Friday, May 24

Shout Out Linky, Giveaway Reminder and Some Random Sauce

1. Stomach bugs are N.O.T. cool. Not. Not. Notty-Not-Not. (That's the chant I have my firsties say when I want them to NOT do in, "Repeat after me...I will not, not, ahead." Or whatever. I don't use it often, which is maybe why it's effective for 95% when we do use it? Gotta always have one who still does it anyways. Often the loudest chanter. Sigh.)

2. Going back to work before you're 100% is N.O.T. cool either. Can you say 5:30 p.m. bedtime? For-realzzz.

3. I am LOVING the independence of (the majority of) my firsties right now. Having mini-anxiety attacks when I think about the beginning of the year firsties in Fall. 

Hot, super humid school building (no a/c) + Lacking-in-Stamina 
= 10 trazillion activities each day 
= Super tired in noodle tired...every weeknight

4. Shout Out Linky! Katie and I would LOVE for you to join the fun!!! 

Click the pic below to get to the rules...(we especially love Farley's Rule of 3...)

Link up using the inlinkz at the very end of this post.

My Shout Outs this month go to these lovely ladies...

The phenomenal Lyndsey Kuster over at...

Her blog and TpT store have saved my patootie countless times over the last year+! I adore the way she arranges her graphics and page elements...she's got maaaaaddddd skilllllzzz. Plus, she is SUCH a kind soul. I.heart.her.tons.

I am currently prepping her latest pack to provide some great summer practice so my firsties keep their skills up over their joyful summer. 

This next pack is just too cute for practicing er/ir/ur. And, she has an ar pack (Smart Clark to the Rescue) AND an or (Stormy Norman to the Rescue) pack, too.

Lyndsey also has a ton of freebies on her blog and in her store. Click her button to get to her blog and right here to get to her TpT store.

My second S.O. goes to the incredible Faith Wheeler over at...

I adore her blog's updated look! (And am getting excited for my blog overhaul this summer!!!)

She makes the cutest darn work pages EVER! On ALL kinds of great skills! You must head over and follow her darling blog! Promise you won't regret it!

I am super excited to use this nice bundle next year (you can buy each fairy tale individually if you'd rather)...

She also has an amazing summer practice pack...filled with tons of wonderful skills practice! The girl is talented!

This lovely lady is FULL.OF.FREEBIES. And she shares SUCH creative ideas!!! PLUS, she is kind, thoughtful, smart and hilarious. Love.Her.Oodles.

Click her blog button to head to her blog and right here to hop over to her TpT store.

Thanks, Lyndsey and Faith for being so deliciously wonderful and inspiring to this gal!

5. Don't forget to enter this fab the pic to get there...

Mystery box May

Nine more days of school for me! Countin' down fo' sho'. 

Thanks, Doodlebugs for such a fun Friday linky!!! Click the pic to head over and link up with her or to see the other folks who've linked me some blog-surfin'!



  1. You are SO, SO sweet! Love you girl!!! :) xoxo What a sweet post! You made my day!!!

    1. Awwww, love that you're my first comment, Lyndsey!!! You are so wonderful!

  2. So sorry to hear you've been sick. Definitely notty not not fun :( (I might have to steal that!) No air conditioning at your school?!?! BUMMER! At least it got a bit cooler at the end of the week. Hope you are feeling better to enjoy the long weekend!

    Angela :)
    Hippo Hooray for Second Grade!

    1. daughter is ill of her cyclic vomiting episodes. So the weekend started earlier than expected. :) Notty not not is kind fun to say...please steal it!!

  3. I'm so sorry you were sick :( I love your notty not not saying!!! I think I will steal it :)

    Literacy Without Worksheets

  4. Boo to stomach bugs!! Yuck! I do love your "notty not not " saying, though... adding that to my bag of tricks next year :) So, no air?? Is this a "we don't EVER have air" or something is broken kind of thing?? I hope you cool off soon... I know it's not a necessity, but I think I might die without A/C! haha

    :) Feel better and rest up!

    First Grade Fairytales

    1. We never have a/c. I swear my blood thins every September. In summer the building sometimes has humidity puddles in the uneven depressions in the floor. One of my colleagues doesn't have a/c at home so she has nowhere to escape to. My husband knows it's an absolute non-negotiable rule to have the air on in the house for ALL of September.

      Hugs - Lisa

  5. Hello! I teach grade 1/2 split, and I know what you mean about firsties finally getting to that independent stage just before letting them go! Just found out I might have a chance to keep half of mine next year... I wonder how nice it would be to start the year with half of the students ready to go! Of course I'd have to come up with a whole new year of material! Hello TPT!
    I stopped by from Doodle Bugs...great blog!
    Whimsy Workshop

  6. Hope you all feel better very soon! *LOVE* the chant! We used that same Super Girls pack in our classroom this year and my firsties absolutely adored it! It was so much fun! Thanks for sharing...and try to get some rest! Only 9 days to go...we can make it, I think! =)

    A+ Firsties

  7. i love your blog. I'm a new follower! We have the flu at our school now . I thought it was gone but here we are again with an office full of sick kids, all holding trash cans! I hope you feel better.

  8. Oh you poor sweet thing! I hope you and your daughter are feeling better to enjoy the 3 day weekend! I am so glad you referenced Faith's Fairy Tales unit. I am doing one right now and can always use more goodies!
    HUGS upon HUGS my friend!
    Ms. Marciniak's First Grade Critter Cafe

  9. I love your notty-not-not chant! I hope you are feeling better! I've been noticing my kiddos' independence growing too! I'm not ready for them to go to second grade yet!!

    Enjoy the long weekend!
    A Sunny Day in First Grade

  10. Thank you for the sweet shout out! It completely made my day! By the way, I love the Not Not. Notty Not Not! SO using that next year! Sorry your school has zero air. I think I'd die in Georgia if we didn't have air.

  11. Boo! Hope you are feeling better...thanks for the fun linky party girly :)
    Kickin' it in Kindergarten


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