Cyber Monday Shopping!

Raise your hand if you did a lot of school work over Thanksgiving break... anyone??  Not me.  I enjoyed some much needed rest!  I also spent time with my adorable nephew, my family, and my naughty kittens.

Here is my nephew snuggling with my sister's Goldendoodle!

And riding the Goldendoodle!

And here are my naughty kittens.  I need to start a blog with just naughty kitten photos.  It would be full.

Here's Charlie lounging on my refridgerator.

This is Lola eating the Chex mix I made for my staff.
{FYI: Mary and Shane... I would not suggest eating anything I bring to work}

And this is what I have to deal with when I get ready in the morning.  Cats.  Everywhere.

Over break, I did some shopping, too!  I am an atypical female and actually hate shopping.  It stresses me out because I am slightly picky and like to research everything I buy.  Unfortunately, because I am a new homeowner, it feels like all I ever do is shop!  I have a huge list of items to look for tomorrow on Cyber Monday.  Hooray for sales.

If you are buying odds and ends on Cyber Monday, don't forget to use Ebates when you shop!  I bought some things from Amazon this weekend and got 8% back on my purchase!  If you've never used Ebates before, it's super easy.  All you do is pull up the Ebates website and then click directly on the store link where you want to do your shopping.  Ebates will redirect you there and you get cash back on your purchase.  Right now, a lot of stores are giving extra cash back for the holidays!  Sephora has 8%, Kohls has 6%, and Groupon has 6%.  If you've never signed up before (it's free!), I would love it if you signed up through my affiliate link below.

Ebates Coupons and Cash Back

Not only am I excited about shopping for house stuff, but the big TPT sale starts tomorrow.  

I am going to be broke by the end of this week.

Here are my most wish listed items!

Up first, here is my newly updated Elfie Antics pack.  Perfect for the adventures of your classroom elf!

If you are a technology lover and create a lot of techie items for your classroom, you can get a great deal on my Techie Super Bundle!

If you are planning ahead for Valentine's Day (or Mother's Day!) this is the perfect pack for a gift or project!

If you are looking for a unique narrative writing project with a techie twist, check out iStudent!

Lastly, if you are a 2nd grade teacher using McGraw-Hill Wonders, you can grab my spelling bundle for an amazing price during the sale!

Whether it be Ebates or TPT, I hope you enjoy your shopping over the next few days!!!


Bright Ideas Round-Up!

I am excited that today's link-up has helped to get me out of my blogging slump!  Lately, my spare has been spent on painting my new house (2 rooms to go!), spending time with my nephew and family, playing with my kittens (aka: stopping them from eating my decorations), and catching up on sleep!  One of these days, I hope to get back to regular blogging.  Until then, here's a round-up of my favorite Bright Ideas posts from this past year!

Up first is one of my favorite posts that I've written on this blog!  If you can only visit one link, please check this one out.  This post features my Super Improver Wall and will give you ideas on how you can implement one in your own classroom.  The Super Improver Wall can help to build a classroom community and motivate your students.  This will be a game changer for your classroom.  

Next up is one of my favorite winter activities--shaving cream snowmen!  My students have a blast with this activity every year.  I link it to a writing project and it makes a great display in December or January.

Looking for a way to spice up your language instruction?  Try Compound Word Day!  This post gives ideas for creative ways to engage your students when teaching the parts of speech.

Finally, here's a quick tip that will save your sanity!  Visit the post below to learn how to use Washi tape to find your sharpest markers.  Once you start Washi-ing your markers, you will start to Washi everything!

I hope you've found a tip or trick that you can use in your own classroom!  Visit the link-up below to check out more Bright Ideas Round-Up posts.  These posts feature practical ideas with no products or advertisements--just quality Bright Ideas!


Back to School with BIC: Supply Giveaway!

This summer, the folks at BIC asked me if I would be interested in checking out their new school supply line.  (Yes, please)  I have always been obsessed interested in school supplies, so I was excited to see their new line of supplies!

In addition to a new line of supplies, BIC also launched the "Fight for Your Write" campaign this year.  The goal of the campaign is to encourage students to write more often and to reinforce how fun and empowering writing can be.  If you check out the Fight for Your Write website, you will see great tools and tips for both teachers and parents to encourage writing.  

Here are a few startling facts straight from the website:

It's obvious that we really need to focus on writing!!!

Bic's new line of supplies can help our students add a little pizzaz to their writing, along with making it easier to write.  Let's check them out:

School supply heaven!!!

 I had to laugh when I pulled these pens out of the box!  They definitely took me back to my childhood.  These would be perfect to use in the classroom for editing.  Students could use a specific color for each step of the editing and revising process: capitalization, punctuation, spelling, adding or changing words.

The next set of pens are basic writing pens.  I love the smooth ink feel (check out the Bic smoothness meter right on the package!) and they also have a padded grip.

I use whiteout tape ALL THE TIME.  I love the small size of these so that I can fit them in my desk organizer or supply pouch.

These are your typical mechanical pencils... except sparkly, of course.

Last, but not least, these are my favorite new BIC products!  As you can see on the packaging, these supplies were created for kids.  There is a pencil, stylus, and pen.  My favorite is the pencil!  Even in 2nd grade, I have students who can benefit from using a special pencil.  In the past, I have had these students use a wide pre-k wooden pencil.  I prefer this Bic pencil because it has a soft grip and a guiding line for proper finger placement.  It also has thicker lead that doesn't break nearly as easily when kids press hard.   It has been a great tool to reinforce proper handwriting and has helped my students' writing be more legible!  


Interested in getting your hands on a set up the supplies above?  BIC has offered to give away a box of all of the supplies I showcased!  Thanks BIC!  Enter to win via the Rafflecopter below.  Good luck!  

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