Splish-Splash Its A Summertime Blog Bash

I am so excited to be taking part in my first blog hop!  This blog hop is going to be phenomenal!  Nearly 50 teacher-authors, 50 freebies, 50 giveaways and tons of ideas to get your summer started right!  Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you enjoy!

Let's start this summer celebration right!  Who doesn't love free stuff?  To commemorate my first blog hop and the start of a much-anticipated summer I have created a new item that will be free ONLY FOR THE DURATION OF THE BLOG  HOP!  WOW!  My new "End of the Year Pack" has 40 pages of resources to help you start your summer off right!  From student awards, writing craftivities, balloon behavior incentives, student gift ideas/tags and a math scavenger hunt...this is a HUGE opportunity!  Hop on over to my TpT store and grab this freebie that is perfect for the end of the school year!  Feedback is always much appreciated on TpT!

It seems like at the end of the school year I always start to plan ahead to next year.  I love to get a head start on planning my classroom theme and start hunting for deals on decorations.  One of my favorite themes for any age is a "Hollywood/Movie" theme.  For this theme I have created a ready-to-go pack of resources including bulletin board ideas and printables, word wall necessities, nametags, classroom labels, "Celebrity of the Week" printables, behavior charts, and much more!  Best of all...it is editable so you can customize portions of this product to fit your classroom!  Enter this giveaway for your chance to win this complete pack! Not in need of the Hollywood theme?  No problem...if you are the winner I would be happy to swap it out for any other product in my store!
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I love my job...I love my students.  I cannot imagine spending my life doing anything but teaching, but what do I look forward to most about summer? Waking up to the sound of my girls laughter instead of an abrupt alarm clock; Walking with the feeling of sand and flipflops between my toes instead of hot and sweaty healed dress shoes; The inviting aroma of backyard barbecues instead of the pungent odor of sixth grade boys after gym class; Witnessing kids splashing at the pool while I catch up on a good book instead of reading student essays until my head spins; Enjoying a leisurely cup of morning coffee sweetened to perfection instead of a rushed cup of coffee poured recklessly at the last second of freedom before the bell rings.

  My favorite summer activity has to be my family's summer "bucket list."  My husband, daughters and myself sit down near the start of the summer and create a "bucket list."  We have made it a tradition to add one thing for each family member that we have never done before but would love to do, a book we would love to read, and something positive we can do for others.  While we have not created our list for this summer, some of my favorites from the past included such items as:
1. Milk a goat  2. Read The Hobbit and watch the movie with daddy 3. Collect items for care packages to send to the troops.

This summer I am especially excited about a surprise trip my husband and I have planned for our girls.  We will be going to Disney World!  The girls have no idea this is happening.  Dining reservations have been made (and we are doing lots of fun character dining experiences) and fast passes are booked.  Now all I have to do is figure out the best way to reveal the surprise!

When I am not on vacation, my favorite summer place is on my deck.  Here is where I can hear the birds sing as I slowly wake up with my coffee, watch my kids run through the sprinkler, feel the warmth of the summer sun as I kick my feet up on my favorite chair, and peacefully watch the sun set at the end of a stress-free day!  

My must-have summer item is definitely a pair of flip-flops.  I don't need the most fashionable, expensive pair...I love the inexpensive ones you find at Old Navy.  I have them in just about every color possible!  Nothing says summer more than breaking out the flip flops!

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