Sunday, 28 February 2016

My Sunday Photo: 9D Virtual Reality Amazement!

Boy taking part in a 9D virtual reality experience
First foray into the world of 9D Virtual Reality!

Thursday, 25 February 2016

The Importance of Inclusion in Mainstream Schools

Hopscotch on playground with title overlaidI have supported inclusion my whole adult life. I went to a small, remote, underfunded secondary school and I realised from an early age how important it was to support those who needed it, to ensure their development, not just educationally, but also socially. As a young person at school, you don't see what awareness there is or what support is being provided for individuals, you just notice who is bored, or embarrassed, or struggling. That’s why I decided, there and then, that I wanted to be a Learning Support Assistant. There wasn’t even a name for the role then, it was unkindly referred to in the press as the ‘Mum’s Army’ and was viewed as the Government trying to cut costs in teaching.

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Mother's Day Flower Delivery with Blossoming Gifts

Close up of a perfect white rose
I love flowers, particularly in the winter. They can really lift the spirits and they remind me that spring is coming, even on the dullest winter's day. Receiving flowers is always a treat. Flowers are the ultimate extravagance and you have to be pretty determined to buy them for yourself, as there is always something more practical that needs to be purchased. Mother's Day is the perfect occasion for flowers, as it falls just as the spring flowers are starting to bloom and everyone is beginning to think about summer. 

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Creating Storage from Scraps. Guest Post

Homemade shelf with title overlaid

A Guest Post by The Husband

I've always held the theory that my generation, I'll be 50 this year, was the last generation to be brought up by Victorians. My grandparents were born in 1905, therefore my mother to this day lives by Victorian values. I spoke when I was spoken to, was downstairs ready for breakfast, after making my bed, at 7 o'clock and that was when I was seven years old. I grew up respecting my elders, didn't even know what a swear word was and I didn't say; 'Thank you', I said; 'Thank you very much'.

Saturday, 13 February 2016

Win Britney Spears Circus Perfume

One for the ladies this week. as we've had a few children-based giveaways recently. I absolutely love this perfume. Everyone knows you shouldn't buy a perfume because of the pretty bottle, but, on the off chance you don't like the smell, at least it will make an attractive ornament! This is a full-size 30ml bottle, rrp £22 and it could be yours for a few clicks of the Rafflecopter. Good luck. Ooh, and don't forget our Disney Frozen iphone 5 Case Competition is still open until 21st February.

Carrot Soup with Asda's Wonky Veg Box!

Close up of the contents of the wonky veg box, with title overlaidFor Day 5 of Wonky Veg Week, I thought we had better make some carrot soup, as it's one of L's favourite foods. It's a great way to squeeze some nutrition into children, as it's quite sweet and a fun colour and is often a favourite for a cold winter's day. Our veg is starting to run out now, but it has lasted well and was definitely worth the £3.50 it cost for the 5kg box. So far it has made; Leek Pastry Slices, Stuffed Peppers, Spanish Omelette and has provided the veg for our Sunday roast. Not bad for the outlay and it's been fun thinking up imaginative recipes, whilst getting away from boring convenience foods. 
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