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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Big Sale To Ring in the New Year!

graphic from Tiffani Mugurussa

I'm doing it! I'm having a sale! Just for you! If you're anything like me, you will NOT be watching Football tomorrow, so you might as well join me and get some shopping done! Everything is 20% off until Saturday! 

graphics from 3AM Teacher

Monday, December 29, 2014

Just One Word to Resolve

I am good at many things. I'm not very good at making New Year's Resolutions.  I'm not very good at achieving goals as a general rule either.  

This post is not  meant to be a Downer Post! It's meant to help you all realize that many of us are weak in making and keeping resolutions.

However I did just complete 30 days of no Diet Coke and I'm pretty sure I'm not going back to that addiction! (heck it saved me between $60 and $90 dollars!)

So I'm joining with Primary Powers and thinking up ONE  WORD that could describe what I would like to do differently this year. There is no timeline, no one will check up on you, no one will ridicule you if you fall off the wagon. It's just something to help YOU focus on this one word a few times during the year.

So here is my word.

Since I've retired from teaching a full day in the classroom, I now
 have the afternoons to get a lot of other things done. (and yes a nap, might be one of those things that gets done each afternoon!)

I would like to increase the productivity in my store and to find products that will help me and my friends who can help our students to become more successful.

What would your word be? If you'd like to join this linky, just do what the directions below say to do.

 Link up below! 
 1. Grab the button!.
2. Add it to your blog post. 
3. Stop back here and add your link. 

For anyone new to linkys: 
1. Grab the button means to download the picture above. You'll open it and add a text box right on top of the picture. 
2. Add it to your blog post means that you write a post about the topic, insert the button with your words, and please consider linking to this post on Primary Powers (be sure to click the blog title and then copy the URL so you have the exact address of this post instead of just linking to the blog). 
3. Then come back to this post and click the inlinz button. It will prompt you on how to add your blog post (again, please add the specific link and not a generic link).

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Thankful for 2014

I hope you all had a blessed Christmas. Spending time with my new grand babies and my family was so much more than anything I opened under the tree this year. I know that I didn't always feel this way. I really used to be all about "What" I got instead of who I spent time with. 

But as I get older I realize that I can buy those things any old time I want. I can NOT have my kids around me any old time. So it has become much more important to be with them doing what ever makes us all laugh and enjoy ourselves. 

So I will leave you with a couple of pics that make me smile and hopefully they'll give you a smile too!

 These three littles are such a delight in my life.
I didn't think I'd want to be a gramma before I looked REALLY old. But now that I have these boogers, I'm thrilled. If any of you are weary of becoming a grandparent. . . just don't fret. It's really not so bad!
And this is all of my family. My son is behind me with his wife in front of him and I'm holding his first child. His wife is holding his second child. My son-in-law is beside me with my daughter next, holding their first and only right now. My husband is behind my daughter. My daughter lives in Pearland, TX, so it's especially wonderful when I get to see her together with my son and his family. 

As we are ready to bring an end to the 2014 year, I have a lot to be thankful for. . . 2 new grandchildren and a wonderful family to love and support me. 

I hope you can take the time to push aside any worries or frets and look for the good in your year. Then kiss it goodbye and get ready for 

Monday, December 22, 2014

A Little $ale Before Christmas!

Day 2 of our break and I'm almost positive that 
you are NOT bored yet!

 But in the off chance that you are looking for something to do during your break, you can go shopping at my store! I put everything on sale until Christmas day. 
You'll get 20% off anything you buy. 

Check your wish lists and see if you want to grab it now while it's on sale. You'll have a few days to get it ready while you're at home and not so rushed to get back to school. 

Here are some of my favorites that might 
fit your needs for January.
This comes in Black and White too.

These Nonsense Words are FREE!

To find my store, click here. And Wa La! 
You're in the right place! 

Happy Shopping!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Secret Santa Revealed!

I jumped out of my comfort zone (ha not really!) and tried something new this year. Several blogging friends took part in . . . 
ta daaaaa!!!!!

 Thanks to Angela and Marcy who organized this wonderful idea.

I was so pleased to find out that my secret Santa was Hilary. She is a friend of mine on facebook and I've been following her for a while. I have some of her things she sells and they are just dandy for my kids to use too.
click the picture to go to her blog

I carry this with me at ALL times. . . I'm really trying not to drink Diet Coke, so with this cool Santa glass I keep ice cold water in it all the time!

Love these smelly markers!  I want to hoard them to myself, but I'll just have to share with my littles!

Who doesn't love Michaels? I could spend a ton in there! This gift card will be a nice help on the budget! And look at that card holder. He's an ornament too! So cute!

Thank you Hilary! It was a great way to get into the giving spirit.  

I was happy to be the Secret Santa to Nicole Swisher from 

Check out her blog to see what she got!

Now if you want to see what others got for their gifts be sure to check them out below!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

E.L.F. Challenge

If you follow Krista Wallden's Creative Chalkboard, then you know about her E.L.F challenge. It stands for Everyone Loves Freebies. 
You do, I do, they do. . . we all do! 

But she not only wanted to give us a freebie, she wanted us to reach out and make someone else's day. So I gave my staff at the school I retired from a Random Act of Christmas Kindness by delivering their favorite take out for them on a day that I didn't have to work. It made their lunch time better since they didn't have to leave their room, drive to the restaurant and wait in lines. When they came to the library (where we eat) their lunch was there. 

It may not seem like much, but I know it was a nice change for them. Plus I got to sit down and eat with them too. 
What have you done to think of others and made them smile?  

And speaking of smiles, I have to leave you with this cherub who makes me smile all the time.
 Here she is as an elf and then as Santa below!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Vowels Teams ON SALE!

Now that I've finished doing the maternity leave for my daughter-in-law in kindergarten, I have a new job.

This time it's more geared toward my mentality. I teach in a different building with just 2nd graders. I work in a tiny room big enough for one table and 3 chairs. There are 2 book shelves a white board and a waste basket. That's IT! 

But I have to tell you, that I LOVE it! I work 8:30 until noon and only 4 days a week. I work one to one or with two kids at a time. I have no papers to check, no conferences, no meetings, no report cards. I am just doing what I love. . . .working with kids. Isn't that what teaching is supposed to be? 

One of the games we've been playing is called Vowel Teams. It requires the child to look at one of the two words and to decide what the words say. Sometimes they might know one of the words, but not the other. So by figuring out one of the words, they just might be able to figure out the other.

The fun gets going when they draw one of the special cards. They might get to Grab more cards, 

or maybe they draw a YIKES! card and have to put all their cards back in the bottom of the pile.
She doesn't look too happy does she?

Sometimes they have to trade their cards with someone, in this case it was me! I had all these cards and they both didn't have many.

They both wanted me to trade with them!
The game goes up and down and sometimes it really goes bad! Little Miss Blonde wasn't so happy with this one!

I think your kiddos will love this, so I'm offering it to you for just this weekend at 20% off. 
You can grab it HERE. If you get it, please leave me some lovin' and I'd love to have you come back and tell me what you think of it. Did it help your kids? Did it make reading those tricky vowel patterns more fun? Fill me in!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

RACK or PAK it's All Good!

Many people do RACK (Random Acts of Christmas Kindness) right now. And that is such a kind and selfless thing to do. I love doing those things even at other times of the year. 

But today I want to talk to you about PAK which I am labeling as Purposeful Acts of Kindness. This weekend my sisters and I went back to my dad's house (2 1/2 hours away). Our main objective was to do Christmas shopping in our home town. But it is also a purposeful visit to our dad who has been alone in a 135 year old 6 bedroom farm house since August of 2013 when Mom died. 

Dad is 93 years young and does extremely well on his own. (He still drives well, and even snowmobiles in the U.P a couple times each winter) He can clean a bit, cook, grocery shop and takes good care of himself. 

But when we go (which is about once a month) we do a thorough cleaning and cook meals to freeze for him. When I say thorough I mean that his house is MUCH cleaner than mine! We clean floors, showers, toilets, the fridge, dishes, windows, change his sheets, you name it, it's clean! 

One thing that I was cleaning today was the door knobs and around the knobs. I also cleaned the light switches and the walls around the switches. Have you ever looked at yours? Have you ever looked at your parents? It's one of those areas, that might get over looked, but now that they are clean, I can see what a difference it makes.

So the reason for this post is to remind you that your parents have given a TON to you over the 18+ years you lived at home. Helping them out (no matter what their age is) would be a Purposeful Act of Kindness that I'm sure they would appreciate. Even if you don't live far from them and even if they are able to clean on their own. . . . what parent wouldn't appreciate a little extra help around the house. Many of our parents don't need anything for Christmas, but this idea would be a wonderful thought that they will remember. It might be helping with yardwork, eves cleaning, or any other job that they have to do themselves.

I want to show you one more thing we did for my dad. We decorated the house. . . the same way that mom would have done. . . the same way that she loved it. . . so Mom, I hope you're enjoying the way we made the house special for dad in your memory!

I'm going to challenge you to see how you can help your parents, grandparents, neighbors or anyone who you know could use some love and help.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

A Little Hug Helps us Learn

Did you have fun shopping? I did! And I want to thank you for shopping at my store. Thanks to you I have had my best sales on a sale day EVER!!!! That was real nice of all of you.

So here's a quick and cheap idea to help you get through the month of December. I am going to use these with some kindergartners that I work with. But you certainly may adjust the idea and make it fit your needs.

All you need is some ©Kisses or ©Hugs of any flavor and some labels. You can use circles if you want but I couldn't find them while I was out shopping. So these little rectangles will do just fine!

My goal is to help these kinders learn to make words by blending the initial, middle and final sounds together. We meet with small groups during our RTI time so this makes a great small group activity. 

On each label put a letter. I chose to put the vowels on the green ©Hugs, and the consonants on the white and red ones. Then I found these cute little boxes that I just happened to have in my basement. . . but I know you can buy them at Michaels.

Inside these boxes have the separate colors of ©Hugs. 

 Then I pulled one of each color out and try to make a word.
 Then I put them back in and pulled out another set of letters.

I think you could use 4 candies and make bigger words or nonsense words. Put letters on the bottom to have the student just identify the name of the letter or the sound.You could put numbers on the bottom and some symbols and make addition or subtraction problems. With numbers on the bottom they could make 2 and 3 digit numbers and learn to say them correctly. 

I'm sure you can think of more ways to use these. Go for it. But please come back and tell me how you used them. I'd love to hear about it!

Of course they are going to want to eat some of these. So you can decide if you want to use these for a couple days then eat some, or use the extras to give as a treat when you're done. 

Monday, December 1, 2014

What Are People Buying?

Are you browsing, filling your cart, stalking, thinking, contemplating or shopping today? I have been doing all of the above! I love to see what others have made and love to support their hard work and creativity. 

So far this is what people are buying from me. . . 
 Maybe you'd like to see what they find interesting. .. so here's a sneak peak.

I hope you can find somethings you like. You have one more day to shop. Have fun!