April 23, 2017

End of the Year Ideas from Oriental Trading

The end of the year is going to be here before I know it!  The last couple of weeks of school are always full of craziness!  So… what better way to survive that craziness than to play some outdoor games.   

Oriental Trading has such a wide selection of games to pick from! It took me awhile to decide on a few choices that I thought my first graders would enjoy playing.

Don’t these Jumbo Pick-Up Sticks look  awesome.  My family had so much fun playing this game.   We are a competitive family and there was a whole lot of concentration going on!  lol

The Giant Backyard Dominoes turned out to be building blocks for the little ones.  I didn’t have the heart to tell them that they were suppose to be a totally different game.  They had fun building.  The box they came in was not very sturdy, so I ended up putting yellow duct tape around the box.  I will decorate it a bit...but just haven't did it yet.


The Bucket Game was a HUGE success too.  The little kids as well as the big kids adults loved it.  They played it until they were too tired to run anymore.   I was a bit disappointed that one of them ended up cracking before everyone wore themselves out from running!  Once again I got out my duct tape out...I think it will survive several more games.  Unless my family plays it again with such INTENSITY!!!

These outdoor games are going to go perfectly with my other outdoor games I already have!!!   

What are you going to do those last few weeks of school?  If you need some ideas to make it fun for your students, head on over to Oriental Trading!  They have a wonderful selection of so many things to choose from.

I received these products at no charge in exchange for my honest review of their products. The opinions expressed above are my own.

April 14, 2017

To the Farthest Shores by Elizabeth Camden

I decided to start my 4-day weekend with a book.   Have you read any of Elizabeth Camden's books?  She is a Christian author and I've officially added another author to my favorite's list.

        This historical love story was a quick read for me.   I found myself totally engrossed and finished it quickly.   Janet Bennett is a nurse that worked at the Presido Army Base when she meets Ryan Gallagher.   In the brief time they are together, they quickly fall in love and start planning their life together.
        Suddenly, Ryan tells Janet that he is leaving and is unable to give her any information about where he is going and when he will return.  Something didn’t seem quite right to her but there was absolutely nothing she could do about it.   He tried to reassure her that he would be back soon and they would get married and spend their life together.
        Ryan promises he will try to write and he did... one time...  apologizing for leading her to believe they had a future and wished her the best. (Wow!) 
        Six year later he returns to the Presidio and needs her help! Janet is filled with raw emotions and doesn't know quite what to do.  There continues to be a cloud of mystery that surrounds Ryan's life that Janet doesn't understand. Will she help him?  Should she help him?  You will have to read the book to find out!    
        This book is a good read! I’m looking forward to reading other books by Elizabeth Camden.

I received an ebook of To the Farthest Shores by Elizabeth Camden from Bethany House Publishers and in exchange I have written my honest review of this book. 

January 14, 2017

Valentine Shopping at Oriental Trading

Guess what a month from today is?  Valentine’s Day!!!   It will be here before you know it.  It didn't take me very long to find  several cute items at Oriental Trading


I try to send home Family Project several times during the year. I saw this  Valentine Heart Pocket Classroom Quilt and I knew that it would be perfect for the month of February. Each student will be given their own square to take home and decorate. When the squares are returned they will be displayed like the picture below. I can hardly wait to see what they look like! (I will update the picture when I get them back from my students! 

These Rainbow Hearts will work out perfectly for my first graders to work on when they finish up their daily work.   

They are really cool. In the package there are 24 individual kits. Everything you need is there, well except for a pencil. Students complete one color at a time by peeling the next piece of precut paper off, wrapping the tissue paper at the end of the pencil and pushing it to the sticky part. No glue involved! I must admit there was one issue with these hearts. Have you heard of Roy G BIV? Well that is how my students remember the order of the colors on the rainbow (Red Orange Yellow Green Blue Indigo & Violet). This is not the order listed on the directionsbut Im totally okay with that who needs directions anyways?? My kiddos know the order.


First graders always need more practice writing sentences. They will have so much fun writing different types of sentences while using these fun Valentine Conversation Self-Adhesive Foam Heart Stickers. There are two sizes and there are several saying on the pieces.

These Heart Masks will be so much fun to make and what little first grader wouldn’t love wearing them when they are are decorated. If you don’t like messy, they could color them using markers, crayons, or colored pencils. I’m all about letting them express themselves, so they will pick from a variety of items I have at school even glitter!!! If you decide to get this be careful the product says it will make 24, but the package I received had only enough for 12. hmmmm...

I also found a heart shaped card I will be giving my kiddos in their Valentine boxes. It says “I Think You Are Just Write” and it already has 2 holes to put the pencil through. It can’t get much easier than that!

These Peanuts® Valentines Day Pencils along with these Frosted Valentine Hot Air Balloon Lollipops will also be a hit in their boxes. My kiddos love the frosted lollipops they have there. They have a huge selection of really cute ones.

Lastly, I can’t forget my precious dog Samson. Here he is modeling one of the three Valentine's Print Bandanas that came in a package (3 different designs). Isn’t he about the cutest thing you have seen today? Precious boy!

That’s it.  I know your favorite is my little puppy dogbut trust me there is a lot of stuff to check out over at Oriental Trading for very reasonable prices. Head on over their to check out all their Valentine's Day crafts, decorations, teacher supplies, toys, etc. Don't wait too long though... Valentine’s Day will be here soon!

I received these products at no charge in exchange for my honest review of their products. The opinions expressed above are my own.