Monthly Archives: October 2015

Our Top 6 Halloween Posts

Over the years we have written many Halloween posts from crafts to party games so we thought we would share are 6 most popular posts.

Witches Finger Biscuits

Get baking this Halloween and make these scary witches finger biscuits.

Witches Fingers Biscuits

Free Halloween Masks

Free Halloween Mask

No need for expensive costumes this year, we have a round up of free Halloween masks for you.

 Free Autumn Printables 

Free AutumnPrintables

In this post you will find a mixture of Halloween and Autumn printables including colouring sheets and activities.

6 Spooky Halloween Games 

6 Spooky Halloween Games

If you are looking for Halloween games to play at your spooky party then look no further, we have 6 great games for you to try.

Halloween Crafts and Recipes 


Keep the children entertained with these spooky crafts and recipes.

Free Printable Halloween & Autumn Colouring Sheets 

Free Printable Halloween & Autumn Colouring Sheets

These are perfect for rainy days, keep the children busy with these colouring sheets.

Follow Wendy’s board Halloween on Pinterest.

Meal Planning Monday: 12th October

October has already been non stop. We know its early for some but we are in Christmas mode, updating the ship with new products and getting our gift guides, crafts and free printables ready for the year.

Our menu this week is filling and comforting!

Meal Planning 12th October

What are you having?

For more inspiration pop on over to At Home With Mrs M and checkout the other meal planning Monday posts.

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Are our schools too strict on personal style?


Our children are barely in the school gates  before the usual start of school stories appear in the newspapers. Children sent home for the wrong hair colour or style, issues over jewellery and even one complaining their child is not allowed to vape (what the!) in school.

How do you feel about school dictating about what your child does with their hair etc? Are they within their right and preparing them for real life to do so or oppressing personal expression and style?

We asked mums what they thought about this and they have some pretty strong opinions on this:

I’d say schools are right to do so – uniforms and dress codes are set out from the start and school isn’t a place for personal expression and style – they can do that at the weekends. When I worked at a business school for teenagers, our students were always a lot more productive when they dressed appropriately and professionally. Plus they’re representing the school.  Emma Ward

I think that school uniform is a way of building community and reducing distractions so learning can be focused upon. School uniform is set out before you start a school, if you don’t want to comply with the rules then don’t choose that school or home educate. There’s plenty of time to express yourself through your appearance outside school. If you want an extreme haircut have it done as soon as you break for Summer to give it time to wash or grow out by the start of the new school year. Pippa Ainsworth

Whilst am a believer in inexpensive school uniform the issue I have about hair colour is that that is a way for teens to express themselves and colouring their hair is probably the least offensive way of them rebelling..i think my kids school has it about right…its not about total conformity but about wearing their uniform and not being offensive…they focus on behaviour not hair colour …teens need a bit of individuality in order to become thinking adults that don’t follow the mob. Jane Smith

I firmly dislike the increasing rigidity of school uniform rules and the addition of banning certain hair colouring and hair styles makes it even worse. Especially feel this for secondary school age, as this is the time when they are truly discovering and exploring their individuality and forcing them to restrain and cloister this is potentially dangerous to their emotional development.

I personally enjoyed taking the school uniform rules to their absolute limits in order to express my own personality at school and I feel that the ability to do is this is disappearing. I had either very short skirts or really long swaying skirts, often wore a waistcoat over a flowing untucked white shirt and I would always have a colourful bag and/or scarf, because there weren’t any rules about them! My hair was only ever hennaed at school, but I did also have cornrows once. we didn’t have uniform in the sixth form, which was wonderful!

I think the important thing about school is actually learning stuff and developing, and school uniform doesn’t help in any way toward this.

Currently starting to look at secondary schools for Rosemary who has just started Year 5. The local girls grammar put me off immediately when reading its prospectus, because it talked almost entirely about the uniform and decorum and didn’t seem to have any policy about teaching them anything. The local comprehensive (and a further afield grammar, to be fair) on the other hand, while mentioning the uniform briefly, talked about the variety of learning (and extra curricular) experiences on offer and about helping the students to develop and grow their own individuality. That (for me) is way, way, way more important than being able to wear the clothes you’ve been ordered to wear.

(Given the choice – and I know not everyone has that – I would never, ever, ever choose to work somewhere with a uniform, though I will wear clothes appropriate to the situation, while retaining some ability to express my individuality – scarves and bags are still a popular choice for me there!) Tasha Goddard

I believe that kids should be allowed to express their individualism, but within confirms dictated by parents and the school. I encourage the boys to decorate their bags, coats, books etc. Maxi has long hair and always has, even though the school would prefer it not to be below collar length. (We informed then that when they introduced the same for girls then he would get it cut). What bothers me is the shoes etc. If they are all black then what is the issue? There is plenty of time for my children to confirm when they are adults, as children they are just finding themselves and this should be encouraged.  Jen Walshaw

Children go to school to learn. I don’t think the schools should be making such a big deal about children’s appearances. There is enough shallow focus on people’s appearances in the world, without schools adding to it. Rules which are there for a reason, I appreciate. For example, a girl under 16 wearing a skirt which is too short or having too many shirt buttons undone, should not be allowed, as the school has a duty to protect those children. High heels, I can understand those not being allowed as children’s feet are still growing and also because they can cause injuries and hazards. I also understand that children need to learn about conformity and uniforms to ready them for the workplace. But how a child wears their hair? What type of buckle they have on their shoe? That borders on stupid in my opinion. I think children should be allowed to express their individuality.

I went to a very strict secondary school and they had rules they couldn’t back up with reasoning. Therefore I learnt to loathe authority and went to school breaking as many rules as I could – black nail varnish, Green Day hoody instead of school jumper, Eyebrow piercing without a plaster over it, makeup, heels, flares.

If there’s reasoning behind the rules, then those rules should be respected. If there’s no reasoning and the school just want to repress the children’s individuality… then that’s not acceptable in my opinion. Emma Day

Every year the same stories come out … It’s clearly in school policy if you don’t want to follow the school rules find a different school! Sarah Windsor- Hughes

What do you think?