Saturday, April 19, 2014

Anniversary Giveaway! {TpT Gift Certificate}

My husband and I are celebrating our eleventh wedding anniversary today!

This morning, we went out to breakfast and to see Rio 2 with our son.  Right now we are taking a little break.  After a little rest, we are going to drop our son off at Grandma and Papa's house for a little date afternoon.  We're going to go eat at a little hole in the wall Mexican restaurant that we used to frequent in our "younger" days.  After that, we are going to see the Titanic exhibit at the Luxor.  I've been wanting to go for a few years so I'm excited to finally get to go!

Now, you're probably wondering what in the world this has to do with my blog.  Well, two years and one month ago I started my blog.  {I know I'm a month late.  Remember my newest motto - better late than never?  Here's another example for you!}  I wanted to thank all of my wonderful followers for sticking with me even when there were very large gaps between posts.  Therefore, I am giving away a $25 gift certificate to Teachers Pay Teachers.  Enter below for your chance to win!  Good luck!

Thanks again for sticking with me!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Five For Friday - Spring Break Edition

What? Could it be?  Am I really posting a Five for Friday on a Friday?  Why, yes - yes I am!  I'm so proud of myself!

Being that it is Spring Break, I have been able to spend a lot of time with my little guy.  Ok, he's not so little anymore.  When did I become the mother of an 8 year old?  Anyway, back to what I was saying {typing?}.  My son and I went to the library on Tuesday to renew our library cards and check out some books.  I decided that we would take a little detour on the way home and go by the Dairy Queen.  When we go there, my son insisted that he wanted to get a banana split.  I tried to convince him to get an ice cream cone or a bowl of ice cream, but he was not having it.  I gave in and Colton had his very first banana split.  No, he did not eat the whole thing.  Not even close.  He ate the whipped cream, one banana, and a little bit of the ice cream on the chocolate side.  Was I upset?  Not one bit.  I was so proud of him for wanting to try something new!  {He has big food aversions.  As in such bad food aversions that it's in his IEP to not make him eat anything that he doesn't want to try.}

One of our neighbors dropped by on Tuesday and gave us a plate of rice crispy treat cupcakes.  We thought it was so sweet and wanted to return the generosity.  I decided to use my new Peeps cookie pan to make some Peep sugar cookies.  They came out so cute if I do say so myself!

Today I called SDE to sign up for the I Teach K conference!  I can't wait to go!  I've been in the past, but I didn't go last year.  This year I decided I definitely wanted needed to go.  Best part, no travel expenses.  Well, unless you count the gas to drive the 15 minutes down the road!  :)

I just love to cook and find new recipes.  This week I made a couple new recipes.  One was a crockpot lasagna recipe.  It was ok, but I'm not sure if I will make it again.  Tonight I made a Cafe Rio pork copycat recipe along with a new tortilla recipe.  This one was much better!  Delicious!  After we ate, we decided to leave the pork in the crockpot to soak up even more of the juices.  Even better!  We will definitely be eating these leftovers!  I do need to work on my tortillas though.  I didn't have a circle in the bunch, but I did have a lot of rectangles.  haha

Last week I shared with you a set of clipart from one of my favorite clipart artists.  Well, Sarah has opened her own store and is having a big sale starting tomorrow and Sunday!  Everything is going to be 35% off.  I wonder how much damage I'll do?  Probably a lot!

Thanks for stopping by for an actual Five for Friday!  Be sure to drop by tomorrow for an Anniversary surprise!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Spring/Easter Gift Labels Freebie

Yesterday, I shared pictures of the gifts that I made for my son's teachers, aides, and classmates.

I decided to go ahead and make an editable pdf version of the labels in case anyone was interested in making these gifts.  Click on the picture below for your copy!

Happy Spring!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Five for Friday {On a Saturday - Again!}

I really need to get this done on a Friday sometime.  Anywho, again better late than never.  {I really need to get a new mantra... maybe.  haha}

I want to preface this picture by saying I never {and I mean never} win anything.  My assistant principal saw me in the hallway on Wednesday and told me I had to be on announcements on Friday.  {Fifth graders do a TV news show type program every morning that the whole school watches.}  I had no idea about why I had to be there.  Well Friday rolls around, go to announcements to find out I won a Kindle Fire HD!  How exciting is that!  My name was picked from a drawing from our Fun Run fundraiser.  My husband set it up last night for me and I got to play with it a little bit today.  It will be perfect for our car trips so that I don't have to take my large tablet!

I found some cute ideas on Pinterest for my son to give to his teachers, aides, and bus driver and his classmates.  Of course, I had to cutesy them up a bit!  I saw this super cute clipart on TpT and had to have it.  Clipart of a box of peeps - sign me up!

{I'm thinking of making editable versions of these tags as a freebie.  Would this be something you would be interested in?}

I went to Lakeshore on Tuesday.  I was in need of some smelly stickers for my class.  {My Kinders like love smelly stickers, but really who doesn't?}  After I picked up my stickers, I decided to take a little walk around the store to see if there was anything I needed.  I got over to the borders and found these!  How cute are they?  I bought two packages to use next year.  Now I need to figure out what else I can put with this.  I'm thinking light blue and lime green.  What do you think?

My bestie and I made these rabbits with our Kinder classes on Thursday.  We were so proud of how well they listened as this project was very difficult and had many steps.  They turned out so cute!  {If you can't tell, the noses on the rabbits "pop" out - hence the difficult part.}

My son is in love with pirates and pirate ships.  We have a plethora of toy pirate ships at our house.  Honestly, if there's a toy pirate ship, it's probably in our house.  {haha}  This morning I woke up to find that one of my favorite clipart artists just released a set of pirate of clipart.  There was no question that I would be purchasing it.  I showed it to my son and told him I was going to get it.  He let me know that he wanted to buy it and went to his bank to get the money out.  He brought it down to his dad and let him know that he wanted to buy the set.  How sweet is that!  Of course, we gave him back his money and I purchased it right away.  Tomorrow we have plans to make something with it.  I'm not sure what, but I know my son will love whatever it is.  :)

Thanks for stopping by for my Five for Friday!  If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen a few of these pictures already.  If you're not following me, I would love for you to join me!

Have a great Sunday!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Photo Dump! Part 1

I know that overall I have been pretty absent from my blog this past school year.  I did take quite a few pictures during my absence, so I thought I would share them with you.  {Like I said yesterday, better late than never.  :)}  I realized when I went to grab all my photos that I probably should split them up a tad bit.  So today I present to you "Photo Dump - Part 1."  {I do want to apologize about the quality of some of the projects.  I took all these pictures with my phone.}

We spent quite a bit of time in January learning all about penguins.  We made our  shape penguins. {Grab your free copy of this project here.}

We dot painted penguins.  {Some students didn't quite get the "dot" part of the project, but they were still very cute!}

We researched penguins and wrote a research paper.

We made these super cute Sentence Buddies.  Stephanie Stewart has this project on TpT for free!  Thanks Stephanie!

We had such a blast on Valentine's Day!  We did the traditional sorting of the Valentine hearts.  I had a really old copy of a sorting page that took up 2 pages that I had used for years, but I decided that I wanted everything done on just one page.  I made a new sheet, and it worked out wonderfully!  {Interesed?  Grab your copy here.}  (Clipart by Scrappin Doodles)

First the students sorted their candies on the left side of the sheet.  They then counted how many they had of each candy and wrote the number inside the picture of the heart.  

Students then used that number to complete the graph on the right side.

The students also had a ton of fun decorating their Valentine bags!  This year I decided to splurge and get these gift bags from Michaels.  When I went to pay for them, the cashier asked me if I was a teacher.  I guess the 27 white bags gave it away!  haha 

Well that is Photo Dump - Part 1!  Be back soon with Photo Dump - Part 2!

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