Thursday, 11 October 2018

Reasons to be Cheerful: Steampunk and Ladybirds #R2BC

R2BC at Mummy from the Heart 

Thank you everyone who joined in last week and shared the linky love. I hope you have had a chance to visit all the other happy linkers! Don't forget to comment and share each other's posts to make us all even more cheerful... Here are my reasons to be cheerful this week:

1) Sci-Fi Weekender

I won tickets to this event months ago and it was our first convention. Not only did I catch up with an old friend but we made some new ones and my son now wants to be a Steampunk:


A full post or two to follow but here is a taster of the cosplay:


2) Finished Project

This was my final Anderson shelter:



3) Ladybird invasion

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

#TeacherTuesdays World War One Trench Model

World War One Trench Model

This week's challenge was a model of a World War One trench on a limited budget! First up the lid of a copier box had part of the sides cut out, display border stapled on and the top edge folded in. I then stuck tea died bandages on the folded cardboard to act as sandbags. A few used tea bags and some polystyrene packaging for more internal sandbags:

World War One Trench Model

Mud coloured paint liberally added:

World War One Trench Model

Today we added more polystyrene sandbags, a wooden ladder to reach the trench front and some more little features:

World War One Trench Model

More photos:

Monday, 8 October 2018

#MotivationalMonday for #WorldMentalHealthDay2018


October 10th is World Mental Health Day for 2018. I didn't realise this when I asked the followers of Not Much Sense and Sensibility for their tips for looking after mental health. My daughter and I have created our latest YouTube video to include these ideas. (At the time of writing this it hasn't uploaded yet!). 

We are also focussing on mental health on our Instagram and here are the key messages this week:


Thursday, 4 October 2018

Reasons to be Cheerful: Its October #R2BC

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Thank you to Michelle for hosting the linky in September and its now over to me for October. This means I have to be more on the ball! I look forward to reading and sharing everyone's posts this week and I hope you visit the other lovely bloggers. 

October is always a reason to be cheerful for me as its my birthday month and my daughter has her birthday too. Before we get to those here are my reasons to be cheerful this week:

1) Back to Fell Foot

I finally made it back to Fell Foot parkrun after another couple of weeks off. It was a stunning day to be running along the shores of Windermere:


2) Being Crafty

I have already posted about some of the things I have been making at school this week. Its been great to be allowed to be creative whilst teaching a child more about World War Two. Here is my template for the final Anderson Shelter I made:



Anderson Shelter template

3) Being Positive

I am continuing to create messages for the new venture with my daughter. We have put out our second video and are thinking up ideas for the third!




So please join in and share your happy posts and give some R2BC love to your fellow happy bloggers!

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Tuesday, 2 October 2018

#TeacherTuesday This week's makes



I am trying to be more organised on what I post when so Tuesday's I will try to post something related to my teaching! Actually this week I am acting as a Teaching Assistant which has given me much more of a chance to get creative. There are have been two strands to my makes as the class are studying The Iron Man story and World War Two. 

The Iron Man

It is amazing what you can make with cereal packets, milk bottle tops and some paint & glue. This is the dragon from the story ready to eat up the people of Earth and all the living things:


I was given a top tip of adding PVA glue to the paint to help it cover the cereal boxes better (the waxy coating on the cardboard repels the paint!).

World War Two

First of all I made use of Twinkl to download some paper aeroplanes to decorate the room:


Then we have been coming up with ways to make air raid shelters. This is my test run for an Anderson Shelter:


There will be a fuller post on the Anderson Shelter next week when I have created the final version. I've also had a go at making a Morrison Shelter (I so need a hot glue gun at home!):


Monday, 1 October 2018

#MotivationalMonday Week 1



One of the things we are doing alongside the new YouTube channel is having a positive and motivational Instagram and Twitter. Yesterday and today I had fun turning some of our artwork and photographs in to motivational messages. As its Monday I thought I would share some of them on the blog:

After a hurricane comes a rainbow embrace both

You are beautiful