August 14, 2017

So Much To Do... So Little Time...

I’m so sad!  My summer break is almost over and I didn’t even get a single one of my to do lists completed! 

The one thing that I did do was meet up with my Siblings in Niagra, New York.  It was so beautiful there and I didn’t want to leave

But my classroom is calling me

Have a great year everyone.

July 18, 2017

Celebrating 60!

60 is a big one!  Surprising my sister with a party to celebrate was so much fun.  Instead of the traditional BLACK we decided to go with fun colors. Oriental Trading had so many items to pick from which made planning for decorations so much fun!
The decorations I went with were the BRIGHT & BOLD birthday items.  This plastic banner was the perfect size to hang over one of our food tables.  I was a bit nervous when I opened the package because it didn’t say 60 on it!!!  After my initial panic attack…I realized that several milestone dates were included in the package.  All I had to do was peel and stick.  Easy Peasy. 

    To continue with this BRIGHT & BOLD theme I chose a table cloth, balloons, and hanging swirls that had the same design on them.   Everything was cheerful, instead of the traditional depressing black!  Lol!!!  


Just to rub it in even more... I wanted 60 on the napkins as well!!!  The plates and forks blended in perfectly with this bright pattern.  

My sis loves owls!  When I saw this cute balloon owl I knew that it had to be a part of the birthday party decorations.  Isn’t it absolutely adorable?!

Since this party was going to have a ton of kids, I chose a few candy items that would catch their eye. These gummy bears and light blue mini twisty lollipops were definitely a big hit with the kiddos.  

The cupcakes that were left over we sent home with guests in these cute little cupcake boxes.  They were very easy to assemble and everyone loved them!  

Birthday parties are so much fun!  I hope that next time you are planning a birthday party that you will give OrientalTrading the opportunity to meet your needs.  They have so many choices!!!

Disclaimer:  I received the above products from Oriental Trading in exchange for my honest opinion of their products.

June 23, 2017

Oriental Trading - Lots of 4th of July Items!!!!

In just a little over a week, my husband and I will be hosting our annual 4th of July picnic for our church.  This year we wanted to make it extra special for all our guests by have a few treats and decorations.  Thank goodness for ORIENTAL TRADING  and their wide variety of patriotic items it was easily accomplish! 

Candy Buffet anyone???  I started off with some red containers from Oriental Trading's patriotic selection to put all the goodies in.   There are 3 sizes (2 of each).   They are the perfect size.  I am saving the largest 2 for the Rice Krispie Flag Treats that I will make later!) The other 4 containers are filled with Sweet Creams Hard Candy, Candy Sticks, Tootsie Rolls, and Butter Mints.   What child (or adult for that matter) will be able to resist these eye catching sweets?!  And yes... I did the taste test and they all passed!  :-)   Chocolate is one of my favorite candies...I hope they make it for the party next week.  

When I saw these Red, White, and Blue Leis I knew they would be absolutely perfect for our celebration.  I was concerned they might be too hot to wear, but they are very light-weight.  I will definitely be wearing one.  

We wanted to decorate just a bit, so we decided to add a few bows randomly around the lake/picnic area.  They are very sturdy and I will be able to easily attached them to the trees.

And of course...every party needs a photo booth!!!  
I’m pretty sure these 
will be a big hit.  Since everyone (almost) has a camera in the phone it will be a do it yourself booth. The problem I found with these props is what to put them in.  I finally decorated a container and we are going to attached it to the tree so it doesn't constantly all over.  

Isn't my little boy absolutely precious!  I have to admit...he wasn't too happy about posing for me.  You probably can't tell that though.  lol

The 4th of July wouldn’t be complete without a few glowing items!  Aren’t these Glow Necklaces awesome!  There are several kiddos in our church that are going to love them.  I might have to put a sign up that says “children only.”  

I hope you saw some things that 
you liked.  If not, you need to head on over to Oriental Trading and find items that will make your 4th of July more special.  
You still have time but you need to hurry... hurry... hurry... if 
you want them for your 4th of July Celebration!!!!

Happy 4th of July and GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!!

Disclaimer:  I received the above products from Oriental Trading in exchange for my honest opinion of their products.

June 18, 2017

Naeir! Oh My!!!!

A few weeks ago I posted that I wanted to accomplish several things this summer and I thought posting might make me be more accountable.   Nope... it didn't work.  Instead I have developed an addiction... to a website can Naeir!!

Apparently I signed up a while back and was approved to purchased items but I never even checked it out... Until a few weeks ago...

Now I'm hooked.  It's crazy... being drawn to things that I could really use in my classroom and they seem so cheap... and they are... well... some of  them...

But now... my checking account is empty...and I must quit visiting that website before it becomes an addiction that I can't overcome.  I've read comments from other teachers on Facebook... apparently it is an issue for other teachers as

That's it...I quit!!!

June 5, 2017


School has already been out for my over 2 weeks and I have did absolutely nothing!  I have a list of things that I promised myself that I would do this summer so I better get motivated pretty soon!
I love making lists, so maybe creating a list here will make me be more productive.  J
My goals for this summer are to:
vRead books for pure enjoyment! 
vWake up and walk 1st thing in the morning before it gets too hot
vLose 15 pounds before school starts
vPractice my clarinet at least 3 times every week
vGet caught up on my daily Bible reading plan and stay caught up!
vOrganize my pictures on my computer OH MY!!! What a mess
vBlog at least once a week!!!
vStay completely away from school!!!
vSpend lots of time out at our lake with friends and family!
vGo through my closet and give/throw away a bunch of items that are just taking up space
vPaint my Kitchen & Bathroom
vMove everything from my broken computer to my new one and GET RID OF A BUNCH OF FILES THAT I NEVER USE!!
vLearn how to use a camera that I have had for a couple of years!

Okay!  That is just a few of the things I want to try to accomplish!  Wish me luck!  

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.