Friday, 3 April 2020

Our walking water 'stay at home' rainbow experiment. Fun & easy home school idea for the children.





A few days ago I decided to show the children the 'walking water' experiment. A very simple yet effective lesson and fun for everyone. With a very quick and easy set up time too, it's great as a quick experiment with fun results. 

First it's great to get the children to predict what may happen once the experiment starts. Get them to write down their predictions. 


You will need; 

7 plastic cups/glasses
3 food colourings; Red, blue & yellow
Water
Kitchen towel






Set the 7 glasses out in a row and fill every other cup with water. You should have 4 with water and 3 without water. Next add the same amount of food colouring to each cup. As you can see we had red in each of the end glasses and blue and yellow in the other two. 

Next you need to fold the kitchen towel (and trim if needed) and put kitchen towel between each full glass and the empty glasses. Six pieces in total. 






Now watch as the coloured water starts 'walking' towards the top of the glass and over into the empty glass. What is going to happen? Two colours are going into one empty glass so what colours do you predict will be in the empty glasses?

It didn't take the colours long to start moving and we checked back on the experiment every couple of hours to see what was happening. By the next morning we could do our final check to see what new colours had appeared in the empty glasses and which two colours had mixed to make the new colour. 




Why not give it a try as a stay at home school activity and record your results as part of your school work. 

The children loved this experiment,  it was so quick and easy to set up and has great results. 




Tuesday, 25 February 2020

A Celebration of Slytherin At Warner Bros. Studio Tour London. 3rd April to 6th September 2020






 Fans are invited to discover the Slytherin common room for the first time ever. Known throughout the eight films for its ambition and links to dark magic, Slytherin house is home to some of the greatest wizards of all time. From April, visitors to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London will discover the secrets behind some of the iconic costumes and props belonging to their favourite, cunning Slytherin characters.




Visitors won’t have to be under the guise of Polyjuice potion to discover the secrets of the Slytherin common room up close, as for the first time ever, fans are invited to gather around the imposing fireplace and sofas where Ron’s magical transformation began to wear off, revealing his ginger hair. During this special feature, a 25-foot high section of this iconic set will be on display, furnished and dressed with authentic props. 




When envisioning the Slytherin common room, Production Designer Stuart Craig wanted a very different atmosphere to the warm colours of Gryffindor so designed the set to look like a dungeon carved out of solid rock. The hand-designed wall tapestries visitors will see had red tones completely taken out of the colour palette to add to the austere atmosphere and further highlight the iconic Slytherin colours, green and silver.




Entering through the Great Hall doors, visitors will be greeted by a sea of green as the Slytherin house banners from the film series are suspended from the enchanted ceiling, denoting a Slytherin victory of the House Cup. Over the teacher’s table, Gryffindor banners will be displayed in reference to the final scenes of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in which Dumbledore awards last-minute house points resulting in a Gryffindor triumph.

Paying homage to some of Slytherin’s most esteemed witches and wizards, a number of original costumes belonging to the Malfoy family will be on display allowing visitors to see how the designs changed to depict their rise and fall in power and status alongside Lord Voldemort. Also showcased will be the evolution of Voldemort’s costumes showing his growth from orphan, Tom Riddle, to young Hogwarts student and finally to prolific villain.




Warner Bros. Studio Tour London’s Celebration of Slytherin feature will run from Friday 3rd April – Sunday 6th September 2020 and all additions are included in the ticket price.


Thursday, 20 February 2020

Why all of the 'hate' recently? Spread the love.



Why do we find it so easy to hate on each other? Not so much face to face but online and on social media, hidden behind a screen we let the hate flow freely through the keyboard. 

So many people think that it’s ok. It’s not said to someone’s face so maybe it won’t hurt as much? 






Some things I’ve seen and read online recently are just awful. Would you really go up to someone in the street and say that to their face? Maybe some people are cruel enough to? 

Is it ok to comment because you think someone spends too much. ‘Oh I would never spend that much money on my child’ or ‘That’s a ridiculous amount of money to spend on an item of clothing’.  Well maybe you wouldn’t spend that but that doesn’t give you the right to dictate what others spend their money on. 

Or what about ‘What do they think they are wearing?’ or 'What do they think they look like?' Just because it’s not your taste in clothing or style doesn’t mean it doesn’t look nice or feel right for that person. The world would be a pretty boring place if we all had the same taste or style. 

On Instagram last year one of my child’s so called ‘friends’ put a poll to vote for the ugliest girl in their year and there was a vote for my child before the post was removed. Why would that child even put up something like that and then why would another child vote? Why the hatred? Why the dislike for others? What was the point? 

Just because you don’t agree with what others are doing doesn’t mean you can comment on it in a negative way. If someone followed you around and scrutinised every part of your day, each and every day, can you imagine how much that would drag you down to the point of being completely depressing. Even when you in yourself think you are doing the right thing someone else is there to make you think you aren’t. 

So why do it to others and even more so over social media or even in the media. Hidden behind a screen doesn’t mean you have the right to say what you like when you like. Hatred is spread far too easily recently and at the expense of others and their wellbeing and mental health. 

If we put as much effort into building each other up rather than tearing each other down the world would be a better place. Yet people can’t seem to do it. They can’t pass one nice comment on to someone no matter how small. That one comment could pick someone up for the rest of the day or even week. It could be that one comment that makes that person feel better about themselves just when they weren’t feeling at their best. 

So why can't we turn the hate into love. One small comment to someone who we wouldn't normally pass comment to. Leave a small note in a loved one's lunch letting them know how much they mean to you or you hope their day is going well. Leave a note on a colleagues desk thanking them for their help or input into work life. Drop a message to someone wishing them a good day or even offer 5 minutes of your time for a chat if needed. Spark up conversation to connect people together. 

All of this could make the world of difference to someone who may really need it and yet we don't always know it at the time. Be Kind.

Sunday, 26 January 2020

Are they all yours?! An ode to the larger families out there and more of the silly questions that get asked on a daily basis!


My face when I get asked these questions!

After being asked these questions on a daily basis I thought I would put into writing what I felt like saying most of the time. I think it was the look of dread on the waiters face in Pizza Express over the weekend that said it all really but the children were well behaved and the waitress that ended up serving us was patient and attentive with the children which I thank her for. So many are quick to write you off as soon as you walk in the door and assume you are going to be a nightmare, sometimes they are! We only have five children, anyone would think we went around with a truck full. :-)

So here we go, one of the questions that gets asked a lot, along with 'Do you have a TV?'

'Are they all yours?' the old lady just asked
No, I stole him off that woman when she walked past

'Are they all yours?' said the man at the till
No, my Aunt left me a couple in her will

'Are they all yours?' asks a waitress in the cafe
No, they just seem to follow me they won't go away

'Are they all yours?' they say pointing at me
No but I'm selling them do you want one, only 50p

'Are they all yours?' the old man did shriek
No, one was delivered by courier only last week

'Are they all yours?' you must be brave
No, I just bought them to be my slaves

'Are they all yours?', is it true
No, they belong to the old lady who lives in a shoe

'Are they all yours?', are you insane,
Yes that's me, how did you know my name?!




Foraging in the local woods, how else are we meant to eat??!


I would like to point out that I've never said these responses to anyone although I would love to see their face if I did. Other questions include:

Where do you keep them all?. I was actually quite taken aback by this one. I mean come on, common sense would tell you that as long as they have a roof over their heads it doesn't matter how many children I have. 2, 3, 4 or more in one bedroom wouldn't be an issue. Or did they expect me to say in a zoo, or a cage?!




4 of the 5 Thing's in question!


How do you afford them all? Last time I looked it up I seem to remember that I didn't pay the midwife for any of my babies before leaving the hospital. Unless things have changed since Thing 5 was born, babies are still free. Apart from the usual baby/child paraphernalia which comes at a price but a price that you set, at a budget you can afford. Not what others tell you that you should or shouldn't be spending or buying.




I do feed them, these pictures show yoghurt and chocolate! 


Do you have a TV? Yes we do. We have a few actually. Some evenings I will be watching Corrie whilst the OH is somewhere else watching Sport or other such boring stuff. Our Sky signal may have gone down, about 5 times perhaps?! ;-)

How do you feed them all? I'm assuming people mean that my food shop must be horrendous rather than them wanting to know if they eat from a trough or at a table like 'normal' sized families. I mean it's not like you can't get tables bigger than a four seater! Food shopping isn't horrendous, well the cost of it isn't, shopping with all of the kids is though!. Thank heaven for the online shopping angels and I shop with offers and discount codes which makes it easier on the pennies. They just don't get caviar and lobster every day, only every other day.




One day's worth of clothes washing and three more lines were drying


Plus many more questions that make us feel like we shouldn't have 5 children. I don't think we are a larger family although according to statistics, online booking services when it comes to booking any family day out (COME ON PEOPLE, LARGER FAMILY TICKETS PLEASE!), the local restaurant when you book a table for 7 plus the grandparents and they ask if it's a party, plus all the above mentioned members of the public who think it's OK to question you then Yes we are classed as a larger family.

Oh and I don't live in a shoe.

Monday, 20 January 2020

Nights out with friends & family. Do you have FOMO or JOMO?


Parenting changes your life. It doesn’t mean that everything has to change but sometimes you can feel like you are missing out...... or you just need to get out!
Having children doesn’t mean you have to stay at home until they are 18. You can meet other parents for coffee and play dates and babysitters can be a godsend when it comes to a night out. Some of us really look forward to a night out and a night off from looking after the children. 

However do you want to go out or would you rather stay at home? 

Dadof5 definitely has FOMO (fear of missing out). We were the first people among his friends to have children so we were either battling to find babysitters so we could go out or taking the children with us if it were allowable. Even now that more of his friends have children he still asks them what they are doing for New Year’s Eve or their birthday. Or he says ‘Oh I haven’t heard from X person in a while’ when he hasn’t made the effort to contact them and meet up either. Nobody is doing anything massively amazing but he still feels like he might be missing out on something that his friends are all doing.... he’s not! As I stated in a previous blog post I’m going to try and spend more time with Dadof5 this year, the same could be said for spending more time with friends but things are different now. It’s more of a catch up over coffee or a meal out. No more partying and clubbing for us! 

I’m more of a JOMO person. To be honest I only heard about JOMO (joy of missing out) recently. Although not so much the joy part of it, I am not overly joyous that I have missed out on something, sometimes I just don't want to go. Don’t get me wrong, if it’s an afternoon tea or lunch out I am there for sure but nights out, some of the time, I’m just not up for it. I’m definitely more of an ‘in my pyjamas by 6.30’ kind of gal these days. If it’s someone’s birthday meal or a special occasion then it’s a definite yes. Even now that we have the older ones who we can leave to babysit we need to make sure they are all prepared for us to leave, the younger ones are in their beds and they all know where they stand behaviour wise, you know what I mean! I don’t want to come home at midnight and everyone’s still awake, that’s the part of the evening I don’t like. 






Mention afternoon tea and I am there. As you can see I love an afternoon tea! 



Having children can change your social life. If you have a good network of babysitters then you can still go out lots. Although the cost of arranging babysitters does then bump up the price of a night out. As I said, now the children are older it is easier in that aspect but we still don’t go out a lot. Although I have challenged myself to change that in 2020. 

Some of us don’t want to leave the children to go out and yet others really do want to get out and get away from the house (and the children) for an evening and meet up with others. It can do us good to get out and have some time for ourselves. 

So do you have FOMO or JOMO? Would you rather stay at home in the evenings. Or do you sometimes wish you could go out and see your friends more. 

Saying that, we’ve not had a good meal out with friends for a while. I’m off to book it, if I can drag myself away from my cosy pyjamas!