Friday, August 23

Random Sauce 5 for Friday :)

Hi Friends!!!

It's been a whirlwind week for sure! Here's what I've been up to...

1) Staff Development...Teachers College Reading & Writing Project came out for a four day Home Grown Institute. Such amazing stuff....LOADS of work yet to do to figure out my schedule and such, but am really, really excited!

Here's a pic from my large group session...LOVED her. Like lots! May just be emailing her with oodles of questions this year.

Her humor...her New Yorkness...her practical tips...her respectful presentation manner...her style...


Not ashamed.

I'm kind of a front row girl.

Keeps my random brain more engaged. :)

Each day was organized with three sessions...2 hour large group (half the K-2 staff in each large group, half 3-5 in each large group...), 2 hour small group (1/4 of the K-2 staff in each small group, 1/4 of the 3-5 in each)...and a 45 mn breakout session.

Super well organized and well thought out.

2) My lovely friend Julie from The First Grade Critter Cafe sent me a bundle of AWESOMENESS...I used the mustache composition book for my TCRWP's halfway filled and I will refer to it often...always with a little smile for Julie. :)

Wanted a pic, but it's at school.

She also sent me some Pilot Frixion Gel Pens pink, turquoise and purple.

People...have you USED THESE???

They are ERASABLE gel pens.

I am obSESSed!!!

Made taking (and erasing) so much more fun!!!

3) Coordinated an Intro post with my sweet friend Faith - You can download an exclusive freebie by checking it out! Click {HERE} to get there.

4) Received some Hanna Andersson on the cheap ($13.99 apiece!) for my daughter from Zulily. Love!

5) Finished trimming up my laminated Reading Strategies...

Posters of each strategy (attached to card stock)

A poster of all

Two half-pagers of the strategies (for Guided Reading)

Bookmarks - a set for home + a set for school

You can download them by clicking {HERE}. I also added Careful Caterpillar to the set (not pictured in mine) make sure to be printing the actual pages that YOU want....instead of printing them all. (Love saving ink when I can!!!)

Thanks for stopping! Hope you have a wonderful, fantabulicious weekend!!!

Ima gonna be savoring these last two days before the beginning of Teacher Tired.

Tuesday, August 6

Extravaganza - Day 2 (+ Winner of Day 1)

Gosh, this is fun!!!!

Today there is more awesomeness in store for you...and I am SO excited!!!

I'm not even sure where to begin, it's all so fun, but I need to start somewhere so here goes...

So, over time you may have noticed that one of my bloggy besties is Katie Knight from Teacher to the Core...

I heart her to bits and we've never even shared the same breathing space. We will, oh, we will...

Well...she has offered one lucky winner....

She is a top TpT will ADORE her store!!!!!

In of my VERY favorite things in life is...

Have you ever used a Tervis Tumbler??? They are AMAZE-BALLS!!! 

Lifetime Guarantee

Keep hot drinks hot

Keep cold drinks cold

Reduce condensation...
(dripping cups annoy me and without a/c in our school our cups are SUPER drippy!)

Dishwasher safe

Made in the USA!!!


GOBS of choices

PHENOMENAL Customer Service

I have sent them as gifts to several happy folks...


I have a cabinet full of them...the 16 oz tumblers, the 24 oz tumblers & the 24 oz water bottles.

...many of them personalized with my name 
('cuz I tend to leave stuff places and I ALWAYS want my Tervis returned to me)...

Well...the AMAZING folks at Tervis have agreed to send one lucky winner this adorableness...

I can't WAIT to send it via snail mail to the winner!!!

In addition, here's what else is on the 'copter for today's winner from some of my favorite bloggy friends...

Today's Rafflecopter is for today only...winner announced tomorrow...(but keep scrolling for a chance to win one of two $65 TpT gift cards!!)
a Rafflecopter giveaway

This TpT Gift Card 'copter goes all week long...

And...I'm guessing you want to know the winner of Yesterday's 'copter????

Congratulations goes to...

I'll be sending you an email later today, Jennifer (gotta shower/wake/feed/deliver my kids first)!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

Monday, August 5

Growing Firsties Favorite Things Extravaganza - Day 1

It's here, It's here!!!
An Extravaganza to celebrate...
My Bloggy Birthday, Blog Makeover, and 1,000+ Followers/Fans...

Those of you who have been following for a while may already have read about my Oprah's Favorite Things experience...

If not, I have four blog posts about it...

Part 1 (How I got picked)

Part 2 (Pre-Show Experience)

Part 3 (During the Show)

Part 4 (After the Show...Meeting Oprah)

With those experiences I just had to theme this big ol' Extravaganza with a Favorite Things theme...

Here's the skinny...

All week, Monday, August 5 - Friday, August 9, I will be running a Rafflecopter for two $65 TpT cards...This 'copter will run ALL week long. (with some options you can enter once per day!)


Each day will have its own 'copter...filled with some of MY favorite things AND giveaway treats from some of my bloggy friends...

Each day's Rafflecopter will run from when the listing posts (generally 9:00 am Central Time until 10:30 Eastern Time Zone)...I plan to announce the previous day's winner during each of the daily posts. Assuming all goes well in my life of being a mom, wife, teacher, goofball...

a Rafflecopter giveaway

For Day 1...from moi...

I couldn't fit all my products in the image above but thought you could get a feel from the'll win ALL my Common Core Crunch packs...even the ones that have not been created (the first one I made is February...and I'm done through September...once October-January are done I'll send them your way, too)!

In addition...these amazing bloggy creators extraordinaire have offered to help me out...I'm so super grateful and one of my favorite things to do is stalk their blogs!!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

There are some amazing things to be won over the next four I'm hoping you'll stop back!

Also...if you don't follow me on facebook yet...make sure ya make that happen so you can be in on the TpT flash freebies that I'll be offering each day.

(But...Please, oh please, don't tell me if you missed the flash just makes me feel bad! And when my booty is glued to my chair for hourS each day making this Extravaganza happen I just wanna feel the happy warm fuzzies from giving things away...)

Gotta give some shout out love to these lovely ladies that I've had the privilege of getting to know a little bit on this blogging journey...I used their work on the graphics...

Daina Roberts at Sticky Notes and Glitter for the freebie chevron background (I'm in love with black & white AND chevron)...

Corinna Gandara at Surfing Through Second for the doodle frame (her frames are so fun)...

Kim Geswein for the fonts (what a huge talent!)...

Thanks for being SO's been an amazing year and I'm so very happy to be in the blogiverse!
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