Monday, August 12, 2013

My First Link-Ups...2 in 1!

Happy Monday, everyone! I know a lot of you have already started back to school, and some started back today. Lucky for me, I still have a few more weeks of summer..
So I have decided to join 2 DIFFERENT linkys I crazy?! Yes. The answer is always yes.

First up is my Monday Made-It. Since I didn't have time to get crafty this week {since I was getting this here blog up and running}, I created a new product that I'm SUUUUUUPER excited about. Any Duck Dynasty fans in the house? It is one of my favorite shows, and I love that it is family-friendly, so I don't have to worry about keeping the volume down when my nieces are around :) When I saw that Melonheadz had created this adorable set of clipart, I knew I had to come up with something. it is!! A set of 20 different math games (10 using dice, 10 using playing cards) for your students to use to practice important math skills such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, place value, and MORE!!

I've been working hard on this product, so I sure hope you enjoy it!! The first 3 people to comment on this post with their email AND their favorite Duck Dynasty character will win this pack for FREE! You must include both! Even if you aren't one of the first 3 to comment, no worries! I have this pack on sale for 20% off in my TPT store today only. So go pick it up :) Trust me, your kiddos will thank you for it!

Next up is this fun little Linky Party with Blog Hoppin'!

Every day this week, I will be posting (eek! Everyday?!), following this fun format..

So, here goes nothing!! Today is..

Under my About Me tab above, I've already posted 10 random facts about me. So, that meant I had to come up with 10 OTHER things that I haven't already told you! It was a little tricky, but here we go..

1. I was a competition gymnast when I was younger. I absolutely LOVED gymnastics, and really wish I had stuck with it! At one point, I placed 5th in the state of Georgia overall :)

2. I have a sister who is 15 months older than me - my mom says it was like having twins when we were younger! Here is a picture of us when we were younger - weren't we adorable?!

How adorable is my button shirt?! NOT!

And here we are on my wedding day!

3. I met my best friend, Cindy, when I moved schools in the middle of 8th grade. Middle school is bad enough, but throw in moving to a school where you don't know anyone, and it's a recipe for disaster. Luckily, I met the sweetest girl, who ended up becoming my best friend!! We've been best friends for 15 years now, and I don't know where I'd be without this girl!

Cindy and I, back when I had blonde hair and a tan!
4. I have a secret addiction to the Lifetime channel. I can truly spend an entire day getting sucked into those movies! I also love watching the ID Channel, even though it makes me have bad dreams!!

5. If you follow me on Instagram, you already know this. But my sweet furbaby Gracie was hit by the mailman at the beginning of July. The worst part? He didn't even stop! She was very lucky, and we are very broke as a result. She had to have surgery, and has been recuperating ever since. This means that her mommy {ME} has to stay home with her during the day, because she can't be left alone for long periods of time. My hubby and I had a vacation planned this summer, but guess what? We had to cancel :( But she is SO worth every bit of it, and I'm so happy that she's on the road to recovery!
This is her "caught off guard" look! You can see her scars on her belly :(
6. I have 2 tattoos. Both of them are faith-based, and I don't regret them for a second. One is on my right foot, and the other is on my left wrist.

7. As I stated in my About Me section, my husband and I met on a blind date. I didn't mention that our mutual friend that set us up has 3 successful match-ups under her belt! Her matchmaking skills have resulted in 3 marriages :)

8. 3rd grade was my absolute favorite grade when I was in school, so I'm super excited to have the opportunity to teach 3rd this year!

9. I am not a fan of the ocean, but I love going to the beach! Especially this one:
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic {where we honeymooned}
10. My husband and I live in his grandparents' old house that his grandfather built. It's small, we don't have central heat and air, and we also have no dishwasher, but this little house is our home. That's what I love most about it!

Well, I hope you've been able to learn a little bit more about me! Link up with Blog Hoppin' to join this linky party! I'll be back tomorrow with some snapshots from my (not finished) classroom!



  1. I found your blog through the Monday Made It link-up. It's adorable!!! I will definitely be back. I would love to have your Duck Dynasty pack. (I teach 3rd grade in Texas, right on the Louisiana border, so my kiddos are HUGE DD fans.) My email is and my favorite character is Si for sure. Keep up the awesome work! I'm off to check out your TpT store. :)

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    2. Hi there! Thanks for stopping by! I'll email you the file shortly :)

  2. jase is my favorite. love your post as always

    1. Thank you so much :) Jace is my favorite too - love him! Check your email shortly!

  3. Jade is my fav! Love this set!

    1. Jase is my favorite too! I'm getting ready to email you the file now. Thanks for stopping by! :)

  4. Ahh, I'm a little late, but I'm definitely adding this to my TPT wish list! I love Duck Dynasty, and it's perfect for my 2nd grade babies!

  5. So adorable! Too bad I missed out! What an awesome math center idea! Onto the wish list it goes! ��
    ~ Lindsay

  6. I love the Duck Dynasty clip art. I have also been trying to think of something to come up with to make a unit out of it. I am from Louisiana, so I know the kids would get a kick out seeing it!!


    1. Absolutely! I'm already trying to brainstorm other things I can make with it - I know it'll be a big hit with my 3rd graders! Thanks for stopping by :)

  7. I love Si and have a secret crush on Jase ;)

    Crystal :)

    1. Si cracks me up! And I have a not-so-secret crush on Jase! :)

  8. I love the Duck Dynasty clipart by Melonheadz! Nikki is fabulous! It is a good thing that I wasn't one of the first 3 because I would have trouble narrowing it down! Si is hilarious, but I love the things that Jace comes up with and Miss Kay makes me laugh! Did you see the episode where she went on the date with her grandkids to the bowling alley? So funny!
    Almost wish I was still in grade 2/3 this year, to be using your pack. Enjoy grade 3! I loved it! :)

    Growing Kidlets -

    1. Yes she is - I wish I had a lot of money so I could buy all of her clipart! :) Duck Dynasty is my FAVORITE - I do love all of the characters for different reasons, but Jase is definitely my fav!
      Yes I did see that episode - HILARIOUS :)
      Thanks for stopping by - headed to check out your blog now!