Goodbye 2013: My Year in Pictures!

I have spent the last month as unplugged as I could be and let me tell you... it has been WONDERFUL! I spent loads of time of family and friends and just enjoying these last few moments of 2013.

This year was a big one for me!

In March, we sent out our Save the Dates:

In May, Parker and I decided to move back home to Massachusetts to start our life closer to family. That meant saying goodbye to a lot of good friends and my first teaching job in Las Vegas.
Good-bye Las Vegas!

We planned THIS elaborate scheme to tell my family we were coming home!

In June, we traveled across the country on a road trip back home to Massachusetts! We visited Utah, Denver, Kansas City, Chicago, and Washington DC, before finally landing back home in Mass!
Once we landed in Mass, Parker scored big with a job in New Hampshire and we moved a little farther north into a beautiful new apartment. Shortly after, I got a 1st grade teaching job in Massachusetts and there was reason for more celebration!

Oh yah.... and then in September, Parker and I GOT MARRIED!!!!! And went on an amazing honeymoon!!! By far the best part of 2013 :)

Now, the year is ending... Our good friends are having a baby boy, we bought our first Christmas tree, and we traveled to Denver for Christmas with Parker's family!

SO many amazing things happened in 2013 - I cannot wait to see what 2014 has in store for us :)

I will be back soon (promise) with some things I've been working on... in the meantime, to celebrate the new year, some Blog Hoppers are throwing a 20% off sale all day today and tomorrow!

Click the image above to visit my store :)


Show us what you bought!

Happppppppppppppy December!

I don't know what it is, but I am just feelin' happy... giddy even... and I swear I haven't had one sip of wine all night!

Maybe it has to do with the fact that I have a REAL Christmas tree in my apartment and that it is freezing outside and that I get to travel to Denver for Christmas to be with Parker's family AND that when I get home from vacation I get to host my family's secret Santa at our apartment....

I am just grinning ear-to-ear!

Anyways.... I am here to share with you some of the goodies I bought during day one of the Cyber Monday TPT sale! You better believe I already left my feedback and I am ready to shop a bit more tomorrow :)

Here's a looksie:

Abby's new Christmas unit:
I love everything this lady makes and this adorable pack is NO different! It is so darn cute.

Lindsey's Story Problem Pack:
I wanted to buy this last year from The Teacher Wife, but I ran out of time before the holidays were over. This year, I was not going to make that mistake!

Anna's New Graphing Pack
I downloaded the preview on this and I HAD to have it. I won't start going deep into graphing until after the holiday break, but I wanted to take advantage of the sale and grab it now!

The following are a few things I already had, but they are a necessity this holiday season so I wanted to share in case you still need something for the next few weeks!

Kelley's Adjective Gingerbreads:
I missed the boat on her adjective pumpkins this year, so I am THRILLED she has another seasonal adjective craft! A hilarious one at that.

Katie's Polar Express pack:
My new school has an entire polar express day.... I repeat... AN ENTIRE POLAR EXPRESS DAY! I am so excited to celebrate this day with my students and I am so thankful I have Katie's pack to save my you-know-what!

Stephanie's Christmas Around the World:
We actually started this pack this morning! My kids are so excited to learn about Christmas all over the world and so am I! I used this pack last year and it was a big hit - I imagine this year will be the same!

So there you have it! If you bought something you'd like to share with the world - let us know! Link up with Blog Hoppin by clicking the button below :)

And remember - the sale continues tomorrow!!


CYBER MONDAY & TUESDAY & A Super Quick Giveaway!!

So much shopping... so little time...

This Thanksgiving weekend has been amazing so far! Parks and I found our first ever Christmas tree and we are currently trying to decorate it with ornaments and garland and lights and all this other stuff we have never owned before! I can only imagine that it will be a beautiful baby tree soon.

In the meantime, I am here to remind everyone that there is a BIG sale coming up on Monday and Tuesday! Big, big, BIG! The cyber Monday/Tuesday sale is here and ALL my products will be 20% off for the full two days. TPT also has a special promo code (CYBER) to enter during checkout and you can receive an extra 10% off!
Thank you, Amy, for the button!

I recently uploaded three new products to my store that will also be on sale:

I finally finished part 2 of my 1st grade language pack!

Since I completed Part 2, I was able to bundle it with Part 1 for a discounted price:

I also JUST uploaded my newest subtraction unit that my kids are loving right now:

So there you have it! Get shopping!

And since there are only a few more weeks til Christmas... one of my best blogging friends, Katie, decided it was time for a giveaway! I hopped on board. Here is what you can win:

All you have to do to win:

Good luck & remember this giveaway is SUPER quick! So don't miss out :)

It's Black Friday People!!!!

I hope everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving with family and friends :)

I am full to the brim and now... it is time to shop!! I am headed to Target, Nordstrom Rack and Best Buy to shop my little heart out! I am on the hunt for a new, fancy camera. My iPhone pictures just aren't cutting it anymore.

I, along with lots of other sellers, am throwing a SALE for one day only! It is today... right NOW... and ends tonight at midnight! My entire store is on sale so click the cute button below to head on over and start your shoppin'
^Thank you, Amy, for the button!^

Happy shopping :)

Subtraction for 1st Grade! {What's the Difference?}

My first graders are elbow-deep into subtraction!

We are learning all sorts of subtraction strategies and practicing some hands-on math!
Students practice building and removing counters or cubes in this easy subtraction center. You may have seen the addition version of this center for free here on my blog.

After learning how to visualize the problem and draw pictures we practiced lots and lots of story problems! Some are more basic and others are multi-step challenges for my firsties! Check out this one below... after lots of practice... my kids rocked this one!

We have also been playing lots and lots of GAMES! We play all sorts of hands-on, dice rolling, paperclip spinning math games for about 30 minutes a day. My kids loveeeee to learn a new game and literally clapped for this one - ha!

I also made some anchor charts to display in the classroom when teaching different subtraction strategies:

I compiled all these activities, games, printables, and anchor charts in my new pack:
What's the Difference?
There is a lotttttt more in this new pack, so click above if you would like to download the preview.

Also, this pack is on sale for only $4 from now through Black Friday (11/29).

I am wishing everyone a happy, happy Thanksgiving and I hope everyone counts their blessings... I sure am :)

Thanksgiving Fun

 It's all turkeys and pilgrims in our room! 

We are getting ready for the holiday with some fun holiday activities.

These crafts & writing are decorating our room:
 (on a side note, these grainy pictures make me really want to take the bull by the horns and learn how to use my new camera!)

Those writing prompts are from Deanna Jump's Thanksgiving unit and the turkeys are actually my number of the day turkey! There is a long story involving printer paper and a RISO and a time crunch... but I won't bore you with that.... 

Essentially it is the sad, sad reason we didn't make these fun turkeys:
 Next year, it WILL happen!

We are also full-swing into turkey themed math games!
  Comparing #s review!

 Ordering #s 1-120

 Addition with 3 addends practice

Spin-a-Story Problem!

All the math games (and the turkey) are available in my "Who's Talking Turkey? Math Centers"
We also started diving into the real REASON we are celebrating Thanksgiving! We learned all about the Pilgrims and their voyage and we started recording our vocabulary in this notebook from my pal, Stephanie (Falling into First):
This is just one of the amazing activities she has in her new Thanksgiving Unit
Check it out - forrealz.

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