Saturday, November 30, 2013

Check out these Cyber Monday Sales!

I am so excited about Cyber Monday!  I didn't do any shopping on Black Friday- too cold to leave the house.  The awesome thing about Cyber Monday is- I don't have to go anywhere!  Except to work, of course, but I've got my lunch break to shop!  
Two places I know I'll hit up are Teachers Pay Teachers and Educents.  Have you heard?  They are both having amazing sales.  Shop Teachers Pay Teachers on Monday AND Tuesday, using the code CYBER, and save up to 28% at so many of your favorite shops!  My store will be 28% off those two days so I invite you to stop by.  You can get there by clicking the image below.

If you've never shopped at Educents, you should check it out too!  Enter EDUCENTS20 and receive 20% off your purchase.  Click the image below to see the goodies they have for you!

Tell me about your fabulous finds this weekend in the comment section below!

Friday, November 29, 2013

Best Buy: Your Ultimate Holiday Showroom {special deals here}

Right Gift Right Price
I absolutely love shopping at Best Buy.  I could browse the shelves for hours!  While I am not there on this Black Friday, I am home doing some online Best Buy shopping and you can too!  
Here are two special deals you can redeem starting December 1st-


I personally like their free store pick up option!  So to visit your ultimate holiday showroom, click the image above!

Here’s why Best Buy is a great Holiday Shopping Destination:
Best Buy is the authority and destination for all your technology and appliance product gifting needs this holiday
The assortment is second to none:
  • Feature more than 100 products sold only at Best Buy this Holiday
  • Offer a market-leading selection of the hottest tablets, smartphones, gaming consoles and titles, wearable technology, health and fitness gear, mobile accessories and much more.
Blue Shirts and Geek Squad Agents are passionate, highly trained, knowledgeable and impartial so they can help ensure you get the perfect gifts for your family and friends…and yourself
They know price is important to us, and frankly it’s important to them too. Their Low Price Guarantee will ensure you’re getting the most competitive price possible.
The combination of and their 1,400 stores offers the ultimate showroom to touch, test, try and buy the latest technology.
Technology is evolving quickly and becoming increasingly complex- Best Buy is here to help make it easy for your to choose the products and services that work best for you.
  • Phones: At Best Buy you can see and try all of the phones, carriers, plans and accessories under one roof with industry-leading trade-in options
  • Tablets: Best Buy is the only place in America where customers can see all of the latest and greatest tablets. 
  • Computing: Best Buy features the best selection, advise, services and support in computing. They help set the market by working with the industry's tech leaders to develop a highly specialized and innovative assortment of laptops, many of which are only available at Best Buy.
  • Mobile Accessories: Best Buy has one of the largest selections of accessories and wearables this holiday. Bluetooth speakers, smartwatches, health & fitness gear and headphones will truly rule holiday. 
  • Home Theater: Best Buy offers the world's newest technology, best assortment and service in home theater.
  • Appliances: Best Buy is better positioned than ever to bring the latest small appliances and special deals to you.
  • Gaming: Best Buy is THE destination for gaming this holiday. Not only dodo they have the latest Xbox and PlayStation consoles, but the hottest game releases and everything else you need for a great gaming experience.
  • Music/Movies/Musical Instruments: Best Buy offers terrific deals on the best entertainment stocking stuffers.
  • Digital Imaging: Best Buy features the newest selection of cameras, accessories and advise so you can find the perfect gift or capture your own holiday memories.
  • Tech Services: Best Buy is home of the Geek Squad for help installing, repairing, troubleshooting, optimizing and offering all sorts of technical advice from every Best Buy store, in-home, online and by phone
Share your Best Buy Christmas joy on Twitter using #bbyHoliday13
Share in the comments great buys you've made at Best Buy!

*The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Fiction & Informational Texts with The Little Red Hen

It was all about the Little Red Hen this week in my library.  Kindergarten through 5th grade got a dose of this awesome folk tale.  I have always been surprised, and a little disappointed, at the ending where she doesn't share her tasty pastry and gobbles it down right in front of everyone.  Thank goodness for variations!
My preschoolers colored farm animals after listening to The Little Red Hen.  I used them to decorate my barn.

With my K through 2 friends, we read 2 versions of the story-1 from my library, the second from Hameray Publishing.  I really like the Hameray book, because at the end everyone helps clean up, the hen shares, and they have a party!
We read the two books and discussed the difference in them.  Then, I made a large Venn Diagram on the carpet using hula hoops.  Students sorted the picture cards, that you can find {HERE} for free.

Taught some new vocabulary words...

With my 3rd and 4th graders, I read Cook-a Doodle-Doo by Janet Stevens (CUTE BOOK!)  and The Little Red Hen.  Students found similarities and differences and filled in their own diagrams.

Click image to download all my LRH graphic organizers!

I also read Cook-a-Doode-Doo to my 5th graders and then shared some nonfiction books and texts on bread.  I printed several bakery menus and a list of types of breads and their descriptions.
After a discussion on bread, I put students into groups to create their own bakery menus.  They had to come up a bakery name, products, prices, etc.  We worked on these for 2 class periods and they turned out really cute!  Some groups really had their creative juices flowing!

As a thank you for stopping by my blog today,  I am going to give you all my graphic organizers, color sheet, and sentences to sequence!  Just click {HERE} to download from Google Drive!
I hit so many CCSS with these activities!  Answering questions, sequencing, diving into informational texts, just to name a few!  I recently wrote a blog post on incorporating speaking and listening standards and The Little Red Hen {HERE}.  
I love it when I am able to have a common theme with all my classes.  It's so fun!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Speaking and Listening Standards & a Little Red Hen Freebie

I'm in the Spotlight!!
I recently wrote a blog post on Hameray Publishing Company's blog on activities that hit the Common Core State Standard Speaking and Listening Standards.  The activities focus on kindergarten through 2nd grade and have some fun ideas for The Little Red Hen and informational texts.  I hope you'll pop over and read it.  If you do, leave me a comment over there and tell me how you teach Speaking and Listening skills in your classroom!  Click the image above, or {HERE}, to see the post.

I've got a Little Red Hen freebie for you {HERE}.  I have included character cards (all kinds because of the many versions of the story) and picture cards of wheat, bread, etc.  If you download this freebie, I only ask that you visit my post on Hameray.  Thanks and enjoy!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Winter wreaking havoc on your skin? Read on-

I don't know about you, but the second November hits, my hands dry out like a marker left overnight without its cap!  It's ridiculous really.

I recently had the opportunity to sample several Medline skin care products from  I have done several reviews for office supplies, office stationary, and promotional shirts in the past for and I've spent some time surfing their website, but I had not realized they offered this line of products until now.

The Remedy Phytoplex Hydrating Cleansing Foam can be used and not washed off!  Perfect for the diaper bag, purse, or car.  Weekend camping trip?  Bring it along for a clean feel and scent!   Click {HERE} to read more about it on   

I really like the Medline Remedy Nourishing Skin Cream.  It's the perfect lotion, but even better than any lotion I've ever used.  It has a great smell and absorbs well, but doesn't disappear after a few seconds.  My daughter has eczema and I've tried literally everything out there.  Most lotions irritate her skin, but this one did not.  It really did help her rough, dry skin.  We will definitely keep using this product.

Want to talk about moisturizing products?  This one takes the cake.  It goes on thick, but doesn't feel heavy or greasy.  The Medline Remedy Phytoplex Hydraguard does exactly what its name suggest- guards against water.  Your skin will feel like it has a barrier between it and water.  Once again, used it on my daughter, and it made her skin feel so smooth!

The last product for review was the Medline ReadyFlush Biodegradable Flushable Wipes. 
These cleansing clothes are very large and durable.  They would be great to scrub a child's face or hands in the car or for use in the bathroom.  They have a slight scent that is pleasant.  I was impressed with these products from and I encourage you to try them!
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