Sunday, July 6, 2014

Blog Makeover N Giveaway!

Hey all!  I have been out of the loop!  And I solo miss blogging.  I have been going nutty trying to plan our wedding (in 2 weeks ahhhhh) and buying our house!  There is no time in the day.  But being that I felt like I was neglecting my blog so much,  I thought I'd treat it with a bloggy makeover!  I can't believe how quick it was and just how amazing it is.  I was involved in every aspect of it.  I gave my favorite patterns, fonts and colors…. and VOILA!  All done!  A sweet bloggy gal, Courtney from Blogs Fit for a Queen created this for me.  She included everything I wanted and seriously great price.  I couldn't be more pleased and excited!

With my new makeover,  I thought why not keep celebrating with a GIVEAWAY!

  I haven't done one in so long.  I reached my 2 year on my sweet blog just last month and I recently reached over 1000 followers.  What a better to celebrate than to give stuff away!  

Now what to give away?!?!  I'm going to try to giveaway things that have somehow made it into my wedding one way or another.

Okie so let's start with my latest favorite store!

$15 gift e-card to Sephora.  
I bought my bridesmaids a whole bunch of goodies from there.  Makeup bags with nail files, gloss, polish and other sweet things!

Also I teamed up with a sweet artist who has helped me with creating somethings for my wedding that could easily be transformed into a classroom idea!

Stacy the creator of Stacy Lavelle Designs is giving away a teacher banner!

She created one similar to this for my wedding table

She used my wedding colors instead… white & purple!

She also created one this for my vintage card box

Seriously it came out so darn cute!!  

Stacy is willing to give one away to a lucky winner.  She will do the color your want.  Will look great hanging from your desk!  It will surely be a cute theme and be a great entrance when students walk in!

That's not all!  She is offering a discount if you grab anything over at her     Etsy Shop.

To finish it off, I am offering the lucky winner anything they want over at my TpT Shop!!

Now that you got all the details, who wants to win some goodies??

Follow the rafflecopter below!  Winners will be announced Thursday.  Good Luck!!  

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Wordless Wednesday- Purple Heart Confetti!

Hey all!  Linking up today with Second Grade Sugar and Spice for Wordless Wednesdays

I am running around trying to finish everything on my to do list for the wedding in over a month.  So today in class i worked on my confetti hearts!  I bought 2 heart punchers in different sizes and had my bridesmaids help.  I'm putting them in glassine envelopes and will attach to the programs.  After the wedding when we come out of the church, everyone will throw this kindly at us!  I love purple and thought doing different shades could come out really nice in pictures!  What do you think?

Link up!!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Organizing with Stackables!

So as you know, I have been slowly packing up the school year.  We still have until June 26th but slow and steady wins the race!  Besides I am getting the itch to just pack and go!!!  

Usually my packing goes well at the beginning and towards the end I just stuff things where there is room.  I wanted to avoid that this year because I tend to lose things and don't end up finding it until  I start packing again.  So this year I went on a hunt for some organizing bins.  I found this at  and decided to give it a try!

I got these tubs from Really Good Stuff.  They come in all different sizes.  I ordered the medium but and large.  These stackables come in 3 for 19.99.  If you order 3 or more sets, you get a great deal of 14.99.  I love me a sale!

 It's seriously perfect for what I'm packing and what's even better is they are stackable!  You can keep lining them up on top of one another and it will fit perfectly.  This is what my markers looked like before in a regular bin.

Yes.. it's messy and I actually forgot I had my markers in there so I didn't even use these markers this year.  I hate that!!  So I had to change this.

I organized them a bit and then tossed in my new stackables, along with some other bins and crafts.  This is how perfectly it lines up!  And I hope I don't forget they are in there this following year.

As you can see in my other bins, I have clothespins which I am always in need of and popsicle sticks.  

I can't wait to order more.  I  will need to buy labels and stick them on the stacks just to be extra organized and know where everything is!  

Look how it fits just perfectly in my closet.  

How do you organize your things at the end of the year?

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Packing Up Another Year!

Okay …so don't judge me, but I started cleaning my class for the end of the year.  Is it weird that school ends June 26th?  

I get slight anxiety just the idea of starting to clean up in June.  I like to move slow and steady and make sure I am not rushed towards end of year looking for things to store and find room for.  I like to make sure things are neat and orderly for when I come back to set up at the end of summer.  

So where did I begin?  Happy you ask!  I started small.  I just gathered some poster boards.  

Before you think, I'm just awful by taking away these posters…. my little ones have a copy of their own in their class word folders that they refer to on their own.  So I think they'll handle it just fine.

I like to store my poster boards nice and neat in my sweet little bag from Really Good Stuff.  It's only $14.99 and such a great way to store and organize your posters without feeling forced to tossed them somewhere because there's no room or space.  

Here's a shot of it …

Make sure to grab this as it will make your life much easier at the end of the year.

and just for giggles!  This is a shot i took last year using the bag!

I'm such a pro!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Teacher Appreciation Sale!

Okie so today's original post on my bridal shower last week will have to wait a bit because  I have some fabulous news!!

  We are having a SALE!! 

(thanks for the button first grade nest )
Woot Woot!!

If your curious as to what to grab…here are some things that could get your little ones excited about the end of the year or something to get you excited for the new school year!

Have a Sunsational Summer with this little cutie!  Your sweet ones will have a blast putting this together and thinking about Summer!

Or get yourself prepared for Mother's Day this Sunday.

Or if you haven't reviewed butterflies or froggies yet, drop by and pick up these cuties!

These have been such a hit with my class.  They love learning about these guys!

Or if your trying to prepare yourself for the upcoming school year.  My newest Sassy Sight Words Pack.  Your little ones will love learning new sight words with these very entertaining printables!

Here's a glimpse at what the printables look like.

Don't forget to type in the code TPTXO at checkout for an extra little something off!

Happy Shopping!!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

April Re-Cap

UGH yeah…it's been a while since I last posted?  Did ya miss me?!?!

I've been so busy, but I am here today to let you know what my little ones have been up to this month!!

We finished out sweet little chicks.  The little ones really had such a great time doing it.  I can't believe how well they are writing.

Here's an up close shot.

Here's another example of one of my cuties….

So yummy!   She wants to eat worms with his brothers and sisters.  Sounds relish!!
LOL.  At least he's thinking of his family! 

So want to know what I have been up too?  Where have I been?  Well I have been busy busy but this past Sunday, I had my bridal shower!  I was definitely shocked.  My MOH's and BM's were prepared and had my dress and shoes handy for my when I walked in. These are my beautiful ladies!! 

This is right outside with the skyline behind us!  It doesn't look real right?  I love this picture!

Love love love this picture and my girlies!  They did such a fabulous job with the planning.  

I will be blogging about my shower Sunday so stay tuned if you need some fabulous ideas!  

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Out with the Old & In with the New- Bulletin Board Style!

Happy Wednesday!  So happy the week is going by fast!  So close to Spring break I can almost smell it!!

  Spring is finally here and it's almost end of the year.  But instead of trying to clean up a bit and put stuff away, here I am creating a new bulletin board for my class!

This is what my bulletin looks like now…

I got these last year from Clutter Free Classroom and mixed it up with Rockin Teacher Materials.  It was an awesome set with tons of different choices for the board.  If you want to read a bit more about how I set it up and planned to use it, click here to take you to that post. 

It's not that I don't love this board, I just think for my class this year, it just isn't for them.  I will definitely try this again next year and see how it works with my new babies.

Okay after thinking..not hard of course…I came up with a sweet idea!  I have been seeing this kind of idea lately on pinterest and thought it would be perfect!

Okay so picture this...

I don't have kids of my own but I can kind of figure out that this is how the conversation goes when my kids gets picked up from school. 

Mom:  Hey honey, what did you learn in school today?
Child:  Nothing

LOL  I figured, this bulletin can help kids remember what they learned that particular day. We can discuss in class all the new topics we covered and the things we reviewed.  That way when they walk out, they have been refreshed with what they learn?  Are ya with me?  Okiee..

This is what I was inspired by on pinterest.  This was created by Teach from the Heart

Cute right???

Well I started to make it mw own.

This is mid progress…

I use the letters from the previous bulletin to help me set up this one.  I whipped this up so quick.  

Final product…

Side view…

If you squint your eyes, you could see what I wrote! LOL

Here is a before and after shot.  I just realized I have been doing those a lot lately!

My plan for this is,  at the end of the day, I will ask my little ones "What Stuck Today".  The point is for them to backtrack and think about all the things we reviewed and went over.  Everything they come up with, I will put on a post it and slab on the "What Stuck" wall.  I think it will be a fun way to get my little one's minds going, even if it is the end of the day.  This way when their parents ask them what they learned, they can remember this!

It's worth a try and I am excited to get started!!

Have you guys tried this?  How has it worked for you ?

I'd love to hear your thoughts!