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.

 

 

Back To School 2016 Is Here

Lidl Back to School Range Start Smart.

Lidl have a great back to school range with all the uniform you would need to send your little ones to school. Lidl have tested their uniforms to make sure that they are comfortable and durable, they are also dermatologically tested to make sure nothing harmful is used in them. The clothes fell well made and have good range with socks and tights to pumps and shorts. The trousers and skirts have adjustable waistbands which is great help with my two. This range is great value for money as we all know how quick the children can grow. A great little feature on Lidl website there is a size calculator you enter your child’s measurements and it will tell you what size you need so there is not lots of standing around in shops trying things on which come on let’s face it is everyone’s worst nightmare. Well done Lidl.

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Morrisons Nutmeg Back to school Range.

We love the Nutmeg range, it is always well made and washing great and fits the girls well and they have good sensible clothes that children can wear. There back to school range is no exception. With a full range from vests and tights to pinafores and skirts, everything you need at great prices £5 for a pinafore that feels warm and ready for the winter. Also it has a lovely little detail on, like some flowers which make them feel very girly. The clothes are easy care and tumble dry friendly.  Some of the items like the skirts have teflon shield and clean on which repels water and oils and helps when washing keeping them looking better for longer. Nutmeg has a quibble-free guarantee ifs it’s taken back within 30 days in the same condition

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Nits

Something that we all dread when they go back school is the letter or text message to say there are Head Lice at school. We are always checking through with nit comb! And making sure we don’t have any unwanted visitors. There are lots are different products on the market these days.

We were lucky to try Vosene’s Lice Repellent shampoo and Conditioning defence spray.  Vosene is a name we know and trust and with these products you can have a head start on those pesky little critters. Together the shampoo which is 3 in one the natural tea tree oil and the lemon eucalyptus gives your little one’s tangle free, squeaky clean hair all with that added help of keeping the head lice at bay. It can be used every day as normal shampoo. Used together with the conditioning defence spray which you spray on wet hair and let it dry as this is a leave in spray. Which will again help keep the lice at bay and shiny tangle free hair.

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Another great protection solution for the times when you know there are going into social activities such as parties, sleepovers etc is Hedrin Protect & go spray this can be used regularly like a conditioning spray. Simply spray on dry hair comb through and dry off with with a towel or blow dryer. Great quick and easy with not a lot of fuss to help keep them protected, Hedin also have a full range of products to help with the treatment and prevention of Head Lice.

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If you are unlucky enough to end up with the head lice as we know it comes to us all at some point! There are lots of different products to help get rid of the lice we have been lucky (or unlucky if you get my drift) to try Puressentiel anti-lice lotion and lice repellent spray which are 100% natural . The lotion is great and greats to work within 10 minutes apply to the hair when you find head lice making sure all is covered  after 10 mins you are able to wash your hair as normal and then comb through with a lice comb a second application is required after 3 days. The great thing about this product is that it doesn’t have the horrible smell that other lotions have.  There is also a spray which can be used to help prevent an infestation and offers protection up to 24 hours. This also doesn’t smell too bad and is easy to use.  

 

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Stabilo

When it’s back to school one of things that most of them need is school stationery (now really admit it we all over stationary no matter how old we are or even if we need it or not!)

One old faithful that has been around for a long time in the stationary world is stabilo. A trusted brand from schools to offices and has everything that you would need whether it is a small pencil case with some pens pencils and crayons into everything you need for exams or the office highlights and folders to staplers and paper.  We had a selection of items to get us in the mood for going and getting all we needed. Some trio scribbi felt pens, which are triangular in shape which makes it easy to hold for little hands and an unbreakable tip which is great for my littlest as she is still getting to grips with felt pens! The multi talented pencil these are great large colored pencils that can either be a colouring pencil, wax crayon and watercolor. With the xxl lead this makes it easy to colour large areas. Just add water to turn them into water colours. Don’t worry about sharpening them as they come with an extra large child safe sharpener and of course highlighters, they need no explanation! Great products for all your stationery needs.
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Brita Fill&gobrita

Drinks bottles are always something they need as these days they are allowed the bottles with them in class so making sure they have a good bottle and water that is ok for them to drink. Then with Brita you know you’re safe they do these great bottles which are a good size and hold enough water for them. It doesn’t leak and will not spill easily if knocked over. All this and you are safe in the knowledge that you have good fresh water that we know from Brita as these bottles have filter disc in them to make sure we have that great Brita water taste.   This is also great for anyone who like the great taste of Brita on the go whether it’s to the gym, down the park or to work. This is a great reusable bottle that is dishwasher safe.

 

Smiggle

When your little ones are growing up and needing more and more stationary at school but they want something a little different as we like to make learning as much fun as we can. Then Smiggle is the one for you. There are creators of fun and fashionable stationery.  It is designed to be fun and affordable with bold colours and quirky graphics with everything for your stationery needs. There are some great products and these also make great gifts that are something a bit different but still useful.  To give you an idea some of the shop by titles on their great website are scented (who doesn’t love some scented pens or pencils the scented pencils are great with the great smells of coke, ice cream to grapes and strawberries they really do smell) or furry with pencils and bags that are furry and colorful and cute.  Everything you will need to kit out your children for school (or my desk!!) There are pocket money prices to which is great for the older children who want to buy their own things. The list is endless so take a look.

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First day of school.

This year it’s the turn of the littlest she is ready has done her days at her big school and is looking forward to going in September. Not sure what the first day of school we be like who will worst (well we know it will be auntie Cherry as she cried when livie was at sports day!). A great way to get them to feel ok about going to school is with a book, and not just any book a personalized book from Signature Books. This is lovely bright and well-illustrated book from Born Gifted is about a rabbit which is where they use your child’s name, and her first day of school all the scary thought they may have and worries are sorted out in the book which is great as a memory and also to help you talk together about the first day of school and anyone’s worries. Head over to Born Gifted to grab yourself one!

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Chatham Shoes

One of the worst things to buy are school shoes. Which ones to get? What sort? Will they last? Are they sensible enough for school? How much will they cost ? and are they worth the money? This year 2 weeks before the end of term we had to buy my oldest a new pair of shoes as she outgrown hers and I wasn’t going to be able to make her last another 2 weeks in them, so we just bought a cheap pair as she is growing so quick. We have decided that shoes will be the last item to buy,  but we were lucky enough to have the chance to review 2 pairs for both girls from Chatham. This is a company that makes shoes for Ladies, Men and Kids it is based around footwear for sailing, boating and country footwear. Their footwear is designed to be functional, comfortable and more importantly when looking at school shoes “durable able to withstand anything that nature will throw at them”.  There are a great range of shoes for all families and all events. The children’s shoes are unisex which is great if they don’t wear them for long due to out growing them they can be passed on. They are tough and look long lasting but still are very comfortable even when you first wear them. From around £39.99 they are a great price for school shoes. You might even find something for yourself to check out their website.

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Kid Kanteen

One thing that we always find it hard to find is a good flask for school, gone were the days of the old style ones we had that were small and more colourful versions of a thermos flask. There are so many different sorts on the market but finding one that doesn’t leak is the first important part, nothing worse than wet home work or even worse wet sandwiches, one that will not break and is easy for them to use. We have tried lots but the Kid Kanteen is like a camping one for kids!! Its great will not rust or shatter, does not impart flavours and is easy to clean the top can go in the dishwasher but the body is better cleaned by hand.  The lid is easy to remove and refill with a sports cap and another cap there should be no leaks.  From around £13.75 and comes in different colours.  Great products that can be used for camping, days out, sports.

Slaplit

With the nights drawing in making either you children are safe walking to school or yourselves is important. These slaplit slap bands are great for anyone who needs be been seen school run, dog walking, biking or out for a jog. They are LED slap and wrap bands that can go on your arm or leg in less than a few seconds and easily stored on a bag or pocket. Once on they are made of reflective material and will flash or light up so you can been seen and have extra protection. They run on batteries which can be replaced and come in a variety of colours from round £8.49

Thermos

Lunch boxes and bottles are the must have items for all schoolers. At some point they will need a pack lunch. With that being said, with lunchbox food being so much more diverse these days, you need something that will help keeping things cold in the summer and maybe a warm something in the winter. Thermos have a fabulous range which offer everything you need to keep your loved ones tummy full at lunch time!

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Back To School With Clarks

Back to school is here. Shops are filled with stationary, parents are rushing to get the basics, then rushing back to gather all the things they forgot.

Naturally.

There is one shop however that makes the whole back to school process a little more, well, streamlined.

Clarks. It’s almost like an institution, I remember going there as a child and now I am taking my own child.

I feel old. 

That aside, we went to Clarks to get Liv some new school shoes. She’s starting a new school, so we have had a complete uniform overhaul, and that includes the very best school shoes.

The process at Clarks is easy. Take a number, take a seat, wait for your number and the assistant takes over. Its moved into the “modern age” so seamlessly.

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The range of shoes on offer were fabulous. All ones I would even wear myself! Liv chose this style and then went to work on making sure they were the perfect pair.

How?

By making sure they are easy to dance, jump and run in. But most importantly the jumping part. They couldn’t be too heavy, that made jumping impossible.

So we settled on the above pair.

The shoes were a perfect fit, wide enough to fit her feet comfortably, yet long enough for some growing room. Which is very important when you are 6!

Having the right shoes for school is a must. The cheaper shoes can often look appealing, however they are almost always quick to fall apart, with little to no support for growing feet.

Clarks shoes have always been second to none for growing feet. They have the perfect fit as they take into account the width as well as length. As both my girls have wider feet, its an important aspect. They also have the perfect support for arches inside the shoes, something which will help your littles ones feet grow comfortably.

So, get yourself down to Clarks, take a number and let them take a little bit of the stress away with the perfect pair!

 

School Essentials All Year Round

With the new school year back in full swing, we are quickly becoming accustomed to the early morning and the never ending shopping lists we seem to accumulate. From the summer sun to the winter walks, I have got your back. I have put together a list of essentials eP20very parent needs, it has been a long slog, but I seem to have all the bases covered.

First we have a real must have for any handbag. P20, they have a fabulous range of sun protection items which not only last all day, but they really do work too. After this very long winded summer, it will soon be winging its way back around, to getting this essential now, just makes far more sense.

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Next may have to be my favourite. I love a good notebook and I would be lying if I didn’t admit to wanting to have one of these for myself. Frozen has been a huge hit this year so any of their merchandise is always a huge hit. More so when it comes to items for school. Which child doesn’t want to have the cool olaf notebook. I know mine do.

But not only have Sambro made Frozen stationary, but they have also made One direction andTeenage Mutant Ninja Turles, all available from Littlewoods, argos and peacocks to name a few. There really is something for everyone. I don’t know about you, but I have total stationary envy.

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Then we have a walk to school or lunchbox must have. The new look, yet still fantastic, panda soft drinks. Available from almost all of the supermarkets Panda are a classic and they still taste great. These little bottles fit into almost any lunchbox and are great to pop into any handbag for the walk to or from school, especially when they insist on racing you!

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Scotch tape is one of those things you always need. From taping together a school project or fixing a rather vicious notebook, scotch tape can do it all. 3M have created this rather magic tape, that has all of the following capabilities; instantly repositionable – great for art classes when they make a mistake, you can write on the tape, doesn’t go yellow over time – precious kids scrapbooks stay perfect forever, easily photocopied and does no ghost and easy for children to use as it doesn’t get stuck to itself! All of which will come in handy at any moment. Perfect for the craft draw.

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Ahh poundland, a savour for any parent. they have everything from PE kit bags, pencils and pens to the pictured hippo staples (amazing) coloured tape and multipacks of rubbers. Essential for any rubber chewing child (hey, it happens. I don’t condone, but my brother ate his way through more than one rubber in his time) Poundland stock everything you need to fill a pencil case or craft box and all for £1 each. You canmum diary‘t complain or go wrong with their school essentials.

Next we have one for us Mums. Yay! A mum diary has everything you need to successfully plan your families life. School days bring trips, clubs and the dreaded parents evening. And that’s only a fraction of it, so being prepared and one step ahead is essential. That is where the Mum diary comes in. With a fabulous grid view, week planning and fitting perfectly into any handbag, it will become your new best friend. lexicon barbie

Next is a firm favourite of Ninny’s. The Lexicon Barbie tablet from QVC. This tablet retails at £86 and has so much to offer. With kids becoming so savvy, having some electronic learning time has become a norm. This tablet runs off android, so you have access to their thousands of apps right off the bat, but because this is  Lexibook tablet it also offers you the chance to use their 26,000 free and paid for apps. SO that on top of the android apps leaves you with so many possibilities it’s unreal.

Ninny has gotten on so well with this tablet. It’s child-friendly interface and cute look has kept her entertained for hours. Not only can she watch the pre-loaded Barbie videos but she also has access to so many different learning apps, she has come on leaps and bounds at school.

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Yes, this is another must for mums, a fabulous range from Clintons, The Rays of sunshine mugs AND travel mugs are just gorgeous. These travel mugs are firstly amazing at keeping the drinks the warm, but they are ceramic! So you feel like you have a proper cupper at hand!

The travel mugs retail for £8.50 and they have been perfect since the cold weather has started drawing in. I know I can be running late and still have time to pop the lid on my travel mug and rush out the door.

I have had a few jealous glares I will admit. But no-one is pencilcalhaving my Rays of sunshine mug.

 

Hallmark, they have some fabulous notebooks, pencil cases (pictures) and those all-important birthday cards and invites. Let’s face it, as the weeks roll by, the friend count increases and the birthday invites come flooding in. Hallmark do some really beautiful notebooks and stationary, all of which I would happily take of Ninnys hands should she need me too. Eco-Hydra hand san packs 50ml

Next is my own addition and essential school bag item. Hand sanitizer. Let’s face it, they are not at the age where they can be trusted to wash their hands. No matter how much you try and encourage them. So this ecohydra hand sanitiser is really easy for little hands and they always enjoy using it. I think its the whole doing something in a different way thing. I can be assured she has clean hands after using the toilet and before eating, because she loves doing ‘mums job’ Anovia Head On 3 in 1 image shampoo and spray

I wish she did the rest of the thing I ask her to do!

Next is nits. Its always nits! These fabulous products from Anovia not only help stop nits in their tracks, but they are also great at prevention. Which means it is gentle enough to be used in the daily hair care routine. We all dread the nit letter, but it almost always happens, so Head On from Anovia’s 3-in-1 range contains a unique blend of essential oils that work in harmony to stop these creatures in their tracks.  All of the products are manufactured in the UK using 97% naturally derived ingredients.  Head On contains tea tree, eucalyptus and neem oil, which derives from the evergreen neem tree in India and acts as a natural insecticide. So they won’t do any damage to little heads.

Last but not least is winterwear from Regatta. Regatta are a classic and they never stop thinking of new ways to keep warm whilst outside moonflareenjoying the great outdoors. So with more of us being urged to walk to school, having the appropriate clothing is so important. The moonflare jacket (right) is perfect for Winter and summer. with the removable fleece lining and zip away hood mudplaymakes it perfect. Add to that the Isotex polyester fabric which is both breathable and waterproof, you will always be equity whatever the weather.

The mudplay all in one (left) is perfect for the ultimate outdoor protection.

You get amazing head to toe cover. With fleece lining in the body and hood and also being made from the Isotex material means its breathable but still waterproof. Perfect for forest school and jumping in muddy puddles on the walks to and from school.

Especially for the younger siblings!

Regatta have a wide variety of clothing for all times of the year. They are affordable and so long lasting. Plus with the Isotex polyester, it makes washing these garments even easier with great results.

 

So, there you have it. My school essentials. Go forth and shop. But most of all, be prepared.

 

 

 

 

Pops’ Back To School Picks From Debenhams…

Back to school is looming. Less than a week (not counting) and soon peace will rein in the house. Not before us parents have scoured the aisles. and cue in the local school shop for hours to spend our weight in money on ‘essential’  garments emblazoned with the appropriate logo.

Because that’s what our kids want. Because all the other kids will, apparently?

Or so I am informed.

With so much to choose from these days, I decided I would let Pop’s loose on the Debenhams website to put together her version of a “uniform” Or basically, what she would wear.

She decided on the seasons summer and winter. In-between is not as important apparently.

So firstly, we have her summer choices…

Summer

As you can see, she loves pink. However made an exception for the beautiful dress. And what outfit wouldn’t be complete without Hello Kitty crocs?

Next is winter and of course, a little more is needed…

Winter

The ear muffs are a must for any uniform, as are the lovely leopard print wellies. She outdid herself on this one.

Lastly and most oddly, we have the “I am tired” part of the uniform portion. She asked me why they don’t have something snugly for when they are still sleepy, so she decided it would be best to put one together.

I obliged…

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The pink theme here is strong. And not surprising with so many of these snugly beauties. Pop’s is now adamant this should be a school uniform. An I don’t disagree!

So when looking for that all important school uniform, don’t forget to check our Debenhams for yourselves!

This is our entry into the Debenhams competition.