Recently I was reached out to by HD Televisions Panasonic to share with you guys our favourite movie and tv show that we have recently watched. TVs simply amaze me now with how clear and crisp the pictures are. Sometimes you feel like you are actually there alongside the actors and tv presenters when they are showing you certain things and the kids especially love the colours being bright and crisp on there show.
I find it takes a lot more to grip you in to a tv show that you have to wait a week to see now that so many are accessible to binge watch on the wide range of on demand services.
At the moment my husband and myself have found a show on TV that we are really enjoying and are left talking about the previous episode for the week while we wait for the new one to air. If you haven’t watched it you should really give the good doctor a watch, I find that we can be laughing along with them then the next moment you are crying. It’s about an autistic surgeon intern while he pursues his dream of becoming a fully qualified surgeon. You also follow along with the other interns, their stories, how they then get to know him and what changes they make to help him cope. I think it’s a great program for raising awareness about autism and will hopefully help others who have watched it to understand a little more.
A film that had us laughing the whole way through was the Netflix original ‘Isn’t it Romantic’. Rebel Wilson is such a great actress and in this movie she does not disappoint. At the start of the movie she believes that love isn’t for everyone and expresses her dislike towards Rom-coma several times, but during the movie she ends up living her nightmare and being in a rom-com. I’ll not say more as I don’t wait to spoil it with it only recently being out, but if you’re looking for something light-hearted and funny to watch it’s certainly worth putting on!
My little girls favourite TV Show at the moment and has been for a long time is Yo-Kai watch. She loves that you can watch the episodes over and over again and must have watched each episode about 30 times over. It reminds me a bit of Pokémon, though she will argue for hours about how it is so much better than Pokémon and far cooler!
Her favourite movie is the Greatest Showman. When we first watched it we had a movie night full of snacks, laughter and love, now she often asks for the soundtrack to be played in the car and knows everything there is to know about Hugh Jackman! She loves anything with catchy tunes and something she can dance too.
Dylan isn’t really into any TV shows or movies, he prefers very repetitive music, especially the gummy bear song, backwards. . it’s now what plays in my nightmares! Lol.
We are always on the lookout for something new to watch so would love to hear about a TV show or film that you have really enjoyed so we can watch it too.
Dylan uses his IPad a lot, and one of his favourite things to do with it is use the photo booth app. This is a preinstalled app on IPads that provides you with effects which change the colour or distort the image that the camera is showing. When we are out and about Dylan finds things really quite distressing unless he is viewing everything through his IPad camera or using the games on it as a distraction. Mainly though he is using the camera, so I decided that I would get him an actual camera and build on his interest and give him an aid to help him when out and about.
I spent an evening researching cameras and trying to find one that would be still fit for use after being dropped, bumped and handled by a clumsy 3 year old. After looking online I quickly realised that not very many people made cameras for young children and I could only find one that was in a rubberized and safe looking case, the Vtech Kiddizoom Duo . Vtech make a range of different cameras for children but this one looked perfect for my little man and after reading many reviews I couldn’t wait to purchase it.
I headed out to get it the next day because after looking up all about it and deciding it was the one for Dylan I found that it was in the sale at Argos, bingo! After purchasing it I then decided I would give it to him the next day when Amellia was in school so that she wouldn’t be pestering him.
The next morning I gave it to him and he loved it! He didn’t put it down all day and didn’t use his IPad once after being given the camera, which is incredible because normally we have to listen to the gummy bear song at least 30 times a day.
After I showed him how to add effects to the screen and change the colour he didn’t need much more help. I showed him the button to take pictures and how to change the camera from the front facing to the rear facing one but Dylan doesn’t tend to take many pictures he just likes to watch the world go by on the screen as it isn’t so overwhelming for him then.
A common complaint about the camera was that it took batteries and wasn’t rechargeable but to us this was actually a huge positive it means that no matter where we are we can take a spare set of batteries with us when we are out and about incase the others run out. My complaint would be that there are games on the camera, they are unnecessary to be on a camera. I have removed them from Dylan’s but he wasn’t using them anyway. The battery life has really impressed me. He has used it all day and I mean all day and it has only just came up with a low battery warning, my next purchase is going to be some rechargeable batteries so that we can always some in it and a charged lot in his bag.
Such a simple to use and perfect camera. I think it is one of the best if not the best thing that I have ever bought for Dylan.
While trying to do the never-ending task of a mum & sort out the house for what feels like the millionth time I came across a whole heap of cameras I had been hording.
They all worked perfectly, but had been added to the pile as I got a new one so some were pretty old! After sorting through them and getting rid of the ones which were pretty useless I found one that wasn’t too bad and decided that I would let Amellia have it to see how she got on.
I must admit I did expect to have a camera full of totally rubbish pictures and yes of course there was a few odd ones.. I even have odd pictures on mine but I thought they would outweigh the good but they didn’t.
There was a lot of random selfies, rather a few only had half her head in.. but they made me smile and she loved looking back through them and telling me why she took the selfie and where is was.
Several of Dylan, because well.. she totally adores him.
A few of views and the sky from our walk& this one that completely melted my heart. I was completely unaware that she was taking this and only when we came home and were looking at them did I see it. Look at how happy Dylan is with that perfect wee smile he has, along with his smile I actually like this picture of myself too. Maybe it’s because you can’t see my face.. but I totally love this picture. One I wouldn’t have ever got if I didn’t give her a camera.
Along with these pictures there was also several long videos of her waffling to the camera about what she could see out the window, what she was making with air dry clay, discussing the weather (Her favourite topic) and just general chit-chat.
I think she is at the perfect age now to have a camera, it will teach her responsibility along with capturing some awesome memories. After she has been using it for a while I’m going to get her a wee photo album so she can print out the ones that mean something to her and she can then write a wee bit about them and keep them safe to look at whenever she wants.
I cant wait to see what other things she captures and will do another post in a while once she has been out with her camera again.
I have given her an Instagram account obviously on my phone and she will only use when beside me and i will monitor and all that jazz. But thought it would be perfect for her to get her pictures somewhere to look back at easily and write her own wee description! If you wanna see what she snaps in the future head over to it here and give her a follow!
Not many of my readers will be aware, but I have a huge love for my PS4.
I play it most nights and have a large range of games that I really enjoy playing. It’s an escape for me, somewhere where I don’t have to be an adult and I have to focus so much that I zone out and forgot about the real world.
When I heard that a Crash Bandicoot game was coming out I got rather excited, but once I discovered that they were just remastering the first 3 from PS1 and it didn’t have Crash Team Racing on it I was a little disappointed.
I bought it after a few days huffing, justifying that it’s a game Amellia could play and would enjoy… as soon as it was turned on, I didn’t want to give the controller up! The memories and the need to get all of the boxes to get the box crystal as well was far too much! I had to give up my desire to play it solidly all day and let her have a go! She died… a lot, but she was having fun so that’s all that mattered!
Once the little ones were fast asleep in bed we turned Crash Bandicoot Warped on! It was always a favourite in my family and we would sit for ages playing it, trying to beat each other’s top time to complete the levels! The hubby though had never played Crash before… I mean, who hasn’t played Crash before?! I was stunned! We settled down with a few drinks and got cracking!
All of a sudden it was two in the morning and we had been playing it the whole night!
We gave up on collecting the box crystals and are going to go back through the levels to get them after we have all the extra skills you pick up at each boss, but the memories!
I could remember nearly every single level that we played and quickly understood why my dad got so angry at levels when he kept dying at the really easy parts!
It was called a night though whenever we became stuck on the same level that was always a pain.
The motorcycle one. If you have played this game you will know what I’m talking about.
I swear those little blue go-kart type cars go fast than crash on his motorbike!
This game really made me feel so nostalgic. Absolutely worth a buy, even if it is just for a trip down memory lane; it’s also Fantastic, infuriating, simple, family friendly and fun!
Spending time doing things together is really important! You all get to have fun together, bond and make those all important memories!
As a family we have to work hard to ensure that family days run as smoothly as possible. Dylan isn’t a big fan of many things that would generally occur on a day out. I find it rather disheartening when my little girl asks to do something and I have to redirect her onto a path that will suit us all.
Fortuantly it is something that she is getting used too and she knows that she gets to go out regularly with either my hubby or myself to ensure that she gets to do all the things she wants.
The other day I became aware of a device that I did not know existed! I had to get my hands on it, I knew that this would make family days out a lot more enjoyable and less stressful for everyone. It would also ensure that Dylan would always have a distraction if it was needed and something that he could use to zone out and forget about what was going on around him. This is such a perfect time too as I am hoping that it will enable me to go out to a few more places with them over the summer as I will have this if Dylan becomes unsettled or is finding it all too much.
What I have discovered is mobile wi-fi. It enables the iPads or any other devices that have wifi on them to link up to the internet to watch videos and play certain games! I can’t get over how clever it is!
Dylan relies on his iPad a lot, he learns many things from it with the educational apps (I am going to do a post soon on these) and he also uses it when he finds things are getting too much as a way to zone out. Enabling this device to do everything that he knows it can when we are inside the house will be a huge help outside of the house. Currently he knows there are certain things he can not access when he is outside on it, but when things get too tough, he really needs to listen to the gummy bear on repeat backwards, fast forwarded and every way else way possible.. this is really not something that is pleasing to many, but he enjoys it and it helps to settle and ground him. It is better than a screaming chil, trust me!
I am hoping now that with his iPad enabled to do this that he will feel safe, and I can go out with them both by myself with a little more confidence that I will be able to keep Dylan calm and Amellia will be able to have fun and not have to worry about leaving places early if he gets upset!
I thought I would start something new for a bit of fun on my blog! I hope you enjoy and if you want to get featured leave a comment and I will get the questions sent out to you! =]
First up is Cheryl from mummyof5miracles.com
Think back to when you were a teenager and answer these questions!
- What was your favourite band?
I was full blown into cheesy pop ( who doesn’t love a bit of cheese!) So I would say Steps, I loved their dance moves, I’m loving the fact they’re back and with the dances to learn!
- What was your favourite movie?
Clueless ! No idea why I just loved it, I think its cuz she was everything that I never have been and never will be! Haha
- What stereotype would you say you fitted into?
(Emo,Chav,nerd..etc) Ermm I really wasn’t one…. If I had to put myself into a catergory it would probably be Girl-next-door with a tiny touch of little shit.
- Tell us a funny story about something that happened!
My bestfriend and I were quite frankly a bit nuts, we both had older boyfriends with cars ( we were at school! For the record Ellie my darling almost that age daughter its not big nor clever and they just break your heart 😉 ) Anyway back to the story , We went out in the cars I can’t remember where we went but we were drinking thunderbirds ( me and the bestie not the lads driving) , My mate threw the bottle up in the air and it landed on one of the bonnets and dented it, as you can imagine they weren’t thrilled but we found it hilarious!
- Is there anything you regret that you did back then?
Not ignoring the bullies and concentrating on myself instead. Due to being bullied I never wanted to go to school and this in turn meant I slipped from a grade A student to just scraping by. I should have kept my head down, who knows where I would be now if I had.
- What was favourite drink?
Alcoholic or Soft? Alcoholic was something girly like Reef, although I had been known to drink white lightening ( ewww) Soft drink would be Lilt
- Did you think you were cool?
Not even a tiny bit cool! I was a bit of an inbetweener. I wasn’t a geek but I wasn’t a cool kid either I was just there.
- Is there any T.V show you watched that you wish they still showed?
There was a programme on cbbc that nobody else seems to remember but it was called The Biz and was all about a stage school with a rather hot looking Paul Nicholls in it.
- What did you want to do when you grew up?
I wanted to be an entertainer in holiday parks, I wanted to be on stage and for people to love being around me. I did that job too! For a few years and loved it. I loved it even more after a careers advisor told me it was very unlikely I would get the job and I should probably go for a ‘real’ job
- Share a picture of you then and now!
I’ve attached 2 pictures, the one in the black and red top on the first pic is me, the one on the right is me on the more recent pic. Unfortunately we aren’t like Ant and Dec so don’t stay on the same side haha. I probably could have found more flattering pics but wanted to show the friendship still there if that makes sense.
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I hope you have enjoyed Cheryls answers!
I’m interested in to how the dented car ended!! Did you see the guys again and were they not really mad?!
The other night I made my own PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) for Dylan!
There are several stages of PECS, for the moment Dylan is on stage one as he has just started using them! PECS is a form of communication that is used with lots of children on the autistic spectrum but can be used with other children too.It is where they learn to relate pictures to the items that they want.
I have seen lots of people who make these online and charge a fee for doing it then send them to you, I was very tempted to do this until I thought about how often I would need to order new ones as he got new interests, foods he likes etc. So I decided to have a crack at making my own and it really wasn’t that difficult! Took a little time to get all the things together and work it all out, but I did and I must say I’m pretty proud of myself with how they turned out =D So I am going to show you how I did it and what I used so you can make your own too! If you need any extra help/advice etc drop me a comment and I’ll be more than happy to help! =D
I already had a printer, which is the Epson Expression Home 322. I have had it for a while though so you may be better sourcing your own printer! Mine isn’t a very fancy printer but does all that I need and was a very friendly price! I then sourced a Laminator (Amazon.. my favorite place for finding everything I need/ want ;]) it wasn’t a fancy all dancing one, just one with good reviews and could do exactly what I wanted! (Click here to view it) Along with this I also ordered 100 Laminator pouches.. I’m not entirely sure why I ordered 100.. but when I see a good deal I can’t resist! ;] (Find them here) I then needed a paper-cutter as I wanted all the edges to be straight and nice! (This one!) and the last thing I ordered online was some Velcro! (Here) You will also need some paper and few bits of thicker paper too! =]
Now, I am going to try to do this in a step by step stages so it is easy and clear to follow! =] I’ll try and not waffle as we know I do get carried away sometimes! 😀
- To start I made lists of what I wanted to make PECS on. I started off by just doing two, Snacks and TV Programs then thought of nine of each that Dylan liked and wrote them down!
- Next I searched online for clear and simple versions of these images! I found when I searched to put the words “White Background” after whatever I was searching as it means they won’t get distracted by looking at the whole picture
- I then made a folder on my laptop for each PECS board and save the nine images of each topic into the correct folders
- After finding the nine images I then went into the folder and selected them all. You do this by left clicking once on the first image then holding shift and left clicking again on the last picture
- When they were all selected I then right clicked on the images and selected the option print, which opened a pop up.
- When in the pop up I scrolled down the side of it which gives you the options of how to print the pictures until I got to one called Wallet. This meant that all the pictures could be printed off on one sheet of paper and would all be the same size!
- Then I used the paper-cutter to cut them all out. This took a while for me as I liked to make sure they were all exactly the same size! Very simple to do though with the paper cutter recommended above as it has a built-in ruler! =D
- I then put them into a laminating sheet with a good distance between them so that they would all seal correctly and wouldn’t peel once laminated.
- Once the PECS images were done I left them to cool while I laminated the thicker paper that I would be using for the background!
- I then cut out the images again, making sure I didn’t go to close to the image as I didn’t want the laminate to peel off them!
- Next I stuck 6 of the Velcro dots onto the piece of thick paper all evenly spaced of course ;]
- In the middle of each of the PECS images I then stuck the other side of the velcro dots on. (I know I said nine but have only put six on the page, this is so that you can change them about, or remove some and put the other ones on when things aren’t available!)
- Admire your work and feel very pleased with yourself! You have just made some PECS for your child which will greatly improve communication and hopefully make meltdowns less often as your child has a way of telling you what they want when they get used to the PECS =D
These are the ones that I did,and I would love to see the ones you have done! Especially if this step by step has helped you! =D
I wish you all the luck on your PECS journey! =]
Also remember if you have any questions on how to do this etc, Just ask! I’m more than happy to help!