Monday, September 23, 2013

Well, That's Random

Happy Monday, y'all!  ... and how many days until Friday?  I swear that some Mondays feel truly like 2 days put together.  Today's post is just a bunch of random thoughts... I haven't done a Five for Friday post or anything fun lately... so indulge me!

OK... I love Pinterest {have I mentioned that before?}.  Seriously... it's an addiction.  Well awhile back I decided to carry through on some of the things that I had pinned.  I finally did one that I had been thinking of for a long time...  I give you Exhibit A:
That's right... casual Fridays just got a bit more classy!  Bwahaha!  As soon as I picked up my jeans... I gave the girl the next few orders of things that I wanted desperately needed monogrammed.  I'm telling ya... Pinterest... it's like visual crack!  If you are wanting a new crack buddy {um... totally joking} and would like to follow me on Pinterest... click HERE!  I don't disappoint!

OK... up next.  Have I ever mentioned that I am a couponer.  Not quite like the people on the show that use to come on TV... but it is a game to try to figure out just how much I can save on our weekly grocery budget.  I started getting serious about coupons a few years ago when we were furloughed and my paycheck went down by a few hundred dollars each month.  I needed to find a way to cut some corners.  Enter COUPONS.  Actually enter Southern Savers.  That website was a life changer for me.  I stopped couponing when my life got messy earlier this year, but I am finally starting to find my groove again!  Exhibit B:
I swung my Starbucks... and armed with caffeine... I went to Bi-Lo (alone... yippee!) and was able to save almost $91 on this week's groceries.  This is with laundry, dairy, fruit, meat, boys' lunch stuff, etc.  It isn't the most I have saved... but I am happy to be saving again.  Check the website out... she does coupon match-ups for like 10 grocery stores as well as CVS, Walgreens, etc.

This weekend marked the beginning of fall... can I get an AMEN!?!?!  Seriously... south Georgia is so flippin' hot 9 months out of the year.  So I did what any southerner does... I started decorating... even though it is HOT.  Exhibit C:
.... and how else did our family mark the beginning of fall?  That's right... we headed to the beach for the day.  We went out for lunch and then strolled on the beach for awhile.  The boys were happy to dig in the sand and search for shells.  I was happy to truly be enjoying my Sunday.  It was more about enjoying them... than dreading lesson plans,etc.  Exhibit D:
Speaking of lesson plans... one thing that made my week easier was this pack from Lisa over at Learning is Something to Treasure.  Exhibit E:
Seriously... y'all... this is over 300 pages of word work.... and my firsties NEED the practice.  I have my mats laminated and they LOVE them.  Easy to print... and easy for the kiddos to understand!  There have been lots of Aha {lightbulb!} moments and a sense of empowerment that the kids seem to have.  The clipart is super cute and inviting.  I could go on and on.  I love that it's so easy to set up... I'm all about convenience! That pack is part of the Educents Deal that is going on this week.  Have you checked it out yet?  Click the picture below to find out more!  It's 18 packs... for less than $1.50 each. 
Also... don't forget about the Pin It To Win It giveaway that I am doing... you get the chance to win any product from my store!  Yippee!  Click HERE to check out the giveaway!  Good luck... and I hope you have a great week.  Talk to y'all soon!  

Saturday, September 21, 2013

First Grade Educents... Shut the Front Door

Classroom routines are settling a bit {I think}, students are getting into the groove of things, and we are really starting to dig deeper-ish into our curriculum!  I am teaming up with Educents & some of my bloggy peeps to offer you this great First Grade Literacy Bundle at a huge discount for a limited time!  (keep reading for an opportunity to win ANY item of your choice from my store!)

You get 18 amazing literacy items to help your learners become better readers & writers!  Included are centers, printables, posters, readers, and even a little science & social studies!!!  18 packs in one bundle... and only $24.99... yes, please!!!  Y'all... that's less than $1.50 per pack!  Wowza!!!

My Sight Word {Sunny Side Up} pack is included.  Print, cut, grab a spatula, and get ready to watch your firsties FLIP ;)  All 220 Dolch words are included in this pack!  This is also a great pack to send home with firsties in a ziploc bag to up PARENT engagement!

There are 18  products in our bundle to get your kids learning!  Hop along to Flying High in First Grade to see all the goodies you will get!  

Flying High in First Grade

But that's not all!  {now I sound like that guy on the infomercials!}  I am giving you a chance to Pin It to Win It (well... you win any item from my store)  Pin any image from my this post and enter below to win!  You can also pick up some extras entries by liking me on Facebook!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

So head on over to Educents when you are ready and stock up on amazing literacy resources for your FIRSTIES :)  Hope you have a blast doing the blog hop and good luck on winning some fab packs from my bloggy friends!

I couldn't help it... I HAD to make one.  I love the Hey Girl memes!!!  And this one below, too!  :)    Pin away!  Hope y'all will have a FAB weekend...  talk to y'all soon!  

Thursday, September 19, 2013

It's My Bloggy Birthday {Well it WAS}

Ok... I actually missed my bloggy birthday... it was a few days back... but holy cannoli .... Funky Fresh Firsties has turned 1.....  woot!  I was so nervous to start this venture last year....  worried that I would have nothing to write about or that people wouldn't be interested in what I had to say.  This blog has been one of the best things I have done during my professional career fo' sho'! :)  .... and they like me... they really like me.
I hope that you're having a great week so far... and tomorrow is FRIDAY!  Can I get an amen?  After tomorrow we only have 10 days of school until our fall break.  This girl (me, me!) is super excited about a week off. I am also pretty flippin' excited about Saturday.... be sure to check back here early Saturday morning for a cool announcement... and a chance to win some goodies!!!  Talk to y'all soon... I'm off to make cheeseburgers and get candy corn wasted!  {full disclosure, right?}

Sunday, September 15, 2013

We interrupt this Sunday for Melonheadz

Short post today... but y'all know I love Educents, right?  Well today they joined forces with Melonheadz and I'm in trouble!  Click HERE to find out how to score this whole set at 1/2 off (or click the pictures)!  Man, I love a sale!

I hope that y'all have had a great weekend.  I have lots of posts coming up and I'm kinda of excited about some things I have in the works!  Oh, I also forgot to mention that I finally started a Facebook page (after some prodding from my bloggy buddies)... and you can find me HERE!!!  I try to find some cool freebies each week... and I'm always good for a laugh!  Talk to y'all soon!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Holy Moly... It's September, Batman!

I don't even know how this happened!?!  September?  I could've sworn it was just like April or something.  That being said... this chick LOVES fall.  It is my most favoritest season in the history of ever.The temperature here in south Georgia usually falls below 163, 624 degrees... there is football, the fair {funnel cakes....woot}, Halloween, pumpkins, pecans...  it's just a whole lot of fun wrapped up in these months. I am  linking up with Farley to get in on the Currently fun.  ....... and here goes:
 My boys had one of their first real sleepovers last night since we are off today.  They were so excited.  They stayed up until 10 playing Mine Craft {do your kids love this game, too?  i kinda don't get the fascination}, watching Diary of a Wimpy Kid movies, eating ice cream, and having sporadic Nerf gun wars.  Yep, ladies... livin' the dream over here! :)

Next up... my toes.  You wouldn't think that your toes should make you this happy... but I give you exhibit A:
I go for a pedicure every 2 weeks...a tradition I started when I was first pregnant with M1 and couldn't reach my toes.  I decided this was a tradition to keep up.  Being the only girl in the house has its advantages! 

Thinking:  I'm stuck in love/hate limbo with back to school.  I love it... I truly do... the setting up of the classroom, the organizing, etc.  But the beginning of a school year is exhausting... this is only year 12 for me, but there has to be something I can do to alleviate some of the stress.... I'm open for ideas!  Friday was day 22 for us...  

Wanting a getaway... not some huge extravagant type thing....  just some away time over a weekend.  I'm going to start looking online for places within a few hours of here that we could escape go to!  

Needing: shampoo.... OK... I don't really need to drive to Savannah today for shampoo.  BUT I am excited about grabbing my friend and heading to Ulta.  I don't even wear a lot of make-up... but I love that place.  I'm going to enjoy this day off as much as possible... then I"m gonna drag myself back tonight to write lesson plans {grrrrr}

<3 :  Color Run with my girls at the end of this month in Atlanta!!!  I don't even run, but I am excited about the experience.... and really excited about going to IKEA.  There are 6 of us on our team....  our team name: Six in the City {insert happy face}
I had electrolysis for the first time last month and I go again this week.  I am so stinkin' excited about not having to shave under my arms... like EVER again.  Not that its a crazy hassle... but EVER again!!!  Last on my list is to pay it forward...  I could never have the life I do now without the kindness of others...  I'm excited about trying to pay some of that forward this month.  My focus is primarily going to be college students... 

I hope that y'all will have an AMAZING day off today...  also, have you entered for the Silhouette machine from my friend (IRL) the Extra Energetic Educator?  It ends in 2 days... so quick... head over and enter!!!  Click on the pic below to head her way!  Talk to y'all soon!