Year 9 Grammar review

My home educated 14 year old is starting work on I GCSEs but before we get too far into that I wanted to do a quick review of some basic grammar.

Grammar,however, is not my strong point (just look at my blog posts I am sure there are too many errors to even bother counting!) I needed help.

The book my grammar and I has been on my shelf for a while so I decided to pull it out and do a short book study for her.

My grammar and I by Caroline Taggart covers a wide range of what I would call “technical” English. It’s starts with some commonly misspelled words and some confusing words that sound the same but are spelled differently but goes on to cover parts of speech and sentence structure.

I created a very simple lesson plan for her to follow over 8-9 weeks – my notes for that can be downloaded here.

I love that with homeschooling knowledge can come from books you already have on your shelves just as much as from any curriculum you painstakingly research and buy!


Homeschool Curriculum for 2019.

In the 3/4 years since I last updated this blog a lot of things have changed!

I am now a mother of 6 -Molly Anne was welcomed into the world in October 2015 and is now an energetic 3 year old.

We are now a home educating family – all of our children are now being educated at home . So yes (!) I am a home educating mother to a 14 year old, 12 year old , 9 year old,8 year old ,6 year old and 3 year old.

We began our homeschooling journey In 2016 and we are going strong now.

Which brings me to the reason for this update – homeschooling! Expect to see many more homeschooling posts along side some large family and craft posts.

Here’s to 2019 the year of blogging !


Merry Christmas 2018


Paleo banana chocolate mousse

photo (4)I used to love chocolate mousse but its pretty much the opposite of paleo with all the milk, sugar and cornflour so I have come up with a satisfying paleo alternative – Paleo chocolate mousse.


2 small bananas
1 tablespoon almond or cashew butter
2 tablespoons of paleo friendly chocolate or cocoa powder

put all the ingredients in a blender and just blend until smooth!.



Paleo Egg Salad Bento Box – Paleo lunchbox ideas for 2014!

This was delicious and is the first of many

2014 is going to be a paleo filled year!

photo (3) 1.Hardboiled egg and avocado chopped up and mixed with spinach

2.Sliced mango and apple

3. Date, nut and apple bites.


Date, Nut And Apple Bites

I forgot to measure how much i used but i don’t think the actual amounts really matter in any case.

Put a  handful of dates and a handful of nuts in the blender until you have a paste (there can be lumpy bits it doesn’t need to be totally pureed.Add is a spoonful or two of desiccated coconut and  chopped apple and mix again . Form the mix into balls and roll in some more desiccated coconut and they are ready to eat! Mine recipe made about 8 balls.


Paleo Cabbage And Bacon Breakfast Hash

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4 days into being paleo and I have gone from 185 pounds to 181.6 pounds – which is amazing since I haven’t had to go hungry at all. I am guessing that now the initial shock to my system is done the weight loss will slow a little!

This morning I am waiting for this weeks shopping to arrive and when I got up looked in my pretty empty fridge and heard a slice of toast calling me. I resisted the urge though and instead used up some odds and ends to make this breakfast. It made 2 -3 servings depending on how hungry you are.

Paleo Breakfast – Cabbage and Bacon Hash

8 Slices of bacon (chopped up)
1 small white cabbage (shredded)
250g mushrooms (sliced)
1 onion (sliced)
A few herbs
Fry the bacon for a few minutes then add the rest of the ingredients and fry until soft, add in the herbs. Eat!


My paleo diet begins – Paleo breakfast fruit salad

I have been reading (and madly pinning) a lot about the paleo diet lately. I did a 2 week paleo diet run a couple of months ago and lost 6 pounds over the two weeks. Since its the only diet where I have really enjoyed the food AND its seemed to ease the digestive troubles I get! I have decided to give it a proper go. I am no expert and I am going to be learning as a I go so dont expect perfection fro the start!

In honour of the first day of the rest of my life I present Paleo breakfast fruit salad.


Desiccated Coconut
Almond Butter

Chop the fruit and add a spoonful of almond butter and desiccated coconut – yummy!


French bread pizzas a quick lunch from the freezer

These french bread pizzas are quick to microwave from the freezer and cheap if you have lots of mouths to feed. These are basic ones but you can add your own toppingsto make them a little different! I make about 20 at a time and freeze them in freezer bags.

Cut french sticks and lay on a baking tray

Spread them with tomato puree and some dried herbs










Sprinkle with cheese and put in the oven

When ready wrap and freeze until needed!


Little ribbon gal toy (using up some of those annoying scraps)++

Little ribbon gal

The scrap pile is getting out of hand and I had a spare evening so I made this little toy for Emily. It isnt the best looking but Emily LOVES is because she can grab the ribbons and actually move it about where she wants and since its nice and soft she doesnt end up bashing herself in the head like she does with some of her other little toys!

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