one seller at the marketing company I worked for. That is because Realtors realized the importance of maintaining contact with prospects, future home buyers and even those whom they have sold a home to before. Postcards remind people of what you do. “I sell houses” “I am an Estate Manager” “I am a Loan Officer” “I am a Chef” “I am a Landscaper” “I’m an Interior Decorator” ETC., Except be creative in how you remind them: “Wanted to wish you a Happy Tuesday, from your local Real Estate Agent” …” Greetings, hope you enjoy the Spring ahead. Don’t forget to Spring forward” …” A little reminder from your local Bake Shop” …

Even if it is not a business that you are running, you can always send a greeting card to people for no reason at all, just to say hello. Postgram is something that you can do right from the comfort of your home, on your cell phone. You never have leave the house. It’s not an email greeting card. It’s an actual plastic post card that will be delivered by mail to the recipient. It takes 5 minutes or less.

Organize and Clean – I used to manage a retail store called Just for Feet, way back when they were opened of course. This was in the late 90’s. I remember overhearing my District Manager tell one of the associates that if there is time to lean, there is time to clean. That stuck with me over the years, and so I made use of all my idle time, just by thinking of him saying that.

If you are home, or work, bored with nothing to do (and you don’t need rest) waiminute, when don’t we need rest as mothers? Ok… anyway, when and if a time comes where you do not need another second of rest, and you need to do something; tackle that junk drawer in the kitchen. We all have one.

Organize the kitchen pantry so that you will stop buying things you already have but just couldn’t find it. Clean out the refrigerator, there’s no use for that 10-day old lasagna that you said you were going to eat, 9 days ago.

Tackle and declutter that closet that you have been telling yourself that you don’t have time to do. You’d be amazed how much you can get done and surprised at the fact that you got it done, once you get started and just take your time. Section it off so that it is not so overwhelming. Focus on one part at a time. It’s not a marathon, so if you get tired just take a break. Pop on some music to get you excited about completing a task around the house.

Fold those clothes that are in the wash room sitting in that basket. You’ve already taken them out of the dryer. Why are they still in the basket?

Wash your car – may be a little hot at hi-noon to do this one. However, if it is in the evening that you find yourself bored, this would be something to do. Even if you’re used to taking it to the car wash, or having the kids do it… try doing it yourself one that when you have nothing to do. If the kids are home, help them with it. It saves you the money of having to drive it to a hand wash and detail center. It’s really a fun thing to do in the summer time with the kids anyway. If you are a single mom, and there isn’t a man around, you’d really enjoy this with the kids. It’s a great bonding moment. My son loves to wash my car, even though he’s just 6- years old. When I help him, it becomes a game to him. We find ourselves in a water war and it has one of your most memorable moments for the scrapbook.

Learn something new – A moment to learn, is time well spent. If you want boredom to take a hike, get back to teaching yourself to be productive in the process. Utilize every moment to get back to yourself. If it is Law that you are interested in, or Baking, or Design, or even learning how to use social media for marketing your brand or product; use this time to get online to find all the answers to your questions. Maybe you have a relative that is facing some health issues. You can get online to research that and become informed on how to deal with it, or find ways of helping them deal with it. Knowledge never plays out.

Lifestyle, Parenting, Travel

4 Essential things to knock out before inviting your moms group over

4 Essential things to knock out before inviting your moms group over for product testing.

  1. Clean the house. This includes, but is not limited to:
  2. The Kitchen. The kitchen can be a reflection of hygiene. When someone has a nasty kitchen, apart from the normal disarray from cooking supper and/or breakfast for the family and going to sleep or running out to make a last minute appointment; it gives off the wrong signals. This is the place where people eat, and is seen as a vulnerable place in your home, where germs could easily spread, because of the immediate contact to your mouth; through using dishware. You want to make sure that all cups, plates, glasses and silverware are clean. Spotless! Sitting dishwater is a playground for bacteria. So is food that is not stored properly and it also attracts gnats. Both can give an unattractive smell to the attention of your home. Wipe your stovetop and counter tops clean of any nasty residue from the existence of food left behind. The inside and outside of the refrigerator, where germs linger on the door handles as well as spilled drinks and wasted food on the inside should be wiped down and disinfected. And don’t’ forget the floors – especially if you require guest to leave their shoes at the door and walk barefoot in your home.
  3. The Bathroom. The bathroom can be another reflection of hygiene, but on a much more personal and intimate level. An uncleanly bathroom can be borderline offensive. Lol. Seriously, when a person goes into the bathroom, where they will be removing their clothing, they are exposing another part of their body to what may be in your bathroom. The last feeling you want them to have is the feeling of being in a health hazardous, portable bathroom on the street corner of a project under mass construction. The bathroom toilet should be disinfected. That includes cleaning the top and bottom of the bowl, as well as inside and outside of the bowl. (Flush handle, bowl, tank and seat and the trapped dirt at the bottom back of the bowl) Give some attention to the toiletries, such as: hand washing soap, or wet wipes, lotion and air freshener. Be sure to refresh the toilet tissue and paper towels or supply hand towels for drying hands. This encourages your guest to wash their hands before leaving the bathroom and returning to the living areas of your home. This is one that should be practiced by the occupiers of the home anyway, so shouldn’t pose any extra planning in getting your home visitor-ready.
  4. The Guest Bedroom and Bath (for overnight guest) in addition to the same attention to the bathroom, as listed above, attention to the tub/shower, sink/vanity and mirrors should be pampered when prepping your guest-bedroom bathroom. Of course your half bath has a sink and mirror and some hallway guest bathrooms are full baths instead of whole, but lets not get caught in the logistics… the point is to make sure that whatever bathroom in your home that will be open to guest/visitors is clean. That means whichever bathroom, occupies the features of the aforementioned, and is clean and sterilized. The guest bedroom In this room, you want to make it as friendly, warm and welcoming as possibly, without giving the impression that you are inviting your guest to turn into roommates. I say this with all sincerity, because I found out long ago that while it is important to make houseguest feel welcomed, they often extend and overstay their welcome when they are too comfortable. So, with that being said, you definitely still want to provide them with fresh linens on the bed, plush pillows with clean pillowcases. You want to make sure the lights or lamps have bulbs that work. We will not be cleaning their room for them each morning or turning back the covers with hot chocolate or breakfast in bed. We will not be leaving mints and notes in the room about how we’d love for them to stay another night. Just make sure that upon arrival the room is vacuumed, dusted and smell good.
  5. Do the dirty laundry While I am referring to the dirty laundry that is sitting in the laundry room and hallway upstairs that your children have not realized will not wash itself, it’s not a bad idea to consider the “dirty laundry” at home; which includes the indifferences that your other housemates or spouse may have about your arriving guest and or your decision to invite them to stay over. This comes down to, not being rude to your guest. Moms, before you plan a moms group meeting at the house, make sure you run it by all decision-making occupants in the house. It does not mean that if your husband can’t stand the way Meredith smacks when she eats, or the way Alex picks her teeth, that they cannot come. It means that you should give your spouse or other occupants the heads-up out of consideration so that they can excuse themselves during that time or make plans of their own to do something during that time. For the guest that is staying over, it’s also wise to inform your spouse or housemates just so that tension is not present during their stay. Its just good housekeeping protocol.
  6. Grocery shopping for food and drinks If you’re a good host, you will take into account the diets and nutrition of your guest who are visiting, whom you will be offering a beverage and food service to. You should consider their allergies, more so over their preference and likeness. But of course, if you want to go all out for guest that you are preparing dinner for, you can certainly pick up something they requested.

When it comes to the mom group for product testing, there’s an exception: The exception could be that each individual are assigned the task of bringing certain items on their own. For example: If we are pairing wines, we delegate things like cheese, meat, and crackers to the vets of the group or the newbies of the group. Depending on who’s home been hosing the group, we could make our decisions based on that. Many factors to be considered to make it work, but the most important thing is that if it’s at your home, that you have a ready supply of things that will be needed for your guest.

On the flip side: This is also an area where we are going to consider the rules of overstaying a welcome. We are not asking our guest to come move in with us, while we provide them with the lap of luxury, of which they get to live, eat and drink for free. We want them to leave, but we want them to enjoy their stay.

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