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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Cute Ideas for Christmas Crafts

Rudolph the Reindeer Candy Bars. 
(Please click on the pictures below to link to the websites for directions.)

Money Tree Christmas Card

Paint Stick Snowman

Fingerprint Christmas Tree Cards

Reindeer Handprints
Merry Christmas!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Best Teacher Memes

Parent-Teacher conferences are finished!
Now enjoy a few laughs with these teacher memes!

Click on the pictures below to link to the 61 Best Teacher Memes on the internet.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Free Fall Favorites

Are you looking for some new classroom ideas for fall?
Here are some of my fall favorites via Pinterest.
Please click on the pictures to link to their websites.

Happy Fall!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Teachers Pay Teachers Bonus Sale

Teachers Pay Teachers is having a back to school bonus site wide sale for one day only on August 19th.
Lots of fabulous resources! Please click on the picture below to view my store and then click to the main page for more resources. Get inspired!
Use code: MORE15 at checkout for your discounts.

Get Inspired!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Summer Vacations

The beginning of school is just around the corner.
Stores are having marvelous back to school sales.
Blog posts are promoting fabulous giveaways.
Kids are getting excited . . . and their parents are breathing a sigh of relief.
Summer vacations are ending and new beginnings will be starting.

My husband and I just got back from our summer vacation in Costa Rica. It was beautiful, exciting, interesting, but sometimes a bit humid for me. All in all a lovely trip.
Here I am relaxing at the hotel.

A wonderful visit to the Poas Volcano. I loved hiking to the volcano and then around the adjoining lake.

During our river cruises we saw white face monkeys, macaws, toucans, howler monkeys, crocodiles, and much more. It was fabulous!

Yes, that's me, enjoying zip-lining through the tropical forest! At the end of the line I got to show off by swinging upside down on the Tarzan rope.

They even have dinosaurs in Cost Rica. LOL! 

Happy and safe travels to all!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Stages Of Eating Ice Cream

Summer = Ice Cream!
After a long summer's hot day there is nothing better than eating ice cream to soothe the body.

I could eat ice cream for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. . . but that probably would not be a good idea.
My favorite ice cream is : Death by Chocolate. (Yum and well said.)

I saw this funny, cute, laugh out loud video about the Stages of Ice Cream as Told by Babies on youtube. Check it out!


And if you or your students would like to write about your experience with ice cream, please enjoy a FREE copy of my ice cream stationery from my TPT product: Shape Templates for Writing, Drawing, & Making Books, please click below.

Please click below to visit my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

Have a fun filled ice cream day!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Teacher Appreciation Week - FREE BOOK GIVEAWAY

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week.
Thank you to all the wonderful teachers who work so hard!

To show my appreciation I'm giving away the hardcover book "The Perfectly Purple Sneakers" and the mp3 song "My New Sneakers." Please click on the picture below to see previews.

Just click on the Rafflecopter below to enter. If you have time please visit and follow my TPT store, however that is not necessary to enter the giveaway. Simple click on the entry button.


 a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thank You Teachers!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

FREE Birthday Celebration!

This past week my husband and I celebrated my birthday in Branson, Missouri. It was a lot of fun! I'm from California so it was a special trip and a special birthday.

Here I am in the aviary feeding parakeets.

In honor of my birthday celebration (for a limited time - ends 5/3/15 ) I'm offering a FREE copy of my "Birthday Celebrations" product from my Teachers Pay Teachers store.  Please click on the picture below to download your FREE copy. After you have downloaded my product please leave a kind comment. Thank you.
Wishing you the very best of everything!

Monday, April 6, 2015

My New Sneakers

I LOVE wearing sneakers!
Because they feel so comfy on my feet. My sneakers have a soft cushion that makes me feel like I'm walking on air. My feet feel snug. I can run, climb, walk, skip, and even dance at a moment's notice without worrying about my feet.

This last weekend I went to the Skechers store and bought two more pairs of sneakers. Call me crazy, but I really enjoy wearing them as much as kids do.

So of course I had to write a song about "My New Sneakers" to go along with the children's book I wrote, "The Perfectly Purple Sneakers."

I'm so blessed to have a wonderful son who is a musician. He helped me with the music and together we recorded the song. He has a terrific voice - so he sings the lead and I sing the backup on the chorus.

If you have a few moments put on your sneakers and do a happy dance. Spring is here and the birds are chirping! (New beginnings!)

Please click on the picture below to hear a sample of my song "My New Sneakers." Don't be surprised if your feet start tapping and your body starts to dance. Smile, life is good!

Take Care,

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Free Egg-Shaped Spring Bunny

Spring is in the air! Yay!
I'm ready for warmer weather.

Please click on the picture above to get your FREE template and directions to make the bunny.

I came across an egg-shaped bunny on the blog Kindergarten's 3 R's by Michaele Sommerville. It was so cute I repined it on Pinterest. Teachers loved it! But it didn't have a template or pattern to make the bunny, only directions. So to help out my teacher friends I made a template. Simply click on the picture above to get a free template and directions on how to make my bunny.

Please click below if you would like to visit Michaele's blog to see her directions and how she made her bunny. Thank you Michaele for your wonderful idea. You rock!


Saturday, January 3, 2015

Tacky the Penguin

What is it that makes Tacky the Penguin so adorable?

It's because he is odd, he's not like everyone else. He's not afraid to be himself. He does his own thing! He is happy! He is brave! And he loves his friends.

I really enjoy reading the original story over and over, year after year. It makes me laugh and want to do something silly. There are lots of additional Tacky adventures, but I think the first one is the best.

If you are not familiar with the book - below is the synopsis. Please click the picture if you'd like to purchase it on amazon.

Tacky is an odd bird. Not at all like the other neat, sleek, tasteful penguins. He is a bit eccentric with his splashy cannonballs, unusual dress, and loud hearty greetings. But at the end of the day it is Tacky's annoying behaviors that save all the penguins from the terrible hunters.

I created a fun Tacky the Penguin product to go with the book. It is posted on my Teachers Pay Teachers store. Please click below to find out more.

Have a great day!