SIPB SUMMER BLOG TAG

Here’s a fun little tag set by a great little FB group I am a member of, Sharing, Inspiring, Promoting Bloggers. Read Amelia’s, Esme’s and Rachael’s too!

They have put forward 10 questions to answer about ourselves, just a little ‘get to know you’ kinda thing, and I do like these kinds of tags!

My answers…

  1. What is your favourite Summer holiday destination? I don’t have a specific place to be, to be honest. Just getting the chance to relax is the best, wherever I am!
  2. What is your favourite childhood memory of Summer? I loved spending my summers in Kenya, with my family out there, carefree, enjoying life, visiting various amazing places while I was there!
  3. Which do you prefer: ice-cream or frozen yoghurt? It’s got to be ice cream, but at the moment, if I get a frozen delight it has to be low carb, and low sugar, so Keto friendly ice pops made from cream cheese, and fruit are refreshing, and so are sorbets!
  4. What is your go-to dinner on a hot Summer evening? A nice big salad with grilled meat of some sort!
  5. What is your favourite BBQ food? I love to make chicken kebabs with vegetables, smothered in oyster sauce, yum!
  6. Share a song that takes you back to an amazing Summer. Killing ME Softly by the Fugees. 1996. I was going to be starting my last year at university and it was an awesome summer!
  7. How do you beat the heat in the Summer? I stay in where possible, wear minimal clothing, unless I have to look decent, drink lots of fluids, have a fan on, and sleep with just a sheet.
  8. Do you prefer swimming in the ocean or a pool? I like to swim in a pool, but I enjoy paddling and splashing in the ocean!
  9. Do you prefer to travel with family, friends or solo? I think there’s a place for all! I love my family trips, creating memories with young and old, I love to go away with friends, as there’s a different sort of joy you can have with your buddies. I’ve never travelled alone, but I’d like to try, as I think the beauty of choosing what you want to d whenever you want could be really freeing!
  10. Flip-flops or barefoot? I am a total boho barefoot babe where I can be! I love the feeling of grass, sand etc under my feet!

 

Here are the questions if you fancy a go!

  1. What is your favourite Summer holiday destination?
  2. What is your favourite childhood memory of Summer?
  3. Which do you prefer: ice-cream or frozen yoghurt?
  4. What is your go-to dinner on a hot Summer evening?
  5. What is your favourite BBQ food?
  6. Share a song that takes you back to an amazing Summer
  7. How do you beat the heat in the Summer?
  8. Do you prefer swimming in the ocean or a pool?
  9. Do you prefer to travel with family, friends or solo?
  10. Flip-flops or barefoot?

#PickledBlogs Tag!

Em over at Em Linthorpe has created a most wonderful FB group for bloggers, now that our most fave group Big Up Your Blog, started up by the fabulous Suzie, of Susie Speaks, has now retired…

It’s called the Pickled Blog Project! Awesome, eh!!

And she has set up her very own tag… #PickledBlogs!

#PickledBlog Tag

Here are the rules…

  1. Answer the questions.
  2. Link back to this very post.
  3. Use the hashtag #PickledBlogs on any social media shares so everyone can find your post, and in the title of the blog post too if you like.
  4. Feel free to tag some of your blogging friends at the end.

And so to the questions!

1. What is your favourite pickled item to eat?

I love a side of mango pickle with my sunday paratha – typical Punjabi Sunday lunch!

2. Tell us about a time you were in a “bit of a pickle” (a tough situation)

I find myself in ‘pickles’ rather a lot! Due to me engaging mouth before brain! I’m constantly dropping myself in the proverbial sh*t!

3. Pickle Rick, a character from Rick and Morty, is a personal hero of mine. Who are your heroes?

My hero has to be Winnie the Pooh! Isn’t he just the greatest? Fuzzy little wuzzy all stuffed with fluff!

4. If you had to live in a jar, what three items would you take with you?

Well, being in a jar, I’d be on view all the time, so my makeup bag so I looked half decent, my phone to take selfies as I would look so great all the damn time and use the WP app to write posts, and my ever charged (thanks for that idea Em!) Kindle so I could read forever!

 

And as for tagging others, I tag all the Pickled Bloggers so far!!!!!!

The Autumn Tag

 

Another day, another tag!

Thank you to Rachael of the blog Rachael’s Thoughts for thinking of me for the Autumn Tag! I know it’s late – winter is fully upon us, but hey, where there’s a tag, there’s a way!

There were no rules as such, but some autumnal questions to answer so I thought, what the heck! I may as well, and I will leave this as an open tag for anyone to join!

What signifies autumn to you?
Autumn for me starts when the leaves start to change colour on the trees. When the evenings start to draw in and you feel the need to wear cosy jumpers!

What is the best way to spend a rainy day?
Definitely, the best way to spend a rainy day for me would be with my snuggly robe on, sitting on the sofa with a cup of tea and a good book!

What is your most fond autumn memory?
Taking my children out in the park with areas full of fallen leaves, and watching them kicking the leaves about, and enjoying every moment!

What is your favourite autumn scent?
I’m not sure what scent I would consider as autumnal, but as you get to the end of autumn, and winter is starting to move in, the seasonal scents, like cinnamon, are extremely pleasurable!

What are you most excited about this autumn?
Autumn has been and gone for us this year, but to be honest, as a teacher I look forward to the October holidays the most!!!

What is your favourite autumn song?

I don’t have a favourite autumn song but can I count November Rain by Guns n Roses?

What is your favourite autumn film?
When Harry Met Sally! Lots of autumnal walks, and can you believe that I only watched this a couple of years ago for the first time!?!

What TV show are you looking forward to this autumn?

I’m not a great TV watcher so I have to say I’m not too fussed about any particular shows! But then again, this year I was a bit obsessed with th UK X-Factor, and was so excited that my favourites won!!!

What is your favourite autumn colour?
Autumnal colours as a whole are my favourite shades!!! I love the whole browns and caramels, and copper jewellery.

What is your most-loved outdoor autumn activity?
I don’t do outdoor! But at a push, walks in the parks are passable!

What is your favourite autumn fashion trend?
Layering up different autumnal shades, when I get a chance to get out of teacher clothes. I used to have a fav chocolat brown furry hat…!

Name one place you wish you could visit during autumn?
I have to say that isn’t something I have ever thought about, but I’d love to, given a chance, visit my sister in law’s summer house by the lakes in Finland! The scenery looks so beautiful from all the photos I have seen, it would be spectacular with all the beautiful autumnal colours!

What is your favourite photo you took last autumn?

When Sonu Sing Met my lil niece!!!! A wonderful sunny yet cool autumnal day surrounded by my favourite people!

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What are you being this Halloween?
I don’t really do dressing up for Halloween, but this year we had a school disco so I was a black cat!

And as I said, if you fancy answering some questions, please, go ahead!!!

The Christmas Tag

The lovely Sophie of Food Zesty nominated me for The Christmas Tag, and as I love a bit of Christmas, I had to have a go! Thank you so much Sophie, for thinking of me!

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  • Thank the person that nominated you with a link to their blog
  • Add the picture in your blog
  • Copy these rules into your post
  • Add a link to this original post (littlediyprojects.wordpress.com/thechristmastag)
  • Answer the 10 questions (you can add extra Christmas-related questions if you want)
  • Tag at least 3 other bloggers with links to their blogs
  • Have fun!

The Questions:

1. What’s your favourite thing about Christmas?
2. What’s your favourite Christmas memory?
3. Are there special traditions your family has for Christmas?
4. What’s your Christmas wish? (Can be personal or general)
5. What’s your favourite Christmas dish?
6. What’s your favourite Christmas decoration?
7. What’s your favourite Christmas song?
8. Where do you usually celebrate Christmas?
9. What does the ‘Christmas Spirit’ mean to you?
10. Who out of anybody in the world would you want to spend your Christmas with?

The Answers

1. What’s your favourite thing about Christmas? Spending time with my family
2. What’s your favourite Christmas memory? Seeing my parents both get a little tipsy! And the looks on our children’s faces when they have received the gifts they requested = priceless!
3. Are there special traditions your family has for Christmas? As a Sikh family, Christmas is not something we celebrate for a religious reason, but as a community time of peace, love and happiness. We generally try and follow all the general traditions, but will spice our dinner up with some Indian tastes!
4. What’s your Christmas wish? (Can be personal or general) Honestly, it’s for Peace, Love and Happiness, both generally, and for my whole family!
5. What’s your favourite Christmas dish? Pigs in Blankets!!!
6. What’s your favourite Christmas decoration? Gotta love a paper chain! But there are some special handmade ornaments on my tree which were made by my children which are extra special, and they come out every year!
7. What’s your favourite Christmas song? Winter Wonderland, more or less any version!
8. Where do you usually celebrate Christmas? As a child and growing up with my parents, nowadays we spend the day with my in-laws
9. What does the ‘Christmas Spirit’ mean to you? Being giving and charitable, spreading joy to those near and dear to you.
10. Who out of anybody in the world would you want to spend your Christmas with? I would love for a Christmas with my brother, sister-in-law and nephew, dearly, but as they are in Finland, it hasn’t happened yet… wouldn’t it be great to spend Christmas near Lapland, with Santa and all that snow?!

So here are my nominees for the Christmas Tag

Erika

Judy

Willow

Shelley

And anyone else who would like to join in the Christmas spirit!!!!

Five of the Best Children’s Books – #BookTag #MondayBlogs

Huge thanks to Jennie at A Teacher’s Reflection for passing this particular tag onto me.

I have been tagged to nominate my top five children’s books. Only five??? Really???  But I love to read children’s books to both my own children and my classes!

There are so many books, both picture and chapter, which I could include on this list!

I decided to choose five picture books which I love to read to my classes every year. Books that give me joy, as well as to the listeners! Some are older, some are newer, but all are wonderful stories! I only wish I could read more complex texts to the class, but with the high level of English as an Additional Language in our class, it would go over their heads, so pictures work so much better for them!

Mr Big – Ed Vere

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Such a lovely story about not judging a book by its cover. I usually read this one and accompany it with a “Bom Ba Bom Ba Bom” kinda bluesy beat… Poor Mr Big always scares everyone with his appearance, but he is just the most wonderful musician, and when his talents are discovered by others, they realise it’s not what he looks like but what he can do that they should be looking at!

Monkey Puzzle – Julia Donaldson

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Where would this list be without Julia Donaldson?! I could mention so many of her books like The Gruffalo, the rhyming cadences a pleasure to read aloud, and the illustrations by Axel Scheffler so appealing to children, but this has to be my favourite! I like to sing parts of it to the “Hus Little Baby tune, as the words have been written in that rhythm. Such a lovely book to get the kids involved, guessing which animal is being described!

I’ve even made all the characters, and used them in a display at the back of my classroom!

The Hungry Caterpillar – Eric Carle

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Eric Carle is another author I just couldn’t leave out of this list! We use The Very Hungry Caterpillar in several year groups as a key text, but it lends itself to the Early Years so well, with wonderful illustrations and a fun way of teaching life cycles! The children enjoy watching the transformation!

The Day The Crayons Quit – Oliver Jeffers

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This is relatively book that is fun to read to the children. It is great for getting them to think about the use of different colours, and an excellent way for them to try and recall the colour names! I even have the sequel!

Dinosaurs Love Underpants! = Claire Freedman and Ben Cort

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The Underpants series was always popular in my house too, from the aliens to the monsters, and pirates with underpant fixations! But the most popular has always been the Dinosaurs Love Underpants edition! Another colourful rhyming book which captures the interest of the children in Nursery every time as they all seem to love dinosaurs!

Rules:
1. Thank whoever’s nominated you and share their blog link.
2. Let us know your top five children’s books.
3. Nominate 5 people to do the same.
4. Let your nominees know you nominated them.

I am going to be extremely naughty here and not actually nominate anyone, as I know how busy you all are, but I open the invitation for you to post about your choice of five Children’s books and link back to me if you feel like it!

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