Friday, December 30, 2011

A Liebster Thank you!

Wow!! What a week I've had! First, I have to send a huge thank you to Sally over at Elementary Matters for awarding me the Liebster Blog award. This award is given to newbie bloggers with under 200 followers and I am honored. Thank you so much, Sally!

Here are the rules:

1. Copy and paste the award on your blog.

2. Thank the giver and link back to them.

3. Reveal your top 5 picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.

Now for the really fun part. I get to award 5 other new bloggers!! Here goes...


Teaching...My Calling

Congratulations to all of my Bloggy friends!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

50 Follower Giveaway!!

I've been stuck at 49 followers for quite some time and today, Stephanie at Teaching in Room 6 absolutely made my day.  Thanks, Stephanie!  She became my 50th follower and to celebrate this little milestone, I'm having a giveaway.  I thought about what I'd like that giveaway to be and Amazon popped into my head.  This probably sounds strange but I just 'discovered' how wonderful Amazon could be about a year ago - especially for books - so I'm giving away a $25 giftcard to

To enter, please follow these simple rules:
        1.  Follow my blog and leave a comment (or comment if you already do).  This equals one entry.
        2.  Blog about my giveaway if you feel like (no pressure).  This equals 2 entries.  Please leave two separate comments with a link back to your blog.
        3.  As a special thank you to Stephanie at Teaching in Room 6,  please check out her blog.  If you decide to become a follower, please leave a comment on this post for an additional entry.

VERY IMPORTANT:  Please leave your email on every comment so that I may contact you if you win.  If you are interested in this giveaway, please leave all comments by midnight of January 3rd.  The winner will be drawn on January 4th. 
         To all of my bloggy friends, thank you so much for your support!  Good luck!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas Gifts

Well, here I am, the night before my last day before Christmas break and I'm finally getting around to wrapping my student gifts.  Thanks to my super fabulous daughter who ran to IParty for me while I brought my other daughter to the walk in clinic, I was able to get this job done pretty quickly.  For my student gifts, I always use my Scholastic bonus points to order a book for every child.  They all get the same book (to avoid any complaining) and I usually try to find one that's wintery but low in points.  AND, most importantly, I always order the year before.  One year, the books I wanted were backordered and did not come in on time.  I was NOT a happy camper.  So I've already ordered next year's gift with this December's book order.  It's tucked away safe and sound (which actually makes it sound even worse that I'm just now wrapping them!  Ha ha!)

I also try to find an inexpensive fun gift at the dollar store.  I found these old-fashioned gems at the Dollar Tree.  Love these games!

Anyway, I got them all wrapped up and looking cute.  I'm finally ready to celebrate with my kiddos. 

Merry Christmas, Bloggy Friends!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

A Fantastic Giveaway!

Oh Boy 4th Grade is hosting a 12 days of Christmas giveaway.  She has many fabulous bloggers who will be guest blogging about their part of the giveaway.  Click the picture below to check it out for yourself.  There's only three simple rules so you won't want to miss it!

So Excited!

Erika from The Honey Bunch has just honored me with my very first blog award!  You've totally made my day, Erika!  So, the rules are that you have to answer a few questions and then send the award on to other fabulous bloggers (This is very humbling to me!)  Here goes...

Favorite Color:  Black and lime green.  I redid my classroom with that color scheme this year and I am totally loving it.

Favorite Animal:  Dogs...most definitely!  I have two little babies of my own.  Aren't they so cute!

Favorite Drink:  Sangria!  Oh, was it supposed to be non-alcoholic...?  :)

Favorite Number:  13 - I like to beat the odds, I guess.

Facebook or Twitter?  Facebook for sure, but I'm not a good Facebook friend.  I don't check nearly often enough.

Getting or Giving?  Giving - There's nothing like the feeling of finding the perfect gift for someone.  I LOVE it!

Favorite Flower:  Sunflowers - They grow so steady and strong, despite the weather.

Now, here's the really fun, but very difficult part.  There are SOOO many really fantastic blogs out there that have given me so much inspiration.  It truly is extremely hard to pick just a handful but here goes...

First, I would like to honor Kristen at Ladybug's Teacher Files.  She is the reason why I even started blogging in the first place AND she is the very talented designer of my blog.  Thanks, again, Kristen!

Secondly, I'd like to give the Sunshine Award to Amy at Step Into Second with Mrs, Lemons.  She has fabulous ideas and is always willing to share.  Thank you, Amy!

Next, the Sunshine Award goes to Tara at 4th Grade Frolics.  She is an amazing teacher with strong faith which I find very refreshing in today's world.

4th Grade Frolics

Next, there's Ms. Durning from Second Grade is Splendid.  She is super organized and is an excellent Daily 5 resource.  Thank you, Ms. Durning!


And finally, I'd like to award Mrs. McDaniel and her Second Grade Super Stars.  She started blogging this year just like me.  She has fabulous ideas and a really cute blog.  She could use some more followers so go check it out.  I'm sure she'd appreciate it!

 Mrs. McDaniel’s Second Grade Super Stars

In fact, you should check out ALL of these blogs.  I promise, you will not be sorry.  Erika, thank you so much for this award.  It's so exciting to be part of such a wonderful group of people!