Monday, 15 May 2017 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.


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.

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?

If your little one enjoys colouring in or other edicational activites pop on over to 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 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

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