Monday, March 10, 2014

Swap 'Til You Drop

Hi everyone! I’m totally excited to share with you about the product swap some of my amazing bloggy friends did! Ok, so it’s simple, we paired up, swapped products, and then tested the products out! It was so fun because not only did we get to use products from some amazing sellers, we now get to share about them here with all of you!

I was paired up with Sarah from A Sunny Day in First Grade. The thing I just LOVE about Sarah’s products is they are all so kid-friendly. The kiddos love them and are always so engaged. A few weeks back we used Sarah’s Penguin Pack and it was a huge hit! It includes a penguin craft and some other adorable printables. Being that it is still a full blown winter here in Rhode Island, a penguin craft was perfect to use with the K-1 class I was in for. I wish I had some pictures of the penguins, but my iPhone always seems to die on me at the most convenient times! L Regardless, they were adorable! You can check out Sarah’s blog for pics of how adorable her students’ penguins came out!

Now that we have entered March, I am in St. Patrick’s Day mode though. The students always seem to love this holiday, and so do I! This is why I was so excited when Sarah also shared her St. Patrick’s Day Math Pack and Over the Rainbow Games with me! We will be testing them out this week and I cannot wait! I will certainly be back to share some pictures of these products in action! Until then, I have to share all about what’s inside of these two packs! Also, even better, you can WIN them below! Be sure to check out the Rafflecopter below for your chance to get these amazing products for your class!

Over the Rainbow St. Patrick's Day Math Games & Activities 

Sarah's Over the Rainbow St. Patrick's Day Math Games & Activities has kid-friendly, engaging activities for this fun week of school! The games and activities are perfectly aligned with the Common Core too! Can't beat that! ;-) One of my favorite games in the pack is her Over the Rainbow game you see there in the bottom left corner of the image above. The students must roll two dice and make a 2 digit number, then put that number on the correct cloud depending on whether it is greater or less than 30! Don't you just love that?! It's perfect! I really love the number puzzles in this pack too! Sarah has included both color and black and white options so it will be great to laminate the colored set for centers, and have the students color, cut, and build the black and white set.  

St. Patrick's Day Math Madness - 15 Ready To Go Math Pages!

 This product is just as simple as it sounds. After the hectic weekend I have had, this product is just what I needed. Not only do I love this product, but I know the students will too. Take a look above at what's inside! Lots o' Common Core! ;-) The printables have simple directions, adorable clipart, and are perfect for what the kiddos need to be working on for math. I can't wait to test these babies out this week!

Now, here are the details for the giveaways!

1. Start anywhere on the map below.
2. Stop by each blog and read about the products swapped between each set of bloggers.
3. Enter to win the resources that are featured by each blog pair. Each pair of bloggers has the same raffle, so you only have to enter on 1 of the two blogs. While you are are each blog, if you are not already a follower, show some love and sign on to follow! 
4. The raffles are open until midnight March 15th.

Enter to WIN our products on the Rafflecopter below! 

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Thursday, February 13, 2014


I'm baaaccckkkk! Yup, I had a blog following out, but I am back and have the best news ever! GIVEAWAY!!! Britney from Tailor Made Teaching and I are SO excited to host our WE LOVE OUR FOLLOWERS GIVEAWAY! There are so many fabulous teachers that helped make this Valentine's Day extra special. Trust me… this giveaway is PACKED WITH A LOT OF LOVE. (:
Please help share the love we have for you by entering into our giveaway. It is as easy as this: Follow the Tpt stores/blogs listed below in the form that they request and enter into Rafflecopter. That's it. The more entries you have, the higher your chances are of winning. Period. So what do you have to lose? Feel free to pass this giveaway on to others! 
Thanks to YOU... we could make this all possible. XOXO.

Britney and I are so thankful for all our the teachers who donated these amazing products! We love our teacher friends, just as much as we love all of you lovely followers! Happy Giveaway! Start entering on the Rafflecopter below! Crossing my fingers for you all! <3
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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Tis the DIY and Decorate for Christmas

 I’m baaaccckkkk! It’s been far too long since I last blogged and I couldn’t let it reach December before I posted again. So, here I am! I’ve been a busy little bee this holiday season. It’s crazy to think Halloween and Thanksgiving are both over. But, that’s music to my ears because that means Christmastime is here! I will admit that Christmas has been on my mind for a while now. I watched Elf in September! Can you blame me though? The movie is great!
With Thanksgiving over (the food coma too!), my family and I have been gung ho about Christmas. Yesterday was the tree hunt and the hauling down of the decorations from the attic. Today is the fun part! We get to decorate the inside of house and the tree. Thanks to Pinterest, I was able to create some new decorations for the inside of the house. Check out my no sew sock snowman below!
  • Children's white socks: I purchased size 6-8 1/2 socks from the Dollar Tree
  • White rice: a 5lb bag is plenty to make 6 snowmen. I got my bag of rice from Wal-Mart for less than $3
  • 3/8" buttons: Michael's craft store (40% off for Black Friday weekend!)
  • Colored string and ribbon pack: Michael's craft store (40% off for Black Friday weekend!)
  • 9mm Jingle Bells: Michael's craft store (40% off for Black Friday weekend!)
  • Bows: 10 pack holiday colored bows (40% off for Black Friday weekend!)
  • Googly eyes: Dollar Tree
  • Toothpicks: Dollar Tree
  • Sharpies: orange and black
  • Rubber bands: thin rubber bands work
  • Tacky glue or hot glue gun
***You can use whatever you would like to decorate your snowman. These items are just what I used***
To make your snowman, simply pour a little less than a cup of rice into the sock. Wrap a rubber band around the sock to section off the base of the snowman. Repeat the previous step but use less rice so the middle section is a bit smaller than the base section. Again, do the same for the head of the snowman.  
With the remaining part of the sock (the pleated part), fold it up and over the snowman's head. Lift the bottom part back up to create the look of the hat. Look at the picture above for a closer look.
Use Tacky Glue or a hot glue gun to hold the sections of the snowman in place. I simply put the glue in between the sections and let it dry.
Now for the fun part: Decorating your snowman!
Glue the googly eyes, the bow (or ribbon), and the buttons to the snowman. Use black sharpie to make a mouth. Color the end of a toothpick orange and poke it through the sock. Do not break the toothpick to shorten it because the end will not be able to poke through the sock.
For the hat, I strung jingle bells on this colored string and tied it around the front so the bow can be seen. Put a dab of glue over the knot to seal it.
Ta-da! Your snowman is done! See how easy that was?! After you are ready to make your snowman family like I did. ;-) My little family (Mom, me, sister, brother, Dad) is now sitting on the mantel in the living rom.
Email me with any questions about making snowmen of your own!
While I was busy making snowmen for the inside of the house, my dad has been working even harder on getting the outside of the house ready for Santa. Take a look at the pictures below of the CRAZY holiday fun that happens each year at the Parker house!
The North Pole comes to little Rhode Island. My dad does an amazing job with his display! He has done it since before I was born. Each year it gets bigger and bigger! We are at the point now that Santa's workshop has made it to my lawn. I can't imagine what it will be in years to come! I love it all though! ;-)
Welcome to the inside of Santa's Workshop! Santa greets you at the end of the hallway in the chair that my dad built this year! (He is very proud of it!) <3
Here's a peek into the elves' toy shop! I love the tools on the wooden bench!
  Elf Quarters: Where Jingle, Hermie, Jangle, and Jolly sleep in their teeny tiny elf beds! ;-)

One of the reindeer peeking through the window!

Nutcracker standing by Santa!

Santa's (hard) bed! I will have to stuff some pillows under that blanket to make it a bit more comfy for Santa.

And of course, a Christmas tree!
Just when you thought the North Pole might be enough, there's more! Take a look at the outside part of our Xmas display!
This tree is my favorite! It looks so pretty decorated and covered in snow! <3 
My parents have always gone all out for Christmas. Even to the point that they dress as Santa and Mrs. Claus......
My mom might kill me for posting that picture, so I guess I can sneak in a "normal" pic of my amazing parents!  
Thanks everyone for stopping by! Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and a safe Black Friday! Now, time for me to do some more shopping! ;-)

Friday, October 25, 2013


Hey everyone! We are down to the final fall freebie! Where did October go?! I really can't believe how quickly the fall is flying by! I have no complaints though! I have enjoyed my fall so far! Between a few mini vacations, creating new tpt products, shopping, subbing, and lazy movie nights, I have loved this fall. Before we know it, it will be Christmas! Yikes I know! I can't even think about the cost of that just yet.

Before I share about my latest freebie, I want to take a second to thank Crystal and Marie from Once Upon A Classroom: The Tale of Two Teachers. Each  and every Friday in October they have been kind enough to organize this fun blog hop! I am thrilled to be a part of the fun and I look forward to more hops in the future! From talking with Crystal, it seems she already has a new idea up her sleeve! Be sure to check back for an update! ;-)
Ok, so without making you all wait any longer, here is the new freebie for this week! This game is really fun for the kids and it is a great way to practice new sight words while reinforcing old words. Having used this game in intervention groups, I am certain your kiddos will love the game. All you need to do is cut out the words and print the game board and viola! After grabbing yourself a copy of this freebie, head over to Ideas By Jivey for another freebie! (How fun is this, right?!)


Click HERE for your free copy! Enjoy! ;-)


Thanks everyone for stopping by!
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Friday, October 11, 2013


Hey everyone! Back to back blogging days! I know, not the typical me right?! Well, between the new FB page, Instagram, TpT creating, DIY projects and whatnot, I have been having trouble balancing it all! I truly do not understand how the moms out there do it all. I am busy without kids! I give all of you moms credit for being able to balance the motherhood chaos with all of the social media and teaching stuff!
Even though I have been super busy, I definitely couldn't pass up the opportunity to take part in this fun blog hop put on by Marie and Crystal from Once Upon A Classroom: The Tale of Two Teachers. Each Friday in October they are hosting a blog hop in which different bloggers share a FREEBIE!

Due to the fact that my ancient laptop from who knows when couldn't connect to the Internet when I was in Dallas, I wasn't able to join in on the fun last week. But, now that I am back, I am thrilled to be able to share this week's FREEBIE! Check it out below!


Guess My Number is a game which is played similarly to Guess Who, however, instead of guessing a person you are guessing numbers. There are a variety of number sheets included and they fit perfectly into the new Guess Who playing boards. Don't have the Guess Who game? No worries! Laminate the playing sheets and have your students use dry erase markers to cross out the numbers.
Included in this freebie are a variety of sheets with numbers up to 100 and game directions. Based on my experiences with my students playing this game in summer school, I know your students will enjoy it too! After grabbing yourself a copy of this freebie, head over to Owl Always Love 2nd Grade for another freebie!

Thanks everyone for stopping by! Be sure to swing by again next week for another freebie! ;-)
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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Back To Reality & Subbing Discovery!

        BACK TO REALITY         

          Happy Thursday everyone! I hope you all are surviving your week! Tomorrow is Friday and we all have a long weekend ahead! I absolutely LOVE long weekends! That extra day makes all the difference! It is one more day to do laundry, sleep in (perks of not having kids yet), organize, create, do DIY projects, shop, and whatever else! I am so looking forward to getting things done! One thing I could care less about doing, though, is unpacking! Ugh, it is the worst! I got home from Dallas the other day and STILL haven’t touched my suitcase. My motivation to unpack is, well, at a ZERO! Either way, I had SO much fun visiting Texas for the first time! Check out some of my pictures below!
I am the WORST on airplanes! I cannot stand the turbulence, take-off, landing, any of it! Scares me to death! Despite my anxiety, I was able to snap this awesome pic quickly! 
I took this picture when at a red light in downtown Dallas. Despite the busy streets, I somehow caught a second when the street didn't have any cars. Add a few edits and filters with my phone apps, and ta-da! It reminds me of an album cover. Maybe a musician will find this pic, buy it off me, and that's how I will make my millions! Hehe!

MEXICAN FOOD WAS TO DIE FOR! I still cannot get over how yummy the Mexican food was there! My cousin and I went to this place called Taco Diner and I LOVED it! I tried queso for the first time. It is AMAZING! I must have eaten 3 baskets of chips and queso myself! Whoops! ;-)
While in Dallas, I was able to meet the lovely Ashley from Flying High in First Grade! She was so sweet! She drove over to the other side of Dallas to meet me for lunch and a little shopping (my fav!). I cannot wait to catch up with her again someday in the future!
Ashley told me about this cupcake place they have called Sprinkles. If you are ever in the area, you have to have one of their cupcakes! Oh my goodness, delicious!
My cousin took me to the Texas State Fair and I got to meet Big Tex! Everything really is bigger in Texas! ;-)
You can't go to a fair without eating fried food! Well, that is what I told myself after I ate this entire funnel cake to myself! I am still feeling guilty about this!

Carly and I had SO much fun together! It was great quality cousin time and I cannot wait to go back to Dallas! Hopefully, sooner rather than later!


Well, now that I am off vacation, I am starting to sub again. It is so great to see the students again and be back in the classroom. Subbing is always an adventure, as most of you know. Tuesday I was in for ELL, yesterday kindergarten, today 2nd grade, and tomorrow 3rd grade. Everyday is something new! While for some people this would drive them crazy, I love it! I enjoy meeting new children and seeing the different ways classrooms are run. It helps me to really figure out how I want my classroom to be someday!
Being that I am in new districts, schools, and classrooms all the time, it can be hard to remember everything. Last year when I began subbing I decided that I would keep a journal. I write down the names of the people I meet in different schools, the things I loved about a classroom, and the things I didn't exactly care for. Keeping a journal has been amazing! It has allowed me to reflect on my day subbing and simply remember my experiences.
After teaching in 2nd grade today, I was introduced to something that I not only had to write down in my journal, but I also have to share with all of you. This little discovery is known as Adventure to Fitness.
"Adventure to Fitness is a series of award-winning educational fitness videos for kids. Through a global journey kids follow their fearless leader "Mr. Marc" to run, leap, lunge, and laugh to greater mental and physical fitness!"
These videos are loads of engaging fun for the students. They get to be actively involved in Mr. Marc's adventures by following his steps. The teacher I subbed for used one of the video adventures for the class' exercise break of the day. (The videos each run about 30 minutes each, so we did about 10 minutes of it.) Check out the video below for a sneak preview of this series!
Head to the Adventure to Fitness website to sign-up for a free school account! Yes, FREE! With a variety of educational and exciting videos, your students will be learning and having fun! PROMISE! After seeing the students today, I highly recommend these videos for exercise breaks, earned rewards, or indoor recess. Check it out!
Thanks everyone for stopping by! Talk to you all soon! ;-)
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