Tuesday, February 24, 2015

It Has Arrived!!

My conference display book, along with my 200 goodie bags, is in Florida. It is a done deal now. Whew!
Of course, it arrived 5 days late - thank you USPS - but at least it arrived.
I agonized over this project. I would make a change, then change it back, then change something else. I actually shipped it out early. The deadline isn't until the twentieth, but I couldn't take the stress anymore. I had to complete and ship.
This was my first time participating in a conference with Michele Luck, but she had everything organized perfectly on her Facebook group. I could click into the files and see deadline dates and images of how things should look. I am hoping my next conference will not be as stressful though.
The display book was my dilemma. I searched for a thin but sturdy album but could not find one. I settled for a binder rationalizing that it was okay since this is a school conference.

Since I was using a binder and not an album, I had to use page protectors but that's okay, right?
I had Staples print it.

And off to the post office we go!

The conference is March 2-3, so I need to catch a quick breath before I begin to worry how teachers will receive my goodie items and display book. Hopefully, these teachers will appreciate the freebies and recognize the value of my items. Fingers and toes crossed!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Sunday Scoop for February 22

Seriously though, I am going TpT crazy. (Who's not this weekend though, right?) I told myself that I would complete and upload four Math and Literacy Packets I have worked on this week. I uploaded two yesterday:

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Sunday Scoop for February 15

Yes, it's Sunday again! And time for Teaching Trio's Sunday Scoop.

One wall in our living room is filled with yearly pictures of our kids.
The joke is that when you hit the door frame, you have to leave the house. Not sure what Erik is going to do about the light switch!
I really need to sign up to receive group karate texts, so I will know if class is canceled or anything comes up.

I told myself I would get more organized with this messy desk. I need to find a calendar on which to write reminder dates. Plus, now that I have completed my conference materials, I need to clean up my junk.
I made cute grad announcements for Emily, Audrey's we bought from Early College, now I need to create again for Sarah's. Graduation is an exciting time!
I have ordered testing for my kids fifteen years now. I would think I would know exactly when and what to do. But every year there is a slight change, so I always like to preview things before I actually order our tests in March.

This week is pretty uneventful which is a good thing from looking at the forecast. Snow midweek possibly. Well, we have had an easy winter here, so I cannot complain. Plus, Spring is almost here; I CAN make it!

Don't forget to check out what others are up to this week.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Sunday Scoop for February 8

Teaching Trio's Sunday Scoop was so much fun last week, I had to come back and try it again this Sunday.

I know Sarah has four months until she leaves for Japan, but there is so much to do between now and then. She needs to get a shorter, easier-to-maintain hair style. And she needs pants that will withstand two months of solid wear. (Poor baby still gets hand-me-down and Goodwill clothing which gets holes too quickly.)
While we are in Winston, we will stop by Staples to get my conf display book printed. Finally!

Emily's fiancee will be turning the big 3-0 in March. I have to put on my creative thinking cap and come up with a cool gift.

I just finished and uploaded my Presidents' Day Math and Literacy Packet along with “Washington and Lincoln” Emergent Reader and Presidents' Day Count & Clip Cards. I need to start on the next packet.

In years past, we have had to reschedule our 4-H Achievement Night because of bad weather. Friday's weather is sunny and 37; we shall see.

Be sure to check out the other Sunday Scoop posts.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Done, Done, Done!!!

As Basil Fawlty would say, “It's done, done, done.”
No, not a moose head, my goodie bag items for the SDE K conference in SC.
200 goodie bags - I am exhausted, nervous, and excited.

I have never been a part of these conference promotions before. I have already sent in my advert to be inserted into the group ad book – can't wait to see that.
Now, I have to ship my goodies and display book (still to come) to Michele. How exciting is it to think 200-300 teachers will have access to my store, possibly for the first time.

I hope they like my goodie bag item. I probably went overboard but hey, it's my first time doing this.

I had to find something that reflected my store and since I have over 282 clip card products in my store, I chose to give out clip card samplers.
I printed off mini clip cards

hole punched each page

clasped the pages to a ring binder

and included a mini clothespin

I thought the idea was adorable.

Pricey? Yes. But it could have been worse; I bought items in bulk, online, and at the best rate.
I bought 1,000 3x4 plastic bags for $12

The rings were 300 for $30

And the mini pins were 300 for $10

I was excited to find these bargains!

I waited on purchasing my business card, too. Again scored a great bargain.

I hope the teachers will get a feel for my style and that I offer fun, engaging products at a reasonable price.

Wish me luck!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

A Few of My Favorite Things February
This is my first time joining Teaching Trio's A Few of My Favorite Things linky; I'm excited!

My eldest came for a visit this past weekend and what did we do? Play games. We are a game-playing family! So, I thought I would list my three favorite games. I truly cannot pick my top three, so this will be the three we had the most fun with this past weekend.

1. Rook. Okay, any card game will do. My kids were playing cards before they were walking! We love Old Tarnation, Spades, Hearts, and you can't forget Skip-Bo.
We even taught our exchange student to play cards. She practiced and practiced all month until she finally learned how to shuffle; she was so proud!

2. Pictionary. An oldie but goldie. We play a homemade version of Pictionary. (Yes, I am a tightwad.) It's amazing to see how partners work with each other. I have seen a person guess when all their partner drew was a line! Same with Buzzwords but wait, I need to stay on task.

3. Brick. My husband and I learned this game BK – Before Kids. Now, I think it is called Farkle and while Brick rules are a bit different from Farkle, it is basically the same game.

Why not have a Family (or Friends) Game Night this weekend?  You'll be glad you did.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

February Pinterest Pick 3 Linky

This is my first time participating in this linky; so much fun. I like checking out the other Pick 3 posts to get ideas for the month, too.

When I think of February, I think of the holidays: Groundhog Day, Presidents Day, Valentine's Day, but I also think of Telling Time, Counting Money, and Dental Health and Nutrition.
With that in mind, here are my 3 Picks for the Linky (Click on the images to be taken to the original Pinterest pin/link.):
A fun, hands-on activity for Telling Time (plus a great way to reuse those Easter eggs!)
 A fun way to stamp coins instead of having to draw coins over and over (I remember hating drawing coins when I was in school!)

An excellent way to explain and practice flossing. (We all could floss more regularly, right?)

You can find my Time Clip Cards, Money Clip Cards, and Dental Health Packet on my Pinterest Board here.

Thanks and have a fabulous February!!