Saturday, September 19, 2015

Giveaway Party!

Congratulations to Mrs. Nicolau for reaching such an amazing milestone!! It is time to celebrate! Read below and enter to win some amazing prizes!



Mrs. Nicolau is giving away TWO DIFFERENT items of your choice!
Here are your choices (click on the link to see the dimensions and more details):

Let's giveaway a gift card!! Enter the Rafflecopter for a chance to win a $25 TPT Giftcard! Remember the more entries you have, the more changes you have to win!!!

While we are throwing the house out the window, let's also celebrate with a $21.00 gift card from the AMAZING Melonheadz!

Last, but definitely not least! I have many blog friends that have joined me to celebrate this amazing event! They have all joined me to giveaway bundles by grades!!!

The first bundle is for our Bilingual teachers!

Next is the K-1 Bundle in English!

Last is our 2-3 Grades Bundle in English!

Are you excited enough?! We sure hope so! Stop by Mrs. Nicolau's blog to enter on all these great prizes!!!
While you are there, drop a note to her. She LOVES hearing from her readers! :)

Monday, September 7, 2015

LaborLESS: Bloghop and Giveaway! ♥

Hello everyone!


Main Graphic Laborless

It is Finally here!

Today I am linking with Laura from Where the Magic Happens, Krista from Teaching Momster, and Lisa from PAWsitively Teaching! I have joined forces once again with my bloggy friends to bring you the best, most amazing giveaway on this Labor Day weekend!

All of us have been thinking about  good ways in which to treat our readers and followers. We thought hard, and I mean it! Really, really hard…and decided that we can treat you to our best ideas to work smarter rather than harder…at school and home! I know what it takes to be a great teacher, the stress, the time, the energy…I could go on and on! I also know that we crave time to ourselves and our families.

So here I go!


By the time I had my very own classroom, I had collected hundreds and hundreds of books for my classroom library. I knew exactly what kind of library I wanted and what my students needed from it to be successful. I worked hard that first summer and labeled hundreds of books for the area in my classroom that would house my Leveled books. I even made labels for the outside of the books so that we could put them back where they belonged. 

I didn't do this to my themed books and it. was. chaos! My students would go book shopping and they wouldn't know where to put the books back so I had a couple of baskets where they would return the books. Then there was those students that were looking for the book Sally had and now that book is in the middle of the returned pile, which created an even bigger mess. At the end of the day, willing that I had the energy, I would have to put all the books back myself. Of course you can imagine how much time that took as the themed baskets were labeled, but the books themselves weren't. Needless to say, it was a lot of extra work. I was definitely working harder, NOT smarter.

I decided that needed to change for my sanity to stay intact. My second summer as a teacher was spent labeling my themed library. I made labels for all of my different books, then covered the book label with Heavy Duty tape so it would last a long time. I began the school year with teaching my students how every book has a label and the label matches the label on the front of the basket. I taught them explicitly how to take books out of the baskets and how to gently put the books back. I had finally reached Classroom Library paradise. By taking the time up front to label all of my books, my students had the ability to independently find what they were looking for and I had one less task on my list at the end of the day.

After a couple of years in the classroom and having collected thousands of books in my collection, I needed a way to keep track of all my books so that I could search for the book I needed and know exactly what basket it's located in. It would also help me not buy duplicates anymore and find the mentor texts I needed to teach. Come in, LibraryThing. AMAZING website!!!! It's a database for your books. You can tag your books and sort them so many different ways. You can add comprehension skill tags, levels, themes, genres, Dewey Decimal, lexile...whatever your heart desires. Then it lets you search for them. I bought a barcode scanner and went to town. Crazy, I know, but I'm that serious about my books, LOL. OH, and did I mention it's free? Well it is! Check it out. I am sure you will love it and it will make your teacher life easier in the long run! :)

I still have a couple hundred books I need to scan into LibraryThing, but I am now a Media Specialist and have not made it a priority, I am thinking maybe next summer!

After a long day at work, I love to come home and have some time to decompress. We work so hard, it's important to take a little bit of time each day for ourselves, to do something that fills our bucket! I personally love to unwind by spending time with my boyfriend. We make dinner or go out to dinner and have an opportunity to just talk about everything. I look forward to this time, it allows us to connect and share. Talking to my boyfriend helps me put my day into perspective and helps us build a stronger bond.

Reading a book is also a fabulous way to unwind. I like to read, even if it's just a few pages every day. Losing myself in the pages of a book allows me to slip into the story and helps me feel the stress in my own life melts away.

Watching mindless T.V. is another favorite way to unwind! I have quite a few favorite shows that we DVR so we can skip the commercials and get right to the nitty gritty! I was never a fan of shows like Bachelor in Paradise before, but lately I've been getting into them!

How do YOU like to unwind after a long day?


If you loved how the library labels have made a difference in my life, you can find them in my TpT store! They are my best-selling item and I truly feel they will transform your classroom library! They sure did for me. These labels will not only make your life easier, but your students' life too! Oh and they look gorgeous to boot! :)

I hope you guys have enjoyed reading! Go ahead and top all these great tips and ideas with these top-notch prizes!

♥ A $100 gift card to Amazon ♥

♥ A $50 gift card to TpT ♥


♥ Two $25 gift cards to TpT ♥

♥ One $10 gift card to TpT ♥

Thank you for reading! And now don't be silly and get your hands all over this awesome giveaway!!

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Florida Blog Hop!

Hello friends! Orange you glade you are here?! Welcome to sunny Florida! Beautiful beaches, sunny weather (not lately!), and Disney World, of course! I hope you get to learn a little more about me, my home state, and grab some freebies along the way. Make sure to enter to win our Bundles of Sunshine!

So, I was born and raised in Miami, Florida, but I moved to Gainesville after high school to attend the University of Florida (Go Gators!!). At first, I DID NOT like it here! I was used to a completely different pace of life and missed Miami dearly! Especially my family and Cuban coffee! However, after a couple of years, I loved it so much here that I decided to make it my home! Now I have lived here for 12 years!

Albert and Alberta- UF Mascots!

The best time of year in Gainesville is FOOTBALL season! The city is buzzing with excitement. So many of our friends and family come up to tailgate and watch games. It is a blast!!!

Ben Hill Griffin Stadium- Home of the Florida Gators!
I hope you have enjoyed learning a little bit more about lil' 'ol me and my home town! Are any of you Gator fans?!

I know that for some of you, summer is winding down...for others, it's in full swing! Either way, being organized and prepared for the new school year is on all of our minds. I want to share a freebie to help you keep track of all your teachery odds and ends. I made my teacher toolbox a couple of years ago, but all my friends and family loved it so much, I decided to make a template, make the toolbox for them, and give some away as gifts! Click on the picture below to download your very own Chevron Toolbox labels

 Remember to check out iSnoop Math Stations at my TPT store, they are on sale this weekend for 20% off, making each one $1.60!!!...and follow my little store while you are there! :)

The Florida teachers below have two fantastic giveaways for you! You can enter once from each one of our pages. All you have to do is follow! Hop around to all the blogs listed below, and be sure to follow them to get more entries. The more entries you have, the more likely you are to win! Each pack also includes a Starbucks gift card!

 I have donated Winner's Choice from my store, so make sure you enter!! :)

Click below to get to meet more Florida teachers, learn more about their hometowns, and collect some FREEBIES! Thanks for visiting, friends! <3

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Keep Calm and Survive Second Grade! A Second Grade Blog Hop ♡

Welcome to the Keep Calm and Survive Second Grade Blog Hop! I have teamed up with some of my favorite second grade bloggers to help you keep calm and carry out the year! We all know how tough this time can be, but with a little help from our fantastic bloggy friends, we can survive this! I hope you get some wonderful ideas and have a truly marvelous end of the year with your littles!

Today I wanted to share with you guys some ideas for end of year gifts for the kiddos! I always want to make my gift thoughtful, useful, and of course, easy on my wallet! Getting goodies for 18 kiddos adds up pretty quickly, so anytime I find something super cheap throughout the year that they would like, I'll buy it (think Target Dollar Spot when everything is like 50% or 75% off!). 

So here's what I do. It all starts with a tote bag from Oriental Trading. You can get 50 of these babies for $34.99! It sounds like alot, but not if you split it with a friend or buy it and have enough for two years! My fabulous teamie and I get together and split the cost. These totes are pretty big and sturdy, which is so nice! 

Okay, so when I receive the bags, I decide what child gets what color. Then, I get some fabric paint and write teach student's name on their bag. I use neon colors and draw something waves, sandals or a sun. I'm telling you guys, they look soooooo cute!! The kids go crazy when they see their tote! You should see them walking around with them! So adorable! They feel so grown up to have their own personalized bag that they can carry around and take everywhere they go all summer! At the end of the post I included a little freebie poem to attach to your tote bag and it was written by yours truly!!! :)

So inside the bag we must have some goodies! This is where you have to get smart, because the little things add up quickly. Throughout the year, I collect my bonus points from Scholastic orders. This time of year, they come in super handy! Using my Scholastic Bonus points, I purchase a book I think my kiddos would really enjoy. Of course, my littles are about to be third graders, so everyone gets a chapter book. This year, Scholastic Reading Club has Sideways Stories from Wayside School for $1.00 (45 points)!!! I was so excited when I saw that, I bought one for each student to put in their tote bag. This is one of their absolute favorite books we read this year, so I know they are really going to enjoy it! 

We got pretty lucky this year because we got pinwheels and gliders donated. They are actually not too pricey if you wanted to get them yourself. Oriental Trading has them 72 for $10. Once again, not too bad if you split it with a friend.

Last year I included a coloring book and a box of crayons for each child because I found coloring books on clearance for 50 cents at some point. I have not come across that deal this year, but if you do, that would be an amazing surprise to throw in there!

Another fun little addition would be a Kool-Aid Jammer. They have them at Wal-Mart for $2.78 (last time I checked) for a pack of 10. Add an adorable Pinteresty tag that says "Have a Kool Summer" and Voila! Another little simple addition to the tote.

Alrighty, so I feel like the Pièce de résistance in the tote bag is our End of the Year Slideshow CD. Every student gets a slideshow CD in their tote bag. Pictures and videos collected from our entire year are pieced together in chronological order to go into this little slideshow. I make sure it has some good music (Happy will definitely be on there this year as well as Katy Perry's Roar and a few hits from Frozen :)).  

I place the CD in a craft paper bag (they have all kinds of gorgeous patterns and colors at Jo-Ann's or Michael's) and seal it with a cute piece of Washi tape, then print a gift tag label and stick it to the front. I wish I had pictures of all of this from last year!! It was before my bloggy days, so please forgive my lack of visuals. I will definitely post them as soon as I make this year's though!!

Thank you so much for staying with me and reading through this post! I hope that you got some ideas and that they were helpful in some way. Click the picture below for the poem to attach to the tote. I hope you like the poem! If you do any of this, I would love to see how it turns out! :)
 Please go see my beautiful and talented friend, Amanda, at Teaching Maddeness. She has a wonderful End of Year post for you. Click below to head to her marvelous blog and keep on hopping!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

2nd Grade Product Swap & Blog Hop

Welcome to the second grade product swap and blog hop! EIGHTEEN wonderful second grade bloggers have joined together to swap and review each other's products. Best of all, we are giving away all of the products to one lucky winner!  

If you are looking for the start of the hop, head over to see Casey at Second Grade Math Maniac to start hopping. As you check out all the fabulous products, make sure to follow each blog on Bloglovin' as well.  There will be a Rafflecopter at the last stop.  This is where you can enter to win all of the products being reviewed!

I had the pleasure of teaming up with the fabulous Marcy from Saddle up for Second Grade for the swap.

How lucky am I?! She has some awesome stuff in her store, but I decided I needed her Place Value Activity Pack. It is a concept that my second graders need to review and practice throughout the year.

This unit is jam-packed with awesome activities! Here are the activities included in the amazing pack:

1. I Spy Place Value- Students search around the room for each place value card and record their answer on recording sheets.

2. Mystery Numbers- Task cards with mystery number description, students use their recording sheet to figure out the number.

3. Place Value Memory- students play memory with a partner or by themselves to match the correct number card with its matching base ten card.

4. I Have, Who Has- 20 cards for students to play I Have, Who Has whole class or in a station.

5. Place Value Slap Attack- Super fun, 3-player place value game.

I love them all! I have Place Value Memory in a Math Station as a review and my students love it! They have so much fun trying to remember where they saw the card they need! Here are a few pictures of my students playing Place Value Memory:

If they were done with the Memory game early, I let them play Mystery Numbers. I took the recording sheet and laminated it so they could use it with dry erase markers. They also like to bring their personal whiteboard to their station so they can draw their HTO chart and write the numbers as they hear them.

When all of my students have gone through this Place Value Memory rotation, I am going to change it to the I Spy Place Value. I know my students are going to love it! They definitely love moving around the room with a clipboard, it makes them feel so grown-up. :)

Thank you, Marcy, for letting me review your fantastic Place Value pack! My students love the activities and so do I! 

Thank you so much for stopping by! Click the button below to head over to Marcy's blog and remember to go til' the end for the fabulous giveaway!