Sunday, November 24, 2013

Finally, the reason I've been MIA...

Hello Friends,

I know, you are shocked.
Yes, I'm alive.
I'm here.
And I can FINALLY share where I've been...

I'm at just about 20 weeks and I can safely report that this has been the ROUGHEST 20 weeks of my life!

Imagine all the stress of starting a new school year.  Then add a bit of extreme tiredness (like you are literally asleep by 7 pm), and a dash of severe vomiting- for two months. 

That has been my life.

Now, don't get me wrong... 
we are BEYOND thrilled of this news :)

This cutie is even more excited...

I'm finally starting to feel more human so I hope to come back on here a bit more.  
If I'm not here I'll be around on Facebook so you can always catch me there :)

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I have a whole week off and boy am I super excited about that!!  
Plus we have so much to be thankful for this year!

Take care and love to you all!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Check out this new Educents Bundle!!

Hey everyone!  I am so glad to be back.  I wasn't planning on making my comeback with this particular post but I'm very excited to share some amazing news with you!!

Educents has another SECOND GRADE BUNDLE!!  Wahoo!!

Do you remember back in August when I shared another bundle of amazing products at an AMAZING value??

Well, I am so excited to be teaming up with Educents and many other super talented ladies to share yet another bundle at a huge savings!!

Are you ready for some great resources for your second grade classroom?

I am very excited to be a part of the bundle with Educents!  I have one of my very best sellers in this bundle...




There are 23 other products in our bundle to get your kids learning!  Hop along to see all the goodies you will get!  
Head on over to Nicole's blog to see another great product!!
Mrs. Rios Teaches Second Grade
But that's not all!   I am giving you a chance to Pin It to Win It - you will win any item from my store (your choice)!!  Pin any image from this blog post and enter below to win!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The deal won't last long so head over now!

Click on pic or HERE!

Thank so much for your support everyone!  You have all been so wonderful even with my absence :)

Now get on over to Educents!! :) 

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Please forgive me :(

Hi Everyone.  I don't even want to look when the last time I made a blog post.  It will make me cry.

I am SO sorry for my absence.  
School started.
My son got sick.
I've been very sick.
Hubby went out of town.
And my mom ended up in the hospital with pneumonia.


So I'm here to say that when we are all
back on our feet, I PROMISE to be back with some grrreeeat posts.

I thank you for your patience.

Have a wonderful weekend and I hope your school year is off to a great start. :)

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Back to School Sale {high school yearbook style!}

Oh my's the moment we've all been waiting for... for weeks we were all wondering just one thing...


Well I am thrilled to announce that it is tomorrow and Monday, August 18 & 19!!


I have a fun little pic to share with you to highlight some of my favorite products:

Yep, it's my TpT yearbook page! :)

So my "teacher's pet" is something that every teacher needs!  It is packed with fun map skills that would be perfect for a 1st through 3rd grade classroom!  
You can see this product HERE!

The "most likely to help my students succeed" is one of my favorite products (and one of my best sellers!).  It is years of ideas and materials I put together to help the classroom teacher effectively teach narrative writing!  You will love this pack... just read the feedback on this one! :)
Check this one out HERE!
Finally, the "best couple" is two of my very favorite math packs!  I used the vocabulary one last year and ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!  The kids got so excited to take out their vocab books and loved illustrating them.  It is completely common core aligned even by color!
I have this one in FIRST

The word problem pack is a HUGE common core product!  This guy is jam packed with 100 problems, posters, math notebook ideas and much more!!  I used this one ALL YEAR and improved my math scores! :)
To see this one click HERE!

AND that's not all.... I had SO MUCH FUN making this next product and it's BRAND NEW!!!

Take a peek...

YES... GRADE 1.... get ready to do some word problems!!
This is completely common core aligned!
I love these and I would have so much fun doing these with firsties!  I take you step by step to get your kids thinking and solving word problems!

They start out pretty basic like this...

And get a bit harder like this...

And then finally look like this!!

You can see this brand new product HERE!

Don't forget to stop by TpT tomorrow and Monday to grab all of these on SALE!!

Enter the code BTS13 when you check out!

Have fun shopping! :)

Thanks Christina for the fun linky!!
Bunting Books and Bainbridge

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Don't miss out on this deal!!

Hey Friends....
just popping in for a minute to remind you that the GIANT bundle from Educents is ending today!!!

There are 24 FAB teachers that came together to bring you this bundle perfect for grades 2-3 (however I heard from a few first grade teachers who bought it too!).

This deal has 26 products to download which would actually cost you $201 if you bought them all individually.  But with this bundle it is only $29.99!!!  That is 85% off!!!

Many of the products will last you all year!  And many of the products you can use on day 1 in your classroom!!  Nice! :)

I've already printed, laminated, and cut many of the products!

Just take a look at all the bloggers that are involved...many you know and trust!

To see the deal (and purchase!) go to this page....  HERE

I hope to be back very very soon with some classroom pics and also some of my recent purchases!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Monday Made It {fan freebie!}

Hey everyone!  I'm linking up with 4th Grade Frolics for Monday Made It today!

This is only my second Monday Made It this summer.  Yikes!!  I need to get movin!!

I have a great interactive board that I use for writing that was a hot mess at the end of the year.  It looked like this:

It is from my Fancy Nancy's Favorite words pack in my store.

As you can see the pockets are ripped, words are falling off, and I even hand wrote one of the words... {gasp!}

So, I raided our art closet and found a big piece of foam board and got to work!

I started by using washi tape and creating a boarder.... I {double puffy} heart washi tape!!

I just happened to find these pretty amazing mini paper bags from Michaels

Since I'm lovin' all things chevron... I knew these would be great library pockets!

They are pretty lightweight so I will have to have a big talk with the kids about being careful.... I'm sure I'll have a few casualties as the year goes on ;)

I have updated my Fancy Nancy pack so that my words are a bit well.... fancier...

but my printer is on the fritz {grrr} so it will look like this:

With the "dull" word on the outside of the pocket and the "fancy" words on the inside!

The chart will look like this with the poster as the header:

With of course with a newly updated poster and words-

This Fancy Words pack is in my store, however on Aug 5 - 7 it will be FREE as a fan freebie on Facebook!  Make sure once you are there you click on the purple box!

If you haven't yet...
go grab this bundle...
it's AMAZING and 85% off!!

For a $5 off credit click HERE

To see the bundle click HERE

Ok, I'm off to freak out about all the things I haven't accomplished yet!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Sunday Smorgasbord

I seriously cannot get my act together!

Thank goodness for Fabulous in First's perfect linky for me! ;)

I think I am in denial.  Complete denial that it is AUGUST!  We go back on Aug. 20th.  Boo.

I know I say it every summer ....but really...


Have you heard of this?

OMG people... I have to check it every single day.  
So basically it is an app that lets you know what apps are free for the day.

My 5 year old and I have been having a blast downloading just about everything under the sun ---cuz well you know- it's FREE! :)

They have free apps for the iPad and iPhone.

I've gotten a few apps for the classroom but lots of fun apps for my son.

Is there anyone out there using Math Expressions Common Core?

I need a fan--- I need someone to tell me this will be good for me and my students.

I used Expressions when it was not "common core" and I didn't like it.  Now we have all new materials and I'm freaking out!  

I hope to blog more about it when I dive in... AND I hope to find some other Expression people out there!?!

Have you heard about this??'s BRAND NEW!!
This past Friday night on my Facebook page I asked for some questions- well those questions were posted and answered by many of my followers.  I call it our support group for teachers!  I thought it went AMAZINGLY well for the first try.

Our first session was all Daily 5/CAFE driven.  It might be that way for a few sessions as I know many have questions.
I hope to extend our support to many other topics as well.

I plan to do it once a week...  exact day is undetermined yet.  I will probably do it randomly until my school year is in swing ... and then I will be able to pick a more permanent day.

Not a Facebook fan yet?  Well get on over there and hit that "like" button... then you will see me pop up on your wall!  I will warn you when Teacher's Talk to Teachers will start for the evening! :)

I will end with the WHOPPER...

So I hope hope hope you are not tired of me raving over this Bundle... I'm just in awe of it!

What bundle you ask?
Well I'm so glad you asked because it is only the most amazing bundle you will ever find!

It's from Educents.

I didn't do a good job explaining Educents in my last post.  Basically it is like Groupon for teachers.  They have great daily deals for a huge percentage off.

Well 24 of us got together and bundled our best sellers to give the buyer an AMAZING discount.... 85% off actually!

I'm just so proud of this little guy :)

Well... in the pack I have one of my absolute favs...

I have this pack in my TpT store, but if you have purchased it -- this has 10 more challenging problems... 100 total!  I also added a few more surprises to this pack just for my Educents peeps :)

There are also 25 other products in the bundle - which is a $201 value..guess how much it costs you?  

Say what?!

if you are not already a "member" of Educents, you can sign up and they give you a $5 credit that you can use towards this purchase. 

To join Educents and get 5 off click HERE

To grab this amazing bundle click HERE

Phew... that was a whole lot of randomness! 

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

IT'S HERE!! You DON'T want to MISS THIS!!!

I am SOOO excited to tell you about this Back to School Bundle! For $30, you get all this {valued at $201 on TpT}!  And if you sign up for Educents, you get it for $25- YES 25 DOLLARS ONLY!  And if you're like me and still have referral credit from April, you get ALL of this for $15! 

It's from some of the best second and third grade teacher/bloggers out there!
Take a look at all you can get...


Would you like a $5 credit for Educents?  Simply click the button below to sign up!
(Then you can be notified of their daily deals!)

Now, go on over and check out this AMAZING DEAL!!!  You won't want to miss this-- it's at this unbelievable price for 10 days only!

Click below to go to the deal!!

p.s...I bought this deal (I mean really- I couldn't pass it up!)... did you??  Leave a comment below telling me if you bought it and what you think!  Also, I can answer any questions you might have before purchasing! 

I promise you that it will have everything you need (and more!) to start your new school year off right!!