Freaky Friday tomorrow!

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This year there are 5 Fridays in October, so you will be treated to 'spook'-tacular deals for 5 weeks!
The deals started on October 2nd and will run each Friday through October 30th!

Here is how it works:
Each Friday the participating sellers will select one product from their store to mark down to just $1 for the day!

How will you find these products?
There are 2 ways:

1. Type freakyfriday into the TPT search engine


2. Click the links to the participating stores in the linky at the end of this post and it will take you directly to that store's $1 deal for the day!

  You can also click the first link- it will bring you to all the $1 deals of the day!

So what will you find from me this week?





Ready To Find All the $1 Deals for Week 1 of Freaky Friday?


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#celebrateBabyJay

Hi everyone!  Are you up for a fun challenge?!

PLEASE SHARE THIS IMAGE ON ALL YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS.  
INCLUDE THE HASHTAG #celebrateBabyJay AND THE LINK TO THIS BLOG POST.

Anyone who reads my blog posts will know about my little grandson Jay.  He has been in hospital since he was 4 months old.  He was diagnosed with a rare form of leukaemia which has proved to be treatment resistant.  (You can find details in my previous posts).  His last option was a stem cell transplant which took place in England about 3 weeks ago.  Sadly the stem cell transplant did not work.  Since then the disease has spread into his spinal fluids and central nervous system.  There are no further options now, although he is still receiving chemotherapy to try to halt the spread of the disease and keep him comfortable.  
Jay's first birthday is not for another couple of months but taking doctors' advice, Jay's parents have decided to hold a birthday party for him tomorrow.  It is important for the family to create as many precious memories as possible in the time left.  Jay has been allowed home for a few days before his next round of chemo, so tomorrow he will be dressing up as Superman, along with his Dad, to attend a special superhero themed party!
So..... this is where the challenge comes in!  Jennifer Kadar from 'Simply Kinder' had the wonderful idea of celebrating along with Jay.  Jay and his parents have gained many friends across the world in the last few months and I am calling on everyone to join in and celebrate Jay's special birthday with him.  Jennifer suggested that everyone spend a moment with their families, take a photo and post it online with the hastag #celebrateBabyJay.  To pose for the photograph, it would be wonderful if you could hold a little cake or cupcake with 1 lit candle and perhaps write a message on a poster, saying who you are and where you are from (see example below).  Once the photo is posted online (Instagram, Facebook or Twitter), anyone who searches with the hashtag #celebrateBabyJay should find a wonderful array of smiling families from all over the world wishing Jay a happy birthday.  
Jay's parents are understandably very fragile right now and this little campaign would help lift their spirits so much.  For months now, they have had the most amazing support, but only Mum and Dad can really know what it is like to spend 6 months in hospital praying that their sick baby will get better.  They have ridden an emotional roller-coaster, had their relationship tested to the maximum, supported other families in vulnerable moments and have shown the most amazing courage and strength.  
Please support them by sharing the top image in as many places as you can - let's make this go viral!!

SAMPLE POSTER  

Thank you so much.
PS:  Thank you to Jennifer Kadar for the idea and Krista Ross Mahan for the wonderful graphic!
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Breast Cancer Awareness for kids

 


 Happy October! Did you know October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month? Take a day or two this month to incorporate some very pink lessons!

 Check out this "Think Pink" freebie from Sweet Integrations. It includes pink-themed activities like Piggy Bank, Strawberry Ice Cream Addition, Place Value Selfies, and more!

 Whether breast cancer has impacted your kids' life from a friend or a family member, or not at all, it's important to start a conversation about this disease. What happens to someone who is diagnosed with breast cancer? What are healthy choices to prevent your kids from getting breast cancer? Gets tips from a mom on having a conversation about breast cancer with kids: How to Talk to Kids About Breast Cancer.

 Susan G. Komen is another amazing resource that organizes fundraisers and raises awareness about breast cancer. There are countless stories from survivors on the Susan G. Komen website. Let these stories inspire you and your children! If you need reading resources about kids and cancer, especially breast cancer, you can read The Lemonade Club by Patricia Polacco, and Mom Goes To War by Irene Aparici Martín. These are excellent books about kids that helping friends and mothers battling cancer.

  How do you talk to your children about breast cancer? 
Are they aware of the disease and its impact? 


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A Personal Catch Up!

Well, it's official - I AM A BAD BLOGGER!  I just checked and I have only blogged 15 times this year!  In my defence  my personal life has taken up all my time and energy.
I have ummed and ahhed about writing this post because it is so personal, but I have always treated my blog as a place to leave an indelible stamp, a record to look back on.....
Where do I start?!  2015 has been a year of much change - an emotional roller coaster that has left me flat and detached from my business and blog.
It really began in November 2014 when I fell ill.  The following months are not months I would ever wish to relive, but they are behind me now (mostly!).  The end result of this experience is that I officially left teaching behind.  There really was no choice - the last 4ish years has seen a downturn in my health and absences from school.  To be fair to my students, parents and the school, it was time for me to go.  Guilt is an extremely powerful emotion and the stress of continually feeling guilty about letting people down was taking its toll.  I miss the children terribly, but I miss nothing else.  It was the right time to go, although the transition has been tough.  I have flashes of happy faces and hugging children and sometimes feel sad that I won't experience that again, but I am so grateful for my little business as it helps me stay in touch. I am still contributing to the world of education in my own small way and appreciate the fact that teachers around the world may benefit from my creations!  On that note, I did have some happy news this year - during the summer months, I hit my first TpT milestone - this was a happy interlude in an otherwise miserable year!
Many of you have been following the story of Jay, my 10 month old grandson.  You will remember he was admitted to hospital at 4 months old and diagnosed with a rare form of leukaemia.  I do owe you an update on this, although it is not happy news.  Jay had a number of treatments to try and bring about a remission from this nasty disease.  However, this was not to be.  Because there was no remission, he could not have a bone marrow transplant.  His final option was to travel to England for a stem cell transplant.  Although the actual transplant was successful, it did not rid him of the disease.  A few days ago, we also got the news that the disease had spread to his spinal fluids and central nervous system.  He is receiving chemotherapy directly into his spine to try and keep this under control.  At this stage, his Mum and Dad have to make a decision some time soon whether to stop any intervention and let nature take its course.  They have decided to go with doctors advice until such times they feel that it is too much for Jay.  They will then bring him home to enjoy what time they have left with him and try to make some special memories to cherish.  
Cancer continued to reap havoc this year, when I received the news that my ex-husband and dear friend of 27 years had passed away unexpectedly.  He lived in Germany and we had planned to meet up this summer - for the first time in many years.  This plan was put on hold because of Jay's situation and sadly now it is too late.  This brought back many cherished memories.  Peter was a unique man - charismatic, compassionate and inspirational - he has left a huge legacy behind and the world will be a poorer place without him.  Such a massive turn out for his funeral - he inspired loyalty in people and will be sorely missed by many, especially his dear wife and gorgeous girls.  This was a lot to process in what was already a horrible year and left a mark of sadness which will take some time to fade.
So folks - life is short - make the most of it while you can.  Tell your loved ones how much they mean to you, hug your children tight and prioritize what is important to you.
Currently, my dear husband is working away for 5 weeks and I miss him so much!  He has been my rock this year whilst I was poorly.  I can hardly believe that 11 months has gone by.  I blinked and 2015 is nearly over - I can't say I am sad about that.  Although there is so much more to come with Jay, my mindset has changed slightly and I am beginning to look forward, not dwell on what has been and the ifs and buts.  I have had some amazing support from dear dear friends who have been there every step of the way - I will never forget that!  I feel I have reached a much stronger place where I will cope much better with this emotional roller coaster that has not quite come to an end.
On a positive note, if you got this far, I will leave you with 2 words from the world of social media: Periscope and Blab - absolutely fascinating!  If you have not checked them out, I recommend that you do - it's like attending professional development every day - I am constantly amazed at the ever-changing world of education!
That's it, dear friends, I have broken the duck of blogging and I hope it won't be too long before I post again.  Thanks so much for sticking around!
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