Friday, March 13, 2015

5 for Friday {with a St. Patty's freebie!}

I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching again this week for Five for Friday.  Here are 5 random highlights of my week:
http://doodlebugsteaching.blogspot.com/2015/03/five-for-friday-linky-party-march-13th.html

1.  I'm planning my table for our annual Father Daughter dance.  I've decided to go with a Vintage Garden Theme.  Think, muted colors, hydrangeas, peonies, mason jar drinking glasses, etc.  I got these fabulous teal/peach/gray goodies at Hobby Lobby.  The gray dishes are from Target, and the glasses and tops are from Amazon.  I can't wait to see it all come together!
 2.  Today we read one of my original poems about Roy G. Biv and colored a scrappy rainbow by Graphics from the Pond.  I've uploaded it as a freebie on TPT!
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Roy-G-Biv-Rainbow-Colors-Freebie-1761756

3.  I love the Leprechaun Directed drawings shared by Jennifer @ First Grade Blue Skies.  My kiddos' drawings turned out precious and look adorable displayed in our hallway! 

4.  My sister has just joined Keep Collective as a designer.  I'm so excited about this new jewelry line.  I'm having an online party right now.  You can shop here:   keep-collective.com/soc/qo4tf

5.  I'm blessed with a fabulous hubby who is so good to me and our daughter!  She found a you tube tutorial on how to make a reborn baby bed out of a laundry basket, so here is it making it with her! :)

Go link up with Doodle Bugs!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Confessions of a Shopaholic: Daily Deals Sites

Confessions Time:  I am an AVID reader...and and AVID shopper.  So when my two passions can collide, I'm all for it!  Have you read this series?  If not, put it on your summer reading list or stash it in your beach bag this Spring break.  It's AMAZING!! (Click to go to the author's Amazon site!)

http://www.amazon.com/Sophie-Kinsella/e/B001H6NQJI/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2?qid=1426105651&sr=8-2

One way I get my retail therapy being a busy wife and mom is through Daily Deal sites!  I want to highlight a few of my favorite Daily Deal sites...including a couple you may have never heard of!  I'm also going to showcase a few of my favorite {recent} finds from those sites.  I didn't purchase all of these things, but they were all things that suit my fancy! ;)

I couldn't believe that they had this beautiful Jo Totes camera bag for a STEAL.  I also couldn't believe that this monogrammed bracelet (that I've eyed on other sites) is on sale for $8.99.  Talk about a great teacher gift!!
{This is my all time FAVORITE Daily Deals site.  And I *may* have purchased everything on this collage except the flats!!}
I think I could redecorate my ENTIRE house using this one site alone!  While there are lots of pricy items on this site, there are also some fabulous deals to find if you dig around!
I'm determined to use these gold dots on an accent wall when we redecorate our bedroom!  And I would love to put this adorable chalkboard stand in the foyer of our house and feature inspiring quotes and scripture written with colorful chalk pens!
 4. Zulily is another one of my favorites.  There is truly something for everyone on this site!  There are lots of unique items.  I also love that they have fabulous gifts for children so I can stock up on Christmas and birthday presents when I see a neat deal!
 Where are your favorite places to get beautiful items for great prices from the comfort of your home?

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Cropping Images to Fit in a Shape: Techy Tutorial

Today I finally learned how to do something I've wanted to do forever.  I learned how to crop an image to fit inside a shape without overlap, like this:

 I decided to make a step by step tutorial for those of you who want to do this as well.  So, here you go!  Hope this is helpful!








Let me know what you think...was this helpful? :)

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Reading Across America With He Who Must Not Be Named

No, I'm not talking this guy....
 I'm talking this guy...
 Apparently this fat cat's camp is CRAY-CRAY when it comes to creating TPT products, mentioning his name, or anything of the sort!  That's why he must not be named!! 

My Kindergarten class had fun celebrating Read Across America Day.  Here are the highlights of what all we did:

We Made Thing 1 and Thing 2 headbands using this template by the fabulous Jennifer White of First Grade Blue Skies.  Click the picture to go to Jennifer's blog post!

http://firstgradeblueskies.blogspot.com/2015/02/read-across-america-and-dr-seuss.html
 We made a One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish booklet:
We made -at Hats:
We posed like the Fat Cat himself:
We imagined what a wocket must look like:
And we had the most magical reading celebration ever led by a fabulous parent volunteer:





I put together some freebies for our celebration.  Go snag them here:


https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_CfsL3_vt5lM2RvczRfQWNFQTg/view?usp=sharing

Monday, February 23, 2015

Fab Feedback and a SALE!!!

Wow....when I get Fab Feedback I can't help but smile BIG!  We all know how much time we put into our products, and what a blessing it is to know that we are a blessing to other teachers and other kids across the country, and even the world!  As we get ready for the BIG TPT Heroes sale, I wanted to showcase 4 of my products and the Fab Feedback they've received!  You can click each resource to check it out on TPT.

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Mice-are-Nice-A-Kevin-Henkes-Author-Study-137191



https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Animal-Research-Its-a-Zoo-in-Here-1213735




https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Much-Ado-About-Munsch-Robert-Munsch-Author-Study-216973




https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Read-and-Writes-Yearly-Bundle-Daily-Fluency-Passages-Plus-Writing-Prompts-1210025




Wow...I'm grinning from ear to ear!!
If you want to pick up these units or any of my other units, go check out the TPT Heroes sale Feb. 25th and 26th!  Use the coupon code HEROES and you'll save 28% on each of my products!!

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Ashley-Reed-5447

Friday, February 20, 2015

Five for Friday!

I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs for a Five for Friday post! 
 
http://doodlebugsteaching.blogspot.com/2015/02/five-for-friday-linky-party-february_20.html
This post will be all about my five pieces of clothing in Fix #2 from Stitch Fix!  Let's just say my designer NAILED IT this time!!
 
My favorite piece was this Jaffrey Cross Back Knit Top.  Soft, comfy, and not too clingy, it features a feminine cross back design.  It's a soft oatmeal color that will look great with almost anything.  I love classic neutral pieces with a little flare!
 


Next up was something I never would've chosen for myself (which is the fun of Stitch Fix) but that I love.    It's the Kayella Lace Sweater in charcoal gray.  Equally adorable with jeans or a skirt, I can see this being a staple in my Spring and Fall wardrobes!

 I have fallen in love with the color blue, so I was thrilled to see this royal blue Micah Embroidered Bib Top from Skies are Blue.  It's a great layering piece that's super comfy and has gorgeous details.  The picture of just the shirt is a truer representation of the color.  Sorry....I'm terrible with selfies!! ;)

 The final thing I loved is this Lyra 3/4 Sleeve Abstract Wave Chevron Tunic Dress by Pixley.  The fabric is amazingly soft and comfy.  I love the cut and fit of the dress. The colors and pattern are great for any season.  Plus it was super cute with a 3/4 sleeve denim jacket from Loft.    The only thing I didn't like about it is that my hips are really wide in it, but I'm in the process of trying to lose about 25 pounds so that won't be a problem in a few months!! 

 The only thing I didn't love was this Torin French Terry Stripe Blazer by Market and Spruce.  It's adorable but it's entirely too tight and the horizontal stripes and tightness accentuate my bust which is what I'm trying to minimize!  
 
However with the 25% discount Stitch Fix gives you if you keep all 5 pieces, it was actually only $3 more for me to keep this $72 blazer!!  So I'll either hang onto it and see if it looks better when I lose some weight or pass it along!

If you'd like to give Stitch Fix a try, you can sign up here: