Getting stuck in a rut when you are a creative professional – or even just a workaday, routine-bound Jack of all trades – can be paralyzing, not just in regard to a project’s progress, but also in terms of morale. Nothing drains self-confidence (and your wallet) much faster than pristine white space staring back at you after feeble attempts at three paragraphs, or poorly color-coordinated shapes, or a note stuck in your head that you cannot make your balalaika sing.
The least you can do when the horror of blank page creeps us is leave your work space for the moment; the worst you can do – and it happens – is quit midstream. Many a creative genius were nipped in the bud before they get the chance to bloom and scent the world with their gifts. If you are somewhere in this orbit, you may want to make a hasty retreat to that one place that lets you relive the joy of being a child at play. It could be your comfort zone by the water’s edge, a hometown park, or your family’s den with your raucous family members playing traditional games.
Given the competitive nature of a consumption-driven society, play – like spending your 15-minute break by putting up your feet in a hammock with coffee in hand – has devolved into something that serious adults with serious jobs should not be caught in red-handed. Or, if adults do indulge themselves in it, it may have taken a form of something sophisticated like vacationing in Lake Como or cruising in the sunny seas of the Caribbean with margarita in hand.
Certainly, going on vacation to recharge depleted batteries is highly recommended, but you don’t need a hefty budget or chunk of vacation time to get into the mood. Ditch your usual work environment and get into something or someplace that evokes trivial pursuits. How better to accomplish that than to take out a well-loved family game and laze the time away in the warm company of family laughter and fun?
By distancing yourself from the pressing task at hand which you can accomplish by engaging in an absorbing game, you give your brain a chance to wander a bit. Several studies suggested that when the brain is idle, it is actually not ‘turned-off’ idle; it is in fact drifting away in the land of possibilities where there are no rules to consider, no choices that are labelled right or wrong, no limitations imposed by the society.
Scientists found that the brain should be given unstructured mental time between activities that require tremendous mental energy – creative professionals are oftentimes left feeling spent after completing a fulfilling task. The seemingly ‘mindless’ interlude a game presents is actually allowing the neural circuits to fire in unison, to communicate to every synapse, for more intuitive thinking. So if you are longing for progress and seeing nothing, it may be high time to hit ‘Start Game.’
A bassinet is a convenient place for your baby to sleep and since it is smaller and lighter than a crib, you can easily move it around your home so that you can keep your baby close to you. During the first few months of your child’s life, this is ideal because it is cozier and smaller than a crib and more like the womb. You want to make sure that you are choosing the right one so that you can be sure that your baby is comfortable, safe, and happy.
Consider the Safety of the Bassinet
When you buy a bassinet you want to check and make sure that it is Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association certified because these are put through rigorous safety standards to ensure that they are safe and solid. The mattress must fit snugly and there should not be any extra space between the edges of the bassinet and the mattress. The mattress should also be firm and nothing should be placed into it with your baby, such as stuffed toys.
Is the Bassinet Portable?
If you plan to move it around your home so that you can keep a close eye on your baby, make sure that the bassinet is easy to move around. You can find many types that are one wheels so you can easily push it from one room to the next. You want to make sure that the wheels can be locked so that when your baby is inside the bassinet does not roll away. Also, check the legs and make sure that they have solid locks on them to prevent them from collapsing when your baby is inside. On that same note, check the weight limits on the bassinet because you want to make sure that it is strong enough for your baby, especially if you use it as your baby grows and gets bigger.
Disney is said to be the most magical place on earth, but at the holidays, it becomes even more special. The park is decked out in its finest, and the characters don special costumes, helping to create holiday cheer at special occasions throughout the year.
If you are planning a trip to one of the Disney parks this year, consider waiting until you can visit during one of these holiday celebrations:
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
Halloween can be a scary time for little ones, especially with everyone dressed like ghost, ghouls and goblins. Not at Disney! The park gets dressed up in way that makes the holidays fun for all ages and leaves the scary monsters for the rest of the world. Kids are encouraged to dress up and to trick-or-treat after hours during this special admission. There’s also a special performance by Disney’s top villains in front of Cinderella’s castle, followed by the “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
Christmas is a magical time at Disney – even though you won’t see a winter wonderland at either the Florida or the California park. What you will see are plenty of Christmas lights, characters decked out in their holiday best, and Victorian carolers on Main Street. If you go to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, which is a special after-hours admission celebration, you’ll also be greeted with free hot chocolate, a light parade at midnight, and more.
Though the park doesn’t host a special Valentine’s Day celebration, it does get made over for the day and all the characters are in the mood for love. Cinderella’s castle is covered in pink from head to toe, and roses are draped over the side. The characters are dressed in their Valentine’s best, and you’ll find a lot of special Valentines for sale in the shops.