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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 French Toast


    French toast recipe
    Serves 2
    1 large egg, beaten
    300ml milk
    1 tsp vanilla extract or ½ tsp cinnamon
    4 thick slices white bread (NOT FRESH BREAD)
    2 tbsp butter
    Toppings of your choice (such as 2 tbsp maple syrup or honey, or 2 tsp caster sugar)
    How to make French toast!
    In a wide dish, whisk the egg, milk and vanilla or cinnamon together. Coat one side of the bread slices in the liquid, then carefully flip them over and leave them to soak for 1-2 mins.
    If the bread isn’t very fresh you can leave for a few mins more. You want the eggy milk mixture to be absorbed into the bread but not so much that it falls apart.
    Melt 1 tbsp of the butter in a large non-stick pan over a medium heat and add two slices of the soaked bread. Cook for 5 mins or until golden, then turn to cook the other side for another 5 mins. Transfer to a plate and cook the other two slices in the rest of the butter.
    Cut the bread on the diagonal and divide between 2 plates, then add your toppings. A drizzle of honey or maple syrup works really well, or a sprinkling of cinnamon mixed with sugar. Add some jam, fruit compote or a few slices of fresh fruit or berries if you like. You can even turn it into dessert with the addition of crème fraiche or ice cream.


  •  Google Search Tricks
    1. Use quotes to search for an exact phrase
    This one’s a well-known, simple trick: searching a phrase in quotes will yield only pages with the same words in the same order as what’s in the quotes. It’s one of the most vital search tips, especially useful if you’re trying to find results containing a specific a phrase.
    2. Use an asterisk within quotes to specify unknown or variable words
    Here’s a lesser known trick: searching a phrase in quotes with an asterisk replacing a word will search all variations of that phrase. It’s helpful if you’re trying to determine a song from its lyrics, but you couldn’t make out the entire phrase (e.g. “imagine all the * living for today”), or if you’re trying to find all forms of an expression (e.g. “* is thicker than water”).
    3. Use the minus sign to eliminate results containing certain words
    You’ll want to eliminate results with certain words if you’re trying to search for a term that’s generating a lot of results that aren’t of interest to you. Figure out what terms you’re not interested in (e.g. jaguar -car) and re-run the search.
    4. Search websites for keywords
    Think of the “site:” function as a Google search that searches only a particular website. If you want to see every time TIME.com mentioned Google, use the search “Google site:TIME.com”.
    5. Search news archives going back to the mid-1880s
    Google News has an option to search over 100 years’ worth of archived news from newspapers around the world.
    6. Compare foods using “vs”
    Can’t decide between a burger or pizza for dinner? Type in “rice vs. quinoa,” for example, and you’ll receive side-by-side comparisons of the nutritional facts.
    7. Filter search results for recipes
    If you search your favorite food, and then click “Search Tools” right under the search bar, you’ll be able to filter recipes based on ingredients, cook time and calories. It’s the perfect tool if you have certain dietary restrictions.
    8. Use “DEFINE:” to learn the meaning of words—slang included
    Streamline the dictionary process by using, for example, “DEFINE: mortgage.” For words that appear in the dictionary, you’ll be able to see etymology and a graph of its use over time alongside the definition. Google will even sift the web to define slang words or acronyms. Try out “DEFINE: bae” or “DEFINE: SMH”.
    9. Tilt your screen by searching “tilt”
    This is one of the fun additions built in by Google engineers. Try it out yourself (search without quotes).
    10. Play Atari Breakout by searching it on Google Images
    The legendary brick breaker game is available for easy access on Google. Just search “Atari Breakout” (without quotes) on Google Images and enjoy.
    11. Search images using images
    Ever come across a photo that looks strangely familiar? Or if you want to know where it came from? If you save the image, and then search it on Google Images (with the camera button), you’ll be able to see similar images on the web.
    12. Press the mic icon on Google’s search bar, and say “flip a coin” or “heads or tails”
    The feature released last month lets Google flip a coin for you when you don’t have one on hand.
    13. Press the mic icon on Google’s search bar, and say “give me a love quote” or “I love you”
    The love quote generator is also a feature released last month for those in need of a little romance.

     

  • "HOW TO STOP YOUR GLASSES STEAMING UP"

    As we're told we have to wear facemasks in shops, Specsavers have given advice to glasses wearers to stop them from steaming up.

    1. Make sure your mask fits snugly
    A tightly fitting mask is the first thing that you need to check for. Not only does this help to keep you protected against any airborne particles, but it also stops too much breath from escaping and fogging your lenses.

    2. Secure the mask around your nose
    Securing your mask around your nose is another way to limit the amount of breath that escapes upwards. Try moving your mask further up your nose (if this is comfortable for you) and resting your glasses on top of it to help seal the mask.

    3. Think your mask is too big? Tighten it with the ear loops
    If your mask doesn’t fit tightly, you can try adjusting it yourself. If you have enough slack in the ear loops, try twisting them into an ‘X’ shape and then putting them around your ears.

    4. Stop your glasses from slipping down your nose
    Glasses constantly slipping down your nose can be a pain, so why not try wrapping the string of the mask around the sides of your glasses rather than your ear. This might help to make your glasses and mask more secure — just be careful when taking off your glasses as the mask will be attached.

    5. Breathe downwards into the mask
    Instead of fiddling with your mask and trying to adjust it, you might find that changing your breathing helps just as well. To prevent your glasses from steaming up, try to push the air downwards when you exhale. It might take a bit of getting used to, but once you’ve got the hang of it, it’s a pretty simple solution.

    6. Clean your lenses
    It might be that your lenses are prone to fogging if it’s been a while since they had a good clean.

    7. Adjust your glasses
    It may seem a little counterintuitive, but pushing your glasses down on your nose slightly will create more space between your lenses and your eyes, allowing for more air to circulate and keeping your breath from fogging up your vision.

    8. If all else fails, switch to contact lenses
    If none of the above tips are helpful, it might be worth switching to contact lenses for the time being. This eliminates any worry that your vision might be impaired by steamy lenses, which is especially important if you’re at work where it might be difficult to keep defogging your lenses.

    #covid19 #coronavirus #facemasks #howto

  • Make a Face-mask from a Sock

  • DYED SALT
    This play recipe is hands down the easiest and least expensive I’ve ever make 😍. It makes the perfect sand like texture with the most beautiful colors. Salt trays are amazing for practicing pre-writing skills (the skills necessary to learn how to write). Kids don’t even realize they are learning. It’s just all fun and games . 

    YOU ‘LL NEED:
    Table salt
    Food coloring
    Zip close bag or container
    Tray


    INSTRUCTIONS: 
    Pour a bit of salt into a zip close bag. 
    Add a few drops of food coloring to the bag. The more you add, the deeper the color will be. 
    Remove all the air from the bag and close it well. 
    Shake until all of the salt is evenly coated. 
    Pour out the salt onto a tray and let it dry a few minutes. 
    Shake the tray to make an even layer of salt and practice writing . 
    You can skip the coloring part if you pour the salt over a colored tray. It will be just as fun and effective

  • Our "How To" this morning was "How to make a stress ball"

    It's ridiculously easy and you can get the kids involved too!
    Feeling a little stressed out lately? We've got you covered. Meet your new best friend, Mr. Squishy Stress Ball.
    1. Balloons 
    2. Rice or flour
    3. Funnel
    4. Scissors 
    Directions:
    1. Stretch out your balloon. (Pro tip: Simply blow it up for some extra stretch.)
    2. Choose your filling: rice or flour.
    3. Stick a funnel into the neck of the balloon.
    4. Slowly fill the balloon. Pour slowly to avoid clogging the neck of the balloon! If it does clog, use a pen or pencil to clear the opening.
    5. Remove the funnel from the balloon and let out as much air as you can. (Pro tip: To release the air, pinch near the neck and separate your finger and thumb slightly. Too wide an opening can blow flour everywhere.)
    6. Tie the neck of the balloon closed tightly.
    7. Snip off the excess rubber.
    8. Grab your second balloon, and snip off the end.
    9. Grab your last balloon, and snip the end, leaving enough to tie.
    10. Tie the end, and voila! You've made yourself a squishy stress ball.
    Simple!
    #howto
    #isolationstation

     

  • Our "How To" this morning is.....
    How To Make Your Home Smell Amazing
    !

    The scent is one of the first things that people notice about your home.
    You know how you notice a weird smell when you get home from a holiday? That’s what your house smells like all the time to people who don’t live there. That’s because the longer you’re exposed to scents, the less you’re able to notice them. It’s called sensory adaptation, or informally, “nose-blindness.”

    1. Add essential oils to your air filter
    Next time you want to make your whole house smell fresh, try putting a few drops of high-quality essential oils on your air filter. Your home’s systems will push the scent throughout the house and make everything smell great, plus essential oils are said to have natural healing properties. They’re also free from chemicals and unnatural fillers.
    Lemon, lavender, and clove are just a few scents that will freshen your whole home plus provide benefits such as relaxation and cleansing qualities.
    2. Simmer potpourri on the stove
    Dusty potpourri in little bowls might be passé, but simmering some on the stove is a great way to make your house smell lovely.
    There are tons of great recipes for stovetop potpourri. Try lemon with vanilla and rosemary for that clean smell, or cinnamon, orange, and apples for autumn coziness.
    3. Clean your disposal
    That funky smell in your kitchen might be coming from your disposal.
    It’s pretty easy to get it smelling good again. To achieve this trick, gather old orange or lemon peels and put them in ice cube trays with water. Then freeze everything together and run it through your disposal. The ice cubes are naturally abrasive to help clean your disposal blades, while the peels offer natural, chemical-free deodorizing.
    4. Sprinkle baking soda on carpets
    Regular old baking soda has natural deodorizing properties and it costs next to nothing. To keep carpets smelling fresh, especially in high traffic areas like family rooms and hallways, try sprinkling a bit of baking soda and letting it sit for at least 15 minutes. Vacuum as normal and enjoy the clean, odor-free air.
    5. Make your own room freshening spray
    Commercial room freshening sprays aren’t just expensive and unnecessary — they’re also made with potentially harmful chemicals. Instead, try making your own with water, alcohol, and real essential oils. Spritz generously when you have company coming or when you just need a little pick-me-up for your nose.
    6. Put vanilla in your oven
    Need to make your house smell good in a hurry? Head to your pantry.
    Create a heavenly scent by adding two capfuls of vanilla extract into a mug or other oven-safe dish and bake at 300 for one hour.
    7. Add an air freshener to your air vent
    Those air fresheners for your car work at home, too.  Try clipping a car air freshener onto each one to disperse the fresh scent.
    8. Use a DIY cleaning spray
    Save some money when you make your own multi-purpose cleaning spray at home. A DIY spray made with white vinegar, citrus peels, and herbs can clean most things and it won’t pollute the air. It’s a win-win.
    9. Add dryer sheets to your bin
    Bins can get pretty stinky. Keep them from stinking up the house by adding a dryer sheet into the bottom to absorb some of the odours.
    10. Stick votive candles in coffee beans
    Chances are you have some of those votive candles around. Make your home smell wonderful by placing a few lit votives in a container of whole coffee beans. It’s a natural, safe way to keep your house deliciously odor-free.
    11. Decorate with eucalyptus leaves
    Real eucalyptus leaves aren’t just pretty — they also emit a pleasant smell that can help to freshen up your entire house. Keep some in a vase in the bathroom for pretty and effective deodorizing where you need it most.
    12. Tape dryer sheets to a box fan
    Quickly deodorize an entire room by making your own cheap diffuser. Simply tape dryer sheets to a fan and turn it to high for instant freshening.
    13. Bake cookies
    This solution is both effective and delicious. Fill your home with the sweet scent of cookies by baking a batch or two! 
    14 Spray stinky runners with dry shampoo
    That pile of runners by the door might be contributing to the stink. Spritz dry shampoo spray onto the soles of your shoes to make them less smelly.
    15. Diffuse essential oils
    Plug in air fresheners are pricey and unnatural. Instead, switch to all natural essential oils. You can buy a diffuser for daily room freshening that’s chemical-free and safe for kids and pets.
    #howto #isolationstation

     

  • HOW TO - Make a Pop-up Card

    These fold out cards (there'd plenty of other designs too) will keep the children busy for hours!

     

  • Our "How To" this morning is "How to make a Galaxy Jar!"

    It's a perfect sensory bottle or calm down jar craft that kids and adults alike will love.
    Depending on the size of the galaxy you are making, you may need as many as 3 bags of cotton balls. Since they are cheap, especially if purchased in bulk, it’s a good idea to stock up.
    What you’ll need...

    • Clean glass jar with a lid
    • Tempera paint (at least 2 colors)
    • Cotton balls
    • Fine Glitter
    • Water

    HOW TO MAKE A GALAXY JAR
    1)Fill 1/3 of the jar with water to begin!

    2) Add several drops of acrylic tempera paint to the water, put the lid on your mason jar, and shake to mix the paint and water.

    3)Add a bit of fine glitter to the water and paint solution.
    These are stars in your galaxy! A silver glitter would twinkle nicely, don’t you think!

    4)Stretch out and elongate your cotton balls, adding them to the water until the bottom is filled with cotton, pressing them down into the water with a stick or a knife.

    Fill another 1/3 of the jar with water and add several drops of contrasting tempera paint.
    Repeat steps 2-4 so your colours start to mix and blend into each other.

    Fill the final 1/3 of the jar with water and repeat steps 2-4.

    Now you have created a GORGEOUS Galaxy Jar!

    #howto #isolationstation #galaxyjar

  • HOW TO WITH ROB AND LAURA’

    KEEPING COOL AT NIGHT IN A HEATWAVE

    1) Wear cotton pyjamas
    Surprisingly, it's actually better to wear pyjamas rather than sleep naked - as long as they're made of cotton.
    These will allow your skin to breathe and will soak up any rogue sweat.

    2) Invest in a good fan or chillow
    Sleeping with the fan on isn't best advised, but you can certainly cool yourself down before bed or put one on a timer. Alternatively you could buy yourself a heat regulating pillow like a chillow.

    3) Keep plenty of cold water by your bed
    You're more susceptible to dehydration during hot weather, so combat this by keeping plenty of water in your room. This will help you stay cool in the night, as well as hydrate you. You could even pour some over yourself if you overheat during the night.

    4) Spray your bedsheets with water or put your pillowcases/sheet in freezer
    If you're really struggling, spraying your sheets and pillows with cold water before bed will cool you down when you attempt to sleep, alteranatively putting pillowcases /sheets in the freezer is a deadly trick for keeping cool at night.

    5) Cool yourself down in shower before bed
    Having a cold shower before bed will make a significant impact on lowering your body temperature. If you don't have time, you could also wet your hair, feet and back of the neck to cool yourself down.

    6) Keep your room cool during the day
    Keeping your curtains shut during the day should ensure that your room stays cooler than if the sun is allowed to shine inside.

    7) Switch off all electrical devices in your room
    Electrical devices emit heat, so it's worth ensuring all sockets are unplugged or switched off before you go to bed.

    8) Avoid alcohol and caffeine
    You may be longing for a cold beer or a chilled white wine spritzer. But you should avoid alcohol because it dehydrates the body. You are better off with mineral water or low-sugar fizzy drinks. Also, avoid drinks with caffeine such as coffee and colas. These increase the metabolic heat in the body.

    9) Don’t eat too late
    Eat small meals and eat more often. The larger the meal, the more metabolic heat your body creates breaking down the food. Don’t eat too late.

    10) Don’t exercise too late
    Slow down and avoid strenuous activity which will stimulate your body and raise its core temperature. If you must go jogging, do it during the coolest part of the day, which is usually before 7am and don’t exercise in the couple hours before trying to sleep

  • Our "How To" this morning on EAST COAST FM is "How To Save Money" This is a really interesting and helpful article if you want to save a few quid!

    https://rollercoaster.ie/family/50-ways-to-save-money/

  • How to make a homemade fly trap with bottle and honey :)

    Luring flies to a trap is the hardest part. Luckily, they're attracted to anything sweet...simple syrup, honey, and fruit...so you shouldn't have to look too far to find something sugar-y enough to entice them.

    We used honey as bait in our fly trap but old fruit (apple chunks, for example), syrup, and simple syrup works too. Add a splash of vinegar to keep bees out of the trap. The goal: Flies will smell the bait and fly into the bottle to get to it. Once inside, they won't be able to fly up the narrow opening, eventually trapping and killing them.

    Here, follow this easy step-by-step to make a homemade fly trap:

    Cut a water or bottle, making the bottom half slightly taller than the top. Remove the bottle cap.
    Fill the bottom with water. Add a splash of vinegar to ward off bees. Also maybe add a few drops of washing up liquid to the water because it breaks the surface tension of the liquid, making it easier for flies to fall in and drown.

    Stick the top half upside down in the bottom, so that it looks like a funnel. Spread honey, syrup, or sugar water around the mouth of the bottle, or fill with decomposing fruit.
    To hang your trap, punch two holes at the top of the bottle. Then thread a piece of wire or sturdy string through the holes, attach the ends, and hang it wherever you please.

    As long as the problem persists, empty out dead flies and add fresh bait regularly.
    Best of all, this trap also works to lure and kill wasps. Most wasps are also attracted to sweets, so honey, syrup, and sugar water will work for them.

  • How to with Rob and Laura - Boil an Egg

    Learn how long to boil an egg for to achieve the perfect consistency, whether you're after runny yolks or hard-boiled.

    Put the room temperature eggs into boiling water. When done, scoop the eggs out of the pan and put them in a bowl of cold water (if you’re not eating them straight away) to prevent them cooking any further.

    How long to boil an egg:
    5 minutes: set white and runny yolk – just right for dipping into
    6 minutes: liquid yolk – a little less oozy
    7 minutes: almost set – deliciously sticky
    8 minutes: softly set – this is what you want to make Scotch eggs
    10 minutes: the classic hard-boiled egg – mashable but not dry and chalky

  • Our latest "How To with Rob & Laura" was some tips on how to write a cover letter. 

    Keep it Short: Research shows that short letter work best.

    Don’t Waste Money on Expensive Paper: Plain white paper is absolutely fine! The content is far more important.

    Make it Easy to Read: A company’s hiring team will be extremely busy so don’t make it difficult to read. Ensure your cover letter is clear and concise.

    Use Action Words: These positive words help give your cover letter extra impact. For example, instead of saying ‘I have to carry out a study’, say ‘I devised and prepared a study’.

    Don’t Rely on Spell-check: Spell-check does not pick up everything! For instance, you could write ‘to’ instead of ‘too’ and it will go unnoticed by the program but not by the hiring manager! Reread your cover letter several times before submission.

    Personalisation: Make the hiring manager feel as if the letter is addressed to the company he represents as opposed to the typical generic dross he reads. Try and find the name of the person likely to read the letter and address it to him.

    Make Sure You Relate Your Skills to the Role: If the job calls for problem solving, communication and team working skills (and virtually all corporate jobs do to some degree), show that you possess these skills and outline how you have used them to great effect in a previous job.

    Show Knowledge of the Company: By showing you have gone the extra mile; you will immediately mark yourself out as one to watch. Hiring managers love candidates that display knowledge not only of the company but of the industry it is involved in.

    Write Like a Human: Instead of going down the path of jargon, clichés and general corporate speak, use your own words as it will read a lot better.

    Outline Your Availability: Tell them when you’re ready to begin working. Be as flexible as you can.

    Flattery Gets You Everywhere: There is nothing wrong with a little flattery as long as you are not too cloying. You can casually state that the company is ‘a leader in its field’ rather than gushing about how it is a ‘giant in its industry’.

    Be Enthusiastic: Although you must come across as a professional, it is also important to show some degree of excitement in your cover letter if possible. It will brighten the day of the hiring manager forced to read 63 templates. Just make sure you sound authentic.

    If you're applying for a job we wish you the very best of luck.

     

  • How to make a snow globe

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

    HOW TO
    – – – – – – –
    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.

     

  • "How" to set up a Netflix account:

     

  • 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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