Saturday, August 24, 2013

Who's That Blogger Reveal and Winner....Did you win?

Who's that Blogger Reveal & Winners!!!

I have labeled the childhood photos with the matching blogs for you all to peek at!! Because of the volume of entries, winners will be notified throughout the weekend. I appreciate your patience as we send out emails and prizes.

Click on each image to see the photo

Winner of the $125 Amazon Gift Card!!!
You will receive an email notification and once your email has been confirmed, I will send you the Amazong gift card!!

Thank you so very much for playing!!
I created a fun FREEBIE for everyone to grab!! 
Please feel free to share the freebie through pins & I always appreciate your feedback!!
Click the image to visit my TpT shop and download the new decorated owl FREEBIE!!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

My Digs Are Coming Along

I am in serious need of an intervention.  I have too much stuff.  I need to get organized before I let anyone see my room.

I am working on it...I keep checking out other teacher's rooms trying to get inspiration and motivation.  My favorite spots to stalk are Angela Watson's Cornerstone for Teachers and School Supply Addict's Amazing Rooms to Check Out.  After recovering from serious room envy I started trying to get organized and pare down....give away...create the learning space that I really want.  I decided to purchase Deanna Jump's Organization Station and get to work. I have watched Deedee Wills video tour of her classroom several times.  Every time I get side-tracked or discouraged I go back and review Organization Station and find another classroom to inspire me.  It has been a slow process....but I am making progress.

I have a hard time throwing anything away.  These boxes that our curriculum materials come in are so sturdy.  I thought they would make great places to put our math journals and other supplies.  They are however not cute and looking like a walking commercial.  With all the cute duck tape out there, I knew I could find things that would make them look better.  Here is what I came up with:

I have five tables, divided by colors.  Why colors?  I already had bins in every color except green, and Target had scissors on sale in 6 colors.  If yellow and orange were the same color it could all coordinate (plus I was given green bins by a fellow teacher who was getting rid of hers).  Now to make the boxes match.  Duck tape in every color is all I need.  Done.  Polka Dot tape was too cute and tied it all together.  Done.  Now Duck tape on the pencil cans or should I switch to paint?

It's not much but I made it.  I hope it qualifies for Made it Monday.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Who's That Blogger?

Welcome Everyone!!

         Are you ready to have some fun??
                                              ....Play a game?
                                                              .....Win  prizes and cash?

I have teamed up with 65 AMAZING blogger buddies to put together the ultimate Back to School Linky/Giveaway!!!

Each one of my blogger buddies submitted a cute childhood photo & generously donated something special from their online TpT shops for this occasion!! We have included a fun game for you to play for a chance to win over $300.00 in prizes and a BONUS  CASH-PRIZE raffle you can enter at the end of this post!! 


The game is easy to play....

 Your job will be to try and match each blogger with their childhood photo!!! With over 60 childhood photos and bloggers to match up, this might get tricky!! As I mentioned above, each blogger has generously donated one awesome prize from their TpT store. Successfully match a blogger and childhood photo, and you win the prize offered from that blogger!!! The more you matches you make, the more prizes you win!!! 

Check out some of the prizes you could win!!!

but Wait....
That's not all....

ONE lucky follower will win a $125 Amazon Gift Card!! Scroll to the bottom & follow the directions in the Rafflecopter for a chance to win $$$

The link below will open a form that will allow you to submit your answers for the match up. 

Use the blogger links and numbered images to help you along the way!! Each childhood photo has been assigned a specific number. 

Once you open the form, use the drop-down menu beneath each blog button and select a number that corresponds to a childhood photo. 

The form results will be collected throughout the week. At the end of the week, each submission will be "graded" and you will receive a prize for each blogger and photo you successfully matched up!!

The game closes on Friday, August 23rd at midnight (Arizona Mountain Time). Answers will be announced on Saturday, August 24th. Winners will be notified through email throughout the week. 

Use the blog links below the photos to search for clues!!
Click HERE to Play the Matching Game!!


Follow the directions in the Rafflecopter for a chance to win a $125 Amazon gift card!! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thank you so much for participating!!! Good Luck!!!

If you would like to post about this linky/giveaway, grab the special image below to display in your post and link up below!!! Make sure to use the link to the actual post,,,

Friday, August 16, 2013

I love a good sale!

It's Back to School and everyone is off shopping for school supplies.  That includes me.  My cart is full and I have been waiting for this.

 I have discounted Peas and Carrots.  I know, it's only one product....but others are coming!  I promise!!  In the meantime, check out my freebies.

In my cart I have clip art:
and fonts (all three packs from Cara Carroll)
Some things to start the year off right.  I love this one from Miss Kindergarten (I already have the chef craftivity and it will just fit in with my own Friendship Salad).
This set for beginning sounds from Fran Kramer will last me the first semester.   I have already made my pizza pans for sorting the sounds.
I am working really hard at getting my room set up and this will help me finish the job.

Have fun!  I am off to go look some more.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Meet the Teacher

Let's talk about me...It makes me cringe to say those words.  I love meeting new friends and I do love telling stories, but I hate assuming that anyone is actually interested and I hate thinking I am forcing myself on anyone.  Soooo if you are not really all that interested, scroll through the pictures and hop on back to the next blog.  Before you leave....leave me a little note (even if it is to say quite talking about yourself).

So here's my story:
One.... I come from a long line of teachers.  I just have to share this picture of my grandmother standing beside her car (yes a model T) before going off for her first day teaching.  I keep it in my room as a reminder of what kind of teacher I want to be.  My Grandmother is one of my heroes.

Two.... I started out in Philadelphia....a long time ago. 

Three... I grew up in New Jersey.  This is picture is when we moved from Philly down to the shore.  I loved this house.  There is me and these are my brothers and sister. 

I had a great childhood!  Mostly because of my parents.  But also because I grew up on the beach, went to my grandparents farm for 2 weeks each summer, took car camping trips cross country each summer as well.  I can not thank my parents enough. 

Four... My mom is an author and I gained a love of children's books from her.  She wrote Stand Back Said the Elephant I'm Going to Sneeze.  It is 40 years old and still in print!  She has a new one  coming out in time for Christmas.  Here she is on a rare winter visit (I snagged her to come read to my kinders).

Five... I left the beaches of south Jersey and traded them in for the mountains of Utah.  I went to school at Brigham Young University, There I met an Idaho ranch boy and he became my best friend.  Yup...he dated all my roommates first (I set him up with the first one, that's how we met).  We were married 35 years ago and we are still going strong.

Six.... We lived for awhile ranching in Idaho, but when times got tough...I kept teaching and David took work with a construction/contracting company.  They sent him all around the west and we would travel around with him a bit in the summer.  In the winter I held down the fort...but that got old quick.  Soon he was staying in Elko, Nevada and the goldmines were keeping him busy.  We decided to move with him....for a year or two.  My baby was 18 months old at the time.  She is now 25 and we are still here.

Seven.... Scouting is a big part of our lives, both Boy and Girl Scouts,  One of my proudest accomplishments is that I helped to lead and guide my four children.  The boys are both Eagle Scouts and my girls earned their Gold Awards.

Eight.... I hate having to make phone calls.  I am not sure why...but from the looks of these pictures that was not always the case.

Nine.... I love everything to do with the outdoors.  I like camping, hiking, swimming, just being outside.
David and I hiked Angel's Landing to celebrate my losing 70 pounds.
Ten.... My sister also moved west and she has been both a rock and an anchor keeping me from getting too homesick.

Ten plus one.....I have reached that age where all my children are married and having children of their own.  The numbers add up like this...I have four children, they are each married, so four spouses, and the grandchildren number 10,  When we get together there are 20 of us.  It is getting harder and harder to get everyone together...but we stand for a picture whenever we can.

One last faith.  I am a Mormon.  I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  My belief in God  and my love for my Savior guides, directs, and keeps me grounded in what is truly important.  Nikki over at Melonheadz has made a sign that I hang by my computer to remind me how important it is to care for these little precious souls. (She has a bunch more I keep tucked around, you should go visit her.)
Teacher Week is just beginning....come back for more.  Hop around and get to know all your favorite friends and some new ones too.