Spread your wings and explore

Furry friends corner |Avenham and Miller Park + cuppa tea 🍃☕️

Charlie and Daisy certainly got a walk out of this one and a lot of scents to chase last Tues!!

The scenery here is lovely on a sunny day despite the clouds coming over for part of our walk, it was a very enjoyable wander ✌🏼

Have a fab week,

Love from Lottie x

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Spread your wings and explore

Fairy Glen | Furry friends corner 🌿🐶

Daisy: * heh heh heh hehhh* licks nose goes back to panting

Charlie: Well hello there you humans, fine day is it not for an adventure ?

Myself: Hiya! Blimey Charlie, we certainly got a mini workout out of that route with all those steps, especially considering I spent half my time keeping my eyes on you not running off ……

Charlie: I have no recollection of this happening human?? You looked perfectly fine walking through the woods with me, picking up the scents, living freely in the mud

Myself: You mean making sure you didn’t run off on a chase with wildlife and making me dirty from your wrestle sessions with the floor…

Charlie: * sniffs quietly *

Daisy: Ya see, I’m the boss here I say what goes and you better listen. * RUFFFFF * Charlie stop with the pegging it off, it’s getting annoying now when I can’t find you cause of my cataracts – just stay still or you’ll have me to watch out for !!

Myself: So did you have a good time Daisy?

Daisy: Yeah suppose I did yano, can’t complain I needed a breath of fresh air, plus that trip to the other pub after was well good, I made friends with that shepherd dog outside – the one with the waggy tail remember?? Think he was called Jeff but who knows?

Charlie: Hmm, yeah but you weren’t as big a star as me, I walked around the pub inside and everyone I walked up to adored me, just saying how cute I am, they couldn’t resist patting me and telling me that I’m a ‘good boy’.

Myself: Okay, okay I think we’ve heard enough for today guys let’s not argue, we all enjoyed our wander.

Daisy and Charlie: Okay thennnn, guess we both had fun so thank you

Myself: I’m glad we all had fun, here are some pictures so we don’t forget how tranquil it is there when you’re not barking…. Signing off now guys see ya soon x

Spread your wings and explore

Considering a TEFL course? GO for it!!! 🌎

Hi all,

I would like to share with you the joys I’ve had this week, of meeting some amazing people whilst taking on an opportunity that can change both yours and my future plans foreverrrr.

I enrolled myself onto the TEFL Org UK website last month, as I fancy trying a lot of new experiences this year ( not that I don’t usually like to take them on ) but this year I really fancy going for it.

The options for your certificate can range between from choosing a 20 hour ( just 20 hours of theory online) to a 150 hour, but you are clearly advised by the team that completing a certificate with more hours opens you up to more employment opportunities later down the line. Personally, I wanted to do the 130 hour certificate which compromises of 30 practical hours teaching/ learning and 100 hours of the theory online. Earlier this week I completed the 30 practical hours in Manchester  from Mon-Wed, 08:45-18:00 whilst enjoying the Mancunian music and several cups of tea.

I cannot express how much I enjoyed it!!

At times the lessons and practice was intense, I thought I was possibly going to have an anxiety attack on the second day at lunch as the 3 hours before that had been really hard and I just couldn’t get the info to go in properly. But luckily Caroline the teacher, drew us a chart out which helped clear questions up, plus one of my new friends explained it to me a slightly different way so by the time we got back for our teaching practice session on that topic we flew through it and got great feedback from the rest of the team. *Phewwweeeee – wipes sweat from brows*  After that mini hurdle, I felt a lot more confident in the rest of the lessons we presented to the class – having realised if I could get past that one session I truly believed I couldn’t teach, I could definitely do everything else without any fear of things going disastrously wrong :’)

As per usual I had a typical ‘Charlotte moment’  the second morning when I thought I had seen Caroline walking into the lobby with a coffee so went over to give her a hug……only to find out it was a complete stranger and my eyesight had let me down once again arghhhhh!! The picture of the lady’s face sends me splitting my sides whenever I think about it :’) Plus, I then walked downstairs laughing at myself as I couldn’t help it only to realise one of the staff members had seen the whole thing and was now watching me looking like an ill hyena walking past him towards the conference rooms….. please let me just sink into the carpet right nowwwww.

However, I do have to thank Caroline our teacher for being so helpful and understanding about everything and anything. I certainly bit half her ear off with all my questions on the last day about specifics of travel details, further courses to take in addition to this all whilst having a laugh. But of course, those 3 days would not have been the same without the rest of our cheery team, the 19 of us felt like adopted family by the time 6pm came on Wednesday, everybody played a great role in each day whether it was one of the class jokers or one of the ladies throwing banter into the drama productions, no one ever felt left out or had no one to help support them.

Below are two photos of a meal out with one of my new friends Olivia who took me to a vegan pub and Paige ( not in the photo ) who showed me a local Japanese restaurant.

I still have 3-4 months left of modules to complete for this certificate, but I could not be happier to be on my way with this. I am planning to stay in England this year and into the next, as I will do some online TEFL teaching asides from my normal day job in a nursing home with dementia patients 🙂 but next year I hope to make use of this future certificate fully by spending at least 4 months out there in a new culture, learning a new language myself and enjoying teaching the English Language to people of all ages abroad 🙂

I am also excited to have finally figured out what I properly want for my future although that had taken some time I have managed to piece it together. Seeing as I like English, feel passionate about helping/improving peoples lives with of all ages, (have a teaching assistant certificate), some A-levels combination and like to work in a people centred environment – I thought why not go to train for Speech and Language Therapy in future plans? It covers all age groups and a lot of the interests I have in health – mental health, dementia, stroke patients, autism ( I know some people with this condition which increases my interest), mutism, dysphagia and more.

Thank you for taking the time to read this long winded post today 😂 I’m just really excited ✨

Lots of love from Lottie x

Spread your wings and explore

Essential skincare and hair products I like to use for travel

Below are the usual items I like to take with me on hol – feel free to minus or add more into your own travel mix, depending on your luggage capacity and your general preferences of course!

For me personally having naturally curly thick hair, I need to make sure I keep it properly hydrated when spending time in the sea or pool 🙂 So asides from your regular shampoo and conditioner I generally have 2 options:

  1. I like to do two hair masks in the week for 2-3 hours whether in or out of water , with either avocado or coconut oil to prevent dryness and split ends. Then I would wash out with regular shampoo and conditioner, from there you could then let your hair dry naturally or add heat protection and style as you desire.
  2. Alternatively, every other day I could use the touch of silver conditioner in the morning and leave it on throughout the day and apply small amounts of either oil to the ends of my hair for added smoothness (and as a de-frizzer depending upon the humidity of your location ) and either leave in later or wash out the next day if your hair has a tendency for dryness at times.

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Clearly, you can stick to the basics with a face wipe if you’ve had a long day and you want to take the easy option before bed (I do sometimes just this if in a lazy mood, then plonk myself down with a good book ), but if possible use a general make-up remover or micellar water with a cotton pad as it is kinder to your skin. Next, take another cotton pad and wipe with toner fluid to catch any sneaky bits still refusing to come off and freshen up your complexion. Then it’s your choice as to whether you prefer to leave your skin as it is overnight or add a regular moisturiser, just as this one contains SPF 15 I apply mine in the morning for the day ahead 🙂

It’s completely up to you whether you choose to go make-up free on hol and are just protecting yourself from the rays, or if you enjoy still wearing your normal amount of make-up each day. Personally, I like to try and not apply anything in the day on hol, then add it for an evening dinner –  but it’s always handy to keep some concealer nearby as a handy grab for throughout your day.

 

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So there we have it, my essential hair and skincare products for whilst you’re up and away, feel free to let me know your thoughts or send me a message with any future posts you’d like to see.

Love always,

Lottie x