"Floating Down to First" Giveaway

Hi, My Friends!

School is coming!!! Or, already here!!! Some of us are already back in full-swing! Some of you still have a couple of weeks! 
#jealous #really jealous

My sweet friends, Jen from Sparkling in Second Grade and Carol from The Super Sparkly Teacher, have invited me to join their "Floating Down to First" giveaway, since they will both be making the fall from 2nd to 1st this year. 
Welcome Aboard, ladies!!!


They have  invited some experienced 1st grade teachers/bloggers to help celebrate! {thank goodness, what would we do without this community of teacher-bloggers??} Sometimes, I wonder how I got through my first few years of teaching without bloggers, TpT, Pinterest, Instagram. I don't know about you, but I am a much better teacher because of these resources!!! New teachers are so ahead of the game!

Check out the great things you can win with this Giveaway!















Enter in the rafflecopter below:

Good luck! 
The Giveaway ends on 
Sunday, August 24th!
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A First Day Freeebie and a SALE!

Have you started back to school, yet? We started back on August 14. I kinda blocked out forgot how tough the first week can be...My little ones are coming from HALF day Kindergarten and staying a whole day, can be tiring. 
"I'm hungry."
"When's lunch?"
"Is it time to go home?"
"I have to go to the bathroom."
"I'm hungry."
"Can I get a drink?"
"Is it time to go home, yet?"
"I have to go to the bathroom, again."
These are all things I was thinking my little ones asked me that first day.
We are working on our rules, our routines, our behavior and just learning to be 1st Graders. 
Overall, it was a good day. But, we have a long way to go. You forget, or at least I do, how different they are at the beginning of the year. Just so much to learn!!!
Here's a fun freebie I used on the first day!
I grabbed it from
Sorry I look a lot little tired...I had my picture taken at the END of the day! Isn't the sign just amazing?! 
I LOVE it!!!

We started our day with this cute, little Freebie!
It's in my little store, so go and grab it! It includes Pre-K - 5th Grade! 
It's just a fun way to start your first day of school! Enjoy!

Did you hear about the One-Day Sale? 
 Don't forget to use the code BOOST, for another 10%off!
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/A-Kindergarten-Life-For-Me
 Happy, Happy Shopping!!!
I think I am buying more during this SALE, than the last one! Uh-Oh! 
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SoCal Blog Hop with Freebies and a Giveaway!!!

 I am extremely excited to be a part of the 
SoCal Blog Hop!!! You guys, some of my VERY favorite bloggers are a part of this!!! And, they can't wait to share their FREEBIES with YOU!!! 
Oh, and did I tell you that we are also giving away 4!!! $25 TpT Gift Certificates?!!!
How awesome is that?!

We decided on a "beach" theme for our SoCal Blog Hop and that made me happy, happy, happy!
Now, most people think of the ocean when they hear "beach, " but it took me awhile to get used to that term. You see, I grew up in a small town in Idaho, surrounded by a huge, beautiful lake! All growing up and even now, when I'm visiting, we say, "Let's go to the beach today!" "Wanna go lay out at the beach?" It's just what everyone says! Here are a few different views of our little beach and lake!

http://www.pinterest.com/sandpointliving/scenic-sandpoint/

Just one side of the "beach."
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/538954280377742860/


You can see the "beach" next to the curve at the end of the Long Bridge.
http://kedamono.wordpress.com/2009/04/20/131/
A beautiful picture of the "beach" in the Fall.
 https://foursquare.com/v/sandpoint-id/4dac59b6a86e771ea74bcfa4
Isn't it amazing?!

So, so beautiful! It's even more amazing out on on the boat! So much water. Everywhere! 

Southern California has so many wonderful beaches! Of course, I am also a BIG fan of Florida beaches!!! LOVE the clear, turquoise water and the white sand! I am sure I would LOVE every beach. Believe me, I have a bunch on my list to visit!!! Do you?
But, back to Southern California beaches!!! That's why we are here!
During Spring Break, my sister and niece came to visit me. One of the nights they were here, we stayed in Huntington Beach! Here are a few pics!




To me, it doesn't matter if you are at a beach on a lake, or a beach on the ocean...they both instantly calm me. I am my most calm and relaxed near the water and I soak up every minute of it. Where are you the most relaxed?

 Here's my Beach Themed Freebie
for you!!!


Up next is the Panicked Teacher!


 
To check out her Freebie, click this button to "surf" on over!
http://panickedteacher.blogspot.com/2014/08/socal-blog-surf.html
 
Don't forget to enter our Giveaway!  
 
 
a Rafflecopter giveaway
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August Currently

I can't believe it's already August! Nooooooo! I'm not ready!
I am linking up with Farley at Oh' Boy 4th Grade and her August Currently. Have you linked up? You definitely should! I would love to read about your August, too!

Listening: I am visiting my family and my dad LOVES to play golf...every day... and watch golf...every day. He usually watches it in another room, but while I am writing this...he is snoozing a little, watching golf a little. Luckily, I have so much to do, I have totally tuned the snoring snoozing out and the golf out, too. For the most part! 

Loving: I love visiting my family every summer. It's beautiful, peaceful, and just nice to be home. I love it here, and it's nice to be with my family.


Family time with my sisters!
Thinking: Oh, my gosh. The new school year sneaks up so fast. I can't believe I start back in a week! Yikes! I am so not ready. Are you? Have you started school yet?

Wanting: I am in Idaho right now and the best summer month here is August. I just want to stay a little bit longer! The lake gets so warm in August and it is just so calming. I WANT more time! 

Needing: More time. More time on vacation. More time before school starts. Just.More.Time. But, then again, is it ever enough? There's always more to do and see on vacation. And, there's always more to do before school starts and the kids arrive. Right? 

1st Day: We go back for meetings, classroom time, more meetings, and a little more classroom time...on August 11. Ready or not, kids start on the 14th. 

This will be my 18th year of teaching. Yikes! And, the one thing I've learned that I tell myself {and brand new teachers} at the beginning of every school year is that it will all get done. If I stress about it and make myself crazy, it will all get done. Or, if I just go with it, it will all get done. Either way, it gets done. So, I choose to just go with it. Of course, I still have to remind myself of this. 
But, it sure does make that first week back a lot easier. 
How do you handle your first week back? 
Stress like crazy or just go with it? 
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#Create2Educate #Sweepstakes with Michaels Project #1


I am so excited to share my FIRST of many projects that I will be entering in the #create2educate #sweepstakes by Michaels!

This is what I started with, all from Michaels...A clear paint can, Birthday stickers, ribbon, colored craft sticks and cupcake stickers. Can you guess what I made? Did you guess a Birthday Can with Birthday Pointers? Yep! 
Step 1: Add stickers to the paint can.
Step 2: Cut ribbon and tie it to the handle.
Step 3: Add cupcake stickers to the craft sticks.
Step 4: Add Birthday Pointers to the can.
TaDa!!!


What do you think? I LOVE it and can't wait to put it in my classroom!!!
Check back tomorrow for my SoCal Blog Hop post AND my #create2educate Project #2! Guess what? I like it even more than my Birthday Can!!! And, I can't wait to share it with you!
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