This time can be challenging especially if you don’t have the access to many stores because of quarantine. We are out of the country and haven’t been to a store in over two months. What does that mean for us? That means we have to be creative to keep the children busy and happy. We still want to go to the beach and we won’t let not having beach toys stop us. Here are 3 tips you can use to make free beach toys at home.
First, if you recycle then this should be easy for you. Most children just want to play in the sand. Scoop and dump sand in some sort of container. This should be easy. You find an empty container you aren’t using or box to allow them to do so. The other tool you will need to make this happen is to create a scoop for the sand to dump it in the box. Use a plastic or paper cup for scooping the sand. If you don’t have either try a bottle with a large opening or a top of an old spray can.
Next, use the beach as your toy box. Make it a treasure hunt with your children by searching for unique looking rocks or seashells. This can be a real joy if you get involved as well. Make prints in the sand with your feet and try to keep them from getting washed away by the ocean.
Last, Be sure to take breaks out of the sun. The sun can be harsh on our skin if in the sun for more than twenty minutes or so at a time. Pick a spot under the shade to play a game without technology. If you the beach has enough chairs and shade you can play a round of musical chairs. To create a speaker effect if you want to play some music to relax, stick your phone inside of a cup. It will instantly give it a speaker effect.
For our latest beach experience check out my last video on Youtube. I hope you all have a great and safe Memorial Day. For pictures check out our Instagram.
Let’s be real, living abroad equally has its perks and downsides. It is not in any way easier to live in another country. It is less expensive, of course, but that can’t be the only motivating factor for living abroad. In this unprecedented time, I think it is important to make sure you focus on your why no matter what your life situation is. Here I will share three reasons why I live in Colombia.
Building A Brand
Although I’m enjoying fun in the sun, I’m currently building a brand. Building a family brand that encompasses traveling, building an estate, and business. These components make up a larger life in my opinion than the one I was currently living. It brings joy for me to spend quality time with my family and work on my passions without the pressure of trying to maintain a decent American lifestyle. I can simply learn to be my most authentic self and teach my children to do the same while slowly making money and building an empire.
Experience New Culture
I had little to no experience traveling prior to making the decision to jump off the corporate ladder and move to South America. It was a bold and courageous move and I often reflect on where I was during that time. I have since grown and evolved into the person I am today and of course it hasn’t been an easy road. What I will say is that it has been a rewarding journey. It has shaped me into a more present person. I have enjoyed the culture here in South America and have appreciated how much more simple life can be with a few adjustments.
I could’ve easily stayed put in my house and my 9-5 job. I rode in style in a nice car and had anything and everything I wanted, but it wasn’t fulfilling. I needed more time to grow and evolve away from comfort – I needed to become uncomfortable to learn more about who I am and what I want out of life. I do believe things are temporary and can change. I’ve lived in Colombia for a year and four months, so things can relatively change in the future. I don’t know if I would consider this place my forever place, but it’s a nice place to live for a while.
I think it’s important to keep things in perspective when you start to feel frustrated with a place or life situation. Focus on your reason why. It doesn’t have to be traveling across the country – your struggles will still be with you no matter the location. Learn to appreciate the small lessons and live in the moment as best as you can. I wanted to gain more experience and learn new cultures – and I’m doing just that. For more content on this subject check out our Youtube Channel or follow us on Instagram.