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! 

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

What I'm Loving! & Giveaway!

I'm Loving that we are going camping in Pennsylvania this weekend!

I'm loving that the weather has cooled off and we can have the windows open instead of the a/c on. 

I'm loving my mom's pepper steak recipe! 

I'm loving that it's almost the weekend!

I'm loving that I will get to cross White Water Rafting off of my bucket list this weekend!

I'm loving that I have hit over 100 followers!! You guys rock! Head on over and check it out!

I'm loving Maroon 5's song payphone!


Crayon's and Curls is having a giveaway for a paper trimmer and laminator. Being a teacher BOTH of these would be a great asset to my classroom! Head on over and check it out


Tonya's Treats for Teachers is having a giveaway! Check it out! Love her stuff!!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

100 Follower Giveaway!! Check it out!!

WOW!! I can't believe it!! I have made it to almost 100 (94 currently) followers!! 
I have an awesome giveaway for you! These ladies below have graciously donated their products to 1 lucky winner!

Winner Must: follow all of the blogs below

 I will be using to pick a winner.
The winners entries will be verified!

I am posting a little early because I am going White Water Rafting in Pennsylvania this weekend!

Polkadots and Pencils
Lacie is donating her new Zebra Themed Classroom Decor Set! 
Tonya is donating an item of winners choosing from her TPT store!
Natalie is donating an item of the winners choosing from her TPT store!
Farley is donating her Tags for Appreciation Gifts set!
I Teach. What's Your Super Power?

Megan is donating a custom paper pack from here TPT store!

Hadar is donating her newest monthly pack! Check out her TPT store!

Jessica is donating winner's choice from here TPT store!

Just Wild About Teaching
Michelle is donating her newest monthly packet on her site. 
Little Literacy Learners
Julie is donating a product of her choice from her store
Tanja is donating winners choice from her TPT store!
Curls and a Smile

Lynda is donating her newest product from her TPT store!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Favorite Read Alouds & Linky's Galore!!

Favorite Read Alouds Linky Party!!!

I'm linking up with Teaching Happily Ever After for Favorite Read Alouds Linky Party!

I have so many favorites but I will list just a few!!



What are your favorite read alouds? 

Grab the button, create a post with your favorite books, then link up to share! Please make sure you link to your specific post so people can easily find it! :) 

If you haven't checked out Rainbows Within Reach, you should!! Debbie has a passion for Children's music, Literacy and Art & Creativity! I have several of products! She is having a Pin-it-to-win-it linky party! Head on over and check it out!

photo of: Lucky #13 "Pin-it-to-Win-it" with Rainbows Within Reach (Personalized Picture Book Give-Away)

Heidi over at My (Not so) Elementary Life is having a giveaway for a Classroom Decor Pack of your choice. She has some very cute ones. My fav is the Bright Polka Dots!!

Oh, oh, oh Look out for my awesome giveaway coming up at the end of the week! I am ALMOST to 100 followers!!! Yeah!! I'm excited!!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Flash Giveaway!! Hurry!

Flash giveaway!! Hurry! Hurry!! Tonya is having a Flash Giveaway!

Tonya's Treats for Teachers is having an awesome give away! It's a $25 gift certificate just in time for the TPT sale happening tomorrow!

Look for her Almost 500 Follower Giveaway!!