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Free Valentine’s Day Clipart and Frames!

I don’t know about you, but I love lists…organized lists!  I am going to attempt to organize this blog post for you because it is LONG and I completely understand not having the time to (or just not wanting to) read all of it.  So here’s the outline…read it all or scroll to something more interesting!

1) The Weather and One Little Word Linky
2) Weight Watchers and Slim Down Saturday Linky
3) My Blog Twin
4) Free Valentine’s Day Frames, Bubbles, and Hearts

 

1) The Weather and One Little Word Linky
Imagine walking outside and having all the snot in your nose instantly freeze!  That is us today and tomorrow up here in Minnesota…yah you betcha it’s cold!

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And we just got word that school is cancelled AGAIN tomorrow!  With Winter Break and now these cold “snow” days…I feel so out of school mode!  Don’t get me wrong…I LOVE having days off!  Speaking of love, I am linking up with Denise at Sunny Days in Second Grade  with “My One Little Word for 2014”.  Here is mine!  Click the image to link-up with your one little word!

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There are days when I feel so stressed and worked to the max at school that I forget what I LOVE about it (and there really are too many things to list).  Here are just some of the things I LOVE about my job:

      LOVE the Kids!

  • Seeing them learn something and being really proud of it
  • Affirming them when they peak up at me from their desks looking for encouragement
  • Sharing their excitement about sleepovers, birthday parties, and family events they tell me about
  • Hearing their funny and awkward stories, questions, and comments
  • Watching them interact with each other

      LOVE the Creativity!

  • Being able to create (lesson plans, smart board slides, worksheets, classroom decorations, whatever!) – I love the process of creating ANYTHING…I get an adrenaline rush when I finish something!
  • Being able to decorate – my classroom is colorful, bright, and cheery yet also very homey and cozy!
  • Being able to create positivity within my room (okay some days this doesn’t happen…).  I honestly believe our thoughts project invisible energy (I know I might sound like a wacko).  Honestly though, on those hard days (the kind where I want to pull my hair out and scream at the top of my lungs), if I can force myself to think positively, smile, and be happy – everything and everyone around me is happy too (usually)!

      LOVE my Team!

  • Kelli Olson (visit her over at Tales of a Teacher) and Scott Swedeen are my rocks!
  • We are 3 peas in a pod
  • We constantly collaborate, support, encourage, listen, help, and have fun together!

 I have to remember the things that lift me up…especially on the days when I feel down!

2) Weight Watchers and Slim Down Saturday Linky

As part of the New Year, I rejoined Weight Watchers (for the 1,353,892 time)!  And this time it is going to stick!  Here is the history.  In a time long ago, as a young college student, I gave up the Mountain Dew and Pop-Tarts and I lost 53 pounds!!  Fast forward 10 years and I actually have kept most of it off (except for a few sneaky pounds)!  However, my eating and exercising habits swing from one extreme to the other (and that is not healthy).  For some extra accountability, I am joining Gina at Third Grade Tidbits for Slimdown Saturdays!  Which is perfect because my WW meetings are on Saturdays!  Click the images to head over and join us!

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3) My Blog Twin

Three weeks ago, I was trying to come up with a name for my blog.  My last name is McDonald.  Whenever I have to create a login anywhere, McDonald is always taken.  So I shrink it up to McDee.  I thought why not use that in my blog name?  Then I wanted something cute (of course), so I started thinking of rhyming words.  I came up with McDee’s Busy Bees.  So there I was, happy as a clam, with my new blog ready to go.  As I was perusing through the world of blogs, I spotted this button {eyes wide and bulging}

Miss-V-Busy Bees Button

My heart….just….dropped.  OMG – I had used the same name as someone else…not just someone else…Sara from Miss V’s Busy Bees!!  I felt like I had committed a blogging crime…I felt so guilty!  I had just set up my entire blog!  I was mad at myself for not researching similar blog names beforehand!  Now would I have to change it?  Do I ignore it?  Do I contact her?  Do I erase everything I have created and start from scratch?

I put myself in her shoes.  If I had an established blog and I saw that someone had basically the same name as me…I would probably wonder is it a coincidence or copying?  So, I headed to her blog to find her email address.  I sent her an email confessing to her my blogging faux paux.  I really wanted to respect her blog!  I eagerly awaited her reply (and was fully prepared to start my blog over from…the…beginning).

Her response came quickly.  I read it {heart beating}.  I couldn’t believe it.  She responded with the most kind, supportive, encouraging email and said her only suggestion would be “to keep on bloggin’, girl!”  Wahhhhooooooo!!!  Guilt relieved!!!  I felt so happy!!!  Sara will now have an honorary spot in my sidebar forever!  Thank you blog twin!

P.S.  We both have kitties that look almost the same…here is my new kitten, Peeta.  Check out her cat, Socks, here!

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4) Free Valentine’s Day Frames, Bubbles, and Hearts

I have been dabbling in the world of creating graphic images!  I am just learning and have made only a few items.  Hopefully, there will be many more to follow!  Click below to snag some of the Valentine’s Day freebies for yourself!

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Kelli also made come cute little Valentine’s Day hearts!  Grab them in her store or click the picture below!

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If you made it through all of that…well done!  I am off to enjoy the rest my “snow” day today!

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Comments (3)

  1. Just came across your blog, and I’m your newest follower! I am also a Minnesota blogger (in Minneapolis). Hope you stayed warm today (and continue to tomorrow!). Yay for extra Winter Break!

    EllieMiss Woodward’s Class

  2. Gina

    7.2 lbs is AMAZING!!! If I can lose that in a month I will be thrilled. Keep on going girl- you are doing awesome!
    Gina
    Third Grade Tidbits

  3. UH can you please keep me accountable for my weight loss?! I’m almost 100% positive I’ve GAINED weight… I don’t like gyms and I love my sweets – those two together = weight!! LOL I’m glad you’re joining linky parties and I am soooo flattered that you chose to write about me! That means more than you’ll ever know – bloggy twins for always :)

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