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!

 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:


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.





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!!


Friday, February 20, 2015

Five for Friday!

I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs for a Five for Friday post! 
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:

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Cute Valentines Roundup!

While scouring TPT and Pinterest, I found some amazingly adorable FREE Valentine cards you can create for your class!  Here's a round-up of some of my favorites!

For each idea, click the image to grab the freebie at TPT...be sure to leave love!  Click the logo to visit the blog!

From Munchkins, Inc. I love this notebook paper heart!   



How about these Ducky Valentines from The Barefoot Teacher?



Ahhh...what kid doesn't LOVE koolaid??  Check out this Freebie from My Name is Snickerdoodle!

My boys would go bonkers over these mason jar valentines from Dandee:


 You can never go wrong with bubbles!  This idea is from Five Heart Home:

And lastly...if you have a Silhouette, here's a free cutting pattern for superhero Blowpops.  Again, the boys would go NUTS over this!  This adorable idea comes from One Creative Mommy.

Aren't homemade Valentines always more special to give AND receive?  What kinds of Valentines do you like to give?

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

FREE Hugs!

Is a hug really significant?

Research shows....
* Hugs release Oxytocin which makes us feel good.
* Hugs lower blood pressure.
* Hugs are a natural stress reliever.

In fact, research shows that to get the FULL benefit of Oxytocin, we need 8 hugs per day!

Today I announced in my classroom, "FREE HUGS!  Who wants a free hug?"  The kids came running to my desk...eager to get a good squeeze.  Several came back two or three times.  I hug them freely anyway, but today we set aside a special time for hugs...first thing in the morning!

They were grinning from ear to ear.  So was I.  From now on, this sign will be hanging over my desk.  Please hang it over yours, too.  (Click the image to print the sign!)


Free hugs make the world a better place!! 


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

What have you got to lose?

I have to put this out there because there is someone out there who needs some extra money to pay off credit cards, a woman is praying about how to pay monthly bills or help get a safer car or pay for that HUGE day care bill each month. Maybe you are raising money for a mission trip or saving for a vacation or adoption. Or perhaps, you're a Stay at home mom who just needs some girl time and wants to contribute to your family's income? Maybe you're a college student who needs a flexible job with flexible income?
I have to ask, because I have an opportunity that could be life changing for countless numbers of you! 

For the next 72 hours you can snoop around in the inner sanctuary of my Jamberry team page and see what it is like to do my job. You'll get to meet my "co-workers", explore our team files and resources, ask questions, and get to know the Jamberry experience from the inside out. Then, on Tuesday night, we'll have a live conference call where you can ask questions and learn even more!
Message me (ashleybowlesreed@hotmail.com) and I will add you in the group for this weekend only. What have you got to lose?

Friday, January 23, 2015

Centenarians Unite: It's the 100th Day!

There are few days quite as fun as the 100th Day of School!  We had a blast in Kindergarten today!  We all dressed up like 100 year old people.  We also did lots of fun activities.

I also got *ahem* a new boyfriend.  His name's Mr. Combover.  PLEASE don't tell hubby...he'll get jealous!!

Here are some highlights from our fun day!

 I'm still choking and gagging on baby powder!!

 100 gumballs! This can be done with paint or crayons.  We were running behind so crayons were quicker!

 Granny Ellie had just won a round of Bingo!
 The Classroom Fashionista did NOT disappoint...even in her old age!
 This silly goose told her mom, "Well most people don't live to be 100 anyway, so I'll just dress like a skeleton!"  LOL.  I'm glad she came as a cute little old lady with bifocals instead!!
 Here's my boyfriend, Mr. Combover.  That rainy, windy weather was killer on the little fellow's hair today!!

I loved this little guy's Life Alert button!

 We flipped a coin 100 times and graphed the results!
We did 100 exercises grouped by 10's.  Our push ups involved sitting in our chair and pushing ourselves up to standing.  And our sit ups involved lying our heads on our desk and sitting up.  They giggled and giggled at our geriatric aerobics!

And guess what?  You can snag all of these activities FOR FREE in this file:

Alright Sonny, it's time to take my back pill and head to bed.  These kiddos wore me out today!