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 :)