Typo Pop Poster Giveaway



On Tuesday, I wrote a post about an Typo Pop, an awesome online business that I discovered in the lead up to Christmas. SportyDad and I are very much fans of pop culture – he loves his music and I love movies, TV and books (particularly all things Harry Potter!). I really loved the notion of being able to purchase a cool design and use it to create something awesome (and doesn’t cost a bomb!)

Today I am teaming up with the lovely Michelle from Typo Pop to giveaway one of their funky posters.

To win a Typo Pop poster of your choice, follow these three simple steps below:

1. Like Typo Pop on Facebook

2. Like MumWifeTeacherNerd on Facebook

3. Click on the image below to fill out a very simple entry form

                            …and then…

If you want a bonus entry, share the link to the competition on your Facebook page!


Entries will be open from 6am Friday 8th Feb 2013 until 10pm Friday 15th Feb 2013, so like, like, like and share, share, share!

In the meantime, check out the fantastic posters at Typo Pop!

Which one do you want to win??????

Linking up with Grace at With Some Grace for Flog Yo Blog Friday and Bree from Twinkle in the Eye for Flash Blog Friday


**This is not a sponsored post, it is simply a bit cross promotion between and small blog and a small business.**


Mum/Nerd – Baby Shower Games

I went to a good friends baby shower yesterday and in true form I won the lolly guessing competition.
I have never NOT won a baby shower lolly guessing competition. I am now 4 from 4.

It is simple mathematics. Here’s how you do it!
Number of lollies on the bottom multiplied by the number of lollies up the side. If there are lots of gaps then subtract 5-10%. If lollies are tightly packed then add 5-10%.

Things that complicate matters.
-A variety of different size/shape lollies.
-Irregular shaped jars.
-Tricky people who cover the base.



There is now less than the 74 jelly babies that were in the jar.

My team also took out the nursery rhyme games (Maybe I get a little too competitive at baby showers!)

Have a great weekend

-Mrs M

A revival

Over the past few days people have been asking me what happened to my blog. In short – life happened! But some of the more major things that have been taking up my time include (but are not limited to)
-Toilet training the Cheeky Boy (an ongoing venture)
-Smiley Girl’s Baptism

There have also been some smaller, less important though distracting and time consuming things such as Pinterest and Homeland.

I was quite touched that people asked about my AWOL blog and it was the kick up the butt I needed to revive it.

Over the Christmas/New Year break I’m going to try and get a few posts up and get it moving again – so watch this space!


Nerd/Teacher – Astronomy Picture of the Day

A website that I really enjoy visiting when I am randomly browsing the web is “Astronomy Picture of the Day“.

It is quite a spectacular collections of images taken by astronomers and their equipment worldwide. Each picture has an explanation of what is shown in the picture and some of the science behind it.

I often use these images as a teaching point or a bit of an intro or lesson starter when teaching Space topics in both Physics and Junior Science. It is a great way to capture students attention and imagination.

Here’s today’s picture and the explanation below (from APOD)


The Hubble Extreme Deep Field

Image Credit: NASA, ESA, G. Illingworth, D. Magee, and P. Oesch (UCSC), R. Bouwens (Leiden Obs.), and the XDF Team

Explanation: What did the first galaxies look like? To help answer this question, the Hubble Space Telescope has just finished taking the eXtreme Deep Field (XDF), the deepest image of the universe ever taken in visible light. Pictured above, the XDF shows a sampling of some of the oldest galaxies ever seen, galaxies that formed just after the dark ages, 13 billion years ago, when the universe was only a few percent of its present age. The Hubble Space Telescope’s ACS camera and the infrared channel of the WFPC3 camera took the image. Combining efforts spread over 10 years, the XDF is more sensitive, in some colors, than the original Hubble Deep Field (HDF), the Hubble Ultra Deep Field (HUDF) completed in 2004, and the HUDF Infrared completed in 2009. Astronomers the world over will likely study the XDF for years to come to better understand how stars and galaxies formed in the early universe.


Nerd – The mystery of the MPC

Recently I started buying my cleaning products at Aldi, they are cheaper and, in my opinion, soap is soap and detergent is detergent, regardless of brand.

So I bought a bottle of lavender scented Multipurpose Cleaner (essentially Spray & Wipe), took it home and cleaned my kitchen. When I was done I put it on the window sill above the kitchen sink.

A few days later I went to use the MPC (multipurpose cleaner) so I got it from the window sill.


The first thought that runs through my head is: “I must still have some serious baby brain because I could have sworn that was purple”

It was


I picked it up and realised the bottle had expanded. This is when the science teacher in me kicked in.
Colour change + gas produced indicates a chemical reaction!
Cool! Will have to remember to demo this one next time I teach year 8 chemical vs physical change.

So after marveling at how cool it was that sunlight had caused a chemical reaction in my MPC (yes…nerd), it occurred to me that I have no idea what chemicals are in this product and this what chemicals might have been formed in my little kitchen chemistry. I’m not really sure if this is even safe to use anymore.

Opinions please:
What do with the MPC?
1. Keep it – it’ll be fine.
2. Chuck it – buy another one and this time store out of direct sunlight.


***this may explain why I get very little housework done, too easily distracted by trivial things

Teacher/Nerd – Students NEVER do this

I saw this on Facebook the other day and had a bit of laugh.
Lame Science joke I know, but I will definitely repeat it next time I teach the rock cycle to Yr8

But don’t be fooled by this little joke and these classic Maths gems


Students NEVER do this. Marking is not an entertaining exercise (important yes, but rarely a feel good experience)

Half the students who don’t know the answer leave it blank, the other half make you question your ability to teach.

About 1 in 100 unintentionally write something that makes you laugh, like mixing up the parts of the male and female reproductive system.

It’s probably only 1 in 1000 that write something intentionally funny and witty. I haven’t taught 1000 students yet.

The funniest thing I have seen is a student misspell my name so badly that when said out loud it sounded like a cat being strangled.

What is funniest thing you have seen while marking?

– Mrs M

Mum, wife, teacher…and a bit of a nerd (not necessarily in that order) – The Beginning




This is my first post and it is a bit of a cheat – I have just copied and pasted the About My Blog page (not plagiarism!)

I have done this for two reasons: a) So people can comment on it and b) Because some of the information in the About page is likely to change over time and I thought it would be good to have a record of what this was all about when it started.


“Ok, so as the title says I am E) all of the above

I am a Physics graduate who teaches Physics, Science and Maths in a Catholic high school in south west Sydney. While teaching is a full-on job most days, I find it incredibly rewarding and wouldn’t give it up (I wouldn’t mind not having to do the planning, marking and reporting though). I also love Science and quirky, nerdy humour and pop culture. I picked the colour scheme for my blog purely because it was called Sunspot.

More than all that, I love my family. I have a husband and two kids. For their privacy they will be known as Sporty Dad, Cheeky Boy (nearly 3) and Smiley Girl (3 and 1/2 months).

I’m currently on maternity leave after having Smiley Girl, I don’t identify as being a “stay at home mum” because I know my stay at home time is limited and will be returning to work part-time in the new school year. I am happy with that.

 So why this blog?

I have been following a few different blogs recently (mostly mums) and last week while whinging about a leaky drink bottle, Sporty Dad suggested I write a blog about it. At the time I thought the idea was ridiculous, I need another way to waste my time like a hole in the head. But recently I have found myself censoring my FB statuses, not for swearing (because I do like to swear) but because my colleagues would think I had become a boring mum or my friends would think I was too nerdy or nobody would give a crap about my education rants. But it’s who I am – so I will post about it.

For your benefit each post will tell you which hat I was wearing when I wrote it (eg. Mum – Quest for a drink bottle that doesn’t leak, Wife – Grand Final weekend, Nerd – The multipurpose cleaner) or a combination (eg Mum/Teacher – Return to work). Feel free to ignore the posts that don’t interest you. BTW All those posts to come.

I have no idea how this will go, I may give up in a weeks time. I’ll just see “where the spirit take me” – to quote a fellow teacher (also a mum)”