Monday, May 24, 2010

Secret Pal Gift

Ever had a secret pal? If so, then you know that you save the most rock'n gift for the last gift. A joyous send off, if you will. End it on a fantastic want them to remember that gift rather than the 2 weeks in a row you forgot to bring them something. :) I mean, other people forget, I am awesome at this whole secret pal business.

SO! I've been gaga over this idea ever since I saw those hip chicks from Eighteen25 post the tutorial. I won't rehash what you can simply get from their site (and you should totally check it cause it's a totally rad site), but I was proud as punch about how my own little box of teacher goodies turned out. I thought would be a great addition to my "REVEAL" gifts. My lucky girl is going to get this box as well as some other cool things, but this treat excites me the most. She's an awesome teacher, and person so she totally deserves to be pampered.

I hope she likes it! We don't actually reveal until Wed., so I 'll let ya know. :)

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Ribbons and Bows

A friend's little girl, Ava, had a birthday this week, and a little birdie told me she was in need of some girlie hair bows. I just happen to be in the mood for making the like, so I set to it. These head bands and barrettes are suuuuuuuuuuper easy to make, as are the flowers i put on them. I will post a tutorial later, but time. What do you think?

Thursday, May 20, 2010

YET, Another Photo Book Freebie!!

Hello ladies! (and Gents, if you are out there) I feel like I haven't shared any crafts lately and it's killing me. I really have been working on some, but they are gifts. I have to wait until I give them to share.

However, I do have a couple of good deals to pass along. More free photo books! YAY! These are great for giving grandparents and great grandparents, to document a trip, or just to show off your mad camera skills.

Target/Shutterfly is offering a free 8x8 photo book. All you have to pay is shipping and handling.
Go to this Target/Shutterfly address and use this promo code: TG38-3DGC-YRPK-ZCKD3S

Fuji Film is offering a buy one get one free mini book deal, AND get free shipping, plus the mini books are on sale for $4.99.
Go to this FujiFilm address and use this promo code: minibook-2

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Drum Roll Please....

The recipient of my very first Jewel Kade Charm giveaway is..... More Chic Than Shabby ! (Congrats, and please email me at for details on your victory!)

Thanks to everyone who participated in the giveaway. I hope you continue to follow not only my blog, but Jewel Kade. There will be more giveaways coming soon, so be sure to stick around. :)

Much love- Tracy

The Jig is Up!

Ok, ladies...your chance to enter the free charm giveaway is over. I will be posting the winner later on today, so stay tuned! It might be you. :)

Friday, May 14, 2010

FOUR More Days!

Ok, ladies...only four more days to enter the charm giveaway! Follow the directions on the previous post, and get your entry in the giveaway. Don't be left out!

Monday, May 10, 2010

My First Charm Giveaway!

Paper Wings is excited to announce my "Initial" Jewel Kade charm giveaway! (Get it, initial cause it's my first, and initial cause the charm has your initial on it...yeah, you love the play on words, admit it.) ANYWAY, you could win this fabulous Eiffel Tower charm. It's a favorite for many because of it's versatility...go casual or dressy, and it's classic.

There are 5 ways to enter. Leave a separate comment below (HERE ON THIS BLOG)for each entry, and to my long distance friends, don't be afraid, you can win too.

1--Go to my facebook page & "Like" me.
2--Become a follower of my blog.
3--Post about my giveaway on your Facebook status.
4--Refer a friend (Make sure they leave a comment here that you sent them)
5--Schedule a party with me!!! EARN 4 BONUS ENTRIES!!

So come on Charming Fans--start posting & sharing so I can see how much you want this charm. You have until Mon. May 17th at 9PM Eastern & then we will see who the big winner will be! Good luck! =)

(If you are wearing this charm already, you can pick another item of equal or lesser value in the catalog)

Giveaway coming soon!!

So, I'm doing my first of many free giveaways. Why, you ask, would I give something away for free? I love this jewelry line so much that I want others to be able to experience it, too. And, because it's so new I'm trying to get the word out about this amazing company. With that said, I will be giving away one of the Jewel Kade charms soon. Stay tuned so you don't miss out!!

Hostess Perks...Have I Mentioned Them??

If you want FREE JEWELRY, then host a show!! You can choose one of these pieces when you host a qualifying show (have 2 orders totaling $100)...

You'll also earn Jewel Kade Cash from the sales of your show.
**Sales totaling up to $1000--you get 10% of the party total in JK cash
**Sales totaling $1001 and up--you get 15% of party total in JK cash

To top it off, for each guest that books a future JK party the night of your party, you earn one half price item--up to 4 items.

Be one of the first ones to show off Jewel Kade!! Your friends are going to love it, so why not be rewarded at the same time? Contact me to book your show!


Looks like summer time has arrived!! For me and a lot of you all out there this means that we have to find ways to keep our kids occupied and having fun.

My FAVORITE is free bowling offered by many bowling alleys across the nation. We’ve participated at the alley near our house for the last 2 years and loved it.

Get 2 Free Bowling Games per kid everyday all summer! You can also grab a pass for up to 4 adults to play all summer for $24.99.

The only catch is that you still have to pay to rent shoes, which can be upwards of $4. I recommend actually purchasing bowling shoes; you can find them pretty cheap if you keep your eyes open (think ebay).

Before you think your kids are too young… Cash bowled for the first time this December (he is three) and he loved it. Bumpers and a little ramp make it where most any age can play.

They have already started sending out the coupons this week, so you can sign up and play tomorrow!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Printable Bookplate

Here is another great freebie. I think I am going to make these for my book club gals as little "Happy Presents." Or you could print them on sticky label paper, trim them out, and include them with a set of children's books you give a kid. A girl kid, most likely, because they're kinda flowery. You could also, which I am totally going to do, print them for your own personal pleasure cause they are super cute.

(Thanks to How About Orange for the info.)

Thursday, May 6, 2010


So Erin sent this to me stating that it was totally me and Andre. I thought it was pretty hilarious, and felt the need to share it with everyone. I laughed out loud. Check out this family's mad rapping skills.

Post Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for "fifth of May") is a holiday held on May 5 that commemorates the Mexican army's unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín.It is celebrated primarily in the state of Puebla and in the United States.[4][5][6][7] While Cinco de Mayo sees limited significance and celebration nationwide in Mexico, the date is observed nationwide in the United States and other locations around the world as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride.Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico's Independence Day,[9] the most important national patriotic holiday in Mexico.


We always celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Always. It's a great reason to eat some yummy Mexican food, and listen to some fun Mexican music. This year was no different. The Godbouts came over for dinner, and we had some DELICIOUS dip and chips ( gracias, Kristy) and some DELICIOUS burritos and beans (gracias, Andre). The only thing we forgot to do this year was take pictures....UGH! Boo on us. Hope everyone enjoyed the day with a cold corona. :)

Playing on the Porch

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Teacher Appreciation Week

I have been teaching for 11 years. Wow, right? Yeah, 11 years. Where has the time gone? :)

A lot of people think that teaching is what you do when you can't do anything else. I have trouble with this idea, and truly know that these people who think this must have never taught ANYTHING in their entire lives. Teaching is extremely challenging, and yet so very rewarding. It is a craft that has to be honed daily. This craft constantly has to be molded to fit the personalities and levels of development of our students. It is something one has to feel a call for, and I am proud to say that I do feel that call.

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week to all teachers everywhere, and especially to all my Clifton Hills girls and gals that share a special place in my heart.

"It's all good in the hood."

To celebrate this week, I thought my 5th grade team deserved some sweet treats. I whipped these up, thanks to Eighteen25 and they were a hit. :)
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