I've been on an updating rampage... tackling my very first projects, in between creating new ones! :)  Last Sunday, I brought you a newbie:  i have a dream {craftivity & printables for MLK, Jr.}, which you can check out HERE.  Today, I'm bringing you a *BIG* update to one of my firsts!

Do you remember my President's Day craftivity pack?!  Well, it's tripled in size!!  Here are new pics of Abe & George {I couldn't resist the urge to make new samples, too! hehe}:
Same cuties as before... but if you remember {or if you're unfamiliar}, the pack pretty much stopped there...

Not anymore!  I added 17 fun printables to the unit!
Here are just a few:

president's day {craftivities: Washington & Lincoln} includes:
*George craft, pics, & directions
*Abe craft, pics, & directions
*Inside Lincoln's Hat writing piece {for craft}
*The Legend of the Cherry Tree writing prompt
*All About... George & Abe writing pages
*George Washington fact sheet & bubble map
*Abraham Lincoln fact sheet & bubble map
*Venn Diagram- -compare George & Abe
*If I Were President -write & draw
*If I Were President -writing page
*President's Day word search
*President's Day ABC order

If you want to check it out, head to my TpT shop!
And if you already own it, make sure you DL the update for free :)
I will send a free copy to one lucky commenter below... just be sure to leave your email address! :)
Congrats to #19, Amanda!

Coming up soon: New Year's resolutions, some more *free* fonts, and a sweet Valentine's Day craftivity!  Yay!
I hope everyone had a very MERRY holiday!  I know I did :)  Among some of my favorite gifts-- a leather jacket from my parents, and the iPhone 5 from my husband!

While my husband and I were shopping for my Christmas present {you can't keep a secret from me!} I picked up a stylus for my iPad. It's so much easier to make fonts with the stylus instead of my pointer finger, lol.  Last night I finally put the finishing touches on some fonts that I forgot about had in the works.  Here they are!  I hope you like them :)


Click {HERE} to check out these fonts {and 14 more!} in my TpT shop!  You can use these fonts on whatever you like {freebies, commercial items}... just give a link back to my blog!  I'd also love to know what you think!!

I'm off to change back into pajamas, make a hot cup of cocoa, and work on some new products {Valentine's Day, anyone? hehe}.

Have a warm and cozy evening, my sweet friends!! :)
Merry Christmas Eve... Eve!  Tomorrow my husband and I are hosting our first official holiday!  We claimed Christmas Eve because we love the holiday... the tree, the lights, the presents!  Plus, it's an "easy" holiday, at least in comparison to Thanksgiving {read: we can't cook}.

I'm taking a quick ten minute break from cleaning {UGH!} to bring you my latest craftivity...  It's for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!  This craft celebrates diversity, with two kids of different ethnicities holding hands:
Girls can make two girls, and boys can make two boys... or you can mix and match!  I can't wait to make this with my kiddos when we get back to school in January! :)

*the craft/s shown above
*Dr. King's Dream -writing page
*My Dream - write & draw
*MLK, Jr. describing page
*MLK, Jr. facts page
*MLK, Jr. KWL chart
*Martin and Me! Venn Diagram for boys/girls
and all writing pages are available with primary/seconday lines :)

Here are some pics from the pack:
To grab your copy, or to find out more, head to my TpT shop!
As always, please let me know what you think!!

Happy Holidays!!!

Leave a comment plus your email for a chance to win a copy!
I'll pick a winner tonight before bed :)
Congrats to #9 Susie and #39 Heather!!
Last year, I made snowman ornaments with my class as parent gifts.  They were a huge hit among the kiddos and their families, so I decided to make 'em again! :)  I just love them, and they are so easy to make!

Here's a peek at the final product:

If you want to make these little guys, here's what you need:
*a package or two of iridescent decorating shred
{I used 1 pkg for 22 ornaments}
*hot glue
*pipe cleaners
*pom poms
*clear plastic ornaments
*Sharpie paint pens in orange & black {not shown}
*pencil {not shown}

Pull apart enough decorating shred to fill the ornament.  You will need to stuff it into the ornament using something... I used the eraser side of a pencil.  Once filled, pop the top back on the ornament.  I actually did this part for my students because it was just quicker.

Next, have your kiddos come up one-by-one or in small groups to draw a nose, eyes, and mouth onto the snowman with the Sharpie paint pens.  You can also add student names and the year to the back of the ornament.
The last step is to hot glue the earmuffs to the ornament.  This is certainly a job for you... just let your littles choose their colors!  To make the earmuffs, cut the pipe cleaner in half and glue the ends to either side of the ornament.  Then glue the poms over the ends of the pipe cleaner.

Once completed, your little snowmen will need a place to call home {aka: a gift bag}.  I picked up some snowflake cello bags from Dollar Tree and popped the ornaments inside.  Then I attached a gift tag that reads, "I love you SNOW much!"
I added this freebie tag to my Facebook page!  Just visit my page, and click on the "Fan Freebies" tab!  You will need to like my FB page in order to access the freebie! :)

I'm off to finish my Christmas shopping!  Have a great night!
As I'm sure many of us did, I went to school today with a heavy heart.  But I knew I had to be strong for my little ones... and be the caring, loving teacher that they need me to be.  I've never been happier to see my sweet, smiling first graders... I love each and every one of them.

I originally had this post planned for Friday evening, but it just didn't feel right to post about it then.  So here it is now:

Friday was Grinch Day!
When my class arrived in the morning, this is what they found:
{Inspired by THIS Grinch letter}
The Grinch!!  He replaced our spelling words with green cards saying, "Happy Grinch Day!" and wrote a note {see the markers in his hands?} to explain what was going on.  The Grinch also TP'd our closet and Christmas tree with green streamers, put our reading buddies into "Grinch Jail," and framed a picture of himself:
That's not all, of course!  Our elf, Tommy, had left us red candy canes earlier in the week.  But before we could eat them, that evil Grinch licked them, and turned them all green!
{Click HERE for the freebie Grinch tags}
My littles got a KICK out of this.  They couldn't wait to eat those candy canes!  I told them that I had a feeling they tasted like green apple... ;)

The Grinch also had a few other tricks up his sleeve {but I forgot to take pics}!  He turned all of our behavior cards to red while we were at the holiday concert.  After lunch, we found him reading How the Grinch Stole Christmas to some stuffed friends in the library.  Later, we discovered that he had left us Grinch cookies and juice to enjoy!  
It was such a fun day, and my kiddos had a BLAST!  Then this morning, we found our elf and the Grinch sharing a hug :)  So sweet:
We have a week left before Christmas break, and while we have lots of work to squeeze in, I promise to do one, big, FUN thing with my kiddos each day!  What do you have planned for this week?? :)

After one of my pals threw a "Grinch Day" last Friday, I knew I had to have one, too!  I immediately started planning, and realized I had too many ideas to squeeze into one day... so I started today!!

I found an adorable Grinch craft idea at The First Grade Parade {and Cara found it here} so I recreated the pattern to use in my classroom.  I also had my kiddos complete a writing prompt.  Now our hallway has been "Grinched!"  Below are a couple examples from our display!

To make the Grinch grin I would...
...invite him to a tea party and tickle him.
A tea party?!  That makes me giggle!
...like to give him my cupcake and tell him funny jokes.
Forget the Grinch, I'll take the cupcake!!  hehe :)

Some of my littles didn't get a chance to finish today, but I thought these were particularly adorable Grinches:
They can finish up tomorrow!

If you're planning a Grinch Day and would like a copy of the writing prompt, you can grab it for free {HERE}.
{Font by Miss Tina}

The Grinch pattern is very simple to make... here is an image I spotted on Pinterest that will help you {I substituted five white circles for the hat's cuff}:

I have more Grinchy activities in store for my kiddos this week... stay tuned! :)
I'm excited to be taking part in Hadar & Kristin's 12 in '12 linky party!
Last year's 11 in '11 was my second ever link-up :)
Let's get right into it!!
*My 12 Favorite Things in '12*

12. Favorite movie you watched:
This was a toughy for me.  I don't feel like there were that many good ones this year!! So I'm cheating a little and saying Beauty and the Beast 3D... because I DID drag my husband to go see that with me in January and it IS my favorite Disney movie, ever :D

11. Favorite TV series:
My husband and I finally started watching the DVDs, and I'm in LOVE.  But I'm only on season 5, so don't say a word!!

10. Favorite restaurant:
I love Texas Roadhouse.  The closest one to me is an hour away, so it's always a treat when I get to go.  I love the Chicken Critter Salad with extra honey mustard dressing!  YUM!

9. Favorite new thing you tried:
Blogging & opening up a TpT shop!  Okay, technically I started "trying" it in December of '11, but it was for less than a month, so I'm going to say this adventure really started in 2012!

8. Favorite gift you got:
For our one year anniversary, my husband bought me a second wedding band... a forever band :)  This iPhone picture really doesn't do my ring finger justice!!

7. Favorite thing you pinned:
Out of 1,087 pins and 696 likes, it was hard to choose!  So I took the easy way out and chose a funny:
I don't know why, but this one makes me giggle :)

6. Favorite blog post:
I am going to say my classroom reveal post!  I'm really proud of how my room turned out, and I got some great feedback and tons of views!

5. Best accomplishment:
Building my TpT shop!  And I couldn't have done it without you!!! :)

4. Favorite picture:
This is my Grandpa on his 89th birthday.  It's the last picture that I have of him... I love it.  He is TOO cute.  I miss him everyday!

3. Favorite memory:
Our family vacay to Myrtle Beach!

2. Goals for 2013:
Keep Calm and Carry On.
Spend more time with family & friends! :)
Continue to blog & create!!

1. One Little Word:
I am slowly, but surely, updating my very first {aka OLD} products :)
I recreated my penguin pals unit and posted about it a couple weeks ago.
Next on my list was my hot chocolate unit!  Yum!!
hot chocolate {a craftivity} still includes the patterns for a cup of cocoa:
as well as additional/updated writing prompts:
and a bunch of new, fun printables:
If you already own hot chocolate {a craftivity}, then go to the "my purchases" tab on your TpT dashboard and download the updated version!  If you don't own it but want to check it out, head to my TpT shop! :)

I also updated my writing center starter kit! {printables} pack, by request :)
I finally added writing templates:
as well as longer writing examples for a little-bit-older kids :)  If you own it, head to your "my purchases" tab and DL the update for free!  If you want to check it out, go to my TpT shop!

Be sure to stop by to see what else I'm updating, new things I'm working on, and also pics of what we've been up to in school! :)

Now for some winners!
Congrats!!  I'll be emailing you shortly! :)
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