Sunday, 17 December 2017

My Sunday Photo 17th December 2017

My trees heavy with snow with more snow falling and the sky a white blur!

This is my garden on Sunday Morning last week. It's so blurry because the snow was still falling. It's hard to capture snow fall on camera.

And our car on Sunday Evening. It stayed like this for three days then hubby had to sweep off the snow so he could go out. I'm just glad I didn't have to go anywhere.

Have you had any snow?

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Sunday Snap

Friday, 15 December 2017

Word of the Week - Snow

Today I am hoping to be able to leave the house, I need to go to the bank and do some shopping!
I've not been out since last Friday because of this snow!

We went out Saturday afternoon and it was snowing just a little. We visited my brother, had a coffee and then when we left the snow was pretty thick. It was the first time my hubby had driven in the snow and I was terrified. I am the more experienced driver but snow really scares me. It took us quite a while to get home even though it is only a short journey. 

The snow kept coming and the kids spent loads of time outside playing in the snow. The photo above was taken on Sunday morning when the snow was at it's worst. 

It didn't disappear either and the kids had no school on Monday and Tuesday. By Tuesday even they were fed up of the snow and we decided on a cosy pyjama day as they were not prepared to go out and get cold and wet again. 

They went back to school on Wednesday but it was still pretty snowy and the snow and sleet kept coming. Then on Wednesday evening we had a lot of rain, which then froze overnight and made the roads and pavements the most dangerous they had been all week on Thursday morning. Finally, it began to warm by the afternoon and the snow was melting away. 

I'm going to a busy shopping area today so fingers crossed the pavements are clear enough for my wheelchair! 

What sort of week have  you had? Did you have snow?

The Reading Residence

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Healthy Waffles (or maybe not!)

I was sent a Nutri Snack Waffle Stick Maker and so far I'm really happy with it. It's fairly small so easy to store away in the cupboard and lit makes fabulous delicious waffles.

The Nutri Snack Waffle Stick Maker is pushed as a healthy snack maker and comes with a recipe book full of healthy alternatives to the sweet and sugary waffles that you are probably more familiar with. You can make all sorts of waffles with vegetables, fruits and because you are making sticks rather than full size waffles they are a much healthier snack.

I've never had a waffle maker and my kids are more familiar with potato waffles rather than these flour based ones and it was something new to try. So, I pushed the healthy recipes aside for the moment and looked up a classic waffle recipe to try.

The batter was whisked up in a whizz and I started filling up my waffle stick maker.

Just a few minutes later and I was rewarded with these golden and crispy waffle sticks. The kids loved them! Everybody loved them and they soon started raiding the cupboards for things to dip them in. I'd like to tell you here that they were healthy dips but I'm afraid the favourites where chocolate spread, golden syrup and maple syrup!

There are so many waffle recipes to try and the waffle maker is so quick and easy to use, I'm thinking it's going to be our favourite snack maker.

Here are a few details about the Nutri Snack Waffle Maker.

✅ NUTRITIOUS WAFFLE STICK MAKER: This Waffle Stick Maker by Nutri Snack makes perfectly sized treats without sticking to the cooking plates. The non-stick cooking plates make it easy to use & clean.
✅ POWER AND READY LIGHT INDICATOR: The convenient light indicator shows when the waffle machine has reached the ideal temperature for starting to cook healthy sized treats. Try the included recipes!
✅ AUTOMATIC TEMPERATURE CONTROL: The automatic temperature control and the light indicator tells you when you are ready to go. Cook 6 amazing waffle fingers for your breakfast or just as a snack.
✅ NON-STICK COATING PLATES: The deep cooking plates with non-stick coating cook fluffy waffle sticks to perfection. Cook up to 6 waffle fingers at once. Perfect for themed parties or birthdays.
✅ HEALTHY SNACK: You can always have a healthy nutrtious snack such as low calorie falafel sticks, diary/gluten-free chocolate waffles or nutty protein waffles - just discover your favorite recipe.

Product description

You don't have to cut everything out of your diet to eat healthily - in fact you're more likely to stick to a balanced diet with healthier eating habits if you allow yourself the odd treat or indulgence now and again - and this Nutrisnack waffle stick maker is ideal for making snack-sized treats with a healthy twist. And with recipes for everything from low calorie falafel sticks to dairy and gluten free chocolate waffles and nutty protein waffles, there's plenty of inspiration to get you started.With automatic temperature control and an indicator light which tells you when it's ready to go, it's really easy to use and, because its cooking plates are non-stick, mess is kept to a minimum. Makes up to six waffle sticks at once.Model No. NS004.20.5 x 9 x 20cm H. Flex 80cm. 900W.

Do you have a waffle maker? What's your favourite waffle recipe or dip?

Disclosure: I was sent this product for free but not asked to write this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Contains affiliate link to Amazon. (please read below for Amazon linking disclosure)

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

The Qualities Of A Good Educator For Preschool

Studying hard certainly prepares you to be a good preschool educator, but there are a number of inherent characteristics that will ensure you are a sensational teacher. For instance, you can certainly learn how to create a warm classroom or teach the preschool program, but exuding enthusiasm for the education of your students is something that can only come from the heart.
With that in mind, here are more important qualities that make a great educator for pre-schoolers.

1. Passion

Do you have an intense desire to really make a different in young children’s lives? Passion is arguably one of the most important qualities for any teacher. There will be those days when teaching preschool will be difficult, whether it’s because your salary isn’t what you thought it would be, the parents seem ungrateful, or the kids are acting up, getting through those low points can be overwhelming. But, when you have a burning passion for education, it is your drive and determination that will get you through.

2. Patience

Besides your passion for education, you need lots of patience. Each class, such as those in Guardian child care centres in Sydney, has children with a variety of developmental skills. When it comes to pre-schoolers, constant reminders about protocol, manners, and hygiene are all part of a normal school day. From behaviour difficulties to learning difficulties, it takes a great deal of patience to keep your classroom in order. What’s more, working with difficult parents, teachers, and administrators means you need to be patient outside the classroom, too. A great teacher knows how to keep his or her cool under varying degrees of pressure.

3. Creativity

Being creative in the classroom involves more than making projects. You may have to work in a restricted environment with limited resources, and your classroom may be a melee of children from different backgrounds and cultures. So, you need to be able to draw from your creativity to make decisions in the best interest of your class.

4. Flexibility

Even when you have every detail of each lesson planned, unexpected turns can arise. A great educator is one that is flexible in dealing with change. Whether it’s as straight forward as having a back up plan for rainy days or amending the entire plan to accommodate for budget cuts, your fine-tuning skills and flexibility will help you tackle challenges with grace.

5. Dedication

Finally, excellent preschool teachers are those who are dedicated to their career and their learners. They stand up for their beliefs and educational values, and for their student’s needs. What’s more, these educators are dedicated to education and continue to inspire students to continue learning. At preschool level, creating a fun learning environment can resonate with children for the rest of their life.
Along with these 5 important qualities, a great educator will also form part of a supportive teaching community. Many teachers find even more inspiration by aligning themselves with professional associations.
Above all, exceptional preschool educators are those teachers that continue to work on their craft and personal development to continue growing.

Disclosure: Collaborative Post

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Waiting to Bounce on our Trampoline

The plan for this last weekend was to put up our brand new trampoline from Big Game Hunters. However, this is what our garden looks like at the moment.

Not exactly perfect for putting up a new trampoline don't you think? The kids will just have to wait a little longer. I can't blame them for being excited though because the trampoline we have is a fab looking 8ft Skyhigh Orbisphere from Big Game Hunters and it has some great features. It has a modern curved pole design and it is built to last with foam covered springs and pvc covered poles. It also looks pretty fantastic.

I think we will be the envy of our neighbours once we do have it up. In fact we are one of the only ones without a trampoline so far and we are in the middle so I can see our kids competing against the neighbours kids on who can bounce the highest. With 48 springs at 165mm in length I think they may have a good chance of winning!

There is still time to order a trampoline in time for Christmas and Big Game Hunters currently have some real bargains with up to £200 off the cost of their trampolines.

You can also get some great accessories for your trampoline like covers and ladders and even tents. I know that my kids would love a tent and I'll be thinking of investing in one for them very soon.

Big Game Hunters are specialists in outdoor garden toys and have many things on offer. Delivery is free on items over £150 and orders are often dispatched on the same day as ordering. Besides trampolines they also sell playhouses, climbing frames and swings, basket ball equipment and Garden Games. 

We can't wait to have fun with our trampoline and I'm hoping to get you a video of how the kids enjoy bouncing around so watch this space.

Do you have a trampoline in your garden?

Cuddle Fairy

Disclosure: I have been sent a trampoline to review but this will come at a later date. I have not been asked or paid to write this post and all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

A little Note About Positive Reviews on Raisie Bay

Some people only write reviews when things go wrong with products, which is good because it lets people know that there could be potential problems. I've also seen negative feedback with say things like, I had to return this item because the colour did not suit this useful?

I write reviews on most items I buy because I like to give genuine feedback. If I have a genuine problem with a product I will write my review in the appropriate place.

I write reviews on my blog too, but they are mostly positive. Why? Because I only write reviews for the things I've loved. If I don't love them I let the person who sent me them know with details why and then let them decided if they would rather me write a negative review or not write one at all. It's always the latter.

This is my blog, my place and I'll let you know about the things I love. If you want to find out what other people have hated about the product then you will need to look elsewhere.

My reviews may all be positive, but they are still genuine.
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