Blogtober16 – Day 31

OK, so, Blogtober16 started really well and I was able to write everyday for a couple of weeks. Then it all went a bit wrong! I missed a couple of days, then my page had technical problems and went offline for 2 days. (That was really horrible, I was emailing everyone I knew trying to get it fixed!) Since then I’ve not managed any more Blogtober16 posts, oops! I guess there’s always next year and Blogtober17.

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During November Hex Mum Plus One and Me Becoming Mum are running #AlphaBlogBites. Where a different letter prompt will be given for each day of the month, plus a couple of bonus prompts as November has more days than the alphabet has letters. I am hoping to join with some of those. I did enjoy writing more often during October and having a daily prompt was great.

I thought it might also be nice to ask you, my lovely readers, if you have any questions about home education or our unschooling life that you would like me to answer. I can answer them here on my blog in a special Q&A post. Please leave your questions in the comment section below or you can email them to me at happyhandley@outlook.com.

Hotter and Hattie

Having lived in the Bournemouth area my whole life, (I was born on the old Bournemouth Hospital) I thought I knew the area rather well. When I was invited by Hotter shoes to try out some of their footwear on a tour of Bournemouth I didn’t expect to actually learn anything.

I was sent a pair of GORE-TEX® shoes from Hotter to wear on the walk. There were a few other bloggers there, including Hattie of Hattie’s Walking Talks. The tour was fascinating, with History from all era’s discussed. Hattie talked about the founding of Bournemouth by Lewis Tregonwell in 1812, and how it grew into the bustling town it is today.

Tregonwell

I was surprised to see that some shops have been in the town since 1876, and are still trading today (some with the original sign!). There is some captivating architecture in Bournemouth high street that I’d never even noticed before because I hadn’t thought to look up. Some of my old haunts from my teen years had a great tale to tell, and an interesting history.

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We visited Giggi’s the Italian Gelateria, owned by Luigi ‘Giggi’ Bray who was brought up in Alezio in Southern Italy. We tried some of his outstanding ice cream, all made on site. He offers a fantastic range of flavours, including vegan ice creams and assorted sorbets.

Giggis

The tour took around an hour and a half, and throughout the walk my feet were very comfortable and did not ache at all at the end. I have worn my Hotter “Ramble” shoes a good few times now, and still love them. I chose the Ramble shoes as being a country girl I walk a lot on uneven, wet and muddy ground with the dog and with the children.

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My feet are always well supported, warm and dry during my walks. My only regret with my choice of shoe, is that I should have gone for the purple ones!!

Ramble

If ever you’re in Bournemouth and fancy an educational tour, I would highly recommend Hattie’s Walking Talks. Make sure of course that you equip your feet with a great pair of shoes from Hotter too. To help you with your choice here is a voucher code for £10 off your shoes plus FREE delivery*.

 

 

*T&C’s – £10 off plus FREE delivery is for first orders only. You are entitled to £10 off the total order value of any full priced items in the Hotter range (excluding shoe care products) plus FREE delivery.  This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotional offer or on Sale or Factory Clearance items and gift vouchers. Expires 29/1/17

 

**I was sent the Ramble shoes for the purpose of review, all opinions in this post are my own.**

 

 

Blogtober – My Piercings and Tattoo

This post was meant for day 16 of Blogtober, but due to technical difficulties my blog went offline for 2 days. We’re back now so today I’m telling you about my pieceings and tattoos, or more specifically Tattoo as I only have one. I first had my ears pierced at around 8/9 years old, I don’t really remember much about it though.

Since then I have had 2 more piercings in each ear lobe, and the cartilage done at the top on both sides. My right cartilage became sore and infected though, not long after it was done so I removed it.

At 16 I had my belly button pierced. I took my mum along for that one. I also had my nose pierced, twice as it closed over the first time. I’ve not worn a nose stud for years now so that has closed over again.

Tattooing

When I was 18 I went over to Spain to visit my Grandparents. I convinced my Grandmother to take me to a local tattooist, and I got my first and only tattoo. I made her take pictures of it being done too! It was a really hot day. The counter next to me was stainless steel, and my hand kept slipping as I was holding onto it.

Tattoo

My tattoo is of a heart with a white rose going through it, although it is quite faded now and in need of a touch up. My husband likes to tease me and call it a strawberry. So opinions please, does it look like a heart or a strawberry?

Blogtober – Timeline of my day

One day in our life can vary greatly from the next. During the week Daddy leaves for work at half past 6 in the morning. Sometimes one or more of us may be awake but usually we wake later. We get up any time between 6 and 9, and our morning’s are normally quite slow paced.

Puzzles

We start with screen time and games. Minecraft, Roblox, Readingeggs, and Netflix are regular morning activities, as well as toys and lots of cuddles. Some days we have toast and cereal for breakfast, other days the children will cook pancakes or eggs for each other.

Baking

On days we’re going out we’ll all be dressed by 10am, but if we’re having a day at home we may get dressed much later or stay in our pyjamas. Days out can be going to home ed group, to see family, a museum, an event, or just going shopping and to the park.

Our day at the park

Days at home are relaxed, we read, play, cook, and do housework. We might do science experiments, some art work, or sensory play. We grow food and plants in the garden, and we learn about nature. We watch wildlife documentaries, or history shows. We talk, a lot. We learn together through our interests, by what excites us, and what we find intriguing.

Bee

Daddy gets home from work, sometimes we’re in and sometimes we’re not. We always eat a meal together at around 6pm, then we play, take a bath, or watch some tv. Bedtime starts with little S around 7pm, and they go up in age order. Once the children are in bed daddy and I spend an hour or 2 relaxing, before bed.

 

I’ve linked up with #Blogtober16

 

Blogtober – what’s in my handbag?

I have different bags for different occasions. My small “grown up” bag that I use when it’s just me. My “mum” bag, a big handbag for everyday outings with the kids, and I also have my home education handbag/backpack. They all have a few things in common. Each of my bags (and my car) has a first aid kit/plasters and some Calpol sachets. Essential for a busy family with 4 little explorers.

I have one purse that moves from bag to bag, it contains far too many loyalty cards and receipts and not enough money. Where ever I go I take a change of knickers, not for me of course, for my smallest who’s only recently toilet trained.

Handbag

Being a woman my bag also has to contain sanitary wear. (Boo!) As a mother I take snacks everywhere. All totally healthy of course *coughs* right now there’s a half eaten box of Peppa Pig raisins, and half a packets of sweets.

A portable phone charger/torch is a handy little tool, especially if we’re out all day. I hate when my phone is low on charge. There’s always a pack of baby wipes in my bag for sticky little fingers. I also have one odd sock!

Blogtober – Favourite animal

What is my favourite animal? Hmmm, this is quite tricky. As a child I probably would have said that my favourite animal was a dolphin.  Clever, beautiful and graceful. Now I’m not sure I really have a favourite. I like baby animals most. Cute, and fluffy baby animals. Like this pig!

Isn't it adorable?
Isn’t it adorable?

We have a few animals at home, we have 2 guinea pigs named Max and Nibbles. They’re pretty cute, I like how they squeak. We have a dog called Poppy. She is an 11 month old Weimaraner cross puppy, she is completely manic. Bouncy, boisterous and rather naughty!

poppy

I like all animals, so much so that I recently became vegan. I’m just not sure I can choose a favourite.

Blogtober – One thing I can’t live without

Ok, I’m going to assume that this doesn’t include my family… So the one thing I can’t live without is my phone. Yep, sad but true. Obviously I don’t need my phone to live, but I do use my phone a lot.

phone

My phone is my diary. I plan my whole life through my phone. Days out with the children, meeting up with friends and family, and finding out “what’s on”.

 

I use it for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, reading my emails and internet banking. I am a social media addict! I used to only really use Facebook, but since I’ve been blogging I’ve expanded into other areas. Social media is pretty good for blog promotion.

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My phone is also my main camera. As much as I’d love a decent digital SLR camera, they’re big, bulky and not that convenient when you’re chasing 4 small children and a puppy through woodland! I take a lot of photos and love that I can have my camera (a.k.a. my phone) in my pocket wherever I am.

What one thing can you not live without?

 

Blogtober – Movies I never tire of watching

There are not many movies that I could watch over and over, (although with 4 small children I am often forced watch the same movie again and again!) Most of the time once I have watched a film that’s it. In all honesty I normally completely forget about it. My husband laughs at me regularly because I have no idea what films I’ve even seen.

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A few films however, break this rule.

10 things I hate about you.

I love this film and it’s soundtrack. Heath Ledger was just gorgeous in the film. A little bit bad boy, and a cheeky smile.

Pretty Woman.

I was only 5 when this came out, so I obviously didn’t watch it until I was quite a bit older. I actually remember the first time I watched it, it was on video tape. My mum had edited out all the rude bits!

The Bodyguard.

I have always loved Whitney Houston, she had such an amazing voice. I think that is my main reason for loving this film, her singing and a cheesy love story!

bodyguard

One thing that all my favourite movies have in common is the love story. I am totally soppy and a complete romantic.

Blogtober – Why I hate my husband watching me, watching TV!

So often when I’m watching TV I can feel someone watching me. Examining me. That someone would be my husband. I’ll look over at him and he’ll be sniggering away to himself. For some reason he thinks I look “cute” when I watch TV. Now I do get very involved when I watch TV, I get excited at the good bits, I jump at the scary bits (and the not-so-scary bits), and sometimes even cry at the sad bits. My husband laughs at me and it is so embarrassing.

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My favourite type of TV shows are American comedies like Friends, The Big Band Theory and Gilmore Girls. It’s the silliness of them that I love. I enjoy watching the relationships develop with each series. I tend to squeal when a couple have their first kiss (this just makes hubby laugh even more), and yes I know that it’s not real but it’s so exciting. The way many people shout at the screen when someone misses a goal in football, I shout when a couple should have kissed or expressed their love and they don’t.

gilmore-girls

At the end of a long day with my 4 small people, my brain is in no shape to watch something deep on TV. I need lighthearted, and simple. A good binge of my favourite TV shows on Netflix or Amazon Prime is about all I can manage.

If you have recommendations of a good, fun series, let me know. I’m always on the look out for something new.

 

Blogtober – What made me start blogging?

When I started home educating my children back in January 2015 I decided blogging was a good way to let family and friends, near and far see what we got up to. The more I wrote the more I enjoyed it, it’s  a good outlet for the good and the bad. There are times when I am quieter on the blog as life at home with 4 children at home 24/7 can get very busy.

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Most the time I write a journal of what we do, like over the last week S has been enjoying Reading Eggs. She is plowing her way through and already has 3 silver certificates and a gold one. In just a couple of week she’s completed over 45 lessons. We’ve done lots of sensory play with Little S; making our own kinetic sand, and playing with shaving foam. We’ve been to many meet ups with other home educators, seeing old friends and making some new ones.

sensory play

Other times I do reviews on my blog, mostly for things I have been sent to try. The reviews I do are normally family or education based. This is in the hope that they might give other home educators and parents ideas of what might work well with their own children, or in their own homes.

Blogging has given me some great opportunities to try new things and meet new people. Some people I know make a living out of their blogs, I honestly don’t have the time to put that much work in at the moment. Maybe when the children are older I’ll be able to.