Friday, July 18, 2014

Getting ready for my wedding!! 5 for Friday!

Why yes, I am linking up with doodle bugs for a 5 for Friday - let me tell you.. typing with acrylic nails is no easy task! How do people do this? (Yep-just got my nails done!)

So, as many of you know I am getting married this weekend and I am so excited! I just spent all day long with my mamma (I tried to get her to take a selfie with me for this post but she said NO) lol- she doesn't like pictures.

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My week started off at grandma's house - do you get that I adore my grandma yet?--I think I always talk about her on here! ;) She has helped me so much with my wedding and we put final touches on mason jars and snack bags earlier this week!

How amazing does this stuff look?
Instead of appetizers- we decided to do snack bags and they will double as favors for our guests and a snack before dinner!! Money saver and OMG this stuff is good!! Melted brown sugar is drizzled over all of this-white chocolate chips, pretzels, chex-mix, cranberries and popcorn! MMMM good!

We made these cute little tags with string that we braided, card-stock that we cut and a thank you stamp!

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The Mr. and I also picked up our marriage licence this week! We actually met a couple in the elevator too who went to a little white chapel right after they got their license to get hitched!! lol...guess they didn't want to wait!

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This week I've worked super long and hard on the programs you see below. Andrew saw a picture online of these fan programs and after looking to BUY some I decided that I could whip these things problem! It took about 3 days and saved us near $300.00... but, they got done and I LOVE THEM! -I've also got to give credit where it's due-my future sister-in-law helped... a lot! :)

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This week I also snuck in some classroom shopping..shhhhhhhhhhhh!!!! I swear... school is ALWAYS on my mind!

So, I got the drawers from BIG LOTS for...hold your breath... $22.00!! Oh YAH!!
Then the bins...hold it again... 3 for $1.50!! BOOM! lol (I'm hyper right now) ;)

Then, below you see all sorts of goodies and it's mostly all from Target's $1.00 section! :) LOVE IT!!!

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Last, but not least... I became apart of a collaborative blog this week called Collaboration Connection!
I am so excited to be apart of this amazing group of bloggers! Through this blogging journey I've always wanted to connect with people and get to know other bloggers. I feel like this is what it's all about! I'm shy by nature so branching out and socializing isn't the easiest thing for me but, I am getting better! I'm just plain excited to get to know these girls and make new friends! 
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We are planning something BIG for you all! So, head over and follow us so you don't miss out!! :)

Alright everyone, this was my last post as a single lady! Next time you hear from my my name will be Jessica Hursh and I'll have a hubby!! I can't wait...stay tuned because you know I'll be posted pictures on here when we get back from our HONEYMOON in Riviera Maya!!

Oh yes... be jealous! Until then friends!! Bye Byyyeeeee!!!!! MUAH!


Tuesday, July 15, 2014


Many people are asking... how do you have time for a giveaway right now? Well... I don't really have an answer for that except.. thank goodness for my wonderful family! We've gotten everything basically finished and so I guess that's how I have time for this before my wedding this Sunday!!

I'm celebrating a wonderful milestone of 2,000+ follower on my IG account. I've been connecting with so many fabulous people and I thought... why not celebrate?! I haven't gotten to do a giveaway in forever... so, why not now?

Check out the amazing-ness below... there are 23 Bloggers & IG-ers that have donated fabulous items from their TPT shop!! Check them out and enter the giveaway at the very bottom!


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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Daily Spelling Practice - the easy way!

Lately, spelling has been on the brain. I'm making a spelling work stations pack and thoughts stemmed from that like, hmmm...more practice----Oh, I know! Morning work! So, this is my plan for this year's morning work. (as of right now-it may change-who knows)

Let's go right on ahead and start!
My kids are going to have a spiral notebook for their daily spelling practice. Each day they will look at a poster (the freebie) I made to direct them to their activity for that day! 

To set up the notebook you will want to have students color and glue on their cover. You will also want to get an envelope and cut it in half. Apply glue to the back of it and glue it on the inside cover of the students spelling notebook.

In the freebie there are day by day posters. I am going to hang these posters up in my room as a visual cue for students each morning. :) I love it! They get in spelling practice everyday through meaningful activities!

Mondays activity asks students to write their spelling words on note cards and then add a sentence using their spelling word. You will need to display the weeks words for all students to see somewhere in the room on Monday so they can complete this activity. Once, the finish they can illustrate a picture to show understanding of the word. When finished students put their words in the Spelling Words pocket so they can use them for the rest of the week.

On Tuesday students write their words and then spell & check two times. You will need to create flaps for each student. You can use paper as I have in the picture or you can use card stock or a file folder.

 I stapled the side of the paper, folded it over and stapled again. Then, cut two slips and labeled each flap so the kids won't forget what to do. You can have the kids make their own and 'pretty it up.'

The paper version is really nice because it fits right over a piece of notebook paper without being too bulky. 

Students will use their cards to write one word at a time. After they write that word they close the first flap and try to write it under the second flap. They pick up both flaps and check. Then, close both flaps and try to spell it one more time under the third flap.

It looks like this. If students make a mistake they can correct it as I did with the word sunshine in green.

On Wednesdays the students work on their syllables, vowels and consonants.

Students write the word, break it apart by syllables and then tell the number of syllables. It is great to really dig into the words and notice the spelling patterns. Students will also color consonants green and vowels blue.

On Thursday, students sort their cards in ABC order, write their words 3x and then define at least 5 words. This is the perfect way to get kids looking in the dictionary = applying those ABC order skills! ;)

On Friday, students will write you a story or whatever they want using as many spelling words as you can. I didn't say all because sometimes that can just be plain hard and totally mess up a story. Then, they just need to illustrate a picture.

As always, students finish early and if you don't have something else you want them to do I made little spelling games! You can even put these at stations or use at other times in the day.

So, do you love it?! If so... guess what--IT'S FREE!!
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