Monday, July 21, 2014

Let's play catch up.. and have a GIVEAWAY :)

I have been a horrible blogger this summer! I am not going to lie, I have not done too much school related all summer long!! This is really the first year in my 7 year teaching career that I have just enjoyed SUMMER! We have been so busy getting ready for Mia! We installed our car seat yesterday because she will be here in about 3 weeks!!! AHH! I am so excited, nervous, anxious, scared... I just can't wait to finally meet her :) I am due the day before school starts so depending on when she decides to come, I may or may not go to back to school stuff. I am just so very thankful that I team teaching. I think I would be a nervous wreck not starting the year with my class, but I trust Amy 100% and know the kids will be in great hands! And we finally have a sub set in place! It is one of our old 2nd grade assistants! So she knows how Amy and I roll, and Amy is super comfortable with her :) PTL!

So, we did our maternity shoot recently! My best friend did our photos and I am in LOVE with them! Here are just a few of the photos :)

We threw my mom a surprise 50th birthday party last weekend! She was SO surprised! We did it a couple weeks earlier than her birthday because my sister in law was in town, and we wanted to throw her off. And thank god we did it early, because there was no way I was going to be able to keep it from her much longer! I made these little scrapbook centerpieces and thought they turned out pretty cute! I think they'd be cute to use in the classroom for something :) I used this tutorial to make these. They are a bit time consuming, but turn out super cute :) 

Here was her fabulous cake! It turned out so cute and was oh, so yummy! Here was our original Pinspiration for this cake!

I have been trying to work on a couple things for our class, and for TpT before baby Mia comes. One of you will win your choice of these two new items! 

First up is a pack of 7 I Have...Who Has? games for 2nd grade math skills! Our kids love playing these games, but we only had a couple, so I wanted to make some more! What I love is that they are great time fillers! They're perfect when you have an extra 5 minutes to kill, but are wanting to do something meaningful. They also promote teamwork! This pack includes 7 games for these skills: fractions, place value, telling time, money, 2d/3d shapes, basic +/- facts, and +/-10 and +/-100. Click on the first picture or HERE to see it in my TpT store! These games were based off of 2nd grade common core skills, but would be great enrichment for 1st graders, or review/remediation for 3rd graders.

The second product I have posted recently is a back to school craftivity! It is similar to my Research in a Flash, but is a sort of getting to know you booklet for those first few days back! I think your kiddos will love it! There are templates that allow younger kids to draw, and templates for the bigger kids to draw and write. For little learners, it would be helpful to have the cameras already made :) Click HERE or on the first picture to check it out in my TpT store!

I want to give someone their choice of one of these packs! Just leave a comment with your email, and your choice and I will pick a winner this week! Feel free to pin these or share this giveaway with your friends! Congrats, Evelyn! You are the winner of Back to School Snapshots! I have emailed you a copy :) Enjoy!


  1. I love your I have who has games, these are awesome time fillers!

  2. I would love the I have who has games. Also, your nursery looks so cute!

  3. I am teaching second grade for the first time. "Back to school snapshots" is exactly what I'm looking for. What a fun idea for the beginning of the year!

  4. Both items are on my wish list! Hmmm…I do want a new beginning of the year activity so I'd pick the "Back to School Snapshots." Super cute pics by the way! Congrats!

  5. Such creative ideas! I love them! I really love your back to school snapshots idea!