Friday, December 19, 2014

Have Yourself a Crafty 'Lil Christmas {Linky Party!}

It's so incredibly fun to get crafty at Christmas time!  From parent gifts made by your students, to gifts you make to give your littles, I just love getting crafty for the holidays!  I'm going to show you my craftiness this holiday season, and I'd love for you to link up with your classroom gift ideas for teachers and students! Feel free to share templates, gift tags, etc. as I have done!

 Here's a peek at the adorable gifts we gave our parents this year!  Kindergarten is such a special year that I wanted to make some keepsake type gifts.  Also, since I teach at a Christian school we were able to make a religious craft as well!

This was by far my FAVORITE!  My hubby cut out 3x3 blocks, painted them white, and distressed them.  I used to edit the pictures and make the kids into reindeer, elves, or Santa.  I had them use their own handwriting and "practice spelling" to write on thing they're wishing for.  Then I tied colorful bakers twine into a bow and attached to the top!

I found these adorable rustic frames at Hobby Lobby.  I'm not sure who wrote the poem...I found it on pinterest!  This was a special gift!

For this gift we used jumbo clear plastic ornaments from the Dollar Tree.  I used acrylic paint to add the children's thumbprints, then we turned them into reindeer.  I made gift tags to explain what was inside the ball.  Then the students dictated their stories to me and drew a reindeer.  I love that this is like a time capsule of their kindergarten year! :)
 At our Christmas party we made snow globes for our parents!  This activity was led by one of my parents.  You spray paint the mason jar lids red, use gorilla glue to attach an ornament to the lid, and add water, liquid glycerin, and glitter.  The kids LOVED these!  I created some cute labels you can attach to your own snowglobes!

For my kiddos, I bought Peeps "lollipops" and attached these cute cards.  They loved them!!

Want the FREE templates for ALL the gifts featured above?  Click the gift below to download the Google file! Enjoy!!

Now, how about linking up and sharing your classroom Christmas crafts!  Use this button and attach your link below! :)  Merry Christmas!!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Better late than never: Turkeys in Disguise

I was so excited about my students' Turkey in disguise project.  My kinder-cuties and their families came up with several turkeys I'd never seen created before!  Check out these adorable projects inspired by my "Eat More Ham" product!

 Guess what?  The disguises worked!  Mr. Turkey was safe! :)

And my little peanut Morgan's turkey (for First Grade) was a Las Vegas Showgirl! LOL!  We may or may not have gotten in trouble by hubby for all the glitter in the house!


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Who's Shopping for Christmas? I am, I am!!

I LOVE shopping for Christmas....especially online shopping where I can score some great deals that come right to my door!
I've got a FABULOUS little number to show all you Jamberry fans out there.

 This beautiful set will be available beginning November 12th, but you can reserve yours NOW by filling out my Pre-order Google Form!
The set retails for $45 and includes an application kit and THREE exclusive wraps not available in the catalog!  Better includes a sparkle wrap, an ombre wrap, AND a tint!  Plus it comes in an adorable holiday gift box with a holiday card!  
I'm thinking...teacher gift, babysitter gift, bestie gift, mom gift....and on and on!  One stop holiday shopping for all the girls in your life!
You can reserve your fabulous gift boxes here:

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Happiness in a Box!

Who loves getting mail?
I do!
Especially when it contains stylish, beautiful things that are fun!

This week I got TWO fabulous boxes in the mail that I'm UBER excited about!  First up, my brain simply cannot remember things anymore...I'm too busy and I realized I MUST keep a calendar or I will quickly forget appointments and live in C.H.A.O.S.  KWIM?

Enter this little box from Erin Condren....
I decided that I want to feel like a DIVA.  A DIVA who is organized.  So...I splurged and got the GOLD EDITION!  Oh.My.Word.  I am in love!

I also splurged and got the pen holder and the beautiful pens!
Now, I can't wait to get this bad boy all organized and set up so I can be an organized DIVA!

Now, on to my other Happiness in a Box.  I am a Jamberry consultant and I subscribe to our JAMAZING StyleBox monthly service.  Each month, I get over $30 worth of Jamberry products...including an EXCLUSIVE only available for subscribers...for $25.  No tax, and no shipping!  Here's what I unveiled this month...
 I love these bright, preppy pops of colors.  And look at the fun bonus...nail decals with a clear wrap to cover them!  Love them!!
 You can purchase your own Erin Condren Planner at this link:

You can subscribe to SyleBox by Jamberry at this link:

I'm expecting one more little Box of Happiness this coming week.  Can you guess what it might be or where it might be from?  

Friday, October 3, 2014

Scarecrow Day! (Five for Friday!) with lots of FREEBIES!

Today we had Scarecrow Day!

My sweet hubby came to school and built a life-size scarecrow with Kindergarten and First Grade!  The kids had a ball stuffing him with straw.

The giggling blond is my daughter, Morgan! ;)
 Is that Mother Goose or a Scarecrow?  LOL!

We also made Shape-ly Scarecrows using basic 2-d shapes and an original poem written by moi! 

You can snag that FREEBIE by clicking the image below!  Please leave feedback! :)
We also read the book The Little Scarecrow Boy by Margaret Wise Brown.  I love this story of a little scarecrow who wasn't scary enough to work in the corn fields with his dad.

Then we practiced making our scariest scarecrow faces and will use them to make a class book!  Here are our SCARY faces...
 You can get the Class Book Template Here:
Now...I'm off for a FULL week of Fall Break!  I have a to-do list a mile long, so I shall work all my PJ's!

Happy Fall Y'all!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Old MacDonald's Short Vowel Farm (with a FREEBIE!)

I'm so excited about my newest unit...Old MacDonald's Short Vowel Farm!

This jam-packet unit is perfect for introducing, practicing, and reviewing short vowels.  It's full of fun, engaging activities that will keep your kiddos busy, learning, and engaged.

 There's a fun short vowel craft for each vowel:

 There are mini books and flip books to give students practice with each vowel:

 PLUS, there are fun assessment/independent practice pages, center/small group games, Alphabet reference cards, a parent letter with parent resources,  and MORE:

It's ON SALE for a limited time only so hurry up and grab it!

Click the pig to get a little FREEBIE from the unit.  ENJOY!!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The Best Birthday Ever! McKenna American Girl Style!

My little Morgan turns 7 on August 30th.  WHERE has time gone?

She has grown quite obsessed with the (retired) American Girl Doll McKenna.  McKenna is a gymnastics star.  Morgan watches the McKenna movie over and over longing for McKenna.  So nothing short of a gymnastics party would do!

One of my former second graders (who is now 21!) made Morgan's cake:

 I made sure all the foods fit the gymnastics theme.

 The goody bags included a jump rope to go along with the gymnastics/fitness theme:

 And....before you have to ask....yes, she got her McKenna doll.  I don't think she was a bit you??!!

 I've uploaded the tags and labels I used for the party foods and favors as a Google Docs file.  It also includes a birthday banner.  Go grab it if your princess wants a gymnastics party! :)  Click the picture below to snag it!