Monday, 26 October 2015

How to hack your TpT Quote Box - Tutorial

Do you want to jazz up your TpT store? Do you want to make it more appealing and eye-catching? Have you been wondering how some TpT stores have an image or animated quote box, like the one below?

After doing some research and reading PLENTY of other tutorials and blogs, here are some links to the ones that provide the easiest methods of 'hacking' your quote box.

For the Love of Learning - TpT Quote Box Tutorial

Glitter Meets Glue - How to hack your Teachers Pay Teachers Quote Box

Chrisi Fultz - How to dress up your TpT Store

Here's the video giving you a step-by-step tutorial of how to jazz up your TpT quote box!

Have fun!

Friday, 23 October 2015

My dog has Lupus & an iHerb voucher

Hello friends!

If you've been following me for a while now, especially on social media, you'll know that I have four children - two two legged and two four legged kids! :-)

Our beautiful girl, Jessie - RIP

Lilly when we first brought her home

Max and Lilly - friends or foe?
Max came into our family first, and was closely followed by Jessie, who sadly left us a week before our wedding as a result of a tragic accident. When we returned from our honeymoon, we added Lilly to our family. Since then we've welcomed Lachlan and Will to our clan and we love every day with all our kiddies - especially in summer when you're likely to find all of us at our local dog-friendly beach!

About two years ago, we started noticing that Lilly's nose was losing it's pigment. As time went on, we noticed that she was constantly licking her nose, and that her skin had an irritation as well. After many visits to the vet, and LOTS of different medications and an expensive medical biopsy, we got the news that she had lupus which is basically a disease where the body's immune system has become hyper-defensive, attacking the cells, organs, and tissues of its own body as if they are diseases that need to be destroyed. 

Originally we were on REALLY expensive medication - which she will probably need all her life. But thankfully, a review of the treatment saw us using a topical cream on her nose, along with a mix of Doxycycline (a broad spectrum antibiotic) and Niacinamide - in laymen's terms, Vitamin B3!!!! Luckily, we just have to purchase this from a chemist - as we buy in bulk iHerb has been the best place so far. So if you're in need of some natural products, grab click on the image below to get $10 off your next order!

We've cut out vet bills down considerably, and I'm glad to say our little girl in on the improve. It will be slow, but hopefully the pigment on her nose will return and we'll just have to manage the condition.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

The Power of Mum

With a 3am start to today, I've had plenty of time to think about how we mother's just know how to do things...

Our eldest woke in the wee hours of this morning crying out in urgency - hubby went down, and over the monitor I then heard him call out for me. Our poor boy had spewed on the end of the bed - and this is where my mum-gene or mum-instinct - call it what you will - kicked in. I started calmly talking to my boy, telling him everything is okay whilst gently stroking his back. I informed hubby that I would move him into the shower to clean him up while he stripped the bed. I put Lachie in the shower, stripped him down, warmed up the shower and got him to stand under the warm water. I relieved hubby of his laundry duties (he was due to work a full-day today) and put a load of washing on (thank fully I only had to wash the doona cover). I then remade Lachie's bed, with towels and Brolly Sheets (we used these when we were in night training, but they come in handy in these situations), got him out of the shower and dressed him before putting him back to bed. 

After a quick scrub of the bathroom and ensuring everything was right with the world I went back to bed, to the question: "How do you know what to do?" (after the obligatory questions regarding our son). This got me thinking as I tried to drift back off to sleep...

How do we, as Mums, know what to do in the event of a crisis? There is no 'Mother Manual' when you welcome your first child into the world (or get married for that matter) - so how is it we know what to do when our children are sick or hurt? Do we remember from our own days as a child? Do we unconsciously retain information passed on from our mothers, grandmothers and other matriarchal figures in our lives? How do we remain calm in times of crisis when our children are involved? 

And how is it that my husband, who is actually a health care professional, loses the cool and calm that he possesses when someone presents with a broken nose, or compound fracture to the leg? 

When it comes to my family being in need and distress, I become very calm and clear in my directions. My voice is quite mono-tone, soft and soothing, yet firm and informative. In the few times that my boys have been very sick (this is Lachie's second bout of gastro) I had a flash-back to a time B.C. (Before Children). 

Tim and I had been at one of our local dog friendly beaches with our pooches. Tim went for one last swim, but unfortunately got stung by a blue bottle. We quickly fled as he was in a fair amount of pain - he insisted we stop on the way home so he could shower. I agreed, but said we should get home so he could hope straight in a bath of luke-warm water and have an ice-block. Despite this (and his fiance being a born-and-bred coastal girl) he thought that hoping into bed would be the best thing. At first I let him, but after 5 minutes of listening to him whine and moan, I promptly ran a bath, moved him into the bathroom, got him into the bath and gave him an ice-block to suck on. And shock horror - he started to feel better!!!!

Since then when either of my boys are hurt, be it a minor boo-boo or a near split head or lip, I surprise myself at how calm and concise I can be. I marvel at the wonder that we are - Mothers. I marvel at all that we do, all of the time, despite our own afflictions, illness and fears. I marvel at those who stay-at-home full time. Those that return to work. Those who work part-time. Those who are single. Those who have FIFO partners. Quite simply - all Mothers are to be marveled. 

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Designed by Teachers: Sunday Specials

Sunday Specials are here!!!!

Head on over to Designed by Teachers and pick up a copy of my latest product - Deserts - for only $2.50!!!! That's a 50% markdown... 

This activity pack is aimed at stuents in Year 7 and 8, and explores desert regions around the world and in Australia. The activities within the pack include identifying and labeling, matching, a QR code scavenger hunt, find-a-words, cloze-passage exercises, movie-related questions and small group tasks, will cater to different learning styles and aim to encourage all students to be active learners.


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