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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 http://www.wherehaspollygone.com 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

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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 – miscellaneousnerd@gmail.com 🙂
  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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Party Ideas for 11 Year Old Boys

I did a bit of research into parties for 11 year old boys and came across a lot of posts from people who said that their son didn’t want a traditional party; they wanted a stay at home party with video/computer games or an action packed outdoor adventure. So, I decided to categorise the ideas under 3 headings; Traditional Themes, Indoor Ideas and Outdoor Ideas.

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Traditional Theme Ideas (by this I mean something you can create themed decorations for)

  1. Call of Duty, Black Ops Party – http://catchmyparty.com/parties/logans-11th-birthday-party
  2. Lego – http://pinterest.com/PerfectPartyOz/lego-party-theme/
  3. Duck Dynasty paintball (combines an outdoor activity with a theme you can create matching invites etc for) – http://catchmyparty.com/parties/duck-dynasty-paintball-10th-birthday
  4. Big Bang Theory – http://catchmyparty.com/parties/bazinga
  5. Minecraft – http://catchmyparty.com/parties/matthews-11th-birthday
  6. Cowbow Western – http://catchmyparty.com/parties/jasons-11th-birthday-party
  7. Army – http://catchmyparty.com/parties/nicks-11th-birthday
  8. Baseball (or any other sport for that matter) – http://catchmyparty.com/parties/evans-11th-birthday

 Indoor Ideas

  1. Bowling
  2. Go to the movies
  3. Make a cinema in your own living room
  4. Trivia night, eg. using Buzz or Trivial Pursuit
  5. Console games / computer games night, eg. Wii and xBox

Outdoor Ideas

  1. Paintballing
  2. Capture the flag
  3. Treasure hunt
  4. Camping in the backyard
  5. Moonlight – also known as flashlight, played at night with one person holding the flashlight, trying to find others.
  6. Ghost stories and a trip to the local graveyard (yeah, I thought that one was creepy too)
 

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Feeling very blessed!

I am so incredibly lucky. I start each day not knowing exactly what will happen, what kind of work I’ll do or who I’ll be working for; that’s the beauty of freelancing.

As you know, I’ve been freelancing for a year now and I have been very fortunate to work with some amazing companies and people in that time. I have gone from purely undertaking administration roles, to voice overs, video tutorials, accounting and now social media marketing and PR.

I am currently actively promoting two books; one is a suspense thriller by Ken Boehs called The Tilted Truth and the other is a children’s book, details for which I’ll reveal soon. How exciting is that?!

I’m also working with some other fantastic companies:

  • The Canvas Factory – who print photos directly from Facebook and Instagram onto canvas. Awesome!
  • Perfect Party Pieces – a future party supplies company, although at the moment I’m providing fans with inspiration for cakes, decorations, party food and party games for different party themes.
  • Elance Australia – I help others use Elance to find work or hire contractors.
  • Paint My Place App – A fantastic iPhone app that allows you to paint your home with virtual paint colours. I’m no longer working with them, but it’s a wonderful idea!

It’s so nice to be able to be able to clock on and off around Hannah’s needs, and fulfill my own at the same time.

Please get in touch if you’d like to discuss how Elance or freelancing works 🙂

 

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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 | https://www.facebook.com/PerfectPartyPiecesOnline

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 | https://www.facebook.com/PerfectPartyPiecesOnline

 

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 | https://www.facebook.com/PerfectPartyPiecesOnline

 

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Rainbow Party Theme Ideas

I’ve had lots of requests through Perfect Party Pieces for some Rainbow party theme ideas, so I thought I’d share some here as well.

Cake Ideas

1. My awesome sister-in-law sent me this photo of an amazing rainbow cake – it’s a Duff Tie Died Cake Mix cake.

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Rainbow Party Theme Ideas | Perfect Party Pieces | https://www.facebook.com/PerfectPartyPiecesOnline

For a fantastic step by step guide on how to make one, check this out!

 

2. Here is a fantastic visual of how to create this rainbow look, step-by-step. Again, the link to this from Pinterest is not working and I don’t know who to credit.

Rainbow Party Theme Ideas | Perfect Party Pieces | https://www.facebook.com/PerfectPartyPiecesOnline

3. Here’s another great idea for a rainbow cake and I love the little flags around the outside. Source.

Rainbow Party Theme Ideas | Perfect Party Pieces | https://www.facebook.com/PerfectPartyPiecesOnline

Decorations

I love easy decorations, so here a few ideas:

1. This would make a fantastic centrepiece for a rainbow themed party or for any birthday, simply by putting the correct age into the jar first and filling up with M&Ms, Smarties or Skittles. Source.

Rainbow Party Theme Ideas | Perfect Party Pieces | https://www.facebook.com/PerfectPartyPiecesOnline

2. This awesome rainbow balloon wall would be a fantastic addition to any party. You could also hide things in the balloons to find when popping, or use the balloons as a part of a party game later in the day. Source.

Rainbow Party Theme Ideas | Perfect Party Pieces | https://www.facebook.com/PerfectPartyPiecesOnline

Or from the same source:

Rainbow Party Theme Ideas | Perfect Party Pieces | https://www.facebook.com/PerfectPartyPiecesOnline

3. Here’s a tutorial to create this cute rainbow cloud garland.

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4. I love the combo of pom poms and balloons, and having the staircase helps to create that rainbow progression too. However, this could easily be recreated on a string, along a window frame or across a patio. Source.

Rainbow Party Theme Ideas | Perfect Party Pieces | https://www.facebook.com/PerfectPartyPiecesOnline

5. I love the table runner – this could easily be replicated by sewing together different coloured strips of fabric onto one backing piece. I’m loving the umbrellas too! Source.

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6. This cute ribbon garland just screams festive fun! You could add even more colours to it if you wanted to, or use red, white and blue streamers only for a 4th July or Australia Day feel. Source.

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7. I love the decorations here, especially the colourful cups and plates they’ve used. Mind you, I don’t know about washing up after a party… lol Here’s the source.

Rainbow Party Theme Ideas | Perfect Party Pieces | https://www.facebook.com/PerfectPartyPiecesOnline

Rainbow Cupcakes and Snacks

1. This has to be one of my all time favourite cupcake ideas! Relatively simple to do but so effective. Source.

Rainbow Party Theme Ideas | Perfect Party Pieces | https://www.facebook.com/PerfectPartyPiecesOnline

2. Here’s a great for making mini rainbow cakes and a how-to guide that would be easy enough to bake with the kids. Source.

How to make rainbow cupcakes with your toddler | Rainbow Party Theme Ideas | Perfect Party Pieces

 

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I’m a 12WBT fraud!

Well I’m embarrassed… I had a terrible week this past week in terms of exercise (as in, not exercising) and eating (I ate nachos for lunch yesterday…) so it was with some surprise that I weighed myself this morning and found that I had lost another 1.1kg since last week…

How can that be? I know that I have been more mindful of what and how much I’ve been eating, as well as eating    some of the meals that were 12WBT approved, but it’s not very fair when other people have been working their butts off and haven’t seen much loss.

How have you gone this week? Do you find that exercising every day is easy or a hard slog?

 

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