This week is national Hearing Awareness Week and I want to share the importance of raising awareness on hearing loss and what Sound Scouts can do to help. There is a number of hearing loss in my family and so early detection and being prepared is paramount for my family and I. Did you know that an estimated 1 in 10 children has a hearing loss? Early intervention is the key for children with hearing loss. When a child’s hearing loss is identified early, they have access to so many different tools for speech and language development, such as hearing technology. A long-range study has uncovered significant differences in the language abilities and education of children who are treated early.
I was recently introduced to an amazing app called Sound Scouts.
Sound Scouts is a game designed to test the hearing of young children, especially around the time they start Kindergarten. This app is a government-funded app and is aimed at children aged 4 years and older. Thanks to the government funding the app is free to use which is so awesome! As you all know I home-school my children so I want to make sure that my children are healthy, happy and above all can hear well which will then enable them to learn well and get a good education.
Sound Scouts was developed in collaboration with the National Acoustic Laboratories, it looks and feels like a game, however, it incorporates advanced scientific principles that enable it to detect a range of hearing problems. While Sound Scouts is based on science, it’s the game-play that encourages and enables a valid hearing check. By using animation and lots of vibrant colours and fun different scenarios, the test becomes much more fun for the children. My children love the game so much. By using the app, it has helped me to understand who in my family may need to do a re-test and who may need further investigation for potential issues. When I asked my children what their favourite part of the game was, they all said; “putting the cupcakes and rainbows on the hot air balloons”.
The Sound Scouts app identifies three different types of hearing issues and the fun test takes only 6-8 minutes. I was able to test six out of my 8 girls with ages ranging 5 years to 12 years and they all thoroughly enjoyed using the app. It’s all touch-screen too and it’s really easy to use. A couple of key points:
When using the app be sure to use decent quality adult headphones (Apple earbuds are fine)
Please don’t test young children at night as they’re usually too tired and may not be able to concentrate
Make sure an adult supervises the kids doing the test
Make sure you are testing in a quiet room
Don’t forget to turn your notifications off on your device before testing
Once the test is finished you will be sent the results straight away via the app and to your nominated email address. upon completion you will be told whether your child has passed the test or not. Don’t worry if your child doesn’t pass the test. The great thing about this app is that it allows you to re-test again in 7 days.
Take part in the ‘Once Is Not Enough’ challenge and test your family’s hearing with the Sound Scouts app.
The Sound Scouts app is Available on the App Store and the Google Play store
Martina has really enjoyed playing with her new colourful Grapat Palo pieces from Forever Toys
This 18 piece set contains 18 Palos. There is 6 different colours and 3 shades of each colour. This set will give your little one hours of magical play-time fun.
Martina absolutely loved the Palos and thought the colours were so amazing. She is learning her colours and numbers right now and it’s been really great for that but also for her fine motor skills too. When playing with these pieces, we also spoke about all the different colours and how pretty they were, she felt the texture of the wood and said; “Wow mum” “Love them” and then she seemed to be in her own little magical world with her new Palos friends. It was so beautiful to watch her play with them. I believe our children see beyond the colours and the textured feel of them and they imagine something so magical that no one else can see 🤩 Aren’t kids little imaginations amazing! 🥰
You can also place these on a corner table in your house and follow the different cycles of the year by talking about what all the colours mean and matching them up with the different seasons.
These will fill your home with so much colour and warmth and I believe will be treasured by all our little ones.
I can’t wait to show my Michael next 🥰
You can use my discount code: THISTRIBE10 for 10 percent of your entire order.
I hope you all had a wonderful day celebrating Australia day. I know I certainly did! Australia day was a big day for me as my family and I attended Queanbeyan park’s ‘ Australia day’ celebrations where I received my Australian citizenship, Finally after 13 years living in Australia, 32 kilos down and 9 children under my belt, I finally became an ‘official Aussie citizen’ and it feels so amazing! I’m so incredibly happy! I feel so proud to be a part of this beautiful country and I’m so excited for the future.
Australia day is also my anniversary of coming to Australia so the day was even more special for my family and I. I will cherish this special day forever. I even had my photo with Mayor Tim Overall which was lovely. It certainly was a fantastic day and one I will never forget. Thank-you Australia for welcoming me and accepting me into your beautiful country. I am forever grateful 🇦🇺🤩
I will never forget my British roots or where I came from and let’s face it I’m always going to sound British anyway 😂. After 13 years here, I finally feel like I belong. 🇦🇺
I am, you are, we are Australian 🇦🇺
A big Congratulations also to the the other 80 people in the Queanabeyan Palerang region who become Aussie citizens yesterday ❤
My story is also in The Canberra Times so make sure you grab a copy if you can. I’m editing a little video of the day that I will be posting on my Igtv in the next few days
It’s been a tough few days with my husband’s car being destroyed in the hail storm and then having to buy another car. We hadn’t planned on buying another car for a while but here we are 🤔 The kids are now also sick with bad colds and sore throats just days before my citizenship ceremony which is not great but that’s life!
2020 has certainly thrown us some big challenges already. Thank God I have my supportive family and my amazing faith that gets me through these really difficult days.
When people ask me; ” how do I cope with everything? I say; ” by the grace God I get trough my days! I do get odd looks from people when I reply but I don’t care! I’m not ashamed of my faith, nor am I ashamed of my beautiful family. I am proud of everything I’ve achieved. I will always be honest when people ask me questions about my life. Praying is really important to me. It gives me so much peace and clarification. I thank God for my blessings every single day. A rosary a day, keeps my mind at bay 🙏
I have also been asked; ‘Do you feel people’s assumptions about you and your family are heightened due to your faith? Yes, I believe it is in some cases but I say; ‘let people assume all they like, Ultimately people are going to assume things about you no matter what your life situation is. today’s Society can be a very dark and judgmental place. As long as you are all healthy and happy then that’s all that matters.🙌 I’ve also been asked; ‘Does blogging and faith work well together? I believe it does work well together because my faith gives more determination and motivation to talk about the things I’m most passionate about. I’m also in control of what I chose to do. If I’m offered work through my blog that makes me feel uncomfortable or it doesn’t align with my beliefs then I will politely decline. I seek guidance through prayer when I’m unsure about something. Before doing something, ask yourself “Does that spark joy? If something doesn’t feel right then don’t do it
As a busy mum of 9, I have found my blog to be really good for me and my mental health. The last 20 months have been so amazing. I have learnt so much along the way. I will certainly continue to share my journey with you all. Keeping it real always 🥰
For the past week or so I have been using the WHITE GLO activated charcoal powder and the activated charcoal deep stain remover toothpaste on my teeth and I must say, I am highly impressed with it! I am a big coffee drinker and have been for the past 11 years, and although coffee is life, it also stains your teeth which is not so good.
I have tried many different kinds of toothpaste over the years and the White Glo range is by far the best of them all! White Glo has quite a few different kinds of toothpaste and whitening powders in their range that you can try and they are all equally as good as each other but I find the charcoal deep stain remover toothpaste in conjunction with the activated charcoal powder is the most effective on my teeth. I really love that each White Glo toothpaste comes with a toothbrush too! They are so AWESOME!
I’m already seeing such good results after a week and will continue to use it! I will continue to share my results with you all. This Christmas is going to be very merry and white with my almost pearly whites 😁😂 Seriously though, I absolutely love this range Have you tried white glow before? You can find the White Glo range in most supermarkets and pharmacies. . Love Claire Xx . #gifted by Sweaty Betty PR
Over the years I have tried and tested so many creams and lotions and nothing has really worked on my dry skin but now I think I’ve finally something that works really works well and I’m excited to talk to you about it!
The Duit dry and foot heal roll-on balm for dry and cracked skin:
Wow! Guys this product is AMAZING! I’ve had dry and cracked feet for as long as I can remember and at times they have been really painful too. I started using the roll-on balm and within days I was seeing results! I was actually amazed! My skin is much smoother now and less dry and isn’t painful at all. You can see how much the skin has cleared and it’s only been a few weeks. I will definitely continue to share my progress on this one. This was by far my top product out of the range.
Duit tough hands for her: As a busy mum of 9 I’m always washing my hands which then for years had lead to me having really dry and sore skin. It would often bleed too which made me feel miserable. Again within days of using the cream, I was seeing big results! Since using this cream my hands aren’t even dry at all and they actually look youthful again. Overall I am very impressed and will continue to use it.
Duit Vitamin E face cream: Growing up I always had ‘good skin’ but then after having children, my skin became dry and patchy. I tried many creams and again nothing worked until I came across the vitamin E cream. This cream nourishes your skin leaving it feeling silky smooth and hydrated. I actually love it and will continue to use it. I would add a full review on my blog later tonight
Have you tried the Duit skincare rangebefore? ‘Stop thinking and just duit’ 😎
You guys know how much I love my unique pieces from @theartisangiftco ♡ Well, today I bring you this beautiful A2 animal English alphabet poster. The animals you see are hand-drawn by using watercolour paint. Not only is it beautiful to look at, but it’s also very educational too. My children are already enjoying naming all the animals on the poster. It’so cute to watch.
The foil letters you see are currently available in gold and rose gold options. You do also have the option to purchase a high-quality Teak Wooden Hanger to go with the poster. The A2 size hanger suitable for this poster is 42cm long, however, I purchased my own frame and I think it looks really lovely and matches my other frames perfectly.
This would be an ideal gift for Christmas or birthdays, or even a baby shower, or for a young child’s room or anyone who just adores animals! I love adding these sweet, beautiful and refreshing pictures in my home. The Regular price is $59.99 but they currently have a sale on across their website. You can save $11 on this particular product and only pay $48.99