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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Shout Out Saturday

Happy weekend, everyone!  I hope you all have a cool place to be on this hot summer day!  I'm chillin' with my sweet tea in the air conditioned house taking a break from playing with a playdough ice cream shop (more info on that later) with my sweet boy! :)

The other day, I stumbled upon a blog with a WEALTH of creative ideas...Mrs. Gilchrist's Class!  Cindy, the blog's author, is a first grade teacher, who is so generous with her awesome freebies!  You have to go check out her blog!  You won't be disappointed, I promise!  

Here are just a few of the amazing things you can find at Mrs. Gilchrist's Class...

Absentee Folders

Power Towers {hint: 3-year-olds love this too - try letters or numbers}

Reader's Toolbox

Silly Band Math
 Story Map

 Thanks for everything you share, Cindy!  We wish you the best of luck as the new school year approaches!

Stay cool, friends!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Fiesta Friday {Milk, Cookies & Bedtime Stories Baby Shower}

So I finally hosted the Milk, Cookies, & Bedtime stories baby shower for my cousin. It was SUPER cute and so much fun. I think this was the most fun I’ve ever had hosting a party…and I just absolutely LOVE baby showers! I’m leaving you with pictures to dream on.
We hosted the shower at The Tin Roof Cafe in Sevierville--- FABULOUS little Café and perfect atmosphere for any occasion. Check her blog out here-The Tin Roof Café


I used the book "Goodnight Moon" for everyone to sign as a guestbook. 
Isn't she beautiful? 
Cookies courtesy of Fuddruckers. These had just popped out of the oven....oh they were delish!

My favorite party designer made all of party stuff. Check out her shop on Etsy-- Moo Moo's & Tutus 

Mine was not near as cute as hers...but I have a Milk & Cookies invitation in my shop and this is what it looks like: 

I also made matching Thanks Yous:
Check them out here- Savvy Chic Designs
Have a FABULOUS Friday my friends!! I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for a big tall glass of iced tea and some floating in the coolest water to be found!!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

What I Love Wednesdays

Is it Wednesday already?  Wow...where is the week going?  Here's what I'm loving today!

Today, I'm loving the fact that I get to shop for school supplies again YAY!!!   I have decided to step it up a few notches with teaching Noah at home with a full-blown preschool curriculum!  So, I'm slowly transforming the corners of our home into teaching areas (and keep our home decor in place ~ not an easy task).  So, my good ol' friend Target Dollar Spot came through for me again!  I got LOTS of goodies for our calendar board, pocket charts, and other cuteness!   When I get it done, I will post pics!

This past weekend, I got to have a date night with my hubby to go see the new Transformers movie ~ it was awesome & just as good as the first two!  

I love my new favorite scent at Bath & Body Works!  I originally bought it because it came in a Sparkle Mist (I can never have enough sparkle :)  Then, I loved the scent so much that I went back to get the body lotion! 

  I love (and am very grateful) to generous moms and teachers who share their creativity & knowledge about teaching preschoolers at home.  I have combined many teaching techniques & practices for Noah's curriculum.  I am going to title it "Flight School"; learning to fly solo in school!  One component I have decided to follow is the Raising Rock Stars Preschool Curriculum created by Carissa at 1+1+1=1.   

And finally, I am loving my precious family today!  For those of you who have been following my Moo Moo's & Tutus blog, I have decided to take a break from it for a while as I focus on Noah's preschool.  I am, however, re-starting our family (& preschool) blog Taking Flight!  Come on over and take a look!

What are you loving today?  

Monday, July 25, 2011

Making a Year Monday!

It is hard for me to wrap my mind around the fact that it is the last week of July! Where did summer go?
As I work in my room this week, one thing that I have been working on is my word wall.  I use my word wall everyday!  It is an amazing teaching tool!  So I went looking for some awesome classroom word walls and this is what I found-
Cute way to use an alphabet line!  I love the classroom names with the pictures! Great for kinders!

An awesome word wall from Lakeshore Learning!

Sticky Note Word Wall

One of my favorite word walls from Mrs. Lee's Kindergarten

Portable word walls- I love this idea!

Great for Vocabulary Reinforcement!
I love word walls and cannot wait to see more!  If you have pictures of your word wall up, let me know so I can cruise to your sight and check it out! 
 Have a Marvelous Monday!


Friday, July 22, 2011

Fiesta Friday!

Summer is a busy time of year!  There are so many birthday parties, showers, and weddings to attend in the summer!  I love a good party!  My niece recently turned 7 years old.  For her birthday she wanted to have a tea party with her besties and their favorite dolls.  

Frog Princess Daphne designed the invitation and banner for the party!  She is very talented!
We had the party at the Tin Roof Cafe!  The food was fabulous and the atmosphere was perfect!  The cafe served the girls turkey and cheese sandwiches, chips, and apple slices.  They picked their drink and then sipped it from their tea cups! 

Here is the set up of the party! Simple and cute!

The SUPER Cute Tea Pot Cake!

I hope to add more pictures tomorrow of the girls enjoying the party (wanted to check with their mommies first)!


Thursday, July 21, 2011

Classroom Theme Thursday {Rock On!} & A Freebie

Hello, all you rockin' teachers!  I'm here again with another cool theme you could do in your classrooms this year!  Grab your guitars and pull out the microphones as you help your students feel like the rock stars they are!

Here's a little background music to get you in the mood for rock!

Get a playlist! Standalone player Get Ringtones

I found two teachers ready to rock out this year with their rooms; take a look!

First is Mrs. Newingham's Rockin' Room 13!  This is her hallway display full of photos of her kids' rock star posters and bios.

her focus board

cool reading center looks like a backstage lounge

Rock Star of the Week

Each child gets to take home the cute "sharing sack" when its their turn to be Rock Star of the Week.

Next, the oh-so-creative Abby, from The Inspired Apple, has decided to do a "First Grade Rocks" theme this year!  She has been very gracious with the freebies she has created so far!

her free notebook cover

her behavior system

So, if you decide to rock out this year, I made some free rock star cubby tags this morning just for YOU!  You can download them for free by clicking on the picture below.
I can't leave you today without showing you a pic of my little rocker!  
Have a rockin' day, friends!  Stay COOL!!!  :)

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

What I'm LOVING Wednesdays

Seriously ya'll I could sit down and eat a dozen of these and not feel a BIT guilty. I LOVE em! My actual favorite are from Walmart...and OOH EEMM GEE every time I go I so want one. {I do refrain most of the time}

This year for my birthday {40 more days!!}....forget the cupcakes and cake---I'm hinting around for a little something like this-  
Who wants a donut now? Ha. Sorry. 

This year I moved classrooms and grade levels {KINDERGARTEN HERE I COME!} So I'm loving that my good friend Frog Princess took time out of her precious schedule to come down to help me get my classroom organized. Looks ready right? I'll get there. 

I LOVE my new Camelbak Groove! It's a filtered bottle. I can fill it up anywhere with any water and it tastes just like home. I usually spend at least 5-10 minutes of my nightly routine filling up water bottles because I cannot handle the iron taste out of most water fountains. This is simply AMAZING. 

I am very picky about my jeans. I have very long legs {48 inches from hip to toe to be exact ---that's 96 inches of leg on my body! Yikes!} Anyway...these jeans come in an extra long which is perfect for me! The style that is perfect for me is called Maddie {they are a little stretchy through the hip and thigh}These are the ONLY jeans I own. I have them in many different variations, but they are the only style that I buy. You can buy them at Buckle.com or the store nearest you!

In the next few weeks one of our {me & the hubster} favorite shows is premiering! Yahoo! We are SUPER excited...I think it would be awesome to have a kick off party with the friends. If that's on your mind too---head on over to Moo Moos & Tutus for her party package she designed for us for our birthday last year. It's FANTABULOUS! 
Now since I'm focused on setting up my classroom I have been scouting out Teachers Notebook DAY AND NIGHT for some awesome ideas. 
As most of you know from my post last week I'm going to add some pirates to my ocean theme this year. I'm pretty excited about it. Look what Daphne helped me set up last night:
I'm LOVING the new sunglasses the hubster bought me for our anniversary! 
Last but certainly NOT least....I am especially LOVING and missing my husband today. He's been out of town since Monday so I couldn't resist to add him to my post today! 
Here we are at one of my favorite places--THE LAKE! This is where you'll find me eating donuts and drinking Dr. Pepper after my last...YES LAST class THIS Saturday!

Stay cool my friends and drink PLENTY of water!