Saturday, February 20, 2010

~EnchantedMoppet Update~

I have a bunch of posts that will be showing up soon!~ And that means, more fun activities!~~Yaaay. I put up a new banner, and did a new colour layout. Look forward to these changes as they will happen frequently. I'm already up to 3 banners:

So when I change the blog banner, I will change the colours to match. So on to the next detail, PREVIEWS of upcoming posts!~

The next blog will be about: A Daily Passport
(I'm actually excited about this, because this activity happened to me!)

Then after that, it's all about KITES!~~

So keep checking back in!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

~Rearranging Your Room~ (Spring Event)

Now, I know how some of us like to postpone "spring cleaning", and I've been one of these "postponers", but I would like to convince you why this is needed and also fun. I have found that I can get more inspired by cleaning a room, when I have the intention to rearrange it. They have a name for this, "Feng Shui" or something relatively close to that, and the whole concept behind it is to reinvigorate a room, stir up it's atmosphere and refresh everything! This goes well with Spring, because Spring is Mother Nature's Feng Shui!~

I believe everyone leaves behind a residue, especially strongest in places they reside most. The residues can vary from happy, refreshing, tired, tension-filled, so it's important to flush out excessive residue especially if it's negative. You'd be surprised how much the residue you leave behind can affect you.

Rin's Feng Shui!~

Here's a list of how I clean out atmospheres:

1.) Turn on some music. (You will be happy doing something tedious when your favourite music is in the background).

2.) Draw a picture to make a map of how you'd like your room to be situated and then start moving things, don't be afraid to move things around a lot, because you'll get the most out of your room that way.

3.) Wash all curtains, and bedspread. Flip your mattress over. (There's nothing like settling into a fresh bed)

4.) Open the windows and AIR OUT the room!!!

5.) Dust, vacuum, and don't forget under things or the corners.

6.) Bring in some flowers or houseplants. (There has been research on this, plants inside make you happier!!)

7.) Fragrance!! But try to keep it light, rooms can get stuffy with too much fragrance, so choose wisely. Also, some scents can help produce an atmosphere, such as calming, or fresh. So it's fun to pick out scents depending on what atmosphere you want!

8.) This is the most important!! After you finish rearranging/cleaning...PLAY! RELAX! Enjoy your new space!~

I just recently started doing this, I'm doing it in chunks, because my time is limited, and I don't like to overwork. I tend to play, more than I do work, but I have absolutely been overjoyed about my room lately since I have started.

BY THE WAY!~ I can't wait until spring!!~

Friday, February 5, 2010

~Puzzles~ (Rainy Day/Inside Event)

Some people nowadays overlook the pure fun and joy of doing a puzzle. I have always loved puzzles and I still do! They are great to do with a friend or loved one, and since puzzles can have a long duration until completion, they are wonderful for a quick sense of accomplishment, as well as a stress-reducer. There are so many types of puzzles, different sizes, and different pictures! I remember when I was little I would do these huge 500-1000 piece puzzles with my mum, in which she did most of the work (haha). I also remember fondly playing with my little brother, and the frustration of having a missing piece or not enough space to fill out the puzzle. That is one good point to having puzzles on the internet, the pieces are all there and you don't need a lot of space!~ :P Brain teaser puzzles can be fun too, but I find them highly annoying, I like the picture puzzles the best!

Did you know:
~Puzzles were first created in the 1760's by European cartographers (map makers) who would paste up a map and cut it into pieces so as it could be a geographical education tool for little kids.

~Puzzles were first made in wood, then later where made in wood and cardboard.

~Puzzles were very popular in the Great Depression, because they were a cheap way to have fun for many days and then families would break their puzzles down and share with other families.

~First wooden puzzles were cut by a saw, thus receiving the title "Jigsaw Puzzle", but then later on when cardboard was introduced, metal die casts (sort of like metal cutting boards) which were two metal plates pressed together became a popular cutting method. Modernly with the access to printing styles like lithographers, pieces can be printed out.

~Puzzles back in the early 20th century did not come with a picture guide at all! That was part of the fun was to see what the picture was when it was completed. The puzzle would have a title and that would be the biggest hint.

~Puzzles were first made only for kids, then they were broadened to encompass adults as well! So you see, adults can still be interested in kid activities!!! ^_^

As much as I love to do puzzles online, there is just something about holding the puzzles in your hands and gazing upon a pile of puzzle pieces on the floor. And also I love the smell of a new puzzle! :D I already know I'm weird. :P