Thursday, 21 May 2015

Getting an A on my Graded Unit

September saw me start the journey of mature student life. It was tough. It was an eye-opening experience. There were lows but mostly highs. There was lots to take in.

My course, HNC Early Education and Childcare, is almost finished. I have about two more things to do and then I'm done. Finished. Roll on the Summer holidays.

But I had a big thing to do before I could see the light at the end of the tunnel. I had to get an A in my Graded Unit. The course is a pass or a fail and only this one part of the course is graded. And it is the decider as to whether I can continue on to year 2 of my course. On my way to Bachelor of Arts in Early Education and Childhood Practice.

On Monday, we found out our grades. I knew where I was in terms of my grade because of how we handed in our reports but still, I wanted to be sure and I wasn't telling anyone until I had received my final paper back.

I got an A!

All my hard work paid off and I can safely say, it has been worth it just for that alone.

I made a vlog, talking about why I applied for college and what it has been like going back to education after a very long time away from it.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Landscape #TheGallery

The beach. How I long to go back to it. The weather hasn't been good enough for us to take a trip down to the beach yet but it's so beautiful to look out at the ocean with a bag of chips followed by an ice cream when the sun is out. I just wonder who might be sitting at the other end doing exactly the same thing.

Sticky Fingers Photo Gallery

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Clementoni Toys - Review

We recently received a couple of toys to review from brand called Clementoni. I hadn't ever heard of them before but after a quick Google, I found their website and saw that they make a huge selection of toys for children of all ages.

Miss C received the Crazy Chic Nail Salon which she was absolutely delighted with. She loves getting her nails done so she was really happy to see her own mini nail salon kit when she brought everything out of the box.

Inside the box there is a work station, three nail polishes in pink, purple and blue, decorative nail stickers, micro beads, shimmer decorations and coloured glitter. There is also a nail file and a nail polish dryer that requires x2 AA batteries which are not included (grr!)

Once the batteries were installed thanks to Daddy, Miss C wanted her nails painted. She had a good go at it herself as the handles on the polish are small enough for her to use by herself. She decided to go for pink with a little ice cream cone sticker decoration, Very cute!

The next day, all of the nail polish had come off however that is fine because the polish is water based so you can either rub it off yourself or file it off using the nail file. Miss C decided she wanted to have blue nails with gold glitter and Daddy very kindly did them for her. She used the nail dryer to dry the polish in between coats.

The Crazy Chic Nail Salon is suitable for ages 6 and over. Miss C is almost 6 and was supervised at all time using this so she was safe and sensible. There are lots of small bits so you wouldn't want to leave it sitting within the reach of a smaller person. It was really easy to put together and all the compartments mean the polishes and stickers are stored away. Miss C can't wait to use this for her  birthday sleepover with her best friend, Miss L.

Z has been after a microscope for awhile now so he was thrilled to see the My First Microscope arrive for him to review. Inside the box there is the pieces to put the microscope together, which was really easy to do. There is also some plastic microscope slides, tweezers, pipette, test tube, a beaker and a Petri dish.

The microscope comes with a small leaflet full of information on how to use the microscope and different types of things you can look for when using the microscope. You can try things like fibres and hair, salt crystals, onion cells with salt water, different types of pollen and fungus and mould spores...well that is how they discovered penicillin!

The slides are plastic so you can use them, clean them and then use them again which is really handy and saves me having to source new slides. Unless they get lost of course! I felt that they could have included a small case to store everything in so we can put the box away.

Z is delighted with his microscope and already has a list of things he wants to look at. The microscope is really easy to use and focus to get a clear image of what you are looking at. It magnifies the image up to 300 times.

My First Microscope is suitable for ages 8 and over and is part of a huge range of Science & Play toys available from Clementoni.

We received these toys for the purposes of a review. The opinions expressed are my own.

Monday, 18 May 2015

A First Vlog

Yesterday I posted my first vlog to YouTube. Vlogging is something I've been thinking about doing for awhile and when Laura tagged me in the Liebster Award, I thought, what a great idea for a vlog. I'm hoping to do a lot more vlogs over the Summer holidays and whilst we are on holiday in Florida!

So here I am, breaking my vlogging cherry!

Sunday, 17 May 2015

The Week That Was #20

Last Sunday, we were up early as Z was going to a First Communion at the local church. Husband took him a long as I took Miss C to horse riding. She decided to ride a different horse today called Teddy. He's Jocky's best friend and a bit older so he wasn't in to cantering much for her. After horse riding, we headed home to get ready to go to lunch with our friends. It was really lovely and yummy! By swimming lessons I was ready for a nap!

On Monday, it was back to school and college for us all. I handed in the final part of my graded unit! I've still work to do until the course finishes but I was glad to get the graded part out of the way. Now I just need to wait until next week to find out if I have the A I need to get on to year 2 of the course. I picked the kids up from a friend's house and we came home to have chili con carne for dinner. It was yummy!

On Tuesday, I felt awful in the morning so I took the day off college. I dropped the kids off at school and got on with some of my work at home. Thankfully we're near the end of the course with pretty much everything done so I knew I wouldn't be missing much by being off for the day. I picked the kids up after school and Miss C tried out a game I made for the children at school to help them with their number stories. We had a lovely chicken tikka masala for dinner, homemade by me and then we had an early night.

On Wednesday, it was placement day. I dropped the kids off at school and headed there. It was a busy day and I was glad of my cup of tea when I got home. The kids had fun playing outside on the trampoline together.

On Thursday, it was a lovely day. I put my washing machine on timer so that the washing would be ready to hang out when I got home. Sad the things I get excited over! Miss C was loving the sun but I think she went a little too far with the vests and shorts. It wasn't that warm!

On Friday, I dropped the kids off at school, did my shopping, finished some college work and then picked Miss C up from school. It was miserable! Z was off to his best friend's house for tea. Miss C and I came home and she decided she wanted to paint her nails and watch a movie. We watched Wall E in bed.

On Saturday, Husband took Z to Karate whilst Miss C played and I got on with my mountain of ironing. We had a pretty chilled out day, only popping out for a few errands. After dinner, we got in to our PJs and watched Britain's Got Talent.