Thursday, December 31, 2015

Fabulous Finds

This post is all about a few fabulous(ly random) finds I've come across in the past couple months.

The first one is pretty much expected considering #TeachersLoveTarget and even more, The Dollar Spot.  These adorable snowmen ($1) were meant for counting down the days until Christmas, but I used it in my classroom as a math center to practice more and less.  Students work together to pick a number, spin the spinner, then identify that number on the snowman by placing a white "snowball" onto it.  The object of the game is to try to get all of the numbers covered on the snowman.  Low prep, skill centered, and fun!  Thank YOU, Target.

The second thing I'm super excited about this month is the 7" Amazon Fire Tablet.  It's now only $49.99, and during Amazon's Black Friday promotion, it was at an even lower price!  At that, I impulsively bought two!  Eek!  I have yet to bring them into my classroom since my students have needed some extra practice with respecting property lately, but I can't wait to start using them with my kids.  I'm all ears to any suggestions, ideas, and educational apps to download!

So here's my last fabulous find:  Parabo Press.  Download this app to turn your iPhone photos into beautiful high quality prints.  These are the 5.5" square prints, and they turned out great!  Use the code SQGR5 at the checkout for your first set of 25 prints FREE.  The only thing you have to pay for is shipping, but it's totally worth it!  Check out their website and instagram for more details and coupon codes.

Oh winter break... I love you.  It's just my luck that I've spent every single day so far sick with a bad cold and cough, but this break from work is just what I needed.  I've found time to cook, craft, write, spend time with friends and family, explore new places, try new things, and most importantly, r e l a x .  Pictured above is one of the little crafts I put together for my roomies in our little home.  I bought the wooden sign from Michaels, painted it with my favorite color, hot glued some clothespins to the bottom, and selected some photos to print.

Well seeing as it's December 31, I guess it's adios until next year!  I'll be spending this evening with good company, champagne, and cheese.  :)  One more thing I just discovered is cranberry goat cheese... oh em gee... that stuff is heavenly.  Happy 2016!

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