Thursday, 23 July 2015

Editing freebie

I'm finally getting around to updating my very first TpT products {cringe}. Download this cute CUPS freebie here, updated with Mel's very cute scrappy cup clipart.

We use CUPS to help us to remember to edit for capitals, understanding, spelling and punctuation. Perfect for any grade level.

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Sunday, 12 July 2015

Back to School Essentials~ A linky party

Two posts in two days, it's a miracle! Even though I'm heading back to school after our winter holidays in Australia, not to a new year after Summer break, I thought I would link-up with Amanda at The Teaching Thief to share my back-to-school essentials.

As my class this year will tell you, I have a massive stationary addition. Between them and my husband I swear they are working together to get me to stop. Every time I go near I shop now I hear my kiddos saying, "Do you REALLY need that Mrs Perry?" :) It hasn't worked yet but I'm sure I'll hear it again when they see everything I bought over our winter holidays (ummm... it's a LOT).

My typical summer haul looks (partly, ok this is about half) like:

 My B2S list normally includes:

1. New buckets, baskets and general cute looking containers. Not that I actually need any more but I keep on buying them!

2. New cushions and seats for my reading area. I normally sew new cushion covers and hit up Kmart for other bits and pieces.

3. Laminating pockets! Along with stamps & stickers. Aldi in Australia are great for cheap stamps close to the start of the school year.

4. A new classroom mat. These are not the cheapest item to buy in Australia. I normally wait until Kmart or Spotlight has a sale.

5. Clipboards for displays and group work. I bought mine from Amazon a few years ago and love them. I'm due for some more this year.

I also normally buy new tissue paper decorations, pencils and other small stationary bits for my reward box and new fidget tools.

Happy shopping to all of you heading back to school. Can't wait to see your blog posts and ideas in the next few weeks.
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Saturday, 11 July 2015

National Gummi Worm Day & a Freebie

My random googling for our first week back from Winter break paid off when I found out that this Wednesday the 15th of July is National Gummi Worm Day. Who knew?! 

We may be cheating a bit by 'celebrating' this in Australia as I'm guessing the National part means America but shhh I won't tell anyone that.  Plus, we are starting a new Inquiry unit with the focus on Life & Living so at least worms will tie in nicely.

Download this free Worm mini-reader here. This is great for Kindergarten as it includes high frequency words and would be an easy to make take home reader. Simply print, cut & have students read and colour the worms to match. There are 8 half-pages in total.

If you want to join in with the fun here are some other activities you might include:

Measure with Gummi Worms.
Idea 1- Use Gummi Worms as an informal measurement tool, for example, how many Gummi worms long is the table? Nancy over at First Grade Wow has a fantastic free worm measuring unit (cover pictured) that includes a worm craft. Definitely check it out!
Visit Nancy's blog or click on the image to go to her blog to download this unit.

Idea 2- Use a ruler to measure the length of a bag of Gummi Worms like Rachel did with her kids at Kids Activity Blog.
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Idea 3- Stretch & measure your Gummi worm like K-5 Math Resources did! And they have a great freebie to record the information too. Click on the image to download.
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Experiment with Gummi Worms like this fantastic science fair project on Candy Experiments
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Watch the Discovery Channel video on how Gummi lollies (candy) are made here.

Make your own Gummi Worms. Recipe here.

Read the Diary of a Worm By Doreen Cronin or watch the book being read here.

Happy Gummi Worm Day! Any excuse to eat lollies will do, right?!

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Thursday, 9 July 2015

The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge

School holiday confession #1: 
I spent two hours yesterday watching the video of the Gilmore Girls Reunion Panel at the ASX festival and loved pretty much every minute of it.

So, obvs that I'm a huge fan. I own all the seasons on dvd boxset (yes I'm that old) and my sister and I can quote a fair amount of the lines off by heart. It was one of those shows that actually matched the same time of life for me, ending in 2006 when Rory finished College, the same year I graduated University. Plus the dialogue matches my family- we talk fast. I had never realised the characters spoke quickly until my 2nd year of Uni when I was telling someone how much I loved the show and they complained about the pace of the talking.

Anyway, after watching the panel today I looked up the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge on Pinterest and found a ton of great blog posts about the challenge like this one that has 369 books or the BuzzFeed one which has 339, or if you are on GoodReads this one is great and has 345. It's been around for awhile but if you haven't heard of it before this it is a list of books that Rory read or were mentioned during the series. 

Since I love to read I thought I'd join in. I'd be thrilled if I read 100 out of the 369 but we'll see how I go. I've already read 24 and half read 5 (I have a terrible habit of half reading books, going back and reading them again, half reading it, repeat cycle). There are a heap of books on the list that were on my to-read list anyway so this is just an incentive rather than reading quick romance novels a.k.a. confession #2.

I thought I'd blog about this so I can keep track of what I've read but I'll leave off the year I read the book unlike what others have done as writing that I read the book in '1999' is scary compared to the 20 year olds who read the same book in 2012 :)

Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge
Code: Blue- Read, Orange- Half-Read, Black- To Read

1.) 1984 by George Orwell
2.) The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
3.) Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
4.) The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
5.) An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
6.) Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
7.) Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

8.) Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank9.) Archidamian War by Donald Kagan
10.) The Art of Fiction by Henry James
11.) The Art of War by Sun Tzu
12.) As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

13.) Atonement by Ian McEwan14.) Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy
15.) The Awakening by Kate Chopin
16.) Babe by Dick King-Smith
17.) Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women by Susan Faludi
18.) Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
19.) Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
20.) The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
21.) Beloved by Toni Morrison
22.) Beowulf: A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney
23.) The Bhagava Gita
24.) The Bielski Brothers: The True Story of Three Men Who Defied the Nazis, Built a Village in the Forest, and Saved 1,200 Jews by Peter Duffy
25.) Bitch in Praise of Difficult Women by Elizabeth Wurtzel
26.) A Bolt from the Blue and Other Essays by Mary McCarthy
27.) Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
28.) Brick Lane by Monica Ali
29.) Bridgadoon by Alan Jay Lerner
30.) Candide by Voltaire
31.) The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
32.) Carrie by Stephen King
33.) Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
34.) The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
35.) Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
36.) The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman
37.) Christine by Stephen King

38.) A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens39.) A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
40.) The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse
41.) The Collected Short Stories by Eudora Welty
42.) The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty by Eudora Welty
43.) A Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
44.) Complete Novels by Dawn Powell
45.) The Complete Poems by Anne Sexton
46.) Complete Stories by Dorothy Parker
47.) A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
48.) The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas père
49.) Cousin Bette by Honor’e de Balzac
50.) Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
51.) The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber
52.) The Crucible by Arthur Miller
53.) Cujo by Stephen King
54.) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
55.) Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
56.) David and Lisa by Dr Theodore Issac Rubin M.D
57.) David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
58.) The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
59.) Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
60.) Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
61.) Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
62.) Deenie by Judy Blume
63.) The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
64.) The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Tommy Lee
65.) The Divine Comedy by Dante
66.) The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
67.) Don Quijote by Cervantes
68.) Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhrv
69.) Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
70.) Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales & Poems
71.) Eleanor Roosevelt by Blanche Wiesen Cook
72.) The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
73.) Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters by Mark Dunn
74.) Eloise by Kay Thompson
75.) Emily the Strange by Roger Reger

76.) Emma by Jane Austen77.) Empire Falls by Richard Russo
78.) Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol
79.) Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
80.) Ethics by Spinoza
81.) Europe through the Back Door, 2003 by Rick Steves
82.) Eva Luna by Isabel Allende
83.) Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
84.) Extravagance by Gary Krist

85.) Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury86.) Fahrenheit 9/11 by Michael Moore
87.) The Fall of the Athenian Empire by Donald Kagan
88.) Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World by Greg Critser
89.) Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson

90.) Fellowship of the Ring: The Lord of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien91.) Fiddler on the Roof by Joseph Stein
92.) The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
93.) Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce
94.) Fletch by Gregory McDonald
95.) Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
96.) The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem
97.) The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
98.) Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
99.) Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger
100.) Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers
101.) Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut
102.) Gender Trouble by Judith Butler
103.) George W. Bushism: The Slate Book of the Accidental Wit and Wisdom of our 43rd President by Jacob Weisberg
104.) Gidget by Fredrick Kohner
105.) Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
106.) The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels
107.) The Godfather: Book 1 by Mario Puzo
108.) The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
109.) Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Alvin Granowsky
110.) Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
111.) The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford
112.) The Gospel According to Judy Bloom
113.) The Graduate by Charles Webb
114.) The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

115.) The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
116.) Great Expectations by Charles Dickens117.) The Group by Mary McCarthy
118.) Hamlet by William Shakespeare

119.) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
120.) Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone by J.K. Rowling121.) A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
122.) Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
123.) Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry
124.) Henry IV, part I by William Shakespeare
125.) Henry IV, part II by William Shakespeare
126.) Henry V by William Shakespeare
127.) High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
128.) The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
129.) Holidays on Ice: Stories by David Sedaris
130.) The Holy Barbarians by Lawrence Lipton
131.) House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III (Lpr)
132.) The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
133.) How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer
134.) How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
135.) How the Light Gets in by M. J. Hyland
136.) Howl by Allen Gingsburg
137.) The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
138.) The Iliad by Homer
139.) I’m with the Band by Pamela des Barres
140.) In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
141.) Inferno by Dante
142.) Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
143.) Iron Weed by William J. Kennedy
144.) It Takes a Village by Hillary Clinton
145.) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
146.) The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
147.) Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
148.) The Jumping Frog by Mark Twain
149.) The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
150.) Just a Couple of Days by Tony Vigorito
151.) The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander
152.) Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain
153.) The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
154.) Lady Chatterleys’ Lover by D. H. Lawrence
155.) The Last Empire: Essays 1992-2000 by Gore Vidal
156.) Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
157.) The Legend of Bagger Vance by Steven Pressfield
158.) Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
159.) Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
160.) Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken
161.) Life of Pi by Yann Martel
162.) Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
163.) The Little Locksmith by Katharine Butler Hathaway
164.) The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen
165.) Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
166.) Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton
167.) Lord of the Flies by William Golding
168.) The Lottery: And Other Stories by Shirley Jackson

169.) The Lovely Bones by Alice Seabold170.) The Love Story by Erich Segal
171.) Macbeth by William Shakespeare
172.) Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
173.) The Manticore by Robertson Davies
174.) Marathon Man by William Goldman
175.) The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
176.) Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir
177.) Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman by William Tecumseh Sherman
178.) Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
179.) The Meaning of Consuelo by Judith Ortiz Cofer
180.) Mencken’s Chrestomathy by H. R. Mencken
181.) The Merry Wives of Windsro by William Shakespeare
182.) The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
183.) Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
184.) The Miracle Worker by William Gibson
185.) Moby Dick by Herman Melville
186.) The Mojo Collection: The Ultimate Music Companion by Jim Irvin
187.) Moliere: A Biography by Hobart Chatfield Taylor
188.) A Monetary History of the United States by Milton Friedman
189.) Monsieur Proust by Celeste Albaret
190.) A Month Of Sundays: Searching For The Spirit And My Sister by Julie Mars
191.) A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
192.) Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
193.) Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall
194.) My Lai 4: A Report on the Massacre and It’s Aftermath by Seymour M. Hersh
195.) My Life as Author and Editor by H. R. Mencken
196.) My Life in Orange: Growing Up with the Guru by Tim Guest
197.) Myra Waldo’s Travel and Motoring Guide to Europe, 1978 by Myra Waldo
198.) My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
199.) The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
200.) The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
201.) The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
202.) The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin
203.) Nervous System: Or, Losing My Mind in Literature by Jan Lars Jensen
204.) New Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson
205.) The New Way Things Work by David Macaulay
206.) Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
207.) Night by Elie Wiesel
208.) Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
209.) The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism by William E. Cain, Laurie A. Finke, Barbara E. Johnson, John P. McGowan
210.) Novels 1930-1942: Dance Night/Come Back to Sorrento, Turn, Magic Wheel/Angels on Toast/A Time to be Born by Dawn Powell
211.) Notes of a Dirty Old Man by Charles Bukowski

212.) Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck213.) Old School by Tobias Wolff
214.) On the Road by Jack Kerouac
215.) One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
216.) One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
217.) The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life by Amy Tan
218.) Oracle Night by Paul Auster
219.) Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
220.) Othello by Shakespeare
221.) Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
222.) The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War by Donald Kagan
223.) Out of Africa by Isac Dineson
224.) The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
225.) A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
226.) The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition by Donald Kagan

227.) The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky228.) Peyton Place by Grace Metalious
229.) The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde230.) Pigs at the Trough by Arianna Huffington
231.) Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
232.) Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain
233.) The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby
234.) The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker
235.) The Portable Nietzche by Fredrich Nietzche
236.) The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O’Neill by Ron Suskind

237.) Pride and the Prejudice by Jane Austen238.) Property by Valerie Martin
239.) Pushkin: A Biography by T. J. Binyon
240.) Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
241.) Quattrocento by James Mckean
242.) A Quiet Storm by Rachel Howzell Hall

243.) Rapunzel by the Grimm Brothers
244.) The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe245.) The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
246.) Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi
247.) Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
248.) Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin
249.) The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
250.) Rescuing Patty Hearst: Memories From a Decade Gone Mad by Virginia Holman
251.) The Return of the King: The Lord of the Rings Book 3 by J. R. R. Tolkien
252.) R Is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton
253.) Rita Hayworth by Stephen King
254.) Robert’s Rules of Order by Henry Robert
255.) Roman Holiday by Edith Wharton

256.) Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare257.) A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
258.) A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
259.) Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
260.) The Rough Guide to Europe, 2003 Edition
261.) Sacred Time by Ursula Hegi
262.) Sanctuary by William Faulkner
263.) Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford
264.) Say Goodbye to Daisy Miller by Henry James
265.) The Scarecrow of Oz by Frank L. Baum
266.) The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
267.) Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand
268.) The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
269.) The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
270.) Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette by Judith Thurman
271.) Selected Letters of Dawn Powell: 1913-1965 by Dawn Powell
272.) Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
273.) A Separate Peace by John Knowles
274.) Several Biographies of Winston Churchill
275.) Sexus by Henry Miller
276.) The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
277.) Shane by Jack Shaefer
278.) The Shining by Stephen King
279.) Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
280.) S Is for Silence by Sue Grafton
281.) Slaughter-house Five by Kurt Vonnegut
282.) Small Island by Andrea Levy
283.) Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway

284.) Snow White and the Red Rose by the Grimm Brothers285.) Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Lord and Peasant in the Making of the Modern World by Barrington Moore
286.) The Song of Names by Norman Lebrecht
287.) Song of the Simple Truth: The Complete Poems of Julia de Burgos by Julia de Burgos
288.) The Song Reader by Lisa Tucker
289.) Songbook by Nick Hornby
290.) The Sonnets by William Shakespeare
291.) Sonnets from the Portuegese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
292.) Sophie’s Choice by William Styron
293.) The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
294.) Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov
295.) Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
296.) The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
297.) A Streetcar Named Desiree by Tennessee Williams
298.) Stuart Little by E. B. White
299.) Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
300.) Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust
301.) Swimming with Giants: My Encounters with Whales, Dolphins and Seals by Anne Collett
302.) Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber
303.) A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
304.) Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
305.) Term of Endearment by Larry McMurtry
306.) Time and Again by Jack Finney
307.) The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
308.) To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway
399.) To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
340.) The Tragedy of Richard III by William Shakespeare
341.) A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
342.) The Trial by Franz Kafka
343.) The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters by Elisabeth Robinson
344.) Truth & Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett
345.) Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
346.) Ulysses by James Joyce
347.) The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath 1950-1962 by Sylvia Plath
348.) Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
349.) Unless by Carol Shields
350.) Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
351.) The Vanishing Newspaper by Philip Meyers
352.) Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
353.) Velvet Underground’s The Velvet Underground and Nico (Thirty Three and a Third series) by Joe Harvard
354.) The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
355.) Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
356.) Walden by Henry David Thoreau
357.) Walt Disney’s Bambi by Felix Salten
358.) War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
359.) We Owe You Nothing – Punk Planet: The Collected Interviews edited by Daniel Sinker
360.) What Colour is Your Parachute? 2005 by Richard Nelson Bolles
361.) What Happened to Baby Jane by Henry Farrell
362.) When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
363.) Who Moved My Cheese? Spencer Johnson
364.) Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee
365.) Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
366.) The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum

367.) Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte368.) The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
369.) The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

Total: Read- 24; Half-Read- 5; Goal- 100.

Have you completed this challenge? Any other books to recommend? Leave a comment below.

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Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Currently July

I'm so excited that it is July, mainly because we are now on Winter break but also because it's Currently time! Linking up with Farley to share the July love. 

As we're on holidays this one is pretty straight forward. 

Listening, Loving, Thinking & Wanting
I love holidays! Sleeping in, running and actually looking after myself is the best! The only thing that could make it better would be sunshine :)

To do some school work, post more stuff in my store & clean up my computer files. 

All Star
Not sure if my bluntness is a gift but I definitely say it how I see it.... My filter can be fairly dodgy. 

Hope you are enjoying your break where ever you are :)

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