The Frazzled Mum's Guide to Becoming an Art & Crafts Extraordinaire


Busy and frazzled mums and dads are having to use all of their reserves to try to get through this global pandemic in one piece, and ensure their kids get the nurture they need too! It looks set to be another hard few months with the announcement that Christmas is essentially cancelled. This is a huge bummer to anyone who had made plans with loved ones, and represents yet another setback in the battle against COVID-19.

But, it’s important to try to be positive, and this means working on coming up with ideas that are going to help you navigate lockdown and maintain your sanity! Finding things to do around the house, and to keep you and the kids occupied is crucial, and one of the best ways of doing that is to make sure you focus on art & crafts. Check out this guide for any mums out there looking to become art and crafts experts!

Choose What You Want to Create

The first and most important thing you need to do is to decide what you want to create by way of art and crafts. You have a lot of choice, but you need to narrow it down so you can get the right materials, and so you are able to focus on completing projects. You may wish to make stylish clocks with different themes, or perhaps you just want to paint a picture or create a sculpture. There is so much choice that it can sometimes be overwhelming, but it also gives you a nice and diverse range of options for you and the family to use to keep busy and entertain yourselves, and this is certainly something you should decide before you proceed with anything else. 

Gather the Right Materials

There are plenty of great places to start when it comes to improving and gathering the right art and crafts materials, and you should head to a craft shop to stock up. Once you know what you want to create you can hit the internet and find out what materials you might need in order to help you achieve this. Make sure you are focused on doing as much as possible to make the most of this right now, and there are a lot of things that can enhance any art and crafts session. For instance, essentials such as craft glue guns are a must for most projects, and you’re going to need stationery, tape, paper, card, and more besides. Make sure you think about what it takes to make the most of this right now, and try to think about the right ways of getting all the materials you require. 

Involve the Kids

You need to make sure you look at doing as much as possible to involve the kids in your art and crafts extravaganza. This is something that can make a massive difference to their enjoyment over lockdown, and it helps you to develop a creative bond with your family. Art and crafts are great for helping you and ther kids to stay occupied and focus on creating things, which is good for strengthening brain function. Make sure you think about the different types of art and crafts that would be the most suitable for kids, and even consider asking your children if there is anything specifically they would like to try to create. 

Make Some Money Off Of It

Now, if you find you’re pretty good and this art and crafts malarky, there could well be an opportunity to make some decent money from this. The first thing you need to make sure you get right is to ensure you have created enough quality pieces to be able to sell to people, and this is something that plays a major part in this process. You should also check out these tips for craft fayre selling in order to help you make the most of this. Setting up a stall is something that can go a long way towards helping you sell your crafts at a fayre, and trying to make as much money as you can.

There are so many great things you can do that are going to help you when it comes to improving your life over lockdown, and keeping busy is really important. The great thing is that art and crafts are a great way of being able to help you improve your creativity, as well as keeping the family occupied during this tough time. And, if you can make a bit of money from this in the long run, that’s even better!

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How To Up Your Self-Care Game

When it comes to self-care, you may find that you’re always a little bit behind. Life can be incredibly busy and this means that we often neglect ourselves. Between work and family life, our interests and friendships, it’s not always that easy to prioritise our health and happiness. Sometimes, we find ourselves putting everything above ourselves. We think that there are things that are much more important that need doing – and sometimes, that can be the case. However, when you’re doing stuff that you feel is important, you can end up neglecting your own selfcare. So, when it comes to making sure that you’re enjoying your life and living it to the max, you need to make sure that you’re taking the best possible care of yourself.


So how do you do that? When you’re busy, trying to make sure that you are healthy and balanced, avoiding stress, and enjoying your life – how is it possible to make your own self-care a priority? In the world that we’re all living in at the moment, it’s always go, go, go. We find it really hard to be able to find a balance between being productive and successful and healthy and grounded. It can even be seen as a weakness. However, self-care is essential to your happiness and success. So here’s how to make sure that you nail it.

Take Time To Yourself

First of all, you need to make sure that you’re taking time for yourself. Keeping yourself away from work in the evenings and at weekends and actually prioritising your own interests and activities could be the best thing for your self-care.

Run A Bath

Mmmmm, bubbles! Even if you’re not someone that loves to run a bath, it can be so relaxing. When you’ve got some soaking hot water, a good old fashioned pamper routine, and time to kill, it can be the best thing for you. Add a bit of mood lighting with candles and before you know it, you should be feeling incredibly relaxed.

Look After Your Skin

Clease the skin, cleanse the mind! You could even take that one step further and give yourself a facial. It’s nice to make sure that you spend the time looking after your skin. Yet, this isn’t something that we always do. But investing in good products and quality relaxation time can help you feel great.

Stay Away From Screens

It's a toughy, I know, but one of the best things that you can do to make sure that you’re looking after yourself is to stay away from your screens. These days, we all spend so much time looking at and interacting with screens. Whether we’re watching TV, working, or scrolling through our phones, screens are such a big part of our lives. It can be one of those things that you enjoy but actually does more harm than good. So, wherever you can find yourself reducing your screen time, it’s going to benefit you. You may feel a lot calmer and relaxed. And not only that, but you might find that you actually sleep better too.

Focus On Feeling Good

From here, if you want to ensure that you’re feeling as relaxed and happy as possible, you’ll want to think about how you feel. As long as you’re feeling good, then you know that your self care is working. There are a range of things that you can try here to ensure you’re relaxed and calm, one of which could be with CBD gummies as a method. CBD can be a great addition to your wellness routine to help you to relax and feel better about yourself.

Distance Yourself

Another thing that you might want to do is to distance yourself from any negativity that you experience in your life. From toxic people to situations, staying away can be best for your mindset, so make that a priority. There's nothing worse than being dragged down by someone else. Life is too short, guys!

Focus On Your Needs

Finally, you’re then going to want to make sure that you’re focusing on your wants and needs. Sometimes, it’s really easy to find yourself putting others first and doing what is best for them or caring for their needs. But sometimes, this can be at your own expense, and when you do that continuously, you’ll soon find that it starts to drain you. It’s not going to do anyone any favours in the long run. So, remember number one - it's not a crime!

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