Roker illuminations 🎡

Roker illuminations 🎡

Hey guys,

Sorry it’s been like almost a week since I posted, I’ve just been so busy with work, uni and placement!

On Thursday night we took a family trip down to roker to see the illuminations, me, my mam, my sister, my niece and Matthew went down to the seafront for the evening.

We arrived at the seafront at around half 5, it was still light by then so we went to the beach where there was fun fair rides and a massive Ferris wheel (more about that later). We walked right past a massive spongebob and hello kitty and my niece Evie got so excited to see them, as soon as we got near them she got scared and went all shy, it was adorable.

We walked further along the seafront, Evie pointed out everything to wanted to go on (which was everything) and she had a go on hook a duck, well I did really because she was too short. She won a little teddy duck and named it quackers. We then got hotdogs and chips and walked further down the seafront to the rest of the rides. There was a massive carrousel which was absolutely beautiful I didn’t go on but Evie did with her mam and she absolutely loved it.


​We then walked to the Ferris wheel, now I was quite nervous about going on it because I wasn’t the best when it came to heights, but Evie has no fear whatsoever and she’s three! So I thought let’s do this. It turned out I absolutely loved it, Matthew was shit scared and jumped everytime there was a sound or Evie jumped up and down (lol)


After all the fun on the rides we walked back to the park to begin the illuminations. They were all so pretty, they were Disney themed which Evie loved and so did I. I think her favourite was the frozen ones and the doctor who one, although she got a fright when the tardis started making sounds.  She got so excited when she seen the dinosaurs as she loves them, so insisted on getting a picture with one.

I bought her little Minnie Mouse ears which everyone but Evie actually wore. £5! So here’s a picture of my mam wearing them instead.


Overall, it was a lovely night and would recommend going to all friends and family and make sure to have doughnuts because they’re the best at a fun fair.

Until next time  (which I promise won’t be as long)

Gem

xo

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Cinema and dinner date 💕

Cinema and dinner date 💕

Hey guys!

I was meant to write this last Saturday when it actually happened but I just didn’t have the time!

Last Saturday me and Matthew planned to have some lunch and then go see Kingsman : the golden circle. We loved the first film and I love staring at Taron Egerton so it’s a win win.

First, we went to Casa Italia for some lunch, they do a lunch menu that’s two course for £5.99 which I think is super good, especially for us two who are both students. I had bruschetta for starter which is what I always order because I love it so much, then I had lasagna for main, it was okay, wasn’t the best lasagna I’ve tasted but it was nice. 


Matthew opted for potato skins (which I stole) and a pepperoni pizza. He said his was very nice but not as good as our local takeaway when we’re back home. He’s yet to find a pizza that is!

We finished our food and headed to the cinema, we just about caught the 15:15 show as it was still on the trailers. You know what I love about trailers? When you see everyone then to their partner or friend and say “oh we have to go see that” when reality is they probably don’t, I too, do this. I bought a tango ice blast because what is the cinema without one and Matthew opted for a large Pepsi.


Now, let’s talk about the film.. I thought it was great! We actually both agreed it was better than the first one, a lot more action packed and a good story line all throughout the film. What I didn’t like and I love him, was Channing Tatum, he’s American and this is a British film so it was just weird to see him in it alongside Taron. I mean, he’s lovely to watch, but does not belong in the Kingsman! Another weird one, Elton John? What the hell was that! He just kept popping up dressed as a rainbow parrot or something, very odd. So overall, great movie! It’s emotional too, I nearly cried like twice. 

So after the cinema we went to my faaaave place… KASPAS! I have such a sweet tooth and Matthew doesn’t, he was boring and ordered a vanilla milkshake and I ordered THIS


White chocolate indulgence waffle with strawberries, bananas, lots of white chocolate sauce and whipped cream. It’s my favourite thing ever,  I actually ate it all which I was super surprised at!

Have you seen Kingsman?

Let me know below what you think!

Gem

xo

My first day of placement

My first day of placement

Hey guys, 

So yesterday was the first day of my teaching placement at Gateshead College and I was extremely nervous! I didn’t know what to wear as my mentor said casual but I wanted to wear smart clothes with high boots so I’d look a little older, as I look about 15 and I’m 21. 

I had to be at placement for half 12, I arrived in Gateshead for 12 and grabbed some lunch at subway before heading down to the college. I met up with my mentor and we talked through what I would be doing in my first session, basically just introducing myself and getting to know the students. 

I had a small group of 12 first year photography students and I was observing the photography teacher Lucie, she was lovely and had a very laid back approach but it was so effective with the small group of students, she could have a laugh with them but still teach them effectively. The students did lots of practical tasks with their cameras, her motto was ‘learn by doing’ which I think is the perfect method for photography, you can stare at a PowerPoint but nothing goes in until you do it yourself. 

I mainly just sat and watched but sometimes I would go around the room and make sure the students were getting on okay with completing the task that Lucie had set. I helped one student who was struggling as they were learning about apertures and Lucie wanted them to take pictures of all the different F stops, it gave me such a sense of accomplishment when I helped the Student and then she completed the task. 

The session was 12:30-4:30 and I thoroughly enjoyed it, the students were quiet but they got on with their work which is any teachers dream. I made notes of the way the teacher was teaching and what I could use myself when it comes to me taking the class. 

Next Wednesday, I’m presenting myself as a photographer and showing the students bits of my work that I’ve done at university and outside. I’m excited to let them get to know me a little bit better as I was just introduced to them as a new member of staff. 

That’s all for now!

I probably won’t be writing about every session, just the ones that inspired me.

Gem x

xo

My first day as a student trainee teacher 

My first day as a student trainee teacher 

Hey guys!

Today was my first day at university and the start of my PGCE PCET course. I’m going to talk a little about my routine and how I prepared for the day and then what we actually did in the lesson too.

So the night before I took all my new stationary out, prepped my pencil case and my bag that i was taking with a notebook, pencil case and the book that was on the reading list. I had a shower and went to bed at about 11pm which is late for me!

The morning came, I woke up at half 8, did my makeup and put a dress and boots on, always make a good first impression on the first day and then you can wear whatever you want and look like a tramp I say. I set off from my house at 9am because I wasn’t sure how long it would take, I got to uni just after 9:15am and met one of my classmates there and we went for a coffee before starting. 

The class is quite small, there’s maybe about 20 of us. We sat down and introduced ourselves and then continued with the class, death by PowerPoint is all I can say. There was ALOT of information to go through and we had to sign code of conduct and confidentiality agreements. After that we had a short break, I took crisps because I knew I’d be hungry. 

We got back to class and got yet more information, we then breaker for lunch WHICH I TOOK MY OWN (Em would be proud) I had tuna pasta and resisted the temptation of the jacket potato and chips they did at the cafe. After lunch, we were split into 5 groups, given an extract of a book to read and to think about what it was saying about education and teaching. We then finished half an hour early, we got some homework to do, read the extract again and make some notes on it.

Overall, I really enjoyed my first day! I think my classmates are lovely and I can’t wait to get to know them all better. The course is very full on, she even said we shouldn’t have jobs but I’m going to try and keep mine as long as I can.

I walked home which took about 15 minutes which is great. Got into bed and watched ‘that 70’a show’ which I’m currently obsessed with. I started it about a week ago and I’m on series 3 already. I then fell asleep for two hours which is so unlike me as I never nap during the day and then I woke up hungry so I’m currently making chicken wings and chips.

I have my second day tomorrow 9:30-12 and then I go straight to work 2-6

That’s all for today!

Gem

xo

University stationary haul!

University stationary haul!

Hey guys!

I start my PGCE course  at university which I’m super excited and nervous for. I went shopping for everything for University and I thought I’d share with you all what I got.


Ringbinder files – I got these gorgeous ringbinder files from Poundstretcher, they were £2 and I couldn’t resist I love the patterns on them all. I don’t even know if I’ll need them but I love them.

Pencil case – I got this pencil case from Wilkinson’s, it was £2 and I liked how simple it was, it’s really cute and big enough for all of this stationary!

Subject notebook – I bought this from tiger, it was £2 I thought it would be good to divide all the different subjects up in my lectures so I don’t get confused 

Notebook – I wanted a cute little notebook for general notes and then I’d use the subject one for lectures and seminars

Everything else – I bought pretty much all the stationary from Rayman, I got all of it for £17 which is pretty good seeing as I got everything I needed and a few bits I didn’t

  
I’ve ordered a new bag but it hasn’t been delivered yet so I’m using my Bloomingdales canvas bag for now. I’ve got everything I need for the big day, 2 notebooks, my pencil case, sticky notes and the book that’s on my reading list. 

I fully enjoyed shopping for stationary and love haul posts! I’d love to see yours.

Gem

xo

5 year engagement 

5 year engagement 

Hey guys, 

Today marks mine and Matthews 5 year engagement! We got engaged very young, I was 16 and we had been together for 2 years, Matthew was 18 and bless him he took me for a meal and proposed to me with my Mams engagement ring given to her by my Dad who passed away. I started to cry and at first said no because I was so young, but we talked and then I said yes. Sometimes people think because we were so young we don’t take it seriously but we do, we just aren’t in a financial position to even think about getting married.

We’ve been together for seven years, I wouldn’t change a thing. Sometimes we don’t get on and we argue but I think that’s what every couple do and if anything it makes us stronger as a couple. 

Since we started going out when I was 14 we’ve grown up together and went through everything together, he’s so supportive and caring especially when I was diagnosed with colitis when I was 17, that was a hard few years I had but he stood by me every step of the way and I am so grateful to him for that. 

So this marks our 5 year anniversary of the day I was proposed to and here’s to many more years together.

Gem

xo


I’m such a nana

I’m such a nana

Hey guys!

Ever since I’ve moved out into my new house in Sunderland, I’ve became such a nana. I wake up, go to work, come home, put my pyjamas on, watch tv and then fall asleep at like 10pm. Then I wonder why I wake up at 8am every morning and lie in bed wide awake for hours! 

It’s freshers week here In Sunderland and I’ve not been out once, I just can not be bothered! I guess it’s because I’ve done it for three years before? I’m technically a fourth year so maybe I’m just over it all haha, I don’t know.. I wouldn’t say I’m the biggest person for going out but I enjoy it now and again, all my friends are busy in full time jobs or living away after uni.

I had a day off work today, I’ve literally sat in my pyjamas all day watching Netflix, catching up on eastenders and eating. Am I 80 yet? 

I’m going to Teesside tomorrow to see Matthew and he’s been going out everynight for his freshers so I’ll probably end up going out this weekend. 

Are you a nana too? 

Gem  xo