Saturday, January 10, 2015

Whimsy Tree Paintings

I wanted to show you the gifts that my students made for their parents this Christmas.  I am so proud of them.  I modeled on scratch paper what a whimsy tree would look like, and they did EVERYTHING themselves! Here are some of their beautiful canvases.  I hope their parents loved them as much as I do!
I am so proud of my K/1 kiddos!

 I love how each one is so unique, and completely done independently - if you would like to these with your own students on canvas or cardstock, or wood (the possibilities are endless)
Below I have listed the materials needed for the paintings - super easy! The kids learned to "blackline" from their art teacher, and the sharpie gave it just the right pop before they painted (just be careful with the sharpies!)  They use their finger prints for the leaves and flowers around the trees, and painted the hills using a medium size paintbrush.  Masterpieces! :)

Friday, January 2, 2015

Currently January 2015

2015... what a great number. I am a big fan of the #5 so I am hoping this will be a fantastic year for me... it's also the year I turn 30.  I should start making a bucket list of things I want to do before I am 30.. it'll help me stay motivated and live life a little more, you know what I mean? 
I am excited to link up with Farley from Oh' Boy 4th Grade with her first Currently of the year.
Our winter break was from 12/24-1/4.. such a nice vacation, but of course in the snap of a finger, it is almost coming to an end.  I think I would prefer to have our winter break before Christmas Eve and then go back earlier.  There's always so much to do before Christmas, and then it goes by so quickly.  
I am definitely wanting to lose weight before I go to Florida for a couple days in February.  Over the past year I have done great to maintain my current weight (I usually gain a few pounds every year...and not take it off lol) but it's time to LOSE :) And never find again! I have not been on a real vacation in years and I am so excited that Mike and I are going to Florida for 3 nights - short and sweet, but well worth it!  We are very lucky that Mike has great friends in Fl. to let us stay in their house.
I need to take Lily out more for walks - she loves the outdoors and it'll help me be not so lazy if I take her out more and get some exercise :) she is my love!
Yes - I will make healthier choices
Maybe - I will buy myself something once in a while or treat myself here and there
I wish I could have more time to do all the work I need to do and not work so hard every day - I will get there :) 2015 seems like a great year to start!

Link up with the sweet Farley! xo
Happy New Year!

2015 New Years Goals
I was inspired to blog and link up with the lovely Erica Bohrer from Erica's Ed-Ventures, a fellow New Yorker just like me!  I think it will be refreshing for me to take the time to write out my 2015 goals and reflect on what I would like to change or improve in my life.  It's also great to think about what I have accomplished as well - I don't give myself enough credit sometimes! ;)
This is probably the most difficult goal to think about, but I truly would like to limit my spending even more than I already do, continue to pay my bills on time, and continue to put more time and effort into Teachers Pay Teachers.  It's so hard to find time after teaching all day and cooking and cleaning and taking care of my little Lily, but I often find myself doing work anyways every evening, so why not apply that more to TPT and what I create? The worst is, I create for my kiddos and put it on TPT, and no one buys... but the positive side is if even one person buys, there I go :)
Money is tight, but maybe I can even save enough to do a nice vacation this summer.. not Vegas or anything, but a nice vacay within driving distance and treat myself a little! We will see :)

I always will strive to be the best teacher I can be.  In 2014, I have attended a number of professional development sessions and I want to continue to do this.  The best part is that my blogging friends have been the best resource for me with their experiences and knowledge.  I want to keep adding to my file, portfolio, and try at least 3 new teaching methods with my kids :) 

I have been very proud of myself the end of 2014 for improving my weight little by little and also changing my liver - it only took 4 years, but I am on the right path! I would love to continue to lose weight, gain more energy, and just feel more comfortable in my own skin.  It's TIME!  This goal is just as important to me as my financial goals - both are my necessities in my life xo

I will be 30 in 2015 and I still feel like I haven't "lived."  No big trips or big purchases... not a lot of time for myself - work, work, work.  So in 2015 I want to do more for myself, even if it is an hour here or there... I need to make time for myself.  Life is meant to be enjoyed :)  I am always worried about everyone else, and it's time for me to think about myself xo 

Have a wonderful 2015! Keep in touch with me--I love hearing from all of you!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Holiday Cards with Treat

I cannot tell you how much I adore Treat... You can read more about them in my recent post here, but I wanted to share some holiday card ideas that I just love.  Not only are these cards.. a card! But a GIFT... they are amazing quality (thick card stock) and can be designed front, inside, to back.  I have worked on a few projects, but the holidays are my FAVORITE time of year.
The card above was designed for my special parents of the students I teach. Above I wrote "treat myself" because it's a treat to ME to see people so happy :) My students' parents help me each and every day, and I wanted to find a personalized way to say THANK YOU to them.  It's so perfect to have such a supportive team to help each child learn and love to the best of their abilities.  And what better than the holidays to show them how much I appreciate them? :)
Something that I was nervous about with my cards was how I was going to be able to personalize each one, but use the SAME design... Treat makes it SO easy for me to just customize, copy the card, and change the name! After picking out the design (there's TONS of choices so this took me a while!) I easily made the cards fit to each parent with a special message and picture inside.  I put one of the class pictures inside and I know the parents will love it :) 

 I made photo holiday cards for my family and friends, but I wanted to make a special card for my cousin (my one and only first cousin) Jamie.  I will be the maid of honor (first time for me!) in her wedding in September 2015 and I wanted her to know how much I appreciate her and what a fantastic year it's going to be :) 


Happy Holidays! 

Friday, December 12, 2014

12th Day of Christmas

Today is 12/12, and it's the 12th Day of Christmas in Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah's hosted giveaway :) Some lovely ladies have some great prizes up for grabs! Check it out and enter HERE!

I love this time of year.   Through all of the craziness of the holidays, I try to take time to myself (even a few minutes!) and just reflect on the holiday season. I LOVE giving and I wish I could give more and more. My loved ones mean so much to me! Below is my sweet Lily, taken by a great photographer.  I got her last August when she was just weeks old, and she is my love!!
 Do you shop at Petsmart near you? I love this time of the year when they have great deals and coupons!
 I hope you continue to enjoy your holiday season! Such a blessing to have such wonderful students, parents, family, friends, and Mike in my life! :)

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Day #9 of Twelve Days of Christmas
Don't miss Day 9 and the rest of the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway! Hosted by the lovely Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Designs and lots of my blogging friends :) To enter, click HERE!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Holidays, Crafts, 12 Days of Christmas

 One of my favorite units to teach during the year is Rachelle Smith's Holidays Around the World unit.  This is one of my favorite and best purchases I have EVER made on TPT... please check out her full bundle HERE - it's the perfect pack to teach your little ones about the importance of learning about all holidays.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas ! - My babies made these adorable winter paintings (using white crayon!) with our sweet art teacher, Mrs. Ciotti.  I love the individualized creativity in each art project they do!
 I came across this amazing Elf craft from Today in Second Grade! My kids loved creating their elves and elf profiles! The templates were very easy to use and some of the names and interests of the elves were very cute - for example, one named her elf "Cookie Crumble!" You can find this product HERE from Miss Nicole!

We are right smack in the middle of Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Designs 12 Days of Christmas giveaway.. with some of the best people I know :) There's only a few hours left, so head on over HERE to enter to win some wonderful prizes!
Stay tuned every day for 6 more days for new wonderful TPTers to be featured, and wonderful prizes to be won.  This really is the best time of the year! Xo I love you all, and thank you for all of your support. I am almost reaching the first milestone on TPT and I could not be more surprised, thrilled, excited, and blessed.  

Have a great night!

Monday, December 1, 2014

12 days of Christmas giveaway

TPT Cyber Sale 12/1-12/2! All of my products are 28% off with the code TPTCYBER :) I hope you find something that you can use for the holidays! Below are a few of my holiday products!
Photo: New Close Reads product! (3 Holiday passages for Grades 1-2!)

And of course.. here's a freebie!
Giveaway alert!!!
Day #3 of the Twelve Days of Christmas is with... yours truly! And three of the most amazing people I know... Kindergarten Smorgasboard, Jen Jones (Hello Literacy), and the wonderful lady that is hosting this amazing giveaway, Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Designs :)
For Day 3, you have the chance to win $20 total in TPT Store credits from our stores ($5 each!) and a $30 Starbucks gift card (so you can enjoy the toasty lattes or maybe some warm chocolate chip cookies!) I truly feel blessed to know and work with such great individuals. 
Please make sure you check back on Wednesday, 12/3/14 for this amazing giveaway and prizes!! So thankful for Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Designs for putting this together.
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Happy Holidays :)