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    'How to' with Rob and Laura If you’re struggling to find things to do maybe for yourself or the children.... then why not join Rob and Laura every Tuesday & Thursday morning for Rob & Laura’s “How To”

    They'll teach you how to make fun stuff for the kids like slime, how to create a jigsaw from scratch and even some quick and easy baking recipes.

    For adults they'll cover other areas, like how to tie a tie, how to write a cover letter if you’re looking for work..... and if you're looking for something new to watch......how about a guide on how to set up your Netflix, Amazon Prime or Disney Plus account.

    Whatever it is, they've got it covered so don't miss Rob & Laura’s “How To”.... Tuesday & Thursday mornings on Freshly Squeezed here on Wicklow’s favourite radio station East Coast FM

  • How to make a snow globe

    YOU WILL NEED
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    A jar
    Lego figure and blocks
    Glitter
    Super Glue
    Glycerine (optional)
    Bathroom sealer (optional)

    HOW TO
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    1. Build your Lego scene. Make sure that it will fit in your jar!

    2. Soak the label off your jar and give it a good clean.

    3. Sprinkle a teaspoon of glitter into the bottom of the jar. Make sure it’s not the super-fine glitter as this will just float on the top of the water.

    4. Apply Super glue to the bottom of your first piece of Lego.

    Please note: because your snow globe is submerged in water, the bond may become loose over time.

    5. Press the Lego block firmly to the underside of the jar lid. Allow to dry.

    6. Fill your jar with water right to the brim (you want as little air as possible in your jar). Screw the lid tightly onto the jar. Yay! Job done!

    Lego snowglobes

    Lego snowglobes

    TOP TIPS:

    ++ Once you have glued the Lego block into place using Super Glue you can run waterproof sealer around the rim of the jar if you want to. This will help keep the lid in place and also help create a waterproof seal.

    ++ You can add about a tablespoon of glycerin to the water inside your jar. This will thicken the water so the bits of glitter float more slowly to the bottom.

    ++ For some reason (that I can’t explain) I found using cooled boiled water was a lot better than using water straight from the tap. If I used water from the tap (hot or cold) I found that the glitter clung to the lego pieces. Using cooled boiled water prevented this from happening!

    ++ If you are making these with under 3’s then use plastic jars instead.

  • HOW TO OVERCOME "QUARANTINE BRAIN"

    If you’ve been feeling forgetful, fuzzy or clumsy, you could have quarantine brain

    Two months of limited social interaction and spending a LOT of time in one place is starting to take its toll on our minds, with the hashtag #QuarantineBrain doing the rounds on social media last week.

    Psychologist Emma Kenny said “We are seeing the same people every day, are in the same surroundings and a lot of the challenges our brains are used to taking on – such as having to navigate to a new place or having to have a conversation with a stranger – have been erased from our daily lives.

    Silly mistakes
    Don’t worry if you keep making silly mistakes, your brain is probably overwhelmed with having to be a cook, cleaner, teacher, and accountant all at once.
    Try: Organisation is key if you are to prevent yourself from falling into this trap during lockdown. Set your morning alarm 15 minutes earlier so you have time to write a list of all the tasks you need to complete that day.

    Forgetfulness
    You are usually so organised, but the last few weeks have seen you getting to the top of the stairs, only to realise you have no idea why you climbed them in the first place.
    Try: Make a point of distinguishing between the weekdays. Maybe you always have pancakes on a Monday, or always go for a run on a Tuesday.
    Also, try escaping with a puzzle, doing a crossword or colouring in.

    Clumsiness
    A side-effect of anxiety is ­clumsiness, which means this long period of lockdown is starting to cause you more worry than you might realise.
    Try: Slow down and pay more attention to the present rather than always thinking ahead.
    If you find yourself distracted by negative thoughts, or have just knocked something flying across the room, stop and focus fully on an object near you, then try to think of about ten things you could use it for.


    Losing things
    Staying inside the same place for long periods of time interrupts our usual habits and routines and means our usual sharp ­memory is out of sync with its comfortable rituals.
    Try: Use colour. For example, use a bright blue hook to hang your keys on by the door.
    Then a red drawer handle for the place you keep all your home documents.

    Poor concentration
    You're having to read everything twice for it to make sense and can’t get through more than one ­episode of that Netflix boxset ­without losing interest.
    Try: Regular breaks are very important if you are working from home, whether it is making a cup of tea and having a chat with your partner, going for a walk or even watching an episode of a show on TV.
    In the evening, switch off your screens and do something physical, such as playing a game or doing some exercise.

    Irritability
    Your temper is fraying and you are finding every little thing your partner does annoying – even if they are siting perfectly still.
    Try: Be sure to get some “me time”. Make sure you structure in alone time for yourself every day.
    It can be a walk outside, a bath or even just reading in a room by yourself.

    Hope this helps!

    R & L

  •  ‘How To With Rob and Laura’ TOP TIPS TO MASTER YOUR ZOOM JOB INTERVIEW

    1. Choose your location Location is important. In our new work-from-home world, it's important to find a quiet location, where you can devote the time needed to complete the interview without interruptions.

    2. Check your lighting You want to make sure your lighting is in front of you since light from behind isn’t flattering. Try to ensure your face is clearly visible and if you’re sitting in front of a window during the daytime, close the blinds to prevent heavy backlighting.

    3. Do a tech test Virtual interviews can be done on a PC, laptop, tablet, or smartphone - as long as it has a front-facing camera and audio capabilities. That said, it's always a good idea to test your gear before starting the process.

    4. Practice While virtual interviewing isn't difficult, a little practice can help you prepare. Most on-demand interviews ask you to give your answer in just a few minutes, so it’s helpful to think about how you will illustrate your skills clearly in that timeframe.

    5. Bring notes Like any job interview, upfront research about the job and company is always a good idea. Spend some time thinking about how your skills align with the job requirements, and if it's helpful, take notes to use during the interview.

    6. Relax While a video interview might be a new experience for many, there are lots of similarities to a traditional interview setting. Preparing for the interview in many of the same ways you would in a traditional interview, and ensuring that you are comfortable and ready to go will help you keep your cool.

    7. Don’t panic if you have a technical hiccup While you should be able to iron these out by testing your equipment, occasionally you’ll still run into a technical issue, like background noise or another distraction. Instead of beating yourself up, try not to let it affect the interview. Just apologise for the interruption and continue with the question asked.

    8. Don't worry about eye contact with the camera Be yourself. Just like an in-person or phone interview, this is your chance to shine and share what you offer. Relax, have fun, and let your skills and personality do the talking! Most importantly, be authentic. And don’t worry about making eye contact with the camera. Just speak and focus in the way that makes you comfortable.

  • How to make a face mask 😷

    There are two different options below, depending on whether you have a sewing machine/fabric.

     

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  • Making Playdough

    #isolationstation
    Making Playdough
    Makes 1 coloured ball Prep 10 minutes
    You will need:
    8 tbsp plain flour
    2 tbsp table salt
    60ml warm water
    Food colouring 1
    tbsp vegetable oil

    Method
    1. Mix the flour and salt in a large bowl. In a separate bowl mix together the water, a few drops of food colouring and the oil.
    2. Pour the coloured water into the flour mix and bring together with a spoon.
    3. Dust a work surface with a little flour and turn out the dough. Knead together for a few minutes to form a smooth, pliable dough. If you want a more intense colour you can work in a few extra drops of food colouring.
    4. Store in a plastic sandwich bag (squeeze out the air) in the fridge to keep it fresh. You can make a batch of colours and give away as kids’ party bag favours or hold a playdough party for your child’s next birthday.

 

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