Tuesday, December 22, 2015

It's Been a Long December

So it has been a really long December! However, we have been having so much fun and been so busy at school!

It's tough to go until December 23rd at 3:15pm (but it is easiest when Dec. 23 is NOT a Friday . Glad we dodged that one this year)!

Vacation is coming fast though so I just had to post this!

One more day until Christmas vacation!

Monday, December 21, 2015

Elf Craftivity - it was free!

Hey everyone! I wanted to share a few pics from our Elf Craftivity. They came out great. We used Mrs. Ricca's Kindergarten's free product here, then I created my own Elf Application to better suit my second graders.
Fun and Free Elf Craftivity
They look so cute hanging up!
Excuse the terrible purple wall that I have to hang them on. Oh well!
Fun and Free Elf Craftivity
I love some of  the reasons. This guy would make a good elf "because I can package stuff fast". That would be a plus!
Fun and Free Elf Craftivity
And she can make a toy that not even the Hulk can destroy and she would make candy canes in different flavors. How cute!

Thanks to Nicole Ricca for the fun and pretty easy activity for the last few days before Christmas!

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Gone Viral?

Hey folks! I just wanted to share a post from my Facebook Reading and Writing Redhead page which seems to have gone viral! Usually most posts I do reach 100-500 people at the most. This one must have hit home because it has been shared by almost 300 people. And seen by tens of thousands of you at this point. So, thank you for commenting, sharing and liking.

I will say, despite all my stress, my students for the most part are having fun and enjoying all of the seasonal, fun activities we have been doing. I think I have enough to keep them occupied until 3:15pm on December 23rd!

Here's the image I shared. Click here or on the image to visit it and check out the rest of my Facebook page.

I feel a little badly, because I know these Someecards are everywhere, but I didn't make this one myself. I have had it on my computer for about two years now and remembered to post it last week. I wish I knew who created it initially so I could give them credit. Watermarks are important!

So most of you are already on vacation, right? I am glad you made it and enjoy! Send us Northeasterners good thoughts!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Currently December 2015

Better late than never? This has been one heck of a month but here is my currently! 


Listening: I am behind in The Voice but really loving it! It is a positive thing to watch when life can be stressful!

Loving: I do love all the decorations at this time of year! Everything is so pretty, sparkly, and glowing.

Thinking: It has been in the 50s most of the month. It is SO weird here in New England to have Christmas lights and trees and carols, and sometimes not having to wear a coat!

Wanting: Just go away, headache!!!

Needing: People are so tense, stressed, and I guess its not just kids who are having trouble handling the build up to Christmas. It would be perfect if everyone had a little more patience and a bit more kindness. 

Real or Faux: I am technically allergic, but could handle a real tree, but I decided to go fake a few years ago because its economical. However, it's time for a new one since one of the legs broke and it's tilted now!

Happy holidays everyone!

Please stop by Farley's blog and see who else has linked up!

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Unique Toys and Games from Uncommon Goods

Do you get the Uncommon Goods catalog like I do? I have gotten it in the mail for a few years now and I always pore over it, making a mental wishlist for myself but also picking out Christmas gifts for friends and family.

Uncommon Goods is pretty cool. Check out their mission here.  They believe in sustainability not just as being green, but also being respectful to all employees, offering health care and a living wage. None of their products harms humans or animals and they are committed to handmade, recycled, and  organic products. And one more neat thing: they believe strongly in charity and at checkout allow you to choose a charity and they will donate $1 each time you buy from them.

I don't know why but I had not been on their website since last year and went to have a look last week and found all kinds of unique gifts for children and teachers! Their children's products could have a home in any school, homeschooling environment or home. They also might be great to have at Grandma's house for when the grandkids come to visit. They also have a lot of personalized gifts too which would be great for just about anyone.

Check out the ideas below which I thought really stood out as the most educational, fun, and delightful ideas!

Of course, being a teacher, this jumped right out at me. With This Storymatic Kids! game, for children ages 5 and up,  children draw one yellow and one blue card and create a story based on what they say. The Storymatic Kids! game would be great for the classroom but also road trips and a neat twist on game night!
 This isn't Whatchamacallit, It's WhatchamaDRAWit! It is fun and imaginative and will help children explore their creativity without a screen. 
 Check out this Edible Chemistry Set! In class, I usually have to go over with my students that they should not be putting any science materials in their mouth and definitely not eating anything, but that is not the case here. I might even want this for myself! The kit will help your kiddos learn the basics of chemistry.
I grew up playing the violin and saxophone so I am partial to music instruments. If you don't want a full on drum set in the family room, check these out! I think these Musical Pat Bells would be great in a classroom too. 
And how fun is this? Do you have a little scientist, doctor-in-the-making, or a kids who just loves to learn? Where else can you get Plush Organs? Your kiddo could fall asleep with his head on a gall bladder or snuggle up with a brain!

Here are a few other things I noticed but could not find images for. 
Kids Responsibility Board:  Looks handy for managing chores and responsibility at home 
Super Nerdy ABC Blocks: Instead of a is for apple, how about G is for gravity and J is for Jurassic?
Construction Plate and Utensils: Have a child who loves construction, trucks, and equipment? They'd probably like this super fun plate and utensils!

Let me know if you've ever tried Uncommon Goods or have a favorite item on your wishlist!


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Saturday, December 5, 2015

Jamberry Holiday Style AND a Giveaway

Happy December everyone! I have been so excited about amping up my holiday style with some fun Jamberry Nail Wraps! I have been a consultant for about a year and half so I also got to have fun with it last year in November and December. This year, my students are also pretty interested in what I put on so I am really looking forward to my first jamicure for December. If you're a Jamberry newbie, Jamberry nail wraps are high quality, vinyl, heat activated and pressure sealed nail wraps that last for weeks, at a fraction of the cost of a salon visit! They do not have any harsh chemicals, you won't have to deal with chipped polish, or damage to your natural nail. There are over 350 adorable style options! One sheet of nail wraps will give you up to 2 manis and 2 pedis!

I decided to share some of my favorite winter styles with you and for those who are new to Jamberry (or those who already know and love them) could win a sheet of accent nail wraps. Accent nail sheets come with five different wrap styles and  gals usually try one one with a coordinating lacquer on the other nails, and then they can see how well the wraps last! I love to share about Jamberry because guess how I got involved? I requested a sample from someone's teacher blog! You can request your own sample by filling out the form in the Rafflecopter below, clicking here, or on the image in the sidebar.

Check out some of the prettiest, cutest, and holiday and winter-ready nail wraps! Scroll down to enter the giveaway and good luck!
Jamberry Holiday Style AND a Giveaway
These are some of my favorites! All of the photos are courtesy of Jamberry. I am not talented enough to take such terrific photos! Some of the wraps are combined with lacquer or Jamberry's TruShine Gel Enamel.
The wraps pictured are (click on any to learn more):
Jamberry Holiday Style AND a Giveaway
This one is so fun and cute! It didn't make it into a collage but I just could not skip it! 

  Jamberry Holiday Style AND a Giveaway
Jamberry also has juniors wraps which are sized smaller and perfect for girls age 8 or so and younger. Some of them also have coordinating regular wraps so you can do a fun Mommy & Me jamicure! What a fun way to spend time together! Pictured are two of those juniors styles and two beautiful wraps for Hannukah! The one on the top right reminds me (and a lot of little girls) of Frozen!

Wraps shown:
                                Jamberry Holiday Style AND a Giveaway
These are so pretty and that puppy is just adorable! Think Santa could bring him to me? They are a few more winter wraps and Christmas styles. Shown are:
Jamberry Holiday Style AND a Giveaway
Also Jamberry just released these fun glow in the dark wraps! They look cool in the dark and as you can see in the top picture, just beautiful in the light! There is a limited amount available so grab them if you want, but soon!
The adult ones are (there is also a juniors version):

Jamberry Holiday Style AND a Giveaway
Finally check out the gorgeous holiday sets! I actually already grabbed Snow Angels for myself. It is a juniors wrap but I have small nail beds and the large juniors wraps fit me, then I have leftover for my niece and friends' daughter! The sets come with one or two exclusive wraps and an exclusive lacquer. All sets come with application tools and the non-juniors come with a small container of Jamberry's Nourish hand lotion! 
Take a look:

Also, do you know if you love Jamberry or want to buy but short on cash, you can host a free Facebook party and earn hostess rewards? Jamberry has a really generous hostess rewards program! I have so much fun doing them! We learn a little about jams, play games and your friends win prizes! Click here for more information or email me

Now for the giveaway! There are three ways to enter. I am excited to hear what your favorite winter/holiday wrap is, or just any styles you like from the website!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

A+ Images Blogger T-Shirt Promotion

Hey everyone! I was so excited this fall to come across a wonderful promotion for teacher-bloggers! from the company A+ Images!

Check out the fun t-shirt they printed for me with my blog button on the front and back.


They are a company based out of Indianapolis, and do tons of great custom t-shirts, individually or if you need multiples. They do embroidery and even can add rhinestones to your shirt!

Their website is very detailed and you can research what you are interested  right there by navigating through the tabs. There is even an option to request samples which is pretty cool.

Here's a quick screenshot of their home page. I happened to snap it as their gif was cycling through and landed on images for their teacher tee shirts. (See "Second Grade Rocks"? Yes, it does!! )


If you want more information click here or on the image to check them out and thanks guys, for helping me with my blogger tee!