Wednesday, April 30, 2014

A Bath Salt Station Tutorial e-SPA-cially for Mom...Spa Mom Mini Makeover!

We know a lot of Moms will be smiling this Mother's Day when their kiddos deliver a handmade Spa Mom craft E-SPA-cially for them! These things are so fun to make! 
So, we made a Spa Mom Posse...
And, we made a Teachers Pay Teachers Freebie to go along with it...
We had a very SPA-cial helper flutter in (Spa robe and all...We love it!) to help prep some samples for us last weekend...
As we were chatting, we decided Spa Mom really needed a little something more to go with her...
You know to make her a total package and all...

So we decided to teach our class how to make bath salts to go along with Spa Mom as part of their Mother's Day gifts this year.
Here's How
Obviously it depends upon the size of jars you are using, but our pint size canning jar took about 2 cups of mixture when we were done. To stretch the ingredients, we added equal parts epsom salts and baking soda. We left a line for numbers 1 and 4, so you can add in your own class measurements depending upon the size jars you use. From all the extensive research we did for this project, there really doesn't seem to be an exact science to making bath salts...So, don't worry too much about the perfect measurement...See..Kid Friendly! :)

We've added this Kid Friendly Bath Salt Gift Making Station Freebie to our TpT Shop...
Materials Needed
We found everything at the 99 Cents Only StoreMichaels Craft Stores, made it ourselves or had it donated to our class.

*Epsom Salt 
*Baking Soda 
*Soap Dye/Coloring (soap making section...Skin Friendly!)
*Essential Oils (soap making section)
*Glass Jars
*1 Cup Dry Measuring Cup
*1/2 Cup Dry Measuring Cup
*Funnel for Jar Pouring
*Jar Decor
*E-SPA-cially for Mom Gift Tag
Kid made...Spa Mom (and regular Moms) approved!
We've also just updated our E-SPA-cially for Mom Mother's Day Giftivity to include our international friends...Or maybe Spa Mom is hinting that she wants to travel the world...Like Flat Stanley! Only not flat and not named Stanley...Imagine the possibilities and Instagram photos! :)

Monday, April 28, 2014

Message Center Kindness Cards with Treat by Shutterfly

What a treat to learn that one of our favorite photo sites, Shutterfly, has a sister site called Treat Greeting Cards!
What a treat to be given creative carte blanche by Treat to create a class set of greeting cards!
The possibilities are endless...But, we were super excited with our choice! Totally perfect for first grade! Don't you think?
We found a similar picture of kids' hands in the shape of a heart on Pinterest. 
The image led to nowhere, so if it's yours please let us know so we can give you credit. 
The idea was adorable and the perfect fit for our Class Kindness Cards. So we recreated the idea...and Viola!
Treat allows you to decorate the inside AND the backs of the cards with lots of options for multiple pictures and text. Truth be told, creating photo greeting cards has always been a fun hobby of ours, especially around the holidays. It's the perfect way to sum up the year with our busy families. So, bringing this hobby to our classroom has been a total Treat for us!
These cards are beautiful! Thick, high quality, and our photos turned out crisp and clear! The word "play" was part of the design, but we added a little message for our week-long class Kindness Challenge. Here was our deal...
On the Monday before Spring Break (why yes, our timing was impeccable-a little motivator to help keep them on target before break...), we had each of our students pick a secret name...OK, we sort of rigged it...boys picked boys and girls picked girls. We had a few (you do too) who we knew wouldn't completely freak out have any issues if they got a person of the opposite gender. So, we buddied them up and gave them a mission...
WATCH YOUR SECRET BUDDY FOR THE WHOLE WEEK FOR ACTS OF KINDNESS. WHEN YOU SEE IT, REMEMBER IT BECAUSE YOU WILL HAVE TO TELL THEM WHAT YOU SAW ON FRIDAY.
They had no choice but to accept it...And, they did wholeheartedly.

At the end of our Class Kindness Challenge, we got our cards and the real work began! They were so excited to share what they observed their friends doing during the week...and wow, were they genuine! It was really awesome to see!
We always have them rough draft on their whiteboards first. It allows us to do a quick check and super easy editing before they mark up their masterpieces.

Now, if you know us, you know we didn't stop there! There was this beautiful little space up in the top corner of our cards...so, we added our thumbprint people; one of themselves and one of their secret pal. It gave them just the personal touch we were looking for and painting on these cards was quick and easy!

Once dry, they used Sharpies to decorate their thumbprints.
 And addressed their envelopes...
Our kindness cards were ready for delivery, and there's no better spot than our Class Message Center.
If you've been following our blog for awhile you know we have a rule in our class... 
Nobody Gets Mail,
Until Everyone Has Mail!

We had a few friends who took an early Spring Break, so the wait was a killer great lesson in patience.
Delivery Day finally arrived! We called them back to the Message Center a few at a time and allowed them to grab their Kindness Cards. The best part was that all could read their own (thank you first grade teachers!). But the best, BEST part was watching them beam with pride as they read what their friends noticed about them throughout the week. 
Powerful stuff people....Powerful stuff...
So much so, that we're hanging onto these cards for our Open House. They will be on display for our class to beam to their families. 
They too are in for a Treat!
It was such a treat to try Treat in our classroom! But, we are also so excited to have discovered Treat for our personal lives too. They have an app that is easier than easy to upload photos to, create cards, and they will even send them off for you! Talk about efficient. They also have a Birthday Reminders feature which allows you to enter dates of friends and family members so you will never forget a birthday again!
They have just about every holiday to choose from, including Teacher Appreciation Week and Mother's Day too!
We can't wait to get creative again with Treat greeting cards!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

April Mystery Box + Tieks Giveaway!

Happy SPRING, friends! This month is a very exciting month for us Mystery Box gals. We've joined forces with two more our favorite bloggy buddies just in time for some Mystery Box 2014 fun.
Dragonflies in FirstA Teeny Tiny Teacher
Welcome to the Mystery Box Ladies! The plot thickens...
Who is the hostess this month? You'll have to wait and see...

And speaking of fun, are you as ready for summer as we are?

 We're in the home stretch now friends -- and to celebrate we've got a Mystery Box that will knock your *socks* off (Pun intended).

 And if we may say so ourselves, this month's Mystery Box is ab.so.lute.ly fabulous!

 So very fabulous, in fact, that we can't quite keep this box a total mystery.

But we promise (cross our hearts) that you'll love it just the same.
Yes! You saw that right! This month's Mystery Box features the amazing and fabulous Tieks!
Can you even believe it? We know you can't. But it's true! 
Our Mystery Box grand prize winner will be the lucky
recipient of our...

(not-that-much-of-a-mystery-but-actually-very-fabulous-anyway)

April Mystery Box!
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Inside the grand prize Mystery Box, you'll be excited to find...
What?! Yes!! A $200 gift card to spend at Tieks on that pair of ballet flats you've been thinking obsessing about for months!

(We promise to include a couple of other great teacher things, too, which *will* remain a mystery.  Because that's how we roll.)

  But there's more to it than an incredibly fabulous teacher-coveted pair of shoes!
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****But wait!!****


This month we will have TWO runner ups! Yes, friends. That's right!

Each runner up will win...



Yes!! We're giving away TWO more Tieks gift cards -- each for $100!

You're thinking, "Are you kidding us?"

Nope!

We never kid about shoes.

That means there are a total of THREE Tieks gift cards ripe for the picking!

And of course, each runner up also wins a totally fabulous product bundle, like always.

      
$7 gift cert.
    
Last month's box


The lucky winner selected a year's subscription to Reading A-Z and a year's subscription to Vocabulary A-Z, as well as $10 in digital goodies from each of our bloggers.

When her box came in the mail, this is what was inside...

A happy, happy plate that just sings Spring from the tree tops!!
A matching spreader...
Caramels...
Black, white & pink damask bag with a matching coin pouch....

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