Category: Random Ramblings

Have You Discovered School Reviewer?

Have you discovered School Reviewer? I have to say, I hadn’t heard of it until they got in touch with me, so today I’m introducing it to you as I’ve a feeling it could be really helpful to so many of you. School Reviewer is the only site in the …

Happy Birthdays with Zazzle!

I know that I’ve mentioned before two of my kids’ great loves. For my girl, she’s discovered the wonderful world of Harry Potter and cannot get enough of it. For my son, it’s all about superheroes. So when the lovely folks over at Zazzle got in touch with me telling …

So is it as Easy as Riding a Bike?

I wrote a couple of weeks ago sharing the news that I am getting back on the saddle, after many, many years. The team at Halfords have supplied me with a brand new bike to see how I get on with cycling again after all of these years. I have …

I’m Getting Back on the Saddle!

Yes, I am! Now, I did enjoy horse riding as a teenager, but it’s not that saddle that I’m referring to, I am talking about cycling. I struggle to recall when I last rode a bike. Funny how that happens, isn’t it? I vividly remember learning to ride, with my …

Phew, I Passed! A Look Back at A200

I have now finished my Open University module for this year, as it ended with an exam at the start of June. I had my results through a couple of weeks ago and I was delighted to receive a Distinction. The time spent on revision was well worth it! I shared …

A Summer of Festivals For All

Last summer I discovered the joys of festivals as an adult. Yes, I’d been to them as a teen with friends, but back then it was all about the music, and then the warm beer and muddy fields, of course. I have fond memories of camping with my best mate …

Can You Guess These Children’s Celebrity Drawings?

I adore it when my children draw, paint and create. There’s something almost magical about seeing how their minds work and watching them transfer the ideas in their heads onto paper. More often than not, my daughter draws flowers, creatures and garden scenes. My son, at 3 years old, draws …

5 Reasons to Study with the Open University

As regular readers will know, this year I’ve thrown myself back into my studies and have just completed my third module with the Open University, meaning that I am now halfway through my degree with them. As I’m thoroughly enjoying it, I thought I’d explain a little more about studying with them …

My Son, the Pathological Liar…

My son is 3 years old. And he lies. A lot. Is this normal, I muse to myself? I suppose one person’s normal is another person’s strange. I know that my daughter wasn’t like this at his age. She’d much rather tell the truth and fight it out with me. …

Revision Tips For Exams

As you may well know, I’m currently in the middle of revising ready for my Open University exam coming up very soon. I’m studying history for this module of my degree, specifically A200 Exploring History: Medieval to Modern 1400-1900. This particular module consists of 6 assignments followed by one exam, …

Dependable Gift Ideas for Dads On Father’s Day

Father’s Day will be here before you know it and chances are you haven’t even thought about what to get for dear old dad. The last thing your dad needs (or wants) is another tie, and as practical as they might be there’s just something wholly impersonal about a gift …

At the Start of My Day

At the start of my day I am awoken by a small person. The actual small person that wakes me varies, it might be 3 years old, it might be 6 years old. Some days I smile, feeling ready to start the day, my brain immediately kicking into gear and …

Helpful Advice for Parents of School Starters

With school places announced last week, I thought it would be useful to draw on the wisdom of top parent bloggers and have them share with us their advice for those parents who will soon have school starters. It is a scary time for many of us, as we wonder …

What Has Your Sofa Seen During Its Lifetime?

Well, that’s the question, isn’t it? We actually got our sofas just after Little Man was born. I remember commenting that for the first two or three weeks of his life he must have thought that only sofa shops existed in the outside world, as every time we took him …

How Old Is Your Chit-Chat?

You’ll know that I love words and language here. Whether I be writing them or reading them, I find words to be fascinating and evocative, hence I created Word of the Week. I enjoy reading all of those language-based posts, finding out how people have chosen to sum up their …

Beating the FOMO Bug

What FOMO? OK, just in case you don’t know what on earth I’m talking about here, let me explain about FOMO in case it’s totally passed you by… ‘anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on a social media website’ The …

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