November 29, 2014

2+1 Wishlists!

I am so excited for the sale on Monday and Tuesday! Probably more excited than I should be... but I can finally get my wishlist items for a LOT less money out of my pocket! And that brings me to wishlists! I found a great linky over at Coffee Cups and Lesson Plans. So many of you have a couple of the products in my store wishlisted. Now's the time, people! Snag 'em while they're cheap!!!

So, here's how this works. I post and discuss the 2 most wishlisted items in my store. Then I post and discuss one of the items in MY OWN wishlist! Here we go!

The number one most wishlisted item in my store is.... DRUMROLL PLEASE...

Not only is this the most wishlisted item in my store, but it is my number 1 best seller AND Kelly over at Sweet Sounds of Kindergarten recently did a product swap with me and reviewed this bundle! If you'd like to see it in use, here's the link to her post about it: Sweet Sounds of Kindergarten.

This pack is a little unusual for me, as right now I currently teach kindergarten. However, I made this bundle as I was teaching a theater class with a superhero theme and we did a LOT of writing and character development. I took the resources I made and adapted them for a general classroom's use. If you are one of the many who have it on their wishlist, it will be 20% off on Monday and Tuesday and combined with the TPTCYBER coupon code at the end... should make for a pretty sweet deal!

And the number two most wishlisted item in my store is my FAVORITE THING EVER:

I have become pretty much obsessed with pirates this year. Not sure why, but I ran with it. This bundle has everything I have created for my OWN classroom. The items in this bundle are seriously kid tested and teacher approved. There are real photos of final products and step by step instructions on how to make some pretty sweet classroom setups. I know it is late in the year for classroom decor packs, but if you have this on your wishlist, it will be VERY inexpensive on Monday and Tuesday.

Here are some previous blog posts of me setting up my classroom with the use of the items in this bundle. The preview on TpT also has a lot of images to check out before buying.

And now, something on MY wishlist!

This pack is made by United Teaching and I used her worksheets in October for Halloween and my kids LOVED them! I use these no-prep sheets for morning work and there's enough variety in them to keep the kids excited to get their morning work done. As simple as these are, they were a life saver in October and since I didn't buy the November/Thanksgiving pack, my kids will be excited to see these again in the winter. Also, can you say CUTE?!

So there ya have it, folks! Can you tell I'm excited for this sale??


What's on YOUR wishlist?

November 28, 2014

Giving THANKS: K

K is for....

This one was a no brainer! I am thankful for Kindergarten!!!

LOVE my kinders! What are you thankful for? Check out Blog Hoppin's link up below and link up!

Giving THANKS: N is for...

N is certainly for NO SCHOOL DAYS!

As much as I love my job, I certainly am thankful for days off! I am LOVING my Thanksgiving break, but I know I will be happy to get back on Monday and hear all about my kiddos' breaks as well.

A is for....

I actually had a hard time coming up with something for A! But once I saw what Blog Hoppin' blogger Elizabeth posted... I knew that was what I was thankful for, too!

I am a READER. I would read all day, except when I'm tired reading is so relaxing that it makes me fall asleep... and these days... I'm tired a lot!

Do you follow me on Good Reads? I love Good Reads for books reviews and finding a new book I hadn't heard of. Follow me here!

I am currently reading The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. It is one of those books I picked up for a penny at a library sale! It is pretty good so far! I am about half way through.

Here's a Pinterest board of my favorite books as well as books for my classroom and books that I want/need to read! Enjoy!

Follow Amanda Smith @ Daisy Designs's board Bookworm on Pinterest.

And make sure you check out all of the other thankful posts at Blog Hoppin'!

Thanksgiving Five for Friday!

I haven't done a Five for Friday linkup with Doodle Bugs Teaching in months! And I found out that today is the last chance I'll have to linkup until January. Five for Friday is taking a little vacation, so I just had to jump on board before I wouldn't have the chance anymore!

If you haven't heard of Five for Friday, I'll fill you in! Doodle Bugs Teaching hosts this linky every Friday where teacher bloggers write 5 random things about their week or upcoming weeks! Sometimes we have so much to blog about and so little time! This gives me a chance to narrow things down and write about 5 things that are important. Let's go!

Yesterday was Thanksgiving! I had a great holiday with my family. It was definitely a strange one this year as, if you recall, my brother moved away a few months ago. This was the first holiday I had to endure without him, but truthfully, it wasn't so bad! We didn't do our usual turkey dinner at my mom's this year which is probably why I didn't have a hard a time as I thought I would.

We went to my husband's uncle's house to spend time with his family for lunch and then went to dinner with my mom and stepdad at an amazing Italian restaurant that did some awesome things for Thanksgiving.

Today is Black Friday, which is a day that I hate. Nowadays, stores are open ON Thanksgiving! Well, this is the first year in 5 years I do not work in retail, so I am not going out unless it is to work in my classroom. Last year, my husband and I both worked on Thanksgiving and could not even enjoy a single meal with our families. It is heartbreaking. I found this image online and it is SO TRUE to me! I used to work for many years at Best Buy which is one of the busiest stores in the country on Black Friday... and I saw a lot of people treat each other terribly. You won't see me out shopping today, for sure.

I will, however, SHOP ONLINE! WOOO! I usually do most of my Christmas shopping online anyway no matter what the day because I can find so many different things without leaving my house! And if I find something I want to buy, I can look around for the best price without using the gas in my car. 

I also can SELL things on sale! Having a TpT store this weekend, means there's a sale coming up, ya'll! Cyber Monday is December 1st and my cart is packed and ready to go!!!

Don't forget to use the code at the end of your purchase to get even more money off. I forget sometimes...

I'm going to my classroom either today or tomorrow to decorate and get ready for Christmas. Since this is my first year teaching, this is my first Christmas season with a group of kinders! I am really excited... probably more than they are. I've been obsessed with everything Christmas on Pinterest since the beginning of November. Here are some Pinspirations for the upcoming holiday in my classroom!! NOTE: These images are not my own. They are from other blogs and websites. To visit the original post, click the image.

This would be a good door decoration since we live in Florida!

Do you follow me on Pinterest? Make sure you do! I spend more time on Pinterest than I'd like to admit, but it does make for some awesome ideas to click through! Follow me and send me your holiday Pinspirations! I'd love to see what you are up to!

And finally, what's on your wishlist, ya'll? The sale coming up has me going through my miles long wishlist and narrowing down what I want or need for my kooky group of kinders (or, ya know, clipart... my other addiction...).

I just posted a second Dice Games download and will be posting Volume 3 before Monday! THEN, they will be in a nifty bundle. "Bundle Up!" is my store's theme this holiday season! It is so much easier and cheaper to go for bundles (a TpT trick for you as a buyer... always look for the products you want in a bundle. You get SO MUCH more for your money. I buy bundles any time I get the opportunity).

Daisy Designs Bestseller! Math and Literacy centers.

NEW! Literacy centers: CVC words

COMING SOON: Volume 3, Addition and Subtraction Dice Games AND Dice Games BUNDLE!

Happy shopping everyone! If you are venturing out for the sales today, please be very safe. People are crazy and they drive even crazier! I will be here posting new products for you and your classroom, so make sure you check it all out for the sale on Monday! Can't wait!!!

November 25, 2014

Giving Thanks! H is for...

I am SO THANKFUL for my husband!!!

My husband Ryan is wonderful. We have been together since 2009 and married just over a year. He is the perfect guy for me! He is funny, sincere, goofy, nerdy, smart, and he loves me. What more can I ask for?! I'll let the pictures below tell our story. We certainly have quite a few!

We look like babies... Wow.

2010? Maybe?
We were really skinny back then... goodness.

Our first plane trip together! Michigan!

For the record... I was making that face because he started tickling me right when the picture was being taken...

I have no excuse for this face though... Just love!

And for more recent pictures... Let's not pretend Ryan has had hair for much of our relationship...

Engagement photo

Wedding photos

I don't like cliches, but he is the love of my life and I wouldn't want it any other way.

Make sure you check out the other "H" posts over at Blog Hoppin'!

Giving Thanks! T is for...

I found this great link-up over at Blog Hoppin' today for giving thanks! I wanted to "hop" on and reflect on the wonderful things in this world to be thankful for. I missed the "T" day so I am starting now and will follow it up with an "H" post!

If you don't know by now, I am a lover of the theater! I went to Flagler College for Theatre Arts before going into teaching and even though I found it was not the right career for me to perform, I still have a very special place in my heart for theater. In addition to teaching Kindergarten, I work at a community theater in their education department combining the two passions I have. I LOVE it!

Here are some theater pictures of past shows I've been a part of, either on stage, back stage, or as a director or choreographer!

The Servant of Two Masters
That's me all pouty on the sofa...

Me as Tiger Lily in Peter Pan

Me as Minnie Fay in Hello Dolly!

Tired after set building during Servant of Two Masters. Sheesh, I was young in this one...

Me in my hideous costume for Camelot.

This was a drama I was in called Medea Redux.

Playing around in one of the coolest hand made costumes I've ever word for Al Takes a Bride.

Gosh... just looking at all these pictures brings back so many amazing memories of past shows. And I didn't even venture into the high school show photos! Those are amazing, too! I am thankful that I grew up in a theater and I will certainly keep it as a part of my life.

Check out all the other T posts by clicking the picture below!