Thursday, October 31, 2013

~A Halloween Sale & a Giveaway~

Halloween.  Teachers LOVE it when this day falls during the week.  HA!  I'm out of the classroom now, so I don't have to plan parties or any of those awesome tasks...
Whether you love Halloween or hate it- I've got 2 things you will love- a giveaway and a sale!

I am giving away one of the Quietest Classroom Pencil Sharpeners, just click the image below to go enter!

And I'm having a 20% off sale in my TpT store!  Click the image below to shop.

Do you love Halloween on a school day or hate it?  Leave your answer in the comments!

I hope you have a wonderful day!  Bad storms are predicted here for this afternoon and tonight...hoping it won't be too spooky!  Where ever you are, stay safe!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

The Quietest Classroom Pencil Sharpener GIVEAWAY!

Yes, you read that title correctly!  I'm sure you've heard or read about these pencil sharpeners.  They truly are AWESOME!  I am lucky enough to have one and there is nothing like it.  I have never owned, or seen, a pencil sharpener that sharpens better than this one.  I reviewed this sharpener on my blog awhile back.  You can click {HERE} to read about it, or you can click the video below and watch it in action!

Troy has recently added a new color to his pencil sharpener line!  The new color is...
{insert drumroll here}
It's a beautiful shade of pink, too!  Every time Classroom Friendly Supplies sells a pink sharpener, $1 will be donated to cancer research.  The money will be split equally between Susan G. Komen and Caleb's Crusade.  Click {HERE} to learn more.

Of course, you can purchase a pencil sharpener, but you can also enter to win your choice of a pink, blue, green, red, or black sharpener!!

Come back daily to Tweet about the giveaway and earn another entry!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Five for Friday

I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching's Five for Friday to share my week with you.  I start each week intending on linking up on Friday, but by the time Friday afternoon rolls around, I am so tired that I don't think about it until about Sunday.  Not tonight.  Tonight I remembered!  The exciting inning is over in the Cardinals/Dodgers game, so while I wait for the Cards to finish whooping LA, I'll write this post!

This was the week we thought would never end.  Fall Break was last week, so naturally, this week dragged itself out!
With Halloween just around the corner, I pulled out one of my favs, The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams.  We read the story, then sequenced the events with these great visuals I found on TpT.  Vickie Plant created a great sequencing product using 3 different fall stories.  You can see it {HERE}.  I also made a color copy of the front cover, back cover, and title page.  You can't see it here, but I blew them up to poster size and we "made" a giant, living, breathing, squirming book.  It was a great lesson, if I do say so myself!

I am also busy making Book Fair plans!  I am SO EXCITED about my first book fair next week!  Scholastic will deliver next Thursday and the GRAND opening is Friday!  To make the GRAND opening really special, only students who bring someone "GRAND" will be able to shop.  A GRAND is a Grandparent, Relative, Aunt or uncle, Neighbor, or a Devoted caretaker.

The theme is Reading Oasis and will look something like this-
I will definitely share this experience with you next week!

 I was so busy with Book Fair fun and the Lady who wasn't afraid of anything, that I forgot to reshelve books.  And this is not even all of them. :(

On a completely different note, I made this delicious Fiesta Bean Salad.  The picture is of my beautiful creation, but if you click it, you'll be taken to the recipe on Pinterest.

Just a tiny bit over 5 days ago, I saw The Lumineers.  It was a GREAT show!

Thanks for letting me share my week with you!  Hop over to Doodle Bugs Teaching to read some more!

P.S. I'll be giving away a super awesome highly coveted classroom item very know the one- it's super quiet and amazing.... Stay tuned!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Monday Made It {no-sew curtains!}

I am not a sewer.  Is that even a word?  I even despise sewing on buttons!  So, when I moved into my library and realized I had 8 windows to cover.  I panicked.  I knew I would never find curtains that would fit my square windows in a fabric I liked, so I set out on a hunt for fabric and fabric bond.  I found the perfect fabric at Hobby Lobby and picked up several rolls of Stitch Witchery.  This stuff is your new best friend if you can't sew, but need things to look like you did!
My cute fabric! 
My new best friend

These were my edges.

You have to made a pocket for the tension rod.

With just a little measuring, ironing, cursing, and coffee- you too can have beautiful curtains without ever picking up a needle and thread!
Click {HERE} to see more Monday Made It Projects!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Support Breast Cancer Research on TpT & a Giveaway Winner

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Lindsay Perro has worked so hard putting together several product bundles for math and ELA.  All the profits from these bundles will go to breast cancer research!  These products will only be available through the month of October.

She has math and ELA bundles available divided by grade bands {K-2, 3-5, 6-8}.  There are just too many items to list!
There is also a clipart bundle with almost $100 worth of products!
Each bundle is $25 and worth so much more!!

I'd also like to announce the winner of the $100 School Outfitters giveaway...
Catherine Reed aka The Brown Bag Teacher!
Go congratulate her-

Sunday, October 6, 2013

It's smooth writing here!

I have never used a desk pad before.  I've seen them on "fancy" desks, like in banks or "real" offices.  They look nice and  I figured they protected the desk surface.  Now I KNOW.  I was recently sent the Artistic Rhinolin II Desk Pad from Shoplet to review.  I was amazed at how much more comfortable it made working at my desk.  My writing was very smooth and I liked how it gave me a defined space.  Having a desk pad is something I'd never thought of before, but now that I have one, I understand why people do!  It protects my desk surface, defines my work area, makes writing with any pen or pencil so smooth, and makes me feel like a grown up! :)

I used the desk pad on my kitchen table for awhile before taking it to work!
Shoplet is a great place for all of your office supplies or office stationary needs.  They even have promotional shirts!
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