Sunday, August 2, 2015

A Little Sunday Catch-Up...

So, it would figure that...

...the week I had the house cleaned and organized...

...the last week of summer vacation for Becks...

...the week I packed my bag for the hospital...

...the week I had actually blogged with substance...

...the week I had just one more project to finish up...

...the week it's absolutely gorgeous outside all weekend along...

we would wind up in-patient at the hospital with Faith.


She caught a tummy bug.  And, with her sensitive gastrointestinal system, it hit her hard.  I'll spare you the details, but it ultimately dehydrated the poor little thing.  She doesn't just get sick like a normal baby, she get's really sick really fast. So, they admitted her when her labs (not surprisingly) came back abnormal.  

B pulled the night shift until about 5:30am when I arrived to relieve him because he had the virus, too.  Ugh.  Also, it's his finals week and I'm set to have a baby pretty soon.

When it rains...

So, if you will PLEASE lift our family up in prayer, I would greatly appreciate it.  Becks and I are still healthy, and we would love to stay that way.  Also, that Faith will be released home tomorrow morning.  It's not a whole lot of fun to entertain an active toddler in a hospital room, especially when she can walk is attached to an IV pole.  

In other news...

Tomorrow is the BIG TpT B2S SALE!  I cannot even believe it's that time!  So crazy!  I won't lie - my cart is FULL of clip art!  I can't help myself from all the cute graphics out there :D

{You can shop my store >>>> HERE.}

I also uploaded one more alphabet activity.   It's called Letters From the Alphabet.  I hope to share more about it in a video blog once Faith is home from the hospital and I've Lysoled every surface of my home.  

And, lastly, DO NOT FORGET TO ENTER the crazyamazing B2S Bash giveaways!  Not only are there 18 Bash Baskets to win, but also a Grand Prize!  Hurry before it's too late!  Click on the pics below for more details!

Well, I'm going to try to get more than four hours of sleep tonight...on a hospital fold-out bed...nine months pregnant.  #youresojealous

Happy Sunday!

Saturday, August 1, 2015


Have y'all had fun hopping around to all 18 of our Bash Baskets?  If you haven't done that yet, please start HERE and make sure you do!  You only have until midnight on August 2nd to enter!  You may be thinking "Ohhh, I'm not lucky enough to win... I never get picked for prizes...There's just no way that my name will be selected!"  But, I would say:  YOU NEVER KNOW UNTIL YOU TRY!  So, go for the gold, folks!

Here's what you NEED to do FIRST... like RIGHT NOW!  We are doing an Instagram Hop with a secret message.  This secret message MUST BE entered on the Rafflecopter below or you will NOT be chosen as a winner!!!!  Look for THIS graphic on Instagram.  THIS graphic will start the secret message.   Hint:  You'll start with @stepintosecondgrade
You might want to grab a sheet of paper and a pen so that you can collect all letters as you are doing the Instagram hop because YOU MUST COLLECT THE SECRET MESSAGE!  Here are some tips for your Instagram Hop!
Don't have an instagram?  Well, sign up so you can enter the grand prize basket!!!  If you start in the right place and follow the order then all of your letters will nicely flow into one message :)  If you go out of order then you will have to unscramble the letters to make a word, and no one wants to do that!!!

So, let's talk about the Grand Prize!  This is the LARGEST, MOST AMAZING, INCREDIBLE Grand Prize ever... in the history of teacher giveaways!  
Your eyes are not deceiving you, that is a REAL Smartboard!  Whitlock (a Smartboard distributor) generously donated a Smartboard to our giveaway!  Isn't that amazing?!!!  Do you want to know all the details about the specific Smartboard and if it will work for you?  Look HERE!!

Whitlock will ship the Smartboard to the winner (continental US only!).  It comes with a projector and all software needed!!  The winner will need to have a way to mount the Smartboard AND will be in charge of maintenance after installation.  We want to make sure we lay it all out there before you enter :))  I'm sure that your school or district would be happy to help if you were the winner!
And, that's not all, y'all!  The winner will also receive a Silhouette Cameo and a One-Year ESGI Subscription!  OHMIWORD!!!

Once you have collected the secret code from our Instagram Hop, you can enter below!  You only have 24 hours, so don't delay!!!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

AlphaBOOM Day 5: All Things Alphabet Linky Party!

Yay!  Today is the day of the All Things Alphabet Linky Party!  

If you're linking up bright and early, the content of my post hasn't been added quite yet, but make sure you stop in later to see the final activity for my AlphaBOOM fun!

Be sure to snag the button below and hyperlink it to this post to let everyone know you're playing along and to direct them to the party! {Please make sure you link directly to your post and not your blog!  This makes it easier for everyone to find your activity!}

Bash Basket #18: $100 Hobby Lobby Giftcard!

It's here, it's here, it's finally here! Our Back to School Bash is all kinds of ready for you to ENTER to win! We have EIGHTEEN amazing bash baskets for you to hop around to! At each blog you will find a little bit of info about the prize that you can win, a Rafflecopter to enter, and a button to hop on over to the next blog! While you are hopping around, we would love for your to follow our blogs so that you will always be "in the know" about what's going on!!

So, Bash Basket #18 is pretty dang sweet. Especially if you're planning, you know, to decorate your classroom in the near future ;)  

Yes, this basket has not $25...not $50...not even $75.  BUT, $100 to Hobby Lobby!  HELLO!!!!!  ALL. OVER. THAT.

Do you know what you can buy for $100 at Hobby Lobby?

Well, let's just count the ways...

Fabric and ribbon for your bulletin boards?  Check.

Cute frames and wall decor? Check.


Random school supplies?  Check.  

Cute signs? Check.

And, as if $100 to Hobby Lobby isn't enough to put a smile on your back-to-school happy face, you will ALSO win a Whisper Phone Select!  Stop. It.

But, WAIT.  There's MORE.  You will also win a folder FULL of great resources to kick off a FaBuLoUs school year!

This is too much fun, y'all! 

Use this rafflecopter to enter:
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Now, hop on over to Amy's blog for an *aaaaaah-mazing* basket that has a little something stylish and will make your life a little better, if you know what I mean ;)

AlphaBOOM: Day 4!

Welcome back to AlphaBOOM!  

Make sure you catch up on the previous days below:

And, if you want to find any of the resources discussed in today's post, you can click below.

Today's activity is called AlphaSPY!

See resource >>> HERE.  

On Monday, we talked about making our students Alphabet Shutterbugs, out to "capture" letters they see in the building or classroom.  This activity has a similar premise, and incorporates the use of environmental print into the classroom.  

Here's what you'll need:

Each student will get a copy of the I spy the letter... page (one letter per student) to complete using one of the suggestions below.  

This would be a GREAT center activity, and once all 26 letters are complete you can bind into a class book that the students can read.  Paging through the book while looking at familiar text they see in their environmental all the time is a great way to encourage early literacy.  

This resource is also part of the AlphaFUN bundle in my shop, where you can get a discount by purchasing all four products together!

Here are some other amazing ideas for incorporating environmental print into your classroom:

An Environmental Print Word Wall

Environmental Print Pocket Chart Sentences

Environmental Print Letter Posters (LOOOOOOVE!)

Lastly, today's FREEBIE and Flash Sale Item (8:30-10:30pm...

FREE Alphabet Cards:

And, this item will be 50% from 8:30-10:30pm tonight only:

Don't forget, tomorrow is our All Things Alphabet Linky Party starting July 31, 2015 at 12midnight EST.  Blog about your favorite alphabet activity and then link up!  

Happy Thursday!