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Educational Quizzes Review

Educational Quizzes

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This half term I was given the fantastic opportunity of trying out the Educational Quizzes website with my boys , Tristan aged 6 and Lewis aged 4.

 

A Little About Educational Quizzes.

Educational Quizzes is a monthly subscription designed to help children be successful at school by making the school curriculum easy and enjoyable. The quizzes written by teachers cover curriculum from Key Stage 1 all the way up to GCSE Level. The subscription costs £9.95 per month and can be cancelled at any time. Educational Quizzes are conscious that not everyone is able to afford the monthly subscription and for this reason schools can sign up students from as little as £2 per year which is a tiny price to pay for more engagement with parents.

How we got on.

I logged into Educationalquizzes.com and selected Key Stage 1 quizzes. I then let the boys have free reign on my laptop and Tristan being more IT savvy took the lead. He chose to try the 2 times tables questionnaire and loved that it automatically told him if he’d got it right or not when he chose an answer. He was very proud to tell me that he’d got 9/10. Next he did a mixed times tables and got a bit frustrated when he was getting more wrong. I know he hasn’t done all the times tables in school yet so this didn’t worry me. If he had then it would of highlighted areas which we could practice at home. Tristan also tried the spellings quiz however found this a bit tricky as he didn’t know what the sentence was supposed to say and couldn’t get his head around the fact he had to read the answers and pick which one was right. Educational Quizzes may I suggest an option to hear audio of the sentence to help the younger children?

As Lewis isn’t very IT savvy and he can’t read just yet I decided to do some quizzes with him. We did the ‘Counting on from a given number.’ I was quite impressed as Lewis is only 4 and with a bit of talking it through got 8 out of 10. We also did the ‘Alphabet (big and Small – Upper and Lower Case Letters 1’ quiz and this was great for Lewis as he’s at that stage where he is recognising and sounding out letters everywhere.

Overall View

I thought the Educational Quizzes website is a great resource for children, parents and schools. I’m not sure if I’d pay the  £9.95 subscription fee on a monthly basis but I definitely think it’s something I would use to keep my boys learning throughout the summer holidays. I think educational quizzes are a great resource to link school and home education and I am fully behind schools taking out the subscription for their students.

BusyLazyMum.co.uk is 1!


Today 28th October 2017 I celebrate 1 year of BusyLazyMum.co.uk. I thought I’d celebrate my blogging birthday with a little post looking over what we’ve achieved in our first year and our goals for the next quarter.

I’ll be honest my first year hasn’t gone to plan. I haven’t posted as often as I’d like to of but I’m happy with what I have achieved from the amount of work I have put in.

My Statistics

Blog Statistics

8277 Visitors

29184 Visits

My most viewed post is Christmas Opening Weekend at Inspirations Wholesale which had 2,952 views.

DA 13

Social Statistics

Facebook – 125 likes

Twitter – 156 followers –

Instagram – 62 followers

Pinterest – 23 followers

As you can see I have focused more on Facebook and Twitter and my following shows this.

Please feel free to click the links above to like or follow us across social media.

My favourite posts

  1. Boost Your Income with: Mystery Shopping.
  2. Allergy Awareness Week 2017: My Experience.
  3. Christmas Open Weekend at Inspirations Wholesale.
  4. £15 Holidays with The Sun.
  5. Chester Zoo Annual Pass Review.

My Sponsored Posts

I have been fortunate enough to have had a few opportunities in my first year to do sponsored posts.

  1. Valentines Day Gift For All The Family – Sponsored by Panasonic.
  2. Educational Quizzes Subscription Review – Sponsored by EducationalQuizzes.com

Goals for the first quarter of year 2.

  • Reach 10,000 visitors.
  • Focus my social media efforts on Pinterest and Instagram to reach 100 followers on each. Whilst also increasing my Facebook and Twitter followers to 200 each.
  • Increasing my DA

To help me reach my goals I intend to rebrand the BusyLazyMum.co.uk site and implement everything I am learning from The Genius Bloggers Toolkit. I will also implement what I have learnt from my giveaway prize of a blog audit by Jenna Farmer at thebloglancer.co.uk. I will also be co-hosting the #Blogstravaganza Linky in December so keep a look out for me.

Christmas Open Weekend at Inspirations Wholesale.

Inspirations wholesale Christmas BusyLazyMum

I heard of Inspirations Wholesale in Bromborough a long time ago and unfortunately never got round to popping in. When I found out about their Christmas open weekend via Facebook I knew this would be the perfect opportunity for me to pop in and have a nosey and I am so glad I did!I wasn’t quite sure where Inspirations was but found it relatively easily. I was shocked by the sheer size of the building! I wasn’t expecting a little shop but was expecting something less than half the size, it was huge!! We went in and they were offering drinks and cake for a donation to Macmillan Cancer Support which I thought was a brilliant idea!I love Christmas and love to make it special for our boys. I like to have themes when we decorate for Christmas and recent years have been quite bland. So I have been in search of some inspiration to make our first Christmas in our own home that extra bit special. Inspirations Wholesale have so many stunning themes I am stuck for choice!Inspirations wholesale Christmas BusyLazyMum

We went in and the boys were so excited to see all the trees and the colours. There was a wreath making display which Tristan watched eagerly and asked if we could make one. I promised to do one nearer Christmas so watch this space – I’m not very artistic so it might turn into an epic fail but it’s worth a try, and thanks to Inspirations we have an idea of where to start.

We wondered around the colourful displays and came to their Facebook frame competition, which there was a short queue for. The boys got involved and used the Christmassy props provided. Good luck to everyone that entered! The prize is a £50 gift voucher to spend in store. I love the elf hat Lewis is wearing its £9.99 + VAT and you can buy it here.

We then went for a wonder along the aisles where the non display items were and the boys started to get a bit bored. So we only had a short wonder and then left. I thought these elf signs were great and will 100% be adding one to our decorations this year. Which one though? Decisions Decision! You can buy them for £3.75+VAT here

The boys both loved the elf trees. Although Tristan said he loved the upside down tree too.  As the elf comes to stay with us throughout December we will probably be buying most of this range in the near future.

It’s safe to say that when it’s a bit closer to Christmas and my ‘Christmas is ages away’ Scrooge husband has found his Christmas spirit we will be returning and I shudder to think how much we will spend – not because it’s expensive because everything I saw was very reasonably priced, but because I will want to buy it all!

You can view some of Inspirations Wholesale stock on their website here and follow them on Facebook here.

 

 

 

Thrive: Feel Stress Free App

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the past month or so I have had the privilege of trying out the Thrive app which is for mental health conditions. I personally don’t deal with stress very well and have been told by both my GP and a counsellor that I suffer from mild situational anxiety.  I have chosen not to treat this and try lifestyle changes instead, so I jumped at the chance of giving this app a try.

Background Info
Thrive – Feel Stress Free is a subscription service app. It is designed by psychiatrists and psychologists to help to gradually build resilience to and manage stress, anxiety and mild depression using clinically proven techniques such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Mindfulness. Subscription costs can be paid monthly £5.99, quarterly £14.97 and yearly £47.88.

We have negotiated a FREE TRIAL for our readers and you can find the code and a link I subscribe at the bottom of this post.

The App itself

When you first log into Thrive – Feel Stress Free each day it will ask you how you feel and what has contributed to you feeling this way.

 

 

 

 

 

Once you have answered these the app will give you some goals based on what you have told it.  As you can see from the goals provided in the image below I had answered questions suggesting that I hadn’t done much exercise or been very social recently.

 

 

 

 

 

The menu’s come in island forms and the main island is the first which includes the following options:

Thrive feel stresss free

– Thrive
Gives you direct access to the Thrive website

– Breathing
Takes you to the Calm Breathing exercise where you can choose aa duration of a few minutes and it will provide an exercise.

Thrive

– Meditation
The meditation tab takes you to a new menu. Where you can choose from Meditations, Sensory, Mindful Body Scan, Mindful Earth and Mindful Walk. Each option talks you through an exercise where you think about your breathing, your positioning and the sensations you can feel.

Thrive

– Deep Muscle

This takes you to deep muscle relaxation another excersise which talks you through tensing your muscles and then relaxing and controlling your breathing.

Thrive

-Self Suggestion

allows you to link a word or statement to a state of relaxation and requires you to have previously completed the deep muscle relaxation exercises.

– Message in a bottle.

From time to time you will find inspiring and motivational quotes wash up on your island.

 

 

 

 

 

Moving to the second island menu you get 2 new options:

 

 

 

 

 

– Zen Garden

This allows you to draw in the sand and add different accessories.

 

 

 

 

 

– Zen Challenge

This is a game which you join the buckets together by drawing in the sand.

 

 

 

 

 

Moving to the third island you get 4 new options:

 

 

 

 

 

– Message

write a message in a bottle and help motivate someone else.

– Progress

Everything you do on Thrive – Feel Stress Free is logged and you can check your progress here.

– Mood Meter

Asks you questions and gives you an idea of if you are suffering with anxiety or depression and how severe it is. I remember I was asked these questions by my counsellor at every session with her few years ago, so they aren’t just random questions with no purpose. The app uses these answers to suggest a plan and produces goals for you.

 

 

 

 

 

– Wellbeing 

Further information on your problems and things to change or work on.

 

 

 

 

 

My View

I thought the app was very good, as you can see explained above it contains a lot of support and different things to try. I personally found it quite hard to become a habit or routine. When I was stressed or feeling a bit anxious it wasn’t my first thought to do some calm breathing or to meditate, but I think that over a longer period of time it would help ease a stressful or anxious situation.

Try Thrive – Feel Stress Free with a 1 month trial by clicking here and entering the following coupon STRESSFREE0917.

Disclosure: I have received this app in return for advertising and this post includes affiliate links.

 

Boost your Income with Mystery Shopping

boost your income with mystery shopping

You may have heard about Mystery Shopping before, it’s a great way to boost your income on a flexible basis. I have been registered with several companies for around 8 months and I’ve done a handful of assignments with each. I have earned just under £120 plus reimbursements from 16 assignments in those 8 months. Whilst your not going to get rich doing mystery shopping it’s a bit of extra money that could be used to pay towards debt, savings or for a little treat for yourself and family.

It’s important to remember that carrying out this type of work classes you as self-employed so you will have to register, complete annual self assessments and if you pass the income thresholds pay your own tax.

Some of the Mystery Shopping companies I am registered with are:
  • Retail Maxim

I have carried out more assignments with retail maxim that include hair & beauty visits; I’ve been paid to have my hair cut and my nails done – you have to pay it out of your own pocket initially but this is reimbursed once they receive your completed questionnaire and receipts; high-street fashion stores, telephone enquiries to travel agents and other retail stores. Assignments are booked via telephone and email and payment is paid straight into your bank account. Retail Maxim have the highest rates of pay that I have come across. If your interested in registering with Retail Maxim you can do so via this link.

  • Market force

I have carried out a few assignments with Market Force that have included pharmacies and supermarkets. I have found that there are always assignments available with Market Force which are mostly cafe’s, restaurants and betting shops. The pay with Market Force isn’t great, it’s a usually a couple of pounds, but something is better than nothing and if your local café/restaurant is on there then you’ll get a certain amount that they’ll reimburse you to complete your visit. Assignments are booked via their website (they also have an app although I am yet to try this) and payment is paid straight into your bank account. If your interested in registering with Market Force you can do so via this link.

  • Grassroots

I have carried out a few assignments with Grassroots that have included supermarkets and travel agents. I find that Grassroots assignments don’t come up very often in my area and tend to go very quickly. The pay rates are very reasonable.  Assignments are booked via their website and payment is paid straight into your bank account. If your interested in registering with Grassroots you can do so via this link.

 

There are a few more companies of which I have recently carried out Mystery Shopping assignments however I am currently waiting on payment so I will update once I have received these.

 
I’m taking part in the Money Making Madness Linky hosted by Charlotte Burns from Lotty Earns, Emma Bradley from Mum’s Savvy Savings, Emma Drew from EmmaDrew.Info and Lynn from Mrs Mummy Penny.