Friday, 12 February 2016

Taste tests: Ebi-kun Eats and taste tests bollos fritos anis

My brother Daniel sent Ebi-kun some snacks from the Canary Islands, these were aniseed doughnuts, sounds good right... Not sure Ebi-kun would agree with you there!

Please click through to You Tube and leave him a comment - he does answer all his comments (and it's a great way for me to sneak in some English writing/typing practice!!)

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Book Giving Day is almost here!

What is International Book Giving Day?

The aim of International Book Giving Day is to get more books into the hands of more kids.


Well, there are many kids out there that don’t get chance to read all the amazing books that our kids have the opportunity to read. Books change lives and it could be your book donation that changes a child’s life for the better.

It could be the book you donated inspired them to try harder at school to become a doctor, a teacher, an astronaut. Or it could be your book was the one they turn to every time life gets tough, keeping them grounded, their little piece of stability.

Or maybe your book is the one that proves to them that they are not alone and there are people out there that care.

Here are 10 ways to get involved...


Find out more about what is happening this year over on the website, and do share what you will be doing for Book Giving day!

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Lunch With The Foreign Biz Ladies

The other day I decided to take a few hours off, well to be honest, pretty much the whole day. But I am the boss, so that's OK!

I headed into town and went straight to the massage place, my neck and shoulder was so stiff, she worked a treat on it! Although I sometimes wonder if masseurs actually make it hurt more just so when they stop you feel total relief... hmmm.

After that I met up with an old friend, Laura, she had arrived early. We had a bit of a chat then met everyone else at the cafe. It was great fun meeting other entrepreneurs, most of my foreign friends here are teachers/moms so the conversations tend to circulate around those two topics, this time it was different and I enjoyed the ideas being bounced around!

We were quite a mixed bunch too, I was the token Brit then we had a couple of Aussies, an American, a Jamaican, and a Dane plus two adorable hafu kids who were both incredibly well behaved.

I am hoping we can make this a monthly event, we all have to travel to the central spot but once a month should be doable.

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Speedy Science: Mysterious Magic Thread

We have some more Speedy Science experiments for you!

What you need...
  • Piece of cotton thread
  • Bowl
  • Jug of water (from the tap)
  • Washing Up detergent
  • Small spoon/dropper
  • Small child (optional)
1. Tie the ends of the cotton thread to form a loop.

2. Pour most of the water into the bowl.

3. Dunk the cotton thread into the left over water to get it wet.

4. This is the tricky part... float the loop of thread on water in the bowl. What shape is it?

Now add one drop of  washing up detergent inside the loop. What happens?

If all goes to plan the thread starts out as an irregular shape but when you are the washing up detergent, the thread moves to make a circle (much harder to capture in a photograph than you might think!).

When you add the detergent the surface tension of the water inside the loop is weakened, making the outside stronger which pulls the thread into a circle.

Try it! Let me know how it goes :)

More speedy science experiment HERE

Friday, 5 February 2016

Using Songs For Poetry Inspiration

Ebi-kun and I decided to dissect some song lyrics, one of his favourite songs is Beautiful Day by The Levellers (who he got to see live back in the summer).

The song isn't really about lovely sunshine and skipping through meadows with the wind in your hair... or whatever. It's actually very political so it turned out to be a very interesting lesson.

We started by going through the lyrics a few times and then picking out a few key sections. We talked about what each bit meant, was it literal or did it have a hidden meaning? Why did they use the 5th of November as the date in the song? Was it significant or did it just sound good?

It was interesting to listen to Ebi-kuns ideas and point of view about it all. 

I had to finish up to get dinner started but Ebi-kun felt inspired to write a poem, not connected to the song at all, just how he felt at the time...

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

The Secret Den Command Centre

Remember Ebi-kuns den? Well, he decided he needed a command centre, the den is the headquarters for the local spy ring apparently - of course, you will have to forget that I told you that!

So he got out the recycling basket - we save anything that might be handy for crafts, and set to it. I can't remember why we had a big sheet of hologram sticky backed paper but it came in very handy. I also have a box full of pictures cut out of magazines, that is where he found the men in the hazmat suits. You can't really tell from the photos but he placed a piece of wavy plastic over the top to give it a proper TV feel to it.

He added various other bits and bobs, I'm sure they all have a function, I have no idea what they do - I'm not a member of the spy ring! But there are lots of buttons, dials and levers.

I did say he needed a Big Red Button - because, well there is always a big red button, that is what is inside the black box, to prevent accidental firings of missiles, we wouldn't want that would we!

As a kid, I would spend hours making things from the recycling (well back in the day it wasn't recycling, basically stuff saved from going in the bin!) and it makes me happy that Ebi-kun is happy to do the same. A load of junk + a vivid imagination and some decent glue/tape!

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Tastes Tests: Ebi-kun Eats Bean Boozled

This is a bit longer than his usual show but well worth it! Bean Boozled is a Jelly Bean dare game, it comes with a spinner and a pile of beans, half of which are perfectly great flavours like buttered pop-corn, lime and chocolate pudding and the other half are disgusting, vomit, lawn clippings and rotten eggs are in there!

And yes, the vomit flavoured jelly beans REALLY do taste like vomit - ask me how I know! Enjoy the show and click through to YouTube to leave him a comment...

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Saturday, 30 January 2016

Resources for running your own online business

What do you use for .... ?

This is a question I get a lot, so I have finally gotten around to putting everything in one place! I have created a page over on basically listing all my favourite tools and apps etc. that I use to run my business. I do have more that are not listed and thats because I might use them it but I don't love it!

What I don't mention in the resources to run your business post is that you can have all the bells and whistles but unless you show up and do the work, those fancy smancy apps and plugins are not going to make you money.

I have also used apps that I know are not one of the big players in the field but they get the job done and the price is much kinder on the wallet - so don't be afraid to try out the little man as it were.

I've also included the two online courses that have been instrumental in making my business a success, Lucky Bitch Bootcamp and B-school.

I will add and update this page as I find great new resources, I have a couple of apps I'm testing out at the moment, one I especially like so if it works as promised I will add that into the mix soon.

Hope this helps! Bookmark or pin the page for further reference!


Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Titan Cable means no more tears over broken charger cables

Before Christmas Jon from Fuse Chicken dropped me a line and asked if I would like to try out the Titan cable to see if it lived up to it's claims. Not one to say no to a great offer I asked him to send one out so we could put it to the test.

The cable is for an iphone and although we haven't had any issues with our cables to date, I have plenty of friends who have - usually the protective cable cracking around the plug section.

My cable tends to stay home unless I'm travelling, DH on the other hand takes his to work every day, so his gets a lot more abuse than mine.

I must admit when I first opened the cable packaging I was surprised how thick it was compared to the regular iphone charging cable but that's because it's covered in an indestructible casing. Side note: Fuse Chicken also make the cables for Android too.

I set Ebi-kun up with the challenge of breaking it - first he thought I had lost the plot, here you are, go and break this...

But he got into it, took it outside, tried smashing it with a brick...

Swinging on it, tug 'o' war with his mates....

Riding his bike over it... 

He came back in and the cable still looked good as new.

I sat for a while bending and twisting it at the regular cables weakest spot but it had no effect, we have also been using it daily and taken it on over night trips. It is tough!

It would make a great gift for a dad/husband or anyone else who breaks their cables easily, I'm pretty sure I won't need to replace mine now!

If you want to get your hands on one these Titan cables you can buy them HERE in Japan, HERE on Amazon and through the Fuse Chicken website HERE

Hey There, Daruma...

Here is my 2016 Daruma, he looks kinda angry but I'm sure he's not really.

At the start of the year you colour in one eye and make your wish, it could be in health, love, money... There are different coloured Daruma for different areas of your life. I think the gold is a general wish granter.

My work goal is a big one, I want to double last years income *eek* 

So here he sits, on my desk, occasionally being helpful as a paperweight, I do hope Daruma is good at multi-tasking!

At the end of the year, if your wish came true then you can colour the other eye in! I will report back later...

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