Sunday, 26 March 2017

Taste tests: Ebi-kun Eats and taste tests - Turron de mani

What is Eb-kun taste testing this week? I can tell you it is taking quite a while to get through all these treats! He isn't a big snacker so he only tries one or maybe two a week, we still have half a box full!

Find out if this weeks treat gets a thumbs up or not!

Monday, 20 March 2017

Manifest what ever you want!

Some of you know that I am a Lucky Bitch, yes, that's right. I joined Denise DT's Lucky Bitch program years ago and love it. It is probably my most favourite program that I have signed up to and yes, I have signed up to many!

Well, lucky for you, she has her free manifesting course up at the moment, it's lots of fun and works well with the declutting, as decluttering is a big part of the manifesting!

So if you want to join me, pop over here and sign up! It is an affiliate link but I would share it even if it wasn't, you guys know how much I love her work!

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Taste tests: Ebi-kun Eats and taste tests - lefsegodt

Today Ebi-kun is trying a tasty treat from Norway - Lefsegodt! Have you ever tried it? Will it be good? Only one way to find out, click and watch this weeks show...

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Kaizen Kitchen Bootcamp Is Back

I have had people asking me since last December when the next Kitchen Bootcamp will be (it's always in March).

This year I've done a revamp, polished it up and made it all pretty! Also added some great bonuses for the bootcamp and Clear The Clutter. Bootcamp is still free and I predict it will still be a lot of fun!

I can't wait to get started!

We will kick off on the 20th but as always I'll throw in some mini challenges before that, just to keep everyone on their toes as it were. Pop your name in below to join and invite your friends along too - the more the merrier!

How does it work?

I send out a mission each day, something easy and bite-sized, you know I am one for making things doable! And you check in with your before and afters in the Kitchen Bootcamp group.

We have had a lot of weird finds and VERY out of date foods in the past, there is no judgement, just a lot of laughs and a nice clean, organized kitchen at the end.

Ready to join in the madness? Sign up below and you will get the "Your Fabulous Fridge ebook" delivered to your inbox too!

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Creativity Challenge - Fancy Monsters

Today's side by side creativity challenge was to draw a fancy monster, that is to say a monster in his or her best party clothes! Why? Who knows.

It's funny how we didn't look at each others work until we had finished but our monsters are quite similar, both in top hats and bow ties and and  the same type of mouth - how strange!

Ebi-kun's is actually a Mermonster, I like him!

Mine is more of a disco monster, although a top hat at a disco is quite odd, maybe not as odd as a monster at a disco!

Are you joining in with the challenge? What does your fancy monster look like?

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Harajuku - not as crazy as it used to be...

But still worth a visit if you ever visit Tokyo.

When I first arrived in Japan it was the height of the cosplay kids and Elvis guys all hanging out in and around the station. You still see a few but it's not like it used to be. 

This street too, which is still crazy busy is no longer the street of crazy shit. There are now several crepe shops, a new one seems to have popped up every time I go, a big ¥100 shop, and a variety of shops that seem to appear and disappear at an alarming rate.

There are a few that seem to have stood the test of time, that have been there the 18 years I have been here but many have gone.

Doesn't stop it from being crazy busy though...

And you will still be able to find some cute goodies, like this rainbow lama backpack...

And the latest fashion craze, which appears to be fancy collars, I do quite like these...

One of the new editions are the cat cafes, there is one at the top end of the street and this one half way down, which also has owls. Who in their right mind thought owls and cats together would be a fun and hygienic idea! Let's serve tea and cake to go with the carnage.

As much as I love owls, this feels oh-so wrong and I can't bring myself to go in.

If they ever open a red panda cafe I might have to change my stance of this kind of thing...

Talking of cats, this shop always makes me laugh, and I am always tempted to buy my mom something (she hates cats!) it never fails to amaze me with their crazy cat fashion items.

Of course, I couldn't leave the most famous mouthless kitty out of the post, Hello Kitty tells us to Stay Real - coming from a toy cat that is the weight of 3 apples and has no mouth, I find that advice hard to swallow!

Monday, 27 February 2017

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Creativity Challenge - new paints

New Watercolour Paints!

As we continue with out creativity challenge I decided it was about time I treated myself to some new paints. Or more accurately, some paints! All the paints I have bought in recent years have been for Ebi-kun really. 

I have been feeling drawn to doing more water colour work, so when I was in Tokyo I went on a mission to find something suitable. 

I remembered going to a big art store with  my friend Paige but couldn't remember where it was, I sent her a quick message and she sent me the name of an art shop back, plugged it into google maps and off I went. When I got there I realised it wasn't the store we were at before but it was 4 floors of arty goodness. Yes, I was in there quite a while!

It is a loooong time since I have done any watercolour work and the brush that came with the set holds water in the handle, I was a bit dubious at first but now I am loving it!

So here is one of my first dabbles, you can probably tell I am still trying to get used to the new brush but I liked how they turned out.

So how is your creativity challenge going? Did you try anything new this week?

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Maths Tricks To Teach The Kids

I was never a big fan of Maths at school, I had one great teacher at high school, she was that good that I actually understood everything she taught, aced my exams and got me into the top class the following year. That turned out to be my downfall because I didn't understand anything the next teacher taught.

For maths I need to see every step and it wasn't until a few years later when I was at college that I figured out that was the reason I never understood Mr Murray's class. He would skips steps that he assumed everyone would know.

I was always under the impression that I was crap at maths because as a kid, that is what I was constantly told. BUT when I was 18 I applied to get on a government run scholarship, at that point I had done a year at art college then a year at tech doing an engineering foundation course. I had not got A level maths or physics and hadn't studied the curriculum.

Nether the less I managed to get an interview for the scholarship and then we had to sit some tests. I was the only one in the interviews that hadn't done A levels or the Scottish equivalent yet I aced the test and got the top score on my maths!

And yes, I got the place, there were just 60 in the whole country so it was a pretty big thing for me.

The point of this story is that I struggled at school and was led to believe that there was only one way to get the answer, this appears to be another deception! When I look at Ebi-kun's maths book I am often baffled at the way he has been taught to find the answer, it doesn't feel logical because it's not the way I was taught. It doesn't make it wrong and I do like the fact that he is taught different methods to reach the same answer.

I think the bead material that is used in Montessori hit a chord because I wish I had been taught in that logical way, I still love the Montessori maths materials and I'm sure it is down to that, that Ebi-kun has a strong foundation for his maths.

Anyway, this might be old news to you but for me, this trick made me very happy! I discovered the Trachtenberg method, Ebi-kun loves the idea, so I'll hare each trick on here as I teach him.

Challenge #1 - Multiply by 11

3 2 4 x 11

Imagine the number is is actually written:

     0 3 2 4 0

Start from the right and work to the left, add the first number to it's neighbour, the 2nd number, and write the answer below the 2nd number

     0 3 2 4 0  (0+4)

Then add the 2nd and 3rd numbers...

     0 3 2 4 0  (4+2)
           6 4

And continue along the row of numbers adding the next to it's neighbour...

     0 3 2 4 0  (2+3)
        5 6 4


     0 3 2 4 0  (3+0)
     3 5 6 4

Easy-peasy right? But what if you use numbers that carry over. Well then you do the same as normal, carry the ten over to the next number, represented by a * here

437440 x 11

     0   4   3   7   4   4   0

     0   4   3   7   4   4   0
                         8   4

     0   4   3   7   4   4   0
                  *1   8   4

     0   4   3   7   4   4   0
             *1 *1   8   4

     0   4   3   7   4   4   0
          8 *1 *1   8   4

     0   4   3   7   4   4   0
     4   8 *1 *1   8   4

therefore 437440 x 11 = 481184

The best thing to do is try a few out for yourself. When we showed this to daddy, he had another method which was similar but involved an extra line of numbers.

Ebi-kun pointed out that at school they have to show the workings out so that the teacher could see how they have arrived at the answer, which is fair enough. But I still think it is valuable for kids to know that there isn't just one way to do something.

There are quite a few of these tricks in the Trachtenberg method so as we work through them I'll share what we are doing. Who would have thought I found maths fun!  Not me!!

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Taste tests: Ebi-kun Eats and taste tests - chocolate umbrella

Where is Ebi-kun eating through this week? Check out his show to find out and whether chocolate umbrella's are in fact tasty!

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