Friday, September 28, 2012

The Last Weekend

Hey yall! Happy Saturday!
Well, this is my last weekend before I start with my kiddos. Ready or not, 18 little warm bodies will be showing up to my classroom on Monday morning.
I have worked allll week long, trying to get my classroom ready, and I *think* its almost done. I mean, it will probably never truly be done (is it ever???), but its good enough to get started with. There are still lots of things that I know needs to be done in my head, but you can't quite tell from looking at the room.
I have had some amazing helpers this week, so I just wanted to take a second to thank everyone that helped. My mom, dad, sister-in-law, mother-in-law, hubby, and one of my closest friends all came sometime during the week (or multiple times!) to help me get it together. I could not have done it without yalls help, so THANK YOU!!!
I really wanted to share some pictures with you guys, but I completely forgot to take the camera to school, and I didn't think my little Droid camera would suffice. So you will have to wait until Monday :)
I also wanted to let you guys know that I am having a little end-of-the-quarter sale in my TPT shop from now until Sunday. Everything in my store will be listed at 20% off!
Now, I know I said I would announce winners today BUT....the hubs and I are out the door for a little mini-vacay! We will be back sometime tomorrow evening, so I will post winners then. Sorry for the wait, friends, but Hilton Head is calling my name :)
Have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Giveaway: Day 5...don't miss this one!

Hey yall! Happy Friday!
Today is my last chance to get everything together for my classroom. Ready or not, my littles are coming on Monday! I can't wait to share my classroom photos with you guys :)
So are you ready for today's giveaway??? It is awesome! Here are the prizes:
1 item from Hope at Second Grade Shenanigans

1 item from Rebecca at Landing in K
1 item from Elizabeth at Fun in Room 4B

$25 shopping spree in my TPT store
$20 Target Giftcard
Awesome, right??? And don't forget about all the other awesome prizes from Days 1-4 giveaways!
Use the rafflecopter to enter

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Good luck! I will announce all winners on Saturday, September 29th (unless the hubs and I decide to getaway for the weekend...and then I will announce winners on Sunday :)


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Giveaway: Day 4

Hey yall!
Well, we are on to day 4 of my giveaway and I am still only at 499 followers! You know what this means? Nobody is sharing about these giveaways :(
Sooo....I am adding an option on the rafflecopter where you can spread the love and get 25 entries once a day until the giveaway ends! Now, I better see that number rise :)
Here are the prizes for today:
1 item of the winner's choice from Heather at Simple in Second

1 item of the winner's choice from Dana at 3rd Grade Gridiron
Umm...don't you just love her blog button???

Non-fiction Text Features Sign Set from Amanda at Teaching Maddeness
Teaching Maddeness

1 item from ME!

Use the rafflecopter below to enter! And don't forget to spread the love!

 Tomorrow is going to be the best day yet, so make sure you come back now!
Good luck and all winners will be announced on Saturday, September 29th.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Giveaway: Day 3

Hey yall! Happy hump day!
My classroom is getting so close to being done. I'm hoping to be done by the end of today...fingers crossed! I have been working so hard, but have had lots of help from my sweet parents. Thanks mom and dad!
Here is a picture of them putting up my bulletin boards yesterday

Aren't they cute? Seriously, I have the best parents ever!
Okay, onto today's giveaway. Here are the prizes:
1 item from Amber at Adventures of a Third Grade Teacher

1 item from Juli at Simple in Second

$10 shopping spree from Lacie at Polka Dots & Pencils

Polkadots and Pencils
1 item from me

You know the drill...
Oh, and if you didn't get a chance to enter Monday and Tuesday's giveaways, click here and here.
Good luck! All winners will be announced on Saturday, September 29th.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Giveaway: Day 2

Hey yall!
Well, my first day back was great, but boy am I exhausted! I guess I forgot how tiring it was to be on your feet all day!
My room is HUGE and I spent all day yesterday working on it. I would have made a lot more progress than I did, but the teacher before me left a mess! Every cabinet was full of stuff, so it took me a couple of hours just to clean it all out....and I'm not even done yet!
I know it is going to look great when its done though :)
Okay, on to day 2 of my big giveaway!
Today you can win:
1 item from Kerri's TPT strore

Student Led Conference Data Binder unit from Mary Beth


1 item from Elisabeth's TPT or TN store

1 item from my TPT store
Use the rafflecopter below to enter.
Good luck, and check back tomorrow for more goodies!
All winners will be announced on Saturday, September 29th.

Giveaway: Day 1

Hey yall!
Well, today is my first day of work! I'm so excited I can hardly contain myself!
To celebrate the fact that I have a job, and that I am thisclose to 500 followers, I am having a HUGE giveaway! Actually, I am having 5 whole days of giveaways!
So let's get the party started!
Today you can win:
Kids of Character Pack from Lisa

1 item of your choice from Vera's TPT store
Bedford, Love, and Teaching
1 item of your choice from Angela's TPT store
The Daily Alphabet
1 item of your choice from my TPT store
Use the rafflecopter below to enter!
Good luck and be sure to check back tomorrow for more goodies!
All winners will be announced on Saturday, September 29th.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Birthday Freebies

Hey yall!
I am loving that today is the first day of fall! Its *officially* my favorite time of the year :)
What have I been spending this splendid day doing, you ask?
Why, getting things ready for my new classroom, of course!
I printed out a ton of my Owls on Dots stuff-desk tags, alphabet, number posters, weather set, 'where are we?,' clock numbers, calendar buddies...{I still have to print out my word wall, schedule cards, welcome postcards, and Daily Five posters!}
But then I realized I never made anything for birthdays!
I had downloaded these adorable birthday charts from the lovely Randi, and had every intention of using these for my classroom.
Click on the picture to get Randi's awesome charts!
But then I decided that I really wanted some colorful ones that matched my room! I loved her idea, so I just made some that kept with my colorful owls and polka dots theme. Thanks, Randi :)
Click on the picture to get your free copy!
Then I decided that I needed to make those birthday balloons that are all over Pinterest! You know, the ones like these?
Pinned Image
Pinned Image
So of course I had to make some that matched my theme!
Click on the picture to get your free copy!
Now, here's my problem. I cannot find those dang giant pixie stix anywhere! Any suggestions on where I might pick some up?
I have also been busy cutting and laminating Anna's First Grade Common Core and More Content Word Wall cards. I LOVE this set and it was well worth the money!
But takes a lot of time trying to get all the cards ready!
Do you see that giant stack??? That took me about 2 hours...and that's not even HALF of the cards! I still have about 60 more pages to print out...eeek!
I seriously have gone through a brand new color ink cartridge just today! No, really. I bought it last night and it ran out today. That's how much stuff I've been printing! It is totally worth it, though, because my room is going to look fab :)
Last thing before I head out for some dinner and to watch my dawgs beat Vandy....
My BIG giveaway is going to start on Monday, and will be 5 days of fun! Make sure you stop back by to enter to win!!!
Happy fall, yall!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Can I get a whoop whoop???

Hey yall! Happy Friday!
I've got some B.I.G. news to share!
I finally got a job! Whoo-hoo!
I will be back with the grade that stole my heart...1st grade! I cannot tell you how excited and anxious I am to get back in the classroom!
Thank you so much to all of you that have had me in your thoughts and prayers these last few months. I had already given up hope on finding a job this year, but all of you kept rooting for me!
I will start the new job bright and early on Monday. Guess I better try and get into a better sleeping habit this weekend, or I will be in for a rude awakening come Monday! I have a lot of work ahead of me, yall!
To celebrate my new job, and because I am thisclose to having 500 followers, I will be having a HUGE giveaway! I am working on all the details now, so check back with me tomorrow!
In the meantime, I have put EVERYTHING in my TPT store on sale! Click below to start shopping and saving!
Happy weekend, friends!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Carolina Girls Blogger Meet Up

Hey yall! read that title right.
Me, a Georgia girl, attended a Carolina girl blogger meet up.
And it was so much fun!
I loved getting to meet most of these amazing ladies and just chatting for hours. I say most, because there were so many of us that I just didn't get a chance to talk to every single one of them...but I'm coming for you next time, ladies!
Here are all the fabulous ladies at the meet up:
In attendance {make sure you follow their blogs for fabulous ideas--no matter what grade it is!}:
from left to right- sort of!
Autumn, Ashley, and Tammy from Fanatical in First Grade
Kim (starting her blog soon, right Kim?!?)
Elizabeth from Fun in 4B
Gretchen from Always a Lesson
Shasta from The Loop
Heather and Juli from Simple In Second
Amanda from Teaching Maddeness
Rachel from The Tattooed Teacher
Rebecca from Landing in K
A HUGE thank you goes out to Hope for organizing this! I had such a blast and can't wait to do it again. There's already talk of another meet up in Charlotte....sign me up!
Head on over to see Ginger and get some more pics of our meetup!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

TBA Time with a freebie!

Hey yall!
I'm not here today...I am being featured over at Teaching Blog Addict!
Hop on over there so you can see how I use these writing spacemen in my classroom!

Click HERE to get your copy!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Fall on the Brain

Hey yall!
Are you guys having a rockin' Friday night in like I am???
The hubs is at work, so I've dedicated this night to craft night!
And boy, have I been crafty!
I got the bug the other day to start decorating for my favorite season. I think I thought that if I made it super fallish around here, then the actual season would hurry up! The weather has been absolutely gorgeous lately, so at least there's that :)
In my quest for all things fall, I turned to pinterest for some 'pin'spiration. I mean, where else???
Here are some things I have made tonight:
1. New fall wreath! I had so much fun making this thing....and I only managed to burn myself once in the process. Thinking I might actually go back and add a few more rosettes, though...

2. Fall decor! Got everything to make this from the Dollar Tree....score! Cute and kind of decor :)

3. Fall subway art! Okay, I didn't actually make this one...I downloaded it from here. But I did buy the frame!
Subway art from Antsi-Pants

4. Fall cupcakes! Pumpkin, to be exact. My favorite thing about fall is pumpkin EVERYTHING! These are not just for me, though, they are for the ladies that will be at the Carolina Meetup tomorrow!

5. Fall Fun Math Centers! I couldn't stop with the fall creations, so I went right ahead and made these super cute math centers! This packet includes addition to 20, counting by 5s, ordering numbers from least to greatest, matching numbers with their written words, and telling time to the hour AND to the half hour.


You can pick this unit up in my TPT store here
I'm totally stoked about the Carolina Meetup tomorrow! Technically, its today since its already past midnight here. I promise to post pics next week!
SC Blogger Meet Up
Happy weekend, friends!