5 for Friday

Friday, June 28, 2013
Hi everyone!! Summer is in full swing and I'm enjoying every minute of it.  July will just fly by as we have tons going on that month.  So it's time to link up for 5 for Friday!!
Link on up and tell us about your week:
This week started with lots of volleyball in Anaheim!!

A trip to Hobby Lobby never hurt anyone....found this darling lantern for my OWL theme!!!

Made some new products of course...



Had my bloglovin' giveaway!!!
The highlight of course was this bloggy meet up at the Dana in San Diego!!!  Such amazing ladies to hang out with ~~ so blessed!

And...I'm heading into my 17th anniversary weekend - how can I top this that I did last year for my hubby????  Any ideas...
Have a great weekend everyone!!! xoxox

Winners & Instagram

Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Thank you my bloggy friends!!!  The giveaway was a huge success, I was randomly roaming spending WAY too much time on pinterest and saw several of you that pinned my giveaway ~ how sweet are u?!!?
Drum roll please...

A big congrats to:
So ~~~ that means that Karel is the GRAND prize winner...and Maggie, Debbie and Doreen also have won prizes.  Thank you to everyone that played along!!! { I will check for emails and get these out to you gals }  If you didn't comment on that original post I don't have your email and will need it so if you are one of the names above comment here and leave email. <3
Now onto Instagram ~~~  I'm still surprised at how many of my teacher friends aren't on Insta --- jump on in and join us even if you don't have a blog we want to know what's going on in your classroom or in your personal life.  Here are a few recent posts of mine:
{ Daughter's Volleyball Soiree } and my summer chalkboard --- if want to join me click the cute little camera button to the top right of my blog.
Join me on Instagram and get to know me better!!!


Summer Lovin' and Blog Lovin' Giveaway Time!!!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Hi everyone!!!  I <3 summer so much, it's such a great time to:        re fresh, re energize, re group ~~ drink some wine while making products.. LOL
Are you a blogger or blog stalker???  Well if you haven't heard yet as of July 1st...we are losing our Google Friends Connect that we have worked so hard on... I will be losing almost 1,100 GFC followers and that makes me really SAD.  But what makes me more sad is the new way to connect through bloglovin'...well I only have around 260.   SO --- I want more of YOU to head on over THERE and give me some BLOG lovin' even though I feel like BLOG hatin' on Blogger or Google or whoever is ditching my regular followers I have worked so hard to get.  So there!!!
All you have to do is CLICK the bloglovin' button on the right at top.  If you aren't already signed up it's fairly simple...an email and a confirmation is all you need.  So hop on over and follow me over there.  I will give 4 winners new products from my store and the Grand prize winner will get a starbucks card and products from my store...Whoo-hoo!!

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{ Made it Monday }

Monday, June 17, 2013
I love creating things and I keep a note pad by my bed to write down crazy, hair brain  fabulous ideas that come to me at 2 am.  I am definitely a right brained thinker!  With that being said I will tell you I'm way more creative than I am organized.  I'm not a slob or extremely messy ~ however when I've got a project going on I just don't mess around and there just may be a big ol' mess for a few days or weeks or something like that - unless company is comin' then well that's a whole nother story. { Especially if it's the in- laws...just sayin' }  LOVE them so much but feel the need to impress still after 18 ish years.
Any who enough with the ramblin' because I need to share how I made my READ block letters that I've gotten several email about...
it all started with the whole crazy idea of changing my theme.  I have been Mrs. Moore's Busy Bees for like ever and I felt it was time for a change.  I started thinking rock star and then with all that I was drawn too felt it was too girlish.  Years ago at a teacher conference there was a teacher there and I'll never forget what she said.  She said NEVER gear your lesson, decorating etc. towards girls ~ always keep the boys in mind.  If you've got the boys the girls will come around..if you have it focused on the girls...well it just doesn't work the other way.  So in my head I was thinking pink boas, zebra print, hot pink lamp shades, ipod pillows, etc.  Cute but ---got me thinking about that haunting story from that teacher conference....SO...it will be owls and chevron.  I'm obsessed with chevron and found some cute owls so there you go!
Here is a photo tutorial of my letters:
Here are some items you will need: sandpaper, paintbrushes, wood letters, modge podge, scrapbook paper
{1} Sandpaper the letters

{2} Lay the letter(s) on the scrapbook paper backwards...yes, backwards.  I like to use the back of the paper so pencil lines don't get in the way of the design.  Cut it out carefully too.
{3} Now flip the paper over and after putting one layer of modge podge on the letter lay it down right on top carefully being sure to line it up.  You can use a credit card to flatten out any bubbles if you find any.
{4} Now put another layer of modge podge right on top of the scrapbook paper.  It will dry clear don't worry.
{5}  After it is dry you may have a teeny bit of overlap of the scrapbook paper.  Use the sandpaper to GENTLY go around the edges of the letter.  Not only does it flatten out the edges but it gives it a cute, worn look as well.
  Ta-dah you have a beautiful WORD to add to your classroom.  I love mine and can't wait to put it up in my room.
Link on up and tell us what you have been up to:
PS I mentioned my friend Barb in my post yesterday.  Look what she just made me...she is sooo super talented!!!


Father's Day Idea and a shout out/mini giveaway

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Happy Father's Day to all the wonderful dads!  I was blessed with an amazing father who loved my mom for 50+ years before she passed and brought up 4 pretty awesome kids. { me being one of them... LOL }

I'm very blessed with a wonderful husband/father and I try so hard to make him feel extra special on these days as he always does such amazing things for me.  He woke up to this in the morning on our door.

The one side is from my daughter and the other side in red is from my son...It's our top 10 list on an old school rabbit ear tv.  He loved it!

My daughter made him this cute candy bar note that she found on pinterest...loved her initiative.

How sweet is this card, I just uploaded it this week.  It can be used for Father's Day, Mother's Day, Valentine's Day, Grandparents...etc.

I also wanted to give a shout out to my sweet friend Barb.  She and I met years ago through the internet and she is VERY talented.  She just made some super cute rock star theme packs - swing on by and visit her and her blog too.

Barb's blog:

Barb does beautiful work ~ if you visit her and follow her page { either TPT or blog or both } come back and leave me a comment that you did....I will put you in a drawing for the cute key to my heart craftivity.  Hope your Father's Day was awesome! xoxox


My Binding.... ROCKS!!

Thursday, June 13, 2013
I'm both thrilled and honored to be reviewing the Fellowes Saturn 2 125 Pouch Laminator by My Binding.  When it arrived I was sooo excited to try it out.

As you can see from the comments ~ people are already familiar with this company/wonderful device.  I laminated a project my son made at the beginning of 5th grade.  The directions that came  in the box were perfect!  Even for all us teachers who's brains are fried from working all year...YES they were clear, concise and step-by-step which I really appreciated!
My hubby was a little nervous for me to try it out with my son's paper...but I was so confident in the product I didn't even use a scrap piece of paper first.  However, I probably wouldn't recommend that just in case of user error.  Luckily the directions were so easy to follow there was no user error on my end. :o)

Here are the simple to follow step by step directions


 Seriously,,,, EASY~ PEASY!!!

And here is how it turned out.... PERFECTLY.  It's quite a bit thicker than I imagined.  I was quite pleased!!!

If you are shopping for a personal laminator ~ this is the one for you.  It's easy, they have amazing customer support, it's fairly small so it doesn't take up too much space and it's perfect for a mom, teacher or homeschool situation.  Think of all the possibilities - they truly are endless.  I know I will LOVE using it for all kinds of things.  Well I'm off to play with it some more.  Click the picture below to take you there so you can pick one up, you won't be disappointed!!



New Classroom Theme, Scholastic Magazine and a product review...whew!!!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Welcome summer, yesterday was my first official day - whoo-hoo!  Woke up went to the gym for 2 hours and now I'm ready to blog, finish up a unit and be a mom taxi driver. :o)
First off I want to share a link from Scholastic Instructor magazine.  Little ole' me had a write up in there...who knew?!?  Anyway it's just about one of the activities I like to do the last week of school. { Click on the picture to read it }
Last weekend I did the Color Run ~ it was a blast, my daughter and friend did it with me in San Diego.
For those of you that have followed me since 2007 on my blog you have know me as Mrs. Moore's Busy Bees for quite some time...well next year I am switching to owls.  I made a sweet little class owl pack if you want to check it out, I can't wait to get back and decorate!!!
If you are considering switching yours up, you can click picture below for the product at tpt.
This just arrived from My Binding and I couldn't be more excited!!!
It is a laminator...everyone I've been talking to about this can't say enough NICE things about My Binding.  Here are comments from my Instagram account.
 Well I'm going to mess around with it today and post pictures later this week so you can see it in action.