Tuesday, December 27, 2011

De-Cluttered Desk

FLYing Lesson: Declutter 15 Minutes a Day

Your home is filled with clutter of all shapes and sizes. This is why you are unable to keep it clean — you have too much stuff! All we ask is that you set a timer and spend 15 minutes a day decluttering. That’s it. Anyone can do anything for only 15 minutes, even if you have to break it down into five-minute segments. These are the five tools we give you to help you declutter and also make it fun for you! When you get the e-mail reminders/checklists from FlyLady, try them yourself. What do you have to lose (besides clutter, of course!)?......continue to read here

Time to clean Swap

Step One

Clear desk, dust and clean.

Step Two

Tidy up at the end of the day:A quick tidy at the end of your work day will give you peace of mind and will get you off to a good start for tomorrow.

Before and After

Calm, clean and ready for the New Year. Now I can see my screen clearly and think better :)

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Swapbot Challenge

I am challenging myself for the next 30 days (18/12/2011 to the 18/01/2012) to collect, design and prepare a meal planner for vegetarian freezer and slow cooker meals that I can use when I start working in the New Year Again.

De-clutter and organise the section of the home office that belongs to me and maintain it.....

Monday, December 12, 2011

Free Association

I say ... and you think ... ?
Dedication :: important, hard work, rewarding
Dream destination :: been there done that :) - Paris
Games :: can be fun and distracting
Hard as :: nails
Convict :: Criminal Minds
Submit :: not me !
Alcohol :: free
Clippers :: hair cut
Hormonal :: maniac
Diet :: WHAT?????


Thursday, December 01, 2011

Unconscious Mutterings

I say ... and you think ... ?
Program :: show,learning, organised
Business :: plan
Nerve :: how can he/she?
Pipes :: oil, water, pipe fitter
Man :: Adam, human
System :: linguistic
Roses :: are red ......, yellow
Gong :: bell, chinese
Heartfelt :: apology
Strolling :: along the river bank


Sunday, August 14, 2011

I say ... and you think ... ?

I say ... and you think ... ?

  1. Eating :: disorder, out
  2. Cowboys :: and Indians, USA
  3. Nightmare :: on Elma Street,
  4. Impress :: Me
  5. Year :: long
  6. Kiss :: me (the song)
  7. Corn :: on the cod, Nandos
  8. Humping :: Whale
  9. Mirror :: on the wall, Snow White
  10. Brains :: Power, intellect, Fuel

Away, Melancholy

Away, Melancholy
Away, melancholy,
Away with it, let it go.

Are not the trees green,
The earth as green?
Does not the wind blow,
Fire leap and the rivers flow?
Away melancholy.

The ant is busy
He carrieth his meat,
All things hurry
To be eaten or eat.
Away, melancholy.

Man, too, hurries,
Eats, couples, buries,
He is an animal also
With a hey ho melancholy,
Away with it, let it go.

Man of all creatures
Is superlative
(Away melancholy)
He of all creatures alone
Raiseth a stone
(Away melancholy)
Into the stone, the god
Pours what he knows of good
Calling, good, God.
Away melancholy, let it go.

Speak not to me of tears,
Tyranny, pox, wars,
Saying, Can God
Stone of man's thoughts, be good?
Say rather it is enough
That the stuffed
Stone of man's good, growing,
By man's called God.
Away, melancholy, let it go.

Man aspires
To good,
To love

Beaten, corrupted, dying
In his own blood lying
Yet heaves up an eye above
Cries, Love, love.
It is his virtue needs explaining,
Not his failing.

Away, melancholy,
Away with it, let it go

Stevie Smith
Poem Hunter

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Sense and Sensibility Book Club

Celebrating the 200th year since Jane Austin published Sense and Sensibility.

I have just completed reading the Real Reads Adaption for 9-12 year olds and I must say that I enjoyed it immensily. My daughter and I have read the first 28 pages together. She is ten years old. She loves the illustrations in the book. We planned to stop at page 20 but when she looked at a picture a few pages on she wanted to read more.

It is providing a great opportunity for her to learn new words and for us to discuss relationships.

The Banbridge District Council is hosting the an Open Theatre Play of Sense and Sensibility on the 22 July 2011.

Mentoring Moments is hosting Book Club Meetings at Costa Coffee shop.

The first meeting is on Thursday 7 July 2011 Introduction to the book, Reading Plan and How to make ATC- Artist trading cards.

Second meeting on Thursday 14 July 2011 Discussion on the Book and Craft

15 July Watch the Movie
22 July Watch the Play

Click here for info and join the Book Club
Click here for info and join the Play

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Which Character are You? Sense and Sensibility

My Result: Marianne Dashwood
on quiz: Sense and Sensibility personality/character quiz

You are a "free spirit." You have your opinions and want them to be known, but do not deem it necessary to be rude to do so. Sometimes your ideas coicide with those of the people closest to you, and you are rebuked for it. You are not always open to these suggestions, but when you are truly aware that your actions are wrong, you are eager to reconcile and change your ways.

Quiz MakerTake this quiz & get your result

Thursday, April 14, 2011

"Get Up & Grow"

I have been asked to speak at this conference.

The key note speaker is Edward Enda Haughey, Lord Ballyedmond, OBE (born 5 January 1944) is an entrepreneur and politician. With an estimated personal wealth of £350m, he is the 2nd richest person in Northern Ireland, 7th richest in Ireland and the 174th richest person in the United Kingdom.

"Get Up & Grow" Conference & Business Awards 8th June 2011

The conference is being delivered as part of the 'Promoting Sustainable Enterprise Programme' by the SEED partner Councils which cover Armagh, Banbridge, Craigavon and Newry and Mourne Council areas.

The purpose of the conference is to inspire and help emerging entrepreneurs and established business people to realise their potential and ultimately create jobs and stimulate economic activity. The conference is FREE to attend.


Monday, April 04, 2011

Leap of Faith

As part of the Pre-enterprise Training Workshops, we were taken to an Adventure Centre to challenge us to think outside the box and rise up to challenges.

Leap of Faith
Jump out of your comfort zone and take a ‘leap of faith’ to reach the trapeze bar in
front of you. Not as easy as it sounds whilst balancing on a wobbly pole which is
14m high! at Lurgaboy Adventure Centre

Sunday, April 03, 2011

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Family Reading Night

Family Reading Night

Reserve thirty minutes each evening for family reading time. Each family member can read different material and then share out information about it. Alternately, everyone can take turns reading aloud from the same book. Make it a friendly competition by charting each person's reading minutes. At the end of the week, the person with the most minutes wins a special recognition, their favorite meal, or choice of family activity.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Mentoring Moments

I am passionate about learning. I believe that everyone has the ability to learn. Learning is fun, creative, motivating, empowering. We learn through various methods and situations. Little moments and big moments. They are all important. As I teach I learn and as learn I am empowered to teach.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Jeandre's Cooking

Jeandre got a cooking book for Christmas from the Hamblin's. This is the second recipe she made on her own. Last week she made pizza.

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Story for World Read Aloud Day

Free Downloadable Audio Books: http://www.onlineaudiostories.com/

The Duck and the Kangaroo

Said the Duck to the Kangaroo,
“Good gracious! how you hop!
Over the fields and the water too,
As if you never would stop!
My life is a bore in this nasty pond,
And I long to go out in the world beyond!
I wish I could hop like you!”
Said the duck to the Kangaroo

“Please give me a ride on your back
Said the Duck to the Kangaroo.
“I would sit quite still, and say nothing but “Quack,”
The whole of the long day through!
And we’d go to the Dee, and the Jelly Bo Lee,
Over the land and over the sea;–
Please take me a ride! O do!”
Said the Duck to the Kangaroo.

Said the Kangaroo to the Duck,
“This requires some little reflection;
Perhaps on the whole it might bring me luck,
And there seems but one objection,
Which is, if you’ll let me speak so bold,
Your feet are unpleasantly wet and cold,
And would probably give me the roo-
Matiz!” said the Kangaroo.

Said the Duck ,”As I sate on the rocks,
I have thought over that completely,
And I bought four pairs of worsted socks
Which fit my web-feet neatly.
And to keep out the cold I’ve bought a cloak,
And every day a cigar I’ll smoke,
All to follow my own dear true
Love of a Kangaroo!”

Said the Kangaroo,”I’m ready!
All in the moonlight pale;
But to balance me well, dear Duck, sit steady!
And quite at the end of my tail!”
So away they went with a hop and a bound,
And they hopped the whole world three times round;
And who so happy, — O who,
As the duck and the Kangaroo?

Tuesday, March 08, 2011


Over the last two and half year's I have been very wary about what i share on my blog. Moving country just put a different perspective on what people may think of me by what I share. In the process I actually began blogging less and sharing superficially.
My interaction in the blogging community has ground to an utter halt. I have commented on probably 3 blogs this year that i found randomly.
In the past few weeks I have thought about a few meme's I used to participate in and I realised that I missed some of them.

I have had a tumulus month. The prospect of moving caused a major hiccup in the plans and interaction with new people I met. Now I need regroup and refocus. The excitement of it all worn off and I now I need to make sure I find the momentum to continue moving forward.

Been in the process of dreaming and planning a possible business venture. Now i have taken one step forward by investing in Usborne books and the task ahead of me looks daunting and i am thinking - "What was I thinking!!"

Is My Poem Lean?

By brantcooper, February 9, 2010 1:36 pm

Lean is not about the funding you take,

The size of your sales force, the money you make.

Lean is not how much money you spend,

That you like your product and so does your friend.

To test your guess and iterate,

To kill your favorite feature your customers hate,

To exercise ideas, removing the sheen,

That is what makes a startup lean

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Mental Health & Debt


A NEW guide released today for those blighted with the double misery of poor
mental health and problem debt has been welcomed as a “life saver” by
growing charity Christians Against Poverty (CAP).
The booklet, written in plain English for individuals and their carers, has been produced by TV’s money expert Martin Lewis and provides clear advice for some of the UK’s most vulnerable people. It covers issues of how to reduce debt, where to get help and legal advice.
Among others, Martin Lewis lists CAP as an organisation people can contact
for caring advice to help them become debt free.

John Kirkby, founder and international director of debt counselling charity
CAP said: “We expect this guide to literally save lives. The isolation and fear of living with out-of-control debts is (Click Here to get the Free Book)
a unique kind of misery which can drive
people to the edge.
“Debts can also be caused by people whose mental health means their
dealings with their finances and bills can be erratic. There is advice in this
guide for them too.”
He recommended people with vulnerable family members also read the guide
which includes advice from consultant psychiatrist Rob Waller who trains
CAP’s staff out in the field to identify and understand the issues. Research undertaken in 2008 by leading medics and published in Psychological Medicine found: “The more debts people had, the more likely they were to have some from of mental disorder…people with six or more
separate debts had a six-fold increase in mental disorder.”

CAP offers free debt counselling for people regardless of age, gender or
beliefs through 150 church-based centres throughout the UK. Every day staff
celebrate people becoming debt free.
Not only is the advice free and face-to-face, it happens in the clients’ home
making it ideal for anyone feeling unwell, fearful or unable to cope with life.
For debt help ring 0800 328 0006 or visit www.capuk.org to find out more.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

LitWorld's Reading Decree

I recently discovered the importance of reading aloud to my daughter's delight. i have been insisting that she become more independent and read quietly to herself.
We have reached a comprise where we do both.
Discovering the LitWorld site has made a positive difference in our relationship and her relationship with reading.

The following statement was designed to be presented (read) on March 9, 2011,

WORLD READ ALOUD DAY. (http://www.litworld.org/)

LitWorld's Reading Decree

Today is World Read Aloud Day.

We are uniting our voices in cities and communities across the globe.

We celebrate the power of stories and words to change worlds.

We join our voices for quality literacy education for every child worldwide.

Today 774 million people cannot read or write. They are denied the joy and light of reading every day.

Education is a human right and a means to attaining other human rights that we declare to be universal.

Literacy education improves the health of children and families, spurs economic growth and advances equality.

For many children worldwide, quality education is the difference between life and death, between hope and despair and being able to make the most of one’s potential. This is our opportunity to give voice to the future.

By coming together and raising our voices on this day, we show the world’s children that we support their lives: that they have the right to read, to write and to share their stories to change the world.

Today I pledge my passion for quality education and my support for the cause of literacy. I encourage everyone to take part in this day and this cause.

As a representative of my community, I will continue to advocate for the causes most important to us and I encourage all of you to join me in the fight for our children and all children’s futures.

In observance of World Read Aloud Day, I invite you to take a moment to think about what you would miss most if you could not read or write.

It’s time for all of us to join the global literacy movement. Through our voices we can be free and be part of words changing worlds

Please feel free this information on your blog, website, Face Book page etc.......

Sunday, February 20, 2011

DaySpring E-Cards

Click here to read this pose with music DaySpring E-Cards

by Max Lucado

It's quiet. It's early. My coffee is hot. The sky is still black. The world is still asleep. The day is coming.

In a few moments, the day will arrive. It will roar down the track with the rising of the sun. The stillness of the dawn will be exchanged for the noise of the day. The calm of solitude will be replaced by the pounding of the human race. The refuge of the early morning will be invaded by decisions to be made and deadlines to be met. For the next twelve hours I will be exposed to the day's demands. It is now I must make a choice. Because of Calvary, I'm free to choose. And so I choose….

No occasion justifies hatred; no injustice warrants bitterness. I choose love. Today I will love God and what God loves.

I will invite my God to be the God of circumstance. I will refuse the temptation to be cynical…the tool of the lazy thinker. I will refuse to see people as anything less than human beings, created by God. I will refuse to see any problem as anything less than an opportunity to see God.

I will live forgiven. I will forgive so that I may live.

I will overlook the inconveniences of the world. Instead of cursing the one who takes my place, I'll invite him to do so. Rather than complain that the wait is too long, I will thank God for a moment to pray. Instead of clenching my fist at new assignments, I will face them with joy and courage.

I will be kind to the poor, for they are alone. I will be kind to the rich, for they are afraid. And kind to the unkind, for such is how God has treated me.

I will go without a dollar before I take a dishonest one. I will be overlooked before I will boast. I will confess before I will accuse. I choose goodness.

Today I will keep my promises.
My debtors will not regret their trust. My associates will not question my word. My spouse will not question my love.

Nothing is won by force. I choose to be gentle. If I raise my voice, may it be only in praise. If I clench my fist, may it only be in prayer. If I make a demand, may it only be of myself.

I am a spiritual being… After this body is dead, my spirit will soar. I refuse to let what will rot rule the eternal. I choose self-control. I will be drunk only by joy. I will be impassioned only by my faith. I will be influenced only by God. I will be taught only by Christ. I choose self-control.

Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. To these I commit my day. If I succeed, I will give thanks. If I fail, I will seek His grace. And then, when this day is done, I will place my head on my pillow and rest.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Finding a Niche

I am struggling to find my niche. I know that I love teaching and I am sure that I am a good teacher. Finding a teaching job in Northern Ireland and now England is proving to be tougher than I thought. When I move to England I could probably get an agency, that seems to be the standard practice for Foreign teachers. What do I do in the meantime?
I have been attending a pre-business course and I have yet to settle on a business idea that will work for me.
I want something that is online so that when i move again it will be easy to continue with it, but at the same time I am people person. I am passionate about helping people and I cannot see that I can do that only online.
So what do I do? How do I brand myself?

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Thank You

Jeandre' raised £54.30 for the British heart foundation.
They jumped rope in the school hall because it was raining.

Monday, February 07, 2011

Jumping Rope for Heart

Jeandre's Sponsorship requests:

I am taking part in a sponsored Jumping Rope event in aid of the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and Edenderry Primary School. Please sponsor me!

I'd be really grateful for whatever you can spare, because I know how much the nation's heart charity needs our help to continue their life saving work. Everything they do is about saving and improving the lives of people with heart dissease, so it's a really good cause. In addition, my school will benefit too, as it gets to keep 20% of the money I raise.

Only accepting donations up to Thursday,10 February 2011.
If you would like to donate money directly to the BHF please visit their website the link is above.

British Heart Foundation

Jump Rope For Heart is our educational fundraising programme, designed to help children skip their way to health.

This popular programme is recognised as a healthy, fun and challenging aerobic activity that gets children active, while raising money for schools or youth groups and helping fund the fight against heart disease.

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Life is a Picture

Life is a Picture
Submitted by: Leanne's Scrap Place
Author: Unknown
I took a little time today,
to reminisce of yesterday.
To review our lives in the past
recorded here in photographs.

As I page through the years,
Sometimes I may shed some tears.
So many faces I have known,
some passed away and others grown.

Sometimes it's hard to realize,
when all spread out before my eyes,
With all the pictures that I took,
our whole lives are in this book.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Pre-Business Training Course

I started a pre-business training course. Content wise I did not learn anything new. What I did gain or regain was my confidence and self-belief. I have been out of the working world for over 2 years now and the activities today show me that I have not lost a lot, I still to have something I can offer.
The presenters experience and insight the local business world is invaluable. Meeting new people and getting a better sense of community in Northern Ireland was another highlight of todays workshop.

I am looking for to the next few weeks of learning and application and i hope to be sharing my new vision and plan for my life in the near future.

Working on our marketing challenge.

Presenting our idea

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Resources for the New Year

The main tools that I am using help shape my New Year is:

FlyladyTV - I read her book last year now i am using the tools on her website to help keep me motivated to make a changes in my life.

Saving Dinners - I using the Vegetarian Cook book and today I learned what I can do with greens like Kale and Chard. Click here to watch the video.

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Family Orienteering Event

Family Orienteering Event

We have done this once in South Africa - will be interesting to see how it compares
to the events in Nortthern Ireland.