Sunday, July 28, 2013

Crazy 2 weeks and some exciting news about an upcoming post!

Good evening everyone! I've been away for a while now; sorry about that. I had a very eventful 2 weeks and just didn't have time to get on and update. 2 weeks ago my husband (then fiance) and I moved into our first place. I was a little worried at first because I've never lived away from home but now I'm loving having my own little apartment to call home. It was crazy getting moved in as we only had 2 days before his family and mine started arriving in town to celebrate our wedding. After 5 years of being together I can now call my love my husband! Last Sunday, July 21st, we were married and celebrated our 5 year anniversary on the same day. Although things didn't turn out exactly as planned, it poured down raid so I didn't get my beautiful outdoor wedding, I couldn't be happier about our big day!

 Yes, I'm wearing 4.5" heels and he's still that much taller than me! I'm 5'5" and he's like basketball player tall (6'5"). 
Although I didn't get to have the outdoor ceremony I did manage to get a few outdoor pictures before the rain came in! 

Now, I'm sure you are all bored by reading about my crazy 2 weeks so I'll get back to some school related blogging. I know many of you have already headed back to school, many of you are about to head back, and some of you still have a while before you go back. I go back in 10 days!!! Where did my Summer go? I've been keeping myself busy by preparing to head back. This will be my first year teaching from day 1 of the school year. I can't begin to tell you how nervous I am. I have no clue what to do! So, instead of planning, I've been buying books for my classroom, making some new TpT products, and driving myself crazy watching webinar's.

After watching a webinar, I was given a really exciting opportunity to review a book by a very famous blogger. I sent her a question about the webinar and being able to provide you all with a little freebie about the webinar and she asked me to review one of her books! How exciting is that? I have been combing through the book for the past few hours and I can't wait to get my review ready for you all. Stay tuned and find out what webinar I watched, who the AMAZING blogger is, and what book I am going to review for all of you!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Celebrate with Comprehension Connection's TpT Birthday!

WOW! This week has been crazy! Moving to my new apartment, finishing up wedding details (I planned the wedding and created all of the decorations myself), getting ready to entertain my fiance's family as they are arriving in town for the wedding, and trying to get some stuff ready for school. I think it's time for me to take a quick break and do something fun again. I wonder what I could do that would be fun? Hmm... how about a giveaway!!!

To enter the giveaway you only have to do a two things:

First: Follow my blog using Bloglovin'

Follow on Bloglovin

Last: Head over to Comprehension Connection to see how you can enter 3 amazing giveaway to celebrate their 1 year TpT birthday and 300 followers. 
 I've donated my Classroom Coupons to the K-2 prize pack 1. Head on over and get entered now!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

The Liebster Award. For Me? You shouldn't have! *Blush*

What a wonderful Surprise, Pili over at Glitter and Gradebooks nominated me for the Liebster Award! I started blogging almost a year ago and I can't believe how my little blog is starting to take off! I've loved the experience of collaborating with other amazing bloggers, participate in amazing giveaway and activities,  and just having a place to record my thought about education. In order for me to accept this award, there are a few rules that I have to follow:

  1. Link back to the blog that nominated me
  2. Nominate 5-11 blogs with fewer than 200 followers
  3. Answer the questions posted for me by my nominator
  4. Share 11 random facts about myself
  5. Create 11 questions for my nominees
  6. Contact my nominees and let them know I nominated them!
11 Questions From Pili: 

1.  If you could have 3 wishes come true, what would they be?

  • I would wish for test scores to stop being the only thing that matters in education 
  • I would wish to find my dream home (soon) and be able to afford it on a teacher's salary
  • and speaking of salaries, my final wish would be for teachers and law enforcement (my soon to be hubby is a police officer) to be paid better. 
2.  What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
  • I love ice cream! I don't know how I'm going to pick my favorite. I guess if I could only have 1 flavor of ice cream for the rest of my life I would say chocolate. You can never go wrong with a good ol' chocolate ice cream cone =D 
3.  What is your most irrational fear?
  • Just ask anyone who knows me, I HATE clowns!!!! I start hyperventilating, have asthma attacks, panic attacks, and just completely freak out if there is a clown near. They are so creepy! 
4.  What is your favorite piece of clothing to wear?
  • My hat. I have an old navy blue hat that I wear everywhere! I've been wearing this hat since high school (over 8 years now). I just love throwing my hair in a pony tail, and sticking my hat on. I don't know why I love it so much, but it's my signature piece of clothing. 
5.  What is your favorite quote?
  • Honestly, I don't have a favorite quote. I read so much that I have a love for so many quotes and they constantly change. Right now I love this quote by Jane Austin: 
    • “I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! -- When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.” ― Jane AustenPride and Prejudice
6.  What is your favorite movie?
  • I don't have a favorite movie, I have a favorite series. Do you think you can guess it? I'm a product of the late 80's, these movies come from a very popular set of books that began being published in the 90's, there are 7 books and 8 movies. Any guesses? Ok I'll just tell you! Harry Potter! I'm such a H.P. nerd! I've been to every Midnight showing of the movies since the first one came out. I've watched them all probably a total of 100 times (no, I'm not joking!) I usually end up watching each movie about twice a month =D 
7.  If you had your own TV show about anything, what would be your intro song?
  • My Hallelujah Song by Julianne Hough 
8. What is your guilty pleasure?
  • Coffee! I drink it all day! The warm, sweet, delicious, creamy, brown, liquid is the best invention ever. Add a little hot coco mix and a dollop of whipped cream to the top and you have heaven in a cup. 
9. What is your favorite flower?
  • My favorite flower is the Stargazer Lily

10. If you could have an outdoor adventure (ex: hiking, backpacking, surfing, diving) and all expenses were paid, what would you do?
  • I would like to hike through the forest of Guyana "The land of Many Waters" (where my fiance's family is from) and see as many of the waterfalls I could!  It's such a beautiful county! 

11. What was your favorite book as a child?
  • Curious George. I still have my original copy that my parents gave me as a child. I just loved how he was always having an adventure, getting into trouble, but fixing his mistakes. 
11 Random Facts About Me: 
  1. I love the smell of fresh cut grass
  2. I've always wanted a pet monkey
  3. I have a freckle on my big toe
  4. My favorite colors are black and pink
  5. Reading is my favorite past time
  6. I can cook a mean Pumpkin Coffee Bread completely from scratch 
  7. I've only been to 8 states in the US
  8. I've been to the Bahamas 2 times
  9. I took my first plane ride at the age of 24
  10. I'm allergic to Coconuts and Yellow Gold
  11. I was attack by a Turkey my freshmen year of high school
11 questions for my nominees: 
  1. What's one of your funniest teaching moments?
  2. Have you traveled outside of your home country? 
  3. If you could be on a talk show or reality show which would it be and why? 
  4. What made you decide to start blogging? 
  5. If you could have any superpower what would it be and why? 
  6. What actor/actress would you want to portray you in a movie? 
  7. What's your favorite book?
  8. What is your spend your free time?
  9. If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go?
  10. If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, alive or dead, real or fictional, who would it be and why? 
  11. If you didn't teach, what job would you have? 
My Nominees:
  1. Educating Everyone 4 Life
  2. First Grade with Ms. Dawley  
  3. Tiny Toes 
  4. Jungle Learners 
  5. A Tender Teacher For Special Needs

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Summer Planning Giveaway Stop B-1

I hope you all are enjoying all of the giveaways that I've been participating in! Today I am pleased to say that I am part of I'm Loving' Lit's Summer Planning Giveaway, where everyone is a winner!

Grab my secret word above and be sure to follow my blog on bloglovin' by clicking the button on the right.  Here is the item I've donated to the giveaway:

Use these coupons as rewards for positive behavior, birthdays, or anything else in your classroom! This resource includes 16 pre-made coupons and room for you to create your own coupons. 

You might also be interested in my Teacher Planning Notebook, for the 2013-2014 School Year, which includes 38 pages to help you setup your notebook for the upcoming school year. It can be purchased on TpT for only $5!

Enjoy the rest of your Summer Vacation, and thank you for stopping by! If you're just starting the Summer Planning Scavenger Hunt, start at

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy 4th of July! It's Giveaway Time!

Hello everyone. I hope you are having an amazing day. I just love the 4th of July! Cooking out, spending time with family and friends, watching the fireworks show, and having an awesome giveaway. Thanks to 30 of my wonderful blog buddies I was able to create this super fun giveaway to celebrate the 4th of July =D

Thanks to all the generosity of blogging buddies you will have two prize packs to enter to win! One is a PreK-2nd pack and the other is a 3rd-6th.  Entering is simple, just follow the amazing bloggers, who have donated all of these wonderful resources, using the RaffleCopter application below the prize pack(s) you would like to win.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday, July 1, 2013

3rd Grade Theatrics 100 Follower Giveaway!

Hello blog land friends. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Mine was crazy busy. I had my bridal shower on Saturday and spent all day Sunday apartment hunting with my fiance; now I've got a ton of packing to do because we found a place and our move in date is just 10 days away!!!!
Here's a picture of my wonder mother (she's a teacher too!) and myself.

Now, to the fun stuff! 3rd Grade Theatrics is holding an amazing giveaway this week to celebrate reaching 100 followers. You could win 1 of 2 prize packs: k-2 and 3-5. I love donating my products to other bloggers and helping them host these great giveaways. Head over to her page and get entered! The giveaway starts today and ends on the 6th. Just click the picture below to be taken to the blog post. Good luck everyone!