Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Beach, New Product, and Paint Swatches, OH MY!!!!

Hi everyone! It is already May tomorrow! So excited! Warmer weather has hit Rhode Island! I LOVE it! I mean it is nothing compared to you lucky southerners! I have been watching the weather and hearing all about your 80 degree temperatures and sunny days! Either way, I have been trying to get some work done on new TpT products without missing out on the sun, so I went down to the beach and worked outside this morning! I didn’t have to substitute today! (I guess that’s one perk of being a sub!) It was beautiful! It was just nice to be outside! I feel like I can be on the computer working on blogging and TpT for hours and I lose track of time and the nice days! So, I am glad I was able to get in the sun! Check out the pic I took of the beach!

I view TpT as another job! It is a lot of work, but I really love doing it so I guess that is what matters! I like it even better when I get to work at the beach! Who can complain about that?!

Well anyways, I have funny story to share with all of you! So, I walk into Home Depot a few weeks back and start grabbing paint swatches for an activity with my after school students. The Behr paint guy comes over and says, “Hi, you must be doing A LOT of painting at home with all of those.” Well, yea that was embarrassing!!! Here I am at Home Depot grabbing free paint swatches to save some money but took an amount that was obviously a lot (whoops!). The guy laughed when I said I would put some back. Either way, I end up telling him what they are for and that I teach and whatnot. The man says to me that he loves the fact that they are used for school. He tells me that they are discontinuing a lot of the paint, therefore, in a few weeks he would have paint swatches that would just be thrown away. I said I would gladly take them so he took my number to call me when they would be getting rid of them. WELLLLLL, when I went to pick them up today there were 4 huge boxes of paint swatches! They were so heavy I needed the Home Depot employees to load them in my car (pathetic, I know!). While I am SOOO grateful, there are more paint swatches than I know what to do with?!?! Take a look at what I got today!!!! I find it really funny actually!!!


I have 4 huge boxes that are all this full! I have a feeling it is going to take a while to use them all! Haha!

After finally hauling those boxes into the house with some help from my brother, I was able to post my newest product that I have been working on for 2 months! Boy was that a long 2 months! It was such a relief to know it was done and posted! It is nonfiction reading comprehension passages about animals! It includes multiple choice comprehension questions, graphic organizers, and various ways to use the passages! My students have really enjoyed them so I am very confident other kiddos will too! Below are some pictures!


Click HERE for more details about this product!

Thanks everyone for stopping by! Time for dinner! All this writing has me starved!!! ;-) Talk to you all soon!


  1. Your animal reading passages looks AMAZING! It's on my wishlist!

  2. Maria, thank you for your kind comment! My students really enjoyed learning about the animals! I am really glad you like the product! ;-)

  3. I have your passages wishlisted too! And I would gladly take some paint swatches off your hands!

    Everyone deServes to Learn

  4. Thank you so much!!! I appreciate that very much! As for the paint swatches, if they weren't so heavy I probably could ship them lol! I was shocked at how heavy they were. (Maybe it just means I should get to the gym haha) ;-)

  5. I just joined your blog! Love the nonfiction product!

  6. Debbie, thank you so much! I am glad you like the nonfiction product! The students have loved learning about the animals! ;-)

  7. You hit the paint swatch jackpot! It looks like your two months working on the animal passages was worth it. They appear content rich and aesthetically pleasing.

    Forever A Teacher, Forever A Learner

    1. Yes, holy paint swatches! I am just now looking through them and figuring out some new ideas for them! As for my reading passages, thank you so very much! I appreciate that! It was a lot of work but I am very pleased with how they came out! ;-)


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