Monday, 15 May 2017

TutorPear.com launches GCSE Maths website to help students with free online resources


My eldest Alesha is 7 and is currently doing her SATs in Year 2 and I see the pressure and worry in her little face when it comes to doing SATs homework. She had 3 pages of Maths, she got given on Friday, which had to be completed by tomorrow. 
We didn't rush into doing it with her over the weekend as she would of had enough from doing it at school. 
She sat down earlier with me and her dad whilst she done the Maths equations. I must admit some of them it took me a while to work out. 
I felt sorry for her when I seen her poor little face struggling, I was used of seeing my happy confident girl.

I dread when it comes to the SATs in year 6, but all we can do is be there for them and assure them everything will be ok no matter the outcome.

I hope this new website is of some help to your children that are currently sitting their SATs.

NEW GCSE MATH WEBSITE LAUNCHED TO HELP STUDENTS STRUGGLING WITH GCSE MATHS AND ALSO INCLUDES PAST EXAM PAPERS AND SOLUTIONS. 

A new GCSE maths website has been launched to help students struggling with the subject which is also mobile and tablet friendly. 

GCSE maths is a mandatory core subject as well as being one of the most difficult. It is also crucial in terms of progressing onto A ‘levels and onwards to University which makes it is the main subject students and parents worry about. 

Topics covered on the website include Numbers, Algebra, Geometry and measure, Probability and Handling data. The lessons have been structured in a way that make it simple and easy to follow. Past exam papers are available as far back as 2010 and the exam boards covered include AQA, EDEXCEL and Cambridge. The past exam paper section includes both mark schemes and examiner reports.

Other features of the free service includes a news section which is updated with the latest news on GCSE and iGCSE maths, a syllabus section on the Pearson, EXEXCEL and Cambridge GCSE variants and a blog section with hints and tips on how to prepare and succeed in GCSE Maths exams.

https://tutorpear.com/

Sunday, 14 May 2017

31 Weeks Pregnant Bump Photo

I've reached the single figure countdown, only 9 weeks left until due date (13th July).
Baby has been head down since my 28 week scan. I had another scan on Friday, baby is measuring well, placenta is still at the front and little miss is still head down and ready. 

I'm nowhere near ready for her arrival, so hoping that she is just comfy in that position and not waning to arrive into the big wide world too early.

I've washed and put away all her teeny tiny clothes and bedding. Just need to wash the moses basket cover and her blankets (once I've got her name embroidered onto them on Tuesday). 

Whilst out shopping this morning I picked up a few packs of heavy sanitary towels, which I'm going to pack into my hospital bag, whenever I get round to doing it. As I put the packets into the basket, Alana says "mam you don't need all them face wipes"! haha she gave me and Brandon a good giggle.


Trying to sleep on a night is becoming fairly difficult as my hips ache. I find myself turning from side to side every couple of minutes. Even just trying to roll over onto my side is proving to be a slow difficult task.


Friday, 12 May 2017

Super Geek Heroes Review / Giveaway



The SUPER GEEK HEROES are a unique group of super-kids... having fun in turn with a mission to learn! Their seven friendly ‘super-powers’ are derived from the three prime and four specific development areas of the ‘Early Years Foundation Stage’. 
These are... Personal, Social & Emotional Development, Understanding the World, Communication & Language, Literacy, Numeracy, Physical Development, and Creative Arts & Design.  
By introducing "superhero characters" to represent learning and development areas within EYFS, children (and adults) interact more effectively when they understand and relate to their meaning. The use of fun animated 3D characters in this way make children’s learning and development cool, exciting and interesting right through their early years and beyond.
Meet the characters and their representative learning and development areas within the early years foundation stage; Jake Jotter (Literacy), Mille Maths (Mathematics), Peter Planet (Understanding the World), Ant Active (Physical Development), Vicky Voice (Communication & Language), Ronnie Rock (Expressive Arts & Design) and Suzi Smiles (Personal, Social & Emotional Development)...

When it comes to a new way of learning, I'll happily try it out with my children as education is highly important.

With Alesha being 7 years old, I knew she would happily sit and watch the video whilst taking in some information, but I wasn't too sure if Alana would, with only being 4 and not a big TV/cartoon person. 
To my surprise both girls sat lovely on the couch with my laptop watching the videos over on youtube. 
Within a couple of seconds Alana said to Alesha, "which character do you want to be as I'm going to be Suzi Smiles"?


It was lovely for me to watch them both totally engrossed in an educational cartoon video, with no bickering amongst them. I myself found the video rather interesting. The bright colour and the different types of characters caught the kids eyes.

Why not pop on over to youtube for yourself and see what I'm talking about. Let me know your thoughts and did you find your little ones totally glued to the computer or TV screen whilst watching Super Geek Heros? https://www.youtube.com/supergeekheroes

If your little one enjoys colouring in or other edicational activites pop on over to http://www.supergeekheroes.com/ where you will find various print outs. We have just printed the sheet for Alesha to, fill in the clock faces to help with telling the time. 

I have promised my two that they can sit and watch some more episodes on their tablets after tea time tomorrow (when they get an hour tablet time). With that in mind they went upstairs at bedtime yapping away about 'Super Geek Heros'. 
It's no doubt been a big hit in our house, when earlier on I didn't think Alana would be interested, but mummy was wrong. 




KidsCast are offering my readers the chance to win free 6 months subscription to KidsCast APP where you can download and view Super Geek Heros on the go or cast to your TV! To be in with a chance of winning, use the rafflecopter widget below and answer this question:

In the first video on the playlist - which continent is number 7 in Peter's lesson?










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Thursday, 4 May 2017

30 Weeks Pregnant - Trip To Hospital With Food Poisoning


The nerves are slowly kicking in now as the time draws closer, only 10 weeks away till my due date. The flash backs of the pain I'm going to endure during labour haunts me, but I just keep picturing holding my tiny baby in my arms to make me feel that bit better!

Bank holiday Monday was a scary time, as I ended up in hospital with bad stomach and lower back ache. 

Monday morning I felt the usual, tired and sick but it slowly started to ease off as the day progressed. We arranged to meet Brandon's cousin and her 4 children at our local Fayre & Square - Merry Go Round to have dinner around noon. 

All 7 children sat and behaved beautifully, they had crayons and sheets of paper to colour in, which kept them occupied until food was served. As soon as the waitress put my plate in front of me, I could feel my stomach turn. I ordered lasagne with garlic bread, the lasagne looked like it had been reheated numerous times but I just kept my mouth shut and slowly ate three quarters of the meal. 

After we all finished our meals, my partner decided to tell me that he thought exactly the same about my meal when he seen it, but didn't want to say anything to me as I'd already tucked in to enjoy it haha!

All the children done really well with their meals, we stayed for a few minutes after we had finished eating to have a little natter amongst oursleves. I felt ok just a little bloated and insisted we should start to make our way back to the cars.

As we said goodbye to Mel and the children, my stomach slowly started to ache. Then half way home I began to get really sore cramping pains in my lower stomach, "owwwwwwww Brandon please get me home I'm in agony"! Alesha and Alana kept asking if I was ok, "yes" I managed to reply whilst slowly breathing through the cramping pains.

Once we arrived home the kids stayed out in the garden to play, whilst Brandon insisted he would make sure I got upto bed ok and brought me 2 paracetamol for the pain. "I'll be ok", I said "you go ahead outside and finish whatever DIY you wanted to do in the garden". 

I made it to the bathroom just as Brandon got reached the bottom step and that's when I shouted, "BRANDON"! He came up to find me sat on the toilet but vomiting into my trousers and knickers, which were around my ankles! He kept reasurring me that I'll be ok and he wasn't leaving me. 
After a few minutes, he cleaned the mess up in the bathroom as I slowly cleaned myself up and hobbled back into bed still in pain but now just in my lower back.

Brandon went outside but kept texting me to make sure I was ok. Then I suggested he should ring his mother to see if she could mind the children whilst he took me to the local walk in centre to be checked over (more so to make sure the baby was okay).

After I was seen to at the walk in centre, and my urine came back with 3+ keytones and 1+ infection. I was advised to go to maternity at my local hospital. 

Upon arrival, my urine was tested again and came back the same results. I was put on a monitor, so they could keep track of the baby's heartbeat to make sure all was okay with baby, which it was. 
I was asked if I ate any new foods, to which I replied yes I ate out earlier that day. That's what they put the sickness and pain down to as I was okay all along and felt abit better after vomiting it up.

I was luckily allowed home 2 hours later, as I managed to keep down some food and water so therefore the keytones dropped to 1+.

I'm back to my normal self now, just feeling tired but I've only got 10 weeks to go, hooray!!!

Back in hospital next week for growth scan, fingers crossed little miss has grown.

Airbnb of rentals launches in the UK

An online service set to do for home renting what Airbnb did for the holiday business has launched throughout the UK.

RentalStep allows both tenants and landlords to leave reviews of each other and their properties so everyone can make more informed decisions about future moves.

But that’s just the beginning – what makes RentalStep a true rental revolution is its Tenant Passport™.

The Tenant Passport addresses one of the underlying problems of today’s rental market – landlord confidence and the cost of having to pay for pricey references.

This free service allows renters to log their verified payment history online and every punctual rental payment will improve their credit score – the key to everything from getting a mobile phone contract to securing a mortgage, and that first step on the property-owning ladder.

“Our revolutionary new platform that connects great tenants and great landlords has launched across the UK and is set to revolutionise the way we rent. Our partnership with Experian means we can offer free credit scoring and ID verification for both tenants and landlords” said Mike Georgeson, founder of RentalStep.

He added, “Our unique, secure Tenant Passport allows tenants to show a landlord just how good a tenant they are, whilst giving landlords access to a pool of verified tenants.”


The Tenant Passport, which RentalStep guarantee will remain free for tenants, means renters’ online reference will be only a click away. The Passport includes a record of rental payments – with each payment record sent to Experian – and present and past tenancies.

RentalStep has also introduced the new concept of a TenantScore™, which makes it simple for landlords to assess would-be tenants' suitability for a property. Meanwhile, landlords will be able to store all of their documents for the tenancy online and share them with their tenants.

The company, brainchild of entrepreneur and landlord Mike Georgeson, has already won a massive vote of confidence, taking the £150,000 first prize from a Startups.co.uk competition following a real-life Dragon’s Den-style interview with Worth Capital.

RentalStep provides great tenants and great landlords with a win-win situation. The only losers are likely to be letting agents, who will have to start thinking twice about extracting hefty fees for matching the best tenants with the best landlords.

The Tenant Passport provides a real lifeline to tenants keen to improve their credit score and reassure landlords in a market where competition for decent lettings is increasingly fierce.

And in an industry not known for its openness to going online, a service has finally arrived that reflects the reality of Generation Rent, bringing high-quality rental services direct to the digital generation.

Renters can find out more about RentalStep and join thousands of other great tenants and landlords at www.rentalstep.co.uk

Winners Of The Baby Show Tickets Birmingham



I had a large number of entries for this competition and 2 lucky people were chosen at random via rafflecopter .

CONGRATULATIONS to Hannah Madden & also Tracey Foley who are the lucky winners.

I've sent you both and email to claim your wonderful prize.




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Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Win tickets to The Baby Show at NEC Birmingham May 2017


This May get ready to enjoy a fantastic shopping experience at the UK’s leading pregnancy and parenting event of the year. The Baby Show with MadeForMums will be taking place from Friday 19th to Sunday 21st May, at the NEC Birmingham. Find everything you need for bump, baby and you - with amazing offers all in one place, for three days only!

The show is a great way to get hands on and try before you buy. Brand and product experts will be on hand to tell you everything you need to know, so it’s a great opportunity to compare products and find the right fit for you. There will be over 200 exhibitors showcasing a huge array of essential baby products from trusted brands as well as the latest innovations. All the major baby retailers will be there, alongside market leading brands such as iCandy, Stokke, UppaBaby, Chicco, Britax, MAM, Nuby, Mothercare and Italian brand Peg Perego!  There will also be independent brands that you won’t find on the high street. And once you’ve shopped until you’ve dropped, don’t worry about all the carrying as you can take advantage of the free Emma’s Diary Collect-By-Car service where you can drop off all your purchases and continue until you’ve got a car full. 


There will be a wonderful line up of speakers on The Baby Show Stage with MadeForMums including experts from the world of breastfeeding, sleep and nutrition!

It really is a must-attend show for mums and dads to be, parents, friends and family members.  

We’ve team up with The Baby Show to give away 2 pairs of tickets worth £20 each! 

The Baby Show is taking place on Friday 19th May – Sunday 21st May inclusive, open from 9.30am to 5pm each day.  Standard on the door tickets are £20.  For more information please visit www.thebabyshow.co.uk.

 Ticket Competition Terms & Conditions
No purchase necessary. Entrants must be aged 18 years or over. Competition is open to UK residents only.

Entry into this competition confirms your acceptance of these Terms and Conditions and your agreement to be bound by the decisions of The Baby Show.  

Entry is strictly limited to one person per ticket code. The winner will be notified by email or phone call once the competition closes. The winners will be selected at random from all the correct entries received before the closing date and time. All prizes must be accepted as offered. There can be no alternative awards, cash or otherwise.  Entrants will receive a ticket code which can be activated at http://www.thebabyshow.co.uk/. Tickets cannot be sold on to third parties.




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Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Pram Chosen For Baby Number 4 - Cosatto Ooba


When it comes to pram shopping, I am totally within my element. I could look at prams all day long, I'd love to be an actual pram tester haha!

I've lost count the number of prams and strollers, that I've purchased since having my first child in 2009. Between my 3 children I've had over 15 prams/strollers. 

With me currently being 28 weeks pregnant it was definitely time to do my partners head in and ask to go pram shopping (again)! It only took me a few hours to decide on a pram and it wasn't jsut any pram, it was one that my partner really liked the look of aswel. Now it's normally hard to please my partner when it comes to prams, as in his words "it's just a pram, get anyone"! But when we came across the Cosatto Ooba in marzipan colour he was intrigued with the colour and leather look material.

So our little new addition to our family in July has her pram ready and waiting for her under the stairs. Brandon has already put it up an pushed it around the living room (more excited than me I reckon). I even got a quick photo of him testing the pram haha!


I'm looking forward to using a pram with a carrycot, as my previous 3 travel systems prams I bought only had the car seat but this time I opted for a carrycot. I feel like a little child at Christmas time, just want the weeks to roll on now so I can take my little princess out for a stroll in the pram. 

Monday, 24 April 2017

Pregnancy: Week 28

28 Week Bump Photo

On Friday morning I had my consultant appointment over at my local Hartlepool hospital.
It was a nerve racking time because there was also doctors from the cardiology department in the room, thankfully my other half was able to get a 'pass out' from work so he could attend the appointment with me.

Overall the appointment went really well, I couldn't of hoped for a better outcome. They are going to treat me as a 'normal' pregnant woman, as I've got a heart monitor fitted as so far my heart has only had slight hiccups and nothing major. I was advised to treat any infections etc I get a.s.a.p as it will cause strain on my heart and my heart is already working overtime with me being pregnant.

My consultant was pleased with the outcome from the cardiology team. I therefore don't need to see the cardiology team again until after I have the baby. I'm back to see my consultant in 3 weeks time, as I'm being closely monitored and having a number of scans due to small growth of litttle miss inside my womb.

Having small babies is nothing new to me, as my first baby Alesha weighed 6lbs 9oz born 39 weeks + 2 days, my second baby Alana weighed 6lbs 13oz born 40 weeks + 2 days and my third baby Imogen weighed 5lbs 10oz born 38 weeks. 
I did have the sweep with Imogen as the doctors recon my placenta stopped working near to the end of my pregnant, therefore Imogen stopped growing. Thankfully my waters broke that evening after the sweep and I gave birth to Imogen early hours. 

I'm starting to feel alot of movement and kicks etc these last few days. My placenta is at the front so it is kind of acting like a barrier so I don't tend to feel many kicks (which can be worrying). 

I think within the next few days I may make a start on washing some of little miss clothes and getting them put away. Alesha and Alana are looking forward to helping me arrange the baby stuff. 

Exhausted new parents lose out on over 650 hours of sleep a year!


Exhausted new parents lose out on over 650 hours of sleep a year
Research finds sleep deprivation is the most stressful challenge about becoming a parent

Research out today by children’s reading charity BookTrust reveals new parents are completely sleep deprived in the child’s first few years, losing out on a whopping 657 hours per year, which equates to almost four weeks of less sleep a year.  
BookTrust, the UK’s largest children’s reading charity also found:
·         Sleep deprivation is the most stressful challenge about becoming a parent, second only to worries about children’s health
·         A fifth of new parents (21%) have taken a day off work in order to catch up on lost sleep
·         Children not following a Bath, Book, Bed routine are less relaxed at bedtime, get up more often during the night and get fed more frequently
The survey polled over 1,000 families on bedtime routines and sleeping habits and revealed that half of parents who don’t follow a Bath, Book, Bed routine would favour a night of uninterrupted sleep over romantic weekends and nights out with friends. Health, productivity and sense of humour also suffer in those who aren’t following the nightly routine with 34% eating poorly, 24% nodding off during the day and 34% taking a knock to their sense of humour.
BookTrust’s annual Bath, Book, Bed campaign aims to solve these problems in three easy steps, encouraging parents to stick to a simple bedtime routine and asking families to share stories as a regular part of bedtime to help their little ones sleep soundly.
Jo Frost, worldwide parenting expert and BookTrust Ambassador said: “BookTrust’s Bath, Book, Bed campaign is a really straightforward approach to tackling a problem that most parents with young children face – the bedtime battle. Bedtime routines do not need to be complicated for especially-tired parents on their last legs. Implementing healthy sleeping habits, and a consistent bedtime routine will not only calm down the child and parents but, provide an environment so that both child and parent can read together helping them both relax and wind down. Meaning everyone will be well-rested, happier and healthier.”
Diana Gerald, CEO of BookTrust said: “BookTrust understands how troublesome it can be for parents to get young children to sleep and we know that sometimes it can feel like a never-ending struggle, so we’re sending out 450,000 copies of our Bath, Book, Bed booklet filled with advice and tips to help families tackle bedtime head on and ensure everyone gets a good night’s sleep.”
Sweet dreams start with a simple routine. Families can get involved by attending events or visiting www.bathbookbed.org.uk to register for tips, advice and recommended bedtime books. Get involved on social media @booktrust #bathbookbed

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

From Toe Dippers To Cannonballs In Just One Holiday


Heading off for the sun this summer with kids?  If they haven’t mastered the art of swimming before you go, they will by the time you return, if you heed the advice of swimming instructor, Chris Shore, the inventor of Aquaplane, the latest aid to make a splash in the swimming sector. 
‘It’s all about feeling confident and safe. Aquaplane straps to a child’s back, leaving their arms free from resistance, enabling them to stretch out in the water, and achieve the correct body position naturally and easily’ say Chris.
Though Aquaplane is great for beginners it also adapts to take a child through all the different stages to further their swimming techniques.
Chris continues: ‘Aquaplane will help a child to learn to swim on their back, too.  The wide & low profile enables the learner to have more balance and the patented design gives a superior streamlined position compared to all other swimming aids.

Once your child is through the early stages of development, you can then remove the straps and AquaPlane can be used as a kick board to enhance stroke development.
As further progress is achieved, AquaPlane turns into a performance tool to build stamina and strength.’
Chris, who has coached many former championship swimmers adds: ‘Whilst Aquaplane might not guarantee a place in the Olympic swimming team, it will certainly give your child the confidence he or she needs to kick start the process this summer.’
Aquaplane  has also received the expert input and endorsement from two luminaries in championship swimming – Chris Shore, Chris Cooke (Team GB Athens ’04 and Biejing, ’08) as well as swimming instructor and Commonwealth Games team member, Dan Coombs (Delhi’10).
Aquaplane is suitable for children aged from 3 upwards and is available from www.hippychick.com and priced at £24.99.


Kids Grow Up Too Quick

I always remember being pregnant with my first child, back in 2009. I would generally get the comment, "cherish every moment because they grow up too quick"! I used to give a 'hmm ok' type of giggle and agree with them.
How can they grow up too quick? Why is it such a used phrase? Babies just generally grow up day by day and not too quick. Each stage and milestone lasts a number of weeks. I remember loads of questions whirling around my head and just generally thinking, people were mad for saying that phrase.

I'd say, it wasn't until I was pregnant with my second child, back in 2012 it made me realise how much I actually agreed with that phrase, "cherish every moment because they grow up too quick"!
Simply because I was due to have another baby but yet it felt like my first born Alesha was still a baby until I looked a her and thought deeply about the huge difference there is going to be between them both. 

The years have well and truly flown by and it's scary to think that at the age of 28, I'm going to be a mother of 4 young girls within a few weeks time! It doesn't feel 7 years since I brought my first baby into the world. Each of them have learnt so much and have progressed with a different milestone every so often, whether it's crawling, doing a handstand or even learning to balance on one foot. 
I have tears in my eyes as I write this post, but only tears of purse joy and achievement. Me and Brandon have raised clever little ducklings and I feel blessed to be their mother.

Energetic morning in our household 

This evening I was relaxing on the couch as my pelvic and hips were aching (joys of being pregnant), so Brandon gave the kids a bath for me. After he got Alana dried and dressed she went into her bedroom, that she shares with her older sister and happily sat up on Alesha's dressing table brushing her hair in a world of her own. Brandon sneakily took photos of her and came downstairs to show me, as it made his heart melt how mature she looked and acted for a 4 year old.

As tiring as everyday maybe, I'm just proud as punch of my little tribe and can't wait to welcome our finally baby into the world in July.


Friday, 10 March 2017

My 3 Little Ladies

Having more than child, can mean having to retake a photo more than 10 times because there is always one child who isn't looking at the camera!

With Imogen being 19 months, she is a tad confused when we take photos of her with her big sisters. Shes probably thinking, not my mother again saying "say cheeseeeee", what is she even on about? I look upto Alesha at one side of me and she is smiling looking at mum and at the other side is Alana doing exactly the same thing. Guess I'm ment to smile and look at mum, here goes!



I finally managed to get a lovely photo of my 3 little ladies, bright and early on a morning just before school. The photo was taken on my bed as I was having a lazy morning (due to not having much sleep joys of pregnancy) . Brandon got the children ready for school and brought them upto to me so I can do their hair. 

Won't be long and Imogen will be joining her two big sister's in school uniform.


Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Watch ‘THE BOSS BABY’ meeting in a brand new clip!

“We babies are having a crisis” - The Boss Baby (Alec Baldwin)
In eager anticipation of the upcoming release of THE BOSS BABY, a brand new clip has been released by Twentieth Century Fox andDreamWorks Animation which includes a very important meeting. Featuring the voice talents of Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Jimmy Kimmel and Lisa Kudrow and from the director of Madagascar, THE BOSS BABY is due to arrive in cinemas from April 1.


The 'Meeting' clip is available on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/WhJ-Px6Q3w8

#TheBossBaby


Edible Mother’s Day Sushi Bouquet From Yutaka

Here’s a lovely idea from Japanese food specialist yutaka an entirely edible bouquet for kids to make for their mums this Mother’s Day. It’s because it’s made from sushi cones – or temaki, to give them their official Japanese name.

You can choose to fill them with whatever you fancy – avocado, wasabi, red pepper and even smoked salmon (although think twice about presenting someone with a fish-smelling bouquet). The decoration features spiralized veggies, flowers pressed from tofu, carrots or whatever you have to hand (courtesy of food cutters) and a range of lettuce leaves to provide the foliage.

For a small posy, you should make three cones or, for maximum effect, create a minimum of nine. They need to be made on the day, as the fillings make the nori seaweed cones a little flimsy if they’re left too long. 

Not only is it something homemade, the sushi bouquet is something everyone can enjoying eating. Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it?


Yutaka Mother’s Day Bouquet
Ingredients
500g Yutaka Sushi Rice
6 tbs Yutaka Rice Vinegar
4 tbs sugar
2 tsp salt
7 – 9 Yutaka Nori sheets
Cocktail sticks for the flowers
1 large carrot
1 large beetroot
1 large courgette
Rosso or Salad Bowl lettuce leaves
Yutaka Tofu

Fillings

Choose your favourite sushi fillings e.g. avocado, cucumber, smoked salmon, crab sticks as well as a dab of Yutaka Wasabi

Method

Rinse 500g sushi rice in a bowl of water, drain and repeat at least 4 times then drain rice with a sieve. Put 660 ml water and the washed rice into a saucepan. Bring to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes with the lid on. Turn off the heat and leave to stand for 25-30 mins without opening the lid.

Mix the rice vinegar, sugar and salt together and fold into the cooked sushi rice after it has cooled down.


Spiralise ½ carrot and thinly slice the other half – using flower cookie cutters, cut out shapes in various sizes and repeat same with the beetroot and the courgette. Using
Yutaka Tofu, slice off about 3 thin pieces and repeat flower cutter process.

To make up the bouquet

Roll a nori sheet into the shape of a cone and fill with the sushi rice. Make a well in the centre with your finger and add your fillings, then cover over with rice so they are hidden.

Top with one of the spiralized vegetables and place a flower of your choice on top (secured with a cocktail stick). Repeat process with a new cone and with another vegetable until you have three cones featuring spiralized veggies.

With the remaining nori sheets, make additional cones, add rice plus fillings and tuck in a small lettuce leaf or three depending on their size and top with 3 flowers (again secured with a cocktail stick).

The bouquet can then be wrapped in tissue paper and cellophane and tied up with ribbon.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Gender Reveled - Baby Number 4

I woke up ever so early, even before the kids yesterday morning.

The day had arrived to find out the sex of baby number 4, the excitement was unbelievable! I couldn't'' wait for Brandon to wake up so I nudged him and erm accidentally woke him whilst saying, "it's d day, we finally find out the sex of our baby!"

We were all so exited even the children, Alesha and Alana sat at the table that morning eating breakfast discussing whether it was a boy or a girl. Imogen stayed at her nanny and papas house the night before, due to us having to go straight tot he hopsital after we dropped Alesha and Alana off at school and nursery.

Me and Alesha went for girl, whilst Brandon and Alana thought boy. 

The scan went well, baby is measuring good and everything looked normal. Then came the question, "would you like to know the sex of the baby?" Both mine and Brandons faces lite up with excitement as we said "yes please"! The lady then pointed to 3 white lines on the screen and said "you're having a girl congratulations."

My gut instinct was correct after that I was carrying a baby girl. We were over the moon to be able to have found out as I don't think either of us could of waiting till the baby was born. 

We couldn't wait to tell Alesha and Alana and see their little faces light up with happiness. 
Brandon colelcted Alana from nursery so I let him tell her the news. Alana response was "aww no daddy me and you got it wrong we said it was a boy." Bless her she is still happy and now keeps talking about her baby sister in my belly.

As soon as I walked into the school yard to colelct Alesha, she came running over to me shouting "mum is it a boy or a girl". When I told her she was shouting "yes yes I'm having a baby sister". Then off she skipped happily to the car.

This weekend we are all going out on a shopping trip and the girls and choose some clothes etc for their little sister.

I'm still on cloud 9 to think that I'm going to be a mother of 4 little drama queens. Think it's time Brandon built a man cave in the back garden for abit of peace haha!









Sunday, 19 February 2017

Preston Park - Dig For It - February Half Term (Saturday 11- Sunday 26 February)


On Friday we decided to take the children to an event called 'Dig For It', which was taking place at Preston Park in Stockton-On-Tees. 

Alesha and Alana were really excited and couldn't wait to get ready that morning. We thought it would be a good idea for the kids to wear wellies and us to wear boots, as we guessed it would involves getting muddy. 

When we arrived about 12.35pm the car park was full, cars were even parked in the coach bays. We drove round and around in circles for 5 minutes and then we managed to get a parking space as somebody was pulling out. 
I felt sorry for the large number of cars that were arriving as we were getting sorted because there was literally nowhere to park. Car park is too small especially for such a popular park and museum. 
It only cost £5 in total for entry for us all, which I thought was a very good price. 
We first had a stroll through the Victorian street, which was set
back in time. It was set out lovely starting by, stepping over the clock, ticking backwards and entering a time gone by.
The kids we intrigued to learn about the different items and roles etc back in the 1895. 
There was sadly only 3 premises that had members of staff in to talk to and find out information, which was the police station, sweet shop and tea room. I was very disappointed because reading on Preston Park website it states alot more even a toy shop (which was closed) and a violin maker. 
When we reached the end of Victorian street there was 5 trays laid of with some sand in and the children could look in the sand for pretend bones etc. Once you found 3 you brought them across into a room where you drew a picture of your favorite one. 

Alesha and Alana enjoyed it, but they were disappointed as it was nothing like they had expected and it only lasted 10 minutes. They thought they would be digging in mud and not playing with sand in a tray like in nursery. 
Imogen on the otherhand had great fun, she cried when it was time to leave the sand tray.

The play park was lovely and very big, so we let the kids play there for a while after the dig event.





Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Pregnancy: 16 weeks + 6 days - Bump Photo


I feel and look like my baby bump has grown so much over night.

I just couldn't resist taking a bump photo after my bath when I put on a pair of Pj's. Yup, you guessed it! They were indeed too small to cover my bump now, at only 16 weeks pregnant!

All of my other pregnancy I've had a fairly smallish bump until just after halfway (20 weeks). My 3 girl's were small birth weights aswel, Alesha was 6lbs 9oz, Alana was 6lbs 13oz and Imogen was 5lbs 10oz. Imogen I had a sweep at 38 weeks because she had stopped growing, no fear of this one not growing haha!

The only worrying concern I have at the moment, is not feeling baby kick everyday. I felt it kick once 2 days ago and haven't felt anything since. I thought I would feel the kicking quite early on due to it being my forth pregnancy. 

I need not to worry too much because we bought a doppler and baby's heartbeat is perfect!
Here is some photos of Alesha & Alana listening to baby's heartbeat, they were over the moon and now keep asking can I do it again.



Monday, 30 January 2017

Prices Reducded At Vue Cinema


We always tend to find it hard to think of days out and things to do with the children during the cold winter days.

For the last few days Alana had been asking us if we can take them to the cinema, as much as I liked the idea. I wasn't too keen on the other hand, because the last time we took them it cost £30 alone for 2 adults and 2 child tickets. The total soon added up when they kids wanted sweets and a drink. Well over £50 we paid for a trip to the cinema.

But, Friday night when me and Brandon were sat thinking of where to take them the following day. All that kept popping into our heads was the cinema, purely because Alana had been asking if we could take them again.

Then I remembered that Vue cinema do a kids weekend morning called 'mini mornings', between 9-10am they show a certain film for only £2.50 per person. I had a look at their website to see which movie it was but sadly the only movie available to watch at present on 'mini mornings' was Trolls. Trolls is a movie that has only just come out but it's a movie both kids have already watched twice so we decided against the 'mini mornings' idea.

As I was searching for other movies, up flashed new price of £4.99 per person! That brought a smile across my face as it ment it wouldn't cost us as much as it did the previous visit. Brandon went on and booked 4 tickets to see the movie 'Sing' the following morning.

When we got up the following day, Brandon told the girls where we were going and their little faces lit up as they happily got dressed chatting away to eachother about going to the cinema.

We dropped Imogen off at Nanny's (Brandon's mam) because she is too young to still through a movie, especially in the cinema.

The movie was good, just took quite sometime to start which made Alana a little restless and bored. The only other downfall with Vue cinema in Hartlepool is, they have no heating what so ever. The place was freezing, we all kept our coats on throughout the movie.



Sunday, 29 January 2017

Mummy and 3 Daughter's

It's not often I get a photo of me and my 3 children. This one I actually really like, even though we're all walking away from the camera!

Brandon took this lovely photo of us on our winters walk through wynyard woodland park.


Pregnancy Announcement Baby Number 4

I've been very very quite the last few weeks, as we've been adjusting to our surprise shock of being pregnant with baby number 4.

It came as a total shock to us because I was on the mini pill and had recently been for smear test as I was due in for the coil, as soon as my period arrived.....BUT, that period I was waiting for never arrived. 

Being 3 days late I asked Brandon if he would pop to our local Co-op and pick me up a cheap pregnancy test. From the minute he closed the front door, I was sat time watching hoping that he would be back the next minute. I just wanted to wee on that magical stick to find out the outcome a.s.a.p.

As soon as I'd finished I nervously held the stick in my hand, whilst I stared and stared at the stick egging it to hurry up and show the result. Then, slowly one line appeared and then two. "OH NO" I said to myself as I trembled opening the bathroom door. 
Brandon came over to me and knew right away by the expression on my face. I held the stick out and he replied "ok we will talk later when the children are in bed".

We both said we would love one more child but not until a few years down the line. I wanted to go back out into the working world, not stay at home looking at the same walls everyday with no adult conversation. 

It took us a few weeks for the pregnancy to sink in, to realise that we've alot of adapting to do. Bigger car, different home, more dirty laundry and not forgetting more stinky nappies!

A few weeks have passed since I seen those 2 lines on the magic stick. I've been for my 12 week scan, baby is healthy and measuring well. I was also informed that I have another cyst on my right ovary, it was then 6cm. I was informed that they are going to keep an eye on it and will let me know the next step of action after my 20 week scan, that's if the cyst has grown bigger.

Alesha and Alana are both over the moon that there is going to be a new addition to our growing family. Imogen is too young to understand, with only being 1 year old. 
Both Alesha and Alana are hoping that I am carrying a baby boy. I'll find out the gender when I go for my 20 week scan, which is the end of February.

In the meantime, I've got a consultant appointment to attend in regards to my heart as I have a loop recorder implanted. I'm keeping my fingers and toes crossed that I can have another natural birth.

I will leave you all with my latest scan photo (which was at my 12 week scan). I'm no good with the nub theory so I haven't a clue whether it's a boy or a girl.