Thursday, 12 July 2018

3 Ways You Can Supplement Your Child's Education

If you really want what is best for your child, it is likely that you will want to think about how you can make the most of their educational years. The truth is that if you just leave it to the school you might feel that it is not quite enough, and you might want to think about what you can do to help out. As it turns out there are many ways in which you can supplement your child’s education yourself, and this is something that is worth considering if you want to ensure that they have the best possible start in life. By considering the following, you should be able to help out your child’s education greatly, so it’s definitely worth thinking about. Let’s see what you might want to do towards this end.
People often think of homeschooling as something you do instead of traditional schooling. While that is one way, it is also possible to simply supply your child with extra schooling by teaching them more at home. You can do this as much or as little as you feel is necessary, and in any case it is bound to make some kind of a difference. Of course, you should make sure to be aware of what they are learning at school at the same time, just in case you teach them something which confuses the whole situation or which is completely opposite to what they have been learning in school. In any case, a little extra homeschooling generally does your child pretty well, and it means they are likely to have a much more rounded education on the whole.
School Trips
It is perfectly possible to arrange school trips, either by contacting the school and doing so in tandem with them, or by arranging it separately. In either case, you will find that taking your child on occasional trips is a great way to supplement their education, and that is why it is one of the most common ways that people do so. It’s a good idea to make sure that you take them somewhere which is relevant to their current learning, as that way they can get as much out of it as possible. If they are learning history, for instance, then a trip to Normandy can be a great experience for pupils  - it’s all about matching it up with what they are actually doing.
It’s perfectly reasonable to help your children with their homework, and in fact this can be an especially useful way to help their education along. By helping them when they have homework to do, it means that you show them how important it is to do, and also that you make their education much more a part of their life. Of course, you should be careful not to provide answers, but to let them get their on their own. But there is nothing wrong with being there with them and helping them out a little when they're stuck by encouraging them to discover the answer. This is actually one of the best things you can do for their education.

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Teachers gifts, what do you give?

It has become ever increasingly popular to buy end of year presents for teachers and also the ever increasing number of teaching assistants that help in class. Now I in no way begrudge a gift to the people that help shape and guide my children through their education and childhood, these people offer as much influence as us parents so they deserve some recognition, however every year it seams like it is starting to become a bigger and bigger thing and I imagine can be quite a competition in some areas to outdo your neighbour or child's friends parent. All over shopping sites that offer gifts and cards are advertisements for teacher gifts and cards. So what is an acceptable gift or amount to spend on a gift? And do you feel pressured to do so?

I love to see the personalised gift market as it's more than just a box of chocolates, however I imagine teachers could soon become overrun with a hundred personalised mugs, book markers, coasters and such like.
One thing I have done in the past is try to buy from small businesses, as local as possible to make the gift a little more unique and in turn supporting those small businesses that are often a one man/ woman band trying to make a living.
At the end of the day I feel it is each individual persons choice on how much to spend, especially if you feel your child has really excelled under the guidance of a certain teacher why shouldn't you acknowledge that.

I have put together a few gift ideas to suit all tastes and budgets.

How about some wind down pamper time with a long soak using this luxurious Olverum bath oil...

Olverum is a unique and highly concentrated, therapeutic bath oil which contains 10 pure essential oils, carefully blended to work synergistically. Accordingly, an Olverum bath is a very effective way to naturally relieve stress and help you achieve a great nights' sleep. It is also a great way to ease aching or sore muscles (such a treat after a workout!) and is the perfect soothing antidote to a cold or flu. All with a gorgeously aromatic, unisex scent. The ideal gift for a frazzled teacher at the end of the school year.

125ml size will be £29.00 and will be enough for 25 baths
250ml size will be £53 and enough for 50 baths
The travel set is £19 and enough for 9 baths.
Availabe from Liberty, Conran, Harvey Nichols and Fenwick.

Personalised gifts are popular so this lovely slate plaque from ijustloveit is ideal as a thank you gift.....

This lovely gift is expertly crafted by hand, cut from charcoal grey slate. Fit with a ready to hang rope, the front of the sign features the recipient's Name and an inspiring slogan, 'It takes a big heart to shape little minds', showing your teacher who has the biggest heart.
Perfect for hanging on their classroom door or displaying on the wall, this Teacher Slate Sign will add a fun, personal touch to their work space and let all the little ones in school know which awesome teacher works in here! At a cost of just £9.99 its a perfect gift for your favourite teacher.

Who doesn't love chocolate so you can never go wrong and combining it with a personalised touch makes it a little more special. Also from ijustloveit are these fabulous bars displaying your favourite teachers name and message...and only £5.99

Staying with the chocolate idea, how about combining a card and gift with these fabulous gift cards from Thortful. A traditional card with an added surprise of a gift tucked in side...

These cards are really great for combining both card and gift, two in one saves time and postage!, the chocolates look really nice tucked inside the card and offer a great addition to a teachers thank you card. These cards cost £10.99 but Thortful are offering readers a 20% discount simply using code MUMSWINEHQ.

The code is for new Customers to the site only
It's valid until the end of the year.
It doesn't include postage

There is a great range of cards to choose from and Thortful offer a range of different gifts to include inside the card, not just chocolate, I really loved how simple and easy the ordering process was and super fast delivery.

I absolutely love this 'super power' cotton cushion from Giftpup £19.99

A beautiful, soft cushion measuring 18" by 18" and made from 100% cotton, its the perfect gift to give to fit perfectly in your teacher's chair for a little added comfort and to remind them what an amazing job they are doing.

A lot of people go for fragrance and practicality so these great teacher gift reef diffusers from giftscents are ideal as an alternative teacher gift

Give your favourite teacher a Thanks they won’t forget with this gift from the innovative GiftScents collections, designed to create a gift that is truly amazing.
Inspired by traditional greetings cards, GiftScents collection enables you to choose the occasion, fill in the ‘To’ and ‘From’ sections with a personalised message, and gift an expertly blended Wax Lyrical reed diffuser in a specially designed gift box… guaranteed to make anyone’s day.
Each GiftScents card comes with a 50ml reed diffuser, featuring a fresh fruity fragrance with hints of green apple and grapefruit on a base of flowers and musk. cost £7.99

As an alternative to chocolate what about some amazing honey from Mileeven..

Sarah's wonderful honey range offers a fabulous range of honeys. All the honeys in the range have their own fruit, nut or spice. They are packaged beautifully ensuring they really stand out on shelf or as a gift offering.

The full range includes
Pure Honey with Ginger, Lemon, Orange and Cinnamon, Acacia Honey with Sour Cherries, Walnuts, Blueberries and Mixed Berries.

Products in the range have been awarded with three Great Taste Awards as well as Gulfood Awards.

For some how about a nice pen/ notebook with a huge selection available on the market there is always something that suits individual personalities, if you do want to splash out how about a nice pen like this Sheaffer pen...

A nice bottle of something I am sure also would be very well received and very well deserved too I may add!! A nice bottle of prosecco or if you want to splash out and keep up with current trend how about a nice bottle of gin.

So there you go a few ideas and something for every taste and budget. The perfect way to say thank you for growing the minds of your little treasures.

Monday, 9 July 2018

Organising a Family Holiday While the Kids Are Off School

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As parents, we are all well aware that travel agencies tend to take advantage of the fact that we can only really travel as a family unit during set periods of time when the kids are off school. Prices dramatically rise during the six week holidays, so it’s not all too surprising that the concept of taking a relaxing break quickly becomes an extremely stressful experience. But not to worry. There are plenty of options to consider that will allow you and your family to have a brilliant break. Here are a few to consider!


One way to fund a family trip is to engage with a reliable lender. This allows you to foot the up front costs of a trip and then pay the money back in smaller installments as time goes on. Consider pre qualify credit cards, as these are open ended loans that can be used time and again, not only in the process of booking the trip, but for added extras while you are away too!

Stay in the UK

When we think of holidays, we tend to think of far-off locations. But you don’t need to head overseas to experience sun, sea, and sand. The popularity of the humble staycation has skyrocketed in the past decade and the U.K. is home to some truly stunning locations that you can visit without the hassle and cost of airport baggage weighing, check-ins, travel insurance, currency exchange rates and language barriers. So, if a short, simple, stress-free getaway is what you’re looking for, it may well be better to stay closer to home and explore the realms of your homeland!

Go All Inclusive

All-inclusive accommodation may be a little more expensive at the outset than self-catering, but it’s the travel holy grail for families and will save you a whole lot of money in the long run. Why? Well, because kids are going to want constant drinks, ice creams, ice pops, and snacks as well as their standard meals throughout the day while you’re away. If you’re forking out for these individually every time someone gets thirsty or hungry, your wallet is going to take a pretty big hit. All-inclusive means everyone can help themselves to whatever they want to satiate their thirst and appetites at all times.

Pre-Book Excursions

Sure, kids will probably be pretty content playing in the pool and sea for days on end. But it’s a good idea to organise one or two day trips or excursions for while you’re away too! This will give your little ones the opportunity to see some of the local sights of your chosen destination, occupying their minds and stimulating their imaginations. You can save money by booking these in advance, as buying online tends to be cheaper than paying on the day.

As you can see, while booking a holiday could be an extremely expensive venture, a little patience and planning can help to make things much more affordable! So, follow the above steps and you’ll be away before you know it!