Wednesday, 10 November 2021

Life update

I've been a little bit absent from the blog in the last few months, due to life being so up in the air, the house move, a new baby, a new area and still feeling a bit blah after Bea's birth I needed a break and to try and get my head together.

I think I'm nearly there, I've taken another off year uni as I just couldn't juggle the studying and chasing Bea around the house and I'm trying to just focus on not overloading my plate and trying to do things that bring me joy rather than stress.


The house is all unpacked and the rooms are all starting to look how we want them, Bea still needs her wallpaper doing but we have planned to get that done before Christmas.

We had ordered a new kitchen to be installed in the new year, but have decided we need to put that money towards new windows.
We currently don't have double glazing and the house is super cold.
We have to stick to the current design of windows which is sash windows due to living in a conservation area and not wanting to change the look of the house as we love it and on our last count, we have 21 windows of all shapes and sizes, we also need 3 new doors, as the current ones need updating.

Ru's room is coming along

I found a lovely lady on Etsy to make my house sign.


Noah got into the local secondary school and then a three weeks after starting school the younger three boys were all offered a place at the local primary, which meant no more school runs in the car and we could all walk to school!
It also means that they will get straight into the secondary as they are part of the same school!


Things have all seemed to really work out.
I just need to find some local baby group and things to do with Bea and life will be brilliant.
Bea is now at the stage where she needs to be getting out and about and exploring the world.
She's so active that I know she'll benefit from it, I just have to stop being such a hermit and get in my car.



We are loving exploring the local area and have been on lots of adventures.




Our yearly tradition of pumpkin picking was picked up this year, Noah decided he didn't want to come along so it was just the four kids but we made sure to pick out Noah a decent sized pumpkin for him to carve.





The past week and a half we have all minus Jon been on lockdown!

Noah got Covid on Halloween, just as I had planned a day out at Pensthorpe as they had a special spooky trail on, so we had to cancel but thankfully we can re book once we are all better.

As Noah tested positive we took everyone to get a PCR test just to make sure no one else had it, turned out all the boys did.
Bea also came down in a rash and had a fever, after talking to 111 and the doctors we did a lateral flow on her and her test came back positive too.


Noah's symptoms were a high temp and he has been feeling really tired,
the twins have had poorly tummies,
Ru had a temp of 40 degrees which would only come down to 38/39 but otherwise felt ok
Bea had a rash, runny nose and a temp of 39 but again seemed ok within herself.


Being double jabbed I though I would get away with it, but unfortunately I didn't and just before this weekend I tested positive.
I spent most of the weekend feeling rough and I have lost my sense of smell, thankfully now I'm not feeling too bad.
Noah goes back to school tomorrow and the others are back on Friday, I'm still in isolation until next Tuesday and I cannot wait to get out and go for a walk!



Bea is now 9 months old!!
I can't believe in 3 months time she'll be turning one!
I will do a whole post on her and her milestones in a few days.


xx

 

Belle Fever collaboration

Like most women I love jewellery, I'm a sucker for anything shiny.
Belle Fever have very kindly sent me this lovely personalised russian linked necklace I was instantly over the moon with it!
My babies names all on one piece of jewellery than I can wear forever.


About Belle Fever.

Belle Fever are a lifestyle brand, Belle Fever offers a collection of products and designs that will help you along the way. 
Getting things done through unconventional methods is our goal, and we want to be around for all of your moments. 
Their aim is to provide you with confidence, comfort, and support.

With nine years under its belt, Belle Fever has sold more than one million customised, handmade pieces and counting!
 From coast to coast in Australia. 
Over the years, they have grown to include hundreds of different designs and products to satisfy everyone's tastes.


I love the chunkyness of the rings and that I can see all the names nice and clearly. 
It's nicely weighted and hangs perfectly
The necklace length which is the free standard chain length at 45cm is the perfect length for me, but if you wanted it a little longer you can select to have it in 60cm for £5.

The Russian interlinked rings necklace comes in a few different tones, Rose gold, Gold, Silver or even all three tones.
It is currently on offer at £46.00 rather than £61.00, which could make the ultimate christmas present for your own mother, your wife, your girlfriend or even your best friend.


 

The necklace comes in an elegant display wallet to house your necklace when you're not proudly showing it off.

I really love my necklace and I always get compliments about it when I have worn it out, getting all five children onto on piece of jewellery seemed a bit impossible but I was so happy to see it could be done, without it all looking squished in.

Belle Fever have a different range or personalised jewellery, something to suit everyones tastes and to meet everyones budget.


I can offer my readers a special 15% discount just in time for Christmas just use
MINIBEAST15 at the checkout.


 

Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Review // Getting Personal With In The Book

I love reading with the boys, but they are slowly getting too old for bedtime stories and only really read now for school, so now thankfully I can push my love of reading on to Bea!
I was recently contacted by In the Book which is a lovely personalised online book shop to see if I wanted to review a book for them, I obviously jumped at the chance after seeing all that was on offer.

I eventually settled on a Beatrix Potter book to personalise for my very own Beatrix, as being named after the famous author it made sense!


There are lots of options to pick from, such as books suitable for babies, toddlers, girls or boys they even have books for grown ups!
Having a personalised book makes story time 10 times better, the boys always loved a book that had them as characters, and they all treasure their books even now when they have decided reading isn't as cool as it once was.

It was super easy to personalise the book, once you've picked your story, you just fill in the box options and ta-da it's done!


With In the book, you can add a personalised message at the front and with some of their books you can even add a photo of the special character!
They make lovely gifts and with Christmas just around the corner i really recommend having a look.
I love how Bea's book came in a special presentation box, great for keeping the book as a lovely keepsake and would also be a great baby present.


'In The Book put magic into every single one of their books by personalising and creating them especially for each child! From popular Disney classics to their own self-published stories, your little one will love flicking through each page and spotting their name, as well as their photo on the back page!'


I really love reading to Bea as I love watching her face take in everything I'm saying to her, she is so expressive and I can tell she loves listening, I am slowly introducing bedtime reading with her, so that after her bath she is nice and relaxed and ready for her night time feeds, it definitely makes that last feed a much more relaxed one.

Hopping into Life will make many treasured moments for me and her and will hopefully be a book that Bea treasures for a very long time.















 

Friday, 24 September 2021

The New House



I haven't been blogging as much as we finally moved into the new house at the end of August and it's been a whirlwind of unpacking and signing the boys up to new schools and uniform shopping.

The house is a 400-year-old character-filled joy.
It was originally 3 little cottages now all conjoined into one big house.

It needs a bit of love, such as new double glazed windows, a new shower room and the front needs a bit of TLC but with time we will get them done.
We have already designed and ordered a new kitchen, which will be fitted in the new year.


We still have a few boxes to unpack and we're on our second skip, but I thought I'd share a few snaps of the house.


The first breakfast in the new house, Jon was at work so it was just the children!
We decided to keep the room as just a dining room without a TV or sofa, and it's so nice everyone talks rather than eat mindlessly staring at the TV.
I cannot wait to get the log burner going when it gets cold enough.


The side door.


I've spotted a few gorgeous rose bushes around the garden, in the next week or so ill be getting out there and deadheading them all so they come back even nicer next year.



The younger boys didn't get into the local school due to their year groups being full, so they were given a place at a school in the next village.
I have got them on the waiting list, as I'd love for them to be able to walk to school rather than have to contend with the crazy school run traffic.

Noah started a week late due to there being a bit of a mix up with the council, but he got into the local secondary, which is literally a stone's throw away from the house and he can walk there by himself.
It has a good Ofsted, and is a small school which I think will really benefit him!


Bea's room is really coming along.


This part of the house is possibly my favourite!
I love the bookshelves and the window lets in lovely sunshine and we get to see a lovely sunset through it at the end of the day. It also still has the original shutters on it!


This weekend we are hoping to get the rest of the rubbish cleared and everything finally put away.
Then we can get into the garden and start planning that! Chickens are definitely on the hit list!

 

A Parents' Guide To GCSES


 

GCSE exams are taken by pupils at the end of their time at secondary school when they can study particular subjects in more depth than at primary school. They are an important first stepping stone to future career and study options, so choosing the right GCSEs is an important decision. To help you and your child understand what’s involved, here’s a guide from a secondary school in Kildare on choosing GCSEs and getting to grips with them. 

 




Choosing subjects

 

When it comes to picking their GCSEs, encourage your child to think carefully about a few things. First, they should consider the subjects they enjoyed at primary school and might like to explore further; it will be hard for them to feel motivated enough to study a subject for a couple of years if they’re not interested in it. Secondly, they should think about what they’re good at; playing to their strengths will increase the chances of progressing well in the subject and getting a good grade. Lastly, prompt them to think about the future and what A levels they’d like to study at college (and which GCSE subjects might be prerequisites for them). If your child is keen to explore an apprentice route instead, they might want to pick a range of subjects to keep their options open. 

 

Exams and assessment

 

Your child’s GCSEs will probably be assessed through a mixture of coursework and exams, and possibly practical assessments. If their GCSE requires an exam, this usually takes place in the summer, after a revision period, with results available in August. The grading system for GCSEs changed in 2014, with a numerical system replacing the previous letter-based one. GCSEs are now graded from 1 to 9, with 9 being the highest grade and 1 the lowest. Pupils need a minimum of 4 for a standard pass and 5 for a strong pass. 

 

After GCSEs

 

After they’ve completed their GCSEs, your child will have a few options. They can choose to continue studying full-time, usually at college, to complete A-Levels or other equivalent qualifications. Alternatively, they can study for work and job-related courses like NVQs and BTECs. If they’re keen to get a taster of venturing into the world of work, they might prefer to undertake an apprenticeship or traineeship, training to do a specific job while working for an employer - this is great for children who are less academically minded and prefer to develop practical skills for a specific career path. They can also work or volunteer while studying part-time.


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Thursday, 23 September 2021

Five Signs Your Child Needs A Tutor.

 

It can be hard to know whether your child could use some extra support with their learning, especially as they might not be very communicative about any struggles they’re experiencing. They might worry about disappointing you or feel embarrassed about needing more help, so it’s important to reassure your child that needing a little bit more support is nothing to be ashamed of and that everyone finds things difficult sometimes. To help you identify the signs that your child might need a tutor here’s some guidance on what to look for from a private school in Cardiff




 

They struggle to concentrate in class or with homework

 

Many children find it hard to focus at school when there’s a lot of noise and distractions, or at home if they don’t have a quiet place to study. Not being able to engage with their studies might lead children to misbehave when they get bored or frustrated. If you’ve noticed your child finding it difficult to concentrate, tutoring can help as your child will be able to learn in different surroundings with someone helping them one-on-one and giving them the attention they need. 

 

They’re stuck on a particular subject

 

If your child is struggling, chances are they’re finding a particular subject difficult, perhaps because it doesn’t suit their learning style and the way they understand and retain the information; for example, maths can be a tricky subject for children who find it hard to follow logic. In this case, a tutor can help them focus on a certain subject, overcome any blocks they have around the topic, and work through their difficulties with one-on-one teaching. Their tutor will be able to explain concepts in various different ways until they find a method they understand, which teachers in the classroom often don’t have time to do. 

 

They’re excelling in a certain subject

 

Conversely, your child might be thriving in a particular subject and they may have developed a deep interest in it which they want to explore further. A tutor can help them hone their strengths and nurture their passion for the topic, and having this extra support will ensure they can concentrate on the subject away from any distractions at school. 

 

You find it hard to help them with homework

 

You might find that your child’s homework is difficult even for you and that your child has questions that you can’t answer for them. In this case, a tutor will help answer those questions and plug the gap so that your child gets the most out of their learning. 

 

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Tuesday, 21 September 2021

UNDERSTANDING YOUR CHILD’S LEARNING STYLE

 

Children all learn differently and it’s important to bear this in mind when it comes to supporting your child’s education. Identifying how your child best absorbs and retains information, and the learning methods that suit them will allow you to support their education in the most effective way. Here a senior school in London outlines the three main learning styles, and how you can identify the signs of them in your child and apply this knowledge to help them learn effectively. 




 

Visual learners

 

Visual learners like to see what they’re learning, so they respond best to visual representations of information, such as charts, pictures, diagrams and videos. Often these types of learners are good at remembering what they’ve seen, so they might recognise faces and places easily. You can support a visual learner by relaying information visually wherever possible and letting them draw their own representations of what they’re learning. They might also be drawn to screens, so letting them watch educational TV programmes or play computer games that cover particular topics will help your child understand and retain information in the most effective way. 

 

Auditory learners

 

These learners prefer to have the information explained to them verbally because they like to listen in order to understand. They also like to talk things through and read text aloud rather than in their head. You can help auditory learners by giving them verbal instructions and directions when possible, and facilitating conversations about topics. This will help your child remember key details they’ve heard. They might struggle a bit when it comes to reading in their head, so you can support them by initiating a discussion about what they’ve read afterwards. 

 

Kinaesthetic learners

 

Kinaesthetic learners are hands-on and like to touch and feel what they’re learning in order to understand it. They like moving around and using their body to facilitate their learning. You might notice your child using hand gestures a lot and finding it hard to sit still. They might like walking around a lot and participating in activities like sport or dance. For this type of learner, you can help them understand information by including some form of movement in their learning, such as making up dances or hand movements to help them remember key details. 

 

You’ll probably find that your child’s learning style is a mixture of these three main types, but one is probably more dominant than the other; knowing which one will help you support their learning efficiently at home and relay this information to their teachers so they’re supported adequately at school as well.