Wednesday, 24 December 2014

A Christmas Eve Conversation

A new link up for me today, with The Inspired Apple for a Christmas Conversation. I love all things Christmassy so this is a perfect excuse!

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Fourteen in '14

This link up last year was the linky party that introduced me to one of my favourite blogs to read by A Teeny Tiny Teacher and I followed her straight away and have spent the last 12 months reading her hilarious and informative blog posts. I'm so glad that she and her two friends Miss Kindergarten and Dragonflies in First have decided to host this fabulous review of the year again. Plus its a good excuse for me to actually write a post (3 weeks since my last one argh!)

Last year I picked my purple boots and whilst they are still probably my favourite item of clothing, as I barely wear them any more (I live in a country which never gets cold enough for boots!) this year I am choosing my beach sarongs. So light and easy to throw on over a bikini when on holiday. And no, there are no photos of me wearing them!
Unsurprising choice for me given my pick of the second movie last year, but I am really enjoying these adaptions of the books (for once!). 
I've been a fan of Downton Abbey for years and am completely invested in all the characters! Only a couple of days to wait for the Christmas special!
I can't pick one, but pretty much most of the places I ate during my holiday to Sydney were fabulous. I was in a food coma for most of the week!
I opened my Teachers Pay Teachers store this year and whilst sales are slow, I have had some great feedback and I'm still genuinely amazed that anyone at all wants to use my resources! 
I adore anything Cath Kidston and this was my new phone case I got in the summer... love it!

This was a pin I found one lunchtime and it was such a simple but effective idea, I had managed to get it prepped and done by the end of the day! And the children loved it!
My favourite blog post to write this year as been 'Has it really been a year?' that I wrote a couple of weeks ago to celebrate my 1 year blogiversary. A milestone I was not sure I would reach!

Selling my first product on Teachers Pay Teachers. It was Count the Room Minibeasts, a product that is still my bestselling product! 

A great photo from a great holiday.
So many memories so hard to choose! Probably my best memories this year came from my trip to Sydney. 

To post on a regular basis!
All year round, but most especially during this festive season!

Monday, 1 December 2014

Currently December

A year ago, I joined in my first ever linky party, Oh' Boy 4th Grade's Currently. I'm so happy that a year later and a few patchy months, I'm still blogging enough to join in with my second December Currently!

Listening - Now this is exactly the same as I was listening to last December! I'm a Celebrity 2014 is my obsession for the few weeks that it is on. 

Loving - Post! Being so far away from home, every letter/postcard through the mail is special (the bills admittedly less so!)

Thinking - some tough decisions career-wise need to be made in the next couple of weeks and I honestly don't know what I want to do

Wanting - My reports to be written... it seems never-ending!!

Needing  - To be actually writing the above-mentioned reports and not procrastinating

Giving  - A Flash Freebie for this week (roughly the time I think my Currently posts get visited) of one of my more recent products. Click on the image to get it. 

Also in the spirit of Giving, hurry over to the TpT sale where you can grab up to 28% off my store and others!

Sunday, 30 November 2014

2+1 Wishlist Link Up

Today I'm joining in with Teaching Tales Along The Yellow Brick Road's 2+1 Wishlist Linky Party. I'm getting ready for the sale that starts tomorrow by adding items like crazy to my wish list, how about you? My entire store will be 20% off and if you add the code TPTCYBER at checkout, you could earn 28% off your purchases!! 

Now ironically, my most wish listed item from my store is my Superhero Number Bonds which is free! So I'm going to use my most wish listed paid item, which is also my bestseller - Count the Room Minibeasts. This uses numbers to 10 to 20 and has multiple applications in (or around!) the classroom. 

The second most wish listed item in my store is my Fish Themed Capital and Lowercase Letters. This game is great for practising matching the capitals and lowercase together. Could also be used in a underwater themed classroom!

My wish list is 3 pages long currently and I shall definitely be making a bit of a dent in it when the sale starts, but one thing I shall be sure to be grabbing is Secret Sight Words from Brooke Beynon. This looks like exactly the sort of thing my class will love!

What will you be buying? Why not head over to Teaching Tales Along the Yellow Brick Road and link up? And don't forget to visit my store on the 1st and 2nd December to take advantage of the TpT Cyber Sale, just don't forget to enter the code at checkout! 

Saturday, 29 November 2014

It's a 5 for Fri..uh Saturday

As so often with my link ups, I'm a little late, but at least I'm still occasionally managing to turn up to the party!!
On Monday and Tuesday there is a site wide Teachers Pay Teachers Sale, which my store will be participating in. Huge bargains for shoppers just waiting to be found! I shall certainly be making a dent on my wish list, how about you?

Banner made by Teachers Are Terrific

Christmas officially starts on Monday in my classroom, but I couldn't help sneaking in my favourite Christmas craft a few days early! Check out my 'How to' to make your own glitterific stained glass windows.

A little ice experiment in Science this week. 34C at 8:45am outside... the ice didn't last long!!

My class were weather reporters earlier in the week, unfortunately no photos without children in them, but it was so hilarious. I let them use whichever weather symbols they liked and let's just say the chances of snow in this part of the world dramatically increased!

Ashlee from Teacher Will Run For Books has nominated me for my second Liebster Award, look out for a future post about this! What a nice blogiversary present for me!
Why not head over to Doodlebugs and check out everyone else's Five for Fridays?

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Has it really been a year?!

Or in other words...


I have got a few things I want to talk about in today's post, but firstly let me start with announcing that for 24 hours I am putting my TpT store on sale with everything 20% off.

This time last year, I had been stalking a few blogs for a couple of weeks (notably The Clever Classroom and Mrs Fultz's Corner) and I had decided to take the plunge and share some of my thoughts and opinions. My first post was only a few lines long, but since then I like to feel that I have come along in leaps and bounds. Yes, I'm still under 100 blog followers, but I feel I've achieved a lot.  I've won both a Leibster and Sunshine Blogger award. I've been featured on Teaching Blog Addict's Freebie Friday and Teaching Maddeness' Budding Bloggers. I've had a new blog design done by Designs by Christie. And most importantly, I've connected with other bloggers both new and experienced!

I posted earlier this week about things I am thankful for, at this point I want to add that I am thankful for all of my 62 Bloglovin' followers, all of my 127 comments and all of my 5000+ page views. Thank you for taking the time to read and visit my little corner of the blogging world! Here is my thank you to you, a forever freebie of an alphabet jigsaw game.

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