Thursday, July 24, 2014


Hi!  Welcome to day 4 {the final day} of my big blogging birthday bash!  If you missed out on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday's prizes, be sure to check them out and enter!  Giveaway runs through Saturday. For today's presents, I enlisted in the help of some of my best blogging friends!  Today, you have a chance to win 1 of 10 $10 TpT gift certificates!  Just in time for back to school!  Just follow the Rafflecopter below!  Good luck!  All winners announced for every giveaway Sunday, July 27th so be sure to check back!


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


Hi everyone!  I hope you had a chance to enter Monday and Tuesday's giveaways!  All giveaways are going on through the end of the week, so you aren't too late!  Today I have a fabulous opportunity for you to win an Alex and Ani bracelet of your choice {$28}!!!  I love my bracelet collection and thought it would be fun for you to have a chance to win one!  To win, blog about this giveaway or share it on your Facebook page {either personal or fan page}.  Leave a comment below with the link to your blog post or share!  I'll be checking! :)  Good luck!  All winners announced for every giveaway Sunday, July 27th so be sure to check back!

Good luck!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


Back again!  I hope you had the chance to enter yesterday's Rafflecopter for some amazing prizes!  If you didn't, don't worry--you have through the end of the week to enter all of my giveaways!  Remember, there will be 16 winners for all of the goodies I posted about yesterday!  Here's what's up for grabs today: 1 of 3 $10.00 Starbucks gift certificates!  To win one of the certificates, just browse my blog and pin an educational photo that you like to one of your Pinterest boards!!  Leave me a comment with the link to the pin.  I'll be checking! :) Good luck!  All winners announced for every giveaway Sunday, July 27th so be sure to check back!

See you tomorrow for more FUN!


Monday, July 21, 2014


Hi everyone!  Let's start this party off with a BANG!  But first---A big thank you to all of YOU for supporting my blog for the past 4 years!  Also, a big thank you to all of my friends who contributed to my giveaways!  Remember, I'm having 4 days of celebrations!  Here's what's up for grabs on DAY 1-lots of fun goodies for you AND your classroom!  16 winners today!  Good luck!  All winners announced for every giveaway Sunday, July 27th so be sure to check back!

Just complete the Rafflecopter below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Birthday Bags-A Bright Idea!

Hi everyone!  It's time for another great blog hop-the Bright Ideas linky!  Today I am going to share with you how I celebrate birthdays in my classroom.   I hope you enjoy it!  If so, please consider following me via the social media buttons at the bottom of this post.

With the overwhelming amount of paperwork, testing, grading, planning and just plain TEACHING, thinking about classroom birthdays is the last thing we have time for!  Over the years I've done various things for my kids {treats, prizes, certificates, bracelets, bookmarks, pencils--you get the point...} but it always stressed me out!  Those dang birthdays would pop up out of nowhere and I'd be frantically digging through my cupboard for a random trinket and certificate to give out.  It wasn't until last year that I decided to ORGANIZE my birthday gifts!  {I'm a very organized person so I'm not sure why I never thought of this before...}  Thus the creation of birthday bags!  This is the second summer now that I've spent time purchasing goodies and putting together treat bags for my kids' birthdays.  All 25+ of them.  It really only takes a few minutes to run to the dollar and teacher stores and then about 20 minutes to assemble the bags. 

Here's what I bought this year {mind you, I had a lot of this already in my teacher hoard...}:
  • bags {Hobby Lobby}
  • birthday sticker sheets {teacher store}
  • party blowers {Dollar Tree}
  • Smarties {Dollar Tree}
  • balloons {Dollar Tree}
  • bookmarks {teacher store}

I just put one of each item in the little treat sacks and taped them close.  I put the sacks into a bin and each time a child's birthday comes up, BAM-I hand them a treat sack, we sing happy birthday and call it a day! Easy-peasy!  

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Friday, July 18, 2014

4 Years in the Making

That's right.  4 years.  I began this blog 4 years ago, with not a clue as to what I was doing!  All I knew was that I loved teaching and loved helping other teachers.  I remember being so excited when I had just 10 followers on my blog!  I would update my mom each week as I kept gaining followers.  I was like a kid on Christmas every morning, racing downstairs to "check" the computer.  Who knew that my little 'ole blog would become a useful tool for so many teachers around the WORLD?!  In keeping with tradition, I'll be celebrating this milestone with all of you, because without you, this blog would be nothing!  I'm going big this year so get ready for 4 days of giveaways/specials!  Tons of chances to win!  Tons of prizes!  It all begins Monday, July 21.  Be there or be square! You WON'T want to miss this!

Don't forget to follow me via social media by clicking the buttons below!  You won't want to miss out on any details about the celebration!

Oh, and to make sure you REALLY don't miss anything, be sure to check out this short video by my friend Mrs. Stanford...she shows you how you can get notifications from all of your favorite bloggers' Facebook fan pages!  Click the pic below to view it.