December 1, 2013

Cyber Monday and Tuesday Sale!

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving Break with family! Now it's time to think about the Teachers Pay Teachers Sale! Everything in my store is 20% off on Monday and Tuesday. If you enter the promo code Cyber you get an additional 10% off.

I'm super excited to stock up during the sale. I'm adding things to my cart like crazy!

August 18, 2013

Back to School Sale!

I've been crazy busy getting ready for my school year to begin! Meet the Teacher is TOMORROW and students start on WEDNESDAY! So my blog has been a little neglected, but soon I will have pictures of my new room (this summer I had to move rooms since I'll be teaching first grade).

I just wanted to remind everyone about Teachers Pay Teachers Back to School Sale. Everything in my store is 20% today and tomorrow and if you put in promo code BTS13 you get an additional 10% off. That means you can get 28% off all products. I know I'm excited to stock up on resources and clip art for the new year! 

Click the picture to visit my store!

August 2, 2013

Currently August

June went by way too fast.... I can't believe it's already August! School starts Aug 21st for me (teacher meetings start on the 16th). I'm really starting to feel the pressure of my never ending to-do list.

To celebrate the beginning of August here's the new Currently from Farley.

Listening: I like having something on in the background while I work on my computer. I recently started watching Bones episodes on Netflix. I'm kinda hooked :-)

Loving: I LOVE SUMMER! Getting to work from home is the best! It's nice to wear pjs and go to the bathroom when I want :-)

Thinking: Now that it's August it's hitting me how close I am to school starting. I am constantly thinking about the upcoming year. I've spent 5 years teaching 2nd grade and this will be my first year teaching 1st grade. I want to do well, and I've kinda been stressing myself out about it.

Wanting: I'm a bit of a perfectionist (runs in my family) and I want my classroom to be perfect. Obviously not going to happen, but I drive myself crazy trying, haha!

Needing: I splurged and bought myself a really nice easel! I'm super excited about it, but I need to finish assembling it. Correction: I need my husband to finish assembling it :-)
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Back to School Must-Haves: My first couple years teaching I just used regular nametags, laminated them, and taped them to desks. A few years ago I tried plastic nametags from Really Good Stuff and now I always buy them for the new school year. They are way more expensive, but they hold up well and look really nice.
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I also need lots of Sharpies and Post-It notes in a variety of colors :-) 
And I need a cute outfit for back to school night and the first day of school. It just makes me feel a little more confident and happy. I don't have a picture of this because I still need to find it. I took my niece back to school shopping (she's a lot more fun to shop for), but I need to pick out a couple things for myself on our next girls trip (my mom, sister, and nice and I go shopping when the boys go fishing).
 Happy August!
Don't forget to link up with Farley!

July 17, 2013

Blueberry Lemon Muffins

I love breakfast foods and one of my favorites is my mom's blueberry lemon muffins!
I'm linking up with DeAnne from First Grade and Fabulous for her What's Cooking Wednesday.

Here's the recipe for my blueberry lemon muffins:


2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon lemon peel
1 cup milk
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoon lemon juice
blueberries (about 1 cup, I used more here, it's really up to you)
** enough butter and sugar for dipping  


 1. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and lemon peel in a medium bowl. Stir in milk, egg, oil, and lemon juice until dry ingredients are moistened.
2. To prevent blueberries from turning the batter blue, save a little flour and use it to mix in with the blueberries before you fold them in.
3. Fold in blueberries. Fill greased muffin cups 2/3 full. 
4. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until muffins are golden brown. 
5. Dip muffin tops in butter and then sugar (If you want extra lemon flavor mix in some lemon juice with the butter).
6. Eat and enjoy!
This recipes makes 12 delicious muffins!

July 7, 2013

Picture Books for Character Education

DeAnne from First Grade and Fabulous is hosting another great picture book linky party. This one is all about picture books for character education.
Here are some of my favorite books to address common character education topics:



Taking Turns


Being Happy with Yourself


Accepting Differences


Turning Enemies Into Friends




How Words Affect Others


Personal Space

July 3, 2013

Picture Books for Math

I'm linking up with with DeAnne from First Grade and Fabulous for her next Picture Book Linky. This one is all about math picture books. I love using picture books to introduce or reinforce a math concept!


Fair Bear Share - I love all the MathStart Books by Stuart Murphy! This one is a great one to talk about place value.

Two of Everything - I like using this book for math and writing. This cute little couple gets a large magical pot that doubles anything you put inside. For math you can use it to talk about the concept of doubling and double facts. For writing you can have students write about what they would put inside the pot.

Captain Invincible and the Space Shapes - This is a fun story to read when you're learning about 3D shapes.

Full House - This is a great book to read to introduce fractions.

Check out all the other picture books for math!

July 2, 2013

Getting Acquainted Tic Tac Toe

I'm Linking up with Latoya from Flying into First for her Let's Get Acquainted Linky Party.
I'm doing the diagonal from the top left to the bottom right.

I Went to ____ College and a Favorite Memory

I went to Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. I started dating my now husband when I was a freshman there. We got married the summer before my senior year. Most of my favorite memories are our various dates, like going to the football games (Go Cougars!), Divine Comedy shows, bowling, and dinner at The Creamery.

My Favorite School Memory as a Kid

In fourth grade we did a huge unit on wildflowers. We make little books that had the names and pictures of all sorts of different types of wildflowers and we had to memorize them. My favorite part was going on a few trips to the nature trail behind the school to try to identify the flowers. It was so beautiful! There were trails and a steam and lots of flowers and wildlife. I grew up in southwest Washington so nature was a big deal!


I really enjoy reading. I'm not the type of reader who can read a few pages every night though. If I start a book you probably won't see much of me until it is finished. 

I love to make crafts! Most of them end up being crafts to make my classroom cute, but every once in a while I make something for my home. :-)

July 1, 2013

Giveaway Winner & A Freebie

Thanks for everyone that followed my blog on Bloglovin! If you haven't yet you can click here:
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The winner of my Bloglovin Giveaway is....
I've already emailed her and she gets to pick any 2 items from my TPT store.

I'm so grateful for all my followers though, so I decided to post a new freebie! I made a welcome banner to hang up for the new school year. Click the picture to download.

June 30, 2013

Favorite Things Linky: Beauty Basics

I'm linking up with Halle from Across the Hall in Second Grade for her Favorite Things Linky. This one is all about Beauty!
Here's my routine:

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