Sunday, September 29, 2013

I'm Back...and with a Frenzy of Freebies!

Dear Blog,

I'm not going to candy-coat it...I've neglected you. This was my first Back-to-School as a blogger and I admit it: everything just kind of caught up with me at once.

You know the routine...the planning, the creating, the decorating, the first week, the back-to-school night...Mix in the "outside of school" life, and that left me just enough time to go to the bathroom {If I was lucky!}

But I've missed you, and so I am back.  Do I dare say that I pledge to be back at least once a week? Three times a month? All I can promise is my best try...I have a lot to share, so let's get started!

<3, Me

Now...for you all, how can I come back to my blog without a little{ok, a BIG} treat for you guys?  Many of you have gotten to know me on Instagram - I've been having so much fun posting there! What you may not know about me is that I love to share, and do so often!

Since it's the beginning of the year, I'd like to start this post with some quick pics of my classroom.  I love being here every day.  Although there is not a heck of a lot of space, I managed to change it up a bit for my new 2nd graders.  Here's a look:

I added the rocking chair this year.  It's been sitting all alone in my basement since I stopped rocking my babies in it (sniff, sniff).  I LOVE having the chair in my classroom, mostly because I have so many warm memories of it.

Now for a quick shot of our Back-to-School Night set up.  Our 2nd grade team {love them!!!!} has continued on with the "Movie Night" theme. This works well because I always shoot a lot of footage during the first few days of school and turn it into a movie.  I like beginning my presentation this way because it helps the parents get a nice glimpse into our day. {It also cuts down my talking time...aaaaaahhhhhh! I still get so nervous up there!}
We even rolled out the red carpet for our parents!
I always breathe a huge sigh of relief when it's all over.  I'm sure you can relate!

Ok, ok, you've seen the onto the goods!  I have freebies all over the place!  To jump back in to the school year, I'm offering to you, my sweet blog readers:
  • a freebie on the blog
  • a freebie on Facebook
  • a freebie on Instagram
The Freebie Frenzy will run until Wednesday, so grab them all now!
{details how below}

But wait...There's more!  For the next few days, all of my TPT items are 20% off {click below}
So, which freebies do you get where?  Well, you can grab your copy of Pete The Cat by following me  on Bloglovin!  Find the link on my sidebar.  Once you do, let me know you follow with an email {see my email link on the sidebar as well.} I will email the link to you.  

My kids went wild for the amazing glitter iPads in this project {Thanks, Glitter Meets Glue!} Here's what you will find waiting for you in your in-box:

Next up, is Chrysanthemum.  This packet comes with a lesson plan and craftivity as well.  You can grab this one by sharing it on Instagram and shooting me a quick email to let me know that you'd like a copy. When I get it, I'll send you the link. Here's what you'll get in your inbox:

Finally, I have to put a freebie on Facebook! After all, this is what I saw when I logged on yesterday:

That put a smile on my face!  With my Facebook freebie, I am introducing you to my new friends.  Everyone, meet the Royals:
This week, while trying to reinforce how important the number 10 is to my class, I drew a crown on top of the zero.  The kids loved it and so, an idea was born.  The Royals will be a work in progress as we move through our new Investigations math program. First up are some posters for your classroom to introduce your students to these very important numbers.  Want it for your room, too?  Just head on over to my Facebook page - it's under "Fan Freebies!"

Whew! Thanks for hanging in there with me on this long-over due post!  I hope you enjoy all of these goodies.  I'd love to hear what you think, so if you'd like, leave a comment below!

Have a great Sunday, everyone...and I promise I'll be back again SOON!


  1. You have been a busy lady! Thank you so much for all the wonderful freebies! I am heading over to collect them all! I am very excited! I am already a follower on bloglovin and would love your Pete the Cat activity! (

    Eclectic Educating

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  3. I follow on Bloglovin.

  4. I'm already following you on Bloglovin!

  5. Love your classroom!! If I had more space in my room, I would love to put organizer bins between my groups of desks. Great idea! I am following you on Bloglovin, Instagram and Facebook!

    Table Talk with C & C

  6. You're already one of my favorite blogs to follow! Thank you for the awesome freebie! Your work is amazing!
    The Rungs of Reading

  7. Tracey, I am so happy to see you are back. I've missed following your blog. I hear you about start up. It is hard to find time for anything else. Congratulations on your Facebook following. I am still working on getting to 100.
    Your freebies are a great bonus. I would love to have a copy of your Cool in School iFun.

    Charlene/Diamond Mom
    Diamond Mom's Treasury

  8. HI, I am your newest follower on Bloglovin. Couldn't find your email on the page, but mine is tokyoshoes at hotmail dot com. (I don't have an instagram account...sorry.)

    Looking forward to reading your posts.

  9. Do you have any cute ideas for what I can do for school chairs in Riverside. I just think they look so out of place compared to my room and I need to decorate them somehow.

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