14 Days of Love Blog Hop!

Hi everyone!  Announcing an event you won't want to miss!!
Fast approaching Valentine's Day (where has January gone?!), I have joined up with 13 other blogging buddies to bring you 14 days of spreading the love to other amazing teachers with some special Valentine freebies!
Don't miss out on this special '14 days for the love of teaching FREEBIE Blog Hop!'
Basically, you are in for a treat of 14 days worth of Valentine freebies!
The blog hop will begin on February 1st with Ms. Smarty Pants.  From there you will be directed to the next blog and so on, building your collection on the way!  We hope to make your planning a little easier and bring a little bit of educational fun to the classroom.
Just click on Samantha's pic below to check out her blog, then stop back for your freebie on Feb 1st.
Have a great week, everyone!

Personal Stuff/Giveaway/Freebie!

Well this is my very first post in a long time!  I've always wanted to keep my blog personal as well as professional, because I find it cathartic to write things down.
I've debated this for a while and decided not to go into detail.  However, the last couple of months have been very difficult and I haven't felt much like posting.  I have lost someone very dear to me and it has left me feeling a bit low, hence the lack of posts.  I seem to have lost my motivation and am stuck in a bit of a funk!  
However, I'm trying very hard to change that around.  A dear and kind blogger friend has just sent me the sweetest email, which made me feel at peace, so I decided to take the plunge back into my blog.
I apologise to all my bloggy friends for being out of the loop for a while and appreciate that you have stuck by me and not removed your friendship from my poor neglected blog!
Some updates:  my first grade classroom is enjoying some fabulous additions and I don't mean soft, cuddly fur babies of any kind!  These things are made of sterner stuff and just make my teaching day so much easier!
I have acquired one of these:
How lucky am I??  No, not a desk lamp, but a document camera!  I've wanted one for ages and can highly recommend it.  I'm using it constantly and the kids are appreciative.  (My Overhead Projector has been consigned forever to the great big storeroom in the sky!)  I use it for readalouds so everyone can see the text and pictures.  It's also great to demonstrate the use of manipulatives especially for Maths lessons.
I was also lucky to acquire one of these for my personal use, but I have it fully-loaded with educational apps for my students to use.
I feel so blessed to be in a very well-resourced school, given that rural Ireland tends to be a bit behind!  I'm just sad that my Smartboard doesn't function as well as it used to - 10 years old this year!  I think I would love a Promethean Board, but I may have to do some major begging!
Now, are you feeling lucky?  I wanted to share a huge giveaway with you!
MrsMc from 'Buzz Buzz Buzz' A First Grade Blog is having giveaway as she has reached a few milestones - close to finishing, so go enter now!  There are 75 products to be won - amazing!  Just click on the pic to be transported!
Now to the freebie!  A bit of an experiment and not great really, but I thought you could use some things from it, hence the reason it's free!  I love creating digital papers, borders and frames, but I am a total amateur.  I decided to put out a set of Valentine clipart, but I admit it is a bit basic!  I'm sharing however in case you find a few wee images you could use!

Just click the pic and you will be taken straight to the product in my TpT Store.
Anyhow, it feels great to be back!  Have a great week ahead everyone!
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