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Math Practice and a "Super" sale!

Hello, my friends! Anyone out there? It seems like less and less people are connecting over blogs and more of us are connecting over Instagram. I do it myself. Seems like I rarely have the time or inclination to go search out a blog, but I certainly do have time to flip though my Insta feed. You know - at a red light, in the line at the grocery store, at faculty meetings. Oh wait, not at faculty meetings. At faculty meetings all of my undivided attention is on the important information being shared. ;) Actually, our faculty meetings are not bad. And they're not all that frequent or long. And plus we don't have reliable wireless internet connection in the media center, so I'm for sure not flipping through Instagram at faculty meetings. I have to say, my principal loves social media as much as I do, so he's probably scrolling and posting to Insta during the meetings himself! I know. I'm lucky. He's pretty awesome. If we're not connected yet on Insta, feel free to join me. Find my profile here. And if you want, you can find my principal here . He's on Twitter here. He tweets a lot of good info and all of his posts make me even more thankful to work for him.

Ok, so on to some new stuff. I've recently finished my February Math Mats. I started these back in October and I've been using them every month. I love them because they're quick and easy to prep and get into the hands of my kids. No cutting and sorting and organizing. If I'm feeling particularly lazy busy I don't even laminate them. I just stick them in a page protector and call it done! I've been very careful to research standards and pacing for first and second grade to be sure that the skill on each set align as close as I can to what's typically taught in each grade during each month. Of course, we're not all on the exact same page, but it should be pretty close. I love the red and black theme for February. And the little bunting. And the hearts & polka dots! Squee!! I'm such a sucker for cute. But cute without substance is just a darn waste of cute. So be sure that there's lots of substance and rigor and standards and such in these little mats too. Click on the pix to see them on TpT.

You can find the other mats here:

I've been asked about bundling the mats. I will for sure bundle them when they're all done. I don't want to start a growing bundle because the pressure of that kind of freaks me out!

In other math news, I created some addition practice pages that are just simple and straightforward. Sometimes I just want plain, old practice for my kids. Oddly enough, that's a little hard to find! This pack includes 2 computation practice pages and one problem solving page for 2 digit with and without regrouping, 3 digits without regrouping, with regrouping once, and regrouping twice. I did have a suggestion to add some mixed practice and I'm working on that. Besides being great for classwork and homework, this pack can also help you differentiate and assess. Click on the picture to see it on TpT. A subtraction set is in the works, but still a while away from being done.

I've been waiting to hear about a big site-wide sale on TpT, but no news yet, so I'm going to join some other sellers and throw my own! Tomorrow (Super Bowl Sunday) only. I know I'll be shopping while fake-watching the game...

This is Your win a Xyron Machine!

I have been raving about my Xyron machine forever. It really is an amazing little thing, so when my blogging buds over at Owl-ways be Inspired decided to have an awesome New Year's giveaway bash, I knew exactly what I wanted to pick as my prize! Yup, this is YOUR year to own a Xyron Machine!

Enter with this Rafflecopter widget below:

I'm not the only one giving way a something awesome, so are most of the Owl blog authors. Be sure to check out the blog to see what else you can win and to enter to win the grand prize of a $100 Amazon gift card! But hurry, the giveaway ends January 3rd.

Best wishes for an incredibly Happy New Year!

DIY Gift Idea

Once upon a time, I was a serious crafter. I was up to my elbows in ribbons, papers, stamps, and ink. I was mostly a papercrafter, but I dabbled in lots of other areas too. One of the things I loved best was making gifts for friends and family. Over the past couple of years, TpT and digital design has edged out my actual real-life crafting, so sadly much of craft stash goes unused most of the time. This is the workspace we put together when we moved into this house. The opposite wall is my hubby's side and has a desk and bookshelves, & stuff. Once in a while, I do venture inside to do some crafting as I did this week for some gifts for my teammates.

Even when I'm not full-on crafting there are two trusty tools I still use quite a lot. Those would be my Xryon Machine (see it here) and paper cutter, and I used both to create these little gifts for my team.

I got a great deal on these little candles from Bath & Body Works on Black Friday (or Cyber Monday maybe?) So I ordered 12 of them. Then I wanted some kind of quote to go along with it and found this one by Buddha ( or at least the internet says is was Buddha...) Either way, seemed like a nice reminder. I found a wintery background, added the text and printed them out on card stock. Then I decided I wanted it to be more than a business-cardish type of thing. So, my trusty Xyron came to the rescue and turned them into magnets. {This is not a Xyron commercial, I swear. I just love this thing so freakin much I think everyone should have one. I actually contacted the company a few times about doing a review/giveaway, but they haven't really jumped on board. yet.}

I popped in the cartridge that has a sheet of magnet on one side and laminate on the other. You can also buy cartridges that have laminate on both sides, permanent or removable adhesive with or without laminate on the other side. Amazing, right? I use it ALL the time. Ok, so after I cranked it through the wonder machine, I cut them into magnet sized pieces with my paper slicer and I had my gifts all ready in a matter of minutes.

I packaged them up in cute little bags from Hobby Lobby and done!

This would also make a nice little hostess gift, maybe with a larger candle, or a cute little something to have on hand for people who stop by to visit over the holidays. If you would like the quote all formatted on the background, just click here.

Ok, believe it or not, I have two ornaments hanging on my tree and still need to do some shopping, so I guess I better get my rear in gear! Merry Christmas, my friends!

Giveaway Days Recap & Staples Winner Announced!

Yesterday's prize was an awesome one and I'm happy to say that the winner is awesome as well!
Krystal P, it's you!
Don't fret just yet, because there are several winners who have not yet contacted me to snag your prize! If you've entered any of the giveaways over the past twelve days, check out this list below. If you see your name, email me at right away!

I hope you all enjoyed playing along. I had a blast hosting!

Day 1 Winners:
Renee S & Cherie

Day 2 Winners:
Hannah & GScribner

Day 3 Winners:
Amanda H & Hillary B

Day 4 Winners:
Lory's Page & Scrambledhenfruit

Day 5 Winners:
LeaAnn C & Killerbees3

Day 6 Winners:
Suzy Q & Kelly Cooper

Day 7 Winners:
Storie & Kmanzano

Day 8 Winners:
tingche & Amber O

Day 9 Winners:
Emily S & Hannah

Day 10 Winners:
Dr Emily Levine & Mary Love Strange

Day 11 Winner:
Amy Labrasciano

Day 12 Winner:
Krystal P.

Winter Giveaways - Day 12 HUGE Staples Supply Box!

***This Giveaway has ended. See 12/15/14 post for details***
Yesterday's big winner of the Moby Max tablet was Amy L!
Congratulations! I'm so happy that some very deserving kids will have some new technology in their hands very soon. Email me at to claim your prize!

Ok, ready for the grand finale? This is a drool-worthy prize box from Staples. Staples has recently expanded their teacher and education supply section online and in stores. Their goal is to help teacher "Make More Happen". When you need classroom decor, activity books, or teaching aids, think  Staples. They've got you covered. I mean, look at these amazing resources!

There are letters, folders, and borders galore, along with name tags, desk plates, stickers, shape cut-outs, certificates, library pockets, charts, classroom decor sets and more!  My favorite is the Carson-Dellosa Moose & Friends set that I can "dress up" for different holidays. A close second would have to be the matching folders, paper, and sticker sets. 

Would you like a box just like this? Yeah, thought so!
Well, the rules are the same as usual. Thanks to the generosity of the fine folks at Staples, I am giving away a box like this to one lucky winner. To enter, leave a comment on this blog post and tell me what you think of Staples' new teacher items! Winner will be chosen tomorrow night at

Check back tomorrow to see if you're the winner! 

Winter Giveaways - Day 11 (Win a Moby Max Tablet!)

***Winners have been chosen! See December 14 post for details and a new giveaway!***
Yesterday's winners are Dr. Emily Levine and Mary Love Strange.
Congratulations Ladies! I recognize both of your names, so I was super excited that you won.
Email me at to claim your prize!

Today's giveaway is super special thanks to the fine folks at MobyMax

I was recently given a Moby Tablet to review and use with my kids. As a loyal Apple girl married to a die-hard Apple fanboy, I was a bit skeptical to use an Android device. I have to say, my skepticism quickly faded away as soon as I started to use the tablet. There was a bit of a learning curve, just because I wasn't used to the platform and operating system, but it wasn't a steep learning curve and I was hooked in no time.  The tablet is a great size, lightweight, and feels really good in your hands. I found the screen to be remarkably responsive, bright and clear, with intuitive icons.

The tablet connects to the internet through wi-fi and can also access other web-based programs, but it's designed to work specifically with the suite of Moby Max curriculum apps. I was impressed with the choice of activities and their quality. I experimented with the Test Prep questions for second grade and it was right on target with my expectations and our test specs.

It was quick and easy to register my kids and they can access their learning activities on the Moby Tablet or our classroom computers. The kids really enjoyed the activities and had no problem at all working the tablet. The price is right too. The Moby Max tablet is only $69.00!

I'm so pleased to be able to give away one Moby Max tablet and a class subscription to Moby Max curriculum to one lucky winner. To enter, leave a comment on this blog post and tell me what you think about Moby Max. Winner will be chosen tomorrow night at

Check back tomorrow to see if you're the winner! 

Winter Giveaways - Day 10

***Winners Have Been Chosen!***
See today's post for details and another chance to win!

Yesterday's winner's are Emily and Hannah!
Congratulations, Ladies! Email me at to claim your prize.

Ready for the chance to win some more amazing classroom resources? The rules are easy-peasy. Just leave a comment on this post about the products we showcase today. Tomorrow evening, read the Day 11 Giveaway post to see if you're one of the winners! We'll keep playing along this way until December 14th, so be sure to check back every day!

{Winners will be chosen by random number generator}

Up first today is a a product I just love, love, love. I used them myself for the first time this year and they were the perfect addition to our map skills unit. It's this amazing Me on the Map flipbook and unit from my friend Alisha at The Bubbly Blonde Teacher. You can see more about them on her blog here. But this is what we did with them in our room. Amazing, right?

And the last tpt resource of this giveway series is Winners choice from my shop. If you're tomorrow's winner, you can pick any product of your choice as your prize. Browse around and put a thing or two on your wish list by visiting my shop here.

Although these are the last tpt resources to be given away, there are still two BiG prizes left, so you want to be sure to check back in tomorrow and Saturday for more chances to win!

Remember to leave a comment below and check back tomorrow to see if you're a winner! {No need to leave your email address in the comment. I know that's not the best for security. If you're chosen as the winner, you'll just email me after I announce your name}

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