Sunday, August 18, 2013

Today's the day!!!!

Today's the big day friends!!!
I, along with many other of your favorite bloggers, are participating in the BIG back to school TPT sale!!
Everything in my store is 20% off, plus don't forget to type in the special promo code: BTS13 and save an additional 8%!!!
You may want to fill your cart up with some of these goodies!:
Click HERE to go to my store!! Happy Shopping Friends!!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Flash Giveaway!!!

Hi sweet friends,
Sorry for the double post, but I don't want my faithful blogger followers to miss out on my Flash Giveaway!! Since tomorrow is the BIG sale, I'm giving away a $10 TPT gift certificate on my Facebook page!!
Don't miss out...head HERE and follow my facebook page to enter!!! Look for the post!
I will choose a winner at 8:00 AM EST tomorrow morning, JUST in time for the big sale!! :)

Best and Most TPT linky!!

Good Morning Friends!!,
Whew! Sorry for my absence, but it has been a crazy busy first week back to work! I had my preplanning week with 4 days to get my classroom set up (in between meeting after meeting!) and I had my Meet the Teacher yesterday. It was my best turnout yet!! 14 out of 15 of my little sweeties came and they are just as excited about the new school year as I am!!
Another thing that I am excited about is the TPT sale tomorrow!! Whoop Whoop!!!

 I am linking up with the fabulous Christina over at Bunting, Books, and Bainbridge for her TPT Back to School Best and Most Linky!
Teacher's Pet
This would have to be my Keys to Success Incentives Pack!!
This pack includes 75 incentive and celebration tags that students can earn throughout the year and 10 editable ones that you can make for your classroom needs! I'm giving each of my students a key ring to proudly display their tags on and they will keep them either on their backpacks or they can even loop a chain in their key ring and make a necklace if they wish! I have mine all printed out & ready to go! Here's a preview of what's included in the pack...
Most Likely to Help Your Students Succeed
I wholeheartedly believe in students being able to recognize and manipulate word patterns in their quest of learning how to read. I could never find enough making words activities in my curriculum to work on this as much as I would've liked to. This is how my Making Words Mega Pack was born!
This pack has 115 different word building lessons that you can use in your whole or small groups throughout the year. It includes different word families, blends, digraphs, and diphthongs. No more scrambling around to find word building lessons. Here's a preview of what's included:
Best Couple
The products that would compliment each other the most are my best selling Kids of Character Pack
with my Be a Buddy, Not a Bully anti bullying curriculum pack!

My Kids of Character Pack includes over 40 character traits to discuss with your students. There is a poster a week and a journal for your students to fill out as they learn about each character trait.
The Be a Buddy Not a Bully pack includes several lessons and craftivities on the signs and steps to take if you are bullied and provides your students with the tools to stand up against bullying!!
Don't forget, tomorrow and Monday are the big days!! My store will be 20% off plus an extra 8% off if you enter the code BTS 13!!
Happy Shopping!,

Monday, August 12, 2013

Getting to Know Me!

Happy Monday Friends!,
I'm back again today!! Today I also wanted to link up with Blog Hoppin for Teacher Week! What better way to kick off the week that I'm going back to school. I officially go back tomorrow (WAAAHH!!) I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of my summer!
I am so excited to get to know many of the bloggers out there, especially since there have been so many new bloggers out there since I did this last year! So without further adieu...
1. I live in sunny Florida about 30 minutes away from Daytona Beach and 30 minutes away from Orlando. To give you an idea of where I live, see the map!
I have lived in sunny Florida for 27 years now. I am originally from New Jersey where I was born, but have been down here so long that if you ask me where I'm from, it's Florida! :) I do love living so close to the beach where the weather allows me to utilize it most of the year. There is also a lot to do here, like theme parks, even though they surely break the bank. There's not too many dull moments. Downside of FL: the humidity! The weather is killing me right now!
2. I have an amazing family! I have been married for 4 years now. I have a 4 year old daughter named Summer and a little one on the way in a few months (due October 9th). Here are some pictures of my 2 loves:
Here is Summer- she is going into her 2nd year of Pre-K. She is headstrong, beautiful, loving, and FULL of personality (as you can see in this picture). Many days are challenging, but I love her to pieces!
Here is our soon to be daughter, Reagan. We got to have a sneak peek at her last Friday for our 3D/4D ultrasound!
3. I have been teaching for 9 years now. All of this time has been in 1st grade!! I absolutely love what I do! I have been thinking about a change lately in grades, but we'll see what the future holds in store for me!
4. Last year was one of the most memorable of my career. I was voted Teacher of the Year by my fellow faculty. That was truly a dream come true for me and one of the biggest honors of my life!
5. I bleed Garnet & Gold!! I am a diehard Seminoles fan! I went to Florida State University, which was also one of the most exciting times of my life for me, because I learned what it was like to be on my own. Some of my best memories are from my college days! 
6. My personality: Very down to earth! I am a go with the flow kind of gal. I DO NOT like conflict. I am in constant fear of offending people, which is not an easy trait to deal with. I just don't like to make people mad, but I have learned over time that you can't please everyone. There are people that are going to like me & people who don't & I have to learn to live with that!
7. Favorite hobbies include going to the beach, spending time with family and friends, shopping, making things for school, and just relaxing! I'm not a huge fan of exercise, although in a few months, I won't have any choice if I want this baby weight to come off! lol

8. Did I mention that last year one of my students was featured on Good Morning America holding my 1st Day of School picture frame? It was only for 2 seconds, but it was just amazing to be contacted by the executive producer of GMA at all!
9. Must Haves in Life: COFFEE, pedicures, massages, and icing. Yes, I said icing. My mother passed down her sweet tooth gene to me, so I am a sugar junkie. I will eat icing by the tub (not while pregnant...). I just can't help myself!! ;) Besides that, don't come near me if I haven't had my coffee in the morning. It is near impossible for me to function without it!
10. My phobias: Heights (although I did go skydiving at 15,000 feet in the air), Roaches, Snakes, Bees or anything that stings (I've never been stung in my life, so it's probably just the unknown I'm scared of). :)

See you tomorrow with some classroom pictures!! :)

Monday Made It: 8-12-13 + FREEBIES

Wowzers! I'm back for another Monday Made It with Tara from 4th Grade Frolics!
I have been in full school mode these past 2 weeks, so I am cranking out some goodies. My first official day back is **sigh** TOMORROW! I can't remember a summer flying by so fast... Here is what I've been up to this week!
First I made these birthday cups instead of birthday goody bags to hand out to my students this year! I bought the cups & lids on Amazon (50 @ $19.99). It may sound a little steep, but it will last me 2 years so I figured, why not! I bought a bag of smarties mixed candy at Walmart, added some shredded paper, courtesy of Michael's ($3.99 + 40% off coupon), and topped it with a red tootsie roll pop. I am so excited about how they came out!!

As a freebie for you, click on the picture below to download the labels that I used for my cups. They are printed on 2 x 4 shipping labels.
 Next up are my birthday straw balloons!
I can't claim the fame for making these balloons. These balloons are from the talented Melissa Freshwater from Mrs. Freshwater's Class. I wanted to make them with giant pixie sticks this year, but I figured with the birthday cups above that I'd better not load my lovelies up with too much sugar, so I opted for crazy straws instead. ;)
Next up, I printed up my pirate themed bunting to go with my classroom bulletin board (unfortunately I only have one...yes one!)
It says "Our Work Is A Treasure". I'm hanging it up with twine so it gave it a little more of a "pirate" look. It stays up all year long & I just have to change out the work samples! :) You can find this in my TPT store here.
Last, I printed up the circles that go with my Pirate Ribbon Birthday Display.

 I found this awesome skull & crossbones ribbon last year at Michael's and created this pirate display hanging from ribbons for each month of birthdays. I thought it gave it a different touch of displaying birthdays!
I'm just waiting on finalizations of my classroom roster to fill in the names and dates. You can find this in my TPT store here.

I also made 2 new job charts that are EDITABLE!! I now have a monkey themed job chart and an owl themed job chart in my TPT shop. Click on the pictures below to see what they're all about!!

A BIG thank you to Tara for another fabulous summer of Monday Made Its! The inspiration that comes from this linky is just amazing!
You *may* see a double post from me today... I am also going to be linking up with Blog Hoppin' for Teacher Week this week!

Well I'm off to work in my classroom!! See you in a bit!! :-)

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

The Back To School E-Guide Has Arrived!!

Happy Wednesday Friends!!,
I'm excited to stop by and share something wonderful with you tonight! Last year, April from A Modern Teacher and Melanie from Schoolgirl Style put together a fabulous e-magazine with back to school must haves from some of your favorite bloggers. Well guess what?!?! It's BACK!!! And I'm sooooo excited because I am one of the bloggers featured in the magazine!!! :)
This FREE e-magazine is packed with wonderful ideas for back to school. Each picture has links connected to it so you can easily find these products! This magazine will be helpful for ALL teachers. Click below to take a look at this amazing magazine! Happy Reading!!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

The Keys to Success Winners + Stay Tuned!

Happy Tuesday Friends!,
Yesterday I stepped foot into my classroom for the first time. EEEK!!! Reality has set in. Summer is just about over...
On that note, let's spread a little cheer!! Remember that giveaway I started at the end of last week for my newest pack, "The Keys To Success"??
Well I'm here to announce 2 winners!!! Drumroll please...
And the winners are:
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Congratulations ladies! I will be sending it your way shortly. If you entered on Facebook also to win this, check there! I will be announcing 2 more winners of the pack shortly. If you like what you see, click any of the pictures below to check it out in my TPT store in more detail!

I have some even more exciting news. Tomorrow a special e-magazine will be distributed by April from A Modern Teacher and Melanie from Schoolgirl Style!...and I am part of it!!! I am so excited!!! The magazine features several B2S must haves from several of your favorite bloggers. It will be posted tomorrow...Stay tuned!!! Did I mention that it's free for everyone also?!?! :-)
I'll be back with more information about this tomorrow!!! :)

Monday, August 5, 2013

Orange You Glad It's A Blog Hop?!?!

Welcome to Everyone!!
It's a blog hop!!! Thank you for visiting our Florida blog hop!
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I have 2 products to share with you today.
The first one is my Making Words Mega Pack: Word Building for the Entire Year!

It includes 115 word building lessons for short & long vowels, beginning/ending blends, and digraphs. Everything you need for a year of prep and planning! Click on either picture to take a look in my TPT store!

Now for the really good stuff...The 2nd one is FREE for Learning Is Something To Treasure Facebook fans!
Make sure you "like" my Facebook page to pick it up! Click on the picture below to head over to my page!

Thanks for stopping by today!
The next stop on our hop is...

If you'd like to start at the beginning, you can hop on over to Tamara's blog:
Have a great day friends!!,