Monday, 20 October 2014

School supplied iPad's

In July Lewis attended a taster week at his new secondary school, and during this week it was announced that, when they start they will be supplied with a free iPad Retina to use during lessons, and outside school. As you can imagine there was a lot of buzz and excitement that day.

During September the school held a parent and pupil evening, and IT teachers introduced the scheme, talked through the initiative, internet safety and answered any parent questions. Each pupil was given a heavy duty case to protect the iPad, and all parents had to pay a very reasonable £20 insurance fee and of course both Lewis and myself had to sign a agreement to say we will look after it.

However the first day he came home with his brand spanking new iPad, I spotted it had muck in the ridge on the case - "Lewis why is there muck in the corner of this case" - looking at me sheepishly "ah yes we were dropping them in the muck to see if the case was as good as what the teachers said it was" - AARRRGGHH, No Lewis please do not do that again - saying that, since then, he has taken great care and attention to look after.

We have one begrudge older son with all this - Liam goes to the same school although he is a couple of years above Lewis, and Liam was a bit disappointed that their year was not supplied an iPad. And do you know what he said, "huh, that is so unfair, they won't even give me a free pen when I lost mine, but they give you a free iPad" - I do feel for the other years that were not given an iPad - I bet some feel pretty unlucky, although Liam is lucky as he has own personal iPad, so he wasn't too worried, but I know some other kids, are not so lucky, but with this trial the school is doing maybe one day their luck will change and they will be given the same excellent opportunity.

Gosh times have changed, when I went to school it was black boards and chalk, now it is all techy interactive learning, which I think is all very exciting. Lewis comes home and he has filmed/record lessons, so for example if the teacher is doing a demonstration in Science class, all the pupils record it with their iPad, they then came come home, watch it and use it to assist in their homework.  There are tons of other advantages- The school can push new downloaded apps on to all the iPads, they can also remove unsuitable apps (they can take full control of each iPad).  And at home, Lewis can download his own apps and use the iPad not only for homework but also for fun, games, Facebook etc.

So overall I feel Lewis and his fellow year students are extremely lucky, and I do hope they all realise how lucky they are, and that they set a good example, and maybe the school will see it as a success and roll it out to other year groups, giving all the children the same opportunity and privileges that Lewis is enjoying.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Silent Sunday


Saturday, 18 October 2014

Win a Loom Twister Loom Band Friendship Bracelet Kit

You can win this fantastic Loom Twister Loom Band Friendship Bracelet Kit from HobbyCraft 

The kit includes:
  • A hook tool
  • 25 S-Clips and a Loom
  • 2000 twister bands
  • Easy to follow instructions

With the Loom Band craze these past months, this is a great prize for kids and adults (aged 8 years of over) alike, you will have hours of fun creating the must have Loom band friendship bracelets - and much more. This kit enables you to make and create jewellery quick and easy - What will your creative side make? 
For your chance to win the Loom Twister Loom Band Friendship Bracelet Kit then enter via the Rafflecopter widget below. 
Good luck.

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Friday, 17 October 2014

Skulduggery Pleasant: The Dying of The Light (book 9) - Giveaway

The Dying of The Light is the final book of the Skulduggery Pleasant series. If you are not aware of the Skulduggery Pleasesant series, then you are missing out, it is a popular series of fantasy novels for children, and written by Irish author Derek Landy. The books revolve around the adventures of the skeleton detective, Skulduggery Pleasant and a teenage girl, Stephanie Edgle - with many other great characters - not forgetting
Darquesse who is magnificently terrifying.

Skulduggery Pleasant is an un-dead sorcerer and detective, and his partner/side-kick Stephanie, a teenage girl, who as a team along with the help from their many great magic-wielding allies, they are all out to save the world.

The war may be over, but the final battle is about to begin. And not everyone gets out of here alive… This book will make you laugh and it will make you cry. It is well worth a read.

The Dying of The Light is the 9th and final book of this fantastic series. With over 600 pages you are quickly drawn in to their magical world and you will find it hard to put down. This book is a fast paced action packed story, mixed with scary and fun adventures and it takes you on the final journey of the series - who will prevail?

For your chance to win a copy of The Dying of The Light then please follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter widget below.  Good Luck.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Schoolwear Association

The Schoolwear Association was formed in 2006 to promote the benefits of school specific uniform and to establish strong standards in the supply chain of garments to parents and schools. With an established and successful support system, Schoolwear Association have over 250 members  and suppliers, who supply 75% of all schools in the UK.

One of the Schoolwear Association members supplied us with a navy v-neck jumper to review.  The jumper is made from 100% courtelle acrylic fabric, which is used to produce high quality, durable and machine washable knitwear. With school uniform being worn daily and washed often, you want a durable and good quality item so it lasts, something that is easily cleaned, and the quality of this jumper fits all those needs. We were very pleased with this jumper, it is just perfect for the cold season that is quickly approaching us.

In addition to their member support network, the Schoolwear Association have also recognised a major issue, the huge expense for parents when buying uniform, and with this, they have set-up a national government petition with the aim to achieve a more affordable school uniform solution for parents 'Introduce a scheme to help families afford school uniform'
School uniform is an important part of children's everyday school life. Hardworking parents deserve help to be able to afford the best school uniform for their child.

The Government should make school uniform more affordable by introducing a salary sacrifice scheme where parents exchange a small part of their monthly salary for school uniform vouchers. This will not only help parents to budget for back to school time, it will make uniform more affordable because salary given up will be tax exempt.

The scheme would be available to all employers and employees who wish to opt in, with vouchers redeemable at participating retailers. Any retailer can join the scheme. It will be similar to the existing successful childcare voucher scheme

With 3 boys, buying school uniform for this new term was a very expensive necessity for us, with one son starting school, another moving from primary to secondary, and the third, well he had grown a lot through the summer holidays, we had to kit out all three of them with brand new school uniform. This was extremely expensive, costing us approx £300. So, I found myself asking! Why is uniform so damn expensive? and most importantly, Why on earth do we pay VAT on school uniform - this to me is unreasonable, especially as school uniform is an essential demand put on us.  So why don't you join me and many others and sign this epetition, as every signature counts 

Monday, 13 October 2014

PicStick photo magnets - 25% discount code a website where you can upload your photos and order a personalised set of photo magnets. offer a high quality glossy finish and the size of each photo magnet is 50 mm x 65 mm, they arrive as one sheet of 9 photos that can be easily separated by tearing along the perforations or by bending and snapping.

If you are like me, I love sticking things on my fridge, the kids drawings/paintings, boring letters to remind me of stuff I would normally forget and especially lots of photos - I love sticking photos on the fridge! A fridge packed with these things is a cool fridge, full of love, and it brings warmth into the kitchen.

I love photo magnets, I have a few that we have collected from theme park rides (with some funny faces), and a few nicer photos I have stuck on the fridge, which are held up with standard magnets, but isn't it must better to hold up your kids drawings/paintings and those boring letters with these photo magnets?

Costing just £9.50 for a sheet of 9 photo magnets, and delivery is free, worldwide, I think this is a great price and you won't be disappointed.  PicStick photo magnets are not only great for yourself, but also a great gift, a simple but effective gift.

If you would like to order your very own, then why not use this fabulous 25% discount code: SPLIT25

Sunday, 12 October 2014

belVita Breakfast Crunchy Biscuits – #MorningWin

Breakfast is a must, the most important meal of the day, not only does it give you the energy to start your day, it also offers many health benefits, and helping to set the tone for the rest of your day. But what about the people that have busy mornings and/or just don't feel hungry in the mornings? (Like myself) Then for me there is belVita biscuits, my morning fuel, along with my cup of tea, these two items prepare me for the morning ahead.

I don't know what I would do without belVita, probably not have breakfast, which is not good!.  Most mornings after dropping the kids of at school, and then starting work as soon as I get home, I have little time for breakfast and in the past I have even forgot to have any at all, but with the belVita range, I grab a packet with my cuppa, and eat whilst working on my laptop. With three biscuits per pack, they are just the right portion for me.

And belVita introduces it's new range, the belVita Breakfast Crunchy biscuits – Apricot, Hazelnuts and Choc Chip, each flavour tastes amazing, they are really enjoyable to eat, and they are proven to slowly release carbohydrates over 4 hours, helping me to last the morning and be more effective within myself. 

I wasn't sure if I would like the Apricot option, as this is not a fruit I would normally buy, but I was pleasantly surprised, they tasted lovely. My favourite of course is the Choc Chips, and the Hazelnuts was very nice too.  

I love how belVita offer a variety so my breakfast is not only convenient but tasty as well, and not forgetting they include whole grain, fibre, and B vitamins.

Yummy crunch

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