Sunday, August 10, 2014

FL Blog Hop!

Welcome to ...


Thanks for visiting our blog hop!
I am the...

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I have two products to share with ya'll.
The first one is my latest clip art pack- perfect for back to school!
It includes everything you see below!
Click the picture to get all the details and add it to your cart!


My second product is a little writing freebie for you that I put together using a few of my clips from my collection!


Hope you enjoy!
Thanks for stopping by!
Your next stop is Carrie over at Buzz into Kinder...


But wait- before you go... here's your next clue.
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Wanna play along but don't know the rules?
It's easy... and FUN!

Follow us all on Instagram to keep in touch- just click each picture below!

Don't forget to add #orangehop2014 to be added to the drawing for these FABULOUS prizes!!
And I mean FABULOUS- that chevron watch?!?
There's not even words ya'll.

 




If you want to start at the beginning of the hop- jump over to Tamara's page to start collecting all your letter clues for a chance to win BIG! Don't forget to write the letters down as you go!

Happy blog hopping friends!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

FL Blog Hop- COMING SOON!




Happy Wednesday to everyone! :)


I am so excited to announce the second annual hop featuring some of my sweet friends and your favorite Florida Bloggers! :)



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Click on any of the images above to be directed to our Facebook pages for more information in the next few days! :)


Lots more to come soon!


The hop starts on Sunday at 12noon EST!


We can't wait to see you! ;)

Friday, June 27, 2014

Food, Facebook & a Tiny Human

What's up teacher friends?
I'm kinda in love with these summer days.
Sleeping in, doing a lil summer PD and lounging around in pajamas for as long as I want.
It doesn't get much better than that.
Well...unless I had a pina colada in hand.
...
 
I've been pretty MIA here lately.
I wish I could say that I've been a busy bee creating goodies for classrooms but the truth is- I kinda have zero energy these days and a daily nap is required.
 
Say what?!? I know- it's pretty freaking amazing. Still.
There's a tiny human inside me.
BLOWS.MY.MIND
 
With a little nugget on board, I've tried to cook more from home.
So when my girl Tamara over at Mrs. Russell's Room wanted to host a Facebook foodie hop, I jumped on board to join some of my fave teacher friends!
https://www.facebook.com/thelearningtreeblogspot
 
You'll get to hop across our FB pages and grab some delish recipes like this one. ;)
 
It'll run June 28th- July 5th so don't miss it!
You'll also get a chance to win a 31 bag stocked with yummy goodies too!
Swing by Facebook in the morning to join the foodie fun!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

We{HEART}Teachers DAY #3!

It's DAY 3 of...
 
 
 
 Here's what's up for grabs my friends!

 
AWESOME, right?!?
 
Here's how to enter!
  

But wait- there's more!!
Today's the last day for the TPT sale too!
So go stock up before it's over- but don't forget to use the code for extra savings!
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/The-Learning-Tree
 
HAPPY SHOPPING & WINNING!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

We {Heart} Teachers

So I've got some exciting news!!
My sweet friend Leigh from The Applicious Teacher is throwing one of the greatest teacher appreciation events of all time!
Not even kidding ya'll- it's HUGE! Check out all the amazing contributors!

It all starts tomorrow so don't miss it!
Every day she's got amazing giveaways!
From product packets, to gift cards, to classroom goodies- you'll get the total hook up as we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week, blogger style!
 
Don't forget, TPT is hosting a site wide sale Tuesday and Wednesday also!
My entire store will be 20% off!
 
So get your shop on friends and stock up on those end of the year goodies!
And here's a little something to help get that party started!
Leigh has organized a fab GC giveaway just in time for the sale!
I have really smart friends ;)
a Rafflecopter giveaway


 
 
Happy Sunday!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Kitchen Makeover for $100!

Completely classroom unrelated post, however, a happy wife makes for a happy teacher.
So just go with it ;)
 
I uploaded my little Spring Break project on Instagram last week and my email exploded with questions! I guess I'm not the only one with orange oak cabinets in desperate search of a makeover.
It's okay- I feel your pain.
I'm here to help.
 
Before I begin explaining how you too can bring your oak cabinets into this decade, let me just say that I do not know everything. I only know what worked for me.
 
 Here's all the details my friends.
It was easy peasy and around $100- win win!
I found the General Finishes gel stain at a local woodcraft store.
If you can't find it near you, it's also available on Amazon.
I had 16 doors and 4 drawers to cover and I used 1 quart of stain.
If you have more surface area to cover, you may want to get more.
 

I used painter's tape to label all the doors and frames with matching number sets so I knew exactly where each door needed to go when it was finished.
I swept and used the blower to clean out the garage so my work space would be dust free.
After you sand each door it's SUPER important to use a tack cloth and remove all the dust from the doors before adding stain.
You really don't have to sand until your arm hurts.
You just need to buff the surface.
 
There are lots of online tutorials on how to use this type of stain.
I tried using a glove with a sock over it and decided I couldn't get down into the edges and corners very well so I tossed that out pretty quickly.
I used the poly brushes for 90% of the project.
Instead of throwing them out or trying to wash them, I put them into a plastic baggie until I was ready to use them the next day.
They stayed moist enough throughout the entire project!
 
If you google how to apply gel stain, you'll find that there are multiple ways.
You can paint it on and leave it or you can rub it on and wipe off the excess.
I tried rubbing on and wiping off for the first coat.
 I think I wiped off too much stain and if I were to do it again, I would paint it on and leave it to dry without wiping it off at all. I probably could've done 3 coats instead of 4 if I hadn't wiped most of it off on day 1.
But you live and learn and then blog about it!
 Because gel stain sits on top of the wood more like paint and doesn't actually soak into the grain, it doesn't require you to wipe off the excess stain.
 
It took 5 days to paint and 2 days to seal with polyurethane.
I used an osculating fan in the garage to help with dry time.
It is Florida after all.
If you're not blessed with our humidity then you may not find a fan necessary.
 
I'm really happy with how it turned out!
Even after 4 coats, you can still see the texture of wood grain!
LOVE. 
 
We reinstalled the doors, added new hardware, and called it a day!

I'm in.love.
 
Happy DIYing on a dime!
 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Throwback Thursday FREEBIE Style

I'm excited to be a third wheel this week ya'll!
I'm joining two AMAZING ladies for some freebie fun!
It's Fern & Michelle's Throwback Thursday and that means you get an "oldie but a goodie" and it's also a FREEBIE (for today only)!!

 
Each week, Fern & Michelle give away one of their normally priced packets for free each Thursday.  This is their way of showing a little appreciation to followers who have loyally followed their amazing blogs.  As an added bonus, they are inviting a different blogger friend each week to join them!
 
(that's me, that's me!!)

  Not only will you get free stuff from all 3 of us, you might get to "meet" someone new and want to follow his or her store, too.  
How great is that?!!!
 
So here's my freebie for ya!
It's my editable awards- just in time for the end of the year countdown!
But who's counting?! ;)
 

 
Click HERE to download.

 
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