Getting Ready For Summer With Education Quizzes!?

I know, the whole year has nearly passed already and you are still eating Christmas chocolate. I am the same. But we have to push on and go forth in the year and face facts that the 6 weeks summer holidays is looming.

We have six whole weeks to plan for! One thing I personally like to make sure I do is to keep the girl’s minds going in terms of learning. Whilst the six weeks is to enjoy, I think it’s equally important to keep it all fresh in their mind and help keep them on track at school, ready for the next educational year.

That is where Education Quizzes comes in. This pay monthly website has everything you need to keep those little minds ticking over. They even have things to keep those big minds ticking over!

From KS1 to KS3 and plenty of specialist subjects, they have something to keep them going year round!

For the girls, we have been using Keystage 1 and Keystage 2. 

As you can see from the image below they offer the whole range of subjects for each stage. Variety and the fact that this is done online means it is far more appealing to kids.

Boredom won’t be a problem here!

I know throughout the summer holidays this will be perfect because they are rarely without a device close by! Incorporating the two together has made this much more appealing.

The quizzes themselves are all setup to be easy to navigate and super easy to read, Evie is 5 and she can navigate her way through the site without much help needed from me. Liv, of course, has no problems. She likes that she can take it in stages. Take the times tables, each number has a separate quiz, meaning that she can concentrate and learn each number in stages. Times tables are something we will be working on more over the summer.

I won’t lie, I have taken some of the quizzes. I may have got a little carried away however there’s nothing like a bit of healthy competition!

An hour or so, several times a week during the holidays will give the girls a boost in confidence when they go back to school. Of course, the site will be great for year-round learning and it would be something I would like to see incorporated into schools in the future.

There is a monthly fee of £9.99 for use of the site, however when you think about it, buying workbooks and extra bits of material throughout the year can be costly, so I think it’s more than worth it, especially if you have multiple kids!

Education quizzes is the next step in online learning and we are really enjoying the experience.

 

This is a collaborative post. However, all opinions are my own.

 

 

To The Man In The Picture

I seem to turn to my blog when I’m hurting. Maybe it is still a little bit therapeutic.

Recently the world lost another soul. But this wasn’t a stranger, this was someone who is so loved, up and down the country and probably around the world.

You never really think about how many lives you touch until you are faced with loss. But this person touched so many lives. Including ours.

I had the most idyllic childhood. The older I get the more I realise just how lucky I was. One thing this childhood contained was the typical yearly holiday. But we didn’t just go anywhere. We went to one place.

Every single year.

This one place has been filled with hundreds of people and faces. It’s a second home for me and mine and it is the most beautiful place I have ever been.

Places like this are always made better by the people you meet. And my god didn’t we meet some amazing people.

We rented the same home every time we went. The people who owned the home became friends. They became real people that we really cared about.

As I grew up we stopped going. I became a moody teen and my brother and sister became adults with their own lives. But eventually, all of us hit that moment when we had to return. Sometimes for a night. Sometimes for several.

We always went back to the same people. People who never forgot us, who never stopped caring and welcomed us home each and every time we came.

I was so excited so give my own children that place we call home. To take them there when we need to escape. To see the people who always greeted us with a smile. Our holiday family.

But time is a bitch, Time takes things away.  Time is not always kind.

Which couldn’t be more true.

The man in the picture..

You made our childhoods amazing. You gave us such amazing memories. The photos and the stories, we wouldn’t have those if it wasn’t for you and your wonderful family.

All the time you gave, all the phone calls with dad, you were are a very special human to us.

Last year we came down. We knew the bad news. We wanted to come to thank you for everything you and yours gave us a family.

A second place we can escape to. A place filled with amazing memories.

And now you’re gone, I didn’t ever think to go to the same place and seeing those people, would give us those type of faraway connections.

But I know so many people feel the same.

Cannot imagine what the family are going through without you.

To anyone else you are the man in the picture, but your family are everything we love about escaping there.

The world lost an amazing man who touched so many lives. Those people are rare. This world needs more of those people.

We will never forget those memories. And our children will carry those memories on.

Thank you. So much, thank you x

Small People and Elastoplast, How We Do It #TearsintoSmiles

Something that is inevitable in kids is accidents. They happen any place, anywhere. Probably even a padded room. My kids could fall over their own feet at a moments notice, seriously. Sometimes I think they do it on purpose, right at the time you have just sat down after cleaning the house, as your butt hits that sofa,

Sometimes I think they do it on purpose, right at the time you have just sat down after cleaning the house, as your butt hits that sofa, someone, somewhere will need you to kiss it better.

So I have been given the chance to work with Elastoplast and Britmums to show other parents how we deal with bumps and scrapes and turn tears into smiles

So we made a video, we love vlogging over on our family vlog channel, so we only thought it appropriate to show you in the same format.

Here is the rundown.

Firstly, watch this awesome video from Elastoplast. I actually really love this video, it sends a really nice message and you can really feel the love they put into it.

Here is my go to list of things to have around the house, for the just in case moments.

1 Always Always ALWAYS have a constant supply of plasters, this is where Elastoplast helps as far as making the plaster more appealing. Not only do they serve a purpose, but they look pretty awesome too. Have different designs and sizes, because you never know when you might need to break out a plaster.

2 Some sort of antiseptic cream. We use Drapolene because my mum did, obviously and because it’s pink and the girls love it.

3 Next is important for the summer months. Bite and sting relief spray and or cream. Essential to stop the sting and help calm your little one. Counting down until they feel the pain ease off can be helpful too. It distracts from that nasty pain and gives them something to focus on.

4 We call it a ‘bashy’ but it’s some sort of cold compress that you keep in the fridge at all times. A bag of frozen peas with a tea towel is also great. This helps with bumps, it will reduce any possible swelling and ease the pain just enough.

5 Next are wipes. We use toilet wipes because they are flushable and they are water based. They don’t tend to cause any further stinging or discomfort but they are still moist enough to clean up properly.

6 Lastly and most importantly is a distraction. I cannot express how much distraction will help when it comes to calming your little one. Whether it be a favourite toy or food, this will help to quickly take the attention away and give them something else to focus on. Find out what we use in our video 😉

So that’s it. I know oh too well how much you want to bundle them up and keep them from the little bumps of life, but we have to let them be kids and enjoy the world around them. Making sure you are prepared for any and all occasions is what us parents do best.

Check out my video below, where we demonstrate what we do when a bump occurs. Enjoy.

Now go have fun!!!!!!!

Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World 3DS Review

I’ve been so wrapped up in news of upcoming The Nintendo Switch, *the revolutionary home and portable console hybrid. March the 3rd is so close now that I can almost feel it in my hands, which I should have got hands-on with until the weather decided to have it’s way and prevent me from getting to London. If you want to bag yourself one… then good luck! As it stands right now I may not be able to get one myself as foolishly expecting it to be the estimated and only educational guesses at that price range, the actual price range for now, while not outrageous is a little out of my grasp…. there I go again getting carried away with the Switch.. focus.* that I completely overlooked Poochy and Yoshi’s Wooly World. Sure, I knew it was on it’s way to 3DS but I assumed it was going to be a sequel to a game you just wouldn’t think could get any ‘yarn’ cuter than it already was.

I get the feeling they may have had the help from the shreddies knitting nannies here. A sequel it is not! And is actually a port of the excellent Wii U title which we were fortunate enough to have reviewed.
Ports of existing games is no new thing with Nintendo, it is something they have done since the launch of my all-time favorite console the Super Nintendo with Mario All-Stars and have continued to do so with every consoles since and will continue to do so with GameCube and potentially DS as a series ports coming to The Switch.

The game follows the same story of it’s Wii U counter part with Kamek turning the Yoshi clan into balls of yarn and scattering them throughout the islands as he makes his escape. It’s up to Yoshi  a staple character arguably as famous as his best friend to save his kin… not the princess.

Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World opts for the more traditional hub/level layout of the Mario series unlike the Mario 3D hub of the Wii U version.
Oddly, although named in the title, I’m yet to encounter Poochy and perhaps he is hidden in a power badge. Instead you are faithfully accompanied by three Poochy pups, which means Poochy is a Mom… Or a Dad, which I don’t believe is disclosed. The pup’s really are a person’s best friend as your loyal minions.. I mean lovable and loyal friends,are not afraid to get stuck right into the action. Just like Poochy and Yoshi.. they just knit sew well together.

In Mellow mode you once again don a pair of wing’s that can help you float and land to safety and you have your trio of pet’s, because one is simply just not enough at your disposal. They act as the eggs you would usually collect from the boxes, which in Mellow mode, will not jump out when you hit it. Instead the pups fire in the direction of baddies, blocks and obstacles and will run straight back to you even after the act of launching them into harms way. They are essentially unlimited cannon fodder that are not to be sniffed at, as these helpful pooches also come to your aid helping you to discover invisible Or not so obvious secrets throughout the game.
Of course turning off Mellow mode will provide more challenge without a safety blanket for more avid than casual players. But Mellow mode is excellent for the younger audience as they will get a feeling of accomplishment and reward for finding and completing the levels with the many collectibles throughout the game, and with just a little help.

Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World, while a port, bring’s a host of new features including an adorable knitted Poochy Amiibo. For those that still love to collect Amiibo like myself.


A subtle change in the main games hub is the addition of Pooch’s hut. Additional challenges are found here and if you successfully land on a flower when you jump through the end of level hoop, you are rewarded a Gold rush token. Poochy’ hut is a great collect-0-thon mode allowing you to play a level where you need to meet three level objectives and collect your three pooches along the way, and then Gold rush mode where you chase after Lakitu as he throws out Gold gems for you to try to collect in one go.

All these aspects make this version/port of Yoshi’s Woolly World the definitive version. It is perfect for the 3DS and I’m sorry I can’t shut up about it would also be a perfect addition to The Switch… while they are at it.. Super Princess Peach 2 for The Switch please Mr Miyamoto san.

At risk of repeating myself here, one thing that I love about the series is that it has always been consistently faithful to the original games mechanics which always makes it feel familiar under the surface with an always fresh skin.

For a full game review please head on over to the original review http://justchelseam.com/yoshis-woolly-world-wii-u-review/

Because Holding On Is Frightening

I am sat in the midst of a relapse, wondering what I can do to make things better.

What can I do to be better?

What can I do to stay better?

Nothing.

I just have to sit and ride it out. I have to take my abundance of tablets and ride it out the best way I can.

Opting for the steroid tablets meant I didn’t need the fuss of an IV nurse for 3 days. I didn’t have to keep my line open for three days (not something I have been able to do yet)

So I sit, not making a lot of sense, thinking about the last week.

The message. The phone calls, The waiting,

The waiting is the hardest part.

I no longer have help at the end of a text message.

Thats been the worst part.

The not knowing. The in-between counties, non-sharing hospitals and doctors who, sometimes, feel like they just do it to annoy me.

The panic attack.

The depression.

The not coping.

The new plans.

The place I want to be.

The place I can’t be until I have ridden out the storm once again.

It seems like the more I strive to better myself the more it pushes back.

Sometimes, just sometimes, holding on is the hardest part.

Sometimes I just want to let go. Sometimes I don’t have the strength to push on.

Because it is exhausting.

Just living is exhausting. So adding the battle of overcoming your own bodies attempts to shut you down can feel impossible.

Scary.

But I am one of many people who live this.

We live quietly. Never quite being understood.

We are not dying of a disease.

But I know some days we wish we were.

Because that would be easier for someone to grasp. To understand.

Instead, we go on living. In a body that has no clue how to act or react.

Not knowing what pain or grief tomorrow brings.

But living anyway.

As best we know how.

Holding on at the fingertips.

Just getting by.