Saturday, 2 August 2014

Five For Friday

Today, I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching , for some Friday fun!

Where did July go? I swear, it just flew by .. I can't believe that I have 24 days left until I go back to school, and 24 days left of my maternity leave! Time flies ... when you have four kids! Little Xander and I had a FANTASTIC year together! His smile makes me giggle inside and out!

I haven't been to a concert in a VERY long time .. and this week, I got to see two concerts.  I went to go see JT (notice the capitals!!) and Bruno Mars, my two favorite artists, EVER!! These two HOTTIES, are amazing performers! I danced, my heels off !! Yes, probably not one of my smartest moves ...wearing heels to a concert (I did that in Vegas, too! You would have thought that I would have learned my lesson by now ... apparently NOT!) but I did it, and 6 days later ... I still feel the FUN! 

I did some cross border shopping AGAIN, and got me some more teacher swag! Gosh, Target is so much better when you have to wait at customs .. for an hour .. to buy stickers, stamps, and laminating pouches!!!
I love me, my cross border shopping sprees!

On top getting ready to go back to school, we are moving in 14 days! Yes, folks ... WE ARE NUTS!! I have 14 days left to pack a lot of stuff! Overwhelming you say .. YES.. but I can do it!! Sleep is an understatement ... wine is a MUST!!!

The TPT Back To School Sale is just around the corner!!
Get your cards, ready to SHOP and CHING!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, 17 July 2014

What Happens in Vegas ...

Hello Everyone!!
I can't believe that I went to Vegas last week. It was one of the most inspiring and exciting trips of my life! I went with my best friend Nicole from Today in Second Grade, and my other buddy Val from All Students Can Shine! I won't lie to all of you,  it was tough leaving my four children and Mr. Leslie behind, but I did it ... and I am proud of ME! We were gone for a total of 6 days! I have never done that before .. but it was really worth it! I feel SUPERCHARGED!!! LOL!!!

The first night we arrived, we got dressed in a hurry and went to TAO for a scrumptious late night dinner! Definitely, a great way to kick start our trip!

The SDE & TPT conferences were sensational. At one point I had to just breathe ... and pinch myself, just to make sure that I was really there. I learned so much!! I met some of the most inspirational bloggers, EVER!!! I felt star struck by Deanna Jump, Rachel Smith and Cara Caroll, Kim Adsit, Jennifer White, Erica Bohrer, Kaci Hoffer, Greg Smedly and Corinna just to name a few!

The TPT Happy Hour was a blast! I had a couple glasses of wine (maybe more than a couple!!!), got to unwind a bit, and chat with Sarah Kirby and my pals!!!

I also got to meet Nicki from Nicki's Notepad! She is so sweet!! I loved chatting away with her!! We really hit it off!!

How did we manage to add in a little shopping, an excursion to the Grand Canyon, and a MOTOWN show??? Good Question!!!

OMG!! I can't believe that I got to experience the Grand Canyon with my BESTIE!!! It was surreal!! When I got into the helicopter, I had a bit of a FREAK OUT moment ... but managed to keep my eyes open for most of the trip! Nothing beats a glass of champagne at 9 o'clock in the morning, at the bottom of the Grand Canyon! That sure took my jitters away!!

The Motown Show was just a B-L-A-S-T!! There is a cute story about how we got tickets to the show (I will leave that for another time!!!) Mr. Foster, you rock.. WHAT AN HONOR!! I think that I sang and danced for the entire hour and a half!! (I wore flats .. thank goodness!) It brought me back to such special times in my life .. I remember dancing to so many of these songs, with my mom and dad.. I really enjoyed listening to the hotties from Human Nature .. they are so talented!! They were definitely eye candy, and ... pretty sweet to my ears, too! 

On another note.. my husband sent me this picture, during one of the conferences .. and this message.... 

"Babe, what time does Julian take a nap?!!??"

LOL!!! OIE!!!!

This trip was out of this world! PHENOMENAL !!! So much learning, laughter, and INSPIRATION!!! What an action packed week!! I can't wait for next year!!

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Sound Charts

I have received so much positive feedback about my Sound Charts Posters, that I couldn't resist making them available again! I use these charts as an introduction to each new phonics sound. I also display them around my classroom, so that my students can easily refer to them. They really make the classroom look pretty!

You should also check out my 'Skinny Stripes Classroom Decor Set' and my 'Tropical Classroom Decor Set. They are the cutest sets, ever!!!

Enjoy Your Friday Freebie!

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Blog Make Over & Super Bunny to the Rescue!

Did you notice anything different? I finally made the switch from WordPress to Blogger!!! This was a debate for me, for such a longgggg time! Of course, once I finally decided to switch to blogger, a makeover was definitely in order, too!!!! I simply love, love love it!!!!!

Kassie, from Designs by Kassie ... is simply amazing! She knew exactly what I wanted, and put her creativity to work! She is simply one of the most talented blog designers, that I have ever  had the pleasure of working with! She is BANG! on with everything from start to finish...I totally love her!

I finally was able to finish my new Super Bunny Craftivity!! It's super CUTE, and your students will get a kick or a hop out of making them!

I would love for all of you to follow my blog for more ideas, tips and freebies!! That would make me so very hoppy!!! So, let's celebrate my new blog design and new friendships with a flash freebie!!!

Monday, 9 September 2013

New B.E.E. Book! Buzzzzz!

Hello Everyone!
I have received many emails to either edit or explain in more detail the B.E.E. Book that I use with my firsties. It's a great way of keeping the home and school connected!

Step 1: Select which medium best suits your students needs.
A binder (with front and back pockets, and zipper) allows students to host everything that they need to bring, to and from school everyday (Homework Folder, Reading Log folder, etc..).
A duo tang (with front and back pockets) works just as well, but simply holds materials that are important to the B.E.E. Book itself (School Calendar, Communication Booklet etc..
Step 2: I use plastic page protectors to separate different sections of the B.E.E. Book (School Calendar, Monthly Calendar, Schedule etc…)
Step 3: I use labels to clearly indentify what goes where (Back to School, Keep at Home etc…)

Go get your copy now! Enjoy!! Buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!

Monday, 22 April 2013

Earth Day Word Wall Words

Hi Everyone!
I thought that I would kick start your week with a little Earth Day freebie!!! I think everyone knows how much I heart word walls! I am sure that this cute Earth Day word wall will dazzle up your classroom!! Enjoy!

Earth Day Word Wall
I hope that some of your checked out my last year’s post about Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day!

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Super Leprechaun & Leprechaun Concentration Freebie

Are you feeling a little lucky? Are you feeling SUPER LUCKY? If you are, you will love my cute little leprechaun! Meet Super Leprechaun! He is a leprechaun during the day, and Super Leprechuan at night!
Check it out:

I also made this cute little concentration game! It is based on homophones. You can download it for free here:

Leprechaun Homophone Concentration

Top of the morning to everyone!