Not much at all – Living Arrows 12/52

I have no good photos at all this week. We didn’t make it out very far on the weekend as I had SO much work to do and then got a horrible cold, but how cute is my little sun? We were illustrating the how the eclipse worked with some cool magnets from Learning Resources.

We also spent a long time trying to get a good photo of the girls and I doing an experiment, which was very frustrating, I am much better behind the camera! Fingers crossed next weekend is more fun!

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It was lovely to see a bit of real sunshine though and of course we always make time for rollerskating…

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A flavour from home – sponsored video

Do you have one meal that makes you think of home? A food or flavour that takes you right back to the family dinner table. I think for me it’d be a roast dinner, just because the only day we all sit down together is on a Sunday and a roast is such a traditional Sunday meal. Chicken, gravy, roast potatoes, yorkshire puddings and a messy kitchen make me think of some of the loveliest, quality family time we have.

This lovely video from Knorr shows Carmen who works in the Arctic, thousands of miles from her family tucking into a meal cooked by her Mum, the flavours reminding her of home and family.

New research commissioned by Knorr found that people still find their mothers cooking to be one of the most powerful flavours on earth and 75% agree that one mouthful of their Mum’s home cooking is enough to evoke happy childhood memories. This actually makes me a bit sad as I don’t feel like I have a signature dish my children would recognise as mine, apart from my world famous chocolate brownies…I think I need to work on my cooking skills.

What food or flavour makes you think of home?

Sponsored by Knorr

 

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Lechuza – Self Watering Planter

I am not very good with plants, I forget to water indoor ones and pretty much everything we grow outside gets eaten by slugs, so the idea of a self watering planter really appeals to me.

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Lechuza, from the makers of PLAYMOBIL have not disappointed.

The Balconera can be attached to railings or walls, but we love ours just sat on the kitchen windowsill. The Balconera 50 set comes with the planter, plant liner and sub irrigation system. It look us less than 10 minutes to set up and as you can see our herbs are flourishing.

The plant liner has sturdy handles so it’s easy to remove from the planter for planting or transport and has a drain plug so rainwater can drain easily. The planter itself is made from high quality plastic which looks great indoors, but would also look fantastic hung on a balcony outdoors.

LECHUZA’s sub-irrigation system takes care of your plants for you for up to 12 weeks, ensuring that they receive the right amount of water and nutrients they need for optimum growth.

We’ve been watering them  about once a week, which even I can manage. [Read more…]

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On getting older..

It’s been a funny year so far, the realisation that I didn’t have any children at home in the day any more hit me hard around February leaving me feeling a bit lost and unsure what to do with myself. I found myself missing the face to face interaction of a ‘proper job’, one that doesn’t involves sitting in slobby clothes chatting on Facebook, making play dough and paper boats all day long, but I have managed to pull myself together and realise how lucky I am that there is so much opportunity out there for me, I just need to reach out and take it. Science Sparks is flourishing in ways I could only have dreamt about a few years ago, and I am so proud of what Kerry and I have achieved. I’m not very good at selling myself, so need to work on that, but I’m excited by the future and hopeful that I can take it to the next level.

I’ve failed miserably in my quest to do some exercise this year, but given the fact that the kids keep me pretty active I’m prepared to let that slide for a bit longer. I’ve been drinking slightly less coffee, more water and trying our matcha which has definitely helped my energy levels and reduced my chronic headaches from last year.

I am not a naturally patient person, but unlike in my younger days, I no longer need everything to happen instantly, I’m happier to take the time to think, to be less impulsive, with that in mind I’m pleased to say I didn’t press send on the Early Years Teacher application I filled in this week, but have been unusually sensible and decided to take 12 months to think about it! I do wonder how different life would’ve been had I continued with the teacher training course I started at Uni, instead of rashly switching back to Microbiology, but I’m pretty happy with where I am now.

The children are wonderful and challenging at the same time. I’m enjoying the new level on independence they seem to have developed, but not the increased bickering. I would quite like time to slow down a little now though, please….I can’t even think about my baby girl finishing her first year of school.

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Elsa’s Magic Snow Sleeve

My little girls adore Frozen and so couldn’t wait to open Elsa’s magic snow sleeve. The set comes with the pieces below and is very easy to fit together, we were up and running in just a few minutes.

Once the snow from the can runs out you can replace it with the water canister. I was impressed that the snow sleeve is so sturdy and easy enough for children to fit together themselves.

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You can see the magic snow sleeve in action here. Your little Elsa just needs to lift her finger to trigger the magic ice. My 4 year old found it a bit tricky at first, but soon got the hang of it and you can see from all the giggling how much she loved it!

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Face Painting – Living Arrows 11/52

I had a lovely Mother’s Day yesterday, the girls were more excited than on my birthday and couldn’t wait to show me my ‘prizes’ they’d lovingly laid out on the coffee table. It was one of those very special moments you want to remember forever, two little hands pulling me towards the cards they’d made, filled with ‘I love you’ and ‘best Mummy ever’. I know these days don’t last forever and am trying to fix every moment in my mind for as long as possible.

While the Zak and his Dad went to rugby training the girls and I had a go at face painting.

I was pleasantly surprised at my efforts. Not too bad for a first timer?

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LeapFrog – Interactive World Map

Did you know LeapFrog’s history centres around reading, and was actually born from a desire by a father to find a better way to teach his son to read.

One of our favourite ( and most used ) LeapFrog products is the LeapReader pen. I just love how versatile it is. My children use it to listen to audio books, learn about space, the human body, read books, solve puzzles and even practice their writing and numbers. It really is amazing.

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As part of our role as Leapfrog Bloggers we hosted a World Map Party, where using the Interactive World Map, we toured the world with some friends, learning and creating along the way. [Read more…]

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Managing your finances

My husband and I have very different ideas about how best to manage our savings. I am very risk adverse, favouring a lower interest but safe approach while my husband would rather invest in stocks and shares hoping for a higher return. We have in the past lost money via the share route after making some poor share choices. We spend a lot of time discussing whether it would be better to have our money in our house or an ISA and generally struggle to agree on what would be best for us, which as you can imagine causes a fair amount of stress and generally means we never get around to sorting our finances.

I’ve just been researching Nutmeg, which might be an approach that meets both our needs.  Nutmeg build a specific portfolio for you and professionally manage it, taking into account the level of risk you want to take, which sounds perfect for us as we don’t have the time or skill needed to manage a portfolio ourselves.

Nutmeg spread the risk over stocks, shares, gold and commercial property, spreading the risk and increasing the potential for long term return. You can see via their award winning interface the status of your accounts at any one time all with just one annual fee.

I’ll definitely be looking into nutmeg further.

For more information and to try Nutmeg for free see their website.

 

In collaboration with Nutmeg

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Staying safe on the road – Quiz

Did you know two out of three drivers on the road today would be unable to pass their driving theory test if they took it again? It’s a rather scary 18 years since I passed my driving test,even though it seems like yesterday, so I’m sure the theory test has changed a little since I took it.

Brake.org, a wonderful road safety charity have developed a mock theory test to help re-educate people about the the rules of the road. Can you pass it?

Do let me know how you got on in the comments, I’d love to know. I’m ashamed to admit I only got 60% which surprised me a lot! Clearly I need to refresh my memory.


This quiz was created byWeBuyAnyCar.com

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