June 19, 2017

Doodle Bugs Paper 2 day free shipping

Enjoy a free two day shipping pass today and tomorrow. (June 19 and 20).
Great time to stock up on teacher goodies for your teacher friends, your child's teachers and of course YOU!!

enter code: freeshipjune
(Monday, June 19th and Tuesday, June 20th)

June 8, 2017

2017 Beach Books

I just returned home from our annual family beach trip. 
Which means I slept, ate, read, repeat..
It's pretty glorious! 

Here is a glimpse of what I read while I was hanging out 
with my toes in the sand. 

I also have these listed on ebay if you are interested :o) You can also click on the Amazon affiliate links below to read the description of each. Or just trust me that they are GOOD!

This was my least favorite but it was still good. Jennifer Weiner has been one of my go-to authors for years. I ran out of reading material and had to make a trip to the book store while I was at the beach. I was rushed (by two teenagers who had better places to be!) so I grabbed this one because Jennifer Weiner really never disappoints and I had not read this one. 
The man character is a blogger so that was also interesting!

Colleen Hoover is one of my very favorite authors. This one has been on my to read list for a few months. I loved it! It also has a few of the same characters as the other Colleen Hoover book (below) that I read so read this one first if you are interested. I had NO idea of the character relation before reading. It was a surprise to find out they had some of the same characters.

Leslie Ann from LaLa Life is a teaching friend of mine and we have really similar reading styles. She always has book reviews and is really good about sharing  what she is reading. She told me that her favorite book from 2016 was Moonshot. And, I intentionally held out on reading it until my beach trip. OH MY! It might be a contender for my #1 book of 2017. I have read almost every one of Alessandra Torre books. (beware..some are a little trashy!) and this was definitely did not disappoint.

This was another recommendation from Leslie Ann. Loved it! 
I almost did not pick this one up because I didn't like the cover image (so much for judging a book by it's cover!) But, so glad I did! It was a fun little read. Just perfect for the beach!

Oh my! This could also be a contender for #1 book of 2017. November 9 seriously kept me on my toes and kept me interested. It was good! Really good!

Seriously, these were some of the best books I have read in a LONG LONG time! I recommend all of them! 

I have listed my copies on ebay if you are interested.

June 4, 2017

Scholastic Magazine Summer Giveaway

Scholastic Magazines is hosting a 
fun summer vacation contest for teachers. 
Winners will receive CASH! ($1,000, $500 and $250). 
And, it's FUN and EASY to enter!

Here is what you need to do to enter...

  1. Take your Scholastic Magazine with you on vacation (get a free sample HERE if you don't have a magazine handy!)
  2. Take a picture or video of your Scholastic Magazine on vacation and use the hashtag #ScholasticMagVacay on your favorite social media accounts.
  3. Contest starts June 1st and ends August 1st .

Follow Scholastic on 

May 25, 2017

Five for Friday {May 26th}


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I’m heading off to the beach and looking forward to diving into these books. I usually take around 5-6 books with me so I will probably have to make a trip to the bookstore or Target while I am gone. Here are Amazon links for these if you are interested… Have you read any of these?

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

November 9 by Colleen Hoover

Moonshot by Alessandra Torre

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I am also taking along these Scholastic News – stay tuned! I’ll be partnering up with Scholastic to share a pretty awesome cash giveaway starting June 1st. All it takes to enter is a Scholastic magazine, a vacation selfie and a hashtag!

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Have you seen these Aim High products from Carson Dellosa?

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I might be slightly in love and I am not even sure how I am going to put them to use next school year- but they are precious!! I have been out of school less than one week and my mind is all ready spinning for next year!! Does it ever end?? HA!

Amazon Affiliate Link: Aim High by Carson-Dellosa

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I’ve added these super simple one word folded notes to my Doodle Bugs Paper website. I had some end of the year thank you notes to write and these were a perfect fit. They also come with lavender envelopes with just a little pop of color.

Doodle Bugs Paper: One Word Notecards


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This is the last Five for Friday for the summer. Feel free to still post during the summer using the FFF graphic- I just won’t post a link up here on my blog.

I did throw out last week that I am considering ending the FFF link up after this summer. I’ll be doing some thinking on that over the next few months and keeping you informed!

Happy, Happy Summer friends!

Link up below!

May 18, 2017

Five for Friday (May 19th)


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And just like that.. I am DONE! Year #17 is in the books.

Hello Summer vacation!


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I bought a box of mini oreo packs at Walmart (18 for $6) and found this perfect free tag/card as an end of the year gift for my first grade babies.


So cute and so easy!

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Also as an end of the year gift- I framed these cute directed drawing bugs in frames from the Dollar Tree. They turned out super cute!

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Four times a year when I get this good mail- I remind you that you absolutely should be using Ebates if you shop online! This time I ordered a bunch of books from Amazon with my Big Fat Check! HA I had to stock up for my summer reading.

It’s legit friends! Check it out.. Ebates!

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And.. just wanted to give you a heads up that it’s almost time to shut down FFF for summer break. (And, I am kind of thinking about discontinuing it all together but if not I’ll be back on 8.4... I’ll keep you posted!)

May 11, 2017

Five for Friday {May 12th}



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A few weeks ago I shared these Guided Reading Booklets. I am back to remind you or if you just missed that last post to tell you just how awesome they really are.IMG_2448

Each book has 6 pull out readers. The books I have are geared toward first-second but I only used these with my highest reading level group. The text is a little difficult for all my first grade friends.


The readers have a TON of info in them. Great higher level skills!

And, the best part! You just tear them out and put them to use! No other prepping! The quality is AMAZING! Very thick with a laminated coating.

They are $20 for the books- which include 6 readers (6 copies each = 36 total). And, when I jumped over to the Carson Dellosa website to grab a link I noticed they are having a 30% off sale and free shipping with orders over $25. Great opportunity to stock up for the end of the year or even next year!

Carson Dellosa Guided Reading Books

I participate in the Brand Ambassador Program for Carson-Dellosa and have received these products free to review.

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Every year I forget how much I love these little mini flower pots we make for Mother’s Day.


And, I started early this year and we were finished by Thursday morning. No more late Friday afternoon scrambling to get finished!

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This was actually last Friday.. but I didn’t share last week.

But we had May Day.. and it almost killed me.


One whole day of games and fun! It was super organized and lots of fun {really!} but I was so worn out! I have NO idea how my little people were still going strong at the end of the day.


This plastic pool full of tissue paper was part of an obstacle course. They had to dig around to find a little ball.

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And just like that.. one week left. Actually it’s only four days now. Next Friday is a teacher work day.


The last day with the kids will be Thursday. We have a lot of fun to squeeze into these last days!

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Last weekend was so busy! I had so much squeezed into those two days that I am really looking forward to a nice, quiet weekend. Happy Mother’s Day to all!


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