We have just had parents evening for the girls and with Kylie being in her last year of primary school she will be having her SAT’S next year. Her teacher has said that she in below average, we knew she wasn’t the brightest in the class but to hear she is below average it kind of hurts. We are not in a position to be able to get her a tutor and teacher said the only way to get her up to standards is just to practice as much as we can. I did go and get a book from Wilko’s at £2 a book it’s not expensive but what happens after I have had to mark it myself and explain the best I can why an answer is wrong and either throw the book away and get another or save it and add more clutter to the flat.
That’s when I came across Education quizzes, an online quiz from KS1 right up to GCSE or should I say beyond as there is a bit for parents and not just a bit about what the kids do there is actual grown up quizzes, finally something for me as well, sad I know but it’s the little things in life that please me. The parent part is called ‘Parent 999’ and has quizzes from back to school to keeping brains healthy to understanding Asperger’s.
So back to the kid’s part as that’s what it’s all about sorry I just got a bit excited about being included too. We have mainly just played the KS1 and KS2 parts as that is what the girls are in now. KS1 subjects are a slightly different to the KS2 ones but so are the lessons at school. Amelia is in KS1 and had a go on a few subjects but as there are so many we haven’t gone on all yet for example English has over 100 quizzes for them to try and that’s one subject. As well as English and maths they have a separate section for spelling and times tables. I loved the fact they had times tables as they don’t introduce them at the girl’s school until they are in KS2 so Amelia will be able to have nearly a whole year head start.
KS2 do have subjects such as Citizenship and Music which will help them for when they do go into KS3. Both girls have really enjoyed playing the quizzes online and I love the fact that whether you get the question right or wrong it explains the reason for the answer, where most quizzes or tests children do it will just be a tick or cross and the child is none the wiser. All quizzes say the date that your child last done them and what their score was, which is great if you want to go back over a subject to see if they have improved.
A bit about Education quizzes
Education quizzes are written by teachers and are very upfront about the £9.95 monthly fee which can be cancelled anytime. They also offer a programme to schools where they can pay on behalf of the students for as little as £2.00 per year depending on the size of the school. Which is great as not every parent can afford the monthly fee. Their number one objective is to help children to be successful at school and to make learning fun and enjoyable.
You can find education quizzes @ www.educationquizzes.com
You can also check out there daily blogs HERE
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post all opinions are my own and not influenced by educational quizzes.
Emma and the girls x
'It's been a while, well in fact it’s been 6 months I can’t believe it where the hell has the time gone, sometimes you just get wrapped up in the day to day things of life and forget to share the important things.
But we are back to share our experiences with you.
So, what have we been up to in this last 6 months,
We have had birthdays all four of us, Amelia had a joint 6th unicorn party with her best friend and Kylie had a grown-up meal out with friends for her 11th and me my last year in my 20's so no party till next year for me. What else have we been up too, we have had lots of choir performances, we did 'rock the moor' a 80's festive which they hold in Cookham, Maidenhead every year, this was our first festival together and although it rained on and off all day it defiantly won’t be our last.
I'm looking through my pictures on my phone to help me remember, is that really bad?
I did my first ever race, the race for life Pretty Muddy, it’s a 5k run walk or jog but throughout the course there is obstacles you have to do like running through a river or going on space hoppers. It was such a great experience while raising awareness for cancer at the same time, it was so fun to do with the girls but I didn’t realise the amount of mud I would have to wash off, I had to shower twice and still didn’t feel clean but I would so do another, WATCH THIS SPACE!
Next is the biggest and best HOLIDAY!!! Sorry but I’m like a big kid I get more excited about our family holiday than I do Christmas. I love the sun, give me heat over cold any day. So, we had 11 days back in Fuerteventura, we went last year but enjoyed it so much and my friend has an apartment out there and stays for the summer so thought it would be great for the kids to spend a week together in the sun and make some memories, as well as us too, (Mainly of drinking alcohol and eating). We sure did make them and had an amazing time but this time I was the one who was burnt, little did I know it was caused by taking ibuprofen for my back and you’re not meant to take then in the sun, BIG fail at least I know for next time now.
We had a quite summer holiday and spent most of it at home having movie days and decorating the girl’s bedroom. The last week of the summer holidays was spent with Andy’s family in Weston super mere attending a anniversary party and spending time with the family that we don’t normally get to see very often as it is a 2 hour drive each way. Coming into September we had back to school, Amelia going into year 2 her last year in ks1 and Kylie going into year 6 her last year before secondary school, massively scary!! We had Kylies birthday at the end of that week, we went to our first ever boxing match that was very different but cool.
Which brings up to now, it’s been a good 6 months and I have missed writing this all down and missed the comments from people reading, so we are back and ready to share more.
Emma and the girls x
We were very lucky to receive a very unique product to review from the kind people at Photowall, that are based in Sweden but ship worldwide. I must admit when I ordered my product that I was a quick turnaround from ordering to receiving the product and I got an email and a text to confirm the date.
So, I bet from the name of the company you can guess what product I got………...a canvas but this is different because you have to put it together yourself. I liked the idea of this as it is quite fun putting things together, the thinking behind this is even better because it does come flat pack there is less chance of it getting damaged in transit as well as using less packaging, WIN WIN!
I was given a choice of anything from their whole range on their website of printed canvases, which they have a huge range from Unicorns to food and drink to space it is massive also you can choose your own image for them to print for you so I decided to do that as with us going on our family holiday, you seem to get so many pictures and never seem to do anything with them apart from leave them on your phone. We decided it would be nice to have one of us four, we don’t seem to have a lot of pictures of us for together so for us I thought it was more meaningful to have that than a print.
I ordered on the 2nd October but it was late in the evening as that’s how I seem to be rolling at the minute with all these secondary school visits but I’ll leave that for another time. Anyway, I ordered the 2nd and it was here on the 6th so very quick delivery which you also get a text to tell you what day, as it’s so annoying when you work or have something to do and you just pop to the shops to find out that a card has been put through the door ‘you missed your parcel’ ahhhh!
As I said earlier on it does come flat pack which can be a bit daunting but it comes with instructions that are both written and picture form, and were so easy to follow. The wood used for the frame smelt strangely beautiful and came with screws with plastic tops on them so you don’t even need a screw driver which is amazing if you like me and can never seem to find one when you need one.
Here is the canvas all done ………………….
I’m so happy with the outcome now we have a memory of our holiday to look at every day. So here is the best bit Photowall have kindly said that all my readers can have an exclusive 20% off anything on their website using the code photowallandemmacampaign2017 (valid for 2 months.)
You can find their website here www.photowall.com
Emma and the girls
I read a post on Facebook this morning, saying the government is going to give sex education to all 4-year-olds, at school and without the consent of the parents either.
My first thought on this having a 5-year-old daughter myself was, it's far too young!!! I decided that I needed to do my own research on this and find out the true facts rather than relying on opinions on Facebook. The first report I came across was from the I.T.V news page.
'Over the recent years, there has been a growing concern that the answers provided by search engines and websites aren't the lessons children should be learning.'
My problem with is statement is, is a four-year-old going to be asking a search engine this kind of question? I very much doubt they would be thinking this let alone being able to spell the words to put them into Google, I know my 5-year-old cannot spell education for sure!
To read the rest of this post click here to find it at parenting in abundance where I'm a guest blogger this week.
Emma and the girls x
Ironing the school uniforms and work clothes yesterday it had finally dawned on me that the half term was very nearly over, but we had a fun week on the cheap, and had 3 good days out all for under £60.
I love half terms or any school holiday for that matter, as I'm off work as well as having the girls at home. Normally this time of year we just stay in,the girls watch endless amounts of films, while I use the time to catch up on housework, doing all them shit jobs that I don't normally have time to do after work. But none of this work starts until we have a mammoth lay in, until about half nine. Please don't come at me with your pitch forks, I have been blessed with two very good sleepers from a young age, don't ask me how. Anyway none of that happened this week,we got up early and done what was need to be done cleaning wise, the girls are now at a age where they can do little thing for me like make their beds and washing up or helping to load the washing machine, and we met up with our friends from school.
We first went too a place called Black park, its woods with a massive lake in the middle, and a park and cafe. I had some kind man offer me a parking ticket as its all day parking so would of had to pay £2.50 for that. We decided to take the dogs with us,although mine decided to be sick in the car on the way so out went the car mat (not whilst I was driving though). She also decided to break her lead, by pulling too hard. Luckily it was at the end of our walk.
(Dog 2 - Me 0)
The next we went to a place called Jump In, it is an indoor trampoline park with individual trampolines and foam pit, an amazing idea to keep the kids entertained and burn of energy but these places never seem to have enough parking so I went and parked up the road even though the girls moaned at me. As it take a while to book seven kids in, our times were changed several times as it was so busy, in the end the kids had to have a 2 hour wait to be able to jump. I lost count how many time I heard "I'm bored" or "is it time yet?" But when they did have their hour they did thoroughly enjoy it. This was £14.50 for both girls as we had a buy one get one free voucher, I did also had to pay for socks in with this price but you do get to keep them so it is a one off price for them.
Next was Odds farm, We haven't been to a farm in years I honestly thought the girls were too big,but how wrong was I. They loved looking at all the animals especially, the baby ones that were only a few weeks old like the mummy pig feeding her piglets.
We decided to get monthly passes that worked out to £23 a month for 3 of us. Normal admission costs £13.50 for adults and £12.50 for child which would come to £38.50 for just one visit. So as long as we go at least once a month we are saving. The other mums have passes so we are planning to try and go on a Friday after school. So even if the weather is rubbish the kids can play on the soft play,which is huge. The slides on the other hand are petrifying with one that is a vertical drop and another that isn't far off. I'm so glad that I wasn't the only one that was shit scared, the girls said "no way!". So we got our mats and went on the wavy slide which was much more scaredy cat mum friendly.
Here is a low done on what we spent on our three days out, we only paid for drinks as we had food at home before we came out
Black park FREE
Jump In £14.50
Odds farm £23.00
On Friday we did arts and crafts at home including finially finishing upcycling Amelia's jewellery box which will be featured in our next blog post.
We would love to here what fun you got up to over the holidays,drop us a comment below to tell us.
Emma and the girls x
I did write a blog post last week but decided not to post it because I didn't feel it was quite right. Without further a do here is this week's post ..........
On Thursday I was lucky enough to be going to the theatre with mum and her friends,we try and do this at least once a year. This time we were going to go and see the West end show Kinky Boots.
I read a short review online and all I could remember is that 'it's from factory floor to Milan'. That's all I knew.
Boy was I in for a treat!!!
Based on the 2005 British film and book By Harvey Fierstein, inspired by a true story with music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper. I want to tell you sooo much that happens but I don't want to spoil the story for people that haven't seen it. So I will try and tell you as much as I can without spilling too much.
From start to finish I was totally amazed as a lady,well that's the polite way to explain myself,anyway what I'm trying to say is that I love anything that is girly colours or glittery so this was so up my street. I did not realise that there was any drag in it but I loved it!!
Not only was it funny, it does have a few life lessons by showing you not to judge and that you should accept someone for who they are not who others want them to be.
One I think is very true of today, how many time have you looked at someone and judged them by what they are wearing like,her over there she's stuck up or him over there he looking like a tramp,but we don't actually know their personality she could be the most kind and giving person in the world and that man over there cold have a heart of gold and put his life on the line for you. I know myself I am guilty of doing this but why do we do it and judge a book by its cover before we have even said hello to this person, so this will be the biggest life lesson to me and I am going to try my hardest to not judge until I know this person.
There was a few other quotes I will take back with me but this are on a more fun note.
'Sex is in the heel' and 'The most beautiful thing in the world' of course it has to be a shoe. If you are anything like me when ever I go shopping I always look at shoes mainly heels even though my wardrobe is FULL of them and half I don't even wear and the ones I do are not very often but still I yern for more why? Because I'm a women and that's what we do? Who knows?
I will defiantly say that I will remember this musical as one of the best I have seen.
Please feel free to comment with if you have seen this and what you think or if not if you would like to go see it. I really hope I have given you a snapshot of Kinky Boots and I am sooo sorry if I have given too much away.
It only takes that one person to talk about them, and that's it you feel itchy and make sure your hair is at least half a mile away from anyone's head around you. You know I'm gonna say it 'NITS',them dirty little things that like to crawl in your child's hair. If you have kids, at one point or another they will get the bloody things.
I must admit we have been fairly lucky with them. Kylie did have a little stint of them when she first started school, but as far as I can remember she hasn't had them in years. Then BANG twice in a matter of months,both children. So you treat these horrible little thing, by spending hours with a nit comb denitting your child. Tell them to keep their hair in, please keep your head to yourself, but oh no they have them back again, ahhhhhhhhh!!!
What can you do? Without shaving you daughters beautiful hair,which I know can be rather tempting at times, or to find the child who keeps on giving them to your child and chase after them with a nit comb. Apart from telling the school, which sometimes can be pretty useless, as all we seem to get at the moment is a few words in the weekly news letter 'please can you check your child's hair'. Which we all should be doing anyway. I honestly think that some of the old methods should be brought back,like if a child has them they should be send home until they are clear,they do it when they are ill so why can't it be the same for nits? Or better still bring back the nit nurse!
We have found the best treatment to get the nits out was Hedrin Once Spray gel,although its more of a oil than a gel, but being a oil it means that the nits cant grip to the hair very well. Leave in for 15 minutes, comb the hair with the nit comb then wash out. You do need loads of shampoo to get it out though but on the plus side I think that it has given the girls hair a bit of a added shine after using.
I would like to share a few tips with you, that I have picked up from my sister in law who is a hairdresser.
*Wash hair in herbal shampoo I used this tea tree one and conditioner,there's something in the shampoo they don't like
*Spray hair spray on your child's hair before school, but try and alternate between a couple as like most treatments the nits get immune to it, but by using the hairspray they find it harder to grip to the hair.
*These two you will probably know but I thought I would pop them in here anyway. Wash all bed sheets and clean all hair brushes.
If all else fails use mayonaise!!!
Here is what the top post in google said,
I'm not sure that,I'm convinced though, think I will leave this to someone else to try.
I hope you enjoyed reading my post,please feel free to comment below if you have any tips that you think people will find handy.
It's a week after Christmas and the kids are all happy with their presents especially my 10 year old daughter who we gave a phone to. After many months of pestering but in the back of my mind there is still that thought of "was it the right time?" Or should we have waited until the age we had first decided with? Which would have been when she started secondary school in a year and a half.
Why did we decide to do it early?
After talking to a few of the school mums and hearing that not only their children already have one but a quarter of year 4's have them, half of year 5 and if you don't have one by year 6 you would be considered the odd one out.
The last thing you want to hear is your child being the odd one out! You want them to fit in & be accepted.
Is this what technology had done to us?
I remember getting my first phone it was a Motorola, it was black very big and had a aerial but I didn't care I had a phone I was like the rest of my friends. I was about 13, and the content was nothing like it was today, it was in black and white for starters you had to press the button 1, 2 or 3 times for which letter you wanted, to send a text, which were 10p each so you had to be careful with only £5 credit. There was no social media and the Internet was very limited there were only certain sites you could go on unlike today where there is over 1 billion websites at your finger tips.
This has to be one of the things that scares me the most. People contacting her that shouldn't. Although she is not allowed out of the house without a adult it's still a massive fear, someone messaging her something inappropriate or someone pretending they are someone they are not.
So we have set down some rules,
1. If a number contacts her that she doesn't have saved in her phone she should come and show me or her dad.
2. No taking the phone to bed.
3. No social media, we have allowed snap chat but like the phone numbers only people we know.
I would like to think we are being safe but fair, it's a big decision to make as a parent isn't it?
I would love to know your views on this, am I being too soft or too harsh?
As we come into a new year it's time to set ourselves some new year resolutions.
Most people don't keep too them and I know for sure I'm one of them. For years one of mine was to give up smoking. First time I gave up for 6 months and was doing great but my brother went to prison and as we were rather close it was too much for me and I asked my partner for one just before my first visit as I was petrified and didn't know what to expect. That one turned into 1 pack and that was it is was hooked again. I tried again the following year and have now given up for 3 years. I hope that I have managed to beat the nicotine bug once and for all.
My next one was to lose the weight I put on when I gave up smoking,so I tried Actiderm's 7 day shred which is great 7lb lost in one week but after that week I'd fall back into bad habits and put it all back on. Next I tried Juice Plus, but I found really hard not being able to have any foods without gluten or not having milk,the plan is a good concept and I have seen some fantastic results but it just wasn't for me.
I gave up maybe I was meant to be this size forever. Then in September my friend told that she was going to slimming world, she was the same size as me and only wanted to lose about 2 stone. I thought people would look at us as if we were in the wrong place but how wrong was I. Everyone was so welcoming, and the plan worked, in 13 weeks I have lost 1 stone and kept it off, I still have another 10lb to go to get to my target weight but I feel great how far I have come.
So this year my new years resolutions is.........
...........to become more organised as I am miss last minute. If I can have that extra 5 minutes in bed I will, I know I shouldn't and could be doing my housework in that time or not have to run to school for once. This week I have ordered myself a few new products from Amazon that I'm hope is going to help me to get myself more organised life.
The first is the Busy B,Busy life diary. I don't normally splash out £10 on a new diary,last year I didn't even have a calendar because our dog Boo Boo decided that it looked a lot better in small pieces rather than 12 lovely pages. I must admit that I had a little cry as it was a picture one that my mum had made for me for Christmas and it couldn't be replaced but we have a new one this year that is hidden from dogs view. Anyway back to diaries I normally make do with a small one that we get given from the school that I work for but its not a whole year one as they work by terms.
I ordered the stripy one as I love the purple that runs throughout but the other thing it does have is each week has double pages,so great for it to have two uses. I'm going to use one side for my blogging and the other for appointments,bits the girls are doing and holidays from work. I'm hoping that this will help me organise my life somewhat,it is going to maybe take more than a diary but it's a great
While I was ordering my diary I also ordered a book called 'The life changing magic of not giving a f**k'. OK so here me out I was reading another blog post from someone else and they were given this for Christmas and I just kinda grabbed my attention. As I am one of these people that worries and worries about silly stuff that I know I shouldn't even waste my time on but can't help it. So I thought with it being a new year why not, I will let you know how it goes or whether it ends up in the bin.
If you have any tips on getting organised please do share with us in the commments below.
Emma and the girls x