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Beautiful educational storybook about to be released

Where Has Polly Gone‘ is a story about Netta, a young ostrich who finds it very difficult to concentrate at school and who finds it very easy to get into trouble. Travelling the world in search of ‘Polly’ – the Summer homework her teacher has set her – Netta discovers that polygons are all around her.

Book CoverI am very fortunate to have gotten a sneak peak at this beautifully illustrated book before it’s released (later next month), as I’m the Marketing Assistant for author, Lisa Service.

This book accurately reflects the frustration that so many of my students who suffer from ADD/ADHD have felt in the classroom. Without attention and care to their learning needs, it is easy to understand how they might find themselves gazing off into the distance, taking their imaginations to more interesting places.

I love the fact that this book focuses on geography, especially the inclusion of different country flags and the shapes that have been used to symbolise their people. Considering that many Middle School students still can’t use maps effectively, this is fantastic!

The layering of shapes throughout this book is very well done – from the obvious to the subtle, it provides teachers and parents with the opportunity for explicit teaching, as well as student centered discovery.

The website includes a blog written by Lisa Service, as well as lesson plans linking directly to the book and Learning Outcomes from the US, with Australian Curriculum links to come. It will also include a platform from which to buy the book, as either an eBook or a hard cover book.

You can also find other great teaching resources shared on the Where Has Polly Gone? Facebook page, Twitter feed, Pinterest page and Google+ page.


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Get a free canvas from the Canvas Factory

Get a free canvas from the Canvas Factory

If you’re anything like me, you have tons of photos on your computer, phone and tablet, just waiting to be printed out and displayed in your home. I have empty photo frames sitting on shelves, gathering dust;  I forgot to take out the sample image in a couple of them and had visitors ask which members of my family they were. That would be embarrassing enough, except that it happened 2 years ago and they’re still there…

The images that you capture of your family and friends are priceless. With help from The Canvas Factory, you can turn them into amazing pieces of art on canvas, acrylic glass or metal for you to treasure for years to come.

About The Canvas Factory


The Canvas Factory is an Australian business that prides itself on offering superior quality and service, resulting in customer satisfaction every time. With a fan base all over the world, their convenient ordering service is easy to use, making it the ideal solution for sprucing up your home decor.

Uploading is easy; simply import your photos either from your computer or device, or you also upload them directly from Facebook or Instagram. This gives you complete flexibility over which images you choose to use for your artwork and means that you can easily print out those candid shots, taken whilst on the go.

Alternatively, you can select from over 20 million images from Fotolia in The Canvas Factory Art Gallery, which is ideal for businesses such as restaurants and hair dressers, or for anyone wanting a beautiful and artistic image that leaves a lasting impression.

Giveaway Offer

The Canvas Factory is offering its fans on Facebook free 20 x 30cm Canvas, simply by liking their page! All you need to do is pay the $14.95 postage. Not only that, you’ll also get a massive 70% off any additional prints within the same order. Spend over $100 and your postage is free!

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To claim this offer, like their page and then click on the tab that says ‘Like Us & Get a Free Canvas’. Enter your email address and you’ll be emailed the code back. Once you receive the code, follow the steps below, under the heading ‘How to use the Canvas Factory Website’.

Like us to get a free canvas

Want more free canvases?

There are many blogs and Facebook pages partnering with The Canvas Factory at the moment, each offering their own giveaway or prize of either a 20 x 30cm canvas or a 40 x 50cm canvas. Here are some of them:

  1. Like my Facebook page – click here to get the code or (if you’re on an iPhone) email me – 🙂
  2. Head over to 2 Plus 1 for 3 chances to win!
  3. Perfect Party Pieces have a giveaway on Facebook.
  4. Mary is having a referral competition over at Being a Mom is a Job – the person with the most referrals, wins!
  5. The Simple Mummy is offering her readers a free 20 x 30cm canvas.
  6. If you like A Happy Teacher is the Best Teacher page and inbox Joe Ann, you’ll be sent a code to use at the checkout.
  7. Head to Organising the four of us for your free 20 x 30cm canvas.

How to use The Canvas Factory website

The Canvas Factory ordering system is very easy to use. Follow these step by step instructions and you’ll be on your way to fabulous new artwork for your home.

Step One

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Step Two – Choose whether you want to print on canvas, metal or glass

Step 1 Choose Style

Step Three – Choose how you want the sides of your canvas to look

Step 2 Choose Wrap

Step Four – Upload your photo/s

Step 3 Upload Photo

Step Five – Choose the canvas size you want and edit how your image will look on the canvas

Step 4 Customise Canvas

Step Six – Use the different backgrounds to visualise how your new artwork will look

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Step Seven – Click on Add to Cart and follow the prompts to enter your address details


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Ladybug Ladybird Party Theme Ideas

First of all, what is the different between a ladybug and a ladybird? As far as I understand it, it’s a cultural thing (eg. Aussie v American). Either way, this is the theme I’ve chosen for my daughter’s 1st birthday. It’s in 2 WEEKS!!!! I can’t believe it’s come around so quickly!

Invitation Ideas

I’ve decided to make the invitations myself. I would have LOVED to have made little ladybugs with wings that open for the invitations, but I have to be practical – I go back to work tomorrow and it’s just not going to happen.

I’ve just whipped this one up using Paint – it’s not terribly fancy, but it’s still sweet.

Ladybug Party Theme Ideas | Perfect Party Pieces |

I really liked the following example invitation too, although unfortunately I have no idea where I found it. Probably off Facebook or Pinterest, but you can see that it was made by Serendipity Design.

Ladybug Party Theme Ideas | Perfect Party Pieces |


Decoration Ideas

There are so many beautiful parties out there and planning a 1st birthday has its pressure, that’s for sure. So here are some lovely examples of parties with decorations that I aspire to have.

1. I simply adore the hand-made art at the back of this dessert table. I might even try to make one for Hannah, I love it that much! I also really like the garland hanging in front of the table. Source.

Ladybug Party Theme Ideas | Perfect Party Pieces |


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The Amazing Kicky-Poo!

The Amazing Kicky-Poo!

Hannah has developed yet another skill – the ability to get across a room in her rocker 😀

Check it out here:

I am constantly amazed at how many skills she has developed already! This last week in particular, which is why I’m hoping that this is the reason behind her lack of sleep and general irritability at the moment. Perhaps it’s all developmental? You know, a wonder week or something? Can they still get those at 6 months?

2 nights ago Hannah was up from 2am til 5am; I tried feeding her, rocking her, singing to her… I eventually decided to bath her and she was out not long after that, thank goodness. Last night she ended up rocking herself to sleep in the chair, which was quite useful! 😀 She slept on it from midnight to 5am, which is the longest she’s slept for in one hit, so that’s a win I reckon!

Back when she was sleeping the longest, I actually wasn’t using a routine as such and would put her to bed between 8pm and 9pm, whenever she was ready. Lately, however, I have been trying to establish more of a routine; could it be that Hannah’s a bit of a night owl and doesn’t want to go to bed at 7pm?


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365 Project: Fail

365 Project: Fail

Wow. My first ever go at a 365 project and I never got past day one; shocking! And I had such an awesome subject: Hannah! Booo… ah well. I do have some other images that I took of her in the past 11 days, which I’ll post below.

Hannah has, however, achieved ENORMOUS things in these past few days:

  1. She can now click her tongue;
  2. She has been experimenting with sound, particularly the change that enhanced acoustics make to her cute little squeal (eg. in the bathroom);
  3. She can now get up onto her knees and inch her way very slowly forward; and
  4. She can now say “Mama”!!! 😀

So all in all an absolutely momentous time in her development! I’m so lucky that I can take her to the shop with me and was able to witness all of this first hand. It’s been particularly delightful when, in between customers, I can engage in playtime with her and encourage her to extend herself. Not to mention taking a few happy snaps too 😉

The question is: will I try again with the 365 Project? Hmm… unsure at this point. To be honest I’ve been flat out just trying to live in the moment more and enjoy her in person, rather than through a lens.

I’ve also enjoyed turning off the laptop and heading outside with Hannah and Lexie (the dogga) a bit more. I even went so far as to buy myself a new wizz-bang sports bra! I can’t wait to start running with the pram, as H is now 6 months old, but I digress…

Here are some cute shots of the lil miss this past week…

Sleepy Hannah

Sleepy Hannah

Going for gold! Trying to get to Mr Octopus.

Going for gold! Trying to get to Mr Octopus.



Sleeping on the job at the shop

Sleeping on the job at the shop



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