Wednesday, July 31, 2013

What's Better Than 1 Winner?

In honor of my 300 Bloglovin' followers, 
I couldn't do just one winner, right?!

Congratulations to Michelle Moore, Cherie Mae Ong, and Cindy Winkler!  Yeah!  Check your email and let me know what item you would like from my store and I will email it to you!

Also I want to thank everyone of you for the great comments yesterday on what made you smile!  Reading them truly made me smile.  Sometimes it's wonderful to just take a break and reflect on the simple things.  If you didn't get a chance to read about all the things people are smiling about, you can click here to read yesterday's post.

Now, before you go, don't forget to hop over to The Teaching Tribune where you can enter today's rafflecopter and meet the last two members of our team!  Today you can win a $25 gift card to TpT!  We are saving the best for last, of course, the Nexus Google Tablet will be raffled off tomorrow! I can't wait!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

My First Personal Giveaway!


Just in case you missed out on following me yesterday on the Rafflecopter over at The Teaching Tribune, I have a special surprise in store for you!  I am trying out my first ever personal Rafflecopter giveaway!  This is a special thank you to all my new followers!  

The winner can  pick ANY item from my store! Woo-hoo!  Good luck and I would be honored if you shared on Facebook about this giveaway too!

One of the options on the Rafflecopter is to comment below on what made you smile this week.  So, now for what made me smile...

It most certainly has to be the launch of my new collaborative blog, The Teaching Tribune!  I am honored to work with the talented teachers that make up this blog.  These ladies are truly amazing!  Don't forget to hop over there today to read about two more members and enter to win today's prize!  Now that is something to smile about!  :)

Can't wait to read your comments below and
good luck with my first giveaway!!!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Meet Me on The Teaching Tribune PLUS Monday Made It!

Today is the day you have all been waiting for. Okay, well maybe I have just been waiting for it! Anyways, today is the day that you can meet me on
The Teaching Tribune!  

When you hop over there today, you can read a little about me and a super important organizational tip for the beginning of the school year. The best part? You can enter to win one of the 3 fabulous prizes still left! So EASY to enter and we will pick another winner tonight! Click here for more information on how to win!  If you are coming from The Teaching Tribune, you can click on the "Meet the Teacher" link at the top of the page to find out even more about me.

Now for my first ever Monday Made It!

The wedding is over...sad face. The thank yous are well, almost finished...happy face!  Now what to do with gigantic stack of wedding cards?  I cannot possibly throw them away and putting them in a box stashed somewhere hardly sounds fun.  Then, a Pinterest idea sparked my brain!  I could not for the life of me find this idea that I knew I had once seen and I have no idea why I never pinned it, but, behold, here is my interpretation of a homemade card display...I am loving it!

All you really need is some colorful ribbon (I picked purple, my wedding color), scissors, a sturdy hole puncher, and a few safety pins (not pictured).  You need your stack of wedding cards also!

I had a stack of various sized cards so I picked a medium sized card to begin with.  With the card closed, I simply punched 3 holes down the side.  I didn't measure or anything.  I figured eyeing it up was good enough!

Line up all the other cards on the left hand side and on the bottom with the first card that you hole punched.  You want all the cards to be able to stand up when  you are finished so lining the cards up on the bottom is extremely important.  Then, I just made three little dots and hole punched the dots.  I went through and did each card in this same way.
Here's a couple tips for step 3...
If a card is too small to have all three punches, just make two.  It will work fine once you have all the cards attached together.  Additionally, I had a couple cards that were bound at the top.  All I did was cut these cards on this top fold so that the card was in two pieces.  Then, I still hole punched on the left hand side.

Once all the holes are punched, it's time to start threading the ribbon through!  I started with the middle holes first and I safety pined the ends to hold it in place while I threaded the bottom and top holes.  Remember it's okay if not all the cards have a top hole to go through.  I simply staggered the smaller cards throughout the stack so everything would stay nicely in place.

All that is left is to remove the safety pins and tie some tight, pretty bows!

Here's the final product!  Even the hubby loves it!

Now the teacher side of me thinks this would be a great idea to do with student thank you cards. I usually don't save them, but I think I am going to start a box this year and when I collect enough, make another one of these crafty card displays for the classroom!

I also am linking up with Tara over at 4th Grade Frolics!  Join us or just pop over to see some more fantastic "Made It" ideas!

Oh, and one last reminder to head over to The Teaching Tribune to enter today's rafflecopter!  There are three fabulous prizes left...a TpT $50 gift certificate, a Google Nexus Tablet, and Product Bundle Pack!  WOW!  As always, GOOD LUCK!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

It's DAY 7: The Teaching Tribune Blog Hop!

Here is a recap of what has been going on...

At first it was TOP SECRET!

Then, we got to let the cat out of the bag...

 New collaborative blog...The Teaching Tribune, Blog Hop with 20 freebies, and Prize Giveaways!!

Okay, I know it is sad that this has already been going on for 6 days, BUT there are STILL 4 MORE chances to win! Prizes left include another amazing gift basket worth over $200, a TPT bundle, and don't forget about the Google Nexus Tablet! Could that be today???  Don't miss out!

Congratulations to ALL our winners so far!  Don't forget you need to enter EVERYDAY so head over to The Teaching Tribune and enter right away!  For complete blog hop directions, you can find them in an earlier blog post (Click Here).  And as always...good luck! :)

Friday, July 26, 2013

Decimal, Fraction, Word Form Match Up

I wanted to put an exclamation point after that, but I realized that my last several post titles already had exclamation points after them! What can I say...I've had a lot of exciting things to share lately!  

Haha!  And I am not done yet...  

I did want to remind all my readers to check out my newest packet if you haven't yet. It is jammed packed with everything you need for Common Core Standard 4.NF.6.  The best part is that it is 20% off for the remaining 6 days of The Teaching Tribune BLOG HOP!  WOW!

Get it now at my store!  Click here!

Also if you haven't grabbed my Back to School, Get to Know You Newspaper Glyph FREEBIE!  Get it while it is hot!

This FREEBIE is part of the BLOG HOP. If you haven't completed it yet, more information can be found here

Hope you enjoy these products as much as I know my kiddos will!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

My Mini-Me!

I am in absolute love of my mini-me that I wanted to show her off again!  Thank you again from Mel From the Pond!  She is perfect and so me!  :)

Just a reminder to stop by The Teaching Tribune today, meet two more members of our team, and enter to win one of the fabulous prizes again!  Congratulations for our Day 3 winner who won the K-2 TpT product bundle!  Woohoo!  I wonder what the fabulous prize will be tomorrow?  Who will win??  So exciting!

If you have missed out so far, it's not too late because there are still 7 days left and 7 more prizes!  Also don't forget about the 20 FREEBIES you could collect in the BLOG HOP too!  For complete instructions on how to enter click here.

Buena Suerte!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Meet My Team!

Here they are...

  I am bottom left if you didn't spot me!  Aren't we the cutest?!  All these wonderful graphics were completed by Mel From the Pond

Don't forget to visit our NEW collaborative blog, The Teaching Tribune!  Today you can meet another one of these amazing team members. You can also see who won prize 2, one of the amazing gift baskets!  If it wasn't you, don't worry because you still have 8 more days to enter and win one of the other fabulous prizes!  For complete details of this BLOG HOP of 20 FREEBIES and 10 8 more PRIZES...

Good luck to all!  Fingers are crossed for you!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Day #1 WINNER Announced!

Day #1 winner announced!
Please visit The Teaching Tribune to see if you won!

Now, now there...if you didn't win, no need to be sad!  That was only day 1 and that means there are 9 days to go!  Hop back over to The Teaching Tribune and enter again for tonight's drawing!

Remember these are the amazing prizes you could win...

Prize 6, the Scotch Laminator was given away today, but look at all the fabulous prizes still left to win!  Maybe tomorrow will be a blog design by Christi (who designed my amazing blog) or maybe one of those gift baskets worth over $200 in materials!  And it is so easy to enter, especially once you have already done the blog hop, collected all the QR values, and added them up to find the secret total!  If you are totally confused with what I just said head over to my first blog introducing these amazing days of giveaways...9 days left!  You can find that information by clicking HERE!

One last thing...I wanted to show you my all new packet that I just finished! It was inspired by my new collaborative blog buddies with a newspaper theme. This is a great packet for students practicing the relationship between decimals, fractions, and word form. Included are 60 decimal, fraction, and word form match up cards with an adorable newspaper theme! These cards are perfect to practice Common Core Standard 4.NF.6 - Use decimal notation for fractions with denominators 10 or 100. For example, rewrite 0.62 as 62/100. Suggestions for individual, small group, and whole group activities included. There are also student direction sheets and recording sheets for individual activities. Bonus: An assessment to check mastery of the standard with an answer key!

Click here to take a closer look at this brand new packet!

Now for the best part...grab it at my store now for 20% off for the next 9 days in honor of The Teaching Tribune Blog Hop!  Yeah!  Enjoy ;)

Monday, July 22, 2013

Winner #1 picked tomorrow!

The excitement continues!  Here is a recap...

Please visit The Teaching Tribune and enter for Prize #1 which will be picked today and announced tomorrow morning!  Tomorrow morning you can also start entering for prize #2!  Remember we are giving away a Nexus Tablet worth $200 and you never know which day it will be!

Also just in case you missed it, you can read information about the BLOG HOP and pick up your 20 FREEBIES by clicking here!

Ádh mór ort! Or good luck the Irish way! 
Remember we are a blog from around the world and I think my friend Wendy would be proud! :)

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Hot Off the Press!! Back to School Exclusive!!

I have some great NEWS for you today and I am so excited to finally let the cat out of the bag!  I have collaborated with 20 AMAZING teacher-bloggers and we have begun dreading celebrating that it is almost time to go back to school! We all love summer, but it’s time to start thinking about getting back to school. We have decided that everyone needs some fun to break up all those days of professional development and endless meetings, mixed with late nights and weekends spent decorating your classroom. So for the next 10 days, we are celebrating with freebies and a prize a day! Yes, that's what I said a PRIZE A DAY… FOR 10 DAYS!!

Every day, you will have the chance to enter and win one of 10 great prizes!

This is what you can win during our Back to School Exclusive 
(in no particular order)...

Now remember these prizes are in no particular order, so it is important to enter everyday in order to have your chance at every prize!  These are some FANTASTIC prizes too!  Go ahead, read the list again!

Okay, now for the FUN...

This is the IMPORTANT part. Please read carefully. EVERY DAY, FOR 10 DAYS, you will need to visit the final stop of the blog hop each day to enter to win and to see if you were the previous day’s winner! Each day a winner will be drawn and one of the ten prizes will be awarded. 

To keep it fun and exciting, you won’t know what prize you have entered to win until the winner is announced the next day! You never know what you might win! I know I would visit every day to enter for a chance to win the Google Nexus Tablet!

So how do you enter?  4 EASY STEPS...

STEP 1: You will need to download and print the Hot Off the Press Cheat Sheet. Click the image below. 

STEP 2: You’ll need to collect your freebies. This BLOG HOP will take you to all 20 blogs where you will collect freebies along the way. You can start at any of the blogs, follow the “next stop” buttons, and it will take you in a loop to all 20 blogs.  The very last stop will be The Teaching Tribune, our new and exciting collaborative blog!  You can also check out our NEW facebook page here!

Here's my freebie! I hope you enjoy :)

STEP 3: Hidden in each freebie is a QR code, which looks like this…
 (Note: This is just a sample image. You do not need it for any reason.)

Find the QR code.  Did you find mine?  Each QR code you find will be black. You will need to scan all 20 QR codes for a cash value with your smart device.  For those of you without a smart device, head on over to Sugar & Spice where she has the solution for you. She found a simple way to scan QR codes using just your computer!  I am in love with this...especially for classrooms that do not have any IPads or other smart devices!

*After downloading the freebie at each blog stop, be sure to record the amount in the QR code onto your cheat sheet you downloading above.

STEP 4: Once you have all 20 cash value amounts, add them up, then you will enter the total value to win a prize a day on the Rafflecopter. All prizes will be posted on The Teaching Tribune blog! 

It’s time to get started! 
After you have downloaded my freebie above and found the value of my hidden QR code, add this value to your cheat sheet for stop #15!  Yep, this is the the 15th stop on the BLOG HOP!

THE NEXT STEP: Click here to head over to the next blog to grab your freebie!  It's actually Christina from Sugar and Spice so you get to visit her again! 

I really hope you have fun with this and enjoy all the FREEBIES!  I also wish everyone the best of luck winning those fabulous daily prizes!

Last thing, if you would like to start at stop #1 on the BLOG HOP, 
here you go...

Good luck to all!  :)

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Newsworthy Information!

Hello everyone!  I have been having a fabulous time blogging this summer and it feels so great to get recognized for it :)  If you have been living under a rock and do not know, Teachers Pay Teachers is a great organization and I am so honored to be part of it.  Now, can you believe my excitement when they re-posted a link to my last blog post about the Vegas Blogger/Teacher Meet Up?!  Woo-hoo!  Thank you to this amazing company.  The teaching world is just a better place to be now!

Oh and one more thing that I am SOOOOO excited about, hmmmm...on second thought, we will save this one for tomorrow!

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