October 17, 2013

It's About Time Y'all!!

If you have visited my TPT store lately then you probably noticed the overwhelming sound of crickets!!  I'm not gonna lie...I have totally neglected my little shop (among many other things) over the past year.  I've had a few other "not so small" things (aka Tinleigh) consuming my time.  I hate that I have been so sporadic with my blog and my store but I wouldn't trade in the blessings of this past year for the world!!
Since I have been on maternity leave (and loving every minute of it along with "dreading" my return to work in December), I have had a little time while T naps to work on a few products I have had stirring in my head this past year!  My first product is perfect for this month..."Carvin' Out Fun!".  I started this pack this time last year and have been dragging my feet to complete it.  I am so excited about it and can't wait to forward it to my sweet colleagues at school to use since I won't be able to this year. 
Take a peek and let me know what you think!  Since I didn't have it ready for the TPT sale, it will be on sale in my store through Sunday so snatch ya up a copy!!  Click here to check it out!!
Included you will find...
This 88-page math and literacy unit is perfect for the week of Halloween!  I hope y'all enjoy it as much as I have enjoyed making it!!
P.S.  All activities are aligned to the Common Core Standards for first and second grade!! 
I believe I hear Miss Tinleigh waking from her nap so I'm gonna go get some lovin' from her!!
Have a blessed day sweet friends!!

October 10, 2013

Carvin' Out Fun! {Throwback Thursday}

Can you believe it?!  I held true to my word about blogging...I know, right...C-RAZY town!!  Not only am I blogging but I have also {almost} completed a mini-unit that I began...wait for it...a year ago!!  Talk about procrastinating!  Check out this "throwback Thursday" post about the unit from last year...
October 2012...
For Halloween this year we had the BEST time!  During the morning we visited the farm and learned all about farm life as well as grabbed ourselves our very own "pie pumpkin" from the pumpkin patch!  I had no idea that these cute little pumpkins had their very own name!!
That afternoon we completed our pumpkin study from my unit "Carvin' Out Fun" {...which I promise to post in my TPT shop...very soon!  I know...I am a bit late!  Don't you worry though...it will be on sale so you can snatch it up and stash it away for next year!!}
 Who would have guessed that Pie Pumpkins would have so many seeds in them!?  They were the perfect size for my lil' darlin's!  {I used one for most of the study with the whole class but each table had their own for counting the seeds.}

Check out a few pics from our day of fun!  We made predictions, collected data {weight, circumference, float/sink, number of seeds, etc!} and analyzed our data!!

We used these fun little mats to help us count our seeds!
I read these two books to the kiddos during our two day study.  "The Littlest Pumpkin" was perfect considering the size of our pumpkins!!

 Last...I took the seeds home and baked them.  We tasted two different kinds--sweet {cinnamon, sugar and butter} and salty--and then graphed our results!  Yummy!!

This unit also includes a "how-to" writing activity for carving pumpkins plus so much more!! 
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This unit has been completely revamped and 6 new activities have been added. 
Take a peek at what's included...

I am crossing my fingers that this will be posted by Sunday!!  Can y'all hold me to that too?!!!  I'd love to give this pack away to two followers once its complete.  Leave me a comment below letting me know your favorite fall activity and I'll have Mr. Hubby randomly choose two winners!!
I'm off to cuddle with this precious girl!  Have I mentioned how much I simply adore her??!!

October 2, 2013

Well Hello There!!

I know, I know...I have promised about a bazillion times to be more consistent with my blogging and dang if I haven't fell quiet short of that promise!  Let me be honest...I have had a little something else in life that has captured all of my attention...and my heart!!
Meet Miss Tinleigh Jane...Born September 9 at 8:03 pm!!
Goodness gracious!  This precious little girl has me absolutely over the moon in love!  In my wildest dreams, I could not imagine how something so tiny could change my world in the most amazing way!  If you read my mother's day post then you know just how blessed we have been with this sweet little girl...God is truly unbelievable and we owe everything to Him!!
So even though I told a big 'ol fat lie about staying consistent with blogging, I did have a good reason...right?!  Now that I am on maternity leave and I am getting back in the groove of a schedule, I am going to try my very best to blog once a week!!  Can someone please hold me to that?!!!
Mr. Hubby decided that while I was on leave, I should get my tail in high gear and get to making some new products!!  I agreed with him!  First up was a revamp to my Bucket Filler Book!!  Click on the pic to snatch up a copy for FREE!! 
I don't know about y'all but I absolutely ADORE Bucket Filling!!  Read below to see what you can find included in this pack!!
My little sweeties absolutely love their Bucket Filler books that their friends make for them!  It seriously melts my heart to hear them brag on the Bucket Filler!!  If you need (or want) a great addition to this pack, check out Ashley Reed's Bucket Filler Brigade Pack!  It is AMAZING!!
Did I mention that I recently won a new Bucket Filler book from Barbara Gruener at The Corner on Character and its signed by the author Carol McCloud!  So stinkin' excited to add this book my library of Bucket Filler books!!  Thanks again Barbara...you are too sweet!!
Ok friends...I will be back in a week (hold me to this) with another blog post...cross my heart!!
P.S.  Did you notice the makeover on my blog?!!!  The amazing Tenille at The Cutest Blog on the Block created the design and I L-O-V-E...love it!!  It is so me!!
Have a blessed week sweet friends!