Monday, December 15, 2014

A Little Christmas Home Tour

Hi there. I love decorating my home.  If I had all the money in the world, I'd probably pay Joanna Gaines to come decorate my home…that and just adopt all the babies who need a family!

I thought I'd share a little bit of Christmas in my home.  First let me begin by saying that my house is a wreck as we recently painted and I'm taking my time in placing things on the walls. Some things have found a home and others have not.  I have decided to just let it go.  Spending time with my little guy is just more important right now. 

On to some pictures of my favorite spaces…  

I love, love, love getting mail this time of year! I look forward to opening Christmas cards! Every year I save the cards and this year I finally got around to putting them on a ring.  I simply tied some ribbon on the ring to jazz it up!

This is an old window screen that my hubs and I got the first year we were married at an old antique mall.  It has moved homes with us and has held many banners for baby showers and wedding showers in our home. This year I quickly ran to Target after seeing Abby's garland on her mantel to get some for our home! Love it! 
 These gold reindeer…I got them as a gift from someone about 8 years ago.  Gold was not very snazzy at that time in home decor, but I saved them and I'm so glad I did!
 Our sweet little tree was my husband's when he was a bachelor.  I think this is the year I will run out on December 26th and try to find a taller tree on sale.

This ornament is one of my favorites. :)
The nativity.  It's just my favorite.  My dad and brother made my stable and grandmother-in-law gave me all of the pieces one year for Christmas.  Isn't this what Christmas is all about? That tiny baby who came just changed the world.
Merry Christmas, sweet friends!

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Let's Chat About Christmas

I'm linking up with Abby over at The Inspired Apple.  (If you guys haven't checked out her new blog design, you are missing out. It's totally presh!)

Anyway, we are talking Christmas today!

Head on over and join the fun! It's a quick and easy!! :)  
Merry Christmas!!

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Things You Just Gotta Buy!

Have you heard the news?! TpT is having a Cyber Monday Sale!

Thank you, Michelle, from The 3AM Teacher, for the beautiful graphic! 

Sweet friends, I LOVE a good sale.  I'm cheap.  My hubs just doesn't get it, either.  I ever have anything fancy it's because I bought it at a big discount or a resale shop or someone gave it to me! Online sales are THE BEST! You get to stay comfy, enjoy your favorite drink, not have to deal with anyone who is stressed out and crabby trying to get to the deal before you, and did I mention no lines? Yes, please! 

Don't worry, I'm joining in on the fun too! Starting tomorrow, my entire store will be on 
sale for 20% off. 
Use the code TPTCYBER to receive an additional 10% off for a total savings of 28%!  #bestillmysavingheart 
Now, in addition to those HUGE savings, you can use your TpT credits from previous purchases to save even more! 

Saving Tip: I buy in waves so that I can leave feedback then go back and use my credits! ;) Just a little trick I wanted to share!  

Now on to my shopping cart!

I wanted to share a few things I am just loving and either have on my wish list or have used in the past and will definitely highly recommend to you, my dear friends! 

Several of my friends are having a sale too, be sure to stop by their pages to check out what goodies they think you just have to have! 

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Cyber Monday Blog Hop Stop 2

Hi sweet friends! The Primary Powers bloggers have teamed up with the fabulous people from GoNoodle to share some great ideas for implementing GoNoodle in the classroom and some great prizes! Be sure to read to the end because you won't want to miss this!

I wanted to share with you how I have used GoNoodle during Writer's Workshop.

My writing block has been towards the end of the day for the last 2 years.  Sometimes I think their little brains are just to exhausted and so anytime I can find something else for us to do to wake them up, I'm all for it! I want my little friends to be awake, engaged, and for their brains to be wide awake!

GoNoodle has some great stretching and relaxation exercises that are perfect to do before we write independently.

Here is a peek at what your writer's workshop block can look like with GoNoodle.

- Brain Break/Exercise/Wake-Up
- Mini Lesson
- Independent Writing/Conferring
- Share Chair to Celebrate Hard Work


- Mini Lesson
- Brain Break/Exercise/Wake-Up
- Independent Writing/Conferring
- Share Chair to Celebrate Hard Work

Just incase you didn't know, you can sign up FREE to use this fabulous resource!! Check it out HERE.

Now for the giveaways…

Starting on Cyber Monday, GoNoodle is also offering all Primary Powers readers 30% purchases from the GoNoodle Shop through December 8! Use the code POWERS30 at checkout to receive the discount PLUS a special gift from GoNoodle and Primary Powers. In addition to new t-shirts, tumblers, and other goodies for GoNoodling teachers, you can purchase affordable, pre-wrapped gift packs for students to bring a little GoNoodle love to your classroom this Christmas!

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Ready for some more fun? Be sure to hop over to A Burst of First for more great ideas and some GoNoodle swag! You will want to hop all the way to the end for a great giveaway there!! 
Click the image to keep hopping

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Bright Ideas Round-Up!

Hello there!

This month is when the craziness begins for the holiday season. It's wonderful and exhausting all at the same time.  It also is the time of the year that lots of families travel.  Traveling is a great time to catch-up on your blog reading!  This month we are throwing together a little Round-Up for our Bright Ideas. So kick off your shoes, throw your feet up on the dash, and enjoy your left over turkey sandwich as you read these Bright Ideas!

This way of organizing the apps on our classroom iPad was a game changer for me! Read all about how I organize them HERE.

Sight words are always a struggle for some of my little friends.  I do my best to use them EVERYWHERE! Check out THIS POST to see how I use them on their tables.

Teaching in a transient school has a whole different set of obstacles to overcome.  One of them is keeping up with student's school supplies. Read HERE to see how we help tackle school supplies.

This is ALWAYS a hit in my classroom- the Birthday Chair! Hop over HERE to read more about how we celebrate birthdays in our class!

This is one of our most favorite activities to do when the weather is nice outside! HERE I shared what we do with chalk paint and the recipe to make it!

This is an "oldie, but goodie" in the classroom.  Read more about changing things up and reinforcing positive behavior in the classroom HERE.

Are you headed out on a field trip soon? There is always a lot to keep up with before you go, but check out THIS post to see what I do to keep track and get the students involved and motivated! 

Do your students spend too much time erasing during writing time? Do you miss out on the chance to see their thinking because they erase and start over so much? HERE is a great tip that I learned from a wonderful teacher my first year of teaching! 

Thanks so much for reading! I hope you found something new or were reminded of something old that you want to try in your classroom this year!

Check out these other wonderful Bright Ideas!

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Lots to be SUPER Thankful For!

Hi there! I don't know about you, but this fabulous season just OOZES thankfulness for me.  It's the time of year that most everyone stops and recognizes everything--big and small-- that they are thankful for. 

Today I am linking up with Primary Powers for a Super Thankful Thread Linky.

I am SO thankful for my little munchkins! While Canaan gets to be home with us now, our precious little girl doesn't.  I am still thankful that the Lord chose us to be their parents.  Every day that passes, I am thankful for time with Canaan. I know I am missing lots of sweet time with our little girl, but I'm so very thankful for the sweet person who cares for her until she comes homes forever.  You can read more about our adoption journey HERE.

 This guy. I'm so thankful for him. He loves me and pursues me even when I'm stressed and crazy! He loves our munchkins to the moon and back and provides so much for us.  He is my best friend and teammate.  I am thankful that the Lord allows us to go through life together!

I am so very thankful for my friends! I think friends are special because you choose them.  The Lord has been so gracious to provide me with wonderful friends who have walked through so much with me! College, dating, starting our family, being a new mommy, being a wife…the list just goes on and on! I don't know what I would do without these prayer warriors by my side!

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving season? Head on over to Primary Powers and link up!

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Monday, November 10, 2014


Hello there!

Today I am blogging at Primary Powers.
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Be sure to head over and check out my post to snag this freebie!

Click the picture below to head over!

Have a wonderful day, sweet friends!

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