Sunday, December 7, 2014

My Favoite Things 2014 Blog Hop

I am so excited to be participating in this blog hop, with over 60 teacher-authors participating in this, it is sure to be a HUGE hit!  Why hop from blog to blog?  Each teacher in this blog hop are here to tell you a few of their favorite things in regards to restaurants, stores, beauty products, holiday traditions, and lots more!  Did I mention that each teacher author has donated one of their favorite things in a HUGE giveaway featured at the end of this blog?  Well guess what? They are!  There are tons and tons of great prizes and 7 lucky winners will win on December 12th.  That gives you a whole week to check this out and enter and even if you don’t win you are sure to win BIG with the freebies and discounts you will find during this hop.
1st Favorite Thing: Hallmark's Itty Bitty's
 I found something today at Hallmark that I believe is going to make a great holiday tradition with my 3 year old daughter.  Have you ever heard or seen of Hallmark's Itty Bitty line?   Look at these adorable stuffies!
These mini stuffed people (about the size of two inches) are just too cute!  Hallmark started making the princesses about a year ago and have really grown the collection.  They now have over 40 different Disney and other characters that you can buy at 6.95 a piece.
They then took that idea one step further this year and made these Christmas hooks that you can put around the itty bitty's necks so you can hang them on a Christmas tree like an ornament!  I don't know about you, but I LOVED this idea!  My daughter has already broken 2 of my ceramic ornaments and the idea that she can take these on and off the tree and play with them makes this a great find for kids! I plan to put several of these in my daughter's stocking a year and continue doing this for years to come.  What a fun tree that will make!
2nd Favorite Thing: Advent Calendars
I can honestly say I love a good advent calendar, especially the ones filled with chocolate. Yummy!  However having a 3 year old I have a difficult time wanting to give her chocolate everyday and getting her all hyped up.  Trust me, one small piece of chocolate and she's running around the house like mad!  Nobody wants that!  So I have been looking for an alternative for awhile now and found this little gem.
I love this advent calendar because it not only looks good as a holiday decoration but it allows me to find little goodies throughout the year to put inside each door. 
I looked for little things that were less than $2.00 each (more along the dollar line) as I didn't want this to be an extremely costly tradition.  Some things I found were old fashioned earrings (great for dress-up) chocolate coins, a sucker, candy, jingle bell necklace, holiday socks, wind up toys, ornaments, etc.  We are on day 7 now and my daughter is loving this advent calendar.  The first day she didn't understand the idea of opening one door a day and got upset, but day two she understood and now looks forward to a "Santa Present" as we call it each day.  I just love seeing her face light up when we talk about Santa!
3rd Favorite Thing: Cut and Paste Projects
When it comes to teaching, we all know I love a good cut and paste project!  They are great for fine motor skills and kids just love them!  So be sure to download my Gingerbread Freebie as it's my favorite cut and paste this holiday season! 
4th Favorite Thing: Mixbook
 My mom just loves scrapbooking and goes on weekend retreats probably 3 times a year to spend time relaxing and working on pages.  While I absolutely love what she creates for some reason I have never got into the world of scrapbooking (which is ironic because I love being crafty!).  I did however get into the world of digital scrapbooking! Lots of fun and a lot less expensive.  I tried several different programs and sites before finding Mixbook.  I absolutely fell in love with this website and the way it allowed me to scrapbook.  They have so many adorable custom templates that you can play around with and adjust to your liking.  You can even make one from scratch and use their different color pages, stickers, borders, etc.  It's addicting and super fun!  Here are some of the pages I made using this website.


What do you guys think?  I am pretty proud of how these pages turned out, they give you a little insight to my life.  I think the layouts are fun and I love that I have a nice hard cover book that I can put out on my coffee table to share with guests from time to time.  You can also make calendars and cards from this website as well.  How would you guys like to win a $25 giftcard to Mixbook? Well you can, by entering the giveaway at the end of this post!  My prize is featured in package #4 so be sure to enter!
5th Favorite Thing: A Sale!
No blog hop would be complete without a discount on some great products!  Like the other teacher-authors in this blog hop I have discounted several items 50% off from 12/7-12/14.  That's right I said 50% OFF!  You can see all the items that are 50% off by entering #myfavoritethings2014 in the search box on the teachers pay teachers homepage.  You can also find just my items here: #myfavoritethings2014
  And please keep checking back this week (to my store ofcourse!) as you never know when I might change my 50% off items to other items :)
A note from all the bloggers:
Because we value our followers and wanted to treat you to our favorite things Oprah style, we have put together the best giveaway of the season! My bloggy friends and I welcome you to the best, biggest, most cheerful event of the season:
7 winners for 7 prize packs!


Come and enter the giveaway and check out my bloggy friends' favorite things:

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

TPT Super Cyber Sitewide Sale

Hey Everyone! Just checking in to share some new holiday products and to let you know TPT is have it's Super Cyber Savings Sale this Monday and Tuesday December 1st and 2nd.  By using the code "TPTCYBER" you will save 28% on all my products!  A great time to stock up on holiday products or something you might need in the coming months!
Here are some great new holiday products that have been added to my store this month.  They will all save you time during the busy holiday season and make your bulletin boards look Christmas worthy!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Thanksgiving Time Already?

We are less than two weeks away from Thanksgiving and I just can't believe how fast this fall has gone by.  My husband and I purchased a house late September and finally got the keys this past week.  I am SO thankful to be done with the home purchasing process and have a place to raise our daughter that we love.  Buying a home certainly has its up and downs, it's a long drawn out rollercoaster ride but is so gratifying once you have the keys in your hand and can pull into a driveway that's yours.  Here's our perfect little home.
 And here's my daughter welcoming me home.  She's already left her mark as you can see, smearing that cute little face all over the front door. 
Laina has already explored our backyard and found some leaves to play in.  New home in the fall= a welcome home present of raking leaves! I better purchase a rake ASAP!
And here's my little girl enjoying a must-have of mine: a kitchen island!  It's where I do a lot of my work for Teachers Pay Teachers and allows me to work and watch her at the same time.  Always multi-tasking as a mom.  Plus I just can't wait to start baking with this little one on it.  Speaking of baking...Have you seen my Thanksgiving Feast Cut and Paste Set? 
 I just love this set for talking to the little ones about what foods we eat at Thanksgiving time.  You could make individual projects with your students or what I'd personally do is make them yourself, then laminate them, and use them as props with stories that talk about Thanksgiving Dinner, the traditions, and foods.  By laminating them you can use them for years to come, such a time saver!
Thanksgiving Feast Cut and Paste Set
I also created my Thanksgiving Cut and Paste Set!  These Pilgrims and Indians are about 2 feet tall when you are done making them but can be made smaller by reducing the patterns on a copier.  No Thanksgiving Celebration is complete without talking about who the Pilgrims and Indians are, and don't forget to mention the turkey! 
Happy "Soon to Be" Thanksgiving everyone, look out for Christmas Creations next!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Crafty Bee Creations Halloween Sale

Happy Halloween everyone! With Halloween only a few days away now is a great time to get any last minute projects you might need for the week or better yet for next year!  Be sure to check out my Halloween products as well as Thanksgiving as it's less than a month away!  Everything is 20% off the next two days!
Visit my store here and see what's new...
Also be sure to check out this adorable Ghost freebie, it's been a huge hit!
Download it here: A Ghostly Craftivity (FREEBIE)

Have a great Halloween everyone and enjoy the fall season!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Tricks and Treats Blog Hop

October is here and what better way to start the month than with a  "Tricks & Treats" blog hop! This is my first blog hop, so for those of you who don't know what it is, let me fill you in.  Typically a group of teachers get together (in this case a big shot out to Jessica Plemons for getting this together!) and decide they want to celebrate the season by giving their fans a freebie, giveaway, sale, etc.  Something to THANK them for supporting us in what we do.  Basically you hop from blog to blog and check out what the teachers came up with for their blog posts.  In this case for the "Trick & Treats" blog hop each teacher should be offering a teaching trick and a treat!  You can hop from each blog by scrolling down to the bottom of each blog post and clicking on a different teacher-author and going to their blog.  You will then read their blog and again scroll down and pick someone else. It's super fun and totally addicting.  So with that being's my Tricks & Treats Blog Post.  Hope you guys like it!  And hope you end up with some great treats :)

Let's start with my teaching trick!  Since I'm all about the crafts as you guys know, here's my quick tip (cause let's face it TREATS are way more fun and we want to get to that part).  When having your students trace patterns for a project always have them trace the patterns in the opposite direction that you actually want the pattern.  That way students can then flip their traced pattern over  and glue it in place and guess what? No lines!  No black marker or pencil! No erasing.  You will end up with a great looking project (bulletin board worthy!) line-free.  This is how I create all my cut and paste projects and save myself money on erasers. Haha.

Time for a treat!  Since Trick-or-Treating is a must on Halloween I created, "My Safety Rules for Trick-Or-Treating" Cut and Paste Freebie.  Follow these steps below to create your own and find my freebie at the end of this blog post!
 First thing you will want to do is download my freebie.  Then take the patterns on the left and copy them onto cardstock.  Now you can choose to have your students color the coloring page or do the writing prompt.  I recommend the coloring page for Kindergarten and under and the writing prompt for 1st grade and up.
Next take the copied patterns and cut them out.  Tracers are now made!  PS. Definitely put this in a bag and save yourself the work of having to remake them next year.

Take the tracers and trace them on to colored paper like so.  Please note: All of my cut and paste projects include two ways to do projects.  You can make tracers like I am showing you today (tracing is great for fine motor skills)  or simply take my construction paper templates and use them to copy right on to construction paper (be sure to check those out in the back of the freebie).  Talk about a time saver!
Now take the traced patterns and cut them out. 
Place the handle above the bag like this.
Then slide it under and glue.
Glue the bow on top of the left side of the handle.

Then have students complete the writing prompt and cut it out.

Next glue the circle on top of the bow, followed by the completed writing prompt (please ignore the fact that mine is not completed here!)...

Or coloring page and have them color.

I've even included a pre-done coloring page if you are really pressed for time.  So what do you guys think? Worth a try in your classroom?  I particularly like this project because it allows you to talk to your students about being safe on Halloween.  Be sure to have a whole group discussion about the topic and create a brainstorming web before having students write their safety rules.  To get my freebie go here:
My Trick-Or-Treat Safety Rules Craftivity

I have been very busy lately creating Halloween projects, so be sure to check those out as well under my "Halloween" category in my store.  As an extra treat I'm offering 15% off my whole store this weekend (October 3-5th)! Here are a few projects you might want to check out :)

Thanks everyone for coming by to check out my first blog hop!

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