In case you’re still living in a fidget spinner or slime world, squishies are brightly colored foam toys that come in a variety of shapes and sizes, from a tiny panda face on a key chain to some fake-but-looks-real sushi. The shapes and varieties are endless. Some are scented with bakery-appropriate flavors like strawberry or peaches and cream. As the name suggests, their most important quality is their immensely satisfying texture. Squeezing a squishy is like crushing a loaf of Wonder Bread between your fingers, only to watch it magically re-inflate back to its original form. I have to admit that I am inside the squishy bubble now, joining Cass and Drama Queen!
Squishies are on their way to becoming the next big toy craze in the US, according to toy-store owners interviewed by New York Magazine and the New York Times. So far they’re being marketed, much like fidget spinners, as a way to relieve stress and anxiety.
When we were back in Ipoh during the recent school holidays, I brought Cass to Kinta City shopping mall to claim her reward. Apart from some novels and a few rounds of claw machine games, I also bought her a squishy as her reward. The squishy stall is on the first floor concourse of the shopping mall, outside Aeon. It’s been there for at least 2 years. Drama Queen shopped for her primary school bazaar’s lucky draw prizes from this stall 1.5 years ago. The range of colorful and oh so squeezable squishes is pretty wide and not only can a child go crazy at the stall, adults too.
Cass’ pick was this little pink paw, which is extra squishy, soft, squeezable and highly re-inflatable. No wonder Cass loves squeezing it, I love it too! After paying for the paw squishy, we both had a tug of war over who gets to squeeze the paw 😆
Super satisfying! Good stress and anxiety buster too.
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Ask anyone what the most stressful things in life are, and you’re pretty likely to get the same few answers. Starting a new job, having a baby, getting married, and perhaps the most common of all, moving house. If you know anyone who tells you that moving house is not a stressful experience, then they are either lying or that have figured out some kind of incredible secret! No matter what you do, moving house is always going to come with its fair share of stress and difficulty. But is there nothing that you can do about it? Do you really just have to put up with the stress of it all and hope for the best? Of course not! There are plenty of things that you can do that, while they might not take all the stress out of it, can make things a great deal easier. Here are some ways to take some of the stress out of moving home.
Deal with the boring stuff first
When you’re moving home that usually means that you’re dealing with various contracts and legal complications that come with renting, buying, or selling a home. Make sure to deal with all of those things as quickly as possible. It might be tempting to put them off, but in the end, that’s just going to make your life more stressful overall. There are plenty of ways that you can make a lot of legal stuff less complicated and difficult as well. Hiding your head in the sand might be tempting, but it’s going to make things far once in the long run.
Don’t do it alone
The worst thing that anyone can do when they’re moving home is to try and do it completely by themselves. It might not seem like that much of a gargantuan task, but it is often far more difficult than you initially expect. Even just knowing where to start when it comes to packing everything up can be a challenge. But once you have everything packed away then you have to deal with the logistical difficulties of getting it to somewhere new. If you’re not in the position to drive a moving van from one place to the next, then you could be looking at multiple trips, depending on the size of your car. Hiring movers might seem like a drastic option, but it really can make all the difference in the world. Companies like Bekins Moving Solution are professionals, and they know exactly how to pack, store and transport your belongings in the most efficient and safest way possible. There are some movers who will even pack and unpack your boxes for you, allowing you to focus on getting settled into your new place. Of course, if you don’t have the budget for a crew of movers, you could always just bribe your friends with pizza and get them to help. Any number of extra hands can make the whole process much easier.
No matter what you do, your move is always going to be a pretty stressful time. However, by doing whatever you can to plan carefully and understand exactly what needs doing, you’re going to be able to make the whole process that much easier on yourself.
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