Thursday, November 28, 2013

Summer in December... A FB Hop

Oh holy night...  there's a new FB hop and I'm so excited to be a part of it.  Me and my Primary Chalkboard peeps are doing a Summer in December hop over on Facebook.  You can start on my page and hop all the way through... scoring a summer-ish themed freebie on each page.  Click the picture below to get started in on the fun!

I hope that y'all had a super fab Thanksgiving and that if you stayed awake all night getting ready for Black Friday shopping... that you have made it back home safely.  I'm more of a buy it on Amazon and have it shipped to the front door kinda girl.  I am also busy adding stuff to my wishlist on Teachers Pay Teachers because the Cyber Monday sale is almost here!  Have you heard about this yet?  I am so excited!!!  It will last for 2 days (December 2nd and 3rd).  Most shops will be discounted up to 28% off... WINNING!
I have many Christmas packs that I have been eyeing... and a TON of clipart that I need want to scoop up! What is the top thing on your list?  Be sure to leave feedback for any purchases you have made recently... because feedback = credits to use towards new purchases.  Combine credits and a sale...  I'm in TpT heaven!

I have been enjoying this week off... maybe a little more than I should.  I could really rock this stay at home thing {just sayin'}.  The laundry is caught up, I have time to read, dinner has been made, etc!  I have brewed a pot of coffee each morning and it is so stinkin' calming.... much different than my sprint out the door at 630am thing I normally have going on!  I'm so excited that you're here and I hope you enjoy the FB hop... before you go... be sure to enter below for my Starbucks gift card giveaway...

a Rafflecopter giveaway OHHHHH... and don't forget to check back soon for the December Currently {I get to sponsor this month and I am so very ecstatic!}...
Talk to y'all soon!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Five For Friday {Ahem, Sunday}

My intentions were good.  Five for Friday post... check.  Ummmm, uncheck!  Sooooo, I'm doing the Sunday version.  Better late than never, right?  I hope that your week was super awesome.  I am so very happy to be on Thanksgiving break.  We get the whole week off and I am beside myself with joy!  The best part... we go back next Monday and only have 15 days until Christmas break.  Oh HOLY NIGHT!
I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs for her Five for Friday linky party for what might be the first time since school started on August 1st (wowza!).  Without further ado...
My week last week was a day shorter because I took Thursday off for some allergy testing.  This is not my first rodeo and I knew that my back was gong to look awesome.  It didn't disappoint.  The doctor and the nurse kept saying, "Wow!"...  So... pretty much everything responded except a few weird things like cow hair.  Guess I could get a class cow for a pet since the guinea pig thing didn't work out {achoo!}.  So... looks like I"m headed for allergy shots again.  He is hoping to keep it to 5 shots a week.  I am now armed with epi-pens again... and I have to go back in a few weeks for more fun and food testing!
Side note:  do you have to carry an epi-pen?  I went to get the Rx filled and it was going to be $80 after insurance.  Ummmm, Christmas is coming, y'all... and I wasn't quite prepared to take out a loan for medicine.  One of the friendly CVS girls recommended going to the epi-pen website to see if I could find some type of discount.  I went and found a way to bring my cost to $0.  That's right... $0.  Santa I was very happy to print that out!
The local pottery place in my town was having a contest recently where the winning classroom would win a pottery/ornament painting party.  I won (thank you to all who helped vote!!!)  We decided to go ahead and do the party this past Friday so that the ornaments could be fired in the kiln over Thanksgiving break.  Then I can pick them up and get them wrapped pretty and ready to go home to the parental units! :)   The kids had a blast painting their trees... they minded their manners {I may have scared them into being the best behaved children EVER}... and I can't wait to see their faces when their ornaments are done and ready!
Hunger Games anyone?  I went and bought tickets on Thursday afternoon and it's a good thing because Friday night's 815 showing was sold out and jam packed!  I read all 3 books in 3 days awhile back... loved the first movie and this one was even better!  Nothing screams girl date like sushi and a Hunger Games movie!
I did manage to finish some TpT projects this week.  I uploaded a freebie for you and also my Polar Express book companion.  I have so many things that I want to accomplish this week, but I think I am going to close down my laptop and enjoy my kidlets!  If you want to check out either... just click the pictures below!  There are more freebies to come and I don't always get to come post on my blog... so be sure to follow my TpT store and my FB blog page HERE!  
The snowman craft is a simple print and create craft where the kiddos make a snowman using shapes.  It looks really cute glued down onto scrapbook paper and hung in the hallway.  You could pair it with student work or holiday writing!  
The Polar Express unit is finished!  Be sure to click the link and check out the preview.  
Inside there is... 
1) story map
2) graphic organizer
3) point of view creative writing opportunity
4) craft... make the Polar Express using shapes
5) graphing activity 
7) Venn diagram to compare and contrast the book to the movie
8) bulletin board letters spelling out "The Polar Express" to use with displaying student work.
9) Polar Express tickets with a list of suggested uses 
Lastly...  I want to say thank you to my readers and followers!  The last year of my life has been very difficult and having this blog as an outlet...and TpT as a diversion have been so helpful.  I am grateful for the encouragement I have received from so many of you.  I hope that when you read my blog... you come away feeling as though it is real and authentic.  I try to mix the good and the bad.  I want you to see the messy classroom pictures and hear about the lessons that failed.  I want to share my grief in losing a baby and my joy when life is amazing.  Life is messy... and I want my blog to reflect that.  Thanks again for going on this ride with me.  Hold on tight... we've only just begun!  Happy Thanksgiving to all my teacher peeps!  Talk to y'all soon!  

Sunday, November 3, 2013

It's Currently November and a Freebie Hop

Soooo..... it's been like 4 score and 7 years since I've blogged.  I'm sorry... please forgive me!  I'm hoping that with a week off in November as well as Christmas break... that I can gear my butt in gear {fingers crossed}  We had the fair here in town week before last... this week was Red Ribbon Week, Halloween, and our Willy Wonka party!  Holy crazy kids, Batman!

OK... so it's currently November.  While I'm surprised... I am also really excited.  I love fall... and I love the holiday season.  Time changes tonight... and Starbucks has started with the red cups... life is GOOD!

I'm linking up with Farley ...  and here goes:

Listening to complete silence.  Boys went to a movie with their dad after karate today which gave me a few hours to catch up on laundry, eat a quiet lunch, and spend some horizontal time on the couch.

Loving the cooler-ish weather.  Most days lately have been high 70s to mid 80s, but I can tell that it is cooling off.  I don't have to turn on the AC everyday... and that is progress!

Thinking of more way to be gracious to people.  I am trying to be not so random with my acts of kindness... but very deliberate and more consistent.

Wanting my 2nd Stitch Fix box to come.  I had my first one in September and it was so very cool to get a box of clothes delivered to my door.  I only kept 1 shirt last time, but I left really good feedback and am really optimistic with this 2nd box coming.  Have you signed up yet?  It really is a nifty idea!  You fill out a style profile, they select clothes they think fit your profile and mail them to you.  You pick out what you want and pay online... anything that you don't want just gets mailed back to them in a prepaid package!  Easy peasy!  Click HERE to check it out!

Needing to think about our Christmas card for this year.  I didn't send a Christmas card last year.  If you have followed my blog for any length of time you probably know that I found out right before (6 days) Christmas last year that the baby I was carrying did not have a heartbeat and would need to be delivered.  Needless to say Christmas was a blur... I don't even remember what presents I bought for the boys.  I am hoping that I can redeem it this year... so I am excited about Christmas since I didn't really have one last year.  Now... to get my boys to cooperate for a card worthy picture...
A yummy pin.... yeah.... I love pinning and my NomNomNom board on Pinterest overflows with food ideas.  Have I ever told you that I met my husband at a restaurant that I managed in college... and he's a food salesman!?!?!  We love {like puffy heart} food!  I found this picture last week from  Simply Delicious... and let's just say... it's at the top of my list of things to make when the weather drops in the 60s here!  I have a thing for comfort foods!  Do you follow me on Pinterest yet?  Click HERE to find me!  Click the yummy picture below to go straight to the Simply Delicious Blog!
In other exciting news...  I am participating in a Facebook Freebie hop with some of my first grade homies for the next 2 days.  If you like me on Facebook then you can grab one of my persuasive writing packs... then hop onto the next Facebook page for even more goodies!  You can find me HERE to start hopping!
I also need new blogs to follow...  leave me a comment below if you have a blog that I definitely need to be stalking reading !  Hope y'all will have a FAB Sunday..... talk to y'all soon!