Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Blog Your Heart Out

Thank you to Donna of Little Lily Pad for the tag!

I now have to answer some questions about me and blogging. So here goes.....

Who or what encouraged you to start blogging?

My inner voice, who thought it was a brilliant idea. Up until starting this blog I had no idea that parent blogs existed, or that there was a wonderful community to be part of. I knew of Blogger through another project that I had been involved with, and I just thought it was a good (free) platform to enable me to share my thoughts and experiences with new parents. It grew from there really.

How did you choose what to blog about?

At first, it was easy - I was about to have twins to add to two other children. For me it was about how twin parenting is different from singleton parenting, and how to cope with a family that was to be unintentionally larger than the average.

What is something most people don't know about you?

After three and a half years of blogging, I don't think there's much left that readers don't know about me really. Even regular readers who have become friends know my real name and whereabouts I live. Being anonymous means there's some things I've never been able to share, and some things I can overshare. What I can share, I have.

OK, let's dig something up...........On the Meyers-Briggs personality test, I am INTJ, which is the rarest of personality groups, especially for females. In the female population, I am 1-in-100. Others think I can be a bit of an oddbod, but I am just me. And there are thousands of others out there just like me (officially) so I can't be that bad. Hopefully.

If you want to find out your personality type, then this is a good site.

What three words describe your style?

Blogging wise I assume? Infrequent, lazy, rambling

What do you love to do when you are not blogging?

Blogging I love to do when I'm not doing everything else. Blogging is the hobby for me. I fit it in around the children, parent governor-ing, running a playgroup, doing my freelance work, and generally trying (and sometimes failing) to keep a lid on everything.

Who wants to be tagged?

I tag......

Johnsons Babies

Lost on The Cloud

You're not from round here

And anyone else who wants to join in!

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Review: Great Gismos 4M Green Science Dynamo Torch

This term, Trouble One has been learning about electricity at school so we thought it would be a good opportunity to try out this dynamo torch kit from Green Science.

I left Trouble One (who is now nine) to do it on her own, and she needed my help in understanding how to read instructions, but could do the assembly bit on her own. The product is not recommended for children under 3 due to small parts, but is probably best for children aged 8 and over.

I will hand you over to T1 and she can tell you all about it herself

Great Gismos 4M Green Science Dynamo Torch

"When my mum was sent a Dynamo Eco-Friendly Torch I was eager to get on and make some light! It was fun to assemble but I sometimes needed help from Mum. 

The screwing was quite easy, once I lined everything up properly. A screwdriver is not included so you will need one handy. 

Great Gismos 4M Green Science Dynamo Torch

Great Gismos 4M Green Science Dynamo Torch

TIP: the screws are rather small and fiddly, so you really do need a screwdriver! 

When you are assembling the cogs they have to be precisely in the correct place, so that they don’t slip and stop the light from lighting. 

I give this kit a four-and-a-half out of five!"

Basically, there is everything in the kit you need to make a dynamo torch apart from the screwdriver - you will need a thin phillips one. The instructions are fairly straightforward and is explained with text and a diagram.

T1 really enjoyed doing this kit. There's not much to it but it really helped her understand the relationship between cogs, motors, and bulbs.

Here's the dynamo torch in action....


Disclosure - we were sent the kit free of charge to be able to do this review. The links below are affiliate.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Sisterly love.

Just recently the older two girls have been getting on amazingly well. To be honest, I've been a bit worried.

Like, I think they're up to something kind of worried.

The older two girls, aged 9 and 6, have rarely had a period in the last six years where they haven't been at loggerheads. Even from T2 being a baby, they were at war. Every playtime would sooner or later morph into an opportunity for T2 to wallop T1 over the head with something, or for T1 to verbally bash T2 into some ear-wrenching session which only comes to an end when something collides inexplicably with T1's head.

Last year, after a period of turmoil caused through extension building and the arrival of the twins, we got so sick of the arguing that we turned our tiny fourth bedroom into T2's new bedroom. She loves her new bedroom. We got her a high sleeper with wardrobe and drawers underneath, and apart from a narrow bookshelf is pretty much all that can fit in there. We decorated the room with Hello Kitty wall transfers, and Hello Kitty curtains, and Hello Kitty posters. I lost an office and general storage/dumping ground in the process, but she was happy. The arguments didn't stop completely, but they at least stopped at bedtime, which was a step in the right direction.

They spend every waking minute finding a way of falling out, and of getting each other into trouble with me, or whoever will listen. They kick each other slyly when passing. They glare at each other across the dining table until one of them snaps and gets themselves into my bad books. Then the other sniggers victoriously. They sprag the other one up even before the other one has had chance to do the misdemeanor they are being spragged up for. 

Last week, we noticed we hadn't seen or heard any falling out for a few days. We couldn't honestly remember the last time we had had to separate the girls. Then T2 moved back into the shared bedroom and took to sleeping on the bottom bunk again. We felt a bit weird. 

I noticed a kind of peace descend over our house. They were playing nicely together, helping each other out on the computer, T2 sitting while T1 brushed her hair, and passing each other with a polite excuse me rather than a sharp kick in the shins. They are definitely up to something.

Today I found out what. T1 wants an xbox, and we have said no. She is saving up for one on her own but knows it won't be enough. So she's convinced T2 that she wants the xbox too. They are working together and clubbing all their money up to buy one themselves. It's admirable. It'll take them a while. I think so far they have saved about £7.50 but I won't discourage it. 

They ask to do housework for money. It's ace! So far this week, they've brought in two loads of washing, put their laundry in the washing machine, unloaded the dishwasher a couple of times, and have worked together to set the table for tea. It's cost me about £2 and it was worth every penny. 

Here's to lasting peace. I think I should get them to sign a treaty while they're out of the war zone.


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