It’s been a mixed bundle this week behind the scenes 13 May 2022. On the one side I’ve been struggling with my mental health and sleep, however, there have also been some good moments. My energy levels have picked up and I’m able to get a little bit more done each day.
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Q Photo – Second Photobook
It was great to receive my second photobook from Q Photo this week and, just like the first one, it did not disappoint. I created one for my son’s first year, much to his delight. He was not impressed that I did my daughter’s first year the week before and wanted to know why he was not in any of her first year photos even though he is younger than her.
The quality of this photobook is amazing, so it is no surprise that Q Photo offers a money back quality guarantee!
You can get 15% off your Everyday Photobook from Q Photo using the code KABOUTJIE (valid until 20 July 2022) – and you can also share a free digital copy via email.
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FYI play it safe
FYI play it safe is an app that monitors your child’s online activities while giving your child privacy. It monitors for things such as adult content, hate speech, profanity, depression, bullying, stranger danger and self-harm. If there is anything that may be of concern the app takes a screenshot and sends you an alert to check.
I’m really enjoying FYI play it safe – now that I have reinstalled it on my daughter’s phone again (after she accidentally deleted it). I’ve received my first few alerts with screenshots – thankfully there was nothing that concerned me and I’m enjoying seeing this app in action.
I’m feeling so much happier with my daughter having a phone that I even let her take her phone to school last week for the first time so that she could entertain herself after school while she waited for her brother to finish playing chess.
Panado Paediatric Sachets
Panado has just brought out 5 ml sachets of their paediactric syrup and I am super excited to try them out next week when I receive my samples! The first thing that came to mind for me is no more sticky spoons and bottles. They are perfect for travel and for moms that are on the go with kids. They are small and easily stored in your handbag and will be super easy to give to your child when out and about.
Mental Health Struggle
The last few weeks have been really tough on me when it comes to mental health. Honestly I’ve been struggling to cope. While I’m happy to share about my own life this particular thing I am struggling with involves someone else so I can’t share openly about it.
I’ve been to my doctor and had my meds increased to help smooth things over for me, and I’ve been going to therapy every week for a while.
I’ve struggled with my energy levels, motivation to get the simplest things done, anger and resentment, and my sleep.
My message to other parents that are struggling with mental health – there will be ups and downs, and sometimes you won’t cope very well. And that’s ok. Keep doing the right thing. Make sure to get out in nature, make self-care a priority, ask for help and remember that therapy is fantastic.
I know that there is a huge stigma attached to mental health issues, but talking about it is very healing. As an addict in recovery, with bipolar disorder, I am no stranger to mental health difficulties. This is something that I will be facing for the rest of my life. I take it one day at a time and when things get tough I make sure to focus on doing the next right thing.
Depp Vs Heard
Are you following the Johnny Depp Vs Amber Heard defamation case? Honestly, I’m not big on celebrity scandal but this case has really caught my attention and I’ve been following the court case closely the last few weeks.
While I know it is up to the court to rule on this case, I’ve listened to all the evidence given by witnesses and my personal opinion so far is that while their relationship was clearly toxic, it appears to me that Amber Heard has not been abused by Johnny Depp as she claimed. It also appears that in fact Amber Heard abused Johnny Depp emotionally and physically during their relationship. She then maliciously and intentionally tried to ruin his career and reputation, taking advantage of the #MeToo movement.
I have been in toxic, abusive relationships. I have been physically, sexually, emotionally and verbally abused. The #MeToo movement is something I am very passionate about. For someone to take this movement and use it for malicious purposes to hurt someone else makes me really angry. It undermines everything this movement stands for and makes it even harder for women to come forward and speak up.
However, I also see a good side to this case. Men are also abused by women and this is something that is being highlighted here and for Johnny Depp to stand up for himself is fantastic. I’ve seen the hashtag #MenToo doing the rounds and I hope that this case helps men that are being abused by their female partners.
I’m waiting for the case to resume this week after being on a week’s break.
Sweatcoin is an awesome app that allows you to earn Sweatcoin for walking. You can cash out your Sweatcoins for offers that are available on the app. This is really motivating me to move more and I love watching my Sweatcoins increase.
They are very soon launching SWEAT cryptocurrency and I am very interested to see how that works. From what I understand for every Sweatcoin earned in the app you will earn SWEAT too. I’m not into cryptocurrency but since there is no cost to it I signed up so I can see how it works when it launches.
I will be writing my review on Sweatcoin once I can see how everything works.
Ysense is a platform where you can earn through completing online surveys and offers, playing games and/ or referring others. I’ve been with them since 2015 and absolutely love it. While it’s not going to bring in a full time income or make you rich it can bring in a nice side income in your spare time.