Saturday, 22 November 2014

My eldest has started to bring home books from school to practise her reading.  She is showing a keen interest in reading and is, in my opinion, really picking up how to sound out words.  I want to support her learning at home and try and do this in a fun way.  One of these methods is with the use of apps on the iPad.

One such app we have been using recently is ‘Read with Biff, Chip and Kipper’ which has been developed by Gazoob.  The app is in association with Oxford university press and features 48 books supporting children across all 6 levels of reading and phonics.  The main features of the app are:

- Read with your child or listen as they read to you

- Auto Play feature allows children to enjoy listening to the whole book being read to them

- Hints and tips in each book for you to use with your child when reading and talking about the story

- Each book features a list of common words used within

- Puzzles and activities – each book encourages your child to have fun looking for details throughout the story as well as finishing off with an enjoyable game

The app is great fun to play and as they are characters my daughter already knows she related much better to the story.  I think this aids her learning.  One of the things I like about the app is it also shows you how to form the letter instead of just showing you the letter.  The app is free for the first two books at level 1 and is a great way to support learning at home and keep learning fun.

practising reading

I was provided with a code to download the first 3 levels for a review.  All words are my own personal opinion. 

A team challenge 10 update

For those not familiar back at the start of September I was picked to take part in #Teamchallenge10.  This challenge sees 10 bloggers come together to run 10 miles in 10 months time.  The challenge is set by Mytwomums and I was rather delighted, if not nervous, to have been selected to take part.

My original plan was to do a monthly update, unfortunately September was a little busy and October saw injury, so here is my update and a few things I have learnt so far:

As promised here are run times and stats so far:

1. 3.13 miles, 55:37, avg 17.47 min/mi
2. 2.59 miles, 39:40, avg 15:18 min/mi
3. 2.79 miles, 35:30, avg 12:45 min/mi
4. 2.07 miles, 25:48, avg 12.28 min/mi
5. 2.06 miles, 27:57, avg 13.33 min/mi
6. 0.97 miles, 10:46, avg 11.05 min/mi
7. 4.66 miles, 1:05:07, avg 13.59 min/mi
8. 5.14 miles, 1:13:47, avg 14.21 min/mi
9. 3.31 miles, 41:58, avg 12.42 min/mi
10 3.62 miles, 41:25, avg 11:27 min/mi

I am slowly seeing some improvement on the length of time I can run for and also noticing an improvement on min/mi which is good news.  I hope I can fit in another update before Christmas.

Please cheer me on as I run, I need all the encouragement there is especially in the cold weather.

Friday, 21 November 2014

Ducks and dogs

With my eldest now at school and I am working freelance from home, I can take some time out occasionally to spend with my youngest and fit work around her. I am so grateful for this time together and creating memories I may have missed if I was at work.

It appeared a dry (ish) day today and when I asked my youngest what she wanted to do she ran to the cupboard, grabbed some bread, and declared she wanted for feed the ducks. I thought it a wonderful idea and so we took the dogs with us and headed out.

The weather stayed dry, thankfully, and we found a spot where my youngest and I could feed the ducks. We had soon run out of bread but the ducks kept coming. They seemed to all flock towards us. It didn't bother my youngest who said we needed to go and buy more bread.

Feeding the ducks
It was lovely to spend some time with my daughter doing something she wanted to do and it made a welcome change from watching frozen!

This day I love Ducks and dogs

A Yorkshire raffle

As you know I am very proud to be from Yorkshire. So when I was contacted recently to help raise awareness of Myeloma through a Yorkshire giveaway how could I say no.

For those unfamiliar with Myeloma, 

'Multiple Myeloma is a rare form of cancer that affects the plasma cells (a type of white blood cell), which create various anti-bodies to form part of your immune system. Myeloma means that these plasma cells become abnormal and only release one type of useless antibody that has no function in fighting against disease.

As a result the Cancer affects multiple areas of the body, usually where bone marrow is active within adults such as the spine, skull, pelvis, arms etc.

With a full list of possible symptoms and complications, fighting and living with this type of cancer is difficult. But with an increase of awareness, Myeloma UK is helping not only support, but research and develop a cure for all stages of this aggressive form of Cancer, which is why your donations mean so much to those effected.'

Myeloma UK receive no government or NHS funding and it is therefore vital to raise money to hep support the essential research and the support that is given to patients.

If you would like to take part in the raffle and be in with a chance of winning all you need to do is follow this link and follow the instructions.

(Thisdayilove is in no way affiliated with this giveaway, I was asked to share and thought it a worthy cause to share)

Art for the boudoir

My Facebook feed recently has been full of my friends sharing the trailer for fifty shades of grey. All eagerly arranging girls nights out to watch the film when it is released Valentine's day next year. Fifty shades of grey has brought about a little bit of excitement before Christmas and with this in mind I wanted to introduce an artist who I have recently been introduced to.

Haydn Charles has taken the tradition of Victorian erotica and added his own unique style. His artwork is enchanting and seductive and is certainly art for the boudoir. The collection works as stand alone pieces or in groups of three as the lush reds complement each other in all the paintings.

Haydn Charles artHaydn Charles art

For those with a fifty shades of grey fan at Christmas, or those looking for an alternative gift for the groom Haydn Charles art would be the perfect gift.

I am able to giveaway a signed print from the Eros collection.  Entry is via the Rafflecopter below which contains full t&C.  The giveaway is open to UK residents aged 18 and over and closes Midnight GMT on 9th December 2014.  Don't forget to check out my other giveaways.

New pyjama

I love to get the girls new pyjama for Christmas. Last year we reviewed these beautiful reindeer ones, which the girls still wear. This year we have been sent a lovely pair from pyjama party.

There are a variety of different designs to choose from, my daughters have pink. The pyjamas are made of cotton, which means they allows my daughters skin to breathe and keep her warm through the night. I think they also feel very soft and both girls find them comfortable to wear.

I have washed the pyjama a few times now and they still look like new, there has been no colour run and no bobbling or fading. They would make a lovely gift for Christmas.

I am pleased to be able to giveaway a pair of pyjamas from pyjama party. Follow the instructions on the rafflecopter below. Giveaway ends on 5th December 2014 at midnight GMT. Full t and c on rafflecopter widget, good luck.