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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Pinteresting Find-- Noise Management

So I just saw this pinned from Deanna Jump and Mrs Carroll (The First Grade Parade) and I couldn't NOT share this IMMEDIATELY. Things like this excite me and since I'm not in the classroom this year I couldn't help myself. 
So many of are finally settling into the new school year (some are ready for grade cards already) and then some of you are just starting your 2nd week, but ANYWAY- regardless of where you are in the school year, this tool will be beneficial to you.

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This cool tool is for noise management in the classroom. So when you're doing group work or just individual seat work this tool will be most helpful. You tell them to NOT make the balls bounce. The students will love to watch and monitor their own progress making them more responsible and keeping you from stopping the music (you may or may not play during work time) and telling them to be quiet or writing the word Recess up on the board...taking away a letter at a time and when its gone their Recess is gone (that works too but again interrupts the teacher)
I had to try this at home just to see if it works--it's super fun and my daughter really enjoyed the screaming that I did while she was playing. Ha! Happy Tuesday Ya'll! Hey-- tomorrow is 


Monday, August 26, 2013

Bib Organization 101

My husband and I are always looking for bibs right at the WRONG time---feeding time. Not good when you have a hungry infant right? Well, I found a solution---or so I thought. I cleaned out a drawer in our kitchen just for bibs. Oh how organized and neat. Yay. NOT. They kept getting caught inside---every time I open the drawer they end up in the cabinet below. Ugh! Solution number 2 and this DOES work.

So all you do is buy a command hook (any large size would work). Attach the hook to the back of the high chair. And---you're done. Bibs----right when you need them. Now, just make sure you always have some clean hanging on the hook. :) 

Now, I thought I was pretty intelligent and came up with this idea all on my own...but after looking it up on pinterest--- I have failed. Darn. Oh well--- just thought I would share it with you. Perhaps you are having the same issues. If not--- pin it and share with someone else. :) 

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Shopping to SAVE-- yes that's what I said :)

So one of the biggest things that has changed in my life since I had a baby is the shopping. I could care less what I have to wear or what is in my closet, but my daughter, on the other hand must look adorable at ALL times. I also love finding her toys that will help her developmentally (guess I can thank the teacher in me for that). These items can get REALLY expensive (as many of you know) and that is why I have become ADDICTED (yes, hello my name is Jennifer and I'm addicted) to Zulily! Holy cow. If you have never shopped at Zulily----please go there now. CLICK HERE and sign up and start shopping. There are TONS of name brands (like Toms, Oakley, Baby Lulu, Baby Nay, Babyworks, Bugaboo, Carters, Classy Couture, Dr. Seuss, Frankie & Daisy, Hannah Banana, Hurley, KEEN, Kidkraft, LEGO, Little Me, Matilda Jane, Peg Perego, Stephen Joseph, The Honest Company and SO MANY more) I'm not affiliated with Zulily at all and we are not getting ANYTHING for this post. I wish we were :) But--- It's AWESOME name brands are seriously fabulous prices. You must check it out! 


Monday, August 12, 2013

Back to School Traditions

The time is here!!!  My little one has been back to school now for three days!  He absolutely LOVES Kindergarten and has the sweetest teacher!  He gets out of school at noon this year and I am cherishing this final year of getting to eat lunch & spend half the day with my sunshine every day! 

Here he is on his 1st day!

So, we have a couple of back-to-school traditions in our house.  This is only our 2nd experience with school (Preschool & K), but we hope to continue these every year.

Noah gets to choose a fun outing to do on the weekend before school starts.  This year, he chose to go out to eat at one of his fave restaurants and then go play putt-putt!  Also, our new tradition we added this year was a back-to-school fashion show.  After shopping with Mimi & me, Noah tried on all his new outfits and paraded like a model to fun music.  Take a look at this short video I made of his debut fashion show!

Make your own slide show at Animoto.

What are some of your back-to-school traditions?


Saturday, August 3, 2013

August Calendar Set

Hey, guys!  I was looking back at the classroom calendar sets that I designed a couple of years ago, and I'm not liking them much anymore!  I've learned a lot about design since then, or at least I hope I have! ;) So, I decided to make some new cuter ones!  

They are still going to be freebies ~ yay!  

So, here is August all ready for you to download.  
      You can download the whole set HERE in our shop for free!  
Enjoy the rest of your weekend, friends!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Follower Freebie Center Signs

Happy Wednesday, ya'll!  I just got back from my last trip of the summer and I am beyond ready to stay home for a while!  I have LOVED traveling with my sweet family this summer, but I need a little down time with my little one before he heads off to kindergarten in TWO WEEKS...aaaahh!  

For the next few weeks, we will be offering some awesome FOLLOWER FREEBIES to our loyal blog readers!  We hope our readers are still with us even after our year-long absence!  

On my 8-hour car trip to Dauphin Island, I made some really cute polka-dot Center Signs that will be added to our shop tomorrow.  

BUT, for ONE DAY ONLY, you can get them for FREE!!!  All you have to do is leave a comment below telling us that you became a follower or that you already are!  
The signs feature clipart by Scrappin' Doodles.

So, leave those comments, friends and make sure to include your EMAIL address.  We will send your FREE Center Signs directly to your inbox!  

Have a sweet day!  :)

*UPDATE* The Center Signs are now in our shop.  Click HERE to view!  


Thursday, July 18, 2013

Laundry Room Spaces

I am on what seems like an impossible mission. My husband and I currently have our home for sale in hopes of moving closer to his workplace. In the meantime, I am at home dreaming... in other words, glued to the computer screen looking at Pinterest during my little ones nap times---when I SHOULD be doing laundry. Ha!! I have never had an actual laundry room. I currently just have a laundry closet and yes I do love it because it doesn't take up much space and it's close to the bedrooms. HOWEVER, I do laundry during nap time and oftentimes the spin cycle wakes up the little one---not to mention the vibration when washing something heavy like sheets or towels. Ugh. Annoying. Anyway, I've found so many great spaces that I like and I wanted to share them with you.  

I love how big this space is and how much light the windows bring in! I also love the storage space!! A-MAZE-ING!
Love the window and all the counter space for folding!! 
WHOA I think this would have to be named---Heavenly Laundry Space. {insert heavenly angels singing here}
Love how clean this looks!!
Who doesn't want 2 washers and dryers?? WOW!

Let's open this up for conversation---what is your MUST have for a laundry room?? What could you live without? I look forward to hearing from you!!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Red, White, and Teach SALE

Happy 4th of July, everyone! 

We hope you have a sparkly and safe day wherever you are celebrating today! In honor of our country's birthday, we want to celebrate with a little Teacher Notebook sale.  For three days, EVERYTHING in our shop will be 15% off! 

Click below to start shopping!
Have a fabulous 4th of July!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

We're Back!

We're back, friends!  It's been forever, but these Pixie Chicks are back to blogging...almost!

Please pardon our PIXIE dust, while our blog is UNDER CONSTRUCTION!  

We can't wait to start sharing ideas with you all very soon!  :)