Monday, October 15, 2012

Great Video to start each day!!!

My co-worker passed this on to me today. It's a catchy little tune by for Sesame Street!! It's called "What I am"  It's fun, positive and upbeat. I just thought I would share! Enjoy!!!

How do you start the beginning of the day in your classroom???

Sunday, October 14, 2012

I've Been Boo'd!!!!

Tammy over at Dots of Fun! Clip Art has Boo'd me!!!  So I am sharing the love!!!! Cynthia over at 2nd Grade Pad is having the great Linky Party above! Head on over and check it out!!!

Well now I have to highlight 3 blogs....................WOW this is going to be hard!!!

Blog that has less followers......


One that has more.............


One that has the same amount..............


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Featured on Fun in 1st Grade! & Last Chance!

Dana has graciously featured me in her New Teacher Blog Tuesday! Thank You Dana!


Don't forget to enter my Bic Box of Goodies giveaway!!! Today is the last day!!!!
This box of goodies is AWESOME!!!!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Yeah!!! It's Here!! October Currently!

WOW!!! I can't believe that it's the beginning of October already!! Fall is my favvvvvvvvvoooorite time of the year! I am of course hooking up with Farley from Oh 'Boy Fourth Grade

Don't forget to enter the giveaway I have going for a box full of BIC Goodies!! I promise you will LOVE what you get from them! I am LOVIN the pens and pencils that I  have left from the review I did. 

Click above to take you to the post & giveaway!!!!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Primary Possibilities 500 Follower Giveaway!!! & Friday Letters!!

Primary Possibilities is having a wonderful giveaway!! It is an honor to be a part of this giveaway!
 Head on over and check it out!!

It's been awhile since I hooked up with Ashley from Adventures of Newlyweds for Friday letters!

Dear Resume, (again) Please, Please find your way to the top of the pile so I can get a new job. 

Dear Hubby, I dislike you for being a pain in the ass about me turning 40!! You are a man it is different for you! Thank you for the beautiful flowers though!

Dear Boss, Thank you for having faith in me to analyze math and reading data and create my schedule!

Dear Claire (Live, Laugh, Love, Teach), I miss you terribly. I currently have a HUGE room to myself but I am excited for you as you begin your journey as a 5th grade teacher! Good Luck!

Dear Mom, Thank you for watching Nathan at the drop of a hat when I ask!

Dear Nathan (My Tweenager), You are about to turn 12 (Sunday). Can we please turn back the clock and slow down a bit? I love you!! 

Dear Fall TV Shows, I am excited to have new shows to watch!! The Voice, Glee, Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice. 

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Haven't posted in awhile!

I am sorry I haven't posted anything substantial in a while. But I didn't want to be a Debbie Downer or Negative Nelly. I have applied for many jobs over the last few weeks from many I don't hear anything until you get the general rejection letter through email. The one I am most mad hurt about is a interview I had with my own district. I have been with my district for almost 2 years doing sm. group intervention, summer school and before/after school tutoring. I have gone above and beyond in everything I do. I was told after my interview that I didn't have enough classroom experience. 

Anyways............. yes it makes me angry to think that was I do is NOT valuable enough experience for them to give me a job in a classroom. I am to the point that I know that I will go no where in the district that I am in and have to find greener pastures. Until then I will continue to look for a job and continue to do my job well. 


Last weekend my son went on a boy scout camping trip. They spent 4 hours canoeing on Sat. I met them for lunch and to take some pictures! They had a blast! 

Nate is in the front of the canoe with the hat on!

Listening contently to his scoutmaster. I wish he would listen to me like that!

Nate with his canoe buddy Josh! They had a blast together!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Packaways Review

I don't have an organizational gene in my body. It is not on my top list of priorities. In my eyes I have better things to do than have everything organized at home. Now my classroom is a different story. Everything has its place. I received  my Packaways last week. When I opened the box I had gotten the green and pink ones. LOVE the colors! 

I typically use plastic storage totes to store my teaching stuff when not using it, they can be a pain to store when they are empty. Packaways are a brand new storage tote made of corrugated plastic that fold away flat when not in use. 

They fold flat when not in use!! Makes for very easy storage!

The flap you see fold down and locks into place to make a strong bottom!

I LOVE, LOVE that you can write on them with a dry erase marker! So you know what you packed in the box. 

Packaways are made from corrugated plastic and are resistant against water and humidity. These storage boxes are also proudly made in the USA. Whether you're looking to help your child organize their room, organize your own space, or need some durable options for moving - Packaways has got you covered!

- I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Social Sunday, New Products & more!!

ok............I have been busy doing things I shouldn't be! I have been creating new products for my store. I don't really have a classroom to get ready for, since we are still in the process of moving everything into my new room. Being a Title 1 Teacher we don't start with kids until the 2nd week of school. This year the 1st, 4 weeks of school I will be working on MEAP & NWEA Prep for 3rd & 4th grade students. Then I will transition into working with K-4 for the rest of the year.

Here are 2 of my newest games! Dolch Sight Word Bingo! They are avalible in my TPT & TN Stores!

TPT   or   TN

TPT   or    TN

My partner in crime Claire over at Live, Laugh, Love, Teach has moved onto a full-time teaching position.  I am very happy for her but very sad that she had to leave me. We worked great along side one another and it  was like she just came in and knew what to do!! I am going to miss her!!!!

I'm linking up for Sunday Social ! Click the picture below to link up tooo!

Sunday Social

1. What was your favorite trip/vacation/activity this summer?I have to pick just one? We spent a lot of time camping this summer. But my favorite had to be our camping trip to Gaylord, MI! We were able to go wine tasting in Traverse City at some AMAZING wineries!!

2. What was your favorite outfit look of the summer/clothing item?

plus size tshirt

Just a basic t-shirt and shorts! I lived in them all summer long with flip flops or sandals!

3. What is one thing you wish you had gotten to do this summer?

Visit Mackinaw Island. We went up to the bridge but we didn't have enough time to go to the island! There is always next summer!!

4. What was your favorite song of the summer?

Home by Phil Phillips
Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepson
One More Night by Maroon 5
Payphone by Maroon 5
What Makes You Beautiful by One Direction

5. What was your favorite movie/tv show of the summer?

Deadliest Catch
Diners, Drive-in & Dives


Tonya is having a HUGE giveaway!! Head on over and check it out!!!

Friday, August 31, 2012

The Best Pencil Sharpener EVER!!!!!

Have you ever seen this pencil sharpener?

Groovy Green

It is aaaamazzzzing!!

I have always had a love/hate relationship with pencil sharpeners.  Troy from Classroom Friendly Supplies graciously sent me The Quietest Classroom Pencil Sharpener to review. Troy is a primary school teacher so he knows a thing or two about the trials and tribulations of pencil sharpening. Many teachers like me struggle with finding a great pencil sharpener that works every time, easy to use and kid friendly!

In Title 1 we have a treat tub and always inside it are pencils from the dollar stores. The kids love them but they typically do NOT sharpen well in the run of the mill pencil sharpner. Well the green beauty above did a WONDERFUL job at sharpening each and every holiday, felt, and glitter pencil that I tried. It even did a great job on the colored pencils that I tried too.

It's quiet! It's quick! And Sharp!

Look at how sharp the points are!!! 

My son LOVES this pencil sharpner! He was sad when I took it into my classroom yesterday! 

You should head right over and check out Classroom Friendly Supplies and get your own today!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

2 new products & a poll

Can you vote for the poll to the right at the top of my page?? I am creating bingo games for my stores and I wanted to know what I should use for sight word bingo. Fry Words or Dolch or both!


Please, Help a girl out on deciding what to use. I would also love if you would re-post so people will come take the poll too!! Thanks!!

I have 2 new products I have uploaded to my TPT & TN store!

Uppercase Alphabet Bingo


Lowercase Alphabet Bingo


OMG!!!! The Back To School Expo is AWESOME!!!! 
And you can enter to Win a FREE ticket!! 

There are presentations by:
Annie Moffatt from The Moffatt Girls
Cara Whitehead from Teaching...My Calling
Melanie Ralbusky from Schoolgirl Style
Eric & Brian from Wise Guys
Yvonne Crawford from MixMinder

The Vendor Hall is Ammmmmaaaazzzzing!!! 
And there is a goodie bag of over 56 items totaling over $180!!!!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

100 Follower Winner! & Vacation Pictures

We have a WINNER of my 
100 follower giveaway!!!!

Congrats to Kelsie Gerner!

The Idea Backpack is having a giveaway of 3 items from her amazing store. Stop on over and enter


We took at end of summer vacation with our boy scout troop to Ohiopyle, PA. We went white water rafting as a troop. (Still waiting for pictures of rafting) Then we did stuff as a family on Sunday (pics posted below). It was a nice end to the summer.

This is Nate at Fort Necessity a National Battlefield in Pennsylvania!

Laurel Caverns in Hopwood, PA

Meadow Run, Natural Waterslides in Ohiopyle, PA!
 The water was low but still a beautiful site to play with camera settings!

Downtown Ohiopyle! Playing with camera settings again! 

Thursday, August 23, 2012

17 Hours left to enter my 100 follower giveaway!!!!

There are only 17 Hours left to enter my 100 follower giveaway!! Please share, share , share this giveaway! 

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Help Needed!!! and Giveaway!

My family and I have entered into a contest to win a professional photography session with Ashley Slater Photography. Can you help a girl out by clicking on the photo below and "like" the photo but you also have to "like" her photography page too for you vote to count! Thank you so much!!! 

Photo: The Huaswirth Family

Click "share" under this photo to put this on your personal facebook page so  your friends and family can vote for you!  Remember they must like the facebook page AND your photo for their vote to count! Photo with the most likes wins the free session! Contest runs through midnight, August 24th!

Megan Over at "I Teach What's Your Super Power" is having a 400 follower giveaway!
 Head on over and check it out!!
i teach. what's Your Super Power?

Head on over and check out Ruby Slippers Blog Design. She is having a contest!
Ruby Slippers Blog Designs is having a design giveaway from Aug. 22 to Aug. 29

Monday, August 20, 2012

Don't forget about.............

I'm back from my mini vacation in Pennsylvania!!! 
We went white water rafting, toured the Lauren Caverns and tons of other stuff! We had a blast.......Don't forget to enter & share my give away! 

I will post pics soon!  I have a ton of editing to do!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Stressful Situations & Friday Letters

Today was one heck of a day. After working with my sweet little darlings this morning I was on my way home and witnessed something you don't ever wanna see happen to anyone. I watched a teenage girl get hit by a car while on her bike. I immediately slammed the car into park and called 911 and screamed to the other witness "DO NOT MOVE HER" (Thank gawd he listened) As I was on the phone with 911 (They had to transfer  me from the state police to the local police) I noticed a police car just up the road. I started Jumping up & down waving my arms to get his attention (It worked).

While waiting for the fire department and Ambulance the girls brother comes down to see what is going on (they live right there) and see's that it is his sister that was hit by a car. He starts screaming at the lady that hit her. Not so nice things and threatening her with "you'll be sorry you did this", "I am 23 and I have never hit anyone" ect.. The medic's and police sent him away! He calls the father and the father comes down  and is angry! He is more angry then trying to help his daughter. With everyone preoccupied with the daughter he mouths to the driver "You will be sorry for what you have done, I will make sure of it." I had to immediately tell the officer I was scared for the driver. I did get some news about the girl she is going to be ok! They are keeping her overnight for observation. 

To the driver's defense- I did not see the girl on the bike either until the driver hit her. She came out from behind a big full size pick-up truck to cross the road.  And she had NO helmet on!

I thank gawd for my first aid and cpr training that enabled me to keep calm in such a stressful situation. 

How do you think that you would have been able to handle the situation? 



Dear Truck, Please treat us well on our way to Pennsylvania!

Dear Weather, Please stay beautiful for the whole weekend!

Dear Nerves, Stay at bay while we go white water rafting! 

Dear Hubby, Thank you for working tirelessly to get the camper ready for this weekend!

Dear Blog Followers, Thank you for posting about my 100 follower giveaway. Feel free to keep posting it again! You rock!

Dear Puppies, I hope you have an awesome time at doggie resort for the weekend!

Dear Resume, Please find your way to the top of the "Call for an interview" pile! 

Dear K's & Firsties, I have truly enjoying having you for summer school this year. 

Dear Co-Worker, I hope both your interviews go smoothly tomorrow! And  that you are able to have a classroom of your own!

Dear Girl that was hit by a car, I hope you are feeling better! But next time you ride please wear a helmet and don't come out from behind a car where no one can see you. 

I am off for the weekend to go white water rafting in Pennsylvania! See you all when I get back!