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Life Hacks For Dyslexics 1, Why am I able to read on my phone better then from a book or computer screen - Sweet Bunny

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One evening I was laying in bed reading an article when it stroked me. Why was I able to browse through the article without my usual pauses?


Being dyslexic, having a hard time getting through books, magazines and almost everything word or number related is just a part of daily life. I get mentally drained after a few sentences and would need to take a break. I had a tendency to read the same line twice but thankfully I would always take notice and read the next line. I used to use my finger to guide my reading but in primary school, I was discouraged in doing so, well I guess the teacher didn't want me to be dependent on the tracing of words.

With further research online on why reading was so much easier on the screen of my phone, I stumbled upon an article stating that a professor who has dyslexia found it easier to mark his students' scripts when he scanned it and used a smaller screen to get through each document. Fewer words of text per line and shorter lines were the keys to enabling a dyslexic to read at a greater speed.  It is indeed very refreshing to find another trick in making reading easier for us. There is not a day that I don't use clever tricks to get by work and daily life.


 I can't speak for everyone who is dyslexic that this will work because we all have different types, combinations and are at spectrums of learning disability. We all learn in different ways, for example, I never like audiobooks, although I am an auditory learner, I find it annoying and disruptive and prefer to find out the pronunciation of only the words I don't know. The key to improving ourselves is finding the way that works for you, the method that makes you most productive.


In my teens, I was quite the bookworm but that came with a lot of training. My father constantly reminded me that our brain is a muscle in which practice makes perfect. He was right I kept on reading and in time my build up the stamina for it.  I was in a mainstream school and was able to catch up with a lot of hard work and help from my friends who gladly tutored me. However as I moved on to the working life and had less time to read I was back to square one, I lost the stamina. I guess to me reading is like a sport.


Don't ever give up, when there is a will there is a way. We might fail in our studies or in any other task we are given in life but no matter what don't stop trying to search for what you are good in and build up that strength. There is also no such thing as everyone knows that skill, it is too common, a skill is a skill and only you can do it your own unique style.

After I told my father about my "discovery" he bought me a  Kindle Paperwhite – Now Waterproof with 2x the Storage - 8 GB (International Version). I am very blessed to have such a supportive father. With the kindle, I can read more books without worrying that I will ruin my eyesight.







Dettol antiseptic cream - Is simply the best

Dettol is a very well known household brand of disinfectants.A vast range of products under the Dettol branding umbrella is readily available  products such as floor cleaners, disinfectant sprays, soaps. An impressive range but my favourite product is the Dettol antiseptic cream.

The 2 in 1 function of the cream is indeed genius, disinfecting wounds and cuts while moisturising the skin.The list of ailments that the cream treat is also astounding.Bug bites , minor cuts, minor burns and skin infections.What is lovely about the product is that the cream does not carry a strong scent and the texture is not sticky gliding on to your skin an adsorbs well into the skin.

I am on the clumsier side and do get paper-cuts, glazes and even burns occasionally. This cream has always came to my aid, a must have for any first aid kit.

 It even helped my colleague's nail infection, He proclaimed that after trying so many brands of antiseptic lotions but  Dettol was the most effective. I even used it when my loved one had abrasion rashes caused by the adhesive patch of his stoma pouch rubbing against his skin. It eased the itching and healed the sores and cuts, leaving the skin around the stoma clean and smooth which is an important factor when placing back the stoma during surgery.

Dettol Antiseptic Cream is easily found in pharmacies and supermarkets. It was very affordably price of SGD $4.35 for 30g. Please read the instructions before application just to be on the safe side.

Photo taken from http://www.dettol.com.sg



Treating nasty skin tags naturally

Skin tags are nasty bumps which usually appear on the neck and armpit areas. Although they are harmless, it sure is pesky and unsightly having these tiny lumps hanging around.

I do get skin tags from time to time and I found that the most effective and painless way to get rid of these is to use these 2 kinds of herbal treatments.


1) Tea Tree Oil- Tea tree oil works were very effective for me, the oil also used to help treat various skin disorders. Removing a skin tag is as easy as Soak the cotton wool in the oil and applying it directly to the affected area. Repeat this twice a day until the skin tag dries up and falls off.

 CAUTIONS: Please be aware that Tea Tree Oil does cause skin dryness, itching, stinging, burning, and even redness so do use a bit of it at a time don't apply an unnecessarily huge amount on to your skin.


A Simple Way to Sharpen Your Scissors

I enjoy doing crafts and other projects from time to time, however, the excessive use of the scissors has caused them to lose their effectiveness when completing tasks such as cutting paper and other materials.

The traditional way of sharpening a pair of scissors or any blade is by using a sharpening stone but with unskilled hands like mine, I may unwittingly cause damage to a good pair of scissors.


Thankfully I came across a life hack on Facebook that changed my life forever!!! Okay, that is a little too dramatic haha.

Sharpening your scissors is as easy as snipping away on a piece of aluminium foil!



How to tell the difference between fake and authentic perfume

Very interesting artical I came across on facebook . Thought I would share it here....

How to archive your planner in a cheap and practical way

We all know it is impossible to keep a whole year's worth of data in a Doki planner.The last week of January is approaching and my planner looks as if it's about to burst, that hinted me to think of solutions to 'archive' my planner in an orderly and cost-efficient manner.


I  went to my neighbourhood stationery store and browsed around the files section, I could never find the files with just the right alignment for the holes of the pages of my paper. This is when an idea struck me. Fasteners!